Oct 1, 2018

The Great October Tarot Giveaway

October 5/18

Thank you so much for the incredible response to this first giveaway! I wish I could pass something along to all of you (do swing back around this month and drop your name in the hat again) but I pulled four names from the official October cauldron, and the winners are:

The Nomad Tarot - Jennifer from Sparrow Tree Journal

Antique Anatomy Tarot - Anne D.

The Magician candle - Conjured Cardea

The Empress candle - Johanna

I'll send a note off to you asap!

And the next giveaway starts...now!

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When I first picked up a tarot deck I was nervous. I grew up feeling as though I wasn't at all intelligent and that notion gave me pause when I looked at a stack of 78 images that had layers of meanings to commit to memory. I dove in, despite my concern, and I fell in love with the cards and never looked back. (I also learned that reading is much more than rote memorization, and traditional interpretations are just one part of a tarot practice.)

Some readers believe that there's a benefit to starting out with a deck rich in imagery. I have always gravitated toward detailed cards that kept with the Waite-Smith themes. I especially enjoyed having the Minor Arcana sketched out for me. It wasn't until I took a class with Camelia Elias and opened my first Tarot de Marseille deck that I learned to appreciate cards where the artist left the suits to figure themselves out, without an added story line.

The two striking tarot decks I bought this year are both artist-produced projects, and are as different as they are beautiful. The Major Arcanas are simple yet compelling and offer just enough detail for those of us who still get giddy over symbolism. However, in these decks there is little excess information in the Minor Arcana - they get straight to the point (but in such eye-catching ways).

I am really pleased to start this magical month of giveaways off with these two artists!


The first deck I have for you is the fifth anniversary reprint of The Nomad Tarot, by artist Jennifer Dranttel. In her words:
The Nomad Tarot is a modern, nature-based interpretation of the traditional 78-card Tarot Deck. Featuring striking white-and-navy linework illustrations and indigo shibori-covered card backs, this deck combines Pacific-Northwest flavored imagery with elements of Norse mythology, Native American totems, herbology, botany, alchemy, and the Kaballah. 
The 22 Major Arcana cards feature lush, highly symbolic unique imagery, and the Minor Arcana are illustrated as "pip" cards in suits representing the four elements: earth (crystals), fire (moths), water (shells), and air (feathers). All illustrations are hand-drawn, and card layouts and text generated digitally.

The second artist featured is Claire Goodchild of Black and the Moon. If you were around a few years back then you might have spotted one of the editions of Claire's Oracle of Oddities deck that I passed along to a lucky visitor. This year she tackled an entire tarot deck and has given us the Antique Anatomy Tarot. This is her Ephemera Edition and gives a special nod to old time apothecaries.

"It’s no surprise that I love all things that fall into the oddities category and I have wanted to create something inspired by a Victorian Apothecary for so long. 
People would go to their local pharmacy for all kinds of ailments, including magical needs and even minor surgery!"

And if the deck wasn't amazing enough, Claire was inspired to add two vigil candles, dressed with specific cards, to her collection. I knew you would swoon over them, so I picked up one of each for you too.

The Magician, according to Claire, speaks to manifesting, creativity and spiritual power. The Empress is all about abundance, beauty and fulfillment.

Is your trick-or-treat bag ready?

I've got one deck each of The Nomad Tarot and The Antique Anatomy Tarot to give away (please note: these decks do not come with books - these are cards only). I also have one each of Claire's tarot-kissed candles. You can feel free to mention in the comments which one of the four prizes you prefer and I'll do my best to match up names with their choices as much as possible.

This draw is open until Friday, October 5th at 9pm Pacific time. You may enter by either leaving a comment below, or contacting me via the "make contact" form (third tab in from the left, at the top of the page). I need to have a way to contact you if I draw your name, so please ensure your linked comment takes me to your contact info, or leave your email with your entry in a safe manner (for example: Jen (at) someplace (dot) com).

If you'd like a leg up on the competition, please feel free to share this post on your favourite social media site and then pop back and let me know in a separate comment that you've spread the love around, and I'll toss your name in the witch's hat a second time.

Welcome back, autumn friends. 



*All photos in this post are property of, copyrighted to, and linked back to their respective websites and artists and are used only for the purpose of displaying the items purchased for the giveaway.



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

98 comments:

Lori Norris said...

The Antique Anatomy Tarot is stunning. I would love to get my hands on these.

Lori Norris said...

Shared on my facebook page : )

motheralice said...

These are absolutely delish, I love the Antique Anatomy set particularly!
Cheers!

Cartermaryd said...

These are awesome! I’d love one of the candles! I shared in fb! Cartermaryd@hotmail.com

Rommy said...

Both look so lovely! Thank you for introducing me to these pretty decks. :)

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Happy October! :)

Both are absolutely stunning! I am leaning more towards the Antique Anatomy one though! :)

The Were-Owl said...

Ohh, I would love any of these!

Soli said...

Oh Antique Anatomy looks amazing! (and I think Blogger ate my last comment so you can delete one of them Jen.)

Mutant Mage said...

In it to win it.

Mutant Mage said...

Shared at Black Moon Lodge

Rommy said...

And now I've shared it on my FB page :)

Renee said...

Oooooh Both of these are FABULOUS. Thank you for introducing them. I would be stoked for either. Shared all over my pages. Loves. xx

Lisa Teaney said...

I would love either of the tarot decide!

Lisa Teaney said...

I've also shared to FB!

Brigid Lenehan said...

Wheee! The Nomad Tarot, please! Also, shared on Facebook!

Unknown said...

These are so lovely. Adding my name to the hat. Thank you!!

Jennifer said...

Ooh! Both of those tarot decks are beautiful and I would love to have one. I've never owned a tarot deck and would love to make either of those my first! Thank you! When I get home from work tonight I plan to share a link to the giveaway on my blog! :)

Unknown said...

Sorry, blogger decided to leave my name. Naomi Niles. Hopefully it dies leave my email. ☺

Eveline Maedel said...

Wow, beautiful decks though I'm especially drawn to the Antique Anatomy tarot. What lovely goodies to start the giveaway with!

Stephanie Clayton said...

I would love that Antique Anatomy Tarot deck. It looks divine!

Sadist's magick said...

I love love love the Nomad Deck.

MaryAnn Baker said...

I've been reading the Tarot since I was a teenager but haven't picked up a deck in a few years.I would love the Antique Anatomy deck. So juicy for interpretation.

Pati said...

I love that you do this! The Antique Anatomy Tarot and the candles are particularly awesome.

orion`s daughter said...

The Antique Anatomy deck speaks to me. But really, anything will do.

orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

orion`s daughter said...

I shared your giveaway on my Facebook!

orionova [at] gmail [dot] come

Johanna Lawson said...

I love everything but the candles are especially intriguing. Good luck to everyone!

Johanna Lawson said...

I shared this on my Facebook page!

Basinah said...

The Anatomy Tarot is very beautiful! It would be my choice for sure! Thanks for the generous give away!

Rebecca Powell said...

I just fell in love with the Antique Anatomy deck (although both are lovely).

rapowell4 [at] gmail [dot] com

Kelli said...

That apothecary deck is calling to me! I'm going to go check out her oracle deck,too!

Engie Willow said...
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Engie Willow said...

I would be happy with either of these beautiful decks but I am partial to The Nomad Tarot. I also would enjoy any of the candles as well.

Annette Lanniee said...

What an amazing giveaway! I'm partial to apothecary deck - lovely! Thank you. ��

Sparkless said...

Wow! What beautiful tarot decks. I would love to win the Antique Anatomy Tarot or the candles.

Unknown said...

Definitely swooning!!

Mara said...

Definitely swooning!!

Duffi McDermott said...

Oh, I'd love The Nomad's Tarot!

It's Duffi BTW.

❤️

Lisa Pemberton said...

I would love the Magician candle...but truly would gladly receive any of the giveaways! Blessings! Lisa Pemberton

Lunaschylde said...

I absolutely love the Nomad Tarot!

Blu said...

It is out there for all of my friends on Facebook to see. The Nomad deck is super pretty.

the ineffable b said...

Love the antique anatomy deck. ❤️

♥ eli mari said...
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♥ eli mari said...

Another great reason to love October!! Happy first day of the best month of the year!! I'd be more than pleased to win either of these amazing decks, thank you for the opportunity!!

♥ eli mari said...

Shared this post to Facebook!!

Susan said...

Either deck would be (and are) wonderful! Happy October!

sunwyn said...

The Nomad Tarot is lovely. Love the blog btw!

Ravensong said...

The Nomad tarot is calling to me!

Ravensong said...

I shared this post on my Facebook page!

Ravensong said...

My email is silvermoons98@hotmail.com

dampviolets said...

You are the Queen of October winds...so fortunate that you do this for us! Would be happy with any of these. Shared on FB

Misty Fouquet said...

Everything is beautiful! I do have an extra space for those Antique Anatomy card but I would be happy with any of these amazing prizes! My email is bearmother80@gmail.com

Kelly M said...

Such a fantastic start to your October giveaway. You are so generous. I love both the tarot decks and would be happy to win either one of them. Thanks so much for the offer.
Kelly

Willow Drake Ramsey said...

I would love any of your fabulous gifts.

Danni said...

Eeek!! It's the most wonderful time of the year again! I'm loving the Nomad Tarot.

Melisa Glassford said...

These tarot decks look amazing!

BrigidsBlest said...

Either of the Tarot decks would be good; they're both so beautiful!

Nialla Buckingstone said...

I love the Antique Anatomy deck. It is wonderful! Buckingstone@gmail.com

Pamela said...

Beautiful decks! Commenting to win.

Pamela said...

Shared on Facebook, also!

Sara Morris said...

I love the Antique Anatomy tarot! I'd love to have it!

ajc1696 said...

The Antique Anatomy Tarot is beautiful! Shared on FB! april (dot) chase (at) gmail (dot) com.

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi there.....October 3rd happens to be my birthday......I would love to receive the Antique Anatomy deck as a gift if you would be so very kind. I'm going to be 72 years young and have always used my decks as a way for guidance through life.

many thanks.

Jo

Parisa Roohipour said...

Aw I LOVE this time of year and your generous giveaway! What gorgeous decks...I would be so please to receive either xx Parisa xx

Debra Nehring said...

Hello! I’m excited about these decks! I’d love either one, but the Antique Anatomy deck would be my first pick!
Much love to you- we still haven’t met in person, and I’m just 30 min down ( or up) the road. Let’s make a plan.
Email is Debra dot nehring at yahoo dot ca
Mwah!

The LunaAeon said...

I would love to enter your contest. I think if I didn’t win, I would still seek these decks out. They’re stunning! Thank you so much for showcasing these beauties! ~ Shanna

Theresa N. said...

Love the antique tarot anatomy cards.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

epaisley said...

The Antique Anatomy tarot and candles are beautiful!

Conjured Cardea said...

Thank you for the opportunity.
Good luck to everyone. conjuredcardea@gmail.com

Foxtail said...

This is fantastic! I would love either of the tarot decks, they both look beautiful

Amber Castro said...

Oh wow! Count me in!

lady said...

Oh yes, please!

lillie8302 said...

Love the nomad tarot! All of the giveaways are beautiful tho. Lilefal1102(at)hotmail(dot)com

Brandy Boyd said...

Oh my, these are so gorgeous. I really love the simplicity of the black & white deck though!

ladylivewire said...

I would love any of these! I'm new to your blog and happy to have found it. Thank you!

ladylivewire(at)gmail(dot)com

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Vanessa Irena said...

would absolutely love either of these

(vanessairena at gmail)

Paige The Fat Feminist Witch said...

Oh I would love the antique anatomy deck!

I also posted this to my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheFatFeministWitch/

Paige
fatfeministwitch@gmail.com

Unknown said...

No preference they are both so lovely! Sharing on my social media!
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Stephanie Stidham said...

No preference for me! Sharing on my tumbler TheAppothecary as well!

Ivy Bromius said...

Ohhh, so pretty!

Andrea said...

Love ❤️

petoskystone said...

The Nomad Tarot is especially beautiful, to my eyes. The art w/in all of them is a lovely way to start October.

rei ayanami said...

I’ve been needing a new deck!! Would love the Claire one emily.megan11@gmail.com

rei ayanami said...

Posted to my personal blog here http://mtnnymph.tumblr.com/post/178703843555/the-great-october-tarot-giveaway

Ashley said...

I would be incredibly honored to find any of these in my truck or treat bag! Love those candles!

midnightgraces (at) gmail (dot) com

Ashley said...

Shared on my Facebook!

The_Mon said...

This sounds awesome! I slightly prefer the Nomad deck and Empress candle, but I do really like them all. mpaullet (at) gmail

Cara Brigandi said...

Both decks are beautiful! Thank you for this opportunity!

Carabrig (at) hotmail (dot) com

sarahamorrison said...

Ohhh, these are all gorgeous! I'd like to put my name in the hat for the Antique Anatomy deck, please. :)

Jacob Kane said...
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Jacob Kane said...

The Nomad Tarot would be great! Bless your generosity.

Jacob Kane said...

Shared on Facebook, thanks again.

rheawhite said...

Awesome giveaway! Thank you for doing this.

Stuart (rowanhippy) said...

Shared,Jen...please enter me in the draw - I would be honoured.

octopusgrrl said...

Ooh, the Antique Anatomy one looks fantastic! <3

Jennifer BR said...

I would love to win the Antique Anatomy Tarot. I am in love with it. Thank you for the giveaway.

Jonnie (JB) said...

These are all so gorgeous! I would be thrilled to win any of them. Thanks for the chance!
dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

Yay! Thank you!!! I sent you an email. :)