A Winter Solstice Tarot Spread


I'm currently reading The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews (with contributions from Caitlín Matthews). In fact, it's one of Caitlín's contributions that inspired this spread.

The-Winter-Solstice 200On this eve of Midwinter, I'm feeling a deepening and quieting in my soul, and Caitlín's short poem "Sun Still; Sun Return" (shared in the book) felt like the perfect jumping off point for a contemplative Tarot spread--especially for those wanting to move through sorrow and into the light of joy on the longest night of the year:

Here at the gateway of the year,
may we strive to make good cheer.

In our revels shall joy abound
and sorrow be cast underground.

Here is the six-card Tarot spread I created based on Caitlín's poem. You can use other divinatory tools, instead, if you prefer (casting charms, oracle cards, runes, etc.):

Sun Still; Sun Return Spread

  1. What do I need to know most at this Gateway of the Year?
  2. How can I best generate/create good cheer?
  3. How can I best celebrate an opening to joy?
  4. What sorrow needs cast underground?
  5. How can I best do that?
  6. A point of light and illumination

I just performed this Winter Solstice Spread with the Green Witch Tarot and found it quite insightful and comforting. 

Solstice Spread2

Do let me know if you try this spread--and how it worked for you. I wish you much joy, peace and good health as we welcome the Return of the Light.


Tarot Readings with Janet Boyer

After taking a few years off from Tarot Readings, I've decided to begin doing them again!

JB Tarot Gold JPGTo make things easy, you can pay directly to PayPal.me/BoyerCreations Feel free to ask your question/s in the PayPal order note. If you forget, email me at BoyerCreations (at) gmail (dot) com or reaching out to me via Facebook Messenger. 

I'll send your reading via email or Facebook Messenger (JanetBoyerTarot) unless you order a phone reading. Just let me know which you prefer.

One Question/Issue Reading: $25

Multi-Question/Complex Reading: $75

Phone Reading (45 minutes): $125 (Please include your phone number and we'll set a good time for me to call you).

Easy peasy! Your question/s can be about any topic related to your life. The best questions to ask aren't yes/no, but rather "How can I ____?" or "What would be the most beneficial ____?" 

Please note: I don't do psychic voyeurism where I inquire how an individual may feel about you. I also do not read for timing. 

Look out for my Facebook pop-up readings where each question is only $10 at JanetBoyerTarot!

Just in case you're not familiar with my track record, here's some testimonials from people all over the world:


Boy, the precision of your reading is out of this world! -- Liudmila Y., Illinois
Dear Janet, Your intuitive reading was brilliant, as have been your other postings here on FB...you have really opened my eyes for Tarot divination by your work. Did not find such depth elsewhere. Thank you for your work. Kind regards, -- Minna T., Finland
I have to say, I've never had a reader so open to communicating at all. That shows that you are in this business for the greater good. -- Adrianna C., New Jersey
Ohmyheavens, yes, this reading makes perfect sense!  I’m in the process of shifting my business focus – and working on making it less stressful. This is perfect!! Thank you so much!--Alesia Z., Oregon
Dear, oh Dear Janet,You can't imagine how your reading resonated in me! Reading your words when you told me that I don't owe anyone anything, and that going my own way is a sign of growth, freedom and autonomy, couldn't be more accurate. I deeply thank you, for you have contributed to help me in the most beautiful way, and the gratitude I feel towards you is a wonderful feeling which, I hope, radiates over the ocean to reach you. Blessings to you! -- Gaëlle Pennquin, France
Your readings are not only accurate but intelligent, relatable and hilarious as well! You've helped me to understand a lot of subconscious things I haven't thought of that that are still relevant factors to be able to change my life for the better, without any judgement. I will definitely be going to you again! I can't Thank You enough soul mama ♥.  -- Ociana Voss, Phoenix, Arizona
Thank you so much again for this reading. I have printed it off and am keeping it by my bedside to remind me again and again what I need to do. The Nurturer Emoting really spoke to me. I also found the Energy cards amusing. Yes. That is pretty clear, isn’t it?! The whole reading is pretty clear. I have to learn to take care, love, but let go. Not an easy thing for me. Not ever, I realize. Have been taking care of someone since I was a child. It seems selfish not to be doing it. I have to change my mind set.-- Kathy F., Indiana
Thank you, thank you! I have read the reading through once, and I will read it again, and again. I love your approach. And yes, I am afraid to shine my light, although I have a big light! -- Mary Elyn B., California
Wow. Dear Janet, always so inspiring and exciting to hear back from you. I devoured the reading, filled with precious reminders. You were like a mirror reflecting my thoughts and feelings.  Yes, I was worried about the big leap of faith, making the ends, going or not going the full route. What really matters is that there are so many ways of doing what I want to do, I sure will keep my options open with an open mind, -- Ebru T., California
Janet, this is Lori you did a reading over the phone with me on Friday. Well I just wanted to email you to let you know that I finally heard from my boyfriend...I can't thank you enough for the reading it was amazing! -- Lori W., Pennsylvania
OMG Janet, you are so awesome. That reading was SPOT ON!  Thank you for the explanation on that 9 of Wands card. I get it now. I get what the Tarot is trying to say..  -- Paula H., New York
Good evening and THANK YOU!!!! Your reading is SPOT ON and accurate. Thanks so much! -- Anne J.
Wow, Janet, the Embracing and Release cards in my New Year Reading resonate big time, especially the Queen of Swords. I've been trying so hard to be kinder to myself, but then I turn right around and do that stinkin' thinkin'! Thank you so much! -- Gayle T., Virginia
THANK YOU for the reading. Very concise! I so easily wander down trails a rambling. 'laugh'  AND the timing was PERFECT!  Doubt I would have been emotionally 'ready' to 'hear' at an earlier date. Thank You So Much for your Warm and Helpful Insights!-- Kimberly S., Arizona
Thank you thank you thank you! I loved my reading! You rock, Janet! -- Samantha T., Michigan
Thanks Janet, this 3-card reading was great and it feels spot-on!  I loved the Pro / Con / Advice approach. -- James L., Arizona
Whoa Janet!  This reading is deep not only about a situation but my personality and the way I go about things. Dang girl you are the best! The reading said everything I was feeling for sure but couldn't get the solid information to transfer to my brain. Really you are as fantastic as I thought. That intuitive voice told me to get in touch with you. I look forward to working with you again for my birthday! -- Cinde A., Illinois
You are totally amazing!  This reading gave me the necessary insight I needed to trust my gut instinct (that I was ignoring) and go ahead and accept my severance package.  Yesterday I ran into an acquaintance I had not seen in nearly 2 years, who is opening a new business.  He needs advice on computers, software, and also wants a website (all of which I can offer within my own business!). Opportunities are starting to develop for me now, because I am open to possibilities - thanks to your insightful thoughts! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  The weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders.  :) - Debra J., North Carolina

As excited as I was to go on vacation for a few days, I was even more excited to come back knowing your reading was waiting for me!  Somehow I had the feeling you'd be right on!  I'm glad to report that I found the entire reading very enlightening and comforting.  In particular, your final advice immediately brought me peace.  Thank you so much. -- Sylvia S., Los Angeles, California
Your sensitivity and intuitiveness came through once again in your reading. It was like all that was already there suddenly made sense to me and with that the peace and the realization that all will continue as it should.  Thank you for helping me. I feel so much better and look forward to life's next chapter. Janet, you are blessed to be doing what your natural talents have led you to do. Thank you again for a superlative reading. Best wishes for a happy holiday. -- Shelley N., West Virginia
I have to tell you this is amazing. There was NO ONE I could talk with about this. I couldn't confide in anyone from the church because I knew they'd be judgmental. I couldn't confide in my husband or friends because I was afraid they'd leave me. And here you are, a fellow Christian, who can give me guidance and answer questions like a prophet! You don't know how much this means to me! Thank you again. You are truly a godsend.-- Gayle T., Virginia
I wanted to thank you again for doing a superb job on my reading. Just wanted to confirm to you the accuracy of the reading. Most of the reading did cover a lot of what actually is going on internally...and things I am engaged in already -- few of the things are a tough course really! Most of all I really appreciate the list of books you suggested -- they are phenomenal. Thanks again so much Janet! God bless you and the amazing helping hand you're giving to a lot of people out there. -- Saeed S., Florida
Thank you so much for the truly insightful reading—your gift comes through quite clearly!  I appreciate your sincere warmth combined with your well-balanced professionalism.  Your ability to communicate on many levels is evident.  I like the way you combine numeric vibrations with your reading; it seems to give it more of a “fullness”.  I can’t explain why, really, since I’m not at all familiar with numerology and have not had any kind of psychic reading in about twenty years. -- Kate S., New York
First of all I'm blown away by your answers in my reading. They're really accurate, especially about the "relationship." I do indeed believe I deserve more. -- Donna W., Illinois
You are a wonderful intuitive! I'm so glad that I was able to find you. Thank you for the wonderful reading. The reading has served a gentle reminder to sit down, make a decision what I want and follow through. I will come back for more readings, especially a detailed reading towards my career. You have a wonderful gift. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!...I will continue to keep in touch. You are a gentle and kind soul! You have no idea how much your reading has resonated with my soul! -- Melissa A.
Janet, your reading is precise, intuitive, deeply thoughtful and wise.  I appreciate the winks of joy in the mix.  Thank you for your time, effort and caring in putting together this helpful roadmap.  A lot of you went into it, and yet you stepped aside adroitly when the cards had their piece to say.  I am grateful for your ability to walk this edge. I felt as though you were in my living room and in my psyche during your reading here. Know that I will speak of you to others when the opportunity presents. -- Illona R., Arizona
Thank you very much for the reading [and] for answering all my questions and providing additional resources to help me. The reading was insightful & informative and I thank you-- Kathy V., New Jersey
Hi Janet, I saw your reading for me early this morning [which included caretaking children and focusing on kids] as I was sitting at the midwife's waiting for a granddaughter to be born. :-) So yes, the reading definitely resonated. Thank you again. P.S. (I brought your book on Amazon on how to learn how to read Tarot.) -- Patricia O., Florida
Thanks so much, Janet.  Your insights are always right on – even when I don’t want to hear them. If I had listened to you about [this issue], I could have saved myself months of pain. -- Debra, Pacific Northwest, USA
Thank you so much for the reading.  I know all those things you say are true.  I need to get out of toxic relationships, take care of ME, and work on getting myself "full emotionally" so that I can attract healthy people to me. -- Jody B., Maine
Dear Janet, Thanks so much. The reading resonates with me on many levels. It feels very accurate as evidenced by the tears it has evoked. Thanks again for a wonderfully intuitive and supportive reading. I appreciate your offer to clarify any points and would like to sit with it for a day, though I suspect I will continue to experience your insights quite clearly. With much gratitude,  -- Sarah H., Ph.D., Hartford, Connecticut
I have been wanting to get back to you about my recent reading.  Your reading was right on--so much so, that I have spent much time poring over it!  What amazes me most is that it matches the guidance I have received from my mental health therapist and my husband (and soulmate).  They see the same things about me.  Now is the time for action not inaction!!  What you sensed about my family situation resonated with me deeply. Janet, I include you among the very few people I turn to when I'm looking for guidance. You are so much more than a "card reader". You have a gift for interpretation and the gift of helping people. Thank you for sharing that with me.   -- Shelley N., West Virginia
Sorry it took me 2 weeks to reply on your insightful reading, but WOW has it helped me...! It was extremely accurate, very true to myself, and opened up my mind to things I haven't considered. I especially appreciate all the book recommendations, which I will look into reading. I know you put a lot of time into this, and I am so grateful, and thank you very much. Your reading eased my mind and gave me more confidence in my abilities. I will be in touch with you in the future for more readings....-- Tina S., Queens, NY
Your insight on career was spot on. I received a great job offer and I have joined a new company now. --  Jay J., San Dimas, California
This reading has been very helpful in being a confirmation of the energy that is manifesting for me just now. Thanks for your very useful and accurate reading. --  Martha M., Virginia
Hi Janet! Thank you for doing the reading and helping me along the path to a new career!  It certainly helped me generate new ideas, realizations and the cards seemed to "fit"! -- Jenny S., White Plains County, New York
Hi Janet! Thanks for the reading and sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I have been processing it for a while now. You really hit the nail on the head! I am really discovering my independence also. Thanks again! - V.Y., Kentucky
Thank you so very much for your time and insight.  The past and present assessments could not be more accurate--it's uncanny! - Dawn R., Syracuse, New York
The reading you did was SO helpful! Thank you!!! I also told my mom about it so you might be hearing from her about a reading, too. - Ingrid. S., San Francisco, California
You are the Jedi master of tarot readings! That's all. -- Lorraine Roe, The Psychic Housewife
Thank you! This [reading] is pretty much spot on I think. You have a way with words that cuts through all the hard stuff and gets to the heart and that is good. -- Donna B., QLD Australia
Wow, Janet thank you.  I could really feel your wonderful spirit pouring through those words.  I think I found that more comforting than what I actually read...very refreshing. And you hit on the head. Thanks again Janet! -- D. Terrell, Illinois
Your reading is perfect! Very, very helpful...The reading reads true in every possible way and is very, very encouraging. Thank you so much! It was really a terrific reading. -- Mekeel McBride, Maine
Dear Janet, Thank you for your reading! It is very accurate and I've already made a bold move that, in a couple of months, will guarantee a transition out of my current job and into something new and different. I have to have the faith now that God will provide. -- Emily L., Brooklyn, New York
Thank you so much Janet, I really appreciate it! I identify with essentially everything that you wrote for my reading], and I am so excited to have the outside confirmation...Thanks again, both for the excellent reading and for the information about how you prepare for a reading. -- Jennifer W., Missouri
I wanted to do a new comprehensive reading because the first one was not only accurate, but it provided some stunning advice that really resonated with me and pointed me in the right direction.  I took a lot of your advice without even realizing it. I see that now looking back, that the stance I took in some situations were probably from seeds planted in that reading.  I hope to do that again. -- Toni V., Boulder, Colorado
Thank you so much for my reading!  Yes, I have found it to be useful, what you describe fits in with a lot of what I'm feeling right now. This is another message that tells me to focus on myself and being true to who I am.  It's as you said, I've been afraid that I won't meet anyone else and I feel like I compare other guys to him and the level of friendship that we have.  I need to fully let go and follow the advice that you gave me. -- Jennifer O., Virginia
Thank you, Janet, for the reading and thank you for your wise words! Very much appreciated!  -- Allison, Colorado
Thank you Janet.  Your readings are always very inspiring and on the spot.  I have attended a workshop for becoming a hospice volunteer 2 weeks ago and it showed up on your reading, amazing. I ordered the books you recommended and can't wait to read them. -- Ebru Tontas, San Francisco, California
I found the reading very helpful and accurate. I cannot thank you enough, or tell you how this reading has helped me not only with my head, but my heart. It took me so long to respond back to you because I needed time to read it. I read it twice a day since I got it.  Each time I read it I understood more, and got more out of it. You are right as to me trying to understand this in a scientific way. I guess that's how my brain thinks. But, as you can tell that has not worked for me. I went to your site and found myself drawn to you for some reason. I looked over your site and found you inspiring to my soul. I've been to many different sites looking for Tarot books to help me with learning the Tarot, but never felt like I did when I went to your site. I immediately knew you were the one to do my reading. I've been wanting a reading, but was looking for someone that I truly felt comfortable with, and of course the feeling of trust. You gave me both those things. -- Sherri S., Florida
PERFECT, and I just did a "letting go" of someone who is basically a source of gossip etc. and believe it or not it was good advice from you...Thanks so much for the reading; it means the world to me and it does put me where I need to go. MMMWAAHHHH. So glad to have found you again. I'm at ease just knowing you are there :o)  -- Eva O., Nevada
Thank you so much for reading for me.  You are amazingly accurate and insightful. And your questions did cover everything...with your reading and emails you have given me much more than I paid for. You obviously follow the highest ethical standards. Thank you for being such a blessing. -- Sandra P., Hampton, Virginia
Thank you so much for your gentle prodding and the considerate way that you've handled this reading. I am hoping that I will have a better connection with my higher self and that I will be able to open up more and step outside the box to hear what my higher self is trying to tell me. I will let you know how it goes. -- Laurie S., Clarkdale, Arizona
Um, Janet, WOW. You just covered a TON of things I've thought about in relation to this project I've been debating doing. Thanks again for the clarity. This is beyond helpful. Can't tell you how much calmer I've begun to feel since getting this and the other information. The insights are so helpful. I'm looking forward to making my choices! Some of your insights are in areas I didn't ever allude to. But they're spot on anyway. And, yes, I'll be back. Janet, this is helpful, helpful stuff.  You take great care of yourself and thanks again for your patience with a "newbie".-- Jo S., Evanston, Illinois
In summary, your reading was great. It nailed his emotions perfectly...you are so concise and can really target the energy involved. Thank you for your reading, and your proverbial "ear" to listen...  -- E.D., Las Vegas, Nevada
THANK YOU!  So many things you said are right on the money.  My job is ALL ABOUT putting out fires.  What you said about pulling weeds only to have more crop right up, that describes my job exactly. -- Jackie G., Massachusetts
Thank you for the reading — I found it on target for the direction I need to take now. -- L.N.
WOW!  You are, for sure, the real deal. I am awestruck. Sincere thanks!  -- Lynn P., North Carolina
Thanks so much. The reading that you gave me was so accurate that it was a bit eerie. The reading was bang on for me and just what I needed to hear at this point in my life.  Excellent! I think I may indulge myself in having another reading sometime very soon... :-) -- Lynn, Canada
I knew as soon as I opened up your email and glanced at the cards that came up that this indeed was MY reading.  I know just enough about Tarot to scare myself with my own readings -- so no surprises in what you drew -- other than I'm completely dumbfounded in the mystery of how that "works" --- you being in (another state) and I am in Illinois and you had nothing but an email address and a name...You've been very gracious. I can't thank you enough. I appreciate your honesty and well constructed thoughts. You write so well -- I respected your reviews on Amazon.com, and that's why I checked you out further. You're a rare and talented individual, and I feel so fortunate to have your benevolent guidance. -- Mary Kay, Illinois
Thank you very much for getting the reading to me so quickly.  It really was quite accurate!  I have read through it several times and find it very helpful...the reading regarding my career really hit home. I'm sure as the year progresses, you will hear from me again with another request for a reading.  Your thoroughness and understanding is great. -- Beth G., Chicago, Illinois
Janet, You wowed me with your interest and genuine care [for my reading].  THANK YOU.  I will definitely take you up on your offer to bounce things off you (and maybe ask you to read a bit of it and give me some feedback?).  Thank you, too, for the suggested book. Your generosity touches me, Janet.  Many thanks.  I know, too, that what goes around comes around, and my guess is your life is filled with blessings.  I'll stay in touch. -- Claudette B.
You have wowed me and made my night - all in one paragraph - Thank you for your insight.  WOW - I must say, I'm still peeling my jaw from the ground - you have a very strong gift - thank you for sharing it. -- Caroline, Morrison, Colorado
Thanks so much for your reading. I found it very insightful and synchronistic with other information I have received. -- Patricia B., Georgia
Your reading was wonderful! Thanks Janet! As far as the first few lines about work and last year; that was dead on.  It seems that I turned into a workaholic this year and had been working non-stop which is very much unlike any other year. As for the rest of the reading, I feel it's a very accurate description of the lessons I'm currently learning and working on in my life and I am taking the guidance given to find and follow my passion, whatever that may be. I look forward to more of your readings and in fact, I'll be placing another order this evening.  Thanks for communicating with me and providing such great information.-- K.C., Rhode Island
Hello Janet, Thank you for going ahead and acting on your intuition. The [Comprehensive Reading] is very helpful for us...Your reading has given us smiles and made our hearts lighter. I can say my heart is peaceful right now. Thank you. -- Sue B., Kalispell, Montana
Thank you, Janet! This [Career Reading] is just great. I know my role is supposed to be "Mom" right now, and you've really helped put things in perspective :) -- T.S., California
Hi Janet, Thank you. Once again you are right on the money. Also thank you for...not really holding any punches. -- Holli B., New Jersey
Janet! Thank you very much for the reading.  Your reading was above and beyond.  Much to consider.. and pursue.  I feel my leaning toward healing was again given reaffirming from the Universe via your reading. Yes!  Indeed I felt it resonated.  I have read it over a few times and will again later...Thank you very much. Much Affection, -- T. N., Vista, California
Thank-you for the reading!. and yes, I can relate to that card. Recently I've become more aware of how certain situations/people can affect my energy and I've been trying to 'protect' myself by asking for white light and additional spiritual 'guidance'. I have also been trying to save and build a little 'nest egg' just for me. I think this card also speaks to my fears. I have 'clung' to things that make me miserable out of fear. I am learning that true strength comes from the inside-out and I will be fine once I 'let go'. I can either 'cling' and never grow or take a bolder option to grow and shine. Thank-you again! - Laura T., Virginia
Wow – this just takes my breath away. THANK YOU for this reading, Janet.  I think it is spot on. - D.Y., Washington State
Dear Janet, I've been meaning to send an email to you for a while. I absolutely loved my reading!! I can't believe that for the Halloween special, I received all that information! I'm not one for puzzles when trying to dig down deep and work on my issues, so I was happy that your insight was accurate, easy to understand and straightforward. -- Laurie S., Arizona
I want to thank you for your overly generous reading as I felt that you spent much more time than you should have. Your reading was of much more value (and provided much more additional insights) than the original cost...May this New Year bring you all the special joys and happiness that you have brought to others...It's such a pleasure to be able to touch base with someone who has a gift to zero right in and make an instant impact by their chosen words! I truly appreciate your openness and vitality, which I know makes you the special person that you are, and for myself a very fortunate person to have met you.  -- Cathy Osborne, San Diego, California
Thanks again Janet!  Your cards are right on target...The funny thing is [my Mother-in-law] pretty much told me the same thing about a week ago...Thanks so much for all your help. -- M.M., Raleigh, North Carolina
Thanks so much for working on this so diligently and quickly. I think the reading was done very well and I'm very pleased with it. Also, I enjoyed your article on spiritual dependency. Very helpful. -- V.W., Scottsdale, Arizona
Thank you very much for the reading...and one of the reasons I chose you was because I'm a huge fan of your Monthly Astro Forecasts (cos they're always so spot on) and you haven't disappointed me in this reading as well!!  SPOT ON, Janet :) -- SPK, Singapore
Thanks so much for the reading— I found it fascinating, especially the one based on the Zodiac.  Several of the card placements seem right on, in particular the First House, since I’m slowly growing into my skin and becoming more comfortable, and the Twelfth House card, since fear of lack is, indeed, a big thing for me.  The Sun being in the Tenth House spot is especially intriguing, since my career can be tangentially considered part of the entertainment field and to say I’d be experiencing some “spotlight” moments is very interesting.  I’m very impressed with the reading...
-- B.P., Florida
Janet, thank you, you were right on the mark...you have given me insight into what I am feeling and experiencing and I am thankful.  I will go forward and see what action I need to take.  Thank you for sharing your gift -- Diane R.
Thanks for the reading.  I felt it resonated pretty well, if a little scary.  Your interpretation solidified my own sense that I am in a very different place than I was a few months ago. Thank you for your time and insight. -- Lynda F.
Many thanks for the reading!  It's really amazing how incredibly accurate it is. You definitely have a huge gift there... It's uncanny. -- Dorothea Luedtke, Germany
I've read through the reading you did a fair few times now and have to say, it's pretty bloomin' good!!  I'm really impressed... Many thanks...you have really clarified a few things for me.  I will definitely be recommending you to my friends. -- Jen Maltby, East Sussex U.K.
Your reading is incredible! Wow... are you psychic or something? :-) I loved how you took the key idea of each card, and showed a progression or evolution with the arrows... -- Chris Asselin, Canada
Thank you very much for my readings.  I was definitely cautious about trying this for a number of reasons, but what finally compelled me was the fact that you integrate your Christian upbringing into your own spiritual path -- it just resonated with me. I have to say that I am amazed at how accurate your readings were -- for example, you recommended that I connect with my intuition, and I had just picked up a couple of books on intuition.   You also recommended that I recuperate and rest, and I have been sick with one thing after another this summer.  I could go on and on ... thank you for your warmth and sincerity, and please know you've encouraged me and gently challenged me as well.  I look forward to another reading sometime! -- H.E.
The reading was wonderful and spot on. I needed to hear these things. -- Kathleen Wadsworth, Michigan
Dear Janet, This is beyond outstanding!  This is so much better than I expected. I got some news this morning that sort of deflated my enthusiasm and I was seriously considering maybe taking a break.  But this clearly says I need to press through this.  This has infused me with a renewed sense of ideas and strength.  I am so incredibly impressed.  At some point, soon, I will order a full-life reading.  You really have an exceptional gift. Thank you!!  Thank you!!  This was exactly what I needed and arrived on exactly the right day. -- Debra Yergen, Yakima, Washington
Janet, before I proceed with my questions I just want to tell you how right you were with the reading you gave me in May. Oh my, at first I couldn't believe or see the meaning in some of your comments, but everything became crystal clear in a short time. It was all there!   -- S. N., West Virginia
Hello Janet! Excellent and detailed reading -- thank you! I feel it was quite accurate and your insights are uncanny. I laid out the cards using my Universal Waite deck and read along with your interpretations and it all made perfect sense. Wow! -- D.G., Albuquerque, New Mexico
Janet, your reading was pretty accurate. Your reading its going to help me communicate with my girlfriend more effectively, specially in the area of financial issues. -- Juan B., California
Wow – some of this [Heart of the Matter Reading] is already coming true (the parts about dad, mom and my sister). I do believe you are right on that I am surrounded by the most wonderful, caring people. I am unbelievably blessed with incredible friends. What a great inspiration you have been to me. I loved your reading.  It helped me so much more than you know. Thank you!!   -- Debra Y., Northern Washington
Hi Janet, Bingo! I think your reading was eerily accurate. Also, I bought your book Back in Time Tarot.  Its a great way of approaching the cards.  I am a novice with them. -- J.W., Hawaii
Excellent reading, Janet! Right on. Thank you! -- Minna T., Helsinki, Finland
I liked it very much...so true! Totally true what you said [in my reading]. Thanks for helping me to grow. You are super. -- Marta Santos, Tampa, Florida
I feel your reading was very accurate and even more importantly sincere and coming from a place that wanted to help and I thank you for it. -- D.R., Ridgewood, New Jersey
Dear Janet: Thank you for your reading and thoughtful response. The reading was "right on" regarding things being up in the air and the energy in our lives...I'm so glad I contacted you, Janet. I learned about you through my sister in Florida. I guess she has had a few readings and thinks highly of you. I am going to think about what you wrote and and get back in touch with you for another reading. -- S. N., West Virginia
Hi Janet. Thanks for the reading. It's great! You were so right about the 3rd opportunity.  It helps me to see the situation more clear now. Thanks again for your patience in clarifying my questions and an accurate reading. -- C.M., New York City, New York
Hi Janet. Thanks very much. The reading confirmed what I felt on the directions I was contemplating. I may order another of a different type later. Thanks again. -- Barb C., Florida
Thank you so much for the reading, it really hit home, and confirmed everything that I was thinking and always thought about. When I read your email I felt inspired, I wanted to quit my job right away and felt empowered and at the same time I felt so silly thinking how could I let my fears control my life? and why have I let it run this show for sooo long. It is time for me to take control and act and follow my dreams. Again, thank you so much Janet. I Loved the reading, I am definitely coming back for more advice. I could feel your positive energy and enthusiasm for what you do through the reading. -- G.V.New Jersey
Thank you SO much for getting my reading done so quickly!  It is a real confirmation of everything that's been going on as well as what I've been thinking of.  I had a sense my restlessness was because my creative side was trying to force its way out, and was determined to do so one way or another!  I know I need to listen to it, too; the status quo won't work anymore.  Again, thank you so much; your gift is really amazing. -- Kathleen S., New York
Dear Janet: You are so talented! Thanks for a generous, spot on and inspiring reading.  It's in tune with everything I want and "need" and you hit upon everything I have been percolating. Many thanks and much appreciation for the shot of encouragement. If you don't mind, I will contact you in a month or two for another reading. -- Paula A., San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hello, Janet, thank you for the reading.  It's quite accurate, about my husband's family, my husband, our relationship, myself, almost everything you said is happening or happened to us. -- Priscilla C., Southern Europe
Thank you for preparing my reading so promptly.Unfortunately (!) I found it to be surprisingly accurate as it clearly confirms the situation I find myself in...I will have a further reading in due course and as my daughter was so impressed she will be having one too! ...I have no doubts that you are a genuine lady. -- Ellen J., Dorset, U.K.
The reading was very clear.You did a phenomenal job once again... It was dead on. I am glad you are back to doing the readings. You help clarify what is in my head. Thank you again.-- Elyse D., Nevada
Your reading was awesome and so right on target...Bless you, you certainly did an accurate reading of me. -- Sherri Mosier, Iowa
You seem to have nailed this one, and the general "nailing" of my situation makes me bother to take the reading seriously. Thank you! Good reading!   -- Michael M., Canada
Another incredible reading. I'm just (again) completely amazed by your insights. Janet, I am sincerely grateful for your guidance, and I am so happy I found you.  Thank you so much for sharing your gift with the world! -- Helen E.
I am amazed at how much you hit the key points without knowing anything about my son.You definitely hit the nail on the head!! Thanks so much for your insightful reading and for coming up with those pertinent questions. -- Connie C., Rochester, New York

5 Tarot Books I've Written

I can't believe it's been 15 years since my first Tarot book was published! Holy cow...

All My Books
Here's a flip-through of all 5 print Tarot books I've written, as well as their backstory:

Back in Time Tarot was published by Hampton Roads in 2012 (distributed by Red Wheel/Weiser), Tarot in Reverse in 2012 by Schiffer Books, Naked Tarot in 2018 by Dodona Books--and the companion books to our Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot (art by hubby). 

What a journey!

JB Small

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (What a Great Musical!)

JcoatMy family and I saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was, well, amazing

I have to say it's now my favorite musical! Main Street Theatre Company did a tremendous job. The choreography, the singing, the humor, the costumes, the set...WOW.

The songs are so darn catchy, they'll be stuck in your head for days...trust me. ("Go, go, go Joseph...")

Our son, Noah, did musical theater with a local academy for two years (Mary Poppins and Shrek) so he really loved the experience.

A quick PSA: if your community has a theater company, support them by seeing their plays, volunteering however you can or donating money. The arts matter (especially in rural areas like mine)!

Without further ado, here's some pics from our adventures. They didn't allow snaps during the performance, so no live shots.

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What great musicals have you seen? What are your favorites? Do tell in the comment section below!

JB Small


Red, White and Blue Jewelry

I don't usually make 4th of July jewelry (not a fan of designing with bright blue...go figure!), but had some charms and beads in my stash, so I thought I'd make some red, white and blue jewelry for those who like to celebrate patriotic holidays.

Red White Blue

You can watch a brief show-and-tell video of these pieces below:

The "fireworks" earrings are already in our ChezBoyer Etsy Shop. I'll get the others up soon!

-- Janet

You Don't Need Talent to Be Creative

Painted handSome think creativity is the same as talent.

It is not! Creativity is making or envisioning. Talent is mostly a skill that comes with practice (unless you're a prodigy).

You can be a creative cook, knitter, jewelry artisan, problem solver, networker, wood worker, teacher, gardener, event planner, coder... 

Dr. Shelley H. Carson studies the intersection between human creativity, psychopathology and resilience at Harvard University. According to her research, engaging in creative activities activates the brain's reward system, leading to increased motivation and a sense of accomplishment.

If you're feeling bored or directionless, try fueling your motivation through creative expression. 

Let me know what you'd like to try, or are trying, in the comments below!

-- Janet

So What IS a Tarot Deck, Anyway?

For those unfamiliar with Tarot, you may be wondering: what in the world is a Tarot deck? What's the fuss? What does it do?

Tarot Cards
Below is a short video I made to bring newbies up to speed.

Any questions? By all means leave them in the comments below!

-- Janet

Bee Journal Finally Finished!

I started a Bee Journal last year and finally finished it! Whew. Here's the brief flip through:

I had so many bee-related papers and ephemera that I was going to make another bee journal--but I was just tired of looking at the stuff! I'm the type of creative that needs to toggle between mediums and outlets (up next: more jewelry making!).

I'll be putting this baby (bee-aby?) up for sale on our ChezBoyer Etsy Shop soon.

What about you? Do you journal? Make journals? Enjoy art journaling? Do tell in the comments below!

Tarot vs. Lenormand vs. Oracle Cards

Want to learn divination, especially cartomancy (cards)? You are faced with hundreds (if not thousands) of choices.

It can be overwhelming, I know! Here’s a broad overview to help get you started.

Cards Snap
Tarot consists of 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana, 40 Minor Arcana and 16 Court Cards. It’s become a complex, esoteric system of cartomancy. The Major Arcana contains familiar images like The Fool, The Lovers, The Wheel of Fortune and The Sun. They are considered by most to be the “big picture” cards spanning universal archetypes.

The most recognized Tarot deck is the 1909 Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS). Rider refers to the publisher (Rider & Son). Occultist Arthur Edward Waite commissioned the deck that Pamela Colman Smith illustrated. The Tarot de Marseilles (TdM) style decks feature static Minor Arcana cards (i.e. 4 of Cups shows four actual cups, 10 of 

Now, there are loads of Tarot decks on the market, many themed. There’s the Coffee Tarot and Snowland Deck (that my artist husband and I created), herbal-themed Tarots, decks dedicated to a specific culture or spiritual traditional (Hippies! Voodoo! Vikings!), pop culture decks (like Star TrekGame of ThronesWizard of Oz), circus-themed, cat-themed, goddess-themed, literary, zombies, crows, vampires, herbs, Gummy Bear…whew!

With so many creative independent artists out there—many who can be found on Etsy—this is truly the golden age of Tarot.

Trippin Waite
The Minor Arcana and Court Cards of Tarot consist of four suits that are connected to the four elements (Fire, Water, Earth and Air). These are often designated Wands (Batons/Clubs), Cups (Chalices/Hearts), Pentacles (Coins/Diamonds) and Swords (Blades/Spades)—although deck creators may take liberty with the suit names.

The Minor Arcana are considered the “rubber meets the road” cards—the stuff of everyday life. The Court Cards are often “face” cards, designated King, Queen, Knight and Page…but, again, deck creators use creative license with titles. Some insist these cards indicate actual people, while many believe they reflect personality traits or styles of action.

Oracle decks can be anything the creator wants them to be, including how many cards. Oracle cards might be dedicated to flowers, crystals, animals, trees, chakras, angels, colors, etc. Some decks have over 80 cards (like Caroline Myss’ Archetype Cards).

A few deck creators have created “Tarot” decks with an extra suit (or two). Technically, this would be a Tarot deck with an oracle deck (or two) on top of it.

Some Oracle decks are hundreds of years old and have their own specific designations. One of the most popular is the Lenormand deck. (Tarot happens to have its origins in a 15th century Italian game called Tarocchi).

Lenormand cards consist of 36 cards that connect to regular playing cards, with titles like Fox, Bouquet, Mountain, House, Ship, etc. Unlike Tarot, Lenormand is rather simple, with interpretations based mostly on proximity of cards in a layout. While a reading, itself, can be complex (as in, rich with details)—especially with layouts like The Grand Tableau—the cards themselves are usually interpreted with more narrow meanings (compared to Tarot). Lenormand decks, too, can be themed (in fact, my husband recently finished his Alien Lenormand deck...soon to be published).

Tarot card meanings can be weaved as stories, replete with symbolism and psychological import. They’ve become a helpful therapeutic tool for many Tarotists. (Still, some use Tarot for basic fortunetelling using traditional meanings). Lenormand, however, is pretty much strictly fortunetelling—straightforward and basic.

Some cartomancers use regular playing cards (poker deck) to read fortunes, and there are other historical decks like 18th/19th century 52-card Sibilla decks (click here for a great article about them) or 36-card Kipper decks (from 19th century Germany), as well. So if you want a less-complicated fortunetelling tool, Lenormand is your best bet—or one of the Sibilla or Kipper decks.

If you crave a more complex, nuanced and symbolic form of cartomancy, Tarot might be a great fit for you—especially with the myriad themes and art styles available.

The Trippin' Waite Tarot can be found at the Tarot Collectibles website. Tierney Sadler's Keywordy Lenormand is out of print.