Oct 31, 2015

The Great October Book Giveaway - Divination

The folks taking home the card decks are:

The Green Witch Tarot - Chad

The Earthbound Oracle - Hexe

The Fantod Pack - Rob Phoenix

Thanks again, wonderful folks, for playing along all October. I'm missing that magical month already!

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 The It has somehow all come down to this - the last day of October, and the last bit of frivolity here in this month of giveaways. I have had several people ask me why I do this - why I gather books and oddities throughout the year from authors I meet or enjoy, or find something I fancy and buy an extra one for a stranger. It pleases me. It's as simple as that, really.

This blog has been a safe place for my thoughts and my heart for some time now (even during a year like this one when I only get by once or twice a month to post something). Picking up these books (and this year in particular, some extra fun items) is my way of keeping the people who stop by here in my thoughts all year long. It's a bit like a never-ending game of trick or treat for me.

It is also important to mention that it couldn't be done - not at the number of giveaways of this year and last - without the generosity of various authors, publishers, and friends. Some of the lovely people I have featured have gifted me either free books or a reduced rate on purchasing directly from them. I have had folks offer to ship their work to the winners directly, so I didn't have the extra postage fees, and my wonderful friend Aidan Wachter donated an extraordinary gift of his talent.

What you may not know is that I work what essentially amounts to two jobs in October - this year even more than previous years, and I am long hours at the office, while still trying to put my gardens to bed and find some small pleasures in this treasured month. I couldn't run this yearly party without the kind folks who help with these giveaways and those who share these posts on social media and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now for the last three giveaways - which are not books, but a bit of divinatory fun I picked up for you.

First up, The Green Witch Tarot from Ann Moura:


I don't own this deck, so can't speak for it, but I have heard whispers that it is quite charming. It is a new release - it has only been out two months, I believe - and is packaged nicely in a set, a book accompanying the cards.


This next oracle deck, I own and love. It comes with cards only, no little white book, but the images are luscious and I have not once thought a book would improve the insight I gain while reading with it. I use this for reading for myself only - it feels very private and special.

The Earthbound Oracle, from A. L. Swartz: (click through to her shop page to view these gorgeous cards - I don't feel comfortable swiping the photos of her artwork and posting them here).



The last deck is for those of you who can appreciate a spectral hippopotamus, or an epileptic bicycle. Edward Gorey's dark, delightful, and strange "Fantod Pack" tarot deck is not quite a tarot deck at all. But then, in Gorey's world, nothing is ever quite what it seems. When I saw this perfect oddity, I grabbed one for a friend and one for you, and then upon seeing them sit on my bookshelf over the last couple months, I gave in and ordered one for myself. You can never have too many delightfully odd things in your life.

There is a great article about this deck here, and many more pictures of the cards.


If you would like to have one of these three decks show up in your trick-or-treat bag, leave a comment below. You may tell me which deck you would prefer, and if possible I will match winners to their choices.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us - some of you are already drifting out into this Halloween night, in search of mischief or candy - so I will leave this last giveaway open until Tuesday, November 3rd at 6pm Pacific.

Thank you again for playing along with me all month!


You can find the rules and legal bits here.

All photos are copyright their respective authors/creators and linked back. They are used only to showcase the items to be given away.

57 comments:

Renee Olson said...

What a fantastic month! I've enjoyed every post. I am intrigued by the earthbound oracle. :)

Samhain Blessings to you and yours! Thanks for putting on such a fabulous event.

Inari Fox said...

The Green Witch deck looks absolutely lovely!

--Inari Fox (Evelyn Dodson)

Adam Beld said...

I AM in!!!

William Jones said...

Oooh, ooooowweeee, earth oracle and fantod are both wonderful.

Jeannine said...

Oooh! Been looking to expand my horizons - oddly enough, this is the second time this week that Fantod has shown up - after having never known Gorey made a deck!

Paula J said...

I'm really enjoying Rue and Hyssop! I'm looking forward to exploring it more :-) ...I've been eyeing the Green Witch Tarot for a little while now and I am LOVING the artwork!

sunwyn said...

Would love the Green Witch Tarot. And thanks for the info contained in all the giveaways. I ended up buying a couple of the giveaway books I didn't win just by your descriptions.

zb said...

The earthbound oracle would be fabulous! Thank you for everything you do- my shopping list keeps getting longer :-)

Unknown said...

I would love this Gory deck, I've always loved this art. I hope I win! :)

Robert Phoenix said...

This is Rob Phoenix, by the way, I'm not sure why it's listing me as "unknown".. :P

Unknown said...

I would absolutely love the Gorey OR the Earthbound Oracle! Loving these giveaways & all the things I find out about through them. . .

Guinneth said...

Thank you for an extra wonderful month in a year where I have looked forward to your posts, always. You make the mundane magical and your words always strike a chord that is soul deep.

If I was a lucky winner, I'd choose the Earthbound Oracle, hands down. <3

petoskystone said...

What a lovely month of books! Merriest of evenings to you & yours. The Fantod Pack intrigues.

Nydia said...

Thank you for the generous fun along the month! I would love to win any of these decks, they're all gorgeous!
Hope you have an awesome Halloween with your friends. :)

Wulf said...

I was trying to decide which of the three I would like most, and I can't choose. Each would be wonderful, for different reasons.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

I have been moaning on for a while now that my one and only deck has gone on a walkabout. I would LOVE to win another deck! Please add my name to the cauldron for the Green Witch Tarot!!

Well done on such a fantastic month of blogging!!

John Breen said...

Thank you so much for hosting these amazing giveaways all month! I would love to win one of these great oracles!

♥ eli mari said...

Many thanks Jen, to you & your team of kindly folks, for this wonderful month of offerings!! & what a magnificent final offering this is, as well!! Though all the decks are delightful in their own ways, the Earthbound Oracle has been calling to me... ♥ ♥ ♥

Just Start Drawing said...

I'd love any one of them. October always seems to be the month of powerful divinations. The rest of the year can be hit and miss depending.

Danielle said...

What fantastic decks you have chosen (or have chosen you ��).

Happy Samhain to you

Debra Nehring said...

Ooh! Jen, I'd love any of these decks, but the Earthbound Oracle looks most inviting!
And sincere thanks for the beautiful writing you do any time of the year......
Samhain Blessings!
Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

Ms Smirk said...

I would love to win The Earthbound Oracle!!!

Happy Samhain!!!

themalfoysmirk@gmail.com

Theresa N. said...

The Green Witch please.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Chad said...

These divination sets are beautiful! I would be pleased to come into possession of any one of them! Blessed Samhain, everyone!

chadblevins(at)gmail(dot)com

fearless_fallen_angel said...

Hello... I'd be delighted with any of the bags :)

BrigidsBlest said...

Ooh, those are all awesome!

BrigidsBlest@yahoo.com

Rhi said...

I love that Earthbound Oracle! :)

Misty Fouquet said...

Samhain blessings!! I am so thankful for your October giveaways! I have never technically won any but I feel like I have won in finding new gems, new authors, books, or craftsman. So much more giveaways than meets the eye! I have my eye on one but since this is a divinatory post I will leave it up to you and the Fates to see what I get if I win! Thank you so much for this every year!

orion`s daughter said...

Believe it or not, I just learned about Gorey's Fantod deck a couple days ago, and wishlisted it on Amazon because I want it. But any of the three would be fine by me. I collect decks of cards, and would give any of them a loving home.

Jen, thank you so much for doing this give away every year.

Engie Willow said...

Ooh, I would really love Gorey's Fantod Pack tarot! But I also like the Earthbound Oracle. engie.willow@gmail.com

Liz Davenport said...

Oooh, the Green Witch Tarot looks wonderful! I would especially like that one, I think...but the Earthbound Oracle looks wonderful, too!

Liz

ledvenport@aol.com

Dorn Simon-Sinnott said...

Ooo am I too late?

I was busy being witchy, so just doing online now.
Every single deck there has had its place on my future must get lists ironically.
So pretty please, October has been equally the hardest, health scariest, and most wonderful, successfully creative !!
Blessings of Samhain, Dia de Muertos, All Hallow's!

fishbowlfortune said...

Thank you for hosting a giveaway and what beautiful decks you selected.

Melisa Glassford said...

All three decks look incredible! Love your blog!

Elin Helmersson said...

I would love to win the Green Witch or the Earthbound Oracle! :)

Jeannine said...

All of them look amazing! The Gorey was just comment, as I'd be grateful for anything!

Witchy said...

I am a huge fan of Ann Moura and her deck looks absolutely gorgeous! I would love to win that deck! Thank you for having these wonderful giveaways!

Birgit said...

Dearest Jen,

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween! :)

Thanks for this last chance to win something so wonderful. The Green Witch Tarot with its delightful illustrations immediately caught my eye.

Lots of greetings from foggy Munich,
Birgit

Rebecca Powell said...

Thank you for the fun month of giveaways! Even without winning anything, I always like seeing what you have up. It's helped me find numerous new authors/book :)

I'd love any of these decks! If I had to pick, I'd go with the Green Witch Tarot, but they all look fantastic.

Michelle Willms said...

Thank you for your kind and generous month of giveaways. I appreciate all you do for us.

I would love to have The Green Witch Tarot, if at all possible, should I win. I recently read an article about this deck on another blog and this deck touched my soul with its images. There's just something about the artwork that is relevant to me in a manner I can't explain.

Thank you for offering such a fantastic giveaway to your followers. You do so much for us; it means a lot. Thank you.

AlphaBetsy said...

I would be happy to have any of these lovely decks to add to my collection! Beautiful!

Laura said...

I've really enjoyed your posts this month. of course, I enjoy them every month. :-) That green witch tarot looks interesting.
blessings
~*~

Eveline Maedel said...

All great offerings this month! Thanks for the fun :)

Aidan Wachter said...

Please put me in the hat for the Fantod! And thank you for the kind words & your fabulous friendship, Jen!

ForgedattheTable said...

Fantod or Earthbound would be wonderful!

Cartermaryd said...

They all look great, but I would especially love the Earthbound Oracle. :) Thank you for having a giveaway. Blessed be

Cartermaryd@hotmail.com

Pombagira said...

I love posting things that I have made around the world.. its much fun..

and i like the Earthbound oracle.. or the Fantod Pack they both look deliciously magical..

Stephanie Clayton said...

Oh my goodness! I would love to see the Green Witch Tarot show up at my door!!!
(angelwhisper526@yahoo.com)

Flapper Flickers + Silent Stanzas said...

These all look wonderful, but I'm especially intrigued by the Earthbound Oracle. :) Happy Halloween/Blessed Samhain!

Jennifer

smileyjen1@optimum.net

Annwyn Avalon said...

WOW! The Earth bound Oracle and the Fantod Pack look amazing! Thank you for highlighting them!!! :D

adventuresinverdance.com said...

Ohhh, the Green Witch one looks great!

thymia10 said...

The Earthbound Oracle is the wonderful one, but as long as you keep posting the blog, I'll keep reading! thank you, Jen

Jamie said...

I'd love an entry! The Earthbound is my favorite, but I'd be thrilled to receive any of them.

Hexe said...

Earthbound is intriguing and what is not to like about Gorey but any would be fabulous!

Thank you.

L J Dogsmom said...

I just wanted to pop over and say thank you for your generosity and for all you share. Thank you to your generous friends and sponsors also.
Now that October is over, it sounds like you need to put your feet up for a weekend.

Hexe said...

Thank you so much! I have been a reader for a long time and always learn something new.

Jen Lawrence said...

I appreciate your generosity, not just in terms of giveaways but in the sharing of your spirit!