REVIEW– JOURNEYING THE SIXTIES: A COUNTERCULTURE TAROT BY WILLIAM COOK HAIGWOOD

While this deck and the book are destined to be one of my favorites, I would only use it to read cards for people I know.  There is still misunderstanding and an unhealable schism between the Baby Boomer generation:  those that went and those that did not.  I will briefly say that despite the protests—at least in Philadelphia where I grew up—I never witnessed anyone spitting on a military person.  Quite the opposite.  I hung out at coffee houses, was against the war, but went to USO dances and felt quite close to those who chose to go.  I believe it was a social class thing because I was from a blue collar area where not many went to college (and therefore  exempt from the draft).  The soldiers, sailors, marines were my neighbors, relatives, friends.  We all shared the best music ever written, we all had the same dreams and hopes, we just took different paths to what we thought was the right way, for us. 

That said, I want to add that this deck and book have awakened so much emotion in me.  I remember it all. And while I was always too shy to cavort about nakedly (as many of us were) I passionately believed in peace, equality, and a better world for future generations.  I was anti-war, pro-feminist, and a civil rights activist. I followed the 22 steps of the Fool’s Journey, so similar to the Hero’s Journey, and now I look back from my final journey and would do it all again. This doesn’t mean that succeeding generations cannot enjoy or learn from the deck.  I believe in the universal archetypes used in the Major Arcana and I like how the author divides the suits: Wands (Inspiration, as in the clash of ideas that inspired the Counterculture); Swords (Conflict as seen in street wars with a cultural backlash); Cups (Attachments from new lifestyles that formed new relationships and feelings); and Pentacles (or What Remains materially and spiritually from the Sixties).  There should be no gulf between the Sixties and Twenties.  All is circular, and what went on then, still continues now.

The cards and book were not sold together. I bought mine from Amazon, a phenomenal 600 page book that can be read from cover to cover or with your layout of cards as a guide to what the author was thinking when he combined the action of the counterculture with tarot symbolism. I found my deck of cards from The Game Crafter and was ecstatic to receive them before the promised date.   Some reviewers are asked if the cards are flimsy or if they will stand up to the querents who shuffle.  I don’t know.  They felt substantial to me but I do have a light touch.  I never shuffle as if I’m in a game of poker and I ask the querents to shuffle quietly while they think about their question and get their vibrations on the cards.  If they drop cards, I always keep them separate and read them as the most important part of their journey. 

All tarot readers know that the tarot is exactly that, one person’s journey, and each person has a different path.  No one is wrong or right.  The querent seeks the answer to personal questions and the reader seeks the best way to interpret, the best way to help the seeker. The Counterculture Tarot is an important deck of symbolism for Seekers on the path of truth…