Oct 27, 2017

The Great October Book Giveaway - A Trio of Tarot

The decks will be haunting the halls of the following folks:

Halloween Tarot: Rebecca
The Wild Unknown: Liz D
Santa Muerte Tarot: Johanna
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As this most magic of months inches toward a spirit-fueled (or spirits-fueled, if you partake, or candy-inundated, if you trick-or-treat) climax, I thought I'd pass along something to assist with your Samhain divinations. You may prefer to peel an apple in one long piece, and toss the peel over your shoulder to spy the initial of your love. Or perhaps you'd rather place chestnuts or apple seeds in a fire to see if you and your crush are meant to be together. I am hoping that you've grabbed yourself a deck of playing cards to experiment with, but if you are still looking for the predictive tool that feels just-right to you, I might have something to tickle your fortune-telling bone.

My very first tarot deck was The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West. It's the one I still go back to time and again, and is so well-loved that I've always got a new deck on standby. All the readers I knew back when I was just starting out were reading the Rider-Waite-Smith or the Thoth deck (which I think is fabulous too) but I was looking for something I could really connect with. I'm a Halloween girl at heart, a lover of fairy tales and monster stories, black cats and pumpkins, and any kind of ghostly yarn, so when I saw West's illustrations they made my heart leap. It is a Rider-Waite based system, with the suits swapped out for more seasonal fare. Pentacles are pumpkins, swords are bats, cups are ghosts, and wands are imps. Charming and whimsical, but still brimming with the symbolism of the RW and wild fun to read with. (I've learned that it is even a favourite deck of the fabulous witch and reader, Judika Illes.)


Originally self-published in 2012 by creator Kim Krans, The Wild Unknown Tarot was a furious success and was eventually picked up by publisher HarperElixir in 2016. One of the bestselling self-published (at the time) decks on the market The Wild Unknown struck a chord with tarot fans with its stark, nature-based illustrations in black and white with bright punches of colour. (Click through to The Wild Unknown site to see Kim's art.)
The last deck I have to share is a brand new release this month. Santa Muerte Tarot, by Fabio Listrani, produced by Lo Scarabeo and published by Llewellyn has been released just in time to lay out your spread for The Day of the Dead. I haven't even opened my deck yet - it's that fresh!


I have one copy of each of these decks to pass out. In the case of The Halloween Tarot and The Wild Unknown, these are tarot sets that include good-sized guidebooks. We are running out of days in October, so you only have until 8 pm Pacific on October 30th to get your name into the hat!

As always, your comment is your entry and if you are the sort who likes to get an extra entry in you can always share this post around to your favourite social media haunt and I'll add your name a second time. Feel free to send along an entry via the "contact me" button up top if you are a bit shy or if the comment form is being finicky.



Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

37 comments:

Boston BB said...

Beautiful decks, I shared this on G+ with The Dark Circle community.
bostonbbgrl1@gmail.com

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Karen Sullivan said...

Blessed days of give aways! Love and blessings to all, Happy Samhain

Vampslovered said...

These look awesome,esp the last one,blessed samhain. h.liscombe@yahoo.com

Elinor Predota said...

Yes please! epredota [at] gmail [dot] com

orion`s daughter said...

Wow, those decks are gorgeous! The deck I find myself coming back to is the Victoria Regina Tarot. I don't tend to go for that style, but something about the deck calls to me. I also love the Old English Tarot.

Melisa Glassford said...

These tarot decks look awesome!
melisaglassford@gmail.com

John Breen said...

I would love to add any of these decks to my collection, and have shared so others can too!

Annette Lanniee said...

Oh fun! Please count me in. 😁

Clanori said...

Gorgeous decks. Great giveaway

petoskystone said...

The Wild Unknown is a gorgeous deck!

petoskystone said...

jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

Cartermaryd said...

Wow. I love that Halloween deck. Santa Muerte too! I have Wild Unknown! What an awesome giveaway! Thank you. Sharing on FB too!

Gaia Equinox said...

I love, love, love tarot. I only have a mini tarot deck and it is getting more difficult to see the numbers on it. I have heard that tarot cards have to be given to you by someone else and therefore I have not bought myself a better one. I would love to win a beautiful deck. Thank you! ulrikahenry@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh The Wild Unknown is on my wish list.

-Soli

Yasmin said...

Love all of them, amazing giveaway!
~Yasmin
(Will be sharing on FB too :) )

Petrichor La Fey said...

I'm feeling such a huge connection to the "Wild Unknown Tarot" deck! Please sign me up!
ladypetrichor@aol.com

Ms Smirk said...

Great giveaway! I'd really love The Halloween Tarot. I've been eyeing it for a couple years now!!

I shared on facebook also
https://www.facebook.com/erinlaturner/posts/10155801876259725?pnref=story

themalfoysmirk@gmail.com

Thanks!!
Erin

Johanna Lawson said...

Beautiful decks, especially the Halloween deck!

Johanna Lawson said...

Shared to my Facebook page too!

Liz Davenport said...

Thank you, Jen, for your ongoing lovely spirit, moving writing, and generosity ❤️ All of these decks look beautiful. Liz Davenport ledvenport @aol.com

Iesadora said...

The Wild Unknown Tarot sounds lovely, thank-you for the giveaway!

lmm.mills at gmail.com

Chad Blevins said...

Amazing decks! I would be happy with any of them!

chadblevins(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

Oh!! How I would love one of these!!

jbarlow323@yahoo.com

michelle dauberman said...

Oh I would love this!!!
Michelledauberman1@gmail.com
Shared to my Facebook!!

BrigidsBlest said...

Ooh, very nice! If I win, I would like the Halloween Tarot!

Havi Mandell said...

Beautiful decks!

dampviolets said...

That Santa Muerta deck is calling to me...Happy and Blessed Samhain to you!

maureen said...

Oh my, trick or treat indeed! The Wild Unknown tarot is one I've been eyeing for a while now...

Rebecca Powell said...

I'd really love the Halloween or Wild Unknown deck!

rapowell4@gmail.com

Theresa N. said...

Would love to win one of them.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Eveline Maedel said...

Would love any of these great decks! (emaedel@gmail.com)

Debra Nehring said...

Happy Samhain, Jen! Would love one of these, especially the Santa Muerte deck. I'm totally in the market for a new deck!
Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oooh that Halloween one looks intriguing!! Throw my name into the hat SVP!:)

Kelly M said...

I'm really loving that Wild Unknown deck. Thanks so much for this and all the other giveaways you've done this month.

roth phallyka said...

Love and blessings to all, Happy Samhain


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Christopher Moore said...

Fingers crossed! Good luck to all!