Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Tarot Tour & Giveaway

Want to know which post I'm most excited to show you this month? It's this one! I am obsessed love The Raven Cycle series and can't wait to share with you my very first tarot card reading.

Without further ado I present to you The Hierophant!

The Hierophant is card number 5, and represents beliefs, values, and institutions. It also represents traditional education or a man of high social standing.

Words the Hierophant is often associated with are: Education, Knowledge, Status quo, and Institution
When you think about it beliefs, values, and institutions all really mean the same thing. They are immovable presumptions based on years of tradition. 

In the past The Hierophant was represented by Aglionby Academy. The institution that brought all of the boys together. At Aligonby the Hierophant teaches Gansey, Noah, Ronan, and Adam Latin and all the other things boys of high breeding should learn about. 
In the present The Hierophant has grown to be more inclusive, it is no longer exclusively Aglionby Academy. 

The Hierophant is within the characters.The Heirophant is Gansey with his firm belief that Glendower resides in the Virginia mountains (belief). It is Ronan when he attends church with his brothers on Sundays (values). It is Adam believing that he has to suffer because he has always had to suffer (status-quo). It is even Blue when she worries that she doesn't belong with the boys because tradition says she doesn't (tradition). 

Institution & Aglionby Academy in Blue Lily, Lily Blue:
“Sometimes, Gansey forgot how much he liked school and how good he was at it. But he couldn't forget it on mornings like this one—fall fog rising out of the fields and lifting in front of the mountains, the Pig running cool and loud, Ronan climbing out of the passenger seat and knocking knuckles on the roof with teeth flashing, dewy grass misting the black toes of his shoes, bag slung over his blazer, narrow-eyed Adam bumping fists as they met on the sidewalk, boys around them laughing and calling to one another, making space for the three of them because this had been a thing for so long: Gansey-Lynch-Parrish.”
In the future I believe the Hierophant will continue to be represented by Aglionby Academy but I also believe that certain characters will come to represent The Hierophant is a very real way.

In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Gansey's teacher comes for a visit. He is a grandfatherly figure steeped in academia and he is the Hierophant in human form. He represents years of careful study and the quest for knowledge. I think that this teacher will continue to play a part in the search for Glendower and will impart knowledge and wisdom to Gansey. 

I believe Glendower will also take on characteristics of the Hierophant. But only time (and the final book) will tell! I'm still very new at this whole tarot card reading thing so I could be completely off base. That is the beauty of interpretation.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

About The Author
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011:Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks....Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

Follow Maggie on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram and to learn more about The Raven Cycle visit The Raven Cycle Official Site and Maggie Stiefvater’s Official Site
One (1) winner receives The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck.

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  1. Those covers are gorgeous! I can't wait to read them!

  2. Thank-you for hosting this stellar giveaway contest. :)

  3. Thanks so much for hosting this awesome giveaway!

    I tried to check out other stops on the tour, but the links don't seem to be working.

  4. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Just in case rafflecopter shows my location outside US, I'm doing a semester abroad and would use my usual US address