Please don’t f*ck with my shit. – Blue Q

One of the things that goes along with being a professional tarot reader is the propensity for deck hoarding. Most tarot decks are delivered in either a cardboard flip box, or an elaborate cigar box style thinger. The flip boxes are flimsy and fall apart pretty quickly, and the cigar boxes are gigantic and hard to carry around. So, what do you do? You find tarot bags. I have some that were made by friends, a really terrible one that I made myself, and a few really expensive ones that I got when I was younger. What I’ve learned over …

My shop is my temple. And it runs on love & devotion. – Aidan Wachter

My Joe and I got married last year. He got me a beautiful engagement ring, which I promptly slammed in a door. Stone fell out. Second ring? Stone fell out. Third ring? Stone fell out. Fourth ring? Smashed against the wall, stone fell out. I was then grounded from engagement rings. We were looking at rings that represented who we were individually and as a couple. We’d both gotten necklaces from Aidan (pentacle and crossroads sigil, respectively) and asked if he’d design our wedding bands for us. NO STONES.  The result is pictured above- a Fox paw nestled safely in …

T is for The Bonefire Tarot

So, I have discovered that I have a superpower. This has been a long time in the making. I’ve gotten tarot books and decks for review before, and I even write reviews for muggle books in my spare time. I have developed relationships with a few publishers, and am very careful to be respectful of those relationships.  Then I saw this deck – the Bonefire Tarot – and I swear to all the gods my brain was taken up by the GimmeGimmeGimme’s! Gimme that deck! I took a deep breath, and respectfully reached out to Schiffer Publishing and asked if …

Clowns are scary. I am not. So get in touch, yo. – Fabeku Fatunmise

I’ve only recently discovered podcasts, and have been listening to the Hermit’s Lamp podcast like it’s my job. Each guest has been engaging for different reasons. Their history with tarot, their personal experiences as a professional reader or author, and some really cool theories about divination, spirituality and the world and whatnot. NOW – there was this one fella – I’d recently heard about him from Briana Saussy and Theresa Reed. How nice he was and funny, etc. Then I listened to his podcast. This was the first time I’d heard a disclaimer before the show –there was going to …

I set the intention for you and for me that we will receive healing, guidance, confirmation, grounding, centering, balance, peace, harmony, abundance… – Mitchell Osborn

I got to meet my darling Mitchell Osborn at Reader’s Studio this year. He taught one of the Master Classes, and his presentation had quite an impact on me. I stopped meditating with him about halfway through and started furiously writing about my next book. It was like a dam had burst, and I walked out of there was a clear ending to the book (that i’d been blocked about!) and a clear path of how to get there. So the book will be dedicated to Mitchell. 😀 Along with being a hell of a guy just in general, Mitchell …

This is the place to begin. – Liz Worth

Liz sent me a copy of her book “Going Beyond the Little White Book” a few months ago. I promptly lost it, because that’s how I do. When I ran into her at Reader’s Studio in New York this month, it took me a second to put the face with the name with the book that I lost. Then I got another copy! Yay! I didn’t think I’d be able to read it this month, because it’s been kind of hectic. Yeah, turns out I don’t need sleep after all. I stayed up WAY to late (on a school night) …

Z is for Zero #atozchallenge

The Fool, number Zero in the tarot, is my favorite card, and the Shadowscapes deck is one of my all time favorite decks. I have this print next to my bathroom mirror and I see it every morning. It reminds me to move forward even when I’m afraid. That the only thing holding me back, really, is me. From Kitchen Table Tarot (by me!): “Historically, the Fool is the only person the king will listen to. The jester is a beloved character. Notice I didn’t call him a clown. That’s important because clowns have nothing of substance to say, and they’re …

Y is for EthonY #atozchallenge

I don’t like oracle decks. I’ve tried reading with them before and they just come across as NOT tarot decks. Kind of floaty and ethereal and meh.  I kept seeing this deck, though. Jeezy creezy, this fuckin’ deck. I saw the picture above and got the Gimme’s really really badly. I looked it up, and it was from the Awakened Soul Oracle. Goddamnit.  I met Ethony at the Northwest Tarot Symposium this year, and she was just brilliant. Funny and engaging, with a great grasp of the cards. All cards. She was nice enough to send me a copy of …

X is for Ex #atozchallenge

First of all, I totally failed the A to Z challenge, because it’s May, but I’m no quitter, so you get three more posts to finish this off. 🙂  One of the questions I receive most often from clients is, “Will he/she/they come back?” This is kind of a gallows-humor joke among readers, because it happens SO OFTEN, and most of the time, the answer is no. It’s a question that people will go from reader to reader to ask. I’ve had someone sit in front of me and tell me that I’m the tenth reader they’ve been to and …