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!

 
 

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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News & Updates!

Happy Sunday!

This is a quick housekeeping post to keep you all in the know of what's happening around here. I'll format it to bullet points because that equals efficiency, right?

  1. Newsletter: Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who signed up for Monthly Magick so far! It means the world to me that you want to keep in touch. For those on the list and wondering, you'll receive the first issue at the end of this month with subsequent issues to follow suit - end of the month. You can still sign up for this if you haven't already. New subscribers receive an exclusive discount!
     
  2. Live Readings: I've added a new way to connect with me that's a bit unconventional, but hear me out. I may not have the ability to set up shop in a physical location on a regular basis, but there is no reason I can't take this concept and create a virtual equivalent (sort of). Basically, as my availability allows, I'll jump on to perform live chat readings on a first come-first serve basis. No schedules, no waiting for days - just instant answers. There are obviously pros and cons of any method, but there is something really thrilling about logging on and allowing whoever needs guidance in that moment to find me and get just that. You can read more about it here!

That's all for now - see, I told you it would be quick! Now go back to enjoying your weekend - you deserve it :)

Julia

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

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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#tarotthursdaythree for 05/18/2017

It's time for another #tarotthursdaythree! I think I set myself up here kinda poorly and created questions that I wanted to see answered by others, but which I didn't know how I'd answer myself. 

Because the first two questions are basically impossible in this moment, I’m going to deliver these out of order. Bare with me.

3. Is your tarot practice something you openly share with those around you? Are there some people in your life who would be surprised by your use of it?

At this stage, my close friends and family know what I do. Because I maintain a full time career outside of this world, it’s easy for me to not have to put this side of my life on full display, especially when I first meet someone. I mean, when I’m asked what I do for a living, I have two answers and depending on who is asking, I could give you either or both. And it’s not me being secretive (well, maybe it is), but it’s more that I do like to have a separation between those worlds, at least for the time being.

Now, even though everyone I know well knows what I do in this respect, it wasn’t always that way. Yes, anyone who has known me through the years knew about my interest for such things, but when I decided I wanted to go bigger with my passion, I kept that to myself for some time. When I started my Instagram and website, I didn’t even tell my husband. It was just something I did for a few weeks while I tested the waters and really figured out where my voice fit into all of this. Was it a hobby? Was it something more? I needed some space and privacy to play.

1. If you could read for anyone in the world (living or dead but not fictional) who would it be?

Okay, back to the first question. This one is almost too big. I mean, I’d love to read for all my pop culture faves and artists who've inspired me through the years. Oprah, you listening girl, I wanna read your cards! Ya okay, but seriously, I’d probably keel over from anxiety at the prospect of any of that. Just as I’m typing this though, my kid is popping his head up at the window and giggling at me from outside while he compares fidget spinners with the neighbours. So okay, I one day hope that I can show my son what I do and read for him. And even if it doesn’t end up being his thing, I hope he can at least humour me once in a while and sit down and let his mom pull some damn cards for him like a good boy.

2. On the flip side, if you could have your cards read by anyone who would you choose (assuming money, time and location are no issue)?

Okay, I don't know. I don't know who I would want to be read by, but I'm going to answer this another way. What I want is some dedicated time with a skilled medium, because this is not my skillset and it's not something I've sought from others either. However, I do have a few individuals I've love to connect with again and so ya, I'm going more for specific skill here than specific person. I hope that makes sense.

I would LOVE to know how you'd answer these. Feel free to comment below or copy and paste these questions into your own social media or blog!

See you next week!


 

Inspired! A Q&A With Grace Duong of Mystic Mondays Tarot

I am so struck by those who have the courage to express their creativity and put their beautiful work out in the world for all eyes to see, no matter what shape or form it takes. And with their hard angels, bright colours and vivid design - The Mystic Mondays tarot deck is a beautiful sight indeed. That’s why when Grace Duong (designer extraordinaire and creatress of the upcoming Mystic Mondays tarot deck) and I connected, I felt like it would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the process of creating a deck and using Kickstarter as a launch pad to jumpstart the project.

Check out the interview after the cut where Grace talks about her love of all things mystic and her inspirations for this project. It also includes a little mini reading for Grace about her campaign, because what Tarot interview is complete with a consult of the cards? Also, be sure to check out the Kickstarter to support Grace and help bring this vibrant deck to life!

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Emperor

Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Emperor

I feel like I'm just whipping through these, eh? i'm actually having a blast going through my playlists and revisiting playlists of the past and coming up with these selections. I have quite a few chosen for future spots that I'm excited about, but for now, gotta stay the course.

For the Emperor, I went with a hometown hero (heh) and truthfully, half of the reason I choose a song by this artist was so that I could make the observation (that's been made before) that the Emperor in the Fountain Tarot kinda looks just like him. Take a look at the image after the cut and tell me you disagee!

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