Updates on shipping
South Africa is still in lockdown for the Covid pandemic. International shipping has opened up but it is extremely slow and backlogged. I can send your deck and book via DHL Express Courier and it will arrive in four days. I am willing to contribute towards the cost. As you have already paid for airmail international shipping another $25 will cover the cost of DHL. If you want me to send your parcel via DHL you can pay here and please include your details in the message section.
All pre-orders and new orders for Mysteries of Mary tarot deck has been received, prepared and packed ready for shipping. South Africa is still in lockdown level 3 for the pandemic which has arrived here later than in the rest of the world. I was hoping to ship at the end of July but the Post Office is still advising me not to ship. I have sent off a few parcels just before lockdown and they got stuck somewhere in the system. Since July a few have been arriving at their destinations. Shipping will take place right through August and maybe into September. Keep in mind that the international post is extremely slow and that there is a huge backlog. Please let me know if you would rather have me keep your parcel. There is also the option of DHL Express International Courier above. I will keep on posting updates here and on social media. You will receive a notification mail and a registered shipping number when I do ship.
The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck cards are bigger than average on excellent cardstock with a matt finish. They are durable and double as altar cards. The deck is presented in a hand sewn tarot pouch (cream calico or cream linen with velvet detail and vintage holy card image) with a 160 page guide book, (signed by myself) and an extra numbered and signed tarot card – as well as a set of blessings seeds and a plastic rosary.
It is shipped registered international airmail with a registered number – you have to sign for the parcel.
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I am very proud to share that the deck has been included in the Museo dei Tarocchi (International tarot museum and the only one of its kind in the world) in Riola, Bologna Italy!! I visited the museum and its owner a few months ago and you can read more about this on my website here :
– 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with matte linen finish
– 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
– Unique tarot pouch
– Extra signed tarot card
– rosary and a set of blessing seeds
– small statue of Blessed Mary
A card deck of 78 large size cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with an accompanying A5 paperback book and 160 pages of info on each card and its themes and background. Visit my blog here on this website for more pics and info and updates as well as layouts and readings.
The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck is a unique deck of cards and guide book published by myself in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a mystical vision of the sacred mysteries of the Soul and its unsung feminine path. The Mysteries tells of a sacred marriage of the Bride and the Beloved : a new mythos of the Story of the Child Within and the Gospel of Love. A mystical vision of the religion of the Soul as reflected and embodied in the archetypal images of the story of Divine Mary in the Mariamic tradition.
The deck is based on my own spiritual journey and its many experiences. At a young age already (in childhood) I had many visions into the hidden realms. These shaped me and my view of life and many of these visions propelled me into my life’s work.
Today we know the Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus who plays a small part in the story of Protestant Christianity and who plays an important part in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is lesser known as a goddess in the feminine traditions and very few would connect her with the great Mother goddesses of the past or the Lady Sophia in the Wisdom traditions.
But to myself, and others like me, there is a connection, a red thread that connects the dots in the eye of the heart. The ancient divine feminine had been demonised many moons ago and her stories had gone underground. One has to rely on myth, folk tale, oral traditions, fairy tales and subtle clues and especially correspondences, to uncover Her story. And today Mary is the Sacred Keeper of all Our Lady’s titles and Wisdom.
The Mysteries of Mary is a reweaving and a regathering of all these threads of Our Lady’s garment created from red wool and linen. We look in the Bible, in the Koran, the Kabbalah and many other ancient and rediscovered lost books. There are also esoteric and apocryphal books that tell the stories of Mary, the feminine counterpart of the Divine Creator in the Western religion and myth and many of these stories have been included to create The Mysteries of Mary deck.
In this deck the story starts with Mara, the bitter one. Why is she called Mara? We follow Mara, the holy fool through the stories of Maria Prophetissa, the Jewess and the first woman alchemist, to Sophia, Mary of the Gael onwards till we get to the Woman who stands on the moon with twelve stars around her head.
Woven into the tapestry of myth, metaphor and inspiration, are fairytales and in particular, the folktale of The Handless Maiden. And so are the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, pagan and especially the Judaic history which is the precursor to the Christian mysteries.
The deck incorporates alchemical principles and as such it is a marriage of opposites, a living hieros gamos which follows the sacred journey of the Holy Fool through the mysteries of Mary. I focus on the mystical (hidden) and inner meanings of the Mysteries of Mary.
Historically and politically there are so many theories and ideas – none of them completely provable – thus it remains a Mystery. The teachings of Jesus and the Marys, are also open to various interpretations. Many wars have been fought based on differences in interpretation. I am not exploring the religion of the Mystery, but rather the message that I, personally see in this ancient story.
The four suits of the deck correspond with the four cycles of Marys life : Virgin and Priestess as the Suit of Vessels; Beloved and Bride as the Suit of the Holyrood; Mother and Sacred Woman as the Suit of Distaff and Wisdom as Suit of Roses.
It is my vision that this deck can be the start of a far greater vision : one that marries the mind and the heart; the feminine and the masculine. It is my hope that you will glimpse the revelation that all religion contains Soul and that the veils of dogma and manipulation obscure the truth. May you look in the mirror of Sophia and see yourself as Love Eternal. – extracted from the Introduction of the accompanying book.
The deck consists of photographs taken by myself of the 78 handcrafted shrines that I created over a four year period. These are professionally printed in a large card format on a good quality card stock. The style and colours used create a rich tapestry of imagery, symbol and colour. The accompanying guide book has a paperback cover. Each limited edition deck will be signed by myself and each deck will come in a unique pouch in the style of the deck
I ship registered airmail with a tracking number but there is very limited point to point tracking available. However, registered mail and tracking guarantees safe delivery and shipping usually takes between two and five weeks but there are unfortunately exceptions depending on the country and its postal service
Please note that these decks are indie decks created by myself and printed digitally; this is the only way that I can bring this work to you at an affordable price. Unfortunately digital printing does not guarantee a perfect deck and at times there are variations in colours on the backs of the cards. If there are any errors in your deck, please contact me and I will do my best to rectify this. I will replace damaged or missing or double cards without any delay.
You can read reviews of the deck here : https://hergracesacredart.com/p/feedback-and-reviews-of-mysteries-of.html
Read review written by Arnell Ando on her website www.arnellsart.com here :
You breathtakingly beautiful & heartfelt deck set has at last arrived! I’m blown away by how much care & attention to detail you’ve put into this meaningful project. I’d like to help spread the word somehow after I’ve had a chance to Live with it for a bit & read from your book your true intentions & visions. Thank you ever so much for your generous heart & sharing this magical offering. It is deeply appreciated Hettienne. ❤
You can read about the process and see more of the cards as they developed on my website
The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck at www.hergracesacredart.com and many images on The French Madonna Instagram