Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Virtual Book Tour - Awaken to Tarot: Be Your Own Guide with Astrology, Numbers, and the Tree of Life by Karen La Puma

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Awaken to Tarot: Be Your Own Guide with Astrology, Numbers, and the Tree of Life by Karen La Puma. This book tour was organized by Pump Up Your Book. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an informative guest post from the author about exploring the tarot. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Awaken to Tarot: Be Your Own Guide with Astrology, Numbers, and the Tree of Life
Series: A Toolkit for Awakening
Author: Karen La Puma
Publication Date: November 11th 2021
Print Length: 420 pages
Genre: Spiritual Self-Help
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The Tarot is visual system that reveals both our True Nature and our obstacles. Introducing a new Tarot deck, made with digital collage. Through pictures, symbols, meanings, questions, processes, Kabbalah, key words, and affirmations, you can learn to:

• Find ways to reflect your inner guidance.

• Explore the magical journey of evolution

• Blend Astrology, Numerology, and the Tree of Life with the Tarot

• Discover the power and implications of the symbols of Tarot

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BOOK TRAILER:
Watch the book trailer below or by clicking here.

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EXCERPT:
Throughout history we have wanted to understand the circumstances of our lives and our relationships with others. We have had a profound desire to know ourselves on the deepest levels, to make sound decisions, and to receive guidance from the Divine.

The Tarot is a set of universal principles that provide a visual system which reveals both your True Nature and the obstacles to living from this Unified State of Consciousness. Tradition ally and cross-culturally these archetypes communicate all the aspects of existence. Through these rich symbolic mirrors you can receive messages about where you are at present, an external issue, a relationship, your career, and an inner psychological state—in fact all aspects of your evolutionary journey. In the following pages, you will touch on how to tap into inner guidance and awaken internal allies. This book was writ ten for you to draw assistance from the symbols of your soul’s journey as each card is like a magic talisman.

As you explore the visual symbols of each Tarot card, you are given different components that add to your understanding of its meaning. After the visuals there are: a short meaning; descriptions; key words to summarize them; reflective suggestions to go into your process; questions to ponder; and an affirmation. In the descriptions there are correlations with Astrology, Numerology, the Tree of Life, the Hero’s Journey, and the general process of evolution. I have included the Hebrew letter for each of the Major Arcana, and the I Ching’s association to the Royalty cards.

Toward the end of the book, you will learn to find your life’s path, your yearly path, some inner teachers, and sample readings for you to try. Please take what is useful for you and ignore the rest. For those of you who want to dive in deeper, there are several dense teaching chapters that I include in Part VII, “Integrating the Tarot.” Altogether these systems can assist your assimilation of each card, as their cosmic voices can exert a powerful support for you. When you use the cards, you not only have a self-reflective tool, a device to awaken intuition, but also a suggestive magnifier of the qualities you want to infuse into your life.

This book is a part of a series called, A Toolkit for Awakening, which is based on the eminent mythologist, Joseph Campbell’s great blueprint, “The Hero’s Journey.” It is from his classic book, A Hero with a Thousand Faces (1948). This formula for spiritual evolution, presented in Chapter 83 and the conclusion, gives the structure and foundation of this series.

The stage of the Hero’s Journey that this book deals with is called “Supernatural Aids.” You are encouraged to seek helpers, animate and inanimate, seen and unseen, ancient and mod ern. You don’t have to rely solely upon your own innate powers. Magical helpers appear once you are on the spiritual path as you see abundantly in myths and fairy tales. This book suggests that the Tarot is “a supernatural aid,” for these cards are external mirrors from which you can hear your inner guidance.

Having support is one of life’s most valuable assets. I am thankful for all the support I have received. Yet because I have chosen “a road less traveled,” my deepest gratitude has been to those invisible forces—the archetypes (also called universal symbols). Exploring interrelated metaphysical systems, like Tarot, Astrology, and Numerology have given me the keys to the human journey. “Meta” means beyond, for these maps of consciousness go outside the physical to bridge existence with causality. As you play with the archetypes themselves, they become intuitive and active spiritual allies.

There is a vast array of metaphysical oracles to help you gain self–knowledge. You can delve into the many different cosmic looking glasses to muse and reflect. You can pick cards, gaze at charts and maps, throw coins, select stones, add some numbers, dream, visualize, meditate, or open a book randomly for a message, and they will become your guideposts and supportive tools that help you to see another way and wake up to the highest aspects of yourself.

My hope is that the Tarot images, the concepts presented in this book, and the series, A Toolkit for Awakening, will be a source of support for you. The empowering myth of the Goddess Warrior on the Hero’s Journey is the underlying basis of this series. Love and allowing are the ways of the Goddess. Being accountable for your time, attention and intention is how you embody the Warrior. These archetypes become your helpers and infuse higher vibrations to facilitate new states of consciousness.

My inner and outer helpers guide me and inspire me along my sacred path of expressing Divine Light.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karen La Puma is the Author of a series of books called A Toolkit for Awakening, which are based on the Goddess Warrior on the Hero’s Journey. She is a motivational, intuitive, and spiritual counselor in private practice in the Bay Area since 1979. She is a teacher, astrologer, hypnotherapist, reiki master, inspirational speaker, and creative storyteller with a potent and timely message to empower your life.

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GUEST POST:
Exploring the Tarot
by Karen La Puma


Frieda Harris said, “The Tarot is God’s Picture book, or it could be likened to a celestial game of chess.”

The Tarot symbols are amazingly insightful pictorial mythologies that have come down through history as an unbound book of 78 cards. They represent our inner and outer experiences and operate visually, symbolically and non linearly to reach us in the same states as dreams and meditations.

The mystery of how they work is explained by synchronicity, which is a concept that Carl Jung coined to explain the meaningful coincidences or psychic orderliness that transcends time and space.

Cosmic symbols are powerful because they have multiple meanings. They are like throwing a rock in the water and the layers and layers spread out and draw us into the unconscious realms.

The Tarot archetypes are steps on the journey and can be seen as verbs or actions to take. They are also forces of nature and patterns of being and can be and we can relate to them as nouns or the personification of Divinity. They could also be seen as adjectives as they are descriptive paths. The symbols show where we are now and where we are going.

This ancient system has countless decks and expressions. The Tarot follows the general pattern of 22 Major Arcana, which represents universal principles of life. They fit perfectly with Astrology and the 10 planets and 12 Zodiac signs. They also connect with the Hebrew alphabet and the Tree of Life.

The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards. There are 4 suits that cover the elements: air or mental subjects (swords), water or emotional states (cups), fire or the persceptional nature (wands), and earth or physical and financial issues (disks). Each suit has ten cards that signify life’s opportunities, gifts and challenges. There four royalty cards that represent the teachers who have mastered the different elements.

All these potencies or adapts can help you discover your inner knowing, so you can find your own answers, When you allow the Tarot to guide your growth, it is like having your own psychic at hand. As you open to these supernatural aids, they become your teachers, experiences, initiations, and the path to greater awareness.

The book, Awaken to Tarot, and its original companion deck, Awaken Tarot Cards, are a complete inner guidance system. Distilled and accessible, this combo makes cosmic archetypes available to you so you can awaken your own inner voice. Come and explore these sacred tools and commune with magical helpers.


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