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Bonnie Cehovet

The "Steele Wizard Tarot" is an exceptionally well presented 88 card Tarot deck. The deck and companion book come in a sturdy cardboard box, which is covered in a brownish-burgundy covering. The sides of the box bear the deck name in gold script. The top of the box bears the deck and author information, in gold, and a beautiful graphic, also in gold. The bottom of the box bears a brief description of the deck, and comments from Maya Heath ("The Egyptian Oracle" & "Magical Oils by Moonlight"), Solandia, and alchemist Adam McLean.
The 110 page companion book is approximately 4" by 7", with a mirroring of the front and back of the box on the front and back of the book. In her introduction, Steele states that the "Steele Wizard Tarot" was designed to function as a means of communicating between the various aspects of Self. It is meant to help the individual Seeker function as a Whole Being, and to help the individual identify and "Win" their Personal Power.
The extra cards are the Maiden, which acts as an additional Court Card for each of the suits, and six cards added to the Major Arcana: The Weaver, The Universe, Truth, Soul Twins, Evolution and I AM.
In the beginning of the book, Steele addresses Tarot ethics, the "Care & Feeding of Your Tarot Deck" (ways in which the deck can be stored, and materials used, as well as whether or not to allow the Seeker to handle the cards, and how to clear a deck), formulating questions, the use of a significator, shuffling and dealing the deck, and suggestions for interpreting a reading.
Spreads presented include the traditional Celtic Cross spread, a ten card Situation spread, a fifteen card Basic Prediction spread, and an eight card journey spread.
The cards are presented with a color scan (approximately one-third of a page, which is an adequate size to be able to really identify the imagery), a section entitled Guidelines, which presents the basic energy of the card and keywords/concepts, and a section entitled Reversal, which addresses the nature of the card if it appeared in a reversed position. The Maiden addition to the Court Cards is presented as potential relative to each suit. From the book:
Maiden of Swords
Guidelines: Potential leadership abilities. Possessing the natural ability of the athlete. Intellectual energy and positive aggressiveness are the "birthright" tools represented. A breath of fresh air in stagnate situations. This card may represent a young woman with these qualities.
Reversed: Overly aggressive. A potential bully. Unable to forgive oneself or others. Overreacting to imagined slights. Possibility of fear and/or hate being the motivating forces. Need to temper self with calm.

The function and meaning of the additional cards to the Major Arcana have to be intuited from the appropriate Guidelines section. The Weaver represents your destiny, and where you are on your path. The Universe speaks of the ability to access the Creative Forces of the Void. Truth speaks of the Seeker recognizing their own Life Truth. Soul Twins speaks of Self-knowing and of acknowledging Self. Evolution speaks of experiencing creation ... of knowing where and why you belong. I AM speaks of knowing the Divinity within, and being able to manifest it in outward

Bonnie Cehovet

 

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