Tarot Thursday Three – Round 23!

Julia brings on the deeper questions this week for Tarot Thursday Three and I fell even more in love with tarot answering these!

What is the greatest lesson tarot has so far taught you?

Oooh… Hard to answer! Especially since I’ve worked with tarot for more than a decade.

But two important lessons come to mind:

Balance: In the tarot there is a lot of symbolism showing us the balance between light and dark, masculine and feminine, doing and being etc. And that is definitely something I have struggled with through life, as have many of us! As humans we tend to be success-driven and we tend to get obsessed with DOING, and I have received countless messages from the cards (both in readings and during studies) showing why (and how) this needs to be balanced to live a harmonious life.

Soul connection: Again, as humans we are so busy with the external world because it’s so tangible, and we’re taught to ignore “woo woo” stuff like meditation and journaling. But listening to, and connecting with, our inner world is key for a joyful life. We can do hundreds of pros/cons lists and listen to hundreds of teachers/gurus/therapists – But what truly is needed for us is to listen to our own Soul. Going inwards, tuning in with the inner truth, with our TRUE desires, wants, needs, dreams, dislikes, yearnings… So important if we want to feel “whole”. And tarot has always encouraged me to tune in and listen to myself. Not that I have always followed that piece of advice hehe… But overall I find tarot to be a tool that brings us closer to the Soul and further from outside pressure, influence, and chaos.

What is the biggest way tarot has so far changed your life or added to it?

It has definitely brought me closer to my spirituality. And what I mean by spirituality is belief in a higher power, that there is meaning to being on Earth, that my life and my Soul matter and are really meant to be here. It has helped me explore healing practices/tools/methods and thus explore myself and my Soul further. It has helped me get to know myself and that is a huge deal.

I grew up in an environment that wanted to change me drastically from a very young age. At the age of 5 I was told I had to be thinner, I was too fat, and forced to go on a diet. At the age of 6 I was told I had to be more social, I was too introverted, and was forced out of the house to talk to other kids. I was often laughed at and made fun of and you can imagine what that does to a natural empath! Around the age of 20 I started to realize that I for years had tried to cover up my true self, had forgotten my true self, and had become whatever they wanted me to be. Tarot has helped me remember my identity and personality. I can’t say how grateful I am that I came across such a deep and healing tool.

On a lighter note I also feel tarot is so much fun to have in my life since I rarely can make hobbies and interests stick. I often grow tired of it all and stop doing it, but tarot has now been around for many years and I can’t see myself ever getting rid of all my decks. It’s a fun and important part of life now.

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What keeps tarot interesting and fresh through the years (or months if you’re a newer reader)?

I have gone through months when I have not touched my cards, I can admit that! And it’s okay, it’s important to remember that tarot is only ONE tool for healing, self-development, etc. There are many more ways we can connect with Source or our Soul. It can even be healthy to try other methods and take a break from the cards sometimes. So I don’t fear those times I find tarot redundant or boring.

But of course, I have to say as a bit of a tarot shopping addict, that sometimes a new deck can really spice up your tarot interest again! I had a bit of a longer tarot break a couple of years back, and when I wanted to come back to tarot my decks felt a bit “outdated” and boring to me. I ordered the Ceccoli Tarot and Ludy Lescot and it was exactly what I needed to feel passionate about card reading again!

It’s also important to keep in mind that the card meanings are NOT static. They change with every question, situation, life stage, person… With every reading basically. And that for sure keeps it fresh and interesting.

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Tarot Thursday Three – Round 22!

Another round of fun tarot questions from Julia, and this time we’re talking books!

What was the first tarot book you read or owned?

Gerd Ziegler’s Mirror of the Soul in Swedish! It makes me giggle… It’s a book that for some weird reason is translanted into many languages, so it’s sold everywhere. Since it was kind of cheap I bought it together with my first tarot deck in a small esoteric shop – but quickly discovered that it did not go with my deck, which was the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. The Goddess Tarot is heavily based on the RWS and Ziegler’s book is about the Thoth deck. So yeah, that was a mistake… I read a couple of pages and then I tossed it. I can’t remember which one I purchased after that, but probably 78 Degrees of Wisdom or Tarot for Yourself. To be honest I never liked 78 Degrees of Wisdom. It felt dry and boring to me. Quite rambly, she just goes on and ooon… Tarot for Yourself is wonderful though, it taught me a lot! I was quite good at looking up information online and participating in Aeclectic Tarot Forum, so I’m grateful for learning from those sources also!

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What is your most referenced tarot book currently?

Hmm. Honestly? I would say – none? I go back and forth with my tarot studies. Sometimes I read tons of tarot books and soak up new information like a sponge, but other times I don’t touch the books. For a while now I’ve been very much into spiritual books, but not really tarot books. With tarot I’ve been more focused on developing my intuitive connection with the cards.

If I were to look up a card right now I would probably go to Benebell Wen’s Holistic Tarot or Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn. The last one is quite an underrated book in the community! I love his writing and he actually connects the cards very well to more self-developing aspects, and doesn’t ramble about history and esoteric symbols.

If I wanted to work with a card in a deeper way I’d go look it up in Tarot 101, she gives great prompts and exercises.

If you could recommend one tarot book for beginners, what would it be?

First I would ask what kind of student the person is. In short what I want to know is if they’re the type A, very organized, student that loves to plan and make to-do lists and deadlines, or the more go-with-the-flow, bohemian, pathworking with the cards and then journal freely with them, intuitive typ of student. Left-brained versus right-brained so to speak.

For the first strict student type I’d recommend Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen. It contains so much good stuff! And the thing is that Benebell is actually a really good writer (which cannot be said of many tarot book authors unfortunately) and knows how to explain things.

For the more bohemian flow type I’d recommend Tarot 101 by Kim Huggens or Psychic Tarot by Antenucci. Huggens’ has great exercises in her book that really make you tune into what each cards means for you, and helps you build personal bonds with tarot. Psychic Tarot is even more free so to speak, it will help you with exercises on how to develop your intuition.

Tarot Thursday Three – Round 21

Ooh it’s the Oracle edition of Julia’s wonderful Tarot Thursday Three prompts!

1. How do oracle cards fit into your practice?

I’ve really fallen in love with oracles in the last three years! Before exploring oracles I was always wondering why I would need anything more than tarot, but somehow oracles beautifully complement my tarot practice. When reading for clients I always go with tarot first and foremost, and might draw additional oracle cards for clarity or extra messages. When reading for myself I can often use only oracle cards, but it’s an intuitive choice that is hard to explain, and doesn’t depend that much on the question asked. I think I tend to lean more toward tarot when the question is of a very practical nature.

2. What is your most used oracle deck?

Right now I’m using the Connected and Free Oracle daily! Amazing deck that really has a lot of depth. I am also very into the Spirit de la Lune Oracle right now, it has almost become essential to my Moon practice.

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3. How do you select which oracle deck you’ll use for any given reading?

I am very selective with what oracles I use with clients, I really want to be sure that I can get clear messages from the cards and definitely not use a book in conjunction. But otherwise I go by intuition hehe boring answer I know… But let’s do some quick lists just for fun!

Oracles that ground me, are earthy: Medicine Cards, Earth Magic Oracle, Earth Power Oracle, Spirit of the Wheel.

Oracles that connect me to Source, open my crown chakra: Chakra Mindset Oracle, Crystal Mandala Oracle, Mother Mary Oracle, Vibrational Energy Oracle.

Oracles that connect me to my SoulSelf: Gaia Oracle, Sacred Rebels, Rumi Oracle, Ceccoli Oracle.

Oracles that lift my spirit and comfort me: Soul Trees Oracle, Seeds of Shakti, Animal Kin Oracle.

Tarot Thursday Three – Round 20!

I’m a bit behind hehe but here we go, I’m doing round 20 and 21 today… As you all know, Tarot Thursday Three is hosted by Spiral Sea Tarot.

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

Then I would probably read for Lana del Rey. I’m a big fan, go figure! Hehe. But I think she would be open to the depth of tarot, and we’d have interesting conversations about the reading. Hey, maybe she’d be inspired to write a cool song about tarot…?

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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)?

Aleister Crowley! Haha! You didn’t expect that, did you? I mean, he seems to have been quite cray cray so that’s always interesting… I’m guessing he’d either be a fantastic tarot reader, or mostly just talk jibberish… Either way fun times I think.

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?

Both… My friends, boyfriend, and co-workers know. I’ve never told my family though, mostly because we’re not very close so I kind of figure it’s none of their business. Certain family members have a tendency to have strong opinions about anything and everything, and at almost 30 I feel like I don’t need to hear that crap anymore. So it’s easier to just stay a bit secretive around them. I don’t think they’d be surprised if they found out though, I’ve always been interested in occult/spiritual stuff and as a teen I had a lot of new age books at home. Besides, they just love to search through my stuff (yeah, healthy isn’t it?) so they’ve probably seen a deck or two already.

Moon musings… New Moon in Gemini.

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New Moon in Gemini

Gemini is an air sign that can teach us about balance, and also communication. Entering this Honey Moon it’s important  to watch out for mood swings, confusion, unbalanced feminine and masculine energy, and being too much of a ”gossip girl”.

With this Moon I feel we are entering summer and leaving spring behind, at least in my part of the world. Life energy is truly waking up and shining, the scent of lilacs is in the air, the days are longer and brighter, and our clothes start to come off! This is Moon month that might bring out the need for fun and games, and a bit of intimate fun too.

But don’t lose your head! Don’t make it all about the drinks, parties, and skimpy outfits. Your Soul is still yearning for a spiritual practice and being fed soul food to stay healthy and balanced.

Cards drawn for us with this Gemini New Moon energy in mind

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How do you feel about the word responsibility? Are you sometimes tired of being a ”good adult”? Do you miss those days in your early 20’s when life didn’t really demand much from you? We’ve all been there, wanting to run away from all responsibilities, wanting to let our heart lead the way and only think about ourselves 100%…

But hey, some things are actually meant to stay a daydream, isn’t that so? We’re all into mindfulness these days, staying present in THIS moment… But at the same time, if we act irresponsibly never planning for the future we’re just going to mess it all up. Are you ready to sacrifice what you’ve built for years just to go nuts with a shopping spree? Kiss the night away with a hot latino guy without your husband knowing? Burn all your belongings to free yourself from materialism? Maybe start with one step at a time, don’t just throw the baby out with the bath water, eh? Heart and mind. Not always easy to balance, but that’s part of this funny human journey…

Medicine for the Soul

Animals:
Rabbit – Reminds us to let lose in the Sun!

Stones:
Citrine – Brings in the sunny energy into your Soul.
Carnelian – Amplifies creativity and creative passion.
Petrified wood – Grounds you when you’ve let loose a bit too much.

Decks:
Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot – Perfect deck to bring out in the Sun and to the first beach visit of the year.
Animism Tarot – Connects us to fun animal energy.
Serpentfire Tarot – To bring in some magic from desert landscapes and bright, bold, masculine colors.

Journal prompts:
In what situations do you feel torn between your heart and your mind?
How can you act in a more balanced way when the above situations occur?
What are you passionate about right now and how can you bring more of that into your life?


Do you want to know more about working with Sister Moon? I recommend these courses: Lunar Flow by Moondaughter, and Moon Energy by Laura.

Tarot Thursday Three – Round 19!

For this round of Tarot Thursday Three I sent in three questions to Julia of Spiral Sea Tarot. I’ve been thinking about deck collections lately and I’m excited to see how other people answer these questions!

What feelings and thoughts does the concept of a ”tarot deck collection” evoke in you?

Mostly happiness! I’m a person that is rarely bored, I can basically entertain myself just sitting down in a sofa and daydream lol, BUT I do tend get bored with things and hobbies. I feel like I need a variety to stay interested – so for me it has nearly always felt natural to own more than one deck. In the beginning I mainly used the Goddess Tarot, RWS and Robin Wood. All three are kind of similar, but still add to the variety that I enjoy so much.

But I must say I sometimes get a slight feeling of guilt when I think about my deck collection. I have around 50 tarot decks and 30 oracles. And I can sometimes be like “Do I really need that many?” and I will feel guilty about not being able to use them all on a regular basis. Okay, we’ll get to that below…

Is there such a thing as owning too many decks, or not enough decks?

I can see two sides of this coin, especially when it comes to owning too many decks. I mentioned this above, is it a problem to not be able to use all of them on a regular basis? Honestly, no. If you have the space for them at home then it’s not a space issue. The decks don’t care if you use them or not so that’s not an issue. If it doesn’t financially cause a problem then it’s not a money issue either.

I think the problem can be a psychological spoiled need and craving for new decks. I think many people look for that “soulmate deck” and therefore acquire deck after deck always ending up disappointed. That’s not healthy if you ask me. Other people have a need for a new, shiny, fun things to keep their interest up, and after a few honey moon weeks they need something new to not get bored. Also not the best idea if you ask me, and especially for a beginner it can hinder learning tarot.

But really “too many decks” or “not enough decks” is an individual choice. For me, if everything I own somehow disappeared, I would go out and buy myself a RWS Centennial deck and it would probably take me a long time before I started to re-purchase decks in my current collection. I don’t NEED my 50 decks, I just find it fun to have that variety. Just like I don’t need a copy of my 10 favorite books, but I still have them in case I’d want to read one of them in 10 years or so.

The biggest problem is if someone cannot pay rent or buy food because all their money is spent on decks! Now that’s truly problematic.

But something that needs to stop is how some people imply that if you’re “truly spiritual” you have X amount of decks (whether this is 1000 decks or 1 deck). That’s just bullshit and dogmatic beliefs that does no good in the community.

Do you think the prevalence of deck images and sharing online creates a desire for more decks? Are you affected? How do you handle it?

I see two trends when it comes to this, and it also ties into question number 2. On one hand you have the people who will be loudly offended if someone brings up the subject of consumerism + big tarot collection. They will do the grumpy child/Donald Trump/Eric Cartman thing, stomping their feet, shouting “It’s MY money, I do what I want! No one can have opinions about what I do, it’s MY life and MY choice!!” and so on.

On the other hand I see people really bringing up the subject of how hard it feels to be tempted and enabled to buy more decks in some groups and forums. They long for less consumerism in the groups.

I guess I’m somewhere in between… Consumerism when it comes to anything is a big problem in this capitalistic world where we value things more than lives, and where some people think that spirituality means manifesting a fucking car or pool.

I do want to live in a modest way, I make a choice to not go by plane very often, use my bike, buy locally produced food, recycle trash, and don’t shop too much. I can honestly tell you that I, a 29 year old woman, own FOUR pairs of shoes. But I do have a big love for tarot decks and books, so the money I choose to spend does often go to those two things. I do try to stop myself from mindless deck shopping though. For a while I’d buy any deck that was pretty and I had seen two cards from, and I found that wasn’t healthy for me. It did not feel right.

I used to look through plenty of reviews of decks before buying them, but now I find that pointless. Someone else’s love for a deck won’t say anything about how well I will connect with it. So I put the videos on mute and just study the images myself before I decide if it’s worth my money/energy. I try to ask myself “What do I think and feel?” and I think everyone active in the tarot community should work on doing that more often instead of buying into what the tarot celebs on YouTube say.

I like seeing people share and gush over decks, but I find the purely consumerist comments to be off-putting. In some groups I’ve seen people who own tons of decks say things like “Oh no I have nothing new coming in the mail! What do I do?! Any suggestions on what deck to get? Hurry!”, and “Shit my wishlist only has 10 decks on it! I’m worried it will be empty soon!”. I find that very problematic and unhealthy. That’s not tarot love, that’s a shopping addiction.

Opinions, hate, and you get what you give.

The spiritual world is full of different authors, deck creators, public speakers, and so on and so on… Especially the ones that are viewed as celebrities get the biggest pieces of the cake. Well, the cake of success, money, fame, love, and also hate.

People wonder why Doreen Virtue gets so much “hate” online. Well, do you know why? First of all, because she is one of the most famous new age authors/deck creators out there! If you walk into an esoteric little shop, I bet you will see at least one deck or book by her, and that’s something that cannot be said about every author/deck creator out there, right?

She really does reach out to a big crowd, and I acknowledge that she has been meaningful to a lot of people out there, because otherwise her books and decks would not be sold in such large quantities! But it also makes her a target, because she is “everywhere”.

And the second reason she receives “hate” is that she is herself a very opinionated person. If you watch some of her videos you will notice that she herself has strong opinions about certain subjects. She has bashed other deck creators for making ”negative” decks, said that her tarot decks are the ONLY safe tarot decks, and very recently she even said that card reading is not approved by Jesus and encouraged people to get rid of their decks (the video was later deleted).

And I have to say: If you’re gonna dish it out you’re also gonna have to take it!

Look at Alana Fairchild and Colette Baron-Reid, they’re almost as famous as Doreen Virtue, but they don’t get half the “hate” that she does. Huh?

My theory is that it’s because they don’t voice their opinions the same way she does. Doreen is eager to say that tarot is not safe, or not good, because of this or that and Jesus and bla bla… She also has other controversial opinions, if we look at her recent controversies we see this clearly, we see her saying that Jesus doesn’t approve of working with ascended masters – but apparently faeries are okay?! For someone who is a fan of Doreen, or a Christian, this is quite a controversial and strong opinion to share out there – so naturally it will be met with questions and critique!

Butthurt people out there get upset when I openly say that I would never recommend a Doreen Virtue deck or book to anyone, saying that I am “not familiar with her work at all” and I’m only “judging and making assumptions”. Hehe. Now that’s an assumption though, isn’t it? That I haven’t researched her enough…? But okay, what is enough? I have watched through quite a few of her videos, as you notice above I know what she’s been preaching, but if someone means I need to spend MONEY on her courses, books and decks to voice an opinion? Umm no, of course I won’t do that! I’m not going to financially support a person I can tell by her free content does not appeal to me and my beliefs. I’m not swimming in money ya know.

I’m not out to bash Doreen Virtue, but this subject gets discussed sooo freaking often so I just had to share with you why I think she receives a lot of “hate” (sometimes it’s real hate, other times it’s just differing opinions). I understand that the big fans get offended sometimes, but I’m gonna say it again: If you’re gonna dish it out you’re also gonna have to take it.

Strong opinions will always be met with other strong opinions. And I think you’re underestimating Doreen if you think it hurts her to see people negative towards her content, I suspect she expects it and can handle it really well. So have some faith in her, people…

Learning tarot – guidance from within.

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When we are beginners and just starting out with a new hobby or whatever it might be, we are often very insecure and unsure of doing it right. I bet we’ve all been there… Learning an instrument, learning how to drive a car, learning a new language…

And of course learning tarot can make anyone doubt themselves! 78 freaking card meanings?! And spreads? And symbolism? And numerology? Whoa!

But in a tarot group I’m a member of on Facebook I’ve been seeing so much doubt and fear lately, and I’m a bit worried. The tarot is a tool that is VERY versatile and can be used for tons of different things… But I do think most of us can agree that it’s a tool meant for us to tap into our intuition and psyche. So the irony is that people get a tool for tapping into their intuition – and start out asking everyone but themselves how to handle the cards!

Irony, I tell ya.

So why is there so much doubt for people when they’re told to use their intuition? Why are they so afraid they will “do it wrong” when there are no scientific instructions that come with a tarot deck?!

I mean, I know, one problem is that a bunch of whack jobs run around spreading myths and superstitions. I can’t tell you how many people have me on their block list just because I’ve told them off when they’ve spread stupid shit like “You need to follow the instructions!”, “You MUST connect with spirits!”, “You can NEVER buy your own deck!”, “Only you must touch your own deck or the magic dies!” etc etc… I just can’t with those people.

So okay, listening to those crazies is a big problem… And that’s something I really think we need to be more careful about in this day and age. Again, please remember that the tarot is a tool to get in touch with your own intuition! So why not start using that intuition as soon as you get your first deck?

Does it feel right to sage each card, clear the deck with 10 different crystals, sleep with it under the pillow, wrap it in silk and talk to it before the first reading? Then do it!

Does it feel right to just open the box, give the deck a good shuffle, and then try out a 3 card spread? Then do it!

You will yourself feel if something isn’t comfortable and feels wrong for you. Trust that feeling, it is what will teach YOU the beautiful language of the tarot. Eventually if you keep doing things that feel wrong you will either get sick of it and throw your deck away (and sadly miss out on the true healing and guidance that tarot can bring!), or you will feel like you can’t fake it anymore, start doing it the way your intuition calls you to, and you’ll need to change everything you’ve forced yourself doing for many years.

Don’t waste your time – Your Soul knows what the tarot is and how you can be tuned in with this beautiful tool. Trust yourself, you’re wise beyond words – don’t let anyone make you doubt that.

Moon Musings… Full Moon in Scorpio.

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On the 10th of May, Wednesday, the Full Moon will be lightening up our night sky…

We associate The Moon with water, and Scorpio is also associated with water. So this is a Full Moon that might get your emotions amplified!

I’ve found Scorpio to be a very fiery sign despite having its roots in the element of water. Dramatic, intense, passionate, and magnetic… But at the same we need to keep that water in mind! So a balanced Scorpio also brings qualities of being perceptive, resourceful, therapeutic, and loyal.

You might not automatically notice that your intuition is sharper during this Scorpio Full Moon, but know that it is, and make use of it. It’s a good time to dig into new spiritual territory, or go deep into meditation, journaling and of course; shadow work.

Cards drawn for us with this Scorpio and Full Moon energy in mind

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Queen of Rods + 13 Death
Why do you tell yourself that your emotions are not real? Not true? Not worth expressing? Throw away those harmful thoughts, please! It’s time to step up your game of self-love. It’s time to step up simply being YOU.

Let this Full Moon cleanse you, charge you up, encourage you to really get out of your insecure shell and show the world who you really are. Let their IDEAS of you die, let their assumptions and shit talk die, and just let their words echoing in your head die. You are the one living your life, and if you let someone else control it – then you’re hardly living at all… Seriously, it’s time to shine and stop hiding. The Full Moon in Scorpio marks the first day of your new life.

Medicine for the Soul

Animal:
Horse – Strong will and seeking freedom.

Stones:
Clear Quartz – Opens up the Crown Chakra.
Selenite – Connects you to The Moon and Source energy.
Smoky Quartz – Protects and gives you a feeling of mystery.

Decks:
Ludy Lescot – Dramatic scenes and all about the shadows.
Vision Quest – Healing imagery, and brings out the shamanic qualities in you.
Sacred Rebels Oracle – To help you tune into yourself.

Journal prompts:
How can your ego be balanced during this Full Moon?
Think of a recent moment you’ve been moody or lashed out on someone. What transformation is needed to deal with a future similar situation in a better way?
Where is your energy overflowing and where is it better needed?
Who can you connect better with, and how?

Sharing my journey…

As you know I have been going back and forth on what I want my ”online presence” to look like, for me to feel comfortable and also a bit more organized. I’ve done some thinking and this will be my intention with my social media platforms:

Etsy shop
Well, obviously my shop where you can see what readings I offer. Pretty basic hehe.

YouTube
I will continue making videos on my channel, but the focus will be to talk about and show cards, and keep it kind of light-hearted. I’ve noticed I am comfortable sharing deeper spiritual insight, and personal stories, in written form, but not on video. So I’m thinking I’ll be sharing seasonal decks, current favorites, and tarot tags on my channel.

This blog
I love writing, and I love sharing insights about life and spirituality. So the blog will be the place where I do this, without censoring myself much. Here you will see me write about everything from rants, poetry, spiritual insight, personal thoughts and opinions, and so on… The focus will be on spirituality, so there won’t be like food posts or similar, but I will keep this kind of open for anything that might pop up in my head when I feel like writing.

Instagram
I will keep sharing photos of my morning draws, spreads, pretty cards, and other spiritual tools. What’s new is that I want to start sharing intuitive insights prompted by a card draw. I will use the cards as a muse or prompt to share whatever comes through at the time. So it’s not really meant as a reading for someone/everyone, more as a message I’m called to share. To separate it a bit from my other posts on Instagram I want to find a little name for these posts, so we’ll see what I come up with…

So there we go, that’s the plan! For the deeper stuff and if you feel like reading, come see me at the blog. For the more light-hearted card stuff go see Instagram and YouTube. And for a reading go see my Etsy shop (I have a coupon code that is active until 20th of May: SPRING2017 so don’t forget that if you want to save a little bit when purchasing a reading).