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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mystereum Delirium!

 Okay, let me first say THANK YOU to Schiffer Books for sending me Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard.
Book Details
ISBN: 9780764336010
Size: 11 1/2 " x 6" x 1 1/2"
Illustrations: 78 color art cards
Pages: 160
The box that this comes in is sturdy and has a magnetic lid.  The book and the deck nestle in here very nicely.  The colors are vibrant and the card backs are like looking out a picture window.  (Well, that's what I see anyway, you may see something totally different.)  

The first thing I noticed is that these are not standard size cards, they are larger -no squinting to see what's going on in the image.  I've come to like larger cards so, this is just fine by me! 
Before releasing the cards I took out the companion book and started reading...within seconds, I was smiling and hearing the words on the page come to life in Jordan's voice!  (This deck is all about your imagination after all...)  
This book is so different from what you expect to see in a companion book!  It's truly entertaining and packed full of information.  This is what I would call a "Story Book".  Okay, if you need a more grown up term for this, it's a Novel with well developed characters.
It was hard for me to put the book down once I started reading, the story moves you right along through every single card in the deck!  The "Imagination Tools" will serve you well and open your mind to new possibilities.  The key words are given under the image of each card in the book, you will notice right away that these are very different than what you're used to seeing...they have more depth and come from a totally different perspective than what you find in other books and decks.  Many authors say they have a different approach to Tarot but, Jordan really does-and here's the book to prove it!  I can't imagine how much time went into writing this book, it's something every tarot reader should add to their collection.  
Now, let's talk about the cards!  I mentioned they are larger than a standard deck but, not so large that you can't handle them.  The cards are sturdy and will last you a very long time.
I shuffled and shuffled...The Queen of Swords!  I love what Jordan has done with this card-the three swords are forming a triangle around this Queen.  She's very focused.  I wouldn't say she looks annoyed, just very intense.  I like that!  No-nonsense!  The Queen of Swords is one of my favorite images in this deck.  I think this card shows how The Queen's attitudes and intentions can sometimes be misunderstood.  She isn't mean, she just doesn't believe in beating around the bush-direct is the way to go with this lady!  
Look at this High Priestess, is there anything that she doesn't know?  
These two cards represent what this deck will mean to me...how it will treat me and what I can expect.  I think it's saying that it will tell me anything I want to know and it will tell me in a manner that's direct and to the point.  This makes me smile 'cause I like things on the direct side!  I look forward to working with these images and re reading the book. I totally "get" how this is an imagination primer!  When you look through the cards, there seems to be just a whisper of something...like when something is on the tip of your tongue...then your mind opens up and the information starts coming.  If a blue print could come to life, it would look like this deck...that's what I think!  
Each character tells his or her story in the book and the deck provides the visual aid to get your head in gear...I just don't know how else to explain this so, I sure hope this makes sense!  
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2 comments:

  1. Mary -

    You have definitely found your voice! :) Bravo!

    Blessings,
    Bonnie

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  2. I've been really curious about this deck! Thanks for the insight, Mary!

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