What is the Tarot of Creativity?

Right and left brains collide in this game of creativity. Surreal imagery is merged with modern interpretations based on psychology, numerology, the Kabbalah, and original tarot concepts.

The Tarot of Creativity functions as a creative tool, as well as a traditional Tarot and as an Oracle deck; you can use it in a traditional Tarot spread, or as an oracle card to help you get in touch with your higher self, with your creative muse, and help you with your creative process.

I based the titles of the arcana in the original traditional keywords for each card, while the lower cards derive their meanings from the numerology and the suit of each card. Occasionally, when the original arcana keyword was too “arcane” I used my own intuition and knowledge of the card to come up with a more modern and accessible interpretation.

The Arcana, Royals, and Aces all have one word each; this keyword represents the distillation of their meaning, since all of these cards represent mastery in their number and suit. The deck is illustrated with original paintings that were executed over a 15 year period; it has taken nine years to complete. It started out as a conceptual art experiment in 2004 which resulted in my first deck, The Transformational Tarot, a digital game that was exhibited in national art shows.

The images are original paintings that were not created as illustrations. The meanings are inscribed directly on the card. I have interpreted each card with words that resonate with modern-day users.

The lower cards (cards 2-10) show two words each: one upright and one reversed. These words are based upon the numerological meaning of the card, enhanced by the energy of the suit. In this deck you can see the number of each card as a verb, and the suit of the card as an adverb that modifies the meaning and direction of the number. There are no negative meanings, instead the words are designed to work together to enhance your reading, and engage your intuition.

Through my nine years of studying and reading the Tarot, I have come to understand that the game shows us five distinct paths of personal mastery, each represented by a suit in the deck. I see the path to creative manifestation follows the exact same path: the path of Fire (wands) represents pure creative force/direction, Air (swords) represents thought/creative inspiration, Water (cups) stands for emotional mastery, and when the initial creative spark gets to the Earth suit, the creative force manifests in material form.

For example, the twos all represent balance and relationship, so the two begins in the Fire suit with the pure energy of Receptivity/Adaptability, and ends in the Earth suit in Communion/Partnership, and finally emerges in the Arcana as the traditional keyword of Memory (High Priestess), which represents the subconscious/the pool of creative energy available at our command, our body—our divine partner, the subconscious, that remembers our creative power and source.

I spent about nine months determining the exact perfect word combinations for each card; I used a spreadsheet to map out the path of each suit and each number. Numerology is very prominent in this deck: it was an early decision to use the more accessible and meaningful Arabic number system, because I have had many insights regarding the meaning of these numbers in my own life and work. So, in this system, an Ace is equal to 1, Pages are 11, Knights are 12, Queens are 13, and Kings are equal to 14. I have been using this system for years when interpreting other Tarot decks because I often total the cards in a spread to come up with its ultimate meaning/message in its Arcana equivalent.

The path to creative manifestation can be seen by following a number through the various paths until it emerges at its highest expression in the corresponding number in the Arcana. One can go through each path vertically (ex. exploring the stability of the number 3 through each path or expression of the number, to the Arcana card entitled “Imagination”). Or you can look down each path horizontally: Ace (ex: the Ace of Water = The Chalice) through King (ex: the King of Water = The Source). The royal cards representing the mastery of each suit, or ultimate flowering of that particular path.

The Tarot of Creativity, while respecting the wisdom of the traditional Tarot, offers a modern empowering deck with rich, saturated, surreal imagery and contemporary, positive interpretations.

Ultimately, The Tarot of Creativity is about creativity itself—the creative process, and the creative mood of the artist, who is the composer, director, actor, and artist in the play of his or her own life.

~ Copyright Aliyah Marr, all rights reserved

The Journey of the Fool


The FOOL • ALEPH – Breath of Life

The Fool represents the spirit who has descended into matter. He is the holy fool who can be either foolish or wise. This card is the beginning and the end of the major arcana; both the 0 and the 22. When the Fool comes into being, he begins his journey through life, and carries little or nothing on his journey.

Ultimately, the Fool represents every person, no matter what their thoughts or emotions—whether they are having trauma and trouble or joy and abundance, the spirit inside is deliriously happy to just have material experience.

The Fool walks through the other cards in the tarot, through the suits which represent different paths of mastery, and ultimately through the path of the arcana cards, which represent the path of the ultimate mastery.

The ONE, the I AM, the ABSOLUTE, the CONCEALED, the one muffled in mystery who descends into the subconscious to discover the laws of being and becoming. ~ The Rabbi’s Tarot, Daphna Moore

If you get this card in a reading, know that you can look at life as the perennial beginner, and this freshness to life—without memory of hardship, victimization, humiliation, or blocks—is the real secret to creativity. Until you can see with the eyes of the master who is wise enough to be foolish to the world, you cannot see what needs to change or know how to create a new world.

~ from The Tarot of Creativity
Copyright Aliyah Marr, all rights reserved

My two newest books on the Tarot.

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How to do a Comparative Tarot Reading

This video demonstrates how to use two tarot decks together in a reading to gain more insight and depth in your readings. Aliyah Marr, the creator of The Tarot of Creativity, shows you how to do a comparative tarot reading using her deck and the Rider-Waite-Smith deck.

I came to appreciate the wisdom of the tarot when I suddenly found myself studying it a few years ago. The word “tarot” is an anagram and has many esoteric meanings. My Tarot of Creativity deck took a full year to create because I wanted a deck that resonated at a very high vibration. While I think the Arcana cards in traditional decks do that, the lower cards do not, IMHO. Then I realized that the reason that the lower cards (and the court cards) resonate at a lower frequency is because they are used for fortune-telling, and the question most asked is about romantic relationships!

So, when I created my tarot, I wanted only information from the higher self, about the querent’s life-path, and direction to come through. And the traditional meanings of the court cards were the first to go! The Arcana lost The Devil card, and the lower pip cards started to reflect the numerology and the suit. I used to not respect traditional tarot, and I have a bit of an allergic reaction to New Age items such as Oracle decks. In delving into the RWS deck, I realized its value.

Now, I do comparative tarot readings with both decks. First I might do a RWS reading and then I lay the cards that correlate from my own deck on top. Yowser! The readings have incredible depth and meaning. The RWS deck has more tension, and the cards are blunt, they are not afraid to “tell it as it is” —but with my deck, you get a reading of the same card from a much higher level, allowing insight and resolution.

This technique is discussed in depth in these two new books:



A Little Parable About Collecting Art ~The Alchemical Tarot

Catalogue this article under “missed chances.” Some years ago, I bought The Alchemical Tarot by Robert Place. It was the beginning of my interest in collecting unique tarot decks.

I have long been interested in alchemy. I am drawn into this arcane science by the mysterious, symbolic pictures from the ancient alchemical texts. Most of these pictures date from the renaissance and post-renaissance eras.

I don’t think that I paid more than $25 for this deck, but I recently sold it for about 4 times that price on Amazon. This deck is now a collectible, with the early SIGNED edition selling for around $2000 on Amazon. Of course the artist doesn’t get this money (!) Which is probably why he decided to post it as a project on Indiegogo for a goal of $5000 to print a new edition.

On Indiegogo when this project ran in 2011, you could pledge $40 and get a signed deck. Wish I had known! Now the artist is selling a copy of this deck for $100 on his website. More power to him. I admit to being a bit surprised: I would have thought that he would have made more than $12,490 on Indiegogo.

After all, he is one of the most well-known tarot artists, and his editions are limited, costly, and rare. As an artist myself, I think it is a huge shame that most artists cannot sell their work for what a true collector might pay, after it becomes rare. In this case, the artist IS making some money, but I would be willing to bet that ALL his decks will only become more valuable with time.

When I think of how The Amanda Palmer deck on Kickstarter made an astounding $70,807, I am a bit appalled. The artwork was not very good at all; each card was made by one of her fans, and some of these look frankly amateurish. But once again, the artists didn’t make the lion’s share of the money; they only made a small royalty on their work. And no one bought their original paintings, even though they were offered in the Kickstarter project.

So what is the moral of this little parable? If you want to collect tarot decks, buy direct from the artist. Allow him or her to make money on their work, and allow some time for the work to gain in value. Or not.

The true art collector is a connoisseur; they collect because they love the work. Not because of its potential investment value. They also know what is great work, and will try to buy directly from the artist.

And while an investor might want to “buy low, sell high” a real collector values what they collect for its intrinsic value, and for the value that they get from owning the art. I wish I had bought the signed edition in 2011. One day soon, it will be worth more than the deck I just sold.

Statement from Robert Place:

The Alchemical Tarot was originally published by Harper/Collins in London, in 1995. That edition is now out of print and, although it originally sold for $35, copies have now sold for over $2,000. In 2007, I regained the rights to the deck and published The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed.

This edition was redesigned and improved. The line drawing of an archway that formed the border on the original cards was dropped so that the drawing could be enlarged. I made improvements in the drawings, added shading, and improved the coloring. I designed a new back for the cards. When I designed the Lovers card for the first edition, my editor felt that it was too sexy and asked me to tone it down. As an added feature, the second edition included both versions of the Lovers, the one that was previously published and the censored version.

The 79 cards were 4.75 by 2.75 and came in a tuck box with a little-white-book. Now that edition is also out of print. Keeping the the changes from that edition, I have again made improvements to clarify the symbolism in this 79 card deck. This is particularly noticeable on the eight of swords where the beast now has wings.

I have redesigned the back with an image that gives insight into the symbolism of the four elements and have added more description about the symbolism in the little-white-book. I am now ready to print this third edition. In conjunction with the printing, I am finishing an updated version of the companion book and I am working with software engineer, Tony Newell, to create an APP version of The Alchemical Tarot.

Wikipedia on Alchemy:

Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. The word alchemy may derive from the Old French alquimie, which is from the Medieval Latin alchimia, and which is in turn from the Arabic al-kimia (الكيمياء‎). This term itself is derived from the Ancient Greek chemeia (χημεία) or chemia (χημία)[24] with the addition of the Arabic definite article al- (الـ‎). The ancient Greek word may have been derived from a version of the Egyptian name for Egypt, which was itself based on the Ancient Egyptian word kēme (hieroglyphic Khmi, black earth, as opposed to desert sand).

The Time of the Rememberers

How is it that some people seem to be born multitalented and others have to work to acquire creative skills? The creative genius seems born to his craft, and doesn’t seem to have to learn it at all; this lends credence to the theory of reincarnation.

After all, in India, where reincarnation is widely accepted, children are born all the time with an uncanny remembrance of their former lives. This most probably extends to the skills acquired in the former life. Western culture may have a hard time accepting the idea of reincarnation, but animals are born with knowledge that they don’t have to learn—we call it instinct—why wouldn’t people be born with knowledge that came from their former lives? How else do you explain a genius like Mozart or Picasso?

Just where does creative inspiration come from? If you are an accomplished artist, you may agree with me—it comes from everywhere, and you might also realize that you remember it, because when it comes through, it is so damn familiar to you.

When I was in art school in France, people used to ask me where my many ideas came from, and I used pantomime to express how I felt about the ubiquitousness of creativity, plucking invisible objects from the air around me. Art just came naturally to me; I come from a line of artists at least four generations long, to my knowledge, perhaps even longer.

How many of these artists live in me? Have I inherited their skills, knowledge, and feelings along with my genetics? Did I drink in art with my mother’s milk? Or am I receiving information and inspiration along another, even more quantum/etheric channel—one that doesn’t have its roots in the past, but in the eternal now?

The creative genius has little trouble learning anything; everything seems to come naturally and easily. But in a form of weird compensation, the creative genius may have had trouble fitting in all their lives. No matter how hard they try, they may find it difficult to hold down a job or be happy in many social situations. They are the misfits in the old paradigm, but they didn’t come here to fit in to a system that doesn’t support equality and freedom. Instead, they are the secret agents of global change.

We all start out as creative geniuses, but the process of trying to fit in can effectively squash any kind of creative energy that we might have had. School is a big culprit, and our parents,—poor, misguided souls—often didn’t help. Not to mention the other kids.

If you have struggled to nourish your own creative genius in today’s world, you know what I mean.

But these days I see children who have remained open, and I know that they know the same trick that I do. Creativity is innate. We are all creative and geniuses in our own right. As such, we are infinitely powerful; all we have to do is to claim our sovereignty, and know that we already have all the knowledge and skills that we need. The only difference between a creative genius and a regular person is that the genius never did close down the window to the sea of infinite human potential.

We are creating our lives with every thought, belief and emotion—[Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity]. And now we have come to a time when we can know this, and take responsibility for what we are creating, on both a personal and universal level.

We are all living multidimensional lives with fragments of ourselves in various parallel realities. Your decision at this time is to choose which reality you prefer: not choosing is still a decision—a decision to be unconscious. Unconscious people lend their creative power to those who would exploit them. This top-down system of governance is crumbling because it is top-heavy, and even the most somnolent citizen of Earth is starting to wake up to the idea of personal freedom and social responsibility. The environment will no longer support the exploitation of the Earth or the mass of humanity. It is time for personal freedom and sovereignty. And this means waking up to one’s own creative power and responsibility.

As a conscious creative you realize automatically your interconnection to all things. This is what I call natural ethics. Once you are conscious and recognize your innate connection to everything around you, responsibility is remembered; exploiting and hurting another is incomprehensible to you now.

Creativity is remembrance. You remember another reality, and then feel your way back into it. This is a matter of resonance. Of vibration. The land of your dreams exists; it is in your cells as a memory of an alternative existence. And all you have to do is recall it.

We are in a time of great change, a time of creative transformation. It is up to the awakened creative genius to lead the rest of humanity into a new era—the long-lost dream of Shamballa, we are about to recover the paradise lost. We are the conscious creatives, and we have never forgotten what home feels like.


The tarot card, The High Priestess, is the card of remembrance. She shows how to balance the masculine assertive energy of creativity with the feminine wisdom of flow, allowance, and reciprocity. For the student of ancient wisdom, this archetype of feminine wisdom reveals the key of memory that is essential to the creative process of life. Sometimes referred to as the akashic records*— these memories are held in our DNA. A quantum physicist would call this memory “the implicate” but this is another way of referring to what I call the ocean of dreams and the collective consciousness. It is a huge repository of all that is, all that has been, and all that is possible.

To be a conscious creative means that you have learned to mine the Akash and pull out from the sea of potential (the implicate) the crucial elements that make up the reality that you prefer. Your desire, passion, and longing for the vibration of home pulls this reality to you, as you remember and feel the strands of memory that connect you to your dreams. In such, we are like homing pigeons who, when finally freed from the cage of the collective dream, wing unerringly for home.

~Aliyah Marr

Copyright 2014 Aliyah Marr. This article may be shared as long as the copyright notice and link is included: http://www.parallelmindzz.com

*[In theosophy and anthroposophy, the akashic records (from akasha, the Sanskrit word for ‘sky’ ‘space’ or ‘aether’) are a compendium of mystical knowledge supposedly encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning “sky”, “space” or “aether.” The notion of an akashic record is attributed to Alfred Percy Sinnett, who, in his book Esoteric Buddhism (1884), wrote of a Buddhist belief in “a permanency of records in the Akasa” and “the potential capacity of man to read the same. ~ Wikipedia]


Publish Your Book on Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

My latest book, now in a soft-launch until the final edits are done, shows you how to publish your book on Kindle in 7 easy steps. Available now on Amazon.

Publish Your Book on Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

Kindle version | Print version


Kindle version | Print version

This book  is a “cheat-sheet” for those who wish to learn how to publish on Kindle.

Even an ebook can be beautiful, if you know how. Book designer and bestselling author Aliyah Marr reveals some super-simple techniques that she has developed to streamline the publishing process for herself and for her clients. This is a step-by-step guide that will enable you to easily and quickly produce the kind of ebook that will look great on Kindle. You worked hard writing your book; you shouldn’t have to work hard to publish it. 

Are you ready to be a published author?

Down the Rabbit Hole With the Tarot

arcana-spread1Somewhere in 2002 I was given an Osho Zen tarot deck by a friend, but at the time I was not really interested in the tarot. I tend to question the face value of everything until it comes into my personal experience.

My long-time interest in the tarot started as a conceptual art experiment. I wanted to randomize the titles to my paintings to see how the context of the words would change the images and visa versa.

In 2009, I found myself studying a RWS-based tarot deck that I had found in a thrift store. I can’t really say why, but I wanted to memorize all the cards. I took one card a day, and memorized it, while recalling every card that had gone before.

Then, somewhere in 2012, I became suddenly super-interested in numerology. I realized that the tarot tradition is very grounded in numerology. I memorized all the letter-number combinations and found that the book I had bought on numerology, Numerology and The DivineTriangle, had a huge section devoted to the tarot, correlating every number (1-78) to a specific tarot card.

So in the beginning of 2013 when I decided to re-design my tarot deck, I found myself exploring the numerical meanings of the cards in a very deep and unusual way; after a long time and a very circuitous way, I “discovered” that the deck I was making was about the creative path.

I found that I was actually looking for the deeper meanings behind all the Arcana titles, and “translating” these in my deck into more accessible words. The lower cards use numerology to determine the words that I used (two per card), and the court cards became the masters of each suit/path of mastery. It took me a full year to ascertain the titles and meanings for the cards, but I believe that this is an entirely new system of tarot, even as it is grounded on the ancient traditions of tarot and numerology.

~ Aliyah Marr


My latest tarot deck, The Tarot of Creativity, combines tarot and numerology with my knowledge of the creative path.

My two newest books on the Tarot.

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Bestselling Book: Social Media for Business Professionals

This book made bestselling status in a few days on Amazon.

#4 in E-commerce/Small Business
#24 in Business & Money/Technology)

Squawk! Social media for the solitary bird: find your flock, express yourself, stand out from the crowd

Find your flock, express yourself, stand out from the crowd: Common sense social media strategies for the small business person or individual.

Professionally represent yourself, communicate your cause, and brand your business in social media without sacrificing your entire life to do it. Ideal for the small business or consultant who has little or no advertising budget, this book contains common sense suggestions on how to work with all types of social media.

This book shows you how to promote without advertising and how to market without marketing: how to gather a flock of people with similar interests, and communicate with them effectively. This book is for you if you want to:

  • Create an honest no-hype presence on the web for yourself or for your business
  • Gain a real following of people that are listening
  • Establish whom you are without self-promoting or advertising
  • Establish yourself as an authority in your field
  • Supply real information that helps potential customers to make informed decisions
  • Build an image of who you are and what you do in your reader’s minds.
  • Become more effective in how you communicate online
  • Stand out in the social media forest, not be lost in the meaningless trees of content

Advance Review

I really love this book…it is really valuable to have at the side of your desk for dipping into immediately. I use it as a serious reference and to better understand the increasingly complex and confusing world of social media marketing, which can at best become overwhelming and at worst a real nightmare.

Aliyah has written not only a common sense description of easy-to-follow building blocks and integrated platforms but added her usual unique sparkle of wit, fun and creativity into the process. This makes this book a pleasure to read on topics which are often presented in such a tedious and off-putting nerdy way, but this book tells you how it is, straight and no messing about.

This book will make you laugh and smile as well as reflect and ponder.

Writers are advised endlessly to Twitter our Facebooks and StumbleUpon our LinkedIn. Now I think I have at last informally learned something practical and useful at a cost effective price and can now HootSuite the lot. ~ Roy B. http://www.creativepubtalk.com (review for 1st edition of this book, entitled “Bird Seed”)

Do It Yourself Tarot: The Fun Easy Way to Learn to Read the Tarot


Do It Yourself Tarot is for the modern reader who wants access to the keywords, symbols, archetypes without extensive discussions of the images, historical references, and card titles.

Introducing a new technique that makes it easy to read the cards using your own intuition, Do It Yourself Tarot gives you clues to the information buried in the cards, and then lets you draw your own conclusions.

The tarot is a creative project that we build over time. Like master craftsmen, we all want to make the tarot our own as we craft new meanings, join together universal archetypes, polish new symbols, and hammer out the details of our visions.

Designed to be easy to carry with you and use in daily life, Do It Yourself Tarot is for the tarot student who wants to “learn as they read” and explore the cards on their own. It is an in-the-moment-anywhere guide for learning to read the tarot.


If you are trying to decide on buying a book on the Tarot, especially your first book, the options can be confusing. I have provided this reader’s guide to help you. I have written three books on the Tarot for three different audiences. Each book fulfills a distinct purpose.

As the “Cliff Notes” of the previous book, The Tarot Key, this book is for the tarot student who wants to “learn as they read” and explore the Tarot on their own. Do It Yourself Tarot contains some of the exact same information that is in The Tarot Key. It is intended to help spark the reader’s own intuition by presenting clues as to what the cards might mean. A guide book designed to be easy to carry with you and use in daily life, Do It Yourself Tarot introduces the same new blended technique — the SEER System™ for reading the cards that is covered in The Tarot Key in a more streamlined form.

The Tarot Key is for the serious tarot scholar/student who desires to do an in-depth study of the cards. It presents two decks, the standard Rider Waite Smith Tarot and the author’s own Tarot of Creativity, which is used to provide additional insight on the meanings of each card. The ebook has full-color images, if your e-reading device permits. It also provides handy links within the document. The images are in black and white in the print version.

The companion guide for The Tarot of Creativity, a unique deck I created that follows the creative process through the tarot. Available for free as an ebook when you purchase a deck from the website below. The Tarot of Creativity Little White Book is available from Amazon as a print book and on Kindle.* The Tarot of Creativity deck of 78 cards is sold separately.

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Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

Nine months in the making, this book is a whopping 396 pages in print! Available now in print and as an ebook.

Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul ~ A Modern Guide to the Wisdom of the Ancients

The Print Version

The Tarot is a tool that can put you in contact with your Higher Self and inner guidance by helping you access your natural intuition. Reading the Tarot involves a creative synthesis of the Reader’s personality, intuition, knowledge, and wisdom, married in a mystical union with the reader’s Higher Self.

This book was designed to work with any deck. If you are a beginner, you will find it easy to learn to read the cards and develop your own intuition. Author Aliyah Marr, the creator of two Tarot decks, introduces a revolutionary and easy-to-learn system for reading the cards that allows you to pick up any deck and interpret the images instantly.

The Tarot Key is also a book for experienced Tarot readers, with a substantial introduction on the historical roots of the Tarot, an extensive section with a complete glossary of symbols, a Tarot Tableau, astrological correspondences for all the cards, and a large section on numerology.

The Tarot explores the same existential and universal questions that mankind has asked since the beginning of time: What is out there beyond our senses? How can we access our true creative power? And how can we understand, align, and create with the forces in our lives?

The Tarot Key book 394 pages in print or as an ebook (Kindle)

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