Review by Solandia
The I Am One Tarot is a spiritual deck. It has artwork that is intended to access the reader's subconscious mind. The colours are strong, the images as of a dreamscape with strange shapes and flowing perspectives. The art sometimes gives more of an impression of an object than a depiction of the object itself.
The court cards are a little confusing for those used to Rider-Waite or Thoth style courts - this deck combines both and uses Prince and Princess, Queen and Knight. The suits are Two Headed Serpent (Wands), Curved Blade (Swords), Pear of Tears (Cups), and Stone of Age (Pentacles), symbolising spiritual, mental, emotional and physical consciousness. The backgrounds of the cards are a different colour for each suit, being red, deep purple, forest green and yellow-gold respectively with white or yellow main titles and white (wands, cups, swords) or black (pentacles) keywords.
The major arcana (or 'Master tarot cards') have titles all altered from the norm. The Fool equivalent card appears at the end of the majors and is numbered 22 instead of 0. The cards are titled as follows:
1. The Changer
2. The Mother
3. The Feeler
4. The Actor
5. The Speaker
6. The Unity
7. The Victorious One
8. The Donor
9. The Seeker
10. The Royal Maze
11. The Deliverer
12. The Hanging-Man
13. The Renewer
14. The Reverser
15. The Thinker
16. The Citadel
17. The Way-Shower
18. The Reacter
19. The Doer
20. The Knower
21. The Virgin
22. The Nameless-One
Each of the twenty-two majors are also associated with one of the twenty-two Hebrew letters, as the artist believes that a school of tarot was passed down from an Ancient Egyptian heritage and adopted by the Hebrews. The Hebrew symbol appears in relief at the top right of the card, next to the title.
The deck is multi-lingual and can be read in any of three languages, English, French or Spanish. The (not-so) little white book is equally divided into sections for each language, and the cards are triply titled and sub-titled. Every card contains an 'I Am…' statement at the bottom of the card, from 'I Am Master Communication' for the Changer card and 'I Am News' for the Ace of Curved Blades.
The book has no explanation of tarot history or sample spreads, it concentrates purely on the card meanings. There is a good paragraph for the meanings of each of the majors, as well several keywords for additional meanings. It explains which of the Hebrew letters is shown and its main representative keywords. (Eg. 'The Changer - Hebrew Letter ALEPH represents PRINCIPLE.')
The I Am One Tarot departs from the standard tarot in nomenclature and artistic style, but the structure is similar enough and the documentation is good. It can be used for most tarot purposes - self-improvement, meditation, readings, and so on - and intermediate and advanced tarot users should find it interesting. Even tarot novices should have no problems using the deck.
Kate Hill (also known as Solandia) is the founder and editor of Aeclectic Tarot, and has reviewed more than 200 decks over the years.
Review by Maya Britan
The Story of One Artist's Journey into The Unknown to Recover Lost Treasures from
The Late 18th Egyptian Dynasty and Her Return with 22
Universal Laws, Long Missing from the Conventional
Personal sacrifice always seems to be involved when it
comes to magical/spiritual stories of "lucky"
individuals who happen to tap into their destiny's "special
Life seems to move in a repeating format where
something is always taken away from you before it can be
replaced with something new and more evolved. Thus was the
case, once again, for the artist Maya Britan, who almost
lost it all: her business, husband, and child. "Life
turned weird," she says. "In fact, I came to realize that
I don't have a life anymore, period".
Britan was born in Israel and spent several years in Europe and
Brazil before coming to Los Angeles in 1986. In 1989,
just as everything was crashing down around her, Britan
realized she was being mysteriously hunted by an unfinished
tarot project from the Sixties. She was receiving
information from several different sources. One was a psychic
reader who fervently believed that Britan was an integral
part of the project. Another came from a publication
located in the high deserts involving 4th dimensional
As she delayed her response to the whole thing,
it slowly began to dawn on her that she was crossing
paths with a truly fascinating story. She finally made
contact with Rosalind Sharpe, one of the last surviving
members of the unfinished tarot project from the Sixties.
Britan learned that the project consisted of a book
entitled: "The Word of One". Its content was channeled by a
group of 5 members up in Carmel during the beginning of
1962. This intriguing item revealed precise
instructions on how to create tarot books. The whole project
began during an innocent game with an Ouija board.
During the session, an entity announced itself as "WE".
When they asked for identification, the "WE" of the
board said firmly: "WE ARE ONE". It was then that the
Carmel group realized they are not dealing with a dead
man's spirit but rather a collective mind of all 5
members speaking to them as ONE person.
Only when the two women met had Britan's journey into the past begun
- a journey that would take her not only back to
1962, but thousands of years before, and equally further
into the future…
A self-trained artist, she began
exploring the Hebrew spiritual world at an early age —
looking into traditional realms such as Kabbalah,
Numerology, ancient Hebrew, and Christianity. Britan
translated the "Word of One" into Hebrew and broke it down
Once I got to look at the numbers of
this book, I was amazed at what I found. This text had
a balanced rhythmic interchange that I had found
parallel to very selected portions of the old Bible.
meeting between Britan and Sharpe took place in a tiny,
dark little apartment in Carmel and was witnessed by a
young woman from B'Hai who was dressed all in white.
The meeting concluded in Sharpe giving Britan her full
blessings to continue the project of ONE. Rosalind passed
away soon after and Maya finished painting the whole
tarot deck (78 oil paintings on canvas 30" x 40" each).
She kept her work environment as magical as the nature
of the art, using very little light and sometimes
The day that all 78 completed
paintings were photographed by her husband, Oscar
Bustamante, something unforgettable occurred. The sky above
their building was blanketed with an army of screaming
black crows, as if celebrating the birth of the ONE.
Soon after, an invitation came down from the high
deserts to meet with "Commander Haton", a 4th dimensional
super intelligent being responsible for the Phoenix
publication and the "Contact" newspaper. (Some highlights can
be found in the movie "Contact"). She left town and
moved to the mountains near the high deserts. It was
there that she managed to study and develop the "I Am
ONE" Tarot". This required an intense educational
period consisting of great research in Greek, Sumerian,
and ancient Egyptian mythologies, all vividly
conducted by "Haton" himself. The access to such historical
resources resulted in a set of 22 Universal Laws to be
woven back into the original meaning of the 22 Major
These laws had been removed during the
late 18th Egyptian Dynasty. The ones responsible for
removing that portion from our history are the Amon
Egyptian priests (the word 'amon' means many) who took over
the ancient civilized world thereafter. Now, the word
of ONE is being brought back into our world's
awareness by the Aton of our times (the word ‘aton' means
one). It may be me, it might be you, yet ALL IS ONE
and ONE IS ALL. Why does it sound so familiar?