November 2016

Review of Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck

Three weeks ago The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck by Rosy Aronson showed up on my doorstep.

I opened the deck. I looked through the cards. And oh my god….

I felt like I knew each and every person on these cards. When you watch my video review below you’ll see what I’m talking about….

I’ll sum it up quickly for you in case you don’t have time to watch the whole video…

The Deck

I love this deck!

This deck was made for doing self readings. These cards will help you explore different aspects of your self – working with your shadows and discovering hidden strengths.

The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck is ideal for both beginners and experienced card readers.

The Guidebook

The guidebook is amazing. Each card/character gets it’s own story and has it’s dark and light attributes, which I love. I always say that every Tarot/Oracle card has both negative and positive aspects and this guidebook really drives that point home.

Each card has a list of deep questions that you can ask yourself for further insights, making this deck a great tool for self inquiry.

I often just ignore the guidebooks that come with decks, but with this one I actually do refer to it quite often because I like the reflective questions.

Own this deck!

The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck by Rosy Aronson can be purchased directly from the Artist’s site or on Amazon.

Rosy’s website also gives some more info about how and why these cards were created, which I enjoyed.

Tarot Reading for Nov 28 – Dec 4

For this reading I decided to bust out a deck that I really haven’t used in years – the Fenestra Tarot – a deck that I kind of forgot about. It’s such a pretty, feminine deck and I think I’ll be using it more often now…

Have a wonderful week and feel free to add your two cents on these cards in the comment section below 🙂

xoxo
Kate

The one question that will change your life

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International Woman of Leisure by day, whipcracking Tarot Reader by night! Veronica is my evil twin and she’s here to slap some sense into you. She wrote this reading with her peacock feather pen while sipping a spiked earl grey tea and then made me type it out on my laptop….that bitch…..

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Animal Wisdom Tarot by Dawn Brunke

Whenever I’m in a bind I always ask myself WWMCD?

That stands for what would my cat do?

Cats do two things really well:

#1 They are pros at kicking back and relaxing

#2 They couldn’t care less about what you think about them – 0 fucks given.

These are two things you need more of in your life. Trust me.

Who would you be if you acted like a cat? If you could lounge for hours without feeling “guilty”? If everything you did was because it felt good.

Sure you might be a bit of a sociopath, but you’d also be able to let your intuition guide you for once.

And your intuition will probably say things like skip work today and read dirty novels in the bath” or fuck herbal tea, let’s go for some vodka and tomato juice”

And that’s okay. Just go with it. See where it takes you…

Just don’t get drunk in the bath…you could die….clutching literary porn.

Tired of being nice all the time? Read this….

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International Woman of Leisure by day, whipcracking Tarot Reader by night! Veronica is my evil twin and she took a quick break from eating bon bons to write you this tidbit of tasty advice….so take it!

Housewives Tarot

Do you notice how the “bad boys” get all the love?

And how the nice guys in their pastel turtleneck sweaters fail to set your loins aflame?

What if James Bond became an insurance salesman and stopping killing people and leaping across rooftops?

You would need to re-cast someone else in your sex fantasies.

And if you think this only applies to men and not women your dead wrong. Guys love bitches!

Remember Betty and Veronica? Betty was nice, considerate and…..had no worshipers falling at her feet, unlike Veronica, the mean, cold, selfish one.

So don’t be afraid to be a bit of a dick today. Be a little bit dangerous. Complain about your lukewarm soup! Refuse to donate to that boring charity! Sneer at all the cute boys you see today!

Whatever you do, just don’t be nice, for God’s sake!

Stressed? Sad? Anxious? I made a Tarot Spread for you!

Most of us feel stressed, depressed, worried and sad from time to time….and judging from my social media feeds over the last two days, many people are feeling this way right now. So I thought I would create a simple, three card Tarot spread to help anyone who is feeling crappy.

Normally I say “don’t read Tarot for yourself when your upset”, but that’s usually when we most want to do a reading – when we’re feeling hopeless and powerless.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep an open mind and see solutions when in the grip of fear, depression or anxiety, so I’ve created a guided meditation to help you get into your “heart space” and calm your mind. Give it a listen before you do this spread if you feel like you need to.

Listen here

 

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Center card: The Heart of the Issue

  • The underlying issue that's causing you stress or sadness
  • The deeper issue that you need to address
  • What's really going on here
  • Your part in this
  • An unmet need (especially if you get a positive card)

Draw this card first to get some insight into the real issue behind your stress. This will often point to the deeper reason for your stress or sadness.

Often we think we're stressed about one thing, like a massive workload or the mother in law coming to visit, but really we feel stressed because fears of inadequacy are being triggered by the situation.

Left card: Let go of THIS to Feel Better

  • A belief or expectation you hold
  • A habit or behavior pattern
  • An attitude

What do you need to release in order to become peaceful again? What is holding you back from feeling better about this situation?

Right card: Action - Your Point of Power!

  • What you can DO to feel better
  • Action that needs to be taken
  • How you can take back your power

Often, strong negative emotions like sadness, fear, anxiety and anger are there to act as a catalyst for action - to get you moving and taking steps toward what is important to you.  This card will show you how to make the most of your situation and how to take inspired action in your life.

Here is a demonstration of me using this spread to give a reading to a good friend....

I hope you have fun with this spread and that it's a valuable tool for you. Feel free to use oracle cards or angel cards, if that feels better for you 🙂

xoxo
Kate

life path tarot card spread
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The joys of being unproductive

VeronicaVeronica is my evil twin and Tarot reading superstar! She’s been spending these dreary Fall days cooped up with a dirty book, eating leftover Halloween candy….leftover because she refused to answer the door to trick or treaters. Why waste good candy?

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Tarot of the Pagan Cats

 

You know what isn’t celebrated enough? Unproductivity.

Sure, it’s great to be epically creative and to occupy one’s time with noble activities, BUT…

Being unproductive lets you step out of the rat race and stop destroying the planet for a second.

However….are you unproductive because you’re bored? Or because you like practicing the fine art of leisure?

The cat on the four of cups seems to be saying “fuck thiiiiiissss. I couldn’t give two shits about another golden cup. Bo-ring!”

Boredom lets you know that something is amiss in your life. Being unproductive is your way of refusing to give any more energy to something that sucks.

So don’t apologize to anyone for being useless…you know what you’re doing!

10 Tarot Reading Must Haves (that every Tarot reader needs!!!)

Let’s talk TAROT ACCESSORIES!

We all know that intuition, Tarot knowledge and intention are all important in a Tarot reading, but what about PROPS?

While the right sunglasses, lip gloss and boots make you feel like a hot little number, the right mix of Tarot accessories can make your feel like an intuitive minx!

And yes, for all you Tarotholics out there, this is kind of just an excuse to buy more stuff 😉 You’ve been warned.

First up, here’s a quick pic of my Tarot stash – some of my favorite mystical accoutrements that make my Tarot time delicious….

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And secondly, here’s the video version of this post, in case you prefer watching to reading….

Let’s break it down!

1. A favorite, go-to Tarot deck

This one kind of goes without saying. Whether you own one Tarot deck or fifty, every Tarot reader needs a go-to deck – a deck that’s always used for really important readings, a deck that feels like home.

If you’re new to Tarot it might take you a little while to find this deck, but don’t despair! The right deck will find you eventually.

For me, my go-to deck is the Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot, but sometimes it’s the Crystal Visions Tarot. Depending on my mood, I guess!

2. Black candles….so dramatic!

I don’t always use black candles when I do a reading. In fact, I seldom do. But when I do…oh my god! It’s amazing. But then again, I have a thing with black – 80% of my wardrobe is black, my cat’s black, my undies are black….you get the idea.

I recently found a huge box of black taper candles that I got at Ikea ten years ago and forgot about. And guess what? They AREN’T dripless!!! Woohoo! Now all I need is a stuffed crow and a human skull and I’m all set. Just kidding 😉

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Merlina….getting all up in my business!

3. A Mystical Cat

Most cats will add to your Tarot reading by strutting across your layout and flopping down right on the cards, like they own the place. My cat likes to chew the corners of my cards…she’s so bad!

But sometimes she sits quietly and watches me do my reading or just sleeps on the table next to my cards and it’s just so nice. It adds a magical, loving energy to my readings 🙂 I feel like a real witch with her familiar!

4. Mood altering music

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Music has the power to seduce and there’s nothing like a little new age music to get me in the mood for Tarot reading.

I love anything by Stephen Halpern, Aeoliah and Herb Ernst.

The right music helps you relax and drift into that intuitive mindset that is essential for a great reading.

5. Incense….to create that opium den feel

There’s something about a smoky, incense filled room that feels so mysterious, spiritual and….deliciously forbidden.

An otherworldly vibe is created when an incense stick gets lit, which is why I’ve been hopelessly addicted to incense ever since I was a teenager and my mom used to yell “that crap’s giving me a headache!” Shut up, mom.

incense

My favorite incense is Nag Champa and I like the cheap stuff that you find almost everywhere (the one in the blue box). It’s super strong but it hits the spot.

I also like Shoyeido japanese incense, which is much lighter and perhaps a bit more sophisticated. And if you want to splurge, then Ramakrishnananda Hand Rolled Incense is the Cadillac of incense, in my opinion! I save that one for special occasions.

6. Tea (in a fancy lady teacup)

Like incense, a cup of hot, good quality tea has the power to transport you to another dimension. Especially if you spike it with something 😉

But seriously…pouring a cup of tea before a Tarot reading is such a ritual for me, I rarely read Tarot without it! Organic Looseleaf Assam tea from India is my favorite, but if I’m feeling lazy (which is often), I just use bags.

Tea tastes way better if it’s in a fancy china cup. No clunky, honky tonk mugs for me!

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7. Chocolate….the good stuff!

I ate several mini Coffeecrisp bars last night (leftover Halloween candy) and you know what? They totally sucked! They were stale, waxy and soul-less. If I’m going to eat something that’s bad for me I want it to be fucking awesome, not mediocre.

My favorite chocolate brand is Zazubean – it’s possibly the tastiest dark chocolate I’ve ever tried. Normally I don’t love dark chocolate, but this stuff – wow! I don’t know if you can get this brand outside of Canada but Theo chocolate and Cocoa Camino are two close seconds.

Okay, I realize I’m starting to sound like a real snob – the fancy tea cups, the highbrow chocolate. Well, I AM a bit of a snob. Deal with it!

Eating chocolate won’t make you a better Tarot reader, but it adds decadence to your reading experience.

8. Tarot journal and peacock feather pen

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A journal or notebook of some kind is essential because you need somewhere to record your tarot reading and write down your insights.

You can purchase something cheap and cheerful from the dollar store, or you can buy my very special illustrated Ultimate Tarot Journalhours of Tarot fun are guaranteed!

As you can see I don’t have a real feather pen – I just scotchtaped a peacock feather to a regular pen. Seems lame until you try it – it will transform regular, boring writing into a hoity toity affair.

Now when I record my Tarot readings, it feels like I am signing some incredibly important declaration!

9. Tarot box (or silk scarf) for storing your Tarot cards

It’s always nice to have a safe place to store your Tarot cards when you’re not using them. I think it shows your deck that you love and respect it.

My dad made me a couple gorgeous boxes for my Tarot cards. I use one just for incense (it’s packed to the tits!) and this one I use for my decks:

tarot-boxSome of my decks I’ve wrapped in a silk scarf and many I’ve just kept in the original boxes just because they are so much easier to find that way!

10. An array of juicy fun e-courses from the Daily Tarot Girl!

If you’re like me, you can get stuck in a Tarot rut – always seeing the cards the same way, using the same spreads, etc. So it’s nice to have a bunch of fun e-courses in your Tarot arsenal to help jazz up your readings and spark up your Tarot life.

My Tarot Shop has a nice selection of Tarot e-courses to choose from:

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 Over to you! What are YOUR Tarot must-haves?

Do you have a favorite incense, music or other Tarot prop that helps put you in a mystical mood and add magic to your Tarot readings? I want to know! Tell me all about it in the comments below 🙂