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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!

Deck Review- Ancestral Path Tarot

Published April 29, 2013 by Tarot By Elizabeth

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The Ancestral Path Tarot, by Julie Cuccia-Watts, is a phenomenal deck which depicts  the ancestors of different cultures and times. First published by US Games Systems in 2003, this popular deck uses the myth and traditions handed down through verbal and written histories, was again republished to allow others to enjoy this wonderful Tarot experience.

This 78 card deck will lead you on a path of discovery (through archetypal imagery) that will allow you to discover your own spiritual truths.  The cards are bordered white with a thin double line that absolutely accentuates Julie’s unique and compelling artwork. The Major Arcana are all named with the traditional names such as The Magician, Tower, Star and the like with the exception of The Hanged Man being altered to The Hanged One.

The card stock is the usual fantastic stock used by US Games and will not let you down when shuffling. It’s a smaller than average height and a bit wider, so you may find that shuffling from the side is a bit easier.  The backs are absolutely beautiful with a worshiping gathering under the Sun and completely reversible with the same gathering worshiping beneath a full moon, done in hues of blue.

This  deck beautifully illustrates minors from the cultures and influences of Japan (Swords), Native American (Sacred Circles), Arthurian England (Cups), and Egypt, (Staves.) Julie’s use of color and line gives her imagery a earthy type texture and reads very well. I connected right off with this amazing deck and use it quite often when doing past life readings or questions related to family.

This is the perfect deck for anyone whether just starting out or a seasoned reader, I highly recommend it!

Artist: Julie Cuccia-Watts

Publisher: US Games

ISBN 978-088079-141-0

 

Deck Review- The Art of Life Tarot

Published May 4, 2012 by Tarot By Elizabeth

The Art of Life Tarot, created by Charlene Livingstone and published by US Games Inc. was lovingly created in a time where she found herself searching for comfort after her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and felt helpless as many families find themselves after such a devastating diagnosis of a loved one. Using her background in art history and love of quotes, she has designed a beautiful deck that not only inspires, it causes one to reflect deeply upon the meanings and how they apply to the reader.

Wanting to create something to empower and work interactively with the  reader, Charlene has created a wonderful deck that somehow sets itself apart from most other decks and one of my favorite parts of this individuality is the very box itself that contains the cards. 

The box is made of durable cardboard and has an amazingly simple feature that I absolutely love…it flips up and then back down with a slit at the top that you can slip your card of the day in and sets right on your desk displaying the selected card for contemplation…how cool is that?!

The deck itself is 78 card deck that follows the Rider Waite imagery and has wide beautiful borders on which the card name is printed at the top with an image painted by a well known artist, followed by information about the painting just below it and a quote to read and meditate about during your day below that.

Traditional artworks have been used in other decks such as The Golden Tarot and Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black but this deck is set apart with it’s wonderful imagery and thought provoking sayings such as on The Fool…“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment”– Henry David Thoreau… what a beautiful way to capture the essence of The Fool, don’t you think?

This deck comes with the standard LWB (little white book) but instead of a whole list of different keywords, it contains just a few for each card as to make it easier to develop your own meanings and interpretations that will resonate with you so much better. 

The cards are a bit larger in size, (3 1/2″ x 5″) which may be a bother for readers with smaller hands but as with my “go to deck”, which is quite large, I simply side shuffle and have found that it works quite efficiently. I love the lamination, not too glossy as to reflect any ambient light but just glossy enough to show off the wonderful images. The back of the cards are quite attractive and one of the features I personally look for when selecting a prospective deck, with a gorgeous depiction of the Tree of Life.

This is truly a spectacular deck that can be read with by all types of readers and is perfect for reflection and personal use as well. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this deck and I had to write this “sneak peek” review because it was just so amazing! The deck is not yet listed on US Games’ website but will appear within the next week or so, I hope you will hop on over and check out all the wonderful decks that they have to choose from!


Author: Charlene Livingston
Artist: Images From Known Artists
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2012
ISBN #978-1-57281=715-9