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Motherpeace Round Tarot Deck
Motherpeace Round Tarot Deck

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MOTHERPEACE ROUND TAROT DECK:

The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror, also, that constantly shows the truest face.

-- Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple


Since I bought this deck a few years ago, it has helped me through immense personal growth. Where most other decks are scary and intimidating, this deck is reassuring, validating, honest and deeply wise.

As far as the feminist messages in the cards and book, I have found them very much based on love, and the perspective presented has been decidedly useful to me. It is not feminist in the negative sense (i.e. "man-hating"), but rather is feminist in the positive sense (loving, woman empowering). Probably there are people who will be turned off by this strong feminist slant, but for most women, I think it is an asset that they will appreciate.

I think that any woman who is looking for a deck that will help her to tune into her own intuition, a deck she can trust with her deepest questions, this is THE deck. Personally, I have not found any other deck that I would trust in the way I trust this deck. It goes to the heart of any question, helping to gain honest, loving perspective, and empowering you to make good decisions.

-- Amy Findlay, Amazon


I collect tarot decks because I like the art and the idea of a spiritual tool for examining the self. I am not trained to recognize esoteric symbols and so many tarot decks have them that I usually give up in frustration of ever learning what they mean. The only deck that has spoken to me personally and allowed my imagination to come up with multiple interpretations is the Motherpeace deck. I was put off at first by the seeming simplistic artwork, but after using them and playing with them for a couple years, they started to grow on me. Yeah, I know, a couple of years is long in this fast-paced world, but instant attraction isn't always the best sign of a good relationship and the decks I found myself most attracted to ended up being empty vessels. With Motherpeace, for the first time, I felt that I could trust my own interpretive intuition and that alone is more freeing than anything else garnered from tarot work. I love it so much that I'm ordering the mini-Motherpeace to take to work with me.

-- A. Webb, Amazon

$26.95
Mother Mary Oracle
Mother Mary Oracle

What customers are saying about Mother Mary Oracle

This is a treasure of wisdom by Alana Fairchild, and the paintings by Shiloh Sophia McCloud representative of her large paintings are beautiful. This is a very special collaboration between these two creative women.

Cate, Amazon customer


The cards from the Mother Mary Oracle: Protection Miracles & Grace of the Holy Mother are absolutely beautiful. I happen to love Mother Mary and the messages in the cards you draw, are right on.

—C. Davis, Amazon customer

$23.95
Chrysalis Tarot Deck and Book Set
Chrysalis Tarot Deck and Book Set
  • What customers are saying about Chrysalis Tarot Book

    I have been patiently awaiting the publication of a companion book to the Chrysalis Tarot, and I am incredibly pleased with what has been presented to the Chrysalis Tarot reader.

    What I found through the Two Parts of this guide was the heart and mythology of Chrysalis Tarot. The voice of the book weaves origins of imagery, sensation and the soul of what makes Chrysalis Tarot work.

    After Toney Brooks invites you to journey onward through his thoughtful Introduction there is a dynamic Foreword, written by the enchanting Tali Goodwin. Her passage is illuminating and indicative of the harmonious tone of masterfully composed pages, written by Holly Sierra and Toney Brooks.

    Holly Sierra was gracious enough to share her early sketches of every single one of the 78 cards in the Chrysalis Tarot deck. She continues with anecdotes about her process and/or what the creative duo went through to accomplish the final result of the images we use today.
    Toney Brooks defines the nuance, emotion and purpose of these characters some of us have come to know.

    What I most enjoyed about this book is the fact that, as you read on, it feels as though you are sitting at tea with Holly and Toney, as they describe these many friends of theirs. The chat carries on to express the various attributes and way in which these friends may assist you in your everyday life.
    After reading this book, I felt as if I had met Chrysalis Tarot's family. As if I was privy to baby photos and stories of childhood milestones, and I fell in love all over again.

    I highly recommend this book. It has everything you are looking for in a tarot companion. I believe in, what I call, The Chrysalis Tarot System. This book will help you navigate through using the deck, of course. However, it will also help shed light along your path.

    -Giuliana M. Ramirez, Chrysalis Tarot Study Group administrator


    I love the Chrysalis Tarot but having this book to refer to has really helped me develop a deeper connection with the cards, which I use in my daily morning reading. I found that the little book that came with the deck just wasn't quite enough but this book gives more depth of meaning and explanations of the origins of each card and that has really helped me make a better connection with the deck. Thank you.

    —MW, Amazon customer


    I'm a huge fan of the Chrysalis Tarot: the artwork is magnificent, the symbolism and energy of the cards are truly unique. I don't think there is a better Tarot deck out there as a tool for personal growth and for gaining deeper insights on our journey.
    Don't expect a "standard" book with defined and/or classical meanings of the cards (this is not a standard Tarot deck neither ;-)) The Chrysalis Tarot invites you to work with your imagination, to trust your intuition in giving your reading a personal interpretation ; by doing so, it definitely stimulates the connection with your Higher Self.

    One of the many reasons Chrysalis is my favourite Tarot deck, is that each card and each explanation in the book provide a positive outlook. It matches my personal conviction that we can't always choose what happens to us, but we do always have a choice in how we will react on things. And there's always a way to approach events in a positive way, to learn from what's happening to us and how we evolve.
    Toney Brooks does so much more than just "explaining the cards" and their meaning: you get fantastic shares about quantum physics, shamanism, mythology, etc.

    Another thing I love about the book is that Holly Sierra introduces each card with some insights on why & how she created the card.
    Overall, each card is discussed equally in the book: Majors, Minors and the Court cards get the same attention.
    IMHO: this book is a must have if you like working with the Chrysalis Tarot or would like to get acquainted with it!

    —Helene Ghillebaert, Amazon customer


    What a FANTASTIC adventure! This book really is a "companion", both to the cards, and to your life! Having quickly read the introduction before shooting off out I was already hooked & couldn't wait to get home to read more! The layout is great, interesting chapters about all things mythological & metaphysical, based around the key "Characters" in the journey, followed by "The Hero's Journey" itself, an in depth guide to each card, complete with original sketches and the story behind the card, what inspired the design etc, right down to little details, like why there is a teeny Mouse in the corner, and why The Sun has a teardrop (no, "He" is not sad)...All these little things add to the thrill of the adventure and stay with you, lodging themselves in the memory bank to come jumping right back into your head when you then look through the cards! I read through the whole book before spending much time with the cards and didn't want to put it down! By the end of it I felt like I'd been on a journey & met some wonderful characters.....Just wish there was a sequel!

    —Jackie Watson, Amazon customer


    I've been reading my Chrysalis Companion book, well like its a new companion. I love this book! I've especially enjoyed being able to pull case studies of cards, and draw deeply from the reservoir of knowledge and myth presented within these pages. This has allowed me to deepen my own intuitions through understanding more of the correlations and associations with cards that come up regularly in my daily readings. Having this book to make quick references between the cards, opens the opportunity to study my own connections and patterns, and become more conscious of the synchronicity presenting in my life. Additionally, this book has inspired me to spend time with my cards in a new way! Studying each card in new context and themes, one by one with each turning page. The Chrysalis Tarot Book is a valuable study guide and reference book for its deck and for understanding the metaphysical world behind it. I love the golden thread woven through this book with art and storytelling, that truly makes a connection through the heart chakra and draws you in closer to relationship with the book's wisdom and maybe more importantly, your own.

    —Kristen Vincent, Shamanic healer

$32.95
Barbara Walker Tarot in a Tin
Barbara Walker Tarot in a Tin

What customers are saying about Barbara Walker Tarot:

The Major and Minor Arcana are fully illustrated with rich, colorful designs that were hand painted by Barbara Walker. They are finely detailed and realistic. Some of the figures are partially or completely unclothed. For those who are sensitive to this, there is nothing lewd or gratuitous about these depictions. The suits are Cups, Wands (which are actual wands, not tree branches), Pentacles (which are actual pentacles, not discs or coins) and Swords. Each card is named and the Major Arcana is also numbered. The meaning of each Minor Arcana card is distilled into one key word that is printed above the picture, while its individual designation is printed below.

Barbara Walker's interpretations are rooted in Tantric philosophy; and the pictures illustrate religious ideas from India, through the Middle East and into Europe, as she believes the Tarot cards themselves evolved. There are no images representing African (other than Egyptian), East Asian, Pan-Pacific or Native American cultures. Ms. Walker does not incorporate orthodox Christian beliefs. She explains in her book how the church co-opted many pagan traditions into its dogma (intentionally or otherwise) and some cards may seem to illustrate these beliefs.

Anyone familiar with the Rider-Waite or Marseille Tarot will recognize the symbolism easily, although there are a few exceptions and some subtle changes. Instead of a disembodied hand holding the symbol for the Aces, a full-fledged representation of the Goddess is clearly illustrated. Ms. Walker maintains that the Major Arcana are symbols of initiation into the mysteries of the pre-Christian religions, where the Triple Goddess reigned supreme and reincarnation was accepted. To that end, she removes the more obvious interpretations based on patriarchal bias and restores the original matrifocal intent. The most obvious departure from other decks is the depiction of the court cards. They are Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses, and they are each given the specific name and image of a God or Goddess that represent the characteristics of that card. The King and Queen and the Prince and Princess are paired according to specific mythologies. For example, the King and Queen of Swords are Indias Yama [godlike authority, powerful judge, discipline and order] and Kali [fatal decisions, swift action, deprivation or widowhood], the Prince and Princess of Cups are Britains Galahad [gallantry, courtesy, capacity for self-sacrifice] and Elaine [mystical insight, hidden knowledge, poetic inspiration]. This is a great help to me in interpreting the court cards, which can be very similar in their traditional representations.

— E. Y. Ivanova, Aeclectic Tarot


The Barbara Walker Tarot belongs to another era and this is probably why it fascinates me and goes unmentioned by others. It is the kind of deck that I like to read with using one card draws; shuffle and think of one aspect of an issue, cut and read the uppermost card. Then ask another question, shuffle, cut, read. I enjoy having conversations like this with a deck.  There are no ambivalent cards in this deck; all the Minor Arcana seem either forceful or diminishing in influence and are quite easy to read as a result (for me anyway) despite the unfamiliar mythological archetypes. The world is full of decks that want to make us feel good about ourselves decks that want to delude us, distract us with their prettiness, give us the answers we secretly think we want. Not this one. The Barbara Walker Tarot is uncompromising in its strangeness. Asking it for answers can feel at first like tapping the hardened, barren, cruel earth for answers. There is something heartless and savage about it on first impressions, but looking at it now makes me reflect on the path tarot has taken over the last 25 years; it has lost some of its weirdness and now tries to manufacture it again with the trend for dark decks, though we need look no further than the Barbara Walker Tarot; they don’t come much darker than this.

—My Curious Cabinet

$18.95