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. 

That one time I made bad tea.

I made bad tea the other day.

I mixed the sweetest of flowers on my herb shelf- rose, hibiscus, chamomile, jasmine, and lavender- as I’ve done many times before when looking to invoke sweet magic. I added honey for extra love and a dash of lemon.

The tea was awful.*

This should have been fundamentally impossible. There was nothing wrong with my ingredients or even the technical aspects of brewing the tea. I’d made the tea before, my standard floral tea recipe, to nothing but sweet results.

As a healer, I engage my senses to work energy often- I can feel the energy of a room on my skin, I see auras and visions, I hear messages, I can sometimes smell if a room is energetically unsafe. This was my first experience tasting energy.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius

Hmm. For all her fire, the full moon tonight is being gentle. I’m being asked to focus on the reward. Keep pushing and know that it will be all for good.

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Daughters of the Moon Tarot: Seven of Pentacles and Three of Blades

signal boost: Taurus Tarotscopes Are Out!

Tarotscopes are out! Read your sun, moon, and rising sign with a tarot twist. It’s retrograde season, see what may be coming up for you as the season gets exciting.

What is a Tarotscope anyway?

Much like an astrological forecast in the form of a horoscope, tarotscopes use tarot in conjunction with astrology to give a monthly forecast. This one is special, written by twelve different contributors for maximum perspective.

Yours truly wrote for Libra, though I encourage you to read the whole tarotscope at Siobhan’s Mirror, here!

header image credit: AquaSixio @ DeviantArt

Tarot of the QTPOC & Deck Review: Daughters of the Moon Tarot

The Daughters of the Moon Tarot is self-proclaimed as “the definitive feminist tarot deck” (though I think the Motherpeace Tarot gives it a run for its money, as well as borrows from its tradition).

How queer or even feminist is it though?

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Yes there is racial diversity, romantic and sexual diversity, perhaps even hints at gender diversity. However, one of the things I have an issue with in feminist decks, is the over-emphasis of the vulva as the essence of womanhood, which is frankly untrue and transphobic.

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As for the womb, I envision the womb as a the spirit space in all of us that births our art, imagination, and visions- not necessarily the physical. One could argue the same for the vulva, but when the visual representations remain fundamentally physical it remains problematic. I will say that this isn’t a motif found in every single card, and this grievance comes from exposure to multiple decks that do this- perhaps most flagrantly guilty The Mythical Goddess Tarot, a deck I love and use often.

I also say all this as a cis woman, and I acknowledge that for that reason alone my words may hold absolutely no water.

What the deck does it’s best to do is project women’s power, and that it tries to project it in the bodies of racially variant women- images of tending hearth and home, goddesshood, mother nature-love, women’s community, and warrior spirit.

Daughters of The Moon tarot deck also varies the ages of the people it portrays. Bodies are varied and beautifully rendered, conceptions of love and lovers are queer- it even has multiple options for the major arcana Lovers card.

Fair warning, though you might not mind, they’ve changed the names of some of the major arcana and the suit names for the minors: ex: The Magician – The Witch; Wands – Flames. They’ve also pulled some cards: you are asked to find The Emperor and The Hierophant in the The Empress and High Priestess cards, respectively. Little if anything about this deck tries to be traditional.

If you don’t mind the challenge of shuffling a round deck and the complete pretzel that is trying to work reversals with a round card, then this is certainly a deck to consider if you are on the lookout for decks that tend towards feminism.

The Motherpeace Tarot & Gorgon’s Tarot, other favorites, followed off of this tradition, which gives you more selection if you choose to a different path. Otherwise, I say this deck deserves due consideration for being as old as it is and having done quite a bit of work to heal and inspire.