The Cosmic Faery Tarot Major Arcana Special Edition

cosmic faery tarot major arcana special editionA milestone has been reached in the development of my own Tarot deck. It started off as the Tarot of Quotes and evolved into the Cosmic Faery Tarot.

The Major Arcana is now available to buy as a special edition with two bonus cards:

The Cosmic Cat

This card depicts my little familiar of 14 years, who now resides in the spirit world.

I adopted Mondy when she was five years old, and she died at the age of 19, a ripe old age for a cat, which makes me believe that she felt content living her life with me and my family.

After all this time with her, I still sometimes see her from the corner of my eye in the house or in the garden at her favourite spots (where she is also buried), and I know that she is still around.

cosmic faery tarot major arcana bonus cardsWhen this card comes up in a reading, it indicates that a loved one (person or pet), who has passed on, is still watching over you.

They may want you to know something important, so you can pull an extra card to see what message they want to convey.

The Cosmic Cat may also represent your spirit guide or guardian angel, so do pay attention to what they are trying to say to you.

The Happy Bunny

Whatever challenges or strife you are currently battling with, the Happy Bunny indicates that all will be well in the end.

Despite your worries, fears and insecurities, don’t forget to enjoy the little and simple things around you that can lift your spirits even in the darkest of times.

Life can be short, the future is unknown, so make the most of what you have in the present.

The Happy Bunny may also ask you to be vigilant. Protect yourself by not being too trusting and apply some healthy scepticism. You will be okay as long as you keep your eyes open to any harm that may just lurk around the corner.

I hope you enjoy using these two additional cards in your readings. Please do feel free to add your own interpretations to these cards.

For more information on the deck and to buy, please click here.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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My Top 10 Self-Published Tarot Decks

top 10 self-published tarot decksFollowing on from my last post about why you shouldn’t use mainstream tarot card images on your professional website, here is my list of top 10 self-published tarot decks.

From personal experience, most of the creators of these decks don’t mind, if you promote their artwork on your professional website and social media in reviews, sample spreads, free tutorials etc.

Please make sure that you always include accreditation, and if you want to use any images or cards for branding or paid products and services, you must ask for permission first.

1. Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot

high priestess mermaid tarotA fun and somewhat kinky mermaids and sailors themed deck. The new 3rd edition has been given an overhaul with some updated images and a bleed-free border. Check out my review of this deck, or head straight to Dame Darcy’s Etsy store.

2. The Wild Unknown Tarot

six of cups wild unknown tarotKim Krans’s creation has become quite a hit, and the images are incredibly popular on Instagram. Post a pic of a sample reading with the #wildunknown, and you’ll get loads of likes. Buy the deck in the US, or if you live in the UK/EU, get it at littleredtarot.com.

3. Prisma Visions Tarot

six of swords prisma visions tarotThe style of this borderless deck is surreal and a mesmerising combination of light and dark. Each image looks like a mosaic. When you lay the cards of each suit in numerical order in a row, they form a large picture. Buy it at prismavisionstarot.com.

4. Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi

art temperance zirkus magi tarotA vintage-style, circus-themed deck, perfectly catching a bygone world of the clowns, trapeze artists and tamed wild animals. Check out my review, or go straight to its website.

5. Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

fool pearls of wisdom tarotRoxi Sim’s vibrant deck is full of detail and symbolism. The Fool on the image above is from the 1st edition, but the latest 3rd edition is borderless. It is available to buy at the Gamecrafter.

6. The Fountain Tarot

nine of coins fountain tarotA contemporary deck with geometric lines and cool water colours. It comes with a silver edging, which sadly makes the cards stick and hard to shuffle, but this will improve the more you use it. Visit fountaintarot.com.

7. The King’s Journey Tarot

hanged man kings journey tarotThis 94-card deck consists of the standard tarot cards together with two extra Major Arcana cards and a spirit suit. Choose between a bordered or borderless edition at James Battersby’s website, where you can also learn more about his latest project, the Twisted Tarot Tales.

8. The Alchemical Tarot

the world alchemical tarotAn old favourite of mine, I like Robert Place’s clean and no nonsense artwork full of magickal symbolism. You can buy the deck at robertplacetarot.com.

The following decks are on my wishlist and will be bought as soon as I’ve sold some of the tarot books and decks I no longer need:

9. The Starchild Tarot

I’m a sucker for anything starseed and cosmic, and I’m still saving up for this beauty, which will probably be one of the most expensive decks I’ve ever bought (including the premium shipping charge from Canada and possibly UK customs charge on top). I haven’t got an image, so you just have to trust me and go straight to the Starchild website.

10. Tarot of the Holy Light

A colourful, esoteric deck based on European mystery teachings. Created by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers, the artwork is distinctively late renaissance, similar to the Swiss 1JJ Tarot. Learn more about the deck at Tarot University.

Two more decks I also have my eyes on are the Tarot House Deck and the Tarot of Trees. Please do check them out.

Looking for alternatives to the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) and Thoth decks?

For RWS alternatives, check out the sparkly Illuminated Tarot and the digital only Aquatic Tarot (free download).

For Thoth alternatives, take a look at the Rosetta Tarot and soon to be released coloured version of the black and white Tabula Mundi Tarot.

Some of the decks I have chosen here are recent publications, others have been around for a while.

This is just a small selection of self-published decks, and no doubt there are lots of others out there that deserve a mention.

So please do let me know and share with others, which ones are your favourite self-published tarot decks in the comment box below.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Going Pro: Why You Should Avoid Posting Mainstream Tarot Images On Your Blog

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Cosmic Journaling Oracle

If you are a professional Tarot reader hosting your own website, then you are probably aware of the usual copyright and fair use regulations, which you need to adhere to, so you won’t find yourself getting sued.

However, you might not be aware that most of the mainstream publishers of tarot and oracle decks, such as US Games, Lo Scarabeo and Llewellyn, expect you to pay them a licence fee, if you are monetising your blog, i.e. charging for readings or getting paid for other products and services.

This is important for you to bear in mind, if you regularly blog about decks (reviews, unboxing videos etc.), demonstrating spreads, posting tutorials or simply just post an image on your Instagram.

Perhaps you are thinking that this is covered under the fair use policy, but you need to realise that this is open to interpretation, especially if you are a professional using your website as your business hub.

Before you get yourself into a tangle and wonder, if you are a copyright criminal by posting a card of the day, here’s something very simple you can do:

Avoid posting mainstream tarot images on your blog and social media.

Personally, I have just quit this voluntary marketing position I held with the mainstream publishers for years promoting their decks, while all I get in return is threats of court action, because I am making a living as a Tarot reader.

I am sick of arrogant publishers, who defend their copyright very aggressively, antagonising their customers (a lot of them professional tarot readers!) along the way.

The solution is beautifully simple:

Collaborate with self-published artists, who love the opportunity to have their decks promoted while their images enhance and prettify your blog posts.

I don’t need to go into detail about how tarot blogs and social media have led to a considerable increase in deck sales, yet these publishers want us to pay for “product placements”.

What the big publishers seem to forget:

Professional readers, who have been in the business for years, run well-known blogs and have a big subscriber list, are influencers.

How many tarot or oracle decks have you bought, which were recommended by your favourite blogs or Facebook pages?

Here’s an idea:

It is time for Tarot readers to demand payment from the publishers to feature their decks on their websites. 

After all, it’s advertising!

If publishers wanted to run a TV commercial, they’d have to pay for it, so if I did a YouTube video review about one of their decks and demonstrate how well it works in a reading, then I want to get paid for it, too Cool

Perhaps you think I’m crazy, but as you know we sometimes need to let go of outdated attitudes and beliefs, the traditional thought process that says “it’s always been this way”.

To be honest, payment for me doesn’t necessarily mean money; a little gratitude would be enough, and – lo and behold! – a surprise gesture of a free tarot deck as a token of appreciation would send me over the moon.

But no, instead I have court action threats looming over my head in the form of the publishers’ “terms”. Not nice!

Heck, I don’t need to promote their decks. Instead I collaborate with people, who value my support and in return support me – win / win !

So, ditch those mainstream decks from your blog and start supporting self-published indie artists.

In my next post, I will introduce you to my Top 10 self-published tarot decks I love using on my website and social media.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi Show

Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi
Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi © 2015 Duck Soup Productions

Slowly but surely I’m adding the decks on my wishlist to my collection, and the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is my latest acquisition.

This vintage / retro style deck exploring a bygone world of travelling entertainment is fun, fascinating and a little creepy.

The Major Arcana cards are unnumbered, so whether you follow the RWS or Thoth tradition, the sequence – especially regarding Adjustment (Justice) and La Force (Strength) – is up to you.

A lot of Major Arcana cards are renamed to fit the circus theme, such as The Clown (Fool) and The Ringmaster (Emperor).

Other card names follow the Thoth tradition, such as Art (Temperance) and The Aeon (Judgement).

The court cards have also been renamed:

Governor – King
Duchess – Queen
Rider – Knight
Billposter – Page

The suits are:

Batons – Wands
Buckets – Cups
Blades – Swords
Rings – Pentacles

The pip cards all have keywords at the bottom, some of which are obvious and others you may have to think about. Here are some examples:

Ace of Batons – Inspiration
Three of Batons – Arrival
Five of Buckets – Regret
Ten of Buckets – Straw House
Three of Blades – Heartache
Seven of Blades – Audacity
Six of Rings – Patronage
Eight of Rings – Transformation

If you would like to see all the cards of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi, here’s a video I have made earlier:

Overall, this is a very readable deck, if the artwork and theme appeals to you, and I look forward to working with these cards over the coming weeks. Join me on Facebook and Instagram to see them in action.

The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is self-published and available at:

circustarot.blogspot.co.uk

Hope you enjoy my video show of this deck. If you do, please click the like and share button on my YouTube channel. Thank you!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Cosmic Journaling Oracle – Update

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Cosmic Journaling Oracle

Last week I received the printed version of my Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, and I’m very pleased with the result!

Does the world need yet another set of oracle cards? I hear you ask Laughing

Well, it’s up to you to decide, but I have created this one to offer you something different:

  • The universal keywords on the cards all refer to one of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot and are easy to make sense of (unlike card names such as The Hierophant). This way it should work well in readings whatever issue you’d like to explore.
  • The cards have been designed for you to create your own meanings and interpretation for each keyword. Journal about the cards to explore what each keyword means to you, so you can apply it in your readings (hence the word ‘Journaling’ in the name of the deck).
  • There will be a digital version available in addition to a very limited printed edition. With a digital copy of the deck you can print the images as often as you like for personal use – a reading copy on good quality heavy card stock (any kind of paper in quality and colour of your choice) as well as prints on paper to cut out and stick in your journal.
  • You can also use the digital images on your website, if you want to blog about them, use them for collages or other creative projects…
  • The pocket-size cards are cute and ideal to take with you on your travels, to the coffee shop, work, uni, etc…
  • I’m planning to create additional cards (for timing, astrology, etc…), which will be available as separate sets both digitally and in printed form, so you can add to the deck to build a comprehensive system as it suits you best.
  • You can even make card suggestions and request personalised cards.
  • This deck will compliment my Tarot of Quotes, which will be available as digital and printed copy in the same style (except the size of the tarot cards will be larger).

abundance cosmic journaling oracle digitalAs you can see above and in the gallery, the printed version has a black background and border.

However, the digital version will have a white background and a small black border.

The reason for this is to make this deck printer-friendly (won’t be using up all your black ink!) and also allow for the flexibility to choose the colour of paper you prefer.

With a digital copy it is also easier for me to offer you some free bonus cards as I create them. Oh the wonders and delights of the virtual world!

In the meantime, there are two copies available to buy at Cosmic Collection. Buy a printed copy, and you will also receive the digital edition for free, when it is available end of March 2016.

Watch out for my Facebook page competition to win a free printed copy!

If you have any questions regarding the Cosmic Journaling Oracle, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Any feedback or suggestions also very much appreciated!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot Review

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Mermaid Tarot – All images (c) Dame Darcy 2015

I was bombarded with images of this deck on my Tumblr and Instagram feeds for quite a while, until I finally succumbed and bought it from Dame Darcy’s Etsy shop.

What attracted me to this deck? It wasn’t the idea of the mermaids theme, but I loved the hint of burlesque, naughtiness and a bygone world of sailors, pirates and far away tropical islands.

There is nothing twee about the mermaids and 18th century ladies appearing in this deck, quite the opposite: feisty and sexy, and those sailors are quite dashing, too…

Yes, welcome to the delightfully seedy world of Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot!

Think Pirates of the Caribbean joyfully mixed with Cabaret.

Some of the men / boys / merblokes / ladyboys (?) look like they’ve escaped from a 1930s Berlin nightclub to chase freedom, faraway lands, love and luck across the seven seas:

dame darcy mermaid tarot
Androgynous males, dashing uniforms, bare chests and Aloha to the Knight of Cups.

 

And here are some of the ladies:

dame darcy mermaid tarot
Jet-skiing with dolphins, stockings and suspenders, laughing while jumping into the deep, great make-up and seductive posing…

 

The illustrations remind me of vintage comic strips, and the watery colouring and tea-stain coloured background give the cards a distressed antique look.

This is a standard 78-card deck, although two cards – the Ace of Cups and Wheel of Fortune – are duplicated.

The cards shuffle extremely well, and their 70 x 120 mm size is perfect for me.

The deck comes shrink-wrapped in a white organza bag, which is just a wee bit small but perfectly adequate. However, I bought a little box for this deck, as I feel it deserves special treatment:

dame darcy mermaid tarot

The Mermaid Tarot is based on the Rider Waite tradition, but has been successfully adapted to the nautical theme without deviating too much from the RWS imagery.

I have been using this deck extensively over the last couple of months for client readings and must say it’s a joy to work with.

Is there anything I don’t like? Well, perhaps some of the images look as if they’ve been rushed, but that doesn’t lessen the overall appeal for me.

So, if you would like to get your hands on it, you can buy it from Dame Darcy’s Etsy shop.

And if you own this deck, I’d love to hear how it works for you. Just leave a comment below, and I’d be thrilled.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Pages in the Tarot of Quotes

pages in the tarot, page of wandsThe Pages in the Tarot are the children of the court card family.

They symbolise new beginnings, inexperience, youth (and the young at heart), enthusiasm, playfulness, naivety, curiosity, immaturity and potential.

They are similar to the Aces, but whereas the Aces represent the purest energy and root of their suit, which can turn into anything, the Pages are trying to get a handle on the energy of their particular suit.

So for Pentacles, for example, the Ace could represent an opportunity for money coming your way (no indication of how), but the Page would try to figure out how to make more money, learn a new skill or get a new job.

Unlike Aces, Pages also tend to indicate personality traits and more practical advice, which is reflected in their association with the element Earth.

Astrologically, just like the Aces, the Pages are also each assigned to a mix of zodiac signs indicating their individual traits and potential.

Pages can represent people, events (often appearing as messengers), energies surrounding a situation or personality traits.

For my Tarot deck, I have chosen flowers to represent the Pages to symbolise their link to the element Earth. Also I feel that flowers express the fragile nature and vulnerability of the Pages.

The Page of Wands is a red poppy. The red poppy is a bold, vibrant flower first appearing in Spring, which is the season linked to the suit of Wands based on the Golden Dawn tradition.

In magickal tradition, the red poppy symbolises creativity and imagination.

In the blandness of a wheat field, poppies stand out with their bright red colour, which represents the personality of the Page of Wands – confident, energetic, courageous, a bit noisy, seeking attention.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Shining Flame; the Rose of the Palace of Fire; Princess and Empress of Salamanders

Astrological attribution: Cancer, Leo and Virgo

Elemental association: Fire of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Energetic, eager, sociable, fun loving, restless, creative, courageous. Can be impulsive, reckless; sometimes finding it hard to concentrate and focus; short attention span; over-confident.

The quote chosen for the Page of Wands reflects her pioneering urge to explore new territory, get-up-and-go attitude and love for adventures.

 

page of cups tarot of quotesThe Page of Cups is a water lily. The water lily is an elegant and fragrant flower growing in still waters in temperate and tropical places around the world.

Water lilies flower in the Summer months here in the Northern Hemisphere, the season linked to the suit of Cups in the Golden Dawn tradition.

Water lilies are associated with spiritual enlightenment and symbolise purity, pleasure, peace, celebration and sexuality.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Waters; the Lotus of the Palace of the Floods; Princess and Empress of Nymphs and Undines

Astrological attribution: Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius

Elemental association: Water of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Sensitive, gentle, shy, quiet, artistic, dreamy, introvert, affectionate, loving, intuitive. Can be over-emotional at times, vulnerable, gullible and escapist.

The quote chosen for the Page of Cups reflects her urge to explore the emotional realm and trying to make sense of the vast array of mixed and confusing feelings and emotions.

 

page of swords in the tarot of quotesThe Page of Swords is a Dandelion. The yellow flower of the Dandelion transforms into a seed ball that blows into the air.

Dandelion grows from Spring right through to late Autumn, the season linked to the suit of Swords.

It is often regarded as a weed due to its profusion, but it is actually a very useful plant and entirely edible.

The yellow flower of the Dandelion symbolises communication, clarity and intelligence, whereas the white seed ball symbolises cleansing, space and new beginnings.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Rushing Winds; Lotus of the Palace of Air; Princess and Empress of Sylphs and Sylphides

Astrological Attribution: Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

Elemental association: Air of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Alert, intelligent, rebellious, truth-seeking, independent thinker, innovative, detached, argumentative, cutting, rash, defensive

The quote chosen for the Page of Swords reflects her urge to explore and discover the truth, cutting through deception and being honest without fear of conflict.

 

page of pentacles in the tarot of quotesThe Page of Pentacles is a snowdrop. The snowdrop is the only bulbous flower amongst my Pages.

Ornamental bulbous plants like the snowdrop used to be prized possessions and therefore symbolise wealth and status.

The snowdrop flowers in winter, the season linked to the suit of Pentacles. It is a symbol of new growth, hope and resilience, because it thrives even in the coldest conditions.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Echoing Hills, Rose of the Palace of Earth, Princess and Empress of the Gnomes

Astrological Attribution: Aries, Taurus and Gemini

Elemental association: Earth of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Practical, dependable, nurturing, loves nature, eager to learn new skills and crafts, building and making things, getting hands dirty, sensual, hedonistic, stubborn, obsessive.

The quote chosen for the Page of Pentacles reflects her willingness to invest time and effort into work and learning new skills in order to create security and abundance.

I welcome your views and opinions on my cards. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

P.S. You can view more images of my Tarot deck in the Gallery

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Pages in the Tarot, please check out my ebook Empowering Messages from the Tarot.

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