Tarot Lovers’ Calendar 2005 - edited and published by Tom Schick
Review by Kim Huggens
Since the sad demise of the Llewellyn Tarot Calendar in 2002, there has been a proliferation of other Tarot calendars vying for the top spot that the Llewellyn one vacated. The Tarot Lovers’ Calendar is one such calendar, but instead of being just a general tarot calendar, it has a focus: Tarot decks that are being created, or have been created, by members of the online Tarot community, Aeclectic Tarot. These decks range from the humorous (the Chat du Marseilles in November) to the beautiful (Tarot of the Lepidopteran People in January) and to the zany and mysterious (Tarot of the Midnight Masquerade in October.) Each month features two cards from each of the decks, as well as around two-hundred words written by the deck creators about the process of creating the deck, their inspiration, and the deck itself. This provides the reader with an interesting insight into the process of deck-creating, and shows you just how easy, fun, and informative such a process can be.
Not all the featured decks are unpublished, and we see decks such as the Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot and the Simple Tarot making an appearance, which just goes to show that what begins as a personal, fun project can become a publishable Tarot deck!
The calendar gives a month-per-view layout, with the usual rectangular boxes about 2.5cm x 4.5 cm size per day. Throughout the calendar are reminders of various holy days from the Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Pagan, Jewish, Shinto, and Hindu year, as well as moon phases and a few Ba’hai, Jehovah’s Witness, and Zoroastrian holidays. In this, the calendar is useful to people of all faiths and spiritualities.
Each month not only features a deck but an original tarot spread as well- no familiar Celtic Crosses here! Instead, the spreads are created by members of Aeclectic Tarot and are versatile and unique. They cover everything from a general problem-solving spread to a spread about spirits and spirit guides. I tried many of these spreads and found them all to be well thought out, ingenious, and practically useful.
What else can I say? This calendar is fun, colorful, and useful. It shows you how easy it is to create your own deck, and demonstrates that you don’t have to be Monet or Van Gogh to try it. It will look good on your wall, and to top it all off, some of the proceeds of its sale go to Aeclectic Tarot.
You can purchase the Tarot Lovers’ Calendar from the Editor here for the reasonable price of £10 (approximately $17.75 in US Dollars).
Kim Huggens is a 19 year-old Pagan Tarot reader, reading Philosophy at Cardiff University. She has been studying tarot since the age of nine, and runs talks and workshops on different aspects of the tarot. She is President of the Cardiff University Pagan Society, and runs an online tarot course here. She lives with her boyfriend in Cardiff, and currently has a tarot deck collection of over 150 decks.
Review © 2004 Kim Huggens
Page © 2004 Diane Wilkes