Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review- Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

"A place at the table, a spot on the shelf, Kitchen Table Tarot lets you help yourself!" 

(That's not from the book, I wrote it while thinking of this review.)

Melissa Cynova wants to talk with you about Tarot. Not in a recruitment way. The book is Kitchen Table Tarot, not "Knock, Knock, Have You Heard About Tarot?"
Inside you will find easy conservation, anecdotes, and yes, Tarot brain fuel.
In writing this piece, I did not want to see other reviews first, however most early praise for the book speaks of how conversational Lis writes with engaging the reader. She literally began reading and teaching Tarot at her kitchen table, and started her website to reach many friends at once to teach and avoid long distance phone charges. Extra points if you remember those!
Her writing brings you to that table, with the luxury of no travel arrangements. You'll not only see her fearless introspection on the cards, but also some moments that she'd like to save us from having already made the mistakes.

What you'll get: a medium sized matte cover trade paperback (or you can buy it as an e-book). Roughly 5x8, it should easily fit in a tote to go.
Pages in at 288; substance without suffering.
Black and White card images of the Llewellyn's Classic Tarot Deck, a modernized version of Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS), and the writing is geared towards any similar type of deck with pictures on all the cards.

Why you may have overlooked this gem: If your first thought is "It's just a beginner's book", you would be correct- to an extent. However, if I had panned this over on that assumption alone I would have missed out on much.
I have read about a 6 card spread (pyramid shape) before. Never tried it, as I only saw 3 lines of cards, for what they were. In a few words from Lis, other connections of the groupings clicked. That's a testimony right there. I've been learning and reading since the 1990's(!) and already learned something. There's only a handful of traditional spreads are featured, as card knowledge foundation and understanding are paramount.
It's also encouraging to see an accomplished reader admit they doggedly read Tarot books (even in a reading!) until it was no longer necessary, except for looking for some fresh meaning.
I'm full of praise Ms. Cynova's treatment of the "difficult" cards. There's no trepidation at all; this is where she channels Sword energy and cuts them bite size for us. Her treatment of the Devil card alone should be mandatory reading as far as I am concerned. Death, Judgement, 10 of swords as well.

Why it's worth it's place in the book nook:
It is easy to get in set in one's ways, and as a perpetual student I like to re-set periodically and go back to "beginners mind". How I would teach Tarot now versus 1996 would be the same deck structure, but different definitions as to how I would present them. Until Tarot, I had never heard the word 'Hierophant' and venture to say neither has the average reader. Explaining a stodgy concept with same delivery in 2017 seems sort of a disservice in my opinion. You may also miss that Lis makes a connection between the Hierophant and computer professionals. Had you already reached that as a possible connection?
Lis answers questions you may not know you had- some of my favorites are found in the "Ethics of Reading" section, where the gems "What if I'm wrong?" and "What if I'm right?" are answered in her assuring ways complete with first hand experiences. She even covers situations in which reading for others (or yourself!) that are not worth the effort.
For those that read with reversals, you will find definitions for them with each card as well. The fact that the author is well read in cards as well as literature gives her definitions resource. It's not too serious though, I can very much appreciate imagining the hands bringing forth the Ace minors hearkening back to the days of Monty Python sketches.
It is worth noting cards are group by number instead of suit.
I think this makes it easier to compare how the number crosses over between the suits.
It's the little touches, such as reading the nod to card 9¾, that makes me hope to see more books in the future from this inspiring author!

What's NOT in this book (That may be important to you):
Not included? Let's see- astrology, Kabbalah, origins of where Tarot may have come from. She's just talking about learning the cards. You can go as far with them as you wish after you grasp the basics.
Also blissfully free of dogma, musts/n'ts, and shoulds/n'ts.
There are no color pictures, but greyscale images for each card are shown.
Lis does identify as intuitive, but only offers sparse discussion on the topic, which does include grounding.
There are no journal prompts, homework, or exercises- In this way it is a Tarot beginners book.
Although she talks about reading professionally, this book can only help you with the reading side, not the business side of making the leap to go pro.

Reviewer Anecdote** "The Freudian Split" as it will now be known, happened while I was reading about the Devil card. Lis takes the traditional artists' drawings to task in a most humorous way, and what I read as a typo that makes this review one of my funniest.
She was making fun of the burning staff (or hot poker, however you may have believed the Devil may hold) and I presumed the word 'spliff' was a mistake. Staff for a spit, since the Devil is roasting these people was my guess. When I asked for confirmation from another, we were 'split'. Word, or faux paus? A little Googling led to a lot of giggling- Funniest typo, or imaginative author? Just like the author's stance on reading, go ahead and interpret it in your own way.

TL;DR? Too Long; Didn't Read?
* This is a fresh, modern beginners Tarot book, with enough substance for an adept to appreciate, or even use in teaching
* Free of stuffy outmoded tradition and requirements (no, you don't have to be given your first deck, or keep it wrapped in silk)
* A perfect gift for a new beginner, filled with honesty and encouragement

++This is where I need to give special thanks to the publishers at Llewellyn Publications for allowing me to borrow an e-preview uncorrected proof copy for review purposes.

This book was already on my wish list, and now in two days, a copy will be in my hands! I prefer a physical book, although a Kindle edition is available as well.

Until next time, Tarot on!~

Monday, April 24, 2017

My Real 'World' Experience- The Godot Edition

This is where I share one of my own fantastic Tarot reading blunders; yes, it has actually happened to ME.

I read for myself, with great accuracy and insight most of the time. You can and should as well.

This rather, is a cautionary tale about allowing judgement to be clouded by desire.

Did you guess yet there was another person involved? A romantic interest, if you will.
This was someone with whom I was in contact in brief moments several times a week in my former employment. I had been chatting with them and established great report and was now hoping for something more.
Time to turn to my trusty cards!

 I pulled The World (RWS)

Ah, great success! Culmination of all of my efforts rewarded! What a great card to pull!
Every Tarot book I poured through and every website I perused bolstered me more and more with this conclusion before my next meeting with them.
"Success. Triumph in all undertakings"! The books promised.
"All of your efforts are paying off!" I read.
"The World and everything in it are yours"! The websites teased.
Yes! I had arrived! One should imagine I had already "picked the date".

My interest did not show up that day. 

Or that week.

My interest never returned again. I had waited for Godot.

What??? How could that happen? The cards, they told me our relationship would reach it's ultimate conclusion!
And that was correct. It ended. It finished. "It's Over" is an answer, just the unwanted one.

                                   ("Miss Steak", Kelly Portfolio Illustrations© 2015)
Such an Epic blunder needed a mascot 

Yeah, my bad.

It would be a few more years before I found a Tarot teacher that taught me about detachment from outcome, though I am not sure that is the most important lesson here.

Dependence on book answers, and I have had shelves full, doesn't always withstand the reading.

The World is typically lumped in with the "Good" cards, with cards like the Sun and the 10 of cups.
Only rarely do you think of too much sun giving a sunburn, lest we forget poor Icarus?
They say the dark side serves milk and cookies, and The Devil even has cake named for them I understand. So why is The Devil in the "Bad" cards section? 

The World is a complete cycle; whether the end is the beginning is whether the glass is half full for you. 
We must take off the color of expectation glasses, and don our reading ones instead.

This is my favorite version of The World card- the Wildwood Tarot.        
As much as I love my RWS, sometimes seeing another variation offers a new insight.
Wildwood Tarot© The World Tree
It would be quite awhile before I asked my cards to show me how I was so wrong in that reading. This was no poor me or 'sour grapes' in which the cards would allude to how no good that person was for me.

My inquiry was about my place in what happened and what I needed to know. Asking for the dirt about them and what they were doing from my cards is pretty unreliable, just as gossip itself.

But oh, how  I got told about my role in what transpired! 

The cards know me better than I want to admit. We shouldn't ask unless we really can handle looking in the picture mirror medium that is Tarot.

I've learned that all the cards, can have other meanings than "the traditional" or book version; even that "Little White Book' specific to the deck. 

People write about waiting for the World; actually my Year card for 2017 happens to be The World.

I've decided not to be left waiting.

Until next time, Tarot on!

**Struggling to read for yourself? Having difficulty with getting invested hope off the hanger? Let me recommend some assistance~ 

-Courtney Weber's Tarot For One is the end of 2016's gift for not only the new Tarot reader, this book showcases the subject, and is friendly without confusion.

-You may already have or at least heard of Mary K Greer's 21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card or perhaps Tarot For Yourself? 

-And another fantastic resource in not only this matter, but learning Tarot, comes from Joan Bunning's Learning The Tarot  
It's also generously available online free at Learn Tarot

-You can ask for group help from Tarot forums like Aecletic Tarot, which has a "Your Readings" section- you post your cards and interpretation first, and you get crowd support and instruction.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tarot Trend- What Will Be The Next 'In' Books?

Where I predict the next big things in Tarot books judging them by their covers!

I've played this game for years, and now that I have a public outlet, I wish to share with you.

Ever just know that something is going to be good just by looking at a preview? I'm not speaking of 'psychic' or woo feelings, just that hunch that a book is "One to Watch" when you are an established bibliophile.

Here are my picks of books to be released this year in Tarot.
If a book is NOT on this list, it doesn't mean it's panned, although there are a few that I willfully left out (I am human after all, with some biases)

These are listed in order of date released (if known), and end post I will put my bet for top choice.
*I have not consulted cards nor pendulum for this post- (maybe that would make a great sequel entry)

Bringing The Tarot To Life

Release May 8 2017
Fun and Tarot for me go together like peanut butter and chocolate-beautifully!
I enjoy activity books for Tarot, and believe this will be a nice one for the collection.
The book shows our Tarot gain by learning "How to use theater games and acting techniques to gain new insights into the cards."
*Side note, I wrote this last night, and woke up to find Barbara Moore already blogging about it. Must be on to something!

Modern Tarot

Release June 13 2017
In the "things you can tell just by looking" department, this book presents itself as "Take me home and spend time with me" right away.
At this time there is no preview inside to see more, but the premise is a teaching of tarot to the millennial age range, and is not geared towards any particular Tarot deck.
Promising card based rituals to "Guide you on a radical path toward radical growth and self improvement" peaks my interest, as a "Self Help Section" of the bookstore aficionado.

Naked Tarot 

Release Fall 2017
One reason I like Janet's work so much is that she keeps Tarot up to date and even a bit edgy. Not too edgy, the book will be safe for work and grandmas despite the title. Linking Tarot with tangible concepts such as movies and life stories makes learning almost effortless.
The link is a sneak peak inside her latest book, and although there is the element of 'fortune telling' by showing possible answers for "Romance" and "Career", I do like the added aspects for "Parenting"(!) and "Spirituality".
Janet offers full service for each card, with Writing Prompts, Sabian Symbols, Flower Essences, Card Spreads (!) and more.
Small publishing house is another plus in my book.
Excited for this release.

Fortune Stellar, Revised 2nd Edition -Christiana Gaudet

Release Fall 2017- (Pic is of ORIGINAL version!)
It's no secret that I am a BIG fan of Ms Gaudet. It thrills me to see that there will be a new and updated version of her former bestseller "Fortune Stellar", in which she shared about the real experience of going pro in the Tarot Business. You'll have to see it as business when you arrive at that point, things really change from reading for friends to having "hours of operation". The revised new edition hints at including online readings and more updated business practices specific to this and other pro practitioners in the business of woo.

Tarot Time Traveller

Release Nov 8 2017
Another Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin collaboration, with the hype,
"On this journey, you will learn how to read the future as you pick up pieces of the puzzle from the greatest tarot teachers throughout history." As well researched as I find most of Katz's projects, I often find redundancy that carries over in several of their books. Great promotions give nice content typically ahead of the release, so you will know if this is one you will like.

The "real" scoreboard- how I predict sales will be-

1. Tarot Time Traveller- Probably due to Katz's popularity from "Tarosophy", as well as excellent marketing campaign.
2.Modern Tarot- The right time, should be strategically marketed.
3.Fortune Stellar- people are waiting on this release, and there is always a need for help on specifics in this field as a business.
4.Naked Tarot- With the right marketing, I do see much potential for this one.
5.Bringing The Tarot to Life- This is a "niche" book, but I expect it to fair well. As a Llewellyn publication, it may sell better than my spot on this list.

If I ruled the book sales list-
1.Fortune Stellar- Because, it's going to be great!
2.Naked Tarot- Since there can only be one number one, I had to place this one here.
3.Modern Tarot- In the Top three is the place to be!
4.Bringing the Tarot to Life- I will buy this one no matter what.
5.Tarot Time Traveller- I'll let the fans in first on this one, and then see how I feel about it from the reviews.

What new books to be released are on your list? Maybe I've overlooked them!
I'd love to read your choices, opinions and predictions.

Tell me here, or find me on Twitter @Frindle_Sg or Facebook, @Sg Frindle

Until next time, Tarot on! Bless!~  

Monday, April 17, 2017

When More Is Too Much And Less Is Enough- The 4 of Cups

It seems the 4 of Cups in RWS and it's clones has received the bad rap of being ungrateful and disinterested for far too long.

A more modern card conception   (Source)

Is it really all displeasure and rudeness?


 The Little White Book issued with the RWS reads "Weariness. Aversion. Disgust. Disappointment. Bitter experience. Stationary period in life"

Eden Gray's classic and forefront of modern tarot reading  "A Complete Guide to the Tarot" gives this sad meaning- "A stationary period in one's life; weariness, surfeit."
And people stopped reading there? There are times where one really should have more - this being one- Gray offers it with additions to the card's meaning-
"Dissatisfaction with material success. Reevaluation of one's earthly pleasures"
I feel as though that last part, like in many quoted passages, gets left out, when indeed it matters much in context.

Rachel Pollack in 78 Degrees of Wisdom calls it "negative imagination" (apathy) making one, "Look at everything as worthless and boring."

Most Tarot teachers will tell you no card is inherently good or bad- and that fours represent structure and stability.

Here I think of comedian Jim Gaffigan's talk about explaining the idea of dining out in America to an impoverished person.

Think about it:  You have an appetizer- food you eat before your meal
                           Then you have your meal. (More food!)
                           Top all of that off with dessert, the food you eat after you have eaten
                            twice already in one sitting! 

That's 3 courses! (Three cups?)

Now, could you agree that after your three courses of food, that if when you returned home from the restaurant and someone who loves you had food specially prepared just for you that you would be thrilled? That you would joyfully partake?
And if you did not, how would it feel to be labeled as "ungrateful" and "bitter"? How could you do that to someone who loves you? You 4 of cups, you!

When you already have enough, more is not necessary. That is a tenant in approaching a balanced lifestyle.

If the number 4 is meant to be structure and stability, and cups the emotions, balanced emotions don't sound so "meh" as this card is often seen.
What about Reevaluation? A sorting out of emotions?
-Would some quiet time needed for that maybe?
Perhaps the original card was drawn while the figure was in mid contemplation daydream, in which the stagnation is only temporary?

Now Arthur Waite, who commissioned Pamela Coleman Smith to design the RWS deck, belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. This hints at many "secrets" to be teased from the cards, and the group even brought in from astrology.
No initiation required to see if this helps the understanding of the card.

The astrology of the 4 of cups leads us to the 3rd Decan of Cancer (13-22 July)
Basic astrology research yields this data:

"The third Decan Cancer personality is characterized by intuition, empathy and optimism.
You are somewhat of a dreamer and like to fantasize stretching your vivid imagination. Poetry, creative writing or art are all areas you can excel in."
and ends with:
"You enjoy your own company and like to have time alone. These times allow you to dream some more and also are times when you can get in touch with your inner self and strengthen your intuitive skills."

Hmm- let's look at the 4 of cups card again?

Could the card ever just mean ignoring opportunity or dismay with current circumstance? Of course.  In correspondence with the query and other cards in context, one can certainly see boredom and refusal of an offer, inspiration, or emotion. And one can get caught up in dreaming, and not doing.

Buddha is noted to have found enlightenment sitting in contemplation under a tree. He WAS dissatisfied with material wealth and desires, and found more by giving up most of every THING and concentrating on spiritual matters.

People approaching leaving less of a carbon footprint and those approaching minimalism often feel subtraction adds to one's lifestyle- deliberate refusal of duplicate additions is not rude or wasteful.
I'm not advocating either lifestyle for you, however, if it becomes a relevant point to reading, what a wonderful find.

Let my last sentence will summate the point of the card perfectly. Three words will be enough, the fourth so close, but not chosen.

Cliffhangers are so

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Look At Tarot Timing- April The Giraffe

One constant in Tarot questions is timing.

Goodness, there are several options to choose!

Let's examine a few on an event that has yet to occur and see what happens.

I've chosen a popular event- April the giraffe, who should give birth, well, someTIME.   

She's on Live stream Here

She's definitely pregnant, although time frame of conception is unclear.

The world has been on standby since Feb 23. It's April 12 as of this post.

Let's ask the cards and see what system comes closest.

This Barbara Moore post covers several techniques:
Timing Techniques

Lisa Eddy at Angelorum weighs in here:
Timing in Tarot With Free Cheat Sheets

Not leaving out the popular Biddy Tarot:
Timing Techniques In Tarot   

At the time of writing, I also consulted a wonderful download from a great expert who is dedicated to Intuitive Timing!  You can work  with Lisa, and read her testimonials at Intuitive Timing  Please contact her directly via her site or Facebook for your copy

These are the most common (note there is even some overlap within these four) although part of really learning Tarot is finding what works for YOU.

I, for instance, do not equivocate Swords as Spring. That is Wands as far as I am concerned. My personal system is as follows.

Wands= Spring
Cups= Summer
Swords= Autumn
Pentacles= Winter

For this exercise, I will follow these very popular links as written and see which one predicts this blessed event correctly.  I've pulled one card, with the question, 

"When Will April the Giraffe Give Birth?"

Answer: 4 of Wands (RWS tarot)

 We could be looking at:

4 weeks, by Barbara Moore's Golden Dawn Inspired Timing post (Or as the general term, Summer- hope not, for poor April)

Between April 11-20 (3rd decan Aries) by Lisa Eddy's post

4 Days (it's 10:30 am Wed, Apr 12 EST) Or in Aries or fire sign dates as of this writing by Biddy's post

All very good (and close!) answers in this race - Stay Taroted in for who gets the closest!

-Barbara's post did offer other methods- such as 
   Narrative, (4w= during a celebration?)
   Minor Arcana weeks = 4th week of Summer
   Suit, Court, and Major Timing= 4 weeks
   Golden Dawn= (alternate- if I read the post correctly) Full moon during Noon to Twilight? New twist, it is the Full Moon, after all

-I followed Lisa Eddy's very easy to use cheat sheet for her answer.

-Biddy's post offers some Astrology tips = Wands can mean Aries, which we are in until April 19

-Lisa Allen's method also concurs with a four day timing period, and her more traditional method is open to change out season and suit, allowing me to have my Wands= Spring. ** spoiler, it means by April 20 there will be a new giraffe foal! :-)


+ Barbara's timing post of when, if for the 4w is also correct "after a holiday"-
We just had Passover.  Neat! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Taroty Thoughts- Quiz! Who ARE these people?

No matter how many Tarot groups and forums I join, or Tarot books I read,  It doesn't seem the Court Cards ever get easier for people to interpret.

So, whether you are a 'Tarot Star', or 'Tarot Stumped' when it comes to Face Card Proficiency, let's play a game by identifying them in song lyrics.

I often have single  'Taroty Thoughts' on Facebook - this will be the Music Edition!

"Oh, what, wow, he's the greatest dancer" (Sister Sledge)

Level Beginner? Read the lyrics, answer what you can, and study your court cards
Level Advanced? Jump in and have fun! Learn more about how you identify others in Tarot. 
 Level Expert? I recommend having to also choose the Face Card that would say the lyric- good luck!

Try not to think  of the Major cards, this is meant to make you think about the 16 Court Cards!

These folks sound interesting...

"You're My Wonderwall"  Wonderwall by Oasis ~Would you be fascinated by this person, or would that comment make you think security?
"She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene" Billie Jean by Michael Jackson 

 "I've been a miner for a heart of gold." Heart of Gold by Neil Young ~and what card if they were a coal miner?

"Well honey it ain't your money/'Cause baby I got plenty of that/I love you for your pink Cadillac" Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen ~Materialist,or ulterior motive?

"I'm like a bird/ I'll only fly away" I'm Like A Bird by Nelly Furtado ~Might be a hard one to hold

"Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody's watching her" This Is What You Came For By Rhianna ~Sounds intense!

"Raven hair and ruby lips/Sparks fly from her finger tips" Witchy Woman  by The Eagles ~Can you see this one? Are you choosing on hair color, or personality? Why?

"Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond" Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd ~Do you know this person?

"I'll cast my spell of love on you, a woman from a child" Magic Man by Heart~Do you find the one saying this swoon worthy, or kind of eerie?

Oh, what can it mean to a Daydream believer/and a Homecoming queen?  Daydream Believer by the Monkees ~Who are these two in the Face Cards? Is there a difference in rank?  Why or why not?

"But he made too many enemies/ Of the people who would keep us on our knees" The Ballad Of Peter Pumkinhead by XTC ~Is he a thinker, or a fighter?

How are you faring so far?  Can you handle more? Coming at ya!

" It's those restless hearts that never mend" New Kid In Town by The Eagles ~(this one's a tuffy!)

"The day the music died"  The Day The Music Died  Don McLean ~Which musician would you say that song means for you? What card are they represented by?

"I'm your biggest fan/ I'll follow you until you love me/papa-paparazzi" Paparazzi by Lady Gaga ~What card represents that needed yet hated celebrity relationship?

 "Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile/ The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes" Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  by the Beatles ~What must that look like?

"All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind" Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac ~Does this mean she's an air sign????

"Coming out of my cage /And I've been doing just fine / Gotta gotta be down / Because I want it all" Mr Brightside by the Killers ~Sounds like some lust for life!

"I'm a gangsta, but y'all knew that." Drop It Like It's Hot  by Snoop Dogg (video is censored version) ~Just concentrate on what type of Face Card the lyric evokes

"I'll keep you my dirty little secret/ who has to know?" Dirty Little Secret by The All American Rejects  ~Seriously, who are these people?? (both of them)

" Bad Bad Leroy Brown,/the baddest man in the whole damned town/ badder than old king kong/ and meaner than a junkyard dog"  Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce ~ Who did you pick? Why?

"Men of good fortune, very often can't do a thing/While men of poor beginnings, often can do anything" Men of Good Fortune by Lou Reed ~Yes, two cards to choose here.

" I don't need to sell my soul/ He's already in me /I wanna be adored"  I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses ~Rx cards are fine in this game by the way!

"The clean up woman is a woman who/Gets all the love we girls leave behind" Clean Up Woman by LeeLa James ~ I don't think she's a bad girl, what about you?

  Still with me?  More under here!

Don't you know that you are/A shooting star/And all the world will love you/Just as long, as long as you are?  Shooting Star by Bad Company ~Wonderful to become famous. Who is the one shot to stardom, and who would the wizened fan that knows how fleeting the trip can be?

 "He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans/Struttin' her stuff on the street/ She said 'Hello, Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go? "~Which card for Creole Lady Marmalade  by Patti LaBelle?

"I'm a thousand miles away/But girl, tonight you look so pretty/Yes you do/Times Square can't shine as bright as you" Hey There Delilah  by the Plain White T's  ~What sweet soulful card would write those lyrics? What card would they be sung for?

"I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad/I got sunshine in a bag/I'm useless but not for long/The future is coming on "~What card would fit this 'Plains Drifter' inspired character? Clint Eastwood by The Gorillaz

 "Oh boy, this dude is outta sight!/Everything he does seems to come out right " Rubberband Man by The Spinners ~What card would make you lose your mind to watch?

"We only said goodbye with words/I died a hundred times/You go back to her/And I go back to Black, black, black" Back To Black by Amy Winehouse 
~What kind of person makes someone feel this way? Who is the person feeling it?  Bonus points- who is the Face Card the one who left picked?

 “I had a dream so big and loud/I jumped so high I touched the clouds” Best Day Of My Life  by The American Authors ~Another dreamer on the list, different dream though- did your card change?

"There's a fire starting in my heart/Reaching a fever pitch, it's bringing me out the dark/ Finally I can see you crystal clear" Rolling In The Deep  by Adele ~ Which one's soul awakes with fire from the dark?

"She was a fast machine/She kept her motor clean/She was the best damn woman I had ever seen" You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC ~Woman as machinery, eh? So she's metal?

" Cause You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye" Out Of Style by Taylor Swift ~Which of those 16 cards captures what Bad Boy daydream visions look like?

 " Said I'm so sick of love songs so sad and slow/ So why can't I turn off the radio?" So Sick by Ne-Yo ~This person doesn't seem Emo, but they do have a heart.  Bonus points- What card would be the Emo kids?

"Just a gigolo/ everywhere I go/People know the part I'm playing" Just A Gigolo by Louis Prima ~Well, at least we KNOW what we're getting

"You’re like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they’re running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?” Paper Doll  by John Mayer~ You may have your work cut out for you on this one, LOL

Last leg of the game ( you're doing great!)

 "You had one eye on the mirror/And watched yourself gavotte/And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner" You're So Vain by Carly Simon~ What card sums up this magnetic flawed person?

 "Strung out on lasers and slash-back blazers/Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters" The Jean Genie by David Bowie ~A way back song- the people though, they remain the same.

"Now please don't think I'm weak/I didn't turn the other cheek/Papa, I should hope you understand/ Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man" Coward Of The County by Kenny Rogers ~One moment  timidity could no longer stand. What Court Card for these still waters running deep?

"Hey woman, you got the blues/ cos' you ain't got no one else to use" Evil Woman by E.L.O. ~No shortage of this mentality in the world

 "Oh no, not me/I never lost control/You're face to face/With The Man Who Sold The World" The Man Who Sold The World  by David Bowie  ~Bonus points if you name 1) the card for when the song was written (1970)  and 2) now - Did you choose two cards? Why or why not?

 "He took one guitar/ juke box hero/ stars in his eyes/juke box hero/he'll come alive tonight" Jukebox Hero by Foreigner ~Dreamer and doer, this one.

"Cause we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl" Material Girl by Madonna ~Enough said.

"She take my money when I'm in need/Yea she's a trifling friend indeed/Oh she's a gold digger way over town/That digs on me" Gold Digger  by Kanye West ~Not only material, but manipulative!!!

 " Well she wants to be the Queen/Then she thinks about her scene/Pulls her hair back as she screams/
I don't really wanna be the Queen" Meet Virginia by Train~Verdict- Queen or no?

"Nobody stopped to hear him/Though he played so sweet and high/They knew he had never been on their T.V./ So they passed his music by" For Free  Joni Mitchell ~Who represents the talented not oft sung hero we see?

" I wanna publish zines and rage against machines" Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger ~ Ah, angst!

How did you do?  

Just One More (Extra Credit)-  What Face Card can deliver this line of emotion?
 "I'm gonna look at you till my eyes go blind" Mississippi  by Bob Dylan ~Did you pick one?
Now, go back and hear the song  and listen for the line. Did your choice change?

My teaching (soapbox) moment: this exercise is meant to be fun, but there is some reasoning behind only the snippet descriptions of people.  It's about getting only the part of the story, either by a first impression of someone, or something you are told. Upon knowing more about people, we often see how many hats ( or face cards) we all can encompass at different times.

Thank you for playing! I hope you enjoyed it!

 Now I love this stuff! If you play along, it would be such a treat if you tag me on Facebook (Sg Frindle) or Twitter Frindle_Sg   with your answers! (Copy and Paste works)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review- The Tarot Coloring Book by Theresa Reed

 "As an adult, I didn't need permission to take up coloring again, just incentive. The Tarot Coloring Book has brought out my inner (and intuitive) child!" - Frindle, adult with inner child

Coloring. Generations have enjoyed the fun and entertainment the activity brings.
Tarot. Older than everyone reading this.
Coloring and the Tarot is not new. Mystery Schools such as the B.O.T.A.
still teach tarot by offering a blank deck to be colored systematically and to learn some of it's secrets within.

Behold: now, for the first time, "The Tarot Lady" herself Theresa Reed, presents to booksellers worldwide:   The Tarot Coloring Book  Available for purchase from places such as Sounds True Publisher  (with no need for initiation or monthly dues) 

 "There's so much room to see the card, and now I  notice things in them I've never seen before!" - Sg, Tarot enthusiast

That's right, Theresa Reed has been reading Tarot for over 30 years, and successfully in the business for over 20. Being a reader first prepared her to have this book published, as she knows how the Tarot reader and student thinks.
It's generously oversized, offering 8 1/2" x 11" pages to color in,
AND features a spiral lay flat binding. No more decisions to either crease the book's spine or holding a page down- you've got full access coloring potential!
Only the best went into this coloring book-
Helpful hints to get the most from this book (and learning the Tarot!)
Thick pages that can withstand markers!
Margins for writing notes!
The book's foreword is written by the highly esteemed Tarot author Mary K Greer!
Each facing page offers you card definitions, INCLUDING reversals, elements, and some symbol notices!
"78 giant coloring pages" you're wondering, "So fab!"
Well NO, she didn't stop at 78 pages; This not-just- for-beginner's title pages in at 180!!!
There's also-
Tips on creating great questions to ask the Tarot
Some concise "go to" card definitions
Even a few card spreads to get you reading those cards!

Have you ordered yours yet? Purchase from Barnes & Noble Booksellers
My Favorite Card

Wait! That's not all! Act now and for current (and future) Tarot Coloring Book holders, Theresa offers an online tutorial series showing you new techniques to "bling" out your book! That's right, just go to her blog page The Tarot Lady - Blinging Your Coloring Book and see how much more there is than coloring! Not about the "bling"? No problem. This book never insists you work in any particular way- you can color to your deck, or choose your own. Theresa is all about making the experience your own.
A tip that's not (yet) been featured in her book is to photocopy a page so you can change the color scheme- better yet, you should just buy a second copy-
You could order a 2nd copy of The Tarot Coloring Book here WalMart

"I bought the 50 pack of colored pencils just for this book"  - Sg, value shopper and lover of color

Need more persuasion ? You can purchase it from most retailers for around $12 USD.  For the price of a a few coffee's or some gas money, you can fuel your passion for Tarot and coloring! Order from Amazon

Reader Testimonial- "Since I've bought The Tarot Coloring Book, I've won $25 in lotto scratch offs. Coincidence, or was it in the cards? " -Frindle, bought the book, won $25- may be suggesting a correlation.

Are you reading this from across the pond? No worries, Book Depository has you covered as well-
The Book Depository

Fervent Tarot book reader and reviewer Sg Frindle answers this question one might ask:
Q-You've listed  reasons this book is great, has there been anything that's disappointing?
A-Well, there is one thing- it doesn't fit in my purse-
Just Doesn't Quite Fit

What did fit though was a gift card for the holidays, that could be used online as well. Look what can be found at Target

Creating your own work of Tarot art has never been easier, or more educational.
"Get this book!" - Sg, would be blogger and Tarot book reviewer.

Dear fellow Tarot traveler; yes, this review was written with an "informercial" humorous tone, but it should not detract in the least from the book.
The information within is  true and heartfelt. It's no secret I think Theresa Reed is an epic Tarot reader, teacher, and Tarotpreneur, and now, author.
Maybe try reading this post with  playing in the background to set the mood. That's the attention it deserves.

Until next post, Tarot on!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tarot Pleaves

Pleaves= 1.Pleas(e) and Peeves conjoined.
         2.Trying to change things thru explanation, rather than agitation.

Complaining doesn't solve many problems, whereas a more pleasant approach (please) with some informative value (clarifying peeve) that can correct the case in a beneficial way for all involved.

Maybe the right people will see this and help out where they can.

Should they unplug the microwave?
Wouldn't it be nice to watch a Vlog where the scene is calm, or at least the background noise is contained? The Vlogger goes live of their own volition, not just walking into the room for a surprise presentation? Where all supplies are right at hand, the host is nourished and sated beforehand, and the topic is presented in a clear and concise manner?
It may not be world peace, but it is on my wish list.

Still time to turn it around
Now COTD peeps, a call out of care and respect for the dedication and education. And I have gently reached out to some of you with subtle inquiry without explanation nor followup. I'm speaking of leaving a card image in upright position while announcing it's reversed.
If so much of our learning comes from looking at the cards, seeing it reversed adds to our learning. It allows one to look at the message in a new way.
The Knight of Wands from the RWS- it's Rx, if you just think about it upside-down.

Below is reversed card as most would know it. Do you imagine that wand digging in, getting stuck and waving back and forth on itself like a metronome? (maybe that's just me) Should you ever invoke the metronome as Rx idea, I take Paypal, chocolate and Amazon gift cards (Kidding!)

Amazon shouldn't need a five words or less lane-
When leaving a book or deck review on any platform, people leaving only the words, "I like it" doesn't seem to help anyone else in the slightest.
What did they like about the book or deck? Similarly, "I've seen better" is pretentious at the very least. How about they accompany the remark with a detailed picture of their library so we can determine for ourselves what they are basing that opinion on.
It could become a thing...

Good artists copy, great artists steal.
I love books. And like many people, will collect a author's collection.
Often times, an author will have a book republished, whether by as a new updated version, or a different publisher.
What is not cool, in my book, is to republish the SAME book under a different title with no warning.
Many folks do not have $15+ to find out they already have the book with a forward by someone the author knows. Couldn't the subtitle be "Formerly Published As"?
So much please and thank you for the publisher that heeds this.

Pete and Repeat
9am-A new reading service announcement- awesome!
11am-There's been a written new blog post-awesome!
1pm- A new reading service announcement- awesome!
3pm-There's been a written new blog post-awesome!
5pm- A new reading service announcement- awesome!

There are services that lets one post to social media on a timing schedule, so they can get other things accomplished.
True, most people do not sit online for hours on end.
But when one follows you on social media, which is a common and great thing for business, if it's not freshened up every now and then, it leads to tedium.
Changing of the core post isn't the request, just how it's presented.
How about once a post has finished a daily round or so, let's see a change of verbiage?

9am- Reading for people is such a pleasure! (website info)
11am- Now this post is for you!
1pm- Working on the schedule to make room for a reading for you!
3pm- My latest blog post is up!
5pm- Here's a list of the services I'm currently offering!

It seems these schedulers can rotate posts and be programed relatively far in advance. It's like Once a Month Cooking, except for advertising.
Cue the screaming fans!

What a wonderful world
If there's anything the Tarot community (and the world, honestly) could use more of, it's inclusivity.
Some of the most dedicated calls in forums and to deck creators are for formats that feature people of color, or/and include those who may not fit "traditional" profiles. It's no problem to find Tarot about cats, baseball, even Dali paintings in Tarot.
In my own family there would be need for multicultural decks, and ones that include folks of all orientations and backgrounds. Professional readers typically keep several decks on hand; having inclusive choices should make almost any client at ease.
In the case of RWS clones, too much of a good thing, has not been so great for many.

Making a great segway into

It's not always "King me" unless it's checkers
The game of Tarocchi and it's decedent Tarot were created in a time of, and often for, royalty. Most Tarot readers no longer reside under the monarchy as the ruling party. It should also be noted that most of the time of imperial rule, marriages were arranged for politics, meaning the King and Queen of any suit may not show the heavenly match one dreams.
I have fallen in love with the notion of seeing the high ranking court cards as "Face" cards. Looking at cards 11-14 of the pips as a continual maturity of the energies is modern and apropos.
As values, "face" cards are not confined by age, sex, or complexion stipulations.
My favorite new addresses have been  provided by the creators of the Slow Holler Tarot
"Students” have replaced Pages; “Travelers” were Knights; "Visionaries" the Queens and "Architects" were formerly known as Kings.
In my studies, I've found my opinion has changed with new information.
This in not an all call for re-printing the Tarot deck- it is a notation to examine how one perceives the evolution within it. Could it be that you won't always have the same significator card, and that it's perfectly perfect?
♫ I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now ♪ "My Back Pages -The Byrds

We're supposed to be the change we want to see in the world? For Tarot, may I say "Pleaves!"