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Book of Interest—Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot

Jul 11 2015 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

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

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Fairy Lenormand

Jun 12 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

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 Halloween Oracle

Aug 28 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

How do you contact the dead?

Just in time for “Trick or Treat” season, Stacey DeMarco, partnering once again with mystical illustrator extraodinaire Jimmy Manton, has created a 36-card oracle deck which pays homage to the ancient roots of the end-of-October rituals and is sure to captivate the imaginations of modern day esoteric enthusiasts.

DeMarco’s concise history (in the 80-page companion book) of the Day of the Dead rituals in the Americas and the growing popularity of modern Halloween in her native Australia is superb, as are her musings about each of the cards and the symbolism contained within them. But the true power of this deck is the artistry of the visual images. The symbolism of each card, executed perfectly by Manton, moves this deck into the realms of higher metaphysics. My favorite cards are the “skull cards”. DeMarco eases us into that world with DEATH and its introductory skull masked by Manton’s blue mist. Then we have two subdued skulls, attached to their skeletons in ETERNAL LOVE, followed by the bandaged skull in MUMMY. In SKELETON we get serious, showing both the skeleton and the separated skull, That card leads us in to the deeper realms with SKULL of DARKNESS, SKULL OF LIGHT, SKULL of FLOWERS, and SKULL OF STARS. Finally we arrive at my personal favorite, the skull with oozing pomegranate in THE UNDERWORLD.

DeMarco includes Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies for the younger generation. On the surface this deck appears to be a perfect Halloween novelty item. Underneath that veneer is a treasure filled with esoteric symbolism for even the most astute practitioner. All together a very delightful package, no matter what your intent. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest — 99 Names of God Sufi Cards

Apr 04 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Lo Scarabeo

In Sufi teaching, God has 4000 names. Most are known only to God, the Angels, and the Prophets. Only 100 of the names are mentioned in the Qur’an. Of those one is hidden. The other 99 are illustrated in this unique and powerful deck. Each name represents an attribute of the Divine and is chanted to open a connection to that attribute within one’s heart and to receive its blessing. Sufi tradition contains elaborate rituals for chanting these names of God. Anna Eva Jahier has made them accessible to a broader audience with these beautifully designed cards and companion guide book which provides translations of each name.

Don’t be mislead by the similar appearance of each card. A closer look will reveal the complex subtlety of each name. The background for each card represents water, the water out of which everything is born. Water is also indicative of our subconscious minds. Thus in these cards, the names of God arise from the depths of our mind to manifest the inner attributes of Divinity that lie hidden within us. The shift in perspective which the non-familiar language and images create will facilitate access to those hidden inner regions. This is a terrific new meditational tool, as well as an intriguing oracle.

Anna Eva Jahier is also the creator of the Reiki Inspirational Cards.

© 2011 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest— Tarot of the Celtic Fairies

Nov 01 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

 

Lo Scarabeo

Does Onagh come when you call?

The Tarot of the Celtic Fairies will help you draw her out into the open. Meditating on the mythological symbolism in these brilliant illustrations will teach you to make contact with this extraordinary cast of magical characters. Each fairy is introduced to the viewer via its animated portrayal in the card. The Celtic entities dance, fly, summon, threaten, bestow blessings, and reek havoc as they lead us through the tarot deck and into their hidden, enchanted world.

Following the traditional 78-card Rider-Waite format, the exoteric and esoteric meaning of each card is enhanced as its fairy acts out its meaning. The high energy of the cards render them useful for spellwork, as well as standard divination. Open the door to this special world if you dare. The fairies are waiting for you. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2013 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Book Review — The New Tarot Handbook

Oct 10 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

 

Llewellyn

Rachel Pollack is a recognized modern master of the tarot. Now she has distilled her forty-plus years of experience and study into a 280 page tarot manual. Both first time tarot users and seasoned afficionados will be well served by it.

She begins the book with a rousing tribute to Eden Gray. Most of us who discovered tarot in the 60’s and 70’s have a warm spot in out hearts for Ms. Gray. My own copy of Gray’s The Tarot Revealed has become a pile of loose pages held together with a rubber band. Pollack continues with a clear and concise history of the tarot, putting to rest many of the myths of tarot . The heart of the book is a card by card description and analysis of both the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana cards. All of it is filled with knowledge, insight, and guidance. Pollack’s encouraging, conversational tone makes the book a joy to read. This is another great addition to the world of tarot by one of its brightest stars. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book Review — The Book of Psychic Symbols

Jun 06 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

 

Llewellyn

This is an excellent psychic how-to. Organized around the intuitive use of symbols, the book covers the basics of tapping into and trusting our innate intuitive abilities, developing our psychic senses safely, and effectively applying psychic skills towards productive goals. Barnum includes exercises for psychic journaling, for connecting with spirit guides, for developing clairvoyance and other psychic senses, for grounding, for using psychometry and remote viewing, for interpreting colors, for understanding chakras and auras, and for working with tarot images. There are also sections about developing personal symbol interpretation, analyzing dreams, and symbol synchronicity in the physical world. The extensive glossary of symbols at the end of the book provides a terrific starter reference for those readers who are just beginning to tap into their intuitive side.

Barnum speaks with the authority of someone who has worked successfully as a professional intuitive for years. She shares her expertise openly with readers. She has written a book which makes sense (something a lot of intuitives are not able to manage). Down-to-earth, upbeat but realistic, and easy to read, this one is definitely a standout. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book Review — Around the Tarot in 78 Days

May 19 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

 

Llewellyn Worldwide

Tarot experts Katz and Goodwin have come up with a creative, interactive new approach for studying tarot. Whether you want to learn to read cards, or to use classic tarot symbolism and images to tap into esoteric wisdom, this book is a perfect place to start. Set up as a journey through the traditional 78-card tarot deck, the reader is invited to visit one card a day and explore it as a destination. The authors then build on that basic format, providing information about tarot-related subjects (correspondences) like numerology, astrology, Kabbalah, essential oils, and magickal tradition.

The information in the book is well-organized so it is easy to access, but there is lots of it (the book has 424 pages). The Reading List at the end, spanning a hundred years of tarot writings, indicates the broad range of resources the author relied upon to create this tarot tool. The end product is synergistic, not a compilation. It is a unique presentation which includes fun titles like The Clockwork Museum, The Garden of Delights, The Pyramid Plaza, and The Ancient Coliseum. The addition of Affirmations, Meditations, and original spread designs helps the reader become an active participate in the world they are exploring.

The book will be as valuable as an addition to a reference library as it is as a starter course for serious tarot study. If you want to learn what lies behind the intriguing pictures in your tarot deck, this is the book for you. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck Review — The Steampunk Tarot

Apr 14 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

 

Llewellyn

The Knight of Swords, in her 1930’s aviator gear, takes a stance that is reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn. The face staring out from the card, however, could belong to Angelina Jolie. The dirigibles emerging from the mists above the mountains in the background are easy to miss as one first scans this intriguing card, but once they have come into focus, they become the central theme of the illustration. In stark contrast to the static figure in the foreground, they simultaneously signal foreboding and attraction.

The epitome of “steampunk,” this collaboration between Moore and Fell has produced a tarot deck that almost vibrates in your hands. The layers of esoteric symbolism created by Moore are set in motion by Fell’s lush fantasy art. True to the traditional Rider-Waite format, The Steampunk Tarot doesn’t just reinterpret that set of cards, it grows out of it and takes wing.

While one can easily spend hours looking at the imagery on the cards, it is only when one does readings with them that the depth of the complexity in each card becomes evident. This deck is a treat for everyone, but for the professional card reader it is a special gift. Clients will be fascinated as the secrets of the other side rise from the contradictions within each picture. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Review – Tarot of the Vampyres

Feb 02 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn

The marriage of myth, romance, and danger makes this deck both modern and eternal. Ian Daniels takes full advantage of the decoratively lush Gothic-Vampyre style in his 78 illustrations. Those illustrations are often simultaneously bloody and seductive as Daniels reaches into the darkness of the human mind in search of the Divine essence that is our true self. In the companion book, Phantasmagoria, he explains that the hidden parts of our minds hold important messages and that spiritual awakening requires us to integrate these shadow aspects. This deck is meant to pull those aspects out into the light.

The deck is built on the traditional Rider-Waite format and incorporates numerology, Kabbalah, astrology, and ancient esoteric wisdom. It brings the wisdom of the tarot to a new audience and opens the door for many more people to explore both the occult and the deeply psychological realms.

© 2012 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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