Week Ahead Reading (Sept 16-22)

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Hello, New Week! It really seems that September is on its way out, even though it’s only the 16th and we’re pretty much smack dab in the middle of the month. Maybe I’m just in my usual “bring on October” mood, that could be! This week I’m planning to dive fully in to the new book called Astrology for Real Life by Theresa Reed of The Tarot Lady! It arrived yesterday WAY early and it looks delicious! Ok, let’s dive into the week ahead reading!

While I’ve been using my Joe Sparrow Tarot constantly, I’ve been also grabbing for my Golden Rider Tarot a lot as well. I will be using just that for this weeks reading!


Deck: Mystic Mondays

** TLDR: Again, be patient, but more importantly, be patient with others and take their needs into account.

Our energy is much needed this week when it comes to taking our time, the 7 of Coins invites us to take on another round of patience, just like last week! It’s funny, the 7 of Coins was not only in the reading last week but it was in the same spot, right up front. I’m going to take that as a sign that things aren’t ready just yet, but they are getting close!

Our mission this week also includes being more of service to others in the form of the 6 of Cups and taking on the role of the King of Cups. We’re asked to let our heart lead us through the week by doing little random acts of kindness. Seriously, sprinkle those little sweet gestures around like a flu bug, it’s much needed lately and you never who could use a little boost - even a simple smile and “good morning” can turn someones day around just like that. We are all going through our own things and most of us wear a mask on most days as we navigate life and what is thrown at us. Reaching out to others and helping them with the smallest of tasks can make such a big impact. To you it may seem small, but to someone else having a shit day… it’s like a rainbow landing at their feet.

This is also a week to be patient with others, for the same reason I mentioned above - we are all going through our own difficulties. If someone close to you needs support, don’t shy away from reaching out to them, even if it’s just to lend an ear for listening or a shoulder to lean on. Chances are, they would do the same for you. I see a lot of love in this week ahead coming from the Cups suit, it all feels really good and steady. There is no rush of things this week, it’s more of just letting things naturally go where they want to flow.


Coffee with the Joe Sparrow Tarot

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I have a new deck that I’ve been dying to share on the blog, the Joe Sparrow Tarot!

Life has been a fairly busy and I’m finally getting back into my daily routines. Over the weekend, I finally had some time to dive into this deck and do a little interview reading with it. Shockingly, I had yet to do a interview with it and I’ve been working with this deck on the daily since it arrived in my mailbox a couple weeks ago.

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We have had lots of time to get to know one another and I’ve been now using it for my client readings! I know I always say that I think I found the “one” deck that I just can’t live without… but I truly love this deck in more ways than I can say.

I’ve been working with this deck for most of my daily tarot pulls and for nearly all of my own readings, as well as clients that I mentioned. It reads so well for me and I can’t quite put my finger on just why, there is something about the imagery that just resonates so naturally. It really lets my personality shine and gets the words flowing. I don’t feel the need to hold myself back when I interpret these cards like some decks I’ve worked with. There is a very strange boost of confidence, I can’t quite explain but maybe some of you can understand what I mean.

Let’s dig into a little interview reading and see what the cards had to say below!


MINI DECK INTERVIEW READING

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Tell me about yourself!

THE HIEROPHANT: You like to guide people naturally and show them their true potential. You’re a teacher and a wise ass who has a lot on their mind to get out, so listen carefully to ever word… or card, in this case. I get the feeling that this deck will be great to study with, as I plan to use it for a lot of my personal and client readings, so even simply just working with it often will be a teaching in itself.

How will this deck challenge me?

6 OF CUPS: You will challenge me by having me face my past, question my present and trust my judgement to come. This person on the card is surrounded by pots. Each pot has some type of growth happening at different stages. Some have a few round ball like flowers, some are more twigs than leaves. Even the broken pot is coming to life with new growth.

I also get the feeling that things may feel really hard at times, but I just need to remain calm and remember to breath. The figure in this card seems to be holding on to that “just breath” moment themselves!

how can I best work with it?

COURT OF WANDS: No fear, go full speed ahead and trust where things are taking me. This court card is all business and no play, when slipping my own feet into these shoes I am greeted with confidence and courage. I can best work with this deck if I take action based steps with the cards for guidance.

Week Ahead Reading (Sept 9-15)

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Hello, New Week! I can tell already that this will be a really great week, I can just feel it!! On Friday I opened up my single card reading service and had several bookings that just made me so damn happy! Thank you to those that put in a reading request or shared my post on IG, it means the world to me. I will be opening up bigger reading options as time goes on, but right now I am just offering $5 single card readings to get things going again and it feels really good!


I’m using the Joe Sparrow Tarot… I have a “Coffee and Tarot” post going up this week where I talk about this deck a bit, along with a mini interview reading!


Deck: Mystic Mondays

** TLDR: Be patient and persistent, follow some rules and don’t forget to add your own twist to things this week!

When starting something new or even perhaps just simply starting something over again, it would be wise to follow some loose guidelines given to you from others with more experience. Save the “doing it your way” for another time until you get your feet firmly planted on the ground and things start happening!

The Fool is inviting you to take a plunge and be a bit loose with these rules that you’re following. You don’t have to be strict, but just keep things flexible! When working with the Hierophant archetype this week, seek to someone with more experience in the matter before taking things into your own hands and just “winging it”. If you’re attempting to start something over that may have not worked out well before, I think this message is even more important! You don’t want to make the same mistakes twice, so attain some assistance in knowledge before treading forward.

Here is where the patience comes in, the 7 of Coins is all about waiting things out to see if it worked or if you did the steps correctly. I don’t see a lot of action this week, but more a lot of checking in and taking care of whatever you are working on. Sometimes we won’t know how the results will turn out for a couple days, or weeks, or even months! Just like a garden, all you can do is do your best to get things going and cross your fingers your seeds will sprout and grow strong. So don’t skip any steps this week! This is important. Whatever you’re focused on in the next 7 days, make sure you give it your all and don’t neglect it or push it out of your sight.

You have two awesome archetypes by your side this week - the Fool and the Hierophant. Both want you to succeed! One wants you to have fun and allow your own personality to shine through, however, the other asks you to still stick to some structure and guidance! So find a good middle point between the two and don’t turn whatever you are faced with this week into a daunting task, look for ways to make it an enjoyable experience!


Currently Reading: Tarot Constellations by Mary K. Greer

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After a few years of wanting to get my hands on the book Tarot Constellations by Mary K. Greer, I finally got a copy! It’s an out of print book and can sometimes be listed for a high price, I found my copy under $30 so I caved and ordered it. I’ve heard some find this book way cheaper from time to time, but I’ve never been able to find it and I’m not patient enough to keep searching.

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I’m choosing to work with my Golden Rider Tarot for the book exercises and study, this deck has officially replaced my standard RWS decks. I just love it so much and the colors make me happy every time I pick it up. Just look at that Knight of Coins above, it’s so damn happy!

After reading through the whole intro pages, I started chapter 1 last night and there’s a daily exercise that I was looking forward to starting today - it’s a daily pull from just the Major’s called “Your Daily Triumph”. Since I don’t want to separate out my current deck each time I do this, I’ll either set the intention to pull a card until I reach the first Key card each day or pull from one of my majors only decks. We’re supposed to log several things about the card, including emotions, beliefs, and so on. I’m using the Dairo app on my iPad to keep a log going of my daily Key pulls since I suck at keeping up a paper journal! I upgraded the app to the Pro version so I can sync it with the desktop version of the app, awesome!

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I’m dedicating a lot of time this month towards more tarot growth and study (like usual) to prepare myself with reopening my paid tarot readings! Right now, I do offer single card readings that are short and sweet for only $5, but I just don’t advertise them right now like I should. I’m riding the fear train hard right now and frankly, I’m tired of it. I plan to open up the option for 2-5 card readings soon. It’s time to use my fear and Imposter Syndrome as fuel rather than let it hold me back. Whenever I would run races, the phrase “I am the captain of my (running) ship” would go through my head as I ran through the course in order to push out the thoughts that I would be too slow or not finish the race. I need to embrace this phrase again! It got me through a half marathon and loads of small races.

Week Ahead Reading (Sept 2-8)

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New week… a day late! I’ve been really into doing weekly readings for myself and I thought I would share these on the blog instead of just in my journal. The prompt I use for them is called “Today’s Mission” but I like the idea of using this for the full week, rather than just for the day since I’m keen on pulling a single card daily instead of multiple cards. Enjoy!

This prompt was created by Tom Benjamin on Instagram
I’m using the Golden Rider Tarot


Deck: Mystic Mondays

** TLDR: Be kind to your emotional well-being this week and keep an eye on where you’re spending your time and energy. Are you giving too much?

It’s time to pour more life back into yourself, you have spent loads of time helping others… how about helping yourself this week? The King of Cups is inviting us to step into their shoes to get a sense of how you really feel about things. They are often so good at keeping their own emotions out of situations but every once in a while they need a release, too.

The 10 of Wands shows that we are carrying a lot of excess right now. We are putting out more energy than we have available and it all seems to root back to giving it out to others rather than saving some for yourself. Perhaps you keep saying “yes” because you are either afraid to say “no” or just don’t want to let anyone down. It’s ok, I do this all the time and in fact, I can count several instances right now in which I’m doing the exact same thing. I keep saying “sure, I can do that” and then the next thing I know, I’m looking at a laundry list of tasks to do for everyone else and no energy or time left for my own projects. That will most definitely lead to a burnout!

The 6 of Coins shows us where we are sending out our energy - to others. There’s nothing wrong with giving your energy out to others, it’s a good thing to put others before yourself…. but, we need to not be reckless about it and just give, give, give. You are worth your time and energy, so be sure you are getting something back as well. It’s like a transaction of when you order something online and it comes with an extra gift. You are still giving but you are also getting something in return as well.

Check in with yourself this week to inspect your well-being and be sure you are not giving out more than you have available.


Hello, September + Tarotscopes

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Hello, September! This year is flying right on by it seems! I’ve been doing a lot of trial and error this year, a lot of learning and growing. Some things worked well, while some others didn’t go as well as planned. Yesterday morning I shut down my Patreon page, and as much as I loved that platform to share more and connect with others… I just couldn’t keep the energy up on my end. The one big thing that has gone really well is the Indie Deck Review, we are growing and expanding and it’s awesome! I have decided to pour more energy back into my own blog and our IDR team.

I would love to bring some of my Patreon content to the blog, like the monthly Tarotscopes - they will (hopefully) go up around the 1st of each month rather than on each New Moon and Full Moon like before. Pacing myself has always been my biggest struggle, I’m an all-in or all-out type of person. I would like to bring my deck creation content to the blog as well, I’ve been illustrating and creating several new decks - the Adventure Arcana and Monster Arcana are two tarot decks in the works currently, as well as a recolor of my Monster Lenormand and a new oracle called the Pink Ghost Oracle.

Ok, how about some tarotscopes?! I’m using a brand new deck that just arrived on Friday, the Joe Sparrow Tarot, and I’m obsessed with this deck already! I’ll be sharing this deck soon with my personal thoughts of it, along with a deck interview reading.

DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

ARIES // The Emperor
Oh what a perfect card for this bold and fearless sign! The Emperor asks that you try your best to remain as stable as possible this month, keep your feet rooted firmly on the ground. Don’t shy away from stepping into a leadership type role and for sure let your ambition take the wheel!

TAURUS // King of Coins
Like the Emperor, the King of Coins emits power and security. This court is inviting you to walk in their shoes for September, take control of your finances and resources that are available to you. Enjoy your hardwork to the fullest and stay committed!

GEMINI // The Sun
The Sun comes along and brings a bright ass flashlight to your table and it helps you to see more clearly, especially when it comes to your achievements. Bask in this warm light this month and be optimistic, if you aren’t already. If you’ve been going through a rough patch, the Sun says it’s your turn for a little boost of happiness. Enjoy every minute of it!

CANCER // 5 of Coins
We can’t always get what we want but we can enjoy what we have… I know, I don’t like hearing that either. Use this month to use what you already have access to, whether it’s working with your current stash of decks instead of buying a new shiny one, getting creative with the tools that are just laying around, or just thinking outside of the box. Whatever you do, make it a challenge to see what you can create with limited resources!

LEO // 8 of Coins
Leo’s, it’s time to get to work! Put your energy and fun spin on things, whatever you do… make it Leo! Focus on getting plans off the ground and into action. If you can dream it, see if you can make it a reality and hold it in your hands. It may be a busy month for you but just keep focused on the task on hand. By the time the month is over, you might be pretty surprised with yourself with what you created!

VIRGO // The Moon
It’s your time, Virgo’s! The Moon makes an appearance for you this month, so listen up and tune into your senses. Pay close attention to what your gut instincts are telling you, trust it and take note. Your mind is trying to fill in the gaps, so don’t fall trap to your fears, they are just illusions. If things aren’t making a whole lot of sense, don’t worry. It’s not you!

LIBRA // 2 of Cups
Cheers! This month, soak in the energy of the 2 of Cups and connect with others around you - more specifically the partnerships, friendship and your relationship, if you are currently in one. You want to try your best to connect with others on a heart to heart level. It’s a month to agree to disagree, some fights are not worth losing friendships over so stay humble and just enjoy the company more than anything!

SCORPIO // King of Wands
Set intentions this month and see that you do your best to follow through with them. Take your leadership roles to the next level and allow your energy to radiate boldly! The King of Wands can get a little hot under the collar when in charge so be sure you are keeping yourself fair and spreading your energy out evenly. You don’t want to appear unhinged or no one will take your lead.

SAGITTARIUS // 9 of Cups
Rest easy my friend and know that all is well. You can lay back and enjoy where you are right now and how far you’ve come. The attitude to embody this month is gratitude, spread that shit like wildflower seeds and share this feeling of contentment with those around you. This is also a great time to send out your wishes and lay down a little manifestation work. Dream big and dream boldly!

CAPRICORN // Page of Cups
This month, step into the shoes of the Page of Cups. Let your imagination go wild and take intuitive leaps and bounds! Don’t stop yourself from being expressive, be yourself and enjoy every minute of it with no apology. This is all about stepping into that childlike, creative energy. Allowing yourself to daydream and get lost in your fantasies, only to see where it will take you and what it will inspire.

AQUARIUS // 8 of Swords
There are opportunities available to you right now but if you stay focused with a narrow vision, you will miss them. It’s time to break out of your comfort and see what happens, see what will be available to you. Our mind can play some dirty tricks, it can be so hard when you are stuck in a mental prison. I find myself in this card often when Imposter Syndrome kicks in and doubt grabs hold of me. You are more than your thoughts and you have a lot to share that is of great value.

PISCES // Queen of Cups
The Queen of Cups invites you to walk in their shoes this month and tap into your deepest well of intuition and listen to your dreams. If you’re feeling things deeply, trust these feelings! Listening to your inner voice is key this month, if you’re feeling the call or draw to learning something new, check it out and explore. This is especially important if this is connected to your senses and intuition, use your gifts and learn how to use them well.


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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Fear of Success

DECKS:  Compendium of Constellations and Cosmos Tarot + Oracle

DECKS: Compendium of Constellations and Cosmos Tarot + Oracle

I’ve talked about Imposter Syndrome many times both on the blog and on my social media, it’s something I struggle with on a daily basis in not just my tarot practice but with anything I do. The one thing I don’t hear people talk about often is the fear of success. I’m not writing this post to give you tips and tricks on how to overcome it, simply because I fear success and still struggle with it! This is a post basically saying that you are not alone and it is indeed a real thing!

Anytime I get a new idea, I get excited and start brainstorming. I can see my idea blossom in my mind, I can visualize people enjoying it and loving it, sharing it and using it. Then I start to worry about the what if’s...

  • What if I can’t handle the traffic it brings me?

  • What if I can’t keep the momentum going?

  • and the biggest one… What if I attract more people, which will attract trolls?

When it comes down to it, I fear trolls and asshole comments more than anything. I see the comments left on large following accounts on Instagram and it scares the crap out of me if I’m being honest. I don’t handle trolls well at all and most of the comments trigger my anxiety to no end. So I figure, rather than do something I really want to do and know that I’ll enjoy it, or hell, even help bring in more income… I just don’t do it at all, and that is not how it should be. This is something I know I need to work on and get past, it’s holding me back a lot more than I think. I also think it holds a lot more creative folx back as well!

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The fear of success outweighs my Imposter Syndrome and fear of failure on a massive scale! I’ve had many amazing opportunities land in my lap over the years, but the second I start letting my brain dwell on the “what could go right (not wrong)” is when I start to close up. When I ran my old website/blog Tarot Seed, I had some amazing shoutouts from people I admire and look up to in the tarot community. I had a chance to read for a very well known witch in the tarot sphere, who by the way gave me an amazing review! After each big moment happened, I noticed that I would fall into the same habit… close up and take a break. Simply put, I was hiding because I was afraid I was about to unlock a new level in my tarot practice or others might start to catch on and reach out to me for a feature or something like that.

I’m slowly starting to understand why I do what I do and why I struggle so much. I’m also starting to understand that it’s holding me back in big ways!

Most have noticed that I open, close and reopen my tarot services like the wind, it’s because of two reasons: Imposter Syndrome and the fear of success, plain and simple. While I’m on the subject… I am currently taking single card readings for just $5 and I’m trying my best to keep that service open and not close it up again. I enjoy giving readings and connecting with others through them, but doubt plays a big part in why I close my services up so quickly. I’m determined to not do that this time, unless I truly do get pretty swamped and need to catch up, haha!

Anyways, I just want to leave this post with saying if you fear success, I see you and I feel you! It’s hard to deal with, but I think recognizing it is the first step to conquering it. This is when the “fake it till you make it” mentality can really be handy! The Chariot comes to mind anytime I feel blocked, stuck or fearful. Take a deep breath and just go forward, even if you’re afraid. Know that whatever lands in your lap, landed their for a reason and you can handle it!


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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!)

New Moon in Pisces Tarotscopes

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Hello, New Moon in Pisces! I was back in the mood to share some tarotscopes for you all! I realized that when I work on New Moon & Full Moon tarotscopes, it helps me slow down and connect with the moon in my own practice. I’ve bee craving that a lot lately!

The New Moon in Pisces will arrive on Wednesday, March 6th at 9:04am (MST) and is a perfect time to set intentions around strengthening ones intuition, inner growth and creativity. Also, Mercury is going retrograde tomorrow, Tuesday March 5th, at 11:19am (MST) until the 28th this month, it’s our first out of three this year. Don’t forget to backup your files, double check your work before turning anything in and be clear in communication (write shit down and keep a paper trail if needed)!

Now, how about some tarotscopes? I’m using the Abano-Waite Tarot for these, I’m loving this gnarly deck right now a lot!

DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

ARIES // Ace of Cups
Be open and be willing to receive with a full heart and allow the rest to overfill into the hearts of others. This is a perfect moon to express new feelings and dive into the realms of your own emotions.

TAURUS // Knight of Cups
Step into this Knight’s shoes and allow your feelings to guide you forward right now. Trust that your passion will lead you in the right direction and be tender in the relationships that you hold dear.

GEMINI // Ace of Wands
Fellow Gemini, grab inspiration with an open mind! Take the some fresh steps in expressing what has been on your mind and get it onto paper… even if that means just taking notes and pinning to your Pinterest inspiration boards. Be open to whatever comes your way!

CANCER // Strength
You are stronger than you think you are and capable of moving mountains, but not with force. It’s time to make peace with whatever has been pulling at you and know that you are in control right now.

LEO // Queen of Cups
Intuition, use it! The Queen of Cups is deeply connected to her intuition and did not just wake up that way. It’s time to really put your focus in listening to your intuition right now. If something doesn’t feel right, take note!

VIRGO // The High Priestess
Just like the Queen of Cups, this is a card of deep intuition but I see it more as a time to get better connected with your higher self right now. It’s about inner growth and exploring your higher self. Is there an area in your life that needs more focus and attention? Listen up and go within.

LIBRA // The Lovers
With the moon in Pisces, it’s a perfect time to connect to yourself and do a little self care. I always tend to see the Lovers as more as a personal connection rather than a connection to others. It’s about putting yourself first right and making choices that are supportive to your needs.

SCORPIO // 5 of Cups
Cry if you need a good cry, even if you have nothing to be sad about. Just let things out and release! The 5 of Cups is asking that you be real with yourself and stop trying to bury any feelings that keep trying to come to the surface. Don’t hold them in, let them out!

SAGITTARIUS // Wheel of Fortune
The ball is in your court, it’s time to make a move. If you want to grow, you need to be willing to take some risks and take a spin of the wheel. If you have nothing to lose, what is stopping you?

CAPRICORN // The Emperor
Nothing says ambition like the Emperor. Put your foot down and demand nothing less than your worth. You know what you want, it’s time to go forward and grab it. The Emperor asks that you be stern and be direct in your approach.

AQUARIUS // 2 of Swords
With the New Moon and Mercury in Retrograde, it may be in your best interest to really hold off on decisions right now and not make a move on anything too quickly. Normally I see the 2 of Swords as a time to make a decision, but right now… let’s keep things on the burner and let them simmer a bit longer. You want to be 100% sure so that you don’t make the wrong move or agree to the wrong thing.

PISCES // Ace of Pentacles
If you are presented with an opportunity, take it! You don’t necessarily have to do anything with it right this second, but know that it is yours. I would sit on this gorgeous egg until we move into the waxing phase after the New Moon has passed (maybe hold off until the 9th or so). When the time is right, really start putting in some effort into this in order to bring some things into fruition.

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Coffee with the Albano-Waite Tarot

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Sometime's, I like to use a standard RWS deck and there aren’t very many clones that I gravitate towards. The Albano-Waite Tarot was a clone that I’ve had on my radar since I started my tarot practice back in 2013, not sure why I never ordered it but I finally did and I’m so damn happy about it! I’m a big sucker for strange color, and this deck has some truly gnarly coloring! By the way, this is the reprint version (1991) and not the out of print one (1968).

As far as my first impressions go, I bought this deck thinking the cardstock would be horrible, the print quality of the illustrations wouldn’t be great… all based on the reviews I saw on Amazon and YouTube. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I think the cardstock is much better than even some indie decks I’ve had pass through my hands. It’s thick, but bendy, and has a smooth satin like touch. I feel like the cards will hold up very well, they feel a lot like the plastic cardstock that I’m seeing being used in more and more decks, but I can tell it’s paper based off the edges. For the record, I’m not a huge fan of plastic cardstock.

While the print quality is not like the original version of the deck based on some comparison videos I watched, but I like the illustrations as is. The cards have a “handmade” look to them and I really like the block print style that I’m picking up in a few cards. Not sure why, but I think of street art when I look through this deck… and I’m a giant lover of street art! Take the wreath around the head in the 2 of Cups below, it reminds me of stencil graffiti with some blurred lime green coloring and a bold black “stencil” on top. Love it!

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I don’t want to go into a full blown review of this deck, but there were two reasons why I was drawn it and there’s one happy surprise I discovered:

  1. The Devil has some gnarly coloring, very metal and I’m here for it! The Devil is one of my favorite cards in the tarot and it is very symbolic to me for many reasons.

  2. Rainbows. The Temperance and 10 of Cups both have a vibrant, full color rainbow featured on the cards. I can’t help but smile when looking at those two cards.

  3. The surprise was seeing the Cups suit mainly feature mint colored skies. Mint is one of my favorite colors and I don’t come across it very often in decks as a prominent color so this was a pleasant surprise!

I plan on using this deck for study (ok, when am I not studying tarot?), daily draws, traveling and client readings. I guess you could say an all purpose deck. I usually use my beat to hell, Golden Thread Tarot when reading for others but lately I’ve been craving a second deck to throw into the mix and my classic RWS wasn’t doing it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I adore that deck to pieces, I just have been craving something a bit different.

While I’m on the subject of RWS clones, have you seen the new Melanated Classic Tarot that just came out? It’s beautiful!! My friend and fellow Indie Deck Reviewer, Havana of Sparkle Divine Tarot, just posted a walk through of that deck on her YouTube channel. For sure check that out and give her a follow, I adore her content!

Ok, let’s get shuffling and see what this deck has to say!

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what are you here to teach me?

Ace of Swords - Clear thinking and fresh ideas, you’re handing me the sword to cut the crap and get right to the core issues. You’re here to teach me how to trust my first instinct and not second guess myself.

I really love seeing the Ace of Swords show up here, I associate this card often to mental breakthroughs, brainstorming and clarity.

what do you need from me?

King of Cups - You need me to be calm, cool and collected when I start shuffling your cards. Keep emotions off the table and out of the way in order to grant clarity (Ace of Swords) from the readings I do with you.

Love all the blues and greens in this card, it’s so watery! It’s like this King is drowning but still stays as dry as a desert.

what is the potential of our working relationship?

Strength - CONFIDENCE! I have not been shy about talking about my struggle with Imposter Syndrome and struggle with confidence as a reader, even though I have had nothing but positive reviews about my readings. I also know that I’m not alone in this feeling at all, even some readers who’ve been throwing cards for decades still struggle with this. The potential of our working relationship is building confidence with myself as a reader and trust in my intuition. To handle things with ease and grace, not force.

I bought this deck with the intention of study, daily draws and just over all everyday use. I wanted a good “go to” deck that I resonated well with that I could really get intimate with and use often. A deck that I didn’t mind getting banged up over time and showing wear. Seeing the Strength show up is a very good omen for me and I’m excited to use this deck more!

Art, Life and everything in between!

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I’ve come to realize that I don’t use my blog as a personal space to write about my own day to day life, art, etc. I always tend to focus on writing for others, which is great but I would like to start adding more personal posts here and there. For awhile, I was trying to keep up a little art/life blog I started on the side, but I found it hard to keep tarot and my art separate as they’re both a fairly big part of my life and practice. I can’t talk about one without talking about the other, so why not bring some art to my blog?!

I present you with:
Art, Life and Everything in Between - random bits of my day to day life!

Ever since the second day of the new year, I have been working on art again. It’s been a few years… who am I kidding, it’s been at least 10+ years since I last picked up a paint brush. I used to paint from the minute I woke up all the way until the wee hours of the night. I lived and breathed art on a daily basis and had dreams of opening up my own indie art gallery. To be honest, I still would like that gallery… or at least a coffee shop that showcased local artists each month, that dream is still in my head!

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For the month of March, I’m thinking about committing to a full month of no social media, aside from a few exceptions that I need to keep up with on Instagram (not my account) since I’m part of a very rad team. I’ve come to realize that I am very attached to social media, like many! If I had to guess, I would say a couple hours (we’re talking more than a couple) would be me just endlessly scrolling on Instagram and Facebook, jumping from one app to the next and repeat. This is time that I could be using to create more art, clean the house, study a new deck or even create my own, read a book, write more on my blog (ahem) and get back to my morning yoga routine! I waste so much of my own time wondering what everyone else spends their time on, that’s not living… that’s living through others, Jess.

So what have I been up to lately?

TAROT STUFF:
I have two decks on order, one will be here tomorrow and the other will (hopefully) be here in 4-8 weeks… really hoping it’s closer to the 4 week mark and not the later! I would like to do a deck study of both decks, but one will be shared on the blog when it eventually arrives as I plan to go card-by-card and spill my own thoughts and interpretations out into each post (hint: it’s the Dark Mansion Tarot). The other deck, Albano Waite, will be a personal deck study that I plan to start this week! I’ve been in the mood for some RWS clones and the AW has been a deck on my wishlist since I started my tarot practice back in 2013. I’ll be sure to do a “first impressions” post this week of the Albano Waite Tarot!

ART STUFF:
It’s been a couple weeks since I last picked up my pens and watercolors, so I did some quick sketches today and played around with some ink washes I made a couple weeks ago (picture above). This week, I’m planning to do at least one sketch per day or at least commit to 30 min of painting/sketching each day. Creating art is when I’m the most happiest, with a pen in hand sketching. I dusted off my new sketchbook that only has a handful of sketches in it so far and I’m ready to go! I fell in love with urban sketching last month but it’s been hard to find some inspiration around town (I need to do some exploring), so I’ve been sticking to random still life studies and such.

EVERYTHING ELSE STUFF:
Slowly, I’ve been getting back into my astrology studies. I fell off track with my them, but since I got my software set up on my new laptop after switching from a MacBook, I’m ready to dive back in! I currently use the TimePassages software for my studies and love it! My husband bought me the basic version to start with for Xmas last year. Right now I’m focused mostly on the moon transits, but I like to keep an eye on the inner planets to see what they’re up to.

The New Moon in Pisces coming up on March 6th and will be sitting pretty in my 9th house - the house of philosophy, spirituality and travel. I’m planning to really kick start some self exploration of my path that has been going down a new route lately. I’ve been on the same pagan path since a teen and I’m feeling a massive shift to focus more on the planetary aspects rather than deities. As an atheist, I struggle with deity in my practice even if I see deity as archetypes and symbolic, I just struggle with it. I recently came across the term “astrolatry” and it blew my mind. Astrolatry is the worship of stars and other “heavenly” bodies as deity (in a nutshell). That lead me to finding a branch of witchcraft called “cosmic witchcraft” and let’s just say I have been inspired ever since. Not sure how I missed this, but glad I found it!

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Another “what’s new” with me is I’m diving back into my morning yoga practice. I have been really craving my yoga practice and more mindful mornings, but I’ve been too damn lazy to roll out my mat. Naturally. I pulled out my mat today and have it ready to roll out in the morning. I would leave it out over night but I don’t want my cat tearing it up, it’s not a cheap mat! One of my favorite things to do in the morning was to pull my card for the day and step onto the mat with that card in mind. I feel like I’m starting all over in my yoga practice and have no idea what I’m doing, it’s been a few years… but I’ll get back into the groove again I’m sure!

Ok, I think that is enough of what is going on with me, haha!! I could ramble all day!

Week Ahead Reading for Feb 18-24

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Happy Sunday, Folx! A new week is nearly at our doorstep and I can already tell it will be a good week. Why? Because I said it will be, hah! Pisces season starts tomorrow at 4:04 pm (MST) and we have a Full Moon in Scorpio showing up on Tuesday the 19th at 8:54 am (MST). I’m so looking forward to this moon to not only lay down some intentions but to focus on some new art - I always get a big energy boost when the moon is in Scorpio.

This week I’m using the Spoila Tarot by Jessa Crispin and Jen May. I truly adore this deck and I’m so glad I didn’t let it slip out of my fingers a couple weeks ago. I was in a tarot deck funk and was ready to sell/trade a lot of my decks to freshen things up - hate when that mood sets in, glad I didn’t act on it! Anyways, enough rambling, let’s check out the cards for the week.

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What to keep in mind this week

2 of Coins // Balance, balance, balance! You gotta keep things in balance, did I say that enough? Keep a close eye on what you may be doing in excess and what may be drying up, you want to keep a good harmony going this week. Whether it’s your bank account, household chores or just keeping a good stability between work and home - keep yourself in check and find ways to spread the work/money out evenly through your week.

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6 of Cups // Love seeing this card show up here! I get a little bit of rekindling old friendships by walking down memory lane and random acts of kindness through this week. It’s like the saying goes “what goes around comes around” and I feel like this applies very well here! Do unto others as you would like done to you, so in other words… be kind, general with your emotional support and enjoy some laughter with others.

The challenge this week

Queen of Swords // The Queen of Swords is very much up in her head and sometimes that can take the best of us. Whether it’s negative thinking, speaking before thinking or just being a bitch… we may need to watch our words this week as it could for sure stir up some heated debates. Take the 2 of Coins as some advice here on how to handle the Queen of Swords challenge and keep everything in check and don’t let yourself lean one way or another - this could even pin point to verbally choosing sides before really thinking things through.

Week Ahead Reading for Feb 11 - 17

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Look at what’s back, the weekly reading!! I’m totally feeling my groove once again and happy to be blogging more. I really hope I can keep the momentum, blogging brings me a lot of joy and now that I have my “own” laptop again I’m able to write more… my daughter kind of hoarded my MacBook, a lot! It was also fairly old and had keyboard issues, so I finally got a new laptop and I gave her my old MacBook. So expect more blogging and hopefully more regularly!

The weekly reading is back after a very long break. I will aim to have these up on the blog every Sunday (time varies) so there is time to read the cards before the fresh week begins. This week I’m pulling cards from the Circo Tarot by Marisa de la Peña.

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What to keep in mind this week

6 of Knives // It’s time to start thinking about your own mental wellbeing. Are you in a toxic environment? Are you hanging out with the wrong people? Is something in your life right now causing more stress than it’s worth? Seek some mental clarity, period. Know when to walk away and more importantly, know how to set boundaries. It’s all about moving yourself into a more calmer, positive space. It just may be time to step away and think about yourself this week.

We’re starting Monday with the Moon in Taurus, this could urge us to stay put and resist change, keep this in mind when you are starting to feel a bit stubborn on wanting to change things up even though you know you should. When we get comfortable with something, even if it’s bad for us, change can be hard. Exercise your own free will and put yourself first this week!

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Knight of Knives // Forward thinking and full speed ahead! This Knight is saying “I have an idea worth exploring!”. It may not be the greatest idea, but who cares, it’s yours and it’s valid. It’s all about getting things in motion this week and off paper or out of your head. The Knight of Swords is an eager one, they’ve already made their plans and are ready to see what happens, what do you have to lose? I always like to look at the warning that the Knight’s in general bring, they can be fairly reckless and sometimes they can feel too advanced for their own good. Know when to call it quits and know when to keep going.

The challenge this week

3 of Pentacles // If you are working with others this week, this card is for you! While the 3 of Pentacles is normally a card of working well together and collaboration… as a challenge, things may get a bit messy. It’s common for everyone to want to put in their own two cents, which is always great, but it can also turn sour quick quickly. Use the 6 of Swords here for some advice on handling these challenging situations that pop up… if you can, get the F out of there and find a new partner or group to work with. There’s no reason you have to deal with that kind of drama. If you’re are stuck and have to face the music, just do the best you can. Pull your own weight and make sure your idea’s get heard and seen! Understand that you’re doing your best with the cards you were dealt. If you aren’t working with people or groups, this card could easily just point to your social circle or coworkers!

Coffee with the Everyday Witch Tarot

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When it comes to tarot decks, I’m not one that’s normally drawn to the mass produced decks on the market these days. Rarely do any of them resonate with me and as much as I tried to get into a few of the newer released ones, they just fell flat for me and I ended up either selling or trading them. However, the Everyday Witch Tarot has held my interest since the first time I caught a glimpse of the deck in progress on Instagram. Elisabeth Alba, the artist behind this deck, shares a lot of her illustration work on her Instagram page! It took me over a year to finally buy it and I’m so glad I finally did!

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I spent a good hour going through each card when the deck arrived and really soaked up my first impressions. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I fell in love with the illustrations since the whimsical style is not normally my thing. Another reason I was drawn to this deck was because Deborah Blake wrote the guidebook and I’m a big fan of her writing!

Lately, I’ve been in a massive tarot funk and have been trying to find inspiration in my own deck collection but keep coming up empty. I rarely crave whimsical and cute decks, but something about the Everyday Witch Tarot just grabbed me. I plan on using this deck for personal readings and I’m thinking about diving into a deck study with it, so maybe I’ll share that on the blog when ready… we’ll see!

Ok, here’s a quick “interview reading” to get an idea how the cards read!

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what are you here to teach me?

Queen of Cups - Intuitive flow and a delicate touch when reading the cards. I get a sense that a lot of care would be helpful when interpreting the cards, it’s about going slow and not rushing things. Come to the cards when my heart is centered and stable.

I’m really interested in her shell chalice. It almost looks like she is getting ready to add more water to the sea for the fish, and that makes a lot of sense - the Queen of Cups is very caring and wants to give you more than you may need, just in case!

what do you need from me?

Three of Coins - Cooperation to work together! You may present the story, but it’s up to me to piece it together and bring it to life. If something doesn’t sound right, keep trying new perspectives until it does.

I love how the three pentacles drawn on the board/paper all look to be from different mediums and style. It shows that minds coming together with brainstorming really well in this card!

what is the potential of our working relationship?

Page of Coins - Love this page in the deck! They look ready and excited to see where the path takes them. The Page of Coins has some goals laid out in front of them and they ask me to come along for the ride if I’m willing to put in a little work along the way. I also get a skill building energy from this card, perhaps the deck study I mentioned would be a good thing after all!

I get such a “fresh out of college” feel looking at this card in general. Like this person just graduated and now they are looking to grow their skill in the actual world since they have already learned everything they can from their books and teacher.


I really love how this deck reads, it flows very well and my eyes lock onto so many things in each card. I have heard from many that this is a great beginner deck and I wholeheartedly agree, this would be a fantastic deck for any seasoned reader I think!

New Moon in Capricorn Tarotscopes

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Hello, New Moon! The moon slips into a partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn at 6:28pm MST on Saturday, January 5th (8:28pm EST on Saturday, January 5th). What a great way to kick off the new year!

The Solar Eclipse in Capricorn is a perfect time to focus on business planning and creative goals. I’m setting some big intentions for my shop and the blog during this eclipse, as well as setting some objectives with my studies.

Towards the end of 2018 I started to apply more attention to my astro studies and I’ve fallen hard in love with astrology! I’m planning to practice my astro interpretations more on the blog, but keep in mind that I’m still very new and very much a beginner!


I’m switching things up for the 2019 tarotscopes! Rather than pull a card for each sign, I’m pulling cards for the elemental sign groups instead.

What are “elemental signs”?
The elemental signs give us certain basic characteristics and temperaments of each zodiac grouping. Simply find your sun sign below that is grouped under an element. You can also look at your moon and rising sign!


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THE CONTRACT // Slow your roll there fire signs, check the fine print before diving in right now. This card is better known as the Devil, that’s right, don’t fall trap! Always check to see who is getting the better deal and tread lightly. You don’t want to fall trap to anything hidden - even too much of something can be dangerous. This is a great time for slowing down a notch and just be more aware, rather than diving in to something too quickly. Even the most fearless can get burned!


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(taurus - virgo - capricorn)

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THE ROGUE STATE // If something is truly important to you right now, then it is worth the sacrifices needed to obtain it or reach it. Better known as the Hanged Man, you are urged to take a few losses in order to get a bigger gain. If something isn’t quite working out how you had imagined, it’s time to put it down and rethink your approach. Maybe taking a breather and clearing your head will help you figure out what will work. You may be forced to take a seat for a bit, use this down time wisely.


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(gemini - libra - aquarius)

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AUTHORITY // Authority urges you to take control and ownership, anyone can take this role but this time it’s you. As a fellow Gemini, this card speaks very clearly to me - be direct and be confident. Best known as Strength, this is a great time to really gather your resources and put your foot down. There may be others wanting to take the lead, but trust in yourself that you are capable of leading the pack. You are more qualified than you give yourself credit for!


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(cancer - scorpio - pisces)

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GROWTH // The New Moon is such a perfect time to '“seed” what you want to grow. Whether it’s abundance, your customers or even spiritual growth - this card asks that you take this time to cultivate. More traditionally known as the Empress, this card is ruled by the planet Venus - love, attraction and harmony. Focus this time on what brings you joy and makes you feel good. Keep in mind that growth can also sprout unwanted things, think about weeds in a garden, so don’t ignore the other area’s in your life!

DECK USED // Instant Archetypes by Superflux

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?
Let me know in the comments!

Card of the Week: 8 of Skulls

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Hello, Monday! I just received such a unique deck in the mail last week for review, it’s the Sickly Tarot by F. Raymond Sickly. This deck is truly blowing my mind and I just finished writing that full review of this deck for the Indie Deck Review, I’ll be sharing it soon with you all. In the meantime, you can find this deck straight from the artist himself over on his website here!

I thought it would be great fun to use this deck for the card of the week. It was a mystery as to see which card would show up as this deck has 109-cards with a total of 7 suits. Yes, you read that correct!

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8 of Skulls (Cups)

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The 8 of Cups has always been a card of emotional transition for me. We’ve exhausted our efforts and our hearts just can’t handle any more, it’s waving a flag to us in surrender.

I often see this card in more traditional RWS decks as “leaving to search for that missing cup” since it usually illustrates a person leaving behind 8 neatly stacked cups with one missing. What we have or what we’re doing is no longer satisfying us or it never was from the start. It’s time to find something that will fill this space and make us feel better.

The 8 of Cups asks that we listen to our heart and follow it. This is no longer a matter of the mind, it’s about what the heart wants. This can be a spiritual journey or transition, one that invites you to follow your spirit.

So what does this card mean for the week ahead?

It’s time to admit that what you’re trying so hard to make work, isn’t working. If you’re feeling pretty empty, depleted or just a loss for excitement, perhaps it’s a sign that it’s time to move onto something different, fresh and exciting! If you’re feeling the call to change paths right now, listen up and take note! Let your heart be the captain of your ship and pay close attention to it’s subtle pulls in the direction you feel you may need to explore.

Don’t force things this week, rather go with the flow. As an artist, maker, and (wannabe) writer, this card often shows up when I’m trying way too hard to make something work. When we aren’t in love with a project that we’ve been dedicated to, yet we keep at it and keep changing things in hopes it will finally be just right. In the end, we know we should have abandoned this project weeks ago. It’s time to just let it go and admit that it just wasn’t meant to be and that’s ok. You can now pour your heart and soul into something fresh that will be a million times better and more aligned with what you originally had hoped to create!

It’s ok if things don’t work out, you learned something about it and that alone is priceless. Be gentle with yourself this week!

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What do you think about the 8 of Cups card?
How do you see this card coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!

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!

⤳ 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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