Looking back over past posts, I realized I had promised to recommend books for the intermediate Tarot reader. I intend to fulfill that promise, but I thought I would first address a question that's come up a couple of times lately, regarding the beginning Tarot reader. The question I've been asked, and that beginners invariably ask, is "What's the best Tarot deck?"
Does curling up on the couch with a comforter, some hot chocolate, and a good book sound like a plan for an October evening? Check out these Edgy books in the New Nonfiction area of the Reading Room; they might just hit the spot:
Sorry for not posting in a while; it's been busy, busy, busy. But I've hit a lull, so here are some things I hope you'll be interested in.
GREETINGS ALL. As promised, I've been looking at the evaluations collected at our last program. I see that a number of you are interested in Tarot reading. I want to remind you that the library owns many good books on the Tarot. You can find them in the Adult Nonfiction area at the dewey number 133.32424. I've recently done some shifting of the books on the shelves in the 100s area, so those of you who have looked for these books before might be surprised to find that they're not where you expect them to be. But don't despair, they're just arond the corner on the TOP shelf.
If you're a beginning Tarot reader, I recommend you check out one of the following:
Thanks to everyone who attended our recent program on "Psychic Reading". I've breezed through the evaluation sheets, and know that most of you had a good time and learned some things. I'll be going through these more carefully and thoroughly as soon as I have a break in my other duties, and will answer any questions and address any concerns I find.
If you forgot to indicate on the evaluation sheet that you want to be included on the email distribution list we use to notify regular attendees of upcoming programs, you can still do so. Just supply it to any staff member at an adult area public service desk or email me at Ilona.Miklos@westlakelibrary.org.
Check out the display on the end cap near the 100s and 200s for featured materials dealing with subject areas with “ancient roots”. ANCIENT WISDOM currently features items on Metaphysics, the 2012 Mayan prophecies, Yoga, Astrology and Witchcraft, but I will be rotating in materials that draw on other areas: Tarot, Feng Shui, Meditation, etc-- over the course of the next month.
On display at the front of the library, materials on PSYCHIC ABILITY. Read about the lives and work of famous psychics: Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Sylvia Browne, Alison Dubois, John Edwards, James Van Praagh, and others. Learn about recognizing and developing your own psychic abilities, the different forms of psychic ability: clairvoyance, clairaudience, dream mediumship, etc. Is there an increase in the number of psychic people in recent generations or were there more in ancient times? How have psychics helped police departments? Has the government employed psychic spies? Read how tarot cards and runes aid in psychic perception. Can we communicate with the dead? with guides, angels or other unembodied spirits?
The display will be refreshed with materials on these and other related subjects throughout this month and I will be putting together a bibliography over the course of the next few days, so watch for that. Copies will be available on the display at the front, and at the Reference department public service desks.
A word of caution--when a web site provides free analysis, it's computer generated and not a substitute for the kind of synthesized analysis a real live astrologer will provide. It's not uncommon, in a computer generated report, for one planet placement or aspect to be indicative of a particular personality characteristic, and another to be indicative of its complete opposite. One planet placement or aspect may indicate, for example, that you are "shy and retiring ", and another one will indicate that you are "outgoing and the life of the party".
"Real" astrologers, who generally charge for their reports, will examine your chart in its entirety, looking for patterns and repetitions that will provide a much more accurate and useful picture. In the case referred to above, he or she may see when, and under what circumstances, you are shy and retiring and under what circumstances you are outgoing and the life of the party. He or she may see that one influence mitigates the other, so that, in fact, you are neither shy nor outgoing, but a more balanced personality. Or he or she may see that you begin life being shy and become outgoing later.
I’m grateful that this information is out there and available for free; but we have to be realistic about what can be done “for FREE”.
Thanks to everyone who attended our program on the "Astrology of Love and Romance" last Thursday evening. I'm just now going through the evaluation sheets and I notice that some of you are interested in knowing where you can get a free astrological birth chart on the internet. The answer is that many websites offer free birth charts.
I did a Google search for the exact phrase "free birth charts" and got pages of hits. It's probably a good idea, if you're interested, to look at a number of these to see what's available. Some of the sites will provide the birth chart with some analysis; others will just provide the chart, itself. Some sites provide other free charts and reports. These are accompanied by advertisements for more extensive and in-depth charts that you can purchase, so if you want FREE, be sure that you are looking in the FREE category.
Check out our display featuring books on the "Astrology of Love and Romance". It's located in front of the Information Desk—and grab a reading list. You'll notice I'm including some items that deal with love and romance from the point of view of other occult philosophies, like Feng Shui, Tarot and Wicca. The traditions are so intertwined; it's interesting to see the connections. Short biographies of our speaker for the April 28 program are also available.