Saturday, June 23, 2012

Queen of Wands

Just some cool Queen of Wands cards:

Tarot of Mermaids

Renaissance Tarot

Labyrinth Tarot

Vaudeville Tarot

Celtic Tarot

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Monday, June 18, 2012

July 2012 Desktop Calendar

A bright, sunny desktop calendar for July!  Enjoy!


Click to embiggen!

The Robin Wood Tarot

The Robin Wood Tarot is a popular deck.  My first exposure to it was in the pages of the excellent "Tarot Spells" by Janina Renee.  It's a good deck...very solid...but I run really hot and cold on it.

On one hand, I find the images colorful, and full of woodsy mysticism.  But, on the other hand, I find the figures lifeless.  A lot of them look as if someone took photographs and then roughly sketched over them, which would be fine except for the faces.

I have to say, though, the Robin Wood deck does have my favorite representation of The Magician that I've seen so far:


That manly beard!  Those manly antlers!  The pillar candles, the dagger, the wand....everything in this picture screams "TESTOSTERONE!"  The only thing that would make it more male-centric would be to have the dagger depicted sitting inside the cup.

The rest of the deck is made up mostly of near-identical rehashes of Rider-Waite cards, but some of the Robin Wood ones look better than the originals:



I will also give this deck props for taking a different path on the Death card:



The Robin Wood Tarot is a perfectly good beginner deck, and a good deck for anyone who's looking for an earthier, more colorful version of the Rider-Waite.  There aren't many original ideas in the images, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it, I suppose.

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The Labyrinth Tarot

Here's a look at Luis Royo's Labyrinth Tarot.  I tend to like most of Royo's work, so this one is an automatic win for me, but I also like the dark, mysterious tone.  This is a great deck for doing spooky readings by candlelight....a good one for Halloween, now that I think of it:





The Labyrinth Tarot is as easy to use as any other Waite-Smith style deck.  It's plenty sturdy, as well, so shuffling it with gusto isn't likely to rip the corners or put creases in it.  I especially like the Strength card in this deck.  So many decks don't represent Strength very well, with images of women standing quietly next to docile lions, or reaching happily into a lion's mouth as if they're checking its teeth for cavities.  The Labyrinth Tarot shows a woman actually getting into it like she's going to rip that lion's jaw off.

Here's a link to a site that shows off a lot of images from this deck, as well as other work by Luis Royo:

http://www.luisroyofantasy.com/en/index.php?page=home


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Sunday, June 03, 2012

June Full Moon - Strawberry


June's full moon will be Monday the 4th this year.  It's pretty universally referred to as the Strawberry Moon (in North America, anyway), because, simply, June is the month for strawberries.


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