The Tarot Game, Speaks

The TAROT Game

Creator and Author:  Jude Alexander

Publisher:  Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

ISBN:  978-0-7643-3448-1

I’ve seen some really good reviews for this most original and excellent game, but I thought the game itself might have a personality of its own, especially since the Game is so close to the very chatty Tarot.  I wanted to hear it’s voice and what it had to tell us.

Allow me to introduce you to a new friend of mine, The TAROT Game.   May I call you TG or do you prefer something else?

TG – Hmmm no, TG will be fine.   I kind of like that actually.

Ok good.  Now, as I understand it, you are played with some traditional game pieces.  The player markers are beautiful polished stones , there are dice, three different sets of cards to draw from and a game board.  But, you have a lot of extra goodies as well.  Can you tell me about those?

TG – I’d be happy to.  First off there are three different levels of play and for each there is a corresponding reading sheet:  Novice, Enthusiast, and Adept.  Now don’t let his confuse you.  All three levels can be played at once during the same game.  Here is an example of an Enthusiasts reading sheet.

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Next, there are Blessing Coins, which each player chooses 5 coins to begin and players can pass those out to each other at will.  They are little Blessings to foster encouragement and good will during game play.  A 78 card Key-Word deck is also included to help with the Tarot card meanings.

Wow!  You come jam-packed with quite a lot of goodies.   And let’s not forget that players will need to supply a Tarot deck or two to be used throughout.

TG – Yes, that’s right.  A traditional 78 card deck like a Rider-Waite-Smith usually works best.  There are some occasions where more than one deck is called for too.

Ok, I have my Tarot deck divided into the four suits:  Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles, the Court cards, and the Major Arcana.  All the pieces are set up.  Shall we go through a few moves to get a feel for what to expect?

TG – Sure! I’m game!  HaHaHa You get it?  I’m game!  I crack myself up sometime!

Ahem.  Ok, I rolled a 5 and landed on a question mark.   The Ace of Cups is the first card I record on my reading sheet.  (I followed the directions on the card, but didn’t  guess the card I drew correctly, lol)

I see there are other game cards.  Some with a Star and some with a Spiral, but what about the Infinity symbol on the board?  There doesn’t seem to be anything to go with them.

TG – Good question.  The infinity spaces act as your “wild” card.  You can do whatever you wish if you land on one of those.  Take a break, get a drink, dance, or grab a snack.  Be as creative as you want to be.

Well, I don’t think I’ll be doing a dance anytime soon…  So now I’ve landed on The Hierophant space and I need to pick a number between 1-5.    I pick number 2, from the Major Arcana Questions sheet:  What are you teaching?  The player (me) would answer that question as the Hierophant and note it on my Reading Sheet.

My next roll is to draw a Spiral card.  The Three of Pentacles.  Follow the instructions on the card.  I now have three cards on my Reading Sheet.

My next roll lands me on a space to draw a star card.  I followed the instructions and drew the Ten of Pentacles, which is one of my very favorite cards in a Tarot deck.  The instructions are to use the imagery and describe the following:  I see…My home on the hill, I hear…crickets and peepers, I smell….the dew damp grass, I feel…content, I taste….the salt from my lovers lips.

Object of the game: To have fun and tell stories.  To create a personal tarot card reading.  I created a reading using the four cards, Ace of Cups, The Hermit, Three of Pentacles, and Ten of Pentacles.   In a real game I would have filled out the reading sheet with a question that these four cards would pertain to.  During game play I may have discovered a new insight from input from other players.

Summary of game play for all levels: Each player will roll dice at their turn, moving a game piece around the board, landing on a snake segment and act according to the rules of that space.  Tarot cards are encountered during play and are noted on the player’s reading sheet with additional comments from idea and stories around the table.

As you can see, the Tarot Game is very interactive with a lot of potential for learning and for fun.  Not only is the opportunity there to learn more about the Tarot, but more importantly, about yourself.

Schiffer Publishing outdid themselves creating one of the most beautiful board game packages I’ve ever seen.  The quality of the board itself, the game pieces, and the overall presentation are superb.  All of the pieces as well as the board store compactly in a heavy duty box with a magnetic closure.   The craftsmanship ensures years of playing durability.  In my opinion, a good investment.

About the Author: Jude Alexander is a professional reader, life coach, and teacher on intuitive Tarot card reading.  She is a Theater Arts graduate from Rutgers University and has long been interested in entertainment as a form of education.  She began her Tarot studies in 1985 in northern California.  From then until now, Ms. Alexander has developed and refined The Tarot Game through play at various events and parties.

I would like to thank Jude Alexander for creating such a wonderful game, and TG for participating in helping others to understand the game and how it’s played.

TG – (cough) Excuse me, a word if you don’t mind.  I love to go places and meet new people, so don’t forget to take me along to Tarot meet-ups, study groups, picnics, reunions, play dates, parties, carnivals, fairs, church picnics, and even Bar Mitzvah’s.  Ok, I may be stretching it a bit there, but you get the idea.  Don’t leave home without me!

Other images used are from the New Palladini Tarot and can be purchased here.