Snap Review: The After Tarot

Snap Review: The After Tarot

By Susan Lynx

When the After Tarot arrived at the shop, I got goosebumps as soon as I saw the first few cards. Created by Pietro Alligo, the artwork by Giulia Francesca Massaglia is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) cards. This completely new deck answers the question “What happens to the Arcana you know, one moment into the future?” To get a flavor of the deck, here is what happens to the Fool.

On the left we see the familiar Fool in the RWS. On the right, in the After Tarot, he has taken that next step and hangs on to the crumbling cliff. While the knapsack of worldly belongings and karmic baggage falls away, the Fool is unconcerned as he inhales the aroma of the flower and savors the moment. In one way, the Fool seems more “foolish.” For me, it adds a new level of awareness and makes me ask the question “Isn’t every step into the future like this? Do I really know what’s coming from moment to moment?” When things happen unexpectedly, I’d like to let go of my past and enjoy the now for as long as I have it.

Intrigued? The book by Corrine Kenner that accompanies the deck is a rich resource. There is a spread for alternate futures and a chart that makes it easy to apply basic astrology to the cards. The cards are organized and explained using numerology in a way that is easy to understand and use. Last but definitely not least, there is a very detailed description of the many symbols in each card. I love how the After Tarot rejuvenates and freshens traditional Tarot. Highly recommended.

The After Tarot is available through the Eye of Horus, either in person or through our website. Order your copy today!

Review: The Moonbeam Magick Oracle

Review: The Moonbeam Magick Oracle

By Susan Lynx

Here in the shop, customers often ask “What is the difference between tarot cards and oracle cards?”  My answer is twofold: Oracle cards require less study and mastery in order to read with them, so they are more accessible to beginners.   They offer insight but don’t necessarily address the tougher side of life or the shadow side of the human soul. It’s not that tarot is more negative, but tarot tends to offer a view of life that includes the challenges and the pain.  Oracle decks are intended to comfort, uplift, and inspire.

The Moonbeam Magick Oracle, with its easy-to-grasp symbolism and appealing rainbow hues, demonstrates this beautifully.  The images are by the artist Sapphire Moonbeam, who creates her “energy paintings” with direction from her Fairy Spirit guides.  Each card offers wisdom in a reassuring way. The nicely-written guidebook invites you to work with each card in 3 ways:

  • Reflect on the direct meaning of the word on each card; and/or
  • Absorb the flowing images to evoke your intuitive and emotional response; and/or
  • Meditate on a card and repeat the affirmation offered at the end of each card description.  

I recommend this deck for those times when you are looking for a positive, lighthearted, and inspiring session.  But that doesn’t mean it’s only for “happy times.” You can use this oracle to challenge yourself to reach for the rainbow even when things look bleak.

The Moonbeam Magick Oracle is available through the Eye of Horus. Bring home your copy today!

 

Which Witchy Tarot is Right for You?

Which Witchy Tarot is Right for You?

By Susan Lynx

Wicca and witchcraft are popular subjects for tarot decks, and there are several available here at the Eye of Horus. Three decks in particular have special appeal for folks who are interested in Wicca or other neo-Pagan paths. All of them include very good books, not just a “little white booklet”, and each of them have very distinct styles of art and commentary. We have open demo decks for each in the shop you can see all the cards in each deck and compare.

The Witches’ Tarot by Ellen Dugan, Art by Mark Evans
Ellen Dugan is the author of several books on witchcraft, and this deck reflects her emphasis on personal empowerment. The art is photo-realistic but still has a mystical flavor. The faces are well-chosen for the various cards and beautifully rendered. The book includes spreads such as the Triple Goddess layout, and even features spells using the cards.

My favorite card is The Moon, showing Hecate with her wolves. Eye of Horus did a full review of the deck when it first came out. (In fact, Ellen Dugan had her launch Party at Eye of Horus. Click here to read that article

 

The Green Witch Tarot by Ann Moura, Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Ann Moura has done a great job remaking the Major Arcana for people who wish to deepen their personal relationship to nature, the elements, and Earth magic. At the same time the images are compatible with general Rider-Waite-Smith concepts. Every borderless card includes a plant and animal symbol, and each one is explained in the book, so it is a great way to expand your knowledge. Kiri Østergaard Leonard’s art is soft-edged and luminous yet captures plenty of detail. I appreciate that several of the images are racially diverse.

My favorite card is The Lovers, named here The Lady and The Lord.

The Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake, Art by Elisabeth Alba
Deborah Blake has authored several books on witchcraft, and she is known for her down-to-earth style and wit. The colors of The Everyday Witch Tarot are vivid and lively but not garish. The cards display the familiar symbols of witch’s hat, broom, cauldron and cat familiar in scenes ranging from medieval to modern. Some images are purposely androgynous, which I appreciate. The book goes beyond traditional meanings of the cards in a section called “Things to Consider” with questions and suggestions for applying each card to your life.

I couldn’t pick a single favorite card, because I like The Moon and The Tower so much. They reflect power and humor at the same time. Read Jane’s First Impressions of the Every Day Witch Tarot here>

Susan Lynx is available for tarot readings at the Eye of Horus. Schedule your appointment with Susan today through our website!