The Mary-El Tarot by Marie White, has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. Over 10 years in the making, Author and Artist Marie describes her journey during the decks creation as her magnum opus, spiritual education, and obsession.
Please join me as I embark on my own journey through the Landscapes of the Abyss, with help from the Mary-El.
Author & Artist – Marie White
Copyright 2012 by Marie White
Publisher – Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
ISBN – 978-0-7643-4061-1
The deck itself is like having my very own personal art gallery. The detailed imagery in each and every card has the ability to draw me into their depths. What better way to navigate in the Abyss than with the companion book, Landscapes of the Abyss? White’s definition of the abyss is: most simply, but not only, introspection – looking within yourself. The Abyss is the world of life and death we jump into as the fool so we can experience all of this glorious beautiful life.
This weeks Tarot Dynamics Unleashed Newsletter is all about the New Moon, a time when anything is possible. Tarot Dynamics author Anna Cook, has this to say about the Eight of Cups, the COTW (card of the week).
“Like you, the Eight of Cups is also an individualist. So by administering a personal reality check or two this week, you can recapture or simply refresh and maintain your inner balance and the clarity of purpose, that you need to keep moving forward or tackle matters more realistically.”
Today I am using a Daily Reading spread from the companion book of The Mary-El Tarot, Landscapes of the Abyss by Marie White. It’s a three card spread used to take a look at your day. Her instructions are to ask this question, “What will my day be like?”, while shuffling. Below see the cards I drew with my interpretation.
The 2 of Disks reversed, the 10 of Swords, and the 3 of Disks.
(For your listening pleasure, Optional Mood Music at bottom of page.)
Design- Carrie and Lucas Amodio
Illustrations – Liz “Galindorf” Harper
Publisher – Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2009
ISBN – 978-0-7643-3182-4
From the beginning of time, sailors have been a superstitious lot and they used any method available to bring good luck and protection their way. One technique dealt with fortune telling using the Tarot. Meet here, a colorful cast of fantasy pirates, from elegant lady captains and playful cabin boys to crusty old sailors. Two fun and exciting games will bring the buccaneer out in you! (printed on back of box)
The Pirate Tarot is a 78 card deck that replicates wood carvings of pirate life. Each card does in fact look as if it could have been etched into wood. If you have ever seen a “wooden nickle” this is how I imagine them to look and feel. The deck is actually available in wood carving form, from Dragonfire Laser Crafts.
Twilight Realm – A Tarot of Faery
Author/Illustrator – Beth Wilder
Publisher – Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2010
ISBN – 978-0-7643-3393-4
- 78 art card deck with an illustrated 176 page companion book that includes both upright and reversed definitions, keywords, and description.
- Four suits; Wands, Cups, Swords, and Rings
- Court consists of King, Queen, Page, Princess, Prince. There are still only four positions in the court of each suit, the difference being The Prince’s belong to the suits of Wands and Swords. The Princess to Cups and Rings.
- Strength is 8 and Justice is 11
- The cards are printed on sturdy cardstock and have a black border. They measure 3.5 x 5.0 giving ample room to see the entire image clearly.
- The backs are reversible showing a Faery ring painted in shades of lavender on a black background.
- The Major Arcana have retained the traditional names normally associated with a RWS clone deck.