Deck Interview with the Chrysalis Tarot

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The 4 star review I posted on Amazon a couple of days after the US Games Chrysalis Tarot by Holly Sierra (artist) and Toney Brooks arrived: “I’m rating the Chrysalis Tarot more as an oracle deck. We are moving quite far outside the boundaries of traditional Tarot and I do not agree with many of the interpretations in the LWB (especially not the Court Cards). Also not too keen on ‘Spirals’ for the Wands suit. Can you still use this deck for readings in spite of the aberrations? Yes, it’s quite easy to read with intuitively but don’t get too stuck in ‘Tarot think’ – allow the gorgeous images to speak. If you are a beginner and feel drawn to this deck, I recommend that you use a RWS deck for your studies / daily draw and reach your own conclusions about the validity of this new metaphysical interpretation of the Tarot, which I consider a flight of fancy that should have landed in the realm of Oracles rather than Tarot.” I have had opportunity to familiarise myself further with the deck since and I did read the (fantastical) Little White Book all the way through before posting the review. I still feel the same. That said, I do love this deck and have used it for many of my client readings since. I so badly wanted to give it five stars because I’m in love with the artwork but the LWB with its strange meanings/associations put me off. But enough about me – let’s speak directly with the daemon of this deck! 1. Describe yourself in three words or less – 2 of Swords/Scrolls (Moon in Libra) CT: A fantasy deck – Fantasy, as you noticed reading through the LWB, is the keyword for this card. Me: Yes, and as you know, this is one of the (many) Minors that I really struggle understanding the new and rather strange associations for but since I decided to read with the Chrysalis Tarot more as an oracle deck, I smile every time this card shows up. I do love unicorns! 2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words? – Judgment/Phoenix (Fire/Pluto) CT: Wayshower and prophet Me: Yes, I get a feeling many people will find you helpful in terms of spiritual development and couldn’t help but notice that readings about money matters don’t really jive with you… Is that right? CT: Yes, I do prefer to read on questions that aim at raising a person’s consciousness or creating more harmonious relationships. 3. What gift do you bring? – 2 of Cups/Mirrors (Venus in Cancer) CT: The gift of love and friendship Me: Yes, I can see that. I already enjoy keeping you close at hand for personal readings and always find the messages comforting in a way that speaking with a trusted friend is comforting. 4. What do you expect in return?  – Justice/Maat (Libra) CT: Fairness, peace and...

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Zombie Tarot Mini Review + Broken Heart Spread

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Zombie Tarot Mini Review + Broken Heart Spread

If you are nursing the pain of a broken heart, take comfort in knowing that things could be worse – at least you still have a heart.  (from the Zombie Tarot LWB) When the Zombie Tarot by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham arrived through the post yesterday, I was delighted to discover that the LWB (Little White Book – card sized booklet containing card meanings) included a relationship Tarot spread. Like with everything else in the Zombie Tarot box set, a lot of thought has gone into the creation of the LWB. It is made in the same style as the deck is an absolute joy to read. How often can you say that about a LWB?! I usually bin mine! Here is the LWB opened to the page with the relationship spread: And here is the side of the inside of the box: All these details make it very hard not to fall in love with this deck and if you already have a thing for Zombies this may well quickly become your favourite working deck. The relationship spread looked promising. I like heart-shaped layouts. Some of you may recall my ‘Heart of the Relationship Tarot Spread‘ which is a larger spread (14-15 cards). The Zombie Tarot Broken Heart spread can be used for a relationship that has just ended but there is hope of getting back together or for a relationship that is going through a rough patch. It gives a good, thorough overview of the relationship without going into too much detail if you struggle with large spreads. As neither scenario applies for me, I decided try the Broken Heart spread for a hypothetical relationship. Here is a picture my reading and the interpretation follows below: 1. Central issue – King of Hazards (Pentacles): Hard work and money worries might be creating distance between you. 2. How you see the other person – The Magician: You see him as a bit of trickster and not always liberal with the truth but very skilled in his line of work. 3. How they see you – Page of Wands: You inspire him and he’s drawn to your charismatic personality. 4. The unknown – Page of Cups: A child, the birth of a child or an unexpected pregnancy could affect the relationship. 5. Where you want the relationship to go – The Wheel of Fortune: You want the relationship to grow because it makes you feel expansive and ‘lucky.’ Together you will be able to achieve more than each on their own. 6. Who can help – 6 of Hazards (Pentacles): Make sure you prioritise spending time together as much as you prioritise being successful at work. ‘Il faut cultiver son jardin.’  The garden of your relationship needs attention! Not enough energy has gone into creating relationship beauty and harmony. Your relationship garden is overgrown with weeds of discontentment. This...

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