►Tarot: “Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana”🗝️.-

This is a reblog of Tarot: “Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana”🗝️. posted on 01/15/2018 by Aquileana. This article resonated with me because symbols used in Tarot cards have universal meanings in mythology, religion, and psychology (dreams) across the world. Tarot cards do not predict the future but opens up the realm of possibilities with issues at hand.

Hope you enjoy!

La Audacia de Aquiles

►Tarot: 

“Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana” 🗝️:

The twenty-two cards of the Arcana Major. Tarot deck: Rider,Waite & Smith.


Introduction and Sketch of this Post:

This is the first post of  the series on “Tarot”. 

Firstly, in section 1), I´ll present an overview of the story of Tarot, its use for divination purposes, tarot spreads, cards´positions (upright or reversed), total number of cards, division into two categories: Major and Minor Arcana.

In the second section (2) of this post, I´ll assess in-depth the Major Arcana. 

For that purpose, I´ll use the classic Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith, which has been continually printed since 1909. Hence, it is easy to find in Bookstores or online nowadays.

Let´s keep in mind that the Major Arcana cards are somehow related to Carl Jung’s archetypes. They are “patterns”, inherent part of the Collective Unconscious. These cards symbolise the process…

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Exploring Magical Powers of the Celts

Exploring Magical Powers of the Celts

Summoning Celtic Magical Powers

Female Warrior Summoning Celtic Magical Powers

Contributed Post

The post, Exploring Magical Powers of the Celts, was contributed by Jane Johnson, a freelance writer and editor. She has written for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and well being in their everyday life. And when she isn’t writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a good book, at the gym or just spending quality time with her family.

 

Overview of the Celts

The earliest pre-Christian Celts were mysterious and captivating pre-Christian individuals with a history filled with legends and romance – a history of wizards, fairies, wizards, heroes and above all, magic. Julius Caesar was once quoted as saying that the Celts were brave but impetuous and headstrong. The various clans migrated from Central Europe and went on to populate much of Western Europe, Ireland and Britain until they were ultimately displaced by first the Romans and later Christianity.

Statue of Dying Celt

The various Celtic clans and tribes were unified by their common priesthood known as the Druids who were said to possess magical powers. These Druid priests preserved religion, scholarship, science and law, and had supreme influence over everyone due to their sacred authority. The Druids were known to yield psychic abilities firmly yet responsibly. One of the most famous of Celtic legends involving Druids is that of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. Merlin was a Druid wizard, bard, tutor and keeper of arcane secrets. He was also rumored to be the son of an incubus (demon) and a mortal woman who was first a princess and later became a nun.

Druidic Ritual at Stonehenge

Druid Magic

The ancient Druids were also clergy as well as Shamans with their costumes including long white robes, feathered capes and elaborate headdresses. They also would often be seen wielding a rowan wood scepter as a sign of their power and that was often used as a magic wand when performing spells. The magic of Druids is all dependent on a strong and healthy awareness of nature itself as well as the gods and spirits who dwell in nature and is deeply rooted in the four elements earth, air, water and fire. Most Druid spells correspond to one or more of the elements with the 4 compass points each displaying a significant corresponding color:  North-black, South-white, East-red, West-grey.  Druid magic was known to combine the four natural elements with magic stones, color, direction, the lunar calendar and incense.

Horn God Surrounded by Animals; Inner Panel Gundestrup Cauldron

Sacred Symbols

Birds such as the swan, goose, owl, raven and eagle were all considered sacred in Celtic culture.  Other sacred animals included the cat, dog, wolf, bull, stag, boar, horse and butterfly with these animals often being depicted in very complex knotted patterns.

 

Knotted Celtic Raven Symbol

 

The number 3 was also considered sacred to the Druids and was believed to have numerous magical powers. This belief is exemplified in the Celtic triquerta, trefoil, nonegram and the Triangle of Manifestation. Hallowed trees included the hazel, oak and yew, with the worship of the oak tree being very commonplace in both Celtic and non-Celtic Europe.

 

Cork Oak Tree in Southern Britain

 

The Little People

Dwarfs, Brownies, Elves and Fairies made up a very intriguing aspect of Celtic culture and folklore. These tiny life-forms were seen as spiritual beings to whom the imprudence of mankind has assigned an imaginary existence. Fairies were referred to as the ‘good neighbours’ and were beautiful miniature versions of a divine human form. These cheeky little beings resided below ground or in little green dwellings and wore the most brilliant clothes. Leprechauns have become the self-appointed guardians of ancient treasure burying it in pots or crocks. Their association with rainbows and finding the pot of gold at the end of it has forever been associated with prosperity.

Classic representation fairy with butterfly wings by painter Ricardo Falero

Healing powers

The esteemed Druids were the learned elite and the authority on just about everything including medicine and healing spells. Healing magic would often involve invoking a deity of health and healing such as Airmid (Irish), Diancecht (Irish), Meg the Healer (Scottish) or Ariadne (Welsh) to help heal the ill. Astrology and astronomy were also used extensively while making a medical diagnosis. The Celts worshipped the moon and the sun and had a rudimentary veneration of the closest planets in the solar system. Various plants and herbs were employed for medicinal purposes and often had associations with certain Celtic deities.

Wildflowers on Dover Cliffs, Kent

The beauty and history of Celtic culture and magic have been preserved in various customs, legends, music, art, antiquities and literature for everyone to explore and enjoy. Through the continued study and appreciation of the magic and myth of the legendary Celtic culture, we are able to fully enjoy and treasure the influence of the most captivating of all people, the Celts.

Upcoming Posts

Upcoming posts based on my research to support the Apollo’s Raven series and another novel under development about a shipwrecked Roman tribune serving under Germanicus are as follows:

  • Celtic Goddesses
  • Mark Antony
  • Annihilation of Roman Legions in Germania and Aftermath

Linus Treefoot Author Interview

Linus Treefoot Author Interview

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Linus Treefoot, the debut author of Bright Moon Ridge. The book is a 2017 Apple Summer e-book Award Winner: Runner-up in the Historical Fiction category. Linus was born in the United States, but has lived most of his adult life in New Zealand. He has a fascinating life journey in which he has extensively researched and traveled to China in preparation for his debut novel.

Linus Treefoot graciously accepted my invitation to interview.  Below is his biography, responses to my interview questions, and ways you can contact him. Click on the book cover below to purchase his book at Amazon.

Bright Moon Ridge Book Cover

Biography

Linus Treefoot is an American who has lived in New Zealand for 47 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1968, then spent about 10 years doing carpentry and farm work, traveling and having a good time. For many years he was a part time entertainer, playing guitar and singing solo or in bands. He has been a primary school and English (ESOL) teacher for about 35 years. He is married to a Chinese woman who grew up in the People’s Republic of China. They have two adult children. When he doesn’t have to work, his interests are music, reading, learning Chinese, swimming and hiking.

Interview Linus Treefoot

Would you provide an overview of the newest book that you have released in 2017?

Bright Moon Ridge is the story of a 19-year-old male, Johnny Bartooth, who is given a journal which was written by his father many years before. His father went to China in 1980 to find his mother, marry her and bring her to the USA. No one whom Johnny knows ever heard from either of them since.

Johnny’s curiosity is ignited and he resolves to go to China to search for his mother and father. Most of the book is about this search for a family he never had.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

No person in particular. From high school on, I enjoyed expressing myself through writing – at first through poetry and songs more than any other genre.

What inspired you to write Bright Moon Ridge about a young man’s search for his missing parents in China?  

My first motivation was to record and fictionalize my life as a hippy in the hills of California and in the backwaters of New Zealand in the 1970s – some outrageous stories and eccentric characters. The germ of the story of Bright Moon Ridge came when in 1990 I met a guy who had just returned from China; he told me that he had had a stealthy affair with a married woman doctor. I expanded on his story in my imagination and intertwined it with those stories I had been considering for years based on my wild life as a hippy. Through many stages of rewriting and editing, the hippy stories were deleted in order to have a more cohesive novel.

How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?

In 1990 also I met and married my lovely wife, Ma Yue Ying, who grew up during the Cultural Revolution; tales from her own and her family’s history were put into the mix. I developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture, and began to blend political and historical elements into the story. I did a considerable amount of research through reading and through travelling in China, including two trips to Hainan Island. My wife helped a great deal in translating conversations and some books written in Chinese. Writing this novel was an obsessively absorbing task for me.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

They don’t usually act outside of what I consider their temperament and personality, but sometimes do uncharacteristic things. For example, gentle Mei, when attacked by her fellow prisoners, eventually strikes out in a surprisingly violent way

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

The reviews have been consistently very positive, which has been an encouraging and pleasant result.

Do you have any other books planned?  If so, would you give an overview of what the book(s) are about?

In the short term, no. But I think I have at least one more novel in me. There is all the material that I deleted from my original drafts of the novel.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Probably being chosen to work as an English teacher in Massey University. It was a major goal of mine for more than 10 years previous. That was the best job I ever had; I worked there for more than 15 years.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Kindness is to me the most valued trait. I also highly appreciate a good sense of humour (translated: someone who laughs at my jokes) and I appreciate someone who can converse about politics and literature.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

Being able to play the piano very skillfully.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I left the USA when I was 24 in protest over the Vietnam war and the way the government worked. I was almost ecstatic to arrive in relatively backward New Zealand where – without having any friends or acquaintances — I enthusiastically began a new life.

What makes you laugh?

A punch line that is completely different from what you’d expect, e.g. “If you give a man a fish, he will escape hunger for one day. But if you teach a man how to fish, he will sit in a boat all day and drink beer.” Or alternatively, a joke or story in which the teller pretends to be exceedingly stupid, e.g. “Do you know about the tick inspector? If a man comes to your door and says he is a tick inspector and asks you to take off all your clothes and turn around and around, don’t do it! He’s not the real Tick Inspector…. I only wish someone had told me before.”

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Walking through the bush and looking at the trees and patterns of sun and shade.

You can contact Linus Treefoot as follows:

Facebook

Bright Moon Ridge can be purchased at AMAZON.

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Mary Anne Yarde, an English novelist and historian. She is the award-winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set in the period after the fall of King Arthur, the series takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany. It is is based on both legends and historical fact. The Arthurian legends are some of my favorite reads.

Mary Anne graciously accepted my invitation to interview.  Below is her biography, responses to my interview questions, and ways you can contact her. Click on book covers to purchase at Amazon.

Biography

Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling series, The Du Lac Chronicles.

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

Du Lac Chronicles Book 1


Interview Mary Anne Yarde

Would you provide an overview of the newest books that you have released this year?

The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 of The Du Lac Chronicles)

War is coming they said. But now it is here…

The Knights Code of Chivalry, which High King Arthur and Lancelot du Lac wrote, has been thrown on the rubbish heap. It is every man for himself. But amongst the chaos, there is one woman who refuses to bow down to tyrants. Lady Amandine du Lac was mistakenly left behind by her kin during the uprising against King Budic du Lac. Now she faces a life of scorn and ridicule because she so happened to be on the losing side. But Amandine has an inner strength that even she was unaware of. No matter what they do to her, no matter what they say, she will remain loyal to her kin and to the man she loved with her whole heart.

Du Lac Princess Book 3


What inspired you to write the Du Lac Chronicles which take you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany after the death of King Arthur?

As a child, I adored the legends of King Arthur and his Knights. I grew up near Glastonbury, England, where the story of King Arthur is woven into the very land itself. Many times I have witnessed Glastonbury Tor rise from the Fata Morgana — the mist — and every time I see it I am enthralled. It is so easy to believe the stories of Arthur when set against such a backdrop.

After Arthur’s tragic death the story comes to a sudden halt. No more is heard of Arthur’s famous knights, and all we are left with is a whispered promise, that when Briton is in peril, Arthur and his Knights will ride again. I always thought this was a terrible way to end the story. What an anti-climax. I wanted to write a story about what happened after Arthur’s death, and my series explores this.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go ABOUT researching the legends associated with King Arthur and the aftermath of his death?

The history of a historical Arthur is not written in stone but is, instead, engraved in folklore, and that brings its own set of challenges. It is very much like chasing a phantom or going on a treasure hunt with no map and only rumours to help you!

I have dedicated almost twenty years researching Arthurian legends.  I have visited many of the locations in which Arthur’s story is set in. I have so many books on Arthur and his Knights that I have a whole bookcase dedicated to the topic. I find his story absolutely fascinating. Is it an obsession? Probably!

I am also a historian. I actually tutor modern history, but my favourite era by far is the Dark Ages. My books are set in Dark Age Britain, Brittany, and France. I have dedicated more hours than I dare to count researching the Dark Ages in these three countries and it is still an ongoing progress. There is always something new to learn! I think I spend more time researching than I do writing.

Do you have a favorite character from any of the books in The Du Lac Chronicles? Explain why.

That is quite a difficult question to answer. I adore all my characters. But I think if push came to shove I would have to say, Merton du Lac. Merton is a wonderfully complex character, and as a writer he really challenges me.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

All the time! Sometimes it feels that I am not so much writing a book but going along for the ride.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

My biggest surprise was when my books started to be compared to George R. R. Martin’s, Game of Thrones by reviewers. To be compared to an author like Mr Martin is very humbling.

Do you have any other books planned?  If so, would you give an overview of what the book(s) are about?

 I am currently working on Book 4 of The Du Lac Chronicles. This book continues with the story.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

I would love to be able to draw and paint. But, that is never going to happen!

What makes you laugh?

 My husband. He makes me laugh all the time.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Dairy-free chocolate cookies!!

You can contact Mary Anne Yarde as follows:

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Linkedin

Pinterest

Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Other Books by Mary Anne Yarde:

DuLac Devil: Book 2

 

The Pitchfork Rebellion

►Greek Mythology: “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎.-

The following post is a reblog from one of my favorite sites that discusses Greek Mythology and its implications for modern day. The 11/30/2017 post by Aquileana is entitled “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”

It is a fascinating overview of Pandora and Helen of Troy, females who fit into Ancient Greek mythology’s patriarchal prejudices against women in their culture.

The myths spring from the cultural anxieties about female beauty and female sexuality, centered on the figure of the Parthenos – the girl at marriageable age, a figure who must cross from the world of childhood in her father’s house to the house of her husband. Both Pandora and Helen of Troy cause tremendous damage, even to people beyond their immediate surroundings.

La Audacia de Aquiles

►Greek Mythology: Pandora and Helen of Troy, Misogynistic Stereotypes” /

“Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎:

“Pandora” by John William Waterhouse. 1896.

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“With the curse, comes a blessing. Zeus wanted to punish humanity by creating you, the first woman, and by giving you that box filled with curses such as illness, war, and poverty. But if you look inside the box, one thing remains. It is hope”… (“After the Evil Spirits are Unleashed”. Carolee Croft).-

⇒♦ Introduction and Sketch of this post:

Greece is widely known as the birthplace of democracy, freedom of speech and thought, and egalitarian life. But in ancient Greece, women had no political or social rights. In Ancient Greece, males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, political and social privileges and authority. This, in practice came along with prejudices against women, belittling of women, and their exclusion, and Misogyny in many ways. 

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Book Signing Colorado Author Linnea Tanner Barnes and Noble

Book Signing Author Linnea Tanner Barnes & Noble

 

Barnes and Noble Storefront

Support Colorado Authors on December 13th
BARNES AND NOBLE
Book Signing Colorado Authors Throughout Day


Award-Winning Author Linnea Tanner signing copies of Apollo’s Raven between 2-3 pm.

Date:              Wednesday, December 13th
Hours:            9 am to 10 pm

Address:         960 S Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246

 

Barnes & Noble is donating a percentage to support Authors in Colorado and the new Colorado Authors of Fame that will launch next year.

Author Schedule for Book Signing:

Time Author Genre Title
10-11 Kathy Schultz Political Thriller The Bystander
11-12 Susan Planck Adventure Memoir Piping Hot
12-1 Georgann Hall Military Memoir Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico
1-2 Mara Purl Women’s Fiction Where the Heart Lives; What the Heart Knows
2-3 Linnea Tanner Historical Fiction

Fantasy

Apollo’s Raven
3-4 Laurel Becker Juvenile Tales from Beaver Pond
4-5 Connie Pshigoda Women’s Health The Wise Woman’s Almanac
5-6 Lisa Reinicke Children’s Arnold the Cute Little Pig; Wings and Feet; Bart’s Escape; David’s Christmas Wish
6-7 Natli VanDerWerken Juvenile Red Dragon’s Keep
 

ALL DAY:

Judith Briles – Writing | Publishing –  AuthorYOU
How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders; Bloopers & Boo-Boos; Snappy Sassy Salty; The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors & Writers

John Maling – Juvenile –The Alphabet Menagerie
Inspiration | Poetry – Have You Ever Held a Mountain

Hope to see you on Wednesday, December 13th. Thank you for your support!

Cover Image Apollo's Raven

Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner Updates

Updates Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner

Website Revamp

Be sure to visit my new website which as been revamped to correct persistent issues with the previous website design and host server. The overall appearance of this website is similar to the previous one, but the functionality should be improved. Most of the glitches in the cut over to the new website should now be resolved, but feel free to contact me if you encounter any problems.

Hopefully, with the website issues now resolved, I’ll be posting more frequently regarding updates to the Apollo’s Raven Series and other books underway, research to support my writing, author interviews, and book reviews.

Empire’s Anvil Book Cover Revealed

I’m excited to reveal the cover of Book 2, Empire’s Anvil, in the Apollo’s Raven series targeted for release in summer 2018. I’ll be providing excerpts on this site and Bublish.

Empire’s Anvil continues the epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal kings are fighting each other for power. The Romans threaten to invade to settle the rulers’ political differences.  The decision made by the Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin to alter the future results in dire consequences. Her Roman lover, Marcellus, seriously wounds her father in an ambush at the prisoner exchange. Consequently, Catrin is accused of treason for aiding Marcellus. The curse transcribed on the dagger again alters and threatens the fates of Catrin and her people.

To redeem herself, Catrin must prove her loyalty to her father. She spins a plot to draw Marcellus into a political web of deception so he can help her sister escape the Roman encampment. Yet, when Catrin reunites with Marcellus, she must face her greatest challenger that could destroy her freedom, humanity, and life.

Facebook Event Dec 10th

On December 10th, there will be a Let It Snow Read Event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I’ll be participating in the event from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Join the fun and meet Colorado authors. Click on below for more information.

E-Book Distribution and Giveaway

The e-book of Apollo’s Raven is currently only available through Amazon so I can take advantage of their Select program for special price promotions. For the holiday season, the e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be offered free on December 14-16th.

Order Signed Hard Cover

You can now purchase a signed, hard cover book of Apollo’s Raven at a reduced price of $17 + free shipping in the USA.  To purchase through Paypal, click on below.

 

Happy Holiday Season

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Linnea