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78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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They’re back! The global arts collaborative,  known as ’78 Tarot’, is currently shipping their highly-anticipated third deck, 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot. Not only are these decks beautiful, they are very collectible and certain to please the most discerning Tarot card collector. By the way, today, January 15, marks the three-year birthday of 78 Tarot! They have their first three amazing Tarot-art collaborations under their belt, with a fourth on the way.

First, let me say I was going to tell you every single deck out there that has ever been done in the carnival/circus theme; truth be told the more I looked, the more I realized there really wasn’t any comparison. When I received their Nautical deck, the second in the series, I mentioned my Tarot reading having its beginnings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Well, not only was I there, but our purpose for being there was to attend the Mardi Gras, so imagine my excitement when I began to unwrap these cards! I do believe that the eighty-one cards included in this series cover every possible angle of carnival time and the circus. The images are replete with clowns and circus performers, as well as parades and Carnival attire. 

Have you ever ordered Tarot cards from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, or Overstock.com? I have; I must admit every single time I’m like YAY!!!, my new cards are here! Then the mailman delivers a package from 78 Tarot. Let me tell you, this is not like Christmas morning where you rip off all of the paper and it’s done. I just sit and stare in awe; the care given to each item in the box and personal touches is overwhelming! I didn’t want to open anything! Founder, Kayti Welsh, totally outdoes herself in the swag department. The Tarot goodies you receive with your order depend ultimately on the order, but, as many of you out there can already attest, it is all too pretty to open. We will talk more about all of the extras in a special post toward the end of February, before the Kickstarter launch of deck number four, Astral.

So let’s talk about the regular things, the deck and book, etc. First of all, I am not just a fan of Tarot cards and their depictions, I love the backs of the cards as well, and these are beautiful. The Carnival deck is slightly larger in size than the first two. This accentuates the magnificent artwork illustrated on each card. Great care has been given in choosing the artists, thanks to art director, Delphine Griffin, who is uniquely talented all on her own. PR manager, Joanna Nelson, also assists in this area, aside from her many PR duties. Quite a few of these artists have been part of this collaboration since Day One, and I must admit I am certainly developing a few favorites. More on the artists and their independent projects in the coming weeks…be prepared to fall in love! Now, y’all know I have been doing this for many years, so I have definitely formed my own opinions on Tarot cards and what I like to read. These, while featuring incredible artwork, still retain the necessary symbolism and integrity of the card which the artist was assigned, while depicting it in the Carnival theme. This is real art, from real artists, and I do not believe I can emphasize this enough. It is not my intention to lessen the quality of the imagery of other decks, but a careful perusal of this deck makes it very clear that having one artist per card, allows for greater attention to quality and detail. I began featuring this deck on January 1 amid many ooo’s and aaah’s.  Great care is taken with this entire project from start to finish. 

This time around, the book is paperback and there are a few changes. More space was given to the illustration of each card, to the point where you may want to take it apart and frame them. But don’t! There are actually wonderful bonuses included for the Kickstarter backers. Trust me, I will fill y’all in on how to wind up with all of the perks! So, this is author, and Tarot card reader, Trish Sullivan’s, third book! How many individuals out there can say they have written three Tarot books? Not very many, my friends. You will love the format; I have been showing it in the Featured Card of the Day. The artist expresses their feelings on the project and how they arrived at their interpretation of the card which was assigned to them. Trish fills in the blanks, offering a short meaning and how it relates to each card.

Twenty years from now, I hope to still be here, and to be able to say that I own every single deck published by this incredible collaboration of artists. Their goal is to bring you, the Tarot lover, reader, and collector, the most inspired, beautiful representations of each card, in each series, while still maintaining the true meaning behind each individual card. 78 Tarot will never be Llewellyn Worldwide, or U.S. Game Systems, nor do they hope to be. But, I am here to tell you that they will ultimately achieve great standing in the Tarot community, as they continue to grow and thrive with each creation they bring to their adoring followers.

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The Path You’ve Chosen

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I think this may become a mid-month feature. I know I often find myself halfway through a month wondering if the second half is going to feel like the first. So, I have pulled some #Tarot cards for guidance to help you along your path. 

Society has rules. There is no gray, there’s only black and white. Mid-month finds you sifting through the rubble of your life. It’s ok to mourn the things you’ve given up, but don’t dwell on them eternally. Put it all into perspective and focus on what remains. There’s like a little Snoopy dance going on here for some reason. 

Something in your life has come full circle. Finally, there is enrichment that far overshadows the losses you’ve incurred. Enjoy the company of loved ones. 

It’s funny how nightmares can tend to blow reality out of proportion. Take control again. Eliminate the heartache by leaving behind all the nonsense. Balance and fairness have entered your life at this time. 

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Where it Began – My Tarot Journey

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1970 was the year. On a trip to New Orleans with my parents, we spent the day in the French Quarter. The shops there are so amazing and full of cultural history. I remember us going into this crowded little occult store full of tiny aisles. My parents said I could pick out one thing. In retrospect, I’m wondering why I didn’t choose a voodoo doll. I’ve certainly met enough people over the years who would’ve inspired me to buy one!

So, obviously, I chose a tarot deck. I honestly can’t tell you which one. It did become lost over the years after a move. I really wish I had it. I know it wasn’t one of the better-known decks at the time. 

The reason I’ve decided to share this with y’all is because of my upbringing. I was raised Catholic. My parents were very strict. However, when they let me buy the cards, I never gave this a thought. I was always taught to be independent and a free thinker. 

As with many other things in the world today, some people let religious beliefs cloud their view of things. Religion is in our lives to provide us with a moral compass, not to pass judgment on others. In some countries, very spiritual, religious people practice the tarot. 

I would actually take my cards to school  with me. At lunchtime, I read for my friends in the cafeteria. Yes, it was a Catholic school. Everyone loved it and begged for more. 

And a Tarot Reader was born!

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Fearing the Death Card

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Fear of the Death card in a #Tarot reading is very prevalent among people who receive readings, as well as those who may own a deck of cards and try to read for themselves. 

I always look at all the cards, in order to determine it’s purpose in the reading.  Very rarely is it an indicator of a physical death. Let’s take a look at this particular image. It is from one of my favorite decks, Tarot of the 78 Doors. 

There are many details here to see. Look at the open gate of the cemetery. Beyond that, you see new horizons. Remember, with death comes life. It’s a continuous cycle. The figure here appears to be in mourning. He is holding an hourglass. For me, this brings to mind the phrase which appears at the top of my page. “Time is the most important thing we’ve been given.” Are you letting yours slip through your fingers?

You see, this is not merely a card of loss, but one of gain. Transition through the closing of doors and opening of new ones is indicated. But, quite often we may be preoccupied with what we have lost. What is needed here is to take notice of what awaits you. You see here, not only death, but growth and life. 

I think the best example I can offer as to the Death card would be the transition of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner.  This cannot have been an easy decision so late in life. Picture, if you will, Caitlyn sitting on the grave, with Bruce’s name on the headstone. This will give you an idea of the power of transformation that is indicated here. But, the rebirth has been a happy one. It is something that was much needed to continue down the true path of life. What in your life needs to die away in order to step into your truth and be your best self?

It’s no coincidence that the Death card is number 13. Many people also fear the number 13. I am including an article I found here, for a little backstory on the Death card and it’s association with this number. 

So, remember, if you are ever sitting in front of a Tarot card reader, do not cringe if the Death card is selected. There may very well be a beautiful message there for you. Life always changes; there will always be transitions. Embrace them and enjoy the journey. ❤️

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Anniversary Celebration – Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Can you believe Thursday marks the one-month anniversary of my blog? I have been doing this for the majority of my life, but this part is very new to me. 

I have met so many wonderful people in the past month. The feedback is so positive and I truly enjoy connecting with each and every one of you. 

What I would like to do to celebrate, is to invite everyone to like my Facebook page. You will find the link below. Monday, July 20 I will put all the names from Facebook in a hat. I’m going to choose one person for a $40 reading and two people for a $5 question. You must like the page to be eligible. 

I encourage you to follow me everywhere as you never know which venue I may choose. 

I can’t thank y’all enough for making my first month on the internet such a success!

New Moon blessings to all! ❤️

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New Moon in Cancer – July 15, 2015

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I have pulled #Tarot cards for guidance for this New Moon in Cancer. 

You have much for which to be proud at this New Moon.  The ability to take control of an area of your life that has been so out of control is possible at this time. You can slow down that runaway train, so to speak. Finally, there is clarity. So much has been hidden. And now, it is revealed to you. Important papers have been signed. Where you were headed seemed so unclear some days.  Justice will prevail. Exercise your sense of right and wrong. Important news may come to you during this New Moon period. At least one area has come full circle. For you can now address multiple issues in detail. It still has a one at a time feel and there is plenty more to be done. 

Your future is now ahead of you. Your ship has come in and you definitely have a more secure footing at this time. Do the work necessary to make this New Moon a successful one for you. 

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Let’s Talk Tarot – Using Photographs

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I have been reading #Tarot cards long before there was even the thought of the internet. The Jetson’s were everyone’s idea of technology. For so many years, obviously the only people I did readings for were face to face. 

Internet and smartphones have opened doors of communication never thought possible. So, now you ask me what happens to my abilities as a Tarot reader. Absolutely nothing. All these modern advances have had no effect on me. I believe in adapting with the times. 

So, where do pictures fit in this conversation? There are two schools of thought. One is you should be able to read for someone you’ve never met without a photo. Can I do that? Yes. But, I love seeing for whom I am reading.

When I focus on a photo of the person I’m reading, I do so before and during the shuffling of the cards. Some of these things defy explanation here, but I can honestly tell you I find the details of the reading to be more vivid. 

I encourage everyone to submit a photo of just themselves along with their reading request. Questions and subsequent readings may include photos of other pertinent people in your life. Just because your photo is solely of you, it doesn’t mean the reading will only include you. What it assures is that it will be for your life. 

Thank you for taking the time to include your photo(s) when requesting a reading. I look forward to our online experience. 

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