When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it – Charles deLint

I love this time of year – my friend Will talked about the time between Christmas and New Year’s as being shapeless and un-managed energy.  Anything can happen and you won’t be surprised.  The dates are all wonky and your time is kind of unchecked except for the mundane responsibilities.  The huge rush of the holidays gives way to the potential for a new beginning.  I love the ‘in-betweens’.  I always think of this time of year as a cocoon of sorts. That formative, squishy time where you get to shed the parts of you that aren’t working and try …

There’s a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words. – Dorothy Parker

A few years ago, in a quest for John Stamos’ internet lovin’, Christina Majaski and I threw down the “I’ve loved him since Full House!” and “Oh yeah?  I’ve loved him since Blackie Parrish was a thing!” gauntlets.  We soon realized that we were entirely too silly to fight for real, and that John Stamos should probably remain a gorgeous, Greek ideal instead of a reality.  Damnit.  We became friends instead. Anyway, Christina is not only funny, she’s smart.  She writes what she knows, and does it in such a way that makes you know what she knows.  She makes …

You should treat a muse like a fairy – Paulo Coelho

Karen asked how information came through when I do readings.  I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and I think the best way to explain it would be with stories.  All names were changed to protect my clients, as well as identifying information.  Once upon a time, I was giving readings at a corporate event, and a woman with long, long dark hair sat down.  For the briefest of seconds, I *saw* her with a shaved head.  It surprised me, and I asked if she was getting a haircut.  She started crying and told me that her hair …

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away. ― Elvis Presley

  Maybe the dark things that live in the corners of my brain aren’t so scary after all?  Maybe I can take them out and let some light shine on them. That’s the Sun card.  Everything is moved into the light.  I get an image in my head of the sunshine reaching into the darkest, deepest corners of us.  Burning away the sadness, the lies and distortions, the broken trusts and broken hearts.  The sunshine illuminates and enlightens us, and shows us that when the shadows and dark and twisties go away, it’s not so scary out here after all. …

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules… – Tom Robbins

The Lovers.  Aw, come on.  What a gorgeous image.  The sun is shining high and bright, the Angel of Outlandish Headgear is giving a blessing, with its own fog machine, The Tree of Knowledge (complete with serpent) one one side and a burning bush on the other.  Hello, overt Biblical references!  How ya doing.  You gotta love Rider Waite. That’s this card.  It doesn’t even have to be romantic, although that’s most often the case.  Some people who walk around on this Earth are Tribe.  They’re yours.  You might take a couple of decades to find them, but once you …

Where’s that from? My brain! -Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Wow, insomnia made me go stupid.  I was on the Twitter last night, because it was either that or stare at the ceiling and try to think of all of the languages in which I can swear (four, including ASL).  And I read this thinger that said, “I challenge you to blog every day for the month of October!”, and I was all, “Challenge accepted, bitches.”  So, that happened.  But you know what?  I’m excited about my sleep-deprived what-the-hell-did-I-just-do decision.  I haven’t been as involved in the cards as I used to be, and I have a CLASS COMING UP …

Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach – Aristotle

I was looking for a quote for this little blog jobber, and I kept looking at this one.  I know the Tarot well.  I’ve been studying it for over twenty years.  It’s a passion, it’s my job, it’s a hobby, and it’s part of me.  Do I understand it, tho?  That’s what’s drawing my eye.  I think that three years ago, or even two, I would have said no.  Now, though.  Now, I do.  I understand these cards.  And I think that’s why I only started to teach this year.  Before now, it would have felt false. Now, I got …

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. – Albert Einstein

I had a moment last Saturday, as I was finishing up my very first ‘not at the kitchen table drinking a beer with my friends’ tarot class.  The four students whipped out some oracle cards and started teaching each other how to read them.  They were candid and engaged, and I grinned as I walked my tired ass out the door.  There was a spark of learning that grew from our conversations in the class and I was THRILLED. I started my old blog (Melissatarot) about three years ago at the request of my friend from America’s Hat (Canada), Suzanne. …

There is no prettier fall than Carnival. – Toon Hermans

I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t dress up to give readings anymore.  I’ve been doing readings for over twenty years – I’m not a tarot monkey and I’m not gonna dance for you, right?  But then, the lovely Jennifer Adele asked if I’d be interested in talking to the Beggar’s Carnivale people about doing readings at their next event, and oh yeah, I’d need to dress like a carnival-esque fortune teller.  There was obviously only one thing to do.  I went out and bought the biggest pair of hoop earrings I could find.  Um, yes, please! A …