HoHoHo #Tarot 3

This is the third of six posts about our NEW Tarot Magnets. All those who follow this blog will have their name entered into a drawing. Names will be drawn randomly and Prizes will be awarded. Six winners will have their choice from the six magnet sets  along with a note from Stuart Kaplan
himself to stick to your fridge. Comment to let us know you are following this blog even if you already follow. Winners will be announced 12/4/2012.

U.S. Games is excited to announce how attracted we are to Tarot. So attracted that you might call it…magnetic!

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Available December 2012. Each set contains six different versions of a Major Arcana Card. What do you think of the Lovers? Did your favorite deck make it?

Remember, to win, you have to follow this blog and comment. Whose stocking would you stuff with this fun Tarot gift?

 

HoHoHo #Tarot 2

This is the second of six posts about our NEW Tarot Magnets. All those who follow this blog will have their name entered into a drawing. Names will be drawn randomly and Prizes will be awarded. Six winners will have their choice from the six magnet sets  along with a note from Stuart Kaplan himself to stick to your fridge. Comment to let us know you are following this blog even if you already follow. Winners will be announced 12/4/2012.

U.S. Games is excited to announce how attracted we are to Tarot. So attracted that you might call it…magnetic!

MGM6_set
Available December 2012. Each set contains six different versions of a Major Arcana Card. What do you think of the Magician? Did your favorite deck make it?

Remember, to win, you have to follow this blog and comment. Whose stocking would you stuff with this fun Tarot gift?

HoHoHo #Tarot 1

This is the first of six posts about our NEW Tarot Magnets. All those who follow this blog will have their name entered into a drawing. Names will be drawn randomly and Prizes will be awarded. Six winners will have their choice from the six magnet sets  along with a note from Stuart Kaplan himself to stick to your fridge. Comment to let us know you are following this blog even if you already follow. Winners will be announced 12/4/2012.

U.S. Games is excited to announce how attracted we are to Tarot. So attracted that you might call it…magnetic!

FLM6_setAvailable December 2012. Each set contains six different versions of a Major Arcana Card. What do you think of the Fool? Did your favorite deck make it?

Remember, to win, you have to follow this blog and comment. Whose stocking would you stuff with this fun Tarot gift? 

 

Magical Buffet #Tarot Column

The Magical Buffet featured the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg in their Moonlight Tarot's Question corner.

This column is intended to provide messages from the Tarot to address
modern problems experienced by everyday people. Questioners, also
known as “Querents” submit requests to have their issue addressed in a
complimentary three card Tarot Reading published as part of the Magical
Buffet. The reading not only addresses the Querent’s issue but also
provides education about the role of Tarot as a tool for exploration and
empowerment.

It’s November, and love is in the air…at least it is for our Querent
who will be referred to as Helena. She writes in wanting to know if the
man she is seeing is as serious about the relationship as she is.
Whether her relationship has long term commitment potential, and what
obstacles she may face in this relationship as well as general advice
for the future are also questions on her mind. For this reading the
Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg is used. The resulting cards drawn are ….read the full blog here.

Samhain #Tarot Blog Hop

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We are glad you have joined us. Our blog hop theme this time is from Amethyst Mahoney who also has the master list. She came up with a topic about looking at yourself. Here’s a quote from her post. “Rather than look to outside entities this Samhain, look inside of yourself. All of your Self. The dark pieces that you think you have left behind. The parts of your Shadow that you believe you have pushed deep, deep down into a dark well.”

In the hops we’ve participated in, we have shared images from our decks. We thought we would share the enigmatic courts of the Vampire Tarot. Which of these do you think represents your own shadow?

Would you choose one of the pages? (Click to see the full size images)

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May your shadow is more of a knight?
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Could you see dark self as a lovely queen?

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Maybe your shadow would rather rule as a king?

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The Vampire Tarot is on sale through 10/31 to Individuals only. Click on the ADD TO CART on the decks you want. The discount price will show at top right next to Cart Icon.. Also available: Ghosts & Spirits Tarot and the Halloween Tarot

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20th Anniversary: #Tarot of Spirit by Joyce and Pamela Eakins

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We are excited to announce the re-release of Pamela and Joyce Eakins' Tarot of the Spirit.  This 20th Anniversary Edition includes a clear film overlay of the Tree
of Life, which illuminates the kabalistic mysteries of the deck, and
provides additional levels of understanding each tarot card.

Bonnie Cehovet said, "However
you choose to place the Tarot in your life, the wisdom
in this book will be a wonderful tool."

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TarotofSpirit_13CupsWater

Cynthia "Anneke" Delker said, "It's very useful in identifying friends that could help
you out in a bad situation, and when you should handle
things on your own."

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TarotofSpirit_1Earth
Evelyn said, "This deck is an inspiration: just abstract enough to encourage your own
intuition but traditional enough to help you link into more archetypal
imagery."

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Mary K. Greer said, "Here is a fresh opportunity to celebrate your strengths and explore the eternal wisdom of your own creative imagination."


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See other comments about the gorgeous, evocative Tarot of the Spirit here.

#Tarot Client: ISO Love

One of the most common questions readers get is "Will I ever find love." Also heard are variations on the theme of "Will she come back to me?"

Agent Reader had one of those last night that was a bit more unusual. This was a Count by the name of Vlad who said he was having trouble hanging on to love. Seems they all complained he had a very draining personality.

So he asked where he might look for love this time and if he could expect that love to stay. Based on these three cards, what advice would you give our lovesick Count?

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Vampire Tarot, Nathalie Hertz, U.S. Games Systems Inc, 2000

PSSST! Want a new deck? You can get 20% off the Vampire Tarot, the Halloween Tarot (deck/book set) and Ghosts & Spirits Tarot. Individuals only. Click on the ADD TO CART on the decks you want. The
discount price will show at top right next to Cart Icon. Have fun and get yourself some treats this Halloween season! Offer ends October 31st so don't miss out!

Spooky #Tarot

What are your favorite decks to read with in the Halloween season? Do you switch to another deck or stick with the one you always read with?

 

Here's one fun deck you might want to check out if you haven't already. It's a perennial favorite.


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Halloween_11Justice
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The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West is available in a tin or without.

Here's a review from N. Levine who says, "The set exceeded my expectations of it, despite my quirky requirements."

And a note from Chavra who calls this deck "a fun portrayal of the secular side of Hallows."

Velvet reviews this deck as well, commenting, "helps to add an element of fun."

PSSST! Want a new deck? You can get 20% off the Vampire Tarot, the Halloween Tarot (deck/book set) and Ghosts & Spirits Tarot.
Individuals only. Click on the ADD TO CART on the decks you want. The
discount price will show at top right next to Cart Icon. Have fun and
get yourself some treats this Halloween season! Offer ends October 31st
so don't miss out!

Announcing: The Chrysalis Tarot

Originally posted on Toney Brooks blog August 25, 2012. 

Destiny's Child

As Holly Sierra and I near the completion of Chrysalis Tarot, a project we've been hard at work on for more than 2-years, we will utilize this blog from time to time to feature glimpses into the deck and the Chrysalis philosophy.

Originally posted on Toney Brooks blog August 25, 2012. 

Destiny's Child

As Holly Sierra and I near the completion of Chrysalis Tarot, a project we've been hard at work on for more than 2-years, we will utilize this blog from time to time to feature glimpses into the deck and the Chrysalis philosophy.

Holly's art on the left is titled, Divine Child (click image for greater detail). He or she (the child is androgynous) symbolizes the rich yet unfulfilled potential of Self, i.e. a person's destiny. Psychologist C.G. Jung termed the fulfillment process individuation. He taught that every individual soul is, at birth, analogous to a pencil sketch on a painter's canvass.  

The journey of transformation from birth to destiny, and to destiny's full-color, wall-sized portrait, is the storied Hero's Journey of mythology. Examples of the Hero's Journey are the Quest for the Holy Grail, The Odyssey and, as I was delighted to discover online this morning, Shrek.  The journey itself supplies the artistry needed to fulfill the canvass' potential.

All tarot decks, in one form or fashion, portray the Hero's Journey and are tools for the artistry of self-discovery.

Our Divine Child, then, is a symbol of the transformational process of Self becoming fully individuated Hero.  This process progresses from black and white to brilliant color as we ascend to higher consciousness and greater spiritual awareness.  During the black and white, pre-destiny, fumbling around state of ego-dominated being, a person will project an incomplete, imperfect image of Self onto gods and saviors, or others they deem worthy of hero worship.

Chrysalis Tarot, which we call "transformational technology for everyone," is designed to increase awareness of the adventurous Hero's Journey and make it compelling.  Many stuck in the black and white stage think they've already arrived when, in fact, they've never left the station.  And that's okay.  Religion, it's said, is often the entropy of spirituality.

Other souls are restless, questioning, and intuitively sense a higher calling and purpose in life.  Even so, destiny presents a zigzagging, co-creative, moving target, never a fixed absolute.

This is where the journey gets intriguing.  "Co-creative with whom," you might ask?  Well, first let's dismiss saccharine platitudes like, "The Lord has a plan," or even worse, "If it's God's will."  A grief-stricken mother, for example, striving to prevent her starving infant from dying in her arms has little need for such sanctimonious eloquence.

Glib sayings like those presuppose a fatalistic universe, a universe in which people are mere puppets dependent upon an officious puppetmaster in the sky pulling billions of strings simultaneously.

Or even more unlikely, the random universe of a detached cosmic clockmaker who wound up creation 14-billion years ago and then scurried off to attend to other cosmic duties, thus dooming the world to the mechanistic fortunes and misfortunes of ticking gears and classical physics.

In the middle ground, we find reason, free will, moral responsibility, personal accountability, quantum physics and a cerebrum under the hood we're expected to use. Still, we realize we do not travel alone; that there's a guiding light we perceive to be both transcendent (exterior) and immanent (interior).  And then we move beyond the fantasy of dualism and realize we are One with the guiding light and that everything is connected.

A person's soul sketch is inherited from the collective unconscious of all humanity, thought Jung.  He defined the collective unconscious as a memory bank serving the human species: "a collective, universal and impersonal nature that is identical in all human beings."  Our conscious mind isn't aware of Jung's collective unconscious, but our unconscious mind decidedly is not only aware of it, but in continuous interplay with it — if consciousness is a flower, the collective unconscious are the roots.

Since the discovery of quantum physics, there are other hypotheses, in addition to inheritance, providing plausible explanations for interconnectedness with the collective unconscious.  One is termed quantum entanglement.  Another is Gaia Theory.

Chrysalis Tarot is a tool, like many other tools used for personal growth, whose primary goal is to integrate the personal, conscious mind with the unconscious mind, thereby lifting it into consciousness.

Chrysalis accomplishes this through the inspiration of art and archetypes (psychological instincts) to help our users explore the depths of the collective unconscious. This leads to a fuller understanding of our own Self and more useful discernment of the myriad choices and crossroads leading to personal destiny.

Discernment is aided by synchronicity, the topic of our next blog featuring The Pilgrim (pictured left).

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