Tarot | oracle | cartomancy

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, […]

February 20th, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|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 […]

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, […]

January 17th, 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 […]

January 8th, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|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 […]

December 9th, 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 […]

Test-driving the Wild Unknown Spirit Cloth

I like to have personal experience with all the items for sale in my shop. So, even though I typically read cross-legged on the floor in my office, looking at a piece of paper with a printout or sketch of whatever spread I’m using (unless it’s one of my old faithfuls) I knew it was only […]

The difference between tarot and oracle cards

Every time I work an event with the Traveling Tarot Trunk, I have the same conversation with several people:

Curious shopper: Are those all tarot cards?

Me: They’re a combination of tarot and oracle decks.

Curious shopper: What’s the difference?

Some people seem embarrassed or uncomfortable asking–I remember feeling that way about magical stuff when I was starting to explore and discover […]

Wanderer’s Tarot unboxing and deck interview

I just got this deck and wasn’t sure how I’d connect with it.

The deck interview cleared up any doubts. While I’m still adjusting to the court cards: Philosopher, Goddess, Wanderer, Prophet–I connect with it more than I thought I would. It’s a kind of raw, sharp deck… the word “feral” comes to mind. Perhaps […]