Sunday, 31. August 2008
The 8-Bit Tarot Project

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Welcome to the home of the 8-bit Tarot! The illustrations are based on the classic Rider-Waite tarot, generally considered the de facto standard among modern tarot decks.

These cards are being designed at a resolution of 88x152 pixels, using the standard MacOS palette.

Cards Finished: 57
Cards Left to Go: 21


The 8-Bit Tarot Project by Indigo Kelleigh.
I kind of like it.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |




Monday, 02. June 2008
Shadowscapes Tarot

This is a must see tarot deck and a real eyecandy!


EMPRESS

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Meaning: Creativity, nurturing, abundance, fertility, experiencing the senses, and embracing the natural.

"Lady-Mother!" call the wandering souls. "We bring you gifts!" They fly near the Empress, dancing in the sky. They paint synchronized kaleidescope choreographies for her pleasure, and she smiles as she takes it in. Her mind and her thoughts are the conductor to this visual symphony.

Gently, they lay a crown woven of the first buds of spring across her brow. "Jasmine and Lily of Valley have graciously donated their first buds for your coronet," the spirits sigh.

"The Apple Tree Man has gifted you with his fruit, and the Lady of the Fields her grains." These they lay in her basket.

With a sudden flourish, the spirits whirl together, then spin off in an explosion of light and music. "Farewell, dear Lady!" they call.



THREE of PENTACLES

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Teamwork, functioning as a unit together, competence, achieving beyond the expected.


ACE of SWORDS

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The air element. Intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity, perseverance.


Since June 2004 Stephanie Pui Mun Law, one of my favourite artists, is working on that tarot deck!

These images are very detailed and flowing, and the colors are deep but soft; really beautiful! Unfortunately for us, this deck probably will not be available until 2009, as she states on her website, but I can wait...

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law with detail closeups of many of the cards and prints of each image. Stay tuned!
Category: Tarot & Oracles |




Thursday, 01. May 2008
The Pasteboard Masquerade

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The Tarot first appeared in northern Italy, during the birth of Europe’s cultural revolution. Those original decks were probably designed between 1420 and 1440, although the earliest extant cards date from later in the 1400s.

This Italian game eventually made its way throughout Europe, and countries such as France, Spain, and Germany soon became major cardmaking centers themselves. This spread and popularity resulted in a variety of different Tarot decks. But because there are few surviving early decks, and because the cards themselves were neither named nor numbered until several decades after their invention, it is uncertain which pattern represents the original sequence of allegories.


Exploring the Alphabetic Tarot


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The Tarot has entertained card lovers for centuries. Yet while its symbolic content has been traced to a variety of influences—such as social hierarchy, the Virtues, Biblical and classical allusions, astrology and perhaps even alchemy—these do not explain why the Tarot’s designers settled upon these specific images, or why they arranged these images in a particular sequence. Could the trumps also have been influenced by the Hebrew alphabet, as esotericists have long claimed?

Essays on the Tarot


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The Tarot Art Nouveau was painted by the Italian artist Antonella Castelli. It was published in 1998 by Lo Scarabeo, and is now distributed by U.S.Games Systems with a booklet translated into english. There is a separate deck called the Art Nouveau Tarot by Matt Myers, but it is less representative of art nouveau and shows the additional influence of stained glass design. In contrast, this deck by Castelli is deeply art nouveau, reminiscent of the work by Alphonse Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. This style became immensely popular at the turn of the last century. In Italy it is known as Liberty, and in Germany as Jugendstil (young style).

Reviews of decks


An interpretation of the linguistic symbolism found in the Marseilles and Dellarocca Tarots. And a theory that at least some versions the of the Tarot may be a lexicon of the Hebrew alphabet: The Pasteboard Masquerade.
Amusements with a pack of tarot cards by Mark Filipas.
Very worthwhile site!
Category: Symbols & Geometry | Tarot & Oracles |


Friday, 07. March 2008
Tarot Card Generator

Choose a Tarot card.

Enter some text.

Choose a font.

Generate.

You can also download your card.

Tarot Card Generator

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Category: Games & Humor | Tarot & Oracles |


Thursday, 06. March 2008
Yijing Dao - Calling Crane in the Shade

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What’s the difference between Yijing and I Ching?

'Yijing' is the more modern pinyin transliteration of the two Chinese characters, 'yi' (change) and 'jing' (book or classic) that used to be represented in the old Wade-Giles system as 'I Ching'. Mandarin (putonghua) pronunciation of both – since they are merely alphabetic variants of the same Chinese characters – is 'ee jing' rather than 'eye ching'. Some diehards still refer to the text as 'Yi King', which often reflects that their interest stems from the works of Aleister Crowley, who used the James Legge translation (Peking was always pronounced Beijing in China).

Similarly, 'dao' is the pinyin equivalent of 'tao' and more accurately reflects how it is pronounced. The Daodejing for instance is the Tao Te Ching. Dao is the same character as the Japanese 'do' in judo, kendo, meaning 'way'. The Japanese Samurai code of bushido for example means 'way of the warrior' – in Chinese bushido is wushi dao, a 'wushi' these days being a person good at martial arts (wu as in King Wu, the martial king, and shi as in 'army', the tag of hexagram 7). 'Dao' is the character on the right of the three at the top of this page, the other two being 'yi' and 'jing'. By 'Yijing Dao' I do indeed intend to imply a martial arts approach to Yijing.


Yijing Dao - Calling crane in the shade by Joel Biroco.

A very exciting Daoist experiment!

Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |


Tuesday, 12. February 2008
The Zodiac in the Tarot

Nice idea to recognizing Zodiac correlations in Major Arcana and Court Cards:

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Tarot & Oracles |


Tuesday, 29. January 2008
SpellSpace - Free Tarot Readings

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You must be serious and think deeply about your question, issue and problem when you start shuffling your cards. If you think about too many things at once, then your reading can be confusing.

Click on the cards three times to shuffle three times. This allows your energy, thoughts and questions to come into the cards. Then click on the cards one last time to shuffle and lay out your reading. Click on any of the cards to reveal your reading. The reading is laid out in the traditional Celtic Cross and we walk you through each of the positions, starting with a current situation going on in your life.
Then click on "next position" to walk you through each of the 9 positions.


SpellSpace - Free Tarot Readings
NOTE: Do this for entertainment purposes only (with a little bit of live and learn along the way ... ) enjoy!


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Category: Tarot & Oracles |


Tuesday, 27. November 2007
2 Free Tarot Programs: jTarot & Eikon’s Thoth Tarot

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jTarot

'jTarot and Runes' will do a "reading" for you at any point you feel you might need some advice. The reading consists of displaying a certain number of cards in a certain order and then describing what these cards mean. You then must take the desciptions of the cards and try to apply the meanings of the cards to your present situation or problem.

'jTarot and Runes' is free software and it should work on most any computer and operating system. That includes Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 95,98,me, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and most any other unix based system.


jTarot and Runes
Available in English, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Portuguese, Русско, Svenska, 汉语, 漢語 and عربيّ.

You can also have the same Tarot readings that you get with jTarot on your on your mobile telephone or mobile device.


Eikon’s Thoth Tarot

Tarot is an application that will aid you in your fortune telling endeavors. It's perfect for beginners who want to learn Aleister Crowley's Thoth deck because it contains detailed descriptions of all 78 cards and also the entire Book of Thoth in HTML format. You can access the book at any time with Tarot's built-in browser. Other features include:

  • High quality images of the major and minor arcana
  • Notes window that saves your scribblings from run to run
  • User.cfg that saves options and window settings so that Tarot reopens just as you left it.
  • Large and small card sizes
  • Reversals
  • Choose from 15 different card backs
  • Configurable table color


Eikon’s Thoth Tarot PC Program


I found this at the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, where you can follow the history of the program from the beginning in 2004 till today's final version.

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Category: Tarot & Oracles |


Monday, 12. November 2007
Learning the Tarot - A Free Online Course

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Card image from the 'Gilded Tarot'


Welcome to Learning the Tarot - my course on how to read the tarot cards. The tarot is a deck of 78 picture cards that has been used for centuries to reveal hidden truths. In the past few years, interest in the tarot has grown tremendously. More and more people are seeking ways to blend inner and outer realities so they can live their lives more creatively. They have discovered in the tarot a powerful tool for personal growth and insight.

My main purpose in this course is to show you how to use the cards for yourself. The tarot can help you understand yourself better and teach you how to tap your inner resources more confidently. You do not have to have "psychic powers" to use the tarot successfully. All you need is the willingness to honor and develop your natural intuition.

Learning the Tarot is a self-paced series of 19 lessons that begin with the basics and then move gradually into more detailed aspects of the tarot. These lessons are geared toward beginners, but experienced tarot users will find some useful ideas and techniques as well. For each lesson there are some exercises that reinforce the ideas presented.


Learning the Tarot - A Free Online Course by Joan Bunning.
You can also download the course as a zip-file.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |


Thursday, 25. October 2007
The Fairytale Tarot

Using some of the world's most fascinating fairy tales with the symbolic, yet story-like pictures of the Tarot these images illuminate both the tales and the cards. But they do something more; they allow us to create new stories, new meanings, and that is certainly special. -- Rachel Pollack, writer and Tarot scholar

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Nine of Cups


The traditional suits have been used in this deck: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins; as well as the traditional court cards: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The traditional titles are also carried through the Major Arcana. Below is a listing of the Major Arcana, and the fairy tales associated with them. From the book:

The Fool: The Poor Miller's Boy and The Little Cat
The Magician: The Storyteller at Fault
The High Priestess: Libuse
The Empress: Cinderella
The Emperor: The Emperor and the Nightingale
The Hierophant: The Five Wise Words of the Guru
The Lovers: Tatterhood
The Chariot: The Snow Queen
Strength: Beauty and the Beast
The Hermit: Bearskin
The Wheel of Fortune: Fortune and the Wood Cutter
Justice: The Juniper Tree
The Hanged Man: The Shifty Lad
Death: Godfather Death
Temperance: Water and Salt
The Devil: The Red Shoes
The Tower: Deirdre of the Sorrows
The Star: The Fairy of the Dawn
The Moon: The Nixy
The Sun: The Sunchild
Judgement: Snow White
The World: Many Fur

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King of Swords


The Fairytale Tarot is drawn from a wide range of fantastic, wise and wonderful magical stories. Favourites such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and The Snow Queen are all here, together with stories that you may not know so well.

The Fairytale Tarot by by Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony
Artwork by Irena Triskova
Beautiful!

Related Entries:
The Tarot of Prague
The Victorian Flower Oracle
Category: Fairy Tales & Fables | Tarot & Oracles |


Wednesday, 10. October 2007
Tarotpedia

For all enthusiasts!

I recently discovered a new Tarot resource online. Anyone who's used wikipedia will find tarotpedia familiar.
It has useful information on a many aspects of tarot. There are pages for tarot history (very good!), tarot decks, spreads, card meanings, and more.

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"Death" from the "Charles VI Tarot"

Tarotpedia is a site created by the Tarot Community, for the Tarot Community, but also as a resource for those unfamiliar with Tarot who are seeking to understand the history and usage of these wonderful decks.

As such, it is a collaborative venture, every member can edit existing material, or add new information. This is not a "typical" website where "someone" is presenting information.. instead, it is a new type of site that allows all members to update the content and participate in the growth. The goal is to create a resource where information about all things Tarot has been collectively brought together from members all over the world. This is our site, its success depends entirely on its members.


Online Encyclopedia of Tarot: Tarotpedia
With already over 800 members and over 1000 pages of content.

Category: Tarot & Oracles |


Thursday, 20. September 2007
The Symbolism Of The Tarot

This book is for anyone looking for a new view of the tarot. It deals with a very occultist point of view, and while there are literally an infinite number of ways to look at the tarot, this book shows you a whole new way. The book states it in a way that I never could, so I'll quote you a passage to let it speak for itself:

"As soon as I perceived the Sun, I understood that It, Itself, is the expression of the Fiery Word and the sign of the Emperor.

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The great luminary shone with an intense heat upon the large golden heads of sun-flowers.
And I saw a naked boy, whose head was wreathed with roses, galloping on a white horse and waving a bright-red banner.
I shut my eyes for a moment and when I opened them again I saw that each ray of the Sun is the sceptre of the Emperor and bears life. And I saw how under the concentration of these rays the mystic flowers of the waters open and receive the rays into themselves and how all Nature is constantly born from the union of two principles."



P.D. Ouspensky was born in Russia in 1878, and was an enormously influential figure in early 20th Century Mysticism and Occultism. He was a student of Gurdjieff,and his experiments in Higher Consciousness influence his highly esoteric writings. This book on Tarot illuminates the symbolism of the tarot in the Light of a Mystic Journey.
Ouspensky's book on the Tarot has remained practically unknown since its initial publication in Russia in 1913.

22 cards from the Waite set, described by Ouspensky, have been reproduced in full color.

The Symbolism Of The Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky
PDF | Year 1913 | 60 pages | 1.67 MB

So there is always something hidden in symbolism, that can be interpreted one or another way around. It is up to interpreter, who has the knowledge and experience to understand this symbolism. Not for every mortal, but interesting to read.

See also:
Gurdjieff Studies: Ouspensky on Gurdjieff
The Ouspensky Foundation
Category: Books & Magazines | Symbols & Geometry | Tarot & Oracles |


Wednesday, 29. August 2007
Tarot Card Reading Guide

For the experienced Tarot reader a great refresher and a great easy to understand overveiw for beginers.
The spreads are very helpful, as are the one-word associations.

Duration: 24 minutes.

Category: Movies & TV | Tarot & Oracles |


Saturday, 11. August 2007
A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards

The methods of divination by cards are sufficiently numerous in France, as they are in other countries, including England.

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Our own, however, are chiefly of continental origin, while, so far as it is possible to speak with any positive opinion upon so dubious and involved a question, it would appear that the French systems are largely particular to themselves, subject of course to the fact that proceeding in all cases on certain general principles, to that extent they may be said to derive from one another, or at least from a common root. I have selected for inclusion one system which -- although it first came into notice at the beginning of the nineteenth century -- is likely to be new to my readers.


It is worked with a piquet set of ordinary playing cards, which, as most people will know, consists of the usual picture-pieces and the ace, 10, 9, 8 and 7 of each suit, excluding the lower numbers.

A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards by Arthur Edward Waite.
(PDF, 10 pages)
Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |


Saturday, 04. August 2007
Color your own Tarot Cards

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Why (not) color your own tarot cards? Certainly, there are literally hundreds of decks available, already in full color- why go through the trouble?

Simply put, it is by far the most effective way to become familiar with the complex symbolism of the Tarot deck.

Carefully coloring your own cards will allow you to see every detail, helping to develop the intuitive insight that is neccessary to fully realize the potential of you cards. The deck you create will be unique, unlike anyone else's- it will have your personal stamp on it.

This feature includes all instructions for printing and coloring your own set of Tarot cards, including two sets of black and white card graphics. Choose between the 1910 Coleman-Waite or the beautiful Vacchetta deck of 1893. Both decks have been updated and modified for easier coloring.


Copy the pictures on the following pages to your hard drive. Open in any graphic editing program or even Word. Pictures look very large, but print standard tarot card size. If printing from windows, the margins may need to be adjusted so the pictures will fit the page. I suggest printing a test page to spot any potential problems before beginning. If you plan to use paint or markers, test your paper for compatibility before you print. Note: Printing directly from your browser may have unattractive results!

When the printing is finished, use sharp scissors or a paper cutter to carefully trim the cards. If you prefer a rounded edge, use the corner cutter, making sure to leave a border around the card to prevent lopping part of the picture of with the cutter. If you'd like a paper backing on your cards, use spray adhesive to apply decorative paper (use a sturdy or coated paper for this task) to the back of each card, and trim to fit. Alternatively, you can decorate the backs with rubber stamps.

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Color your own Tarot Cards
Category: Tarot & Oracles |


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