Week Ahead // April 15 - 21

Happy Sunday, Folx! A new week is upon us, are you ready? I am! I have to take a moment and thank everyone for the awesome feedback on my Dark Mansion Tarot study post, more specifically the Fool post that I talked about the other day! I’m so glad you folx liked it, I will have the Magician up this week with my thoughts! It may be slow, but I’m thinking a “card a week” will be something I aim for with that study.

Deck used: Compendium of Constellations + Cosmos Tarot and Oracle

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Pyxis “guide” + taurus “The Hierophant”

Be your own guide this week! Stick with what you know and with what you are comfortable in. Seek solace to traditions that have served you well and ones that you know you can count on, the ones that work for you and only you! It’s easy to look over your shoulder and see what others are doing and how fast they may seem to move. Keep in mind that we all go at our own pace, do what is comfortable for you. Try not to fall trap to the whole “the grass is greener” thought process, it won’t do you any good when you embrace that mentality. Trust me!

Whether you are focused with work this week, relationships or just day to day things, remember to take your time and don’t feel the need to take shortcuts. Listen to your instincts and let that guide you as you go along. If something doesn’t feel right, stop and take notice. Taurus in general is very slow and steady for good reason, they are very dedicated! However, it can be a very stubborn sign as well! You can only keep redoing something for so long, if it’s not working… move on or take a break, you can always come back to it. If you have goals on your mind, use those also as your guide and determination this week!


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Week Ahead // April 8 - 14

Happy Sunday, Folx! Look what’s back?! I have been super busy and let a lot of things slide, including my blog. In case you are out of the loop on what I’ve been up to… I created a lenormand deck! The deck is called The Monster Lenormand and I just got my first sample copy in the mail last week. I may have mentioned this deck previously on the blog but I can’t remember, haha! More info is coming soon on the pre-order of this deck.

Deck used: Dark Mansion Tarot

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Knight of Swords + 10 of Cups

The Knight of Swords strives to be heard and understood. If you need some time off, speak up. If you have an idea, let them hear it. If you think of a better solution, explain it. No one knows unless you tell them, it’s good to speak up once in awhile and get things off your chest and out of your mind. The Knights, for me, always carry a little warning when they come to town. This Knight is a reminder to be rational when voicing up or stating your opinion. If you want others to take you seriously, it’s wise that you approach things with a calm and collected mentality. It’s easy to dismiss people when they’re shouting and flailing their arms about… not that you would do that, but you know what I mean.

The 10 of Cups is a reminder to enjoy the good while it’s good, these moments won’t last forever. They’re like little Polaroid snapshots in our day but we are so quick to speed right on by them. Why are we always in such a rush? When we stop to take inventory of what’s going on around us, we’ll see that we’re missing out on a lot. There are things we don’t notice on a daily basis and it’s mostly because we think we need to do this and need to show up for everyone else… when what we really need to do is show up for ourselves and the moment we’re in. We tend to put so much more emphases and attention on things that are going bad, when all around us are moments of pure bliss, even if they only last 5 minutes. Which is a better reason to pay attention, nothing lasts forever!

This week, slow things down a bit, speak up if you need to and enjoy the little things in our day as they show up.


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Lenormand Rabbit Hole

Back in 2014, I jumped into the world of Lenormand but it didn’t stick. It was mainly due to the fact I couldn’t find a deck that I really connected with. I tried a few out, but nothing felt right. It felt like the pool of decks to pick from was fairly slim in the modern style genre and they all leaned towards a specific style. The ones I really wanted were hard to find and out of print. I’m all for tradition but when it comes to my decks, I like them to be a bit different. I like quirky, modern and lowbrow and my deck taste is very similar. The one deck I really wanted was Titania’s Fortune Cards by Titania Hardie… but it was hard to find and when I did find a deck online, it was expensive. So with that, my Lenormand interest fizzled out. I guess I sound a lot like a little kid screaming “I want a pony”.

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I dipped my toes back and forth in the Lenormand waters over the past 5 years and tried a few decks here and there. It wasn’t until I purchased the second edition of the Blackhand Lenormand last year that got me actually wanting to get serious about learning! So, here I am, dipping my toes back into the Lenormand waters and this time… it feels just right!

I’ve had the Blackhand Lenormand for almost a year, so obviously I didn’t jump right in… I had way too much on my plate to pick up another study but it’s time, oh yes, it’s time! Also, I finally got my hands on that early printing of Titania’s Fortune deck I mentioned and I’m in love!

Speaking of Lenormand decks, I’ve been a bit hush on the blog as to what I’ve been working on lately. I have created TWO decks! The first is a Major’s only Monster Arcana, and I created my own lenormand deck called The Monster Lenormand… because the world needs more monsters and fun lenny decks! I’m planning to make my Monster Arcana major’s only deck a full deck in the end, but so far the major’s are all done and I will be getting that printed in the time being, along with my Monster Lenormand. More on that in another post!

DECKS:  The Monster Lenormand (I made) - Titania’s Fortune Cards - Blackhand Lenormad

DECKS: The Monster Lenormand (I made) - Titania’s Fortune Cards - Blackhand Lenormad

Right now I’m getting cozy with the card meanings and I’m also playing more with card combos to get familiar with how the cards work together. I’ve been getting in the habit of pulling a daily 3-card spread each morning. Some readings have been creepily accurate, always love that! The only other system that tends to get creepy like that for me is playing card cartomancy, another favorite but I haven’t picked up my decks in a bit!

I only have three lenny decks right now and I kinda like my small collection, though I have like 4-5 on my wishlist that I hope to order down the road.

Lately, all I want to do is mess with lenormand, my poor tarot cards have been getting pushed to the backseat a bit this past week from it. I’m just fascinated by the system and how it all reads. It’s slowly getting easier to piece the sentences together so that they actually make sense. I would like to combine lenny and tarot more, still trying to figure out what feels good with that combo!

DECK: My Monster Lenormand (coming soon!)

DECK: My Monster Lenormand (coming soon!)

The Tower: Break free

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The other morning, for my daily draw, I pulled the Tower from the Tarot of the Crone deck. I was really moved by the imagery and energy this card held, it was different than what I’m used to looking at in other decks. It wasn’t the typical Tower that many of us recognize, you know, the building being struck by lightning and people falling out from the windows as depicted in most RWS decks and clones.

In Tarot of the Crone, we see a striking obsidian face being cracked open like pottery, exposing bright yellow light. It’s electrifying in all the right ways and gives off that sense of high energy release like throwing fine china at a brick wall. You’re being broke open and released out of this outer shell.

The color yellow in this deck represents:
“The life force as exploration. Creativity. Inspiration. Enlightenment”

This Tower urges us to break out of a hollow, empty cast that we have created over time. A veil that hides our true self, the one we think others will not like or appreciate. Perhaps this is a mask we choose to wear? I instantly thought of my cardigan, it’s something I wear quite often to “hide” my body. I’m a thick chick and I personally love the curves of my body, but no thanks to society standards I feel that I need to hide it daily. It’s ridiculous, I know. My cardigan is my security blanket. While it’s comforting, it restricts me and feeds the daily need to cover up. The Tower urges me to take off this shield, unapologetically!

Usually, for me, the Tower in most RWS decks or clones indicates a sudden upheaval. This is either caused by yourself or an outside force that is completely out of your control, I always look to see where the fire or lightning is coming from. Is it an outside force that’s out of our control or is it coming from within, perhaps something we caused?

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Card-by-card

How does this card compare and contrast to the standard imagery of the Tower? I think indie decks best show fresh perspectives best, so I pulled out five decks to compare this card to, moving from left to right.

1 Collective Tarot

Renamed as “Disaster”, this deck takes the Tower to the next level by showing us ways that the high voltage energy can take effect. The card reminds me of a comic book page, showing the action in each scene, giving us a clear indication of who may be at fault here.

2 Spirit Speak Tarot

Gone in seconds, just like that. A clap of the hands and everything you once had is now on the floor, broke in pieces. This card teaches us a lesson of “impermanence” very well I think! Everything you own may be no longer at some point… the car you drive may one day break down, the mug you love and use each morning may shatter, or the book you return to daily may soon fall apart.

3 Neon Moon

All communication is down, it’s time to go back to the basics. Perhaps we tried to advance too fast, it’s a big sign that we need to start over and pace ourselves this time. Remember, we didn’t go from corded phones to touch screens over night, it was a slow evolution.

4 Daniloff Tarot

This deck really sticks to the RWS tradition but still in its own style, I really love that about the Daniloff Tarot. The fire is coming from within the Tower and a hand pointing from the clouds seems to be saying “you did it, not me”. The person falling has lost its grip of power or possibly abused their power and is now being sent back to the bottom.

5 Sickly Tarot

Another very RWS depiction, but this time the Tower shows no lightning or fire, it’s all wiggly and wobbly. Instantly, I was reminded about not having a strong foundation and things not being stable. Maybe you cut some corners in order to get something done quickly and it backfired. Let it fall so you can rebuild it back up!

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What deck is your favorite Tower card from?
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DECK REVIEW: The Slutist Tarot

▶︎ This review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review

Eep! I received a copy of the Slutist Tarot (2nd Edition) and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to finally have this deck! I’ve been lusting after it for ages and missed the first edition before it sold out, seems like a common thing for me, haha!

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The Slutist Tarot was created by Morgan Claire Sirene, an advocate of sex positivity. The Slutist tarot is centered around the Divine Whore, sex positivity, femmes, and curious maidens. It is a great tool to help find your personal power and claim your sexuality! I so need this deck in my life right now, it’s perfect timing!

Being the second edition, there have been some new changes to this deck! I haven’t had a chance to see the first edition in person so I can’t do a side by side comparison but after some quick research I came to learn that 18 cards have been redesigned along with a new box, and added black borders.

I love the new black borders, it gives the deck a indie feel to them and really makes the images pop!

I’m in madly in love with this deck and it has quickly turned into a personal self care tool. I was shocked to see how well the imagery speaks to me and how nurturing it feels all while being a kick in the ass. Sexuality is treated so taboo and it needs not to be, there is no shame in tapping into your own sexuality and expressing it freely. I adore the message behind this deck and the attention to detail Morgan gave it, she gave these images a much needed voice!

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favorite cards

While I adore all the cards in this deck, a few cards stood out to me right away! My favorite card in this entire deck is the 4 of Coins, I love those coins strapped to her thighs. If you want to make money, you need to release some into the world and not hold on to it so tightly. Her expression in the card is also what really draws me to this card!

Another big favorite of mine is the Prince of Swords, it brings back so many memories from my teen goth years! That hair and those nails, love it!

Very rarely do I talk about the card backs but I just have to mention them, they are adorable! The backs have little symbols and doodles, along with the Slutist logo glyph. Did I mention how pink they are too?! Love it!

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Cardstock + shuffling

This deck has nice thick cardstock that feels like it will hold up well! It’ feels really nice in your hands and feels smooth to the touch, they aren’t quite glossy and I really love it!

While thick, this deck shuffles like butter! I can easily rifle shuffle and overhand shuffle with ease. As a picky shuffler, this deck work swell for me! The cards are about standard tarot size as well so they should fit nicely in hands of all sizes.

Cards measure roughly: 2.75” x 4.75”

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guidebook +package

While there is no physical guidebook, there is a downloadable free guidebook. It is 23 pages and features an intro to the deck, the Slutist Tarot Mythology (so great), tarot instructions, card descriptions, and some info about the folx behind this deck. The descriptions for the cards are amazing as well! Also, there is a relationship spread that comes with the download link!

The Slutist Tarot 2nd Edition came with the box and cards, as well as a card with the download link to the guidebook. I love the new box design, and it’s a pretty sturdy tuck box!

You feel tied up, but this is self­-inflicted bondage. You are currently bound and either afraid to move or you find happiness in slavery. You anticipate that your master will return to untie you and take you home, but in the back of your mind you fear that you are alone, and you’ll have to find the courage to get out of this mess.
— 8 of Swords (Slutist Tarot Guidebook)

diversity

Not only is this a diverse deck, but it’s a sex positive deck. There are cards representing abilities, genders, POC, body sizes, and so much more! I love how diverse this deck is and how empowering it feels.

Overall

If you can’t tell, I’m a little in love with this deck, more than I thought I would be! I highly recommend the Slutist if you are looking for something diverse and for sure if you are on the hunt for a deck to use for self care!

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DECK REVIEW: The Golden Moth Illumination Deck

▶︎ This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review

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The Golden Moth Illumination Deck is such a unique and special little oracle. I’ve had it on my wishlist for several years, but every time I was able to order it I was always late to the party and it was sold out, for good reason! This deck was created by artist Aijung Kim. It was first released back in 2012 and is now in its 3rd printing. The deck consists of 68 cards + 2 blank cards for you to use how you like.

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Besides the deck being simply amazing on its own, I really love the handbook that the deck comes with. Aijung really urges the reader to use their own intuition and personal symbolism within this deck. The cards are great for divination, self growth and personal reflection, as well as creative play. They are fantastic for writing prompts as I have come to learn!

I’m quite smitten with this sweet little deck, it was brilliantly created and I’m so glad to have it in my collection. I’ve been using it often since I received it and I can already tell that it will be a great deck to use with my clients.

The cards are smaller and measure roughly at 2.125” x 3.25”.

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favorite cards

It was so difficult to narrow down my top favorite cards, all of them jump right out to me with stories to tell. Some of the cards feel very tarot inspired, while most are inspired by themselves. One card in particular that I fell in love with was #56. Here we have an earthworm digging down into the rich soil alongside a little sprout of a plant with deep roots. I get a sense of grounding and assistance in this card, much like worms in a compost pile. As an avid gardener, I love seeing worms in our soil. It shows us that the soil rich in nutrients, well aerated and is providing organic food for the plant to feed off of.

I also really like card #64 with the image of a person that seems to be in distress but has sprouts growing from them. This card gives off strong 10 of Sword vibes and I' love it! the imagery gives me hope when I look it over. The handbook mentions “allowing oneself to grow naturally” and that really resonates well for me!

Lastly, one of my absolutely favorite card from this deck is #55. I’m very drawn to hands in general so it was no surprise that I was drawn to this card, our hands hold great magic and intention. This card for sure lures me in. It has a feeling of hardship and being worn down, it’s time for some much needed rest before you injure yourself any further. I know when I get injured while working with my hands, I tend to try and push through the pain… this card feels like it’s asking that I just stop and take care of matters before they get any worse. It’s a card that speaks to me deeply about self care, even in smaller matters.

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Card stock + Shuffling

I’ve noticed that most smaller decks tend to be stiff to shuffle, this is far from the case with the Golden Moth Illumination Deck! It’s bendy thin and shuffles like butter! You know that feeling when you find a deck that shuffles so well and it’s soothing to sit and handle? This is one of those decks! It rifle shuffles beautifully and overhand shuffles like a dream.

The card stock is thin but not too thin, I really like it! The cards are a satin-like matte that photography very well and the edges are very smooth. I’m quite pleased!

Card Imagery

The Golden Moth is a very minimal deck but packs a punch in detail. The imagery is very clear and direct, they contain tiny stories on each card. Some of the imagery feels very familiar and the symbols within the cards speak volumes! You can easily pick up the interpretations of each card without having to resort to the handbook.

The color palette of this deck is limited to just two colors - gold and turquoise, on top of white card stock. They go very well together and I love the simple nature of this deck. It’s both simplistic yet very personal.

Also, the cards do not have titles on them, just numbers for easy look-up in the handbook that can also double for numerology divination if you work with that system. I love that they were created this way, often times words really distract my intuition and have me second guess my interpretation. Aijung specifically left off titles for that exact reason and I’m so very glad!

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Guidebook + Packaging

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The Golden Moth Illumination Deck comes with an amazing handbook. It’s 44 pages and packed with some great information, not just info to use with the deck but info that can be applied to other decks and divination mediums. Aijung gives a very clear and well written introduction chapter that talks all about the deck in general. It was a very inspiring read! There are also tips in reading with these cards, several methods to try out, spreads (along with a sample), and a keyword listing for all of the cards in case you need some inspiration. I find this book very useful and have already tried out several of the spreads, they’re awesome!

The deck comes packaged in a tuck box with a folded guide, and comes with the handbook. It’s packaged very well and I loved the overall presentation of it all!

Overall

I’m madly in love with this little deck! I’ve been working with it for personal daily pulls and it reads so well. I find that this deck is a great tool for self discovery and personal growth, it’s a real hidden gem that deserves to be in the spotlight!

⤳ Find this deck and others created by Aijung Kim HERE
⤳ Also, there is a blog dedicated to this deck
HERE

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New Moon in Scorpio

Hello, New Moon in Scorpio! It’s time to set some intentions folx, and the New Moon in Scorpio offers a perfect time for healing. I can always feel a shift when the moon’s in Scorpio, it’s the moon that I resonate deeply with since my own moon is in Scorpio! I always feel the most ambitious and creative during this time, the New Moon is a little different though. It pulls me more in with doing less action based work and more planning and outlining work. I thrive under a Scorpio moon!

For the New Moon in Scorpio tarotscopes, I’m using the Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans. I just got this deck in the mail over the weekend for review and I’m excited to use it for you all! I will have a review of this deck up on the blog and over at the Indie Deck Review soon!

Also, I’m using this stunning hand-screened fabric by Marisa de la Peña of Circo Tarot for my spread cloth. It’s breathtaking… and I probably should have ironed it prior to use, haha!

DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak
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ARIESKing of Pentacles
The King of Pentacles invites you to step into their shoes right now. They are full of confidence and are well grounded in who they are and what they have created. Take pride in what you have done that surrounds you!

TAURUS - 10 of Swords
With this moon in Scorpio, it’s a perfect time to bring your attention towards healing any wounds that are currently open. Hopefully the worst part is finally over and you can slowly begin to dust yourself off. Think of this as a fresh start for you! Be gentle with yourself when you are feeling mentally exhausted and take all the time you need.

GEMINI4 of Pentacles
There’s a big difference between saving something or being afraid to let it go. This is a good time to take a closer inspection what is causing you such anxiety. Why do you have such fear of loosening your grip and what do you think will happen if you let down the walls to what you guard so heavily.

CANCERKnight of Wands
Focus, aim and go! Move passionately towards your goals and projects. Know that you can indeed accomplish them! The Knight of Wands isn’t afraid to jump right in. They like to push the limits to see what they can accomplish and if they can indeed do it, remember this when working towards something you are excited about. There is no harm in trying!

LEO6 of Pentacles
Sharing is caring… right? Whenever I see the 6 of Pentacles show up, it’s a reminder to be hospitable. If you are able to pitch in, go for it! If you need the extra hand with something, know that there are others who would love to help you! Always try to give back if you can, it not only creates good karma but it lets others know that they can count on you if they need it and vice versa.

VIRGO - The Hanged Man
This is a good time to stay put and be mindful of where you are placing your energy. While I know holding still may be hard, your patience will be worth it! If you are feeling blocked right now, ask yourself what is blocking you? What can you learn right now?

LIBRAThe Devil
Don’t fall trap to habits that don’t serve you any good or ones that keep luring you back in. Easier said than done, right? When we find ourselves returning to the same thing over an over again, only to get the same bad result over and over again, this is a sign that it’s time to cut these ties. Clearly, these chains need to be broken.

SCORPIOThe Hermit
Inward is key right now for you. Take time for yourself to do some self exploration, goal setting and internal inventory. These could even mean cut back on social media and your phone! Taking a break can be hard, I know, but it is always so rewarding to come back fresh and restored. Take some time for just you!

SAGITTARIUS4 of Cups
Reach!!! You may not have the heart or strength to focus on the positive but try your best to stay steer clear from falling trap to a sad heart. It’s so easy for us to feel crushed when we thought something would turn out so well. Take a moment to gather yourself and process any ill emotions, know that whatever happened was for the good and something better is waiting for you.

CAPRICORNAce of Pentacles
Make it rain and say YES! The seeds are at your feet, it’s time to move these seeds and get them planted. This is a great time to bring your focus to tangible things in your life that will bring you more abundance. Set your eyes on the prize and say yes when opportunities come your way, you never know what door they will open!

AQUARIUS - 5 of Pentacles
A lot of us are feeling that strain of not having enough or not feeling they are enough. Know that this time will pass, the hard times always do but they feel like they hang on forever, I know. Chin up and keep doing what you can! Don’t shy away from asking for assistance if you need it but most of all, allow things to process naturally right now. Feel how you want to feel, then make some new goals to get back on your feet again!

PISCESPage of Cups
The Page of Cups is such a sweet soul, full of love and imagination. Tap into this youthful feeling and just live in the moment, be present for yourself and your past you. Don’t worry about making sense of things, just enjoy it for what it is. If something makes you happy, that’s all that matters!

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