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Janet Boyer

Janet Boyer

Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and Tarot in Reverse, as well as the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot. With her sixteen-year-old son, she created the Boyer Charming Oracle. Currently, Janet is working on her third and fourth traditionally-published Tarot books--Naked Tarot (Dodona Books, 2015) and 365 Tarot: Daily Meditations (Dodona Books, 2015). As a respected, trusted Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. In addition to being a Tarot teacher, author, deck creator and professional reader, she is also a frequent radio guest (and former host), essayist, short story writer and homeschooling Mom. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, watching retro TV on DVDs (60s + 70s), trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), serving as a Patron of the Arts, photography and reading (especially mysteries/suspense). Visit Janet online at JanetBoyer.com.
A Spoonful of Sugar – Can Pagans Be Kinder?

Our intrepid Editor, Anne Newkirk Niven, once told me: “Just write what you want to write. It’s virtually impossible to figure out what will resonate with readers—or what they’re interested in reading”.

And, if you think about it, just about anyone can fill a Symbolism blog with inventories of universal signs and archetypes—and what go-to authors of symbolism books list as accepted interpretations.

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  • Angie C
    Angie C says #
    Wonderful article. Thank you so much. I hope people read it and take it to heart. And not just pagans, this is important in all ar
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Thank you so much, Angie. The more I thought about, the more I, too, realized that rudeness and vitriol is a universal communicat
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you. It is a gift to read your writing - and now I am humming Mary Poppins myself
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Bless your heart, Lizann. (I can't get all the Mary Poppins songs out of my head! LOL! Probably will be that way for weeks... )
Who Wants to Win a Mini Silver Charming Oracle Set?

Who wants to win a Mini Silver Boyer Charming Oracle? It comes in a sparkly snowflake bag and includes twenty silver charms (it was one of my beta sets I used to test our oracle).

You may have saw me mention our shiny charms and how they can be used for meditation, ritual, vision boards, altars, creative writing and divination. Now, you can have a chance to win a mini-set to see how this particular tool can work for you.

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Yellow Brick Road to Awakening Spread - Symbols from the Wizard of Oz

As I mentioned in my post A Halloween Divination Spread:

When it comes to spreads--positions for Tarot/Oracle cards, Runes, charms or other divinatory objects--it's easier than you may think to create custom layouts based on holidays, stories, songs, sacred texts, deities or themes using symbols for positions. 

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I've read that L. Frank Baum was a theosophist so it's not too surprising that there should be a lot of layered meaning in "The Wi
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Interesting! I didn't know that, Anthony.

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78 Nautical Tarot

The team that brought you 78 Tarot is back with a new deck--The Nautical Tarot!

A water-themed deck like this is replete with symbolism:

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Ghetto Tarot

A group of Haitian artists have taken the Rider-Waite-Smith iconography and turned them into a vibrant, colorful photographic interpretation called the Ghetto Tarot. You can find out more about the project at IndieGoGo here

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh, heck, I was looking all over the web for information, wondering why I couldn't find much, and it was there all along. Oh well.
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Oops, sorry I wasn't more clear. I'm familiar with IndieGoGo and figured people would see the Story tab that explains their missio
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Janet, not to worry, I'm embarrassed that I didn't see the story tab, because I am web conversant. Heck, I had a webpage back when
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Truth always out, Francesca! My guess is that she didn't come back because all she went by was surface facts: white, European pho
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    That had occurred to me, too. But I like that you said it is your *guess,* since neither of us will ever know the actual reason un

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AuraScopes Zodiac Cards and Prints

Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab--Zodiac symbols are arguably one of the most recognizable motifs in the world.

Kayti Welsh, who brought us the 78 Tarot collaborative deck, has teamed up once again with different designers to create a fun, sparkly take on the 12 Zodiac symbols with AuraScopes--a set of greeting cards, metallic prints and T-shirts. 

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Earthbound Oracle Deck

Here's another wonderful deck currently crowdfunding: The Earthbound Oracle Deck by Amy Swartz. I own her Majors-only Wooden Tarot, and it's gorgeous. She paints on wood, and those images are then turned into cards. 

You can support Amy's latest project on Kickstarter at this link (I did).

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