Carnival at the End of the World Tarot

New Moon solar eclipse in Leo

Hello, New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo! Another eclipse is upon us and like most eclipses, they're good at shaking up routines, dragging things into the light, and making you create some drastic changes. This eclipse may bring big changes and fresh starts, I think that is something a lot of us are eager for. I'm ready, are you?

I was in the mood to give the Carnival at the End of the World tarot deck a big test drive outside of daily draws, so I've pulled a card for each astrological sign - not just the elemental groups like last time! I hope these mini tarotscopes bring you some fresh perspectives to work with as we begin a new moon cycle.

DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

There's a lot of Page energy on the table! Honestly, I wasn't surprised at all as this eclipse has been really moving things around for a lot of us and creating the perfect foundation to build anew. Breathe in the new and breathe out the old... clingy... unhelpful things in our life.

ARIESPage of Coins
Keep your focus and your drive by continuing to add new skills and experiences under your belt. These will help set the foundation to future projects and endeavors. Don't worry about getting something wrong, that will get better over time and with practice.

TAURUS - Page of Wands
The solar eclipse may reveal a new path in your life to delve into. Be adventurous and shake off any fear so you can take a closer look. You may stumble upon something that sparks your interest and be worth exploring more.

GEMINIThe Chariot
Create your own personal vehicle to move you forward. You do have what it takes, don't doubt yourself this month. Sometimes just forcing through the blockage is what is needed to get us closer to what we really want. This requires an inner drive that you didn't know you had!

CANCER10 of Swords
Cancer... I know some of you are feeling it pretty hard lately and you may feel this card pretty hard, too. Just remember that whatever is trying to pull you down even more will pass and you will soon feel more and more like yourself once again.

LEO7 of Cups
This makes me think a lot of "buying online vs. buying in store". It's so hard to know for sure if what you ordered is really the right thing until it ends up at our door with some major let downs. It happens to the best of us! Live and let learn, don't let it rain on your parade.

VIRGO - 9 of Wands
Right now, the best advice is to keep your energy up and maintain it for a little while longer. Soon you can put your feet up and really get in some TLC. Just keep the end results in mind to help make this effort worth it when you do reach them!

LIBRA2 of Wands
Let your passion lead you in the direction of where to go or what to do next. What lights your fire? What really gets you excited and amped up? Follow that feeling and see where it takes you! Then you can reassess and see if you would like to keep going or change route.

SCORPIOPage of Swords
The best approach right now is to do what you can in order to get others to listen. If you have something to say or something to add, speak up! Don't let others silence you just because they may think you don't know what your talking about. You don't need their approval, you just need them to understand. Others will take you serious if you show that you are serious.

SAGITTARIUS3 of Cups
I really get a "slow down" feeling from this card despite it usually seen as a happy, joyous event. It's telling you to not wear yourself out trying to be there for everyone else. You need to restore your own emotional needs right now because frankly, I think this eclipse season is draining you. It's time to take care of yourself now.

CAPRICORNAce of Cups
Your cup is full so let it overflow! Fill the hearts of others, say yes to that new date, let yourself feel all the good feels, and don't let others steal your joy! We need this kind of energy right now flowing in the air and through our communities. Don't be afraid to open your heart to others and let them know how much they mean to you.

AQUARIUSThe Moon
Wrap yourself up in some mystery, you don't need to shed light on everything you're doing and working on right now. While yes, it's fun to let the cat out the bag but sometimes we need to keep somethings under lock and key until the right time. go ahead and drop hints, sneak peeks, and even some guessing... but keep your lips shut for a little while longer.

PISCESThe Devil
This is a good warning for you Pisces, watch where you're spending your energy and double check that it's being spent in ways that will feed your soul rather than weigh it down. It can be far too easy to get absorbed into unhealthy behaviors and before you know it, you're addicted to some strange new habit that is far much harder to break than it was to gain..

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Weekly Reading: July 23-29

This month is moving quick, I can't believe we're almost into August... which means we're closer to Halloween, my favorite time of the year. This week we have a Full Moon in Aquarius popping up later this week, I'll be posting some mini Tarotscopes for this moon on Thursday so keep a watch for those!

This week I'm using a new deck, Carnival at the End of the World (let's just call this the Carnival tarot from here on out, haha) and if you missed it, I posted a review of this deck here.

I'm short on time today so I'm pulling a quick two-card "to do and not to do" this week, which I find quick effective and frankly I'm not sure why I don't use this little spread more often for weekly guidance! It gets right to the gist of things.

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Deck: Mystic Mondays

To do - 4 OF COINS

Usually when I see the 4 of Coins show up it tells me that you or someone is being a little too tight, a little too greedy, and a little too attached... however this week, I think that might be the right thing to do! I know for myself, payday isn't until next week so being a bit frugal with my spending is key if I want to make it through till then, perhaps you're in the same boat. Let's try to be a little more careful with our spending and keep a sense of security this week. We don't need to be a greedy jerk about it, just be a little more wise with how and where you spend it. The goal this week is to keep you standing on a firm foundation!

Not to do - KING OF WANDS

The King of Wands this week is urging us to hold back a bit (much like the 4 of Coins) and reserve your energy. I often relate the King of Wands to Dr.  Gregory House on the tv show House. At his best, he's a leader who can figure things out at the last minute, he's driven with pure passion and obsession. At his worst, he's impulsive and blows his lid very easily! Take this into perspective this week to simply not lose your head and try to refrain from jumping right in and taking over, let someone else play commander this week.  Sometimes our ego can fill our heads so much that we overlook others and the situations we are in, next thing we know we're on a boat with no paddle and stuck in hellish waters.


I've been working closely with the Septarian stone lately when it comes to my tarot studies and writing. It's a fantastic stone to work with for communication, public speaking, confidence, and getting the right words out. I find it to be a perfect stone for tarot readers or those who blog, ahem.

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What do you see in the cards this week?
Let me know in the comments!

DECK REVIEW: Carnival at the End of the World Tarot

Hello, new deck!! I've been waiting for this deck since I first saw it back in October of last year and it's finally in my hands! I had to skip the Kickstarter since I couldn't swing the funds at the time but I finally pre-ordered this deck in February. I've been on the edge of my seat since last month when I saw the decks were starting to ship and seeing images of the cards on Instagram has been killing me since I was trying not to look at the whole deck because I like to be surprised when I go through the deck on my own. It's been hard not to look but I'm glad I waited, some cards were a happy surprise for me to see!

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This deck was created by two artists, Nicholas Khan and Richard Selesnick, who are both located in New York. Their art style is very captivating to me, it feels like a mix of old carnival and vibes of the 1930's. The images really give you a story within each card and you can pick up subtle theatre vibes, I also absolutely love the clothing and costumes worn by the figures in the cards!

The deck comes with 84 cards. There are 6 extra cards that you can choose to use or not. I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them just yet but I always like to keep a deck together when it comes with extra cards, it just feels like it should be kept as a whole. I was told by Nick, one of the artists of the deck, that the extra cards are not yet mentioned in the book that comes separate, but will in future editions. So it's best to use your intuition with these or give them a set meanings. I will be thinking over these and dissecting the images for sure! Three of them feel very "elemental" but not quite fully (top three in the picture above). The other three are bat themed, but all quite different. I love Madame Lulu in the dress!

The wait for this deck was hard but so worth it as the deck did not disappoint! It's just gorgeous and really feels different than the others being released right now. There is a charm about it that I just can't put my finger on, but it feels like magic. I plan to do a deep dive study with this deck. While some cards for sure have a RWS feel to them, most are entirely their own.

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A few of my favorite cards

Besides the cards I had shown in the first picture on this post (or all in fact), here are a few others that caught my attention. There is something very rigid and cold about the King of Swords and I love how they were depicted in this deck, made of entirely swords. The cold, hard metal just really captures the spirit of this court card well. Next up is the 3 of Swords, a very fresh depiction of this image that we all know so well. I totally see Baba Yaga vibes in this card and I plan to dive a bit into this area of the card.

I love, love, love the Ace of Wands! You have a beaver cutting away a tree only to make a "pencil" that is breaking out in fire. I love the energy in that card!

I'm always up for a good Devil and this one didn't disappoint, I want to go to whatever party they're hosting! Lastly, I adore the Chariot and their pieced together vehicle. The Chariot to me is always about having fear but not showing it, hiding it out of sight and just pushing forth out of will - I get that feeling in this card. Sometimes you need to do adult things but don't feel like an adult yet, that's me right now at the age of 35.

This deck is loaded with so many tiny details and nudges of folklore wrapped within the artwork. I feel like I'll be noticing new things with each use and that is exciting!

Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
Hands down, amazing! If you're a fan of Uusi decks and their card stock... you're in for a treat! I discovered that the creators of this deck use the same card printing company as Uusi, so the card stock is the same as the Pagan Otherworlds tarot and it's truly divine. The Pagan Otherworlds tarot features my favorite card stock to date (though it will be changing in the future, sadly) and I'm thrilled to find it again in this deck. The card stock is, in my opinion, the "Goldie Locks" in the world of card stock... perfect thickness and just the right amount of bend, lush texture and smooth gliding.

Shuffling

It's no surprise that this deck shuffles well, just based on the card stock alone makes it a dream to shuffle. The cards are a great size, they feel pretty standard to me but I haven't measured them up yet, maybe a tad longer than your traditional tarot deck. They fit nice in your hand and it's easy to riffle and overhand shuffle. If you like to spread all your cards on the table and mash them around, you would have fun with this deck as the cards are slippery and move with ease.

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In the package
I opted to get just the deck, so mine came with the box and the cards. No booklet or guidebook, but they do have an optional 108-page guidebook available. I will be ordering it soon so I can have an idea of what the artists envisioned. However, since this deck doesn't come with a book it really gives you a chance to get intimate with the cards and develop your own interpretations, which I love! I'll be doing that now until the book is ordered, then I can add more layers into the interpretations.

Diversity
The bodies of the figures in general are all thin, but there is some BIPOC being represented in this deck which makes me happy to see, though there should always be a lot more. Most figures in the deck are wearing costumes and masks. One of my favorite cards in this deck is the Queen of Coins (see first image of post) and it is gorgeous!!

Overall
I think I made it pretty clear, but I'll say it again if not - I love this deck! From the card backs to the card stock to the deck's images... it's very well done and worth the price, though I was able to get the deck at the early bird price - It is currently $50 I believe. I'm thrilled to add this to my rotation of working decks and will be using it often! I look forward to digging deeper into this deck and getting to know the cards better!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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If you have this deck, how are you liking it?
Or is it on your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments below!

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