As we get closer to the end of the calendar year, I am conscious of what I’m taking on, wrapping up, or casting away.
Time will pass either way. Calendars change, seasons move on, birthdays come and go. Yes, the marking of time can feel arbitrary in some ways.
Yet it’s hard to deny that there isn’t some kind of energetic shift that takes place when a new year begins.
We make resolutions, and set intentions. We think of what might be possible, and how life might be different.
A change in time feels like a line being drawn in the sand between the past and the future. It’s an opportunity to leave things in the distance, and to move towards new experiences.
As the year winds down, I start to clear things out: Old papers get shredded, books and clothes get put into a donation pile.
And I also become even more conscious of what I’m saying yes and no to. I like things to be finished and closed off at the end of the year so that I have a clear head, and a clear...
“How long will it take to learn tarot?”
I often hear this question from new tarot students, and aspiring readers who want to go from beginner to pro fast.
Truthfully, there is no one answer to this. How long it takes to learn something like tarot depends on a lot of factors, such as:
What your goals are as a tarot reader;
How much time you put into learning; and
Your methods of study and practice.
I spent about 7 years studying, learning and practicing before I launched my tarot business.
To some, that might sound like an awfully long time. To others, it might not sound long at all - I know plenty of people who still consider themselves tarot beginners after studying for longer.
It's not a race and there is no definitive timeline to follow. How long it takes it relative to who you are, how you approach your tarot studies, and how proficient you become in your card reading skills.
I didn’t start out with business as an end goal, and that influenced my path - because I...
Intuition: So many of us say we want to develop it.
We chase after it in books and workshops. We learn tools like tarot in the pursuit to be more intuitive.
We do gut-checks when making major decisions and heed the advice to "follow your intuition."
But what does that mean, exactly? How is intuition supposed to feel?
And most importantly: What is it supposed to do?
Defining intuition can be as elusive as developing it.
Some people use intuition and psychic ability interchangeably – and whereas others don’t subscribe to psychic power at all, yet may still describe themselves as intuitive individuals.
Some people say it’s about having a certain instinct – making the right decisions if not every time, then at least most of the time.
That may take us along the lines of the belief that intuition is about perception – being able to feel out a situation, a person, or a room quickly and accurately. Or sensing that something within a conversation that...
Tarot readings are not promises or guarantees.
Sometimes we come to tarot with the assumption that what we want for ourselves will come our way if the cards say it is so.
Tarot shows what is possible, but you have to meet your life halfway - and sometimes even more than that. You must be willing and able to follow through on the life you want to live.
A reading can help to inspire your potential, but you have to be the one to activate it.
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Halloween, Scorpio season, Samhain, All Soul’s Day…
No matter what you name this time of year, ancestors become a popular theme about now.
It is believed the veil is at its thinnest these days, and that the spirits around us are close. People build altars to honour the dead. We burn candles for our ancestors, maybe leaving out their photographs or favourite libations in remembrance.
Maybe you already have an ancestral practice for this time of year. Maybe you’ve only heard bits and pieces of these ideas, your curiosity piqued by beautiful altar photos on Instagram or blog posts that offer some quick tips about ancestral work.
I used to follow all of that advice. Each October, when the Sun moved into Scorpio, I would start to set up an ancestor altar. I would adorn it with candles and mementoes, photographs and seasonal offerings.
And then, as we got into mid-November and Halloween had come and gone, I had no idea what to do with that altar.
So I would disassemble...
One of the most problematic beliefs that comes from the spiritual industry is that everything is your fault.
If you’re not happy enough, successful enough, or in love enough, then it must because you’re not thinking the right thoughts.
Or you’re not raising your vibration high enough to attract what you really want.
Or you’re just not putting in the work to be who you want to be.
Sometimes there are things that are holding us back that we did not – and would not – choose for ourselves.
For years, I struggled with crippling shyness when I was growing up. It held me back from opportunities that I desperately wanted – but I couldn’t bring myself to be the way I wanted to be.
But that shyness wasn’t just mine. It was part of a coping mechanism that I’d developed over the years, and it was a behaviour that I’d been programmed to adopt into my identity.
The environments I’d grown up in had told me that girls should be...
Disclaimer: I received this deck from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When I was in middle school I was obsessed with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, Poe’s poetry played a big part in my own inspiration to one day become a poet, too.
So when I found out that an Edgar Allan Poe tarot deck was being released, I was intrigued. If you’re familiar with Poe’s work – dark, brooding, Gothic poetry and mysterious fiction – then it’s easy to imagine how Poe’s influence can cross over into tarot.
But does the deck work? Does it read well? Let’s dive in to find out:
I don’t typically pay too much attention to the boxes tarot decks come in, but I do want to touch on this briefly because a) I know it’s an important detail to others, and b) The packaging of this deck is worthy of a mention.
This deck comes as a full package with a 288-page companion book inside a beautiful fold-out box. It’s...
Daytime vs Nighttime Cards in Your Tarot Deck
There is more to reading tarot than memorizing card meanings.
One thing I always stress in my tarot students is to look at the images of the cards.
Every tarot card can hold many layers of meaning, based on the scene it depicts.
A simple way to start studying your cards' imagery is to look at your daytime and nighttime cards.
This can add a layer of meaning to your messages:
Day time cards, like the Sun, might indicate visibility or something that is “plain as day” or “coming to light,”
Nighttime cards may be telling you that something is not yet clear or visible - we can’t see very well in the dark.
If the deck you are using doesn't have these details, you might consider switching to a deck like the Rider Waite Smith, which is what I recommend for beginner tarot readers.
Tip: Go through your tarot deck and separate your daytime cards from your nighttime cards. Spend some time studying each of...
“You’ve got to be willing to do the work.”
We’ve all heard this kind of advice before.
It applies to pretty much anything in life, such as goal-setting: If you want something, you need to put the effort in to get it.
It also applies to personal growth. We say things like, “He’s done a lot of work on himself,” or, “I’m taking some time away to work on myself.”
What this “work” looks like is so varied and personal that it’s not always easy to know exactly what it is everyone is working on, or how they are doing it.
The work of your life may be very different than mine. We all have our own lessons, journeys, and gifts. We also have our own challenges to overcome.
Some people figure out what their “work” is sooner than others. And some of our work may be work that takes a lifetime to understand.
There is no way to rush through it, no arbitrary deadline you can reach where you suddenly become an...
One of the most common questions I get from other tarot readers is, “Do you read reversals?”
It comes up whenever I teach a class, whether it’s to a group of beginners or advanced readers.
(And for anyone not familiar with reversals, it’s when a card is upside down in a reading.)
I don’t read reversals – but I used to. I picked up the technique when I was studying tarot, and used it regularly by the time I started reading tarot professionally.
But I gradually stopped reading reversals.
Why? It’s not because they don’t work – they do (if you’re clear and consistent in how you’re using them).
The reason reversals dropped out of my tarot practice is that I just didn’t need them anymore. I had started to develop new styles of card reading and the way I was working with tarot didn’t require reversals anymore.
I started to see that the way I was looking at a reversed card – whether it was a challenge,...