Monday, January 21, 2013

Hawaii Five-0 Used my HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot

HAWAII FIVE-0 3.04 'Popilikia ('Misfortune')

AIRED: Oct 15, 2012

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McGarrett gets a surprise visitor and 5-0 takes on the case of a "headless horseman."


Episode Title: 'Popilikia ('Misfortune')
Writer: Stephanie Sengupta
Director: Christine Moore
Previously on "Hawaii Five-0":
A young couple goes to see a psychic named Esmerelda (Bai Ling), who gives the girl a scare when she tells her that "death is closing in." The next day at polo practice, the boy is killed when his decapitated by a garrot strung up between the goal posts.
At home, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) awakens to find his mother, Doris (Christine Lahti) making breakfast in the kitchen. She tells her son she's tired of running and plans to stay, regardless of the fact that Wo Fat is still at large 5-0 is called to the polo field where the victim is identified as Billy Keats. Billy's girlfriend, Nicole (Arielle Kebbel) tells Kono (Grace Park) about her encounter with the psychic. Danny (Scott Caan) and Kono pay Esmerelda a visit. When asked how she knew Billy would die, she says he became nervous after getting a phone call from someone named "Al." While his girlfriend waited outside, Billy asked Esmerelda if "he knows."
McGarrett learns that Billy was being paid "hush money" by his former coach, Al Reingold who was doping his horses. However, Reingold says Billy was happy to take the money and his alibi about being at an auction checks out.
Kono learns that a bootprint found near the goal posts belongs to a pair custom made for the team. While questioning the owner of the team, Spencer Madsen (Jere Burns), his son Jake (Guy Wilson) emerges and tells Kono that he switched practice times with Billy. He believes the garrot was strung up for him.
5-0 learns that Jake Madsen was kidnapped ten years earlier and the kidnappers sent his parents one of Jake's fingers as proof of life. Jake managed to escape before his parents could pay the ransom and his testimony put the men behind bars. 5-0 then discover that one of the kidnappers, who was recently released, just went AWOL from the half-way house he was living in.
Kono races back to the Madsen home, but she's too late, as the family's SUV explodes just as Spencer's wife Amanda (Sarah Finley) was about to get in. 5-0 finds the fugitive kidnapper hiding out in a motel. When he's questioned about the explosion, the man says that he planted the bomb for fifty grand but does not know who for, as the entire operation was arranged online.
Based on a computer reenactment of the explosion, it becomes clear that Amanda was the intended target. When her "burner" cellphone is retrieved from the scene, the team learns that Amanda was having an affair with Billy Keats. McGarrett and Danny rush to the hospital but find Amanda dead after someone suffocated her.
When they examine the security camera footage, the team sees Jake go into his mother's room and then leave quickly. At the Madsen home, McGarrett and Danny tell Spencer they believe Jake killed his mother, but Spencer says it's his fault. When Jake was kidnapped, Amanda didn't want to pay the ransom, thus the kidnappers cut off his one of his fingers. When Jake found out about Billy's affair with his mother, he confronted his father, who again did nothing which upset Jake.
McGarrett and Danny find Jake on the polo field and arrest him for the murder of Billy and Amanda. Later that day, McGarrett asks his mother why she let Wo Fat get away. She claims Wo Fat overpowered her and she misfired her gun. McGarrett seems content with her explanation, but afterwards he tells Danny that he doesn't believe her.

Bai Ling and a decapitation all before the opening credits? You just knew this was going to be a great episode of "Hawaii Five-0."
First up, "Popilikia" gets high marks for all the great action sequences including an SUV explosion, McGarrett jumping through a broken window in a chase that ended with the 5-0 commander tackling the perp over the side off a bridge and into a sewage ridden canal and of course, the aforementioned polo field decapitation scene.
This week's case was also one of the most creative we've seen in some time as it involved a psychic, polo, a kidnapping, an adulterous affair, a little C4 and a decapitation. There were also some cool twists and turns. Pretty clever of young Jake to use one of his kidnappers to kill his mother and her lover and then try to set him up to take the fall by saying the goal post garrot was meant for him.
A few more observations of 'Popilikia:'
- This episode gave us what I believe was our first ever Danny vs. Kono "cargument." And Danny's belief in psychics was a worthy topic.
- The decapitated head Max was lugging around looked very fake, which made the whole scenario even more laughable. Though it took a while to get used to him, Max's scenes are both informative and ridiculous at the same time.
- "I told you it was safer upstairs." McGarrett' to Catherine after finding his mother making herself at home in the kitchen.
- McGarrett dropping trou to give himself a tetanus shot while Danny acts like "a little girl." A scene that will undoubtedly inspire countless slashfic.
- Chin's failed attempt at babysitting Mamma McGarrett. They warned her about the ole' "cocopuff diversionary tactic" in the CIA.
"Popilikia" was another fantastic episode that delivered on all ends: a great case, tons of action, a fun guest star, a few laughs and some interesting developments in the Wo Fat/Momma Garrett storyline. Not even Esmerelda could have predicted "Popilikia" would be this good.

Conversations from Facebook:
Pamela Steele: Again, Congratulations Katalin! That totally made my evening. :-D Jim Maher: I said it before & I will say it again... congratulations Katalin. Do you know how/why they chose your deck? Regardless's great to see a 'newer' still in print deck (yours) being used on a TV show/movie Katalin E Csikos-Gould: Jim, they choosed my deck, because there's only ONE Hawaiian Tarot so far. There's Mana card and Oracle card, but NOT Tarot. Only mine so far....and they will use my Death card, which is a very pretty card. Judith L Boyd: I saw the show. Congrats Anna Johansson: Watching it right now and was just about to ask! Nedre Carter: Very nice! They did a great job! Cards are very pretty! Congrats! Katalin E Csikos-Gould: Thank you ! I am watching it right now, online on CBS. It looks great! Wow, can't believe it! Pamela Steele: OHOHOH I saw it last night and when the scene showed your cards I jumped up and said "OMG I know that artist from FB!' My husband looked at me rather strangely then added, 'It looked really interesting.' He's not tarot people, but loves art. Katalin congratulations! That is fabulous! Katalin E Csikos-Gould: Pamela, wow... I m glad that my cards more recognized by now. Amazing! They did a great job too! Thank you so much!  Isla Taylor: Gosh how exciting!! It's not back on in the UK yet but will watch out for it.   Christine Shaw: yay Barbara Paterson: I will keep my eyes open for it here in the UK. My husband watches the show, I'll certainly watch this one :) x Tarot Dactyl: That's awesome! Ooh, I'll promote it on The Hollywood Insider Show saturday so our listeners will know when to tune in :) Katalin E Csikos-Gould: That's GREAT! Thank you so much! ? Tarot Dactyl: Of course - my pleasure -- we love to highlight things that are both Hollywood and Tarot related :)
Katalin E Csikos-Gould posted to Serena Rios Flores Facebook wall on October 16:
-Aloha Serena! The show was awesome and I really liked how my HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot was showing.
Thank you and Mahalo!
-Serena Rios Flores: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it. Mahalo to you for your support of the series!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Living History - Review by Bonnie Cehovet

Living History, January 20, 2013

This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
"At the beginning of time, we were all highly evolved spiritual beings. We lived our life in accordance to the sacred template of Cosmic Law, which we fully honored in thought word and deed. Gradually we became intoxicated with the dream of separation and ego identification, listening to the mind, a collection of thoughts, and forgetting the song of love and unity ..." from the book

I was drawn to this deck for many reasons. Csikos did not create a deck from a history book background, she created one from living history ... from living on the land of Hawaii, and with the people of Hawaii. Out of her interest in and respect for Hawaiian culture and mythology "HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot" was born.

This deck has the same draw for me that the Gaian Tarot (by Joanna Powell Colbert) does - it is based n the land and the people where the respective decks were created. The Gaian Tarot is based on the lands of the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up as a teenager, and where I have been living for the past fourteen years. HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot represents the five years that I lived in Hawaii when I was in my twenties.

This deck is a celebration of life and the "Aloha Spirit". This is an all-pervasive spirit that I am reminded of every time I open my college newsletter (I graduated from the University of Hawaii). Csikos defines this spirit as the coordination of the True Self's mind, heart and soul manifested by thinking good thoughts, emoting good feelings and sharing goodness with others. She goes on to say that Aloha must be experienced, that it brings each person to the Self.

Csikos goes on to talk about Hawaiian wisdom, and what Hawaii taught her. She moved to Hawaii to heal, and heal she did ... on all levels. The ability to be healed is expressed clearly in this deck. This is a self-published deck and 108-page companion book. The deck is traditional in structure, with traditional titles for the Major Arcana. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The suits are Sticks (Wands), Cups, Swords, and Lava Stones (Pentacles). The Court Cards are King, Queen, Warrior, and Boy.

The companion book includes a short history of the Tarot, along with how to take care of the cards, and how to do a reading. The cards themselves are presented in text only, with no images. There is a description of the cards energy, a description of the scene portrayed, and upright and reversed divinatory meanings. The traditional Celtic Cross spread is presented at the end of the book.

For the King of Lava Stones, Csikos writes: "This card is the representation of the final fulfillment of a creative task, business venture, or an investment. A loyal and trustworthy man may be too methodical to gain complete success. In other cases it is the symbol of wealth. Wealth may come in the form of associates, money or knowledge. As a talisman, it is a symbol of luck. It also means wanting to make money, to be more successful, and/or to unite or reunite with someone."

For the Star, Csikos writes: "The Star is the light of hope. Shining in the night in the darkness, the stars provide direction to sailors and present a field of dreams. People are used to looking up at the sky and having a desire to be there. Besides hope, there is mystery, filled with excitement of the knowledge yet to b discovered."

This is a nature based deck. The box itself, and the cover for the companion book, are done in warm earth tones. The cards are 3" by 4 ½". The backs have a dark brown border, with a cream colored center. In the middle of the back, and fanning out on three sides, is a leafy palm tree. The backs are not reversible.

The card faces have dark brown borders on the top and bottom. For the Major Arcana, the card number in Roman numerals is at the top, with the card title at the bottom. For the Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards), the card number is in Roman numerals on the top (except for the Ace), the card number and suit along the bottom in text. The Court cards show the card title and suit along the bottom of the card. Along the right and left hand sides of the card we see primitive drawing in dark brown against a cream background. Depicted are a turtle, what appears to be a gecko, and several images of humans in different poses. It gives a warm and "ancient" feel to the deck.

I dearly love the focus of the art in this deck - the land and the water carry much more import than the figures in the scenes, making use of intense color and nature itself to convey the necessary energy. It is hard to define which are my favorite cards - they all draw me in! Let's start with the Wheel of Fortune - against a background of the Islands we see a circle of life - stick figures, plumeria flowers, an adorable gecko and more!

In the Boy of Sticks we see a lone figure strongly paddling his canoe over the blue waters. The Queen of Swords shows a lone female figure seated, head on her knees, sword at her side, volcano in the background. The Four of Sticks shows lush greenery and beautiful red flowers surrounding a rushing waterfall.

The Two of Swords features a beautiful rainbow, while the Empress stand regally in her royal purple gown. The Emperor stands, wearing a gold cape and crown, staff in his left hand, surveying his lands. Death shows a quarter moon over blue water, upon which floats a plumeria lei. The Five of Sticks shows a barren, broken highway, while the Six of Sticks shows a lush landscape with beautiful blue water in the background.

This deck is very much a coming home for me. The time that I spent in Hawaii filled me with good memories ... memories that I will always have to fall back on. This deck is a great addition to any collection - a valuable tool for self-exploration, as well as a gentle deck to offer clients. Enjoy!

I live in the Pacific Northwest with three indoor/outdoor cats, one feral cat that comes here to eat (Daddy to the first three!), and one female cat that adopted the neighbors because she does not like her brothers. I am a professional Tarot reader, published Tarot writer (Tarot, Birth Cards and You), and also write Tarot reviews, interviews and articles.
Thank you and Mahalo Bonnie for your review!
Your work is ALWAYS highly appreciated and highly recommended!
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