BRB: The blog's taking a short hiatus!

I'm going on vacation, kids 👋👋

It's been a year and four months since I put up this website and the Practical Magic IG page and wow, did I underestimate just how much I had and could say about the tarot and spiritual practice in my little, modern, pop culture heavy bubble. Creating content for this site has allowed me to make so many new friends on and offline, it's allowed me to share a bit of myself, and I think most importantly, it's helped me reacquaint myself with ME.

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Tarot x 5: Morgan's Tarot

Just a few months after I'd gotten my first tarot decks, I already knew that I favored decks that were non-traditional and modern. I spotted this at a new age store near Christmas time. My yoga friends and I were having a regular get together over smoothies and vegetarian food (yes, cliches abound) and my eyes immediately drifted to one of the shelves where this deck was positioned. It was purple! Black and white hand drawn images! Hippie dippie! Right away, I was sold.

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Tarot Top 5: Tools for the Modern Tarot Girl/Guy

Like a lot of tarot nerds, I love my stationery products and have a go at some retail therapy every now and again. Unlike most people in the spiritual community though, I'm not too into altars and the like, so the tools of the trade that furnish and equip my practice are quite different. I go through my current favorites when it comes to fashioning and accessorizing my cards and why they work for me.

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Tarot x 5: Light Grey Tarot

I've always had a soft spot for independently produced decks, and while the Wild Unknown was my first non-mass market deck, it was already gaining traction in the tarot community by the time I noticed it (I got it from Urban Outfitters after all). The Light Grey Tarot, however, I think, initiated me into the world of decks that are illustrated and created by small groups of people who share a love for art and, in some ways, the occult.

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Deck Update: Cards of Chaos Extras

One of my favorite tarot and oracle artists is Aya Rosen, who created my perfect three-deck suite: the Metro Tarot Cards (my one and only majors only deck), the Black Lilly Tarot (a poker-sized deck with haunting, feminine figures), and Cards of Chaos—a comprehensive, totally intuitive oracle deck. These three decks go together so perfectly, not just because all the art's by one person, but because they build a great foundation for full-bodied, super comprehensive readings I give to clients and friends. 

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Tarot x 5: The Sakki Sakki Tarot

I've been working primarily freelance ever since I graduated from college, with a couple of consultancy gigs that have given me full-time work anywhere from three months to 11 months (yes, I never lasted a year doing full time, LOL). But things began to shift for me after I'd said ta-ta to yoga as a "job," and had absolute luck finding a part-time job working with a local start-up to append my freelance gigs. 

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Accomplishment: The World

When I started this Major Arcana series, I thought it would be a fun idea to move through the Fool's Journey one card at a time, one week at a time. Now that I've reached the final card, I can honestly say that while it was fun for a while, it was not a walk in the park! I felt like it was taking forever and it made me incredibly restless at times, with certain cards I felt like I had absolutely nothing to say, and many times, writing the series felt like a huge chore. But I barreled through it and hey, I'M DONE. I am totally feeling The World vibes right now.

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Tarot x 5: The Original Rider-Waite Smith

At this point in my tarot studies, I was studying up on the cards, was pretty happy with my Wild Unknown, and was so excited to see that there were actually modern reinterpretations of the tarot (Zombies!). And then I kept running into articles, videos and write-ups on how knowing the Rider-Waite Smith is like knowing the ABCs of tarot. It was available, pretty cheap compared to specialty decks (around PhP600+) and so I snapped it up.

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Decisions, Decisions: Judgement

It's a good thing that Judgement comes towards the end of the Major Arcana because if I had to write about this one first, I don't think I would have lasted through this whole series. Judgement is one of my big shadow cards and I owe this mainly to the way it's depicted in the RWS—giant angel in the sky, naked people with their arms raised up. Not my favorite image!

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Tarot x 5: The Zombie Tarot

If there was one deck that took me from plain tarot enthusiast to collector, this would be the one. Before discovering the Zombie Tarot, I was already pretty satisfied with my Wild Unknown—it was the deck, after all, that helped me unlock the tarot! I had no clue there were other well-designed, modern decks out there (I hadn't even begun scoping YouTube for deck reviews at this point). So when I spotted the Zombie Tarot, with its kooky, mid-century modern look and witty depictions, I was taken completely by surprise.

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Shine Your Light: The Sun

Here comes the sun, little darling. Whether I'm reading Lenormand or Tarot, whenever this card comes up, I feel a little better. Like the ray of sunshine it symbolizes, and like the Beatles say, the Sun is a sign that "it's all right." And really—when you're pulling cards for yourself or are asking someone to read for you, all you really want to know is that everything's going to be alright… right?

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Tarot x 5: Tarot of the Wild Unknown

My introduction to tarot had a lot of stops and starts, but I can confidently say that everything clicked and fell into place the minute I got Kim Krans' Tarot of the Wild Unknown. I know this deck gets a lot of flack for being hipster, and all I can say is the minute I saw this deck online, I knew that my reintroduction to cards (through the Fairy Tale Fortunes Lenormand deck and the Tarot of Jane Austen) was perfectly, serendipitously timed.

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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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