A Beginnerís Guide
to Learning Tarot
By James W. Revak

Computerized Readings
(continued)

SOFTWARE FOR DESKTOP COMPUTERS

Cover from Thinking TarotThinking Tarot (book) and CyberTarot (software) (Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0684822741) by Edward A. Aviza.  The book and software are sold as a bundle only.

The software from this package offers two decks, the well-known Rider Tarot and The Mythic Tarot (by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, illustrations by Tricia Newell).  The user may select from six spreads or can create his/her own.  The generally well written divinatory meanings vary by deck; however, they fail to vary by spread position.  The program can display reversed cards; however, it fails to display reversed meanings.  Instead, you must supply your own.

Illustration (above): Cover from Thinking Tarot (copyright © 1997 Aviza).

Other features include an easy-to-use interface, the ability to store spreads, print spreads (both card images and divinatory meanings), customize divinatory meanings, store written comments, hear spoken narrative, and listen to the program’s music.  You use your keyboard and mouse to shuffle and select cards.

The package includes the book Thinking Tarot, which presents divinatory meanings for each card of a RWS deck with which it is illustrated.

The program can run on most Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, and NT computers, according to the author. 

Cover from Tarot Magic Tarot Magic, Version 1.0 (Visionary Networks, ISBN 0965786110). 

This program offers ten decks, from the well-known Rider Tarot to an historic Tarot of MarseillesHowever, it does not include such popular decks as the Thoth Tarot and Robin Wood Tarot.  The user may select from eleven spreads.  The divinatory meanings, by Christine Payne-Towler, are generally well written and vary by spread position; however, they fail to vary by deck.  The program can display reversed meanings.  However, it fails to display reversed cards; the user must imagine them reversed.

Illustration (above): Cover from instruction booklet for Tarot Magic (copyright © 1998 Visionary Networks).

Other features include an attractive, easy-to-use interface, and the abilities to store and print spreads (both card images and divinatory meanings), store written comments, hear spoken narrative, and listen to the program’s music.  You use your mouse to shuffle, cut, and select cards. 

The package also includes essays on Tarot from Payne-Towler’s book The Underground StreamUnfortunately, she makes numerous errors, introduces many misconceptions, and repeats unsubstantiated legends almost as though they are factual history.

The program can run on most Windows 95, 98 and NT and Apple Macintosh computers, according to the publisher. 

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