What Does the Celtic Dragon Say?

In “No One Alive Can Control a Murder of Crows,” I said that Blooming Howls would be published on November 17th, and not October 31st as I had planned. I also promised updates. Here is one: starting today, whenever you leave a relevant comment on a new post, you’ll be able to claim an extra entry to the Blooming Howls Inspired Blade Giveaway… Make sure you entered the original giveaway post; and do add “This one is for the blade!” at the end of new comments (one extra entry per new post). Yep, this post counts; double dip away, my Luvs.

Wondering what “double dipping” I’m referring to? Well, I didn’t tell you that there would be another giveaway before the book release, did I? That was because I didn’t know. But after a discussion about the reasons behind the publication date change, Sharon, Aromatherapist, Artist and Energetic Healer extraordinaire over at Touch of the Goddess, offered to give away a 60 minute Celtic Dragon Tarot reading. How cool is that?
From Touch of the Goddess: “I use the beautiful Celtic Dragon Tarot deck, created by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt, in my readings. I have a special affinity for Dragons and this deck tells the story of the Tarot wondrously! I read from an Energetic Healer perspective, which will give you new avenues to enhance your life in many ways.” Sharon does 30 and 60 minute readings, and she often offers special prices to people who interact over at her Facebook page. Stop by.

To enter the Celtic Dragon Tarot reading giveaway, answer this question: If you could read the Tarot, which creature/symbol/theme would decorate your deck, why?

Already a Tarot reader? Which Tarot deck do you work with, why the choice? (If you are like me, then you can’t use Tarot cards to foretell what you’ll have for breakfast. Still, if I could summon the mysterious art of tarot divination, I see myself foretelling mañana’s happenings with a deck of Writings and Bones; these symbols just speak to me…).

Rules, details and stuff
* I need to be able to contact the winner, so please add your email to your comment. Don’t want to share this info publicly? Email it to me: magalyguerrero @ live . com, or be sure to have an active/public blog, website or Facebook profile.
* Canadian winners, before you can claim a prize, I must test your mathematical yumminess by asking you a very obscure question, like… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…
* The winner will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on Nov 17, 2014.
* Open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law (via phone and Skype for U.S. residents; Skype only, if the winner resides outside this country).

Now, the winner of the AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories, Thorn in Red, and Blooming Howls giveaway*waits for Random.Org to stop being such a diva*… The winner is Nicole, from Strange Girl in a Little House. Please send me your email address: magalyguerrero @ live . com. I will forward your Kindle copies of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Thorn in Red right away, Blooming Howls will fly to you on November 13th. Congratulations, Nicole!

51 comments:

  1. Can hardly wait till the 13th :-) This ones for the Blade!!!

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  2. This sounds exciting. I can't wait for Blooming Howls!!

    I have a vintage Tarot deck which I've never worked with, because I was told that it would be imbued with the psychic energy of the previous owner. Is this true of secondhand decks?

    If I were to choose a creature/theme or symbol to decorate my deck, it would probably be Black cats and Ravens. :)

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    1. Winter Moon, smudge your vintage deck with white sage smoke. It make take more than one try. Then store it with a piece of Selenite, most new age stores or even rock stores have this. Then, carry the whole deck around with you for a few days and/or put it under your pillow and sleep with it. I, also, like to breathe on my decks and ask nicely if they will work with me. It is always a good idea to smudge your divination tools on a periodic basis and I like to charge mine under the full moon, too. Hope this helps!

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    2. Wow! I'll store your message and do this as soon as I have all the necessary equipment. You're a true gem! Thank you, Sharon :)

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    3. You are welcome! I have a friend that sell vintage jewelry. Sometime we would have to smudge the box just to be able to stand to open it! She was very sensitive, too.

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    4. I love when these kinds of exchanges take place in a blog post. It's one of the reasons why I can't get myself to set comment moderation (even when I should). I just love getting here and see my friends exchanging knowledge (and letting me in the fun, too!).

      I haven't done the breathing and the imprinting with tarot decks, but I've done it with candles and talismans. Breathing, blowing and singing to them as I anoint them... and setting them under my bed or pillow.

      I'm thrilled for Blooming Howls, too!

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  3. Oooooh... what Yvonne said! Black cats and ravens would be very cool!!

    [Guess who has received a hand-me-down iPad from extended family? Guess who will finally be able to read books on a device? Guess what my first digital book purchase is going to be? ;D ]

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    1. I had to borrow Amber's Kindle for that very reason :)

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    2. I'm still learning how to use the iPad, Yvonne! It's great but tapping out each letter on the keyboard is soooooooooo sloooooooow when I'm used to touch-typing on the computer. Haha. I've never read a book in digital format before. I've got a couple I've been sent as PDFs but reading off the computer screen is just not comfortable. This will be a whole new adventure. ;D

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    3. I can see black and white decks with ravens and cats. So pretty and mysterious!

      I'm like you both, I have issues reading long works on my computer. When I must, I take breaks. But I don't mind it with Kindle--in fact, I love it because I can use text-to-speech.

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  4. Tarot cads fascinate me mostly because of the amazing art work...like owning your own art gallery. I have used a deck on occasions with good results, but I am not trained in any way and work purely by intuition(no idea what the suits officially represent). When I decided to purchase a deck for a class I went to(just one lol) I was drawn to a "Classic" deck, with art work based on original 18th century woodcuts by Claude Burdel. I am often strongly drawn to images from that period...I believe because my last incarnation was around that time. "This one is for the Blade" :D XXX

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    1. Oh my, you guys have said such wonderful things about tarot cards and reading... every time I read about it, I get excited and want to teach myself to do it!

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  5. I love tarot decks and play around with them frequently! I find I'm much better reading for others because it's easier to be objective (though I do read for myself regularly - I just get a second opinion if I know I'm likely to be over emotional about one outcome or another). The two I find myself reaching for most often are the Robin Wood tarot (it's the deck I really learned with and had some amazing insights early on) and the Shadowscapes tarot (its East meets West symbolism suits my personality perfectly). I am getting to know the Alice Tarot (based on Alice in Wonderland) right now.

    Oh, and this one is for the blade. :)

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    1. Someone needs to do a wee reading for me... If you see any doo-doo in my future, don't tell me. Just kidding. I just wanted to type doo-doo. I'm not kidding about the reading though. ;-D

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    2. Of course! Just let me know if you have a deck preference and I'd be happy to do one :)

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  6. This one's for The Blade! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com I use the Aquarian deck. I still have my first deck. It's 30 years old now & I keep it for companionship as it's too fragile for shuffling. If I created my own deck, the theme would be stars, as that's my favorite card. I'm waiting for Madame Talbot to finish her deck, currently.

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    1. Wow! I'm just enchanted by the amount of decks out there. What a great item to collect...

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  7. I am catching up on the blog world tonight, and I'm sorry to hear that you are still feeling ill. I hope the 13th is your lucky day!

    Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!

    Oh, and "This One is for the Blade!"

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    1. It seems there will be a lot of back and forth until we can get to a stable place. The diet/exercise/medication regiment will take time (you know how that goes). But I know we'll get there... eventually.

      Happy All Year Long to you!

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  8. Waiting to add your new book to my other two, marked on my calendar, my Tarot deck is well used, no fancy name, sometimes, I would rather not know, but for others I love to read.
    So my dictionary is ready for Nov 13, xo

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    1. WooHoo!

      I wonder if I would like to read for myself. I've never done it. I wonder, wonder, wonder...

      I have my dictionary ready, too. I like snuggling with it. ;-D

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  9. Well, duh! Rabbits! I bet The Fool would be great as a rabbit. Ditto The Moon. (Yes, painting a Tarot is on my to-do list, but I doubt you'd find an artist anywhere who wasn't considering it. I bet Shelle would do an amazing one)

    I have Taro, but I can't/don't do Tarot readings for myself at all. They're always spiteful to me. If I need to know something I use the I Ching and for other people, I'd read your palm, with two provisos. First, I have to have a drink. (What? That's how it works!) and two, I mustn't know you AT ALL or other stuff that I know filters through and I can't separate what I see from what I know.

    Yeah? Send me a photo of your (not dominate) hand. If you make an domination joke, that's an automatic fail.

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    1. Giggling like I heard my first curse word!
      Okay....dominatrix hand here it comes!
      xoDebi

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    2. Uh, not taro. Don't have any taro.

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    3. *breathes, breathes, breathes...* My domination is ambidextrous! *and the no-domination jokes breathing exercise fails*.

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    4. And Magaly strikes me down with a flurry of Humungous! Words! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!!!

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  10. I only read for myself, anymore. My go to deck is a Haindl I have had for years. The symbolism is incredible.

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    1. I didn't realize that so many people read more for themselves than for others. How curious...

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    2. I just figured out why you rather read for yourself. I'm writing myself a note, so I can ask you about it tomorrow. ;-) ♥

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  11. Oh my goodness have been so many amazing giveaways lately! I won't be entering this giveaway since I have a coupon for a reading from Sharon but I often use The Dream Enchantress. It is quite a feminine deck so I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of it. It is easily one of my go to decks though.

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    1. Such a generous soul! I must search the Dream Enchantress deck. I'm curious...

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  12. (This is for the blade!) I've got a Cat People deck, gifted by my dad many years ago. It was based off of an old fantasy novel by Andre Norton - "The Mark of the Cat" - that he and I both thoroughly enjoyed. He got excited when he found the deck, because of the book, and my mom made me burn it. (they were divChristian and all that). But many years later, I reacquired the deck via eBay, and we haven't been parted since. I have a couple other decks I use... one is the Haindl tarot deck, and the other is the Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck. There are some others I plan to acquire, but mostly for the artwork - like the Luis Royo decks. :D

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    1. ..."divChristian" was supposed to be: "they were divorced and my mom was Christian.."

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    2. A deck based on a book you love, now that's yummy!

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  13. I use the round Motherpeace deck. I really like the idea that there is no traditional up or down and the meaning is influenced by how the card is turned. And the images resonate with me, seem to go farther back in time, less patriarchal than the traditional deck.

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    1. So many decks out there! Hm, I think I already said this. I must google every single one of them to see what they look like!

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  14. Oh double dipping so delightful! This one is for the blade :P! I am a tarot reader and my favourite deck to work with is the Wild Wood tarot. It is themed with forest creatures, animals, Celtic mythology and forest imagery. As a forest witch of the Wild Northern Woods I do feel it is perfect for me! My email address is broomsticksandlace.blogspot.com :)

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    1. After seeing your pictures, and lurking around your cyber cottage, I would say that a forest themed deck is all you!

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  15. This is for the blade! I love the Celtic Dragon deck and have it although I do not read with it. My favorite decks to read with are The Gothic Tarot by Joseph Vargo, The Cat People, and the Aquarian Tarot. I only ready for myself and do a lot of one card readings.
    I inherited all of my great Aunt's decks and over the years gathered almost 1,000. I have since sold the ones that were antiques and didn't use. I'm at the point in my life that some of the "things" I have collected need to find new homes.

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    1. Oh my, oh my, oh my! I own a Joseph Vargo journal, which I received as a gift a few years back. I love the art... I've been thinking about getting the deck. I can't read Tarot to save my life, but with that kind of beauty I might be inspired to learn.

      "almost 1,000"! Oh my!

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  16. I use the Shadowscapes deck by Stephanie Pui Mun Law. It was a gift from a friend. I smudged it when I received it and kept it close to me, then went through the deck to introduce myself to the cards. The images are beautiful and blend Celtic and Asian painting styles seamlessly . I prefer to read for myself. Most of the year I address The Universe when I voice my query, but around Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, and daddy's birthday and death day I use them to ask advice from Dad.

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    1. Okay, it's done! I must get a tarot deck. I love the idea of just dancing around the edges and looking into mysteries... and of course, learning new things.

      I searched the Shadowscapes deck, and what a lovely work indeed!

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  17. Yay! Thanks Magaly! I'm so behind on reading blogs but I'm glad you commented on my last past or it would have been this weekend before I found out!

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    1. I'm extra happy for having stopped by then! I shall forward the copies of the first two books, shortly! Congrats again. And I really hope you enjoy the reading. ;-)

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  18. Which creature/symbol/theme would decorate my deck of tarot cards... mmm that is a hard one... I was going to say dolphins, or sea creatures, some mythical and others real, visions of all that 'could' dwell in the sea... but now I may say 'nudes' everything from cherubs to wrinkled old dudes... hang on, no 'lost souls' pack, bring the wisdom of lives lived well... or not, images of communicating with those still here, glimpsing their future, you know, like spirit entities as a tarot pack?
    I would LOVE to win the reading & went checked out Sharon's pages, awesome indeed!!!
    ohh... YES
    “This one is for the blade!”

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    1. I LOVE the idea of a nude tarot deck. It makes perfect sense. It would show the circle of life, from young to old, from good to evil, balanced... I like it!

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  19. Hmmm...last comment I wrote didn't post? I'll try again. I missed the sign up for the giveaway I think. That's what I get for not being out visiting more. The Blade is magically awesome!!! And if I had a new tarot deck, I would want Crows decorating my cards. They fly between the veils and for me, what better messenger than that?

    Well if I had been out visiting you more instead of the hospital I would have made it into the giveaway. It's all good though because I can't wait to read Blooming Howls! Big hugs to you, Rasz

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    1. Crows... I can almost see the cards!

      I totally get it. It feels like I've been living at the hospital, too. I have more contact with doctor, nurses and VA personnel than with my friends and family.

      There will be more giveaways. ;-)

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