Just a Spoonful of Tarot…
The MAAT Tarot
I have discovered the perfect deck for intuition, feminine wisdom, and the lunar mysteries: The MAAT Tarot, by Julie Cuccia-Watts. Self-published by its creator, it is a lushly (and darkly) illustrated deck of 78 cards with a sound astrological basis; however, rather than the traditional foundation of solar based astrology that you find in other astrological tarot decks, Julie has conceived and successfully executed (and illustrated, I might add) a deck based upon the moon's phases and seasonal cross-quarter days of the year.
Julie is the illustrator of the now out-of-print Ancestral Path Tarot (the deck that my son loves most) as well as the Blue Moon Tarot, a self-published majors-only deck that I was lucky enough to discover (and acquire) at the Los Angeles Tarot Symposium last year.
Sounds complicated? It's not. But just like any good tarot deck, you don't have to understand any of the system to be able to use it for your tarot readings, for this deck comes with a 291 page hardcover book explaining in great detail how to use the cards, with the necessary key words in the back. (However, taking the time to understand MAAT's system definitely expands the mind delightfully.)
1.The Devil (Winter Solstice/ Yule)a dark haired woman giving birth to the light.
2.Queen of Swords (Full Moon in Gemini)reminiscent of Waterhouse's dark paintings.
4.8 of Swords (New Moon in Sagittarius)blinded to the truth by the American Flag wrapped around her head.
6.The Hanged One (Lammas/ Lughnasad) a stalk of grain contains an upside down gestating fetus.
8.6 of Cups (First Quarter Moon in Leo)Renaissance children watch a Punch and Judy show
10.Ace of Wands (Season of Winter)Mercury's caduceus wrapped around a glowing wand with phoenix wings at the top
And this is precisely what this deck promises which makes it so unique: it is a card for spiritual transformation through our feminine side, rather than our masculine. This deck is maiden, mother, and wise woman to our soul's daily journey; it is not about "the grand scheme of things", but instead about today and now.
See Juno Lucina's own images from her Kingdom Within Tarot, check out Juno's website: http://www.juno-lucina.com/
To read on online reviews of Julie's Blue Moon Tarot:
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