Huge thanks to fellow writer Michelle Bowser for this funny caption of our son, Noah, and cat, Stewart.
I think we may have a series on our hands...
I'd like to introdue yuu to a neat lady named Melissa Pilgrim. She's dedicated to getting children moving, and has a book and app to prove it! In fact, the app will soon be free. And, teachers, librarians and homeschoolers can get a free mini-poster and lesson plans. More about that in a bit.
A bit of background on Melissa:
Melissa Pilgrim has over 15 years of experience writing for projects in all mediums—film, TV, theatre, and book publishing. She has had 16 plays for children and teens produced, 4 screenplays optioned, 1 TV series optioned, and has worked on over 12 books with authors from L.A. to N.Y.C. Melissa was the artistic director for The Sheil Park Players, a community theatre in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago, for almost 5 years where she produced and directed 16 original shows and worked with adults and children of all ages. Animal Motions is her first children's book.
And here's more information on the storybook app and free goodies:
Teachers, Librarians, & Parents: Get kids “creatively fit” this school year with Animal Motions, a fun, easy to follow, low-impact movement routine told as a story in a colorful children’s storybook app!
Animal Motions combines imagination, reading, and movement to make fitness fun—at home or in the classroom. Follow Eric as he stretches and moves his body at the start of his day by using his imagination to become 17 of his favorite animals. Travel with him to the jungle, the desert, the forest, the ocean—and don’t forget to keep your body moving!
The app is based on the full, 32 page Animal Motions children’s picture book and features engaging animations, audio hotspots (so children can learn the sounds animals make!), and professional narration with word-by-word highlighting. There are options for “Read To Me,” “Read Myself,” and “Auto Play.” (It’s like getting 3 books in one!)
Inspired from the author’s, Melissa Pilgrim, theatre classes with young children, Animal Motions was written to show kids everywhere how using your imagination can help make moving your body even more fun! The beautiful, full-page watercolor illustrations that help guide the child’s imagination are done by Ira V. Gates.
Teachers, Librarians, & Child Caregivers: 6 FREE LESSON PLANS in the categories of Health & Fitness, Drama, and Biology & Geography (for both preschool and kindergarten) and a FREE MINI-POSTER for the little ones to color are available at AnimalMotions.com!
Note: Visit AnimalMotions.com for more information. And please let all your friends know about the giveaway too—it’s good to share!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Hands down, the Egg McMuffin or variations thereof. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart right now for the new Jimmy Dean light version found in the grocery store – low fat, low calorie and I don’t have to get up early or get dressed to go find one. EPIC WIN!
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? My desert island go to book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it, loaned it, lost it and bought it again. I should get some kind of frequent buyer points. *sighs*
What makes you laugh? English humor like Monty Python, dark comedy. I love to laugh.
Drink of choice: Diet Mt Dew or Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Oh, cold – definitely. You can always put on more clothes, but there’s a limit to how little you can wear in polite society or at Walmart. On further consideration, that may not apply for Walmart.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach, definitely. I’m a Carolina Girl, drink in my hand and toes in the sand.
Favorite color? Purple. No, green. *goes flying off the bridge* (Monty Python & The Holy Grail)
Last thing you splurged on? A new notebook PC and the Blu-ray version of Help!.
Bonus Question: What modern convenience couldn’t you live without? Internet. My iPhone. Internet. The microwave. Internet. My car. Internet...wait, you said one thing…
In between writing and daydreaming about sexy Celts, Shannon MacLeod lives a life of servitude to two spoiled cats. She enjoys pondering the mysteries of Tarot, rainy days, good music, lively craic and spending long hours gazing at her beloved ocean. An avid wearer of dangerously high heels, she watches Lord of the Rings more than any sane person should and can, in fact, reenact entire battle scenes using interpretive dance. Shannon is the author of these paranormal romances from Kenginston Books and Lyrical Press:
The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups (Arcana Love Volume 1)
The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands (Arcana Love Volume 2)
The French Twist: Suit of Swords (Arcana Love Volume 3 coming 2015)
Rogue on the Rollaway (Seven Sons of the Fallen #1)
And from Schiffer Books:
The ShadowFox Tarot (written under the pen name Jennifer ShadowFox)
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase
Visit Shannon online at ShannonMacleod.com.
Sometimes, life feels like a Roasting Wheel!
Here's the latest completed card in our Limited Edition Coffee Tarot: The Roasting Wheel. It's our version of the Wheel of Fortune. It's when life turns up the heat that our essence comes out. We mature (or not), become perfected (or not), give off a mouth-watering aroma (or not)--just so we can get ready for the grinder.
Seriously, though, how we react when life turns up the "heat"--throws us curve balls or otherwise spins us off our center of gravity--determines whether we increase our rigidity, or become more flexible. I know one thing: when a windstorm hits, I want to be the flexible tree (to mix a metaphor)!
It just makes future tumbles in the Roaster Wheel easier to bear.
And the smell's not to bad, either!
Silly jokes aside, there's only four more days left to receive the $6 discount and bonus goodies (3-card reading from me--$35 value--biscotti, fortune cookie, chance to win a custom woodburned box from Mr. Ron and more). And, we're only printing 50 copies of the deck--and over half are already spoken for. When they're gone...they're gone!
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4 PM EST, I'll be on Dax Has Your Number! at LifeScape Radio for a special "Catching Up with Janet Boyer" show. I'll be reading excerpts from my upcoming books Naked Tarot and 365 Tarot, as well as chatting about our Coffee Tarot. Listen live at this link (and feel free to call in or join the chatroom).
I just witnessed a miracle.
A wren couple built a nest in the inner sill of our kitchen window.
We've been hearing the hatched chicks, but never saw them, because of a clever partial "roof" one of the parents built hanging over the nest.
Now only did I get to see the chicks for the very first time--but I caught their first tentative steps and flight on video. Watch below.
I am in awe.
I'll miss the parents scrambling down the window screen from 6 AM to 8 PM every day to feed the babies--and yelling at us when we prepared food at the counter or made coffee!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? I’m old school: oatmeal with cream and fresh berries, and coffee with cream. If I go really wild, I’ll switch it out to grits. Hold me back, Janet, hold me back.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Her use of language is the perfect mix of suspense and horror. I read it at least once a year as a brush-up on how to write the quintessential haunted house book.
What makes you laugh? Puns. It’s ridiculous, really, but I love a really bad joke.
Song that never gets old: "I’ve Got You Under My Skin" by Sinatra. I’m a huge jazz fan and nothing gets me hoppin’ more than Sinatra.
Drink of choice: Cabernet Franc or water. Go big or go home, baby.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot. Never ever cold; too many flashbacks to the Donner Party lectures during college.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? I’ve lived in a mountain or forest setting for most of my life, so let’s try the beach. Lakeside would be ever better.
Favorite color? Orange.
Last thing you splurged on? I am a notorious cheapskate, but my last splurge would be a Jack Johnson concert for the family.
Bonus Q: Creepiest story or personal encounter? I was lucky enough to be invited to a writer’s retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago and write about the experience in Haunted Stuff. The retreat was tucked away in the foothills and had a reputation of being very haunted – I couldn’t wait. The weekend went quickly, and aside from encountering a mustachioed man on the staircase my first morning, I didn’t see or hear much.
Until the last dawn.
I was up early and working on a short story when I heard the staff downstairs moving furniture in the dining room before the rest of us awoke. Tables and chairs were crashing against each other, glassware broke, and I couldn’t imagine what was taking them so long to move things since I hadn’t heard them doing it on the previous mornings. Ninety minutes later, I crept from my room to sneak downstairs and see what was going on. By chance, I met my friend in our shared hallway and asked if he had heard the same noises. He said he hadn’t – he had been woken by hearing women whispering in his room. We went downstairs slowly, trying to see if anything had been disturbed, and opened the curtained doors to the dining area. Not a table was out of place from the night before, no glassware was shattered, nor staff visible. They hadn’t arrived yet.
About Stacey: Stacey is the brains behind the Zombie Tarot and a freelance editor. Her latest book, Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles goes rogue August 8th from Llewellyn Publishing, followed by The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure: A How-To for Mystery Solving, Make-It-Yourself Projects, and More to be released on September 1, 2014 from Albert Whitman & Company. Please visit her website, blog, on Twitter, and Facebook where she’ll probably join you in a shimmy.
Here's the bonus Moon card from our Coffee Tarot work-in-progress!
Here's the other Moon card that comes with the package (coincidentally, today is the 45th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 Moon Mission, which inspired the image below):
Ron's hard at work on HANGING right now (our version of the Hanged Man). Reminder: only 11 days left to get your pre-order goodies. On August 1, 2014, all extras will be removed from the package (except for the bag with the bronze coffee cup charm--you'll still get that) and the price will go up. We're only printing 50 copies of the deck, so it will truly be a Limited Edition. Visit our site here to find out more and to place your order.
1. What's your favorite breakfast food? Ha I am one of those people that skip breakfast and drink only coffee in the mornings. When I am trying to be good I make a smoothie but normally its just coffee.
2. Book you'd like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - such a wonderfully enlightening book!
3. What makes you laugh? Many things make me laugh! I prefer satire comedy the most. Im also greatly amused by watching my kitty do various silly kitty things.
4. Song that never gets old? "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin. I feel that way often about many people in my life.
5. Drink of choice: Almond Dark Chocolate Milk! SO good!
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot! I hate the cold...
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Even though I am terrified of swimming in an ocean with too many waves - my soul belongs next to the sea, in the sand. With a tropical breeze, preferably.
8. Favorite color: I am a designer and artist and appreciate all colors. My fave changes with the mood Im in. usually. Lately I'm a teal and chocolate brown with dashes of hot pink sorta gal.
9. Best movie line: From the movie Contact, with Jodi Foster. An oldie but goodie. "I'll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It's bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space. Right?"
10. Last thing you splurged on? A really gorgeous font! (Hey, I am a graphic designer!)
Bonus question: What Artist would you have had on this deck if you could, alive or dead? I adore Art Nouveau - the intricacies woven into such delicate paintings. I love Alphonse Mucha and would have chosen him to be a part of this journey for sure.
About Kayti: Kayti is the mastermind behind the 78 Tarot project and involved in all aspects of it from project planning to web & graphic design. She is a flame-haired web geek with an artist’s soul who has been a professional artist since 2000. Before she went to vector art, she was a traditional painter, creating fantasy art for a living with watercolors. She met many of the artists involved with 78 Tarot over a decade ago – and is thrilled to be working with them on such a huge project.
She has always dreamed of being involved in an art collaboration, as well as creating her own Tarot deck. It just never seemed possible by herself unless she took a great deal of time to complete it. This is how 78 Tarot was born.
Janet says: Support Kayti and the fabulous artists of 78 Tarot by backing their project! Watch the video below, then get thee over to Kickstarter at this link to find out more and become a backer (I did). YAY!
It's here! It's here!
That's right: our Snowland Deck is now an app from WizardToo, available in the iTunes store at this link. (WizardToo is headed up by Ron Leong, former Marketing Director at U.S. Games Systems, Inc.-- and my former boss.) The app is free and comes with two decks for you to use. Additional decks are available to purchase.
This Tarot eCards app 2.0 is a new, improved version for a better user experience, including:
• Full overhaul of the user interface and app functionality
• New Decks (including our Snowland Deck!)
• High Resolution Images
• Database driven; reduced file size for faster download and less memory usage
• Revamped user interface
• Improved readability by enlarging or changing font Image Magnifier Tool for studying card image details
• Resolved issues and bug fixes
For now, Tarot eCards is available only for iOS Apple devices, but they will be releasing the Android version in a month or so.
Don't have an actual Snowland Deck in-hand yet? Well get thee over to SnowlandDeck.com to check out all the cards and see the purdy fabrics for your bag.
1. What's your favorite breakfast food? It's hard for me to choose! I always tell my husband that if I could eat only breakfast for the rest of my life, I'd be happy! One of my favorites though is bacon, egg, and cheese on an English muffin.
2. Book you'd like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? I'd love to give everyone a copy of This is Not a Book by Keri Smith. It's quite a challenge to finish!
3. What makes you laugh? My two sons! They keep me endlessly entertained.
4. Song that never gets old? "Rock Steady" by No Doubt. I've been a No Doubt fan for 18 years, and this is one of my favorites.
5. Drink of choice: Coffee with plenty of hazelnut creamer.
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot, definitely! I hate the cold.
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? I grew up on the Jersey shore right along the BarnegatBay, minutes from the ocean on the east, and the pine barrens on the west. Choosing between the beach and forest is an impossibility!
8. Favorite color: I phase through favorite colors, but deep purples and greens are always favorite standbys.
9. Best movie line: I could never choose just one (are you noticing a theme of indecision here? I sure am!), but recently the boys just got Epic for Christmas. It includes this little gem: "Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there."
10. Last thing you splurged on? An amazing new little black dress! It was on clearance so I don't feel too bad about buying it, but now I wonder where exactly I'll wear it.
Bonus question: Biggest vice? Smoking. I've quit about three times, but I keep picking them up again.
About Nicole: Nicole's first experience with tarot was with her college roommate, who regularly gave her tarot readings. It wasn't until 10 years later that she decided to learn for herself and now she can't get enough of it. She has many interests including reading and writing, but tarot is a true passion. Nicole aspires to one day be a full time professional tarot reader, but for now she reads for friends online when she's not busy working at her full time job or mothering her two boys. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and sometimes even on her blog, The Queen of Chalices with which she has a very on again off again relationship. Nicole loves to make new friends and learn from fellow tarot newbies, enthusiasts, and experts!
A friend and colleague of mine, Tierney Sadler (creator of the Deck of 1000 Spreads), wrote a fabulous blog post about how gray clouds burst into a glorious sunset over her head...and how it relates to triumph after tragedy (both personally, and via other examples).
Here's the opening paragraphs:
See, it started out all overcast and gray. And I was pretty sure the sunset would suck. But then I saw a tinge on pink on the bottom of one of the clouds and thought, "well now". Then minutes later, the sunset exploded into fabulous color.
This reminded me of what happened at my last job. I said the wrong thing at the wrong time to my boss and she, in turn, completely handled the situation poorly and it became clear my days were numbered. So the skies on that day seemed pretty gray. But almost immediately it occurred to me to become a freelancer. The gray clouds got a tinge of pink. Then days later, I gave my notice...
Read the rest of Tierney's thought-provoking post at this link.
1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? Toast with English marmalade.
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Winnie the Pooh.
3. What makes you laugh? My children.
4. Song that never gets old: "Nights in White Satin".
5. Drink of choice: Hot chocolate.
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold.
7, Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach.
8. Favorite color? Purple.
9. Best movie line: ...not sure on that one Janet, sorry.
10. Last thing you splurged on? My children.
My name is Mary Griffin and I am the creator and artist of the self published tarot deck THE HEZICOS TAROT. I have always painted since a child. Art to me, in all its forms, is wonderful, enlightening and very spiritual. I was fortunate enough to come from an artistic family and was always encouraged to expand my imagination. My style is very unusual and my artwork has plenty to explore. I work in most mediums, specializing in paintings of animals and fairy folk also “Trompe l’oeil” and painted furniture. I have completed many private commissions as well as exhibited in the UK, selling my work to France, Spain and India, also teaching art and tarot.
For many years I have been working privately, one to one, as a psychic clairvoyant specialising in tarot but could never find a deck that connected to me personally, so I decided to create my own. THE HEZICOS TAROT was launched in 2010 and was voted third most popular deck in the Aceclectic Tarot list for 2010. My tarot deck is available to purchase on my website www.hezicostarot.com. I have recently written and illustrated a children’s book and now hoping to find a publisher. I live in Cornwall, UK with my wonderful family and animals.
Some of my newer readers may not realize that I used to compile monthly releases of new books, decks and audio (mostly in the Mind/Body/Spirit genre)—for 6 ½ years (2005-2011).
It was tons of work—scouring the print catalogues of a dozen or more publishers for appropriate products, looking them up on Amazon, generating direct links so my readers could click for more information (or buy), snagging the item’s cover, carefully laying out the page on my website and so on.
Needless to say, it just got too labor intensive to keep doing my monthly New Releases, especially since our son was getting older (I homeschool) and I began writing my own books.
The cool thing is, though, that there are well over 1,000 books, decks, Tarot bags, CDs and more to be discovered among those pages. I figured you may want to look through all those goodies at your leisure (especially if you’re a book junkie like me!) and perhaps stumble upon something that calls out to you.
Click here for the last New Releases page published on JanetBoyer.com. If you scroll down to the bottom of that page (and all the subsequent release pages) there’s a list of links to the previous months.
Have you enjoyed my reviews, posts, books, radio shows, etc. over the years? Here’s an easy way to support my work: whenever you go to buy something on Amazon.com, use one of the product links on my site (embedded within the New Releases or Reviews)—or here on my blog (my books listed on the left)—and Amazon will throw a few coins my way since I’m an Associate (each link has a special janetboyercom-20 tag on it that identifies me). For example, this URL goes to my Tarot Basics Amazon page.
Neat-o, yes? You can support your favorite Tarot personality (ha!) while shopping at Amazon. Win-win!
Many thanks, and enjoy browsing all those New Releases (that are no longer new, but hidden gems waiting to be discovered by you)!
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
I rise late and skip breakfast; usually I’ll make a sandwich anytime between 1 and 2:30. Sometimes I do crave breakfasty sorts of foods; then it’s the old Eggs and Bacon thing. In the early afternoon.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)?
THERE ARE SO MANY!!!! It depends on the person I’m with, and what sorts of things they may have already read or like to read. It depends on my mood. It could be anything from William Faulkner to Edward Gorey, Robertson Davies to Tom Sharpe (his THE THROWBACK is a real test of character!!) Raymond Chandler to Stan Lee. One thing that I frequently recommend only because NO ONE has read it is POOR THINGS by a wonderful Scots writer named Alasdair Gray. It’s a postmodern feminist Frankenstein with lots of humor and Scottish history and sensibility woven in. When I’m not feeling all Lofty and Literary, the second most often thing I recommend is THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS by William Pene Du Bois. Just a wonderful classic.
What makes you laugh?
Absurdity. Except when it’s being perpetrated on me by Serious People.
Song that never gets old:
So many. I guess currently “A Bar in Amsterdam” by a Norwegian girl group named Katzenjammer.
Drink of choice:
Used to be vodka. But it became more than a little but too much of my drink of choice and after four stays in the hospital due to alcoholism, I now limit myself to coffee, black cherry soda, and sometimes tea. (Not all together, that would be gross.)
Would you rather be hot or cold?
HOT. Hothothothothothot. I HATE winter, and yet I live in a place where it’s winter six months out of the year. Too lazy to move, I guess.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest?
Forest and sometimes desert. I like mountains, but am afraid of heights, so I like mountains best OVER THERE.
Porcelain Indigo Blue.
Best movie line:
Just about anything in TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE MALTESE FALCON or ALL ABOUT EVE. Alternatively, John Wayne in TRUE GRIT: “FILL yore HAND you SUNUVABITCH!!!”
Last thing you splurged on?
Music. Or movies on DVD. I need to splurge on the last of Matt Smith’s appearances as DOCTOR WHO so that I can watch them again before the new shows start to air in August.
Doug Thornsjo is a writer, cartoonist and graphic artist living in a big old house filled with books, comics, folk art, memorabilia and cats. He's the creator of the Tarot of the Zirkus. The full deck is running a Kickstarter campaign right now. Click here to check it out and back the project. Visit Doug online at Duck Soup.
(I have the Majors-only version of Doug's deck and am proud to support his full deck project! -- J)
You are not the car you drive.
You are not your hair color.
You are not your height.
You are not your profession.
You are not your traumatic experience.
You are not your funny remarks.
You are not your achievements.
You ae not your Facebook profile.
You are not your age.
You are not your favorite sports team.
You are not your fears.
You are not your house.
You are not your latest gadget.
You are not your thoughts.
You are not your circle of friends.
You are not your family.
You are not your parents.
You are not your children.
You are not your weight.
You are not your favorite drink.
You are the biggest treasure. But who are you? What are you? What is you purpose in life? The reason you get up in the morning?
You are your potential.
You are your wish.
You are your soul and inspiration.
-- Barbara Sophie Tammes (from her fab book A BLUEPRINT FOR YOUR CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS)
Our little man will be 16 in three months (dear God, where does the time go?!), and he started playing the piano. He began lessons last August and stopped them in April of this year. Seems he's got a knack for it. Below are two of his original compositions (yeah, he can sight read, too). Enjoy!
Came across a blogger who’s a self-appointed ambassador for an online “kindness movement”. Here’s the irony: she boasts about being a hard-core hip-hop fan—to the point of playing the genre during her yoga classes (!) and tweeting links to what she’s listening to.
In case you don’t know what hip-hop (mostly) consists of, think gangsta rap, objectification of women, crude sexuality, rampant obscenities and glorification of materialism (including ways to get lots of money, like drug dealing).
Recently, she encouraged readers to “write down their inspirations”, a nice little Remedial Creativity 101 post that would be fine…except that she posted pics of several of her personal notebooks.
One of the covers? Fuck You and Your Blog.
::blink:: Your holder of big dreams has that on the cover?
Call me judgemental, but these clues hint to an angry, acquisitive “slumming-in-the-lower-chakras” female, Watson—not someone I’d want to hire as a “mystical mogul”, “biz mentor” or “Tarot coach”.
Saying that you support kindness by posting “Kindness Movement” links, placing related graphics on your blog or refusing to confront or publicly (keyword, publicly) insult an individual online doesn’t make you “kind”.
It just makes you “civil”.
Civility is a 1st Chakra fear response guarding against being scolded by—or kicked out of—a “tribe” or “association”. It involves fears emanating from other chakra issues, too, but the Root Chakra is the mother lode.
So what is kindness?
It’s the motive of wishing that all beings be free from suffering—even those you don’t like, or “enemies”. It’s the goal of wanting to serve and help others, not seeing your Twitter followers, Facebook fans or blog readers as virtual dollar signs—sources for new gold grillz, yo.
You have heard it that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy”. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? – Jesus (Matthew 5: 43-44; 46-48 NKJV
The Limited Edition will be truly limited: 50 copies, a distinctive backing, hand-sewn bag, tasty goodies and an EXTRA Moon card. Go forth and order! ;o)
My artist husband, Ron, and I are creating another Tarot deck. As avid coffee drinkers (especially me) who enjoy the creative benefits of the caffeine rush, we decided to bring to fruition an idea whose time had come: The Coffee Tarot.
Within 12 hours of launching our Facebook page, we had over 100 fans. But not everyone was thrilled with a java deck…
Read the rest of my post on the evolution of symbols--including deconstructing The Bean (The Fool), Secret Recipe (High Priestess) and The Sun from our in-progress Coffee Tarot--on my PaganSquare Symbolically Speaking blog here.
I haven't been blogging much because I'm hard at work on my 3rd traditionally-published book Naked Tarot (and homeschooling our 15-year-old son). While blogging and reviewing have taken a back seat, creativity has not! In addition to working on both Naked Tarot and 365 Tarot (my 4th book), my husband and I are creating another Tarot deck: The Coffee Tarot!
Our main website is Tarot.Coffee (yep, we snagged a .coffee domain name) and our Facebook page is at Facebook.com/CoffeeTarot. We'll be uploading completed images and sketches to both sites. Our Coffee Tarot differs from our Snowland Deck in that the images will be done in watercolor pencils (a new medium for my artist husband, Ron), will stay confined to the cream-brown color spectrum and will be a Majors-only deck.
Below is the first card, THE BEAN--our equivalent of The Fool card.
A sketch of MAGIC (our version of The Magician) is up on our Facebook page. See you there?
Laura and I have returned to broadcasting on Thursdays at 9 PM EST! Our main show page is here, and you can always find past shows and other posts at TarotBitches.com. Below are the shows for April 2014. Enjoy!
Eggs, Babies and Birth (Oh, My!)
The Pages and Knights of Tarot
The Queens and Kings of Tarot
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Um...well the ol' standby is PB on toast. Essential. I'm not good if I don't get my protein in the morning. But if you want something "interesting" I'd say pecan waffles! Yeah...I get them maybe every 5 years?
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Gosh, there are lots. Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn. It’s about Native American/White relations and why white folks STILL stereotype Indians.
What makes you laugh? A few friends. Finding Nemo. The stupid mistakes I make all the time.
Song that never gets old: "Ripple" by Grateful Dead. "Let it be known: there is a fountain that was not made by the hands of men".
Drink of choice: Coffee, water, tea. That's about all I drink anymore. Love microbrews, but don't like the buzz anymore. I'm boring that way.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot. ‘course, I am ALL the time, if you ask the ladies, ;o)
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Probably forest....and then beach.
Favorite color? That really vivid color that rust can get. Gorgeous.
Best movie line: "I don't know...sometimes ya just KNOW, y'know?" by Crush, from Finding Nemo.
Last thing you splurged on? I'm an Irish musician and play Native American Flutes. So I buy flutes and penny whistles and bodhran beaters. Is that a splurge? They are sort of my "toys".
Bonus Q: Your secret talent. LOL...TAROT. Tarot's been my secret talent for years. Unless you want to climb in BED with me, and then I'll show you some others!
Hal Weeks (HalWeeks.com) has been reading tarot since 1985, but it's always been sort of a sideline. He's made a living from being a musician on and off, as well as having way too many "day jobs". He's designed two Tarots of his own, and prefers reading with the Tarot of Marseilles or a good ol' Rider Waite. Tarot is often a philosophical/meditational pursuit for him: reading interests fade in and out like all his other interests. You can find out more about his Wickwillow Tarot at this link.
What’s your favorite breakfast food? I don't eat breakfast, but for the occassional brunch: A chorizo breakfast burrito
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Well, that's a really difficult one. What ONE book? Of course, I am tempted to say something like Back in Time Tarot ...teeheehee. But I am gonna say, I wish everyone would read: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
What makes you laugh? You mean, besides a Kilted Rubber Chicken Tarot? I have a great sense of humor and a LOT makes me laugh! The first thing that comes to mind are those funny cat pics and videos on Facebook LOL...
Song that never gets old: Boston’s “More Than a Feeling”.
Drink of choice: Dirty Vodka Martini, three olives—shaken, not stirred.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach.
Favorite color? Orange.
Best movie line: “Do, or do not. There is no try!” (Yoda in Star Wars).
Last thing you splurged on? A Samsung Galaxy S4.
Bonus Q: Your go-to gadget: The Samsung Galaxy S4. Hehehe ;o)
Dr Dax Carlisle, DD, CHt, CTM is a radio personality, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Tarot Master. He is the Founder/President of The Tarot Guild and the creator of RainbowPsychics.com. Dax is also a Numerologist, Karaoke Singer and Java Junkie. Visit his sites at TarotGuild.org and RainbowPsychics.com.
I've not jumped into the Lenormand craze because I detest leaping onto bandwagons. Yet, I wondered what all the bruhaha was about, so I purchased two Lenormand decks to fill me in: the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, and the lovely (and well-researched) Enchanted Lenormand by Caitlin Matthews.
However, two glaring things caused me to not bond with this deck:
1. The card designation error on the Dog card (#18, which should be the 10 of Hearts, not the 10 of Spades). This results in TWO 10 of Spades cards in this deck (the other one being the correct Ship card--#3). Sloppy editing on behalf of U.S. Games Systems, the publisher? (Wouldn't surprise me, since I once had a deck from this company that featured a misspelling of the card's TITLE--Clytemnestra).
2. The digital illustrator's continued use of putting his CM initials, prominently, in all the images (as he does with ALL his decks). We, the users, are constantly reminded of this prima donna's "look at me!" intrusion into the images (which doesn't make for profound or indepth readings, IMO). Perhaps shallow swimmers would prefer, though...
Images are slick and pretty, per the usual Ciro Marchetti decks--lots of gold filigree and eye-popping colors. But, for me, it's more like eating Lucky Charms cereal than Bear Naked Granola, ifyouknowwhatImean.
I'm looking forward to The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards by Caitlin Matthews that will be out later this year; perhaps reading her scholarly, considered insights will make me want to give Lenormand another chance.
For now, I'm sticking with the complex, archetypal Tarot to fit my needs...
If you happened to miss my presentation at the Business of Tarot TeleSummit on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal (which also applies to most non-fiction books), here it is below for your listening enjoyment. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Bacon!
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Chronicles of Narnia.
What makes you laugh? The absurdity of life.
Song that never gets old: “Mickey” by Toni Basil.
Drink of choice: Crystal Light Tea with Lemon.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold. I can always put on more clothes but you can’t get more naked than naked when it’s hot.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Mountain.
Favorite color? Green.
Best movie line: “Life’s a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving.” from Mame.
Last thing you splurged on? My chest tattoo. It’ll be $900 in by the time it’s done.
Bonus Q: Favorite time of day: Midnight. I LOVE the witching hour!
Timothy Martin been a reader for 20 years, certified herbalist, reiki master, poet, artist. You can find him on Facebook at Timothy's Tarot.
Did you miss my presentation on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal? Never fear, the free replay is here!
No only that, below is a 3-minute video of me in my Zen Room, 15 minutes before hostess Heather Woodward is about to call!
I'll be presenting on Writing a Great Tarot Review Tuesday at 4 PM EST. There's still time to register for my live (free) presentation at this link.
Have you seen this new fab deck that simply must make it's way over the rainbow and into zillions of houses? It's the Shadow of Oz Tarot!
To find out more, including how you can support this project from Illogical Associates and get your own deck, click here. (I'm backing at the $50 level. Come join me!)
It's always an honor to be mentioned in a book's Acknowledgements. So humbling! The latest one mentiong yours truly is The Gypsy Ribbon, the second book in the Arcana Love series. Huge thanks to my author pal Shannon MacLeod for including me in the acknowledgements!
Do you have a non-fiction book ready to burst inside you? How would you like to get your creation out in the world--preferrably, to a traditional publisher?
What about a Tarot deck that you've scripted and would love to see get into print?
This Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 4 PM EST, I'll be presenting a live, free seminar on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal as a part of The Business of Tarot TeleSummit. But, Tarot doesn't have to be your "thing" for you to benefit from my presentation, because what I'll share with you applies to all book proposals--especially non-fiction.
In this live presentation (yes, you can ask me questions!), I'll cover the seven crucial "knows" to increase your chances of landing a book or deck deal. Here's a sneak peek (yep, showing you what's up my sleeve!):
Know Your Brand
Know Your Topic
Know Your Readers
Know Your Elevator Pitch
Know Your Competition
Know Your Colleagues
Know Your Marketing Plan (Influencers, Outlets and Publicists)
Want to join me? Visit this link to register (again, it's free--and includes fourteen different presentations lasting from March 5 - 12, 2014). Can't make it live? Good news! Our hostess with the most-est, Heather Woodward, will be archiving them all for you to listen to later (again, all for free).
Why free? My colleagues and I want you to succeed! We're cheering you on to be the best professional you can be in Tarot--or any other service-oriented endeavor.
Will I see you there? I hope so! Click here to find out all about it (including amazing freebies and discounts for registrants--including two sample book pitches that landed me contracts...both within months of one another, and from the same publisher!).
Time for a BIT Tarot Snapshot! What Tarot card would you associate with the following quote by Margaret Thatcher?
Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Post your response in the comment section below!
In the spread above, Sue has drawn three Tarot cards:
Knight of Cups + 10 of Pentacles + 10 of Swords
What could they mean? Well, my initial take includes:
Sencario One: A boyfriend (Knight of Cups) goes to a family reunion with his girlfriend (10 of Pentalces) only to have her break up with him there (10 of Swords).
Scenario Two: A guy goes to propose to his girlfriend (Knight of Cups), asks her parents/family for her "hand in marriage" (10 of Pentacles) and one or more throws a fit, refusing to give the couple a blessing. Adding insult to injury, the girlfriend sides with her family, and breaks off the relationship (10 of Swords).
Some of you new to the cards may be wondering "why?". Here goes!
The Knight of Cups often indicates a "hopeless romantic", but also suggests someone who's head over heels in love OR about to "pop the question" (propose) to his girlfriend (or boyfriend). Now, as I mention in my eBook Tarot Court Card Revealed, Knights are NOT necessarily males--just as Queens aren't necessarily females or Kings, males. However, this archetype is usually portrayed by males pursuing (or deeply in love with) females (or an ideal, such as Don Quixote), which is why I deemed the Knight a male in both scenarios.
The 10 of Pentacles not only indicates "legacy", but also extended family. And where do extended family often congregate? Family reunions! (It could have just as easily been a holiday gathering, but I'd view that more as the 4 of Wands. But that's just me.) When I see the 10 of Pentacles, I think of grandparents, uncles, cousins--the ties that "bind" (in more ways than one!). In an online Tarot group, I saw someone glibly say "Oh, the 10 of Pentacles. That's a good card."
WRONG-O! As I mention in both my Tarot Detective eBook and my Snowland Deck Companion, all card in the Tarot are on spectrum. This continuum ranges from helpful to detrimental for each card in the Tarot. Yes, every one! The 10 of Pentacles is no exception. Below is a video I made talking about the "negative" spectrum of this card.
Now, the 10 of Swords in Rider-Waite-Smith style decks looks pretty bad, right? It, too, is on a continuum (and can have beneficial import given the question/surrounding cards) BUT, in this case, it doesn't look too good. Based on the visuals alone, it shows a man "stabbed in the back", or "gutted" or even "betrayed". This is why I ascribed a public humiliation and/or break up with the Knight of Cups in a familial surrounding (10 of Pentacles).
However, what if this spread was drawn to answer THIS question:
I'm drawn to a creative endeavor. How will it pan out?
Then, I'd interpret this 3-card spread something like this:
You start out enamored with the creative idea (Knight of Cups), and receive positive reinforcement from your family (or "substitute" family, e.g. writer's group or artist collective). In fact, you may even receive some financial assistance from them or a grant (10 of Pentacles). But something happens that causes you to feel betrayed or severely anxious (10 of Swords).
Now, I'd have to draw more cards to reveal the exact nature of the 10 of Swords because it could mean:
The 10s of any suit are saturated. As such, they're almost on the "tipping point" of something entirely different. Think of them as "ready to burst". This can be beneficial or determimental, but when it comes to the masculine suits of Wands and Swords--and, in some cases, the feminine suit of Pentacles--the result is ususally undesirable.
So, dear readers, how would you interepret these three cards? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below! (And huge thanks to Sue Cowie for allowing me to use both her image and her example).
The universality of Tarot never ceases to amaze me. Ron just did a quick reading for me using our Snowland Deck and drew these cards. I know exactly what it means (as did Ron)--and I'm grateful that our creation has not only blessed others, but also has encouraged, informed and illuminated our own lives.
Out of curiosity, how would YOU interpret these two cards? (By the way, 8 Material is equivalent to the 8 of Coins in the Snowland Deck.)
What’s your favorite breakfast food? I ADORE breakfast, so it’s hard to pick, but I’d have to say my favorite breakfast treat are crepes with strawberries.
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? I have to pick just one? :) The Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks. It’s a sweet story with a strong heroine and a lot of fairy tale themes, and I love it.
What makes you laugh? My cat, Delphi, goes crazy on a regular basis, and she often shoots up the chimney. (Pause for a moment and try to picture that). I crack up every time.
Song that never gets old: “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel.
Drink of choice: Tea. Black with cream and sugar, or rooibus with a bit of honey.
Would you rather be hot or cold? If it’s too hot or too cold, I’d say cold, since I can always bundle up. In general, though, I like to be warm.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach. Always.
Favorite color? It actually changes regularly, but right now I’m loving imperial purple.
Best movie line: “There are some things I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can.” (from Practical Magic).
Last thing you splurged on? New Year’s Eve, my hubby and I went to a charming local fondue place and had a feast to celebrate all that happened in 2013 and get ready for the new possibilities of 2014!
Bonus Q: Favorite writing tip: Write what you love, and let the story take you where it wants to go. (Can you tell I’m a bit of a pantser?)
Jen McConnel bought her first tarot deck at 17, and she never looked back. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.
Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.