Transcendence – The Art of Ami Amore and Anthony Sapone

Melissa Cynova

I’ll be reading here from 6pm-10pm and will have a few books for sale, as well. Come see some beautiful art and we’ll look into your future a little bit, too.   Transcendence – noun existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level. Do you believe in the magic of the Universe? A journey into love, life and death. A multi media experience of visual art from the soul, performances to evoke emotion and more. Art of Ami Amore’ and Anthony Sapone will be showcased here. This will be your only chance in 2019 to purchase Amorticious wares, limited …

Black lives matter, goddamnit.

I met with a client this week. She is a black woman. I am a white woman. This is important later. Her home situation was becoming untenable, and I told her she needed to get all of her things from her home – where two relatives were staying – and move them to her apartment as soon as possible. I told her to get some sage and stones and some other stuff to help her prepare to walk into that house and get her shit and leave. She did. She got emotionally and spiritually ready, walked in to get her …

Make Very Beautiful Things – Michelle Embree

I found and subsequently stalked Michelle Embree on Facebook. She wrote the most interesting thoughts about tarot cards and the world, and then I found out she was in St. Louis! Well, sometimes. I finally reached out and asked if we could hang out, and she was in Kentucky. Or New Orleans. Or someplace else. She’s got a wandering soul and a poet’s heart. I am always listening for new voices in tarot. This woman approaches the cards with such a unique perspective, I learn something new every time she writes. She also has a storytelling show called “Make Beautiful …

I heal myself so I can heal others – Keva Bartnick

Every year since the early 2000’s, I do readings at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic. If you’re a new reader, this is one of the best ways to learn your craft. I would throw cards from sunup until I was sleepy, and I started seeing regulars come by year after year.  My favorites were this group of five to ten smartassed, brilliant, uncompromising women – it always varied – who would all get readings, hang out in my tent, bring me presents and catch me up on their last year. We became a weird little family who hung out once …

Your actions are your own, and the future’s mutable anyhow. Own it. – K. Potter

I joined tumblr last year, I think, and immediately realized that I was 41 years old. I took my tumblr down, and then put it back up. I didn’t like the format, didn’t understand how to interact with people, really, and it just pissed me off in general. Just as I was wondering what the hell I was doing there, I put out a shout out for local (St. Louis!) readers and I found K. Potter. We had a little meetup thing with my current crew and Potter and a few other folks and Potter was the last man standing. …

C is for Card of the Day #atozchallenge

Until this year, I had never drawn a tarot card of the day. If you’re on social media at all, you’ll see dozens of them posted. I never touch my cards, really, unless I’m doing a reading. They’re not part of my prayer work and I see them as tools for my job. Beth Maiden, however, has been writing about pulling cards every day for ages. Since I never miss a word that that woman writes, it’s been gnawing in my brain. Then I got this “Journal for Magical Babes” by Darla Antoine, and every day, it asks for a …

My goal is to refrain from being a dull person. – Sarah Kate Buckles

There is a bar in St. Louis called The Fortuneteller Bar, and it kind of rediscovered itself, weirdly. As the owners were rehabbing the bar, they found the old sign that identified it as The Fortuneteller, and they ran with it. It’s a beautiful space on newly revitalized Cherokee Street in St. Louis City. The food is good, the bartenders are great, and they’ve got an extra service you won’t find in most other bars – they actually have fortune tellers. Good ones. The bar itself feeeeeels old. You know what I mean? Not like one of those New-old places …

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 …

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely. – PJ O’Rourke

I have know Karin for about twenty years, which is a crazy long time for someone to put up with me.  She’s this amazing kitchen witch and artist and crafty person.  We had a conversation about a month ago about tarot soap, and she’s already got them listed in her Etsy shop!  There is a bar of soap for each of the suits, and she’s considering a type of soap for each of the Major Arcana, too. Karin researched each of the suits and aligned the ingredients to line up with the element of each suit.  So, Pentacles are the …