Reader Interview: Marisa de la Peña of Circo Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

What's in your tarot toolbox?

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

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

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

What or who inspires you the most?

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

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

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

  Deck:  Circo Tarot

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

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

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

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

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

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

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

Hell. Like "to hell with it".

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

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

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

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

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram

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DECK REVIEW: Kawaii Tarot

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

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

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

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

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

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

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

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Deck Interview Reading

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What card do you want to show off?

9 of Wands

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

What is your strength as a deck?

10 of Coins

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

What topic fo you like to read for best?

2 of Wands

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

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What are you here to teach me?

8 of Coins

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

Tell me about yourself!

9 of Swords

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

What is our potential working relationship?

7 of Coins

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

You can find this deck over on Amazon!


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Psst... I'm on Patreon!

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

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

www.patreon.com/radicalshetarot

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

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

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

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

 Sample of my tarot bags

Sample of my tarot bags

Full Moon in Sagittarius

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Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius! First off, I'm launching a Patreon page on June 1st! This is one reason I've been pretty quiet here on the blog, I've been pretty busy working on exclusive content for my future patrons! You can read more about this adventure on my news board so I don't make this post longer than I intended, I could ramble on all day, trust me!

With that mentioned, I wanted to share a sample of what will be accessible to my patrons that pledge at my $10 on my Patreon page! For this tier, it will unlock access to my New + Full Moon "Elemental Tarotscope" readings each month. These mini tarotscopes contain a single card reading for each sign based on their corresponding element, along with a little snippet about the moon we are currently in at that time. Whether you relate best to your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign is up to (or all three), I hope you enjoy this reading and find it helpful!

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

The Full Moon in Sagittarius is all about shedding light on what needs to be seen to offer some much needed relief. It's no fun carrying around extra baggage so take this time to do some unpacking to make your days a little bit more manageable and lighter, this makes room for more adventure! Take this time to rediscover why you are doing what you do, and really get back to the roots that started it all.

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Watch your step, you don't want to make any wrong moves! You may have been misguided so do some double checking and be sure before you proceed further.

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EARTH
Taurus - Virgo - Capricorn

ACE OF SWORDS
Nothing like seeing an Ace show up on the Full Moon, right?! This offers a chance for some fresh, raw clarity. The Ace of Swords is all about seeing through the clouds and getting more inspired by what's filling your mind with excitement, rather than clogging it up. If situations were a bit hazy before, they may be a little or lot more clear now so use this fresh energy and make it work for you with new ideas and perspectives! Get those gears moving! The Ace's like to fizzle out if not used, just like a seed that hasn't been getting watered. You need to nurture this Ace and really get it off the ground and working for you. This is the perfect time to pull out your journal and start writing! Jot down every idea and thought, even if it's just words and doodles. Something may come from all of this and really spark your imagination! This is how some of my best work is created.


AIR
Gemini - Libra - Aquarius

6 OF SWORDS
With this moon comes the realization that it's time to move on and let things go. If there has been something nagging at you and holding you back, here's your sign! The 6 of Swords is a card of mental exhaustion and asks you to really think about why you are still trying so hard to make it work and why you are still doing he same shit day in and day out. If it didn't work the first time, or the second, third, or fourth... why on earth do you think it will be any different this time around? Take this as a reminder that not everything is meant to be and sometimes as hard as you try, it's just not worth your time or energy spent. It's like doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a new result. You need to make the changes if you want to see something change. Just think of what you can do when you break free of this cycle!


FIRE
Aries - Leo - Sagittarius

9 OF WANDS
Keep going... you are so close, but do take some breaks if you need to. Don't be so hard on yourself, some things are just tough. Perhaps you're limited in resources and are doing the best that you can with what you have, it may not be ideal but it will get the job done - even it takes a little longer and more effort. The 9 of Wands is tough work! It's letting you know that the work you are doing is not over but it is so rewarding if you follow through. I always suggests asking for help if you need it when this card presents itself. You need to do the work yourself but a little help a long the way won't hurt, just make sure that you are doing most of it and not getting off easy by sitting on the sidelines watching others do it for you... that won't reward to anything in the long run, you would only be cheating yourself.


WATER
Cancer - Scorpio - Pisces

8 OF COINS
One of my favorite cards in the deck is the 8 of Coins. It asks us to stay focused on what we are creating and doing in our lives, attention to detail matters. This is actual, hands on work! With this moon, take a moment to check in with yourself to see if you are creating what you truly envisioned when you started it. Are you slipping up here and there? Could you bring in more focus to get back on track? Sometimes when we are so stuck in routine with what we are doing, so busy to get it finished, we start to make a few mistakes or get sloppy. It happens to the best of us! If you spot this, stop! Take a deep breath, step away for a little bit, go grab some coffee, or even ask for some fresh eyes to look over what you have been doing to see if they notice anything you may have overlooked. If you find things that need fixing then fix them, don't try to make any quick repairs or gloss over them, people will notice!


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

 
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Accountability with the Fool

Yesterday, on my social media feed, I announced that I'm going to tackle a very big project. For accountability purposes, I'm putting this here as well: I'm going to attempt to write a book. Yup. I said it. Will I do it? No idea. I rarely follow through on big projects so I'm holding my breath on this one, but I am going to put my best effort into this and see how it goes.

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What kind of book?! Why, tarot of course! But not the "tarot 101" type of book, I'm not going to tell you what the cards mean or how to read them. I'm taking the Fool's Journey and going through the 78 cards one by one in order and journaling how each one comes to play in my life. I've read several books on the Fool's journey, so this is far from a new concept, I just want to do it myself and see what happens.

Wednesday was day one and I began at the Fool's door. We got pretty acquainted and I was actually pretty shocked at how much I connected deeper with this card. I was seeing it brought to life throughout the day in little moments that I normally would have glazed over.

I saw the Fool in my dog, running around the yard giving no shits. I saw the Fool in myself as I scrambled out the door because I was caught up in the moment, not paying attention to the time but I did manage to grab my iced coffee. I even saw the Fool in the mirror, letting me know that they don't care what body I am in, how my hair looks, or what I'm wearing... just as long as I show up and remain true to myself with an open mind and an open heart. This journey is also to help me slow down and be in the present, rather than worrying about the future and dwelling on the past. I'm very guilty of this.

The nagging voice in the back of my mind is telling me that no one will want to read this and it'll be pretty boring... but you know what? I'm writing it for me, so that voice can go fuck off. I actually wrote about this voice earlier this week, check it out here. Maybe this will end up being pretty boring, who knows, but frankly I don't really care.

I stepped up to the Magician's door this morning and knocked... let's see what I learn today! So far, I'm hearing crickets.

Reader Interview: James Bridge of Left Hand Tarot

I've been a fan of James' writing for a while now and thought it would be great to have him on the blog to answer my interview questions! He is the writer over at Left Hand Tarot and the creator of The Satanic Tarot deck and book. Check out what he had to say!

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

I'm a Tarot reader and a stay-at-home dad, but depending on the day it might be more of one and less of the other. I got started in Tarot in the 5th grade when a friend gave me the Egyptian Tarot by the Comte de St. Germain as a birthday present. I had no idea what Tarot was, and I don't think he did, either, which is why I suspect he intended it as a gag gift. That deck is long gone, but I guess the joke was on me because probably if not for him I'd have never got started in Tarot at all.

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

I'd remove trump 11. Most folks call it Justice, but I call it Inequality because justice has always been, is now, and will probably forever be marked by varying degrees of inequality. For many readers, trump 21 is the end of the sequence, but for me Inequality is the fundamental point around which everything else revolves. This means that the struggle against inequality and the challenge of living within an inequal system are what encourage change and movement in the world. It's only when inequality is tolerated and accepted that things really start to break down. Trump 11 is a daunting card for me to read, and it creates challenges wherever it turns up.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

The only thing in my toolbox is my Tarot cards. I like to use a red tablecloth where I work, but that's really only because it spares my wrists and elbows from banging against hard wood. Once upon a time I had some black and white candles, a little collection of foreign coins, some handsome crystals, and an incense burner, but because my Tarot parlor is also my downstairs living room where both of my cats as well as my 5-y/o daughter love to play with anything that gets left out, I've become habituated to working with just the bare essentials.

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

"Oh, hunny-bunny -- don't listen to those idiot doctors who try to tell you what you can't do. I know your health's not real good in your old age, but if you want to climb Mt. Everest, then I believe in you! You deserve this, sugar-lips, and I want you get everything that's coming to you. Say... It just occurred to me that it's gonna be a long journey, so why don't you go ahead and sign this power of attorney and I'll keep the bills paid while you're gone? Oh, and the insurance adjuster sent this boring, old paperwork yesterday. Something about increasing your coverage in case of accidental death? Oh, I'm sure I don't know what it is, but the point is that I know you can do absolutely anything if you put your mind to it!"

What or who inspires you the most?

Frank Herbert's Dune Saga, and specifically the Mentats who are human super-computers capable of making "prime computations" and using their human awareness to factor in nuance and tie together an infinite number of separate threads in order to see what nobody else could figure out. They're kinda like Sherlock Holmes on brain-steroids, and this idea of being able to reveal the unknown through intellectual analysis is a big part of my personal mythology.

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

I'd be the Queen of Clubs. In my eyes, she's discerning and intelligent, but also patient and able to sustain long-term plans for the future. Yet even so, she's vital, passionate, and really knows both who and what she loves in life. These are qualities which I often feel I lack.

  Deck:  The Satanic Tarot (image provided by James Bridge of Left Hand Tarot)

Deck: The Satanic Tarot (image provided by James Bridge of Left Hand Tarot)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

A deck of playing cards. I could be persuaded to give up the additional four faces and the 22 trumps of a Tarot deck, but for the love of fantasy just leave me my playing cards! The pips and faces are everything to me and I regard them as much more important than the trumps because it's them that provide the fine details and nuance in a performance.

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

If Sherman and Peabody loaned me the WABAC machine and I could tell my younger Tarot-self one thing, it would be to not revere the Tarot. There's this old Zen expression that, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." In that sense, I'd tell my younger self that the Tarot isn't holy, sacred, or divine, and that he should kill it. I mean, just brain it with a rock until it's dead, because it's only after murdering the Tarot-God that I ever made any progress. If I had learned that lesson at the very beginning, it would have saved me a lot of time.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

I like to be the first one to laugh at myself. It happens once in a while that the message coming out of the cards for my sitters is to not take advice from strangers, and seeing as I'm a stranger giving them advice, that's pretty funny to me. So many Tarot readers take themselves way too seriously, and I know from personal experience that if they'd just get over themselves they'd be better performers and their sitters would have more fun, too.

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

"Herpe-gono-syphil-itis!" I mean, that's as bad as it gets. It's just the worst.

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Well, hermits are often health fanatics, and given the benefits of caffeine, plus coffee's ability to, uh -- "cleanse the body," shall we say? -- 20 to 30 minutes after consumption, I'm pretty sure he's a "regular" Joe, if you know what I mean.

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

I just launched The Satanic Tarot and I've chosen to make it publicly available through a Creative Commons attribution/share-alike 4.0 license so that people can read, share, discuss, and even build upon the principles and practices I discuss in the book. The companion Tarot deck I created for the book is also available under the same license, and is available alongside the book at SatanicTarot.cards. I had a hell of a time writing the book and creating the deck, and I hope that people have a hell of a time reading the book and using the deck.

Where can we find you?

Website
The Satanic Tarot

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Imposter Syndrome and Me

Yesterday, I was reading some articles on Imposter Syndrome (or Imposter Complex), something I struggle with constantly, and came across an article written on Little Read Tarot. The guest writer mentioned the Chariot when talking about Imposter Syndrome and it really clicked. The Chariot to me is all about finding the will and drive when you feel you have none. Grabbing control of the wheel (or reigns) and getting shit done, despite the nagging notion that you may not be cut out for this task or job. Grin and bear it!

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Mars card from the Secret Arcana Oracle

When I drew the Mars card this morning from the Secret Arcana for my daily draw, it reminded me of my own Imposter Syndrome and how I lack the drive and ambition to move past it on most days. This card also reminded me of the Emperor and King of Wands, as well as the Chariot. I feel like it's a good mix between these cards. You have power, ambition, will, and even some sexual energy tied up in there. I'm finding this is great energy to tap into when I'm doubting myself. We are our own worst critics and that often stands in the way of our personal success and even happiness.

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The Chariot from the Oliver Hibert Tarot

Nothing brings me more joy than to write on my blog and talk about tarot, but guess what, you would have never guessed that since I don't post nearly anything I write. I tend to retreat to sticking with weekly readings and deck reviews, it's a safe zone for me. I can't even count how many draft posts I have just waiting in the queue that will never see the light of day. I have taken down posts in the past and even deleted drafts after spending hours upon hours writing them. All because I doubt myself as a writer and as a tarot reader. The voice in my head is constantly telling me that I don't know what I'm doing, who am I to share my thoughts on tarot? This also happens to me every morning when I go to share my daily card readings on social media. My intuition goes into full swing and I get excited to share my thoughts about the card I just pulled but just before I hit "post" I start to question my skills as a tarot reader. I end up doing a lot of edits before I share my card post on most days. I'm constantly holding my breath, just waiting for someone to comment "you don't know what you are talking about, that card doesn't meant that".

I think a lot of tarot readers struggle with this but I don't see it being talked about enough. Sure, I see it mentioned in Facebook groups here and there, but it's more of a quick comment to a post or a question. I've been reading tarot for going on 6 years now, which is not very long to comparison: some days I feel like the Fool and other days I feel like the High Priestess. We all have our good days and bad days as a reader, despite how long we have been reading the cards for.

This card, Mars, really gave me a sense of control this morning and gave me a boost to really face what I struggle with and bring it out into the light. All of what I have written here is exactly why I never post more on my blog and why I'm always adding "... I'll talk more on this in another post" to a blog post, and never do. Today, I set some intentions under the New Moon in Taurus and one of those intentions was: BE AUTHENTICALLY ME. This means be true to myself and honor my thoughts, even the owns I struggle to get out into the open.

Here's to me sharing more on the blog!

Weekly Reading: May 14 - May 20

Hello, Monday... we meet again. Each week I'm getting more and more anxious for the kiddo to be out of school. The homework, daily drop off's and pick up's, lunch packing, crazy mornings of "getting the kiddo ready for school" wears thin around this time of year. It's right around the corner, only 8 more school days left! Then... after a few weeks of no school, you'll start to hear me complain that I wish school was starting soon... The cycle never gets old, haha!

Decided to simply things this week with a 2-card draw for the new week! Using my absolutely favorite deck, the Oliver Hibert Tarot.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Page of Coins + The Empress

The energy of the week is fresh with curiosity and examination coming from the Page of Coins. This is a curious energy and I love it! The Page of Coins is one of my favorite court cards, it reminds me a lot of myself. I'm always eager to learn, try new things, and I tend to really pour myself into something... even though I'm horrible at keeping momentum and will often change my interest to something different after only a day. This is what I'm getting from the Page of Coins, momentum. In order to keep this fresh energy flowing you need to nurture the shit out of it - this is where the Empress comes in. The Empress says to take whatever it is we have our minds set on and embrace it under your wing. Really give it a good chance before calling it quits.

It can be really tempting to dive right in but try not to make any first moves until you really look at everything in a full spectrum. The Empress is all about natural cycles and allowing things to come into fruition as they naturally will, so trust that all the work you put in this week will only help you down the road and it will happen when it happens. Think of this as the building blocks to your success. You wouldn't start building a house without a plan, right? Okay... some may and some have, but that's not the point I'm trying to make! Things take time, allow just that, time.

I will say that my Marseille brain wants to note that someone or something may be trying to get your attention and if you're not interested... don't force it. Don't fall trap into all the glitter and gold... chances are, it's just spray paint.

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

Reader Interview: Krystal of Power Femme Tarot

I'm so excited to have Krystal of Power Femme Tarot on the blog today! I've been a big fan of her work for a few years now, she is such a great voice in the tarot community. Krystal also creates beautiful pagan prayer beads for her shop and I adore her goddess themed ones!

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

I'm the queer femme witch of Power Femme Tarot, the banner under which I offer tarot readings as well as handcrafted Pagan prayer beads and devotional jewelry. In my muggle job, I am a professor of gender and sexuality studies. Tarot is the perfect tool to bridge these seemingly disparate halves of my life because it can connect intuition to intellect, the magickal to the mundane, and—in my practice—the spiritual to the political. Tarot found me as a 15 year old baby witchling when I purchase my first deck, the classic Rider-Waite Smith. Over the past 15 years I’ve wander on and off my spiritual path and, in the process, purged many of my first magickal tools. However, I could never let go of that deck and still use it to this day!

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

Like many of your interviewees, I don’t really want to remove any card from the deck. They all have their place. However, I love that this question reminds us that tarot’s structure is arbitrary and, in turn, invites us to see the deck as malleable. Far from universal, tarot tradition and theory reflect the culture of a particular time and place. I’m only one voice in a swelling sea of tarot lovers that’s pointing out the troubling ways tarot decks and communities have internalized oppressive and exclusionary values. So instead of removing cards, I am more invested in revising and expanding their interpretations and radically exploring what we can do personally and politically through our tarot practices.

What's in your tarot toolbox?

Because I intuit what each reading needs in terms of decks, stones, and tools, my tarot toolkit is always changing. My staples include rose quartz, amethyst, and selenite; a tea light candle that rests in a shell I found at one of my favorite places on earth; and my High Priestess anointing oil from Zu Foos. Because I do a lot of readings on Sacred Sexuality, rhodonite—which is like rose quartz’s protective, trauma-healing big sister—also often tags along.

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

“Without my creative chaos, you’d have nothing to do!”

In the Slow Holler Tarot, the Emperor is reimagined as the Navigator. Stepping into the world of this card, we find that we are on a ship navigating vast waters and the random beauty of the night’s sky has been organized into a map of constellations. I love how the patriarch of the deck is here reimagined in a kinder, gender-neutral way that centers the identification of patterns. The Emperor implements structure that ideally works with rather than against the wildness of nature and the cosmos. To me, the Empress is the generative impulse of the Universe and, to this creative chaos, the Emperor applies necessary structure. Without the Empress, the Emperor would have nothing to systematize—and the Empress isn’t about to let them forget it!

What or who inspires you the most?

My friendship with Nick, the queer astrologer of Queer of Cups, is a bottomless well of inspiration. We volley ideas around and push each other toward tarot epiphanies all of the time. I’m not sure where I would be without his constant support and willingness to talk tarot, astrology, and the moon with me literally nonstop. I’m also really energized by the growing community of queer, feminist, social justice-oriented tarot readers on Instagram. Being in community with them, even casually, reminds me that tarot can be life-affirming and world-building. My other inspirations include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the High Priestess card, and ravens.

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

The Queen of Wands, without hesitation. I’ve a Leo sun/Cancer moon, so the Queen of Wands naturally makes a lot of elemental sense to me. They are the archetypal witch who stokes the flames of sacred sexuality, the femme who rocks a red lip and possesses a strong sense of self. I aspire to the Queen of Wands’ level of radiant badassery!

  Deck:  Slow Holler Tarot (image provided by Krystal of Power Femme Tarot)

Deck: Slow Holler Tarot (image provided by Krystal of Power Femme Tarot)

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

I am unabashedly a bit of a deck slut! It is important to me to have a robust collection of decks to ensure that I have tools that reflect my clients’ diverse lived, embodied experiences. It’s therefore difficult to pick just one! My very first deck, the Rider-Waite Smith I mentioned above, is truly irreplaceable; like a cherished old cast iron skillet, it is so energetically well-seasoned. Recently I am obsessed all over again with the (sadly out of print) Slow Holler Tarot.

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

I’d reign in my impulse to draw up enormous spreads. In the beginning, I often overwhelmed myself with huge 12+ card spreads but have come to appreciate the value of a punchy short reading. If I could go back in time, I’d also encourage myself to start learning the basics of astrology much sooner. Again, my friend Nick of Queer of Cups is responsible for finally kick starting my familiarity with astrology and I am quickly finding it beautifully enriches my relationship to the moon and tarot.

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

My life as an academic infuses my tarot practice with a scholarly spirit. One of my tarot nerd quirks is that I maintain a personal “little white book” in which I obsessively record my own tarot gnosis, the poignant teachings of other readers, and possible radical/queer/politicized interpretations of the cards

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

“Goddamn it” seems a likely contender. But I bet the Hierophant’s greatest offense is their overdue library books and fees! They are not only a teacher but also a life-long learner, but they might blow off another institution's rules!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Neither. The Hermit is stripping back to bare necessities, living resourcefully, and probably melting snow for drinking water with their lantern’s heat.

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

On the recent Scorpio full moon, I launched my website! I am not terribly tech savvy so trust that this was no small feat! Also, I am in the process of developing a tarot for social justice online course called “Tarot in the Tower”; I post snippets of its progress and my tarot teachings on my Instagram. This summer I am hoping to expand my in-person reading and teaching presence in New Orleans. Lastly, remember that I am open to custom Pagan prayer beads orders! Feel free to message me through Etsy or email (powerfemmetarot@gmail.com) to discuss your custom sacred tool.

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram
Etsy

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Weekly Reading: May 7 - May 13

Hello, Monday! You might have noticed the new website layout! I started working on a new layout a little while ago and finally decided to switch it over. You may also have noticed I took a little time away from the blog, I needed a little self care and took this time to step back and get a bigger picture of where I want my blog and tarot practice to go.

My tarot practice has been spiraling in a new direction with my focus on how I use the cards. Lately, I've been using tarot as a major tool in my body positivity journey and positive mental attitude (PMA). I have also discovered that I love to read for self empowerment with the main focus of body positivity and mental health. I'm excited to see my tarot practice evolve and shift! 

I'm back with the weekly reading and I'm using the Zombie Tarot that just arrived in the mail from a swap. I'll be sharing a review of this deck sometime this week!

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Situation:

Knight of Hazards

This week is asking you to stay dedicated in everything you choose to do. Whatever we have on our plate we should try to follow through to the end rather than just give up and throw in the towel. Giving up is the easy route and the Knight of Hazards is in no way one to take the road less traveled. They are up for the challenge and know the work ahead is tiring but it is rewarding! If you find yourself hitting a wall, take a break, grab some coffee, or whatever it is you need to do in order to get going again. Walls do not always mean "it's over"... you just need to be cleaver with how you get around them.

Action to take:

The Hanged Man

When I pulled cards for the week ahead, I set the intention to focus on the area of positive mental attitude (PMA). Lately, PMA has become a regular intention in my tarot practice and tarot has been helping me massively! The actions to take and focus on this week come from The Hanged Man. These include embracing new perspectives and not being afraid to shake things up. If something isn't working for you, find ways you can change it up. Sometimes taking some small sacrifices in order to get the peace we seek is worth it as well.

Get out of your normal, everyday mindset and try to see things in new light. We often get so stuck in a specific mindset and get comfortable, it's hard to break these mental habits. These habits can include worrying about the unknown or what is out of your control, or just getting frustrated over the smallest of things. Try to look at any frustrating situation in a more positive or neutral light... I know everything can't be rainbows and kittens all the time. I just mean to be a little more kind to yourself rather than flipping out and focusing on the negatives of a situation. Focusing on the negative will only inhibit you from seeing the positives, and that's not fun for anyone.

Action NOT to take:

7 of Hazards

Things take time and the best things are well worth the wait. Try not to give up too quickly or rush things, you'll only be cutting yourself short and remember, mistakes happen easily when we push things that don't want to be pushed. This card ties in so well with the Knight of Hazards! They're in it until the end regardless of the work to be done, they find the stamina to keep on going. Patience can run thin so be well aware of where your frustration is coming from - take breaks if you need them, ask questions if you have them, and keep your focus on the end goal! 

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

Weekly Reading: April 30 - May 6

Hello, Monday! I haven't been sharing any weekly readings lately, I guess I can't hide the fact that I've been in a  tarot slump lately. I had a new deck arrive yesterday that didn't live up to its expectations for me. It was the Ethereal Visions Tarot. Don't get me wrong, the deck and artwork is gorgeous but but I just didn't connect with it at all so I ended up trading it out for another deck within hours of receiving it in the mail. I do have, yet another, deck coming tomorrow from a trade - the Fountain Tarot. Now, this is literally the 3rd time since I've owned this deck and it's not leaving my hands this time!

Ok, let's check out the cards this week! I'm switching things up this week to try a 3-card spread to check the energies possibly at play. The deck I'm using, yet again, is the Oliver Hibert Tarot (mixed with the Secret Arcana Oracle).

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Situation:

The Spider

Love this card! The Spider card to me is more specific to the webs we lay, what we wish to lure in and "trap". This card pairs well with 6 of Wands where we want to bring in the recognition that we truly deserve. I do believe we attract what we put out there - if you are constantly cranky and in a bad mood, you will attract things and situations that will just feed into that mood. So this is all about weaving the web in ways that will attract what you want!

Action to take:

6 of Wands

The 6 of Wands to me is all about celebrating accomplishments, no matter how small or big. It's about getting recognition for your efforts and basking in the satisfaction and glory. Some people may take notice this week and if they congratulate you in any way, accept it and say thank you! You deserve it! If you are hoping to get noticed but don't, give yourself a high five - you know you deserve it!

Action NOT to take:

The Lovers

Try hard not to bicker with your partner or close friend this week. This isn't the week to cause a split in between things, just agree to disagree. Causing or allowing a divide in your relationship or partnership will do more harm than good. This could also indicate that this week may not be great for close relationships, ones that we choose to be in. If you're wanting to get closer with someone, perhaps take a step back and watch what they decide to do first before making a move.

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What do you think about these cards?
Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Body is Not an Apology

Switching things up on the blog to not just include tarot but to include reviews of books that are close to my heart and making a big impact on my radical body love journey. I just finished up reading The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor and I thought I would share my thoughts on the blog.

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About the author:
Sonya Renee Taylor is the author of a few books, one of which is coming out this May and is called Celebrate Your Body, it's aimed for children and teens. Sonya is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology. She is also an award winning poet and activist. You can read more about the author here.

My thoughts:
I loved this book! It was inspiring and eye opening. Just when I didn't think I could learn anything new, I was smacked in the face by the words Sonya has written. This book not only talks about your body but the impact we make on the bodies around us... disabilities, POC, trans, fat bodies, and more. Sonya talks about body terrorism and how it shows up in our daily lives, our communities, and in our media. This book really put some things into perspective for me that I didn't think I was doing or things that I may have overlooked, some as simple as words we use. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you are interested in all bodies and how you can help make a difference in your life as well as help others around you.

Grab this book over on Amazon

FYI: I am not driving in the picture above, I'm parked in the parent pick-up line for an hour, just thought I would note that.


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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?!

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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!

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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.

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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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