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In this Issue:

[01] Editorial Notes
[02] Reviews
     [02-1] Before You Cast A Spell
     [02-2] Tarot of the New Vision
     [02-3] Divination for Beginners
     [02-4] Success Cards
     [02-5] Leonardo da Vinci Tarot
     [02-6] Goddess in the Grass
     [02-7] The Spirit of Flowers Tarot
[03] Articles:
     [03-1] You and Your Library (Part II)
     [03-2] The Buried Moon
[04] Columns
     [04-1] TarotDeevah on the Tarot
     [04-2] Humor: Signs That You're In The Wrong Religion
     [04-3] Poetry: To Pallas
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[06] Newsletter Information
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========= by Randall Sapphire

As predicted last month, this newsletter is much shorter than
usual. LyricFox and I moved in the middle of March and everything
is still in boxes. Unfortunately, there is a chance the May issue
will be short too. The message board is still going strong,

For those wondering, LyricFox and I are getting married on April
6th at 1pm Central Daylight Time. Good thoughts are welcome.

See everyone next month!

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============    BOOK AND DECK REVIEWS

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Before You Cast A Spell: Understanding the Power of Magic
Author: Carl McColman
Trade Paperback, 190 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
Publication date: October 2003
ISBN: 1564147169
US Retail Price: $13.99
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Before You Cast A Spell: Understanding the Power of Magic book
takes a different approach to magick by discussing the
theoretical and ethical underpinnings of magick. While most
people interested in magick would probably prefer to start with a
more practical book, I think books like this are a great idea
when done well. Unfortunately, this book is not done all that
well. While it claims to be about magick in general, the
information and ethics presented in it only make sense from a
fairly modern, "New Generation" Wiccan point-of-view. The author
sees magick as "spiritual power," teaches Wiccan Rede/Threefold
Law-based (and read literally) ethics, and otherwise has a point-
of-view that will make sense more to Neo-Wiccans than ceremonial
mages, atheistic magicians, or magick workers following non-
Wicca-like Pagan religions. Even more traditional Wiccans will
have problems with it as they do not take the short form of the
Wicca Rede as absolute and literal law (just as a "rede" -- "good

The authors gives thirteen laws of magick. Unfortunately, many of
them are only laws of magick from a very modern Wiccan point-of-
view. Not all people who use magick believe in the Goddess, in
karma, that the power of magickal tools is only in your mind,
that you have to be able to meditate to do magick, that the best
spells are ones you personally create, that there are no
exceptions to the Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law, or that the
laws of nature are the laws of the Goddess and cannot be
countered by magick. Some types of magicians believe in some of
these laws, but the only ones I know of who probably believe in
all of them are "New Generation" Wiccans. The author, however,
presents his thirteen laws as the absolute laws of magick. From
practical experience, I know they are not.

Unfortunately, the entire book is riddled with problems like
those above as the author has apparently decided that all magick
is subject to a "New Generation" Wiccan world view. For example,
the author translates the short form of the Wiccan Rede ("An it
harm none, do what ye will") as "Harm none, and act according to
your will." This is a very non-traditional, Rede as law
"translation." Most traditional Wiccans will tell you that it
reads as it is written but the word "An" is an old word for "If"
and that it is good advice, not law (If it harms none, do what
you will).

I had high hopes for this book when I saw it as I really liked
the author's When Someone You Love is Wiccan; unfortunately,
these hopes were quickly dashed as I started to read it. This
book should be avoided by everyone who isn't a "New Generation"
Wiccan. Had this book been titled something like "Before You Cast
a Spell: Magickal Ethics for the New Generation Wiccan" and the
author had limited himself to discussing magick from the point of
view of New Generation Wicca instead of magick in general, I
would not have had nearly as many problems with it.

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========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Tarot of the New Vision
Author: Pietro Alligo
Artist: Raul and Gianluca Cestaro
Card Set
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: 2003
ISBN: 073870413X
US Retail Price: $19.95
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The Tarot of the New Vision deck is one of the most original and
interesting ideas for a new Tarot deck I've seen in many years.
It takes the familiar imagery of the Rider-Waite deck and turns
it around. Literally. The images on the cards are those of the
Rider-Waite deck with the point of view rotated 180 degrees. Most
obviously, this means that the figures are seen from the back
instead of from the front. Less obviously, it means that many
cards have a different background as you can now see the scene in
front of the figures in the standard Rider-Waite deck. Take a
look at the sample cards for a better idea of what I'm trying to

This deck builds on the familiar Rider-Waite symbolism, while
introducing new symbolism and new ways of looking at the cards.
While I find myself disagreeing with a bit of the symbolism and
scratching my head over some more of it, in general it provides a
refreshing addition to the Rider-Waite symbol set. The artwork on
this deck is good and matches the style and feel of the original
Rider-Waite deck (and many of its close copies). The booklet that
comes with this deck doesn't do it justice, unfortunately. It's
one of Lo Scarabeo's standard multi-lingual booklets so there are
only about 14 small pages devoted to the deck. For those familiar
with the Rider-Waite deck, this is enough, but this deck really
cries out for a full book where the designers can explain why
they selected the symbolism they did.

If you like the Rider Waite deck (or one of its close variants)
as I do, this deck is definitely a worthy addition to your
collection. It can be read like a standard tarot deck, but the
most interesting way I've found to use it is to do a reading with
the Rider-Waite deck, then use the cards from this deck to
complement the reading. For example if I draw the three of swords
in the Rider-Waite deck, I'll find the three of swords in the
Tarot of the New Vision and use the symbolism in both cards for
my interpretation. While this isn't a deck for beginners and
probably will not be all that useful to people who don't like the
Rider-Waite deck, I love the Tarot of the New Vision deck.

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========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Divination for Beginners
Author: Scott Cunningham
Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: June 2003
ISBN: 0738703842
US Retail Price: $9.95
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Divination for Beginners: Reading the Past, Present, & Future is
not a newly discovered Scott Cunningham "lost" book. It is the
new Llewellyn edition of a book that has preciously been
published by Crossing Press as The Art of Divination and as
Pocket Guide to Fortune Telling. While I've always thought that
this book was a bit skimpy and superficial in the details of the
various methods of divination it covers, I've also considered its
first seven chapters on the theory and practice of divination to
be an excellent introduction to the basics of divination for the
beginner. This first section covers the history of divination and
practical things like how to prepare for divination,
understanding symbols, the tricky nature of time, how to decide
what type of divination is best for a question, and the important
question about whether the future is fixed or changeable.
Cunningham does an excellent job here.

The second section of the book deals with various less complex
methods of divination. It briefly touches on things like water
gazing, omens of many different types, casting lots, crystal
gazing and much more. The third part deals with more complex
divination techniques. It has brief chapters on Tarot reading,
palmistry, and the I Ching. Brief is the operative word here.
None of these three chapters gives enough information for a
beginner to actually use one of these methods. Appendixes define
many different words for types of divination and provide a fairly
lengthy bibliography. If you are a complete beginner at
divination, you will find that the first part of this book
provides you with a strong background in divination theory.
However, this is not the best book available to the beginner on
the practical aspects of divination.

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========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Success Cards
Author: Giuseppe Ricci
Artist: Sandro Beltramo
Cards Set
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: August 2003
ISBN: 0738704121
US Retail Price: $19.95
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The Success Cards are not a Tarot deck. The 64 cards in this deck
are an attempt to translate the I Ching into a pictorial form and
to westernize it somewhat. The cards are numbered 1 to 64. Each
features a large picture and a word or phase summarizing the
intention of the card, for example: "Creativity" (card 1), "Enjoy
the mystery" (card 25), "Walk without feet" (card 44). The
artwork is varied, both in quality and in subject. Most cards
have an oriental picture, but some do not. Card 25, for example,
depicts Albert Einstein.

This deck comes with a 96 page booklet that explains the
background of the I Ching and these cards, provides two methods
of reading, and gives a westernized I Ching-style interpretation
of each card. The first method of reading selects from the card
directly. The second suggests using coin flips to create one of
the 64 I Ching hexagrams in a manner similar to one of the
standard methods of consulting the I Ching. Unfortunately, the
text does not really describe how to select the card that
corresponds to the hexagram generated. This unfortunate omission
will make the second method unusable for most people, but the
booklet is otherwise complete and gives enough information to
begin using the deck.

I like the I Ching. I find it a helpful, if somewhat hard to
interpret at times, advisor. Despite their obvious I Ching
connection, I really don't like the Success Cards. They strike me
as a somewhat bastardized version of the original, with pictures.
I might like this deck better if the art style was more to my
taste, but I doubt it. I simply prefer the I Ching. If you aren't
familiar with the I Ching, but would like a taste of it, the
Success Cards may give you that taste, but I personally think
you'd be better off putting the money toward a good translation
of the I Ching.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Leonardo da Vinci Tarot
Author: Giordano Berti and Rodrigo Tebani
Artist: Iassen Ghiuselev and Atanas Atanassov
Cards Set
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: August 2003
ISBN: 0738704091
US Retail Price: $19.95
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The Leonardo da Vinci Tarot is a standard Tarot deck illustrated
after the style of Leonardo da Vinci. The Major Arcana was
created by Iassen Ghiuselev in the early 1990s. The deck was
completed ten years later when Atanas Atanassov created the Minor
Arcana. Although one can tell that different artists did the two
sections of the deck, both did such a good job of the "da Vinci"
feel that it is not as noticeable as one might expect. The
artwork is excellent and quite evocative of Leonardo da Vinci.
Art lovers will want to consider this deck for the artwork alone.

If this deck has a fault, it is lack of symbolism. The cards,
although lovely, do not have the depth of symbolism common to
many modern decks. There is certainly more symbolism than in
decks with just pips for the Minor Arcana, but I wish more
symbols could have been worked into the cards. Unfortunately, the
artists really could not do so and maintain the da Vinci feel.
Despite this minor fault, the deck is fairly easy to read with if
the reader is familiar with the standard Tarot. A beginner would
have problems as the included multi-lingual booklet only provides
sketchy information. The spread provided is interesting, unusual,
and seems fitting for a deck inspired by Leonardo da Vinci: the
final card of the reading is selected by numerological methods.

While the lack of symbol depth means the Leonardo da Vinci Tarot
will never be one of my favorite reading decks, the elegant
artwork endears it to me. This deck is certainly worthy of a look
when you are in the market for a new deck. If you are a fan of
Leonardo da Vinci, it's probably a must have for its excellent da
Vinci style artwork.

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========= Reviewed by Alex Allen

Goddess in the Grass: Serpentine Mythology and the Great Goddess
Author: Linda Foubister
Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Ecce Nova
Publication date: October 2003
ISBN: 0973164824
US Retail Price: $19.95
Amazon Link:

Refeminizing the Serpent: If you would like to learn more about
both ancient and modern goddesses, you will enjoy Goddess in the
Grass: Serpentine Mythology and the Great Goddess by Linda
Foubister (published by Ecce Nova Editions. Foubister explores
the archetype of the Great Goddess in myths and art. Modern
theorists contest the view that there was a universal Great
Goddess in prehistoric times, but Foubister presents the Goddess
more as a psychological concept.

I appreciate that the author took an inclusive approach to the
investigation of the Serpent Goddess. Goddess in the Grass, by
including myths from cultures around the world, including Africa
and the Americas.

I especially enjoyed the fairy tales about Snake Queens, such as
the French fairy tale, Melusine. A fairy who became a demi-snake
on Saturdays, Melusine married a nobleman who eventually violated
her taboo about not seeing her on a Saturday. This story was
paralleled by the popular Chinese folk tale of Lady White Snake,
who also married a mortal who was unaware of her true form as a
snake. Both of these wives had hidden serpent natures, but were
credited with bringing prosperity.

The Dictionary of over 100 forms of the Serpent Goddess would be
useful to artists. For example, the Greek goddess, Hygieia, could
be illustrated to symbolize healing, the Mayan goddess Ix Chel to
symbolize fertility, and the Celtic goddess, Rosmerta,
prosperity. The book could also inspire ideas for pagan rituals.
Snake dancers, too, may be interested to learn about some of the
meanings of female face of the serpent.

Over all, I recommend Goddess in the Grass: Serpentine Mythology
and the Great Goddess. It is thought-provoking, leading to
questions about the why some legends included snake maidens, why
images of ancient goddesses included serpents, and why serpent
goddesses are worshipped to this day.

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========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

The Spirit of Flowers Tarot
Author: Laura Tuan
Artist: Antonella Castelli
Card Set
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: 2003
ISBN: 0738704113
US Retail Price: $19.95
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Amazon Link:

The Spirit of Flowers Tarot deck consists of cards inspired by
flowers. Each card depicts a different flower in lovely pastel
colored artwork. The setting for the deck art is a world of
child-like fae generally smaller than the plants surrounding
them. The fae are often illustrated with, or even riding, small
animals or insects. The artwork has a dream world effect that
some will love and others will hate.

This deck is lovely, but the symbolism is more flower-oriented
that standard Tarot-oriented. While the creators made an effort
to incorporate some of the standard Tarot symbolism, especially
in the Major arcana, I found the deck hard to use, perhaps
because I do not speak the language of flowers. The minor arcana
were particularly hard for me as the symbols of the suits are not
present in the illustrations for the most part -- so the only way
I could tell which suit I was looking at was by the color of the
flowers (all flowers selected for a single suit are the same
color) and the name printed on the card. I found this lack of
standard Tarot symbolism distracting, although those who
understand the symbolism of flowers may have less trouble as each
card displays a specific flower.

This deck comes with a small multi-lingual booklet describing the
cards and giving very basic interpretation instructions and a
single layout designed for the deck. This booklet does name the
flower shown on each card and gives the meaning associated with
that flower. While I liked the art of The Spirit of Flowers
Tarot, I really could not read with this deck. Flowers are
pretty, but they just don't speak to me divination-wise. If
flowers speak to you, you'll want to take a look at this deck as
you will probably have much better luck with it than I did.

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============    ARTICLES

========= Using Your Library to Your Best Advantage
========= by Jenett

You're not going to get much use out of your local library if you
don't know how to use it. This means that you should be familiar
with your library, be familiar with search terms that are the
most useful, and know what other library resources besides your
public library you can make use of.

Your local library:

First, get familiar with your local library. If you live in a
city, there's probably a branch library near you. But if you're
near a big central library, it's probably also worth heading into
the city and taking a look there. While your local library (or
branch library) can often get books for you from other libraries,
sometimes it's just fun to wander around and browse things. Being
familiar with how things are set up, where the people you can ask
for help are, and what kinds of material they have are the best
things you can do to help yourself use a library effectively.

What catalog system does your library use?

Your library, if you're in the United States, is probably set up
using one of two different methods of organizing books. If you're
not in the United States, then you should consult your librarian
on how your cataloging system works. (Dewey is commonly used in
other English speaking countries)

A cataloging system is simply a way for the library to organize
the books, so that you can find the books you want. They may
sound a little complicated, but once you get the hang of them,
they're pretty easy to use. The older of these, the Dewey Decimal
system, is still used in many school libraries, and in a number
of smaller libraries.

The newer, the Library of Congress system, is used in most US
colleges and universities, as well as many larger libraries or
library systems. (There's a reason for this - it's a lot easier
to get cataloging data - the stuff that helps librarians organize
the books and find them again - for the Library of Congress
system, and the LoC cataloging system allows for more flexibility
in some ways). Neither one of them is inherently *best* though,
and particularly in small libraries or those not associated too
strongly with other library systems, it may not have made sense
to switch from one to the other. (This takes a lot of time,
money, and frustration.)

How does the Dewey system work?

The Dewey system uses three digit numbers (starting with 000 and
going through 999) and then decimal places to indicate where a
book is, as determined by the primary subject of the book.
Usually this is followed by the first three letters of the
author's name.

So, for example, a fair number of books about witches turn up in
133.4. The 100s in Dewey are the Philosophy and Psychology
section, the 200s are Religion. Esoteric and occult generally
ends up in 100, though, and so Witchcraft (and by association,
Wicca and some books on Paganism) often do too. Mythology will
often be in the 290s, and history will be in the 900s.

In a Dewey system, theoretically, each book has a unique number
(that's why some numbers run to so many decimal places). However,
for various reasons (imagine keeping track of all that, when you
may be getting cataloging information from a company or different
library...) many Dewey libraries don't do that anymore and use a
simplified version. You can read more about the basic divisions
here: http://www.july15.com/julia/ddecimal.htm

How does the Library of Congress system work?

The Library of Congress system first starts by assigning
different subjects to a different letter of the alphabet (or
rather most - there are a few letters missing) and then adding
letters for a subclass in that area. After that, you have a
series of numbers, then a decimal, then some more numbers, and
finally a letter and often the year of publication.

Most books on Witchcraft and Magic and Religion will be found in
B, which is for Psychology, Religion, and Philosophy, and more
specifically in BF, which is where you can find things on
Parapsychology and Occult Sciences. Specifically, you'll probably
be looking somewhere in the BF 1562.5 - BF 1779 for most related
subjects. You can read about these classes and sub-classes here:

What you *really* need to know about this is how to find a book.

Simply (and in both systems), you work from left to right within
the call number (the call number is the number in the catalog
that tells you where to find the book on the shelf). That means
that you start at the left, at the letters in LoC, and at the
first three digits in Dewey. You then move progressively through
the section of the books as you work your way through the number.
0 comes before numbers, so if you have a sequence of 133.1,
133.04, 133.4 and 133.401, you'd see them in this order: 133.04,
133.1, 133.4 and 133.401.

Fiction books are often shelved separately in public libraries
(usually with the equivalent to the numbers being FIC and then
three letters (usually the first three of the author's name) or
something similar - SF for Speculative Fiction, ROM for Romance
novels, and so on are also common. Biographies are also often
separated out. These vary from library to library, so if it isn't
obvious to you on a walk around your library space, ask a

What if you can't find the book?

Some libraries have what are called "Closed stacks" You usually
won't see these in small or midsize public libraries, but you may
see them in really large public libraries, or university
libraries. This means that you give a request for specific books
to a specific desk, and they go and retrieve the books. This
usually takes a half hour or so, sometimes less. This is usually
done because of the configuration of the space, or for a need to
preserve materials from people handling them just to see what
they are. If your library has closed stacks, you should both see
a notice or information about it clearly posted, and a note when
you look up a book.

If your library has open stacks, and you can't find a book that's
supposed to be on the shelf or checked in, then you should ask
one of the library staff. Sometimes it's waiting to be shelved,
sometimes they can help you find it.

Asking for help:

Public libraries are quite aware that many people don't know how
to find books easily, so there should be lots of information to
help you locate what you're looking for - instructions on using
the online catalogs, signs or maps of where books are located,
etc. It's worth reading through these instructions if you can
find them, but you can always ask a librarian for help or just
directions. ("Hi, where're your non-fiction books? I'm looking
for something in the 100s...." or "Hi, I'm looking for something
in the BF section....")

Now, you can just browse the shelves, or you can actually search
for specific books.

Searching for books:

Your library quite probably (if you're in a city or a good sized
suburb or town) has either switched to an online catalog or is in
the process of doing so. This makes searching a lot easier. If
your library still has a card catalog (they're lots of fun, too),
then you can ask your librarian for some help using it.
Generally, you can look up books by subject, by title, or by
author's last name.

Using the right words:

If I look in my local city library's catalog, and search on
"Wicca" as a keyword, I get 11 books, some of them with multiple
copies. If I search on Paganism, that gets me 20 copies (some
dealing with historical movements). "Witchcraft" on the other
hand, gets me 225 entries - some on historical data, some
including books of interest to Pagans.

There's a reason for this.

Libraries use what is known as a 'controlled vocabulary' for
subjects. This means that they use the same sets of words to
describe books on the same subject. For various reasons, "Wicca"
isn't one of them, nor is "Pagan", but both "Witchcraft" and
"Neopaganism" are.

The Library of Congress is somewhat slow to add new subject
headings, in part because if they add new ones, thousands of
libraries across the US and Canada should change their subject
headings for those topics, including *every* book that falls
under those topics. As you can guess, that's a pain in the neck,
so changes tend to be fairly slow.

Figuring it out

So how do you figure out the right words, if you're just looking
for a book on Wicca?

Well, there's several ways to search an online catalog.
Generally, you can search by author, by title, by subject, or by
keyword. Author, title, and subject searches generally search
only a specific part of the cataloging record, keyword searches
search more information.

To search on a subject, you can try searching as a subject search
on 'Witchcraft' or 'Neopaganism' like I suggested above. Subject
searches search a specific area in the computer catalog, and this
area generally has a very limited set of vocabulary like I talk
about above. Often, a subject search (such as on 'Wicca') will
point you at the term that books are listed at (it may say
something like 'see Witchcraft') That will let you know what to
try next.

If you want to find books similar to ones you've read already,
you can try an author or title search on a book you already know,
and then look at what it says for the subjects. In online or web
based catalogs, you can often just click on the subjects listed
in order to do a search on that subject. If not, just make a note
of the subject listings, and look them up.

The final part of this series will talk about other things that
your library or librarian may be able to do to help you, along
with some general books that you may find of use in Pagan

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========= by Joseph Jacobs
========= from More English Fairy Tales [1894]

Long ago, in my grandmother's time, the Carland was all in bogs,
great pools of black water, and creeping trickles of green water,
and squishy mools which squirted when you stepped on them.

Well, granny used to say how long before her time the Moon
herself was once dead and buried in the marshes, and as she used
to tell me, I'll tell you all about it.

The Moon up yonder shone and shone, just as she does now, and
when she shone she lighted up the bog-pools, so that one could
walk about almost as safe as in the day.

But when she didn't shine, out came the Things that dwelt in the
darkness and went about seeking to do evil and harm; Bogies and
Crawling Horrors, all came out when the Moon didn't shine.

Well, the Moon heard of this, and being kind and good -- as she
surely is, shining for us in the night instead of taking her
natural rest -- she was main troubled. 'I'll see for myself, I
will,' said she, 'maybe it's not so bad as folks make out.'

Sure enough, at the month's end down she stept, wrapped up in a
black cloak, and a black hood over her yellow shining hair.
Straight she went to the bog edge and looked about her. Water
here and water there; waving tussocks and trembling mools, and
great black snags all twisted and bent. Before her all was dark
-- dark but for the glimmer of the stars in the pools, and the
light that came from her own white feet, stealing out of her
black cloak.

The Moon drew her cloak faster about and trembled, but she
wouldn't go back without seeing all there was to be seen; so on
she went, stepping as light as the wind in summer from tuft to
tuft between the greedy gurgling water-holes. Just as she came
near a big black pool her foot slipped and she was nigh tumbling
in. She grabbed with both hands at a snag near by to steady
herself with, but as she touched it, it twined itself round her
wrists, like a pair of handcuffs, and gript her so that she
couldn't move. She pulled and twisted and fought, but it was no
good. She was fast, and must stay fast.

Presently as she stood trembling in the dark, wondering if help
would come, she heard something calling in the distance, calling,
calling, and then dying away with a sob, till the marshes were
full of this pitiful crying sound; then she heard steps
floundering along, squishing in the mud and slipping on the
tufts, and through the darkness she saw a white face with great
feared eyes.

'Twas a man strayed in the bogs. Mazed with fear, he struggled on
towards the flickering light that looked like help and safety.
And when the poor Moon saw that he was coming nigher and nigher
to the deep hole, further and further from the path, she was so
mad and so sorry that she struggled and fought and pulled harder
than ever. And though she couldn't get loose, she twisted and
turned, till her black hood fell back off her shining yellow
hair, and the beautiful light that came from it drove away the

Oh, but the man cried with joy to see the light again. And at
once all evil things fled back into the dark corners, for they
cannot abide the light. So he could see where he was, and where
the path was, and how he could get out of the marsh. And he was
in such haste to get away from the Quicks, and Bogles, and Things
that dwelt there, that he scarce looked at the brave light that
came from the beautiful shining yellow hair, streaming out over
the black cloak and falling to the water at his feet. And the
Moon herself was so taken up with saving him, and with rejoicing
that he was back on the right path, that she clean forgot that
she needed help herself, and that she was held fast by the Black

So off he went; spent and gasping, and stumbling and sobbing with
joy, flying for his life out of the terrible bogs. Then it came
over the Moon she would main like to go with him. So she pulled
and fought as if she were mad, till she fell on her knees, spent
with tugging, at the foot of the snag. And as she lay there,
gasping for breath, the black hood fell forward over her head. So
out went the blessed light and back came the darkness, with all
its Evil Things, with a screech and a howl. They came crowding
round her, mocking and snatching and beating; shrieking with rage
and spite, and swearing and snarling, for they knew her for their
old enemy, that drove them back into the corners, and kept them
from working their wicked wills.

'Drat thee!' yelled the witch-bodies, 'thou'st spoiled our spells
this year agone!'

'And us thou sent'st to brood in the corners!' howled the Bogles.

And all the Things joined in with a great 'Ho, ho!' till the very
tussocks shook and the water gurgled. And they began again.

'We'll poison her -- poison her!' shrieked the witches.

And 'Ho-ho!' howled the Things again.

'We'll smother her -- smother her!' whispered the Crawling
Horrors, and twined themselves round her knees.

And 'Ho, ho!' mocked the rest of them.

And again they all shouted with spite and ill will. And the poor
Moon crouched down, and wished she was dead and done with.

And they fought and squabbled what they should do with her, till
a pale grey light began to come in the sky; and it drew nigh the
dawning. And when they saw that, they were feared lest they
shouldn't have time to work their will; and they caught hold of
her, with horrid bony fingers, and laid her deep in the water at
the foot of the snag. And the Bogles fetched a strange big stone
and rolled it on top of her, to keep her from rising. And they
told two of the Will-o-the-wykes to take turns in watching on the
black snag, to see that she lay safe and still, and couldn't get
out to spoil their sport.

And there lay the poor Moon, dead and buried in the bog, till
someone would set her loose, and who'd know where to look for

Well, the days passed, and 'twas the time for the new moon's
coming, and the folk put pennies in their pockets and straws in
their caps so as to be ready for her, and looked about, for the
Moon was a good friend to the marsh folk, and they were main glad
when the dark time was gone, and the paths were safe again, and
the Evil Things were driven back by the blessed Light into the
darkness and the water-holes.

But days and days passed, and the new Moon never came, and the
nights were aye dark, and the Evil Things were worse than ever.
And still the days went on, and the new Moon never came.
Naturally the poor folk were strangely feared and mazed, and a
lot of them went to the Wise Woman who dwelt in the old mill, and
asked if so be she could find out where the Moon was gone.

'Well,' said she, after looking in the brewpot, and in the
mirror, and in the Book, 'it be main queer, but I can't rightly
tell ye what's happened to her. If ye hear of aught, come and
tell me.'

So they went their ways; and as days went by, and never a Moon
came, naturally they talked -- my word! I reckon they did talk!
Their tongues wagged at home, and at the inn, and in the garth.
But so came one day, as they sat on the great settle in the inn,
a man from the far end of the bog lands was smoking and
listening, when all at once he sat up and slapped his knee. 'My
faicks!' says he, 'I'd clean forgot, but I reckon I kens where
the Moon be!' and he told them of how he was lost in the bogs,
and how, when he was nigh dead with fright, the light shone out,
and he found the path and got home safe.

So off they all went to the Wise Woman, and told her about it,
and she looked long in the pot and the Book again, and then she
nodded her head.

'It's dark still, childer, dark!' says she, 'and I can't rightly
see, but do as I tell ye, and ye'll find out for yourselves. Go
all of ye, just afore the night gathers, put a stone in your
mouth, and take a hazel-twig in your hands, and say never a word
till you're safe home again. Then walk on and fear not, far into
the midst of the marsh, till ye find a coffin, a candle, and a
cross. Then ye'll not be far from your Moon; look, and m'appen
ye'll find her.'

So came the next night in the darklings, out they went all
together, every man with a stone in his mouth, and a hazel-twig
in his hand, and feeling, thou may'st reckon, main feared and
creepy. And they stumbled and stottered along the paths into the
midst of the bogs; they saw naught, though they heard sighings
and flutterings in their ears, and felt cold wet fingers touching
them; but all at once, looking around for the coffin, the candle,
and the cross, while they came nigh to the pool beside the great
snag, where the Moon lay buried. And all at once they stopped,
quaking and mazed and skeery, for there was the great stone, half
in, half out of the water, for all the world like a strange big
coffin; and at the head was the black snag, stretching out its
two arms in a dark gruesome cross, and on it a tiddy light
flickered, like a dying candle. And they all knelt down in the
mud, and said, 'Our Lord', first forward, because of the cross,
and then backward, to keep off the Bogles; but without speaking
out, for they knew that the Evil Things would catch them if they
didn't do as the Wise Woman told them.

Then they went nigher, and took hold of the big stone, and shoved
it up, and afterwards they said that for one tiddy minute they
saw a strange and beautiful face looking up at them glad-like out
of the black water; but the Light came so quick and so white and
shining, that they stept back mazed with it, and the very next
minute, when they could see again, there was the full Moon in the
sky, bright and beautiful and kind as ever, shining and smiling
down at them, and making the bogs and the paths as clear as day,
and stealing into the very corners, as though she'd have driven
the darkness and the Bogles clean away if she could.

============    COLUMNS

========= by TarotDeevah

=== Tarot of Northern Shadows

by Howard Rodway
Published by AG Muller (Switzerland)
Copyright 1997 by AG Muller
ISBN 3905219123
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Tarot of Northern Shadows is a Rider Waite style deck depicting
Norse Gods and Goddesses, Mabinoguion culture, British Celtic and
Continental legend, and Irish Celtic personalities (according to
the illustrator).  Being Cajun French, I'm not familiar enough
with these cultures to say whether the depictions are accurate or
not.  I like the deck, though.  It can be a bit gruesome at
times, but the Norse are not exactly battle shy.  The art is
lovely and interesting, and the images do inspire.  The cards are
quite readable, even for those who know little or nothing about
the cultures it depicts.

The cards measure about 2.75 by 4.75 inches, which is slightly
large for me, but certainly normal as far as tarot decks go.  The
stock is ideal, and the cards are quite durable.

I recommend this deck for those interested in Norse and Celtic
cultures, provided it is a reasonable representation.  I also
recommend it for collectors.  Beginners may have a bit of a
difficult time with the deck, as symbolism is not abundant
(although it is present).

=== Tarot of the Sephiroth

by Josephine Mori and Jill Stockwell
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1999 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 1572812516
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This is not your average tarot deck.  It reminds me of Thoth
Tarot, although I'm not sure why.  It isn't really like Thoth,
but that's the feel I get from this deck.  The deck generally
follows Rider-Waite style with only a few changes.  The world is
the universe, pages are princesses, knights are princes, and
pentacles are discs.  Pip cards are not fully illustrated.  Too
bad, because the art is very interesting and quite inspiring.  I
would have really liked this to be fully illustrated.

Cards measure about 3 by 4.5 inches and handle well.  Card stock
is ideal, perfect in my opinion.  The cards seem to be durable,
although I haven't had my deck long enough to know for sure.

I recommend this deck to anyone who loves the feel of Thoth
Tarot.  Collectors will also want a copy.  Beginners may have a
little trouble since the pips aren't fully illustrated.

=== Tarot of the Trance

by Eva Maria Nitsche
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1998 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 1572810947
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The creator of this deck states that this deck was created during
a trance state and that she encountered and entire submerged
world of forms and figures.  Personally, I think the figures
should remain submerged.  That's actually too harsh.  I should
just say that this deck is not for me.  I find it much too busy,
and most of the symbolism is in a language I just dont get.
Looking at the cards reminds me of how I feel when I go to a
museum annd try to decifer abstract or impressionist art.  You
can actually see the giant question mark over my head.  This deck
just might be very good ... I don't know.  I get the same feeling
looking at something by Dali or Picasso, and their work is
supposed to be good.

The deck follows the Rider Waite style in order and naming.  The
cards measure about 3 by 5 inches, which is very large for me.
The stock is durable, but not too thick.  I suspect they will
stand up to frequent use quite well.

I recommend this deck for those who love Dali and Picasso!
Beginners will find it too difficult to decode, as may
intermediate readers.  Collectors will find it an interesting
addition, though.

=== Tarot of the Witches

Published by AG Muller (Switzerland)
Copyright 1974 by Stuart Kaplan
ISBN 0913866539
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I dislike this deck. I find the symbolism inadequate and the art
odd. The people are oddly shaped, with really broad shoulders ...
even the women. Strength is a circus strong man, which doesn't
suit the card at all. It looks like it was created by a high
school art student.

The deck is in the Marseilles style. Justice is VIII and Strength
is XI. The majors and the courts are illustrated, but the pips
are not. Cards measure about 2.75 by 4.25 inches and handle well.
Card stock is perfect. The cards are durable.

I don't really recommend this deck for anyone but collectors. I
just don't like it.

===== About This Column

TarotDeevah's column will feature monthly articles or reviews
selected from her web site or written for this newsletter.
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========= Humor by an unknown author

* Prayer books contain nothing but show tunes.

* In church, they pass a "specimen plate."

* Their main prophet is scamming on your girlfriend.

* You must kneel and pray five times a day facing Redmond,

* The *only* food that you're allowed to eat is pork.

* "The first reading is from the Book of Newt..."

* Your position in the afterlife depends on how many cleaning
  products you sell here on earth.

* Larry King's birthday is the High Holy Day for the year.

* Your new messiah claims to have fed the multitudes with a
  bucket of chicken, some fries, and a Big Gulp.

* Even though they taste heavenly, you're pretty sure Malomars
  are not a sacrament.

* All the commandments begin, "You might be a sinner if..."

* "Sinner of the Week" eligible for valuable prizes.

* Constant fear that the elders will discover the laptop you've
  got squirreled away in the buggy shed.

* Frequency of circumcision increased from once in a lifetime to
  once a year.

* Communion performed with tortilla chips and a shot of Cuervo.

* A goat is involved in worship in any way.

========= from The Hymns of Orpheus
========= translated by Thomas Taylor [1792]

Only-Begotten, noble race of Jove,
Blessed and fierce, who joy'st in caves to rove:

O, warlike Pallas, whose illustrious kind,
Ineffable and effable we find:

Magnanimous and fam'd, the rocky height,
And groves, and shady mountains thee delight:

In arms rejoicing, who with Furies dire
And wild, the souls of mortals dost inspire.

Gymnastic virgin of terrific mind,
Dire Gorgons bane, unmarried, blessed, kind:

Mother of arts, imperious; understood,
Rage to the wicked., wisdom to the good:

Female and male, the arts of war are thine,
Fanatic, much-form'd dragoness, divine:

O'er the Phlegrean giants rous'd to ire,
Thy coursers driving, with destruction dire.

Sprung from the head of Jove, of splendid mien,
Purger of evils, all-victorious queen.

Hear me, O Goddess, when to thee I pray,
With supplicating voice both night and day,

And in my latest hour, peace and health,
Propitious times, and necessary wealth,

And, ever present, be thy vot'ries aid,
O, much implor'd, art's parent, blue eyed maid.

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