Deck Interview- Dreams of Gaia Tarot

I was so hesitant to buy this deck, though I had seen the artwork and loved it. But I read that the cards were big and difficult to shuffle. With my arthritic hands, that’s a concern, so I put it off. But a few days ago, I found out that there was a pocket edition,…

Deck Interview- The Alleyman’s Tarot

I don’t know how else to put it… This deck is SUPER FUCKIN’ COOL. It was a kickstarter that exploded in popularity and just grew and grew. There were BOOSTER PACKS of extra tarot cards added in. The result is this seemingly random amalgamation of cards that became a behemoth deck. My only complaint would…

Deck Interview- Seasons of the Witch Beltane Oracle

I went back and forth over whether to buy this deck. I’ve been in a collection frenzy, and I wasn’t sure if I really NEEDED this one. However, our tax return came in, and the rest is history. Boy, am I glad I got this one. It’s a stunner. And it looks lovely paired with…

Deck Interview- Forhaxa Tarot

Husbear outdid himself for Valentine’s Day. Granted, I showed him exactly what I wanted, and even sent him the website, but he took the plunge and pressed the order button. That’s what’s important! I’ve really been trying to curb my tarot/oracle spending for the past few years. The truth is that I have so many…

February New Moon- Oracle

In this month’s bibliomancy adventure, we find our finger on the entry for Oracle. It explains that the oracle was seen as an intermediary between the divine and humankind, and the shrines of oracles were centers of spirituality, not just fortune-telling. So how does this apply to me? Is this divination telling me that I…

December New Moon- Tarot Cards

This is a continuation of my new moon bibliomancy practice, where I choose a random passage in The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects to focus on for the next lunation. For this moon cycle, I chose ‘tarot cards’. This one is really funny to me. I’ve been thinking a lot about tarot lately,…

Deck Interview- Jack-O’-Lantern Tarot

I don’t usually impulse buy decks. I think about them for a while, trying to decide how I would use them, what kind of readings they would be good for, whether or not I have something similar in my collection, etc. But when I saw the art on this deck, I knew I had to…

Deck Interview- Seasons of the Witch Samhain Oracle

I bought this deck as a little prezzy for myself after a week of presenting on the history of tarot for DragonCon, and then reading for a room full of students at Emory. It was a crazy week, but exhilarating, and then I topped it off with a root canal. Hey, they can’t all be…

Deck Interview- Queen of the Moon Oracle

I wanted this deck since the first time I saw it. The art is amazing, and the feel of the deck is a good blend of whimsical and serious. So when I lost my job, I bought it for myself as a feel-better present. It’s not that expensive on Amazon, after all, and I deserve…

Deck Interview- The Cosmos Tarot and Oracle

I lost my job at the end of March, and so I’ve had a lot of time to watch YouTube lately. One of my favorite types of videos to watch is deck reviews, and that’s where I happened upon this deck from Light Grey Art Lab. I’m not sure whose review it was that intrigued…

The Muse Tarot deck interview

I got this deck because I wanted to have another Spring/Summer deck with a light, fun energy to it. It really fits the bill! The artwork is bright and cheery, but without sacrificing depth. I love Chris-Anne’s other tarot, The Light Seer’s Tarot, so I thought I would love this one. And I wasn’t wrong….

Advice for Beginner Tarot Readers from a Salty Old Cardslinger

So I’ve been reading tarot even longer than I’ve been Pagan. My father bought me my first deck for my 12th birthday, and I’ve always kept at least one deck around. My interest waxed and waned, and I didn’t get super serious about tarot until about 10 years ago, but I’ve always enjoyed reading for…

Deck Interview (kinda)- Super Attractor

This deck came to me for my birthday, a present from my wonderful sister. It was one that I knew I wanted, having loved Gabrielle Bernstein’s previous deck ‘The Universe Has Your Back’. Neither of these decks are particularly great for oracle work, as they provide affirmations instead. I have used both as oracles, but…

Magickal Month- April 2020

April is upon us, and so is the pollen. Everything is covered with a thin coating of the yellow stuff, and if people weren’t scared enough of the Corona Virus, now we have these terrifying allergies to contend with. Seriously, every sniffle is suspect, even if we’ve had allergies for years. However, the grape hyacinths…

Deck Interview- The Light Seer’s Tarot

This deck is one of those rare cases where I wanted it, I had money, and I bought it. I have quite a lot of decks, so a new one has to REALLY speak to me for me to spend the money. This one really did. I just love the energy of the art on…

Magickal Month- January 2020

There was a time when I had a lot of trouble at this time of year. I have a little bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it hit me hard. I also had a rough time around my birthday, and spent a good deal of January depressed because of it. As I’ve gotten older, however,…

Deck Interview- Osho Zen Tarot

I’m going to be honest here and let you in on a secret. I bought this deck never really thinking I was going to use it that much. I bought it so that I could take pictures for a panel I did on the history of art in tarot, and I thought it was important…

78 Stories- Journaling with Tarot

I’m excited to announce that my new book is out! You can find it here. In this book, I lead you through a series of journal prompts to deepen your connection with tarot. It’s important to learn the meanings of cards and use your intuition, but to really reach the heart of tarot, it’s necessary…

Deck Interview- Goddess Power Oracle

This is the second deck that my sister gifted me as an early Yule prezzy. I love it, and I’ve been using it a bit differently from my other oracle decks. I haven’t used it in a reading yet, but I’ve been using it to draw a new card every month to choose the deity…

Magickal Month- November 2019

November was originally the 9th month of the year, but was changed to the 11th in the Julian calender. (Latin “Novem”= 9) If you follow the Wiccan calender, November 1st is New Year, as Samhain marks the transition between the old and the new. I like New Year in January, however, and so this month…

Deck Interview- Crystal Spirits Oracle

My sister loves me A LOT. When I was stressed and freaking out over DragonCon and how to get my tarot presentation done for the Paranormal Track, she noticed that Hay House was having its annual 50% off sale on cards. As it was right before DragonCon, I had $0 to get cards, and I…

Magickal Month- October 2019

Welcome to October, now affectionately known as WHY IS IT STILL SO HOT?? Also known as the month of Halloween. I’m drinking my Pumpkin Cream Nitro Cold Brew from Starbucks in leiu of a typical Pumpkin Spice Latte because it’s still in the mid 90s here in Georgia. Anyone who still thinks that global warming…

Magickal Month- June 2019

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calenders. It was named after Juno, the Roman mother goddess, wife of Jupiter, analogous to Greek Hera. Summer doesn’t start until the Solstice on the 21st, but it’s SOOOOOO hot here in Georgia. And worse yet, it doesn’t look like there’s any…

Magickal Month- May 2019

May was named after the Roman goddess Maia, a goddess of fertility and abundance. Several cultures marked May with fertility festivals of some sort or another, and our modern Pagan festival of Beltane is no exception. It’s a celebration of fertility, sexuality, flowers, and love. Spring has sprung, and it’s time to celebrate all the…

Magickal Month- April

April is such an exciting month! This time last month, we were seeing the first flowers and signs of new life, but now we’re seeing the real greening of the world. The forests are iridescent green, the azaleas, phlox, red buds, and cherry trees are coming in, and those first signs of life have become…

Deck Interview- Arcane Bullshit Tarot

This deck was a surprise birthday gift from my A1 best, high-grade Husbear. And I LOVE IT. It was about 7 weeks late, because he backed it as a Kickstarter, but it came at exactly the right time. First, let’s look at the aesthetics. WOW. There are 105 cards, so shuffling this deck is completely…

Magickal Month- March

I’m sorry this month’s post is so late! We’ve had a lot going on around Casa de Ravenson. March is in full swing, and there’s lots to do! March is when everything starts waking back up. The Bradford pear trees, cherry trees, daffodils, and forsythia, and hyacinths have been blooming for about 2 weeks now,…

Magickal Month-February

February is the last bit of cold before the Spring comes, and we’re naturally beginning to think about the growth season ahead. We’re feeling the stirrings of activity as the days are getting longer and sunnier, though there’s still a strong chance of Winter weather. We can’t help but get excited when the snow drops,…

Magickal Month- January 2019

January is kind of a mixed bag, depending on your mindset. For some, the holidays are over, and the long winter stretches ahead of us, bleak and depressing. But for some, this is a month of new possibilities, taking control of our lives after the chaos of the holiday season, and a time to rest,…

Deck Interview- Spirit de la Lune

This deck has been on my wish list since I first saw it. How can you not love it? The cards are round, beautiful, evocative, and all based on lunar cycles and astrology. I also love that there’s a convention for working with the cards upright, reversed (seen as a blockage in that energy), or…

Magickal Month- November

November was originally the 9th month in the old Roman calendar, but became the 11th month in the updated Julian and Gregorian calendars when January and February were added to the beginning of the year. Here in the Southeastern US, it’s finally getting chilly. We may have a few sunny, warm days here and there,…