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Cards from new Oracle Deck drawn for Forecast (Solstice Dec 2014.) Cards from new Oracle Deck drawn for Forecast (Solstice Dec 2014.)

HAPPY SOLSTICE AND HAPPY 2015 – to you and you, and you, and you!
In this episode of “Oracle Speak,” we ring in the new LUNAR CYCLE  and the brand NEW SEASON. This forecast period is for Dec. 22nd, 2014 through Jan. 20th, 2015. And fittingly, the brand new Oracle Playing Card Deck  NOT YET RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC was officially inaugurated during the forecast.

These new cards have a lot to say, I half expected them to stand up and start parading around my table! There were many, many messages in this forecast for the time ahead and the new season… (Click on the full article for the “PLAY BUTTON” and to listen to the Forecast.

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    Like So Much Confetti: The Almost Lost Legacy of C.J. Freeman

    I became the "Guardian," the 8 of Diamonds from the new deck (preliminary sample card shown)  

    The creation of the newest deck of Oracle Playing Cards feels like one of the most karmic undertakings I have ever experienced. What a journey. In fact, in the 35 years since the art was created, a lot of times it felt like these fantastic and original images would never, ever see the light of day. Often I know my dad questioned why he’d been driven to create them. I mean why such an undertaking if no one would ever see, ever appreciate them?

    I remember sitting next to him as he lay in the bed, a few weeks before he passed away, and him asking me in private if I thought he should “just give the paintings away.” This was his life’s work, and since their creation it had been nothing but disappointment, rejection, and dreams torn into so much confetti…

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      When Are You Most “Yourself?”

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      In this forecast, for the new LUNAR CYCLE beginning Nov 23, 2014 (and continuing thru the Solstice on Dec 21,) the Oracles show the importance of finding, recognizing, and appreciating those moments in your life when you are most “yourself,” when you are expressing the truth of who you are.

      Don’t miss this forecast! LISTEN HERE.

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        The Importance of Being Childlike, Creepy Basement Things, Playing Cards as a Time Machine: The “Tarot Notes” interview with Ana Cortez

        Reprinted from Tarot Notes – Major and Minor, a blog by Zanna Starr. To see the original article click HERE. 

        An Interview with Ana Cortez

        Ana Cortez

        Ana Cortez, the author of The Playing Card Oracles (A Source Book for Divination), describes the book as “the result of a remarkable journey that began more than twenty years ago, a journey not of miles but personal discovery.” I invited Ana to join us here at Tarot Notes to talk about her journey and how we all might benefit from what she has learned.

        Hello, Ana, and welcome to Tarot Notes: Major and Minor!

        Tarot Notes (TN)I love the part of your book where you describe the first time you saw your father’s paintings of playing cards. Would you tell our blog readers a little bit about that experience?

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          Author Ana Cortez gives a quick tutorial on how she reads reversals to awaken and enliven the way you read cards. Works with any method or divination type deck.
          Ana’s ebook on her COMPLETE system is FREE for a limited time at

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