Here is your Tarot forecast for the week ahead, using the Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot…
Have a wonderful week 🙂
Here is your Tarot forecast for the week ahead, using the Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot…
Have a wonderful week 🙂
Is there anything more fun and exciting than getting a new Tarot deck?
Well, okay, I can think of a few things, but exploring a new deck is one of my favorite things to do! And I thought I’d share my process of breaking in a new Tarot or oracle card deck with you.
I like to set aside an hour or so in the evening or on a lazy Sunday to just go through the deck and look at all the cards. I make it a bit of a ritual by pouring myself a cup of tea or hot cocoa and nesting up in a comfy spot where I won’t be disturbed.
This is usually always my first introduction to a new deck.
I rarely just jump into doing readings right away. Why? Because to me it feels too much like hopping into bed with someone you’ve just met – totally great for some but I need time to warm up.
Honestly, I’m pretty lax about energetically cleansing my cards. If it’s a brand new deck I often forget, but if it’s a used deck, I always remember. Cleansing your cards can be a nice ritual that helps you bond with your deck and make it yours.
Here are some different ways you can cleanse your cards:
Instead of asking your deck questions about your life, ask it questions about itself like…
The cards that come up in response to these questions will give you a nice idea of your decks personality and attitude. This one of my absolute favorite things to do with a new deck!!!
For even more questions, check out this post…
Before I get serious and dive into doing full spreads, I like to play around with trying some fun, basic one card Tarot readings.
Here are some ideas to get you started…
I’ve noticed that I take to some decks right away and others take a bit of time to bond with. I recently got the Everyday Witch Tarot and I instantly clicked with it and was able to start doing readings with it right out of the box.
However, most decks take some warming up.
I got the Prisma Visions Tarot as a gift and that deck is deep! It’s not a slam-bam-thank-you-maam deck like the Everyday Witch, that’s for sure. It refuses to just give up the goods at first glance. I’ve been taking my time to slowly get to know this deck for the past few months, as it demands to be read in a slow, thoughtful, soul-excavating manner.
So how long it takes you to “break in” a Tarot or oracle deck will depend on the deck and of course your level of reading experience. When I was new to card reading, it took me much longer to bond with my decks and start doing readings with them. So if you’re a beginner, be patient!
What kinds of things do you love to do when you first get a new deck? Please share them in the comments below 🙂 I’d love to hear it!
For this weeks reading I’m using Cheryl Richardson’s Self Care Cards…I forgot to update you on my foster kittens, but you will probably hear them running around in the background. They get fixed early next week and then go up for adoption!
Have a good week 🙂
Well, well, well! The Tarot community is certainly buzzing with gossip about the recent Doreen Virtue shocker…
Doreen Virtue, popular New Age teacher and Hay House author of countless oracle and Tarot decks has recently “come out of the closet” as a born again Christian and has denounced Tarot, fortune telling, mediumship and a bunch of other stuff.
Seemingly overnight she has shed her “New Age Guru” persona and reinvented herself as a devout Christian, reading Bible passages in her YouTube videos and promoting her upcoming book Mornings with the Lord.
AND PEOPLE ARE PISSED!
I spent hours pouring over the comment sections of these blog and Facebook posts while I lay in my hammock getting sauced on apple cider. While some are happy for her, many people – particularly those who have taken her courses – feel betrayed.
Here is the interview in which Doreen denounces Tarot. The Tarot talk starts around the 12 min mark…
In the above interview, she talks about how she no longer uses Tarot cards and has asked Hay House to donate her Tarot related royalties to charity. She also hinted at taking some of her decks and books off the market because they no longer align with her new religious beliefs and she does not want her name associated with them.
Even creepier, her Wikipedia page makes NO MENTION OF TAROT in her stunningly massive list of published works, as if all those Tarot decks she created never existed. (This could be because her page hasn’t been updated in a while, but still!)
I have no issue with Doreen becoming super Christian. That’s her business. I also have no issue with her catering her new work to a Christian market. I am not even annoyed by the fact that she wants nothing to do with Tarot or other New Agey things. She’s allowed to change her mind and do different stuff, that’s fine.
What I find perplexing and distasteful is that she felt the need to publicly condemn Tarot (and other things). She could have quietly changed direction, which would have avoided putting her students and fans in a very awkward, uncomfortable position. More on this in a bit.
While I was never truly captivated by Doreen Virtue the person, I did (and do) enjoy many of her Tarot and oracle card decks. I have a few of her books and I even went to her live Certified Angel Card Reader course when she came to Vancouver back in 2013.
What I liked about her decks was that they were sweet and fluffy like cotton candy and marshmallows. They were fun, feel good decks that left me feeling happy, hopeful and slightly baked like I’d been smoking optimism joints.
But despite all this, I always found Doreen difficult to relate to, which is probably why I’ve been able to watch this whole Doreen Virtue fiasco with detached interest. But I imagine that for those who adopted her as their mentor and spiritual teacher, her Tarot and New Age rejections will be felt much more intensely and personally.
One of the things that really struck me when I went to her live training is just how much her fans idolized her. She would say things and the crowd would murmur in agreement.
I remember this one lady asked a question. I was sitting at the very back and didn’t hear what it was, but Doreen went “oooh! That’s negative!” or something to that effect and then suddenly the whole room gasped and tsk tsked at this woman, all because she may have said something that Doreen deemed to be “negative”. Doreen quickly backtracked saying “oh no, let’s not shame people” and then everyone shut up and we moved on.
But what was interesting to me in that situation was just how much influence Doreen seemed to have over her fans. They looked up to her for guidance on spiritual matters and put their trust in her in a big way.
I also think many of her fans saw her as a beacon of safety, gentleness and acceptance in the confusing and tumultuous spiritual seas. Especially for those who had been raised in a strict religious family.
I always found Virtue’s anything-goes attitude to be simultaneously humorous and appealing. Fairies? You bet they’re real! Angels? Of course they exist! Mermaids? You were probably one in a past life in Atlantis. Mer-Angels? Yep! Those exist too in another realm. Unicorns? Fuck yeah!
And I can see how this attitude was refreshing and intriguing to many people, particularly those of us who come from religious or athiest/sciency families.
In her live Angel Tarot class, Doreen was the epitome of warm fuzzies, wanting everyone to feel welcome and accepted. When lunch time rolled around she announced “I don’t want anyone eating lunch alone! Everyone buddy up with the person next to you!”
This struck fear into my introverted, avoidant heart and I was quick to dodge eye contact with those at my table. I ate lunch alone.
But what I’m trying to say is that she went out of her way to create a “safe space” where everyone was welcome…well, until you accidentally mutter something “negative” that is 😉
In 2012, Angel Tarot Cards, Doreen’s first Tarot deck was published. Up until then she had only published oracle card decks.
She marketed her deck as the first 100% gentle and safe Tarot deck, which of course was silly and had many Tarot people in a froth. Christiana Gaudet wrote a great post about it, which I loved.
But one great thing that came out of this is that she got many people interested in Tarot who might otherwise be afraid of it. I hear from people all the time who say that they were raised with the idea that Tarot was dangerous but then when Doreen came out with her Angel Tarot deck they felt comfortable dipping their toe in.
This made me so happy!
So I would like to acknowledge that despite the criticisms of Virtue’s soft and fluffy version of Tarot, she really did make a genuine contribution to the world of Tarot. And that’s what makes this whole thing awkward.
Doreen introduced Tarot to many people who otherwise would have avoided it. She broadcasted the message that Tarot is safe! It’s okay, it’s of the light! Angels are on the cards! But now she’s got a Bible on her lap and she’s all like uuuuh, I change my mind! Tarot IS bad! Psych!
This leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
It’s flaky and flighty and I’m disappointed that a grown woman is this unsure of herself. Or is she?
There is much talk that she is only in it for the money and that this new Christian angle is just a ploy to drum up more business. I’m not sure where I stand on that to be honest. I used to think she was a bit quirky yet genuine and with a smart business sense, but now I truly have no idea if she is genuine or not. I find her impossible to read.
In a video she recently posted to her YouTube channel, she explained that she’s always been into Jesus but shied away from talking about him because it irritated her audience.
Fair enough. I buy it.
But then she stumbled upon a passage in the Bible that basically said if you don’t promote Jesus you’re not getting into Heaven and she was like “woah!” and so now all her work is going to be about Jesus.
Something about this explanation just doesn’t sit well with me.
But I guess it’s irrelevant. Why Virtue has decided to go in this new direction isn’t the real issue. The real issue is how she’s decided to change direction – by taking a giant dump on her fanbase by publicly condemning many of the things she drew them to in the first place.
I think it’s a total copout to say “well, you shouldn’t have put so much trust and faith in a teacher” or “you need to stand strong in your own beliefs and not give others so much authority “ While this is all true, it misses the point.
Doreen Virtue was a teacher and public figure with a large fanbase and with that comes a certain amount of responsibility.
In the Maui Source TV interview, Virtue says “Ascended Masters cards – GONE! Tarot cards – GONE!” with a flick of her wrist when explaining all the changes she’s making in her life. She casually mentions that “none of the money from those Tarot decks comes to me anymore. I asked Hay House to donate it to charity.”
There’s something very dismissive and almost flippant in her tone here as if she is really saying ugh! Tarot! Yuck. I’m so done with that. Moving ON!
This feels very disrespectful and dismissive of her devoted audience who has supported her work over the years and this just irritates me.
The big question that many are left with is what do Doreen Virtue books, decks and course certifications represent now? Are they worthless? Should you keep them or throw them out?
Personally, I don’t feel like my relationship to my Doreen Virtue decks has changed. I still love her Goddess Guidance and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards and the bond I have with those decks has nothing to do with Doreen Virtue herself.
Although I’m kind of kicking myself for getting rid of my Ascended Masters deck now that she’s denounced it 😉
And perhaps it’s just my inner shit-disturber but I’m going to really enjoy using her Angel Tarot now that I know she’s “denounced” it, heh heh!
I also don’t feel like the course I took with her back in 2013 is now “worthless.” I got a lot out of that course and the fact that Virtue’s new belief system doesn’t support much of what was taught matters little to me.
I realize not everyone will feel the same way I do and I think it’s equally legitimate to feel a sudden disconnect with her products and courses in light of what she has said.
Her course certifications are a different matter though. Many people have built their intuitive-based businesses around Virtue certifications, and so the question remains: are those certifications cheapened by the fact that the teacher has abandoned her old teachings? I think they are.
One thing that stood out to me about Doreen Virtue was how much criticism she has received over the years. Go on any Tarot or New Age forum and you will find there’s plenty of hate for Doreen Virtue, even long before this whole denouncement of Tarot. I always assumed the level of criticism was correlated with her monetary success. And I always defended Virtue because I believe that being business-minded and successful doesn’t automatically make someone a charlatan.
And I still believe that.
Profiting handsomely from her work doesn’t make her a terrible person. Changing her entire belief system, “denouncing” Tarot and giving a large portion of her fanbase the cold shoulder still doesn’t make her a terrible person….but it does make her a jerk. And that’s being rather kind.
I can’t wait to read your take on this! Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts 🙂
I was so spaced out this weekend doing Summer things that I almost forgot to make this video! Hopefully my spaciness doesn’t come across too strongly in this reading…
Have a good week 🙂
Here is your Tarot forecast for the week ahead, using the Heart & Hands Tarot…
Have a wonderful week!
Here is your Tarot forecast for the week ahead! I am using the Everyday Witch Tarot for this one…
Have a great week!
A Tarot deck has 78 cards and each card depicts something different and has a different meaning.
Some cards are very, very similar and I think of these cards as “sister cards”. Let me give you a few examples.
The Sun is a very happy card that’s just oozing positivity. Also oozing happy, good vibes? The Ten of Cups…
Of course, these cards mean slightly different things, but they both have a similar message.
The Hermit is all about alone time and going within, similar to the Four of Swords.
These two don’t have the exact same meaning, but there are some striking similarities.
Now let’s take a look at an unlikely pair of sisters: The Fool and Death
While these two may seem to be totally different, their core message is one of renewal, fresh beginnings and starting over.
When two similar cards with a similar message appear in your reading, it’s like your cards have gone from murmuring calmly to shouting maniacally at you!
It’s like your cards are underscoring their message to you and saying “hey, pay attention! I want you to really get this!”
Can you spot the sister cards in the reading below?
The Six of Swords, The Chariot and the Eight of Cups are all sister cards in that they all bear the message of “moving on”. The Tower and the Eight of Cups are also sister cards – they are both about losing or walking away from what you’ve worked hard to build up. In fact all four of these cards have the theme of “out with the old, in with the new”.
In other words, the appearance of a sister card strengthens the message and shows you what you need to focus on.
When you compare and contrast sister cards, you get a new perspective and deeper understanding of the Tarot card meanings.
Let’s take a peek at The Hermit and Four of Swords and I’ll show you what I mean…
The Hermit is about sequestering yourself to avoid distractions so that greater self knowledge and peace can be attained – like going to a silent meditation retreat, taking a long walk by yourself or becoming a nun.
The Four of Swords is kind of similar, but less intense. It’s more like calling in sick to work so you can spend the day reading, watching movies and taking naps because you just need a break from the everyday shitshow of life.
Both are peaceful cards, but the Four of Swords is more about rest and recharging your batteries, while The Hermit is more about going deeper into the self.
There are countless sister card pairings throughout the Tarot. One card can have many sisters. I think Death is a sister to The Fool, The Tower, Ten of Swords and more.
Take a quick gander through your Tarot deck: how many sister cards can you spot? Which pairings really jump out at you?
Share your findings in the comments below 🙂
Here is your weekly reading…with Fairy cards!
Have a good week 🙂
As someone who has a Tarot deck collecting problem, I have tons and tons of decks. And because I have so many, I can’t possibly use them all equally.
So I have my go-to, trusted decks that I work with on a regular basis, then I have the ones that I bust out every now and then, while all the rest basically sit on my bookshelf collecting dust.
I revealed my top 10 Tarot decks two years ago and as I read back over it I see that nothings changed – those are still my top 10 decks. Although I did acquire two more (the Heart and Hands Tarot by Liz Blackbird and the Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake) that I would like to add to that list.
So this got me thinking….what makes a Tarot deck a go-to deck? What makes me want to use a deck repeatedly, over a long period of time, as opposed to a deck that gets used only occasionally or not at all?
The decks that are just collecting dust on my bookshelf are all wonderful decks with fantastic art and in some ways are much nicer looking than my go-to decks. So it’s not a simple matter of aesthetics.
I’ve rounded up the 5 Tarot decks that I use most often and tried to find some common threads. First I’ll share my top 5 most used decks and then I’ll explore what they all have in common…
This deck has been a solid favorite of mine since I got it three or four years ago.
I like how it follows the Rider Waite imagery enough to make it familiar, but is still quirky enough to be interesting. And of course I LOVE the mermaid theme!
There was some controversy over this deck using “recycled” art from the Tarot of the Mermaids, a deck I also own.
While it cannot be denied that there are quite a few extremely similar cards in this deck, I just can’t muster the energy to get my knickers in a twist over it. This is probably because I love the Dame Darcy deck so much that I’m like a mother of a serial killer – I’m blind to any possible flaws.
I didn’t expect to love this deck as much as I have. I was initially drawn to it’s cheery color scheme and the weird little creatures that populate the deck, but I figured this would end up being just another cool deck in my collection.
However, the interesting details in the art drew me in and helped me get a new understanding of each card.
This deck’s characters are easy to converse with (if talking to figures in Tarot cards is your thing) and each card seems to pull you in and force you to contemplate things in a new way. In fact, every time I read with this deck I feel like I’m being taken on a journey of sorts. Thus, it’s one I come back to again and again.
Apart from the court cards, which can be tricky as f*ck to read, this is a reliably easy deck to use.
I was first drawn to the Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso because I loved the pretty and colorful artwork, which is no different than asking someone out simply because they’re hot.
But despite this decks pretty, ethereal vibe, it has a surprising amount of depth. Kind of like finding out that hot surfer guy with the ripped abs and delicious tan is also good at conversation! Yum!
This deck follows the Rider Waite format, which gives it a classic feel and makes it easy to read with, but unlike the Rider Waite deck, it makes me feel insanely happy and optimistic whenever I work with it!
I ended up trimming off the annoying white borders because they totally pissed me off. This deck is 100% improved without the borders in my opinion.
This is a black and white Tarot deck created by Liz Blackbird, featuring totally rockin’ pen and ink drawings.
Again, this was one of those decks that surprised me in just how much I liked it – kind of like going out with an artsy hipster guy only because you’re bored and have nothing better to do on a Friday night, but then discovering that not only is he fascinating and unexpectedly sensual, but he just might be The One.
I wondered at first if I was going to love or hate the absence of color. Well, I ended up loving it. Sometimes a plethora of hues can clutter the mind as if to say “hey look at me!” while these black and white cards leave me space to explore while avoiding distraction.
This deck is a winner! It’s a re-colored version of the classic Rider Waite deck and it’s a deck I come back to again and again.
Like a well worn pair of underwear, what it lacks in excitement and sexiness, it makes up for in comfort.
This isn’t my favorite deck by any means, but it’s one I use time and again. I like using it for readings because:
Okay, so I tried to find some common threads, but I was pitifully unsuccessful.
I was going to say that none of these decks are themed decks, but the Dame Darcy deck is a mermaid deck and the Heart & Hands has a black and white theme, so there goes that theory.
I was also going to say that none of these decks are busy, but the Heart & Hands Tarot is kind of reminiscent of Zentangles, so there goes that theory!
The only real common thread I could find was that these decks all stick to the Rider Waite theme. But big deal. That says nothing.
The conclusion I’ve come to is that it’s not the decks….. it’s me.
My 5 fave decks appeal to me for different reasons and the fact that I use them more than some of my other, equally wonderful decks, probably just comes down to my personality. Which is why you’re go-to decks are probably different from mine.
And in that sense, I think the decks you use the most probably say something about you – your personality, your likes, dislikes, subconscious desires, etc…
So now I’m dying to know: what are your most-used, go-to Tarot decks? Tell me in the comments below 🙂