Right, who wants one?

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Five reasons you might like to buy it:

1. You don’t currently own a book called “The Tarot Playbook: 78 Novel Ways to Connect with Your Cards” so it would nicely fill that gap on your bookshelf.

2. You have been told by your significant other than if you buy one more tarot deck they will cut up your credit cards. But they didn’t say “tarot book”.

3. You are not interested in the book at all, but have heard it contains 78 different sized images that form a wholly unusable tarot deck when cut out (it does).

4. You can no longer take the plaintive cries coming from the decks that you’ve left neglected under your bed and you think this book might help (it will).

5. You haven’t bought anything else yet today.

Now in stock at Tarot Chest.

Scans of the Dark Fairytale Tarot, Part 1

May 2, 2012 § 9 Comments

So I’ve got my hands on a copy of the Dark Fairytale Tarot, which should be in stock at Tarot Chest in a couple of weeks. I’ve been looking forward to this deck – from the (very) few images I’d seen I hoped it might be eerily enchanting. But when I opened it, to be honest, I was disappointed. In fact, my exact tweet was:

“Shiny fronts matt backs, digital photo-realistic montage, overblown special effects, beautiful young women looking pensive in various poses.”

However….I have been giving it another look and am starting to appreciate it more. I think the main problem was the huge difference between my expectations of what it was and the reality of what it actually is. But, in fairness, what it actually is isn’t all that bad.

For example, here are the scans I’ve just uploaded to the store. I chose cards that I thought looked nice but also tried to choose ones that are representative of the deck as a whole and that also WORK as tarot cards (very important that).

  

  

I’ve noticed also that the cards look nicer when I’m not looking at them too closely and when there’s lots of them together, as there would be in a spread. So perhaps all is not lost.

Next, I’ll post some scans of what I consider to be the not-so-nice cards. But, tell me, what do you think of it so far??

 

P.S. I think my scanner needs dusting…

The Ultimate in Window Shopping

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

What’s the one thing people want to see when trying to decide whether to buy a tarot deck?

MORE PICTURES!!!

Well, how about All the Pictures in the World Ever?

We’ve just added a feature to Tarot Chest which means you can go from this:

to this:

in just one click!

It’s amazing the difference it makes. Yes, it’s just a Google image search but we’ve done the tiresome [Open new window – navigate to Google – type in search terms – hit Enter] bit for you, making it easier and quicker to find what you like – and dismiss what you don’t.

Now, it won’t always work perfectly. If the deck has a generic name (Psychic Tarot) or has a similar name to another deck (meaning it’s about vampires or fairytales) then you’re going to get a mixed bag of search results. But quite frankly, that’s Google’s fault. They should really sort that out. 😉

Why don’t you give it a try?

Today’s Journey Tarot

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been wanting to take a look at the Today’s Journey Tarot for a while. From the card scans I’d seen, the deck seemed to have a refreshing take on the traditional meanings, along with an intriguing artwork style, yet no one was really talking about it. Could this be one of tarot’s hidden gems?

Vital Statistics
Created by Expanding Dimensions
Published by Schiffer, Autumn 2011
78 cards in hinge-opening box with magnetic closure
96-page card sized guidebook, in English

Other Stuff You Might Want to Know
Cards measure 7.3 x 12.4 cm
All Major Arcana cards have been renamed
Suits are Fire (Wands), Water (Cups), Air (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles)
Court cards are Child (Page), Youth (Knight), Mother (Queen), Father (King)

 

 

 

Video review coming soon!

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New Lower Prices!

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been busy the last couple of days dropping prices around the store. What can I say, I clearly have too much time on my hands… 😉

Check out the AGMuller and US Games categories to see the new-improved prices. Many decks are now £13.99, £12.99, or even less.

And while we’re on the subject of prices, did you know…?

1) My virtual assistant Bilbo discounts a couple of items every night at midnight, at least one of which is always a tarot deck. The size of the discount depends on Bilbo’s mood and varies between 5 and 20% so it’s possible to catch some really good deals just by watching Bilbo like a hawk (you’ll find his “today only offers” on the homepage). Many a time I’ve winced in pain upon seeing what he’s done.

2) Tarot Chest offers a price matching service. On every product page there’s a link that says “Found it cheaper, click here…”. Click that to tell me about so-and-so who’s selling the Tarot of Impossible Margins for £4.86 and I will do my best to match their price. Or I’ll tell you I can’t match it, but at least then we’ll get to chat (and then you’ll realise what a lovely person I am and decide that you’d rather buy it from me anyway, mwa-ha-ha, not really but you know, one must try).

Hmm…this post needs a picture. Here is the 6 of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot, subtitle “The Shopkeeper”.

Halloween!

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m quite excited about Halloween this year. It’s not usually a big thing for us but we’ve moved to a new house and our little girl is old enough now to join in, so we’re going to dress up and carve pumpkins and do the whole Halloween thang. Our house has an unusually high number of spiders in residence anyway (big ones!), so we won’t have to decorate much…

I’ve also been thinking about doing a special Halloween reading. Obviously, this year I’m committed to the Haindl, but I don’t see why I can’t have a little fun with it. I’m thinking about trying out this spread that I came up with a long time ago but never got round to using.

What about you? Do you have any Halloween tarot rituals? What’s your favourite deck or spread to use at Halloween?

(Click the Ace of Pumpkins to see a range of fun and friendly decks for Halloween, all with 10% off!)

Ace of Pumpkins from the Halloween Tarot

The Secret Language of Birds Tarot

September 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

So the Secret Language of Birds has arrived and whilst I prepare my thrilling and not-to-be-missed video review, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the cards.

But first, here are the top three things you need to know about the Secret Language of Birds Tarot:

1. It’s big. Sorry, I mean it’s BIG. Large Thoth big, I’d say, though not having a large Thoth to hand I can’t be 100% sure. Still, it has “trim me” written all over it, so that would make it slightly easier to handle.

2. It has non-scenic pips. And not the good kind. (Don’t get me wrong – they’re attractive, just not all that readable.)

3. There’s something very weird going on with the courts. Page, Knight, Queen, King? Princess, Prince, Queen, Knight? Er, no. Try Queen, King, God, Goddess. Get your head round that one.

That said, all these things make the deck very intriguing and it’s got a fat accompanying book. The artwork is quite charming I think. Rich colours, appealing paintings, and some lovely takes on the majors. Plus, I think I saw Johnny Depp, Liz Taylor, and Pavarotti in there somewhere. Hmm….

Secret Language of Birds Tarot

Secret Language of Birds Tarot

Available now from Tarot Chest, price £27.50.

Tarocco Indovino!

January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve just added scans for the Tarocco Indovino. This is an unusual little deck, full of quirks and inscrutable expressions. The characters are simultaneously charming and a little bit scary, and the illustrations are intriguing and colourful, although a little bit drab in places. If that all sounds contradictory, then you’re starting to get an idea of what this deck is like.

‘Indovino’, apparently, is Italian for fortune-teller or sooth-sayer. The name fits the deck, as the Italian keywords (both upright and reversed) on each card lean towards the prophetic with, for example, Eredità (inheritance) on the 5 of Cups. Actually, calling it the 5 of Cups is wrong. I should say 5 of Hearts, as there are no suit names – only playing card symbols printed in the corner of each card. Finally, there are two extra cards – La Consultanta and Il Consultante – which can be used as significator cards.

If you’re put off by all of this, then the Tarocco Indovino probably isn’t for you. However, if you like the challenge of picking up a deck without a clue how to read it, then the Indovino is worth a look. And when all’s said and done, it IS a tarot deck – it does have 22 majors, and four minor suits and four court cards – and the major arcana is certainly recognizable to anyone who’s seen a Rider Waite before. It’s just a very individual tarot deck – with a personality that’s as eccentric as its King of Spades.

    

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Images copyright Dal Negro

Shadowscapes Tarot

July 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

I just love this deck! Here is a longer-than-I-planned video review:

Please feel free to post your comments, questions and wotnot below.

Like the deck? Order it from Tarot Chest!

Anna.K Tarot – 5 of Swords

July 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Anna.K Tarot 5 of SwordsThe Anna.K Tarot is a very honest deck. What I mean by that is, it doesn’t have any airs or graces and it doesn’t dress things up.

For example, one of the things I really like about it is the head-on way it depicts negative situations. The 5 of Swords is an excellent example of this with its violent scene of barbarians pillaging and burning and preying on the weak. Some might see it as too extreme for most everyday readings, but I like it because it cuts to the chase. The subject of the reading might not be as dramatic as the scene on the card but it certainly makes you confront the reality of the situation – whether that’s your boss abusing his position to advance his career or your own treatment of the new girl. It says, “Hey, the bottom line is, someone here’s being a real bully”.

And the 5 of Swords isn’t the only card to speak out in the deck. Another favourite of mine is the Devil, which shows a scene of such debauchery and depravity, the real Devil would be proud. 😉 There’s greed, lust, war, gluttony – probably all seven of the deadly sins if I could remember what they were. And everyone in the card has completely lost sight of themselves. Everyone, that is, except for the Devil, who is the only one in control. What an incredibly powerful and unapologetic image. It would certainly make you think twice if it came up in a reading.

Before you start running for the hills, let me say that these cards are in the minority. In fact, the Anna.K Tarot is a very well-balanced deck which covers the full spectrum of real life. So, alongside these cards and others like them – the Tower, and the 3, 4, 8, 10, and Knight of Swords (okay, let’s just say the Swords suit!) – there are wonderful paintings of joyful family celebrations, of warm summer days, and of growing old with the person you love. And then there are the cards in-between, that show the daily struggles, exchanges, hopes and dreams that we all experience. It’s a deck that feels very much like life itself: painful and joyful, beautiful and messy, cruel and yet mind-bogglingly tender.

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Anna.K Tarot copyright Anna Klaffinger

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