Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot Review

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Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot Deck Review

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If you love the gothic art of Anne Stokes, you’ll love this deck. The Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot Deck is a must for all the Darklings – or laspsed Darklings – of the world.

The Major Arcana and Court Cards are all individually illustrated with beautiful images.

This deck has it all! Angels, dragons, skeletons, swords – anything that you could want!

The pip cards are not individually illustrated, so I wouldn’t recommend this one for your first deck, but as a second or third deck, it’s fantastic. It’s also great to just look at – if you’re a fan of this art style (like I am), I’d recommend picking it up for the looks alone.

The backs of the cards have a wonderful kind of wax seal design.  The cards have intricate and beautifully rendered borders, and they’re just a joy to look at. The cards are a similar size to a normal pack of playing cards, and are reasonably sturdy.

It comes in a small fold-able cardboard box, with a LWB (Little White Booklet). I wouldn’t recommend that you learn Tarot straight from this booklet, as it is lacking in detail. However, as a memory aide it’s quite useful.

This is more a collector’s deck, than a reader’s deck, but what a collector’s deck it is!

Looks: 4/5

Presentation: 3/5

Readability: 3/5

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The Retro-Tarot Book

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The Retro-Tarot Book

Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve created a new eBook(let)!

The Retro-Tarot Book contains ten all-new Tarot spreads inspired by the raw beauty of the planets in Retrograde. Whilst you’ll get extra-amazing results using each spread in the corresponding Retrograde, they are also built to be useful during any time of year/decade/century.

Tarot and Astrology Work Together Wonderfully!

Each spread focuses on a specific area ruled by each of the Planets. I’ve designed the spreads around a specific thought, idea or process that either becomes more difficult or more illuminated during a Retrograde.

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The Spreads

Mercury

Understand how you can communicate better in each area of your life – from the Internet, to work, to romance, and more!

Venus

Evaluate and consider your relationships. This spread is useful not just for romances, but friendships, collegial and familial relationships as well.

Earth

Earth can’t go Retrograde – but sometimes life is just so weird it feels like it has. This is the spread to use when you don’t even know where to start unpicking recent events.

Mars

Mars Retrograde teaches us a lot about our energy and motivation levels. Specifically, where we’re using them in wrong ways.

Jupiter

Jupiter is all about slow, incremental expansion. How can you slow down and conquer your goals in a more strategic way?

Saturn

Work and responsibility gets tangled up with some pretty bad feeling about ourselves. This spread will help you pick it all apart, and start to work towards some better feelings.

Uranus

This spread will give any rebel their cause. Learn what to do with those itchy, anxious feelings about the world going just plain wrong.

Neptune

This is possibly the most uncomfortable spread in here, but it’s the one I recommend that you start with. Knowing and facing your fears is one of the most liberating things you can do.

Pluto

Your daydreams hold the key to achieving what you really want. This spread will show you how to find the lock.

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You can print off any or all of the pages, and lay your cards down over the images provided, if that’s a thing that suits you.

It’s completely free, and comes as a PDF download.

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Want to learn about the other planets in Retrograde? Check out these blog posts:

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Jupiter Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde

Neptune Retrograde

Uranus Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

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Gods of the Machine Review

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The Steampunk Tarot Deck Review – Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine

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Often unfairly labelled as ‘the other Steampunk deck’, this is a gorgeous deck with mysticism all of it’s own. Instead of just shoving gears on things, this deck creates an entire world from the ground up, and is full of tiny details. You could stare at a card for hours and barely scratch the surface of what it can show you.

The guidebook really is something else. As well as containing full descriptions of each card and keywords for both uprights and reversals, it contains a spread for each Major Arcana card.

Yes, each Major Arcana card. And they are good spreads! Each one focuses on a particular aspect or two of the Major Arcana card that it represents, so as well as being fantastically useful for ordinary divination, they’re also useful to use to learn each of the Majors. Even if a Steampunk Tarot deck isn’t quite what you’re looking for, I would recommend it for that alone!

The pip cards are illustrated in the same full-colour style of the Majors, and all the cards are white bordered. The guidebook is substantial, and easy to read. It all comes in a large, sturdy box, suitable for storage.

A wonderful deck for Steampunk or Sci-Fi enthusiasts.

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5 of the WORST Tarot Myths

5 of the WORST Tarot Myths

5 of the WORST Tarot Myths

There are some rotten Tarot myths that just WON’T go away. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?

It’s a Tool of the Devil!

Ummm, no. Whilst some Tarot types DO contact/work with the Devil or other ‘darker’ entities, most don’t. Tarot has literally nothing to do with the Devil, and can just as easily be used to make contact with Angels, Grandma, or Your True Inner Self ™ .

Tarot, Oujia Boards, Runes and Pendulums are simply communication devices. It’s completely up to you who you call. If you get something through that you don’t like, hang up the phone.

And whilst you CAN use Tarot cards to contact the Great Whoever, they’re more commonly used to tell the future, or as a method of emotional introspection. Tarot started off as a game ( the precursor to our modern playing cards) and then got used as a divinatory device. There is no Grand Conspiracy. Sorry.

If you wanted to contact the Devil, there are better ways to do it.

Anything Shown in the Cards WILL Happen

If that was the case, reading Tarot would be a bit pointless, no? Life is a series of cause and effect. If you are forewarned about the effect you can remove or mitigate the cause, or at least prepare for the effect.

Nothing is set completely in stone, and really, the whole point of telling the future is so that you can swing it to your best advantage, or find out how you can get out of a bad situation.

If you’re worried about drawing ‘bad’ cards, let this post put your mind at ease.

Telling the Future is the Only Thing You Can Do With Tarot

Nope. Some people read Tarot daily, and yet don’t even believe you can tell the future with it.

Tarot is truly a fantastic tool for emotional work, and is even used in some traditional psychotherapy sessions.

Watching and recording your reactions to the different symbols, learning to understand why you are drawn to certain cards at certain times or moods, or using Tarot to understand current emotions or situations – these are all fantastic uses for Tarot that don’t require you to believe it’s some fancy magic thing.

It’s also useful for planning ahead, and understanding your previous mistakes.

Tarot is a Sacred Tool and Should Only Be Used For Sacred Questions

Yeah, no. If you want to use your own deck for super spiritual stuff, that’s your own business, and I won’t stop you. But I’d like to get rid of this myth that you HAVE to do this.

As previously mentioned, Tarot originally started as a game. It’s long reputation has been associated with social taboos like gambling, drunkenness and blasphemy, and it’s actually still used in many places purely as a card game.

To be honest, most things in life are both spiritual and profane. Just because something is normal or mundane, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful or spiritual or inspirational. There’s no need to elevate something to a false pedestal, and then get mad at other people who have different view.

Low magic has been around for thousands of years. It will be around for thousands more. Sometimes people need money or love or fun more than they need some fantastic Spiritual Awakening ™ .

Walk your own path. If you want to use Tarot to solely connect with your Higher Purpose, that’s up to you. Here’s a spread you might find useful.

All Tarot Readers Are Money-Grabbing Charlatans

 

Oh, that’ll be why most Tarot readers give away their services for free, right?

*insert crying with laughter emoji*

That said, of course there are charlatans out there. There are charlatans in every type of business, and of course there are more in any kind of health or alternative health market. They want to prey on the desperate.

However, most Tarot readers wholly believe they have the powers that they say they do. You can not believe in Tarot all you like, that’s fine, that’s up to you. But to say that those who fervently believe in Tarot are charlatans is a little bit rude and judgy.

Can we not? Thanks.

Besides, if you tar all readers/mediums with the same brush, you actually miss the chance to get the bastards that really are extracting extortionate sums from the desperate for no results. If we’re going to talk about scamming in the Tarot world, let’s actually talk about how to spot it and avoid it, yeah?

Gaining and maintaining a Tarot reading business is difficult and expensive, and rarely pays your bills. That’s the truth of it. So if you were looking for easy money, sorry buddy, this ain’t it.

If you’re interested in becoming  a professional reader, there are some tips here and here.

What Tarot myths are really annoying you lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Month Ahead Spread

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This is another nifty little spread to help you plan for what’s ahead. Now, do you remember the Wheel of the Year Tarot spread?

Specifically, this bit:

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The Month Ahead spread (and the Three Months Ahead, and Six, and Nine…) are all based around this pairing of cards. You can use this pairing to create all sorts of timeline spreads.

In the Month Ahead spread, you pull four sets of this pairing. Each set represents a full week from the day you do the spread. So, if you do the spread on a Wednesday, the weeks will start on a Wednesday and end on a Tuesday.

Remember in this spread to look for cause and effect. Something you do in Week One can have repercussions in Week Four. This is both more obvious and more important in this shorter timeline, than in the Wheel of the Year spread.

Remember also, that you can have an issue that takes up most of your time or energy during three out of four weeks, but in one week something amazing or upsetting can happen that can totally take your attention off what was happening.

Timeline spreads don’t always follow the same story – so take detailed notes!

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Goal Setting Tarot Spread

Goal Setting Tarot SpreadThe purpose of this Tarot spread is to help you move beyond ‘I would like to’ to ‘I will’. It helps you bring an idea from a daydream into a concrete goal.

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The first half of the spread creates the goal from the emotional, and the second half focuses on pushing through obstacles.

 

  1. The core idea of the goal. This is what you think your ultimate goal is. For example, say you want more money.
  2. This is the actual, practical step. Continuing the example, this card will tell you whether you need a promotion or a new job.

 

Cards 3 – 5 concern obstacles. 3 is all about obstacles in the mind, and the negative self talk that will bring you down. 4 concerns emotional obstacles, and how your emotions might lead you astray. 6 will tell you about practical obstacles – your department might be on a hiring freeze, for example.
Cards 6 – 8 will show you how to overcome these obstacles. 6 will show you how to shift your mindset into a more productive state of mind. 7 will show you how to work through your emotions. 8 will show you how to use physical circumstance to your advantage.

The Bad Cards in Tarot

the bad cards in TarotThe Bad Cards in Tarot

Why People Are Scared

It’s part of the human condition to be scared of the unknown. A lot of people when they get over their fear of Tarot in general, then become frightened of the ‘bad’ cards. I think that as readers if we get over ourselves and our own fear of being scary, and stop trying to convince people that the Death is Super Not Scary and Wholly Light or whatever, we’d be doing not only the community a favour, but anyone who is interested in Tarot.

Life sometimes sucks, and sometimes it sucks really bad. If everything was going great, you probably wouldn’t bother with reading the cards. Here are some ways that ‘bad’ cards might be interpreted. When you ignore bad things out of fear, you only limit yourself. The world isn’t lightness and sparkly unicorns. It’s wholly neutral, and sometimes you get tripped up and drop your stuff everywhere. Bad cards in Tarot can be a warning to look where you’re putting your feet, a clue as to how you’ve landed yourself in a dark place, or a simple ‘Life sucks, dude. I’m sorry about it.’

As a Warning

If you’re asking questions like ‘Should I do a thing?’ and you’re getting all manner of swords and Towers in response, then you should not do the thing. I know this is common sense, but we’ve all ignored dire warnings because we were SURE the thing would work out.

But whilst we’re on the subject of things not working out, make sure to bear the following things in mind:

  • ‘Not now’ doesn’t always mean never (unless we’re talking about people giving consent, in which assume the person will tell you if they change their mind)
  • ‘Not that precise thing’ still means you have options open
  • ‘Not like that’ indicates you’re going about things to wrong way

Warnings can also be about other people’s behaviour towards you. Take these as they are – it’s always good to be suspicious. If someone explodes when you question their motives, they’re guilty as Hell. People who mean you well might be slightly narked at the suggestion, but will forgive you. Obviously, you don’t go running up to someone shouting ‘The Tarot said you’ve done a Bad,’ but keeping your mind open to bullshittery never did anyone any harm.

As Bad Behaviour

Sometimes it’s you doing a Bad. Getting bad cards in a reading can be an insight into behaviour that you need to modify. Remember always that just because you did a Bad, doesn’t mean you are a Bad. Bad people don’t tend to take correction or constructive criticism very well. Take heed of what you’re being told, and try the new way you’re being shown.

We All Have Cycles

Life can’t be good all the time. The Wheel of Fortune will always spin – sometimes we’re at the top, and sometimes we’re at the bottom. Sometimes, life just sucks, and you have to keep moving forward and building it back up.

Sometimes, things have to die for us to move on. A muscle is broken down before it gets stronger. So long as we can keep the lantern of hope going in our darkest times, we’ll do okay.

Don’t be afraid of the bad cards in Tarot, because they are here to show us the way.

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Wheel of the Year Tarot Spread

Wheel of the Year Tarot Spread

Wheel of the Year Tarot Spread

This Wheel of the Year Tarot spread is a large and detailed spread consisting of 26 cards. However, it’s a lot easier than it looks! It is primarily based around the following card positions:

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You’ll first draw two cards to define the year as a whole. Then, you’ll draw two cards for every month. I lay them out in grids of three month blocks rather than a wheel, but it’s up to you. Experiment and find which way is easiest for you.

I take notes on each month as I go, collecting key words and associations. Then, I can sit and look at the notes and write a detailed map of the year, referring back to the cards when I need to.

Obviously, the further ahead you look, the less detailed and less certain it is. Changing course in January will completely change October!

The point of this spread is to give you a framework of likely events and happenings, so you can prepare for these, and change your plans if needed. If I get a dire warning that I’m not likely to get new clients in October, I’m going to cut my non-essential expenses in January to give myself a cushion to rely on.

If I get a card saying I’ll be inundated with clients, I’ll know I need to be looking at delegating and outsourcing tasks in July or August.

The future is entirely what you make of it!

 

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Week Ahead Tarot Spread

Week Ahead Tarot Spread

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This Week Ahead Tarot Spread can also be used daily, and works very well with runes as well. It’s incredibly simple, yet can give you some vital insights.

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  1. What You Need to Think About – a sort of ‘card of the day’, almost. This is a notion, energy or thought that you should keep at the forefront of your head throughout the week. Are you being urged to be kinder? How about your sleep? Are you being warned about deceit in your circle?
  2. What You Need to Do: This card refers to a specific ‘action’. Do you need to ask for a promotion? Or call your Mum? Do you need to take a day off?
  3. The Challenge: This card will give you a warning about what will crop up to stop you from achieving the above. Pay attention the other cards, especially Number 1 as that might give you clues about how to overcome this challenge. Is the challenge a person? Yourself? Circumstances? Money?

This is a good spread to do regularly and record the results in a journal. Not only will you have a record of your progress in Tarot, but you’ll be able to see what advice crops up on the regular. If you’re being told to keep a lid on your anger more often than not, you might need to learn ways to control your emotions or find a less stressful job. This can be a valuable guide to ourselves, and give us inspiration about specific questions to ask the Tarot (or ourselves) when we can sense there’s something amiss but just don’t know what.

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Week in Review Tarot Spread

Week Review Tarot Spread

week review tarot spreadWeek Review Tarot spreads are an awesome way to keep track of your goals, whether that’s personal goals  or business ones.

This Tarot spread is designed to help you understand the week that’s just gone by, and how you can improve or expand upon your efforts or wins.

The top line is all about relationships – any significant relationship occurrences or advice will show up here, whether that’s coworkers, partners, family or friends. The world is formed of an interconnecting web of relationships, and it’s important to watch out for issues before problems form.

 

The bottom line looks at your goals, work, and everyday To Do list. Did you hit your goals, or did something get in your way? How did you handle things?

  1. Relationship Triumph – what went well in your relationships this week. Was it an event or an attitude? Did you ask or give a favour? Have you made a friend, or an enemy?
  2. Relationship Challenge – a relationship where things aren’t going so well. Are you ignoring a friend? Are you irritable and snappy with those you love?
  3. How to Improve – this card gives you an idea of how to move forward and improve the relationships usually detailed in the other cards.
  4. Task List Triumph – Did you hit a goal? Do well at work? Create something awesome in your spare time?
  5. Task List Challenge – Do you struggle to get the housework done? Do you need to learn to delegate? Are you procrastinating?
  6. How to Improve –   this card gives you an idea of how to move forward and improve the relationships usually detailed in the other cards.

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