Not all tarot decks are made equal
You've seen this at Barnes and Noble or your local metaphysical shop.
You walk in, see shelves upon shelves of beautifully decorated cards, and instantly feel overwhelmed.
One deck is the original Rider-Waite Smith system but this other one is based off of Voodoo and Hoodoo?
But Google has each version of the Devil the same way, even though it looks TOTALLY different?
How am I supposed to read these decks in the same way?!
From my experience, a lot of tarot readers shun decks before of this reason. If it's not a familiar system, they don't want anything to do with it.
I find this absolutely insane.
If you break it down, there's an incredibly simple way to go along with the Fool's journey in tarot, even if the deck you're using isn't in a popular system.
Not only that, but you learn so much more from a deck just by sitting down, recognizing the differences, and digging deep into the decks themselves.
I'm going to show you three easy ways that you can break down a deck's imagery of the Major Arcana and use the differences to improve your tarot reading craft:
We are our own worst critics.
We constantly compare ourselves to others.
We hide the negative things we feel about ourselves so that we seem perfect to the world around us.
However, the parts of ourselves that we choose to ignore often are our downfall in relationships, at work, and when trying to accomplish our goals.
Shadow Work fixes this issue.
We all know the image:
Woman in a turban with tapestries, crystals, and ridiculously long nails pulls the Death card in a reading, prophesying the death of a heroine or hero with music swelling in the background.
Images like these give the "scary cards" of tarot a really bad name. These misunderstood, yet definitely scary-looking, cards give so much depth and meaning to a reading that you should be HAPPY to see them come up.
It's time to bust some more tarot myths: scary card style!
Today, we're going over how tarot cards and readings can help you visualize your career and goals.
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Have you ever been in love or raised by someone that makes your life a living hell?
I have, and it really takes a toll.
I was raised with a toxic, flip-floppy parent. One moment I felt supported and loved and the next everything I did was wrong. It was emotionally and mentally abusive. Every day was a battle between their expectations and my own self-worth.
I was in a relationship with someone who didn't love me. I was a place holder; they only held me or spent time with me because he couldn't be with the woman he loved. The partnership was filled with mind games, knowing that the man I loved was imagining I had a different face.
I'd wake up in the morning wondering:
Love fucking sucks sometimes.
You meet someone, fall head over heels, and then get crushed.
Move on to the next person and guess what - it happens all over again!
Why me? Am I a horrible person? Am I never going to find my soulmate or be happy? What do I do?!
Some people wake up with the sun, do an hour of yoga and meditation, bathe with chamomile flowers and eucalyptus, and announce their goddess identity to the universe.
I'm definitely not one of those people.
I wake up to a soon-to-be one year old poking my face, rushing out the house with messy hair, and a whole mess of chaos for my day.
Waking up slow and easy like the goddess within me would love to do sounds like heaven.
There's definitely a way to do that, even when you're off the rails like me.
When I first started reading tarot, I didn't know what the hell I was doing.
I got a deck from my roommate, the Enchanted World Tarot, and just was dumbstruck.
What does all this crap mean?
There's a meditation DVD and book?! But how do I meditate the right way?
Why are there swords stabbing this man?!
I didn't understand the cards at ALL. But once I started reading intuitively - using my mind to read tarot and NOT a guidebook - all the meanings and insights started flooding in.
Now that I'm a master tarot reader, I've created a quick start guide for others to read with their instincts - not Google!
Psychic scammed grad student out of 2.5k to lift family curse - New York Post
Florida psychic accused of scamming veteran - Palm Beach Post
Psychic Who Scammed $1.5 Million From Victims PLeads Guilty - The CleveScene
You've seen the headlines. You've heard the stories. As soon as you see that sign for fortune telling or palm readings, you book it.
Here's why you shouldn't.
Ever since my daughter started having a steady bedtime routine, my husband and I would take her to the library on campus and pick a few books. Some were well received while others were thrown or ripped up. It happens.
This last trip to the library, I decided to take a moment away from baby and find some books I'd like to read. One that stood out was Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft With Breaking Your Budget by Deborah Blake.
Here's my take on it.