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Book Review — The Book of Psychic Symbols

Jun 06 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn



This is an excellent psychic how-to. Organized around the intuitive use of symbols, the book covers the basics of tapping into and trusting our innate intuitive abilities, developing our psychic senses safely, and effectively applying psychic skills towards productive goals. Barnum includes exercises for psychic journaling, for connecting with spirit guides, for developing clairvoyance and other psychic senses, for grounding, for using psychometry and remote viewing, for interpreting colors, for understanding chakras and auras, and for working with tarot images. There are also sections about developing personal symbol interpretation, analyzing dreams, and symbol synchronicity in the physical world. The extensive glossary of symbols at the end of the book provides a terrific starter reference for those readers who are just beginning to tap into their intuitive side.

Barnum speaks with the authority of someone who has worked successfully as a professional intuitive for years. She shares her expertise openly with readers. She has written a book which makes sense (something a lot of intuitives are not able to manage). Down-to-earth, upbeat but realistic, and easy to read, this one is definitely a standout. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book Review — Around the Tarot in 78 Days

May 19 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn


Llewellyn Worldwide

Tarot experts Katz and Goodwin have come up with a creative, interactive new approach for studying tarot. Whether you want to learn to read cards, or to use classic tarot symbolism and images to tap into esoteric wisdom, this book is a perfect place to start. Set up as a journey through the traditional 78-card tarot deck, the reader is invited to visit one card a day and explore it as a destination. The authors then build on that basic format, providing information about tarot-related subjects (correspondences) like numerology, astrology, Kabbalah, essential oils, and magickal tradition.

The information in the book is well-organized so it is easy to access, but there is lots of it (the book has 424 pages). The Reading List at the end, spanning a hundred years of tarot writings, indicates the broad range of resources the author relied upon to create this tarot tool. The end product is synergistic, not a compilation. It is a unique presentation which includes fun titles like The Clockwork Museum, The Garden of Delights, The Pyramid Plaza, and The Ancient Coliseum. The addition of Affirmations, Meditations, and original spread designs helps the reader become an active participate in the world they are exploring.

The book will be as valuable as an addition to a reference library as it is as a starter course for serious tarot study. If you want to learn what lies behind the intriguing pictures in your tarot deck, this is the book for you. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck Review — The Steampunk Tarot

Apr 14 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn



The Knight of Swords, in her 1930’s aviator gear, takes a stance that is reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn. The face staring out from the card, however, could belong to Angelina Jolie. The dirigibles emerging from the mists above the mountains in the background are easy to miss as one first scans this intriguing card, but once they have come into focus, they become the central theme of the illustration. In stark contrast to the static figure in the foreground, they simultaneously signal foreboding and attraction.

The epitome of “steampunk,” this collaboration between Moore and Fell has produced a tarot deck that almost vibrates in your hands. The layers of esoteric symbolism created by Moore are set in motion by Fell’s lush fantasy art. True to the traditional Rider-Waite format, The Steampunk Tarot doesn’t just reinterpret that set of cards, it grows out of it and takes wing.

While one can easily spend hours looking at the imagery on the cards, it is only when one does readings with them that the depth of the complexity in each card becomes evident. This deck is a treat for everyone, but for the professional card reader it is a special gift. Clients will be fascinated as the secrets of the other side rise from the contradictions within each picture. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Review – Tarot of the Vampyres

Feb 02 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn


The marriage of myth, romance, and danger makes this deck both modern and eternal. Ian Daniels takes full advantage of the decoratively lush Gothic-Vampyre style in his 78 illustrations. Those illustrations are often simultaneously bloody and seductive as Daniels reaches into the darkness of the human mind in search of the Divine essence that is our true self. In the companion book, Phantasmagoria, he explains that the hidden parts of our minds hold important messages and that spiritual awakening requires us to integrate these shadow aspects. This deck is meant to pull those aspects out into the light.

The deck is built on the traditional Rider-Waite format and incorporates numerology, Kabbalah, astrology, and ancient esoteric wisdom. It brings the wisdom of the tarot to a new audience and opens the door for many more people to explore both the occult and the deeply psychological realms.

© 2012 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Review — 99 Names of God Sufi Cards

Jan 26 2012 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn



Llewellyn Worldwide

In Sufi teaching, God has 4000 names. Most are known only to God, the Angels, and the Prophets. Only 100 of the names are mentioned in the Qur’an. Of those one is hidden. The other 99 are illustrated in this unique and powerful deck. Each name represents an attribute of the Divine and is chanted to open a connection to that attribute within one’s heart and to receive its blessing. Sufi tradition contains elaborate rituals for chanting these names of God. Anna Eva Jahier has made them accessible to a broader audience with these beautifully designed cards and companion guide book which provides translations of each name.

Don’t be mislead by the similar appearance of each card. A closer look will reveal the complex subtlety of each name. The background for each card represents water, the water out of which everything is born. Water is also indicative of our subconscious minds. Thus in these cards, the names of God arise from the depths of our mind to manifest the inner attributes of Divinity that lie hidden within us. The shift in perspective which the non-familiar language and images create will facilitate access to those hidden inner regions. This is a terrific new meditational tool, as well as an intriguing oracle.

Anna Eva Jahier is also the creator of the Reiki Inspirational Cards

© 2012 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book Review – Easy Tarot Reading

Dec 31 2011 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Worldwide

In this follow-up to her successful Easy Tarot, Ellershaw gives us additional insight into the process of reading tarot cards. She begins with the basics, even concisely reviewing some of the starter points in Easy Tarot. The bulk of the book is, however, devoted to putting what she teaches into practice. We get to look over her shoulder as she does ten readings, witnessing the interaction and her interpretive skill. She shares the thoughts that go through her head as she puts the pieces of those tarot readings together. She points out the ethical considerations involved in the process. She gives us feedback from the seekers. She adds a commentary at the end, discussing the special lessons/challenges that a specific reading presented.

If you’ve never read cards before, this is the book to start with. If you’re already reading cards, this is the book that will help you fine tune your skills (including tips for email and phone readings). Ellershaw meticulously documents her personal relationship with the tarot, and in doing so, points the way for others to discover new aspects of the cards for themselves.

Anna Jedrziewski

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Review – Tarot of the Silicon Dawn

Dec 05 2011 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Worldwide

Superhero meets tarot — somewhere in the future!
Egypt Urnash’s delightful parade of tarot characters is rooted in the Rider-Waite deck, with a nod to Crowley’s variations. From there, however, The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn takes flight. Creative license becomes humor, then irreverence as The Suit of Void is added, modern technology is incorporated, and the landscape becomes more sci-fi than occult. Surprising, sometimes shocking, the deck doesn’t stray completely from the original Golden Dawn symbolism. What is consistently added is emotion. Each character radiates an emotional state as if it were caught on camera by the paparazzi. Altogether there are ninety-nine cards, each one more intriguing than the last.

© 2011 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book Review – Tarot & Astrology

Oct 06 2011 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn


Llewellyn Worldwide

In a voice that speaks with a clarity and strength of message that is often missing from esoteric discourses, Kenner picks up where the Order of the Golden Dawn left off a century ago. Drawing on time-tested sources that are familiar to many of us (Arthur Waite, Aleister Crowley, Paul Huson, etc.), she moves through the standard 78-card tarot format, documenting each card’s link to astrology. For astrologers, the book gives a new dimension to their science, literally illustrating their practice. For tarot enthusiasts, the book opens doors to other worlds of understanding. Written in user-friendly language, the book is a good place for beginners to start — it is an even better refresher course for those already familiar with tarot and/or astrology.

The book contains lots of new spreads, simple to complex, and sample readings in which Kenner shows off her interpretative skills. Kenner’s “you can do it” tone invites readers to dive right in and learn by doing. The book is also designed to be an ongoing resource. It is fill with charts and diagrams, and has a handy glossary at the back.

I LOVED Kenner’s Tarot for Writers. She didn’t disappoint with this new book. The fact that it is illustrated with Kenner’s enchanting Wizards Tarot is the icing on the cake.

© 2011 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks


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Oracles in Action™ Chapter Two

Aug 01 2010 Published by under Llewellyn, Oracles in Action™

On the Road, Off the Cuff, and In-Service to Whatever’s Out There

Vampyre Empress

I got a sneak peak of Llewellyn’s Tarot of the Vampyres a few months ago and have been waiting for the finished deck ever since. My BFF at Llewellyn, Marissa Pederson, made sure that Tricia O’Reilly sent one off to me as soon as they came off the presses. I got it just in time for Spirit Connection New York’s July Message Circle. The deck is amazing. Beautifully illustrated, erotic and exotic, and highly emotive. I couldn’t wait to use it.

The energy rose perceptibly as the deck made it’s way around the circle. Each attendee shuffled it in his or her own style and then picked one card. I knew that they were all as impressed with the illustrations as I was. It also became clear that the deck was triggering reactions at a core level. I realized that I was about to face a round of tough messages. I took a deep breath as I asked the first person if I could read their card for them.

That first card was the Seven of Grails — a scantily clad young woman surrounded by snakes and staring into a cauldron. The message was for a male attendee, a sexy gentlemen from Guatemala, who was a regular. He grinned as we all took time to tease him about the sexy image before I turned to a serious interpretation. His message was that he needed to take care of business if he wanted to be able to manifest his favorite fantasies He was told to pursue his career goals first and then he would be able to take whatever he wanted from the pot at the end of the rainbow. He was encouraged to search out the self-sabotaging thoughts that might be keeping him from working up to his potential.

The next attendee I was drawn to handed me the Prince of Grails — an exotically dashing young man in a velvet smoking jacket. It was another career-oriented message. The woman who had chosen it is a writer and a psychic. The advice from spirit was to start drawing out her inner masculine in order to strengthen her professional life. Even though the purpose of her work is to nurture and heal, spirit was saying, “Bolder. More assertive. More action, less reaction.”

Judgement — a dark-eyed, pasty-skinned cat-like figure who was lunging towards the viewer with a dagger in his hand — was the next card to be presented to me. Yet another career-oriented message. This woman was changing careers, had just finished some job training, and was beginning her job hunt. The message was to relax and let interviewers come to her rather than being so aggressive about selling herself. The panther in the background of the card indicated strength that backed her up; no need to defend herself in advance just because she was nervous.

The next person to get a message, a woman who is enduring tremendous stress both professionally and in her personal life, had pulled the Ten of Knives — a buxom Greta Garbo type, draped backwards over the edge of a four-poster bed with a dagger inserted at the base of her beautiful cleavage. I sensed that this woman was trying to get help from those around her by “pantomiming” her distress. Spirit said, “Give it up. They’re never going to notice. You need to get your needs met directly and probably someplace else.”

Next to get a reading was a very gentile and self-effacing woman. She had picked the Queen of Scepters — a sultry red-head, pregnant and reclining with an aggressively-posed panther in front of her. The message was that there was much she was waiting to manifest but that she would need to bring her sensual, creative aspects closer to the surface in order to access her power and begin living the life she quietly desired.

Last but not least was the Nine of Scepters — a seductively clothed young woman in the throes of ecstasy and holding a burning cross. We ended as we began with some good-natured teasing. This attendee, a woman, is an artist and she was encouraged to let her sensuality permeate her artwork; to add color and passion to it; to let it take on a life of it’s own.

These cards are intense. The messages were equally intense and it was work to bring the messages through. But the process left everyone feeling elevated. I’m not sure how that happened but it did. It was another exciting journey through the veil via the Tarot.

© 2010 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Tarot 101

May 30 2010 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

9780738719047Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards
Kim Huggens
ISBN 978–0-7387-1904-7
$17.95, Paperback
Llewellyn Publications

Do you believe it’s next to impossible for any one to write an exciting, informative, new book about tarot? I admit I did, but Kim Huggens has managed to pull it off. Using her years of study and breadth of experience, she has reshuffled the deck, organized it by themes (feminine archetypes, virtues and vices, astrology, the dark side, etc.), and woven it all together with instructions on how to read the cards.

The instructions start at the beginning — where and how to pick a deck. She goes on to cover how to use and create spreads, develop intuition, and do a reading. From there the instruction becomes more advanced (working with difficult questions, handling negative information, finding inspiration, and appropriate ethics).

Huggens’ advanced studies in Antiquities and Philosophy make the discussion of symbols, keywords, and literary associations for each card particularly compelling and put her on very solid ground when she links the tarot with magic, pathworking, and Kabbalah.

Beginners who follow her instructions for working with the book, and do the exercises as written, will find themselves quickly becoming competent card readers. Tarot professionals can just look up cards and add to their existing understanding and interpretations.
This one will be a welcome addition to any tarot library. Bravo, Kim Huggens!

© Copyright 2010 Anna Jedrziewski

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