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ACE'S INDICATE NEW SPACE

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A reading of aces is an uplifting experience.   The client is up for new beginnings, new starts and a new journey through the Minor Arcana.  Often this is received with a sigh of relief.
Many readings contain both the ten and the aces which is telling the reader we are ready to let go of old patterns and begin afresh. I always look to see when I'm reading, if I'm dealing with the closure of the tens thus trying to get to the ace or if I'm at the beginning of new ventures.
The ace is a seed card; we don't know much but we do know the thought or emotion or action or vision has shifted depending on which suit we are dealing with. Every suit in the Minor Arcana begins with an ace; it is marking the start of

new emotions if in Cups,new thoughts if in Swords,new vision or creative exploits if in Wands                                              new projects or business if in pentacles.

We start our exploration of aces by looking at the Ace of Wands from the Dragon Tarot by …

READING IN THE TEMPLE

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TEMPLE WORK IS SACRED AND VARIED. The concept of working in a temple is a technique that encourages us to seek a broad perspective on matters. It usually begins with setting a middle feature altar and then forming the four directions around the altar to hold the space and offer protecting pillars or to give four differing perspectives to journey to and from.  This spread when used in Tarot is a way of delving more deeply into issues and fleshing out what's lying beneath questions.  Using any deck the querant  usually sets the altar first. So for example if we were looking at the issue of seeking direction the first card is the Altar Card depicting where the situation of direction is to begin with. The Modern Spellcaster's is a great deck to use in this type of work as the fabulous text by Melanie Murphy has a spell to go with each card and as in this type of reading we are trying to flesh out and alter a situation then it is useful to read her ideas. To get the eight of penta…

THE COURT OF JAPARIDZE.

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QUEENS OF THE COURT. The Court of the Japaridze is a stunning mixture of characters. We all love the Queens and traditionally they have often been the only feminine characters in the court. These ladies are all adorned in the most amazing costumes. The Queen of Winds is a highly intelligent woman and in this deck appears to be an older and more mature figure than her King. There is a suggestion she may be divorced, she faces the King and would certainly hold her own. Often the Queen of Swords is cold and harsh which is interesting but perhaps not surprising that the Tarot portrays the woman of intellect to be cold and aloof. The beautiful Queen of Fire pictured right,  is a gentle but independent woman of warmth.  She too faces her King but he is an authority and business tycoon who I doubt is a very emotive companion. He is a great provider whilst she walks gently and quietly with her lamp of light for all to warm by.
Queen of Tides pictured above is the illustration on the booklet …

JAPARIDZE JOURNEY

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What a wonder of a tarot deck is Nino Japaridze's Tarot. Nino is a surrealist artist from Paris and her interpretation of the Tarot is exquisite. Although the artwork is unique, the structure of the deck runs to tradition, so it is not hard to read once you align with the intensity of the illustration.
The Majors are traditional as are the Court and the Minor Arcana. What stands the deck on its own is the brilliant illustration. It comes in a box set with a very clear and concise text by Steve Lucas and the deck is produced by U.S.Games.

The suits of the Minor Arcana have been changed to winds, fire, tides and gardens. Although they differ from the tradition it is still very easy to read these as an elemental journey. Some of the minor cards represent certain traits; for example 5 Cups = grief,  3 Cup is card of happiness, 9 Cups is the wish card and so on. As we can see the Japaridze  portrays these concepts very clearly. (See card on right) this is a beautiful image for grief of …

DANCING WITH THE SHAMAN TAROT.

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Working with a deck like the Shaman Tarot by Lo Scarabeo with artwork by Sabrina Riganello and Alessia Pastorello , we begin a journey into shamanic concepts. Even though the deck is based on a traditional tarot structure  of major arcana, minor arcana and court cards the story is a shamanic journey story so our characters are new to us. To begin to work with a deck like this I propose a strong meditation practice. Rather than set this deck out in traditional reading spreads I would work in an individual process approach and get to know my new characters.

The path of the shaman is the path of spiritual healing of oneself and the world. It is hard to get past the wonder of the major arcana when you open this deck. Even though the minor arcana made up of drums, bows, bones and stones is fascinating, I love the power in the majors and the wonderful vivid colours.

We begin as always with the fool but in this deck he is a sacred fool and his dog is a kelpie size familiar. As our fool tranc…

LET THE COURT SORT IT

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My favourite section of the Tarot deck are the Court cards. They are often considered the hardest part of the deck to read and projected out on to other people. For example the Page of Wands is a young youth. For me a good court can be the only thing you need to sort out differences within relationships. Instead of projecting them onto others we can use them to own  aspects of ourselves. Therefore the Page of Wands becomes the youthful creative aspect of me.  I love to place the court cards down on a table and select myself in any given situation. I also may choose me by looking through the court face up and quite deliberately and then compare the card I drew hidden to see how far off I am in seeing myself.

So lets say if I was trying to initiate a new project for work I look through the court and find the Knave of Pentacles, relating to the pathway that I had walked already and realising I was along way along the path but wanting to see some form of manifestation,
Then when I place …

HOUSES WITH DRUIDCRAFT.

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The deck that speaks to everyone is the Druidcraft, illustrated by Will Worthington. This is a Wiccan and Druidry combo designed by Phillip and Stephanie Carr -Gomm. However it stretches much farther than this, I might hazard a guess that it is one of the most popular decks of all time. Certainly it is one that passes through Lyndall's Tarot regularly as it is easy to relate too and the characters leap out of the cards at you. It is also the deck I like to use for my Intensive Tarot Programs of the Tarot Quest and Building your Spirit Lodge.
So why? 
Firstly I think it may have to do with the size and quality of the production of the deck. Thats a strange reply but it is a solid deck of big cards that don't wear. I've had  my deck for years and it's still vibrant and alive; as good as new.
The aliveness of the images is my next point. We don't need to go into meditation to talk to these characters. They are talking as soon as you draw them. They aren't fearful…