Deck Preview: The Threads of Fate

Deck Preview: The Threads of Fate

If you haven’t already heard about the upcoming Threads of Fate oracle deck (live on kickstarter April 25th), let me be the first to tell you about it. Before I dive in though, please note that I received the cards I’m about to share so that I could spread the word and offer my thoughts. With that being said, everything I’m about to touch on is a true and authentic reflection of my opinion. Also, I don't typically agree to receive something that I suspect I wouldn't like...so there is also that. Back to business now...

The Threads of Fate is the brainchild of Blaire and Brit and while the aesthetic is pretty specific, I would wager if you’re a fan of the Starchild tarot, you’ll be drawn to this deck as well. And even better, if you have the Starchild tarot, I could see this as being a beautiful compliment to any readings performed with it. So, needless to say, there are some spacey similarities, but what the The Threads of Fate does for me anyway, is bring it back full circle. As above; so below - and as much as there are some of those ethereal or otherworldly imagery and vibes, there is also a lot here that is rooted is Earth. Actually, elements play a large role in the underpinning of many of the cards, and I think intuitively working with them, you’ll be able to determine what card occupies which space without so much as referencing the intended meanings.

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New Moon Updates: Join Me On Patreon

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I have to admit that I haven't been feeling overly connected to this New Moon, but sort of inadvertently, I was overcome with a need to make a few changes around here. Nothing major - but a purge on one hand and an introduction on the other. And as it all comes together, I'm reminded also that Mercury has gone direct as of today - so now really is the time to plant seeds and embrace that fresh start. 

What this will mean for this space is that after April, there will be no more Monthly Magick newsletters. Instead, I'll be redirecting my energy into the Patreon page I just created, as a way to accomplish 3 primary goals. 1) help me sustain the level of content I'm currently producing. 2) I'm in the process of writing a book, and the pledges I receive on that platform will support the birth and creation of that project. 3) I love the idea of having a space for community - where I can connect with others and provide exclusive resources to assist fellow seeker's on their journey. Nothing loud and crazy - just a safe space for those on a solitary journey looking for ways to grow at their own pace. 

I've spent some time pouring over the rewards for each Tier, and I think I've been able to accomplish a balance to accommodate those looking to learn and also those wanting guidance. I've had to really consider what is feasible for me to produce in a sustainable way so that this space compliments what I'm already doing. I think I've captured this and I'm excited to start!.

Without getting into what fits into which tier, here is a snapshot of the sorts of rewards you can expect: 

  • Patron-only feed featuring updates, tips, insights, polls, spreads and more
  • Free readings, both for the collective as well as personalized
  • Monthly bite-sized studies on a wide array of subjects (though mostly tarot-centric)
  • Shout-out on Instagram
  • Permanent link on my website
  • A featured blog post where we chat about whatever you want (want to share your practice? plug a service? announce a project? I'm all ears)
  • Never-expiring coupon code (20% off) for all products and services
  • Monthly snail-mail care package

I plan to introduce a live feed component to some reward Tiers, but not until or unless I can achieve the second goal I've set, mostly to ensure there is an audience!

So, if you've enjoyed the free content I've put out over the years, have benefited from readings or simply want to reap the rewards that being a patron entails, please consider supporting me! Of course, regardless of whether you can or cannot, I'm endlessly grateful for your presence, no matter what form that takes.

As for the newsletter, the last edition will go out at the end of April. For those who have been with me through the months, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I've enjoyed that process, but it's time for the next leg of this journey.

With love & gratitude,
Julia

Flexing With Tarot: An Expanded Worksheet

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Freebie Alert! This post includes a downloadable worksheet. Grab it here!

Last month, I wrote a blog post all about flexing your cards to suit any given inquiry. I created a small worksheet where you could play with the technique, and as soon as I hit "publish", I regretted not making the worksheet more fulsome.

So, I went back and reworked it! It's now a 15 page document that includes a chart featuring each of the 78 cards including 3 keywords that I've provided you to get started. Each card will allow you to adapt it to fit 3 different topics; love, career and self-development. These are some of the most common inquiries, which is why I've selected them, but you can always scratch one or all of them out and plop in your own.

 
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I've also included on the last page, 4 examples with 4 cards that I randomly selected. If you get stuck, it should be enough to get you seeing how the cards could be flexed to fit.

Here's one example that I'm referencing from the original post (I have 4 different examples in the PDF).

4 of Wands

Keywords: Celebration, Home, Security, Foundation, Harvest, Homecoming

Love: It may be possible that the seeker is getting ready to settle down or share house with the person they're involved with. The 4 of Wands could be about taking the relationship to the next level, becoming more comfortable in that dynamic and celebrating the success they've so far had together.

Career: The Seeker may have really found their stride where career is concerned. They have, or are about to, reap the rewards of recent achievements. There could even be a promotion or raise coming up for the seeker. At the least, they can expect their success to be celebrated in some way.

Self-Development: I read this card as being a bit about being really comfortable in your own skin, where self-development is concerned. To love your temple, both your physical being and your outside surroundings, and to nurture them and make them yours. Allow yourself to relish in what makes you feel good and focus on the positive.

I hope this practice and the PDF serves you well. I've also added it to the freebies section which I encourage you to check out if you haven't already. There are loads of resources for newbie readers as well as those looking to expand their practice.

As always, happy reading!
Julia

The Fool-The World: 22 Ways To Experience More Magick

The Fool-The World: 22 Ways To Experience More Magick

When I was very young, my dad would tell me that magick was real and with it, we could do anything we wanted - if we believed. That sounds pretty out there, but through the years, I've learned that the more I limit this belief, the less magick I experience. And the thing about magick is that it doesn't have to be this monumental occurrence to feel large and vibrant. Magick is simple - consistent - easy, and its application, while seemingly mundane, can transform your life in the most incredible ways.

Below is a list of some of my favourite ways to add a dose of magick to the everyday according to each of the Major Arcana. I love following this path as a template to explore other areas of life because each step is so deeply archetypal and symbolic. The wisdom extends beyond the cards themselves and if you listen, you'll find their influence can be perceived almost anywhere.  

BUT WAIT! Before we get started, I have a side-bar exercise you can do in conjunction with this list. If you like, think of one card from the Major Arcana or, shuffle those 22 cards and draw one card. Consider this your focus card and with it, you will pay extra attention to the suggestion on the list that's coming up. Perhaps this is a way you can infuse more magick, or something you've been neglecting or a possibility you've not considered. Hopefully whatever it is, it serves you well.

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Flexing Your Cards - An Exercise in Adaptation

Flexing Your Cards - An Exercise in Adaptation

P.S. This post has been updated to include a more complete worksheet. All links to the older worksheet have updated below to include the new material.

This post includes a downloadable resource: Flexing Your Cards - Exercise Sheet.

No, this isn't a post about how to get the most of your workout routine with the aid of tarot - though I'm sure it wouldn't be above their ability to assist with this either! When I talk about flexing, what I'm describing is a method of reading that allows you to bend and mold the card's standard meaning to fit the specific question being asked. Whether it be love, career, personal development, passion projects or anything else, a single tarot card can and should be able to provide suitable guidance, if you can adjust your lens ever so slightly. 

Of course, there are some cards that seem to speak fluent love or finances, but even if not; even if the card seems to be themed in an entirely different direction, doesn't mean it can't give you the answer you're looking for. You just need to know how to look at the card.

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New Moon in Pisces - A Playlist

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I fully did not intend on making a playlist for this New Moon in Pisces, but much of how I've navigated this season is to feel my way through it. And so this playlist kind of just put itself together, I think. Or something. Anyway, it's a bit dreamy, trippy, surreal...maybe or maybe not. I don't exactly know what it is - except that it's what I wanted to listen to today to mark the occasion. Have a listen? Playlist below or follow along in Spotify.

P.S. you can visit previous playlists and other soundtracks here.

Happy Dreaming <3
Julia

Weighing Pros & Cons with Tarot

Weighing Pros & Cons with Tarot

The other day, I was playing around with my method for reading probability, when I found myself asking not if something would or wouldn't happen, but what the pros and cons would be, should it occur. In that moment, I began contemplating methods to simply construct a spread that would tackle this sort of inquiry, and that was when this method for weighing pros and cons was born. It is inspired both by my "yes/no/maybe so" system and decision making method for reading the cards.

The idea behind weighing the pros and cons is that with most of what we experience and pursue in life, there are ups and downs. Sometimes those ups and downs are of equal impact, and many times the situation skews one way or another. If you're trying to determine the ups and downs or pros and cons or something, whether that be embarking on a new path, leaving a current relationship or having a difficult conversation - keep reading; this method is for you.

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King Billy and the Royal Road - The Fool's Journey Through a Child's Eyes

King Billy and the Royal Road - The Fool's Journey Through a Child's Eyes

Part of understanding tarot for me, is taking the cards and looking at them through different lenses. Whether that be various correspondences, associations or just applying their energy through another form altogether - music, for example.

The process of doing this inevitably expands my personal understanding of the card and also helps to find real examples of it in everyday life. King Billy and the Royal Road, written by RC Ajuonuma and published by Silverwood Books is a piece of creative art that does just that. It is this beautiful and unique translation of the Major Arcana, in a way you've not seen it yet. 

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Making Picture Magick

Making Picture Magick

I get asked every now and then for photo taking tips or about my process. I am always happy to answer these questions, but I thought it might also be fun to write a little post about how I transform the objects I love into pleasing photos for either this website or my Instagram. And while that may sound superficial, the fact is that taking photos to me is both a sacred and creative act. The energy and love that goes into the process of taking something I adore and capturing its essence, is every bit as spiritual as sitting with that object in other respects. It is both artistic and expressive, not to mention a satisfying outlet.

Quick Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer (duh) and I have had no training in this field, so I'm not a subject matter expert. These are simply techniques that I utilize, found through trial and error, that you too may find helpful. However, I did work in a photo lab for a few years, many years ago, and colour correction did become a bit of an obsession. Fun fact: I still have nightmares about it! 

Oh, and one more thing, in case you're wondering, I use my camera phone for all photos. Most were taken with a Google Nexus 6P, but I've recently upgraded to a Google Pixel 2 XL.

Okay, on to the tips!

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New Moon in Aquarius - A Playlist

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The New Moon in Aquarius is upon us tomorrow and so I've put together an inspired playlist. I don't have too much to say about it, so have a listen if you feel like it (below) or follow along! Enjoy!

I've also decided to stop linking individual artists because it just takes too much damn time.

P.S. you can visit previous playlists and other soundtracks here.

P.P.S. I am running a Valentine's Day, self-love themed giveaway on Instagram which ends on Friday. Check it out while it's on for a chance to win!

Embracing The World: A Tarot Spread

Embracing The World: A Tarot Spread

When we arrive at The World, we’re coming full circle. Similar to the card’s traditional imagery, arriving at this state is much like closing the loop on the Major Arcana, encompassing all its lessons and learnings, and reaching a sense of completion orsuccess. It carries sentiments which mimic The Magician in some ways, with the elements present again. But, rather than laying on the table in front of us, they have been assimilated and now take a more lively form; a water bearer (Aquarius) to represent water, an eagle to represent Air, a lion to represent fire and a bull to represent Earth. These essences now all live within the seeker who remains naked, like the 2 cards which precede her, through draped in an elegant scarf and handling two batons. She is both poised and balanced; no longer commanding heaven and Earth, but rather one with them.

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Decision Making With Tarot

Decision Making With Tarot

Tarot is such a versatile tool. My use of the cards is hardly limited to divination and even within the confines of divination as an approach, there are still so many practical applications. Today, I'm going to break down the different ways you can use tarot to help make decisions.

Before we get into techniques, I want to share with you a few instances where I've been able to navigate different life situations to arrive at a desired outcome. One of my first experiences with tarot as a decision making tool, was when I was house hunting. The market was (still is, really) a seller's game and options seemed not only limited, but not ideal. In a series of readings that spanned a couple of hours, we explored many different possibilities, all looking dismal, until we arrived at the one - the one we ultimately went for and couldn't be happier with. I write more about this experience on another blog post, if you want to read more!
While this was a major decision, I've also used tarot to help me make decisions where selling my home was concerned, making changes to my spiritual business and helping me navigate certain dealings with our builder. Yes, tarot has basically helped me navigate every part of buying and selling a home!

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The High Priestess & Justice: Two Side of the Same Coin

The High Priestess & Justice: Two Side of the Same Coin

Full disclaimer: I am of the camp that believes Justice has found it's proper place as the 11th Arcana, though I know there are many who prefer it as the 8th and I am sure there are plenty of valid reasons why that makes sense. However, I'm here to discuss one of the reasons why the latter resonates more with me, and that is because in the 11th spot, based on numerology, it vibrates in line with The High Priestess.

While on the surface, Justice and The High Priestess appear to have little in common, I actually consider these cards to be two sides of the same coin and the secret to reading the tarot. A bit of a bold claim I suppose, but stay with me and we'll get to that...before we do though, let's explore the visual similarities and differences.

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New Moon in Capricorn - A Playlist

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We are back with another moon inspired music mix - yay! I missed last month due to the craziness that is December, but I haven't stopped with this series. It's one of the things I do not because I think anyone cares, but simply because I enjoy it. I guess it could be said that I try to approach all the work I do with this sentiment - but truly the music stuff is especially cathartic.

This installment has us exploring this New Moon in Capricorn (which occurs on January 16), and even though Capricorn is my Sun sign (and also occupies my Mercury and Venus) I had a bit of a hard time bringing a sense of cohesion to this mix. The truth is, I more or less just felt it out. I tried to go for earthy, yet dark vibes - and you'll find some tracks/artist's names pay some homage to our dear goat and the sign of Capricorn. Have a listen below and feel free to follow along! Enjoy!

Artist's Featured: Beck, Tori Amos, The Soft Moon, Black Marble, Cat Power, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, Ghostland Observatory, FKA Twigs, Iron & Wine, Grimes, James McAlister, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Pearl Jam, Majical Cloudz, R.E.M., Mazzy Star, Rasputina,

Learning To Read Tarot

Learning To Read Tarot

I recently watched a video by the ever fascinating Kelly Ann Maddox around the ways in which people approach their learning of tarot. There has been some contention in the community, which I've opted not to comment on, regarding certification and whether or not it's necessary or whatever. I'm not here to tell you how to learn tarot. But if you're asking me, no, I don't think certification is necessary. No, I don't plan on ever being certified to read cards. But, I also don't care what other people do with their money and am happy for those who chose this route and those who chose to supply it as an option. It's not necessary, but it may be the right thing for some and there is nothing wrong with that.

And this all made me think back to my own journey with the cards. How did I come into it? What were my struggles? And how did I ultimately come to understand them in the way I do today? The truth is, I don't remember how tarot specifically landed on my radar, but I grew up in a home that was very open to these sorts of things and so when I requested a deck, around the age of 10, it was met with a swift visit to the book store to peruse what was available.

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Devil

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Devil

Happy Capricorn season! To honour the day (also my Birthday!!) I'm diving into the next installment of Soundtrack Through The Arcana with The Devil - which just happens to correspond with the sign Capricorn, so it seemed extra fitting.

There are some of these entries that I've struggled with. And I know there will be more in the future that will have me scouring my collection and beyond to find a song that fits to my liking. The Devil, however, is not one of those cards. I knew since I began this series what song would occupy this spot, and I've never once wavered on that decision.

So, what song holds the honour? Keep reading to find out...

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2018 By The Numbers: Personal Year vs. The Collective

2018 By The Numbers: Personal Year vs. The Collective

My introduction to personal year numbers was a few years ago at a psychic fair. I sat with a skilled intuitive for a reading, and the first thing she did was very matter-of-factually inform me that I'd be heading into a personal year 7. While I was familiar with life path numbers and other facets of numerology, I had no idea what a 7 meant in the context of my year ahead. She went on to explain: The coming year for me would be less about the stuff and more about solidifying my connection with myself and the divine. It was a time for introspection, reflection and receptivity. Man, was she ever right...

Since that introduction to the personal year number, it's become a bit of a ritual to spend some time in December calculating my year ahead on both a personal and collective level. And that's what this post is really all about. Calculating your year ahead number, embracing the collective shift, and providing a brief overview of what it all means.

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In-Depth with the 3 of Swords

In-Depth with the 3 of Swords
Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing. -Elizabeth Gilbert

Last month's In-Depth had us exploring the Page of Pentacles, and when I posted about the article on Instagram, I received a request to cover the 3 of Swords next. Since I have just about zero agenda as it comes to these pieces, expect for the hope that I can produce them at a rate of one a month, I was open to the suggestion.

So here we are, my third In-Depth and in it we'll be taking a deep dive with that sometimes dreaded and often difficult 3 of Swords. I say sometimes dreaded and often difficult, because rarely do you pull this card to a rave reaction or sigh of relief. No, 3 swords piecing a heart doesn't exactly conjure up those warm and fuzzys. But, that's not to say there is nothing positive to be gleaned from its presence, but we'll talk more on that later.

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Upcoming Event - Magical Holiday Market

Hey Friends,

Just an FYI to let you know that I'll be slinging cards at the next Moonlit Path event - Magical Holiday Market. It's located at Women on the Move at 2111 Dundas Street West in Toronto, so if you're in the area (or not) and want a reading, swing on by! It's free admission and I'll be there 1-5 offering 15 minute reads for just $20. There will be loads of other readers, practitioners and vendors on site - see flyer below for more details! Oh, and if you want to reserve a 15 minute slot with me before hand, get in touch and I'll pencil you in.

 
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New Moon in Scorpio - A Playlist

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The other day, my friend was sharing her horoscope with me and in that forecast, it asked her this question: If you could be any other sun sign, which would you be? She didn't have a response, but when she flipped the tables on me, I answered swiftly and with certainty; I would be a Scorpio. I have a little bit of Scorpio in my chart, granted. Both my Jupiter and Saturn are in Scorpio - so, that's something, I guess. And my rationale isn't completely fleshed out but essentially, I think the sign is badass and I'd like a little more edge in my profile - lol.

Anywho, while I skipped the Full Moon in Taurus when it comes to these playlists, I couldn't pass up diving into the upcoming New Moon in Scorpio, which will be active in the sky November 18th. The truth is, this was the quickest selection of songs I've ever whipped together and the only challenge I had was narrowing it down to the standard 20 tracks that I like to keep these things to.

In terms of the mix of music, I tried to make it sexy and intense - though I fear even saying that out loud makes it markedly less sexy and intense. Regardless...I do hope I've done the sign justice, but if not, I'm sure you Scorpios won't hesitate to let me know.

Artists Featured: The Normal, Depeche Mode, Bjork, Beach House, alt-J, GarbageDuran Duran, Einstürzende Neubauten, FKA Twigs, Frank Ocean, Ghost Poet, Kavinsky, Miss Kitten, Portishead, Tricky, Weaves, The Weeknd, Desire, Majical Cloudz, The Doors

Full playlist below - Happy New Moon!