Posts in Deck Reviews
Deck Review: The Universe Has Your Back

When I go on trips, I try to come home with at least one deck—something I can use for my tarot work or for my personal draws, and something to remember a new place by. I had already seen "The Universe Has Your Back" oracle cards everywhere on Instagram (I mean, who hasn't?) but wasn't too keen on joining the bandwagon, because as with the Sacred Creators Oracle, I've never really been one to go for oracle decks with full on sentences on them.

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Better Together: Dark Days Tarot + Many Moons

I never expected I'd be using this book and this deck together, but they serendipitously fell into my hands at about the same time… and it was Kismet! I was on the tail end of my Seattle trip when I spotted Many Moons by Modern Women at the gift shop of my hotel. It was June 30th, and felt like exactly the right time to snap up this book, which I've seen over the years splashed all over my Instagram feed. I never actually thought of purchasing it since it isn't readily available in Manila… but I wanted a nice souvenir from Seattle and this seemed like the very perfect one.

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Deck Review: Game of Thrones Tarot

I saw "Game of Thrones" along with the entire world when it first came out in 2011. But when Season 2 rolled in, I just couldn't get on it and I stayed away from the show for a couple of years. Fast forward to 2017, when, at the start of the year, I decided to take the show up again and went on a serious bender, going back to Season 1 all the way to the seventh season in just a few days. Mind! Blown!

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5 Reasons to Get a Borderless RWS Deck

If you're going to get serious about learning the tarot, you can't go wrong with a Rider-Waite Smith deck. The thing is, if you're nitpicky about things (like I am), it can be a little confusing to find exactly the right RWS for you because there are a ton of them in the market. There are the plaid backed super glossy high octane neon ones. There's the Original Rider Waite Smith (my first RWS deck, incidentally) with more muted yellows but muddier lines. There's the Smith-Waite Centennial edition with minimalist backs, thicker card stock and sepia tones. This isn't even naming any of the vintage editions.

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Better Together: Persephone Tarot and Strange Lands Oracle

I had snapped up the Circo Tarot when its third edition came out and became an instant fan of Marisa dela Peña's work. I loved her use of color, the kooky and quirky figures, even the shiny quality of the cards (they feel really nice in your hands!), and how lovingly made everything is—every order of the Circo deck comes with a handmade hand-stamped drawstring bag (who doesn't love a pretty carrying case, right?). 

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Deck Update: The Illest Tarot v 2.0

FACT: I'm never going to stop talking about how much I love the Illest Tarot. SERIOUSLY. It's been six months (!) since I've been using this deck exclusively for my daily draws and I am still in the can't stop won't stop zone. I reviewed this deck (on Valentine's Day this year, as it turns out) here and if you haven't yet heard about this amazing indie creation yet, please get yourself out from under your rock, click on the link and learn everything you can about it RIGHT NOW.

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Better Together: Into the Woods + Lumina Tarot + Connected & Free Alchemist's Oracle

You know you've been hit STRONG by the collector's bug when a deck you already have a copy off suddenly comes in a new edition and you are compelled to purchase it. Even if it's kind of, sort of the same thing, even if only a few cards are a little different, even when shipping from Australia (argh) costs arm and a leg.

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Deck Review: The Mesquite Tarot

Because I live all the way in Manila, I always thought that Kickstarter would not be a good deck-shopping option for me. Kickstarter decks take a lot of time to actually reach the production stage—waiting that long can be tough on your regular eager beaver (🙋)… having to wait another couple of months for shipping to actually get the deck to me is even more difficult.

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Better Together: Ostara Tarot + Linestrider Tarot

Almost a year to the day, I wrote about how the Ostara Tarot and Linestrider Tarot were on top of my Tarot Wishlist. I found out about these decks when they were still self-published by their respective creators, thought about them for a while until they went out of stock (DRAT) and then consequently, got picked up by mass market publishers (yay!). I hemmed and hawed over these for quite a bit before finally biting the bullet.

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Deck Review: The Sacred Creators Oracle

Before the Sacred Creators Oracle, I was adamantly against buying any decks that had copy instead of full-on images. But I found myself in a big creative slump mid-2017 and didn't know how to get out of it. I gave myself a couple of options: a. take another online course with my favorite online teacher and writer of beautiful monthly Love Letters (what she calls her newsletter), Susannah Conway; or b. find a more cost-effective alternative. I was prepping for my big vacation and couldn't afford to shell out a chunk of my earnings on an e-course so I decided to do some self-study instead.

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BRB: The blog's taking a short hiatus!

I'm going on vacation, kids 👋👋

It's been a year and four months since I put up this website and the Practical Magic IG page and wow, did I underestimate just how much I had and could say about the tarot and spiritual practice in my little, modern, pop culture heavy bubble. Creating content for this site has allowed me to make so many new friends on and offline, it's allowed me to share a bit of myself, and I think most importantly, it's helped me reacquaint myself with ME.

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Tarot x 5: Morgan's Tarot

Just a few months after I'd gotten my first tarot decks, I already knew that I favored decks that were non-traditional and modern. I spotted this at a new age store near Christmas time. My yoga friends and I were having a regular get together over smoothies and vegetarian food (yes, cliches abound) and my eyes immediately drifted to one of the shelves where this deck was positioned. It was purple! Black and white hand drawn images! Hippie dippie! Right away, I was sold.

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Tarot x 5: Light Grey Tarot

I've always had a soft spot for independently produced decks, and while the Wild Unknown was my first non-mass market deck, it was already gaining traction in the tarot community by the time I noticed it (I got it from Urban Outfitters after all). The Light Grey Tarot, however, I think, initiated me into the world of decks that are illustrated and created by small groups of people who share a love for art and, in some ways, the occult.

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