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Cards & Curios
with Dan Pelletier

I walked across the street, protecting my cup of coffee, and pulled up sharply.

Cards and Curios was closed. Lights off, door closed. I cupped my hands around my face to look in through the window.


I heard a metallic clink and turned to see Eli shuffling with a key ring.

"Been away for a bit. Jerusha and I attended The Readers Studio in New York City, then vacationed there for a few days."

"Did you enjoy it?"

"The Amberstones do terrific work. They have a love not only for Tarot, but for their students - The Tribe. It shows in everything they do. You should plan to attend."

"Did you find any new decks? Anything that really stands out?"

He turned the key in the lock and we entered the darkened store. He hit switches in an old fuse box and the lights flickered on.

Jerusha hurried in after us, and without a sound, dropped some decks on the glass counter to my right and continued on, vanishing into the back of the store. TAROT GARDEN

I picked up two from the pile.

"Black and white? That's cool."

Eli looked over his spectacles, "Black and white? Best look carefully at them. The ShadowFox Tarot is more about shadows and brightness, and the two pages devoted to each card in the book contain more information about each card than many weighty tomes."

I opened the Silver Era Tarot, and was promptly stunned. It's not black and white at all. Aunia Kahn's art uses a limited palette in a haunting style. Each card has a brief splash of colour as an accent that helps pull us into the image.

"Wow, that's intense."

"Here's something different." He slid a colourful box in front of me.

"I don't think so, I'm not into cutesy little fairy decks."

"That's because you haven't looked at it."

I opened the Shadowscapes Tarot box and pulled out the The Shadowscapes Companion, written by the artist, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, and Barbara Moore. I read two pages from the introduction by Barbara Moore, then stopped. I looked up at Eli.

"Don't say it, I know what you're thinking. Pretty deep stuff that, especially for an introduction. Brief, concise, to the point, and perhaps two or three of the best paragraphs written on how to read Tarot."

"May be her best work to date."

Jerusha appeared next to me and pulled the cards out of the box, took the book from my hand, and slapped the deck in its place.

The alarm on my phone told me I had another appointment. I'd just spent an hour lost in the Shadowscapes world.

"Oh my gosh… I have to scoot."

Eli chuckled. "Not what you expected, is it?"

I heard Jerusha from the back of the store, "You can be a very hasty man, you know."

"Sorry. I thought it'd be insipid, but it was anything but."

"We'll see you next time."

"Be well…" came the voice from the back of the store.

Dan Pelletier is the author of 'The Process - The Way of the Tarot Reader', articles appearing in the Tarot for Life website newsletter "Seeker's Journey", TarotSchool.com, and Tarot Passages; Dan has also published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden.com website library.

Dan has been reading Tarot for himself and others for close to four decades; is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden, a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet.

He lives north of Seattle Washington with his wife of 24 years Jan, his two cats Spook and Pookha, and 32 rosebushes.

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