The great wheel of life is reflected in this nontraditional tarot. The round shape of this spiritual deck offers an unconstrained approach to tarot with no reversals to ponder. Fairy-like creatures of the earth, air, fire, and water inhabit these cards, each measuring 4.5 inches in diameter.
My friend and colleague, Riccardo Minetti, an editor at Lo Scarabeo, once remarked that any good Tarot deck review begins with a study of that deck. He is right. It is tempting and easy to write a review about how you like or don’t like a deck. A review should give an opinion, yes? Well, yes and no. I believe that the reviewer first should understand what the deck designer intended. The opinions that follow should then be about the aim itself (Was it a good idea? Is it useful? Does it explore new paths?) and to what extent the deck achieved that aim.
So I attempted my study of the Circle of Life Tarot. It was not the first time. Months ago, intrigued with the art and the concept, I played with the cards and soon put them away in frustration. I volunteered to write this review, thinking that would force me to succeed in figuring it out. I assumed the weakness to be mine. And perhaps it still is. For some reason, I am not ready to dismiss this deck even though I have to admit: I don’t get it. In a way, this is, therefore, less of a review and more of a confession. . . . read more.
Astrological correspondence: Mercury in Cancer (excited emotions).
Image: Three women each hold a Cup aloft as they dance together in a vegetable garden.
Key Phrase: Celebration within the group.
Statement: “I enjoy sharing myself among my family, friends, and acquaintances. I heal and am healed within their atmosphere.”
Quotation: “Friendship, like the immortality of...
This simple three-card layout is perfect when you are seeking a yes-now answer to a question. It is also a good way to learn how to interpret composite Tarot sentences. The layout consists of a single triplet that is read in the form of a Tarot sentence. The cards are shuffled and cut, then dealt in the layout in order. All the cards of the layout are dealt facedown, then all are turned face up...
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