And what would humans be without love? Rare, said Death. – Terry Pratchett

The first book that I found of his was Small Gods.  It was published in 1992, and I remember getting it, reading it as quickly as I could, reading it again, and then immediately going to the library to check out all of his other books. One of the best gifts I was ever given was a box full of 30 Terry Pratchett books. Eric looked through my bookshelf and bought me all of the ones that I didn’t have.  It was amazing.  I just held them close to me and cried and grinned like an idiot. One of the …

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate. -William Arthur Ward

Wrapping things up at the Northwest Tarot Symposium.  This was the first year of NeWTS, and I have to say, it was fantastic.  Of course, this was my first conference, so I might be biased.    I got to learn and talk to some of the people whose books and writings helped me learn how to read tarot.  James Wanless, Barbara Moore, Carrie Freakin Paris, Mark Ryan, Jaymi Elford, Gina Thies, and many more.  This was such a great experience for me. One of my favorite parts, though, was meeting my peers.  Those who came up in the trenches with …

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. – Maya Angelou

The NWTS began in earnest yesterday afternoon.  I got to spend the whole day hanging out with Jaymi Elford and getting to know Portland.  I already want to move here.  We had brunch at Broder’s – sent there by my Dutch friend, Margot.  I should have expected trout for breakfast.  It was amazing.  We wandered to Powell’s, which might be the best bookshop in the world, and found Little Red Tarot!  Beth joined up with us for the rest of the afternoon and she’s just as fantastic in person as she is online. The conference has an amazing vending area, …

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. – Terry Pratchett

Today is the first day of the first Tarot conference I’ve ever attended, and I’m nervous as hell.  I got picked up at the airport by the awesome Jaymi Elford, and at dinner, we were talking about who was going to be here.  Guys, some of these people are putting me directly into fangirl mode.   The internet is a weird thing.  I have been posting to my blog for a few years, and have been on Facebook and Twitter (and I have 50 followers on Tumblr!  badass!), and it gives the illusion that I know people in my field. …

To have a voice that shows up is daring and it’s heroic. -Jacquelyn Tierney

I meet all of these cool-ass people.  I think that’s one of the coolest things about being me.  I get to meet amazing people and make new friends all the time.  When I die, one of the first things I’m going to tell whoever says Hi next is “OMG thank you for my people!!” Because I have an Out Loud Personality ™ most of the people I get along with are also out loud.  Some are shy, and some are both?  This one is both.  Edgy and raw and talented and diverse in those talents.  Jacquelyn Tierney is an artist, a …

The Hanged Man #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The Hanged Man is, to me, about potential energy rather than kinetic energy.  It’s healing, becoming prepared to act, observing – this isn’t the stillness of one who is lazy or afraid – this is the stillness of someone collecting their resources and getting ready to act. The song I chose for The Hanged Man is “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. I keep a close watch on this heart of mineI keep my eyes wide open all the timeI keep the ends out for the tie that bindsBecause you’re mine, I walk the line I find it very, very …