Weekly Forecast: August 13-19

A new week is at our feet, it's fresh and I can smell the potential! Today is the Feast of Diana, also known as the Festival of Torches. I'm spending some time today to honor Goddess Diana, she is an archetype I've been working very closely with for the past few months. Today I'm using my main working deck, the Spolia Tarot to tap into what energy may be at play this week for us and what we can do with it!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays
Mercury RX is finally coming to an at the end of this week on the 19th, hooray! Folx, can you feel the shift already?! I sure can!

FIRE + ACE of Coins

We're playing with fire this week and that resonates with me big time! Fire to me speaks of our ambition, our drive, and our creativity. I've certainly been feeling extra creative, finally. We are asked to control this fire and put it to use!

So how do we work with fire this week? If you're not careful, you can get easily burned out so just keep that in mind! The Ace of Coins urges us to tap into this potential flame and see where it sparks up or illuminates in our life. I feel like the Ace of Coins is the torch handle to our flame, we control where we want it to go. All I know is that since we're working with an Ace card, there's some potential in the cracks of our day to day lives. If something hot lands in our lap, like an opportunity to grow or bring in more money, seize it and use it! Keep fueling this seed with all you have, you want to really put a lot of energy into whatever it is if you want to bring it to fruition. So whether you are starting fresh with a new project, starting a new job, or even just making products for your online shop... give it all you got! Keep that fire in you moving and keep it hot, hot, hot!

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What do you see in the cards this week?
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New Moon solar eclipse in Leo

Hello, New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo! Another eclipse is upon us and like most eclipses, they're good at shaking up routines, dragging things into the light, and making you create some drastic changes. This eclipse may bring big changes and fresh starts, I think that is something a lot of us are eager for. I'm ready, are you?

I was in the mood to give the Carnival at the End of the World tarot deck a big test drive outside of daily draws, so I've pulled a card for each astrological sign - not just the elemental groups like last time! I hope these mini tarotscopes bring you some fresh perspectives to work with as we begin a new moon cycle.

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak
There's a lot of Page energy on the table! Honestly, I wasn't surprised at all as this eclipse has been really moving things around for a lot of us and creating the perfect foundation to build anew. Breathe in the new and breathe out the old... clingy... unhelpful things in our life.

ARIESPage of Coins
Keep your focus and your drive by continuing to add new skills and experiences under your belt. These will help set the foundation to future projects and endeavors. Don't worry about getting something wrong, that will get better over time and with practice.

TAURUS - Page of Wands
The solar eclipse may reveal a new path in your life to delve into. Be adventurous and shake off any fear so you can take a closer look. You may stumble upon something that sparks your interest and be worth exploring more.

GEMINIThe Chariot
Create your own personal vehicle to move you forward. You do have what it takes, don't doubt yourself this month. Sometimes just forcing through the blockage is what is needed to get us closer to what we really want. This requires an inner drive that you didn't know you had!

CANCER10 of Swords
Cancer... I know some of you are feeling it pretty hard lately and you may feel this card pretty hard, too. Just remember that whatever is trying to pull you down even more will pass and you will soon feel more and more like yourself once again.

LEO7 of Cups
This makes me think a lot of "buying online vs. buying in store". It's so hard to know for sure if what you ordered is really the right thing until it ends up at our door with some major let downs. It happens to the best of us! Live and let learn, don't let it rain on your parade.

VIRGO - 9 of Wands
Right now, the best advice is to keep your energy up and maintain it for a little while longer. Soon you can put your feet up and really get in some TLC. Just keep the end results in mind to help make this effort worth it when you do reach them!

LIBRA2 of Wands
Let your passion lead you in the direction of where to go or what to do next. What lights your fire? What really gets you excited and amped up? Follow that feeling and see where it takes you! Then you can reassess and see if you would like to keep going or change route.

SCORPIOPage of Swords
The best approach right now is to do what you can in order to get others to listen. If you have something to say or something to add, speak up! Don't let others silence you just because they may think you don't know what your talking about. You don't need their approval, you just need them to understand. Others will take you serious if you show that you are serious.

SAGITTARIUS3 of Cups
I really get a "slow down" feeling from this card despite it usually seen as a happy, joyous event. It's telling you to not wear yourself out trying to be there for everyone else. You need to restore your own emotional needs right now because frankly, I think this eclipse season is draining you. It's time to take care of yourself now.

CAPRICORNAce of Cups
Your cup is full so let it overflow! Fill the hearts of others, say yes to that new date, let yourself feel all the good feels, and don't let others steal your joy! We need this kind of energy right now flowing in the air and through our communities. Don't be afraid to open your heart to others and let them know how much they mean to you.

AQUARIUSThe Moon
Wrap yourself up in some mystery, you don't need to shed light on everything you're doing and working on right now. While yes, it's fun to let the cat out the bag but sometimes we need to keep somethings under lock and key until the right time. go ahead and drop hints, sneak peeks, and even some guessing... but keep your lips shut for a little while longer.

PISCESThe Devil
This is a good warning for you Pisces, watch where you're spending your energy and double check that it's being spent in ways that will feed your soul rather than weigh it down. It can be far too easy to get absorbed into unhealthy behaviors and before you know it, you're addicted to some strange new habit that is far much harder to break than it was to gain..

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DECK REVIEW: Bianco Nero Tarot

I'm currently backed up on deck reviews but I hope to slowly get them done throughout this month. I decided to do a review of the new Bianco Nero Tarot since it just landed in my lap yesterday and I'm not really seeing much of this deck on social media or in the tarot groups!

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The Bianco Nero Tarot (Black & White Tarot) was created by Marco Proietto of Rome, Italy. Random fact, he graduated from High School the same year I did, in 2001!

What caught my eye about this deck was the mention that it was both inspired by the Visconti Tarot and the Rider Waite Smith imagery. The art is done by hand in black and white ink inspired by antique engravings and woodcuts. I found that really neat!

The artist went to several art academy schools in Italy and studied everything from drawing to sculpture to engraving (both wood and metal). This deck was published by US Games in July 2018, so it's hot off the press.

I don't really buy a lot of mass produced decks these days, I'm very much drawn to indie decks but this was one that caught my attention and for some reason I just had to order it when I saw a coupon code from US Games. Sometimes a deck will just grab you for no rhyme or reason, right?

The card backs are inspired by the 4 elements in the Minor Arcana and features an 8 pointed star symbolizing the Major Arcana in the center, the design is also reversible if you happen to read reversed cards. The deck itself has a very "grim" feel to it, I can't quite put my finger on it but I like it! I'm a massive fan of black and white decks, so it's no surprise as to why I was drawn to the art in this deck.

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A few of my favorite cards

There were a lot of cards that I loved and a few that fell kind of flat for me personally, but there will always be some cards like that in any deck I think. My absolute favorites are Death, the Devil, King of Wands, and the Queen of Cups. I adore these!

I really love the Queen of Cups and how siren like she is. You really get a sense of how she feels sitting in that mermaid adorned throne with the wind in her hair and looking out into the water. I'm from San Diego and only lived there up until the age of 6, but we spent a lot of time visiting there while growing up and I really miss the feeling of being at the beach on a windy day. This card really brings that memory back for me.

The other card that caught my eye was Death. Usually the Death card has a more grand depiction, especially in RWS decks. This Death is just very alone and very simple, I like that. It reminds me of a character you would find in the comic book "The Maxx" for some reason, maybe it's the giant scythe that makes me think of that. Either way, I love this card in the deck!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
The card stock is very smooth and "soft", I guess you could say it's typical US Games. It feels nice though, good thickness - not too thick, not too thin. I think they will hold up fairly well! Also, the cards themselves are standard tarot card size.

Shuffling

The deck shuffles smooth and well! I'm a happy camper, but I didn't have any doubts about it's shuffling. There are only a few deck publishers that I really can't stand, US Games is one I like! If I can easily riffle shuffle and over hand shuffle, that's all I need in a deck.

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In the package
Since this was your typical deck, it came with just the box, cards, and a booklet. The booklet is 63-pages and actually has a nice intro written about this deck in general talking about the inspiration for the art, the people in the deck and how their expressions and movement is specific. I was actually pretty impressed with the attention to detail added in this deck!

Overall
The Cons: One thing I really wished for in this deck was diversity! The people in the deck are all very thin and very white, I'm not just saying that because it's a black and white deck either.

The Pros: I really enjoy the art style, the expressions of the bodies really do speak well. All of the cards are very familiar to me which makes it an easy read. I think I will like working with this deck for sure!

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If you have this deck, how are you liking it?
Or, is it on your wishlist?

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5 Ways You Can Connect More to Your Cards

I get asked often "what tips do you have for connecting more with tarot cards?" so I decided to compile my own favorite ways! I'm always looking to dig deeper in my tarot practice, some come by accident even.

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1. Playing Card Cartomancy

While yes, you can read playing cards like tarot cards, but this isn't the cartomancy I'm talking about. I took an online course called "Your Future is in the Cards" taught by Kristen of Over the Moon Oracle Cards. It is basically a how-to for reading playing cards in its own system. Cartomancy has truly changed how I view tarot and how I break down a reading.

By learning how to read playing cards, it really gave me a new layer to look at with my tarot cards. It helped me see card positions differently, ways the court cards interact, and extra little things to look for in a reading like numerical themes. Not to mention, cartomancy is so much fun - it's like being a detective and following the bread crumbs.

 

2. Doodles

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Another online course I took through Kristen was called "Doodles for Divination". I'm actually wrapping this course up now! This is Kristen's recent course that really packs a punch and has been extremely eye opening! It's like handwriting analysis meets sketchbook. The course has me looking at symbolism and art in a whole new light, especially with indie decks. I've been picking apart the cards in my decks, researching every little nuances I find. It's brought new layers to my cards and has me looking for little symbols everywhere I go. I'm obsessed!

I've always been a huge believer that everything is a sign and everything has a message. This course really confirmed that for me, it's crazy how our mind speaks and shows up to the plate.

 

3. Exploring

Another thing that can be easily done is just simply explore around your city, backyard, house, anywhere! Pull a card in the morning, not for guidance or anything, but just pull a card and keep it on your mind throughout the day. Look for that card in your day, while you're at the store, sitting in traffic, anywhere. Say that you pulled the 2 of Coins - look for double number two's, twin circles, anything being balance or unbalanced, maybe you found two quarters in your bag, etc. You can look for imagery that reminds you of the card itself and situations you come across. It's a great way to build up your own relationship with the cards that is unique to you.

 

4. Marseille

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Anytime I dive into my Marseille studies, it always adds more depth to my other tarot readings. Marseille has such a neat language it speaks, it's much more fluid than it appears. While yes, numerology plays a big role in Marseille but it's more about how the imagery flows for me. The way the courts are looking and acting towards the other cards. The opening and closing of vines, flowers and swords. Even if you learn just a little about the Marseille system, I really think it will for sure add an extra boost to your RWS deck readings! If anything it will spark some inspiration to work with.

If you like documentaries, I highly recommend watching Tarotology by Enrique Enriquez. It is an absolutely an amazing film! I've watched it at least 4 times already and will watch it again. I also recommend the book "Tarot on Earth" by Tom Benjamin, it's written like a workbook for learning Marseille and it's great fun!

 

5. Journal Prompting

One thing I love to do, especially when my mind is drawing a blank, is to use tarot cards to prompt my journaling. I'll pull 3-5 cards and write about 1/2 page per card, I do this often with my morning pages where I journal 3 pages each morning and I just can't think of anything else to write. Morning pages are like a brain dump for right after you get up each morning, doing them alone really helps me think more clearly during the day and reducing my stress!

So for example, say the first card I flip over is the 6 of Cups, I'll journal about a good memory or something. Then the next card, say it's the Emperor, I'll write about my dad. Then the next, say it's The Fool, I'll write about an adventure I took... and so on. Doing this really helps me add more personal layers to the card meanings and associations. It gets my mind going and triggers my creative juices.

Well, I hope these spark some interest in you and help add some new layers to your tarot practice! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you try any of these and if that help!

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What things help you connect more to the cards?
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Weekly Reading: August 6-12

Last week I took a small break from the weekly readings. I was pretty distracted and by the time I realized I forgot to post it, we were already well into Wednesday, oop's! It's back this week though and I'm trying out a new deck that I just got yesterday, it's the Dark Days Tarot by Wren McMurdo. I received this deck in a trade along with one other deck, the adorable Marshmallow Marseille. I plan to do a deck review of Dark Days Tarot and the other deck soon!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays
On the 11th we have a New Moon in Leo. I always get excited when the moon goes dark, it's one of my favorite phases to work with.

Ace of Swords

Your mind sees the potential before the words can even escape your lips. If you're feeling this sudden flash of inspiration, grab it by the roots and take hold! It may help to collect all your idea's and thoughts into one big pile so that you can put things in better order. Anything that makes it easier to understand, especially with Mercury in RX, things have the tendency to get a bit muddy around this time. This also gives you a chance to see what needs more attention or what may be in a more mature state of mind.

I love how on this card there's a hand gathering all the layers of this mountain and forming it into a sword handle. The mountain layers remind me of layers of our subconscious, ones that need to be consciously sorted and put into an order than makes more sense. You're in control with what you do, it's your sword to use.

Wheel of Fortune

When the wheel is spinning, it's time to ask yourself, "do I feel lucky"? Are you ready to take a chance and see what happens? Or, are you going to play it safe and wait this cycle out? The Wheel of Fortune is asking you to take a leap this week and strike while the iron's hot! To me, this card is all about deciding what cycle you thrive in best so that your chances are higher and you end up on top... because that's obviously the most favored outcome, right? When working with fresh inspiration and the sharp clarity from the Ace of Swords, this may be your time to really send some of these idea's you have out into the world and test the waters to see what could possibly happen. It's like throwing the dice and trusting that the numbers are in your favor, sometime you win big... sometimes you lose it all. It really comes down to this, is it worth the opportunity?

With the New Moon coming up later this week, it may be wise to hold off on anything fresh until then! After all, we're working with Ace energy and what better phase to work with than the New Moon!

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What do you see in the cards this week?
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Weekly Reading: July 23-29

This month is moving quick, I can't believe we're almost into August... which means we're closer to Halloween, my favorite time of the year. This week we have a Full Moon in Aquarius popping up later this week, I'll be posting some mini Tarotscopes for this moon on Thursday so keep a watch for those!

This week I'm using a new deck, Carnival at the End of the World (let's just call this the Carnival tarot from here on out, haha) and if you missed it, I posted a review of this deck here.

I'm short on time today so I'm pulling a quick two-card "to do and not to do" this week, which I find quick effective and frankly I'm not sure why I don't use this little spread more often for weekly guidance! It gets right to the gist of things.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

To do - 4 OF COINS

Usually when I see the 4 of Coins show up it tells me that you or someone is being a little too tight, a little too greedy, and a little too attached... however this week, I think that might be the right thing to do! I know for myself, payday isn't until next week so being a bit frugal with my spending is key if I want to make it through till then, perhaps you're in the same boat. Let's try to be a little more careful with our spending and keep a sense of security this week. We don't need to be a greedy jerk about it, just be a little more wise with how and where you spend it. The goal this week is to keep you standing on a firm foundation!

Not to do - KING OF WANDS

The King of Wands this week is urging us to hold back a bit (much like the 4 of Coins) and reserve your energy. I often relate the King of Wands to Dr.  Gregory House on the tv show House. At his best, he's a leader who can figure things out at the last minute, he's driven with pure passion and obsession. At his worst, he's impulsive and blows his lid very easily! Take this into perspective this week to simply not lose your head and try to refrain from jumping right in and taking over, let someone else play commander this week.  Sometimes our ego can fill our heads so much that we overlook others and the situations we are in, next thing we know we're on a boat with no paddle and stuck in hellish waters.


I've been working closely with the Septarian stone lately when it comes to my tarot studies and writing. It's a fantastic stone to work with for communication, public speaking, confidence, and getting the right words out. I find it to be a perfect stone for tarot readers or those who blog, ahem.

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What do you see in the cards this week?
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DECK REVIEW: Carnival at the End of the World Tarot

Hello, new deck!! I've been waiting for this deck since I first saw it back in October of last year and it's finally in my hands! I had to skip the Kickstarter since I couldn't swing the funds at the time but I finally pre-ordered this deck in February. I've been on the edge of my seat since last month when I saw the decks were starting to ship and seeing images of the cards on Instagram has been killing me since I was trying not to look at the whole deck because I like to be surprised when I go through the deck on my own. It's been hard not to look but I'm glad I waited, some cards were a happy surprise for me to see!

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This deck was created by two artists, Nicholas Khan and Richard Selesnick, who are both located in New York. Their art style is very captivating to me, it feels like a mix of old carnival and vibes of the 1930's. The images really give you a story within each card and you can pick up subtle theatre vibes, I also absolutely love the clothing and costumes worn by the figures in the cards!

The deck comes with 84 cards. There are 6 extra cards that you can choose to use or not. I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them just yet but I always like to keep a deck together when it comes with extra cards, it just feels like it should be kept as a whole. I was told by Nick, one of the artists of the deck, that the extra cards are not yet mentioned in the book that comes separate, but will in future editions. So it's best to use your intuition with these or give them a set meanings. I will be thinking over these and dissecting the images for sure! Three of them feel very "elemental" but not quite fully (top three in the picture above). The other three are bat themed, but all quite different. I love Madame Lulu in the dress!

The wait for this deck was hard but so worth it as the deck did not disappoint! It's just gorgeous and really feels different than the others being released right now. There is a charm about it that I just can't put my finger on, but it feels like magic. I plan to do a deep dive study with this deck. While some cards for sure have a RWS feel to them, most are entirely their own.

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A few of my favorite cards

Besides the cards I had shown in the first picture on this post (or all in fact), here are a few others that caught my attention. There is something very rigid and cold about the King of Swords and I love how they were depicted in this deck, made of entirely swords. The cold, hard metal just really captures the spirit of this court card well. Next up is the 3 of Swords, a very fresh depiction of this image that we all know so well. I totally see Baba Yaga vibes in this card and I plan to dive a bit into this area of the card.

I love, love, love the Ace of Wands! You have a beaver cutting away a tree only to make a "pencil" that is breaking out in fire. I love the energy in that card!

I'm always up for a good Devil and this one didn't disappoint, I want to go to whatever party they're hosting! Lastly, I adore the Chariot and their pieced together vehicle. The Chariot to me is always about having fear but not showing it, hiding it out of sight and just pushing forth out of will - I get that feeling in this card. Sometimes you need to do adult things but don't feel like an adult yet, that's me right now at the age of 35.

This deck is loaded with so many tiny details and nudges of folklore wrapped within the artwork. I feel like I'll be noticing new things with each use and that is exciting!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
Hands down, amazing! If you're a fan of Uusi decks and their card stock... you're in for a treat! I discovered that the creators of this deck use the same card printing company as Uusi, so the card stock is the same as the Pagan Otherworlds tarot and it's truly divine. The Pagan Otherworlds tarot features my favorite card stock to date (though it will be changing in the future, sadly) and I'm thrilled to find it again in this deck. The card stock is, in my opinion, the "Goldie Locks" in the world of card stock... perfect thickness and just the right amount of bend, lush texture and smooth gliding.

Shuffling

It's no surprise that this deck shuffles well, just based on the card stock alone makes it a dream to shuffle. The cards are a great size, they feel pretty standard to me but I haven't measured them up yet, maybe a tad longer than your traditional tarot deck. They fit nice in your hand and it's easy to riffle and overhand shuffle. If you like to spread all your cards on the table and mash them around, you would have fun with this deck as the cards are slippery and move with ease.

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In the package
I opted to get just the deck, so mine came with the box and the cards. No booklet or guidebook, but they do have an optional 108-page guidebook available. I will be ordering it soon so I can have an idea of what the artists envisioned. However, since this deck doesn't come with a book it really gives you a chance to get intimate with the cards and develop your own interpretations, which I love! I'll be doing that now until the book is ordered, then I can add more layers into the interpretations.

Diversity
The bodies of the figures in general are all thin, but there is some BIPOC being represented in this deck which makes me happy to see, though there should always be a lot more. Most figures in the deck are wearing costumes and masks. One of my favorite cards in this deck is the Queen of Coins (see first image of post) and it is gorgeous!!

Overall
I think I made it pretty clear, but I'll say it again if not - I love this deck! From the card backs to the card stock to the deck's images... it's very well done and worth the price, though I was able to get the deck at the early bird price - It is currently $50 I believe. I'm thrilled to add this to my rotation of working decks and will be using it often! I look forward to digging deeper into this deck and getting to know the cards better!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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If you have this deck, how are you liking it?
Or is it on your wishlist?

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Weekly Reading: July 16-22

Hello Monday?! Just like last week, I'm using the Spolia Tarot for the weekly reading! I'm switching things up this week for the reading, are you surprised? I'm using a method that I haven't used in a while, but love! My friend asked about it this morning and it inspired me to use it for the weekly reading. It's perfect for daily, weekly, or even monthly as well... or really anytime! I'll explain it a bit below!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The Hierophant + Ace of Cups + Page of Coins

First off, I don't want to take credit for this method since I learned it a long time ago but have since forgotten where or who I learned it from. It's a really fun way to read the cards!

Starting with the whole deck, you can either separate out the Majors, Minors, and Courts and pull directly from those OR do a simple method of pulling from 3 shuffled stacks, this cuts out the work of separating your deck.

The left stack is for your Major Arcana pull, the middle stack is for the Minor Arcana pull, and the right stack is for the Court card pull. You simply pull a card until you get to the first Major, Minor, and Court.

Example: On the left stack, I kept pulling a card until I get to the first Major card. Then did that again with the middle stack to get to the Minor Arcana card, and the last stack to get the Court card. Hope that makes sense!

Major Arcana - is read as the theme of the week
Minor Arcana - is the action to take
Court - card is the attitude you need to adapt to


The theme this week is coming from The Hierophant and it's all about learning and sticking with the rules, as much as they may suck. Sometimes staying in the lane is what we need, it keeps us focus on what the end result is that we want. While we may not agree or like how something is said or taught, we can customize this later on once we learn it. Right now, it's about soaking up the information!

The Ace of Cups reminds me a lot of our mind this week, we are filling it with awareness and information that we gather from our teachers, our friends, and our family members. Anyone can be a teacher if they have information to share and someone willing to learn. You can gain a lot from others, especially when you just simply listen! It may be something you have heard many times before but perhaps it's the way they explain it that makes it resonate with you better. This is also a good reminder to find teachers that resonate with you, not all teachers are for everyone and that's ok. Fill your cup this week with things that can help you in your life and current path!

The Page of Coins is a perfect mindset to tap into when working with the Hierophant! I always see the Page of Coins as a student, eager to learn and anxious to make progress towards their goals. They are willing to do the work and expand their knowledge. Be the Page of Coins this week when you are wanting to attain more information, learn something new, or work on fine tuning a skill. Be open to everything that can be used as a learning tool with trying new things and don't be put off if something doesn't work out how you wanted - there is a lesson to be learned when we make mistakes! One is always to not do it again so figure out what went wrong and avoid doing that the second time around.

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What do you see in the cards this week?
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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer

Bringing in the New Moon + Solar Eclipse in Cancer! We are in eclipse season and I was going to just do readings on each Full Moon but I couldn't pass up the New Moon Solar Eclipse! When I was on Patreon, I would share mini Elemental Tarotscope readings on each New and Full Moon. They were really fun for me to do and others found them very helpful in directing their energy and planning out their next cycle.

How this works: I pull 4 cards - one for each element group. Some people tend to favor their Moon sign more than their Sun sign, or some resonate best with their Rising Sign - or all three! It's up to you to decide on which you want to read.

Example: I'm a Sun in Gemini and I resonate deeply with my Sun sign so I'll read the card pulled for Air signs. I'm also a Moon in Scorpio, so I can choose to read the card pulled for the Water signs as well if I like...

I'm using the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck for these, I've been meaning to work more with this deck and it feels really good for moon and astro styled readings! If you are familiar with this deck, you will know that it comes as a set and I have chosen to combine mine and tend to read it more like an oracle than tarot exclusively.

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

The New Moon in Cancer + Solar Eclipse... I'm no expert when it comes to astrology so I stick to the basics of what I do understand and know, however I highly recommend The Tarot Lady for a more in depth look at what's going on in the sky above us! Eclipses bring change and shifts, while Cancer surrounds emotions. This is deemed to be a pretty intense moon and already it's playing out to be just that! This moon is also centered around family and people we are closest to, so be kind to those you love - however, it's a perfect time to do some cord cutting and cutting off bad relationships! If people are causing harm, it will be seen!

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EARTH
Taurus - Virgo - Capricorn

Galaxy
Giving back to our communities right now can be very beneficial and is much needed! With that being said, being part of an active community can also be rewarding for yourself, as you can gain a big insight through the eyes of others. Earth signs you are being asked to give back, listen, and cooperate in your community and in your groups. Bring awareness, bring love, and above all, bring respect towards one another. There is so much that can benefit when we are part of a community that is diverse, it builds strength - not just for others but for yourself. Connection with those around you is sometimes what we need to get through the toughest of times, knowing that you are not alone and are also able to be the shoulder for someone else.


AIR
Gemini - Libra - Aquarius

Mars
Hello Air signs, Mars says lets get a move on and push yourself! This is a very active and hands on card. You are being asked to create, get your hands dirty, and make something happen! If you have any doubts, know that you can indeed do hard things! This is perfect timing to take an aggressive approach to getting what you want, but please, don't be a dick about it. You can still tap into your masculinity without it being toxic, we have far too much of that in our waters right now. This energy isn't just about writing down idea's or typing up a rough draft, it's more about the labor involved - heavy research that you may have been avoiding, actually fixing your car so that you can go out and take photographs for a project, taking a class and doing the homework... not just skimming through the highlighted text or watching a YouTube video. It's about really putting in the work to get you closer to your goals, or better yet, reaching those goals - fuck "getting closer" let's aim to hit these goals right now! Put on your armor and dive head first!


FIRE
Aries - Leo - Sagittarius

Saturn
This card is similar to the Death card in tarot, at least it is for me, but it's more than that. It's more than just making some changes, it's about progressing with those said changes. Emerging out stronger, more whole, and more capable than before. In the book, it mentions the child growing stronger than the parent. This is the energy I feel that is tied into this card - really strong growth! But, with changes and progress comes more responsibility. If you are indeed wanting to grow and evolve, know that more power will be handed to you so be sure that you are ready and willing to take that on. You can't just be the boss and expect everyone else to make the decisions for you, it's time to step up and call the shots! If you can believe it, you can achieve it... as cheesy as that sounds, it's true. If you don't think you can handle more tasks or responsibility, admit it and don't fake it. It's ok if you're not ready, but don't pretend that you are. You can indeed still make small changes without going full force, but you can't keep inching that way forever.


WATER
Cancer - Scorpio - Pisces

The Sun - Scorpius
The Sun in general has been showing up a lot lately, both in person (hello, Arizona sun beating on my door) and in the cards. It speaks of intense passion that is guided by clarity, one that we can see for certain is there. In this card I see risks being taken, led by ambition and fearlessness. This card is tightly tied to Scorpio, which is funny to see it show up here as Scorpio is indeed a Water sign. Whether you are led by deep emotions or just eagerness to get involved, check in with yourself to see if you are led out of spite or out of good intent. It's too easy to let emotions get to the best of us, often times we are fueled to help others or are affected through the acts of others, but it's best not to react when these situations pop up. These conditions can get heated quickly and escalade in a direction that you may have not wanted or prepared for. It's best to use your energy for more favorable conditions rather than harm, let the Eclipse shine the light on those who are hiding in the shadows.


Any plans for this Moon? I'd love to hear, leave a comment!

 
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Deck Share: My Playing Card Collection

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When I started getting into cartomancy with playing cards, I was asked the same question over and over again - What is your favorite playing card deck? It's about time that I do a little "deck share" on the blog with them! I only have 4 playing card decks in my collection right now, I'm not sure if I'll be adding more as time goes on or not, but I do have a few others still on my wishlist. I thought for sure my deck collection would explode but I found out that I am very more picky with my playing cards than tarot, who would have thought?!

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First, I thought I would mention how I learned cartomancy. I took a course taught by Kristen of Over the Moon Oracle Cards called Your Future is in the Cards and it was excellent! I was told it's good to find a system and stick with it, there are many systems out there with slight variations so it's key to find one that is comfortable for you and makes sense. I decided to stick with the system she taught since it was what I learned first and really made a lot of sense - also, there was so much info and print outs that I filled a 1.5 inch binder, that is now my go-to book! I recommend Kristen's course highly, she is an excellent teacher!

Also, did you know you can read playing cards like tarot cards? A few of my friends started their tarot practice this way and after I learned cartomancy I decided to check it out for fun. I found that It's a great way to get to know the numerology involved in tarot and takes away the distraction. If there is any interest, I may do a small post on explaining how this is done.

Ok, let's show you my decks! I'm going to start with the first deck I owned and go up from there.

Pagan (Blue Limited Edition) by Uusi

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This was the first playing card deck that I had, while yes I have had many standard Bicycle decks over the years, this one was more "fancy" so I never used it. I received this deck in a swap when I traded for the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. I didn't know it was coming along for the ride until the package showed up and I was quite pleased but didn't know what to do with it but I knew that I didn't want to use it for card games, so it sat on my shelf for over a year.

In the end, this was the deck that I studied and learned on, it's often my go-to deck when I do cartomancy readings. I've put a lot of energy into this deck and it reads very well for me. This is perfect for starting out with cartomancy, it's follows your standard playing card set up.

You can find this deck HERE

 

Hotcakes (Red Edition) by Uusi

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Another Uusi deck! What can I say, I love their card stock and designs. Each deck that Uusi creates is painted card by card so even the pip cards (numbered cards) are hand illustrated and vary slightly - I love this and this is one reason I keep coming back to Uusi decks! This was my first intentional cartomancy purchase, I ordered this deck after I got my certificate of completion with the course and it's one I had my eye on for awhile but didn't know what I would do with it until I learned cartomancy.

This is a cheeky deck and it carries an erotic theme spread through the face cards, I think it was quite tasteful in how they presented the illustrations. I really enjoy working with this deck! This is another deck that I find perfect for starting out, it also follows the standard playing card set up.

You can find this deck HERE

 

Into the Weird by Gebhardt

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My third deck to collect was the Into the Weird deck and I love how quirky it is! This is the first deck I bought that strayed away from the standard system of the design. This deck features a different illustration or scene on each card, making it a great playing card + oracle mix. I love to read the cards first as I normally do, then I go back and add a layer of oracle meaning based on the card illustrations. I get a really great, in depth reading this way and it's a fun way to use more of your intuition in the cards rather than follow the system direct.

You can find this deck HERE

 

Little Deck of Horrors by the Ellusionist

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Lastly, one of my absolute favorite decks I own is the Little Deck of Horrors! The second I got into cartomancy this deck started popping up on my Instagram feed with sneak peeks and they were killing me. I'm a "Halloween everyday" type of person and the design of this deck really resonated well with me. Hard to see from the pictures but all of the cards are illustrated in a rough/air brush style design. I love everything about this deck all the way down to the box, which is a side opening style rather than top. While my first deck is always going to be my favorite, this deck comes in right behind that.

One thing I'll note is that the system I use for cartomancy works with directional face cards (court cards). That means, that the direction the face card is looking plays a huge importance in the reading itself. For example: if one or two face cards show up in a 3-card reading I pay attention to how they interact with one another or if there is just one face card I look to see what card that face card is looking at. The reason I mention this is because I had to pin dot mark my face cards in this deck as they don't show direction (facing left or right). However, I didn't let that stop me from buying this deck!

You can find this deck HERE

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Do you read playing cards?
Do you use them like tarot cards or in their own system?

Let me know in the comments and if you want to show me your decks,
tag me on Instagram @jessrollar

Weekly Reading: July 9-15

Happy, Monday! This weekend went fast.... at least for me! I didn't do a whole lot outside of the house since it was way too hot. I think we peaked at 115º yesterday but today it's supposed to be a bit "cooler" at around 110º.... we are also currently in monsoon season finally, so while Arizona is usually a "dry heat" it's hot and humid right now. 

FYI: My response to the comment "but it's a dry heat" that us Arizona folx hear all the time is that your oven is also a dry heat. Unless you enjoy sticking your head in the oven for shits and giggles, it's still damn hot, haha!

Ok, a new week means new possibilities! I'm using the Spolia Tarot once again, I can't get enough of this deck. Both the booklet and cards are just.... amazing! If you missed it, I shared a review of this deck that can be read here.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

6 of Wands + 10 of Swords

Energy from the 6 of Wands tells us that no matter what you face this week, be vigilant! Set yourself up for success and don't shy away from being praised, even if it's just for helping someone out at office at the printer. Take that compliment and run with it! Use it as some extra fuel to keep you going and doing a good job! Who doesn't likes a good pat on the back from time to time, am I right? Perhaps you may be getting some appreciation for work done around the house... you know, the whole "wow, the house looks great" even though it's been clean for a few days, just take it and smile. When we know we are doing well, it helps us to keep up the momentum and do better if not for others, at least yourself. I know that when I'm told that a blog post I wrote was very helpful or that a reading I gave was empowering for them, it makes me want to keep doing what I do. Especially when you had doubt before, it lets you know that you're on the right path and that you can indeed do hard things - even if they aren't all that hard, you know you are making a difference in either your life or others. 

Advice from the 10 of Swords... Ouch! This may sting a bit but it's a great wake up call! While no one likes to see the 10 of Swords pop up in a reading, I do like to see it show up for advice - I tend to see it as a warning more than anything, and who doesn't like a good warning?! Since we're working with the energy of the 6 of Swords and being praised here and there, don't let that be an invitation to go all out and overboard! HINT: It's not going to play out well. Often times when we keep getting the "good job, buddy" we tend to let it go to our head more and more, then we think we are invisible and can "probably handle this too"... jury says, we can still see you and you need to stay in your lane! This is just setting you up for a hard landing, so stay grounded and be practical in your thinking and logic. Don't overdo it just because you think you're untouchable, you may have done well in other things but it's not a ticket of freedom to do whatever the hell you want just because you think nothing could go wrong.

If you do find yourself in the position of the 10 of Swords this week and things do indeed backfire, just dust yourself off. It's ok, at least take this as a learning experience to not do it again. Right? 

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What do you see in the cards this week?
Let me know in the comments!

July Reads

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I currently have several books in rotation right now and I was feeling up to sharing so why not share what I'm reading? Sounds good to me!

Since getting my Kindle a couple months ago I have been glued to it, but I did set my reading aside for about a month or so. I tend to go through seasons with everything I do and reading is not exception. When I get struck by the "reading bug" I tend to devour anything I have in sight so I prepare for this ahead of time. Having a Kindle is a cheap way to stock up books without weighing down my bookshelves and wallet! I do prefer to hold an actual book though, I'm one of those people who highlight and write in the page margins.

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Earlier this week I started and finished a very short (70 page) book on Lilith. It was called Welcoming Lilith by Theresa C. Dintino. While it was a very quick read, I loved it! I've been working with the Lilith archetype for several years now. I didn't realize how much I resonated with her in my teens until I was in my 30's. It seems she has always been in my shadow, guiding me along. Someone mentioned that they too had a similar experience with her, glad to know I wasn't alone in this!

Right now I have about 5 or so books in rotation, but some aren't holding my interest right now - not that they aren't good, I'm just not in the mood to continue them, it happens.

Last night I started another short book called Lilith the Mother of all Dark Creatures by E. Vernor. I don't have an opinion on it yet as I'm still on the intro, haha!!! I was very distracted yesterday, what can I say. Like most books on Lilith, the info is just regurgitated over and over again it seems, but I still look for new things. I have hope to find some new things about Lilith in this book, we shall see!

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I am also reading of Satanic Feminism by Andrew S. Finstuen. This one I'm reading slowly, I want to really soak up this book little by little. I am enjoying it! Jex Blackmore is one of my current inspirations, I absolutely love everything she does and she inspired me to read this book. I am rather quiet (massive shy introvert) but I am very passionate in women's reproductive rights and I hope to bite the bullet and get more active with this subject. I have been a member of TST for a short time and would love to join my local chapter but sadly it's located about 2 hours away in Tucson. I plan to reach out to see how I can help in my location if possible, I do know there are members who are more local to me so I'm sure I can be of help or service in some way.

Next up is Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine, I've barely started this one as well. This is a book that while I am enjoying a lot, I'm losing interest since I'm just not in the mood to read it right now. I may set this aside for another time, since I'm more focused on my Feminist and Satanic studies. Now, I have read several Chaos books in the past when I was heavily into the practice but it sizzled out over the years. One thing I still work with closely are sigils. I've been working with sigils for years and it's something that I'm very comfortable with and work very well for me. They are my go-to with anything and everything. Some people work more with candles and oils - I tend to work more with pen, paper, and spit. Sexy, huh?

Another book I'm reading that I'm nearly done with, it's been on the back burner, is Dirty & Divine by Alice Grist. I love this book and it's written more like a diary of the cards than a typical tarot book. Don't let the pretty cover fool you, it's filled with raw and honest stories surrounding battles with alcoholism and curse words!

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There is one book I'm getting ready to start... but maybe not till I finish one I listed, haha! I just got Planets for Pagans by Renna Shesso. I picked this up on eBay after spotting her zine's online. I'll admit the cover caught my attention first and I knew very little of the book. After receiving it in the mail I became even more interested! It looks very fascinating just flipping through it! It's a mix of planetary, mythology, constellations, tarot, symbolism, etc. Very excited to dive into this one!

Of course, along with all of these books, I just cracked open the new Many Moons: Volume 2 workbook! I work closely with these books over the years, this is the last and final one and I'm soaking up every word! I will be working with this book until the end of the year, but it's not really a book per se... but it kind of is... it's both workbook and book.

My "to-read" grows daily and it's filled with vast topics of satanism, intersectional feminism, race and body diversity, and witch crafts. Too many books, too little time!

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What are you reading right now?
I want to know, share in the comments!

DECK REVIEW: The Spolia Tarot

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Ready for another deck review?! The Spolia Tarot deck landed in my hands and I've been anxiously waiting for it to arrive! I pre-ordered this deck back in early May after missing the Kickstarter. I was a bit on the fence since while I do love collage, I haven't yet owned a deck that was collage themed so I wasn't sure how I would connect with it but... (spoiler alert) I love it!

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The Spolia Tarot deck's artwork was done by Jen May, the little white book (LWB) was written by Jessa Crispin, and it was designed by Tara Romeo - what a team! I'm a massive fan of Jessa Crispin's writing, in fact The Creative Tarot is my absolute favorite tarot book on the market. It's one that really speaks my language best and I recommend it to everyone who asks!

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This deck really blew me away! I created a big hype for myself while waiting for this deck to ship so I was really afraid I was setting myself up to be disappointed... but it was far from that. I'm in love! From the artwork to the LWB to the card stock and box, everything was on point with my expectations and more.

The deck uses the word "coin" instead of "pentacle" and I love that! I use "coins" when talking about the pentacle suits as it's how I relate to this suit the most, so seeing that written on the cards made me very happy. Also, the deck comes with 16 extra cards - 12 zodiac cards and 4 elemental cards. You can use these or not, I decided to leave them in the deck as I find they add an extra layer to the reading, almost like combining oracle and tarot.

The deck was printed in Italy and it really gives off a "rich" feel to it, the deck just feels really good to the touch. The box is gorgeous and simple, I was afraid to break the seal so I popped it open from the bottom with a butter knife - a little trick I learned when opening playing card decks. The deck was well worth the wait and I'm so glad they did a 2nd printing!

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A few of my favorite cards

It was really hard to just a few cards, I love them all! Some cards speak really loud and clear for me, while others are just beautifully done and well executed. My absolute favorite cards in the deck is the Devil. It's simple and it leaves much room for interpretation. The Devil has been a favorite card of mine lately and it's one I look for first in a deck, I love a good devil! The 6 of Coins - I really like the exchange being played out in this card. There are hands giving, receiving, and waiting. It just speaks really well for me and I love how it was done. I also love the Judgement and Justice cards, the hand shake in the Justice card and the snake changing in the other card just makes me smile. Lastly, I love the 9 of Swords in this deck, you can really feel this card and the mental torment, the booklet describes it perfectly:

"The brain can eat itself if you let it... we can spin demons out of thin air"
 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
The card stock lives up to the price of the deck, which was around $50 at the time that I ordered it! I hate when you pay a lot for a deck and the card stock falls flat, that was not the case with this deck at all. The cards have a satin like finish that feels divine in your hands. While the cards are thick, they aren't super stiff like some decks I've had. It's hard to explain, but these cards are like a soft-stiff? Not even sure what that means but it's the best way to explain it so I'm going with it! I'm fairly rough with my cards and I haven't seen any chips at all in the card stock or any notice of wear, which I normally see after one day of use... again, I'm rough. I think the cards will hold up really well over time!

Shuffling
I know I always say "this deck shuffles like butter".... but it's true again in this case. This is one of those satin finished decks that shuffles so nicely. You can hear the cards slide while shuffling too, it's an addicting sound. Now, this is a fat stacked deck, I'm not kidding.... look at the image below, it's thick! It's a bit wider and taller than your standard tarot deck, it's like a brick. I have to shuffle it a tiny bit differently than I normally do. As usual, I have to at least get a few riffle shuffles in before I start my overhand but to do this, I have to split the deck into two piles and riffle them each first. I can overhand shuffle the whole deck just fine, it's just the riffle shuffle that is a bit tricky. If you have small hands it may be a bit tricky, just a heads up!

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In the package
There are two options for this deck - the first being just the deck, and the second is the deck with spread cloth. I'm kicking myself for not getting the second option but in reality, I know I won't use the spread cloth often so I'll live.

The deck comes with the box (which is beautifully made), the booklet, and the cards. I also received a mini postcard print of the High Priestess in my box. I love it and need to figure out if I want to frame it or stick it somewhere.

Book
While I rarely get excited about a LWB, this was an exception. Jessa Crispin wrote the damn book and it's amazing! I don't often reference back to the booklet with each deck but I can't help but not see what she wrote about for each card, it's so on point and so well said. The booklet is written just like her other book, The Creative Tarot,, where she groups up the cards in order by rank rather than suit order. This is how I tend to order my study journal as well, I like to be able to quickly compare all 3's or all the Knight's, rather than hunt each one down within their own suit.

The book is short and to the point, it's around 52 pages I think and also notes the extra cards. There is no extra stuff in this booklet, it goes right into the cards and nothing more, which I really like.

Diversity
I have added a new little point in my reviews, diversity. This has always been a main focus for me when buying a deck but it's quickly becoming a major decider in whether or not I purchase it. So I thought I would note the level of diversity in each deck from here on out in my reviews. Being a collaged deck, I wasn't sure what would be represented in the cards. Originally I said there was a "vast amount of poc being represented" but after closer inspection (and talking to another person on IG) I came to realize that there is only a little amount, which is good but still not great. I think there could have been a lot more room for diversity. As far as body sizes, I see a lot of bodies with full hips and soft bellies, which makes me happy. In fact, I just noticed that the Empress has a double chin and I love it. This is my birth card and I too am in this club, haha! I find it so important to be able to find at least one card in a deck that you can relate to and see yourself in.

Overall
I'm pretty sure you can tell that I'm in love with this deck! I've had a chance to work with it for a few days now and it reads so well for me, this is for sure a deck that I will be using a lot. The readings come out very clear and direct, so far all have been incredibly on point for me. I've been using it for daily pulls, yesterdays weekly reading, and in a current July tarot challenge... it's called me out several times now.

This deck didn't quite fit in my standard deck bags that I make and sell, so I had to whip up a custom sized bag for it the other night to fit the thickness of it. A few other people on Instagram have raised their hands for this bag size so I will for sure add a few of these to my shop soon! FYI: You'll be seeing a lot of this deck on the blog for sure!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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If you have this deck, how are you liking it?
Or is it on your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekly Reading: July 2 - 8

Hello, Monday! A little late in the day, but hey, the weekly reading is up and ready to help steer your week... even though Monday is nearing an end! I hope to have this up on Sundays rather than Monday from here on out, but don't hold your breath on that, haha!

While on Patreon, I got in the habit of pulling a 2-card Energy and Advice reading for the week ahead, so I'm going to continue doing just that! This week I'm using a brand new deck that arrived on Saturday, the Spolia Tarot!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Virgo + Knight of Swords

The fun thing about the Spolia Tarot is that it has 16 extra cards - 12 of those are for each sign of the zodiac and the other 4 are elements. I'm mentioning this since one of the cards drawn for the week is one of those extra cards, Virgo!

Virgo tells us that no matter how hard we try, nothing will every be perfect or exactly what we want it to be. It's setting up for expectations that just won't ever meet our own standards, but it is rewarding to try and know that we have given it our best. I know perfectionism all too well, it's exhausting to say the least! With a very strict perfectionist mindset we start to hold ourselves back in ways that we may not realize. It could be felt when you pour your heart out into a writing project only to feel that your point is muddled.... so you either delete it or leave it in your drafts, never seeing the light of day. It can be repainting a piece of art over and over again because your line work isn't up to your perfected standards. Perfectionism can really be found in day to day tasks if you really reflect on it. We need to allow ourselves to have mistakes and be ok with a perfectly imperfect selves.

The Knight of Swords comes in like a wrecking ball to tell you to just get what you want out! Speak your mind even if you don't have all the words. Write that blog post even if it's filled with grammar mistakes and run-on sentences. Don't repaint that painting, just add to it and let the words flow out with your brush. We need to stand up and get our point across no matter if it's sloppy or if it's incomplete. The Knight of Swords will do what they want and take action, they don't wait around for someone to give them orders... even though sometimes they should, they never do.

This week, take initiative and don't worry so much on getting it just right. Learn from your mistakes rather than paint over them. Dive in head first and focus on what point you want to make, then get it out there into the world!

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What do you see in the cards this week?
Let me know in the comments!

Hello, July 2018

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Hello, July! It's been a while since I've done a monthly collective post and I've been wanting to for a while but it seems the months have been creeping by quickly for me lately. This time, I caught the month early and was ready! I've been in the mood to pull my energy back a bit and do some self exploring, I really want to revel in what brings me the most joy and share that with others.

I tend to go through these shifts every few months and I've learned to go with the flow to see what they bring. I used to fight these shifts and feel like the Tower as I lose my footing, starting at the bottom stuck between the rubble. Last month I launched a Patreon page and by the end of the month I decided to close it while I figure things out. I didn't expect to feel a shift right now, but shifts happen (pun intended).

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July Intentions

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

A new month is here and I'm thrilled! I'm not setting any goals but merely setting intentions.

BOOKS
I'm currently reading Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine and Satanic Feminism by Per Faxneld. There are a few others books on my list to read, but these two are my focus in July.

DECKS
I rarely set out to work with specific decks for the month but I'm planning to use one I just got yesterday a LOT this month - the Spolia Tarot! It finally landed in my hot little hands and I'm in love! I pre-ordered this deck several months ago and wasn't expecting it to arrive until later next week but was surprised to see it out for delivery yesterday. I found it no coincidence that the Empress kept showing up while shuffling and "test" spread pulls (when I get a new deck, I love to pull random cards to see how the deck looks in a spread and how the cards talk to one another). The Empress is my tarot birth card, the number 3 follows me everywhere, and this was the card that won me over with this deck - I love it!

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BLOG INTENTIONS
Since I've been kind of neglecting the blog, I want to bring my focus back to it now that I have closed up my Patreon page for a bit. I do like some order and structure, it's just how I am so some things will be set each week/month, the rest will just fall in place when it does.

  • Deck Reviews - Spolia Tarot and Carnival at the End of the World (will be arriving in the next week or two)
  • New Moon - I'm moving my Elemental Tarotscopes to the blog (was on Patreon)! These will be up on or around the New Moon each month and feature 4 cards relating to the elemental association to your signs (sample post here)
  • Weekly Readings - Bringing these back to the blog as well, they were also up on my Patreon last month and I'm moving them back to the blog.
  • Reader Interviews - Everyone seems to really enjoy these so I hope to bring in a few new interviews! I have a long list of people to reach out to but haven't done so yet, that will be my top priority!
  • Challenge Share - I often join in on some fun challenges on Instagram, so I thought it would be fun to share a recap of each week on the blog. I may or may not go into detail with each day but I may talk about a few in more detail than what I share on the blog. This month I'm participating in two challenges but the main one I want to focus on is the #tftwstarotchallenge hosted by Lindsay Mack. Hoping to use this challenge as a way to get to know the Spolia Tarot!
  • Random Talks - Lastly, I would like to talk more about my personal practice, perspectives on certain cards, more spreads, etc. So this is the "everything else" category, haha!
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DECK REVIEW: The Coffee Tarot

Deck review time! I've had this deck for a little while now and finally getting it on the blog, I'm very behind in deck reviews haha! I'm gushing over the Coffee Tarot today!

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

I've been hoping to get this deck review up on the blog for weeks now, but summer break has proven to be hard to get things done, haha! The kiddo seems to have my computer every time I need to use it... but since she's quiet and playing nicely, I just let her be. Parents with a kid on summer break probably know exactly what I'm talking about! Anyways, haha! I received this deck in trade and when I saw it released awhile back I just new I had to have it. What is a coffee addict without a coffee tarot deck?!

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Since I got this deck in trade, I don't know if I have everything that came with the deck or not but it feels like I did. This deck was on Kickstarter and came out later in 2017. The deck was created by Janet Boyer and her husband Ron, it was was also originally just a limited Major Arcana deck which sold out fast. Ron did the artwork for the deck and I absolutely love his style, very fun and colorful!

I just love this imaginative deck! When people say that there is a deck out there for everyone, it's true! Even for coffee addicts like myself!

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A few of my favorite cards

Ok, so there were far too many cards that I loved so I decided to show you my absolutely favorite card. This is the Devil in most decks but renamed Caf-Fiend, this card was totally made for me! Don't you dare touch my coffee cup, haha! I don't think a lot of people take me serious when I say I'm a "coffee addict"... I drink about a pot a day (sometimes more), and I make it strong! My husband calls my brew "rocket fuel" and he usually likes his black, but won't drink the coffee that I usually make since I do tend to make it pretty strong (I'll admit). I literally drink iced coffee throughout the day, all the way up till I go to bed and it has no effect on me and how I sleep at night. Coffee is what helps me relax and unwind - I start all my tarot readings with a fresh iced coffee, always. #coffeewitch

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
One thing I noticed right away is how thin the card stock is, this delighted me as it's a pretty large deck to begin with. It's very flimsy, but I like it! I like thinner card stock, it allows me to get a really good riffle shuffle in. Do I worry about wear and use? A little, but I don't use this deck often, mostly for weekly readings or monthly. The card stock in general is very smooth but not shiny, I quite like it.

Shuffling
You all know how picky I am with shuffling, this deck meets my "standards". It shuffles smoothly, feels like butter! The only fault I have with the shuffling is the card size, it does take a second to get a good handle on the cards - they are 5.5" x 3.5", not quite as big as my Next World Tarot (which is 4" x 6") but still pretty large. One thing I like is that the images are clear due to the cards being so large, which I like! Despite the size, it's not that hard to get used to at all but if you have small hands it may be a struggle. I have what my family calls "alien hands" haha! My thumb alone is 3 inches long...

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In the package
Since I got this in trade, I'm not 100% sure I have everything that ships with the deck but it feels pretty complete to me. It arrived with a handmade coffee themed deck bag, 4 extra elemental cards, the Goddess Caffeina card and Brainstorm card are exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign only, and creator card. I didn't get a book though, however Janet (one of the deck creators) sent me a PDF for the deck and it had all the card keywords and such that they associated with the deck.

Extra Notes
The court cards: The court cards are the only cards in the deck that don't have a story illustrated on them like the rest of the cards.

  • Page - small teacup image
  • Knight - travel mug
  • Queen - tall coffee cup
  • King - large coffee mug

The Major Arcana: The Major Arcana has been mostly renamed to fit the theme of the deck, coffee! I did see the Lovers and the Moon are still the same, but other cards like the Fool and Death have been renamed to Bean and Out of Business, which I quite like!

Also, Janet is finishing up on the companion book as we speak! It is a full length book dedicated to this deck!

Overall...
This deck is fun! It's not one that I would use with every reading but it's fun to pull out when you want something fresh and new! I quite love the renaming of the Major's, some cards really speak volumes to me with their new associations and names. I think Janet and Ron did a fantastic job carrying the theme of coffee through this deck!

You can find this deck on their website for sale HERE
Also, check out Janet's Patreon HERE

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Reader Interview: Marianne of Two Sides Tarot

Today we have Marianne of Two Sides Tarot on the blog!! I've been such a fan of her tarot work that I nearly screamed when she accepted my invitation to be featured on the blog! She is not only a radical card slinger, but she runs a fantastic blog and deck shop!

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Hello, can you tell us about yourself? How did tarot find you?

I'm a tarot reader and bookseller from Sydney, Australia. I'm also a Capricorn, which I suppose explains why I introduce myself with my jobs, with an Aquarius moon and a Pisces ascendant. I own and run Two Sides Tarot, where I offer a rich and well-stocked selection of independently published tarot and oracle decks, and other divinatory supplies, as well as tarot readings.

It's funny to think about my life before tarot - once it arrived, it felt like it had always been there! In fact, it showed up in my mid-20s, and then both collapsed and saved my life during my Saturn return. Being an English lit nerd, analyzing stories and symbols for fun, I found myself right in my element with the cards, and I knew from the first shuffle that this was my jam! During that period of my life, tarot gave me a priceless vocabulary for the spiritual awakening I was having that I would've been otherwise unable to understand or describe. It gave me a way to map a very profound and tumultuous experience, a true Hermit’s lamp in the dark, and I knew that was an invaluable tool that I could share with others who had also found themselves a little lost on the path.

If you could remove any card in the deck, which card would it be and why?

I’m such a completist that even considering this question makes my eye twitch! I’m definitely a believer that all cards have their place, and that one of the most useful things about working with tarot is developing a relationship with the cards we find unwelcome, as a means to develop a relationship with the experiences that they represent. Which is not to say I’m always thrilled when I draw The Tower, but I do think that by turning towards challenging or bittersweet or boring cards instead of away, we can come to understand the medicine they have to offer – bitter or blah though it may sometimes be!

What's in your tarot toolbox?

Although I am a bit of a packrat, my tarot toolkit is surprisingly light and fuss-free. I do sometimes light some incense to get myself into the ritual frame of mind, and it’s nice to be able to refer to a book or two for ideas and fresh perspectives, but really, the only essential is a deck of cards.

What do you think the Empress would say to the Emperor?

“Lighten up, man!”

What or who inspires you the most?

There’s so much to be inspired by these days! Our community is so packed with readers who bring so many different perspectives and so much daring to their work. It’s a privilege to be part of a community that is challenging the norms of their art form, and producing and distributing and using tools that are radical and inclusive and restorative. The tarot community, particularly on Instagram and in places like Little Red Tarot and Siobhan’s Radical Tarot Scopes, is so multifaceted and filled with people who have such expansive visions for what tarot and tarot reading can be, and all of that collective work is proof that there’s no limit to the stories we can tell. It’s really exciting!

I’ve also been taking a lot of inspiration from a few different interview podcasts lately, in particular Public Intellectual, Ideal Futures, the Serpent Cast and The Witchwave. Some of these podcasts have episodes about tarot, but in general, they’re just really interesting conversations with really interesting people. I love – and often need – to be reminded that there are so many different ways to live a life!

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If you could be any court card, which would you choose and why?

I used to joke that most tarot readers wish we were cool enough to be the Queen of Wands when we grew up, so that card’s vibrant charisma is definitely something to aspire to! If I really think about it though, the answer to this question changes from week to week. Right now, I’m working on being like the King of Cups, gentle and steady and full of feelings. Next week, I might need a little more Knight of Swords in my life in order to get the job done. Perhaps my ideal self is a fully integrated version of all of the court cards, perfectly balanced. A gal can dream!

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

I’m definitely non-monogamous when it comes to tarot decks – I think I have close to a hundred, if not more, in my collection! I do have very intense love affairs, though, and at the moment, my OTP is the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. I was late to the party with this deck, and only got a copy for myself when a whole lot of people requested that I start stocking it in my shop. I was surprised to find that we immediately just “got” each other. It reads so clearly, and has been firm but gentle with me and my bullshit, which is just what I need right now!

If you could go back to day one of your tarot journey, what would you do differently?

You know, I’ve chewed on this question for a while now, and I don’t think I’d change a thing. There’s no such thing as a perfect path, and mine has unfolded the way it has, for better or worse, and that’s a-ok. Hashtag no regrets, am I right?!

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

My most sticky tarot habit has been doing the daily tarot Weather Report on Instagram. I’ve taken days off here and there, but my daily draw has been posted there nine days out of ten since December 2013. I’d say that’s a habit now!

As for quirks, I’m quite light on. I’m very unsuperstitious when it comes to my cards and my set up. The only little tic I have is that after I complete a reading for someone else, I’ll reshuffle the deck and knock it with my knuckles twice on each side to shake out any residual vibes.

If the Hierophant had a favorite curse word, what would it be?

I have to thank you for this question because it gave me the glorious pleasure of googling old-fashioned curse words. The Hierophant’s an old fuddy duddy (it’s my birth card, so I say that with love), so I think their choice would be decidedly vintage. The best one I came up with was “Sard,” a close substitute for “fuck” allegedly originating in a 10th Century bible, as in, “don’t sard another man’s wife.” I suppose you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, but I do hope that’s true!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

I feel like The Hermit is definitely one of those annoying people who drinks mushroom coffee and tries to convince everyone that it tastes just as good as espresso.

Lastly, do you have anything you would like to share? News? Event?

No news, just ongoing juicy tarot goodness! Come follow me on instagram, peruse my blog, and while you’re at it hop on my email list, and check out all the tarot supplies and goodies in my shop. I ship worldwide!

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram

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Reader Interview: Marisa de la Peña of Circo Tarot

I'm super excited to have one of my favorite illustrators on the blog today! Marisa de la Peña is the artist and creator behind one of my favorite decks, the Circo Tarot, as well as several others and also the illustrator of a new book! A little bird told me she has some new decks in the works, too!

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Hello, can you tell us about yourself? How did tarot find you?

I am a Los Angeles based illustrator and reader. I am the creator of Circo Tarot, Strange Lands Oracle, Persephone Tarot and the illustrator of "How to Deal:Tarot for Everyday Life". Tarot found me in a library when I was 13 and after that it followed me into my practice as an adult.

If you could remove any card in the deck, which card would it be and why?

I guess the 4 or 5 of Pentacles. I think being a Taurus makes me sensitive towards anything financial/grounding related. I don't like my habits being called out by pentacles, haha!

What's in your tarot toolbox?

I always have one go to Rider-Waite deck, Strange Lands oracle, a clearing spray, palo santo, fresh flowers and I always like to have a clean table top to work on. I did recently get Many Moons Vol. 2, which I am super stoked to use this summer.

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What do you think the Empress would say to the Emperor?

I don't know if words are needed but I almost feel like it would be that silent hand that goes up and implies, "I got this"

What or who inspires you the most?

My grandfather Leo. He worked everyday he could, started his own business and was the best listener in the world. He was a barber for 60 years. I have never had a connection to anyone as I did with him, like we have and had always been friends. I think him being Scorpio and myself a Taurus we had just enough polarity and balance to where it worked so well.

If you could be any court card, which would you choose and why?

I would probably be the Queen of Pentacles. Its a reassuring feeling that I am doing the right things in order to get where I want to be. I like being a renaissance woman and knowing that my feet are securely on the ground.

  Deck:  Circo Tarot

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

Iris Oracle by Spirit Speak, seriously my go to in any personal reading. And also Angel Answers, Doreen Virtue because I am really getting into Angel work and it just feels like it connects well with my current practice.

If you could go back to day one of your tarot journey, what would you do differently?

I would say when I painted my first card in 2014. I didn't have the confidence to invest in my work then and it was also a really strange period in my life where I didn't see my career going anywhere. I would have shaken my self then and said "You're baller, your work is baller, this is right, quit making excuses, paint.".

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I like to just let my mind ramble as I shuffle, almost like an inner white noise. But as for quirks, not so sure.

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If the Hierophant had a favorite curse word, what would it be?

Hell. Like "to hell with it".

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

I imagine like one of those super intense cold brews in a can for a quick perk on the go.

Lastly, do you have anything you would like to share? News? Event?

"How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life" is now available on Amazon and the deck on my website! Strange Lands Oracle is also returning in June and Persephone to follow. I am also hard at work on 2 new decks that have a different vibe than my previous decks. Very exciting!!!

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram

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DECK REVIEW: Kawaii Tarot

How about a another deck review, it's been a while! I've been planning on moving my deck reviews to YouTube but truth be told, I'm totally slacking on getting that going and I haven't quite figured out what I want to use to record video's yet. So, my deck reviews will stay put for the time being! I just received a new deck in the mail and I'm excited to share it with you guys, it's the Kawaii Tarot!

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

This is a fairly new deck that was released in May of this year, but was first available as an independent published deck (last year, I believe) and was created by Diana Lopez. While writing this review it is currently listed for under $10 on Amazon. I mean, how can you not resist that price?! It's so cute, too!

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Due to the price of the deck, I didn't have high expectations at all when I ordered it, I just thought it would be fun to have and use. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when it arrived! It is absolutely adorable and packaged really well. And even though the cards are very minimalistic in design, it's still fairly easy to read intuitively. I will note, it's not a Marseille deck but I would say it's a good intro deck to Marseille if you are looking to branch away from non-scenic styled decks. It feels like a good mix of the two!

What do I mean by "non-scenic"? Take the 3 of Cups.... in a RWS deck there is a scene of three people holding cups high in the air and having a good time, but in a Marseille deck, it's literally just 3 cups on the card.
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A few of my favorite cards

The cards are all really cute but a few that stand out to me the most were the Devil, 4 of Coins, Queen of Swords, and the Hermit. I love that the court cards in this deck are not gender assigned! I also love the Hermit and Devil card for some reason, the icons on the cards are too adorable. The Hermit lantern reminds me of camping and listening to all the sounds outside your tent in the dark hours of the night.

Even though the minor arcana is mostly just icons and not really showing a scene, some of the cards do give you a sense of what is going on. Take the 4 of Coins for instance, you really get that secure, almost greedy feeling of holding your wealth too tightly.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
While the card stock feels very cheap to me, it's not bad. Again, the deck was low cost so I was not expecting high quality card stock. The cards themselves are smaller than your standard tarot deck, which made me happy! I love smaller decks since they travel well, though I do struggle with shuffling small decks since I have very long hands and fingers. The card stock in general is a nice thickness, not stiff at all. I prefer my decks on the thinner side despite them not holding up as well as thicker card stock, just a personal preference. So if you like some bend in the cards (especially in smaller decks), you will be happy I think!

Shuffling
I really like shuffling this deck, was not expecting that at all! The cards are thin but not super thin, just enough that they bend really easily. It shuffles smoothly!

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In the package
The deck comes packaged in a hard pink box that is feels well made and sturdy. The deck come split into two half decks - each in their own little pink box. I really don't like this because after I put the decks back away, I was thinking of doing a reading with it later last night but I really didn't want to hassle with taking them both back out the boxes and such. I'm thinking it will for sure need to go in a deck bag if I want to use it more often. The book clings onto the box lid and it all goes together quite nicely.

Book
I had a chance to flip through the book and I have to say, it has a lot of info, more than I thought it would. It is 92 pages and contains spreads, notes on the card numbers/suits/colors, and a nice chunk of info on each card (as well as reversals). For a deck at this price, that is pretty cool!

Overall...
I really like this little deck! I don't think it will be one I'll be using often though if I'm being honest, but it is handy to have on hand with the size that it is. I won't mind tossing it in my bag when I travel since it's not one I would worry about getting dirty or beat up. The way it is illustrated is very clean and clutter free, a nice break from scenic illustrated decks. Now, let's see how it reads in a deck interview below!

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Deck Interview Reading

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What card do you want to show off?

9 of Wands

A bit defensive, are we? I love the scattered look of the candy on this card, it feels like it represents exactly how I feel when I'm having a rough day... a mess and exhausted!

What is your strength as a deck?

10 of Coins

You hold a plethora of information and are very close to those who work with you, just like family. Your abundance and wealth of information never runs out and you share it freely.

What topic fo you like to read for best?

2 of Wands

You lean towards planning and decision making. Both my favorite topics to read for! I think we will get along just great when it comes to figuring out which path to take before embarking on any adventures.

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What are you here to teach me?

8 of Coins

Slow down and focus. Makes total sense as I'm fairly iffy when it comes to reading non-scenic tarot decks, this will be a fun challenge and it tells me I need to stick it out! Practice makes perfect!

Tell me about yourself!

9 of Swords

It's ok, I'll give you a hug! You tend to worry easy and stress our fairly quick. You may be sweet on the outside, but you do have a shadow side you're hiding!

What is our potential working relationship?

7 of Coins

With time, we will do well... but I have to remember that our partnership won't happen over night. This is going to be a long and slow building relationship.

You can find this deck over on Amazon!


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Psst... I'm on Patreon!

Today I officially launched my Patreon page! I have been literally working my fingers to the bone this week with getting this ready. My main focus with creating this page was to share my tarot practice - monthly readings, teaching tarot, and more! I also plan to give back on Patreon by using some of my pledge support to pledge others on there.

I recently shared one of my Patreon only posts for the Full Moon in Sagittarius, this unlocks at the $5 pledge support tier!

www.patreon.com/radicalshetarot

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This morning, along with my launch, I shared the June "Card of the Month Exploration" where I dive into the King of Wands. This is very beginner friendly and you can unlock this content with a $3+ pledge support each month! As a bonus, the court cards drawn each month will have Pop Culture references to help you better connect to these personalities.

For those who like to get things in the mail (who doesn't, right?) I have a $25 pledge support option to get access to everything I post on Patreon, as well as a package sent to you each month!

With your monthly support for this pledge, you get a package sent in the mail from yours truly. This contains one of my tarot bags OR a mini spread/altar cloth each month, and other fun little goodies! This is currently only available for US residents due to shipping costs and limited to just 10 spots for now, will open up more as time goes on!

You can read more over on my Patreon page, your support means so much to me!

 Sample of my tarot bags

Sample of my tarot bags