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Deck of Interest—Chakra Wisdom Tarot

Mar 30 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest

How much do you know about your chakras?

This lineup of glamorous ladies, and a few handsome escorts, takes readers through a tour of the tarot which has been specifically designed to connect with the energies of the chakra system. The illustrations on the cards are very polished and high-end. One might say it’s Tarot goes to the Oscars but that would be making light of Hartman’s decades of experience with both the tarot and the other realms.

Hartman’s motto is: Enlightenment Made Simple. It affirms her dedication to make esoteric concepts simple for others to understand. This new deck is a perfect example of her ability to do that.

The deck includes a beautiful 112-page, full-color guidebook. It includes four new tarot layouts specifically for use with the chakra system. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Enlighten Up Card Deck

Mar 23 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest

Are you feeling too heavy?

World peace artist and activator, Andrea Smith has created 34 mixed-media paintings for this dynamic inspiration deck. Each artwork is meant to trigger a meditational state that takes readers to a place of inner peace and awareness. One word on the front of each card lets readers know what the intended state of awareness is. (For more insight into the meaning of the card readers can access the 80-page guidebook with its additional reveries.)

Boldly designed, in the tradition of graffiti and graphic novels, this deck will have special appeal for younger readers. Those of us in preceding generations will be captivated by the emotive quality of the cards and carried into a new world of expression and understanding.

This can be a powerful tool for either philosophical insight or divination, regardless of the user’s level of experience. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Raven’s Wand Oracle

Mar 16 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

Have you been to Wildwood Coven?

With this amazing new oracle deck, Steven Hutton not only gives us a personal tour of the vibrant world of witchcraft he created for his Dark Raven Chronicles trilogy, but the 44 dynamic card illustrations he created have raised the bar for oracle fantasy art. Each card provides a magical environment that draws the reader in. The power of this deck, however, is the degree of animation and presence emanated by each living being in the cards.

And living beings abound. In addition to human and animal protagonists, the scenes are also filled with flying fish, mythical critters, fireflies, birds, ducklings, mini-dragons, raccoons, hogs, snakes, bunnies, wolves, and cats—-lots and lots of cats. Each of the beings seem to be inhabited by a strong, emotive personality that helps to convey the message of the protagonist.

Hutton’s intent is to convey the wisdom of witchcraft. He does that with energy that swirls within each card and hints of dark shadows without surrendering the high road. As an oracle it provides endless stimulation for intuitives. As a teacher of the craft, its lessons will be endless. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Ask the Wise Fool®

Feb 22 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

 



Do you have a question for the court jester?

When power becomes concentrated in the hands of a small group (or single person), the “yes-men” take over. When that happens, smart authoritarians invite a “Wise Fool” into their inner circle to ensure that somebody will speak the truth to them. These court jesters are traditionally given immunity in advance, so that they are free to tell the person in charge that they have become delusional. Roger von Oech has made a career out of being the person who points out the elephant in the room. And quite a successful career it is.

This 66-card deck and 96-page guidebook is his latest entry into the “let’s keep it real” arena. The cards are divided into three suits. CONTRARY STRATEGIES cards are designed to challenge groupthink and help readers get in touch with their creative core. CREATIVE STRATEGIES cards are meant to shift readers perspectives and help them look at things with new eyes. CAUTIONARY STRATEGIES cards counsel prudence in an unpredictable world.

Like von Oech, I have spent most of my adult life studying (and practicing) creative process. It appears that creativity is an idea whose time has come. Once again, US Games is at the head of the pack, helping von Oech to bring his wisdom to the public in this original and beautifully designed intuitive tool. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Crystal Intentions Oracle

Jan 04 2017 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Can you control your thoughts?

As New Consciousness ideology becomes increasingly mainstream, more people are jumping on the positive-thinking bandwagon. Most of them are finding out that it’s easier said than done. As a result, tools and techniques which facilitate the change-in-thought processes are beginning to take center stage in the mind/body/spirit world. Lembo is in the forefront of that trend with this new deck. She has carefully selected 42 stones, dividing them into six categories, to create a powerful tool for helping us energize our lives and create positive change.

Lisa Kovak has done a state-of-the-art job in designing the cards and their packaging. The 100-page full-color booklet which accompanies the deck packs quite a punch despite its small size. It’s a terrific way to learn about the metaphysical properties of these 42 stones. It also provides instruction for using the cards to meditate and/or gain intuitive information. For those who aren’t inclined to read instructions, I suggest pulling a card and letting its message indicate which situation or situations in your life it is speaking to. I pulled Watermelon Tourmaline when I first opened the deck, shuffled it, and pulled a card. The stone speaks to receiving love with a further indication about self-acceptance (a notch up from Rose Quartz which speaks more generally to affection and unconditional love). I put the card in front of my computer to remind me that there’s more to life than work. I could feel the shift in the surrounding energy immediately. Ironically, one of the first stones I purchased for myself three decades ago was Watermelon Tourmaline. Maybe this time I’ll understand what it’s telling me.

New to crystals? No problem! The cards will give you everything you need to get started and the guidebook provides additional information when you’re ready for it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Pagan Lenormand Oracle

Oct 20 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Oracles in Action™

Lo Scarabeo

What do pagans have to do with Lenormand?

This innovative deck combines the ritual and nature-based spirituality of paganism with the traditional imagery of the Lenormand deck.

Drawing on the inherent inclusiveness of paganism, the deck has two cards representing “man” and two cards representing “woman”, each one from a different heritage. This means that there is a card to represent each of the directions of the natural circle (or medicine wheel) and makes it clear that the deck recognizes more than one race.

Without sacrificing the long-standing symbolism of the Lenormand deck, the illustrations have been updated for modern users. The power of cards like Moon is self-evident.You will find potato chips, koi, a Book of Shadows, and a pentagram ring. The power of cards like Moon is self-evident. My favorite card is 20-Garden with its magenta labyrinth.

Practicing pagans will find quick and easy connection to the deck. For those who are new to nature spirituality, this deck provides a terrific tool for learning about paganism, visually and intuitively. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Ceccoli Oracle

Sep 27 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Lo Scarabeo

What will these wistful, softly-rendered young ladies say to you?

If you’re familiar with the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, you won’t be at all surprised by the edgy, ethereal, sometimes erotic journey that Ceccoli takes us on in her newest deck. This 32-card oracle adds a few more decoratively-lyrical touches without sacrificing any of the intense moodiness that is Ceccoli’s trademark. What appear to be thoughtful moments in time, captured in two-dimensions, yield highly animated details with closer scrutiny. The Mad Hatter might have trouble keeping up.

This is a visual feast that has more to offer with each perusal. It’s also a fascinating deck to do readings with, but be sure to warn your querent that it’s a bit “unusual”. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Fairy Tale Lenormand

Sep 15 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S.GamesSystems, Inc.

Do you know how to read Lenormand?

To ask Lisa Hunt to illustrate a traditional Lenormand deck was really throwing down the gauntlet. Yet, once again, she rose to the challenge, with a wink and a nod, and created a deck which appears straightforward enough to satisfy the most demanding traditional cartomancer, but also contains the tiny embedded symbolism her loyal fans look forward to.

Lenormand is not tarot. It is meant to be read precisely, based on the predominant symbolism and the placement of cards. Ms. Hunt’s drawings meet that criteria nicely. Those who choose to look closer, however, will find that the lady in Clover seems to have a blissful secret the rest of us cannot see. Then there’s Tree. Of course, we expect the face emerging from the trunk, but what about those roots reaching out like octopus arms to grasp the ground.

Arwen Lynch does a superb job of linking the appropriate Fairy Tale to each card and explaining how the archetypes in the tale lend themselves to the Lenormand symbolism.

This is a lyrical and captivating addition to the Lenormand library. Contained in a beautifully designed metal box, it’s a special treat for card lovers and the people who love us. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—English Magic Tarot

Aug 30 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Do you believe in magic?

Set during the 100 years beginning with the reign of Henry VIII (a time during which English magic flourished), this extraordinary new tarot deck pays homage to England’s magical tradition. It also references the Order of the Golden Dawn who originally merged magical tradition with the cards. Historic figures are quixoticly featured throughout the deck. Simultaneously, the creators give a special nod to Pamela Coleman-Smith, who is just now beginning to be recognized for her independent contribution to tarot symbolism and wisdom.

Every detail was carefully considered as this 78-card deck and its 160-page guidebook took form in order to preserve the wisdom of ancient heritages and the energy that each individual card carries. The cards were designed to be fluid and are based on natural rather than demonic magic. (The Fool is a version of the animal totem Coyote and mushrooms represent the inevitable linking of life and death.) The illustrations draw equally on erudite philosophy, modern horror movies, and graphic novels. The result is a unique esoteric tool that will help to move the rich and mysterious traditions of magical England into the mainstream. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Maybe Lenormand

Aug 15 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

How “Lenormand” do you want to be?

Edward honors traditional Lenormand with highly creative, updated versions of the original 36 cards and then adds 16 additional cards in order to end up with a 52-card playing card deck. The result meets the needs of those who do readings with standard playing card decks and those who are wedded to the Lenormand format.

Lenormand readers can forecast traditionally in the Lenormand style by using just the first 36 cards. Novices can do the same to get a sense of how Lenormand readings work. The more adventurous can throw caution to the wind and use the whole deck with its eclectic add-ons to see what the fates will say. While Lenormand is meant to be read with fairly literal meanings based on the cards and their placement, Edward’s dynamic, pint-sized illustrations make it hard to resist more free-wheeling interpretations.

The 72-page, full-color companion book in this beautifully-designed box set contains brief instructions for reading Lenormand, and for using Lenormand’s classic Grand Tableau spread. There is a full-page description with keywords for each card. Altogether it’s a wonderful gift for those who read, or want to read, Lenormand—or for those who want an interesting, arty deck to play solitaire with. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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