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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Better Together: Ostara Tarot + Linestrider Tarot

Almost a year to the day, I wrote about how the Ostara Tarot and Linestrider Tarot were on top of my Tarot Wishlist. I found out about these decks when they were still self-published by their respective creators, thought about them for a while until they went out of stock (DRAT) and then consequently, got picked up by mass market publishers (yay!). I hemmed and hawed over these for quite a bit before finally biting the bullet.

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Deck Review: The Sacred Creators Oracle

Before the Sacred Creators Oracle, I was adamantly against buying any decks that had copy instead of full-on images. But I found myself in a big creative slump mid-2017 and didn't know how to get out of it. I gave myself a couple of options: a. take another online course with my favorite online teacher and writer of beautiful monthly Love Letters (what she calls her newsletter), Susannah Conway; or b. find a more cost-effective alternative. I was prepping for my big vacation and couldn't afford to shell out a chunk of my earnings on an e-course so I decided to do some self-study instead.

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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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