New Moon in Virgo - A Playlist

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Is this becoming a thing? I don't know, but I had a lot of fun making a playlist for the last Full Moon so I figured, what the hell. Below I present you with a curated mix of music for this New Moon in Virgo. I've tried to capture those Earthly vibes and themes of healing, cleansing and purification with the 20 tracks selected. And for some reason, we have a lot of covers again. Feel free to have a listen, follow along or let the tunes carry you trough any ritual you plan to embark on. 

Artists Featured: Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius, Maggie Rogers, SiaJosé González, Bon Iver, Steve Hackett, Azure Ray, Magic Wands, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Lady Gaga, Tori Amos, Lana Del Ray, Solange, This Is The Kit, Lumineers, Vance Joy, Iron & Wine, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Full playlist below - enjoy!

How Does Tarot Work? I Don't Know, But I Have 4 Theories!

How Does Tarot Work? I Don't Know, But I Have 4 Theories!

Maybe you've been reading the cards awhile or perhaps you just started - whatever boat you're in, have you ever stopped to consider why or how the cards work? The truth is, no one can tell you for certain, but I have a few theories which we'll get to in a moment! In fact, I believe all of the following ideas to be contributing factors as to why/how a tarot reading works. This means that there doesn't have to be just one answer and it also means that this is in no way a conclusive list. These theories may ring true for you or you may have your own ideas that explain how tarot works and that is all perfectly acceptable and valid. 

So, without further ado, I'll now present you with 4 reasons that may explain why/how tarot works.

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The Relationship Between Emotion and Intent

The Relationship Between Emotion and Intent

When we discuss concepts such as manifestation and being the creator of our own reality, we focus a lot on thoughts as energy and a seed for intent. Thoughts do have power - there is no doubt about that. Thoughts have power in the way that words and actions also have power. But, it is what fuels those thoughts that can be the determining factor in how successful your intentions are. And what fuel am I talking about? I'm hinting at the thing that often comes before the thought, but also lives in the aftermath of many. Something that shapes perception and informs action. Of course, the thing I'm talking about is emotion.

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Full Moon in Pisces - A Playlist

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I told myself I'd write a post this weekend, but instead I spent the morning staring at a blank screen even though I have at least 5 topics I've been meaning to delve into. Rather than force it and end up with a product I'm not wholly satisfied with, I thought I'd instead indulge in a little mix-tape making and allow myself to be inspired by other forms of expression. Music, like any creative outlet, is magick - pure and simple. In fact, anything that can make you feel - or touch one of your sense - would qualify...if you ask me.

I'm feeling very in tune (I think I punned) with the Full Moon that is almost upon us. Perhaps that's because I'm already in a strange space and have been since Mercury Retrograde hit. Or maybe it's because this upcoming cycle sees us in Pisces and Pisces is my moon sign, so it feels personal. Whatever the case, I let the feels guide me and created a Full Moon in Pisces Playlist for your listening pleasure. It's slow, brooding, a bit instrumental and touching on the topic of dreams, mystery and illusion. This is what Pisces feels like to me; hopefully you'll enjoy it as well. 

Artists Featured: M83, Rasputina, Chromatics, Aurora, Half Moon Run, Majical Cloudz, London Grammar, Burial, Moby, Kate Bush, Clint Mansell, Radiohead, oOoOO, Portishead, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Tricky, Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Maxence Cyrin.

The full playlist is below if you want to have a peak. You can also have a listen in Spotify and follow along.

p.s. The order of the songs are intentional, but feel free to shuffle your way through it as well.

The Riddle That's Defining My Focus

The Riddle That's Defining My Focus

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may already know that I've been grappling with a shift that's been persistent and apparent since Mercury Retrograde began. It's honestly making me question everything - and because it's not let up over the course of the last couple weeks, I know it's not as simple as a fleeting thought. In fact, what it's bringing up for me are things that have been bubbling in the background for awhile now. Specifically, it's making me hyper aware and also critical of the cycles I've been experiencing that I've ignored up until this point to which I can ignore no longer. I'm being asked to slow down and reassess. To revisit and refocus and that brings me to this; the riddle that's been ruling my existence since that second week in August.

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Features & Promos

I've been quieter than usual here as well as over on my Instagram, but that doesn't mean I haven't been creating and connecting in other ways.

For starters, I'm so proud and pleased to say that I was featured in the latest issue of The Rabbit Hole newsletter as part of theshinysquirrel.com. The Shiny Squirrel, if you aren't familiar, is a Brooklyn based PR firm and showroom  that also runs a rad newsletter showcasing spiritualists, artists and other creatives. Check it out and make sure to sign up to read my interview!

 
 

In addition to this, Pull Pen Paint is back for round two in September and I'll also be back leading another live class, this time all about "reading in the flow". If you've been following along for awhile, you'll know that in March I facilitated a live workshop which focused on connecting with our spirit guides. For those who sign up for this round of Pull Pen Paint, not only will you get all the new content for September, you'll also have access to everything that happened back in February. If you want to get in on the action - and trust me, it's a lively group! - make sure to sign up

 
 

Connecting with the Solar Eclipse In Leo

Connecting with the Solar Eclipse In Leo

Tomorrow is the much anticipated Solar Eclipse in Leo and depending where you are in this world, you may experience total-partial darkness for a brief period of time.

Solar eclipses are relatively rare and when they show up, it's a good time for us to take a peek at what's lurking in our shadows and what is attempting to find its way to light. It's also an opportunity to allow for some serious transformation to take place and depending where this eclipse is landing for you in your chart, it could mean a focus on different things.

To figure out where the eclipse is showing up for you, you need to locate what house Leo lands on in your natal chart. You can run a chart over at Cafe Astrology, which is an excellent resource that I use frequently since I'm definitely no Astrology expert. Once you've run your chart, scroll down to the bottom and find what house Leo falls in for you. There are 12 houses total and I've included a list below so you can reference what each of them means. Please note that I've included the natural sign that occupies each house to provide more context to that house, but your natal chart will show you specifically where the signs are landing for you.

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May I Recommend...

This Mercury Retrograde has really hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been full steam, Chariot ahead on a couple of projects when WHAM - the need to recede overcame me. Well, as you can probably tell blog posts here have slowed...and time between Instagram posts has increased. So, what have I been up to then? Mostly, taking time for myself. Reassessing what it is that I'm creating and putting into the world. Feeding myself with things that are inspiring and helping me feel sane during this downtime.

In fact, here are a handful of those very things that I've been indulging in, enjoying or have otherwise found some joy or comfort in this last week. 

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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!

 
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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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