Hello! It’s been a few weeks… so, how about a little update on what’s going on and what I’ve been up to!
I got pretty busy mid November, all good reasons! One of those reasons being that I opened a little online shop! The shop is called Radical SHE and it had an awesome first shop update last week, I was thrilled!
What am I selling, you ask? I decided to take a leap and start selling my tarot bags again online. I felt that I needed to “rebrand” and start fresh but I also wanted to separate my shop from Tarot Seed while still holding my personality – Radical SHE was born. I am being led fully by SHE right now, I felt a strong push to get this shop going so I took a leap like the Fool and opened this shop. My first update sold out in less than a day, I was blown away! I’m so entirely grateful and I look forward to my next update (on Wednesday). Other than tarot bags, I will eventually carry spread cloths, crystal sets, moontime gifts, and other items surrounding the sacred feminine.
I have been getting pretty in touch with my own cycle and connection that I wanted to share some handmade gifts surrounding our womb space and moontime. I’m excited to work on these and share them with you all!
Another fun thing I started is a new zine called Radical SHE that will be available soon, I’m about halfway done with the content! This zine is inspired by my old “Filling the Void” posts about me exploring the Goddess and this zine is loaded with my own personal thoughts, practice, and path I’ve created with SHE. I’m very non-traditional in everything I do so this is something that you will see in this zine as well, it’s very eclectic. To give you an idea of my practice, my altar consists of the Venus of Willendorf, Wonder Woman, Pamela Colman Smith, everything Moon, and sprinkled in glitter.
I’m launching a second blog here soon inspired by my Radical SHE shop. Since my Tarot Seed blog surrounds mainly tarot, I want a place to blog about my path and practice, share things I love, and everything in between. I’ll be sharing that blog link once it’s ready and live!
This soap makes me crystal addict in me explode! I love how natural these soaps look and it’s hard to believe they aren’t real crystals. I can see a bowl full of these sitting nicely in my moon themed bathroom! Here are a few of my favorites from this shop!
What crystal list wouldn’t be complete without actually posting some of my favorite crystals? I have been a long time follower of Natural Magics on IG and I adore her selection, she is also an amazing crystal pipe artist. These are a few of my current favorites from her shop, that Smokey Citrine is stunning!
There are a lot of crystal themed decks out there but these two decks have been on my wishlist for ages, I really need to just cave and order them! The Crystal Portraits deck is a two volume set and the illustrations are amazing! This is the only crystal deck that resonates with me and I had to include it in my favorites list this week!
What are your favorite crystal themed products? Do you have a favorite crystal? Let me know in the comments!
The Knight of Coins was pulled for this prompt with the Bonefire Tarot and the second I saw the card, I nodded in agreement. One thing I always (usually) hate about myself is something I should truly appreciate more… my dedication and focus that I put forth in what ever I do. I’m an “all or nothing” type of person. If I’m not fully into what I’m doing and can’t do it how I want it done, I simple don’t do it.
I agree with this card 100%! The Knight of Coins has always been a very reliable energy to me. If I were to hire any of the knights from the court cards, I would hire the Knight of Coins. They are reliable and trustworthy in getting something completed while the other Knights have their head in the clouds or are too eager to do things their own way. This is a card of focus, attention to detail (much like the 8 of Coins), and trust in getting the job done correctly.
Any time I start a project, I want it done right and I want my whole heart in it. Although, I suck at keeping blog series going… I’m working on that one lol! I will say, I’m on day 13 of this challenge and I’ve posted it on my blog every day, on time! Hopefully doing this “series” will show that I can do something if I truly want to!
Another thing about this card and is something I can appreciate within myself is that I am always curious and always eager to learn. There are days where I’m up till midnight working on some new graphics because they “just can’t wait” and need to be completed while the idea is still fresh in mind. I know if I put it off, the idea will change and the inspiration will be lost.
I sat down with my cards this morning and pulled four cards – two from the Bonefire Tarot to answer each prompt and two cards from the Spirit Speak to answer a question for each Bonefire Card.
I can do this // The first card drawn was the 8 of Coins – love this card and yes, I feel ready to create more! This is a card of putting forth your best work and applying major focus and dedication into it. I have many things on the back burner that are being called to me lately and this card tells me that it’s time to get to work! I need to select one thing at a time so that I can fully focus on what I’m working on, this isn’t a time to juggle many things at once or go back and forth between two projects… it’s about attention to detail.
How can I do this? The Knight of Cups gives me some insight as to what approach needs to be used in order to harness the energy of the 8 of Coins. This card tells me that I need to create using a loving touch, allow my emotions to fuel the projects that I work on… this will reflect in my work, you can always tell when someone puts their heart into something and it’s the only way I prefer to work as well..
This needs more time // The 9 of Wands! This card threw me in a loop – we have someone emerging from a cave and ready to fight… or go on. They aren’t done yet, despite what others may think. Applying this card to this prompt had me thinking, what needs more time?! Perhaps this card is telling me that I need to slow down and not rush anything, I tend to rush into things way too fast!
Why does this need more time? I pulled the Sun card for this prompt. The Sun radiates light and positivity in a reading for me, but does come with warning… sometimes things can be too “bright” and we need to tone it down a notch, it’s just too much. When matching this card up to the 9 of Wands, it tells me that I need to step back. While I may feel the need to push on while I’m super pumped and excited, it’s not a time to move forward.
Both cards I pulled for this prompt were from the swords suit and I know why. Being a Gemini, I live in my head all the time yet I never actually take action on anything.
Do more of this // For this prompt I pulled the 6 of Swords and right away this card spoke to me – make a move already! This card is aimed in the realm of mental movement for me and I was instantly reminded that I need to do something with all this brainstorming that I’ve done lately. I keep everything either in my journal or stashed away in my head, but I have yet to act on them and put something into motion. One big thing I’ve had in mind this year has been to create an e-course, I’ve been brainstorming up several ideas that I would love to create and teach.
Do less of this // Then for this prompt, the 4 of Swords was pulled. I adore this card! This deck likes to call me out and it does it well. This card is urging me to get off the couch and stop “relaxing” so much, your being far too lazy. This card suggests that I can’t keep my feet up 24/7 and expect things to get done, I need to get to work – break is over!
It’s Friday!! Today I decided to share some current products I’m lusting over and loving this week! I love promoting small businesses and uniquely made products, so each week I plan to share what’s on my radar! I use to do a weekly “favorites” post on an older blog many moons ago and it was so fun, so I’m bringing that to Tarot Seed!
This week I’m drooling over some candles that have been on my wishlist! Being vegan, I stay away from beeswax, so all these candles I mention are vegan friendly. Raise your hand if your a vegan tarot reader!
** I’m not an affiliate with any links that I share, nor do I earn any money. All photo’s are rightfully credited.
Magic Hour Astrology has some gorgeously handcrafted candles and I own one their clearing candles, I love it to pieces! They burn beautifully and you can clearly see the intention that went into each one. They feature candles for all kinds of situations and energy! Look how gorgeous their Art candles are (first pic)!!
Love, love, love these candles! I came across them on Etsy not too long ago and fell in love. I’m a sucker for a rad 7-day candle and like them to represent my style, these do just that! I think my favorite is either the Miss Argentina or the Slay All Day… I can’t pick!
If there every was a candle at the top of my wishlist, it would be these by Kristi Prokopiak of Ritual Tarot. I have been watching the process of these candles on Kristi’s IG stream and I hope to one day order one (or two) down the road. They are gorgeous! I love them all…. *sigh*
Spitfire Girl shop has so many awesome candles that I just couldn’t narrow it down, I’m fond of them all but these three are my favorite in all of the collections (there are several). They also have some gorgeous constellation candles!!
Lastly, I adore the crap out of these women empowered candles! So much awesome energy coming from this shop, I have a feeling I will be getting a few of these for my desk soon and maybe some of their other products! I love the size of them since they can really fit well in any space without taking over like some candles, I’m just lusting over these!
Do you have a favorite candle shop or candle? Share in the comments, I’d love to check them out!
Eep! The Bonefire Tarot just landed in my mailbox yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited! This is a deck that I had on my wishlist when I started my tarot journey (along with a few others) but at the time it was out of print, so the only way to get it was second hand – no one was letting their decks go either, can’t say I blame them! The deck was created by Gabi Angus-West as a self published deck several years back, it had a few editions before going to mass production. It was picked up by Schiffer Publishing last year and released in November 2016. I’m not sure why I stalled for so long on ordering it after lusting after it for several years, but I like to think it was for a reason.
Since ordering this deck, a few fun things have happened that I found really interesting. Right after I ordered the deck, I jumped on Twitter only to find someone sharing a picture of a card from the Bonefire Tarot (the person hasn’t shared a picture from that deck in ages, so it was totally random). Later, while playing around on Instagram, I caught myself asking “I wonder when my deck will ship?” only to stumble upon a random picture with someone commenting “thank you, it’s on the way” and at the very same time I read those words, I got a shipping notification on my phone from Amazon that my deck shipped. Interesting!
This deck has been really pulling at my strings in all the right ways! There are very few decks that I feel a deep connection with so quickly, this is one of those decks. At the end of this post I’m sharing a deck interview reading I did to get to know these cards a little more!
Ok, on to the deck itself! I had a nice afternoon with this deck and got to know the cards and book. While I rarely read the book that comes with a deck, I do like to read the books that come with indie or artist decks. I find these books tend to go deeper into the artists perspective and insights rather than a cookie cutter style interpretation, especially if the book was actually written by the deck creator themselves (sometimes the creator has someone else write the book). Before I dove into the book, I sat down with this deck for about an hour and went through the deck, card by card, to get my own interpretation of the cards.
I gushed over the artwork, took in all the symbols, and… talked to myself out loud, as if I were a teacher explaining each card to a student. I do this so often it’s scary lol! When I talk out loud about a card and explain it as if I’m teaching someone else, it creates a special dialogue and a fun way to get to know a new deck. Try it!
A few things to mention, I love that Gabi titled the Death card in a more traditional sense using just the number “13”. Many Marseille decks do this or leave the title of this card completely blank (as if Death himself cut his name off the card), it was nice to see this little detail here. Also, the use of the word “coins” rather than “pentacles” is a personal preference and I was glad to see it used in this deck as well.
Box + Book
I really like this box! I’m not a huge box person as I don’t care much about deck boxes in general, but for some reason I like this one. I have had decks come in big boxes in the past and I know some readers hate them since they aren’t very practical, but I really don’t mind them. I tend to use big boxes like this as a little place to stash crystals and things, so it’s always fun to get a new one. As far as boxes go, it’s sturdy and it’s pleasing to the eye for sure!
The book is hands down, awesome. There is a lot of extra info about the cards, a symbol glossary in back (which I have spent much time reading), a few spreads, and also some notes about the deck in general including the process of how it was made and the inspiration behind it. I’ve heard many complain that the book font is too small, and I agree but it doesn’t bother me at all. The book itself is just shy of 190 pages, I think 187 if I remember correctly, and is loaded with good stuff!
Like I said above, I rarely read the book that come with the a deck but this is one that I will read. I have already read with this deck a few times now and have been writing down my own thoughts first, then diving into the book to get a little deeper. It’s providing some awesome interpretations mixed with my own and I’m loving it, for sure adding more color to my own readings but not taking away from my own perspective of the cards.
This is a thick, stacked deck and I love it! The cards measure roughly 3.5″ x 4.5″ and forms a nice thick deck (pictures below to show size). When I bought the deck I had a feeling I would not like the card stock just based on the reviews I was reading and watching on YouTube. It was told that the cards are very thick and some readers have trouble shuffling them due to size and flexibility, along with the cards being shiny and “sticky”. I decided I didn’t care and still wanted this deck, so I kept all this in mind and kept my expectations very low when it came to the quality of the deck… when opening the box, I was very pleasantly surprised!
The cards, while thick, are not as thick as I thought they would be. I had imagined they would be thick and shiny like oracle cards from the Halloween Oracle or Messenger Oracle. They are much thinner that expected and have a nice flex to them. They are a bit shiny but not nearly as much as I thought they would be, another pleasant surprise. My worry with shiny cards is they would be hard to photograph but they gave me no issues at all.
As far as being sticky, they are a tad sticky but nothing like some decks I’ve had in the past. When I say sticky, I mean that the cards tend to suction on to one another due to the laminate, not them actually being sticky to the touch. Hope that makes sense! Some cards in a deck will glide with ease and are too slippery on some occasions. One good thing is that the stickiness will go away with use so it’s only a temporary issue really, if you would even call it an issue.
My biggest factor with a deck is how it shuffles! I always say that if I can’t riffle shuffle a deck, it’s an instant “nope” for me. Luckily, I can riffle this deck with ease, I give some credit to the fact that I have very long fingers, but it bends better than I expected. The deck fits nicely in my hand and shuffles great (riffle and overhand) – I’m a happy camper for sure!
I know some readers cringe when someone riffles a deck, but it’s my own version of a fidget spinner. Riffle shuffling the deck before I begin a reading is my way of relaxing and bringing focus to the cards. If I don’t riffle a deck before a reading, it throws me off so much, it’s like I just can’t concentrate and I feel mentally blocked.
Overall, I love this deck! The artwork is stunning and so colorful, I’m not normally drawn to such colorful decks either. If you have been wanting to order it, do it!
Using the spread by Little Red Tarot, as always! It’s just a great spread and you get some good info regarding the deck and how it reads. I had a lot of fun with this reading, and to be honest, it was one of the first decks that really spoke to me when doing an interview reading. I think we will get along just fine!
1. What is your most important characteristic? // Page of Cups
First off, I love seeing a court card show up for this question, it gives me a deeper look at the personality of this deck and I feel it runs true. The Page of Cups suggests that this deck is creative, curious, and imaginative – very much a dreamer! Can you tell?! I love the youthful energy I get from this card and I feel it matches up with this deck very well, I couldn’t have selected a better card to sum up this deck. I also love how the girl in this card is looking up at the fish, watching it come to life. It’s like she is breathing life into this fish, much like the artist has breathed life into this deck.
2. What are your strengths as a deck? // 8 of Coins
Creativity was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this card, it’s illustrated as a self portrait as the deck creator herself. You are strong in color and strong in skill with showing a story on your cards. A lot of work went into creating this deck and it’s clear, your focus and passion is divine. You find strength in the details you present, which spills out into a colorful array of candy to my eye.
3. What are your limits or weaknesses as a deck? //Knight of Cups
Again, the court cards are showing up just where I would love to see them! Looking at the Knight of Cups weakness tells me that this deck tends to lead with its heart and intuition, which will leave you vulnerable and a bit sulky. The words “love is blind” comes to mind when I look at this card. Some area’s are left unclear (the wisps of clouds) so you like to leave the reader to do most of the work and figure it out on their own.
4. What are you here to teach me? // 6 of Cups
Ah, the 6 of Cups, we meet again. I found it funny that this card shows up here again since I just pulled this card yesterday and expressed how much I “fear” it. I don’t like diving into the past but this deck is here to teach me that it’s ok to do so. The past has created who I am today and I can learn a lot from just that alone, it’s like a gift being handed to me. In order to see where I’m going, it’s keen to look back at where I came from, much like a map. This card also screams “growth” to me… the left side was noted in the book as the past and the right side is possibly the dreamy future. It’s about facing the past to learn, so that I can go forward with more confidence of who I am as a person and create my vision of the future.
5. How can I best learn from you? // Knight of Coins
I won’t lie, I totally thought those leaves were pot leaves so I instantly thought “stoner circle” LOL! I mean, that would make learning great fun, right?! The Knight of Coins tells me that I can learn best if I am dedicated and focused (not stoned) when working with this deck. It tells me to be patient and always ask questions! Take this deck slow and steady as to not miss anything, there is a lot going on in the cards.
6. What is your potential outcome of our working relationship? // Strength
Ending the reading with the Strength card, I see this as a good omen for me and this deck! This card suggests to me a mutual trust and respect, it’s an equal partnership. Just like the women in the card tames the gentle lion, there is no force here…. allow things to happen naturally and unfold as they will, have patience. I find this card has good balance and support, not like one has more power than the other. The deck presents the story and it’s up to me to read the words – work together!
This prompt required two cards to answer two questions. I know, I know… this isn’t the Circo Tarot posted above. I said I was going to stick with that deck for this challenge…. but I really enjoyed reading with the Light Grey Tarot for the weekly reading so I decided to use it again for today’s challenge prompt. We all knew I wouldn’t stick to one deck, right? This was my first deck that introduced me to tarot and I still love it! It’s been ages since I’ve actually sat down with this deck to read and not just look at.
Inner // The Moon
What can I be grateful for about myself? Right away I was drawn to the physical Moon in general with this card. My connection with the Moon is what I’m most grateful for. Having a monthly cycle, just like her, gives me a close connection with her and our natural rhythms. The Moon itself is a main focus in my practice and path. The more I connect with her, the stronger my practice feels.
Around Me // 9 of Wands
What can I be grateful for around me? This card had me thinking about this question for a while. The 9 of Wands is all about persistence and seeing just how much you can take, like a test to see if you are truly all in or not. When I relate this to my own life and what goes on around me, all I can think about is the news and politics right now. While I’m for sure not grateful for it, I am grateful that it has helped me see what is truly going on in the world and find my own voice. I’ve always been a feminist but it wasn’t until this recent election that I really started to be more vocal. While I’m a massive introvert and worry what others think often, I’m finding it easier and easier to say “NO” more.
I normally do a month ahead reading for myself in my journal from time to time and thought it would be fun to bring it to the blog! When I do my own readings I tend to just pull two cards but I wanted to go a little more in depth for you all, I was inspired by a spread I found on Pinterest and decided to tweak it a bit to suit my own style. I hope you enjoy this month ahead reading, please let me know if you like this reading and want me to do it again for November. I would absolutely love to hear your feedback!
➥ If you would love a reading like this for your own personal life, question, or situation send me a message! I would love to do this reading spread for you!
This month I’m pulling from three different decks – Cosmos Tarot & Oracle, Pagan Otherworlds, and Spirit Speak.
Main Theme | The Devil
Right off the bat, the Devil pulls us in. This months theme is coming from the energy of the Devil, let’s not let them win this month and try our best to detach from what we hold on to, oh so dearly. When things become obsessive, that’s when we have a problem… this is where the Devil takes its grasp. This is a card of addictions and bondage, not the good kind! We all have obsessions and habits, some better than others, but habits none the less. Take a good look at yourself this month and see where your time is going and what dependency you may have that is sucking the life out of you and keeping you from doing the things you want to be doing. October is a great month for shadow work, take advantage of this time of the year to really dig deep and find out what is holding you back, chances are, it’s you!
Attitude | King of Cups
Ah, the King of Cups. To me, I find the King of Cups such a kind soul. They are in touch with their emotions and are indeed a great person to be around when you are feeling sensitive. Looking at this card for advice on what attitude we need to adapt this month, I would like to think we should be a lot more open with our emotions to those closest to us. Don’t give our hearts away though! You must set boundaries when it comes to heart matters, but do be generous. With all that is going on in the world right now, from natural disasters to fascist presidents, emotions are running high and we are all hurting in our own ways. Extend compassion to those who need it the most this month but keep some water in your well for yourself. It’s ok to cry and it’s certainly ok to ask for help, especially so since the Devil made it’s appearance in this reading. If you are looking to break some habits and free yourself, look for or be the King of Cups in your life and greet all that comes your way with loving-kindness.
Actions | 8 of Coins + 9 of Swords
Work, work, work… but don’t let it overwhelm you! This is a great opportunity to get some much needed work done, tweak some projects, edit some writing you have been working on… whatever it is, get some progress made on what you are currently working on. The 8 of Coins always tells me that the work we put into something matters, it can be seen and noticed when you slack off and try to get away with taking the easy route. Put pride into what you create this month and don’t be afraid to let it show… however, we are working with the Devil this month, so don’t obsess over what you are doing! Take breaks but always return back to what you are working on and don’t let it be put on the back burner.
When we are so focused in a project, job, or activity, it can be hard not to get sucked in. If we don’t take some moments to breath and clear our head, it can turn into stress and anxiety. Don’t do this to yourself, it’s pure torture and not good mojo for your mental health. Like I mentioned above, if you need help, ask for it! Don’t be afraid to speak up, no one will think less of you and in fact some may take your lead and do the same. We’re human and we’re not perfect, we make mistakes. Sometimes we jump in head first with positive intentions and excitement, only to find ourself drowning in doubt and fear days later. The Devil can make its appearance in situations like this, feeding your headspace with defeat and negative rationality, don’t let them win!
Struggle | 5 of Wands
At the bottom of the deck we have the 5 of Wands, I look at the bottom of the deck often to get an idea if there is any underlying issues or struggles. Nothing says annoying like the 5 of Wands in the Spirit Speak tarot! You have here a person with eyes looking at these flies on their face. These flies would indeed annoy the shit out of me or anyone! The number 3 stands out to me in this card and brings me back to the 3 of Wands. If we want to move forward in any planning we have set out to do for ourselves, we must stay focused. The struggle this month I feel is distraction. Don’t allow yourself to fall down this black hole, it can really lead to self sabotage! Keep your eye on the prize and push forward, despite what bumps in the road you have to jump over… or flies we have to swat away. It’s up to you on how you handle the situations that you face, you can allow them to bug the shit out of you and lead you off course OR you can pull out your fly swatter and take care of the issue right away, so you can carry on in peace and apply your energy to what is needed most.
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!!