TarotBlogHop: Awaken The Heart

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BLOG TOPIC: Awaken the Heart

“…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

What a lovely saying from our wrangler, Joy Vernon. Joy tasked this group of bloggers to discuss this subject. She gave us some ideas and her own thoughts on the subject.

We thought we would share two new books that show this idea of awakening the heart in action since writing does involve being still so your heart can awaken. We think both books are great examples of this process. How about you?

First up is the brand-new Chrysalis Tarot book from Toney Brooks with art by Holly Sierra.

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Chrysalis_9HermitStoryteller This illustrated companion book to Chrysalis Tarot explores the spiritual journey of self-discovery and transformation that leads to higher consciousness. Part I examines the magic and energy of the Otherworld that guides you on this journey. Each of the five chapters focuses on a character from the Chrysalis Tarot illustrated with an original sketch by Holly Sierra. Toney Brooks relates wisdom from New Physics, the Collective Unconscious, archetypes, healing, and chakra work.
Part Two of this book expands on the interpretations of the 78 cards. In addition to Toney’s insightful descriptions, Holly shares the inspirations for her Chrysalis Tarot artwork and presents her original black and white sketches for each card. Chrysalis_3Empress

Next is a personal journey into the Deviant Moon Tarot with Patrick Valenza. In his Deviant Moon Tarot book, Patrick takes us on a personal journey from his childhood drawings to the finished Deviant Moon Tarot.

DeviantMoon_BookCover DeviantMoonBorderless_1MagicianTalented artist Patrick Valenza presents uniquely alternative interpretations of traditional tarot with symbolism inspired by childhood dreams and visions. This fully illustrated book takes you behind the scenes of Deviant Moon to glimpse the creative inspiration and artistic technique that gave rise to this popular tarot deck. Patrick also offers expanded meanings and interpretations, for both upright and reversed card positions.

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Two very different visions of Tarot brought to you in deluxe, hardbound format to enjoy throughout the years.

Which will you get first?

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Proudly Announcing COVR 2015 Winners

905110647003.copyWe are delighted to announce our Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) winners.

Winning the Best in Tarot category: The Chrysalis Tarot

Chrysalis TarotWinning the Best in Divination Category: The Celtic Lenormand

Celtic LenormandWinning the Best in Inspirational category: Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Vintage Wisdom Oracle Congratulations to everyone from the authors and artists to the production team et al. We are so proud of our winners. The winners were announced at the INATS Awards Banquet June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

2015 COVR Award Finalists

2015 COVR FinalistsWe are delighted to announce that four of our decks have been selected as Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) finalists.

The four decks are:

Chrysalis TarotThe Chrysalis Tarot — Tarot Category finalist

Celtic LenormandThe Celtic Lenormand — Divination Category finalist

Art Through the StarstreamArt Through The Starstream Oracle — Inspirational Category Finalist

Vintage Wisdom OracleVintage Wisdom Oracle — Inspirational Category Finalist

Thank you for all your support. The winners will be announced at the INATS Awards Banquet tonight, Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

TarotBlogHop: May 2015

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop. We are joining in a circle of twenty one blogs today to celebrate the community of Tarot. Please enjoy our post then click next to move to our neighbor who just happens to be our own Celtic Lenormand deck. Or if you prefer going backwards, choose previous to visit with Vivianne. If you get lost, please click on the Master list link to find your way to another post.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet;”

Chrysalis_13DeathOr so Juliet would have us believe. But in Tarot, there are some cards that seem destined for other names.

Why are we discussing Shakespeare on a Tarot blog? Well, it’s all Morgan Drake Eckstein’s fault. You see, he has posed this question for the May 2015 Tarot Blog hop.

For the May 1st Tarot Blog Hop, we are going to be talking about the “distasteful” cards—the cards that evoke a strong negative reaction, and quite often signal that something is about to go Boom! (ex. Tower).

TotOP_13DeathThe first card that comes to mind is Death. It’s been named and renamed by so many artists and authors; it’s a wonder the card doesn’t have a personality disorder. From Ariadne in the Chrysalis to The Close in the Tarot of the Old Path, Death is one card that seems to have an unpleasant, or distasteful, name.

We could assume that’s because most of us view Death as something to be avoided. But how is renaming it changing the card itself? It’s still about painful change whether it’s a maiden with a ball of thread, a shadowy figure or even a skeleton dancing in the riggings. It doesn’t matter if it is La Morte or Santa De La Muerta either. Language doesn’t soften the blow of this card.

Thoth_13DeathSo how do you react when the Death card shows up in your readings? Do you flinch? Do you try to soften that message?

Tell us in the comments. What would you name the Death card if not Death?

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Announcing: The Chrysalis Tarot

Originally posted on Toney Brooks blog August 25, 2012. 

Destiny's Child

As Holly Sierra and I near the completion of Chrysalis Tarot, a project we've been hard at work on for more than 2-years, we will utilize this blog from time to time to feature glimpses into the deck and the Chrysalis philosophy.

Originally posted on Toney Brooks blog August 25, 2012. 

Destiny's Child

As Holly Sierra and I near the completion of Chrysalis Tarot, a project we've been hard at work on for more than 2-years, we will utilize this blog from time to time to feature glimpses into the deck and the Chrysalis philosophy.

Holly's art on the left is titled, Divine Child (click image for greater detail). He or she (the child is androgynous) symbolizes the rich yet unfulfilled potential of Self, i.e. a person's destiny. Psychologist C.G. Jung termed the fulfillment process individuation. He taught that every individual soul is, at birth, analogous to a pencil sketch on a painter's canvass.  

The journey of transformation from birth to destiny, and to destiny's full-color, wall-sized portrait, is the storied Hero's Journey of mythology. Examples of the Hero's Journey are the Quest for the Holy Grail, The Odyssey and, as I was delighted to discover online this morning, Shrek.  The journey itself supplies the artistry needed to fulfill the canvass' potential.

All tarot decks, in one form or fashion, portray the Hero's Journey and are tools for the artistry of self-discovery.

Our Divine Child, then, is a symbol of the transformational process of Self becoming fully individuated Hero.  This process progresses from black and white to brilliant color as we ascend to higher consciousness and greater spiritual awareness.  During the black and white, pre-destiny, fumbling around state of ego-dominated being, a person will project an incomplete, imperfect image of Self onto gods and saviors, or others they deem worthy of hero worship.

Chrysalis Tarot, which we call "transformational technology for everyone," is designed to increase awareness of the adventurous Hero's Journey and make it compelling.  Many stuck in the black and white stage think they've already arrived when, in fact, they've never left the station.  And that's okay.  Religion, it's said, is often the entropy of spirituality.

Other souls are restless, questioning, and intuitively sense a higher calling and purpose in life.  Even so, destiny presents a zigzagging, co-creative, moving target, never a fixed absolute.

This is where the journey gets intriguing.  "Co-creative with whom," you might ask?  Well, first let's dismiss saccharine platitudes like, "The Lord has a plan," or even worse, "If it's God's will."  A grief-stricken mother, for example, striving to prevent her starving infant from dying in her arms has little need for such sanctimonious eloquence.

Glib sayings like those presuppose a fatalistic universe, a universe in which people are mere puppets dependent upon an officious puppetmaster in the sky pulling billions of strings simultaneously.

Or even more unlikely, the random universe of a detached cosmic clockmaker who wound up creation 14-billion years ago and then scurried off to attend to other cosmic duties, thus dooming the world to the mechanistic fortunes and misfortunes of ticking gears and classical physics.

In the middle ground, we find reason, free will, moral responsibility, personal accountability, quantum physics and a cerebrum under the hood we're expected to use. Still, we realize we do not travel alone; that there's a guiding light we perceive to be both transcendent (exterior) and immanent (interior).  And then we move beyond the fantasy of dualism and realize we are One with the guiding light and that everything is connected.

A person's soul sketch is inherited from the collective unconscious of all humanity, thought Jung.  He defined the collective unconscious as a memory bank serving the human species: "a collective, universal and impersonal nature that is identical in all human beings."  Our conscious mind isn't aware of Jung's collective unconscious, but our unconscious mind decidedly is not only aware of it, but in continuous interplay with it — if consciousness is a flower, the collective unconscious are the roots.

Since the discovery of quantum physics, there are other hypotheses, in addition to inheritance, providing plausible explanations for interconnectedness with the collective unconscious.  One is termed quantum entanglement.  Another is Gaia Theory.

Chrysalis Tarot is a tool, like many other tools used for personal growth, whose primary goal is to integrate the personal, conscious mind with the unconscious mind, thereby lifting it into consciousness.

Chrysalis accomplishes this through the inspiration of art and archetypes (psychological instincts) to help our users explore the depths of the collective unconscious. This leads to a fuller understanding of our own Self and more useful discernment of the myriad choices and crossroads leading to personal destiny.

Discernment is aided by synchronicity, the topic of our next blog featuring The Pilgrim (pictured left).

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