Excellent Things

The mail has been very kind to me the past couple of days. First, the Earthbound Oracle deck arrived. I'd wanted to get a tarot deck with my pocket money this month, but this one really called to me, and I needed something to use as an oracle for the Dead while I start to build a bone collection for casting, and probably after that as well, as a supplement or when I only need a simple answer. It's beautiful, moving, and, as the name suggests, weighty and earthy. The deck comes with no book, no explanation, but the single-word titles of the cards string together well into sentences. "The cycle of Water and Fire brings balance." And the cards are truly beautiful. That uppermost left card there is entitled "toxic", and depicts amanita mushrooms, foxglove, and nightshade berries, all toxic botanicals that nonetheless have their uses, as entheogens or medicines. It came up when I asked the Dead if this was a suitable deck, and I had a little trouble understanding it at first in that context. Then I did my morning reading with the Morgan deck, and drew Tomato, Potato, Eggplant in the same position as toxic. The text for Tomato, Potato, Eggplant reads "Macrobiotic doctrine says that these vegetables are extremely yin, almost to the point of being poisonous. However, for most people tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants mean nourishment or practical considerations involving food." It helped a lot with explaining toxic for me, in context. A warning to use the deck carefully, even while approving it for use -- those entheogens. So that is a most excellent thing. And then! Then! Even more exciting! My proof copy! It's a real thing, that I can touch and hold in my hands! And as soon as I finish checking the entire thing, I can approve it for sale and it will be a real thing that other people can touch and hold in their hands! It's absolutely gorgeous. The text was prepared for print by Dver Winter, who did a fantastic job, at a really good price, and if you want to do POD self-pubbing, you should talk to her. The wrap-around cover is a picture of an ossuary wall, with many skulls cemented in place. I love it. I'm so happy. I just keep petting it. It's so difficult to try to proof this text again, though. Hard to really see the words. Yikes....