|Llewellyn's 2019 Daily Planetary Guide
ITEM # 9780738746074
|Yoga for the Creative Soul
ITEM # 9780738752181
|The Pure Heart of Yoga
ITEM # 9780738714875
Much of the history of tarot is rooted in France. It's not surprising that Marseille was famous for its paper manufacturers that specialized in playing cards because other forms of divination were popular there as well. Marie Anne Lenormand (1768-1843) was a well-known cartomancer. She enjoyed a privileged relationship with Josephine Beauharnias and her husband, Napoleon Bonaparte, and spent much time reading for the upper classes. Because of her time spent mingling with society at their famous salons, she earned the nickname "Sybille des Salons."
In 1828 a fifty-two-card deck was published. In 1840 it was redesigned and reduced to a thirty-six-card deck. This smaller deck was and still is one of the most popular cartomancy decks available. Lo Scarabeo offers three variations of these Sibyls from France.
The Marseille Oracle Cards are taken from a thirty-two-card deck originally published in 1860. In the fashion of these types of decks, the cards have pictures of everyday items. At the top is a key word to aid the memory of the reader. The French Cartomancy Cards and the Lenormand Oracle cards are similar in that they are both based on the thirty-six-card 1840 deck. Both these decks have the same images and numbering. They differ in artistic style and in their design. The French Cartomancy images fill the entire card, while the Lenormand images are inset on a background. In addition, the French Cartomancy cards include an inset illustration of the playing card originally associated with the card. Neither of these have key words on them.
All of these decks work equally well, so selection is a matter of personal choice. They'd also make great Yuletide presents!
For Younger People:
Alternatives to the Celtic Cross
Here are some ideas that you can do right now.
Quick Tips: Bottoms Up!
Not Your Everyday Tarot Reading
If a card falls out of the deck while you're shuffling, pay special attention to it. It may be a message about the question you're trying to ask.
Barbara Moore (Saint Paul, MN) has studied and read tarot since the early 1990s. She wrote the bestselling Tarot for Beginners and more than a dozen other books, and she has contributed to many bestselling tarot kits, ...