Monthly Archives: February 2013

Winners Of The Guess The Deck Contest Announced

Winners from last week's contest announced! Did you win?

Congratulations to our first place winner: Bernadette Montana who wins the Vanessa Tarot.

And to our second place winner: Terri Clement who wins her choice of one of six magnet sets.

Thanks to everyone who commented! We used to generate the winners.

Guess The Deck: Answer Revealed

All week we've been guessing what deck I am. Were you successful? Did you know right away? What clue gave it away for you? Are you still scratching your head?

I'm the Vanessa Tarot published in 2006.  Here's what US Games says about me.

Taking their inspiration from pop culture, the sassy but sage
characters of Vanessa Tarot playfully reinterpret traditional female
roles. With humor, glamour, and an attitude of adventure, the daring
darlings of Vanessa Tarot share all their arcane secrets. This charming
deck invites readers to join in the joy ride exploring life through the
fanciful imagery of tarot. Presented in a keepsake tin, Vanessa Tarot
includes 78 cards with 30-page instruction booklet.

"Vanessa Tarot has taken its inspiration from several areas of contemporary pop culture including female role models from the small and large screens of television and cinema, life-like fashion dolls, and heroines from comic books. In the same way that dolls encourage imaginative role-playing, Vanessa Tarot provides scenarios for examining our fantasies, fears, decisions, desires, and choices. The sassy but sage characters of Vanessa Tarot playfully reinterpret female roles, occupations, and social stereotypes from the housewife to the witch, and the princess to the scientist."

— Lynyrd Narciso, Introduction to Vanessa Tarot

See what Dan Pelletier has to say about this deck.

The Vanessa Tarot does for illustrated pip Waite-Colman-Smith based decks, what Major Tom's Tarot de Marseille did for the Marseille version Tarots, and dragged it (the Tarot) into the 21st Century.

The Vanessa Tarot will perhaps be the most overlooked Tarot of 2007. 'Serious' Tarot folks will eschew it, many will never get past the Magician — and will poo-poo it as a silly novelty. But the Vanessa deserves a closer look. It's nothing short of brilliant!

Let me start with the LWB — it deserves framing. This should me the new standard for LWB's. It is well written, concise, and is arraigned by numerical value as opposed to suits. And what is said about each card — makes sense. Some folks enjoy saying 'Tarot is a language', perhaps because such a statement eludes cogent response, However the Vanessa Tarot IS a language. Gone is the weighty esoteric symbology, leaving behind clean image concepts — that translate smoothly into nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and articles. Many cards easily fill encompass several of those labels.

Yes, it's a feminine deck albeit not feminist. Marketing may well relegate it to the early teen female market segment of the populations, and that’s a shame. The deck is also multicultural.

Some examples: The 10 of Wands eschews the burdening issues and displays an attitude of study — or 'workload'. The Knight of Wands wears a parachute and stands in the doorway of an aircraft in flight. In the Four of Cups, she sits in front of the Tarot Café, while a hand enters the picture from the left offering a cup. It's tres mondo coolaroonie!

The cards measure 9.5cm x 6cm, perfect for your hands, and get this … they come in a metal case.

This deck, and the LWB rock …

Here are a few images from this great deck.





You can have your own copy if you like. Just go here.

Remember we are drawing a name from all comments left this week including on this post. You could win your choice of our Tarot magnet sets. Would you pick the Fool set?

Guess the Deck: Clue #4

I'm full of sass and like to tease. That's why you'll find a Sarah Palin, a Sophia Loren, a Samantha Stevens as well as a Snow White and a Sleeping Beauty within my 78 cards. Was it intentional? Some were but some were not. Ms. Palin wasn't even on the national political scene when I was published.

What deck am I?

Since today is Valentine's Day, what would you say to a lover who gave you these? Remember that all guesses this week will be put into a drawing. You could win your choice of our new magnet sets.

Guess The Deck: Clue #3

Some things you might not know about me.

I'm a petite deck that will easily fit the smallest of hands. I love to be tossed into a backpack to head out to do readings for friends. I'm the perfect Tarot for someone with a sense of humor.

I am an ethnically diverse deck with an African American judge and an Asian beauty queen ruling my world. On one card, five diverse bridesmaids compete for one tossed bouqet.

What deck am I?

All comments will be entered into a drawing. The winner will get their choice of our new magnet sets. What would you stick to your fridge using the Magician set?

Guess The Deck: Clue #2

Happy Mardi Gras! To celebrate this holiday with a French name, I'll tell you that I have a French flair for at least two cards. Both are in the suit of l'amore. One is a ruler of the heart while the other sits alone in a cafe.

What deck am I?

A winner will be chosen from all comments left this week. You will have your choice of one of our new magnet sets. Check out the Wheel of Fortune set here.

Guess The Deck: Clue #1

This week will be a guessing game. Monday-Thursday we will give you clues to guess the deck. Friday we will reveal it.

Today's clue is about men and horses. Or is it? My armored friends wear the uniforms of the jobs they have chosen. While two are hard at work, the other two are not. A love letter, a motorcycle, a plane and a toolbox are what they employ. And did I mention? They aren't boys.

What deck am I?

We will draw one winner from all comments. That person will win their choice of our brand new magnet sets. Check out the Strength set here.

Tarot Blast From The Past: The Chinese Tarot


Another Tarot blast from the past, the Chinese Tarot by Jui Guoliang was first available in 1989.

Over at Tarot Passages, Joan Cole shares this review: "Designs based upon the symbolism, legends, beliefs, manners and customs of ancient China". The deck is enlivened by gods, demons and ghosts from the Chinese pantheon, such as the Heavenly Twins and the God of Longevity, and beautified by other traditional painting subjects, such as the "four gentlemen" (the plum, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo)."


The Tarot Deevah says:
" I find it colorful, inspirational, workable, and a joy to use. "

Some reviews from Amazon offer:

"Jiu's expert implementation of flowing vibrant colors, fine lines and subtle shading resulted in 78 breathtaking mini-paintings"

"The artwork is outstanding… if you like the Asian style… you'll love these cards."

"Guoliang's renditions of Tarot symbolism in Chinese traditional style literally brought tears to my eyes."


This deck is being reprinted for 2013. Are you excited?

Check back on Wednesday 2/6 to try your hand at a three card reading with this beautiful deck.

Imboc #Tarot Blog Hop


Welcome to our stop on the Tarot Blog Hop. The blog before us is Morgan Drake Eckstein. If you didn’t get here from there, don’t miss him!

The topic for this Hop was posed by Aisling the Bard of Tarot Witchery. She asks, “What is “in your Belly”? What do you wish to give birth to, to nurture, during this new season? What is the Poet, the Healer, the Maker, within you longing to do, to Become?

Because we publish cards, we like to show off our beautiful things. Who better to represent the concept of “in the belly” than the Empress of the tarot? She is the third numbered Major Arcana but the fourth if you see the Fool as the first. Her energy is abundance and fertility and creativity. Most often, this card is shown as a pregnant woman.

Enjoy these images from some of our decks.


Tarot of the Cat People, 1985, republished 2003

Gummi Bear Tarot, 2004

Chinese Tarot, 1988, republishing in 2013


Joie de Vivre Tarot, 2011


Dreaming Way, 2012


Ukiyoe, 1992, republishing in 2013


Ghosts And Spirits, 2012



Rider-Waite, 2009 edition

 What we want to know is how will you embody this creative, fertile force today? Now hop to it and go see what Joanna Ash has in store for you in her Tarot Blog Hop post. If you get lost, check out the Master List. That will help you navigate any broken links.