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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

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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)."

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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."

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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

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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.

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Tarot of the Cat People, 1985, republished 2003

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Gummi Bear Tarot, 2004

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Chinese Tarot, 1988, republishing in 2013

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Joie de Vivre Tarot, 2011

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Dreaming Way, 2012

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Ukiyoe, 1992, republishing in 2013

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Ghosts And Spirits, 2012

 

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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.

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Tarot Blast From The Past: The Ukiyoe Tarot

It's a blast from our past! First published in 1982, this deck celebrates a specific style of Japanese art. Ukiyo-e 
is Japanese woodblock prints or paintings that depict the everyday life of ancient Japan (c. 16th century).

This Marseilles-style deck has long been a collector's dream and now we are bringing it back.

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Aeclectic.net review by April Wagner
"You can’t please all of the Tarot readers all of the time, but I think this deck could come very close. Readers of all skill levels and most backgrounds will find this deck useful. Although this deck has a very specific theme, it is not a niche deck."

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Tarot Passages review by Michele Jackson
"The art is beautiful. The colors are rich and deep and the drawings are very detailed, particularly in the patterns depicted in fabrics."

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Amazon reviews from various
"…not only stunningly beautiful, but it really works."
"The subtle drama is carefully played out in each card."
"Every card has such lovely colors and artistry."


What do you think of this deck? Are you excited that we are bringing it back? Check back on Wednesday to test your reading skills with this deck

Yule #Tarot Blog Hop

The Tarot Blog Hop began February 2012. This is our last hop of the year. To hop to the blog before, please use this handy gift tag. See the master list link and the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post.

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Our Yule Blog Hop theme is ‘Christmas Present’. We were pretty much left to interpet this as we saw fit. Since we have a tradition on our blog of showing you pictures, we thought we would use the 9 of Cups and 9 of Pentacles today. Why? Well because the 9 of Cups, according to Biddy Tarot, represents the fulfilment realised after the accomplishment of our deepest desires. The 9 of Pentacles is the card that represents material wealth and success.

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Faerie Tarot
Rider Waite

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Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Edition

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Dreaming Way Tarot

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Fantastical Creatures

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Gummi Bear Tarot

We hope you've enjoyed this pictorial sharing and hope you will continue to enjoy our decks for many years to come.

Happy holidays to all of you from all of us here at U.S. Games. Please leave a comment to let us know you were here.

If you find a broken link, don't worry! Our blog hop mistress, Alison Cross, has the master list here.

Now on to the next blog in our holiday tarot blog hop!

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