Get Out of Your Head: 5 Reasons Why Oracle-Only Readings Work

If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I’ve been spending all of my weekends this month doing a 100-hour Meditation Teacher Training. It’s been really interesting, extremely challenging (I’ve already hit a couple of existential walls and we’re only halfway through), and time-consuming.

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5 Things I Learned From Doing a Deck Declutter

I’m interrupting my blog hiatus because I feel compelled to write about this little project of mine. I didn’t really mean to do a deck declutter because I’ve been really happy about my deck collection. If you’ve read the reviews up here, you know that I’m pretty careful about the purchases I make—they have to make sense, I have to actually like what I’m buying, and while some of my decks have been a result of #feelingspendy, I’m pretty mindful about acquiring stuff.

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Deck Review: The Universe Has Your Back

When I go on trips, I try to come home with at least one deck—something I can use for my tarot work or for my personal draws, and something to remember a new place by. I had already seen "The Universe Has Your Back" oracle cards everywhere on Instagram (I mean, who hasn't?) but wasn't too keen on joining the bandwagon, because as with the Sacred Creators Oracle, I've never really been one to go for oracle decks with full on sentences on them.

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Better Together: Dark Days Tarot + Many Moons

I never expected I'd be using this book and this deck together, but they serendipitously fell into my hands at about the same time… and it was Kismet! I was on the tail end of my Seattle trip when I spotted Many Moons by Modern Women at the gift shop of my hotel. It was June 30th, and felt like exactly the right time to snap up this book, which I've seen over the years splashed all over my Instagram feed. I never actually thought of purchasing it since it isn't readily available in Manila… but I wanted a nice souvenir from Seattle and this seemed like the very perfect one.

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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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