Eight of Pentacles; Eight of Cups, Reversed, Ten of Cups
This week’s cards seem to focus on work (Pentacles) and relationships (Cups). The Eight of Pentacles indicates craftsmanship, personal effort, and a willingness to learn new things from those more experienced, such as in an apprenticeship. We’ve seen the reversed Eight of Cups before; this card usually signifies giving up or abandonment of a project or relationship, but in reversed position, it indicates following through to a successful completion, as well as joy, happiness, and celebration. The Ten of Cups is the card of a happy home life, founded on virtue and love.
So hang in there. It’s going to get better. On a personal note regarding effort and craftsmanship, I am very close to completing what I hope is the final non-technical overhaul of the fourth book in my Edward Red Mage series, Lord Cailean’s Tower. I can’t say how long the technical editing phase will take, but I’m hoping it won’t be more than two or three months before the final version is available (along with the rest of the series, which already are) on Amazon.
Ace of Fire, Reversed. Knight of Earth. King of Fire.
The Ace of Fire, a card of success and completion, is seen reversed this week. This indicates the frustration of false starts and unmet goals. The court cards are often seen to represent people in one’s life. This week we see the Knight of Earth and the King of Fire, both of which represent mature, supportive individuals. The Knight of Earth is hard-working, reliable person, good at getting things done. The King of Fire is sympathetic and supportive, possibly a father figure.
If you’re having trouble meeting your goals this week, don’t be afraid to reach out for help from the people who care for you.
1. The Fool: God’s own idiot, this card represents innocence and beginnings, as well as just plain having no idea what’s going on.
2. Two of Air, Reversed: This is the second week in a row this card has cropped up. Whatever issues were suspended before are still undecided.
3. Eight of Water, Reversed: Usually, this card indicates turning away from familiar patterns and relationships to seek wisdom in far places, but it’s reversed position indicates we might find our solutions closer to home.
Just because I haven’t posted lately doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. The fourth Edward Red Mage novel, Lord Cailean’s Tower, is now in the hands of my editor, Leona Wisoker. Once again, my Eddie will be out of his depth when he’s summoned to a convocation of wizards, most of whom are older and far more powerful than he is. One of them, at least, is also homicidal.
There is no firm date as to when the book will be ready for publication; I’m going to say “2019” and leave it at that. In the meantime, I have made purchasing and reading my previous books easier by providing folks with more places to find them. Because “Are you on Amazon?” is the third most FAQ I get from readers (right after “Will there be a sequel?” and “Will Eddie ever stop being such a putz?”), I now have my own author page on Amazon. There you can download digital copies or order a print on demand edition of all three Edward Red Mage books. I have also published the series through Draft2Digital, which means Book Three is now available online at Barnes and Noble and other digital venues. The books are also on Overdrive now, which means that public libraries can buy digital copies to loan. Ask your librarian if they offer e-books, and, if so, if they can get mine. Just ask politely, we work hard!
Books One and Two are still available digitally through Smashwords, as well as the free short story “Justice is Served.”
For those who like the personal touch of brick and mortar stores or convention dealers’ rooms, the Ingram Spark print editions (with the lovely full-color covers) of all three books can still be had at the Scribbling Lion table, year-round at Retro Daddio’s in Williamsburg, VA, or at select conventions along the East Coast.