It’s been awhile since I’ve been out looking for pretty pretty decks, but I had a moment today and stumbled upon the Medieval Cat Tarot. Oh this is an adorable deck! The artist is Lawrence Teng and to quote him about the deck: “Medieval Cat Tarot marries rich esoteric symbolism with truly wonderful artistic styling and expression. While there is a definite theme to the illustrations on the cards, this is not merely a collector’s deck. Each card’s meaning is rendered in a heartfelt but simple way so that anyone can appreciate and understand it. One need only seek to identify with the players in the drama acted out on each card. The characters on each card are shown either in the act of, or participating in, behavior and situations which describe the truest meanings of the card as it is understood in a more universal way, based upon the Golden dawn symbolism as interpreted by A.E. Waite.” Quote taken from his U.S. Games Systems page. And that is where you can find the deck if you’d like to pick it up.
I like to change up the decks that I do my card of the day draws from just as I like changing the style of deck. I’m still learning the Lenormand deck (yes, you can keep learning even after creating one and visually tackling the symbolism) and when I use it for a card of the day I’m reminded how these cards work better when in reference to other cards. However, doing these single card summaries are helping me learn them on a card by card basis. That said! Today’s card is from my Butterfly Circus deck and is the Tower.
In this card my performer is alone at the top of a tower and can suggest she is either isolated high above or that she’s on high guarding over those around her below. I guess it could also be both! In the past towers were a place of protection or where persons of authority locked themselves away in. There are a variety of interpretations when you go past the simple one word meanings. I think it comes down to the question being asked, what you’re trying to meditate on and what cards are drawn around it. This will have to be a to be continued kind of day card. I’ll tackle this card again.
Today’s card is from my Isidore Tarot and features my rather dapper Hermit. Dapper seems to be the go-to word for me with this deck! The hermit, as a card, is about soul searching and introspection. As we grow older many of us tend to desire a greater understanding of the world around us and not just as a living soul that is here to be a cog in the machine. You might want to look inward and see what makes you tick, what things do you desire to know or understand? Typically the card is read as one that suggests taking some time to yourself to think upon such things and, as said at the start, do a little survey of the soul. It’s a thoughtful card and one I associate with consciousness and spirituality. And once you’ve found your understanding or have come to see how you’ve grown more mature and wise through life experiences, it might be time to share that wisdom. 😉
So… it’s two days before an approaching convention and the special deck of playing cards I made for the con has only just arrived by special rush from my printers. However, they arrived in plain white boxes. They were supposed to be in windowed boxes so the title card acted as the cover. There were only so many oh noes! that can be said and shaking my fist wasn’t going to solve the problem.
In the end my solution was to get prints at the local hour photo. I put two labels to a print and opted to cut out and apply myself. Printing labels might have been easier but the cost would have been greater and the label would have been flat. Corner rounding the cut prints was just my way of being way too much of a perfectionist that paid for it by the obnoxious task. I’ve opted to do my plain box labels this way from there on though. The special bulk rates I get for the prints is less expensive than printing or purchasing labels. I thought I would note it. Though keep in mind this type of packaging solution might only be appealing if you don’t mind a little work for the project.
This was a pleasant sight at the Steampunk Symposium! I wrote this article for Valentine’s Day about the couple who were my King and Queen of Hearts for the Motor City Steam Deck. Don lost his wife shortly after that convention but he keeps a memory of her on him in the card and I was just so choked up about that. 🙂
I have three deck projects going on right now and I have to decide which one I want to settle on. I’m working on one with a game publisher where I’m adding a minor arcana on an existing major arcana – I have a defined timeline with that. There’s wiggle room. Then I have a Lenormand and Oracle projects to do on my own time. My own time translates to what I do at the end of the night when I’m just doing stuff for me.
A few nights ago I had a conversation with Myke about creative output as an artist. For me, who has no defined income, I have to apply myself at all times to create new and make sales on the old. I have no regulated income. I take in as much as I put in and sometimes I feel like I spend all my time just putting in. Not even on one thing. I juggle because I have to. Sometimes that removes a little bit of my joy when creating something 2new that I’m into. I have long since accepted this as a part of being a working artist.
The Happy Squirrelthulhu card in my Isidore Tarot’s doll size deck went over very well at the convention. I had random cards laid out for people who wanted to buy the small cards for their hats (yes, that is a thing for convention costuming) and H.S. cards were snatched right up. He is such a wonderfully dapper and quirky chap. I have been asked about regular size cards and yes, I am doing those. I’m having them printed so anyone with the rounded edges style cards from the first and second editions of the regular Isidore deck can order one to include with their own if they’d like.
I met the good gent Robert Scott from Arcana Advising at the convention this weekend. Thanks to him I was introduced to a world of tarot magazines I didn’t even know existed! He was kind enough to give one of my Isidore Tarots a new home. He also posted a review of the deck to his youtube channel. Many thanks to him for that! My only disappointment was I wasn’t able to get away from the table long enough to get my own reading. Though I have to note he is probably the very first person who pronounced my last name properly on the first go. 😉
So this little note explains where I went to poof on Bat Appreciation day. Boo to that. So I’m off on A.C. posts. It’s been a bit busy though as we start our traveling sales-peeps season. I’ll be getting regular posts scheduled when I get back to my home and a week off!
In the meantime, the gent and I are vending at the International Steampunk Symposium just outside Cincinnati Ohio. If you’re attending please stop by and say hello! I’ve got all my decks on hand, among other things. 😉
I absolutely adore bats. From the scrunchy only a mother could love faced ones to the adorable flying foxes, I’m a fan of the bat. Given my Tea Bats Lenormand cards I’m sure my bat appreciation is apparent. So today is all about the bat. We shall get this bat love day started with a look at one of our beloved tea bats. A few years back I made Tea Bat trading cards for an Orange Moon Tea Society event. First up my most beloved Baroness Von Spiffy Lux.
Now that it’s April and the weather is beautiful I’ve got flowers on my mind. All kinds and all colors, flowers and more flowers. So today’s beautiful deck selection is the Bach Flower Inspirational Cards. This is a thirty-eight card deck that features very beautiful art nouveau styled floral cards. Each card has a specific flower essence to meditate on. It was created by Antonella Castelli and was published by Lo Scarabeo back in 2010. You can find this deck through Amazon.
Eddie says your heavy metal card of the day is BAD!!! \m/ \m/
Ha! I couldn’t resist. But seriously… the nine of swords, whether upright or reversed, is not a happy card. Because of this when I created this card for my Isidore Tarot I went for one of the more disturbing illustrations from J.J. Grandville. In the original Rider Waite card there is a woman in bed sitting up and covering her face as though she’s just woken from a nightmare. In my deck I made the slight change of having the nightmare represented; something unsettling and uneasy.
This card doesn’t necessarily point you towards the things going on around you, but what is taking place in your head. Anxieties, uncertainty, and those things that trouble you. Like all cards in the deck you should meditate on this card as you feel works best for you. Perhaps this card is asking you to stop a moment and take a look at what is bothering you and what you might do to move past it. Maybe you’re beating yourself up and need to exhale and take a step back for a moment. Or throw on some good old Iron Maiden and do a few head thrashes to dislodge those pesky dark thoughts! 🙂
I received my Isidore Tarot doll size deck sample deck today. It’s wonderful!! It’s so tiny! We have a new section we’re adding to The Attic Shoppe that is devoted to the dolls we sell at shows and craft fairs. I’ve been stitching together a quirky little fortune teller doll who needed a a deck to keep with her. My printer just started offering mirco-sized decks so I shrunk the entire Isidore deck down (I even added a Happy Squirrel card, well… Happy Squirelthulhu, you’ll see soon) and now I have a deck that is about one inch by one and a half inch in size. More to come.
I just okayed the proof deck for The Black Ibis Tarot’s third edition. It looks lovely and a preview can be seen here. This means I’ll be selling the last of the second edition I have in stock and tucking it away. Monday, in honor of opening day when I’ll be downtown in Cincinnati staring and the Reds parade, we’ll have a sale going on in the Attic Shoppe. This will include a just the deck quick buy and two of the very original Black Ibis decks. The first edition didn’t have a minor arcana and the packaging was pretty simple. I offer them now more as a collectable. There were only fifty of those decks originally printed years back. Sale info will be at The Attic Shoppe tomorrow. 🙂
I popped over to Kickstarter today to see if there was anything that caught my attention and I found the ArCANIS project. Oh this is a wonderful looking deck. I loved watching the artist drawing the artwork real time in the project video. Deck creator David DePasquale describes his deck as ArCANIS is a tarot deck and 168 page full color companion book that combines a love of animals with simple, modern character design. I just backed the project for a deck and companion book. His project has successfully funded with seventeen days to go. You can find the project and back it here!
The 78 Tarot Project takes 78 artists and pairs them with a card to create a beautiful tarot deck with a kaleidoscope of different styles and themes. The decks are funded through Kickstarter and can be readily purchased through the 78 Tarot Project etsy shop. This deck has a carnival theme and the above cards are just a sample. It was hard to pick just a few to show off the card artwork. Check it out!
The Attic Shoppe added Sepia Stains tarot art to their print shoppe. So if you’d like to have any of my lovely (though a tad scary if you’ve read their back stories) ladies on your wall, now is the time to get them. Follow this link. 🙂
Ugh, the two of swords… fitting. I hate to admit it right now, but it is fitting. It makes me reflect upon the fact that I’m getting sloppy around the edges, so to speak. Pardon me while I get a little wordy.
Almost two years ago I began a process to improve my health and curb my worsening weight issues. For a couple of years my gent and I let ourselves get far too comfortable with our bad habits. We considered it a winter funk and did everything to avoid admitting we were in a fairly serious depression after my (TMI alert) ectopic pregnancy. We both gained weight, but I seemed to be approaching it like an Olympic event. My daily habits were horrible. I ate little to nothing all day long as I worked my butt off, though that work typically was done from a desk. I made us a very large comfort foody type meal late in the evening when we sat down to watch our favorite shows. Typically we drank a few beers. It was just bad and I felt it in every inch of my body.
When there came a point where my gent needed to move down to Ohio, I realized I was barely able to get around on my own. I have a particular type of arthritis in my back that has bothered me since I was a kid. I spent a lot of time having my back manipulated so I wasn’t stuck in either a sitting position or standing. The more weight I put on that existing problem the worst the pain became. So I decided screw this. I’m not going to slowly kill myself because of bad habits. So I went to my doctor and started the process of taking rather drastic steps to fix myself. I won’t go on about that here (I actually tackle that subject in my portfolio blog) but the end result was I lost a good chunk of that weight, all of my weight related issues are null and void now, and after going through physical therapy and now being quite active, my back experiences nearly no pain. When it acts up a little heat and the wonderful kneading fingers of my gent can fix it.
So yay me! Right? Well that would be what it looked like if this was the closing of my television show. The truth is life rolls right along and the behaviors that were there before are always lurking and it gets really easy to fall back into them. The two of swords is me looking away from my slipping habits and finding reasons to rationalize why everything is fine. The truth is I’m a little stressed out and overwhelmed with the great amount of creative work I deal with day in and day out and trying to be a budding business woman. That is quite a bit for a woman who only a few years ago was a hardcore procrastinator and temperamental air fairy. Sometimes my desire is to address that stress the way I used to because it’s easy and what I’ve known for so long. The world has been trying to nudge me for awhile to get my poop back together and get back on track. It is far too easy to go back to the place I came from and I absolutely don’t want to do that.
In this card’s artwork a woman (or grasshopper here as this is my Isidore Tarot) sits blindfolded with two swords crossed before her. Each sword is perfectly balanced with the other one. They represent a stalling point for me. I need to push past that point and remove my blindfold and take a good look at my habits and make better decisions regarding them. Of course my friends tend to tell me I’m being hard on myself, but I tend to counter with: A personality that is all about obsessive behavior needs to keep a tight reign on itself. A personality that is able to rationalize away nearly anything needs to shut up and do better. That is my take on this card. There are additional meanings you can look up for it when you find it in your spread or card draw, each to be used for what you’re looking at the tarot for.
This is not a new deck in the making, but promotional cards for the upcoming convention I mentioned a few days ago. These are the final color versions of some of the black and white illustrations I posted earlier. I love this character! I made cards for her because I’m the tarot lady at conventions so it seemed fitting to advertise with her. If you happen to like her as I do, you can see a little more Bly artwork on my portfolio blog. If you happen to the attend the International Steampunk Symposium in Cinci the end of April, pop by my booth and grab a complimentary card! And say hi 🙂