Exciting news! Exciting news!

I won a contest that the Baba Studio / Magic-Realist Press began two weeks ago. We had an opportunity to publish an entry once a day for a chance to win an Alice Tarot deck and a tarot bag of choice, out of their wide selection. I chose their Limited Edition Hierophant bag with pink paisley silk back. Simply stunning!

This is the giveaway post!

A giveaway to celebrate 300 members. The prize will be a standard Alice Tarot deck, worth 88 Euros, AND a tarot bag of your choice (any one we have in stock). Sent free anywhere in the world. We will choose the most interesting/fun/intriguing entry! Or perhaps the most "curiouser and curiouser" one!

To enter, please:
1. Post a picture of a card from The Alice Tarot ON THIS THREAD (there are albums of pictures here, if you would rather not take your own photo) and tell us what you either like or find interesting about the card.

You don't have to share your post to enter, but if you would like to, that would of course be lovely.

2. You can post once a day, as many times as you like. But a different card each time please (I mean, you should put a card that's different from the last one you posted each time - it can be the same as someone else's choice).
3. The competition will run for two weeks.

Let the giveaway begin!


01. The Moon.
I have decided to do my entry as a meditation projecting into the Moon card. Hope you enjoy the entry as much as I enjoyed the journey!

[...Did I slip, did I fall? No, I jumped. I went far, but some would say not enough. And yet here I am, free-falling.

There are all kinds of curious items accompanying me on my voyage. I see playing cards, tea cups, and books. Many of my favorite day-to-day items. Playing cards can be used for divination and so can tea cups with tasseography. This must be a journey of the spirit to find itself, the beginning of the path to finding spiritual enlightenment. Intuition is harnessed with tools, but it springs from the soul and the imagination; the heart especially. We all rely on our intuition to solve common problems, as well as the preoccupations that riddle our minds. We are capable of so much wonder when we tap into ourselves and just let go.

These colors are all so stunning, the light is just right to adjust to the pale glow of the moon overhead. It’s all I see as I come down save for the branches of the tree I was sitting by.

I guess that sometimes you have to let go of control in order to find what you are looking for, or where you want to go. I’m ready to learn, I’m ready to embrace the trip in order to attain from it the lesson I am to learn.]

02. The Hierophant.
When I saw The Hierophant for the first time, I was blown away. This scene is one of my favorites from the book. It makes you stop and look at life from an existentialist point of view, from a magical point of view, from the bird's eye view... What a teacher!

Who are you? Are you who you think you are, or who others perceive you to be? Do you know who you really are, or just who you think you are?

It’s a riveting scene. He’s smoking a hookah, blowing forms into the smoke. Knowledge can be snobby with this Hierophant, but he still pushes the journey along. His guidance is golden at a time when things feel pretty lost.

He makes me feel like I can relate him to the strictness of teachers in schools as I was growing up. I didn’t quite understand why their disciplinary measures were so extreme, but for them it was a day to day thing. They had a message to get out to many students who were not all attentive, yet there they were as authoritative figures unlocking information for our education. Protocol.

The caterpillar is the closest symbol — in my opinion — of a religious experience guided by a person in the book. He is a shaman when looked into through the eyes of metaphysics and magic.

And the colors! Evocative of deep thought, compassion, and to me a hint of divine presence. The deep blues and the contrasting magentas are stunning, and further drive us into the general environment of the card. We even have a little friend peeking from underneath the caterpillar’s mushroom. It’s stunning!

I’d like to sit with him and ask him to tell me a story, but I think he would just blow smoke in my face and ask me if I know who I am.

Continuing with the journey...

03. Eight of Coins.
Gather round, gather round! The tea party is about to start...

Sit up! Stand down! Gather round, gather round!

Would you like a tart or three? Just don’t let the Knave of Hearts near them, he nearly lost his head the last time.

Aren’t they lovely? Made with the best of care, to share in conversation.

What to talk about? — Be careful, don’t stain the whimsical tablecloth. It is vintage... The Queen will have your head for it! — It’s lovely, though, isn’t it?

So let’s talk about progress. Do you work hard? Are you good at what you do? You should be, but if you are not there is always time to improve. Do more, try less. You will get better in time.

Take these tarts for example; practice makes perfect! They didn’t come out this perfect the first time they were made.

Keep going if you slow down, it’s all part of the process.

Take new projects. Learn a craft. Learn to sow!

Do as your heart dictates.

Oh, dear, time to go. You’re late!

04. Judgement.
Cards. Wonderful archetypes of life. We have in them a binary of red and black over white. Red for passion and love, black for repentance and fermentation. White for transcendence and pardon.

52 cards for 52 weeks in a lunar calendar year. 4 suits for 4 seasons in a year. 13 cards per suit, as 13 weeks in each season, and 13 lunar cycles in a year.

If we follow the lunar calendar, it is a perfect match.

Each card has an archetype it upholds, or as some would come to think, lives by. It gives them personality and purpose. All cards interact with one another, news travels fast. Lastly but most importantly, all cards bow down to their Queen.

Here we have three very naughty cards that have been caught red handed by the Queen, painting the roses red. She had specified that she wanted them to be red to begin with, and this turned out to be a very costly error. They tried to cover up their mistakes, but by then it was too late… they had already been spotted!

They can feel her sternly steely eyes as they burn holes into their backs. She is angry, and one of them will pay… if not all. But what are we to fear most? Her sharp eyes or her sharp tongue?

Word travels fast. She is quick to condemn, and at times not because of merit, but because she can. Her presence makes everybody quake.

Verdict? “Off with their heads!!!"

(Playing card calendar attributes credited to Ana Cortez, author of the Playing Card Oracles book!)

05. Ten of Cups.
Sharing a personal, magical album with you… My trip down the rabbit hole for my birthday! I went to an Alice in Wonderland themed café to celebrate. Caterpillars, Cheshire Cat, playing cards, mazes, my friends, and my Mom… It was surreal!

I found myself coming down the stairs... I arrived at a secret book passageway that let me through to the maze. The suits motifs were everywhere, tastefully decorating the environment. Wonders! Cards everywhere! Mirrors! A heart chandelier! Alice herself taking our order?

I have been to Wonderland and back. This was what felt like a real life manifestation of the Ten of Cups. Friends and family all around you, feeling the warmth of the attention and their love radiate. Delighting in food and drinks, singing to music and being thankful for everything that you have, and you have experienced.

My cups were full and life was full of blessings, the table was full of love and care. I remember hopping in my seat from the excitement a few times. I read tarot for my friends, wishing I had a more appropriately themed deck to use at the time. My life felt whole and realized. I was very happy!

Everything was topsy-turvy in the most wondrous of ways, and the whole place was in an underground. As soon as the book passageway slid closed, the music grew dim and soon disappeared. Going back up the steps, I had left wonderland and I had come back to reality, changed through an experience that remains in my heart to this day.

The journey continues...

06. Page of Cups.
Messages can come from very unexpected places sometimes, but they carry purpose and they are meant to be heard. When you accept to live a life of magic and you come to find that most things are not coincidental. And yet, there is always the possibility of chance and serendipity. They are wildcards.

Take the Footman fish. He’s so well dressed, but in the end, he’s just a fish. Notice is tail fin poking out from under his lavish coat. How did he sprout legs? Would he be better with lemon or breaded? Of all delights… He could have been a fortune cookie instead. You get the message, then you eat the envoy. Delicious!

Letters were such an important method of communication. Still today they hold the secrets to many romances starting or many relationships breaking up. A formal letter with a seal contains a very important message. What could this one be? — Oh, dear!

Invitations that are personally delivered should hold a great deal of importance. How else would you know when to meet the Queen for crochet?

Remember to RSVP! If not, it could be off with your head. No one refuses the Queen…

And we have not one winner for the giveaway, but two!

We decided that as the entries were so good, we would give not only the main prize of the Alice Tarot deck and choice of tarot bag as stated, but also a special runner-up prize of a $40 coupon for Baba Store to be put towards any purchase.

So... the winners are...

First prize goes to Monica Laura, for her creative, interesting and very insightful posts about the cards.

Runner-up prize goes to Claudia Ferrari for the really lovely visuals that accompanied her thoughtful posts.


We hope to do another giveaway here in the New Year. Thanks again for all your brilliant entries.

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