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…

    Ryan Edward — Inset is the studio where Ryan Edward plays in the crossroads of design and magic. Enjoy cards carefully crafted by hand, zines, or other magical miscellany including special limited edition prints of the 2017 Readers Studio poster art!

    Ryan Edward designed the fabulous poster for RS17!

    The Readers Studio: April 29-May 1, 2016 — 3 days of intense Tarot learning and fun for Tarot Enthusiasts! Plus an all-day Tarot & Psychology conference on Thursday, April 28th. Produced by The Tarot School.

    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 decks the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, the 4th edition of his classic Alchemical Tarot, along with the new updated companion book, and the Marziano Tarot. He will also have his New York Lenormand, The Hermes Playing Card Oracle, a catalog of his Tarot exhibition from the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA. He will have prints of his art, and handmade sterling silver jewelry of his own design. He will have copies of the Burning Serpent Oracle that he conceived of along with Rachel Pollack, and copies of Rachel's companion book for the deck; as well as their newest project, The Raziel Tarot Major Arcana.

    Cheryl Ryder— Tarot Reader & Teacher, Hereditary Psychic, Medium, Organizer of the growing Albuquerque Tarot Tribe, and multi-year Readers Studio Tarot Ambassador Team Coordinator makes her first appearance at the Merchant Fair with her hand made tarot jewelry and bags, Native American jewelry, and Shamanic items from Central and South America. Be sure to stop by her table of eclectic items and find your treasure! Cheryl’s husband Marty is making his first visit to Readers Studio as her vendor assistant. (He’s that tall and handsome bearded guy.)

    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 Metaphysical Cat — Julia Bonisteel, Candle Maker (aka “The Cat”) is thrilled to be a part of the RS17 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.

    Barbara Bennington
    — creates interesting and unusual costume jewelry pieces using (mostly) crystals and natural stones. Her designs also incorporate beautiful and unusual glass beads, “upcycled” vintage beads and jewlery pieces, Chinese cinnabar, and some very cool metal beads, all with wonderful energy. There will be earrings and necklaces; plus crystal, stone, and pewter pendants to choose from, and her latest “Sticks and Stones” creation....‚Ķmagical mini Tarot wands. These are small wands crafted from crystals, stones, and unique lampworked glass beads set on wood bases, perfect for blessing and clearing your decks — just waiting for you to charge them with your own special magic. Also new to this year's RS is a selection of Men's Jewelry — including pendants, bracelets, and earrings.

    AvatarJewels is the new name for the “Sticks and Stones” line of jewelry items and we are proud to announce the opening of an Etsy store where you can find our jeweled creations after the Readers Studio and of course, we always welcome special orders.

    Joanna Powell Colbert—is the creatrix of the Gaian Tarot and the majors-only Pentimento Tarot. She will be showcasing the new Schiffer edition of the Gaian Tarot, and offering one-of-a-kind beeswax (encaustic) collages, featuring vintage fortunetellers as well as images from the Gaian Tarot. There will be a few surprises too. Come by her table to see what's been brewing in her creative cauldron!

    Lisa de St. Croix — is delighted to be offering for the first time her new deck: de St. Croix Lenormand. The 36 cards were hand painted in watercolors with brilliant colors and exquisite detail. The cards present a fresh look at the iconic symbols.

    Newly released, the second edition of Tarot de St. Croix, an award-winning deck will be available for purchase. Tarot de St. Croix is a contemporary deck shaped by Lisa's extensive travels and meditations on diverse cultures. Icons such as the Dalai Lama, Japanese Empress and Native American Sacred Clown play a part in the cards' rich visual language. Using mythology, Lisa's personal experiences and current affairs this deck transcends time to portray the rich tapestry of life. Her deck has frequently been referred to as taking a more optimistic view as even some of the more difficult cards in the deck are interpreted as ultimately having a positive outcome. Lisa, a visionary artist, hand painted this deck in oils over a period of five years. The vibrant palette gives a warm and sensuous feeling to the deck. Although the images in this deck are unique they hold the essence of the universal archetypes. The visual metaphors are inspiring and easy to understand. Limited edition, signed art prints from Tarot de St. Croix will also be for sale. The archival ink and heavy watercolor paper is superb quality.

    As an internationally know artist, these are collectors items. Lisa is also known for her popular Tarot Visual Journaling workshops. Stop by her table to see samples of her journals and the eWorkshops she offers online.

    Carrie Paris and Andrew McGregor — Carrie Paris, creator of the Relative Tarot, Siren's Song Lenormand and Magpie Oracle kits will be unveiling her newest deck and casting kit at RS17!

    Joining Carrie will be Andrew McGregor of the Hermit's Lamp, author of Simply Learn Tarot and Tarot of You, maker of Andrew's Amazing Alleged Magical Baths, Calm Your Sh%t Down Teas and more!

    Come to their Table of Magical Supplies for jewels with intentions, charms, potions, decks, books, art and all of their newest creations.

    Monica Bodirsky
    — New to the Merchant Faire this year, she will be bringing her first published deck, the limited edition Lucky Lenormand Oracle. Divination, metaphysics, tarot and oracle cards have been her focus for over forty years and she has enjoyed an eclectic and varied background from working on set as a tarot consultant for films “At Risk” and “The Front” to being employed as editor of a small Native Canadian newspaper. Her art appears by invitation regularly in local and international galleries, and, has been published on book covers. When not in her studio, she offers mentorship, and teaches art and design at OCAD University in Toronto. She is currently working on her second deck.

    — the Distributor Program for Corporate Tarot, Inc. is pleased to announce a series of products specifically designed for the Professional Tarot Reader. Sold at reasonable prices to allow readers to resell to their clients, products include:

    Wear Your Deck™: A line of comfortable mesh cloaks, vests and accessories that allow you to customize your outfit with meaningful, magical tokens including Tarot Card(s), Oils, Stones, Mandalas, Casting Objects, etc. Wear the magic hidden inside or fully displayed for all to see.

    Non-imbued Wands: A series of beautiful, affordable wands that are not imbued with spells. Imbue your own magic and resell to deserving clients.

    The Corporate Tarot Deck, Aligned with Myers Briggs Personality Types: We are releasing a new Tarot Deck that allows Professional Readers to respond to querent questions using corporate-friendly imagery and language.

    Naomi Rabinowitz —
    A writer, musician and jewelry designer, Naomi Rabinowitz is making her first appearance at the Merchant Faire with her handmade jewelry line, Naomi's Designs. Naomi incorporates a variety of jewelry techniques in her pieces, working with dichroic glass, crystals, wire and enamel. Her jewelry is inspired by her travels around the world and her love of nature and animals, and art. She enjoys experimenting with bold shapes and vivid colors. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and made with love.

    Sheilaa Hite's Tarot Circle
    Sheilaa Hite's Tarot Circle
    (circle members with Sheilaa will be Louise Rossi and Ralston Edwards) — Among the Tarot- and Astrology-related goodies we will have for sale: Sheilaa's books, CDs and unique Tarot totes, bags and clothing; Louise and Ralston's Tarot clocks, dishes and artwork.

    Judy Nathan
    — Judy will be back with the 2017 version of her fabulous tarot bags, unique jewellery and those oh so popular, juicy Goddess Bracelets and Necklaces!

    Rachel PaulRachel Paul — Known for her elaborate late-night tarot tent setup at summertime concert festivals, Rachel debuted the Sacred Bridges Tarot, a 78-card peace deck, at last year's Reader's Studio (RS15). This year, she will be will be offering up the one-of-a-kind original paintings from the Sacred Bridges deck, an RS16 exclusive! She will also be offering a colorful glimpse into her carnival world with the delightfully wicked Dark Carnival Tarot and debuting her new for 2016 oracle deck--The Ringmaster's Word! Prints and hand-painted tarot boxes and 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. 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.

    Jayni Bloch
    — Unleash a new movement of body-mind-spirit healing with Mirrors to your Soul – Keys to unlock Divine Archetypal Portals. This booklet with accompanying hand-painted watercolor Healing-cards is inspired by the Tarot and ancient Egyptian wisdom that connects you with your Archetypal lineage. This tool gives guidance and clarity about your personal and ancestral Life-patterns and your current life-path. It is a practical modern healing system to support your healing and consciousness.

    Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.  — Publisher of high quality Tarot/Oracle decks and games, Schiffer 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 Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert and Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana by Angelo Nasios, as well as perennial favorites like the Mary-El Tarot by Marie White and 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 innovative writers and creators who are passionate about Divination and other Mind, Body, Spirit topics. 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 this year with a 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, Jeannette will bring your goodies along so you don't have to wait for your package in the mail! (Just send her an email as the date gets closer.) Jeannette 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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