“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

I like to noodle around Instagram to find new tarot decks. I like decks with diversity, creative interpretations of the cards, and a sense of whimsy. I found the Hip Chick Tarot, by Maria Strom, checks all of those categories.  The suits are renamed, here, with Majors, Create (Wands), Feel (Cups), Think (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles). I just love this – they’re intuitively connected with the suits so I won’t have to have a sticky note to remind me that Swords/Think.  The artwork reminds me of the 70’s – kind of an Electric Company vibe. I have no idea why, …

What is the universe but a lot of waves And a craving desire is a wave…” ― Jack Kerouac

I first saw the Nomad Tarot in Beth Maiden’s shop. I try to buy from Beth as often as I can, because I know that she truly adores everything in her shop, and she supports creators and writers. HOWEVER, I have a problem with non-illustrative pips. I didn’t learn tarot with one, and they somehow seem less-than my trusty RWS.  I have found, though, in the last year, that my opinion is less ‘bunch of sticks’ and more ‘pared down beauty’. It really annoys me, though, because I can no longer harass my Marseilles friends and be a brat about …

The Crow’s Journey – IndieGoGo

So, I’m followed by crows, foxes and ducks (don’t ask) in my life. I’m ok with it, and leave them gifts and thank you’s. I’ve never been cyber stalked by them, though.  The Crow Tarot has shown up on every social media site that I go to. I don’t know how they knew about my proclivity for crows, (of course I did, Hi, FBI) but I finally checked it out. I’m so glad I did. These cards are beautiful and I can’t wait to get the deck in my hands. You can find the Indiegogo, and more about the creator, …

“And from now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell die, Ron, die — I’m just chucking them in the bin where they belong.” ― J.K. Rowling

I worked in a bookstore when the Harry Potter books came out, and fell in love immediately. I re-read them every July, read the first five aloud to my kids (who said they could finish by themselves, sniffle) and am fairly versed in the Potter-verse. For the next installment of Pop Goes the Tarot – Harry Potter. OH – and because I couldn’t stop, I went ahead and picked characters for the Minor Arcana, too.  xo Lis All images copyright of Warner Bros Studios and found on the internets. I chose a character for each of the Minor Arcana as …

Shiny! Let’s be bad guys – Pop Goes the Tarot – Firefly Edition

My web and graphics designer, Jake, LOVES Firefly, and I love Firefly AND Jake, so this is for both of us. (but mostly Jake) “Time for some thrilling heroics” Our Jane is as likely to jump to the aid of his Serenity crew, as he is to jump to the other team. He *seems* to have good intent….most of the time. “Fully loaded, safety off. This here is a recipe for unpleasantness, does she understand that?” The Magician lives his life fully loaded, safety off. He has studied and practiced and been through it so that he can walk with …

Tarot: Support for empowered living – Siobhan

I think I first found Siobhan on the ever-giving wondrous blog of Beth Maiden at littleredtarot.com. I am always ready to learn, and Siobhan’s writing about tarot, life, and one of my favorite articles about how to be an earnest ally. If you haven’t yet, go to her website and just start reading. She’s insightful, funny and I have a gigantic crush on her. That’s probably not relevant, but here we are. 🙂 Siobhan filled out the questionnaire for us. I hope you take the time to get to know her and her wonderful work.  LFT Questionnaire What you appreciate …

I love doing spells – it’s like spiritual crafting – Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea‘s Modern Tarot is the first of her many books that I’ve read, but definitely won’t be the last. Tea’s take on tarot (I fucking love being alliterative) is just what it says it is – a modern take on the tarot. She and I had similar introductions to the cards – at age 14, one of our guy friends gave us a deck – and off we went. Each card description ends with a spell to help you touch the card. Be the Emperor. Be the Queen of Cups. James Wanless uses a similar technique to learn the …

I fell into the poetry that is tarot I fell into the symbolic layers, the similes and the metaphors, the cosmic language – Fables Den

I found Kimberly on Instagram. I believe someone re-posted one of her drawings and I immediately fell into a rabbit hole of beautiful, relevant, quirky tarot art. I’m a sucker for artists, especially those that make me laugh. There is a light-heartedness surrounding Kimberly’s art and tarot work. Although I will sit down with a heavy deck (Hey, Mary-El. Wanna make me cry again?), I am an optimist at heart, and I want my spreads and cards to have hope more often than not. Kimberly knows her cards, knows what a pain in the ass white borders on tarot cards …

It takes a lot of courage and confidence to shoot past through the BS and aim towards something higher. – Diana Chin

I think I found Diana Chin on Twitter. She’s funny, tuned in and smart. I love her perspective on the cards and her general badass witchiness. After a brief retreat from tarot, she’s back and badder than ever. Diana is just sensational, and I hope you dig her as much as I do.   Diana is a professional tarot reader, web developer/designer and writer. She co-founded Red Lotus Designz with her husband Ron in an effort to help spiritual bloggers, indie artists, writers and small businesses create simple but effective websites & logos. Diana also provides no-nonsense tarot readings with the …

I read the cards intuitively with a traditional backbone -Jess

One of my favorite things about social media is that it has completely annihilated the vacuum in which I learned tarot. I started reading at 14, and didn’t have anyone to talk about the cards with until I was in college. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have led me to some amazing friends and wonderful new teachers. The thing that I love the most is finding new tarot readings with new perspectives to share. You can look at these cards every day, and after a while, they become like furniture. It’s only when you look with new eyes that you can …