I’m in This Week’s Culture Trip Write Up!

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With thanks to Nancy Garcia for including me in this write up of the Top Five Places for Tarot and Mysticism in The Culture Trip!

And I’m in good company, along with RoseRed and Maria Strom!

Top 5 Places for Tarot and Mysticism in San Francisco: It’s in the Cards. There was a time when San Francisco had numerous shops that carried mystical supplies, and clouds of incense filled the air. If you’re interested in learning about the tarot, connecting with some of the best readers, or discovering exotic, hand-blended incense, there is still a wealth of resources in this town. Some of them may even take you back to simpler, more magical times. We see endless possibilities in your future.”

Read the entire article here!

Mystery Fortune Telling Deck

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A friend showed me this deck. She found it in the home of an elderly relative who has gone to the Great Reading Room in the Sky.

It’s in a plain brown box, with no printer, publisher, or author attribution anywhere.

There are 52 cards. Each card has two fortunes on it, as well as a number between 0 and 39 that perhaps corresponded to a further fortune in a companion book. There are some numbers that have two cards (one red and one black), and other numbers have only one card.

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I originally thought there might be a Lenormand connection, but the cards and the fortunes don’t correlate to Lenormand, and the numbering goes to 39, 3 more than the traditional Lenormand deck.

I haven’t found anything using web image search. If you have any ideas about what it might be, I’d love to hear them!

 

UPDATED July 25, 2015: The fabulous Marcia McCord recognized the deck as one she owns. It’s the 1919 Revelations Fortune Telling Card Deck, printed by The U.S. Playing Card Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Thank you, Marcia!

 

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“Norse Goddess Magic” by Alice Karlsdottir

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As I continue my exploration of the Northern Traditions, I was pleased to see “Norse Goddess Magic” by Alice Karlsdottir appear on the New Titles list from Inner Traditions, and their publicity department kindly sent me a review copy. This is an expanded and updated version of the earlier “Magic of the Norse Goddesses”.

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Karlsdottir has deep experience working with what she terms the “Germanic Heathen revival”, and has written about her work in print and online. The book is written for an audience who may be new to or moderately familiar with the Norse pantheon, and to meditation / trance work. The writing is coherent and easy to follow, and the ideas are presented in a way that is understandable and engaging.

She describes her research and personal explorations of working with the Asynjur, the Norse Aesir goddesses. As we all find, over and over, historical resources on the female members of the pantheon are few, and most simply repeat information from prior sources. Karlsdottir conducts what research she can with material sources, and deepens her knowledge through direct work with the Goddesses through trance and ritual. She includes a brief and thoughtful discussion on the use of personal gnosis in group practice, and also a good, basic introduction to meditation and to creating a ritual.

The main section of the book is a thorough introduction to Frigg, The Allmother and Queen of the Gods. Karlsdottir explores the historical depictions of Frigg, as well as her associations with other goddesses in the Norse and Germanic worlds. By understanding Frigg and Her role in depth, we more easily connect to the 12 Asynjur whose chapters follow. I especially enjoyed her description of Frigg’s hall, Fensalir, “like a women’s college”, as that creates not only a visual image, but an intellectual concept that creates a workable structure for the book.

Each chapter describes one goddess, starting with the commonly accepted lore regarding Her, associations with Her, and connections to goddesses in other pantheons and figures in folklore. Karlsdottir then suggests ways to approach each goddess, and details one of her own trance encounters. The chapter closes with an example ritual for invoking and working with that particular deity.

The bibliography is a good mix of sources, including a few that were new to me, so I am pleased at having further reading to do!

The goddesses covered are Frigg, Eir, Saga, Gna, Gefjon, Snotra, Lofn, Sjofn, Var, Fulla (Frigg’s sister), Hlin, Syn, and Vor. The book also includes appendices which contain stories of Mother Holle, The Three Spinners and Queen Olga, which round out the book with a pleasing mix of magic and folklore.

Tarot Journey for October 11: Lovers, Devil, Chariot, and Tower – The Tarot at Sixes and Sevens

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For 2014, we’ll be taking a numerological tour of the Tarot. On October 11, it’s the Lovers, the Devil, and the Sixes, along with the Chariot, the Tower, and the Sevens.  What does their numerological link say to us in a reading? What other connections do these cards have? How can we work with the energy of the Sixes and Sevens to deepen our readings?

Bring your cards, notebook and pen, and your experiences with these cards!

The workshop features discussions, practical exercises, and direct, personal exploration of the cards.  The registration fee includes morning coffee and tea, a light lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

Each class runs from 10:00 am — 4:30 pm, held at our studio in Alameda, California. We’re trying something new – a full day class that includes two workshops – allowing us to delve deeper into our work with the cards.

Due to space considerations, we request that you preregister for the class on the Tarot Media Company website.

See you in October!

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