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Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: The Tarot Lovers’ Tarot

The Tarot Lovers’ Tarot

Karyn Easton
Schiffer Publishing

 78 Cards
“Little” Black Book of Tarot Card Meanings
Sturdy Box with Magnetic Lid
ISBN-10: 0764341332


Description:
If you love Tarot, you’ve come to the right place! With 78 beautiful and elegant Tarot cards and an essential reference guide for traditional card meanings, this is a stylish combination of divination tools. Describing all the major traits, both the upright and reversed positions of the cards are covered in detail, including: key word descriptions, card number, key number, Hebrew letter, translation, traditional name, numerical value, astrological association, and more. The Tarot Lovers' "Little Black Book" of Tarot Meanings accompanies the Lovers deck, but it is also a must-have reference guide for any standard 78-card deck. For beginners and professionals alike, this Tarot deck and guide may be the only tools that you will ever need. Tarot Lovers' Tarot is for people who simply love Tarot!

I became more familiar with Karyn Easton’s card descriptions when I purchased the App for Android.  This is how I draw a daily card now and I always come away feeling that I have learned something and yes, I have a genuine respect for the products she’s created.  By using this app I've learned to appreciate Karyn’s attention to detail and her extensive knowledge of tarot. 

The Little Black Book:
I’m in awe of the card descriptions Karyn Easton has given.  We hardly ever see a “LBB” (Little Black Book) this well done; it’s nothing short of astounding. Each card in the LBB has a black and white card scan with one and a half pages of information for upright and reversed meanings.  Also included for each card is: Card Number, Key Number, Rulership, Hebrew Letter, Translation, Numerical Value, Astrological Associations, Candle (color) and Crystal.

There are also two pages of “Additional Notes” found in the LBB-Key Themes and In a Spread. These are two tables that quickly show you how to determine the theme of the Numbers and the Court Cards.

The Cards:
The card backs are beautiful! 





They feature the same design found on the box and they are reversible.   The pips are done in the Marseilles style. The cards measure 3.5 X 5.5 inches with large white borders.  The card back images have a modern look and the faces of the cards look more traditional with simple artwork.  The Major Arcana have the French title on the bottom of the card with the English title across the top.  There are many personal touches with this deck that are a delight to find!  The High Priestess is called The Papess in this deck and I love the butterfly in the image.  Card V is The Pope instead of The Hierophant.  The man in The Lovers card is playing a violin and The Devil also plays a violin.  The Hermit is holding a candle instead of a lantern.  Each time I look at the cards I see something new! 






I truly think this deck is a must have for anyone who loves tarot and the LBB is a treasure of information for anyone enjoying the study of tarot.  The deck images are simply done yet - full of symbolism-I consider this a “Masterpiece” of traditional tarot!  Or is it a “Masterpiece” of traditional tarot with a modern twist?  


If you like this deck consider purchasing one of the apps available for iPhone and Androidhttp://www.tarot-lovers.com/
If you’re looking for Spreads to use with your deck: http://www.tarot-lovers.com/tarot-card-spreads.shtml
There’s a Birth Card Calculator located here: http://www.tarot-lovers.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml
For a look at the fantastic Paranormality website: http://www.paranormality.com/
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