The BARDO BEAR STORYTIME ADVENTURE TAROT is HERE!
This set of cards has been designed to be used in a variety of fashions.
On one hand, the B-Bear deck is a TAROT: 78 cards divided into Major and Minor Arcana. The Major cards all have connection to the basic themes expressed in the 22 Greater Trumps as we’ve come to know and love them-and one may certainly read them along such lines. The Minor cards, however, begin to veer away from the division into four Suits and fall into categories of People, Places and Things. This is where the “Storytime Adventure” aspect comes into play!
You’ll find Ray Guns…
…and Samurai Pigs!
When laying out the cards, each one should be considered as a element in a tale that has yet to be told. Instead of utilizing Tarot spreads indicating factors at play with direct consideration of a Querent’s question, the B-Bear Tarot fills spaces in a developing storyline. This storyline may, indeed, be used as an oracle regarding any area of concern by transposition onto the scenario. However, it is recommended that the user of this deck get familiar with the function of these cards through practice with generating simple stories before relating these tales to the question at hand.
“The Star” – Know it…and THROW IT!
A very simple approach to this practice may be designating three “slots,” one for each developing part of the “adventure.” Card one sets the “scene,” tells us where we are at and, perhaps, introduces a main character. Card two interjects a new factor (person, place or thing) into this setting-and card three indicates how this interaction plays out.
Death is never the end in the B-Bear Tarot!
Because of the diversity of images, a storyline may not be immediately apparent. This is where the reader will need to consider what, exactly, is being expressed in each card. It would be quite easy, for example, to look at the Space Bear card (allocated to The World or Universe in traditional Tarot decks) and begin the story with: “There was a Teddy Bear who went to the Moon…” The IMPLICATIONS of the card, however, may be a theme of exploration, travel, shifting of circumstance, victory, pride and so forth. Depending on where the card falls, the IDEA one is hit with may be more applicable to a successful story than a surface read.
“Space Bear” -He’s OUT THERE!
This approach and others are discussed in the accompanying chapbook for the B-Bear Tarot.
This deck is a multidimensional tool and will work on many levels. It is a sweet and fun set of images and “safe” for any little one who would wish to create their own stories. Parents can share in this with their kids, working together to build an adventure.
Beyond this, the deck is tool for “kids of all ages” to generate an unfolding plot which may be related to deep levels of psychology. This is where the images give rise to personal mythmaking and explorations of a Jungian nature. Examples of this will be provided in the book.
“The Hanged Bear” -seeing the world from a different point of view!
We are already working on Booster Packs for this deck (and this may be the first time in Tarot History that a deck extends into Boosters!). This will allow card switch-outs to introduce focused themes in the B-Bear Universe (such as the Mayan Adventure with “Little Quetzalcoatl”).
The BARDO BEAR STORYTIME ADVENTURE TAROT is offered for $50 + post. Each deck includes accompanying chapbook with tipped on color plate for removal and framing, if wished.
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