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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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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Holiday Storyboard

Wreath1 The holiday season is upon us, filled with sensuous memories from the past that sustain us, and loving memories in the making. It is a rich storyboard, with each individual story waiting to be written.  The Tarot is a wonderful tool that allows us to write our personal story in our own fashion. Arm yourself with your favorite beverage (coffee – full strength, please for me!), and gather near you the decks that excite you, the ones that want to go with you on this journey of telling your own story. Take your time – this is meant to be a fun journey!

The first thing that you want to think about is

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Tarot CSI Case #1

Sherlock Here's the scoop, Tarot sleuths: I post a string of Tarot cards and you guess the crime that's been committed.

Well, it won't always be a crime…but I'll let you know if that's the case.

Speaking of cases, I'm calling these exercises Tarot CSI. For Tarot CSI Case #1, I'm going to share what I think is a rather easy crime to decipher.

Let's see how you fare, gumshoe:

 

 

Tarot CSI Case #1

PCS Ace of Wands PCS 7 PCS 12

Put on your deerstalker, come close with that magnifying glass…and guess the crime.

The above images are from the Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot deck, which is part of the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set. The ISBN for this box set treasury is 978-1-57281-639-8, and is available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you.

— Janet