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Janet Boyer

Janet Boyer

Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and Tarot in Reverse, as well as the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot. With her sixteen-year-old son, she created the Boyer Charming Oracle and Animal Totems Charm Oracle. Currently, Janet is working on her third and fourth traditionally-published Tarot books--Naked Tarot (Dodona Books, 2017) and 365 Tarot: Daily Meditations (Dodona Books, 2017). As a respected, trusted Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. In addition to being a Tarot teacher, author, deck creator and professional reader, she is also a frequent radio guest (and former host), essayist, short story writer and homeschooling Mom. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, watching retro TV on DVDs (60s + 70s), trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), serving as a Patron of the Arts, photography and reading (especially mysteries/suspense). Visit Janet online at JanetBoyer.com.
5 Overlooked Tarot Decks (That Deserve Closer Attention)

With on-demand publishing leveling the playing field for deck creators, we are now in a Golden Age of Tarot. No longer must authors, artists and visionaries submit their work to Tarot’s Old Guard, hoping and praying that their unusual deck will past muster and snag them a publishing contract. (If it’s any consolation, many decks don’t get an advance—and sole creators earn about $1-$2 per deck…less, if split with collaborators).

Purists would argue that anybody with crayons, paper and a scanner could conceivable publish a Tarot deck—and that the glut of decks now available dilutes the sacred tradition of the Holy 78.

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  • Wendy WIlson
    Wendy WIlson says #
    The images chosen work really well as illustrations for the ideas of the given card.
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Yes, they do.
  • Wendy WIlson
    Wendy WIlson says #
    Thanks, I have over 500 decks, but none of these, so thanks so much for this list. I like an obscure deck: https://www.thegamecra
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    You're very welcome, Wendy! Thanks for sharing your pick with us. I see that the deck you mention uses open-source imagery; for m
Affirmations with the Tarot - Using the Power of Imagery and Symbols to Create the Life You Want

My new Affirmations with the Tarot eBook is now available! Woohoo! 20 affirmations for EACH card. That's 1,560 affirmations!

Affirmations are a wonderful compliment to gratitude practice, and help steer your emotions, thought processes and life in the direction you want to go. Coupling them with the symbolic images of Tarot makes them even more powerful.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Congrats on another book!
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Thank you so much, Francesca! XO

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Hope After the 2016 Presidential Election

If you happened across my public posts on Facebook, you'd know that I was very anti-Trump during this election cycle (no need to rehash why). However, I think it's hypocritical of Hillary supporters/Dems to take to the streets in protest, hang effigies of Trump (WTF?) and vandalize businesses.

This is the same kind of destructive and whiny energy that many demonized Trump for. And, after demonizing anti-Obama folks for saying #NotMyPresident for 8 years, it seems pretty hypocritical to now do the same to Trump. The fact is, Trump IS our President-elect. And, Hillary has called on us to have an open mind and to give him a chance to lead. As President Obama said, Trump's success is OUR success.

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Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck

Finding a deck that really connected with my personal energy became a daunting task. There were very few that allowed me to see myself in them, being a fat/black/queer woman. Dust II Onyx Tarot was created from my desire to make artwork that resonated with my soul, and now has become a work I want to share with others. I set out to create my own deck, and after months of not having a vision for what it’d look like a dream came to me. Then it came to me again. In the dream was an intensely gorgeous black portrait which has become the inspiration behind this deck. I began the work using my current knowledge of tarot and mostly my own intuition. The imagery that comes forth is as new to me as it is for the readers who will use this deck. It is coming from a place that is far beyond my conscious mind. -- Courtney Alexander, creator of the Dust II Onyx Melanated Tarot Deck

Although some would argue that this deck is for "people of color", I would maintain that it's a deck for everyone--especially those who see the world through universal archetypes, symbols and shared human experience.

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Halloween Oracle Review

“Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve) was traditionally a Celtic winter festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-en) which marked the beginning of the colder season and the process whereby the earth begins to retreat and "die". That’s why the central theme of this ‘holiday’ is essentially death, but looked at from a more positive perspective, it can also be seen as the quiet beginning of life”. – Stacey Demarco

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  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer says #
    Thanks, I hope so too. I've already had some good conversation with it.
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Ohhhh, good to hear!
  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer says #
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for reviewing this oracle! It's beautiful and haunting. I ordered it, following the link you gave. It arrived ye
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    My pleasure, Dragon Dancer! So happy to hear that my review helped you discover this oracle. Thank you for taking the time to comm

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The MidCenturian Tarot Deck

Tarot purists clutch their pearls when hearing the words "stylized", "hip" or "whimsy" connected to new decks--let alone a phrase like "retro charm". But I think I've stumbled on an innovative Tarot that even the most dour of traditionalists will appreciate: The MidCenturian Tarot Deck.

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Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days - Call for Submissions

Moon Books, the Paganism/Shamanism imprint of John Hunt Publishing, is accepting submissions for their 365 title Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days. Deadline is September 15, 2016.

Editor Lucya Szachnowski invites you to write 80 words or less on pagan festivals, anniversaries, deities, practices, celebrated figures, observances, etc. Submissions can be spells, rituals, meditations, pagan prayers, aphorisms, divinatory techniques, recipes and craft projects. Be creative!

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