Deck of Interest—Pagan Ways Tarot

Aug 07 2015

Schiffer Publishing

What’s new in nature?

These 78 vibrantly-colored images capture the energy and tradition of nature-based spirituality and bring the related gods, goddesses, nature spirits, and elemental essences into the modern era. The illustrations are bold, with almost theatrical costumes and settings. The goddess Empanada becomes the woman in the golden robe. The god Herne becomes stability of creation. Phaedra becomes the apathetic woman by the sea.

In the 190-page, full-color companion book Anna Franklin shares the symbolism and insight from her decades-long practice as a pagan priestess. You can explore the meaning behind the pictures as much or as little as you choose. Regardless, these images are so unique and show-stopping that no one will be able to dismiss this as “for pagans only”.

The book contains upright and reversed meanings for each card but seasoned card readers will find that they need no help in finding intuitive associations for these striking cards. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Decks of Interest—Tarot Gothica

Jul 24 2015

Schiffer Publishing

Are you ready to face your Shadow Self?

This is another cutting-edge deck from Schiffer Publishing. It journeys fearlessly into the darkest recesses of the subconsciousness without being afraid to risk illumination by the conscious mind.

Are you brave enough to follow The Hermit into the frozen wilderness? Will you ride The Chariot to the edge of fame with hard-rock celebrities? Can you hear the drumbeat of The High Priestess calling you to action?

This 78-card deck and 80-page companion booklet moves Goth to a new level as it embraces light and dark equally with images strong enough to get user’s attention but which ultimately offer enlightenment for those brave enough to make the journey into the shadows. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot

Jul 11 2015

Llewellyn Publications

The Rider-Waite tarot deck is legend. It has been a best-seller for decades. When I was shopping for my first tarot deck in the early 70’s, it was one of only a few decks available for sale in mainstream commercial markets.

As I began to study Western Hermetic Mystery traditions, the symbolism incorporated in the cards came to life for me and aided me on my course of study. Like most people, I thought of Pamela Coleman Smith as a somewhat naive technician, carrying out A.E. Waite’s will. As feminine spiritual power continues to gain intellectual strength in metaphysics, the truth has begun to come out.

Smith, it appears, was not a choice that Waite made lightly. He picked an artist with global roots (she spent large chunks of time in Jamaica in her childhood), who pursued initiation in the Order of the Golden Dawn, and clearly was a sophisticated channel by the time she was creating this landmark deck of tarot cards. Free-spirited, unmarried, and living a bohemian lifestyle, she was thoroughly knowledgeable about music, theatre, and dance in London. All of these artistic elements were incorporated into her drawings as she rendered the import of the lower arcana and the dense symbolism of the major arcana.

We will never know how much of the extraordinary symbolism of this deck should be credited to Waite and how much Smith initiated on her own. What is clear is that the combination of superior transcendent minds created a tool that spans the generations. We owe a great debt to Katz and Goodwin for filling in as many of the blanks as they have. This is a very interesting and enlightening tome complete with new insight about the card meanings. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—The Winged Enchantment Oracle Deck

Jun 26 2015

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

How do you take flight?

Tarot superstar Lisa Hunt has joined forces with Lesley Morrison to merge the human spirit with nature’s winged spirits. Her 39 subtlety dynamic watercolors pay homage to the creatures sometimes referred to as the messengers of God.

Whether you use the cards for divination, meditation, or just enjoy the beauty of the paintings, these cards will prove uplifting and inspirational. The companion booklet by Lesley Morrison is beautifully written and explores the metaphor of bird as elevated human spirit poetically but with a clear eye. Each bird represented has it own haiku-like heralding statement (You are presence. You are survival. You are bold ambition. You are Blue Jay.)

From condor to hummingbird, the strength of each unique bird is highlighted in both word and paint. This deck will take you anywhere you are ready to go. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Fairy Lenormand

Jun 12 2015

Lo Scarabeo

Have you been to the fairy world?

The Lenormand phenomenon moves to a new level as the 36 cartomantic images enter the realm of enchantment. The Fae Folk add their own special magic to the cards and Davide Corsi’s lush illustrations capture that special energy as the fairies combine with woodlands, wildlife, flowers, ritual tools, ornate vessels, and secret cottages. Exquisite creatures appear in carefully detailed, exotic environments as each traditional card image is brought to life in a new and dynamic way.

The companion guidebook provides traditional meanings for each image plus a brief overview of reading with the cards. If, however, you read intuitively, you’ll find that the images are powerful triggers for a flood of astral information. The deck is a treat for the eyes (be it two or three) no matter how you use it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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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

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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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

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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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

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