Category: Tarot

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 Fool’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 don’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 “themes” 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 😀 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”


Tarot & Oracle Deck Copyright Permission & Periscope News!

Hello everyone, I am waiting for ALL the tarot deck publishers that I have contacted to reply with permission to use the deck on my website and in social media! So far a few publishers and deck artists have written back to me, and I am still waiting for a few to reply so there will be less posts.

I became aware of this when Biddy Tarot posted about it in her newsletter. It is Really important to understand legalities around using images of decks so go read her post here http://www.biddytarot.com/guide-to-copyright/. And here is a direct link to US Games Copyright info here New Product Guidelines & Copyright Forms for U.S Games

Also, I am on Periscope! So check out my channel to see some daily readings and interviews! @lunadeltarot
@lunadeltarot

Schedule of Scopes!

  • Interviews of Intuitives/Psychics/Mediums/Energy Healers planned every Wednesday between 12-1pm so make sure you watch my channel then!
  • Tarot or Oracle Card of the Day with Luna planned for Monday and Friday around 12pm

Dark Moon Flow

My flow hit the Dark/New Moon this week so i decided to do a few readings with the Quantum Tarot deck which i have not picked up in a while.

First I asked if there was anything to be said since i had gone for several months since picking these up again.

What's up?

Message: All is not lost, I have temporarily broken from my ideals from the disjoint between reality and dreams, but stay strong! The Earth grounds me, the nurturing mother who provides, and what crowns me is a tricky imbalance between giving and receiving. This imbalance is something i have been aiming to break up and resolve, and it is now at the forefront of my mind and will cause more friction … until i resolve it.

Dark/New Moon Spread (i found this somewhere, it is not an original spread of mines)
April 2016 Dark Moon
What is unseen is my release from mental gridlock caused by internal programming, as i have been in a process of healing my psyche, hence all is not lost because I am finally removing removing blindfold. What will begin to show is that I have not entirely left a situation in which i am emotionally attached. What illuminates the dark path is the World showing love and guidance, as i am feeling restricted by perceived limitations, it reminds me that the Universe is unlimited and will be there for me, I don’t have to fight for everything. Myself is represented by the reverse Ace of Wands because … i just experienced a failed launch and now i’m feeling burned out, and nursing my wounded ego. The energy i felt while launching has dissipated and now i don’t feel like trying anymore.

Yes, i launched something i perceived as important yesterday, April 7th, the night of the New Moon. It didn’t do so well and i have been trying to resolve my feelings over it this entire day … after half a day of angsting, i am feeling somewhat better. However, that fire that drove me has diminished to a pulsing ember.

I drove myself Onward even when my flow became heavy and i was so tired that i had to take naps in the middle of the day. And now, i am so tired that i don’t want to go out anymore, i just want to sit at home, finishing projects, cleaning house and tying up new ends.

Thinking of my flow, i decided to do a reading about it! I found this Moon time Spread somewhere a few years ago and i enjoy using this layout 🙂

April Dark Moon Flow 2016

What i release is the constant changes that spun me topsy turvy, and the system shock that came with it. What i keep is the challenges of day to day life and conflicts that come up while working on achieving goals. What I am receiving is a release from the financial struggle and the sense of material lack as i have been working on retaining a mentality of abundance (and watching tons of webinars on it helps). The outside world may temporarily weaken me and make me feel weak, but when i connect to my inner strength and Trust myself, i will Know that I Am Strong. I provide a network of connections to others that improves group dynamics and makes everyone feel connected. Now, I begin to focus on plans for achieving the goals i have in mind. The lesson i need to learn is to be unapolagetically authentic and own my power, let my fire drives me as i work towards my goal, independent of what opinions others may have of it.

These two weeks have been trying on my body, mind and spirit; it has tested my strength and made me feel weak and powerless. But when i draw within myself and gently kindle my inner flame, it grows and burns stronger and stronger. When it is strong enough to power my heart, my self-confidence and trust in the universe, I charge forward, Knowing that i Am Strong, and I Will Achieve ALL my goals.


Site Creation! Learning from Confusion

Yesterday was the Full Snow Moon whence i set the goal of finally updating my website and getting the wordpress/blog portion to work.

Since I’v been having trouble getting the wordpress scripts to work with my original webhost [for the past couple months], i decided to scrap the idea of attaching my psyche blog to my personal site and thought about registering another domain and signing on to hosting with another company. I did a reading on this and as you can see below, the answer was Duh

new domain and web host question

Left Side: new domain name and new host Right Side: not getting a new domain or host
  • This is the most logical choice. Follow the structure that is available for you, and everything will turn out balanced and fair.
  • This will bring you out of resignation with your website and draw you into becoming active again.
  • Beginning new projects while not letting the past one go is the result of idealistic attachments.
  • The world is there but you will not see it as it’s energy is not being accepted by you.

Stop fighting with the problems and you will see your way out of the mental deadlock

So i looked at the price of registering the domain through wordpress, then i searched on google about wordpress and found out that there was something called wordpress.org. i was using wordpress.com, so i read about some pros and cons to each platform listed on this page. I went over to bluehost and compared the price of purchasing a domain and premium account on wordpress.com to the cost of getting an account with bluehost. After going to the second menu i realized that the cost was pretty similar and i could create multiple websites on there! So I decided to purchase hosting with bluehost.

I started web work at 11:30pm even though i had planned to work on my website as soon as i woke up (i was out and my desktop computer was in the house), so after importing and spending time picking a theme and customizing it, i called it a night around 2:30am and went to sleep.

notes

  • having a way to work on website remotely would be nice : solution use that secondhand ipad 1 i have stored away
  • email questions to webhost customer service as soon as possible

Thanks to

This day was a day of learning in which i let go of the turmoil and grew.

I will go back to looking at all those wonderful tutorials on http://www.wpbeginner.com/ to add more content to this site!