Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rune Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards


Rune Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards Designed by Jadzia DeForest and Jay GreenMan DeForest. Living Magick Learning Card Series. Living Magick Publishing Company. www.livingmagickpublishing.com

This is part two of three reviews from the Living Magick Learning Card Series.

The Rune Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards are a new concept in learning to use the rune symbols. These cards – approximately 3.75” X 5.25” come with two different sets. The first set has the symbol for each rune on one side of the card, with the name on the other side. This is a great way to learn the names of each of the different rune symbols.

The second set of cards has the symbol on one side with the information about that rune on the other side.

For example the card “Algiz”, has the rune on one side, and the other side contains the information:

ALGIZ (Letter: Z)
Pronunciation: el-haz Rune #15
Theme: Elk (Guardians)
Keywords: Refuge, Protection, Safety,
Sanctuary, Guardians, Trust
Magickal Working: Protection
Summoning Guardians
Creating Safe Space
Building Good Instincts
Key Phrases:
Safe and protected space
Take advantage of natural defenses
Allies with your best interests at heart
Be alert and keep your wits

At the bottom of the card flipped is the reverse meaning.

ALGIZ (reversed)
Key Phrases:
At risk; unsafe conditions
Deception; hidden agendas
All may not be what it seems
Don’t trust too much

These decks also come with several different instructional and informational cards. These are titled:
About This Deck
Rune Casting
Rune Casting Layouts
Additional Reference Material
Understanding the Runes
Origins of the Runes


These flash cards make for an easy, interesting and quick way to learn all about the runes. The two decks are beneficial as you can the first simple deck to practice learning the signs and their names, switch to the second deck to learn the meanings, and then switch back to the first deck for actual readings.

This is a great deck that can help you broaden your knowledge base and teach you a new skill to add to your spiritual practices.

The other sets in this series includes Tarot Learning Cards and Astrology Learning Cards.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: Tarot Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards


Tarot Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards Designed by Jadzia DeForest and Jay GreenMan DeForest. Living Magick Learning Card Series. Living Magick Publishing Company. www.livingmagickpublishing.com

This is part one of three reviews from the Living Magick Learning Card Series.

The Tarot Learning Cards: Self Study Flash Cards are a new concept in learning to use tarot cards for your own benefit. These cards – approximately 3.75” X 5.25” contain on one side the name of the card, with the other side containing information on what the card means both in normal and reversed positions. The exact meanings are not given, yet ideas to help you understand the exact meaning of the cards.

For example the card the Four of Pentacles, on one side simply states “Four of Pentacles” with a drawing of a pentacle. The other side says:

Four of Pentacles
Theme: Wealth
Pentacles: Work, Money, Education
Fours: Foundation, Resting
Keywords: Financial Security, Gain, Power,
Self Preservation, Stability, Unsentimental,
Monetary Hoarding


The bottom half of the card can be flipped for the reversal meaning:

Four of Pentacles (Rx)
Theme: Financial Loss
Pentacles: Work, Money, Education
Keywords: Monetary Difficulties,
Bankruptcy, Setbacks, Gambling,
Taking Financial Risks, Obstacles

This deck includes all of the cards of the major and minor arcana, along with a few instructional cards. These instructional cards include: “About this deck”, “How to Use These Cards”, “Numerology”, “Suits and Elements”, “Recommended Reading”, “About the Court Cards”, “Terminology”, and “About Reversals”.

Though you can also use these cards to do actual readings, they are of a large size and rather thick which makes shuffling a bit difficult – especially for those of us with pudgy little hands!

Different people have different ways they like to learn, and there are different theories of the best ways to learn the meanings of the cards in Tarot. One theory is through memorization of the meanings and themes. Another theory says they are easiest to learn through interpretation of the artwork on the cards. Because these cards don’t contain those type of artwork pictures, these cards are strictly for those who are more comfortable learning through the memorization of themes and meanings.

The other sets in this series includes Rune Learning Cards and Astrology Learning Cards. Because neither Astrology nor Runes require interpreting artwork, I think these cards will appeal to a slightly larger audience than the Tarot Flash Cards do. I definitely look forward to checking these other sets out too.





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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Life keeps getting in the way

I highly doubt it's possible for my life to get anymore sidetracked than it already does.

New Orleans is just over 2 weeks away and I've hardly posted about it at all. Why?

Life just keeps getting in the way.

Since we last "talked", my daughter moved out, and eventually came clean about being pregnant. We planned a wedding, that was then cancelled by her fiance. Too much time and money lost that I'll never get back, not to mention the stress and mental anguish.

I finished the edits on my book with Llewellyn that will be out in February: Spells for Tough Times: Crafting Hope When Faced With Life’s Thorniest Challenges.

Definitely the longest book I have ever written (it will be over 400 pages!), but also very fulfilling. I really feel this book will be a help and comfort to people, so I'm rather proud of it.

I am working on a proposal for another book with Llewellyn, and hope to have that finished up this week so I can start the waiting game to see if they are interested in it.

Still working on surveys and need to get a whole lot of them tallied, but that project is going to be ongoing for quite a while.

Things are moving along, though slowly, with Nurturing Necessities. Turned in the paperwork on the 1023 form to try to get us non-profit status, got an update from them last week wanting some other information, and they had some changes they wanted made, that's been taken care of and now that waiting game begins again to.

My parents also sold their home in Missouri and so when I get back from New Orleans, I'll have my True Blood season 3 marathon, get all my clothes washed and then repack a few things to go down there to help pack them up and drive them back up here to northern Illinois where they will be living in an assisted living facility. Mom and dad moved close to 13 years ago, and it's going to be different having them around for the holidays and stuff again, but I'm glad they are coming home.

Today I am going to be playing in dirt. We are supposed to hit 80 degrees today, the first time probably since last September! My garden that is usually done by now has been plowed, and I will finally start putting plants and seeds in with 2 dear friends today. With everything that has been going on, squishing my toes in dirt (and possible mud if we get the rain they started forecasting this morning!) will be quite therapeutic!

Plans for this week include ordering our tour tickets, did get some dinner reservations made already, but need to get some more done too. We have our ride to and from Milwaukee airport taken care of, and I need to get luggage tags - why they don't automatically come with luggage, I'll never know!

Monday, May 2, 2011

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