Favole. The plural form of the Italian word favola which means fairy tale or fable. I was very excited to receive this deck and was positively jumping out of my seat when I got my hands on them. The first thing that caught my eye was how beautiful the box itself was, yes it’s just cardboard, but Fournier packaged it well and the darkly romantic feeling I got from it carried well into the deck itself. Continue reading
Upon doing some recent research on ‘buying your first tarot deck’ for a friend, amongst acquiring some very useful information from various blogs and websites, I continued to stumble across a rather strange notion – that it’s ‘best to be given your first deck as a gift’. After putting the theory out to some of our wonderful friends over at the Psychic Bazaar Facebook page, it turns out this may simply be an old wives tale, or may even derive from an old Gypsy tradition in which you would be given a deck that has been handed down through generations.
Anyhow, as strange as the theory is, I thought I’d put it to the test! I own a moderate amount of decks already, all of which I chose myself, but I sent some friends and family over to our website to see what they would’ve chosen for me as my first deck. It’s important to note that not all of them are Tarot enthusiasts, but I thought that may make things a little more interesting (and genuine), as first-time deck buyers / receivers may also have little or no prior knowledge of Tarot cards. I’ll reveal what I actually bought as my first deck at the end…
|1) Robert – Family member‘I’ve gone for The Gothic Tarot. I know James is somewhat into his horror films and metal music, which I guess is reflected in the imagery throughout this deck. The description claims that the deck is fairly easy to read, so it seems like a good choice’|
We recently ran a competition via our Facebook page in which we asked you to review your favourite Tarot or Oracle deck, with the chance to win four Tarot decks and have your reviews published on our Blog. Amongst plenty of great entries, we chose Amanda Regan as our winner. She reviewed the wonderful ‘Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle’ for us. Over to you Amanda….
“Once upon a time they say…” opens the Faery Oracle Guidebook. Inside this book you will find tons of basic information on Faeries, suggestions on how to work with Faeries to improve your use and connection to the cards in this deck and a few different layouts to read Oracle messages. The book, 180 pages in length, describes each card in depth adding a charming lore section, divinatory and reversal meanings. It also has some fascinating information on the author, Lucy Cavendish, who brings a whimsical and practical voice to the book and cards. As well as her friend and artist, Selina Fenech, who breathes life into the cards with her gorgeous renditions of the Faeries. The book, unlike most guidebooks I’ve read, also has a section for rituals you may practice to bring you closer to the Fairies to aid in your life and your readings!
The Chinese New Year kicked off on 10th February 2013. According to Chinese astrology, 2013 signifies the Year of the Snake (specifically the ‘Black Water Snake’); a slippery customer who may appear slow and silent, but can attack with precision and speed unexpectedly.
Using Tarot cards to predict the outcome of our pursuit for happy and fruitful relationships can be greatly rewarding for many people. Whilst the horizon can often seem hazy when trying to predict the outcome of a current or potential love interest, Tarot can help clarify important steps to take, can indicate any adjustments that may need making to your approach and can help bring peace of mind.
The first card which springs to mind when regarding love and relationships is The Lovers (of course)! This card sums up the loving bond between it’s two protagonists – a mutual respect and appreciation for one another, with a relationship that is built on trust and affection. The Lovers is a very deep card which implies you currently have (or are about to discover) a very deep personal connection with someone truly special.
Death is an inevitability that is feared by most and unavoidable by all. We see a skeletal figure in armour slowly riding his horse amongst men, women and children who are all affected by Death’s touch. We even see a priest bowing down, aware that Death is beyond faith or religion.
Without the Sun, life would cease to exist. With this basic concept in mind it’s easy to see why The Sun card represents vibrancy, energy, joy, optimism, strength and success.
The Fool is the first card in a standard Tarot deck but can actually exist within any point of the Major Aracana. As we see the character embarking upon a journey, the Fool represents our journey through life and is therefore relevant at whichever point it appears.
Being a Gemini myself, I feel a particular affinity towards the Lovers card. Raphael, the angel of air, looks down upon two figures who stand amongst an awe-inspiring landscape filled with beauty and wonder. This card is packed with symbolism – the five apples on the tree representing the five senses, the green grass representing fertility, the 12 flames behind the man representing each sign of the zodiac and his sexual passion and the snake bringing the story of Adam and Eve to the card.
The Archangel Gabriel looks down upon men, women and children who have risen from their graves to face the inevitability of Judgement. Mountains in the background tower over the horizon to represent the impossibility of avoiding judgement.