Review by Solandia
The Tarot Lovers’ Calendar for 2010 continues the tradition of show-casing independent, self-published and unpublished decks every month of the year. With two or more cards printed in full colour and accompanied by a description of the deck by its creator, it’s the ideal product for tarot lovers and collectors.
Prolific and talented Filipino artist, Lynyrd Narciso, makes another appearance in this year’s calendar, this time with two decks: the humorous and quirky Tarot de Marcelino and the tall, skinny Tarot Hermentado. Creators of the thoughtful and well-researched Sol Invictus: The God Tarot have featured here their second, forthcoming deck, Pistis Sophia: The Goddess Tarot.
There’s also a uniquely Aeclectic deck – the collaborative group deck put together by members of the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, called the A. Nonny Mouse Tarot. My favourites this year is a toss-up between the incredibly detailed Song Bird Tarot (formerly known as the Midnight Soul Tarot) in May, and the painted trees and spirals of the Tarot of Trees in January. All of the decks featured this year are:
Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll
Pistis Sophia – The Goddess Tarot by Kim Huggens and Nic Phillips
El Tarot de Marcelino by Lynyrd Narciso
The A. Nonny Mouse Tarot by Aeclectic Tarot Forum Members
The Song Bird Tarot by Liz Birdsong
The Mystereum Tarot by Jordan Hoggard
The Mary-el Tarot by Marie White
Restoration of the Tarot of Marseille of Jean Dodal by Jean-Claude Flornoy
The Otherworld Tarot by Alison Williams and Sarah Nowell
The Un-named Tarot by Chris Butler
The Richard Pickman Tarot by Richard Pickman
Tarot Heramentado by Lynyrd Narciso
The design for the front cover is chosen each year from a number of submissions from artists on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, with the winner receiving the highest number of votes from members. This year the winner was DraagonStorm, and her cover shows a purple-robed, curly-haired tarot reader, surrounded by swirling stars and old-looking tarot cards.
The calendar format is largely unchanged from previous years: it’s spiral-bound and has a protective plastic cover; each month is devoted to one deck, and offers an original tarot spread, with major holidays and celebrations of numerous religions included in each month’s daily grid. This year the 12 tarot spreads (there is one for each month) are:
Open to Love Spread by Sever
Emperor Spread by tigerlily
The Ties that Bind – Relationship Spread by romanticdreamz
Simple Work Life Spread by GlassOwl
The Wish Spread by Dolphin_Dreamer
A Self-Help Reflection by Kilted Kat
Rejection! Spread (for when they don’t like you back) by Chara
The Attributes Spread by Enrique Enriquez
Life Conquests Spread by Baroli
The Phoenix Spread – a moving on spread by CelticDruidess
7 Card Spread by Mary Gibbs
A Failure to Communicate Spread by GlassOwl
The Tarot Lovers’ Calendar is a labour of love, put together by Major Tom Schick with contributions by the tarot community, for the tarot community. If you haven’t ever seen this wonderful calendar before, make sure you have one on your wall in 2010.
The Tarot Lovers’ Calendar 2010 calendar retails for US$25.00, AUD$28.95, GBP15.00 or 17.25 Euro. A percentage of the proceeds go to Aeclectic Tarot.
Kate Hill (also known as Solandia) is the founder and editor of Aeclectic Tarot, and has reviewed more than 200 decks over the years.