Friday, August 31, 2007
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov
Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFreeless by Ahmet Zappa
I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale
Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Just One Look by Harlan Coben
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt
48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Midnighters #1 The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters #2 Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters #3 Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
The Manny Files by Christian Burch
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Stuck in the 70's by DL Garfinkle
Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Shakespeare's Counselor by Charlaine Harris
The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper
12 Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Odin, the All-Father was the most revered and most powerful leader of the gods. Warriors went into battle knowing that should he be slain, he would go to the halls of Vaihalla in the company of Odin. To be blessed by Odin was the highest honor for both men and gods. His throne was callled Hidskialf and was the highest vantage point in Asgard. His companions were the ravens Huginn & Muninn and the two wolves, Geri and Freki.
Meaning: A gift, visit or advice from an older person. Learning & wisdom.
Reversed: duplicity, interference by an older person.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Description: A young man hangs upside down from one foot on a cross. A golden halo surrounds his head. His mood seems jaunty rather than gruesome.
My thoughts: A time of waiting, reflection.
Traditional Meaning: Pausing to reflect, soul searching and prophecy.
Reversed: Lack of Spirituality, selfishness, self-centered.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Description: The queen sits on a throne on the shore by the ocean. She holds in her hand a large golden cup.
My thoughts: Cups traditional element is water. Water is elusive, always moving, never constant, therefore, cups are the symbol of emotion and relationships. The queen is gazing sedately at the cup. She seems to be a woman who is content and loving. However, she can be a lioness if any threatens her or her family.
Traditional meaning: Sensitivity and loving. Deep caring.
Reversed: Emotional access. A distinguished person who is not to be trusted.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Meaning: Mischief making, unrealiability.
Reversed: A hasty decision that causes anxiety and regret.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Description: Man sits working, chiseling a pentacle onto a disk. Another lies on the floor and six others hand from a column. Not all the pentacles chiseled in are symmetrical.
My thoughts: Hard work will bring success.
Traditional Meaning: This is the apprentice card. It is a card of starting over, new beginnings. A time of learning, making mistakes, beginning anew.
Reversed: Dread of work, poor performance at work, doubt in abilities.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Card: Two of Swords, Minor Arcana
Description: Woman sits beside a choppy sea in the evening. Her back is to the ocean. She is dressed in a long white robe and she is blindfolded. She holds in her hands a pair of crossed swords.
My thoughts: A decision has been made and the one who made it is blind to any other suggestion.
Reversed: falsehood, duplicity, disloyality
Monday, August 20, 2007
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Reversed: Selfish, egotistical. Be warned of an enemy.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I really liked this book. It was very well written and all the elements of the story tied together in surprising ways.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Rune: Kaunaz (kane-awze) #6 The Goddess Skuld belonging to the Freya.
Skuld was one of the three Norn sisters, Skuld, Urd and Verdandi. The Norn sisters impart wisdom to the gods. Skuld is therefore identified with enlightenment and divinatory meanings. Urd represented the Past, Verdandi, the present. Gods visited and sought the sisters for their advice, but the ultimate fate of the gods was kept secret from the sisters. The Norns lived near the Urdar Fountain where Skuld collected water for the roots of the sacred ash tree, Yggdrasil. Skuld road with the Valkyries to collect fallen warriors.
Meaning: For a woman - good fortune. For a man - giving a giftl Lust, empathy, enlightenment are also meanings. The possibilty of health problems.
Reversed: Loss, endings, resignation.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Description: The chariot driver sits in a silver chariot with blue sky curtains. The chariot is being drawn by two spinx, one black, one white. The driver wears armor with cresent moons on the shoulders and a star crown. He wears a necklace with a square shaped jewel.
My thoughts: A triumph, a glorious procession. A hard won victory.
Traditional meaning: A union of opposites. Control is needed over opposing circumstances, people or things in your life. Confidence and motivation are needed.
Reversed: Unbalance and no control. Rushing head long into a situation without thought.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
You are White Chocolate
You are White Chocolate
You are sweet, caring, and truly very innocent.
Whether your naive ways are a bit of act or not, people like to take care of you.
You are a quiet flirt, and your power is often underestimated!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Try is the god of justice and defence. He is the patron god of the sword. To the majority of Germanic people, he was the original sun god. He had no consort. When the evil Fenris Wolf had to be contained, he did what needed to be done even though it cost him his hand. He was made one of the council of twelve gods because he was honorable, his leadership qualities and his concern for humanity.
Meaning: Success is indicated, a legal advantage. If the querient is a man, he is love smitten. If a woman, great love will be hers.
Reversed: untrustworthy relationship, romantic troubles
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
My thoughts: A heroic end. A period of rest. A hard battle has been fought and now it is time to step back and restore.
Reversed: Need to slow down, rest, and reflect. Cowardice.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Description: Grey bearded man dressed in gray robes holds a lantern in his right hand and a staff in the other. He stands on a flat surface covered in snow.
My thoughts: This is my card. I always feel such an affinity for this one. I was raised almost like an only child because I was so much younger than my brother and sisters. I have married, had children, but still long to find time just for myself, to be alone. My hobbies and pursuits are mainly things I do by myself. I read, I listen to music, I watch old movies.
Traditional meaning: introspection and a desire for peace and solitude, and eventually, enlightenment.
Reversed: Outside events may influence you. You solitude may lead to alienation, isolation.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Reversed: Beware, there are those who would take advantage of you. Caution
Friday, August 3, 2007
I really liked this book and I want to read the follow-up book "Pigs in Heaven". I went to a book talk by Barbara Kingsolver a couple of months ago and this was one of the books I purchased. I had never read anything by her before seeing her, but now have audios of several of her books and a copy of her newest book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" on my list of TBRs.
This review can also be found at : The Smoke Lives! TBR Bookmooch Blog
Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver *reviewed
Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris
Dragonwyck by Anya Seton *reviewed
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
Card: Six of Swords (Minor Arcana)
Description: Woman and child sit huddled in a boat being rowed by a lone man. Six swords are firmly planted in the front of the boat, driven into the wood. They are crossing a vast sea heading toward a distant shore.
My thoughts: The family has been though a tragedy. They are having a hard time seeing far enough into the future to know that a new life or better times awaits them on the distant shore.
Traditional meaning: Leaving difficulties behind. A trip - especially by boat. Finding solutions.
Reversed: declaration or confession, perhaps a public one
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Rune: Inguz (eeeng-gooz) #22 The god Frey and belonging to the god Tyr.
Frey was the son of Njord and the brother of Freya. When he was a child, he and his sister lived with Njord in Asgard. When he cut his first tooth, he was given the realm of Alfheim where he ruled over the fairies and elves. He is attributed with bringing light forth from darkness. He is the god of fertility, sunlight, peace and prosperity.
Animal: boar & cuckoo
Meaning: Male fertility, family, children, health.
Reversed: Conclusions, beginnings.