The Tower: Break free

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

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

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

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

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

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Card-by-card

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

1 Collective Tarot

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

2 Spirit Speak Tarot

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

3 Neon Moon

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

4 Daniloff Tarot

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

5 Sickly Tarot

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

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What deck is your favorite Tower card from?
Let me know in the comments!

Card of the Week: 8 of Skulls

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

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

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8 of Skulls (Cups)

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

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

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

So what does this card mean for the week ahead?

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

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

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

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

Let me know in the comments!

DECK REVIEW: The Slutist Tarot

▶︎ This review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review

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

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

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

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

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

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favorite cards

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

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

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

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Cardstock + shuffling

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

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

Cards measure roughly: 2.75” x 4.75”

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guidebook +package

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

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

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

diversity

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

Overall

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

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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

Let me know in the comments below!

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Card of the Week: 7 of Pentacles

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Hello, Monday! I fell off posting the weekly readings for a couple weeks. I just haven’t been feeling it but I’m trying to breathe some life back into my blog. I’ve been pretty busy with writing and working on reviews over at the Indie Deck Review and working on a handful of side projects of my own, my poor blog has been getting pretty neglected.

I started pulling just a card of the week for a little while now but usually just journal it. I wasn’t going to post it on the blog, but then thought why not?! It is my blog after all. I plan to start sharing more personal posts like card perspectives, current favorites, what I’m reading, etc.

The deck I’m pulling from just landed in my hot little hands yesterday, it’s the Indigo Alchemist Tarot by Heather Blumenthal. I’m already madly in love with this deck and will be working on a review here soon!

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7 of Pentacles

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The 7 of Pentacles (or coins, what I much prefer to call this suit) has always been a card of patience to me. In your standard RWS this card is usually depicted as a person leaning on a garden tool while gazing over their future plant harvest.

In the Indigo Alchemist Tarot, this card is depicted as an hourglass. This imagery fits so well for me! It’s truly a card of time, waiting and patience. You’ve done the work and now it’s time to wait for results to come in.

I tend to call this card the “gardener card” since my husband and I are both avid gardeners. I feel like most of the time we’re just waiting for the plants and trees to fruit or bud out. The 7 of Coins is often a reminder to be patient and allow things to run its full course before diving in. No one likes to bite into a half green orange or berry. Jessa Crispin said it best in the guidebook for the Spolia Tarot:

But if the pears aren’t ripe yet, then don’t eat the fucking pears.
— Jess Crispin, Spoila Tarot

So what does the 7 of Coins mean for the week ahead?

Patience, young grasshopper, patience. We need to have a little self restraint this week before jumping the gun, so let things run its full course before you even think about touching it or working with it. Like a freshly painted chair, let it dry fully or you’ll be walking around with paint on your ass. We live in a society that is so high in demand for instant gratification. Often times the wait is well worth it. Use this extra time wisely while you wait it out, it’s yours to use! Add more words to your NaNoWriMo novel that you’re chipping away at. Work on that painting you may have on your desk. Declutter and get things ready. Just don’t waste the time given, use it. Keeping busy will only keep you from being so damn fidgety (I’m talking to myself). Time will soon tell you how things worked out, it’s out of your control so get it off your mind until results start rolling in. Then you can reevaluate what to do next!

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What do you think about the 7 of Pentacles card?
How do you see this card coming in play for you this week?

Let me know in the comments!

DECK REVIEW: The Golden Moth Illumination Deck

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

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

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

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

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

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favorite cards

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

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

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

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Card stock + Shuffling

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

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

Card Imagery

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

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

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

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Guidebook + Packaging

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

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

Overall

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

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

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Do you have this deck? Or is it on your wishlist?
Let me know in the comments!

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New Moon in Scorpio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DECK REVIEW: Neon Moon Tarot

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

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Every once in a while a deck will come along that causes my heart to skip a beat. When the Neon Moon Tarot appeared on my Instagram feed, it was an instant love and I knew it would be a deck that I would connect well with! I quickly ordered this deck back in September and have been working with it closely ever since, it has quickly become one of my favorite and most reliable decks.

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The Neon Moon Tarot was created by the talented James Brothwell of Pixel Occult. The deck was originally launched on Kickstarter earlier this year in February which did incredibly well! James has now had three successful decks fund through Kickstarter, his most recent is an oracle deck called the Aborabyssal Oracle. I’m a big fan of his art and style, the stories on his cards breathe and feel so full of life.

These cards are around standard size and measure at 2.75” x 4.75”.

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favorite cards

Like usual, I had to narrow down my favorite cards because I could totally ramble on about each one! They are all amazing, I’m not kidding. The cards, while very futuristic, are completely relatable and resonate well with everyday life.

The Ace of Cups (which are Vials in this deck) has never been a favorite card of mine in most decks, it usually oozes romance. I love the Ace of Vials in this deck! It features a hand holding a freshly cracked open drink that’s overflowing. I really get that sense that someone is handing me this drink and it’s time to enjoy the moment together.

“Share a drink with me and let’s count our blessings and forget our troubles”
- from the booklet.

Another card I adore is the Moon. In this deck I get the feeling that what was once lurking in the shadows is now creeping into the moonlight. It leaves me feeling a bit uneasy and nervous, wondering what those creatures in the card are up to and why they walking towards me… or are they? The moon is full and everything that goes bump in the night is anxiously coming out to play!

The imagery on the Four of Arms (Swords) has a really fresh look that I like a lot! It shows a person sitting in meditation with their knives at rest and their hands relaxed on their knees. It’s a moment of silence and a quieting of the mind, I really love how this card was recreated!

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Card stock + Shuffling

Card stock is one thing that can make or break a deck for me and I’m happy to report that the Neon Moon Tarot has absolutely amazing card stock! It literally feels like butter in your hands, the cards slide with ease when shuffling and feel soft to the touch. I can’t quite explain it, but they are just really nice quality at 300gsm. They are a truly joy to shuffle and work with!

Card Imagery

This Neon Moon Tarot features a neon pop of colors and a limited color palette of just black, neon pink, light blue, and purple. I love the attention to detail each card contains, like a mini graphic novel. The Neon Moon Tarot follows RWS themes and archetypes and focuses on futuristic cyberpunk with lively characters. It’s truly a delight to work with!

Another thing to note about this deck is the renaming of the suits. The suits have been renamed as follows: Wires (Wands), Arms (Swords), Vials (Cups), and Zent (Pentacles). Along with the renaming of the suits, the court card names have also been renamed as follows: Apprentice (Pages), Agents (Knights), Supervisors (Queens), and Executives (Kings).

The card backs feature neon pink moon phases and geometric linework, it really ties into the cyberpunk and futuristic theme of the cards!

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Guidebook + Packaging

I’m usually not to fond of the little books that come with most decks but I really treasure the booklet that came with the Neon Moon Tarot! It gives you insight to the vision that James had for this deck and some background info about how the deck is set up. Each card contains a few keywords, including reversals, and has a sentence or two of the story behind each card.

“I greeted you for the last time as a friend and your response was to savage me as a foe.” - 3 of Arms (Swords) from the booklet

Along with the booklet, the deck comes packaged in a great solid and sturdy box. Usually I move my working decks to a custom bag that I sew for each deck, but I’ve decided to keep this deck in the box it came with since I like it a lot!

Overall

I’m a big lover of this deck and what James has created! It’s unique and remains in my rotation of working decks. Even though the names in this deck have been changed, I find that it would be a great addition for a beginner reader as the imagery really speaks volumes! It’s also great for well seasoned readers alike, it’s very versatile!

⤳ Find this deck HERE
⤳ Find more work by James Brothwell on his Instagram page
HERE

** This deck review is also shared on the Indie Deck Review along with other great reviews!

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Do you have this deck? Or is it on your wishlist?
Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Collective: Oct 29 - Nov 4

If you’ve been a dedicated follower of my blog, you already probably know that I like to switch things up a bit here and there, especially with the weekly readings. The weekly readings seem to get changed quite often and I expressed in the past that I’ve been trying to feel things out and find something that is both fun and helpful for my readers! It will probably come as no surprise to you that I mixed it up… yet again! I’ve been wanting to stretch my creative writing muscles and came up with a simple spread for my weekly readings that I really love, it can really be applied to any use and not just once a week! I have also renamed my weekly posts, from the Weekly Reading to the Weekly Collective.

This week I’m using four decks and a 12-sided die, at the end of this post I’m sharing the spread for you to pin, save, or share on your social media! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@jessrollar) if you use it, I’d love to see!

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  Decks left to right:  Daniloff Tarot, The OK Tarot, Neon Moon Tarot, and the Collective Tarot

Decks left to right: Daniloff Tarot, The OK Tarot, Neon Moon Tarot, and the Collective Tarot

THEME: #2

I decided to use my 12-sided die to produce the weekly theme. I work with numerology closely when I read playing card cartomancy and it just felt right to include that here! The theme this week is coming from the number two. This centers around relationships, partners, friendships, and just simply how we work with one another. Things are indeed pretty strained right now and I’m sure you can feel it! This week, apply special and careful attention to how we treat others, what we’re doing for one another and how we can work better together. We want to come together, not pull further apart. This also includes how you treat yourself!

Mind: How do we best communicate this week?

Communication is so very important with how we connect to one another. Our words and how we listen are crucial, and it can really make an impact. The King of Wands asks us to be bold and to not shy away from expressing our enthusiasm. If you have some idea’s to express, get them out and in the open. If you have some opinions to share, speak with confidence and pride. If you don’t believe in what you are trying to say, why should someone else? Try to also remain calm in heated conversations. The King of Wands has it in them to get hot headed, so be sure to keep that in mind before blowing your top. Even when disagreeing with someone, you can still be passionate without being an asshole.

Body: How do we care for ourselves this week?

This week, be gentle with yourself and take care. The 8 of Wands is usually a card of quick and rapid movement, but I don’t feel this is what we need this week, more the opposite in fact. We don’t always have to rush into things and move so damn quickly. Listen to your body and allow it to guide you in the direction you need to be moving in. If something feels right, follow that feeling. Allow the 8 of Wands to be more of a pinpoint guide rather than a rush of energy.

Emotions: How do we handle our emotions this week?

When I see the 2 of Zent (Coins) in this deck it makes me think of adapting to our situations, not pushing against them or trying to juggle our feelings all at once. We should sort out our emotions before jumping the gun with quick reactions with unbalanced thoughts, feel the situations out and understand what others might be going through. This reminds me a lot of the the hot headedness of the King of Wands! Each situation may call for a different approach, so being able to adapt is key. If you are finding it difficult, try simply taking some deep breaths or get some fresh air to help clear your head before approaching a troublesome problem.

Creativity: How do we express our creativity this week?

There is this saying I tell myself when I create or work on projects “do it with love, or not at all” and this plays true here. The Lovers say that if your heart is not on board with what you are doing, it will show. When you are deeply enjoying what you create it should feel really good and fluid, not forced and rigid. This week, align your mind with your heart and allow it to be fully expressed in all that you do.

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Card of the Week: Oct 22-28

Monday… we meet again, I see. This weekend was a busy one but for all the good reasons, we celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary and had a kid free Saturday. We are rarely kid free so when the opportunity strikes, we grab it! My husband and I checked out a local metaphysical shop called The Astrology Store, it had the most decks I’ve ever seen a shop carry. Did I come home with a deck? Nope, I’ve been super picky lately, even more than normal so nothing really caught my eye even though they had tons. They also had a killer book collection that contained more books on astrology than I even knew existed, as well as a hefty stash of Crowley books that caught my eye. I will for sure have to return to that store with a list next time… and maybe a very large budget!

Let’s see what energy or theme may be present this week! I’m using on of my favorite and trusted decks, the Collective Tarot, for this weeks pull.

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10 of Bottles

More commonly known as the 10 of Cups, I always love to see this card show up! It’s a much needed reminder to soak in all that is good right now while the moment is full of joy. It’s the little moments of bliss in our day that we often take for granted or just simply miss because we are either too focused on what is going wrong or we are too busy to notice.

I love the feeling of being recognized and loved in this cards imagery. You get the feeling that this is either a family or friendship bond like no other and they are choosing to spend the moment with one another. You are accepted.

What does this mean for us? It means that we should tap into this fuzzy feeling when we see these moments pop up in our week, to truly be present in the emotional pool of those who love us unconditionally.

It’s the little joy after coming home from a long day at work, being happily greeted at the door by your faithful dog companion. It’s the quiet moment after your child finally goes down for a nap and you can get back to that book you’ve been eyeing all day. It’s the happiness you get when grabbing coffee with a close friend whom you haven’t seen in a long while.

tap into the Empress energy this week:

  • When something is going right, stop and take notice.

  • Go out of your way to bring a smile to someone’s face if you can.

  • Spend a night or day at home with your family or friends, enjoy it with them and be fully present.

  • On your altar:

    • Incense: scents that bring you joy

    • Stones: any that make you smile or have been gifted to you

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DECK REVIEW: Russian Tarot Lubok

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When I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a unique, Russian tarot deck, I jumped at the chance! I was quickly fascinated with this darling deck and couldn’t wait to see it in person. When it finally arrived I was so excited to get a closer look! Going through each card felt like I was flipping through a charming story book, it is filled with so many cute images and each card has such great detail. This deck is beyond adorable with cheeky humor!

The Russian Tarot Lubok deck took 2 years to make and was created by two amazing tarot masters: Sergey Savchenko, who has been practicing tarot in Russia for 24 years, and Eugene Vinitski, a professional cinema artist and tarot master who lives in Switzerland. The deck features delightful Russian fairytales and familiar imagery, perfect for readers of all levels!

The deck is written in Russian but the imagery is so clear and concise that it’s easy to pick up what is going on. The art is both lovable and entertaining, I just can’t get over how sweet the characters are on the cards!

The cards are standard tarot size and measure roughly: 2.75” x 4.75”.

What does Lubok mean?
Lubok (лубок) in Russian means simple graphics and narratives taken from literature and popular folktales. It is commonly used as decoration in houses and inns.

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favorite cards

Every card has something I love on it, all the way down to how they were illustrated and colored. It was hard to pick just a few but I managed to narrow it down and want to show case several cards!

Starting with the Major Arcana, the Fool caught my attention first! It illustrates the Fool with a rosy-red nose, riding an adorable lavender javelina… oh how cute is that! It’s so charming! Another card that quickly seized my eye was the High Priestess illustrated as a gorgeous indigo owl/bird holding a crescent moon. I adore this card and I think it may be my absolute favorite in the entire deck, it just screams mystery and intuition! The last Major Arcana I want to highlight is the Strength card, it’s yet another cute, hilariously illustrated card. It shows a woman riding a 7-headed dragon with her nipples out! Did I mention this deck has a great sense of humor? Love it!

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Moving along to the Minor Arcana… there are so many amazing cards, it was extra hard to pin down a few so I just pulled two for the review. The 7 of Wands looks to be featuring a drunk man looking and pointing up at the birds carrying things on their back across the sky. Talk about seeing things when your plastered, haha! Another card I love is the 3 of Swords which illustrates a man being tied to a chair getting his heart torn out by a devil. Ya, I think that is exactly how it feels when this card comes to life! Also, I love the smug look on the devils face, priceless!

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Cardstock + Shuffling

The Russian Tarot Lubok was printed on nice sturdy 350 gsm cardstock that feels really smooth to the touch but not glossy, which I like! The cards are thick but still pliable for shuffling and because they are standard tarot card size, they handle well and fit good in your hands. While I’m quite picky with cardstock, I’m very happy with this deck! It’s great quality!

Card Imagery

There are a few things I want to highlight about this deck and the card imagery. First off, the entire deck is written in Russian but don’t let that steer you away, it’s very easy to pin point which cards are what! All of the Minor Arcana cards show the suit symbol on the top right corner, so it’s easy to tell which suit the card comes from. The Ace through 10 have numbering at the top of each card for quick reference, so matching the number with the element symbol is easy peasy!

The courts are also easy to recognize and are simple to understand once you look at them closely. All of the Pages show a younger/teen person, the Knights are each on a horse, the Queens showcase all adult women as the main imagery, and the Kings are all wearing crowns and of course, they look like a king.

The Major Arcana is also very easy as the numbering of the cards are all written in Roman Numerals on the bottom of the cards and seem to follow RWS order. All in all, the cards are very easy to pin point and I actually like that I can’t read the card titles in english because it pushes you to really tap into your intuition more!

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Each card has a white border that makes the images pop! The colors are absolutely perfect and fit this deck beautifully. The illustrations are clearly done and the story on each card comes to life in your hands. I haven’t seen a deck this lively in quite a while that both stretches the imagery and still follows a RWS system, I really enjoy it!

The card backs showcase a rich in color lattice pattern with the sun and moon featured, they are reversible as well which is always nice.

The deck does come with two extra cards! One is, I believe, a significator card that features a man and a woman on opposite sides of the card, this is optional to use. The other card is blank and I think can be used as a marking card (where you shuffle the deck with this card in it, then look for it as a marker as to where to cut the deck for a reading) or you could get creative and use it for something else if you choose to. You could even leave it in the deck and put special meaning to it!

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Guidebook + Packaging

If you were hoping for an English guidebook, you’re in luck! The deck has the option to come with a downloadable guidebook that is in English, it can also be purchased separately. It is well written and adds more info about the cards. I highly recommend the guidebook if you are looking for more guidance on the cards, but if you are an intuitive reader like me, you don’t have to worry about having it on hand. The cards really speak for themselves I find!

The Russian Tarot Lubok comes packaged in a hard box that features a lid that comes off the top, it’s such a nice box! I wish all decks came in boxes like this one, it’s awesome! Inside the box was the securely fit deck and a little white book (in Russian). The packaging was great, I was very impressed!

Final Thoughts

I have to say that I absolutely love this deck, even more than I thought I would! It’s both charming and funny, but also very relatable and familiar. I’m extremely grateful that they reached out to me for a review and I’m even more grateful to have this deck now in my collection, it’s a real treat!

⤳ You can buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: The OK Tarot

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

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

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

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

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favorite cards

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

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

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Cardstock + Shuffling

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

Card Imagery

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

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

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

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

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Guidebook

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

Overall

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

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⤳ See more picture of this deck
HERE

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Card of the Week: Oct 15-21

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

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

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

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

The Empress

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

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

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

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tap into the Empress energy this week:

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

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

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

  • On your altar:

    • Incense: Rose or Patchouli

    • Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, or even Rose Quartz

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Thoth and my journey so far!

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

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

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

The beginning of this rabbit hole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books

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

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

  • The Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo DuQuette

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

  • The Secret Language of Astrology by Roy Gillett

Books on order or ones I plan to order soon:

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

  • Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley

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

Other Things

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

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

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

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

Decks

  • Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley

  • Asherah Tarot by Sarah Wheatley

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

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

Where I started

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

What about, The book of ThotH?

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

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

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Card of the Week: Oct 8-14

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

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

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Tomato, Potato, Eggplant

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

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

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

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New Moon in Libra

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

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

 DECKS: Moon Oracle + Spirit Speak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My tarot study journal

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

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

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

what I use

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

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

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Draw a card

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

KEYWORDS

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

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

MY OWN THOUGHTS + INTERPRETATION

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

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

MY DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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Reader Interview: Ashley of Hello Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your least favorite card and why?

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

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

What's in your tarot toolbox?

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

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

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

What or who inspires you the most?

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

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

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

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

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

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

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

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

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

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

Damn it!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

Regular

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

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

Where can we find you?

Website
YouTube
Instagram

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DECK REVIEW: The Hip Chick Tarot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A few of my favorite cards

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

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

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

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

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Deck details

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

Shuffling

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

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

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

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

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

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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

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Reader Interview: Kristen of Over the Moon Academy

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

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

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

What is your least favorite card and why?

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

What's in your tarot toolbox?

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

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

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

What or who inspires you the most?

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

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

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

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

Which deck could you absolutely not live without?

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

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

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

What tarot habits or quirks do you have?

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

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

I think he regularly mutters something blasphemous like Goddammit!

Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?

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

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

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

Where can we find you?

Website
Instagram
Facebook Group
Shop
Academy

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Weekly Forecast: Sept 17-23

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

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

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

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

8 of Keys RX + The Magician + #38

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

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

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

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