W is for wallet #atozchallenge

As I sit amongst the vendor tables at Reader’s Studio 2017, I remind myself that I DON’T NEED another tarot deck. I really don’t. I got to hang out with Terry Iacuzzo last night, who I’m delighted to say has become a friend. She introduced her to her brother, Frank Andrews, who read for John and Yoko and has been reading for 50 years. He still uses his first deck. It’s held together by cellophane tape and prayer, but he has one deck and he still reads on occasion.  I think that Terry has two decks. I have like 75. …

V is for Vivid Journey Tarot #atozchallenge

I got a copy of the Vivid Journey deck from Llewellyn for review and I busted it out to play with immediately. It’s a pretty good deck! Here is the review: Artwork – The artwork is just beautiful. It’s reminiscent of children’s books, and it felt very comforting. I liked the bright colors and smiling faces. Nicely done.   The Suits – This is a gentle deck – I think it would be great for parties! The Devil card is handsome. The Chariot rider has a chin dimple. It’s charming.  Representation – There are queer folks, but like one person of color, …

U is for Unpleasant #atozchallenge

I was going to write about Uusi, the company that makes the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. This is an amazing deck and you should get it and also get all of the other stuff they make. I decided to write about Unpleasant things because of facebook. And I’m a bit cranky this morning, so here we go, kids. There is a thing on Facebook right now – you list 9 bands you’ve seen and one you haven’t and your friends have to guess which is the band you haven’t seen. I love bands and music. I love my friends. Facebook is …

S is for Shuffling #atozchallenge

When I do a reading for clients, I ask them to shuffle until they feel finished. This lasts anywhere for a few seconds to 10 full minutes. The client meditated over the cards for a long, long, time and used her pendulum to choose which stack to read from. It was…thorough.  Other folks just rest their hands on the decks and tell me to go. Anyway, the reason I ask my clients to shuffle the cards is because it’s rhythmic and relaxing. A lot of folks are nervous before readings so it gives them something to do. After the first …

R is for Relax #atozchallenge

My amazing friend, Byrne, sent me a note on Facebook this week after reading my book. (Did you guys know I wrote a book? I did. You can find it here. And here. And here.) She said that she read that book and I aligned the Swords with Air and the Wands with Fire and SHE thought that Swords went with Fire and Wands went with Air and what the hell? My answer is – you do you. Seriously. If that’s how tarot cards make sense to you – do that thing. I think that the 9 of Pentacles is …

Q is for Queer #atozchallenge

When I first started doing readings professionally in the early 90’s, I still had to do the Pronoun Game with some of my clients. “So this person that you love, they have feelings for you but they aren’t able to…..”  A few times, I would just stop in the middle of the reading and say, “Ok, can we just talk about this?” I was always very cautious, though, because coming out is personal, and some folks have been afraid for their lives for their ENTIRE lives, and you just don’t out someone (even to themselves). You just don’t. As the …

P is for the Prairie Tarot #atozchallenge

A long time ago, I got a copy of the Prairie Tarot from a boyfriend. I loved the deck, and then the boyfriend went away and I couldn’t use it anymore. It had Ex all over it. So I gave it away. (To Ryan! Hi, Ryan!) Then I dreamt about this deck. I saw my friend Ellen reading with it and got all kinds of jealous. The deck is beautiful, but that’s not really the best part of it. I grew up in Kansas in the 70’s. What this means is that I grew up watching Little House on the …

O is for Oath #atozchallenge

A lot of the folks that read my writing are learning to read tarot. I would like for you guys to take an oath for me. We’ll call it the LFT Ethical Reader Oath. You ready?  I solemnly swear to use my books and tools until I am truly a competent reader. I will not call myself an expert until I honestly am.  I swear to be honest with myself and my clients, even when the truth hurts us.  I will not take advantage of those looking for answers by telling them what they want to hear.  I will learn …

N is for Nervous #atozchallenge

I’m a nervous kind of girl. When I was a new reader, I remember having a mild freakout before each reading. That my readings were going to suck, and none of them would be accurate, and the client was going to rise up out of their seat and point at me, shouting, “J’accuse! Shenanigans!” I swear to god, every time. I had to call my friend Kitten before my gigs to get talked out of my tree. It was ridiculous. This lasted until like five years ago. I still get a little nervous, but not in the same, gut punch …

M is for Magician #atozchallenge

This is from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot by Uusi. Yes. You should get it. The Magician card in the tarot is about sass and competence. It’s important to remember something about magicians. They practice a lot. Each trick that looks effortless took hours and hours to perfect. There is no magic without a hell of a lot of hustle.  When the Magician shows up in a reading, it’s your client’s time to shine. Their hard work is going to pay off and they’re going to be able to make all this look easy.  Clues in the card to help you …