Book Review: WTF is Tarot? by Bakara Wintner

I discovered Bakara Wintner early on in my deep-dive into tarot. I love her Instagram feed (if you haven't checked it out, please click out of this and follow her *now*)—it was the perfect mix of witchy + New York City vibes + white space + tarot. I bought my the deck that really connected me to the tarot from Urban Outfitters, so when she was featured on the site a couple of years back, I totally fangirl-ed and reached out to her online. 

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A Case for Lenormand

I'm more a tarot person than a cartomancy person. I've said it over and over—I just don't find "predicting" the future particularly useful.

And then there are times when I am v v drawn to my Lenormand cards. I don't have too many of them (certainly not as many decks as I have for tarot), but they have proven to be useful at very specific moments. 

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Tarot Tutorial: What's the Point of an Annual Forecast?

Every December, I get to work on a bunch of end of year rituals. They differ a little each time, but one of the most consistent practices I've had over the last four years has been Susannah Conway's Unravel Your Year workbook. (Sidebar, I've had two lovely locally made editions to my closing ceremonies this 2017: my friends Micah + Aurora's Best Year Ever kit and Aurora's Sunday Night Journal).

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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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