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Color

One of the reasons so many of us love tarot is the cards…we like to collect decks because we love the art. We love reading visual images (rather than words). In addition to the symbols, composition, and style in each of these tiny pieces of art, color plays an important role in how we respond […]

The Order of the Cards

One of the things I love about tarot is that it is the perfect combination of right brain and left brain functions. The structure of the deck lets my left brain feel comfortable, safe, and secure so that it relaxes enough to let my right brain kick in and fly. The images on the cards […]

Learning to See Stories

Learning the meanings of the cards is just one part of learning tarot. In some ways, it seems like it is the easier part. I cannot tell you how many students learn the cards, with deep and profound understanding and spiritual insight, ask me “how to put them together into a reading that makes sense?” […]

The Aces

We have, in a sense, already met the four Aces in the Magician card. They are the tools that he uses to manifest his will in the world. Aces really are amazing. They are like seeds, and like all seeds they are more than just potential. They actually hold within them all that is possible […]

Holiday Wishes and Dreams

One of the earliest forms of magic we learn is to wish upon a star. That, and making a wish and blowing out our birthday candles. At this time of year, I am always attracted to Star cards. They almost always seem to hold so much hope and promise. They fill my heart with wishes […]

Mystic Faerie Tarot

The Mystic Faerie Tarot is a thing of beauty, in my opinion. First, the art is unquestionably lovely; Linda Ravenscroft did an amazing job. Second, the cards feel like old friends but are different enough to be engaging. Third, the treatment of the Minor Arcana is really unique. Each suit tells a little fairy tale. […]

Revelations Tarot

The Revelations Tarot by Zach Wong is a really innovative deck. It is called Revelations for at least two reasons: the cards reveal wisdom and truth you can revolve (or reverse) the cards and still read an image That is, the cards are designed to be read both upright and reversed. By that, I don’t […]

10 Tips for Making Meanings

There are lots of ways to read a tarot card. The other day, I was rereading What’s in the Cards for You? by one of my favorite people on the planet, Mark McElroy. The book provides exercises (each one is about 15 minutes) that you do each day. One exercise, 15 minutes a day, 30 […]

Shuffling Tips from Readers, a Secret Weapon, and NaNo Update

A while back, I posted about shuffling techniques and invited readers to share their shuffling techniques. There were some excellent ideas and I wanted to highlight a few, plus add one of my own. Catherine says I’ve heard some pretty crazy methods and ways to shuffle and cut, but like most things in Tarot, I […]