Gateway to eclipse season is here! The first eclipse of the year is a Taurus Solar Eclipse, this Saturday April 30, at 1:28pm Pacific.
An aspect of Mystic Rapture, from the Divine Muses Oracle, reveals a message about eclipse season that is ripe for reflections. Eclipses bring change and can make us look at our shadow. It's a time to adapt & grow beyond our current perception of ourselves and that of the Universe.
Prioritize yourself! I'm so excited to be a part of the Prioritize You virtual retreat. My friend Karen Castilon has brought together 25+ top experts and leaders in health, wellness, creativity, and spirituality spaces—myself included--for this free virtual retreat starting April 18 that is all about prioritizing yourself, so you are better able to care for those around you. After all, you can’t fill another cup from an empty one!
Happy Spring! Here's an update for the 3rd ed. Antiquarian Tarot. There will be a few changes in the deck, including new cards, backs, and bag design, and the companion book will be updated for this edition too.
Supposedly, I was going to retire this deck, but after many requests for me to reprint, I decided to do another short print run. Purchase here if you would like a copy. Your order supports my small business and helps keep these available. Thank you for supporting my self-published works!
This European-style divination deck, called Lenormand, features my handmade mixed-media collages that I created in 2013 for personal use. I used antique photographs, Victorian-style wallpaper, and illustrations from antiquarian books, hence the name Antiquarian Lenormand.
Divine Muses Oracle Édition Française, decks and guidebooks, arrived this week! The set was just recently released in Canada, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. What a beautifully well-produced set by Alliance Magique: Arcana Sacra Editions in France!
I am loving the glossiness of the book and cards. I tend to prefer matte finishes, which is what I choose for my self-published works, but this glossy vibe feels so sumptuous and really makes my collages pop on the cards and full-color pages!
Happy New Year!! I wanted to start this year by thanking Divine Muses customers for purchasing decks in my shop in 2021. Your orders supported reforestation efforts!
Last August, I made a commitment to partner with One Tree Planted, to plant trees for every deck order.
From July 2021 to December 31, 2021, with the help of tarot, oracle and lenormand purchases, we are planting 500 trees!
If you ordered one of my decks during that time, take a moment to reflect that that deck will have a companion tree growing somewhere in the world!
I am continuing that commitment this year....every deck order plants one tree!
I'm so grateful for your support! Not only are you supporting my tiny business, but your purchase also helps plant trees where they are needed.
Last year I chose the following reforestation projects for Divine Muses deck orders:
Solstice blessings from my Magical Child to yours! Shine bright on the longest night. The stars don't twinkle without the darkness.
The photo above shows a prototype of my latest deck creation, the Magical Child Oracle.
I'm doing something new for the holiday season: giveaways that are not for social media, but for my subscription list! If you've been subscribed to my newsletter, thank you!
I'm giving away a deck or reading mat every week to a winning subscriber through Winter Solstice.
I'll be randomly choosing the winner from my subscriber list.
While it's been a few years since I went to the Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, it's about time I shared some photos of the tarot and Lenormand cards that I viewed during my visit. The pièce de résistance is one of the oldest known tarot cards, a 15th-century hand-painted gold-stamped work.
I also share photos of some fascinating antique playing cards. There are many cards in their collection as you'd imagine. Please excuse some of my photos. I shot these in 2015 using a Samsung Note 2, so the photos just don't compare to current smart phones. That, plus the challenge of taking photos through display glass sometimes made it difficult to capture the cards. (They keep it dim in there, which actually made browsing the museum's collection a delight!) I did spend some time adjusting the photos in an app to try to improve them, but there's nothing I could do about light reflection. I hope you still enjoy looking through these!
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been stepping up her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves to travel and enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW U.S.A. with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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