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

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

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

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Why the ExtraOrdinary Oracle deck rules

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

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 […]

Tarot & oracle deck wish list, January 2017

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

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

Things I’m looking forward to in 2017

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

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 […]

A simple way to consecrate your wooden magickal tools

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

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 […]

First impressions of the Starlight Dragon Tarot

Wednesday, December 14, 2016|Categories: Product previews, Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , , |

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

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

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 […]

Getting to know the Moon Deck

Friday, November 18, 2016|Categories: Product previews, Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , , |

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 […]