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Shapeshifter Tarot Cards – September 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Cards: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Llewellyn Publisher Exclusive Edition! SEaled New! edition (September 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567183840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A pleasure to behold! Hunt has imbued this deck with a tangible energy. Her images of humans discovering the power of the animal world evoke emotions ranging the spectrum from loneliness to joy. The expressiveness of the illustrations makes this one of the most powerful decks commercially available, well suited for use in spellcraft. Conway and Knight pool their considerable talents in the companion book, giving their lucid and vivid interpretations of the cards' literal and figurative meanings. The cards and book work together as a synergistic whole, a testament to the prowess of the authors and the illustrator. The Shapeshifter Tarot is analogous to the traditional tarot, save for the addition of three cards, "The Double," "The Journey," and "The Dreamer," which reflect the Celtic shamanic tradition on which this deck is based, a tradition that will teach you to access and direct animal energies to fulfill your own needs and at the same time bridge the chasm between humankind and nature. --Brian Patterson

About the Author

A native of the Pacific Northwest, author D.J. Conway has studied the occult fields for over 35 years. Her quest for knowledge has covered every aspect of Paganism and Wicca to New Age and Eastern philosophies; plus history, the magical arts, philosophy, customs, mythologies and folklore. In 1998, she was voted Best Wiccan and New Age author by Silver Chalice, a Pagan magazine.

Conway is the author of  more than 20 nonfiction  books including: Celtic Magic (Llewellyn), Dancing with Dragons (Llewellyn), Mystical Dragon Magic (Llewellyn), The Ancient Art of Faery Magick (10 Speed Press), and The Little Book of Candle Magic (10 Speed Press).

She lives a rather quiet life, with most of her time spent researching and writing.

 



For more than twenty years, Sirona Knight has been studying psychology, folklore, and religion with a personal interest in goddess tradition. She has traveled to Europe, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska on her quest for knowledge of the goddess. She is a published poet, writer, teacher, hypnotherapist, and lecturer and holds a master's degree in psychology and leisure studies from California State University. Knight is a Third Degree Craftmaster and High Priestess of the Celtic Gywddonic Druid Tradition. She has made radio and television appearances in Northern California, has been an active workshop leader for several years, and has created a series of guided imagery self-help tapes. She lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband and their son, two dogs, and family of cats. Her writing room is situates next to an ancient Native American site, where she devotes her time and craft to enjoying life, moment by moment.

Lisa is an internationally known tarot artist whose work includes The Shapeshifter Tarot, the bestselling Celtic Dragon Tarot (Llewellyn), and Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games 2007); voted a top 10 tarot deck for 2007 by Aeclectic Tarot. She is the creator of the award winning Animals Divine Tarot (Llewellyn 2005), earning her a 2006 COVR visionary award. Lisa is also the author of the fully illustrated meditation book Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn 2001). Lisa loves to read and has an impressive collection of books. She has spent her life studying and sketching fairy tales, myths, legends and other fascinating subjects that have driven her muse. She also holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology/Art & Drawing.

Lisa lives with her family in Florida. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting her website.



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Customer Reviews

While this deck is beautiful it will not automatically make you a tarot reader.
wendy west
It's rare to find a work of such beauty, grace and wisdom that is so useful and practical.
Cynthia Sue Larson
I have used and read many a tarot deck over the years and this one is by far my favorit.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 26, 2000
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This gorgeous tarot deck succeeds in so many ways! The creators of these beautiful cards and companion reference book succeeded at combining elements from many wisdom traditions into the most meaningful divination deck and book I've yet encountered. Bravo! It's rare to find a work of such beauty, grace and wisdom that is so useful and practical. Of the three tarot decks I've used, this one is the very best. I've used this deck with friends who've worked with many different decks, and they agree that Shapeshifter is the most sensitive and information-packed. The deck is extremely easy to work with, since the basic meaning of each card appears on the front of the card. In addition to the regular cards one finds in a tarot deck, this deck contains three new major arcana cards (the Double, the Journey, and the Dreamer), which I found to be some of the most interesting and useful cards in the deck. Unless you are already familiar with a traditional tarot deck that you feel comfortable with, I'm sure you'll enjoy and probably even prefer this deck. Obviously, any divination tools will work (even stones or tortoise shells), but an outstanding tarot deck like Shapeshifter sets itself apart from all the rest with elegance and eloquence; it's simply in a class by itself.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jason Pastoral on January 10, 2000
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This deck sparkles in thine eyes! The illustratiions are soft but powerful, and the cards are labeled as such to give the beginner a very comfortable time with the tarot. But the readings you will be able to do with these cards are amazing. The cards have been molded to the norm of the ancient shamanic ways and are an excellent tool from witches to shamans to animal lovers. I am a beginner myself and I have done successful readings in important places. Trust me.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shedd on October 19, 2000
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I bought this expecting it to be a helpful adjunct deck, and it has become my favorite deck for daily use. There are several strengths: it is beautiful visually; the images and their spiritual/archetypal/historical connections are thoroughly explained; and there are some very powerful spreads. No interpretation of reversed cards is provided because none is needed -- the interpretation presents an energetic and spirtitual frame of reference as a whole -- with the seeker's actions determining how that energy will be used. I'm impressed with the Major Arcana interpretations particularly, as the good card/bad card shtick is bypassed altogether. Instead the authors look at the NATURE of each card, so that the reader can work with energetic resonances instead of simplistic prophecies of joy or doom.
I'm still struggling a bit with the elemental assignments (Swords to Fire and Wands to Air), but I find the interpretation of the cards themselves excellent. Swords, as a suit, is always difficult to interpret (most of the cards seem so negative that one wonders what the point of the suit is), but in this deck, the energetic and spiritual purpose of the often difficult cards is made clear as part of a complete life.
While this is a fine deck for a beginner, I think those who have experience with more traditional decks will really appreciate what the authors and artist have accomplished -- a beautiful deck that encourages an expanded and responsible spiritual life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1998
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"The Shapeshifter Tarot is very impressive. The images on the cards are so ethereal, magically rendered from the realm of Camelot and the land of fairies. The book is a magical catalyst. Sirona Knight and D.J. Conway are a dynamic duo of writers whose styles and visions synthesize gloriously. "The Shapeshifter Tarot" stretched my magical vision beyond its limits. I predict that this will establish these authors as leaders in the spiritual writing field. There is a wonderful feeling of spiring and of nature's unexpected potential in this deck...Michael Peter Langevin, Publisher, Magical Blend Magazine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1998
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I agree with all of the previous reviews about this deck but I do want to note one disappointment I found. The cards are not manufactured as thickly or solidly as all of my other decks. They are quite flimsy. I find I'm almost afraid to shuffle them as they might crease or bend permanently and distort the beautiful pictures.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By color therapy on August 25, 1998
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When I first used the new Shapeshifter Tarot I had the experience that every student of divination most desires, that of picking up a deck and being able to use it right away. Now, I am a great believer in the power of working with a tool to make it mine in order to infuse it with my energy, things always seem to flow better for me when I follow some sort of process. I also know it takes some time and attention to become adept or even adequate with a new tarot deck. But, really, I was able to pick this deck up and just read it, based on the imagery it contained and the keywords listed on each card. The book is relatively easy to navigate around in, and to find what I was wanted to know when I needed to look something up. This set is designed for use as a daily tool whether for divination, meditation, spellworking or aligning with animal allies. The deck is based on the Celtic traditions and brings to light obscure information about Western European cultural practices of shamanism and shapeshifting. Very Goddess oriented in its scope; this tarot deck contains a traditional 9 times 9 or 81 cards rather than the typical 78 of most Rider-Waite types of decks. The three additional major arcana cards expand the tarot's archetypal imagery with #21-The Double, #22-The Journey and #23-The Dreamer. Oneness, the equivalent of The World card now becomes #24. The authors have given appropriate new titles to the cards that convey the general meanings in such a way that those familiar with the tarot can pick it up easily. The correspondence tables and keys words listed in the Appendix are quite helpful and user-friendly. The Shapeshifter Tarot is a strong collaborative effort between D.J. Conway and Sirona Knight. Both respected and prolific authors have their own unique styles.Read more ›
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