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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 placing animal heads on these Old World style 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

© 2019 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Chibi Anime Angel Cards

What gift will these little angels bring you?

It might be difficult to believe that these charming little angel drawings contain the secrets of the universe, but Dawn Brown has worked very hard to insure that that is the case. Just the symbolism of the angel names is powerful. Brown has added imagery that is intended to unlock the universal wisdom we hold in our subconscious in order to facilitate insight and transformation. By allowing the toy-like Chibi Anime illustrations to connect directly with the inner child, readers will have access to the deepest levels of their inner knowing and the spiritual growth that is made possible by that.

Whether you are interested in divination, angel mythology, metaphysical meditation, or none of the above, this is a fun deck to use. And, of course, the children in your life will love it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2019 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—ODIN & the Nine Realms Oracle

Do you commune with the ancestors?

Connecting with her Norwegian heritage, and using her ability to spirit (astral) travel, Grace received these 54 card images from the Norse gods. She illustrated them from memory exactly as they were presented to her while she was in deep meditation. The cards take us on a tour of Norse mythology and the Nine Realms held in Yggdrasil, the World Tree. We are introduced to the gods and to the magical creatures who serve them, as well as to the Runes, a set of magical symbols dating back to ancient times.

Grace is a fifth-generation artist. Having created a bold personal style from her impressive lineage, she was able to not only recreate each image as it was shown to her, but to also infuse each finished illustration with the energy of the gods who gifted the images to her.

Are you ready to explore this powerful spirit world from the land of the Vikings? Grace offers comprehensive guidance and wisdom in the insightful companion book but many of you will find that the cards speak for themselves. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2019 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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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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Deck of Interest—Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards

Feb 16 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Do you know how to contact archangels?

Crystal guru Margaret Ann Lembo has combined the wisdom of the Archangels with the powerful vibrational matrixes of gemstones to bring readers this set of beautifully photographed cards. Calling on 11 archangels and 44 gemstones, the deck offers insight, inspiration, protection, and healing.

One side of the card features the gemstone and guidance related to the aspects of life that the stone is associated with (grounding, abundance, health, relationships). The other side of the card names the archangel which Lembo is calling on and an affirmation to draw that archangel’s energy into the reader’s world.

These cards make a unique divination tool in addition to providing guidance for rebalancing one’s life and facing challenges. A joy to look at and easy to work with on every level, this deck is a special spiritual tool which is also very appealing to the inner child. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Tai Chi Reflections

Nov 03 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Do you Tai Chi?

Whether you do or don’t this 48-card deck will blow your socks off. Beautiful photographic-based illustrations capture the energy of Tai Chi postures and provide connection points for those looking to tap into and understand that special, ancient energy.

The deck is not intended to be instructional. It is meant to inspire by reflecting the energy of these sophisticated ancient postures and aligning the user with it. Crookes is famous for decks like Angels of Atlantis Oracle, Animal Whispers Empowerment Cards, and Angel Heart Sigils. He delivers big-time once again with this exceptional panorama of images. Beautiful to look and powerful to work with, its something different that won’t disappoint. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Angels & Gemstone Guardian Cards

Apr 10 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Do you know which crystals will bring you what you want?

Crystal diva, Margaret Ann Lembo, has produced a spectacular deck of oracle cards which features crystals and gemstones and the angels that are associated with them. The front of the card provides insight into the characteristics associated with the stone. The back offers an affirmation to help better utilize those characteristics.

Did you know that Flourite enhances intelligence? That citrine boosts self-confidence? That carnelian stimulates creativity?

State-of-the-art photography provides the focal point on each of the 44 stunning cards. Whether you use them for readings, for meditation, or to learn about crystals, this is a deck you will enjoy going back to again and again. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—Crystal Oversoul New Earth Attunements

Mar 08 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Celebrating the new energies which have been entering the earth plane since the 2012 awakening, these 22 beautiful and intriguing cards capture the vibrations of the higher beings which are overseeing the energy transfers.

Each card contains an exquisite mandala which represents one specific attunement in that process. These sophisticated images can be used for meditation or divination as the user chooses. The 92-page book offers insight into each crystal image as well as a detailed guided meditation.

Eastwood’s previous deck, Crystal Oversoul Attunements, contained 44 cards which helped users connect with the incoming energies. This new deck completes the journey of unfoldment by connecting users with the entities that are overseeing the use of the new energies. The deck is further enhanced by 2 audio CD’s.

This is a not-to-be-missed deck which celebrates crystalline structures and the higher beings that vibrate to those patterns. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—The Five Agreements Games

Sep 07 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Are you ready to embrace the truth?

It will set you free but it can be a scary ride. Adding a tongue-in-check touch to a serious subject, Olivier Clerc makes a game out of uncovering the subconscious dimensions of our relationships. He combines the knights of medieval times with the Toltec Path to create a journey behind our daily masks and role playing into the realm of who and what we really are.

Carlos Castenedas popularized the Toltec teachings in the 1960’s with his fictionalized Teachings of Don Juan series. More recently, don Miguel Ruiz and his son Jose Luis have updated that introduction with modernized versions of the Toltec practices.

Now Clerc and his co-authors ask readers to access the power of games theory and commit to a plan of group self-discovery through the exploration of our relationships. Drawing from the Swords of impeccability, the Shields of depersonalization, the Chalices of honest questioning, the Banner of fullout commitment, and the Helmet of inner listening, each round of play brings you closer to your personal truth and liberation.

What you thought you believed may not be what you truly believe in your heart. How can you know for sure? Choose a group of trusted participants and play The Five Agreements Game! SHOP FOR THE DECK
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Deck of Interest — Messages From Heaven

Mar 21 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

Do you hear voices from heaven?

I do. So I was very skeptical about the idea of recreating that experience in a deck of cards. But, I have to admit, when I pulled two cards to test run the deck I was filled with a sense of being surrounded by loved ones from another realm. Jacky Newcomb, The Angel Lady, has managed to capture the sense of old-fashioned, honest spiritualism and package it in a two-dimensional form — an all together impressive feat.

When I first leafed through the cards, I decided to review the deck because it was well thought-out and rich with visual imagery and words that would resonate with the subconscious. It was only when I tried the deck, quieting my mind and sorting through the cards until I felt the ones that were calling to me, that I began to understand the magic that is contained within this beautifully designed 44-card deck. The accompanying booklet explains it all, so there’s no need to be afraid if you’re new to the world of those who have gone before. Give it a try. You won’t regret it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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