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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

Happy New Year: But how are you going to make it a happy one?

Is it happy new year? It’s hard for me to say that after everything that’s been going on in my life in the past two weeks. I spoke about this a little bit in my monthly newsletter (don’t get it? you should sign up!) about feeling the weird limbo in taking bereavement leave after the sudden and unexpected passing of my father plus that already weird limbo thing that happens in the space between Christmas and New Years. It’s double limbo, and it’s thrown me for a loop.

Thank you for allowing me the space to grieve, heal, and feel the complicated feelings that go along with loss.

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Now that we’ve gotten logistical stuff sorted out, onto the real “meat” of the blog and reason for me writing this today.

Happy (?) New Year!

I don’t have a problem with the “new year” part of the above: it’s a fact…. another calendar year is over, and we face the promise of a new calendar year looming ahead, with all the joys and sorrows that come along with it, just glimmering in the future past the point where we can’t see but we know it’s there.

It’s the “happy” part that’s got me stumbling. Because every time you say that phrase to someone, it’s a wish for them to actually HAVE what you are saying to them: you are wishing/willing them to have a happy new year. It is a hope, a fervent prayer, that they will indeed have the happiest of New Years.

But how are WE going to make it so, with the ardent urgency that everyone else wishes it for us? I have a few ideas.Continue Reading

From the Archives: 2 articles on meditation

I’m on Day 7 of the incredible and daunting task of NaNoWriMo: short for National Novel Writing Month. All my precious, precious words this month are going toward the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo! Please enjoy 2 articles from the Tarot by Hilary archives on meditation. New fresh posts will be posted in December!

 

Mind Your Mind, or Why You’re NOT Doing Meditation “Wrong”

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When I was in college I was a member of a few Student Association groups on campus, as well as being a member of a pagan group that met at the Universal Unitarian Church off-campus.

One of the SA groups I was a member of was called “Mind Your Mind.” It was a meditation group.

During a “street fair” type of party on campus, we had a sign outside of the Student Activities building that said, “Free Guided Meditation Inside!” Each member of the group switched off in guiding anyone that was interested in learning the benefits of meditation, how to meditate, and then if the participant was willing, talking them through a guided meditation. We had signed up to use a room in the SA building, and we had shifts: one person would stand next to the sign outside the building, and the other person would walk whoever was willing to participate inside to the room we signed out and walk/talk them through meditation.

I’ve never been a missionary, but to me it felt like we were meditation missionaries: spreading the Good Word of meditation!

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Why Meditate? Why Not?

Doesn’t that look peaceful? Is this what your “happy place” looks like?

Some people might put the men in suits out for me if I tell you this. It’s the secret to grounded and clearer tarot readings. It’s also the secret to receiving better readings from your neighborhood friendly tarot reader. Want to know what it is? Meditation.

Please, refrain from rolling your eyes. After all, you came to the blog of a tarot reader. You’ve got to be an iota interested in things “off the beaten path”. Why is this meditation thing the secret to being grounded? How in the world can this make you better at not only giving readings but receiving readings?

I’m the first to admit, I was never that into meditation. I confess, when I took yoga classes in college, the corpse pose (which is basically laying flat on your back with your arms resting gently at your sides) would cause me to not meditate, but fall fast asleep. I was told I snored in class. Not very enlightened!

The key is quality, not quantity. You don’t have to be a person who can meditate for 45-minute stretches at a time. In fact, starting out your meditation practice that way will build you up for a mighty big fall when you give up. And you will give up more easily if you don’t start a little bit at a time. I can’t emphasize enough that you don’t have to invest that much time. But you do have to invest a little of it.

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Blessings,
~*~Hilary~*~
www.tarotbyhilary.com

What are your meditation practices? Are you eager to try meditation, but don’t know where to start? Feel free to Comment below and share your thoughts and questions on the subject of meditation!

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