Adventures in Instagram as a Soulpreneur

Adventures in Instagram as a Soulpreneur

When I started my Instagram account in November of 2015, it was before Spiral Sea Tarot (website, brand etc.) had really taken shape and I had no clear objective or expectation going in. At the same time, I ran a personal Instagram account where I interacted mainly with my friends IRL. But, it was a weird time for me. I’d spent the last year or so in the process of reevaluating my spirituality and finding more ways to incorporate it into my life; getting back in touch with something I'd lost somewhere along the way. The problem was, I didn’t feel comfortable to share that with most people and every time I wanted to post a picture of an incredible spread I’d just done or a passage from a book with an unconventional topic - I felt a lot of reservation. But, I knew I wanted to take pictures of the things I loved and I knew I wanted to share those things with...someone. And so, in secret, I started a second account - now the one and only account I use today.

Why a secret? To test the waters. To provide myself an outlet that felt safe. To share without filter or fear. I suppose those would be a few good reasons. Once I was sure I wanted to have this space where I could creatively explore what I was most passionate about, I shared it with a few - mainly because it felt weird to have this side thing that no one knew about and ultimately I knew I needed to transition myself more fully.

Now that I’ve been doing this for over a year and a half, I wanted to reflect back on what I’ve learned through the process of showing up everyday in this capacity. So without further ado, below are the biggest lessons I've so far come by while using Instagram as a soulpreneur.

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - Wheel of Fortune

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - Wheel of Fortune

I'm kinda pissed with myself for picking a Majical Cloudz song so early in this series. There are so many better tracks on this album, but what I love about this selection is the way in which it transitions the Arcana. There is this feeling of slipping from one state into another, entering an ether, being consumed or circling back to the start. None of that made sense, but The Wheel is kind of a messy place where everything can just coexist. Our past, present and future taken out of linear context where we're now given the opportunity to see things with perspective, go a different way, break free etc. So these circumstances that we find ourselves in (real or imaginary), are they a product of fate or fortune - or does it even matter?

I'm also kinda pissed that this band is no longer.

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5 Really Good Reasons To Get A Tarot Reading

5 Really Good Reasons To Get A Tarot Reading

Obviously no one *needs* a tarot reading, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get one anyway. We don't need lots of things, but there are still ways in which we will benefit immensely from certain "non-essentials". Ways that promote personal growth, provide clarity and give guidance at any juncture. I'm definitely not of the mindset that you need to check in with tarot for every curious little thought that crosses your mind, but here are 5 really good reasons for consulting a reader if you want to get the most of this powerful tool.

Post Edit: I came back and revised this to add a bonus 6th really REALLY good reason. Check it out after the cut!

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Soundtrack Through The Aracana - The Hermit

Soundtrack Through The Aracana - The Hermit

Growing up, I listened to a lot of Genesis. A lot. This was (is?) my dad's favourite band and so it was just accepted that at any odd hour, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway may serve as some very normal background music whether eating dinner, entertaining guests or just hanging out. Now, members of Genesis also served up solo acts (Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel being the big ones) but Steve Hackett, who was their guitarist for a number of years, also ventured sideways while in the band and put out the album Voyage of the Acolyte which is entirely tarot inspired. In fact, every single track on that album is named after a tarot card (almost). So, I guess you can see where I'm going with this...

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Upcoming Event: Seekers Market

Hey Friends,

Just a quickie to let you know I'll be at the Seeker's Market in Kleinburg, Ontario this Saturday giving 15 minute readings for $20 a pop. You have your choice of a mini spirit guide sesh or a regular ask anything/general tarot reading. It's running 1-4pm so if you're in the area, stop on by! There will be other readers, metaphysical practitioners and creatives doing their thing so it's sure to be a fun-filled and mystical day.

Check out more on the event's Facebook page or Instagram!

 
seekersmarket
 

Wisdom of the Oracle Tarot Card Associations

Wisdom of the Oracle Tarot Card Associations

I've been working with the Wisdom of the Oracle for awhile now and truthfully, it is the only oracle deck that I really consistently use - especially when I'm reading for others. While the aesthetic doesn't sing to my soul, what this deck does deliver for me is no-nonsense practical guidance and cards that are easy to interpret no matter what the question or situation. I don't think this deck is particularly hard to grasp, though the thing with oracle cards (unlike tarot) is that each deck is like a brand new system needing to be learned and that can feel daunting. 

One of the things that made it even easier to assimilate all those meanings was associating them back to tarot cards that I felt carried a very similar meaning, vibe or energy. So, if you're a tarot card reader and new to the Wisdom of the Oracle, I've compiled a quick tarot association cheat sheet. Hopefully you agree with the cards I've selected but with anything, some of these things can be personal and so I encourage you to explore and come to your own conclusions as well. (see chart after cut)

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Taking Stock Of Your Harvest With The 7 Of Pentacles

Taking Stock Of Your Harvest With The 7 Of Pentacles

Hey All,

I am so thrilled to be taking part in this first ever International Tarot Day blog hop along with so many interesting, inspiring and diverse bloggers. I hope you enjoyed reading all about the 6 of Pentacles over on Heather's blog and in mine, we'll be tackling the more pensive 7.

The 7 of Pentacles to me is like the pause before fruition. This is why for many decks, you’re going to see the scene on this card depicting a sort of growth. In the traditional RWS, we see what I assume is a farmer reflecting on the work that’s so far been achieved - 7 coins blooming in a bushel representing the results of our labour.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 07/06/2017

Welcome to #tarotthursdaythree - a monthly blogging exercise where anyone within the metaphysical community is invited to grab the question set and answer for themselves on their own blog or social media.

So, if you're a blogger or active on social media (whatever platform) and want to play along, just copy and paste the questions in your own forum and answer away!

This question set was inspired by what is becoming a common occurrence with some of my tools - particularly pendulums! You see, I just can't seem to keep these babies in tact. And just the other day, it happened again. I only asked 3 questions for 1 person and the next day, it split right in half. See exhibit A after the cut.

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Tarot Exercise - Spot The Commonalities

Yesterday I posted a photo on Instagram as a sort of "reading in the flow" exercise. I asked other readers what similarities the cards had and what they felt it meant when reading the three cards holistically. The point of the exercise was to step back from standard text book definitions and let the imagery tell the tale. I also refer to this type of reading as taking a bird's eye view and it's a process that can really allow our intuition to swoop in and take over.

I was really thrilled with the feedback and loved that some users had pointed out aspects of the cards that I hadn't even picked up on first glance myself. It really illustrates the unique perspective we all bring and the many layers that the cards can create. I won't tell you what I saw or what others saw just yet though. Before I get to that, have a look at the image below for yourself and tell me what you see. Here are some prompts to get things flowing:

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Why I No Longer Price My Readings Based On Card Count

When I began charging for readings, I structured my offerings by basing the cost of the reading on the number of cards expected to be drawn. I rolled this way for many many months until I began to meet some resistance and frustration over the process. What if I wanted to draw more cards? What if it turns out, I had the answer in just a couple cards? What if half of the input came straight from spirit and the cards were more supplementary? For my style of reading, the whole process was just too restrictive and unnatural and that's not fair - not for my clients and not for me.

It occurred to me then that this structure was no longer working. My readings needed to be priced based on type and my experience with those types, which helped inform what the price point should be. Why does this structure work better for me and my clients? Let me provide you some rationale!

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - Strength

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - Strength

I've taken a nearly 1 month hiatus from this series, though it's not been intentional. It's more so been a matter of other things needing attention - though it's been on my mind and I've been thinking about this selection since the moment I wrapped up The Chariot. I challenged myself to find something a bit more, how shall I say it...extroverted? Loud and proud? But, the last few weeks have been terribly introspective and pensive and reflective and representative of the other side of the Strength coin; the quiet inner rising.

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Discovering The Lost Tarot - A Preview + Mini Reading

It never ceases to amaze me the projects that pop up on Kickstarter, and it seems that this really is the go to method to get an indie deck published these days. I can certainly see the appeal of wanting to test a market before putting something to print. In addition, raising extra money in theory will help you up the quality and features of said product, so that's a nice added bonus for the campaigns that get that far. 

The Lost Tarot is another such deck that's hit my radar and that really instantly appealed to my sense of aesthetics. It is both rich in design and story and appears to leave no detail unturned. To give you an idea, after the cut is the image of the world and the card backs which I absolutely love - look at that gold!

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Spirit Guides: Connecting With Our Allies On The Other Side

Spirit Guides: Connecting With Our Allies On The Other Side

What if I told you that you were never really alone? That even in your darkest moments, you had a whole team in your corner, rooting for you and your success. Well, I'm here to tell you that you do - whether you know it, sense it or even desire it. We all have spirit guides. In fact, I don't know a soul who would sign up to come here without them.

But, what does any of that mean if you can't know who they are, feel their presence or even communicate with them? Another surprise - you can. And, the process of connecting with our guides doesn't have to be elusive or elite. No matter your level of "natural" intuitive ability, if you have an open mind and a willing heart, you're well on your way. 

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TED Talks For The Soul

TED Talks For The Soul

Yesterday I posted on Instagram a quote about letting your intuition lead, and wrote about a recent TED Talk I'd listened to before going to sleep. It's become a bit of a ritual to queue up a talk and let it glide me into sleepytime. If I do this, I am guaranteed to catch at least one in full, and then I generally end up falling asleep part way through the second.

Part of the reason I love TED talks is because they are so bite sized and succinct. They also make my mission to consciously consume my entertainment super easy. What I mean by consciously consume is to pursue entertainment in a very intentional way. That doesn't mean I never watch fluff, because yes, I like to let go of consciousness every once and slip into fantasy land. I'm human. But, the purpose of this post isn't to talk about ways to shut off - it's about leaning into entertainment in a way that can intellectually and or spiritually...turn you on.

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Chariot

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Chariot

After plowing through the first 7 cards of this series in almost no time, I finally stalled a bit with this installment for the Chariot, which is quite unchariot-like, actually. But it's not a race, and like this Major Arcana may suggest, the journey forward can have all kinds of distractions and pit stops along the way. I don't always see that as a bad thing and actually, something can be said for stopping and smelling the roses along the way. As long as we don't lose sight of the ultimate goal - and that really is the role of the Chariot - to keep your sights aligned with the path you've committed to.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 05/25/2017 & 06/01/2017

I am officially behind on two #tarotthursdaythrees and so I'm combining the last two into one super quickie post. I'm also going to make the announcement in this entry that I'll be moving #tarotthursdaythree to a monthly exercise. It's a lot to maintain weekly and I need to focus my energy on other endeavors at this time. I'll explain more about the new format on Instagram this week.

05/25/2017

1. How do oracle cards fit into your practice (if at all)?

Oracle absolutely fits into my practice, but it took me awhile to warm up to it, truth be told. I still much prefer tarot, but I will often use oracle to compliment a reading, add an extra layer or provide an inspiring or hopeful message at the end. I basically never do oracle-only readings. To me, oracle is a way to add to a tarot reading, but tarot is always the main component.

2. What is your most used oracle deck (if applicable)?

I've experimented with a few but by far, Wisdom of the Oracle is my most used deck. I find that it is so versatile and always provides really straightforward responses no matter what the question.

3. For those who do work with oracle, how do you select which oracle deck you’ll use for any given reading?

I go with my gut. This is why I don't allow my clients to select the deck I work with. I wait until I'm "in the zone" and then I use the decks that call to me in that moment. I approach both tarot and oracle in this way.

06/01/2017

1. What was the first tarot book you read or owned?

The first book I had was the guidebook that came with my first deck, the Servants of the Light. It was a bit over my head as a 10 year old and so I quickly picked up a second book called Tarot in 10 Minutes. I used this to learn as much as I could at that time. It was friendly enough for a young child and I wish I still had it!

2. What is your most referenced tarot book currently?

Holistic Tarot is basically the only tarot book I reference at the moment. It's not that I need a reminder on what the card's mean, but I do enjoy Benebell's perspective and general philosophy and so I will go back to it and reread portions now and again.

3. If you could recommend one tarot book for beginners, what would it be?

See above. I'd recommend Holistic Tarot to any beginner because it is a straight shooting approach to tarot that leaves just about no stone unturned. 

Boom. Done. I promise never to fall this behind again.

Love & Magick & Crystals & Glitter
Julia

Everyday Magick: An Afternoon At Centennial Park

My son had been bugging me all weekend to go on a picnic so on Sunday, we packed up our basket and headed down to Centennial Park in Grimsby (Niagara region of Ontario, Canada). It was a beautiful day and I expected it would be quite scenic, but aesthetically it was beyond. I had expectations of soggy peanut butter sandwiches and rocks in my sandals, but what I got was rainbows, crystals and all sorts of incredible elemental energy. Seriously, it was that good! Don't believe me? Take a peek at my photo series after the cut (hopefully the energy translates!)

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Lovers

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Lovers

The New Moon in Gemini was just a couple days ago, and Gemini also happens to correspond to The Lovers in the Major Arcana, so now seems an appropriate time to introduce our 7th segment of this series.

The Lovers is about love, passion and relationships (as the name implies), but it's also about larger issues surrounding morality, choices and dilemmas. Love songs are easy to come by, and I've selected one today, but it was important to chose something that also carried with it some of the essence of those deeper aspects. And while I think this track does beg for some consideration between the head and the. heart, it's also fantastically upbeat!

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Hierophant

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Hierophant

We're now 6 cards in and I'm happy to say that today's entry didn't take much thought at all. In fact, this particular selection comes from one of my all time favourite bands, Depeche Mode. Do you know what song I'm talking about? It's basically their biggest hit so I'm sure this one isn't too difficult to put together if you're a fan or even if you're not. Anyway, if you want to find out what song I've chosen to represent The Hierophant, keep reading!

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