TarotBlogHop:The Joy Of Giving

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WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Laura Fletcher. Please check your email for how to claim your deck.

So Arwen is our blog wrangler this Tarot Blog Hop. She’s asked us to think about gifting. Here’s her challenge:

Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me. To that end, here is a spread for each of us to do.

We decided to use one of our newest Tarot decks to do this spread. We hope you enjoy our offering in the Yule Tarot Blog Hop. Since we love to gift, all comments will be entered into a drawing to win the Japaridze Tarot. In your comment tell us your favorite card from the Tarot. Or your favorite-right-now. Contest is now closed. Thank you.

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The Joy Of Gifting

1. What gift would we give the world if we could?Japaridze_3Wands

The Three of Fire shows a hot air balloon full inflated and already up in the air. This is our passion of course. We want to bring our customers the very best in Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle and games. We search the world for amazing artists who can bring their vision to your world.

Our gift to you would be to take you along on our journey as we scour the planet. Wouldn’t that be fun if we could do it in a hot air balloon.


2. What gift would you want from the world?Japaridze_18Moon The Moon would be what we want because we want to know how you feel about our work. We love hearing from you so that gift of your emotional response is perfect.

The Moon as an eyeball looking up works for us because we need your eyes and hands on these deck. What good are we without the gift of you?

 


 

 

3. What gift have we gotten that has brought us joy?

Eight of GardensJaparidze_8CoinsGardens shows an inventor hard at work. And this does reflect the gift that has brought us so much joy. Our artists and authors who give us such amazing projects to work on. Our own joy in helping to guide and shape the decks that we bring to you.

The Eight of Gardens (Coins) is a card that emphasizes the hands-on part of creation. We can truly say that the gift of being involved in the world of games and decks is a true joy for us here at U.S. Games.

 

 


Japaridze_5Hierophant4. What gift have we given that has brought us joy?

Now the Hierophant is certainly an interesting answer, isn’t it? The bastion of standards and responsibility does make sense. He is the one who holds the keys to knowledge.

With all of the decks we get to work on, we do see a wealth of knowledge in our world. It’s a marvelous thing to see what decks you love the most and what decks are coming to you. We can tease you by saying if you loved 2014, you’ll go crazy for 2015.


Japaridze_17Star4. What is one last thing we would like to share about this season?

The Star couldn’t have been better if we’d chosen it intentionally. Just another example of the Tarot working! We see you as the stars in our world.

We know that this may all sound sappy but we really do appreciate you for the support over the years. We truly can’t do this without you.

So on behalf of all our artists, authors, staff and family, thank you. Happy holidays to all of you.

Don’t forget to leave a comment about your personal favorite card from the Tarot. You could win this deck.

Contest ends 12/26. Winner announced 12/29 on this blog.


 

 

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The #Tarot Quote Game

Art of Life 7 of PentaclesThe Art of Life Tarot uses quotes for each card. Here are some quotes for you. What card would you associate with each quote?

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Kobe Bryant

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” Sophia LorenArtofLife_13Death

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Feel free to share your own favorite quote in the comments.ArtofLife_4Swords

TarotBlogHop: Afternoon Tea

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Our Tarot Blog Hop mistress is Louise Underhill. She’s given us this topic.

The topic of the Samhain Blog Hop this time, is to discuss or show, via the Tarot or any other oracle, who you would invite to an afternoon tea on the Day of the Dead. What do you imagine they’d be like? What Tarot card (or cards!) would represent them? What would you ask them? What would you like to learn from them? Your “guest” can be living, or dead, but imagine them there and then represent them in a Tarot card (or more).

We decided we would make this a puzzle for you.  One commenter will win their very own Halloween themed deck (we will give you a list to choose from.)

We thought we would want to ask three people to tea.

1. Pamela Colman Smith aka Pixie who created the art for the Rider Waite Smith deck

2. Lady Frieda Harris who created the art for the Thoth deck

3. Bonafacio Bembo who is said to have created most of the art for the Visconti-Sforza deck

We drew three cards from the Halloween Oracle. Our challenge to you is which card do you think goes with which Tarot artist?

Contest ends 11/3 at 12 midnight PST. Winner will be announced on or by 11/7.

The three cards, in no particular order are:

HalloweenOracle_VampireEmotionalIntelligence

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_JoyRejoicinginthepresent

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_SkeletonStrength

Halloween Oracle

We invite you to join us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter where we post daily questions.

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Puzzling Ciro Marchetti

Recently the talented Ciro Marchetti posted a puzzle on his Facebook page. We are sharing it here.

We will be releasing Ciro’s Oracle of Visions soon. For now, search for the insects and keys. Ciro hasn’t said how many there are so let us know how many you find.

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Ciro Marchetti's Oracle of visions party puzzle

Ciro Marchetti

And while you wait impatiently for this deck, don’t forget about his Gilded Reverie Lenormand that is already available.

Win Your Choice Of Our New Oracle Decks!

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Welcome to our scavenger hunt! We are so delighted with our new look (okay, not so new look) that we wanted to entice you to take a look around.

To that end, answer the following 10 questions to win your choice of Jody Bergsma’s Magical Times Empowerment Cards or Kris Waldherr’s Sacred World Oracle or Kim Dreyer’s Conscious Spirit Oracle. Two runner-ups will also win their choice of magnets. We will draw those three winners from all correct entries. Also, the first correct responder will be getting a signed card from Stuart Kaplan.

Do not submit your answers here. Email them to Lynn.

Your ten questions are:

1. Name four specific cards in 4 different decks that have pictures of cats.
2. Find three different games by Mike Fitzgerald
3. Find two word games.
4. What USGS tarot deck was described with clues in the Guess the Deck February 11-14, 2013?
5. Name a deck with the word Goddess in it.
6. Find two decks illustrated by Peter Pracownik.
7. What year was USGS founded?
8. What is the first game Stuart Kaplan created?
9. What are two of the extras in the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set?
10. Name two Oracle decks including the author and artist.

Remember to send those in by 6pm PST on Friday August 23. Winners announced on Monday.

GOOD LUCK!

May Mystery Deck Revealed

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Well you've all done great at guessing this deck. Are you suprised to learn it is the African Tarot by Marina Romito and Denese Palm.

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The exuberant imagery of African Tarot draws largely on the African experience, depicted in a primitive art style. Marina Romito has reinterpreted the standard Rider-Waite images with symbols inspired by indigenous South African culture to create an accessible, uplifting deck. Evoking universal childhood emotions, African Tarot can help you explore your true inner nature.

AF78backThe back design of the cards is inspired by the Shagaan culture (one of the indigenous ethnic groups in South Africa); the tortoise symbolizes the slow coming of justice.

The miniature deck is perfect for small hands.

55-page booklet includes individual card meanings as well as card combinations.

Marina Romito holds a degree in philosophy, but is primarily a seeker of greater global harmony and truth. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Denese Palm has long been involved in the field of human rights, and particularly with women’s group in rural economic assistance projects.

Enjoy a few more images from the amazing African Tarot deck.


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May Mystery Deck: Clue 5

Welcome to the May Mystery Deck contest. This is clue number five.

We’ve got a very special prize for this one. You can win the hot-off-the-presses Magical Times Empowerment deck by Jodi Bergsma.

What do you have to do to win? Oh that’s easy! Just leave a comment. You can leave one per day for up to five chances to win. Get a bonus entry by sharing the post on your Facebook, Pinterest or via Twitter (hashtag #USGSTarot). Then let us know in separate comments that you shared it.

Now on to the clues!

CLUE NUMBER FIVE

Some have called me childish, but I prefer childlike.

Check back tomorrow to see if you were right. The mystery deck will be revealed. and the winner will be announced Monday.

May Mystery Deck: Clue Four

Welcome to the May Mystery Deck contest. This is clue number four.

We've got a very special prize for this one. You can win the hot-off-the-presses Magical Times Empowerment deck by Jodi Bergsma.

What do you have to do to win? Oh that's easy! Just leave a comment. You can leave one per day for up to five chances to win. Get a bonus entry by sharing the post on your Facebook, Pinterest or via Twitter (hashtag #USGSTarot). Then let us know in separate comments that you shared it.

Now on to the clues!

CLUE NUMBER FOUR

My size is ideal for small hands.

Check back tomorrow to see the next clue. The mystery deck will be revealed on Saturday and the winner will be announced Monday.

May Mystery Deck: Clue 3

Welcome to the May Mystery Deck contest. This is clue number three.

We've got a very special prize for this one. You can win the hot-off-the-presses Magical Times Empowerment deck by Jodi Bergsma.

What do you have to do to win? Oh that's easy! Just leave a comment. You can leave one per day for up to five chances to win. Get a bonus entry by sharing the post on your Facebook, Pinterest or via Twitter (hashtag #USGSTarot). Then let us know in separate comments that you shared it.

Now on to the clues!

CLUE NUMBER THREE

Both my creators are women.

Check back tomorrow to see the next clue. The mystery deck will be revealed on Saturday and the winner will be announced Monday.

May Mystery Deck: Clue 2

Welcome to the May Mystery Deck contest. This is clue number two.

We've got a very special prize for this one. You can win the hot-off-the-presses Magical Times Empowerment deck by Jodi Bergsma.

What do you have to do to win? Oh that's easy! Just leave a comment. You can leave one per day for up to five chances to win. Get a bonus entry by sharing the post on your Facebook, Pinterest or via Twitter (hashtag #USGSTarot). Then let us know in separate comments that you shared it.

Now on to the clues!

CLUE NUMBER TWO

Justice is important to my creators as well as my back.

Check back tomorrow to see the next clue. The mystery deck will be revealed on Saturday and the winner will be announced Monday.