HELLO WITCHES Nº32



Lately I don't feel connected to my cards. Does that ever happen to you? I shuffle for a few minutes, cut and draw a card. After the anticipation of the shuffling, the stilling of the mind and the careful concentration, whatever I pull leaves me blank. I feel it with my clients and I feel it with myself, and it can be pretty frustrating. It is especially frustrating when I am getting paid for it and there is a person sitting on the other side of the screen waiting for a response that makes sense. At times like these, I either ask to postpone or take a break to shower. The water purifies, it washes away any worry or cloud of judgment stopping me from doing my job.

I got a tarot reading from another member of the community and was very heavily disappointed. The reader ignored my three questions and focused on a side comment. She blew it up into a story with her own experience and what she recommends to do to deal with it. I tried to usher her back to the beginning of the reading, but she went off to her own world again. I was stunned as I watched the time kept flowing and she would not come back to topic. When there were 2 minutes left to the reading is when she finally broke out her cards and started to answer, but by then I was put off. By the time the reading ended, she asked for me to leave her feedback. What?

Today's spread has a bit of everything. At least one of every suit, although a notable presence of Courts as opposed to Majors. Last week I took on the personalities of most of those court cards. I found that the Queen of Pentacles is a great signifier for Thanksgiving because numerous other blogs displayed the same court card on this day. I also found that I can be a fear-instilling Emperor if the need be. While I pride myself on having strong character, I think that sometimes I need to learn how to simmer down that Moon in Aries so as not to scare people away. I draw blanks whenever I work with the Thoth Tarot, so perhaps I should try instead with the Hermetic Tarot again. It speaks more clearly than Thoth's riddles.

THE WEEKLY SPREAD:


Monday. Five of Wands. One of the challenging fives. These cards have never been my favorite to interpret because they usually mean there is a problem pending. I see them as having your back turned to something that you need or you want. Notice they all wear the same shoes, so they all root for the same team. However, there is a clear discomfort as a fight starts to break out. The uniform shoes remind me of dance class, which makes me weary to think there might be a problem in going. Chin up, it really can't be that bad! Karen sees it as testing your strength in a skirmish or a series of circumstances to do with arguments. Today is not the best day for a temper tantrum!

 Tuesday. Six of Coins. This card falls on the day of my anniversary. I see charitable actions from a person that doesn't expect anything in return. For people that prefer to be self-sufficient, this is a card of discomfort. It means you can't always be independent, especially when you have others relying on you. The card makes me uncomfortable when I interpret it for my clients because I have to let them know that the financial aid they seek won't come from their own sources. More often than not, they scowl at me. It's an interesting card to keep an eye out for.


 Wednesday. Two of Cups. Notice the couple as they sit alone at the park. They don't seem to be aware of anyone watching and it looks as if they don't care. They are immersed in one another and the art of conversation. You can hear birds chirping and the leaves rustling as the sun beams on. It's a quiet day out and these lovers are enjoying it. To be away from the fuss, from the noise of everyday life is quite a luxury, and they are enjoying it. It feels like a day of harmony, when all polarities are met peacefully and without struggle.



Thursday. King of Cups. The King of Cups is a man I associate with white hair and too much melancholy to face. Grandpa has turned into this man, even though he was once the King of Coins. The days go by and he gets quieter and quieter. Every time I go see him I feel uncomfortable because of the invisible walls between us. As much as I try to open myself up to him, I know that he has a hard time accepting who I am. He can't wrap his mind around what I do for a living or who I am dating, but I can't blame him. I still love him very much and I know that he misses Grandma as much as I do.

Perhaps it is a day for controlled melancholy. Thinking back on good times and things that once were even when you have a party raging in your honor. Sometimes those who are the highlight of the event prefer the comfort of solitude and silence, and I have found myself to be this way as well. What a lesson this card brings! It showed up last week as well, and a few weeks before that. He's onto me!

Friday. Ace of Pentacles. This could be a bonus or payday in the works or a package in the mail. Something small that still brings with it a smile. Lately I have been working my hands off and my mind to liquid in order to keep things going. It isn't easy when the holidays come around because I am faced with car expenses that are not usual during the year as well as the burning question of what to get my loved ones. Even now I am beginning to fret over what to do about it. Perhaps by Friday I will have a better idea.

Saturday. Eight of Wands. Here we go again! The race of time for responsibility or fast action. I don't like feeling rushed, and that's exactly what this card denotes. The need for speed, the urgency to get going and really focus on that goal hanging up ahead. Sometimes we don't even know what we are running for, but we know that once we get there we will find out. A day of fast talk, action and messages exchanged on the go.



Sunday. Knight of Wands. This card has caught my eye ever since I started working with the Victorian Romantic Tarot. Here we see a Knight either trying to save or running away with a fainted lady. From the looks, she might even have passed on! The color on her looks sickly, she certainly looks like she was in need of aid when she was still awake. He was caught mid-dash! We need to stand out for ourselves unless we want to end up where she is rather than where he is.

What to avoid. Knight of Coins. I have never truly seen this Knight as one in action. No kidding! This one isn't even on his horse. He's neglecting his duty to help out the people around him, so what does that tell us? For one, if this is in the position of what to avoid, it is just that. Taking unnecessary detours from responsibilities will end up in having to make up for them later. It obviously doesn't mean that we need to neglect the others waiting on us for some help all the time, but rather to watch for balancing that matter. For a card that seemed vague at first, the message came through just right.

What to strive for. Death.Changes. Letting go of things even if they are hard to let go of. The lesson of this card is never easy as I have come to witness, but it doesn't mean I can avoid it. I mean, come on! This is Death we are talking about.

I have a hard time relating the Victorian Romantic Tarot to daily life. The lovely depictions of classical times feel saturated with fantasy, rather than what they are meant to be. Can you believe that? The times have changed so much that I view reality as fantasy. What a world this is!
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THE VICTORIAN ROMANTIC TAROT



The Victorian Romantic Tarot is new to my collection and feels like a necessary addition to any. I now have a deck I love in two sizes. Weeks ago I had no idea if I would be able to read it with precision, but as of this moment I don't really care. Whether I currently understand the semantics or not won't matter; I will be studying the semantics of this deck and two others from now until the end of year. I feel very drawn to Alexander Daniloff's tarot deck, to the Tarot of Prague and to the Victorian Romantic Tarot. Notice two of them are done by Baba Studio, also known as the Magic-Realist Press. Their work is divine!



I don't want to spoil the book for you, but I will mention some highlights that made it very special for me. If briefly touches upon the Victorian obsession with Egypt, the taboo to fortune telling, and how influential people of the time were touched by fortune telling through cards. It redefines the history of tarot within logic and divination as I used to know it. While carefully delineating meanings for us in both keywords and stories, the Victorian Romantic is intended for intuitive use and personal connections. The book itself states that although the information is provided, the best route to go is to develop your own meanings from experience. Sure, many books on tarot say that! However, when you get into practice, you will find that having both perspectives will really aid you in readings.

I have always thought that I was born a few centuries too late. Even with the conscious sacrifice of some hygienic necessities, I have wanted to live in the French Rococó ever since I first learned about the time period in school. I love the discipline — and discrete lack thereof — exercised at the time. Terms such as 'romantic ideals', 'language of flowers' and 'courtship rules' really resonate with me. I was unconsciously brought up to love rules, discipline and romanticism, and I do so madly.



This is a great deck to use in the spring. It has an inherent sweetness to it that is hard to come by, and I especially like the fact that the illustrations convey traditional artwork. Don't get me wrong — I love contemporary art and find stylization to be pretty rockin', but there is something special about Pre-Raphaelite, Neoclassical, Victorian, Rococó and Medieval art periods. They pull us through portals into moments in time that have been frozen for this very purpose. Some of the cards look like paintings, not all of them look like engravings, which is actually quite nice and makes them come alive for me. They read wonderfully and they merit further study. The companion book will help with starting out, but the rest is up to us.

INTERVIEW WITH THE VICTORIAN ROMANTIC TAROT:


What is your most important characteristic?
King of Wands.
This deck steals the show. The world is its stage and it is the only player! I get the sense that music keeps it in harmony, and that its song is meant to touch the lives of those who linger around it. This deck is really different from all of the other tarot decks that I have and it shows. I'll just have to go with the flow on this one and dance to it's song. It'll be much easier to get acquainted that way!

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
The World. This is possibly my favorite depiction of the World card. Watch her float! Her tray is loaded with roses and wildflowers. The circumstances look really warm and inviting; I'd love to spend a day with them frolicking in the beauty of nature. The use of white space is great, it conveys the atmosphere as open. Anything can happen here!

What are your limits?
The Star. This deck has bared its soul through numerous readings around the globe. After you're stripped to the public, all that there is, is all you can give. She looks coy and inviting at the same time, with her drapes barely covering her as she basks in the moonlight. This is an intimate card portraying the deck as an intimate experience, one that shouldn't be shared with too many people.

What are you here to teach me?
The Chariot.
To pick up the pace when I run into a different manner of dialogue from the cards. I slow down considerably when I have to adjust to the new imagery and the symbols it brings. It's saying, "hey! Pull your act together and go with what you feel, we're a little short of time and we have to go!" Taking control of the reigns as you're on your way forward isn't easy, but that's what I am going to get some help with.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Three of Swords. Releasing stress and pressure from waking life. In the place of beauty and mystery there is no room for daily life troubles in the way. Release trouble, release uncertainty and embrace a whole new side of things. If there will be grief present, accept it but count on a friend nearby that will be willing to listen and offer help. This looks like the deck to come to when I am having trouble, which is a good support to have!

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Hermit. Seeking enlightenment or answers by yourself. It makes sense, since some decks prefer to be used with other people. This one prefers to be used in solitude. Light a candle, dim the lights, put some music on and turn your phone off kind of readings are suggested. Taking away all the noise and withdrawing to a quiet place to think is necessary. To cut away our daily worries, we need to look after ourselves first. I really like that!

Which card do you want to show off?
Nine of Swords. A woman sleepwalks. She is not presently aware of the dangers she is in. She seems to be in a state of hypnosis more so than sleep, and might have a rude awakening once she finds out where she got herself to. Sometimes we carry so many troubles in our minds that we let them carry through into sleep and dreams. We really hurt ourselves when we are overwhelmed with our own thoughts. The circumstances can be quite literally a nightmare.

How do you see me?
Three of Cups. Under siege of the circumstances. I don't quite have the control that I need yet, and if I take to say something, I should watch my words before I do. We tend to run with the circumstances as they are, instead of taking the time to pause and really feel what we do. Logic overrides feeling, and when that happens, we love sensitivity. Focus.

How do you see yourself?
Nine of Pentacles. As a token of wealth offered from a lovely time period. The woman has her head turned towards the right, to the future. She stares with confidence, although her pose is one of relaxation. She loiters through the garden, her estate is right behind her. She doesn't need to go too far to find what she seeks.. happiness and contentment.



This tarot deck sings to you! The scenes are narrative. This is the perfect deck to talk with a friend over some tea in a sunny afternoon. I might just find a parasol and walk through a dream world for a few months. I love it!
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HELLO WITCHES Nº31




How was last week? Mine was pretty interesting and even controversial in some respects. Mercury Retrograde brought back some surprises, or rather, some skeletons long buries in the closet. The week itself was pretty calm, but everything took a hike when Friday came along. The card projections for last week were right on the money. Notice the face of the prophet under the heart struck by three swords? It wasn't me the cards were talking about, but I still managed to find truth in the manifestation of the day. I felt somebody else's pain, and couldn't say much when he tried to manifest it. I found the value of silence in situations that aren't worth defending or placing defense mechanism to work. It was best just to let it slide.
I have been waiting on the arrival of some final additions to my collection both for reviews and weekly draws, but nothing yet. Today I am pulling out the Thoth and taking it for a spin. I can't say that I understand this system well enough, but I will try my best to interpret the cards intuitively.

Look at all those court cards! Kings, Queens and Knights. I don't think that Hello Witches has ever had such a crowded spread before. I will most likely have to refer to this spread later with some more information on what they could mean. Stay tuned!

WEEKLY SPREAD:



Monday. Nine of Wands. There are several things in process during the course of the week, and we start it off with a pretty heavy load to begin with. The swiftness of the previous card is no longer in effect, so we're starting to slow down a little. Things in general are winding down as 2012 comes to a close. We've just got to make the extra push or effort into concluding our tasks, but we're getting a little tired of the same dragging circumstances. Each day is a new cycle with new opportunities, but what we are doing is that we are using our cycles to finish up old business.

 Tuesday. King of Wands. Well look who it is! In the Thoth, the Knights are the Kings of the suit. Here we see a man with his rod ablaze. He's caught mid-impulse into a charge. He is the embodiment of the suit of Fire, taming the horse while using his wit and his charisma. In the face of opposition, it's a great advantage to keep a smile and high spirits. In the reverse, he can be consumed by the fire of his anger. If he were to take a wrong turn, this court card could consume itself in flames.

 Wednesday. Queen of Coins. Staring over the vast terrain before her, it all looks somewhat the same. She has everything planned and under control because she seldom misses any calculations. This embodies my Mother, who is without the most reliable person I have met to date. She is a wonderful, responsible role model with no room for mistakes. She is also a Capricorn, notice the goat perched on a coin just beside the Queen of Coins.



Thursday. Two of Wands. The keyword 'dominion' tells me that everything will be under control on Thanksgiving. With all the details planned prior, everything will run smoothly. The two Wands are crossed, but they are also melded together with translucence. The energy around them compresses, expands and resonates. The signs of Mars and Aries are present. Sometimes it takes force and determination to keep things together, but it doesn't mean it can't be done.

Friday. The Emperor. Focus on stability and balance. This man is all red. He has a shield beside him and a familiar symbol in my culture: the sheep with the flag. A sign of surrender and of yielding to a greater power that commands with as much assurance as it does with justice. The Emperor commands and the kingdom follows. No buts, ifs, how about. There is a certain rigidity to this Emperor that I really like; he portrays an air of discipline that is pretty crucial in my book.

Saturday. King of Cups. This King brings us the exact opposite of Friday. He believes in dreams and the madness of chasing them persistently. There is nothing that will stop him from charging to his destiny as it radiates over the waters of the subconscious. They churn and spit out the goblet that he will be able to catch his lucky crab with.



Sunday. Knight of Wands. The week concludes swiftly. Again there is a burst of energy incoming and a surprise making its way over. He's stuck in the present and he's not going to waste time with saying what he has to say. That lion under him looks crazed, watch out!

What to avoid. Three of Coins. Don't get caught up in the triangle of distractions pulling you away from your responsibilities. Structure and order are needed if you want your final cumulative to reflect the effort you put into your work. Work away, little hermit. Work those hands off!

What to strive for. Six of Swords. Proceed with logic. There is always a diplomatic way around the obstacles you're facing even if you can't see it immediately. There is a set order that the world is ruled by, and it's up to you to identify it. You have a code, a severe guideline telling you how to act. Follow it. Trust it, it hasn't failed you yet.

I hope you enjoy your week! Today the mail man finally graced me with his attention. I had missed him!
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE IN SHINJUKU




One month after the Tokyo trip and I am still day dreaming about it actively. It presented some of the most gratifying experiences that make for such sweet memories in the year of 2012. As I begin to wind it down and I look back at my favorite moments in waking life, I have to admit that those magical two weeks are pretty high up on the list. It was a special way to spend my birthday, and I want to share it with my readers.






I woke up dazed to my birthday, with my hair all over my face and a slow smile growing. As the daystarted, we drank juice at the lobby and then we went to check our e-mail. I walked Mom through one of my favorite routes in Shiodome and we ended up at the Maruetsu Petit, scavenging for plum wine and sparkling apple cider. Instead, we ended up with a bunch of Pocky boxes and some delicious red wine that I would love to get my hands on again. On the way back we stopped by the park and took some photos, then we went on my favorite train ride. The staple of Japan for me is the signature walk to Shimbashi and 20 minute train ride on the JR Yamanote subway line. I know all the stops by heart... along with every other working man and girl taking the line to work.

We got off at Harajuku station and met with Kelly, who showed us a side of Harajuku we had not seen before. The shops were so cute that we stalled 15 minutes more than we probably should have. We met up with Mat and went to eat at a very common family restaurant in Japan — whose name eludes me — that is basically the Japanese Denny's. After that we went for some shopping at Laforet, which promptly tore my wallet in two at Alice and the Pirates. It was a worthy investment in a one-of-a-kind outfit, but it sure gave me an adrenaline rush! Afterwards, we went to take some purikura. It helped soothe the shock from the spending! Purikura is so much fun — can you believe I had not tried it before?

Then is when the magic really started. After we found the building that the Alice Café in Shinjuku is housed at, we started to descend the steps in excitement. When we finally saw it, we noticed the entrance is like a secret book passage. When you are close enough, the door slides to the side to reveal the front desk and a quick view of the maze. On the outside there are displays of plastic food — I love those! — and ephemera for you to take home or to show your friends. It was like magic!





Going into the maze is fun as you make your way to the tables. The booths are little private rooms inside the maze with card symbols everywhere. On the right side, there is a private room with cards hovering above the table in a lovely installation. It would be any cartomancer's dream to have a tarot or Lenormand party in that room! A day of cards, tea and Alice... yes, please!



At the very back there were some lovely alternatives to sit at. The majority of the space is taken up by a heart-shaped table with a chandelier of hearts looming overhead. The booths beside it had colorful murals of Alice and lovely cushioned chairs. We got the tables that had frosted mirrors, chess pieces and wall stickers over glass. The menu was a large storybook presented by Alice herself. Everything was themed and made to look presentable, which is normal for Japanese culture but rare in America. It is my first time trying an egg along with my pasta. At first I was reluctant to sample it, but I warmed up to the idea of it. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!

Overall the food was enjoyable and fairly reasonably priced for the elaborate presentation. We found that the best is always saved for last with the desserts. Unfortunately we didn't get to try any of the themed drinks, but we did get to try some really nice sparkling wine. After my cheeks were flushed from a lively birthday song, we delighted in sweets and in tarot readings. To wind down the night, we took a walk back to Golden Gai and bid good-bye to the Shinjuku nightlife splendor. It was a dream!








This review is tainted by my love for Japan. Can you tell?
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HELLO WITCHES Nº30




The life of an oracle is one of intrigue and connection. A daily connection to the world, to others, to the self, and to a higher self is what sets the oracle apart from the rest of the world. Sometimes it feels as if we are dragging our feet — or ourselves — on the slow move forward, into our future. Sometimes we feel more like zombies drawn to a general direction than empowered people aware of their circumstances and their choices. I have felt like that before, but strive to make every day different so that I don't fall into that routinely rut of conformism.

I woke up today from a dream that I was somebody else living a normal life. I looked the same, but my mannerisms and general dialogue were very different from reality. The setting was very plain, present only in whites and beige hues on the walls and the carpets. It was a very dull dream, and that same dull feeling lingered for a little while after I woke up. Now the circumstances are falling back into place and I am feeling less numb from the dream. A new week is starting and we are going to look at how it starts with the help of the Daniloff Tarot.

WEEK IN REVIEW:


Monday. The Devil. Limitations that are self-imposed and keep us feeling trapped even though we could set ourselves free if we really wanted to. This is a very menacing card, more than usual for the merry message of "eat, drink, have fun — go wild!" that you can usually pick up from its suggestion. Maybe it's telling me to do the same, although the many tongues coming out from such a sharp set of teeth makes me think otherwise. If there is something that you are no longer finding joy in doing on a weekly basis, perhaps then it is time that you let it go. Set it free and you will be setting yourself free.

Tuesday. Ten of Coins. This is a very abstract interpretation of such a friendly card. I do not see family, rather, I see the riches that he juggles or holds in motion with his thoughts. This is a feeling of contentment at home, but there is nothing more. Nothing really pushes him to step out into the outside world because he feels very comfortable with the rich bubble that he has created for himself. This is a good card for finances, but given the card before, it is also the news that it's time to get out of the rut.

Wednesday. Queen of Wands. A woman of many talents and passions. In this tarot she stares at us seriously, as if we have done something wrong. There is a fire burning under her shield that combined with her menacing stare makes her feel as if she's not the one to mess with. Further reinforcing this, we have what appears to be a ram's head with eyes closed. No panther. She will act impulsively if she is passionate about something, and she's not the woman to mess with when she is angry. Holding onto a rod as her scepter, I see her as a creative and alluring person. Regal for such a temperament.

Thursday. Five of Coins. It does not surprise me to see this card this week after the massive investments I am about to make on my car. Payments due are hovering over my head in reminder bubbles, they flicker and they sometimes whistle. With the events that came post-Japan trip, I have had to accept that this isn't the best time for my pocket, but at least I am making do with what I have. I can venture to say it is a luxury even if I am left feeling like the people in this card.

On a side note, this card to me means having our back turned on what helps us, or feeling shut out from the world. As if life turned its back on us.

Friday. Three of Swords. Yikes! Three swords are piercing one heart. Under it, you can see a scroll with the prophet in anguish. Sadness. Overhead, the clouds are brewing a storm. There are trial times ahead, so be open to the news and plan for a make-up situation after they come. This heart it set on a plate like a hunter's prize, but our hearts aren't made of metal. We have expectations and dark desires that sometimes we don't communicate. Be open about your needs but don't expect much — Friday looks to be a bit of a problem.

Saturday. The World. Usually, with a high rise can come a very low drop. This time it's the inverse. Doors are opening up, plans are being made. The World card is a very positive card of forward action and movement. This feels like a divine green light to go for something that I may want to do. It's a contained image that portrays what I want to do next. When a portal opens, it could spit out a few surprises.


Sunday. Knight of Wands. He looks like a thief! The Knight of Wands stands by his shield which denotes his true nature; he is impulsive. He is the starter of fires, a man of haste and direct vision. Once he finds something that he wants to do, there are no more questions asked. He makes a very deep dive for his goal.

What to avoid. Justice. Fairness, balance, careful contemplation. A week to not act on what I  think. Her expression is completely neutral but she has two angels overhead dictating whether to use compassion or steel in her next decision. She weights the facts of the circumstances to decide the fates of those that are bowed to her will. Stop controlling, stop passing judgment on others and let them make their own choices instead.

What to strive for. Three of Wands. Wait it out. Don't fall into swift action if you're not yet sure of what's coming your way. You have the tools to see far away, but keep them strapped away and use your intuition instead as you stare out at the horizon. There will be messages coming through from the other side, but for now the most that you draw is a blank.

This week presents both a gift and a challenge. There are three Major Arcana cards to take into account for what is going on. Eyes peeled, as usual, and I'll let you know how it goes when I come out the other end of this week.

I hope you are making plans for Thanksgiving! I will be practicing making cream anglaise and baking pastries to gift to loved ones.
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TAROT BY ALEXANDER DANILOFF




This deck is perhaps my favorite release from 2012 in the world of the tarot. I first heard of it when my boyfriend found it circulating around Tumblr. He resonated with the death card and asked me to take a look at them. It was an instant reblog. A little while later I learned that it was an out of print Majors only deck, but that a 78 card deck was in process of completion. Every now and then I would go back to admire the images for their artistic quality. They seemed so fun and so appropriate at the same time. Finding the out of print version was impossible, not even Ebay turned up any listings. I made peace with the fact that all the decks must have gone to collectors who prized them for the jewel they were, and that they would not pass them on easily.

This tarot deck is an original tarot deck by the artist and illustrator Alexander Daniloff. First edition, signed and numbered to 65 and out of 450 copies. It has three additional cards: carte blanche and two variants of Strength and Justice. This makes it a very versatile deck because you can choose which school of tarot you prefer. More tarot decks should follow this, it feels like a considerate acknowledgement to the people that will be using it. For those who don’t know what to do with the extra cards, they could put them to use as book marks or pin them up on an inspiration board. I keep the extra cards in the box, but am likely to put them in my tarot diary as page markers later on. They are too nice not to use!

The paper stock is excellent; one that requires careful handling if you want the deck to last. It would be a shame for the corners to get dinged up, but that’s a property of paper that cannot be avoided. The colors stand out with vivid reds and blues. It is an absolute delight to shuffle them and run your fingers over the pseudo-waxy feel of this paper. The stock is sturdy enough to be durable, but watch the corners and the edges if you want to get the most out of this deck. The cards are also a larger size than usual, which really favors the beautiful artwork even if you need to take a little extra precaution in shuffling. The only down side or bittersweet fact is that the deck is so beautiful that I want to shuffle it all day, which won’t be good for its pristine preservation. It hurts me to think about those sharp corners bent and dinged! However, this deck was made to be used and loved until it falls to pieces or until the illustrations fade out from excessive shuffling. It achieved its purpose — I can’t let it go!

The carte blanche is a new concept to me, but not a new concept to the rest of the tarot world. It is perhaps my favorite card to interpret because I have next to no experience with it. It depicts a white curtain with no translucence. The interpretation is left to the discretion of the reader. The first time that it showed up in a reading was in a Celtic Cross, in the very center of the situation. I took it as a sign that I needed to focus on the situation or pay extra attention to the details.



POSSIBLE CARTE BLANCHE INTERPRETATIONS:
☆ No answer.
☆ You decide.
☆ Not a good idea.
☆ Complete freedom to act as one wishes or thinks best.

The Daniloff Tarot has a medieval storybook feel to it along with vibrant colors and quirky stylization. It retains its traditional feel of a tarot deck with refreshed images. The Major Arcana is absolutely stunning with the layers of symbolism etched upon them. The symbols are traditional, but the cards are so rich in detail that they convey the feeling with no mistake. The figures in this deck are pretty quiet, barely anybody is smiling. This quality makes the deck serious and asks the reader to be serious as well. This deck speaks to me in whispers and asks for careful contemplation. It is very different from other tarot decks coming out this year, which have a more contemporary setting or theme. The most appealing aspect of this deck is its stunning artwork followed by its regard for tradition.

Lastly, the backs of this deck are fully reversible. You won't have a clue about whether or not they are reversed until you turn them over. Usually I like a subtle hint to give me an idea of whether or not the card is upright, but these are really beautiful. You can see a rendition of a woman, a tower, death, the moon, and the sun amongst flourished elements and frames. It's lovely! This deck would go best over a black spread cloth with no ornaments save for the occasional emblem or whimsical motif to make the cards really stand out.



INTERVIEW WITH THE DANILOFF TAROT:
What is your most important characteristic?
The Hermit.
This deck was conceived under a period of deep study and contemplation. Nothing is left to chance but everything is possible. There had been a lot of careful attention and scrutiny of detail to ensure the visual and physical quality of this deck. It comes after a journey of tests and self-exploration, possessing a level of traditional nourishment for the soul.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Eight of Coins. There was a lot of work put into the durability and intellectual insurance of this deck. It was made to stand the test of time in the community and in your hands. From my intuitive understanding of this card, it may become a staple for the collector that decides to use it. This is a work of art that is meant to be seen by the world and admired by those who feel drawn to it.

What are your limits?
Four of Pentacles. From the personal story of the deck, it is saying that it is a limited paradise. The run was a limited edition of 450 and will get as much exposure as the clients give it. Birthed in a place of classic origin, distributed personally and promoted by those who purchase it. It would need the aid of a big company to really get it across to an exponentially larger community. With what they had available at the time, they were able to make something big.

What are you here to teach me?
Ace of Coins.
The seed is planted, the deck is here. It's time to really get to know it and to tap into the world that it presents to better understand how to use it. It will provide growth if harvested, with which the rest of the town can benefit from. It starts with the interest and the effort to put plans into being.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
King of Cups. Have control over your emotions and understand the circumstances when you sit down to initiate a reading. Focus on the divine connections alluded to in this deck: religion, life, death, secular life, power, dark, light, and other connections that can be accessed through psychic intuition.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Emperor. The establishment of something solid. The Emperor is a rigid man of tradition, he upholds them as his pedestal for authority. He rules the kingdom with strength and wisdom passed onto him from years of experience.

Which card do you want to show off?
The Ace of Cups. Love, joy and happiness. The ship and the fish indicate new ventures that bring with them new scenarios in the emotional aspect of life. Fish stir in the waters of the psyche and of emotion, ultimately the soul. It will teach us how to react to the currents of feelings, whether overwhelming or joyous. It is a sign of luck in the journey, reinforced by the angel showering us with its blessing as it flies overhead.

How do you see me?
The Moon. My signifier! Psychic intuition that beams down from a divine source as you emerge from the waters of ignorance. You are undergoing a spiritual venture of enlightenment, embracing the shadows to appreciate the light. There are illusion, madness and dreams present in this card, and it is up to you to test the towers of darkness and light. Find a stable ground and go exploring!

How do you see yourself?
Two of Cups. The potential lover that brings a compliment of new views and experiences. What makes this effective is the mix of opposites to bring together something new. The potential relationship is one of direct opposites in harmony. This can be an encouragement to integrate different parts of the self that could be at war or disagreement.


I absolutely love this tarot deck and recommend you purchase yours from Alexander Daniloff before the remaining copies are sold. You won't regret the investment!
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