The Cartomancer Magazine – November 2017
With this latest issue The Cartomancer is transitioning to its new owner/editor Arwen Lynch-Poe. I’m very happy to see that the magazine is just as beautiful as ever, stuffed full with tarot art printed in luscious colors. The articles are on a wide range of topics, so there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites:
As one of the privileged few who owns the very first limited edition of The Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, I was excited to read an interview where she talks about the genesis of the deck.
An exciting new feature is “Experts Roundtable.” In each issue, several prominent members of the tarot community will give their insights into a topic. This time several tarot professionals, including Mary Greer and Benebell Wen, talk about how they approach learning a brand new deck.
This non-artist has always fantasized about creating her own deck. S. Johanna Hill gives step-by-step instructions, which even a klutz like me can follow, for creating your own deck out of postcards.
Wayne Limberger discovered tarot the same year I did – 1972; his first deck was the same as mine—the Aquarian Tarot by Palladini; and we’re at the same stage in life—retired curmudgeons. After bemoaning how superficial and commercial the tarot scene has become in recent decades, he cautions wannabe readers that it’s nearly impossible to make a living with the cards. If you’ve been wondering what to charge for a reading, he’s asked around and gives his feeling for the going rate these days.
Other articles in this issue cover various approaches to tarot such as counseling, pathworking, and storytelling.
Last but not least, there’s an article from the resident history nerd (me) on how Major Arcana II and V have changed over the centuries.
The Cartomancer is essential reading if you want to keep up with the latest in the tarot scene.
Thanks for the plug, Sherryl. My contributions to The Cartomancer have dwindled as I spend more time building my blog, but I’m still published regularly in the ATA’s monthly newsletter and quarterly journal, mostly spreads and an occasional article. We used to have some interesting exchanges on Aeclectic Tarot when I was modding as “Barleywine.”
It’s good to reconnect with you again. Your excellent article on reading without knowing the client’s question really spoke to me. Until recently I’ve been too chicken to let go of the crutch of having a question to focus on. Now I like to start a session by suggesting we turn over a card or two just to see what the tarot wants to say before we get into specific questions. Something relevant always turns up. I’ve been out of touch with the ATA for awhile – soon I’ll pop over there and read some of your articles in the journal.
All the best
Stop by my blog if you have the time at http://www.parsifalswheeldivination.com. I have 560 posts there now, along with roughly 100 spreads of my own design, and flatter myself by saying I’ve become something of a minor master of the three-paragraph essay. You may find my “tarot euphemism” and “RWS storyboard” post interesting (or at least entertaining). I’ve added your blog to my blogroll.
I’ve just spent some time exploring your blog – very impressive! It’s not every day I encounter someone who’s been involved with tarot longer than I have. Your depth of experience is obvious in your thoughtful articles. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.