The Merchant Faire

    The Ever-Popular Merchant Faire Returns!

    The Merchant Faire always boasts an amazing selection of merchants and goodies from the Tarot community and this year is no exception! And to keep the feeling of community humming, we're all in the ballroom. Come ready to shop-'til-you-drop with…

    Robert M. Place — As a well known author and deck designer, Bob will be selling copies of his books and Tarots decks, including his newest deck the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery and the last copies of the 3rd edition of his classic Alchemical Tarot, along with the new updated companion book, his Vampire Tarot, and a catalog of his Tarot exhibition from the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA. He will also have prints of his art, and handmade sterling silver jewelry of his own design. But the biggest news is that he hopes to have the first copies of the new Burning Serpent Oracle that he conceived of along with Rachel Pollack, and copies of Rachel's companion book for the deck!

    Robert M. Place designed the fabulous poster for RS15!

    The Readers Studio: April 24-26, 2015 — 3 days of intense Tarot learning and fun for Tarot Enthusiasts! Plus an all-day Tarot & Psychology conference on Thursday, April 23rd. Produced by The Tarot School.

    Rachel Pollack— Everyone in tarot knows that Rachel is one of our Grand Dames, but as well as writing and teaching, she is a visual artist, creator of the Shining Tribe Tarot, and a creator of Spirit Necklaces, made with pendants from around the world—including sterling silver Kabbalistic talismans, gemstones from Afghanistan and other places, New Zealand symbols of spiritual growth, reproductions of Ancient Greek coins, images of leopards from Africa, and many others. These are then matched with precious and semi-precious stone beads. As well as the necklaces, Rachel will be selling the Shining Tribe Art Deck, archival print copies of all the original art plus five extra cards.

    Paula Chaffee Scardamalia — Paula is a creativity coach who offers her unique essential oil in sprays and roll-ons blended especially to support the creative process and shamanic dreamwork, as well as handmade wands, luxurious, colorful handwoven scarves, shawls, and reading cloths, her award-winning book, Weaving a Woman's Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom, and her CD, The Tower in the Woods: Dreaming Your Creativity Awake.

    The Fountain Tarot — Jonathan Saiz (Artist), Jason Gruhl (Author) and Andi Todaro (Designer), creators of The Fountain Tarot, will be offering their newly released 79-card deck, prints of selected cards, and a collection of the original oil paintings.

    The Fountain Tarot offers a unique, contemporary experience connecting the worlds of sacred geometry, internet culture, art and spirituality. It contributes newly to the cherished and exciting tradition of Tarot by respectfully re-envisioning the cards, while bringing extensive quality to every detail, and accessibility through an RWS format.

    Jonathan, Jason and Andi are often living in random places around the world (The Fountain Tarot was created from Mexico, France and the US), but our home base is Denver, Colorado in the USA.

    Barbara Bennington
    — New to the Merchant Faire this year, but a long-time fan of The Tarot School, Barbara creates interesting and unusual costume jewelry pieces using (mostly) crystals and natural stones. There are some cool glass beads, cinnabar, and cloisonné beads in there too, but it all has wonderful energy. There will be earrings, necklaces, and her signature “Sticks and Stones” pins…these are versatile stick pins that can be used as hat pins, shawl or scarf fasteners, or as jacket or coat ornaments.

    Mary K. Greer — Mary has spent the last several years studying the lives and practices of professional cartomancers through history. She will have DVDs of her popular Tarot and Lenormand illustrated Webinars, as well as her books and The William Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination. You will also find classic and unusual Lenormand decks and other Tarot goodies here.

    Lori Lytle of Inner Goddess Tarot—Lori is bringing her stunning Tarot and Goddess jewelry as well as her line of handmade Tarot bags and spread cloths. Her jewelry is hand-painted and set in sterling silver, they are miniature works of art that will inspire the wearer and help them to connect with their own Inner Goddess. Lori's Tarot bags and spread cloths are made of silk sarees which were offered to and blessed by the Mother Goddess, hand-crafted by the women of Spun Studio at Sistering, a textile studio working with women affected by homelessness, poverty, trauma and social isolation. Please come by say hello to Lori, she's new to Readers Studio and can't wait to meet everyone!

    The Metaphysical Cat — Julia Bonisteel, Candle Maker (aka “The Cat”) is thrilled to be a part of the RS15 Merchant Faire!

    Each candle has been designed carefully following the ancient tradition of hand pouring candles. Julia has been crafting candles for over ten years, working with all natural Soy wax, pure essential oils and a touch of fragrance oil to enhance scent throw. The Metaphysical Cat works with the intent to “tread lightly” upon Mother Earth.

    Each Major Arcana Candle is completely unique aligned with the Elemental, Astrological, and Magical properties associated with each powerful tarot card. Reiki Charged and created with only the highest intention, these candles will bring to life your love of the mystery and magic of the Tarot.

    Imagine being able to alight the essence of your favorite card and bring it into your home or Sacred Space! A powerful addition to any Ritual Work, Card Reading, or Special Celebration honoring a particular loved one in your life.

    Sheilaa Hite's Tarot CircleSheilaa Hite's Tarot Circle (circle members with Sheilaa will be Winslow Eliot, Louise Rossi, Ralston Edwards) — Among the Tarot- and Astrology-related goodies we will have for sale: Sheilaa's books, CDs and unique Tarot bags; Louise's poetry and latest CDs; information and consultations with WriteSpa Press, an independent author services company; award-winning books by Winslow Eliot.

    Judy Nathan — Judy will be back for her fourth year in the Merchants Faire with her fabulous tarot bags. Also at the table will be her pendulums, pendants, and those oh so popular, juicy Goddess Bracelets and Necklaces!

    Ginnie Jester (author, photographer, artist and conceptualist) and Chris Hopkins (graphic designer, marketer and technical specialist)
    — of City Mystic will be sharing their newly released, self-published, limited edition black and white photographic Tarot deck entirely based on original photography of New York City, City Mystic * New York. Funded on Kickstarter in 2014, the deck is the first in a multi-city series of photographic decks exploring highly Occult cities around the world.

    Inspired by the city's history as an Occult center of the United States, Ginnie turned her camera lens to focus on the Occult and Esoteric leanings buried in plain sight in New York's vibrant architectural staples. The accompanying Little White Book is filled with historical architectural facts and a thorough Qabbalistically-based description of each card in the 78-piece deck.

    Along with their first deck in a multi-city project (Paris is coming in late 2015), the team will be vending their Zodiac Map, an Astrological learning tool, and unique self-published Tarot journals and workbooks.

    Carrie Paris — invites you to visit her table which will be filled with special items to delight all diviners. Come join the fun and try your hand at casting your future with the latest Magpie Oracle II—the Keepsake Box. Carrie will also have her tarot themed Cartomancy Cuffs, which sold out by Saturday morning last year. Carrie's latest decks, some new surprises, and so much more will also be available so do stop by, pick a card and say hello. Until then, may your future follow your wishes.

    Rachel PaulRachel Paul / Sacred Bridges Tarot— Reiki practitioner, author, scholar, clown, and tarot-lover Rachel Paul will be debuting her latest effort, The Sacred Bridges Tarot, a 78-card peace deck, at RS15. She will also be offering a colorful glimpse into her carnival world with the delightfully wicked Dark Carnival Tarot. Prints, original paintings, and hand-painted tarot pouches will be available from the artist. Looking for something one-of-a-kind? Rachel is delighted to hand paint a tarot pouch or box for you on request. She will also be live painting tarot-inspired pieces on canvas (when the time/fun allows) and is available for commission art work. See you at the Faire, friends!

    Tara Winstanley / The Timeless Tarot — Drawing from her own well of personal experience from her Tarot practice and readings, Tara eventually felt compelled to design a Tarot deck that combined her love of art, knowledge of the RWS system and Tara's preferred card size (playing card size - 2.5 x 3.5 inches). After a year of creative effort the The Timeless Tarot was born— an eclectic mix of classic paintings, from the fourteenth century through the twentieth century, that closely align and happily coincide with many of the images, symbols, colors and most importantly the feelings of each of the seventy eight cards that are represented in the Tarot. Also available for sale will be Tara's Tarot bags that match the Timeless Tarot deck and her other deck, The NOW Lenormand — a Lenormand-style deck that helps in the process of learning to read the Lenormand divination system.

    Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
    — More often a teacher at tarot events, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince will have her highly regarded Dark Goddess Tarot at this year's Readers Studio as well as her latest work, the Minoan Tarot. Plus you'll find magical crafts such as amulets, shrines, and spell bottles.

    Tarot eCardsTarot eCards — Wizard Too, LLC will be showcasing its new Tarot eCards™, digital Tarot cards that features an easy-to-use, intuitive interface that simulates real, printed cards. Tarot eCards is the first digital application for mobile devices that allow users to do Readings, Explore, Collect and Maintain a Library of digital Tarot cards that they can access anywhere, anytime. Visit our display and see how some Classic and Popular Tarot eCard decks look and work on an iPad, iPhone or an Android device.

    Our featured Tarot selection includes: a digitally reimaged Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS2.0); Navigators Tarot of The Mystic Sea; Hezicos Tarot; Whispering Tarot; Tarot of Ceremonial Magick; CBD Tarot de Marseille; Tarot of Masters and more. Tarot eCards is a new Digital Publishing Platform and we welcome comments and ideas for new Tarot titles for our Store. Visit us to see the newest thing in Tarot and enter our Contest to win a Tarot eCards Library.

    Aum Namaste Book & Crystal Gallery, located at 226 E. 14th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in New York City, is a community oriented spiritual gallery providing offerings that inspire clarity, guidance, and inspiration on your spiritual journey.

    We specialize in: “High Vibrational”, “Reiki-Charged”, and “Spiritually Energized” items such as semiprecious gems and tumbled stones, one-of-a-kind rare crystal specimens and clusters, beautifully hand-crafted jewelry made with Love and empowering energy.

    We also carry a carefully chosen selection of tarot, oracle and affirmation decks, inspirational books, music, DVDs, pendulums, candles, unique statues, essential oils, and much more!

    Thelesis Aura LLC — is a company dedicated to providing quality educational material, instruction, and related supplies to students and practitioners of esoteric, religious and spiritual traditions. Among our products is the “Babalon Edition” of Lon Milo DuQuette's bestselling Tarot of Ceremonial Magick – considered by many to be one of the most instructive tarot decks ever created.

    Please come to the Thelesis Aura table to check out some of our current and upcoming products, and to learn more about our new online training academy for students of esoteric and occult traditions. We are also looking to meet aspiring authors of books and, of course, tarot decks.

    Kat Lunoe  — is a fine artist known for her detailed and brilliantly colorful depictions of esoteric symbolism and spiritual iconography. Originally inspired by Lady Frieda Harris' paintings for the Thoth Tarot, Kat's work now combines traditional artistic training in classical realism with a deep interest in the world's spiritual and esoteric traditions. She will be offering fine art prints of select pieces created from original oil paintings.

    Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.  — known for publishing high quality Tarot/Oracle decks and games, will be available to share with you all their new and upcoming products.

    The products will be available for sale and author signings may be announced as we get closer to this event. Schiffer will also be displaying and selling new projects such as: The Dream Raven Tarot by Beth Seilonen, The Tarot Lovers' Tarot by Karyn Easton and The Lowbrow Tarot by Aunia Kahn and Russell J. Moon just to name a few, as well as highlighting The High Deck: A New Universe of Symbols by Arthur and Wald Amberstone.

    Visit our table to browse, pick up a catalog to take home with you or even talk about your book or deck idea. Schiffer Publishing is always looking for cutting edge creators and we are always open to new ways of exploring the Tarot. If you are interested in pre-ordering any of our products please contact Chris at and he will be happy to help you with your order.

    The Tarot Garden — There's nothing like oohing and ahhing over your deck wish list in person, which is why The Tarot Garden table is forever a favorite at The Readers Studio. Rest assured, they'll be back in 2014 with a generous (and we do mean generous) selection of popular, imported, small press, limited edition, out-of-print, and rare beauties. One of the perks of being an RS attendee is if you order early, Dan will bring your goodies along so you don't have to wait for your package in the mail! (Just send him an email as the date gets closer.) Dan is so knowledgable about tarot decks, visiting the Tarot Garden table is like having an extra class!

    The Tarot School  — Looking to round out your tarot library? Be sure to stop by The Tarot School table for a great selection of books. Since many authors attend Readers Studio, you can get them autographed, too! Tarot School educational programs are always a favorite, and this year we offer them to you as fully-loaded flash drives, in addition to individual cds and dvds. You'll also find a generous selection of custom-designed totes, tarot bags and more, which you'll find nowhere else.

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