Spring Equinox Blog 2013

The long winter of 2012 has dug in its heels and is still with us this March 2013.
In the week between Christmas and New Year we produced a one off original Diamond Seeds podcast. Ella Jo as ‘EJ the DJ’ charted the music made in her home town of Luton, a place renowned for terrible architecture but which actually has a pedigree stock of music which flourished in the post punk era. Airspace was provided for an archive of this music and a little history given about the bands and their stories. In years to come we expect this Diamond Seed Podcast No 5 to become a valuable resource regarding the social history and musical legacy of an English town in the early 1980s. Great bands from the present also feature, showing how the music scene has remained an important and innovative aspect of the town, even if the authorities and wider population mostly ignore it!

Since the beginning of Winter, Diamond Seeds has supported Ella Jo’s decision to release some of her writing work in ebook format, due to hefty publishing costs. Thus ‘Journey of A Tarot Reader’ can now be found on Smashwords  as well as a book explaining how a trip to India cast light on an aspect of the origins of Tarot itself.

To create awareness of her work and introduce her books, Ella Jo released a free ebook  about her experiences of reading Tarot. Using autobiographical material and containing suggestions for a Code of Practice in Tarot Reading, she issued the ebook ‘How to Read Tarot with Confidence’ two weeks before Christmas 2012. By the end of March the downloads had reached over one thousand and was being read across the world. All this before the official release by the publishers! (No longer Available)

Staying with the writing bug, Ella Jo began 2013 with a brand new project, branching out into children’s fiction with ideas for a series of friendly bedtime stories about a witch and her adventures (First story due for release in April 2013).

Music-wise, Ella Jo’s new album, Almost Anglo Saxon is progressing slowly as and when time will permit. In March, as the weather took a turn for the worst and the temperature dipped horribly, Fliddling Flick came to stay and laid down some beautiful violin tracks for some songs on this album.

Fiddlin Flick

Laying down the violin tracks for ‘Ethelread The Unready Blues’

Spon has been involved with creating UK Decay’s new website – designed to provide updates for the adventures of the band since it reformed. The old site is still available for memorabilia from the bands early days. The new website is dedicated to providing current information for those supporting this incredible resurrection. UK Decay were in the studio recording new material in 2012 and April 2013 sees the release of their album ‘New Hope For The Dead’ containing brand new UK Decay tracks.
Visit the UK Decay site  for latest feedback and gigs to be announced for UK Decay.
The single Killer and B side, Heavy Metal Jews, is available April 2013 in white vinyl no less!

We have scattered dreams with Diamond Seeds – watch as those seeds live and grow!

Journey Of A Tarot Reader

Journey Of A Tarot Reader Serious research on the possible influence of the Mother Goddess Religion on the concept of Tarot

In 2006 Ella Jo made a trip to Greece to read Tarot on the beaches. Her journal reveals the realities of a Bohemian beach community life and the story unfolds as she decides to go exploring. Influenced by her desire to find the origins of the Tarot, she travels to Turkey to look for evidence. In 2005, Ella Jo visited India, finding evidence for the original structure of the Tarot cards; this 2006 journal charts her search in the Middle East.



Ella Jo relates her journey from Santorini to Crete and Rhodes, then on to Turkey returning to the UK through Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The book makes entertaining reading as she tells of her encounters with people and places she found on her journey.

The second part of the book, headed ‘Notes’, takes a deeper look at the subjects uncovered in her journey. She presents serious research on the possible influence of the Mother Goddess Religion on the concept of Tarot, seeking linguistic and historical material to provide insights. Ella Jo also investigates the mystery of Tarot’s appearance in Europe, providing glimpses of evidence from surviving historical data.

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This book is a must for those interested in the fascinating phenomena that is Tarot.

NEW! “Journey of a Tarot Reader” in E-Book for I-Pad and I-Phone

Ella Jo and The Magician Tarot card

The Magician
Ella Jo began giving Tarot readings in her late twenties. When she travelled to India she read Tarot on the beaches of Goa and over the years she took her cards with her as she explored Europe.

After three years of counseling training she visited Bengal in India to research the Origins Of Tarot, which was published in Femspec Magazine in 2007. Her books are derived from her research and field notes and have been written as an aid for those who read Tarot.

In the first issue of the series, Tarot Decoded, she brings to life the image of The Magician Tarot card. The Magician signifies the creator of the Tarot and the Reader themselves and therefore must also include an explanation of the structure of Tarot. She takes the reader from the basic meanings of the card to an investigation of our States of Being, on the way giving a view of the structure of the Minor Arcana (the small cards).

The Magician is numbered One of the Tarot’s Major Arcana. These cards make up twenty two of the ‘trump’ cards in Tarot. Major Arcana cards correspond to archetypal characters. Karl Jung, the psychologist, used the word ‘archetype’ to explain an experience that every person has in common with another, for instance everyone has parents, a belief, a place in society etc. Each card of the Major Arcana corresponds to an archetypal character and so every person can relate to it at some level.

Archetypally, the Magician’s role is to show that all human beings possess an inner structure based on the four elements, which make us who we are. The Magician gives us the tools to work on our inner landscape, enabling us to improve.

All of Ella Jo’s tarot books examine the cards relationships to mythological figures, and how their characters are reflected in ourselves.

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As The Magician is related to the intellectual side of our being this book covers ways to investigate this.

The Magician can be viewed as an introductory card to learning Tarot. However, Tarot is a vast subject and will not make sense all at once. As the reader learns more about the subject, the pieces will begin to fit.