Oct 22, 2013

The Great October Book Giveaway - 54 Devils by Cory Thomas Hutcheson

I'm pretty excited about this next book for several reasons.  I adore folklore in all its forms, I'm a big fan of cartomancy, and the fellow that wrote this book is a fiercely intelligent lore-seeker and one half of the super-duo that host the podcast New World Witchery.  He's also just all-around awesome AND he sent three autographed books for me to pass on to you!

I'm reading this right now and appreciating that Cory breaks down this reading system in a way that even people like me, who never really did anything with playing cards besides throwing down some "Go Fish," can understand.  I'm also drooling through the appendix of folklore, of course. 

Here's our next book:


"Fifty-Four Devils:    The Art & Folklore of Fortune-telling with Playing Cards
This brief-but-richly drawn book explores the practice of divination by playing cards—known as cartomancy. It reveals the “secrets in plain sight” which hide within the pips, kings, queens, and jokers of a standard deck. Explore one method of divination in-depth as you meet the “fifty-four devils”—the symbolic spirits of each card—and learn about invoking ancestral blessings for card readings, the folklore of playing cards, and how to relate fairy tales to a spread along the way."



There is so much folklore around practicing divination at this time of year in particular, why wouldn't you want to grab yourself this book for a Halloween treat?  And although this is a gem on its own, I found a fun companion for each copy.  As I was searching for a set of playing cards for myself (because my only deck features a long-bankrupt airline logo on it - not exactly a fortuitous sign,) I came across some really unique decks by the Bicycle playing cards company.

So - I bought some for you too!


Here's what I've got:

The Guardians deck:

 The Zombie deck:


 The Club Tattoo deck:



Here's the part we've all heard before - but once more for the newbies....

The entire lowdown on the giveaway rules is on this post, but all it takes to be in the running is for us to have bumped into each other somewhere on the interwebs.  Let me know in a comment (on this post) how we connect (no need to repeat yourself if you've left this info before) and ensure that I can track you down if you win.

Also, if there's a deck you prefer, you can let me know.  I can't guarantee you'll get the deck you want, but I'll do my best.

You've got until Saturday, October 26th at 6pm (Pacific time) to get your comment in!  Best of luck!



*all photos and descriptive text are property of New World Witchery/Cory Hutcheson and Bicycle respectively.  Photos/text are only used to promote the above products.


29 comments:

Birgit said...

The book sounds very interesting and would be perfect with the Guardians deck. Thanks for the chance, Jen! :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Stephanie Clayton said...

OMG! I am a huge Cory fan! Are you listening to his Samhain storytelling episodes right now?
I would love to get his book and to have it autographed....this would get put on a bookcase and I'd have to get another copy of his book to actually read and take notes in.
I follow the blog and we've ran into each other on Facebook.

Danni said...

I've always wanted to learn cartomancy and I adore folk lore. :) My deck picks would go Tattoo, Guardians, Zombie.

Sarah said...

I follow your blog! I adore those decks of cards. I'd probably have to share them with my kids, but that'd be okay as long as I got the tattoo deck. Amazing stuff. Fingers crossed!

Jeanne said...

Oh what a fun giveaway. Please enter my name into the drawing. :0)

I had no idea that Bicycle made other playing card designs.....Cool!

Linda Wildenstein said...

thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway....it rocks. Love the cards. Oma Linda

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm with Oma Linda, those cards rock! I mean, zombies? Yay!

Sarah Dansbee said...

Oh...my... goodness... What a fantastic giveaway! I adore Cory (Hi Cory! I know you're reading this! :P) and was just telling my husband that I wanted to get this book for my birthday. Those guardian cards are awesome as well. I'll have to hunt down the Bicycle website and see what other beauties they have.

Oh, and the Herby Lady herself directed me to your blog and twitter many many moons ago... And here I am. :)

Queer on Paper said...

Cory is amazing and full of fun bits of information. Please enter me in the contest. I heard about you through NWW's twitter and started following you.

Rebecca Powell said...

I was just pointed to this giveaway from the New World Witchery Facebook page. I would love to win a copy of Cory's book! I prefer the Guardians and the Club Tattoo deck, but they're all fun!

Since we're only just now connecting over the internet, I've signed up to follow the blog by e-mail, and I sent a friend request on Facebook, if you're interested in that.

Holly said...

Looks like a great book, Jen, & I am very interested in The Guardians deck! Thanks for all the fun info along the Path :)

Sparkless said...

These all look fantastic, I'd love to win any of them.

We connect here through your blog.

Paula said...

I have been a blog reader of yours for a long time and enjoy your writing in Pagan Living. I am a fan of New World Witchery and would really enjoy Cory's book. All of the cards would great.

Robert Swenson said...

I am a blog follower. I love the guardians deck and them and the book from Cory would make a great addition to my bookshelf. I have been listening to Cory and Laine since they started podcasting.

petoskystone said...

I'm a blog follower. Fascinating book! Cartomancy is something I plan on working more with this coming year. The decks are all lovely. (jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com)

Tilda said...

OMGs, I love the Guardian deck! I had no idea Bicycle was making such cool card decks!
ps, I'm a blog follower :)

orion`s daughter said...

Wow, the book looks awesome, as do the playing cards! I love the Guardian deck the best. I follow your blog via email, and am following you on Facebook.

Melody Siracusa

Kelly M said...

I follow your blog and I too am amazed that bicycle makes such cool decks. I really like the guardian deck but they are all great. Thanks for the offer.

fearless_fallen_angel said...

Hello! I follow your blog and really like the Tattoo and Guardian decks, as well as the book!
fearlessfallenangel@gmail.com

maureen rhines said...

I had no idea Bicycle cards could be so amazing, these are not what you see in the stores! I love the Guardians deck!

Dean said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book in hard cover! This is an amazing system and is definitely something you should look into if your looking for your first cartomancy system. I use it along side tarot (A spread I learn [read as stole] from Doctor Hob). I've also used it solo and it works fantastically. Consider donating to new world witchery and getting a reading from Cory himself to get a taste of the system!

Thanks Jen for offering this great giveaway!

-Dean

Michelle said...

Oh, fun! I love Cory and Laine. I like the Guardians and the tattoo decks.

Freak Pk said...

Follow your blog. Those cards are great!

fuzzirella said...

I love the Guardians deck!

sandra hagan said...

Nice giveaway!

I have started another blog, same name, the wild magnolia. e Blogger via g-mail and g+ chose to use my name as ID. Trying to figure this out.

Wishing you a great day.

Deborah Blake said...

Facebook and well, you have my email :-)

JONES MILLER said...

Really a great thanks to give us a important suggestion. Thnaks for the reply.
Travesti

Hex Parker said...

Ooh, cartomancy! This book would be an awesome read. I'm a blog follower and FB friend. :). Deck preference would be Guardians, Zombies, Tattoos. Great giveaway, Jen!

Loren Morris said...

Wowzer! This is wonderful! You rock! The first deck reminds me of my Mamaw for some reason.