Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Coins

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Wands. Traditionally this card is read as the start of a business project when upright and a poor time to start a business or change jobs when reversed.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Coins:

Morgan Greer Ace of Pentacles

Morgan Greer

Joie de Vivre Ace of Coins

 

Karma Ace of Coins

Karma Tarot

Haindl Ace Stones in the West

Haindl

How does the message of business and money beginnings get changed or enhanced in the four cards.

Leave your thoughts in the comments. What are your experiences with the Ace of Coins in your own readings? Thanks.

Decks Used:
1. Morgan Greer Tarot
2. Joie de Vivre Tarot
3. Karma Tarot
4. Haindl Tarot

Interview: Patrick Valenza

DeviantMoonBorderless_14Wands***LEAVE A COMMENT AND BE IN A DRAWING TO WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF THE DEVIANT MOON TAROT BORDERLESS EDITION***

Please help us welcome Patrick Valenza creator of the Deviant Moon Tarot, the borderless Deviant Moon Tarot and the Deviant Moon book. Interviewed here by Arwen Lynch, he shares thoughts on both versions of the Deviant Moon as well as his Deviant Moon book and his process.

Patrick says, “One of the best parts of creating the deck was “hunting” for specific textures as I respectfully tiptoed around the graveyards of eastern Long Island, N.Y. Background buildings were created with photographs I took from a local abandoned insane asylum. Rotted doors, windows and walls became castles, factories and cities.”

Arwen Lynch: Who or what first interested you in the tarot or in oracle cards?DeviantMoonBorderless_0Fool
Patrick Valenza: I discovered the tarot when I was about eight or nine years old back in 1975. The images fascinated my young mind and I studied them intently. While most of my friends copied drawings of Batman or Superman, I was busy designing the Fool and the Magician along the margins of my schoolwork.

AL: What is your favorite card in the deck?
PV: My favorite cards tend to be the darker ones, such as Death, the Devil and the Tower. My least favorite has always been the Hierophant.

DeviantMoonBorderless_5HierophantArwen Lynch: What was the first deck that truly inspired you?
PV: The first deck that inspired me as a child was the 1JJ Swiss deck as well as the Rider-Waite. When I became a teenager, I discovered images of the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, which inspired me to try and create my own hand-painted deck. The hand-painted deck I made in my adolescence later became the Deviant Moon when I reached middle age.

 

 

 

 

AL: What card in the Deviant Moon was the most challenge to paint?
PV: The most challenging aspect of the deck was trying to create custom gold coins for the Suit of Coins out of clay, which I then photographed and put into the art. So difficult, in fact, that I scrapped them and changed the suit to Pentacles after I had already submitted all the artwork to U.S. Games Systems for final publication. The coins just ruined the deck, however I may try them again in a future tarot project.

DeviantMoonBorderless_5Pentacles

AL: What lessons did you learn along the way?
PV: I learned a great deal of technical skills during the deck’s creation, such as Photoshop and digital photography. Up until the Deviant Moon, I was mainly a draftsman working in colored pencil.

AL: What card was the most challenging to write about for the upcoming companion book?
PV: Writing for the companion book was the most challenging project I ever worked on. I created the artwork for the Deviant Moon subconsciously. Writing about it made me stop and analyze the aftermath of it all. The book took almost three years to write. At times, I would spend days trying to find the right words for a simple paragraph. It was quite an accomplishment for me to finish it and my reward came when I hand delivered it to the good folks at U.S. Games Systems last spring.

DeviantMoonBorderless_2HighPriestessAL: How do you deal with creative block issues? Do you have any suggestions for those reading this?
PV: When I get creative blocks, I get out of my own way and let my unconscious mind take control. This is the part that connects best to my Muse. I just keep working until I get it. I usually figure out an artistic problem when I am waiting on line at a supermarket, driving, in the shower, or doing other mundane things that have nothing to do with my projects.

AL: What has been your greatest joy about the launch of your borderless deck?
PV: The borderless Deviant Moon came out over five years after the original. To me, it seems as if it is an entirely different deck and has its own personality. I am thrilled to see that so many feel the same way.

AL: What surprised you the most about creating your deck?
PV: The greatest surprise was how the deck connected me to so many people around the world. I love to hear from folks who say they were inspired in some way by the Deviant Moon.

AL: Name three people who are personal inspirations in the tarot or oracle world?DeviantMoonBorderless_11Cups
PV: Without question, Stuart Kaplan was my greatest tarot inspiration. When I discovered my first tarot deck as a boy, I was curious to know where these amazing cards came from, so I looked on the back of the box and saw his name. I used to think he was a wizard of same kind!
I also admire Paulina Cassidy for her magical illustrative style, as well as Lisa Hunt for her wonderful artistry and work ethic.

AL: Who are your favorite artists?
PV: My favorite style of art comes from pioneering animators such as Max Fleischer and Winsor McCay. I also admire all the unknown medieval woodblock cutters who created early tarot decks. Other favorites are Joan Miro, Max Ernst and Picasso.

AL: What do you do in your leisure time?
PV: In my leisure time I enjoy working on my creations. Luckily for me, work and play are the same.

AL: What is one piece of advice you would offer someone who wanted to create his or her own deck?
DeviantMoonBorderless_2SwordsPV: My advice would be to love it or leave it. You need to put your entire soul into an undertaking such as this for many, many years without expecting any reward in return. There are a zillion decks out there already. Make yours unique! Give it everything you’ve got!

AL: What does the future look like from your side of the computer?
PV: Right now I am working on three different decks at the same time, as well as a children’s book that I want to finish. The Deviant Moon has a sister deck, which I hope to submit for publication very soon.

Visit Patrick’s Deviant Moon site to learn more about his process and projects.

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Office Oracle: Paula Palmer

We love what we do here at USGames. It changes all the time plus we get to meet the most interesting people. So we wanted to return the favor and let you meet some of us. Here is our third Office Oracle featuring, Paula. She’s the mad scient…errr,Creative Director.

Stella asked: What’s the best thing about your job?

Paula answered: As Creative Director, I am fortunate to work with some amazingly talented people. Our artists and authors are so creative and passionate and they really inspire us to put out the best possible products we can. I love that USGS is a small company and allows us to be that way. We’re truly a family here and support each other, which I hope our artists and authors experience working with us.

Stella: What’s your favorite U.S. Games product?

Heartswitch_WitchClubPaula: That’s is not a fair question! On the games side, I’d have to go with Wizard or HeartSwitch even though I lose if I’m playing with my husband. On the tarot side, way too many to chose from. I’d have to go with Joie de Vivre, Ghosts and Spirits, and Deviant Moon (the borderless one is so cool!). Wait! Old English, too! and Pixie’s set! and a new surreal one that’s not out yet… UGH! See!?

Stella: What’s one thing you like to do when you are not at work?

Paula: Again with the hard choices! I’m indecisive so here are two: I love photography and try to shoot as often as I can, especially interesting textures and unusual points of view. I love to cook/bake as well and cupcakes are my favorite thing to make. Feeding friends and family makes me happy although I get nervous that someone may not like what I’ve made!

Stella: If you were a Tarot card, which one would you be?DeviantMoon_2HighPriestess

Paula: Hmm… all signs point to the High Priestess. I will take a secret to the grave with me; always try to follow my instincts and often regret when I don’t; and I always play devil’s advocate and try and point out all sides of an issue when there are decisions to be made.

Stella: What’s your favorite music?

Paula: Anything that moves me in some capacity. Whether it be toe-tapping blues or jazz, head-banging hard rock, or tear-inducing soul or classical music, if it causes me to react, I’ll love it. It’s amazing the effect music has over me and my crazy playlists often raise eyebrows!

2014 Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop: Increasing Creativity

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U.S. Games is happy to be joining in another round of the Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler for this round is Tarot Grandmaster Christiana Gaudet. She challenged our group to write about “Tarot, Healing and Creativity.”

In Paulina Cassidy’s newest deck (not Tarot), she offers up the idea of choosing two to three of her Witchlings to combine their energy. We offer up this spread to increase your creativity. We chose three Witchlings to serve as the positions of our Tarot spread. You are invited to share what cards you draw and anything you might like to share. There’s even a contest for you.

Spread for Increasing Creativity

    • Meditation,Witchlings by Paulina CassidyMeditation: The Witchling is Jasmine.

      Meditation is not just a journey
      But a shedding of worry and stress.
      Jasmine attunes her mind often
      To keep herself safe from distress.

      This spot will show you what type of meditation might benefit you most in terms of your creative processes. Some find chanting the most relaxing while others prefer to zone out to music. Maybe you are a walking meditation type. See what your cards tell you here.


    • Wish, Witchlings by Paulina CassidyWish: Orchid is the Witchling for this card.

      Orchid wished for happiness
      And then after a short while
      Her rain turned sunny
      Leaving her face with a smile.

      The second Witchling brings you the message of wishing. Creativity is fostered and fed by imagination. What better way to open up our creative channels than with a wish. Draw a card and see where your wishes can take you.


  • Relaxation, Witchlings by Paulina CassidyRelaxation: Petunia is our third and final Witchling.

    Like a river, Petunia flows
    So relaxed to end her day.
    Her mind melds into her spirit
    And with her body, drifts away.

    Our lovely third Witchling suggest that relaxation is the third way to increase your creativity. Sometimes, the brain just needs an out, right? So what card falls here can suggest some ways to relax and just let go.


    Why don’t you draw three cards from your nearest deck now? Share what they are for the positions of Meditation, of Wish and of Relaxation. One comment will be chosen to win their own Witchlings deck.

    Get extra entries for sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter or Google+ or Tumblr. Just leave the link in an additional comment. Good luck.

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