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Tarot & Me

Tarot & Me

This is the Nine of Swords, as illustrated in the Hanson-Roberts tarot deck (and photoshopped by me to convey the darkness I feel when I view this card).
It was a few weeks into my marriage before I noticed the little book of tarot cards sitting on a shelf. The deck was small and nothing fancy, but it immediately spoke to me. I began using it every day, several times a day. I studied the cards, trying to memorize their meanings.
The cards were so beautiful! They spoke to my soul. The card I have picture above really pierced my soul – which I now know that piercing my soul is exactly what the card is supposed to represent. I recall turning this card up at least once, which is not surprising given all the hurt and fear in my life before and during that marriage. About a month before we split, I began turning up cards about a major relationship ending, loss, etc. I’ve been a firm believer in tarot ever since.
When my ex and I parted I had to leave behind that lovely little deck of cards. I’ve missed it ever since. Now I’m really excited to have found the same deck! Hopefully I can buy a deck for myself very soon.

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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

The Narcissistic (American) Anthropologist

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I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year’s first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800’s – Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.

Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) and an Anthropologist with narcissistic tendencies, I am inclined to ponder the two traditions and what they signify both separately and as a joint effort.  Traditions are actually one of my favorite things as a general rule.  While I might not religiously observe most traditions I do observe them.  The reason: traditions and ritual are the same thing and rituals remind us that we are human.  They connect us in spite of our differences to remind us of our similarities and shared history.  The rituals and traditions that surround our holidays and celebrations remind…

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Save The Bees

Romancing the Bee

Another Awesome Poster!!

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