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Amanda has been reading cards since she bought her first deck in 1990. She read with a Marseille deck for twenty years with only her intuition and a little white book to guide her. In 2010 she discovered that there was an entire world of delicious tarot goodies out there and made it her mission to see them all. Her style of reading had always been ‘story style’, preferring to find the human across from her in the cards between them. As she began accumulating decks, a new reading style emerged for her. Layering multiple decks to discover who she was reading, where they needed a map, and what needed tending became her go to. It’s been her preferred method for the last eight years.

 

 

She began teaching divination in 2009, and her teaching style evolved with her reading style. Reading the Spiral, Deck Discussions, and one on one classes kept her busy for a number of years. She discovered indie decks when she discovered Kickstarter in 2015 and became enamored with them. The freedom from the LWB, and the creativity in these tiny works of art captivated her. 

Amanda reads professionally as Salt and Shadow Tarot, and specializes in Map Readings. She teaches, and reads, locally in St Louis, Missouri. She is a witch, and she practices unrepentant kindness. She is rarely without a deck of cards in her bag, and prefers reading to watching tv.

This year she channeled her passion for indie decks into this online magazine. Indie Deck Review was born from her desire to support indie creators, provide a space for readers to find indie decks, and promote small businesses. She’s ridiculously lucky to be able to work with the team at IDR, and hopes you’ll enjoy being here.

 

You can get your own readings from her at:

www.saltandshadowtarot.com

or on Instagram

 

And, you can always email her at:

editor@indiedeckreview.com

Hello, I’m Jess – artist, card reader, and coffee addict! I’ve been reading tarot since 2013 and haven’t stopped, working with indie decks is my jam and supporting other artists brings me much joy. When I’m not shuffling my cards, I’m often found talking to my houseplants or glued to a book.

 

I work with digital illustration, but my first love will always be with ink and paper. I’m often playing with watercolor as well and my favorite subjects to illustrate are monsters and capturing moments of everyday life. I’ve created a lenormand deck called the Monster Lenormand, which is currently out of print. I am also working on several new decks, two of which are called the Monster Arcana and the Adventure Arcana which are due out sometime in 2020. You can follow my process on Patreon (link below).

 

Support my art and receive exclusive peeks of my deck creations by joining my Patreon over on my Patreon

 

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Hello, I’m Havana and I’ve been reading/studying Tarot for over twenty years. I can’t remember how tarot came into my life. I’m sure it had something to do with watching a movie or TV show but I know I was hooked. Over the years tarot and oracle have been a real life saver in time of crisis. When I turn to tarot in troubling times I find it to be an extraordinary ground force that allows one to step outside of themselves to observe the situation from an outside perspective. I find tarot to be a tool one can use for self reflection and personal growth.

 

 

My reading style is a unique mixture that I’ve developed over years of self-teaching. I incorporate a Waite-Smith reading system along with intuition, elemental energies, some numerology and in the future I plan too incorporate astrology as well. As much as I love tarot I actually find oracle decks easier to connect with because I think it allows me to but a message in context that is easier for a querent to connect with. Currently, my oracle deck collection is “a bit” larger than my tarot deck collection. I love collecting indie decks because each artist uses the cards to present a unique point of view and commentary on life. We are all different people experiencing the world through our own distinct filters. By collecting multiple decks from Indie artists I can support a person’s passion, artistic expression, hard work, and labor while simultaneously understanding how they interpret the world around them.

 

When I review decks I want to ensure the person reading my reviews can get an idea for how the deck feels, performs, and what kind of energy it gives. Its difficult to show these particular properties on a photo so I use very descriptive words and comparisons to similar examples to convey my experience with a particular deck. Outside of indie decks my other interests include collecting crystals, chakra therapy, tea, and nail art. I’ve worked at a zoo,  in the medical field as a surgical assistant, and as a pastry chef. I have a black cat named June and I love tacos.

 

You can also find me on Instagram,  YouTube and Facebook at Sparkle Divine Tarot

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Anna Felixidocious is a solitary self taught witch with myriad interests. It was only a matter of time before she found a deck of Tarot cards, the Thoth deck to be precise, tucked away in her dad’s bookshelf, between books of philosophy & post modern lit & tabletop gaming guides. Anna reads the cards as a soul centered story teller, as symbology tapping into our Child Mind for deep healing & connection to the Self. She brings astrological associations, hints from the Otherworld, pop culture deep cuts & compassionate sass to her readings & reviews.

Anna is Indie Deck Review’s Program Director, where she works with our team to create, craft, organize our workshops, meetups, gatherings, parties and retreats.  

You can find her on Instagram 

 

 

Greetings! I am the resident baby reader of the group, having delved into learning tarot less than a year ago.  #babyreadermoon. I am a mystic witch who was pushed down the path of strong intuition with no compass to guide me. I went through multiple decks, none of which spoke to me because *gasp*, I had no clue what I was doing! I have now comfortably settled in with my Smith Waite deck (I know, not Indie.  SHHHH!) and am slooooowly learning how to interpret what the cards are trying to say for me. I hope to grow to incorporate Oracle decks (which I love) and runes into my readings, but for now I’m focusing on the basics. My perspective here is one of youthful inexperience and awe.

You can find me on Instagram:
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Reluctant Spider (ReaS) has been quietly shacked up with her Rider Waite Smith tarot deck for 20 years, whispering with them about life, death, the cosmos, and her place in it. 

 But what would it be like to pick up another deck?*  Could it be like daring to make eye contact with someone you don’t yet know at a cafe?   What could happen if you gathered your snack and warm drinks closer together, tuned out the chatter, and talked, really talked?

 Wanna come join the table?

 Mysticism, feline sensuality, Aries impatience, and Black gurl magick makes her reading style a translation of big messages into a form that fits the ear of the receiver. 

 

*Author note: Her newer friends, the Thoth tarot, Isis Oracle, and I Ching Oracle all beg to differ with the implied deck monogamy.  I’ve been properly called out. Apparently, I’m deck flexible.

 

You can find her on Instagram

 

Hi, hey there, hello! I’m Sarah “Bear” Cozzemera — artist (Queen of Wands) and alchemist (Magician) at Everyday Alchemy. My official introduction to tarot was a few weeks after the 2016 Presidential election. Still reeling, I finally picked up a tarot deck + got to work on myself. But for real this time. There was no more running, and nowhere else to hide. From the beginning my tarot practice has been about reclamation, embodiment, and integration. Since I began consciously working with these archetypes, I see a plethora of examples walking, breathing, and mirroring them every.damn.day. Everything is an invitation for meaning making. Do you see? 

June 1st, 2018, I launched a project called: TUNED IN TO TAROT. By pairing songs with tarot cards to create playlists, I then dance through the energy of the cards as a means of connecting to and experiencing tarot consciously in my body. While I have created 5-7 song playlists for all of the Major Arcana, the playlists continue to undergo revision + additions. And, I am slowly but surely making my way through the rest of the 78 canonical tarot cards. The intention for all of my tarot practice, but especially this project is to approach the wisdom, medicine, and strength of spirit that is Tarot lore in a modern + inclusive manner. The cards, like music, reflect the human experience — an unbelievably rich + vibrant + exquisitely beautiful tapestry of possibilities. And so, as much as I can, I try to expand the cards and song selections beyond binary gender (and all gender assignments), heteronormative coding + relations, racial hierarchies, sexism, social classes, personal appearance, and physical abilities. My intention is to honor our differences respectfully through language choices, access, and visibility. Please feel free to check out the Instagram account for TUNED IN TO TAROT, or check Spotify for the playlists. 

In addition to shuffling, reading, and reviewing cards — I also create them. Healing Hands Oracle, a reiki infused and inspired deck that features spirals, natural imagery, and you guessed it — hands — was self-published in October of 2018. And, STAR STUDENT Astrology Deck is set for publication in April of 2019; also self-published. The initial work has begun on a third deck, and more information + updates (as well as pictures of my dogs playing around at the lake) can be found on my social media accounts.  

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I purchased my first tarot deck at the age of 13 (1992).  It was a standard Rider-Waite-Smith deck that I picked up and put down for years.  Finally in 2000, I discovered a deck that spoke to me and it unlocked the tarot for me. I’ve since branched out into oracle decks, runes, and even playing cards. I read tarot primarily for myself and occasionally for friends.  I use the tarot as a personal growth tool.  My personal reading style involves storytelling.  I love to look at how the cards relate to each other, the positions they are in, and the question that was asked.  While looking at a deck, I look at what works or doesn’t work for me and why that is.  I invite you to join the conversation.  Just because a deck doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect deck for you.

 

 

Outside of my deck obsession, I recently adopted a spaniel-mix puppy who still wants to eat everything.  I have a fondness for coffee and chocolate and aversion for foods whose primary characteristic is hot.

You can find her on Instagram

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First name, NYXX. Last name, STONE.

1. (oc) Culturally Obsessed

2. Divinator of Tarot & Crystals & Words

3. Hellenic Polytheist from the NYC

4. Bruja walking the path of the Elements 

5. The Stars are both Lovers + Guides

6. Student of the Cemetery of Life 

 

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Hello, I’m Wing. I’ve been reading tarot for over 20 years. For me, tarot is first and foremost a tool for spiritual development. I believe that these cards are one of the greatest tools for self-reflection, which leads to self-awareness and empowerment.

Aside from tarot, I also study I Ching and am fascinated by all forms of divination. 

 

 

 

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Sarah Kate Buckles has been reading Tarot for almost seven years. She also dabbles in palmistry and tasseomancy. She learned to read tea leaves from her grandmother, but whenever people suggested she try tarot she shrugged it off. “Not my thing,” she said over and over, until someone handed her a tattered Marseille deck they’d rescued from an estate sale. The tool fit her hand and she began the slow spiral down the rabbit hole. Together with her husband and business partner, she opened the Fortune Teller Bar in 2012 in St. Louis, and has been collecting decks and tarot readers ever since.

You can find her on Instagram

“Tarot helps us see where we’re coming from and where we are now so we can figure out where to go next.”

 

 

K. Potter is an analytical tarot reader and nerd with a stack of beloved (yet mostly half-read) tarot books and a background in social work. While tarot is their first love, they also read lenormand and occasionally dabble in oracle systems. They see tarot and divination as a tool for self-analysis, a playground of collective symbolism and archetypes, and a bridge for human connection. Their reading style is all about untangling patterns; weaving together the story between the cards, the question, and the querent; and figuring out next steps. As a queer, non-binary individual, K. Potter strives to bring queer, intersectional, and social justice perspectives to their readings and reviews.

As a reviewer, K. Potter hopes to dive into the things that make a deck tick, how they read, and how broadly they connect to the vast range of human experiences.

Outside of reading tarot, K. Potter enjoys crafting, particularly sewing and crochet. They also love puns, pop culture references, and the various linguistic functions of the word “fuck.”

K. Potter can be found on Instagram at @coffeeandtarot. Their favorite thing about coffee is less the coffee itself and more the conversations they get to have while sharing it with others. They can say the same thing about tarot.

K. Potter uses they/them pronouns.

 

Saige Duchanes: Cartomancer… Sounds professional and, dare I say, stuffy, doesn’t it? It does. But here’s a fun fact, anyone who employs a deck of cards for the use of divination purposes is considered to be a Cartomancer.  

At thirteen, my Aunt bought me my first Tarot deck and started to teach me how to read them just so I would keep her secret (that she read and believed in the cards,) from the rest of the family. Little did she know that she was planting seeds that would grow out of that secret world and into a life shaping journey. Starting with the standard Rider-Waite deck, I began to tell stories about the people in the cards, weaving them together with poetry and emotions I experienced in my everyday life. I didn’t know that I was effectively bringing the cards to life and causing change and growth to happen, I was just an angsty teen hell bent on surviving the challenges of puberty and the varied pressures of school.

Cut to college, just five years after the beginning of the journey. I still had my first deck, though it was a bit beat up and ragged by then. I met a girl who also read the cards, but she did it in public, for perfect strangers even! The very idea terrified me! So naturally I asked her if she would show me how. She asked if I had a deck, and if she could see it. The look on her face when I showed her my coffee stained, dog eared, doodled on deck… I’ll never forget it, a mix of horror and awe. She promptly informed me that I couldn’t read use that deck, that I had to get a different one. I was shocked! I could own more than one deck? (There was no way I was giving my first deck up.) So, I began to research and look for another deck, something prettier, something more alluring.

Six years and many decks later, I was reading for others and myself regularly. I had grown so much from the grungy kid on the street corner reading for passersby with his edgy Thoth deck and devil may care attitude. But amid the struggles of figuring out my sexuality, gender identity, and relationships, I was also looking for a deck that could express my struggles and self more clearly. Cue the discovery of indie decks. Decks with more of the energy, artistry, and meaning I had been longing for. With the purchase of Slow Holler, I began to dive deeper into the realm of Tarot and all the mysteries of self that came with it.

Now I read both professionally and for fun. The cards never cease to be a tool for self-discovery and growth, both for me and for my clients. I’m always on the lookout for new decks that help show another facet of the card, of the self. My collection has grown a lot from that first deck, lost years ago, but my approach hasn’t changed all that much. Stories, poetry, prose, pop culture, and spirituality all weave together with each card to bring their message home. To quote Kim Krans, creator of the popular Wild Unknown decks, “May you always be on the inner quest.”  

 

    

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