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Deck of Interest—The Faery Forest

May 31 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Which of the ancients speaks to you?

Lucy Cavendish (Oracle of Shadow and Light and Oracle of the Shapeshifters) has done it again with another truly amazing oracle deck. Extraordinary faery artist Maxine Gadd is a perfect partner for Cavendish’s rich and highly informed vision. Together they offer readers entrèe to the world between the worlds, where Faeries, Wyzards, Goddesses, and Witches await.

If your aim is divination, you have only to look into the eyes of these exotic creatures to hear a voice that speaks from the realms beyond this world. If meditation is your goal, these beautiful drawings laden with symbolism will offer you many, many hours of exploration and visualization. If what you seek is the wisdom from this ancient natural world, you won’t find a better teacher than Lucy Cavendish. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—365 Tarot Spells

May 17 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Can the tarot change your life?

Sasha Graham began her journey into the magical world of tarot at her kitchen table with Jenina Renee’s book Tarot Spells. Once she was able to connect with sacred space, she found the walls of her kitchen confining and took her work outdoors, embracing the lessons of the natural world. Nature combined with tarot taught her a lot. She’s sharing what she learned in this exciting new book.

Graham tells us that there are three components of spellcasting: desire, feeling, and action. She points out that every one’s connection to the magical realm is unique. While most people associate magic with the natural world, Graham says that the tarot cards offer a special metaphysical gateway into the magical realm through our individual consciousness. Relying on powerful symbols and archetypes, the world of tarot connects us to the wisdom of our Higher Self and beyond.

Graham has created 365 magical tarot spells, one for each day of the year, and has described them in detail for readers. She includes ingredients, method, visualization, meditation, a special incantation, and an illustration of the associated tarot card. The instructions are beginner-friendly yet sophisticated enough to capture the attention of experienced tarot/magical practitioners. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Tarot of Marseille

Feb 09 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

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What is the power of the Tarot of Marseille?

This revitalized version of Claude Burdel’s classic 1751 French tarot deck wasn’t reproduced as an exact replica of the earliest decks. Instead the colors have been restored to their original intensity and hue, the background has been cleaned up, and the images have been sharpened. The result is a deck containing long-standing, powerful esoteric symbols and icons created with modern technological quality.

Because Marseille became the manufacturing center of high quality, low cost tarot decks in the 18th Century, the symbolism used in those 78-card decks became the standard for decks everywhere and was carried forward into current times. These images have been used for divination for hundreds of years and thus have acquired an astral presence which this deck definitely taps into. The fact that the Minor Arcana contains numerological representations of the four suits, rather than pictorial illustrations as in the Rider-Waite deck, means that it requires additional engagement by the reader to unlock its secrets. It’s a perfect deck for those interested in numerology and the symbolism of the four directions. The boldness of the Major Arcana imagery provides easy entreé to the beginner, and the concise instruction book will give them the basic interpretations they will need to get started. It’s a must-have for every serious student of tarot. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Easy Lenormand

Dec 01 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

What’s really in the cards?

These stellar oracle-deck afficionados take us on a tour of the classic Lenormand deck with spectacular results. Using the traditional 36 cards (named for famous fortune teller Mlle. Lenormand but never actually used by her), they start at the beginning and show novices and experienced diviners alike how it’s done.

The interpretations are meant to be traditional and literal. A snake is a snake. Clover is clover. Of course, there’s nothing to prevent experienced intuitives from adding layers of their own in their readings.

This is a fun and comfortable way for everyone to get acquainted with this historic deck. The 150-page companion book spells it all out, clearly and specifically. Best for people who don’t already have a relationship with the cards, readers can start at the beginning and work their way up to professional, gypsy-style parlor fortune telling. Fun for everyone, if you’re not afraid of the truth!? 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 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

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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

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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

 

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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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