It's coming up on that time again! I've been getting together my vending table for the 4th annual Northwest Tarot Symposium (NWTS), also known affectionally as Newts. I'm so grateful this is in Portland. I've come to this every year and it's such a fun conference! Wonderful people, workshops and vendors. Jay and Jadzia DeForest have really put something special together.
If you're in the area, come say hello! I'll have:
*Sample cards from the up and coming Divine Muses Oracle. 1st time reveal!
*LTD ed signed & numbered decks of the Antiquarian Tarot Gold (GILDED)
*The Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook
*The Antiquarian Lenormand, poker and mini sizes, and
*NEW: Divination jewelry! Power pieces created by me specifically for practitioners of the Mystical and Healing arts. As a professional card reader and bodyworker, I find certain crystals help to enhance my work. I have been inspired to create something I could wear while doing readings and massage work. It's useful to have on a power piece when working, especially when mobile.
FYI, I closed my online shop temporarily to make sure I had products for this event. (Plus, I needed a short break.) I'll reopen if I have decks leftover. Whatever I don't sell I'll list here again, as well as in my Etsy shop. I may have to order more, so it may be a few weeks before I have decks & books up for sale again. Thank you for your patience!
Posted below is the info for the vending area of the tarot conference.
I hope to see you at NeWTS!
FREE PSYCHIC FAIR & MARKET
Saturday & Sunday, March 3rd & 4th, 9am–5pm
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015
Held in conjunction with the Northwest Tarot Symposium, the Psychic Fair and Metaphysical Market is free and open to the public! We have readers and merchants from all over the US and beyond coming to Portland for the symposium, and to offer their goods and services for your benefit! Please note: Admission to the Psychic Fair & Metaphysical Market is Free. Readers and Merchants charge for their goods and services.
Admission to this part of the event does not include the symposium workshops and related events.
To attend conference workshops and weekend social events, please sign up for the Northwest Tarot Symposium here.
Lo Scarabeo is celebrating 30 years with this limited numbered edition of 1,987 copies to honor the year they were founded in Italy. The gorgeous, colorful artwork is by Fabio Listrani, artist of the Night Sun Tarot.
LS says this limited edition is printed on the highest quality paper. It is, indeed, a thicker card stock, but it's also glossier than their standard decks.
Coffin box: 7" x 4" (178mm x 102mm)
Deck: 4.75" x 2.75" (120mm x 70mm)
Book: 4.75" x 2.75" (120mm x 70mm) 128 pages on glossy paper with a few of the cards in color. English (pg. 5-54), Italian (55-68), French (69-82), Spanish (83-94), Portuguese (95-106), Russian (107-118) and Chinese (119-128).
At first glance, I like how the suit colors are similar to the Albano Waite Tarot's color system. It is the RWS-style deck I read with the most and prefer to most RWS. So the suits in this familiar color palette work very well for me. I also LOVE how the 10 of each suit is a painting of a butterfly or moth showing the culmination and completion of each level! I still need to read with it to give it a better overview, but my first impressions are very positive.
UPDATE: I purchased the standard edition of this deck and have been using it and decided to keep the coffin edition unused. My initial impressions have stayed with me. I really love this deck! It was a joy to read with during the last Halloween and Autumnal season. I notice that skeletons make a great subject to read for just about anyone. It'll definitely be in my rotation of reading decks for next Fall.
Here are the photos of the cards. Click on each image to make it bigger.
Brigit of Biddy Tarot invited me to do an interview for her podcast. We talked all about the Antiquarian Tarot, my process of creating it and a little bit about my journey as a card reader and healer.
I met Brigit this year at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland, Oregon. She flew in from Australia to do a workshop at NeWTS. It was a real pleasure to meet her and an honor to get an invite to do the interview.
One of the things I love about the Biddy Tarot podcasts is that they make transcripts available for them. Sometimes we can't listen to an interview, so it's nice to still be able to read it when we don't have earbuds. So if you can't listen now, scroll down below the podcast for the full transcript of the interview.
I hope you enjoy it.
The 2nd edition Antiquarian Tarot & Companion Guidebook are available again. They were sold out for just a short while. I have a new case for the 2nd edition cards. It now has a red inner-lining. The red color represents the root chakra and helps to ground out & protect the cards when they are kept inside the case. You may choose to add an obsidian, smoky quartz or black tourmaline chunk for further grounding and protection. You might also prefer to add a crystal quartz or selenite piece to clear the deck and invoke divine peace. The Antiquarian Tarot deck always comes with the padded zipper case.
If you're looking for an introduction to the tarot, the Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook is a primer on how to start reading the cards. It's clear and concise, yet offers the new student a lot of information about the tarot and card reading. The appendices has tables and references to make learning the tarot accessible. This deck is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot and anyone with knowledge of it can work with the Antiquarian Tarot. If you're just starting to explore the tarot, many teachers recommend learning with the RWS, but the Antiquarian Tarot is an alternative if you want something with a unique design and style.
You can buy one or the other, but divineMuses offers a discount if you want to purchase both.
I apologize, I haven't updated in so long! I've been in Portugal for a while and have just returned. The preparations before, plus the time away kept me from posting here. (And honestly, I'm not that great at posting!) Both my divineMuses shop and Etsy shop are open again. Thank you for your patience, if you have been waiting awhile.
My husband and I were in Portugal for so long we felt what it would be like to live there. It is such a glorious country—the land, the food and most of all, the people. It was also lovely to hear my mother tongue spoken—so soothing to my ears and heart.
Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. To be honest, I don't like having Instagram nor Facebook on my phone, at least for the moment. This is the only place I'm sharing these photos right now. I hope you will enjoy them!
Wherever you are...
May you be safe,
May you feel joy,
May you feel peace.
Deep Breath & Blessings,
When all the Witches
are to be seen!
Some in black
and some in green
Hey Ho for Halloween!
Happy Samhain! Here's something a little different—a leisurely browse through some Halloween decks. A creepy fun "Show and Tell." ;) Grab a cup of something hot and spiced—this one is almost half an hour long. I hope you will enjoy my chattering about some wicked tarot & oracles.
Here are the decks mentioned in the video:
*Tarot of the Witches, by Fergus Hall. USGames.
*Deviant Moon Tarot, by Patrick Valenza. Borderless Edition.
*Crow's Magick Tarot by Londa Marks. This appears to be OOP, but you can find this on eBay or Amazon.
*The Vampire Tarot by Robert M Place - Also OOP.
*Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards. Cartomancy deck. (I mostly use it like a Lenormand.) USGames.
*The Wicked Sybil by Melissa Haney. OOP.
*The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West. USGames.
*Bohemian Gothic 3rd edition. Baba Studios. Both mini & Standard size. Still available at their website as of today (Oct. 31, 2016).
*Zombie Tarot by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham. Quirk Books. On Amazon.
*Taro Magico das Bruxas by Tamina Thor and Victor Tavares. Brazilian Portuguese cards and book.
There were many USGames decks, but I am in no way affiliated with them. (Hey, they release some fantastic stuff.) There were a few more decks that were cut out as this video was getting so long. I almost edited out the Deviant Moon Tarot as I didn't even open the box or go through them. I haven't had the opportunity to use this borderless edition very much. I have only used it a couple times since I bought it when it was released. I did use the first edition with white borders before I gave it away. It is a creep-tastic deck to read with, so I left it in for this Show & Tell. :)
May your Hallowmas be spooktacular, weird & witchy!
Happy Autumnal Equinox (& Spring to those in the Southern Hemisphere)! I posted a new video going over the Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook in more detail. I also reveal the new Lovers card and the other minor changes that I made to the deck.
The deck and book go on sale Monday, September 26th! If you're on my notification list, I will send an email when they go live.
I received the Antiquarian Tarot companion books yesterday and am excited to launch them on September 26th. I'm preparing my website (and also Etsy) to sell the books and the tarot decks. Here are the details for shipping domestically (USA) and internationally.
Domestic shipping within the USA: I will ship the deck OR book via Priority Mail in a Small Flate Rate box, which is $7. Priority Shipping is my preferred method because it is insured and has tracking information, plus I can print labels and ship from home. This means faster shipments and turnaround. I do not like to send Media Mail as the post office often inspects Media Mail and I do not want any of my packages being delayed like that.
As for the USA combo packages (book with tarot deck), the book and tarot deck (with padded case) do not both fit into the Small Flat Rate Box. They do fit into a Padded Flat Rate Envelope, which is also $7 to ship. Multiple deck and book purchases will be upgraded to the Medium Flat Rate Box, which is $13.50.
Worldwide shipments: The problem I'm running into is shipping this book internationally. It is very expensive to ship worldwide! USPS is $23 to the UK, EU and Australia and $16 to Canada. I had no idea how expensive this book would be to ship. This is because the book is just under 1" (22mm) thick and weighs 13 ounces. Basically, if a padded envelope is thicker than 3/4" (19mm) USPS considers it a "package" and charges as such. In most cases, it is more expensive to ship the book than what it costs. I apologize for these obscene shipping costs, however, I have decided to offer it in my etsy shop for those who are still interested in purchasing the guidebook.
International orders of the Tarot (and Lenormand): Decks will still be shipped print on demand (POD). The printing company I use has a distribution center in the EU. Because of this, if you live in the EU, you might not have to pay VAT. I have heard from several customers that they did not had to pay VAT, because shipment came from Germany. However, I cannot make any promises. International buyers will still be responsible for whatever VAT and custom taxes are issued.
I posted pictures here to show you all the angles of the book. I'm really happy with how they turned out. They have a lovely silky laminate coating—very tactile and soft. The book has 386 pages (actually 397 counting the opening pages) and includes pictures of all the cards, including the first edition and second edition Lovers card. Check out my previous post to see the Table of Contents.
It's here! The printed proof is in my hands. I'm going through it and working with my tech to make sure it is exactly how I want it. Look for the Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook at the end of the month. I'm planning to release it on September 25 along with the release of the 2nd edition of the Antiquarian Tarot deck.
There are a few changes that I made to the tarot. It is basically exactly the same minus one complete card change and a few minor, possibly unnoticeable changes. The most major change is to the Lovers card. It is a completely different image on the card. The first Lovers card was one of the earliest cards that I created for the deck and it was my least favorite card in the deck. I like the new card so much better. I'll post a picture of it soon. The other changes are more detail-oriented—little changes that most people will not notice. There were four or five of these little changes.
There are a few more things that I needed my book tech to fix before going to press. It looks like I'll be approving the final proof tomorrow.
I'm thrilled to be finished with this project. I'm very excited to share this with you. It's really fun that all of this is happening during eclipse season! The cover has an eclipse on it. I did not plan this and love the synchronicity.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment. I do get notifications when people post and I am always happy to converse with fellow tarotists and enthusiasts.