Beth Seilonen, Tarot and Divination Arts

Taking tarot to a new perspective.

The Dragons of London.

Recently, I have had the honor of travelling to London. During my time here, I have had a menagerie of dragon images run through my mind.  Armed with pen and paper they have seeped from my mind and onto the page before me. 

Each Dragon, like an Oracle, works to make the self realize what is really at work.  Inner desires and the deeper truths that if you truly want something, you will need to put in the effort towards your intent.  Nothing comes for free.

When the Subconscious Roars…Tameryn.

​As the final days of summer come to a close, darkness begins to envelop the days. Caressing at the subconscious, clawing at the deeper truths that once in the light of summer were able to be glossed over in a shimmer of sun light. 

As the pendulum of seasons swings back into the dark, that which has been pushed to the back of the mind can no longer be ignored. The ignored have felt the change of energy,  they strenthen under the growing night, they come roaring back. Tameryn.

Tameryn started simply as a dream. A dream that had sequential dreams that built into a timeline of events of it’s own. It resembled an entirely different life. A whole life, complete in every way which could only be visited during the night. To awake in the morning, back to reality, left a sense of inexplicit emptiness. 

Then came the moment when a whole life crossed into reality. Presented a new standard, a new desire, a new craving. It was beautiful, magical. Then, within a breath, it became a memory. A memory to be pressed to the dark recesses in an attempt to forget, to move on.

The Tameryn Lenormand waits within the dark recesses to confront the consciousness with honesty and clarity to the deeper truths.

Limited edition of 25, September 2016.

Copies and additional images may be found on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/listing/466004698/tameryn-lenormand-by-beth-seilonen-dark

Cherish… and Resurrection

1470856314716-1430203259Throughout many of my decks, there is a common thread that ties them together. They all have humble beginnings of a life event that causes a moment of pause, reflection as it processes.

Such events recently took hold this year when I met a person who indeed carries a Dragon energy about him.

It began with a dragon deck that had been singing at the back of my mind that came soaring out one evening.  After a divorce, relocating to a new state and starting over, I suddenly found that I missed someone I had just met. Let me be honest, I do not typically miss anyone, let alone someone I just happened cross in life.

The Dragon pushed into my psyche that there was a deeper grounding energy that I had been searching throughout life. It was not a locational place that grounds one, but an actual energy of another that is able to make one feel settled, secure.

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The second deck came about when the inspiration of Resurrection spread his own wings and took flight to follow life long dreams. Indeed, a stressful, yet beautiful, moment to have been able to see dreams manifest into reality for another soul. 

“Cherish” is a collection of fragmented moments, lessons learned about life and new perspectives in general while knowing the Dragon.  

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They are both available from my Etsy shop, limited editions.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/471403383/cherish-by-beth-seilonen-major-arcana

https://www.etsy.com/listing/449347618/resurrection-by-beth-seilonen-majors

 

Welcome to the Compound!

The Compound Tarot had rather humble beginnings upon the pages of a Facebook group called Daughters of Divination. This group has very little to do with divination. We typically do work in divinatory tools and after a long day we find off beat humor that are just a perfect send off to the day.

To honor this group and as a fundraiser for BATS, the Bay Area Tarot Symposium, I drew up a deck that captured various nuances from the group. The deck has already sold out of the black and white version and the color version is in the making. There is also a coloring book to allow for one to have some fun.

Now. Off to go paint more!

 

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When Tarot reflects a Facebook Group…

Over the past two years, I have been observing a delightful group on Facebook full of aspic, tutus, tiaras and the best batty gothic apparel.  This group has formed an almost subworld within the realm of reality which is affectionately referred to as The Compound. 

The Compound can be found within the pages of the Daughters of Divination group founded by Thalassa Terese.  Thalassa is also the founder of BATS (Bay Area Tarot Symposium) which does enable members to meet and enhance their tarot knowledge with such classes presented by Marcia McCord and Mary Greer.  There are indeed many more presenters and to see an entire list of events which happen in San Jose, August 23-24, please do click on the link… http://www.dodivination.com/

Now, back to the Compound. 

This deck started off as a fun play on some of the statements, images and personalies found within the pages of this group.  Many times, I would sit and openly laugh at the liguistical play the members would suggest as to the various events involving the Titwank family, which apparently are the royalty within the halls.  Not only does the banter involve the Titwank family, but also incorporates a variety of characters of notability: Fluffy, the Cthulthu; Doris, the Ghost; Mr. Thrifty, a romantic bag of bones; KiRC, the Kilted Rubber Chicken; The Cook, a territorial entity that strikes fear among the members.

Bringing all of these elements and more proved to be among the best fun I have had in making a deck in a very long time.

And the best part?  It is available as a coloring book for one to color in their own manner as well as a black and white deck, and a colored! 

And the even better part? A portion of each sale goes right back to the DoD/BATS as a donation and thank you to all the members for letting me twist their ideas around and back again into what is now entitled “The Compound Tarot!”

The coloring books ($25)  are unlimited, but the black and white decks are currenty available on Etsy and Ebay for $60.00 each with a $5.00 S/H US and $9.45 for international shipping. At last count, there were only 9 decks left. 

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For the Compound Tarot coloring book:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compound-Tarot-Coloring-Book-Deck-by-Beth-Seilonen-BATS-HUMOROUS-DOD-/281359372204?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4182534fac#ht_195wt_922

For the Compound Tarot Black and White version:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compound-Tarot-by-Beth-Seilonen-78-card-deck-Humor-DoD-LTD-of-25-/281369323914?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4182eb298a#ht_420wt_892

Discarding the Mask

Have you ever had that excited feeling course through your body when you know something big is about to happen?

As if you are standing upon the precipice of all that is about to happen and all that is required is a little shove, this is exactly how I feel right about now.  It is if everything in the universe is ready for a major change.

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The first major change is creating a full deck that is more about myself and not limit it to only 12 decks.  The philosophy, beliefs, desires and love I carry within splashed across 78 cards is not without a wee bit of stress.  How does the inside of me on paper adorned with paint and color pencils come across?

It feels as though the next layer to myself has come to the surface, the mask of self preservation’s string broke and there not enough there to tie it back together.  I am not sure that even if I could, I would want to.

The images below feature a card from each suit.  Each suit pairs itself in coordinating color schemes that reflect the color energy of the element associated with the suit.

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Each of the cards were originally abstract watercolor paintings.  As I looked closer upon these forms, images began to appear and take on a story of their own.  Perhaps my subconscious was emerging, the real me with my mask removed.

Now with the mask gone and seeing clearly, I am ready for whatever change is coming my way!

Good Deeds

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This is probably the best sound effect to describe me over the course of the past two months.

It all began innocent enough in being asked to attend the Bay Area Tarot Symposium in San Jose last May.  It was followed by an another request from the organizer of the Whole Expo in Durango to attend her function as a reader and tarot vendor. Okay, I said.

Then over the summer came the question of participating in an Arts Celebration in a neighboring town which came about right in between the two shows. Okay, I said.

When the beginning of July approached, some lovely friends on Facebook started putting up photos of chickens and skantily clad men in kilts. Well, not being one to have the off button on my sense of humor, I broke out and fell into the fun of it all by designing the Kilted Rubber Chicken Tarot, or KiRC.

Before I knew it, between cards being printed, cut and packaged; school was beginning and notices were sent out to for different professional responsibilities. Of course I signed up for a few. Wanting to make a difference to improve my school and the lives of my students is right up there with ensuring a happy and productive life for my own kids.

First came school beginning, then that Thursday I was off to California to attend BATS. When I returned, I finished off my week of school and made it down to the Arts Celebration just in time to sign up and get one painting done and another on it’s way. Throughout the week of school, meetings, I felt that helping out in a sport would be good as there seemed to be a lack of willing adults to assist. So, I became an Assistant Cheering Coach.

Over Labor Day weekend, it was a series of art promotion, dinners, a couple of on the spot paintings and printing and packing up for my next trip.

As soon as school ended the following week, my family and pets were loaded into an RV and took off for a 6 hour drive which crossed the Continental Divide and made it to the Whole Expo. Once people started arriving, I was straight out on reading cards. I did not stop talking for over 8 hours straight. I’ll be honest. I loved every moment.

Yesterday a wonderful surprise awaited me, The Bleu Cat Tarot. Just in time for me to have a moment, breath and a chance to play with my new tarot.

Bleu Cat Tarot - Chariot

Bleu Cat Tarot – Chariot

As I shuffled my newest deck, I drew the “Chariot” card. Upon opening the booklet, the line that popped out immediately to me was the following:

You survived and now can move onto better times.

Cheers!  *Clink*

If you are interested in the Bleu Cat Tarot (which is preorder sale at Barnes and Noble), please visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bleu-cat-tarot-beth-seilonen/1115100339?ean=9780764345531 for more information!