Phoenix & Lotus exists to give people the resources they need to explore their own personal magic. Often, that starts with reading tarot cards. Next thing you know, you’re working with crystals, dabbling in kitchen witchery, and sprinkling spell work into your Sundays. That’s cool. Think of Phoenix & Lotus as an all-embracing pagan shop, using tarot and oracle decks as a gateway drug to more magic. The goods you’ll find here are made by artisans with solid magical and spiritual practices who are passionate about helping others learn.
Why the focus on indie tarot and oracle decks?
There’s a special commitment to cards because of my background: I’ve been working with tarot for more than 30 years. My lifelong interest in storytelling, mythology, art and archetypes coupled with a passion for DIY and supporting local artists made indie decks a natural focal point for the shop.
Why the name “Phoenix & Lotus?”
Both are signs of growth and transformation. Together, these two symbols embody all four elements: the phoenix represents fire and air, while the lotus symbolizes earth and water. At the heart of their transformations and journeys: Spirit.
At its most basic level, we turn to magic for some kind of transformation. Whether you’re looking for a dramatic change in your life path or just want to get bad in-law vibes out of your house, magic is all about deciding what you want and then taking steps to get there.
How do you choose the items you carry?
I initially choose artists based on a visceral reaction to their work: I’ll see something on Instagram or a friend will show me an item she’s bought and I’ll get excited. There’s a certain energy that intrigues me. Next, I’ll do some research to learn more about the artist; eventually I’ll order something to see how the transaction goes and examine quality for myself. If I get a package in the mail, open it up, and love what I get, I’ll reach out to talk wholesale. If I’m not in love with it, the story ends there. I’ve spent a decent amount of time developing my intuition–I trust it to guide me in selecting people to work with.