TarotBlogHop: Union of Opposites

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop. We are so glad to once again be a part of this fun effort.

Our TarotBlogHop mistress is Aisling. She gave us the topic of “union of opposites” asking us to share how two disparate cards might be similar. She gave us two choices but that’s the one we chose.

RWS_Devil001The Devil and Temperance are our choice for this discussion. The Devil is often seen as a card that show power over others. The two figures on the chains that are bound to the Devil’s on waist–who are they? How do they relate to the Devil? How can this card be seen as a union of opposites with Temperance.

RWS_TemperanceConsider that Temperance pours one energy into another changing it mid stream. Or do those two disparate energies actually emerge from Temperance’s hands to combine in the middle? Could that be the Yin of the Female and the Yang of the Male perhaps? Could Temperance’s hands be the transformed chains and Temperance herself the embodiment of balanced power?

Here is a simple spread for you to try with this in mind.

  1. What chains me?
  2. Who claims me?
  3. How do I break free?

Think of card 2 as the Devil or Temperance. That card may show you whether you need to face down your own Devil or embrace your already moderate lifestyle.

Feel free to share your responses. Tag us on Instagram if you share it there.

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TarotBlogHop: Summer Arts & Crafts

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Welcome to the 2016 Summer/Litha Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler, Morgan Drake Eckstein has asked us to create a card.

We would love to show you a peek into some of our artists’ processes but we have too many to choose from. Instead, we will just show off some cards from some decks. We can’t show them all but here are a few we love. We are using the Sun card since it is officially summer today.

Chrysalis_19SunChrysalis Tarot (have you seen the new book?)MaybeLenormand_31SunMaybe Lenormand

LeGrandeCircusSideshow_19Sun008

LeGrande Circus & Sideshow TarotHalloweenTarot_19Sun001

Halloween TarotGildedReverie_31Sun

Gilded Reverie LenormandUnderTheRoses_31SunUnder The Roses Lenormand CelticLenormand_31SunCeltic Lenormand CatsEye_19Sun003Cat’s Eye Tarot OldEnglish_18SunOld English Tarot ArtOfLive_19SunArt of Life Tarot Goddess_19SunGoddess Tarot MorganGreer_19Sun Morgan Greer TarotHermetic_19SunHermetic Tarot

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MidSummer’s Tarot Blog Hop

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Our wrangler is Joanne Sprott. She wants us to discuss this topic” …give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck. Pick a specific themed deck or go for one of the basics, talk astrology, or not, your choice. Tell us about a card or a spread that illustrates the properties associated with these celestial objects.”

We thought about sharing a collection of Sun cards from some of our amazing Tarot decks. But then it occurred to us that we have neglected to show off our Lenormand decks.

In the Lenormand system, the sun stands for things that are hot. It can mean summer. It has the attributes of charisma, popularity and success. In general, it’s a good card. Lenormand is a more cut-and-dried type of system than Tarot.

So here are our decks represented by their Sun cards.

Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling CardsGypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards

Prima Lenormand_31SunPrimal Lenormand – The Game of Hope

BlueOwlLenormand_31SunMlle Blue Owl Lenormand

MysticalLenormand_31SunMystical Lenormand

GildedReverie_31SunGilded Reverie Lenormand

UnderTheRoses_31SunUnder the Roses Lenormand

CelticLenormand_31SunCeltic Lenormand

Now on to the next blog in the hop. Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know you were here. Which one was your favorite sun?

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Angels, Angels All Around

Angels are everywhere. We wanted to share some images from our angelic decks. Did you know we have a Pinterest board dedicated to angels? Come join us in the fun.

First up, our new Angel Inspiration deck by Kim Dreyer. This luminous 44-card deck includes 8 Archangel Cards, 8 Spiritual Strength Cards, 16 Action Cards, and 12 Traits. Each uplifting message includes keywords, meanings, advice and affirmations to help strengthen your connection to the energy of each Angel. Select a card and trust your angels to deliver the best guidance for you.

Angel Inspiration
Angel Inspiration

AngelInspiration_21SeekEnlightenment

Angel Inspiration

Angels Gods Goddesses Self Worth

Angels Gods Goddesses

Ask An Angel Archangel Raziel Hidden Worlds

Ask An Angel

Angels, Gods, & Goddesses by Toni Carmine Salerno. This luminous oracle deck presents archetypal energies of guiding forces to help you clarify specific issues in your life. Ask An Angel is also by Toni Carmine Salerno. Learn to communicate with angels with these illuminating oracle cards. Includes 42 cards in pouch and 116-page illustrated guidebook.
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Healing Angel Cards Imagine

Healing Angel Cards

Guardian Angel Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno. Brings protection from the messengers of light to protect and guide you. Includes 46 heart-shaped cards. Healing Angel Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno. The gentle healing messages may be used for daily inspiration, meditation, or for insight into dealing with specific concerns in all areas of your life. To receive loving guidance, close your eyes and think of a question or situation for which you would like some insight.

Oracle of the Angels 22 Inner Child

Oracle of the Angels

Oracle of the Angels 9 Health

Oracle of the Angels

Oracle of the Angels by Mario Duguay. This deck is an essential and rewarding tool for communicating with the angelic realm and obtaining powerful messages of guidance and love. Its words and images will open your heart to unconditional love and divine wisdom. More from the lovely Oracle of the Angels

So which is your favorite deck from the ones displayed here?

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 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

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!

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  

Interview with Jody Bergsma Creator of Magical Times Empowerment Cards

Interview with Jody Bergsma, creator of Magical Times Empowerment Cards, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Thank you Mary Brown for these terrific interview questions!

Throughout your artistic career, you’ve created many exquisite paintings and inspirational quotes. What made this the right time for you to create your own deck? 

JB: Creating an inspired body of work all within a contained genre takes time.

I had not done “fantasy” until 2004 in my newer style so dedicated my time to making four a year to create enough art for this collection.

When I had enough the door opened through U.S. Games in the form of an invitation. I knew it was time.

As an aside; I like decks for my art better than books because it makes the images interactive and gives them a place to be viewed in the world of intuition from where they come.

What inspired you to create the “Magical Times Empowerment Cards”?

JB: In earlier years I had been given decks that delighted me. They provided guidance for growth and answers.  But good art was a must for me to enjoy them.

I used some of these early best decks for a path to follow in “Magical Times”.

What was your biggest challenge with this project and how did you overcome it?

JB: Finding the time to do both the writing and the layout inside an already busy schedule was the challenge.

My mantra for all daunting tasks is…”Step by step, that’s the way.” It keeps me moving forward even if the going is slow.

Thanks to the intriguing geometric design on the backs of the cards, they are reversible, which is something many people will be happy to see.  How do you feel about reversals and what’s the significance of the design?

JB: I feel that all decks are best used as tools to open to your own higher intuitive state and fall into a place of self-wisdom.

Reversals allow you to see the shadow if you need to. Reversals double the power of any deck.

The interlocking circles (Vesica Pisces) and the blending rainbow colors are symbols for “All Things are Connected.”

There is a wonderful mix of beings, earthly animals and mystical creatures, in your deck.  How did you go about choosing them for inclusion?

JB: I used a psychological tool that address all personality types called the Enneagram to make sure I delved into emotional scenarios I might otherwise miss.

After making what I believed to be a balanced list I started the process of picking creatures/animals that have a vibrational frequency to the word. 

Is there a difference when you are painting a mystical creature compared to an animal you may find in the wild?

JB: Yes. I believe they inhabit different planes of existence…but the jump is a short one.

This is a very colorful deck, beyond their intrinsic artistic value, do colors hold special symbolic meanings for you?

JB: Yes. Each color correlates to the chakra system and an insightful reader could add the color of the card to the knowledge they have about their own energy field as they read. I also used a lot of teal and aqua as these colors especially activate the healing systems of the body.

The messages on the cards resonate with a kind of deeper wisdom than one might expect from a deck of cards.  Were you surprised by this once the deck was complete… (and how did you get so smart)?

JB: I have spent a lifetime in quite contemplative painting. This has allowed me to learn to get into the vast infinite mind I call the vortex.

Only from there can one create art that will pull others into the same place.

That is the core purpose of my work. I admit that not all of my paintings are inspired, but I can feel when they are…and I think that others, when ready, can too.

How do you feel Empowerment Cards can best be utilized?

JB: “Traditional methods” are proven triggers for people to get inner clarity and to access the intuition.

Ask a simple question, pull a card and look at the one you intuitively choose. Answers are already waiting.


What do you find magical about the times we are currently experiencing? 

JB: The world is going through a frequency change. Consciousness is supported by this change and with it a better understanding of the oneness that we are. The plan is in place and many are here to help birth a new humanity.

Why is it important to you to empower others?

JB: The Golden rule applies here. As others are empowered so am I. As others find clarity so do I. The harbor of mindfulness is shared by all and when the time is right “all the boats will rise.”

What’s next for you? Are there any new decks on the horizon?

JB: I am sure the universe has plans. I am just here for the ride.:)

Interview questions by Mary McIntyre Brown for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
This interview first appeared in Evolve Magazine.