New Books!

New Books!

It’s no secret that I love books, I will buy them at any chance I can. Some of my favorite’s are tarot related that give a new twist on the card tarots. One of my favorite book is Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin, I just love her interpretations and how they relate to artists, project lovers, and everything in between.

I recently picked up two new books – Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea and Witch by Lisa Lister! I have already dived into Modern Tarot and love it! This book reminds me of Creative Tarot but a whole new spin on the cards. Some will argue that the writing is nothing new, but I see lots of new snippets on these 78 cards. She adds her own relation to some cards and her own story, as well as how to connect with each card.

The other book, Witch, looks so good! I already read the intro section of the book and it caught my attention. I adore Lisa Lister, she is a big inspiration for me in the realms of me as a women and feminism. I’m excited to read this book further!

I’m currently giving all my reading attention to Modern Tarot and pulled out two of my favorite working decks to study along with the book – Circo Tarot and Spirit Speak. Anytime I find a book that goes card by card, like Creative Tarot and 78 Degree’s of Wisdom, I love to pull out my own deck to look at as I read along.

Another new deck!

Another new deck!

Yesterday, another new deck arrived and it was a day early! I ordered the Sasuraibito Tarot by Stasia Burrington after seeing a few images from the deck on Instagram. The Star card is what really pushed me to hit the “order” button lol! I’m a sucker for anything space related so this deck had to join my collection.

I haven’t spent too much time with it yet but plan to, I did do a few readings with it along with some TV exercises to get a feel of the reading style of this deck. A TV exercise is where you watch a reality show or something like Dr. Phill and ask the deck questions as questions arise in the show… yesterday, Dr. Phill popped on so I decided to watch it with this deck. Some guy was obsessed with being a superhero or something, so I just pulled cards as certain situations appeared like “what is the root cause of his obsession?”. It was interesting and played out to be pretty spot on!

 

Right now I’m trying to give my full attention to the study with Slow Holler tarot but the Sasuraibito Tarot will be making an appearance here and there for sure! I may use it for my weekend reading today!

I have a few other decks on my current wishlist:

  • Personal Space Tarot
  • Divina Tarot
  • Holly Simple Tarot
  • Fuzzy Prism Oracle
  • New World Tarot

I think my next purchase will be the Holly Simple Tarot and Fuzzy Prism Oracle, I just adore Holly Simple and her decks look amazing! I’m also looking for some new tarot books to dive into!

Slow Holler Tarot

Slow Holler Tarot

Words cannot describe how excited I was to see my Slow Holler deck out for delivery this morning. When the Kickstarter for the Slow Holler tarot went live in 2015 I missed backing this project since finances just didn’t align up at the time. Then, when it came out, I stalled on buying it since I was back and forth in tarot… I took a long break and still didn’t order it. When I recently got my tarot mojo back, it was the first deck I ordered!

It shipped the day I ordered it and arrived quick! This deck did not disappoint at all! I knew I would have a connection with these cards and I was right, the deck and I have already gotten along so well. Last week I was starting to feel a bit of regret for letting my Collective Tarot go a while back, but when this arrived today, all those feelings went away. It has a very similar vibe to me like the Collective Tarot had, so I feel like this deck is filling that void. To be honest, I had a void with the Collective Tarot even before I let it go, one of the cards got damaged by our dog when she was a puppy. Since that event, the connection I had to the Collective Tarot was lost, I just couldn’t look past that damaged card and always wondered if I drew the card because I felt it or if I didn’t draw the card because I was trying not to touch it… if that makes sense.

Anyways, back to the Slow Holler tarot! This is not a review or anything, just a little post on my first impressions of this deck and some readings I’ve done with it the day it arrived.

The packaging was stunning, it felt like a treasure opening this deck up. It came wrapped carefully in a printed cloth and tied with a red thread (which I tied around my wrist like a bracelet). It really encompassed the whole feel of this deck perfectly!

I already had a chance to sit down and shuffle this deck for a while, it shuffles like a dream by the way. The first card pulled from the deck was just too perfect, it was The Fledgling (The Fool)! I always find it amusing when a specific card pops up that fits so well. Seeing the Fledgling show up first was a key indicator to me that this deck was just the journey I need right now to kickstart my tarot reading once again. It’s not just about taking a risk or chance, it’s about being open to the journey and be willing. Just let go and soak every inch of the journey up, and that is exactly what I plan to do with this deck, just let it be and learn as I go with an open mind and attitude.

Some of the cards in this deck read very RWS and then a few had me really pulling info from the cards. With indie decks, I never read the book first, I prefer to get my own insight to the card and then look up to see what the artist had in mind when they created the card the way they did. I did this with the Fledgling card, wrote down my own input and then resorted to the book to see what it had to say… the book reminds me so much of the book from the Collective Tarot… which makes me love it even more as I loved that book! I don’t feel it takes away anything from my own interpretation, but only adds some layer to my interpretation. I always feel you can only get this special layer with indie deck books, not with your standard little white book, those always feel so “copy and paste” like.

Before dinner, I decided to do a 3-card reading on myself for a basic “past present future” but since I have never liked the position names of that spread, I instead changed the wording to:

  • Where have I been?
  • Where am I now?
  • Where am I headed?

I don’t usually share personal readings on the blog but one thing that caught my attention with this reading were the cards and their placements. The center card is “where I am now” and it totally called me out! I have been feeling so upset and worried that I have been away from tarot for so long that it has me thinking I will be rusty and out of the loop, or I will be discouraged because I’m not at where I was when I took a break (or at least I thought). I was worried that I would get frustrated with daily readings or intuitive interpretation and not want to continue it. Sounds weird, I know, but this card reflected those feelings the second I flipped it over… I was in denial and kept thinking “nah, I’m not this card”…. but in reality, I am.

When I did a “past present future” reading I always told my clients that if you like the ending card, make it your goal to strive for… if you don’t like it, change it! Simple enough. You have the power, nothing is set in stone. I for one love the ending card (10 of Stones), who wouldn’t?! So for me to reach this card, I need to work past my current struggles and fears. Let time take control and with time I will get back on my feet with tarot soon enough. For now, I’m going to enjoy this fresh new perspective with the cards and get to know them in new light that this break has given me. Before I thought taking time away from my cards would be a terrible thing… now I’m glad that I did as I wouldn’t have these brand new eyes if I hadn’t stepped away!

I always enjoy seeing the “past” card, it tells me right away what this reading is pointing to. Seeing The Oracle (High Priestess) reminded me of a period I was going through where I felt I needed to get in touch with the goddess and such. I have mentioned before that I’m an Atheist but spiritual… anytime I try to look deeper into something it never works out for me and I end up pulling back. I have always fought against this but always return back to my true self. Seeing this card told me that I have always had what I seek, myself. I lost that connection to my own self and I believe this is how it took me to the current card. When the US election ended, I reached a very bad low. I was stressed, worried, and hit some depression. It caused me to pack away all my cards and just bottle everything up. I had trouble leaving the house for a few days… I can only describe it in person, typing just doesn’t cone out the same. I had a breakdown at the grocery store and it threw me off big time, took a while to heal and get back on my feet. Here I am now.

Anyways, I have turned this small post into a novel, oop’s! I plan to spend a lot of time with this deck so you will be seeing it often on my IG stream!

The cards & I

The cards & I

I’ve been pulling my decks out more and more lately. It’s been quite a while since I did a reading that involved more than a single card, but this morning I felt drawn to doing a simple 3-card reading on myself and my vegan journey. On May 4th this year I switched to a full vegan lifestyle and when I started picking up my cards recently I was pretty amazed with how I felt when shuffling. I can’t quite explain it but my intuition felt very strong. I’ve always felt I had a strong intuition but this just felt so much different.

Usually when I shuffle and feel the deck out before I cut or pull a card, I get a very gut sinking feeling. I’ve always had this gut feeling since I started tarot a couple years ago, but it just feels a lot more intense. I’m not sure if it’s because I have cleaned my body really well over the past month and a half or what, but I’m going to pin it on my recent change to veganism.

Anyways, I wanted to do a quick card pull on my current journey to see what the cards say… this reading ended up pretty interesting! I did a simple past-present-future spread, which I rarely use, and used my Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck (I have combined this deck and don’t use the two decks separate).

First, I want to talk about some things I noticed about this reading before I get into each card… I always look for a few things in a reading:

  • Communication between the cards – how the cards speak to one another
  • Progression of the cards – how they build up or build down
  • Direction – which way the images in the cards face

I quickly noticed the progression int he cards from left to right. The “past” card is a Godzilla like creature, he is angry and yelling. I get a very frantic and aggressive sense with this card. Then moving to the “present” card I see a a being who looks to be the center of attention and these other beings are looking up to him… but I get a very “gathering” feel of this card, like this main being in the card is building up some power or control. Moving on to the card on the right we have the “future”. This card is such an opposite of the first card… you had a destructive looking creature, then you move to a feeling of peace and love.

I quickly felt like the progression of these cards flowed really well… you have frantic behavior and chaos to gathering some sense of control and learning to a feeling of peace and serenity.

The communication between the cards are all so different. I get a different feeling and sense from each card, very much like an orchestra of emotions, much like you would get when you are venturing down a new journey… much like how it’s been with me and veganism. I started out as the creature of angst, I was always interested in veganism but I didn’t know where to start and everything felt very confusing, I feel this is portrayed well in this card.

On my journey so far I have taken the time to learn and practice what I preach. I’m still learning and gathering the info I need right now, it’s all a journey. I love that the “future” card is the one presented, I feel this rings fairly true if I stay on course with my learning and living up to the values I believe in. It’s not just a “fad diet” or temporary lifestyle change, I went vegan for the animals and the health benefits. Whenever I do a reading for someone, I always tell them that if they like the ending card then they can use this card as a goal to strive for… if you don’t like what you see, then simply change it. Nothing is set in stone, you have the power.

I, for one, love the ending card and will strive to make this a reality on my path of veganism! I no longer wish to be Godzilla. I have never felt so good and I love it! I not only feel great physically, but also mentally and spiritually. This post kind of turned into a “dear diary” but it’s ok haha! I hope to get back into tarot reading more and more, I’m eyeing a few new decks as well but I think I will work with my current ones for now and get to know them again.

Hello Hola Bonjour Hallo

Hello Hola Bonjour Hallo

Wow, has it really been since October that I last posted on the blog?! You can for sure say that I took some time off and I won’t lie, it has been a nice vacation. What happened? Well, the US election had a toll on my mental health… it triggered some panic attacks and just really effected me pretty hard. I had a break down at the grocery store and had trouble being around others in public due to fear and stress. I won’t go too much into it, but I wanted to explain my absence truthfully to my readers. It’s now April and I can safely say that I am in a better mental headspace now.

What does this mean?! Not sure exactly! I don’t want to say “I’m back” and make any promises, but I would like to dust off the blog and begin posting again just not sure how often, so we will see!

I am not reopening my reading services right now or in the near future. Right now, I just want to focus on getting my decks shuffling again and get back into the practice of reading cards, it’s been a while! On a happy note, I did get a new deck in the mail yesterday… which triggered this post on the blog! I preordered the Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan in October and it finally came out. The deck is 53-card deck based off of tarot and playing cards. So far I’ve done two pulls from it and love it! The colors are so vibrant and right up my alley.

Hopefully in the next few days I will work on some new posts, I have gotten a few emails asking if I’m still going to do card study with the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle, yes! I do plan on starting that back up… I think returning to this project will help break the ice with me getting back into reading cards. Anyways, I think that is all I want to post right now but watch for new ones!!

Weekly Focus: Oct 31-Nov 6

Weekly Focus: Oct 31-Nov 6

Happy Halloween and Samhain! I hope everyone is having a great holiday today, it’s been feeling very minimal over here for me today. I’m just having a hard time finding the spirit this year (no pun intended), Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday too! I’m sure I will feel it more as the day goes on!

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Theme (soul) // 8 of Knives

Shutting out the world, closing yourself off, and possibly some shadow work to kick off this new month. The theme this week tells us that we may feel a bit distant and that it is ok! If October was a rough one for you, this may be key medicine telling you that you should spend some time closed off a bit. This could also mean that there will be some distance felt this week, more on the stubborn side of things. We may not wish to see things as they are and want to remain in a safe position where we feel secure and comfortable. However, If you are curious then go ahead and take the blind fold off to take a peek around. You may surprise yourself in what you find hidden in front of you!

Focus (mind) // Death

What do you want to end? What would you like to see take over in this new space? This is the focus for the week, making room for new beginnings and it is so fitting as the New Moon just passed us over the weekend. Celebrate those who have passed this week, not just today for the 31st. Celebrate life and death in their natural and raw forms. Connect with the aspects of death and what it means to you.

Action (body) // 9 of Pentacles

Be creative in your pursuits and use what you have. You may not realize this, but you have everything you need this week with you now. There is no need to give your wallet a run for it’s money, give it a rest and enjoy what you are surrounded in. Be resourceful and be grateful for what you have in your life at this point. Referring back to the Death card, this is a great card of giving gratitude to those who were before you.

LEPUS ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

LEPUS ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

I’m going through all 100 cards in the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, one by one with my own interpretation based on my intuition and notes from the deck creators in the book. I’ve had this deck for quite a while and have yet to dive in, so I’m using this as a way to get to know the deck. From what I have learned and noticed is that it really has it’s own system, not quite like the Rider-Waite or other systems I have found. This deck is a collaboration of 100 different artists through Light Grey Art Lab, it features constellations, planetary, and all things surrounding the universe.

LEPUS (2 of Air) ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

Keywords: End of Naivety

Nothing is just as it seems, we have all fallen into the traps of hopeful fantasy. This card reminds me of children when they soon learn that there is no Santa Claus or that the Easter bunny is not real, tales that our parents tell us when we are very young. We fall into the lore and love of the stories, our imaginations are ripe and on fire. We are invisible and wear capes that protect us. We have no reason to believe otherwise because in our eyes, no one lies and everything is very black and white. It’s about coming to terms that what was is not necessarily true and it’s time to embrace it. It is the transition of growing up and being an adult to face reality.

The rabbit in this card is Lepus, from the story of Orion. Rabbits are known for their cunning speed, swiftness, and naivety. They don’t think anything can catch them, perhaps they think they are invisible just like children in superhero capes. This often ends bad for rabbits, they get cornered and out numbered in hunting and by prey. This card urges us to be quick on our feet but don’t fall into traps and be caught off guard. Be aware of your surrounding and don’t believe everything you see.


I’m going through the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, find the other cards I talk about here! Got this deck and want to follow along? Join in on the comments, I want to hear what you think of each card!

Lupus ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

Lupus ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

I’m going through all 100 cards in the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, one by one with my own interpretation based on my intuition and notes from the deck creators in the book. I’ve had this deck for quite a while and have yet to dive in, so I’m using this as a way to get to know the deck. From what I have learned and noticed is that it really has it’s own system, not quite like the Rider-Waite or other systems I have found. This deck is a collaboration of 100 different artists through Light Grey Art Lab, it features constellations, planetary, and all things surrounding the universe.

LUPUS (9 of Air) ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

Keywords: Secret Dealings – Rumors – Provocation

We all encounter trolls online, people in our lives that test us or challenge us, and those who just simply want to prove us wrong even when we are right. These people can make a big hiccup in our day that will drag on into the week and sometimes longer! Ignoring these encounters are often the best choice but sometimes we just need to confront them and call them out. Be the bigger person and put any rumors to rest, clear the air, and move on.

I’m drawn to the hand of the wolf in this card. It is a moment caught in transition, where a human is transformed into a wolf, almost like they are showing their true colors. If a person is just out for a thrill and wants to stir the pot for their own entertainment, it will be shown and they will be exposed.


I’m going through the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, find the other cards I talk about here! Got this deck and want to follow along? Join in on the comments, I want to hear what you think of each card!

Pegasus ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

Pegasus ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

I’m going through all 100 cards in the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, one by one with my own interpretation based on my intuition and notes from the deck creators in the book. I’ve had this deck for quite a while and have yet to dive in, so I’m using this as a way to get to know the deck. From what I have learned and noticed is that it really has it’s own system, not quite like the Rider-Waite or other systems I have found. This deck is a collaboration of 100 different artists through Light Grey Art Lab, it features constellations, planetary, and all things surrounding the universe.

PEGASUS (Wheel of Fortune) ● Cosmos Tarot & Oracle

Keywords: From Humble Beginnings to True Potential

Sometimes we are gifted with gratitude in the form of teaching, mentoring, and even just simple assistance. This is a card of giving back, extending your gratitude to another. If you have received some awesome free service, give back to someone else in return. This is much like “pay-it-forward” to me when I interpret this card. It doesn’t have to be in the form of money though, it can be in gestures and helping others. It reminds me of being taught something by someone for free and down the road I do the same for someone else who could use this help. This card is full of accepting the gratitude of others, giving gratitude, and passing it down.


I’m going through the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck, find the other cards I talk about here! Got this deck and want to follow along? Join in on the comments, I want to hear what you think of each card!

Weekly Focus: Oct 24-30

Weekly Focus: Oct 24-30

Wow, I’m late this week! It’s been a long 4-day weekend over in my house (well, for my husband lol) so we have been busy with house stuff and in the garden. I decided to just enjoy the time and relax, so I didn’t do much tarot card throwing at all. I meant to post the weekly focus yesterday, like normal, but I got heavily distracted and decided to just wait till today so I could focus more. Let’s jump in, we still have nearly all of this week left!

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This morning I was drawn to using the Spirit Speak Tarot and the Iris Oracle, these decks work so beautifully together, one of my favorite pairing.

Theme (Soul) // Death of the Deceitful

Our theme this week is all about cutting cords and letting shit go! We are talking about digging deep into our closets and getting rid of the shadows we no longer wish to deal with, yet we drag along through life anyways. It’s all about clearing things out, both mentally and physically. Whether this relates to people in your life that are hindering and holding you back – negative thought patterns we have nagging at us daily – and emotionally ties to things and objects that are no longer in the picture. It’s time to just clean house whether people think your being harsh or not, remember that this is your life story and your the writer!

Focus (Mind) // Judgement

Wow, this card really resonates well with our theme this week! This card to me amplifies that it really is time to clear out what is not serving us anymore, more so than your regular releasing. Our focus for this clean out should be to feel refreshed, awaken, and new! We want that “just had the best morning coffee, ever!” feeling after we cut these cords that are holding us back. Have you had this kind of coffee before?! If you have, you know the feeling I’m talking about! It’s good… real good! Let this card be your motivation this week, what we can strive to be by the weekend… though, all this mental and emotional work may have us feeling like a zombie by the end of the week… I always see zombies when I look at this card, lol! So, if your feeling more like a zombie rather than fresh and new… you deserve some good rest and pat on your back!

Action (Body) // The Lovers

What ever you do this week, try not to do this alone or at least put a lot of love into what you are doing and feeling. Greet everything with compassion rather than fear, especially if you are cutting cords and clearing out the shadows. When we greet things with fear and anger, it really doesn’t help at all. It makes things worse, leaves us in a blah mood, and only feeds the fear even more. Some of the work you do this week could be better done with your partner, best friend, or close relative. If you are feeling like you need to pair up, do it! Call someone you know you can trust and that will help you in this process… not judge you or hold you back.