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Currently Reading: Tarot Constellations by Mary K. Greer

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

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

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

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

July Reads

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I currently have several books in rotation right now and I was feeling up to sharing so why not share what I'm reading? Sounds good to me!

Since getting my Kindle a couple months ago I have been glued to it, but I did set my reading aside for about a month or so. I tend to go through seasons with everything I do and reading is not exception. When I get struck by the "reading bug" I tend to devour anything I have in sight so I prepare for this ahead of time. Having a Kindle is a cheap way to stock up books without weighing down my bookshelves and wallet! I do prefer to hold an actual book though, I'm one of those people who highlight and write in the page margins.

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Earlier this week I started and finished a very short (70 page) book on Lilith. It was called Welcoming Lilith by Theresa C. Dintino. While it was a very quick read, I loved it! I've been working with the Lilith archetype for several years now. I didn't realize how much I resonated with her in my teens until I was in my 30's. It seems she has always been in my shadow, guiding me along. Someone mentioned that they too had a similar experience with her, glad to know I wasn't alone in this!

Right now I have about 5 or so books in rotation, but some aren't holding my interest right now - not that they aren't good, I'm just not in the mood to continue them, it happens.

Last night I started another short book called Lilith the Mother of all Dark Creatures by E. Vernor. I don't have an opinion on it yet as I'm still on the intro, haha!!! I was very distracted yesterday, what can I say. Like most books on Lilith, the info is just regurgitated over and over again it seems, but I still look for new things. I have hope to find some new things about Lilith in this book, we shall see!

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I am also reading of Satanic Feminism by Andrew S. Finstuen. This one I'm reading slowly, I want to really soak up this book little by little. I am enjoying it! Jex Blackmore is one of my current inspirations, I absolutely love everything she does and she inspired me to read this book. I am rather quiet (massive shy introvert) but I am very passionate in women's reproductive rights and I hope to bite the bullet and get more active with this subject. I have been a member of TST for a short time and would love to join my local chapter but sadly it's located about 2 hours away in Tucson. I plan to reach out to see how I can help in my location if possible, I do know there are members who are more local to me so I'm sure I can be of help or service in some way.

Next up is Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine, I've barely started this one as well. This is a book that while I am enjoying a lot, I'm losing interest since I'm just not in the mood to read it right now. I may set this aside for another time, since I'm more focused on my Feminist and Satanic studies. Now, I have read several Chaos books in the past when I was heavily into the practice but it sizzled out over the years. One thing I still work with closely are sigils. I've been working with sigils for years and it's something that I'm very comfortable with and work very well for me. They are my go-to with anything and everything. Some people work more with candles and oils - I tend to work more with pen, paper, and spit. Sexy, huh?

Another book I'm reading that I'm nearly done with, it's been on the back burner, is Dirty & Divine by Alice Grist. I love this book and it's written more like a diary of the cards than a typical tarot book. Don't let the pretty cover fool you, it's filled with raw and honest stories surrounding battles with alcoholism and curse words!

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There is one book I'm getting ready to start... but maybe not till I finish one I listed, haha! I just got Planets for Pagans by Renna Shesso. I picked this up on eBay after spotting her zine's online. I'll admit the cover caught my attention first and I knew very little of the book. After receiving it in the mail I became even more interested! It looks very fascinating just flipping through it! It's a mix of planetary, mythology, constellations, tarot, symbolism, etc. Very excited to dive into this one!

Of course, along with all of these books, I just cracked open the new Many Moons: Volume 2 workbook! I work closely with these books over the years, this is the last and final one and I'm soaking up every word! I will be working with this book until the end of the year, but it's not really a book per se... but it kind of is... it's both workbook and book.

My "to-read" grows daily and it's filled with vast topics of satanism, intersectional feminism, race and body diversity, and witch crafts. Too many books, too little time!

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What are you reading right now?
I want to know, share in the comments!

Book Review: The Body is Not an Apology

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

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

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

Grab this book over on Amazon

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


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Currently: APRIL 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 
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