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TarotBlogHop: Ancestors Advice

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It’s time for the Tarot Blog Hop again. This time our wrangler is Louise Underhill. She’s challenged us to ask our ancestors for advice for the coming year. Since we are a company rather than an individual, we thought we would ask Pixie to help us out here.

Pixie aka Pamela Colman Smith was the underserved artist of the Rider Waite Tarot. Many now refer to that deck as the Rider Waite Smith Tarot to honor her. We hold her in high regards here.

We decide to honor Pixie by showing off the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Tarot as well as Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand.

Her work graced many books including Bram Stoker’s last novel, The Lair of the White Worm. Her cousin, William Gillette (known for his work acting as Sherlock Holmes), collected some of her work. You can see them at his home, his castle actually, in Connecticut.

Here are some images from the Commemorative set.

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Next images from Pixe’s Astounding Lenormand. This features images found in the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”.

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Thank you so much for joining us on yet another Tarot Blog Hop. We hope you find treats as you continue to hop your way through.

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Gilded Reverie Lenormand Bear

TarotBlogHop:Welcome Spring

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Money and Oracles is the topic our bloghop wrangler gave us. Ania asked us,

How do you use the Tarot in relation to matters financial? Do you make a living from it? Do you sometimes have a sneaky peek to help you pick lottery numbers or have a flutter on the gee-gees (and have you had any luck)? Do you take the risky path of advising others on financial matters or is filthy lucre a no-go area? Is it just the Pentacles for money matters or do you associate other. less obvious, cards with this area?

For our contribution, we thought we would offer up some Lenormand money cards.

In the category of small money and small luck, you have the Clover (2).

Next would be the Ship (3) which carries a meaning of investing. It can point to money coming in from a foreign land as well.

The Bear can be seen as your personal finances. It has a meaning of luck in your money.

The Mice, however, are not lucky. They chew and gnaw things so when you see the Mice someone or something is nibbling away at your finances.

But the Fish swim back to prosperity and lots of it. Here is your Bill Gates type fortune.

Pixie's Astounding Lenormand Fish

Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand Fish
Finally, the Anchor is the card that indicates your financial stability.

We hope you have enjoyed our Lenormand money cards. Leave us a comment then hop to the next blog.

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Celtic Lenormand Review Round Up

The Celtic Lenormand has been getting some great reviews. Here are just a few! If you’ve reviewed this deck, please let us know in the comments.

Celtic Lenormand Review Round Up

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Beth Henry of Divinationery Video Review: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW_FoWovN_k

Bonnie Cehovet purpose and intent for this theme does not disappoint!”

Zanna Star of Tarot Notes “delivers much more … than I could have imagined.”

CelticLenormand_12Birds3001Attune Magazine “I recommend this deck”

Bridgett of The Blessed Pagan “a favorite deck”

Koneta Bailey of New Paths Tarot “quickly falling in love the Celtic Lenormand”

CelticLenormand_3CardsLilith Parthenos “the art and words of this deck resonate better for me”

Amazon reviews “creative and beautifully illustrated” “This deck was very well thought out by its creators”

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?

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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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Earth Power Oracle

TarotBlogHop: Solstice 2014

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Chrysalis Tarot Magician

Chrysalis Tarot

Wish, Witchlings by Paulina Cassidy

Witchlings by Paulina Cassidy

Welcome to the 2014 Solstice Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler for this hop is Olivia from First Earth Tarot. She’s challenged us with this question/theme:

For this blog hop, the theme is: joy. What are you joyful about? What brings light to your heart? How do you spread joy to others?

We like to think that we spread joy is many ways–from new Tarot decks to gorgeous oracle decks to lovely Lenormand decks. But did you know we also have games? Check out our 1864 poker deck or the immensely popular, not to mention award-winning, Wizard(r) card game.

Gilded Reverie Lenormand

Gilded Reverie Lenormand

Some recent offerings that are bringing joy to us are these Lenormand decks:

Then there are these Tarot decks.

And we can’t forget the Oracle decks:

Earth Power Oracle

Earth Power Oracle

Meditation,Witchlings by Paulina Cassidy

Witchlings

In our very joyful Joie de Vivre Tarot, we shared a spread we called Spreading The Joy. You can find it in the Little White Book for that deck. Did you know that you can find the LWB for many of our decks online? Just go to our home page, search for your deck, then look for the PDF link on that deck’s page.

So tell us which of these decks mentioned here bring you the most joy. We’d love to hear from you. And we have so many new products that we may have inadvertently forgotten one! So our apologies if we did. If you let us know, we will include it on this joyful roundup.

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Gilded Reverie Lenormand

May We Introduce Mlle. Lenormand

003bWith the Lenormand decks growing in popularity, we wanted to share a bit about the woman this system is named for and her original deck.

Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand was born in 1772. Her date of birth, May 27, puts her in the Gemini house. She was orphaned very early in her life so she was sent to a convent to receive her education. It is said that she left there at the age of 14 to head to Paris.

Blue Owl Lenornmand

Blue Owl Lenormand

Per her own writing, Mademoiselle Lenormand read

her cards for many important people including Tsar Alexander 1. The Empress Josephine was arguably her most famous client but she also read for Robespierre and other French revolutionaries such as Marat. It is an interesting thing to think about, isn’t it?

If she read for those revolutionaries as well as French nobility, could she have been setting both sides against one another? Purely speculation on this writer’s part, of course, but it is fun to consider.

Under the Roses Lenormand

Under the Roses Lenormand

There are many references to her readings and predictions. It is said that she told Bonaparte that he would meet a widow who would make him happy. She also advised that he would, “achieve a very high rank by his influence; but that ye be ungrateful to it” thus losing any happiness he might find. I think we all know how that one turned out.

At the age of 42, she began writing. Some of her literary works ended her up in prison a few times. Madame Lenormand never spent too much time in jail though. It seems our card reader was a bit of a rabble rouser. Her death came at less than a month after her seventy first birthday in 1843.

Gilded Reverie Lenormand

Gilded Reverie Lenormand

A misconception is that Mlle. Lenormand created the Lenormand deck. That is not correct. She popularized the reading of cards. Card reading was fairly common but generally done by the travelers or Romany people. The term gypsy is offensive to many in that populace so we will not use that here. Mlle. Lenormand did say that her first pack of cards was given to her at the age of fourteen by that group. It would be intriguing to go back to that time to discover if getting that deck of cards was what precipitated her leaving the convent to head into the grand city of Paris.

A deck created by Madame Breteau was named “Le Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand” in honor of Lenormand after her death. This Madame Breteau claimed to be a student of Mlle. Lenormand. The deck was the fifty-four card version. Another deck was also published around the same time called the “Petit Lenormand.”

Mystical Lenormand

Mystical Lenormand

That 36 card deck is the one that is most popular now. German in origin, it is said to be based on the “Game of Hope” card game, which is based on a board game where you raced around the board based on cards drawn. Similar games would be Candyland in today’s world. I can only hope that one hundred years from now we do not have a Candyland oracle.

So from 18th and 19th century Paris, a young orphan girl still shines. Do you think she knew her legacy would stretch so far into the future? I like to think that she did.

We are celebrating our Lenormand line today. Which of the four decks featured here appeal to you the most? One commenter will win their choice of these four Lenormand decks.

Comments must be entered by Friday June 20 no later than 12 midnight PST.

Winner announced on this blog Tuesday June 24, 2014.

 

Cards shown:

Blue Owl Lenormand (rhymes written by Stuart Kaplan)
Gilded Reverie Lenormand
Under The Roses Lenormand
Mystical Lenormand

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.

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

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