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 published in 2011 by
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 cuttting 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 dependecy 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 privelidge 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
To find out about the book or limited edition book and deck set please contact:
Poppy has ONE new and sealed original boxed set of the cards and book if anyone is interested please email her:
To find out about a single deck please contact Poppy at the above email, but please be patient in awaiting a response. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST
Poppy is also creating a new deck and book set which may be called
The Everyday Tarot
or, perhaps, more alluringly
The EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT TAROT
Finding the Magic in the Midst of Life
And celebrating the extraordinary in what we suppose to be ordinary!
(What do you think of this proposed new title? Let Poppy know, all feedback welcome although as ever she may not be able to respond to your comments due to limited computer use - all input very much appreciated though)
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 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 2012
Above: The kind and empathic Queen of Cups in action
Above: Wheel of Fortune
Below: Ace of Wands
Below: Six of Coins - charity
Above: Page of Coins (suit of earth/pentacles etc)
Below: Four of wands - celebration and community but also freedom - here the moth flies away from the flame rather than get burned
Above: Strength card
Below: Knight of Wands - the wreckless passion of youth
Above: Queen of Coins
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: 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 thouse who take the time to send Poppy positive feedback, it is truly appreciated.
MORE ON THIS DECK 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