The Way of the Fool Tarot

The Way of the Fool Tarot
Artist: Beatriz Inglessis
Collector’s Edition
2012

Beatriz Inglessis is a native Venezuelan that is currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts. “The Way of the Fool Tarot” is a 22 card Majors only, Limited Edition (50) deck, reproduced from her Japanese woodblock print project. They are 2 ½” by 3 ½”, which is a very nice size for small hands like mine. There are two extra cards with the deck – one contains the card information, and is signed and numbered, while the second card shows the card back on both sides, and may be used to balance the cards when displaying them.

The cards backs carry the primary color of beige, with a darker circle in the center of the card, with a Sword and a Wand penetrating it. In the middle of the circle we see the icons for Pentacles and Cups. The card faces show a ¼” beige border, with the card number at the top in Roman numerals, and the card title along the bottom. The traditional names for the cards have been retained. There is a thin black border surrounding the image on each card.

The cards come in a gray cloth bag that folds over, and has a thin red cord that goes around it, with a small gold piece at the end. It has a very gracious look and feel to it. This is something that I find holds true with Indie authors/artists – they go out of their way to make presentation memorable and pleasurable!

A review from Paul Nagy can be seen here - http://tarothermeneutics.com/news/inglessis.html. I am including Paul’s review here because he is much better at discussing the artistic aspects of the cards than I am.

What I do know is that the artist tried to stay true to the intent of the card – I feel that she did a wonderful job! A retrospective of the cards can be seen here - http://www.beatrizinglessis.net/#2087071/THE-WAY-OF-THE-FOOL-DECK . Videos showing the cards as poster size original prints can be seen here – http://www.beatrizinglessis.net/#266906/THE-WAY-OF-THE-FOOL-CARDS. Inglessis has done something that I have never seen done before, and that is to place the card images in a scroll format. This is absolutely amazing! http://www.beatrizinglessis.net/#1217889/THE-WAY-OF-THE-FOOL-SCROLL.

If I had my way, I would be presenting all 22 of these cards! The reality is that I can only present a few. The Fool would be the first one that I would talk about. I love the simplicity – the gray cliff, the white animal companion in the foreground, and the Fool himself, about to walk off the cliff, as he looks backwards. It appears that he is carrying a backpack, rather than the typical wallet at the end of a stick. The sky is a vivid orange, with the sun noted in black outline in the upper right hand side of the card.

The High Priestess is featured seated, etched in white with a black background. A full moon is featured behind her, against a blue background.

Justice shows a female figure, appearing to wear a veil over the lower part of her face, with the scales of justice balanced on her head. The background color here is a light purple.

Strength shows a woman in black, seated, with an animal in front of her, and a lemnescate over her head. The background color for this card is a beautiful peach.

For me, the cards are minimalist, and they flow well. The archetypal energy of each card stands true, and they can be read with easily. There is excellent use of both space and color – nothing is overwhelming.

For those that have not worked with a wood cut based deck before, this deck is a treat! For those that have, this deck is a treat! It is a deck that both Tarot collectors, those interested in Tarot art, and those simply interested in a beautiful deck will want to check out!

The deck can be purchased here: http://thewayofthefool.bigcartel.com/.

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

The Second Mouse Gets The Cheese

The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese –
How to Avoid the Traps of Self-Publishing

Author: Carolyn P. Schribr, Ph.D.
Smashwords Edition
2012

Carolyn Schriber is someone whose blog I have been following for some time now, even though her focus is on the history of America’s Civil War, in which I really don’t have much of an interest. The reason that I follow her is that she writes well, includes tid bits about her everyday life, and often gives out tips to authors that are incredibly insightful. Indeed, this book grew out of her blog posts.

I wanted to read this book for many reasons, not the least of which was that I have self-published, want to continue to do so, and want to do a much better job at it! I was impressed from the start with this e-book – it was easy to download, and started out with a short paragraph informing readers not to resell or share this e-book, as it was the work of an author that essentially deserved to be paid for it. (I am paraphrasing here.)

The table of contents was clear and concise, with active links to each chapter, so that they could easily be read out of sequence. When I am looking for information, I want to be able to go straight to that information, so this is a huge plus for me! Chapters include View Publishing As A Business, Build An Online Platform, Sample New Software Choices, Explore Genealogy, Know The Difference Between Fact and Fiction, Choose Quality Over Quantity, Know Where the Story Is Headed, Clarify Points of View and Themes, Listen To Your Inner English Teacher, Listen To What You Say, Hire An Editor, Reject the Get-Rich-Quick Schemes, Market, Market, Market, and Embrace New Technology.

Schriber is a retired tenured professor from Rhodes College, specializing in medieval history. Her most recent books are “A Scratch with the Rebels” and “Beyond All Price”. Both books are set in South Carolina during the northern occupation of the Low Country. Her upcoming book, “The Road To Frogmore”, tells the stories of a slave woman and an abolitionist who face, and conquer, the challenges of emancipation.

The foreword is autobiographical, describing the author’s journey in publishing, beginning with her master’s thesis. Her style is very conversational, and I was a little bobble-head as she talked about things that I too had experienced, such as manual type writers, carbon copies, and placing footnotes. Along came the electric typewriter and the word processor – yay team! Then the computer age arrived (complete with the five inch floppy disks!), and we all breathed a sigh of relief! Then there was the turn of the century – from 1999 to the year 2000. We were all literally in a panic, fearful that computers would crash and lose all of their information, because they would not be able to make the changeover to the dates of the 21st century. As we can see now, we had nothing to worry about! Back then, our fears were very real!

Schriber talks about her initial forays into self-publishing, and what she learned from them. I see some of my own mistakes in her words. Mistakes are how we learn – and we do learn! One point that she makes is that we need to think about how we are going to publish our work while we are writing it – waiting until we are done is not what we want to do! She talks about her approach to finding a publisher, and the results that she got. Quite a journey! Part of that journey includes building a platform for your work, including a website, a blog, a personal page on Face Book, a fan page on Face Book, a Twitter account, and a LinkedIn account. (I was checking things off in my mind as I read here words – did I have this, did I have that? I did!)

Finding their way into the process were the Production Company that the author chose for self-publishing (Create Space), and how that worked for her. She talks about editing, book covers, and all the minutia of self-publishing.

I was impressed with the section on viewing publishing as a business. This is not vanity publishing, people. We want to make a living here! There are reasons for forming your own company, and formulating a business plan. Tax deductions, a home office – it’s all good. Then there are the staff members – and they come from many diverse avenues! Accountants, bankers, promoters … all necessary people! And they aren’t hard to assemble. Remember, Schriber is showing us how to do this through the story of her own life, so we can see how real this all is, and how we can accomplish the same thing. Then there is the little thing about the ability to take orders for your work on your site. All explained in a very matter of fact manner.

The why and where of ISBN numbers, copyright law, building an online platform, blogging, and social media – this is all addressed in a manner that is easy to follow, and easy to comprehend.

Now we move into the really good stuff – software! Scribner talks about what she is familiar with, what she uses, including Scrivener, Dropbox, Evernote, Amazon KDP, Smashwords, BookBuzzr and Good Reads.

There is also a section on genealogy, because this is pertinent to the type of writing that the author does. For most of us, this may be a section that we set aside until we need it in our writing. Important to know here – there are different data bases for different purposes.

Schriber addresses points of view (first person, second person, limited third person, third person omniscient, and mixed), theme, who the story belongs to (which character is predominant), and the challenge of addressing touchy subjects in your story. She also addresses the “how” of writing – the punctuation rules that we all need to keep in mind. Then we come to editing – and how editing for a Kindle edition is different from editing for any other type of publishing.

Now you are off to choose a printing company – which needs to be done with care, and contracting for services such as the book cover and book layout. Now you are ready to market – to get your “elevator speech” ready, and to hold a virtual launch party, a blog tour, and get press releases out.

Bottom line – embrace the new technology (e-books), understand it, work with it, and you can do well.

I found Shcriber’s work to be well researched, well written, coherent, and at a level where everyone could understand it. She walks us through the process of writing and publishing a book in a manner that is realistic – because she is telling us her own personal story. We are not all writing Civil War era historical novels, but we can still take the meat of her work and apply it to what we are doing. For anyone serious about publishing their book, this is a must read!

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

The Fortune Formula – Having It All

James Wanless, Ph.D. (creator of the renowned “Voyager Tarot”) brings us an astounding CD on manifestation, inspired by the Fortune card in the “Voyager Tarot”! Included are two meditation journeys: “The Fortune Formula: Having It All! The Golden Rules of Manifestation Magic”, and “The Fortune Instinct: Having it All Naturally!”. We all know in our hearts that we need to live our life purpose in order to be happy and successful. This is how these journey’s are meant function – to act as inspiration to live our life purpose, so that we may experience happiness, health, and abundance. We are helping ourselves, while at the same time reaching out to help the world around us.

The first guided journey presents the Ten Golden Rules of Fortune creation. We learn how to activate our whole self – mind, heart, body, and spirit. Wanless tells us that success means having it all! That we need to embrace the Fortune Formula and activate it within us. In living by these ten golden rules we ARE the Wizard of Wisdom!

We have the power and magic within us to turn our own desires and dreams into reality. Wanless takes us into the journey by straightening our backs – whether we are seated or laying down. In this manner we experience optimal awareness and energy. We close our eyes, and take deep breaths to ground and center ourselves, as well as quieting our minds.

We are going to create and sustain a magical life! We are going to:

1. Experience the highest expression of ourselves.
2. Feel our heart’s desire, and allow our passions to bring our aspirations to life.
3. Make use of the power of our imagination – always picturing this in a golden light.
4. Believe in ourselves and our abilities.
5. Share our joy ofachievement with the world.
6. Consciously thank the Universe for the gifts and opportunities coming to us.
7. Ask the Universe for help – know that we are a channel for creative life flow.
8. Act – physically act out our visualizations.
9. Remain open – be open to receiving abundance and opportunities.
10. Surrender – know that we are a magnet being inevitably drawn to what we were meant to be.

Surrendering to the journey is the destination!

This CD is meant to act as an activation. The Magical Formula needs to be repeated and repeated for best results. Trust in the mystery!

Dance on the continuous turning of the Fortune Wheel of Life!

The second journey is “The Fortune Instinct – Having It All Naturally”. This part of the CD is meant to help us activate a life that is whole and sustainable – to live out our unique talents and potentials, to fulfill our personal destiny. We are reconnecting with our natural state of abundance.

Working with Fortune Vision, Wanles covers the concept that if we can picture something in our inner eye, we are it! Working with Fortune Feeling, we surround ourselves with the golden light, feeling how it brings us great joy and happiness. Here he also addresses how our vision serves the world, and how gthe Fortune Pull literally pulls us to our own destiny! He walks us through allowing ourselves to be receptive, and working with our intuitive instinct, emphasizing that at all times we need to live from a balanced state of equilibrium.

I found this MP3 download to be easy to download, and of excellent quality. Because my intent was to review the material, I did not allow myself to take the journey. Instead, I was an observer. I will certainly continue to work with this material, and activate its principles within myself. I recommend this for everyone who wants to do personal work on themselves, and who wants to manifest the life of their dreams!

The CD can be purchased here: http://www.voyagertarot.com/?page_id=441. The duration is one hour and seven minutes, with each meditation being approximately thirty minutes.

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards – Sun/Wheel of Fortune/Magician

Over the next year I am going to be blogging about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)

Please note: Karyn Easton and I have a project being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – my book, “Keys To Empowerment”, and Karyn’s deck, the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) – http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo, www.tarotconnection.netwho developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Note: As of January, 2011, this has been broken down into two separate projects, but I will still be using the images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot” in my book.

Our tenth pair of Birth Cards are the Sun (Key 19), the Wheel of Fortune (Key 10) and the Magician (Key 1). Some of the associations for these cards are:

Sun: 

Astrological Sign: Sun

Keywords: warmth, clarity, enlightenment, self-confidence, overcoming obstacles, the ability to draw  things to you, the ability to visualize clearly, being recognized for one’s abilities, opening up to creativity, joy, happiness, optimism, inability to be happy, inability to express joy, inability/refusal to see the good around you, either showing off or hiding your abilities, accepting credit for something that you have not done, false hope

Wheel of Fortune

Astrological Sign: Jupiter
Keywords: Destiny, karma, a fortunate turn of events, natural consequences, progress, adapting to change, beginnings and endings, seasons, cycles, resistance to change, a negative turn of events.

Magician


Astrological Sign: Mercury
Keywords: Power, new project, new phase of life, new beginning, skill, confidence, self-reliance, intelligence, control over resources, energy disrupted, lack of will, lack of focus, delusions of grandeur, unreliability, trickery, indecision, poor self-image.

The theme for this lifetime is dealing with the concept of time in all of its forms, and the change that comes with it. The Sun gives us clarity where there was darkness. The Wheel of Fortune works in cycles, with past, present and future intertwined. The Magician creates time, and has  the ability to suspend it.

We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).

The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life.The Sun is ruled by the Sun, placing the focus on light, warmth, and enlightenment. Freedom to do as one pleases, happiness, contentment – the Sun brings all of these things to us. Here the individual lives in tune with nature, lives intuitively, in sync with the cycles of life. Everything about the Sun is seen int he light of day – nothing is hidden.

The Wheel of Fortune is ruled by Jupiter, with its authoritative, expansive nature. It is all about the cycles of life, death and rebirth, cause and effect, destiny and fate. Represented here is spiritual evolution. Is the Seeker able to detach from the people and things of their life and move on? Where and how are they needing to do so? What have they initiated in their lives that they are waiting for others to react to or build on? Remember – what was begun on the Magician’s path comes full circle here.

The Magician is rued by Mercury, placing the focus on defining goals, concentration on will and intent, and manifestation. He holds the keys to creation – he brings the energy of Spirit down into the earthly plane. His caveat – As Above, So Below. He represents the power of creation, and the ability to manifest. He balances his elemental tools to produce the vision that he sees in his mind. The Seeker here shows discernment, the ability to tell reality from illusion. They also have the ability to analyze and problem solve. The Seeker needs to ask themselves how they view the person or issue they are faced with, and what they want to do about them.

The Sun, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Magician set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses how time functions in their life, and how they adapt to the changes that time brings with it. The Sun asks us to open our hearts to enlightenment, to flow with life, to enjoy our abundance, and to honor it. The Wheel of Fortune asks us to pay attention in the present, to be aware of the opportunities being presented to us, and to acknowledge that which is not working, and needs to be released. The Magician asks us to acknowledge and make use of our personal power.

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Chinese New Year 2012 – Year of the Water Dragon

January 23rd is the first day of the Chinese New Year for 2012. It is also a new moon, and the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The year 2012 is the 4709th year in the Chinese system, and is the Year of the Water Dragon. The dragon is a legendary creature, and is considered to be a symbol of power from heaven.

The dragon Is said to have nine sons: (1) the first son loves music, (2) the second son loves fighting, (3) the third son loves adventure and being a guardian, (4) the fourth son loves howling, (5) the fifth son loves quietness, sitting, fire and smoke, (6) the sixth son loves strength and power, (7) the seventh son loves justice, (8) the eighth son loves literature, and (9) the ninth son loves water.

The Chinese New Year is a fourteen day celebration, welcoming wealth, longevity, and prosperity, and releasing any negative chi from the past. (Very much a concept that we also honor here in the west – not wanting to carry over negative issues into the new year.) While New Year’s celebrations in the west do not have a lot of rules attached to them, the Chinese New Year celebration does carry with it a whole list of does and don’ts.

The dragon is associated with the element of Fire – a dragon year is noted for its intensity, excitement, and unpredictable nature. Lots of drama with the dragon – all created by people taking unnecessary risks! This is a year to not get  too carried away – take a moment, think things over, and look before you leap! The drama that we face in our lives is created by us.

I have a friend who was born under the sign of the dragon. From my perspective, this will be a very good year for him.  He also exhibits the traits that are associated with the dragon – confidence and passion. He also tends, as they say, to rush in where angels fear to tread! Never a dull moment! I should note here that this is a Water Dragon year – the element of Water will temper the fire of the dragon. It opens them up to listening to others, which gives them the perspective to be better leaders.

I spent my teenage years in Seattle, which has a strong Chinese community. One of my fondest memories (and something that I still like to watch) is the presence of a stunning dragon running in local parades.  This is a very long dragon, held up by many, many community members. The dragon not only runs the whole parade, but the different sections are also moved up and down. There is constant movement – one of the most interesting things to watch is team members as they pace themselves to run in and take over a position to give another member a rest period. Incredible timing, incredible group effort.

I look forward to the combination of the western new year (the Year of the Hierophant for the Tarot community), and the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Water Dragon). Bring it on!

Bibliography

www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2012.htm

www.chinesenewyear2012.net

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

New Moon In Aquarius

On January 23rd we have two “happenings” – the beginning of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Water Dragon), and the New Moon in Aquarius. The Year of the Water Dragon brings us passion, and a need to be out there “doing thing”. The Water element adds enough of a tone to the passionate element of Fire in the Dragon that the risks we take will be, for the most part, calculated.

Aquarius brings with it the theme of seeking knowledge and experiences. Convention will be set aside so that the new and unique has room to shine. It is a time to put down the foundation for creative projects that push the envelope, that will take you into some very unfamiliar territory. Be willing to walk you talk, and stand behind your work! We are moving away from the Capricorn need for structure, and into the Aquarius need for individual freedom of thought and expression.

During this New Moon we will have the ability to see the bigger picture – to see things with greater clarity, to move into the collective unconcious. This may well help us to settle issues that are shadowing us that we have not been able to put to rest.

What questions might we want to look at this New Moon?

  1. What am I passionate about at this time?
  2. Where and how do I want to express that passion?
  3. What new avenues do I want to explore?
  4. How do the new avenues of exploration fit into my life path?
  5. What old issues need to be revisited, wrapped  up, and released?

What a great start to the new year!

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards – World/Empress


Over the next year I am going to be writing about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)

Please note: I have a book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment” (http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764339028), incorporating images from Karyn Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. This was to have been a joint project (book and deck published together), but the decision was made to publish both separately, which I find very exciting! Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) –http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo http://www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our twelfth pair of Birth Cards are the World (Key 21) and the Empress (Key 3). Some of the associations for these cards are:

The World:

Astrological Sign: Saturn
Keywords: allowing your limitations to act as a guideline to freeing your thinking and actions, manifesting that which you wish to see in your life, taking responsibility for your thoughts, words, and actions, finding the joy in  your life, fulfilling your own potential, fear of change, fear of success, holding on to the past, inability to manifest that which you  wish in your life, success delayed, inability to see the whole picture, living through one’s prior successes

The Empress:

Astrological Sign: Venus
Keywords: nurturing, mothering, mother image, creativity, fertility, physical birth, birth of new ideas, awareness of self, harmony in life, prosperity and abundance, undisciplined mothering, absence of a mother, fear of becoming a mother, fear of birthing new ideas, rejection of traditional female roles, feeling unempowered.

The theme for this lifetime is completing one’s inner work, bringing together the diverse parts of one’s life, the ability to feel comfortable in the external, physical world because the individual is at one with themselves. The ability to give and receive love, and to live from a sense of love.

We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).

The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life. The World and the Empress represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 21/3 lifetime. The World is ruled by Saturn, placing the focus on on staying present and doing the work that needs to be done..

The Empress is ruled by Venus, placing the focus on love and compassion. Here we see the nurturing aspect of the feminine principle, and the need for peaceful, harmonious surroundings.

The World and the Empress set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses the completion of their path, the integration of opposites in their life, and the ability to give and receive love. The World reflects the power of self-actualization, of becoming a whole individual. Once we have integrated all of our selves, all of the opposites in our life, we have no mare need for masks. We can face the world, feel comfortable in it, and express our authentic selves. We do not attach ourselves to anyone or anything – we are whole as we are.

The Empress is all about learning to give and receive love, to become one with the feminine aspect within us. We are comfortable nurturing ourselves, as well as those around us. We honor and respect the harmony, abundance, and prosperity that surrounds us. There is a deep connection to our creative self.

A 21/3 (World/Empress) individual empowers themselves by

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com .

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards – Judgment/High Priestess


 

Over the next year I am going to be writing about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)

Please note: I have a book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment” (http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764339028), incorporating images from Karyn Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. This was to have been a joint project (book and deck published together), but the decision was made to publish both separately, which I find very exciting! Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) –http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo http://www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our eleventh pair of Birth Cards are the Judgment (Key 20) and the High Priestess (Key 2). Some of the associations for these cards are:

Judgment:

Astrological Sign: Pluto
Keywords: new perceptions, being reborn, renewed sense of purpose, coming to terms with your own actions, atonement, bringing together diverse partsof your personality, resisting change/transformation, running from one’s issues, feeling boxed in, lack of perspective, being overly critical.

The High Priestess:

Astrological Sign: The Moon
Keywords: inner wisdom, connection with intuition, women’s mysteries, seclusion, hidden information, dreamtime, anima (female part of personality), inability to connect with intuition, inability to access dreamtime, becoming either too social or too isolated, insincerity

The theme for this lifetime is the ability to observe, to the point of making good judgments in an objective manner. The ability to access one’s intuition, to communicate, and to accept new ideas.

We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).

The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life. Judgment and the High Priestess represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 20/2 lifetime. Judgment is ruled by Pluto, placing the focus on personal will and determination, and on tearing down and rebuilding.The individual learns to make objective observations and then place this information to work in their life.

The High Priestess is ruled by the Moon, placing the focus on intuition and self-trust. She has balanced energies, with a strong connection to dreamtime, the unconscious, intuition and the feminine mysteries.

Judgment and the High Priestess set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses their ability to be objective in their observations about themselves, and the people and issues surrounding them. Judgment is all about releasing our limitations. How we think and act, about ourselves and others, sets the tone for a heaven or hell type of lifetime. Once we release thelimitations from our past, we experience a spiritual awakening.

The High Priestess is all about hidden wisdom, the feminine mysteries, dreamtime, and our intuitive selves. Because the High Priestess has the ability to work with her unconscious mind, she has a strong connection to her psychic, as well as her intuitive, ability. Her wisdom comes from expereince over many lifetimes. The High Priestess connects us with the realm of Spirit.

A 20/2 (Judgment/High Priestess) individual empowers themselves by releasing the past, and tuning in to dreamtime, and their own psychic/intuitive abilities.

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com.

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Friday the 13th – Revisited

I was a bit startled earlier this week to see that this Friday is Friday the 13th. I mentioned that on Face Book, and the response was that Friday the 13th is over-rated – that there really is nothing to the superstitions surrounding it. I agree whole-heartedly! However, with my current black cat, and with my past black cat, there a rfe two times out of the year that I keep them in the house – Halloween and Friday the 13th. It is not that I believe in any superstitions, but I do not trust my fellow man, and I do not want to see my cats injured in any manner.

I thought a bit more, and decided to do a blog for Friday the 13th, but on a totally different topic, and one that is very dear to my heart. I have always loved music, sometimes to a greater and sometimes to a lesser degree. At this point in my life, and I would dare say for the rest of my life, music permeates, and will continue to permeate, all parts of my being. I could not exist without it.

Part of what I do right now is to act as the Administrative Assistant for http://www.soulinterviews.com/, founded by DJ Soulswede. Based in Sweden, DJ Soulswede promotes music through his weekly Solar Radio shows, and through his audio interviews. I feel incredibly honored to be a small part of this process. (Thank heavens he has patience, as does his webmaster, David Petersson. My learning curve on techie issues is unbelievable!)

What can you expect to find on http://www.soulinterviews.com/? Interviews with a wide range of musicians, each with his or her own take on life an music. There are the better known names, such as http://www.soulinterviews.com/bootsy-collins-part-1-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/fatback-band-bill-curtis-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/charlie-wilson-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/levert-ii-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/teena-marie-2010/, and a special tribute to the late http://www.soulinterviews.com/robert-brookins-tribute-2010/.

Up and coming names include http://www.soulinterviews.com/sarahs-girl-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/winston-warrior-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/ginuwine-2011/, http://www.soulinterviews.com/david-mensah-2010/, and http://www.soulinterviews.com/tracy-cruz-2008/.

Recent interviews include http://www.soulinterviews.com/leon-ware-2012/ and http://www.soulinterviews.com/sheila-e-2012/.
You can get a taste of Soul’s Solar Radio show here - http://www.soulinterviews.com/solar-radio-show-jan-02-2012/.
If you like DJ Soulswede’s work, you can follow him on Twitter (@Soulinterviews), and on Face Book (https://www.facebook.com/soulinterviews and https://www.facebook.com/soulswedeinterviews).

“Man discovered soul music as the answer to a desire for a higher emotional expression” ~ ~ ~ DJ Soulswede

(c) January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

January 2012 Cancer Full Moon

The full moon for January, 2012 occurs on the 9th, in the sign of Cancer. This is very much a time of “out with the old, in with the new”! We will be looking at what we need to change in our personal lives to meet the changing world around us – to become more aligned with it. We are looking at issues surrounding our emotional security, and at family issues. We need to look back over our own experiences and claim our personal power. The energy of this full moon helps us to release anything that might be holding us back from making these changes.

 

How we feel and sense things are going to be in focus during this full moon. As we note our reactions to the changing world around us, we begin to see where we need to make changes in our own “modus operandi” – what we need to release, what no longer works for us. This is a very emotional time – we need to be aware of this so that we do not allow other people to push us into saying or doing something without thinking it through first.

 

Cancer is all about emotions and personal issues, while the Capricorn moon brings in the energy of career and dealing with the physical world. We will need to focus on bring balance between these two worlds. What we are reacting to the strongest tells us the issues that we need to address first.

 

Question we might want to ask ourselves are:

 

  1. What am I nurturing?
  2. What needs nurturing?
  3. What am I currently nurturing that I need to release?
  4. Where am I being creative?
  5. Where do I want to be creative?
  6. What do I need to release to be more creative?
  7. What am I protecting?
  8. What do I need to protect?
  9. What do I need to release?
  10. How do I fit into the changes that I see in society around me?

 

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet