A Very Tequila Thanksgiving

Every family has their own Thanksgiving tradition.  For instance, when I was younger, my family would drive to a town about a half hour away to the Holiday Inn where we would spend our Thanksgiving swimming in a heated indoor pool and having Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant.  I’ve found that some people think that’s odd, but if you want the most relaxing Thanksgiving ever, try our family’s tradition.  Now that I’m older and no longer live at home, the tradition has changed, but we still occasionally all go out for dinner on Thanksgiving.
That leads me to this find.  If you’re looking for an interesting Thanksgiving experience, I’d like to suggest a trip to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.  They’re offering a “Pueblo-Style” Thanksgiving.  The package includes,
overnight accommodations, $25 resort credit, two cocktails in the Rio Grande Lounge, 10% discount coupon for the Galleria Tamaya, participation in the resort’s complimentary holiday activities (Football Lounge, carriage rides, holiday movie, Traditional Pueblo dancing, bread baking and flute playing, $20 in free slot play at the nearby Santa Ana Star Casino).  Some other activities are a Thanksgiving brunch in Santa Ana Café and Corn Maiden and tequila and wine tasting.  Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like the opportunity to attend a tequila tasting! 
Seems like an odd way to spend Thanksgiving?  Maybe to you, but trust me, people will be there drinking their tequila and enjoying Pueblo dancing.  In the times we live in, I think we need to evaluate what traditions actually mean and how they’re celebrated.  Does Thanksgiving mean a house full of people, hours of cooking, and watching the game?  Or does it mean tequila tastings and Pueblo bread baking?  Is there really a right or wrong answer to the question of how to celebrate Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter?  Personally, I don’t think so.

The Thoth Companion: Reminding Me I’m a Fan Girl

In case you didn’t think the world of ceremonial magic was a complex tapestry, “The Thoth Companion” is here to set you straight.  Every tarot deck deserves contemplation, a careful study of its symbolism and associations.  However, when the rich world of tarot collides with the complex world of ceremonial magic, as it does in the Thoth tarot deck, a guide would be appreciated.
With that I present to you “The Thoth Companion” by Michael Osiris Snuffin.  In the introduction he suggests that this book is not for beginners, and I would agree.  Without some basic Golden Dawn or Thelema knowledge, the book may seem to be in another language.  Although I’m fairly clueless when it comes to Crowley, I’m a bit of a Regardie fan girl, so I had enough knowledge to follow along.
This book is fantastic.  I wish I could get someone to write as detailed a book about every tarot deck I like (although few decks are interesting enough to warrant this level of examination)!  The book is divided into logical parts.  First are the trump cards.  Each card is discussed, and a photo of the card is provided.  With each trump card the author lists the Hebrew letter, meaning, attribution, path, and connects.  This has a lot to do with the Tree of Life, which is big in the ceremonial magic world.  If you don’t know what the Tree of Life is that I’m talking about, you’re not ready for this book.  Next section is the court cards.  Again, detailed discussion of each card, and listed with the individual cards are elemental attribution, Zodiacal attribution, crest, symbols, key concepts.  Finally, as far as card types go, there are the suit cards.  As before, all the detailed discussion you could want, and for each card, Snuffin lists title, Qabalistic attribution, and Tetragrammaton attribution.
At the end of the book there is a small section about tarot divination.  This offers advice to tarot readers and has examples of spreads.  Most of what is discussed is fairly common in all tarot circles, and I feel the author made the correct choice in dedicating more time to examining the deck.  There are dozens of books, and probably hundreds of websites, that can tell you about tarot reading, but until I read this book, I had never seen such a wonderful resource for a single deck.
The back has an appendix, with plenty of handy quick reference charts.  There is also a bibliography that could serve any interested student well in learning all there is about ceremonial magic and tarot.  It serves as a reminder to me that I am a fan girl when it comes to ceremonial magic, not a serious student.
To sum up, if you’re interested in ceremonial magic, such as Golden Dawn or Thelema, and/or you own the Thoth tarot deck this book is for you.  This is a serious study of a single deck, so not for the casual tarot enthusiast.