Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Body Cards

Body Cards
Author: Courtney Putnam
Schiffer Publishing, 2016

Description: 35 cards and a 95-page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: 4 x 6 inches

"Your body is your map your muse and your medicine."

"We hold deep wisdom in our bodies-in every muscle, bone, blood vessels, nerve fiber, and cell."

The guidebook begins with an introduction on the body, chakras, and the art. There's a section on how to use the body cards, which includes relating to the cards, selecting the cards, four spreads, and interpreting the cards. The bulk of the book covers the cards and closes with a bibliography and list of the cards by associated chakra.

Body Cards offer you a tool to check in with your body. Some believe, when your body aches, it is trying to reveal something to you. The migraine, the aching shoulder, the upset stomach - these may all be more than physical conditions. They may also be messages regarding your emotional state, stress levels, and overall well-being. Start listening to your body. Use Body Cards as a guide to reveal more about what it is saying to you.

The first card in the deck is the Amygdala. You may be wondering what this is, but the guidebook supplies you with this information, giving you location, function, and a unique fact about the body part. The area of the body the card is exploring is often marked by a pattern. In this case, you see a heart at the area above the center of the eyes.

"Location: The amygdala is a group of nuclei located deep in the brain in the temporal lobe. Function: As part of the limbic system, the amygdala is involved in emotions and decision-making and is linked to our pleasure and fight-or-flight responses. Unique Fact: When the amygdala is not functioning well, we may experience depression, PTSD, anxiety, phobias, and aggressive behaviors."

The guidebook also covers: the artwork title, an art meditation, the associated Chakra, and what the card means in a reading.

"If the amygdala has arrived in your reading, pay close attention to your relationship with inner peace." "The message of the amygdala card is this: when you cultivated peace within yourself, you radiate that message of peace to the rest of the world."

To heal or improve the function of the body part, activities are provided: working with color, essential oils, and creative projects.

"Create a collage in which you explore the nature of bother inner and outer peace..."

"The lesson of the pituitary card is all about taking a burden off your shoulders by asking others for help."

"If the stirrup bone is appearing to you, this may be a sign to take your fingers out of your ears."

Body Cards will help you listen to your body, but will also set you upon a journey of creativity with its activity suggestions.

Body Cards is a great deck to do a quick body check after a full tarot reading.

Grab your deck at Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Fascinating stuff, Cher. Guess what? We haven't sold our house yet. It's been 5 years. I know it'll happen, but the time passing without an offer is a bit mind-boggling.

Cher Green said...

Wow, 5 years, no sale. Maybe 2017 will be the year. :)

Courtney said...

Thank you for reviewing my book / deck, Cher!

Cher Green said...

You're welcome, Courtney. Thanks for a wonderful deck.