My novels feature different forms of divination. For those who don't know what that means, here's the wikipedia definition: Divination (from Latin divinare, "to forsee, to be inspired by a god," related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual. Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent (the person the reading is for) should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency.
Okay. Sighs. Takes breath.
I like that particular definition because it describes divination as a spiritual exercise, rather than fortune-telling (not) or something of the devil (definitely not). Tarot, astrology, numerology, scrying, runecasting. These ancient divinitory arts and their histories are fascinating, but also a wee bit esoteric for the average romance audience, so I debate constantly about how much information to include. In QUEEN OF SWORDS, the cards play a major role in the plot, but I cut out all the cool history because it seemed to distract from the story. Guess my beta readers will tell me if they want more or feel there's still too much. I'm kind of hoping to use this blog to fill in the blanks, especially pertaining to the tarot. Did you know the suits of the tarot correspond with the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danan and the Grail Hallows, among other things? I'm telling you, it's fascinating stuff.
Anyway, I promised free tarot readings in the heading on this post because I wanted to share a site where anyone can get a free online reading: www.tarotgoddess.com. The site offers visitors the choice between multiple decks and spreads--and I've found it to be remarkably accurate. It helps, of course, if you know a little about the tarot (brief explanations of card meanings are provided), but it's still pretty cool.
Do I read the tarot, you ask? Well, a-hem, I do, as it happens. I own several decks, but use one called The Enchanted Tarot for readings for myself and others.