Monthly Reading

Hello, April 2018 + Monthly Reading

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

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

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

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

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Deck Oliver Hiber Tarot

8 of Swords + The Fool

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

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

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Recap: March in Pictures

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

Monthly Reading: March 2018 (Full Moon Edition)

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

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

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

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

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Full Moon in Virgo

Songbird

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

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

Remember: Failure = learning = GROWTH!

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