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The Magdalene Legacy Tarot: Lost Keys of the Madonna deck and book set has been completed, soon to be available in November or December 2013 (in time for Christmas) in its first printing of signed & numbered collectors' editions! Click on the link to the right to reserve your deck/book set today! Check back often for Grail Quest Press' release date and more ordering information! We do so appreciate everyone's support!
"Great site, deck is looking beautiful, I love the use of the Picard minors, now you join the family of the Spanish Tarots! I also am impressed with the different suit families and the way you have linked up the history with the suit symbols. Bravo, this should go forth like manna to the hungry!" Christine Payne-Towler Tarot.com, Tarot University.com, author The Underground Stream: Esoteric Tarot Revealed, author/creator The Tarot of the Holy Light
"I'm often drawn to decks with vibrant colors, so no surprise that The Magdalene Legacy Tarot draws my attention. But what this deck offers that many don't is hidden symbolism woven into the vibrant images that seem to give us a window into a frozen time and space that helps us see deeper wisdom that goes beyond the obvious secrets." Chanel Bayless, author Simply Deep Tarot and King's Journey Tarot.
"The Magdalene Legacy Tarot is beautiful. This deck will be a wonderful addition to the art and symbolism of the tarot."
Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, author/creator/artist The Glastonbury Tarot
"The Magdalene Legacy Tarotis a beautifully illustrated deck accompanied by a well researched narrative that bestows meaning on every card."Dr. Mark Baron, Ph.D. author Performance Based Education
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About the Creator/Author and the Illustrator of
The Magdalene Legacy Tarot
Casey Jones DuHamel
Casey DuHamel is a self-described “recovering Catholic.” She is also an ordained inter-faith minister in the Gnostic and Essene traditions and has been a student of esoteric Christianity, the hermetic sciences, and the Tarot for the past twenty some-odd years. She presently lives in what she describes as the “hermetically and esoterically bereft” regions of the rural upper Midwest, USA, where out of necessity, she is an avid member of the Tarot internet community. A former denizen of many a metropolitan area (NYC, Tampa, LA, Phoenix), Ms. DuHamel accepts her fate there in the wilds of southeastern South Dakota, acknowledging that is exactly where the Universe wants her to be. Casey has accepted Godde's plan willingly and joyfully (well, kind of...sushi bars are a rare commodity in them thar parts). Ms. DuHamel is a former member of both The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Builders of the Adytum and presently belongs to the Tarot Association of the British Isles and The American Tarot Association for whom she writes deck/book reviews and various articles for its official publication The ATA Quarterly Journal. This author and Tarot deck creator is a current member of the Templar sorority The Daughters of Tsion as well as the Order of Mary the Magdala. When the urge to attend Sunday-go-to-meetin' motivates Ms. DuHamel in a more mainstream capacity, Casey is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
As creator of The Magdalene Legacy Tarot: Lost Keys of the Madonna, Casey considers herself an eclectic character with the emphasis on character. A former professional comedian with sixteen years of stand-up under her funny bone, she has a degree in television and radio operations/production with minors in electronic journalism and theater, however her passions have always been the mysteries that are Tarot, the Holy Grail, Christian Gnosticism, Judaic mysticism, secret societies, and the investigation of heretical heritage.
Her family tree includes a historically long line of American Freemasons, beginning with the first lodges in colonial Massachusetts. Because of this, she has a voracious appetite for all things Masonic and Templar and their alternative history including the Temple Knights’ involvement in mystical Christianity. To help facilitate this ardor, Ms. DuHamel trekked several "Grail quests" throughout gothic Scotland, Wales, and England. There she explored and photographed ancient cryptic architecture attributed to the Masons and Templars and met up with many well-known authors and "aficionados" of the genre. In order to relieve the pressures brought on by intense investigation, Ms. DuHamel also executed a highly in-depth study of British pubs, the intricacies of their libations, and the effects brought on by ingestion. More adventures are planned for future travels to various Grail locations throughout Europe, and, hopefully, Israel.
“Christianity: surely, Judaism is its father and paganism is its mother. There’s the makings of a great joke in there somewhere...”
C. J. DuHamel
Deborah L. Shutek-Jackson
With a B.S. in Education from the University of Akron, Ms. Shutek-Jackson was actively pursuing a career in children’s illustration when, several years ago, she chanced to meet Casey DuHamel through a shared interest in a Yahoo forum hosted by New York Times best selling author, Kathleen McGowan (the Magdalene-line trilogy). The ancient art of Tarot seemed far removed from these aspirations, although during her post undergraduate studies in Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, she had become fascinated by the use of symbolism as a primal form of communication in the fields of art and design. Tarot became a challenging medium for Deborah and her artistic talents as well as a venue for pursuing her own personal research into this ancient depth of conveyance. Ms. Shutek-Jackson soon found a mentor in the personage of fellow children’s illustrator Pamela Coleman-Smith who, as most Tarot aficionados know historically, went on to illustrate the profoundly influential Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck (Rider Company, Britain 1910).
Ms. Shutek-Jackson is currently a board member of the Northern Ohio Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a member of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society.
She is a lifelong resident of Ohio, US where she lives with her husband of 34 years, and is the mother of two grown daughters and the proud grandmother of three grandchildren.