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Deck Review- Yoga Cats

Published July 8, 2017 by Tarot By Elizabeth

We’ve all heard of the benefits of owning a cat such as reduced stress; lower blood pressure and    most of all, the general all over happiness we feel when owning such a majestic yet curiously aloof animal. 

Many of us already know how a regular yoga practice can assist us in becoming more flexible; calm and even more resistant to illnesses such as colds, but not too many have considered combining the two popular activities mentioned above!

Say hello to Yoga Cats, featuring the phenomenal photography of Daniel Borris and it’s accompanying 96 page guidebook written by Alison DeNicola. Dan Borris’ work has appeared in magazines like Vanity Fair; Rolling Stone and The New York Times and photography for the Gap and Time Warner.

Alison DeNicola is a successful Five Element Yoga Teacher, Energy Healer and author.  Her two books, Mudras for Awakening the Energy Body and Mudras for Awakening of the Five Elements deck and book sets also published by U.S. Games Systems. She can be found living and teaching in Stamford Connecticut.

It was love at first sight for me, being a nut for cats and a beginning Yoga student myself. I was however, not quite sure what treat was in store for me until I opened the sturdy cardboard box and got my first glance at these awesome little felines in adorable yoga poses.

In its full color booklet, the reader is first introduced to this deck by a few short paragraphs about how the deck can be used. Like shuffling the cards each day and drawing one card that can inspire your spirit with one of 44 images and messages.  

These large, beautiful cards can be used in a more intuitive way by asking questions such as “What do I need to be mindful of at this time?” and allowing the image and message to guide you into a more mindful state.

I absolutely adore the way each cat is named and embody their individual purrsonities! The Yoga poses are described in its booklet for a more detailed benefits of the poses and how to add them to your regular yoga routine or as a way to begin a regular routine for stress reduction and inner calm.

This is an amazing deck that will pleasantly surprise as well as inspire you to step out of your  day to day routine and add a little magic and healthy habits to your life. No prior knowledge of oracle cards or affirmations are needed, anyone can enjoy Yoga Cats right out of the box!

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What Is Tarot?

Published October 12, 2011 by Tarot By Elizabeth

No collection of symbols is comparable to it, revealing as it does, wisdom of a completely unarbitrary kind, for each of us discerns it freely, without being prey to any other suggestion but that of silent pictures.

Oswald Wirth in The Tarot of the Magicians, p11

There are many theories on the origins of Tarot in existence – Ancient Egyptians, gypsies, Atlantis – but historical evidence points to a beginning in the courts of Northern Italy, in the mid fifteenth century.  Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards, each featuring different symbolic pictures. A standard Tarot deck is made up of 22 cards called the Major Arcana or trumps, and four suits of 14 cards – similar to playing cards – called the minor arcana or pip cards.

While today the tarot is most commonly associated with fortune telling, there has been a wide-spread movement among tarotists to use the cards as a tool for self-reflection and counseling. If you are changing jobs, in transition, starting or ending a relationship, or just want some guidance, a tarot reading is the perfect experience for you.  The true power of tarot reading though rests in its ability to intuitively see deeply into our lives and find new meaning.

It can shed new light on many of the issues that challenge us including some things that we may not even be consciously aware of.  Once these issues are brought to our attention and are properly understood, we can then seek ways to address them. To this end, a tarot reading can also recommend positive steps we can take in our lives to resolve most types of problems.

Life can be confusing. Often we are so caught up in the situations that it presents us that we struggle to see the forest for the trees. Tarot offers us another perspective. Tarot is able to draw our attention to, and to clarify, what is going on, which helps us to:

– Better understand what we are dealing with
– Discover options we didn’t know were available to us

In this way, Tarot can help us make more informed decisions about the things that often mean the most to us. In other words, Tarot can help us to find out what we really want.