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September 2016

Introducing The Athena Zone

Athena zone square 400For the last year, so many have sent me notes asking "When are the Tarot Bitches coming back on air?" or "Will you please start your radio show back up?"

I appreciated their enthusiasm loyalty, but repeatedly demurred.

Then, in a perfect synchronistic storm, my former co-host, Laura Brown, and I decided (quite spontaneously) to go back on the air.


But, although we love Tarot, we thought it best to include a wide-range of relevant topics that inspire, encourage and provoke thought + civil discourse. 

And thus, The Athena Zone was born!

Janet and Laura 2Our BlogTalkRadio show is at this link. We air LIVE every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 PM EST for 30 minutes. (We may do filler shows, too, with yours truly doing the late night shift). Do follow us there to get reminders about show times.

Our blog, where every episode will be archived, (including our first one, which is already up!), is Athena.Zone. (Yep, I snagged a dot zone URL ending). You can subscribe to our blog, and every time a new post/show goes up, it will be delivered right to your inbox.

Let us know how you like the show over at our blog or feel free to shoot us an email. We're having fun being back on air...and hope you love it, too.

-- Janet

Snowland Deck GIF

Well, Snowland Deck got jealous about her sister deck's I had to make one for her. (LOL)

Snowland GIF

If you visit our Snowland Deck Facebook page here, you can click on the image, have it "stop" on a card--and I'll interpret it for you in a mini-reading (if you leave a comment there and tell me what you got).


-- Janet

Coffee Tarot Majors .GIF

I made a .gif of our Coffee Tarot Major Arcana cards just for fun. :o) The cool thing is, though, that you can go on our Facebook page here where there's a fast-moving version of this .gif...and if you click on it, it stops on a card. I'll even interpret it for you if tell me what you get in the comments section over on our page!

Coffee Majors GIF

Art © Ron Boyer

-- Janet

It's Not Nice to Rip Off Hard Working Tarot Creators

I've always stood up for artists and authors trying to make a living, especially in the face of childish boycotts, petty blackballing and rampant slander. Now, I'm standing with my colleagues James Battersby and Christine Aguilar. Read on for their harrowing experience with the "Bully from Cyprus"...

James and Christine

Most customers we deal with are honest people . Tarot artists build their businesses on reliable customers, deck sales, and a good reputation for quality service and products. Every once in awhile, someone problematic comes onto the scene who challenges this. Recently, it's come to our attention there's an individual who targets indie deck makers in an elaborate scam to build his Tarot collection. While I understand deck prices are high, that's no excuse for this deplorable behavior. Deck costs are high because production cost is high. We also have shipping to consider, which has gone up considerably in the last couple of years. It takes an artist lots of man hours--months, and even years in some cases, to produce a quality deck of cards. For example, Twisted Tarot Tales took almost two years to complete.

Meanwhile, we have to rely on profits from previous work and side projects to pay the rent. It's not easy living off your craft. So when someone comes along who routinely tries to score a free deck of cards, it comes out of our pockets. This is not just a hobby for some deck creators: it's also a means of livelihood .

People who buy from "Battersby Tarots" get a quality product. We also attempt to do our best to please customers, as well as shipping products in a timely manner. We just ended our first Indiegogo campaign and so far we managed to ship out all the decks on time and include our special printed tarot bags with the higher tier contributions as a way of saying thanks for the support.

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7 of Swords from Twisted Tarot Tales

Returning to the topic: there's a "customer" whom we will call "Mr, Cyprus" (yes, I'm including his country because I feel deck creators need to be able to identify him. Also. his victims will know who I'm talking about). Unbeknownst to me, he is notorious for pulling a non-receipt scam. One person I spoke with called him an "evil genius". He orders decks from indie tarot artists, claims non receipt, inundates the victim's email box with threats--as well as foul language and abuse (he called me, Christine, a c*nt--demanding a refund . He's done similar things with charge-backs in the Kickstarter campaigns he participates in. The shocking thing about all this is he's been getting away with it for a couple years now. Artists don't really want to speak out about Mr. Cyprus for fear of reprisal or revenge. His messages are quite nasty, trust me.

We first became aware of his potential for being problematic with the last Tarot deck we published. He ordered a deck from us, claimed non-receipt and I promptly refunded him. Jimmy and I take great care to keep customers happy. Like other artists, we don't want negative feedback about our business. We also just published a deck which proved to be very controversial (Cultural Revolution Tarot). The last thing we wanted was a bad feedback about our service posted in some retaliatory thread on Aeclectic or some other card collector's forum. I promptly contacted the printer who can back up what I'm saying about Mr. Cyprus's complaint. He told me they didn't receive a returned parcel with his details on it.

Fast forward a year later. Mr. Cyprus orders our new Twisted Tarot Tales deck. In between this time, another Tarot merchant complained to us about Mr Cyprus on his Kickstarter. He was pledging, cancelling and sending nasty messages. He did this several times driving the seller nuts. Ultimately, the artist barred him from making a contribution to his campaign. I kept this in mind. Again, he claimed non-receipt. This time I gave him the tracking number from the printer. I also contacted the printer who told me to wait a few more days, because decks could take as long as 25 business days to arrive in the post. The customer service representative said he would issue either a refund or deck replacement if the customer hasn't received the item by that time.

Mr. Cyprus then emailed me and told me he couldn't make sense out of the tracking number. He then accused me of trying to save money by getting a bogus tracking number. I replied I most certainly did not save money; it cost me extra for the number. I purchased the tracking available through the printer who uses Hong Kong Post. I set up a replacement deck, but he was pressing me for a refund. It was at this point I decided to talk to a few close artist friends about Mr. Cyprus. We discovered they also heard of him and were among the artists who had unfortunate encounters with him resulting in a loss of money, decks and time for all involved. JImmy went a step further and posted Mr. Cyprus's name on his Facebook wall. A few artists responded via messages and gave us quite a story about his scams, abuses and threats going back a couple of years. They all agreed he was notorious for his "forced refunds", "vile words" and spamming inboxes with nasty, profanity-laced emails.

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8 of Swords from Twisted Tarot Tales

Mr. Cyprus decided I was next on his spam list after I confronted him with my suspicions. He informed me of his numerous orders and, of course, some of them are bound to get lost in the mail. I inform him of all the orders for decks, books and bags I've received over the years, and how I have never had a parcel go completely missing until I started dealing with him. Initially, I told him I would require another address for shipments, but in lieu of new facts, I would never deal with this person again.

Meanwhile, the printer has dispatched yet another deck to this customer who, instead of feeling some remorse for his abusive language and veiled threats, has taken it upon himself to contact another Tarot artist and accuse him of giving me information about his shady dealings! The funny thing is, that particular artist never came to mind--and I never mentioned him at all.

So, his list of past victims grows.

Scam or missing decks? You decide. I decided this customer isn't worth the risk. Between the printer and myself , his claims of non-receipt cost us about $200.

Note from Janet: John Yiacoupis from Cyprus--the jig is up.

-- Janet

Janet Boyer on the Into the Parabnormal Show with Jeremy Scott

So after a shitty experience with Rob McConnell of X Zone Radio, I'm pleased to punch to announce that I was just on Into the Parabnormal Show with Jeremy Scott. ::fist pump::

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Yeah, that "b" is supposed to be in there, for you fellow Grammar Police; it's a combo of "Paranormal" and "Abnormal". Clever, huh? I didn't get it at first. :oP

So anyway...

We had a great show. Jeremy said the two biggest takeaways from our chat were "Spiritual Constipation" and "Drag (Tarot) Queens". I know, I know...typical Janet fare. 

Without further ado, I give you...THE SHOW. Episode #176 of Into the Parabnormal with Jeremy Scott. (Give the player a few seconds. There's about 5 or so seconds of dead air at first.)

And there's RUSH BUMPER MUSIC, guys. "Subdivisions" and "Natural Science", to be exact.

Enjoy! It was a super-fun show. One of my favorites. 

-- Janet

Sexism in Tarot or on Paranormal Radio Shows? You Be the Judge

So you may have already heard about my experience with Rob McConnell on X Zone Radio. If you missed it, listen here. [Note: Because of the backlash, Rob removed my interview from YouTube. Fortunately, I had the foresight to save it to DropBox before he did. That link will take you there.]

My friend and colleague Dax Carlisle told me that Rob interviewed Tarot author Paul Quinn a few days before me. The difference in tone, respect and quality of questions is marked. Listen to Rob interview Paul here.

After listening to both interviews, what do YOU think? Is there sexism surrounding the Tarot? Or with "Old Guard" Paranormal Radio Hosts?

Btw: before I went On Air, he called me "dear". Then, at the beginning of the interview, he called me "hon". A whole lot different from the "Sir" he called Paul Quinn. Some would call that benevolent sexism, but I'm not THAT petty. Still...

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Weigh in below in the comments section!

[EDIT 2: For some bizarre reason, Rob McConnell deleted the interview--but then re-uploaded it so it has a different URL. New YouTube upload here.]

[EDIT 3: Dax just let me know that I'm now on Rob's list of X Zone Order of Woo Woos (click here to read the list). My "crime"? Daring to use Tarot as a form of counseling. Just like Paul Quinn. Who was on Rob's show before, and was treated with respect. And is not on the list. Yikes! Can't imagine how miserable McConnell must be to do this sort of thing to past guests...]

-- Janet

When Asshat Rob McConnell of the X Zone Interviews Janet Boyer About Tarot

Well, at least, that's the premise that I was booked under: that I would be interviewed about my work with Tarot--including innovating with the system to further empower people to think and act for themselves.

But, apparently, host Rob McConnell from Canada had another agenda.

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Listen to the hour show below...then come back and share your thoughts in the comments. (Heads up: he basically dissed Tarot readers and psychics, as well as their clients (implying they are "weak" for visiting Tarot readers or other intuitives.)


Dax Carlisle just let me know that I'm now on Rob's list of X Zone Order of Woo Woos (click here to read the list). My "crime"? Daring to use Tarot as a form of counseling. Just like Paul Quinn. Who was on Rob's show before, and was treated with respect. And is not on the list. Yikes! Can't imagine how miserable McConnell must be to do this sort of thing to past guests...]

-- Janet