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My honest advice is to put the books away. All of them. Take out your cards, and maybe the LWB (little white book, or often leaflet) that came with your deck. Sit with each card, one by one, and journal what you see in each card, as well as any keywords that jump out from the LWB. When you start reading for yourself, go back to your notes if you get stuck. If a new or unusual meaning comes up, add it to your notes. Once you feel comfortable with your deck and your card meanings, THEN it's time to hit the books.

Why? Because you want to develop your own practice and relationship with the cards. Every book, no matter how good, is a reflection of the author's relationship with the cards, and following someone else's path isn't the best way to develop your own relationship with tarot. When you do get to the books, remember that they're not gospel. Take what works for you and leave the rest behind. The best tarot practitioners have their own relationship with the cards that reflects traditional knowledge but also involves their own intuition and understanding of the cards.
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Tarot Decks / Re: The Marigold Tarot
« Last post by saintsandliars on Today at 10:27:49 AM »
I am so psyched for this one. I've been looking for a card that uses skeletons/bones in a way that resonates with me, and the artist's style and use of color is just gorgeous.
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 ;D Just wanted to say hi Karen! It is great to see you here! i have always been and still remain one
of your top enthusiastic admirers...
i know i haven't placed my Pre-order, yet...but i will within the next 2 weeks..
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Thanks, Moongypsy, for the heads up on the Baba pre-order VR-3 pricing... $66 until 11/30/17, then $76 from 12/1/17 until pre-order ends (reg price $86)

Yes, it's a good price for this quality of deck and we also have a time-limited special offer on the tarot bags, which, as they are handmade by our wonderful Romana and in antique and vintage kimono silks are, excuse my enthusiasm, a steal!

Please understand that we decided many years ago not to do mass-market decks and we won't be doing them again - there were far too many compromises required to actually make any profit whatsoever on mass market runs. We felt if we began making artistic/design compromises it would be the beginning of a slippery slope downwards in terms of creativity and quality. So - we parted company with our distributors in London and Los Angeles (with many regrets, as they were lovely) and embarked on a different way of doing things.

We talked to Lo Scarabeo at the time (over a great meal where much wine flowed) and decided that while a mass market model works for them, it would not work for us - we just have a whole different approach, though we respect LS. So now we do short runs from time to time and put work into making each one different in a worthwhile way - something that a mass-market publisher would not do |(their whole business model is based on doing reprints with no extra work - valid, but not, I think, an artist's preferred way of doing things).

We actually want to produce something lasting, and that directs how we do things. We're a studio first and foremost.

Hmm, I may repost this also on our Facebook pages, as it's a good conversation to be having.




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Tarot Decks / Re: New or Forthcoming decks you are excited about
« Last post by Siavahda on Today at 04:46:27 AM »
True Black True Black True Black! My last Kickstarter reward came with a sample card and lemme tell you, this deck is going to be amazing both in terms of art and production value. The card feels like silk and is sturdy as heck, and the backs are subtle and gorgeous.
I nabbed the Madam Clara Sees All 2nd ed. even though I don't really like meanings on the cards because something about it just really appeals. Kickstarter tarot decks are really upping their game.

There's also a Last Unicorn Tarot Kickstarter going, which I'm not getting but still excited about because Last Unicorn is amazing and they're working with the author to make sure he gets compensated as well, which is awesome. The deck is pretty pricy, but they're really making a point to focus on fairly paying all the artists and PSB, as well as making a fantastic quality deck.

I had no idea about the Last Unicorn Tarot, thank you for mentioning it! It IS expensive, and I just backed the True Black...but I may have to back this one as well; I adore unicorns, and there aren't nearly enough unicorn-themed decks. I wish there were more examples of the card art! But I'm very happy that they're donating to Beagle too, that's very good of them!
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Tarot Decks / Re: New or Forthcoming decks you are excited about
« Last post by saintsandliars on September 22, 2017, 11:57:25 AM »
True Black True Black True Black! My last Kickstarter reward came with a sample card and lemme tell you, this deck is going to be amazing both in terms of art and production value. The card feels like silk and is sturdy as heck, and the backs are subtle and gorgeous.
I nabbed the Madam Clara Sees All 2nd ed. even though I don't really like meanings on the cards because something about it just really appeals. Kickstarter tarot decks are really upping their game.

There's also a Last Unicorn Tarot Kickstarter going, which I'm not getting but still excited about because Last Unicorn is amazing and they're working with the author to make sure he gets compensated as well, which is awesome. The deck is pretty pricy, but they're really making a point to focus on fairly paying all the artists and PSB, as well as making a fantastic quality deck.
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Tarot Decks / Re: True Black Tarot - Kickstarter Live!
« Last post by saintsandliars on September 22, 2017, 11:46:34 AM »
Just a note to y'all, if you purchased from some of the pre-Kickstarters, check the updates on the latest one for important special news.
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Rules / Re: Forum Rules
« Last post by rainstarhorizon on September 22, 2017, 03:42:00 AM »
Read and Agreed to!
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Tarot Decks / Re: Pokemon Tarot
« Last post by Onaorkal on September 22, 2017, 12:45:17 AM »
Excellent! Thanks Onaorkal! You actually gave me the information I was looking for. I think when I have a bit of change set aside, I'll be buying this one. Looks like such a fun deck!

Hope you'll like it!!  :D

I just reviewed all the Pokemon real quick (well, that's 802 Pokemon so by real quick I actually meant "over the course of a few days") and I recognized many of them from the deck. From what I read, many were well chosen for sure!
The author seemed to have taken a couple of things into account : myths/lore related to some of the legendary/mythical species, common personality traits for certain species and the species' types!
I can't wait to start studying it more in depth, even though I'm already knee-deep in other projects!
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Tarot Decks / Re: Pokemon Tarot
« Last post by Trogon on September 22, 2017, 12:21:51 AM »
Excellent! Thanks Onaorkal! You actually gave me the information I was looking for. I think when I have a bit of change set aside, I'll be buying this one. Looks like such a fun deck!
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