If you have been thinking for a while to learn more about using astrology in your tarot readings, then now is the perfect time to dive in with these two workbooks.
Six months of 2016 have already passed, but it is never too late to start embracing the lunar cycles to enhance your tarot readings.
And with my Tarot Astrology self-study course, you will be getting more than just the workbook. You can find additional information here on my website, and soon I will add some tutorials to my YouTube channel.
I always strive to offer more, and even though it is a self-study course, I’m only just an email away, if you get really stuck.
From personal experience, most of the creators of these decks don’t mind, if you promote their artwork on your professional website and social media in reviews, sample spreads, free tutorials etc.
Please make sure that you always include accreditation, and if you want to use any images or cards for branding or paid products and services, you must ask for permission first.
1. Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot
A fun and somewhat kinky mermaids and sailors themed deck. The new 3rd edition has been given an overhaul with some updated images and a bleed-free border. Check out my review of this deck, or head straight to Dame Darcy’s Etsy store.
2. The Wild Unknown Tarot
Kim Krans’s creation has become quite a hit, and the images are incredibly popular on Instagram. Post a pic of a sample reading with the #wildunknown, and you’ll get loads of likes. Buy the deck in the US, or if you live in the UK/EU, get it at littleredtarot.com.
3. Prisma Visions Tarot
The style of this borderless deck is surreal and a mesmerising combination of light and dark. Each image looks like a mosaic. When you lay the cards of each suit in numerical order in a row, they form a large picture. Buy it at prismavisionstarot.com.
4. Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi
A vintage-style, circus-themed deck, perfectly catching a bygone world of the clowns, trapeze artists and tamed wild animals. Check out my review, or go straight to its website.
5. Pearls of Wisdom Tarot
Roxi Sim’s vibrant deck is full of detail and symbolism. The Fool on the image above is from the 1st edition, but the latest 3rd edition is borderless. It is available to buy at the Gamecrafter.
6. The Fountain Tarot
A contemporary deck with geometric lines and cool water colours. It comes with a silver edging, which sadly makes the cards stick and hard to shuffle, but this will improve the more you use it. Visit fountaintarot.com.
7. The King’s Journey Tarot
This 94-card deck consists of the standard tarot cards together with two extra Major Arcana cards and a spirit suit. Choose between a bordered or borderless edition at James Battersby’s website, where you can also learn more about his latest project, the Twisted Tarot Tales.
8. The Alchemical Tarot
An old favourite of mine, I like Robert Place’s clean and no nonsense artwork full of magickal symbolism. You can buy the deck at robertplacetarot.com.
The following decks are on my wishlist and will be bought as soon as I’ve sold some of the tarot books and decks I no longer need:
9. The Starchild Tarot
I’m a sucker for anything starseed and cosmic, and I’m still saving up for this beauty, which will probably be one of the most expensive decks I’ve ever bought (including the premium shipping charge from Canada and possibly UK customs charge on top). I haven’t got an image, so you just have to trust me and go straight to the Starchild website.
10. Tarot of the Holy Light
A colourful, esoteric deck based on European mystery teachings. Created by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers, the artwork is distinctively late renaissance, similar to the Swiss 1JJ Tarot. Learn more about the deck at Tarot University.
If you are a professional Tarot reader hosting your own website, then you are probably aware of the usual copyright and fair use regulations, which you need to adhere to, so you won’t find yourself getting sued.
However, you might not be aware that most of the mainstream publishers of tarot and oracle decks, such as US Games, Lo Scarabeo and Llewellyn, expect you to pay them a licence fee, if you are monetising your blog, i.e. charging for readings or getting paid for other products and services.
This is important for you to bear in mind, if you regularly blog about decks (reviews, unboxing videos etc.), demonstrating spreads, posting tutorials or simply just post an image on your Instagram.
Perhaps you are thinking that this is covered under the fair use policy, but you need to realise that this is open to interpretation, especially if you are a professional using your website as your business hub.
Before you get yourself into a tangle and wonder, if you are a copyright criminal by posting a card of the day, here’s something very simple you can do:
Avoid posting mainstream tarot images on your blog and social media.
Personally, I have just quit this voluntary marketing position I held with the mainstream publishers for years promoting their decks, while all I get in return is threats of court action, because I am making a living as a Tarot reader.
I am sick of arrogant publishers, who defend their copyright very aggressively, antagonising their customers (a lot of them professional tarot readers!) along the way.
The solution is beautifully simple:
Collaborate with self-published artists, who love the opportunity to have their decks promoted while their images enhance and prettify your blog posts.
I don’t need to go into detail about how tarot blogs and social media have led to a considerable increase in deck sales, yet these publishers want us to pay for “product placements”.
What the big publishers seem to forget:
Professional readers, who have been in the business for years, run well-known blogs and have a big subscriber list, are influencers.
How many tarot or oracle decks have you bought, which were recommended by your favourite blogs or Facebook pages?
Here’s an idea:
It is time for Tarot readers to demand payment from the publishers to feature their decks on their websites.
After all, it’s advertising!
If publishers wanted to run a TV commercial, they’d have to pay for it, so if I did a YouTube video review about one of their decks and demonstrate how well it works in a reading, then I want to get paid for it, too
Perhaps you think I’m crazy, but as you know we sometimes need to let go of outdated attitudes and beliefs, the traditional thought process that says “it’s always been this way”.
To be honest, payment for me doesn’t necessarily mean money; a little gratitude would be enough, and – lo and behold! – a surprise gesture of a free tarot deck as a token of appreciation would send me over the moon.
But no, instead I have court action threats looming over my head in the form of the publishers’ “terms”. Not nice!
Heck, I don’t need to promote their decks. Instead I collaborate with people, who value my support and in return support me – win / win !
So, ditch those mainstream decks from your blog and start supporting self-published indie artists.
In my next post, I will introduce you to my Top 10 self-published tarot decks I love using on my website and social media.
The pip cards all have keywords at the bottom, some of which are obvious and others you may have to think about. Here are some examples:
Ace of Batons – Inspiration
Three of Batons – Arrival
Five of Buckets – Regret
Ten of Buckets – Straw House
Three of Blades – Heartache
Seven of Blades – Audacity
Six of Rings – Patronage
Eight of Rings – Transformation
If you would like to see all the cards of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi, here’s a video I have made earlier:
Overall, this is a very readable deck, if the artwork and theme appeals to you, and I look forward to working with these cards over the coming weeks. Join me on Facebook and Instagram to see them in action.
The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is self-published and available at:
Following up from the moon cards, we are now looking at Mercury in the Tarot and how this planet influences the cards it is associated with.
As “God’s Messenger”, Mercury is linked to communication, reason and self-awareness.
Other areas of influence are languages, travel, transport, logic and intellect.
In the Tarot, Mercury is linked directly to The Magician, and it may seem obvious why.
It is The Magician, who symbolises the power of communication, presenting ideas, arguing a cause, making a winning sales pitch and so on.
The Magician creates Magick with words, including spells, mantras and affirmations. He is influential but can also be manipulating.
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; therefore there is some indirect influence on The Lovers and The Hermit.
The pip cards Mercury is linked to are:
Eight of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius)
Three of Cups (Mercury in Cancer)
Five of Pentacles (Mercury in Taurus)
Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo)
Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius)
How is Mercury’s energy reflected in these cards?
Here are some suggestions:
Eight of Wands – movement, travel, quick thinking, living life in the fast lane, seizing an unexpected opportunity, taking a calculated risk, gaming, travel by air
Three of Cups – communication (social), travelling in a group, building friendships, bonding (also at work), witty conversations, social networking, internet dating
Five of Pentacles – Asking for help, trying to make sense of a negative situation, bad news, mental overwhelm / meltdown, travel delays, being stranded, lost for words, looking for inspiration, learning difficulties
Ten of Pentacles – good organisational skills, nurturing a network of friends/ family / support, being established as an influencer / speaker / advisor, clever with money and long-term investments
Six of Swords – Travel, a new direction will bring clarity, a decision to leave something behind is based on reason and knowledge, fickleness, travel by sea
If you are reading reversed cards, consider thinking “Mercury retrograde”, when these cards show up upside down.
And if a Mercury retrograde is actually taking place while these cards come up in a reading, you can also take that into account.
Here’s an interesting exercise you can do:
Pick out all the Mercury cards from your deck. Which of the pip cards would you assign to which Major Arcana card?
You can look out for visual clues but also take similar meanings into account.
For example, I see the Six of Swords linked to The Hermit and the Three of Cups with The Lovers.
But it is perfectly fine, if you have different ideas. How do you see the Mercury cards connected with each other?
I’ve been working on my own Tarot deck since 2012, and the Tarot of Quotes has turned into a challenging labour of love, which is still in the process of being completed.
When you have a look at the Empress above and compare it with the original version, then you’ll know why I haven’t met my self-imposed deadlines over the years.
The Tarot of Quotes has evolved, and only the free downloadable images will keep the quotes on the cards.
I have decided to remove the quotes from the printed version and change a couple of images along the way.
Not many cards are left to do, but heck it’s tough to create the images for them. Getting it right takes time, especially when I’m also working on other projects.
But now that I’m totally in love with my new Empress card, I’m determined to get this deck finished – one day very soon!
In the meantime, it’s Earth Day tomorrow, which also coincides with it falling on a Friday.
Friday is dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who in turn is linked to the Empress in the Tarot.
Although the Empress symbolises the archetypal mother, who on my card is represented by a Madonna and Child statue, she also embodies creativity relating to art, crafts, writing, home-making and gardening.
So in order to celebrate Earth Day, nurture your creativity by ditching electronic devices and work with what Mother Nature has on offer.
plant flower bulbs, plant a tree, paint motifs on pebbles, bake a cake, make something of twigs, paint, draw, sketch, write poetry, knit or crochet, woodwork, make beeswax candles, pottery…
And by turning off your electronic devices, TVs and not use the car for the next couple of days in honour of Earth Day, you save on valuable energy and will also reduce your utility bills while enjoying some good old-fashioned creative fun.