Hi guys! I'm continuing my mass liquidation of Tarot decks...and boy, do I have some goodies for you! Most are rare and out of print, in fact.
I'm going to link to either my eBay sale page for each, or my Amazon listing. But you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd rather deal directly with me via PayPal or to make an offer/ask any questions. :o) If you're excited and want to actually SNAG a deck, you can also PayPal me directly using that email addy.
New Listing! Bach Flower Oracle by Beate Helm (Bluestar, 1995. Rare OOP) - Click here for eBay auction page
New Listing! Tarot de Paris by J. Philip Thomas (Connections Edition, 2013 OOP) - Click here for eBay page
Steampunk Tarot (Original Version, OOP) by Charissa Drengsen - Click here for eBay auction page
Dark Carnival Tarot (Original Version, OOP) by Rachel Paul - Click here for eBay auction page
Wooden Tarot Limited Edition Majors-Only Deck by A.L. Swartz - Click here for eBay auction page
78 Tarot Original OOP Crowdfunded Collaborative Deck - Click here for eBay auction page
Legend of Tarot (Original Version, OOP) by Deosil Designs - Click here for eBay auction page
SOLD! Infinite Visions Handmade Tarot by Gloria Jean (Signed and Numbered) - Click here for eBay page
Dreaming in Color Luman Deck by Mindy Sommers - Click here for Amazon page
A Child's Dream Deck by Mindy Sommers (Dreaming in Color Luman Deck Spin-Off) - Click here for eBay auction page
Tarot of the Zirkus Magi 1st Edition by Duck Soup Productions - Click here for Amazon page
Limited Edition Majors-Only Tarot of the Zirkus Magi by Duck Soup Productions - Click here for eBay page
Golliwog Oracle by Duck Soup Productions - Click here for eBay page
All decks are in wonderful condition (most, never used at all). Enjoy!
I've decided to have some insanely good deals for Black Friday + Small Biz Saturday + Cyber Monday--including deep discounts on our Snowland Deck, the original Boyer Charming Oracle, eBooks, Tarot Readings (including my popular personalized yearly Forecast), Ron's original art, holiday cards and more! Click here to read all about it.
Enjoy--and Happy Holidays!
My new Affirmations with the Tarot eBook is now available! Woohoo! 20 affirmations for EACH card--1,560 total.
You can snag it for Kindle at this link (only $2.99). Affirmations are a wonderful compliment to gratitude practice, and help steer your emotions, thought processes and life in the direction you want to go. Coupling them with the Tarot makes them even more powerful. Enjoy!
It's always great to be on the air with Jim Harold of Paranormal Podcast and Campfire: True Ghost Stories fame! He's the best in the business, as far as I'm concerned. :o)
Some of what I covered is in my information-packed eBook Reading the Mind of God (available here):
If you like spooky true ghost stories, Jim is out with a brand new Campfire book (his fifth!)...and it's only .99 at this writing. Click here to snag your very own copy.
Here's Joanna talking a bit about her new Tarot deck:
You can support the Monstarot Deck on Kickstarter here (I did!). Joanna's Etsy page, filled with cuteness overload, is here. (Noah LOVES her cat art; we've bought some prints for him and then framed them).
Best of luck, Joanna!
Been away from reviewing Tarot and oracle decks...but I'm back in the game. Woohoo!
Thrilled to make my re-entry with the Twisted Tarot Tales Deck and Companion Book by James Battersby and Christine Aguiar.
It may be hard to wrap your head around a Tarot deck that draws inspiration from vintage comic books, radio programs, film and TV shows...but as you'll read in my review, it's MORE than just "doable".
Annnnnd there's a 100-page, full-color companion book, too.
I supported the IndieGoGo campaign for this deck and, since I pledged at the highest tier, I also received the fabulous Ouija bag. Woohoo!
To read my comprehensive review of the Twisted Tarot Tales Deck and Companion Book--and see 21 additional card images--visit my main site here. Feel free to come back here and share your thoughts!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? I’m from Jersey—so pork roll egg and cheese on a hardroll with French fries! But on Sundays an Italian pastry and an espresso.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Mine? Hehehe! Seriously, I would love for folks to read (and use) any of the River Cottage series of cookbooks. The TV show is great too. Food is such an important part of our lives. Knowing how to cook and knowing where your food comes from, how veggies and fruits are grown and how animals are raised is so important. The author Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall covers all of it beautifully.
What makes you laugh? A really good cat or dog meme. Like this one:
Song that never gets old: Anything Frank Sinatra sings
Drink of choice: Morning, coffee. Afternoon, tea. I should probably drink more water…
Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold—I love sweaters!
Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? I like them all—but to live, I’d split my time between forest and beach
Favorite color? Honestly, I love them all. It depends on what mood I’m in. Lately I’ve been drawn to oxblood, especially for nail varnish. It’s such a cool color!
Best movie line: “Can you dig it?!?!?!?” (from The Warriors)
Last thing you splurged on? This amazing perfume called “Portrait of a Lady”—I found it in a post by the AstroTwins (http://astrostyle.com) about sexy scents for Scorpio season. It’s the perfect blend of two of my favorite scents: patchouli and rose ♥
Bonus Q: What does it mean to be “Pagan” for you, personally? To me, being Pagan means being free. Life is a journey and there’s so much to discover. Recently my friend and Reiki teacher Jennifer Wood wrote a post on social media about her beliefs and it inspired me to do the same. This is where I am at this moment. Who knows what the future, or the road, holds (note: the quote is from Jennifer)?
I have practiced both Catholicism and Wicca. Both are very much a part of me, but I cannot call myself either Catholic or Wiccan. I still believe in Jesus, the Saints, and Mother Mary, and from my little experience thus far, it seems that just about every religion has a version of these archetypes. “I believe any name for God/Goddess is still the One and same Divinely intelligent creative force that is evident in the geometric patterns we observe in how life and the universe grows and expands.” I believe in magic and prayer and have a funny feeling that they’re the same thing. I believe in the palatable energy that can be felt and sometimes seen in all living things.
I believe in the immortality of the soul. No one ever dies, really; the essence of what makes each of us unique lives on and on and on. When I called myself the Wandering Witch I didn’t realize that it was more than just a name. It is me. The Road is my Path, and I have found many truths upon it. I’ve also encountered cultural and spiritual practices that have resonated with me—and for these I acknowledge and thank their sources as far back as I can trace them. We are more alike than different. I love and honor my ancestors, and through them I have been given precious gifts and insights. I bless and am blessed by them all: Christian, Wiccan, Pagan, Italian, English, French, Scandinavian, Irish, and, of course, American. I am so grateful for the joyful, painful, loving, scary, evolving, enlightening adventure that is this life. I will always be a Pilgrim.
Natalie Zaman is the co-author of the Graven Images Oracle deck (Galde Press), and the YA novels Sirenz and Sirenz Back in Fashion (Flux) and Blonde Ops (St. Martin's Press). Her work has appeared various Llewellyn annuals, as well FATE, SageWoman, and newWitch. Currently, she writes the "Wandering Witch" feature for Witches&Pagans magazine. For more information on Natalie, including special appearances, visit NatalieZaman.com. Have young ones in your home and hearth? Brew a cup of tea and visit Broomstix--her online collection of crafts, stories, ritual and art for Pagan families.
In her newest book Magical Destinations of the Northeast: Sacred Sites, Occult Oddities and Magical Monuments (Llewellyn), Natalie serves as our mystical tour guide through various states in the northeastern USA, delving into magickal correspondences, sacred temples, spiritualist groups, Native American sites and more. Click here to get it from Amazon.com!
I appreciated their enthusiasm loyalty, but repeatedly demurred.
Then, in a perfect synchronistic storm, my former co-host, Laura Brown, and I decided (quite spontaneously) to go back on the air.
But, although we love Tarot, we thought it best to include a wide-range of relevant topics that inspire, encourage and provoke thought + civil discourse.
And thus, The Athena Zone was born!
Our BlogTalkRadio show is at this link. We air LIVE every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 PM EST for 30 minutes. (We may do filler shows, too, with yours truly doing the late night shift). Do follow us there to get reminders about show times.
Our blog, where every episode will be archived, (including our first one, which is already up!), is Athena.Zone. (Yep, I snagged a dot zone URL ending). You can subscribe to our blog, and every time a new post/show goes up, it will be delivered right to your inbox.
Let us know how you like the show over at our blog or feel free to shoot us an email. We're having fun being back on air...and hope you love it, too.
If you visit our Snowland Deck Facebook page here, you can click on the image, have it "stop" on a card--and I'll interpret it for you in a mini-reading (if you leave a comment there and tell me what you got).
I made a .gif of our Coffee Tarot Major Arcana cards just for fun. :o) The cool thing is, though, that you can go on our Facebook page here where there's a fast-moving version of this .gif...and if you click on it, it stops on a card. I'll even interpret it for you if tell me what you get in the comments section over on our page!
Art © Ron Boyer
I've always stood up for artists and authors trying to make a living, especially in the face of childish boycotts, petty blackballing and rampant slander. Now, I'm standing with my colleagues James Battersby and Christine Aguilar. Read on for their harrowing experience with the "Bully from Cyprus"...
Most customers we deal with are honest people . Tarot artists build their businesses on reliable customers, deck sales, and a good reputation for quality service and products. Every once in awhile, someone problematic comes onto the scene who challenges this. Recently, it's come to our attention there's an individual who targets indie deck makers in an elaborate scam to build his Tarot collection. While I understand deck prices are high, that's no excuse for this deplorable behavior. Deck costs are high because production cost is high. We also have shipping to consider, which has gone up considerably in the last couple of years. It takes an artist lots of man hours--months, and even years in some cases, to produce a quality deck of cards. For example, Twisted Tarot Tales took almost two years to complete.
Meanwhile, we have to rely on profits from previous work and side projects to pay the rent. It's not easy living off your craft. So when someone comes along who routinely tries to score a free deck of cards, it comes out of our pockets. This is not just a hobby for some deck creators: it's also a means of livelihood .
People who buy from "Battersby Tarots" get a quality product. We also attempt to do our best to please customers, as well as shipping products in a timely manner. We just ended our first Indiegogo campaign and so far we managed to ship out all the decks on time and include our special printed tarot bags with the higher tier contributions as a way of saying thanks for the support.
Returning to the topic: there's a "customer" whom we will call "Mr, Cyprus" (yes, I'm including his country because I feel deck creators need to be able to identify him. Also. his victims will know who I'm talking about). Unbeknownst to me, he is notorious for pulling a non-receipt scam. One person I spoke with called him an "evil genius". He orders decks from indie tarot artists, claims non receipt, inundates the victim's email box with threats--as well as foul language and abuse (he called me, Christine, a c*nt--demanding a refund . He's done similar things with charge-backs in the Kickstarter campaigns he participates in. The shocking thing about all this is he's been getting away with it for a couple years now. Artists don't really want to speak out about Mr. Cyprus for fear of reprisal or revenge. His messages are quite nasty, trust me.
We first became aware of his potential for being problematic with the last Tarot deck we published. He ordered a deck from us, claimed non-receipt and I promptly refunded him. Jimmy and I take great care to keep customers happy. Like other artists, we don't want negative feedback about our business. We also just published a deck which proved to be very controversial (Cultural Revolution Tarot). The last thing we wanted was a bad feedback about our service posted in some retaliatory thread on Aeclectic or some other card collector's forum. I promptly contacted the printer who can back up what I'm saying about Mr. Cyprus's complaint. He told me they didn't receive a returned parcel with his details on it.
Fast forward a year later. Mr. Cyprus orders our new Twisted Tarot Tales deck. In between this time, another Tarot merchant complained to us about Mr Cyprus on his Kickstarter. He was pledging, cancelling and sending nasty messages. He did this several times driving the seller nuts. Ultimately, the artist barred him from making a contribution to his campaign. I kept this in mind. Again, he claimed non-receipt. This time I gave him the tracking number from the printer. I also contacted the printer who told me to wait a few more days, because decks could take as long as 25 business days to arrive in the post. The customer service representative said he would issue either a refund or deck replacement if the customer hasn't received the item by that time.
Mr. Cyprus then emailed me and told me he couldn't make sense out of the tracking number. He then accused me of trying to save money by getting a bogus tracking number. I replied I most certainly did not save money; it cost me extra for the number. I purchased the tracking available through the printer who uses Hong Kong Post. I set up a replacement deck, but he was pressing me for a refund. It was at this point I decided to talk to a few close artist friends about Mr. Cyprus. We discovered they also heard of him and were among the artists who had unfortunate encounters with him resulting in a loss of money, decks and time for all involved. JImmy went a step further and posted Mr. Cyprus's name on his Facebook wall. A few artists responded via messages and gave us quite a story about his scams, abuses and threats going back a couple of years. They all agreed he was notorious for his "forced refunds", "vile words" and spamming inboxes with nasty, profanity-laced emails.
Mr. Cyprus decided I was next on his spam list after I confronted him with my suspicions. He informed me of his numerous orders and, of course, some of them are bound to get lost in the mail. I inform him of all the orders for decks, books and bags I've received over the years, and how I have never had a parcel go completely missing until I started dealing with him. Initially, I told him I would require another address for shipments, but in lieu of new facts, I would never deal with this person again.
Meanwhile, the printer has dispatched yet another deck to this customer who, instead of feeling some remorse for his abusive language and veiled threats, has taken it upon himself to contact another Tarot artist and accuse him of giving me information about his shady dealings! The funny thing is, that particular artist never came to mind--and I never mentioned him at all.
So, his list of past victims grows.
Scam or missing decks? You decide. I decided this customer isn't worth the risk. Between the printer and myself , his claims of non-receipt cost us about $200.
Note from Janet: John Yiacoupis from Cyprus--the jig is up.
Yeah, that "b" is supposed to be in there, for you fellow Grammar Police; it's a combo of "Paranormal" and "Abnormal". Clever, huh? I didn't get it at first. :oP
We had a great show. Jeremy said the two biggest takeaways from our chat were "Spiritual Constipation" and "Drag (Tarot) Queens". I know, I know...typical Janet fare.
Without further ado, I give you...THE SHOW. Episode #176 of Into the Parabnormal with Jeremy Scott. (Give the player a few seconds. There's about 5 or so seconds of dead air at first.)
Enjoy! It was a super-fun show. One of my favorites.
So you may have already heard about my experience with Rob McConnell on X Zone Radio. If you missed it, listen here. [Note: Because of the backlash, Rob removed my interview from YouTube. Fortunately, I had the foresight to save it to DropBox before he did. That link will take you there.]
My friend and colleague Dax Carlisle told me that Rob interviewed Tarot author Paul Quinn a few days before me. The difference in tone, respect and quality of questions is marked. Listen to Rob interview Paul here.
After listening to both interviews, what do YOU think? Is there sexism surrounding the Tarot? Or with "Old Guard" Paranormal Radio Hosts?
Btw: before I went On Air, he called me "dear". Then, at the beginning of the interview, he called me "hon". A whole lot different from the "Sir" he called Paul Quinn. Some would call that benevolent sexism, but I'm not THAT petty. Still...
Weigh in below in the comments section!
[EDIT 2: For some bizarre reason, Rob McConnell deleted the interview--but then re-uploaded it so it has a different URL. New YouTube upload here.]
[EDIT 3: Dax just let me know that I'm now on Rob's list of X Zone Order of Woo Woos (click here to read the list). My "crime"? Daring to use Tarot as a form of counseling. Just like Paul Quinn. Who was on Rob's show before, and was treated with respect. And is not on the list. Yikes! Can't imagine how miserable McConnell must be to do this sort of thing to past guests...]
Well, at least, that's the premise that I was booked under: that I would be interviewed about my work with Tarot--including innovating with the system to further empower people to think and act for themselves.
But, apparently, host Rob McConnell from Canada had another agenda.
Listen to the hour show below...then come back and share your thoughts in the comments. (Heads up: he basically dissed Tarot readers and psychics, as well as their clients (implying they are "weak" for visiting Tarot readers or other intuitives.)
Dax Carlisle just let me know that I'm now on Rob's list of X Zone Order of Woo Woos (click here to read the list). My "crime"? Daring to use Tarot as a form of counseling. Just like Paul Quinn. Who was on Rob's show before, and was treated with respect. And is not on the list. Yikes! Can't imagine how miserable McConnell must be to do this sort of thing to past guests...]
Have you seen the fab MidCenturian Tarot deck by Madam Clara that's on Kickstarter?
What I find fascinating about this deck by Madam Clara (real name, unknown) is that she's managed to update Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism via the abstract graphic illustration style of the 1950s-1960s (hence, the name "MidCenturian")--but still maintains the color scheme and iconography.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Spiritual Growth by Sanaya Roman
What makes you laugh? People make me laugh. Silly, clumsy antics that where no one gets hurt (well not too much). Just finding humour in the silly things we do...so I guess I'm laughing quite a lot lol.
Song that never gets old: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Drink of choice: Jack Daniels / Coffee [Yes, I asked Gina that. NO, not together!]
Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot of course! I melt ice!
Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Forest with the Fairies
Favorite color? Green, all shades
Best movie line: I’ll be back!
Last thing you splurged on? Car Cameras. Snap!
Bonus Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a Tarot reader? I meet colourful eccentric crazy people and beautiful souls - talking 'love a chat' compliments my work and I love to give and share with all I met. It's a win-win and truly I am happier giving and sharing to help others to do the same. Spiritual life sets us free from perceived dramas and another’s opinion.
About Gina Simon-Blease aka Harriet Potty: Gina started out in her career in the corporate world in 1980. She worked in the finance, business, publishing, sales, marketing to the signage industries. She finally left mainstream work after 5 years in the car industry.
During her career she found people would naturally approach her with their problems needing advice or help of some kind. Gina never turned anyone away. She has a natural ability with people and would always be ready to listen when needed.
Gina had been gravitating towards philosophy all her adult life. She always found inspiration and wanted to share this with anyone who was interested in discovering spiritual secrets.
Gina continued to learn. Channeling was a natural gift found first through automatic writing, discovering communicating with passed over family members had never been ‘so easy’ but at the same time became overwhelming as once again, no one to share her discoveries with.
On a whim she bought a Spanish deck of Tarot cards; suffice to say the rest became history. She began reading tarot first intuitively. She attended quite a few workshops and also invested in a melee of books on anything to do with Spirit. After meeting a famous author of philosophy, Dr. Wayne Dyer in the early 1990’s, this was a huge turning point in her life and she has never looked back.
Gina then joined a Spiritual Tarot College to complete her transition as an advanced student. Later graduating and eventually wrote and taught a course on Art for the college. She then began teaching a structured art class in Psychic Art and Meditation and learning many healing modalities over an eight year period to enhance her psychic work.
Her work has inspired others to learn to love their life. Gina loves her work as she feels the healing benefits of it all. Life has challenged her many times, being in and out of hospital with several joint replacement surgeries but always came bouncing back with smiles, keen to get back to work. Gina knows that living in the light is where she needs to be.
Gina has been working from home on and off for 25 years. As a healer she focused on the Philosophy of Tarot. She believes that the deeper philosophy has been lost and become more about fortune telling instead of spiritual growth. Therefore her tarot course has been written as a self-healing tool and journey. She sees it as a self-challenge to make those life changes and to remove those obstacles that we create. She believes that we were all born uniquely gifted and that it’s our responsibility to harness these individual gifts and utilize them to better our lives.
Today Gina delivers her gifts through her own business called Harriett Potty’s Tarot Magick. Visit here online here.