“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 …

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 …

where there is a woman, there is magic. – Ntosake Shange

I first met Heatherleigh Navarro at one of my first tarot conferences – I believe it was NWTS. I’d heard of her, of course, from mutual friends and friends who had been to her shop, The Boston Tea Room in Ferndale, MI. What I didn’t hear about was her Presence. Good god, this woman has gravitas. Sparkly eyes, quick wit and a great smile. The NEXT time I met her, I asked if she could give me some business advice, and boy, did she. I felt like it was the conversational equivalent of being smacked in the back of the …

Unicorn + Psychic = Unicorn Psychic? -Pamela Chen

My friend, Leeza asked me to check out a deck from HER friend, Pamela Chen. She said it was called the “Crystal Unicorn Tarot”, and I believe my answer was something like “Oh, holy shit yes!” I’m always cautious, however, that cute decks are insubstantial when it comes to reading. I mean, they look pretty, but they don’t really resonate with the tarot meanings, and they turn out to be just cute pieces of art. Luckily, the Crystal Unicorn tarot is both an adorable deck (the Ace of Cups is held up by a Unicorn Hoof, for Christ’s sake), AND …

With my willingness to connect with you on a heart-to-heart level, my readings are healing and authentic. – Sarah Barry

During a massive binge of The Hermit’s Lamp podcast, I heard the delightful story of how Sarah Barry started reading professionally. She just did it. Such enormous bravery – she’s seriously one of my heroes. And look at her frickin bike!  Anyway, she’s now been reading for years and has such an enthusiasm for tarot – it’s engaging. She’s got a blog that dates back to 2010, and I’ve learned so much from her. Sarah is on Instagram and Facebook, and you should also sign up for her newsletter. I love that the internet brings me closer to kickass Australian …

The World is Calling Us to Get Real. – Nancy Antenucci

I’ve never met Nancy Antenucci, or as I like to call her in my head, “The Nucc”. We haven’t met in life, but online, I feel like we’ve been best friends for about 30 years. I was tickled to get an inscribed copy of her book, Psychic Tarot, with the note “To a special kindred that I haven’t met but I sure as shit know.”  Yeah. We’re bffs. Like all of my good friends, the first thing Nancy does with her book is call me on my nonsense. I have never liked being called a psychic, because it feels like …

I fell into the poetry that is tarot I fell into the symbolic layers, the similes and the metaphors, the cosmic language – Fables Den

I found Kimberly on Instagram. I believe someone re-posted one of her drawings and I immediately fell into a rabbit hole of beautiful, relevant, quirky tarot art. I’m a sucker for artists, especially those that make me laugh. There is a light-heartedness surrounding Kimberly’s art and tarot work. Although I will sit down with a heavy deck (Hey, Mary-El. Wanna make me cry again?), I am an optimist at heart, and I want my spreads and cards to have hope more often than not. Kimberly knows her cards, knows what a pain in the ass white borders on tarot cards …

It takes a lot of courage and confidence to shoot past through the BS and aim towards something higher. – Diana Chin

I think I found Diana Chin on Twitter. She’s funny, tuned in and smart. I love her perspective on the cards and her general badass witchiness. After a brief retreat from tarot, she’s back and badder than ever. Diana is just sensational, and I hope you dig her as much as I do.   Diana is a professional tarot reader, web developer/designer and writer. She co-founded Red Lotus Designz with her husband Ron in an effort to help spiritual bloggers, indie artists, writers and small businesses create simple but effective websites & logos. Diana also provides no-nonsense tarot readings with the …

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 …

I am a candle burning, hoopdancing, manifesting, novel reading, word-loving Mistress of Cartomancy – Ms. V (yes!)

I don’t get readings very often, but I’m pretty particular about who reads for me. I reached out to V when I was super stressed and this woman SAW me. She made everything better, too. I first heard about V from Ryan Edward, artist and card-slinger. He said that he’d met a woman at Readers Studio with such energy and vivacity that he knew we’d be good friends. He wasn’t wrong. Meet V. She’s a badass. You can find her at the links below.  xo LIS LFT Questionnaire 1.  What you appreciate the most in your friends. I appreciate loyalty …