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Wizards Tarot [Cards]

Corrine Kenner , John J. Blumen
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May 8 2011
Step through the doors of Mandrake Academy, where you will don the robes of a magical apprentice and learn from your instructor-the tarot. Featuring gorgeous, intricately rendered digital art, "Wizards Tarot" is unlike any other instructional guide or tarot deck. Unique and beginner-friendly, this tarot kit is also a complete course in magic, featuring twenty-one enjoyable and practical lessons based on the tarot cards. Grounded in the classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck structure, "Wizards Tarot" teaches spell-casting, herbalism, runes, astrology, astral travel, shapeshifting, and many more aspects of magic, all while helping you gain skills in tarot card reading. Innovative card spreads and layouts are also included.

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Corrine Kenner is a certified tarot master who teaches tarot classes and conducts writing workshops regularly. Visit her online at www.corrinekenner.com. John Blumen is a professional illustrator whose work has been used on many book covers and in several fantasy artwork publications. See more of his art at www.johnblumenillustration.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this deck Nov. 18 2013
Format:Cards|Verified Purchase
i love this deck it is very simple and easy for a beginer to use and understand. no more counting wands and swords
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good deck March 7 2013
I got this deck today and this is what I can say: The art is great and the cards look lovely. The traditional themes are pretty much present throughout the deck but there are some changes - some of the major arcana got alternative names like the Alchemist in place of Temperance for example (there are others too). As a person who prefers the classical symbolism names and imagery I am a bit less thrilled with that but I know that there're people who love those sort of innovations thus I totally recognize that while in my book it is a minus others might see it as a plus. Another thing I didn't like is the thinness of the cards. These are probably the thinnest and most delicate cards I own (and I have quite a few decks), if one shuffles them a bit ruffly I'm afraid he/she might tare a card or two. The size of the cards is perfect, at least for my standards, they are large enough but not oversized. The theme of the deck is magic/witchcraft just like the title suggests. One more thing which was annoying about this deck is the fact that the cards come without a proper box or bag, they are simply exposed. The large set that contains the book and the deck has some sort of paper box - which I am not sure was originally meant for the cards but rather to form a proper space in the large set box to place the book and the deck in a compact manner - this paper box can be used to store the deck but it is to large and clearly was not made with holding the deck in mind. To me this is a minus because when cards don't have a case or a proper box there is a greater chance of loosing some of them. The art is so lovely though that it really makes it worth buying despite all the negative elements I mentioned. I haven't looked thoroughly through the guide book yet but from my brief leafing it looks alright. Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different artist must have drawn the cards! Aug. 5 2011
By T.Ruth
I was disappointed to find out that the best illustrated cards are the ones that they show. Thats why I bought them, cause I liked what I had seen. But some of them just don't compare, its like different artist worked on these. They're not the worst cards I've ever seen but definitely not the best! We'll, not half of them anyway.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter rip off Oct. 21 2013
I purchased this deck a few weeks ago because I am a collector and I thought it might be interesting. Some of the cards are very nice and beautifully illustrated. However, the deck is a blatant rip-off of the Harry Potter series and I'm wondering why the creators haven't been sued yet. I had no idea that this was the case before buying.

I realize that no deck creator will publish illustrations of the entire deck and the few they do post are the nicest ones in the deck. The buyer then has to buy a pig in a poke and never knows whether the entire deck is satisfactory for his or her needs. Apparently this is because they fear the pictures may be stolen.

There are ways around that and many photo posters use them, so the reason has to be fear that buyers will be put off by some of the cards and won't purchase the deck.

This deck has fewer annoying cards and I can recommend it to any collector who likes the Harry Potter series and can live with having knowledge and therefore giving consent to the rip-off. Not recommended for serious students of the tarot, but a nice deck for those just wanting to have fun with it. Had it not been for the rip-off, I would have given it four stars for the artwork alone. The accompanying book and 'course' are childish and aimed at very young and naive teenagers.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly unique and exciting tarot deck! Simply magical March 16 2011
By Angelo Nasios - Published on Amazon.com
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The Wizards Tarot - Review by Angelo Nasios

5 Pentacles
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4 Pentacles
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I pre-ordered The Wizards Tarot back in December 2010 with great anticipation, this deck does not disappoint. The Wizard Tarot is the intellectual creation of respected tarot author Corrine Kenner and is manifested by artist John J. Blumen.

The Wizard Tarot is a magic themed tarot deck where witchcraft and wizardry is the focus of the deck. Set in the mythical world of Mandrake Academy a magical school where you are a new student learning the ways of magic. Each of the Major Arcana cards is your new professors, teaching each their own magic subject. The Minor Arcana are fellow students. Each of the four suits represents four schools of magic. Which are, fire magic, water magic, air magic and earth magic. The Court cards are renamed as the Royal Families. Each Royal Family depicts elemental creatures associated with the suit.

The design of the deck is great, the backs have this nice golden like swirls, lines and stars that is unique. My only problem is they are not reversible so if you use reversals you will know which cards are reversed. The pattern on the back carries over into the boards around the card images which is really nice and ties the whole deck in nicely. The titles are spelled out in a clear font that is not overpowering or distracting. They are written on golden banners at the bottom. All cards are spelled out and are not numbered. Reordering the deck might be a hassle if you have a forgetful memory and forget the order of the Majors.

The card stock is typical. It is thin but thankfully not overly flimsy. They are printed by Llewellyn Worldwide. They are easy to hold and shuffle in my hands. If you have little itty bitty hands then you might have a problem, you should be fine if you have "average" sized hands. The cards a smooth and slick, shuffling is easy but you need to shuffle with attention so they don't slide out of your hands. I can bridge shuffle without much trouble, again watch to make sure they don't go flying. I do prefer thicker & firmer card stock with all my decks, decks with think card stocks in my experience warp out of shape and edges get damaged. Ticker stock lasts longer. A few cards in the set I ordered seem to be out of shape with the rest of the deck.
The artwork is top notch digital illustrations. The art is clear, well defined and not cheap looking at all. There are plenty of details to give the images a whole and completed feeling that does not leaving wanting more. Faces of the people are life like and not plastic looking like in The Pictorial Key Tarot. The colors are strong and bold. The reds and blues are just perfect I love them very much, it stands out.

This deck is based on the Rider Waite Smith tradition. Strength is placed before Justice. The Royal Families follow the tradition of Page, Knight, Queen and King. Most of the originality can be found in the Majors where many of the titles are renamed. The Fool is now The Initiate. Death is now Transfiguration. Temperance is now The Alchemist. The Devil is now The Dark Lord. The rest of the Majors retain the traditional titles.

Creative freedom runs wild in the Majors; images of many of the Majors are unique and original while still holding a sense of familiarity. The Initiate (Fool) depicts the start of a young students journey into Mandrake Academy. We lose the normal Fool walking off a cliff. Instead we have our student in a forest, dressed in white and a cute rabbit instead of a dog which is a nice change. The Magician is one of my favorite cards in the deck, it is what I expect The Magician to look like plus enough unique to make it fresh. A well-dressed (I love the robes) magician stands in front of a large open window with his hand raised above holding a wand with one hand pointing down. We lose the table; tables get in the way in my opinion so good move! Around the magician floats a sword, pentacle and cup. The wand is held in his hand so we do not have an extra wand in the air. To the left and right are white candles. To his feet is the magic circle with flowers sprouting. The Hanged man goes in a new direction than other decks; this Hanged Man is not hanging. He is sitting. But the best part of this card is to the top left there is a portrait that has a reversed image of the card inside of it, which then in itself has a portrait that is upright. Continuing inward like a never ending tunnel. This great detail retains the traditional feeling of being upside down and changed perspectives. The World is another Major that is very unique and goes in another direction than other decks. We have a woman known as the Queen of the Witches, she was once a student but now has completed her training at Mandrake Academy. She appears in front of an open book with a 3-D image of Mandrake Academy appearing over the book.
The Minors stay close to Rider Waite tradition. There is nothing new to learn or try to decode which I like. I would prefer the Majors to be more unique than the Minors and that is what is done in the Wizards Tarot. The Five of Swords stood out to me the most; I did not get the feeling of "open dishonor" or someone who cheats to win like as most decks show. Instead it gives me the feeling of someone having to clean up the mess of others, maybe covering their tracks. There still is a sense of "no winners" and feeling defeated but minus that grinning bastard in the Rider Waite.

The images are child safe, there is no nudity [Correct: There is some nudity, Example, the Queen of Cups she exposes her breasts. Nudity is however done in a tasteful manner.] but The Moon card does depict a sexy looking Lunar Goddess but how do you expect a Lunar Goddess to dress? The Tower does not show explosions or people falling to the ground. The Dark Lord (Devil) is not demonic looking, people are not chained but instead are some ugly looking toads. All is safe here.
It has been a new trend to include the zodiac symbols within the cards to give you a clue as to which zodiac sign is at work within each card. As handy as this might be, I'm not a huge fan of this new trend. It feels like subliminal astrological advertisements, which may sound odd but some of you might understand what I mean. Along with the zodiac signs, Hebrew letters and Runes are includes in the cards. To which I have no problems with.

The companion book for the Wizards Tarot is great and is a must have if you get this deck. It is as unique as the deck. It explains the mythos of the Wizards Tarot world, the academy, detailed explanations of the cards symbols and meanings. The book explains what professor each of the Majors are. A few examples, The Magician is the professor of basic magic. The High Priestess is the professor of divination. The Dark Lord is the professor of the dark arts. What is most special is that each Major Arcana card has with it its own spread. For example, Transfiguration (Death) has a detailed 11 card past life spread. The Sun card includes a chart of the Sabbats, their dates, sun sign and degree along with their significance. In the Minors you are offered a Magic Charm which is offers a suggested way to focus on the cards energy to manifest it into your life. This is great if you want to use them for visualization and spell-casting. For example the Magic Charm for the 2 of Cups is "Focus on the two of cups when you want to begin a new relationship or add new life to an existing relationship". The Royal Families do not have Magic Charms, they only have descriptions.

Overall this is a fantastic tarot deck that is a must own. It is highly unique while staying within the boundaries of tradition. It is easy to read, exciting to use, learn and explore. The companion book is one you will actually use, most companion books don't have enough to make me want to use them, this book however does. The material in it is a great resource.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Deck but some flawed information June 15 2011
By Sassy - Published on Amazon.com
I was very skeptical about this tarot deck when it first came out because of it's obvious "Harry Potter" looking theme. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed and beautiful the art work was. I've just started slowly working with the deck and recently began reading the accompanying book. There is a lot of good information so far on the colors/planetary associations, Hebrew letters and their meanings along with thorough explanations on the meaning and symbolism in great detail. I really wanted to give this deck a 5 star rating however, I have already found some serious errors of information in the book that while may appear to be simple, are in fact large mistakes especially in light of their basic knowledge. For example, in the book it is explained that the wheat growing in the card symbolizes Persephone and says that she is the mother goddess who makes the earth barren when her daughter goes missing. Perhaps this is a typo, I sure hope it is. Most any Witch knows from basic study that Persephone is the daughter that is taken by Hades and it is Demeter who is the Mother Goddess who makes the earth barren. I still haven't read the entire book but now I'm concerned about other possible errors throughout. As for myself, I have taken pen to the book and made corrections where needed. The deck is gorgeous but be careful when reading the book for basic, but large mistakes.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Curriculum in Tarot Magic March 28 2011
By schmedrake - Published on Amazon.com
With hundreds of decks in my collection, I'm someone who really appreciates any attempt to do something fresh and heretofore unseen in tarot. And the Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner, with illustrations by John J. Blumen, doesn't disappoint.

Set in the Harry Potteresque world of Mandrake Academy, the Wizard's Tarot is all about magick. Blumen's skilled illustrations create a unique world of scholarship, mysticism and fantasy. Although the images are based on RWS symbolism, nearly all of the 78 cards incorporate some new element to freshen up the traditional imagery, while still maintaining the familiarity of tarot's master deck. Many of the cards go even further, presenting a new and unexpected approach to traditional symbolism.

Corrine Kenner, one of the tarot world's most popular authorities, has created a book packed with information and tools for unraveling the mysteries of the tarot and uncovering the magic within. In addition to delivering each card's meaning, the book also reveals the magical application of each of the major arcana and fully illustrated pip cards, with each of the court cards introducing us to characters from the fantasy world that contains Mandrake Academy. As an added bonus, each of the major arcana cards comes with its own unique spread to help you further absorb the meaning and intent of these major life lessons.

As a tarot collector, I have many decks I look at once and then relegate to "collection status" (meaning I may never look at them again). But with the magical world of Mandrake Academy so artfully illustrated and seamlessly incorporated into the deck--not to mention the interesting spreads and magical applications offered in the book--this set will not be hitting the shelf anytime soon.

As an added note, if Amazon would have allowed me to give this deck 4 1/2 stars, that would have been my rating. After much internal debate, I rounded it up to 5 stars based on the brilliance and utility of Ms. Kenner's previous works, including Tarot Journaling: Using the Celtic Cross to Unveil Your Hidden Story and Tarot for Writers.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Mandrake Academy March 31 2011
By Bonnie Cehovet - Published on Amazon.com
The "Wizards Tarot" brings together a lifetime of wisdom from two separate individuals that melds together into one perfect form. Corrine Kenner brings her knowledge of the Tarot and metaphysical subjects (with the ability to allow Seekers to actually place the esoteric world to good use in their lives). The concept for this deck is Corrine's, as was the choice of symbols for the cards. John Blumen has an eclectic portfolio that includes industrial design, children's books and fantasy art. His magic wand brought the concept for this deck to life.

In the accompanying Handbook (companion book) the very first line of the introduction takes the Seeker directly into the world of the "Wizards Tarot". How does it do this? By introducing us to the Mandrake Acadamy, Here the Seeker is the student, and the Tarot is the teacher. Modern professors inhabit the rolling plains of the academy, bringing the ancient arts of witchcraft and wizardry to a new generation of students.

The professors take the form of the Major Arcana cards, leading their students through a series of twenty-one lessons in basic magic. In the Minro Arcana the student meets other students, young magicians honing their craft. The four suits illustrate the four schools of magic - Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

I love the concept of an animal familiar, and everyone at the Mandrake Academy (student and teacher) has one. In the Court cards the student will find the elemental beings that guard the school: Salamanders (Fire), Undines (Water), Sylphs (Air) and Gnomes (Earth). Kenner notes that the student needs to remember to be respectful, as the elemental creatures are unpredictable.

There is lovely whimsy here too - the calendar year for the Mandrake Academy is a year and a day, referred to as the traditional time for magical initiates. Everything the student needs to get started is in the "Wizards Tarot" kit, with the Tarot cards acting as the student's tools, and the Handbook instructing the student how to use their tools.

The deck and book are housed in a box that opens from the top. The front of the box shows an image of the World, while the back of the box gives information about the deck and its use.

The "Wizards Tarot Handbook" is a 242 page book that introduces the concept of the "Wizards Tarot", and presents each Major Arcana card with a black and white image, a description of the energy of the card, key symbols, practical magic using the energy of the card, along with a spread based on the card's energy. The Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards) are presented with a black and white image, their Magic Power, their Magic Charm, and key symbols. The Court cards are presented with a black and white image, the card's esoteric title, and a description of the card imagery.

The deck itself is Rider-Waite based, a traditional 78 card deck with 22 Major Arcana cards. 40 Pips and 16 Court cards. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The Court cards are Page, Knight, Queen and King. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI.

The Major Arcana are as follows:

The Initiate (The Fool)
The Magician - Professor of Basic Magic
The High Priestess - Professor of Divination
The Empress - Professor of Herbal Magic
The Emperor - Headmaster of Mandrake Academy
The Hierophant - Professor of Mythology
The Lovers - Professor of Spellcraft
The Chariot - Professor of Astral Travel
Strength - The Professor of Familiar Creatures
The Hermit - Librarian and Professor of Candle Magic
The Wheel of Fortune - Guidance Counselor
Justice - Professor of Ethics
The Hanged Man - Professor of Runes
Transfiguration (Death) - Professor of Transfiguration
The Alchemist (Temperance) - Professor of Alchemy
The Dark Lord (The Devil) - Professor of the Dark Arts
The Tower - A Visitor's Guide to the Tower
The Star - Professor of Astrology
The Moon - Professor of Lunar Magic
The Sun - Professor of Solar Magic
Judgment - Proctor of Final Exams
The World - queen of the Witches

The Handbook is one of the most unique companion books I have ever seen. It is also really, really sneaky! While the student is learning to read the Tarot, they are also learning how to do things like create a magic circle, brew herbal elixirs, work with crystals and more! For example, the chapter on the Initiate guides the student in the use of visualization and entering the cards. The spread offered in this chapter is also quite unique. Specific cards are used: the Initiate is placed in the center, with the Magician on its left and the High Priestess on its right. The Initiate represents the Seeker as they are in the present moment. Within the symbols of the Magician one symbol will stand out. This symbol represents a gift or talent that the student has already mastered. The High Priestess is meant to stretch the student's skills as an oracle.

The practical magic for the Empress is the creation of a crystal elixir to help your garden grow. The spread for the Emperor is the Four Square Spread, which enables the student to achieve a clearer understanding of the four realms of their existence. Something else that interested me in the chapter on the Emperor was the chart of Greek and Roman Pantheon, with both the Greek and Roman names for the mythological characters, as well as the Tarot Major Arcana cards that represent them. The spread for the Chariot is entitled "Charioteer's Time Travel Spread". I love the idea of the Chariot as the Professor of Astral Travel, and this spread, which combines Past/Present/Future with Body/Mind/Spirit.

The following is an example of Magic Power and Magic Charm:

"Eight of Wands

Magic Power : The Eight of Wands is a card of long-distance messages and instant communication.

Magic Charm: Focus on the Eight of Wands when you want to communicat quickly and effectively."

At the end of the Handbook is a list of recommended reading - a wonderful addendum to the resources offered through working with the cards.

The cards themselves are approximately 2 " by 4 ", of good quality card stock. The backs have a marbled blue background, with gold markings in the center. They are not reversible. The faces show a " gold and blue border, with a gold strip across the bottom of the card for the card title.

The artwork is digital, with a good depth of color. They do he Mandrake Academy theme proud, showing the true magic that this deck evokes ... magic that we can all have in our lives. Some of the cards are very true to the Rider-Waite tradition, some are not. The Chariot shows a witch on a broom, flying over pyramids. The Initiate shows a female figure in a white gown, with a yellow robe, standing in front of a circle of stones. Her left hand is reaching into her leather pouch, while in her right hand she carries her magical familiar, a white rabbit.

The Lovers shows a male and a female figure seated, facing each other across a wooden desk, quill pens in hand. Standing over them is a female figure, dressed in white, holding an apple in her hand. The Wheel of Fortune shows a female figure seated at a spinning wheel, with ghost-like figures in the background. The wheel has eight spokes, each spoke representing a rite of passage.

The Dark Lord (the Devil) shows a male figure standing between two fiery torches, with two large toads on leashes in front of him and an inverted Pentagram behind his head. I don't know if this is intentional or not, but the figure in the Nine of Cups to me strongly resembles Tarotist Barbara Moore.

Strength shows a female figure, dressed in white, petting a dragon. The Magician is quite an impelling figure, dressed in a black robe with gold cuffs, his wand held in his raised right hand, with the symbols of a Sword, Cup and Pentagram circling around him, and red roses and white lilies circling his feet. The Hierophant shows a centaur - half man, half horse. The Three of Swords shows the swords all going straight down, rather than having the two outside swords coming in at an angle. Transfiguration shows a figure in the process of shapeshifting from a man into Proteus butterfly. In front of him are a skull and two white candles, lit.

I found this deck, and the accompanying Handbook, to be a treasure trove of information, a true gift to the Tarot student. Very "Harry Potterish", yet very precise and real. If you pay attention to it, and respect it, this deck will take you far.

© March 2011 Bonnie Cehovet
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this deck! :) April 4 2011
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
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I own over a hundred Tarot decks, but this is the first that actually makes me want to study the book that comes with it. I love the idea of becoming a student at Mandrake Academy. And every card teaches me something new, not just about Tarot, but about crystals, herbalism, astrology, astral travel ... I'm studying a few cards every day, and I'll have more to say when I complete the "course", but it is wonderful! If you want to easily learn (or take a refresher course) in everything metaphysical and Tarot-related, this is the perfect, simple and wonderfully presented way to do it! So great, I already bought a second deck for a friend!
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