Deck of Interest—The Byzantine Tarot

May 30 2015

Connections Book Publishing

What secrets are hidden in the past?

A crossroads of cultural and religious influences, Byzantium was also a rich and powerful society. Because it was as rich in artistic and decorative elements as it was in palace intrigue, the Byzantine Empire provides a lush well from which to draw images for iconic tarot symbolism. Using the traditional 78-card Rider-Waite format as their foundation, Matthews and Conway worked as a team to excavate a war-ravaged and looted civilization and reclaim its wisdom and enlightenment.

At the beginning of the 160-page companion book, John Matthews gives readers an overview of this dynamic region and how it influenced the creation of this deck. His narrative is followed by Cilla Conway’s tour through her personal process as she created the powerful imagery. She recounts drawing on Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and manuscript illuminations, as she wrestled with existing artworks, religious and pagan icons, and her own imagination. In the end, she carefully let each archetype present itself as it wished.

This will be a special treat for historians, art historians and tarot buffs. The links made between Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance are an extra bonus. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Egyptian Lenormand

May 23 2015

Schiffer Publishing

What will the ancients say to you?

Channeled from ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, this 41-card deck combines wisdom from the ancient world with the popular Lenormand system of cartomancy. Created by artist, mystic, and Reiki master Khepri, the illustrations are highly animated and if you hold them for awhile you will begin to sense a slight buzzing quality surrounding them. The energy which Khepri has instilled in them can be activated for healing and for ritual/manifestation work as well.

The 176-page companion book contains full-color illustrations of each card along with in-depth interpretations of its meaning and use in healing and magical workings. The tidbits of information about ancient Egyptian customs and symbolism are an additional perk.

I found myself smiling as I looked through the deck. The happy quality of the drawings makes them excellent tools for meditation as well as divination. Once they have drawn you in, expect to be surprised by the layers of higher information that they provide. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—The Cook’s Tarot

May 09 2015

Schiffer Publishing

What does cooking have to do with tarot?

Judith Stirt has a solid knowledge of tarot — historically, psychologically, and esoterically — which creates the foundation of this deck. Her strength as a painter has allowed her to put that knowledge into a visual form which can inspire and instruct. Beginning with the format of the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot, she has translated the wisdom of each of those cards into her own symbol system, producing a deck with is loyal to the inherent wisdom of Waite’s revered deck, but which communicates that wisdom in a new, feminine-oriented, modern manner.

The free-spirited, brightly colored, dynamic illustrations reflect her Jamaican childhood. The lessons she attaches to each card image reflect the myriad cooks that loomed large in her life during those early years. I admit that, at first glance, I suspected that this might just be a novel theme applied to a time-tested product. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stirt lived the tarot for six years as she painted each image, sometimes throwing out the first results and starting over until each painting reflected what the tarot had shared with her. Don’t miss this one! SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book of Interest—90 Days to Learning the Tarot

May 01 2015

Schiffer Publishing

Can you learn to read tarot cards?

Part instruction book, part workbook, and part motivational guide, Gifford has taken a unique stance on working with tarot decks. She asks readers to throw out the rigid guidelines and fixed meanings that are often associated with reading tarot cards. Instead, she suggests beginning with a survey of our inner world in order to connect with the intuitive core that lives within us all.

Once readers have learned to listen to their instincts, she asks them to explore the tarot deck. She tells them to use observation and free association to develop a personal sense of meaning for each of the cards. She does include some time-tested basics, like traditional spreads, symbolism drawn from the Collective Unconscious, and ethical guidelines for doing readings in keeping with Universal Law.

This brightly designed book uses Ciro Marcetti’s The Gilded Tarot for illustration. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as highly informative. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Vintage Wisdom Oracle

Apr 24 2015

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

What questions do you have for this deck?

This 52-card oracle deck combines nostalgia with inspiration to produce subtlely-emotive images that ask the reader to look closer and ask questions. Traditional symbolism has been subdued within elaborately decorative environments. This deck does not spell it out for you. You will find what you bring to it.

Don’t be misled, however. The images are dense with details that send clues to the subconscious. The powerful imagery requires only a sparing use of color. Readers will not be overwhelmed and indoctrinated. But the serious reader will find levels of communication that offer opportunities for exploration at a very high level.

Whether you interpret the keywords printed on the cards literally, or dive in to discover layers of meaning for yourself, this is a powerful deck, which is also a delicious treat for the eyes. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Healing Light and Angels Cards

Apr 17 2015

Schiffer Publishing

 

How does energy flow through your life?

These 42 vibrant and dynamic cards can help you find out. They are divided into Chakra cards, Action cards, Color cards, Animal cards, Crystal cards, and Angel cards. Saleire provides instructions for pulling one card from each group and using them to create a layout which will give readers information about why a challenge exists in their life and how to create a solution for it. However, the cards are very powerful and will also work well individually for meditation and daily inspiration.

The 96-page companion book offers insight into the cards, as well as providing a concise but detailed explanation of the seven major chakras. This one is something different, a truly unique oracle deck. The first reading I did using Saleire’s layout was incredibly on target and helpful. I left the spread out on a table for ongoing guidance and energy. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Angels & Gemstone Guardian Cards

Apr 10 2015

Findhorn Press

Do you know which crystals will bring you what you want?

Crystal diva, Margaret Ann Lembo, has produced a spectacular deck of oracle cards which features crystals and gemstones and the angels that are associated with them. The front of the card provides insight into the characteristics associated with the stone. The back offers an affirmation to help better utilize those characteristics.

Did you know that Flourite enhances intelligence? That citrine boosts self-confidence? That carnelian stimulates creativity?

State-of-the-art photography provides the focal point on each of the 44 stunning cards. Whether you use them for readings, for meditation, or to learn about crystals, this is a deck you will enjoy going back to again and again. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Celtic Lenormand

Mar 27 2015

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Have you seen this fabulous deck?

This creative and beautifully illustrated deck of 45 cards parlays the popular Lenormand deck into a new and unique divinatory tool. Nine cards have been added to the standard Lenormand lineup and the images have all been related to Celtic tradition. The deck reflects the pantheon of pagan gods and goddesses, the phases of the moon, the Wheel of the Year, and the natural elements.

Those who are seasoned Lenormand readers can use the standard 36 cards but find them enhanced by Worthington’s spectacular renderings. More free-spirited readers can add the additional cards when they do a reading, or leave them out as they choose.

In addition to the usual keywords and divinatory meanings, the 188-page guidebook contains associations for traditional playing cards and Celtic deities, affirmations, and special spiritual interpretations.

If you love oracle decks, don’t miss this one! SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Beautiful Creatures Tarot

Mar 13 2015

Schiffer Publishing

Are you a Jasmine Becket-Griffith fan?

I’m a huge Jasmine Becket-Griffith fan. However, even I am blown away by her latest triumph. She’s added layers and layers of detail and color to her already-famous emotive and engaging portraits.

Based on the traditional Rider-Waite format (with some modifications), this latest group of ladies are melancholy as they stare silently from the cards. Their revery speaks of experiences that can’t be talked about and opens the door for psychic dialogue of a very personal and evocative nature. The 160-page companion book includes basic instructions for working with tarot cards, ten card-reading layouts  designed especially for use with this deck, and a full-page analysis of each card which includes an interpretation of its symbolism along with the divinatory meaning.

If you love oracle decks, this is one you will definitely want to add to your collection. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Crystal Oversoul New Earth Attunements

Mar 08 2015

Findhorn Press

Celebrating the new energies which have been entering the earth plane since the 2012 awakening, these 22 beautiful and intriguing cards capture the vibrations of the higher beings which are overseeing the energy transfers.

Each card contains an exquisite mandala which represents one specific attunement in that process. These sophisticated images can be used for meditation or divination as the user chooses. The 92-page book offers insight into each crystal image as well as a detailed guided meditation.

Eastwood’s previous deck, Crystal Oversoul Attunements, contained 44 cards which helped users connect with the incoming energies. This new deck completes the journey of unfoldment by connecting users with the entities that are overseeing the use of the new energies. The deck is further enhanced by 2 audio CD’s.

This is a not-to-be-missed deck which celebrates crystalline structures and the higher beings that vibrate to those patterns. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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