A selection of Oracle and Tarot card decks

Inspired by my good blogging friend Aquileana I’m pleased to post up some examples from my collection of divination cards. For many, divination cards like these offer the possibility of inspiration and guidance. They present the user with beautiful and fantastic images found in the often multi-layered artwork, along with a wide range of cultural and spiritual themes. As you will see below, some of my favourite decks are about fairies and Celtic mythology.

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Thanks for looking 🙂 

Faery Wicca Tarot. Kisma K. Stepanich. Illustrated by Renée Christine Yates. 1999, Llewellyn.

The A.E. Waite Tarot. Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Originally published in 1910 by Rider.

Medicine Cards. Jamie Sams & David Carson. Illustrated by Angela Werneke.  RenĂ©e Christine Yates. 1998/99, St. Martins’ Press.

The Faeries’ Oracle. Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth. 2000, Simon & Schuster.

The Fairy Pack. Claire Nahmad. Illustrated by Danuta Mayer. 2003. Godsfield Press Ltd.

Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. Doreen Virtue, PH.D. 2002, Hay House Inc.

Artists. Row 1: Kali and Yemanya by Lisa Iris. Sarasvati by Sue Halstenberg.

Artists. Row 2: Aeracura and Athena by Elizabeth Kyle. Freyja by Lisa Iris.

Artists. Row 3: Aphrodite by Sharon George. Ixchel by Lisa Iris. Ostara by Wendy Andrew.

The Celtic Animal Oracle. Anna Franklin. Illustrated by Paul Mason. 2003, Vega.

The above images feature box art and selected cards of individual sets from my collection. They have been scanned into this article to provide examples of just a fraction of the wide range of divination cards that are available. No infringement of copyright to the original publishers, writers and artists is intended. Please check out Aquileana‘s excellent overview of the Major and Minor Arcana cards if you are interested in further reading about the Tarot.


TVTA recently acquired some wonderful examples of early twentieth century advertIsing for hats. Dating from 1925 to 1953, the (mostly) black and white adverts feature famous French brands such as FlĂ©chet, Tirard and Mossant. The original art and photographic images broadly cover the Art DĂ©co period and aim to represent the luxury, style, glamour and technological progress of the times. I’ve include some additional ‘non-hat’ ads that were also included in the acquisition.

Mossant. 1949.


FlĂ©chet. L’Illustration, 1937. France.

FlĂ©chet. L’Illustration. 1937. France.

FlĂ©chet. L’Illustration. 1934.

Tirard. L’Illustration. 1938.

Ballot automobile. 1925.

Le Sphinx by Gant Neyret. L’Illustration. 1935.

Vieille Cure. L’Illustration. 1935.

Mambo. Date unknown.

Morreton. Date unknown.

Fléchet. 1953.

Afterword. I began preparing this post early this morning. I later heard the news that Stephen Hawking died. I wanted somehow to make a post about him, but as much as I admire his science work and even more so his courage, humour and his kind spirit towards humanity, I couldn’t find apt enough words or images to do justice. So I’d like to dedicate this post to him, and say “hats off” to you, and “chapeau” Mr Hawking.

Japanese Chirashi latest

TVTA is happy to add some more Japanese chirashi to the collection.

Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo Del Toro. 2006.

Pans Labyrinth chirashi. Example a. Front.

Pans Labyrinth chirashi. Example b. Front.

The Phantom Menace. George Lucas. 1999. 3D Re-release 2012.

The Phantom Menace chirashi. Front.

District 9. Neill Blomkamp. 2009.

District 9 chirashi. Front.

The Wind Rises. Hayao Miyazaki. 2013.

The Wind Rises chirashi. Front.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata. 2013

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya chirashi. Front.

The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 double feature chirashi.

The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya double feature chirashi.

La Belle et la BĂȘte / Beauty and the Beast. Christophe Gans. 2014.

La Belle et la BĂȘte / Beauty and the Beast chirash. Front and back.

La Vie d’AdĂšle / Blue is the Warmest Colour. Abdellatif Kechiche. 2013.

La Vie d’AdĂšle / Blue is the Warmest Colour chirashi. Front and back.

Kill Bill: Volume 2. Quentin Tarantino. 2004.

Kill Bill Vol 2

The Green Hornet. TV series (1966/67). DVD and VHS chirashi.

Green Hornet TV series DVD and VHS chirashi. Front and back.

Ascenseur pour L’Ă©chafaud / Elevator to the Gallows. Louis Malle. 1958.

Ascenseur pour L’echafaud chirashi. Front and back.

Killing Zoe. Roger Avary. 1994.

Killing Zoe chirashi. Front.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Chris Carter. 2008.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe chirashi. Front.

Everything but the kitchen sink

Wooof just gave me his Hello Kitty USB stick and said: “Latest ads all scanned boss, post ’em up, I’m off to Italy for the weekend.” “What kind of ads are they?” I asked the cat. “Oh, a bit of this, a bit of that. Everything but the kitchen sink really.” “And how am I supposed to put a theme to them?” I said. “There are categories and tags and witty comments to consider. We can’t all go swanning off to Italy you know.” “How should I know,” replied the cat, already packing his case and searching for his Aviators. “You’re the editor. Just call the post ‘Everything But The Kitchen Sink’, or something.” “Righto,” I said. “Ha, be funny if there really was a kitchen sink ad on your USB stick.” The cat looked at me and sighed. “That would be just ridiculous. Right, I’m off. Plane to catch. Don’t work too hard this weekend. Miow and ciao baby!”

Bye Wooof.

Door slams.

Cue one inserted Hello Kitty USB stick into the TVTA hard drive, and I present, a mixed bag of retro adverts, everything but the kitchen sink…

First up … Nice going Wooof … you found some Sony Walkman ads …

France. Ets De Neuter catalogue. 1995.

France. Ets de Neuter catalogue. 1995.

Next … Bubble Yum bubble gum wild cherry goodness … 

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

Next … Cool, 2000 AD and Judge Dredd badges …

2000 AD. Prog 333. 1983.

Marvel and DC comics action figures …

UK. Wizard. 2008.

Some Transformers …

France. Catalogue Super Jouet. 1985.

Erm … A Kerrang! Keep it loud! badge. I remember wearing that …

Next … Bravo Wooof … it’s the Armand Zildjian 19 inch ride … drool … I ride with a vintage 20 inch Zildjian Ping, but still … drool!

UK. Z-Time. 2004.

Well done Wooof, you found more Zildjian ads …

UK. Z-Time. 2004.

The Clone Wars … Marbs …

UK. Wizard. 2008.

Zarjaz! Return of the Jedi free album and stickers with 2000 AD …

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

Acme boots, it’s the saga of Johnny West …

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

And finally … lol! … Wooof was tricking us all along … there really is an ad for a kitchen sink …

France. Jouet Mont Blanc catalogue. 1969.

That’s all for now folks. Thanks for stopping by. Please wash your dishes on the way out  🙂

May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂


Dino Riders

Dino-Riders was a VHS and TV series animated show that ran between 1987 and 1988 with an additional special feature in 1990. The storyline concentrated on the war between the time-travelling Valorian and Rulon factions, and their relationship with and employment of prehistoric dinosaurs as weapons/vehicles.

A toyline was created in the US by Tyco featuring both the humanoid and dinosaur characters. The dinosaurs were so highly regarded for their detailed sculpts and colour that the famous Smithsonian Institution approached Tyco to reproduce adapted versions for their “Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile Collection”. The following two adverts are from France and Italy.

France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Italy. 1990.