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June 2018
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June's Insights from Lisa

Happy June Friends!! June is a magical time where we celebrate the longest day of the year and revival in the height of the sun. Ancient peoples celebrated this time especially because much light and sunshine meant bountiful crops and good harvests to come. Helpful herbs would be popping up as they do today to ensure good health and longevity. Seeds would be sprouting, blossoms would be turning into fruit and live stock would be growing strong. There was tangible, nourishing support from mother earth. Life would still be challenging physically but it would have been more enjoyable, sociable and people would have felt much more energized as the earth seemed to overflow and brim with life. Today it is difficult for us to really understand what life would have been like for our ancestors but we still feel the great energy, growth and sense of well being that June brings. The cards this month offer us growth and support which helps us be in tune with the energy of late spring and early summer :)

#1. Support: This card asks us to be aware of the role support plays in our lives. We need to ask ourselves if we have a good support system in place for ourselves. This is a time to sort of re-evaluate the support systems we have currently. Do we allow people into our lives who bring good energy and growth to us? Do the people we choose to spend time with make us feel good about ourselves and who we are? When you are in need of support do you have people you can count on? Are the people you surround yourself with in alignment with your beliefs and values? Is the exchange of energy with your support system full of helpful energy or is it restricted? If you are not feeling like the exchange is helpful and nurturing on both ends then it is time to ask yourself why. Have you outgrown some connections in your life? If this is true it doesn't mean you don't care about them it simply means that you are evolving. The important thing is to accept that you are in a different place and that it is okay to grow and move into a place where there are other people who can support you differently. This isn't about tossing people out of our lives because they are no longer useful to us. It is about being more aware of the energy exchange between yourself and others, about the roles people play in our lives. This card reminds us that people come and go from our lives at different times for different reasons. Some learn from you and move on while you need to learn from others. It is a natural process but it can be difficult for many of us. It can be challenging when we realize that we are changing in new ways and this may cause some anxiety. There can be guilt associated with this kind of change and there may be an inclination to hold ourselves back. It is perfectly OK to make room for a new support system so please don't hold yourself back. You can still remain friends with those who are not on the same path BUT what you might need from that friendship, will change and that is okay too. The key is to allow that person the freedom to be who they are in their current journey. Maybe you become a different kind of support system for them. Maybe within your newness, you can become a new source of support for someone just as others have done for you. It is important to allow ourselves this growth. If you had remained friends with everyone you have ever met in your whole life it would be exhausting and you would have no time to meet new people. The friend who helped you learn how to french braid your hair still holds a special spot in your heart. You both have moved on from french braids, Seventeen magazine and making invisible ink with lemon juice but her value in your journey isn't any less because she isn't apart of your story today.

#2. 10 of Water: Serenity, Peace, Good Fortune and Well-Being -This joyful Buddha wants to fill your heart with peace and calm of knowing that you are enough. If you are feeling a bit icky and unsure about reviewing some of the support systems in your life, rest assured that the Buddha brings you new support worth celebrating. Feel into your growth with confidence and self assurance. Follow what your intuition calls you to do and yet again, do NOT over-think it. Trust yourself! The 10 of water tells us to be fluid and go with the flow. Nothing has to be written in stone. If you make a mistake you just jump back in the water and flow on down the stream. What you need IS inside of you. I know that sometimes this statement can be a bit crazy-making. You say: “Well ok, if what I need is already within me why don't I have the answers?? Why do I question myself? Why doesn't the universe open up the sky and hand me down a sequined bedazzled envelope with all the answers to my questions AND bonus answers for questions I will have in the future?? Why do I always get 'maybe' when I consult my Magic Eight Ball ??” I feel your frustration sister-friend. The 10 of cups wants us to believe in ourselves, our abilities and to trust in the lessons we have already learned. This is a card that wants us to embrace and celebrate the wins and the fact that many times we HAVE had the answers within us. We just had to trust in ourselves. Take pleasure in knowing great strides have been made in your personal growth and to be proud of yourselves. The Buddha wants us to stop being so hard on ourselves and take some credit where credit is due. Allow yourself to beam like Buddha! Lighten up on yourself and embrace your accomplishments big and small. This is a time to sit back and take pleasure in who have been become, forgive your mistakes and be OK with where you are right now. Celebrate where you have come from and how you got here. Take some time to sit and think about one or two times you realized you DID have what you needed inside you. Feel that connection to yourself and your intuitive abilities. You deserve it. Get out some ice cream and cream soda and celebrate how far you have truly come!

#3. The Message: Positive News Positive Outcome- If you are still unsure about being your own wellness Guru, this card is here with all the joy and sunshine of winning free housekeeping for a year (even those who like cleaning can appreciate the joy of this). The white dove in this card brings us good news and not just that you will find $20 on the floor in Costco. It is about bringing you positive messages and signs that you are on the right track. As in last month's reading, the colour yellow brings in support and healing to our solar plexus charka. It helps give us strength to stand in our power. It helps us speak our truth about what we need and why. It helps give us confidence when we set out to make changes in our lives. The Message card lets us know that when we make changes in our lives from a place of authenticity we are always moving in the right direction. The universe is sending us positivity from all directions. A kind of reward for all the work that has been done. All winter the universe asked us to get rid of what no longer serves us, to clear the emotional and mental clutter. When we clear the clutter it makes makes room for new and positive things to come into our lives. The universe is now helping us to fill that space with positive energy and people. Be open to new opportunities, synchronicities and interesting “coincidences” :)

#4. Grace: I like that we are finishing the reading with this card because the grace card brings us to a beautiful place of calm and a place of reflection. Not unlike the joyful Buddha this card asks us to be in the moment and to NOT allow the frustrating and annoying details of everyday life to be our constant source of life energy. We regularly need to allow ourselves to stop and be in the moment. It is never a bad idea to stop, regroup, take a look around you and just “be”. Take a deep breath, give yourself some credit for what ever you have accomplished so far that day. Allow the simplicity of that moment to fill your heart with peace and grace. The name Grace has Latin origins and means 'favour' or 'blessing'. Make time for quiet moments to allow yourself to count your blessings, give yourself some credit and to think about what you are grateful for. When you cultivate a daily practice of gratitude you invite grace to be a constant companion in your life, even on those days when you ask...“oh what fresh hell is this coming my way?”, you can centre yourself back to grace, gratitude and not get feverishly caught up in whatever 'fresh hell' is coming your way. You know you can handle whatever is in front of you because you have gratitude in your heart, you have a great support system in place and you believe in yourself.

Have a wonderful June friends and always remember, we are connected. Big Love, Lisa xo

Crystals to use for the month of June:
For confidence- Sunstone, Blue Chalcedony, Rose Quartz, Hematite, Orange Calcite, Carnelian
For change- Turquoise, Bloodstone, Smoky Quartz, Celestite, Labradorite, Rutilated Quartz
For peace and tranquility- Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst
Cards used in Reading:
1. The Spirit Messages by John Holland
2. The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid
3. Gaia Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno
4. Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley


DODGING ENERGY VAMPIRES
An Empath's Guide to Evading Relationships that Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power

Christiane Northrup, M.D.



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Highly sensitive people—or empaths—see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level—physical, emotional, and financial.

In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. You’ll delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others’ energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, you’ll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too.

In these pages, Dr. Northrup opens up a toolbox full of techniques you can use to leave these harmful relationships behind; heal from the darkness they’ve cast over your mind, body, and spirit; and let your own light shine. In the end, you may find yourself healthier, happier, wealthier, and more vibrant than you ever believed possible.

ISBN: 978-1401954772 * Hay House, 2018 * 230 pages * $32.50


These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion—the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world.

True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.

With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then, no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.

This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships.

Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias by releasing painful thoughts and feelings and replacing them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.

ISBN: 978-0451498847 * Harmony, 2018 * 278 pages* $35.00


RESILIENT
How to Grow an Unshakable Core
of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
with Forrest Hanson


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LIVING AN EXAMINED LIFE
Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

James Hollis, Ph.D.

How do you define growing up? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks: a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:

  • Recover Personal Authority—how to stop living in response to the expectations placed on you
  • Choose Meaning Over Happiness—why seeking truth instead of entertaining distractions ultimately leads to greater fulfillment
  • Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You—how the voices that haunt you can lead you to grow
  • Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You—recovering the guiding force concealed in your Shadow
  • Construct a Mature Spirituality—the five essential elements of integrating meaning and mystery into your life
  • Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are—the challenge of fully showing up for your life

With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment."It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within," writes Dr. Hollis. "You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before."

ISBN 978-1683640479 * Sounds True, 2018 * 125 pages * $21.50

 

 

We all know a lot less than we think we do. Humans have invented countless marvels, from jumbo jets to the global economy, yet most of us can't even explain how a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little?

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individual-oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. The Knowledge Illusion contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the community around us.

Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we overestimate the depth of our comprehension and expertise in almost every realm. We thrive by instictively drawing on the knowledge of the people and things around us, but the illusion of individual intelligence persists. We believe we can understand complicated political or technical issues (we can't), cram endless information in our brains (we don't), and effectively make complex business decisions on our own (we won't). The Knowledge Illusion offers a better way to think about how we think. Appreciating the collaborative nature of the human mind can make us better teachers, managers, citizens, and contributing members of the community of knowledge.

ISBN 978-0399184369 * Riverhead Books, 2018 * 284 pages * $22.00

THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION
Why We Never Think Alone

Steven Sloman
Philip Fernbach


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POLITICAL TRIBES
Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Amy Chua


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Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most—the ones that people will kill and die for—are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles—Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the “Free World” vs. the “Axis of Evil”—we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy.

In the Vietnam War, viewing the conflict through Cold War blinders, we never saw that most of Vietnam’s “capitalists” were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country’s Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right—so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars—the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.

In America today, every group feels threatened. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism.

In her persuasive style, Amy Chu argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.

ISBN: 978-0399562853 * Penguin Press, 2018 * 293 pages* $37.00


In Playing the Matrix, New Thought leader and New York Times best-selling author Mike Dooley shares his most impactful, transformational program for creating major life changes and shaping our futures. Previously only available at live workshops, this information has been delivered in 132 cities, 34 countries, upon 6 continents. For the first time, these complete ideas can be at your fingertips in book form.

At the heart of the Matrix lies a simple yet highly unexpected concept for creating major life change, unlike anything shared by other teachers, past or present. It clearly reveals why manifesting" sometimes works with incredible ease, why it sometimes doesn't work at all, and why, on occasion, it works and yet in hindsight we wish it hadn't. You'll not only learn about the "Bermuda Triangle of Manifesting" that too often leads to heartbreak and loss, you'll discover how to navigate around it, under full sail, with new "Aha!" moments as you come to understand:

  • How to achieve clarity in purpose and desire
  • How to avoid contradictions and self-sabotage
  • How to fuel your dreams with passion while not attaching to unimportant details and outcomes
  • How to plan and take action on your dreams without messing with the "cursed hows"

Playing the Matrix lays out the actual physical and metaphysical mechanics of manifestation, including your role in the equation of reality creation, so that you can deliberately orchestrate the changes you most wish to see. Once you begin working with the Universe instead of unwittingly working against it, you will truly astound yourself.

ISBN: 978-1401950606 * Hay House, 2017 * 191 pages * $33.99

PLAYING THE MATRIX
A Program for Living Deliberately
and Creating Consciously

Mike Dooley


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THE MINDFUL DAY
Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm,
and Joy from Morning to Evening

Laurie J. Cameron


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Here is your guide to living with focus, clarity, and intention in a high-tech, fast-paced world.

In this illuminating book, acclaimed teacher and expert Laurie J. Cameron combines traditional mindfulness wisdom with cutting-edge science and positive psychology to provide simple steps for navigating busy schedules, difficult emotions, and important relationships with purpose and skill. Starting with the moment you wake up, Cameron takes you through a typical day. offering evidence-based mindful practices that promote calm, concentration, and connection in any situation. Fifty entries provide easy-to-follow strategies for better living, including how to:

  • Wake up to joy
  • Create a morning routine
  • Focus your wandering mind
  • See your loved ones with fresh eyes
  • Transition peacefully from day to evening

Honed from Camerons' more than 25 years' experience advising hard-driving professionals at Fortune 500 companies, these inspiring insights and clear recommendations can be adapted at home, in the workplace, on the sports field, and beyond. You'll learn how to strengthen your mind and cultivate your inner life to change how you experience the world. Wherever the day takes you, this essential companion to everyday mindfulness will give you the insight you need to manage stress, boost productivity, deepen relationships, and live with greater positivity and joy.

ISBN: 978-1426218361 * National Geographic, 2018 * 272 pages * $28.99

We all know what it's like to have a 'charge' about something; the feeling of excitement, fear, arousal, or irritation. How do we use that charge for the behaviours we want to create?

Charge is a word for the basic life force running through us. This force is crucial if we are to meet challenges, heal past wounds, and manage stress. Even more, it is essential for mastering your own life force and becoming all you can be.

Charge and The Energy Body makes an important contribution to the growing field of Energy Medicine, by looking at charge as the interface between mind and body, and the missing ingredient in Mind-Body healing. It brings the reader into a deep intimacy with their own life force, as well as an understanding of how charge runs their relationships, their children, their clients, and their patients. It examines how we can become 'overcharged' or 'undercharged' and how to create balance through practices of charging and discharging. Each chapter gives simple exercies to put these principles into practice.

World-renowned teacher, somatic therapist, author, and advanced yoga teacher, Anodea Judith, PhD addresses all this and more. Taken from her decades of teaching and her doctoral work in Mind-Body medicine, Charge and the Energy Body contributes something entirely new to the literature on healing self and others.

ISBN: 978-1401954482 * Hay House, 2018 * 315 pages* $22.50

CHARGE AND THE ENERGY BODY
The Vital Key to Healing Your Life,
Your Chakras, and Your Relationships

Anodea Judith


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ENERGY STRANDS
The Ultimate Guide to Clearing the Cords
That Are Constricting Your Life

Denise Linn

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Native shamanic traditions tell us that there are cords, strands, threads, and filaments of energy that flow to and through us, connecting us to everyone and everything in the Universe. Some energy strands make us feel vibrant and alive. Others deplete and weaken us. Most of us are unaware of these energy strands, but they are extremely powerful forces that surround us every day.

In Energy Strands, Denise Linn shows you how to release the cords that bind you and strengthen the ones that heal you. She shares methods she's personally practiced over the years to help you achieve peace and balance in your life, including how to:

  • discover attachments to family, friends, lovers, past-lives, and pets
  • cut energy strands with toxic people and unhealthy relationships
  • activate specific techniques to protect and shield your energy field
  • use space clearing methods to create harmony in your home
Energy Strands explores the connection between the chakras, breath, meditation, visualization, sound healing, and more. Using a variety of tools, including dowsing, smudging, singing bowls, crystals, and much, much more, you'll begin to renew your energy, replenish your inner sources, and magnify the cords that empower you.

ISBN: 978-1401950583 * Hay House, 2018 * 201 pages* $22.50


The practice of non-doing, non-forcing is an essential aspect of Taoism known as wu-wei. Attributed to the great sage Lao-tzu, the philosophy of wu-wei teaches you how to develop a natural state of consciousness not bound by thought or preconceived limitations. Experienced by the greatest artists, athletes, musicians, and writers, this heightened state of consciousness, referred to as “being in the zone,” is where intelligent spontaneity and effortless action flourish via a practice rooted in permitting the natural harmony of the cosmos to prevail.

Merging Taoist philosophy, Hindu principles, and Confucianism along with scientific findings, Jason Gregory outlines the practice of wu-wei as a vehicle to realize our innate freedom, revealing that when we release our ego and allow life to unfold as it will, we align ourselves more closely with our goals and cultivate skill and mastery along the way. Equating “being in the zone” with a stillness of the mind, Gregory shares meditation practices coupled with yoga exercises from Patanjali that allow you to approach life with a mastery of acceptance, releasing deluded beliefs of how to achieve success that make your mind “sticky” and poised for conflict. The author shows how practicing wu-wei paradoxically empowers you to accomplish all that you desire by having no intention to do so, as well as allowing you to become receptive to nature’s blueprint for expressing beauty.

Revealing wisdom utilized by renowned sages, artists, and athletes who have adapted “being in the zone” as a way of life, the author shows that wu-wei can yield a renewed sense of trust in many aspects of your daily life, making each day more effortless. As an avid wu-wei practitioner, he provides keen insight on how you, too, can experience the beauty of achieving an enlightened, effortless mind while reveling in the process of life’s unfolding.

ISBN: 978-1620557136 * Inner Traditions, 2018 * 187 pages* $21.50


EFFORTLESS LIVING
Wu-Wei and the Spontaneous
State of Natural Harmony

Jason Gregory

 



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PRACTICAL ZEN
for Health, Wealth, and Mindfulness

Julian Daizan Skinner
with Sarah Bladen

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Bringing the body-mind insights of Rinzai Zen from the mountains of Japan to the Western world, Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner and Sarah Bladen present simple meditation techniques to help achieve health, wellbeing, and success.

Taking the reader through the first 100 days of practice, Practical Zen then shows how to adapt the new learned techniques to the rest of your life. Each chapter ends with case studies showing how individuals have been transformed through their meditation journey. This is an accessible and practical guide to adapting Eastern meditation into busy Western lives.

ISBN: 978-1848193901 * Singing Dragon, 2018 * 192 pages* $18.95

Enchantment. By Dr. Sharon Blackie’s definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human tendency—one we possess as children, but lose, through social and cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imagination—but it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community.

Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairy tales, and folk culture, Dr. Sharon Blackie offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live, so leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world. To live this way is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary.

ISBN: 978-1487004071 * Ambrosia, 2018 * 314 pages * $19.95

THE ENCHANTED LIFE
Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday

Sharon Blackie


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THE ART OF LOVE TAROT

Denise Jarvie
Toni Carmine Salerno, Illus.

 


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The Art of Love Tarot is the first ever tarot deck featuring the artwork of intuitive artist Toni Carmine Salerno. Tarot guru Denise Jarvie was inspired to create this deck from 78 of Toni's most enchanting works, bringing a contemporary new age approach to the age-old tradition of tarot.

The four traditional suits become Stars, Hearts, Angels, and Trees in the Minor Arcana, complementing the themes that run through Toni's work. The 22 Major Arcana cards are revisited to reflect modern-day versions of the traditional archetypes they represent.

The tarot is ultimately a way to know ourselves by unveiling the unknown that lies before and within us. Reading with The Art of Love Tarot deck will expand your awareness of the energies at play in your life and help reveal the endless possibilities that exist for you.

ISBN 978-0738753843 * Llewellyn Publications, 2017 * 78-card deck and 116 page guidebook * $37.95

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