Faery Godmother Oracle Cards

The Faery Godmother Oracle Cards by Flavia Kate Peters, illustrated by Julie Dhemiah Meacham, transports you to a world of mirrors, each one leading to its own mystical realm. The art and the keywords in this deck are evocative, whimsical, and to me, perfect for inner child work.

The artist, who goes by Dhemiah, paints in a fairytale style. She’s called to the spirit and magical realms and her art reflects the visions she channels from what she refers to as the “other worlds.” Her works are primarily done in acrylics and watercolors.

Before we continue with the review, three cards are presented to you above. Choose one: left, center, or right. Then at the close of this review, we’ll see what your card pick was and read its corresponding entry from the guidebook.

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Jailbreaking Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus

Tarot, Astrology, and the Four Seasons. Reference diagram from Tarot of the Bohemians (Papus). Click to download high-res image file.

This is a two-part installment of Sightsee the Tarot as we take a tour of Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus, the pseudonym of Gérard Encausse, a French physician and occultist.

Part 1 is lecture only, summarizing the entirety of the text, Tarot of the Bohemians. Part 2 is a hands-on guided workshop of a reading method taught by Papus.

You don’t have to watch Part 1 (lecture only) to work through Part 2 (guided tarot reading method). The two parts can be standalone videos that you watch without the other.

So if you just want to try out the late 19th century reading spread instructed by Papus and don’t much care for an audio-visual summary of Tarot of the Bohemians, then skip Part 1 and go straight to Part 2.

If you’re just here for the audio-visual summary of Bohemians but aren’t in the mood to do a tarot reading right now, then just watch Part 1.

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A Weekday In My Life

My writing room

Over the years I’ve received numerous requests to do a day-in-my-life walk-through and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it, in blog form. =) This will be a typical weekday in my life. At some point in the near future I’ll post a sequel: a weekend in my life.

I wake up before sunrise, and so what you see above is what I typically see when I head downstairs to the kitchen to make myself a pot of coffee, especially through the winter months.

As I walk down the stairs and while the coffee brews, I’m mapping out my morning. What needs to get done in the next three to four hours? Where did I leave off on each of those projects I’m about to dive in to?

My breakfast this morning is sauteed bitter melon (just a little bit of animal fat, no seasoning) and fresh blueberries. I don’t eat this for yummy reasons. I eat this for medicine reasons. While I’m prepping, I’m checking work e-mails, drafting and scheduling blog posts, outlining talking points for videos, or if I’m in the middle of writing a book at that time, then my laptop is open on the kitchen table and I’m writing while I’m cooking.

To be clear, modern medicine wins over homeopathic, folksy, holistic anecdotal home remedies every time for me, and if I get diagnosed with something, I’m going to go with the prescription pills. But on the regular, in terms of preventative care, I’m a huge proponent for considering the medical and health benefits of food. I very much follow Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for my diet and cooking. So almost everything I eat has a TCM purpose to it. Herbology isn’t just having shelves full of pretty glass jars filled with exotic herbs. It’s something I implement into daily cooking.

Most mornings, I get to watch the sunrise. My home office window looks out directly east (something intentional, which I looked for when house hunting), so I can sip my coffee, do stretches, a morning meditation, or a morning ritual facing eastward and actually get to catch a glimpse of the rising sun.

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Influence of the Angels Tarot by Jody Boginski Barbessi

Influence of the Angels is one of the most exquisite angel tarot decks. Although the artwork is digital collage, it doesn’t feel like it at all. Classic paintings of antiquity are expertly modified into the tarot architecture and bring to life the Christian perspective of angels. The technical work here is flawless.

Angeles, notes Barbessi, are celestial messengers between God and humankind. In Influence of the Angels, the Major Arcana feature named angels while the Minor Arcana feature nameless ones.

I love that the deck comes with a meaty 184-page guidebook that delves in to the chosen symbolism on the cards, angelic messages, and presents this deck as a comprehensive beginner’s deck where you can begin working with the cards right out of the box. The back of the book provides two spreads tailored for the deck that anyone, beginner-level to seasoned reader can use.

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Rewriting Memories with the Tarot

Skill LevelGeneral (All)

After going back in time, first to the 1970s with Eden Gray and then even further back to the late 1800s with MacGregor Mathers, we now return to present day and explore a powerful journaling exercise and reading spread designed by tarot life coach Jaymi Elford, featured in her new 2019 book, Tarot Inspired Life.

Before you hit play, please be advised that this session may not be suitable for everyone. We are going to relive a painful past memory and journal through it. Thus, some individuals may not be ready for this guided exercise.

For those who feel prepared to proceed, we are going to rewrite the ending of that painful memory, one in which we take control. Then with the magic and alchemy of the tarot, rewrite the ending, which will release us of that memory’s hold over us. No longer beholden to the pain, we heal that one inner soul fragment that had been caused by the painful memory.

This journaling session will include brief guided recitations of affirmations that incorporate sound healing and may start to feel a tad New Agey to those who shirk from the New Age. Just grin and bear with me.

After this journaling session, I strongly recommend that you follow it with personal energy after-care and watch the following healing meditation video.

Even if sitting through the energy healing video feels silly and too New Agey for you, just humor me. I would much rather you conclude this session feeling like a goofball than feeling drained or depressed.

I’ve also provided the complete script for the energy healing recitations. You can download the PDF for it here:

Script for the Guided Healing Meditation

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If you work as a life coach or spiritual consultant, then please feel free to use the script in any way you like, modify it so it better fits your own style, and yes, you’re totally free to integrate it into your client services.

Alternatively or additionally, there’s a psychic protection and shielding audio download you can use. Read all about it and then download the audio and written text of the recitation here:

Psychic Protection: Shielding Recitation

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I dedicated the audio and the text for the shielding recitation to the public domain, which means even though I created and wrote it, it’s no longer mine. I’ve given all proprietary rights to the collective. You can do as you will with it, modify it, make your own derivatives, and even use it within the scope of your professional or commercial work.

The recitation of affirmations and then the inclusion of sound healing, plus the recommended energy after-care are based on the instructions and guidance of Elford in her book. When guiding a client through such emotionally intense work with the tarot or when you’re working through such emotionally-charged prompts yourself, Elford recommends incorporation of affirmations or modalities of self-care, which is why I included them in the guided workshop.

With the psychic protection shielding recitation in the public domain, you can use it or modify it to create your own version freely and incorporate it into your professional tarot or life coaching work.

The Tarot Life Coach

The approach to tarot we worked with here is life coaching. How do you use the tarot in the scope of modern day life coaching?

Tarot Inspired Life covers so much ground that if you’re a professional life coach who also happens to be a tarot reader, Elford is going to offer you so many incredible and practical techniques for integrating the two and helping your clients.

Today’s journaling and reading exercise is practiced on yourself, but once the operational steps are mastered, the techniques can be worked into professional life coaching or tarot counseling sessions.

The life coach/tarot counselor would walk through the basic card meanings and reading interpretation with the client and help the client in choosing the right card for rewriting the memory.

This episode walked you through one way a life coach can use the cards in a one-hour client session to help them reconcile a past event that’s still bothering the client, and keeping him or her from moving forward. Yet Tarot Inspired Life has so much more to offer. This was just one of numerous power-packed exercises and journaling prompts from Elford’s book.

If your client is an aspiring writer, there’s an entire section in Tarot Inspired Life on how to use the tarot to get through common writing blocks and challenges, from using the tarot to outline your plot, profile your characters, or offer creative advice. There are insights into basic meditation techniques with the tarot and using tarot in easy-to-follow personal rituals for transformation.

If you’re interested in acquiring your own copy of Tarot Inspired Life, check out my book review, here

Order your copy here via Amazon.com.

Next week it’s back in time to the late 1800s to unpack Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus. Hopefully you’re not getting jet-lagged from the crazy back and forth time travel. =)

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An “Ancient” Mode of Tarot Reading by MacGregor Mathers

Skill LevelGeneral (All)

Together, let’s walk through a tarot reading method instructed by S. L. MacGregor Mathers in The Tarot, Its Occult Signification, Use in Fortune-Telling, and Method of Play (1888). He describes this reading technique as “a very ancient mode of reading the tarot” that “will be found reliable.”

Shall we try it out for ourselves?

First, download the Reading Notes worksheet. You’ll be logging your card results on these pages (or copy the format into your tarot journal). I urge you to either use the worksheet or take really organized and structured notes on your reading here, because there are a lot of card pairs to unpack. =)

Reading Notes Worksheet

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The Worksheet includes a final Review section for you to return to the reading later in time and give yourself feedback on whether your predictions came true or whether you may have misinterpreted some of the cards and how they actually came to fruition.

Alternative Reading Approach

In the video tutorial, we are reading the First Horseshoe as the Past, Second Horseshoe as the Present, and Third Horseshoe as the Future.

However, there is an alternative way to read these the three sets, and that’s noted in the above-linked Worksheet.

You can also opt to read the First Horseshoe as revealing of the Self, of the personality or character in question.

The Second Horseshoe reveals the environment, the plot points and situation the querent is in.

The Third Horseshoe can be read as the path forward, i.e., the future, or one’s spiritual path, or some combination of the two indications.

Inferences Made

In the selected passages of Mathers’ instruction on the reading method, he doesn’t get into any details about what each of the three Horseshoes indicate. However, I inferred the trinity and Septenary correspondences contextually, based on the preceding content in his book.

Experiment: Read Exactly the Way Mathers Would Instruct

A fun way to take this reading method out on a test drive is with a Tarot de Marseille deck and, following the instructions in The Tarot, read with reversals.

If you’re not familiar with the Marseille system at all, that’s even better, because the most entertaining way to do this is to force yourself to work off the card meanings given in the Mathers text, which you can download as a supplemental handout.

TdM Card Meanings Reference

The Tarot (1888)

In the above handout, I’ve rearranged the ordering of the card meanings. For the original order Mathers put the cards in, check out the subsequent download of The Tarot (1888). In the above PDF, I arranged it in the order that the majority of modern tarot readers are going to be used to seeing the cards. In a few places, I’ve also edited the text when the original phrasing by Mathers has become obsolete, so I included modern equivalents.

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Investor’s Oracle Deck (A Free Download)

Introduction

The Investor’s Oracle is a simple and straightforward 25-card divination deck for equity markets, printable at your standard playing card size, or 2.48 in. x 3.46 in. (63 mm × 88mm).

The idea for creating this deck came about at a dinner table when the Hubby and several of our friends, who are also either financial analysts or avid investors in the stock market, were talking about the volatility of the market (I say that like I have any idea what that even means…) and how at this point, a monkey with a dartboard can do better at making investment decisions than the veteran analysts.

Innocently, I raised the question, well, head to head who do you think would do better? The witch with zero experience in the stock market who relies on her Craft or the veteran analyst.

That night I got to work on crafting my own divination deck to compete, me versus Hubby. He’d use his sound experience as a veteran analyst while I would literally pick a card from my divination deck and make investment decisions based on my pick. 9 times out of 10 I didn’t even know what the ticker symbols Hubby was giving me stood for.

Hubby continued to test me and was rather amused at how “accurate” some of my decision-making was. And then eventually, because it was getting eerily consistent (and we were literally reaping in the financial gains on my “crapshoots”), it wasn’t fun and games anymore and he hijacked the divination deck for himself.

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There’s nothing innovative or special about the deck structure itself. There are only 25 cards and if you can read English, then you can work with these cards competently. No learning curve involved.

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Spirit Keeper’s Tarot: First Edition and Vitruvian Edition

What are the differences between the 2018 First Edition Spirit Keeper’s tarot deck and the 2019 forthcoming Vitruvian Edition?

I showed a walk-through of the Vitruvian Edition in a YouTube video here, which also offers direct comparisons to cards redesigned from the First Edition. So be sure to check that out if you want to know exactly which cards in the deck were redesigned.

Also, please note that the First Edition is now out of print. It’s featured in this blog post only as a point of comparison for the Vitruvian Edition, which you can pre-order now until March 20.

You can also check out the Gallery of All Cards to view every single card in the deck, both the First Edition and Vitruvian Edition. However, the exact color tones in the actual printed Vitruvian deck will be significantly more muted than the digital images you see on screen.

I’m also still tweaking the exact color tones, so the Vitruvian images in the Gallery are works in progress. I keep printing and re-printing tweaked test copies of the deck to scrutinize the color tones and every singe time so far, I’ve found issues that I wanted to correct, so bear in mind what’s there is still subject to minor tweaks.

Recently I went on Instagram and turned the question on you folks and asked what you intuit to be the differences between the First Edition and Vitruvian. People had some incredible observations and insights! Now it’s my turn to share how I perceive the differences. =)

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How to Read Tarot Cards: Eden Gray’s Hungarian Method

Skill Level: Intermediate & Up

This is the third video presentation of Sightsee the Tarot, a new series I’ve started on my YouTube channel.

If you haven’t watched the previous videos on a psychological approach to the tarot, the Nine-Card Open Face Spread and Self-Help Tarot Journaling (Tarot Counseling), watch those and then return to this session, or at the very least, watch the first three minutes of the Self-Help Tarot Journaling video for the theoretical model distinctions between predictive tarot reading and tarot counseling. I’ll be making reference to those distinctions as we explore predictive tarot reading.

Please note that intermediate proficiency with reading tarot in spreads is presumed. I proceed with explaining Gray’s approach with the understanding that you already know how to read the cards. Also, in terms of a tarot spread, this particular method can be rather vague, and relies heavily on the skill of reading cards in pairs. So elemental dignities also comes in to play.

Nonetheless, armed with a book of card meanings, I think this may still be a good video workshop for the total tarot beginner to work through. So do not be dismayed, tarot beginner! Still give this tutorial a shot!

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Tarot Inspired Life by Jaymi Elford and Your Tarot Depth Year

Tarot Inspired Life by Jaymi Elford is an incredibly powerful handbook for anyone who is observing a Depth Year in 2019, especially with the tarot.

If you don’t know what a tarot Depth Year is, go on YouTube, type in to the search bar “depth year” and a bunch of Tarot YouTubers with videos on the tarot Depth Year will pop up. In a nutshell, it’s about committing the year to deepening your current tarot practices, rather than trying to expand them.

Elford’s book is all about how to work with the tarot in deeper, more meaningful ways that enhance your spiritual practice, how to infuse spirituality and intuition into every mundane aspect of your life, and how to seek purpose in the every day. So it’s the perfect personal guide to help you navigate your tarot Depth Year.

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