Mutus Liber: The Bookstore of the Museo dei Tarocchi

I adore Museo dei Tarocchi, and am very happy to see that they have an online store!Thank you for sharing!

Tarot Heritage

The Museo dei Tarocchi’s new online bookstore makes it very easy to order their books and decks using Paypal. I celebrated their grand re-opening a few months ago with my usual lack of self-restraint and ordered a pile of books and one very interesting deck. Ordering was a breeze, and it took less than three weeks for my loot to make its way from Italy to California.

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Expanding Perspectives

Interesting take on the Thoth Tarot!

Sometimes when learning to read the tarot, some cards can be a little difficult to fully grasp what their essence is, leaving us feeling a bit foggy as to how to interpret what it may be trying to tell us. Here is a little trick I learned that not only brings clarification but also a deeper insight into how to truly connect and develop valuable insights that any given card is trying to express.

For several years, I’ve been attracted to the Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot but always felt hesitant because I felt that it was a bit too advanced for me after years of study and reading with the Rider Waite Tarot.

I finally bought this wonderful deck a few weeks ago and am totally smitten with it. It isn’t nearly as complicated as I worked myself up to believe plus it’s an amazing deck for anyone who loves to…

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Review: Fin de Siecle – Kipper Fortune Telling Deck

Fin de Siecle – Kipper
Fortune Telling Deck

Author: Ciro Marchetti
Artist: Ciro Marchetti
Contributors: Fortune Buchholtz, Stella Waldvogel, Susanne Zitzi
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-1-57281-845-3

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The Fin de Siecle is a 39 card deck (3 additional cards have been added to the traditional 36 cards – Poverty, Toil & Trouble, and Community) and 83 page companion book based on the traditional German Kipper system. While maintaining the basic concept and numbering, the visual setting (originally from the Biedermeier period in Bavaria) has been adapted to the Victorian period in London. The deck also incorporates an animated video version of each card, which can be accessed by downloading a specific app and signing up (which is free). Full instructions are included in a downloadable, full color pdf document.

The deck and companion book come packaged in a beautiful cardboard box that opens the long way, and has a magnetic closure. (As often as my cats knock my decks down, I truly appreciate these magnetic closures!)

In his introduction, Marchetti talks about the background of this deck – about his meeting with Johannes Fiebig, from the publishing house AGM-Urani/Konigsfurt/Urania, where they discussed various aspects of cartomancy publishing. One of the gifts that Marchetti was given was a copy of the original version of the Kipper. He was then asked if he would like to produce an updated version of this deck. Initially, Marchetti declined, due to the commitment that such a project would require in both time and effort. However, when he started working with the cards he had been gifted with, he began to see what could be done. In the end, he moved the location from Bavaria to Victorian Britain.

Each card is presented with a small black and white scan, the card name and number, and a short write-up by each of the three contributors (Fortune Buchholtz, Stella Waldvogel, and Susanne Zitzi).

The spreads that are presented are the Triple Pyramid Spread (by Stella Waldvogel) and the SOS Spread (by Susanne Zitzi).

The end of the book carries information on accessing the interactive application for this deck.

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The cards are 2 ¾” by 4 1/8”, and are of good quality card stock. I love the silver edging – such grace and quality! The card backs have a black border surrounding gold imagery with the image of the face of a Court Jester in the center. The cards are not reversible.

The card faces show the same black border, with the number centered on the top, in gold. The card title is centered on the bottom, in gold lettering. A gold border surrounds the card imagery. The cards maintain a sense of continuity in that elements from one card are also found in other cards (i.e. the paintings seen in the study of the Main Male reference other cards in the deck).

Note: I have chosen to give the explanation from one of the three contributors (all three have contributed an explanation got each card). The need for the contributors has an interesting background – there simply is very little information about the Kipper system in English, so there was a need for knowledge from individuals that were familiar with this system.

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1 – Main Male

(Fortune Buccholtz) “The male significator and co-protagonist of our novel. In keeping with the time, he’s a fine gentleman, a so-called Man of Qualities, and we meet him in his study. Note the paintings in the study refer to other cards. For an opposite-sex reading, he’s the partner of the Main Female, Card 2. In a same-sex reading, he’s the partner of the Wealthy Man, Card 13.”

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7 – Message

(Stella Waldvogel) “Informal communications such as letters, texts, notes, memos, phone calls, voice messages and e-mails. (Card 27 is the card for formal paperwork requiring a signature.)”

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8 – False Person

(Susanne Zitzi) “Don’t trust everybody or everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar. This card warns you against dishonesty and deception. Hold your cards close. Check your motivation and targets too.

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21 – Family Room

(Fortune Buchholtz) “Midmorning coffee is served in a bourgeois drawing room, true to Victorian style. The drawing room in better houses was off the formal parlor, and was a place to withdraw to for entertaining close friends and family. Society visits would have been kept in the formal parlor, so we know we’re now in a welcoming and supportive space where secrets and personal matters may be shared. Literally, it’s a room and stands for all private and enclosed spaces such as living rooms, hotel rooms, offices with doors, apartments. More abstractly, it represents privacy and intimacy. This sense of closeness can also refer to the time and place, as in soon, near, right next to you, or shortly, no more than a month.

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36 – Distant Horizons

(Stella Waldvogel) “This is a card of dreams and fantasies. The card that follows this one can be a dream (or fear) coming to pass. But is a card is followed by this one, it will remain just a dream for the time covered by the reading. Hopes will come to pass if Card 26 is next to this card. It can also stand for a message from overseas. The timing is usually summer.”

I love the information that Marchetti includes on the background of this deck, and on why the move from Bavaria to Victorian Britain for background. This deck is very good at showing the day to day of life, as it existed in Victorian times. The deck is very easy to use, and a pleasure to read with!

© July 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: Sibila da Antevisao Deck & Book

Sibila da Antevisao –
Divino Oraculo

Author: Ricardo Pereira
Artist: Ricardo Pereira
Self-published
2015
ISBN #978-85-420-0743-5

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The Sibila da Antevisao is a 52 card oracle deck, based on French playing cards. The cards are structured along the line of French playing cards, with the suits being Clubs, Cups, Swords and Diamonds, with each suit running from Ace to King (thirteen cards in each suit). In reading the cards, Pereira notes that reversals are acceptable. The cards can be interpreted by combination (i.e. two card spreads, three card spreads, etc.), with the student encouraged to use their own creativity, their own intuition, in performing readings. Existing spreads (i.e. The Celtic Cross, and Three Card spreads etc.)  can be used with this deck.

Creator Ricardo Pereira is a Brazilian digital artist, researcher of Tarot history and fortune teller. He developed the Sibila da Antevisao oracular deck, as well as writing the companion book for it. He does oracular consultations, as well as teaching Tarot courses, the Petit Lenormand, Sibila Della Zingara, and the Sibila da Antevisao.

In his introduction to the 19 page companion book, Pereira talks about the urge to create the Sibila da Antevisao as coming from a need to create an objective deck, with associations that were easy to work with. The art is digital, reflecting the themes of everyday life, including cards follow the basic precepts of the Petit Lenormand, and Sibyls in general.

The 116 page companion book has a beautiful orange background dotted with tiny yellow flowers. The cover shows the image of Love Potion – 7 of Cups. Here we see a beautiful gray tray with, from left to right, beautiful red flowers, the alchemical potion itself in a stoppered flask, followed by a wine glass to drink the potion from. The book is in Portuguese, but Pereira has an English version in pdf format that he sends to anyone who buys the book. I was very happy to see this, as it allowed those of us that need the material in English to work with this beautiful deck.

Each card is presented with a black and white image, a discussion of the card, and upright and reversed meanings. The following spreads are included at the back of the book: Tres Segredos, Calice da antevisao, Tau, X do amor, Relogio da vida, Espantalho, Tempo nublado, Calculo do tempo, Encantamnto na encruzilhada, Tunel, Frutos do amor, Peladan, Cruz celta, O Jogo do relacionamento, Circulo celestial, Passado presente e futuro, Portal astrologico, Ferradura, and Piramide do amor. There is a bibliography included at the end of the book.

The cards are 2 ½” by 3 ¾”, with quality card stock. The backs show the same orange background with yellow flowers as the book cover. I almost missed it, but Pereira has his initials placed discretely in the middle of the card, back to back, so that the cards are reversible. Nice touch!

The card faces show an orange border, with the card title in a red ribbon at the bottom, and the suit icon at the top of the page, with the card number (or initial, for the court cards) written on the icon. The card imagery is in the center of the card. The artwork is digital, with strong, clean colors. The deck has rather a retro 40’s feel to it. Most of the cards show human interaction, a few of them are animal based, such as the three snakes in the Nest of Snakes – 5 of Cups, and the donkey in the Donkey -6 of Swords. Other cards show simple scenes – a table set for two in Café – 6 of Cups, a pen and paper on the table in the Pen and Paper – Two of Swords, an open treasure chest in the middle of a formal living room in the Chest – 7 of Clubs, and two beautiful red potted plants in the Pansy – 2 of Cups.

In the sixth chapter of the book are mentioned some combinations possible of cards the Sibila da Antevisao deck, for exemple: Pansy and Wedding Cake means loving commitment, marriage.

Here are a few of my favorite cards from this deck:

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Man With Dog – King of Cups

Meanings: father, married man, paternity, male universe, home, family, provision, faithful friendship, help, groom, romanticism, seduction, influential person

Reversed: disloyalty, infidelity, disillusion

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Ruler and Scale – 2 of Diamonds

Meanings: balance, business and contract, need to measure the pros and cons of a fact, commitment and unity after the variables

Reversed: imbalance, recklessness, error

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Nest of Snakes – 5 of Cups

Meanings: jealousy, envy, greed, blackmail, distrust, betrayal, estrangement, trap, competition, rivalry, falsehood, scandal, intrigue, thievery, corruption, sabotage, mental poisoning, gossip, rebellion, tension.

Reversed: loyalty, harmony, tolerance, peace

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Coffee – 6 of Cups

Meanings: visit, approach, meeting, reencounter, nice indeed, promise fulfilled, surprise, intimacy, generosity, satisfaction, pleasure, invitation

Reversed: mismatch, false promise, mistake

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Teenage – Knave of Diamonds

 Meanings: preadolescent or adolescent, professional vagueness, academy, fun, immaturity

Reversed: independence, maturity, ideal

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Old Lady – Queen of Diamonds

Meanings: experience, protective, mother, aunt, grandma, relative, boss, wisdom, competence, wisdom, rationality, focus, leadership, independence, prosperity

Reversed: imprudence, tiredness, disease

I found this to be a very upbeat, easy oracle to work with. The titles are in Portuguese, but the energy from the card, along with the icon at the top of the card that designates the suite, allows the reader to tell the story.

The deck and companion book set can be purchased from Pereira’s site:

http://substractumtarot.com/sibila-da-antevisao-compre-aqui/.

Link to digital version of the Sibila da Antesao comanion book: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/review-sibila-da-antvisao-digital-version/

© June 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Repoduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

Review – Sibila da Antevisao (digital version)

Sibila da Antevisao –
Divino Oracula

Author: Ricardo Pereira
Artist: Ricardo Pereira
Self-Published
ISBN #978-85-420-0743-5
2015

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I absolutely adore the cover for the digital version of the companion book to the Sibila da Antevisao! (Note: The same cover is used on the cover for the print version of the companion book.) It is done in lovely, bright colors, featuring Love Potion – 7 of Cups. In a beautiful gray tray we see a pot of lovely red flowers, followed by the love potion itself in a stoppered flask, followed by a beautiful wine glass holding the potion to be drunk. It is graceful, gracious symbolism. Loving the esoteric myself, the stoppered flask was very appealing!

Creator Ricardo Pereira is a Brazilian digital artist, researcher of Tarot history and fortune teller. He developed the Sibila da Antevisao oracular deck, as well as writing the companion book for it. He does oracular consultations, as well as teaching Tarot courses, the Petit Lenormand, Sibilla Della Zingara, and the  Sibila da Antevisao. 

 In his introduction to the 19 page companion book, Pereira talks about the urge to create the Sibila da Antevisao as coming from a need to create an objective deck, with associations that were easy to work with. The art is digital, reflecting the themes of everyday life, including cards follow the basic precepts of the Petit Lenormand, and Sibyls in general.

The cards are structured along the line of French playing cards, with the suits being Clubs, Cups, Swords and Diamonds, with each suit running from Ace to King (thirteen cards in each suit). In reading the cards, Pereira notes that reversals are acceptable. The cards can be interpreted by combination (i.e. two card spreads, three card spreads, etc.), with the student encouraged to use their own creativity, their own intuition, in performing readings. Existing spreads (i.e. The Celtic Cross, and Three Card spreads etc.)  can be used with this deck.

Each card is presented in text only, with the theme for the card, upright and reversed meanings. For example:

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Seed – Ace of Clubs

 Meanings: beginning, germination, new time, novelty, something that has just been generated or produced, idea or project development, initial advance, cycle or stage of development, luck, learning, tendency to abundance, success and prosperity, health, vitality, peace

 Reversed: final, involution, failure, loss, bad luck

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Love Potion – 7 of Cups

 Meanings: fantasy, enchantment, spell, illusion, mistake, interference in life and others will, unrequited passion, platonic love, self-deception, living dream

 Reversed: There is no spell. Reality. It is not the end.

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Man With Dog – King of Cups

 Meanings: father, married man, paternity, male universe, home, family, provision, faithful friendship, help, groom, romanticism, seduction, influential person

 Reversed: disloyalty, infidelity, disillusion

 I very much appreciate that Pereira made the effort to translate this material into English. His stated goal is to make the material accessible to oracle fortunetellers around the world, so that it may serve as a bridge to self-knowledge. He has more than accomplished his goal!

Link to the Sibila da Antevisao deck and book review: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/review-sibila-da-antesao-deck-book/

© June 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written consent from the author.

Review: A Happy Pocket Full of Money

A Happy Pocket Full of Money –
Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now

Author: David Cameron Gikandi
Foreword: Bob Doyle
Hampton Roads Publishing
2015
ISBN # 978-1-57174-736-5

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The edition of A Happy Pocket Full of Money that I am reviewing is the Expanded Study Edition. A by-line to this book might be “The Law of Attraction meets the real world”. Cameron is a native of Kenya, holding degrees in both International Business and Information Technology. His professional life includes real estate promoting and investing in Kenya, and an active seminar and motivational presence in the Internet. He was the creative consultant on the 2006 documentary The Secret, which was based on a book by Rhonda Byrnes.

In his foreword, Doyle, a featured teacher in The Secret, speaks of trying to find a way to make his life better, of looking for “proof” for the concepts he was hearing about. For Doyle, A Happy Pocket Full of Money filled in the blanks and gave him that proof. Since the time he read this book, Doyle has worked with Gikandi to spread the word of his teachings. It is interesting to note here that A Happy Pocket Full of Money was first available as a download on the Internet, before it took print form.

The first thing that Gikandi addresses is how we view money. He sees money as an illusion – as a form of legal tender used to exchange value. The true value of money resides within us, not outside of us. It is an aspect of our internal value. Material things only have the value that we give them. Gikandi goes on to say that we need nothing from outside of ourselves to increase our wealth consciousness – all that we need is within us. He then goes on to outline the steps to wealth consciousness that this book will take you on.

From there, Gikandi goes on to discuss quantum physics, showing how we are all connected, and showing the power of faith and right thinking. Readers begin to learn the concept that what we think is solid is not actually so, that the physical world is multi-dimensional, and made up of ideas and energy. How our thoughts form our physical reality.

Other interesting concepts that Gikandi covers include time being an illusion that we create ourselves – how our outer world mirrors our inner world, and how the present moment is the moment that we need to live in. Gikandi also discusses how to think in terms that are friendly t the universe and its laws. How to set goals that set us in the right way to wealth. He talks about being causing thinking – that essentially we are what we think, and that we need to act on what we think.

There is one chapter that I have some concerns about, and that is Money: How to Use the Symbol. There are suggestions here for breaking down spending, for dual citizenship, off shore accounts, and more. Check with your own ethics, and with the laws of your country, before you implement any of this.

A study guide is presented at the end of the book for individuals and small groups. The suggestions here are sound, but they are written out in paragraph format. For me personally, setting them out in bullet point format works better.

The overall premise for A Happy Pocket Full of Money is that true wealth is not about material things. It is about discovering value within yourself and others. It is a manner of conscious living that incorporates gratitude, a true belief in abundance, and the real experience of joy. Throughout the book we find the following mantra, in bold letters: I am wealth. I am abundance. I am joy.

The model that Gikandi has created for personal wealth shows readers how to create abundance by saving, giving offering charity, and building happy relationships (much along the line of the teachings from T Harv Ecker). Wealth is created through the use of an internal mantra, through living in the now, through conscious thoughts and intentions, and being willing to experience abundance and joy in your life.

I found this book to be of great benefit, making use of techniques that I already incorporate into my life. My advice is to take what works for you, and incorporate it into your life. Leave the rest behind. We all have to live with ourselves.

One last thought – this is a book to be kept handy as a reference. You might want to do what my sister did, and that is to highlight points that were important to her, and to put tabs on important sections for easy reference.

© June 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review – The Maybe Lenormand

Maybe Lenormand
Fortune Telling Deck

Author: Ryan Edward
Artist: Ryan Edward
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-1572818330

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The Maybe Lenormand is an expanded version of the traditional 36 card Lenormand deck, with an additional 16 cards that are “borrowed” from a tangent lineage of diverse fortune telling decks, with the aim to complete a 52 card playing deck. The cards come with a 69 page guidebook. The card box holds the deck in two piles, with the guidebook on top. The box opens from the side, and has a magnetic closure. The cover is done in black and white, with red binding, and carries an image of card 29 (Lady, the female significator).

In his introduction Edward talks about the Lenormand borrowing from German cartomancy, as well as tea leaf and coffee ground symbol reading. The Grand Tableau is said to give an overview of the Seeker’s well being, or a detailed answer to a specific question.

In his section on reading the cards, Edward includes the Grand Tableau, three card strings, and a five card daily line.

The card presentation includes a small color image of the card, a primary keyword, a short discussion of the card, who the card may represent as an individual, and additional keywords. Additional cards (cards 37-52) include Lion, Bacchus, Rapiers, and Sick Bed. At the end of the guidebook Edward presents the Tres Grand Tableau (a reading using all 52 cards), followed by several lined pages with which to take notes.

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The cards are 2 ¼’ by 3 ½”, with a white outer border, followed by a black inner border. A stylized eye looks out from the middle of the card. The backs are reversible.

The card fronts show a white background, with a thin inner black border The card number, and a picture of the associated playing card, are centered at the top of the card. A stylized color drawing is centered at the bottom of the card. The images follow traditional symbolism.

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Ship (3)10 of Spades

The primary keyword for Ship is Distance. Appearing in a reading, it can indicate a vacation, a prosperous global business venture, or a person foreign to the Seeker’s location. Other keywords include travel, trade, foreign, water, and longing.

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Scythe (10) Jack of Diamonds

The primary keyword for Scythe is Cut. Appearing in a reading, this can refer to broken relationships, broken contracts, or loss of hope. Other keywords include danger, slice, harvest, edit, autumn, and abrupt.

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Book (26) 10 of Diamonds

 The primary keyword for book is Knowledge. Appearing in a reading, Book refers to secrets, to things not known, or to things that the Seeker is working to know. Other keywords include secrets, projects, lesson,  hidden, occult, and information

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Lady (29) Ace of Spades

 Lady is the significator for a female Seeker. Appearing in a reading for a male, it indicates an important female in his life.

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Rose (40) 3 of Spades

 The primary keyword for Rose is Allure. The Rose represents romance, attraction, and beauty. In a reading, it represents beauty and the arts. Next to the Letter, it refers to poetry. Other keywords include charm, art, romance, seduction, captivate, and tender.

Clearly the deck name, Maybe Lenormand, comes from the addition of the extra 16 cards. While they can add information to a reading, they are not traditional to the Lenorand style of reading. Also, this deck does not include extra cards for the Lady and Gentleman significator. If you are looking to read within traditional Lenormand structure, it would be easy to just set the extra cards aside.

© May 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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