New Moon In Aquarius: What Are You Shifting Into?

I’m out of town for a weekend with spiritual community. Auspiciously, it timed in with the New Moon in Aquarius who gave me some focus as to what this healing will be about. 

Every card reading I’ve thrown recently is all about deep intuitive intention setting. As we move in a world growing colder and more and more dangerous for us and our loved ones, how can we harness the gifts of earth and water to keep us clear and grounded in each other’s liberation? How can we be more than present for each other- and that may mean moving in front of each other when we can to take a hit that would be devastating to someone else. It can look like healing communities bartering and sharing medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. This is also centering ourselves and caring deeply for our own souls so that we remain strong. When was the last time you let someone else care for you? We can’t walk through this fire alone, and transformation is no solo journey. We survive because we love each other.

I resist oppresive power because I love you and I invite you to do the same for me. 

Life Path Spread

I’m horrible at daily challenges, even when I’m absolutely interested in them. Over The Moon Oracle has a wonderful challenge going on, and this week’s focus is our life’s work. I loved the prompts so much, and Kristen had it organized so well that the daily prompts coalesced perfectly into a spread.

The challenge is meant to be used with her awesome Life Path Cards, but I can definitely see how other tarot and oracle decks would also work- perhaps even a combination of decks where some of these positions are concerned.

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Here’s more on the card positions, with quote credit to Kristen indicated in the bolded italics.

  1. LIFE’S WORK – This position gives a bird’s eye view of the path you are on. For those of us using the Life Path Cards she has some excellent prompts for this card pull like What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s directly in front of you? Are you traveling alone or with others? Where are you headed? Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? Are there any obstacles on this path?
  2. OBVIOUS PATH – This position explores our conscious expectations of our path and where see it taking us. “What is the most challenging aspect of this path? What is the most positive aspect of this path?”
  3. HIDDEN PATH – This position explores the unseen aspects of our choice in life path. It reveals what we may have not noticed yet- guidance and warning. Pay attention to the contradictions it has with position 1 & 2. “How is this path different from the Obvious Path? What is the most challenging aspect of this path? What is the most positive aspect of this path?”
  4. FORK IN THE ROAD – Most life paths aren’t ever straightforward and so I thought I’d honor the wisdom given to us when we meet the divergent path. Use these two positions to explore alternatives. They provide guidance, perhaps even illuminate pitfalls.
  5. FORK IN THE ROAD – As above.
  6. ROAD SIGN – Road signs warn, guide, detour, block, notify, and so much more. However this card falls, allow your intuition to decide its function(s).

Deepen this exercise by taking each position and individually exploring them with further card pulls. For example if you get the 10 of Swords as a Road Sign, it might be a good idea to pull two cards to explore that further. The visioning capacity for these prompts are endless!

Now all I have to do is commit to actually working this spread!
And work on getting that Frost poem out of my head.

Tending To Home Base

wp-1484634938906.jpgThe Empress, guided by the Page and Knight of Plumes in reverse from The Wooden Tarot

This week the cards ask that we stay rooted and put into active practice our core truths and praxis.

This feels especially resonant as those on this political side of the world face what is essentially some of the worst that could have happened in an election. Times like these do not always immediately call for diving in headfirst (though we can certainly do that later!). First, we need to deeply search out, illuminate, and put into active practice our core beliefs-

What does it mean to ensure survival and nourishment for all peoples? What does that look like beyond theories and speeches? How do we put into everyday home-base practice our philosophies of healing and activism? We say we support folks who are black, trans, disabled, indigenous, queer, sex-workers, poor, and neurodivergent- however what daily actions can we take to ensure not only that attention is being paid to plight (which can be itself an oppressive narrative when it is all that they are associated with), but that we keep them with us and ensure their everyday survival. What are we already doing that requires amplification?

For our own healing and survival, special attention should be paid to our home spaces- this includes our bodies, living space, community space, as well as relationships to those we consider family.

We tend to already planted seeds this week, and ensure their capacity for growth before taking on anything new.

quick deck review and interview: Oracle of Oddities

Working with the Oracle of Oddities by Claire Goodchild at Black and the Moon today.

I have been crushing on this deck since I first saw it after tracking down the source of her Antique Anatomy tarot (which is also pretty darn cool, btw). I’m pretty easy when it comes to decks, I have to admit- make it weird and stick a bunch of plants on it and you’ve got me.

The version of the Oracle of Oddities I have is actually the second edition. The first run went out of print a while ago and I was quietly devastated. I was excited to find out that Claire was putting together a second edition with new cards and made a point to get them as soon as I could.

The deck interview went a little weird.

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  • WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT YOU? GLUTTONY
  • WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? OPPOSITION
  • WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS? KNOWLEDGE
  • HOW WILL WE BEST COLLABORATE? POWER
  • TREASURE. TOXIC

Let me see if I can parse this.

There are two ways this goes, looking at this reading. Either this deck and I are going to come to a tragic but aesthetically pleasing separation or…

I’m going to work through this. It feels like this is a deck that requires that I do most of the work. It is not one to turn to when I have no idea where to go. It’s more of a guiding hand rather than access to wisdom that I don’t already have. Overuse could turn… well, toxic. I will add that the first thought I had when I saw this card is that the antidote to a poison often contains the poison itself.

Having had it for a while now, I’ve also noticed I reach for this deck when reading for others and have had a superb time with it. Clients often see and hear what they need to with hardly more than a prompt from me. It grabs the intuition and doesn’t let go until you get what you need to receive.

So here’s to an odd relationship!

Tea Time Reading #1

I always forget to gather all the cool posts and articles that have caught my eye, not to mention share them with other folks who might enjoy them. Figured I’d start making a more definitive bookmark than endless tabs open in my browser.

So here’s what I’ve been reading with my tea:

The Evolution Of ‘An Almost Bruja’ by Yesika Salgado
“Life has taught me that women are the ones with the magic. The voice of God. The continuous thread. The voice calling me into myself. Las mujeres. Las brujas. I know them all. I belong to them.”

What can we learn from the fog? by hejyork at Unlocking Words
“Thank you fog, for teaching us to trust in our journey, to trust in all our senses to guide us. Thank you for slowing us down so we can see things differently. Thank you for teaching us that everything we need is still there even when we can’t see it.”

The Slow Holler Tarot, First Impressions and Favourite Cards, from Beth Maiden’s column at Autostraddle, and grateful for the lovely shoutout! She also raises an important question about the balance of economic sustainability and accessibility when it comes to indie deck prices.
“This is not a cheap deck by any means. At $46 is will be out of the reach of some of the folks who need it the most. This is a heavy and difficult topic for tarot deck creators who want to reach marginalised communities with their work, but also don’t want to compromise on ethics and quality, a conversation I’ve been having with E over recent months. Slow Holler has been printed locally in small quantities (cheaper tarot decks are usually mass-produced in China) and there have been many artists to compensate for their work; small batch projects like this one take a heck of a lot of resources to get off the ground, and the price has come out where it has.”

Life Path Challenge from Kristen at Over The Moon Oracle is a really lovely challenge with her even lovelier deck and it’s too damn bad I’m awful at following through with daily challenges because I love this one. I’ll definitely come back to it at intervals though!

Help Heal A Cat Familiar

My witchiest girl broke her leg and I’ve got sudden vet bills to wrangle through. I’m raising funds to be able to sustain us through this. Help support this healer and her familiar darling and receive some insight for the New Year.

$10 off all Divine Compass and Intuitively Yours Tarot & Oracle Readings when you use the code CATFAM.

These are my most popular and in-depth reading options as well as my favorite readings to do. I also offer sliding scale for all my healing work, and yes you would still get the $10 off, regardless of which sliding scale level you select.

Additionally, if you snag these readings in the next few days you receive the quickest turnaround as I’ve got an extra long weekend ahead of me with nothing to do but help heal my darling and read your cards.

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