Time To Think About Holiday Shopping – Part 2!

Time To Think Holiday Shopping: Part 2!

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Many people feel that it is inappropriate to think about holiday shopping until after Thanksgiving. The thought behind this is that each holiday deserves its own moment in time. I feel that we can celebrate Thanksgiving in the manner that it was meant to be celebrated in, and still start planning our holiday shopping. If we give ourselves enough time to shop, we can actually create a budget, come up with meaningful gifts, and do it all without massive amounts of stress.

I am doing a series of blogs on gifts that come from the world of Tarot and divination. The items featured are those that struck my eye. Some will be recently out, some may have been out for some time. They all have an intrinsic value, from my point of view, and are worth considering. At the end of each blog you will find links to my other holiday themed blogs.

This blog is about Tarot and other divinatory decks – some from 2014, some prior. I enjoy working with them all. Please use this as a template only – think about the decks you like, and what you think others would enjoy.

Messages Oracle, Mary Nale, Independently Published, 2013.

Oracle of Initiation, Mellissae Lucia, Independently Published, 2012.

Oracle of Visions, Ciro Marchetti, U.S. Games Systems. 2014.

Tarot For Cats. Regen Dennis, Kipling West, MacMillan, 1996.

Tarot Learning Cards. Jay DeForest, Jadzia DeForest, Living Magic Publishing, 2014.

The Alice Tarot. Karen Mahony, Alexandr Ukolov, Magic Realist Press, 2014.

The Burning Serpent Oracle, Rachel Pollack, Robert M. Place, Hermes Publications, 2014.

The Chrysalis Tarot. Toney Brooks, Holly Sierra, U.S. Games Systems Inc. 2014.

The Rune Deck, Mary Nale, Independently Published, 2014.

The Sacred Mandala Oracle, Heather Mendel, Independently Published 2014

Under the Roses Lenormand, Kendra Hurteau, Katrina Hill, U.S. Games SYstems Inc., 2014.

Previous Blogs:

Tarot Books: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/time-to-think-about-holiday-shopping-part-2/

Tarot digital applications: http://theworldoftarot.wordpress.com/

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction prohibited without the written permission of the author.

Time To Think Holiday Shopping – Part 1!

Time To Think Holiday Shopping – Part 1!

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Many people feel that it is inappropriate to think about holiday shopping until after Thanksgiving. The thought behind this is that each holiday deserves its own moment in time. I feel that we can celebrate Thanksgiving in the manner that it was meant to be celebrated in, and still start planning our holiday shopping. If we give ourselves enough time to shop, we can actually create a budget, come up with meaningful gifts, and do it all without massive amounts of stress.

I am doing a series of blogs on gifts that come from the world of Tarot and divination. The items featured are those that struck my eye. Some will be recently out, some may have been out for some time. They all have an intrinsic value, from my point of view, and are worth considering. At the end of each blog you will find links to my other holiday themed blogs.

This blog is about Tarot and other divinatory books.

78 Degrees of Wisdom. Rachel Pollack. Weiser, 2007.

Best Tarot Practices. Marcia Masino. Weiser Books, 2009.

Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads. Teresa Michelsen. Llewellyn, 2003.

Gaining Archetypal Wisdom: A Guidebook For Using Archetypes In Personal Growth & Healing. Toni Gilbert. Schiffer Publishing, 2011.

Messages From The Archetypes. Toni Gilbert, White Cloud Press, 2004.

Pictures From The Heart: A Tarot Dictionary. Sandra Thomson. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003.

 Sepulchre. Kate Moss. Berkly Books, 2009.

Tarot and Individuation. Dr. Irene Gad. Nicolas-Hays, 2004.

Tarot and the Journey of the Hero. Hajo Banzhaf. Weiser Books, 2000.

Tarot Celebrations. Geraldine Amaral & Nancy Brady Cunningham. Red Wheel-Weiser, 2012.

Tarot, Birth Cards, and You – Keys To Empowering Yourself. Bonnie Cehovet, Schiffer Publishing, 2011.

Tarot For Writer’s. Corrine Kenner. Llewellyn Publications, 2009.

Tarot For Yourself. Mary K. Greer. New Page Books, 2002.

Tarot, Ritual, & You – The Power of Tarot Combined With The Power Of Ritual. Bonnie Cehovet. Schiffer Publishing, 2013.

The Kabbalah Tree. Rachel Pollack. Llewellyn Publications. 2004.

The Underground Stream: Esoteric Tarot Revealed. Christine Payne-Towler. Noreah Press, 1999.

The Woman With The Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail. Margaret Starbird. Bear & Company. 1993.

This is a short list – each of you may have other books in mind to give as gifts. Have fun with this!

 Previous Holiday Blogs:

Tarot & Divinatory Decks: https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/time-to-think-about-holiday-shopping-part-2/ 

 Tarot digital applications: http://theworldoftarot.wordpress.com/

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction prohibited without the written permission of the author.

Review – LunarCafe.com

LunarCafe.com

Lunar Cafe

I do not generally review Internet sites, but LunarCafe.com was brought to my attention, and I felt that it presented its subject matter very well. The first thing that impressed me was the very clean look – white background, decent spacing, and good use of images. The header across the top of the landing page takes the reader to sections on Horoscopes, Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, Fun Games, and Learning. Also included on the landing page are links to Featured Contributor (I really felt that this was a nice touch, to allow site visitors to meet the person behind the words). Astrology (Moon Sign and Chinese Roster Sign – with built in software that allows the site visitor to edit in their birth date, so they can see what applies to them), and “Learn the Latest”, with a link at the bottom of the page that allows the site visitor to browse all of the articles.

 The right hand side of the site contains a form to fill out for site visitors to be added to the horoscope and mailing list, and a tasteful ad for a free psychic reading with Psychic Elements.

The Horoscope section includes daily, weekly, and monthly general horoscopes; daily, weekly, and monthly love horoscopes; and daily, weekly, and monthly career horoscopes; and a yearly horoscope. I found both the types of horoscopes offered, and the defined time periods to be quite attractive.

The Astrology section includes Zodiac Sign, Moon Sign, Chinese Zodiac Sign, and links to astrology related articles.

The section on Tarot includes a brief introduction to Tarot, with links to specific Tarot topics; Tarot card meanings, and links to Tarot related articles.

The section on Numerology includes Your Name & Numerology, and Your Life Path Number. There is software provided so that site visitors can input their personal information, and find out what their numbers are.

Under the “Fun Games” section we see “Are you a psychic?”, which is a game of prediction using the Zener cards, and  a free (automated) three card Tarot reading, using the Tarot of Marseille. I enjoyed playing in both of these sections, and loved the music that played while doing the Tarot reading!

Under the “Learn” section the site visitor will find Articles that can be accessed by category (Astrology, Horoscope,Tarot).  The Astrology category holds the most articles, with the Horoscope and Tarot sections still in the beginning stages.

I really liked this site … it was clear, concise, and easy to navigate. I could look for a specific piece of information, or I could go to the game section and amuse myself for as long as I wanted to. Well worth checking out!

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Review – “Whispers I Know”

Whispers I Know

Author: Noreen Jameson
2012
ISBN #978-1-105-60932-9

In the name of the Highest Being …
without beginning, without end …
the Eternal Being …
(from the introduction)

Noreen begins this book, her third (the first two being “Petals of the R.O.S.E.” and “Wells of Wisdom”), with the notation that she prefers to speak of her spiritual work as intuitive in nature, as opposed to being psychic. I agree with her, for the very reasons that she gives – that the word psychic is often regarded as being somehow in the realm of charlatans and fakirs. She then goes on to describe the different ways of sensing – clairvoyant (clear seeing), clairsentient (clear feeling), clairaudient (clear hearing), and clairalience (clear smelling), and claircognizant (clear knowing).

As a claircognizant, she knows things without ever having studied them, and without having any knowledge of the person or situation that she is receiving information about. This book is a continuation of her first two books … presenting information that has come to her in many different ways. (It might behoove me to note her that Noreen is a gifted metaphysician, healer, intuitive, and empath, who works closely with her guides and angels.)

One of the first things that Noreen talks about is finding our own spiritual essence, and that in doing so we will need to discard layers of negative/false conditioning. (Note: This is my perspective. We grow up with certain religious, cultural, and familial strictures/guidelines. As we go out into the world, we experience new things, and truly see what works for us. We keep what works for us, and discard the rest. Easier than it sounds, as family, friends, and the culture around us all push their own expectations on us.)

We are also encouraged to let our inner child out to play (not such an easy thing for an earth centered Cappie like me to do!). Easier for me is the encouragement to practice meditation, prayer, or simply take a “time out” on a regular basis. Be present, and live in the moment. Noreen touches on self-acceptance, and allowing ourselves to experience our emotions without repressing them, or judging them.

I loved the part about the life changes that we will experience when we live our spiritual essence. Amongst other things, we will feel lighter, worry less, experience less stress, and manifest more of what we want with less difficulty.

Each of the “clair” abilities is defined, along with how we process the information. Knowing that we have these abilities is really of no use until we develop them. The information in this book allows the reader to understand the process, which in essence takes the fear out of it. Then it goes one step further – with suggestions on how to develop each ability/ For this alone this book is worth a read!

The section on chakras is another of my favorites. The chakra system is how we process energy throughout our body. The seven major chakras are aligned on our spinal column (with the sixth chakra on our forehead, and the seventh chakra at the top of our head), and move energy up and down our spine. A blockage in one chakra not only presents problems with that particular chakra, but has the ability to affect all of the other chakras. I found the explanations of the chakras, how to tell if they were blocked, how to unblock them, and the questions that we need to ask ourselves, quite pertinent (as well as easy to understand).

A true gift is the section on grounding. It is so easy in this very fast paced world of our to become ungrounded. Too much information flying at us way too fast – instant overwhelm! To remain in the present, living from our center, we need to make the effort to remain grounded. Noreen presents information on Be-Ing Simple (a light meditation on the breath), and combining music with prayer/meditation.

There is also a section on crystals/gemstones and their color and energy associations. (The energy associations are specifically for abundance/ prosperity, safety/protection, dreamtime, healing/health issues, relationships, love relationships, and creativity.) Those who want to work with crystal grids will find information on that here too. For anyone who wants to do work on themselves, this will be pertinent information.

There is so much in this book that the reader can put to use in their life – including writing abundance checks (new moon schedules are provided for 2012 through 2015, as this is done within 24 hours after a new moon) and working with play money.

Noreen presents the Celtic Tree of Life as a subtle form of energy healing, on all levels. It is something that we can do on ourselves, as well as on others. Working with this system has many benefits, including clearing negative emotional patterns, connecting with Higher Self and Spirit, processing and releasing blocks, restoring balance, increasing awareness and clarity, and opening to vitality and wellness.

For those that work with Angels, Guides, and Archetypal energy, there is information on that here too! There is a nice explanation of what these energies are, and how to work with them. This is followed by a section on the construction and use of prayer beads. (I had never stopped to think that the prayer beads we place on our alter can be made of more delicate materials that prayer beads that we intend to carry with us!) If you want to construct your own prayer beads, this is a great section for you!

Noreen addresses Life Path Numbers as a tool for assessing our own spiritual essence. This section will lead many readers to a better understanding of themselves, and those around them. It is a tool that can be combined with other tools, such as Tarot, Angel work, and working with our Guides.

Another wonderful tool for understanding ones self and others is the Runes. They are presented here with great clarity … readers will find them very easy to work with. (This reminds me that I need to locate my set of Rose Quartz Runes – one that was specially made for me by a dear friend who has since passed on.)

Pendulum work is also discussed. A template is presented for asking questions of the pendulum which I find very interesting. I generally work within a directional Yes/No manner, so this is something new to me.

At the end of the book is an index that lists Tarot correspondences – what quality/energy is associated with which cards. This is a great help in learning the Tarot, or in expanding your knowledge of the Tarot.

There is a great deal of wisdom to be found within these pages (Note: I am reviewing the PDF format of this book). It is a wonderful read, and a great resource to have for personal work. Two thumbs up!

© July 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