Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Samhain!


To my pagan kin, Happy Samhain!
To everyone else, Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 21, 2011

OWS: Alternative healers wanted


Looking for Professional Healers
to Volunteer Services at Occupy Wall Street

I've just received an appeal from a friend of a friend, Reiki practitioner Louisya McFarland, who is helping to organize alternative healers to offer services to everyone down at Zuccotti Park--from occupiers to the security detail. Click McFarland's name to email her, or contact Jean Menges, L.Ac. as noted below.

The need is for "anyone comfortable working in a street medicine setting and on protestors suffering from physical, emotional and mental trauma." All types of community healing services will be offered from 10am to 10pm, daily.

Looking for a way to make a difference and support OWS? This could be the right move for you.

Contact the OWS-Community Healing Volunteer Coordinator, Jean Menges, L.Ac. Click name to email. Call or text 646-319-2959. Call 212-245-0335 (office).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The revolution will be playful!

Raising the level (c)2011, Eva Yaa Asantewaa
hummingwitch and InfiniteBody blogs support Occupy Wall Street.

Check InfiniteBody blog for future announcements from OWS' Arts and Culture working group.

To see more of my photos from yesterday's OWS demonstration at Washington Square Park, click here.

Why Occupy Wall Street? Visit We are the 99 Percent and see.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New reviews: Gaians and dragons


The Gaian Tarot

reviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa (

Now, here comes artist Joanna Powell Colbert's Gaian Tarot published by Llewellyn (September, 2011; ISBN: 9780738718910). It's a deck that clearly announces, "I have new stories to tell!" And it's right on time.

If you've worked with Tarot for many years, pick up this deck and let its amiable, nature-oriented images take you to these new narratives. If you're a Tarot newbie, never fear: Allow your mind to wander around within this deck, and you will easily find yourself at home inside these many stories. They're a non-traditional but perfectly valid and viable place to start.

Those readers who feel more secure with imagery that hews closer to traditional Rider Waite-style imagery might discover wonderful surprises in the Gaian. Don't ignore anything within the frame of these standard-sized cards; each one is power-packed with archetypal symbolism drawn from the cultures the world over, as are the people depicted within. Take out your magnifying glass--sometimes that's necessary, I've found--so that you don't miss a thing.

I fell for this deck on first sight. Grounded in the natural ways and wonders of Earth, it reflects so much that I love and value. No longer do I have to make do with terminology (Empress? Chariot? Hanged Man? Judgment? Page?) that, over many years, I've grown accustomed to. Now I can enjoy thinking of the Empress as The Gardener and exploring all of the rich implications of that inspired renaming. By the way, Colbert's complete rethinking of The Emperor should be of interest to readers who sometimes find this figure off-putting.

The external structure of Tarot, as rendered by Colbert, remains the same--78 cards; Major and Minor Arcana; four suits, each including court cards. So, even though you might be asked to adjust your thinking in some ways, you will not find yourself too far away from your comfort zone. And don't worry: This is a gentle but never mushy deck, neither in its art nor its interpretation. Colbert's 288-page paperback manual--Journey through the Gaian Tarot, included in Llewellyn's boxed kit--offers meaningful light and shadow sides of each card and suggests a wealth of questions to help you and your querents go beneath the surface of a reading.

This deck came to me just as I felt ready for a fresh approach in my practice, and I look forward to getting to know it better. I think you will enjoy it, too.

To learn more about Joanna Powell Colbert's multifaceted work and watch a video of imagery from the Gaian Tarot, click here. For publisher's information, click here, and to purchase the Gaian Tarot on, click here.

(c)2011, Eva Yaa Asantewaa


The Dragon Keeper's Handbook

reviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa (

Sci-fi/fantasy writer Shawn MacKenzie has a handsome, astonishing book out from Llewellyn, called The Dragon Keeper's Handbook: including the Myth & Mystery, Care & Feeding, Life & Lore of these Fiercely Splendid Creatures (September, 2011; ISBN; 9780738727851) and it is unlike anything I ever expected.

Call it a rigorous scientific field guide--complete with language accessible to the layperson, helpful line illustrations and delicious wit--sharing every possible factual detail about these magnificent and varied beings which, we all agree, do exist and proudly exist pretty much all over the world. (Right? Agreed?)

Oh, baby, what a joy this book is! Just get it. You won't put it down. Later on, we can figure out how to remove MacKenzie's tongue from her cheek.

For publisher's information, click here, and to purchase The Dragon Keeper's Handbook on, click here. 

(c)2011, Eva Yaa Asantewaa