Thursday, 22 March 2012

Maat Tarot App Review

Julie Cuccia-Watts has been a long-time favourite tarot creator of mine.  Her first deck, the Ancestral Path Tarot (U.S. Games, 1996, sadly OOP), was the second deck I bought myself, after the Radiant Rider Waite (U.S. Games, 2003) which I got when I did an introduction to tarot course.  And her Maat Tarot (self-published, 2006) is another amazing, innovative and totally beautiful piece of work (or 78 of them, to be precise).  I am also eagerly awaiting the publication of her Journey Into Egypt Tarot, due out in 2013.  So, imagine my joy when I discovered that Julie had released an iPhone app of the Maat Tarot!

Not only is this a very affordable way to get access to the Maat Tarot, the quality of the images is exceptionally good!  The app also includes detailed information on every card, including a description of the image, an interpretation, and an explanation of the timing, season/day, and moon phase based on Julie's application of the lunar calendar to the tarot.  While it doesn't have as much information as the book that accompanies the card deck, it is still very informative.

A nice touch is the fact that you can choose whether or not to work with reversals, negative cards (not sure what exactly that means - Death, the Tower, and the Ten of Swords?), and whether to use all the cards, or a selection from the Majors, Courts and Pips.

I also really like the spreads that you can choose from: a single card draw, 3 two card readings (self/other, appearance/reality, if yes/if no), 2 three card readings (past-present-future, situation-action-new situation), a five card reading (past-self-present-suggested action-possible outcome), and the celtic cross.  While this app doesn't offer the flexibility found in Ciro Marchetti's apps, where you can design your own spreads, this is still a pretty comprehensive selection.

Another thing which this app lacks compared to Ciro's apps is the ability to email a reading to yourself or someone else.  However, it's understandable that the app creators don't want to give unlimited access to these high res images, given piracy concerns.  Less understandable, though, is the fact that, while you can save readings, you can't give them a title or add any notes - a serious failing to my mind.  Another minor quibble is that the menus are a little clunky - for example, you often have to press the menu icon to be able to go backwards a page, and then have to press it again to go back again, making the process a little laborious.

There isn't yet a version specific to the iPad available, however the iPhone version works perfectly well on the iPad.  In fact, the image resolution is such that they still show up beautifully at twice the size, though the menu text looks a little pixelated.

Overall, I give this app four out of five stars.  The images are fabulous, the text is informative and easy to access, the spreads are very useful, and I just adore being able to carry this deck around with me wherever my phone goes.  A very reasonable price for a wonderful app,  I highly recommend it.

6 comments:

  1. There will also be a Journey into Egypt App just sent the contract into Tarot Media Company. I do like the idea of being able to title the readings that have been saved and the option of emailing a reading. Perhaps there could be a future upgrade?
    Julie Cuccia-Watts

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  2. Hi Julie,
    That's lovely to know! I am really enjoying this app, and it's a very affordable way to have access to these decks. An upgrade so that the saved readings can be titled would, in itself, change my rating to a 5! Emailing readings is more of an added bonus than a must, in my eyes.
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    Chloë

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  3. arrggghhh... not for Android? darn, i'd love this on my phone!

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  4. Hi Lisa,
    You could do a search, but I'm only aware of it being available for the iPhone, sorry. Still, there are some Android tarot apps I'm envious of, too :)

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  5. Hi, Chloe - Thanks for the great write up! The ability to save readings with a title will be available in a future rev, as well as a "make your own spread" feature.

    Lisa - no Android version at present - we have had terrible luck trying to find a competent Droid developer who will actually *do* the work.

    Anastasia

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  6. Hi Anastasia,

    That's great news - thanks for the update :)

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