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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 and Animal Totems Charm Oracle. Currently, Janet is working on her third and fourth traditionally-published Tarot books--Naked Tarot (Dodona Books, 2017) and 365 Tarot: Daily Meditations (Dodona Books, 2017). 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.

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Faerie Enchantments

Magic is the science and art of causing effect to occur in conformity with our will. This will has to be focused and expressed creatively, through images, symbols, ritual, art or music - anything that connects us to the flow of Awen. The Faerie Enchantment cards are designed with these ideas in mind. -- Ian Daniels

I love it when I find beautiful, useful oracles on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. It seems that this is the golden age of publishing for the bold, the innovative, the avant garde--especially for those who create and produce independently (i.e. without the strictures and interference of traditional publishers). 

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Discovering Signs and Symbols by Kirsten Riddle

“We are a society built on signs and symbols. Our ancestors recognized their significance, assembling powerful messages around the signs and symbols they noted in their surroundings. They looked to Mother Nature for inspiration, and they then took this to another level, choosing shapes and signs and turning them into physical symbols that they could use in sacred rites and rituals.” – From Discovering Signs and Symbols: Unlock the Secrets and Meanings of These Ancient Figures by Kirsten Riddle (Ryland Peters & Small, 2015)

From the triangle to the clover, the caduceus to the Eye of Horus, signs, shapes and symbols permeate our social, religious, artistic and commercial landscape. Recognizing such symbols and tracing their origins is one thing (the crux of most symbol books), but incorporating them into a meaningful, enriching and personal context is quite another.

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The "Selfish" Cards in Tarot

When I was trying to learn Tarot, one of the most frustrating aspects were cards that looked alike or seemed to convey the same type of energy.

Some similarities I struggled with included:

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Leftover Christmas and Yule Cards - Make an Oracle Deck!

Jolly snowmen, cheery red cardinals, shining stars, festooned trees, intricate snowflakes, welcoming wreaths, glowing candles, silver bells, crackling fireplaces, glistening ornaments, gentle doves, majestic Magi—Christmas and Yule cards are replete with universal symbols found outside the winter holidays.

In my opinion, some of the most beautiful, uplifting art decorate these annual missives.

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2016 Tarot Journal - A Minor Arcana Journey

The Minor Arcana of the Tarot is the least explored cards in the deck (including the Court Cards). Even in scholarly works such as Robert Place's The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, the Minor Arcana (Ace through Ten) and Court Cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) are lucky to get a few sentences dedicated to them.

For instance, take this brief entry on the Nine of Pentacles:

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Tarot Look-a-Likes

In the Tarot, the symbol of the scales of Justice implies some type of "balance". But, so does the juggler balancing coins in the 2 of Pentacles card--or the "middle of the road" energy of Temperance.

What about grief and sorrow? We have the 3 of Swords (impaled heart), 9 of Swords (sitting up in bed, head in hands) and 5 of Cups (spilled goblets and a downcast posture).

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Here Comes the Sun - Sun Symbolism, Solar Magic and the 3rd Chakra

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi

Lately, I’ve been pondering the Sun symbol.

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  • Mandy
    Mandy says #
    Wow, great information! I have always been strongly drawn to sun symbols, more extensively than I realised before now - fav flower
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Wow, you DO have a strong association with the sun, Mandy. Thank you so much for taking the time to post; I'm glad you enjoyed an
  • Tess Whitehurst
    Tess Whitehurst says #
    Lovely, Janet! I love the sun energy too. Thank you so much for the Magic of Flowers mention.
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    My pleasure.

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