Dear valued customers, In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has issued a mandatory shutdown for all non-essential workers and businesses, including U.S. Games Systems, Inc. We are closing for an indeterminate time frame as of Monday, March 23 at 8pm. We will let you as soon as we can resume operations. In the meantime, be safe and well.
It’s our Office Oracle! We will feature someone from our offices so you can learn a bit about us.
First up is a name many already know. Lynn Araujo is active on our Facebook page. Her familiar smile brightens many a group! You may also know her as Lynn Sparrow.
Stella: Lynn, what’s the best thing about your job?
Lynn: Working with talented artists and authors. Getting to know people in the tarot and games communities.
S: What’s your favorite U.S. Games product?
Lynn: On the games side, I had a lot of fun developing Banana Split Card game so it’s exciting to see its success. On the Tarot side, The Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set is special to me because it is so gorgeous (thanks to our designer Jody, who also designed Banana Split) but also because I got to work closely with Stuart Kaplan on the research and writing about Pixie.
S: What’s one thing you like to do when you are not at work? Lynn: Take hikes with my two dogs, and gardening.
S: If you were a Tarot card, which one would you be? Lynn: The Three of Cups. Everyday I like to celebrate abundance and emotional connection with the people in my life.
Joie de Vivre Tarot (l) || Deviant Moon Tarot (r)
S: What’s your favorite food? Lynn: I love ethnic foods from places I have traveled like Indian, Turkey, Indonesian, and Thailand,
Do not submit your answers here. Email them to Lynn.
Your ten questions are:
1. Name four specific cards in 4 different decks that have pictures of cats.
2. Find three different games by Mike Fitzgerald
3. Find two word games.
4. What USGS tarot deck was described with clues in the Guess the Deck February 11-14, 2013?
5. Name a deck with the word Goddess in it.
6. Find two decks illustrated by Peter Pracownik.
7. What year was USGS founded?
8. What is the first game Stuart Kaplan created?
9. What are two of the extras in the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set?
10. Name two Oracle decks including the author and artist.
Remember to send those in by 6pm PST on Friday August 23. Winners announced on Monday.
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.
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."
U.S. Games is happy to announce the release of three new Tarot decks plus two new oracle decks for your holiday happiness.
The Cat's Eye Tarot by Debra M. Givin, DVM, is an unusual deck in that the author and artist is also a feline-focused veterinarian. The card meanings and numbering follow Rider-Waite interpretations, with reptiles, fish, birds, and mice replacing the usual suit symbols. Even the newcomer to tarot will be able to relate to these delightful images of cats and learn valuable lessons from them.
Then we have Jennifer Galasso's Crystal Visions Tarot. It combines her love of crystal balls with a nod to a famous rock-and-roll singer. The luscious card imagery also illustrates the elemental aspects of each suit in order to aid the novice in forming associations with the cards.
Joie de Vivre Tarot is the latest from Paulina Cassidy. It features her trademark fantastical creatures and eye for detail. Those who take a journey through this wondrous realm will rediscover their own child-like spirit.
And don't miss our latest oracle card decks!
The Woodland Wisdom Oracle deck by Rev. Frances Munro features artwork by the talented Fantasy artist Peter Pracownik. Elves and fairies share their Woodland Wisdom to help you move your life forward in positive ways.
Last but certainly not least is the Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Fortune Cards. Rae Hepburn, an accomplished tea leaf reader, teaches you to unlock the ancient secrets of reading tea leaves. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you can immediately read your fortune.
Here are some recent reviews and interviews. If you have reviewed any of these, please send that link to Stella at US Games. We would love to feature that here and on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.
We have been having a lot of fun on Facebook with daily questions. If you are a regular there, you know we post all sorts of questions from the silly "deserted island" type to those that make you dig like "what cards would you take antique shopping."
Right now we have 679 folks who've "liked" our Facebook page. Of course we want to share the love with more. We are driving towards 777 as a magic number. Yes, there's a pun in there. Ask your friends to "like" our Facebook fan page. They can go here or they can like us by clicking on the Facebook link to the right on this blog. When we hit that magic number, everyone's name goes in a hat. We will pull a winner who will get their choice of the following decks:
We are 98 people away from that magic number as of 2/7/2011.
You are automatically in the contest just for liking the USGS Facebook page.
Help us get the word out. You can do that by going to the Facebook page and clicking on "Suggest To Friends." Tell them about the contest because they will be eligible as well once they like that page.
Crystal Visions Tarot – Interview with Jennifer Galasso
Janet: Hello Jen! Thank you for taking time out to share the good news with the Tarot Gals readers and answer a few questions about your deck!
Jennifer: Hello Janet! Thank you for taking the time to interview me about the deck!
Janet: First, let's begin with your big announcement: you've signed a contract with U.S. Games Systems, Inc. to publish your Crystal Visions Tarot. How wonderful! So how do you feel?! Are you heading to Disneyworld? ;o) What is the timeline–any ideas when we'll be able to get our hands on your deck?
HEY! I don't know who to sing to. I need help. We have some great Tarot birthday cards here that Stuart Kaplan is happy to sign for you. So I am looking for a December birthday between 12/15 and 12/25. If that's you, leave a comment with your birthdate. We will contact you for your mailing address so you can get your birthday goody.
By the way, do you do a Tarot reading for your birthday? If you do, do you use a certain spread? Let us know.
That lovely 9 of Pentacles is from the Paulina Tarot. Keep your eye out for the Oracle deck coming from Paulina Cassidy soon.
One card that represents giving is the Six of Pentacles. Right now is a big Six of Pentacles time for many of us because it's the holiday season. Shopping is fun for some and not-so-much for others. Personally, I like to avoid the malls. A friend of mine, however, dives in with glee. He tells me that shopping energizes him and the more people the merrier. How about you? Malls? Online shopping? Something in between?
Well, what about those small, independently-owned stores? U.S. Games Systems, Inc. would like to give a big shout-out to the independent retailers. Without them, many of us wouldn't be able to pick up that newest Tarot deck or unusual deck of cards. And aren't some people just hard to buy for? Who is the hardest person on your holiday list to shop for? Do you use Tarot to help you come up with a gift idea? Maybe pulling a card with the intent "What does (person's name) want the most for a holiday gift" would give you an idea. If you try it, let us know!
Please do let us know where you shop. We'd love to hear about your favorite indie stores in your community. Feel free to share their website or concrete store address here. Let's spread the love for those who help us find what we enjoy.