After over 30 years of teaching and studying the Tarot, I've decided to share my insights into this fascinating subject.
Lush visuals offer a beautiful backdrop to an application that is entertaining, informative
and extremely useful.
I have attempted to design an application that offers a complete Tarot solution. Extensive
interpretations are coupled with a system where you can add your own thoughts about
and history with any card. The computerized Tarot spreads automatically generate
reading text; which you can then edit and save in an ever-growing library. You can
also add readings that are performed with your own cards.
Everything you write can be emailed or Tweeted to others; so that you can share the ups
and downs in your life.
One very nice feature of Arcana is that you can set the size and type of the text that
appears throughout the application. This allows you to make Arcana more of a reflection
of who you are as an individual.
Another feature of Arcana is that the card images can be drug around, resized (pinch/zoom)
and put back with simple gestures. In a reading, you can simply tap on a card to
see a popup of my interpretation of that card.
Special graphical effects are sprinkled throughout Arcana. [They can be turned off if
you'd prefer a simpler app.]
Three types of computerized Tarot Readings are presented in Arcana: A Tarot Journey
Past - Present - Future,
Circle of Life,
Reading text is automatically generated for each of the computerized Tarot spreads. You
can, in Options, decide whether that text will contain only the card and its position
in the reading, or will also contain keywords associated with that card; and you
can also choose to add a brief synopsis of that card's meaning.
Past - Present - Future
This is a typical Indicator Card style of reading; where you are able to gain a quick
view of the current situation without the distraction of having to study too many
cards. Three cards give you the essence of what has led to the current situation,
the challenges you are now facing; and the likely outcome if you continue on your
Circle of Life
This is my personal favorite style of Tarot reading. It is based on the twelve houses
in astrology (though you really do not have to have any knowledge of that subject
to use this reading successfully). The entirety of your life is divided into twelve
different areas; everything from family to career. Studying each card, as is relates
to that area of your life, can be quite informative. Noticing the relationships that
form between cards/areas, where your weaknesses and strengths lie; can give you incredible
insight into how to better the self.
This most popular type of Tarot spread is an invaluable tool. It allows you to plumb
the depths of one question, from many different angles. The ten cards offer a depth
of detail that gives you the ability to immerse yourself in fixing a nettlesome problem
or to properly appreciate and celebrate a happy occurrence in your life.
A long-standing dispute about the Celtic Cross reading is that everyone tends to agree
that there are ten cards, but disagree strongly about what those cards refer to!
I've solved that issue in Arcana by giving you the ability to label the ten cards
however you like; making it your own, personal, Celtic Card spread.
The Tarot Card Library section of Arcana contains a medium-sized books' worth of text, written by me; utilizing all the notes that I've compiled over the years.
My interpretations of the cards are fairly standard. However, you will discover that
I tend to orient my thoughts towards the betterment of the self. If a card tends
to be a good one, then I will demonstrate how one might use one's good fortune to
work even harder. If a negative card presents itself, I will not shy away from showing
how personal faults and errors in judgement were the ultimate cause of your misfortune.
Rarely will I admit that a random act of the Universe brought you either good or bad
tidings. I believe that we are always responsible for what happens to us in life;
and my interpretations reflect that world view.
Some might find my interpretations to be more vivid than they are used to. My editor
found my writings to be fascinating; but often commented that she couldn't believe
that I would actually state some things in the ways that I did. The reason that I
chose to use such stark imagery was in an effort to convey important information
through dramatic imagery.