I finally moved my tarot space out into the open again in my studio, it feels so nice! I’ve had it stored in boxes and was partially using the dining table for a while. Seeing natural light touch my table once again feels like a breath of fresh air. I get to use my light wood table again as well! I have a weird quirk, I hate reading on dark wood. I get distracted and can’t focus because it bothers me that much. This is only one pet peeve I have as a reader, haha! Another is electronics, I don’t like any electronics on my reading table or near my cards. You will rarely see me place a card on my MacBook.
Before I laid everything in its place, I washed down the table top with Florida water. After I placed down everything, I gave my space a light misting of smudge spray… overkill, perhaps! I’m a huge fan of both smudging and Florida water. I was inspired by Beth’s altar sharing post on Little Read Tarot, so here’s a little walk through of my own table and what I like to keep on it.
I keep my working decks out and at hands reach, but these change up from time to time. Ones that stay out all the time are my Spirit Speak and Collective Tarot, the others are the Ellis Deck, Maybe Lenormand (started studies on Lenormand recently), and the Golden Thread. The little black deck stack is an oracle by Pam Wishbow, love this little deck! I also have stacks of journals at fingers reach, I’m a journal hoarder so these are only a few of what I have. In the stack is a single card journal, lenorman journal (both hand bound by me), and my moon study books. Also more decks that I use often, some are empty boxes to the decks laid out on the table.
On my main altar space I have a spread cloth that I made. I keep my main working candle in this space, along with my new and full moon candles, Florida water, and crystals that are dear to me.
A closer look at this spot. The black and grey medicine bag was made by my friend Jenn, I keep intuitive selected stones in this bag with my ceramic spiral, luna moth wing (I’m very drawn to moths, more specifically the Luna Moth), a talisman that my great grandmother had from when she lived in Thailand, and a piece of honey calcite that belonged to my late father in law. I found this honey calcite in a black fake leather pouch in his side table while we went through his things after he passed away.
I also keep a skeleton key in this space to symbolize the unlocking potential I have in me. The large smokey quartz was my grandfathers that was passed to my Dad, who recently passed it on to me (along with a very large citrine). There is a large clear quartz and black tourmaline also on my table, I work very closely with clear quartz… it’s my thing, hah!
Lastly is the other corner of my table. More decks, some are stored in bags that I make. My collection of essences from Sister Spinster and Worts and Cunning. My friend Jenn made me the smudge spray that I use all the time, I treasure this stuff… I need more soon! Also, some flying ointment from Sarah Anne Lawless that I have not used yet. I keep sage and palo santo on my table as well for smudging before readings, I’m more of a palo santo person though. Sometimes sage is just too overpowering and gives me a headache.
Above my table are some images that reflect feminism and manifesting. The Magician is from the first edition Wooden Tarot, this reminds me of my true potential and skills I have as a reader and what I have to offer to those as a service. The Death card is from the Royal Tarot (one of my favorite Death cards), it teaches me to accept change and transition, and that cycles are not to be feared. The middle card was from a personal meditation deck I started but never finished, she has a fuck all attitude about her and I love it! The “Fuck the Embargo” card is by Cristy C. Road. I got this card with my print order a couple weeks ago and it spoke to me on so many levels.
I keep my ticket from a Chuck Palahniuk book tour on this wall as well. Being able to see him live had a huge impact on me and was something I had on my bucket list. He is my favorite author!
I hope you enjoy this post! Would love to see your tarot spaces, tag me on IG in your pictures (@tarotseed)!