THE IMPRESSIONIST TAROT



Today we are going to review the Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca and Corinne Kenner. This deck has been published by Lo Scarabeo.

A stroll down Montmartre, fluffy cotton clouds rolling over still waters that smile back up to the sky. It feels like the warm summer is gracing us with paintings of French countrysides also known as paradise. How I yearn to return to Paris and Montmartre to stroll down the same streets Toulouse Lautrec and the fabled Amélie Poulain did. I’ve already savored that delight.

Time moves you differently in France. You can pause to collect your thoughts at a café. The waiter compliments you on your menu choices. Having an afternoon snack and enjoying their decadent desserts. Why not turn over some cards? Might as well. This moment is perfect and I want to commemorate it. The Parisian lifestyle is contagious, tastefully modern in its own right. If I could, I’d spend my summers out there with my lover and endless sketchbooks. Macarons after visiting the Château Versailles. Afternoons spent on trains to museums and to soak up the rich French culture. The fresh aroma of bread trailing past you as you stroll down the cobblestoned street, bustling crowds outside café’s. Artistic statues and urban artwork. How I love it! Yes!!




Art is one of the most important forms of human communication. To paint snapshots of the depths of our minds is priceless. It goes just as well for helping others see the world through our eyes. This artistic movement brought a change from the precise portraits of the Neoclassical and Baroque. A breath of fresh air for all those who have the vestige of a painter or artist in their hearts. Look within! This deck will give your creativity a voice.

Impressionism looks random, but trust me when I tell you that these paintings had to be very precise. If your hand slipped and you had a bad stroke on your long pointillism, you could end up muddling the colors together. The piece could ruin!

I love this tarot deck. The paper is a delight to shuffle, sleek and slippery. I love the crunchy shuffle of the Lo Scarabeo paper stock.The cards are thin but sturdy. All of the colors in the cards go well together. This deck is harmonious, as you would expect from an art tarot deck.

I am going to take a marker to give this deck golden edges; that’s all it is missing! That last little detail to turn your experience into a very magical one. ✨



FEATURED ARTISTS:
♡ Pierre Auguste
♡ Edgar Degas
♡ Paul Gauguin
♡ Edouard Manet
♡ Claude Monet
♡ Renoir
♡ Vincent Van Gogh

The backs of these cards are so humorous to me, but they honestly make sense. They are the backs of the frames. What you get if you flip a mounted painting to see what lies behind it. I love the idea of having talking pieces of art in my pocket.

The richness of the painterly colors makes this deck a visual delight. I haven’t worked with it nearly enough but I sure intend to. It evokes an era I could only dream of participating in, but because of that it is all so real and attainable.





What is your most important characteristic?
Ten of Wands. This deck offers respite during those days we feel heavily burdened or tired of our circumstances. It shows that despite initial stress, you can sit back and put things in perspective. You can sort through the noise and the chaos to find comfort just being yourself. Take it easy and try not to race to the end. Savor the moment.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Ten of Cups. The picture depicted is complete. How you feel about it though is another story.

What are your limits?
Ten of Swords. It’s possible that you wear yourself out either asking or answering the same question time after time, multiple times. Sometimes it’s when you read for yourself, other times it happens for work. When you read for that one client that asks the same question in quick succession. Redundancy at its best!



What are you here to teach me?
Nine of Wands. To take a step back and assess what has helped you arrive to where you are now. Learn to retrace your foot steps and pull from the real reason why you stand where you stand. Think back and find the real reason why things happened as they did.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
The High Priestess. I love this! Look within. As seasons come and go you are the observer. Do that best, the messages will come. Listen, watch, learn. The canvas of the mind opens before you, unfolding truth as you have never seen before.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Hanged Man. When you learn to take enough time to breathe and zone out, then the moment of understanding comes. Reach the zen state of mind, then let the image come to you. Envision yourself scrying. The mind is the mirror you look into.



Which card do you want to show off?
Ace of Cups. The reflection to the outside is a mirror reflection of the inside. Garnished by the vivid strokes of art, which also happens to be a form of expression.

How do you see me?
Six of Cups. Nostalgic romantic. Always dreaming and day dreaming, always romanticizing situations by pure nature. Sweet is what you recall when you think back to those sunny summer days. You reply the warmth of the smiles on their faces. Always matching, never intentionally. The past, how bittersweet to love you.

How do you see yourself?
Queen of Swords. Sharp. No bullshit. Knowing exactly when to speak up and which wise words to utter. Bringing down the sword of ruthless, cold truth. No fact will be twisted without being brought to justice. The most terse and to the point. Every word is counted, a mind this sharp won’t miss any of the details.



That had a snap, crackle pop to it, didn’t it? I thoroughly enjoyed writing this review. These cards inspire me, and their influence waxes poetic. I like that.

Try them out and let me know what you think. They have evoked special experiences for me. One day soon we’ll exchange stories. For now, more reading.
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MORPHĒ JEWELRY



Every now and then you come across a piece that takes your breath away. After dreaming and day dreaming about the Morphē Jewelry — now Sofia Zakia — ring, it is finally here! And much to my delight, Sofia has also included the moon bunny earring I had been gushing on about in a previous blog post. I can tell you it made my day. This gesture along made my week. Looking through the contents of the package was a real treat, the rose gold embellishment on the matte black card stock is perfection. The package even thoughtfully included some really gorgeous stationary and a letter.

Wearing the Moonbunny earring and the Wandering Star ring brings me so much joy. I am extremely happy with the jewelry as well as with the ephemera that comes with it. Whenever I am not wearing it, the Wandering Star ring is housed in its box and the Moonbunny charges in my altar space. They are becoming personal talismans for self-love and clarity.

A talisman is by definition an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that when charged with intention is believed to be infused with magic. It is said to bring good luck, and is synonymous with concepts such as lucky charms, amulets, totems, and ritual tools.




These objects tend to rack up the sentimental value as we bond with them. The piece embodies our intentions and wishes. For myself personally, my accessories must be imbued with the essence of self-love and healing. Those are necessary glamours for myself to nurture a healthy outlook on life.

Once you have spent enough years of your life wasted away in internal battles with yourself, you start to yearn for positivity that tips the scales into balance. You can feel yourself aligned with the woven fabric of life and existence. Rather than having events going against you, you feel a benevolent turn of the tide and have your circumstances cooperate with helping you achieve your personal goals.

Mine is to learn to be okay with my quirks, and to celebrate life as an offering of wisdom delivered in a more compassionate package. So far, an interesting journey. It all starts within. In my case, I have personal totems to remind and delight as the winding path to the desired destination continues. In my own private time I enchanted them, and when I wear them I feel the magic influence glowing like an invisible aura.




Looking into this stunning ring, I feel a sense of calming peace from the sapphire. Its brilliance is something to behold! Rose gold is made up of two components as far as my limited experience goes: gold and copper.

Gold strengthens confidence and attracts wealth. The properties of hold help it open the crown chakra, and help to obtain spiritual wisdom. It also has protective qualities.

Gold really opens the crown chakra and is known to help the wearer who is open to wisdom obtain it from universal sources. Gold has long been hailed for its protective properties as well, which is why it's been commonly used for talismans, amulets and for making protective symbol charms to be worn on the body.

The copper in the rose gold helps improve circulation. Wearing copper can help you improve your awareness and expand your consciousness. It's particularly useful in strengthening bonds between people.



Sapphires increases and enhances intuition, mental clarity and spiritual power. A stone of spiritual healing and spiritual truth, sapphire is useful when channeling healing energies.

Diamonds symbolize purity. It brings love and clarity into partnerships and bonding relationships.

The amazing thing about these materials the ring is made out off is that we resonate with them and they have healing properties. It is so much better when you wear something that not only you imbue with intent, but has materials that resonate with you in just the right way. Suffice to say that Sofia is a jewelry sorceress.

Everybody I show this ring to has an extreme reaction of admiration. It generates an enthusiasm that is contagious, and with that I am reaffirmed that my self-love trinket is a special one. It inspires me as well as the people who come in contact with it. Now that's real magic! ❤️✨


Take a look at Sofia Zakia's web site, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. I can't recommend her work enough! And if you find something that you resonate with, totally go for it. Her customer service is 10/10. You will be as delighted as I was!!
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NEFERTARI TAROT



When I look into this tarot, I am transported back in time to about 430 BC. I see myself walking through a temple with hand painted stories on the columns of past legacies that influence the present time, back then. Torches are lit and cast an eerie glow on the place, and now and then the gold leaf on the walls will reflect back at me. Colors, shapes and whispers. Messages shedding light!

The experience with this deck does not feel like every day tarot to me. I feel as if I am presented with some descriptive tableau of another time, giving me advice relevant to my life or that of my Querent. It comes from experience, and the experiences were very different from today’s reality. It is as if we all went back in time to ask the Ancient Egyptian elders to lend us their wisdom.

All of the cards have an abundance of gold leaf and shine wonderfully under a light at night. I would have loved to see more context in the illustrations, such as in the Moon card, which is my favorite in this deck. I get a detached sense of from the deck, the figures seem to be floating in a gleaming afterlife. Still, it means these events can take place anywhere. They are detached from the mundane world, depicted in a high resonance halo and completely immersed in an alternate state of existence. Suspended in a divine realm, the gold leaf glow feels transcendental. A peek into divinity as those in this time period experience it. A divine connection to the past!



This is a serious, somber deck. Given the culture it illustrates and the type of illustrations it uses, you spend much of your time facing life and death, and particularly moments in death. There is no chance that the original illustrators of these cards are still alive, and that leaves a pretty big impression on me. Death is looming over us pretty often, and is a subject I struggle with but work with often in my personal life. I’ve always had a bit of an unhealthy obsession with it. When I look into these cards, I feel intimidated by the looming spectra of death. It’s hauntingly beautiful!

It took me a while to warm up to this deck. I lost my first copy and happened to have a backup. I went in and blackened the edges myself, which was an instant upgrade for the deck. They look more sleek and beautiful in my opinion! The cards fan out easily and the deck is of a convenient size. You can't go wrong with this one!

If you read Rider-Waite Smith, no problem. These illustrations echo the RWS tradition. All you really need to do is look into the mirror in front of you presented in the form of a card tableau. Not long after that, these cards will sing. You can feel the warm presence of the ancients giving you sound advice for your life.





What is your most important characteristic?
The Magician. This man does not look like he is from this world; his skin is blue. Then again, this deck houses the souls of those who are no longer with us. A tool of spirit divination stretches a link from now to then. Which time period you choose to delve in is entirely up to you. This deck is like a time machine.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Three of Cups. Even through the weirdness, it’ll provide a good way to connect with others and to commune with spirit. Rejoice in the messages contained within, this is a tool to bring people together. To unify is my goal.

What are your limits?
The Devil. Some won’t be able to get past looks. Some get caught up in limitations that are self-imposed. If someone has that mentality and is stuck in it, it is because they choose to be. I am of the belief that freedom is earned. [Strong!]



What are you here to teach me?
King of Swords. I am here to teach you to speak up for yourself. Disregard the thoughts that don’t bring you progress, and cut through to the truth of the matter every time. It will save you time and earn you respect from others.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Ten of Cups. Embrace the offerings from the afterlife to live a fruitful life. Enjoy your blessings, you’re only around for so long. After that, what you leave is your memory.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Eight of Cups. An oasis, a refreshing place to come to and open your eyes to a new truth. When you submerge yourself in the waters of intuition, you leave behind pre-established structures that you have created over the years that no longer serve.



Which card do you want to show off?
Queen of Swords. Where there is male, there will be also female. This is a balance we entertain, and from what you are fought you will find there is not only brute strength. Logic, wisdom and clear thinking are your best assets, tools you can use.

How do you see me?
Ten of Coins. I see in you a pupil that is ready to accept gifts from the afterlife, tools to better improve your life. You have amassed a vast collection, and with it you will open portals for others to find their greater truths. You are guardian of a portal, and need to honor it.

How do you see yourself?
Ace of Cups. I nurture, and I offer you access to the mysteries of the universe. The cosmic universe has a lot to teach you, and depending on the choices you make, you will succeed in opening yourself up to those teachings.



I think that this is an advanced tarot deck. I wouldn’t recommend this for first time users, but I do strongly recommend it for all those of you who want something beautiful and impressive to put on your reading table. A nice spread cloth, crystals and candles are mandatory to set the mood with this deck. Don’t forget the incense!
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STARCHILD TAROT




I have been sitting on the decision to get this deck for a couple of years now. Even though I watched it on Tumblr and one of my friends was raving about it, I didn't feel like it was the right time to jump on it. Since then, this deck has had as many as three incarnations. It has changed, and each time it keeps getting progressively better. Finally, I caved when I heard they made this deck in the traditional tarot size. My hands are small and I can't handle bulky paper, so I decided to get this version.

The gilded edges are quite lovely, their shine is semi matte and the color is just right. It's a very gentle but vibrant gold tone, and I enjoy it. The pastel color palette of this deck is also very appealing. It is easy on the eyes, it looks gorgeous over a black spread cloth and it really makes the figures stand out. The card backs are almost hypnotic. I think they are one of my favorite card backs in my entire card collection. They're gorgeous! Ethereal.

Most of the cards have that transcendental ethereal feeling to them. The theme is executed beautifully throughout the entire deck. Some of the cards in the Major Arcana have come to be renamed. They are numbered, though, so you can easily figure out which one of the alternate titles is supposed to be which.




I am under the impression that there is not so much visual dialogue going on. I don't see repeated elements interacting with the figures in the cards other than desertous landscapes, sacred geometry and other celestial elements. To tell you the truth, I think this deck works best with spreads that already have designated card positions. Maybe these cards also work really well paired with an oracle deck.

I wanted to note that even though it may not be a predominant theme, I feel like this deck addresses the sacred feminine within. The figures seem to be suspended in time, frozen on the outside but awake on the inside. There is so, so much going on in our psyche. I think this deck works great for questions relating to our states of mind and emotions.




What is your most important characteristic?
Three of Wands. This deck took some time to call your attention. You saw three incarnations of it go by before you decided to take the plunge and get acquainted with it. They say three time's the charm, though, so here you are. Magic at your fingertips, wisdom that sheds light into your understanding of your circumstances if only you stop to think about what it means. Wait and see what the results yield for you.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Queen of Cups. Compassionate understanding, thinking with a pause before reaching any logical conclusions and plans of action. Let your intuition take charge, feel your way through with your heart as your compass. It won't ever steer you wrong. It can only strengthen you. Keep exploring.

What are your limits?
Page of Wands. Impulsiveness can turn to distractions. If you have too much going on in your mind and in your environment, you may not be grounded enough to tune into the frequency of this deck. To get the best interaction, match your frequencies. Your psychic sense of intuition will be fueled by concentration and grounding. Save the active energy to instead carry your plan of action out.



What are you here to teach me?
Ten of Swords. Let go of your negative thoughts. They are fabrications of your mind to fill in the blanks. Even if you don't understand the logic of how something goes, this deck will not help you fill in the blanks if there is nothing to fill them with. You can work with what is really there to gain a precise understanding of what is happening.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
The Lovers. Embrace the differences, meet in the middle. Bring something different to the table, and try to draw connection in how the different elements interact as they come together. This is a similar formula to alchemy. That bond that is formed between two people in a reading will stay. Cleanse afterwards.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Nine of Wands.
With enough effort, something gets built up that will stand as a symbol for those that are still in the ongoing process. Seeing your comfort with cards can inspire others, but then so does leaving them to find their own path to shape to their liking. The universe has your back, you just need to stop resisting and work with it.



Which card do you want to show off?
The Chariot. Wild freedom for you to trail blaze. Guided by the influence of your intuition, motivated to reach new boundaries. The test of strength comes from within to help you navigate through the natural perils of the outside world.

How do you see me?
The Stars. Entering a happy period in your life, finding light in new places. Understanding the role you play in the life you live, and how the light you emanate also affects others. When it all links up together, your face lights up. The face of your sitter lights up. With a pure heart and soul you can move those that you interact with. It spreads beauty.

How do you see yourself?
Seven of Swords. Dealing the difficult truths that people often don't want to accept about themselves or their surroundings. Outlining the boundaries so that people know how far they can step before they run into some bigger troubles.



Isn't this deck divine? It is taking me some time to warm up to it, but I've been in this game long enough to know its all about the journey. I am really looking forward to spend some quiet time with the cards. I am intrigued with the curiosity of how these cards will help me tune into the inside. Innerspace.
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MARSEILLE TAROT PLAYING CARDS




This project excites me. So much in fact that I needed to write about it. Ryan Edward of Inset Cards and Curiosities is bringing something major to the table of cartomancy: a fusion of playing cards and the Marseilles Tarot. The two are often read much the same way you'd read tarot, but there is a whole other school of learning that treats these pip cards as a system. The Hedgewytch Method, or cunning folk system is the one I practice... I practice the the Playing Card Oracles system by Ana Cortez, but that's a story for another day.

It is said that this deck will be published in a limited, hand-painted edition this coming May. The mass market edition is said to come in 2018. That's quite a wait! But for now, these beautiful photos can hold us over. I found out about this deck through Camelia Elias' blog Taroflexions. She teaches us how to read tarot like the devil, and I love her books and blog.







Do you love cards as well? The slight bend of the paper and how crunchy it feels when you shuffle the cards. The sound of the paper as you riffle shuffle. The familiar faces looking back out at you, or conversing among themselves. The play of light and shadow caused by the environment and by the reflection of other objects placed on the table. The reflections of light on the table.

The mirror that reflects your insides as well as what happens outside of you.

I love cards. I love them madly. Interacting with them and offering my services sprinkles purpose into my life.

I appreciate the process work as it is depicted in the photo. There is great care put into the little details, and that's something that I'm very passionate about in my interactions with cards. It is precisely those little details that end up suggesting nuances in readings. It's the most rewarding thing!

Even though the launch date is still a while away, I am really looking forward for this deck to come out. Sometimes it's the little details that grasp us.






I appreciate that these cards seem to be hand painted and hand lettered. Analog illustrations retain nuances in strokes that I haven't been able to replicate with digital tools. The color washes are very appealing. I can't wait until this deck is published! The modernized woodblock style is one that appeals directly to my interests. I always prefer the vintage to the current. The nostalgia of those times that have passed graces me with a profound appreciation for these aged trinkets. And then there is the notion of aging it all on your own, through use and mutual experiences.

Preorders are scheduled to start next week at some point, fingers crossed. Until then, I am dreaming of this deck. This hybrid was a necessary missing link, and now that there is this variety accessible, we can do anything.

Perhaps I will even be motivated to pick up a drafting pencil and work on my own deck. Its been on and off for years, and despite my best effort I can't seem to get it to work. But for now, there are ther cards to read. More embodiment to concepts sparked by the love of cartomancy and tarot.



These photos are compliments of Ryan Edward's social media pages. View his Instagram, Inset shop and Twitter. I hope that you have enjoyed being introduced to these cards as much as I did. They're beautiful cards!
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