UFO & Alien Management: Book Review & Author Interview

UFO and Alien Management: A Guide to Discovering, Evaluating, and Directing Sightings, Abductions, and Contactee ExperiencesUFO & Alien Management

Dinah Roseberry

Paperback spiral-bound

SchifferBooks.com

$12.99

I’m not big into aliens and UFOs, but I will tell you I saw a UFO once, maybe twice, but definitely once & one of my best friends was with me so I have a witness. It was hovering over a home in our neighborhood & we ran the 2 blocks back to my house screaming our heads off all the way. It’s one of those things a person just never forgets. What if you have had a UFO or alien experience, but you have blocked it from your consciousness?  UFO & Alien Management addresses that as well as offers information for those who do remember their experiences, or bits & pieces of them. The author, Dinah Roseberry, focuses on offering information on how any reader of this book can take themselves through a UFO/alien regression in order to discover if they have hidden memories. If you just suspect you MIGHT have had an experience, this book is definitely geared to help those who may be repressing memories to bring them forward so they can then be dealt with in a healthy manner.

UFO & Alien Management has a sturdy cardboard cover akin to higher grade paperback books; however, unlike a typical book, this one is spiral-bound. This is done so the book will lie flat when a person is reading the text for a guided regression session. As you read UFO & Alien Management you will not have to keep your hand on the book to keep it open to a page or weigh the sides of the book down with rocks or anything if you are using it for a regression. It lies perfectly flat for this purpose, which is a very nice touch as it makes the use of the book easy and convenient.

Printed on semi-glossy high-grade paper and consisting of 80 pages, UFO & Alien Management  is a presentation in a simple and straightforward manner. Dinah Roseberry has a very personable way of writing and you will feel as though she’s right there next to you telling you all about the subject matter. UFO & Alien Management would be enjoyable by anyone who has had an alien or UFO experience, but even if you haven’t and you’re just a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars, the book is a very interesting read.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dinah about her book. What follows is that interview.

Nefer: The importance of spiritual protection during an ET regression is a new one on me. Would you care to further expand upon the reasoning behind this? Have you or your clients had negative experiences, hence the need for protection?

Dinah: There are all kinds of situations where one should practice protection. Paranormal investigators (the smart ones) do this routinely because things can turn wrong on a dime. Star Beings are an unknown; there is lots of speculation about good, bad; right, wrong; safe, dangerous. It’s best never to take chances. I have definitely heard of those who have had frightening things happen to them relating to UFOs and Star People. Protection is protection and can be used for anything—a trip to the dentist, a long drive down a dangerously icy highway, a visitation from aliens. Why wouldn’t someone want their spiritual protection in place before becoming involved in things unknown? It never hurts to be careful. My recommendation is not to enter this field without it.

Nefer: It sounds from reading your book, UFO and Alien Management, that you have worked with Archangel Michael a long time. What has your experience with him been like?

Dinah: I always feel protected now that I know he is about. I found out about his protective nature when attending an Angel workshop with Pat Cassell. Through her, he offered a specific prayer so that he could be called upon whenever I needed him for protection. Believe me, I keep him running! I don’t always call on him just for myself, either, but for anyone going through anything! A psychic I know asked me once if I had a request for Michael. (She hears her answers audibly in her head (clairaudient).) I asked for more protection. He answered: “What, again?!” She said that he laughed and then added, “Of course.” I also interact with the archangel Raphael for my health and other angels have shown up in varied readings I’ve had. I’m always in awe whenever I feel they are around.

Nefer: What is/are your reason(s) for writing this book? How do you hope your book will help others?

Dinah: To be absolutely honest, I decided to write this book because of money. Not making money, but because I know that people sometimes find the high cost of hypnosis for alien abduction or UFO experiences to be beyond what they can manage. I went through this personally and just had to let things pass me by, because I could not afford to purchase assistance. Some fifteen years or so later, an opportunity was given to me to become a certified hypnotist (more archangel, guide, and light being help). I found that there was a way to conduct a “pre-session” via visualization that could give lots of information about any kind of UFO event for someone wanting to “find out what really happened.” For my process, one just has to be calm, persistent, follow the rules closely, and allow the information to surface. Then, at that time, a person can decide if a hypnotist or other assistance is needed. Oftentimes, their questions will be answered and no more help will be desired. The book takes a self-help approach, giving the methods, the preparations, the goals, the cautions…it offers a helpful and important place to start.

Nefer: Can someone benefit from your book who has had no UFO or ET experiences?

Dinah: The short answer is yes. Some people don’t think they have had an experience, when in fact they have. This can bring that kind of thing up from the subconscious. Also, people interested in the topic can use the method to make contact, but I do suggest caution with this and for people to consider the dangers.

Nefer: You list different types of aliens. Most readers will only be familiar with the Grays. Is it safe to assume different alien races have different agendas; and if so, how do we know this to be the case?

Dinah: This, of course, is total speculation. I haven’t a clue about agendas. Much of what I have experienced, read about, heard about, etc. spouts theory—just like I do. (Although I should mention that I’ve had several experiences and was part of a small group who—on September 13, 2012—saw 19 UFOs.) We really don’t know the truths or whys. Are there people who do know? I believe there are. And yes, I believe they are keeping information from us. (I guess you can see that I’m a bona fide conspiracy theorist.) My thinking is this: if we, here on this planet, have people who have agendas, why wouldn’t that kind of thing occur everywhere in some fashion? The whole thing is a scary concept. It always rolls back to the question: Do we really want to know? Uhmm, sorta kinda maybe—as long as there are no big spider aliens. I just couldn’t deal with that. (And I should say that I’ve heard that there are bug aliens that resemble spiders.) We very well could be taking a chance trying to interact just because of this agenda thing. Speculation all.

Nefer: In your considered opinion, are aliens here to merely observe (as in: “hey! Let’s take the kids to the zoo!”), to help with our technological development or physical evolution, or to take our planet for their own? What is/are your reason(s) for your opinion?

Dinah: I do believe they are observing and one source has said to me that we are never alone in our lives—there are dozens of aliens standing in our rooms watching everything we do—24/7. (Creepy.) We’ve all heard about the good ones, too. They are here to help us move our vibrations upward—boy do we need more help if that’s the case. There must be some truth to the theory that there is a council that rules over the whole body, otherwise why wouldn’t they just come on down and a) take over, b) have us for lunch—or take us to lunch, c) get rid of all the scum—or add said scum, d) cure our diseases or wipe us out with their own brand of germ; or e) give us still more technology (maybe they already have and that’s why we have so many problems). I try to keep an open mind on these things. I want really bad to believe in the good…and I’ve had mostly good experiences. Others I’ve talked to, not so much. Which brings us back to your beginning question about protection!

I wish to thank Dinah Roseberry for taking the time to reply to my questions about UFO & Alien Management. I believe her contribution to the field to be an important one as it will allow many to access regression techniques that until now may have been beyond their means. I do reiterate what Dinah has said and stress the importance to everyone to please invoke some type of spiritual protection before any regression attempt. This also goes for contacting your spirit guides and even reading Tarot, Lenormand or oracle decks. 

 

People can find out more about Dinah Roseberry and her books at  www.roseberrybooks.weebly.com or specifically her  book UFO and Alien Management at www.ufomanagementgroup.weebly.com.

The Kabbalistic Visions Tarot: Deck Review.

Kabbalistic Visions Tarot box cover featuring the Hanged Man card. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
Kabbalistic Visions Tarot box cover featuring the Hanged Man card. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
The Kabbalistic Visions Tarot
Book: Marco Marini
Art: Luigi Scapini
$45.00 USD
http://schifferbooks.com

The Kabbalistic Visions Tarot sums it all up in a nutshell through its title. The interpretations offered in the book by Kabbalistic scholar Marco Marini are based completely on the Kabbalah. Marini is both a scholar and a teacher. His vast knowledge shines forth in the guidebook. I have no background in Kabbalah and admit that I understand very little of it. A great deal of the guidebook, therefore, went right over my head. I’m happy to report that after experimenting with the deck off and on for several decks (something I do for all my deck reviews so I get to know the deck well prior to reviewing it) I have come to discover that the cards work well with the traditional RWS interpretations as well. So for those of you who learned Tarot card meanings from the likes of Eden Gray, Rachel Pollack, and others, you can use this deck with the card interpretations you have learned over the years. Mr. Marini also includes a divinatory interpretation of each card so a reader need not focus solely upon the Kabbalistic aspect of the deck and the deck can easily be used by someone who knows nothing of Kabbalah, such as myself.

The Fool, Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
The Fool, Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.

As for the other half of the title, “Visions,” the artwork of Luigi Scapini is just that – visionary. No other word describes it, except perhaps “trippy.” It’s very trippy. I haven’t used that word in decades, but it nicely describes the art. The images are not just otherworldly, but they look very shamanistic in nature. I immediately thought of Graham Hancock’s wonderful book, Supernatural, which is about altered states of consciousness attained through trance – many of which were induced via the use of hallucinogens, shamanism, and the wondrous visions shamans receive on their journeys to the otherworld.  There are illustrations in Hancock’s book drawn by actual shamans and the artwork of Scapini for The Kabbalistic Visions Tarot is very reminiscent of shamanic otherworld visions.

If you’re interested in simple renditions of the pips or an RSW clone you will find neither in The Kabbalistic Visions Tarot. What you will find in this deck is a visionary world of surreal images populated with characters and each cards’ Kabbalistic significance explained for those who wish to focus on that aspect of Tarot.

This is not your mother’s Tarot deck.

Scapini’s visions are surreal. The little white dog of the RWS Fool card has been replaced by a baby crocodile that chomps on the Fool’s left leg. The Magician appears in his traditional “as above, so below” pose,

The Magician, from Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
The Magician, from Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.

but he points to a disembodied eye above a sun within a prism surrounded by four calla lilies. The Popess (aka High Priestess) is the famous Venus of Willendorf figure that dates to the Upper Paleolithic (28,000 – 25,000 BCE). She is depicted in black and spews milk from both nipples as she feeds her many blue and yellow babies to either side of her while two green primate-type creatures with erect phalluses face one another along the base of the image.

In a word, trippy, and that’s just the first three major arcana cards. The art is highly detailed and although the cards measure 3 ½” x 5 ½”, they each have a thick black border that measures approximately 5/8” on all four sides of the image. The image itself measures 2 3/8” x 4 3/8”. The paintings are created to look as though they have been painted upon ancient scrolls so the edges of each image is frayed with rips and tiny gaps and both ends are rolled under as though the image is on a scroll that has just been rolled open. Card titles appear on the base of each scroll and have been painted by the artist since the font is the same, but there are slight differences to show the titles were hand-created, which is a lovely touch that adds to the already unique personality of The Kabbalistic Vision Tarot. Each scroll is unique. The artist did not use a template. Painting the images to make them appear to have been painted on ancient scrolls is a very interesting idea that appeals to me, but I just wish the borders were more narrow so the artwork could be showcased at

The Popess, Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
The Popess, Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.

slightly larger dimensions. The images have a lot of very interesting detail and if you really enjoy Tarot art as I do, I recommend you first view this deck with a magnifying glass so can see all the tiny nuisances of the imagery, some of which are really quite startling and thought provoking.

The packaging, as always from Schiffer, is strictly top-notch with a lovely hinged lid to the box that is also attached by white ribbon with a magnetic closure that allows the box to be stored standing on its end just like a book. There are two separate well-crafted recessed wells within the box; one for the guidebook and one for the cards. The deck’s guidebook is 256 pages and measures 5 5/8 x 7 5/8″. For each card a thorough discussion of the Kabbalistic imagery is included along with a simpler divinatory interpretation. The guidebook concludes with four spreads: The Kabbalistic Cross, The System of the Seven Cards, The Game of the Pyramid, and The System of the Twelve Cards. The book is paperback bound with nice, thick paper. Included is a nicely laminated poster that measures 14 X 20″ & is the definition of trippiness. Some details of the deck & the poster I do not consider suitable for children or even teens. My daughter took a look and freaked out. The cards have a thin yet sturdy laminate and are gilded in pewter. Word to the wise: do not shuffle these the first few times while wearing black pants unless you like glittery black pants. I thought it was a pretty cool effect myself.

If you are looking for a tarot deck that is unique and very different from the norm

Poster, from Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.
Poster, from Kabbalistic Visions Tarot by Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini. (C) Marini, Scapini & Schiffer Books, 2014.

whose imagery can help to create an altered state if you meditate upon it, then wonderfully unique and trippy Kabbalistic Visions Tarot is definitely the deck for you.

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

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Deck Review: The Green World Oracle.

ImageThe Green World Oracle.

Kathleen Jenks, author.

Sandra Stanton, artist.

Schiffer Books

$39.99

The Green World Oracle is a very neat deck and book packaged nicely in the standard Schiffer hinged magnetic lid box.  The box measures 6 X 9” and is ideal for standing on its end in the bookcase like a book so the deck will take up very little room.  The box is made from a very sturdy cardboard with a heavy laminate. The cards themselves are made from a flexible cardstock with lovely laminate. They are easy to shuffle and do not stick together, despite the high humidity levels of Houston, Texas.

Card backs are a deep variegated green with a   stylized depiction of the earth in the center.  The design lends itself to reversed cards and the guide book does contain interpretations of reversals.

The guide book has 256 pages and is a 5 ½” X 8 ½” paperback. Image It includes an impressive bibliography and from my background in Anthropology I can easily see that a great deal of research went into the writing of the guide book.  There are numerous scholarly sources cited.  Each chapter also concludes with End Notes.  The Green World Oracle is based upon tree veneration practiced around the world at various times throughout human history.  Their stories center around deities and spirits associated with the particular trees and plants.  Stories are included and the guide book is really quite educational all on its own.

The guide book begins with an introduction followed with a “How to Use This Oracle” section.  Cards are then discussed in terms of the stories and deities or spirits associated with each particular tree or plant that is depicted.  This includes their myth and cultural significance.  Information on the botany of the tree or plant is also included.  The guide book, therefore, makes for some very interesting reading even before you begin to use the actual cards.  Card interpretations are accompanied by both an upright and reversed meaning.  A boxed-in section entitled “Artist’s Notes” concludes the discussion of each card in which artist Sandra Stanton discusses the significance of the particular symbols included in the image on each card.  Each card discussion is accompanied by a 2 ¾” X 3 ¼” black and white image of the card.

The guide book includes four spreads:  a one-card message from the Higher Self, a one-card daily reading, the “Adopt a Human for the Day” Program, the Four-Card Karmic Primal Seed Layout, and this section concludes with instructions for a ritual you can carry out with a group of your friends, if you so desire.

ImageThe cards measure 4 X 5”.  An oracle of plants and trees, human figures grace every card in the form of goddesses from various cultures around the world and through Time.  The artwork has a luminescent quality to it.  Sandra Stanton, the artist, uses a technique first made popular during the Renaissance of the use of an under-painting that is then layered with paints and varnish mixed together in glazes.  Layer upon layer is used and this gives her paintings a rich multi-dimensional depth you do not see very often in a card deck.  The images seem to shine with an inner light that adds additional grace and beauty to the images.  You really have to see them to believe them.  The artwork is truly amazing.  The deck also has wonderful energy. I could feel it through the cellophane before I even unwrapped the box when it arrived.  Images are very powerful and would make great meditation focal points if you are interested in deepening your connection with goddess energy.

The Green World Oracle has mass appeal.  Whether you like oracle decks in general, love trees, love the Goddess, or are interested in plants and/or ancient cultures, this deck will appeal to you.  I have found it quite useful. It works very well for readings on a wide variety of topics ranging from the mundane to the spiritual.  Normally, oracle decks do not work well for me.  That’s just me. I’m primarily a Tarot and Lenormand reader; however, The Green World Oracle is one of those very rare oracle decks that works amazingly well for me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

All images (C) Sandra Stanton, 2013.

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Deck Review: The Dream Raven Tarot

dream ravens review images_Page_3dream ravens review images_Page_6The Dream Raven Tarot
Beth Seilonen
Schiffer Books
ISBN #: 987-0-7643-4316-2
Schiffer Books
$39.95 USD

 

Who would ever think that lime-green (or chartreuse) would work as a border color for a tarot deck?  In the case of the Dream Raven Tarot by Beth Seilonen, this color works beautifully and showcases the bright colors of the Dream Raven Tarot quite well.

Admirers of Schiffer Book’s decks will no doubt notice dream ravens review images_Page_5that with the publication of the Dream Raven Tarot and other recent decks of their spring/summer line that the sturdy cardboard hinged box with magnetic closure has become a bit smaller with also a change in the size of the accompanying guide book.  The guide book is basically square and measures 5 ¾” x 5”.  The deck itself measures 3 ½ X 6”, so it is long and may be a bit more difficult for people with small hands to shuffle.   The book and deck each rest within their own recessed well within the box side by side.  The box measures 6 x 9 x ½” so it’s the size of a paperback and due to the magnetic hinged lid you can store the box on its end as if it were a book and you never have to worry about the lid popping open spilling the book and cards.  The new box size now requires as much shelf space as a typical book and this will make storing decks much easier in my house, which has over the past few years become overrun with decks.

dream ravens review images_Page_2The Dream Raven Tarot has bright, vibrant colors with a raven depicted on each card.  The artistic medium is colored pencil.  Suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.  Court cards are also traditional: Page, Knight, Queen, and King.  The major arcana cards all have traditional titles with the exception of the Hanged Man, which his entitled simply “Hanged” in The Dream Raven Tarot.

The guide book is nicely laid out with nearly full size black and white depictions of the major arcana cards on one page with their interpretations on the facing page.  The minor arcana cards are depicted in miniature as the entire suit on a two-page layout at the start of each of the chapters on the particular suits.  An enlarged etail of each card is illustrated within a semi-circle to the left (even numbered pages) and to the right (odd numbered pages) of each card’s interpretation.  All cards have traditional Rider-dream ravens review images_Page_1Waite-Smith interpretations along with reversed interpretations.  Card backs are fully reversible.  Spreads include the Raven’s Claw (4 cards) and The Raven (6 cards).

The Dream Raven Tarot is a delightful deck that works well with every type of spread I have used – both traditional and non-traditional.  It’s a versatile deck with lovely energy.  Due to an unpleasant experience in childhood I am not a huge fan of birds.  However, I really enjoy using The Dream Raven Tarot and this will be a deck I return to in the future again and again, despite my massive collection.

Deck Review: The Star Road Map

The Star Road Map:  Divination Beyond Time & Space
Patricia Padilla & Marlena Freelove
ISBN #: 978-0-7643-4222-6
$45.00 USD
http://www.schifferbooks.com

Star road map boxI was very excited when I heard a deck based on Classic Maya, Aztec, Olmec, Toltec & Zapotec iconography and epigraphy (art and hieroglyphics) was being published.  I have long desired to create such a tarot deck myself since my doctorate is in Latin American Studies with my specialty being the iconography and epigraphy of the Classic Maya.  I enjoy the way the art was rendered in this deck: vibrant and bright colors against a black background.  Many of the images I recognized from my work as a graduate student and my early days in academia.  It’s lovely to see this artwork in a form that is now accessible to many more people than previously.

 The Star Road Map has a major arcana consisting of 22 cards, numbered 0 to 21.  Cards 0 – 8 match their Tarot counterparts while cards 9 – 21 are all one off.  For example, the Hanged Man, usually card # 12 is now # 11, Death is the 12th card, and so on with the Universe as card # 20 and Self Love as card # 21.  Despite the inclusion of a 22-card major arcana, The Star Road Map is not a tarot deck.  It’s a similar divinatory system, yet also very different.

 The Star Road Map does not contain suits in the traditional sense.  The first suit is the Cycle of Days.  It consists of 20 cards modeled after the 20 day names of the Classic Maya tzolk’in calendar.

 The next suit is called Surfing the Overworlds.  The ancient Mesoamericans (Maya, Olmec, Aztec, etc …) believed there were 13 levels of the physical world.  Therefore, this suit contains a total of 13 cards, one devoted to each level of the Overworld, or the physical world in which we all live.

 The third suit is Navigating the Underworlds.  Ancient Mesoamericans believed the underworld consisted of nine levels.  As a result, this suit consists of nine cards, each one corresponding to a particular level of the underworld, or Xibalba, as it was known to the Classic Maya.

 The fourth suit is dedicated to the four cardinal directions that were of great spiritual importance to ancient Mesoamericans.  Thus, this suit is called The Four Directions and consists of only four cards, each dedicated to a cardinal direction.  Two additional directions, Above and Below (or Zenith and Nadir) were also of great importance to ancient Mesoamericans, but they are not included in The Star Road Map.

The final suit is entitled Divine Intercession.  It consists of nine cards representing powerful forces in the universe that can be invoked in times of trouble.   Card borders are black with the card name printed in white at the center top and center bottom (major arcana), and center top (suits).

 For those of you with small hands, the cards star road map spreadare stiff and can be somewhat difficult to shuffle the first few dozen times, but they do loosen up with loose.  The laminate is slick, but the cards – even in the humidity of Houston – do not stick to one another.  The book includes black and white images of each card with the majority of cards having two pages devoted to their interpretation.

 Card spreads consist of a one-card draw to contemplate for the day, a 3-card spread representing what the reader needs to be aware of, and a 6-card spread that represents a current issue and its lessons.

 The Deck In Action:  Sample Reading.

 My regular readers will recall I have used other decks to ask if I would ever get another cat.  I covered that as a question topic for my reviews of the Yuletide Lenormand and the Gilded Reverie Lenormand.  I’m very happy to report that June 1st, Bluestar joined our family.  At first, thinking she was a Russian Blue with a bit of tabby in her, my daughter named her after a character in the Warriors series of books. However, it turns out that Bluestar is a Charteaux, which is even more exotic and I’m pleased as punch I paid only $90 when such cats go for $800 – $1,000.  Of course, she needed her shots updated and everything bought new for her, so she in reality cost me a few hundred dollars, but is worth more than her weight in gold.  She’s brought us much joy.

 Bluestar has been understandably very timid, so when thinking of a question to ask this deck – about a week ago (I do the sample readings first, then I write the review) – I asked, “how well will Bluestar fit in with our family?”

 I used the 3-card spread from the guide book and received Moon, Akbal (a card of the Day suit), and Sun.

Star Road Map reading In any reading, when it starts off with Moon and ends with Sun (or vice versa) that’s telling you that what lies between is along the spectrum of two extremes.  Night and Day, or Day and Night.  What these two cards immediately told me was that Bluestar went from one environment (the shelter) to another that was very different (our house).  She did have a hard time adjusting to all the space she has here.  At first she only stayed in my office for about 2 weeks before she began to venture out into the hallway and from there to other parts of the house.

 Moon denotes things of an emotional nature and I had been very emotional about finally getting another cat.  I had been with a cat in my life since the age of 12, so when my cat Dickens died on 2/22/12 I was grieving for a few months, and then I needed time before I could entertain ideas of getting another cat.  By spring of 2013 I was more than ready, but my husband was very hesitant so the idea of getting another cat became an emotionally charged issue for my family, which the Moon card indicates.

 Akbal is a day sign of the Classic Maya Tzolk’in calendar.  Akbal means “darkness” and it can also mean “night” in Chol, a Maya language still spoken today in which the Classic Lowland Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions were written.  Akbal is the third card of the suit of the Cycle of Days.  It is entitled “Security” and means flexibility and letting go.  The idea of relinquishing control is also stressed.

 The Sun represents success, good health, happiness, and achievement.  The way I read Tarot, whenever the Sun appears as the outcome card to a reading the answer is always “yes.”  The Sun’s placement here told me that Bluestar would eventually adjust wonderfully to us and I was not to worry.  The Akbal card was telling me to stop worrying also, that Bluestar needed to feel secure in her new surroundings, and once she did a whole new cat personality would emerge.

 I did this reading 2 weeks ago in preparation for this review and I’m happy to report that Bluestar has completed her period of adjustment, that took her 3 weeks.  She is best friends with our crazy Australian Red Heeler.  Sheila didn’t know what to make of a friendly cat at first since Dickens had merely tolerated the poor dog for the 8 years of Sheila’s life.  Bluestar and Sheila play the first two hours of everyday.  They run through the entire house rampaging.  Then they both crash for an hour long nap, then the rampaging resumes for another hour.  The rest of the day they each do their own thing.  Sheila has been very loving and understanding toward Bluestar while Bluestar has had to whip Sheila into shape a few times, but has never once extended her claws to the dog or any of us.  She is proving to be a very affectionate and extremely playful cat and we’re all very happy to have her as a member of our family.  The cards were right. I left her to her own devices and Bluestar has adjusted wonderfully well. Now the struggle becomes: who runs this house? Me or the cat?  Right now she seems to think she does, but I have news for her.

 Back to The Star Road Map, there are some interesting glitches in the deck and guidebook.  My personal favorite Mayan ruler, Bird Jaguar (Yaxun Balam in Chol) of the city of Yaxchilan, is depicted on the Emperor card. I was thrilled to see this. However, in the written discussion of that card the ruler of Palenque, Pakal (Pacal) is discussed instead.  Pakal reigned longer than Bird Jaguar and had a larger city-state than that of Yax

chilan.  Technically speaking, he would have been a better choice for the Emperor card, so why Bird Jaguar was depicted, but then not mentioned anywhere in the discussion of that card is a mystery that I found to be intriguing.  This in NO way detracts from the efficacy of the deck.

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If you are a deck collector, as I am, you my want a copy of the first edition of The Star Road Map.  Should a subsequent edition be printed there are three cards that need to be corrected.  The image on each of these three cards was cropped so that the upper quarter or right-hand third of the image is enlarged to cover the entire card surface while the rest of the image has been cropped off.  You can see the entire image depicted in the guidebook.  I noticed this when I first went through the deck and realized the image of the Nawal on the Nawal card had been beheaded.  That caused me to compare the rest of the cards to their images in the guidebook and I found two more discrepancies.

star road map hand of god2The Hand of God and White Flower cards alsostar road map hand of god2 have been cropped and then enlarged to cover the card surface.  All three of these cards are part of the Divine Intercession suit. These three cards are a misprint, however, this in NO way detracts from The Star Road Map.  In fact, in my opinion, it makes the deck more interesting.  These partial images do not detract from the deck’s use as a divinatory tool and the entire image can easily be examined in the guidebook for those who wish to see it.  Misprints are often valued by collectors in most cases and can even increase the popularity of a deck.

     Overall, once you get used to the different suits with differing numbers of cards, The Star Road Map is a fun deck to consult.  It so far has given me accurate and insightful readings, and as I said in the beginning of this review, I am very happy to see the use of Classic Mesoamerican iconography throughout the deck and hope that this deck exposes people to the cultures depicted within.  With lovely drawings and bold, vibrant colors against a black background, The Star Road Map is aesthetically pleasing and a pleasure to use.

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD

http://www.magickal-musings.com

Deck Review: The Resonance Oracle

                                                                  

Resonance Oracle cover

Dara Caplan

Resonance Oracle Cards

40 cards & 93-page guidebook

http://www.schifferbooks.com

ISBN # 978-0-7643-4138-0

$24.99

         Intended for novice and experienced readers alike, The Resonance Oracle Cards is characterized by thought-provoking channeled images in both portrait and landscape orientation.  The cards measure 5 X 3 ½” as does the guidebook.  The cards and guidebook are housed in what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from Schiffer Books, a stiff, sturdy and highly laminated cardboard box with a hinged magnetic lid with ribbon pull.  The packaging makes for a lovely presentation.

Resonance Oracle - Garden of Beauty The guidebook is open-ended regarding the typical “how to use this deck” goes.  You can draw a single card, 3 cards, or carry out more involved spreads typically used with tarot decks.  I do not feel this will cause any confusion even to beginning readers. It will encourage them to use their imagination and perhaps start creating their own spreads.

Cards have titles such as:  Garden of Beauty, Communication, Eclipse, Blessings, Life Abundant, and Release.  Card interpretations offered in the guidebook consist of a single paragraph that offers a general summary and two short alternative meanings.  Each card is depicted in black and white on the facing page.  The deck laminate is sturdy and glossy that is typical of decks from Schiffer Books.  The deck will withstand years of use.

The cards were stiff coming out of the box.  However, it onlyResonance Oracle - Sun & Moon took about seven shuffles to break them in.  They became much more supple and easier to shuffle.  The deck stands 11/16” high when stacked.

There are two things I really like about this deck, in addition to the artwork.  Firstly, they broken in easily when shuffling.  I don’t appreciate decks that remain stiff indefinitely since I have smaller hands.  Secondly, I love the fact that the artist chose to create the images in both portrait and landscape orientation.  Portrait orientation is what readers are accustomed to seeing for a deck, but as an artist myself, I find that many times a subject matter just isn’t suited to the portrait orientation.  Based upon the composition of the images and the information conveyed by the imagery wise choices were made as to which cards would be created in landscape format.  It also creates an interesting layout when you use the cards with some in the spread in portrait orientation and others in landscape orientation.  The energy flows from card to card a bit differently than what readers may be used to, but I really enjoy the difference.

Resonance Oracle - BlessingsThe cards are not numbered. The title appears at the base of the card.  Card titles are provided alphabetically in the guidebook so they can still easily be found when doing readings.  However, the image is so provocative that I really encourage you to first try using this deck without the guidebook.  You may come up with some very interesting interpretations of the imagery all on your own.  The images consist of various components that tend to draw the eye to particular symbols.  Whenever that occurs in a reading you should know to pay special attention to the symbol and work it into your overall interpretation of that card.  This goes for any deck, not just The Resonance Oracle.

 Dara Caplan, both the artist and author of this deck, leaves it open-ended as to how you are to use it.  There are no spreads provided in the guidebook so if this is your very first deck you have ever puTarot Spreads by B Moore coverrchased, I do recommend you purchase a book on card spreads.  An excellent one that was published in the past few months is Barbara Moore’s Tarot Spreads:  Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Llewellyn Publishing, 2012).  This book offers a myriad of spreads  that you can use with tarot and oracle decks alike.  The book is very well written with the meaning beh

ind each card position in each spread fully explained.  It’s wonderful for beginnings and if you are an experienced reader like myself, the book is still very useful and will encourage you to create your own spreads.

The Resonance Oracle is an enjoyable deck that – at least for me – provides readings that make me sit and think.  I connect the dots and then the answer or guidance reveals itself.  I’m much more a tarot person than a user of oracle decks, but this one is very nice and I enjoy using it.

Deck Review: The Son Tarot

The Son Tarot                                                                                                                                                 

The Moon, from The Son Tarot, by Christopher Butler.
The Moon, from The Son Tarot, by Christopher Butler.

 

Christopher Butler

$45.00 USD 78 cards + guidebook

ISBN # 978-0-7643-4227-1

http://www.schifferbooks.com

Housed in Schiffer’s wonderfully sturdy and attractive magnetic closure box with a hinged lid, The Son Tarot may appear at first glance to be pricey for a tarot deck.  However, this serves as an excellent example of the age-old axiom, “you get what you pay for.”  Schiffer’s packaging and card quality is going to hopefully soon raise the industry’s standard.  Cards are printed in bright colors on a sturdy card stock with a glossy laminate with real staying power.  The box is attractive, sturdy, and with the magnetic closure, it can be stored on its end like a book and the lid will not flip open spilling the cards everywhere.  Lastly, for The Son Tarot, the publisher went all out.  The guidebook consists of 207 pages of glossy paper in which all the cards are depicted in black and white in nearly full size.  Sure, this deck is $45 and many may balk at that price, but in the case of The Son Tarot you definitely get what you pay for and this deck is worth every penny.

The Tower of Destruction, from The Son Tarot by Christopher Butler.
The Tower of Destruction, from The Son Tarot by Christopher Butler.

Christopher Butler is also the artist behind The Quantum Tarot: Version 2.0, published by Lo Scarabeo (2011) so I was already familiar with his photo collage technique, which he carries over into The Son Tarot.  Like his earlier deck, the card images of The Son Tarot consist of photographic collage. For The Son Tarot the overall color scheme is bright and vibrant.  This deck’s subtitle is, Mysticism, Meditation, & Divination for Gay Men.”  I am not gay, nor am I a man.  However, as a reader and an artist I very much enjoy using The Son Tarot.  I feel that this deck will appeal to many people regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.  A beautiful deck that works well in readings is useful to everyone regardless of the specific intended audience.

There are men depicted on almost every single card with only the 9 and

The Hermit, from The Son Tarot by Christopher Butler.
The Hermit, from The Son Tarot by Christopher Butler.

10 of Swords as the exceptions.  If anyone finds a man in either of these cards, let me know.  Court cards have been partially renamed and for this deck consist of the Herald (Page), Knight, Prince (Queen), and King.  The minor arcana are denoted only by Roman numerals within a color coded box.  The major arcana follows Waite-Smith numbering with Strength as 8 and Justice as 11.  Some major arcana titles have been changed in keeping with the theme and intended audience for The Son Tarot.  The High priestess is now The Mystic.  The Empress is The Bountiful.  The Tower becomes The Tower of Destruction while Judgment becomes The Last Judgment.  Use of the Roman numerals for the minor arcana cards may cause some confusion if someone is coming to The Son Tarot as a relative newcomer to tarot, but I feel they will quickly catch on.

For my sample reading I focused on the question:  “how will the earth be affected by the energies coming to a climax on December 21, 2012?”

The earth received the following cards:

Body:  Herald of Pentacles

Mind: 10 of Cups

Spirit: 6 of Cups

Herald of Pentacles

10 of Cups
10 of Cups

From the guidebook, the Herald of Pentacles as an Elemental Force is “the essence of Earth itself” and represents the potential for life and growth.   As a Role Model, the Heralds are the bringers of messages. The Herald of Pentacles can bring news of a birth.  My interpretation sees the Herald of Pentacles as representing the earth concluding her birthing pains as the higher vibrational energies settle in onto the physical plane.

The 10 of Cups represents the earth’s Mind.  On this card you can see the sun’s expansive rays extending over the water and this represents healing.  Improvement that eventually leads to perfection comes through hard work.  Such transformations are never easy, but they rewards far outweigh any difficulties encountered along the way.   Here, the rays of the sun represent all the new energy that has come to the earth. The water represents the earth itself being slowly warmed, or having its vibration raised, by the sun’s rays, or all that new energy coming into the earth plane at this time.  As a result, the mind of the earth is expanding and is now able to grasp a greater reality.  This expansion will soon begin to affect the planet’s inhabitants as well.

6 of Cups
6 of Cups

The 6 of Cups represents the earth’s spirit.  The 6 of Cups denotes nostalgia for the past, yearning for what once was, idealization of the past and/or past relationships, and wearing rose-colored glasses.  There is a need to establish more realistic expectations.  I interpret the 6 of Cups to represent humans as the spirit of the earth and of most of us being unwilling to move forward, clinging needlessly to the past in an effort to keep things as they are instead of embarking upon a new and higher path into the unknown.  Many find newness or change to be very frightening so they do whatever they can to fight against it.  Humankind can only battle these new energies for so long before they will be eventually swept up by them and shall then embark upon a new and higher path leaving the past behind where it belongs.

Physically, our planet is experiencing a birth into a new phase.  The 6 and 10 of Cups have a sun in the center with the rays radiating outward while rays radiate from a pentacle on the Herald of Pentacles, much like they would from a sun.  I see this as a huge burst of energy that will push the earth to its next level of evolution and all the inhabitants along with her.  The sense of nostalgia the 6 of Cups represents is going to be felt by those who do not feel ready to evolve and change.  It’s their choice to remain stuck if they so desire while the rest of us are free to move forward.

Overall, I enjoy using The Son Tarot.  The deck worked great right out of the box and gives clear and insightful readings that are very easy to interpret.