Tarot World Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2
The Tarot community has finally been gifted with a quarterly magazine featuring some of the best minds in Tarot as well as fresh voices.

Tarot World Magazine overflows with information you can’t get anywhere else, including original card art, deck reviews, scholarly pieces, exclusive sneak peeks for upcoming Tarot products, puzzles, indepth interviews, thought-provoking articles and specially created spreads.

Volume 1 Issue 1 started out a bit rocky with typographical and grammatical errors peppering the otherwise solid Tarot content. However, I’m thrilled that Volume 1 Issue 2 only contains a few minor errors amid extraordinarily fascinating content. Publisher Heidi Snelgrove draws a card to determine the theme for each issue, although not all articles are topic-specific. (The first issue’s them was The Fool; the theme for Issue 2 is The Lovers.)

From Dr. Stephen Winick’s interview with Tarot’s master storyteller Rachel Pollack to Valentina Burton’s article on reading in public with a “wrangler”, we’re given one-of-a-kind insights into working with the cards. For those thirsting for esoteric waters, Issac Bradfield’s treatise on the World card/Saturn connection illuminates an astrological “window”, while Paul Hughes-Barlow’s latest offering challenges an emerging breed of Hermits to shine their light.

Here are but a few highlights from the April 2008 issue of Tarot World Magazine:

Tarot for Enhancing Relationships by Swati Prakash – An intriguing three-page article correlating the seven chakras with seven major levels of relationships, particularly in light of The Lovers (Lower Relationship Plane), Temperance (Higher Relationship Plane) and The World (Unity Plane) cards.

Surrounded by Numbers by Kenneth Norris – An introduction to Life Path numerology, including how double-digit cards reflect the energy of their single-digit components.

BIT Snapshot: Bill and Hillary Clinton by Janet Boyer – Yep! I’m a columnist for Tarot World Magazine and proud to be affiliated with such a dedicated publisher. I write specially created BIT Snapshots for every issue using my innovative BIT (Back in Time) Tarot Method, which is the subject of my upcoming book Back in Time Tarot. In Issue 2, I deconstruct aspects of Hillary and Bill’s relationship (and ambitions) with The Lovers card as the starting point.

Storytellers: Test of Love by Desiree Atchison – A skeptical husband discovers the value of his wife’s Tarot reading quite unexpectedly in this moving two-page fiction piece.

Card Art – A sneak-peek look at The Lovers card from the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza, as well as original full-color Tarot cards by Azurylipfe (Heidi Darras), Karacol (Henry Chaplin), Whitefenril (Jose Noe Figueroa Angulo), Ellygator (Elly Pieper), Mimulux (Patricia Notthafft), and Joseph Staleknight (Vijay Rathinasamy). Card art from published decks (both in color and grayscale) are also found throughout the magazine, e.g. Herbal Tarot, Universal Wirth, Miracle Tarot, Gay Tarot, and Sharman-Caselli just to name a few. We even get a sneak peek of the upcoming Paulina Tarot!

Gorgeous Cover Art - Jae Davis’ restful yet vibrant Lovers card reminds us of the life-giving waters flowing between yin and yang energy.

Crossword Puzzle – Shawn Nacol’s clever clues point to Issue 2’s theme of The Fool (e.g. “Annual Awards recognizing self-destructive imbeciles”, “West African Trickster God” and “Cowardly-but-cunning comic servant of the Italian commedia dell’arte”).

And these are only a few examples of the varied content of the Volume 1 Issue 2 edition!

Tarot World Magazine comes in two versions: a print version and a digital version. Both are offered as a single copy from http://tarotworldmag.com, or you can get a quarterly subscription from the Tarot World Magazine site, Amazon.com or AzureGreen.

You can also approach your local New Age bookstore and ask if they’d consider carrying copies of the magazine (the publisher’s contact information is on the TWM website and they’ll provide a copy to the retailer). Free sneak peeks of each issue can be downloaded at http://tarotworldmag.com/shop#.

Considering the marked difference between Issues 1 and 2, I have no doubt that Tarot World Magazine will continue to improve its already admirable quality, as well as draw enthusiastic, competent and dedicated writers and artists to deliver a magazine that exceeds expectations.

As with a baby just taking its first steps, Tarot World Magazine will continue to grow and thrive as the Tarot community gets behind such an ambitious venture with its encouragement, constructive criticism, helpful suggestions, and positive energy/prayers.

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