The Intuitive Tag | Part 2


It took me a lot of words to answer Question 1 of the Intuitive Tag that’s been going around. Read Part 1 here. Here in Part 2 I finish off the Tag. This was fun.

2. Have you ever had a premonition?

I’m not sure I know how to answer this. Yes, sure. I have.

3. When did you get your first Tarot or Oracle deck? What deck was it?

When I was 9, I was using a regular playing card deck for cartomancy, where all the pips were illustrated with characters from Journey to the West, a classical Chinese novel, and there were also captions that summed up that character. I’d say that was my first oracle deck. Tarot came a bit later for me.

I’ve written about it on this blog before, “My Earliest Foray in Cartomancy.”

4. What element do you connect with the most?

Air. Well, Air and Metal. Air per Western metaphysics; Metal per Wu Xing.

5. Do you believe in Faeries?

It’s not a matter of me believing or not believing. I’ve never personally witnessed faeries and have not come across any hard evidence supporting their existence. That, however, certainly does not mean they don’t exist. It just means that at this moment, I have insufficient knowledge and experiences to formulate a belief one way or the other.

6. Do you prefer the Moon or the Sun?

I don’t have a preference. I’m quite fond of both.

7. What is your favorite Crystal or Stone?

Lapis lazuli or selenite.

8. Can you see spirits/spiritual beings?

No. If I have, I was not able to, with unequivocal certainty, identify what I saw as “spirits/spiritual beings.”


9. Would you rather be able to fly on a broomstick, breathe under water, make things grow fast, or control fire?

Control fire. It’s funny, given that list–those options–it’s not even up for debate to me. Of course: control fire.

10. What is the animal totem that you feel most connected too?

Owl and swan, equally.

11. What is your first animal/spirit totem?


I should also mention I have no idea what this whole animal/spirit totem thing is, but as I developed in my own practices over the decades, there were certainly two animals I identified very closely with, surrounding myself with their images or likeness, and even picking up traits from them. The first was the swan, and later I also came to be connected to the owl.

12. Tell us about your first spirit guide?


13. Do you feel more connected to the stars or the Earth?

I don’t have a preference. I’m quite fond of both.

14. What is your preferred method of blessing/cleansing?

Blessing and cleansing are two separate functions, per my practice. What I do for blessing is very different from what I do for cleansing. Even when we say “blessing,” that’s vague. A blessing for what purpose?

Also, my approach to these functions are rather personal.

15. What color do you feel most spiritually connected too?

I don’t have a preference. If I thought about it, though, I tend to work predominantly with white, black, and/or blue.

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If you decide to answer these questions on your own blog, please link me below so I can read. I know this is a Tag and that means you’re supposed to get “tagged” to participate but screw that. I didn’t get tagged. I just saw it and went, “Oh, yah, that looks fun.” And went for it. Please feel free to do the same.

The Kuan Yin Oracle Deck: A Review

Kuan Yin Oracle Deck - 01 Box Cover

The Kuan Yin oracle deck by Alana Fairchild with art by Chinese painter Zeng Hao caught my attention as soon as it came out on the market. It’s published by Blue Angel, an affiliate partner with Llewellyn. I wanted the deck for Zeng Hao’s breathtaking artwork and also because it’s Kuan Yin.

Both my paternal and maternal grandmothers venerated Kuan Yin and so did my husband’s maternal grandmother. My mother has an altar in our home for Kuan Yin. When I was little and afraid of the dark, not wanting to go to sleep, crying out for mommy, my mother would come in to my room and tell me to recite this mantra that included Kuan Yin’s name, which would keep me protected. Kuan Yin is the energy I invoke any time I seek protection or personal fearlessness. I never really thought of her as the “Divine Feminine,” but okay I can work with that interpretation.

(As a practicing Buddhist who has studied at monasteries since the age of ten, I’ve literally never heard Kuan Yin associated with the “Divine Feminine” until white people got involved. Just saying.)

Kuan Yin Oracle Deck - 06 Pick a Card

To kick off this review, let’s start with a divination for you. Look at the three cards above and choose one, left, center, or right. Be receptive to what message most needs to be conveyed to you right now. Hold that thought. Continue reading “The Kuan Yin Oracle Deck: A Review”