Yearly Archives: 2014

TarotBlogHop:The Joy Of Giving

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WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Laura Fletcher. Please check your email for how to claim your deck.

So Arwen is our blog wrangler this Tarot Blog Hop. She’s asked us to think about gifting. Here’s her challenge:

Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me. To that end, here is a spread for each of us to do.

We decided to use one of our newest Tarot decks to do this spread. We hope you enjoy our offering in the Yule Tarot Blog Hop. Since we love to gift, all comments will be entered into a drawing to win the Japaridze Tarot. In your comment tell us your favorite card from the Tarot. Or your favorite-right-now. Contest is now closed. Thank you.

Click on any picture to see a larger version.

The Joy Of Gifting

1. What gift would we give the world if we could?Japaridze_3Wands

The Three of Fire shows a hot air balloon full inflated and already up in the air. This is our passion of course. We want to bring our customers the very best in Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle and games. We search the world for amazing artists who can bring their vision to your world.

Our gift to you would be to take you along on our journey as we scour the planet. Wouldn’t that be fun if we could do it in a hot air balloon.


2. What gift would you want from the world?Japaridze_18Moon The Moon would be what we want because we want to know how you feel about our work. We love hearing from you so that gift of your emotional response is perfect.

The Moon as an eyeball looking up works for us because we need your eyes and hands on these deck. What good are we without the gift of you?

 


 

 

3. What gift have we gotten that has brought us joy?

Eight of GardensJaparidze_8CoinsGardens shows an inventor hard at work. And this does reflect the gift that has brought us so much joy. Our artists and authors who give us such amazing projects to work on. Our own joy in helping to guide and shape the decks that we bring to you.

The Eight of Gardens (Coins) is a card that emphasizes the hands-on part of creation. We can truly say that the gift of being involved in the world of games and decks is a true joy for us here at U.S. Games.

 

 


Japaridze_5Hierophant4. What gift have we given that has brought us joy?

Now the Hierophant is certainly an interesting answer, isn’t it? The bastion of standards and responsibility does make sense. He is the one who holds the keys to knowledge.

With all of the decks we get to work on, we do see a wealth of knowledge in our world. It’s a marvelous thing to see what decks you love the most and what decks are coming to you. We can tease you by saying if you loved 2014, you’ll go crazy for 2015.


Japaridze_17Star4. What is one last thing we would like to share about this season?

The Star couldn’t have been better if we’d chosen it intentionally. Just another example of the Tarot working! We see you as the stars in our world.

We know that this may all sound sappy but we really do appreciate you for the support over the years. We truly can’t do this without you.

So on behalf of all our artists, authors, staff and family, thank you. Happy holidays to all of you.

Don’t forget to leave a comment about your personal favorite card from the Tarot. You could win this deck.

Contest ends 12/26. Winner announced 12/29 on this blog.


 

 

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Rider Waite Smith Queen of Pentacles

Animals In Tarot

In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, each of the queens has an animal with her. You can click on each image below to see a larger version.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of SwordsThe Queen of Swords has a bird flying high over head. There is also the butterfly on her throne.

She is a lady of mental acuity and focused thoughts. Her animals are messengers in many world mythologies.

What bird do you think is flying over her head?


Rider Waite Smith Queen of Wands

The fiery Queen of Wands has a small black cat at her feet. there are also a number of lions on her throne. Why do you think cats are associate with this Queen of getting things done?

She is a passionate woman who acts on impulse. She understands her own power. This lady can light up your world if you let her.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of CupsThe contemplative Queen of Cups has fish as well as mermaids for her companion. She is the queen who others come to for comfort in emotional times.

This lady knows the value of a good cry as well as a belly laugh. She encourages you to dive deep into your own emotional self to find the rewards of being you.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of PentaclesThe Queen of Coins has three animals. Look at her throne. You will see a goat as well as a bull. In the far right corner, you will also see the rabbit.

She is the queen of fertility and growing things. Her message is to do the work to gain the reward. This lady is the most determined of the four Queens of the Tarot. She knows the value of honest, hard work.


What questions would you ask of these queens if you could sit down with them?

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

 

The #Tarot Quote Game

Art of Life 7 of PentaclesThe Art of Life Tarot uses quotes for each card. Here are some quotes for you. What card would you associate with each quote?

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Kobe Bryant

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” Sophia LorenArtofLife_13Death

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Feel free to share your own favorite quote in the comments.ArtofLife_4Swords

TarotBlogHop: Afternoon Tea

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Our Tarot Blog Hop mistress is Louise Underhill. She’s given us this topic.

The topic of the Samhain Blog Hop this time, is to discuss or show, via the Tarot or any other oracle, who you would invite to an afternoon tea on the Day of the Dead. What do you imagine they’d be like? What Tarot card (or cards!) would represent them? What would you ask them? What would you like to learn from them? Your “guest” can be living, or dead, but imagine them there and then represent them in a Tarot card (or more).

We decided we would make this a puzzle for you.  One commenter will win their very own Halloween themed deck (we will give you a list to choose from.)

We thought we would want to ask three people to tea.

1. Pamela Colman Smith aka Pixie who created the art for the Rider Waite Smith deck

2. Lady Frieda Harris who created the art for the Thoth deck

3. Bonafacio Bembo who is said to have created most of the art for the Visconti-Sforza deck

We drew three cards from the Halloween Oracle. Our challenge to you is which card do you think goes with which Tarot artist?

Contest ends 11/3 at 12 midnight PST. Winner will be announced on or by 11/7.

The three cards, in no particular order are:

HalloweenOracle_VampireEmotionalIntelligence

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_JoyRejoicinginthepresent

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_SkeletonStrength

Halloween Oracle

We invite you to join us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter where we post daily questions.

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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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Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of Cups

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Cups. Traditionally this card is read as love being offered, compassion, creative endeavors. The reverse meanings include missed emotional chances, rejection, blocked emotions.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Cups:

Tarot of the Cat People Ace of CupsTarot of the Cat People
Sacred Rose Tarot Ace of CupsSacred Rose Tarot
Hobbit Tarot Ace of CupsHobbit Tarot
Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of CupsCat’s Eye Tarot
Crystal Visions Tarot Ace of CupsCrystal Visions Tarot
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Ace of CupsRadiant Rider Waite Smith

Tarot Comparisons

Karma Tarot Ace of Swords

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Swords. Traditionally this card is read as victory, mental projects, clarity. The reverse meanings include being confused, unable to make a decision, loss of clear thinking.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Swords:

Tarot of the Spirit Ace of SwordsTarot of the Spirit

Fenestra Tarot Ace of SwordsFenestra Tarot

Old English Tarot Ace of SwordsOld English Tarot

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot Ace of SwordsThe Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set

Karma Tarot Ace of SwordsKarma Tarot

Joy Magnet by Arwen Lynch

Magnetic Attraction Spell

This is a repost of Arwen Lynch’s post at Witches And Pagans. Arwen used our Tarot Magnets to demonstrate how she uses Tarot and magic.

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Joy Magnet by Arwen LynchThis is day three of an ongoing week-long challenge to seek joy. The beginning can be found here. I am sharing day three here because it involves a very simple, often overlooked, type of magic. All you need are Tarot cards, paper, pen, a magnet and a fridge.

The challenge itself is very straight-forward. Just say, once a day, “I am a joy seeker. Joy finds me. I am a joy magnet.” Then report here to share your joy!

Do this out loud. Do this looking yourself in the mirror. If you are sight-impaired, speech-impaired, hearing-impaired, no worries. Adjust as suits you!

There’s an easy spell you can do to call joy to you. You don’t need to be artistically-inclined. Just write down what you are then place it on a metal surface (like your fridge!) with a magnet. I love using my Tarot magnets from U.S. Games Systems Inc. for this.

Today I am a joy magnet so I put that on my white board. I wrote it out on the board. then on a piece of paper that I stuck to the white board with a Wheel of Fortune magnet.

Magnets attract so I am empowering this magnet to attract joy.

Magnet magic is one of the simplest things you can do. I think it is also one of the types of magic that we tend to overlook because it is such an easy working.

I’d love to see your own magnet magic if you try this out. U.S. Games offers the Fool, the Magician, the Lovers, Strength, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Moon. Each set has six of the same card but from various U.S. Games decks.

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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Here are links to each set:

 

Tarot Blog Hop: The Comfort Queen

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop for August 2014. USGames is delighted to be the lead blogger this time. Our wrangler for this round is Joanna Ash of SunGoddess Tarot. She’s given us this theme:

“How Do You Channel Your Inner Queen Of Pentacles?”

Our answer is, “Creativity.”

We take a lot of pride in our artists and authors here at US Games. We also must give a nod to all those others who help bring a deck to life. From our art department who help design the decks to those who write the blurbs for our marketing, creativity is one of the most important pieces of our day-to-day life.

Without the creative juices flowing on both sides, we wouldn’t have the amazing products that we do. So here’s to the talented Queen of Pentacles in us all.

Here are a few of our lovely Queen of Pentacles from some of our decks. We can’t share them all. With as many decks as we have, you’d never be able to hop to the next blog. And we do want you to have time to enjoy all twenty-one blog posts. Remember if you find a link that isn’t working, go to the master list.

ArtofLife_13Pentacles005

Art of Life Tarot

Chinese_13Pentacles002

Chinese Tarot

CrystalVisions_13Pentacles003

Crystal Visions

Halloween_13Pentacles007

Halloween

HansonRoberts_13Pentacles004

Hanson-Roberts

RadiantRWS_13Pentacles001

Radiant Rider Waite Smith

TotOP_13Pentacles006

Tarot of the Old Path

Chrysalis_13Pentacles

Chrysalis

Fenestra_13Pentacles008

Fenestra

Which is your favorite? One commenter will win their choice of one of these Tarot decks (as long as we have it in stock!) to help you celebrate the creativity of the Tarot.

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Celebrating COVR Winner: Magical Times Empowerment Cards

As we reported on our post Monday July 20, 2014, USGames was thrilled to be the recipient of three awards. Today we are celebrating with Jody Bergsma’s Magical Times Empowerment Cards.

If you haven’t seen this one yet, here’s some info about it. This exquisite deck presents 44 over-sized cards with inspirational images and affirmations. An illustrated 28-page booklet, which provides gentle, yet powerful messages, id included. Let this deck and the insightful writings help you channel the magic all around you to achieve your greatest dreams.

Jody Bergsma’s unique watercolor artwork combines her passion for native wildlife, fantasy creatures, and geometric design. She also illustrated The Spirit of the Wheel Meditation Deck by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Enjoy some images from the Magical Times Empowerment Cards.
Magical Times Empowerment MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Anticipation MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Awareness MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Change MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Dignity MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Energy MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Flexibility002 MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Humor MagicalTimesEmpowerment_Metamorphosis