The Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals                                                    Review by Michele Jackson

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Rather than have illustrations on each card, the Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals has photographs of crystals and metals on each card. The photography is excellent using light and background to good advantage. The cards are the traditional Tarot Majors, Minors and Court Cards. The booklet lists Strength as number 11 and Justice as number 8, but since the Majors have no numbers written on them, you can use whichever order you are accustomed to. The card backs are solid mint green with a white border. The booklet that accompanies the deck provides information on the qualities and energies of each stone and some effort has been made to match those qualities to their respective cards. For example, The High Priestess is assigned Aventurine. The booklet says “The green aventurine imparts composure. Calmness flows through our soul, and cheerfulness and patience can develop. Its metallic glittering inclusions stimulate intuition and the powers of the imagination.” A short upright interpretation is provided as well as what is called a “Shadow Aspect” interpretation, which could be used for reversals. The booklet also advises that one can wear the stones or metals from the cards drawn in a spread to resolve the task or situation the reading covered. While the deck is quite attractive, it is very different from most Tarot decks in style. Someone with a good knowledge of crystals and their properties might find it useful, but they might also take exception to some of the assignments.
 
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The Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
ISBN: 3-905017-94-6
Available from U.S. Games Systems
(800) 544-2637
 
See The Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals (Copyright 1996, AGMuller)


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