New York Times bestselling author of several successful divinity systems has partnered with artist Andrea Aste to create The Tarot of Light and Shadow (Watkins $44.95) a unique and beautiful tarot deck the offers insight into the dualistic nature of life. Readers can explore both sides of a question at once, looking at the Shadow (instinctive, inner world, the unknown) and the Light (rational, outer world, the known). For the first time ever, readers are being offered two tarot decks specifically designed to be used together.
The Tarot of Light and Shadow presents a new multi-layered way of working with the Tarot: using two decks to explore the Shadow and Light sides of any questions at once. Although some professional readers have used this idea with different packs, and to great effect, this is the first time two Tarot decks have been designed specifically to work together. In fact, they can be seen not as two separate decks but as one deck appearing in two dimensions.
The principle of the two-deck system can be explained as follows: there are two sides to every question and two sides to every answer. Answers come both from within and without. Inner influences as well as outer affect our choices and may dictate our concerns. When we face a problem or issue for which we turn to the tarot for advice, there are many different ways to approach the query. The Shadow deck gives insight into your inner world, subconscious, instinct and what is not yet in the light of consciousness, while the Light deck reflects the outer world, the rational and what is already known about an issue. This ground-breaking two-deck system allows the reader to explore both sides of such questions at once, and to find the best way forward in the blending of both answers.
About the Authors:
John Matthews is the New York Times bestselling author of several successful divinatory systems based on early spiritual beliefs - including the Arthurian Tarot (with Caitlin Matthews), the Wildwood Tarot (with Mark Ryan) and the Byzantine Tarot (with Cilla Conway).
Andrea Aste is a multimedia artist, a writer, an animator and a film maker. His theatrical credits include Carnival of Animals at the Teatro Regio of Turin. His most recent deck, The Book of Shadows Tarot was part of a larger, immersive art project that included a film.
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