Tracking Your Daily Tarot Cards (for Bujo Addicts, like me)

With the new year, I knew I wanted to do something a little different on how I keep track of my daily tarot pulls. I’ve been pulling two cards in the morning for my “Energy + Advice” the past few years but since getting the Next World Tarot, I wanted to really take my time with getting to know this deck and bring it back to basics with a single card draw… yes, I’ve mentioned this deck in nearly every post since the start of the year, it’s just that good, haha!

Here comes bullet journaling to the rescue, one of my favorite ways to journal! I’ve been using this method of journaling/planning for a few years now and while I love using it for journaling, I got tired of using this method for my planner. I’m a big time perfectionist so using the ruler constantly to map out my month, week, and days… got old, haha! I just can’t not use a ruler!

One of my favorite planners to use is the Passion Planner! I’ve used this system for a few years on and off. In the back of the Passion Planner it has graph paper and blank pages, so I’m using a spread of the graph paper for my daily tarot tracking (I think this planner comes with 20 pages of graph and 20 pages of blank). I spent a good couple hours putting this chart together, I won’t lie, it took a while. When it comes to regular journaling, my favorite journal to use is Leuchtturm 1917 in the dotted grid, love them and own several!

My goal with this daily tarot tracking was to see how often I pulled certain suits and around what time of the month were they most prominent. Some will write down the card title too, I write that down in my actual daily section in this planner that has all my weekly info and such, plus I keep track of my daily cards on Instagram in photo form. For this experiment, I was more interested in the suit quality that was popping up rather than which card itself.

Was I getting more cups around the Full Moon? When do I tend to pull more Swords during the month? What suit didn’t I pull in March? Etc.

Creating and Using the Chart

Every morning when I pull my daily card, I color in the square based on what suit it is or if it’s a Major Arcana. The colors I chose were intuitive, I didn’t want to stick with the traditional green for earth/coins, blue for water/cups, etc, I wanted colors that make me feel good and lately I’ve been loving pinks and oranges so I went with that for the year! Also, primary colors make me cringe, haha! You can chose whichever colors that you feel called to use or feel that embody the suit in your vision, have fun! There is not wrong here!

Next, I wanted to keep the months separate but still be able to see the whole year at a glance. I designated 3 squares wide per month to include the day of the month – Moon phases – and the color grid. This fit perfectly! I also added red dots to note the days I’m on my moontime each month, this gives me an idea of what cards show up at this time too! I have been working very closely with my menstrual cycle and I can’t tell you how amazing this practice has been, it’s beyond insightful! I’ll talk more about that on another post since I have some great books and app’s to recommend! 

At the bottom of one page I added a little reminder of the colors I’m using for what suit and such. I’m sure this chart will change over time, I’ll add more to it as I see fit (and what I can squeeze in). Already, I can see how this chart is going to work just how I had hoped! I’m excited to see the months fill up!

What I’ve noticed so far

It’s only 10 days into the month but already I’m seeing some patterns begin to form. With the Waning Moon and my moontime, I noticed I started to pull more suit of Cups. The start of the month I pulled (lots) of Major Arcana cards, I like to think of this as some new lessons I’m being prepared for. I’m curious how the rest of the month will go and see what patterns start to take shape. I’m also curious if I’ll get Major’s at the beginning of next month!

Now, I’m not tracking the cards from spreads that I do for myself and such. This chart is just strictly for single daily pulls only. If you prefer to pull 2-3 cards a day (like a Mind/Body/Spirit reading or Energy/Advice), then you could change the chart around to fit 2-3 color blocks per day rather than just one, that would be really interesting to see the patterns and card pairs pop up!

That’s all there is to it! It’s really simple, you could even create this on the computer and print out if you prefer that method (Google Sheets or Excel would work for this easy)!


If you already do this or decide to create your own daily tracking chart, I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @jessrollar or leave a comment below!

Hello, Strange Lands Oracle

Another deck arrived before Christmas, the Strange Lands Oracle! I had this deck on pre-order and I’m so glad it was finally in my hands!! The Strange Lands Oracle was created by Marisa De La Peña of Circo Tarot and Tight Rope Press. It’s her second deck since creating the Circo Tarot (which is one of my favorite decks). She also has two other decks coming out soon!! The Persephone Tarot and Fire Opal Oracle – I can’t wait!

Right off the bat, I could tell I was going to love this oracle deck! I’m a sucker for hand drawn styled decks, then add in a gnarly color palette… I’m sold! It was hard to pick my favorite cards since I really like them all, but a few stuck out immediately to me – Nyx (and the Persephone card), Cicada, Beetle, and Fast Growing.

Nyx is a feminine archetype that has been popping up a lot for me lately and when I saw her in this deck, I knew right away that I need to dive deeper into Her story, I’m very drawn to her energy. Persephone is another feminine archetype that came to me in the very beginning of my Goddess studies a couple years ago and has still struck a cord with me ever since. I come across her symbols and messages often! I feel like both SHE-mazing archetype’s will be guiding me in 2018.

Ok, back to the deck! This deck shuffles like a dream! I have been saying that about decks often on my blog, but this deck truly shuffles like (vegan) butter for me, it’s so smooth. The cards themselves are poker sized and pairs up beautifully with the Spirit Speak Tarot!! I’m always looking for a great match for that deck since it’s one of my main working decks. The card stock is perfect and the cards are more satin than gloss, which I love.

The deck comes with a cute hand stamped deck bag, a guide book, a tuck box, and the deck. The guidebook is great, it’s written really well and easy to navigate, very clearly written and to the point. I love the bag Marisa sent with the deck, she did this also with the Circo Tarot and I still have and use that bag for my Circo Tarot deck. I hate keeping my working decks in their box since I’m in and out of them often and it wears them out fast, so bags are a plus for me! I usually create a bag to suit the deck, but in this case, it’s already done!

I am really enjoying this deck! Like I said, I played around with pairing up with my main deck, Spirit Speak Tarot, and it’s a perfect match. They partner up really well together and I love the energy bouncing back within the cards! While mentioning that, I recently launched a free weekly oracle reading newsletter and used the Strange Lands Oracle to kick off the first email! I will be using this a ton in those readings, be warned! You can read about this emailed newsletter HERE, it goes out every Sunday and is interactive! Yay!

It’s time to see what this deck has to say!


Ok, let’s see what this deck has to say and how it reads! Of course, I’m using my favorite deck interview spread by Little Red Tarot.

1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC?
(Pearl Baby) One of your best qualities is that you like to dazzle and show yourself off, I can tell! You took some time to be created and now you want all the attention!

2. WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A DECK?
(Grab a Star) You are rich in opportunity and you are the star to grab for! You’re just begging to be picked for a reading and are trying to stand out the most… it’s working.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS AS A DECK?
(Protect) This deck may get a bit closed off and protected, so I feel it works well paired with tarot as to dive in a little bit deeper. It doesn’t want to give out all the answers.

4. WHAT ARE YOU HERE TO TECH ME?
(Romance) Love, simple as that! I’ve had a love – hate relationship with oracle decks over the years and your here to teach me just how to fall madly in love with you! This deck doesn’t have to try hard, I’m already swooning over these illustrations and bright colors.

5. HOW CAN I BEST LEARN AND COLLABORATE WITH YOU?
(The Road) If I invest the time in working with this deck, a lot will come out of it. Much like seeds, you nurture a seed and there’s a pretty good chance it’ll grow! It’s all about the efforts I put in is what I’ll get out in return if I’m patient enough.

6. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME OF OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP?
(Does it work?) Hah! I LOVE this card! Retreat, retreat! I’m being invited to dwell within the cards and explore in the dark. There is no one to hold my hand so I need to feel things out myself and test the waters. I think as readers we have always asked ourselves “do these cards really work?” and they surprise us every time!


Do you have this deck? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Full Moon in Cancer – January 1 2018

With the first full Moon of the year landing smack on the first day of the year, I just had to take this opportunity to write about how I honored the Moon. I would like to do a post on each Full Moon and New Moon, but we’ll see. I don’t always pull cards for each Moon or cycle but I set intentions overall for 2018 to really deepen my relationship with the Moon. The Moon is a major focal point in my own practice, even if I don’t pull cards or set intentions for each Moon, I do send Her my gratitude daily and honor Her often.

The Full Moon in Cancer is a strong one, it also happened to be a Super Moon! I decided to do a small intention setting ritual for self love, following the suggestion in the Many Moons workbook by Gottess. I tried to do this last night but I’ve been feeling under the weather the past few days, I did pull cards last night though. I did my self love ritual this morning in my office/studio, which I share below.

The tarot reading I did from the Many Moons workbook was awesome, it was a new-to-me spread and I enjoyed using it. I chose to use the Next World Tarot deck and my Spirit Speak Tarot. I’ll be doing a review and deck interview for the Next World Tarot soon, I want to get to know it first a bit first more intimately and really take my sweet time with this deck to soak up every inch of it. Every reading I’ve done for myself with it so far has been amazingly spot on, to the point where I swear it knows how to use my MacBook and Googles me in the night while I sleep, lol!

Ok, on to my Full Moon in Cancer reading. This was a personal reading I did for myself that I’m sharing, you can do your own reading from this post that Sarah so graciously shared on her blog (this is the same one in the Many Moons workbook).

THE MOON

What is this Full Moon bringing to me that I can work with; what are the gifts?

5 OF SWORDS

Continue to walk the path that I align with the most, regardless of the nay-sayers who feel otherwise. We all have our differences and we all have our own beliefs, it’s important that I embrace my own truths despite others who may look down on it or think otherwise. I don’t need to be a part of that crowd. Even if I walk my path alone, I will still not be walking solo, there are many who want to fight back and find their place in the world just like me. I know that living my own authentic truth is one of the biggest gift I can give to myself. My card for 2018 is JUSTICE and already I feel that I am understanding just what that means, and it’s only two days into the new year. This should be an interesting year for sure!

QUEEN OF COINS

What do my desires wish to tell me about the work involved?

PAGE OF WANDS

The work involved is not for the weak, it is filled with passion and fire as we see in the Page of Wands. It’s a creative expression to go against the stream. In this card I see a young person standing their ground with their visions spread in front of them as represented in photographs. This card tells me that I need to stay true to the visions I hold so deeply, some may not see eye-to-eye with me but they will eventually understand. I often start something and then put it away because I don’t think anyone will like this… I need to remember that I’m not creating it for them, I’m creating it for me. Someone out there will enjoy what I do and understand it, not everyone… and that’s ok!

QUEEN OF CUPS

What does my heart need, what does it wish to tell me? 

3 OF CUPS

My heart wishes to tell me that I need to find enjoyment in everything I do, especially when it comes to connecting with others. I’m a super shy introvert, so when I socialize with others (especially in person) I tend to come off as either a massive bitch or very shallow… when really, I’m just trying to figure out what words to say without making me look like a major weirdo. I get tongue tied very easily, one reason I freeze up when asked for a tarot reading in person! This card is urging me to jump in and just be myself, take in the surroundings that I’m in and let fear reside. When it comes down to it, I just need to be myself and not worry so much about what others think of me… chances are, they are too busy wondering what I think of them. Life is too short to hide who I am, being weird is more fun anyways!

RELEASE

What must I release in the next few weeks in order to gain more intimacy with my goals?

10 OF WANDS

I can’t do it all and I need to realize that! I tend to over do it or take on far too much… that presented itself yesterday when I went through my stack of planners and lists on what I “need” to do each day, all because I wanted to create new habits for 2018. Let’s just say it ended with much confusion and I burned myself out fast with the “do this in the morning, do this after I draw a card, write down this at night, look up this every morning, move this into this planner, etc”… you get the idea! Some things I will keep and will change as I move through this year, other things already went to the trash, haha! The 10 of Wands is telling me enough already, either push through it, ask for help, or lighten my load. Simple as that!



Early this morning I did a self-love ritual and had an unplanned urge to pull an oracle card after I was done. I ended up reaching for my Åkta Späman Podcast Oracle deck to pull from, this deck seems to suit self-love pretty well, it’s very raw and upfront. The message was beyond perfect:

NEVER DOUBT YOUR INSTINCT!

Weekly Reading Jan 1 – 7

Woohoo! Hello, 2018! I didn’t think I was going to have this post up today since I woke up under the weather this morning. Go figure, I haven’t been sick for months and months (in fact most of 2017) and I wake up sick on the first day of the year, lol! Maybe the Universe is trying to tell me to slow down.

Anyways, let’s check out what is in store for us this week! I’m using the Next World Tarot for a quick tap into the energy going on this week.

6 OF CUPS
Some memories can leave you feeling like you have known someone for a long time, it’s that bond that has no bounds. This card suggests that reliving the positive aspects (and people) of your past may be apparent this week in how you take the first steps forward. We can learn a lot from dwelling in nostalgia. Life is a spiral, we’ll often reach a point in our life many times over but we are never the same person twice. You may feel like you’ve hit the same wall, again and again, but trust that you haven’t. You’ve grown since the last time you were at this wall. Try to find the bridge between the past and present that can help you better prepare for what is to come.

5 of COINS
Not exactly the card I would like to show up at the beginning of the year but it can be a truth we all may face. With the holidays over and our not-so-frugal spending, it’s time to tighten up the reigns a bit on our cold hard cash. We can’t be on holiday 24/7… unless your Beyonce or someone, right? The 5 of Coins is letting us know that what we are facing is only temporary this week and it will pass. Watch your spending and count your pennies a little more than usual, perhaps even try to give yourself a buffer if you can. Most of all, just slow down a bit when it comes to purchases and whipping your wallet out… I wish I pulled these cards before I went on an Etsy splurge earlier today, haha! I will say, I have zero regrets on what I bought!

THE MOON
While typing this, I’m sitting under my window in the presence of a Full Moon in Cancer. I feel so much like this person in the card as I get ready to prepare a full moon ritual and tarot reading in the next few hours (which I will recap on the blog tomorrow). The Moon is here to remind us to listen to our deeper truths this week, pay close attention to what is pulling at us and luring us in. TRUST YOUR INTUITION! Take a moment this week to step outside and gaze up at La Luna, soak in all her luminescent rays and set your intentions this week. The Moon is often a card of deep illusion and uncertainty, but I feel that we can actually see more clearly if we just let her guide us day to day.

Looking at these cards as a whole, it’s clear that while we may be uncertain about what may lie ahead in the days to come, we can bring our attention to what gives us the most insight and feeling of warmth that is our memories. Lean hard on what boosts your spirits if you are struggling this week and use the moon in the next full days to help release what is holding you back. I normally do release work a few days after the Full Moon (more so around the last quarter), so use this time to set intentions on what you wish to let go of in your life. The Moon is in the cards this week, she is calling us to trust her.

Goodbye 2017!

The end of the year is finally at our feet, we have gone through many ups and downs. I’m so ready for 2018 to begin, lots of intentions have been set and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Today I’m sharing a spread + reading I mashed together to close out the year and bring in the new. If you use this spread, let me know in the comments!

I used the Next World Tarot for this reading for myself! This deck just landed yesterday and I am over the moon! I will be talking more about this deck soon on the blog, I have a lot to say about it… it’s just amazing, I’ll leave it at that.

PAGE OF WANDS
From the book “you will soon know the depth of your magic” gave me chills down my spin. Most of 2017 has felt a lot like I was always starting over, again and again. I can’t even count how many times I said “fresh start” every month. I constantly felt like a beginner in all aspects of my path and practice, yet I knew I was not, I just couldn’t feel it. This card suggests to me that I’m ready to evolve onto the next stage that I have been preparing myself for  this year. I’m ready to the take the next step in my evolution. While I’m leaving this behind in 2017, I will still have it with me as a reminder.

THE FOOL
My first priorities in 2018 will be to take new leaps forward without worry, it’s time to clean the slate and embrace the unknown. When starting out on new adventures, we never know what the end result will be… we may have an idea, but in reality, that all can change at the drop of a dime. The Fool is here to let me know that I need to start the new year with no set expectations, take it one day at a time and prepare for the unexpected. I always see the Fool as an archetype of trying new things without expecting anything to happen, it’s about curiosity with no judgement. We may not understand how something works and that’s ok, we’ll soon figure out the pieces to the puzzle as time goes on.

4 OF CUPS
My focus in the new year will be to give no fucks, plain and simple. The woman in this card is totally focused on herself at the moment and she clearly doesn’t give a shit, I treasure this since I’m constantly worried about what others are thinking of me or if I’m doing something wrong. This is all about a “you do you” type of vibe radiating from this card, embrace the energy of not caring what others are doing and put more emphasis on what I’m doing! I also get a strong self care vibe from this card, this is an intention I have already set for 2018 so it was nice to see it show up here, it confirms that this is what I truly need in 2018.

QUEEN OF WANDS
I’m leaving behind the Page of Wands because I’ll be learning how to come into my power as the Queen of Wands. What a transformation! Being that this is a card transitioning from the Page, it tells me to be open to the teachings yet to come and soak in all the lessons being sent my way to help transform into the energy of this card. The Queen of Wands is asking me to step into my true magic, and I’m ready! While I have practiced and played around as the Page of Wands, fine tuning my creative actions and passions, I’m ready to put everything into use and share it with others.

One thing that stood out the most to me in this reading was the growth happening between the Page of Wands and the Queen of Wands. I’m leaving behind the Page role and learning to move into a Queen role, it’s time to move this creative energy into a more vibrant energy in my life. I have been in practice and it’s time to put everything I have learned to use. I also love seeing the Fool in this reading, it’s exactly how I feel going into 2018. I have a lot of visions to manifest!

After taking a step back to look at this reading, one thing I noticed was the directional of movement happening with the Fool and 4 of Cups. They are both facing the Queen of Wands and heading in that direction.

Between the first card and last card are the stages needed to progress. It’s like, once I let go and relax into myself I am then able to put on the crown.

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Hello, Heart and Hands Tarot!

Getting cozy on the blog today with the Heart & Hands Tarot by Liz Blackbird! I was hoping to get this post up last week but with the holidays and craziness…. I got pretty distracted and swamped, haha! Better late than never, right?

I first came across this deck on Kate’s blog, Daily Tarot Girl, she does a weekly tarot reading and has used this deck a few times, I fell in love instantly! I’ve had a chance to really dive into this deck before doing this post and I have to say, it’s one of my current favorites. I’m loving the artwork and how well it reads for me, it speaks volumes and packs a punch with readings. There is so much to look at in each card, it’s like I discover something different every time.

First off, this is a large deck! It’s one of the biggest I’ve used yet, even larger than the Collective Tarot and Bonefire Tarot (if you are familiar with those then you’ll know what I mean). However, I’m not finding any trouble shuffling this deck since I have very long hands and fingers, I feel that if the deck were smaller in size you would lose a lot of detail in the artwork so I clearly understand why this deck was made so large. The illustrations are stunning and so detail orientated! The cards measure a whopping 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches and stacked together with a  thickness of 1.25 inches.

The deck comes in a sturdy box, an accordion style booklet, and an title/artist card on top of the deck itself. While the cards have thick white bordered, they go with the deck and don’t feel like borders at all. The artwork steps outside of these borders in each card and allows the images to really pop!

love this deck so much! I used it for a week straight for my daily pulls and the energy surrounding the cards were awesome. It’s been pretty spot on for myself in personal readings I’ve done, I haven’t had a chance to read for others yet with this deck (my reading shop will be back open next month). Due to the card size, I try to keep the readings to just 1-4 cards just because of my table size, but it would look gorgeous in a larger spread! I could go on and on about this deck, I’m shocked that I don’t see it everywhere on Instagram and online, it’s such a great deck! Go get this deck!!


Now, let’s see what this deck has to say! I’m using my favorite deck interview spread by Little Red Tarot.

1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC?
(5 of Cups) You tend to focus solely on what needs your attention right away. I love how this card has a shadow only showcasing what has gone wrong (the spilled cups), yet there are two fresh glasses sitting right in front of you.

2. WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A DECK?
(Ace of Swords) First off, love this card in this deck! This card tells me that the deck has strength in how it speaks – it brings a fresh outlook to the table with a sharp perspective. I really feel that with this deck, it has me thinking about the cards in new light even though it follows the RWS style pretty well.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS AS A DECK?
(The Moon) Not everything will be shown, you like to keep somethings hidden and secret. In order to dive in further, the reader really needs to rely heavily on intuition to feel their way around the cards imagery.

4. WHAT ARE YOU HERE TO TECH ME?
(4 of Swords) Take things slow… I tend to zip through my own personal readings, but this card tells me that this deck likes a little more relaxed. There is no rush, just enjoy this quiet time between the cards and I (over coffee).

5. HOW CAN I BEST LEARN AND COLLABORATE WITH YOU?
(6 of Swords) My first reaction to this card is saying I need to let myself to go on a journey with this deck and allow it to take the lead, just trust in the deck as to where we’ll end up. I relate the 6 of Swords to a card of mental movement, moving yourself to a better headspace and I feel like the boat in this card is the deck and I am the swords. This deck is a breath of fresh air.

6. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME OF OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP?
(Wheel of Fortune) Ah! It’s all on the table of fate, take a spin of the wheel and go through the cycles. This card tells me that I will most likely put it in a good rotation with my other decks and I’ve already been doing that so it was funny to see this card show up.

Weekly Reading Dec 25 – 31

Ok, so this is late and I debated on even posting at all today… but I really felt the cards were on point this week as we wrap up the last week of 2017 so I decided to post this anyways since there is still a lot left of the week! I got pretty swamped with family and Xmas things going on yesterday, I think a lot of us did too, haha!

This week I’m using two new decks – the Divina Tarot that I got for Xmas and the Strange Lands Oracle that I received on Friday! I’ll be working on a first glance review for both decks for the blog soon, I’m a little backed up with deck reviews, oop’s! I plan on posting the Heart & Hands Tarot review this week (finally) so keep an eye out for that!

Ok, let’s take a peek at the energies present this week (or what is left), as well as the general theme of the week.

10 of Wands

It’s no surprise that the 10 of Wands showed up, it was a busy start to the week for many of us and continues to be as we play catch up and start wrapping up the end of the year. This card is letting you know that you don’t have to do it all on your own, there are others around us who would love to help out even if it’s doing the simplest of tasks, you just have to ask. Don’t overload yourself, you’ve done enough already! If your stuck in the middle of something and can’t get the help you need, let it be known that what you are doing will be worth the effort you’re putting in. Anytime I have to do something hard or have a lot on on my plate, I try to think that this will soon be just a memory… it will be over before you know it! You got this!

The Star

Ahh, the Star, our beckon of hope and nod from the Universe. The Star is here in the middle of it all to let you know that you are being supported in everything and anything you do this week. Pour out all your wishes and dreams into your journal and start setting some intentions. These dreams can easily be made into reality, you just need to put them out there and make them visible! Create a brand spankin’ new vision board, set intentions with a small ritual (you don’t have to wait for the New Moon), or even just write down your intentions on paper and tape them to your bathroom mirror. Keep these intentions fresh in your mind and where you can see them every day! Whatever you decide to do, know that the Universe is giving you a high five!

Death

Could we get a more perfect card to embrace the energy of this final week in 2017?! Why yes, things are for sure ending! This card is here to remind us that what is leaving us this week is for a good reason, we don’t need to drag anything holding us back into the next week (and year). Cut the cords to that which bind us and slow us down, we are on to much better and brighter things if we could only lighten our load! I’m drawn to the direction that “death” is heading, they are clearing away everything in their path and moving towards the future. Be this gnarly reaper and get to work clearing the path to make space for what lies ahead… extra points if you wear a Grim Reaper costume while cleaning the house!

Nostalgia

Our theme this week is all about memories and I feel like this card is bitter sweet. It’s telling us to take some time this week to dive back into the past and remember the good over the bad. Hold tight to the positives and release the negatives. Let’s use this time to look over our bucket list and see what got done this year!


I hope everyone had a great holiday! Did you get a new deck for Xmas, let me know in the comments what you got!

Weekly Reading Dec 18 – 24

The weekly readings are back! I took some time off from doing them and didn’t plan on bringing them back until January, but I was having a pretty low key Sunday… so why not?! I hope everyone’s December has been going well, I know this is a busy time of the month for a lot of us!

This week I’m using the Heart & Hands Tarot, I’ll be posting a first impressions of this deck in a few days! I just got it last week and I’m obsessed with it. It has been so fun reading with and has really packed a punch for me lately. I also pulled a card from the Forces Flora + Fauna Oracle, you can read about this deck here. Let’s see what energies are at play this week! I’m not sticking with my normal “beginning, middle, end of the week” reading – I just want to see what energies are popping up for us and I have to say, I miss doing freeform readings like these!

Two of Coins

A lot of us are busy at work, finishing up holiday shopping, and trying to squeeze in time with family all while trying to keep the house running smoothly and everything in balance. This card suggests to me that we need to be sure we maintain some harmony, don’t over do it! It can be so easy to exhaust ourselves right now so be sure to take breaks and make time for yourself. I know we all want to get everything done, but face it, we can’t do it all. Our best approach this week is to tackle things one at a time and get the most important tasks checked off our list first, that way we can nibble away at the smaller things throughout the week. If you struggle with keeping your head above the water this time of year don’t be afraid to ask for some help! Better to ask for help than to drop the ball on something crucial, right?

Four of Wands

Following in the 2 of Coins footsteps… now I know why a reminder to keep balanced revealed itself this week, it’s so we can make room for fun! This is a perfect time of year to spend it with people around us. Have a fun game night, grab some drinks with friends after work, or just simply enjoy this time with family! I love how this card showed up, the first thing that came to my mind was Yule! The Winter Solstice is on Thursday for us in the Northern Hemisphere and what better card to see than the 4 of Wands to remind us that it’s a time for enjoyment and celebration. Winter is here and it’s time to get cozy! Stay in or go out, whatever you decide to do just be sure you enjoy yourself and your surroundings. This is a time to let loose and get lost in good conversation!

Death

We are greeted with one Major Arcana card this week, Death. Don’t fear this card it’s not what you think. I often feel that this is a very welcoming card… almost like getting a permission slip to get rid fo old junk. It’s about allowing things to end that are just not working out or have been sitting stale for far too long. Think of the Death card as a closet that needs to be cleaned out. Death is all about allowing things to come to an end so that we can make room for something new to begin, especially as we creep closer to the end of the year – 2018 is approaching very fast! You can always breathe new life into something later on when you’re ready or even restart something over from scratch (sometimes it’s much easier this way), but right now just cut those ties loose and don’t stress about it. Elsa sings it best “let it go… let it go, turn away and slam the door!”.

The Violet

I wanted to see what the overall guidance is for the week so I pulled an oracle card, The Violet. This card to me suggested right away “intuition”. I was really drawn into that eye at the top of the triangle and often eyes are associated with truth and visions. This tells me to trust your intuition this week and rest assured that the feelings you are sensing are correct. Find the truth in things rather than just relying on what other people are telling you. See for yourself!


What are you doing this week? I’m so excited to bring in the new year!

Hello, Forces Flora + Fauna Oracle

First off, did you notice the new blog theme?! It was time for a totally fresh new look and I’m loving the clean lines and negative space! I hope you enjoy this new look as much as I am! I’m eagerly trying to prepare for 2018 and want to make my blog a big focus once again.

Deck: Forces Flora + Fauna Oracle

It’s been a while since I got a new deck, last one was the Bonefire Tarot in November. I have several new decks on the way and the first to arrive was a deck I got from someone on a FB swap group. It’s the Forces Flora + Fauna Oracle by Colleen Hardy of the Hardy Tarot – which is another deck high on my wishlist! Oddly enough, most of the decks I have coming in the mail are oracle decks, only one is a tarot deck that I purchased. I guess I’ve been feeling the love for oracle decks lately!

When I first saw the Forces Flora + Fauna deck, my heart skipped a beat – it is stunning! The color palette of this deck is right up my alley and when someone voiced a swap in the group… it was a no brainer, I had to take them up on the trade! The Forces Flora + Fauna is a 54-card deck, there is a book coming out and Colleen has a downloadable booklet in her shop right now for $1 (as well as a printed version for a little more). I went ahead and purchased the PDF copy to have on hand.

Box + Cards + Extra Cards

One day I hope to add the Hardy Tarot to my collection, I’ve had it high on my wishlist for ages and I saw that it’s up for preorder again right now. I’m so bad at preordering decks since I tend to prefer the “instant gratification” rather than wait months and months for it to ship, but I may have to bite down and preorder it next month. Funny, one of the decks on the way to me soon was a preorder deck!

Deck: Forces Flora + Fauna Oracle

Back to the Forces Flora + Fauna! This deck measures out at 2.75″ x 4.75″, perfect size! The card stock is amazing and it’s fantastic quality! Shuffling this deck is very smooth and makes me happy, I can riffle my heart out with no issues. The card stock actually feels very similar to my own Seed Oracle!

This deck came to me “used” so I’m not entirely sure everything is included in what I received or not but it came with the box (signed under the flap), and 6 extra cards – title/artist card, about the deck, how to use the deck, and three keyword cards.

When I did the deck interview reading, I really dived hard into the symbols! I’ve never really read up much on some of them and it had me doing some homework to get a better understanding of the card and meaning on my own. I have a feeling I will be using this deck quite often!

On to the deck interview reading!


Deck Interview Reading

Ok, let’s see what this deck has to say and how it reads! Of course, I’m using my favorite deck interview spread by Little Red Tarot.

When I did this reading, I was really drawn to connecting with the cards on my own. Some of the keywords associated with each card in the “book” just didn’t fit for me. So diving into the symbology of each image really helped me connect!

1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC?
(The Toad) While going through this deck, I noticed there was a really good balance to it and this card is all about balance. The toad is an interesting little creature, they start out living in the water before the move to the land – they remind me a lot of the Greek goddess Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld. She too gets to dip her toes in two worlds – the underworld and the world above.

2. WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A DECK?
(The Linden Tree) First thought on this card is that most trees in general are pretty strong and grounded. You can’t get any more grounded than a tree, am I right? This deck has strength in being stable and gentle, just like the wind blowing through its branches. I love the folklore behind the Linden tree, there are so many stories. This is a tree seen as sacred and I get the same feeling from this deck, a sacred tool.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS AS A DECK?
(The Thistle) As a medical plant, it’s limits are often in its uses. Not all plants will treat every ailment, this is the same for this deck. It’s all about trial and error to see what this deck is comfortable reading! Thistle is often used for protection in many spells and crafts, this tells me that this deck may bit a bit guarded in getting all the info on the table. I’ve actually found this to be very true for me so far. At first I struggle with interpreting the cards since I get so transfixed with the keywords in the little guidebook, but once I let down my own walls and dive into each card, it becomes much more “chatty”.

4. WHAT ARE YOU HERE TO TECH ME?
(The Crow) Seeing this card show up in this position was very welcoming. A couple mornings ago, I decided to leave my front door open, which is something I never do since my dog barks at every tiny sound, and not even 5 minutes later I heard a loud raven call near my front door. I rarely see ravens where we live, just small crows and such, so it was really interesting and caught my attention. Then, the following morning, I heard the raven again! Still couldn’t see her, but I knew she was nearby. So when I saw this card show up, it reminded me of that raven I heard (even though the card is a crow). I take this card as a good omen in this reading, it really vibrates the meaning to watch for signs and messages. I feel this deck came to me for a reason, I didn’t even list it on my wishlist when I did the swap.

5. HOW CAN I BEST LEARN AND COLLABORATE WITH YOU?
(The Acorn) If I invest the time in working with this deck, a lot will come out of it. Much like seeds in general, you nurture a seed and there is a pretty good chance it will grow.! My husband and I have a small garden and we know a thing or two about growing – and how not to get something to grow, lol. It’s all about what effort I put in is what I’ll get in return. It’s funny, I was just talking to my husband the other night about this card and mentioned how I feel acorns can represent currency or a harvest. It’s like squirrel cash!

6. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME OF OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP?
(The Cave) I LOVE this card! Retreat, retreat! I’m being invited to dwell within this deck, touch the walls and every corner of the cards. Each card has a story, just like writings found in caves left by ancient civilizations. They are simple yet so deep, each illustration telling its tale. Enjoy listening to the echoes and vibrations that this deck is giving out.


What current tarot deck are you loving on right now? Let me know in the comments below!