Around The Net

I want to thank Craig Conley for sharing his delightful vacation pic with us, and for the use of the link to his sight. Craig is an absolutely amazing person – check out his blog and see what he has been up to! Today’s blog is a quick tour of the Internet, and items that I thought might be interesting to Tarot minded people. Enjoy!

I just heard some very exciting news from artist/Tarotist Arnell Ando! Along with Michael McAteer and the lovely staff from Museo dei Tarocchi, Arnell will be leading a Tarot Art and History tour through the birthplace of Tarot in northern Italy. This is a twelve day tour, from September 26th – October 7th, 2011. More information can be found here: http://www.arnellart.com/tarot-italy-tour.htm.

From Rachel Pollack, we have three excellent videos of Rachel reading from her new book “Tarot of Perfection” (Magic Realist Press): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkI48EXHVvU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zZJnO23Cg&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrYeyNp-Mjg&feature=channel
www.Rachelpollack.com

Uber Podcaster Leisa ReFalo is up and running again – her latest Podcast takes a look at Significators, from the perspective of a diverse group of Tarot professionals, including Fred West, Donnaleigh de LaRose, Valerie Sherill, Sean Tierseron, Roger Tobin, Ginny Hunt, and Thalassa. http://tarotconnection.net

Great things are going on at Blog Talk Radio, including Beyond Worlds (Donnaleigh, Georgiana Boehnke, Storm Cestavani, Theresa Reed), Astrology At The Metaphysical Corner (Ellen Zucker), and Psychic Friends Live (Storm Cestavani). http://www.blogtalkradio.com/

Liz Christy, lovely lady, and someone that I admire greatly, just added Tarot readings to her site – http://lizzieslogic.blogspot.com/p/tarot-reading.html. Please visit Liz, and give her some love! (You might want to order a reading while you are there too!)

Here’s to a great summer!

© July 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Rejuvinating Reviews

Feeling like I need to renovate/rejuvenate my process for doing reviews. IMHO, they have become much too staid. Perhaps a less “by the book” approach? (No pun intended!) I am comfortable that I am covering the material, it is how it is presented that I am concerned about. I will have to think about this. Perhaps a more conversational tone? Extremely difficult for this Cappie!

Help me out here! What are you looking for in a deck review? In a book review? In a software review? How would you like to see it presented? Just the facts m’am? A little personal input? Comparison with like material? Something else? You can comment here on my site, or you can e-mail me at: bonniecehovet@gmail.com. Any and all insight much appreciated!

On to things that are more fun! These are things that have crossed my path that I found interesting, and that you may also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPdh9O0w6uk Paul Hughes-Barlow Tarot Workshop London April 25th

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ujpexVQi8&feature=related Paul Hughes-Barlow What do reversed Tarot cads mean?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7n-uXe8peI Alyssa Montalbano Tarot Journal “How To” Video

http://www.tarotelements.com Catherine Chapman’s Tarot site and blog.

http://www.taroteon.com Douglas Gibbs Tarot site and blog.

http://www.supertarot.co.uk Paul Hughes-Barlow Tarot site.

© April 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is quite an interesting phenomenon. Why would you want to place a guest blog on your site, and why would you want to blog on another persons site?

Let’s take at the purpose of blogs (from my perspective, anyway). Blogs can serve the following purposes (and more, but this is what comes to mind):

* They act as a form of personal journal.
* They act to inform.
* They act as a promotional tool.

In a personal journal, there really is no need for guest blogging. By nature, your blog reflects your own thoughts and your own life. In blogs that are acting to inform, or to promote (or both) there is a place for guest blogging.

In blogs that are written to inform, bringing in a guest blogger brings in a fresh viewpoint, and builds on information already presented. There is also a place for reciprocal blogging here – i.e. placing blogs on each other’s sites.

In blogs that are promotional in nature, guest blogging helps bring the guest blogger to the attention of a new audience. A specific topic (for instance, a new book or deck) can be covered on many different blog sites, with each of the blog owners giving their readers links to the other blog. A network is formed here to help promote work in any given field.

I am currently enjoying guest blogging for TABI ( the Tarot Association of the British Isles). I do this for several reasons – I like to write, I like to blog, I can reach a new audience, and I want to help TABI, of which I am a member, remain an interesting, viable organization.

If you would like to contribute to the TABI blog, please contact Alison Cross at admin.alison@tabi.org.uk.

Everyone has something to say! Here are a few Tarot related topics that come immediately to mind:

* Talk about the Fool’s Journey (or the Hero’s Journey).
* Talk about the four elements in relation tot he four suits.
* Discuss the basic qualities of numbers 1-10.
* Discuss the quality of the number Zero (0) as applied to the Fool.
* Tell the story of the Virtues in the Major Arcana.
* Discuss the evolution of Tarot from Marseilles style decks to those that contain imagery.
* Talk about how to work Tarot journaling into daily life.
* Relate Tarot to ritual/ceremonial work.
* Discuss how to form a vibrant question.
* Discuss how to do a reading.
* Relate how to deal with difficult clients.
* Talk about setting up a Tarot business.
* Talk a bout promoting a Tarot business.

The list is endless! Where does your Tarot blog fit into this picture? Remember, your blog, and your work, can only be as big as your dreams for it are!

© April 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Eve – the night before Christmas – is upon us. Where on earth did this whole year go! It flew off at warp speed “somewhere”! For most of the month of December I have been bringing you different people and different sites that offer Tarot goods and services.

Many of the names you will have recognized, many are from my wonderful cadre of “Twitterati” friends. They all have something in common – they offer Tarot readings, decks, books, bags, art and more. These make excellent gifts for family and friends, as well as “from me, to me” energy.

I hope that you have taken the time to visit my blog and see what is being offered in the world of Tarot, If you have not,  please read through the posts for December – they are short, and offer a look into many different points of light in the Tarot world!

Wishing each of you a wonderful Holiday Season!

Blessings,

Bonnie

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot In The Round

The most unique form that I have seen a Tarot deck take (aside from Emily Carding’s incredible “Transparent Tarot”) is the round “Motherpeace Tarot”, by Vickie Noble and Karen Vogel. This deck – and more – can be seen here – www.motherpeace.com.

Products carried include the “Motherpeace Tarot” with instruction book, the mini “Motherpeace Tarot”, the Motherpeace Tarot Guidebook, the “Motherpeace Tarot” deck and book set, the book “Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art nad Tarot”, the “Motherpeace Tarot Playbook”, the book “Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World “(The New Female Shamanism), the book “The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power”, the book “Rituals and Practices With the Motherpeace Tarot”, and the book “Coyote Tells”.

Happy shopping!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Major Publishing Site – Shopping Is Fun!

For those of us who love books and love decks – a major publishing site is like being in nirvana! Today’s site is Llewellyn Publications (http://www.llewellyn.com/)– a name that is well known to my Tarot peeps!

Llewellyn carries its own range of Tarot books and decks, Astrology books, other oracle books and decks, a wide range of nature and Pagan based books, books on health and healing, Magick, the paranormal, Self-Help, and divination, as well as a line of books in Spanish. They also carry calendars, datebooks, planetary guides … and more!

Llewellyn also carries the Tarot inventory from Lo Scarabeo, an Italian publishing company that does some very unique Tarot and oracle decks.

http://www.llewellyn.com/ is a fun place to roam around, and a great place to do some intense shopping!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Classes & More

Tarot author/teacher/reader Corrine Kenner offers a wonderful depth of material in multiple venues. In a previous post, I brought you her lovely Christmas themed digital Tarot deck. There are many more things to consider in Corrine’s world! http://www.corrinekenner.com/classes.htm.

There are specialized creativity readings for writers, traditional Tarot readings, books (“Tarot For Writers”, “Simple Fortunetelling”, “Tarot For Romance”, “The Epicurean Tarot”, the “Ma’at Tarot Workbook”, “Crystals For Beginners”, “Strange But True”, “Tarot Journaling”, “Wizards Tarot”, and  “Coffee Cup Guides”), downloadable e-books (“How To Teach Tarot”, “Festivals and Fairs”, “Free Advertising”, “Make Money At Parties”, “Tarot For Children”, and “Create A Collage Tarot”), and astrology for writers (several different types of astrology reports).

Something here for everyone! Enjoy!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

e-Gift Certificates From Buddy

I just got this notice today – Buddy (Mondazzi’s resident feline, in charge of all sales!) is telling us that if we purchase an e-gift certificate before December 25th, Ed Mondazzi will include his favorite CD set (Dinner on the Diner) free, with free shipping. This offer is limited to one per customer. Gift certificates are offered in denominations of $15, $25, $50 and $100.

Gift certificates are good for any merchandise on the Discount New Age Books site –  http://www.discountnewagebooks.com/giftcertificates.aspx. This includes books, decks, crystals, candles, incense, statuary and much, much more!

I have ordered from this site for several years now – I love their selection, and I love their sales! Go Buddy!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

The Unique In Tarot

One of the most interesting places that I know to spend time is http://baba-store.com/, part of Baba Studio (Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov). Where t0 begin – there are so many magickal things being offered here! (My personal wish list starts with a bag for my laptop and moves on from there!)

Here you will find laptop bags, messenger bags, sling pouches (for iPods and other small objects), shoulder bags, drawstring Tarot bags, purses, Tarot decks (including the “Bohemian Gothic Tarot”, the “Victorian Romantic Tarot”, the “Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot”, the “Victorian Flower Oracle”, the “Fantastic Menagerie Tarot”, the “Fairytale Tarot”, the “Tarot of Prague”), Victorian art prints, and Japanese inspired sling pouches and Tarot bags. Then there are the cushions, pillows and giclee art prints!

The quality coming out of Baba Studio is always top notch, and the variety of materials and themes used guarantee that there is something that will catch your eye!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Blatent Promotion – of Self & Friend!

Yes, I can fall to the level of blatant self promotion! I have put together a compendium of my early reviews here – http://bonniecehovet.com/TarotInReview.html. Yes, they can all be seen on Aeclectic Tarot, but this way you have them all right there for reference.

I have book reviews, broken down into beginner, intermediate and advanced, and deck reviews by theme.It doesn’t hurt to have this information handy when deciding to purchase an older deck, or even in discussions on these decks.

Purchasing information can be found here – http://stores.lulu.com/bonniecehovet.

The blatant promotion for a friend is for Gilannie. She is a lovely person, and a wonderful photographer and artist. I have some of her jewelry, and it is gorgeous! Her work can be seen here – http://www.artfire.com/users/gilanniegoddessemporium.

Gilannie also has handbags, folk dolls, ornaments, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and whimsy art. Everything is 50% off through Thursday, December 17th.

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet