Sunday, June 2, 2019


New stock of the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck has arrived and I am
currently packing and shipping pre-orders.
You can now buy a deck and book from me at
The French Madonna on


- 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with clear matte varnish 
- 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
- Unique handmade pouch with image of the Sacred Mother
- Extra signed tarot card
- small statue of Mother Mary
- plastic rosary 

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I ship from Cape Town, South Africa and I ship within 5 days of receiving
your purchase.

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This listing includes the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck presented in a hand crafted tarot pouch, a 160 page paperback guide book (signed by myself) and an extra signed tarot card, as well as a rosary and a small Mary statue. The deck and everything that comes with it is consecrated to Mary and is a sacred altar. You can read more about the ritual and practise on my blog

I am very proud to share that the deck has been included in the Museo dei Tarocchi (International tarot museum and the only one of its kind in the world) in Riola, Bologna Italy!! I visited the museum and its owner a few months ago and you can read more about this on my website here :

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 inspired by my devotion to Mother Mary and my personal spiritual journey and its many experiences with Her.  It is designed as a practical tool and instrument on the spiritual path blending the many traditions of worshipping Mary.  At a young age already (in childhood) I had many visions into the imaginal and invisible realms.  These shaped me and my view of life and many of these visions propelled me into my life’s work.

You can read more about my journey on Cloister of the Heart and on the Temple of Mary website at  The deck is discussed on my website

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 demonised 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.  The accompanying guide book has a paperback cover.   Each limited edition deck will be signed by myself and each deck will come in a unique pouch in the style of the deck

I ship registered airmail with a tracking number -  shipping usually takes between two and four weeks but there are unfortunately exceptions depending on the country and its postal service .

You can read reviews of the deck here :

Read review written by Arnell Ando on her website here :

Dear Hettienne,
You breathtakingly beautiful & heartfelt deck set has at last arrived! I’m blown away by how much care & attention to detail you’ve put into this meaningful project. I’d like to help spread the word somehow after I’ve had a chance to Live with it for a bit & read from your book your true intentions & visions. Thank you ever so much for your generous heart & sharing this magical offering. It is deeply appreciated Hettienne. ❤

This is such a beautiful deck and the energy is amazing. The whole set is beautiful and well put together, you’re not just getting a deck of cards but what fells like a blessing. I love it and I’m overjoyed that this Mary deck has found it’s way into my life!

What can I say about a person that puts so much of her heart and soul into this? Beyond words. Spiritual transcendent experience when you get anything from this woman. I thank you!

This deck is just exquisite. The work and intention put into it sets it apart. I am just beginning to work with it and there are so many layers. I just love it.

What a stunning deck! Very special indeed, I can’t wait to work with it. Fabulous customer service too. Thank you!

You can read about the process and see more of the cards as they developed on my website
The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck at and many images on The French Madonna Instagram


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