Review – Angel Reading Cards

Angel Reading Cards

Author: Debbie Malone
Artist: Amalia I. Chitulescu
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-1-57281-862-0

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Angel Reading Cards is a 36 card deck and 92 page guidebook, based on working with the energy of the Angelic realm. The cards and book come in a sturdy box, with the same light colored bubble background as the backs of the cards. The box has a magnetic closure along the right hand side. There is a silver insert for the cards. Very nice presentation! The concept is to work with Angels in specific situations – to understand that you can always call on them.

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In her introduction, Malone reminds us that angels are only a thought away – that we are never alone. The cards are meant to remind us of the spiritual beings that we always have around us. We are reminded that we have a personal Guardian Angel that is with us for life, but that throughout our life we have had access to Angelic energy as needed. We simply have to ask for it. Angels are there to help us, but they need to be asked first. Malone also talks about our ancestral angels and spirit guides. The messages in this book are channeled messages, channeled through Malone.

 

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In the section on how to use the cards, Malone talks about dedicating them, dealing with cards that jump out, doing one card daily readings, and presents templates for a three card Angel Guidance Layout, a seven card An Angel For Everyday Layout, a three card Angel Encouragement Layout, a four card Angels of Purpose Layout, and a six card Resolution Layout.

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Each card is presented with a full page color image, card title, card purpose, a description of the cards energy, and how to use it, and an affirmation. For example – The Angel of Inner Peace shows the purpose of “Surrender your worries to the Universe. Reconnect today and feel inner peace.” The affirmation is: “I am grateful for the assistance that I receive from my Angel of Inner Peace. Whenever I feel inner turmoil and stress, I allow my Angel of Inner Peace to help me to re-center and find peace within myself.”

 

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The cards are 3 ¾” by 5 ½”. The backs show a light colored bubble pattern, with a pair of white wings centered in the middle of the card. , The back is not reversible. The card faces show a gold outer border, with a thin white inner border. The card title is centered at the bottom of the card, with the card number above it.

 

 

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The card imagery is a combination of photography and digital painting, superimposing the real world over a dreamy world. It shows a juxtaposition of light and dark which works very well. The choice of Angelic energy, and the modern nature of the imagery, will appeal to many people. It does not to me. Rather than working with known angels, we are working with “concepts”, such as the Angel of Parking, the Angel of Stress, the Angel of Strength, the Chakra Balancing Angel, and an angel for each of the clairs (Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, and Claircognizance). There is even a Career Angel. I understand that lightening things up will reach more people, but this was a bit too light for me.

 

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The cards are beautifully presented, and their purpose is attained – helping the reader connect to a higher real, and seek the assistance needed to do our best in everyday life.

 © November 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written consent of the author.

Review – The Fairy Tale Lenormand

Fairy Tale Lenormand

Author: Arwen Lynch
Artist: Lisa Hunt
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-157281797-5

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The Fairy Tale Lenormand” is a traditional 36 card deck, with two extra Lady and Gentleman cards (for personalized readings), bringing the deck to 38 cards. It comes in a beautiful metal tin, with a 120 page companion book. The theme for this deck is that of Fairy Tales – stories that we remember from our childhood, stories that entertain, while presenting us with life lessons. The world of fairy tales is a magical world, and there is no better artist than Lisa Hunt to bring this world alive for us.

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Donnaleigh de La Rose, in her foreword, talks about peering into our own life fairy tale. We know that we all have our own stories, but how many of us regard them as fairy tales! She talks about seeing mirror images of familiar childhood fairy tales in our own lives. Another point that de La Rose makes is that in creating a Lenormand deck, it was necessary for Hunt to simplify the imagery from her usual detailed style. To the point that de La Rose feels that in the Fairy Tale Lenormand  there is a perfect fusion between theme and functionality.

In her introduction, Lynch talks about fairy tales serving as teaching tales, and how in the Fairy Tale Lenormand these myths are woven into the Lenormand structure to help readers learn to associate the cards in a more meaningful way. Where meanings are more concrete than in the stories themselves. (In the Lenormand, as opposed to other divination systems, the card meaning holds fast – i.e. it is not open to interpretation by the reader).

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Each card is presented with the card title, playing card association, the associated fairy tale, and an explanation of how the tale fits into the card meaning. For example, card number 2 Clover carries the keywords luck, creativity, and serendipity, and is associated with the fairy tale “Thumbelina”. Card number 6 Clouds carries the keywords depression, confusion, and sadness, and is associated with the fairy tale “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon”.

 Spreads presented include an explanation of fan-type spreads, the Crossroads Spread, the Tower Spread, and the Happily Ever After Spread.

 

 

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The cards are 2 ¼” by 3 ½”. The backs are done using a gold background, with a black scrolled border, and a black  central image. The cards are reversible. The card faces show a gold border around a central image. The card number is in the upper let hand corner, with the associated playing card number and suit in the lower right hand corner. The card title is centered on the bottom of the card.

The artwork is done largely in pastels, and has a fantasy, “otherworld” quality to it.

 

 

 

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The fairy tales presented are multi-cultural, which brings a certain depth to the deck. The artwork is fascinating – for me it brings back memories of these stories from my childhood. Time spent with this deck is well worthwhile! Each time you read a card, more symbols become evident – there are levels upon levels here!

© November 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Publication prohibited without written permission from the author.

Chatting With Andrea Aste

Chatting With Andrea Aste

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I am very blessed to have been able to follow Italian philosopher/artist Andrea Aste’s extraordinary project “The Lost Code of the Tarot” from it’s inception. Andrea has agreed to talk to us about his project – where it is, and where it is going!

andrea-aste-with-booksI want to give a big thank you to Andrea for sharing these wonderful photos with us! And to his friend Steven Bright for the lovely photos that he allowed Andrea to share with us. Love that London bus – that is an incredible pic! Very “Harry Potter”!

BC: Andrea, I understand that this project started out as an exhibition only. In a way, you became The Alchemist, as you had ideas come to you in the form of visions, which evolved into short stories, and then a mockumentary. How did this all happen?

AA: When I started the project my ideas were simple: I wanted to create a tarot deck for an exhibition about alchemy and magic, exploring the way our fantasy can shape our own reality. Tarot has been part of my life from the beginning. My mother was a tarot collector and reader, I recall when she used her deck to scatter sparkles of magic all around our life; “The tarot is telling me that it is time for you to go to bed”… “I see in the cards that your day will be really special”… and she made our days special indeed. I wanted to evoke that feeling of wonder and magic that she was able to create. However, the project took soon a life on its own. The Origin of Tarot

While creating the deck I had a very detailed vision of a magical world in which tarot cards were powerful magic portals created by an Alchemist. Every card began to tell me a little piece of the story, capturing me and taking me on a journey of discovery of remote lands where mythical beasts live free. I saw amazing cities whose gilded domes rose in the desert like glittering flowers. I was driven by the richness details of the vision, and I decided to make it a reality. The Book Of Shadows – The Beginning

andrea-aste-asteian-libraryInspired by the Voynich manuscript and the beautiful Da Vinci’s codes, I began to create the Alchemist’s manuscript, The Book of Shadows. It is an enchanted journal protected by an obscure cypher in which the  Alchemist described his experiments and discoveries, explaining how he created the first tarot cards. The pages are covered with strange drawings, spells, magic seals and alchemical formulas. The manuscript is like an enchanted mirror, every time I looked at its pages my imagination went to another plane of reality and other strange stories came into my mind. One night I started to write them down, pretending they were the work of deciphering made by Ebenezar Everard Prescott, professor of Western Esotericism and Philosophy at the prestigious Balthazar Alfaraby Center for Anthropological Studies in Oxford (ever been there? It’s a nice building in the middle of the countryside). To make a long story short, I connected the different parts of the vision creating a mockumentary. Without knowing it, I plunged down into the Rabbit hole. In this way, after three years of ‘alchemical’ non-stop-working, the Steampunk Renaissance World came to life. Magic Is In the Air

BC: At what point in the mockumentary did you begin looking for collaborators? I have to say, it was/is great fun to see people that I know participate! It was like I was there!

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AA:  The starting idea for the project was to create an exhibition where real historical finds can be mixed up with the objects I have created. Fiction and reality have to communicate in order to entertain the audience while at the same time making visitors think about the role of fantasy and myth in the representation and understanding of our very own world and life. It would be a magical experience, people will be able to interact with the parallel world and be part of it with interviews, creative workshops, etc. The purpose would be to take advantage of the same mechanism used by Orson Welles in his famous radio broadcast of the Martian invasion (Mercury Theatre on the Air, 1938). (Photo on the left from Mr. Steven Bright.)

andrea-aste-umbra-1Thus, when I started to work on the documentary, I decided to fuse animations and real action film, mingling reality with fiction. I selected a few experts in their fields, professors working with BBC in the realization of amazing documentaries, as Prof. Roger Scruton and Prof. Casely-Hayford and international experts of tarot, like Mary Greer. A super duper VIP is part of the project too: Arturo Brachetti, a famous Italian quick change performer, actor and director. He is the voice over of the animation and a very special character in the film. It was very amazing to work with all of them. The Code of the Tarot

BC: At one point in this process you had a very hard choice to make. For many reasons, you were looking at giving up the project, or doing everything alone. You chose to keep going, and do everything alone. How did this impact your life, then and now?

andrea-aste-magic-book-before-afterAA: This project marks the turning point in my artistic and personal life. It is the first project so much articulated and deeply rooted in my passions and philosophical background. It was the first time I created an animation as well as a film. I asked for help, looking for collaborators, experts and professionals … but no one here in Italy believes in dreams anymore. They don’t invest any more in art or culture. Thus I had two roads lying in front of me: give up or doing everything alone. I chose the second path. It was “monstrously” difficult.

I took care of every detail of the project working day and night. My friends became actors, one of them, Giorgio Boffa, composed the splendid soundtrack. Seeing the situation in my country, I decided to open my creativity to the world and I began to work in English. The price was high, I was secluded in my studio for three long years and I exhausted myself. But I had a goal: I wanted to make the vision real with creating a parallel world so magical to be able to make people dream.

We live in a difficult moment in our history, we need to learn to dream again, to fight for our happiness. We have lost the habit to ask ourselves what we would like to be and do. We do and are what the society tells us to do and be. Quentin Crisp, an English writer, years ago asked his audience: “What would you be like if there was nobody else in the world? Who would you be if the only opinion that mattered was yours? Because if you want to be truly happy you must be that person.” My project is an artistic way of formulating the same question, and what better way than a project about tarot, magic and alchemy to bring back our inner child? When we are children we know how to fly with the magic carpet of our fantasy. I fully re-discovered mine inner child thanks to this project. I shaped the Parallel World, and while creating it, the Parallel World shaped me.

BC: There were many firsts for you in this project: first animation, first movie, first project that was so complex and articulated – all in a language that was not your own! (Remember, Andrea has presented all of this in English, which is a second language to him.) How did you manage to make it through this time? (Out of necessity, you were secluded in your studio. That had to be difficult!)

AA: Yes, Bonnie, it was very difficult. I used to work from 8:30 am to 2 or 3 in the morning of the day after, every single day, every months. Creating a film all alone is not easy. I had to study and experiment while working on it, all at the same time! …and the film is just one of the many parts of the projects. But I knew I had to follow my path.

Then, while I was recording the interviews with real experts, my mom had a horrible stroke. I spent the last two years going to and fro the hospital, fighting for her recovery that never came. She was paralyzed, unable to read and communicate in any way… it was a living hell. She was my manager, a friend and a great supporter. She passed away a few days before my coming to your country, February of this year… she never saw the completed project.

For all that time I was clinging to my vision not to despair. I put all my soul into it. She taught me to live for my dreams, I did it with this project more than ever, and now I can share a fictional world in which dreams and magic really matter. I have never told before this part of the story, it’s too recent, too painful.

BC: This is a fictional world, a lovely parallel world that belongs to an ancient Alchemist, his Book of Shadows, and his magic. What can you tell us about this world?

andrea-aste-book-of-shadows-lettersAA: The Parallel World is a sort of Davy Jones’ locker of our conscience where odd and apparently incoherent things gather: treasure chests full of dreams, decaying shipwrecks of unfinished thoughts, galleons made of visions lost in the maze of our mind. Everything amasses here, giving creation to an ideal place constructed of mysterious pieces of the past and fragments of memories and legends, a magical place where eccentric and strange creatures live walking along narrow roads whose lamps are lit by fireflies. You can meet an enchanting siren pedaling her bicycle to and fro while carrying a gramophone singing old charlestons. There’s the weary prophet solitarily playing poker and a pegged-legged pirate with his pompous parrot stuttering Shakespeare. Just around the corner a deep sea diver with his diving suit filled with slowly swimming water coloured butterflies… In the Alchemist’s World impossible is just a colored tattoo on the arm of a cursed captain …

BC: You studied the Marseilles and Visconti-Sforza Tarot decks as a basis for your deck. What is the reason for this?

andres-aste-book-of-shadows-booksAA: The premises of the project are that a mysterious Alchemist (Johannes Athanasius Prometheisus) invented the tarot. Thus, if I wanted to create something that looks like the first tarot I had to study the most ancient cards ever found, that’s to say the Visconti Sforza decks. They were the source of my inspiration along with the tarot of Marseille, another set of very important old cards and one of the most known and used for centuries. I like both, they have symbols and images rich in details that stir my imagination. I created a deck of tarot that can be like their ancestor, the one from which every other deck originated.

BC: Can you describe for how you developed the card backs?

img185AA: For the back of my cards I wanted something special, something that could be able to represent the concept of the deck and the Alchemist’s inventiveness in the style of the Renaissance Steampunk World I created.  While I was researching and studying the matter I stumbled in an interesting tome. It was a compendium of geography, a very beautiful renaissance book coming from the Islamic world. It captured my imagination. I saw an amazing representation of the Holy City of Mecca, drawn in a very peculiar way, with no perspective and so rich of details. I found it very interesting. Immediately something clicked: I decided to represent the main plaza of Sapientia in the same style. In my Parallel World, Sapientia is deeply connected with the Alchemist and it’s the city governed by men of knowledge and philosophers. It is the city of science where strange devises and inventions are created.

The back of my tarot shows the main piazza, called The Sea of Dreams. In its centre there is a rectangular pool filled with a mystical and magical water where stars, moons and planets are slowly floating. It represents the sea of knowledge, it shows everything that was, that is and that will be.

The pool is guarded by two statues of Cyndre Mapa, the cosmic Elephant carrying the World (in traditional cosmology of the Parallel World). It is, by the way, the symbol of the city and of the Alchemist himself: is it a coincidence? I don’t think so. I need to do more research. Next springtime I am going to lead a new archaeological expedition. We will look for the lost city of Sapientia. But I cannot say more, not right now. All around the piazza, magnificent palaces rise with their gilded domes, turrets and spikes, hanging porticoes and shady colonnades, and beautiful luxurious gardens on the top of the buildings.

BC: The Majors stick closely to traditional Tarot imagery. What style did you use for the images, and for what reason?

AA: I elaborated the Visconti Sforza and the Marseille decks in my own style, but limiting my palette to only two colours: red and black. All the Alchemist’s works, manuscripts and blue prints of his whimsical inventions are made in those two colours. A peculiar choice that according to Prof. Lewis Madison Hatter, director of the laboratory of the Royal Museum of the History of Science in London, can be explained by the subtitle of the Alchemist’s manuscript: “Dissolve the Black of the Unknown in the Red of Passion”. The Black refers to mystery, the unknown, the darkness to combat with the light of reason, evil seen as ignorance. Instead Red is the symbol of the power of man’s intellect, his passion and investigative curiosity, the Truth. Well… according to Professor Lewis Madison Hatter. His theory seems sound, doesn’t it? What do you think Bonnie?

BC: Andrea, I have to agree with the good professor – mystery, intellect, and passion come together to form our world.

BC: You have changed the suit of Pentacles/Coins to the suit of Ouroboris. I find that fascinating! What was your reasoning?

AA: Yes, instead of the coins we have the Uroboros. The word derives from ancient Greek οὐροβόρος ὄφις (ouroboros ophis) and it means ‘the snake who devours its tail’. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance it became an alchemical symbol. I decided to use it because its circular shape reminded me of a coin, and, above all, for its meaning. The Uroboros symbolizes the never ending cyclicality, something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return. For the Ancient Greeks it represented the perfect form of the infinite. It is a concept I am deeply interested in.  Even the very sound of the word has something “ancestral” and mysterious. I love ancient Greek. It is my favorite language, very poetical and rich in images. I studied it during high school. Here and there in The Book of Shadows there are some fictional names that are ancient Greek words, if you get the meaning you understand the jokes: it is a sort of meta-language. I love playing with words.

BC: I love that the book that accompanies your deck is a Book of Shadows, and not a book of card meanings. How did this come about?

andrea-aste-the-book-of-shadowsAA: Actually I wanted to create a book with both sections: the card meanings and the short stories, but it was impossible. It would have been too thick and it would have found no space inside its box. One should keep in mind that when I was working on the project I was thinking about Kickstarter, a crowd funding platform, I didn’t know that the project would had to have been sponsored by a major publishing house, so I had many limits. Thus, being forced to make a choice, I preferred to focus on the story telling aspect of the project, the most important for me  because it is the one connected to my vision, the one where all magic lies.

So I decided to give space to the Parallel World and the story of the mysterious Alchemist, with his tarot and   manuscript and his ancestral struggle against the evil secret society Umbra. The book became the enchanted door to my world. I recreated fictional documents and places, I gave life to characters that I present as real, such as Aar Adesten, a famous Elizabethan explorer or Madame Werefkin, a quite dark tarot reader. I love her, she is my 13900366_1689218418069759_6827843662527306158_nversion of the famous Madame Blavatsky. Everywhere in the book I mixed my fantasy with real historical facts and figures in such a way that many people wrote telling me that they had fun in discovering the line dividing them, or even adding new details. I had a professor of chemistry who sent me an email explaining that a peculiar short story I wrote, in this reality, had a scientific base, and demonstrated it with some charts… I was flabbergasted. My own world is taking its ‘revenge’ over me: everything I invented is getting real! This is witchcraft!

(Photo on the left from Mr. Steven Bright.)

BC: What is the next chapter for The Book of Shadows?

AA: There are several aspects I would like to see realized: first of all the exhibitions where my art and the props I’ve created for the film are fused with ancient books and artifacts, in order to “confuse” reality and fantasy. Exhibitions set up in such a way that we could ask ourselves if we are a dream in the mind of the Alchemist or each of us is a separate dreamer, evoking his own reality.

andrea-aste-rene-the-book-of-shadowsThen there is the film, of course. I would like to see it distributed. I would like to know what people think about the two levels of reality: our (fictional) present where The Book of Shadows is discovered, and the animation: the world of magic where fantastic creatures and the Alchemist live. I scattered the film with references to my works, jokes, other films, books, quotes and riddles. I think people can have fun in discovering all the little secrets of the mockumentary.

From now on, my life will be dedicated to expanding and enriching my parallel world with other decks, animations, multimedia projects and books. Books that would mix graphic novels and creative writing. Books not only to read, but also to look at and play with. I would like to involve people in a different way, with more interactive and new media. The Tea Party

BC: What would you like people to take from this project?

andrea-aste-museo-facciataAA: I would be very happy if I managed to create a world where people can find it pleasant to travel and wander around, a place to take shelter from everyday routine, to be free to dream. I would be very happy if every traveler could find in my parallel world something precious, whatever it may be: friends, ideas, inspiration, emotions … something to bring back to reality to make it a better and happier place. Then I would have achieved my goal, and

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend …

BC:  Do you have any last words for our readers?

andrea-aste-newspaper-the-city-voiceAA: We are what we dream! Our dreams shape our lives. This is the reason why I concentrated the last three years of my life on a project revolving around tarot; because a tarot card is like a door leading to infinite parallel worlds waiting to be discovered, it is up to us to open this door with our imagination and cross the threshold …

 

 

As you can see, Andrea Aste has been a very busy person! To see more about what he is up to, visit his site.

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© October 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

 

Review – Clair de Lune Lenormand

Clair de Lune Lenormand

Artist: Ana Tourian
Author: Ana Tourian
Independently Published
2016

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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.

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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.

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Rider

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

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

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Bear

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

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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
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

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
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

 

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.