Joie de vivre: blog hop ‘new deck’


joie de vivre ˌʒwɑː də ˈviːvr(ə),French ʒwad vivʀ/ 
noun: exuberant enjoyment of life.

What better way to start off 2016 than with a new deck! Hop along in this Tarot Professionals Blog-Hop by following the links below: Thanks to Fiona Benjamin for  organising the TP blog-hop, hopefully the first of many monthly hops to come.

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I am a deck creator, my latest deck is a fun Retro Lenormand. In the spirit of this blog-hop theme (new deck) I will share a bit of my creative process. For me it goes something like this:

  • Choose a theme to work in: This is an important step as it adds continuity throughout the deck
  • Create the artwork: I like to create my own either traditionally or digitally
  • Find the right typography to compliment the theme for the overlay of card numbers etc: This is another important aspect to consider in the overall design of the deck. The wrong font can ruin an otherwise perfectly good looking deck
  • Use Photoshop (or similar software) to put it all together
  • Print the deck & make it available for purchase once done
  • Tell everyone about it!

It was probably while watching Mad Men (TV series) that the idea to create a retro deck was born. I love the colour schemes, the bold patterning and sassy attitude of all things retro which led to an enjoyable creative process. A deck with joie de vivre!

Without any further ado, allow me to introduce you to some of the cards in this new deck, but be warned, they have attitude!

She is a sophisticated woman of the times.

She is smart and sophisticated

Suave and successful, this retro man is

He is suave and successful

 

And if things don't work out for them there's plenty fish in the sea (plus and extra gentleman & woman card in the deck)

They like each other but if all else fails there’s plenty fish in the sea

They are sexy and they know it

 

 

Guided by style and panache

Guided by style and panache

Even when faced with adversity

Even when faced with adversity

 

Nothing separates them from their stylish enjoyment of life

Nothing separates them from their stylish enjoyment of life

Because a little bit of retro goes a long way...

Because a little bit of retro goes a long way…

 

 

Add a bit of joie de vivre to your 2016 readings today. 😉

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‘Tis the Season – 2014 Yule TarotBlogHop


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5-Card Yuletide Spread

In the Yule BlogHop we were asked to do a 5-card spread for the following questions:

1) What gift would you give the world if you could?  The Lovers

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

Love remains the greatest power of all. With loving comes forgiveness and acceptance of one another’s differences. If our world leaders could operate from love and acceptance rather than greed and blood-thirst this would be a much better world to live in.

2) What gift would you want from the world?  Page of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The Page of Pentacles represents the student to me. This is very fitting as I see myself as a perpetual student learning from the world at all times.

3) What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy? 2 of Cups

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me the Two of Cups speaks of equality and mutual respect. I have finally honoured my inner artist, the intuitively creative me that is well represented by the Cups suit, by enrolling at Art School at the mature age of 51. I’ve loved art since I was a little girl, and I’ve wanted to ‘do’ good art since just about forever. It is never too late to honour oneself and to treat ourselves as deserving equals. With Art I can express myself.

4) What gift have you given that has brought you joy? Queen of Swords

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The written and spoken word. I’ve been fortunate that I had a very busy tarot practice until quite recently. It brought me great joy to witness the healing and peace that my readings often brought others. I’ve also just completed my first contracted book for publication by Schiffer Publishers, a how-to manual for my LeNewbie Lenormand deck. Hopefully my written words in this publication will be a gift for those who are new to the oracle.

5) What is the last thing that you would like to share about this season?  Knight of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me, this card is all about responsibility and planning ahead. I guess I’d say that good planning and foresight will assist each of us to meet our responsibilities toward ourselves and others; not only over the season, but into 2015 too.

Happy holidays to us & ours, including all our fur (and feathered) babies.

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Buccaneer Lenormand by Rootweaver – Arrrr!


Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Shiver me timbers! A pirate-themed deck, inspired by Black Sails and Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the latest offering from Rootweaver’s creative basket. Digitally rendered sketches with bursts of colour to bring this appropriately ‘dark’ deck to life and to delight fans of all-things-pirate.

Featuring our matey captain Jack Sparrow and a pretty lass at his side who looks a little lily-livered but she’s a tough lass who’s not afraid to use a cat o’ nine tails on a scallywag if provoked.

Don’t pay doubloons, save your pieces o’ eight by taking advantage of the pre-order price and beat the sprogs at it. Save a whole $6.00 – that be a mighty fine discount! So, beat ‘em scallywags to the booty and order your copy today directly from Rootweaver’s site for the discounted pre-order price of $22.95.

(This deck is already at the printer and is expected to arrive within 10 days.) Arrrr!

Crossroads - where will they lead you?

Crossroads – where will they lead you?

Product description:

A 36-card  lenormand deck that has been slightly modified to a pirate theme. These modifications include replacing the traditional Scythe (card 10) with a Sword, replacing the Coffin (card 8) with a pirate’s Grave,  the Whip (card 11) features a cat o’ nine tails, we have the Albatross featured in the Birds card (card 12), Rats instead of Mice for card 23, a Scroll instead of a Letter (card 27) and both the Bouquet (card 9) and Lily (card 30) feature ‘dark’ flowers.

These cards are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches in size (standard poker size) and are printed on premium linen card stock by Printers Studio,  shrink wrapped and will be shipped in a luxurious velvet drawstring pouch.

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It's a dangerous place for pirates!

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It’s a dangerous place for pirates!

What’s in a Name?


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Hi everyone!

Today is one of those days that I am at home snuggled up in my warmest blanket, sipping a cup of tea. It is so cold out that local schools have canceled. I look forward to the time when I can move to a place that has hardly any snow, and stays warm the majority of the year. But for now, I find myself busy with all sorts of different projects that keep my mind creative. This years big project for me is a Tarot Deck. I have always wanted to make one but have felt very intimidated by it. I am 36 years old and have let so many good ideas go to the way side out of fear of failing or being judged by others. But the last couple of years I have made a vow to myself to put my thoughts into motion. By doing this, I have felt so much better about who I am as a person. It is a bit liberating to put your best foot forward and have a receptive audience of people that you have never met before. I encourage everyone to put aside your, “negative self talk” and do the same. It adds a whole new dimension to life, and brings to you many blessings and self love.

With that said, the above is a sample of the deck that I will be releasing into the world this year. I am very proud of it, and the colors really speak to me. I have been reading cards for over twenty years, and have a collection of many. Each deck is full of its own personality and character. One of my biggest challenges though, is finding a name for my deck. I never dreamed it would be so difficult for me. I thought that I’d ask for your help. If I pick your title for my deck, I will bless you with a signed copy free of charge. So if anyone has any ideas, please comment and let me know. I look forward to reading them!

Blessed Be!
x Bridgett

FREE Lenormand deck!


9 BOUQUET miniSince originally blogging about this free (public domain) deck, I have cleaned it up somewhat by created ‘uniformity’ – resizing all the cards to just a little smaller than a standard ‘mini’ sized deck. Most of the images weren’t available in high resolution, which is why I opted to resize them all to this size. Download and print these cards for personal use. It’s a beautiful deck, and perfect for newcomers to Lenormand who do not yet own a deck, or for those of us who want something a little more old world.

There are many other valuable resources available in my study group on Facebook where Lenormand enthusiasts gather to learn & teach all things Lenormand. Join here: Lenormand Toolbox

Lenormand 1892-1931 Altenburger Spielkarten & Co

1 Rider

2 Clover

3 Ship

4 House

5 Tree

6 Clouds

7 Snake

8 Coffin

9 Bouquet

10 Scythe

11 Whip

12 Birds

13 Child

14 Fox

15 Bear

16 Stars

17 Stork

18 Dog

19 Tower

20 Garden

21 Mountain

22 Crossroad

23 Mice

24 Heart

25 Ring

26 Book

27 Letter

28 Man

29 Woman

30 Lilies

31 Sun

32 Moon

33 Key

34 Fish

35 Anchor

36 Cross

Halloween Lenormand, the review


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I love Halloween! I started to celebrate it in Japan, and I cannot get enough of it. So, when Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill decided to produce this gorgeous lenormand I was incredibly happy! This is the first Halloween Lenormand of the market (EVER!). When it came out it was a sensation and it started a small revolution. The Spooky Cute had arrived! The Halloween Lenormand is a cute, and yet spooky lenormand deck, perfect to be used during Halloween (or whenever you want) by the whole family. Your kids are going to love it, your grannies are going to steal it from you!

It fits perfectly into Halloween fashion: gray and black colors all around, and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins! You get the huge pumpkin instead of a clover, and the man and woman cards are pumpkin headed people. The flowers are candy, the lilies are deadly flowers, the dog is a black cat, the garden is a bloody fountain (cute one), the crossroads are a creepy trail… All the cards are perfectly fashioned for a cute and gorgeous Halloween. Characters in this deck are spookily cute.

One of my favorite cards is the purple heart (the dark heart). It is cool how it is drawn, and I also love the small poisonous green stuff that pops out from it. I love it! I also love the candy! It is the sort of candy you would get during Halloween, but they are adorable! And the cat is both spooky and cute. You are going to love this deck, all its theme characters and its spooky cuteness.

It is a sweet deck to use during Halloween. It’s colors and its drawings are a perfect match for the festivity. So, if you are planning a party, this is the deck to use!

The card-stock is strong (printerstudio card-stock), which is good for heavy use. It shuffles perfectly and it is smooth, as expected from Printer Studio quality.

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It is children safe. It is not “really really spooky”, it is spooky in a sweet and cute way, perfect to play along with children. So it is perfect to be used while playing with the whole family. You can also use it to play further with it. Do you know any spooky stories to explain to your family? Shuffle the deck, take one of the cards, and start the game!

So, this deck has really more than meets the eye. You decide what you want: the trick or the treat! Now, seriously, what do you want? The trick or the treat! How to get this deck is both the trick and the treat, since it is out of print right now (but this might change… soon!) What to do? To spookily convince the author (Kendra) to re-print it again. You can find more about the deck and the contact to get the author to print more of these cuties here.


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Massive Clearance Sale! 4 decks for $49.99


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Save $71.96 and get 4 (four) Rootweaver decks for the insanely low price of just $49.99. This is a clearance sale, stocks are limited to 50 packages. Available on a first-come-first-served basis. The clearance sale package consists of:

1 x Vintage Lenormand. Value $28.95

1 x Mini Vintage Lenormand. Value $18.00

1 x LeNewbie Lenormand (signed & numbered limited edition.) Value $30.00

1 x BYO Lenormand (cards will be randomly selected). Value $45.00

TOTAL Value: $121.95

Discount: $71.96

Package Sale Price: ONLY $49.99 

 Purchase here: http://rootweaver.com/products/product-details/#cid=286042

Zingdoodle Lenormand, by Rootweaver – pre-order now!


Rootweaver’s latest deck-in-progress is almost complete. Each card is hand-drawn, boldly coloured and embellished with intricate doodles in a ‘Zentangle’ style.

Pre-orders now open on  www.rootweaver.com at $25.00 (plus postage), a special pre-order price just in time for Christmas. Save $5.00 on the regular price of $30.00 (plus postage.)

This is Rootweaver’s fifth Lenormand deck that proudly takes its place with her other available decks; the Vintage Lenormand, BYO Lenormand, LeNewbie Lenormand and Micro Lenormand.

Card 3, Ship. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver 2013

Card 3, Ship. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver 2013

5 Tree

Card 5, Tree. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

15 Bear

Card 15, Bear. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

12 Birds

Card 12, Birds. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

14 Fox

Card 14, Fox. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

18 Dog

Card 18, Dog. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

28 Man

Card 28, Man. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

29 Woman

Card 29, Woman. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

33 Key

Card 33, Key. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

34 Fish

Card 34, Fish. Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver. 2013

LeNewbie Lenormand, a learning & teaching tool


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LeNewbie Lenormand, by Rootweaver

Lenormand has taken the card-reading world by storm. However, as more and more readers try their hand at this fascinating system of European fortune-telling, it becomes clear that it’s not as easy to learn as it first appears to be.

The system depends on traditional keyword meanings for each card, used in combination with one another to make accurate revelations. It is imperative that newcomers first learn these keywords before they can successfully start using the cards. In comes the LeNewbie Lenormand to the rescue; a deck designed with the beginner in mind.

Each of the images on the 36 cards that make up this deck are compiled of their relevant keywords, doing away with the immediate need to memorise the Lenormand keywords because they are right in front of the reader! Now anyone can read Lenormand.

30. LILY aThe brain works in a strange way. When the image becomes the words these words seem to somehow stick in the memory, without any effort. Thus killing two birds with one stone, the immediate ability to read Lenormand and the subtle manner in which one remembers keywords without really trying.

This is a limited edition deck, only 250 copies – signed and numbered. A powerful learning and teaching tool, a must-have for anyone interested in learning or teaching the fascinating Lenormand.

Order directly from Rootweaver’s site at www.rootweaver.com

Do you think that seeing the keywords on each card, represented as an image would help you to learn or teach Lenormand? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Vintage Lenormand, the Review


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The Review

I’m sure that you already know Jera-Babylon Rootweaver (Andi Rootweaver)’s Vintage Lenormand. But maybe you have not noticed some of its key ingredients. This is a Western and yet Oriental Lenormand which makes you go beyond what conventional Lenormands would ever do. I love “oriental” styles, specially if they remind me of Japan. This deck has that. Both photography (Aileen Arnold from UK, Ryan Joffe from South Africa, Ray Theron and Russel White from Australia), colors and the final design make you enter into a different world when you read the cards. Honestly, this modern vintage style is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It looks so fresh, so new, and yet, so vintage that no one can resist its appeal.

The style is unique, and seems to have been achieved using Moku Hanga and photoshop, achieving a very oriental look, very Japanese look (which I personally love). Moku Hanga is an application (for Mac) which is based on the art of Japanese Woodblock printing.

One of my favorite cards is the Heart. It makes me think about Christmas and the type of garments you use to decorate your tree, or your walls. It also remembers me of those small details that young couples give to one another, like a small key holder. The bright strawberry color is not cheesy at all, instead, it keeps you calm and sound. Another of my favorite cards is the Fish. It remembers me so much of Japanese lakes and their fishes. Good memories that bring me back to a place that I love.

This deck has balanced colors, bright and vintage, that create the perfect atmosphere for a deck which is at the same time modern and vintage. A difficult balance to achieve, and yet it seems so natural in this deck. Plus, it has all the traditional Lenormand elements to read them comfortably if you want to use them.

The deck is perfect for both beginners and pros who wish to use a great deck with their clients, or with themselves for meditation. Meditating with this deck is just perfect. It both creates the paths to find what lies in nowadays present and yesterdays past. Again, compelling you to go beyond the normal Lenormand. This deck is strong. You can use it as much as you want. It is smooth and perfect for being shuffled. It is good printer studio’s printing and paper stock quality.

In short, this is a must-have deck. It comes with a cool kangaroo pouch and incense! (I love the pouch). You need this in your collection, seriously. You can buy it here.

The Art behind

As I said before, this deck has been made with Moku Hanga and Photoshop, with extremely good photographs. Aileen Arnold (UK), Ryan Joffe (South Africa, Ray Theron (Australia) and Russel While (Australia) are the photographers. All the digital artwork has been created by Andi Graf (Jera-Babylon Rootweaver).

This is not an easy result to get. If you take a closer look to the card you’ll notice the consistency of colors, outlines and fonts. Even the fonts remind you of the “orientalism” in the deck, mimicking Shodo (the art of writing Kanji with a brush). This means hours of work, not only selecting the photographs, but also working on the computer!

I like the vintage smooth colors which create a quiet atmosphere, which is key in readings. This is a “quiet” and yet “compelling” deck. It smooths the reader, and it shocks the reader. Why? Because of the combination of western and oriental styles. While the artwork is oriental, the photographs are obviously western, except, perhaps, the card of the Lady and the card of the fish, which depict a Chinese Lady and some Japanese fish.

Even though the artwork portraits a “traditional deck”, if you look closer to it you’ll find transgression in it. It depicts nowadays characters in a very compelling way: in a vintage way. Your brain is shocked by these contrasts all the time: western and oriental, vintage and new, traditional and transgressor. This is why the artwork is going to catch your attention from the very first beginning.

Every picture, every card is a poem, a small liaison between what at first sight seem contraries. This is a great “yin and yan” work. A masterpiece.

You can find more information about this deck in dePepi Magazine may-june-july 2013.


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