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Tarot & Oracle Cards: Similarities & Differences

Tarot & Oracle Cards : Similarities & Differences

Tarot and Oracle cards are both used for divination purposes. Tarot cards follow a standardized format of 78 cards including the 22 Major Arcana illustrating the Foolโ€™s Journey and the 56 Minor Arcana showing aspects of life. There are four suits: Swords/Air/Mind, Pentacles/Coins/Earth/Security (usually of the physical realm), Wands/staves/Fire/Drive, and Cups/Water/Emotions.

Oracle Cards are any cards created for divination purposes that do not follow a standardized format such at Tarot, Lenormand, or Poker. Poker cards can be used for divination, but you donโ€™t have to. These are CARDS, you can just treat them as pretty Cards if you want.

The two most commonly used formats for Tarot are the Rider-Waite or Crowley-Thoth. Beginners are often encouraged to start with one of those decks because of the vast amount of learning material available for those. Rider-Waite is the most popular. Even though I do not own either or those decks, some of the decks that I use do follow the โ€œthemesโ€ behind either the Rider-Waite or Crowley-Thoth format.

Note on Copyright and Usage in Public Domain

You want to get permission before you get into legal trouble.
You can read my article on it here

Creating Your Own Deck

Most artists will pick a format and create accordingly. Tarot is a profound collective of symbolism and psychoanalytical processes that is wonderful to both study and work with. What is becoming more popular now, is the creation of Oracle decks. With Oracle decks, the Artist or Designer does not have to create all 78 cards; they can create as Many or as Few as they want! I kept talking about Marcella Kroll’s deck because I love the strong symbolism and also how she incorporates Runes with Alchemical Elements, Native American Symbols, Egyptian Symbols, and original symbols based off of topics that have deep meaning to her. In general, have fun browsing the many different Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand, and Poker decks that are out there! And enjoy creating your own when you are inspired to!

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Gaining Permission to Publish Photos of Tarot & Oracle Decks online & in social media

(this post will be updated as i gain more information about publishers, and also as i gain more tarot decks :P)
This is my follow up to Biddy Tarot‘s VERY informative and eye opening post about Tarot reader’s guide to copyright. I decided to write this because I spent Quite a Long while searching online for ways to gain permission of use for the decks and I wanted to share what I know so that others don’t have to spend Forever online looking for the same information.

Sorted by Publisher:

(Independent) Artists You Know

ask them ๐Ÿ˜€ I have permission from Marcella Kroll and i LOVE her Sacred Symbols Oracle deck!

Blue Angel

I have permission from them to use images of Tarot & Oracle decks for non-commercial purposes as long as I credit where appropriate! I recommend you email their general info address.

Hay House

Hay house has not allowed me to publish images of their decks, I respect that. I will be altering my site to take down what images I have and will not be posting photos of their decks here. You can go look on their site and message customer service if you want to ask about different decks of yours. Btw I had to email customer service, the person on live chat gave me an email address because he/she did not have authority to decide about permission.

Lo Scarabeo

According to this post on Aeclectic Tarot‘s forum
If a person is in possession of a physical deck published by Lo Scarabeo, and intend to use the deck on the web inside a blog or an a review site, it is now possible to use the images. It’s the important that the blog or website is not linked to a commercial activity (for instance it’s not part of an online reading service). Also the “images copyrigth by Lo Scarabeo” is necessary. However, if the two aboive steps are maintained, it’s not necessary to have written permission from us. And there is no limits to the number of images that can be used.

It would be appreciated, but it’s not required, if any blog or website using our images would send us an e-mail to inform us. Also, warmly appreciated but not required, is a link to our website.

Lo Scarabeo hopes that this wide-angle permission will be of help to the Tarot community, without endorsing any pirate commercial use of Lo Scarabeo images.
This makes me REALLY happy because Most of my tarot decks are published by them. This is what I spent Quite a while searching online for. I even emailed Lo Scarabeo’s customer service, messaged them on facebook, and was wondering when they would reply.

US Games

You have to fill out a Permission Request and fax it to them. You can also read their Tarot Reproduction Policies

Bonus links!

https://pixabay.com/ has free stock images and is where i got that photos of cards in this post’s featured image
http://www.texturecrate.com/ my favorite site for textures
https://www.canva.com/ EASIEST to use online graphic design “software”


Cleaning Up & Self Care

On March 8 there was a Super New/Dark Moon Solar Eclipse. It was the First of 6 Super Moons in 2016. The New/Dark Moon brings New Beginnings and for new ventures to start, the ones that no longer serve us must be discontinued. It is not only rational but also an emotionally nourishing element of self care. Time to Clean House! Wherein I tidy up the discord and dust away the distractions in order to make way for more purposeful action and more conscious decision making.

Today I vacuumed, cleaned the toilets, swept & mopped the floors, and re-organized some things. I am so relieved to have my house clean again after a month of crazy activity. While cleaning, I though of the cards Clean it Up and Chop Wood from Colette Baron-Reid‘s Wisdom of the Oracle deck.

…..image taken down because i do not have permission to display photos of the Wisdom of the Oracle Deck……

I like using it to ask for suggestions and lately I keep getting the Fork in the Road card.

…..image taken down because i do not have permission to display photos of the Wisdom of the Oracle Deck……

I have been fairly confused about this one, as I have been Very active lately: became more public and active about my cartomancy, attended events and workshops on spirituality, consciousness, and divination, started volunteering at local non-profits and did work trade for several businesses and people, changed my business/income career focus, made new personal connections and closed some other. With all my activity, I have been so busy that I felt scattered and could not understand what “fork” or choice(s) this was referring to. When I realized that I needed to regain my power by drawing back into myself. I automatically cut cords, and got to work cleaning house, physically re-organizing my environment, and while undergoing this mundane task, I let my heart and mind slowly settle into each other, to think. Through meditative actions, my mind clears itself by focusing on the Present, the task at hand, the Cleaning of the my house, my living space, my outside, so that within me, the same shall come about.

Self-Care

  • To clean up connections, I find areas [of volunteer work and work trade] which are drawing too much time & energy from me and severe my connection. So there are no contracts & no commitments.
  • To clean up my task list, I physically list and mentally peruse all my dream projects and consider where they are in their state of completion, then I discontinue what is no longer serving me and or what I am Obviously not able to complete.
  • To clean up personal connections, I stop worrying about [un-involved] adults in my life (distant friends, acquaintances & co-workers) and let them take care of themselves. It is not my place to or my job to care for them.
  • To nourish the heart & soul, I make time to engage in activities I enjoy and cook food i love to eat.
  • To fill the heart, I make time to engage in bonding activities with family & friends who love me and whom I love. Together we grow, as our hearts feed each other and nourish the body and soul.

So I have reduced my volunteering and stopped all work trade that was taking too much energy. This gives me more time to focus on business/income related responsibilities and also more time for nourishing the heart and working on my network infrastructure. This may sound cold and technical, but as human beings, we Are social creatures, and thus need social infrastructure to build upon. It is vast, often unseen, and many of us benefit from this without even noticing or appreciating it’s existence. We may think of just co-workers and customers, but much of it involves the unseen work that women(and unappreciated workers) do (title of that post is due to how traditionally, women are given these roles). This extends out into the business world including All service industry employees, working behind the scenes to make sure rooms are cleaned, towels are washed, lawns are cut, trees are trimmed, your food is completed and given to you, and everything is ready to be used so that we can do Our work and make decisions without being distracted by mundanes tasks of the physical realm. As I digress I think of a book called How Starbucks Saved My Life, in which everything was taken away from the author in order for him to realize how much he had to be thankful for.

At the end of the day, when we fulfilled our responsibilities and completed what tasks we could, we settle down and relax, then we think of everything we have, had and want. Then we think of what is in our life, what adds to it, what makes gives us joy, all that is, big and small, and we are Thankful. It is in this moment of gratitude that we can truly appreciate life.

I leave you with a photo of an experimental strawberry bottom cheesecake I made.

strawberry bottom cheesecake


Daily Reading and Reflection for March 3, 2016 : Trust Work Transformation

Today was a busy day!

I love using Marcella Kroll‘s Sacred Symbols Oracle Deck!
0302Daily Reading
Today is a day of Focused Work done for the purpose as Tranformation and Beautiful blossoming of my spirit as i Metamorphosize into a new creature, the one representing this next phase of my life, or current phase, when i shed the cocoon of the past. What grounds me is Love, from my surroundings, the divine support of the Universe, encouraging me as i bustle about my day. Ultimately, this day will ease my storm and all that has gathered inside the self and outside, around me.

It was a busy day: preparing for a job interview, meeting people who were taking some of my overgrown plants, and calling to discuss a freelancing appointment. I only had time for physical therapy because a tutoring client cancelled. I am Really thankful i was given this time to do physical therapy since it has been 2 weeks since the last time i worked it. Then right when i was wondering about money, another student schedule a last minute class tomorrow. Thank You Universe! After finishing my physical therapy workout i quickly ate three bags of snacks before rushing over to class. I find out that class is cancelled, but by the grace of the universe i was given a session with Rev. Danielle Marie as compensation (i can’t find her personal web page). This was my first time getting a reading from her and i was very curious since she is the founder of the Temple of Light. I chattered a lot when she first asked me about what i had questions on and my words traveled up and away from me. She brought us back and asked about why i wanted to connect to the 5th dimension. I want to know what to do when i am confused, feeling lost and or lonely and helpless. I want to receive guidance. I want to feel connected to the all that is.

She told me that the guides said my issue was Trust, and as i heard this i listed several external reasons as to why i could not trust the external. Then she brought me back and said that trust is an inner issue relating to the self. Do i trust that i know enough, do i trust that i have done enough, do i trust that i can feel ok with trusting others, do i trust that i can act properly when others do things that hurt us, do i trust that i will be capable of facing the awkward and painful situations in life, do i trust that i will be strong enough to break away from people who are toxic to me, Do I Trust The Universe to give me what i asked for.

Other points she touched on are Quiet Time & Patience: Can i trust, and wait for the Universe to give me what i have been working hard for, and not drop all my work and pick up something else to work on. Can i quiet my mind and patiently wait for the answer i seek to come to me. Am i comfortable with silence

At the end she let me pull a card (this is one of Stewart Pearce‘s decks, don’t remember the exact name)

Benediction

Benediction : blessings of support from the universe

Do i trust that i Deserve them? Do i trust that i am loved and worthy of them, and that they will come to me?

Can we trust ourselves enough to believe that we are Good Enough, that we are Better than Good Enough, that we are Unique to this time & place and that the Universe loves us and sends us love and support.

Can we trust enough to not block out the love, support and guidance?

This calmed my inner storm and i went home eager to cook and eat a healthy meal. While cooking i noticed pressure in my right nasal cavity, a periodic releases of pressure in that area. It could be the weather, something about my body today, or a representation of the clearing going on within me.

When i finish this i will get ready for bed and try this new meditation technique Rev. Danielle Marie also taught me ๐Ÿ˜€


Thursday, February 18 Reading & Soulmate Confusion

I had a really interesting reading today, in which all cards were right side up and i got both Yin ้™ฐ and Yang ้™ฝ! I like to use oracle cards and read them both intuitively and also with the booklet. I will use use the instructional meaning for the right side up version and then intuitively read the reversal, since most oracle decks, including this one, do not come with reversal meanings … in fact, None of the ones i own have a “reversal” meaning, not even Visionary Tarot which is kinda like tarot but a little different. This deck, Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards, does come with a massive and very descriptive instructional booklet though ๐Ÿ˜€ . So far i have ignored the entire introduction and just looked up a few meanings while i read with random spreads. I have been using familiar spreads as often as my own spreads lately, and i will write another post about “creating” your own spreads: more like thinking “hey i want this card in this position to mean this” and then shuffling and laying them out that way … it really is that easy.

Here is my collage of the main Daily reading in the center with some additional celtic crosses read from the bottom of the deck or “shadow side” as some online sources call it. ( i am currently working on a post about my customized spreads … …. and collecting photos for them ๐Ÿ™‚ … preview notes: i like to ask yes or no questions even though it is highly discouraged among most readers … it really depends on What you are asking yes/no for, if it is “appropriate” and whether or not the spirits actually Want to give you an answer … if they Don’t want to answer, then they say Both yes & no, which has happened to me)

…..image taken down because i do not have permission to post images of the Wisdom of the Oracle Deck……

Allow, Feel, Know and then Act and Create

I keep going around in circles because I have unfinished business to attend to. Now is a time of regeneration, to revive and rebuild my unfinished symphonies. Be receptive of what comes, allowing information and events to flow into my life, and then act upon them.

Right now is a time of acceptance, so let the tension go, and soon I will be receiving help. In the distant past I was happy, then i went through some difficulty accepting a message. In the future I will deal with feelings of being lost and alone. An issue that I should be dealing with is my conflicted feelings surrounding exchanging gifts equitably. Now am not following the lead of others and also not mending wounds that need to be healed, i am worried about a lack of reward but all my hard work but I am headed towards a mother load of Treasure and pay off!

Personal Notes
I have issues with feeling taken advantage of, Really being taken advantage of, trying really hard to make clients happy with my ventures, only to face a bunch of hagglers who want to pay me less than minimum wage and don’t even consider the fact that i have to pay my bills and manage all this time i’m putting into what i give … right now i gave up trying to get paid for my “work” and mostly volunteer with organizations or do skill trade with people who Appreciate my work and are unable to pay for it with money. However, I do receive a Really nice skill trade and i Really appreciate what they give in exchange.
Sometimes i want to keep giving things to friends and they will neither want nor need what i want to offer … plants, advice, food, assistance … it gets silly … on my part … and then a good friend will remind me that it is not my business to worry about others as i must prioritize myself and my daughter so that we are both taken care of first before i attempt to assist others. I like giving, I like helping others, and i have a ton of info in my head that spills out of my mouth when i chat. However, I need to remember to not lecture people and overload with with random info they are not interested in hearing. Even if it may help them, if they don’t want to hear it, they won’t, and it Won’t help them.

(back to the reading)
Also, there is a change in the wind and when I can look at everything from a distance, hence gaining some perspective, I will have a better understanding of everything. It is best to be poised & ready! In the past I had difficulty finding the truth, then I had trouble aligning myself with the divine timing that was available (bad time management!!). The Future brings difficulty resting or sleeping. Now I am in resonance with soulmate energy as it is time to go and move into the future. I fear not having gone as far as i needed to with my current projects, and hence my reluctance with dropping some. However, I am on my way to meeting and being amongst my people!

personal notes
i have been sleeping very little and or very late … usually a combination of both … as i stay up late catching up to all my work and whatever else is needed to complete my projects … last week i stayed up late dancing and working on choreography for a dance competition that was on February 13 and 14. I didn’t place but it was FUN and a Great experience in general ๐Ÿ˜€ … this weekend I will be out learning about intuitive reading and new age spirituality.

Soul Mate Confusion
So the night before (or morning of lol) the 18th i had a very restless dream where i met an ex (the same guy who gave me a coffin in that last post) who was now dating someone else and for some reason all three of us kept hanging out. I was glad that the ex was in happy relationship with this new woman (and not interested in him at all) but i didn’t want to constantly be around them, it was Uncomfortable. So this day i did many other readings and the soulmate cards in two different oracle decks kept popping up and i was perplexed and wondering why?? Since i did and confirmed that 1) We are not soul mates 2) We already cut cords on BOTH ends. THEN i did a reading asking if this person was just how my psyche represented my soulmate and i got YES which made me feel SO Relieved!!!

SO the main thing about Soul Mate Confusion i wanted to write here is that our psyche will mix fantasy with reality, past with the murmurs of the future, and create fantastical illusions that although elude to a truth, are not 100% logical/reasonable and may be difficult to understand. Like being in sync with soul mate energy and then see an ex in a dream … Anyone else have had their psyche use images of people from the past to represent certain archetypes (like a soul mate, twin flame or teacher) in a Confusing way in visions and or dreams?