U.S. Games Systems, Inc   Tarot & Inspiration

Tarot & Inspiration

 per page
Renaissance Tarot Book
Renaissance Tarot Book

What customers are saying about A Renaissance Tarot Book

A "companion book" + an indispensible tarot history resource

This book was published to accompany the author's "Renaissance Tarot" deck. But whereas most companion books confine themselves to the deck they are sold with, perhaps folding in generic tarot-reading instructions, this book explores the origins and symbolism of the tarot with such depth that it is an important stand-alone tarot book.

Moving beyond recycled speculation about gypsies, Egyptian mystery cults, and other such exotica, this book goes directly to the source: the culture of Renaissance Italy, which produced the first tarot decks. Williams does not attempt to deliver the definitive "truth" about what the original tarot designers may have had in mind, but he does collect an extraordinary array of "tarot parallels" in art, literature, philosophy, mythology, and folk culture. What emerges is a picture of the enduring archetypal nature of the each of the tarot symbols. Williams shows how deeply embedded these images are in our culture, and how ubiquitous and familiar they were to people in 15th century Europe.

The text is supported by hundreds of attractive line drawings, made by the author to illustrate the historic works of art referenced in the text. The book thus becomes a guided tour back in time to the culture that produced the first tarot decks, imbued with the author's personal vision and yet faithful to the facts at every turn. There are few books available to give the student a trustworthy and useable account of the meaning of the tarot symbols in their original context. This is one of the best. Also included are brief descriptions of the cards in the Renaissance Tarot deck, along with divinatory meanings and some instruction on reading the cards. The book's greatest value, however, is in illustrating where the tarot comes from, and deepening and enriching the reader's understanding of the ancient symbols. Even if you don't use the Renaissance Tarot deck, this book will give you many wonderful insights about the tarot and bring you into a deeper relationship with the cards of your own deck. Highly recommended.

—Tom Waters, Amazon customer


The journey that is the Renaissance Tarot spanned a period of ten years - the results show the care, thought and nurturing that was taken every step of the way. Brian Williams had a life long interest in both classical and Renaissance art, which he has translated nicely into the Renaissance Tarot. After spending a year in studies at the University of Padua in Italy. Brian took the illustrations and theory that would become the Renaissance Tarot and used them as the basis for an independent thesis and project at the University of California at Berkeley.

One of the themes that run through this book and deck is the place that Tarot held in European culture. Brian's stated purpose with the accompanying book is to provide a complete guide to the cards, their meanings and their uses. He also goes into the historical significance of each of the cards, which is not something that I have seen done elsewhere. Each card, including the minors, has a bit of myth in it that explains the archetypal qualities of the card, For example, the Ten of Swords is the myth of Paris and Achilles, while the Chariot is the myth of Aphrodite and Ares.

Throughout the accompanying book there are a wealth of black and white illustrations from the Renaissance period. At one point we see the game of Tarot being played (as taken from a mid-fifteenth century fresco in the Sala dei Giochi in the Casa Borromeo in Milan. At another point we see a manuscript illumination of Mars (the God) from the fifteenth century. At yet another point we see an engraving of a Satyr family by Durer from 1505. The list is endless - and fascinating.

With each of the majors we are treated to a wonderful description of the card, quite an involved background into the archetypal myth, and incredible illustrations, as well as divinatory and reversed meanings. With the court cards and the minors we see a description of the card, an abbreviated version of the myth behind it, as well as divinatory and reversed meanings. Each section contains a black and white scan of the card.

At the end of the book Brian presents a section on Tarot spreads, including the Celtic Cross, Tetrasky (also known as the Pythagorean Tetrad) and the Twelve Houses spreads. An interesting aside on the Twelve Houses spread is that it is presented in a square format (referred to as a quadrilateral design), rather than the usual circular format.

The cards themselves are 2 3/4" by 5", on glossy card stock. The backs have a 1/4" white border, with a bisque colored center containing intricate work using triple circles resembling Celtic Knots, upon which reside the medieval symbols for the elements in the four corners, with four corresponding animals floating within them. A male and female figure recline in the center, with their hands held. The almost blandness of the backs acts as a kind of foil for the wonderfully rich colors of the card faces. Again we see the use of a 1/4" white border, followed by a 1/4" gold inner border. The top two corners of each of the cards contain figures (some animal, some human, some symbols) that are there for ornamental purposes only. The title for each card is across the bottom, in both Italian and English.

The overall coloring is a well-done pastel, with the figures dressed, for the most part, in Renaissance fashion. The pips make basic use of the suit symbol, with animal and human figures added to them that are not integral to the understanding of the cards. Each suit has its own color: yellow for Swords, pink for Cups, green for Pentacles and blue for Staves.

There are two small changes in the titling of the Major Arcana: the Wheel of Fortune becomes Chance and Judgment becomes the Angel. Each time I return to this deck I find something new to intrigue me. The accompanying book has lessons of its own to give. I highly recommend this deck to all students at all levels of study.

—Bonnie Cehovet, Aeclectic Tarot

$17.95
Haindl Tarot
Haindl Tarot

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HAINDL TAROT:

The Haindl Tarot for me comes across as a very mystical, shamanic type deck. Each time you work with a card, you will see another level of richness, another "something" that you did not see or feel before. It is the shamanic quality that I see in this deck that brings across its message for me. The spiritual traditions of many cultures and mythologies are represented here. There is also a deep respect for the feminine, and a sense of respect for and connection to nature. Haindl did this deck in a very special manner -- one that I have not seen done before. He took his own paintings, picking out a part of the painting that represented the energy of the card that he was working with, and overlaid the suits and symbols. The result is stunning in its depth, but it can be taken one step further. Because Haindl used only portions of a painting, he could use a single painting multiple times, with the underlying artwork acting as a bridge to connect the cards.

I highly recommend it to those with at least a minimal Tarot background, those who want to use it for meditation, spiritual growth, ritual, ceremony or personal readings. And yes -- this would be a deck that a collector would want to have!

-- Bonnie Cehovet, on Aeclectic Tarot


I've used the Haindl Tarot for years and recently performed over 33 readings at the San Francisco Whole Life Expo using the Haindl Tarot. This deck gives the querent a great deal of answers pertaining to influences around the question. The cards are beautiful, watercolor like, dreamy, and yet powerful in their images. The inclusion of American Indian, Hindu, European and Egyptian influences give the reader the ability to connect with ancient energies. I love reading with this deck and it is one the highly prized decks that I use professionally.

-- Joseph Martin on Amazon

$21.95
Tarot of the Old Path Deck
Tarot of the Old Path Deck
What customers are saying about Tarot of the Old Path
 
 
These are beautifully illustrated cards. I felt comfortable with them as soon as they were in my hands. There is a warmth and depth that is lacking, in my opinion anyway, in the Rider Waite and the Crystal tarot decks, so shall be "resting" them. The earth connection is evident and I am very happy about that. I know I shall enjoy working with them. An inspired purchase I think! 
BeeWitch, Holistic Shop customer

As soon as my hands touched this deck, I felt a sense of pride flow through me.  Being raised a Wiccan most of my life, the imagery and art sounded a bell in my heart and spirit.  The deck called to me, to my sense of faith.  By using symbols and meanings pertaining to Wicca, Rowley and Gainsford created a Tarot deck that I connected with instantly.  I chose it over the mythology deck my father offered.  I wanted that connection with my faith and beliefs, and felt that this deck could bring me peace and a deeper understanding of my spiritual path.
Each Major Arcana card has some silver material incorporated into the picture, usually on a character's eyes, that shines dully when light reflects off of it.  It gives the deck an even more mystical and magickal feeling.  The back of the cards feature a beautiful green vine, swirling gracefully into a figure-8, or Infinity sign.  The cards are about standard sized, and sleek for easy shuffling.
The only dispute I have with this deck is that some of the Major Arcana names have been changed from traditional Tarot names.  For example, Death is now called The Close, and The Moon is known as Illusion.  It is explained in the book that these changes are meant to more accurately portray the meaning ofthe card, but it can be initially confusing for anyone already familiar with the traditional Tarot names.
Any Wiccan looking for a connection to their roots and an insight into their faith will love this deck.  I recommend it highly. 

—Gypsy, Aeclectic Tarot

The Tarot of the Old Path is a magical deck indeed. I have had many decks and never liked all the cards, or they have had the wrong feel about them. These cards are so different. The artwork is gently vibrant, the open space at the top of each card creates an openess, giving your own intuition a chance to come into play. I find them easy and flowing. The size of the cards are perfect for ladies, and really this is an incredibly female deck. It is so refreshing to have the devil card replaced with temptation, as in paganism, the devil does not exist, and is somewhat a christian construct. I would recommend these cards for anyone who is into earth religion. The use of colour and detail in the artwork is unusual and beautiful. This deck will work best with feminine intuition, they feel amazing. The backs are just as stunning with their twining honeysuckle design. It's taken me 17 years to find the deck that is for me and I feel that now I have found it in this outstanding tarot deck. The little white book is informative and simple, but I think its best to connect with the cards and see what they mean for you first. Congratulations to Silvia & Howard and the 8 witches who helped create such a profound tarot. 
—Susie G., Holistic Shop customer

Many years ago, when I first got Tarot of the Old Path, I had my reservations about the deck due to its Wiccan symbolism, which is very apparent throughout the deck.  The beautiful art in the deck, however, kept drawing me back to it, long after I had put it away.  I pulled the deck out again one day, and decided that there was no reason for me not to enjoy the deck . . . because I liked it!
I would definitely recommend Tarot of the Old Path for those who follow the Wiccan faith, but it's a beautiful deck filled with a lot of meaningful symbolism and can be used by someone of any faith . . . as I discovered for myself.  If you have an open mind and can respect the beliefs and choice of faith by others -- even if you don't share all the same beliefs -- then you can appreciate this deck.
Tarot of the Old Path emerged in recognition of the card readers who follow the Wiccan path . . . also referred to as the Craft, the Old Religion . . . or the Old Path -- as the deck is named.  A coven of eight witches came together to act as advisers and consultants for this deck.
A lot of symbolism is included in the cards, including astrological and elemental symbology.  Some of the traditional Major Arcana names have been changed to more appropriately represent this deck's theme.  The name changes seem to apply very well to the cards.
It has been said that this deck has a British feel to it due to the faces of the people portrayed in the Minor Arcana cards.  Some Wiccan readers feel that this detracts from the Wiccan theme of the deck.  Since I am not Wiccan, I can't really say one way or the other on that, but I do think it's a beautiful deck filled with lots of symbolism . . . and lots to think about for each card's image.
There are a lot of variations from the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot, but also some similarities as well. I have found that I am able to make sense out of the changes made in this deck.  I find it to be a fascinating approach in working with the Tarot.
—Velvet Angel, Tarot Wisdom Readings
$25.95
Creative Whack Pack® Deck
Creative Whack Pack® Deck

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CREATIVE WHACK PACK:

Roger von Oech has won a loyal following around the country.

-- BusinessWeek Magazine

$16.00
The Goddess Oracle Deck/Book Set
The Goddess Oracle Deck/Book Set

 

What customers are saying about Goddess Oracle

Divination has never been as sensual. This is an absolutely gorgeous collection of Goddess deities ... carefully researched... stunning... uplifting... The illustrations are truly remarkable. It is important to note that these cards are designed to nurture the feminine in all of us, regardless of gender - the Goddess bolsters those aspects of everyone's totality that have been historically disregarded, for example, intuitive abilities, creativity, sensuality, and nurturing skills.

—The Bodhi Tree Book Review


This deck of divination cards is excellent for anyone who is interested in goddesses from different cultures, as well as Tarot enthusiasts, alternative religions, or just in pretty artwork. Hrana Janto, the artist who painted the deck, worked hard to make each goddess both representative of the traditional symbolism surrounding her religion, as well as the various ways women "are" in the world. We have round, full-bodied women, young, old (the Sheila Na Gig is amazing, for example), thin, black, white, and all shades in between. There are women in the deck who could be supermodels, and some who look like they've had (and are proud of having) a couple of children. And all are reverence with the "goddesses in every woman" theory of all bodies and beauties being wonderful. The deck opens itself up for a number of personalized types of readings for the person who is looking for answers. You can use multiple spreads or just one card.

I recommend this deck as highly as I can, and the new US Games version has more durable cards, and are smaller as well, which could work a lot better for smaller hands to shuffle. The fine research into goddess traditions done by Marashinsky is still relevant, and I think this deck & book would make a great Christmas present. In fact, that's how I received it, and it is a welcome member of my Tarot collection.

—Kimberly Wells, Amazon customer


I love pulling a single card to define the goddess energy for my day or ritual, or to choose a working path. As for the cards, they are really beautiful! Each shows a detailed image of a goddess, with realistic backgrounds and supporting characters in the form of animals, plants, symbols, colors, and other people. They also have a key word, as well as the name of the Goddess. I also love that they depict a real variety of women of all ages, from pre-teen to crone, all body types, and different racial types. I’d recommend this exquisite deck to anyone wishing to explore goddess energy in their life or in their readings. The artwork is realistic, beautiful, with a great variety of colors, and although there is some nudity, it is never gratuitous.

—Chloe McCracken, Aeclectic Tarot


Wow!! Such beautiful illustrations, I found my female clients (and myself) have really enjoyed their readings from this deck and have come away from it feeling positive and very inspired to get in touch with the divine goddess within!! Beautiful and powerful cards to work with.

Loudeano, New Zealand


I purchased this card deck quite some time ago. It was recommended to me, by a close friend and mentor, that I consider an oracle deck vs. tarot as a divination tool. An oracle deck seems to allow more room for your own interpretation and use of intuition. I am a psychic medium, currently starting my own business doing readings, and I strongly identify with this deck. The images are all feminine and gorgeous. I adore the artistic style and connect strongly with the fact that each image is of a Goddess from cultures around the world. My readings have been clear and this deck has helped to open me up to my intuition, and to trust what comes through. The book that comes with the package is informative for the beginner and gives information on each individual card/Goddess along with a poem that helps you understand the feeling/message behind the card. Very nice and highly recommended, even just for the artwork!

Bibliophilia Eclectica


I had an amazing reading done with this deck a year ago and finally bought it for myself. It's great! The artwork is beautiful and I find the cards really speak to me. The book is good for a quick overview of each goddess but there's so much symbolism in each card, you can let the images guide you on their own.

­—C. Palmieri, Amazon customer


A very lovely deck and book set. Many will be familiar with Hrana Janto's art -- it has often graced the covers of PanGaia or SageWoman, and she has had a number of calendars featuring her images. I enjoy Marashinsky's writing and her attitude about spirituality. This deck is wonderful for divination and ritual use.

—Audra, Goodreads


The Goddess Oracle Deck is beautiful art combined with well-written explanations for each card in the deck. What amazed me is the accuracy in which the cards and descriptions fit with each reading. It is an amazing deck and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in adding to their existing collection and especially for first time beginners. After much research me and my wife settled on this one and we weren't disappointed, gorgeous, well-written descriptions and accurate.  Kudos to the designer and originator of this exquisite deck!

—Thomas W. Moon, Amazon customer


I own a few tarot and oracle sets, and this is by far my favorite. The artwork is absolutely amazing and easy to connect to. I don't use my decks often, but I love to take this one out to just look at the images. Very strong goddesses, each and every one, and the small stories in the booklet inspired me to look up the history of the individual goddesses as well. The spreads suggested also work quite well.

—Trina, Goodreads

$31.95
Beginner's Guide to Tarot
Beginner's Guide to Tarot

What customers are saying about Beginner’s Guide to Tarot

I cannot praise this deck highly enough, not just for its outstanding artwork but for the numerous practicalities of its presentation. Indeed, all involved deserve a lot of praise. The deck can only be bought as part of a fairly lavish package, titled the Beginners Guide to the Tarot. Not only would the book still be an asset to anyone's Tarot library, no matter how advanced, the whole glorious package retails for around the price of a standard U.S. Games tarot deck, making it in my book just about the best bargain I've ever added to my collection.

In terms of presentation, the book is teaming with monochrome illustrations taken from the deck itself. A particularly nice touch however, is that dark blue ink, rather than black has been used both for text and illustrations, making the whole presentation much softer on the eye. Moving on to the proper content of this set, it really is difficult to know where to start - mainly because there's just so much that's good and down to earth practical. It's probably best to start with the book. Juliet Sharman Burke is a full time teacher of both Tarot and Astrology. She is a very good teacher and this book, I feel is her best offering to date. She is a total no - nonsense, level-headed tarot practitioner and the perfect guide for the novice while being able to offer new insight to the more advanced in the same breath. I had always loved the Tarot and been fascinated by it's imagery. When I bought this set and followed the course through I became a good reader as opposed to just a dabbler. For the first time I had a very solid and practical foundation to build on.

Each card is described in individual detail but there are also general overviews of the Majors as a whole and of each suit. She starts with the Minor Arcana, which in itself is a brilliant move. You don't even get to the Majors until you've learned all of these card meanings, done sample readings with each suit on its own, then a reading using all four together. You then learn the Majors, do a Majors only reading and finally a reading with the whole deck. Individual card descriptions are detailed but never labourious. Each card gets more or less a full page and is accompanied by a monochrome reproduction of the card itself which is diagrammatically annotated with key points and handy tips.

Sharman - Burke has devised this deck more or less along the lines of the Rider - Waite but she also draws on the other traditional decks such as the Visconti Sforza and the Marseilles. What results is almost an objectified Rider deck - she debunks all of Waite's subjective occult imagery and replaces it with easier to understand symbols. Hence, Waite's rather obscure Alchemical Wheel of fortune is replaced by the more traditional Fortuna and her Wheel. Also, numbers are absent from the Major cards. This does away with any arguments over card ordering and leaves you to form your own conclusions. When did it ever matter whether Strength was card 8 or 11 to a novice anyway?

A similar pattern follows through the Minor Arcana, which if anything are even richer in detail than Colman Smith's whilst remaining true to her basic imagery. For me, Juliet Sharman-Burke is the only person who has managed to achieve this. What also helps is that each suit has its own consistent color scheme, making the cards instantly recognizable. Colors are related to elements and the elemental attributions are standard - Pentacles - Earth. Swords - Air. Wands - Fire. Cups - Water.

As to purely artistic concerns, the deck, though devised by Juliet Sharman-Burke in every detail was painted by Giovanni Casselli. Its a masterpiece of line and wash style which is elegant, refined and manages to totally avoid the comic strip style trap that many decks can fall into. It really is a gorgeous deck that can hold its own with the best of the rest.

Although aimed at beginners, this package is far more than just an introductory course. It is a timeless deck and book that will continually provide pleasure and insight no matter how far advanced you are. As such it should be a required acquisition to any serious collection as well as the best recommended starting point for anyone interested in learning the art of Tarot.

—Chris Butler, Tarot author and illustrator

$24.99
Chrysalis Tarot
Chrysalis Tarot

What customers are saying about Chrysalis Tarot

I love, love, love the Chrysalis Tarot. I feel the whole idea is so suitable to the metamorphosis of human development. The cards are attractive and easy to understand. The cards are unique and for the people I have read for - the new take on the cards allows for intuition to actively participate.

—Nadine B. Roberts, Tarot Professional


Every now and again a product comes along that brings such a fresh take on somewhat stale concepts, it becomes clear early on that product is destined for lots of awards, sales and satisfied consumers. The Chrysalis Tarot is absolutely one such product.

The artwork by Holly Sierra is not like anything else on the market. Her paintings are a mixture of folk, tribal, Celtic, Medieval and New Age. Yet everything about this tarot deck works in perfect harmony. It's like world peace in a box. Each of the 78 cards in this deck is mesmerizing. The colors, the creativity in the meaningful imagery and the attention paid to detail is simply a cut above.

It's time to talk about the Chrysalis Tarot meanings penned by Toney Brooks. These tarot meanings are crafted in such a way to deliver deep symbolism served up in an understandable and entertaining manner. Each card denotes its Rider-Waite twin soul and somehow he has discovered a way to pack a ton of sage wisdom into words that energize as they're read.

The Chrysalis Tarot is a deck all appreciators of tarot art and tarot meanings should own. For tarot readers who resonate with its imagery, this deck is sure to bring a whole new level of channeling to your readings.

Kudos to Holly Sierra and Toney Brooks! Congratulations to their publisher, U.S. Games Systems, Inc. for a shrewd acquisition made.

—Bernadette Carter King, New Age Examiner


The artwork is beautiful. That much is obvious. But there is more to this deck than a pretty face. Chrysalis is full of symbolism without being busy. It bears characters from different cultures, and when you look at the characters, there is a strong sense that they each have so many lessons to teach you. The culture mix is one that works, and that is because in life there is no one "correct" way to gain wisdom. You can gain wisdom from any kind of person, even from a small child. The author (Toney Brooks) and artist (Holly Sierra) understood that when creating Chrysalis tarot. There are lessons to be learned in good times and bad, in your elders, family, neighbors, and even in folk tales if you know how to find them. Chrysalis guides you to healing, empowerment, and peace with yourself and the world around you.

If you have ever thought of meditating with a card, or doing pathwork, this is an excellent deck to do that with. In fact, I find some of the cards grabbing me by the hand and pulling me in so that the cards can share their story with me. It is a very chatty deck.

I love that each suit has a color theme, representing each element. The change from cups, wands, swords, and pentacles to mirrors, spirals, scrolls, and stones are appropriate and drive the point home. My favorite is the change from frustrating court cards in other decks to troupe cards that are around to guide the querent on their journey. And let me not forget to say, there is no Emperor and Empress than Chrysalis' Green Man and Gaia.

If you want a deck to help you on your own Hero's Journey, Chrysalis is the way to go. It is not just any deck, but one focused on healing, wisdom and enlightenment.

—Jane Halliwell, Amazon customer


I was, naturally, intrigued by the image on the box as shown for this item. I checked out US Games to look at a few of the other cards (Usually the tarot publishers have at least a few more cards you can see to get a feel for a deck.) I admit I love tarot cards as much for their artwork and creativity as for actual use in divination!

These cards are beautiful! Even the back image is stunning! I also like that the deck is kind of Rider-Waite, yet not. However, although they use different names for the cards, they also indicate what the RW card is called (Card III of the Major Arcana is named "Gaia" but just underneath it is labeled "III. The Empress"). Images are clear and really, just beautifully illustrated. The card stock is a nice weight and the coating is neither too slippery or too clingy. They will naturally be rather stiff at first--I found it a little difficult to shuffle them.

The actual suites are named Stones, Mirrors, Spirals and Scrolls. And, as you would expect, stones = pentacles or coins, mirrors = cups, spirals = wands and scrolls = swords. I also like the mix of cultures: you'll see Celtic style knots as well as East Indian style decoration, among others, and Herne the Hunter is the Emperor but Ma'at is pictured on the Justice card with Papa Legba as Strength and Kali as The Tower. The pictures on this deck also abound with all kinds of wildlife: ravens, bears, dragonflies, dragons, winged horses, etc.

I have many, many decks because I love collecting them but I only use a couple for divination. I may consider adding this deck to the ones I actually use, it is such a joy to look upon.

—Cat “Rampant Reader”, Amazon customer


Many readers spend their lives collecting decks, enjoying many philosophies while examining and implementing various artistic interpretations. I have my fair share of cards and can admit I have hoped that in this lifetime I would find "The One." This would be a dream deck, of course, wherein it unquestionably represents who I am (not just as a tarot lover, but as a complex and delicate being who walks this good Earth). I can say with all goodness and honesty, Chrysalis Tarot is, in fact, "The One." The most glorious part in sharing that information is this deck can very easily be "The One" for EVERYONE.

The sacred place from which these players and meanings derive is referred to by the author, Toney Brooks, as "The Otherworld." In this place of dreams you will find majestic and domestic creatures, from dragons and lions to cats and lambs. There are historical figures, both mystical and real. There is Celtic ritual woven and blended with Eastern god and ancient Egyptian goddess energy. You will seek wisdom from The Crone and The Maiden, A Celtic Owl as The Hanged Man. You will feel the innocence of the deer, powerfully running with the spark of creativity in the Eight of Spirals. You will hear the coo of the swans in the Two of Mirrors.

This actually brings me to make a point that while the names of suits used in "traditional" tarot have been changed, there should be no trouble at all with understanding and interpreting for yourself or for clients. The guidebook is invaluable and concise. Never have I read a LWB and felt as though I completed a metaphysics course. The information is to the point, yet deeply moving and literary. I particularly loved the introduction of the suits and what they represent before each individual card meaning. My goodness, these cards are beautiful.

How many times have we explained to each other, as tarot enthusiasts, "I purchased that particular deck for such-and-such card"? We do this. We buy decks for merely one card, alone. I put myself out there, entirely, by saying every single card in this deck is "that" card. Holly Sierra has channeled heavenly poetic and woozily dreamy love into these images, making her and Toney Brooks a celebrated spiritual force, in my opinion. One of my favorite things about the deck artwork is the different borders around each court card. I LOVE that. It's subtle and clever. And while I go on and on about the beauty of the deck, with its rich colors and soft, summer essence, I can say this is perfect for masculine energy, as well.

As for the functionality of the cards, they are shuffled with ease, without bending and/or scraping. They are not too glossy, not flimsy at all. The deck arrived in a small, sturdy box, which I think is still worth saving. I pre-ordered this deck a few months ago and it arrived very quickly and two to three weeks before the actual estimated time of arrival.

One last thing I will emphasize about this deck is once I held it in my bare hands I could feel the healing energy radiating through my alignment. This is truly going to help people. I believe this. I am thankful to have found this deck. I am grateful to have found "The One." I know I will use this to the end of my days.

—Silver Palimpsest, Amazon customer


One of the problems with the Tarot in general is that its imagery has become rather stale. Each "tradition" has its own set of pre-cast imagery, and even though some are incredibly beautiful and innovative, still, one is left with the feeling that, "Oh no, another one." When I get a new deck, I am always hoping for something indeed new, but the demand of the marketplace all too often take priority over innovation, and we wind up with a parade of clones.

Enter the Chrysalis. Here is the fresh breeze of inspiration that many have been waiting for. The best word I can use to describe the Chrysalis is "Mythic". The images are very fairy-tale like, but rather than calling to mind the standard set of familiar stories, these cards encourage you to generate your own fairy tale, to tell your own story, and become your own myth.

While the structure of the deck is similar to the "traditional" tarot, the imagery is very much a new ballgame. They are bright, colorful, and in most cases more suggestive than explicit in meaning. In many cases the images seem familiar, and yet are a very different take on the underlying theme. Consider XV, "The Devil" in a traditional deck, but here, "Bella Rosa," a masked lady parading through a carnival. The mask provides a certain anonymity, an isolation between the world and the inner person. Each one of these cards will make you think about new ways of looking at old meanings.

And that is a major breakthrough. A Tarot card has two meanings, an objective and a subjective. The objective meaning, or "denotation", is bound up in a set of keywords, relationships within an esoteric system, and body of knowledge that points to a pre-determined, a priori definition of what the card means. On the other hand, there is the subjective meaning or "connotation", a personal reaction to the card that often draws on unconscious sources that embellish the images with a personal significance. The chief problem in learning to read the Tarot, at least in learning to read it as an oracle, is getting beyond the denotation, into the subjective connotation, which is where the actual divination takes place. In a deck such as this, where the imagery is quite different from the body of traditional, one is forced to rely on the subjective. You will have to look into your own soul to understand what these cards mean, and what they will mean to you is different from what they will mean to anybody else. Subjectivity is individuating -- having to find things out for yourself breaks you off from the herd. And as this deck breaks itself off from the "traditions" -- even, thankfully, the ones I often rely on -- to read it you will need to discover something of yourself that has remained hidden behind the mask.

Which brings us to the book. I generally don't like tarot books, but this one is different. Instead of repeating the usual prattle, this one is short, to the point, and serves its purpose of launching your journey, rather than hand-holding you through it. I come from a very different background than the author, and would take issue with much of what is here, but the point is that the issues are raised, and how you follow them through the cards is your own prerogative. The book, in this case, is a helpful tool rather than a hindrance.

I could go on about this deck forever, and that is probably the best thing I can say about it. Its mandala-like imagery beckons one to go on forever. For here is a tool for the exploration of the conscious and the unconscious; for as long as consciousness exists, that exploration will go on, and indeed consciousness can only continue to exist where that exploration is possible.

—Bruce Albert, aka Doctordruid


I have been waiting on Chrysalis's release for quite some time and once it was in my hands it did NOT disappoint! It was worth the wait!

I cannot say enough positive things about this deck. Not only is the artwork gorgeous, the LWB is actually quite detailed for the size and Toney Brooks did a fantastic job with his re-envisioning of the tarot framework. The names assigned to not only the Major Arcana, but the court cards as well (now known as the Chrysalis Troupe) are absolutely spot on. What a breath of fresh air to the realm of tarot this deck is!

It's a very accurate deck, and as another reviewer said, very "chatty". I thoroughly enjoy working with it. In fact, I don't even want to put it down.

The artwork on the back of the cards is a feast for the eyes in and of itself. Holly really did an indescribably incredible job with this deck.

You won't be disappointed!

—Midnight Gypsy

$21.95
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
Vintage Wisdom Oracle
Vintage Wisdom Oracle

What customers are saying about Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Enjoy these Vintage Wisdom Oracle readings by Steven Bright

I could sit and meditate on the box cover to the Vintage Wisdom Oracle forever … it is just that well done! I love the sepia tone, the ethereal feel, and the gold embossing. I have to remember to refer to it as the “Vintage” Wisdom Oracle, because to me it has a distinctive Victorian feel, and I love the Victorian era!

The set consists of 52 cards and an 80-page guidebook, housed in a sturdy cardboard lift-top box. There is a lovely back story to this deck – it is part of an “unplanned journey” for Moseley – one that evolved over several years, one of moving from the field of interior design to the exploration and development of her own intuitive gifts!

The oracle is feminine in nature, using the inspiration of goddesses, divas, and etheric muses. It combines illustrations from vintage French postcards with old sepia-toned photographs, wild flowers, nature totems, and delicate vintage lace (I dearly love old lace!). I love that Moseley also used elements from historic painters such as John Waterhouse and Vincent Van Gogh.

The guidebook presents the cards in text only, no images. The story of each card is told in a very evocative fashion. From “Abundance”: “Here we see a depiction of Pomona, the Roman goddess of abundance and harvest of the ripe fruits and fields. She is adorned with all manner of wildflowers and forest flora, as if to celebrate the yield of nature’s bounty. Butterflies dance around her, representing transformation and a lightness of being.”

Included such thoughts as Ancestors, Divine Timing, Centering, Strength, and Wisdom. At the end of the guidebook we find a section on how to use the cards, and how to perform a reading. Five unique spreads are presented: the Four-Leaf Clover Spread, the Spyglass Spread, the Penny Farthing Spread, the Walled Garden Spread, and the Chatelaine Spread. The cover for the guidebook carries the image from the card Awakening.

The cards are absolutely entrancing! Perception shows a vintage ballerina, on stage, with her arms raised, holding a mask in her right hand. She stands in front of a red curtain, framed between two ivory pillars. Theater masks (comedy and tragedy) appear in the upper right and left hand corners of the card.

I love the layers of imagery and intent in each of these cards, and found them very easy to work with. Readers will take their own journey in reading with this deck – they need to be prepared to go deeply into their own intuition!

—BonnieCehovet.com


This oracle deck gave me the oooh’s and ahhh’s before I even opened the box. Victoria Moseley says this deck began with her designing a business card for her clairvoyant readings. The images are antique Victorian in style but there’s more...each card is layered with symbols that will be sure to enhance your intuition.

The boxed set comes with 52 illustrated cards and 80-page guidebook. There are 5 illustrated spreads in the guidebook and instructions on how you can use your deck. I love the practical approach presented by Victoria Moseley.

The card backs are as lovely as the images on the front of each card. Reversals are up to the reader but are really not needed with this deck. The cards are high quality with a silky feel that makes shuffling a soothing ritual. A keyword is printed on the front of each card which corresponds to the keyword descriptions in the guidebook. There is nothing harsh, garish or obscene in this deck—it can be used to read for any client.

I have to say that this is one of the nicest “Vintage Lady” decks that I have seen. The images are clear yet they convey mystery. It’s an interesting effect that I think you will like

This deck is perfect for those who love Vintage, those who like gentle images and those who are as intrigued by ephemera as I am.

—Mary Nale, Attune magazine

$22.95
Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand
Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand
WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PIXIE'S LENORMAND
 
Comprised of illustrations from the Rider-Waite tarot and “The Green Sheaf”, this 36-card petit Lenormand pays homage to Pamela Colman Smith. It is fundamentally a series of collages pieced together from Smith’s artwork. The pieces of the Rider-Waite cards add layers of meaning to the simple Lenormand images.

On the surface it’s a series of images which trigger intuitive information in the reader. For those who are familiar with Smith’s work, each card is a little mystery to be solved and built upon.

Fun, thought-provoking, and already a sensation on the web, this small deck in its metal container is a treat for beginners and seasoned diviners alike.
—Anna, Tarotwise.com

My go to tarot deck has always been The Rider Waite Smith. When I first got into Lenormand ,I paid a high price on Ebay for Edmund Zebrowskis self published Pixies Astounding Lenormand. I didn't use it much because it cost so much. When I heard US Games published it, I had to have it. The artwork is taken from The Rider tarot and The Golden Vanity. The LWB is great. It's actually a bit more than most would call a LWB. It explains each card, it's energy and where in her artwork it was taken from. It's great for beginners and experienced Readers. Now I can put the self published one up just to look at. Also it comes in a little metal box, which I love.
—Dawn Donivan, Amazon customer

Pamela Coleman Smith affectionately known as Pixie is without doubt the most influential illustrator of tarot decks. Ever. Her idiosyncratic illustrations of the Minor Arcana in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (as it is now commonly referred to) single-handedly revolutionized the tarot, and ushered in the age of the fully illustrated 78 card deck. During her lifetime Pixie did not illustrate any other divination decks beside the Rider-Waite-Smith; Lenormand was not, at the time, particularly popular nor was it (or is it) considered to be the repository of esoteric, occult, and magical knowledge that tarot is. Currently interest in Lenormand and other non-tarot divination decks is on the rise. Edmond Zebrowski has taken elements from the Rider-Waite-smith deck as well as other illustrations by Pamela Coleman Smith and fused them into a charming Lenormand deck. 
 
Pixie's Astounding Lenormand is a standard 36 card deck with no extras. It comes packaged in a small metal tin, with liftoff lid, painted with scenes from the deck, roses, and publisher information. The deck is accompanied by a small 129-page guidebook. Being a product of U.S. Games Systems the quality of the cards is virtually guaranteed. The cards are quite small, 57 x 89mm, as befitting traditional Lenormand decks, and very easy to handle. The card stock is excellent – firm and quite flexible, but not flimsy. The finish is low sheen and smooth with out being slippery – the cards do not stick together or clump, but have an easy flow when shuffled. 
The print quality is excellent – the images are clearly defined with crisp, clean lines and true colours. The palette is a direct reflection of PCS’s original colour scheme which is restrained and elegant – pale blues and greens, powdery teal, buttery yellow, sandy tan, burgundy, blood red, and faded slate predominate. 
 
The illustrations themselves are faithful reproductions of Pamela Coleman Smith’s lovely, old-fashioned images... Edmond Zebrowski has taken many of the minor players and mis-en-scene from the RWS deck and re-focused our attention on them by placing them as central images. Not only has the artist successfully pastiched or collaged elements of Pixie’s illustrations but the tiniest details such as her chiaroscuro techniques have been retained. The print on the back of the deck, a single rose on a blue background, is not reversible. 
 
The guidebook although small is full of information that is helpful to both the novice and experienced user. The Introduction explains the origins of the deck, as well as a few tips on how to read the cards. Each card is given 8 points of information: 
Card Energy – whether the card is positive, negative, or neutral.
Keywords – fundamental descriptors of the card’s characteristics.
Full Meaning – a detailed explanation of the card’s divinatory meaning.
Love – an interpretation for a 'Love 'reading.
Career – and interpretation for a 'Career 'reading.
Characteristics/Qualities – how a card may describe a person in a reading.
Timing – when something will occur.
Image Origins – explains the sources of the images, how they were adapted from PCS's original works. 
 
If you are a fan of Pamela Coleman Smith or the Rider Waite Smith deck then this Lenormand is a must have. It is a beautiful deck for both novice and adept alike… And would be especially helpful for a novice Lenormand user who has experience reading the RWS tarot. This is a fabulous homage to Pamela Coleman Smith and an absolutely delightful Lenormand deck.
— MedusaWink, Aeclectic Tarot
$18.95
Aquarian Tarot in a Tin
Aquarian Tarot in a Tin
  • What customers are saying about Aquarian Tarot

    The Aquarian Tarot by David Palladini does exactly what the Tarot should do!!! That is—act as A Catalyst for the floodgates of one's own psychic abilities to open, flow and be directed...Along the path of mans' physical and spiritual life on the earth plane. The Palladini Aquarian deck offers all of the important symbolism for each card in an obvious ANd Mystical manner - allowing the reader to be lead psychically down the correct path. Unlike many other "Pretty" & "Weird" decks which abound - the Aquarian deck does not keep you spell bound to the cards themselves trying to decipher them but rather their meanings being instantly recognized by the reader, does it's job by sending our psyche away from the cards and directly into the cosmos of transmitted visuals and thought communications from the universe. Transmittals relevant to the questions being posed by the client. I'm on my 3rd deck of Pallidini's and have never found another to replace them!

    —KosmicLinda (professional reader of 35 years)


    This deck is old by many standards but the artwork still remains rather unique and revealing in many ways. It has an 'ancient' feel but also a 'modern' feel that many enjoyed getting readings with and is a sure winner for a primer deck!

    Yukio, Amazon customer


    David Palladini's Aquarian Tarot is a beautiful deck in the Rider-Waite tradition. I was attracted to it by the wonderful art-deco style and the watercolors, both of which appeal to my sensibilities. This deck is very emotive - there's a strong sense of feeling that emanates from these cards, and it is often that feeling, rather than the imagery depicted, that informs my reading with them.

    —R. Perkins, Amazon customer

$18.95
Sun and Moon in a Tin
Sun and Moon in a Tin

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SUN AND MOON TAROT

Illustrator Vanessa Decort has created a stunning yet simple deck with her Sun And Moon Tarot. On close inspection, there is a richness and complexity that draws you in and lends new, subtle nuances to your tarot readings. Decort describes the deck this way: "The Sun And Moon Tarot considers universal archetypes and cultural symbols, and also incorporates the artist's own personal symbols."

Based on the Thoth deck, it stays true to the titles that Aleister Crowley used (ex: 7 of Pentacles - Failure; Art - Temperance; Princes and Princes rather than Knights and Pages). I've always been somewhat intimidated by the Thoth deck but Decort has taken that influence and infused it with an almost playful, childlike essence. This could be because she has a background as an illustrator for children's books or perhaps she simply wanted to deliver the wisdom of the Thoth deck in a more whimsical and accessible manner. The result is an inviting, fun deck that never loses its Thoth roots.

This is a well-made deck on sturdy card stock with a somewhat matte finish. It felt great in my hands, shuffled well and seemed built to last. This is very important to me as I tend to be hard on my decks through constant use. The back of the deck is a gorgeous black and white mandala - and it's reversible, another small detail that I like.

Each image is framed by white borders with titles (in English) and numbers clearly printed. Colors are bold yet muted. I especially liked the choices for the Minors suits - neutral, earthy tones for Earth; dark grey, burnt sienna and orange flames for Fire; rich midnight blue for Water; and light sky blue for Air. These color schemes make sense and allow the reader to instantly know which suit they are working with before they even glance at the title.

There are strong Kabbalah and alchemy influences throughout the deck - each Major has a Hebrew letter and the elemental symbols appear on every minor. Yogic images are scattered about - fro the OM symbol in the Hermit to the dancing Shiva as the Universe (World)!

The Major Arcana is especially rich with symbols - the yin and yang in the Temperance and the Phoenix in the Death card convey the meanings clearly. Astrological symbols are featured throughout the Majors - for example, the Cancer symbol on the chest of the driver in The Chariot or the ram's heads and lamb (Aries) in the Emperor.

One of the things I liked the best about this deck was the multicultural imagery. Rather than "standard" RWS people, there are all races represented here - black, white, dark haired, redheads and more. This gives the deck a "modern" appeal and I happen to like that as my own personal life is diverse - so seeing this detail made me feel more connected to the deck.

I'm giving this deck two Swords up. It is a unique and interesting deck for any tarot lover's collection.

—Theresa Reed, “The Tarot Lady”

$18.95