The Power of Tarot Symbolism

by Marcia Masino

I recently received an inquiry from a woman who asked, “Do you have to know the Tarot to do the Ten of Wands meditation you described in your blog? A brilliant question.  She’d read the visualization instructions from my June, 2016 post and felt moved to perform the meditation because she related to the ideas I presented. However, she was concerned it wouldn’t be effective because she wasn’t a student of the cards.

Her traditional Tarot knowledge was very limited, she could tell a Wand from a Pentacle, could identify some of the Major Arcana and understood that the cards relate to people, life circumstances, spiritual themes and past, present and future. Her concern revolved around the meditation helping her if she didn’t know all the relationships between the intricate card symbolism and interpretive meanings. The woman’s intuitive self recognized the significance of the visualization; she wanted to do the practice without learning the entire Tarot.

the-power-of-tarot-symbolismThe visualization exercise I described focused on the idea of self empowered choices when handling burdens and this felt very relevant to her current life circumstances. She was unable to release the beliefs that no longer helped her and manage those that served her best and higher self. In truth is that not the challenge we all face?  The opportunity to chose which burdens she carried and how to release others appealed to her. The idea of choice was revolutionary; as was engaging with the psyche aspect of the Tarot visuals as a pathway to a better life.

Yes, you can participate in creative Tarot visualization without a full understanding of the nuances of a card’s symbolism. When a Tarot image “speaks to you” or resonates with you it is a sure sign that you are meant to create an imaginative dialogue with it. Another reason to contemplate a specific card is its appearance in a helping placement in a reading’s layout.

I told her to go for it. What she didn’t know was that the Tarot symbolism will teach her what she needs to “know” about the card via the pathway of meditation. A person may not consciously comprehend all the symbolic card meanings (who does?) However, through the contemplation practice the individual’s soul will present knowledge in the best way for her to understand it’s messages. This experience parallels how the cards function during a reading as well as how symbolism appears in a significant dream.

My blog’s focus was on the Ten of Wands, a challenging card that depicts an overburdened figure bent with care. Who would want to meditate on that image and why? Contemplation of a perceived negative card is really the courageous ability to face a test and remove obstacles. By facing the imagery, choosing to take back her power and realigning with her best self my reader is inaugurating a positive future unencumbered from resistance and destructive beliefs.

In my book, Best Tarot Practices, I include empowering meditations for a number of the undesirable cards. This practice requires looking at the chosen card, then following my instructions to interact with the character and scene. By performing (or even reading about them) you can start the process of turning a negative into a positive. Simply focus on a negative card that appears in your spread or as in this example, your attraction to the image.

Contemplation of a negative card is less traditional than the classical utilization of positive Tarot imagery to evoke and or invoke a specific spiritual power. In the early Florentine Renaissance, a scholar named Marsilio Ficino developed a contemplation method to alleviate his own suffering of “saturnine” depression. Ficino used uplifting positive images as talismans and a therapeutic tool to “cure “his self-described melancholia. He taught the elite members of his Hermetic Academy that harmonization with the refined aspects of our spiritual nature can be achieved by viewing and interacting (creative imaging) with beautiful images.

Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli was a member of Ficino’s Academy and would’ve understood the value of inner harmony and self cultivation when he painted his Primavera masterpiece with allegorical characters’ familiar to Tarot students. He included figures of Mercury (The Magician) Venus – The Empress, The Three Graces aka the Three of Cups and also alludes to The Lovers in his painting. No doubt his intention in part, was to capture the elevated qualities of those planetary Tarot figures as both talismans and for therapeutic contemplation. I believe the influence of Ficino’s esoteric teachings and the creation of the first Italian Tarot decks may have experienced some cross pollination since both happened at the same time, place and within the same elite group.

Ficino’s arcane practice of utilization of images to attain spiritual knowledge and well being still exists today. Many of the early 20th Century Tarot decks as well as the modern packs have symbolism designed with this experience in mind. The technique is a threefold process; first you chose the image, then you merge with it in meditation (my Best Tarot Practices book features meditations for all the Major and selected Minor cards as well as the Court.) The third stage is when transformation occurs as the harmonious energy aligns with your nature.

The Tarot symbols are a soul sourced universal and archetypal language that connect you with the spiritual aspect of your subconscious or the Divine Mind. You do not have to know their meaning to have a meaningful meditation experience. However, as you explore symbolism and visualization you will discover significant aspects of yourself while attaining a better understanding of the Tarot. Ultimately this is a way for you to open the path to the universal mind, a plane of consciousness that once tapped facilitates soul purpose, gifts of the spirit and alignment with the Higher Power of your own understanding.


Marcia Masino is a certified Grandmaster of tarot and author of the tarot classic Easy Tarot Guide. She has lectured at numerous tarot conferences and is a popular speaker for the Lily Dale Assembly workshop program. Her articles on metaphysical subjects have appeared in Fate and on the Web at http://mmasino.wixsite.com/tarotbooks. She lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

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Our December Titles Are Here!

Happy Reading!


Love Magic

Lilith Dorsey

9781578635924This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let’s face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart’s desire.

(Weiser Books)


Numerology, Plain & Simple

Anne Christie

9781571747594Using numerology to learn more about yourself and your future doesn’t require any psychic ability, mathematical skills, or even any special equipment. The information is based on a series of numbers and by following systems that date back to the Greek mathematician and astrologer Pythagoras and the Hebrew Kabbalah, you’ll learn the basics of how to use numbers to explain your life.

Topics include:

  • Name number
  • Personality number
  • Heart number
  • Destiny number
  • Relationships
  • Short-term forecasts

Once you master these simple principles, you’ll be able to plan your days, predict your future, and even find the most suitable mate. This is an accessible and user-friendly guide for people interested in divination systems and personality types.


Additional New Titles

The Lovecraft Code

Peter Levenda

9780892542178Drawing on decades of experience, author and historian Peter Levenda turns to the novel as the best and perhaps only way to tell a story that has to be told – that hidden within the tales of America’s most iconic writer of gothic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, runs a vein of actual terror.

Gregory Angell, the present-day descendant of George Angell in Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu,” is summoned by a nameless covert agency of the US government to retrieve a sacred book from the grasp of an Islamist terror network operating out of northern Iraq, in the land of the Yezidi. Practitioners of a monotheistic religion with mystical traditions, the Yezidi are all that’s left of an ancient sect that possessed the key to the origins of the human race and was in conflict with another, more ancient civilization from beyond the stars.

Hailed by author Christopher Farnsworth (Blood Oath) as a “more intelligent DaVinci Code” and by Whitley Strieber (The Key) as “a riveting work of fiction,” this book will thrill Lovecraft aficionados, readers of reality-based thrillers, and conspiracy theorists alike.

(Ibis Press)


Secret Knowledge

Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

9780990690443Considered by many to be the magazine of record for ancient mysteries, unexplained anomalies, and future science, Atlantis Rising® provides some of the most astounding reading to be found anywhere.

Editor J. Douglas Kenyon has culled from the pages of Atlantis Rising® magazine this collection of 36 concise and well-illustrated articles by world-class researchers and authors such as Andrew Collins, Philip Coppens, William Henry, Frank Joseph, Robert M. Schoch, and many others, who offer thought-provoking insights on a variety of topics that challenge conventional wisdom.

In these pages the latest discoveries and theories on the controversial subjects are explored and even more provocative questions are raised. What emerges is a fascinating case in support of a much greater antiquity for civilization, a well-reasoned argument for the existence of advanced technologies in prehistory, and the revelation of secret forces that have been at work throughout time and are still present today.

(Atlantis Rising)

Many Lives, Many Experiences

by Krys and Jass Godly

When you first embark on discovering your previous incar­nations, it is tempting to hope for a lifetime in which you were a great and famous person. In our experience, this rarely happens. There have been very many more ordinary people than famous ones, and the ratio of ordinary to famous is enormous. Based on the laws of probability, it is highly unlikely that you were one of the few famous ones. However, looking at your past lives is not about being famous or whether a previous incarnation has been written about in history books. What is important to recog­nize is that each incarnation that a soul experiences is a chapter in the book of that soul’s journey. In one incarnation you may be rich; in another you may be reasonably comfortable or even extremely poor. From each life, you learn something that your soul takes with it beyond the end of that physical life and into the next life.

Before you start your journey of self-discovery through your previous incarnations, you may wonder whether you have been rich or poor in past lives. Have you also wondered about being a different gender in past lives than you are in this lifetime? Living as male in some lives and female in others and having a wide variety of roles and experiences gives your soul a great opportunity to appreciate life from many different aspects. Therefore, whether you are male or female this time around, you have probably been both several times before. Able-bodied or disabled? You have probably experienced much of both before as well. Whether you are European, Australian, Asian, North or South American, Middle Eastern, or African, you have experienced life in other cultures before. You may well find that you have lived many different lives, thus giving your soul the opportunity to experience a diverse range of capabilities and control over your own life—or the lack of it.

It is also likely that you have experienced a variety of roles and responsibilities in your various lifetimes. Imagine lifetimes as a milkmaid, a laborer, a powerful property owner, a cook, an artist, a scientist, a law enforcer, a farmer, a nun, a priest, or a sailor. These are just a few of the roles that you may have experienced. In some lifetimes, you may have been playing a supporting role for another soul. In this kind of incarnation, you may not have experienced much opportunity for personal growth. It is a little like thinking of a life as a play. Occasionally you take a supporting role rather than the lead. In most of your lifetimes, you will be the lead, and there will be supporting actors to help you with your life challenges, but none of us exists in a vacuum, so you will also have played a supporting role in other lifetimes in order to help others along their path. That will certainly also be the case in this lifetime.

Each lifetime gives you a unique opportunity to live that life to the full, to develop your positive characteristics and qualities and to overcome your challenges. What matters is not the person you have been or the amount of power or wealth you have had, but what you did, how you did it, how you related to other people, and how you made the most of your opportunities for your own soul to grow and develop.

Before you embark on your personal journey of discovery, be open to the different types of lives that you might have had. Being open to the possibilities will prevent you from putting a limit on the incarnations you can access. If you believe, for example, that you only could have been wealthy and influential, that belief will limit you from experiencing the true range of your past lives. Experiencing your full personal variety of incarnations has the effect of helping you to understand that we really are all one big community and that in any lifetime you could have been in anyone else’s position. Really feeling this can be a massive revelation to you if you have not thought this way before.

Why Look At Previous Lives?

There are many reasons why you may be drawn to look into your previous incarnations. You could be experiencing ongoing health challenges, fears or phobias, relationship or intimacy problems, or financial or property issues that are connected to a previous incarnation. These may have been carried through to this current life for you to finally reconcile. Alternatively, you may be fascinated by a particular period in time or a particular part of the world or a cul­ture that you have not experienced in this lifetime; that means that it is likely that you lived during that time or in that culture in the past. Some people are merely curious about who they might have been during previous incarnations, the lives they lived and the family and friends who were around them.

Have I Been Here Before?

The fact that you have chosen to read this book means that, for you, the answer to this question is “yes.” It’s because you have lived before that you have been drawn to read a book such as this, so you can be sure that something you read here will resonate with you. Our view is that there are very, very small numbers of new souls generated from what we call the Source, which others may refer to as God, the Divine, the Great Spirit, or the Creator. For this reason, the majority of us have lived at least one previous life.

Will I Be Here Again?

The answer to this question varies. It may be that you are reaching the end of your human incarnations; you may have learned everything you need to from this unique and beautiful planet of ours, and you may be ready to ascend to the higher spirit realms. Alternatively, one of two things may happen: You may still be on your soul journey and therefore will come back and learn more after a stay in the discarnate world at the end of this lifetime, or you may remain in the discarnate world and enter the higher spirit realms, where you will have a greater understanding of the mean­ing, reality, and diversity of human life. So enjoy the wonderful opportunities there are for us as humans to live, laugh, and love and, especially, to learn and grow.

Will I Be the Same as I Am Now?

You may or may not be the same as you are now. You will still be you, but you may come back in a different gender, and you may or may not repeat some of the things that you’ve done in your current life. Indeed, there may be some themes that carry on from life to life.

Looking back over previous lives will show whether that will prove to be the case with you or not. Your friends and relatives may still be with you, but in a different pattern; for example, a friend may become a sister, or a brother may become a father, uncle, or son. You may do some things differently, possibly because the circumstances of your future life will be different from the current one or because you may have learned something useful from the previous life and avoid making the same mistakes again.

Excerpted from Reincarnation, Plain & Simple by Krys and Jass Godly

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Krys and Joss Godly are psychic mediums. They live in England.

Sexy Love Spell Candle for Scorpios

by Lilith Dorsey

Watery, powerful, sensual, and secretive, it could easily be said that Scorpio is the sexiest sign of the zodiac. They value security and mastery in all things. Their still waters definitely run deep. This is your astrological sun sign if your were born between October 23rd and November 21st. The following simple spell uses herbs, oils, crystals, and a candle to attract passionate love to, or even from a Scorpio sun sign.

Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What's Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.
Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What’s Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.

Astrology is a complex science, and while this spell primarily focuses on one’s sun sign, I urge you to also explore your moon sign, as well as the rest of your horoscope natal chart. These will provide additional insight and guidance in your life. The following ingredient list includes Tuberose for sweet love and easy times, Gardenia for devoted love and passion, Ginger, which is a hot spice for getting the mind and body racing, amethyst to focus and direct your efforts in the area of love, and to provide self love and healing. The purple candle should be carved with the symbol for Scorpio.

Ingredients:

3 drops Tuberose oil
3 drops Gardenia oil
Pinch of powdered ginger
Amethyst crystal
1 small purple votive candle carved with the symbol for Scorpio
Glass candle holder

Gather all ingredients together on your working altar. Place the carved candle in the center of your sacred space inside the candle holder. Place the Tuberose oil, Gardenia oil, and a small pinch of ginger on top of the candle. Place the crystal on the altar between you and the candle. Light the candle. If you must extinguish it before it burns down, smother it and relight it the next night. Each time your light it focus on the best possible manifestation of your sacred desires coming to you. When the candle has burnt down take the crystal and place it in your pocket. Carry it with you until your desires have manifested. When this is done throw the crystal into a moving body of water, thanking the universe for it’s blessings.

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Lilith Dorsey, MA is a magical practitioner/voodoo priestess with training in several traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean (Santeria and Vodun), and Native American spiritualties. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film. She owns her own magickal consulting business, Branwen’s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly. She is also the author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Bookstores We Love – Phoenix Books

We are very excited for our latest addition to the blog, Bookstores We Love, a feature dedicated to our independent bookstores! Our next store featured is Phoenix Books!


With four locations in Vermont, two of which were added within the past year, Phoenix Books defies the myth that indie bookstores are dead. The business originally opened in Essex, in 2007.

In 2012, co-owners Mike DeSanto and Renee Reiner opened a second location in Burlington, using the community-supported enterprise model (similar to a farm CSA, supporters pre-buy books or invest in the business to help fund startup costs.)

Co-owner Renee Reiner at Phoenix Books Rutland
Co-owner Renee Reiner at Phoenix Books Rutland

In September 2015, following a recruitment effort by Green Mountain Power in collaboration with the City of Rutland, Downtown Rutland Partnership, and local residents and businesses, Phoenix Books opened a bookstore in Rutland.  The location is co-owned and managed by Rutland local Tricia Huebner.

Phoenix Books Rutland opening; photo courtesy Same Sun of Vermont
Phoenix Books Rutland opening; photo courtesy Same Sun of Vermont

Just this May, DeSanto and Reiner added a fourth store when they purchased Phoenix Books Misty Valley (a.k.a. Misty Valley Books) in Chester, Vermont. The four locations each engage with the community in a variety of ways, for example:

  • A busy schedule of author events, featuring both local authors (e.g. herbalist Rosemary Gladstar) and touring authors (e.g. our upcoming event with RWW’s Laurie McCammon, author of Enough!)
  • Themed events, like Hobbit Day, Harry Potter Book Night, and the upcoming 12-Hour Comics Day
  • Storytimes, including a Whole Book Approach Storytime (using a method of guiding children through reading a book that has proven successful for a wide range of ages, reading levels, and learning styles) in Essex and collaborations with City Market, our local co-op, in Burlington
  • Phoenix’s involvement with Rutland Welcomes (an organization whose aim is to create a warm, safe, inviting atmosphere for the refugees arriving to the city)
  • Donations to local schools, libraries, and charitable organizations
  • Choosing to carry and feature local products, including books by Vermont authors
  • And more!
For Beginners titles on a spinner at Phoenix Books Burlington
For Beginners titles on a spinner at Phoenix Books Burlington

Connect with Phoenix Books

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Phoenix Books Locations

Phoenix Books Essex
21 Essex Way #407, Essex, VT 05452
802.872.7111

Phoenix Books Burlington
191 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401
802.448.3350

Phoenix Books Rutland
2 Center Street, Rutland, VT 05701
802.855.8078

Phoenix Books Misty Valley
58 Common Street, Chester, VT 05143
802.875.3400

Crystal Color Folklore

by Cass and Janie Jackson

White/Clear Crystals

Small quartz crystals were thought by the Japanese to be the congealed breath of the White Dragon. The Greeks believed that quartz was permanent solidified ice, while aborigines thought it was made of falling stars.

Early Britons gave quartz pebbles the name “star stones” and believed them to have healing powers, particularly if they were collected from a stream or running brook.

An ancient Indian legend suggests that pearls were dewdrops that fell from heaven and were caught by shellfish. The Arabs shared this belief, claiming that this event occurred in April, while the Hebrews thought that pearls were the tears shed by Eve when she was expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Purple Crystals

Greek legend has it that the god Bacchus was annoyed with mor­tals and vowed to have the next human he encountered torn apart by his tigers. En route to pray at the temple of Diana, the young girl Amethyst was the next mortal Bacchus met. When the girl screamed to Diana to protect her, the goddess turned her into a pillar of quartz. Overcome by remorse, Bacchus poured a liba­tion of wine over the stone—thus producing the purple color by which amethyst is traditionally known.

Lepidolite is known as the peace stone and is said to provide the owner with a guardian angel. It is thought to have a particu­larly strengthening effect on women.

Red Crystals

Red stones are sometimes considered to possess particularly strong powers. Star rubies—that is, crystals with inclusions form­ing the shape of a star—are particularly venerated in the Orient. The spirits attuned to the star have names that translate as Faith, Hope, and Destiny and are thought to bring good fortune to the owner of the stone.

Blue Crystals

Lapis lazuli was regarded by the Ancient Egyptians and the Sumerians as the Stone of Heaven and sacred to the gods. The hair of the god Ra was said to be composed of the crystal. In Christianity the stone was used to symbolize the purity of the Virgin Mary. It was also believed that when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses they were written on tablets of this blue, gold-flecked stone.

A cardinal’s ring is always a sapphire, as decreed by Pope Innocent III, because “this stone possesses qual­ities essential to its dignified position as the badge of Pontifical Rank and a Seal of Secrets.” Solomon was thought to use the stone as a means of communicating with God. It is probable that many references to sapphire in ancient texts are actually referring to lapis lazuli.

Green Crystals

There are innumerable green crystals, but jade has always been regarded as one of the most precious. In fact, this crystal comes in a wide variety of colors but it usually identified with green. The stone has been used in China since Neolithic times and was believed to be the solidified semen of a dragon. In South America, jade was sacred to the goddess of storms, Chalchihuitlicue, while the Aztecs and Mayans used it for funeral masks.

In ancient cultures, peridot was often mistakenly regarded as an emerald. It has always been used for making amulets and talis­mans and was thought to be effective in turning around difficult situations. Early Christians regarded it as the stone of the Apostle Bartholomew, representing truth and miracles.

Pink Crystals

Rose quartz has always been regarded as a gentle stone, produc­ing tranquility, love, and reconciliation. It is known to have been in use since at least 2500 BC. The Romans and Egyptians used powdered rose quartz in cosmetics in the belief that it could pre­vent wrinkles and produce a flawless complexion.

Rhodochrosite was treasured by the Incas because they believed that it contained the blood of their ancestral rulers. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Inca rose. It is said to hold the power of Venus and to strengthen the ties of love.

Yellow Crystals

Citrine was at one time the blanket description for all yellow stones. It has also been known as Brazilian topaz, false topaz, and a variety of similar names. Legend has it that this crystal was used on Atlantis as a power­ful healing tool, particularly connected with the sun. In fact, the citrine is often known as the sunstone and is known to reject any form of negativity.

Norsemen and Vikings believed that amber was formed from the tears of the goddess Freya, when Odin left her to travel the world. The Greeks had similar beliefs, but their claim was that amber represented the tears of the Heliades when Zeus has turned their brother Phaeton into a poplar tree. Yet another tearful explanation for this crystal came from India where it is thought to be the fossilized tears of birds. The ancient Romans had other ideas, believing that amber was formed from lynx urine—though Sudine, writing in 240 BC, referred to amber coming from a lynx tree.

Orange Crystals

In Ancient Egypt, the carnelian—known as the “Blood of Isis”— was thought to provide protection during astral travel. This was achieved by staring into the crystal after placing it in front of a lighted candle. Placed on the throat of a mummy, a carnelian amulet engraved with the 156th chapter of the Book of the Dead was said to ensure rebirth into the after-life. The famous “Eye of Horus” carnelian amulet, said to offer protection against the evil eye, is still popular in many parts of the Middle East.

Brown Crystals

Tiger’s eye was used in Ancient Egypt in at least 3000 BC and was sacred to Ra, the sun god. It was also used as eyes in the statues of various Egyptian and Assyrian gods. The Egyptians believed that this crystal enabled the owner to see anything and everything, even through walls and behind closed doors. Roman soldiers carried it into battle to ensure their courage. In Japan, it was thought to guarantee longevity, as the tiger was supposed to live for 1,000 years. The Indian belief was that tiger’s eye created wealth and prevented the wearer from losing money.

Smoky quartz has long been believed to be a protection against bad luck, particularly in the Alpine regions. It can still be found carved into the shape of a cross and hung on bedroom walls to repel evil. This particular form of quartz is said to help the wearer cope with problems and negative situations.

Black Crystals

In South America, both the Aztecs and the Maya regarded obsid­ian as sacred. The Aztec’s sacrificial knife was made from this Mayans often used this crystal to make magic mirrors consecrated to the god Tezcatlipoca. John Dee, the English Elizabethan seer, is reputed to have had a similar mirror. In North-Central California, boys and girls endured an initiation ceremony, which included being stabbed with obsidian knives. The crystals known as Apache Tears are actually obsidian; the name originated with the belief that the earth wept whenever an Apache warrior was killed.

Sardonyx was used in India and Persia to protect against the evil eye, in addition to making the wearer invisible if the stone was carved in a particular style. In Christianity the crystal sym­bolized the Apostles James and Philip, representing their honesty and sincerity. For the Romans, sardonyx was sacred to Mars, the god of war. In the Middle Ages it was worn to protect against grief and to increase confidence. According to St. Hildegard, the devil hated the purity of the sardonyx and would flee from it.

Excerpted by Crystals, Plain & Simple by Cass and Janie Jackson

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Cass and Janie Jackson are professional writers and educators. They live in the United Kingdom.

Our November Titles Are Here!

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The Hero Is You

Kendra Levin

“Levin’s myth-inspired strategy should prove inspiring for first-time writers.” – Publishers Weekly

“The title says it all. Every writer faces a journey that wends through a nettlesome labyrinth of challenges and obstacles. It takes a hero to leap into the uncertain terrain of a new creative venture, conquer self-doubt, and persist across the craggy lands found in all creative projects. Kendra Levin’s wise, encouraging words provide guidance every step of the way to help every writer realize their creative goals.” ―Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and Co-founder of 100 Word Story

“If you want to take your writing to the next level, buy this book…now!” –Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sperry, The Book Doctors and authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

“Kendra Levin helps writers step to the plate in this much-needed guide to the brave writing life.” –Eric Maisel, Coaching the Artist Within

“The goal of certified life coach Levin’s book is to aid writers in developing a deeper understanding of story structure, a grasp of the archetypes that make up a hero’s journey, and a composition process that will help them feel more in tune with themselves and their voice. Levin guides readers through the labyrinth of the creative endeavor known as the “hero’s journey”―a quest for identity and wholeness. Guidelines require writers to ask questions, explore their vulnerabilities, and seek mentors. Exercises and quizzes move authors toward self-examination. VERDICT This guide would serve as a valuable text for writers’ groups or beginning classes on the craft.” –Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal, July 1, 2016

“Smart, perceptive, and inspirational advice.” —Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Only as Good as Your Word

9781573246880Imagine having your own personal mentor—someone encouraging yet honest, supportive yet empowering, who could help you set and achieve your goals, turn your moments of doubt and fear into sources of strength, and discover what you’re truly capable of when you’re at your best.

Kendra Levin is that mentor. And with this book, she’s here to help you do the best writing of your life—and live your best life while doing it.

Using a fresh new approach to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal Hero’s Journey, Levin reveals how to be a hero in the narrative of your own process. She weaves together wisdom drawn from her years as a life coach for writers and an editor at the world’s biggest publishing house with behind-the-scenes stories from a panoply of best-selling authors and career entertainers. With over thirty exercises designed to help you reinvent your creative process from the inside out, this book will show you how to:

  • Identify your biggest challenges and render them powerless
  • Start a project that you love—and stick with it
  • Design a structure for writing regularly

Whether you’re a first-time writer with a brand-new project or a seasoned pro, you’ll reach the end of this book feeling fulfilled, inspired, and ready to mentor the next writer on their creative journey.

(Conari Press)


The Key of Solomon the King

S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Foreword by Joseph Peterson

9781578636082A magical grimoire of sigils and rituals for summoning and mastering spirits, The Key of Solomon the King is the most famous, or infamous, of all magick books. It has influenced everything from the revival of magick and the Western Mystery Traditions (tarot, alchemy, astrology, etc.) to fictional works such as Lovecraft’s The Necronomicon.

Purported to have been penned by King Solomon himself, the book provides instruction for incantations, rituals, and sigils used to call upon and control spirits and demons. Those practicing magick have used it extensively through the centuries, but its true origins and purpose have been lost in the mists of time.

No library of the contemporary occult student or practicing magician is complete without this tome. It remains a standard of esoteric lore by which others are measured. This edition includes a new foreword by noted esoteric scholar Joseph Peterson.

(Weiser Books)


Tarot for One

Courtney Weber

“Courtney Weber is one of a new generation of Tarot authors who are making the cards fresh and relevant to today’s world. Filled with real life examples, this book is almost like being in class with Courtney or like joining her in a fun and insightful conversation. She answers questions about the reading process as soon as (or just before) they arise in my mind. It’s an updated Tarot for yourself packed with exciting new ideas and perspectives that I’ll certainly be using.” —Mary K. Greer, author of Tarot for Your Self and Understanding the Tarot Court

“Most tarot readers agree: reading tarot cards for others is a snap compared to reading for yourself. Remaining objective is hard, especially when you are emotionally invested in the outcome. Thanks to Courtney Weber’s Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, you’re not going to struggle any longer! With smart exercises, clever spreads, easy-to-understand interpretations and tons of examples, Weber provides the perfect framework for getting out of your own way and uncovering clear, unbiased answers. If you love tarot and have always wanted to be able to read your own cards, this invaluable guide belongs on your shelf.” —Theresa Reed, author of The Tarot Coloring Book

9781578635955Courtney Weber has been teaching Tarot and speaking at Tarot symposia around the country for a decade. In response to the numerous requests she has received over the years, Weber created Tarot for One, a personal workbook and resource guide designed to help form interpretations directly applicable to self-readings.

In Weber’s clean, clear style, this book explores the Fool, the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, as well as what she calls the tough cards, reversals, practice spreads, and next steps. She includes common associations as well as extensive exercises to unlock readers’ own interpretations for connecting personal journeys with the archetypical Tarot. Readers will learn to let the voice of the Tarot come through without overlaying too much of their own “stuff” during a reading.

Tarot for One includes dozens of original Tarot spreads and layouts, which have been repeatedly proven both fun and effective in Weber’s classes and workshops. It also contains tips on finding a deck, honing a Tarot practice, and avoiding common self-reading pitfalls. This is the essential guide for your personal journey with the Tarot.

(Weiser Books)


Crystals, Plain & Simple

Cass and Janie Jackson

9781571747570From time immemorial, crystals have been used for healing, and legend has it that long ago, people knew how to store information inside these precious stones. How does their incredible magic work? Through this clear, practical guide, discover the many ways crystals can cure physical, emotional, and spiritual problems, divine the future, and enhance psychic powers. See which ones work best to aid meditation and visualization, clear a room of negative energy, promote creativity, or foresee the future. There’s advice on buying, purifying, and charging the stones, crystal folklore, and a breathtaking gallery rich in information.

Other topics covered include:

  • Crystal legends and folklore
  • Healing with crystals
  • Crystals, colors, and chakras
  • Birthstones
  • Growing your own crystals
  • Crystals through the zodiac
  • Crystals for anniversaries

A splendid book for the curious and for beginners on the crystal path, Crystals, Plain and Simple is a book that entertains, enlightens, and informs.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


Reincarnation, Plain & Simple

Krys and Jass Godly

9781571747600From ancient roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Greek philosophy to more modern conceptions of rebirth found in popular culture, the notion that the soul can be reborn is a prevalent belief that continues to fascinate. That fascination inevitably results in a number of questions, including:

  • How does our day-to-day life impact our future existences?
  • Who were we before we were born?
  • How do we find out about our previous incarnations?

This practical guide attempts to answer these questions and much more. The Godlys provide step-by-step instructions for accessing information about our previous lives and explore the four main methods of learning about past lives:

  1. Recession
  2. Psychic readings
  3. Regression
  4. Spontaneous recall

They also explore how reincarnation can clue us in to reoccurrences of relationships, lingering memories, and even health problems.

This is a refreshing and simple introduction to a topic that has intrigued seers, sages, and mystics for centuries. It entertains, enlightens, and informs.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)