• How to Choose the Perfect Tarot Deck

    The Star from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s Angel Tarot Deck

    What kind of things should someone consider when trying to choose the perfect tarot deck?

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    I know there are others out there who, like me, admittedly start squeeling when one of our favorite artists announces a new deck – tarot or oracle, or we find out about a deck that we simply MUST. HAVE. That is the easiest way to choose a tarot deck!

    I am currently waiting for the Tarot Apokalypsis by Erik C. Dunne and Kimberly Huggins, a favorite tarot creation duo of mine. You can see many of the cards as they are released on the Tarot Apokalypsis Facebook page. I love the artwork that Erik does; I love the prose that Kimberly uses to describe the meanings of the cards; I love the presentation that they use: a gorgeous box with rich colors and elements of gold. The cards are just the right size in my hands, and the card stock is quite nice – not too thick, not to thin… just right! Their Tarot Illuminati deck is one of my FAVORITE decks! It is stunning, full of detail, and the deck is easy to understand because it is based on the Rider Waite system (you can see it on their Pinterest page). All in all, a great deck to work with – and that makes me want more decks from them!


    The Star from Erik C Dunne's Tarot Illuminati deck
    The Star from Erik C Dunne’s Tarot Illuminati deck


    When I am not waiting with baited breath for a deck, then it is something of exposure to certain tarot artists and their work. For example, I love most of the oracle and tarot decks from Doreen Virtue, and I choose to pick those up when the mood strikes. Angels, Ascended Masters, Goddesses… they all speak to me, the decks help me with my Shamballa Reiki sessions, and I love having a variety of different sources to call upon for guidance for myself and for my clients. Not only does Doreen release cards that can allow you to connect with different deities, she also covers a variety of different topics like Romance, Life Purpose, and Healing. She also co-creates decks with Radleigh Valentine and other experts, like Robert Reeves, ND.

    I became more familiar with Robert Reeves, ND’s work when I was volunteering for Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine in Zurich, Switzerland this year. Actually, I had the privilege of working quite closely with Robert, as I was helping translate his one card readings from English to German for his German speaking fans who were there! After getting such an up close and personal and very thorough introduction to the Flower Therapy deck, to Robert, and to his philosophies, I had to have the deck. I love it’s gorgeous pictures and its simple, but very striking messages! And, he is a super nice guy, so I was happy to support him by buying his cards and book!


    Robert Reeves, ND and I. Zurich, 2014
    Robert Reeves, ND and I. Zurich, 2014


    Another great reason to choose a tarot deck is because of a feature specific to a deck. For example, I heard about the Psychic Tarot‘s Chakra cards, which allow a reader to either lay out a card for each of the different energetic centers in the body or shuffle the Chakra cards into the deck, allowing for energetic influences to show for different happenings in a person’s life. Those go so well with Reiki and energy therapy sessions, and I LOVE using them to get a little more information about what a person might be storing in a particular Chakra. Please be aware, though, that the Psychic’s Tarot isn’t a standard tarot deck.

    There are also oracle card decks being released by fabulous spiritual and wellness authors like Louis Hays and Dr. Wayne Dyer. These decks make excellent additions to your collection, and can add more information, cues, and clues into a reading!

    And then there are themes, like Ancient Egypt, Angels, Halloween, dragons, fairies, cats… you name it and there is likely a tarot deck that is based on it! Personally, I have the Isis Oracle deck and there is an Ancient Egyptian tarot deck I have my eye on, along with the Art Nouveau deck and a Jungian deck as well… (Yes, I am a little addicted to decks… Just a little…)


    The Star from the Rider Waite Tarot deck
    The Star from the Rider Waite Tarot deck


    Of course, when choosing tarot decks for your collection, you have to also consider the classic decks. I don’t feel that any tarot collection is complete without the Rider Waite deck and the Thoth deck. Both are foundational decks that many, many other decks are based on or refer back to. The first deck I ever bought was the Thoth deck, and I find it to be one of the most trustworthy, open, and humanly honest decks that I have worked with. I learned so much from that deck – and I also learn from the Rider Waite deck every time I use it!

    There are going to be decks that you love the imagery from, but that just don’t resonate or work well with your energy. For example, I have the Shadowscapes Tarot deck from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and it is phenomenal. The artwork is stunning – dreamy, light, airy – simply beautiful… but that deck and I haven’t been able to work well together. I just can’t get the same level of messages from it as I do from other decks I work with. Maybe I will work with it more because I think it is such a beautiful deck and I WANT to connect with it! I do! I do!!


    The Star from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's Shadowscapes deck
    The Star from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes deck


    And there are also decks that I just don’t like, no matter what others think of them. Well, I like them, but they are just not ‘my style’ – like some of the darker, heavier decks, and cutsy themed decks. No thank you; they aren’t for me.

    Bottom line is that your tastes should drive your tarot and oracle deck choices. You don’t need to work with a particular deck because it is what everyone else is working with. But, there is such a wide variety of tarot decks to choose from that there is bound to be something that fits your specific taste and needs.

    Some great resources for checking out new decks are:

    Your local bookstore or metaphysical shop. They will likely have at least a few different decks for you to look at. If you have the chance, take a look at the cover art and the booklet. If you can get your hands on a sample that they have, make sure to shield yourself before you touch it, tap out the old energy in the deck, and then leaf through the deck to see how the imagery and artwork strike you and what the energy of the deck feels like. Even if you can’t hold the deck, holding the box and concentrating on it should give you an indication of how that deck would feel to work with.

    AclecticTarot.com has a wide variety of decks listed. They show a variety of the cards in the deck, all of the stats, and also have several reviews to peruse.

    Lisa Frideborg’s blog – Lisa interviews the decks as she gets them! You can check her work out here: Lisa Frideborg

    You can check out my deck selection here: My Decks. If you’d like to schedule a reading with me, click here.


  • Journey Through the Meanings in Tarot – The High Priestess (II)

    What does the tarot card, The High Priestess, mean? What different symbols are integrated into the card to give the tarot reader an inkling of the message contained within?


    Symbolism and The High Priestess

    (II) Two – partnerships, balance, choices or crossroads, duality, femininity.
    Moon cycle crown – an homage to the card’s association with the goddess, Isis. Also an allusion to religions that worshiped goddesses rather than gods.
    Veil behind the central figure – This blocks the heart of the temple from the view or from access. It is also a metaphorical symbol relating to the subconscious mind.
    Water – The collective consciousness; the unconscious aspects of people within their own lives.
    Black and White Columns – These columns indicate opposites and duality that is natural in life. Kind of a ‘yin/yang’ feeling to the symbol, showing the good in bad as well. They are also representative of some of the holiest places on Earth: the temple of Isis and the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem.
    B&J – Again, references to the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem B for Boaz and J for Jakin – these are the names of the two main columns within that temple.
    Scroll (or book in some cards) – Something akin to the modern Bible or wisdom that is directly from God, but that is not easily understandable for the masses because or those who are more base/seeing things only with the intellect and not allowing the heart or soul to have a place in understanding
    Crescent moon (at her feet) – woman, femininity, the menstrual cycle.
    Religious robe and cross – The robe and cross, again, point back to the Divine Feminine.

    The High Priestess’s Meaning Upright

    The High Priestess is a card that has a lot of intuited meaning involved. On the one hand, it can represent subconscious or intuitive thought. It can also relate to very feminine principles, like receptivity and passiveness. Another possible meaning of this card is the hidden potential of someone who has not fully realized his or her strength. This card can indicate a pause in action to gain a better understanding of the situation at hand, or looking into our subconscious for the solutions to our most pressing issues.

    When you think of this card, you can think of the seed under the surface of the soil – containing everything it needs to grow and gathering nourishment and the strength to erupt into full vision – even though it is in a dark and hidden place.

    Interestingly enough, this card can symbolism a halt in forward motion – as one has become content with being passively led around in his or her own world. It can also represent someone who is more reserved and more comfortable with looking inward, instead of interacting with the surrounding environment.


    The High Priestess’s Meaning Reversed

    The High Priestess reversed shows an active roll in dealing with life. Passion and emotions are higher with the reversed High Priestess. While a little of this might be good, one has to watch to make sure that the inner, instinctive, intuitive self is not lost in service of outer or material pursuits.


    My Experience with The High Priestess

    The funny thing is that the primary message of this card has been a key message in my life lately. Just as there needs to be a pause in life where things are allowed to just rest. I needed that return to my inner self and guidance in order to help me to move forward. Breaks are necessary and do not mean that nothing is happening… it just means that a person is taking the time to honor the down part of the cycle and all of its value before starting in to the another active phase.

    I also really love the way that Rachel Pollack described the societal want for a Divine Feminine figure in life. We can feel so detached or disconnected from God, or even hurt when bad things happen in our lives. We long for a part of God that is warm, receptive, kind, nurturing… the one that represents love and caring – not just creation and wrath. This card is symbolic of that longing for a more gentle aspect of the God equation. LOVE IT!


  • 12 Tarot Reading Tips Every Reader Needs to Know

    Whether you’re a beginner tarot reader or a budding pro, there are a few things you should know that will help you give better readings. I have compiled a list of the 12 Tarot Tips Every Reader Needs to Know to help people give better readings. There are a few things I recommend that you do before, during, and after every tarot reading.





    Before you begin your tarot reading, you should…

    1) Find Focus

    It is very important to have the time and attention to devote to really looking at and working with the cards. Distractions should be kept to a minimum – that means that you shouldn’t be multitasking while reading, trying to fit a reading in while painting your nails or waiting on hold, or reading in a place that makes you feel frazzled and unable to focus.

    2) Connect

    One thing I do before every. single. reading. is connect to the Universe, Collective Conscious, Spirit, Angels, my guides – whatever you prefer to refer to IT as. I take a few seconds – at the very least – to focus on my breathing; to acknowledge the energy that surrounds myself, my cards and the person I am reading for; and to call in the angels (especially Archangel Michael) to help me make the readings precise and understandable for everyone involved.

    3) Clear Your Cards

    This helps to make sure that the energy involved in the reading isn’t tied to the energy of the last reading. This is especially important if you are reading for multiple people in a short amount of time – but it also helps if you are reading for yourself and might have brought emotions into your reading that you would prefer not to transfer into the next reading you do. Knock on those puppies a couple of times to clear that random energy out of them.

    4) Formulate the Question

    Make sure that you have ironed out the details of the questions that you will be asking for guidance about, because some questions just don’t fit with the way that tarot cards work. For example, yes and no questions can be answered, as can timing questions – but the interpretations can be a little difficult to pin down for beginners. Also, it is good to know if the question you are working with falls within your ethical guidelines.

    5) Concentrate on the Question and the Questioner

    When doing internet readings or when reading for someone who is right in front of me, I like to make sure that I am focused on the person, his/her energy, the question, and what he or she needs to know from the reading when I am shuffling and laying the cards out. This is of utmost importance, as I want the cards to reflect what the person I am reading for needs to know, not what I need to know!

    6) State the Spread Positions (and maybe write them down!)

    Knowing which card signifies what aspect of your question PRIOR to laying the cards out is a tip that every tarot reader needs to know – as is understanding which card went where is afterward! There is nothing worse than looking at the cards, thinking – ‘Oh my God, what in the heck did I intend for that card’s meaning!!??’ Using well-known spreads like the Celtic Cross or using the Deck of 1,000 Spreads can really help.


    Cards from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, ©John Holland
    Cards from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, ©John Holland



    Now when you are interpreting the cards…


    7) Scan the cards without too much thought

    After you have laid the cards out, give them a quick once over. Start formulating potential relationships between the cards. Get a bird’s-eye view of the reading (noting any interesting coincidences – like repeated numbers, cards from certain suits, Major Arcana cards, etc.). See if there are any cards that really summarize what the questioner has mentioned prior to the reading.

    8) Feel free to feel free!

    One tip about reading tarot is that tarot readings use both knowledge and intuition. Don’t let your reading suffer by over-thinking insight that you get during readings. You might pick something up that is unrelated to the picture or the classic meaning of a card – but that is exactly the message that card was wanting to give at the time. When something like that happens, just GO WITH IT! Say what comes to mind even if it doesn’t seem to fit. I have found that those little flashes of insight the most important information I’ve passed on during readings!

    9) Know thy cards

    Tarot IS a very intricate mixture of color, symbolism, astrological, numerical, and societal information. The cards are rich in meaning – and the readings you give can be thoroughly enriched when you know how to decipher what the cards are saying from many different angles. Sure, all of the information might not fit into the reading, but it is all there if you need it. Learn the classic meanings associated with the decks you use most often.

    10) Know other decks

    I have found that all of the books that go with the decks I use bring a slightly different nuance or meaning to each card. Most of the time, the basic “gist” of the card is the same – but there are great differences in explanation that help to further a reader’s understanding of the messages expressed by the cards. It is very useful to study more than one deck of cards and a variety of books.


    After the reading it is essential to…

    11) Be Grateful!

    Thank the Universe, Source – or your Angels and Spirit Guides for their help in the reading. This will help you nurture your relationship with your guides.

    12) Cut the connection

    You need to make sure to end the session in a distinct way, especially when you’ve been reading for a client. After you’ve expressed gratitude, make sure to cut the cord of energy that exists between yourself and the client. Otherwise, you might end up absorbing energy from clients long after the session is over.

    These are the tarot tips that I have found to be most useful when I do readings for myself and for others. I hope you find them to be valuable!

    Do YOU have a TAROT TIP THAT EVERY READER NEEDS TO KNOW to share? Feel free to comment below about the tricks you use when reading!


  • Intuitive Musings

    Hey folks!


    I just wanted to invite you to my Facebook page. Why? Because I post an Intuitive Musings post almost every single day.


    What IS Intuitive Musing? Why would I want to do it?

    Basically put, Intuitive Musing is reading tarot through commenting on the impressions that you get from the cards, rather than relying on the classic meaning of the card. It lets people get comfy with listening to their internal voices and otherworldly guidance. This kind of tarot reading encourages working with the feelings one gets from a card or a spread instead of trying to work to remember what this, that or the other book said about the card. It helps with flow…It allows for creativity. In my humblest opinion, it allows a reader to add depth to a reading that might not have been there before.

    So, if you are ready to start taking a stab at working with tarot on a more intuitive level, stop on by!


  • Woes of a Compulsive Tarot Deck Collector


    I know the look that my husband will have on his face when the two decks I ordered this week come. He just doesn’t understand how each deck is a little different – how each deck expands a tarotist’s knowledge and skills…he just thinks I have a problem.

    And my daughter pokes fun of me. “Will you be lining the rooms of the office upstairs with the tarot decks you collect?” she laughs. (The office is the room that will be left empty when she moves out on her own). “Or maybe that room and the utility room as well???”

    Um…that’s wholly possible, I think to myself, but I don’t tell her that.

    I only have like 16 decks right now, if you include the Lennies (Lenormand decks) and the apps on my iPad (I want hard versions of those as well). I think my wish list contains another 16 decks…those I want for the artwork, like the Alex Grey Oracle deck or the Mucha deck…those I want for the theory behind them, like the Caroline Myss Archetype deck…those that expand what I can offer, like the Mystic Dreamer deck or a Flower Oracle deck or an Animal Totem Oracle Deck. I also love limited edition, hand made works that I see in shops or online. Simply put, I love cards and like to collect them.

    Other tarotists understand this. I know they do! Like me, they see a new deck come out and think…OHHHHH! I must have that one!

    There is a part of me that feels bad, though, about this addiction. I see that I need new shelves, that I am running out of room (combining my tarot collection with my BOOK collection – it takes up some major space). But I don’t feel bad enough to stop.

    Honestly, I can’t WAIT until I get my new decks! Until they are in my little hands and I get them all cleared and cleaned and energetically imprinted. I am stoked!

    So keep the decks coming. I will build shelves and deal with my husband’s looks and my daughter’s jokes. I don’t mind!