Oct 2, 2016

Throwing the Bones - A Great October (Book) Giveaway


**The folks taking home the cards, are as follows:

Joel - Shades of Magick Tarot
AlphaBetsy - Shades of Magick Tarot
Thistle - The Oracle of Oddities

Thanks so much for playing along!**


There is a deep sigh that comes upon us when autumn arrives. Some of us feel it in September when the goldenrod starts to lean at an odd angle and the sun follows it, stretching out languidly. Others must wait until October days bring cool, breezy kisses to their skin and the heat finally relents. Here in The Valley, it was late August when the treetops began to blush and the squirrels furiously sprinted around, taking cones and seeds to their winter stores. Autumn has been settling in here for a while. September was truly lovely, but there is just something special about October.

I had much to say about watching autumn come in. I've had a good lot to say about this entire year, the seasons, my gardens, the hills I climbed and the paths I got lost wandering down, but somehow I haven't found my way back here to tell my tales. I have left photos on Instagram from time to time, and haphazardly stumbled onto Facebook, but I found that the most comfortable place for me these past months was Twitter. During a year where I was attending far too many funerals, and digging through my own bones, blood, and marrow, I appreciated having only 140 characters to consider.

Despite the dust that settled at Rue and Hyssop, folks found me all over the place. Some sent messages via social media or email, and some of you left comments on old blog posts because you knew I would see them. I was surprised to find that there were still many people coming by the blog and sharing older posts as well as my two small offerings from this year. It's terribly nice to be thought of and for the record, I was thinking of you too. Though I couldn't quite find my words for you, I still wanted to offer you a glass of sweet tea and a seat in the good rocking chair. And so, as I have for years now, each time I found something out in the world I was quite taken with, I picked up a copy for you too.

The Great October Book Giveaway started with a few books that I gave out as a thank you to those folks that wandered by my little area of the internet and stopped to say hello. It grew to more than a dozen books, often autographed by their authors, and then as the years went by other delights showed up. Wonderful folks offered their talents. I've been wildly honoured by the people who want to share themselves with you. This year is going to be a gentler variation of the event, but not at all lesser than previous years. I still have books to give you (though I did not have the energy this year to track down the individual authors to have them autographed) but I have also picked up some enchanting card decks that I know you'll enjoy. There are two artists who have added truly beautiful works to the goody-bag of gifts to come your way, as well. You'll definitely want to check back this month - there is something for everyone.

First up, are two decks I stumbled across that are blooming with bones and elements of nature. Both are lovely, but so very different.

The Oracle of Oddities - Second Edition, is a 30-card oracle deck created by Claire Goodchild of Black and the Moon. Claire combines vintage medical images and her own drawings of the natural world (or restorations of antique pictures) to form simple yet stunning vignettes. I tore into this deck the moment I had it in my hands and it has become an instant favourite.





Next is a striking black and white deck, the Shades of Magick Tarot, created by Jessica Gore of Elenari. Populated with bones, insects, and crystalline forms, this deck is a unique addition to a tarot lover's collection. I like the idea of pulling cards from this deck to ask of underlying or shadow issues that are showing up - either using just these cards, or overlaying them on a reading from another deck.


I have one copy of the Oracle of Oddities and two copies of Shades of Magick Tarot up for grabs. If you want your name in the hat, simply leave a comment here before 9pm Pacific on Friday, October 7th. If there is one deck that speaks to you above the other, feel free to state your preference. I will do my best to match the names drawn to their preferred deck.

Please ensure that there is a way for me to get a hold of you if you win (if your comment isn't linked back to you then please leave an email address). I'm not going to allow anonymous comments because I get terrible spam if I do, but you can use Open ID or a registered account to comment. Alternately, if there is some reason you are unable to comment, just send me a note (click on "make contact" in the menu above) and I'll make sure your name gets into the draw.




Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.


I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop.


63 comments:

Loren Morris said...

I'm suffering from insomnia just now and that Oracle of Oddities looks delicious!

Rhi said...

I love the Shades of Magick tarot! So beautiful!

Guinneth said...

How lovely these decks are, and it's good to see you back here. Happy autumn, Jen.

Eveline Maedel said...

There's just something about bones this time of year, isn't there?

Misty Fouquet said...

These are gorgeous decks!! Your blog has been my favorite for years!!

Joel Champ said...

Both are wonderfully beautiful sets of cards!

Goddess of the Craft said...

Gorgeous decks! I'd be thrilled with either one!

Renee Olson said...

I agree with Loren, I love the Oddities deck. Just wow!

petoskystone said...

Yea for Autumn & October!! The Shades of Magick deck looks fascinating.

Stephanie Clayton said...

Oh my goodness, I'd love the Oddities deck. I shied away from Oracle decks, because I wasn't sure how comfortable they'd be for me, but I bought my first Oracle deck a few months ago and it has been like talking with an old friend. There hasn't been an adjustment period and I'm eager to find out if it's that way with all oracle decks.

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drew lee said...

Shades of magick is sublime!
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Carrie said...

The Oracle of Oddities is calling to me....love....
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Cartermaryd said...

I like both decks but the Oracle of Oddities is calling my name. Thanks! Cartermaryd@hotmail.com

Sleepy Suzy said...

Thank you for giving me a chance to win! I love both Oracle decks❤️

Jennifer said...

Glad to see you posting! I miss you when you're not around as much but I understood that you were having a rough year.

I love the Shades of Magick deck, but both look great and I'd be thrilled with either one.

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

jbarlow323@yahoo.com

The Were-Owl said...

These are gorgeous! I'd love either one. Thanks for doing this! I've missed your posts.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Since this and FB are my only social media links, I've missed ya sweetie. I'd love the chance at the Shades of Magic set.
Think of you often at this time of year. So glad you're sharing yourself here with us. xoxo Oma Linda

kml said...

Yes! Throw me in the hat for the Oddities deck. Love it!

Brittany Holland said...

Oracle of oddities

Brigid Lenehan said...

Lovely! Please put my name in the draw!

Pombagira said...

hooray totally excited to see all the things.. these decks are so lovely <3

Steve Plouff said...

Oracle of Oddities, please.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

yes! fall! i love these!

AlphaBetsy said...

These are all gorgeous and I would be glad to have any of them. Please put my name in the running.

Rebecca Powell said...

They're both gorgeous! I especially like the Shades of Magick deck :)

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Sandwich Lady said...

yes please

BrigidsBlest said...

Oooh, the Shades of Magick deck is just awesome!

orion`s daughter said...

Both decks look absolutely gorgeous, but as I am entering the medical field, the Oracle of Oddities speaks to me.

Thank you so much for all you do!

sunwyn said...

Love the Oracle of Oddities...what lovely artwork.

John Walker said...

Are New Zealand residents able to enter this competition?

Harbinger said...

I love them both, but the Oracle of Oddities I love just a little bit more.

Siduri said...

Love them both, thanks for offering the giveaway!

GiadaRose said...

So lovely to hear your autumnal musings and see you back. I'm so enamored of both of those exquisite decks—how lovely of you to offer the opportunity to own one of them!

Dorn Simon-Sinnott said...

Oh my oh my oh my...they are all tremendously apt for this Hekate Devotee Intuitive Reader!!
Absolutely inspiring, and boy will they delve into some soul and medical issues!
I would be over the moon to own any one of those decks...

Blessings
Dorn Simon-Sinnott

L aura's Reading said...

Happy October! What a glorious month and the start of a great time of year, as things fall to slumber and await new birth.
Thank you for these chances to win and make new friends.


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Vicki said...

What a wonderful surprise it would be to win one of the most beautiful and intriguing decks!
Much love and brightest of blessing for all!

thevampyrwithin said...

Happy October! These decks are exquisite! The Shades of Magick deck is especially calling to me =o) Thank you for the opportunity!

Blessings!

Brandy Boyd said...

Oh the Shades of Magick deck is just lovely! I adore the high priestess card! Light and love to you!

Rue said...

Yes, absolutely John! You're in!

Jennifer Hodgson said...

beautiful decks!! Good luck everyone!!! =)

maureen said...

Is it just me or do these give-aways keep getting better! These decks are gorgeous!

ajc1696 said...

What a great giveaway! Both of these decks are gorgeous!

partingthemists.com said...

They are both gorgeous but the Oracle of Oddities is very intriguing to me. The giveaway is always a lot of fun to watch, and I hope you enjoy doing it.

Also, very sorry for all your losses this year. My 2015 was like that, and it can make doing the "normal" difficult – unless we realize that we don't have to do the normal. Blessings.

Thistle at Parting the Mists

Rue said...

"...unless we realize that we don't have to do the normal." YES. I want to smooch your cheek right now for that. Thank you.

K Walters said...

Wow, thank you for a great giveaway! I like both decks a lot, but the Shades of Magick Tarot is more my style. I really enjoy your writing! <3

Magaly Guerrero said...

You are so right, Jen. Autumn feels like a sigh of the world, like a stretch that speaks of a good (and much needed nap). I like it. And I LOVE the Oracle of Oddities. I really like both decks, but the Oracle of Oddities is just fantastic.

And, of course, I'm snatching your button. ♥

Melisa Glassford said...

I love autumn, and I love your blog! Both decks are truly beautiful.

Michelle Willms said...

The Oracle of Oddities deck is especially appealing to me, but I would be pleased to have either deck. I love reading Tarot and have been hoping for to expand my reading choices for awhile now. Thank you for introducing us to beautiful and useful decks. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

Stephanie said...

Love both of these but I've been pining for the oracle of oddities!

lillie8302 said...

I enjoy reading your blog and always get something out if it. The description of the changing seasons and accompanying moods and life transitions have been beautiful to read. I'd like to participate in the giveaway and i'm drawn to the shades of magick tarot. My email is lilefal1102@hotmail.com, in case you need to contact me. Thanks! Lillie

Debra Nehring said...

I've missed you, Jen. I'm also enjoying a Valley autumn take over. My first in 18 years.
Thank you for offering these decks. I just love the Oddities deck!

Iesadora said...

I've never thought to use a second deck to discover deeper/shadow aspects, that's a great idea. I'm in a local Pagan Meetup.com group and we have Tarot Snacks & Wine night every other month and I'm totally going to bring this up for a discussion topic.

I'd love to shoot for the Shades of Magick Tarot deck. =D

Thank-you!!

Heidi Lane said...

What lovely decks! The images are all stunning!

Heidi Lane said...

Heidilane@rocketmail.com

rheawhite said...

Those are both on my wish list!

Lunaschylde said...

I love the look of the Oracle of Odditues!

♥ eli mari said...

What an offering, thank you!! Both of these decks are wonderful so I can't say which I'd prefer, but either one would be a welcome prize.

Engie Willow said...

I love both decks but I do prefer The Oracle of Oddities.

Iorek Byrnison said...

The Oracle of Oddities looks amazing. Awesome artwork!

Kelly M said...

Both decks look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win one.

The LunaAeon said...

Both of these decks are absolutely beautiful! I would love to have a chance to win!

Danni said...

Holy cow, these are both gorgeous decks!

You know where to find me, but just in case - artful.danni@gmail.com

patitozer said...

How lovely! I try not to be picky and would be grateful to win either of these. You are so kind.
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