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Deck of Interest—Renaissance Tarot

May 02 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U. S. Games Systems Inc.

Will you meet the eyes of truth?

Delicately illustrated, with gold embellishments, Brian Williams’ artistry gently hints at illuminated manuscripts while it conveys the power of the tarot symbolism contained within the traditional 78-card deck. Relying on classical mythology and four of the great Italian Renaissance cities, he has made the tarot his own. The characters display uncharacteristic emotion and, sometimes unfettered sexually, to convey the essence of the tarot wisdom.

Ultimately, in this deck, it is the eyes which tell the story. Whether they peer out from the face atop The Tower, from the skeleton in Death, or from the leaves on the flower held by The Priestess, the eyes say it all.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to the tarot or a long-term afficionado, this deck will provide many hours of questioning and pondering. It is sad that Brian Williams will not be able to take us further on the journey he has so elegantly begun.His passing was truly a loss to the world of tarot. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Gilded Reverie Lenormand

Apr 26 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Would the Madame love this one?

Cartomancer Madame Anne-Marie Lenormand is enjoying quite a revival, as is the Petit Lenormand divination deck. Created after her death, the Petit Lenormand has survived for over a century because of her reputation as a fortuneteller, despite the fact that she probably had very little to do with the images on the cards. She did her readings with playing cards onto which she sometimes scribbled images, but she changed decks frequently and didn’t seem to be permanently attached to any of those symbols.

Ciro Marchetti has wedded the PetitLenormand images with Madame Lenormand’s fluid approach to cartomancy and reverently created this highly creative 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 48-page companion booklet offers Marchetti’s expressive, personal insight into the meaning of each card. A beautiful deck, beautifully packaged. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Deviant Moon Tarot

Apr 11 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Will you join this crazy party?
The Deviant Moon Tarot is one of my all-time favorite decks. Now U.S. Games has released a borderless version of the deck, making the brilliant and edgy illustrations even more powerful.

If you’ve seen any of Patrick Valenza’s work, you won’t be surprised to learn that, as a child, he loved spending time in cemeteries. The intensely lyrical look of moonlight casting shadows at midnight, common in 1940’s black and white movies, lends a tinge of something deliciously eerie to Valenza’s offbeat cast of characters.

He began drawing tarot cards at the age of nine. This deck was decades in the making and the final product demonstrates what he has learned during those years of study. Nearly grotesque, but never morbid, I wrote in a review of the original deck that it was Valenza’s humor that pulled the illustrations back from the edge. My current evaluation is that it is his passion for and knowledge of the tarot wisdom that elevates the deck from “zombie chic” to transcendent 60’s edgy.

Whether in this bold version or the original format, this remains one of my symbolic and creative favorites. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest — Witchlings

Feb 18 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Will Witchy work for you?
Paulina Cassidy, creator of the Joie de Vivre Tarot and Paulina Tarot decks, has created a new cast of forty lyrical and eccentric ladies to grace her newest deck of oracle cards. These feminine occultists dance, posture, levitate, and fly as they invite us into their magical world. If you don’t know Cassidy’s work, this deck is a perfect introduction. If you’re already a fan, you’ll be delighted with this addition to Paulina’s repertoire.

The accompanying 200-page Witchlings Book of Spells adds insight and instruction to the charms of these spellbinding enchantresses. The spells are augmented with candle and color magic, crystal energy, chanting, and detailed meditations to make all your dreams come true. Pick a card. Introduce yourself. Start making magic! SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest — Conscious Spirit

Jan 03 2014 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems

Have you seen the Divine Feminine in action?

Honoring angel, fairy, goddess, maiden, mother, and crone, these 44 elegantly beautiful cards capture the power of spirit infusing the earth plane. The magical environment of each card summons the observer to join the lady who inhabits that environment and participate in the celebration of the particular wisdom which she represents.

Meditated on sequentially, the cards create a journey, from awakening to integration, which is filled with wisdom and enlightenment. Individually, each card is a trigger which releases intuitive information and insight. This deck is a delight and your muses and spirit helpers will love it as much as you do. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — Magical Times Empowerment Cards

Aug 26 2013 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc

Jody Bergsma’s richly detailed watercolors combine nature and fantasy to produce powerful illustrations that come alive with messages and magic. The incorporation of geometry into the lyrical pictures makes the cards vibrate at a transcendent level.

The beauty of each of the 44 cards is deceptive. They are a highly refined spiritual tool with wisdom and inspiration right out in plain view. Each card also has an affirmation which spells out the lesson of the imagery and suggests a course of action to maximize its effect in our lives. There is an accompanying guidebook but the cards speak so eloquently for themselves it’s hardly necessary.

Whether you meditate on the images, repeat the affirmations, use the cards to fuel your intuition, or combine all three of the above, this is a deck that you will return to over and over again for guidance and elevation. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — Dreaming Way Tarot

Sep 28 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

 

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Based on the traditional Rider-Waite tarot deck, the Dreaming Way Tarot builds on standard images and interpretations, adding emotional insight, whimsy, and creativity. The characters in this deck literally presented themselves to Rome Choi in a dream. He relied on his years of tarot research, numerology, and his study of Transpersonal Psychology to flush out the deck. Kwon Shina captures Choi’s original inspiration in her energetic, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, illustrations.

Together Choi and Shina have created a unique deck, which preserves the roots of traditional tarot without simply repeating what’s been done in the past. Beginners will be drawn into the cards, finding lots of visual cues to jumpstart their readings. Seasoned readers will be amused, stimulated, and prodded to look deeper into familiar symbolism. This deck is a treat for the eyes which also provides plenty to think about. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — Ghosts & Spirits Tarot

Aug 11 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

 

U. S. Games Systems, Inc.

The symbolism of the 78 traditional Rider-Waite cards is brought to life with ghostly images and spirit visitors in this new deck by tarot legend Lisa Hunt. Her lyrically edgy watercolor style is perfect to render this new cast of esoteric characters. She draws from mythology and folklore, and couples that with her memories of growing up in New England, to create these lively and ethereal interpretations of the major and minor arcanas.

Ms. Hunt’s fans won’t be disappointed by this latest addition to the world of tarot. Those who don’t already know her world will be inspired to explore The Fairy Tale Tarot, The Fantastical Creatures Tarot, and Animals Divine Tarot.

You’ll discover something new in each card, every time you return to view it. And who knows what beings you’ll invite into your life as you explore this other-worldly deck.
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Deck Review — Art of Life Tarot

Jun 19 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

 

U. S. Games Systems, Inc.

After having the Rider-Waite Knight of Wands come charging through her dreams one night during a stressful time in her life, Livingstone became certain that it was time to create her own tarot deck. The result is a 78-card deck which coordinates the traditional major and minor arcana of tarot with great works of art. Drawing on her extensive background in art history, and more importantly her love of great art, she has come up with an insightful, unique, and inspirational tarot that works very well as either an oracle or a basis for meditation. Some of her choices are obvious, like using Van Gogh’s Starry Night to illustrate The Star. (How could you use anything else?) Others, like Lovers Smoking by 19th c.Thai School for The Devil and The Acrobats by Ernst Kirchner for The Hanged Man, are more surprising.

The deck is beautifully reproduced and the box has an attached pop-up frame which will display one card at a time. Each card also has a quote printed below the painting which is relevant to the meaning of the card, making it easier for those new to tarot to work with the deck. Over-sized and meticulously designed, this deck is a perfect gift for yourself or others, whether you are a tarot enthusiast or not. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck Review — The Hobbit Tarot

May 29 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, US Games

 

U. S. Games Systems Inc.

In this imaginative new deck by Peter Pracownik and Terry Donaldson, Bilbo Baggins heads down the Royal Road of the tarot, following in The Fool’s footsteps. The Tolkien-inspired version of the hero’s journey is captivating, lively, and emotive. The cast of characters go about their business in their magically illustrated world, simultaneously ignoring the observer and seductively signaling to us that we are welcome to join them if we choose. Each card presents its own mythical world, offering insight, wisdom, and empowerment. Whether you use the deck for readings, for meditation, or just look at the pictures, this deck is a delight.

Pracownik and Donaldson previously collaborated on the highly successful Dragon Tarot and Lord of the Rings Tarot. This exciting new addition adds another star to their collection. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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