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June 2015

Updates on the Coffee Tarot

Ron's been back at work on our Grande Edition of the Coffee Tarot. I thought I'd share some pics of him in his studio with you. Right now, he's working on the Court Cards for the deck. (If you want to keep track of his progress, visit and "like" our Facebook page here and sign up for the Newsletter here. Our website is Tarot.Coffee).

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Scrolls and small white cups will be the symbols for the Pages, metal travel mugs and Horses for the Knights, black mugs and crowns for the Kings and dainty ivory cups and crowns for the Queens.

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The elements are represented as Earth=Bronze, Fire=Copper, Air=Silver and Water =Chrome.

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Elemental backgrounds for the Courts will be ivy (Earth), flames (Fire), clouds (Air) and waves (Water). Ron's working on the ivy background now. He found some wild ivy growing at the edge of our fence, and is using that as a model.

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Here's one of the metal travel mugs (Knight) superimposed on the ivy background. The color of the symbol (in this case, horse)  depends on the element (Earth=Bronze, Fire=Copper, Air=Silver and Water =Chrome).

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He's using watercolor pencils with this project, and is now coloring the ivy.

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Such an exciting project!

-- Janet


Tarot Decks for Sale

Attention: All sold out! Thanks for your interest. :o)

Hey all you Tarot fanatics! I'm liquidating a lot of my Tarot decks--including OOP ones like the Gaian Tarot, Tarot of Dreams (2nd Edition), Jean Noblet (2007), Tarot of Cloisters, Alchemical Renewed (1st Edition), Ma'at Tarot with Hardcover Book (1st Edition Large Size 480/1000), Regretsy Tarot and Art Nouveau Tarot. If you're interested in any below, email me at synerjay@atlanticbb.net with your best offer. I'd love for these decks to find a good home!

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Tarot of Cloisters - OOP (USGS) - Box a bit tattered, but cards like mint.

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Tarot of Dreams 2nd Edition (Self-Published) OOP - Magnetic box has minor wear on corners. Cards are like new.

Tarot Dreams

Alchemical Tarot Renewed (1st Edition OOP) - Cards like mint. Tiny tear on edge of LWB. Minor wear on box edges.

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Jean Noblet Tarot (2007) Restored by Jean-Claude Flornoy - Box edges slightly worn. Cards in mint condition.

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Ma'at Tarot (OOP) 1st Edition Signed/Numbered 480/1000 Large Cards with Hardcover Book - Book never read. Cards never used. Very slight wear on box corner.

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Gaian Tarot (OOP) - Includes paperback book. No outer box (because Llewellyn boxes fall apart right after opening!). Cards and book like new.

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Regretsy Tarot (OOP) - Original Kickstarter deck. Box slightly worn. Cards mint condition.

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Art Nouvea Tarot (OOP) U.S. Games Systems - Very minor wear on corners of box. Cards mint.

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 -- Janet


Support the Nautical Tarot!

The countdown is on!

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54 hours to go until the 78 Tarot Nautical Kickstarter project ends (Wednesday, June 17, 7 PM EST). They're the team that brought us the original 78 Tarot deck (which I backed and love!).

Now, Kayti Welsh, Trish Sullivan, Delphine Griffin and the rest of the 78 Tarot Dream Team are collaborating on a water-themed Tarot. Artists include Larry Elmore, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and 75+ more talented artists! Watch the video below...then read on for the stretch goal goodies.

And here's a video showing all the unlocked goodies (including a screen-printed custom bag!)--and what will be unlocked if/when they reach the $30,000 mark. Woohooo!

I'm thrilled to get in on the Early Bird Sunken Treasure level--and just upgraded my pledge to get the paperback companion book, too. YAY!

Are you still here? Hurry on over to the 78 Tarot Nautical Deck Kickstarter page at this link to support these fabulous artists--scattered all over the world. 

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Johannes Ziehl

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What’s your favorite breakfast food? Pancakes with Nutella, marmalade and a dollop of greek yoghurt, but most of the time it’s muesli.

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Other Wind by Ursula K. LeGuin or any of her Earthsea books.

What makes you laugh? Being silly for the sake of it. Most people are far too serious.

Song that never gets old:  Too many to chose from.

Drink of choice:  Wine, especially my homemade red currant.

Would you rather be hot or cold? That’s a tricky one, as I prefer temperatures more in the middle region. I will say hot, as long as I don’t have to work.

Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? It has to be forest. I just love trees and and the smell when you have a walk in the forest.

Favorite color? Green, all shades.

Best movie line: Not a big movie watcher, but “No,I’m your father” from Star Wars springs to mind. 

Last thing you splurged on? A couple of board games. Have rediscovered my love for playing them with a few friends of mine. 

Bonus Q: What is your favorite Tarot card...and why? Temperance. It has been my favourite from the start. First it was just the image, but the more I learned about Temperance the more I realised there are some connections for me. Trying to find a balance in life and helping others to achieve it too.

I use a spread inspired by the Temperance Card in most readings to see which part in someones life needs balancing and how to achieve this.

Johannes grew up in a little village in the Black Forest, Germany and now lives, after some moving around, in Brighton, England. Johannes became interested in Tarot in his early teens and bought his first deck of Tarot cards when he was 15. Since then he has been learning and always discovers something new in the cards.

Tarot is not his only passion. Gardening and growing things have been playing a big role since an early age too. Both keep him busy and his pockets full.

After trying out various other forms of divination, Johannes has created his own Oracle Cards and is currently writing the book to accompany it.

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Wizard of Oz Tarot Spread

Over on my Witches and Pagans PaganSquare Symbolically Speaking blog (gosh, say that 5 times fast!), I share my Yellow Brick Road to Awakening Spread. Click here to read all about it (plus some insight on Oz symbols). 

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The spread can also be used with Runes, our Boyer Charming Oracle, oracle cards or other random draw tools. I created it specially for Illogical Associates and their Shadow of Oz Tarot deck (it's in the LWB). Enjoy!

-- Janet


Charms and Songs - Symbolic Associations

In my book Back in Time Tarot, I introduced my BIT Tarot Method, which helps readers learn the cards by "backward" association. That is, starting with a memory, story, event, conversation, movie, etc.--and THEN looking through Tarot cards to make meaningful, cemented associations. (Learn more about it here, here and here.) I even connected 80s songs with Tarot cards!

Similar exercises can be done with any oracle deck or symbolic system, including the Boyer Charming Oracle.

What's the point, you may wonder?

Well, symbolic associations don't happen in a vacuum. Sure, there's universal keywords--but, ultimately, the power of symbols like in our personal meanings and application...whether doing intuitive readings, creating art or writing poetry. The more symbolic associations you add to your personal cache, the more your intuition and imagination has to draw from.

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So, if you were to think of a song or watch a video about a symbol--bee, wolf, camera, airplane, eye, dice, knife, clock, feather, wing, etc.--any memories or associations connected with that song (via lyrics, videography or remembrance) then becomes "glued" to the symbol, making a constellation of meanings for any particular motif. 

You can then use your personal cache of associations for ritual work, spread creation, divinatory interpretation, spiritual art, storytelling/poetry--or receiving important intuitive guidance when a particular symbol crosses your path.

In our secret Facebook group, some Charmers and myself brainstormed some songs that matched up with one of the 60+ charms in our Charming Oracle. Here's a few associations we came up with:

WOLF - "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

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DICE - "Roll the Bones" by Rush

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AIRPLANE - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" sung by John Denver and Cass Eliot

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GLASSES - "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell

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BUTTERFLY - "Butterfly (Come My Lady)" - Crazy Town

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 COMPUTER - "Window to the World" - Geddy Lee

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NO - "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse

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FLIP FLOPS + SUN - "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves 

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CAMERA - "Freeze Frame" - J. Geils Band

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WING - "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler

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PAPER AIRPLANE - "Hot for Teacher" - Van Halen

Paper Airplane Crop 

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Holly Sierra

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What’s your favorite breakfast food? Croissant and a Honey Crisp Apple

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

What makes you laugh? British Humor

Song that never gets old: "Get Together" by The Youngbloods

Drink of choice: Tea

Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot

Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Forest

Favorite color? Green

Best movie line: "We’re gonna need a bigger boat…" ( JAWS)

Last thing you splurged on? Books and Incense

Bonus Q: Who is your favorite band? Jethro Tull was always my favorite band. And then The Moody Blues

Holly Sierra's illustrations speak of that which is visually enchanting with particular attention to decorative, mystical, historical and multicultural themes. Aside from a penchant for detail, the defining aspect of her work is her ability to combine her brand of realism with folk art and decorative fantasy elements. Were you to wander inside, you'd find Holly's studio full of tributes to her interests ~ The Green Man, A Myriad of Gorgeous Goddesses, Indian Tapestries, Sun Faces, Icons, Ancient Runes, Mosaics, African and Asian masks, A Medicine Wheel, Southwestern Artifacts, Celtic Castings, Incense Ablaze and hundreds of BOOKS! (Books on everything from the ancient world to elaborate herb gardens)

Holly Sierra now makes her home in colorful Sedona, Arizona and finds the area very inspirational to her new work.  Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers, others to explore the art galleries and healing centers. Holly is often found hiking or four wheeling amongst the Red Rocks, if she is not busy attending a gallery opening or supplying a local shop with Chrysalis Tarot Decks, Greeting Cards or Canvas Prints! Holly's daughters, Gabi and Esme, as well as Pearl, a beautiful grey cat, helps keep her company. 

Holly received her fine arts education at SUNY Purchase in New York. The next six years found her working and living in Asia; Amongst the countries that influenced her most were: Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and the Phillipines. As well, she visited and loved much of Europe with special attention to Ireland and England...Holly later returned from Asia to pursue a career as a Children's Book Illustrator in the states. Most recently, US Games has published the exceedingly popular CHRYSALIS TAROT DECK written by Toney Brooks and featuring seventy-eight new paintings by Holly. In the past, her work was published by Harper Collins, Source Books, Scholastic Books, Publications International, Silver Burdett and Ginn, and Micmillan McGraw Hill.

Visit Holly at HollySierra.com and her Etsy Shoppe.