As a black tarot reader, I get this question a lot:
"Why don't any of your decks have black people in them?"
And you know what, that's a great question. My honest to goodness answer is that I never have found a deck with a lot of diversity that really appealed to me. But I can honestly say I am EXTREMELY happy that I now have this wonderfully diverse deck by Joanna Powell Colbert. I'm telling you guys, this is like a cold glass of fresh lemonade on a beautiful summer day because this deck is refreshing. This deck shows beautiful depictions of nature and people working wonderfully with nature. And one other thing I have to mention here is the peace one feels when you start to use this deck. Its overwhelming and magically. I have to say I'm completely in love with the imagery and the joyful energy that this deck brings up.
About the Author:
Joanna Powell Colbert has been an artist, teacher, and convener of circles for over thirty years. She was named by SageWoman magazine as one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality movement. Joanna teaches workshops and e-courses on earth-centered spirituality, seasonal contemplative practices, creativity as a devotional path, the Divine Feminine, and using tarot as a tool for inner guidance and self-exploration. She joyfully hosts Gaian Soul Retreats several times each year. The Gaian Tarot, nine years in the making, combines her love of symbolic, archetypal art with the mysteries of the natural world. She lives on a small, magical island in the Salish Sea near Bellingham, Washington. There, daily encounters with the mysteries of the natural world continue to inspire and inform her work.
"The Gaian Tarot is a beautiful 78-card contemporary, multicultural and mythical Tarot deck with accompanying spiritual guide. It has a focus on the healing of the earth and of the self. Interpretations include uprights and reverse divinatory meanings, themes, exercises, symbolism, journal questions, affirmations, and ten spreads.". This is the fourth version of this deck, and if you have never owned this deck, this is the one to pick up.
The Packaging and Cardstock:
I've said this and I will say it again: I LOVE A GOOD BOX. This one is awesome. It's hard and big enough to hold the deck and the book, it has a magnetic closure so there is no to go buy a case. The cardstock is great, nice and firm but not so firm it is difficult to shuffle. The cards are 4inch x 6inch, so they are a bit bigger than your average deck. But honestly, the pictures are so beautiful that if they were any smaller, you might not be able to see all the detail in the artwork. Also, the edges are silver which is a really nice touch.
The book that is included with this deck is actually amazing. For the Major Arcana, every page has a description of the card, the meaning, the shadow side (the reversal), the themes, the symbols in that particular card, some wonderful journaling questions and an affirmation. My favorite thing is journaling questions. Here are some examples of the questions:
"Where do you find you "lust for life""?
"What is hanging me up?"
"What gives me hope?
I find it sometimes hard to journal because I can't figure out what to journal about. This book is full of wonderful questions and all you have to do is pull a card to find one.
The Minor Arcana follows the same formula and is organized by number (Ace through 10) and then the court cards. Each card has a description of the upright meaning and the reversal. Then at the back of the book is 10 different spreads, some from Joanna herself and some from other Tarot greats. I often don't really read the books that come with the deck, but this one is really great and can be thought provoking for everyone from the novice to the advanced tarot reader.
The Major Arcana has some cards that have different names other than the tradition name. For Example:
The Empress is the The Gardener, The Emperor is the Builder, The Devil is Bindweed. That is just some of the interesting variations with names. The suits are names for the 4 elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water) and the court cards are as follows:
-Pages are Children
-Knights are Explorers
-Queens are Guardians
-Kings are Elders
This deck is very diverse as I said before, and has people from all different cultures, different ages, different genders and in between! There are several cards that are groups of women, but I think makes perfect sense, based on the fact that it is called the Gaian tarot, and is "Mother Earth" based. I personally love it.
I love all the but these are just a few of my favorites:
This deck is great for divining, and I particularly am planning on using this deck in my Shamanic and healing work, as it is very Earth based.
I give this deck 5 stars and I am so excited to get using this with my clients! If your looking for a deck that is nature based, diversity friendly, and artistically beautiful, I recommend you try it out.
Wanna know more about this deck? Here are some links:
So most tarot card readers will tell you one of the biggest requests we get for readings are readings about people love lives. I think the most popular questions are:
"Is he/she coming back?"
"Is he/she cheating on me?"
"When will I find the one?"
"I'm in a complicated relationship, how does (significant other's name here) really feel about the relationship?"
And occasionally you get doosies such as:
"Should I get married?"
"Should I get a divorce?"
Now, there is nothing wrong with getting a reading about your love life, but it is important to ask the right questions and be in the right state of mind. So to start before you come in...
-Be clear about what you want to talk about.
These super broad questions such as, "Will I ever get married?" and "tell me about my love life" will not get you the most out of your reading. Think about it, when your getting a professional tarot card reading you are paying for a service, you want to get the most information you can out of it. So instead of asking, "tell me about your love life" why don't you tell US what you would like to know about.
-Come in with an opened mind.
I know you want to hear all about your love life in relation to (Insert person you like), but sometimes it won't be about them. Sometimes the reading might bring up stuff that has to do with someone else, and that is ok. We are trying to tell you about everything, not just want you want to hear.
-Realize that sometimes you are part of the problem.
I'm just going to be frank. When you come to us about problems in your relationship, sometimes YOU might be the problem. Now it takes two to tango, but be opened to the fact that you may not always be as perfect as you might think you are. Come to your reader ready to hear about whatever it is that is going on.
-Don't come in a frenzy.
Worst time to get a reading is when your are in the thick of it. You just found those naked pictures on his phone, girl the next person you call shouldn't be me. Take a minute. Gather your thoughts. I'm not saying be over whatever happened, but at least be at a point where you can think clearly. Because when your that upset, nothing we as readers say is going to be helpful. Your just going to be sad.
-Don't "psychic hop" (even though I know you will).
OK, your gonna do this but I'm just gonna tell you now it is not a good idea. Going to 10 different readers in 12 weeks will not improve your situation, but I know you are going to feel compelled to do so. If you can, resist the urge and save your money.
-Remember you are the one who decides how you deal with this.
We as readers can only give you advice and tell you the highest probability of what will happen if you follow a certain path. But in the end, it's all on you darling.
I hope this helps you when you get your next reading!!!
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