I'm sitting here in an empty computer lab, surrounded by reminders that the holidays are almost here. Christmas used to be my favorite time of year when I was young. In fact, I would get so excited about Santa that every Christmas Eve I would spend 3/4 of the night in the bathroom puking my brains out. I am sure that my mother appreciated not being able to wrap presents and put them under the tree until 4am!
Now that I am grown and have children of my own I really wanted to make Christmas a big deal. It hasn't really worked out for me so far. With my ex-husband it was always more important to spend time either at his parents or his brothers house for Christmas - seriously curtailing my abilities to instill any family traditions of our own. So when I got divorced and subsequently remarried I told my self it was going to be different this time around. And oh, how desperately I wanted that. My new husband is totally on board with Christmas being a time for OUR family, so I do appreciate that. What I hadn't counted on was life throwing such curveballs at us. Curveballs like unemployment, losing our home at thanksgiving time, or our children being 2500 miles away. Each year it seems like some other wrench gets thrown in my perfect plans.
I want to make dozens of cookies with my daughter, decorate the house, have Christmas dinner with our whole family. I want a normal holiday with all the trimmings.... and I want my whole family there to enjoy it with. What would you have different about YOUR holidays? We'd love to hear what you would do different, or what advice you might have to make the holidays extra bright for those who are struggling this year.
Now that the semester is winding down I am trying to get caught back up. I took three finals today and it drained me! I have one more left tomorrow morning on American History and then I am done until the end of January. I'm finally catching up on deck reviews. Keep reading to see what I think of the Halloween Oracle.
In last Saturdays blog post we examined the questions that make every tarot reader cringe inside. This week we are going to explore what kinds of questions make for the best possible readings. Click read more to learn how asking the right questions makes all the difference in the world.
Do you have a handle on the Tarot card basics? Well, then, you're ready for reversals! Most of the Tarot readings you'll see on our site deal strictly with upright Tarot cards because they are easier to interpret. But many advanced Tarot readers often shuffle their decks to include reversed Tarot cards because they can lend another layer of insight. Read more to see what it means when you flip those cards upside down.
Sometimes client's can ask some of the strangest questions, or they are very unclear when they ask them. It can be frustrating to say the least, but should you rephrase your client's question? Read more to find out more...
So you have decided to make that step towards reading professionally. In our pro series we are covering a lot of the basics you need to get started. This week, we go beyond our first article and start talking about the meat and potatoes of what your website should include. These are not hard and fast rules, just things that I have picked up through experience, trial and error and various seminars. Keep reading to get to work on your website today!
When it comes to learning to read the tarot, the Daily Draw is a spread that everyone should try. Keep reading to unlock the magic of this simple spread.
Let me start off with two VERY important things. These are things that are vitally important to understanding this deck and working with it. Ready? Click on read more to learn more about this fascinating deck.
For millennia, cats have held our fascination… aloof; mysterious and elegant creatures, they slip quietly into our lives in story and poem and even worshiped by the Egyptians as gods long ago. Often thought of as companions to witches, black cats have often been the unlucky recipients of superstition, fear and more than their share of bad press. Check out our impressions of the Black Cat Tarot
We've talked about going pro in tarot, and today we are going to cover two aspects that a lot of people forget - especially if you have been hobby reading for some time. Keep reading for some of the best advice to make sure you are a legal beagle!
Earlier this month my 5 year old daughter shocked me by asking if she could have her own deck of tarot cards. We already sit and talk about the meanings of different cards, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. She also is very adept at caring for our altars, and clearly has a love for the path we follow in this house. So I set about looking for a deck that might be child friendly - and I found Happy Tarot! Check out our first impressions below.
Have you been on the fence about the Witches Tarot? Let me help you pick a side with my review of this interesting deck. Keep reading for more...
Learning the tarot isn't just about memorizing a bunch of keywords and then winging it. It involves your personal feelings and interpretations of a card as well. But if you aren't writing these things down you are really doing yourself a disservice. Click read more to learn more about starting your own tarot journal.
I'm sure everyone out there can relate - you find a deck online that you are drawn to, that you MUST have. You order, wait patiently (ok maybe not too patient) stalk the mail man on delivery day and then you open the package and instantly deflate. Check out my response to the Gothic Tarot by Joseph Vargo.
Why would anyone want to get out of their tarot comfort zone? If you are in your comfort zone, you are likely to be stable and confident and therefore able to do solid and dependable readings. Rituals and regular processes help ground readers and prepare the mind to begin the important work of interpreting the cards. We spend so much time finding our groove and learning to recognize and recreate our comfort zone; why would we want to step out of it?
At the root, the protest in Charlottesville started from a very simple place. The statue of Robert E Lee was going to be removed - and Lee Park where it had resided since 1924 to be renamed Emancipation Park. But by the end of the day, lives would be lost and people around the country were at each other's throats. I'll start by warning you right now, before you read any further, that I voted for Donald Trump in our last election. If that bothers you then you may not want to continue reading. But if you are willing to be open-minded join the conversation.
It's been a while since I allowed myself a new deck - I mean, heck, I've been selling off or trading nearly every deck that I owned except for a few special decks. This past week I traded with a fellow tarot reader for a couple of decks that I never would have considered on my own, but that I felt pretty drawn to. Take a look at the Everyday Witch Tarot with me.
Join me for a video interview with Arwen Lynch. We talk about how I got to New Mexico, what got me creating and we even do a few readings. If you have any questions drop them in the comments below.
This morning the new is abuzz with the fact that Paul Haigh, one of Australia's worst serial killers, has asked to have a deck of tarot cards as he sits and serves six life sentences. It has raised some questions about if death row inmates (and those serving life sentences) should be allowed access to pagan tools. I weigh in on the controversy.
Oracle cards. What are they? How do they work? How are they different from tarot, and how do you use them? These are the sorts of questions I’ve been hearing ever since I picked up my first deck of oracle cards. If you have those same questions then click Read More to learn about these unique decks.
I'll be the first to admit that the lenormand system can seem really daunting at first - it is so totally different then tarot. With only 36 cards you would think it would be a cake walk, right? Sometimes I think that if you are a tarot reader transitioning into lenormand that it is a little harder then the other way around. If you are interested in learning more about this system here are 10 tips to get you started.
There is something mesmerizing and mysterious about tarot readers - admit it, when you first hear tarot you probably have these visions of a gypsy woman with dangly earrings and a crystal ball. Not true 90% of the time, but it is the vision most people conjure up. And admit it, if you are a geek like me the title of this post makes PERFECT sense to you. If not, that's ok too. Keep reading for more on starting your journey as a professional tarot reader.
For the novice Tarot reader, selecting a Tarot deck can be incredibly overwhelming. There are literally hundreds and even thousands of different Tarot decks to choose from, all with their own symbolism, energy, stories, mythology and artwork. What’s more, there are also oracle cards and wisdom cards that are often included under the Tarot card banner. So, where do you begin? How do you sift through the vast array of choices to find your perfect Tarot deck? Keep reading for 9 surefire tips to help you pick your next tarot deck.
So you think you are ready to "go pro" but you don't have the place or the money to open your own shop. Or maybe you are in a rural location where it is difficult to get clients. So you sit down, and after wondering if you are crazy to want to read tarot for a living, you decide that maybe you can work for one of those tarot websites. Surely they rake in the big bucks - and then you will be able to build the shop of your dreams. Is working for someone else worth it? Click read more to see what we think.
22 years of tarot experience, 20 years experience as a mom, and a lifetime of knowledge is just rattling around in here!