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The Steampunk Tarot Cards – May 8, 2012
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Preview the Cards of the Steampunk Tarot
The High Priestess
Core meaning: Something that can only be understood through experience.
The King of Wands
Core meaning: Someone who is driven by will, inspiration, and passion.
The Queen of Cups
Core meaning: Someone who supports and nurtures emotions, relationships, and artistic endeavors.
The Queen of Pentacles
Core meaning: Someone who supports and nurtures the physical world, resources, and finances.
About the Author
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara's hands; she's held on tightly ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don't get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and locate our North Stars.
Barbara has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She's published a number of books on tarot, including Tarot for Beginners, Tarot Spreads, The Steampunk Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, and Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Writing is solitary work and is relieved by teaching tarot at conferences around the world. Barbara also loves working directly with clients, helping them uncover guidance and insight in the cards.
Connect with Barbara online at www.tarotshaman.com.
Aly Fell is a UK-based illustrator with over 20 years experience in publishing, animation, and games.
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The book is better- an explanation of the cards with a bit of history tossed in. There is some good sound material, but the writing style is easy and comfortable.
Enjoy the cards, pay more attention to the book.
As for the included book, even if you are a practiced reader, I would consider buying the full package instead of just the deck. The book helped me understand the cards better than any other book on Tarot has, so you may find some new insights. The one problem with it is it's limited amount of spreads as the focus is on individual cards, which can frustrate new readers. But the same author has an entire book on spreads and how they are created, so I would recommend buying that along with this if you are new to Tarot.
The Book that comes with the deck is absolutely fantastic and may be the best introduction to Tarot that i have found so far. But, i have not finished reading it yet so I hope im not jumping ahead of myself by saying this. But so far i think the individual card descriptions and the exersizes for getting to know the cards at the beginning of the book are really opening my eyes to how a tarot deck is used for a reading.
All in all I would say this is a great deck and a great book. It is really helping me toward gaining a fuller understanding of the Tarot in general.
My only real complaint is that I feel like some cards are a bit of a stretch and fall a little too far from the traditional meanings. If it were trying to be it's own system that's fine, but as it ghosts the edges of RWS and it's own deal, I feel like it doesn't always come across as clearly as intended by author and artist. Primarily the knights and pages seem to be a little lacking and although the book does go into the explanation of them, they do not give a ton of imagery to work with just going intuitively.
Overall, it's a nice deck that fits very well for an autumn feel (which is why I got it) and has wonderful artwork. It just seems like sometimes it's 'just' beautiful artwork and leaves the reader wondering where the nuances are for insight.
PS: The edges looks marvelous blackened with ink or sharpie.