Starting my own tarot business has given me more of an appreciation for people who have to gull pursue their dreams and create something original. So about a year and a half ago, I learned about the website, Kickstarter.com, through one of my favorite lifestyle blogs and thought it was an awesome idea! I thought they only funded movies, books and new inventions and then I saw this beautiful tarot deck called The Tarot Of Delphi! This is a deck was created by Janet D.H. Hinkel, a non-fiction writer and art lover. On the side of the box it describes the deck as "A fine art tarot deck illustrated with authentic Victorian and Edwardian art from 1838 to 1913". When you look at the deck you get the feeling you are transported back to the Greco-Roman times. The deck was fully funded by backers on Kickstarter back in December 2013 and those of us who ordered the deck recently received it.
First up, The packaging (5 Stars):
The box that the Tarot of Delphi came in is nice and sturdy. Most people who receive a new deck like this want to get tarot bags and boxes (some of which are available on her website) to protect the cards. But with this box if you don't want to you don't have to. On the front of box, the High Priestess card is depicted. You see her sitting on a high stool holding what looks like a shell in one hand and a branch in another. Smoke is rising from the ground underneath her and she seems to be taking in the aroma. This is a picture of the The Priestess of Delphi by John Collier in 1891. On the back of the box, all the artist of all the different paintings are given credit.
The Booklet and Deck (5 Stars):
The booklet is a small 66-page booklet that includes the description of the painting and key words of what the card represents in the Tarot deck. The card stock is very good and sturdy and it does not look like the cards will rip and tear easily. There are 79 cards in this deck. There are the traditional 78 cards with an alternate Empress card. It is amazing how each card has kept it's vivid color and effect after being printed. Looking at the deck you really do get the feeling you are in a museum. It is also very neat the Ms. Hinkel was able to find a painting that is a pretty accurate representation of the card in the original Rider-Waite deck. As stated on the Tarot of Delphi website, Ms. Hinkel has changed some of the names of the cards in the Major Arcana. "In the trumps, the Wheel of Fortune has become the Threads of Fate; Hanged Man is The Asundered One (Orpheus); The Devil, The Siren; The Tower, The Shipwreck; and The World, The Garden (of the mythical Hesperides)". The suits stay true to the original Rider-Waite style with cups, wands, swords and coins. The court cards names are changed to the Devotee (Page), the Artisan (Knights), the Hero (Queens) and the Enchantress (Kings). Some of my favorite cards are the Ten of Swords, all the Enchantresses and both of the Empress cards.
Practical use (5 Stars): This deck is definitely a deck that you can use for yourself and/or your clients. I myself am excited to use this deck with my clients and see the look on their faces when they see this beautiful Victorian art!
Final Note: I'm very much in love with this new deck. The images are beautiful, it's easy to use and interpret and the Greco-Roman themes depicted give it a very unique style.
Final Star Rating- 5 Stars all the way!!!!
If you want to learn more about this deck, you can visit the Tarot of Dephi website to order your own deck and other accessories. If you want to learn more Kickstarter and other decks being funded through them, visit kickstarter.com.
Welcome to Dreadlock Tarot's Blog! For my first post I want to do something fun we are calling "Dread Spreads"! These are tarot spreads that you can do with your own Tarot deck! So this spread is called "Pros and Cons". With Tarot being such a versatile and amazing tool for self-discovery and solving life's many mysteries, we sometimes forget that we can also use Tarot to help us make simple, complex and sometimes trivial life decisions! Here is a simple and fun spread for you to do to help you make up your mind on any subjects:
Line 1 Line 2
Hidden Truth Hidden Truth
Let's look at an example. Lisa and her husband have been house hunting and they have recently narrowed down their search to two houses. Right now she lives in the town that she grew up in, surrounded by friends and family. They have now narrowed it down to two different houses. One of the houses is out-of-state, but both Lisa and her husband could easily transfer jobs. The other house is in the adjacent town with better schools. Let's look at the cards I drew for Lisa.
Ok, so lets analyze this spread (by the way, this deck is The Golden Tarot by Kat Black). Line 1 is about the house that is out-of-state. The pro is that this is the kind of house that Lisa and her husband have always dreamed of raising their family in. It is a big home with a large backyard and beautiful kitchen which made Lisa happy because she loved to entertain friends and family. The con is that the house would be somewhat of a financial strain on Lisa and her husband because it is a bit out of their price range. Even more so now because Lisa recently found out she was pregnant with their second child. In the hidden truths position we see that while Lisa would love to live in this house and she knows her family would prosper here, it makes her sad that moving in would take her hours away from her family and friends. One of Lisa's biggest hopes for her children that they would grow up surrounded by family the way that she did. The outcome card shows Lisa regretting moving far away and not being able to enjoy her new home because she is constantly missing her family and friends.
Ok, now lets look at Line 2. So in the pro position, we find out that this house is a major fixer-upper. A lot of work would need to be done to the house in order for the family to move in. But when Lisa looks at the house, she sees a lot of potential. She can see what it would look like with a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and a little fixing up in the yard. In the con position we have the Nine of Cups, which is usually seen as a very positive card. In this position, we see that while Lisa's dream is to live in a great house near her family, she has also always dreamed of moving away and staying in the same town she has lived in her whole life makes her feel like her life is stagnant. In the hidden truths position we see that this house would be a huge undertaking for Lisa and her husband with all the repairs that would have to be done. In the outcome position we have the Ten of Wands which is the ultimate "happy family" card. Lisa and her family would be extremely happy in this home near her family.
Now with these 2 lines Lisa can make the decision about which house is best for her family! I hope you can use this spread to help you with your decisions too!
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