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  • Sembita Carter
    course if you are out in the woods you have to dress sensibly which means wearing cotton socks with your sneakers or sandals wearing long sleeves and checking your body for ticks Remember to carry tweezers with you in your first aid kit Tweezers are not advised for removing the stingers of bees and wasps best used for tick removal Many minor problems can be dealt with on your own when you have adequate knowledge of homeopathic remedies and their application in acute conditions Prepare ahead of time by constructing a first aid kit Conditions of a more serious and or chronic nature are outside of the scope of self care and are best handled by a health practitioner of your choice Homeopathic remedies work best when the indications of the remedy are similar to what you are experiencing There are a number of remedies that may cover the complaint you present with How do you find the one you need There are often other indications that go along with your complaint Identifying those differences will aid you to find the best remedy It s a long conversation to explain all of this I will attempt to cover more in each column The full range of known remedies for a particular ailment or symptom would be located in a homeopathic repertory for instance one of the popular repertories lists 19 remedies for motion sickness Here I list three which are most commonly indicated Motion Sickness is defined as sweating dizziness pallor and nausea sometimes leading to vomiting while traveling by car bus train ship or airplane Have available a few of these remedies Cocculus indicus The senses are affected very sensitive state often bought on when the nervous system becomes deranged from too little sleep There may be a sensation of hollowness or empty headed feeling there may be a sense of lightness in the body There may be nausea present with vertigo Irritability sensitive to noise sensitive to touch and worse from movement Feels worse in the evening and at night Petroleum Irritability anger dizziness on rising worse from motion of cars ships Ailments are worse before or during a thunderstorm Skin is often cracked or dry worse in the wintertime May have sweaty feet Emotional state is one of sadness or melancholy Tabacum Nerves Cerebro spinal Prostration the limbs are icy cold The pains are worse heat Faintness tremors indifference confusion and mental fatigue There is often excessive vertigo often with copious sweat Worse least motion Spitting often accompanies complaints Deathly nausea and violent vomiting Sudden cold sweats with chills The nausea faintness and weakness have sometimes found relief in cold air and by eating sour apples There may be a desire or aversion to tobacco Poison Ivy The rash is an allergic contact dermatitis caused by contact with the oil inside the plant known as urushiol Urushiol is found in the sap of poisonous plants like poison ivy poison oak and poison sumac Common reaction is severe

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  • Tarot Reviews
    Fool The back cover gives the background on the deck with a series fo five cards from the deck placed along the bottom of the page Williams presents his companion book not only as a key to understanding each card but also as a guide to comparing its images with the established symbolism of the Marseilles and Rider Waite Smith decks The cards themselves are of good quality glossy cardstock The background color for both the front and back of the cards is ivory with the imagery in black The backs of the cards show a 1 4 inset double lined border with two images each of wands cups swords and coins each set facing each other so that the backs are reversible The same border shows on the faces with pen and ink style artwork used to mimic the original woodcuts Traditional formatting has been used with the suits entitled Staves Cups Swords and Coins and the Court Cards entitled Page Knight Queen and King The card numbers titles and suits are printed in script along the bottom of each card The Major Arcana has been retitled as follows O The Vagabond The Fool 1The Montebank The Magician 2 The Papess The High Priestess 3 The Empress 4 The Emperor 5 The Pope The Hierophant 6 Love The Lovers 7 The Cart The Chariot 8 Justice 9 The Hermit 10 The Wheel of Fortune 11 Strength 12 The Hanged Man 13 Death 14 Temperance 15 The Devil 16 The Tower 17 The Stars 18 The Moon 19 The Sun 20 Judgment 21 The World I am a great admirer of Brian Williams of his books and his artwork Previous projects include the Renaissance Tarot the PoMo Postmodern Tarot and the Minchiate Tarot The following quote from the back cover of the companion book Book of Fools says it all I believe it is possible to embrace the Tarot as both image and idea as individual artistic expression and universal symbol as historical artifact and mysterious phenomenon as exoteric game and esoteric instrument Brian Williams In his introduction Williams indicates that for the Major Arcana he attempted to be as faithful as possible to both the Narrenschiff illustrations as well as the early Tarot iconography while influences for the Minor Arcana came from a combination fo the Narrenschiff illustrations and Pamela Coleman Smith s imagery in the Waite Smith Tarot The presentation of the cards which appear with scans form the Narrenschiff illustrations the Rider Waite Tarot and the Tarot de Marseille begins with a description of the card followed by a comparison with the Narrenschiff source image where there was one followed by a comparison with the imagery from the Rider Waite Tarot and the Tarot de Marseille Upright divinatory meanings are given At the end of the book Williams encourages the reader to read the cards in a fashion that makes sense to them One spread is presented the traditional Celtic Cross Spread I found this to be

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    all times for any type of cooking as the energy surrounding us as we cook goes into the food and we want it to be loving joyous energy She also recommends cleansing the kitchen thoroughly and making sure that you will be free of interruptions and distractions When pulling the cards Kenner recommends keeping them in the upright position Once they are drawn they need to be placed where they will not have food spilled on them She also recommends avoiding negative interpretations After you have finished cooking it is recommended that you make notes on the cards From personal experience I might add that this is best done after the food has been consumed as you will have more free time There are several different recommendations for how to use the cards in active meditation to better understand the traditional Tarot place yourself into the essence of the cards as you are cooking preparing a magickal meal intended to draw specific qualities to you have a Tarot pot luck or throw a progressive dinner party The 35 page companion book includes an introduction on Tarot and cooking recommendations on how to use the cards a text only section for each card listed by card name and recipe name with a short description of the card how the card might appear in a reading and a short personal take on the card At the end of the book there are instructions for a Three Card Spread with variations listed as Past Meal Present Meal Future Meal Breakfast Lunch Dinner and Main Course Side Dish Desert as well as the traditional Celtic Cross Spread also named the Cook s Spread There are listings for Tarot resources and cookbooks The cards themselves are 5 by 7 of sturdy good quality glossy card stock The back of the cards shows a 1 4 white border followed by a thin black border In each of the four corners is an icon representing one of the four suits In the upper middle of the card we see crossed knives one serrated one straight Under this we se a large covered saucepan Under that we see a smaller saucepan and a skillet The recipe for the Fool is The Fool s Caramelized Nuts with the following description under the card In most Tarot decks the Fool is pictured about to take a leap of faith He dares to live the life most of us only dream about He is adventurous unafraid and unashamed to look a little nuts Some of the other recipes are The Magician s Four Suit Stir Fry The Empress Harvest Wheat Bread The Hierophant s Holiday Ham The Hermit s Floating Island Wheel of Fortune Pizza The Devil s Deviled Eggs The Sun s Sunflower Seed Cookies Judgement s Angel Food Cake King of Swords London Broil the Page of Wands Chiles Rellenos the Nine of Cups Cheese Soup Seven of Cups Fantasy Fudge the Knight of Pentacles Chocolate Almonds and the

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  • Tarot Reviews
    simplified guide to the Ma at Tarot Julie Cuccia Watts 2006 It is a 39 page spiral bound book 8 1 2 by 11 of good quality paper with a glossy cover depicting a snowy white owl from the Six of Wands Stunning cover In her introduction Kenner talks about the Ma at Tarot and its connection to the Thoth Tarot However the Thoth Tarot is based on solar astrology with its male associations while the Ma at Tarot is based on lunar astrology with its female associations This book acts as a compliment to the companion book that goes with the Ma at Tarot Along with covering the back story of the decks creation it also explains the symbols on the cards and retells the myths and legends associated with each symbol Instead of being the end card the World is the center card in the presentation of this deck The other cards form three circles around it moving from the general concepts of the Aces to the specific details of the Major and Minor Arcana The first graphic that we see is the World surrounded by the four Aces note All graphics are quality color scans of the cards The next circle consists of the Cross Quarter days the Summer Solstice The Sun First Harvest The Hanged One the Autumn Equinox The Tower Halloween Judgment the Winter Solstice The Devil Candlemas The Wheel of Fortune the Spring Equinox The Fool and May Day The Lovers There is a color graphic as well as individual scans and a discussion of each card The third circle consists of the Lunar Months Capricorn Hermit Aquarius The Star Pisces Temperance Aries Emperor Taurus Death Gemini Strength Cancer The Magician Leo The Chariot Virgo The High Priestess Libra Justice Scorpio The Empress and Sagittarius The High Priest The Moon itself serves as a representative whenever there is a Blue Moon or a second full moon in any given month There is a chart associating each Sun sign with its New Moon First Quarter Moon Full Moon and Last Quarter Moon Each Full Moon is associated with a card from the Tarot and is shown with a scan of that card and a short discussion The fourth circle consists of the 56 Minor Arcana cards The Court Cards are interspersed with the Pips numbered cards as the numbered cards are associated with new and quarter moons with the Full Moons going to the King Queen and Princess cards The Princes are placed at the four cardinal points the summer and winter solstice and the spring and autumn equinox Starting with the first month of Autumn we see the Two of Swords the Three of Swords the King of Swords the Four Five and Six of Swords the Princess of Swords and the Seven of Swords The third month of Autumn shows the Eight and Nine of Swords the Queen of Swords and the Ten of Swords The first month of Winter shows the Ten

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    step right up and start talking to them The colors are muted as is so often the case with Lo Scarabeo work The primary colors are gray green a brownish burgundy burgundy orange and gold The card backs which are reversible have a gray blue background with a gray border and gray stylized figures in the center of the card The face of the cards shows a white border The Major Arcana show the card number in Roman numerals centered at the top of the card with the card title in six languages two in the upper right and left and corners and one in the lower right and left hand corners The Pips numbered cards show the number centered in the middle of the card on the top with the suit listed in six languages two each in the upper right and left hand corners and one each in the lower right and left hand corners The Court Cards show the title and suit in six languages two in the upper right and left hand corners and one each in the lower right and left hand corners This is an amazing deck both for the artwork and for the time taken to research and present Austen s works in a manner quite complimentary to the Tarot I have many favorite cards amongst which are Justice from Pride and Prejudice shows a cameo of Darcy Lord of Quills writing a letter in the upper left hand corner while in the lower right hand corner we see Lizzy Lady of Candlesticks reading a letter with a quill pen dividing them the High Priestess from Ode to Pity shows sitting in an elegant chair with a book in her lap the Emperor from Mansfield Park shows an older man sitting in a throne like chair Judgment from Emma shows several members from the cast of Emma in a garden reaching up to the sky for what they want The Devil from Lady Susan shows Lady Susan in a red dress with her daughter Frederica held firmly at her left hand side while James Martin is on his knees looking adoringly at Lady Susan on her right hand side the Chariot from Mansfield Park shows Mary Crawford happily cantering along on her horse the Hierophant from Pride and Prejudice shows Mr Collins at the alter of his church with two very well dressed church members in the front pew the Six of Coins from Persuasion shows two women sitting in a small impoverished living room the Maiden of Candlesticks from Pride and Prejudice shows Lydia Bennett sitting in front of her mirror flirting with her reflection Each of the Aces shows the suit icon atop a book and the imagery is absolutely breathtaking Two of the Eight s really caught my eye the Eight of Candlesticks and the Eight of Teacups both show carriages coming down the road towards the reader Quite an interesting juxtaposition from the traditional walking away imagery for these cards This is a stunning deck with an extremely well written companion book I would advise getting the kit the deck without the book might be a little hard to work with unless you were a Jane Austen aficionado This deck will appeal to collectors Jane Austen fans and those readers that are looking for a really nice general deck for their clients to choose from I came to this deck late but am enjoying it thoroughly September 2007 Simplified Qabala Magic review by Bonnie Cehovet TE Author Ted Andrews Llewellyn Publications 1999 2003 ISBN 0 7387 0394 X Simplified Qabala Magic is an introductory book into the practical world of Qabalistic magic no more and no less It does not mention the Tarot anywhere Before you read this review you need to know that I am reviewing this book from the perspective of Can this wisdom be applied to working with the Tarot Qabala is a subject that many if not most Tarot students shy away from until they are well into their studies My feeling is not only that this does not have to be but that a good understanding of the everyday working of Qabala and the Tree of Life are beneficial to working with the Tarot With that understanding you the reader will either chose to read this review or to walk away if this is not your path Ted Andrews is well known for his work as a clairvoyant and for his books including Animal Speak and How To Meet and Work with Spirit Guides He also conducts workshops throughout the country on the ancient mysteries bringing them to a level that can be understood by people from all walks of life and all backgrounds In his introduction Andrews states that this book is meant to serve as a book of Light The magic contained herein is not that of stage magicians but that of a Divine Light that operates in a positive manner and is active throughout our universe The caveat here is that we are made up of more than flesh and bones we are also spiritual energy It is understanding this spiritual energy and learning to love ourselves that begins the process of personal transformation The book begins with the telling of a tale a tale involving a young man on a quest for wisdom on a quest for an answer to the proverbial question Is this all there is to life Andrews posits that any wisdom system if it is to be of benefit at all must be easily understood and it must be a living growing system that can be adapted to each individual and their stage of unfoldment while at the same time retaining its primary form and content He notes that current day students of the Qabala must reinterpret it in light of modern knowledge to make it useful Andrews presents the wisdom of the Qabala through the venue of the Tree of Life He also notes the

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    right up and start talking to them The colors are muted as is so often the case with Lo Scarabeo work The primary colors are gray green a brownish burgundy burgundy orange and gold The card backs which are reversible have a gray blue background with a gray border and gray stylized figures in the center of the card The face of the cards shows a white border The Major Arcana show the card number in Roman numerals centered at the top of the card with the card title in six languages two in the upper right and left and corners and one in the lower right and left hand corners The Pips numbered cards show the number centered in the middle of the card on the top with the suit listed in six languages two each in the upper right and left hand corners and one each in the lower right and left hand corners The Court Cards show the title and suit in six languages two in the upper right and left hand corners and one each in the lower right and left hand corners This is an amazing deck both for the artwork and for the time taken to research and present Austen s works in a manner quite complimentary to the Tarot I have many favorite cards amongst which are Justice from Pride and Prejudice shows a cameo of Darcy Lord of Quills writing a letter in the upper left hand corner while in the lower right hand corner we see Lizzy Lady of Candlesticks reading a letter with a quill pen dividing them the High Priestess from Ode to Pity shows sitting in an elegant chair with a book in her lap the Emperor from Mansfield Park shows an older man sitting in a throne like chair Judgment from Emma shows several members from the cast of Emma in a garden reaching up to the sky for what they want The Devil from Lady Susan shows Lady Susan in a red dress with her daughter Frederica held firmly at her left hand side while James Martin is on his knees looking adoringly at Lady Susan on her right hand side the Chariot from Mansfield Park shows Mary Crawford happily cantering along on her horse the Hierophant from Pride and Prejudice shows Mr Collins at the alter of his church with two very well dressed church members in the front pew the Six of Coins from Persuasion shows two women sitting in a small impoverished living room the Maiden of Candlesticks from Pride and Prejudice shows Lydia Bennett sitting in front of her mirror flirting with her reflection Each of the Aces shows the suit icon atop a book and the imagery is absolutely breathtaking Two of the Eight s really caught my eye the Eight of Candlesticks and the Eight of Teacups both show carriages coming down the road towards the reader Quite an interesting juxtaposition from the traditional walking away imagery for these cards This is a stunning deck with an extremely well written companion book I would advise getting the kit the deck without the book might be a little hard to work with unless you were a Jane Austen aficionado This deck will appeal to collectors Jane Austen fans and those readers that are looking for a really nice general deck for their clients to choose from I came to this deck late but am enjoying it thoroughly September 2007 Simplified Qabala Magic review by Bonnie Cehovet TE Author Ted Andrews Llewellyn Publications 1999 2003 ISBN 0 7387 0394 X Simplified Qabala Magic is an introductory book into the practical world of Qabalistic magic no more and no less It does not mention the Tarot anywhere Before you read this review you need to know that I am reviewing this book from the perspective of Can this wisdom be applied to working with the Tarot Qabala is a subject that many if not most Tarot students shy away from until they are well into their studies My feeling is not only that this does not have to be but that a good understanding of the everyday working of Qabala and the Tree of Life are beneficial to working with the Tarot With that understanding you the reader will either chose to read this review or to walk away if this is not your path Ted Andrews is well known for his work as a clairvoyant and for his books including Animal Speak and How To Meet and Work with Spirit Guides He also conducts workshops throughout the country on the ancient mysteries bringing them to a level that can be understood by people from all walks of life and all backgrounds In his introduction Andrews states that this book is meant to serve as a book of Light The magic contained herein is not that of stage magicians but that of a Divine Light that operates in a positive manner and is active throughout our universe The caveat here is that we are made up of more than flesh and bones we are also spiritual energy It is understanding this spiritual energy and learning to love ourselves that begins the process of personal transformation The book begins with the telling of a tale a tale involving a young man on a quest for wisdom on a quest for an answer to the proverbial question Is this all there is to life Andrews posits that any wisdom system if it is to be of benefit at all must be easily understood and it must be a living growing system that can be adapted to each individual and their stage of unfoldment while at the same time retaining its primary form and content He notes that current day students of the Qabala must reinterpret it in light of modern knowledge to make it useful Andrews presents the wisdom of the Qabala through the venue of the Tree of Life He also notes the dual

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    2 by 4 of sturdy glossy cardstock The backs show a 1 4 white border with a white pattern on a brownish red background The card faces show the same 1 4 white border surrounding the same pattern as we see on the back of the cards The card number appears at the top of the patterned field in white In the center of the card we see circle with a cream colored background The image of the talisman outlined in burgundy appears within the circle In a cream colored rectangle at the bottom of the card we find the card title in English Spanish French German and Italian The card titles are as follows 1 Joy 2 Love 3 Passion 4 affection 5 Fertility 6 Completeness 7 Solidarity 8 Comfort 9 Equilibrium 10 Spirituality 11 Tenacity 12 Study 13 Secret 14 Intuition 15 Renewal 16 Recovery 17 Inspiration 18 Dynamism 19 Benefit 20 Business 21 Travel 22 Honor 23 Supremacy 24 Fortune 25 Solitude 26 Waiting 27 Dilemma 28 Defense 29 Protection 30 Help 31 Release 32 Charge Solitude is one of the more interesting images Represented by the sickle reflecting the inetvetible events in life The sickle acts to cut down that which no longer serves us well Passion is another interesting image Represented by the Ivy leaf the symbol of eternal embrace with a loved one it protects passions and stimulates the intellect Fortune is represented by the Peony a flower that according to the LWB was used by sailors to escape danger It also brings wealth and foretells love encounters to come I like the idea of this deck and think that it has some very good uses as a card a day draw as energy that you wish to bring into your life journaling or working in combination with another divination system such as Tarot or astrology I did not like either the limited use of color or the limited explanations of the symbols and little clue as to where they came from Having said that I think this is an interesting deck albeit perhaps not for primary use better used in conjunction with another system May 2007 Marseille Oracle Cards review by Bonnie Cehovet TE Instructions by Isa Donelli Translation by Studio RGE Lo Scarabeo 2004 It is interesting to note that when I looked through these cards the first thing that I noted was the excellent judiciously applied use of color In her introduction Donelli states that the Marseille Oracle Cards were based on an original deck of 32 cards ca 1860 and that they were considered to be very valuable because of the special care that was taken in applying the colors by hand something that was rare for its time The images and symbols on these cards are as Donelli notes taken from everyday life They act as a spark to our own memories to the emotions that we have experienced in our own lives The LWB Little White Book presents

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    as theme decks tend to do opening up a new path for interpreting the cards The structure of the deck is the traditional Rider Waite Smith structure with the Major Arcana retaining their traditional titles but remaining unnumbered which may be of help with the Strength VIII Justice XI versus Justice VIII Strength XI controversy The suits are the traditional Wands Cups Swords and Pentacles with the Court Cards entitled King Queen Knight and Page The cards are 3 by 5 of good quality glossy cardstock The backs have a 1 4 reddish brown outer border and a smaller reddish brown inner border Between the borders and within the smaller border is a design in silver and white It would not be possible to tell if a card had been drawn int he reversed position or not The card faces carry a 1 4 white border with the card title in gold lettering across the bottom of the card The Minor Arcana carry the number in text and the suit across the bottom of the card while the Court Cards carry the title and suit The coloring in the cards is full range with a depth of intensity The imagery is where this deck departs from the Rider Waite Smith tradition The influence of majority of Victorian daily life shows clearly with other cards reflecting Ancient Egyptian Biblical Classical Greek Gothic and Medieval influences The Fool is an excellent example of Victorian times picturing what is termed a white face clown wearing neat make up similar to that of a mime artist but outrageous clothing An accomplished acrobat this Fool is posed on one leg ready to take a leap off of his red platform The ringmaster stands behind him and a small dog dressed in a red cap and blue shirt dances at his feet In the background we see an audience composed of all ages I was immediately drawn tot he Magician shown as a white bearded elder wearing a red cap and gown shown sitting in his laboratory reading his books by candlelight The card is patterned after the character of Dr Faust There is an incredible amount of energy as well as overtones of occult and magick in this card The Emperor shows an Egyptian theme worlds away from the Mother Nature theme of the Empress The Emperor is represented by an Egyptian Pharaoh remote looking and powerful with his gold crown and necklace with a gold staff in his right hand The Hierophant in this deck is portrayed as being much more human than he is in most decks Here we see an elderly white bearded Islamic scholar teaching two small boys who as the authors note do not seem afraid of anything The Chariot is quite an interesting card with four female figures As the authors note the driver and her deputy show intense expressions but the other two figures appear much more relaxed The Chariot is Baroque in style and is drawn by

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