Tarocchi Fine dalla Torre

Love the Museo del Tarocchi!❤

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The Museo dei Tarocchi near Bologna, Italy has given us many highly creative art decks. Now they have produced an historically significant bolognese tarocchi based on an original that rests in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

Bologna has its own unique tarot tradition that dates back to the early sixteenth century, and possibly earlier. The order of the trumps is slightly different, and pips two through five of each suit have been removed to make a shortened deck that was very popular for card games back then. Some trump cards have distinct imagery: the Fool as a street musician playing a drum and horn, the Three Magi on the Star card, and a woman with a spindle for the Sun are just a few examples. The Aces are very distinctive as well. In the early 18th century the deck took its present form when the Empress, Emperor, Papesse and…

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Review – Clair de Lune Lenormand

Clair de Lune Lenormand

Artist: Ana Tourian
Author: Ana Tourian
Independently Published


The Clair de Lune Lenormand is a 38 card Lenormand deck that follows the traditional 36 card Lenormand structure, while adding a second version of both the Man and Woman cards (one version if a side view, the other is facing forward). The background is black, with the images etched as line drawings in blue and yellow, giving the impression of being in the light of the moon. The black background, and minimalist but detailed imagery is what drew me to this deck. I am most definitely a night person! The cards and accompanying companion booklet come in a lovely black metal box, with red felt on the inside bottom. It came wrapped with a beautiful blue bow – quite elegant!

The companion booklet is of good quality stock paper, antique looking, with a lightly colored line drawing background. It is 18 pages, done in fold out style, consisting of an introduction, commentary on the deck, a bio, and a presentation of each of the cards, including a small scan of the card, along with keywords/meanings. The cover shows a scan of the Rider.

In her introduction, Tourian talks about the Lenormand system being non-esoteric in nature. She notes that the images in the Lenormand are taken from everyday life, and speak to the essence of the question or issue at hand. She states that each card carries a very direct message, not one that is interpreted by the reader. The cards are read in combination, and not singly.  Tourian recommends that the reader begin their journey into the Lenormand by doing daily two card combinations that answer basic questions, and give a general view of the day. For more advanced readings, Tourian recommends the Grand Tableau.

In her section about the deck itself, we find that the deck is true to the Lenormand tradition, with 36 cards (note: there are two optional/extra cards, one for Man, and one for Woman, making a total of 38 cards), and symbols that stand true to the system (House, Rider, Man,Woman etc.). Tourian goes on to state that the elements and subjects within the cards have been placed within the context of a common setting – the light of a full moon. Her aim was to create the qualities of mystery and fairy tale within these cards – I feel that this was accomplished admirably! Tourian has also included resources for reading the Lenormand, including videos and books.


The cards are 2.25″ x 3.5″, with a black background front and back. There is a beautiful circular image on the card back, with the card front showing the card number in the top right hand corner, and the card title centered across the bottom. The image fills the card – there is no border. The artwork is done in a technique termed etching, which was then transferred to the computer and digitally colored.



Card number 1. News, messages, something new entering the Querant’s life, short term visitor.



Card number 27. Written news, communication, message received or given, documents.



Card number 15. Protection, protector, mother, grandmother, dominant individual, boss, power, strength, weight.



Card number 5. Health, general well-being, ancestry, karma, karmic connection, things from the past, spiritual evolution, long lasting.

I don’t often work with the Lenormand, but I love this deck. I am strongly considering adding it to my All Hallow’s Eve reading this year! It is a deck that keeps its promise to add a bit of mystery and fairy tale quality to readings.

The Clair de Lune Lenormand can be purchased here: http://clairdelunelenorma.wixsite.com/clairdelune.

© September 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review – Turning Pain Into Love

Turning Pain into Love

Author: Michael Roels
Editor: Vonda Henderson
Independently Published (Kindle)


Turning Pain Into Love takes the reader on the journey that author Michael Roels followed after being in a major automobile crash at the age of 21. There were no broken bones, and the ER physician told him that he would experience pain for the next three months. That three months turned into over three years. Roels and his friend Kim, who was driving at the time, continued to experience pain and emotional trauma. Luckily for him, his mother and his brother were there to watch out for him. Not being able to function in day to day life is not something you think you will be facing at the age of 21!

Dealing with the insurance company, dealing with doctors, treatments, and medication became all that life had to offer. Then there came the dependency on the mediation. Surgery was not recommended. After three years, discussions on disability came up – at the age of 24! As his medical treatment was discontinued, one of the nurses informed Roels that the medication he was taking could be contributing to his pain levels, as it blocked the body’s natural endorphins, hormones that act as natural painkillers. Roels went straight home and surrendered his pain to God (and stopped taking the painkiller Vicodin). He also called his attorney and told him to drop his pain and suffering case, simply because he no longer wanted to deal with the insurance company (and the case could drag on for another two years). I was impressed by this, as it took a load of mental and emotional stress off of him.

At this point in time Roels started walking on a daily basis, and started working (still in pain, but working towards his goals). In 2001 he started massage school, as this was one thing that had helped him with his pain, and it was a way in which he could help others. Roels has worked in North Carolina, California, and Hawaii. He and his wife, also a massage therapist, own their own massage business (Essential Balanced Bodywork) in Clemmens, NC. Roels is certified by the NCMTB as a continuing education provider, and teaches the RoelsMethod to other practitioners.

At the end of the book Roels talks about unconditional love, which he terms the only real, existing love. He presents the reader with a list of goals and action steps when working in the following life areas: Attitude, Know Thyself, Forgiveness, and Empowerment. There is also a list of suggested reading from such authors as Helen Schucman, Bruce Lipton, Don Miguel Ruiz, Louise Hay, and Eckhart Tolle, and a summary of thoughts for reflection.

Roels shares his story, his journey, in the hope that he can help others deal with their pain – physical, mental, and emotional. He talks about the power of God in our lives, and how this power can transform suffering into a lifetime blessing. About having a positive attitude, and the intention to make a difference in the world.

If you are living with chronic pain of any kind, and despair of seeing that “light at the end of the tunnel”, then this book is for you. We take Roels journey with him, and he gives us the tools to make a difference in our own lives.

© September 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Tarot History Rant #5: Etteilla the hairdresser

Excellent rant!

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At least three times in the past few weeks I’ve heard people refer to “the hairdresser Etteilla,” mindlessly repeating disinformation that Eliphas Levi and A. E. Waite rather viciously spread about the founder of modern tarot. Etteilla-bashing hit its stride in the mid-19th century when Eliphas Levi published statements like:

Etteilla or Alliette, an illumine hairdresser, exclusively engrossed by his divinatory system, and the emolument he could derive from it, neither proficient in his own language nor even in orthography, pretended to reform, and thus attribute to himself the Book of Thoth.

This illuminated hairdresser, after working for thirty years, only succeeded in producing a bastard set, the Keys of which are transposed, so that the numbers no longer answer to the signs.

The writings of Etteilla, now very rare, are obscure, wearisome and barbarous in style.

Generations of authors have mindlessly parroted Levi without bothering to learn about the…

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Review – Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck

Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck

Author: Roxi Sim Hermsen
Artist: Roxi Sim Hermsen
Game Crafter



The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” is a 33 card deck presenting Joy and Sorrow meditations. Offering “a moment’s peace, a moment’s distraction, and a moment’s grace. The original art was created to help those dealing with the pain and trauma of loss. They were part of the process of healing for Roxi after the loss of her nine year old son, her mother’s passing, and the decline of her own health – all happening within a very short time of each other. Art therapy at its finest!

The divine feminine has a strong focus in this deck, as do the brilliant colors, and the literal language of the flowers.

This deck comes in two sizes – poker size, and jumbo. I am reviewing the poker size, which is a nice size for smaller hands. The cards are 2 ½” by 3 ½”, with linen card stock used (which I absolutely adore!). The card faces show brightly colored positive images, while the card back presents a guided meditation based on the card, as well as suggestions to the reader on encouraging their progress on their journey of healing.

The card box shows an image of the card Joy and Sorrow, with the back of the box presents information on the cards, and how to use them. It is suggested that they can be drawn randomly, spread out and chosen by color or name, or place them face up and choose the image that appeals to the reader. It is suggested that the reader first spend some time with the meditation, and then turn the card over immerse/lose themselves in the imagery and message. I would like to add that these cards can easily be used with ritual work, and as an “add on” to any type of oracular reading.

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The Story Teller

Featured in this card is an elaborately dressed Goddess. Her headdress connects her to the heavens, while her shoes connect her to the earth. She is telling us that change is coming, change that will require balance, dedication, strength, and focus. She has come to tell her story, while at the same time she encourages the reader to tell their story.

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Here we see a garden of roses, and a lovely back yard tent. An artist sits before an easel, painting a small canvas. The reader is being advised to create, create, create – to create their own story, to create what they need to see.

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Here the Sleeping Goddess rests, the moon seen through the window behind her. She has been forgotten over time, and will only awaken when enough of us remember, and take the time to honor her. The Sleeping Goddess offers encouragement, and permission to take the time to rest and recuperate.

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The Fountain

Here we see a secret garden, within whose walls stands the Fountain of the Goddess. The spirals on her body indicate the possibilities for growth. Healing waters overflow from the vessel she holds over her head. The Goddess knows and understands that she must nurture herself first so that she can provide for others. She knows that her garden will flourish when she does.

The concept behind the deck is that joy shared is doubled, and sorrow shared is halved. The deck is dedicated to Roxi’s lifetime friend Heather Sneddon, who is featured in the card friendship.

I love the fact that the cards are borderless, allowing the reader to enter them with ease. We all face joy in our life, and at times we will all face sorrow. The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” acts as a tool of empowerment to get us through the worst of times.

© August 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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The Cartomancer Magazine Summer 2016

Excellent commentary on the summer issue of the Cartomancer!

Tarot Heritage

The August 2016 edition of The Cartomancer contains two weighty, serialized articles, as well as the usual gorgeous artwork and an intriguing range of topics. The article that anchors this edition for me is Marseille Tarot: A Phylosophical Enquiry by three Brazilian tarotists. In this article, the first of two, the authors describe various philosophical approaches to tarot study. Quite frankly, I had a hard time sorting it out; but here’s how I disentangled the threads into four main approaches to tarot:

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The Visconti Sforza Tarocchi by U. S. Games

For those that love the ancient Tarots – this blog is for you!

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U.S. Games Systems has just reissued their facsimile of the Pierpont Morgan Bergamo Visconti Sforza Tarocchi, originally produced in 1975 and still in print. They’ve added bonus cards with portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Milan, probably by Bonifacio Bembo, who most likely created the original deck in the 1450s. Both editions are the same size as the original cards: 3.5 x 7.0 inches. Let’s compare the two decks.

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