Queering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow | Book Review

I got to know Cassandra Snow’s writing through Beth Maiden on LittleRedTarot.com. I appreciated the stripped bare version of the cards seen through Cassandra’s eyes, and the reapplication of traditional tarot meanings to feminist, queer life. Her fantastic writing became this book, Queering the Tarot. I was SUPER lucky to get an advanced copy from Red Wheel/Weiser of this fantastic book, and here is what I had to say about it. “Taking the tarot cards that we all love, and peeling them back to their bones. From there, Cassandra Snow builds the cards a new form. One that speaks to …

Rachel Pollack, Grand Dame, Author, “Grandma Tarot” | Interview

The best place I’ve ever seen my name in print is on the back of someone else’s book. Rachel Pollack, grand dame and amazing author, tarot expert and honestly, just a really nice person has re-released her book, 78 Degrees of Wisdom. The publisher reached out to see if I wanted to say anything about it and I jumped at the chance. This book is the one that handed tarot to me. I speak Rachel Pollack, and can never properly express to her how much this book has meant to me. It handed me my livelihood, my favorite thing to …

Andrew McGregor, Creator of the Orisha Tarot | Interview

I’ve known Andrew McGregor for a few years, and in that time have found him to be a silly, serious and interesting fellow. He owns the Hermit’s Lamp in Toronto, and has recently released the Orisha Tarot and answered a few questions for us about his work, his faith and his new deck. Why did the Orisha tarot come about? Like most people we work to understand something new in relationship to a system we already know. So I started looking at the correlations and overlap between the two systems of divination. How do they look at the same kind …

The Little Book of Saturn | Book Review

I don’t know a damn thing about astrology. I mean, I know that I’m a Sagittarius and that Sagittarian’s are awesome. I also know that that’s a super Sagittarian thing to say about myself, so I’mma roll with it. I recently got Theresa Reed’s  Astro Biz Digest, which piqued my interest a bit. To be fair, I don’t have to do the astrology. I just have to listen to Theresa. Perfect. Another one of my friends has been doing astrology for some time and makes it easy for people with tarot clogged brains to figure out. Aliza Einhorn and I …

Tattoo Artist Jamie Sawyer | Interview

I met Jamie Sawyer when I taught at the Omega Institute (which was awesome) and she was super nice and gave me one of her decks. So sweet. I love the colors and style – similar to tattoo style (she also tattoo’s) (and does henna) and I fell hard for it. Jamie is working on a Lenormand deck, and I can’t see what else she’s got up her sleeve, but she stopped by to talk and say hi!   Tell us about yourself! I’m short, crafty and have a lack of vices… My creative mind likes to fill my “free” …

Marshmallow Marseille | Tarot Deck Review

I got a wonderfully sweet, travel-sized deck created by Jorge Cuaik of the Wandering Oracle. Let me tell you, I absolutely spent a really long time playing with the reflections on this deck. Not sorry. Now – to be completely honest, I don’t like Marseille decks. Mostly because I learned with the RWS deck, and also because it looks like a bunch of sticks for me. HOWEVER, my friend Ryan Edward is changing my mind with his beautiful work, and then I get THIS shiny gorgeous thing in the mail. I like small decks (and I cannot lie) because I …

Wandering Oracle Jorge Cuaik | Interview

I got a copy of the Marshmallow Marseille deck by Jorge Cuaik of the Wandering Oracle, and Jorge was sweet enough to stick around long enough for an interview! Read on to find out more about Jorge, and click here to read my thoughts on the very shiny and pretty Marshmallow Marseille. Tell us about yourself! I’m a Mexican filmmaker, costume designer, screenwriter, sometimes singer, full-time sorcerer, astrologer in training and broomstick-traveler. I left Mexico City at sixteen to study high school in a picturesque boarding school in middle-of-nowhere Scotland. There I met the devil at the crossroads and decided …

Punk Rock Activist-Artist Cristy C. Road | Interview

I found Cristy Road’s work because a friend had the New World Tarot and unfortunately let me hold it for a while. I could not put it down. They actually had to take it back from me. If you haven’t seen this deck, stop right now and click on this link. Easily one of the most diverse tarot decks I’ve ever seen. Feminist, inclusive and representative of the world around us, Road’s deck is a clear departure from the straight, white tarot that most of us grew up with. After going down the rabbit hole researching Roads and her work, …

Comedian, Tarot Reader & Ghost Hunter Karen Rontowski | Interview

I found Karen Rontowski because I was depressed in 2010. I was tooling the internet, watching my friend Sara Benincasa’s videos and stumbled upon Maria Bamford. She made me laugh SO hard and feel so much better that I became an instant fan. I went to see her a few years ago, and her opener was Jackie Kashian. Jackie is also hilarious, smart and clever, so I started listening to her podcast. She has this great podcast called the Dork Forest, in which she interviews folks about things that they’re crazy excited about. So thank you – amazing chain of women. One …

Brian Dooley from Amateur Tarot Podcast | Interview

I met Brian at one of our tarot meetups. And again at another. And then another. I am terrible with names (and also faces).  Brian is a really cool guy who has turned his tarot path into a goodhearted and funny adventure for us to follow. I’m excited just by the excitement that Brian and Ben bring to tarot. It’s fun to listen to folks discover something that I’ve known for so long – I ALWAYS learn something new. You can find the podcast here. Brian and his co-host Ben are taking the podcast on the road. If you’re in St. …