Tarot in the Time of Coronavirus - Hermit and Temperance

Those with strong Hermit archetypes have already been self-isolating. In fact, self-quarantine is a natural state of being. The Hermit goes it alone, seeking knowledge--and trusting that his next step is lit by destiny. This energy is comfortable by itself, not needing the company of others to entertain, distract or solace.

And yet, an actualized Hermit can also embrace others into his/her sphere, experiencing exquisite intimacy and demonstrating extraordinary compassion. (Usually, this is limited to smaller groups, because the energy output is just too much for the Hermit archetype--even among extroverted ones!).

Temperance is a middle path, a synthesis. This Tarot card can indicate blending and practical alchemy, which would cover alternative healing remedies--especially ones that are taken internally (think tinctures, essential oil blends, poultices and tisanes)-- as well as more traditional apothecary. 

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In the Snowland Deck companion, the "secret" I came up with was Solitude prepares for vicissitude (because The Wheel of Fortune is often the next card in a traditional Tarot deck). In many ways, those with a strong, balanced Hermit archetype have an advantage, because they usually operate from their center by default. Just like on a merry-go-round, the center is less wobbly--and less dangerous. (Think of hanging on the edge of a merry-go-round as it spins quickly. Ack!)

Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with Hermit energy may feel off kilter during these times of COVID-19 (aka the coronavirus). Just a few minutes ago, the governor of my state announced that all schools will be shut down for at least 2 weeks. Disneyland and Walt Disney World are closed. Live talk shows are performing with empty in-person audiences. Some places are ghost towns.

Many have chosen social distancing. Some are doing it because they are infected; others, because they fear infection. To some extent, though, this isolation is forced (whether by lower-chakra fears or by Temperance's practicality). 

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Blog posts are sprouting up, warning that loneliness will be on the rise--and with it, possible health challenges (physical, mental and emotional). For example, Scientific American posted "How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing".

But the ailments they highlight stem from those who don't feel connected to others. Feeling connecting to others isn't dependent upon having them in physical proximity, however. In fact, many feel lonely among a sea of people.

I can't help but wonder if The Hermit would say:

You are not connected to your Self.  Your center. Your ground of Being. When you're alone, you're aware of this because of the physical separation from an Other--which only mirrors the internal disconnection of the One.

As Terence McKenna points out in the video below: You are the center of the mandala.

I suspect I'll have more to say about this.

For now, I'll leave you with this passage from the Coffee Tarot Companion Book's chapter of Seeking (our version of The Hermit card):

With the omnipresence of social media, individuals parade about their dozens (or hundreds) of Tarot decks and spirituality books—often surrounded by glitzy crystals, fragile flower petals, fresh herbs, glowing candles and smoking palo santo sticks. Pretty to look at, sure—and certainly an enticement to buy more, more, more (after all, gotta keep up with the Body/Mind/Spirit Joneses, right?)—but do such public antics encourage going deeper? Acquiring, retaining and, more importantly, applying empowering knowledge? Only the Instagram posters can tell for sure. However, the biggest leaps of personal growth occur alone—without anyone watching, encouraging or commenting—or so says The Hermit.

Obviously, this passage goes one step further by implying "social media distancing", which brings a whole 'nother layer to The Hermit...

Stay safe everyone. And remember: at core, you're never truly alone. We're all connected.

Thieves Oil - The Legend Behind the Healing Essential Oils

In the mid-1300s, the Bubonic Plague--aka "The Black Death"--was the most deadly disease outbreak in human history, decimating 1/3 of the European population.

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The sick, dying and dead lined the streets. The poor and rich alike were infected--including doctors and nurses. Although the contagion struck fear in the hearts of European citizens, a few intrepid opportunists decided to steal from victims of the Black Death.

Four thieves were captured for stealing from Plague victims and were sentenced to be burned at the stake. However, the judge was so intrigued as to how these thieves stayed immune to the plague, despite close contact with Black Death victims.

The thieves told the judge that if he spared them from death, they would tell them their secret to staying free of the deadly disease. The judge agreed, and the four thieves proceeded to tell the judge that they were spice and perfume merchants that were out of work because of the Plague. They had prepared a special herbal concoction that they applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and the mask that the were over their mouths--a blend made up of Lemon, Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon--that kept the deadly disease at bay (we now know that the Bubonic Plague was caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria that was transmitted from fleas to humans).

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Studies have shown that these five essential oils do, indeed, have anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities--and many herbalists and alternative health practitioners use them as such as part of their healing work.

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I now have Blend of Thieves Oil available in my Aroma Power Etsy Shop here.

Natural Hand Sanitizer Made with Everclear and Germ Fighting Essential Oils

No longer the domain of germophobes--especially with the descent of COVID-19, aka coronavirus--hand sanitizers are now a part of best practices when it comes to protecting yourself against viruses, bacteria and germs (along with frequent hand washing).

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With many stores running out of hand sanitizer, DIYers are turning to natural products to make their own. However, it's important to follow CDC guidelines when doing so--especially with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

As of March 2020, the CDC has recommended that hand sanitizers be at LEAST 60-90% alcohol. Ethanol, the most common alcohol ingredient, appears to be the most effective against viruses--which is why I chose to use Everclear 151 (75.5% ethanol) in my hand sanitizers.

Despite reported anti-microbial properties, it is NOT advisable to rely on Essential Oils ALONE to kill bacteria and viruses (hence, the ethanol, aka "grain alcohol", that is added to my GERMOPHOBE hand sanitizers, now available at my Aroma Power Etsy Shop).

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For boosted anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties--as well as immune support--I offer Essential Oil synergy options...but alcohol is the best sanitizer, according to the CDC. 

But not just any alcohol.

Over the counter isopropyl alcohol, according to chemistry expert Anne Marie Helmenstine, should be 99% (hard to find)--while some say 70% is "OK". Personally, I wouldn't trust isopropyl alcohol alone, especially since the CDC acknowledges that ethanol (such as found in grain alcohol like Everclear) is most effective against viruses (like COVID-19, aka coronavirus).

For more information, see these pages at the National Institutes of Health : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30020626 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15489352.

Other added benefits of using Everclear in DIY sanitizers with essential oils is that grain alcohol 151 proof or above also serves as an emulsifier and preservative. Read this informative post on the Plant Therapy blog here.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease--and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses should consult a qualified health care professional.

Video Walk Through of the Coffee Tarot and Companion Book

I just posted a card-by-card walk-through of our Coffee Tarot Deck. You can watch below:

Also did a walk-through of the Coffee Tarot Companion Book:

You can get both our Coffee Tarot deck and the companion book on our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop here (including a digital version of the companion).

Which card (or cards) interest you most? Do share in the comments below! (And if you own our deck, let us know how it's working for you). 

Tarot Bags, Lenormand Pouches, Essential Oil Wallets and More by Noah Boyer

In case you didn't know, our son Noah does amazing work as a Tarot bag designer.  His stylish Tarot wallets can also be used to hold Lenormand decks, large oracle cards, essential oil rollers and inhalers--as well as mundane things like tissues, medicines, anti-bacterial containers, money, credit cards, etc.

Customers at our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop get to buy already-made bags, or have custom Tarot bags with their choice of liner color and vintage button. Here's a video I made with showcasing some of Noah's work (including Kitty Kicker Kushions filled with organic catnip!):

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In fact, the customer that ordered two more Lenormand-size bags (that I mentioned in the video) just posted a 5-star review of her original bag, along with this photo:

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Here's Noah talking a bit about his process (from a few years ago):

You can snag your very own bag made by Noah on our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop here