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Tarot Word Search

Glasses I love games.

What's that you say?

You do, too? Great!

Because I just made a Tarot word search for our wonderful Fool Stop Tarot Blog readers.

Enjoy!

S L I S A H U N T S Q D E R W
U T S R O J A M I O M E C E N
E O U D S I S R S O Y V N V N
X T E A C A R S R X P I A E O
A C I I R A C G E E N A R R I
K N G A H T A R N R I N E S T
A A A Y W N K T E Q P T P A S
M C D C G R A A S D P M M L E
B A E R R C E Q P R R O E S U
L Z E S L A G D U L O O T I Q
F E N E S T R A I E A N S N E
R A S G N I D A E R R N I E I
E C A E P R E H T O M E Z M X
Q D Q Y H I E R O P H A N T I
T O W E R R R E H D L A W T P

ACES
ARCANA
DECK
DEVIANTMOON
EMPRESS
FENESTRA
HIEROPHANT
LADYHARRIS
LISAHUNT
MAGICIAN
MAJORS
MINORS
MORGANGREER
MOTHERPEACE
PENTACLES
PIXIE
QUERENT
QUESTION
READINGS
REVERSALS
RIDERWAITE
SACREDROSE
STUARTKAPLAN
TEMPERANCE
TOWER
WALDHERR

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

Tarot Mystery #5 (And a Giveaway!)

Mag Glass Fingerprints 120 Hello Fool Stop Tarot Blog readers!

It's time for yet another Tarot Mystery (aren't these fun?). This time, it's a Tarot Mystery and a Giveaway. Woohoo! (And you know how much I love giving away stuff…)

Tarot Mystery #5 happens to be a song.

Based on the 9 of Cups and The Star cards below (from the lusciously bizarre Deviant Moon Tarot birthed from Patrick Valenza's twistedly creative mind) what famous song am I thinking?

Deviant 9 c 250 Deviant star 250

Here's the giveaway part! All you have to do is post a guess and you'll automatically be entered into the random drawing to win…

1JJ 160 An oldie but goodie…the Swiss 1JJ Tarot deck!

Posts must be made before Monday October 4, 2010, 8 AM EST (good Lord, it's almost October already?!) .

So tell me…the 9 of Cups + The Star = what song?

Have fun and good luck!

Deviant Moon Tarot ISBN 978-1-57281-611-4

Swiss 1JJ Tarot ISBN 0-913866-51-2

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

Ode by Stuart R. Kaplan

Emperor Balbi Small I've been reading the Encyclopedia of Tarot Volume 1 by U.S. Games Systems founder Stuart R. Kaplan, and, quite frankly, I am surprised at how absorbing, fascinating and engaging the materal is (this from one who dislikes history, I admit!). One of the gems in ths book is the poem Ode by Mr. Kaplan:

Ode

In this ode to ancient tarot cards

I touch with care new friendships painted
on pasteboard faces drawn
during man’s obscure dawn.

The single-ended carnival figures
clad in full-length costumes conceal
the profound knowledge of antiquity.

Each gamester skillfully plays
with the arcane figures at his command.
The fanciful trickster separates
the fool from his money while
the wicked fortune-teller
with astonishing accuracy lays bare
the great prophecies of life.

As one card falls another
dares to take its place
much like the evolution of life itself.

The relentless processional
out of the past
unmasks each symbol of the present
and portends the limits which exist in
the future.

Ency 200 Despite the sly tricksters,
the gamesters,
the crafty gamblers,
the fortune-tellers,
none can answer the simplest of arcane questions,
whether the Major and Minor Arcana
were created together,
or took form each born of separate genius.

One yearns to discover
the ingenious mind that started it all.

What chance to find
face to face the wit who wrote
life is but a game of cards.

Instead we resign ourselves to accept
the allegorical pictures which we do not
fully understand.

Beautiful cardboard face
I love you as an old friend
despite your unyielding guard
of the symbols shrouded
in the mysterious tarot pack
that beguile and defy us all.

Stuart R. Kaplan

The ISBN for The Encylopedia of Tarot Volume 1 is 0-913866-11-3, available at your favorite bookstore or retailer. If you don't see it, just ask.

The Emperor card at top is a stylized rendition of Stuart R. Kaplan himself, as painted by Domenico Balbi in the Balbi Tarot pack (an interesting tidbit found in Volume 1, along with a full-page grayscale replica of the card).

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

Review Round-Up of USGS Products #1

The response to the Calling All Reviewers post has been fabulous!

Nuevecitas 027 U.S. Games Systems appreciate all the reviewers out there who dedicate their time, energy, bandwidth and other resources to supporting and reviewing decks, books and box sets.

Our first reviewer is Mariana Aguilar of La casa del Tarot blog. Recently, Mariana reviewed Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot. Click here to read her review (in Spanish).

Thank you, Mariana!

Our second reviewer is well known to many deck enthusiasts for her engaging posts and reviews featuring the Tarot.

Tarot dame small Kiki, better known as the Tarot Dame, will be celebrating three years in the blogosphere. Happy anniversary, Tarot Dame!

Below are several of her thorough, entertaining reviews of U.S. Games Systems decks:

 

 

Archeon Tarot

Brotherhood of Light Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot

Fenestra Tarot

Gummy Bear Tarot

Halloween Tarot (in tin)

Sacred Art Tarot

Sun and Moon Tarot

Tell-Me Tarot

Morgan's Tarot

Thank you, Tarot Dame!

Remember, if you've reviewed a U.S. Games Systems deck, book or box set, drop me a line to be included in the next Review Round- Up.

— Janet

And the Winner of the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck Is…

Fool Celebrate Deborah Outland!

Congratulations, Deborah!

Please email me at JanetUSGS@atlanticbb.net with your snail mail address so U.S. Games Systems HQ can get the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deckby Kris Waldherr right out to you!

Everyone, thanks so much for your contributions to the Tarot Archetypes The Fool post. Your insights help make the Fool Stop Tarot Blog worth reading, so please keep those comments coming!

Look for a new giveaway to come verrrrry soon….

— Janet

Scoping a New Deck? Which Card Do You Look at First?

Moon JDV Tarot On Twitter, I was chatting with Liz Christy about Paulina Cassidy's delightful Joie de Vivre Tarot.

Liz mentioned how much she loved The Moon card from this upcoming deck (see image at left), and that The Moon was the first card she looked for when checking out a Tarot deck.

I shared the cards I usually look for (The Moon, too, as well as The Hermit, Death, The Tower, 5 of Pentacles and the 7 of Cups) and she wondered if others also had the habit of looking for certain Tarot cards when examining an unfamliar deck.

Figuring this would make a great blog topic, I ran with the idea.

So I now ask you, dear reader: when you're scoping out a Tarot deck, what card/s do you look at first? Any particular reasons for this choice?

Have you ever bought a deck based solely on those cards, only to be disappointed when you got them into your hands and looked through the entire deck?

I'd love to hear what cards you tend to seek out for first-blush impressions!

— Janet

The Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy will be published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. You can also purchase prints of this card and others at Paulina's site here.

Calling All Reviewers!

Woman Book U.S. Games Systems, Inc. greatly appreciates all those reviewers out there who take the time to review our decks and books.

If you're a reviewer who has reviewed a U.S. Games Systems deck, book or deck/book set, please email me at JanetUSGS@atlanticbb.net to let me know. Please be sure to include the URL for each review!

I'll be making Reviews Round-ups posts highlighting and linking to YOUR reviews, so even if your reviews are older, feel free to send them along, too.

— Janet 

Queens of Tarot

Queen Pents FaerieI was looking through one of my Tarot journals and discovered that I wrote "Inherited Power" for the Queen archetype. (Unfortunately, for many years, my Tarot journal wasn't a centralized destination, but scribbles in any tablet I could find!).

I'm pondering this phrase now–what I meant by that, for example–and thought I'd ask you how you see the Queen archetype, especially as reflected in the Tarot.

Queen of Pentacles, Queen of Cups, Queen of Swords and Queen of Wands–how does each of the four Tarot Queens differ from one another? Is their power always "inherited"? How does their power differ from the Kings both archetypally and within a reading?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on the Queens of Tarot!

— Janet

The Queen of Pentacles image is from the Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz. ISBN 1-57281-600-7. Available from your favorite online and brick-and-mortar store.

And the Winner of the Sun and Moon Tarot Is…

Congrats Thanks so much to Angie, Elise, Tara, Cosmo, 3Jane, Debi and Lynn for contributing such thoughtful replies to our very first Tarot Dilemma!

As you know, our first Tarot Dilemma, What Should Donna Do?, was also a giveaway, which means–you guessed it–time to announce the winner of the Sun and Moon Tarot by Vanessa Decort!

And the winner is…

Drum Roll

Cosmo!

Hearty congrats to you, Cosmo! Please send your snail mail address to JanetUSGS@atlanticbb.net and HQ will send your new deck right out.

Thanks for playing, all, and stay tuned for yet another giveaway to be posted this week!

— Janet

Tarot Dilemma #1 – What Should Donna Do?

Woman Holding Q Mark I'm pleased to introduce another great feature to the Fool Stop Tarot Blog–Tarot Dilemmas!

Tarot Dilemmas are fictional situations where YOU get to test your skills as a reader.  Consider the dilemma, ponder the cards and render your advice–it's that simple…and fun! There are no wrong answers, so let those insights fly.

The benefits? Beginners get reading practice and seasoned Tarotists hone their skills–and we all gain from seeing the cards in new ways!

But this inaugural Tarot Dilemma has yet another benefit.

Oh yeah, baby…it's giveaway time again! Woohoo!

This time, you can win the new Sun and Moon Tarot by Vanessa Decort. You may remember that I profiled this deck a few weeks back (click here to read the post and see card images).

Cover 180 How can you win? Simply share you take on the cards for this first Tarot Dilemma as if you were actually giving this fictional person advice. Want to multiply your chances of winning the random drawing? EVERY post you make on this thread counts as an entry!

No one-word answers, though, or mere words of agreement or disagreement. Instead, please contribute thoughtful and honest information, feedback and advice to our make-believe querent or your fellow posters–as well as any questions you may have (in case you happen to be insanely curious like myself).

Remember to be considerate! (But I didn't have to tell you that…you guys are great.)

So without further ado, I present our first Tarot Dilemma!

Donna Rambunkle has a problem.  [Suddenly, I feel like Gene Rayburn from Match Game…]

Her pre-teen daughter, Seneca, has been uncommunicative and moody. Donna isn't sure what's wrong or how she can best relate to her daughter. She wants to be supportive, but not intrusive–available, but not smothering.

She comes to you for advice. From the Fenestra Tarot, you draw the following cards:

Fenestra 6 Cups Fenestra 2 Sw Fenestra 9 Pents 

 SIX OF CUPS  2 OF SWORDS  9 OF PENTACLES

Based on the above cards, how do you assess the situation? What will be your advice to Donna?

Remember, all thoughtful, considered posts will be entered in the random drawing to win the Sun and Moon Tarot by Vanessa Decort…but you only have until Sunday, August 29, 2010, midnight EST to post!

Have fun, and good luck! 

The Fenestra Tarot is illustrated by Chatriya Hemharnvibul. You can find out more information about this deck at the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. website at this link. The ISBN for this deck is 1-57281-560-4, and is available from your favorite online retailer or brick-and-mortar store. If you don't see it in stock, just ask for it.

— Janet