Tarot x 5: The Tarot of Jane Austen

I'm a die-hard Jane Austen fan and there could not have been a better deck to thrust me back into the world of tarot than the Tarot of Jane Austen. I spotted it in my favorite bookstore and didn't even think twice. While I haven't read all of Austen's books, this book helped me reacquaint myself with the author in a way that watching the documentaries and the movies and reading and rereading my favorites (Persuasion is my number one) never could. 

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Behind the Shadows: The Moon

I love this part of the Major Arcana… when you finish with the scary cards (you know the ones) and start soaring into the skies with the heavenly bodies. The Moon is probably the dark horse among the Star, the Moon and the Sun, but I still like it (despite my propensity to favor shiny happy cards over the dark and mysterious ones). Read on to see how I tackle the Major Arcana's 18th player.

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Lenormand x 5: Fairy Tale Fortune Cards

The second deck I ever bought was this mid-century modern looking deck of giant Lenormand cards called Fairy Tale Fortunes. The only deck I had prior to this was the Thoth Tarot, which I had purchased in the late 90s—I thought I was done with divination! That's until I spotted this deck, which I guess is to 'blame' for my deep dive into the cards that has taken me to building this website and putting up my own little Practical Magical biz.

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Inkling Retreat: Intuition + Intention + Action

I'm doing a mini-post right now about three things that I'm finding incredibly important. Intuition. Intention. Action. When you bring these three factors together, you may find that you can actually craft the kind of life you can fall in love with. I love year-end wrap-ups and goal-setting when the New Year rolls in! And after years of making this check-in part of my year-end ritual, I feel that zoning on these three aspects of your soul self is a wonderful way to kick off the next 365 days of your life.

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Make a Wish: The Star

I find that adults don't take to the act of wishing as easily as kids do. On birthdays, kids put a lot of thought into what they ask for just before they blow out their candles. Adults, on the other hand, have had so many birthdays and (unfortunately) a run of unfulfilled wishes that asking for something well out of one's reach just isn't as appealing as it used to be.

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Tarot Top 5: Decks I'm Excited About

A little disclaimer before I dive into these exciting decks that will be part of my collection—through hell or high water! I write my posts way in advance so as of this writing (it's the beginning of August right now), none of these decks are actually available. Some may be shipping quite soon and are on my pre-order list, so by the time this blog is published, I may already have them in possession—and, good news, they just may be available for you to snap up too. ;)

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What You Don't See Coming: The Tower

I am unapologetically disappointed every time this card pops up in readings I do for myself (and I find myself blameless here!). One of the most "feared" cards of the Major Arcana, The Tower is the inferno of unexpected sh*ttiness that comes to surprise us and smack us in the head every now and again. It's not all bad though (… she tells herself). While it can be a struggle to find the silver lining from this shadowy card, I assure you, it's there.

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OG Tarot: The Standards & Their Modern Counterparts

If you want to get serious and scholarly with your Tarot studies and history, you'll ultimately run into the three decks that pretty much form the backbone of tarot as we know it today. Historically, the Tarot de Marseille reflects the beginnings of tarot with its non-scenic pips and archaic visual interpretations of the Major Arcana. The Rider Waite Smith (RWS), on the other hand, infuses the "original" Marseille cards with a scenic Minor Arcana that, along with the Majors, incorporates esoteric messages and the occult leanings of the Golden Dawn (an organization from the late 19th century to early 20th century). 

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Better Together: The Sasuraibito Tarot and the Awakened Soul Oracle

For most of my readings, I like drawing from two to three decks. Mixing up the tarot with oracle is a favorite practice of mine because I get the best of both worlds—the structure of the tarot and the soft, affirming hug that an oracle delivers (granted, not all oracle decks are all-affirming and the ones I do own also carry a lot of hard-hitting shadow messages).

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The End: Death

When first time querent get their cards read, one of the biggest concerns they voice out is that they don't want to see the Death card popping up in their spreads. This is why, as part of my spiel to tarot newbies, I explain that Death doesn't really mean Death… and what they perceive as a generally bad, ominous thing can actually be positive.

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