Tarot Lovers’ Diary
Tarot Spreads, Tarot Card Meanings, Illustrations and Calendarial Information
Author: Karyn Easton
Karyn Easton has chosen three of what I consider to be the strongest cards in the Tarot (The Sun, The Lovers, and Strength) for the cover of her 2010 “Tarot Lovers’ Diary”. New for 2010 – Karyn has included full color illustrations of the forthcoming Limited Edition “Paranormality Tarot Deck”. The illustrations have been printed with backs so that the cards can be cut out and used, if one desired to do so. (Personally, I cannot cut anything like this up! I will be at the head of the line for the deck when it is released.)
I was first introduced to the “Tarot Lovers’ Diary” in 2009. I love working with it, and keep it on top of my printer (right next to my laptop) for easy access. It is on this calendar that my personal work notes go. I will do the same with the 2010 version.
What is included in this diary? What makes it special? For me, both the size (approximately 4 ¼” by 5 ¾”), and the fact that it is spiral bound (making it very easy to use) weigh in its favor. This year, as mentioned, full color illustrations of the forthcoming “Paranormality Tarot Deck” have been included (this is a wonderful bonus!). The upright and reversed meanings to all 78 cards are included (as shown on the Paranormality web site), as well as a variety of Tarot spreads (Question and Answer, Seven Card Horseshoe, Six Card, Yes/No, Three Card, Seven Card Infinity, and Question and Answer – yes, there are two differing Question and Answer spreads!).
From the diary:
“ The Fool –
The Spirit of Aether
Card Number: 0, Key Number: 11, Rulership: Air, Hebrew Letter: Aleph, Translation: Ox, Numerical Value: 3
Upright: Beginnings, most probably of journeys which may be possibly mental, physical or spiritual. The beginning of a new life-cycle. Energy, force, happiness and optimism. The overturning of the status quo or existing states by unexpected happenings, innocence, naivety, and spontaneity. Important decision to bemade.
Ill Dignified or Reversed: Ill advised risks, impulsive action, choices and rash decisions. Foolishness, gambling, instability and the wasting or frittering away of creative energy. A bad time for commitments and can be an indication of someone who starts many new things but never finishes them. They may also consistently seek changes in their environment or job.”
There is a table of contents at the beginning of the book, so that card meanings, card spreads, and calendar-type information (phases of the moon, religious and civil calendar) can be easily accessed.
Under Astronomical Information, we find information on the eclipses and the seasons. Under Chronological Cycles and Eras, we find information on specific eras (Japanese, Roman, Insian, Nabonassar, Diocletian, Byzantine, and Grecian), the year they are in, and when the year begins. We also see common religious holidays, the Civil Calendar for the United Kingdom, and holidays specific to the United Kingdom. For those who work with the cycles of the moon, as I do, there is a listing of both new and full moon phases for the entire year.
There is enough space each day to include daily notes, with a space at the bottom for notes and weekly priorities. Each day includes a bit of interesting information – i.e. for Sunday, January 3rd: JRR Tolkien, born 1892.
Another bonus – a clear, hard plastic cover. Not only does this keep the pages from curling, but it protects from inadvertent spills of coffee and soda (speaking from personal experience here!).
A scan of the diary cover, along with deck and purchasing information, can be found at http://www.paranormality.com . The “Tarot Lovers’ Diary” is convenient and easy to work with, making it an excellent gift for yourself, family or friends.
© October 2009