Tarot Blog Hop: Commune, Communicate, Commemorate

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Welcome to our stop on the Samhain blog hop. The subject our wrangler, Arwen, gave us is to “Commune, Communicate, Commemorate with those who have gone on before us.”

We can’t think of a better person to commemorate than artist Pamela “Pixie” Colman Smith. Her art work has become the iconic representation of the Tarot for the world. When you think of the Fool, the first image that comes to most of us is her Fool.

Side by side comparison of two versions of the Rider Waite Smith Fool

Commemorative (l), Regular (r)

Pixie’s story is a sad one as she died in relative obscurity. But her life was filled with amazing people. She was mentored by Alfred Stieglitz (he was the husband of Georgia O’Keefe). He featured her work in his New York gallery.

From Stieglitz's collection

From Stieglitz’s collection

She knew actresses, actors, poets, artists and more. Her life was filled with eccentric, interesting people. Pixie did many sketches. Here’s a sketch of poet William Butler Yates that she did in 1901.

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

In 1898, she had an illustration published for Yeats’ poem “The Land of Hearts Desire” which was part of _The Illustrated Verses of William Butler Yeats_.

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

And her legacy continues with the new Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. Lovingly created with artwork from the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”, this charming 36-card petit Lenormand deck pays tribute to Pamela Colman Smith. It includes a 132-page booklet.

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How has Pixie’s work influenced your life? Leave a comment answering that question to be entered into a drawing to win your own Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand tin. Get extra entries when you share this post on any Social Media using the tag #astoundingpixie . Just leave a comment letting us know where you shared it.

Happy Halloween! May you get more treats than tricks. Now hop off to the next in our Tarot Blog Hop. Don’t forget to share this post to win the deck.

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TarotBlogHop:Imbolc 2015

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Crystal Visions Unknown

Crystal Visions

Welcome to our offering for this Tarot Blog Hop. Our blog hop wrangler, Karen, asked us about Oracular Anomalies. She was curious to know about “basically anything that’s made you pause and think -What are you doing here?”

Because we work with so many artists who all have different interpretations of their decks, it’s hard for us to question what a card might be doing in a deck. That comes from the heart and mind of the creator or team of creators.

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Japaridze Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot Merlin

Chrysalis Tarot

Now we do field questions from our clientele. One recent deck has raised more than one set of eyebrows with its portrayal of the Fool as Merlin. That’s the Chrysalis Tarot. Of course the Japaridze Tarot with its swirling colors is gorgeous, but we still get asked about the suits since they are not named in a traditional way.

Goddess Tarot Fool

Goddess Tarot

Ghosts and Spirits Tarot Hierophant

Ghosts and Spirits Tarot

Or decks that feature lovely goddesses but no gods like the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. And decks that choose a darker theme like the evocative Ghosts and Spirits Tarot of Lisa Hunt.

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Gilded Reverie Lenormand

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Under The Roses Lenormand

Even the Lenormand decks don’t escape someone asking “what is that card doing there” because of the set meanings. A ship in the sky? No way! What about a deck that offers more than one Lady?

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Art Through The Starstream

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Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Let’s not even get started on the oracles we sell. From Art Through The Starstream to the Vintage Wisdom Oracle we hear from our purchasers.

We remain committed to publishing the decks that speak to us in such a way that we think they will also speak to you. If you have a deck idea, you can submit that here. Who knows. Maybe your oracular anomaly will join the rest of our amazing products.

Leave a comment about your favorite card on this post to win your choice of one of these decks. Congratulations to Gwenne M. who is our winner!

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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:

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Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_JoyRejoicinginthepresent

Halloween Oracle

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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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Tarot Blog Hop: The Comfort Queen

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop for August 2014. USGames is delighted to be the lead blogger this time. Our wrangler for this round is Joanna Ash of SunGoddess Tarot. She’s given us this theme:

“How Do You Channel Your Inner Queen Of Pentacles?”

Our answer is, “Creativity.”

We take a lot of pride in our artists and authors here at US Games. We also must give a nod to all those others who help bring a deck to life. From our art department who help design the decks to those who write the blurbs for our marketing, creativity is one of the most important pieces of our day-to-day life.

Without the creative juices flowing on both sides, we wouldn’t have the amazing products that we do. So here’s to the talented Queen of Pentacles in us all.

Here are a few of our lovely Queen of Pentacles from some of our decks. We can’t share them all. With as many decks as we have, you’d never be able to hop to the next blog. And we do want you to have time to enjoy all twenty-one blog posts. Remember if you find a link that isn’t working, go to the master list.

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Art of Life Tarot

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Chinese Tarot

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Crystal Visions

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Halloween

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Hanson-Roberts

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Radiant Rider Waite Smith

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Tarot of the Old Path

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Chrysalis

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Fenestra

Which is your favorite? One commenter will win their choice of one of these Tarot decks (as long as we have it in stock!) to help you celebrate the creativity of the Tarot.

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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.

P.S. Click on the images to view them in a larger format.

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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.