TarotCopes for September 7-13, 2014

TarotCopes for September 7-13, 2014

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nine-earthI have a book recommendation for you. If you like paranormal romance/urban fantasy, you should check out Deborah Blake’s Wickedly Dangerous. Or you might prefer Marilu Mann (that’s me!) Changing Paths. Here’s an excerpt.

Prefer to write your own? I can help with that.

Now on to this week’s TarotCopes.

CARD OF THE WEEK: TEMPERANCE Change is coming. You must balance what you want w/ what you have w/ what you need. Easy-peasy, right? 😐

 

AQUARIUS SIX OF AIR Working with others is good. Choose effective means of communication. Learn their way of speaking first. Language counts.

PISCES CHILD OF FIRE Let your passion out. Be playful. Be fun. Explore back roads. Investigate what fires you up. Good week to let your hair down.

ARIES ACE OF FIRE Curiosity followed brings rewards. Imagination chased opens up new worlds, relationships. This is about letting passion start.

TAURUS EIGHT OF FIRE Busy week. Sneakers and power bars recommended. Last-minute meetings. Unexpected deadlines. Get as much done now as you can.

GEMINI SEVEN OF AIR Not sure where to do? Put down the map. Goal is closer than you think. Short trips favored. Good wk to explore neighborhood.

CANCER CHARIOT Work on good habits you want to create. It’s better to focus on those than what needs breaking. Drive your own life forward.

LEO LOVERS Show others how to love themselves. Write sonnets to trees. Serenade a squirrel. Good week to be silly. Playtime brings love.

VIRGO SEVEN OF WATER What are your dreams? Worried they won’t happen? Let that go. Time to indulge in at least one of them. Dive all the way in.

LIBRA FIVE OF AIR Competition. Squabbles. Stop fighting with yourself. Each idea has a place. A good week to untangle emotion from thought.

SCORPIO HERMIT Grab a good book. Shut the door to the world. Take-out Chinese. Ignoring the world’s noise is best. You need a time out.

SAGITTARIUS TEN OF WATER Emotional cycles. Completion of old relationships. Understanding the why of things helps you move forward with grace.

CAPRICORN GUARDIAN OF EARTH Figure out what’s next by examining progress. One project needs more time but the other is ready to go. Make it happen.

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TarotsCopes for August 24-30, 2014

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This has been a big week for me. From loved ones in the hospital to major upheavals at one of my jobs to the release of yet another book by my alter-ego, Marilu Mann.

Whew. I’m a bit glad to put this week behind me. How was your week? Don’t forget to tweet/pin/facebook etc this post (see above or share below) to be entered in this week’s contest. You could win a 30 minute ($55 value) SKYPE reading with me. Contest ends 9pm CST 8/25/2014. Winner notified by Friday 8/29/2014.

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Let’s check out this week’s TarotsCopes, shall we? Yes, I think I will stick with Tarot Copes as a new name.

First, here’s a round-up of this past week’s post in case you missed them.

CARD OF THE WEEK: Five of Swords What squirms in your mind? What needs to be cut away? Releasing self-doubt is the key. Work on focus.

AQUARIUS EIGHT OF SWORDS Challenging? Yes, this week will be, but you have done the work. Unfold, blossom, spread your wings. You’ll be fine.

PISCES STRENGTH Remember the key to true success is to control your reactions. Thinking first is best. Breathing is better. Act don’t react.

ARIES FIVE OF WANDS Competition can improve you as long as you are competing against yourself first. The others are fun, but you are your biggest challenge.

TAURUS SON OF PENTACLES Money moves forward. Maybe slowly, but it is forward. Look where you were 6 months ago. Celebrate the steady measured growth.

GEMINI FOUR OF WANDS Stick close to home. Tackle that to-do list around the house. Time to celebrate in small ways so invite friends over.

CANCER HIEROPHANT Honey, if you are breaking your own rules, who’s really to blame? Rewrite what’s not working. Stick with what is working.WildUnknown_3cards

LEO FIVE OF PENTACLES Time to dehead fading roses. Let go of those who are sucking you dry. Focus on those who give back. Hard times pass.

VIRGO DAUGHTER OF WANDS Growth. Look to your personal passions for ways to bring meaning to your life. Get fired up and get started now.

LIBRA DEVIL Many temptations to do the wrong thing. Stay strong. Stay on track. Don’t let your base needs overrule your head. Just say no.

SCORPIO SON OF WANDS Rise up to meet the challenges. Face your fears head on to win. Movement and action are your key words. Get going.

SAGITTARIUS THREE OF SWORDS Thoughts of past hurts can take you down. Understand that it is over. It’s done. Betrayal hurts. Don’t wallow.

CAPRICORN SIX OF COINS Memories serve you well. Reflect on happiest time. Recreate them in the here and now? Sure you can. Family is the key.

Today’s deck? Wild Unknown Tarot is bringing me joy. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

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I’ll Huff + I’ll Puff!

Who is huffing and puffing in your life? Here’s a spread to help you find out.

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Today’s blog challenge is about jobs. I’ve had so many amazing jobs that I found it hard to nail just one down. Being an author is probably the very best of the best. I’m in the throes of promotion for my most recent book so I am sharing a spread with you. This spread is for discovering who the Big Bad Wolf is where you work.

Speaking of promo, I need your help. I’m using a tool called ThunderclapIt which uses the strength of social media. If you would like to help (and be in the running to win your choice of any of Marilu Mann‘s digital backlist or a seat in my fiction writer’s e-course), head here.

Sign up is super easy. I have done ThunderclapIt for several organizations (like Save the Sea Turtle and #96Elephants). I have never had any spam from this group nor has it accessed my account in any way other than what I allowed.

Now here’s the spread. This is included in my Fairy Tale Tarot Spreads ebook.

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Red had to deal with her nemesis, the big bad wolf. Her happy skipping through the forest was halted by the wolf but not ended. He obtained information from her that could be used against her later. At some point we all think there is a Big Bad Wolf in our lives.

This wolf could be someone we thought was a friend or perhaps a co-worker or even a family member. Sometimes it could even be ourselves. I’m huge on self-responsibility so my first thought is that I am responsible for the creation of any big bad wolves in my own life. Sometimes I am told that I am too hard on myself and need to realize that sometimes the Big Bad Wolf really is at my door.

So this spread is designed to take a look at those moments when we think the Big Bad Wolf is knocking. Is it a figment of our imaginations or a true threat to our happiness?

Big Bad Wolf Tarot Spread

  1. Who is the Big Bad Wolf in my life (remember that sometimes it can be yourself against yourself)
  2. What is the intensity of this threat? (Here is where you will see if the threat is real or paranoia)
  3. What type of threat is the Big Bad Wolf to me? (Emotional? Physical? Spiritual? Mental?)
  4. Why is the Big Bad Wolf a threat to me?
  5. How can I minimize this threat to me?
  6. Who can aid me against the Big Bad Wolf?
  7. What is the next task after I have defeated the Big Bad Wolf?

It’s important to remember a few things in this spread. One is that second question. What is the intensity of this energy. If you get a Knight of Wands, you can probably safely assume attack is imminent. But what about an Ace of Wands? For me this would make me lean towards the idea that the seed of passionate engagement is there but I have the ability to not nurture that energy. I can choose to step away.

Think of each card in terms of what choices it gives you. Enable yourself to find the tools you need to deal with this threat in creative, positive ways. And never forget the lesson those three little pigs and Little Red learned.

You can always turn to your friends and family for help. Red had the woodsman while the pigs had one another. That’s card six in this spread. I look forward to hearing what your readings turn up. Who is huffing and puffing in your life?

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Firm Trouble + Panic

Then comes the email from our editor that says, “Firm Trouble has a publish date of 8/22. Now while that is exciting, it also translates into a lot of work.

Firm Trouble by Marilu MannToday is a big day in the Arwen world. I just got word that book twelve will be out August 22.

Now while that is exciting, it also translates into a lot of work. Because writing the book is only half the battle. In fact, in some ways, writing the book is the easy part. Well, I can say that once the darn thing has been written, submitted, accepted, edited and put into the publish queue.

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DEFCON 4!
Scramble the jets!
Call out GI JOE!
GO! GO! GO!

Ahem.

That’s pretty much my internal reaction. My external is less dramatic. I think.

Folks always ask me if I’m excited to write a book. Yes and no. It’s very fulfilling to be able to tell my stories (our stories, since I write with the world’s best writing partner, Cai. She also happens to be my life-long best friend.) I write as Marilu Mann

The real pay-off for me is when people read my book. I love reading reviews. Even the bad ones give me a charge because someone took the time to express their opinion. Okay, so sometimes I stick my tongue out at the bad reviews. Hey! I’m human.

So here’s a list of just my shifter series books. They are all available for Kindle, Nook, and PC as well as other reading devices.

1. Changing Times (Lusting Wild 1) Antique shop owner, Tony Pantera, falls for Dr. Carly Chambers. This sexy panther shifter resists his primal need for the human doctor, but a shifter war means he has to protect her.

2. Changing Hearts (Lusting Wild 2) Malcolm has abandoned his Pack. Joie finds an injured wolf in the swamp. Little does she know that her healing touch is going to have to soothe not only a wolf but also a man. When she finds out the man is a wolf, can she love both?

3. Changing Focus (Lusting Wild 3)Micah doesn’t want to be Alpha. He also doesn’t know what to do with the photojournalist at his Wisconsin lodge. There’s something different about Olivia. Can he convince her to embrace her wild side?

4. Changing Paths (Lusting Wild 4) Harmony returns to her Pack. She can’t answer the call of the moon but her daughter shows all the signs of being Moon-Called. When Gareth shows up, Harmony has to deal with her own hormones. The scarred handyman is everything she wants as well as everything she can’t have–a Moon-Called male.

You can see all the books available from Marilu Mann here. You can also visit our Amazon author page or find us at Goodreads. And thanks so much for taking the time to read, rate and review.

Today’s affirmation!

I am creative. I am whole in my self. I am beautiful, strong and kind. Compassion is my first reaction. Loved and loving, I love each of you. Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Firm Trouble, Marilu Mann, created by Ellora’s Cave art department

 

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Tarotscopes for the week of June 15-21, 2014

Welcome to your tarotscopes for the week of June 15-21, 2014. Out of the twelve signs we had five in the same suit with three of the four courts of that suit showing up. The card of the week was also in that suit. Going to be an interesting week, I think.

Welcome to your tarotscopes for the week of June 15-21, 2014. Out of the twelve signs we had five in the same suit with three of the four courts of that suit showing up. The card of the week was also in that suit. Going to be an interesting week, I think.

If you enjoy paranormal romance, you can read the first chapter of Changing Paths by Marilu Mann or download a free sample. I am one half of Marilu Mann and this is our tenth publication.

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Tarot of the Old Path

Card of the Week: Knight of Pentacles Travel may be a bit slower than you like. Take cash if you go on a longer trip please. Budget well.

AQUARIUS STRENGTH Can’t get where you need to be? Stop dithering. Commit. Understand that strength is your determination to get things done.
PISCES QUEEN OF PENTACLES Nurture your work. Honor your need to comfort yourself and others. Home calls to you. Be a loving partner.
ARIES QUEEN OF RODS Fire it up, baby. Intensity of will sees you through this week. Multi-tasking is a must. What is your passion? DO IT.
TAURUS EIGHT OF PENTACLES Time for some hands on work. Look at what needs to be done. Start doing it. Putting it off won’t work. Make it happen.
GEMINI TWO OF SWORDS Pushmi/Pullyu time. Struggling over a decision. Stop dithering. Make the incision. It will only get worse if you don’t address it now.
CANCER KING OF PENTACLES Decisions about business/job are on the table. Focus on what’s best for all. Being in charge isn’t easy, it is?
LEO ACE OF PENTACLES Good energy for new business. Start-ups favored. Look to an Aries for help. Goals are reachable if you start now.
VIRGO FOOL Future looks scary only because you are holding back. Commit to the journey, darling. Allow faith to be your guide. LEAP!
LIBRA THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE Some incredibly good luck for you this week. When an opportunity presents itself, carpe diem, baby. CARPE DIEM. Write it down.
SCORPIO NINE OF SWORDS Take time to identify what you can control. Remember this. Stay in your own hula hoop for best mental peace. Own your own shit.
SAGITTARIUS THE SUN Stop expecting bad. Look for good. Turn your attitude around to see the richness of your world. Open up to the blessings.
CAPRICORN KNIGHT OF CAULDRONS Deepen your relationships with others by accepting them as they are. Let them hear your dreams and hopes.

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Are You Mossy?

GEM78_5This card reminds me that a rolling stone gathers no moss. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.

On the no moss side, you are assured of a constantly changing view. You will never be bored if you are always on the move.

On the moss side, you would find time to rest and time to sink your roots down into a place before gallivanting off again.

I’ve been both, I think. I’ve lived in Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Utah, and Colorado with several repeat stops in both Louisiana and Texas.

One of the pluses of that gadfly behaviour was the chance to make and maintain friendships all over the country. Thanks to finding the internet (that was in Michigan), I met people I would have never met.

The first stop for me on the internet was pre-world wide web days. In fact, as I write this, I’m wearing a sweatshirt that proudly says, “use your modem to dial.” Oh yeah, those were the days. My first home on the ‘net was a place called Grex. It was magical for me. It’s still out there too!

I found a place where there were areas to be myself as well as areas to play in fantasy worlds as another character. I think it was the first place I exercised my creative writing other than via letters with Cai who is the other half of Marilu Mann.

The Four of Swords here is from AGMuller’s Gemstones and Crystals Tarot. While I don’t necessarily agree with all the choices this deck makes, I love moss agate for the Four of Swords.

Have you been a rolling stone? Where did you roll to?

Have you gathered moss? Where were you when you first felt that idea of “Oh, this is what it feels like to belong?”

I’m challenging you today to use 180 seconds of your day to focus on one of those questions. Then tell me about it.

Four of Swords, Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals, AGMuller 2007

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

I’ve learned how to take my mossy and non-mossy self to the next level with Leonie Dawson. You can too. Click the graphic below (aff link) to learn how. I have belonged since last May and it has truly galvanized me. I’d love to have you join me on this journey.

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Are You Humble?

zentangle009Today’s card is from my zentangles. It’s actually a mandala with zentangle elements. I’m most proud of the shading on this one.

I hesitated before I wrote that. It seems…well…a bit prideful, you know? (Pssst, you can click it to see a larger image)

But then again, why shouldn’t I say I like something that I did? Lately I’ve seen a trend. There’s this overbearing sense of humility out on the web.

“Gee, I don’t have anything you could possible want but here’s a book I wrote. Maybe you’ll like it?”

“Oh I don’t know why you are here reading my post when you could be out doing something really amazing.”

“If you have nothing better to do, maybe you could tell a friend about this widget I’m selling? It might really be okay.”

Y’all. Listen up.

There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I am selling houses now. If you are in the market, chat me up. I’ve got some killer marketing strategies.”

Or

“I rock at teaching entrepeneurs how to really shine.”

Which would you be more interested in?

A) So yeah, I write naughty girl porn books
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B) I write this great series about sexy-as-sin shifters who meet their matches. From steamy New Orleans to saunas in Wisconsin, you will want one of these passionate hotties curled up in the bed with you.

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again.

Be your own publicist.

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I give you permission to tell me something amazing about yourself in the comments. Got a book you wrote? Have a product you sell? Host a can’t-be-missed radio show? Are you one bad mammajamma?

Tell me. Sing your own praises. Believe in yourself.

Yep, that’s your 180 seconds today. Commit to believing yourself. Commit to buying the hype about YOU.

I think you are freakin’ awesome. I want you to believe that too.

Oh and hey. I wrote this hella hot series about singe-your-hair sexy shifters. Check them out!

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Zentangle, Arwen Lynch, 2013

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Tick…Tick…BOOM!

Hoo boy, Arwen is hot under the collar. I think if I drew a card, I’d get the Five of Fire right now. Full on flame-throwing fire-breathing dragon mode.

 

Hoo boy, “teh Arwen” is hot under the collar. I think if I drew a card, I’d get the Five of Fire right now. Full on flame-throwing fire-breathing dragon mode.

Here is what Joanna Powell Colbert says of this card:

A fire performer spits billowing flames out of his mouth. Twisted faces of gargoyles or maddened creatures form in the smoke and fire.

Divinatory meaning: Anger, rage, fury. Hubris. A dangerous game. The temptation to dominate or have power over others.

Someone is trying to dominate another. And it is making me FURIOUS. You see, Continue reading “Tick…Tick…BOOM!”

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June 2010 Tarotscopes

So it’s June already. Are you ready for Summer (or Winter if you are on the other side of the world)? Are you doing anything fun? Hope you enjoy this month’s Tarotscopes. Some of you need to be on the look out for love while others need to come out of your caves. And there’s a huge lesson about generosity as well.

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Remember that Marilu Mann has a new book out called Sex And Trouble. You can read an excerpt here. Or you can go here to read a different excerpt.

You can listen to the June Tarotscopes here.

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Sex, Trouble and Tarot

What’s a demon gotta to do to get a little love? Find out when I do a reading for one red-hot lover who’s got a little problem. You can win a $50 gift certificate too.

To celebrate the release of book number seven, I did a reading for the hero of Sex and Trouble by Marilu Mann. What’s a demon gotta to do to get a little love?

Go comment here. You’ll be in the running to win a $50 gift certificate or a signed copy of Marilu’s first two books. NOTE: The contest starts at noon Central.

By the way, for those that don’t know, I’m half of Marilu Mann.

Sex And Trouble by Marilu Mann:

“Marielle has just learned she’s a hereditary witch whose inheritance comes with a creepy house and a hot butler who is really a trapped sex demon. Mari doesn’t believe in magick or demons. But once she sees her butler’s—ahem—horns, she has to face the facts. And, he can only be released through mutual sexual pleasure.

Although Mari’s sexier than anyone he’s ever known, Rosier wants to go home. If that means making Mari scream in ecstasy, he’ll just have to deal. It’s simple. They have to unlock her powers, defeat her father’s enemy and have mind-blowing sex…in the next two weeks or he’s trapped forever. What’s a girl to do when her inheritance leads to Sex and Trouble? Enjoy it!”

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