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Decks for Halloween (And a Giveaway!)

Halloween tarot cover 180 oooooOOOOOooooo

Mad scientists, vampires, werewolves and creaky doors…

Icy winds, scraping twigs, laughing ghouls and headless horsemen…

Frenzied bats, bubbling cauldrons, candy corn and rattling bones…

BOO!

Were you scared? Nah, I didn't think so.

So Happy Halloween to you, spooktacular Fool Stop Tarot Blog readers!

I thought I'd share some great U.S. Games Systems decks you could use for Halloween, Samhain and Día de los Muertos readings and parties.

First up: the oh-so-perfect-for-the-season Halloween Tarot by Karin Lee and Kipling West:

Halloween Chariot Halloween_Tarot_3 

Next, how about the utterly original Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza:

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Check out the hauntingly beautiful Archeon Tarot by Timothy Lantz:

Arch 1 Arch 2

And how about that nifty, quirky Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron:

Phantasmagoric_Theater_Tarot_11 Phantasmagoric_Theater_Tarot_6

In a similar vein, what about the Karma Tarot by Birgit Boline Erfurt?

Karma Kn Sw Karma Hanged

And what Halloween season would be complete without vampires, right?

Feast your eyes on the Vampire Tarot by Nathalie Hertz:

Vamp 1Vamp 2 
Tell me: do you use a special deck for Halloween, Samhain or Day of the Dead festivities? And, would you like to win the awesome Halloween Tarot (in a tin!) ? All you have to do is post your favorite spooky, unusual or "dark" deck from U.S. Games Systems before Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10 AM EST to be entered into the random drawing.

Also, feel free to share any creepy or unusual Tarot readings you've given (or received!) during the Halloween season, as well as some of your favorite accoutrements or music that you use during Samhain parties or readings.

Have fun and good luck!

Janet, Social Media Maven

Tarot Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Woohoo! I made another Tarot puzzle for you all–this time, a crossword puzzle! Let me know if you'd like to see more of these types of puzzles, dear readers.

Enjoy!

Tarot Crossword Puzzle


Across
2. High Priestess
3. Court de Gebelin
6. Arthur Waite's Middle Name
8. Traitor
10. Levi
11. Sola
12. Fortitude
13. Batons
15. Thoth Judgment
16. Pictorial
Down
1. Pamela Colman Smith's Nickname
2. Hierophant
4. La Maison Dieu
5. Lady Frieda
7. Juggler
9. Crowley
14. Pentacles

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

And the Winner of the Swiss 1JJ Tarot Deck Is…

Confetti Lillie!

Congratulations, Lillie! You were randomly selected among all posters as the winner of the Swiss 1JJ Tarot deck!

Please email me at JanetUSGS@atlanticbb.net with your snail mail address so we can get your deck right out to you.

Because posters didn't have to provide the correct answer to Tarot Mystery #5 to be entered into the drawing, everyone's name was placed in the proverbial hat.

Thanks for playing, everyone, and stay tuned for another giveaway to commence very soon!

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

Halloween Spread

Ace Pumpkins 250 Not for the faint of heart (or spirit), here’s a Halloween Spread I’ve created to descend into the murky psyche while carrying the torch of truth.

This spread can be used with any Tarot or oracle deck, as well as runes.

Halloween Spread

You can choose one card for each position, or multiple cards:

Ghosts: What is haunting me from my past? (Recurrence)
Bats: What is driving me batty at this time? (Irritations)
Graveyard: What needs buried right now? (Surrender)
Cobwebs: What is a source of confusion for me? (Uncertainty)
Wicker Man: What needs burned right now? (Purification or Removal)
Monsters: What am I afraid of right now? (Fears)
Jack O’ Lantern 1: What needs illuminated from within? (Awareness)
Jack O’ Lantern 2: What do I need to carve out time for right now? (Priorities)
Trick or Treat Bag: What goodies do I offer the world? (Gifts and Blessings)

Do let me know if you try out my Halloween Spread, as well as how it worked for you!

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

Image from the Halloween Tarot ISBN 0-88079-965-X

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.

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.

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

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.

Tarot Mystery #4

Mag 120 It's time for another Tarot Mystery!

Don your deerstalker, grab your magnifying glass, release the bloodhounds–and let the guessing begin!

Below, please note the 8 of Pentacles and 6 of Pentacles from the Tell-Me Tarot deck. What is their Tarot Mystery?

Here's a clue: Tarot Mystery #4 happens to be a "thing".

Tell Me 8 P Tell Me 6 P 

Based on the cards above (the order is important!), can you guess what it is?

Have fun!

The ISBN for the Tell-Me Tarot is 978-1-57281-631-2 and available at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar retailer. If you don't see it, just ask!

— 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.