All Hands On Deck for Heroic Tarot!
This year I received some acclaim for the personal divination system I devised with X-Men playing cards, but I also work with other more established card sets! Above, the Aquarian Tarot mingles with The Faeries’ Oracle, and the Voyager Tarot, all systems of which I am most familiar. Here’s why these decks are included in my arsenal of divination:
This deck is akin to the Rider Waite Deck, but is rendered in more delicate lines and muted colors. I find this card works well for traditionalists and folks who might be in the beginning stages of teaching themselves Tarot. This deck is a product of the 70s and has a cool, fluid energy about it that some find soothing. I love it for the watercolor backgrounds, the court cards with faces rendered in pencil, and the Art Nouveau sensibilities.
The Faeries’ Oracle
Beloved artist Brian Froud created the artwork for this deck and Jessica Macbeth wrote incredible entries for each card. Like the faeries of legend, this deck contains very powerful and opinionated characters, some downright contrary. Many people who have difficulty keeping their attention focused find this deck helpful. This deck has very specific meanings for upright and reversed cards and it is essential to use them in understanding the reading. Working with this deck is like having an entirely new family or circle of friends. One cannot help but start to create associations with each faerie and work with their individual magickal skill sets.
This deck (created by James Wanless and Ken Knutson) is rife with symbolism in the way of bright and beautiful photographic collages. Although it was created in 1984, the artwork still holds up today. This deck is inclusive of many cultures from all over the world and reinterprets traditional Court cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page) as Man, Woman, Child and Sage. The book for this deck speaks directly in the second person, which encourages self-confidence. Each card speaks specifically to its dual nature, helping you avoid the extremes of either polarity.
And of course:
The X-Men Tarot
Unlike the others, there is no book for this deck as it was only designed as a playing card set adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I have spent many years perfecting a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories. The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation. I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path. This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.
And finally, in an entire class of their own:
The stones that I use are inscribed upon amethyst, but Runes are often small clay tablets. For those who find illustrated cards confusing or distracting, the Runes offer simple markings from ancient times. This language imparts deep truths through the stories of the Nordic gods. These larger than life characters serve as higher symbols for aspiration. Like Odin the Allfather, who lost his eye to learn the mystery of the Runes, we transmute knowledge into wisdom. When a Rune is upside down it is called murkstave and contains a meaning all of its own, although dependent on its upright meaning. Runes are a powerful tool for self change.
When you come in for your Heroic Tarot reading, you have many choices. You might not know at first which deck to use, but intuitively you will gravitate to the one that is right for you. Some of my clients choose different decks each time they visit, but most stay with a deck when they find one that works for them. Your system of information, like your path, is up to you. It is my pleasure and privilege to help you understand both.
Many blessings to you!
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