TarotBlogHop: Ancestors Advice

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It’s time for the Tarot Blog Hop again. This time our wrangler is Louise Underhill. She’s challenged us to ask our ancestors for advice for the coming year. Since we are a company rather than an individual, we thought we would ask Pixie to help us out here.

Pixie aka Pamela Colman Smith was the underserved artist of the Rider Waite Tarot. Many now refer to that deck as the Rider Waite Smith Tarot to honor her. We hold her in high regards here.

We decide to honor Pixie by showing off the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot as well as Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand.

Her work graced many books including Bram Stoker’s last novel, The Lair of the White Worm. Her cousin, William Gillette (known for his work acting as Sherlock Holmes), collected some of her work. You can see them at his home, his castle actually, in Connecticut.

Here are some images from the Commemorative set.

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Next images from Pixe’s Astounding Lenormand. This features images found in the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”.

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pixieastoundinglenormand_28lady pixielenormand_34fish

Thank you so much for joining us on yet another Tarot Blog Hop. We hope you find treats as you continue to hop your way through.

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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

Dance Of Opposites–A Tarot Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us on our Beltane or May Day 2014 Tarot Blog Hop. To navigate, just click previous  or next to go to the next blog post.

Our blog hop wrangler this time is Aisling from Utah. She tasked us with  discussing The Union of Opposites. She wanted to see our own take about how combining two dissimilar things which may seem to be in opposition to one another can produce an harmonious whole.

We decided to show you two sets of opposites from five different decks.
The Empress is the embodiment of life and abundance whereas Death is about embracing that final change. See how these five decks interpret this particular dance of opposites.

Do you think Death yearns for what the Empress offers? Or is it the other way around?

Deviant Moon | Death vs. The Empress

Deviant Moon | Death vs. The Empress

Cat's Eye | Death vs. The Empress

Cat’s Eye | Death vs. The Empress

Thoth | Death vs. The Empress

Thoth | Death vs. The Empress

Rider Waite Smith | Death vs. The Empress

Rider Waite Smith | Death vs. The Empress

Joie de Vivre | Death vs the Empress

Joie de Vivre | Death vs the Empress

 Next we offer the delicate dance of opposites between the Devil and Strength. Is it sometimes stronger to give into temptation?

Deviant Moon | Strength vs The Devil

Deviant Moon | Strength vs The Devil

Cat's Eye | Strength vs The Devil

Cat’s Eye | Strength vs The Devil

Thoth | Strength vs The Devil

Thoth | Strength vs The Devil

Rider Waite Smith | Strength vs. Devil

Rider Waite Smith | Strength vs. Devil

Joie de Vivre | Strength vs The Devil

Joie de Vivre | Strength vs The Devil

Decks featured:

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REPOST: Resurrection and Rebirth

We wanted to share this terrific use of the Art of Life Tarot. This pieces was originally posted March 20th, 2014 by Joy Vernon of Completely Joyous.

Thank you, Joy, for featuring the Art of Life Tarot. This deck was a Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award Finalist 2013. We are very proud to offer this unique deck.

Now enjoy Joy’s post.

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop!

An international group of tarotists (check out the master list) are all writing on the same topic and then linking to each other so that the reader can hop from one blog to the next, seeing all the permutations and facets that the topic inspired in different writers.

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Resurrection and Rebirth

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Death from the Art of Life Tarot

I just finished the beginning tarot class that I teach once or twice a year. On the last day I usually have time set aside for students to do readings for each other (as we do in one or two other classes). But this group was insistent that they would get more out of seeing me do a reading. I was hesitant—I thought it was a faulty argument, in that practice is the only way to increase one’s skill. But they wanted to see my techniques in action. I finally said that I would, but only if they could provide me a deck I hadn’t used before—otherwise it would be too likely that I would not be using the skills from the beginning class but using built up associations from my familiarity with the cards. One student reached into her bag and pulled out an Art of Life Tarot. It’s one I haven’t read with, so I finally consented.

I taught them my favorite 7-card spread, the Split Hexagram, which I originally learned from Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig (RIP, 1951-2014).

We decided to do a general reading on how the students as a group would progress with their tarot studies. I’d like to share the reading with you.

Reading for Magician’s Tools Tarot Basics Class
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Split Hexagram Spread
Art of Life Tarot Deck

Question: How will the students in this group progress with their tarot studies?

Card 1. Spiritual Influence
9 of Pentacles

The 9 of Pentacles in the AoL deck shows a man in a black Edwardian tailcoat and black top hat standing on a balcony under a red and white striped canopy looking over the green leafy treetops of the boulevard below him while a long row of attached houses or apartments curves into the distance. There is a sense of solitude and nature in the midst of a crowded city.

This card wasn’t saying much to me as I started the reading for the group— it came to life when I moved to the second card and compared the two—which ironically is one of my teaching points: the cards are meaningless out of context, which has to be built through their relationship to the question, the querent, the spread positions, and the surrounding cards.

Card 2, Spiritual Influence (stronger)
The Star

The Star is portrayed by The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. In stark contrast to the impressionist piece preceding it, this work seemed to embody more of the psychic energy of tarot reading with its swirling, heavy strokes and sharp contrasts of dark, inky blues with the bright yellows of the stars and moon. I felt that the black suit of the man in the first card, in some ways out of place in the otherwise bright card, was tied in to the darker colors of van Gogh’s nighttime scene. This led me to say that the intuition represented by the moon in the card and the spirituality represented by the church steeple were what was going on inside the man in the previous picture. Externally, he was alone looking out over the city, internally he was experiencing the heightened psychic energy of a deep spiritual connection.

Card 3, Spiritual Advice
Queen of Cups

Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt

The Queen of Cups in the AoL Tarot is illustrated by Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt. The image is of a woman lying in bed, her arms around a child sitting on the edge of the bed. The white of the bedclothes, her white nightgown, and the child’s white garments contrasted with the darkness of the previous card. The child, I thought, represented those who couldn’t understand what we were doing but who supported us anyway.

Putting the three cards together now, I said that the Spiritual Advice represented here in this card was to be able to easily move back and forth between a state of awareness of conscious reality, shown by the man on the balcony overlooking the boulevard, and the state of deep intuition, represented by The Starry Night. Just as one experiences the transition between the dreaming state and the waking state every day as we wake up, we needed to learn to consciously integrate the two states such that we could inhabit both at the same time.

Card 4, Material Influence
Knight of Pentacles

The Knight of Pentacles shows a woman rehearsing on the violin, a stand with sheet music in front her, a couch strewn with books and perhaps more music behind her. The reds and browns in the card combined with the creativity of the music made me want to lean towards a more fiery interpretation, but I could see that clearly she was not performing but practicing, and ongoing dedication and commitment to a craft is a very earthy, Pentacles thing. To me, the card represented practice with an intention to eventually perform.

Card 5, Material Influence (stronger)
Page of Wands

The Page of Wands threw me off because the child was shown with a sword. A boy sits on a stone bench in a courtyard, holding a sword haphazardly in front of him, point to the ground, while a bearded man sits next to him. The child and man look at each other, perhaps the bearded man is instructing the boy.

What I liked about the combination of the material influences was that solitary practice was shown first, then instruction shown second. I told my students that the recommendation here was to work on their own, practicing their current skills, and then when they felt accomplished in their work, to move on to additional instruction. I think there is often a tendency to jump from one class to the next without fully integrating the experiences and knowledge of the first.

Card 6, Material Advice
Death

It’s always helpful when a difficult card comes up in class and we can address it!

Death and Life by Gustav Klimt

Death here is illustrated with Death and Life by Gustav Klimt. The figure of skeletal Death, draped in blues and purples, covered in Latin crosses, swaying and hunched, clutching a short wooden club to his chest with his white, bone fingers, stands separate from but looking over toward bodies of men, women and children, entwined and embracing, forming an amorphous mass. Although the figures are mostly nude, bright, colorful swatches of fabric with printed geometric designs swathe and shroud them.

Following as it does our two cards that represent practicing and gaining instruction, I read in this card that the students are the figure of Death itself—they lose the amalgamation of the colorful variety of their different teachers and influences and come into their own distinctiveness and uniqueness, intuitive and spiritually based, in alignment with the color and religious symbolism of the Star card.

Card 7, Final Outcome
7 of Pentacles

This final card utilizes a detail from The Empress of China Culling Mulberry Leaves by Bernhard Rode. We laughed at the ridiculousness to our minds of the Empress needing her entire entourage to accomplish a task that the average peasant could easily do alone. I talked about the ways in which we use our techniques like servants to support us, just as one servant lowered the branch, one held the bowl to receive the leaves, and one held a parasol to shade the sun.

Then I noticed the words on the card. I try my best to avoid words and interpretive card titles, and had successfully up to this point not noticed any of the other quotes offered in the lower part of each card. But this one caught my eye, and turned out to be educational—I did not know the meaning of the Mulberry tree in the image. The quote is a Chinese proverb: “With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” I now understood that the Empress in the painting was harvesting silk worms and their cocoons from the tree.

moth and silk wormYears ago during a Denver Tarot Meetup event, down in the basement of Gypsy House Café, Jordan Hoggard told us all that when a caterpillar encases itself in the cocoon, it actually dissolves completely and the butterfly is created out of the primordial ooze of this dissolution. The silk worm, if left alone and not turned into a silk gown, will transform into a beautiful moth. (One of my students Googled it for me during class.)

As a final outcome, this certainly played nicely off the preceding Death card. Like the Empress shown in the image, they would be supported by the skills and techniques they had learned. But each student would go through a complete dissolution to become their own totally unique reader, like the silk worm transforming in its chrysalis.

I think of rebirth as beginning a new cycle: second verse, same as the first. These cycles are on the same plane, like tracing a circle over and over again. Cards that I use to represent new cycles can include the Wheel of Fortune, Death, the Moon and the Sun. I think of resurrection as moving to whole new level, from the ephemeral to the eternal, from the mortal to the immortal. This is a spiral, pushing off from and moving up and away from lower planes into new levels, like climbing a spiral staircase. I usually associate this idea with cards such as the Fool, the Tower, Judgment, or perhaps Temperance under certain conditions. An example of rebirth would be a seed that holds the complex code that perfectly recreates what is was before. Resurrection does not recreate what went before, but transforms utterly to something completely new.

To me, this reading spoke to the students of undergoing a resurrection of their tarot abilities, dissolving into the slime of death, and utterly transforming into their own unique and beautiful tarot selves.

2013 Yule Tarot Blog Hop

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CrystalVisions_14SwordsWelcome to the Yule Blog Hop. The theme our hostess/wrangler has proposed is “Turning Darkness Into Light”. You can find the blog post before us or after us or the Master list in the links at the top or bottom of this post.

One of the uses of Tarot is to guide people towards light–in a way. If you consider that they are in pain or are scared, then the Tarot can be seen as a path of light. For today’s post, we’ve created a Tarot spread for you. Standing At The Crossroads puts you in the center and offers you four choices. Rather than telling you which one is the right path, or, if you will pardon the pun, the Light path, this spread shows you four options. You get to choose where you want to be.

Crystal_StarCrossroads Spread

A five card spread.
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1. This card represents you and what is going on with you right now.
2. This card represents Path One.
3. This card represents Path Two.
4. This card represents Path Three.
5. This card represents path Four.

Each card is a potential. If you get the Tower in one, you might be challenged to think of what must come down for you to walk that path.

Please share with us if you do this spread. Feel free to use it on your own blog with a link back to this post. And link your blog in your comment so others can visit you to see how you used this spread.

Crystal Visions Tarot

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Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Wands

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Wands. Traditionally this card is read as the start of a creative project when upright and a lack of creative passion when reversed.

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

RWS1W

Rider Waite Tarot

D1W

Deviant Moon

Th1W

Thoth

CE1W

Cat’s Eye

How does the message of inspiration and creation get changed or enhanced in the four cards.

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The Sacred World Oracle Deck: Reading by Kayla Garnet Rose, Ph.D.

 Dr. Kayla Garnet Rose, Ph.D. graciously allowed us to repost her blog post.

Written and illustrated by Kris Waldherr, creator of The Goddess Tarot, The Sacred World Oracle deck is a sumptuous feast for the mind and an excellent gift for the upcoming holidays. The cards themselves are pleasing to eye, beautifully illustrated with animals, both real and mythological; pleasing to the hand, nice and thick yet well sized for smaller folks; and further complemented by the rich descriptions found in the accompanying booklet. Waldherr writes, “Oracles bear the double duty of being the message as well as the vehicle to communicate it…”

The Sacred World Oracle is divided into four sections- earth, water, fire, and air. Each suit has a main card for the element, plus ten associated animals. The mythology of each is contained within the booklet, however, merely gazing at the images evokes personal resonances, memories, and inspirations. Two different spreads are also outlined in the LWB, one a past-present-future card spread, fairly standard. The other a five card spread developed by Thalassa of the Daughter’s of Divination’s San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium ( BATS) was inspired by the ballet Swan Lake is called Black Swan, White Swan. This spread “helps us explore our blind spots – those pesky obstacles we can’t, or don’t want to see. It also points to the wisdom that lies in front of our noses.”
I shuffled the cards, pensating upon it being Day of the Dead. I had a ho-hum Halloween yesterday and had no plans for the new moon this weekend, so doing the Swan reading seemed like a good way to acknowledge the change of seasons and tap into the thinning of the veils. I whispered the names of my ancestors as well as my kin/cats passed, friends who have crossed over and even contemplated my own death, hopefully far into the future. It has been in a time of endings and beginnings, as my daughter started college and I completed my PhD, empty nest syndrome hitting hard after her last visit. Recognizing the new chapter of my life unfolding, I pulled the five cards…
The first card is the black swan, or what you need to see that can get in your way. I pulled I-Earth. A very green card, right away I was aware of the animals suggested not just in the distant mountains but in the nearby copses, a huge oak in the foreground, beautifully framed with vining flowers and a picture of Ivy at the bottom. I reflect up upon how much time I have spent inside my house, working on my studies in particular, especially since my sweetie was hospitalized last spring and we stopped going on our weekend hikes. “When the Earth card appears in an Oracle reading, look for opportunities to take your dreams and turn them into a concrete reality” advises Waldherr. Certainly there is the opportunity to turn my dissertation into a book, changing a thought into form, but I also recognized the message to spend time in the outside world as much as in my interior landscape, and to change my isolation over the last six months into more outgoing, social adventures.
The second card is the magic feather, what you can do about it, and I pull XLIII- The Centaur – half human, half horse, pulling on an arrow notched into a bow, the classic sign of Sagittarius. As an astrologer I reflect that this sign symbolizes the higher mind, higher education, philosophy and travel. Here is the ability to focus on a goal, pull back to take aim, and the follow through. Mercury being retrograde, I notice it is a time of pulling back, with the trust that full moment will be gained after the planets shift in November. A card of being proactive, I feel encouraged to review my long term projects list and initiated some dreams that have been simmering on the back burner.
The third card is the White Swan, or what you need to see that can help you. I draw XXVII- Dragonfly. A lovely woman, maybe from South America, gazes at me, tattooed cheeks, a red dragonfly before her, a jaguar peeping in the background. Several of my students spring to mind, both past and present. The message here is of “unexpected grace found in difficult places”. I laugh, this has been my lesson the last two weeks. In The Medicine Cards, dragonfly is a message to confront denials, honor inner truths and to break through any illusions.
The fourth card is also a magic feather, or how to use the solution presented in the card. Now I pull XXXIX- Firefly. I liked the transition from an air element (dragonfly) to a fire element, the ability to change thoughts into action. I grew up on the east coast, so catching fireflies reminded me of my childhood, times past, not an experience I have here now, living in California. Interestingly, the message here is to “seek moments of unexpected beauty that offer gateways for inspiration.”
Finally, the fifth card is known as the Swan in Flight, an aerial perspective of the situation which gives an overview of the problems and steps for a solution. I pull II -Cat. Very curious, since I had completely shuffled the cards to pull the first card as the beginning card and the second card as the last, let alone the fact that I had invoked all of my past familiars/cats when setting my intentions. Here we see the Egyptian cat goddess, Bast, in a temple, with cats and kittens all around, even perching on the shoulder of the icon. My personal talisman, again my kin, my family, I am at times ridiculously attached to my cats and find it difficult to leave them for a night, let alone a vacation. The message in the booklet states, “the cat card challenges you to find ways to express your individuality. How can you create more magic and beauty?” Indeed, a good question.
So, personally I avoid using terms such as black/white to indicate problem/solution as it is basically racist if not simply reductionist. I did like the concept of exploring blind spots but wish it was presented in a way that was color blind. That being said, the cards themselves have a wonderful array of images, and although focused on animals, include humans in an international array, from Ganesha to Cimidye. The booklet really covers a gamut of worldwide folklore and hopefully will be expanded into a book. I honor that the author chose to use roman symbols for the cards, reminiscent of the Major Arcana in the Tarot, but I found the need to stop and calculate into western numbers a little tedious and off putting. The backs of each card had a representation of the four elements with the simple inscription, “As Above, So Below”. Indeed, a simple reminder that the “function of an oracle remains the same: oracles offer us information. They can provide us with the experience of synchronicity… Our personal experience serve to frame these events, thus releasing information we already possess deep in our psyche.”
Blessed be.

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Guest Post: Lisa Frideborg Lloyd: The Sun

originally posted on Lisa Frideborg Lloyd ‘s blog here

Ghosts & Spirits Tarot: Sun

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson

When the Sun shows up in a reading reader and client alike find themselves smiling… What’s not to love about the light, warmth and joy of the Sun card?! It’s a card of success, healing, clarity, power and happy endings. It shows that you have what it takes to overcome whatever it is you are facing. It could mean recognition and high honour.

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Zolars Astrological Tarot: Sun

 

But is it always a happy, pleasant and positive card?

To understand the less pleasant qualities of the Sun, all we have to do is turn to Astrology and look at how the Sun may express itself when negatively aspected or situated:

Egotistical, haughty, overbearing, dictatorial and judgmental. OR lacking in confidence, power, vitality and self-esteem.

The Sun can also represent burn-out or burning your candle at both ends if negatively aspected by surrounding cards. A classic example would be The Sun flanked by either the 10 of Wands or the 10 of Swords.

As a card of emotional healing, The Sun points to issues around confidence, personal power and self-esteem. In the chakra system, we would place The Sun (quite naturally!) in the Solar Plexus chakra.

Too much of the Sun energy makes a person overbearing and lacking in empathy/understanding. Too little can lead to a victim mentality, boundary issues or being easily swayed by the opinions by others.

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Deviant Moon Tarot: Sun

 

To find out what The Sun means in readings about love and romance, click HERE.

Correspondences

Element: Fire
Planet: The Sun
Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra
Colour: Yellow, gold
Crystal: Citrine, yellow calcite, pyrite
Metal: Gold
Body: Vitality, general feeling of well being
Exercise: Any exercise taken outdoors
Stance/Pose: Sun salutations
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Fire
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune

Goddess Tarot: Sun

Goddess Tarot: Sun

Associated Minor Arcana Cards: 

3 of Wands (Sun in Aries). Healing is found through encouragement (giving and receiving, but more often giving).
10 of Swords (Sun in Gemini). Learning to see the silver lining and the joy of starting over.
8 of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo). Being responsible for one’s creation whether this is work, physical health or a relationship.
6 of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) – Making peace with the past (including past lives) and letting go of energetic bonds to people who have left us for various reasons.
4 of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) – Having firm personal boundaries.

Remedies – to increase the energy of The Sun in your life:

  • You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Sun card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
  • Spend time outside, in the sun
  • Wear gold (both the colour and jewelry)
  • Eat/drink yellow foods
  • Take center stage
  • Say ‘No’ to a request without justifying why
  • Initiate contact rather than wait for the other to make the first move
  • Be an alpha male/female
  • Visualise breathing in sunlight through your Solar Plexus chakra, filling your whole aura
  • Make your home as light and bright as possible
  • Get rid of damp in your home
  • Drink alcohol (raises the Fire Element according to Chinese Medicine)
1JJ Swiss: Sun

1JJ Swiss: Sun

Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Sun card:
  • Stay up late
  • Wear black, grey or blue
  • Go swimming
  • Sit in the shade
  • Wear shades
  • Place water features in/around your home
  • Wear silver jewelry


Affirmation: “I let my light SHINE!”

☆ Lisa Frideborg Lloyd  

Mabon Tarot Blog Hop 2013

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Divination and Myth. That is the topic for this September Blog Hop. We here at U.S. Games have so many great decks to choose from for a mythological theme.

AncestralPath_1MagicianWe thought we would feature the Ancestral Path Tarot.

AncestralPath_11StrengthThe Ancestral Path Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts threads together the diverse beliefs of various cultures in order to find commonalities of experience between them. It examines the traditions of our ancestors through mythology to reclaim a personal spirituality that enables us to perceive the divine in ourselves and others. The Ancestral Path Tarot emphasizes the living tradition of all human cultures for us to factor into our world view. The deck portrays paths created by ancestors of different times and cultures for our consideration.

AncestralPath_12SwordsThis unique deck features a different culture for each suit. Cups celebrate the legends of Arthur and the British Isles. Sacred Circles (Pentacles) offer up the paths of the Native Americans. Japan holds reign over the swords while Staves (Wands) takes you on a journey through Egypt.

AncestralPath_13WandsThe Major Arcana display a mix of pantheons with some of the artist’s friends and family showing up as characters. This reappearance of the Ancestral Tarot is one we are all very proud of.

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If you have this deck, what are your favorite cards?

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See more of the Ancestral Path Tarot here. Thanks for leaving us a comment. We love knowing you were here. And do join us on our Facebook page where we have daily questions.

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