The Thoth Tarot Deck

Conceived by Aleister Crowley, and painted by Lady Frieda Harris during WWII, this deck has become a pillar of modern Tarot, second in worldwide use and acclaim only to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. These two most-beloved decks do share some similarities, and this shouldn’t be surprising: Crowley and A.E. Waite studied many of the same sources, … More The Thoth Tarot Deck

The Karmic Wheel Tarot Spread in Action

The other day, for the New Spread Saturday photo challenge that I co-host each month over on Instagram, I posted a new Tarot spread based on the concepts of reincarnation and karma. After reading the killer write-up and additional blog post that a friend, Joy @joyjjj, posted after she used the spread, I figured I could take a … More The Karmic Wheel Tarot Spread in Action

Tarot Spread: The Karmic Wheel

It’s the last Saturday of the month, so it’s time again for New Spread Saturday, that riveting photo challenge over on Instagram brought to you by Tabitha Dial (IG username = @tabithadial), and me, (IG username = @arrowinflight)! You have all day to join in if you like – just cook up an original Tarot spread, take a picture of it, … More Tarot Spread: The Karmic Wheel

Tarot Tip: Remember the GIGO Principle!

It’s pretty understandable that a Tarot reader might place a lot of focus on what the cards have to say. That seems to be the point of consulting them, right? But a Tarot reading isn’t exactly a one-way monologue performed by the deck. It’s actually a dialogue, a conversation…and that dialogue starts with the reader … More Tarot Tip: Remember the GIGO Principle!

Tarot Tip: Bird’s-Eye View

It’s pretty natural when interpreting a spread to analyze the cards one at a time – that’s an essential part of any reading. Another really crucial step, though, is to also take stock of the entire array of cards you’ve drawn, after the last one has been turned face-up. This bird’s-eye view assessment can reveal … More Tarot Tip: Bird’s-Eye View

Tarot Tip: Study Your RWS & Thoth!

In the modern Tarot landscape, the overwhelming percentage of decks that you’ll encounter use either the Rider-Waite-Smith deck or the Thoth deck as their “role model.” Most decks closely follow one or the other of those two blueprints, and decks that stray too far from them run the risk of being dismissed by the Tarot … More Tarot Tip: Study Your RWS & Thoth!

Tarot Deck Shenanigans

Tarot readers are obliged, at some point, to pick a deck. If you don’t, it will obviously be kind of difficult to actually get very Tarot-y. You do your research, you assess a bunch of factors, and ultimately you choose a deck. Except sometimes a deck chooses you. I’ve posted repeatedly here about how when … More Tarot Deck Shenanigans