Benebell Wen inspired Post-Arwen’s #tarottag15

I follow Benebell Wen on FB and Twitter. She has been a guest on my podcast and she is some one I admire.  She follows Arwen Lynch on Youtube and recently Arwen posted the #tarottag15.  I am not good about following Youtubers because I just run out of hours in my day but I have enjoyed Arwen’s shares on other social media so I went and checked this one out. It was really interesting to me but as I am not a Youtube posted, I thought I would follow in Benebell’s footsteps and post it on my blog.

Here are my answers to the #TarotTag15:

1. What is your current favorite deck?

My Current Favorite Deck isThe EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba. I love the images as they speak to me about my Witchy path.  Almost every card has a lovely cat friend as well. I am just really enjoying this deck and using ti on my Path to RS2017 posts.


2. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you are now?

If I had to pick the card that stands for me RIGHT NOW it would be the High Priestess in the Robin Wood Deck.  The aspects of the High Priestess are ones I am working with such as sharing knowledge and providing guidance as needed but also standing up for what I bleive in. (That is how I see her but your mileage may vary I know.)


3. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you want to be?

The 9 of Pentacles stand for what I want to be when I “grow up” if you will.  I want to have my home settled with my campaign by my side. We will grow old together and take care of one another. It is a good thing to work towards. (And I love this image from the Peanuts Tarot!)


4. Draw a Tarot card and tell us how it answers the question, “What does the Universe want you to know right now?”

Well I had to giggle as I pulled a card from the Shadowscapes Tarot and got The Fool! “What does the Universe want you to know right now?”  Enjoy life and all it has to offer and just watch where you are going. You have a grand adventure ahead of you! I can dig it! (Hush! People still say that, right? RIGHT? !! No but I do! 😉  )


5. Do you have any cards that you MUST love in order to work with a Tarot deck?

I really don’t have any specific cards I HAVE to love but I really prefer illustrated pip/minor arcana cards to just the symbols. I started with Rider-Waite-Smith deck and really connect better to images than just a collection of the pentacles, swords, cups or wands.


6. Why Tarot and not some other divination system?

Tarot was the first system I found and it really spoke to me.  I tried other systems like Runes and Pendulums, but I keep going back to Tarot.  I am still trying to work with other systems such as Charm Reading and Lenormand cards, but Tarot is my baby if you will. (Magpie Oracle and Celtic Lenormand I have copies of and love BTW)


7. What’s the first book you can remember reading about Tarot (other than the LWB [Little White Book]?

My first book was by Mary K Greer, Tarot for Yourself. It is one I recommend over and over for beginners who are just starting out and want to know the basics. Mary is very clear and focused.  It is more of a workbook which is why I love it.
There have been many others since that I have added and would suggest like Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen, Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning, Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading by Barbara Moore, and Tarot Wisdom by Rachel Pollack to name just a few. All of these authors have many more books to expand one’s knowledge of Tarot but these are ones I can’t live without.

8. What Tarot person would you like to sit down with for a chat about Tarot?

Living Tarot Folks: I think I want to actual sit down at a round table discussion with Mary K Greer, Rachel Pollack and Robert M Place. These 3 minds fascinate me with their knowledge of Tarot from each of their view points! And really I would love to just sit and listen to them discuss cards and Tarot History. I would also add in Lon Milo Duquette if I could as he is just terrific as well and having the roundtable balanced would be good too. BUT if I have to pick just one person, I would actually choose Johanna Gargiulo Sherman. She created one of my all time favorite decks(The Sacred Rose Tarot) and I would love to chat with her about her process and what influences her art in this deck. (I love this picture of her! )

 

Dead Tarot Folks: Well Pamela Coleman Smith is my choice. I would love to know more about her art and her connections to the Golden Dawn as well as why she chose to go with AE Waite when he left the Order of the Golden Dawn. And really I am sure she never realized how influential her art work would be 100+ years later.


9. Tell me about one YouTube Tarot channel that you watch (and why.)

As I said before I don’t really watch Youtube Channels but I will have to check this out now. I know, I know.. I read blogs!
10. How many Tarot decks do you have?

Hmmm I have about 80 to 100 decks I think. I will have to count them!
11. Do you mix oracles and Tarot when you read?

I have done so in the past usually pulling cards from a oracle to start the reading and get some focus on the question. Once the quarent is comfortable with that we dive into a reading. If it is some who is already comfortable with readings I add Charms sometimes or Oracle cards to enhance the reading’s depth.

12. Have you ever created your own Tarot card or deck?

I have not created my own deck but I have created my own spreads. I would like to put them together in a book at some point.

13. Do you read for yourself?

I definitely read for myself! Every day I pull one card and some times I share it and some times I don’t.  Just depends on my mood and what the card brings up for me. It is the beauty of Tarot apps! I can carry 4-10 decks on my phone and pull a card as I need! Crazy technology!


14. What are your favorite questions to be asked when you do a reading for someone else?

Hmm well I guess the best is when some one is open to exploring their question from all angles. I like the “What do I need to know right now?” More top explore with the person getting the reading.
15. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you during a reading?

The craziest thing that has happened to me I would say is being in the middle of a public event reading for a client when a small group of people have walked but looking at us and having them shout “They are great! My reading last year was spot on!” It was a bit jarring to have that shouted at your booth at an open air event but very cool too. The group came back around and got readings and the “shouter” said they wanted me again this year as I was so helpful last year. Kinda reassuring that the work you are doing is actually appreciated.

 

Day 15 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

I am ready for a busy weekend of reading and seeing my Pop Culture Hero John Cusack!

John Cusack (Credit: AP/Chris Pizzello)

I am going Silicon Valley Comic Con on Saturday and getting a photo op with him. /swoon!

 

But what does the Tarot have to say about that?

Knight of Cups! Well Do what needs to be done and do it with heart! Also don’t babble at the Pop Culture Hero! I will do my best!

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 14 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

Wednesday is the middle of the week and what does it provide? It is all about getting to the rest of the week. HA!  What lies in wait though? What needs to be acknowledged today? Let’s pick a card and find out!

 

The 3 of Swords! Well I will survive the trials of this week and will move forward through the stress. Great. Well one has to go through the ups and the downs of life. More prep and more packing for the trip to NYC as well as all the other stuff too!

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 12 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

The day is going to be a journey.  We know how life likes to change your path just as you are focused on one direction.  BUT that is the beauty of life.  You get to change direction and discover a new pathway.  Sometimes it stinks as you knew what you were doing and you were working a plan. Now you have to make a new plan.

The Wheel of Fortune is the exact thing to help not throw off my balance.  I know that things may have to change to go forward. I am ready to move from one way of thinking to another if I have to do so.

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 11 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

On this rainy Sunday, I keep thinking of all the things that are coming before I can get to Reader’s Studio. First is of course the regular day to day stuff, then there is the Charms and Mediumship year course I am taking. I am also reading a ton of books and finishing up my year and a day Pagan course as well.  And of course spending time with loved ones is also drawing my attention.  Today’s card really was a reminder of life and to keep going forward.

2 of Pentacles reminds me that I can balance all the things going on as long as I keep working my plans. Finding my pace and just keep things moving forward. If any one can, I can!

Also Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 10 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

Well Day 10 is a hard one.  The weekend is opening with a slow day of getting moving.  I don’t wanna.  We all have those days.  But the cards say it is a day to relax and enjoy the day.

The Sun- Yes I am laughing too.  I don’t generally love this card.  I however will be working on this especially with this one.  It reminds me to get out and hang with my friends and play with them more.  I know I know but this looks more like that than the regular RWS to me. I am working on my Sun card issues. This image will totally help.

 

 

 

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 9 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

On this Friday the 14th, I am working on cataloging trees in my world. Why? Because they are important to me and of course the environment. And now I need to get grounded emotionally as I am on a personal rollercoaster of finding my path as I gear for the weekend. What do I want to do? What needs my attention most?  OH RIGHT maybe a tiny bit of self care too? Yes indeed.

Ace of Cups is all about getting grounded again. Time to connect to my roots and the Land. I know what I will be doing this weekend. Visiting the woods at my parents house. Thanks for the reminder Tarot. You do have my back.

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 8 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

Well it is later in the day than I like but we are still traveling this open road to Reader’s Studio 2017.  I am swamped at the day job. I am working hard on my Pagan Path work as well as enjoying time with the chosen and blood family.  It seems that today’s pull is really about creating that space to do the work and using my tools to make it happen.

 

The Magician reminds me that I have what I need to get the job done. Just need to use my powers and find my focus. My tool set is right there so empower it to help me in my work.  And if I am lucky my familiar will be there to strengthen me as I go.  I like it!

 

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.

Day 7 on the road to Reader’s Studio 2017

I can’t believe it is Wednesday and there is so much going on this week as we prep to get things set up for RS 2017.  I have put in my order for dinner on Saturday night at the event, I am trying to pack what to wear and what decks to bring! So many little details one must not forget but the card for today is… The World!

The World is big but I don’t have to do it all.  I am sure there will be things I forget.  I need to just keep to my packing list and focus on what I want to learn this time. I am sure I will have a terrific time especially with all the wonderful people coming this year. I get to connect with the East Coast folks I have met over the years and through social media too.

So much great stuff to look forward to this year.

The EveryDay Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and artist Elisabeth Alba.