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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 teen son, she created the Boyer Charming Oracle and Animal Totems Charm Oracle. Janet's third traditionally-published book, Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped Down Advice, releases into the wild September 28, 2018. 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. Her work with Tarot spans far and wide: teacher, author, radio co-host, deck co-creator, podcaster and professional reader. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, watching British mysteries, trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), serving as a Patron of the Arts, photography and reading--but her favorite thing (EVER) is to spend time with her beloved husband and son at her rural home in Pennsylvania.
What’s Your Life Purpose Symbol for 2019?

Life purpose is a choice rather than an experience. It’s something we decide about life.” – Dr. Eric Maisel

Just coming off the Christmas/Yule holiday, many have watched the perennial favorite It’s a Wonderful Life. (Were you among them? I admit I’ve never watched it all the way through. I need to remedy that!).

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Justice Symbolism

According to the Merriam-Webster website:

Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    In the case of confusion over Justice vs. Judgement, I have found a strong hint in both the order of the cards and of course the v
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Wonderful insights, Meredith! I love your last two sentences, especially. To what card/s do you attribute legislation and law enf
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Why thank you! I'm rather partial to them myself, especially as I realized, right after I posted it, that those last two sentences
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Totally agree. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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Symbolism of Nakedness

I own about a dozen books dedicated to symbolism, and (surprisingly) only one addresses the symbolism of nakedness. I thought for sure that Barbara Walker's Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects would address the topic--or even The Book of Symbols by Taschen.

Alas, no.

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  • Hearth M Rising
    Hearth M Rising says #
    In Western culture, nakedness works primarily as a symbol of humiliation and exploitation. Advertising with a naked or near-naked
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    I concur, Hearth. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!
A Funeral and the Power of Flower Symbolism

The power of symbolism--specifically, flower symbolism--really hit home for me on Monday.

My uncle, one of thirteen children, died last week. His funeral was Monday, and it just so happened my husband had July 2-4 off for the holiday, so we were able to attend.

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Theban Alphabet

Recently, I bought some Magickal Bath Salts from our local pagan store and noticed that the shop owner had Theban writing on some of her bottles--which I commented on. 

She (a Cabot witch) was surprised that I knew what the symbols were.

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The Scary Tarot Swords Suit - What Are They Afraid Of?

In the Tarot, the Swords suit is associated with the intellectual realm--thoughts, communication, bias, opinions, analysis, logic and so on. The sword, itself, is a symbol of power and cutting, engendering dread in many a foe.

And so it is with the Tarot Swords suit, which not only causes fear in many querents and readers--but also reflects the same relating to an issue at hand.

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Should Tarot Be in the Hands of the Masses? Part 1

In this episode of my Naked Tarot Podcast, I discusses a recent YouTube video from some punk who thinks that Tarot should NOT be accessible to the masses--because they'll "degrade" the cards, water down the meanings and "turn it into shit". 

Although the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot and Thoth decks are replete with esoteric symbolism (Western Hermeticism, especially), the 78 cards--the underlying structure or "bones" of a Tarot deck--aren't shackled to those two traditions.

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