The Harley and the Ivy

So I bought a few Harley Quinn charms last year but didn't do anything with them...until now.

Behold! My Harley Quinn bracelet:

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I love plants and trees and the color green, so I thought I'd make some Poison Ivy bracelets--and a (mis)matching set of earrings, too. Ron said "Oh. It's a Gotham Collection".

HAHAHA! (Or, rather, HA...HA...HA).

Yeah, more like a Gotham Villainess Collection. But, I just may do some Joker, Riddler and Batman jewelry...

Behold--the botanical bijouterie!

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Check 'em out at ChezBoyer.Etsy.com (as well as some other goodies we've been making).

Speaking of making, Ron's working hard and joyfully on a new Lenormand deck. Like our Snowland Deck, it's painted acrylic images on hand-gessoed boards. He says I can't show any images until he gets past, like, the ten-card mark. Boo! Hiss!

I CAN say it's unlike any Lennie deck out there. Natch.

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Man on the Corner by Genesis

For the last month or so, I've been on a serious Genesis kick. They're often playing on our Smart TV or via one of our Amazon Echos or Dots.

"Man on the Corner" by Genesis has been one of my absolutely favorite songs for over 30 years (!). It's one that gets little air time compared to other Genesis/Phil Collins songs.

Isn't this song (as Will Ferrell as James Lipton would say about Alec Baldwin's Charles Nelson Reilly)--scrumptrulescent?

I'll share my second favorite Genesis song soon...

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Log Off, Mute All, Carry On

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, Austin Kleon's newest book, arrived yesterday. As with his first book, Steal Like an Artist, it's fab.

Keep Going

I'm only on the third chapter, but it's already a balm for the soul and a boost to the creative mind.

I love his reversal on the hippie sentiment:

Drop Out

Yesiree...Log Off, Mute All and Carry On.

I'm doing that now. In fact, just a few minutes ago, Team Boyer deactivated all their Facebook accounts (which means even our pages--one, with over 3K fans--are inaccessible).

I've put a note on Twitter that I won't be tweeting (although posts from this blog will automatically be tweeted there, I'm not there).

Instagram? May still post some pics there

Unplugging isn't new to Team Boyer. You may remember my post from 2012 called No TV for 3. We went over a decade without TV programming (we had TVs, mind you, but only used them for DVDs and the occasional PS2 gaming). 

We got a shitload of creative work done during that time, let me tell ya! 

We ended up getting a Smart TV last year, so we're streaming--but to be honest, we don't spend a lot of time watching. When we do, it's usually documentaries, British mysteries (me and Noah), Gaia, nature stuff, cartoons, YouTube tutorials and Great Courses lectures.

Back to unplugging: deactivating all our Facebook accounts was so freeing! I'm feeling the "freed up computing space" in a big way.

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I don't think we realize how much social media accounts function as a metaphorical "programs running in the background"--which means an unconscious (and sometimes, very conscious) drain on our "computing" energy.

I've also decided not to check any of my books' rankings on Amazon, nor the reviews.

My job is to create, not cater or monitor (which may go against prevailing publishing advice, but hey--I tried it "their" way...and it didn't work for me or my creative life). 

So this blog--and our Newsletter (you can subscribe here, if you're not already a recipient)--will be the primary ways we communicate to the world.

Notice I said "we". You may have noticed that my our blog got a makeover yesterday. 

Making this a Boyer Creations blog has been a long time coming--and I'm excited that we've consolidated our communication streams to basically only two channels. Really, I couldn't do what I do--to the extent I do it--without Ron and Noah. And they couldn't do their creative work without my help, either.

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We're truly a team. And we're up to a lot these days! Visit ChezBoyer.Etsy.com to view or purchase our latest offerings for sale. BoyerCreations.com is still up and running, too.

So stay tuned to see what we're creating and what we're thinking (or reading or watching or listening to)--and if you'd like, leave us a comment. We're glad to have you, and would be happy to answer any questions you have for us--as a family/creative team...or individually. And if you love what we're about, feel free to "buy us a coffee" (aka the Tip Jar). See the symbol at the top left of the blog? Just click and caffeinate. ::wink::

Carry on! (We will be).

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Black Hole Powehi Bracelets

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, the groundbreaking, first-ever photograph of a black hole was published around the world. Captivating viewers and providing the only direct visual evidence that these regions exist, this Black Hole was officially named Powehi, a Hawaiian phrase that means "embellished dark source of unending creation." (The photo was actually taken in April of 2017, but wasn't revealed until 2019).

I wanted to celebrate this monumental image by creating THREE one-of-a-kind bracelets, reflecting a central black bead (representing the Black Hole) and beads in varying shades of yellow and gold (mimicking the corona around the hole). Beads are are made from semi-precious stones, Czech glass and acrylic.

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Because they're made with memory wire, these goldtone bracelets fits most any wrist--and includes a goldtone star charm on the back.

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Click here to see more close up images of my Black Hole Bracelets at our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop.

-- Janet


Are You Supporting Illegal Tarot Decks?

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Sure...it seems cool to have a self-published deck come out that features celebrities--our favorite actors, singers, artists or musicians. Or even characters from a comic book series, novel, video game or movie.

Noticed I said self-published.

That's because traditional publishers aren't stupid enough to violate a famous person's Right of Publicity.

Yeah, in case you didn't know, Tarot decks featuring famous people--name or image, without their permission--is against the law. Click here to find out what the law says. For more information, Google "right of publicity" or "personality rights".

Now, most people realize you can't use TV shows, movies, songs or novels as a basis for a deck unless the creator/publisher secures permission OR it's in the public domain.

Yeppers, those people selling "fan art" at conventions?

Completely illegal.

They're profiting from the work and art originating with another person or creative entity. 

Take justice seriously 400So, this begs the question: how seriously do we, as Tarot enthusiasts, take the Justice card?

Oh, I can hear the rationalizations already:

It's not hurting anyone.

It's for personal use!

It's a great idea!

It's just for fun.

I'm using the deck for major internal work.

I read with this deck to help others!

Guess what?

The law doesn't care about your excuses reasons.

We think because someone is famous, they're rich--so it's OK to profit from their likeness. It's not hurting them. In fact, it gives them free publicity!

But that's just it: a person owns the "right of publicity" to his/her image and name. (Even dead people may be protected by their estate.)

Not you. Or your favorite indie deck "creator".

I can just see members of the Tarot community up in arms if a deck "creator" used illegal images from a self-published deck, original art or the body of a Tarot personality's work--without permission. 

Oh...but it's apparently fine and dandy to create, buy, review or own such decks. Or even have the deck thief creator interviewed by Tarot's flavor-of-the-month YouTuber or blogger.

Not.

So what are your thoughts, Tarot collector, blogger, reader, reviewer and creator? Is creating decks based on a rock band, pop culture icons, TV/movie actors, artists (like Banksy)--without express permission--OK with you? If so, how do you justify it in light of the law?

What decks have you come across that are likely violating the "Rights of Publicity" law?

Personally, I'd like to see more air-time, blog space and money aimed at people who actually draw and paint 78 (or more) images to make up a Tarot deck--rather than those who are riding on the hard-earned celebrity of others.

-- Janet


Reflections from the Dentist's Chair

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Last night, I had to get a broken tooth repaired. The numbing shot was the worst, as it usually is (unless you're getting a root canal...).

I sat in the seat for 20-25 minutes, waiting for my mouth to go numb so my awesome dentist could do his thing.

I became aware of the utter stillness my mind felt. How I felt completely in my body. Present. At peace. Joyful, even.

(Yeah, I know--in the dentist's chair!)

Then it hit me why.

The last time I was at the dentist's office was around two years ago. I was laboring to get Naked Tarot finished--and it was a few months after our successful Coffee Tarot Kickstarter campaign. And I knew that I not only needed to write/publish the companion book to that deck, but also the Snowland Deck companion.

A lot was on my plate, as usual.

Oh, and I was under contract for another Tarot book.

Normally, I thrived under such full-plateness.

But at 110K+ words, writing Naked Tarot was brutal. I wanted to make sure there was nothing out there like it and, as you know if you've followed me for any length of time, I don't do anything half-assed.

I didn't realize at the time just how much psychological stress I was under. And, perhaps, had been for over a decade as I pursued various creative projects. 

I'm a homebody--I love my drafty, old, 12-room house clad in creosote-treated wood in a coal patch nestled in a valley surrounded by tons of trees.

But when you're home a lot, it can sometimes be difficult to spot how much change or growth you've had, internally.

I mean, I knew I was floundering a bit--entering menopause and trying to figure out what "momentous thing" to do next. (Vocation-wise, it has been many years since I had a truly clean plate).

Empty plate

And, hubby kept encouraging me to just relax and enjoy the well-deserved down-time. "You've always wished you could just sit and read for fun--chill out. Well, do it!" In fact, the other day, he said to me "No more mountains to climb. The sherpa station is closed."

Ha!

I grew up in a blue-collar family where my Dad worked three jobs to make ends meet (full-time butcher/meat manager at a grocery store, part-time cop and security guard at sporting/concert events). Mom was stay-at-home, but I was cut more from Dad's cloth. And growing up in the "I can do anything!" 70's--with Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and Lindsay Wagner's Bionic Woman my sheroes--it never occurred to me to NOT to be out there conquering the world in some way.

I mean, I knew mentally that I had this wondrous, scary empty space before me--time to fill how I please (apart from making dinner, managing our Etsy store, making jewelry for fun and domestic responsibilities, that is)--but...

WOW.

To actually feel it. And revel in it. And appreciate it for the gift it was.

In the dentist's chair, no less.

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Merriam-Webster Word of the Year 2018? Justice (And It's a Tarot Card, Too)

According to the Merriam-Webster website:

Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017.

The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice. In any conversation about these topics, the question of just what exactly we mean when we use the term justice is relevant, and part of the discussion.

You can read the rest of the story here.

One part of the article noted:

Justice has varied meanings that do a lot of work in the language—meanings that range from the technical and legal to the lofty and philosophical. 

Indeed.

Tarot readers well know that Justice happens to be one of the Major Arcana cards of the Tarot, a "big picture" archetype that touches every person at some point in life.

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I was going to write a blog post about my ideas on Justice--but when I re-read what I wrote in the Stripped-Down Overview section on this card in my newest book Naked Tarot, I realized there's no need to reinvent the wheel (or is it The Wheel?):

Justice and Judgment are often confusing to Tarotists, especially if you throw in the Wheel of Fortune. Then there’s The Emperor and Hierophant. So who deals with laws? Rules? Consequences? Court dates? Jail time? Bureaucracy? Government? Karma? Ethics? Morality? Well, you have to read each entry in this book to get my take; if you’re reading from front to back, we’ve already covered The Emperor, The Hierophant and The Wheel. In The Hierophant chapter, I stated, “The Emperor rules the letter of the law, but The Hierophant governs the spirit of the same.” The boxing ring where these two duke it out? Justice. The roots of legal codes reach downs towards the bedrock of religion; depending on your moral persuasion—i.e., ideas of right and wrong (Hierophant)—you may take issue with how a particular country translates their religious decrees into actual laws (Emperor).

Even within a particular province or country, some may disagree with laws—as well as their interpretation and enforcement. Thus, the battleground of Justice: this is where laws are discussed, decreed, repealed, appealed and enforced among a group—usually a township, county, state or country. They’re “on the books”, and subject to argument, objection and sustainment. In some patriarchal, fundamentalist, Middle-Eastern countries, laws are inextricably linked with sacred texts with an eye for an eye brand of “justice”: you steal, you lose a hand. You cheat on your husband, you get gang-raped. Bring your family “dishonor” as a modern young woman, and your brother gets to strangle you to death with impunity.

Even the legal systems of Western countries—which many assert are more civilized, rational and fair—may draw harsh criticisms: what of corrupt cops or courts? Jail time for marijuana possession versus multiple DUIs (any of which could have resulted in the death of motorists)? Or the capriciousness (some would say, bigotry) of racial profiling and arrests, not to mention false imprisonments? Granted, some territories appear to uphold equality more than others. In fact, if citizens disagree, they can actually change those laws through voting and political pressure. Participation in local government is important because, in essence, we make the laws of the land—and they directly reflect our sense of parity…or apathy.

So what are your thoughts on the concept (or card) of Justice, dear reader? How does it differ from Judgement in your worldview? Would love to read your take in the comments below!

-- Janet

P.S. Justice image from our Snowland Deck (SnowlandDeck.com). For an original Tarot spread I created based on the Justice card, click here.


Check Out the Trippin' Waite Tarot

If you feel that Pixie's illustrations are a bit "blah"--you may discover a new interest in Pamela Colman Smith's art thanks to the Trippin' Waite Tarot!

Re-colored and designed by Christine Aguiar (part of the Battersby Tarot team that brought us the Kiddy Katz, Spooky Katz, Twisted Tarot Tales and other decks), this groovy set of cards is sure to bring a smile to your face, a spring to your step and some zen to your day.

Check out their video below:

 You can follow their progress, and back the deck (some Tiers have extra cards) below:

 

-- Janet


Naked Tarot Now in US and UK Warehouses!

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Just got this email from my publisher, Dodona Books:

"Your book, Naked Tarot, is now at our warehouses in the USA and UK, from where it will be distributed to wholesalers and retailers."

SQUEE!

This likely means that, if you've pre-ordered--or pre-order today--you'll get it by the end of August (I'm thinking). In the even you haven't pre-ordered Naked Tarot yet, here is some handy links for you:

Amazon.com
BN.com
BookDepository.com
Wordery.com

You can add my book to GoodReads here. Find other online sources here. And, of course, you can ask your local independent bookstore to pre-order Naked Tarot, too! 

So exciting!

-- Janet


Using Tarot As a Crutch?

Is there such a thing? Oh yeah...

Tarot Crutch

How to know if you're using Tarot as a crutch? You:

  • Consult the cards for every little decision (like, what color shirt to wear)
  • Feel like you can't make up your mind without the cards
  • Use the Tarot to dictate your choices and actions
  • Think about the cards as soon as you get up in the morning
  • Sleep with a deck under your pillow, expecting wisdom via osmosis
  • Ask the Tarot what an individual thinks about you...when you can just, you know, ask him

Listen to my latest podcast episode on the topic below:

Any comments or questions on using Tarot as a crutch--or the idea of spiritual co-dependence? Weigh in below!

-- Janet


Out of Print and Hard to Find Tarot Decks for Sale - Modern Medieval, Universal Dali, Master, Langustl, Kabbalah Angel, Corporate and Gratitude Tarot

OOP Decks for Sale! All prices include shipping to the U.S. All other countries, add $25. To purchase instantly, send amount to PayPal.Me/BoyerCreations. To make an offer, please email me through my website JanetBoyer.com.

Modern-Medieval Tarot (Cards Like New. Never Used. Box Slightly Worn. AG Muller.) $295 OBO

Master Tarot (Cards Like New. Never Used. Box Slightly Worn. AG Muller.) $225 OBO

Gratitude Tarot (Teresa Deak. Never Used. Comes with Bag and LWB.) SOLD

Langustl Tarot (Self-Published. Cards Like New. Never Used.) $95 OBO

Universal Dali Box Set (Still Sealed in Plastic) 

Lo Scarabeo Gallery Book (OOP) $75 OBO

Tarot of the Water Box Set (Signed/Numbered) $95 OBO

Kabbalah Angel Tarot (OOP. Findhorn. 32-Card Deck. Cards Never Used.) $395 OBO

Corporate Tarot (Melanie McCarthy. Opened, But Cards Never Used.) $65 OBO

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Langustl Langustl 2
Gratitude tarot Gratitude tarot 2
Corporate Corp 3
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Corp 3 Kabbalah angel K angel 3
K angel 3
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Dali Dali 3
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Dali 3

-- Janet


99 Days Until Naked Tarot Is Released Into the Wild!

GUYS. I just realized that it's only 99 days until Naked Tarot is released into the wild! 

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Ninety. Nine. DAYS. And then, my magnum opus (as those who've read the MS are wont to say) releases into the wild. 

Get a sneak peek at NakedTarot.com

And then, pre-order at Amazon.com, Book Depository Wordery or Barnes & Noble. Or, your wonderful local bookstore. 

You will love it. I promise.

Especially if you're tired of the same old Tarot shit smelling up bookshelves and the web.

It's time to get...naked.

-- Janet 


10 Questions for Tarotist Jess Rollar

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1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? My favorite is usually iced coffee and an everything bagel with cream cheese.

2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? As for tarot related, I would have to say Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin. For books in general, Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (or any of his books).

3. What makes you laugh? Stand-up comedy, especially anything done by Josh Blue or Jo Koy. Love them both!

4. Song that never gets old: Either “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana OR Karma Police” by Radiohead.

5. Drink of choice: Iced coffee, all day every day! Iced Chai is a close runner up.

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold!!! I live in Arizona where it gets up to 120º, so I’ll take cold all day, haha!

7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Toss up between mountains or the forest. How about mountains in the forest!

8. Favorite color? Chartreuse, Mint, and Neon Peach. I have a hard time picking one. Love color even though I wear jeans and black tees every day.

9. Best movie line: “You’re going to need a bigger boat” - Chief Brody in Jaws

10.Last thing you splurged on? Two new playing card decks for cartomancy!

Bonus Q for Jess: What Tarot card is trying to get your attention these days? Lately the Knight of Cups keeps popping up, it popped up three times on a week!

BIO: Jess Rollar is a tarot reader, feminist and coffee addict living in Mesa, Arizona. She runs the blog Radical She Tarot, and can also be found online at Patreon here and Instagram here.


Tarot As a Musical Pharmacy

Musical Pharmacy

In this episode of the Naked Tarot Podcast, I discuss the power of music, especially when coupled with Tarot cards. Citing the work of Barry Goldstein, and correlating various Tarot cards with specific songs (mostly hard rock--ha!), you'll discover how music can not only capture a mood--but also form a bridge to how you want to feel. Yet another cool tool for your conscious creation toolbox!

Listen in below:

-- Janet


Learn Tarot by the Numbers - The Aces

If you'd like to learn more about the Tarot, Dax Carlisle and I have started an exciting new series on the Tarot Insider Show at Psychic Talk Radio: Tarot by the Numbers!

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This week, we covered the four Aces. Listen in below:

Next week, we'll cover the Twos in Tarot!

Join us for a live, engaging discussion every Wednesday at 2 PM EST. See ya there!

-- Janet