The Bali Tarot Deck was designed and created by Jean Kathleen Redman. I drew, designed and created the color palette and purchased, supplies, the paints and inks so that the artist could do the work. I commissioned a very talented Balinese artist, Dewa to paint my designs in Balinese style. I did follow in my drawings, A. Waite and Pamela Smith, the team that created the Ryder-Waite Deck in 1906. This way any Tarot Reader can read the symbolism in the Bali Deck.
I had been living in Bali for 5 years when a vision of the Major Arcana of Bali literally spread itself before my eyes. That afternoon in May 2008 with my sister Lee who was visiting Bali , we put together most of the images of the cards while sitting by the pool. I have read and taught Tarot for 30 years and I have had a deep love for symbolism, it is the language of the Tarot. Before the Tarot cards I studied Animal Totems with a Native American Shaman and animal symbolism is a language I speak daily and design my jewelry for The Mystic Moon Bear Jewelry eBay store.
When I was 13-14 years old and living in Japan, I had a dream to move to Bali and 40 years later I was able to manifest that dream. My motivation was to immerse myself into the Balinese Culture. Lucky for me I met a Balinese man three months after I moved to Bali who became my great friend. He is from a village in the upper lake district of Bali, a Landscaper/Farmer of vegetables and fruit, in the region that I call "The Heart of Bali". Komang welcomed me into his family, his Religion and lucky for me into the deep mysteries of the Balinese culture. I already had much knowledge of Indian Hinduism and Animism so it was easy for me to grasp the differences of the Balinese Hinduism called Siwa Buddha. My path had led me to study Native American Shamanism, Mayan and other cultures of Shamanism and so I was familiar with the the Balinese Balians, the Shamans of Bali before I met them, all Shamans speak the same language albeit the ritual may appear to look different. I understood what was transpiring in the ritual however , I did need guidance in the Balinese language for the words the Balinese use to describe the ritual or ceremonials. A High Priest befriended me, lay Priests of the Temples, Mangkus offered me into the sacred areas of the Temples and into the Balinese practice of white and black magic, I met only White Magician but was told about the working of the Black Magic of Bali. This is an exotic and fascinating culture. I was fortunate to be embraced by the Balinese and now I am able to bring the mysterious and the beauty of the Balinese Culture to you through the Tarot Cards.
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