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February 26, 2011

Tarot Cards...

In the beginning of my searching for a spiritual path, I came across some amazing art and it drew me like nothing else had.

I can remember the piece.
Isis and Osiris, by Susan Seddon Boulet
I bought a few prints of Susan Seddon Boulet's Goddess Art and cherished them. I need to frame and hang them, but for now, they remain safe in my hope chest.

When Spike found out about his impending NCLEX test, we ran to Half Price Books. As he searched through the Nursing books, I made my way through the metaphysical section and found they sold tarot cards. Scanning through them, I nearly fell from the step stool in excitement!


48 beautiful cards with her artwork! Even better, after I bought it and took it home, I found an extra card inside.



The Athena card. I gave it to my daughter as it seemed very fitting.

From a website:

The art of the divine feminine is explored in and enriched by the paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet in the Goddesses Knowledge Cards. This popular artist hails originally from Brazil. Some 48 of her visions of female deities from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Native American traditions and more are available sturdy deck of Goddesses Knowledge Cards. Brief biographies of the featured goddesses compiled by Michael Babcock are featured on the flip side. As you read the text you become aware of the power of the feminine and begin to recognize it in yourself. You start to picture your place in the divine feminine collective unconscious. The insightful art of Boulet cements the vision of the goddess in your memory as you go through the Goddesses Knowledge Cards.

Boulet found her inspiration in the myths of the world, Jungian psychology, global spiritual traditions and poetry. She was particularly attracted to the goddesses of the different mythologies. Boulet combined her source materials with her love of nature and animals, creating visions that inspire, inform and delight the eye. San Francisco Bay Area writer Michael Babcock was Boulet’s friend and shared her passion for archetypes. His insightful text adds depth to Boulet’s artistic vision and her captivating portraits of goddesses from around the world in the Goddesses Knowledge Cards. This is a card deck that will satisfy you on multiple levels.

It's not a normal tarot deck, but it can be used for intuition or searching one's inner self.

 I also found Egyptian Tarot (U.S. Games). Not as detailed or pretty as most other decks, but they felt comfortable when I picked up the deck. (http://www.learntarot.com/egdesc.htm) One thing I don't particularly like about it is they don't have the inverse meanings to the cards.


5 comments:

Dawn Embers said...

Very nice.

I have the Egyptian Tarot as well. Think I purchased it online but I have used them for certain readings. It's a good deck that has decent imaging even though it's not as intricate or pretty as some of the other decks I own.

Isobael Liu said...

Dawn,

Thanks! I was ecstatic to get them. Susan Seddon Boulet has always been one of my favorite artists.

The Egyptian Tarot I look forward to using. It's a comfortable deck but we'll see how we get along.

How do you deal with the lack of inverse meanings?

morseren said...

Really a good general book on tarot meanings will work with the Egyptian Tarot deck. In deck specific books the symbolism in each deck can be found in the upright meanings and reverse the images are upside down so it's more a matter of the card interpretation than explanation of imagery. Books that use the Waite deck as illustration are good general meanings book. I really like Mary K. Greer's book "Tarot for Yourself". Plus this book tends to be very easy to find through a library so you can check it out before you buy. Rather than being tied to one deck of cards it shows you how to develop meaning for yourself. It discussed the numerology of tarot as well as astrology etc.

Rebecca

ArtForm said...

Hi!

Those are really beautiful art pieces. For me, I get my inspiration from this artist:
http://www.jonathonart.com/intro.html

I find his pieces intriguing and enchanting. Wish they were on tarrot cards too so I won't have to spend a bomb just to purchase one of his pieces.

-Alice-

Dawn Embers said...

Well, I use the Egyptian deck for a specific type of layout I found in a book. It's a yes/no and each suit has specific purposes. So, I use the book to interpret whether the cards are saying yes/no. Most of my general readings I stick with Tarot of a Moon Garden because they are simple and visually pleasing for me and people that had readings done in person.