Friday, February 27, 2015

Tarot (and beyond!)



As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts and various social media outlets, my friend +Bryan and I are teaching an online tarot class starting in March.  We’re both so excited about this!  +Bryan and I read tarot cards for each other all the time, and showing off our favorite decks and new techniques is a pastime we both enjoy.

+Bryan started studying and reading tarot in 1992, and I started in 2001.  That’s nearly four decades of experience and study between the two of us.  We both use different decks and employ different techniques, but we both share similar views on tarot and divination, which makes us perfect partners for the class that we will be offering.

The tarot class will feature a live webinar every Saturday morning from 10-11am, EST.  But don’t worry, if you can’t make the live webinar, all of the videos are recorded and saved in our archive.  Anyone with elite membership on the website will have access to all videos and content we post, so that means if you are an elite member and you want to watch a video in five minutes, five weeks, or five years, as long as you are an elite member you will have access to it (and everything else)!

In addition to the webinar videos, +Bryan and I will be posting articles on the website throughout the week.  These articles may be general content or praxis for Esoteric Mysticism, or they may be directly related to the tarot class.  I know I plan to write articles comparing and contrasting the nuances between different decks and how that can slightly shift the meaning from one card to another (and I know +Bryan has great things planned, too!)

In addition to teaching this tarot class, don’t forget that +Bryan posts daily World Spiritual Forecast check-ins over at our website, EsotericMysticism.org.  He also offers professional tarot card reading services, and his information can be found here.  I can personally vouch for his depth, effectiveness, and accuracy.  If you’ve never had a tarot card reading, or if you’re familiar with the process but want to try something new, you’re in for a treat with +Bryan!

We have about two years’ worth of weekly content and topics scheduled for this class, so if you’ve ever wanted to delve deeply into the divinatory system of the tarot, now is your chance!  And don’t forget, to access the class, you must be an elite member over at the website, and elite members have access to all material (not just the tarot class!)  The tarot class is just a little extra bonus, a cherry on top of the content we are offering on our website and as a companion to our book.

The class starts on Saturday, March 7, and will continue every Saturday from then (unless it’s a major holiday or there is an emergency, upon which you will receive notification of any class re-schedules.)

See you on the other side!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

EYE OF THE SEER - Kissing the Limitlesss with Thorn Coyle (Special Classic Encore Presentation)

Bryan was sick on Tuesday night, so we decided to cancel our regularly scheduled show for EYE OF THE SEER.  Instead, he linked up this super special encore presentation from 2011.

Kissing the Limitlesss with Thorn Coyle (Special Classic Encore Presentation)

Bryan has had a lot of great guests over the years, and I was thrilled to find out that he had had T. Thorn Coyle on his show!  It makes me excited because I know what EYE OF THE SEER has been, and I know what it will become.  Fun, exciting times!  I'm so honored to be part of this project!

So check out tonight's special episode, and don't forget to tune in next week when Bryan and I will be offering free tarot card readings, live and on the air.

Clear skies, and see you on the other side!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Walk With Me" - an introduction to Esoteric Mysticism and Eye of the Seer project



Many of you are already at least vaguely familiar with the project I’m working on with my friend +Bryan.  I’ve been reposting and reblogging stuff about it here or there, but this is the first time I’ve really had a chance to sit down and write about it.

A little over a year ago, +Bryan approached me with a project idea.  He had been working on a system of mystical axioms and praxes for over a decade, but had a few false starts over the years.  +Bryan and I have spent many, many late nights talking about religion, spirituality, and mysticism, so he knew that we held similar ideas concerning these issues.  When he asked me if I was interested in helping him with this project, I was flattered and excited.  While I’ve always dreamed of working on a book, I never had imagined a book quite like this.  Plus, +Bryan is great to work with, with lots of experience, knowledge, and wisdom, so I knew that it would be a good partnership.

Here we are, about a year later, and the book is in the final stages of being submitted to a publisher.  We have some content and copy edits to make, a few sentences here or there, and then it’s done.  I can hardly believe it!

But our partnership together doesn’t stop with just the book!  +Bryan has been hard at work setting up a companion website to the book.  We realized very quickly that we needed to cut a whole section from the book because it was getting way, way waaaay too long.  All of that material was added as premium content on the website.  We’re also working on additional articles and videos for website members to check out, too.  The website also has a forum, which I’d really love it if it were more active.  I really look forward to the day that we can engage our readers one-on-one.

As part of our premium content, +Bryan and I are teaching an online tarot class together starting in March!  +Bryan and I both love tarot cards and divination, and we read for each other all the time.  Between the two of us we have decades of experience with tarot, and we’re really excited to be offering this unique class.  We’ll be offering webinar videos, plus weekly articles and other fun ways for our elite website members to interact with us.  We have about two years’ worth of classes planned for the tarot, and then we will move onto the runes.  I’m so excited!  We also sell professional tarot card reading services on the website, so those are worth checking out, too. 

The website has articles, videos, a forum, a tarot class… but that’s not all!  +Bryan resurrected his old paranormal radio show, EYE OF THE SEER, and we’ve been hosting that live on the air every Tuesday night.  We have some really great shows lined up in the next few months, and it’s just been so fun to be able to chat with +Bryan every week, as well as to interact with an audience of listeners.  If you can’t listen live, all EYE OF THE SEER shows are archived, so they’re worth checking out.

We also have a Facebook page, a Facebook group, and on top of all of this, +Bryan has been doing daily tarot card readings via the World Spiritual Forecast, which is a “check-in” with the archetypes that are globally in control for that day.  In conjunction with this, I’m going to be doing weekly rune castings every Wednesday starting in March, with the intention to offer some practical advice on how to navigate the archetypes of the World Spiritual Forecast.

So if you’ve wondered why I’ve cut back on my blogging, why I haven’t been around for lunches with my friends, and why I’ve dropped off of the radar, that’s why!  I’ve been busy finishing up the book, collaborating with +Bryan, practicing my tarot cards and divination, and just in general preparing for this huge project.  +Bryan and I have big plans, not just with this website and our book, but other aspects such as seminars, workshops, future books, etc. 

I’d like to offer a huge thanks to my partner in crime, +Bryan, and thanks to our loving spouses who have been tolerating us and our insanity for so long!  We couldn’t have done this without you!  Thanks to all who have supported us so far, and thanks for those who are on this journey with us.  We hope that you will join us on this path of Esoteric Mysticism, and we’ll see you on the other side!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Taking up the Runes



As I’ve mentioned before, my special study group has been studying runes for a little while.  We had been studying Christopher Penczak’s Temple series, but we needed a break and moved onto Northern Mysteries and Magick by Freya Aswynn.  We liked the runes but didn’t love Aswynn, so we decided to stick with the runes and move onto Taking up the Runes by DianaPaxson. 

I’ve had the Paxson book for a while, ever since I decided to do my crazy Norse study year, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually made an attempt to work through it.  A lot of sources talk about using special ritual tools when “taking up the runes”, such as a new rune set or a rune staff or wand.  But I don’t want a new rune set (I like mine a lot – they’re made of blue goldstone!) I already have a Dionysian Fool’s staff, and I don’t want another wand (I have three.) 

I looked all over Etsy and Ebay (two of my favorite places ever) for some runic jewelry or an armband or something runic and beautiful and awesome.  I didn’t find anything that I liked, though, which surprised me!  I was a little disappointed, really, because I wanted something new and special to mark my new runic journey through Paxson’s book, and to use or wear while doing the rituals she suggests in her book.

My friend Tanaria, who is participating in the rune group with us, is a leather-worker and an artisan, and she mentioned that she was going to make herself a runic headband with all of the Elder Futhark inscribed on the band.  I’ve seen her work before (it’s incredible!) so I asked her if I could commission a piece from her.

My super awesome runic headband was ready for our first runic ritual of Taking up the Runes!  Even before I could come in and sit down, my friend was ready for me, excited to show me her handiwork.  She gave the headband to me, and I was thrilled!  It fits my head perfectly, and I can wear it a few different ways, which is awesome.  

The best part is that while runes are traditionally inscribed in red (Tanaria’s own headband has red runes), she did mine in purple.  “Because Amanda!” she said, and I knew exactly what she meant.  While purple isn’t my official “favorite color” (is it?  Maybe.  I don’t know!)  it’s something I tend to wear a lot, and it looks good on me, and also… Dionysus!  Since purple is a color I associate very much with Dionysus, and I’ve had some interesting Odin and Dionysus rune journeys recently, the color was just perfect.

I felt like a Nordic Queen while wearing my headband, and at the end of the night I tucked it away safely into my rune altar box.  It fits perfectly!  I couldn’t be happier.

And for a handcrafted, custom-made, local artist product… this headband was surprisingly affordable!  Buying from Tanaria was 100 times better than ordering something off of Ebay or even Etsy.  So, it was affordable, it was local, I supported a friend, it looks great, it’s functional, it’s custom-made, it was made with love, I look great in it, it fits in my box, it’s appropriate, it’s a fun new ritual tool… and I love it!

Thanks so much, Tanaria!  I can’t thank you enough for your love and artistry.  I look forward to many more runic rituals with you!  Love!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"We're all made of stars.": Tune in tonight and every Tuesday night!

"We're all made of stars.": Tune in tonight and every Tuesday night!: I’m a co-host over at EYE OF THE SEER. Tune in tonight and every Tuesday for conversations of mysticism, religion, spirituality, the para...



Next week on EYE OF THE SEER



Tonight, Bryan and Amanda take you through the ancient divination systems that latently reside within the 78 cards of the modern tarot deck. They will continue more discussion about their new training program that will guide you through the archetypes of the tarot, teaching you how to exponentially increase the accuracy of your readings by learning how to communicate with and engage these archetypes directly. If you wish to master the tarot, you must listen to this show!







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tune in tonight and every Tuesday night!

I’m a co-host over at EYE OF THE SEER. Tune in tonight and every Tuesday for conversations of mysticism, religion, spirituality, the paranormal, the occult, and more!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/eyeoftheseer/2015/01/28/welcome-to-the-new-eye-of-the-seer-show

Thursday, January 15, 2015

An Introduction into Esoteric Mysticism



As many of you know (and maybe some of you don't) I've been working on a book with a friend of mine.  We are in the beta-stages of our website, and about to do some exciting projects before the book is ready for publication.  (Radio shows, forums, divination, a class on tarot... and more!)  So be sure to check out this promotional video put together by my partner, and be sure to check out our website http://www.esotericmysticism.org for some fun, exciting news and information.

See you on the other side!