Oracle and Tarot Decks Really Do Come from the Dreamtime (and Hermit’s Lamps) Part Deux

11. Embarking from the Oracle of Initiation with Eshu the African Orisha as it's guardian.

About a month and a half ago I wrote a blog post sharing some of the dreams that guided the creation of my Oracle of Initiation deck. I also spoke of the interview Andrew McGregor and I had on his Hermit’s Lamp podcast of the dreams I had of he and I creating an African…

Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign Part 15: Interview with Cheryl Fair of the Magical Realism Tarot-Pre-Launch

The Chariot WM LR

It is such a gift to meet a kindred spirit. When I first saw Cheryl Fair’s Chariot card for her forthcoming Magical Realism Tarot I was intrigued. Pamela Steele of the Wizard’s Pets Tarot mentioned in a deck creators forum about this series of posts on crowdfunding, and that was how I met Cheryl. Thanks…

Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign Part 14: Death, Temperance, and the Devil

Deluxe and new Tarot-size sizes

  Death, Temperance, and the Devil. This is a heady group of cards in the Tarot’s Major Arcana. I had begun this post some days ago to celebrate the arrival and disbursement of the Crowdfunding Tarot-sized Oracle of Initiation decks a month early. Then, as the world shall have it, other things came to light,…

The new Tarot-sized Oracle of Initiation Crowdfunding decks are Ordered!

Special Crowdfunding cropping of card 22. Isolation from the Oracle of Initiation

Wonderful news in the Oracle of Initiation realms. The new Tarot-sized decks have been ordered for the Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign! They may be on a slow boat (not from China) since I got free shipping on the 72 sets that were ordered, so we are still shooting for an October arrival. But miracles can come…

Ancient Initiatory Impulses Study Group at Reader’s Studio Tarot Confrence 2015


What a thrill, the Oracle of Initiation and I shall be presenting a Study Group at the Reader’s Studio Psychology and Tarot Conference April 23rd, 2015. This is such a great fit for exploring the deck’s basis in archetypal psychology and our ancient, primal need for rites of passage. Anyone who is attending the main conference can also…

Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign Part 13: Interview with Doug Thornsjo of Tarot of the Zirkus Mågi


If dog owners supposedly mimic the personalities and appearance of their canine companions, do Tarot deck makers look and act like their oracles? I think Doug Thornsjo validates this theory through his retro-styled circus deck, Tarot of the Zirkus Mågi. He has the demeanor of a sideshow barker from another era, a man transported from…

Oracle and Tarot decks really do come from the dreamtime

Amy Swartz's forthcoming The Wooden Tarot

Sometimes I do not move forward with something I intend to do, and I don’t know why. Usually something is revealed later that makes sense of the delay, and this just happened. A few weeks ago I had a wonderful conversation with Andrew Kyle McGregor on his Hermit’s Lamp Podcast. I would usually blog about…


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