Golden Moments with Golden Tarot

By Christiana Gaudet

GoldenTarot_BoxOne of my favorite tasks as a tarot instructor is to play matchmaker between tarot students and tarot decks. It takes a particular skill to match the right deck with the right student. There are so many decks available, it’s always possible to get a good fit.

I like to have a variety of decks in use during class. Comparing decks encourages students to interact with each other, and with the cards. When we can see an assortment of decks in class we are able to learn from the different images and traditions. We find the common ground that becomes the essence of our understanding of each card.

GoldenTarot_1MagicianSeeing a new tarot student respond to a great new deck is like watching a new love affair in progress. Even advanced students sometimes need a nudge to try a new deck once in a while; it helps them fall in love with tarot all over again.

One of the best new-student-tarot-deck matches I ever made was Reya and Kat Black’s Golden Tarot.

I didn’t know Reya before her diagnosis. By the time she started coming to monthly Tarot Circle meetings she had been a cancer survivor for ten years. Surgeries and treatments had not been successful; there was nothing more medical science could do. Even then, she was beautiful, and so full of life it was hard to remember she was dying.

GoldenTarot_4SwordsI didn’t know she was sick when I first met her. I pointed her toward Golden Tarot because of its grace and clarity. Reya seemed like a person who honored history but wouldn’t be patient with non-illustrated pips or nebulous card interpretations. Reya clearly cared about aesthetics; she had been a professional dancer. Golden Tarot offered her clear illustrations, an easy-to-understand book and classically beautiful historic art.

Each month Reya would come to Tarot Circle with her Golden Tarot. Like the rest of us, she talked about her dreams for the future.

Within three years of the day I met her, and after more than a month in hospice, Reya crossed over.

I went to visit Reya’s mother a few weeks later. There, in the living room, proudly on the coffee table, was Reya’s Golden Tarot. I had known that Reya had loved her deck, and that she had found comfort with it. I hadn’t known the rest of the story.

GoldenTarot_0FoolReya’s mother asked me to sit on the couch. She sat next to me, and held the Golden Tarot box in her lap. “Reya loved these cards,” she said. “When Reya was away she would call me every day and pull a card while we were on the phone. She would describe the image and read from the book. Then we would discuss it. It gave us a way to talk about the hard things, and to feel connected with each other.”

Reya’s mom continued. “When Reya was in hospice we continued to pull a card each time I visited. The cards helped Reya accept her situation; to understand that she was exactly where she needed to be, and that everything was unfolding as it should. The cards helped me understand that, too.”

She wiped away a tear. “Now that Reya is in heaven I still pull a card a day. That keeps me connected to her. I believe she speaks to me through the cards. Every day, we connect with each other, using these cards.”

GoldenTarot_1CoinsIn the time Reya and her mother worked with tarot, I don’t think they ever did anything more complex than a one-card pull. Golden Tarot’s box lends itself to simply removing the cover and pulling a card.

The Golden Tarot images were perfect for Reya and her mom; a reminder that even in the harshest times, beauty is everywhere.

People sometimes fear dire predictions from tarot. The benign Death card rushes us to reassure our clients it’s not the harbinger of doom it seems to be. By contrast, Reya and her mom used tarot as a way to endure a grim situation. They used Golden Tarot as a guide for Reya’s journey to the other side, and as a way to keep a connection between the worlds.

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Japaridze Tarot Six of Fire

TarotBlogHop:Imbolc 2015

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Crystal Visions Unknown

Crystal Visions

Welcome to our offering for this Tarot Blog Hop. Our blog hop wrangler, Karen, asked us about Oracular Anomalies. She was curious to know about “basically anything that’s made you pause and think -What are you doing here?”

Because we work with so many artists who all have different interpretations of their decks, it’s hard for us to question what a card might be doing in a deck. That comes from the heart and mind of the creator or team of creators.

Japaridze Tarot Six of Fire

Japaridze Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot Merlin

Chrysalis Tarot

Now we do field questions from our clientele. One recent deck has raised more than one set of eyebrows with its portrayal of the Fool as Merlin. That’s the Chrysalis Tarot. Of course the Japaridze Tarot with its swirling colors is gorgeous, but we still get asked about the suits since they are not named in a traditional way.

Goddess Tarot Fool

Goddess Tarot

Ghosts and Spirits Tarot Hierophant

Ghosts and Spirits Tarot

Or decks that feature lovely goddesses but no gods like the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. And decks that choose a darker theme like the evocative Ghosts and Spirits Tarot of Lisa Hunt.

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Gilded Reverie Lenormand

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Under The Roses Lenormand

Even the Lenormand decks don’t escape someone asking “what is that card doing there” because of the set meanings. A ship in the sky? No way! What about a deck that offers more than one Lady?

ArtStarstream_26MoveWithFlow

Art Through The Starstream

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Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Let’s not even get started on the oracles we sell. From Art Through The Starstream to the Vintage Wisdom Oracle we hear from our purchasers.

We remain committed to publishing the decks that speak to us in such a way that we think they will also speak to you. If you have a deck idea, you can submit that here. Who knows. Maybe your oracular anomaly will join the rest of our amazing products.

Leave a comment about your favorite card on this post to win your choice of one of these decks. Congratulations to Gwenne M. who is our winner!

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Chrysalis Tarot

Three Card Spreads

In Tarot reading, there are many different spreads. For this post, we wanted to focus on the three card spread.

What’s your favorite three card spread? Here are just a few we know of. Please feel free to leave your own in the comments

1. Body, Mind, Spirit
2. Past, Present, Future
3. Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light
4. Morning, Afternoon, Evening

And how would you apply any one of these spreads to this three card reading with the Chrysalis Tarot?

Chrysalis Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot

See more of this deck here.

TarotBlogHop:The Joy Of Giving

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WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Laura Fletcher. Please check your email for how to claim your deck.

So Arwen is our blog wrangler this Tarot Blog Hop. She’s asked us to think about gifting. Here’s her challenge:

Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Winter. Whatever you call this time of year, it is a season of gift giving, gift receiving and sharing with family and friends for a majority of the world. Whether Papa Noel brings you a candy cane or the Winter Witch brings you switches, it’s a time of anticipation. The anticipation of what I might be getting and what I am giving are equal joys for me. To that end, here is a spread for each of us to do.

We decided to use one of our newest Tarot decks to do this spread. We hope you enjoy our offering in the Yule Tarot Blog Hop. Since we love to gift, all comments will be entered into a drawing to win the Japaridze Tarot. In your comment tell us your favorite card from the Tarot. Or your favorite-right-now. Contest is now closed. Thank you.

Click on any picture to see a larger version.

The Joy Of Gifting

1. What gift would we give the world if we could?Japaridze_3Wands

The Three of Fire shows a hot air balloon full inflated and already up in the air. This is our passion of course. We want to bring our customers the very best in Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle and games. We search the world for amazing artists who can bring their vision to your world.

Our gift to you would be to take you along on our journey as we scour the planet. Wouldn’t that be fun if we could do it in a hot air balloon.


2. What gift would you want from the world?Japaridze_18Moon The Moon would be what we want because we want to know how you feel about our work. We love hearing from you so that gift of your emotional response is perfect.

The Moon as an eyeball looking up works for us because we need your eyes and hands on these deck. What good are we without the gift of you?

 


 

 

3. What gift have we gotten that has brought us joy?

Eight of GardensJaparidze_8CoinsGardens shows an inventor hard at work. And this does reflect the gift that has brought us so much joy. Our artists and authors who give us such amazing projects to work on. Our own joy in helping to guide and shape the decks that we bring to you.

The Eight of Gardens (Coins) is a card that emphasizes the hands-on part of creation. We can truly say that the gift of being involved in the world of games and decks is a true joy for us here at U.S. Games.

 

 


Japaridze_5Hierophant4. What gift have we given that has brought us joy?

Now the Hierophant is certainly an interesting answer, isn’t it? The bastion of standards and responsibility does make sense. He is the one who holds the keys to knowledge.

With all of the decks we get to work on, we do see a wealth of knowledge in our world. It’s a marvelous thing to see what decks you love the most and what decks are coming to you. We can tease you by saying if you loved 2014, you’ll go crazy for 2015.


Japaridze_17Star4. What is one last thing we would like to share about this season?

The Star couldn’t have been better if we’d chosen it intentionally. Just another example of the Tarot working! We see you as the stars in our world.

We know that this may all sound sappy but we really do appreciate you for the support over the years. We truly can’t do this without you.

So on behalf of all our artists, authors, staff and family, thank you. Happy holidays to all of you.

Don’t forget to leave a comment about your personal favorite card from the Tarot. You could win this deck.

Contest ends 12/26. Winner announced 12/29 on this blog.


 

 

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Rider Waite Smith Queen of Pentacles

Animals In Tarot

In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, each of the queens has an animal with her. You can click on each image below to see a larger version.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of SwordsThe Queen of Swords has a bird flying high over head. There is also the butterfly on her throne.

She is a lady of mental acuity and focused thoughts. Her animals are messengers in many world mythologies.

What bird do you think is flying over her head?


Rider Waite Smith Queen of Wands

The fiery Queen of Wands has a small black cat at her feet. there are also a number of lions on her throne. Why do you think cats are associate with this Queen of getting things done?

She is a passionate woman who acts on impulse. She understands her own power. This lady can light up your world if you let her.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of CupsThe contemplative Queen of Cups has fish as well as mermaids for her companion. She is the queen who others come to for comfort in emotional times.

This lady knows the value of a good cry as well as a belly laugh. She encourages you to dive deep into your own emotional self to find the rewards of being you.


Rider Waite Smith Queen of PentaclesThe Queen of Coins has three animals. Look at her throne. You will see a goat as well as a bull. In the far right corner, you will also see the rabbit.

She is the queen of fertility and growing things. Her message is to do the work to gain the reward. This lady is the most determined of the four Queens of the Tarot. She knows the value of honest, hard work.


What questions would you ask of these queens if you could sit down with them?

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

 

The #Tarot Quote Game

Art of Life 7 of PentaclesThe Art of Life Tarot uses quotes for each card. Here are some quotes for you. What card would you associate with each quote?

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Kobe Bryant

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” Sophia LorenArtofLife_13Death

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Feel free to share your own favorite quote in the comments.ArtofLife_4Swords

TarotBlogHop: Afternoon Tea

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Our Tarot Blog Hop mistress is Louise Underhill. She’s given us this topic.

The topic of the Samhain Blog Hop this time, is to discuss or show, via the Tarot or any other oracle, who you would invite to an afternoon tea on the Day of the Dead. What do you imagine they’d be like? What Tarot card (or cards!) would represent them? What would you ask them? What would you like to learn from them? Your “guest” can be living, or dead, but imagine them there and then represent them in a Tarot card (or more).

We decided we would make this a puzzle for you.  One commenter will win their very own Halloween themed deck (we will give you a list to choose from.)

We thought we would want to ask three people to tea.

1. Pamela Colman Smith aka Pixie who created the art for the Rider Waite Smith deck

2. Lady Frieda Harris who created the art for the Thoth deck

3. Bonafacio Bembo who is said to have created most of the art for the Visconti-Sforza deck

We drew three cards from the Halloween Oracle. Our challenge to you is which card do you think goes with which Tarot artist?

Contest ends 11/3 at 12 midnight PST. Winner will be announced on or by 11/7.

The three cards, in no particular order are:

HalloweenOracle_VampireEmotionalIntelligence

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_JoyRejoicinginthepresent

Halloween Oracle

HalloweenOracle_SkeletonStrength

Halloween Oracle

We invite you to join us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter where we post daily questions.

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TarotBlogHop: Profound Moments

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Hello and welcome to the Fall Tarot Blog Hop. The person who gave us our topic is Morgan Drake Eckstein.

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot Ace of SwordsHe challenged us with the following:

In the life of everyone who deals with Tarot, there comes those moments where your understanding of the Tarot undergoes a radical change, or when one’s skill with the Tarot takes a giant leap forward. Sometimes this is the result of learning a new technique, or acquiring a special deck, or because of an event in one’s life; other times, it is the result of nothing that you can pinpoint. Whatever the cause, the end result is that you approach the Tarot in different manner than you did before.

I think that we here at U.S. Games can safely say that most profound moment for us was when Stuart met Pixie. Mr. Kaplan began his lifelong love of the tarot in 1968. He’s turned that hobby into a thriving business. His personal research into the Tarot has enriched the Tarot community as well as his own life.

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Ace of WandsIn an interview with Malcolm Muckle of Students of Tarot, Stuart was asked about Tarot being magical. Here is his response from this 2009 interview.

Tarot cards are an unbound book. Shuffle the cards and there is a new story that is revealed. The person reading the cards brings their own, unique interpretation to each reading of an individual card and the cards in combination. There is a an aura of mysticism coupled with fascination that surrounds the images on the cards, and the fact that they have been in existence for over five centuries adds to the allure.

You can find Stuart’s passion for Tarot bound up in four encyclopedias in his The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volumes I, II, III and IV. You also might enjoy this article about Stuart done by Dr. Stephen Winick, a folklorist, writer and editor for the Library of Congress.

EncyclopediaTarot4So we’d like to ask you about your own passion for Tarot. What was your first experience with the Tarot?

We will give away one copy of The Smith-Waite Centennial Deck to one of the people who comment on this post by 9/28/2014. Contest will close at 10pm PST.

The winner of the contest is Laura C with a Gmail address. Congratulations!

Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot

We will announce the winner here and on our Facebook page. Please join us on our very popular Facebook page as well as our Twitter account. We love hearing from you.

So leave your comment then head out to the next blog in the Tarot Blog Hop.

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Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of Cups

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Cups. Traditionally this card is read as love being offered, compassion, creative endeavors. The reverse meanings include missed emotional chances, rejection, blocked emotions.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Cups:

Tarot of the Cat People Ace of CupsTarot of the Cat People
Sacred Rose Tarot Ace of CupsSacred Rose Tarot
Hobbit Tarot Ace of CupsHobbit Tarot
Cat's Eye Tarot Ace of CupsCat’s Eye Tarot
Crystal Visions Tarot Ace of CupsCrystal Visions Tarot
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Ace of CupsRadiant Rider Waite Smith

Tarot Comparisons

Karma Tarot Ace of Swords

Tarot Comparisons: Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

Let’s take a look at the Ace of Swords. Traditionally this card is read as victory, mental projects, clarity. The reverse meanings include being confused, unable to make a decision, loss of clear thinking.

The way we interpret a card can change based on the art of the card itself. Compare the following Ace of Swords:

Tarot of the Spirit Ace of SwordsTarot of the Spirit

Fenestra Tarot Ace of SwordsFenestra Tarot

Old English Tarot Ace of SwordsOld English Tarot

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot Ace of SwordsThe Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set

Karma Tarot Ace of SwordsKarma Tarot