Trial – The Hanged One *New Post at Little Red Tarot*



Some moments close in on you
inch by inch like some kind of trap sprung in an ancient temple.
Some spaces want you out.
They say, pull the eject lever
or risk peril
– the sweat-soaked moist and warm crevices of the unknown
despair stuffed in a throat and choked on,
risk finding out what happens
when you endure.

Last year I took a trip to the Reader’s Studio in NYC and came back super-charged and inspired. Afterwards I steeped myself in tarot and ritual. I explored. During a Beltaine ritual, and one of the first spreads after the trip, I pulled the Hanged One in response to the question – how can I accept imperfection? Continue reading

Birth Cards

Why Use Year & Birth Cards? 2016 -Hermit Year

Year and birth cards bring a relevance and depth to sessions that I love. This post will talk about how I came to include these cards in my sessions and includes access to a reference list to help you master Year and Brith cards.

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A while ago I got into the habit of pulling a card before a session to see what might serve. I was just curious. I didn’t think the habit would stick. The first thing I noticed was that the card would repeat, usually as the final card in the session. No matter how short the spread was, even though I always used two different decks,  and no matter how unlikely it was. If you’ve had a session with me in the last year, you’ve probably seen me freak out about this. I’m shocked every time and it never gets old! These surprises gave more relevance and context to sessions. Continue reading

My “Thing” About Card of the Day Draws

I have a thing about “Card of the Day” draws. And by thing I mean a block. I don’t do them. Well that’s not technically true. I used to do them ALL the time as a beginner, before I had a firm grasp of the card meanings. At the time, I didn’t have a “thing” about it at all. Now If I do them, it’s usually random and even when it IS consistent, I don’t post them publicly. I had planned to write about this by now, since I’ve not heard any other tarot blogger mention a “thing” with COTD (card of the day) draws, but I totally forgot about it until last week.

It came up while I was reading a post by fellow bloghop contributor, Joanne of Cosmic Whispers Tarot. Continue reading

Face Up Journey – A Narrative Spread

A few weeks ago I was staring at my computer screen with lump in my throat and a feeling of impending doom. I was finishing a piece, intended for Beth Maiden of, that I had started a few weeks ago about mental illness and entrepreneurship. I couldn’t bring myself to finish it the first go around. So there I was, with a lump, the doom feeling, and the big question: just what was I trying to say when I started? I did what any self respecting tarot blogger might do. I got out my cards. Continue reading

September Tarotscope

Fast & Feast: When You Dance With The Devil

It might be during an otherwise perfectly safe reading. The cards show that you do your best. They tell a story with options and hint at future possibilities, but at a pivotal point in the reading, you (or your tarot reader) pulls The Devil. And it’s in a really suggestive position too, like: “your greatest current struggle.” In the best case, you haven’t seen this card before, and you get to learn a little something new.

But in the less favorable and more likely case, Continue reading

How-To: Choose a Tarot Deck

Last week, one of my subscribers asked “How do you choose a new tarot deck?” I was reminded of my struggle when my decks stopped talking to me and I needed to buy a new one. (Ethony talks here about what to do when your deck breaks up with you.) Since then my collection has duodecupled and like with anything else, the practice has afforded me some insight. In this post I’ll talk about why/how I chose one of the decks I own, what questions to consider as you decide, and tarot deck resources. Continue reading

Lammas Blog Hop: Wheat Fever & the Trickster



A Tarot Round Robin that happens eight times a year.
AKA blog collaboration. AKA Variety ftw!!

WHAT IS A Tarot Round Robin???
A  group of bloggers
+ one question or topic
+ links* to the blog before, master list, & the blog after
= Tarot Train


*use the links at the top and bottom of this post to navigate the Hop. Continue reading

Firework & Prediction

As I’m wont to do, I took my tarot on a bike ride. I like to pull cards under tree shade with the wind on my skin and sun in my face. I pulled four cards for an elemental spread, one for each element. I used Carding’s Transparent Tarot and I stacked them on top of each other (that deck is so cool!). I use elemental dignities. That means I may not use formal spread positions and depending on the cards I may not read all that I pull. This time I read them all because according to elemental dignities they exploded each other. Sorta like Fireworks.

Tarot Geekery


Carding’s Transparent Tarot by Schiffer 2008

The elemental Breakdown:
Lovers – Air ignited in Fire Energy
Page of Wands – Fire extinguished in Water Emotion
8 of Wands RX – Fire ignited in Air Thought
Queen of Wands – Fire comfortable in Earth

Physical Reality

Here is another picture with notes added to illustrate what I saw when I looked at these cards.

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