“To learn to play seriously is one of the great secrets of spiritual exploration.” ― Rachel Pollack

It isn’t often you get to interview your hero.  The second tarot book that I ever bought was “78 Degrees of Wisdom“. I’d been reading cards for about a decade at this point, and although I could read the cards, I didn’t really understand them. Not entirely. Rachel Pollack’s book introduced me to my cards in a way that made me feel like we were old friends. I could talk to the cards and for the first time – clearly hear what they said. Magical. Because the Universe seems to conspire to shower me with blessings, I was invited to …

“Gertrude is a spider, weaving a web of funhouse mirrors” – Taisia Kitaiskaia

I found Taisia Kitaiskaia in the Hall of Fame for amazing names, but also in my friend Sara’s instagram feed. Literary Witches – what an amazing title and concept. The book is a beautiful little hardcover with a subtitle of “A celebration of magical women writers”. That’s like all of my favorite things in one title.  Each woman is featured in the book with a small drawing, a magical portrait, a small fairy tale and a short bio. They’re just beautiful – the artwork alone would make this a great book, but the playfulness and warmth that the author feels …

Laughing is the only way to deal with the bleeding walls – Michael Bodine

If you know me at all, you know that I’ve always been fascinated by psychics who grow up in a family of psychics. From me, to my friend, Terry Iacuzzo and her siblings, there seems to be a theme in the upbringing of gifted kids. We’re a little weird, we’re a little isolationist, and we carry that weirdness into adulthood. I’ve recently found an exception to this rule. Michael Bodine was raised with two psychic siblings and a mother who read tarot cards and took him to psychic camp. He would rather have played football and hung out with his …

Augenblick – from Middle High German *ougenblick* meaning “Quick Glance” – Shannon Loftis

A couple of years ago, I was sitting next to the as-yet-unknown-to-me Shannon Loftis a the Northwest Tarot Symposium. We were told to take our tarot decks out for the exercise and she pulled out this gorgeous, square tarot deck that I’d never seen before. What the hell. I began annoying her immediately. Where did it come from? What do you mean you can read it sideways?? WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU MADE IT? Like, created it? What magic is this? The Augenblick tarot was created with images from the Library of Congress. It can be read reversed, right side …

These decks allow us to confront what we know with what we think we know. – J. Ryan Kent

Jake has a kickstarter for this wonderful decks – The Queer Community Tarot Deck.  We spoke with Jake earlier about his Queer Street Tarot business, and I’m happy to have another questionnaire about his new decks. These decks are focused on all aspects of the queer community, and are dedicated to making sure that people see themselves in their cards.  You can visit the Kickstarter at the link above, and find out more about the deck below.  xo! Lis Earth – tell me how this deck makes you feel at home These decks combine all that I’ve learned about myself, …

Watch for me by moonlight – Alfred Noyes

Rosemary Wise is one of three outstanding siblings. Her brother, Frank Andrews, has been reading tarot professionally in New York City for over 50 years. Her sister, Terry Iacuzzo, also in the City, has been reading tarot for nearly 40 years. Rosemary has been reading in her quiet corner of upstate New York quietly for almost as long. Rosemary has a skill called psychometry. This is the ability to pick up psychic impressions from touching or seeing an object. Show Rosemary the pictures and she’ll tell you who the people are. Hand her your your watch and she’ll tell you …

AFFIRMATIONS: you are valued. you are never alone. you are deserving. you are a bulletproof pegasus who drinks acid rain. you are enough – Maggie Stiefvater

I found the the series “The Raven Cycle” by ruthlessly judging a book by its cover. I got the audiobooks from my library, and listened to them like it was my job. Only once before have I read a book that portrayed tarot readers as something other than stereotypes. (The Grift by Debra Ginsburg) There is a house full of tarot readers and psychics, a young, awkward but brilliantly smart and funny protagonist, four earnest young men, and a story that weaves in and out of socioeconomic issues and magic. It’s urban fantasy at it’s best. Here are some questions …

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 …

L is for Learning #atozchallenge

I used my handy dandy tarot book for readings for a decade. Even for paid readings. Even for new clients. I told them that I was still learning and it was ok! I relied on it less and less, but the damned Two of Wands looks JUST LIKE the Three of Wands and it’s helpful to grab the book and have a reminder sometimes.  The two shelves pictured are only part of my tarot library. It’s more of a tarot lending library, and Amanda and Potter and Ellen and Sarah Kate still have some of my books on loan. I …

I feel 100% myself… and that authenticity translates into sessions with my clients.- Dee Fells

I started following Dee Fells on Twitter because her handle is Tarot & Snark, which are two of my favorite things in the whole universe. Since finding her, I’ve also found that she has a great relationship with the cards, is always striving to learn more, is political (like me) and is funny as hell. Clearly, we’re destined to be friends. She has also tried to put me in right relations with Babybel cheese, but failed. Bless. I remain obsessed. Anyway, check out my tarot sis and give her a call for a reading. She has this amazing thing. I’ll …