The Frosts – Pedophiles in our Midst

February 28, 2011

Not too long ago I wrote an article about sexual predators in the community and how we need to deal with these people through intolerance, confrontation, and talking about the perpetrators. In that vain I’d like to talk about the two most famous and well-respected living sexual predators in the international community, Gavin and Yvonne Frost.

To start Gavin and Yvonne Frost have stated that they will sue anyone for libel who makes false accusations about them (and I’m assuming that this is in regards to their spiritual pedophilia). So for full disclosure I will say that I have no evidence that either of them have ever committed a sexual crime. If I did I would be calling the FBI right now. What I do have, and why I consider them pedophiles, is a book authored by both Gavin and Yvonne Frost entitled the Witch’s Bible, and particularly the initiation ritual within that book, first published in 1972, republished as the Good Witch’s Bible in 1976, and republished again in a revised edition in 1999. Through out this article I’ll also refer to another article written by the Frosts, Going Public, and to articles they’ve posted on their blog, which so far are the only statements I have found from the Frosts themselves dealing with the allegations of pedophilia. Apparently there was also an article published in an issue of Green Egg, but I don’t even know which issue so finding it seems impossible.

To start, if you don’t know who Gavin and Yvonne Frost are they’re some of the most popular living authors inside of Wicca. They founded the Church and School of Wicca in 1969, and claim that they are the founders of the entire Wiccan religion (this goes hand in hand with claims that Gardner and Saunders did not practice Wicca and the Wicca religion didn’t actually exist until the founding of the Church of Wicca in ’69). They have authored numerous books on Wicca and have offered various correspondence courses in Wicca since the 70s.

The Frost’s have had a lot of controversy surrounding them for different reasons. They claim that just about every independent researcher on the subject is incorrect about Gerald Gardner founding Wicca and Raymond Buckland bringing it into the United States, as both of these acts were supposedly done by the Frosts. They were also against homosexuality and allowing homosexuals into Wicca, a position they later recanted. None of this crap really matters to me though. What does concern me is the biggest piece of controversy they’ve had, that they wrote an initiation ritual published in 1972 in the Witch’s Bible (and from what I hear also included in their correspondence course at one time) which encouraged pedophilia and incest.

Since then the Frost’s have remained unapologetic about the ritual. Most of their arguments in defense of the chapter are deflections that never address the real issue, the molestation of a minor.

The Frosts also have lots of powerful friends in the community. Notably the late author Isaac Bonewitz and owner and editor of Green Egg magazine Oberon Zell. They also have many detractors, such as author Raymond Buckland, author Lady Sheba, and author A.J. Drew, the last of which started a campaign against the Frosts because of that chapter a few years back.

So what did the Frosts write that was so appalling? The ritual is a bit different depending on if you’re male or female. It does however use the term child extensively, and it states that a child is ready for this ritual when they begin puberty, or rather when “the physical attributes of reproduction are present”. Drew claims that this includes children as young as ten years old, since a minority of children will begin puberty at this age. Most of us started puberty around twelve or thirteen though, and this is actually the average age. Bonewitz however made the claim that traditionally the age would be around fifteen or sixteen. Whatever the age is, the ritual is appalling.

To begin, the child is given a sponsor, which is usually the most recent initiate into the group of an opposite gender, however a special sponsor may be chosen if there is too large a difference in age or physique.

Prior to the ritual, at the youngest age possible, boys will have their penis circumcised and girls meanwhile will have their hymen broken, either surgically or at home by their mothers.

The girls are given two wooden phalluses (dildos) of different sizes and instructions on how to use them in order to prepare their vaginas for sexual intercourse over a period of one month. It’s also stated that they should be helped by their father or sponsor if they have any pain or difficulty using them.

The boys meanwhile receive instructions from their sponsors on how to have sex and what will be expected of them during initiation.

Then the children undergo a three day fast eating only bread, honey, and water. During that time they are shown a demonstration of two people having sex.

The ritual begins robed with some talk after which the initiate, a child with zero tolerance that has been starved for three days, is given a full glass of mead to drink. The child then disrobes, there is some more talking, and then they dance naked with their sponsor. After that the child and their sponsor leave the circle area and have sex with each other.

Some actual quotations from this chapter:

“It is hoped by Wicca that the first full sexual experience will take place in the plesant surroundings of the coven and that the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of the experience will lead the child to a complete life.”

“The horror stories through which the Establishment attempts to downgrade this aspect of Wicca and the threatened terrible consequences of obeying natural instincts cause Wicca to more time and trouble in preparation for the sexual experience than of old.”

“At the last sabbat or eshbat before the initiation, the female novice is given the sacred phallus and the instruction sheet in Table 5 so that she can learn to insert and remove the phallus quickly and comfortably.   She is also taught how she should lie and what she should do during the initiation ceremony.”

“We would like you to be initiated at the next coven meeting, which will take place on …. This means that, excluding your menstruation time, you have three weeks to prepare your muscles for introitus.  Your father or your sponsor will help you if you have any difficulties or pain.”

In 1999 (over twenty years after the book was first published) the Frosts added an introduction to this chapter, that among other things said that people shouldn’t be initiated in this way until they were 18. The actual disclaimer read “This chapter describes some of the more controversial practices of the old path taught in the earliest days of the Church and School of Wicca. No formal initiation into a group that practices the great rite should be done before the candidate attains the age of eighteen.” Despite the fact that there is now a disclaimer, this ritual for children entering puberty was espoused by the Frosts in their book for over twenty years, and the disclaimer itself states that it was a practice taught in the early days of the Church of Wicca. The initiation ritual itself remains unchanged.

The introduction goes over some issues with later rituals in chapter four, but they eventually come back to the initiation ritual and their defense of it. In it they equate this initiation procedure to sexual education, and talk about how fathers can’t bathe their children without being accused of molestation.

You might think I’m making all of this up or quoting things out of context. After all, it seems unbelievable that people as well respected and famous in the community as the Frosts would ever have published something like this. So I would implore you to read the initiation ritual in The Good Witch’s Bible. Don’t buy their book, but the offending ritual, and the 1999 introduction, are available in their entirety at this website.

I’ve scoured the Internet looking for some sort of response from the Frosts that explains this chapter. I’ve been looking for somewhere where they say they were quoted out of context or the ritual was never meant to be performed. I haven’t found that. What I have found is a lot of deflection and a lot of attacks aimed at their accusers.

To start the Frosts claim that attacking them over this is a violation of the Wiccan Rede. That is laughable. I don’t personally like the Three-Fold Law and I don’t think it has any spiritual validity, but this is by far the most bullshit interpretation of it I’ve ever seen. It’s the idea that pointing out that someone has admitted to being a pedophile by writing a ritual for others to use which involves child molestation is somehow against the Wiccan belief to harm none. Fortunately I’m not obligated to follow any interpretation of the rede, but I’d say that raping children is a far greater violation than tattling on someone for raping children. The Frosts then go on to state that anyone who would attack them is not a real Wiccan or Pagan. I don’t believe that’s true, but if it were I think that most moral and sane people who aren’t child molesters would rather not be labeled a real Wiccan or Pagan if that involved allowing child molesters to do what they do.

In their article, going public, particularly the section Wiccan vs Wiccan the Frosts deflect and obscure the issue while discussing the controversy around the Witch’s Bible. The Frosts claim they teach sex magic, and that’s what people take issue with, and never bring up the fact that they encouraged the sexual initiation of children. They describe a ritual they did between consenting adults, and state that they couldn’t get away with such a ritual today because of the rumor mill and people trying to regulate consensual sex among adult Wiccans.

This is a common tactic employed by the Frosts. They claim they are being persecuted because people have hang-ups about sex magic, or are trying to regulate ritual sexual activity between consensual adults. They talk about how society has changed and parents can no longer bathe their children. This whole controversy has nothing to do with sex magic, skyclad practices, or any kind of sexual activity between consenting adults. There are a lot of people in the community doing this, and no one gets upset about them. In fact even though Wicca may have become a bit more conservative since the free love consequence free sexcapades of the 70s, it is still incredibly liberal in terms of the general acceptance of alternative sexual practices among members. What this issue has always been about is the ritual sexual initiation of children which they wrote in a published book which is still in print today.

The Frosts also state that this controversy has actually caused their book to be more popular and sell more copies. While researching this article I came across a blog post written for parents about common tactics used by pedophiles so they could educate their children. A pedophile responded by thanking the author for giving him new ideas to prey upon children with. The author remarked that this is a common tactic used by pedophiles, to state that people speaking out against them and educating the general public about them are somehow helping them to try to scare the person into silence. It seems as if the Frosts are using the exact same tactic here.

The Frosts also responded to these allegations in a series of blog posts. In the first post, Witch Wars and their Cost, they label AJ Drew’s campaign against them as a Witch War. They also claim that these attacks directed against them harm their ability to do good in the community. The Frosts have done good in the community in the past, I won’t argue that. But that doesn’t make them exempt from being punished for their horrific acts, nor should we allow people to do horrific things because they sometimes do good things. In fact I don’t want these people doing good acts in the magical community. I don’t want them to be a part of the magical community. I don’t even want them to be a part of American society. Unfortunately they so far haven’t been caught breaking any laws, so there’s nothing that can be done about that.

The Frosts end the blog post by saying that the people who really gain from this are the Christian right wing Bush-run theocracy. Crazy liberal bullshit, but I would have to counter that the thing that is letting the Christian right win are self proclaimed Wiccans who write rituals that involve child molestation, not responsible Pagans who speak out against them.

Their second article on the subject, Frost and Sex – Intacta, claims that the controversy is due to their encouragement of breaking the hymen surgically. It’s filled with historically inaccurate facts, but the main point here is the controversy has nothing to do with the hymen breaking, it has to do with the child molestation.

The final article they post deals with teenage sex education. Once again they try to label their initiation ritual as teenage sex education and an introduction to sex. I guess molesting children is sort of sex education, but they never explicitly mention that is the sort of sex education they’re talking about.

From there their information becomes insane. At one point they claim that 90% of teenage girls in this country are single moms. Think about that, 9 out of 10 teenage girls have children. That statistic is completely unbelievable to anyone who has ever gone outside. Keep in mind that teenage means 13-19, so even if all of the girls aged 14 and older have children, a large number of 13 year olds also have to have children to make this statistic work. Keep in mind too that married teenagers with children are part of the 10%, not the 90%, since they aren’t single moms. Seriously though it’s insane to suggest that even 50% of the 19 year olds in this country have children, because if you just talk to some people in that age range it becomes clear that isn’t true.

The Frosts then go on to discuss pregnancy parties where boys and girls get together in an orgy to do all the sex they can stand so the girls can get pregnant and have no idea who the father is. This is an urban myth. This is not happening. There are very few teenage girls out there who want to get pregnant. There’s definitely not enough to support this kind of party in one single location, let alone an epidemic of these parties sweeping the nation. Parties like this (and other sexual activities like rainbow parties) are common urban myths, but there’s never been any proof that they actually happen. For the most part kids are kids and although they may sometimes have sex they are not that sexually active on their own. They tend to be more conservative, explorative, shy, and afraid than adults. Orgies are largely the domain of old and unattractive people, and for most sexually active teens the scariest thing in the world is ending up with a baby.

All of this is a scare tactic though designed to make us think society will fall apart unless we embrace a more open method of sexual education and permissiveness for our children like the sex education taught by the Frosts which they have received so much controversy for. What is never explicitly stated though is that the method they endorse involves child molestation. It involves a father teaching his young daughter by using a dildo on her. It involves the child being shown live sex acts. And it involves the child being intoxicated and then expected to fornicate with another child in a ritual setting.

Some people argue that going after the Frosts like this is bad for the community. After all we have been accused of the ritual abuse of children, and coming out and saying that two of the most revered members of the community are ritual child abusers sort of makes all of the Christian fanatics right.

I’d argue that isn’t the case. Damage has definitely been done to the magical community here in this regard, but that damage was perpetrated by the Frosts when they wrote a ritual that involved the ritual abuse of children. However at this point what is damaging us is continuing to respect these people, allowing them to hold a position within the community, and trying to hide what they’ve done.

Here’s an interesting fact. Among Catholic priests there is a lower percentage of pedophiles than in the general population. Your child is far safer from sexual abuse being left alone with a Catholic priest you know than with a complete stranger. There are pedophiles everywhere and in every religion, and from time to time they’re going to show up in the magical and Pagan communities. The problem with the Catholic Church was not that their religion somehow caused their religious leaders to become pedophiles. The problem was that once the pedophiles were identified, the Church tried to hide it, and in doing so supported and encouraged the behavior.

Every time a Christian fanatic wants to call us all child molesters, the Frosts have given them a book they can point to. A book written by a pair that claim to be the founders of Wicca, who are regarded by many as elders, who are respected in the community, and who are positioning themselves in a place of power and authority within the national and international communities.

What we need to do is say that these people are sick and deranged fucks who have appropriated aspects of our spirituality and its name and perverted it, that we do not approve of these people, we do not respect them or their teachings, and we don’t want them as part of our community.

Some others have also claimed that although the Frosts published the ritual they do not know of it ever having been practiced, that no one has ever been hurt by it, and that all posts like this do is smear the good name of two respected Wiccan elders. I’d counter that just writing the ritual hurts all of us in the community, but there actually is an instance of rape within a Frost chartered church.

There’s a fellow named John Todd who went back and forth between being involved in various alternative religions and working for Jack Chic coming out against those same religions before finally being imprisoned for rape and child molestation. He’s clearly a very sick and deluded individual. In the 1970s, before all of the raping and in between periods of working with Chic, he opened an occult bookstore and got a charter for his group from the Frosts’ Church of Wicca.  An underage girl in that coven reported to police that she was forced to attend rituals skyclad and engage in oral sex with Todd. Gavin Frost and Bonewitz supposedly investigated the incident and revoked the Church’s charter after discovering numerous instances of underage sex and drugs. This is the proper thing to do in a situation like this, but it should be noted that the Frosts only took action after the activities had been reported to police and an official investigation was being done by law enforcement.

It’s important to note too that although Todd had a history of psychological issues prior to starting that coven (which was why he was discharged from the military), he was not known to have raped or molested anyone prior to working with the Frosts’ teachings and starting a group with their charter. Now we have a psychologically unstable and delusional person who has not only been allowed a position of leadership in their group but has also been handed an initiation ritual that involves child molestation. Surprise, surprise, he ends up raping young girls. So yes, some people have definitely been hurt, the members of John Todd’s coven.

And just because no one else has ever been caught it doesn’t mean that this initiation ritual has never been used by any other group. Not only was this presented as an initiation ritual for members of the Church and School of Wicca, which has many members, but it was also printed in a book which could be bought by non-initiates who wanted to learn and practice Wicca.  It’s hard to believe that Todd is the only instance where this happened. In fact there have been claims of this ritual occurring outside of Todd’s group, although I haven’t found any evidence besides hearsay.

So what can be done about the Frosts? When Mr Drew tried to expose the Frosts years ago he went about it in a very extremist fashion, and made a lot of enemies because of it. His attacks on innocent third parties in the matter for not fully supporting him, burning effigies of the Frosts, and his own issues with certain members of the community gave the Frosts, and their supporters, the very fuel they needed to deflect the issue and turn the situation into an attack against Mr Drew, and by proxy anyone who came out against them as mindless supporters of Mr Drew. He managed to make the community a little bit more aware of the Frosts, but did almost as much to hurt his cause as help it.

What we need to do is simply not tolerate these people and speak out against them. This means not supporting them financially, not supporting companies that support them, and speaking out against them. To do this we can:

1. Obviously don’t buy any book written by Gaven and Yvonne Frost and don’t buy correspondence classes from their School of Wicca or buy any books published by their publishing label Godolphin Books.

2. If you notice their book in your local occult bookstore, ask to speak with the owner or manager and inform them about Chapter IV of the Witch’s Bible and give them the relevant information they need to look it up. Just because they own an occult bookstore doesn’t mean they’re all knowing and have read everything they sell. Also tell them that if they continue to carry books written by the Frosts you’ll have to take your business elsewhere, and you’ll suggest to your friends that they do the same. Magical communities are very small and brick and mortar bookstores operate with low profit margins, so even a boycott by a small fraction of the local community can bankrupt these small stores.

3. If you notice their books in a local chain store, like Borders, ask to speak with the manager and inform them that the Frosts have published pedophiliac literature in the past (if they actually carry the Good Witch’s Bible, have the manager read some of the offending passages). More than likely they’ll claim they have no control over ordering, so ask for the number of someone who does. You may get bounced around a lot, but that’s good. The more employees you bring this up to the better. One complaining customer may not make a difference, so the more waves each of us can make in these companies the better our chances of getting these authors removed from store shelves. Be sure to mention your spiritual path and the fact that you’re a customer of their occult/metaphysical section. Also mention the fact that if they continue to carry these titles, you will be boycotting them and suggest to your friends that they do the same.

4. Write to the publishers of their books and tell them that you’re going to boycott all books published by them if they continue to publish titles by the Frosts. Right now the Frosts are published by their own label Godolphin Books, which is pointless to write to, just boycott it, Weiser Books, and Reward Books, which I can’t find any online information about.

5. If you notice an online retailer you use, like Azure Green, is carrying their books, write to them and inform them of the material in chapter IV of the Good Witch’s Bible and tell them that you’ll take your business elsewhere if they continue to carry this book.

6. Do not hire or allow the Frosts to speak at any event you have control over. Also don’t attend any events that they are appearing at. If you notice they will be speaking at an event near you or one that you’d like to go to, contact the event organizers and inform them that you will not be attending because of the Frosts and tell them you’ll be recommending your friends do the same.

7. Talk about the Frosts and Chapter IV with your friends. Talk about it at any groups you attend in your local community. If you have a website or blog, write a post about the Frosts and chapter IV of the Witch’s Bible. Try to convince others not to support the Frosts and to join you in your efforts against them.

8. Remember to always be polite when dealing with people. Use words such as please and thank you and speak with a nice tone, even when someone disagrees with you or refuses to comply. Don’t expect stores and publishers to stop supporting these authors just because you complained. It’s only once a lot of people complain that these companies will take notice. And if you get angry with them, they’ll ignore you. If you’re nice they may not instantly do what you want, but they’ll make a note that someone was upset.

9. If someone does try to argue with you and defend the Frosts, simply point out chapter IV of the Witch’s Bible. Show them exactly what it says. The ritual itself is indefensible and the Frosts openly claim they wrote it. Don’t be dragged down into name-calling, making personal attacks against Frost supporters, or advocating physical or magical attacks against the Frosts. That is the sort of thing Mr Drew did, and it ultimately hurt his cause.


Rob’s Complete Guide to Popular Esoteric, Spiritual, and Occult Tarots

February 12, 2011

Apparently feed readers don’t like 100K word posts. So this is to inform my feed readers of my latest post. Links are available below.

Rob’s complete guide to popular esoteric, spiritual, and occult tarots

Just the lists appended to the bottom of this post

Blog page version of this post…the only version that will probably be updated.


Just the Lists

February 12, 2011

Explanations of Ratings

Keep in mind that the primary factor in rating decks is their spiritual and value and their originality in these regards. Although artistic merit and historical significance do factor into the ratings, they are not major factors in determining a rating and many well drawn and historically significant decks are rated poorly because of this. However the in depth reviews in the guide do fairly acknowledge both the artistic merit and the historical significance of poorly rated decks.

Highly Recommended – This is the equivalent of a four star rating. These are, spiritually, the very best decks on the market and are as close to flawless as a tarot deck ever gets. The designers of these decks obviously had a very deep and intimate understanding of tarot which they’ve perfectly expressed in the cards. Most of these decks are also very original in their design, the symbolism they use, and the ideas they express. If you love tarot, these are the tarot decks you have to get.

Recommended – These are tarot decks that I recommend buying, and the rating is equivalent to a three star rating. Although these decks are not perfect, none of these decks are flawed, and all of these decks are really good. Most of these decks just fall short in one or two areas, but are still solid decks for spiritual and magical use. Maybe there were a few cards where I felt the design or symbolism could have been better, or maybe I just didn’t feel as if the deck was original enough. Obviously, considering the name of this rating, these are decks I think you should buy, and at the very least you should look at these decks and see if you connect with them.

Low Recommendation – This is the equivalent of a two and a half star rating. Initially I wasn’t going to have a low recommendation rating, but as I was compiling the guide I started finding decks that I didn’t feel were good enough for me to recommend, yet I didn’t feel as if they were bad enough to place on the fence. Most of these decks are simply average decks. They’re solid decks, and maybe they even have a few original ideas incorporated into them, but there’s nothing very exciting about them. A few of these decks may have serious issues that prevent me from fully recommending them, but they make up for it by excelling in other areas. In any case, spiritually all of these decks work and none of them are so flawed in any regard that they are broken. You may want to look into these decks, but from my perspective there are much better decks that you can spend your money on.

On the Fence – These are decks I’m on the fence about recommending. These are decks that I feel have some redeeming spiritual value despite serious flaws. This can mean that they can be used spiritually, but only in a limited fashion, or that they express some interesting ideas or have some interesting cards, but the deck itself is fundamentally broken. It can also mean that the deck is solid but very derivative of other, better decks, or that although the deck is technically correct, its symbolism and spiritual insight is shallow. These are decks you may want to look into for spiritual use, but at the same time these decks are not going to work as well as the recommended tarots.

Not Recommended – These are decks that I do not recommend getting, at least for spiritual or magical use. Some of these decks are just poorly designed or very broken. Some of these decks though were designed as art decks and not meant for spiritual or magical use, or are historical reproductions that are of very limited spiritual value. If you’re only interested in tarot decks for their value as magical tools, you’ll no doubt want to avoid these decks. However if you also collect tarot decks for their artistic or historical value, many of these tarots may be decks that you’ll want to add to your collection.

Highly Not Recommended – These are the very worst tarots ever made. Tarots don’t get rated this low for being bad. They have to be horrifically bad, and I have to feel as if the people who made them did not invest the minimum amount of time and talent necessary to produce a tarot. These are decks that I feel were thrown together with out much thought and are now sold in an effort to cheat me out of money by selling me what the designer must know is worthless crap they spent no time making. The people who designed these decks and the people who publish them should be ashamed of themselves.

???? – These are decks that, for one reason or another, I didn’t feel qualified to review. As of this writing one of the decks in the list received this rating because it is still incomplete. A few of the decks received this rating because I have not found a copy of that particular edition and I’m unsure of what it really is or if it even exists. The majority of the decks that receive this rating though are due to the fact that they are themed around a religious system I am not very familiar with and knowledge of the system seems to be essential to understanding the tarot’s design.

Review Index

1JJ Swiss Tarot (????, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended.

2012: Tarot of Ascension (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

20th Century Tarot (1970, Skor-Mor Corporation) – Not Recommended.

African American Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Afro Brazilian Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Akron Tarot (2005, ????) – Not Recommended

These are just the lists that are appended at the end of my complete guide to the tarot. They’re being posted here separately for convenience sake. This post may not be current. See the guide page for the full reviews and the most current version of the lists.

Explanations of Ratings

Keep in mind that the primary factor in a rating deck is it’s spiritual value. Originality is also a major factor. Although artistic merit and historical significance do factor into the ratings, they are not major factors in determining a rating and many well drawn and historically significant decks are rated poorly because of this. However the in depth reviews in the guide do fairly acknowledge both the artistic merit and the historical significance of poorly rated decks.

Highly Recommended – This is the equivalent of a four star rating. These are, spiritually, the very best decks on the market and are as close to flawless as a tarot deck ever gets. The designers of these decks obviously had a very deep and intimate understanding of tarot which they’ve perfectly expressed in the cards. Most of these decks are also very original in their design, the symbolism they use, and the ideas they express. If you love tarot, these are the tarot decks you have to get.

Recommended – These are tarot decks that I recommend buying, and the rating is equivalent to a three star rating. Although these decks are not perfect, none of these decks are flawed, and all of these decks are really good. Most of these decks just fall short in one or two areas, but are still solid decks for spiritual and magical use. Maybe there were a few cards where I felt the design or symbolism could have been better, or maybe I just didn’t feel as if the deck was original enough. Obviously, considering the name of this rating, these are decks I think you should buy, and at the very least you should look at these decks and see if you connect with them.

Low Recommendation – This is the equivalent of a two and a half star rating. Initially I wasn’t going to have a low recommendation rating, but as I was compiling the guide I started finding decks that I didn’t feel were good enough for me to recommend, yet I didn’t feel as if they were bad enough to place on the fence. Most of these decks are simply average decks. They’re solid decks, and maybe they even have a few original ideas incorporated into them, but there’s nothing very exciting about them. A few of these decks may have serious issues that prevent me from fully recommending them, but they make up for it by excelling in other areas. In any case, spiritually all of these decks work and none of them are so flawed in any regard that they are broken. You may want to look into these decks, but from my perspective there are much better decks that you can spend your money on.

On the Fence – These are decks I’m on the fence about recommending. These are decks that I feel have some redeeming spiritual value despite serious flaws. This can mean that they can be used spiritually, but only in a limited fashion, or that they express some interesting ideas or have some interesting cards, but the deck itself is fundamentally broken. It can also mean that the deck is solid but very derivative of other, better decks, or that although the deck is technically correct, its symbolism and spiritual insight is shallow. These are decks you may want to look into for spiritual use, but at the same time these decks are not going to work as well as the recommended tarots.

Not Recommended – These are decks that I do not recommend getting, at least for spiritual or magical use. Some of these decks are just poorly designed or very broken. Some of these decks though were designed as art decks and not meant for spiritual or magical use, or are historical reproductions that are of very limited spiritual value. If you’re only interested in tarot decks for their value as magical tools, you’ll no doubt want to avoid these decks. However if you also collect tarot decks for their artistic or historical value, many of these tarots may be decks that you’ll want to add to your collection.

Highly Not Recommended – These are the very worst tarots ever made. Tarots don’t get rated this low for being bad. They have to be horrifically bad, and I have to feel as if the people who made them did not invest the minimum amount of time and talent necessary to produce a tarot. These are decks that I feel were thrown together with out much thought and are now sold in an effort to cheat me out of money by selling me what the designer must know is worthless crap they spent no time making. The people who designed these decks and the people who publish them should be ashamed of themselves.

???? – These are decks that, for one reason or another, I didn’t feel qualified to review. As of this writing one of the decks in the list received this rating because it is still incomplete. A few of the decks received this rating because I have not found a copy of that particular edition and I’m unsure of what it really is or if it even exists. The majority of the decks that receive this rating though are due to the fact that they are themed around a religious system I am not very familiar with and knowledge of the system seems to be essential to understanding the tarot’s design.

Review Index

1JJ Swiss Tarot (????, AG Muller) – Not Recommended.

2012: Tarot of Ascension (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

20th Century Tarot (1970, Skor-Mor Corporation) – Not Recommended.

African American Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Afro Brazilian Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Akron Tarot (2005, ????) – Not Recommended

Albano-Waite

  • -US Games Edition (1986, US Games) – Recommended
  • -US Games Miniature Edition (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot Productions, Various Editions (1968, Tarot Productions) – Not Recommended

Alchemical Tarot

  • -Renewed Edition (2008, Self-Published) – Highly Recommended
  • -Art Edition (2006, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -Thorson’s Edition (1995, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

AG Muller Egyptian Tarot (1980, AG Muller) – Fence

Ancestral Path Tarot (1996, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

  • -2nd Edition (2002, Element Books) – Low Recommendation
  • -1st Edition (1994, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

Angel Playing Card Company Tarot (????, Angel Playing Card Company) – Low Recommendation

The Angels Tarot (1995, Harper Collins) – Not Recommended

Animals Divine Tarot (2005, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

Aquarian Tarot

  • -US Games Edition (1975, US Games) – Fence
  • -Self-Teaching Tarot, Various Backs (1973, Morgan Press) – Not Recommended
  • -Original Edition, Various Backs (1970, Morgan Press) – Not Recommended

Arcus Arcanum Tarot (1987, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

Astrop-Smith Elemental Tarot (2001, St Martins Press) – Recommended

Aura-Soma New Aeon Tarot

  • -98 Card Edition (????, Aura-Soma) – Not Recommended
  • -100 Card Edition (????, Aura-Soma) – Not Recommended

The Babylonian Tarot (2005, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Baphomet Tarot (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Baraja Egipica (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Barbara Walker Tarot (1986, US Games) – Not Recommended

Basque Mythical Tarot (1982, Fournier) – ???? (Basque Mythology)

Beginner’s Tarot (????, Barron’s Educational) – Not Recommended

BOTA Tarot (192?, BOTA) – Not Recommended

The Brotherhood of the Light Tarot

  • -Color Edition – Not Recommended
  • -B&W Edition – Not Recommended

Buckland Romani Tarot

  • -2nd Edition (2008, Glade Press) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (2004, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Buddha Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – ???? (Buddhist)

Caring Psychic Family Tarot (????, Caring Psychic Family) – Not Recommended

Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi (1984, US Games) – Not Recommended

Celsestial Tarot (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Celtic Wisdom Tarot (1999, Destiny Books) – Not Recommended

Cicero Golden Dawn Tarot

  • -Golden Dawn Magical Tarot (1991, Llewellyn) – Fence
  • -Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Circle of Life Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Classic Golden Dawn Tarot (2004, Self-Published) – Fence

Cleopatra Tarot  (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Comparative Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Connolly Tarot Deck (1990, US Games) – Low Recommendation

Contemplative Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Cosmic Tarot

  • -International Edition (????, AG Muller) – Low Recommendation
  • -German Edition (1986, FX Schmidt) – Not Recommended

Cosmic Tribe Tarot (1998, Destiny Books) – Not Recommended

Crow’s Magick Tarot (1998, US Games) – Not Recommended

Crowley-Thoth Tarot

  • -US Games Large Edition (19??, US Games) – Recommended
  • -US Games Purple Box Edition (19??, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -US Games Green Tint Edition (1977/1978, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -AG Muller Large Swiss 2nd Edition (19??, AG Muller) – Highly Recommended
  • -AG Muller Large Swiss 1st Edition (1986, AG Muller) – Not Recommended
  • -AG Muller Pocket Edition  (19??, AG Muller) – Not Recommended
  • Original Crowley Thoth Tarot (2010, ????) – ???? (Haven’t Seen)
  • -Lleweylln USA Edition (197?, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended
  • -Lleweylln Hong Kong Edition (197?, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended
  • -Weiser Edition (1969, Weiser) – Not Recommended
  • -Lo Scarabeo Edition (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Highly Recommended

Dark Angels Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Daughters of the Moon Tarot

  • -Color Edition (2000, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -B&W Edition (1984, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Dark Grimoire Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

DellaRocca Tarot

  • -Soprafino Tarot (1992, il Meneghello) – Fence
  • -The Classic Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence
  • -Ancient Italian Tarots (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)
  • -Tarocco Italiano (1985, il Meneghello) – Fence
  • -Tarocchino Lombardo (1981, Edizioni del Solleone) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarocco di Della Rocca (????, ????) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Diamond Tarot (1997, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

The Dion Fortune Tarot Cards (2002, Society of Inner Light) – Highly Not Recommended

The Druid Craft Tarot (2005, Connections) – Fence

Dynamic Designs Tarot (1973, Dynamic Designs) – Not Recommended

Eclectic Tarot (1986, Piatnik) – Low Recommendation

Egipcios Kier Tarot

  • -US Games Edition (1984, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Editorial Kier Edition (????, Editorial Kier) – Not Recommended

Egorov Tarot (1992, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

Element Tarot (1996, Element Books) – Not Recommended

Enoil Gavat Tarot (1977, Dal Negro) – Not Recommended

Epicurean Tarot Recipe Cards (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

Epinal Tarot (1994, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Fence

Erotica Tarot (2002, Vipster) – Not Recommended

Etteilla I

  • -Grand Etteilla Tarot (1969, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Recommended
  • -Dussere Etteilla I (????, Dussere) – Recommended

Etteilla III

  • -Book of Thoth (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot Egyptien (1985, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Not Recommended

Etteilla Princess Tarot

  • -Princesse Tarot (1983, Dussere) – Fence
  • -Esoteric Ancient Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence
  • -i Tarocchi dei Etteilla Mignon (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Experimental Tarot (1995, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

Faery Wicca Tarot (1999, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Fey Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Fournier Egyptian Tarot (1993, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Fournier Spanish Tarot (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Feng Shui Tarot (2005, US Games) – ???? (Feng Shui)

Fronteras Tarot (1996, Carlton Books) – Not Recommended

Gaian Tarot (2004, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Gareth Knight Tarot (1984, US Games) – Fence

Gay Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Gendron Tarot (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Gilded Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Gill Tarot (1991, US Games) – Low Recommendation

Glow in the Dark Tarot (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Goddess Tarot (1997, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Golden Rider Tarot Deck (1996, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

Golden Tarot of Klimt (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision (2007, Connections) – Not Recommended

El Gran Tarot Esoterico (1978, Fournier) – Recommended

Le Grand Tarot Belline (????, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Highly Recommended

The Greenwood Tarot (1996, Thorson’s) – Fence

Guido Bolzani Tarocchi (1976, Edizione Europrint) – Not Recommended

Gumpennberg Circa 1810 Neoclassical Tarot

  • -Tarot of Lombardy (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarocco Neoclassico (2003, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano ( 1980, Edizionni del Sollone) – Not Recommended

Gumppenberg Circa 1830 (1999 & 2002, de Vecchi Editore) – Not Recommended

Gumppenberg Circa 1840 Tarot (1995, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

Gypsy Tarot Tsigane (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Haindl Tarot

  • -International Edition (1990, US Games) – Recommended
  • -Germen Edition (1988, ????) – Not Recommended

Hallmark Tarot (2009, 7th House) – Not Recommended

Halo/Sharp New Energy Tarot Deck (2006, Avatar Publications) – Not Recommended

Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck (1985, US Games) – Fence

The Herbal Tarot (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Hermetic Tarot

  • -1st Edition (1980, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -2nd Edition (2006, US Games) – Not Recommended

Hoi Polloi Tarot (1972, Hoi Polli) – Not Recommended

Holy Order of Mans Tarot

  • -2nd Edition (1979, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (1974, ????) – Not Recommended

Ibis Tarot (1991, US Games) – Fence

The Illuminated Tarot (1989, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Infinite Tarot (2000, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Insight Institute Tarot (Various Editions) (1949, ????) – Not Recommended

Intuitive Tarot (2004, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended

Jacques Vievelle Tarot (1984, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Not Recommended

Jolanda Tarot

  • -Jolanda Tarot (2008, AG Muller) – Recommended
  • -Swedish Witch Tarot (2001, Fischer & Co.) – Not Recommended

Jungian Tarot (1990, Marcus Aurelius Press) – Not Recommended

Kamasutra Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Karma Tarot (1983, US Games) – Not Recommended

Karmic Tarot (????, Proton Plus) – Not Recommended

Knapp Hall Tarot

  • -US Games Edition (1985, US Games) – Recommended
  • -2nd Edition (1979, Philosophical Research Society) – Recommended
  • -1st Edition (1923, ????) – Not Recommended

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

  • -Mass Market Edition (2009, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended
  • -Special Edition (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Liber T (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

The Llewellyn Tarot (2006, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Celtic Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Egyptian Tarot

  • -78 Card Edition (1996, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -22 Card Edition (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Elemental Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Native American Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

The Luciferian Tarot (2007, Succubus Productions) – Not Recommended

Ludvig Tarot (1998, ????) – Not Recommended

The Lyle Lover’s Tarot

  • -78 Card Edition (2004, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended
  • -22 Card Edition (????, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended

Maddonni Tarot (1981, Grimaud) – Not Recommended

Magic Manga Tarot (2008, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

The Magic Tarot

  • -The Magic Tarot (1982, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -Le Magique Tarot (1980, Editions du Rocher) – Not Recommended

The Magickal Tarot (1992, Aquarian Press) – Not Recommended

Marseilles Tarot

  • -Heron Conver Marseilles (????, Heron) – Highly Recommended
  • -Lo Scarabeo Conver Marseilles (1995, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended
  • -Camoin Conver Bicentential (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Thunder Bay Conver Marseilles (2003, Thunder Bay) – Not Recommended
  • -Dussere Dodal Marseilles (????, Dussere) – Not Recommended
  • -US Games Dodal Marseille (????, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Flornoy Jean Dodal Tarot 78 Card Edition (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -Flornoy Jean Dodal Tarot 22 Card Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -Lo Scarabeo Burdel Marseille (1996, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Burdel Marseille Miniature Edition (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Universal Tarot of Marseille (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -AG Muller Burdel (????, AG Muller) – Not Recommended
  • -France Cartes Marteau Marseille (????, France Cartes) – Highly Recommended
  • – Marteau Marseille Minature Edition (1996, France Cartes) – Not Recommended
  • -Grimaud Marteau Tarot (1970, Grimaud) – Not Recommended
  • -Dussere Marteau (????, Dussere) – Not Recommended
  • -Piatnik Krebs Marseilles (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot Rhenan (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended
  • -Flornoy Jean Noblet Tarot 78 Card Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -Flornoy Jean Noblet Tarot 22 Card Edition (2001, Self-Published) – Not Recommended
  • -il Meneghello Marseilles 1st Edition (1987, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -il Meneghello Marseilles 2nd Edition (1996, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -Heron Payen Marseilles (1986, Heron) – Not Recommended
  • -Lo Scarabeo Bolognese Zoni Marseilles (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles (2004, ????) – Low Recommendation
  • -Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles Deluxe Edition (2005, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -Fournier Marseilles (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended
  • -Fournier Marseilles Miniature (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended
  • -Caimon-Jodorowsky Marseilles (2002, Caimon) – Recommended
  • -Hadar Marseilles (1996, Mortagne) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot de Marseilles Convos (1999, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Masonic Tarot Deck (1987, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Fence

Masenghini Tarot (????, Masenghini) – Not Recommended

Master Tarot (1996, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Medieval Scapini Tarot (1985, US Games) – Not Recommended

Merlin Tarot (1988, Aquarian Press) – Not Recommended

Miss Cleo’s Tarot Power (2001, Radar Communications) – Not Recommended

Morgan-Greer Tarot

  • -US Games Edition (1993, US Games) – Recommended
  • -2nd Edition (????, Morgan and Morgan) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (1979, Morgan and Mogan) – Not Recommended

Motherpeace Tarot (1984, US Games) – Highly Not Recommended

My Tarot (2005, Connections) – Not Recommended

Mystereum Tarot (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

The Mythic Tarot (1986, Fireside) – Not Recommended

Navigators of the Mystic SEA (1997, US Games) – Fence

Necronomicon Tarot (2008, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Nefertari’s Tarot (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Neuzeit Tarot (1982, AG Muller) – Low Recommendation

New Century Tarot (2003, US Games) – Recommended

New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (1992, Harper San Francisco) – Not Recommended

New Palladini Tarot (1996, US Games) – Low Recommendation

The New Tarot Deck (1974, Tarocco) – Low Recommendation

The Nigel Jackson Tarot (2000, Llewellyn) – Recommended

Norse Tarot (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended

Olympus Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

One World Tarot (2002, AG Muller) – Highly Not Recommended

Oswald Wirth Tarot Trumps

  • -US Games Wirth (1976, US Games)  – Recommended
  • -Wisdom of Tarot Wirth (1975, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -Planches Wirth (????, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -Tchou Wirth (1966, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -Editions de l’Aigle Wirth (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Otherworld Tarot (2010, Schiffer Books) – Not Recommended

Pagan Tarot (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Papus Tarot (1982, ????) – Not Recommended

The Parrott Tarot Deck (????, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Paulina Tarot (2009, US Games) – Highly Recommended

Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (2007, 7th House) – Highly Recommended

Piatnik Celtic Tarot (1990, Piatnik) – Fence

Piatnik Pountner Tarot (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

Pictorial Key Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Prediction Tarot (1985, Aquarian Press) – Fence

Pythagorean Tarot (2001, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Quick and Easy Tarot Deck (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot (2003, US Games) – Not Recommended

Radical Wirth (1988, Self-Published) – Recommended

Regardie Golden Dawn Tarot (1977, AG Mueller) – Highly Recommended

Reincarnation Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Rider-Waite Tarot

  • -US Games Digitalized (2000, US Games) – Highly Recommended
  • -US Games Copyright (1975, US Games) – Highly Recommended
  • -US Games Original (1971, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Original Rider-Waite (????, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Smith-Waite Centennial Edition (2009, US Games) – ???? (Haven’t Seen)
  • -Giant Rider-Waite (1992, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -University Press Tarot (1959, University Press) – Not Recommended
  • -de Laurence 1st Edition (1916, de Laurence) – Not Recommended
  • -de Laurence 2nd Edition (1960, de Laurence) – Not Recommended
  • -de Laurence 3rd Edition (1980, de Laurence) – Not Recommended
  • -Rider Editions (1909, Rider Company) – Not Recommended
  • -Lo Scarabeo RWS Tarot (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Robin Wood Tarot (1991, Lleweylln) – Fence

Rohrig Tarot

  • -International Version (1995, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -German Version (1993, Aquamarin Verlag) – Not Recommended

Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot (1975, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

Rumi Tarot (2009, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

Sacred Rose Tarot

  • -78 Card Edition (1982, US Games) – Highly Recommended
  • -22 Card Edition (1981, US Games) – Not Recommended

Sante Fe Tarot (1993, Harper San Francisco) – ???? (Navajo Spirituality)

The Secret Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Sensual Wicca Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

Servants of the Light Tarot (1993, Aquairan Press) Low Recommendation

Shadowscapes (2010, Lleweylln) – Recommended

Shaman Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Sharman-Caselli Tarot (2002, Connections) – Not Recommended

Sheridan-Douglas Tarot

  • -Reissue (2006, Self-Published) – Highly Recommended
  • -Polish Edition (1991, ????) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (1972, Mandragon Press) – Not Recommended

Shining Angels Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Shining Tribe Tarot (2001, Lleweylln)  – Not Recommended

Sigon Cartomanzia 184 Tarot

  • -Cartomanzia 184 (1942, Modanio) – Fence
  • -Cagliostro Tarot (1981, US Games) – Fence
  • -Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco (1912, ????) – Not Recommended

Silenus Tarot (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Sol Invictus: The God Tarot (2007, Sagarin Press) – Not Recommended

Sola-Bosca Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

The Sorcerers Tarot (2007, Lo Scarbeo) – Not Recommended

Spiral Tarot (1998, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Spirit of Flowers Tarot (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

St Martins’ Celtic Tarot (2000, St Martins) – Recommended

Stairs of Gold Tarot (1980, US Games) – Fence

Starter Tarot (1988, US Games) – Not Recommended

Stella Tarot

  • -78 Card International Edition (AG Muller, 2008) – Low Recommendation
  • -22 Card Japanese Edition (2001, ????) – Not Recommended

Sun and Moon Tarot (2010, US Games) – Recommended

T: The New Tarot (1968, ????) – Highly Recommended

Tantra Tarot (2002, Urania) – Not Recommended

i Tarocchi della Luna (2000, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarochi Ermetici (1989, ????) – Recommended

Tarot 2000 Pagan (2000, Alexander and Associates) – Not Recommended

Tarot Affirmations Deck (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Tarot and the Mysteries of Love and Sex (2009, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Arista (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Balbi (1976, Fournier) – Recommended

Tarot de Acuario (1971, Producciones y Ediciones Acuario) – Not Recommended

Tarot de Pumariega (1990, Fournier) – Fence

Tarot du Roy Nissanka (????, Grimaud) – Not Recommended

Tarot Egipcio Adivantorio (????, ????)  – Not Recommended

De Tarot in de Herstelde Orde (2003, Sevire) – Not Recommended

Tarot Lenormand (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot Lukumi (2003, Dal Negro) – ???? (Santeria)

Tarot Magow

  • -Fournier Edition (1994, Fournier) – Fence
  • -1st Edition (1991, Wydawnichwo Glodnych Duchow) – Not Recommended

Tarot Namur (1986, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Numerologico (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Tarot of a Moon Garden (1994, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Ceremonial Magick (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Dreams (2005, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

The Tarot of Frown Strong (1978, Cobweb Press) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Metamorphosis (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Reflections (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Sexual Magic (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the 78 Doors (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Angels (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Animal Lords (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Crone (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Dream Enchantress (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Druids (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Four Elements (2004, Inner Traditions) – Recommended

Tarot of the III Millennium (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Old Path (1990, US Games) – Highly Recommended

Tarot of the Origins (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the New Vision (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Northern Shadows (????, ????) – Recommended

Tarot of the Saints (2001, Lleweylln) – Highly Recommended

Tarot of the Secret Forest (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sephiroth (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Southwestern Sacred Tribes (1996, US Games) – ???? (Native American)

Tarot of the Spirit (1992, US Games) – Fence

Tarot of the Spirit World (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Witches Deck (1976, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Transition (1983, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of White Cats (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Wicca (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Prosty i Skutczny (2002, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Universal Dali

  • -Standard Edition (????, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -Jubilee Edition (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Golden Dawn (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery – ???? (Incomplete)

  • -Annotated Trumps (2009, Self-Published) – ???? (Incomplete)

Tarot of the Trees  (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Tell Me Tarot

  • -US Games Edition (2008, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Thomson-Leng Tarot (1935, Thomson-Leng) – Recommended

Thorson’s Celtic Tarot (1990, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

Tree of Life Tarot (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Universal Goddess Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Universal Tarot

  • -78 Card Standard Edition (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Professional Edition (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Universal Waite Tarot (1990, US Games) – Not Recommended

Universal Wirth Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

US Games Native American Tarot (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

Vacchetta Tarot

  • -Edizioni del Solleone i Naibi di Giovanni Vachetta (198?, Edizioni del Selleone) – Not Recommended
  • -il Meneghello i Naibi di Giovanni Vacchetta (2001, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot of the Master (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Vampire Tarot (2009, St Martins Press) – Fence

Vandenborre Bacchus Tarot (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Via Tarot (2002, Urania) – Recommended

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot

  • -Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi (????, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -The Visconti Tarot (Gold Foil Edition) (1997, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -The Visconti Tarot (Gold Foil 2nd Edition) (1998, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Tarot of Visconti Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -Visconti Tarot – Miniature Edition (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended
  • -i Tarocchi Visconti Sforza Standard Edition (2002, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -i Tarocchi Visconti Sforza Large Edition (1996, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended
  • -i Tarocchi del Visconti Monumenta Longobardica Edition) (1975, ML) – Not Recommended
  • -i Tarocchi dei Visconti (Dal Negro Edition) (????, Dal Negro) – Not Recommended

Vision Quest Tarot (1998, AG Muller) – Not Recommended

The Vision Tarot (????, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Weiser Universal Tarot (1996, Weiser) – Not Recommended

The Wheel of Change Tarot (1997, Inner Traditions) – Fence

Whimsical Tarot (2000, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Wise Woman’s Tarot (2002, ????) – Fence

The Witches Tarot (1992, Llewellyn) – Highly Recommended

Witchy Tarot (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

World Spirit Tarot (2001 Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Yeager Tarot

  • -International Edition (1983, US Games) – Fence
  • -German Edition (1975, ????) – Recommended

Yoga Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Hinduism)

Zodiac Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Zolar’s New Astrological Tarot

  • -3rd Edition (1985, US Games) – Not Recommended
  • -2nd Edition (1965, Parker Brothers) – Not Recommended
  • -1st Edition (1963, Zolar Publishing) – Not Recommended

Lists

Highly Recommended Tarots

  • Alchemical Tarot [Renewed Edition] (2008, Self-Published)
  • Crowley Thoth Tarot [AG Muller Large Swiss 2nd Edition] (19??, AG Muller)
  • Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo)
  • Le Grand Tarot Belline (????, Grimaud/France Cartes)
  • Marseilles Tarot [Heron Conver Marseilles] (????, Heron)
  • Marseilles Tarot [France Cartes Marteau Marseille] (????, France Cartes)
  • Paulina Tarot (2009, US Games)
  • Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (2007, 7th House)
  • Regardie Golden Dawn Tarot (1977, AG Muller)
  • Rider-Waite Tarot [US Games Digitalized] (2000, US Games)
  • Rider-Waite Tarot [US Games Copyright] (1975, US Games)
  • Sacred Rose Tarot [78 Card Edition] (1982, US Games)
  • Sheridan-Douglas Tarot [Reissue] (2006, Self-Published)
  • T: The New Tarot (1968, ????)
  • Tarot of the Old Path (1990, US Games)
  • The Witches Tarot (1992, Llewellyn)
  • Tarot of the Saints (2001, Lleweylln)

Recommended Tarots

  • Albano-Waite [US Games Edition] (1986, US Games)
  • Astrop-Smith Elemental Tarot (2001, St Martins Press)
  • Crowley Thoth Tarot [US Games Large Edition] (19??, US Games)
  • Ettilla I [Grand Etteilla Tarot] (1969, Grimaud/France Cartes)
  • Ettilla I [Dussere Etteilla I] (????, Dussere)
  • El Gran Tarot Esoterico (1978, Fournier)
  • Haindl Tarot [International Edition] (1990, US Games)
  • Jolanda Tarot (2008, AG Muller)
  • Knapp Hall Tarot [US Games Edition] (1985, US Games)
  • Knapp Hall Tarot [2nd Edition] (1979, Philosophical Research Society)
  • Liber T (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended
  • Marseilles Tarot [Lo Scarabeo Conver Marseilles] (1995, Lo Scarabeo)
  • Marseilles Tarot [Caimon-Jodorowsky Marseilles] (2002, Caimon)
  • Morgan-Greer Tarot [US Games Edition] (1993, US Games)
  • New Century Tarot (2003, US Games)
  • The Nigel Jackson Tarot (2000, Llewellyn)
  • Oswald Wirth Tarot Trumps [US Games Wirth] (1976, US Games)
  • Radical Wirth (1988, Self-Published)
  • Sensual Wicca Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo)
  • Shadowscapes (2010, Lleweylln)
  • St Martins’ Celtic Tarot (2000, St Martins)
  • Sun and Moon Tarot (2010, US Games)
  • Tarochi Ermetici (1989, ????)
  • Tarot Balbi (1976, Fournier)
  • Tarot of the Four Elements (2004, Inner Traditions)
  • Tarot of the Northern Shadows (????, ????)
  • Thomson-Leng Tarot (1935, Thomson-Leng)
  • Via Tarot (2002, Urania)
  • Yeager Tarot [German Edition] (1975, ????)

Low Recommendation

  • The Ancient Egyptian Tarot [2nd Edition] (2002, Element Books)
  • Angel Playing Card Company Tarot (????, Angel Playing card company)
  • Connolly Tarot Deck (1990, US Games)
  • Cosmic Tarot [International Edition] (????, AG Muller)
  • Eclectic Tarot (1986, Piatnik)
  • Gill Tarot (1991, US Games)
  • Marseilles Tarot [Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles] (2004, ????)
  • Neuzeit Tarot (1982, AG Muller)
  • New Palladini Tarot (1996, US Games)
  • The New Tarot Deck (1974, Tarocco)
  • Servants of the Light Tarot (1993, Aquairan Press)
  • Stella Tarot [78 Card International Edition] (AG Mueller, 2008)

Unreviewed Tarots

  • Basque Mythical Tarot (1982, Fournier) – Basque Mythology
  • Buddha Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – Buddhist
  • Crowley Thoth Tarot [Original Crowley Thoth Tarot] (2010, ????) – Haven’t Seen
  • Crowley Thoth Tarot [Lo Scarabeo Edition ] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck
  • DellaRocca Tarot [Ancient Italian Tarots] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck
  • DellaRocca Tarot [Tarocco di Della Rocca] (????, ????) – Unknown Deck
  • Feng Shui Tarot (2005, US Games) – Feng Shui
  • Rider Waite [Smith-Waite Centennial Edition] (2009, US Games) – Haven’t Seen
  • Rider Waite [Lo Scarabeo RWS Tarot] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck
  • Sante Fe Tarot (1993, Harper San Francisco) – Navajo Spirituality
  • Tarot Lukumi (2003, Dal Negro) – Santeria
  • Tarot of the Southwestern Sacred Tribes (1996, US Games) – Native American
  • Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery  [Annotated Trumps] (2009, Self-Published) – Incomplete
  • Yoga Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Hinduism

List Stats

Total Decks:  311 Unique / 393 Total
Highly Recommended Tarot: 16 / 17
Recommended Tarots: 27 / 29
Low Recommendation: 12 / 12
Total Recommended Tarots: 56 / 59
Unreviewed Decks: 10 / 14

% of unique decks receiving recommendation: 18%
% of unique decks highly recommended: 5%
# of words in this guide as of 1st printing: 96,785

-US Games Miniature Edition (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Tarot Productions, Various Editions (1968, Tarot Productions) – Not Recommended

Alchemical Tarot

-Renewed Edition (2008, Self-Published) – Highly Recommended

-Art Edition (2006, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-Thorson’s Edition (1995, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

AG Mueller Egyptian Tarot (1980, AG Mueller) – Fence

Ancestral Path Tarot (1996, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

-2nd Edition (2002, Element Books) – Low Recommendation

-1st Edition (1994, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

Angel Playing Card Company Tarot (????, Angel) – Low Recommendation

The Angels Tarot (1995, Harper Collins) – Not Recommended

Animals Divine Tarot (2005, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

Aquarian Tarot

-US Games Edition (1975, US Games) – Fence

-Self-Teaching Tarot, Various Backs (1973, Morgan Press) – Not Recommended

-Original Edition, Various Backs (1970, Morgan Press) – Not Recommended

Arcus Arcanum Tarot (1987, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Astrop-Smith Elemental Tarot (2001, St Martins Press) – Recommended

Aura-Soma New Aeon Tarot

-98 Card Edition (????, Aura-Soma) – Not Recommended

-100 Card Edition (????, Aura-Soma) – Not Recommended

The Babylonian Tarot (2005, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Baphomet Tarot (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Baraja Egipica (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Barbara Walker Tarot (1986, US Games) – Not Recommended

Basque Mythical Tarot (1982, Fournier) – ???? (Basque Mythology)

Beginner’s Tarot (????, Barron’s Educational) – Not Recommended

BOTA Tarot (192?, BOTA) – Not Recommended

The Brotherhood of the Light Tarot

-Color Edition – Not Recommended

-B&W Edition – Not Recommended

Buckland Romani Tarot

-2nd Edition (2008, Glade Press) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (2004, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Buddha Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – ???? (Buddhist)

Caring Psychic Family Tarot (????, Caring Psychic Family) – Not Recommended

Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi (1984, US Games) – Not Recommended

Celsestial Tarot (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Celtic Wisdom Tarot (1999, Destiny Books) – Not Recommended

Cicero Golden Dawn Tarot

-Golden Dawn Magical Tarot (1991, Llewellyn) – Fence

-Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Circle of Life Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Classic Golden Dawn Tarot (2004, Self-Published) – Fence

Cleopatra Tarot  (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Comparative Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Connolly Tarot Deck (1990, US Games) – Low Recommendation

Contemplative Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Cosmic Tarot

-International Edition (????, AG Mueller) – Low Recommendation

-German Edition (1986, FX Schmidt) – Not Recommended

Cosmic Tribe Tarot (1998, Destiny Books) – Not Recommended

Crow’s Magick Tarot (1998, US Games) – Not Recommended

Crowley-Thoth Tarot

-US Games Large Edition (19??, US Games) – Recommended

-US Games Purple Box Edition (19??, US Games) – Not Recommended

-US Games Green Tint Edition (1977/1978, US Games) – Not Recommended

-AG Mueller Large Swiss 2nd Edition (19??, AG Mueller) – Highly Recommended

-AG Mueller Large Swiss 1st Edition (1986, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

-AG Mueller Pocket Edition  (19??, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Original Crowley Thoth Tarot (2010, ????) – ???? (Haven’t Seen)

-Lleweylln USA Edition (197?, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

-Lleweylln Hong Kong Edition (197?, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

-Weiser Edition (1969, Weiser) – Not Recommended

-Lo Scarabeo Edition (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Highly Recommended

Dark Angels Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Daughters of the Moon Tarot

-Color Edition (2000, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-B&W Edition (1984, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Dark Grimoire Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

DellaRocca Tarot

-Soprafino Tarot (1992, il Meneghello) – Fence

-The Classic Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

-Ancient Italian Tarots (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

-Tarocco Italiano (1985, il Meneghello) – Fence

-Tarocchino Lombardo (1981, Edizioni del Solleone) – Not Recommended

-Tarocco di Della Rocca (????, ????) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Diamond Tarot (1997, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

The Dion Fortune Tarot Cards (2002, Society of Inner Light) – Highly Not Recommended

The Druid Craft Tarot (2005, Connections) – Fence

Dynamic Designs Tarot (1973, Dynamic Designs) – Not Recommended

Eclectic Tarot (1986, Piatnik) – Low Recommendation

Egipcios Kier Tarot

-US Games Edition (1984, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Editorial Kier Edition (????, Editorial Kier) – Not Recommended

Egorov Tarot (1992, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

Element Tarot (1996, Element Books) – Not Recommended

Enoil Gavat Tarot (1977, Dal Negro) – Not Recommended

Epicurean Tarot Recipe Cards (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

Epinal Tarot (1994, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Fence

Erotica Tarot (2002, Vipster) – Not Recommended

Etteilla I

-Grand Etteilla Tarot (1969, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Recommended

-Dussere Etteilla I (????, Dussere) – Recommended

Etteilla III

-Book of Thoth (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Tarot Egyptien (1985, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Not Recommended

Etteilla Princess Tarot

-Princesse Tarot (1983, Dussere) – Fence

-Esoteric Ancient Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

-i Tarocchi dei Etteilla Mignon (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Experimental Tarot (1995, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Faery Wicca Tarot (1999, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Fey Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Fournier Egyptian Tarot (1993, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Fournier Spanish Tarot (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Feng Shui Tarot (2005, US Games) – ???? (Feng Shui)

Fronteras Tarot (1996, Carlton Books) – Not Recommended

Gaian Tarot (2004, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Gareth Knight Tarot (1984, US Games) – Fence

Gay Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Gendron Tarot (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Gilded Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Gill Tarot (1991, US Games) – Low Recommendation

Glow in the Dark Tarot (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Goddess Tarot (1997, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Golden Rider Tarot Deck (1996, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Golden Tarot of Klimt (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision (2007, Connections) – Not Recommended

El Gran Tarot Esoterico (1978, Fournier) – Recommended

Le Grand Tarot Belline (????, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Highly Recommended

The Greenwood Tarot (1996, Thorson’s) – Fence

Guido Bolzani Tarocchi (1976, Edizione Europrint) – Not Recommended

Gumpennberg Circa 1810 Neoclassical Tarot

-Tarot of Lombardy (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Tarocco Neoclassico (2003, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano ( 1980, Edizionni del Sollone) – Not Recommended

Gumppenberg Circa 1830 (1999 & 2002, de Vecchi Editore) – Not Recommended

Gumppenberg Circa 1840 Tarot (1995, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

Gypsy Tarot Tsigane (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Haindl Tarot

-International Edition (1990, US Games) – Recommended

-Germen Edition (1988, ????) – Not Recommended

Hallmark Tarot (2009, 7th House) – Not Recommended

Halo/Sharp New Energy Tarot Deck (2006, Avatar Publications) – Not Recommended

Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck (1985, US Games) – Fence

The Herbal Tarot (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Hermetic Tarot

-1st Edition (1980, US Games) – Not Recommended

-2nd Edition (2006, US Games) – Not Recommended

Hoi Polloi Tarot (1972, Hoi Polli) – Not Recommended

Holy Order of Mans Tarot

-2nd Edition (1979, ????) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (1974, ????) – Not Recommended

Ibis Tarot (1991, US Games) – Fence

The Illuminated Tarot (1989, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Infinite Tarot (2000, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Insight Institute Tarot (Various Editions) (1949, ????) – Not Recommended

Intuitive Tarot (2004, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended

Jacques Vievelle Tarot (1984, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Not Recommended

Jolanda Tarot

-Jolanda Tarot (2008, AG Mueller) – Recommended

-Swedish Witch Tarot (2001, Fischer & Co.) – Not Recommended

Jungian Tarot (1990, Marcus Aurelius Press) – Not Recommended

Kamasutra Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Karma Tarot (1983, US Games) – Not Recommended

Karmic Tarot (????, Proton Plus) – Not Recommended

Knapp Hall Tarot

-US Games Edition (1985, US Games) – Recommended

-2nd Edition (1979, Philosophical Research Society) – Recommended

-1st Edition (1923, ????) – Not Recommended

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

-Mass Market Edition (2009, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

-Special Edition (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Liber T (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

The Llewellyn Tarot (2006, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Celtic Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Egyptian Tarot

-78 Card Edition (1996, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-22 Card Edition (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Elemental Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Native American Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Lo Scarabeo Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

The Luciferian Tarot (2007, Succubus Productions) – Not Recommended

Ludvig Tarot (1998, ????) – Not Recommended

The Lyle Lover’s Tarot

-78 Card Edition (2004, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended

-22 Card Edition (????, St Martins Press) – Not Recommended

Maddonni Tarot (1981, Grimaud) – Not Recommended

Magic Manga Tarot (2008, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

The Magic Tarot

-The Magic Tarot (1982, ????) – Not Recommended

-Le Magique Tarot (1980, Editions du Rocher) – Not Recommended

The Magickal Tarot (1992, Aquarian Press) – Not Recommended

Marseilles Tarot

-Heron Conver Marseilles (????, Heron) – Highly Recommended

-Lo Scarabeo Conver Marseilles (1995, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

-Camoin Conver Bicentential (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Thunder Bay Conver Marseilles (2003, Thunder Bay) – Not Recommended

-Dussere Dodal Marseilles (????, Dussere) – Not Recommended

-US Games Dodal Marseille (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Flornoy Jean Dodal Tarot 78 Card Edition (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-Flornoy Jean Dodal Tarot 22 Card Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-Lo Scarabeo Burdel Marseille (1996, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Burdel Marseille Miniature Edition (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Universal Tarot of Marseille (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-AG Mueller Burdel (????, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

-France Cartes Marteau Marseille (????, France Cartes) – Highly Recommended

– Marteau Marseille Minature Edition (1996, France Cartes) – Not Recommended

-Grimaud Marteau Tarot (1970, Grimaud) – Not Recommended

-Dussere Marteau (????, Mueller) – Not Recommended

-Piatnik Krebs Marseilles (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

-Tarot Rhenan (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

-Flornoy Jean Noblet Tarot 78 Card Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-Flornoy Jean Noblet Tarot 22 Card Edition (2001, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

-il Meneghello Marseilles 1st Edition (1987, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-il Meneghello Marseilles 2nd Edition (1996, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-Heron Payen Marseilles (1986, Heron) – Not Recommended

-Lo Scarabeo Bolognese Zoni Marseilles (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles (2004, ????) – Low Recommendation

-Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles Deluxe Edition (2005, ????) – Not Recommended

-Fournier Marseilles (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

-Fournier Marseilles Miniature (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

-Caimon-Jodorowsky Marseilles (2002, Caimon) – Recommended

-Hadar Marseilles (1996, Mortagne) – Not Recommended

-Tarot de Marseilles Convos (1999, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Masonic Tarot Deck (1987, Grimaud/France Cartes) – Fence

Masenghini Tarot (????, Masenghini) – Not Recommended

Master Tarot (1996, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Medieval Scapini Tarot (1985, US Games) – Not Recommended

Merlin Tarot (1988, Aquarian Press) – Not Recommended

Miss Cleo’s Tarot Power (2001, Radar Communications) – Not Recommended

Morgan-Greer Tarot

-US Games Edition (1993, US Games) – Recommended

-2nd Edition (????, Morgan and Morgan) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (1979, Morgan and Mogan) – Not Recommended

Motherpeace Tarot (1984, US Games) – Highly Not Recommended

My Tarot (2005, Connections) – Not Recommended

Mystereum Tarot (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

The Mythic Tarot (1986, Fireside) – Not Recommended

Navigators of the Mystic SEA (1997, US Games) – Fence

Necronomicon Tarot (2008, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Nefertari’s Tarot (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Neuzeit Tarot (1982, AG Mueller) – Low Recommendation

New Century Tarot (2003, US Games) – Recommended

New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (1992, Harper San Francisco) – Not Recommended

New Palladini Tarot (1996, US Games) – Low Recommendation

The New Tarot Deck (1974, Tarocco) – Low Recommendation

The Nigel Jackson Tarot (2000, Llewellyn) – Recommended

Norse Tarot (1989, US Games) – Not Recommended

Olympus Tarot (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

One World Tarot (2002, AG Mueller) – Highly Not Recommended

Oswald Wirth Tarot Trumps

-US Games Wirth (1976, US Games)  – Recommended

-Wisdom of Tarot Wirth (1975, ????) – Not Recommended

-Planches Wirth (????, ????) – Not Recommended

-Tchou Wirth (1966, ????) – Not Recommended

-Editions de l’Aigle Wirth (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Otherworld Tarot (2010, Schiffer Books) – Not Recommended

Pagan Tarot (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Papus Tarot (1982, ????) – Not Recommended

The Parrott Tarot Deck (????, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Paulina Tarot (2009, US Games) – Highly Recommended

Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (2007, 7th House) – Highly Recommended

Piatnik Celtic Tarot (1990, Piatnik) – Fence

Piatnik Pountner Tarot (????, Piatnik) – Not Recommended

Pictorial Key Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Prediction Tarot (1985, Aquarian Press) – Fence

Pythagorean Tarot (2001, Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Quick and Easy Tarot Deck (1999, US Games) – Not Recommended

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot (2003, US Games) – Not Recommended

Radical Wirth (1988, Self-Published) – Recommended

Regardie Golden Dawn Tarot (1977, AG Mueller) – Highly Recommended

Reincarnation Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Rider-Waite Tarot

-US Games Digitalized (2000, US Games) – Highly Recommended

-US Games Copyright (1975, US Games) – Highly Recommended

-US Games Original (1971, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Original Rider-Waite (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Smith-Waite Centennial Edition (2009, US Games) – ???? (Haven’t Seen)

-Giant Rider-Waite (1992, US Games) – Not Recommended

-University Press Tarot (1959, University Press) – Not Recommended

-de Laurence 1st Edition (1916, de Laurence) – Not Recommended

-de Laurence 2nd Edition (1960, de Laurence) – Not Recommended

-de Laurence 3rd Edition (1980, de Laurence) – Not Recommended

-Rider Editions (1909, Rider Company) – Not Recommended

-Lo Scarabeo RWS Tarot (????, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Unknown Deck)

Robin Wood Tarot (1991, Lleweylln) – Fence

Rohrig Tarot

-International Version (1995, US Games) – Not Recommended

-German Version (1993, Aquamarin Verlag) – Not Recommended

Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot (1975, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

Rumi Tarot (2009, Lleweylln) – Not Recommended

Sacred Rose Tarot

-78 Card Edition (1982, US Games) – Highly Recommended

-22 Card Edition (1981, US Games) – Not Recommended

Sante Fe Tarot (1993, Harper San Francisco) – ???? (Navajo Spirituality)

The Secret Tarot (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Sensual Wicca Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

Servants of the Light Tarot (1993, Aquairan Press) Low Recommendation

Shadowscapes (2010, Lleweylln) – Recommended

Shaman Tarot (2010, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Sharman-Caselli Tarot (2002, Connections) – Not Recommended

Sheridan-Douglas Tarot

-Reissue (2006, Self-Published) – Highly Recommended

-Polish Edition (1991, ????) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (1972, Mandragon Press) – Not Recommended

Shining Angels Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Shining Tribe Tarot (2001, Lleweylln)  – Not Recommended

Sigon Cartomanzia 184 Tarot

-Cartomanzia 184 (1942, Modanio) – Fence

-Cagliostro Tarot (1981, US Games) – Fence

-Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco (1912, ????) – Not Recommended

Silenus Tarot (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Sol Invictus: The God Tarot (2007, Sagarin Press) – Not Recommended

Sola-Bosca Tarot (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

The Sorcerers Tarot (2007, Lo Scarbeo) – Not Recommended

Spiral Tarot (1998, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Spirit of Flowers Tarot (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

St Martins’ Celtic Tarot (2000, St Martins) – Recommended

Stairs of Gold Tarot (1980, US Games) – Fence

Starter Tarot (1988, US Games) – Not Recommended

Stella Tarot

-78 Card International Edition (AG Mueller, 2008) – Low Recommendation

-22 Card Japanese Edition (2001, ????) – Not Recommended

Sun and Moon Tarot (2010, US Games) – Recommended

T: The New Tarot (1968, ????) – Highly Recommended

Tantra Tarot (2002, Urania) – Not Recommended

i Tarocchi della Luna (2000, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarochi Ermetici (1989, ????) – Recommended

Tarot 2000 Pagan (2000, Alexander and Associates) – Not Recommended

Tarot Affirmations Deck (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Tarot and the Mysteries of Love and Sex (2009, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Arista (????, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Balbi (1976, Fournier) – Recommended

Tarot de Acuario (1971, Producciones y Ediciones Acuario) – Not Recommended

Tarot de Pumariega (1990, Fournier) – Fence

Tarot du Roy Nissanka (????, Grimaud) – Not Recommended

Tarot Egipcio Adivantorio (????, ????)  – Not Recommended

De Tarot in de Herstelde Orde (2003, Sevire) – Not Recommended

Tarot Lenormand (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot Lukumi (2003, Dal Negro) – ???? (Santeria)

Tarot Magow

-Fournier Edition (1994, Fournier) – Fence

-1st Edition (1991, Wydawnichwo Glodnych Duchow) – Not Recommended

Tarot Namur (1986, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Numerologico (????, Fournier) – Not Recommended

Tarot of a Moon Garden (1994, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Ceremonial Magick (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Dreams (2005, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

The Tarot of Frown Strong (1978, Cobweb Press) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Metamorphosis (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Reflections (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Sexual Magic (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the 78 Doors (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Angels (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Animal Lords (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Crone (2008, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Dream Enchantress (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Druids (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Four Elements (2004, Inner Traditions) – Recommended

Tarot of the III Millennium (2000, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Old Path (1990, US Games) – Highly Recommended

Tarot of the Origins (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the New Vision (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Northern Shadows (????, ????) – Recommended

Tarot of the Saints (2001, Lleweylln) – Highly Recommended

Tarot of the Secret Forest (2005, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sephiroth (2001, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Southwestern Sacred Tribes (1996, US Games) – ???? (Native American)

Tarot of the Spirit (1992, US Games) – Fence

Tarot of the Spirit World (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Witches Deck (1976, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Transition (1983, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of White Cats (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of Wicca (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Prosty i Skutczny (2002, ????) – Not Recommended

Tarot Universal Dali

-Standard Edition (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

-Jubilee Edition (2004, US Games) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Golden Dawn (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery – ???? (Incomplete)

-Annotated Trumps (2009, Self-Published) – ???? (Incomplete)

Tarot of the Trees  (2009, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Tell Me Tarot

-US Games Edition (2008, US Games) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (2007, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Thomson-Leng Tarot (1935, Thomson-Leng) – Recommended

Thorson’s Celtic Tarot (1990, Thorson’s) – Not Recommended

Tree of Life Tarot (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Universal Goddess Tarot (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

Universal Tarot

-78 Card Standard Edition (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Professional Edition (2009, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Universal Waite Tarot (1990, US Games) – Not Recommended

Universal Wirth Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Fence

US Games Native American Tarot (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

Vacchetta Tarot

-Edizioni del Solleone i Naibi di Giovanni Vachetta (198?, Edizioni del Selleone) – Not Recommended

-il Meneghello i Naibi di Giovanni Vacchetta (2001, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-Tarot of the Master (2002, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Vampire Tarot (2009, St Martins Press) – Fence

Vandenborre Bacchus Tarot (1983, ????) – Not Recommended

Via Tarot (2002, Urania) – Recommended

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot

-Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi (????, US Games) – Not Recommended

-The Visconti Tarot (Gold Foil Edition) (1997, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-The Visconti Tarot (Gold Foil 2nd Edition) (1998, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Tarot of Visconti Grand Trumps (2006, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-Visconti Tarot – Miniature Edition (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

-i Tarocchi Visconti Sforza Standard Edition (2002, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-i Tarocchi Visconti Sforza Large Edition (1996, il Meneghello) – Not Recommended

-i Tarocchi del Visconti Monumenta Longobardica Edition) (1975, ML) – Not Recommended

-i Tarocchi dei Visconti (Dal Negro Edition) (????, Dal Negro) – Not Recommended

Vision Quest Tarot (1998, AG Mueller) – Not Recommended

The Vision Tarot (????, Self-Published) – Not Recommended

Weiser Universal Tarot (1996, Weiser) – Not Recommended

The Wheel of Change Tarot (1997, Inner Traditions) – Fence

Whimsical Tarot (2000, US Games) – Not Recommended

The Wise Woman’s Tarot (2002, ????) – Fence

The Witches Tarot (1992, Llewellyn) – Highly Recommended

Witchy Tarot (2003, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

World Spirit Tarot (2001 Llewellyn) – Not Recommended

Yeager Tarot

-International Edition (1983, US Games) – Fence

-German Edition (1975, ????) – Recommended

Yoga Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – ???? (Hinduism)

Zodiac Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo) – Not Recommended

Zolar’s New Astrological Tarot

-3rd Edition (1985, US Games) – Not Recommended

-2nd Edition (1965, Parker Brothers) – Not Recommended

-1st Edition (1963, Zolar Publishing) – Not Recommended

Lists

Highly Recommended Tarots

Alchemical Tarot [Renewed Edition] (2008, Self-Published)

Crowley Thoth Tarot [AG Mueller Large Swiss 2nd Edition] (19??, AG Mueller)

Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot (2009, Lo Scarabeo)

Le Grand Tarot Belline (????, Grimaud/France Cartes)

Marseilles Tarot [Heron Conver Marseilles] (????, Heron)

Marseilles Tarot [France Cartes Marteau Marseille] (????, France Cartes)

Paulina Tarot (2009, US Games)

Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (2007, 7th House)

Regardie Golden Dawn Tarot (1977, AG Mueller)

Rider-Waite Tarot [US Games Digitalized] (2000, US Games)

Rider-Waite Tarot [US Games Copyright] (1975, US Games)

Sacred Rose Tarot [78 Card Edition] (1982, US Games)

Sheridan-Douglas Tarot [Reissue] (2006, Self-Published)

T: The New Tarot (1968, ????)

Tarot of the Old Path (1990, US Games)

The Witches Tarot (1992, Llewellyn)

Tarot of the Saints (2001, Lleweylln)

Recommended Tarots

Albano-Waite [US Games Edition] (1986, US Games)

Astrop-Smith Elemental Tarot (2001, St Martins Press)

Crowley Thoth Tarot [US Games Large Edition] (19??, US Games)

Ettilla I [Grand Etteilla Tarot] (1969, Grimaud/France Cartes)

Ettilla I [Dussere Etteilla I] (????, Dussere)

El Gran Tarot Esoterico (1978, Fournier)

Haindl Tarot [International Edition] (1990, US Games)

Jolanda Tarot (2008, AG Mueller)

Knapp Hall Tarot [US Games Edition] (1985, US Games)

Knapp Hall Tarot [2nd Edition] (1979, Philosophical Research Society)

Liber T (2004, Lo Scarabeo) – Recommended

Marseilles Tarot [Lo Scarabeo Conver Marseilles] (1995, Lo Scarabeo)

Marseilles Tarot [Caimon-Jodorowsky Marseilles] (2002, Caimon)

Morgan-Greer Tarot [US Games Edition] (1993, US Games)

New Century Tarot (2003, US Games)

The Nigel Jackson Tarot (2000, Llewellyn)

Oswald Wirth Tarot Trumps [US Games Wirth] (1976, US Games)

Radical Wirth (1988, Self-Published)

Sensual Wicca Tarot (2007, Lo Scarabeo)

Shadowscapes (2010, Lleweylln)

St Martins’ Celtic Tarot (2000, St Martins)

Sun and Moon Tarot (2010, US Games)

Tarochi Ermetici (1989, ????)

Tarot Balbi (1976, Fournier)

Tarot of the Four Elements (2004, Inner Traditions)

Tarot of the Northern Shadows (????, ????)

Thomson-Leng Tarot (1935, Thomson-Leng)

Via Tarot (2002, Urania)

Yeager Tarot [German Edition] (1975, ????)

Low Recommendation

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot [2nd Edition] (2002, Element Books)

Angel Playing Card Company Tarot (????, Angel)

Connolly Tarot Deck (1990, US Games)

Cosmic Tarot [International Edition] (????, AG Mueller)

Eclectic Tarot (1986, Piatnik)

Gill Tarot (1991, US Games)

Marseilles Tarot [Rodes & Sanchez Marseilles] (2004, ????)

Neuzeit Tarot (1982, AG Mueller)

New Palladini Tarot (1996, US Games)

The New Tarot Deck (1974, Tarocco)

Servants of the Light Tarot (1993, Aquairan Press)

Stella Tarot [78 Card International Edition] (AG Mueller, 2008)

Unreviewed Tarots

Basque Mythical Tarot (1982, Fournier) – Basque Mythology

Buddha Tarot (2004, Llewellyn) – Buddhist

Crowley Thoth Tarot [Original Crowley Thoth Tarot] (2010, ????) – Haven’t Seen

Crowley Thoth Tarot [Lo Scarabeo Edition ] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck

DellaRocca Tarot [Ancient Italian Tarots] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck

DellaRocca Tarot [Tarocco di Della Rocca] (????, ????) – Unknown Deck

Feng Shui Tarot (2005, US Games) – Feng Shui

Rider Waite [Smith-Waite Centennial Edition] (2009, US Games) – Haven’t Seen

Rider Waite [Lo Scarabeo RWS Tarot] (????, Lo Scarabeo) – Unknown Deck

Sante Fe Tarot (1993, Harper San Francisco) – Navajo Spirituality

Tarot Lukumi (2003, Dal Negro) – Santeria

Tarot of the Southwestern Sacred Tribes (1996, US Games) – Native American

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery  [Annotated Trumps] (2009, Self-Published) – Incomplete

Yoga Tarot (2008, Lo Scarabeo) – Hinduism

List Stats

Total Decks:  311 Unique / 393 Total

Highly Recommended Tarot: 16 / 17

Recommended Tarots: 27 / 29

Low Recommendation: 12 / 12

Total Recommended Tarots: 56 / 59


Probability Magic(k), Possible Magic(k), and the Big Magics

February 2, 2011

It was very different when the masters of the science sought immortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand; but now the scene was changed.  The ambition of the inquirer seemed to limit itself to the annihilation of those visions on which my interest in science was chiefly founded. I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth. – From Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein

The most popular view of magic, the view we all started our lives with regardless of who we are, is that magic involves being able to do what shouldn’t be possible. Usually this involves the big magicks, the stuff that nobody seems powerful enough to do. Things like flying, walking through walls, turning lead to gold, resurrecting the dead, ect. Many of us enter our spiritual path believing that these things are possible, even if we don’t know how to do them. We are then ridiculed for our beliefs by “more experienced” practitioners who are still struggling with the simplest of spells.

When we first start practicing magic, the magic we’re capable of is usually pretty simple. Things like moving small strands of energy, having a precognitive dream, or lighting a candle so some cute girl will notice us. It’s about as far beneath flying through the air on a broom stick while shooting fireballs and winning the lottery as you can get. Of course logically it makes sense that we wouldn’t be doing those  impossible and fantastic things at the very beginning of our magical careers. In the same way it’s unlikely you’ll teach your son how to play catch tonight and have major league recruiters looking at him by the end of the week. However a lot of people get into magic and fall into the trap of believing that these simple feats that you begin with is all that magic is capable of. This myth is than perpetuated by certain people in the community who lack any kind of magical ability and can’t even do these simple spells.

There is a new trend in magic though that tries to write these big magics off as impossible, and instead wants to focus on more useful and practical magic. This trend is being heavily promoted within certain movements such as the New Thought and Chaos Magick movements. It’s also led to a new magical model that is probably best described as probability shift magic. This model isn’t based around magic working in a cause and effect or action and reaction model, but rather as being used to bring about changes in probability.

The big magics of today largely revolve around winning the lottery, having complete mental control over others, flight, physical inter-dimensional travel, time travel, the more difficult forms of manifestation magic such as spontaneous creation, and direct physical attacks.

Over the last few decades though, as more and more people have been writing off big magics as impossible and more and more have been concentrating on practical magic something else has been happening with big magic. More and more things are now starting to be labeled big magic.

Magic that was common among practitioners a hundred years ago, things like physical manifestations during evocations, merging with your HGA, and basic manipulation magic are being labeled as completely impossible, or so nearly impossible that they’re sorts of things that are only usually achieved near the end of ones life after decades of practice. As we’ve become more and more eager to label certain elements of magic fantastic and impossible, more and more elements of magic have become fantastic and impossible. If things continue in this direction, its only a matter of time before more and more simpler elements of magic that may be a bit difficult to pick up, like astral projection, mediumship, and channeling, start being labeled as big magic.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation. – Pearl Buck

Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours – Richard Bach, Illusions

Another big issue with labeling things impossible is once you label something impossible you almost guarantee you’ll never be able to do it. It becomes impossible for you. It’s true that even if you think it’s possible for you to fly through the air on a broomstick you may never succeed, you might not even have a good chance at succeeding, but if you believe you’ll never be able to do it you have no chance of ever succeeding at it. You aren’t even going to expend the effort to try to figure out how to fly through the air on a broomstick.

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone

There’s also a lot to gain from attempting big magics that has nothing to do with ever succeeding at them. Take the idea of turning lead into gold. This was one of the most popular pursuits in alchemy, and yet if it was ever accomplished it was only accomplished by a select few individuals over the course of hundreds of years. The vast majority of alchemist who spent their lives trying to turn lead into gold never succeeded.

But these same alchemist, while trying to turn lead into gold, through their study, theory, and experiments created a good deal of the foundation for modern Western magical and metaphysical systems, and they were also responsible for many of the scientific advances in Medieval Europe.

Space exploration is another good example of trying for the impossible, and this is one that we as a species eventually accomplished. Whether or not you think space travel is beneficial or worthwhile, it has contributed a lot to humanity and science, and I’m not talking about the information we’ve gained through space exploration. We had to come up with new scientific ideas and theories in order to launch rockets and eventually men into space which have now been incorporated into the collective knowledge of mankind, and we had to engineer and design new technology which has practical applications and uses outside of space travel.

Succeeding at big magic is the goal, but it isn’t always the point. For the last four years I’ve been trying to win the lottery through magic. I actually have reasons for playing the lottery besides just winning it. I enjoy playing it, the 45 minute drive to the lotto store is relaxing, and I don’t spend much on it (on average maybe $10 a month). So it’s not like I’ve centered my life plan around winning.

But for the last four years I’ve been trying to use magic to see if it can make me win the big jackpot. So far I haven’t been successful. But in the pursuit of that jackpot I’ve managed to increase my understanding of prosperity and gambling magic quite a bit. These are subjects I never really looked into before that I now have a much better understanding of. That of course is the obvious benefit. Less obvious though I’ve been drawn into studying predestination and destiny magic, immortality magic, time travel theory, precognition, and I’ve made explorations into specific evocations, astral travels and channels all in attempts to figure out the secret of getting the numbers on my ticket to match the draw numbers. Even if I never manage to win the lottery, by trying to do it I’ve already accumulated a crapload of useful theoretical and practical magical knowledge, most of which I probably wouldn’t have been motivated to explore if I wasn’t trying to win the lottery.

Probability Magic

Probability magic is a new magical model that looks at the universe as a set of probabilities, and magic as being the ability to increase and decrease these probabilities. This is different from traditional magical theory.

Traditional magical theory worked under a cause and effect theory, or action and reaction. In other words the basic idea of magic was that if you do A then B will occur, and so the point of magic was to assign something to the variable B and then figure out what A is. The problem with this model is that there are a lot of variables that affect the operation. Things like the mood of the practitioner, who is present during the operation, where the operation is being performed, the time of day, the position of the stars, and the physical condition of the practitioner can all have huge effects on whether or not a spell succeeds. So just because A worked once doesn’t mean it will always work, and just because A didn’t work this time doesn’t mean it will never work. Some magicians who are able to succeed at a spell very rarely succeed at it while others are able to get the same spell to work almost all of the time and rarely ever fail.

Probability magic tries to fix this model. Probability magic begins by supposing that all things are possible however unlikely (this is supported by mathematics and physics). Next it figures that magic is simply the act of changing these probabilities, and this, not variables which are unaccounted for, is why some magicians can only get a spell to work some of the time. Under the theory of probability magic the spell works every time, but it never brings forth the goal. The spell just makes the goal more likely to happen.

For example, the odds of a roulette wheel coming up black are a little less than 50%. If you cast a gambling spell to make the roulette wheel come up black what you’re really doing is increasing the odds that it will come up black. Now instead of maybe a little less than 50% chance you have a 75% chance that it will come up black on the next spin. This greatly increases your chances of doubling your money if you bet on black, but there is still a 25% chance that the wheel will not come up black and you’ll lose.

Probability magic systems then focus on affecting probability shifts in order to change the likelihood of outcomes. The advantage of this system is that even small changes in probability can have huge rewards. Even if you make it so a roulette wheel only has a 52% chance of coming up black instead of a little less than 50%, with a modest bankroll and a lot of time you can use that change in probability to make a lot of money. If you have a spell that increases your odds of getting offered any job you apply for by 10%, assuming you apply for enough jobs you’ll eventually find yourself in a better job than what you would have achieved based on just your own merits.

The problem with probability magic is that it works very well with things that are likely to happen, but it fails with things that almost never happen. Probability magic theorizes that the difficulty of a spell and its chance of success are both proportionally tied to its odds of occurring naturally. Using probability magic to win at 3 card monty, where you have a 1 in 3 chance of success, is going to be a lot easier than using magic to win at the lottery where you have a 1 in 72 million chance of success. If you double your odds at 3 card monty you’ve gone from winning 33% of the time to winning 66% of the time. You’ve gone from being unlikely to win to being likely to win. On the other hand if you double your chances of winning the lottery you go from a 1 in 72 million chance of success to a 1 in 36 million chance of success, which is still extremely unlikely.

Comparatively though the odds of winning the lottery aren’t that bad. After all people win the lottery all the time. The odds of you naturally being able to fly through the air on a broomstick are astronomically lower than winning the lottery. That lottery probability shift is a cakewalk compared to broom flight.

To me this is a big problem with probability magic. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I think of magic, when I think of myself as a magician, and when I think about what I want to ultimately do with magic, it’s not making things a little bit more likely to happen and making myself slightly more lucky. I want to fly on broomsticks while raining fiery death upon my enemies! And I don’t really see the point in continuing to be a magician if I’m not working towards those sorts of goals.

I’m not saying that we should dismiss probability magic entirely. There have been a lot of advances made to magical theory over the past several decades due to the work that was done inside of probability magic, and it definitely has some very useful practical applications that can also increase our quality of life. I’m definitely all for incorporating the theories and practices of probability magic that work into my personal practice, and I’d like to see the work in probability magic continue. However I think it’s a bad idea to completely dismiss the older cause and effect model of magic in favor of probability magic and to give up attempting the big magics in an effort to concentrate on magic more likely to succeed. When we, as magicians, shift our focus like that we become really good at doing the smaller, easier spells, but we make it impossible for ourselves to ever achieve the phenomenal. We’ve traded away the heavens for small bits of the Earth.