M is for Moon #atozchallenge

Lifted with permission from my punkin, Beth, at Little Red Tarot Beth is the one who introduced me to this deck. The SasuraIbito tarot by Stasia Burrington. I love the entire deck, but the Moon card really brings it on home for me. The Moon is not a happy card. It’s full of unsurety, anxiety, and fear. This version of the card – the woman’s face encircled by the crescent moon, her head bowed with the weight of her intuition, a tear streaming down her face.  This is the face of someone who knows what’s coming, and doesn’t know if …

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. -Ben Okri

Gotta respect a fellow who wears a snake for a belt. The Magician in tarot is a confident guy. He’s got to be – we’re his audience. He’s got all of his tools laid out before him and chooses his own magic wand and his finger to work with. He’s electric – kinetic, even. He’s practiced these moves for months, for years, even. Practiced and honed his craft until they were flawless. Only then does he come out to dazzle us.  The Magician has the same degree of swagger that you find in Snoop Dogg or Adam Lambert. He’s not …

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -William Blake

The Fool means Jump. Even if you’re afraid. If you keep moving forward, you’re winning. Even if you’re moving forward by centimeters. Even if your forward movement is defined by NOT moving backwards.  The base of the card is simplicity. The intent of the Fool is to discover. The passion of the Fool is Adventure. The emotion of the Fool is Wonder. The spirit of the Fool is Joy. Inverted, the Fool is stuck. Lamed. Misdirected. Tarot MixTape Playlist! The songs that come to mind with this card, for Tarot MixTape Playlist ™ purposes are these.  One is highly inappropriate, …

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 …

H is for Hierophant #atozchallenge

Every tarot reader has a problem child in their deck. Everyone has that one card that they can’t quite get a grasp on. A lot of people struggle with the court cards. I’ve got a friend who hates all of the swords. I have my own. It’s the damned Hierophant card. First of all, when I was a kid and first learning, Eden Gray’s book didn’t help me a damned bit. She talked about the esoteric meaning of the Hierophant and the religious influences on the card, but it never seemed to mesh with the reading. What the hell does …

Here is what is truly at the heart of wholeheartedness: Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is. – Brene Brown

I recently wrote an article for Yoga and Spa Magazine about comparing yourself to others, and how it never really works out. It’s stuck in my head, and I went to a bar tonight (which I never do anymore) and was watching all of the people while thinking about this. There were scantily clad dancers working there, and my feminism backed up on me. Misogyny! Right? Maybe? The guys were wearing jeans and t-shirts and the women were wearing crop tops, bikini bottoms, assless chaps and cowboy boots. Then I started thinking about friends who paid their way through college …

…Our new wisdom will bring tears to the eyes of the gentle.- Joseph Pintauro #tarot #death

Change is hard.  This isn’t revolutionary, but every time a new change knocks the wind out of us, we are astounded.  WHY did that person change their heart?  WHY can’t things be the way they were?  Why are we not who we used to be?  No fair.  No goddamned, really hurty sonofabitching fair. I had a reading the other night.  I have this friend, Earnest, who I’ve known since they were too young to want readings.  They had a sweetheart, a good sweetheart, for almost two years.  Then they took a break.  Then they tried again.  Then they decided to …

Because, she said, when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave. – Neil Gaiman #themoon

Fear seems to be mostly a childhood experience, right?  Afraid of the dark, under the bed, your asshole big brother, death, dying, the news, Freddie Kruger, etc. etc. And when you’re a kid, you had Guardians (if you were lucky) against the Fear.  I was lucky – my dad was a very tall police officer with a very deep voice who told me very clearly that monsters weren’t allowed in his house.  And furthermore, were not allowed to hurt his little girl. I believed him.   I think the monsters believed him, too, because I was never ever bothered in …

The World #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The World – one path ends, another begins.  The world spins and spins.  My guest DJ for the World is the amazing Theresa Reed.  Let’s do this: Drop The World by L’il Wayne. The World is about completion, an ending, a chapter coming to a close. When I heard this song, these lyrics grabbed my attention: “And I could die now, Rebirth motherfucker/ hop up in my spaceship and leave earth motherfucker/ I’m gone, mutherfucker, I’m gone”. Once one lesson is completed, we are ready to start the cycle all over again. Rebirth motherfucker indeed.  – TR Rise Again – …

Judgment #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The guest DJ for the Judgment card is Theresa Reed. Theresa is here and has lots of new goodies on her site for readers and clients.  Spend some time there, you won’t be sorry.   And I’ve got nothing to add to Judgment.  What a beautiful story -thank you for sharing it, T.  I’ll Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie. Judgment is about awakening and rebirth. It’s the card of “hearing the call” but it also is a reminder that a phase is coming to an end and it’s time to take stock of where you’ve …