Currently: APRIL 2018

The month of April is on its way out, well... not yet, but it's getting there! I thought I would share my "currently" things with you on the blog today! A little bit of tarot and a little bit of everything else.

 
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Shirt by Fat Mermaids

 

Shuffling:
If you follow me on Instagram, it's pretty clear what deck I'm loving the most right now - the Oliver Hibert Tarot! I'm obsessed! This deck has been my everything since it arrived, I really adore it to pieces. If you missed it, I did a review on this deck and it can be found here.

I'm really thinking about adding in a few favorite decks back into rotation but I feel so guilty when I don't use my Oliver Hibert deck, it's like it knows it's not being used, haha! The two decks I want to add back in are the Next World Tarot and Mystic Mondays. Oh how I adore those two decks!

Watching:
I'm not a huge TV or movie viewer but I do like to watch a lot of YouTube video's. Lately I've been obsessed with Michelle Elman's channel, it's been giving me so much life and inspiration this past week! Her video's have been a major help in my body love journey. As far as Netflix and such, I've been binging on paranormal and UFO documentaries, like usual! We have been watching the new Roseanne and I'm still not sure what I think about it... it's funny, but eh.

Reading:
Oh boy! I've been reading a lot lately. I've recently read a few books and they have all been under the topic of body positivity and fat acceptance, though I do have a few tarot books to get back to! My favorite lately was Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker. I loved every word of this book and may read it again once I get through some of my other books. It's not only written by an amazing blogger (The Militant Baker) but she's an Arizona local, love! I also just finished the book Big Bones by Laura Dockrill with the BOPO book club on FB. This is a Young Adult fiction and I just adored this book, our book for May is Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski. I also discovered Rachel Wiley and binged on her book of poetry called Nothing is Okay, this is a must read!!

Thinking about:
If you read my last post, Transformation, it's pretty clear what is on my mind this month - body love! I've been obsessed with this journey but it has its ups and downs. I've also been brainstorming more ways that I can use tarot on my journey to help others who are on the same journey!

I'm hoping to bring some fresh things to my blog as they become more prominent in my life, so stay tuned for all of that to come.


What are you currently loving on right now? I want to know, leave a comment below!

 
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Transformation

I have been sitting with the idea of merging my (new) personal body positive blog onto Radical She Tarot. I recently started this personal blog to share my daily life, books I'm reading, and everything body positive related but thought I should keep the two separate. Then, the other day I wanted to begin writing a post about the lack of body diversity in tarot and was stumped as to where I should share this post - on my body positive blog or tarot blog. The subject related to both so that is when I started thinking about the merge! Since tarot has been a major tool in my own radical body love journey, it only makes sense to move it to the Radical She blog, am I right?!

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TRIGGER WARNING (weight loss): This body love journey I am on right now has taken a center focus in my life, a much needed one. I've struggled for years with loving myself and the body I'm in - and I'm at a point in my life where I'm sick and tired of this game. My body is tired of it as well, I'm sure. I have put my body through hell over the years! Between 2015 and 2016, I lost 100 pounds in 11 months and from 2016 to the present I have been up and down with some of that weight. I've gone from a binge eater to restrictive eater and back to an extreme binge eater. I'm trying to heal my relationship with food through intuitive eating and HAES (Health at Every Size). I recently threw away my scale and vowed to begin a relationship with my body landscape rather than try to mold it into another. In case you haven't seen me in person (99% of you haven't) I'm not a thin or skinny girl, lol! I'm a plus size chick who uses the word "fat" because that is what I am and that is a word I prefer to use.


I've been using tarot as a tool to help me on this journey and it's been extremely helpful! There are some spreads I have created to help me and I would love to share more of this soon. Many readers have a favorite topic to read tarot for, some like reading about finances or love, mine has always been in the topic of self love. They're my favorite type of reading to do, along with personal empowerment and self discovery.

  Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls  by Jes Baker -  fantastic book!

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker - fantastic book!

So what will be coming to the blog? A lot more personal content! I plan to share my daily life (not every day, but at least once or twice a week), books I'm reading, things I'm loving, tarot and body image, and more. I just got a Kindle as a super early B-Day gift two weeks ago (I'll be 35 on June 21) and I'm obsessed! I'm reading all my books now on Kindle and have been filling my queue with body positive and fat positive books. I've also recently joined The Body Positive Book Club on FB hosted by Michelle Elman - love it!! I've finished 3 books since getting the Kindle, all have been a big inspiration on my body love journey right now! I want to share the books and people who have been inspiring me very soon.

On thing to note, reader interviews will be on a break for a bit. I have one last interview that will be posted next week but then no more for a while. It will be back though, I just need a break on those for a bit, sorry guys! If there is anything on the blog that you would like to see that is tarot or body positive related, please let me know in the comments!

Ok, I've went on enough! I'm excited to open up more on the blog and take you all along with me on this radical journey, I hope you guys love what I'll be bringing to the blog and stick around. 

Reader Interview: Asali from Asali Earthwork

This week we're getting to know Asali from Asali Earthwork! I have been a huge fan of Asali for a few years now and I adore everything she does for the community. I had the pleasure of getting a reading and custom talisman from her a while back, I still treasure that talisman and those words to the date. If you have a moment, you must check out her Tarot fo the QTPOC post, so many fantastic decks! I'm excited to have her on my blog this morning!

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

Hey! Well my name is Asali; pronouns she/her/they. I come to practice as an earthworker- which for me feels like the right word for my work as a healer. As much as I believe in the divine, the beyond, and the transcendent- I am tied to the work of now, in these bodies and this dimension, within this realm. Because that’s where we have to live and live with each other in all its messiness and beauty! I also work with herbal medicine, both physically and spiritually, and of course I’m a card slinger. 

Tarot found me at one of the worst spaces in my life emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. I was hemorrhaging my own sense of self and looking to everyone and everything to fix me or ‘make me better’. Of course, that allowed folks with their own unfinished (or not even started) shadow work to take advantage of me and harm me in specific ways. We were all writhing in the pit, to be honest. Tarot was one of the lights in that time. It taught me to believe myself, what I saw, felt, and heard, and also served as the channel through which my guides, ancestors, and higher/future ancestral self spoke through.

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

The World? Haha. That card can be downright inscrutable to me sometimes. It's too much and not enough at the same time.

Honestly, probably none. They each have a story to tell. In fact one of my greatest fears when it comes to tarot is that I’ve unknowingly lost a card from my decks and I’m just out here working with an incomplete deck and not receiving an important message. If I ever discover a missing card, I feel like immediately that deck becomes a strictly non-reading use deck. Probably ending up as interesting greeting cards to send to friends or perhaps altar focus pieces.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

It’s certainly grown over time but the mainstays are my decks of course, some favorite crystals, focus and protection anointing oils, tea light candles, and thrifted scarves and fabrics that serve as my tarot cloths as I like!

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

“Chill out. It’s not that deep”

I say this particularly as someone who has The Emperor as the birth card so this is really a self-drag.

What or who inspires you the most?

The folks who got me into tarot were fab femmes of color who were either discovering their sense of power and had me really wanting to feel what that felt like or had fully come into themselves and loved me deep enough to help me get there. So I’m constantly in awe and gratitude of their magic in the world and in tarot spaces.

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

The Queen of Pentacles is #lifegoals for me. They have ascended beyond the Nine of Pentacles sense of contentment that I’m just now striving for. You can just imagine their sense of fulfillment and deep knowing of their purpose in the world. They give freely because they are fully assured that the universe will support and return it back to them. They are connected to the earth, their community, and their loved ones without losing themselves (or rather their sense of self) in those connections. And frankly, they seem pretty materially comfortable too! It’s not the main focus but it’s just another part of their general sense of abundance and balance. They also probably have the best nourishing recipes and a command of seasoning and flavor that is just unfuckwittable. That’s important to me, okay?!

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

All of them. 

If you're really forcing me to pick… with life on a lonely island to escape the apocalypse looming before me... I would default to my first deck, the Mythical Goddess Tarot. She’s not a perfect deck, but she was my first deck. I know her best, and she knows me best.

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

I would drag myself back to my reading table every time I tried to walk away from those first difficult readings with the Ten of Swords. I love that card now, even though I don’t enjoy receiving it. It taught me so much.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I do so much more when I read for others than when I read for myself. If I’m reading for myself I could literally just grab a deck out of my tarot box, quickly shuffle and draw. When I’m reading for others there’s a whole ritual to set the space involving incense, candles, anointing oils, and either clapping, breathing, or knocking on the cards to wake the channel up for someone else. The constant for both scenarios is a mug of herbal tea.

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

Would “Goddammit!” be too ironic? Because I feel like that’s their go-to.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Neither. You know The Hermit is in the woods somewhere boiling down some leaves and roots they found for some earthy bitter tea that’s going to flush out the nonsense and get them grounded (and maybe a little high). They are up to their third cup of nettle and dandelion root tea today, as we speak.

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

I am always down to make a batch of my Meditative Tarot Teas or sling some cards for folks at my shop. Additionally, if you are a Queer, Trans, or Person of Color (capitalized for emphasis) creating tarot decks or other tarot tools, I would love to hear from you and signal boost your work through my Tarot of the QTPOC listing and interview series. Drop me a line!

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

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Are you a tarot reader? Want to be featured on my blog?

I'm currently accepting new reader interviews to share on the blog every Wednesday! This is a great way for you to share a little bit about yourself, promote your tarot services, and share events or news coming up!

Fill out this form here and I'll be in touch with you soon!

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Card of the Week: The Star

Hello, Monday! I totally didn't plan on pulling cards for the weekly reading, I was still riding the waves from a self-care weekend. I spent some much needed time (somewhat) away from social media, I needed to recharge and reevaluate some things. We headed up to Prescott (north of us in Arizona) for a day trip on Saturday, hung out at a lake, and stretched our legs a bit. It's been warming up here in the valley, we are now floating around in the 90º's. I'm so not ready for the summer heat!

Ok, let's check out our card of the week and see what energy is at play for the next 7 days! I'm using the Next World Tarot, and I also pulled a card aimed at "body love" using the Visions: Crystal Oracle deck.

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The Star

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

This morning I was greeted with The Star from the Next World Tarot. The confidence in this person depicted in the card is infectious! The Star to me is a nod from the universe, letting you know that you are on the right path right now and your wishes are being heard, load and clear!

It's also about giving a little to yourself, just as much as you give to others because YOU are worthy! This card is here to let us know that this week is for healing ourselves, in anyway that we see fit. Only we know what we need.

The Star is also here to remind you to be your authentic, bad-ass self! YOU are the star this week, own it and allow it be known!

Pink Opal

I pulled a card from the Visions: Crystal Oracle surrounding body love. I wanted a message to carry with me this week since I am making some drastic changes! I asked and received, Pink Opal. I swear, every time I pull a card from this deck it is exactly what I need to hear and carries a very personal message for me and for others. 

Pink Opal speaks of being ourselves despite what others may think. Despite what opinions they have of you. Despite what they think you should do, should wear, or should live. It's about standing up with a radical notion that you can exist however the fuck you want! Own your body and make it your own, you don't have to play by the rules - make up your own! It's about finding comfort in your own skin and enjoying it fully. It's a reminder that you are unique and you are beautiful! Do what makes you feel good! You are amazing!

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What do you think about these cards?
How do you see The Star coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!

Reader Interview: Alyce from Fringe Tarot

This week we're getting to know Alyce from Fringe Tarot! I love, love, love her energy and what she brings to the tarot community! This badass babe offers " in-depth, informative readings to ensure you keep kicking butt in life" and I love reading her tarot posts on IG, they are down to earth and to the point. Let's check out what Alyce has to say!

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

I bought my first deck at 15. Or maybe it was gifted to me? That was a looooong time ago, but somehow I ended up with a deck in my hands. Surprisingly, I initially hated the imagery, and mainly used it to practice psychic abilities and for spellwork. But eventually I started to study it, and fell in love with the whole damn thing. It became my gateway Divination drug--I'm now studying every form of divination I can get my hands on.

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

I wouldn't. They ALL matter. Even if some of them don't make sense to you now, they eventually will. They always do. I used to feel like certain cards weren't necessary, but realized that it was because I was blocking the message of those cards. My problem cards became my biggest lessons (I think I wrote a blog post on this, actually).

What's in your tarot toolbox?

Crystals, aura sprays, sage, incense, candles, oils, wine, more wine... and a sense of humor.

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

"Here. Eat these grapes. You look hungry."

What or who inspires you the most?

Healers and Artists. You can't deny that most of these people are answering a bigger call; something beyond the limitations of society. Of all the things they could have done with their lives, they decided to take the roads less traveled. And anytime we step outside of our illusion of "safe" or "acceptable", we become inspiration for others. Well...that and crazy.

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

Queen of Swords. She's got a mouth on her, and she knows how (and when) to use it. She cuts away anyone who's toxic to her; by just being silent. 
But also Queen of Wands. Because she is so dynamic; so driven by her passions, and would never allow herself to become complacent.

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

At this point, it's between my very first tarot RWS deck, and the Gilded Tarot. My RWS has some pretty potent energy when I read for myself; and the Gilded Tarot has just been the most accurate and natural when I read for others.

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

Hm... I probably would have worked a little more on developing my psychic side. I feel so behind when it comes to that!

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

  • I throw a deck in my purse even if I'm just going to the bank. You never know when you'll wanna whip out the cards! 
  • I have a very casual tone when I talk to Spirit/The Universe...I also sometimes ask deceased loved ones for help with readings. 
  • I pass time by shuffling my decks when watching shows or tarot/witchy videos
  • I sometimes pull tarot cards for song lyrics when writing with my band.

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

Well, of course I'd choose "Goddamn", when considering the history of the Hierophant card, but I just like to press buttons. ;)

This is great, actually, because it's my card for 2018. To be honest, I see The Hierophant as a mix between The Oracle from The Matrix, a Mississippi rootworker and Charles Bukowski. They're prolific, operate on another dimensional plane, and have limited need for this world's bullshit. The lesson I've been learning this year--in the Hierophant's words: "Stop caring so goddamn much about how others view you, and lift up your own goddamn self so that others might pull their heads out of their own goddamn asses. That's it." (Stubs cigarette out onto couch arm chair. Because it doesn't matter.)

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

I think he'd just chew on a coca leaf.

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

I'd just like to remind folks that I now offer Skype and Phone readings!

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram
Shop
Facebook

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Are you a tarot reader? Want to be featured on my blog?

I'm currently accepting new reader interviews to share on the blog every Wednesday! This is a great way for you to share a little bit about yourself, promote your tarot services, and share events or news coming up!

Fill out this form here and I'll be in touch with you soon!

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Card of the Week: 2 of Coins

Hello, Monday! It's a new month and a new week! Woot! So much potential for us this week, are you ready? I'm so ready. I really don't have a lot on my plate other than playing around the house and moving things around, also diving into some reading. I'm waiting on three books to arrive today this week, yay! Book mail is the best kind of mail!

Ok, let's check out our card of the week and see what energy is at play for the next 7 days!

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2 of Coins

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Balance your shit! If you're like me, you struggle with doing everything at once (because you insist on doing it all) and tend to drop the ball on a lot of things. I always give the excuse "I'm a Gemini, can't help it..." but that excuse can only get me so far, haha! Don't blame Mercury RX either, this is totally on you.

The big question is how do we keep things running smoothly all while staying focused and getting things handled. Prioritize! Make lists, check things off, sort things into piles, keep a planner (up to date), eat the toad, the list goes on. Do whatever it is you need to do in order to better handle what's thrown your way.

Don't want to juggle life all at once? You don't have to! I always use the phrase "eat the toad". If you're not familiar with this phrase it simply means: do the task you don't want to do the most, first. Get it out of the way! By doing this, chances are everything else will seem much easier, or at least it should. Pick and choose what needs your attention the most, then see where you can fit all of life's other tasks.

Also, you don't have to do hold all this weight on your own either. See those two hands reaching out of the ground in the card? Those belong to those who want to give you a hand. For me, I hate asking for help but sometimes I gotta bite the bullet and voice my needs. It's not always easy to ask for assistance, we all want to look like we have it all together but truth is, we don't and that's totally ok! We're human, not machines. We need rest and we need a break from time to time. So don't be afraid to pass on some tasks to others around you. Prioritize your to-do lists. Balance is the end result and goal this week, everything in moderation and not all at once.

I found it really funny that the 2 of Coins popped up this week, I'm getting back to my daily yoga routine... talk about balance!

Ask yourself:

  • What do I need to focus on?
  • Is there something this week that can use some extra hands?
  • Why am I struggling to do it all? What am I missing?
  • When do I feel the most pressure in balancing my life (job, home, kids, etc)?
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What do you think about the 2 of Coins?
How do you see this card coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!

Hello, April 2018 + Monthly Reading

It's a new month and I'm doing things a tiny bit different for this post! As I slowly get more comfortable on this blog, I'm trying to tweak things as I go that feel more aligned to what I want to share and bring to my readers. I have been wanting to post a month recap but didn't want to do back to back posts so I have now included a "recap: month in pictures " at the end of this post to help close out March! I also wanted to include more "goals" for the new month, so I'm starting each monthly post with those tidbits. I hope you enjoy this new layout!

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What I'm looking forward to in April...

  • Lots of reading! I have a stack of books to read and get through, so I'm hoping to make a chip in that pile. I may do some book reviews on the blog as well, I've had several ask for an update on some books I'm reading but we'll see... I also ordered 3 new books last night in the general of yoga and body positivity!
  • I joined in on the April Tarot Challenge hosted by @Lionharts on Instagram. I always fall off track with challenges but I'm hoping I can stay focused with this one. I'll be using the Oliver Hibert Tarot and Secret Arcana deck for it and I just combined the decks to one over the weekend, so it'll be interesting to see what cards show up! I decided to blog this challenge and you can find the main navigation post here, I set up a calendar at that bottom of that page for easy navigation to see the posts each day, will be an easy reference for me too. These posts will not be showing up on my main blog feed, I didn't want to clutter the blog with my own personal readings and such.
  • One of my deck pre-orders is shipping this month - the Ethereal Tarot. For some reason that deck really looked interesting even though it's not typically my favorite style of art. A few months back I placed some other pre-orders for decks and they're pretty spread out as far as deliveries go, but one deck that I'm very excited about is the Carnival at the End of the World Tarot by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. I think that deck is due to start shipping in late May - early June and I can't wait! This deck caught my eye several months ago and while I missed the Kickstarter, they do have this deck open for pre-order through their website at a discounted rate ($35) until the decks arrive, then the price will go up ($50).
  • Lastly, a while back I pre-registered for two local classes that I'm super excited about - Herbs for Women's Health and Intro to Flower & Crystal Essence. I already work with flower and crystal essences, but when I saw this class pop up at a local herbal shop, I just had to sign up! All my learning has been self taught so I thought it would be nice to cozy up with the basics in this class and learn some new things. I've been bottling up flower essences from our yard all through February and March, I still have a few more to bottle up like peach, calendula, hibiscus, and borage flowers. Waiting for the right time to do those still.
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Tarot Reading

Let's check out what is in store for us this month! I pulled two cards to get a general idea of what energy may be at play and what we may need to keep an eye out for. I would love to hear your thoughts of this months post, so feel free to leave a comment below!

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Deck Oliver Hiber Tarot

8 of Swords + The Fool

I get such a "break free" feeling from these cards. It's all about waving a white flag, pulling down our walls and allowing whatever to happen, happen. The 8 of Swords suggests that we may feel a bit stuck. We may feel a bit of stubbornness like as if we know there's a way out but we just don't want to take it. If you want to stay trapped in this mindset, then stay put, but if you want to be free of this feeling there is a way out. The Fool is here for some great advice, let go all judgement and just be. This is a card of curiosity and free will, no one is holding this Fool back nor would the Fool listen to them anyways. Allow yourself to be led out of the cage you're keeping yourself in and just move through the month with open eyes and a fresh perspective. Listen to your child mind and move freely!

The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence, but in this case... it's lush!

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Recap: March in Pictures

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What are you looking forward to in April? Any plans?
Share in the comments!

Deck Review: Secret Arcana

I'm back with another deck review, the Secret Arcana oracle by Oliver Hibert! I ordered the Secret Arcana and the Powers of Ten immediately after I received the Oliver Hibert tarot , I just had to have the whole set after falling hard in love with the tarot deck. I will be doing a review of the Powers of Ten soon but today, let's take a peek at the Secret Arcana!

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

I have seen this deck, the Secret Arcana, floating around on Instagram for a while now. I was interested in ordering it but it was never high on my wishlist since it only contains 22 cards (I prefer "thicker" oracle decks, ie: more cards) but once I received the Oliver Hibert Tarot deck, I had to order this deck to go with it and I'm so glad I did! 

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Just like the Oliver Hibert Tarot, it was created by the artist, Oliver Hibert. This deck blends flawlessly with the tarot deck and has the same card backs, so they are purely meant to be. I'm not sure if this deck is an expansion to the tarot deck, but I do plan on mixing the two decks together into one big deck!

The deck reads well intuitively and comes with a small booklet of keywords to get you started, but are not limited to. The deck itself is like holding a stack of symbols, most of the card meanings resonate with me while other cards have me thinking of my own set of interpretations and he urges that. In fact, one card in the deck has no keywords or interpretation, rather instead a set of directions on how to discover the meaning for yourself. This card is the Candle and I have yet to peg a meaning to it just yet, but then again I haven't had a chance to really sit down with this deck until now.

Words can't tell you how much I love this deck though! I do wish there were more cards but perhaps Mr. Hibert will be adding to this deck over time and I hope he does! All in all, it's a great oracle deck and blends well with my other decks and really packs a punch in a reading. The day it arrived, I asked a simple question regarding a bill that showed up in the mail (same day as the deck) and I pulled the Bat. The card told me flat out to stop thinking and start knowing. This was a much needed slap in the face and helped me realize that I need to stop stressing about it and know that it will be ok and work itself out... it did.

One thing I especially love is that the cards can be read as reversals and he includes the keywords for these, not just the upright meanings. Brilliant! I don't normally read reversals with cards but this totally makes me want to get back into doing so again!

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A few of my favorite cards

Again, just like the tarot deck I could not find a single card in the deck that I didn't like or agree with, I love them all! My absolute favorites are the Hand, Eye, and Tomb. Love them! They are both visually stunning and come with a hefty message to explore.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
It seems that all of Oliver's decks have the same card stock and I'm thrilled! They feel just like your standard Bicycle playing card deck, the kind that has a light linen feel and smooth shuffle. It's a familiar card stock that I love. I think they will handle well with time and use.

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Shuffling
This is not a thick deck, meaning a lot of cards, so shuffling in general is always a bit "ehh" when you don't have a stack of cards to shuffle but I have no issues at all. Like I mentioned above, I plan to mix this deck with my tarot deck so shuffling will be even easier!

In the package
The Secret Arcana came to me with a stamped muslin bag, booklet, and deck. I love decks that come with bags, makes it so much easier for my Gemini brain to decide what to store them in, haha!

All in all, I adore the crap out of this deck and can't wait to use it in more of my daily pulls. I'll be using this deck with the Oliver Hibert tarot for the April Tarot challenge hosted by @Lioharts on Instagram! Eeek, can't wait to see how they play together!

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Deck Interview Reading

For my deck interview reading I'm using a spread that I created, you can find it here! If you try this spread, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see it in action (@jessrollar)!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What card do you want to show off?

The Eye

Eyes are my absolutely favorite and to see this card show up first really made me smile. The book says the eye (upright) is to "see all the colors" and with that, it tells me that this deck likes to soak it all in and spit it back out. This card also reminds me of the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"... this deck may not be everyone's cup of tea but it sure is mine!

What is your strength as a deck?

The Lizards

"Take a little"... this is not a hard to please deck, it doesn't take much information from you to give you what you need. I picked this feeling up when I pulled a card the other day when it arrived, I asked a simple question and the reading spoke volumes! Also, this card feels very cyclic to me, with the lizards going round and round. To me, that suggests that it likes to be in circulation with other decks and is up for the work!

What topic fo you like to read for best?

The Light

This deck is best for shedding light on what's hidden, it likes a dark mystery and wants to be the one to help solve it. This deck likes to read for topics containing deep matters, ones that are hard to bring into the light. It's like a gentle hand reaching out to you in the rain.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What are you here to teach me?

The Serpent

The "Fool" of this deck is the Serpent, let's start at the beginning and see where this ends, shall we? The key is another symbol that's close to my heart. Keys unlock things and also secure things, like secrets that we don't wish to be revealed. I feel like this deck is here to to help teach me how to unlock my own potential and I'm excited to see where this goes.

I actually have Oliver Hiberts Cosmic Key of Death pendant hanging on my neck!

Tell me about yourself!

The Scream

Ahhhhh!!! You're all about being silent, yet loud. The book says "quiet your voice to hear" and makes me think of those who cannot hear but rely on sight and touch. Sometimes you don't need to hear or know the words but can feel it, this deck likes to be visual.... ya, I got that!

What is our potential working relationship?

The Mirror

We are one, we are a mirror of each other... working together will be like a feeling of being home and we look good together, haha! This makes me think about how I use tarot in general (even though this is an oracle deck). I use tarot more as a psychological tool rather than a spiritual tool, to help dive deep into the subconscious and bring it out into the light (conscious). We really already know the answers, we just need to be reminded or help with triggering our memory.

I'm excited to add this deck to my practice and I can already tell that it has me thinking outside of the box!

• Purchase this deck HERE
• Visit the Oliver Hibert website HERE


Do you have this deck? Is it on your wishlist? Share in the comments!

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Reader Interview: Nick from Queer of Cups

This week we're getting to know Nick from Queer of Cups! I'm so excited to have Nick on the blog, I discovered him through Krystal of Power Femme Tarot and have been a fan ever since. He works closely with astrology and tarot, and offers mini-astro consultants. Check out his interview below!

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

I’m a queer, trans bear, and in my day job, I’m a professor of gender and sexuality studies. I recently stated a project/little astrology business called Queer of Cups, which offers short 400-600 word personalized write-ups about astrological transits. Astrology is my first mystical love, but I’ve got a deep love of tarot as well. I’ve been doing daily draws for myself for about 3 years now, and this fall, I started doing tarot readings for students at the LGBT Center on the campus where I teach. I was inspired to pick up tarot by my best witchy bestie Krystal (of Power Femme Tarot), and it’s been an invaluable tool for developing my intuitive capacities. What I like best about tarot, though, is that when cards are on the table between two people, my experience is that people will say things and get deeper into conversations than they would otherwise. Meaningful connection is what I’m always longing for most, and I really love the way tarot facilitates that.

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

I can’t think of a card I’d want to remove permanently. I’ve got an okay relationship with the wisdom of the “really bad” cards like death and the tower, and even the 10 of swords really only seems to have come up for me so far in moments when I already know something is ending and I’ve appreciated its validation. But I do wish the lovers wasn’t so regularly so heterosexual across so many decks, and I would like a break from the knight of pentacles. He stalks me pretty regularly, and I feel quite a bit of resistance to him. I had an interesting meditation exercise experience to ask him what he had to tell me where I ended up making out with him instead, but I haven’t made sense of what that means for my relationship to the card.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

I’ve loved Kim Huggens’ Tarot 101, and more specifically, her 5 senses exercise. I’ve gotten some surprising intuitive insights about card meanings from that exercise. I’ve learned a lot from the Biddy Tarot podcast and more recently, Lindsay Mack’s Tarot for the Wild Soul podcast. Before I draw a card each day, I smudge with a palo santo stick. I have a wide selection of crystals on my coffee-table altar where I read for myself, but selenite and labradorite are my central tarot crystal tools. I rotate my selenite palm stone through the three decks I use, setting it on top of each deck in succession for a day to cleanse it, and I hold a big chunk of labradorite during my brief pre-pull meditation. I’d say the final crucial component of my altar/tarot tool box is the “chalice” I have on the corner of it. I have a very watery, sensitive Pisces moon; it’s been a struggle to get comfortable with my own feelings and to not absorb others’ emotional energies. A chalice full of water on the altar holds some of that extra feeling energy for me and cools all the fire I carry in my chart.

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

"Hold your structure with a little more softness.” Though the empress most often comes up for me when I’m giving away too much of my healing energy to others who won’t or can’t reciprocate, I nevertheless see her as an aspirational archetype of the best kind of “holding space:” creating a safe and flexible container in which someone else can incubate and heal themselves while being watched over with compassion. (However, this message only comes through for me in the Thoth tarot. The empress in so many other decks seems so anemic and reduced to a really simplified and boring representation of “fertility” without all the complex fierceness that could be imagined for her even if the artist was only working with a pretty heteronormative understanding of “mother.”) We do need access to the kind of firm boundaries and solid structure the emperor represents, but with masculine vibes running way too high in the collective at this moment in history, we could use a little more softness from the emperor.

What or who inspires you the most?

I’ve gotta give a shout out here to Krystal of Power Femme Tarot, my witchy bestie. We became friends in grad school before either of us got serious about our mystical online businesses. She’s been an amazing thought-partner, emotional support, and witchy biz guide/marketing consultant. She’s introduced me to most of the resources that jump-started my tarot practice, and my relationship with the cards is so much deeper because of our ongoing conversations. We’ve also been having this really inspiring and generative exchange recently, dreaming up possibilities for various ways of witching in the academy or integrating these two areas of each of our lives more fully. I’m so grateful for her friendship and for the technology that facilitates our communication across time zones, and I’m really looking forward to being a crabby, old, professorial witch in friendship with her.

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

Queen of Cups. I love this card so much, and it’s central to the inspiration of my astro-biz name, Queer of Cups. She rarely comes up for me in my regular draws, but I really regularly pull her out of my deck and put her on the nightstand next to my bed to watch over me while I sleep. She signals the best qualities of my Pisces moon, deeply intuitive and compassionate, healing and holding space. I’ve found a lot of healing through this archetype, turning this energy inward to mother myself with compassion. It’s that energy that I’ve used to heal myself that I bring to my astrology write-ups.

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

The Starchild Tarot is my go-to deck for reading recently, but this question actually makes me think most of the way I pull cards out to put on my nightstand when I got to bed. For that purpose, I’m most attached to my Wild Unknown Animal Spirit oracle deck. I love most of the water creature cards—but especially the oyster and the whale—and I also love the horse, deer, lion, and elephant. All those cards feel deeply protective and companionate to me, exactly the kind of energy I want to call into my bedroom as I’m turning inward for sleep.

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

I would read book definitions less and make more space for intuitive explorations of card meanings. A tarot journal would be a necessary component of that as well. I’ve started one at this point, but I’m still quite bad at remembering to write things down in it.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I think this habit of consciously selecting a card from a deck to put on my nightstand each night is my main tarot quirk. Sometimes I’ll put my daily draw card on the nightstand if I want to open up to the possibility of letting a deeper lesson from that card come through my dreams. More regularly, though, I look for the archetype I want to snuggle with that evening. Usually the queen of cups for its tenderness and intuitive vibes, sometimes one of the other tarot archetypes that are generally seen as clear blessings, but sometimes I want something more regal and protective like the lion from the Wild Unknown Animal Oracle. The “Big Bold Vision” card from the Sacred Rebels oracle is also usually on my nightstand. That card alone makes purchasing that deck worth it, but there are a lot of other really beautiful cards and messages in that deck as well.

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

“Fuck”—as an adjective, not as a verb. I identify with the hierophant some in my role as a professor, though I think of that archetypal role as channeling the wisdom of the universe more than handing down some kind of rigid, hierarchical, or authoritative “knowledge.” I use “fuck” as an adjective in the classroom—very selectively—to put a bit of distance between the authority granted to me in my role as “college professor” and allow myself to be more human with my students. So I’ll say someone is “fucking brilliant” or that sexism and racism are “fucked up” or something like that occasionally during class discussions. This aligns a lot with the ways I’ve imagined the hierophant as someone who’s available, humbly, as a channel for wisdom rather than a someone positioned as an intellectual or religious authority.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

I would say decaf. The hermit strikes me as such a sober energy of turning within. Though I don’t think “grounded” is the word that most comes to mind for the hermit, it seems like caffeine is a jolt or buzz that doesn’t quite vibe with that introspective turn. But I’m also not a coffee drinker, so my perspective on this is influenced by imagining the unpleasant, distracted jolt I’d get if I drank coffee at this point.

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

I would love to do a personalized mini astrology reading for you! You can find more details about what these entail and how to order them at my website. Follow me on instagram @queer_of_cups for astrological thoughts, updates, and occasional astrologically-themed tarot spreads. Finally, starting on April 14, I’m going to launch a moon tracking “challenge” through my instagram. I’ll provide some guidance there about several options for how you could engage with this process, but the basic idea is that I’ll post about where the moon is in the zodiac each day with keywords for that sign, and you can either paper-journal, comment on my post, or repost my image or your own to track your observations about how you’re experiencing the energy of that moon. It’s a great way to connect intuitively with the energy of the zodiac signs, and I’m so excited to see what people come up with! We’ll do at least one lunar cycle and see how it goes. We might do another round in the future to follow the moon around through different layers of astrological information/our charts if there’s enough interest. Join us!

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram

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I'm currently accepting new reader interviews to share on the blog every Wednesday! This is a great way for you to share a little bit about yourself, promote your tarot services, and share events or news coming up!

Fill out this form here and I'll be in touch with you soon!

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Card of the Week: Death

Hello, Monday! I'm changing things up today and focusing on a single card for the week vs. the weekly reading. I've been doing "weekly readings" for several years (on my previous blog, Tarot Seed) and have been wanting to simplify things a bit more lately and really get back to the basics with tarot to really dive deep. Going "card by card" has been my go-to lately and I'm enjoying the fresh study!

I hope you enjoy this COTW post! Please feel free to leave a comment and join in the conversation, I love hearing from my readers!

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Death

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

I pulled the weekly card yesterday and had some time to really process the Death card. When most see this card they automatically interpret it as "endings and beginnings", I always have. When really digging deep in this card, I started to think about death in real life, like an actual death. There are many people who have come close to death and some have even been brought back after a very quick death... you know, the people who were clinically dead for X amount of minutes, those stories always fascinate me!

Focusing more to those who have been brought back to life, made me think about breathing life back into something that's rotting away in our life that doesn't necessarily need to end, but just needs better attention. Perhaps you may have been ignoring an aspect in your life and didn't mean to, this card is letting you know that it's ok to dust things off and bring it back to the present - revive it! This could be a project you thought about cutting ties with because it didn't make sense anymore, or anything that you feel may be slipping through your fingers. Move it to the front burner and crank up the heat! You don't necessarily need to cut ties just yet, just try something new with it!

While yes, the Death card traditionally means that something needs to end in order for something new to begin, change, transformation, etc.... It gets crowded when you're constantly starting fresh and hanging on to the withered, so cutting something out helps to alleviate the baggage and lighten your load. If something truly isn't working then it may be time to cut ties if you know it's holding you back or will down the road. It's all about re-evaluating what you are doing at this present moment.

When I look at the Death card I always wonder who am I in this card. There are several figures shown in most depictions of the Death card. Am I in control or am I pleading at the feet of Death? I always compare the Death card to the Tower card in tarot, they both hold a similar meaning to me: ending. With the Tower, I read it as if something is out of your control. With Death, I read it as if you are fully in control. Nothing is going to leave your side if you don't allow it to, it's called free will. These two cards remind me of a car accident, sometimes it's out of your control (Tower) and other times you can swerve to escape a crash (Death). We are working with the energy of Death this week... YOU are in control of what needs to leave and only YOU can make that decision, no one else.

You hold the scythe and can cut when ready. If you feel something still has potential, then work with it in a new way while letting go of what didn't work. If it doesn't, then you know what needs to be done.

Ask yourself:

  • Is this working?
  • What will happen if I cut this out of my life?
  • Can I look at this in a new light and try something else?
  • Who is in control right now?
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What do you think about the Death card?
How do you see this card coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!

Weekly Reading: Mar 19 - 25

Happy Monday! Every Monday I'm sharing a reading for the week to see what energy is at play and how we can work with it, along with some extra added guidance at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy these weekly readings as much as I do! This week I'm pulling a cards from the Mystic Mondays Tarot and Visions: Crystal Oracle. Let's see what is brewing this week!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The 9 of Wands suggests that we may be on the protective side of things this week, this also goes for building up new boundaries or maintaining old ones. This will take a lot of energy from you so be sure to give yourself a break or two. You just can't expect to be "on" 24/7 and expect not to get tired. This card reminds us that it's ok to step away but be sure to lock up first. Don't let your down guard if you feel you're being threatened or let someone in that isn't welcome, push back if you need to but don't let things get out of hand. Just stand your ground and that is all that needs to be done.

After a long week, you can expect the 4 of Cups to show up and let you know that it's ok to sit this one out and take time for yourself. Use some "me time" to connect with your own emotional wellbeing. Like I mentioned earlier, if your working hard all week you'll most likely be energetically and emotional run dry. It's time to recharge! People or things may reach out to get your attention but don't worry about that right now, just focus on yourself, even if you feel you're being selfish, it's ok! These things or people can wait and will be there when you're ready, if not, onward and upward my friend.

This week is all about pushing forward and then taking a step back to contemplate your hard efforts and work. Use some time to re-examine what didn't work or what you feel you're putting too much effort into that isn't worth your energy. If you're feeling like you're stuck in the same routine, don't shy away from shaking things up! You want to be doing things that feed your soul, not slow you down or have you checking the clock every 10 minutes.

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Extra Guidance

Ok, you can't do it all and you know it! You may have tried to do it all and even wanted to do it all, but let's face it, you just can't. There needs to be a balance of some kind going on here. Whether it's between your work and home life, hobbies and school life, or any mix in between - you need to sort things out and lighten up your load.

If you must do it all, then at least try to find some organization so that you can tackle each thing little by little without stressing out... or dropping all those tea cups and saucers you're balancing on your head. What? Not everyone walks around with dishes stacked on their head?! Fair. But, just like doing dishes, you load the washer one dish at a time... this is how you should tackle on your every growing to-do list, one thing at a time.

Whatever you decide to do this week, just be mindful and keep things in balance and everything else will fall into place!

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What do you have going on this week? Let me know in the comments!

New Moon in Pisces Oracle Reading

Hello, New Moon in Pisces! Can you feel this watery moon right now?! It's hitting me hard and I'm feeling all the feels. I'm sensing this moon is really clearing us out emotionally, it's allowing us to get it all out on the table and in the open for us to really see. Anytime emotions run high I turn to art and get that shit on paper! My go-to art therapy is collage, though I used to paint and draw often, collage is what really helps me express myself best and get the magic flowing. This is a perfect time to set intentions around intuition, creativity, and expressing your true feelings!

I pulled an oracle card using the Strange Lands Oracle for our moon message! I hope this mini reading resonates with you and helps you through this New Moon.

  Deck : Strange Lands Oracle

Deck: Strange Lands Oracle

Uncertain

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I know "uncertain" very well! I'm as Gemini as you can get, indecision runs in my cosmic DNA. I'm always second-guessing myself and wondering "what if I made the wrong choice"...

The card Uncertain asks us to take the time to make sense of things and really ask ourselves why we struggle in this area so much. It's about digging to the roots and pulling them out into the open so that we can really examine what's going on here. With the New Moon in Pisces, this card resonates well. A mix of high emotions + uncertainty.... oh, dear! Emotional uncertainty will often leave you on the floor crying with a bottle of wine, but it doesn't have to be!

This is a great reminder to trust in your intuition and act, don't second-guess yourself for making the choice you did. There's a reason you made this choice, so trust that it was the right one at that time.

This reminds me lot of tarot! How many times have you pulled a card and end up wondering if you pulled the "right" one? You start to wonder if you truly meant to pull that card or if it was a mistake because you weren't focused enough... GUILTY! I've learned that I just have to trust that the card drawn was meant to be and whether or not I ignore the message, the message will show up in other cards. Trust is everything! I even second-guessed myself when I pulled this card that I'm talking about now, hah! After diving deeper into this card it proved to be exactly what I needed to hear and write about!

New Moon in Pisces mantra: "I trust my choices and I honor all mistakes"

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

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Deck Review: Oliver Hibert Tarot

The Oliver Hibert Tarot, first deck to be reviewed on the new blog, and I couldn't be more excited to share this deck with you all! I have several other decks to review, but I couldn't help but jump to this deck first. I can't even tell you how insanely obsessed I am with this deck! It's rare that a deck hits all the key factors for me and the Oliver Hibert Tarot does just that, and more.

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

The Oliver Hibert Tarot has been on my wishlist for a very... long... time! In fact, this was a "grail" deck of mine that I never thought I would see in person, yet alone actually own a copy of. As a surprise, my husband ordered this deck for me... though I ruined the surprise, oops! He knew it was one that I really lusted for and when I found out her ordered it, I was ecstatic! Once shipped, I had never stocked the mail to this extreme before, haha! I was refreshing the tracking every hour of every day, I kid you not.

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The deck was created by the amazingly talented, and local, Oliver Hibert. He resides in Scottsdale, which is a stones throw away from where I live. I've had the pleasure of coming across his art many times in the parking garage at a bookstore I worked for several years back... that was well over 12 years ago, time has flown. I've been inspired by his work ever since. Oliver has such a unique style and it's recognizable anywhere. I remember watching him create this tarot deck, card by card, on Instagram and it was exciting to see his take on the classic Rider-Waite Smith deck. I was thrilled that he stuck with the traditional imagery!

It seems like I've been on the hunt for a deck that feels like "me" for a very long time, I'm always looking for that one deck that makes me want to ditch all the others, that one deck that makes my heart skip a beat and leaves me breathless... this is the deck I've been waiting and searching for. I'm sure you know that feeling! I will mention that this deck does have a hefty price tag but let me tell you, it's worth every penny!

From the card stock and finish, to the shuffling, to the vibrancy of the illustrations and the unique twist on each card... it's a perfect deck in my eyes. After getting the deck in my hands, I have since put all my other decks back up on the shelf so it will be getting my full and undivided attention, be prepared to see this deck a LOT on the blog from here on out! I may or may not have his other two decks coming... more on that below!

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A few of my favorite cards

There's not one card in this deck that I dislike, I had a very hard time picking out a few of my favorites... the entire deck is fantastic! When flipping through the deck for the first time, the 7 of Cups caught my eye right away. It's not a card that often catches my attention but it really spoke to me. Seeing the items in each cup dripping gave it a whole new meaning of "illusion". It's like the false appearance of each item is melting away to show its true identity. Nothing is what it seems!

I do love a good Devil card and this deck does not disappoint! He is gnarly as hell and I love it! Out of all the Knight's, two of them are riding on a unicorn - the Knight of Wands is riding a white one, and the Knight of Swords is riding on a black one. Another little feature I love in these cards and something I want to dig deeper in!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
The deck has a light linen textured finish that feels like royalty in your hands. If you love handling playing cards then you will love the feel of these cards. The cards aren't thick but not flimsy and thin, they handle a good shuffle and bounce back well. I could shuffle this deck for hours!

Shuffling
One word: BUTTER. This deck shuffles like a dream and has my hands happy! As most of you know (or not, this is a new blog) I'm a fan of riffle shuffling and overhand shuffling. If I can't riffle shuffle a deck, it's dead to me... haha! Riffle shuffling to me is my version of a fidget spinner and when it's a struggle to riffle shuffle, I can't concentrate. Shuffling this deck is a delight! I'm pretty rough with my cards when I shuffle and I think this deck will take it like a champ.

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In the package
The deck comes packaged with the 78 cards (duh), a tuck box, and book. The tuck box was packed flat between the the pages of the book, it's a quick assembly and is a standard tuck box. The book is 20 pages and features an intro by Oliver Hibert himself, along with a short essay written by Caroline Wise. It's not a "keyword" book or one that tells you what the cards mean, it's just a short companion to go with the deck and I really enjoyed it... so did my dog. She got ahold of the book while I was out of the house, luckily she didn't ruin it too much... ACK!

Deck versions
There are two versions on this deck: The full 78-card deck, this is the deck that I'm reviewing here on the blog. The other version is a Major Arcana 22-card deck. Oliver released the Major Arcana deck first, then continued on to finish the full 78-card deck and I'm so glad he did!

Other decks
Oliver Hibert has two more decks other than the tarot ones! Say, what?! The magic didn't just stop at the tarot deck. Oliver's first oracle deck is called the Secret Arcana and it consists of 22-cards, the Secret Arcana came out after he finished up the Oliver Hibert Tarot. Just recently, he released a larger oracle deck called the Power of Ten that consists of just 10-cards, and from what I gather it's based on the Goetic demons from The Lesser Key of Solomon book. Both decks are on the way to me as I type and you better bet I'll be reviewing them when they arrive! They will be a perfect companion to the tarot deck.

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Deck Interview Reading

I've recently revised a deck interview spread by Little Red Tarot to better suit my own needs but still love Beth's original spread and I wanted to give her credit for the inspiration. I would love to my revised spread in action, so be sure to tag me on IG if you use it (@jessrollar) and feel free to share the spread template on your social media posts too!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What card do you want to show off?

7 of Swords

You are a cunning one, this is very obvious as you have totally stolen my soul... I mean, heart. You like to steal the spotlight and stir up a scene. I love how this card makes me think of myself holding a stack of decks and sneaking them on to the shelf, it's exactly what I am planning to do this weekend. I want to give this deck my full attention and keep a close eye on it!

What is your strength as a deck?

10 of Wands

You're in it for the long haul and aren't afraid of heavy work. No matter what it takes, I can count on you to follow through in a reading and pack a punch up to the end. Whenever I see the 10 of Wands in a reading, it reminds me that the work you are putting in now is worth it in the long run, so keep going. This tells me that the deck is willing to see things through and is up for a challenge. Also, it feels like this deck is ok with heavy use but doesn't mind a good pampering from time to time to keep it going.

What topic fo you like to read for best?

Knight of Cups

As a deck, you tend to favor readings that are led from the heart, you sappy romancer! You're gentle with the messages you give despite being so loud and bright. You do enjoy being the knight in shining armor to deliver the message and help others. Nothing wrong with that, I think we could all use a good "save" from time to time.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What are you here to teach me?

8 of Wands

I get a very "act now, think later" type of energy from this card. Being that you are a RWS system deck, this makes for fast reading for me as I tend to favor this system over the others. You're here to teach me how to think quick on my feet and move around a reading swiftly, yet confidently.

This is the second "wands" suit and the only pattern that jumps out to me right away, this tells me tend to favor creativity and that is very clear!

Tell me about yourself!

Ace of Coins

You have full potential and are the gift that just keeps giving. The potential in the Ace of Coins is inspiring! Out of all the cards in this reading, this is the only card with a more colorful sky, all the others are black. This tells me that you like to shine and be seen! You are far from shy when it comes to color.

What is our potential working relationship?

Temperance

The one and only major arcana card shows up last and in a great spot, love it! There's a mutual feeling in this card and it's one of good balance and harmony, good working relationship. I think the Temperance is a perfect card for a new budding relationship! It's about being chill and relaxed when I sit down with these cards, one that will bounce back with patience and a steady growth in companionship.

I'm excited to add this deck to my practice and I can already tell that it has me thinking outside of the box and seeing things in fresh light.

• Purchase this deck HERE
• Visit the Oliver Hibert website HERE


Do you have this deck? Is it on your wishlist? Share in the comments!

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Reader Interview: Kristina from Red Thread Tarot

This week we're getting to know Kristina from Red Thread Tarot! I'm stoked to have this radical femme on the blog! I've been a follower of Kristina on Instagram for a long time and always love her posts - they are raw and down to earth. Reading through her interview was inspiring and really gave me a better sense as to who Kristina is as a tarot reader and radical babe... also, I think she may push me into buying the Slutist Tarot!

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

I'm a radical English teacher by day & a high femme witch queen by night (in the afternoon, I'm usually just sleepy). I was given my first tarot deck for my nineteenth birthday, by a pal who said: "I thought you would like this because you like women and magic and stuff." He was right-- I DO like women and magic and stuff! I've been reading for over ten years now-- for myself, for friends, at parties, at markets, at Good Vibrations in Harvard Square, and at the Satanic Temple in Salem as part of the Sex Witch Tour.

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

I probably should say something like, "Every card is sacred, we must experience pain to grow, the human condition is suffering," etc., etc., but honestly I would get the nine of swords out of there! I practice tarot as a path to radically vulnerable self-reflection, and I would love it if my querent's (or my self!) never saw themselves as trapped in a nightmarish cycle of anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

A little salt, sage, or palo santo, hand-sanitizer & tissues for my querent's, & an intersectional lens paired with an open femme heart. I think the space we create together as reader & querent is magical, & sacred practice in being wholly-holy present. Sometimes I appreciate the ritual of the candle, of the crystal, of the incense-- but all I need to practice tarot is my cards.

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

I told you, I'm with the High Priestess now! #boybye

What or who inspires you the most?

I am inspired every day by the women (trans & cis), femmes, witches & queers who came before me, & made me possible. I recognize that the space for my existence was carved out by their resiliency. A few months ago, I was reading cards for my mentor (who has broken about a hundred glass ceilings during her career as an academic), & she pulled THE TOWER, & just about every queen in the deck. She asked me to try reading for myself, keeping the cards she pulled out & to the side, as an exercise in imagining legacy. I think every generation before me (& folks I am in solidarity with, right now, in my much-maligned millennial generation!) has moved towers for me. It's my task to use my power & strength & magic to bring more towers down-- to make more space & more possibilities for the next generation of radical punk babes, artists, witches, & scientists.

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

I imagine the queen of coins to be a "Strega Nona" type-- always making more delicious food, always pulling up another chair, always producing, as if by magic, just the thing you were looking for. She is absolutely generous and takes care of everyone, but never forgets to take care of herself, too. I'm all fire & water-- Leo Sun, Cancer rising, Scorpio Moon-- so I crave the stable abundance of the queen of coins!

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

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

The Slutist Tarot-- created by femmes, for femmes. It was the first deck I ever bought myself (I followed the tradition of not buying your own decks for nine years!). When the deck arrived in the mail, I held it in my hands & cried. I slept with it next to my pillow. I fell absolutely totally in love. The Slutist Tarot is a celebration of queers, sluts, & femmes. I felt completely "seen," as a femme witch who is partnered with a queer trans man. I don't often see myself or my relationships reflected in the world around me, & that invisibility can be quite isolating-- to find myself in a tarot deck, nine years into my practice, was unbelievably energizing. Praise to Morgan Sirene!

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

I wouldn't spend so much time worrying if my interpretation was the "right" one. Tarot is more like cooking than baking-- it doesn't have to be exact to be delicious! I would spend more time developing my own practice earlier, instead of worrying about a "true" or "real" tradition. I would start looking for other queer readers & intersectional witches-- those who view their practice as a way to resist oppression & embrace connection, reflection, healing, & justice. That's powerful magic!

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

For habits: like many readers, I pull a card every day-- if I can avoid the snooze button, I like to pull my card with my morning coffee. It's a grounding ritual that helps me enter the world of the waking (...I love sleeping in, and my middle-school teacher schedule is totally unforgiving about the morning!)

For quirks: the first thing I tell querent's is "Tarot can't tell you anything you don't already know." Some seem surprised when I say this, but I like to make it absolutely clear that the magic is between the two of us, with these cards as guides-- we are exploring what is the querent's heart & head.

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

Father fucker!!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Regular, black-- sometimes with a little whiskey.

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

I will be back at Good Vibrations in Harvard Square April 13th, from 6:30-8:30. I would love for you to come through!

Where can we find you?

Blog
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Weekly Reading: Mar 12 - 18

Happy Monday! Every Monday I'm sharing a reading for the week to see what energy is at play and how we can work with it, along with some extra added guidance at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy these weekly readings as much as I do!

This week I'm pulling a cards from the Oliver Hibert Tarot and Strange Lands Oracle. Let's see what's brewing this week!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

I love the energy playing between these cards! We're starting with the 4 of Cups and easing into the 7 of Coins. My first thoughts when I saw these two was visualization and patience. With the 4 of Cups, normally it comes off as a card of boredom or disinterest, but in reality you may just have something else in mind. In this deck, I get a real strong pull of keeping your goal in focus. You might be presented with some options this week, but you know they aren't what you truly really want because chances are there's something you have your eye on. Keep whatever it is you want front and center! By keeping our focus on what we truly want, it'll help us bring it into fruition that much easier... now, it doesn't mean it'll be handed to you on a golden pillow. There's still work to be done!

... here's where the the 7 of Coins comes into play. If you want something bad enough, you need to work for it and put in the time. I always call this card the "gardener" and it's a card of both work and patience. Nurturing is key this week and what's better, we have a New Moon showing up at the end of the week! This is a perfect chance to really sharpen your intentions and note what steps or actions need to be taken in order to reach that cup hanging in the 4 of Cups. One thing I'll note is that you need to be realistic here! Keep your goals reachable and doable, break them down into baby steps if you need to but just don't give up.

A final note I wanted to add! There are a few patterns in these cards but the one that stood out to me the most were those palm trees in the first card and the single palm tree in the second. This tells me that we may be torn between two options and need to bring our focus to just one, for now. It's hard to juggle multiple things at once, but if we just bring our attention to one thing at a time we can really give our full heart and time into it to give it the best possible chance it has with getting off the ground.

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Extra Guidance

Lately, my favorite oracle deck has been the Visions: Crystal Oracle! It seems every card I pull really resonates with the tarot cards I draw, this deck is magic! I pulled Rose Quartz for our extra guidance and most may know this stone pretty well, it's known as the stone for the heart. When working with our goals it's a great idea to bring your heart into this! Rose Quartz lets us know that you need to be patient with where you are right now, you are doing just fine. You need to be a little kind to YOU!

A lot of times people are kind to others but they forget to be kind to themselves. This is your friendly reminder to take care of yourself!

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What do you have going on this week? Let me know in the comments!

Reader Interview: Liliana from Luna x Flor

This week we're getting to know Liliana from Luna x Flor Tarot! Liliana loves tarot, tea, and magic, what's not to love about that?! She is a practical, down to earth tarot reader who shares her tarot practice on Instagram and her blog, which is fantastic and a must read.

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

Hello! I'm Liliana. My internet home is over at Luna x Flor Tarot where I ramble about all things tarot and magic. My tarot journey started about 10 years ago, the cards made their way over to me through my witchy journey. Actually, my cartomancy journey began with a pack of playing cards! I was still a witch in hiding at the time so playing cards were the easiest thing to get without it being suspicious. I picked up my first real tarot deck in 2010, the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and I jumped right into learning everything I could about tarot. Fast forward to today, tarot is my main magical and practical tool for self development and spiritual wellness. The readings I offer are based on clarity, heart centered wisdom, and practical action. Because I love homework with readings.

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

I feel like all cards have their purpose in the deck but the five and seven of swords, I could do without one of them. The messages that come through from them are way too similar to me, and it's especially dramatic when they show up together. So, one or the other will do just fine!

What's in your tarot toolbox?

My main tarot tools are crystals, oracle cards, and my journals. My favorite crystals for tarot are my very chunky septerian, selenite for cleansing, and my rose quartz is never far away! I also love adding oracle messages to tarot readings, they tend to illuminate the most important bits and give the reading an extra dimension.

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

The Emperor always feels like a little bit of a control freak to me while the Empress just kind of knows when to go with it. So I imagine she'd tell him to chill out! Just because we don't have control over everything doesn't mean we can't enjoy the ride.

What or who inspires you the most?

There are so many! Definitely all the folks over on the instagram tarot community. I'm quite new but I still haven't met an unfriendly face. Everyone is so wonderfully insightful and creative, and honestly sharing publicly in something like tarot is not something my teenage self even imagined could happen. So this is all some kind of dream come true. 

I'm always inspired by my close friend, Reiki Master, sister in spirituality. The journeys we have gone through and the path we continue to walk has shaped the way I read tarot and I am eternally grateful to have someone so wise in my life.

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

I'm between the Queen of Wands and the Queen of Pentacles. The Queen of Wands just feels like me a creative, witchy, fire lady. But there's something alluring about how grounded and kind the Queen of Pentacles can be that makes me want to be her.

  Deck:  Dreaming Way Tarot (photo by Liliana of Luna x Flor)

Deck: Dreaming Way Tarot (photo by Liliana of Luna x Flor)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

This is a tough one! I have a few amazingly wonderful decks in my collection and my first deck will always be dear to my heart but if I really had to pick just one I'd go with my Smith-Waite Centennial. Boring? Maybe, but I've grown so attached to it over the years. It's a classic!

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

I would tell myself to start with a RWS deck or at least one with a good guide book. My first deck was not traditional and it didn't have a nice chunky guide book to tell me everything I wanted to know about why each card was drawn the way it was. It was great for exercising my intuition, but it wasn't a good study deck as far as traditional learning went.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

There are a couple of things that I do that could be a bit weird. I have tiny hands so I shuffle my cards in a kind of strange horizontal riffle shuffle. I also tend to hold the deck to my heart when I finish shuffling, because that's where I'm coming from!

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

Fuck. As in OMFG is this really what you want me to do? I imagine that's how the Hierophant feels when he's channeling Spirit sometimes. It's quite the responsibility.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Decaf, so nothing can distract from the inner light.

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

I just want to say thank you to Jess for letting me take a up little space in her internet home, this series is amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's faces!

If you want to talk tarot with me or would like one of those heart centered readings with homework don't hesitate to reach out! You can find me over on instagram, my blog, or my shop.

In news, I just launched my newsletter Moonflower Mail. It'll be going out every month and include a monthly reading, tarot tips, magical bits and discounts on readings in my etsy shop! Hope to see you there~
Much Love,
Liliana x

Where can we find you?

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Weekly Reading: Mar 5 - 11

Happy Monday - a fresh new week has landed! Every Monday I'm sharing a reading for the week to see what energy is at play and how we can work with it, along with some extra added guidance at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy these weekly readings as much as I do! This week I'm pulling a cards from the Mystic Mondays Tarot and Äkta Spåman Podcast Oracle - two decks I also need to review here soon. I'm majorly behind, haha!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The energy this week is coming from the 3 of Wands and I love this card! It's one of my favorite cards to see show up in a reading - it encompasses preparation and expansion for me. The 3 of Wands tells us that it's time to get your creative ideas off the ground and into focus. You are ready to take the next few steps towards your vision but may have a few things to look at before you are fully ready. I like to use the energy of this card to proof read any writings I have in my drafts, double check over projects to be sure I'm not missing something, or to make sure I have all the tools needed to move forward (this includes study and awareness on what I'm working on). So use this week to dot your i's and cross you t's!

When moving forward with something there will always be a struggle of some kind whether it's with people in a group, someone expressing their opinion, or even just internal conflicts with yourself (ahem, doubt can do this). The 5 of Wands is a good reminder to not waster our energy in dealing with feuds that really have no point. Yes, it's totally healthy to have arguments and a conflict of interest, but not when tension comes to the party. No need for this to turn ugly! We can all put in our own two cents while still acting responsibly and respectfully. If someone does raise hell, move on and don't look back.

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Extra Guidance

I pulled a card from the Äkta Spåman Podcast Oracle for some extra added guidance this week. "Don't throw pearls to pigs" is such a true statement and really ties in with the 5 of Wands I pulled above. Just like I said how we don't need to deal with feuds that have no point, we don't need to feed into them either.

Sometimes it's best to just let people be and ignore their behavior all together. By continuing to feed into a negative situation, we are still involving ourselves and it's not helping anyone. This can be like trying to get in the last word or struggling to explain yourself... just move on and let them be. If they are genuinely reaching out for help, that's one thing. But the second someone turns ugly, don't waste your breath and just keep moving.

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What do you have going on this week? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Reading: March 2018 (Full Moon Edition)

A new month has landed and it's also a Full Moon in Virgo, what a great way to kickstart a new month! I've been so looking forward to March, for some reason I really wanted to get out of February. It wasn't a bad month by far but rather a very slow one for me. I have some projects in the works for Radical She Tarot that I'm excited to work on and share soon, hopefully sometime this month! I'll also be posting a few deck reviews!

Let's take a quick peek at the theme for March and get an idea of what energy is at play, I'm sharing an oracle reading for the Full Moon in Virgo in this post! Decks used are the golden Thread Tarot and Strange Lands Oracle.

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This month we're working with the energy of the 4 OF CUPS... I know, it's not super exciting but it is a great reminder that we all could use! The 4 of Cups tells us that we need to snap out of it and open our eyes to what's being presented. Chances are there's something going on in your life that's demanding your attention and you've been either pushing it aside, avoiding it all together, or not paying enough attention to even notice. I know it can be hard to focus on something when your heart is clearly not on board, so you have some choices to make this month. One option is you can "eat the toad" and get it over with so that you can breath a little easier, thats always a nice feeling for sure! Whether it's a project that needs tending to, a deadline creeping up, or even a boring chore like doing the dishes... just get it done! Now, if you know deep down that what you're avoiding is truly not in your best interest, don't be afraid to just let it go. There's no need to drag whatever it is through the mud, just release and move on!

The 4 of Cups also urges us to pay closer attention to what may be available to you this month. If you're not pay attention, you may be missing a key element being handed to you so be alert and be ready to act. You'll be kicking yourself so hard later on if you realized that you missed a big opportunity that was literally hanging in front of your face. I've been there, it's not fun! Listen to your gut, if something feels worth exploring... go for it! You never know, it could be just what you've been looking or waiting for, but you would have missed it if you weren't paying attention!

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Full Moon in Virgo

Songbird

This card really reflects the 4 of Cups so well and I feel it's a strong continuation of the reading above. This card talks about fear and why we may be hiding from it. Fear can do a lot to someone, it can hold you back from doing some amazing things. I have my fair share with the fear game and let me tell you, it makes you feel like you're trapped in a cage... a cage that you put yourself in! Only you hold the key to the cage of fear, so use it and unlock this cage to set yourself free! If you've been wanting to try something new, do it. If you want to start a new project, start now. If you're unsure if you'll like something, try it anyways and see... don't let fear tell you that you can't or shouldn't! Use the Full Moon energy to set intentions that you will not allow fear to dictate how you live. Starting right now, stop letting fear control you or keep you from doing what you want.

What are you afraid of and why? What's the worst that can happen? These are important questions to ask yourself when fear steps up to the plate. Usually fear is caused by the thoughts of failing, and you know what? So what if you fail, it's not the end of the world. At least you can say that you tried!

Remember: Failure = learning = GROWTH!

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What are you looking forward to most this month? Expecting any new deck arrivals? Share in the comments!

Reader Interview: Rose from The Cackling Moon

This week I'm getting to know Rose from The Cackling Moon! I've been following Rose online for a while now and love what she shares on her social media streams! She also runs a new group on Facebook called Talk Tarot with Me and it's a safe place where we can all chat not just about tarot, but life matters as well.

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

Hello! My name is Rose, and I am an Intuitive Tarot Reader and Spiritual Advisor. The Cackling Moon is my online Tarot Biz! Tarot literally found me many years ago when I was going through a "quarter-life crisis". I was seeing a therapist and in the process of purging years of bottled up emotions. I stumbled upon one of Kelly-Ann Maddox's Tarot videos on YouTube and the rest is history. I bought my first tarot deck (The Original Rider Waite) used off Amazon for $10 and I began my journey. I am self taught and have been evolving ever since! The Cackling Moon came to be in the fall of 2014.

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

This is so difficult to decide on because I feel like every card plays an important role in our lives! If you asked me this back in 2012 when I was first starting my journey, I would say The Hierophant because he reminded me of my father and my life growing up in a conservative household. Hmm... I think I would have to go with either the 2 of Wands or 3 of Wands. I always felt like both cards mean the same thing? Basically, if we did away either one I wouldn't be bothered by it. Haha.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

I love using multiple decks in readings. I will often have a Tarot and an Oracle deck on hand. Crystals are a major essential for me. I always have a Clear Quartz with me in readings, but I like to bring forward crystals that have to do with the nature of the reading. If it is a love reading I will bring out the heart shaped rose quartz, for example. I also love to have some sort of cleansing mist to clear the space and a candle to symbolize "Spirit is in!" I am also a sucker for beautiful spread cloths (great for pictures) and a salt lamp because the glow relaxes me.

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

She's be a sassy little thing. I see the Empress as such an independent power figure. She knows herself inside and out and she won't let anyone tell her what to do. She's got everything under control. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she puts The Emperor in his place. She may just be the only person able to do that!

 The Moon from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot (photo by Rose)

The Moon from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot (photo by Rose)

What or who inspires you the most?

Tarot Readers in the Tarot Community play a significant role in inspiring me and pushing me to do what I do. I feel like we feed off of each other and I love seeing what new and unique ideas each person brings to the table. My clients also inspire on a much deeper level. I have clients who have stood by me from the very beginning and I've built tight bonds with them. Some of my services have been inspired by the needs of some of my clients as well! The old me would be the final person who inspires me most. Before I started this Tarot Journey, I was a very broken girl. I suffered from past events as a child and a teenager that took me years to sort through and forgive. I was often in a downward emotional spiral and constantly questioned my life's purpose. Waking up was hard to do because I lacked motivation and my depression would feel almost impossible to battle at times. After I found Tarot, I had a surge of newness run through me. I felt inspired and awakened. For once in my life I felt like I had found what I was meant to do. Everything came full circle.

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

The Queen of Wands. I feel like we go through phases as each character of the Court Cards. I was and always will be the Queen of Cups, but I feel like the Queen of Wands embraces all of the motivation and zest for being a dare devil that I sometimes lack. I love her fire energy and she just seems like she'd be a really cool person to be around. I also feel like she would have an amazing wardrobe to go with her radiant personality. Hehe.

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

Oh wow... Do I have to pick just one??? Well, obviously my first deck which is the Original Rider Waite. BUT, I am also extremely connected to the Oracle of Oddities. I would be very upset if I lost that one.

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

What a fantastic question! I think I would have created my YouTube Channel right away instead of waiting 2 years going back and forth on the idea. Filming videos not only helped me feel more confident with my reading style, but it really helped me grow more into who I am now. Don't ever let your fears keep you from doing something you want.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I have this thing where when I purchase a new deck I won't read for anyone until AFTER I read for myself with it. I think of it as my way of setting the tone and getting the deck familiar with my energy. I am also a huge fan of worn in decks. I love a deck that looks and feels worn in. I love the way it shuffles easily and the way it just looks like a lot of time and love has been invested into it.

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

"Motherfuckers" I laugh even imagining him say it.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Regular. Black. As black as the night in deep contemplation.

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

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share who I am and what I do! If you're looking to connect, come and find me! Let's set up a session! I also offer a monthly Moon Letters newsletter sent to Email prior to the New/Full Moons of the month! It is free to join - visit my website to subscribe! <3

Where can we find you?

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Weekly Reading: Feb 26 - Mar 4

Happy Monday - a fresh new week has begun! Every Monday I'll be sharing a reading for the week ahead to see what energy is at play and how we can work with it, along with some extra added guidance. I hope you enjoy these weekly readings as much as I do! I'm slowly making a new home on this blog and I have to say, I'm excited for this change! This week I'm pulling a cards from the Spirit Speak Tarot and Visions Crystal Oracle - I'll be reviewing the Visions Crystal Oracle deck soon, along with several other decks!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The energy this week is coming from the 8 of Wands, some much needed movement if you have been waiting for the wind to pick up! The 8 of Wands is all about direct action and getting your feet off the ground - go, go, go! Now, this isn't a gentle blow of the wind I'm talking about, this is a full force blast of creativity pushing us in the direction we need to be moving in.

This shift is headed into a clear focus as we move towards Judgement, a card that always tells me to wake the f#%k up and open your eyes! I love how the 8 of Wands boat is moving directly towards a new calling to join others with their hands up, waiting to be chosen. Tag, you're it! It's time for you to breath new life into your lungs and see what you are truly capable of. Listen to what you are yearning for and begin to take the steps you need in order to get where you need to go - then go full force! Always state your intentions loud and clear - announcing them to the world is optional, but it's great for accountability!

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Extra Guidance

I pulled a card from the Visions Crystal Oracle for some extra added guidance this week. Tiger's Eye is a stone that asks you to seek towards more clarity in any movement you decide to go in (great for our cards this week). It also urges you to seek out to others if you are feeling quite anxious and vulnerable, you don't have to be alone in this. If taking a new leap is making you nervous, it's perfectly normal. There's a quote I love that reminds me of just this: "a goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot". This rings so true! While it can be hard to open up to others when you're in this state, it's a good idea to do so. Connecting with others will only help us move through these emotions easier knowing someone else can relate to what you are going through and give you some much needed advice.

"Tigers Eye increases emotional stability, confidence and will power to get a clearer perspective on things..." - Jessika Fancy (guidebook)

Remember, you are not alone!

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What do you have going on this week? Let me know in the comments!

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