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Recreation For The Soul ~ Divine Play Newsletter, December


 Featured in this issue is the Ace of Cups from the unpublished Tarot de St. Croix. I’ve truly enjoyed my collaboration with Lisa. You’ll find more of her tarot images while playing The Tarot Game’s free demo.

Pair up with your spouse or good friend and try the tarot storytelling activity or the Fun 4 Soul game. I’d love to hear how it goes.

Oh and don’t miss a chance for great tarot giveaways this month. Details inside!

See entire newsletter here.


Contest! Win A Signed Copy of The Tarot Game

Roll the dice and play the Tarot Game

Roll the dice and see where the tarot takes you!

Win a signed copy of The Tarot Game!

Here’s how:

Please help me get the word around that the game is fun for small gatherings & can make a great gift for a tarot enthusiast.

Share any of my posts about the game with your  facebook or twitter friends … or even create your own. I’ll ‘like’ or “favorite” your post when I see it which means you’ve just got a tally point towards winning. If I miss your share, please alert me.

The fan with the most action and variety through Nov. 30th wins the game.

Two conditions:

1.You must be a fan (click the LIKE button on FB page “The Tarot Game”)

2. You must be in the US to receive a game. Outside the US, win a 75 minute game reading via video chat.

What’s a contest without bonus points?   Comments on any existing posts regarding the game earns points.

Have fun! and thanks ~ Jude


Once Upon A Tarot Time

5 cards selected for Tarot story


When you play the Tarot Game and land on a STAR space, you may be directed to select 5 cards from the full deck. Beginning “once upon a time” tell a short story from the images on the cards. Try to read the story in the order drawn, however as a variation, you may rearrange the cards.

Here is one pass at a possible story in the images shown. What is your story?

Once upon a time their was a passionate leader, however his vision for his constituents had been blurred over the years. He was no longer sure that his personal convictions and beliefs were of any use. Deciding that fresh ideas were needed, he approached his son and gave him the charge of venturing out to engage with the world. In doing so, the young man found that what was truly valued were matters of the heart. He gave to his father the gift of remembering to rule from his heart and to invest in personal relationships.


The challenge in this activity is to garner inspiration from the images before relying on what’s been learned about the cards through book study. The first card drawn becomes part of the Game reading, the main points of the story become part of it as well. In this case, King of Wands is take for the reading, along with possible notes ” to lead others I need fresh purpose, to entrust others, and develop relationships.”

Give it a try with any 5 cards drawn at random – for best results use a deck you seldom look at, so that the images will be fresh. Let me know how it goes!

Divine Play Newsletter ~ November 2011

In this issue, meet Divine player Lisa de St. Croix. She’s the artist behind those wonderful tarot images you see on the blog and used in the trial version of The Tarot Game.

The artist of Tarot de St. Croix Lisa’s image of The Hermit is also featured this month.

 Take a look

What Do You Love To Do?


Once  upon a time I found a question. The question came from a wealthy and satisfied individual. He had written a book, sold many copies, and helped many people.

Here’s how I remember the question:

If you could do anything all day long without regard to making money or of anyone else’s opinion, what would you do?

Now, right away, you know that is a very good question! It hits at the heart of the matter. What would you do, if you could do what you love?

This was my answer (after following quite a number of steps the millionaire instructed me to take):

I play, learn, and teach spiritually-based,

self-refinement activities.

If you’d like to know more specifics on those soul enlivening steps, please do ask and ye shall receive. I’m happy to dig deeper with you and reconstruct the exercise best that I am able.

Meanwhile, back to my answer… playing in the realm of spirit is precisely what I find myself doing the most these days. I do specialty tarot readings with The Tarot Game; I am learning from some of the most fun and insightful teachers of our day (James Wanless for one. Theresa Reed for another. Joanna Powell Colbert for a third); and soon I will be teaching others to do what I do – facilitate the game for individuals, groups, and events.

I have been a tarot card reader for a quarter of a century. Never before has it been so fun and so effective.

It just doesn’t get better than this. I love what I do.




Play With A Tarot Deck And Your Imagination

Recently, I gave a tarot deck [Sun and Moon Tarot, by Vanessa Decort] to my 7 year old granddaughter. She was so very excited, my heart filled with joy immediately. I watched her open up  the deck and begin placing the cards out all over the bedspread. She devoured the images by telling mini-stories of each one. I didn’t record or make note of these stories, though now wish I had. It was just so fascinating to see that she saw life in them.

One particular I do remember is the Queen of Wands. For this one she said something like “she is so powerful and is going to hit the cat.” I was a bit shocked. As a tarot reader for over 25 years, I always consider the feline as a familiar to the queen. The animal is not displaying aggression, of course. It will be interesting to see what my granddaughter says the next time the card comes into view. (by the way, my darling is a great lover of animals from cats and dogs to dolphins and whales).

Here’s a game to play with any deck of tarot cards:

Object: To tell stories based on what you see in the card in order to learn intuitive reading.
Set up:

1.Shuffle a full deck and divide randomly into the number of piles that matches number of players.

2.Each player takes a pile and then flips the cards until a human figure is seen. Then stop flipping.

3.Each of the cards selected should be placed so all players can view them.
4.Set the rest of the deck aside.
1.One player points at a card and asks to any one other player “What are they thinking?”
2.The responder takes time to examine the imagery, focusing on the inner thoughts of the human figure in the card. That player then begins the story – long or short.
3.The player that told the first story then points at another card and asks a new player “What are they thinking?”
4.Play continues until all cards have been explored.

James Wanless Plays The Game

I met James for the first time at Readers Studio in New York last April. His class “Fool to Fortune” resonated so well with me. He has an extremely positive attitude and unique method of working with tarot. Here’s what he says about The Tarot Game…


James Wanless

“‎The Tarot Game is a fun and effective training tool for learning the basics of tarot, and it challenges even tarot experts by having them actively perform the essence of the cards, which is very seldom done.”



~ James Wanless   http://www.SustainYourselfCards.com




Divine Play Newsletter ~ October 2011

In this issue DEATH  asks you to take a closer look at it.

Tarot de St. Croix

Death tarot card

Each month we present a tarot image. Immerse yourself in it and try the suggested activity.

Take a look here.

It’s A Blast!

Susa Morgan Black is author of TaroTherugy, to be published soon by Tarot Media Company. She first played The Tarot Game in the lounge at Readers Studio 2011. Susa has created a number of variations for game play and is happy to share her ideas with you. Visit her at her website



Express Yourself

“I am in the process of creating the TAROT DE ST. CROIX which has become a powerful tool for self awareness in the present moment. Synchronicities abound and I feel as if I am being guided on this journey. While I use my life as inspiration, the paintings are universal. It is my greatest wish that they become a tool for others on their own path of discovery.” ~ Lisa de St. Croix

Tarot de St. Croix

The Sun

One way Lisa expresses herself is through painting. Now, let her art help you show your true colors. Look at the imagery of her most recent work, The Sun tarot card. Let it inspire a story in you. Tells us who you are.

Here are a few questions from The Tarot Game  play  to get you started.

1. What gifts do you show the world and what do you still keep in the shadows?

2. What are you experiencing in this very moment?

3. How do you express yourself?

Alternatively, create a “once upon a time” story driven by the image you see. Who is this woman? Where is she? Why does she take this posture? What are her intentions?
Learn intuitive tarot card reading through game play. Immerse yourself in the colors, lines, symbols and story of a card to help define it for you. Place these gems in your tarot tool box. Later when The Sun comes up in a reading, one or two may shine for you to share.