I'm selling my copy of the Illuminated Tarot by Carol Herzer. These hand-painted, hand-laminated card are not painted with with the special/extra iridescent paint or glitter.
This is a medium size deck with a periwinkle backing. It comes in a bag made by Carol--purple on the outside, olive green on the inside. There is a blinged out Ace of Cups affixed to the bag (iridescent paint and glitter). The deck is signed and dated by Carol.
Cost: $85 shipped to the contiguous U.S. Internationally, PayPal an additional $30 to email@example.com to cover costs.
I'm selling the out-of-print Comparative Tarot deck (Valerie Sim-Behi) that was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2002.
The deck was never used nor shuffled; it's in perfect condition. Comes in the original box with LWB.
Cost: $95.00 in the contiguous U.S. Internationally, PayPal an additional $30 for shipping and handling.
Below is an image of the Comparative Tarot:
I'm selling the original, English language Victorian Romantic Tarot published by Magic Realist Press in 2006.
This book and deck are in mint condition. There is no box.
Cost: $225 shipped in the contiguous U.S. Internationally, PayPal an additional $30 for shipping and handling to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a picture of the book and deck:
I'm selling a rare, out-of-print, signed and numbered Touchstone Tarot Limited Edition with a bag made by Kat's Mom, Fran. The black velvet bag has a Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black label sewn on the inside of the bag.
The deck is signed by Kat, No. 48/500. Deck and bag are in mint condition.
Cost is $250.00 shipped anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Internationally, send an additional $30 to email@example.com.
Below are pictures of the deck and bag:
I regret to say that I'm a lazy ass. I bet you are, too.
Considering my creative output, you may find that hard to believe.
Let me explain: when I was in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, I almost bought a book titled Now Write! Mysteries by Sherry Ellis. Packed with writing exercises, this book looked fantastic for anyone wanting to up their fiction writing game.
I carried the book with me. Placed it on the table in the cafe where my son was reading. Kept coming back to it, debating.
Finally, I decided not to get the book.
It was then that I had an epiphany about my first book, Back in Time Tarot (and a recent "review" of it on Amazon.com).
I'll get to that in a minute.
It could be argued that I'm just too busy with my non-fiction writing--eBooks, blogging, a deck companion book--to tackle the rigors of fiction writing exercises. After all, even though I have two novels mapped out (one that a publisher offered me a contract for)--and several short story ideas--full-out fiction writing is just not on my agenda for the next few months.
Being a first-born perfectionistic over-achiever, I call it being a lazy ass. (Ha!)
So, back to the "review" on Amazon.
Here's what Jeffri Harre wrote:
I stumbled across Janet Boyer's Back in Time method during a web search. It sounded like the Theological Reflection process used in Sewanee's Education for Ministry program. What I read on her web site confirmed the similarity, so I ordered the book.
The book does not really expand on the method of using the Back in Time method. In fact, all you really need to know about using it is on Ms. Boyer's web site. The bulk of the book is collection of examples of the method done by a wide variety of well-known Tarot practitioners. If you enjoy that kind of reading, go ahead and order the book. If you just want to use the method, go to the web site.
As you probably know, I'm a big fan of honest reviews placed on Amazon.com. So much a fan, that I'm a Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer there. I'm not sure why, in over 11 years of reviewing at Amazon, Jeffri chose to review my Back in Time Tarot as his 6th one. I applaud Jeffri for being brave enough to write a review under his own name (note the Real Name badge). That's awesome!
But...I suspect Jeffri's a lazy ass.
And, I think that's why some people don't "get" (or get) my BIT Tarot Method. In fact, about a year or so ago, I noticed at Goodreads that Back in Time Tarot received 2 stars from Diane Wilkes on May 25, 2011 (she's the former webmistress of Tarot Passages). No actual review, just a click for 2 stars.
Knowing her review reputation, I was curious why she didn't like my book. I sent her a polite message via Goodreads, asking why the 2 stars. (Hey, I'm a writer that values constructive criticism about the writing craft...I really wanted to know! And I can take it.).
She was nice, but acted befuddled. She said she didn't remember why she gave my book 2 stars just a few months prior. I replied back, nicely, "Did you read the entire book? Or try a few of the 100+ BIT Snapshot exercises?"
Another bewildered reply came in, one that didn't give me a straight answer. I asked her if she'd give my book another go, perhaps trying a few of the exercises. She sorta agreed to...and that was that. A few months later, I noticed that she inexplicably blocked me on Facebook.
Was she a lazy ass? Dunno. You'll have to ask her.
You see, my BIT Tarot Method actually requires people to work for their card associations. I don't coddle readers, nor do I force-feed them rote meanings that have been passed down and around ad infinitum.
For individuals to benefit from the BIT Tarot Method--especially in terms of the point of the book, which is to create a solid cache of associations you won't easily forget because they're hard won via your own memories--they must be done. You know, practice. You can't just "look" at one or two or ten of the exercises and say "There's no value in this. It doesn't work."
No, you must sit down, come up with a memory, story, world event, and then break it down, pairing Tarot cards with each component. It's not for the faint of heart nor lazy of ass, to be sure.
And, contrary to what Jeffri wrote, you won't get that at my website. In fact, the BIT Tarot Method is clearly laid out right on the Amazon product page. It's not a secret. The benefit isn't in knowing what the BIT Tarot Method is...the benefit lies in doing it. That's the point.
If Jeffri had actually used Amazon's Look Inside feature, he would have known exactly what he was getting. (Note: I just realized that his review is on the Kindle version of Back in Time Tarot. Well, he could have had a sample sent to his Kindle...or went on an actual computer to see what he was getting. Still, Kindling isn't the best way to "do" my book since you need to actually write down things to perform the BIT Tarot Method).
But, even if he did go to my website--which he said he did (and complained that the information there is an actual substitute for my book)--he would have had everything spelled out for him on what he was in for.
I sympathize with the tired and overstimulated masses, I do. Hell, I don't even have a TV squawking at me 24/7 like most people and sometimes I feel overwhelmed!
But let's get something straight: if you want to be a good Tarot reader--or one that uses the cards for any type of spiritual therapy or psychological counseling as Jeffri seems to want to do--you have to know (gnostikos) the cards...and you do that by practicing them (praktikos).
That is, not by pondering the esoteric meanings you found in a dusty book, nor the list of keywords the newest Tarot kid on the block is barfing up on her blog.
You learn the cards (well) by living them.
You can't be an adept and a lazy ass. Choose one...or the other.
You can sign up for Jim's Plus Club at https://JimHarold.net/ When you do so, you'll not only be able to be live in the webinar with me next Monday, but also access Part 1 of my class...and all the other courses and goodies at Jim's members-only club (including Parts 3 of 4 of A Tour Through the Tarot coming up in October and November).
There will be a Q&A section at the end, too, so if you have any questions, you'll be able to ask me...and hear my response right through your computer or headset!
We had a lot of fun in Part 1 (The Major Arcana), and I'm really excited about covering the masculine suits of the Tarot. Hope you can join me, Jim and the rest of the class!
“Why are we fascinated with ghosts and spirits? If they aren’t real, then why do they persist in our consciousness? Ghost stories and tales of the supernatural can be found around the world and many cultures still propitiate spirits as part of their belief system. The possibility that somehow our essence continues even when our bodies do not is a compelling idea.” – Lisa Hunt, from the companion book to the Ghosts & Spirits Tarot
I've noticed that two female deck creators have inserted their images/faces into the decks they've made. Below is Ellen Dugan in the 9 of Pentacles of her Witches Tarot and Joanna Powell Colbert in the 9 of Earth from her Gaian Tarot (both Tarot decks published by Llewellyn).
The 9 of Coins/Earth/Pentacles is a card suggesting "I'm an accomplished, well-to-do woman".
At her Goodreads author blog, Ellen Dugan (co-creator of The Witches Tarot) notes that she "talked my husband and adult kids into each posing for a card too".
I'm curious: how do you feel about deck creators/artists inserting themselves (and their family) into their cards? Does their reconizability affect your ability to project universal archetypes or themes in any way...or does the personal touch enhance relevant associations?
In our own Snowland Tarot, our son, Noah, posed for our Calling card (the equivalent of the Judgement card). My artist husband, Ron, wanted the snow angel to be a young woman--but when I saw the poses with Noah in the mock blue robe, I thought his expression captured the import of the card perfectly...convincing Ron to do my bidding paint Noah, instead.
For our 10 of Cups card--the happy family--we plan on putting our images, as well as our cats...and maybe even Grandma.
Would love to hear what you think of this practice, and how it affects your ability to read with a Tarot deck...or if it influences your purchasing decision at all.
Yesterday, I went on an "adventure" with Ron and Noah (that's what Noah calls them, anyway!)
Despite getting heaps of books for free as a reviewer, I spend a great deal of coin on books via Amazon and, when I'm in the vicinity, local brick-and-mortar bookstores (sadly, none are close).
So we were at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Morgantown, West Virginia, right? Now, when we go there, we usually spend about 2 hours or more there...and $100-$200 (hey, everyone has to have a vice!)
Noah spent probably 40 minutes selecting a guide to France (his newest interest). I spent about 40 minutes collecting various books (at least $100 worth). I asked them up front if I can keep my stash there (who wants to lug around tons of books while browsing?) and they kindly allowed me to.
Another 20 minutes goes by, and I add more to the stash. They just smile as I reach over and place more on the towering stack (well, the female clerks do).
We then commence to the cafe to look over/read about a dozen more books we want to get, erstwhile drinking Starbucks Mocha Coconut iced coffee and noshing on Candy Bar Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. After about 20 minutes, and winnowing down our choices, we go to check out.
I ask for my stack, please.
The young female clerk's eyes go wide. She stammers..."We...put them away."
Blood pressure goes from 120/70 to ballistic.
A bald-headed, faux-hipster 50-something jerk of an associate begins laughing (he was conversing with two other employees at the end of the row of registers). They were looking horrified (not sure if it was at him...or me).
I ask loudly, "This is funny to you?"
I then exclaim, "This...this is why I am a loyal Amazon fan. Why I use a Kindle. Why I spend most of my money there." (In fact--and I didn't mention this because I didn't want to deflate the import of my diatribe--it's also one reason why I ePublish exclusively through Kindle.)
The young clerk checking me out apologizes profusely. I'm just shaking my head, trying not to lose it.
One of the other associates, a cool guy I had the pleasure of chatting with earlier about Transcendalist Spirituality, Marxist economics and "everyone's right to a public defense--it's a constitutional thing" (he just got his JD and was waiting to pass the bar), comes up to me with a book and bookmark I had picked out.
"Are you psychic?" I couldn't believe it! (Hey, I'm a New Ager...I tend to look for far-out synchronicities...so sue me).
"No", he replied sheepishly. "We're trying to remember what we put away and get them back for you." (Did I mention I'm pretty fearsome, even when I don't try to be?)
I told hm not to bother. Really.
What irks me is that I was almost out the door when I remembered one of the major things I wanted to get at BN: a French kit so Mr. Noah could learn le français.
So I had to go back, find it and buy it.
Once in the car, I started to remember all the books I had on my stack...
One of them was the coolest Sherlock Holmes Casebook thing that I wanted to get Noah for his birthday.
Le sigh. Arguably the worst rub? I walked out of there $170 poorer... ::face palm::
This isn't the first time I had a bad experience with that over-the-hill hipster douchebag, either. And, the Greensburg, Pennsylvania Barnes and Noble isn't without blemish: I remember when there were lines for Harry Potter releases and a 40-something male associate was rude to everyone and positively hostile.
This is one reason I didn't feel sorry when Borders closed (they had some real idiots, too), nor do I feel bad that most chain bookstores are (hopefully?) hurting: they don't GET customer service. They thought they all had us in the (book)bag, free to treat us bibliophiles like shit.
Well, dumbasses, Amazon.com--and the eBook and indie revolution--has shown you otherwise.
May your rotting corporate corpse be littered with deckle-edged toilet paper wiped on Jonathan Franzen's self-important ass.