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Weekend Readings: Hanson Roberts Tarot

This weekend I’m highlighting the second tarot deck I ever owned. The Hanson Roberts Tarot is better known today as the deck that comes with The Essential Tarot Kit: Book and Card Set. Back a few years ago, and maybe still today, you could pick this kit up at your local Barnes & Noble. The deck always seemed marketed as a gimmick type gift, you know, one of those last minute trinket impulse buys. But, I couldn’t help myself, and I picked the deck up. I’m glad I did, as it was a huge improvement to my minimally illustrated first deck. To do this deck’s art justice, I’ve also decided to highlight one of my favorite spreads called The Double Triad Tarot Spread. Is there a better spread for the weekend? Probably not, so let’s ring in the weekend with a new sample tarot reading. Continue reading

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Day 021: Tarot Books & Working Decks

Today, I’m going to be talking about tarot resources. These are the books we all have on our shelf, or maybe don’t have but should. Likewise, I want to take a look at tarot decks from the perspective of a student of tarot. What decks should every aspiring tarot reader have or be familiar with? How do the tarot resources we choose impact the way we read tarot? Are there any books I simply can’t be without? How does one exactly connect to a tarot deck? Do fluffy tarot decks and occult tarot decks have a place at the table together? Let’s talk about this, because let’s face it, resources are part of the learning process. Continue reading

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RWS Tarot Card Meanings: The Lovers

In the heart of the Garden of Eden stands the mighty Tree of Life and the great Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the beginning, man and woman has lived in harmony in their shade. But now, the serpent lies in wait, silently biding his time. For the serpent knows that a time of separation is near. The man’s gaze has wandered to the sensuality of the woman, for her own gaze is locked on the Divine. Lust has a way of complicating things, but is it truly lust that grips the man? Could it be that he sees the Divine shining through the woman he has known for so long? Continue reading

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Weekend Readings: Everyday Witch Tarot

Out of all the decks I’ve purchased thus far, the Everyday Witch Tarot is probably the most heartfelt. This is the only deck I’ve purchased due to prior exposure to the author’s work. What makes this deck for me is the author through the wonderful and talented artist. The author of this deck though, is Deborah Blake. Her voice is a significant one in the Wicca/Pagan/Witchcraft community. Deborah Blake is herself a Wiccan High Priestess, and the author of Everyday Witchcraft. On a personal note, this deck gets plenty of reviews, but for me, I just love what this deck means to me. Deborah Blake’s work found me at the right place, in the right time, and I’m so glad every time I use this deck. Continue reading

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Day 019: Taking A Numerological Look At The Chariot

There are quite a few ways to add, subtract, and multiply numbers to get any one viewpoint or result. While the original post explored The Lovers, which is perfect for a crossroads, I couldn’t help but want to explore The Chariot. This card is representative of my Life Path number, or my personality and soul number. It just so happens, that The Chariot also corresponds to Cancer. So, why not, in honor of the New Moon, take a look? Continue reading

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RWS Tarot Card Meanings: The Hierophant

Between two worn pillars sits the commanding presence of the Divine in our world. To him belongs the ancient rites and ceremonies of the High Priest, for only he truly understands their meaning. With each holy sacrament comes the blessing of the Divine, and a greater connection to the sacred spark of the Divine within. For there, silently nestled between the established pillars of tradition rests the secret knowledge of Divine experience and an inspiration revealed only through the passage of time. Continue reading

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Day 018: Getting Acquainted With The Hierophant

For many, the religious overtones of The Hierophant make the card a difficult one to tolerate. Today, we’re often quick to criticize or point out the flaws in our religious leaders. Some religions, are even so new, that we must face harsh criticism of the founders we once looked up to. While we are often quick to embrace religious truth, we’re not so fond of religious structures. The Church, as a functioning group, has seen a rise in criticism today. So, what, if anything, can we learn about The Hierophant? Is this card relevant today, and if so, how do we interpret its tough symbolism? Continue reading

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