Tuesday, 13 January 2009


I recently came across this suggestion from AntoniaJH:

Choose a card to signify whatever you are asking about and then (in Antonia's own words):

"Take two decks, shuffle them, etc. Then you take both decks and turn the top cards of each deck over simultaneously, until you hit your signifier in one of these decks - ie, the Queen of Cups opposite another card, say for example, the 3 of Cups. Continue turning the two decks over simultaneously until you hit the 3 of Cups - opposite another card, ie The Sun. Then continue to turn over your cards in each deck simultaneously until you hit The Sun... opposite another card... and so on, until you reach the end of each deck."

The first time I tried this, the card opposite my chosen signifying card had already been passed in the earlier turning over of cards. I decided to return to this and see what it was opposite in the other deck, rather than finishing the reading with the signifier and its opposite only. This meant I had a reading of 4 cards, two of which were the same, but from different decks.

I found the reading very apt and the situation I was asking about developed in a way that made further sense of the cards - so, worked well for me! I have used this Signifier String since, with more cards involved working through the decks, and found it continues to give good results. Thank you, Antonia! :)

It is also very interesting to use two different decks and compare their styles in general as well as the cards that are designated the same.

I have been using the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (see earlier posts) with the Thoth Tarot, two decks which have different 'feels' for me. The Thoth includes some key words on cards and I find it quite a 'cutting' deck, not in a negative manner, but in cutting through to the point and speaking plainly. Pearls tends to tell the same stories in a different manner, and can apply a little balm to help heal where the advice / suggestions are not always easy to accept.

This means that, if unsure about the essence of what a Pearls card is saying, looking at its Thoth counterpart can clarify the message. Equally, Pearls can advise in how to deal with the message of a Thoth card, moving beyond its bluntness.

Of course, both decks can be used in both ways - clarification and moving on - but these are the roles they each tend to take on when I use them conjunctively in this way, and I find it very useful.

Playing with combinations of decks could well be an interesting development of this Signifier String approach to readings.

I was also inspired by this idea with regard to my new (Christmas present) deck, the Transparent Tarot - more on that to come. :)

Saturday, 13 December 2008


I am currently enjoying the entertainment of following two blogs with a great deal of information connected to the theory of tarot and tarot reading.

If this should also interest you, do check out both (they can be considered in 'enemy camps' - part of the entertainment factor for me).

A blog I find amusing, very informative and - in a way I like - opinionated, leading to an interesting website (currently being 'renovated').

This caught my eye as Tarotica is what I thought to call my blog some time back, before I actually started blogging.

Mary K. Greer’s Tarot Blog
This blog is by a very well known tarot writer whose ideas I find stimulating and informative, and with whom I very much enjoyed talking tarot at one of TABI's conferences (see Useful Links for TABI).

Friday, 5 December 2008


When reading face-to-face (f2f) with clients I offer a choice of decks. This changes slightly according to my mood and the type of event that might be involved, but the 'usual suspects' include:

Buckland Romani

Rider Waite Smith (RWS) - Radiant Rider Waite

Robin Wood

Pearls of Wisdom (just added - see post below)


When reading on-line I offer Buckland Romani, RWS, Robin Wood, Lover's Path and Bright Idea Deck - see Useful Links: Tarot Source Readings, where there are links to reviews of these decks.

I also love the Thoth Tarot, Waking the Wild Spirit and - oh, many others! - often decks connected to mythology / story-telling.

My collection now numbers 230+ decks, so for further info you can find the full Tarot Source Collection at Tarot Addicts (see Useful Links in column on the right).


I was delighted to hear from Roxi Sim of the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot, which I mentioned in my very first blog posting of 23rd Nov. '08 - yes, I have just started. ;)

A second edition of the deck is due, with an expanded book. You can find details at www.7th-house.com/pearlsofwisdom.html

I find this a very vibrant and readable deck and would recommend it to anyone with similar tarot tastes to my own.

To get an idea of my tastes, for comparison, see the next post for my reading / fave decks and visit Tarot Addicts for the full Tarot Source Collection of over 200 decks (see Useful Links in column on the right).

Have fun! :)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


As well as being an endorsed reader with the excellent Tarot Association of the British Isles (see Useful Links), I am a Tarot Professionals Ace.

Tarot Professionals is an exciting development in the tarot world and provides for students of tarot as well as professional readers. Visit the site to learn more, and see the cover of the new magazine at Facebook Tarot Professionals.

The cover illustration is taken from the beautiful Maroon Tarot deck.

Plenty to explore - have fun!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


Occasionally I will remind myself of the variations out there regarding the Celtic Cross, and adjust my view of it according to how I'm currently feeling.

This is my present version.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Useful Links - details

In the column to the right are some useful links.

This is what they are for:

Tarot Source Readings - my site for those who wish to book readings via email, one-to-one or tarot parties

Tarot Addicts - tons of tarot information, including getting started, history, card meanings, etc.

Tarot Source Collection - over 230 tarot decks, with information

Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) - for tarot enthusiasts of all experience ranges, including free readings, newsletter and e-zine and forum

Aeclectic Tarot - card images, reviews, tarot information and forum; very popular site

Have fun exploring!