In the Spirit of Halloween ~ Ask a Mortician

This little lady is a mortician in Los Angeles, with a mortuary business called “Undertaking LA”.  She’s the author of books on death, and she’s an advocate for “going green” with natural burials and a lot of what would be considered unorthodox alternatives.  She’s hilarious, and charming, and an absolute delight to watch — yes, even with her subject matter.

Enjoy!… Caitlin Doughty

VIDEOS ~ Click HERE

ICONIC CORPSES: The Exploitation of Julie Pastrana

Book Tour: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Book Tour: From Here to Eternity

Book Tour: Will Cats Eat My Eyeballs

Breaking Another Sales Barrier! ~ The Gray Witch’s Grimoire

I’m very proud to let you know that The Gray Witch’s Grimoire has broken another sales barrier! This slender volume of witchcraft and wise-woman energy just keeps giving and giving. If you don’t have a copy, you can purchase one at this link ~

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1780992734/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Love & the Cups ~ from “The Ultimate Tarot Guide…”

[An Excerpt]…from “The Ultimate Tarot Guide for Your Personal Tarot Journey”:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1790491517/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

Ace/Cups ~ With the ace of cups you hold in your hand all of the visions, dreams, and love you will experience in this lifetime… every relationship that touches your existence, every dream-scape that you travel in your sleep, every vision you experience through Spirit spills from the ace of cups. You swim within this realm enveloped by the magic of it all. The real dilemma of this ace comes in managing all of the images, emotions, and depth that you experience with feeling, really FEELING, life.

With the ace of cups, you will learn the importance of filters and boundaries.

Reversed:
Beware. There is the danger of being entangled in fantasy, deluged with paranoia and narcissism, caught in the web of self-deceit.

Be prepared to sort out reality from delusion.

My Personal Connection:
The Ace of Cups has been my biggest challenge in life (me, the Libra, forever connecting in partnerships), forever pursuing love and a fairy tale ending, not anticipating what each encounter would bring to me, what I would learn from it, what I would suffer for it, what I would take away from it. The Libra in me has not been content unless I was one of a pair, from the time I was 15 years old. There has only been three years in my 20s and going on three years in my 60s that I have been a single entity. And I realize now, looking back in reflection, that these single years have been the largest periods of growth and development for me.

This beautiful cup full of promises and love, commitment and passion, had to throw the water it contains in my face to wake me up, in order for me to see and recognize destructive patterns in my life, in order for me to break these patterns. Does this mean that the belief in fairy tale endings has been washed away? The idea of love and passion that never dies? The idea of soul mates and magical connections? No, of course not, but it’s the realization that those things must be chosen carefully, that you can’t take such big steps at face value and wish for the best outcome. It’s also made me realize that if those things are not for me, or not for me at particular periods of life, that’s okay too.

It’s taken a lifetime, but I’m finally at peace with the Ace of Cups.

My Books ~
Amazon UK… https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amythyst-Raine/e/B004NMWMX4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Amazon Germany… https://www.amazon.de/-/e/B004NMWMX4
Amazon France… https://www.amazon.fr/l/B004NMWMX4/261-6611849-9488242?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
Amazon US… https://www.amazon.com/Amythyst-Raine/e/B004NMWMX4

BOOK RELEASE! ~ The Ultimate Tarot Guide for Your Personal Tarot Journey

BOOK RELEASE!…Book #6 is UP and AVAILABLE @ Amazon ~ “The Ultimate Tarot Guide for Your Personal Tarot Journey”

Purchase your copy here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790491517

“This book takes you on an inspirational magical journey into the realm of tarot. Traditionalism and mediocrity are left behind. The author flings open doors and expands horizons to reveal amazing connections with tarot and it’s intimate influence on our world. As you make your way through this tarot study guide and workbook, you will develop a very unique and personal connection with the tarot and a deeper understanding of yourself.”

EDIT:  Amazon Reviews ~ It would be greatly appreciated if anyone purchasing this book @ Amazon would leave a star rating, a review, or a comment! Thank you!

I have the Proof Copy in my hands!

 

The Writer’s Corner ~ video

Books by Amythyst Raine @ Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Amythyst-Raine/e/B004NMWMX4

The Writer’s Corner/Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/booksbyamythystraine/

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Book Teaser! ~ Defining the Elusive Queen of Cups

Book Teaser!!… I’m still plugging away at the chapter on the Court Cards. How well do you really understand the Queen of Cups? Here’s a clip from my book:
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The Dark Side ~

The Queen of cups walks through life in a haze and fog of dreamy unawareness to the physical world, caught up in the ethereal, the unseen, the spirit side of existence. She can often tell you the innermost unspoken true feelings of someone she was conversing with but not remember what they were wearing. When she does plant her feet in the earth, she doesn’t connect with the physical world in the way most people do. She can hear voices within the wind in the trees; she can see the aura of plants; the wisps of magical beings in the garden; the thoughts and emotions of animals. To the mundane world, this Queen may often appear mentally fragile and on the edge. In reality, this is her reality, and sometimes her curse, she can see and hear and feel things that most people can’t.

Not many people will truly understand the Queen of cups, and some may even dislike her, though they may not understand why. There will be those who are disturbed at the nuances and unspoken connections often misunderstood by individuals who lack this sensitivity, and there will be those perhaps frightened by how easily she walks through the spiritual realm, so matter-of-factly, as though it were completely normal, when to most people it is not. She will always be the outsider, viewed with suspicion and sometimes disdain by the community around her, the clubs and cliques of society. At her most extreme, even the people who share her inner knowledge and experiences will find her bewildering, and her place at the outside edge of communal inclusion will be complete.

Her greatest downfall is the ability to lose herself, not being true to herself, in search of love and commitment. Relationships will be difficult for her. She will strive to connect with someone who can connect with her on a myriad of levels and meet her on her turf, as part of her inner world. Her search may prove futile, but it won’t be from lack of trying. She is artistic, creative, and wonderfully fluid, and she will use these abilities to try and transform herself to fit into the mold, to be what her suitor wants her to be, to fit into their life and their mind and their heart perfectly, in fairy tale fashion. In the midst of this hopelessly impossible endeavor, this Queen will often amputate the best parts of herself.

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Breaking Another Barrier

Good morning, World! I start today off with an email from my publisher ~ “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire” has broken another sales barrier! Whoop! These milestones are happy events that make all those weeks and months of working on a book worth-while and satisfying! Below are links to purchase this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from Moon Books.

You can purchase this book at ~

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Witchs-Grimoire-Amythyst-Raine/dp/1780992734/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gray-witchs-grimoire-amythyst-raine/1109430180?ean=9781780992730

Moon Books:  http://www.moon-books.net/books/gray-witchs-grimoire-the

 

Amazon Ranking!

My book The Spiritual Feminist is ranked #170 in the Goddess category at Amazon right now… Not too shabby! Woot!

https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Feminist-Amythyst-Raine-Hatayama/dp/1782799699/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

I stumbled upon this information by accident today when I was updating my FB pages.  The numbers at Amazon are in a constant state of flux and change, so I don’t really keep track of this information intentionally, but I might pay closer attention now.  This book has its own Facebook page (as all of my books do):  https://www.facebook.com/thespiritualfeminist?ref=hl

“So many people throughout my life have told me who I am, what I must do, what I can’t do, what I have to complete, and what I will never be able to accomplish, and then I met the Goddess.” (From The Spiritual Feminist) …The Spiritual Feminist empowers today’s modern woman through the Goddess, connecting her to ancient matriarchal divinity and spiritual practices which invoke this energy.

 

Today’s Inspiration ~ The Sun

The major arcana card, The Sun, reeks of happiness; but sometimes this happiness comes at a price, and sometimes it comes after a long period of intense seeking and personal revelations. There is virtually no fairy tales in real life with happy ever after endings and stagnant heroes and heroines who remain frozen in one perfect moment of time and space.   And this is not the artificial kind of “happiness” that the tarot card, The Sun, represents. It has more depth than that.

A moment of happiness snatched from the teeth of sorrow is much more profound, with a much larger impact on the human psyche, than a life lived in one eternal “Leave it to Beaver” episode.   And that’s what this tarot card is all about.

Source:  this blog post is a brief excerpt from
“Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”

 

Busy Week ~ Publishing, Revamping, aka I Love Amazon!

It’s been a ridiculously hectic week, and I’m kind of sorta’ proud of myself for coming through in the middle of a raging achy cold, what my grandmother would call “a case of the cruds”.

I’ve been sick since last Friday, went to work on Monday, came home and started editing a manuscript at 5pm, for my very first book that was published in 2010 by Labyrinth House, Tarot: A Witch’s Journey.  I contacted my editor for this book who was excited and gracious, and immediately acknowledged the return of my copyright.  (Yay!  First hurdle accomplished!).  The next thing to do was to bring this manuscript up and start the tedious, very non-fun part of writing called editing. Ugh.  But I was driven with determination and a lot of excitement experienced through a haze of some really awesome cold medicine. (Did I say that?)

Many hours later, it was 2am to be exact, I clicked the final magnificent Amazon KDP button that says in bold and very dramatic letters, “Click to Publish”. It was kind of amazing, and I felt kind of like I was clicking something life-changing, like an executioner who pulls the switch. (That might be two really different things, but I imagine a huge adrenaline rush with either one.)  Omg, that done, I flopped into bed with a terrific headache and the knowledge that the gods at Amazon would do the rest.

I’m so proud to show you the cover of the book that I gave birth to (again), without any anesthetic, mind you.  And just as all new mothers say, “It was well worth any pain or discomfort.”  And would I do it again?  “Hell, yes!”, all new mothers say, cradling thier precious in their arms, glowing with their accomplishement, a little giddy from all the hormones.

 

Tarot: A Witch’s Journey, 2nd EDITION

“Tarot: A Witch’s Journey, 2nd EDITION, is live on Amazon and available for purchase here… https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980413002?ref_=pe_870760_150889320

“It’s all about the journey, not the destination”, as the old saying goes.

Follow author, Amythyst Raine, through the realm of Tarot, uncovering life’s mysteries along the way. Explore esoteric connections through the cards with astrology, numerology, and the Kabbalah. Delve into criminal cases explored intimately through the intricacies of the tarot and intuitive reading. Connect with and experience the human psyche through the court cards. Discover tarot’s power within the magick of the occult world. Begin your journey through the realm of Tarot today.

 

In the Spirit of the Gray Witch (video)

This book is an excellent companion book to
“The Gray Witch’s Grimoire”
Purchase books by Amythyst Raine @ Amazon:
My website:  The Witch’s Corner
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
My blog:  Magickal Connections
http://wytchymystique.com
My tarot website:  The Tarot Parlour
The music is by the amazing Kevin McLeod,
Meditation Impromptu, from the Youtube Library.

New Book Release! ~ “Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way”

Good morning, World! I’m starting the day off with some Great News ~ I have a new book that will be launching the end of this month with AMAZON: “Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way”.  It’s available in paperback.

Watch my Amazon Author Page where you can purchase Your Copy!…

Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way explores the magick and mystery of old world traditions from a unique perspective, that of the Gray Witch. While the modern world and everything in it are often viewed as either black or white, there are those magickal practitioners who recognize a more realistic normality ~ that shady gray area where the lines are blurred, and the adventuresome practitioners will discover that witchcraft can consist of power and justice, as well as love and peace. And in this realization comes an epiphany, one is not so different from the other. Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way is an excellent companion book to The Gray Witch’s Grimoire.

https://www.amazon.com/Amythyst-Raine/e/B004NMWMX4

Edit:  This book just went LIVE at Amazon! Woot! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973564351/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RX5971G44AC28DC1P39Y