This night…

‘Tis the night before the night before Christmas and all through the house…

I just love this very night. It is my favourite of the season. It’s just a few hours away from the real excitement but not quite and so it is mostly calm with a bit of expectation. It’s the calm before the storm of holiday festivities and I think everyone takes some time out about right now to stop, breathe, regroup and really enjoy the true meaning of what the season is all about.

I tend to sit back and think about all the memories from the year so far and how far we’ve come since this time last year…how the whole year seemed to go by so fast but the feeling of fun has lasts and it seems like only yesterday it was warm; how big the little ones are getting, but how it seems like only not too long ago that I myself was just a kid and how really I still am…and not only at heart; how very blessed we are to have a warm place to sleep and food for our tummies and how good it feels to give to charities any time of the year but especially now, keeping the spirit alive to live all through the year to come when a child believes in a caring world that lives in the warmth of a brand new teddy bear.

This night…love makes all the difference. Happy night before the night before Christmas…

Avatar…

Well, I went last night to see the highly anticipated movie by James Cameron –  “Avatar”. At first, when I found out about this movie, I really didn’t wish to go see it. But my Significant Other asked me to go see it with him. How could I say no? He was so excited about this flick.The Mystic Faerie Tarot

It  is as sad, thought provoking & heart wrenching as it is beautiful, artistic & awe inspiring.    

It manages to put the plight of the planet, the ill fate of races such as the Jews, Native Americans and so many others in the setting of a beautiful dream. It also touches upon things of a spiritual nature, which is as old as time itself, but still very controversial in today’s age. In one respect it is almost too much to take in and possibly ahead of it’s time, but on the other hand it is long over due.     

This film is by far the most disturbing & brilliant film I have ever seen. 

There are many things I like about this movie: it portrays women’s roles in a very positive and powerful way. The dialog is amazing and the score is spot-on. The graphics are the best I have ever seen. In fact, when Jake Sully speaks into his video log and says “I feel like there is real and here is not” I whisper under my breath “…no kidding!” I feel exactly the same way he does as I watch his incredible journey into a planet and culture and race of people that will forever change his life (and possibly mine by the time the lights come up and I venture back out into the real world). I am in awe of this beautiful world I see before me and highly upset that humans would even think about running rip shod all over them and their beautiful home.

But then I stop and think “…this is exactly the thing that HAS happened on the planet Earth over and over and over again. And then I get sadder…

A couple of things bothered me, though, about the mechanics of this film.  For one, the name of the mineral/substance that the Earthlings were trying to mine and strip from the planet Pandora was called “unobtainium”…  What is up with that? Here you have a film that is reported to have cost $300 – $500 million to make. Why skimp on the name of this very important element of the story? Another thing that bugs me: the violence. It seems to me these days that movie makers think that they have to inject *X* amount of violence into their story lines to make sure their ratings and box office numbers go up up UP. I find this insulting. I don’t need gratuitous bloodshed and violence to entertain me. In fact, it is just the opposite. I find that the older I get, the more I detest the sight of this made-up and thrill seeking type of thing in movies. Really good movies and stories just don’t need the violence to make it a good tale if it has any merit or is well written and executed. Quite to the contrary.     

Naytiri of the Na'viI “get” that this movie has a message about all the social issues that we as a species have to work hard on fixing. BUT…why make up this elaborate multi-million dollar eye candy fantasy tale when there is so much documentation regarding such very real things that have come to pass since before the birth of Christ? The Inquisition, the Holocaust, the Native American massacres, Apartheid, the Civil War, and modern issues too numerous to mention…the list goes on and on and on. If kids need a message, show them the truth, not some candy-coated fairy tale.     

I know. It’s “just a movie”. But, parents be warned: this is not a film made for little kids, like the age rating and the trailers would lead you to assume.  PG13 I think should be taken rather literally with this one.     

Food for thought:  Is this movie the work of genius? Just a highly entertaining fantasy trip? Or is this just another attempt at raking in a pile of dough for the movie industry?     

Let me know what you think!

The Lenormand Oracle…

It seems that the more decks I learn about, the more favourites that I collect – if not physically, then at least in my dreams…

There are a few decks out there that I just can’t seem to find or get my hands on. The Victorian Romantic Tarot is one, The Sola Busca is another, and Buckland’s Romani Tarot is yet another again. Either they are available from time to time, but they are up for grabs for a very steep price, or they just are not anywhere to be found. Recently I found on their home website the Victorian Romantic tarot for sale at reverse auction for well over $1000 for a few decks that they managed to squirrel away, but decided to sell them off as a “holiday treat”! Recently they took that auction down for whatever reason – lack of interest? – and just asked a flat $850.00. Gads…

Sola Busca peeks out of obscurity from time to time on eBay, but not touchable for less than $250.00, give or take. Much more reasonable but still a little too steep for my blood.

Buckland’s Romani is just no where to be found that I can tell from my periodic checking. It is a beautiful and unusual deck that I hope to someday own. At least for now I can dream…

It doesn’t help matters when another awesome and amazing deck comes to my attention, and that deck is really two flavours of the same theme: The Lenormand Blue Owl Deck and the White Owl Deck!

The Lenormand Oracle ~ Blue Owl

The Lenormand Oracle ~ Blue Owl

Oh! How I love these cards!

I did manage to get a copy of the Petite deck available from Amazon.com. And I have tracked down a web site that carries both the White, Red and Blue decks – Esoterikshopping.de – but, alas, they don’t ship to the United States. So, while the search goes on, I am finding out more and more about this fascinating group of cards and their enchanting creator.

There are three wonderful WordPress Blogs that features the Lenormand cards: The Lenormand Oracle and Lenormand Oracle Cards and Lenormand Cards with Elizabeth -all blogs are very wonderful, informative and thought-provoking! I suggest to anyone with a keen or even a passing interest in European cards to check these out!

One day I will have in my collection these beautiful decks. Until then I have the miracle of the InterWebz to sate my thirst for the French cards…

Au revoir!

Two is a Charm!

I’m not sure what happened, but my old blog bit the dust…

So…here it is -> my new and improved blog! I will be blogging like crazy very soon, so keep an eye on this spot for all new blog posts!

I feel kinda bad that I lost all the old stuff, but in another way, it is good! I can really concentrate on bringing you the very best that I can give to the world of Tarot blogs!

Stay tuned…