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The Crystal Tarot [Paperback]

Philip Permutt
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Book Description

Aug. 1 2010
Crystals, like tarot cards, have for centuries been used for healing and divination. In The Crystal Tarot, the mysterious imagery of tarot and the beauty and power of crystals

intertwine to give unique insights into our lives. Accompanied by a book by author and crystal dealer Philip Permutt showing how to lay out the cards for a reading, tarot aficionados will

fall in love with the beguiling images, while novice readers will find this an irresistible first deck. Each card image shows a crystal, along with a traditional tarot image, which enhances

its meaning. The High Priestess card, for instance, shows the lapis lazuli crystal, which links with her tarot meaning of spiritual truth and intuition—she guides us to listen to the voice

of our true selves. The specially commissioned illustrations are by Emma Garner, artist of the best-selling Art of Tarot. They beautifully blend traditional tarot imagery with crystals: The Sun card has a sun of topaz, and the World card shows the traditional world dancer holding wands of quartz.

• Philip Permutt has a following as a healer and crystal expert, with his books for CICO The Crystal Healer, The Little Book of Crystal Tips and Cures, and Crystal Chakra Healing) all selling over 55,000 copies each.

• Crystals and tarot sets are both top New Age sellers.


The Crystal Tarot will enable you to find answers to the questions in your life, as well as help others.


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About the Author

Philip Permutt discovered crystals 15 or so years ago after a severe illness and has been practicing as a crystal healer and teacher ever since. He owns and run iSiS Crystals, the largest and most successful crystal shop in the UK, and its integral healing center. Philip is also a dowser and uses this ability, together with the magic of crystals, to change the energies in homes, offices, and stores. Philip has lectured on crystals and crystal healing, and runs workshops on crystals and associated subjects. He is the author of The Crystal Healer, which has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide, and The Little Book of Crystal Tips and Cures, which has sold over 55,000 copies, both available from CICO Books.  

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
As soon as I saw the box, I felt blessed.
I thought to myself, "Wow, How can I get such a set of tarot cards for so little?" When I opened up the box, I found the tarot cards surprisingly larger than expected.

SIZE, QUALITY, READING, & ARTISTIC MERIT OF THE CRYSTAL TAROT DECK
I was expecting a pocket sized deck but I'm glad for the larger size. These cards are approximately 5.25 x 3.25 inches.
The card stock is very glossy which makes it easy to shuffle but may also slip out of your hands easily too. The card stock is also on the flimsy side but this is not a deterrent for me personally. Card stock and thickness are personal preferences. If I were to read with this deck daily and frequently, I would want a thicker card stock; however, for my interest in this deck: Art and the occasional read, it's fine.

Allegorical pictures are only on the 22 major cards. The minors contain pips and decorative elements that makes sense for the suit.
The layout of the symbols, in large part, do not give any meaning though the Cups are arranged in a way that can give some clue
about the card's meaning. For this reason I would not recommend this to novice tarot readers unless they intend upon studying the
Tarot de Marseilles (TdM) or just using the major arcana.

The back of the cards are purple with an inner circle, flower design, and 10 crystals around the flower wheel. Reading reversed, by mixing up your cards, will not work easily with this deck since you may know if the card is reversed before picking it. I guess you could always close your eyes before picking, if you like reading reversed with upside down cards. I personally read reversed with upright cards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the crystal tarot April 3 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love the crystal tarot! Was in great condition, comes in a box with the book. The book will give you different spreads to try out. Such a positive deck. Instead of focusing on the negatives, it really focuses on the positives as well as solutions to the issues.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Oracle deck June 13 2011
By Lily Bhattacharya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a practicing psychic and clinical psychologist so everything I read is with that perspective in mind.
I know this is a tarot deck, but the cards are very basic meaning its hard to interpret them without the guidebook. Which brings me to my next point. I viewed this as an oracle deck to begin with so I was not disappointed at all like the other reviewer.
I have many tarot decks and have been reading for over 10 years now. When I viewed the Little white book- the accompanying guidebook tarot decks have, this one had a very unique perspective. Each card is paired with a crystal and guidance for what the card meaning is. The chakra that is related to it is mentioned as well.

Here is an example.
Card: Moon, Stone: Moonstone, chakra-solar plexus. Then the author, Philip Permut mentions how your intuition may not be on target with this card. Very clever, and insightful I thought. Many times during the full moon, people emotions get the best of them and their judgment and intuition may be off. Most decks claim this card means follow your intuition. But I liked his opposite interpretation as I realized it may just as valid and one that is overlooked for this card meaning/symbolic concept. One way to make your cards more usable is to put keywords on them and not limit yourself to it during a reading but pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that come up while getting the card for the person.

Lastly, the Artwork's warm, gentle and playful pictures should be mentioned. Emma Garner's pictures could be in a child story book. The artwork may be another reason to get the deck. This deck is very child friendly and not all scary.
The Wheel of Fortune has a wheel with a serpent, an Amethyst, (associated stone) and 4 elements in the corners (Fire, Earth, wind and Water) Nice. If you liked the Celtic Messages by Joules Taylor, you will love this deck, very similar style of guidebook and art. I loved both for the reasons stated.
If you need a good starting Tarot deck, I suggest Pamela Coleman's version of the traditional tarot or Oracle Tarot by Lucy Cavendish. Ms. Coleman's deck has much of the traditional imagery with softer coloring. Oracle Tarot has keywords at the bottom and has no court cards but the images explain the meaning of each card brilliantly making it very easy for beginning readers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Tarot. Crystal lovers & playful readers will enjoy it. Helpful for Positive Manifestations. Oct. 4 2011
By Abella "Jucy" Arthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
As soon as I saw the box, I felt blessed.
I thought to myself, "Wow, How can I get such a set of tarot cards for so little?" When I opened up the box, I found the tarot cards surprisingly larger than expected.

SIZE, QUALITY, READING, & ARTISTIC MERIT OF THE CRYSTAL TAROT DECK
I was expecting a pocket sized deck but I'm glad for the larger size. These cards are approximately 5.25 x 3.25 inches.
The card stock is very glossy which makes it easy to shuffle but may also slip out of your hands easily too. The card stock is also on the flimsy side but this is not a deterrent for me personally. Card stock and thickness are personal preferences. If I were to read with this deck daily and frequently, I would want a thicker card stock; however, for my interest in this deck: Art and the occasional read, it's fine.

Allegorical pictures are only on the 22 major cards. The minors contain pips and decorative elements that makes sense for the suit.
The layout of the symbols, in large part, do not give any meaning though the Cups are arranged in a way that can give some clue
about the card's meaning. For this reason I would not recommend this to novice tarot readers unless they intend upon studying the
Tarot de Marseilles (TdM) or just using the major arcana.

The back of the cards are purple with an inner circle, flower design, and 10 crystals around the flower wheel. Reading reversed, by mixing up your cards, will not work easily with this deck since you may know if the card is reversed before picking it. I guess you could always close your eyes before picking, if you like reading reversed with upside down cards. I personally read reversed with upright cards.

The artwork has a child story-book vibe to it and that helps tell a true tarot story if only using the 22 major cards. I personally like the artwork; however, I strongly believe tarot art is subjective. We all have different aesthetic tastes. There is a lot of green, yellow, and healing colors in this deck, bright yet soft at the same time. The people in the major arcana appear youthful with the Hermit being the oldest looking character. Each card contains a crystal. The deck is border-less so there's a full-bleed. I personally like this as I can sink deeper into the cards.

I did a few reading blind tests (where I knew what the answer to the question was) with my TarotSeek reading method and oddly it worked. However, I got a yes for 5 of Cups because the card is so bright and happy and connected to calcite and yet the traditional Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) version would have been a no. So if you are going with your own, standard interpretations, or methods for the cards, these cards may not be for you. But if you want a happy deck that will help ease your pain, illness, or negativity -- this deck may be for you. And frankly, that's why I bought it -- it's happy and I want more 'happy' in my life!!

I can see how the Crystal Tarot can be a great deck for transforming a bad situation into one that is good and for meditation (it also gives a simple crystal meditation exercise that you can do) so if you have the budget to buy and you like what you read in this review, go for it.

THE COMPANION TAROT BOOK

To the right of the deck, in the kit, is a slim full color glossy booklet with 64 pages. Pages 13 to 64 give the
Planet/Sign, Crystal, and Chakra associations for the majors while skipping the planet/sign association for the minors.
It then moves into the interpretation of the card. There are no keywords, descriptions, or reversal interpretations; however, crystal
meanings are given for each card.

The booklet is a basic overview of tarot, how to use tarot, and this deck. It seems to indicate that inspiration is drawn from not only the RWS but also the Thoth and TdM decks even though only the RWS is mentioned. For example, the author writes "There are no 'reversed' meanings in the Crystal Tarot. The meaning of the card is often dependent on the cards next to or around it, which can shed further light on the reading. As you look at the card spread and notice the relationships of adjacent cards, you will realize the implications of each card." This seems to draw on the Thoth tradition and can confuse RWS tarot readers who have certain expectations on how that type of deck operates.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction 4
Laying of the Cards 8
Care for the Day 9
Past, Present, Future: Three-card Spread 9
Compass Point Spread 11
Hexagon Crystal Spread 11
Gaining Deeper Insight into the Cards 12

The Major Arcana 13
(Note: The Hierophant is titled The High Priest)

The Minor Arcana 36
The Suit of Cups 37
The Suit of Pentacles 44
The Suit of Swords 51
The Suit of Wands 58

After reading through the booklet, I realized that this guide teaches you how to do incredible 'crystal readings' without the tarot cards and I had not known how to do that before!

I'm giving this kit a four because it works for me and I think I 'get' what the creators are trying to achieve; however, for many it's probably more of a three because the publishers didn't get across very well who this deck is for and what it can do and it can do a lot but just not what the typical tarot reader would expect or is seeking!

To also note, Cico Books (the publisher of this set) appear to focus on lighter reading material with superb visuals, gift sets, full color glossy, and coffee table books so that's probably why this set wouldn't appeal to most serious tarot readers unless they can see another application for the kit, like myself.

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Co-creator, Teacher, Reader, and Author of Psychic Jucy's TarotSeek: Learn How to Read Tarot Cards for Yourself, Volume 1
Coming soon... Psychic Jucy's TarotSeek: Learn How to Read Tarot Cards for Others, Volume 2, and Psychic Jucy's Tarot Card Meanings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely artwork and very simple to use Aug. 24 2011
By Hello Kitty Ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wasn't even looking to buy a 2nd Tarot deck, but when I saw the artwork on this one I really wanted to buy it. Each card is shiny and not too big (which makes them hard to shuffle). The artwork is clean and simple, with nice, bright colors. The type is dark black which makes it easy to read (so many Tarot decks are dark and stormy looking - this one is light and bright!). Since I also like crystals, I was very interested in how each card had a corresponding crystal. The little guidebook also has a photo of the crystal alongside the description for the card. Some of the best, most clear photographs of crystals I have seen published! I don't know how well his explanations of the card meanings correspond to the traditional meanings...to me they are much more straightforward.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting... Dec 28 2012
By callysto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The cards are decent stock, they have pretty artwork, and I love the fact they attempt to combine crystal energy with that of the Tarot. However, the book explanations are vague at best, and the crystals often times obscure. I have worked with crystals and Tarot decks for well over 25 years now, and as someone who is not a beginner, I still don't think I will be using this deck much. Good for looking at, not really feeling the energy here, however, :/
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot Feb. 25 2012
By K. Benoit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this for a gift. My friend loves it. She is very into crystals and colors. Cards are beautiful.
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