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Thursday, 19 March 2020

A Planetary 'Survival Style' Guide

Your Planetary Survival Style


What planetary type do you embody?

Everyone has a personal style that predominates, especially under pressure. This may be expressed by a particular placement or repeated theme in your birth chart – or you may simply identify with one planetary type more than another.
This guide has been written today, to share something with an astrological theme that might help keep spirits up, during this strange, surreal time. It is meant to be light hearted – please take it in the fun way it is meant! (I believe a sense of humour can help us to keep grounded). Bear in mind the guide may, nonetheless, point out some of the extremes of human behaviour, as well as special strengths. You may just find a grain of truth in there, somewhere, or (preferably) something that makes you nod or smile. A few of us will also relate to more than one planetary type, too.
Those who already know your birth chart - or the subject of astrology – well; I know you know this stuff 😊 If I left something out, made errors, and/or you want to add your interpretations, feel free to say so, in the ‘comments’!

Are you Martian?
Mars – You’re impatient. You desperately want to take action. Or you want someone else to ‘do something’. You can lash out. After you’ve lashed out, however, you usually regret it and want to move on with the good stuff. You have a warm heart and will be the first to make up, so long as you believe it doesn’t make you seem weak or vulnerable. You’re a starter and you get things done! We need your courage and restlessness, to avoid stagnancy.
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Aries or Scorpio; Mars in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Venusian?
Venus – You reach for the sweets/chocs/biscuits/cake, or hand them out. You do everything in your power to get people on side. You personally invented the charm factor. You are kind and you know how to help others feel better about themselves. You make an effort with your appearance and nice things – scents, cleanliness, candles, crystals, frills, comforts – whatever makes you feel better. Other people usually benefit when you do this, too!
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Taurus or Libra; Venus in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Mercurial?
Mercury – You think, and you talk – sometimes one without the other. It’s important to you to connect, mostly to anyone who will listen. You can struggle to disconnect, but partly because you need to hear what’s going on and offer responses. You want – and can give - reassuring words. You think up great options and have plenty of questions and suggestions. You know none of us is really stuck. It’s all progress! We just have to figure out a new idea, or a fresh plan.
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Gemini or Virgo; Mercury in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Jupiterian?
Jupiter – You want to go as far away as possible. You love to broadcast your philosophy and connect with people – preferably a large crowd, all at once. You may expect too much of situations; you easily overextend, or assume others are capable of more than they are. You can take a lot for granted; a few may even dare to accuse you of arrogance, although it’s not where you’re coming from. You have a strong need and ability to dispense wisdom. You are determined to see the bigger picture, and find the bright side.
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Sagittarius or Pisces; Jupiter in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Saturnine?
Saturn – You are cautious and want to do everything by the book. You aim to control everything and tend to impose a rule system on others and yourself. You are reserved to the point of being mean – sometimes acting like you’re not worth any extras (hey, you are!) You survive, anyway, because you are so good at making the most of bare necessities, and creating something out of very little. You will sleep ok on a rock, if necessary. Indeed, you are a rock (to many who trust you and rely on you).
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Capricorn or Aquarius; Saturn in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Uranian?
Uranus – You’re a special case. Quite unique. You respond differently to others. Going into isolation feels ok – it’s peaceful and soothing. Deep down you want to be loved, or at least acknowledged (respected, even), but the idea of anyone getting too close is pretty suffocating. The internet can provide some of your greatest lifelines. You may be able to offer remote healing or wisdom. Your cool perspective helps you avoid going into panic. You have been known to levitate.
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Aquarius; Uranus in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Neptunian?
Neptune – You go to sleep. You escape into meditation or the Mothership Connection of music. You might drink a lot, if it suits you - or stringently avoid doing so, if not. You write poetry that captures the essence of the situation and all the feelings involved (yours and others’). You dream about a better future, a world where people are kinder and more sensitive. You are an inspiration and you need to remember that; don’t hide your light under a bushel! It’s safe to come out occasionally…honestly. There will be benefits.
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Pisces; Neptune in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Are you Plutonic?
Pluto – You remember all the reasons you didn’t like certain people (and chose to distance yourself from them). You are vindicated in recognising you were right to do so, but can allow space for those showings signs of redeeming themselves. You get rid of what you don’t need, though. You also manage to locate everything you do need, even though you might not even have realised you had it. You reinvent from what you left with. You are not beaten, even when almost dead. Nobody keeps a good Plutonian down for long!
In the chart, this might apply to planets in Scorpio; Pluto in a prominent place (Rising/on the Midheaven/close to a significant planet, like the Sun or Moon).

Friday, 1 March 2019

New Projects and Products: Tattoo Tarot and the Book of Music Horoscopes

Life has been so full in recent months - as we might expect with two eclipses early on this year! For me, it's been a lot about new products launching just before Christmas and providing support for those - The Tattoo Tarot Deck and Book of Music Horoscopes, specifically, which I have been very fortunate to be involved with, as a writer and in other ways:



It was a real honour to have my essay on David Bowie and Iggy Pop's collaborations feature in the astrology book - huge thanks to the very talented compiler, Frank Clifford, of the London School of Astrology for that!




I have been kept quite busy, too, blogging for other people and organisations, including Laurence King (the Tattoo Tarot deck publisher) and TABI (Tarot Association and the British Isles) and completing interviews for other blogs and magazines, such as Jack of Wands and Skin Deep. It's really been a lot of fun! Alongside my usual, ongoing output as an editor and mentor with Jericho Writers - I've also taken on a new column at The Mountain Astrologer, with which I am thrilled to be associated. There has, however, been little time left over to catch my breath and reach out through this blog and my own website: https://mindbliss.co.uk/

However Celestial Spot has now been given a little face lift. I hope you like it!

Finally, I owe a little apology to those people from websites, TV companies and other businesses, who have been interested in interviews, advertising options and writing services. It has simply not been possible to respond to everyone.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new month, as greater light dawns! And for those seeking insight, inspiration or down to earth wisdom, you may like to consider the readings offered through: https://www.mindbliss.co.uk/astrologytarotreadings.htm

Monday, 11 June 2018

Commitment in a Writing Career - Society of Authors Talk

Just a quick announcement to say I am pleased to be speaking tomorrow, 12 June 2018, at the Society of Authors Three Counties Lunch at The Princess Royal, Runfold.

In this talk, I will be focussing on the theme of Commitment in a Writing Career - part of which, for me, centres on astrological and tarot output, as well as incorporating other Mind Body Spirit subjects.

I can thoroughly recommend the SoA!

More details can be found at the Society's website under the Events tab:

https://www.societyofauthors.org/Events/Events

and at:

https://www.societyofauthors.org/Events/Events/Three-Counties-November-Meeting-(2)

or below: (copyright Society of Authors 2008-2017)

Friday, 6 April 2018

Crystal and Astrology Healing Power – A Mini Guide

Crystals develop in the earth from minerals that have been around since the world was formed. They are connected with primal, ancient energies and, in their structure and symbolism, have a strong relationship with the four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Crystals have always been used for healing and strengthening spiritual abilities and, thanks to the wisdom passed down from the ancients, we are still able to draw on this knowledge today. However you do not need to be a shaman, seer or magician to work with and benefit from crystal energy. As long as you can locate a crystal and understand something of its nature and applications, you can tap into its power to bring help and healing in your own life and for those around you. Below are descriptions of a handful of the more popular and easily found crystals and their uses.

Rose quartz – a love stone. Easily recognisable for its gentle pale pink colour, this is one of the main crystals for dealing with heart issues. It can help to attract a new love into your life or heal a heart that has closed or felt damaged. Rose quartz is excellent for developing rapport in relationships and can help an ongoing love connection over a rough patch. Wear it close to your heart if you can; a rose quartz necklace is ideal. Try placing the crystal next to a photograph of the one you love and radiate love to that person; it could soon radiate back!

Hematite – a grounding stone. The colour ranges from grey to black and the stone has a shiny, metallic quality, so that polished hematite looks somewhat similar to drops of Mercury. Useful for those who have trouble with the memory, it is also helpful for mental organisation and original ideas. This stone helps to dispel negativity and increases courage and confidence. If you suffer with agoraphobia or lose too much energy when you are around other people, hematite could be an ideal stone for you. Keep it close to your body, e.g. as a bracelet or even in a hand bag.

Amethyst – a spiritual stone. Many stones are used for insight but amethyst is especially valued for aiding meditation and developing spiritual awareness. This is ideal to use whilst following guided meditation or for those times when you still yourself, close your eyes, sit comfortably and let the worries of the world go. Amethyst brings a deep sense of calm and can help bring greater insight into life purpose. Hold the crystal gently in your palm and allow your mind to calm and empty. Amethysts appear in the colour spectrum from lavender to dark purple.

Citrine – an abundance stone. This is a crystal associated with wealth in a variety of forms. Its focus is not only money but also on the multitude of ways in which abundance and help can be offered. There may be kind favours from friends or gifts from suppliers, opportunities to increase income, or simply more necessities and good things in life. Meditating with citrine can help banish worries about “not having enough” and aid in improving the situation. The colour range goes from white to golden yellow and deep amber brown.


Astrology and Crystal Correspondences

When it comes to astrology and crystal correspondences, there are no hard and fast rules and – as anyone who has read Wanda Sellar’s articles on this subject in previous Astrology and Medicine newsletters will know - ancient and traditional sources don’t always agree with one another. Occasionally, they assign dual rulerships to some of the stones and sometimes just omit them altogether. This may simply be to do with what was available at the specific times of writing and working with crystals.

From an astrological point of view, rose quartz is given no traditional correspondences but based on colour we can assign it to Venus and her concerns. To be fair, it is the case that the ancient and traditional correspondences don’t necessarily give the colour pink to Venus, however, personally I like the association because it tallies with ideas regarding pink and green relating to the heart chakra. Rose quartz is seen as a helpful stone for matters of the heart and can, therefore, lend strength to aid an afflicted Venus in the birth chart, especially to address relationship problems. Financial issues can also be seen as “Venusian”, although in the crystal world we might more readily think of financial matters as being helped along with citrine. Nonetheless, if you consider the self-worth issues underlying earning potential, Venus for love and respect of the self is by no means a bad candidate.

It seems natural to associate black stones with Saturn, but the shiny charcoal-black tumble stone hematite looks like a solid version of liquid Mercury and traditionally has affinities with that “winged messenger” planet, too. Just to add spice, sometimes a red quality can be noted in the stone, in which case it can be seen to have an additional association with the planet Mars..

Amethyst is a stone of Jupiter and, for a change, the ancients seem to all agree on that, apart from Al-Biruni, who doesn’t assign it at all; perhaps a typical case of lack of supply in his area at his time. To me, amethyst is one of the stones showing greatest congruence of association between disciplines, as the astrologers agree it’s a Jupiter stone and Jupiter’s colour correspondence is always given as purple. In chakra healing, which is meaningful in aura cleansing and crystal healing alike, this is along the colour band given to the “third eye” or spiritual chakra, sometimes described as indigo in shade. Perhaps it is also one of the most relevant stones for “Indigo children”, although a wider range is certainly available to them within a healing context; in my local new age shop, “Stepping Stones”, I was delighted recently to notice crystal elixir sprays designed especially for children and teenagers, to address specific issues such as bullying, anger, depression etc. To me it is a true sign that the new age has arrived, that we are now in a position to offer healing not only to our fellow adults but also to the next generation of children appearing in the world!

In her book entitled Soul Mastery Susann Taylor Shier describes children with a more greatly developed compassion and, likewise, sees this as a sign that the times are a-changing and, if we look around, we can see that our children are incarnating as highly developed souls. Perhaps we can send some boxes of crystals and gem essences to the houses of “Tiny Tearaways” on the TV, to help any families that are still struggling!

Before we put the subject of crystals fully to bed, though, let’s also cover a few basics, such as the relevance of size, how to use or wear them, forms of cleansing and where to get hold of crystal “booty”.

Size: Crystals come in various sizes but for carrying and meditation, smallish stones of around 2-3 cm are often sufficient. If you want to influence a whole room of people (eg a healing room) by all means invest in some massive amethyst half-domes and hang them safely but high up in the corners of the room. Terminated chunks that cover the palm and larger swathes of stone such as amethyst constitute crystal “beds” and can be used to rest your crystals when they need recharging.

Body wear: The general advice regarding crystal healing is to get the crystal energy as close to you as you can. Look out for beautiful crystal jewellery, including simple “power bracelets” – crystal beads threaded onto elastic cord and more elaborate pieces that arrive as earrings, pendants, bracelets etc. An alternative, for using any small crystals or “tumble stones” that you already have, is to pop them into a small drawstring bag – the types that you see in new age shops – and tie this to the inside of your clothing, on the layer that is close to the skin. An opaque bag can be ideal for allowing closer contact, especially with the colour vibration.

Cleansing and recharging. Crystals are fairly resilient but may need to be occasionally cleansed– which means ridding them of negative vibrations and recharging them with positive energy. It is at least worth considering cleansing a new crystal before use because you don’t know who has handled it before you and it may well have collected negative energy build up from a variety of sources. It will likely be better knowing that you are starting with a stone that has been recharged with positive energy. One simple method is to hold the crystal in your palm, close your eyes and imagine a waterfall going over it, renewing any outworn or negative energy. You can also use the human breath – just blow on the crystal to waft away the previous energy. Some people like to fully immerse the crystals in water but some crystals just can’t take this; flaky kyanite, both blue and black and the lustrous, white selenite are likely to just disintegrate (how Neptunian!). A better option for these would be run them through incense smoke or use the above “imaginary” water process. They can also take being put in or on earth, although you probably would not want to over-saturate the soil. You can also use a crystal bed to recharge a tired crystal and a good tip, if you like to keep crystals that are not being used together in a bowl or box, is to keep a piece of carnelian in there too, as this will automatically cleanse any other crystals around it.

Copyright Diana McMahon Collis 2018
This article excerpted from a piece for the Astrology and Medicine Newsletter in 2006

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Stars 2016 and Anytime!

A quick news flash for astrology lovers...

Will you shine like a star over the Christmas festivities? Or is the whole pre-season stress thing already doing you in? I've written a little guide for how to get the best from your star sign for the festive season at the lovely womens' website, Henpicked. Come and see!

http://henpicked.net/letting-your-star-shine-for-events-and-celebrations/

Hope you enjoy...

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Continuing with our review series, here's an astrology book review...


Review of: The Dawning: Shedding New Light on the Astrological Ages

Author: Terry MacKinnell

Publisher: Xlibris

Price: £19.71 Paperback £6.38 Kindle

Reviewer: Diana McMahon Collis – for the Astrological Journal May/June 2013 Issue Vol 55 No 3


A lifetime’s earnest work, research and observation has gone into the content of The Dawning, which automatically makes it a valuable document because so much insight is distilled in one place. Terry MacKinnell has worked to balance use of a sound historical framework with knowledge of astrological techniques, whilst conveying awareness that both disciplines involve selective operation, particularly when handling complex material. For this reason the author has favoured a modern Western astrological approach, whilst observing an ancient technique from very early, observational astronomy/astrology, to re-examine the Astrological Ages, or Precesssional Ages – ie the twelve ages within the structural framework known as the Great Year.

The book may not necessarily sit well with astrologers well versed in traditional methods, or those who have ever wondered at the logic of plucking the Astrological Ages out of ancient methodology to sit rather awkwardly around the rest of the mainstream astrological techniques, like a late adopted child. Nonetheless, this uncomfortable status and lack of true integration of the Ages has, itself, hinted at a lack of overall work in thoroughly examining what they are truly about. MacKinnell should therefore be applauded for taking on such a monumental task, perhaps not least because his work lends something to historical perspective as well as making a significant contribution to astrology. The book is a great boon because, if we accept the author’s conclusions, it helps to clear up some confusion and fill certain gaps.
MacKinnell’s writing shows how the Astrological Ages provide a kind of meta-text of world events and human tendencies, not unlike astrology itself. He has the knack of bridging different worlds, such as history, astrology, psychology and human internal experience (imagination and mental projections) through a common denominator, such as the Archetype – a concept most astrologers will be instantly at home with.

The book touches upon many aspects of astrological theory and practice, underpinning an understanding of the Ages. Of notable interest are:

Standing stones and time measuring Heliacal Risings and Settings – their significance in rectifying the Ages pre-Hipparchus

Vernal Point - used by Hipparchus (and his methodological error)

Visual vs mathematical astronomical/astrological techniques – the author places value and emphasis on practical observation, as the ancients did

Constellations – the fact that they were developed as a visual technique

Precession of the equinoxes – and significance of the third movement of the Earth, its wobble

Decans – the divisions of zodiac signs into sections of ten (explained most clearly in the Glossary)

Sign Cusps – rather than house cusps, which may have a firm basis in traditional astrology but no place in an understanding of the Ages

Overflow – a one-directional effect, rather like a hangover, of the previous Age sign affecting the currently-named sign.

Retrogradation – the fact that the Ages work backwards through the zodiac

Correspondence – between events in the world with Astrological ages and their zodiacal archetypes

Sub-ages, Micro-ages and Nano-ages – divisions of the Astrological Ages

Quasi Ages and Age Pairs – which together provide a situation analogous to the lunation cycle.

There are also three appendices, covering historians’ perspectives, zodiacal archetypes and the somewhat daring rectification of the Aquarian Age.

As the subject matter is vast, the entirety of this volume is quite dense. I had initially thought this was going to be a book to zip through, adding a little more knowledge about past, present and future events. It has turned out to be an intriguing read, which inspired me to keep reading and really take on the relevance of the Astrological Ages. In the explanatory sections the author often writes with a marvellous use of analogies and metaphors, which help what could, at times, be a dry and difficult subject become lively and within the reader’s grasp. I especially liked the description of how an astrologer attempts to create a 3D reality from the limited, 2D reality of the chart, which aptly captures the reality of the struggle that many practising astrologers experience in trying to make sense of people’s lives from a diagram!

One of the greatest achievements of the book is to explain why there is so much confusion around which age we are currently in: the Aquarian Age or the Pisces Age. MacKinnell explains that the name by which the Age is known reflects qualities that are not usually fully realised or observable until quite a long way into the cycle – possibly around midway the baton is passed to the relevant sign from its predecessor (moving backwards due to retrogradation, so that, for example, the Pisces Age gives way to the Aquarian age). The fullness of what the Aquarian Age is really about, however, does not come through until towards the end of that ‘Pisces-Aquarius Age’ cycle, which he argues runs from around 1433 – 3574 CE. Earlier Ages are discussed in depth, with convincing historical evidence shown in the form of events that correspond with the archetypal meanings of the Ages. Clearly there is a vast knowledge of history here and the correspondences seem persuasive; for example, the focus on writing and education in the Gemini Age (framed as the Gemini-Taurus Age in the author’s pairing system). The need for financial accounting during this period fostered the development of writing – which seems to powerfully link the archetypes of the two signs together.
In a book that focuses on history there is necessarily a lot of information concerning the past. There is also a chapter devoted to climate change and another focussing on forecasting the future. The author is at pains to clarify that the exact details of the future cannot be mapped out, any more than we can easily find the truthful, 3D version of someone’s life, experiences and future conditions from the 2D situation of the birth chart. However the rise and fall of civilisations can be mapped around the Age-Decan cusps and a number of potentials can be indicated – although events in future cycles won’t be identical to those of the past, not least because history does not repeat itself. Equally, connections across astrological cycles are always slightly different, in totality, as they go forward.

The Dawning is extremely well annotated and thoroughly researched, due in no small way to the author totally embracing his subject over many years. This is not just some dry tome of academic theorising and soulless pulling together of floating ideas; instead, the author draws you into an explanation of why there’s been a problem with the existing theory around Astrological Ages, how the ages are sub-divided and why they are significant. The book also has a good index and bibliography, with references that made me instantly want to read more. Hamlet’s Mill, Astronomy before the Telescope, Babylonian Star-Lore and Cosmos and Psyche all leapt out as texts not to be overlooked by anyone interested in archetypes, mythology, astronomy and the bridging of ancient and modern astrology. It could be argued that The Dawning does for the Astrological Ages what Richard Tarnas’s Cosmos and Psyche has done for planetary archetypes and transits. The Dawning is a brave book and a carefully considered contribution to a previously under-developed area.

Terry MacKinnell is in the process of writing a follow-up volume, homing in on the sub-divisions of the Ages. I am looking forward to reading the finished product.

Diana McMahon Collis

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Cosmic Tarot Deck Review (Norbert Losche)

And since we're on a roll now...! Please note, this is the original, unadulterated review, which appeared in the 2001 Winter edition of the TABI ezine - complete with links from back then, tarot impressions from yester year and probably a different writing style. If anything doesn't work, please feel free to let us know.


Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Lösche
(English Edition FX Schmid 1988. Art Nr. 15530 – 1)
Reviewed by Diana McMahon

This is the main deck that attracted my attention when, perhaps for want of a better term, “psychic responses” to my Rider Waite cards suddenly began to dwindle. In terms of early reading development the Rider Waite deck had been a fantastic learning tool, taking my understanding of tarot from confused to much clearer. Thanks to the proliferation of imagery my ability to quickly put a meaning to a card and provide insightful readings had developed in leaps in bounds, so I shall always be grateful for the introduction to that deck. But when things went quiet in my psyche I realised I needed some sort of new stimulus and this is exactly what the Cosmic Tarot deck provided.

The deck is not to be confused with the Cosmic Tribe by American creator Stevee Postman which, whilst also very strong in imagery, is a very different deck. Ditto the Cosmic Egg tarot, by Guido Gillabel and Carol Herzer, which features more abstract, brightly coloured images on square shaped cards. The Cosmic Tarot with its mix of intense and pastel shades of predominantly blue, green, yellow, pink, purple and brown was created by Norbert Lösche and originally published by the German company Schmid though it is also available via US Games. I bought my copy in one of the book shops in Glastonbury.

The cards are beautifully designed and the artist, who has a natural interest in the esoteric, has drawn on a combination of symbolism from various cultures and perspectives. Some cards feature symbolism related to Arabic, North African and Asian influences, for instance the Four of Wands, featuring Egyptian pyramids and the Four of Swords set in the desert with a camel in the background. Others, such as the Ten of Pentacles, with its robed and stockinged suitor have a more European, historic feel. And then there are cards that seem either timeless, e.g. the evocative Ten of Cups featuring a semi-naked woman sitting among an array of overflowing cups. Finally there are the more modern and contemporary images found in cards such as the Four and Nine of Pentacles, featuring Twentieth Century houses and clothing.

Many of the Major Arcana cards in this deck also have a timeless quality. In many cases the imagery is excellent at conveying facets such as movement and fluidity (in Judgement and The World for example), opulence (The Empress) and stasis and spiritual reflection (The Hermit).

With the Court cards, even though these often feature characters in historic clothing, it soon becomes evident that the artist’s consciousness also encapsulates film history and images. Some of the faces on the minor cards look distinctly familiar and you could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at an image of, for example, Elizabeth Taylor in the Queen of Wands or Sean Connery in the King of Cups. However this is not, in my opinion, the most predominant feature of the deck. What is more important is that the images are so varied and dense whilst maintaining an integrity of their own.

For those with an astrological awareness I would say that this deck would appeal especially to the sensitivity and romance of Water types. Although it also has a wide ranging appeal that will reach many kinds of tarot card readers, if you respond to soft, dreamy imagery, this could be the perfect deck for you. I use the Cosmic Tarot frequently for my own readings and find that clients often choose it, too. A further feature that appeals to me as a reader is the clear labelling of the title of each card. It doesn’t interfere with my reaction to the card because there is no extraneous information but what is there is clear and easy to recognise. This is a deck where, when the cards are turned face up, you know without hesitation whether you are looking at an upright or reversed card. When the cards are face down you only have that information through noticing the colour of the Sun images on the backs of the cards. Unless you are focussing on that you may well miss it, which can be ideal for readers who still want to maintain a practice of selecting upright and reversed cards “blind”.

Is this a useful tarot deck for the absolute beginner? Certainly the images are very striking but in all honesty I think it is better suited to someone who has a basic grasp of tarot and is looking to work with a new and interesting deck. The imagery will, in some instances, take you quite a way from what you may have learnt from tarot books and the Rider Waite styles of decks. That is not necessarily a bad thing if you wish to expand your tarot imagination and psychic “vocabulary” but it could be a bit confusing to switch mid stream to a deck such as this if you are still learning your basic language of the cards.

A final note is that whilst a lot of the images are gentle and peaceful, those that are “darker” are often quite intense. That is often no bad thing because powerful and distinctive imagery can be a great help for clear and effective reading responses. But if you are going to use these cards for face to face readings you may want to work up quite a relationship with and understanding of the more powerful cards. These include the Nine of Swords, featuring a man under attack from flying swords and the Ten of Wands, showing an individual burning up amidst a stack of flaming wands. All in all I am glad I found this deck and very much enjoy reading with it.

Publishers & Images:
F X Schmid GmbH & Co. KG Bachstr. 17, PO Box 1465, D-83209 Prien (English edition)
Also available from US Games Systems: http://usgamessystems.com
For images online, one source is: http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cosmic/index.html
For comparison with images from other decks with Cosmic in the title, visit
http://www.aesthetic.net
For the Cosmic Tribe deck specifically, visit author Stevee Postmans’s site at: http://www.stevee.com