Poppy has created two decks. The first is the
WAKING THE WILD SPIRIT TAROT
(Llewellyn Worldwide Publications)
NEW RE-WRITTEN BOOK AVAILABLE NOW!
Please see news and below for more details
Above: The original book cover front and back
Below: The reprinted/re-written/second edition cover front and back as designed by Poppy and
This new version of the
Waking the Wild Spirit Tarot companion book entitled
STORIES OF THE WILD SPIRIT
is available either:
a) On its own to accompany a deck you may have already bought.
b) As part of a limited edition book and deck set. There are only eighty decks and book sets to be had there will never be any more sets after these sell out. The books will be signed and numbered and come with a specially designed EXCLUSIVE greetings card...
Thy Garland Green
Above: This image is exclusive to the limited edition Wild Spirit Tarot deck and book set
This image, entitled 'Thy Garland Green' gives a taste of the style of Poppy's next Tarot, called 'The Everyday Tarot'.
It was inspired, if inspired is the correct word, by the terrible devastation wreaked on the English hedgerows every autumn and winter by brutal cutting machines. These machines slash and hack at the bushes, leaving only broken brittle branches behind, branches that are then far more susceptible to disease.
Above: And this is one of the less brutalised hedges, often used as a repository for litter by passers by. When so little respect is blatantly shown to a living creation then the precedent of abuse is more readily established.
These denuded bitter boughs have no fruits and seeds to see the wild birds though the cold months. Nor do they provide adequate cover for them to take shelter in. 'Thy Garland Green' borrows a phrase from an Emily Bronte poem and suggests that we feed the birds and other wild creatures. It is not only the birds that suffer, such brutality affects many other species who, in their own ways, have dependency on the hedgerows for shelter and sustenance. And to the earth, denied the seeds for renewal and husks and leaves for compost.
We live in a world where those who have the privilege of being the custodians of the land seem the least caring. But we can, at least, keep our own garland's green.
GET YOUR SPECIAL CARD OF 'THY GARLAND GREEN' FROM SLIPPERY JACKS
Poppy has ONE new and sealed original boxed set of the cards and book if anyone is interested or if you would like to buy a signed book and deck set from Poppy please contact her firstname.lastname@example.org but please be patient in awaiting a response.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST
About the Wild Spirit glyph
Above: The Wild spirit card back incorporating the glyph
Poppy is also creating a new deck and book set which was originally called
The Everyday Tarot
but it became the more alluring
The EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT TAROT
Because it's all about
Finding the Magic in the Midst of Life
And celebrating the extraordinary in what we suppose to be ordinary!
Above: The Fool
This is the first image from a proposed new deck celebrating the wild enchantment and highlighting the wise council inherent in everyday interactions
This deck and book set will be an inspirational guide to finding the magic in the mundane.
Each card will reveal an ordinary person expressing their extraordinary qualities in recognisable, yet exceptional, settings. From a man on a building site to a boy on a skateboard the cards allow us to gain insights and encouragement from someone just like us…that is, an amazing, but commonplace, individual living in an amazing world.
The cards will express the enchanting nature of everyday people and situations, allowing us to appreciate their unique charm and wisdom. Beauty will be celebrated in all its forms, be that orthodox or entirely unorthodox and unexpected. The cards encompass people of all ages, sizes, colours and physical abilities. They will also embrace the other beings – both seen and unseen - that share our everyday reality with us. These are the faeries (and a myriad other spirit or Otherworldly presences) as well as our creature-kin - the fabulous yet familiar mammals, birds and insects that share our journey. As such The Everyday Tarot will be warmly inclusive, welcoming us into a more unified vision of world.
This deck will encourage us to appreciate life anew and engage with each other as the as the infinitely wise, and endlessly creative, beings we truly are. In this The Everyday Tarot will expand our capacity for empathy and gratitude, promoting deep connection in our hectic, and often alienated, world.
Copyright Poppy Palin and Schiffer
Above: The kind and empathic Queen of Cups in action
Above: Wheel of Fortune
Below: Ace of Wands
Below: Six of Coins - charity that benefits all parties
Above: Five of Wands - there are five, the umbrella counts!
Above: Page of Coins (suit of earth/pentacles etc) the enterprising young man
Above: The King of Coins, gently sowing his seeds and considerately reaping the rewards. He's a genial sort of chap, a good earth-father to all. He's an ethical employer and the oilseed rape crop is organic, of course! The cows aren't there for farming purposes, this man has learned the error of his ways and now they're kept happy in a field out of the goodness of his heart rather than for profit. He's a good steward, not a greedy man, but is still able to make a good living and is ploughing his material rewards back into the land and local inhabitants. Overall, this card has got a green and gold glow of health, success and vitality.
Above: Two of Wands - a flamboyant, energetic drummer throws his sticks into the air. He earns the admiration of the crowd by being different. His backdrop is a lovely lake with free flying birds and his bass drum skin has an image of the world on it, both reminding us to follow our passion wherever it may lead. We can travel far, and to places of great beauty, if we listen to 'a different drum' and be ourselves.
Above: The Four of Coins. This boy has become king of his own sand castle and has built a pebble-lined moat to protect his 'treasure'. The seagull and the crab add to his defenses as he glowers at us, warning us to stay away. Meanwhile the children in the background have fun with their dog, just as children should on the beach. They run deliciously free while this boy stays put - he's forgotten fun in order to hang on to his possessions.
Above: Eight of Blades (swords) - the woman here is performing a circus act but she is throwing the knives at herself. She is her own worst enemy. She is blind to the fact she is sabotaging herself and is tied up by her own inner anxieties. Most of her problems are in her own mind. The 'self' throwing the knives has wings tattooed on her back that remind her she is free to choose the pain of bondage or can be free from her mental torments. The may bug, or 'cockchafer' beetle flying away reminds her of this too.
Below: Four of wands - celebration and community but also freedom - here the moth flies away from the flame rather than get burned
Above: Five of Coins Five of Coins shows the poor and sick outside in the snow seeking help while the supposedly 'Christian' woman and man drink in the pub and win on the gaming machine, warm enough to wear short sleeves. Their dog gets no attention either although it too begs. But they forget that they could just as easily be those on the outside tomorrow. And those on the outside remember that they too were once those careless 'forgetful' people on the inside.
Above: Strength card
Below: Knight of Wands - the wreckless passion of youth
Below: Three of Blades (Swords). While the storm rages outside, and the magpie (one for sorrow) passes by, the storm of grief affects a lone woman. Her blades have cut a fabric heart of blue roses in two and she holds a pin cushion pierced with three pins. Behind her is a photo of a happier time showing her and her ex-lover. This card expresses the terrible pain of loss that has to be experienced as the result of us loving another being. The sewing machine also reminds us that we can stitch ourselves back together again.
Above: Queen of Blades (swords) - cutting to the chase; an incisive woman with her scalpel.
Below: Six of Cups - youthful joy at a tea party...with a wistful nostalgic look from the Mum
Above: Queen of Coins - an enterprising green-fingered woman
Below: Six of Wands- success!
Above: The Hermit
Below: Seven of Sticks/Wands
Above: Page of Cups - messenger of love
Below: Seven of Coins - taking stock
Above: The Hierophant
Above: The Two of Cups - there are more partnerships in this image than just the flirty men drinking coffee on the park bench! It's all about attraction - yes - but also deep relationship between all kinds of beings.
Above: Page of Wands/Sticks
Below: The Lovers
Above: Seven of Cups - fantasy
Above: The World - creating a better reality together
Above: The Hanged Man
Above: Ace of Coins (suit of Earth/pentacles) from the Everyday Tarot by Poppy Palin
Above: The Moon card and below a description of the Moon card
Who am I? I’m not sure, but whoever I may be I’m influenced by the moon; a sad, certifiable luna-tic walking the margins.Or perhaps not. Because some say I’m a Seer, looking past the fripperies of modern existence to the shining verities of the Universe – the visionary on the road to enlightenment, rather than the road to nowhere. Whether I’m lost in mad reveries or a prophet thrice blessed depends on your perspective…I’ve lost mine so I’ll let you decide. I’m in two minds, my thoughts like twin glittering fish darting in opposite directions. I just wish they’d stop jeering at me, whoever I may be. I lose my clarity when I’m chased, chastised, challenged…where was I?
What do I represent? I symbolise what you dread most. I’m the bottom line: decrepit, demented, rejected, reviled, dirty, crazy, hungry, helpless, penniless – down and out. For me and my underdog there’s no safe home, no kind face, no loving embrace. I’m your dark night of the soul, cold and lonely, lit only by my old friend the stony-faced moon. Although she hangs so distant, and seemingly indifferent, she brings illumination of a special kind, her gleam highlighting the precious silver amongst the shadows. She cuts through rationality, revealing the mystery of being, enchanting us. Her cool appraising gaze sees deep within us, inspiring our soul-poetry and awakening our magic.
What do I mean to you? I’ve things in my bag that may interest you – discarded dreams, hidden fears, fleeting memories and broken belongings that meant something once but are now just cumbersome baggage. Are they yours? Let’s examine them now. Don’t be afraid for when things fall apart there are revelations and opportunities to look beyond appearances – a chance to let the wildly unusual into your everyday being. I don’t regret my marginal moon-bidden life because there’s poetry in my plight and in my Sight. And in yours. Remember this! Because I’ve already forgotten.
Copyright Poppy Palin - not for reproduction unless with permission.
Below: The Star card - shining as a guiding light
Above: Two of Blades (suit of swords) reveals a denial of problems
Above: Justice - seeing both sides, maintaining the balance
Above: The Magician - manifesting marvels in a mundane world
It's all about everyday magic!
Below: The Tower card
'I see this deck as being like a bridge between the mundane and the magical; reminding us that we don't have to wear long flowing gowns and sit looking longingly into a medieval fountain to be able to accept or bring magic into our lives.'
Above: The authoritarian Emperor on his 'throne'
Who am I?
I’m The Emperor, fifth card in the Major Arcana. My sign is Aries, as you can see from my mug. That means I’m a born leader and get things done – both for others and myself. You find me in my role as charismatic manager and team leader but I’m also at ease helping run a household. My drive, commitment and vitality mean I’m always forging ahead at the cutting edge.
What do I represent?
I embody the qualities of a benign ruler – magnanimous yet rigorous; firm but fair. I offer stability and structure but insist on my own considered terms and conditions. Mine can be the iron fist in a velvet glove but no one respects a limp handshake. Yet I’m a man of honour who works hard and aims bring out the best in those I’m privileged to supervise - I see no harm in using a little judicious discipline if it enables others to shine. And as the photograph in my office shows I’m also a family man, a passionate lover, fierce protector and dutiful provider. I’m often known as the All Father as I’m proud to take care of my human tribe both at work and home.
What do I mean to you?
In a reading I may signify someone seen as a figure of authority – your employer, instructor or a member of your own family. Like me they may be charming, efficient and reliable or arrogant, domineering and inflexible. You need to decide if they are helping you or holding you back. Or perhaps my qualities are what you need now - that indominitable strength of will, relentless energy and boldness. My passion and motivation may enable you to plough through obstacles…or, if you are being too selfish you may just run into a brick wall. I may reveal the need for order in your own life – for you to establish rules or break them if they cause suffering.
Above: Queen of Wands - energetic go-getting lady
Below: Knight of Cups - the troubadour goes wooing
Above: The Empress - lots of love in a bustling kitchen
Below: The Chariot - experiencing the wild moment
In the Death card we meet an elderly lady, a grandmother, tenderly talking to her granddaughter, possibly even her great granddaughter.
The little girl represents the start of life’s journey and the grandmother its ending, both aspects united in the tender moment. We can imagine the elderly lady is gently counselling he little girl that she may soon be gone, but not to fear this passing as she has lived a full life and is now weary and ready to leave her worn our psychical self to go home. The child gives her full attention to this and seems to understand deep inside. They share this intimacy in a winter woodland, winter solstice being the key time of death and rebirth. At their feet a crow caws, the crow being a representative, or messenger, of death. The crow stands next to snowdrops, revealing new life in the midst of the chill of winter. Above them another crow circles and waits, gently reminding the woman that her time is nearly come. There is also a woodland sprite present above them to bring comfort to both the lady and the small girl.
In the background we see a younger woman, ethereal and barefoot in the snow. This shining woman, and the crow above her, are moving away from the manifest world into the eternal light. The woman is the elderly lady as she once was, vibrant and in her prime, and represents her life-force energy leaving this aspect of material existence. The bright colours of the child’s attire represent regeneration and joy and contrast with the sombre colours of the older woman, although both wear purple to show they are connected...and perhaps not so very different after all. Likewise the muted shades of the winter woodland are lit by the brilliant otherworldly light that shines through into this world, reminding us that if we deny or reject the darker or hidden aspects the brighter ones lose definition and cease to have meaning.
Above: The Devil - deliberately flauting the rules
'I have been waiting for a modern deck such as this for YEARS now, and although one or two are good and readable, none have the clarity, emotion and obvious personality and story telling your Everyday Tarot cards have. The first card immediately resonated, and as for the Devil card.... it just nailed it for me.'
Above: The Sun - dazzling in the drab alleyway
High Priestess - Queen of the wild in an urban setting
Judgment - finding a more meaningful way of life
The loving and creative King of Cups
Ace of Cups(above) and Three of Cups (below)
'I just wanted to say I love what I've seen so far from the Everyday Tarot! Are you still working on this? I for sure would love a copy when it is completed. Been looking for just such a deck. Beautiful work!'
Above: Nine of Wands - the fence posts are the wands as the crutch is also a wand. This boy has been beaten but still walks past his tormentors, showing perseverence and resilience. Just like the ant that carries the heavy leaf and the swallow that flies to the UK from Africa each year.
Thank you to all those who take the time to send Poppy positive feedback, it is truly appreciated.
This deck is now the property of Schiffer as well as Poppy, watch this space for more details.
Here is a lovely review of the deck
REVIEW: The Everyday Enchantment Tarot created by Poppy Palin
By Jenn (Member of TABI)
I am writing this review in the October of 2015. The Everyday Enchantment Tarot has a
publisher and it is planned that it will be printed in 2017. I await this with eager
I have been privileged, along with a few others, to see each card as Poppy has created it.
The Major Arcana is complete and the Minors are well on their way. This deck is like a
dream come true for me. It not only has the guidance of the traditional card IDs, it also is
illustrated with up to date pictures of life as it is in our era.
As the name suggests it not only shows the events of everyday life, it also includes the
enchanted and often unnoticed aspects. The sparkle that is swamped by the “in your face”
pressures that modern times impress onto us.
Poppy has taken the traditional cards and brought their original meanings right up to the
NOW. She has incorporated the wisdom of the Tarot, and retranslated it to speak to us in
a modern language that we can relate to. Even the suits are not just suits. For instance
wands appear as candles standing upright, as police batons, and as a paintbrush, Cups are
not fancy chalices, but teacups and picnic mugs, but even with this variety they are easy
Tarot is about day to day living. It is a tool to help us see where we’ve been, where we
are now, what the options are, and to bring to our notice things that may well be missed,
but that can make the difference. Our World is overwhelmed with the negative (listen to
the news broadcasts and you will see what I mean). The Enchantment is there but only if
you can open your eyes and look for it. The EET helps you do this.
The “players” in this deck are not limited, they are humans of a mixture of ages, cultures,
professions, jobs and abilities (many of which are rarely mentioned within the tarot or in
fact in day to day life), There are also animals of the fur, feather, fin, hoof and flipper
genres as well as insects and of course The Myriad of unseen beings of Enchantment that
are there to remind you. A fantastic cast that would certainly create a hit as a West End
Play illustrating True Life Today.
This deck is a wonderful tool for both the seasoned reader and the newbie. All you need to
do is look at the card, ask yourself what it is illustrating and there you are – you have
your “meaning”. Each card has multiple possibilities, you may be drawn to the main
characters and their actions and situation, or maybe you will see someone or something in
the background that grabs your attention. Poppy has hit a wonderful balance of detail
without overcrowding the card.
I first ventured into the Tarot over 30 years ago, and I spent many years trying to “learn”
the meanings of each card, only to find that the meanings did not always match the
illustrations, and different decks and their meanings could be in conflict. I ventured into
using my intuition, but even then it could be difficult to be guided by the picture or pips.
With this deck there is an abundance of support to inspire your translation, to personalise
it for the person you are reading for.
I have done some trial readings using just the Major Arcana and I have found them a
delight to work with. They have proven themselves to be amazing companions on the Tarot
road of discovery.
I hope you will be as “Enchanted” as I am about the “Everyday” life that is illustrated
here. Poppy is creating an amazing deck with her magical and insightful gift.
The reviewer, Jennie Austin has been using the tarot from the early 80s, and has many decks in her
She is a Holistic Therapist, Coach, Teacher and Reiki Master.
She loves helping and working with animals, especially dogs, and she had her own dog grooming business
for over 20 years.
She is also the Author of Practising Reiki.
MORE ON THE EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT TAROT SOON
Back to Poppy's first deck/book set
The WAKING THE WILD SPIRIT Tarot
Above: A selection of the Major Arcana cards
What recent purchasers of the deck said...
The deck arrived safely on the 19th and I have really enjoyed it even more than I had expected. You know I came across it quite by accident and I am really surprised it hasn't received more attention - I really love it and cant wait for the book download.
I received the deck today! I love everything about it. I love the way it feels in my hands, the way it fans out...and of course, the art is breath-taking. I share your love for earth and animal. I know this is strange, but I can practically feel your soul in this deck. It is very rich, pure and warm
This is my favourite deck of all time. the colors and images speak through me with an ease that no other tarot has been able to do. If I could only have one deck to read from for all time this would be it. As an oracle it will tell you what you need to know.'
Lisa Silver Crow Perrault, USA
Below is a link to a new tarot site that will take you directly to Poppy's tarot
Above: Poppy's first jacket design submitted to Llewellyn for consideration. It was sold in a charity auction for Happy landings animal sancturary.
What follows are the basics for using the deck without a copy of the book. The cards were originally designed as a Divination Pack but the publisher wanted to call it a Tarot (thus offending Tarot purists, and perhaps rightly so) as it isn't strictly a conventional pack. Saying this the cards can be used following a traditional tarot system if prefered. Here's a very brief introduction to the Wild Spirit deck as the book was huge (with stories for each card's 'character') and this can only ever be a synopsis of the full work. A little of your own precious imagination is required to fill in the gaps and make the cards into a cohesive system that works for you as an individual. That's the wild spirit, after all, it was never meant to be that prescriptive!
MAJOR ARCANA CARDS
This is just an initial helping hand for those who own the deck only.
Each card of the Major Arcana card has a detailed story about the character or 'energies' depicted. These stories were given in the 280 page book STORIES OF THE WILD SPIRIT, now out of print. This book's size was the reason why the deck was so expenisve and therefore was not so popular to buy at £32 when most decks cost under £25! In time I hope to scan in each story in here or at least write a synopsis for each card for users of the deck to have access to. The cards need their stories...in this they differ from other decks.This reflects Poppy's own need to always combine words and images.
These cards are more succinctly explained and only had a page each to decsribe them - 'snapshots in spirit time' as the editor aptly called them. Here is the synopsis from the book of their meanings
POLLUTION - Eight of Water
Waking the Wild Spirit Tarot