Archives for July 2012

Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Back of the Witches Tarot Cards - Triple moon in stars

Witches Tarot Back

Review by Jane R Hansen

How do you make a Tarot Deck for Witches: No, not the pointy-hat halloween kind of witches, but Wiccans and others who practice the Craft of the Wise?  Well, I suppose it’s like stirring a good spell. You bring everything you know to the table and select just the right ingredients to get the job done, and you work with nature, make room for the magick, and create a clear image to manifest. This seems to be what Ellen Dugan has done in her Witches Tarot, as she worked with award-winning illustrator Mark Evans to take the traditional symbols of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and brought in a supporting cast of plant, animal and otherworld folk. She also renamed four of the major arcana cards with slightly different names. But more on that later in this review.

Her companion guide spells it all out in detail. You can definitely read with the deck right out of the box, if you are adept with the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) type deck. The renamed Major Arcana make sense, and the rest of the art is mostly a variation on the “standard” art of the RWS deck.

Queen of Wands with cat on lap from Witches Tarot Deck

Queen of Wands

Flora and Fauna

For you herbalists and gardeners out there, pay attention to the plants in the cards. Ellen put some serious thought into the meanings… she isn’t known as “The Garden Witch” for nothing, you know. The Monkshood in the Ten of Swords. Not only is the plant poisonous, but in the language of flowers, monkshood says a foe is near.  This gives double weight to heed the warning of the card to pay attention to your instincts and keep your back to the wall! Throughout Witches Tarot, the flowers and plants have meaning and they are explained in the companion book.

Seven of Cups Witches Tarot Deck

Seven of Cups

What is a witch without her familiar? For you cat-lovers, our favorite familiars do show up in expected and unexpected places.  The Queen of wands has a friend on her lap, but the seven of cups also has a the kitty in a cup. Awe, isn’t that cute! But you’ll also find our feline friends on the High Priestess, Page of Wands, Two of Wands and the Three of pentacles. That’s not even counting the Lion in strength or on the World Card.

But wait, there’s more! Yes, as you wander through the world of Witches Tarot you’ll see a rabbit, stags, ravens, an eagle, hawks, lions, horses, an ibis, wolves, a dolphin, butterflies, dragonflies, a white hind and I’m sure there’s more I didn’t spot when compiling this listing. Best of all, with everything that’s in there, it never seems out of place. [Read more…]

Horus and Jesus: the Egyptian Revelation

Horus and Jesus: the Egyptian Revelation

Much has been said all over the internet lately about Horus, specifically about how the life of the Egyptian God Horus parallels that of Jesus to an uncanny degree of similarity.  You may have seen excerpts from a movie, or an info-graphic which makes these claims. Here’s the hype, directly off of a YouTube Description: Horus=Jesus, Isis=Mary, Osiris=God, Amun=Amen, Apophis=Devil MUST SEE!!!!!

The creators of this hoax, meme, fallacy, hype (you choose the term) have taken a page from the writers of the original Star Trek, where Spock will list four philosophers, three from the fictional Star Trek Universe, and one from earth history, like Socrates to draw parallels and create verisimilitude. In this instance, there is a case to be made for Amun=Amen. But not the rest. But by drawing the parallels, they create a fallacy of comparison, so that the uneducated person will think it is logical. This post will get into those so-called parallel points between the life of Jesus and Horus as we look at the details from the life of Horus, Isis and Osiris.  As a store named after the Egyptian god Horus, or at least, his eye, we felt compelled to create a new info-graphic to set the record straight.  We also highlight the one true parallel construction between the myths and draw our own conclusions.

Horus and Jesus

Horus was an Egyptian Sky God

Let’s look at how the two are definitely not similar, contrary to claims.  We will also look at where they are truly similar. For there are parallels to be drawn between the myths, with some startling [Read more…]