Ghosts and Spirits Tarot includes ghosts and spirits from legend and lore. Plucked from many sources, they represent an array of ethereal beings found around the world.
Ghosts and spirits are often messengers trying to tell us something and it’s my hope that Ghosts and Spirits Tarot proves a conduit for further communication and understanding. ~Lisa Hunt
Ghosts & Spirits Tarot
Author/Illustrator – Lisa Hunt
Publisher – U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
The supernatural/paranormal has always held a certain fascination for me, and I’m pretty certain for millions of others around the globe as well. Being a scorpio might explain a part of that fascination in the form of a love of all things mysterious, occult, and unexplained.
The Ghosts and Spirits Tarot is a beautifully illustrated 78 card deck in the structure of a RWS clone with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The four suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, and the Courts are made up of Page, Knight, Queen and King. The Hierophant has been renamed The High Priest and the Devil is titled Chains; Strength is eight and Justice eleven. The accompanying lwb (little white book) is 61 pages and includes a brief synopsis along with divinatory meanings and symbols, a five card spread, and two pages are provided in the back for notes.
A part of Hunt’s instructions give this piece of advice for using the deck. “Let the ghosts and spirits talk to you and help you dissolve the barriers between conscious constraint and objective inner reflection.”
Let’s see what the Ghosts and Spirits have to share by taking a look at the Realm of the Spirits Five-Card Spread.
Use this five-card spread to unearth whatever haunts your past and free yourself to enjoy the present.
- Spirits of the Present: Where are you right now? What inspires you? What concerns do you h ave? What, if anything, is missing from your life?
- Ghosts of the Past: What lurks in your past and haunts you? You can’t change the past, but you can free yourself by letting go of it.
- What frightens you?: What are you burying in your subconscious? Whatever you are pushing down can hold you back. Face your fears and confront the dark places.
- What lifs your spirits?: What liberates you and brings joy? Embrace your bliss.
- Spirit of the Future: What do you look forward to? Once you have cleared away the cobwebs of doubt, you’re ready to move toward your destiny.
The cards measure 2.75″ x 4.75″ and have a glossy finish. The cardstock is sturdy, yet flexible and shuffle easily. Deck and booklet come in a flip top card board box.
The palette for the most part is soft and muted, there are however quite a few that are bright and bold as in the Ten of Cups below.
One of my favorite cards in this deck is Death (Grim Reaper). “…the specter of death can help us become more aware of how tenuous and sacred life is. Death holds a scythe, symbolizing linear time and an orb, symbolizing sacred time. DM: All things must pass–change is an inherent part of cosmic phenomenon. Death is not “the end”, but represents the transference of energy from one from to another. Death can also open up pathways to fresh beginnings.”
And lastly, The Star (Cloud People/Shiwana). “The Pueblo Indians believed that everything was animated by a life force. It was thought that the deceased joined the ethereal beings in their otherworldly domain up in the sky. Ceremonial dances were performed to invoke the spirits of the Cloud People, or Shiwana, a group of supernatural spirits who brought rain.”
The amount of research and work it took to put together this deck, not to mention all of the illustrations, boggles the mind. Within these 78 works of art you are introduced to a myriad of ghosts and spirits from all around the world, down through time from many different cultures and traditions. Some, you may have heard of, possibly even met. All have interesting stories to share, and they hope to convey an invitation to come and talk with them and learn from them.
Get your copy of the Ghost & Spirits Tarot by visiting the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. link above or your favorite retailer. Be sure to visit Lisa Hunt’s web link above for more on this deck and her many other projects.
A beautiful deck that will make a wonderful addition to any Tarot enthusiasts repertoire’.
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Ooops I forgot to add the Bonus Card.