I am now “The Water Hand”–

Published May 9, 2015 by Donnalee

I spent some time yesterday in New York City with the delightful Ellen Goldberg of School of Oracles ( http://www.schooloforacles.com ), having my hands photographed for her upcoming palmistry book.  We met at ACA Galleries, and it was so entertaining to me to have my palms and fingers praised extravagantly as being ‘a rare jewel’ in the sense of being ‘a water hand’, denoting psychic ability and whatever else the book will tell us all about (I’ll keep you updated as to title and release date etc.). After their egos were vastly inflated by praise, my elbows and arms were propped on pedestals, literally, to be photographed. The young photographer was very good-natured and understood the Spinal Tap reference of my teeshirt (“Make 11-11-11 Nigel Day”), and in all it was a great, diverting, time. Can’t wait for the book party!

A Year of Drops: Educate Yourself

Published April 29, 2015 by Donnalee

This is the last in a very worthwhile series of articles on steps we can take–‘drops in the bucket’–of positive change in ecological awareness and preservation of the environment. I encourage folks to check out the whole series.

EarthSpirit Voices

by Katie LaFond

Step 12: Educate Yourself

  • Read books like Garbology, Cradle to Cradle, The Backyard Homestead and Rubbish!
  • Go to lectures and workshops
  • Places like The Haberdashery, and even the mass.gov website have many great classes you can take to learn new skills
  • Join movements! If you want to be included in emails about upcoming events, please email us at earthspirit@earthspirit.com
  • Lead by example. Not all activism is marching. If your friends and family ask about your new habits, you have some experience now.  Tell them about your experiences, reference the materials you’ve used, or you can direct them to this blog post to get started themselves.

This is the last part in Katie’s thirteen-part series in walking lightly on the Earth.  Read more:  introduction, step 1 (recycle), step 2 (reuse), step 3 (reduce), step 4 (compost), step 5 (drive less)

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“9 Easy Ways to Increase Publicity for Your Professional Tarot Services” by Benebell Wen

Published April 29, 2015 by Donnalee

This is a tremendous resource for all of us who have any connection with ‘tarot business’ and ‘internet’, as well as whoknowswhatelse. I look forward to exploring it more fully and using much more of it. Thanks, Benebell!

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Hey you, budding tarot professional, you. Trying to figure out how to get the word out about the tarot business you just launched? Looking to work for hire as a tarot professional but the concept of PR and marketing intimidates the crap out of you? Here are 9 easy ways you can start. You can do all 9 of these this week, right now, I promise.

So. Treat this post as a checklist. Don’t know where to start with your PR and marketing? Start here, 1 through 9. Complete all of these and you’ll be off to a fantastic start. [This is kind of assuming you’ve already done the social media basics, like gotten your own domain name URL, created a Facebook page for your new business, and created a Twitter or Instagram account.]

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“Lunatic, Street Person or Vagabond Hippie?” by Mary Greer

Published April 29, 2015 by Donnalee

Here is a timely post by Mary Greer, whom I met this weekend at Readers Studio 2015 and got a chance to chat a bit about The Fool with. I am very pro-Fool these days!

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog

Beggar - 4 views - Version 2Jester, pilgrim, mendicant or child?

Will the real Fool please step up?

Does the Tarot Fool bring up the rear in a long parade of triumphal figures, a warning about what will happen if one fails on the spiritual path? Or does he appear at the beginning, full of trust and hope, setting out on a new adventure?

Is the dog his faithful companion or a wild beast that threatens to tear him apart or ludicrously expose his privates?

What dangers does the Fool face?

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When the Fool turns up do you feel excited and ready to venture forth? Or do you fear your decisions are stupid and that others will think you ridiculous?

At the end of the 19th century, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn turned the Tarot on its head, depicting the Fool as a small child and putting it at the head of the Hebrew alphabet. The Waite-Smith card, published in…

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“Tarot Pink, a Collaboration Deck: My Two of Wands” by Benebell Wen

Published April 29, 2015 by Donnalee

This is a deck-in-progress that I got to see this weekend at Readers Studio 2015, and I am so pleased to be meeting those who have worked on it both there and out in the interworld. It supports a very worthwhile cause, so I urge you to check it out, perhaps starting with this post by Benebell Wen.

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Tarot Pink Promotional Banner by Roxi Sim Tarot Pink Promotional Banner by Roxi Sim, Creator of the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

Tarot Pink for Cancer is a collaborative tarot deck project organized by Ron Leong, founder of Tarot eCards, a digital app for storing electronic versions of whole tarot decks on your smartphone. The mission of the collaborative tarot deck project is to raise funds for breast cancer research. The concept is to reach beyond the tarot community and introduce tarot to the greater public as a tool for emotional, spiritual, and physical healing, with a focus on fighting breast cancer.

The theme of the deck is “Tarot Pink,” with an emphasis on the tarot’s ability to inspire, empower, and support in a person’s physical wellness journey. Although the financial cause is dedicated to breast cancer research, the deck itself is keyed to all forms of physical healing and the path to wellness. The color pink…

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Had a great time at Tarot Readers Salon 2015 in New York!

Published April 27, 2015 by Donnalee

I spent a fantastic quite-long weekend (Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon) at the Tarot School’s Readers Studio ( http://www.tarotschool.com/RS15/index.html ) and Tarot & Psychology Conference, both hosted by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone in New York City.  What an excellent time and great chance to meet many folks interested in the subject, including those who taught classes, or brought the tarot decks they had designed, and/or books they had written.  I learned so much, and met so many wonderful people, that it really cheered me up and improved both my mood and my reading skills perceptibly.  I’ll add more as I remember more!

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