What independent Tarot & other cartomancy deck publishers and artists do you think everyone should know about? 
 Beyond Worlds/Tarot Tribe had an interesting discussion with him yesterday, especially about his future decks and card readings, so if you haven't downloaded the program now and are a DM fan, I suggest doing so now (the show is easy to find on iTunes and that godawful BlogTalkRadio site.

 One thing that annoyed me, Valenza stated that he hasn't even done the art for the upcoming Sun based sister deck, so as far as I'm concerned its just vaporware until a definite release date by the publisher is announced. However, the companion book for Deviant Moon will probably be published this year, I just wouldn't count on it happening until at least after summer.

 One more thing, in this blog post he claims he won't be making anymore decks after the Sun deck is released. I am always skeptical about artists claiming they'll never do a particular type of art again, because I've seen them coming back again and again, at least in the entertainment industry. If he goes without making more decks for at least 30 afterwards years, I might believe him. Might.
 I only recently bought a copy of Kat Black's Golden Tarot, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy this as my first deck. I was trying to be cheap as possible back then, but not caring much for RWS or Universal Waite art all those years ago and bought The Hermetic Tarot instead. I'm not saying The Hermetic Tarot is a bad deck, but the Golden Tarot has, at least to me, everything I like about the structure of the RWS without the children's book art of the RWS, and without the pointless (granted, this is just my view) cramming of occult symbolism smashed in to every card of The Hermetic Tarot, Thoth Deck, and their clones. 
 According to his Twitter account he's working on the pips for his Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. I can't wait until the 78 card version of that deck is released.
 I heard about this deck on a recent episode of Tarot Today podcast. It's an interesting concept, but I am not terribly sure about it, I always thought 78 cards were enough, adding more tends to add difficulties with shuffling. But if the card stock is made to handle it without being terribly thin like some of Llewllyn's offerings, it might be useful anyway.
 It looks like The Fairytale Tarot may never be reprinted again either, so you might as well buy some copies from The Tarot Garden, Amazon or B&N resellers very soon while you still can. I bought two of them, because I am starting to view these things as part of my mini investment strategy.

 Their upcoming Alice Tarot can be pre-ordered from The Tarot Garden, but be sure to register an account and log in first before you do so.

ETA: Minor edit because I should of looked at one of the Tarot deck sellers to see if they still have it.
 The word from God (ie, the good people of Baba Studio on FaceBook) says this deck is unlikely to ever be republished, so if this kind of deck floats your boat, I suggest buying copies of it from places like the Tarot Garden, Amazon, and etc ASAP. 

ETA: Looks like it's no longer available in the Tarot Garden.
 Is almost finished. I plan on buying it, it looks like a lot more of an even work than the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck, but I do kind of worry about interpreting them in the future, since I tend to like divination decks that are a bit more blunt. But since my main reason to learn cartomancy is to get my intuition to work a bit better than it does now I can only complain about so much, and it's coming with a book anyway.

Edited to add-I think the price will most likely be worth it because it isn't going to be one of those tarot kits Llewellyn keeps popping out, where the quality of the cards is sacrificed. Judging from Marchetti's descriptions it does look like a deck that will last, so I'll be saving up money for this one.
I just subscribed to it, and have to say that I find it much different than how i might see the cards. Is anyone here the person who writes it, or does anyone read it and have other insights? It doesn't seem 'bad' or 'wrong', but it just seems that the person reads the three cards per entry in a way that would not occur to me. Does anyone want to take a look at them and discuss it?

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 According to comments in their FaceBook account, they plan on rereleasing the Victorian Romantic Tarot, with some revisions. Not so good news, 2012 will be the earliest you can count on it being released in to the wild, since they're working on another Tarot deck. 

 While I am starting to fall in love with their 2nd edition of the Bohemian Gothic Tarot (in fact it's the main reason I've decided to start building a collection of gothic tarot decks recently), it was the Victorian Romantic I wanted the most long beforehand, so I am very happy to hear this news, even if it might be awhile before it gets published again.
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 So what are you guys looking forward to?

 Personally I can't wait for Patrick Valenza's upcoming limited edition Majors Only deck, the Deviant Moon companion book, Ciro Marchetti's Oracle of Dreams,  Lo Scarabeo's Fire Tarot & Tarot of the Pagan Cats, the kit-free Shadowscapes Tarot Deck (let's hope the cardstock quality for this one will be vastly improved), (anything but) Lowbrow Tarot, and the Cat's Eye Tarot.

Edited to add: I admit I am interested in Llewllyn's The Wizard's Tarot, but after my experience with the poor cardstock quality of the last tarot kit I bought from them, the Legacy of the Divine Tarot, I'm probably just going to buy it for cheap from Amazon.com instead this time around, while saving up money for a lamination machine in the meantime.
 Your mileage may vary:

 PheonixOracle's Lenormand.

 All About Cards.

 Jase On Cards.

 Lenormand Speak.

 Lenormand Cards.

 If anyone out there has any further recommendations, especially ones not so focused on Lenormand, please put links in the comments, and I'll add them to the list.
I'm pleased to see so many people answered the poll! This place is not dead! \o/ Cool!

Obviously, I'd like to see my local (i.e., this place) be the home of lots of vibrant tarot discussion, but I'm going to ask this anyway because I've been curious about it for years. It's becoming one of those holy grail type questions. lol

Is anyone here aware of any other active online tarot communities - that are at least approaching 'good' or 'decent' or 'quality', in your own opinion - besides Aeclectic Tarot? If so, please post links.

Thank you!
Poll #4839 A Tarot Poll
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Which is your favorite Tarot 'suit'?

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8 (25.0%)

4 (12.5%)

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The Major Arcana
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How often do you use your cards?

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10 (30.3%)

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A few times a year
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Do you use other types of oracles, as well, or just tarot?

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Yes, I use other oracles, too.
16 (48.5%)

No - just tarot.
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These days, I mostly read for...

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31 (93.9%)

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Tarot is...

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13 (38.2%)

28 (82.4%)

29 (85.3%)

7 (20.6%)

4 (11.8%)

8 (23.5%)

0 (0.0%)

other (See my comment below.)
1 (2.9%)

I recently ran across the blog Pre-Gebelin Tarot History, and I wanted to link it here, because it is the Tarot research source that I've been trying to find for ten years - since I first started studying the cards.

It focuses on documentary, literary, and artistic references to Tarot that pre-date Court de Gebelin's original interpretation of the Marseilles tarot as encoded Egyptian wisdom, in 1781.

That means that, to start with, it's got a lot of fantastic reproductions of early Tarot imagery that are hard to find other places.

It also means, though, that the blog's writer is very firmly on the side of the opinion that Tarot started out as a card game in early Renaissance Italy, that for almost its entire history it's been been primarily a card game, and that all the mystical interpretations are based on things tacked-on to the real tradition by later occultists.

I think that's too hard of a line to take - the whole point of occult traditions is that they don't get recorded in the histories, and part of that is because it's upper-class Christian men who wrote the histories; and that even if it *did* start out as a card game, the imagery is well-suited to both divination and meditation, and it must have been used that way from early on.

The card game *is* what all the historical evidence supports, though, and study the imagery in the Renaissance Italian context (and the changes that were made as the cards moved out of Italy) are incredibly rich sources of knowledge, about the cards themselves, and about Western philosophy and, yes, mysticism - there's a humanist/platonic/Christian mysticism running deeply through even the most wholly mundane explication of the images.

And I think it's a crying shame that so many Tarot enthusiasts *completely* ignore - or never even get a chance to learn about - all of the historical accounts and the studies of surviving early Tarot decks (Especially since I find the history of card games fascinating in their own right.) The Pre-Gebelin blog has the primary historical sources all there, and after I spent ages chasing after every hint of them I could find in mainstream Tarot works, I am so happy to find it all in the blog.

So. Yes. The blog's writer is very much on one side of a debate, and he often gets very, very blunt about the people who refuse to accept historical methods, and the scholarship is dense enough that it's not a quick read, but I still really, really strongly recommend it for anyone who's serious about studying Tarot. Even if it's just so you'll know what it is you're choosing to ignore.

...And if you like the idea of learning about the Italian Renaissance roots of the Tarot, but the blog is too abrasive or too densely written for you to enjoy, I also really recommend the book Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination by Robert Place, which covers a lot of the same history as the blog, but does it in a way that's sympathetic to the mystical uses of the Tarot, and also includes a divination guide that's heavy on using the Renaissance symbolism.
I haven't been participating as much as I intended to here since spring -- maybe I can remedy that!

I share something that happened to me the other day, because it was so much fun. It involves being surprised by the Eight of Cups.
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I was thinking earlier about how learning to frame questions for tarot readings positively influences a person in general. It goes hand in hand with the increased trust in your own intuition and increased self-confidence in general (i.e., wisdom), but I thought it still might be worth throwing it out here for discussion. :)

I'm referring to things like

-not asking questions to which you already know the answer,

-not asking the cards something about another when you really should (and could) just ask the person directly,

-the common situation of a querent wanting to know if a lover can be trusted and the reader suggesting in turn that the querent consider why they do not trust their lover (or why they continue on with a lover whom they clearly already do not trust).

Etc. & things like that.

Taking an extra few minutes to think about what you're considering asking and why is very beneficial to a person in the long-term. (Even though no one's perfect and I'm sure most of ask a lot of emotionally wrought questions when we're in the thick of something distressing.) Overall, it helps you have the confidence to know what you already know without the need for 'divination' or outside opinion at all in a lot of situations.

What say you? Either about this or other ways years of tarot reading have benefitted you.
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Last month's reading turned out to be spot-on - this month really has felt like a spiritual rebirth in many ways, and I did have to hold on tight to my sense of who I am. Much of that is ongoing, so I was curious to see what this month's cards would say:

Where I am now: Two of Pentacles
Theme for this month: Temperance
What to look out for: King of Pentacles

Looks like this month is all going to be about balance. Two of Pentacles says I'm juggling a lot of things right now and need to be careful not to unbalance myself by pushing too hard. This is almost eerie, because I've used the juggling metaphor a few times this week to describe how I feel after coming back from holiday - I've been having a lot of trouble getting back into my routine, feeling like there are too many small things to juggle (bigger ones feel like they're going okay.) Temperance of course is also about balance, and could be seen as reassurance that I will regain my equilibrium over the course of this month. King of Pentacles is probably telling me to keep a level head, stay grounded and work hard. It might also be indicative of a shift in my newest relationship as we approach our first anniversary and develop a clearer sense of its shape and its strength.
Last month did seem to have some effect in unblocking my emotions (see the previous post in this comm), which was good. This month's draw:-

Where I am now: Five of Wands
Theme for the coming month: Death (reversed)
Things to look out for: Hanged Man (reversed)

This seems to be saying that I'm currently preparing for the future and that this is about to accelerate in some way. The next month should be a time of hope and rebirth. However, the Hanged Man card seems to tell me that I should be careful not to let the changes run away with me - I need to exercise some caution as well, and not give up my sense of who I am. Sounds like an interesting month ahead!