The Original Dog Tarot – a deck review

June 25th, 2024 § Comments Off on The Original Dog Tarot – a deck review § permalink

To even things out re: cats and dogs (see Tangelo the Cat reading the Phantasmagoric Tarot,) here’s another deck review from Georgie’s Magic Card Collection

It’s for The Original Dog Tarot: Your Key to Divine the Canine Mind by Heidi Schulman, and illustrated by Mary Blake. This deck was published in 2012 by Potter Style, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group

5 Points About The Deck …

  1. The Arcanas: They’re not Arcanas at all, but rather, Barkanas … the hidden expressions of the canine spirit …
    Minor Barcana: 4 Minor Suits of three cards each: Bones, Bowls, Leashes, and Biscuits … not as many cards as is traditional, but probably all that you need if you’re talking with your dog.
    Major Barcana: There are 18 Major cards. Some have familiar names, like The Fool, The Magician, and The Chariot, though their numbers are different than you might expect, and of course, they’re much more dog-centric than usual. Oh, and the Magician’s name is Nostradogus.
    Also in the Major Barcana are a group of cards that are very dog specific … for instance: The Kibble, The Hydrant, The Couch, and The Cat. You won’t find these in your everyday RWS deck.
  2. Readability: Though The Original Dog Tarot has the word Tarot in the name, and is made up of cards, it has virtually no connection to any Tarot system I recognize, but that’s okay. The pictures tell a clear dog-involved story, and with or without the instruction booklet, you and your dog can toss some cards and get some answers. The booklet, however, is quite helpful.
  3. The Booklet: The instruction booklet is much more comprehensive than many LWBs (little white books that come with decks). It includes instructions on how to formulate questions, has suggested spreads, with example readings, a history of the deck, and of course, card definitions. It’s very helpful. Though there is one thing …. In the ‘How To Prepare For A Reading’ section, it says that cats should be removed from the room. That might not be bad advice, as cats do walk all over the cards and have a sense of entitled authority over the entire process, but they are cats, and cats are in charge, so …
  4. Card Mandate: The Original Dog Tarot is meant to be used for questions relating to dogs, specifically your dog. But in the booklet, under each Major Barkana definition, there’s a message for humans too. Since humans are most likely the ones doing the actual readings, it’s a positive and inclusive gesture.
  5. Final Thoughts: I like this deck. Given it’s mandate, it’s likely more interesting for dog owners, than those with cats or birds, or just some wild squirrels in the tree in front of their house, but it’s definitely fun, and I’ve very much enjoyed playing with it for this review. And I think my dog friend, Walter did too. We asked a lot of questions, and sorted through some issues. It was a good afternoon.

Tarot Card of the Day – 6/25/24

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Prince of Disks

It’s a good time to get to work.  Nothing exciting, just keep moving forward step by step.  It’ll go a lot faster now that you’re seriously on your way.

Enjoy this building process.  You’re making steady progress.  If you keep moving like this, you’ll reach your goals soon.

And if you’re feeling a little dull because all you do is work, work and plan for more work, that’s okay.  That’s what the energy is right now and you might as well go with it.

Creating stability is worth the effort.  There’ll be plenty of time for fun soon enough.

Moon in Aquarius – High Priestess in the Star’s Clothing

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Moon in Aquarius - High Priestess in the Star's Clothing

The Moon moves into Aquarius today and stays there until Wednesday.

Described in Tarot cards, this transit would be like the High Priestess is dressed as the Star. In other words, her robes are gone and she’s naked as the bird in the tree behind her.

The Moon in Aquarius, or High Priestess in the Star’s clothing, can sometimes be emotionally stressful. Hope may be in the air, but it’s a cautious hope.

Emotionally you feel like sharing, bubbling over with dreams for the future. But your mind keeps getting in the way, reminding you that dreams can sometimes be nightmares.

Try not to spend what could be a nice time double guessing yourself or listing off all the reasons things could go wrong. They might. But they probably won’t.

Be real, but not a wet blanket. Rather than smothering your dreams, direct them with intelligence.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 6/24/24

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Monday, June 24, 2024
#20 – Judgement

Most likely, this is an important time.  You’re probably coming to the end of a long phase and are in the process of review.

Judgment might be a heavy word to use, but that’s likely the situation – you’re judging yourself and your progress to date.  How do you rate yourself?  How are you rating others?   Where do you want to go next?

There’s a strong element of resurrection in this energy.  As the phase you’re in comes to a close, you ready yourself for rebirth.  Listen carefully to what your soul is trying to tell you. What have you learned through these last years? What might you want to try again? What might you want to let go of? The big question is how might you be even more alive going forward?

Enjoy this time for what it is, though it might feel confusing and even a little anxiety-ridden. Soon there will be movement. Take a good look at your past, a good look at your present and envision what you want to do next. What do you want your life to be like tomorrow? It’s up to you to make it happen.

Cat Reading

June 23rd, 2024 § Comments Off on Cat Reading § permalink

Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s a pic of my feline friend, Tangelo doing a reading with the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot. He had some great insights.

Tarot Card of the Day – 6/23/24

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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Page of Cups

Sweetness abounds when the Page of Cups is around.  This is a great day to communicate emotions – enthusiastically and without censor, especially to those you love.

There’s a lightness in the air and the sense that something new could be starting.  And it just might be.

It’s good to remember though, that there’s no need for you to commit to anything serious right now.  It’s still the time of freshness and beginnings.  Becoming heavy now would only dampen what’s still just growing.

Express yourself and let your imagination wander.

The Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot – A Deck Review

June 22nd, 2024 § Comments Off on The Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot – A Deck Review § permalink

The next deck pulled out of Georgie’s Magic Card Collection is the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot, created by Graham Cameron and published by US Games. The deck I have is from 1999.

The storyline with these cards is that you’re an actor in a performance at the Phantasmagoric Theatre. When you pull your first card, the curtains are drawn, and the magical circus of your dreams begins …

5 Points about this Deck

Artwork: The artwork is what grabbed me in the first place. It’s bright, circusy, evocative, and clear in its messaging. The images are unique, stepping far outside the Rider-Waite-Smith mold (especially in the Minor Arcana), while continuing to follow a traditional Tarot structure. And I love the colours.
Readability: As mentioned above … though the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot is not an RWS clone, it does follow the basic structure of the RWS and other Golden Dawn systems. That gives those familiar with the ideas in those cards a head start on the concepts in this deck. Having said that though, you don’t need to know any Tarot system to read these cards. The images tell a great story on their own. And of course, if you need help, the deck comes with a decent Little White Book that defines each card per the creators’ concept.
Deck Size: This deck has big cards – 5.5X3.5”. If you have smaller hands, it might be a little harder to shuffle than an average sized deck would be. And the larger size can crowd a small reading area. But for this deck especially, the size seems exactly right. There’s space enough to showcase all the charming details, and to let the colours really shine.
Suits: The Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot has the traditional four suits of Swords, Wands, Cups, and Coins (aka Pentacles/Disks). One thing that’s a little different in this deck is that the Wands are drawn as sticks with a star on top, much a like a magic wand would be, while the Coins are drawn as simple plain-faced disks. There’s no problem with that. In fact, I like it. I only bring it up because if you’re accustomed to Pentacles having stars on them (like in the RWS), at first glance, you might mistake the Wands for Coins, or at least I did a couple times. But each suit is clearly listed at the top of each of the Minor Arcana cards, so if in doubt, just look there.
Deck Goal: The Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot “invites us on a journey of spiritual fulfillment”… quite a lofty goal that I’m not sure any Tarot deck can achieve. The journey maybe, but fulfillment? In any case though, The Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot is fun, and bright (with some dark corners to be sure), and smart, and at least in my opinion, a delight to read with. I definitely recommend it.

And as a complete aside, I was happy to see that Graham Cameron and I were similarly inspired in our teens. He mentions in his booklet’s introduction that the first deck he ever owned was Fergus Hall’s Tarot of the Witches. I didn’t have that deck myself, but the accompanying book for it by Stuart Kaplan was my very first Tarot book. I still have it now. And I eventually got a beat up copy of the 1973 version of Tarot of the Witches which was published as the James Bond 007 Tarot Deck… but we’ll look at that on another day.

Tarot Card of the Day – 6/22/24

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Saturday, June 22, 2024
#7 – The Chariot

Today you’ll likely see some movement. The Chariot is the card of change, the card that takes you places.  Having finally determined the direction you’d like to go, now is the time to get cracking and go there.

Changing jobs, moving house or some sort of travel are the larger manifestations of the Chariot energy.  Sometimes though, it might bring no more than a strong desire to redecorate your living room or go for a long drive.

However it plays out, try not to give up if the going gets a little tough. More often then not, just sticking it out and playing for real is all it takes to ensure victory.  You’ve come this far already, why would you give up now?

Moon in Capricorn – High Priestess in the Devil’s Clothing

June 21st, 2024 § Comments Off on Moon in Capricorn – High Priestess in the Devil’s Clothing § permalink

High Priestess dressed as The Devil

The Moon moves into Capricorn today and will stay there until Monday.

If you were to describe this transit using the Tarot, you might say that the High Priestess is wearing the Devil’s clothing. The virginal goddess has gotten downright beastly.

The Moon in Capricorn, or High Priestess in the Devil’s clothing, is a period of potential internal conflict. The physical world might seem to draw you away from what you typically believe to be right.

You might feel driven or compelled by behaviours and attitudes that go against the grain of your morality. It could be liberating or disturbing, depending on your secrets.

Whatever’s going on though, don’t be too hard on yourself. Get obsessions out of your system, and learn what you can about yourself while you do so.

You should be ready to move on soon. There’s nothing wrong with a little focused physicality. Just don’t get stuck.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 6/21/24

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Friday, June 21, 2024
#19 – The Sun

What a good day!  Enjoy! After the long journey you’ve finally managed to get to the other side of the night.

There’s no need to be shy – express yourself and let everyone see you smile.

You have confidence now and boundaries no longer pen you in.  Creativity carries you forward as if in a dream.

Focus your imagination and you can manifest what you will.  Be open, free and alive.