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The Modern Spellcaster Tarot is a fabulous deck in its own right and is particularly useful for magic users, especially those who favor associating Wands with Air and Swords with Fire. That said, the elemental associations are most visually apparent in the Aces, so anyone who favors the RWS images and associations will be able to easily use this deck.
I really love the Justice card in this deck. It feels alive and engaged, not remote and reserved. This Justice cares about her job and seems to realize the effect her decisions will have on human lives and on the larger world. Melanie Marquis, the author, says this:
Just as the Wheel of Fortune keeps
Mystic Faerie Tarot
Linda Ravenscroft, text by Barbara Moore
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The fae of Justice lives in a mistletoe bush. While she looks very demure and gentle, she represents an incredibly powerful magic that is tied deeply to the core of the universe.
Her stone perch indicates her roots to the earth. However, she sits on a cushion decorated with spirals, indicated the cycles life…life as lived by people. The power she wields is a direct result of our individual actions. A human name for her power is karma, the justice of the universe. This is the most perfect and poetic of all justice systems. She holds the scales that weird our actions and the
The Justice card was, and sometimes still is, numbered as 8. Here, it is number 11. I prefer 11, probably because it is the way I originally learned it and because years ago I read 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. She made an argument for Justice being 11, for it being the dead center of the Major Arcana journey. That theory shapes my idea of the card,a s you will see.
Some people read this card as worldly or earthly justice—that is, justice based on your culture’s or nation’s legal system. Others take a broader, more spiritual approach. Or both, depending on the question and what other cards are in the reading.
I mostly see it as a card of karma, playing off the idea of
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. This is so helpful for beginners, as once they learn the story they can easily learn the card meanings. The visual and story-telling cues make it easy. Here are a few of my favorite cards--shown extra large because I like them so much:
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