Tarot Deck Review: Tarot of Delphi

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I supported the original Kickstarter funding campaign for the Tarot of Delphi which I discovered through a friend on Facebook and I can honestly say its the best deck to have come out in recent years.  Designed by Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel, this beautiful tarot has become my favorite deck to use and I am so glad I supported this Kickstarter and purchased several copies for my collection.

The images used in the Tarot of Delphi captivated me due to their rich, lush colors and contain many famous images by well known artists from the Victorian and Edwardian eras (which the creator obtained permission to use).  These images highlight the deck’s classical myths blended with ancient mystery traditions from Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome.

The professional yet sturdy quality of the cards is exceptional and comes packed in a hardy box complete with booklet, which protects the cards and gives clear explanation of the cards meanings respectively. Great for the master of tarot or for the complete novice (with a little education on Greek/Roman mythology) this tarot deck can be used a tool of divination, meditation, pathworking, mythology or art.

When I received this tarot deck, I was overwhelmed at the breathtaking beauty of the cards as the images practically jump out at you with their vibrancy and detail. The cards themselves are printed on high quality board and are artistically striking due to the colors and glossy look.  The main central image on each card is bordered by a gorgeous detailed frame and even the backs of the tarot cards are pleasing to the eye with some lovely patterned designs.

I personally was drawn to the incredibly powerful women represented in these cards like Kore, Medea and Circe (as well as the mythology of said women) and when I shared them with friends, acquaintances and clients, they felt the same way.

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If you would like a new deck or you would like to add it to your collection, this tarot is well worth it at $35US.  Those of you who are ordering outside the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is slightly more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

On Janet’s webpage there are other variations of the deck  to purchase, including a digital pack, several special limited edition silk bags containing the cards as well as a free reading option.

Since May the cards have been available in retail stores in the US and there is a website dedicated to the Tarot of Delphi which I urge you to check out for more information of where you can purchase your copy:  http://www.tarotofdelphi.com/

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(all images (C)  Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel 2015 and used with permission 2015)

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Tarot Deck Review: Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards

In recent months I started watching a new show called “Penny Dreadful”, due to my love of the 19th century English horror genre and having read the books the characters are based on: Dracula, Frankenstein & The Picture of Dorian Gray.

One of the main characters – Vanessa Ives (whom I am assuming at this point is a portrayal of a Victorian spiritualist/occultist) uses a deck of tarot cards specifically created for the show.  Here is Vanessa giving a reading in one of the first few episodes (please note she used two decks in this scene):

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On the screen  they are visually catching due to the stark white outline of the images and purple tinged background,  therefore after watching the second episode, I ordered myself a deck from the Showtime website (http://store.sho.com/detail.php?p=523695&ecid=PRF-SHO-S02183&pa=PRF-SHO-S02183).

When I received the tarot deck, I was a tad disappointed.  This was due to the cards themselves being  quite flat and lifeless due to their graphic design which I’m not a fan of (on the most part).  The card quality itself is also inferior as the cardboard is quite thin and the cards mark easily.  This means they will wear out and corner quite quickly if handled frequently and without delicate care.  Unfortunately I have personally found this seems to be a common occurrence with most tarot cards printed in the last decade or so.

Little information has been provided about the art used and the deck comes with a single instructions card on how to use them with basic and to the point meanings.  If you are looking for a booklet with more detailed symbolic descriptions and meanings of the cards dont bother looking here. With that said there are a plethora of tarot books which go into the specific meanings of each major and minor tarot card you can use in conjunction with this deck. You’ll just have to gloss over the fact that you  just wont know the artist’s reasoning for choosing the images used for the Penny Dreadful tarot deck.

The deck itself can be used for simple three card readings like the information card provides but I wouldn’t suggest using them for more in-depth and complicated spreads.  Specific path working like meditation can be used with them but keep in mind the symbolism is quite dark and ghoulish so be prepared for that.

I reminded myself they were made for a tv series and entertainment purposes so all in all – for me personally, its a good addition to my collection…plus I do love the imagery of some of the cards, specifically The Fool, The Empress, The High Priestess and The Magician.

If you like to collect tarot cards this deck at $14.95US from the Showtime store wont break the bank but for those of you who are ordering outside the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

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(image (C) T Georgitsis 2014)

Also as a heads up – there is an app on the Penny Dreadful website you can use for free 3 card tarot readings using the deck in an automated way which you can also get a look at through here:

http://www.penny-dreadful.com/tarot/

World Tarot Day – 25th May

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In honour of World Tarot Day my favourite deck of all time has been and will always be the original printing of the Mythic Tarot Deck by Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke. It was the deck I learned to read with and its the one I resonate with the most due to its imagery and mythology. My love for the Mythic happened quite by chance.  I had used other forms of divination systems like playing cards and coffee cups from an early age but never came across tarot until I was a young teen.

I found this deck at a bookstore when I was shopping for books in the “new age” section as I used to spend any money I had back then on books or music.  Imagine my surprise when I was perusing the new age section in a now defunct chain book sellers only to have the Mythic Tarot pack fall (complete with hardback booklet) and bump me on the head. I picked it up off the floor and glanced  at the image on the front cover showing Demeter as The Empress Card (which ironically turned out to be my personal tarot card).  The more I looked at this image the more I saw the symbolism within it and something inside me just clicked and I found myself needing to know more.  Since that day the Mythic Tarot has fueled my obsession with the tarot.

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Being a professional reader I’ve gone through several decks as some clients can be quite rough with the cards and corner, warp or bend them.  I’ve probably gone through 4-5 decks in the last few decades and have never thrown them out instead creating artworks with left over cards from old decks.  I have a pack I am currently using for clients and a last “reserve” pack hardly used given to me by a friend which I save for personal readings.

Suffice to say I am not happy and do not like the New Mythic Tarot due to its “coldness” so its quite disappointing that a deck I have loved for so long is now out of print.  Although it can be pricey to obtain an original pack of the Mythic Tarot I would highly recommend it especially if you are into Ancient Greek mythology and dont resonate with the standard Rider Waite Tarot.