Deck of Interest—Queen of the Moon Oracle

Apr 13 2019

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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Deck of Interest—Divine Feather Messenger

Apr 06 2019

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—Chakra Wisdom Tarot

Mar 30 2019

How much do you know about your chakras?

This lineup of glamorous ladies, and a few handsome escorts, takes readers through a tour of the tarot which has been specifically designed to connect with the energies of the chakra system. The illustrations on the cards are very polished and high-end. One might say it’s Tarot goes to the Oscars but that would be making light of Hartman’s decades of experience with both the tarot and the other realms.

Hartman’s motto is: Enlightenment Made Simple. It affirms her dedication to make esoteric concepts simple for others to understand. This new deck is a perfect example of her ability to do that.

The deck includes a beautiful 112-page, full-color guidebook. It includes four new tarot layouts specifically for use with the chakra system. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Enlighten Up Card Deck

Mar 23 2019

Are you feeling too heavy?

World peace artist and activator, Andrea Smith has created 34 mixed-media paintings for this dynamic inspiration deck. Each artwork is meant to trigger a meditational state that takes readers to a place of inner peace and awareness. One word on the front of each card lets readers know what the intended state of awareness is. (For more insight into the meaning of the card readers can access the 80-page guidebook with its additional reveries.)

Boldly designed, in the tradition of graffiti and graphic novels, this deck will have special appeal for younger readers. Those of us in preceding generations will be captivated by the emotive quality of the cards and carried into a new world of expression and understanding.

This can be a powerful tool for either philosophical insight or divination, regardless of the user’s level of experience. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Raven’s Wand Oracle

Mar 16 2019

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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Deck of Interest—Ask the Wise Fool®

Feb 22 2019

 



Do you have a question for the court jester?

When power becomes concentrated in the hands of a small group (or single person), the “yes-men” take over. When that happens, smart authoritarians invite a “Wise Fool” into their inner circle to ensure that somebody will speak the truth to them. These court jesters are traditionally given immunity in advance, so that they are free to tell the person in charge that they have become delusional. Roger von Oech has made a career out of being the person who points out the elephant in the room. And quite a successful career it is.

This 66-card deck and 96-page guidebook is his latest entry into the “let’s keep it real” arena. The cards are divided into three suits. CONTRARY STRATEGIES cards are designed to challenge groupthink and help readers get in touch with their creative core. CREATIVE STRATEGIES cards are meant to shift readers perspectives and help them look at things with new eyes. CAUTIONARY STRATEGIES cards counsel prudence in an unpredictable world.

Like von Oech, I have spent most of my adult life studying (and practicing) creative process. It appears that creativity is an idea whose time has come. Once again, US Games is at the head of the pack, helping von Oech to bring his wisdom to the public in this original and beautifully designed intuitive tool. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Tarot from the Trenches™ — Learning with the cards

Dec 28 2018

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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Tarot from the Trenches™ — REBA — 12.5.2018

Dec 06 2018

After days of watching model-thin women shuffling along in 6” spike heels, high-end seductive clothing, and blackened eye makeup reminiscent of the Andy Warhol/Studio 54 days, it was a relief to see Reba McEntire quietly step forward at St. Martin’s in an ankle length black skirt and flat-soled shoes. At the 41st President’s request, she sang The Lord’s Prayer, letting her God-given talent —fastidiously perfected over decades — captivate a global audience without any superficial trappings. My reluctantly-feminist heart took flight.

I decided to pull a couple of tarot cards from the Smith-Waite Boderless deck (U.S. Games) to try and get insight in the circumstance and my feelings about it.


The first card I pulled was the FOUR of SWORDS. I associate this card with withdrawal and rest. It also crossed my mind immediately that swords often indicate mental activity. Perhaps it is time to stop overthinking feminism and women’s rights. I felt that the message was to turn inward, let the outside world do whatever it needed to do, and let the gains that have been made incubate until the time is right for them to emerge.


The second card I pulled was the KNIGHT of WANDS. It’s a card of sudden changes sweeping in unexpectantly. Wands represent energy, passion, and the desire nature. It can be sexual energy. Maybe woman are about to experience a change in the way they factor sexual chemistry into day-to-day activities. We all tend to accept the common wisdom that men are visual creatures, hence the elaborate trappings that most woman accept as common practice. What if women began to make those trappings for private audiences only. What if we were forced to rely on our talents and experience for status and attention in public. What if women stopped competing based on sexuality and forced men to deal with us as three-dimensional entities. Right now, it seems a bit of a stretch, but for two days now we have been hearing about the 73-year-long devotion between George and Barbara Bush. We watched Laura Bush wipe the tears from her eyes as she remained steadfast at her husband’s side while he oversaw the burial of his father.

I think the cards are telling me that the seeds have been planted. Just chill and let them grow when and how they’re ready.

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Tarot from the Trenches™—Deciding Kavanaugh—10.2.2018

Oct 02 2018

Really important matters are almost always resolved in the gray areas. It might appear that the choices are black and white, but if you look more closely, you will probably discover that the tug of war between polar opposites is pulling things out of the shadows.

Like many of you I spent most of last Thursday watching the testimony of Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Protestation from the far sides was so overwhelming that I decided to pull an oracle card and meditate on it looking for the wisdom surfacing from the center.

I reached for the new Lo Scarabeo Santa Muerte Oracle deck that Llewellyn just sent me. Santa Muerte represents transformation. It seemed like a good choice.

I shuffled the deck and pulled card number 5. When I looked at this card I saw rage. Then I read the text in the companion book and discovered that the card represented WILL (the force of desire). There was a discussion of the difference between directing our will with Love and directing it from the ego (fear/anger). I took a deep breath, turned my focus inward, and let my thoughts go where they wanted to. As usual, the result surprised me. Let me share the following with you.

As someone who teaches Spiritual Healing, I’ve listened to quite a few sex abuse survivors. I remember when Suzanne Somers and Roseanne Barr came forward to talk about being sexually abused. They were ridiculed in the media. But the door was opened. Slowly we saw the Catholic Church scandals come to light, then Penn State. Then, finally, the media turned inward and #metoo was born.

When the student is ready the teacher will come. Who among us suspected that the next, vital teacher would appear in Washington D.C., in the middle of one of the most intense partisan squabbles we have ever seen. But appear she did and she was perfect.

Her unmasked vulnerability (rising at times to the level of terror) captivated all of us in the first minutes. Her prepared remarks were impeccable. As a trained psychologist, she was very clear about how the incident she described had affected her — physically, emotionally, and mentally. She stated that she was coming forward in order to serve the best interests of her country and not to do damage to any one. She was confident enough through her trepidation to be able not to become defensive or evasive. These things all remained consistent as the hearing moved into the questioning phase.

I quickly stopped thinking about whether the Democrats or the Republicans were winning. I was watching a sex abuse victim who had not just become a survivor, but who had mastered how to use her trauma to help others. She had become a Way Shower, a Sacred Healer. I wondered how many victim/survivors were sitting in front of their TV’s thinking, “I want to be like her”. A change is going to come and it has nothing to do with the Supreme Court.

As I came back from my reveries, I pulled one more card from the deck. It was card number 30 REALIZATION. I will leave you with a quote from deck creator Fabio Listrani’s text for that card. Something with faraway roots has passed through our hands, infused emotions into our hearts, and finally bloomed like a flower in our mind and then in our work.

© 2018 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Traditional Witchcraft For The Seashore

Jan 10 2018

Do the waves speak to you?

Craft practitioner and teacher Draco begins her Traditional Witchcraft series with a look at the magical setting created by the powerful combination of water, light, and moon. While most people associate Craft work with forests and meadows, Draco calls our attention to the magic of coastal landscapes shaped by the sea. She introduces us to Sea-Witches and tells us that the best time to do drawing magic is just before the high tide reaches its peak. She lets us know that estuaries foster chaos but are also sacred places of rebirth.

The book is chock full of physical plane information (weather, clouds, salt, driftwood, scallop shells) and merges science and magic. There are concise but brilliant instructions for doing rituals, magical tasks, and other exercises.

Decades ago, a Polish taxi driver in Krakow told me that if he was going fishing and he saw a priest or a nun, he turned around and went home because it meant bad luck on the sea. According to Draco, fisherman are the last bastion of pagan lore as opposed to modern religious hierarchies.

Draco’s Traditional Witchcraft series is truly a find for anyone interested in the emerging high-level rebirth of natural spirituality. She has gathered her information with loving care and an attention to detail. She presents it flawlessly. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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