Jenn

About Jenn

Jenn is the proprietor of Phoenix & Lotus. She's also a storyteller, solitary eclectic witch, tarot reader, tarot and oracle deck collector, cat lady, and aspiring astrologer.

Tying the cards together: how to interpret tarot spreads (part 1)

Many beginning tarot readers are comfortable learning the meanings of each card… but when it’s time read multi-card spreads? They freeze. Interpreting tarot spreads rather than individual cards is a huge step. It’s the equivalent of learning to speak in sentences as opposed to single words.

So how do you make the transition? Looking for common elements (suits, numbers, […]

Monday, February 20, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

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When life hands you lemons, use them to mess with your enemies

Recently at my day job, we’ve had some upheaval.

The gist of it is, a few people on the team aren’t playing nice. In fact, they’re downright nasty: mean, disrespectful, unprofessional, and decidedly manipulative.

While I’m more than capable of holding my own, watching these folks antagonize my hardworking, highly capable coworkers has quickly gotten old. You want to […]

Monday, February 13, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , |

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Why the ExtraOrdinary Oracle deck rules

So, you may have noticed that I’m not super-zen. I work full-time in addition to running Phoenix & Lotus, and I have a wide variety of interests that keep me pretty busy.

That’s why I have a special affinity for the magic of the mundane. Because if you think that I have three hours on […]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

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Tarot & oracle deck wish list, January 2017

Yes, I’m a deck collector. I love the artwork, I love the feel of cards in my hands, I love the different stories each deck has to tell and unlock.

And here are the decks I’m currently lusting after:
Tarot Decks
Serpentfire Tarot: Every time I see this deck, I think, “OOH! What is THAT!?” Bold colors, […]

Tuesday, January 17, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

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Stalker cards: why does this tarot card keep coming up?

In 2014, The Hierophant came up as my card of the day 39 times. Yes, you read that right–I drew more than a month of Hierophants. Talk about a stalker tarot card… In 2015, he was still my most-drawn card, turning up 14 times. Last year, he backed off a bit: he’s no longer […]

Sunday, January 8, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

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Things I’m looking forward to in 2017

As we draw toward the close of  a challenging year, I’m setting the intention that 2017 will be different. Why? Mostly because I’ll be going into it with an attitude of acceptance- knowing that I can handle whatever the Wheel spins my way. But 2017 will also rock because I’m looking forward to all these […]

Monday, December 26, 2016|Categories: Announcements||

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A simple way to consecrate your wooden magickal tools

If you’re going to use any sort of tool as part of your magick, you want to consecrate it first. Essentially, you’re dedicating that tool to a special purpose–in this case, your sacred work. It doesn’t have to be a major ordeal–quick and easy can be equally effective! Here’s a simple way to consecrate […]

Wednesday, December 21, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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First impressions of the Starlight Dragon Tarot

When I saw the Starlight Dragon Tarot, I realized that the dragons are different from anything else in my collection. I think the only dragon artwork I have may be one or two cards in the Shadowscapes tarot and then dragon card in The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle. I don’t have very many square […]

A five-card tarot spread to help you reach a goal

So, I don’t always come up with my own spreads, but when I do… they’re at the most random moments. Like when I’m getting into the car and can’t possibly grab a deck to test it out. So I was really pleased when this idea that popped into my head this morning was still […]

Friday, December 9, 2016|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

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Getting to know the Moon Deck

My first impressions: This is a gentle deck, soft and reassuring as your grandmother’s hand on your feverish five-year old forehead. This is a deck that will wrap you up in a loving embrace and make you believe that everything is, in fact, OK. You got this. More that that–prolonged work with this deck […]