A Self-Care Epiphany At The Gas Station

I have this reoccurring dream where I'm travelling on an unfamiliar road, in an unknown town and suddenly it occurs to me that I'm about to run out of gas. The outcome of most of these dreams is that I either make it to a station in the nick of time, or wake up before I have to embark on an aimless hike to gather gas for my tired vehicle. But the other night, the unimaginable happened; the car stopped dead in its tracks and I was stranded. Dreaming me even had this thought, like, "oh, it actually happened...I can't believe it actually, finally happened." So I sit there, stunned and fumbling for my phone only to discover that that too is at a precarious 4%.

Now I have no gas, no charge, no idea where I am and this lingering thought that "if I can't call through to someone on the first try, this phone is going to die and then I'm really out of luck." How did the dream end? I never did make it to a gas station and I never was able to connect with anyone who might be able to help. Instead, I wandered around a surreal grassy landscape with no plan in sight until the moment I woke up.

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My Top 7 Tarot Tips For Beginners

I come into contact with, what seems like, more and more people who are wanting to learn and practice tarot. For a newbie, it can seem daunting. 78 cards (and 156 meanings if you factor reversals) is a lot for anyone to try to memorize, and even when you do manage to memorize each card, you have another huge challenge on your hands. One that asks you to effectively take the cards you’ve memorized and now apply them to a specific person or situation and uncover how multiple cards in a spread may relate. It’s an art and a skill, and I know first hand just how long it can take, how frustrating it can be but also, how rewarded you will feel the moment it does start to click; and it WILL start to click, if you stick with it. 

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Tarot Spread: The Energetic Landscape

The other day a friend asked if I could perform a reading for her. "Sure", I replied, "what did you want me to look at?" But, the answer wasn't incredibly straightforward. It was something along the lines of, "I've just been feeling really off lately. I don't know if it's because of this or that, but I'm not just feeling right."

This type of inquiry I would lump into the vague and uncertain pile and it usually takes some work on my part to reformulate the question enough that it actually becomes readable. This time though, I resisted that urge.

I didn't know exactly how I would lay the cards down, but I knew I wanted to answer the inquiry just as it was asked. After all, there must be a way to look at what's happening in and around someone, especially when it feels that whatever it is, is weighing them down.

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Tarot Blog Hop

I'm participating in the Willows East Tarot Blog Hop, so below I have answered the 5 questions that she's put forward to those involved in the hop.

Before we get to that, I first want to say that I think this is a really wonderful way to connect us tarot bloggers, to continue to build community and to help get to know each other a bit better! I encourage any other tarot bloggers who come across this post to check it out and join the hop!

So did you want to learn more about me and my journey with tarot? Read on!

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Tarot: Best (Personal) Practices

I believe at it's core, tarot is an entirely individual and personalized practice. For this reason, even the "rules" I've come to establish in my own relationship with tarot serve to exist within the presumption that tarot and its use is defined mostly by the practitioner at hand.

So when I talk about "rules", I hope I can do so in a way that keeps from being considered preachy. This is just my perspective after all and so my hope is that if anything here resonates, you can adopt it, but of course if not, feel free to adapt it instead or chuck it to the wayside.

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4 Knights Walk Into A Bar (and other ways to get to know the court cards)

This post includes a worksheet. Get it here!

The court cards in many decks may look like royalty, but don’t be fooled by their fancy exterior! The courts are just like us; full of depth, imperfection and potential. Whether you’re new to tarot or have been practicing for sometime, it probably isn't news to you that the court cards can be one of the more challenging aspects of the deck to master. I too found myself scratching my head at times when these cards would show their face in a spread. Because of this, I needed to formulate a way to break down each character to help me distinguish who they are and how they relate to each other and myself.

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Free Readings! (with a small catch)

Free tarot reading anyone? That's right, you read correctly, I'm giving away a few free tarot readings! So what's the catch? Well, you see, this is not a totally altruistic venture, it actually benefits me as well.

What I'm really wanting to do, is showcase a few different reading types, but I don't just want to work with a fake client to produce these sample readings. I want the sample readings to be authentic and the only way they can appear authentic, is if they are authentic, if you catch my drift. Why don't I just ask past clients to use their work? Because that work was created with the intention that it was confidential and I wouldn't want to ask someone to go back on that. And it's also nice to give back and connect with others who maybe I ordinarily wouldn't!

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In-Depth with the 8 of Cups

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell

There is something unsettling about the 8 of Cups. Maybe it's because it's been stalking me for a solid year. Or maybe it's because whenever it shows up, it's a stark reminder that I'm still the fellow with his back to one life, though not fully entrenched in another; a kind of sort of between two worlds type of feel. Before I speculate on the true nature or intention behind the 8 of Cups, I first need to come to terms with why it makes me feel ill at ease.

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Delivering A Memorable Email Reading

Delivering A Memorable Email Reading

This post includes downloadable resources: 1) Email Reading Checklist 2) Email Reading Template (PDF version) 3) Email Reading Template (Doc. version)

Do you want to be able to craft email readings that your clients will savor, save, print and return to time and time again? Of course you do and more importantly, of course they do. This is always the goal of the email readings we prepare and in this post, I will share with you what I feel is most important when it comes to constructing your email readings, as well as provide you a template and checklist to get your started.

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Second Impressions of My Very First Tarot Deck

Approximately 23 years ago, I picked up my very first tarot deck. I had wanted one for awhile but being 10 or 11 at the time, all I had was my weekly allowance which was painful to try to save. Also, I felt a bit weird and out of my element in terms of actually going in to make such a purchase on my own, so I asked my dad to buy it for me instead. I should say that my dad was an astrologer and the house was littered with oddities so, this really wasn't such a weird request in that context. I think some parents may be caught off guard, but the request really produced no different a reaction than if I would have asked for a pack of gum. So at the time, it all felt kind of normal even though I also had a sense that maybe it wasn't. Well, I must have had some sense that it wasn't what my peers were doing, because I kept it a secret from most people, as I did many aspects of my spirituality growing up, but that's a whole other topic.

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Predicting Timing With Tarot

This topic seems to be an area of challenge for many, and rightfully so. Picking up on surrounding energy is one thing, but being able to say when something may happen is difficult, because as most of us acknowledge, free will exists. Just because something looks to be moving a certain way, doesn't mean it will stay the course. There are so many variables that can impact trajectory, so I think when we're talking about timing, we have to first acknowledge that timing, like anything with tarot, does not live in the realm of absolutes.

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Dawn of a New Day

You know when something just doesn't feel "right" anymore? Like, it doesn't jive, there is something off and while you don't have the exact words to explain why that's so, you know a change is brewing.

That's what I've been feeling and dealing with since late March. This feeling that my energy is scattered and my presence and offerings aren't exactly focused or packaged in a way that feels fully authentic.

When I first launched my spiritual services online at the beginning of 2016, I didn't have a clear plan. I've learned a lot over the last few months and most importantly, I've discovered what is it I like to do vs. what I love to do. For this reason, I've closed my Etsy shop and scaled my readings back to just a handful that are closest to my heart. They are now being offered directly through this website via paypal.

My focus over the next 6 months will be continuing to offer heartfelt readings while working on other projects including workshops, courses and other materials aimed toward learners.

I love tarot. I love what it's done for me over the years and I love sharing this passion with all of you. It's more than just a divination system; it's an art form, a communication tool and one of my greatest inspirations. And in the spirit of inspired progress, I needed to change in a way that I felt excited about. So here we are! And I'm so glad you're here with me, because it's my readers and this community that help keep me inspired and engaged every single day.

Love,
Julia

What This Last Year Has Taught Me About Myself & Happiness + A Tarot Spread

That title is unnecessarily long winded but also, right on point because the fact is, I have a lot of talk I want to cram into this post. And on advice of my last tarot reading for myself, I’m not going to try to over control or formulate things.

First of all, who are you? Who am I? We are personalities in physical form who walk around and do stuff. Lots of the stuff we do, we do it because we have to. Almost as if we’ve mindlessly walked into it and now we’re in this endless loop with the inability walk out. Like a windup toy that keeps hitting the wall as if it believes it has the power to break through it. Or as if it would be easier to break through it than find a way to turn around and go another way. Of course it can’t, because it’s a toy without a brain, but that’s besides the point 

Ok, but what does this have to do with happiness, who we are and tarot spreads? Let’s pray we can get to there!

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Freebie: 25 Spreads Through The Major Arcana

This post includes a free guidebook featuring 25 unique tarot spreads. Get it here!

Back in January, the first to be exact, I started a series called Spreads Through The Major Arcana. Approximately each week I released a tarot (or Oracle if you fancy) spread in the essence of each card from the Major Arcana starting first with The Fool. I got as far as The Hermit, the 10th installment, when I decided I wanted to package up the whole thing rather than release in segments. Initially I had the thought that I would sell it for $5.00, but I quickly scraped the idea because really, I just want people to have it.

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An Impromptu Interview with Salvador Dali's Tarot Universal

Back in December, as a bit of a birthday gift to myself, I ordered the Dali Tarot Universal deck on a whim. I’ve now owned it for a couple months but I’ve never actually read with it nor have I been overly compelled to do so. I’ve always been a Dali enthusiast, had tons of art books scattered across the house and this purchase was meant to be a collection piece rather than a practical tarot deck. Not to mention, the cards are enormous! I don’t have small hands but I struggle to shuffle them so I can imagine if you do have very small hands, you’ll have to come up with some inventive techniques.

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House Hunting with Tarot: Finding My 10 of Cups

My main modus operandi is to use tarot to illuminate what isn’t clear, energy swirling around that we can’t quite bring into focus and then use that to help accelerate our own growth or understanding. But sometimes, you just need some help buying a new home! And guess what? Tarot can help with that too!

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Setting The Stage For An Effective Reading

Recently a friend of mine started getting into tarot. While I do try to hold myself back from unloading an overwhelming amount of advice/how-tos and what not to-dos, it also got me to thinking. How many aspiring readers begin their own practice a bit lost? Am I doing this “right”? How can I connect better? It can be a lot considering that any resource you reference will have countless methods to be effective with our cards and tap into our intuition. The truth is, no one way is right and the most important thing is for you to find methods that resonate deeply for you. With tarot, like many things, it is all about intention!

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Reading In The Flow

This post includes a worksheet; get it here!

When I first began reading tarot years ago, I found it easy to get hung up on each card’s individual meaning. I think a lot of us can relate to this. There are many methods to reading tarot, various spreads and styles, but the single most effective approach for me was being able to get in the flow of the story that they told. As soon as I began to approach each reading on a holistic level, it made flexing those intuitive parts of my being that much easier. What I am going to share in this post will not be news to most of you who have been reading for sometime, but it is my hope that these methods will help those just starting out to illuminate the “bigger picture”. 

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Deck Impression: Zombie Tarot

Deck Information: Zombie Tarot by Stacey Graham and Paul Kepple as published by Quirk Books, 2012.

The Zombie Tarot is the brainchild (yup, I kinda punned) of Stacey Graham (writer and professional tarot reader), illustrator Paul Kepple and publisher Quirk Books. I decided I needed this deck after having it continually pop-up for me during my regular course of online activity. The images immediately appealed to my senses and I quickly sought out a more complete view of the deck so I could make my final decision. With all my planned purchases, I like to do research, and part of that research includes getting my eyes on a good sample of images including majors, minors and the courts.

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Shuffling: Manifesting Through Ritual and Intention

The concept of how to shuffle properly probably sounds like a non-topic. Anyone who’s ever played a basic game of Go Fish knows how to shuffle a deck of cards! Right? Right, it is true that the technical aspect of shuffling the deck is straightforward enough, but what about the intuitive part? Believe it or not, shuffling, or rather, when to stop shuffling, had become one of my biggest road blocks. Why? Because I’m kind of left-brained a lot of the time! I like to work within systems I can understand and analyze and shuffling, that just seems so random and haphazard! For me to get beyond this block, I needed to build an element of ritual into this process. So if you’re struggling with this bit too, perhaps some of what I’ve learned and applied here will help you out.

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