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Deck Review: The Fountain Tarot

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Deck: The Fountain Tarot

Created by: Jonathan Saiz: Artist, Jason Gruhl: Writer, Andi Todaro: Designer

Date of Publication: April/May 2015

Published by: Self-Published

The Fountain Tarot is the deck that seemed to come out of nowhere for me. I’ll admit: I have a bit of a problem when it comes to tarot decks. It’s no accident or coincidence when Theresa Reed calls me the Keith Richards of tarot decks… I see a new one that I don’t have and I have to snort… er… consume it.

When I attended Readers Studio this past April, there was a new booth that caught my eye… that of the Fountain Tarot. “The Fountain Tarot?” I asked someone. “What’s that? Is it bad that I’ve never heard of it before?” Truly, I thought I was on my game about new and upcoming decks. I had my list of decks I was looking out for to purchase, and Fountain Tarot was nowhere on it. This deck hit me out of left field, for sure.

I wandered over to their booth and looked at the art prints they had hung of the images from the deck. I poured over their sample copy. And I asked if I could buy one only to find out they had already sold them all the day before at the Tarot and Psychology conference. My covetous nature went into overdrive. Being put on the waiting list just wouldn’t do. My eyes had a gleam of avarice as I said, “you’ll sell me the sample deck by the end of the weekend.” I was so certain. The creators laughed at me, enjoying my enthusiasm. I wasn’t joking.

This interaction preceded a weekend-long stalking of the Fountain Tarot booth. Every so often, I even threw in the “I’m watching you” hand gesture with my fingers flashing back and forth from my eyes to their booth. Fellow conference attendees, sensing my overzealous enthusiasm, even put in good words for me with the booth without me even soliciting them.

Oh yes. I had turned into a tarot stalker. But my crazy nature triumphed, and by Sunday morning they relented and I ended up going home with the writer’s own deck. Did I mention I’m nuts? Friendly. But nuts. And thank you to Jonathan, Jason, and Andi for dealing with my particular brand of crazy.

But enough about my tarot cray-cray. Let’s really get into the meat of why I love the Fountain Tarot.Continue Reading

Book Corner: The Tarot Activity Book

Tarot Activity Book

 

Book: The Tarot Activity Book

Author: Andy Matzner

Date of Publication: March 2013

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

 

 

“A book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Franz Kafka

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”—Lao Tzu

So starts Andy Matzner’s The Tarot Activity Book… a book that endeavors to crack open a person’s layers to get to the heart of themselves to the answers they seek… this book is the proverbial “axe” that Franz Kafka spoke of in the above quote.

I have found that many tarot readers shy away from the fortune-telling aspects of divination and tend toward a more counseling approach… already facilatating a reading in much the same way a psychotherapist would counsel using Rorshach tests or allowing a patient to journal or artistically express their emotions.

Sometimes I will approach a reading in much the same way, not only reading a card but prompting my client to do similarly: “What do you see in this card? How does this card make you feel? What do you think is happening in this card? Tell a story about this card. How does this card to relate to your situation?” This deepens the reading and strengthens the bonds of trust and safety between reader and those being read.

This book can only help tarot readers that read in this way in that regard!Continue Reading

Book Corner: 365 Tarot Spreads

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Book: 365 Tarot Spreads
Author: Sasha Graham
Date of Publication: May 2014
Published by: Trade Paperback, Llewellyn Worldwide

There’s a lot of reasons why Sasha Graham is one of my tarot girl crushes. Every year when I show up at Readers Studio, she’s usually the one screaming, “My witches are here!!!” followed by a big hug. When I taught my class “Using Tarot for Spell-Work” at RS13, she was my TA, and her first book Tarot Diva was on my Recommended Reading list for my class. She’s a fun, bubbly, effervescent soul who is also completely down to earth and approachable… a hard combination to pull off with authenticity (but she succeeds!).

Tarot Diva (her first book, published in 2011) was a fun romp through the land of (what else?) being a tarot diva, full of great information and geared toward those that may not be familiar with tarot… in my opinion, it was a intermediate/advanced book about tarot, archetypes, magick, spirituality, and integration, disguised as a beginner book for the masses!

In her second book, 365 Tarot Spreads, she takes all of her sparkling personality and interweaves it into a day-by-day (yes, all 365 of them, based on the calendar year) spread odyssey. Continue Reading

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