Pre-Order the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and Guidebook

$185.00

This is a pre-order for the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck included shipping and delivered by DHL Courier Express international.  Sets are shipped as printed matter to the US which means that no custom duties are payable  but contents have to be declared to EU under the new import regulations

This listing includes :

DETAILS

– 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with matte varnish finish
– 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
– white linen hand made pouch with holy card image
– Extra signed tarot card
– small statue of Blessed Mary for your altar and a white plastic rosary

  • also includes the cost of shipping with DHL Courier Express – shipped as printed matter to the US which means no custom duties are payable but contents have to be declared to EU under the new import regulations

I am offering only a small batch of a reprint of the first edition of the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck. This is the first reprint since before Covid as the printing company that I used has stopped printing decks. It has been an-going struggle to find a printing company that can deal with the cutting and finishing of decks. I am using a small boutique printing company that is ‘green’. Each deck is cut by hand, varnished by hand and collated by hand. Obviously this makes the price so much higher. All bags are made by hand and everything packed by myself.

I have no choice but to use a courier delivery service as the mail from Africa to the rest of the world, especially the US, do not arrive.  I do offer payment plans on the other listings

THIS LISTING INCLUDES A REDUCED PRICE ON DHL COURIER SHIPPING, WITH INSURANCE AND DELIVERY BY COURIER WITHIN 7-10 DAYS. – Shipping with DHL Courier Express and delivery within 7-10 days – I ship as ‘printed matter’ with DHL which is exempt from Custom duties except in the EU.  A new addition to the Custom duties act was accepted on 1 July 2021 that all items have to be specified and declared and will be taxed.

I offer payment plans in separate listings

More details on the deck below

In her book Imaging Pilgrimage, Kathryn Barush brings together the study of medieval representations of pilgrimage to a number of contemporary art that is created after a pilgrimage and intended to act as a catalyst for others to experience, grace, healing and contemplation.  I am so honoured that she included my work with sacred altars and pilgrimage into this beautiful and enlightening book.

One of the chapters in the book is dedicated to ‘South African artist Hettienne Grobler (Sri BhaktymayiMa), who creates shadowboxes of assemblages of souvenirs collected
from Lourdes, in dialogue with medieval art which is rooted in the same impulses
of memory, imagination, and devotion.

http://bookofmarysacredheart.blogspot.com/2021/10/imaging-pilgrimage-art-as-embodied.html

Both the Mysteries of Mary and the Mysteries of the Black Madonna decks are in exhibit at

The Spirit of Tarot : The Search for God’s Picture book is an exhibition at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley California from 28 October 2021 to January 28, 2022. At the moment is it only an in-person exhibition, but it will become an online one next year, according to the exhibition archivist David Stiver.  You can read more about it on my blog (ink above) and on the front page of my website.

The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck has been in permanent display at the Museu dei Tarocchi near Bologna, Italy.

blessings

Sri Hettienne BhaktyMaria Ma

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This is a pre-order for the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck including international worldwide shipping by by DHL Courier Express international.  Shipping will be from 20 August 2022

This listing includes :

DETAILS

– 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with matte varnish finish
– 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
– white linen hand made pouch with holy card image
– Extra signed tarot card
– small statue of Blessed Mary for your altar and a white plastic rosary

  • also includes the cost of shipping with DHL Courier Express – shipped as printed matter to the US which means no custom duties are payable but contents have to be declared to EU under the new import regulations

I have no choice but to use a courier delivery service as the mail from Africa to the rest of the world, especially the US, do not arrive.  I do offer payment plans on the other listings

THIS LISTING INCLUDES A REDUCED PRICE ON DHL COURIER SHIPPING, WITH INSURANCE AND DELIVERY BY COURIER WITHIN 7-10 DAYS.  I ship as ‘printed matter’ with DHL which is exempt from Custom duties except in the EU.  A new addition to the Custom duties act was accepted on 1 July 2021 that all items have to be specified and declared and will be taxed.

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.

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 demonized 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.

 

 

 

 

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