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Karma Tarot by Birgit Boline Erfurt

Karma Cover 160 In the very first Guess the Deck challenge, Michelle, Silver Lotus and Laurra figured out that it was the Karma Tarot I was hinting at. Good going, gals!

Danish artist Birgit Boline Erfurt describes herself as a painter of "surrealism and suspicious realism", boldly noting, "Let your eyes see a painting by Birgit Boline Erfurt, let your brain work, and extinct animals will speak to open your mind".

With vibrant Dali-esque images, the Karma Tarot stretches the boundaries of realism, but still remains relevant to everyday situations and challenges that we all face–and that the cards often address in a reading.

Karma Tarot LogoBorn in 1944, Erfurt was involved with Karma Music during the publication of the Karma Tarot, which is why the card backings say Karma Music Tarot Cards (rather than simply Karma Tarot).

According to the artist profile cards that accompany this deck,"The Karma Tarot reveals the wedding of gypsy and artist. Boline has lived in both worlds, traveling around the country in caravans with her friends, constantly creating new works, and exhibiting her art in galleries in both Europe and New York."

Below are nine images from the Karma Tarot:

Karma Fool Karma Lilith Karma Hermit

Karma Hanged Karma 9 sw Karma 6c 
 Karma 8w Karma 5 coins Karma Kn Sw 
You can visit the artist's website at A neat bit of trivia I gleaned from her site: In 1990 her Tarot paintings were used in the movie Notes from the Underground (Cannes Film Festival) by Haymann Production Toronto.

The ISBN for the Karma Tarot is 0-88079-030-X, available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you. You can see more images from this deck at the U.S.Games Systems, Inc. website here.

— Janet

And the Winner of the Goddess Tarot Set Is…

Noah Picking Winner Small As you probably know, I posted a contest here at the Fool Stop Tarot Blog two days ago…and the result is in!

I compiled all the names (duplicating the ones with multiple chances) and printed them out. Then, I had my 11-year-old son cut the names into strips, put them in his black silk top hat hat and pick a winner. (Yep, that's him! He pulled the winner's name just moments ago.)

Enough already!, you're probably thinking. Just announce the winner!

OK, I shall!

The winner of the Goddess Tarot Book and Deck set is…


Congratulations, Elarbolcelta! Please email me your snail mail address at and I'll be sure to get your prize out to you pronto.

Everyone, thank you so much for playing along with me! I was thrilled to see over 20 people participate in our inaugural giveaway. WOW! Keep watching the Fool Stop Tarot Blog for more chances to win, because more fun contests are coming soon.

— Janet

Rosanne Cash The Wheel Video (How Many Rider-Waite Images Can You Spot?)

Rosanne Cash was on Good Morning America today (link) talking about her memoir Composed (Viking Adult ISBN 13: 9781410431905), sharing with George Stephanopolous about her brain surgery and how it changed her perception of music. (Rosanne will also be on NPR's Diane Rehm show later today to discuss her memoir).

One thing I find especially fascinating about this songstress is her video The Wheel, an enactment of various Tarot cards.

How many Rider-Waite Tarot images can you spot in the video? Do share!

Cool, huh?

Click here to find out about the Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

— Janet

Guess the U.S. Games Deck #1

Q Mark 1 Hi all!

I'm pleased to bring you yet another fun feature on the Fool Stop Tarot Blog: the Guess the Deck game!

I'm going to describe a U.S. Games Systems deck and you try to guess which one it is.

In the future, some Guess the Deck games, as well as Tarot Mysteries (formerly Tarot CSI), will also serve as giveaways. Hooray! (We all love free stuff, right?)

So here's the inaugural Guess the Deck challenge:

Which USGS deck shows:

  • A woman about to eat a fish in the 4 of Cups
  • The Eiffel Tower being hit by lightning
  • A hang-gliding figure in the 6 of Swords
  • Mona Lisa and a goose in the 6 of Cups
  • Two bottles instead of pillars in The Moon

Lastly, the artist of this deck describes herself as a painter of "surrealism and suspicious realism".

Have fun!

— Janet

Win the Godddess Tarot Set by Kris Waldherr

Goddess TarotIn honor of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. releasing TWO new decks by Kris Waldherr, I'm giving away the Goddess Tarot Deck and Book set!

All you need to do is make a post in the comment section below telling me your favorite USGS deck/s and why you like it/them by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, August 11, 2010–and you'll be entered into a random drawing to win!

Want an EXTRA chance to win? Follow the Fool Stop Tarot Blog on Networked Blogs via this link. (Just let me know who you are in the comments section below if your name is different from the one you're commenting as.)

And what about yet ANOTHER chance to win? (Yep, that makes three total!) Just "like" us on the U.S. Games Systems Facebook page at this link. (Already a fan? Just share one of the most recent USGS Facebook updates with your followers and you got yourself an entry! Just let me know via the comment section below accompanied by a link to your shared post.)

Good luck and thanks for spreading the word!

— Janet

Ask the Queens Advice Cards by Kris Waldherr

Ask Cover 160 Which Queen might have advised "Choose your allies well, or they will come back to bite you on the asp" — or maybe "The soil is only as good as the seed"?

Based on her book Doomed Queens, U.S. Games deck creator and illustrator Kris Waldherr playfully posits what past Queens, Empresses, Princesses and female rulers might have said in her new Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck.

Beloved for her exquisite Lovers Path Tarot and popular Goddess Tarot, both by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Ms. Waldherr offers theoretical advice from the Queens in this deck, as well as interesting historical tidbits about each female leader. For example, did you know that:

  • Empress Alute, the consort of the Tongzhi emperor, died at twenty in 1875 after less than three years occupying the dragon throne of the Qing dynasty with her young husband. No one knows what–or who–caused the empress's demise. One theory suggested she was poisoned with gold leaf, a popular mode of murder at the time.
  • Queen Blanche of Bourbon was renowned for her piety and comeliness, her future was destroyed when her father, the Duke of Bourbon, wed her to King Pedro of Castile–a.k.a. Pedro the Cruel. Pedron imprisoned his wife in the castle of Arevalo. Eight years later in 1361, he arranged for her death. At the time of her demise, Blanche was twenty-two years old.
  • Born in 1919, Eva Peron was the bastard daughter of an impoverished seamstress mother. When she became first lady of Argentina, Evita never forgot her humble origins and made it her mission to help the poor. Evita embraced her work as if she knew her time was limited. It was: She was diagnosed with uterine cancer at the age of thirty and died in 1952.

(All excerpts above from the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck. © Kris Waldherr)

Below are several cards from this 40-card deck (click each image to enlarge):

Ask 3 Ask 2Ask 6

Ask 1 Ask BackAsk 7

For more fun with royalty, check out Waldherr's Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards, too, which is also based upon her book of the same name.

The ISBN for the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck is 978-1-57281-664-0, available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you. Here are the ISBNs for Waldherr's other U.S. Games Systems decks:

Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards – ISBN 978-1-57281-663-3

Lovers Path Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-468-3

Goddess Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-125-0

You can visit Kris Waldherr online at

— Janet

Imperial Dragon Oracle

Have you seen our Imperial Dragon Oracle?

I think it flew under the radar of many Tarot enthusiasts because of the title.

However, this deck–conceived by Andy Baggott and illustrated by Peter Pracownik–is a bona fide Tarot deck, albeit a Majors-only one.

Below are six images from this deck:

Imperial 1 Imperial 4 Imperial 6 
Imp Dragon 12Imperial 8 Imperial 7 
 The 22 cards are named:

0   The Seeker (Fool)
1   The Magus (Magician)
2   Wisdom (High Priestess)
3   Fertility (Empress)
4   Power (Emperor)
5   Mercy (Hierophant)
6   Love (Lovers)
7   Adversity (Chariot)
8   Imperial Dragon (Strength)
9   Solitaire (Hermit)
10 Destiny (Wheel of Fortune)
11 Balance (Justice)
12 The Wounded Dragon (Hanged Man)
13 Rebirth (Death)
14 Temperance (Temperance)
15 Mischief (Devil)
16 The Destoyer (Tower)
17 The Firmament (The Star)
18 Lunar Dragon (Moon)
19 Solar Dragon (Sun)
20 The Aeon (Judgement)
21 Gaia (The World)

Imp Dragon Cover Isn't the art stunning? Peter Pracownik has also illustrated the Lord of the Rings Tarot (also by U.S. Games Systems).

The ISBN for the Imperial Dragon Oracle is 978-1-57281-641-1, available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you.

— Janet

Tarot CSI Case #2

Woman Magnify 125 OK, gumshoes, it's time for another case–this one, definitely a crime.

Grab your Calabash pipe (bubbles only, we want you alive) and lantern…and for goodness sakes, don't forget your sidekick!

Consider the two Tarot cards images below.

Together, what crime to do they imply?

RW 9 C R Waite Chariot

Time to post your guess!

The above images are from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The ISBN for this deck 1-57281-413-6 and is available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you.

— Janet

Tarot CSI Case #1

Sherlock Here's the scoop, Tarot sleuths: I post a string of Tarot cards and you guess the crime that's been committed.

Well, it won't always be a crime…but I'll let you know if that's the case.

Speaking of cases, I'm calling these exercises Tarot CSI. For Tarot CSI Case #1, I'm going to share what I think is a rather easy crime to decipher.

Let's see how you fare, gumshoe:



Tarot CSI Case #1

PCS Ace of Wands PCS 7 PCS 12

Put on your deerstalker, come close with that magnifying glass…and guess the crime.

The above images are from the Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot deck, which is part of the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set. The ISBN for this box set treasury is 978-1-57281-639-8, and is available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you.

— Janet

Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot

Have you seen our new Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot?

This deck provides companion cards to the acclaimed book The Sacred Tarot by C.C. Zain, which explores the relationships between the Tarot, Kabbala, Astrology, and Numerology. The original 1936 black and white images have been redesigned as full-color Egyptian Tarot cards and the deck comes with a 48-page LWB.

Below are eight images from this deck, as well as the box cover image:

BOL 2 BOL 1 BOL 3 
BOL 7 BOL 8 BOL 9 

The ISBN for the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot is 978-1-57281-656-5. The ISBN for The Sacred Tarot book is 978-1-57281-675-6. Each is available at your favorite brick-and-mortar or online bookseller. If you don’t see it, just ask for it by name and ISBN.

— Janet