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 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!