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Tarot Card Killer by Greg Strandberg – Guest Post + Giveaway

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Tarot Card Killer by Greg Strandberg

Jim Sharpe is sick of life, sick of being a cop, and most of all sick of Hong Kong. He’s one of the few not on the take, yet he’s being charged with corruption. By the end of the week he’ll be kicked off the force – no matter what.

All that changes when a dead body’s found next to Victoria Harbour, a bloody Tarot card in its hand. Jim’s called onto the case, and what he discovers promises not just to upend his world, but the whole city as well.


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Tarot Cards vs. Palm Reading: Which Wins?

I’m looking at my hand and I’m looking at my deck of Tarot cards – which one is going to tell me the future?

Well, which do you think? And why?

Chances are you probably don’t know, and probably don’t care. I mean, really, how often do you think of either of those two things in a week, a month?

But I’m willing to bet you’re intrigued by the idea of both of them nonetheless, right?

Let’s take a look at both Tarot cards and palm reading today, and see which one is the best at telling you a about your future.

Tarot Cards

Tarot cards have been around since…well, no one really knows. Speculation centers on Egypt, Asia and everywhere in between, and I won’t bore you with all the details.

Today just be aware that there are 4 main suits in Tarot, and each governs a specific area of our consciousness and being, as follows:

Wands for creativity;
Cups for emotions;
Swords for words;
Pentacles for money.

Tarot…Will This Post Be Popular?

Let’s say I wanted to do a reading to see if this blog post will be successful in making people interested in my books or just entertaining them for a bit. I’ll shuffle my own cards, ask that question, and see what happens.

For this question I’m going to use a simple 3-Card Spread called the Balanced Choices Spread. It gives you two extremes to your question, plus one last card that evens things out.

Here is my result for the question “Will people like my blog post on Brooke Blogs:

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So what do those cards mean? Well, I have three cards, and let’s briefly go through each.

Temperance (reversed): My first card is reversed, meaning it’s upside down and the card is often telling you the opposite of what it usually does. In this case Temperance is showing me there’ll be a major imbalance on my hands either through selfishness, lack of teamwork, imbalances in judgment, or just general lack of planning. Perhaps I’ve rushed the execution and spilled the winning recipe from my hands.

Knight of Pentacles: The second card is showing the Knight of Pentacles, which represents aspects of hard work, lots of effort, and responsibility that typically lead to money. Pulling this card tells you that you should follow a routine that allows you to successfully complete your responsibilities. And that usually means you won’t have to charge in fighting, like other Knight cards. In my case I take it my perfectionist tendencies will be put to good use and I’ll have the patience to see the job through.

King of Wands: This final card is showing me a middle ground between the two, and in this case it’s depicted by the King of Wands, or the suit of creativity. You are the ruler, the ultimate authority. You’re a visionary leader who sets the tone that all wish to follow. You step forward and take the lead because you’ve been through adversity and struggles and have overcome them to reach the top.

Overall I take it to mean the post could be a dud, people could really like it a lot, or it’ll get a regular reaction – pretty much what I expected. But boy, it sure sounds mystical and esoteric, doesn’t it?

Palm Reading

Take a look at your right hand. You’ve got 4 major lines running along it, or at least 3.

Each of those lines has a name, and should tell you something about your life and your future.

Let’s start with the following lines:

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1) The Heart Line
2) The Head Line
3) The Life Line
4) The Fate Line (Not everybody has this)

The Heart Line

This line tells you about your emotions, romantic aspects, heart health, and even depression. If the line is short you may not be that interested in love, while if it’s wavy you might have many relationships and loves.

Have a circle on the line? You might be sad. Is the line broken? Someone you love may die. While these lines may be etched into the palm of your hand, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll come about.

The Head Line

This line primarily focuses on how you learn and communicate, and if you have a thirst for those things. If your line is curved you’re probably pretty creative, while if it’s straight you might be more logical and practical.

Is the line wavy? You might have problems paying attention. How about a short line? You’d rather use your body over your mind. And if it’s separated from your Life Line you’re probably more of the adventurous type.

Life Line

The Life Line is going to tell you about your physical health and any major life changes you might have. These can be anything from moving to getting injured or even a catastrophe of some sort! And just because you have a long Life Line it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have a long life.

If your Life Line is curvy you have loads of energy, but if it starts near your thumb you’re probably tired a lot. A line that’s long and deep shows that you’re strong, and if you have what looks like two or more life lines you have an immense strength about you. On the other hand, if your Life Line is short and shallow you probably have issues with others telling you what to do. And that circle? You might end up in the hospital at some point.

The Fate Line

Ah, our destiny. It’s unfortunate not everyone has this line as it tells you what the Fates have in store for you. A deep line means you’re at the whims of fate, while a break or change in direction shows you have even less control over your affairs.

If the Fate Line is joined to the Life Line then you’re probably doing fine, and may be a rags-to-riches story. If the line touches the Life Line in the middle of your hand it could mean you have to change course because of someone else. And if the line starts at the base of your thumb and cross the Life Line at some point you could find yourself getting help from family and friends at some point in time.

Tarot vs. Palm Reading

There’s a lot more about palm reading, such as the shape of your hand and even the lengths of your fingers, but it gets pretty complicated and hard to follow.

If I had to choose I’d take Tarot cards any day of the week as there are simply more possibilities to answer questions that are specific to your current situation. And unlike the lines on your hands, the cards can change from reading to reading.

I hope you get some ideas for your own future from either of these divination methods, and perhaps even give one a try. It’s fun, exciting, and gives you something to joke and laugh about with friends. Or study seriously while burning incense and walking around in robes and chanting hymns.

Either way, have fun!

About the Author

MEDIA KIT Greg Strandberg

Greg Strandberg was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BA in History.

When the American economy began to collapse Greg quickly moved to China, where he became a slave for the English language industry. After five years of that nonsense he returned to Montana in June, 2013.

When not writing his blogs, novels, or web content for others, Greg enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and young son.

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Website: http://www.bigskywords.com/

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Tarot-Card-Killer-Greg-Strandberg-ebook/dp/B00H7THK14

Giveaway

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  • marypreston

    This is fascinating. How did you learn all this. Please tell me it was a Gypsy fortune teller!!!!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • Ha, I wish it was a gypsy fortune teller, Mary. It was more looking at books and studying up a lot.

      For the palm reading, I actually researched that a lot for an ESL (English as a Second Language) lesson when I was teaching in China.

  • Elise-Maria Barton

    What a great post! I have a Tarot deck that I used to read from many years ago. After seeing this post, I dug them out and got reacquainted; what a great feeling! Thanks for some Wednesday morning inspiration.

    ilookfamous(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Thanks a lot for putting this post up today, Brooke. I know it takes a bit longer with those pictures. Hopefully people will get a kick out of it.

    • You’re welcome, Greg! Thank you for stopping by. I loved your post and hope my readers do, too!

  • Goddess Fish Promos

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Kathy Power

    Such an interesting book! Added to my wish list!

  • Andra Lyn

    I’ve always been fascinated by palmistry, and tarot cards, and all of the things classified as “vaguely” supernatural but not quite there yet. Tarot cards are by far the most interesting…so many different ways to read them and all different outcomes! I wish I had the time to really learn more!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • Thanks, Andra. I think they’re pretty interesting and it might be worth spending $10 to get a deck.

  • Rita Wray

    I have had my palm read and also the Tarot cards. Both are very interesting. Some of the things I was told came true some didn’t.

    • Yeah, Rita, I think it’s always good to go with a grain of salt. I really look at it more as entertainment than any life directions.

  • DJ Sakata

    Of those practicing – how many do you estimate are actually gifted and how many are fakes?

    • I’d say the vast majority are fakes. I do a lot of content writing for people, and I continually see folks asking for Tarot card readings.

      I have a chapter on this in my first non-fiction Tarot book, Tarot: The Mystery and the Mystique. I talk about online readings, of which there are many, and how these just are rubbish since you can’t touch the cards.

      There’s a strong belief that by touching the cards you’re putting your own spiritual and cosmic energy into them, and they can then work for you.

  • steve weber

    Congrats on the release! I hope you sell lots of copies!!!!

  • Catherine

    HMMM…I don’t know. Your Tarot Cards don’t seem to say anything about the success of your post today. Maybe next time?

    • Well, Catherine, since I’ve sold 0 books because of this post I’d say the cards were trying to tell me that I’d be paying money, not getting any. That’s what the Knight card must mean. It does look like he’s giving it, doesn’t it?

  • Alexandru Rusu

    I like this book.Thanks for hosting!