TarotBlogHop: Profound Moments

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Hello and welcome to the Fall Tarot Blog Hop. The person who gave us our topic is Morgan Drake Eckstein.

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot Ace of SwordsHe challenged us with the following:

In the life of everyone who deals with Tarot, there comes those moments where your understanding of the Tarot undergoes a radical change, or when one’s skill with the Tarot takes a giant leap forward. Sometimes this is the result of learning a new technique, or acquiring a special deck, or because of an event in one’s life; other times, it is the result of nothing that you can pinpoint. Whatever the cause, the end result is that you approach the Tarot in different manner than you did before.

I think that we here at U.S. Games can safely say that most profound moment for us was when Stuart met Pixie. Mr. Kaplan began his lifelong love of the tarot in 1968. He’s turned that hobby into a thriving business. His personal research into the Tarot has enriched the Tarot community as well as his own life.

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Ace of WandsIn an interview with Malcolm Muckle of Students of Tarot, Stuart was asked about Tarot being magical. Here is his response from this 2009 interview.

Tarot cards are an unbound book. Shuffle the cards and there is a new story that is revealed. The person reading the cards brings their own, unique interpretation to each reading of an individual card and the cards in combination. There is a an aura of mysticism coupled with fascination that surrounds the images on the cards, and the fact that they have been in existence for over five centuries adds to the allure.

You can find Stuart’s passion for Tarot bound up in four encyclopedias in his The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volumes I, II, III and IV. You also might enjoy this article about Stuart done by Dr. Stephen Winick, a folklorist, writer and editor for the Library of Congress.

EncyclopediaTarot4So we’d like to ask you about your own passion for Tarot. What was your first experience with the Tarot?

We will give away one copy of The Smith-Waite Centennial Deck to one of the people who comment on this post by 9/28/2014. Contest will close at 10pm PST.

The winner of the contest is Laura C with a Gmail address. Congratulations!

Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot

We will announce the winner here and on our Facebook page. Please join us on our very popular Facebook page as well as our Twitter account. We love hearing from you.

So leave your comment then head out to the next blog in the Tarot Blog Hop.

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Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Cups. Traditionally this card is read as love being offered, compassion, creative endeavors. The reverse meanings include missed emotional chances, rejection, blocked emotions.

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

Tarot of the Cat People Ace of CupsTarot of the Cat People
Sacred Rose Tarot Ace of CupsSacred Rose Tarot
Hobbit Tarot Ace of CupsHobbit Tarot
Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of CupsCat’s Eye Tarot
Crystal Visions Tarot Ace of CupsCrystal Visions Tarot
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Ace of CupsRadiant Rider Waite Smith

Tarot Comparisons

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Swords. Traditionally this card is read as victory, mental projects, clarity. The reverse meanings include being confused, unable to make a decision, loss of clear thinking.

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

Tarot of the Spirit Ace of SwordsTarot of the Spirit

Fenestra Tarot Ace of SwordsFenestra Tarot

Old English Tarot Ace of SwordsOld English Tarot

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot Ace of SwordsThe Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set

Karma Tarot Ace of SwordsKarma Tarot

Magnetic Attraction Spell

This is a repost of Arwen Lynch’s post at Witches And Pagans. Arwen used our Tarot Magnets to demonstrate how she uses Tarot and magic.

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Joy Magnet by Arwen LynchThis is day three of an ongoing week-long challenge to seek joy. The beginning can be found here. I am sharing day three here because it involves a very simple, often overlooked, type of magic. All you need are Tarot cards, paper, pen, a magnet and a fridge.

The challenge itself is very straight-forward. Just say, once a day, “I am a joy seeker. Joy finds me. I am a joy magnet.” Then report here to share your joy!

Do this out loud. Do this looking yourself in the mirror. If you are sight-impaired, speech-impaired, hearing-impaired, no worries. Adjust as suits you!

There’s an easy spell you can do to call joy to you. You don’t need to be artistically-inclined. Just write down what you are then place it on a metal surface (like your fridge!) with a magnet. I love using my Tarot magnets from U.S. Games Systems Inc. for this.

Today I am a joy magnet so I put that on my white board. I wrote it out on the board. then on a piece of paper that I stuck to the white board with a Wheel of Fortune magnet.

Magnets attract so I am empowering this magnet to attract joy.

Magnet magic is one of the simplest things you can do. I think it is also one of the types of magic that we tend to overlook because it is such an easy working.

I’d love to see your own magnet magic if you try this out. U.S. Games offers the Fool, the Magician, the Lovers, Strength, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Moon. Each set has six of the same card but from various U.S. Games decks.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Here are links to each set: