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Decks of Interest—2019 Divination Deck Stocking Stuffers

CECCOLI ORACLE • Nicoletta Ceccoli • Lo Scarabeo
To call Ceccoli’s illustrations fantasy art is seriously misleading. These beautifully rendered drawings are as disturbing as they are magical. The young girls who are featured, while sometimes appearing in threatening situations, aren’t helpless victims. The intense expressions on their faces let readers know that behind those wide eyes lies a brewing storm of emotion that is ready to demand a reckoning. Lunaea Weatherstone’s text adds emotionally-laden words to the visuals. I believe this is a feminist deck which was ahead of its time. 32-card deck and multi-lingual companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

MANIFESTING YOUR GREATNESS • Amy E. Chace • REDFeather
Amy Chace combined edgy, streetwise illustrations with to-the-point guidance (some of it from her mother) to create a breakthrough card deck that hints of graphic novels. Ask a question and pull a card. It might tell you to “Buck Convention”, “Move Your Body”, or “Stay the Course”. Where you go from there is up to you. This deck comes with no rules, just bold expression, whimsy, and lots and lots of color. It will make you feel like you have a friend who gets you. 46-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL GRID ORACLE • Nicola McIntosh • Rockpool Publishing
This beautiful deck brings nature and the power of crystals into a deck of cards so readers can access their complex energies without extensive materials or elaborate settings. We are taught how to call upon the unique spirit of each stone as we tune into the grid designs that McIntosh has created. In addition to being oracles, they are powerful meditation tools, calming and nurturing. The companion book tells us the names of the crystals in each card, making this deck a great way to learn about them. 36-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

SPIRITSONG TAROT • Paulina Cassidy • U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Paulina Cassidy is the master of creating lyrical artwork that is packed full of metaphysical meaning. For this deck, she has drawn on Native American and shamanic spiritual tradition in order to merge the healing messages of the animal world with the traditional tarot format. Each animal seems to come to life as you look at the card. The background of each card is filled with carefully-patterned symbolism. I love all Paulina’s decks but this one is my favorite. 78-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE SPIRIT ANIMAL ORACLE • Colette Baron-Reid • Jena DellaGrottaglia • Hay House
Colette Baron-Reid has brought the Higher Spirits of animals, insects, fish, and birds to the physical plane for the benefit of their human companions. Jena DellaGrottaglia’s elegant and magical illustrations show us the transcendent archetypal wisdom each animal carries with it. The deck is a visual treasure, with wings on cats and crowns on owls. I see something new every time I look through it. This is a standout in a long line of powerful oracle decks that Baron-Reid has created. 68-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

ENLIGHTEN UP • Andrea Smith • Beyond Words
The bold, direct paintings explode off these cards. Uninhibited and emotive, they are meant to help readers find answers to the questions in their lives or the inspiration that will aid them on their journey. The release of such bold energy is almost miraculously calming. As you move through the deck each card seems to touch a different part of your soul. Female-based and inclusive, the deck is a perfect gift for Millennials and Gen Z’s. 34-card deck and guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL INTENTIONS ORACLE • Margaret Ann Lembo • Llewellyn
As interest in crystals continues to grow, Margaret Ann Lembo remains at the forefront of the field. Her long list of state-of-the-art crystal card decks continues to grow. This deck remains my favorite. Its elegant design and simple, sophisticated format makes it a standout. The exquisite photography and transformational affirmations make the cards come alive. The back of each card carries a concise summary of the crystal’s healing properties. 42-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

ANIMAL PORTRAITS PLAYING CARD DECK • Carol Lew • U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Carol Lew began with a standard playing card format and ended up with this imaginative (and funny) card deck. She shakes it up by creating animal portraits in the style of Old World masterpieces. Don’t let the cover illustration mislead you. These stately recreations don’t rely solely on domesticated animals. She includes pigs, hedgehogs, goats, and roosters as well. The renderings of different dog breeds is especially meticulous, making this a fabulous gift for dog lovers. Whether you use the deck for card games, to play solitaire, or to “tell fortunes” in the old school, gypsy way, this deck will add enormous fun to your activities. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL OVERSOUL NEW EARTH ATTUNEMENTS • Michale Eastwood • Findhorn Press
Margaret Ann Lembo introduces this crystal mandala deck, a continuation of Eastwood’s Crystal Oversoul Attunements deck. Many readers are becoming interested in crystal grids now. Before there were crystal grids, there were Eastwood’s crystal mandalas, over-arching crystal patterns from the higher realms. For those of you who are already involved in what is commonly known as ascension, these cards will make perfect sense to you. For those of you who aren’t, meditating on these cards may open portals of insight for you, as well as a personal understanding of individual crystal energies. Eastwood has included two meditation CD’s, along with these 22 cards and 80-page, full-color guide, to help make the necessary connections. SHOP FOR THE DECK

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TAROT • J.r. Rivera & Jasmine Becket-Griffith • REDFeather
The beautiful, big-eyed young women in Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s illustrations take on an especially exotic nature when combined with J.r. Rivera’s adaption of the tarot. The creatures they interact with are sometimes real and sometimes mythical. The deck is designed for simplicity of use. The cards, while luxurious, are not overly complex. The companion book contains in-depth interpretations for those who are not seasoned card readers. It’s a special divination tool but it’s also worth the price of the deck just to look at the pictures. 80-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—The Alchemical Visions Tarot

Oct 04 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

On sale November 1.

Can you change the future?

A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith created their iconic tarot deck during the Piscean age. It was the age of fishermen and carpenters remembering the ancient wisdom of the Goddess as patriarchy tried to erase every trace of Her. The Waite-Smith deck is painted with esoteric Judeo-Christian symbolism, reflecting the path that moved the feminine aspects of Wisdom along as best it could. Now, we are, predominately, in the Aquarian age, the age of humankind. The Universal Ancient Wisdom is emerging in a balanced and inclusive way, available to the many instead of the segregated few. The current proliferation of tarot/divination decks is an indication of the modern availability of esoteric wisdom to the general public.

It was the apparent superficiality of many of those decks that first drew Taussig into an intense journey through the world of tarot symbolism. Ten years later, the result is a cutting-edge deck for the new age. Using digital technology, he combines the look of old-school renderings with modern psychological imagery and brings it all to life using Jungian archetypal coloring.

Weiser Books has packaged this deck and 184-page book exquisitely to let seekers know that the set contains something very special. This is a deck which is meant to be worked with over time. While it will certainly trigger useful information when called upon for divination, the highest use of the deck will be for personal insight and inspiration. PRE-ORDER FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Magick of YOU Oracle

Aug 30 2019 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

What will you see in this mirror?

These 36 exotic, cutting-edge digital illustrations by Marcela Bolivar move color to the background and allow shadow and light to take center stage. The technique makes them extraordinarily powerful images which are perfectly aligned with Fiona Horne’s intentions for each card. Just short of being “dark”, they bring the shadow aspects close enough to the light for us to grasp them.

Unlike a lot of oracle decks, this one was specially created by Horne to be used by those who want to read for themselves. Horne encourages readers to look into each card and let it reflect important aspects of themselves back to them. She tells us that her written interpretations of the cards are meant to open doors for readers, not to be the final word. She lets us know that what we find for ourselves in each card is the gift and the blessing.

The beautifully-designed, full-color 106-page companion book provides readers with all the basics. There is a ritual suggested for each card. The rituals are down-to-earth enough to be usable by newcomers to the craft. At the same time, they are founded on solid energetic principles that will make them inviting to those who are familiar with craftwork. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Magickal Herb Oracle

Jul 19 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Do you speak plant?

Botanical explorer and scholar Cheralyn Darcey, author of The Book of Herb Spells, has now created this amazing oracle deck based on the wisdom of herbs from around the world. Her ongoing mission is to reconnect people to the innate wisdom and magic of plants, utilizing as many avenues as possible. For this project she has joined forces with artist Deer Dandy who creates art that is both cathartic and fascinatingly mysterious.

The sacred symbolism that is Dandy’s stock and trade is turned into a lacy backdrop for her dynamic drawings of each herb. Coupled with Darcey’s knowledge and insight, it makes this gorgeous deck a powerful intuitional tool. The accompanying full color guidebook offers a wealth of instruction, magical correspondences, and spells. Whether you are seeking to learn about the magical properties of each herb , the non-magical properties of each herb, or to acquire a divinational tool that reflects life and the natural world, this is the deck you’re looking for. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book of Interest—Tarot for Troubled Times

Jun 22 2019 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

How does the Tarot help?

But know this: we’re living in a time of profound shadow work … Collectively and individually, we are being called to take action, to face the shadow and instigate radical change.

Even a superficial look at the world around us seems to indicate that as a society, as a species, we have lost our way. This book is a response to that. With an amazing amount of insight and backup information, these authors ask us to give up domination and reclaim the personal strength that comes from within. That will require us to face our own shadow self and stop projecting it outward onto others without getting lost in the darkness. Using the tarot as a mirror and extracting guidance from its archetypal symbolism provides a tested and true path for doing this complex and invaluable work.

In addition, to explaining in detail how all this works, the authors have filled the book with personal anecdotes, suggested visualizations, rituals, ceremonies, and strategies for taking what is gained out into the world to create real and lasting change. It’s an amazing contribution to the world of tarot. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Tarot and the Archetypal Journey

May 31 2019 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

What does Jung have to do with TAROT?

In case you missed it the first time (this book was originally published in 1980), Weiser Books is giving you a second chance to benefit from Sallie Nichols’ wisdom and insight. It turns out that she was well ahead of her time in terms of her perspective. Advances in neuroscience are making metaphysics understandable in scientific rather than esoteric terms. It’s difficult to believe that this book was written post these new discoveries.

Nichols asks readers to focus on the symbolism of the cards, ignoring the many elaborate interpretations and correspondences to other spiritual philosophies which exist in classic tarot literature. She tells us that dealing with the basic symbolism of the cards, and applying Jungian techniques for exploring the depth of that symbolism within our own subconscious, will reveal life changing wisdom at a level beyond words. Anyone who’s studied the tarot seriously understands that the cards represent what Joseph Campbell calls “the hero’s journey”. Nichols describes her own journey and points us toward our ability to journey for ourselves.

Red Wheel/Weiser provides a great service by reprinting tarot treasures like this so they are once again available to the general public. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Crystal Grid Oracle

May 04 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

How do you contact nature?

You’ve probably noticed the popularity of crystal grids. They’re everywhere. Maybe you have created your own, or you’re planning to create your own. Nicola McIntosh is here to help. Specializing in plant spirit medicine and crystal medicine, her passion is making the energy of the natural world accessible to as many people as possible.

These 36 cards contain beautiful and powerful mandalas, using color, composition, design, and photography to engage reader’s consciousness and connect them to the inherent natural power of the images they are seeing.

The 84-page, full-color guidebook provides lots of helpful information but, ultimately, this is a deck readers can grow with. Each use will enhance the intuitive skills necessary to tap into the hidden aspects of the natural world. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Queen of the Moon Oracle

Apr 13 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Does the moon speak to you?

It has always spoken to Stacey Demarco and this spectacular 44-card deck is the result of a lifetime of studying (and loving) the mysterious globe in the sky. Kinga Britschgi’s elegant photographic collages capture the power of the lunar energies. The full-color, 108-page companion book tells readers everything they might want to know about lunar cycles, special moons (Blue Moon, Super Moon), reading the cards, and the traditional metaphysical associations and applications of lunar wisdom.

Highly positive in her interpretations of each card, she speaks with insight, reassurance, and common sense guidance. This is a perfect deck to use as a daily meditation tool. Of course, seasoned card readers will want to just dive right in, pull a card or two, and let their intuitive connection take them on a journey through the densely layered illustrations. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Tarot from the Trenches™ — Learning with the cards

This is the original, unedited article Anna submitted to Retailing Insight. The Retailing Insight version misrepresents the intention of the original article, presenting it as oppositional rather than a shared journey.

What Do Your Customers Really WANT From Card Decks?

Most of us are aware that card decks have become increasingly popular over the past decade. Publishers have responded by reprinting classic decks and releasing new decks. The quality of new decks, with regard to both design and content, is incredible. But why are customers buying these decks? When someone walks into your store inquiring about decks, what do they really want and how can you help them find a product that makes them happy? There are as many answers to those questions as there are customers. That’s the magic of card decks. But how can you possibly meet all those customers’ needs, for their benefit and yours?

I believe that it’s a process and that it doesn’t lend itself to any one formula. If you want to capitalize on this trend you and your employees are going to need to do some work in order to understand what’s going on here. I think the best way I can be of help is to recount my own personal journey through card decks (specifically tarot decks). Hopefully it will help you and your staff get a better sense of how to connect with that “question mark” that walks into your store with a vague expectation that they’re not quite able to express.

I honestly don’t remember what triggered my interest in tarot cards, or even when it happened. It was some time in the early 70’s, at a time when tarot decks were not all that easy to come by. Because I had worked at New York University on Washington Square while I went to school there, I knew about Weiser’s Occult Bookstore on lower Broadway. When I decided that I must have a deck of tarot cards, that was where I headed. At that point in time, the Rider-Waite deck was the only consistently available deck, but as fate would have it, interest was developing in this almost lost art. Successful illustrator David Palladini had just created the Aquarian Tarot.


Still in print (U.S. Games Systems), it was and is an amazing interpretation of the ancient wisdom of the tarot. I fell in love with it at first sight. I took the deck home excitedly and sorted through it, using the brief instruction booklet that was included to try and figure out what it all meant.
Not long after, I returned to Weiser’s looking for more information on how to use the deck. I returned home with a copy of Eden’ Gray’s Mastering the Tarot (Signet). I was beginning to feel empowered. I began doing tarot readings for friends. I used the basic Celtic Cross Spread (illustrated in many tarot decks and books). I had the “querent” (questioner/victim?) pick a court card that they felt represented them. That was “The Significator”. It was placed in the center of the table in front of us. Then I shuffled the deck to rid it of accumulated outside vibrations. Next I asked the querent to shuffle the deck to get their vibrations aligned with it. Then I asked them to cut the deck into three piles, using their left hand, moving to their left. I asked them to repeat this process three times in total. All of this is what I call “The Preparatory Ritual”.

Working from the top of the deck, I then turned up cards one at a time to create the tarot spread (layout). The first card was placed on top of “The Significator” and described the situation the querent wanted insight into. The second card was placed horizontally over the first card, describing a secondary aspect of the question at hand, either parallel or in opposition to the first aspect. Next I placed a card to the left. representing influences that had been active and were currently dissipating. This was followed by a card to the right, representing influences that were just beginning to influence the question. Then a card was placed beneath the center cards, representing the foundation of the situation in question. Next a card was placed above the center card to indicate the potential/possible outcomes of the situation. The next four cards were placed to the right of the existing cards, from bottom to top. I always considered these cards to be secondary or explanatory to the spread. The bottom card represented the querent in the situation. The second card up represented people around the querent, both positive and negative. The third card up represented the querent’s ideals or fears with regard to the situation. The top card was an overview of the outcome. Not “the answer” but a description of what the outcome might look like if things continued as they were currently moving.

In those early days, I would lay out the spread and read the interpretation of each card from Mastering the Tarot. Once I finished reading, I would sit back and look at the whole picture and try and make some sense of it for the querent. These early attempts at card reading were met with a certain degree of success and I was excited about my prospects as a seerer.

Then I had a friend, who had just been married, ask for a reading about the future of her relationship. I went through the process that by now had become familiar, and was horrified as I turned up one negative card after another. There wasn’t a “happy” card in the spread. Rattled, I made an excuse about not understanding what I was seeing, and swiftly removed the cards from sight. The relationship ended in less than six months. This was followed by a few more “inauspicious” layouts which turned out as the cards ”predicted”. I put my cherished Aquarian Tarot in a drawer and told people I was out of the fortune telling business.

I did, however, continue to explore metaphysics and eventually I was led to a small Christian Spiritualist church on the west coast of Florida. That area was, for awhile, a hotbed of spiritualism. I discovered it at the tail end of its popularity. I sought out similar groups in Manhattan, which led me back to the tarot and the realization that the tarot images were actually a visual bible intended to pass on esoteric wisdom to those who were ready to understand what they were seeing in the cards. That was when my serious relationship with the tarot began.

I bought a Rider-Waite deck (U.S. Games) and a copy of A.E. Waite’s The Pictorial Key to The Tarot (Dover Publications). The world that opened up to me changed my life and my career.

I realized that events in my life that I had struggled with were steps along the path of an initiate. I continued my studies with Paul Foster Cases’ Book of Tokens (Builders of The Adytum Ltd.). Case taught me that the tarot had correspondences to astrology and Hebrew Kabbalistic teaching. I learned that there were myriad paths to the higher wisdom (which explains the current multitude of tarot decks), each depicting the path of the person who experienced and recorded it.

By the early 90’s, metaphysics and the science of spirituality had become the primary focus of my life. I returned to one-on-one consultations and began teaching. Tarot was becoming a hot topic and I created a series of tarot evenings which discussed one Major Arcana card at a time. (Traditional tarot is divided into 22 Major Arcana cards, which are always illustrated, and 56 Lesser Arcana cards, divided into four suits, which are sometimes illustrated and sometimes just contain simple formatted designs.) Those first tarot evenings began with a lecture on the established interpretations of the card, followed by a meditation on the card with channeled (information sent from disembodied guides on the Other Side) feedback and discussion.

In my search for more background information on the cards, I discovered Meditations on the Tarot (Tarcher)which was written anonymously by a scholarly member of a religious order in Europe. This monk or priest used the imagery for each Major Arcana card as the basis for a lengthy discussion of philosophy, psychology, Western esoteric history, Hebrew Kabbalistic teaching, and Eastern spiritual teaching and practice. It remains an unprecedented compendium of insight into the Major Arcana images and the power that they continue to wield.

When I began to use the tarot for teaching spiritual/esoteric wisdom, I solidified my relationship with A. E. Waite and the original Rider-Waite deck. I consider him to be a clear-eyed initiate into the Western mysteries who thoroughly educated himself with regard to correlated teachings. The Rider-Waite deck was my go-to deck for teaching. (I explored many of the new decks coming out and used them for lighter events such as Message Circles.)

I am grateful to U.S. Games for delving into the substantial input that illustrator Pamela Colman Smith had in helping Waite create his classic deck. The Borderless Smith-Waite Tarot Deck which U.S. Games recently released highlights Smith’s illustrations, giving them their due. It has become my new go-to deck for all purposes.

Waite was not alone in his interest in the tarot. (Stuart Kaplan, of U.S. Games, has documented the roots and history of tarot in unparalleled detail in his four-volume The Encyclopedia of Tarot).

The other major figure who has survived the test of time is, of course, Aleister Crowley, The Grand Beast. His Thoth Tarot (U.S. Games) continues to be a best seller.

I personally feel that Crowley’s images sacrifice substance for theatricality, but you won’t have to look far in order to find someone who disagrees with me. The fact that the deck is sometimes said to contain doorways to the dark side only increases its popularity. In any case, it’s a deck you will want to become familiar with if you are talking to the public about tarot.

On a lighter note, major esoteric publisher, Llewellyn has parlayed its solid foundation in the world of all things occult into the creation of innovative, often whimsical, new card decks. Case in point, the Before Tarot and After Tarot decks (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)capture the familiar tarot snapshots just before and just after they were recorded for posterity. It’s a lively discussion starter for group work. It’s also an indication that ancient systems of philosophy only have value if they can capture the attention of the current generation.

In the last couple of decades, tarot has increasingly become associated with Carl Jung and the modern therapeutic philosophies that he paved the way for. Tarot publishers are now creating product lines that reflect this trend. I’ve read a lot about tarot in the last 50 years and not much that’s being written currently holds my interest for very long. One notable exception is Tarot at a Crossroads (Schiffer Publishing). It’s co-written by a therapist and an intuitive specializing in tarot. It presents tarot as a tool for helping people to reclaim their lives, rather than a means for the reader to gain power and status. True shamans are members of their tribe, often living on the edge of the group, but existing to serve the tribe in surviving and adapting. The best tarot readers perform that service, with humility and, when necessary, subservience.

The best way you can be of service to your customers is to explore card decks (tarot and otherwise) and to find the meaning that they have for you. Most of the major mind/body/spirit publishers are publishing card decks now and they are all amazing in their own way. Decks such as The Lunar Nomad Oracle (Weiser Books), Doreen Virtue’s fabulous series of angel decks (Hay House), Shamanic Power Animal Oracle Cards (Findhorn Press), and The Wild Unknown Tarot (HarperElixir) have moved into new territories and broadened the customer base. I suggest that people let their Inner Child pick their card decks for them. Leave the left brain out of it and go with what makes you happy. The Inner Child remembers joy (regardless of how deeply it is buried) and it is joy that ultimately connects us to a Higher Power — and why shouldn’t a box of pretty, intriguing pictures be the path that takes us there.

Anna Jedrziewski is a new consciousness author and lecturer and creator of TarotWise.com. Tarot From The Trenches™ posts monthly on TarotWise.com.

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Book of Interest—Tarot Plain & Simple

Nov 09 2017 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

There is a new genre of metaphysical practitioners/instructors emerging from the chaos of the popularization of all things occult. They make it clear that they know and understand the traditional foundations of the craft they practice, but they have claimed that knowledge and turned it into wisdom that speaks to today’s practitioners. Leanna Greenaway is a standout in this new group.

The book includes a brief recap of traditional interpretations of each card, but then Greenaway goes on to offer a detailed modern interpretation which makes the card applicable to today’s challenges and situations. I was amazed at how clearly and concisely she stated each card’s implications and insight in ways that were relevant to the real world.

She relied on the time-tested work of A.E. Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith to illustrate her book. (The Rider-Waite deck is still the deck which I personally believe contains the most helpful symbolism for those whose interest in the occult extends beyond mere parlor tricks.)

I highly recommend this book to well-seasoned card readers as well as newcomers to the craft. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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