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21st Century LENORMAND

Written and illustrated by popular Russian psychologist Alexander Ray, this 38-card deck relies on the basics of classic Lenormand tradition while updating the traditional imagery. Ray tells us that what differentiates Lenormand from other divination systems is the simplicity of the imagery. He explains it all in the included 92-page instruction booklet. The time is right for renewed interest in Lenormand and this is a perfect deck to meet that rising wave. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE ENCHANTED LENORMAND ORACLE • Caitlín Matthews • Virginia Lee, illustrator • Watkins Publishing
Divination guru Caitlín Matthews has made Lenormand one of her specialties. Her experience has shown her that some of the newer Lenormand decks, which add layers of details to the traditional images, are less effective as oracular tools than earlier decks with simpler imagery. It was Virginia Lee who suggested presenting each image in a crystal ball, emerging from a lush forest. Together they resisted digital imagery to create this magical, hand-painted, 39-card deck and 160-page, full color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

BLUE BIRD LENORMAND • Stuart R. Kaplan • US Games
Originally published by U.S. Games in 1970, this 36-card deck was written and produced by Stuart Kaplan with the able assistance of Lynn Araujo, Jennifer Kaplan, and Jody Boginski-Barbessi. The 40-page booklet contains one of the earliest and most complete biographies of Mlle. Lenormand and her celebrated fortune-telling gifts. The deck is clearly the basis for many Lenormand decks that have been produced since. Amazingly, it holds up very well artistically and technically as this latest resurgence of Lenormand begins. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE LUNAR NOMAD ORACLE • Shaheen Miro • Weiser Books
Miro set out, like a nomad, on a global mission to reestablish the power of the Lunar-intuitive Self and bring it back into balance with the Solar-logical Self. These 43 groundbreaking card images are based on the Lenormand tradition and I think the Madame would be proud. Expressive, lyrical, creative – and carrying layers and layers of archetypal, general, and personal symbolism – this is a timely deck and the fact that it was created by a man makes it all the more powerful. It includes a 160-page guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

LENORMAND ORACLE CARDS • Alexandre Musruck • REDFeather
Passionate about intuitive readings, Alexandre Musruck has created a nostalgic, yet simultaneously modern, 39-card, gilt-edged Lenormand deck to aid readers in using their own intuitive skills. The beautiful, sepia-toned images give this deck an elegant, other-worldly tone. Throughout Musruck remains true to the uncomplicated imagery of Mlle. Lenormand. His companion book is sold separately. SHOP FOR THE DECK

FAIRY LENORMAND ORACLE CARDS • Markus Katz and Tali Goodwin • Davide Corsi, artwork • Lo Scarabeo
The Lenormand phenomenon moves to a new level with these 36 cards. The Fae Folk add their own special magic to the cards and Davide Corsi’s lush illustrations capture that special energy. The 128-page companion guidebook provides traditional meanings for each image plus tips for reading with the cards. This deck, which is as much about the fairy world as it is about Lenormand, is a treat for the eyes (be it two or three) no matter how you use it. SHOP FOR THE DECK

Combining modern technology with traditional illustration, Silvia Neitzner has delivered a new take on the traditional Lenormand format. Infused with her work as a naturopath and healer, this 36-card deck speaks to the facets of healing that must be worked through to arrive at self-empowerment. The interpretations in the 80-page companion book are direct. The wisdom you gain will come from the work you do. Elaborate directives may be comforting but it is only with personal involvement that true wisdom and resolution is found. SHOP FOR THE DECK

FAIRY TALE LENORMAND • Lisa Hunt, artwork • Arwen Lynch • US Games
To ask whimsical Lisa Hunt to illustrate a traditional Lenormand deck was really throwing down the gauntlet. She rose to the challenge, however, and created a 38-card deck which is straightforward enough to satisfy the most demanding traditional cartomancer, but also contains the tiny embedded symbolism her loyal fans look forward to. Arwen Lynch does a superb job, in the 120-page companion booklet, of linking an appropriate fairy tale to each card and explaining how the archetypes in the tale lend themselves to the Lenormand symbolism. This is a lyrical and captivating addition to the Lenormand library. SHOP FOR THE DECK

RANA GEORGE LENORMAND • Rana George • Callie L. French, artwork • US Games
Rana George believes in the symbols and images that have served Lenormand cartomancy for almost 200 years. Yet she longed for a deck that put those symbols and images into the context of her Lebanese heritage, with hints of the Ottoman Empire, 1001 Nights, and Andalusion lore. A meeting with Callie French was the answer to her prayers. The result was this exotic, yet true-to-its-Lenormand-roots 42-card deck. George pours her personal insights and feelings into the 124-page companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

GILDED REVERIE LENORMAND (Expanded Edition) • Ciro Marchetti • US Games
Ciro Marchetti has wedded the Petit Lenormand images with Madame Lenormand’s fluid approach to cartomancy and reverently created this superb 44-card divination deck. The images are stunning—reminiscent of elaborately illustrated children’s books. The evocative imagery produces nearly tangible sensations as one looks through the deck, pondering the layers of symbolism contained within it. The 80-page companion book offers Marchetti’s expressive, personal insight into the meaning of each card. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Tarot Grand Luxe

Dec 28 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

What images speak best to you?

Ciro Marchetti’s digital artwork has become a standout in the world of metaphysical illustration. He pulls details from a myriad of visual sources, then merges them flawlessly, adding his own “personal twists” along the way. The result is a very polished finished product which maintains the vague sense of mystery necessary to convey esoteric information. For this deck, he draws on the traditional forms of tarot, especially Pamela Colman Smith and the Tarot de Marseilles. He takes flight, however, from that substantial foundation and makes his way through the growing complexity of tarot imagery. The result is a visually lush deck of cards which remain thought-provoking despite their exquisite finished form.

This is a deck that experienced tarot readers won’t want to miss. Novices will find the inclusive images inviting, and Marchetti’s tarot insight will certainly point them in the right direction for further exploration. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Decks of Interest—2019 Divination Deck Stocking Stuffers

THE TAROT of ENCHANTED DREAMS • Yasmeen Westwood • RED Feather
Yasmeen Westwood found magic in the tarot and she has used her artistry to create a dream world where others can find magic as well. She called upon her electronic art skills to create collaged images that offer readers the keys to a world behind the images portrayed. As with fairy tales, this deck will have great appeal to each reader’s inner child. The often exotic symbolism in the illustrations make it a great deck for meditation and psychic work as well. 78-card deck and full-color companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK


PIXIEKINS • Paulina Cassidy • US Games
This deck is like a box full of whimsical, humorous life coaches. Feeling a little down? Pull a card and let Chester, Miss Heebeehoot, Daddy Tequila Sundown, or Fiona Fluffington show you how to lift your spirits. (“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”) Inspiration is the breath of life and inspiration is what Paulina Cassidy packed into these cards. Her trademark illustration style brings the words of wisdom to life as each character speaks to us. Terrific for meditation, it will also be a fun divination tool for experienced readers.72-card deck. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE ALCHEMICAL VISIONS TAROT • Arthur Taussig • Weiser Books
Arthur Taussig is the Aquarian Age version of a Renaissance Man: a physicist, photographer, filmmaker, and musican. When he discovered the world of tarot, he embarked on a journey to bring the traditional imagery of tarot into the New Age. Using digital technology, historic artwork, and Jungian psychology, he created a deck which is provocative, inclusive, and expansive. Weiser’s exquisite packaging signals the cutting-edge power of this deck. Any serious student of tarot will want to explore this groundbreaking visual symbolism. 78-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

NICOLETTA CECCOLI TAROT • Nicoletta Ceccoli • Lo Scarabeo
Nicoletta Ceccoli takes us back down the rabbit hole; this time to explore the world of tarot. Tarot and Ceccoli. It’s a perfect pairing. Experienced tarot readers understand that while there are traditional meanings for each tarot card, it is the leap of faith off the cliff with The Fool that leads us to the wisdom and insight in the tarot’s symbolism. Ceccoli adds her own edgy style to that journey, mixing innocence with humor and malevolence with sensuality to create a unique experience of the Hero’s Journey. 78-card deck and guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

These two-sided cards, designed by Richard Crookes, pair the vibrational energy of totem animals with corresponding crystals. Lembo asks readers to look for signs in their own lives to determine what messages animals bring to us when they occur repeatedly in our dreams or in real life. She suggests the crystal vibration that will help maximize the energy that the animal appears to be gifting to the reader. Each card contains a declaration of affirmative thinking on each side. (Red Calcite • Ant • I stay focused on the task at hand.) 44-card deck. SHOP FOR THE DECK

This deck represents the original Indie-Deck success story. Kim Krans set the story in motion and made the world aware of it, then Harper One expanded that into a series of groundbreaking products. Krans put pen to paper directly to capture the spirit of the animal kingdom, allowing each creature to signal its inherent message. The personality of each species is represented, fully animated, and reaching out off the card to connect with the reader’s intent. These animals become personal friends and mentors as we make our way through the deck. 63-card deck with handwritten companion guide. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE CRYSTAL SPIRITS ORACLE • Colette Baron-Reid & Jena DellaGrottaglia, artwork • Hay House
Crystals have become hugely popular as treasured objects and the energies they carry is recognized and called upon for many purposes. But how many people truly get to know their crystals? Colette Baron-Reid has developed a personal relationship with the spirits of these powerful stones and created this deck to share that knowledge with readers. Beautifully illustrated by Jena DellaGrottaglia, the subdued faces on the cards wait to be invited into the readers life. Baron-Reid tells us how to do that, as well as sharing the special gifts each unique ethereal personality offers through its stone. 58-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

SPIRIT WITHIN TAROT • Steven Bright • RED Feather
Bold, graphic backgrounds are inhabited by stark, black silhouettes in this very modern interpretation of traditional tarot. Bright called on the simple, silhouetted images to move the Hero’s Journey forward without designating age, gender, or ethnicity. Readers will be attracted to the colorful environments as they connect easily with the figures represented. The deck is more relevant than ever, serving as a mirror which reflects back to each reader whatever it is they need to see. Judgment is suspended as each card presents a portal with endless possibilities. 78-card deck and full-color companion book.

CHIBI ANIME ANGEL CARDS • Dawn Brown • Findhorn Press
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. Even 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. By allowing the toy-like Chibi Anime illustrations to connect directly with the inner child, readers will gain access to the deepest levels of their inner knowing. 44-card deck. SHOP FOR THE DECK

QUEEN of the MOON ORACLE • Stacey DeMarco & Kinga Britshgi, artwork • Rockpool Publishing
This spectacular deck is the result of Stacey DeMarco’s lifetime of studying (and loving) the moon. Kinga Britschgi’s elegant photographic collages capture the power of those lunar energies. Highly positive in her interpretations of each card, DeMarco speaks with insight, reassurance, and common sense guidance. She tells readers everything they might want to know about lunar cycles, special moons (Blue Moon, Super Moon) and the traditional metaphysical associations and applications of lunar wisdom. 44-card deck and full-color companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

This is one of my all-time favorite decks. It captures the excitement of old-fashioned, traveling circuses and sideshows. The circus is a world which Joe Lee knows well and it infuses his graphic artwork. His Major Arcana cards merge tarot and circus icons while taking on the style of mid-century circus posters. His Minor Arcana cards express traditional symbolism with depictions of day-to-day life under and around the big top. From the glitz and glory to the sweat and strain, readers enter this mysterious world for a tour that is meant to reveal the deeper wisdom of the ages. 78-card deck and guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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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

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

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

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—Elle Qui Oracle

Oct 12 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

How do you connect with your feminine power?

These 44 exquisite cards are meant to introduce you to your inner feminine strengths and wisdom. Their names come from around the world (Colette-She Who Nurtures, Conscia-She Who Whispers, Abanolaka-She Who Battles, Eclat-She Who Regrets, Kamala-She Who Emerges). The illustrations are state of the art digital, each one more beautiful than the last, combining fantasy and romance with classical foundations. The depicted ladies are physically perfect according to traditional, conservative standards of beauty. It is, however, the powerful energy that they transmit (most often conveyed by a direct gaze) that raises this deck from the realm of art to the realm of modern transcendence. The esoteric wisdom can be found in the accessories, be it jewelry, head dresses, flowers, tarot cards or daggers.

Don’t be misled by the glamour of the images. This deck delivers serious messages regarding women’s unfoldment. We are coming into a time when women can be pretty and relevant. If you’re interested in the spiritual overtones of the next generation of feminism, spend some time with these cards. You won’t be disappointed. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—The Herbcrafter’s Tarot

Sep 06 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

How do you use herbs?

Beginning with the premise that herbs are archetypes in botanical form, this deck builds on the traditional 78-card Rider-Waite-Smith tarot format to bring the magic of herbs into the hands of readers. Rather than documenting the properties associated with specific plants, this deck focuses on the relationships between people and plants. Dandelion shows us The Fool. Garlic teaches us about Strength. Rose shows us the heart of The Empress.

Joanna Powell Colbert’s illustrations are beautifully designed and rendered. They contain symbolism, captured in small details, that harkens back to Waite’s demanding standards. The cards respectfully reflect Latisha’s Mexican-American heritage and the Celtic heritage that she shares with Joanna. The companion book explains it all perfectly.

Whether you are a tarot reader, an herbalist, or someone who occasionally buys potted herbs in the grocery store, this is a deck that will brighten your world. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—The Wonderland Tarot

Aug 16 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

Have you been down this rabbit hole?

The world of oracle decks is suddenly filled with images of magical/mystical beings. In the midst of that, all things Alice in Wonderland are trending. I thought it was time to remind people of this cutting edge deck (originally published in 1989) which was re-released two years ago in US Games’ iconic small card/tin container format. Chris Abbey discovered Alice in early childhood and remains an enthusiastic fan. While this deck is anchored to the traditional 78-card Waite-Smith tarot format and the illustrations rely on Sir John Tenniel’s original Alice artwork, the imagery from there is all Wonderland magic at its best.

The new version retains the playing card indices in the borders making this a deck that can be used as either playing cards or tarot cards (an oracular crossover).

Chris Abbey suggests that users read Lewis Carroll’s original tale before they get too involved with this deck. I’m thinking that a lot of you will want to just take the plunge and follow Alice down the rabbit hole first and seek out Carroll’s classic work when you are ready to add the historic details. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Crow Tarot

Jul 27 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

What does crow want to say to you?

Crow might not have the mystical allure of Eagle or Owl, but the truth is that Crow has much more interaction with mere mortals and, therefore, has much more impact on their lives. Cullinane fell under their spell in childhood and knew that they needed to be the anchor in her first tarot deck. It is a contract with the natural world that has served her well. The unique artistry of this deck has made it a bestseller since it first hit retailer’s shelves. And the appeal of the deck shows no signs of wearing off.

Dynamic, insightful, and sometimes showing a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, the deck builds on the basic Rider-Waite-Smith format to add a new perspective to the classic symbolism of that landmark deck.

I started studying tarot in 1970. I may not have seen it all but I have seen more than enough of it. This deck broke through my jaded mindset to show me something new and exciting. If you love tarot, this is a deck you don’t want to miss. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Divine Feather Messenger

Apr 06 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

Do you Find Feathers?

Many people who regularly do believe that they are messages from the divine realms. But how can we know what they are telling us? Even the most intuitive among us sometimes need a little bit of extra insight. And insight is exactly what this deck provides.

Alison DeNicola has selected 44 birds and paired them with affirmations that reflect each bird’s spiritual history and natural correspondences. David Scheirer’s captivating watercolors capture the physical plane essence of each bird in fluid detail. The reverse side of each card shows one enlarged feather from the bird depicted.

Together, the cards and book make a very special tool for divination, inspiration, or just for getting to know 44 very special bird species. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Raven’s Wand Oracle

Mar 16 2019 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

Have you been to Wildwood Coven?

With this amazing new oracle deck, Steven Hutton not only gives us a personal tour of the vibrant world of witchcraft he created for his Dark Raven Chronicles trilogy, but the 44 dynamic card illustrations he created have raised the bar for oracle fantasy art. Each card provides a magical environment that draws the reader in. The power of this deck, however, is the degree of animation and presence emanated by each living being in the cards.

And living beings abound. In addition to human and animal protagonists, the scenes are also filled with flying fish, mythical critters, fireflies, birds, ducklings, mini-dragons, raccoons, hogs, snakes, bunnies, wolves, and cats—-lots and lots of cats. Each of the beings seem to be inhabited by a strong, emotive personality that helps to convey the message of the protagonist.

Hutton’s intent is to convey the wisdom of witchcraft. He does that with energy that swirls within each card and hints of dark shadows without surrendering the high road. As an oracle it provides endless stimulation for intuitives. As a teacher of the craft, its lessons will be endless. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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