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06 August 2032 @ 12:57 am
Hi and welcome! Thank you for visiting my little corner of the web!

I am Kara Owl. I write books, both fiction and non, and you can buy them at Amazon or directly from my publisher, Jupiter Gardens Press.

I also read the tarot! For information about buying a reading from me, please feel free to peruse my website Owl Takes Flight for more information or continue reading here. You are welcome to ask questions through comments or use the "contact me" page there if your question requires more privacy.

I posted a weekly column dedicated to the ethics involved in reading the Tarot, though it has not been updated in a while. If you have questions you think I should answer, let me know, and you might see your question in a future Tarot Wednesday!

I also offer a Community Sponsored One-Card draw from time to time. I announce those on Monday, and they are usually held that Friday from 1pm to 4pm. I have no draws scheduled at the moment, but that can change at a moment's notice!

The readings I offer:

Five Questions: $45

A special reading where you ask five questions and I tell you the answers that the cards give me, using as many cards as is necessary. This reading must be done real-time, and I will do it via the phone or via email.

Three Questions: $30

A special reading where you ask me three questions and I give you the answers that the cards give me, using as many cards as is necessary. This reading must be done real-time, and I will do it via the phone or via email.

Wheel of the Year Reading: $30

A special reading that I have developed that tells you about your life for the next year. I'll tell you what to watch out for during the current month, and then give you a general overview for the next 11 months.

Seasons of Life Reading: $25

A special reading that I have developed which tells you about your life for the next few months. Tells you what to expect in the near future, and what difficulties, if any, you'll have to face. Will also tell you hidden problems that may crop up in the near future.

Animal Spirit Reading: $20

A special reading that I have developed that will tell you about your specific animal spirit guides.

Celtic Cross: $20

General reading, can be about life over the next few months, or a specific question.

Past Life: $20

Reading about your past lives. Gives details of who you were, where you lived, and any lessons you may have learned/brought with you to this life.

6-Card: $10

Can be a modified general life reading, or can be "two paths" telling you what you are facing now and the two paths you can take regarding this problem.

3-Card: $5

Can be the usual past/present/future reading, or can be "Three Answers," depending on what you need and request.

Paypal can be sent to deyaniera at gmail dot com. I do my best to contact you within 24 hours of receiving your payment, and do the readings as soon as possible, always!
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01 August 2022 @ 06:08 pm
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22 December 2014 @ 05:55 pm
So, I'm doing my usual hibernation thing, or so I'm thinking. I wasn't feeling particularly depressed, just worried about a lot of people who are dealing with a LOT of foo, and spending time praying for them or worrying about them or whatever. And then I read this, and realized that part of my "hibernation" is not so much hibernation as it is sitting on my happinesses because other people are miserable, and I don't want to "inflict" my happiness on them.

And, I realize that's silly, because what if they're looking around wanting things to be happy about, and me not sharing my happy is one less thing they can focus on to drive their own demons back?

I had a singularly wonderful experience that I didn't share because it felt like I'd be rubbing my joy and happy experience in other people's faces. Because not everyone can do this, not everyone has a Mom who wants a family trip and can afford to say "come with me, I'll cover you." And it felt weird, to say "I had this amazing 40th birthday because my Mom bought me (and other family members) a cruise." It felt like I was cheating, somehow, since I didn't "earn it." Which led to a lot of thinking today about "impostor syndrome" and all that fun stuff. Because apparently, I'm still an impostor in a lot of areas in my own head. Whee.

But I digress.

My bottom line is this: I don't share my happy experiences because on some level, I'm embarrassed by them and afraid of making people feel badly about their own lives. And that's not right. If my happiness and success makes someone else feel bad, isn't that their problem?

I think it is.

I'm going to try to share here, more often, the good and the bad. I can't promise, since one of the awesome things is the work I'm doing (yay back to Tarot!), but I'm going to try. Because the good and the bad are worth sharing. :)

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07 December 2014 @ 05:42 pm
I have been incredibly frustrated with social media, and I finally figured out why. It is not comfortable for me, but it is the truth, so I am facing it. Because, I am realizing that I come to social media for a break. I want to escape the feeling of "AUGH!" that has been surrounding my life.

I am SUPER BUSY. To the point where I have been draining my super-amazing laptop battery, because I am spending every moment of the day on it. (I am at 19% now, after a 5-hour work day and a few moments of relaxing online after work. This never happens!) I still have work to do-- I am going to plug it in while I break for dinner, and then likely pull it back out so I can write some while C plays his video game. I will likely not get to play my game, but that's ok. I can play later/tomorrow/Thursday. I have a deadline to meet (which I am very afraid I will not meet), and a day job where my responsibilities are expanding. It's a wonderful thing, but it makes for LOTS OF STRESS.

So, anyway. I come to social media for a break from stressors. And lately, my social media feed has been full of ANGST WOE AND FLAAAAAIL! I am uncomfortable. I am so busy I do not feel like I can engage. Because engaging means addressing the things I see, researching to find out more information, sitting and listening to people's experiences, and drawing conclusions. I do not have time. I do not have the energy. But I feel like I am failing people by going "nope, can't do it."

And so I retreat more and more, which leads to me feeling isolated, alone, and sad.

I cannot be online as fully as I would like. I cannot engage people who are struggling, who are suffering, and who are crusading. I cannot be that crusader, not any more. Heck, taking the time for this post is probably a bad idea. But I needed to get the thoughts out of my head, because I do not want to fall into depression because I am feeling disconnected from my people. I am hoping that posting this, getting it out there, and facing why and what's going on will help.

I am already feeling very disconnected because between my two jobs and my health, I have had to make some pretty uncomfortable choices. But, I have (so far, I think) made the right choices so that I can continue to be true to myself and be cognizant of what's good for me and what's not. I am (mostly) ok with those decisions. I am not ok with coming online for a break from my responsibilities and feeling like I'm dropping other responsibilities. So, I'm probably going to retreat from the worst offenders (hi Twitter) and potentially make a smaller list on FB that I can check and feel safe engaging. We'll see. I dunno. I am going to sleep on it, but I think this is actually a good plan.

Finally, I AM going to try to engage more with my tarot business. Because it's part of my 5-year business plan and because I miss doing readings for personal clients. I discovered, this past week, that doing readings for personal clients is energizing and fun. So, if you've been wanting a reading but weren't sure if I was still doing them, I am! Feel free to buy a reading or to contact me for more info if you want. :)

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28 November 2014 @ 08:55 pm
1. If you want my address for $WINTERHOLIDAY cards, plz let me know! I love getting them. I am never together enough to send them out, JSYK, but I do appreciate them. :)

2. If you want to get me something for the aforementioned holiday, my wish list is here but I would also love gift cards from practical places (like Wal-Mart, Publix, Petsmart, etc). Things are not horrifically tight, but every little bit still helps. Also, buying my book and leaving a review is TOTALLY a present. *nodnod* :)

3. If you have astrology books that you are wanting to get rid of, I would LOVE to take them off your hands.

4. Past Life Tarot book is coming along. I am to the point where now I'm going to be writing descriptions for all the cards, and whoa is that exhausting. Fun, but exhausting.

5. Dragon Age: Inquisition is AMAZING. Utterly awesome, and I'm so glad I get to relax with it.

6. Rumor has it that next weekend, it might go down into the teens for a low here. In Florida. OMG YAY. Sorry to everyone dealing with gazillion feet of snow, but I love this chilly weather so much.

7. There is no spoon. Still. (IE: I am still mostly dead. Stamina? What's that?)

8. I have Thoughts. And I still owe everyone a Cruise Recap. But time is fleeting, and I have zero idea when I'll have the time and the brain for it. I have the time at the moment, but my brain is mush from working and writing today. Sigh. Thoughts are about how Thanksgiving made me feel and how my life used to be full of local friends but no SO, and now I have the SO but no local friends. It sucks either way, honestly.

9. Vocations are awesome but demanding. I think I'd rather have a job. -.-

10. People actually think I'm an expert. Me. I still cannot wrap my head around this fact! It's awesome, don't get me wrong, but... I'm still looking around going "when did this happen and who killed all the people who know more than I do?" (Hi. Impostor syndrome is such a thing.)

11. I miss my people. Need to visit or have people visit SOON. Especially the David. If you are the praying sort, please pray for him? Danke.

For now, I'm off to continue romancing my DA:I love interest and chase red lyrium. Have fun! <3

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21 November 2014 @ 05:54 pm
Whew! What a crazy week.

On the plus side, two days in a row of writing and getting good word count on my non-fic book! I am finally rolling on it. I have finished chapter 2 and am entering the huge chapter 3, where I expect to be for the rest of this month and into December, since it's all the cards, their descriptions, and reading templates. Whee. My next big milestone will be finishing that chapter, though I have it broken down into several different sections. This undertaking is wonderful but man. It also suuuucks because it's HARD WORK.

Anyway. I am not going to win NaNo, since I haven't gotten good word count on my novel in ages. I didn't do much writing at all on the cruise! (Though, I regret nothing, there.) I have made progress on it, just not NaNo levels of progress. Eventually, it will get written, but right now I need to focus on the books that are under contract. I have written here and there on the novel as reward for doing the hard work, and that seems to be working for me. At the moment, I am brain dead, and thus am vegging out and will play some Dragon Age later because I DID ALL THE THINGS today.

Seriously. In addition to working on my book, I did day job stuff, went with C to his doctor appointment, cleaned the house up, vacuumed, cleaned litterboxes, and did a little bit of grocery shopping. I have done ALL THE THINGS, and have earned a break.

For now, I'm off to do dishes, make dinner, and chill a bit before ALL THE GAMING happens later. (Dragon Age: Inquisition is AWESOME and everyone should play it. *nodnod*)

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17 November 2014 @ 04:26 pm
This is a placeholder post. Because I am home, but C is off work, and I have to get back to work tomorrow, so I do not know when I'll be able to really blog about the wonderful, amazing, empowering 40th birthday that I just celebrated.

Suffice it to say that things are good. I am hella-busy, but things are very, very good.

Also, bonus awesome: relationship with eldest brother and his wife seems to be much improved. I texted EB today to pester him about the fact that going back to the grind after AWESOME CRUISE OF AWESOME was weak sauce, and he replied instantly. We texted briefly, and I was just happy for the contact.

Going to email Mom, but first I need to shower, because my workout was kick ass today. I have a new goal! I want to be able to go rock climbing again, and to do so I need to strengthen my body more.

Anyway. Off to shower, get dinner, and then email Muzu. Be good, everyone, and I will write more when I can! <3

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05 November 2014 @ 08:56 pm
Saturday, I will be off to the coast, to meet up with Mom and head out on a boat for a week. I cannot wait.

I should be writing, but my brain is fried. I need to gather my thoughts and see if I can achieve any word count for the day. Since I have already written 3000+ words at work, I am not sure if I will be able to, but I'm going to try.

I gathered the dresses I want to wear on the cruise, and I need to dig out my scarves and shawls so that I have good accessories for them, since I've been warned that they keep the cruise ship at freezing temps. I also need to get my swimsuits out. But, all that will wait. :)

I had a doctor appointment earlier today, one I was very worried about. Fortunately, everything looks good. My triglycerides and bad cholesterol are both down, and my vitamin d levels are up. So, the dr put me on a statin in the hopes that they'll be down under 200 even more swiftly. Fingers crossed.

Of the good: the exercise is paying off! Of the bad: still have 60 lbs to go to goal.

Still, C and I had a long talk about doing the 30 day eat-at-home challenge. We might even try to do it over Christmas. We'll see. I have about a week's worth of recipes I would like to try, and I think it could be a good exercise for us to work on. Maybe start slow, with a week. We'll see.

I am off to get a snack and drink some water. I am hoping that it will help me to wake up and be able to write. Wish me luck.

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01 November 2014 @ 11:55 pm

I am so excited. And, since the contracts are signed, I can talk about it:

I will have THREE NEW BOOKS forthcoming from JGP. Two will be about the tarot, and the other is BLADE OF THE CHOSEN.

To say I'm excited is a huge understatement. And, it means I'll be playing in the NaNo sandbox, since I am hoping to use it to jumpstart my writing and get at least one of the non-fic projects well-started or finished if possible. I will need to figure out how I'm financing the Rob Carlos cover for BladeOTC, and do the editing for it, but that'll come. I'll also be writing. A LOT.

So, that's all the news that's fit to print. I'm giddy and looking forward to all the exciting things going on this month. :)

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21 October 2014 @ 06:04 pm
Grr argh.

I need chocolate, in copious quantities, NOW. I don't even know why I am so grumpy, but I am. GRR ARGH. KARA SMASH.

C is bringing home dinner, and I will eat and rest for a bit, watch SHIELD and then hopefully write a bit. Book 3 is coming along, now that I've fixed some of the issues. I shall work on it daily even if it's just a few words, and hopefully it'll be done before the end of November.

I am...emphatically not going to officially participate in NaNo. That said, I am planning on bringing my laptop along on the cruise, and I imagine there will be opportunity for writing. I mean, one can only lay outside in the gorgeous sunshine or sit on the balcony and watch the ocean drift past for so long. Right?

Heh. I jest. But I do think I will need the battery-recharging time to sit and write and live in my elven world. Because there will be a lot of people in small spaces, and I am not into that. AT ALL.

Anyway. Returning to the present, we are also hopefully going to take the puppy for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous day we have outside. Perhaps that will get rid of this grumptastic mood that's clinging to me.

I am going to go off and get ready for C to be home. Because food and hugs and stuff. Be well, everyone!

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