Calling in Spirits

By Kelly Patton, creator of Secret Woods oracle deck It was a lonely and quiet Seattle morning, perfect for calling in spirits. I sat in my studio with a hot mug of coffee and the music turned up. I began a free-flowing method of gestural drawing to call one of the spirits into the room. The lamps burnt and the candles’ flame warmed the space as rain fell on towering pines outside; their forest scent…

The Astrology of Tarot

by Juno Lucina, author of The Kingdom Within Tarot deck and The Alchemy of Tarot: Practical Enlightenment Through the Astrology, Qabalah, and Archetypes of Tarot (illustrated by Shannon ThornFeather), and The Healing Tarot: 78 Ways to Wellness (illustrated by Monica Knighton). Astrology is the study of the rhythms, the patterns, and the continual changes of our solar system. Imagine for a moment a large piece of fabric stretched as taut as possible. This is much…

Modernization & Contemporary Tarot

The More Things Change, The More Things Stay The Same by James Jacob Pierri, aka Auset Gypsy, author of our newest release: Auset Gypsy Tarot (illustrated by Rebecca Stotsenburgh and Heather Scott). I am a Tarot traditionalist. Period. However, my deck the Auset Gypsy Tarot appears to look very different and far from traditional. We are living in changing times — perhaps it’s Uranus transiting through Taurus or the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction back in…

A Teacher’s Soul

Reflecting on the Work of Eleanor Hammond by Christopher McClure, Director of REDFeather Mind-Body-Spirit. Eleanor Hammond was a remarkable personality. I first had the honor of meeting her in 2014 at the International New Age Trade Show where we were both exhibiting, I myself for REDFeather and she for a deck she had recently self-published. Since this was a New Age trade show, it was buzzing with all of the newest titles from publishers big…

What is Beautiful?

by Jay R. Rivera, author of Beautiful Creatures Tarot (1st and 2nd Edition) with illustrator Jasmine Becket-Griffith. The more often we see the things around us — even the beautiful and wonderful things — the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds — even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see…

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…