Write Every Day: A to Z Challenge and Hello Jake!

Hey, guys! We’re continuing with our A to Z challenge, and meeting the crew this week. You can catch up on some of the daily A to Z posts below: H is for HumdrumI is for IgnorantJ is for JankyK is for Kitchen Table TarotL is for LoversM is for MoonN is for Newbie And on to more of the crew! Next up is Jake. I’ve known him since he was a kid, and one of the first emails I got when I sent my first newsletter was from Jake. It said something like, “Hi, Aunt Melissa. This looks terrible. …

Write Every Day: A to Z Challenge and Hello Joe!

This is the third year I’ve participated in the A to Z blogger challenge, and it’s all the fault of Christina Majeskia and John Stamos. Long story. Anyway, the challenge is this – write a blog post for every day in the month of April. Yikes. The first handful of topics you can read are: A is for AlchemyB is for BreatheC is for CrewD is for Dust II OnyxE is for EthicsF is for FreedomG is for Gratitude This is the first year I was smart enough to write a little bit in advance, so it won’t be as …

F is for Freedom #atozchallenge

Can you be free of the thing that you love? If you’re doing readings for yourself (or whatever it is that you do for a living) for your friends or for clients, can you put it down?  If you have stern boundaries about when you work and for whom, can you enforce them all of the time? Can you do this without guilt? My answer is, yeah. Mostly. I mean, I can NOW. I wasn’t always able to put my cards down. Here’s how I fixed this problem and got freedom from my cards. Follow along and set your own blazing boundaries, …

The Oracle of the Old West – Jenny Roques

After 20 years in St. Louis, I’m finally starting to think of it as home. We have our problems, to be sure, but the good guys always seem to come through when we need them. We also have artists, musicians, craftspeople and artisans -and sometimes, all of those things in one person. Jenny Roques is a St. Louis musician, artist, craftsperson and artisan, and she has a new line of products that mix magic and self care.  There are bath bombs with the St. Louis signature Fleur de Lis, with a crystal in the middle. She’s also got shower steamers …

Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind, /Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between. ― Neil Gaiman

First of all, I didn’t expect to like this deck. From looking at pics on the internet, it seemed like a high fantasy kind of deck, with bosomy women and strapping men. Barf. What it is, upon closer inspection, is just lovely. There is some bosom, true, but it’s not like those books that annoyed me so much. We see women in positions of strength and men who are gentle. I fucking love it. There are queer folks and people of color (and queer people of color). Old folks and young. I really enjoyed how happy some of the characters …

Blessed are the Spirit Walkers – Jonathan Emmett

I met Jonathan Emmett online through my buddy Ryan. He’s a local (to me) guy, living in Southern Missouri, with a penchant for Buzz Lightyear curtains and Minions. If you are like me and enjoy a lot of silly in your shamans, you’ll like Jonathan just as much as I do. Do you know the thing when you scroll past something, your brain turns into exclamation points and you scroll past? This happened with one of Jonathan‘s pieces of jewelry. There I was, minding my own business, and i had to redirect all of my attention to this piece of …

It is my hope that this deck will cause a literal butterfly effect – one that will resonate positivity, love, and hope to women everywhere. – Eva DuPlan

I get a number of emails from folks asking me to look at their decks or books or Kickstarters for these. I always check them out, and if they speak to me, I like to support the kickstarter, or review the deck or book, or jump up and down and post about it on my blog.   With this deck, by Eva DuPlan, made me want to do all three. There was jumping. There is going to be supporting, and here’s the post. I love this playful, gorgeous deck SO much. I love the representation, I love the cool interpretations of …

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 …

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 …