Shop Crush: Sugarpill • Seattle, WA

Confession: I did some panic deck buying right before I left for Canada. Thanks to Bakara Wintner's and Everyday Magic's Instagram Stories and posts, I became completely enthralled by the Dark Days Tarot. I did some research on the deck and found out that Sugarpill Apothecary in Seattle carried it. My plan was to head to the store and get it there… until I spotted an announcement via the Dark Days newsletter that they were running out of decks. My freak out ensued, and I bought my copy online even if I knew it would arrive while I was away. 

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Deck Review: Game of Thrones Tarot

I saw "Game of Thrones" along with the entire world when it first came out in 2011. But when Season 2 rolled in, I just couldn't get on it and I stayed away from the show for a couple of years. Fast forward to 2017, when, at the start of the year, I decided to take the show up again and went on a serious bender, going back to Season 1 all the way to the seventh season in just a few days. Mind! Blown!

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5 Reasons to Get a Borderless RWS Deck

If you're going to get serious about learning the tarot, you can't go wrong with a Rider-Waite Smith deck. The thing is, if you're nitpicky about things (like I am), it can be a little confusing to find exactly the right RWS for you because there are a ton of them in the market. There are the plaid backed super glossy high octane neon ones. There's the Original Rider Waite Smith (my first RWS deck, incidentally) with more muted yellows but muddier lines. There's the Smith-Waite Centennial edition with minimalist backs, thicker card stock and sepia tones. This isn't even naming any of the vintage editions.

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Better Together: Persephone Tarot and Strange Lands Oracle

I had snapped up the Circo Tarot when its third edition came out and became an instant fan of Marisa dela Peña's work. I loved her use of color, the kooky and quirky figures, even the shiny quality of the cards (they feel really nice in your hands!), and how lovingly made everything is—every order of the Circo deck comes with a handmade hand-stamped drawstring bag (who doesn't love a pretty carrying case, right?). 

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My Go-To Spread (III): The Four Bodies

One of the biggest takeaways I'd gotten from one of my yoga mentors, Dona Tumacder-Esteban, was the Four Bodies meditation. Before class, we would have a sit, and she would ask us to imagine a body of water for every aspect mentioned: Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit. Dona attributes the guided meditation to Angeles Arrien, a cultural anthropologist who wrote "The Four-Fold Way."

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Inkling: A Tarot + Journaling Workshop

If I rewind back to when I was reading tarot for fun, back to when it was a party trick that would keep my friends and me entertained, I don't think I could have ever imagined I'd actually take the whole thing seriously… and seriously enough for me to actually TEACH it. This workshop and this opportunity to help people discover how empowering and potentially life-altering a tarot practice is was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me, thus far, and I'm so thankful I was able to do it.

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Deck Update: The Illest Tarot v 2.0

FACT: I'm never going to stop talking about how much I love the Illest Tarot. SERIOUSLY. It's been six months (!) since I've been using this deck exclusively for my daily draws and I am still in the can't stop won't stop zone. I reviewed this deck (on Valentine's Day this year, as it turns out) here and if you haven't yet heard about this amazing indie creation yet, please get yourself out from under your rock, click on the link and learn everything you can about it RIGHT NOW.

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Reading for Others: Meeting the Unexpected with Grace

I totally espouse reading for oneself, especially since I primarily consider tarot as a wonderful tool to get to know yourself. Integrating tarot into your spiritual practice—whether that's yoga asana or meditation or journaling in a coffee shop every Saturday morning is wonderful. It helps you dig into the crevices of your Self that you wouldn't normally dare to on your own.

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How do I Choose which Deck to Use?

One of the most frequent questions I get, whether I'm doing online or offline readings, is about deck choice. Clients, especially those outside the tarot community who don't know about the plethora of artwork and independently produced decks, typically go to a tarot reading expecting a classic like the Rider Waite-Smith. So when they're presented with cards that don't have a "scary Devil" or esoteric symbolism that may appear sinister or super mysterious, they're instantly intrigued.

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Better Together: Into the Woods + Lumina Tarot + Connected & Free Alchemist's Oracle

You know you've been hit STRONG by the collector's bug when a deck you already have a copy off suddenly comes in a new edition and you are compelled to purchase it. Even if it's kind of, sort of the same thing, even if only a few cards are a little different, even when shipping from Australia (argh) costs arm and a leg.

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My Go-To Spread (II): Do / Stop / Continue

I've written before about how I'm not really a "spreads" kind of tarot reader. I stick to the basics pretty much—the Celtic Cross, which isn't the most popular spread among modern readers; the spreads within my Wild Unknown Spirit Cloth (mostly because it helps to have a visual to help me recall positions and meanings); and your garden variety three-card spreads.

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Deck Review: The Mesquite Tarot

Because I live all the way in Manila, I always thought that Kickstarter would not be a good deck-shopping option for me. Kickstarter decks take a lot of time to actually reach the production stage—waiting that long can be tough on your regular eager beaver (🙋)… having to wait another couple of months for shipping to actually get the deck to me is even more difficult.

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