Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Everyday Witch Tarot By Deborah Blake Review

Everyday Witch Tarot Review
By Deborah Blake
illustrated by Elisabeth Alba
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Box Tcr Cr edition (January 8, 2017)
    ISBN-10: 0738746347
    ISBN-13: 978-0738746340

The box the cards and book arrive in is really nice and sturdy. It has a magnetized strip that closes it, here is a picture of before it's opened, then one after...

78 cards that are 3” by 4.5” with no frames.
They are a tiny stretch for my hands, they are GREAT to shuffle either bridge or hand to hand. They are not real thick, so they bend easily but they are sturdy enough to not curl up. They are not that kind of card that is 'layered' where the ends will start to separate after a time.  The deck is based on the Rider-Waite.  Here is a picture of the back of the cards with a small 5.5"  ruler.  

I love the way they look! They actually look as if you are reading a book- they bring to mind those old time wood cuttings.

Another thing I really like is the cats moving through the cards, being active in their little lives. The King of Cups has one catching a fish. The six of cups has a cat on it's hind legs, trying to get momma's attention. In the five of cups, the cat is getting ready to lay into some lobster while mom's attention is elsewhere. And my favorite so far- the two of cups. A cat is offering another a fish. The WHOLE fish! If that ain't love I dunno what is!

Here are pictures of the Aces and the ones I really liked:

Chapter One:
About this deck and how to use it
The creator of the deck explains the reason for the 'lightning up' of the Death, 10 of swords, and Tower cards.
How to do a reading
The first thing suggested is to learn the cards, feel free to follow your intuition. The fact that most people that do well reading for others have a hard time reading for themselves. I have found that to be true over the years, so bonus points for addressing that issue. Also there is advice on forming your question, picking a spread, shuffling the cards, looking for patterns not just in symbols but also in numbers.

Chapter Two:
Common Questions and Answers
These include what a signifier is, what is a clarifier, what are reversed cards,
what if you get a bunch of bad cards in a reading, what if the reading doesn't make any sense, does a person need to be psychic to read tarot cards...
Some Tarot Extras
Three spells to use with the cards.

Chapter Three:
The Major Arcana
The Minor Arcana
Each card has a full picture, a 'theme' statement, description and 'things to consider'.
For example, the Moon card - #18. The theme is 'Mystery, Magic, and a hint of mayhem'. Things to consider- “The Moon card often indicates a time of feeling of uncertainty. Have you been restless, torn between two paths? Perhaps now is the time to choose which aspect of yourself will show its face to the world. If you have been having nightmares, perhaps your subconscious is trying to send you a message Make sure you are listening. The Moon card may herald a tiume of flux and change; neither good nor bad it simply warns you to look carefully at the reflection in the water. What hidden secrets will it reveal if you are daring enough to gaze directly at the moon's face?”

Chapter Four:
Has 3 Spreads, one is the Celtic Cross.

A note from the author

There is an empty page for notes after each card, which is nice, but the book is made up of glossy paper, so you will need a permanent marker or ball point pen to write in it. A normal highlighter will work, although a yellow one doesn't work too good because the pages are a creamy color. VERY much antique parchment look. Purty!

A 3 card Spread I did for myself:
My question: how do these cards feel about me, will they work with me?
Ace Pentacles:
It's all good! There is unlimited potential for unlimited success. This card is a resounding yes.
19 Sun:
Let the sun shine in. It doesn't get better than this. Enjoy the good moments when they show up.
10 Pentacles:
And they all lived happily ever after. Happiness is more than money: success is more than wealth. Abundance coms in many forms, be sure you live each moment to the fullest, especially those shared with others. This card is all about getting what you want.

Well, I would say they like me as much as I like them!

Deborah has written a series of books titled 'Everyday Witchcraft'. Also The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch, The Witch's Broom: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Broomsticks, Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget plus many others.

Elisabeth has illustrated many books and decks mainly fairy tales, fantasy, and historical themes. She did Llewellyn's Witch's Coloring Book. You can see some of her work at the link above (click on her name) - there is a link on her site there that leads to her etsy store where you can purchase works.

purchase from the publisher Llewellyn


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! I am glad that the deck resonated well with you! (: