Z is for Zombies and Eyeballs #atozchallenge

So, I got this tarot deck last year. It was beautiful. It’s called the Wooden Tarot, and the artist also made a deck called the Earthbound Oracle. The artwork is amazing, and it aligns beautifully with my vision of the tarot. I took it out of the book, and blinked. …it blinked back. Almost every card in this deck has extraneous eyeballs on it. Bleh. I have an eye thing. Not as bad as my friend, Reese, does, but still. We used to mess with each other by touching our eyeballs. It was gross. We were young. So I have …

Y is for Young Reader #atozchallenge

My daughter, GIrl Child, is 12. We were talking last night while rocking out to Green Day (she has excellent musical tastes). She said, “You’re 41. You’re not old, and you’re not young. You’re not quite middle aged so what would we call you? Mid-aged? Near Mid Aged?” I suggested we call me 41 and leave it there.  It did get me thinking, though. I’ve been reading tarot cards for 27 years –  longer than I have not. Since I was 14, actually. So I wanted to reach out to the younger readers with some advice that I wish I’d …

X is for Xanax #atozchallenge

I had a reading a few months ago in which the client had screwed something small up at work, and that small screw up was mixed in with piles of screw ups from their vendor, and as corporations often go, they were getting blamed for the whole thing. They were given the opportunity from their boss to write out the whole thing and essentially ready their defense for a meeting. Instead of rising to this occasion to finally speak out and shame the Devil, they freaked the fuck out and called me. “I’m going to get fired. I hate getting …

W is for Women in Tarot #atozchallenge

There are a lot of us!  I’ve talked with friends about why women seem to be the overwhelming majority in divination. Our best guesses are: It’s the whole ‘women’s intuition’ thing that makes it align more with women – and more accepted by society. It’s tradition left over from the days of hedgewitches and ‘women who have the ways and the knowing’. Women were the midwives, men were allowed to become doctors, and that split of the scientific and the sacred fell upon gender lines. The stereotype of the fortune teller is mostly female, and since we learn through stereotypes …

V is for Venom #atozchallenge

“Can you do a reading to see if my ex-boyfriend is still with that skank?” “I want to do “this terrible thing” to this girl. Will I get busted?” “I think that “Guy at work” is stealing. Can you see that? No, he doesn’t work for me, I just want to know” First of all, ew, no. Secondly, I get these requests on occasion. I call them venom readings. The client isn’t looking for their future, they’re looking for someone else’s. They’re also looking for revenge. Tarot readings are proprietary. I don’t read for other people in your reading. If …

U is for Us. #atozchallenge

A few years ago, I went to Theresa Reed’s Soulful Proprietor retreat. It was an amazing weekend, and I learned so much. One of the things that stuck in my head was when Theresa said, “There is room for all of us.” I’ve only been a member of the online tarot community for three years, and have just started a small tarot group in St. Louis for about a year. What I’ve learned is that, like every other group of people, most are fantastic and some are complete asshats. Most of the people that I’ve met are supportive, welcoming and …

T is for Transparent Tarot #atozchallenge

This deck is Hard. It’s complex and layered. (ha! get it? cuz you layer the cards?) I would absolutely call this an advanced deck. I’ve been reading for quite a while, and I rely on the book whenever I use them. Now – the only criticism I’ve got is that they had an oily film on them when I got em. I wiped them down, and didn’t dry them all the way so the next time I got them out they stuck together again. They were a bit of a pain in the ass, but a nice side effect of …

S is for Shadowscapes #atozchallenge

I have a lot of tarot decks. Well, not as many as Arwen or Mary K Mothafuckin’ Greer, but like, 35 decks. That’s a lot. I’ve been doing this for a while, so it makes sense. People ask me sometimes which is my favorite. I’d like to be all, “Each tarot deck has it’s own special qualities and it depends on the blah blah blah” It’s the Shadowscapes deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. This deck came out in 2010, and I was just gearing up my professional tarot career. I got a spiritual journey by my friend Mary in 2000, …

R is for Reversals #atozchallenge

Reading tarot reversals isn’t really as difficult as it seems. It does not mean the opposite of the upright meaning, so quit doing that. All you have to do, really, is imagine the card upside down. Ace of cups – all of that water/emotion sloshing all over the place. Drama and sadness. Devil – the chains of addiction are hanging loose and changing shape. There is a chance for change Knight of Wands – Upright, this guy gets things done. Reversed? He drops his stick. Horse lands on him. He is stuck. It’s basically the confused, lessened, increased, weird version …

Q is for Queens. #atozchallenge

The Queens are the moms of the tarot. Here is a handy dandy guide to figuring them out.  The Heart – Queen of Cups Surrounded by water, but only a toe touches it. She controls her contact with emotion. She has a lid on her chalice – again showing control. She embodies empathy. The Mind – Queen of Swords The Hillary Clinton card. She’s a complete badass.  The difficult part of this is that while being a badass, she has to ignore her feelings. She cuts to the chase. The Action – Queen of Wands Queen of Action She has …