The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Guest Blog by Bonnie Cehovet

The cards of the Tarot tell a story, a story made up of many different parts. The whole of that story, the whole of how the pieces of the puzzle are put together, is by nature greater than the sum of its parts. In many ways, two cards read together do not simply add wisdom to each other, they spark whole new lines of thought.

One book that addresses this subject well is “Tarot Combinations”, by Dorothy Kelly. I loved her comment that an objective reading can be developed through the use of intuitive feelings. She makes the very common sense observation that the nature of the problem being addressed can be determined through the suit as well as through the specific cards. For example, the following three-card reading could be read as:

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Tarot Impossible: What Movie Is This?

Agent Reader, Agent Tarot has come to us again with another query. Can you help us out with another round of the Tarot Impossible game?

Agent Tarot, did a reading for a character who gave this clue, "The book was more popular than the film." She did the reading but forgot to ask what the movie was. She wanted to see it if she could or read the book.

The movie starts out with the following cards:
2 of cups Rx
5 of Coins


The middle deals with:

8 of Cups


At the end we find:

6 of Coins
2 of Wands
The Star


Can you help Agent Tarot discover what this movie was?

These cards are from the Karma Tarot which is back!

© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.


What card is this?

Rws3 Help! We have a card with amnesia. It can't remember its name or where it goes in the Tarot deck. Can you help? Here are some hints.

1. It shares a fruit with a Major Arcana.
2. It has a connection to the Mistress of the West.
3. A version of this card appeared in a miniskirt in a Madonna video.

Do you know this card? Help us get it back in the deck.Rws1


© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl Deck

Blueowl_box There are Tarot decks. There are Oracle decks. Then there are the Lenormand cards. Although you can find many versions of this cartomancy system, the one touted as the top seller is the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl. It was published in the 1920's.

An interesting fact about the Lenormand cards is that the first deck was actually published after Mademoiselle Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (Alençon, 27 May 1772 – Paris, 25 June 1843), aka Mlle Lenormand, died. It is said that she read for more than 40 years. By her own accounting, she read for Robespierre, the Empress Josephine and even Czar Alexander among others. She lived through the French revolution. She did see some prison time but only short terms.

Though this is a French deck, the country where it is the most popular is Germany. Mlle Lenormand claimed that she got her first deck of cards from Gypsies when she was a young girl. She designed her own 36 card deck and those images still grace many of the Lenormand decks.

This Blue Owl version is one you want to own if you are a Lenormand aficionado. And even if you aren't, try your hand at this intriguing system. The meanings of each card change by where they are in relationship to the person card that is being read for. Many Tarot enthusiasts study this system as a companion to Tarot.

Mary K. Greer shares a bit about Madame le Normand and the cards here. Liz Hazel did an astrological chart for Mlle Lenormand that is fascinating. You can see that in the comments on MKG's blog. We here at U.S. Games Systems, Inc. are delighted to announce that you can now get this famous little deck.

Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck is the English language version of the famous fortune-telling deck used by Mlle Lenormand.

The 36-card deck is packaged in the traditional tuck box with its original Blue Owl design. The pack includes a small instruction booklet with a brief explanation of each key card and sample readings.

In a reading, meanings are determined by the relationships between cards in a spread, as well as by individual cards.

Mlle Lenormand rose from humble beginnings in 19th century France to become the most prominent fortune teller in Europe. Her clients included Napoleon, about whom she made bold and astonishingly accurate predictions.

Her card-reading methods are still popular today.

Are you a Mlle. Lenormand fan? Want to become one? Check out the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck at your local retailer. If they don't have it, send them to U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Here are a few images.

Blueowl1 Blueowl3
Blueowl8 Blueowl12
Blueowl17 Blueowl27


If you like online oracles, check this Lenormand one out.

© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Review Roundup: March 2011

It's a review round up. Here are the reviews we know about from the month of March. Please email your review link when you do a review of a U.S. Games Systems Inc. deck. We want to share it on our Facebook (URL) and Twitter. Come join us there as well.

Stop by and let the reviewers know you were there. And remember, send in your review links. You can email Stella. Thanks.

© March 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Sun And Moon Tarot Review

Sun And Moon Tarot review by Janet Boyer (reposted with permission)

“Tarot is a powerful tool for gaining access to deeper layers of the subconscious, and to learn from the immense knowledge of the collective conscience [sic]. The Sun and the Moon Tarot considers universal archetypes and cultural symbols, and also incorporates the artist’s own personal symbols.” – Vanessa Decort, creator of the Sun and Moon Tarot.


Like the Universe itself, much of the card imagery from the Sun and Moon Tarot depicts “empty space”. But “empty” doesn’t mean without beauty, especially within this deck.

In fact, in those cards where 75% of the image is softly hued blankness, this artistic choice serves as a focal point—a visual rest stop before the eyes drop down to the “meat” of the Tarot image.

That “meat”, while not bulky, consists of minimalist depictions of animals, insects, suit symbols and motifs that often illustrate the bottom quarter of the card. Along with the faceless people dotting this Tarot landscape, the spare details are nevertheless telling.

Measuring approximately 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, the cards of the Sun and Moon Tarot feature white borders on the front, with a reversible black-and-white lotus symbol on back. Various alchemical symbols and Hebrew letters are painted within the imagery (Minors and Majors respectively), with the Courts following the Princess, Prince, Queen and King designation.

The playful illustrations are almost childlike, with the canvas showing through in many of the card images. Some people may not like that aspect, but I think it adds an underlying softness to the depictions. Another detail that some may find off-putting is the inclusion of keywords on the Twos through the Tens. (I’ve always found them limiting, no matter what the deck.)

Replete with astrological, mythological, Kabbalistic, alchemical and archetypal considerations, the Little White Book provides more depth than the typical LWB, but it’s not geared to those new to Tarot, so actual interpretations and practical applications of the cards are pretty much nonexistent.

Intermittently, I’ve used the Sun and Moon Tarot for months now, and while I don’t find it a chatty deck, it does deliver a clean, concise and accurate message. However, if you want an actual “conversation”, you may need to draw three or more cards!

Unusual and refreshing, the Sun and Moon Tarot will appeal to enthusiasts who appreciate uncluttered, low-key, straightforward decks. Its non-scary illustrations would also serve children well, not to mention the client or Tarot newbie who gets spooked by some of the traditional Tarot imagery. (Note: it has one of the best Death cards EVER!)  

Below are 18 images from the Sun and Moon Tarot:

SunMoonEmpress SunMoonEmperor SunMoonHierophant

SunMoonLovers SunMoonChariot SunMoonJustice

SunMoonWheel SunMoonDeath SunMoonDevil

SunMoonStar SunMoonUniverseSunMoon8Swords

SunMoon6Pentacles SunMoon7Cups SunMoon4Wands

SunMoonQSwords SunMoonBack SunMoon1Pentacles


BIO: Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and the forthcoming Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Books, 2012). A prolific reviewer, her web home is


Mystery Deck: What deck am I?

Time for a round of "guess that deck" .

Here are the images. Let's hear your guesses!



If you use an image locater (you know who you are! lol), please don't post your answer for at least 8 hours to give others a chance to guess. 🙂

© March 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Portrait of the Inner Child

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays – even if I am only a little bit Irish! While it is actually a religious holiday, recognizing St. Patrick as one of the patron saints of Ireland, in modern times it is more a celebration of Irish culture. The wearing of the shamrock (and the color green in general), drinking green beer and serving corned beef and cabbage are all ways in which this holiday is now celebrated.

It is said that St. Patrick used the shamrock, with its three leaves, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. It was here in the United States that the first parades were held in honor of St. Patrick – largely to make a political statement. Today the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is one of joy and merriment – eating, drinking and dancing to honor the Irish, but to also honor the "spirit of the Irish" within each of us. That spirit is our ability to gather in community and allow our inner child to come out and play. I thought that it might be interesting to work with a couple of "inner child" spreads that are more for play than for wisdom (although true play brings with it its own form of wisdom), in honor of the joyous nature of St. Patrick’s Day.

I decided to sketch a portrait of the inner child in each of us. For this purpose, I placed the Major Arcana and each of the four suits in separate piles. I defined them as follows:

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Video Review: Archeon Tarot

Sometimes I happen across great reviews. I wanted to share this one with you. Please, if you do review one of our decks, let us know! You can email Stella with the link.

So what do you think? Do you like the video format? Do you prefer the written type? What's your preference? Also, what do you personally look for in a review?

Check out Timothy Lantz's new site as well.