Dragon Boat Festival

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Local charity Living Without Abuse is hosting its annual dragon boat festival on Sunday 8th September at the Boat House, Bridge St in Barrow upon Soar LE12 8PN…

Come along to watch the team’s dragon boating along the River Soar chasing that first prize trophy. The fun will start around 12pm and go on all afternoon…

There will also be funfair rides, stalls and fun for all ages…

They are still looking for teams, interested then go to Barrow Dragon Boat Race to find out more or contact Michele via email on –  michele@lwa.org.uk

All profits from this charity day will go towards helping local people in desperate need.

To find out more about LWA… Click here…

Come on down…

There’ll be some first class entertainment…

I’ll be there, Pure & Blessed Tarot , with a few of  my favourite decks

And also a few of my favourite people will be there to entertain you…

Doe Demure…with her amazing hula hoop group

and bellydancing with Andrea’s Oriental Dance and Chaines Dance Company

See you there…


		
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Deck Review – The Hermetic Tarot

The Hermetic Tarot  by Godfey Dowson

The Hermetic Tarot
by Godfey Dowson

The Hermetic Tarot

Based upon the Esoteric Workings of The Golden Dawn

By Godfrey Dowson

U.S. Games Systems. INC.

Firstly, let me give a big thank you to Psychic Bazaar for sending me a copy…

Now, I must confess that when it comes to my wish list, this deck has been in and out more times than a fiddler’s elbow… There’s the part of me that thinks that every tarot collection should have at least one black and white deck and then there’s the part that says… yeah… but I love colour so much, and I’ve already bought two black and white decks that ended up being coloured in… Will I be able to resist the urge to get the pencil crayons out…?

My copy of The Hermetic Tarot turns up and I am instantly smitten. On the box it says ‘The Hermetic Tarot’s esoteric designs emphasize the Golden Dawn’s astrological attributes with further sephirotic, angelic, geomantic, numerical, and kabbalistic elements. Now revered as a classic, this deck’s black and white artwork by Godfrey Dowson features intricate detailing that highlights the powerful symbolism’

It sounds like a deck for serious study and it comes with a 72 page LWB that is weightier than many and is filled with elemental, astrological and kabbalistic references and there is a rather nice section at the back, describing how to sit down with the questioner to perform the reading. Though I must admit to being slightly disappointed that the spread described is the Celtic Cross (not that there is a problem with the Celtic Cross per se… It is a classic for a reason) because, after talk of elements and kabbalah, it felt a bit of a mis-match and I would have preferred to have seen a spread such as the Tree of Life, or something with a more astrological feel maybe… but then I have no problem with seeking that out on my own time…

I slide the cards out of the box and  they feel pretty good in the hand and instantly it strikes me that the backs look like a magic carpet and I hear the deck say  ‘Where would you like to fly today?’

Magic carpet...

Magic carpet…

These are a nice shuffle… they glide and fly at a good pace in an overhand shuffle and they riffle neatly without fear of creasing or bending… I fan them out and I seek out the cards that make people shudder when I am out and about… I call them the Ruin, Death, Destruction… Here, they are -Ten of Swords, Lord of Ruin – XIII Death, Child of the Great Transformers and XVI The Blasted Tower, Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty.

Ruin... Death... Destruction...

Ruin… Death… Destruction…

They are intensely striking cards but I don’t feel that they will shock the crowd too badly… and I feel my main reading problem with them, will be down to the fact that I often read in dark places (that refers to the level of lighting or lack of in venues rather than the state of my soul…) and as such will not be able to see the full glory of all the detail that is packed in there.

I wonder how easy to read they will be, as I’m not the most studious of readers, so I turn to the courts, which follow the order of Princesses, Kings, Queens and Knights. I find 16 storytellers, these court cards have big personalities and are filled with tales of myths and legends and that Queen of Swords feels to be biblically epic and almost seems to cry out… Bring me the head of John the Baptist…

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And if the pictures don’t talk to you then the titles are certainly highly evocative… My imagination is immediately taken hostage by Princess of Pentacles – Princess of the Echoing Hills…

I’ve found it very hard to put this deck down and it is easy to lose big chunks of time just sat with one card… the pips fascinate me, particularly the pentacles where the images seem to swirl and move like optical illusions…

Minors...

Minors…

So… Is it safe from my pencil crayons? Yes… I think so…

Who do I think would enjoy this deck?

Most readers… I think there’s something in there to cater for a wide range of tastes, whether you are looking for some Geek Chic or you are a lover of the Random Ramble…

Give it a whirl.

And thank you again to Psychic Bazaar.

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So… I’ve heard a rumour… Could it be true?

So… a while back, I buys this strange deck – Tarot in the Land of Mystereum… and it turns out, it’s a bit like a game of Jumanji… and it’s taken me off onto all kinds of adventures and it has raised many questions…

One of which is… who is J Jordan Hoggard?

Well, I must admit, at first encounter… I had him down for a bit of an oddball…

I left a comment on his facebook page… some flippant remark about – hey! just got your deck, it’s really funny 😉

And he says… tell me how you get on with it…

I thought – What? Why are you interested in what some housewife living in the arse end of the universe (A.K.A. – Leicester U.K.) thinks about your deck? Yeah… what ev’…

And every so often we crossed paths and he would ask me a question… Like -, What do you make of the book?

And I would say…. yeah… not read it… and I would think – Why does he keep talking to me? I’m always so irreverent and rude!

Any who… one day, I did chat back… and it turns out… that man is interested in absolutely everything…

I am yet to find a subject that he has no knowledge of… and trust me… I’ve tried! I like a challenge… I’ve looked for the chink and I’ve not found it yet… And a little part of me thinks…oh… what if one day, I do find something he doesn’t know…? I wonder if I’ll unleash the Cenobites…

Yes… there are many faces to Mr Hoggard… tarot expert, author, artist, architect, etc..etc..etc…

and now to add to the list… Radio Personality!

So… I wonder which side of him we’ll being hearing from?

Myself… I like him best when he is funny and off the leash… and this is how I imagine him on radio…

A hat... a broach... a pterodactyl...

What’s that in your hand?
A hat…? A broach…? A pterodactyl…?

So… he’ll be presenting and reading… I wonder how he’d read that world card?

Mrs Sealey might say… Hey! You’ve got the whole world in your hands! 😀

Mr Hoggard might say… wondrous words of wisdom

Mystereum Man might say…  Hoggard by day… Mystereum Master Of The Universe… by day and by night…

Who knows… there’s only one way to find out…

TUNE IN…..

I’m guessing one thing is for sure…

Whether it’s JJ or MM…

Either way…

it will be General Genius…

And predictably…

unpredictable!

So… Mr Hoggard will be on the air with

Inner State Highways

 Check in at The Land of Mystereum  for updates...
Or drop in at his new Des Res... The Divination Studio...

Mystereum Life Mapping Meets the Oracle…

027 Your Nuclear Power (c) Jordan Hoggard 2012

027 Your Nuclear Power
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2012

So… I play with these extensively… for all manner of reasons… and if you’ve not already come across them, then where on earth have you been? They are from  Jordan Hoggard’s 78 Life Mapping eSpread collection…

Go check it out… either here The Land of Mystereum or over  here at his new des res… The Divination Studio

And maybe you’re not a Mystereum junky, but don’t let that put you off… These spreads work with anything…

So… today, I have been playing my spreads alongside Cherly Lee Harnish’s Path of the Soul Destiny Cards

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So… what did I get…

Card 1 ~ What is the nature of your psychic reactor, your inner power?

12 Fertile ~ creativity and ideas that arise from inner desires and dreams… knowing when the conditions are right to bring forth thoughts into form and to take action.

Card 2 ~ What source codes inform your imagination?… imagination composed of 4 characters: your ideas, creativity, intuition, and the silent spaces between them that bring them into the relationship

19 Clarity ~ recognising when thought processes are running most clearly… how the mind, body and spirit interplay… feeling how energy levels change as soon as old emotions are released to make way for new experiences that bring joy and contentment.

Card 3 ~ How does your purest inner power resonate around you?

24 Vibration ~ and at this I LOL as I’ve been told repeatedly this week from many different sources that my laughter brings healing… So I will go with my booming laugh and say that my bwhahaha is the vibration that resonates my inner power out to those around me…

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Card 4 ~ What stabilizes your inner power to focus your output?

15 Revelations ~ the lifting of the veil to see things clearly that were previously hidden… things that were lurking being driven out into clear view… new perspective that comes from seeing more of the picture… seeing things as they really are and putting in place those new beginnings that now have room to grow after dropping the dead weight…

And that is how I have played today…

How will you play?

Oh… and don’t forget to go visit The Divination Studio… It’s tres (psy)chic 😀