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TarotBlogHop: Ancestors Advice

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It’s time for the Tarot Blog Hop again. This time our wrangler is Louise Underhill. She’s challenged us to ask our ancestors for advice for the coming year. Since we are a company rather than an individual, we thought we would ask Pixie to help us out here.

Pixie aka Pamela Colman Smith was the underserved artist of the Rider Waite Tarot. Many now refer to that deck as the Rider Waite Smith Tarot to honor her. We hold her in high regards here.

We decide to honor Pixie by showing off the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot as well as Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand.

Her work graced many books including Bram Stoker’s last novel, The Lair of the White Worm. Her cousin, William Gillette (known for his work acting as Sherlock Holmes), collected some of her work. You can see them at his home, his castle actually, in Connecticut.

Here are some images from the Commemorative set.

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Next images from Pixe’s Astounding Lenormand. This features images found in the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”.

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pixieastoundinglenormand_28lady pixielenormand_34fish

Thank you so much for joining us on yet another Tarot Blog Hop. We hope you find treats as you continue to hop your way through.

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Gilded Reverie Lenormand Bear

TarotBlogHop:Welcome Spring

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Money and Oracles is the topic our bloghop wrangler gave us. Ania asked us,

How do you use the Tarot in relation to matters financial? Do you make a living from it? Do you sometimes have a sneaky peek to help you pick lottery numbers or have a flutter on the gee-gees (and have you had any luck)? Do you take the risky path of advising others on financial matters or is filthy lucre a no-go area? Is it just the Pentacles for money matters or do you associate other. less obvious, cards with this area?

For our contribution, we thought we would offer up some Lenormand money cards.

In the category of small money and small luck, you have the Clover (2).

Next would be the Ship (3) which carries a meaning of investing. It can point to money coming in from a foreign land as well.

The Bear can be seen as your personal finances. It has a meaning of luck in your money.

The Mice, however, are not lucky. They chew and gnaw things so when you see the Mice someone or something is nibbling away at your finances.

But the Fish swim back to prosperity and lots of it. Here is your Bill Gates type fortune.

Pixie's Astounding Lenormand Fish

Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand Fish
Finally, the Anchor is the card that indicates your financial stability.

We hope you have enjoyed our Lenormand money cards. Leave us a comment then hop to the next blog.

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Tarot Blog Hop: Commune, Communicate, Commemorate

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Welcome to our stop on the Samhain blog hop. The subject our wrangler, Arwen, gave us is to “Commune, Communicate, Commemorate with those who have gone on before us.”

We can’t think of a better person to commemorate than artist Pamela “Pixie” Colman Smith. Her art work has become the iconic representation of the Tarot for the world. When you think of the Fool, the first image that comes to most of us is her Fool.

Side by side comparison of two versions of the Rider Waite Smith Fool

Commemorative (l), Regular (r)

Pixie’s story is a sad one as she died in relative obscurity. But her life was filled with amazing people. She was mentored by Alfred Stieglitz (he was the husband of Georgia O’Keefe). He featured her work in his New York gallery.

From Stieglitz's collection

From Stieglitz’s collection

She knew actresses, actors, poets, artists and more. Her life was filled with eccentric, interesting people. Pixie did many sketches. Here’s a sketch of poet William Butler Yates that she did in 1901.

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

In 1898, she had an illustration published for Yeats’ poem “The Land of Hearts Desire” which was part of _The Illustrated Verses of William Butler Yeats_.

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

And her legacy continues with the new Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. Lovingly created with artwork from the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”, this charming 36-card petit Lenormand deck pays tribute to Pamela Colman Smith. It includes a 132-page booklet.

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Pixie Astounding Lenormand 28 Gentleman Pixie Astounding Lenormand Tin

How has Pixie’s work influenced your life? Leave a comment answering that question to be entered into a drawing to win your own Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand tin. Get extra entries when you share this post on any Social Media using the tag #astoundingpixie . Just leave a comment letting us know where you shared it.

Happy Halloween! May you get more treats than tricks. Now hop off to the next in our Tarot Blog Hop. Don’t forget to share this post to win the deck.

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Tarot Blog Hop: Mabon and Creativity

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Our blog hop leader is Aisling. She asked the group this question. “What does Mabon/the Autumnal Equinox/the Second Harvest mean to YOU?” Her challenge was to choose the card that means this harvest to us then create one.

Since we are in the business of publishing decks, we will let some of our creative deck makers speak for us in the form of cards.

We thought about harvest and what that meant. The card we chose to represent our thoughts about the second harvest is the Seven of Pentacles. The theme of this card is often about pausing in the middle of work. It’s a card about regrouping and regathering your energies. Since there are traditionally three harvests, we thought this one would represent the Second Harvest nicely.

JaparidzeTarot_7PentaclesGardensThe Japaridze Tarot uses Gardens for the Pentacle suit.

ArtofLife_7PentaclesIn the Art of Life Tarot, we see a lovely painting plus a quote to remind us about rest and work together.

Archeon_7PentaclesHere is a woman reviewing her harvest in the Archeon Tarot.

Hobbit_7CoinsOf course we need at least one hobbit to show up–The Hobbit Tarot.

GummiBear_7Pentacles001Our little bear is trying to figure out which is the best coin to harvest in the adorable Gummy Bear Tarot.

ViscontiSforza_7coinsOf course we have to have at least one representative from the marvelous Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi Deck.

We hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of our decks. Please join is for our daily question of the day. And check out our Pinterest boards too. Now hop on to our neighbor. Remember to leave a comment so we know you were here. Just tell us your favorite card from this post.

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Reblog: Tarot Blog Hop, Lammas 2015: Shining and Mercurial…Aren’t We All?

During the last Tarot Blog Hop, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Bose shared her thoughts on the topic using our own Haindl Tarot. She kindly gave permission to reblog her entire piece here. You can visit Aisling at her blog: TarotWitchery.

Tarot Blog Hop, Lammas 2015: Shining and Mercurial…Aren’t We All?

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Our Wrangler for this Hop, the creative Joanne Sprott, invited us to discuss the influence of Astrology on the interpretations of Tarot. I am vastly intrigued by this topic, because I teach a class combining one’s Astrology sign with the Fool’s Journey, so I have a rather complex interaction with both planetary alignments and tarot trumps. So–Sun, Mercury, Me (and You, too…) Hmmm….let’s chat about it. How do we Be this?

The Sun in my usual interpretation of the Tarot has to do with active energy, male energy, the God, the “power hand”, and other concepts that are related to “shining forth”. We look at the Sun as the harbinger of life, that without which the crops cannot grow, that shining light which cannot and does not conceal itself. We know in our hearts who we Are, and our Sun Sign in the Astrological world is supposed to be a template for that awareness. Our Being is not chained to the esoteric meaning of our Sun Sign in our Birth Chart, but we do see some similarities between the explanation of our Sun’s qualities and some of our own inner impulses on how we choose to express our Selves. In my deck of choice, the Haindl Tarot, the Sun shines over a complex horizon, focusing on the single rose in the foreground, and it seems obvious that the flower’s petals are basking in the light, but no two of them are similar in their angle of orientation, representing the many facets of the illuminated personality.

Mercury, on the other hand, only shines when he wants to. The Trickster, the Fool, he who mutates at Will, he who makes it impossible to predict that which he will do, this is the alignment of Mercury both in ancient mythos and in Astrology. We see the placement of Mercury in our charts as the awareness of our Being, and how we communicate that to others, both in words and in actions. But we also recognize that the shining light of the Sun will sometimes choose to hide in the shadow of mercurial thought and action, and that we can understand our own Being from being able to mutate and codify our way of interaction with events, life changes, and other beings. Therefore, in my opinion, there is usually no single card in the Tarot deck which always aligns with Mercury…this alignment is dependent upon circumstance. I often remind people that the Fool in the Tarot is not called the Fool because s/he is stupid, but to represent the openness of the zero, the unfilled circle, which can be filled at Will, and because the Fool also calls to mind the medieval custom of the one person in the King’s Court who could speak truth to royalty with no fear of retribution, as well as representing the concept of acting and speaking without thought for consequences (being “Foolish”) which, in the modern world, does sometimes not work out so well. So, in the Haindl deck, there is a Trickster whose actions have come home to roost, who holds the bleeding swan, gazing into the distance with a look of loss upon his face…and yet, in the background, there seems to be a chance of rebirth, of another choice, of more possibilities to fill that zero. The astrological sign on this card is actually Uranus, representing the distance of possibility and the far-reaching consequences of one’s actions. So, sometimes, there is a Mercurial flavor to the Fool…but not always. I don’t see this card as the Tarot representation of Mercury, but as leading us to that representation. There’s more.

And sure enough, the very next card after the Zero of the Fool is the One of the Mage, he whose raised finger and focused wand says “I Am”, he who chooses what he shall do, and he who may change reality in accordance with his Will. The Sun is Being, the rising sign is Expression, the Fool is possibility, and Mercury is Communication–and all three of these entities combine in the energy and power of the Mage, who, in the Fool’s Journey, represents self-awareness and claiming of one’s personal Power. He gazes serenely into the future, holding his tools of possibility, grounded in his intention, and fully self-aware that his number, one, is the beginning of Being, his own Being. So it does not surprise me that the astrological sign on the Mage in Haindl’s deck is, indeed, Mercury.

Combine one’s essential personality, the Sun, with one’s choice of self-expression, Mercury, and one’s creation of one’s personal reality, the Rising Sign, and one is looking at the Mage, whose keyword is “I Am, I Said” and who will Be, Do, and Become, what he Will. Male or Female, old or young, right-brain or left-brain, makes no difference to the essential need of all humans to Be, to Become, and to choose their own way of Being. And Mercury and the Sun together. both in astrology and the tarot, produce the energy of the self-aware. focused, and personally empowered Being, who is as s/he chooses to be. And that, my friends, includes every one of us, doesn’t it?

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Oracle Of Dragonfae Wu-Wang

Animals Among Us

We love our animals a lot here at U.S. Games. Check out some of our Pinterest loves on our Pinterest boards where we have one just for cats as well as others for animals in general. Here are a few of our animal oracle decks. Which ones do you have?

Winged Enchantment 1 Blackbird
Winged Enchantment Oracle

Winged Enchantment 24 Owl

Winged Enchantment Oracle

The Winged Enchantment Oracle by Lisa Hunt. Inspired by the majesty and mythos of birds great and small, The Winged Enchantment Oracle invites us to spread our wings as we venture on our own soul journeys. Mesmerizing shape-shifter artwork beckons us to see multiple levels of meaning and new perspectives on our earthly experiences. More from the lovely The Winged Enchantment Oracle

Ancient Animal Wisdom 5 Giraffe

Ancient Animal Wisdom

Imperial Dragon Oracle 4 Power

Imperial Dragon Oracle

Ancient Animal Wisdom by Jada Fire and Stacy James. This oracle set brings the energy and insight of 38 different African animal spirit guides into your life to help you connect with your own intuition and find clarity. Imperial Dragon Oracle by Peter Pracownik. Find strength and insight in the Imperial Dragon Oracle, and let it guide you on your spiritual path.

Natures Whispers Oracle 2 Illumination

Natures Whispers Oracle

Sacred World Oracle Dove

Sacred World Oracle

Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards by Angela Hartfield and Josephine Wall. Nature is continually enticing us to spend time in her embrace, through the calling of birds, the babbling of brooks and streams, the fragrant smell of the flowers and the whispers of the trees as the wind blows through their branches. The Sacred World Oracle by Kris Waldherr. This deck celebrates the beauty of the earth and the diversity of its creatures. Drawing from mythology, folklore, and nature this deck offers gentle guidance and practical wisdom for all of life’s challenges.

Raven Oracle Growing

Raven Oracle

Oracle Of Dragonfae Wu-Wang

Oracle Of Dragonfae

Raven Cards Oracle Deck by Gabi Bucker. The raven has always played a guiding role in myth and legend. The Raven Cards reveal insightful messages for confronting today’s choices. Oracle of the Dragonfae from Lucy Cavendish and seven talented artists. The gallery of magickal beings presented in this beautiful oracle set reveal mystical information through readings and meditation to assist our journeys of change.

Come join us on Pinterest. Let us know which board is your favorite.

Proudly Announcing COVR 2015 Winners

905110647003.copyWe are delighted to announce our Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) winners.

Winning the Best in Tarot category: The Chrysalis Tarot

Chrysalis TarotWinning the Best in Divination Category: The Celtic Lenormand

Celtic LenormandWinning the Best in Inspirational category: Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Vintage Wisdom Oracle Congratulations to everyone from the authors and artists to the production team et al. We are so proud of our winners. The winners were announced at the INATS Awards Banquet June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

2015 COVR Finalists

2015 COVR Award Finalists

2015 COVR FinalistsWe are delighted to announce that four of our decks have been selected as Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) finalists.

The four decks are:

Chrysalis TarotThe Chrysalis Tarot — Tarot Category finalist

Celtic LenormandThe Celtic Lenormand — Divination Category finalist

Art Through the StarstreamArt Through The Starstream Oracle — Inspirational Category Finalist

Vintage Wisdom OracleVintage Wisdom Oracle — Inspirational Category Finalist

Thank you for all your support. The winners will be announced at the INATS Awards Banquet tonight, Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

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TarotBlogHop: Summer 2015

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Welcome to the last stop on the Tarot Blog Hop…if you are going from 0 to 21. You may have started somewhere else so you will continue on. Perhaps you are one of our Discordian friends.. Welcome to the beginning in that case.

The topic this hop is to each pick one of the Major Arcana. We chose the World. Why?

Well, Tarot is our world. We love bringing you all the different types of Tarot– from Marseilles to Thoth to the Rider Waite style. Then there’s the Kipper cards, the Lenormands, the Oracles from Angels to Mermaids to Tea Leaves.

Want to browse our world a bit? Our catalog is now available online for your enjoyment.

We hope you enjoyed these images of the World from just a few of our decks. Remember to leave a comment before you go. We love knowing you were here.

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TarotBlogHop: May 2015

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop. We are joining in a circle of twenty one blogs today to celebrate the community of Tarot. Please enjoy our post then click next to move to our neighbor who just happens to be our own Celtic Lenormand deck. Or if you prefer going backwards, choose previous to visit with Vivianne. If you get lost, please click on the Master list link to find your way to another post.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet;”

Chrysalis_13DeathOr so Juliet would have us believe. But in Tarot, there are some cards that seem destined for other names.

Why are we discussing Shakespeare on a Tarot blog? Well, it’s all Morgan Drake Eckstein’s fault. You see, he has posed this question for the May 2015 Tarot Blog hop.

For the May 1st Tarot Blog Hop, we are going to be talking about the “distasteful” cards—the cards that evoke a strong negative reaction, and quite often signal that something is about to go Boom! (ex. Tower).

TotOP_13DeathThe first card that comes to mind is Death. It’s been named and renamed by so many artists and authors; it’s a wonder the card doesn’t have a personality disorder. From Ariadne in the Chrysalis to The Close in the Tarot of the Old Path, Death is one card that seems to have an unpleasant, or distasteful, name.

We could assume that’s because most of us view Death as something to be avoided. But how is renaming it changing the card itself? It’s still about painful change whether it’s a maiden with a ball of thread, a shadowy figure or even a skeleton dancing in the riggings. It doesn’t matter if it is La Morte or Santa De La Muerta either. Language doesn’t soften the blow of this card.

Thoth_13DeathSo how do you react when the Death card shows up in your readings? Do you flinch? Do you try to soften that message?

Tell us in the comments. What would you name the Death card if not Death?

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