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March 2014

10 Questions for Tarotist Dax Carlisle


What’s your favorite breakfast food? I don't eat breakfast, but for the occassional brunch: A chorizo breakfast burrito

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Well, that's a really difficult one. What ONE book? Of course, I am tempted to say something like Back in Time Tarot ...teeheehee. But I am gonna say, I wish everyone would read: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

What makes you laugh? You mean, besides a Kilted Rubber Chicken Tarot? I have a great sense of humor and a LOT makes me laugh! The first thing that comes to mind are those funny cat pics and videos on Facebook LOL...

Song that never gets old: Boston’s “More Than a Feeling”.

Drink of choice: Dirty Vodka Martini, three olives—shaken, not stirred.

Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot.

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach.

Favorite color? Orange.

Best movie line: “Do, or do not. There is no try!” (Yoda in Star Wars).

Last thing you splurged on? A Samsung Galaxy S4.

Bonus Q: Your go-to gadget: The Samsung Galaxy S4. Hehehe ;o)

Dr Dax Carlisle, DD, CHt, CTM is a radio personality, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Tarot Master. He is the Founder/President of The Tarot Guild and the creator of Dax is also a Numerologist, Karaoke Singer and Java Junkie. Visit his sites at and

Gilded Reverie Lenormand Review

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I've not jumped into the Lenormand craze because I detest leaping onto bandwagons. Yet, I wondered what all the bruhaha was about, so I purchased two Lenormand decks to fill me in: the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, and the lovely (and well-researched) Enchanted Lenormand by Caitlin Matthews.

However, two glaring things caused me to not bond with this deck:

1. The card designation error on the Dog card (#18, which should be the 10 of Hearts, not the 10 of Spades). This results in TWO 10 of Spades cards in this deck (the other one being the correct Ship card--#3). Sloppy editing on behalf of U.S. Games Systems, the publisher? (Wouldn't surprise me, since I once had a deck from this company that featured a misspelling of the card's TITLE--Clytemnestra).

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2. The digital illustrator's continued use of putting his CM initials, prominently, in all the images (as he does with ALL his decks). We, the users, are constantly reminded of this prima donna's "look at me!" intrusion into the images (which doesn't make for profound or indepth readings, IMO). Perhaps shallow swimmers would prefer, though...

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Images are slick and pretty, per the usual Ciro Marchetti decks--lots of gold filigree and eye-popping colors. But, for me, it's more like eating Lucky Charms cereal than Bear Naked Granola, ifyouknowwhatImean.

I'm looking forward to The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards by Caitlin Matthews that will be out later this year; perhaps reading her scholarly, considered insights will make me want to give Lenormand another chance.

For now, I'm sticking with the complex, archetypal Tarot to fit my needs...

-- Janet

Writing and Pitching a Non-Fiction Proposal Audio

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If you happened to miss my presentation at the Business of Tarot TeleSummit on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal (which also applies to most non-fiction books), here it is below for your listening enjoyment. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Download Writing and Pitching a Non Fiction Proposal

-- Janet

10 Questions for Tarotist Timothy Martin

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What’s your favorite breakfast food? Bacon!

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Chronicles of Narnia.

What makes you laugh? The absurdity of life.

Song that never gets old:Mickey” by Toni Basil.

Drink of choice: Crystal Light Tea with Lemon.

Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold. I can always put on more clothes but you can’t get more naked than naked when it’s hot.

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Mountain.

Favorite color? Green.

Best movie line:Life’s a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving.” from Mame.

Last thing you splurged on? My chest tattoo. It’ll be $900 in by the time it’s done.

Bonus Q: Favorite time of day: Midnight. I LOVE the witching hour!

Timothy Martin been a reader for 20 years, certified herbalist, reiki master, poet, artist. You can find him on Facebook at Timothy's Tarot.

Behind the Scenes Video of the Business of Tarot TeleSummit

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Did you miss my presentation on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal? Never fear, the free replay is here!

No only that, below is a 3-minute video of me in my Zen Room, 15 minutes before hostess Heather Woodward is about to call!

I'll be presenting on Writing a Great Tarot Review Tuesday at 4 PM EST. There's still time to register for my live (free) presentation at this link

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-- Janet

The Gypsy Ribbon Acknowledgements

It's always an honor to be mentioned in a book's Acknowledgements. So humbling! The latest one mentiong yours truly is The Gypsy Ribbon, the second book in the Arcana Love series. Huge thanks to my author pal Shannon MacLeod for including me in the acknowledgements!

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You can purchase The Gypsy Ribbon on Amazon at this link. Visit Shannon on the web at

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-- Janet

Writing and Pitching a Non-Fiction Proposal

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Do you have a non-fiction book ready to burst inside you? How would you like to get your creation out in the world--preferrably, to a traditional publisher?

What about a Tarot deck that you've scripted and would love to see get into print?

This Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 4 PM EST, I'll be presenting a live, free seminar on Writing and Pitching a Tarot Proposal as a part of The Business of Tarot TeleSummit. But, Tarot doesn't have to be your "thing" for you to benefit from my presentation, because what I'll share with you applies to all book proposals--especially non-fiction. 

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In this live presentation (yes, you can ask me questions!), I'll cover the seven crucial "knows" to increase your chances of landing a book or deck deal. Here's a sneak peek (yep, showing you what's up my sleeve!):

Know Your Brand
Know Your Topic
Know Your Readers
Know Your Elevator Pitch
Know Your Competition
Know Your Colleagues
Know Your Marketing Plan (Influencers, Outlets and Publicists)

Want to join me? Visit this link to register (again, it's free--and includes fourteen different presentations lasting from March 5 - 12, 2014).  Can't make it live? Good news! Our hostess with the most-est, Heather Woodward, will be archiving them all for you to listen to later (again, all for free). 

Why free? My colleagues and I want you to succeed! We're cheering you on to be the best professional you can be in Tarot--or any other service-oriented endeavor. 

Will I see you there? I hope so! Click here to find out all about it (including amazing freebies and discounts for registrants--including two sample book pitches that landed me contracts...both within months of one another, and from the same publisher!). 

-- Janet