The Coloring Books of Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

I have enjoyed coloring since I was 2 years old. I have been very pleased with the advent of the adult coloring book phenomenon & extremely pleased that Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have created two delightful adult coloring books for Harper Elixer. Their titles are: The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds. The daughter of classic coloring book & greeting card illustrator, master artist Jessie Spicer Zerner, Amy Zerner followed in the artistic footsteps of her mother and is world renown for her tapestry collage art that has resulted in several tarot and oracle decks as well as unique clothing designs. Both coloring books are dedicated to Amy’s mother. All accompanying text is written by Amy’s husband, Monte Farber, who is an author in his own right, astrologer, and psychic. Together they have been a publishing tour de force for several decades.

enchanted-tarot-coloring-book-coverThe Enchanted Tarot adult coloring book consists of the major arcana and sixteen court cards from the tarot deck of the same title. Amy Zerner provided detailed line drawings of each image. Monte Farber provides the text that accompanies each image that includes the card’s title, positive phrase related to the meaning of the card, and a list of keywords. The text accompanying each image is provided on the facing page so as you work on coloring the image you can easily refer to the text on the left-hand opposite page.

At first glance the drawings for The Enchanted Tarot may appear to be overly intricate, but this is due to Amy Zerner including line demarcations for shading on faces, clothing, and other design elements. This element is not found in most coloring books so artists who enjoy shading to illustrate depth and dimension will appreciate the added line details.

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The Chariot from “The Enchanted Tarot” deck & “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

As you begin to work in the Enchanted Tarot coloring book I would recommend you begin with the larger areas first and work down toward the smaller more intricate areas of the illustration. Above is the Chariot card from the Enchanted Tarot deck and coloring book. Here is the same illustration again, but now it has been partially colored.

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The Chariot, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book, partially colored. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

Due to the detail of each image I do not recommend using crayons with The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. You will need an artistic medium that allows you a good degree of control over the application of color. Instead of crayons, I have used and recommend the following mediums:

  • Colored pencils
  • watercolor pencils
  • dual-tipped water-based markers (fine point at one end, brush at the other)
  • gel & glitter pens

You will need an artistic medium that allows your hand a great deal of control, so anything that ends in a point will work well. I do not recommend  alcohol-based markers, such as Copics. They will bleed through the paper. More on product specifics regarding coloring below.

Monte Farber describes their other coloring book, Enchanted Worlds, as a “magical enchanted-worlds-coloring-book-coverjourney through the world of imagination.” It clearly delivers on that promise. Whereas Amy Zerner’s illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book are fine lined & quite detailed, her drawings for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book are drawn with a thicker line. There are also more areas of the illustrations that have been solidly inked in, which adds black to the overall composition that makes colors pop when added by the colorist. I would say that the Enchanted Worlds coloring book is easier to color than The Enchanted Tarot, but as long as you keep your pencils sharpened The Enchanted Tarot makes for a fine coloring book as well. Those of you with less patience, however, I would definitely recommend the Enchanted Worlds coloring book to you over The Enchanted Tarot.

The Enchanted Worlds adult coloring book is organized in the same manner as The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. All text appears on the left-hand page with the image to color on the right-hand page. The text of the Enchanted Worlds is also written by Monte Farber and includes the title of the illustration accompanied by a positive affirmation or a brief description of the symbols included in the illustration. For example, the text accompanying “Gentleness” reads: “[t]he Flower Fairy makes her way across the rosy dreamscape, greeted by awakened birds, elves, and flowers, symbols of gentleness and compassion.”

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“Gentleness,” from “The Enchanted Worlds” coloring book. Photo courtesy of Amy Zerner.

The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds are no ordinary coloring books. If colored with intention the act of coloring becomes meditative and magical. According to the Artist herself:

With my books, while you color, you are meditating on the magic and meaning of each image, with words and affirmations by Monte. It becomes a ritual. We incorporate the intention of each tarot card and affirm each Enchanted World drawing with a message. We always like to balance wise words and images. That is our specialty. There becomes an ebb and flow between image and the silence and the words. In this way, coloring is elevated to a spiritual practice ~ Amy Zerner.

As an artist myself, I can vouch for the fact that the act of artistic creation is a large part of my spiritual practice. I enter a “zone” when I am creating and though I may suffer from artistic frustrations upon occasion, I always come out of a creative session feeling renewed and uplifted. Adult coloring books like The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds now make the benefits of creative meditation accessible to everyone regardless of artistic experience.

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The Wheel of Fortune, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Colorist: Fortune Buchholtz. Image courtesy of Fortune Buchholtz & Amy Zerner.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details, which apply to both coloring books and are as follows:

  • Overall size: 8 1/2 x 11 x 5.8″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: The Enchanted Tarot (80) Enchanted Worlds (82)
  • Images: 38
  • Perforation: none
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 80 lbs
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • watercolor pencils ~ 3 layers work well, but use minimal water for blending. I used just enough water to get the colors to blend.
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 3 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page. If layering more than 3 colors I would recommend inserting a blank sheet of paper to avoid bleed-through on the following image.
    • crayons work well on any type of paper and work well for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book, but due to the intricacy of the illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book, I do not recommend crayons.

Note: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer.

The adult coloring book “fad” appears to be here to stay. A trip to my local book and craft stores have become increasingly dangerous to my pocketbook as increasing numbers of coloring books appear on the shelves. Amy Zerner’s artwork translates very well to the coloring book medium and these books will be enjoyed by anyone who wishes for a bit of creative magic in their life.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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How to Spiritually Cleanse Your Home

I received proof today that a spiritual house cleansing is a tangible thing that even a nonbeliever can sense once it has been carried out, but more on that later. I live in Houston and after a very brief, but intense winter cold snap temps are now back up to the high 70’s so I decided to open all the windows today to enjoy the breeze. Since it had been a while I decided to carry out a major house cleansing. I figured that as last year was so yucky for so many of us (myself included!) that you may be interested in learning my method of spiritual house cleansing so you can rid yourself of all that nasty energy from last year and start 2017 with an energetic clean slate.

A thorough cleansing of a home or business consists of opening every closet, cabinet, incense-335647_640drawer, cubby, the attic, garage, & the perimeter of the property. I arm myself with a lighter & a box of my current favorite stick incense or the old standby, which is frankincense & myrrh. As I walk through the property I make sure the incense smoke visibly reaches all areas, especially corners of the ceiling where negative energy can remain trapped. Negative energy can also hide in drawers, closets, under the beds, and so on, which is why it’s important to open all those areas up & be sure to waft some incense into each spot. It is also very important to leave a window cracked open in EACH room. This gives the negative energy an easy escape route.

Materials you need are simple: a lighter and either frankincense & myrrh or your favorite scent of incense. Now, if you are experiencing paranormal activity in your home use the frankincense & incense. This is used by the Catholic Church prior to every Mass so if it’s good enough for them … plus, negative entities do not like the smell. Sometimes the smell alone can be enough to drive them away. This is due the very high frequency of frankincense & myrrh when used in combination.

Once you have opened all closets, drawers, and so on start at either the front door or the entry to the building you use the most. Open the door & in your own words invite the negative energy to leave. Close the door and commence with the spiritual cleansing.

Visualize a bird’s eye view of the property and impose upon that the face of a clock. Your front door will be at 6:00. Any  back door to the property will be at approximately 12:00 (or 11, or 1, depending on  the location of the back door in relation to the front door). The midway point of the left-hand side of your house (as you stand at the front door facing inward) will be at 9:00. The midway point of the right-hand side of your house will be at 3:00.

It is VERY important when carrying out a cleansing that you constantly work your way counterclockwise through the building. This direction holds true for the entire building as well as each individual room & closet. In this way you shall start at the door you use the most and move to your right. So as you make your way through the building you are constantly moving to the rooms on your right as you work your way around until you are back at your front door. So you are moving from 6:00 to 3:00 to 12:00 to 9:00 and you then complete the circuit back at 6:00.

If you have more than 1-story/floor to deal with, start at the very top. For my home, this is the attic. I actually climb the rickety ladder that leads up to it & waft the incense around. I begin in the far right corner and move on to the front right corner, then the front left corner, and back to the spot where our attic door is located, which is the rear left-corner. I allow the incense smoke to float on up to the rafters in all four corners as I say prayers to Archangel Michael asking him to conduct any negative energies out of our home and into the light. Should you wish to pray to him, I include his prayer at the end of this post. You can also google “prayers to Saint Michael” and quite a few will come up so you can choose the one with which you resonate the best.

As you begin at the top of the building work your way down always keeping in mind you must be moving constantly counterclockwise so you will be moving always to your right. You enter each room as it comes up to your right, cleanse each room beginning in the right-hand corner nearest the point at which you entered the room, moving counterclockwise from the right-hand corner nearest the door to the right-hand corner furthest from the door, then on over to the left-hand corner furthest from the door and finally to the left-hand corner nearest the door. Then you leave the room.

If you like, when I leave a room I have just cleansed I seal the room. I will wave the incense in the door and make the shape of the Ankh. Sometimes I will use the Pentagram and place the Ankh within it. This is a personal preference of mine that you are not required to do in order for your own house cleansing to be successful.

Once you are done with one floor, continue on with the floor below until you have reached the first floor. Carry out the cleansing on the first floor in the same manner you cleansed the upper floor(s), but as you begin and end at your front door or the door you use the most, open the door at the end of the cleansing and COMMAND all negative energy to leave & tell it that it does NOT have your permission to ever return. Do this in your own words. Then step outside and with the incense walk the perimeter of your property counterclockwise as well while praying to Archangel Michael or whatever aspect of higher power you call upon for help with your spiritual cleansing. End once again at your front door.

lida-835610_640This final bit is of crucial importance so NEVER omit it! As you open your door to enter your newly cleansed home or business with the door STILL OPEN say in your own words that you invite in the positive forces of the universe. You should mention angels, spirit guides, protective ancestors, aspects of Deity, and any other spiritual beings you would like to take up residence in your home. Also ask them to keep all negative energy out of your home and away from your property.

Your spiritual cleansing is now complete. As for that proof that spiritually cleansing your home really works, my husband is a born again Southern Baptist. He is also a Virgo. And a former banker! I know, I know. Why, oh why did I ever marry him? I married him because he is a good man, can handle money well while I cannot, & he has the ability to make me laugh everyday. It is not easy to make me laugh. That alone scored him major brownie points while we were dating.

I cleansed our home today while my husband was out meeting with prospective clients for his business. He left the banking industry and now runs his own business providing in-home non-medical care for the elderly. I knew he would be gone a few hours, which gave me enough time to conduct a thorough cleansing. I finished about 3 hours before he got home and with all the windows open there was no residual scent of incense in our home by the time he arrived.

He walked in the house and began telling me about his day, then he stopped not three minutes into the conversation in mid-sentence and said, “Oh, wow! It sure was a great idea to open some windows today. The house feels so light & airy. In fact, it just feels really GOOD in here. Did you do something? You know, something witchy?”

For a non-believer my husband is quite intuitive and he can pick up on energies, little does he realize himself. I merely smiled and said, “I gave the house a thorough spiritual cleansing today & invited the angels to come in to play.”

He laughed and replied, “as long as it’s NOT fairies. Those guys hide my car keys on me!” Which is a whole other story …

Blessings on your New Year,

Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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Holiday Sale!

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I wish you all a very joyous holiday season. As my way of celebrating, I offer you a 15% discount off of ALL Services at my site, Magickal-Musings.com.

 My holiday sale runs from today through Jan. 30, 2017! This also applies to my visionary art for those of you who have been saving up. I won’t run this discount again until next Yule/Christmas time 🌲

🌲 TO ORDER:
Email me at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com FIRST with what you’d like to order. I will send you a PayPal invoice that will reflect the 15% discount. The payment links at my site are NOT at the discount price because this offer is open ONLY to my followers.

🌲 All orders will be filled according to the following criteria:

~ ☃ Enchantments: spells are timed according to the proper lunar phase & best day of the week based upon your magical intentions

~  Tarot & Lenormand card readings are scheduled on a first-come/first-scheduled basis. Please keep in mind I always book up 2 weeks in advance for readings so if you do order one, there will be at least a 2-week wait no matter what time of year you order

~  Visionary Artwork: takes time, it’s all channeled so it comes through when it comes through. Usually, a piece takes me 6 – 8 weeks, but once in a while they can take longer so please be prepared for that possibility when ordering a Soul Portrait, Manifestation Mandala, & Spirit Guide Portrait.

NOTE: I do not have a page at my site for Spirit Guide Portraits. If you would like one, they are 9 x 12″ with the image itself measuring 7 X 10″. The price is $125USD + shipping, so your final cost will be $106.25 + shipping. These also tend to take me 6 – 8 weeks to complete.

Offer expires midnight CDT on Jan. 30, 2017.

Exemptions: tuition for my courses, The Egyptian Lenormand, The Turtle Lenormand, & Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm.

I do have signed & activated copies of my Egyptian Lenormand available at the link above ready to ship & it will arrive in time for Christmas within the continental USA if ordered by Thursday, noon CDT, December 15th. Overseas shipping takes 10-21 days.

The Turtle Lenormand is in its second printing & currently has severely limited availability. Please email me at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com if you’d like to order. It is $30, plus shipping. I ship worldwide.

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm (GIFAR) is open for pre-order. Please visit my deck’s blog for the creation story of my first oracle deck as well as some sample readings. There is also an ordering page at the blog.

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Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm

The first oracle deck I have ever created, is finally complete! I am happy to announce that ~

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm

is now open for pre-order!

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Channeled from Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, and David Bowie, Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm is intended to provide you with not only spiritual guidance, but concentrating on the channeled phrases on the cards helps you to connect with your angels & spirit guides.

For the story of how this oracle deck came to be, please visit my deck’s blog.

The deck is all hand-created. I hand-painted the watercolor gouache backgrounds in color combinations I was shown so the colors associated with each phrase are also channeled. I created the font by hand and each phrase is handwritten, not computer-generated. Each original image was attuned to Reiki up to the master degree and also attuned to the * Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (* CIER) that is  a new healing modality Archangel Michael is introducing to us at this time.

Please note that this is a self-published deck. As such it will have a limited print-run. I cannot guarantee how long copies will be available & please understand I am unable to hold copies in reserve.

Your deck arrives:

  • with a pouch
  • signed & numbered
  • attuned to Reiki & the * Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (* CIER)

The channeled guide shall arrive in PDF format to the email address you have on file with PayPal.

Shipping is via Priority in the USA and 1st Class Air to all other countries. Please choose the correct link for your location. The first link is for USA Priority mail orders and the second link is for Worldwide 1st Class Air shipping if you live outside the USA.

I shall begin shipping decks in mid-February, 2017.

The pre-order price of $35 USD per deck will remain in effect until January 9th, at which point the price will increase to $40 USD per deck.

If you wish to order multiple decks, please contact me prior to placing your order so I can give you a discount.

If you have questions, I can be reached via email at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com.

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The prices below are for both the deck & shipping, combined.

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* The Clear Iridesent Energy Ray (CIER) is a new healing modality I have channeled from Archangel Michael. I teach this modality online. This modality works both on the healing frequency as well as manifesting frequency. If you are interested in learning more about the CIER, please contact me via email at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com or send me a PM on Facebook. The next course shall begin in February, 2017. Contact me to join the wait list.

Blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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The Avalonian Oracle

avalonian-oracle-boxHow I absolutely love the stories of King Arthur, his knights of the round table, & the gods, goddesses, & magical beings associated with those stories. I have been to England & climbed to the top of Glastonbury Tor, which I still consider to be one of the highlights of my life. I was understandably excited when I heard news of The Avalonian Oracle being published by Schiffer Books. The complete title of this deck is, The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom From the Holy Isle. The 128-page paperback guidebook is written by Jhenah Telyndru with artwork by Emily Brunner. The deck comes housed in the 6 x 9 x 1 1/2″ hinge-lidded magnetic closure box that is pretty much standard now for Schiffer decks. The deck can be stored on its end so the footprint in a bookshelf is very small.

The Avalonian Oracle is a 46-card oracle deck with a twist. There are seven “suits,” avalonian-oracle-2which are referred to as “Cycles.” The guidebook is organized so that the cards belonging to each cycle are discussed in each chapter, which results in the guidebook containing seven chapters of card meanings and interpretations. The other two chapters consist of an introduction and the guidebook concludes with a chapter devoted to eight card spreads and a few concluding paragraphs with suggestions as to how to use the cards as a magical tool.

The introduction in most guidebooks is basically a “how to use this deck” chapter, but that is not the case for The Avalonian Oracle. The chapter is important and should not be glossed over in order to get to the meat of the book. The introduction lists the names of the cards in each “cycle” and by their titles and brief explanation of the “cycle” this gives you a good overview of the overall feel and vibration for each cycle of the deck. The introduction is also an excellent reference point to use as you do readings with the deck. The cycles are not indicated on the cards, but you can easily discover to which cycle they belong if you refer to the introductory pages. That will then tell you in which chapter you can find each card’s meaning.

The cards themselves build upon the concept of the spiritual journey and include such avalonian-oracle-1beings one would expect to encounter when taking a spiritual journey that is of a Celtic nature. Cycle One (5 cards, referred to as Seeds) focuses on your journey to Avalon and the various stages that comprise that part of your journey. Cycle Two (5 cards, referred to as Stations) is about the stages of healing we encounter. Cycle Three (5 cards) depict the goddesses you may encounter on your journey (Rhiannon, Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Arianrhod, & Branwen). Cycle Four includes a card for each moon of the year (13 cards for 13 lunar cycles) . Cycle Five (9 cards) is entitled the Nine Morgens who are important ancestresses. Cycle Six (3 cards) represent the 3 realms of the universe as the Celts saw them. Cycle Seven (6 cards) represent the forces that make up the Avalonian cosmology. When doing a reading it is important to note from which cycle your cards originate because knowing that will add a deeper meaning to your readings.

The information included for each card varies from Cycle to Cycle. For example, the cards of Cycles 1 – 3 include with their card interpretations a card description, keywords, quest, divinatory meaning, and affirmation. This same information is included for the cards of Cycle 4 (the 13 Moons of Avalon), but a brief explanation of the particular herb associated with each of these cards opens the card interpretations. The final card of the deck, The Silver Wheel, includes an herbal association as well as a brief discussion of the mythology of the Silver Wheel. Otherwise, all other cards follow the descriptive outline of card description, keywords, quest, divinatory meaning, and affirmation.

The cards measure 3 3/8″ x 5 1/4″. They are well laminated with a glossy finish. Card avalonian-oracle-3backs are completely reversible although the guidebook does not provide reversed card meanings. The cards are are of sturdy, yet flexible card stock that makes them easy to shuffle. They have a blue border with silver detailing. The herb, plant, animal totem, symbol, or spirit associated with each card is depicted within the card image itself and also in isolation as an additional feature of the card in the lower left or right-hand corner of each card.

The Avalonian Oracle provides very deep readings. I recommend that when using this deck you leave your reading out for a while so you can ponder it. I have gained many fresh insights into various situations simply by leaving the reading out so I can look it over as I walk past it throughout the day. If you have an affinity to the Celtic pantheon, culture, or the Goddess in general, you will really enjoy this deck.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Inspirational Wisdom From Angels & Fairies

Inspirational Wisdom From Angels & Fairies is a lovely oracle deck written by Frances Munro with artwork by Judy Mastrangelo, published by US Games Systems, Inc. (2016). The deck is housed in a tuck box that features elements of the images from five of the cards and is accompanied by a 57-page guidebook that has an additional 2 blank pages for notes. The cards measure 3 x 5″ and have a semi-gloss matte finish. They shuffle easily. Card backs are not reversible and reverse interpretations are not included.

The guidebook is quite nice. Each card is illustrated with a small black and white detail from the overall card image at the top. Below the black and white image is a brief interpretation of the card’s meaning. Each card’s interpretation concludes with either a prayer, exercise, affirmation, or meditation to use.

The cards are borderless (yay!) with the title across the center along the top of the card. Each title is rendered in white type. There is a colored border across the base of each card that is in a color that contrasts with the color scheme of the image. Each border contains a brief 2- 3 line summary of the card’s meaning.

Now to see the deck in action.

I did a simple 3-card reading for myself regarding my teenage daughter. She is 18 and feels she ought to rule the roost and enjoy all the benefits of still living with her parents while doing basically whatever she feels like at any given moment. This will NOT fly here, so I asked the angels & fairies for guidance as to how best to handle the situation. The cards I received are as follows:

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Card 1: I Give You Star Dreams ~ the caption reads: “Feel blessed & know that the troubles that have followed you are now far behind.” The guidebook goes on to say that I have the power to move forward by looking at the situation with a healing heart. There is also mention of being calm at bedtime. I have had issues with insomnia lately because I allow my brain to squirm like a toad. The exercise included with this card involves visualizing a deep blue night sky envelop me as it helps me to feel more mellow. I can see how that would be beneficial to me at this time.

Card 2: Guardian Angel of Winter ~ the caption reads: “Your time is often taken up with problems that belong to others. Use your wisdom & the angelic energy to prioritize your own needs.” The guidebook continues to say that there is an angelic host waiting to help me to put my own needs first so I can deal with them before dealing with the needs of others. When you are a reader & a healer it’s very important to focus energy on yourself first. In that way you are better equipped to serve others. I have been forgetting this lately as I’ve become too absorbed in other people’s problems. This really hit home for me. The exercise associated with this card is to sit quietly for 5 minutes a day as I ask the angels to help me direct my energies toward my own life. Wow, what great advice & such a lovely & useful suggestion.

Card 3: Doorway to Fairyland ~ the caption reads: “Imagination is the key that will open doors & show you the way.” The guidebook says that I feel the need to move forward, but cannot always see the way to go. Very true. My daughter is exerting her independence as an 18-year-old, but still lives under our roof. This card says that I need to lift my spirits and see the world from a different perspective. That tells me I need to change my point of view about the situation. I have been attempting to exert my authority, but it’s clearly time for a new approach. Also, this card speaks to me of creativity, which tells me that I need to focus more energy on my art. Perhaps through the act of being creative a new approach to the situation will come to me. I often do receive great ideas while I’m being creative. The prayer that accompanies this card is also appropriate for me at this time.

The sample reading demonstrates how Inspirational Wisdom From Angels & Fairies works. The guidebook provides just a 1- and 2-card reading, but as with any oracle deck, it’s always fine to make up your own spreads.

The energy of this deck is very calm, loving, and healing. The imagery is colorful without being overly bright, and the representations of the angels, fairies, and animals are truly lovely works of art.

The caption on each card makes the deck very easy to use for beginners who may have never used a card deck before. You basically know the gist of the reading before you ever refer to the guidebook. The guidebook is very short and well written in a concise and straightforward manner. Personally, I do not enjoy wordy guidebooks. I like all the information provided in a neat little capsule up front & center. Frances Munro accomplishes that very well with Inspirational Wisdom From Angels & Fairies. I enjoy using this deck & highly recommend it, especially if you’re a beginning with no card reading experience. This would also make a great first deck for an intuitive child.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Tarot & Lenormand Readings, Spells, & Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand: signed & activated copies

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Full Disclosure: I received this deck from the publisher in order to consider it for review. I only review those decks that are of interest to me & which I feel would also be of interest to my followers.

 

 

 

 

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2016: 3 Positive Things About the Year

2016
It’s not even December & already people are starting to post negative things about how awful 2016 has been. I agree, but I challenge all of you to comment here with 3 POSITIVE things about 2016. They can be huge or tiny, it doesn’t matter. Look back at YOUR 2016 & post in the comments here 3 positive things about YOUR year. I shall begin:
 

2016 was a great year for me because in signed-copies-final-copyJanuary I was informed my Egyptian Lenormand deck won ATA Tarot Reflections & CARTA awards for Lenormand Deck of the Year for 2015. The Egyptian Lenormand also won a second CARTA award for Best 1st Work by an Illustrator. My personal 2016 was off to a great start!
 
2016 was a great year for me because I began work on not just one, not just, two, but FOUR new deck projects! I have been very busy being creative. When I am creative I am always at my happiest. 
 
blog-cover-image2016 was a great year for me because I completed my deck, Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm, which is about to open for pre-orders any day now. I am so excited about my latest deck creation & I hope you’ll be excited about it also! 
 
2016 was a great year for me because …
THE CHICAGO CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!
My childhood dream came true before I died!!!!
champions
 
Oh wait, that’s FOUR things. Oh, well. I was never good at Math. Now it’s your turn. What 3 wonderful things happened for you in 2016? I could go on. Let’s see …  

2016 was a great year for me because I decided to invest more in myself & began a healthier lifestyle.

2016 was a great year for me because I decided to no longer allow negative people (even friends!) pull my energy down. No more! YES! I am FREE of all that!

first-time-voter2016 was a great year for me because my daughter was inducted into the National Honor Society, and at the end of November she will be inducted into the Science National Honor Society. She is already a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. My husband & I are so incredibly proud of her & all of her accomplishments!

2016 was a great year for me because I gained many new clients for my business, all of whom told me my services helped them and now many of them have become repeat clients.

signing-the-contract-online2016 was a great year for me because my husband decided to leave his banking career for an altruistic business, Always Best Care, which provides care & companionship for seniors who are stuck at home. He may make peanuts, but he is making a HUGE difference in the lives of seniors & his employees. I am so proud of him!

As we all look ahead to 2017 with great anticipation, what are your positive expectations for the New Year? What do you look forward to accomplishing? What sort of blessings are you opening your heart to receive? Again, I ask you to list 3 things. Once again, their importance or size doesn’t matter. What 3 things are  you looking forward to in your personal 2017?

As I glance into 2017 I look forward to completing my manuscript for my publisher. My forthcoming book will focus on Lenormand cards, but with a twist. I can say no more.

I also look forward to my daughter graduating high school in June and starting college in the fall. That will be a MAJOR adjustment since she is an only child & the apple of our eye.

I also look forward to focusing my creative pursuits on TWO new Tarot decks in production. I am creating one on canvas painted with acrylics. The other deck is a mixed media project involving watercolor pencils, Copic marks, and whatever other artistic mediums I decide to use.

I also look forward to 2017 when my husband’s business will experience major growth and our personal prosperity will greatly increase!

marquee-this-is-the-year-funnyFinally, I look forward to 2017 when the Chicago Cubs will be known as the Big Blue Machine & will defend their World Champions title by winning the World Series for a second consecutive title!! Now, THAT will make for an incredibly exciting baseball season if you’re a Cubs fan! I can’t wait!!!

What are you grateful for in 2016 and what are you looking forward to in 2017? Set your positive expectations now, then next year at this same time look back at them and marvel at all you have accomplished!

Wishing for You Abundant Blessings in 2017 & Beyond!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Tarot & Lenormand Readings, Spells, & Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand: signed & activated copies

New Oracle Deck: Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm

Email: IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com

Twitter: @NeferKhepri

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neferkhepri/

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