DECK REVIEW: The OK Tarot

** This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review here!

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If you are looking for a cute, minimalistic deck, then the OK Tarot is just the medicine you need! The OK Tarot was created by Adam J. Kurtz, artist and author of many other amazing projects. I’m a big fan of simple designs and sometimes that’s just what I crave when I’m doing a reading, Adam’s deck really feeds that need for me! I’ve found that this deck gives very clear and direct messages, that still leave room for intuitive reading.

The OK Tarot is all pink, yes, all pink! It features black, marker styled linework with solid pink card backs. Did I mention it’s all pink? Bring on the pink!! The cards are standard tarot size measuring roughly at 4.75” x 2.75” and feel great in your hands.

If you’re a fan of keeping your decks in the boxes they come in, you’re in luck! The OK Tarot comes in a nice, sturdy deck box that makes some of my other decks jealous! It’s a solid lidded box that is sure to keep your cards safe and sound, perfect for throwing in your bag or keeping them on your shelf. The deck also comes with a nicely bound guidebook with very simple and easy to follow keywords, great for the beginner reader I think!

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favorite cards

I’m a big fan of the major arcana suit, not just because they are more illustrated than the rest of the deck, but because of the cute symbols used on each card. My favorite suit in the deck would have to be the swords, that’s always a favorite suit for me in most decks. The Ace’s are very sweet as well, I love the way Adam illustrates hands. Have I said “adorable” enough in this review? I can’t help it, it’s truly an adorable deck!

I adore the Tower and the Hierophant! Anytime an “eye” is featured on a card has me swoon, I’m obsessed with the sacred eye and symbolism. The hierophant leaves much room for personal interpretation as well, you have a key, more hands, and that rose. Subtle, yet so much can be pulled from just those few symbols.

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Cardstock + Shuffling

I’m a big fan of the cardstock used in this deck, it has a nice smooth feel to them without being glossy or overly shiny. I personally love to photograph my readings and daily cards to share on social media, this deck is photo happy! The cards a good mix between thick and thin, they feel as if they will take some rough handling and shuffling well. When it comes to shuffling, the OK Tarot shuffles like butter, very smooth and even. I’ve been obsessively shuffling this deck since it arrived in my hot little hands!

Card Imagery

This deck is all symbols and simple drawings, there is no gender illustrated on the cards and I love that. I especially love how the courts were executed, very straightforward and all they all match up quite well. The Page’s are all shown with a pillow, the Knight’s with a shield, Queen’s with a scalloped crown and the Kings with a more pointed one. When combining suit + rank, it makes for a quick interpretation when reading the courts, much like working with Marseille decks.

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One thing to note, if you rely on scenic pip cards for intuition triggers, this deck may be a little bit of a challenge for you but I still think you can pick up intuitive hits quite easily. I consider myself an intuitive reader and have had no issues with reading the language of these cards (specifically in the minor arcana) in this deck. Some of the suits are more expressive than others but I find that discovering a way to tie your interpretation into the imagery helps a lot!

For example, take the 5 of Coins for instance. You can slightly see how the coins at the bottom of the cards are smaller than the coins at the top, this reminds me of how things are diminishing or things getting smaller... a lot like when you are running out of money or the means to get by.

Another card, the 10 of Wands. I tend to relate this card often as a big mountain to climb or a heavy task that will be a lot of work right now, but worth it in the end if you stay on course. When I look at the 10 of Wands in the OK Tarot, I quickly thought of a ladder! I’m not a fan of ladders and they quickly remind me of treehouses when growing up. I hated climbing them. I was horrible with ladders. Though I knew that if I bit the bullet and climbed the ladder to the top of the treehouse I would be glad that I climbed it because it was really cool being up there with everyone else and I had a chance to catch my breath... before we all made the journey back down the ladder, oh joy.

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Guidebook

The little guidebook is a 48 page booklet that touches base on the basics of tarot and some info to get you started if you’re new to the amazing world of Tarot! Also, the intro was written by Kelsey Anderson. The booklet also has some simple spreads and little tips. I really love how it’s filled with only keywords for each card, it gets straight to the point and lets you fill in the rest.

Overall

All in all, I really love this sweet little deck much more than I thought I would! I think it’s bound to add a nice layer to your readings and even give you some new perspectives with the clean and clutter free imagery. Sometimes less is more!

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

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Card of the Week: Oct 15-21

Hello, Monday! After a week of no school for the kiddo, it was October break at her school, I’m so ready for a normal week where I can focus and get some much needed work and writing done. I always miss my routine! It was a nice relaxing week though and it was filled with some mail including three new decks and two new books!

I’m using one of the decks I received on Saturday for this weeks “Card of the Week” pull, it’s the OK Tarot by Adam J. Kurtz. It’s an all pink, minimalistic deck that is absolutely adorable! I was feeling inspired while writing this reading up that I included a little extra below, too.

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 (Tarot Bag is from  Radical She    + Crystal is a Pink Halite)

(Tarot Bag is from Radical She + Crystal is a Pink Halite)

The Empress

First pull from this deck was for the card of the week and out popped the Empress, perfect, I say! The Empress is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and attraction. The Empress is asking us to really tap into our heart center this week when dealing with the creative process and handling situations. As always, this card also often reminds me of self care. More often than not, we forget to include ourselves in the care process. Am I right?

The Empress urges us to really nourish the projects that are on your plate, to really put more emphasis on them or simply set them free like a bird ready to leave the nest.

Tap into your creativity and allow intuition to guide you in the creative process. If you’ve been sitting on something and it’s ready to go out into the world, use this week to really set it out and give it a great start! The birth of a new idea is always an exciting time so be sure to make it special and don’t shy away from revealing how proud you are, celebrate it!

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tap into the Empress energy this week:

  • Fuel your creativity by focusing on art, writing or any form of self expression

  • Look in the mirror every morning and tell yourself that you are awesome and worthy of love

  • Take yourself out on a date and really enjoy your own company, treat yourself!

  • On your altar:

    • Incense: Rose or Patchouli

    • Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, or even Rose Quartz

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Thoth and my journey so far!

Over the last few weeks I’ve fallen pretty hard down the Thoth rabbit hole. I never saw this coming, ever!

In fact, several years ago when I was still getting my footing with tarot I picked up the Crowley Thoth deck out of curiosity and like many other tarot readers, I joined the group of those that felt Thoth was way too harsh and negative. I mean, just reading the some of the keywords on each card was enough to put a dent in your day. I really didn’t give it a chance and traded my Thoth deck after just one card pull, yup. It’s now several years later and Thoth peeked my curiosity once again, but this time something really grabbed my attention… that lure of symbolism and yearning for something more in tarot.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The beginning of this rabbit hole

A couple weeks ago I traded decks with a friend and got the Asherah Tarot. I’ve been longing for this deck for a while now and when she mentioned swapping, I jumped on it! When it arrived, I just couldn’t get over the illustrations on these cards… they are so detailed and so beautifully done. You can truly see the time and care it took in creating this deck. The Asherah Tarot was created by Sarah Wheatley and I will have a full review of this deck soon! I knew the Asherah Tarot was a Thoth based deck and I knew that this meant that I needed to get to know it and the system it follows if I wanted to get the most use out of it… plus, I always love an excuse to study something new! This was kind of how the rabbit hole started… with that Asherah Tarot, and I didn’t think I would dip too far into the Thoth world.

After a few days with the Asherah Tarot, I decided to pick up my first book on Thoth to get more comfortable with the symbolism and see what the hell this deck was really all about. I took a trip to a local used/new bookstore and picked up a copy of Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette. I’m about halfway finished with this book and loving every word written, it’s fantastic! Of course I couldn’t just grab one thing at the bookstore that day, I decided to grab the Crowley Thoth Tarot deck since I saw a used copy for a cheap price (in the car I discovered that it was nearly brand new). I thought it would be useful to use the Crowley Thoth deck alongside the Asherah to make for a good study, I would be able to have the full colored card images in person rather than just go off the black & white images in the book or online.

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(yes, I’m parked in this picture haha)

I was already pretty far down the rabbit hole at this point and looking through the Crowley Thoth deck didn’t help at all, I was seeing these cards in a much different way than I had several years ago…. I was captivated! I’ve always loved the artwork in the Thoth Tarot, I’ve seen and heard many complain that it’s ugly but I’ve always found them to be beautiful and well executed! I had no idea the Crowley deck was painted by a woman by the name of Lady Frieda Harris, not sure why I never noticed that before but it stuck with me and reading the written exchanges between Harris and Crowley while the deck was in the creation phase was fascinating to me.

Right now, I am fully in awe of the Thoth system and have been obsessed with this study. It was mentioned to me several times that in order to fully understand the Thoth system, you should learn two things: Qabalah and Astrology. So, being the book nerd that I am and always looking for a good excuse to buy more books, I have added two new books to my studies and have one on order! The first one is The Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo DuQuette (I love his writing and this was recommended several times) and the second book is The Secret Language of Astrology by Roy Gillett (it’s a gorgeous book, also came to me as a recommendation though I have only skimmed the pages so far). The one I have on order is Tarot Correspondences by T. Susan Chang, this will be here later this week and I can’t wait, it was just published on October 8th!

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While I do know a little astrology, I have to admit that I’m a total newb. I know my moon stuff pretty well, but the rest… ya, I need to start studying! I knew nothing about the Qabalah up until a few weeks ago and I still have so much to learn but it’s starting to make a little more sense to me. I’ve just never been interested so I’ve never looked into it. I’m now so obsessed that I’m dreaming about Sephiroth and the Tree of Life, planetary associations, and the Golden Dawn. There is just so many amazing things layered into the Thoth system, this study really makes my Gemini brain happy! It’s keeping me interested and busy, both of which I like.

Thoth has sparked my love for a Goddess that I’ve come across many times but never gave much attention to, Nuit/Nut - the Egyptian Goddess of the Night Sky. I’m madly in love with her mythology and what she represents, reading the words written about her in The Book of the Law (first chapter) was breath taking. As a pantheist, she encompasses my love for the stars.

I’ve been getting asked often how I personally started my study with the Thoth tarot and what books + decks I’m working with, so I thought I would mention some things here for those that are interested!

Books

Here are some books that I’m currently reading and working with:

  • Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette

  • The Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo DuQuette

  • Keywords for the Crowley Tarot by Hajo Banzhaf & Brigitte Theler

  • The Secret Language of Astrology by Roy Gillett

Books on order or ones I plan to order soon:

  • Tarot Correspondences by T. Susan Chang (on the way)

  • Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley

  • The Book of Seshet by MM Meleen (on the way, guidebook for the Rosetta Tarot)

Other Things

Get a journal or notebook! I found it very helpful to draw out the Tree of Life and go add to it little by little as you learn more. Doing this really helped me slow down and follow the paths and get to know where is what on this tree. I refer back to this sketch a lot right now!

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Also, I recommend that you draw or trace the Rose Cross (this is the design of the back of the Crowley Thoth Tarot). The Rose Cross was really fascinating for me to see how it all goes together, Mr. DuQuette explains it very well in his books and it’s really interesting!

In your journal or notebook, make notes as you come across things and be sure to note your resources so you can go back to find them later. I’ve found that drawing diagrams make it easier to process the info given, it’s for sure not a light study but it’s fascinating one! Another tip is to keep a running list of vocabulary! There are a lot of heavy words used in this system and they are confusing if you are new to it all, like myself. If you don’t understand what a word or name is, research and write it down or note it in your books.

Also, check out the podcast and Patreon Fortune’s Wheelhouse hosted by MM Meleen and T. Susie Chang. It’s so fun and filled with great info! I’ve barely scratched the surface of the podcast and I’m already hooked, I have already became a Patreon and it’s worth it! I filled 3 pages of notes just on the Fool episode alone, it’s good! They also have a joint Facebook group as well with so many helpful and amazing people in there, I’ve made some new friends and I love seeing the posts from that group show up in my FB feed!

Decks

  • Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley

  • Asherah Tarot by Sarah Wheatley

  • Tabula Mundi by MM Meleen (this is high on my wishlist right now)

  • The Rosetta Tarot by MM Meleen (on the way to me now, eep!)

Where I started

I started with the book Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot and a fresh yellow highlighter… yes, I’m one of “those” people. If you start with this book, I recommend fully that you start from the beginning and work it in order, don’t just jump to the cards. Learning the foundation of the Thoth system really helped me make better sense of the cards themselves. Yes, you can totally just read the Thoth tarot intuitively or even as a RWS deck but I feel like you will be missing out on so much if you do that. There is just so much depth to be found and discovered, it’s added some fresh new layers to my RWS based decks as well.

What about, The book of ThotH?

You might have noticed that I didn’t mention The Book of Thoth, Crowley’s own book behind the Thoth tarot. In fact, I will be reading Crowley’s book next! I really wanted a good clear understanding of the Thoth tarot from the start since sometimes things just don’t click easy for me. I didn’t want to get confused and end up push this study aside or abandoning it all together, I do that too often with other things. I’ve heard The Book of Thoth can be a deep read but reading Lon Milo DuQuette’s book first helps break the ice a bit and allows for an easier understanding of The Book of Thoth. I’m actually pretty excited to read Crowley’s book!

Ok, I think that is all the info I have to share… for now. Though I could ramble all day on the Thoth system and what I’m learning. I may do a second post down the road as I deepen this study or get more questions from others. I will stress that I’m writing about Thoth from a totally beginner perspective, so take that as you will. If anyone has any questions to ask, please let me know in the comments and perhaps I can use them for the second post!

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Card of the Week: Oct 8-14

I took a break from doing the weekly readings for a bit while I work on some side projects, but they’re back! I feel like I’m always saying that, haha. I’m going to be doing them a little differently and focus on just a single card of the week.

This week I’m pulling from the Morgan’s Tarot. This is a deck that I had a couple years back but traded it and regretted it later on (you know how that goes)… then last week, Everyday Magic shared that the deck has been reprinted and they just listed a second batch of these decks to their shop, the first batch sold out quickly. I ordered one without even blinking and it arrived two days later! I’m so glad to have this deck back in my collection and it’s been fun to read with once again.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Tomato, Potato, Eggplant

I laughed when I pulled this card, this deck is full of laughs, but behind a silly card has a great message! This card speaks about nourishment and taking care of yourself on a food level. Making practical choices regarding what you put in your mouth and just being more conscious. Am I saying you need to eat healthier? No, this card is asking you to eat what feels good to you, whatever that may be. Only you know what your body needs so be sure to tap into it and listen carefully. If you personally enjoy eating something but you know your body doesn’t enjoy digesting it, use this as a form of self care and pay attention to the signals your body is giving you and perhaps change things up a bit.

I know for me, my body needs water and has been pretty dehydrated lately. I’m seeing it reflect in my skin so this is a great reminder for me to drink up this week…. no, not more coffee, I need to drink way more water!

This week, fuel your body wisely and pay attention to what makes you feel good! Food can be such good medicine!

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New Moon in Libra

Hello, New Moon in Libra! A new cycle is beginning tomorrow and it’s a great time to create more balance in your life and set new boundaries that matter most to you at this time. Right now, I feel the need to create stronger boundaries more than ever with the recent events here in the US, as well as a more balanced self care routine. We often forget to care for ourselves when things turn dark, this is your reminder if you are like me! We need to put ourselves first right now and make space for those around us.

For the New Moon in Libra tarotscopes, I’m using the new second edition of the Slutist Tarot. I LOVE THIS DECK!! I wasn’t sure how I would get along with it at first but it’s proving to be a fantastic tool for self love!

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

ARIESThe Moon
Something is in the air and if you are feeling not yourself, it’s ok. Confusion in the dark can be unsettling but know that the sun will continue to rise and you will be able to see a little more clearly once again. Embrace the dark and unknown, don’t fear it.

TAURUS - 4 of Wands
This is a time to celebrate friends, family, and what feels like home to you. Find pleasure where you are comfortable and can relish in all the small victories that you have made thus far. Enjoy these moments!

GEMINIPrince of Cups
It’s time to tap into this energy that is the Prince of Cups. They are untamed dreamers who just want to focus on what feels good right now. Fuck tomorrow, it’s not here yet so why bring in unwanted worry a day early. Live in the moment and soak up all that is love and brings you joy! Tap into this bliss when you need it most.

CANCERThe Whore
For this new moon cycle, focus on yourself! Give yourself much needed love and attention, you are so worthy of it! It’s a great time to practice self care and self love, cherish your creative juices and let them flow freely.

LEO3 of Cups
Some of our best relationships comes from close friends. Honor and enjoy these friendships, plan some gatherings where you all can let loose and enjoy each others company once in a while, even if that’s just meeting up for coffee once in a while. Lean on each other when you need it!

VIRGO - 9 of Wands
If you’ve been pushing yourself pretty hard, it’s time to rest or ask for assistance before you really run yourself into the ground. It’s ok to ask for help! You will reach your goals but you can’t reach them if you’re energy is running low, you’ll get sloppy and you know it. Everyone sees that you are working hard, it’s ok to take a break.

LIBRA9 of Cups
You know what you’re worth so don’t accept anything less than. It’s all about appreciating what you have right now and being grateful for it, you are more full than you may realize so it’s time to tap into those resources and allow them to flow freely. Feel the validation and revel in that confidence!

SCORPIOAce of Coins
Hello, Ace! A gain is on the way so it’s time to amp up your work to bring it in quicker, bigger, and smoother. Think of this Ace as a perfect time to manifest what you need right now, do the work and the success will follow!

SAGITTARIUSJustice
Know that things will balance out in the end, even if they feel unfair right now. With all that is going on right now, just have faith that those doing ill will get what is coming to them in due time, this includes those who are doing good… you will be rewarded, just have patience, as hard as that wait can be.

CAPRICORNPrincess of Swords
The Princess of Swords asks you to trust yourself and take your idea’s more seriously, they are indeed really good! It’s a perfect moonth to be vocal about your boundaries and speak up when you have something important to say. This is for a sure a “think before you speak” moonth.

AQUARIUS - 6 of Cups
This is a great time to remember your past but most importantly, remember what was helpful and not. Our memories can be painful but they can also hold a lot of wisdom, so be careful what you stir up and try to remember that sometimes the past is in the past for a reason.

PISCES4 of Coins
You have to spend money to get money, I know that sounds odd but it’s always been true for me. You put your money where you want it. Holding on to it will stop the flow, no one wants that! You don’t need to spend it all but just try to when you can here and there, if something is really calling your name… treat yourself!

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My tarot study journal

Whether you’re new to tarot or well seasoned, you’ve probably heard others recommend keeping a tarot journal over and over again. I’m part of that group as well! Keeping a tarot journal is one of the most effective ways in learning tarot, connecting with the cards, and even just getting familiar with a new deck. For most of my own tarot practice I’ve kept a tarot journal and it wasn’t until fairly recently that I discovered a tarot journaling system that works for me! While I do sway back and forth between this journaling system and my composition books, I love using this journal for most of my study!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Every journal I have ever kept always has some collage pages or images that I glue down that inspire me. I collage everything! Above is the inside front cover of my tarot study journal (the one I’m discussing today on the blog) and I’m still adding to these pages as time goes on.

what I use

Most of my journals in general are cheap composition books, but one tarot journal is a Moleskine Professional Notebook and have found it works really well for tarot journaling and study! This journal features an index up front, numbered pages, tear out list paper in the back, as well as a folder/pocket combo on the inside back cover. What I like most about this journal in general is the page layout of the journaling pages, this is where the magic happens!

Each page has a space that can be utilized for not just a daily reading but also for card study. I break down these sections on each page for my daily tarot draw like so…

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Draw a card

Each morning I do a daily single card draw. At the top of the page I fill in the date and I write down the moon phase with current astrological sign. I use a full moon stamp for my moon and just fill in the phase, it’s easier and quicker that way. I’ll also write the card name at the top of the page and note the deck I used. Writing down the deck you use is a good way to keep track of why you read a certain card the way you did, sometimes the same card can read differently from deck to deck.

KEYWORDS

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Next, I move on over to the list column on the side. I start writing down the keywords that I have for the card drawn starting with any keywords that I personally associate to the card, once I run out of my personal keyword associations I’ll pull up an app, book, or online reference to find more keywords that resonate with me. Some card keywords don’t feel right so I don’t use them, I only use keywords that I resonate with. My keywords may differ than your keywords and that’s totally ok!

If I pulled the same card earlier in my journal, I’ll write down “see page…” to note the other page this card was referenced. Sometimes I used different keywords and it gives me a nice way to follow the card over time, it’s like creating a “family tree” for this card. It just seems really repetitive to write down the keywords every time you pull the same card, especially if it’s a card that keeps popping up for you.

MY OWN THOUGHTS + INTERPRETATION

Then, I’ll move over to the center note area and this is where I write down a paragraph or so of what this card means to me at this very moment, like a journal prompt. This isn’t the interpretation per se, this is more of how I associate to this card, a memory attached to this card, etc. It’s the “exploration” area for this card. Maybe some of the colors in the card remind me of an event or a symbol in the card catches my attention, I’ll write all that down.

Once I finish writing that, I then jump to the top of the page and write down my rough interpretation of the card for the day. If you follow my daily readings on Instagram, this is where I write down the starting point of those readings.

MY DAY

Lastly, I write “My Day” in the center section, just under my personal journaling of the card. This is where I write down little things in my day that remind me of the card I drew that morning. Maybe I pulled the 2 of Coins and I found myself reorganizing my planner that day (prioritizing) or maybe I found two quarters on the sidewalk (literally, 2 coins), and so on. If I carry my journal with me, I tend to write down a lot more notes about my day and that card drawn. Otherwise, I just take a moment in the evening to pinpoint anything that may have happened or appeared in my day that reminded me of the card I drew.

This little exercise in general really helps to expand your interpretations of the cards by associating them to your day to day life. So if a certain card shows up in a reading, you may recall a specific memory that could be applied to the reading or help trigger a new interpretation.

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That’s it! That is how I use my daily journal for both journaling and tarot study. It’s a nice way to have all your notes, thoughts, personal associations, and memories all in one place that is well organized and easy to carry with you.

I journal so much more in this journal than in previous journals, something about looking at a totally blank page never did it for me. I would often skip writing things down or never get around to noting down my tarot readings and daily pulls. Having a page that is broken up into more “fill in” friendly spaces is inspiring and fun!

I hope this little post was helpful and inspires you in your own tarot practice!

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Reader Interview: Ashley of Hello Tarot

Let’s get to know Ashley of Hello Tarot today on the blog! She shares great daily insight on Instagram and shares astro readings on her YouTube channel, I’m thrilled to point the spotlight on this card reader today! Let’s get to know Ashley a little better!

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

Hi! I am a mid-30s finance professional living in Philadelphia and I read tarot cards on the side for fun. I've always been fascinated with tarot, astrology and basically anything esoteric all my life. I plunged into learning about the cards about 2 years ago after having my heart broken. I was desperately looking for answers but soon learned that tarot is a tool that provides guidance and insight, not answers. I studied on my own for about a year, carrying around a binder of my tarot notes with me everywhere I went, including my office job. I tapped every resource I could get my hands on, mostly Benebell Wen's Holistic Tarot, Mary Greer's books, TeachMeTarot.com, TarotHeaven.com, some Thoth books for the astrological components, just to name a few. 

After learning and reading only for myself during that time, I joined some groups on Facebook and started swapping reads for fun. I would provide an audio recording of my readings with a photo of the spread. The more I read for others the more I fell in love with tarot. I received consistent, positive feedback so I started selling 5-card readings on Etsy for $0.99. I just wanted to read, and read and read. 

At the advice of some of my friends I started charging a little more for my services and bought a URL where I can centralize my "tarot presence" online. I started small, thought of a name and went from there. I began posting twice a day on Instagram, utilizing cards from all the different decks I collected and eventually started a YouTube channel where I do readings based on zodiac sign - not an original idea, I know, but like I said, I just wanted to read! The positive feedback just kept coming in addition to more and more bookings. At this point, tarot is what I live and breathe. When I'm at work I can't wait to get home and start reading. I started getting up earlier and earlier each morning so I could have time to read before work. Each reading is a learning experience for me. Tarot really is a gift that keeps on giving. 

At this point, I live a double-life. My 9-5 life and a life where I can explore tarot within the privacy of my own home. It's exhausting and thrilling at the same time. I hope to join both my finance skills and that of tarot and start reading full-time. My practical mind is very, very hesitant but my heart definitely wants it. One day it'll make sense to take that plunge but I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet.

What is your least favorite card and why?

I go through phases with my favorite and least favorite cards. For a while it was The Hierophant and it was because I simply didn't fully understand it, nor did I want to at the time. 

I've grown from that phase and currently my least favorite is the 5 of Swords for reasons quite the opposite. I understand that card too well because I associate it with the cruel, cold-hearted energy that I've fallen prey to in the recent past. Basically, it reminds me of my ex boyfriend and how much he hurt me. I'll move on from this, I'm sure of it.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

I'm a minimalist despite owning many decks. I insist on lighting at least one candle and having a few crystals within reach. Otherwise my reading area is quite neat.

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

"Come over here big boy and give me a kiss."

What or who inspires you the most?

Benebell Wen. I really appreciate how thorough she is about details. Her approach to Tarot really rings my bells.

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

Queen of Pentacles - because she can nurture and take care of business at the same time.

  Deck:  Slutist Tarot (photo by Kristina of Red Thread Tarot)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

The Aquarian Tarot deck. I love the muted colors. It's the most interesting yet straightforward deck I own.

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

I would start reading on how to better myself instead of trying to find answers on why everything was falling apart.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

After a reading, I turn the cards over and randomly pick them up with the remaining deck. I can't bear the idea of simply placing them at the bottom or the top of the deck once I'm done. I'm a stickler for adequate shuffling. I think it's very important.

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

Damn it!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Regular

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

I think I shared quite a bit in my bio already :) Perhaps too much?

Where can we find you?

Website
YouTube
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DECK REVIEW: The Hip Chick Tarot

I have a fun deck to share with you all! The creator of the Hip Chick Tarot, Maria Strom, reached out to me recently to see if I would be interested in doing a review of her new tarot deck and of course, I said yes! I’ve seen this deck floating around on Instagram and was excited to see it in person! Here’s my review of this inspiring deck!

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The Hip Chick Tarot was created and illustrated by Maria Strom in May 2018, so it’s still a brand new deck! The deck is centered around women empowerment and I love that! My daughter is very interested in this deck and has already called dibs on using it, so I think that goes to say that it’s a deck for all ages. I was quite surprised while going through the cards, they read very well and really paint a clear picture of things!

The illustrations in this deck give me total Keith Haring vibes and that alone makes me happy, I absolutely adore Keith Haring. The artwork is very minimal yet still packs a punch and gives you a full story on each card, leaving lots of room for personal interpretation.

The suits have been changed, as well as some of the names of the Majors and court cards This was done to help the reader connect to the cards on a more modern level and I think they were chosen well:

Create (Wands) - Feel (Cups) - Think (Swords) - Earth (Pentacles)
Queen (King) - Boss (Queen) - Teen (Knight) - Child (Page)

I love the color palette of the cards, it’s soft and bold at the same time with very clean lines. The people in this deck are what I adore the most, so much diversity going on that I will talk about more in this review below. The deck was published through Schiffer Publishing and like most of their decks, it comes well packaged in a nice sturdy box!

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A few of my favorite cards

This deck is adorable and made it hard to pull out just a few favorite cards but I picked my top four that truly resonate with me!

Right away, I connected with the Hermit card. I adore the imagery of the person rooted inside the tree, it’s really beautiful symbolism! It reminds you to listen to your natural instincts and to stay rooted in it. I was also drawn to the 8 of Think (8 of Swords) and love this more modernized version of this card of being surrounded by your thoughts and thinking you can’t get out of this. I feel this card deeply, even down to notion of hiding in a hoodie… I thrive in my cardigan when I’m feeling pretty overrun by my negative thinking. It’s like a security blanket for me but I know that if I just take it off, nothing will happen to me yet I can’t see it that way when I’m feeling like this.

The High Priestess… my absolute favorite card in this entire deck, I love it to pieces! The cats peeking at you, the moon rising, how comfortable she looks... Love it!!

Lastly, I really love the Tower card, it’s a more empowering image than we are used to seeing. This person is breaking out of the tower as if they are breaking that “glass ceiling”. Nothing is going to get in their way, they’re unstoppable and finally free. Whatever was holding them back is no longer in the way!

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Deck details

Cardstock
I was very pleasantly surprised by the cardstock of this deck, it’s like satin finish that feels really nice! All of the Schiffer published decks in the past that I owned were very glossy, this is a total opposite and I’m thrilled with it! It feels thick but not stiff, it’s a really nice carstock!

Shuffling

This deck shuffles very smoothly and feels great in a rifle shuffle! The cards are thick but have a really nice bend to them that makes shuffling quite fluid and easy. You know how picky I am when it comes to shuffling, this deck totally makes the cut for me! I’ll note that the cards are roughly 4.75” x 3.25” and are just a smidge wider than a standard tarot card, which makes for shuffling easy I think.

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In the package
The deck arrived in a nice, large and sturdy box that houses the book and deck. The big boxes fit nicely on your bookshelf and for sure keep the deck secure while in them. I tend to put my decks in bags when they come in large boxes but that’s just a personal preference. It’s a perfect tarot box set for someone just starting out in tarot or loves to keep a deck and book together.

Diversity
As I mentioned earlier, this deck is diverse! It’s filled with different body shapes and sizes, abilities, ethnicity, skin tones, etc - so many beautiful people grace these cards. Even though the Hip Chick Tarot is themed around women empowerment, I don’t feel like the people in the cards are strictly gendered which I am loving!

Guidebook
This deck comes with a nice 111-page guidebook! I love when decks come with these larger books, it gives you a chance to really get inside the deck creators mindset when they created the deck as well as read their own thoughts on tarot. The book mentions the change of suits and other names as well as info on how to use the cards if you are new to tarot. It also features some great tarot spreads and info about each card. Each card gets a page of info written, this book is really loaded in all the good ways!

Overall
While I think this deck is great for all readers, I think it would be a great deck set for a new tarot reader or even younger readers. The artwork is sweet and bold, gives great readings and is very fluid to read with. The new suit naming makes a lot of sense and is fairly easy to change over.

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

This deck was given to me for free for an honest review, grateful for the opportunity!

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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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Reader Interview: Kristen of Over the Moon Academy

I’m so excited to have Kristen of Over the Moon Academy on the blog today! I adore everything she does and her courses are fantastic! One course I always recommend to everyone is her cartomancy course, it’s one of my favorites that I return to time and time again. She is not only a teacher but a divination master in my book who creates unique decks and shares her passion with everyone on social media. Let’s see what she had to say!

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

I’m a divination junkie so I love all forms of divination but cards are my favorite. My best friend in high school gave me a tarot deck when I was going off to college. She handed it to me and said, “This seems like something you’d be into.” I had no idea what tarot was at that time. But she was right -- once I opened the box of those mysterious cards, I was hooked. There were quite a few starts and stops with tarot as I learned to navigate the system with little guidance. This was in the late 1980s and there were fewer resources available. Thankfully, I have some fantastic spirit guides who would help me find the right tarot books just when I needed them. I’d go to a bookstore and a tarot book would literally fall off the shelf into my hands.

What is your least favorite card and why?

My least favorite card is on a deck-by-deck basis but it's not the ones you might think. I usually love the "troublesome" cards like The Tower and Death.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

Oracle decks for a final word or reading summary. Playing cards for timing and detailed physical descriptions. I guess I’d have to add my Magical Playbook too since I use it frequently for my reading layouts.

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

Not much. They’re usually enjoying their roles in different environments and settings in most decks so I don’t think they see each other too often.

What or who inspires you the most?

I’m inspired by creative folks who look at tarot in new ways, whether it’s creating a new deck concept or course or online challenge.

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

I’ve always resonated with the Queen of Wands. She’s very confident and doesn’t seem to care what others think while at the same time she’s very aware of and responsive to her environment. I think of her as the hostest with the mostest!

  Deck:  Slutist Tarot (photo by Kristina of Red Thread Tarot)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

Gosh, that seems to change week to week. I ALWAYS have playing cards and the tarot deck I’ve had the longest is the Tarot of the Ages deck I got about 20 years ago. Right now, I’m really enjoying the Toni LeBusque tarot by Toni LeBusque and I love the straightforward responses from the Power of Surrender Cards (oracle deck) by Judith Orloff.

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

I would have started learning to read tarot intuitively much earlier instead of force feeding myself all of the book learning first. Don’t get me wrong. The book learning is an absolutely necessary download but I didn’t think about reading tarot intuitively until I got Alexandra Genetti’s Wheel of Change tarot deck in 1997. At that time, I don’t remember anyone using the term “reading tarot intuitively” but that’s what I was doing: looking at the pictures and saying what I saw. Now, I realize it’s beneficial to learn to read tarot in three ways: (1) analytically through book learning (2) symbolically through key symbols and (3) intuitively by saying what you see.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I don’t keep my decks in the flimsy boxes. I always find a nice pouch for them.

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

I think he regularly mutters something blasphemous like Goddammit!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

No coffee. Sleepytime tea. He’s probably sleeping most of the time and working in the dream state.

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

I just released my latest oracle deck, Desert Dreamwalk Oracle, and I have new payment plans available for my most popular courses: Make This Magical Playbook and How To Read Oracle Cards.

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram
Facebook Group
Shop
Academy

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Weekly Forecast: Sept 17-23

I’m dragging my feet big time and it’s only just Monday, I think my mind just doesn’t want to let go of the weekend, lol! You may notice some slight changes to the website and my shop, I’m working on a few kinks here and there. Trying to do a little revamping, but not too much.

Yes, I missed the weekly forecast last week, sorry everyone! I was just really busy and I couldn’t seem to focus so I decided to not stress out and just let it go for the week and recharge. However, it’s back this week and I’m testing out my Micro Oracle deck!! I’m still editing this deck a little bit more and slowly working on the mini booklet. Hoping to have more news on this deck soon! In the meantime, here is the weekly reading - I’m pairing the Micro Oracle up with the Collective Tarot!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

TLDR: Something is not finished, keep at it and the doors will open!

8 of Keys RX + The Magician + #38

Our theme this week is coming from card #38 of my own Micro Oracle deck. It’s letting us know that we have left something behind and we may not have everything we need just yet. I’m really drawn to that star left in the darker aspects of this card, it makes me think there may still be work left to do and we need to get it all done as to not leaving anything behind. This is a great reminder to double check over any to-do lists and be sure you crossed everything off from the weekend, you might have over looked something important that you thought you did!

The other cards for the week really resonate with the message above! The 8 of Keys RX is giving us a heads up that we might not be able to move forward just yet, at least not very quick. The Magician suggests that we need to keep growing our skill and focus if we want to truly move things forward and flip that 8 of Keys upright! Maybe you think you’re ready but in reality you’re almost there, but not quite yet. This is a great time to keep doing practicing, keep studying, and keep building up your base - Whatever it is that you are focused on, keep at it for a little while longer!

When we do get past this block we see in the 8 of Keys, we will be fully prepared to handle whatever comes our way! We can truly manifest the shit out of what we want with the power to back it up! So stay focused my friends and keep your eye on what you have your heart set on.

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New Moon in Virgo

Hello, New Moon in Virgo! Are you ready for a new cycle? This new moon brings the chance to identify aspects in our life that need to be cleaned up and tidy. Creating some new healthy habits can be beneficial! This makes me think that this moon will really be pushing my perfectionist buttons, so try not to get too carried away if your like me!

I'm using the Numinous Tarot for the New Moon tarotscopes, you can check out my review of this deck here.

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

ARIESDreamer of Vials
This is full on dreamer energy! This card is asking that you tap into your imagination and allow it to guide you right now. Just because others may not feel how you feel, doesn't make it any less valid.

TAURUS - Creator of Vials
It's time to really listen deeply to your intuition and trust it! Try to connect with others through emotion and compassion. Also, don't pull back from expressing how you feel!

GEMINIDeath
Change can happen slowly and be very subtle, but know that the wait is always worth it. Enjoy the process and learn everything you can right now as you slip into some fresh beginnings.

CANCERDreamer of Bells
There are people out there who will benefit from what you have to say, so don't hush your thoughts and words, let them out! Your voice matters!

LEO5 of Tomes
The 5 of Tomes is asking you to tap into your resources right now. If you're feeling things are indeed pretty sparse or tight, it might be time to look in other area's of your life that can be useful. Just know that this will indeed pass.

VIRGO - The Chariot
Keep moving, keep pushing forward, you can rest when you get there! Enjoy this magical ride right now and know that any blocks you come across can be pushed through if you just stay focused.

LIBRAThe World
Perhaps you have come full circle, now what? It's time to really assess what you want to do next. Either expand on what you just finished or maybe it's time to try something different. The New Moon offers a fresh new cycle to grasp!

SCORPIOTwo of Tomes
It's time to prioritize and keep things a little more in order so that you know what needs to be done first. This is a perfect time to clean up your planner so you can put your priorities in better order.

SAGITTARIUS8 of Bells
If you're feeling trapped and everything around you feels so damn loud, you can indeed pick yourself up and leave the room. You are in control of your own thoughts and decisions, remember that. This is a perfect time to release any thought patterns that try to hold you in one place.

CAPRICORN6 of Vials
This card is asking that you focus on things of the past that make you feel really good when you are feeling out of sorts. It's important to remember why you are doing what you are doing and for whom, if not for yourself.

AQUARIUS - 7 of Vials
It can be difficult to make a decision when your heart is tied to so many things. Focus on what is real and practical right now, what you need the most at the moment. If you truly want something else when you're done, you'll know where to find it.

PISCESDreamer of Tomes
What are you interested in right now? What's catching your attention? This is a perfect time to learn something new and research! Whatever it is, look for the resources you need and dive in! You never know where this may lead you.

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Weekly Forecast: Sept 3-9

Hello, September! I'm so ready for fall to get here but in Arizona, it doesn't usually feel like fall until Winter is at our feet. We're still riding out the 100º+ degrees right now, at least the humidity is gone finally... it was a very humid summer for us, which you wouldn't think would be a thing being in the desert but we have a lot of monsoons through the summer.

Ok, enough rambling about the weather, let's get to the cards! I'm using the same decks as last week since they paired up so well! The Collective Tarot and Numinous Tarot. I still need to get my review up on the Numinous Tarot, will do that this week!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays
TLDR: Bring our attention to what is holding you down and dragging you through the mud. It's time to make peace so that you can move forward with an open heart!

3 of Bells + The Hermit + 8 of vials

Last week we had a big "self care" notion, this week I'm getting a sense that we need to pull back a bit for some deeper introspection to help clear out anything we may be holding on to. Things that we keep burying every time they pop up. The Hermit is our theme this week! They look tired yet happy, and oh so out of it. We are being asked to really draw ourselves in a bit and for good reason. It's time work on the things we keep pushing back down to deal with later.

The 3 of Bells asks that we pay attention to what is causing us hurt and ill feelings. We can ignore it all we want but it's not going away anytime soon unless we bring our attention to it like the Hermit asks. We are being asked to really take the time to recover from these things rather than cover it up or they will keep hanging on and holding us back.

How do we do this? The 8 of Vials is reminding us that somethings are just not worth it and we need to learn how to release what is really doing us damage, not just cover it up! Acknowledge the pain and release it away mindfully. We can run from our issues all we want but they will always pop up and find us. It's best to take the time to really work with them rather than bury them further and further down.

I love how both the Hermit and the person in the 8 of Vials are facing the 3 of Bells. It's as if they know what they need to do and are ready to shed light on what is holding us back or what we're still struggling to cope with. The person seen leaving the party in the 8 of Vials makes me think it's time to really give the 3 of Bells our full attention. This is not a long term thing, it's a very short passing so why not clear the clouds now and get it finally over with so you can move forward with a clear headspace and an open heart.

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Reader Interview: Amanda from Salt and Shadow Tarot

It's been awhile since I've featured another card reader on the blog and I'm excited to have Amanda from Salt and Shadow Tarot featured this week! She's not only a fantastic card reader but someone I consider a friend who just happens to have amazing taste in tarot decks! She recently launched the Indie Deck Review and I'm proud to be on her team. I'll be sharing much more about the Indie Deck Review soon, until then, let's get to know Amanda a bit more below!

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

When I was fourteen (in 1990), my mom was dying. I used to hide in the bookstore, in the occult section. No one was there and it was quiet. I saved up all the change I could to buy the Classic Tarot by Stuart Kaplan. The first person I read for was my mother. It was terrifying, and mine. I just knew it was mine. I carried that same deck from home to home until 2010 when I found the Shadowscapes deck. I had already been teaching others how to read, and how to find their own path. I have a few more decks now. I didn't discover that there were whole books dedicated to the craft until long after I got that Shadowscapes deck. 

I still teach, I still learn, and I am always looking at my cards to inform me. I have a very specific style of reading that I enjoy very much that involves layering decks and energy reading.

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

Oh! None. Every deck has a card that hits me the wrong way and every deck has a unique voice, but I thrive on it. I've often bought decks because they'll have a single card that makes me super uncomfortable. The Hierophant from the Mary-El, the Strength card from the Clover Tarot. Those are the two that hit me hardest. They are lessons for me. That's what I find most often. The hard cards are lessons I don't particularly want to deal with.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

I carry soap shaped stones with me to 'wash' my hands between readings, and a mug rug thing to put my decks on. Other that my decks, that's all I need. But, I never say no to some nag champa.

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

Depends on the deck. The Empress in the Prismatic Tarot would ask the Emperor what was on his mind. The Empress in the Sasuraibito deck would ask him why he hasn't joined her. I think the RWS Empress would just say, "Well?"

What or who inspires you the most?

Passionate, kind, human people inspire me the most. People who lift each other up, people who make room at the table for everyone, people who include others, people who fail. Those are the people I look to for inspiration.

I think that people who make the correlation between gentleness and strength are inspirational. And I think mothers that don't eat their young are inspirational. I find my daughters to be inspirational. And dogs. They are the sweetest creatures.

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

I would be the Page of Swords from the Sasuraibito deck. That Page has looked at everything from every possible angle, and I want to look too. But, sometimes, I want to be the Queen of wands from the Prismatic Tarot because that looks like a good time.

  Deck:  Slutist Tarot (photo by Kristina of Red Thread Tarot)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

Um...what? I don't understand the question....
If I had to choose one, I wouldn't even know where to begin. I'd take the one (three) in my purse.

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

I would look at the other decks on the shelf instead of the one I could afford first. I really wasn't fond of my first deck.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I don't read the books. Even when my friend writes one. 
I sometimes whisper on my decks, and I tell them to breathe.

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

Fuck.
For Fucks Sake, is the phrase I think of with him.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Depends on what he's doing. Decaf before bed is yummy.

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

I am building a very neat thing with some of my favorite Tarot Enthusiasts. It's called the Indie Deck Review, and I've found a brilliant team to work with. We'll be talking about all things indie decks. From the decks themselves, to discussions with creators, publishing company reviews, tips and tricks, and a book club. We are all a bit excited, I think.

Where can we find you?

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Weekly Forecast: Aug 27-Sept 2

I missed the weekly reading last week due to being swamped with some side projects, sorry folx! It's back this week and I'm using a new deck that I will be reviewing in a few days, it's the Numinous Tarot by Noel Arthur Heimpel... I'm in love!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays
Full Moon in Pisces - Today we are looking at a full moon in Pisces! This moon relates to release in your spiritual path, high emotions, and trusting your intuition.

The Lovers + 5 of Tomes + 4 of Feathers

I'm getting a big giant sign that reads "take care of yourself" in flashing neon lettering! Our theme this week is coming from the 4 of Feathers (4 of Swords) and it's all about retreat and rest so that you can tackle your projects more efficiently. It's hard to put out your best work when you are exhausted and mentally clocked out, take care of your headspace and give it some extra care this week.

Be mindful in how you are spending your time and energy, these are indeed resources that are often looked over. The Lovers is popping up as potential energy this week and this says that we need to be there for others in our community, social circles, and families - this includes yourself! Showing up for yourself is a big one, I mean, how can we help and be there for others if we don't help ourselves. Right? It's like feeding others when you have no food at home for yourself, you need to include yourself in this group.

The 5 of Tomes (5 of Coins) asks that we be resourceful and use what we have on hand, or if absolutely needed, seek out to those who can provide for us. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it, this is also why it's good to keep positive bonds with those around us. We can't always take, take, take... we need to give sometimes as well. If you can though, really try to do this yourself if at possible. Use what you have on hand before having to restock, get creative and get crafty even! You may just surprise yourself at how capable you truly are. Whether this comes to meal planning for the week, supplies for a project, or even just carving out the extra time you need... if there's a will, there's always a way!

Overall, I get a strong sense of self care this week and surrounding yourself with those who support and love you. This reflects the Full Moon in Pisces very well I think! Do what you can and the rest will follow.

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DECK REVIEW: The Numinous Tarot

I know I always say this, but I think I've finally found the perfect deck for myself! The Numinous Tarot. This deck has really impressed me way more than I had expected it to! I ordered this deck out of the blue after watching several YouTube reviews and fell in love instantly!

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I remember watching this deck come to life when it was being created a few years back. It caught my eye then but I never took the plunge to order it, not sure why I waited so long but I'm glad I have it now. The deck was originally launched on Kickstarter back in July of 2017 but the deck didn't officially come out until early 2018, so it's still a very new deck and one that needs to be talked about more!

The Numinous Tarot was created, illustrated, and written by the talented Noel Arthur Heimpel. This deck is non-binary, queer, diverse and features different body types, race, abilities, and gender identities. In other words, it is simply amazing with a full spectrum! Noel put so much love and focus into creating these cards, I'm in awe of their talent.

Not only is this a brightly colored deck, it's filled with symbols, down to earth imagery, and magic. This deck has combined some of my favorite features that I look for in a deck: cardstock, vibrant colors, gender fluid, and diversity. The more I deepen my tarot practice the more it evolves, over the last year or so I started to remove gender from my readings. This has literally changed my perspective when it comes to reading tarot for not only myself,  but for others and the collective. This deck reflects these changes immensely!

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A few of my favorite cards

I recently shared a mini 8 card review on the Indie Deck Review, so I thought I would go into a little more detail here as to why some cards really resonate with me. I'm very drawn to the more shadow like cards, the ones that some would consider darker or more "negative". Despite being a very bright and happy looking deck, there are cards in this deck that really slap you in the face. While gentle, they still carry a big punch!

I absolutely love the Bells (Swords) suit. My two favorite cards from this suit are the 4 of Bells and the 9 of Bells. The 9 of Bells pulls me right in and I can totally relate to how this card feels. When things are rough and stress is high, the volume of it can be really loud and non-stop - a literal feeling of all these thoughts hanging over your head. The 4 of Bells carries a sweet message but is a great reminder to slow down and take care of your headspace by getting some rest. Yes, work is stacked up but you won't be able to function well if you keep overworking, it's time to clock out for a moment and slow your mind.

The Death card in this deck is amazing, you can see the eyes transforming on the face of the person. They are in the middle of a massive metamorphosis moment! Lastly, I treasure the crap out of the 10 of Candles (Wands)! From the colors all the way down to the weight being felt in this card really hits my core. I think many can relate to the feeling this card carries.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Cardstock
I wasn't sure what to expect with the cardstock but it didn't let me down at all! I love the feeling of it, the cards do have some gloss to them but it's not overwhelming and I've had no issues with photographing them as you can see. I'm a lover of more thin and bendy cardstock, so this was perfect. Very bendy but durable! I would compare the cardstock to the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck set if you're familiar with that set.

Shuffling

These cards are bendy and shuffle like a dream! Like I mentioned above, these cards remind me a lot of the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck as far as cardstock goes and it's the same with shuffling. I loved shuffling that deck and love shuffling this just the same!

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In the package
This deck came in a large box, which I think was to make it easier to stock on bookstore shelves, which makes sense. The box also houses the guidebook, which is equally large. I ordered directly from Noel themself and it arrived with a postcard print of the 8 of Candles (8 of Wands), a sticker of the Creator of Vials (Queen of Cups), business card, and the deck/box/guidebook. The box is sturdy as well. Everything was very well made and put together.

The deck does come with an extra card in the Major Arcana, the Numinous. This card reminds me of "awe and wonder" when looking at nature or something that just really moves you. Something bigger than you. It resonates with my pantheist side big time and was a very quick connection for me!

Diversity
If you are looking for a diverse deck, this is it! The Numinous Tarot contains different races, genders, queer, abilities, body sizes, and the list goes on. Noel really did a fantastic job with creating this deck to resonate with people of all spectrums. The 6 of Tomes (6 of Coins) is my absolute favorite card in this deck and it features a person with a body shape like mine, I adore this image!

Guidebook
I wanted to talk about the guidebook simply because it's awesome! I rarely dive into guidebooks unless they have the artists perspective. This entire book was written by Noel themself. It contains their own Fool's Journey story, new spreads, info about the cards that aren't repeated from other books, and is just a really great guide! I love reading Noel's perspectives on the cards after I roll around with my own idea's and thoughts of the cards.

Overall
I think it's pretty obvious, I love this deck! I would highly recommend this deck to anyone and everyone, it's perfect for new readers as well! In fact, if you are interested in tarot and just starting your journey then I would recommend 110% checking out this deck. I promise you that you'll love it!

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DECK REVIEW: Dark Days Tarot

Hello, Dark Days! I've been a bit slow at reviewing a few decks that have been in my hands for a bit now, one being the Dark Days Tarot. I received this deck and one other in a trade a little while ago and it's been on my radar for a while now. It's funny how some decks don't really catch your attention until a certain period, this was one of those decks!

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I saw the Dark Days Tarot online many times, but for the longest time it just didn't grab my attention despite it being a gorgeous deck. One day out of the blue, I woke up one morning with this deck on my mind and couldn't stop thinking about it, I shit you not. I came across someone on Instagram a few days later who had several decks up for swap, including the Dark Days Tarot, and we made a trade. The day I held this deck in my hands, it was an instant connection.

The deck was created by Wren McMurdo and the book was written by Emily Mundy. This deck is square and can be read in four different directions - not just upright or reversed like standard decks! While I don't read with reversals, I really like the idea of multiple directions and some of the directions resonate very well for me!

The deck was originally released as a Kickstarter campaign back in late 2016 and the first decks started shipping out in early 2017. I am reviewing the 1st edition, the newest releases have gilded edges and a glossier finish to the cards.

The Dark Days Tarot is an all black & white deck. The Major Arcana cards all have a white background, while the Minor Arcana cards all have black backgrounds. I'm a big fan of black and white decks for some reason, sometimes the color just gets in the way for me.

I've been reading with the Dark Days Tarot for a little while now and also doing a light study of the imagery side by side with the Spolia Tarot and Carnival at the End of the World. The readings I've done with it have been so on point and intuitive... I absolutely adore this deck to pieces! The imagery really speaks to me and plays with my intuition.

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A few of my favorite cards

Can I just say all of them?! Ok, I tried to pull out a few of my absolute favorites, ones that really speak to me. Shockingly, the Emperor in this deck has been the only Emperor I have ever loved in any deck I have owned. That speaks volumes here, the Emperor and I do not see eye to eye, ever. I adore the depiction of this Emperor high up on top of their mountain, standing firmly on their land. I love it!

Another favorite card of mine is the 4 of Cups, I adore the depleted energy feel of this card. It just gives off a "I simply do not care" attitude, which is something I resonate well with when this card shows up to the party.

The High Priestess in this deck just gives me all the feels! Their hair looks to contain all the wisdom of generations before them and holds passed down hidden secrets from their ancestors.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
Love the card stock! It's a bit on the thin side and it's what I prefer best! Maybe I'm an odd duck but I just love thinner cards. It's not glossy like the recent release and I also really like that, it makes it easy to photograph and shuffle. Please note again, I'm reviewing the 1st edition so the newest editions may have a thicker card stock.

Shuffling

Being a square deck, I wasn't sure how it would shuffle but it shuffles really nicely and I love it! It's fun to riffle shuffle this deck and overhand shuffle, it's very smooth. I'm a happy camper with two thumbs up!

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In the package
The packaging of this deck is awesome! It came to me second hand so I don't know if I am missing anything but it feels complete. The deck came with a gorgeous sturdy box that has an actual lid (not a flip top box like most decks), the book, and the cards. The box was designed to have room inside so that you can store crystals and things with your deck, yes please!

The book is great, it's not a typical little white book. It mentions the directions and how you can use this deck, keywords (for all directions) and a little blurb about the card. I like that the book is not filled with standard "cookie cutter" meanings, they're original and I love when books are written in this way. There are also some spreads in the back of the book as well.

Diversity
This deck is diverse and features POC, which I love! In fact one of the most beautiful cards in this deck is the Empress and it's breath taking! My only criticism was that I could only find two cards that show body size diversity, the majority of the deck features thin bodies. I would have loved to see more diverse body sizes, I crave that in all decks.

Overall
I'm totally in love with this deck, it's become a staple in my collection. I have a few decks that never leave my hands no matter what and I can tell that this will be one of those decks. I love how the cards read and tell their own story. The cards are loaded with symbolism that has my detective brain quite happy. I highly recommend this deck!!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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Weekly Forecast: August 13-19

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

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

FIRE + ACE of Coins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DECK REVIEW: Bianco Nero Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A few of my favorite cards

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

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

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

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

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

Shuffling

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

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

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

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

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5 Ways You Can Connect More to Your Cards

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

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1. Playing Card Cartomancy

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

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

 

2. Doodles

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

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

 

3. Exploring

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

 

4. Marseille

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

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

 

5. Journal Prompting

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

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

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

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What things help you connect more to the cards?
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