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Celebrating COVR WINNER: Sacred World Oracle

Lynn at INATS 2014

Lynn at INATS 2014

Each year COVR confers awards to the best of the best in the Visionary Resources. Formed in 1996, this non-profit trade organization works to help those in the Mind/Body/Spirit category. From artists to musicians to manufacturers, retailers and more, COVR puts the M/B/S industry first.

One of those ways is with their Visionary Award program. They invite “all those who inspire humanity with their books, products, art, music and messages to enter their works to be evaluated by” their judges.

This year, we were thrilled to win three awards. One for Jody Bergsma’s Magical Times deck which one the Best Inspirational Product. Kris Waldherr’s Sacred World Oracle not only won Best Divination product but also deemed best product of the year.

Today’s post is to show off our Best Product of the Year according to COVR. Look for our showing off of Jody’s excellent deck on Wednesday.

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Congratulations to Kris Waldherr for this amazing deck!

The Sacred World Oracle Deck: Reading by Kayla Garnet Rose, Ph.D.

 Dr. Kayla Garnet Rose, Ph.D. graciously allowed us to repost her blog post.

Written and illustrated by Kris Waldherr, creator of The Goddess Tarot, The Sacred World Oracle deck is a sumptuous feast for the mind and an excellent gift for the upcoming holidays. The cards themselves are pleasing to eye, beautifully illustrated with animals, both real and mythological; pleasing to the hand, nice and thick yet well sized for smaller folks; and further complemented by the rich descriptions found in the accompanying booklet. Waldherr writes, “Oracles bear the double duty of being the message as well as the vehicle to communicate it…”

The Sacred World Oracle is divided into four sections- earth, water, fire, and air. Each suit has a main card for the element, plus ten associated animals. The mythology of each is contained within the booklet, however, merely gazing at the images evokes personal resonances, memories, and inspirations. Two different spreads are also outlined in the LWB, one a past-present-future card spread, fairly standard. The other a five card spread developed by Thalassa of the Daughter’s of Divination’s San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium ( BATS) was inspired by the ballet Swan Lake is called Black Swan, White Swan. This spread “helps us explore our blind spots – those pesky obstacles we can’t, or don’t want to see. It also points to the wisdom that lies in front of our noses.”
I shuffled the cards, pensating upon it being Day of the Dead. I had a ho-hum Halloween yesterday and had no plans for the new moon this weekend, so doing the Swan reading seemed like a good way to acknowledge the change of seasons and tap into the thinning of the veils. I whispered the names of my ancestors as well as my kin/cats passed, friends who have crossed over and even contemplated my own death, hopefully far into the future. It has been in a time of endings and beginnings, as my daughter started college and I completed my PhD, empty nest syndrome hitting hard after her last visit. Recognizing the new chapter of my life unfolding, I pulled the five cards…
The first card is the black swan, or what you need to see that can get in your way. I pulled I-Earth. A very green card, right away I was aware of the animals suggested not just in the distant mountains but in the nearby copses, a huge oak in the foreground, beautifully framed with vining flowers and a picture of Ivy at the bottom. I reflect up upon how much time I have spent inside my house, working on my studies in particular, especially since my sweetie was hospitalized last spring and we stopped going on our weekend hikes. “When the Earth card appears in an Oracle reading, look for opportunities to take your dreams and turn them into a concrete reality” advises Waldherr. Certainly there is the opportunity to turn my dissertation into a book, changing a thought into form, but I also recognized the message to spend time in the outside world as much as in my interior landscape, and to change my isolation over the last six months into more outgoing, social adventures.
The second card is the magic feather, what you can do about it, and I pull XLIII- The Centaur – half human, half horse, pulling on an arrow notched into a bow, the classic sign of Sagittarius. As an astrologer I reflect that this sign symbolizes the higher mind, higher education, philosophy and travel. Here is the ability to focus on a goal, pull back to take aim, and the follow through. Mercury being retrograde, I notice it is a time of pulling back, with the trust that full moment will be gained after the planets shift in November. A card of being proactive, I feel encouraged to review my long term projects list and initiated some dreams that have been simmering on the back burner.
The third card is the White Swan, or what you need to see that can help you. I draw XXVII- Dragonfly. A lovely woman, maybe from South America, gazes at me, tattooed cheeks, a red dragonfly before her, a jaguar peeping in the background. Several of my students spring to mind, both past and present. The message here is of “unexpected grace found in difficult places”. I laugh, this has been my lesson the last two weeks. In The Medicine Cards, dragonfly is a message to confront denials, honor inner truths and to break through any illusions.
The fourth card is also a magic feather, or how to use the solution presented in the card. Now I pull XXXIX- Firefly. I liked the transition from an air element (dragonfly) to a fire element, the ability to change thoughts into action. I grew up on the east coast, so catching fireflies reminded me of my childhood, times past, not an experience I have here now, living in California. Interestingly, the message here is to “seek moments of unexpected beauty that offer gateways for inspiration.”
Finally, the fifth card is known as the Swan in Flight, an aerial perspective of the situation which gives an overview of the problems and steps for a solution. I pull II -Cat. Very curious, since I had completely shuffled the cards to pull the first card as the beginning card and the second card as the last, let alone the fact that I had invoked all of my past familiars/cats when setting my intentions. Here we see the Egyptian cat goddess, Bast, in a temple, with cats and kittens all around, even perching on the shoulder of the icon. My personal talisman, again my kin, my family, I am at times ridiculously attached to my cats and find it difficult to leave them for a night, let alone a vacation. The message in the booklet states, “the cat card challenges you to find ways to express your individuality. How can you create more magic and beauty?” Indeed, a good question.
So, personally I avoid using terms such as black/white to indicate problem/solution as it is basically racist if not simply reductionist. I did like the concept of exploring blind spots but wish it was presented in a way that was color blind. That being said, the cards themselves have a wonderful array of images, and although focused on animals, include humans in an international array, from Ganesha to Cimidye. The booklet really covers a gamut of worldwide folklore and hopefully will be expanded into a book. I honor that the author chose to use roman symbols for the cards, reminiscent of the Major Arcana in the Tarot, but I found the need to stop and calculate into western numbers a little tedious and off putting. The backs of each card had a representation of the four elements with the simple inscription, “As Above, So Below”. Indeed, a simple reminder that the “function of an oracle remains the same: oracles offer us information. They can provide us with the experience of synchronicity… Our personal experience serve to frame these events, thus releasing information we already possess deep in our psyche.”
Blessed be.

Get your own copy of this lovely oracle.

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Lammas Tarot Blog Hop 2013

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The Lammas Tarot Blog Hop theme is: We are delighted to share our new home on the web as well as a peek at a brand-new, 44 card, oracle deck.

SacredWorld_FrogYou may have hopped in from Louise or back from Jordan. However you got here, we are glad you came. We hope you will leave a comment so we know you were here! If you get lost, there’s a master list available too.

Sacred World Oracle Peacock

This was an easy choice for the staff at U.S. Games with a brand new offering from Kris Waldherr.

SacredWorld_DoveWith stunning artwork by renowned artist Kris Waldherr, The Sacred World Oracle 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.

Sacred World Oracle ElephantThe Sacred World Oracle is comprised of 44 oracle cards organized into four quadrants representing the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Each color-coded quadrant is associated with ten different animals. The 48-page booklet presents keywords and a narrative description of the mythological significance of each card.

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Kris Waldherr is the acclaimed author and artist of Lover’s Path Tarot, The Goddess Tarot book and deck, Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck, and Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards.

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Thanks for including us in your journey around the web today. Remember to let us know you were here!

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CONTEST: Calling All Would-Be Sleuths!

Calling All Would-Be Sleuths!

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We like games here at US Games Systems, Inc. So let's play one. It's a scavenger hunt! What will you win? Your very own copy of the Doomed Queens: Royal Playing Cards deck, that's what. You can play Rummy with your friends and wow them with the Doomed Queens of Kris Waldherr. 

DQ54_1 So what you have to do to enter is answer the following ten questions. All answers can be found on the U.S. Games Systems, Inc site and on this blog but you will have to hunt for them. So grab your pipe and magnifying glass, all you would-be Sherlock Holmes types. Let the search begin!

 

1. U.S.  Games Systems, Inc. publishes award-winning card games. Name one.

2. If you want to be informed of the specials for registered customers only, what should you do?

3. Why was Waite's choice of Pamela Colman Smith such a good thing?

4. What was the first product giveaway on the U.S. Games Systems blog?

5. What are three types of Rider-Waite Tarot that we publish?

6. Find at least 2 products with the word "dog" in the title.

7. What year was US Games started?

8. Name three titles in the Natural World Playing Card series.

9. What is the tiniest deck published by U.S. Games?

10. How many pages are there in Volume II of the Encyclopedia of Tarot?

Sherlock Don't put your answer in the comments! You don't want to make it easy for your competition. Email your answers to our Watson (lynn@usgamesinc.com) by Sunday November 21, 2010. The winner will be drawn from all the correct answers. Look for that name to be announced on this blog on Monday November 22.

So what you have to do to enter is answer those ten questions. The game is afoot!

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Help Kris Waldherr Pick Five Animals!

 

SW Cover Kris Waldherr, creator for the Goddess Tarot and Lover's Path Tarot, is almost finished with the Sacred World Oracle, a deck that will be published by U.S. Games Systems.

But Kris needs your help.

You see, she wants to add five more sacred animals to her deck. In her latest Newsletter, Kris writes:

Whale Autumn is the time of harvest, of bringing long-aborning projects toward fruition. Big news: I'm closing in on finishing The Sacred World Oracle, with just five cards left to illustrate. I also have a first draft of the booklet roughed out. Fortunately, the design has been finalized. Woo hoo!

I'm thrilled that U.S. Games Systems will be publishing the SWO; they're also the publisher of my Goddess Tarot and Lover's Path Tarot. If the planets align as hoped, the deck will be available in mid-2011. I'll keep you updated as production progresses.

 

Can't wait to take the Sacred World Oracle for a test run?  Besides the free reading available at the official Sacred World Oracle site, the SWO is also featured at TarotGoddess.com, a site I designed devoted to all things tarot.

With five cards left to illustrate, I thought it would be fun to get your feedback: What other sacred animals should I include?

The decks is divided into quadrants, each devoted to the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. I'd like to add another card to the quadrants of earth, air, and fire; two cards to water. Here's what I have so far:
 
Phoenix Bat
Bluebird
Butterfly
Dove
Dragonfly
Owl
Peacock
Raven
Spider
Bear
Bull
Cat
Dog
Fox
Lion
Rabbit
Ram
Snake
Carp
Crab
Bat Dolphin
Frog
Salmon
Swan
Turtle
Whale
Centaur
Chimera
Dragon
Falcon
Firebird
Horse
Phoenix
Salamander
Scorpion

I invite you to send your card suggestions to kris [at] kriswaldherr dot com. If I use your suggestion, I'll send you a copy of the Sacred World Oracle when it's published. (In the case of two or more people sending in the same suggestion, a drawing will be held.)

Need to refresh your memory? You can view the SWO art so far here.

Aren't the images from Kris's upcoming Sacred World Oracle gorgeous? I have a few animals in mind that I might pass along to Kris, myself!

You can subscribe to Kris's free newsletter here. You can visit Kris Waldherr online at ArtandWords.com.

Lovers Path Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-468-3

Goddess Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-125-0

Janet, Social Media Maven for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Tarot Archetypes The Fool (and a Giveaway!)

T Det Fool 3 I'm pleased to introduce another feature at the Fool Stop Tarot Blog, and I think this one will prove as informative as it is fun: Tarot Archetypes!

Beginning with The Fool, Trump 0, and working through the entire Tarot, I invite you to brainstorm with me–posting all the permutations of a particular card's archetype. (Although some people feel that only Trumps 0-21 portray archetypes, I feel that the entire 78 cards of the Tarot depict familiar universal patterns.)

What is an Archetype? An Archetype is a template or original pattern from which copies are made. Psychologist Carl Jung, author Joseph Campbell, storyteller/author Clarissa Pinkola Estes, psychologist Jean Shinonda-Bolen and others are among those that have brought the concept of Archetypes into our consciousness.

T Det Fool 4 To break it down in practical, every day terms, Archetypes are patterns that are universally recognized. We see Archetypes in myths, fairy tales, literature, and movies. Sometimes, an Archetype plays out right before our very eyes, as in the case of the Twin Towers (The Tower card) or across the big screen (Wall Street, the King of Pentacles card) or in sacred texts (Jesus and Odin, the Hanged Man card).

The Tarot is replete with Archetypes, which no doubt contributes to its lasting intrigue and appeal.

Some Archetypes we find in the Tarot include Soldier, Teacher, Mother, Father, Death, Queen, Thief, Magician, Rebel, Wise Woman, Justice, Resurrection, Lovers, Hermit, Clown, Priest, Bully, Rescuer, Hopeless Romantic, Amazon/Wonder Woman and many others.

In fact, as you can see, some Archetypes share names with Tarot cards!

So our first Tarot Archetype is The Fool. What TV roles, book characters, archetypal patterns, songs, historical figures/events, news items and so on reflect The Fool, in your opinion?

T Det Fool 2 Here are a few of my archetypal associations for The Fool:

General Archetypes: Clown; Jester; Puer Eternis; Wise Fool; Divine Child; Simpleton; Madman; Wanderer

Pop Culture: Pee Wee Herman; Dory in Finding Nemo; Grizzly Man (documentary); Peter Pan; Mork (from Mork and Mindy); Roscoe P. Coltrane (Dukes of Hazzard); What a Wonderful World (song by Louis Armstrong); Jump (song by Van Halen)

So, what are your associations for The Fool? Try not to repeat another's comments if you can! I think this could be an illuminating and informative exercise for us all!

EDIT: Here's the ongoing list of Fool Archetypes and roles; keep 'em coming, everyone, and I'll post yours!

Gilligan (TV show Gilligan's Island) – Kris
Stan Laurel (Laurel and Hardy) – Kris
Susan (from Desperately Seeking Susan TV show) – Prince Lenormand
Yes Man (Movie: Jim Carrey's character) – Dichiaroluna
Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine) – Elarbolcelta1967
SpongeBob Squarepants – mdtarot
Teenagers -  Audra
Robin William's character in the movie Toys – Deborah Outland
Marley the dog in the movie Marley and Me – Joanne
Toddlers – Silverlotus
Cameron from Modern Family (TV Show) – Greendaygal540
Fry from Futurama (TV show) – Stephanie
Uncle Fester from The Addams Family (TV show) – Stephanie
Forrest Gump (movie characer) – C.M. Padget
Lucille Ball – Debbie Herbert
Foster Brooks – Debbie Herbert
Baby Bear from the Berenstein Bears – Debbie Herbert

Oh, and did I tell you this will be a giveaway post?

Yep, it's that time again, dear readers. Woohoo!

Every comment you make to this particular post (Tarot Archetypes The Fool) equals an entry to win–drumroll–Kris Waldherr's new Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck! The only caveat is that your posts need to be thoughtful (not merely an "I agree" post)–but you may post as many associations as you'd like when they pop into your head.

The giveaway contest ends next Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11 PM EST. Every comment made before then will be entered into the random drawing to win the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck. But even if the deadline passes, feel free to keep posting your archetypal associations for The Fool!

Good luck!

Top card from the Whimsical Tarot ISBN 978-1-57281-253-6

Middle card from the Halloween Tarot ISBN 0-88079-965-X

Bottom card from the Vanessa Tarot ISBN 1-57281-574-4

Janet, Social Media Maven for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Win the Godddess Tarot Set by Kris Waldherr

Goddess TarotIn honor of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. releasing TWO new decks by Kris Waldherr, I'm giving away the Goddess Tarot Deck and Book set!

All you need to do is make a post in the comment section below telling me your favorite USGS deck/s and why you like it/them by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, August 11, 2010–and you'll be entered into a random drawing to win!

Want an EXTRA chance to win? Follow the Fool Stop Tarot Blog on Networked Blogs via this link. (Just let me know who you are in the comments section below if your name is different from the one you're commenting as.)

And what about yet ANOTHER chance to win? (Yep, that makes three total!) Just "like" us on the U.S. Games Systems Facebook page at this link. (Already a fan? Just share one of the most recent USGS Facebook updates with your followers and you got yourself an entry! Just let me know via the comment section below accompanied by a link to your shared post.)

Good luck and thanks for spreading the word!

— Janet

Ask the Queens Advice Cards by Kris Waldherr

Ask Cover 160 Which Queen might have advised "Choose your allies well, or they will come back to bite you on the asp" — or maybe "The soil is only as good as the seed"?

Based on her book Doomed Queens, U.S. Games deck creator and illustrator Kris Waldherr playfully posits what past Queens, Empresses, Princesses and female rulers might have said in her new Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck.

Beloved for her exquisite Lovers Path Tarot and popular Goddess Tarot, both by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Ms. Waldherr offers theoretical advice from the Queens in this deck, as well as interesting historical tidbits about each female leader. For example, did you know that:

  • Empress Alute, the consort of the Tongzhi emperor, died at twenty in 1875 after less than three years occupying the dragon throne of the Qing dynasty with her young husband. No one knows what–or who–caused the empress's demise. One theory suggested she was poisoned with gold leaf, a popular mode of murder at the time.
  • Queen Blanche of Bourbon was renowned for her piety and comeliness, her future was destroyed when her father, the Duke of Bourbon, wed her to King Pedro of Castile–a.k.a. Pedro the Cruel. Pedron imprisoned his wife in the castle of Arevalo. Eight years later in 1361, he arranged for her death. At the time of her demise, Blanche was twenty-two years old.
  • Born in 1919, Eva Peron was the bastard daughter of an impoverished seamstress mother. When she became first lady of Argentina, Evita never forgot her humble origins and made it her mission to help the poor. Evita embraced her work as if she knew her time was limited. It was: She was diagnosed with uterine cancer at the age of thirty and died in 1952.

(All excerpts above from the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck. © Kris Waldherr)

Below are several cards from this 40-card deck (click each image to enlarge):

Ask 3 Ask 2Ask 6

  
Ask 1 Ask BackAsk 7

  
For more fun with royalty, check out Waldherr's Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards, too, which is also based upon her book of the same name.

The ISBN for the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck is 978-1-57281-664-0, available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you. Here are the ISBNs for Waldherr's other U.S. Games Systems decks:

Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards – ISBN 978-1-57281-663-3

Lovers Path Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-468-3

Goddess Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-125-0

You can visit Kris Waldherr online at ArtandWords.com

— Janet