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Book Review: Kitchen Table Tarot

Book: Kitchen Table Tarot

Author: Melissa Cynova

Date of Publication: May 2017

Published by: Llewellyn Publications

Structure of the Book: 8 Chapters, with Introduction, Conclusion, Recommended Reading, and Acknowledgments Sections

I will try to keep my review of this book as unbiased as possible, but that may NOT be possible. Why? Because I absolutely adore Melissa and consider her a very close friend. From meeting at Theresa Reed’s Soulful Proprietor Retreat 4 years ago to adventures in NYC meeting our personal hero Terry Iacuzzo this past April, I felt an instant kinship.

When her book Kitchen Table Tarot came out, I knew I wanted it BADLY. Once I got it into my hands, I knew all the hype I made out in my head was worth it: the book is plainspoken and absolutely the person I know within the pages. No nonsense, whipsmart, and down to earth.Continue Reading

Book Corner: The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

Book: The Fortune Teller

Author: Gwendolyn Womack

Date of Publication: 06/06/2017

ISBN: 9781250099778

Published by: Picador

Length: 368 Pages

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. For more information about this book, the author, and an excerpt, go to: http://www.gwendolynwomack.com/the-fortune-teller/the-story/


Synopsis: Semele Cavnow is an antiquities appraiser, specializing in ancient texts. On assignment dealing with a famous collector’s estate in Switzerland, Semele stumbles upon a rare manuscript that she surmises must be from the time of Cleopatra—a manuscript that was deliberately left off the official records… a manuscript that came with a mysterious note from the deceased collector:

Semele,
Tell no one what you find written in these pages. Translate the words and you will understand. You can trust no one now.
Marcel

Despite this foreboding message, Semele translates the manuscript. As Semele translates the manuscript, she becomes absorbed in the story of the powerful seer that wrote it and the very first tarot deck lost to the cruel twists of history… and Semele comes to realize that though the manuscript helps to awaken her own psychic gifts, it also places her in terrible danger.Continue Reading

The Readers Studio and Beltane Haul: what happens when a tarot reader goes shopping

For me, the end of April/beginning of May heralds the start of “festival season” here in the Northern Hemisphere: the weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming, the grass is green and lush…

And for two back-to-back weekends, I become SUPER PAGAN, super tarot-y, super witchy.

Yearly tradition dictates tarot conference one weekend, and the Beltane festival the very next weekend. It feels like a whirlwind, and my shopping addiction runs full-throttle.

Most of the time, this works to my clients’ advantage: hellooooo, brand new tarot decks (to read with and review), brand new books (to read and review), and new techniques learned and raring to implement.

Some of the time, though? It’s an excuse to buy lots of shit. Good shit…. pretty shit… but do I really need a Pan crown? Yet another necklace (or two, or five)?

Bottom line: I have lots of stuff that I love, but sometimes, less is really more… if you have one tarot deck, well, one is a great starting point for your tarot practice. One necklace that makes you feel like an absolute goddess? Maybe one is all you need.

But I digress… here’s the haul from Readers Studio 2017 and the Brid’s Closet Beltane Festival!

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