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Janet Boyer Live! Show Schedule November 28, 2012 - December 9, 2012

Hi guys!

Below is the show schedule for Janet Boyer Live! from November 28, 2012 - December 9, 2012:


Janet boyer live square smallerTarot Myths and Truths with Amanda Donnelly

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 8-10 PM EST
Show page here

Favorite Tarot Decks of 2012 with Amanda Donnelly
Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 4-6 PM EST
Show page here.

Psychic Housewives Navigate the Holidays with Lorraine Roe
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 8-10 PM EST 
Show page here

Christmas and Yule Traditions, Deities and Saints with Judika Illes
Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 10 PM - Midnight EST
Show page here

The Psychic Twins - Linda and Terry Jamison
Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4-5 PM EST
Show page here

Main show page for Janet Boyer Live!
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-- Janet


Christmas and Yule Traditions, Deities and Saints - Judika Illes on Janet Boyer Live!

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Image of Lucia painted by Ron Boyer as part of the Snowland Deck

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 10 PM to midnight EST, Judika Illes will be my special guest discussing the sacred traditions, deities and saints associated with Christmas and Yule.

An independent scholar and recognized expert on folklore, mythology and magic, Judika is the author of The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints & SagesThe Encyclopedia of SpiritsThe Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells and other fascinating books.

You can find her on the web at JudikaIlles.com

Click here to go to the show page where you can listen live or in archive.

-- Janet

 


Psychic Housewives Navigate the Holidays - Lorraine Roe on Janet Boyer Live!

Psychic housewives smallerThe harried winter holidays are here! How can we maintain our energy? Our boundaries? Our credit limits? (Ha!) What about dealing with crowds, challenging family members and expectations?

Join the original Psychic Housewife, Lorraine Roe, and myself as we discuss avoiding burnout, psychic shielding and the lure of materialism during the holidays on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at from 8-10 PM EST. Click here for the show page where you can listen live or in archive.

Lorraine is the author of The Psychic Housewives' Handbook: How to Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Your Head in the Stars and co-creator of the Audacious Action Angels Oracle. You can find Lorraine on the web at PsychicHousewives.com

-- Janet


Lisa Chow Oracle Tarot

Montage 300I happened to stumble upon Lisa Chow’s Oracle Tarot deck while posting some Snowland Bracelets to our Etsy Shop.

I had no idea what delightful, innovative Tarot decks were up for sale at Etsy! Since that discovery, I’ve not only bought Lisa’s deck, but four other self-published Tarot decks.

I love this hand-drawn deck done in black, copper, bronze and silver inks. It has an old-fashioned feel, hearkening to the days of daguerreotypes and mannered people.

The artwork is adorable, but I think it’s either a “love it” or “hate it” deck only because it’s such a specific art style. I love it, but my husband does not. A matter of art taste, in this case.

It would have been easy for Chow to make this a Rider-Waite knock off, but she doesn’t. In fact, she brings some clever associations to her simplistic yet lovely imagery.

For example, the Seven of Cups card shows a Native American dream catcher. Look closer, and it’s a Ferris Wheel with seven seats/cups—what an inventive way to portray the “dreaminess” of this card, as well as the “going round in circles” that overwhelming choice presents to us in this modern age.

The Four of Pentacles depicts a simple keyhole with four pentacles, but it’s a powerful suggestion of what may be “locked up” or “locked away” in our life—money or other things.

Chow 11The clock before the closed gates in Judgement—I mean, does is that a loaded image or what?

The Two of Swords shows a blindfolded woman with two hair spears in her updo. What a great way to imply that the refusal to make a decision or to acknowledge the facts is a simple matter of “pulling out” our preconceived notions so that the full flow of hair (truth) can be seen for what it is. (There’s no companion book with the deck, so these associations are my own!)

And her earrings? One is a silver star and the other a copper moon, suggesting to me that our thoughts can take us all the way from high hopes and idealistic wishes (The Star)…to the muddy mysteries and confusion of The Moon. What is the “middle road”? Ah, but there’s where the bow is tied!As you can see, I can readily make up stories with Lisa Chow’s Oracle Tarot…and that’s very important to me as both a Tarot reader and a Tarot contemplator. It takes great skill to draw “simple” images that evoke such layered, multiple stories.

Although the Court Cards—Page, Knight, Queen and King—may seem rather static and repetitive at first glance, I love that they convey their element through their eyes—quite literally. It’s a reminder how each Court Card sees, and channels, the particular energy of their suit.

Chow 13The cards measure approximately 5 x 3 inches, with 90 degree cut corners. They are sharp, in fact (I almost gouged myself the other day!). The images themselves aren’t “perfect”—you can see some ink transfer which, in some cards, are noticeable. For me, this adds to the charm—reminding me that I’m not looking at yet another airbrushed, “perfected” image birthed out of a computer program and sanitized for the masses in the form of traditional publishing.

Lisa Chow’s Oracle Tarot is easy on the eyes and easy on the intuition. It’s not a deck that you have to “work” at (although those new to Tarot may disagree…so I’m hesitant to recommend this deck to a newbie, unless the online images immediately “speak” to you).

I’ve used this deck for both personal and client readings and love how it conveys information to me. If you enjoy this type of art with a limited color palette, I think you’ll love it, too.

Click here to go to the deck page at Lisa Chow's Etsy Shop.

To see 16 more images of this deck, click here.

-- Janet


Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be

"As he walked up the aisle of his church, broken glass crunched beneath his boot. He spotted a brick on a nearby pew. "Not again", he sighed. "Lillie, be careful."

"Why would anyone break our windows?" his daughter asked. "Well, some people don't like our church because we don't believe in slavery", Mr. Pierpont said. "Someone is probably angry because our congregation has four members who once were slaves. Four members who are much more likely to go to heaven than the person who threw that brick, I might add." - From the book Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be (Peachtree Publishers)

Jingle bells cover smallerAttempting to recreate the sound of sleigh bells from his native Boston, John Lord Pierpont climbed the stars to the church pipe organ and began to plink out some notes. He begins to sing "jingle bells, jingle bells..." and, recalling that his parishioner Mrs. FitzHugh said "oh what fun", realizes he may have the beginnings of a song.

During the sweltering Georgia heat at Thanksgiving time, undaunted by racist vandalism, Mr. Pierpont and the children's choir introduce a new song to welcome the holidays, as was their yearly custom.

Two girls stroll up the aisle shaking strands of bells, and Mr. Pierpont calls down from the organ loft for the congregation to join him in singing the new song One Horse Open Sleigh. When the song is over, the rest of the children throw white feathers in the air as the congregation bursts out in applause.

Although the story is fictional, author John Harris did extensive research in Savannah, Georgia, including interviewing the folks at the Unitarian Church on Oglethorpe Square where John L. Pierpont served as music director. AT the end of the book is a two-page spread relaying some facts about Pierpont, as well as actual photos.

Sumptuously illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Snow Day!), Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be is a beautifully told tale that not only brings a slice of Christmas history to life, but also lifts the spirits of readers young and old.

-- Janet


Kindle Fire $30 Off for Cyber Monday

Today, the new Kindle Fire (7" LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8GB) is $30 off! Instead of $159, it's $129. I just bought our teenager his very own. (The Kindle Fire without special offers is $174, but the $30 off code applies to that one, too).

Fire cyber monday

Click here to go to the Kindle Fire's Amazon page. Don't forget to put FIREDEAL in the "Gift Cards & Promotional Codes" box, then click "Apply". 

Enjoy!

-- Janet


Signed 2013 Snowland Calendars

2013 townI have a handful of 2013 Snowland Calendars left here at home. If you want one, just PayPal $20 to synerjay@atlanticbb.net and Ron and I will sign it for you (if you want) and get it right out to you.

You can see all the calendar images at this link.


Why Do You Love Teaching? - Guest Post by Ochani Lele

My friend and colleague, Ócháni Lele, posted the following to his Facebook page. I was so moved--and felt it echoed the experience of many spiritual teachers--that I asked him if I could re-post it to my blog. Happily, he graciously agreed.

For those of you who don't know Ócháni Lele (penname of B. Stuart Myers), he's an author, teacher and lecturer on Afro-Cuban folklore and spirituality, specifically the Yoruba-derived Lucumí faith (known as Santería to outsiders). His work focuses on the diloggún, which is, traditionally, an orally transmitted book of wisdom used for both religious instruction and divination. At the end of this post, I'll provide links to his six books by Destiny Books, an imprint of Inner Traditions Publishing.

Why Do You Love Teaching?

One of my facebook friends just sent me an email, and in it they asked a simple question: Why do you love teaching so much? Is it the money involved? 

I’ll admit that I love to teach, and when you can earn at least a meagre living doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. It’s pure enjoyment. But the money isn’t the primary factor. Honestly. I spent about 36 weeks teaching the basic diloggún course (that’s nine months) – and since each class is an hour and a half (sometimes they run over); I spend at least 54 hours actively instructing just my basic divination students.

Add to that the hours that go into lecture preparation, answering questions by email, and taking phone calls from students who need extra help, and the hours I spend teaching add up quickly. Our interactions continue outside the classroom. Now do the math for just the 54 hours of in-class instruction: my basic class costs $400.00, and the in-class time alone (the promised 54 hours . . . which often run over) means that each student is paying me $7.41 per hour for their instruction. Also, I keep my classes small. There are never more than 8 students in a class, sometimes fewer. So everyone gets plenty of individual attention.

Obviously, I’m neither price-gouging my students nor am I getting insanely rich by teaching divination. So why do I love it? Why do I do it when there are other things I could devote my time to, things that could, theoretically, have greater financial rewards for me?

I do it because I love watching people grow spiritually. I give more than a series of lectures on casting the diloggún and interpreting odu; I offer empowerment to olorishas who have spent their lives (secular and spiritual) feeling powerless. I love gathering a group of open minds, moulding them carefully with knowledge until that proverbial “light bulb” goes off over their heads, and they begin to understand that the universe is a living, vibrant place filled with infinite possibilities.

And I love watching them grow as they realize that, as olorishas, they are vessels of ashé with the potential to not only change their lives and the lives of their godchildren, but are vessels with the ashé to change . . . the world. 

It’s about growth, and the satisfaction I get from helping others grow and achieve their potential in life is immense. I find empowerment . . . in empowering others. 

And that, my friends, is the real reason that I teach. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to reach their full potential in life, and in this religion, knowledge is power. Knowledge is enlightenment. Knowledge is also the light that helps us destroy the darkness; and the bigger that light grows, the better this world, our world, becomes. 

Oyá knew what she was doing when she put me on this path. And I am eternally grateful for her blessings.

Ócháni Lele has been a personal blessing to me and it's apparent that he's one to his devoted students, as well. I'm thankful for his presence in my life and on this Earth.

-- Janet


The Psychic Twins on Janet Boyer Live!

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4 PM EST, my special guests will be Terry and Linda Jamison, the world-renowned Psychic Twins. 

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We'll talk about their renowned psychic ability (they predicted the attack on the Twin Towers on the Art Bell Show in 1999), their two books (Psychic Intelligence andSeparated at Earth) and their colorful career (they were on SNL as Louise, the Two-Headed Housewife and, like their father, accomplished painters).

We'll also discuss the four "clairs" and YOU can increase your innate sixth sense and shield yourself from psychic predators. The Twins have appeared on The uneXplained (BIO Channel), Good Morning America, The ViewThe Tyra Banks Show and The Dr. Keith Ablow Show, and have helped law enforcement solve crimes.

Click here to go to the show page to listen live or in archive.

-- Janet


21 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors, Bloggers and Artists

Happy laptopDo you have a favorite blogger who writes can't-miss posts? What about an author that consistently writes great books? Or what about a Tarot or oracle deck artist whose work makes your heart sing?

Don't take them for granted.

Here are practical ways for letting them know that you appreciate their time, dedication and creativity:

Do they have a blog?

* Make sure you take the time to comment on posts you enjoyed, even if it's a short "Loved this!".

* Are they registered on Networked Blogs? Follow their blog by clicking the "Follow" button.

* Sign up for their RSS blog feed or put your email into their Feedburner box.

* Share a link to your favorite blog post/s via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Google+.

Do they have a book?

Boyer author snapshot* Like their Amazon Author profile page.

* Like their book/s on Amazon (rectangular "Like" button under the title).

* If you've read and enjoyed their book, write a review of it on Amazon. You can also post the same review to GoodReads, LibraryThing, Lunch.com, BN.com or other book site or bookstore you frequent.

* Tell people your friends and family about it, especially if they enjoy the book's genre or topic. You can also direct friends and family to a link to the author's site or the book's Amazon page.

* After you buy your own copy, consider buying one or more additional copies to give as gifts or to feature on your OWN blog giveaway.

* Like their book page/s and/or author page on Facebook. 

* Check in on their page regularly, as Facebook holds Pages "hostage", requiring authors to PAY to promote each post just to be SEEN...even to those who have already liked their page. When you check in to see if they've posted anything recently, and reply to their posts, it means a lot.

* Follow them on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ if they're on those sites. 

Do they have a deck or art for sale?

Snowland snapshot* Don't just say "Your art is pretty". Actually buy a deck or a print or a piece of merchandise featuring their original art. Talk is cheap. (Personally, I just spent $150 on Tarot decks in the last few days...80% of them self-published.)

* Like their artist or deck's Facebook page. Don't forget to check their page regularly (see above).

* Tell others about your favorite artist or deck via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or other social networking site related to the genre.

* Buy their deck, art pieces or merchandise as gifts for friends and family--or to use for a raffle or giveaway.

* Are they on Etsy, Zazzle or other art merchandise site? Favorite their shop, like their items and review goodies you've bought from them.

* Is their deck or art on Amazon or other bookseller? Share your love by writing a review of it.

* Sign up for their Newsletter. They may very well have insider coupons included in their newsletter, helping you save money on future purchases.

Email loveDon't forget the power of a sincere email, telling your favorite blogger, author, artist or deck creator how much their work means to you. Writing and creating can be a lonely endeavor, and most artists love hearing from their readers and fans!

Do you have a blog or radio show? Consider featuring your favorite blogger, author or deck creator. Don't be shy, thinking they're too "big" to want to be on your show or be interviewed. Most are quite nice and are delighted that you're interested in their work!

Did I miss any ways we can support our favorite bloggers, authors and artists? Please feel free to share them!


Tarot Myths and Truths - Janet Boyer Live Radio Show

Your first Tarot deck must be given to you as a gift. You must shuffle seven times before every reading. Tarot decks should be stored in a silk cloth. Tarot is incompatible with Christianity. You shouldn’t read Tarot while intoxicated. There is no wrong way to read Tarot. The best deck is the Rider-Waite Tarot.

It’s time to dispel the myths surrounding Tarot and introduce some truths.

Tarot Myths

Tune in Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 8-10 PM EST as I and my special co-host Amanda Donnelly (78 Whispers Blog) give you the straight story on what you need—and don’t need—when using Tarot cards.  

Click here to go the show page on BlogTalkRadio. 

Listen to internet radio with JanetBoyerLive on Blog Talk Radio

-- Janet


BIT Tarot: 4 of Swords Card and Being "Hooked"

From Pema Chodron's No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva:

No timeEmotional turmoil begins with an initial perception—a sight, sound, thought—which gives rise to a feeling of comfort or discomfort. This is the subtlest level of shenpa, the subtlest stage of getting hooked. Energetically there is a perceptible pull; it’s like wanting to scratch an itch. We don’t have to be advanced meditators to catch this.

This initial tug of “for” or “against” is the first place we can remain as steady as a log. Just experience the tug and relax into the restlessness of the energy, without fanning this ember with thoughts. If we stay present with the rawness of our direct experience, emotional energy can move through us without getting stuck. Of course, this isn’t easy and takes practice. 

When I read this, I thought of the 4 of Swords Tarot card. Numerologically, the four brings stability and equanimity to the realm of thoughts, judgements and assumptions. After all, it's really a thought--a story we tell ourselves (including "for" or "against" attitudes) that generate powerful emotion in the first place.

In fact, in her newest book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, Chodron writes:

In My Stroke of Insight, the brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor's book about her recovery from a massive stroke, she explains the physiological mechanism behind emotion: an emotion like anger that's an automatic response lasts just ninety seconds fromt he moment it's triggered until it runs its course. One and a half minutes, that's all. When it lasts any longer, which it usually does, it's because we've chosen to rekindle it.

The fact of the shifting, changing nature of our emotions is something we could take advantage of. But do we? No. Instead, when an emotion comes up, we fuel it with our thoughts, and what should last one and half minutes may be drawn out for ten or twenty years. We just keep recycling the story line. We keep strengthening our old habits.

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Mental 4 Card (4 of Swords) from the Snowland Deck
Again, this fits beautifully with the import of the 4 of Swords card. A table usually has four legs, and that offers not only stability, but a nice, flat place where things can be "laid out on the table" for our examination and consideration.

And, unless we examine the ways we get "hooked" by our emotions--fueled by our need to be "right" or "justified"--we'll just keep repeating the same old patterns...missing what's present, what's real and what's fresh.

You may be interested in a previous blog I wrote on this topic, especially as it relates to this card, called 4 of Swords and Painful Thoughts.

So often we hear the same tired meanings for this card that don't range past interpretations like "rest", "recuperation", "taking a break" or "seeking peace and quiet".

While this card can certainly mean those things, it can mean so much more--especially when we factor in numerology combined with all that falls under the realm of the swords suit.

If you consider reversed Tarot cards, as I do, then the 4 of Swords, reversed can indicate being "hooked". Thus, this card upside down offers us a choice point where we can decide to just let it go and move on (given the 90 seconds has already passed, of course). Depending on what other cards surround it, the 4 of Swords reversed can indicate areas where we have chosen to fuel negative thoughts and emotions by extending a 90 second incident into days, weeks, months or even years.

Here are some combinations with interpretations to give you an idea of what I mean:

Fool + 4 of Swords, reversed = Refusing to forgive a foolish act

Empress + 4 of Swords, reversed = "Hooked" by something your Mom said or did

Tower + 4 of Swords, reversed = Refusing to let go of things surrounding trauma

3 of Swords + 4 of Swords, reversed = Assuming you'll always be marginalized as before

6 of Cups + 4 of Swords, reversed = Refusing to move on from nostalgia. Longing for "the way things were".

8 of Wands + 4 of Swords, reversed = Beating yourself up for something done in haste

See how it works? If the Wheel of Fortune shows up, you can be sure that "chewing the cabbage twice" or bitterness is a long-standing life pattern. If Judgement shows up, as well, we now have a karmic aspect to the situation. Regardless, we always have a choice about what we think. We can always choose again. We can always choose differently. We can choose according to our own heart and intuition rather than "the crowd". 

Does it take courage? A lot of inner work? Yes, especially if "stinkin' thinkin'" in an igrained habit.

But it's not impossible. And that's why teachers like Pema Chodron, Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle exist: to get us past our painful stories into freedom.

What about you, dear reader? How do you see the 4 of Swords card? What about the combos I shared? Would love to hear your insights!

-- Janet


Cultivating Gratitude with All 78 Tarot Cards

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6 Material Card (6 of Coins) from the Snowland Deck

I had thought about writing a post using specific Tarot cards as gratitude talismans.

That is, using certain Tarot cards--especially ones that some would associate with gratitude or abundance--for the conscious cultivation of thankfulness.

The more I thought of it, the more I realized that every single one of the 78 cards of Tarot can be used to inspire gratitude, draw out thankfulness or cultivate mindful appreciation.

Here are my contributions. What affirmations can you come up with for each card? What does each Tarot card inspire you to be thankful for?

The Fool - I am thankful for blank slates.

The Magician - I am grateful that I have many creative tools at my disposal.

The High Priestess - I am thankful for the rich answers that are inside me.

The Empress - I am so thankful to be Mom to the most precious, extraordinarily wise, kind and gentle person I know.

The Emperor - I am grateful that I can set boundaries easily.

The Hierophant - I am thankful for special teachers who have graced my life.

The Lovers - I am grateful for hot monogamy!

The Chariot - I am thankful that I have strong will, drive and focus.

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Strength from the Snowland Deck
Strength - I am grateful that I'm incredibly resilient.

The Hermit - I am thankful that I have a family that honors the power of "alone time".

Wheel of Fortune - I'm grateful that I've handled everything life's thrown at me.

Justice - Although earthly justice fails miserably, I'm thankful for karma.

The Hanged Man - I'm grateful for "time outs" that help me see things in a new light or gently encourage a new approach.

Death - I am grateful for the book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron (reading it now).

Temperance - I am thankful for an experimental attitude.

The Devil - I am grateful for the courage to stare down "demons"--my own, and other's.

The Tower - I am thankful for earth-shattering experiences that opened my eyes and heart.

The Star - I am grateful for wonderment, wishes and "kid stuff".

The Moon - I am thankful for delicious mysteries.

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The Sun from the Snowland Deck
The Sun
- I am grateful for air conditioning in the summer!

Judgement - I am thankful for the knowledge of sacred contracts.

The World - I am grateful for "the world" for its study in contrasts.

Ace of Wands - I am thankful for an artesian well of ideas!

Two of Wands - I'm grateful for those unafraid of disagreement or conflict.

Three of Wands - I'm thankful that I go after my ships instead of waiting for them.

Four of Wands - I'm grateful for a quiet, rural neighborhood.

Five of Wands - I'm thankful for the times Ron and Noah engage in vigorous, hilarious horseplay!

Six of Wands - I'm grateful that I only compete against myself.

Seven of Wands - I'm thankful that mobs have never taken me down.

Eight of Wands - I am grateful for the miracle of the internet!

Nine of Wands - I am thankful that what hasn't killed me has made me stronger!

Ten of Wands - I am grateful for a husband and son that willingly do the "heavy lifting" when needed.

Page of Wands - I am thankful for a curious spirit.

Knight of Wands - I'm thankful for a can-do attitude.

Queen of Wands - I'm grateful for an entrepreneurial know-how.

King of Wands - I am thankful for publishers who produce wonderful books!

Ace of Cups - I am grateful for forgiveness and compassion.

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2 Emoting Card (2 of Cups) from the Snowland Deck
Two of Cups
- I am thankful that I'm married to my best friend.

Three of Cups - I'm grateful for my family of three and the fun we have!

Four of Cups - I'm thankful that I'm rarely bored.

Five of Cups - I'm grateful that hurt feelings are temporary.

Six of Cups - I'm thankful for old school TV shows (50s-70s)!

Seven of Cups - I'm grateful for a wide array of opportunities and choices.

Eight of Cups - I am thankful that I don't have to finish what I start.

Nine of Cups - I am grateful for times of indulgence!

Ten of Cups - I am thankful for a harmonious home life.

Page of Cups - I am thankful for my artistic, sensitive son.

Knight of Cups - I am grateful that chivalry is not dead.

Queen of Cups - I am thankful for strong intuition.

King of Cups - I am grateful to those who curate, direct and present beauty.

Ace of Pentacles - I am thankful for income opportunities.

Two of Pentacles - I am grateful that I can multi-task well.

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3 Material Card (3 of Coins) from the Snowland Deck
Three of Pentacles
- I am thankful that I don't work for anyone or need permission to do what I do.

Four of Pentacles - I am thankful that my husband tends to be a saver rather than a spender.

Five of Pentacles - I am grateful that rejection and blackballing hasn't snuffed out my spark.
Six of Pentacles - I am thankful for the generosity of others.

Seven of Pentacles - I am grateful for the ability to evaluate usefulness and ROI.

Eight of Pentacles - I am thankful that my husband has a steady job.

Nine of Pentacles - I am grateful for comfortable surroundings.

Ten of Pentacles - I'm thankful that family legacies aren't mine and don't have to be, either.

Page of Pentacles - I'm grateful that I love to learn!

Knight of Pentacles - I'm thankful for my husband's reliability.

Queen of Pentacles - I'm grateful for the animal kingdom, including my fur babies!

King of Pentacles - I'm thankful that TurboTax makes my life simpler come April!

Ace of Swords - I'm grateful that I have a tongue and I'm not afraid to use it--and for the gift of free speech.

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2 Mental Card (2 of Swords) from the Snowland Deck
Two of Swords
- I'm thankful that I don't wear blindfolds or masks.

Three of Swords - I'm grateful for friendship forged in adversity.

Four of Swords - I'm thankful that I'm able to rest when I'm sick.

Five of Swords - I'm grateful for integrity.

Six of Swords - I'm thankful for the gifts of science.

Seven of Swords - I'm grateful for being a step ahead.

Eight of Swords - I'm thankful I'm not a victim.

Nine of Swords - I'm grateful that anxiety and panic attacks have been absent for a long time.

Ten of Swords - I'm so thankful my back has been strong for the last few years!

Page of Swords - I'm thankful for the levity of pranks.

Knight of Swords - I'm grateful for those who protect my freedom.

Queen of Swords - I'm thankful for critical reasoning.

King of Swords - I'm grateful for high standards.

 

Your turn! Can you come up with affirmations or sentiments of gratitude for all 78 cards in the Tarot?

-- Janet

Card images from the Snowland Deck. Art by Ron Boyer. Further reproduction prohibited.


Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

SneezeOn my personal Facebook page, I whined mentioned how I've had this awful cold for weeks. It's unusual for me to ever get sick, let alone be sick for an extended period.

I asked for remedies to help me get over this cold (in addition to healing vibes and prayers), and my Facebook friends did not disappoint! Here are some natural remedies for the common cold, brought to you by some fantatic Facebook peeps:

Ashley Drake Gephart advises: Bioron Coldcalm does wonders for me. I can't take much but zinc is good too.That and their flu stuff. I make sure I have some on hand all the time. Works wonders. (Janet says: I ordered 60 tablets on Amazon.com!)

Wendy Pillows Hixson advises: Also if you are congested, eucalyptus oil in a very hot shower. 

Michael Denholm advises: Zinc and Vitamin D3 can help too. I've been shoving them, along with 1000MG Vit C, Omega 3 and a B Complex down my throat for almost a week now. My colds are usually long lasting and pretty heavy. It's not been so bad this year.  (Janet says: Ron is getting me Cs and Zinc after work today!)

Miri Milne advises: Find a local beekeeper and buy some fresh local honey. Teaspoon of it a day, with lemon if you must. (Janet says: I had heard that local honey helps build immunity, but discovered this artricle on WebMD debunking such claims.)

Alan John Wilkinson advises: I would've suggested some books. Seems you've got that angle covered. ;-) (Janet says: Ha! I've been reading lots, but no books on nutrition or health. Some recently finished goodies include Let the Devil Sleep and Roast Mortem. Almost done with another fab book, Practical Jean!

Echinacea teaMary Muse Wilson advises: I do Celestial Seasoning's Echinacea Complete Care tea, and make hot lemons with real lemon juice for extra Vit C. (Janet says: Will call my husband after work to make sure he picks me up some from the store!)

Exploding Mary advises: Steam your face with a cinnamon stick thrown into the water. The steam clears and drains your sinuses, not to mention your pores, while the cinnamon's antibacterial properties help coat and protect the sinus cavity against germs. (Janet says: Will ask Ron if he can find some at the store!)

Michelle Bowser advises: Have you ever tried using a Neti pot? I have allergies but am allergic to allergy medicine. Yeah, it's hilarious. Anyway, I use the Neti pot for congestion and so does my husband. (Janet says: Can't do Neti pots. I have a deviated septum and last time I tried it, my ears felt wonky. I think I did some permanent damage!)

What about you, dear Reader? Have you found surefire ways to beat (or at least ameliorate) the common cold? Feel free to leave a comment to share your tips and tricks!

-- Janet


10 HarperCollins Kindle Books About Writing for $1.99

To celebrate NaNoWriMo, HarperCollins is featuring ten of its writing eBooks for only $1.99 (just bought seven, myself!):

  1. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
  2. Write for Your Life by Lawrence Block
  3. Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George
  4. Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard
  5. How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them—A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
  6. How to Write: Advice and Reflections by Richard Rhodes
  7. Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt
  8. Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg
  9. On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
  10. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Here are the ten writing books on Kindle with links directly to their Amazon pages:

 

Enjoy!

-- Janet


Snowland Deck Video

A few months ago, I made a Snowland Deck video for our Life Themes Edition (Majors Only) deck. You can see it here

Since Ron has only a handful of cards left to paint for the full Snowland Deck, I thought I'd make an (almost) full deck video featuring all new card images and different music. What do you think?


-- Janet


Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

I've been sick with a cold, so I was craving some vegetable soup. I asked my Mom for Dad's recipe (he was a Staff Sergeant cook in the army and made the best soups)...but she gave me this one, instead, assuring me it was "so good!" 

Well, I gotta hand to her...it is! I just finished my 2nd bowl. Thought I'd share the easy peasy recipe with you all. It's from my Aunt Bernice.

Veg Soup

Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 teaspoons minced garlic from a jar)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Saute the above until beef is browned. Then, add:

28 ounces diced tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
2 quarts of water
1/2 cup sugar
3 beef bouillon cubes

Simmer for 30 minutes. Then, add:

1 large bag of mixed frozen vegetables (or two small bags)

Simmer another 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Note: if you're not used to using sugar for your marinara sauces, chili or tomato-based soups, you may find the sweetness of this dish surprising. In fact, my son said it tasted like "candy on top of vegetables"; he didn't care for it. Next time, I think I'll try reducing the sugar to 1/4 cup.

-- Janet


World Tarot Card Meaning for Writers

The next Tarot card we'll cover in the Tarot Card Meaning for Writers  series is The World.

This post explores the The World Tarot card in light of creative writing and what we could glean from it for character, plot, conflict, setting and more. This post will be added to as additional insights come up. 

Let's look at what comes up with the Universal Waite image of The World Tarot card first:

World 400A world traveler. Someone decides to sail the world. World dancer: someone becomes famous for dancing.

Batons: Band majorette. Baton twirler.

Swirling cloth: rhythmic gymnast. Maybe a gymnast suffers a devastating injury because she trips on fabric.

Or maybe someone dances before royalty (royalty=purple cloth), encountering a mishap because of fabric or a costume.

The young man at the upper left reminds me of a troubadour…perhaps with a talking eagle as a mentor?

A dancer on a journey accompanied by three wise/talking creatures: an eagle, a bull and a lion.

In astrology, the beings in the four corners represent the four fixed signs of the Zodiac: Man = Aquarius; Bull = Taurus; Lion = Leo; Eagle = Scorpio.

Maybe a superstitious dancer will only perform during these four months. Why?

A circus performer? Animal trainer? Zookeeper? Someone like the Crocodile Hunter?

A farmer, ranch hand, or rural youth dreams of being a dancer.

Dancer put in a position where she must comprise her values or dignity. A stripper?

Binding of the wreath reminds me of “foot binding” as detailed in The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. Maybe a young woman is inspired to be a social activist on behalf of women residing in repressed lands? Within China?

The World reminds me of “All the world’s a stage”, which is from Shakespeare. Back in the day, men played all parts, including that of women.

A cross-dressing entertainer? Someone like Eddie Izzard? A fan of Eddie Izzard?

Some say the World Dancer is a Hermaphrodite. “Mighty Hermaphrodite” (title of a story/book?). Maybe a character was born as a hermaphrodite. And, maybe the parents chose (and forced) a certain gender—but puberty hits and…

The oval in the center reminds me of a mirror. Maybe a character suffers from a gender identity crisis? “Sees” a girl, although the exterior is “male”? Body dysmorphic syndrome?

The song “We Are the World” comes to mind, which reminds me of the 80s. The AIDS epidemic in the 80s. Someone’s favorite movie is Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks?

World 400
The World card from the Snowland Deck
Now, let's examine The World card from the Snowland Deck:

Something to do with snow globes. First thing I think of is "handle with care". Osteogenesis imperfecta comes to mind, aka "Brittle bone disease". This leads me to think of the premise for the movie Unbreakable...and the idea that polar opposites exist in the world as people.

For a unique setting, what would happen if the people in a snow globe came to life?

Maybe a man (blue glove) gives a woman (pink glove) a snow globe. What are the circumstances around this gift?

The central continent showing is Africa. What would happen if it suddenly snowed on the whole African continent? What happened?

Perhaps an American boy sends an African girl a snow globe. What's the story?

Or what about a character who's an artisan specializing in one-of-a-kind snowglobes?

What do you see in this card? Feel free to share your insights in the comments section so we can create a Tarot Card Meaning Database for Writers that everyone to use! 

-- Janet