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For All You Do, Mom

Money handNoah (our 13-yr-old for those who haven't had the pleasure of knowing him) just shoved a handful of rumpled bills in my hand. "I want to give this to you for all you do for me." He insisted despite my protests. He had tears in his eyes, all proud of himself. He gave me $15. Priceless. 

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time TarotTarot in Reverse 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)

 

 


Teachers Bullying Autistic Student

You have GOT to see this. THIS is why I yanked my son out of pre-school...and have homeschooled him ever since. I was IN the room when a teacher yanked Noah's arm and shook him at age 5. I was helping other kids wash their hand across the room. Her eye caught mine and she LIED to my face...after I saw what she did. Unfortunately, this is apparently rampant...even in specialized schools.

You must watch this video. The tip of the bullying iceberg? When the teacher calls the child "a bastard". The kicker? They're still employed by the school district!

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time TarotTarot in Reverse 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)


Janet Shows Jim Harold of Paranormal Podcast How to Read Tarot (On Air!)

Paranormal podcast w jim 250I had a great time during my second visit to the Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold

Jim had never owned nor held a Tarot deck before. So, to show him how easy it was for anyone to read Tarot--right out of the box--I asked him to buy a deck! (In case you're curious, it's the Universal Waite Tarot).

I showed Jim how to brainstorm gift ideas, and he picked Mother's Day as the occassion.

Neither one of us expected what happened next... *insert goosebumps here*

In fact, there's also a special announcement made at the end of the show...so make sure you stay tuned until the very end!

Click here to listen to the interview, just posted live!

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time TarotTarot in Reverse 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)


How Writers Can Use Pinterest

Pinterest 140If you haven’t taken advantage of Pinterest.com, you’re passing up an incredible opportunity to add an attractive plank to your writer platform.

Now the third largest social site on the web (yes, you read right), Pinterest encourages you to “pin” your “interests” in the form of images or videos to unlimited themed “boards”. But make no mistake: for the savvy writer, Pinterest goes way beyond being a mere virtual scrapbook or yet another way to waste time online.

Pinterest can be used for inspiration, brainstorming, information collation, storytelling, reminders, homage, collections, wish lists, gift registries and more. In fact, you can even create a group board that allows specific friends to “pin”—or even the public.

So how can Pinterest help writers? I’m glad you asked!

First, we need to remember that sounding like an obnoxious carnival barker on any social media site will irritate at best and anger at worst. In fact, you’re better off staying away from all social media if you’re a mere promo whore constantly cawing, “Buy my book! Read my blog post! It’s cheap! It’s free!

LikableA solid auhor platform begins with good writing—content will always be king—but it builds and expands with likability.

I know, I know: I didn’t get the memo that a writing career involved personality contests, either.

The good news—especially for you introverted authors—is that your wit, originality, creativity and artistic eye can “speak” for you on Pinterest. Your personal flair can make you interesting, intriguing or entertaining…and that makes you memorable. People want to find out more about you, which includes checking out your profile…and that means discovering your books and writing.

But get this: you can leverage Pinterest by unobtrusively threading your expertise, genre specialty or book topic throughout your boards! What a cool, non-spammy way to strut your stuff, huh?

While illustrators, designers, crafters or photographers have a slight advantage because of the visual nature of their work, writers can create compelling montages highlighting their knowledge, innovation and enchantment, as well.

Thinking writing smallI’m a fiction writer”, you may be thinking. “How in the world can I use Pinterest to help my author platform?” Or, maybe you’re a poet, essayist or non-fiction writer wondering the same.

The best way to show you Pinterest done well by writers is to give you examples. Let’s start with non-fiction.

Author of The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding (a book about spiritual searching and religious respect), Priscilla Warner recently penned Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, which details her life-long battle with anxiety.

When you visit her Pinterest profile here, guess what?

You’ll see breathtaking skyscapes, lovely labyrinths, spiraling mandalas, vivid flowers, Buddha statues, serene pools of water, gorgeous trees, inspirational quotes and peace signs.

Here we have Priscilla’s journey from panic to peace—laid out for us visually.


Pris pinterest smallShe is showing us that she has found calm (or knows what promotes calm), poising her as an expert on alleviating anxiety…the topic of her latest book. And,  Priscilla is also “telling” us that she’s well versed in meditation, spiritual contemplation and Buddhist philosophy (which also ties in to her first book).

While you may not have heard of Priscilla until now, you’ve probably heard of Mary Ann Radmacher. At least, it’s very likely you’ve seen her art and words on posters, cards and plaques.

When we visit her Pinterest page, not only do we see Mary Anne’s favorite art products and books (in addition to her own books and paintings) but also how others have transformed her words into visual masterpieces (including tattoos!).

Lastly for non-fiction, let’s visit my Pinterest profile. I am a Tarot expert (among other things), and my first two traditionally published book are about—wait for it—Tarot! So you’ll find a board dedicated to all the Tarot books I own (over 250!), as well as specific Tarot cards (for example, Fool images from over 50 decks).

Yes, my books are among the Tarot books listed…and yes, I have a board dedicated to all my books/eBooks…but those are a mere mention in light of having 30 different boards at this writing.

Thus, my boards are eye candy for Tarot enthusiasts—but I’m also indirectly saying “I know Tarot!” People will check out my books and blogs, and maybe even order a Tarot reading from my site. Passive income, anyone?

Pint Snow smallAnd lest you think you can only point to already-published works, check out my Snowland board. My husband and I are contracted for the Snowland Tarot deck. We co-create the images and he paints them. I’ll be writing the companion book. So what have I done to generate interest on Pinterest? Why, post the cards as they’re finished…complete with the URL in the comment sections, directing people to SnowlandTarot.com. Sneaky, huh? But not obnoxious!

If you’re a biographer or historian, pin images of your subject and related events. A cookbook author? Recipes! Kitchen gadgets! What you cooked last night! Science writer? Give us all the nebulas, rainforests, rock formations, infographics, microscope slides, cute critters and unusual insects we can handle! (And don’t forget to share the love by posting your favorite books on the topic, too!)

OK, you fiction writers…it’s your turn.

Yes, non-fiction expertise may seem easier for “pinning”—and you’re probably correct. All this means, though, is that you’ll have to think outside the box a bit. Isn’t that what you guys do anyway? *wink*

Let’s start with my absolute favorite Pinterester, Gypsy Thornton. Gypsy specializes in fairytales, so her amazing boards are dedicated to the characters, environment and stories found in folklore.

Gypsy fairytale smallHer boards are not only dedicated to specific tales like Red Riding Hood, Billy Goats Gruff and Arabian Nights, but also mythical beings, maps, picture books and ballets. One of the most intriguing elements of her Pinterest page? Individual boards dedicated to a specific color—red, green, brown, white, and so on.

Lest you think, “That’s all well and good, but how will that help me sell books or gain a following?”…guess how I discovered Gypsy? She happened to re-pin the image of Jack Frost from our Snowland Tarot board to her Ice Maiden’s Touch board!

You’re starting to see the viral possibilities, aren’t you?

Let’s keep going, fiction writers, by stepping our toes into genre waters!

Writing a romance? Already published one (or more)? Create boards splayed with “hotties”, celeb crushes, romantic gift ideas, quotes about romance, Hollywood relationships or your favorite romance novels. Although I’m not a romance writer or reader, I have a board dedicated to hearts…just because I like them.

Are you a cozy mystery writer? Your boards could be collections of your series’ theme or location—coffee, cookies, embroidery, cupcakes, bookstores, orchards, BBQ, tea, floral shops, libraries, knitting, cooking schools, psychic cats, decoupage, Tarot readers, churches, donuts, home repair, antiques…you get the “picture”.

If you write traditional mysteries, dedicate your Pinterest boards to symbols of the genre—magnifying glasses, fingerprints, footprints, forensic tools. Or what about boards featuring your favorite authors (Mary Higgins Clark! Agatha Christie! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Tess Gerritsen!) or beloved sleuths (Sherlock! Poirot! Miss Marple! Jessica Fletcher! Columbo!)? Heck, you can create a board with quotes featuring the word “mystery”…or even songs that have the word “mystery” or “mysterious” in the title or lyrics! In fact, you can pin YouTube videos to your boards! (Click here to find out how).

Hist fic smallDo you pen historical tomes? Dedicate boards to the city and occasions you write about, as well as décor, garb, architecture, music, politics, significant players, parallel events and so on.

At the very least, you’re a writer…right? So why not create boards with encouraging quotes, writing advice, books on the craft, esteemed authors, favorite writing teachers, admired publishers or creativity tools?

Writing your first book? How about a board (or boards) dedicated to your work-in-progress! Visually brainstorm characters (preferences, favorite foods, playlists, decorating style, clothing), settings or even plot points.

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this post, but I hope it’s demystified Pinterest for writers and given you a bazillion ideas for the writing life.

Here are 10 Pinterest Tips for you:

1. Don’t be spammy. Imbed your book cover or blog among helpful, interesting and visually stimulating boards. Don’t make it all about you.

2. Put the red P symbol on your site or blog linking to you Pinterest page. Alternatively, use the Follow Me on Pinterest image with a link back.

3. Comment on, or “like”, the pins of others. It’s easier and faster than commenting on blog posts! If one of their images fits the theme of one of your boards, by all means re-pin away.

4. Follow the boards of other writers or creatives you find inspiring. If you only like one or a handful of boards from  Pinterest profile, you can select only those.

5. Create a group board to magnify the fun factor and cross-pollinate ideas (and fan base). It’s less demanding than a group blog.

6. If you’ve authored multiple books and eBooks, by all means make a board for it (among many other boards, of course)! Mine’s titled My Books—I Made It Myself!

7. Spread the love by creating a board featuring the books you own or love that are related to your specialty (or not!).

8. Give a shout-out to fellow pinners on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, your blog, etc. when you discover exceptional boards, providing a direct link to them.

9. Name your boards with a descriptive or catchy title. Don’t forget to choose a category, too. If your board doesn’t fall under any of the preset categories, simply choose “Other”.

19. Select visually interesting images (on Pinterest, bigger is better) to express your uniqueness and expertise. You can find images via Google Images (make sure to pin from the source), other Pinterest boards, websites, blogs, DeviantArt, photo sites or your own hard drive. If you know who created the image, give credit.


Heart-eye smallTo learn more about Pinterest, visit their About page. If you’re not already signed up, you’ll have to request an invite. They’ll let you in pretty quickly…within a week.

Above all, have fun! Pinterest shouldn’t be a burden, but a creative outlet to show the world what you love...all via striking, quirky or pretty pictures.

 -- Janet


Art of Life Tarot

Art of Life Cover 400“I realized that by drawing inspiration from my background in art history and my lifelong passion for quotations, I could capture the essence of the meanings behind each card while simultaneously encouraging the reader to interpret its personal meaning…I created the Art of Life Tarot because I wanted to empower the reader. I wanted each card, no matter what the implied context or meaning, to give the reader a sense of strength, possibility and optimism. I wanted the journey of the tarot to take the reader back to him or herself…” – Charlene Livingstone

In less experienced hands, a Tarot deck made up of painted masterpieces paired with quotations would make for a shallow novelty deck. Thus, I didn’t hold my breath when I opened the Art of Life Tarot, despite the lovely box.

By the time I got to The Chariot—which literally took my breath away (for personal reason)—I realized that this deck was something special.

I put the deck down and began to read the Little White Book, curious as to the story behind the deck—and the woman who created it. Why did this deck feel so very appropriate…profound, even?

In my opinion, the best Tarot decks are born out of depth—of knowledge, suffering, or life experience. I can spot a shallow deck (or a shallow creator) pretty quickly. 


So, it wasn’t a huge surprise to discover that the Art of Life Tarot creator, Charlene Livingstone, turned to Tarot during a very dark time: her husband’s Alzheimer diagnosis in 2005. Although she sought meaning and comfort from this external source, what she found—like many who “go deep” with Tarot—was that her empowerment came from within, especially as she observed changes in herself.

WheelAfter a symbolic, synchronistic dream involving the Knight of Wands, she realized her unconscious was prodding her to take action. Armed with an unusual, singular certainty that she would create her own Tarot deck, Charlene merged her two loves in the endeavor: art and quotations.

I then turned back to the cards, slowly gazing at each painting from some of the greatest artists that ever lived—van Gogh, Klimt, Homer, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Cassatt, Rousseau, Cezanne, Degas and so on—and the absolutely perfect quote Charlene chose to pair with the image. 

I marveled at the Art of Life Tarot

Trust me, this isn’t something I do often, especially after seeing, owning and handling hundreds of decks.

Here are some of the paintings and quotes Charlene chose for her deck:

DEATH Death and Life by Gustav Klimt: “Death twitches in my ear. ‘Live’, he says ‘I am coming’”. – Virgil 

TEMPERANCE Woman Washing Her Feet in a Brook by Camille Pissarro: “The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony”. – Heraclitus

THE TOWER Dreadful Parachute Drop by unknown French artist: “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

JUDGMENT Moon by Thoma Hans: “The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

SIX OF CUPS The Red Kerchief of Mrs. Monet by Claude Monet: “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December”. – Sir J.M. Barrie

NINE OF SWORDS Head of a Young Woman with Tousled Hair or, Leda by Leonardo da Vinci: “The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” – Voltaire

EIGHT OF WANDS The Violet Wave by George Lacombe: “Nothing ever is, but all things are becoming. All things are the offspring of flux and motion.” – Plato

KNIGHT OF PENTACLES Madame Miriam Fried by Edouard Vuillard: “The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Art 7 swThe Art of Life Tarot can certainly be used for divination, no doubt about it. But I feel that its greatest gift may very well be daily card draws or active contemplation. Fortunately for us, publisher U.S. Games Systems, Inc. makes this practice both easy and attractive with a built-in display frame.

Just flip the sturdy hinged lid and slip the card of your choice in the slot—right between the decorative gold frame and the box cover. Then, gently push the framed card backward to the raised lip…and you now have a portable visual meditation that’s also decorative. 

In fact, if you wanted, you could even put some crystals, talismans, charms, slips of paper or other small meaningful objects in the box to create a small altar or meditation focus. Whether for divination, contemplation or inspiration, the Art of Life Tarot will uplift and empower you—exactly as the creator of this deck intended. 

To see 18 more images from this deck, click here.

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse 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)


I'm Not Welcome at the Readers Studio 2012

Rs 12Um, wow.

I was at Priceline earlier. Had my flights picked out...even my seats for both inbound and outbound. 

You see, I was planning on spending around $800 to go to the Readers Studio 2012, a yearly professional event organized by Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone of the Tarot School in NYC.

I noticed that Ruth Ann had unfriended me at Facebook last year, and I assumed it was because of my fictional short story (that had many people in a rabid frenzy that extended to hate mail, slanderous blog posts, calls for boycotting my work and emails to my publisher...).

But I hadn't talked to her for some time...maybe last Spring?

I had assumed that most of the Tarot community was over their pettiness, especially since I had apologized and figured that time would show them how overboard their reactions were.

I guess not.

I thought I'd send a courtesy email to Ruth Ann, asking if I'd be welcome to come (not expecting her to say NO), and to clarify that there was still time to get the special Readers Studio 2012 rate for the hotel.


Imagine my surprise that I received this email 15 minutes ago:

Rs12 smallHi Janet,There were a lot of ruffled feathers, including mine, so not at this time. Chris will have copies of you [sic] book for sale at his table. Good luck with it! Bright blessings, Ruth Ann

Yes, in addition to Solandia removing ANY post on Aeclectic Tarot Forums about my upcoming Tarot in Reverse (or any of my other Tarot work, for that matter)--I am also NOT welcome to go to the Readers Studio 2012 that is, supposedly, opened to all Tarot enthusiasts. And, of course, Marcus Katz kicked me out of his Tarot Town on the first day it opened...before I had even made a post!

And gotta love that most of my haters use "bright blessings" as their sign-off!

 Shame on me for even considering visiting "the tribe". 

 Once an outsider, always an outsider...

I wonder if it was the part about the creator/organizer of an annual Tarot conference being a serial cheater on his wife...?

 -- Janet

I is for Independent Book Blogger Awards!

IBBAPlease vote for JanetBoyer.com in the Independent Book Blogger Awards!

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Today is dedicated to the letter "I", brought to you by the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse 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)

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H is for Hyacinths!

Today is dedicated to the letter "H", brought to you by the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.

This is the first time we've planted blue hyacinths, and they've bloomed nicely!

Hyacinths have a waxy, dense flower with a heady, sweet scent. You can smell them several feet away, in fact.

Hyacinths

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse 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)

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Magician eBook - Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card Series

Explorations Magician 400I'm thrilled to announce that the second eBook in my Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card Series is now available!

In The Magician eBook, you'll discover:

  • Phrases and Keywords
  • People and Archetypes
  • Characters, TV and Movies
  • Places, Objects and Actions
  • Quotes
  • Songs
  • Symbolism
  • Esoteric Correspondences
  • The Four Elements
  • Permutations of The Magician
  • Investigating The Magician with the 7 Clue Method
  • Affirmations
  • Light/Shadow Continuum and Reversals
  • Link to a special Pinterest board with over 40 Magician Tarot images

From extensive keywords to archetypal patterns, pop culture references to affirmations, each Tarot Explorations eBook equips you to understand every card in the deck...one by one.

I'm particularly happy to be posting about The Magician eBook on Easter, especially since Jesus embodied the Magician/Miracle Worker archetype (among others). 

Click here to get your copy for Kindle for only 99¢. 

Happy reading!

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time TarotTarot in Reverse and the Snowland Tarot


G is for Games! Big Fish Games Coupon, That Is

Big Fish Games is running another special!

Buy one game, add another to your cart, enter the code word TULIP at checkout, and you'll get the second game FREE! BigFishGames.com

Games Tulip

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/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)

 

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Earth Day: An Alphabet Book

 

Earth day alphabet“Earth Day celebrates all the life on earth, from apricots to junebugs to zebras. The wonders of nature leap from the page, reminding us that every day is a reason to say thank you and that miracles are as simple as ABC.” – From the book jacket copy

From alligators to daisies, hazelnuts to waterfalls, Earth Day: An Alphabet Bookcelebrates the many wonders surrounding us. Coconuts, icicles, Queen Anne’s lace—even tornadoes find a place in this simple, brightly illustrated children’s book. 

Whether celebrating Earth Day, cultivating gratitude or introducing children to flora, fauna, food and weather from around the world, this delightful alphabet book reminds both adults and little ones that some of the best things in life are right under our feet, in the water, on a tree or swirling about us. 

 -- Janet

C is for the Common Cold

Sick girlThis post must seem pretty lame.

Yes, I can't believe it myself, but I am blogging about the common cold. Ugh!


I am determined to do the Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge because I find it so darn intriguing and creatively stimulating. The sequential letter format requires me to go places I wouldn't normally explore in the usual course of events.


Like dedicating an entire blog post to a friggin' cold

I used to never get sick. Ever. But this year alone, I've had a bad cold that turned into a nasty throat infection (it was so bad, I had to be on IV antibiotics for a few days). It was a month long of suffering.

I got better for about a week or two. Then, I went out to lunch with My Mom last week and..BOOM! Here I am again.

It seems like every time I go out to eat anymore, I get sick! I don't know if this is because I'm rather a homebody and my system isn't used to other people's germs or what.

Having a cold is just miserable, isn't it? Staying still doesn't seem to help, because then the stuffy nose, headache and aches seem magnified. (While I'm here, can someone please explain to me how a nose can be stuff and runny at the same time?!) So I plow through, ignoring the symptoms, choosing to write at my PC, blog or hang out on social media.

Until the PC glare feels like a jackhammer between my eyes and I can no longer ignore how miserable I feel.

ColdWe humans...we do anything to avoid discomfort, don't we?

Take pills (12-hour Sudafed, check!), sleep (Benadryl, check!), watch videos (cartoons!), work (one more blog post!), Facebook (my Family Feud opponents are so stupid!)...until even those endeavors don't seem to quell our physical misery.

And here I am, once again faced with my human limitation...something I don't like dealing with at all. I like to think of myself as a Limitless Being, thankyouverymuch.

But alas, I am not. Sure, my spirit is. Even my enthusiasm knows no bounds.

My physical body, though? Yeah...it's limited, alright. 

And I need to take care of it. Better. 

So off I go--unplugging the PC, avoiding my Kindle Fire--to drink lots of liquids (yes, I do realize I should have been doing this!), rest and then appreciate how my body serves me so very well.

Especially when I end up pushing it to its limits yet again with my Limitless Being delusion!

  -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/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)

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B is for Bert (from Mary Poppins)

Today is dedicated to the letter "B", brought to you by the Blogging from A-Z Challenge!


Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey

Chim chim cher-oo!
I does what I likes and I likes what I do


Mary Poppins
is one of my favorite movies.

Bert 300I love the chimney sweep character, Bert, played by the talented Dick Van Dyke (awful fake Cockney accent aside).

Bert has some of the best lines in this clever movie! I especially love the quote above which Bert sings in the pavement artist scene

I ponder phrases like these because they contain powerful wisdom.  I does what I likes, and I likes what I do.

In fact, there are many profound lines and lyrics throughout Mary Poppins.

Is it because the movie is geared towards kids (based on the children's book series by P. L. Travers)...and there's something unguarded and open about childlikeness? Which means, a much cleaner, clearer channel for Spirit to come through?

Much like the Fool archetype, childlikeness offers a blank slate absent of preconceived notions, reticence or hyper-self-consciousness.

I does what I likes, and I likes what I do.

I want to do what I like. I also want to like what I do. 

Do you?

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/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)

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A is for April Fool's Day and The Fool Tarot eBook!

Explorations Fool 400In case you missed it, today is the beginning of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. So far, almost 2,000 bloggers are on board for this daily blog-hop. (Click here to find out more and to view the letter schedule). 

Since it's April Fool's Day, which starts with "A", I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce my brand new eBook appropriately titled The Fool.

I mean, what are the chances? I assure you that I did not plan ot release this on April Fool's Day, nor did I wake up knowing I'd be joining an alphabet blog-hop that begins today with the letter "A". Gotta love synchronicity!

You can read my previous post on my new Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card Kindle eBook series to get the scoop on this innovative, inexpensive way to learn the cards. 

So without further ado, I invite you to get thee hence to Amazon and grab your copy of The Fool for only 99¢. (Yeah, you read read...less than a buck. I'm not crazy, really! Just want to offer folks the ability to study the Tarot in an easy, comfy, enjoyable way.) 

And get this: at this typing, my Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card: The Fool eBook is already #2 on Amazon's Hot New Releases list (Divination with Tarot). Holy cow!

From my 7 Clue Tarot Method to esoteric assocations, symbolism to extensive keywords, you'll find all you need to know about The Fool card in my new Kindle eBook. I'm excited for you to begin your journey through the Tarot--as fresh, hopeful and excited as The Fool himself!

 -- Janet

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Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card eBook Series

Although my Tarot Classrooms closed its virtual doors a years ago, I still get emails from people begging asking me to teach them Tarot.

I'm flattered, and truly wish I could help seekers in a more personal, intensive way. But I just don't have the time, and my temperament is more of a Creator/Writer and Teacher, rather than a Mentor (it may not seem like it, but the energetic difference between Teacher and Mentor is vast).

Explorations SeriesIn every email, frustrated folks complained to me that Tarot is overwhelming and intimidating...especially with so many books and decks on the market. Where to start?

Believe me, I hear you! I taught myself Tarot about a decade ago, and it was pretty much all on my own. Informative, accessible Tarot blogs were few and far between then. And, living in a rural area, I had no clue which Tarot books were best (believe me, you can't trust some of those reviews on Amazon...but that's another blog post). 

I do believe I now have an inexpensive (99¢!), accessible, entertaining and informative option for those of you who want to learn Tarot in bite-sized pieces: my new Tarot Explorations Card-by-Card eBook series.

In each eBook, I cover one Tarot card at a time with my 7 Clue Tarot Method (the basis of my Tarot Classroom), as well as extensive keywords, esoteric correlations, symbolism, affirmations and more.

I'll be listing each eBook here as it becomes published. I'm thrilled to announce that on April Fool's Day, today, The Fool eBook is now available! Click here to go straight to Amazon to get your copy for Kindle for only 99¢. 

At last, I can now say to hopeful seekers, "Yes, I can teach you Tarot. And I can do so card-by-card, so you can refer to each eBook again and again--learning at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home...or anywhere you enjoy reading your Kindle."

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/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)


Responsibilities

Tire swingMr. Noah just said:

"If life is nothing but responsibilities, then it's not a life at all."

This, after he saw cops pulling over kids driving without a license, and observed:

"Life's fun, but there's responsibilities, too."

-- Janet