The Everyday Enchantment Tarot celebrates the beauty in all forms of experience and daily life, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary in its 78 vibrant and joyful cards. It's the second deck from Poppy Palin, who created the Waking the Wild Spirit Tarot.
I am writing this review in the October of 2015. The Everyday Enchantment Tarot has a publisher and it is planned that it will be printed in 2017. I await this with eager anticipation.
I have been privileged, along with a few others, to see each card as Poppy has created it. The Major Arcana is complete and the Minors are well on their way. This deck is like a dream come true for me. It not only has the guidance of the traditional card IDs, it also is illustrated with up to date pictures of life as it is in our era.
As the name suggests it not only shows the events of everyday life, it also includes the enchanted and often unnoticed aspects. The sparkle that is swamped by the “in your face” pressures that modern times impress onto us.
Poppy has taken the traditional cards and brought their original meanings right up to the NOW. She has incorporated the wisdom of the Tarot, and retranslated it to speak to us in a modern language that we can relate to. Even the suits are not just suits. For instance wands appear as candles standing upright, as police batons, and as a paintbrush, Cups are not fancy chalices, but teacups and picnic mugs, but even with this variety they are easy to identify.
Tarot is about day to day living. It is a tool to help us see where we’ve been, where we are now, what the options are, and to bring to our notice things that may well be missed, but that can make the difference. Our World is overwhelmed with the negative (listen to the news broadcasts and you will see what I mean). The Enchantment is there but only if you can open your eyes and look for it. The EET helps you do this.
The “players” in this deck are not limited, they are humans of a mixture of ages, cultures, professions, jobs and abilities (many of which are rarely mentioned within the tarot or in fact in day to day life), There are also animals of the fur, feather, fin, hoof and flipper genres as well as insects and of course The Myriad of unseen beings of Enchantment that are there to remind you. A fantastic cast that would certainly create a hit as a West End Play illustrating True Life Today.
This deck is a wonderful tool for both the seasoned reader and the newbie. All you need to do is look at the card, ask yourself what it is illustrating and there you are – you have your “meaning”. Each card has multiple possibilities, you may be drawn to the main characters and their actions and situation, or maybe you will see someone or something in the background that grabs your attention. Poppy has hit a wonderful balance of detail without overcrowding the card.
I first ventured into the Tarot over 30 years ago, and I spent many years trying to “learn” the meanings of each card, only to find that the meanings did not always match the illustrations, and different decks and their meanings could be in conflict. I ventured into using my intuition, but even then it could be difficult to be guided by the picture or pips. With this deck there is an abundance of support to inspire your translation, to personalise it for the person you are reading for.
I have done some trial readings using just the Major Arcana and I have found them a delight to work with. They have proven themselves to be amazing companions on the Tarot road of discovery.
I hope you will be as “Enchanted” as I am about the “Everyday” life that is illustrated here. Poppy is creating an amazing deck with her magical and insightful gift.