The following is a review of the Galaxy Tone Tarot app for the Android OS on the Samsung Captivate.
The Galaxy Tarot app for the Android platform is provided free of charge by Galaxy Tone Software (www.galaxytone.com) and can be downloaded to your Android OS phone from the site itself or from the Android Market that comes pre-installed on the phone, or can be downloaded here: http://www.android.com/market. The free app comes with advertisements at the bottom of the screen, but for a few dollars more an upgrade to remove the ads and add more spreads and themes can be purchased through a Paypal account.
Galaxy Tone Software also offers a Galaxy Runes app and an online store with a variety of tarot decks and books that can be purchased with either a credit card or Paypal account. Galaxy Tone Software prices are competitive in comparison to amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and eBay sellers, and is recommended as a tool for purchase such traditional and popular decks as the Rider-Waite, CrowleyThoth, Golden Tarot, and the Robin Wood tarot. They also offer a handful of more obscure and specialized decks.
The primary features of the Galaxy Tarot Android app include:
- Card shuffling and the option for personal selection or automatic draw at the push of a button.
- Several spreads to choose from (more available with the Pro version, three for the free plus a single card, ten total for the paid version.)
- A “spread analyzer”, not offered with many other digital formats, that gives a general interpretation of the reading based on the number of cards in each suit.
- Touch to flip: back, front and reversed.
- A built-in encyclopedia that describes the meaning of each card in depth from several different authors, including Arthur Edward Waite. (They aren’t greedy: links to other sites and interpretations are highlighted.)
- A host of backgrounds and themes, expandable by download (paid version) with the option of adding your own photo as wallpaper.
- Varying options for screen size and size of the cards.
- The ability to browse cards and go directly to the encyclopedia to quickly find meanings, history, differing interpretations, etc.
- The ability to save spreads by name, date and a notepad for details, making it possible to keep a journal of spreads for quick reference.
- Ability to decide whether or not to include reversed cards in the reading.
- Homescreen widget.
Pros: Built-in encyclopedia, meanings of the cards based on tradition and the oldest interpretations readily available,
thorough research into each card, quick access to card meanings on-the-fly, the ability to save readings, easy user interface, a million ways for customization.
Cons: Meaning of each position card in the spread not given, and some spreads are custom, leaving no way to know what each individual card means. One can only use the Rider-Waite deck for spreads. A nice touch to add interpretation, but useless in its attempt. If you can count, you don’t need it.
Overall, this is very well-researched and put together app for the Android phone and for the contribution to the world of Tarot from a group of people who obviously have a solid background in the history of divination. The choice for a single card for meditation and the ability to use various different spreads is an excellent way for beginner and expert alike to enjoy. The pictures are superb in HD and customizeable in various sizes, some that fill the entire screen, and is compatible with rotating phones for screen size. The app also has a widget that can be added to the home screen in varying sizes that displays the “card of the day” and is readily available when you turn on your screen, excellent for meditation throughout the day.
There is no push to purchase any products from the online store. The pro app that adds a multitude of themes and other spreads is not pricey, no more than $5 depending on the source. When using the free app or purchasing the Pro, there are no more monthly, yearly, past-life or future fees.
As yet, this is only an Android app.
The ability to save spreads by date, subject, notation, etc. is priceless. It is not limited to any internal block and depends solely on the amount of space on your phone and can be saved with the rest of your data on a normal back up. So it is possible, and extremely important, to keep a journal of spreads for future reference and saves the need to repeat the card spread in a written journal for busy people because when you pull up the date or however you arrange it, the spread is right there in picture, card by card, with your notes attached.
Does it work? Well, who knows you better than your cellphone? Honestly?
Tarot, like any other transcendental magic, works on energy. So naturally it is less reliable than a hands-on deck. A hands-on deck is guaranteed to render at least some results because the Galaxy Tarot, like any metaphysical tool, relies on energy. This tarot relies primarily on the energy of your battery, so once it is dead, so is your deck.
A subjective follow-up article based on experience is soon to come.
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