Top 3 things to consider when buying a new tarot deck

Tarot deck publishing is big business. There is, it seems, a deck out there for EVERYONE no matter the theme. But, when faced with so much choice, what should you consider before investing in a deck? For me, 3 things are of primary importance: Visual Communication Production Quality Originality There are a few other aspects…

Choosing the “Right” Tarot Deck

Originally posted on Circle Ways & Evolutionary Tarot:
In online fora and in conversations with prospective students, I’m often asked, “James, what’s a good beginner’s tarot deck?”  My answer is that I don’t believe that there’s such a thing as a beginner’s deck or an advanced person’s deck. There’s a world of images out there…

Deck Anatomy

I’ve always viewed tarot as a complete representation of us. No matter which cards are drawn, the entire pack is within us, so every single card is ALWAYS relevant… But of course there are times when certain aspects of ourselves are more prevalent than others.

The Visual I Ching by Oliver Perrottet

Sometimes I feel like I’m single-handedly keeping my postman employed… I’ve not posted everything he’s brought me of late, but I had to post this little gem (which arrived with something else I’ll post later): The Visual I Ching! It is such a cute little set with 64 mini cards of all the hexagrams, depicted…

Short musing on the Orbifold #2

With many opportunities at your disposal, inspiration must meet practicality to complete your goals. Each time these goals are met, however, fresh inspiration is always in the horizon. Just be careful not to let new inspirations obstruct completion of current projects. #OrbifoldTarot

It reads…

The mind unfolds, then collapses. Unfolds again, and collapses yet again… endlessly.

It’s getting there…

A few sample decks arrived yesterday, and although it’s great to see everything in print, I am glad that I will not be going with this printer. Nonetheless, it’s great to be able to evaluate my design on the physical cards and see how they interact, what things are good and what things can be…

Test Reading, Prisma Visions

My friend Loreen volunteered to be a guinea pig for me to do a test reading with a new deck, the Prisma Visions Tarot (review forthcoming). Loreen is in the process of starting up her intuitive business, and asked about what she needs to do to find her voice, speak more confidently, and release self-doubt. Some…

Strength and Justice: do the numbers matter?

Ever have a case of double-identity? These Majors sure do! Strength to Justice: “You’re an 8” Justice to Strength: “No, you’re an 8, I’m an 11″ Strength to Justice: “I talk about decision, you talk about balance” Justice to Strength: “Wait, I thought I talked about decision, and you talked about balance?” Hmmm… this could…

Walking through the Unknown Wilderness of consciousness

I can’t tell you how much I love this deck — but I’ll try. The Wild Unknown’s creator Kim Krans has captured the essence of each card, the art is at once stark and minimal, but deeply rich in mood and meaning. A truly unique and iconic deck with only winks and nods to earlier traditions….

Tarot of Hope

You may have noticed a background change! I’m currently involved in a collaborative deck called Tarot of Hope that a friend of mine initiated as a collaborative deck which we will donate all proceeds to the Fred Hollows Foundation — an organization that restores sight through surgeries and preventative measures to both correct and avoid blindness….

10 Methods for learning your new deck(s)

We’ve all been there: up late at night on Amazon or Ebay with credit card in hand… and before you know it, 3, 4, or 10 new decks are now part of your collection.

I know your pain. I’ve been there. I am there now. I will be there again.