Annette Noyes Head Shot 2The High Priestess represents, among other things, knowledge that doesn’t come through language. Her main representation is that of intuition—she’s the queen of the subconscious and your gut instincts. Add to that the concepts of preparation, study, and being receptive and we’ve got our advice for the month.tarot high priestess

What does this mean practically speaking? I think there’s some kind of negotiation coming up. It could be for a new job, with your kids for more privileges, you asking for a raise, strategizing with your team, or anything that requires you to work with another person towards a goal. The High Priestess is telling you to “listen” with your guts and your eyes, not just your ears. Understand what’s NOT being said. Watch for nervousness, darting eyes, fiddling with pens, frowns, flashing teeth in fake smiles, or any of the little physical “tells” that people unconsciously make when they’re not being 100% forthcoming.

When there’s not 100% openness, that means something is being held back in reserve or there are hidden motives or truths. I don’t feel this less-than-perfect-honesty is malicious…it’s more like savvy negotiating and this could influence things one way or another. Therefore, when you go in knowing this, you’ll watch others more carefully, feel the energy of the room, and gather all the information that isn’t conveyed in words. Sometimes what ISN”T said is waaaaay more valuable than what is.


Happy February!

Annette Noyes

The Emerald Box Turtle

Annette Noyes Head Shot 2It’s highly appropriate that we get The Fool at this time of year. The new year, and decade, is fast approaching. This means we have the potential for ANYthing! However, with the reversal, it indicates some of your may be feeling nervous about new ideas, challenges, and adventures rather than embracing them fully. Generally, this trepidation comes from not wanting to make a mistake, appearing foolish, having your brilliant ideas judged stupid, or being embarrassed in any way.The Fool Reversed

The sad thing about this fear is you restrict or deny your innate free-spiritedness and joy in exploring life. This locks you into a stagnant cage that allows for little to no expression of self, creativity, or even breath.

What to do? Examine all the pros and cons of your situation, clever ideas, and prospective adventures and then go forth and solve the problems! invent the next best widget! and hike the Appalachian Trail! If you don’t make mistakes or try something new, you won’t fulfill the true possibilities of your life. So what if you goof! Ask yourself “What’s the BFD?” Is there Blood? Is there Fire? Was there Death? No? Then fix the goof and move on. LIVE your lives, people! 


Happy December, folks!

Annette Noyes

The Emerald Box Turtle 

Annette Noyes Head Shot 2As the year and the decade begin winding down, we move into the time where it seems there are parties every weekend! The Two of Pentacles urges you to find balance in your life despite all the hubbub and glitter and food and obligations. Juggling your family life with work and social events becomes so difficult at this time of year, but it’s vital that you do so. Otherwise, you’ll spend all of January in a state of “holiday hangover.”two of pentacles

Not only do you have to maintain balance between the facets of your life, but you have to maintain balance in your diet (all that holiday food and treats!!!) and budget. Along with all the parties goes gift-giving. If you MUST give a gift, make sure it doesn’t put you in debt just to keep up with Karen in accounting. Practice healthy boundaries and don’t be shy about enforcing them!

Fun times can, and do, devolve into agitation. You get two people into a room and you can have conflict. Add more and the probability for snark, embroilment in other people’s business, and attack goes way up. Add liquid “holiday cheer” and it’s likely there will be turmoil. That’s when personal boundaries really come in handy by having you put down your ginger ale and heading for the door. If you’re not there, you can’t get involved or hurt!

Happy November!
Annette Noyes
The Emerald Box Turtle



I know that you know what I’m about to say.  November is a time for us to remember all the things for which we are thankful.  You’re not only correct, but it’s true; it is a time to be thankful.

My Mom and SistersThere are so many things for which we can be truly thankful.  There are the big ones, like life, health, love, freedom and friendship.  We can be thankful for a roof over our heads and meals on our tables.  But there are so many other things, too.  And they are all worth recognizing.

Dad in uniformThis month is also Veteran’s Day.  Like you, I am grateful for our nation’s soldiers.  They guard us against harm and protect our freedoms.  I have nine veterans in my immediate family; my father, uncles, a couple of brothers-in-law and two of my sisters.  Most of them protected us, but one of them fought.  Thank you hardly seems adequate.

I am thankful for my friends who, on a regular basis, remind me to laugh at myself and push me to grow; friends like Pat Montandon, Admiral Dann, Teresa, Heather and Joe, Suzanne, Rev. Rachel and Toria.  I am grateful for the beautiful colors of Autumn; they warm and sooth me.  I am thankful for my fuzzy toe socks that keep my feet warm on cold nights and for my Star Wars T-shirts that allow me to express my inner child and my joy.

I am deeply thankful for my amazing, hard working, brilliant, kind, funny and handsome husband and for my wonderful, smart and funny fur-baby Helo.  They bring me more joy than I can express.  

I am thankful that the Universe, people and events and conspired to allow me to live my life the way expanding myself spiritually and bringing compassion, joy, education and (hopefully) enlightenment and peace to people within our community.  

John, Victoria and JoeI am thankful for the many fascinating people that John and I get to work with through Great Conjunction.  Such as the incredibly talented Rev. Sara Sachs, who’ll be returning later this month for our annual Victorian Flower Séance.   Victoria Price shared with us lessons from her father Vincent Price as well as things she’s learned on her own spiritual journey.  Rev. Rachel Hollander has guided us through a few lessons this year and will be doing more with us next year as well.  Bets Danko and Kathy Evans-Palmisano who come from Pittsburgh to share their gifts and talents with us.  And there are many others; far too many to list.

And that leads me to you.  I am thankful for each and every person who has come to one of our events or even just read our newsletter or followed us on Facebook and Twitter.  Without you we would have no point.  Thank you.

So take a moment as soon as you’re able and think about some of the things for which you are thankful.  And please share time with us in the future.

Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving!

Annette Noyes - The Emerald Box TurtleThis card has inherent disappointment woven through it. This disappointment can come in the form of a loss, betrayal, unkindness from a friend, or other form of heartache. Perhaps you’re seeing something for what it truly is and that’s a bit of a slap in the face. Rather than experiencing a loss or betrayal, plans may have fallen through or things didn’t turn out as well as you’d hoped. At any rate, this glum mood can prevent you from being awake to and available for enjoying the good things in your life. five of cups meaning

I don’t mean this to be a wet blanket for your entire month of October, by any means. I’m not feeling like the near future is filled with one disaster after another; it’s more like a lesson is being offered to us. IF we suffer a setback, we have the choice to wallow in a lousy mood or reflect on what went wrong and figure out how not to do “that” again. Accept your lesson, accept the past is gone, accept what is now—and not what you’d hoped— and turn your face forward.

Because life is all about contrasts, having a less-than-happy moment is an opportunity to feel your heart in a heavy state. Therefore, nurture your bruised feelings, recognize them, and remember them in times of joy. Your high times will feel even higher when you can compare them to the low times. 

Let’s hope you have no low times this coming month, but if you do, give thanks to Universe for the reminder and move forward.


Happy October Everyone!
Annette Noyes

The Emerald Box Turtle



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