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Notes From The Macrocosm

I posted nothing with the exception of a playlist in the month of January, and even though this is unusual for me, I also know enough at this point to trust in my ebbs and flows. While my blog has arguably suffered from inactivity, I’ve been in greater creative throws where other endeavors are concerned. And through that, I’ve had some time to reflect and pay attention to the reminders that universe or spirit or whatever has been graciously sending my way.

Here’s what I’ve learned or what has been reinforced through the month of January. Maybe you’ll find some pieces relateable, maybe a light-bulb will go off, or maybe you’ll completely disagree and leave an angry message in the comments. I don’t know, let’s go!

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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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Dream States: The Space Between Sleep

Sleep is a funny thing. We all do it and yet, we never really regularly compare notes. Growing up, I assumed my experiences with sleep and dreams were the same as everyone else's. I'm not saying they weren't, for the most part, but it's hard to distinguish what is common with what is perhaps more unusual if the experience is everyday (or, every night as this topic would have it).

Dreams for me have forever been a spiritual experience. I was always curious about this state and thought a lot about my adventures upon waking. Even as a kid, I'd wonder what they meant and dig for hidden context. In this post, I'm going to highlight various dream states that I personally experience, and provide my thoughts both on what they mean, how they can be achieved (if desired) and what to do with them once you're there.

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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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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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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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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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Fortune Telling with the Sailor Moon CCG

When I was in High School, Tarot cards weren't the only things I was slinging. I was super into Anime (conventions yes, cosplay no) so I accumulated a shit ton of toys and collectibles, particularly Sailor Moon because that was my favourite and it was readily available. Luckily, I've managed to hold on to many things over the years, so I can still enjoy them to this day. 

Which brings me to the Sailor Moon CCG which was released in the late 90s; think Pokemon or Magic The Gathering. Obviously, I was all over it when it came out and the other day, while I was searching the basement, my collection resurfaced!

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#tarotthursdaythree for 01/18/2017

It's Thursday and therefore, time for another round of #tarotthursday for mystical bloggers. This week's question set was contributed by one of my favourite Tarot gals, Ania, who you can find on InstagramYouTube, as well as over on her blog

If you're not familiar with the drill, read more about it here! For those who have been following along, the questions, as well as my responses, are after the cut.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 01/12/2017

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another installment of #tarotthursdaythree. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read more about it here!

This week's questions are brought to you by the lovely Beth @greenwitch_oracle. Please check her out and if you would like to contribute questions for an upcoming week, be sure to submit the form and I'll be in touch.

Now without further ado, let's get to the questions!

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Tarot Thursday Three

Welcome to the very first #tarotthursdaythree!

For those who don't follow me on Instagram, I'll explain a little bit about what this is and why I started it.

When I began blogging in the early 2000s, I would participate in something called the Friday Five. It actually started on LiveJournal and still exists today, so there ya go! The Friday Five is basically 5 random questions that bloggers of all sorts could answer and post, especially if they were lacking content or motivation to post something otherwise. It was simple, easy, fun and most of all, it got you typing.

Lately, I've been focusing on other efforts so my blog has taken a bit of a backseat. But, I still want to maintain it, even if just to post small updates, and this is why the Tarot Thursday Three was born. 

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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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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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