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I Am Thankful Giveaway - Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints & Sages by Judika Illes

Mystics 320As the American holiday of Thanksgiving fast approaches, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude for supportive colleagues--many who have turned into friends over the years. Thank you, all.

One such person is Judika Illes, consummate independent scholar and wise woman. Judika was instrumental in the publication of my first book, Back in Time Tarot. I treasure her friendship, value her research and admire her contribution to both esoterica and practical spirituality.

Judika's latest book--Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints & Sages--is yet another gift to the metaphysical community. HarperOne, her publisher, sent me an extra copy by mistake...so I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the season of giving by offering you a chance to win it!

All you need to do to be entered into the random drawing is to include TWO elements in your one comment: 1. What you are MOST thankful for this Thanksgiving (stories more than welcome!) and 2. The mystic, saint, sage or wise person that MOST inspires you right now. That's it!

Comments are open right now, and will close for the drawing Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10 AM EST. Because of shipping costs, only commenters living in the contiguous United States are eligible for this particular giveaway (this book is heavy!). I trust you understand. However, if you live elsewhere and want to share (I hope you will!), just mention that you live outside the allowed area but wanted to chime in on the gratitude fest.

Let the thankfulness begin (and good luck)! (P.S. I may even put your entries in one big gratitude post. The world NEEDS more good news and uplifting stories, don't you think?)

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Top/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)


Cassie Rangel

This Thanksgiving will actually be my first official Thanksgiving, Janet. I have grown up in a religious environment where holidays were not observed. So while it's not the first time I've had turkey on a Thursday in November, it's the first time I'm actually commemorating the holiday with things I'm thankful for. Our plans this year including spending the day with new friends, and that is what I am most thankful for this year. We've had a breakthrough year, starting on our own path in life outside the confines of our family's expectations of us, and our friends have been invaluable. I am thankful for their presence in my life, for sharing their life and their home with us, and for the hope they give me in life that we are never far from love if we reach out for it.

At this moment in time, I find inspiration and fascination with Siddhartha Gautama. He too left the life that was laid out for him, wandered among the world and saw all the other methods of connecting to the universe, but finally found his own path. Many disagreed with him, but more followed him. I believe if he were on Earth today, he would say that Enlightenment needs no teacher, no master. It is available to all of us, within each of us, and that he is not a man to be revered. I think if he were on Earth today, he would tell me I have touched Enlightenment, and it was not in the places you are told to expect it from. I am hopeful that before my days on this earth end, I too will be able to say I was enlightened as Siddhartha.

Janet Boyer

Cassie, that is SO beautiful! I am moved by your experience. It is no small thing to move outside the confines of group expectations and mores...especially familial ones. Bless your heart. You and your loved ones are going to have such an AWESOME Thanksgiving this year! Thank you so much for posting, Dear One. I'm grateful to you. :o)


I wrote a short poem to express how I feel about what I'm grateful for here:

1. *~I am grateful for my family and friends,
All the beautiful love that transcends
From their hearts and straight to me,
They make sure to encourage all they see.
Giving support or lending an ear,
They always make their comfort near.
They are each unique presents wrapped in a bow,
Bestowing great gifts of kindness and joy with a glow.
I am so thankful to have all of them here,
They guide me in the best direction to steer.*~

2. The saint that I'm most inspired by at the present moment is St. Michael the Archangel. Fear and crimes are something you constantly witness streaming on the news, in your community or affecting your world. It can be a lot to handle or deal with and I'm glad to have this saint to turn to anytime worry comes up I make sure to give him a holler..a loud one at that. There is a constant 24/7 run of what to be afraid of, a new terrorist, another violent act, someone getting killed. It's hard to deal with these events or ever truly get them but St. Michael is an emblem for justice, truth, courage, protection, and I say we need all of those qualities more than ever.

Janet Boyer

How beautiful, Beau! Thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt poem and favorite saint. :o)

Janet Boyer

And the winner is...*drumroll*...Cassie! Cassie, please email me your snail mail address so I can get Judika's latest book right out to you. Congratulations, and thanks for playing along!


Thanks for saying that Janet!

Congrats Cassie! Enjoy your book. :)

Thanks again Janet for wanting to pass along the giving spirit.

Janet Boyer

You're most welcome! I plan on doing more giveaways, too. Hope to see you around!

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