Posts in Tarot Toolbox
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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Make a Wish: The Star

I find that adults don't take to the act of wishing as easily as kids do. On birthdays, kids put a lot of thought into what they ask for just before they blow out their candles. Adults, on the other hand, have had so many birthdays and (unfortunately) a run of unfulfilled wishes that asking for something well out of one's reach just isn't as appealing as it used to be.

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Tarot Top 5: Decks I'm Excited About

A little disclaimer before I dive into these exciting decks that will be part of my collection—through hell or high water! I write my posts way in advance so as of this writing (it's the beginning of August right now), none of these decks are actually available. Some may be shipping quite soon and are on my pre-order list, so by the time this blog is published, I may already have them in possession—and, good news, they just may be available for you to snap up too. ;)

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