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Deck of Interest—Kabbalistic Visions

Oct 17 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

Do you walk the paths?

Merging traditional tarot symbolism with the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah, this deck provides images and insight which open spiritual pathways in the human subconscious and provide an intellectual framework for analyzing them. Thus is the work of the Kabbalist. Thus is the wisdom of the tarot.

This 78-card deck bears captivating images which incorporate a broad range of esoteric symbolism in deceptively whimsical illustrations. The 256-page companion book contains in-depth overviews of tarot cards, the Hebrew alphabet, and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life glyph.

Detailed interpretations of each card give novices a head start. The dynamic and emotive images make it a perfect deck for practicing advanced intuitive skills or for meditation. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Inner Realms Tarot

Jul 11 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publications

What mysteries lie within you?

These 78 beautifully illustrated cards have been designed to bring us into deeper realms of awareness and insight within ourselves. Saleire managed to capture the intense colors of the astral realm (aura) as she explored the tarot and brought its symbolism into her personal world. In the 128-page companion book she shares the wisdom which she uncovered as she brought this beautiful deck to life.

She encourages us to make the deck our own, as she has done, whether we are using it for meditation or divination. She has added keywords to the illustrations which serve as prompts to understanding the traditional messages of each card. The words are subtly incorporated, however, and can be easily overlooked once you begin developing your own interpretations and vocabulary. This is a unique deck which is extremely well executed. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Lenormand Cartomancy

May 23 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

Have you met the Madame?

I said in my review of Butler’s The Son Tarot that in the thirty years since he first discover the tarot in a James Bond movie,“his personal journey through the cards has culminated in a new, creative, and highly-informed expression of tarot truths”. That statement continues to resonate with his latest card deck venture.

Butler begins the companion book to the deck with a history of Madame Lenormand and the Petit Lenormand deck that became famous after her death. He acknowledges the fact that the deck was spuriously attributed to her after her death but also suggests that Lenormand, first and foremost a masterful showman, would relish the fact that it has so successfully continued to enhance her fame.

In updating the Petit Lenormand images, Butler does not believe that he is passing on the secrets of one of the greatest fortune tellers in history. Instead he intends to pay homage to her memory and her legend — and this he does brilliantly. The cards in this revised deck are modern, edgy, and visually stimulating. One can’t help but think that this is a deck which the great Madame would have acquired and utilized with gusto were she alive today. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Tarot of the Night

Apr 18 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

 

Can you light up the night?

Turning night terrors into teddy bears, the Tarot of the Night champions the power of the imagination and its ability to see in the dark. Don’t be put off by the skull on the box, or the frequent appearance of skeletons throughout the deck. Richard ShadowFox has summoned a unique cast of characters to help querents find their way through hazardous terrain. His goal is to move us all forward to a better place.

I’m especially enamored of his use of color to energize the cards. More than just highlighting his drawings, he has supercharged them with astral bolts of lightening, merging visual emotion with supernatural overtones. From the faces on the horses in the Six of Wands, to the nearly-singing flowers in the Two of Cups, to the magnetic pull of the moon in The Fool, each card invites the observer into a highly-charged environment. Dare you enter?

In the 256-page companion book, ShadowFox elaborates on the layers of meaning he has found over the years in his beloved tarot cards. He also pays homage to Pamela Coleman Smith (illustrator of A. E. Waite’s famous tarot deck), recounting his hours and hours of scouring her drawings for every little turn of the pen that might have meaning. In my opinion, Smith and Waite definitely understood something that most would-be occultists of their day didn’t get. What I love most about Tarot of the Night is that ShadowFox infused the deck with their inner-circle insight without leaving Smith’s fingerprints all over his drawings. The cards are not redecorated versions of her illustrations. Instead they capture her intent yet tell the story in a completely original way. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Review – Secret Language of Birds Tarot

Mar 04 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing


Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

This exotically rendered deck,with its cast of seductively emotive humans, its pantheon of winged creatures from around the world, and its hand-drawn Italian titles, invites the user into its ancient world of mystery. As far back as we can trace, people have watched the skies looking for signs and omens. The natural inhabitants of that realm quickly became recognized as messengers from another world and every detail of their appearance and behavior was studied and recorded.

Nozedar and Sutton have captured both the symbolism and the personalities of these winged creatures in this unique and lively set of oracle cards. The layers of meaning they have put into every card will provide endless opportunities for interpretation as the magic of each card unfolds. The boxed set comes with 78 cards and 208-page book.

© 2011 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest —The Bleu Cat Tarot

Nov 08 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

What have you learned from the cats in your life?

Beth Seilonen has allowed her beloved Siamese, Isis, to lead her through the tarot cards, opening up new levels of awareness. The result is this 78-card deck of subtly-rendered illustrations. Each painting relies on expressive feline body language to express the traditional wisdom of the card it represents. Seilonen uses a light touch as she approaches the tarot. Even the most serious cards are rendered with a sense of humor and playfulness. But isn’t that the way cats do things?

Don’t, however, be mislead by the degree of fun you have looking through this free-spirited new deck. Seilonen knows her tarot, and the small companion guidebook offers metaphysical and spiritual insight in concise little nuggets of wisdom. This is a deck every tarot enthusiast should add to their collection and, of course, it’s a perfect gift for any cat lover. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — Green World Oracle

Oct 07 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

Have you talked to a sacred tree today?

Trees have long been thought to create sacred space and to draw spirits into and through themselves. Plants of all kinds are considered to have magical (and medicinal) properties. This beautiful deck of 33 cards draws on millennia of mythology and folklore about the power and wisdom associated with these living symbols.

The richly-detailed illustrations have added intensity because of the Old World glazing technique used to create them. Each card becomes a sacred world of its own, inviting us in to learn its secrets. And thanks to the collaborative wisdom of Jenks and Stanton, the secrets are very many indeed. Both the human and animal inhabitants of this wise world seem frozen in time, waiting for us to set them in motion once again.

The 256-page companion book adds layers of historical meaning in addition to author Jenks’ personal interpretations. Each card’s narrative ends with notes from the artist, sending us back to the lush illustrations for yet another look. Unless you hate nature, this is a deck you’ll want to see for yourself. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2013 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck Review — The High Deck

Jul 22 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

Wald Amberstone worked by his father Arthur’s side, offering his creative input, during the decade in which the little-known mystic philosopher completed “The High Deck”. Wald guarded the 38-card deck for four decades before deciding that it was time to release it to the public.
Simply, yet boldly, designed, the underlying symbolism of the cards is very complex. Starting with the traditional red and black of playing cards, the four suits have become houses named Suns, Flowers, Pyramids, and Arrows. Each house is inhabited by eight characters, four major and four minor. This is the world of “The High Deck”. We are invited to enter every house and to become every character. Whether we are there to play, to envision, or to learn, the deck reflects back to us what we are ready to understand and encourages us to begin accessing hidden aspects of our personalities.

The deck is an excellent oracle. The 136-page companion book also contains instructions for several new games that can be played with it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2013 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck Review — Lowbrow Tarot

Mar 16 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

 

 

Schiffer Publishing

Tarot superstars Kahn and Moon (Silver Era Tarot, Inspiration for Survivors) have turned their combined attention toward Tarot’s Major Arcana. The result is a new visual interpretation, created by 23 artists from Los Angeles’ lowbrow art movement. Diverse in style and perspective, the individual works of art blend perfectly into a deck which offers a modern perspective while incorporating traditional archetypes.

Each artist’s written insight into the card which they illustrated is printed in italics. Moon’s tarot-enlightened commentary weaves it all together into a concise, but very worthwhile companion book. Whether your interest is tarot-based, artistic, or just curiosity, you won’t be disappointed by this one. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — The Son Tarot

Dec 16 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

 

 

Schiffer Publishing

Christopher Butler as taken “coming out” to a new level. His Son Tarot celebrates not only an open gay life but also the inner strength that comes from embracing our true selves wholeheartedly. While his deck relies on images that show gay men exclusively, the tarot insight he portrays is definitely inclusive. Women, gay and straight, as well as straight men are invited to learn about the masculine and feminine aspects of tarot wisdom by viewing it as it is experienced and expressed by gay men.

The images on the cards are powerful. Butler is an accomplished artist. His commentary on each of the cards is personal, enlightened, and straightforward (pun intended). He discovered the tarot in a James Bond movie. In the thirty years since then, his personal journey through the cards has culminated in a new, creative, and highly-informed expression of tarot truths. I took an interest in this deck because it was created by a gay man, using images of gay men. I found it to be an informative and powerful tool for exploring the universal messages of tarot. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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