I’ve been offering the autumn edition of the deck for the past few years. It’s packaging and card back feature the original This King and Queen of the Pumpkin Ball collage artwork that the Empress and Chariot card artwork is based on. This year the deck will feature the third edition full bleed card artwork and it will also be the last year we offer this packaging. There are ten decks available this autumn and they only come in full packaging. Touch image below to read more or order.
A little Miss Emma’s Tea in my favorite bee tea cup of my aunt’s. Miss Emma’s Tea features parsley, sage, licorice root, and fennel seed. It’s a nice tea to help sooth some of the things that ail us maturing women. 😊
Pictured with it is the nine of coins from my Isidore Tarot – a good card I use to think upon my slowly growing self confidence and enjoying what has come from my hard work. At the same time it reminds me not to get frivolous and chance messing up my accomplishments with foolish decisions. 🤔
Miss Emma’s Tea is an original recipe from the Orange Moon Tea Society.
I’m in Michigan presently taking advantage of my aunt’s excellent tea cup collection. I love tea. I love tarot. Bringing them together gives me another reason to take photos of my decks in pretty places with pretty things. 😉 And now I’m back to the process of getting marrieds tomorrow.
Late at night I hear a voice whispering to me from the hallway. I think it’s trying to give me subliminal suggestions as I sleep and dream. What does it say? Pay more attention to meeeeee…. pay more attention to mee…. and then makes clicky noises. I will wake up, sleepily look towards the door and see the shadow of my cartomancy blog standing outside my door. “I will update you tomorrow! Now get back in my laptop! I’m trying to sleep!” I will tell it as I lay back down and put a pillow over my head. To be fair, it has been awhile since I sat down and really got back into the swing of things. So here I am. Happy blog?
Today’s card of the day is the high priestess card from the Isidore Tarot, in both regular and tiny size! As a designer I adore this card for its symbolism and structure. As a student of tarot I adore it for the same reasons. Today I associate most closely to its suggestion of trusting my intuition. It’s telling me to set aside the very analytical and critical talky talky part of my head that wants to logic and reason everything to death and just listen to what my inner voice has to say.
I’ve always felt it very important to pay attention to your own intuition. So much so that I’ve always trusted my feelings when something didn’t feel right or something felt absolutely right. That has been a strong thing for me much of my life. The down side is when my anxiety comes to call, usually in times of stress, I don’t listen to my intuition. Dramatic events or changes in my life (the Taurus of all Taurus creatures of comfort and habit that I am) stress me out incredibly and the anxiety tags right along. When I fell I removed my comfort and changed my day to day drastically. My anxieties came to roust. And as they sat there on my inner fence squawking at me like crows, I had a hard time allowing myself to trust my intuition. I second guessed myself constantly. I couldn’t decide if I was making my decisions based upon my actual intuition or because of the fear anxiety was helping flower within me. This all came to a head at the first of May.
Happy Tax Day! I wish I had remembered that when I trekked out today to put this weekend’s packages in the mail. And we had such lovely arctic spring weather for the long walk to actually get near the silly place. That aside! I’m down to my last 14 orders that I’m packaging up tonight. Most of these are international because the packaging part is a little different to try and keep shipping costs down and of course the customs forms. But I’m moving right along with that.
In related news, after tending the inbox for me and taking requests, Maggie has suggested we put the Sea and Sands decks up for a little longer. I agree. We have a special display for the decks at our first convention at the end of the month, so why not offer a few more leading up to that? Shipping times for these decks will be one to two weeks as we have them on hand. If you’re in the midwest and attending the Cincinnati Steampunk Symposium the last weekend of the month you can avoid postage costs and order one to pick up at the con. Just contact us to order and get pick-up details.
Generally speaking I prefer selecting what I consider a positive card from my deck when I sit down to write this type of entry. However, I’m not feeling this card one bit today. Perhaps if I had shuffled the cards so they could come out willy nilly, upwards or downwards, I might have selected this one reversed. That far more sums up my irritable mood today.
Part of my irritability at the moment has to do with the desire for it to finally warm up so I can get back outdoors. I want to plant my garden and bring new green life into my home. I feel like that would go a long way to helping me feel normal again. The body heals from injury. It knits itself back together with amazing skill. Sometimes it takes the mind a little longer to catch up. One day I’m fine and upbeat, the next I’m feeling the weight of the last many years of my life pressing down. Every now and then I do feel like the good moments of my life are just brief pauses from the never ending chain of bad moments. That’s not exactly a bright and chipper thing to admit out loud. But there is something to be said for being able to admit it.
With that said, it’s also important to find a way to get a handle on emotions that are running amok. Sometimes I picture myself as the Sarah Jessica Parker daffy witch in Hocus Pocus when she bounces around chanting Amok! Amok! Amok!. Perhaps I need a witchy Bette Milder to give me a knock to the stomach. A comfortable balance needs to be found between emotions and intellect. That is far easier said than done. Little bit by little bit though. Doesn’t help with irritable days like this though. Perhaps we can revisit this card and its more positive attributes.
The Isidore Tarot’s third edition proof deck arrived. It looks lovely! Just a few minor tweaks need to be made before it can go print. Yays. 🙂
I had a nightmare last night. Not to be so literal with this card, but I did. It came after a day of unhappy remembering.
It was time to send out updates to my family. I sent my aunt a progress shot of my healed knee. But to nab it, I saw a preview of the original injury. Jarring. Later I had a nice talk with my mother-in-law and she asked for a run down on my healing. Then told me, now that so much time had past, that after raising three hyper, injury prone boys she wasn’t squeamish. But when she saw my knee it looked like the place where you tear a chicken thigh off of the chick’s body. Sobering. Finally, when Myke and I left to grab dinner, after weeks of being free of it, I got vertigo at the top of our front steps. Meh. So naturally I had a nightmare during sleeping hours.
A sentient staircase was following me around promising me a bottomless bowl of reese peanut butter cups at the top. It was all shadowy and sneaky sneaky. I kept trying to tell it to go away. “Not if you had the last peanut butter cup in the world Mr Spooky Stairs!” And that says something. I do love me some reese.
The first sample Isidore deck arrived today; this one being for the Sea and Sand deck. It looks lovely. The colors are very vibrant. The photo below really doesn’t do it justice. I squealed like a little girl… the felines are still in hiding. 😉
I like the queen of cups. She’s the type of woman I’d like to see myself as. She’s emotionally secure and has a warm heart. You will find no one more compassionate. She probably doesn’t spend a lot of time re-living a particular moment with a family member who said something that–after a little thought–might have been bad. She’s beyond that kind of thing; this is why I have a little ways to go to truly channel this fine lady.
Like the surface of the water she represents, the queen of cups is able to act as a reflection of those things deep inside of us. She thinks with compassion, empathy, and speaks straight from the heart. When she offers advice it comes from a place of experience. She’s a creative lass as well, and I am all about the arty types. This is not a bad card to draw, though in the wrong position or moment, she can be a suggestion that things are not necessarily all good emotionally. If you draw this card take a moment to look inward and then to those around you and evaluate the nature of those relationships.
With the Isidore Tarot (pictured here) I went a little more my way than the RWS version. My queen of cups reflects my love of mermaids. I love water and have been known to say I’m a reincarnated mermaid, so it seemed fitting to make my water queen one. (I think I said the same thing for my knight of cups.) I wanted her to have a sense of calm and inner reflection as she sits on her comfortable throne on her wave of water.
So just after previewing the third edition of this beloved deck of mine, I have another version to throw out there? Ah’yup. I’m about to do the first pre-order from the third edition and it’s just a hiccup behind the special edition I’m going to offer for spring. I want to make sure potential deck adopters can see them both.
The autumn special edition of the deck is special packaging and an alternative deck back. With the spring special edition I’ve been planning I wanted the whole color scheme to be turned around. I wanted to take the rose and gold of the third edition and make it more sand and water. Thus we get the Sand and Sea Spring Edition of the Isidore deck. All the original red hues have been changed into a water palate of blues and teals. The golds are either a bit more subdued to a sandy color or brightened up a bit like the sun is shining down. I find (let me set my humbleness to the side) the major arcana turned out just beautiful. The beautiful thing about matching gold/sandy colors is they work really well with an opposite but vivid color. This is harder to do with the minor arcana simply because the suits are color coded to match the elements they represent. To get around this I tried to make certain related colors more pronounced.
So now that I’ve tucked the second edition of the Isidore Tarot away, it’s time to have a preview of the brand spanking new third edition. Below is a link to a preview of the new deck. The modifications to the deck are minor and yet still quite different from the previous versions. The biggest change is the removal of the white borders. The card artwork is now full bleed. My personal preference is full bleed card artwork without the borders. For me–I don’t know if it’s a graphic artist quirk or just my eye–I don’t care for borders. I like the artwork to be colorful and to be all that is viewed within the space allowed. My first deck lacks borders. And even though the artwork is not a full picture style, I like the continuation of the background design to the edges. Not everyone prefers this though. So with my second deck I offered decorative borders. With the Isidore deck I kept a standard white border around the artwork. When I found (in reviews) that some deck adopters were cutting off the white edges, I had to spend a little more time researching what is popular and why people have their preferences.
My preview deck has been ordered and is on route to me. The digital preview is incredibly nice, but I’ll be able to better judge when I have the actual deck in hand. I’ve had so many requests for a borderless version though that this edition seemed very important, especially when I still have previous editions I can offer if need be. More to come!
This sale runs Nov 11th to Dec 5th.
This sale runs Nov 11th to Dec 5th.
This extended sale runs to Dec 5th.
I love dollhouses. I grew up with one at my grandfather’s house. He made it for my grandmother Eva and made it so detailed and intricate that the house even had working lights. From there I simply began to love small things, doll sized things. So it should come as no surprise that I wanted to make versions of my decks that are just the right size for small hands. So I offer to you my doll sized Isidore Tarot deck. It’s around one by one and half inches in size. I adore it! I’m offering it for sale from Nov 11th to Dec 5th. You can get all important details here. 🙂
In the original Rider Waite Smith deck the four of coins shows a man possessively holding his coins close to him. So much so that he can’t stand up and walk away for fear of losing possession of the two coins his feet are protecting. In the Isidore Tarot the same message is trying to be conveyed via this, uh, we’ll say pup owl mix? 😉 The creature’s wings are keeping guard over two coins, while its claws hold the other two coins in place. This bird cannot fly without giving up that control of his coins. That’s the nature of this card: Both positive and negative depending on how you choose to guard over and control the possessions you’ve worked very hard to come by.
The coins suit, overall, appeals to my Taurus nature when it comes to material things or wealth. It makes me think because I have some hang-ups when it comes to having things. I grew up very poor in a rather chaotic household. The only time I felt any sense of security was when I spent my summers at my father’s house, which was fairly well off, lacking in the chaos, and I knew I would be able to lay down in my bed with good sheets at night and wake up to a healthy breakfast and a day that was going to be routine and most likely safe. Because of this I have triggers when it comes to my environment and what makes me feel safe.
I relate well to this card because I find my security in having the resources to take care of my life and the people around me. I guard over every cent and I’m very proud of any coinage my pursuits provide me. It gives me confidence. However, I’ll never be able to forget my upbringing; the two sides of it. This might lead me to being too possessive of my things, my fiances. It can sometimes lead me to wanting to give into greed. It’s a balancing act and that’s what I meditate on when I see this card.
The four of coins can represent being in a place where you know what works and in needing that control you become inflexible to change. You might be too concerned with controlling everything around you to keep it that way–to keep the status quo and the security it brings. There is something positive in protecting what you work hard to earn and the life it provides, but sometimes change can’t be avoided so it’s good to allow a little flexibility in life. That’s a hard concept for me at of late. So today this card gave me pause to sit and think about things a little. What does it make you think about?
The card of the day is from my Isidore Tarot and features the sun. This is a good card. It represents success and abundance. I like to think it literally represents warmth. When this card comes up I like to sit back and look out the window and take a deep breath. I think about no matter what is going on, the day is beautiful, I feel positive, and I just kind of want to smile. It’s a good card to meditate on.
Pictured here is not the card itself, but an art print of it with some embellishing. I did these long ago for a special Isidore sale. I’m thinking I might put art prints for the deck back up. I was getting a little overwhelmed for awhile there with small orders. I especially enjoy embellishing prints. Anyhoo, today’s entry is a little light. I suggest going outside and enjoying the day. 😉
The first tarot deck I ever made was a long, kick-me-in-the-arse sort of project and when it was done I was content to leave it done. Now I can think of so many ways I could do so much more with it. Much of that is thanks to all the wonderful ways my Isidore deck has lent itself to special editions. My favorite so far is the My Tiny Valentine limited edition. So today’s throwback Tuesday is just a look at that pretty pretty deck. Special bonus for it because I am a typo demon who doesn’t have enough proof-readers: My first name is misspelled in the book. I hope that gives someone a chuckle. Technically not misspelled, there’s just an extra “y” in there that I didn’t catch in the very loopy font. Doh!