Target Practice

by Gabi Angus-West, creator of Bonefire Tarot. Have you ever approached a deadline? And did it occur that the word deadline may own a rather more sinister origin story than merely the unpleasantness you feel as you strive to meet expectations agreed to and placed upon you while striving not be labeled as an over-promiser (or worse, an under-deliverer)? Etymologically, the word “deadline” initially connotated one drawn around imprisoned Union soldiers in Confederate prisons. They…

Eternal Seeker Oracle

by Pamela Steele, creator of REDFeather’s newest release: Eternal Seeker Oracle. Inspired by the tarot’s major arcana, the Eternal Seeker Oracle has evolved from over 40 years of tarot study and reflection. In 1978, I acquired my first deck, the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. After returning to the motel where my cousin, Maya, and I were camped, I opened the cards and laid them on the bed to have a first look at my first deck. After…

A Cultural Influence on Tarot: Tarot of the Moors

by Gina G. Thies, author of Tarot of the Moors and Tarot Coupling: Resources and Resolutions for Relationship Readings. When I was introduced to tarot cards over 25 years ago in a reading at a UFO conference in New Orleans, I could not have imagined the odyssey it would be as I celebrate my first published tarot deck. When tarot is mentioned or referenced, many times for those who have never had the opportunity to…

Dreams, Hummingbirds & the Soul

by Yasmeen Westwood, award-winning author of The Tarot of Enchanted Dreams. It’s going to be two years in November since my first tarot deck — The Tarot of Enchanted Dreams — was released. What an amazing moment it is, to see your work being sold all over the world! The deck was named runner-up in the CARTA Awards and won the Bronze at the COVR Awards, too. Not bad for a deck that was created…

Imbolc and the Sacred Horns

by Laura Perry, author of The Minoan Tarot. This week marks the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This is the time of new beginnings and fresh starts. In the British Isles and parts of North America, it’s the point when we start looking for signs of Spring, signals that life is returning to the land. So what could Imbolc possibly have to do with the Minoans of…

A City Within A Deck

Inside the Byzantine Tarot by John Matthews, author of RedFeather’s newest release, The Byzantine Tarot: Wisdom From An Ancient Empire (illustrated by Cilla Conway) and also The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision (illustrated by Giovanni Caselli). When Cilla Conway and I announced that we were working on a Byzantine tarot a number of friends asked us if this was possible, since the period in which tarot received its formulation was much later, toward the end…

Writing The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot

by Caitlín Matthews, author of RedFeather’s new release, The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot as well as Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarot. The idea for this tarot began back in Venice in 2001 when, with my husband John, I went to an exhibition of Leonardo’s flying machines and other engineering inventions. In the echoing nave of a decommissioned church were hung models of winged flight and other strange contraptions that Leonardo dreamed…

Oracle vs. Tarot?

–OR–The Differences Between Designing and Creating Oracle Cards vs. Tarot Cards (A.K.A playing it safe vs. facing your deepest, darkest fears….) by Michelle Motuzas, author of RedFeather’s new release, Intuitive Wisdom Color-Your-Deck Tarot, as well as Shamanic Healing Oracle Cards, The Wild Elemental Oracle, and The Empathic Oracle (co-authored with Steve Wilson). When RedFeather asked me to write blog posts in the past, I jumped at the chance to create content that might educate, inspire,…

Invoke the Dark Goddess

by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creator of RedFeather’s long-anticipated newest release, Dark Goddess Tarot, as well as Goddesses A to Z, a delightful ABC book that teaches children about 26 goddesses from 19 cultures around the world! Our world is getting darker. The year has already been a doozy — enough that even the most resolute among us may be concerned about getting through another dreadful day or endless night. When I wrote the words, “The Dark…

Gender and the Goddess Tarot

by Kim Huggens & Nic Phillips, creators of the award-winning Sol Invictus: The God Tarot and RedFeather’s new release, Pistis Sophia: The Goddess Tarot. The idea for a Goddess Tarot to mirror our first deck, Sol Invictus: The God Tarot, came not long after the latter’s publication in 2007. In the time between the inception and publication of Pistis Sophia: The Goddess Tarot, gender politics has transformed within the public eye. There is now growing…