Yearly Archives: 2011

Tarot Impossible: What Movie Is This?

Lynn Merritt gave us this puzzle.

Agent Reader, you've done very well so far with the Tarot Impossible game. Agent Tarot has come to us again with another query. She did a reading for a character who gave this clue, "It's 2011 now, but in 2010 I did an impossible mission. What will my life be like now I am a free agent?" She did the reading but forgot to ask what the movie was. She wanted to see it if she could.

Here are the cards for this reading.

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Tis May! Tis May!

May 1st , or May Day, is a day that I remember from my childhood as one of gentle celebration. We would put small (as in tiny!) baskets together, and leave them on our neighbors’ porches. We would ring the bell, and run like mad! This is what you were supposed to do! It was a marvelous surprise to whoever answered the door to find lovely little May baskets sitting there.

May Day (the whole month of May, IMHO) is all about celebrating spring, new growth, and just plain enjoying the good weather and getting to the actual planting of lovely flowers (and vegetables, for those who do vegetable gardens). While I have never seen it done, I love the image of young girls dancing around a May pole that is decorated with streamers and flowers, honoring the energy of the moment. What great fun! May Day is also connected with Beltane, one of eight solar Sabbats in Wiccan and Pagan traditions, and one that focuses on spring and fertility.

How do you celebrate this day? Or do you? Celebration of May Day is certainly not as widespread as it once was. Perhaps we need to do something about that! Getting back to our literal “roots”, working with the soil, honoring the cycles of the year, enjoying the beauty of the spring flowers, and the sense of joy and freedom that they bring, to me is intrinsic to this day. Honoring this day in a personal way opens you up to aligning yourself with life and its cycles (no matter what your religious background). Whether you create a May basket as a centerpiece for your table, or create smaller May baskets to leave at your neighbors’ doors, the intent is set, and the energy comes to you. What a great way to bring positive energy into our lives!

The following spread

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Questioning Things

Question When studying the Tarot, you may find that many readers/consultants/Tarotists will tell you that the question you ask is as important as the reading itself. That is because it anchors you in the reading. Just asking "Does Bob like me" will not garner you nearly as much information as "What do I need to do to make sure Bob will want to marry me this year." It is more concrete.

One exercise you might try is to

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Guest Blog by Bonnie Cehovet

The cards of the Tarot tell a story, a story made up of many different parts. The whole of that story, the whole of how the pieces of the puzzle are put together, is by nature greater than the sum of its parts. In many ways, two cards read together do not simply add wisdom to each other, they spark whole new lines of thought.

One book that addresses this subject well is “Tarot Combinations”, by Dorothy Kelly. I loved her comment that an objective reading can be developed through the use of intuitive feelings. She makes the very common sense observation that the nature of the problem being addressed can be determined through the suit as well as through the specific cards. For example, the following three-card reading could be read as:

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Tarot Impossible: What Movie Is This?

Agent Reader, Agent Tarot has come to us again with another query. Can you help us out with another round of the Tarot Impossible game?

Agent Tarot, did a reading for a character who gave this clue, "The book was more popular than the film." She did the reading but forgot to ask what the movie was. She wanted to see it if she could or read the book.

The movie starts out with the following cards:
2 of cups Rx
5 of Coins


The middle deals with:

8 of Cups


At the end we find:

6 of Coins
2 of Wands
The Star


Can you help Agent Tarot discover what this movie was?

These cards are from the Karma Tarot which is back!

© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.


What card is this?

Rws3 Help! We have a card with amnesia. It can't remember its name or where it goes in the Tarot deck. Can you help? Here are some hints.

1. It shares a fruit with a Major Arcana.
2. It has a connection to the Mistress of the West.
3. A version of this card appeared in a miniskirt in a Madonna video.

Do you know this card? Help us get it back in the deck.Rws1


© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl Deck

Blueowl_box There are Tarot decks. There are Oracle decks. Then there are the Lenormand cards. Although you can find many versions of this cartomancy system, the one touted as the top seller is the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl. It was published in the 1920's.

An interesting fact about the Lenormand cards is that the first deck was actually published after Mademoiselle Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (Alençon, 27 May 1772 – Paris, 25 June 1843), aka Mlle Lenormand, died. It is said that she read for more than 40 years. By her own accounting, she read for Robespierre, the Empress Josephine and even Czar Alexander among others. She lived through the French revolution. She did see some prison time but only short terms.

Though this is a French deck, the country where it is the most popular is Germany. Mlle Lenormand claimed that she got her first deck of cards from Gypsies when she was a young girl. She designed her own 36 card deck and those images still grace many of the Lenormand decks.

This Blue Owl version is one you want to own if you are a Lenormand aficionado. And even if you aren't, try your hand at this intriguing system. The meanings of each card change by where they are in relationship to the person card that is being read for. Many Tarot enthusiasts study this system as a companion to Tarot.

Mary K. Greer shares a bit about Madame le Normand and the cards here. Liz Hazel did an astrological chart for Mlle Lenormand that is fascinating. You can see that in the comments on MKG's blog. We here at U.S. Games Systems, Inc. are delighted to announce that you can now get this famous little deck.

Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck is the English language version of the famous fortune-telling deck used by Mlle Lenormand.

The 36-card deck is packaged in the traditional tuck box with its original Blue Owl design. The pack includes a small instruction booklet with a brief explanation of each key card and sample readings.

In a reading, meanings are determined by the relationships between cards in a spread, as well as by individual cards.

Mlle Lenormand rose from humble beginnings in 19th century France to become the most prominent fortune teller in Europe. Her clients included Napoleon, about whom she made bold and astonishingly accurate predictions.

Her card-reading methods are still popular today.

Are you a Mlle. Lenormand fan? Want to become one? Check out the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck at your local retailer. If they don't have it, send them to U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Here are a few images.

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If you like online oracles, check this Lenormand one out.

© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.