Tarot Lovers Diary 2012

Tarot Lovers Diary 2012

Author: Karyn Easton
Artist: Karyn Easton
Paranormality.com

I was so happy when I learned that the “Tarot Lovers Diary” was going to be published for the year 2012! I have not only reviewed this diary over previous years, but it is one that I use on a daily basis. It sits right on my desk, and I list all of the things that I need to do each day. Yes, I use the Google calendar also, but the little diary calendar is a comfort zone for me.

The diary is A6, wire bound, with a sturdy plastic cover. (I like the wire bound feature because it is easy to flip the pages over. ) Included in the diary are a daily calendar, Tarot spreads, Tarot card meanings, Illustrations, Astronomical, and Calendarial information. (Note: The calendarial information is for the UK.)

Each week is listed with Monday through Thursday on the left hand page, and Friday through Sunday on the right hand page. Each day is broken in half, with the left hand side for am, and the darker right hand side for pm. At the bottom of each day is an event from history specific for that day. At the bottom of the right hand page on the left hand side is room to list notes and weekly priorities, with a full calendar for the month on the right hand side.

The diary begins with the Astronomical information, including the change in time for the summer in the UK, eclipses (with dates and explanations), and the listing of the seasons. This is followed by calendar information, which includes religious holidays, civil holidays for the UK, and a listing for all four phases of the moon.

There is a unique section in the diary authored by Marcus Katz, where he answers the top twelve Tarot questions, including: What is the right way to shuffle a Tarot deck?, How do you decide which spread to use?, and What is the best way to learn all the cards and symbols?

Several Tarot spread are offered: a seven card Question and Answer spread, a seven card Yes/No Answer spread, a three card Past/Present/Future spread, a Seven Card Infinity spread, a Six Card spread that acts as an overview for the areas of You, Travel, Relationships, Health, Finances, and Career, and a second seven card Question and Answer spread (in a different template).

The Tarot Lovers Card Meanings section presents all 78 cards with a small color scan, the card name and Qabalistic association, the Card Number, Key Number, Rulership, Hebrew Letter, Translation, Numerological Value, Astrological Association, Candle, Crystal, Upright and Ill Dignified Guideline Divinatory Meanings, and space at the bottom of the page to make personal notes.

The final section in the diary presents color scans of each of the 78 cards from the Tarot Lovers Tarot (artist/author Karyn Easton). Each image has the card back image on the back side, so that the images can be cut out and used as a mini-deck.

Throughout the diary Karyn has included full color reference to products on her http://www.paranormality.com site, including the Paranormality Tarot Card Meanings Sheet, her section on Tarot Birth cards (including a Birth Card calculator), her new Tarot Lovers Blog, the new Tarot Lovers Tarot card reader (an online reading application), the Paranormality Chinese Astrology Reference Sheet, the new Tarot Lovers Notebook, as well as information on her new Tarot Lover’s website.

Note: With a nod to transparency, I do need to let my readers know that Karyn has also included mention of my book, “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You” in the Tarot Lovers Diary 2012. My book would not have been possible without her, as the card images are from her Tarot Lovers Tarot deck. The very special news is that the Tarot Lovers Tarot is being published through Schiffer Books! I don’t know any of the publication information yet, but I am very happy that the deck will be available!

I use this diary in a very real way on a daily basis. I think that others will find it to be a useful diary for them also. High quality, full color – it doesn’t get better than this!

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards: Devil/Lovers

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”, 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 sixth pair of Birth Cards are the Devil (Key 15) and the Lovers (Key 6). Some of the associations for these cards are:

The Devil:

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Keywords: aggressive, competitive, achievement oriented, self-sufficient, judgmental, being too connected to the material world, living in fear and ignorance, being unwilling to see the truth, hiding your head in the sand, living in illusion, depression, the shadow side of our personality, self-imposed boundaries, unable to love yourself, unwillingness to take any action, the inability to laugh at yourself, taking advantage of or manipulating others, acknowledging your own limitations, turning away from evil, being too moral/structured, not being willing to let go of established structures.

The Lovers:

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Keywords: bringing a synthesis to head/heart, opposites coming together, union of male/female within and without, freedom, free will, balanced decisions, loyalty, lack of a relationship, a difficult relationship, communication issues, one-sided love, multiple relationships, suppression of self-expression, inability to make choices, infidelity.

The Theme for this lifetime is that of Dealing with relationships of all types, and the issues connected with them.

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 Devil, ruled by Capricorn, places the focus on the need for structure, with the drive to succeed. This is a very practical, “I can do it, get out of my way!” lifetime. This is also where the Seeker faces his or her shadow aspects.

The Lovers, ruled by Gemini, places focus on duality (opposites), especially in the areas of attraction and love. Here the Seeker finds wholeness through the attraction of opposites. In t his lifetime the Seeker is interested in anything and everything – usually at the same time!

The Devil and the Lovers set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses the lessons of functioning as an individual, achievements related to the self, acceptance of self, and learning to love.

A 15/6 (Devil/Lovers) individual empowers themselves by balancing their competitive, achievement oriented energy (the Devil) with the awareness of the folly of placing too much emphasis on the material things of life. There is a need to look deeper into things, and not accept surface appearances. There is a need to remember that the boundaries and limitations that we place on ourselves are self-imposed.

The Lovers empowers the individual by enabling them to bring opposites together in their life. Here we are talking partnerships of all types, and the need to balance individual needs with the needs of others. With the Lovers the individual learns how to use free will in making and implementing decisions.

The Devil and the Lovers work together in this lifetime to deal with shadow issues (as an individual), and acceptance of self, connecting with Higher Self, and balancing wants/needs with a partner (synthesis of opposites). The Devil addresses our shadow side, and our fears. He teaches us how to deal with power issues, and how our boundaries are self-imposed. The Lovers teaches us to accept ourselves, to love ourselves, and to be open to giving love to others, and receiving it back from them. Here we learn to create harmony through making good choices.

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

© March 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards – Justice/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 – , “Keys To Empowerment”, incorporating images from Karyn’s 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 www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our second pair of Birth Cards are Justice (Key 11) and the High Priestess (Key 2). Some of the associations for these cards are:

Justice –
Astrological Sign: Libra
Keywords: Need to bring balance, past lessons, debts paid, success in legal matters, refusal to see need for balancing, past debts not addressed.

The High Priestess –
Astrological Sign: The Moon
Keywords: Intuition, knowledge, in tune with inner self, connection with feminine mysteries, anima (female sense of self), psychic ability, connection with dreamtime, lacking intuition, blocking information, negative nature, coldness, insincerity.

The theme for this lifetime is bringing a sense of balance to life through the analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. You learn to trust in yourself, your intuition and your psychic abilities. Through the lens of synthesis and analysis, the Seeker comes to understand both the opportunities and challenges of this lifetime.

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. Justice is all about harmony and understanding others. It is a literal balancing of the scales – a need to nurture self, as well as to help others. The journey that Justice leads us on is an outer journey. Justice is active by nature.

The High Priestess is associated with the moon, intuition, the unconscious, psychic ability and dreamtime. The journey that she takes us on is an inner journey. She connects us with our creative center, and with spirit. The High Priestess is more about reacting than acting. She is passive by nature. With the High Priestess we need to look at where we are in the cycles of our life, and co-ordinate this with the ongoing cycles of the moon.

An 11/2 (Justice/High Priestess) individual empowers themselves by finding their own voice – discovering how they best communicate with their world within and with their outer world. They learn how to make their own wishes known, and not become overwhelmed by the wishes/needs of those around them. Empowerment comes through integration with both local and global communities (thank you, Internet!). Empowerment for this individual comes through understanding that they have the power to manifest the life that they wish.

We are what we tell ourselves we are. When we understand why we make the decisions that we do, we can look at the decisions that are not bringing us happiness, and rethink them. If our decisions are not taking us where we want to go, we have a disconnect in our life. An 11/2 lifetime is all about making the right decisions, and honoring where they take us.

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

© February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Lovers Diary

Tarot Lovers Diary

2011

 

Author: Karyn Easton
Artist: Karyn Easton
Paranormality.com Publishers
2011

The Royal Mail finally came through, and I have my copy of the “Tarot Lovers Diary – 2011”. This is a diary that I have worked with for several years, and was hoping that it would be here by the first of the year. Not to be. In fact, the first diary is out there partying with some of Karen Mahony’s Russian version Tarot decks, methinks! Karyn Easton had to send a second diary – which got here very quickly!

Why do I love this diary? Let me count the ways!

1. It is a nice size – 4” by 5 ¾”. Sits nicely on my desk, and fits into my purse.
2. It is spiral bound, which makes it easy to work with.
3. Has a sturdy plastic cover
4. Karyn has included color illustrations of all 78 cards for the Tarot Lovers Tarot, including the back design, so they can be cut out and used as a mini deck. (I would recommend laminating them.)
5. Tarot spreads are included (Questions and Answers Spread, Seven Card Horseshoe Spread, Yes/No Answer Spread, Six Card Spread, Three Card Spread, a second, different, Questions and Answers spread)
6. New and revised upright and reversed meanings are included for each of the cards, with room for personal notes.
7. New for 2011: the top 12 Tarot questions and answers are provided by Marcus Katz. Sample questions include: “Do I need to know the question?”, “What do titles such as the Hierophant and Temperance mean?”, and “What is a good beginners deck and book, and do I need to be gifted my deck?”
8. Each day has a unique event marked on it. For example, the 29th of December lists: Charles MacIntosh Scotland, born 1776, patented waterproof fabric.
9. Astronomical information is included, such as eclipses, dates given for equinoxes and solstices, and the phases of the moon.
10. Also included are religious and civil holidays for the United Kingdom, and the year and beginning date in Japanese, Roman, Indian, Byzantine, Grecian, Indian, Nabonassar, and Diocletian era’s.

The days are listed four to a page on the left hand page, with three to a page on the right hand page. The fourth slot on the right hand page is divided in two: one half is lined for notes, the other half shows the monthly calendar at a glance. Each day is divided into white and gray, with white for am and gray for pm.

I would like to give an example of the information that is included for each card. Since the Hermit is a buddy of mine, I will use him.
The Hermit
The Hermit (L’Ermite)
The Prophet of the Eternal;
The Magnus of the Voice of Power

Card Number: 9
Key Number: 20
Rulership: Virgo
Hebrew Letter: Yod
Translation: The Human Hand Closed to Grasp pr Hold
Numerical Value: 12
Astrological Association: Aquarius
Candle: Silver
Crystal: Peridot

Guideline Divinatory Meanings:

Upright – Caution, Discretion, Need for prudence, Counsel sought and taken, Inner calm. A need t oreach into one’s inner resources. Assimilation. Planning. A wise guide or spiritual mentor. A time to stand back and reflect upon circumstances.

Ill Dignified or Reversed – Refusal of counsel or assistance. Immaturity. Isolation from others. A negative resistence towardshelp. Groundless suspicions about the matters ofothers. Imprudent actions or decisions. The continuation of bad habits or unproductive lifestyles. Foolish obstinacy. The reliance on one’s own resources that are inadequate.

I love everything about this diary – the color graphics, the space left for notes each day, the information on the cards, the astronomical information … it’s all good! I personally have become very dependent upon it for keeping track of writing assignments and deadlines. It is incredible how many things one can say yes to, and then realize that they are all due at the same time!

The Tarot Lovers Tarot deck itself is due to be published by Schiffer Books, and is featured in my upcoming Tarot book, Keys To Empowerment, which will be published by Schiffer Books in the fall of 2011. Karyn has a new site dedicated to the Tarot Lovers Tarot at www.tarot-lovers.com.

For more information, or to purchase the diary, please go to Karyn’s site, www.paranormality.com.

© February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Lovers – Free Tarot Card Readings

I love the work that Karyn Easton is doing with the Tarot. You can see extensive work at http://www.paranormality.com, with today’s subject, the free Tarot Card reading software, at http://www.paranormalty.com/free_tarot_card_reading.shtml. Please note: this software can also be found at http://www.tarot-lovers.com.

The deck used is Karyn’s – the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, an independently produced deck. There is a wide range of templates available, including a one card daily draw, two and three card draws, a twelve month spread, a seven card horseshoe spread, a ten card Tree of Life spread, and the traditional ten card Celtic Cross spread.

You have to look at the process to appreciate it. The cards on the screen do a little shuffle on their own, then the Seeker clicks on the cards at random for the reading. Once the total number of cards has been chosen, the deck disappears, and the cards that have been chosen reappear, face up, in the template of the given spread.

As each card is clicked on, a general meaning comes up. The Seeker may also click at the bottom of the screen for a more in depth meaning.

I love the software, and the thought put into the meanings. Please visit either http://www.paranormality.com/free_tarot_card_reading.shtml, or http://www.tarot-lovers.com, and experience a reading for yourself!

© February 2010 Bonnie Cehovet