Tarot: Support for empowered living - Siobhan

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I think I first found Siobhan on the ever-giving wondrous blog of Beth Maiden at littleredtarot.com. I am always ready to learn, and Siobhan's writing about tarot, life, and one of my favorite articles about how to be an earnest ally.

If you haven't yet, go to her website and just start reading. She's insightful, funny and I have a gigantic crush on her. That's probably not relevant, but here we are. :)

Siobhan filled out the questionnaire for us. I hope you take the time to get to know her and her wonderful work. 

LFT Questionnaire


What you appreciate the most in your friends.
I love how friends can show you when you’re full of it. We go through life believing all kinds of nonsense and if it weren't for trustworthy bystanders willing to call us out on it, where would we be? It’s especially interesting to hear old friends from years ago mirror back who you were, oh say, a decade or two ago. This can be real eye-opening. They often see qualities that you can't. And they sometimes see qualities that are no longer there, showing you how far you've come. There are few better reminders of the roles we play in life and how impermanent those roles really are. When these friends are maintain similar interests over they years and grow with you, you’re kinda set. 

Your idea of happiness.
Happiness is the soft explosion in the mouth when I bite into The Delicious Thing, and I lose myself in all its parts. It’s the pleasant smell wafting up. It’s the party on my tongue. And it’s also the slight swelling in my throat and face when The Delicious Thing trips the alarm in the body that says don’teatthatdonteatthat. The subsequent discomfort. It’s the year I spend remembering The Delicious Thing, but not eating it. It’s the memory of having eaten it. It’s other things too of course, but the pattern often repeats of consumption, alarm, memory, abstinence. It’s kind of a trap. I’ll be damned if it isn’t entertaining though. 


Your idea of misery.
Misery is believing that I am the voice in my head. Making that voice my world and my god. Living closest always to thoughts. Misery is believing my “self.” Misery is forgetting that happiness, and everything else in reality, ends. It’s trusting the fearful stories I tell in my head about what it means that everything ends.


Your favorite colors and flowers.
I’m partial to the teal of rainbow obsidian. I’m partial to the purple in amethyst after you rinse it in cold water, the same purple you find in sunsets in Texas in August alongside outrageous corals. I like the corals too. I don’t know how to feel about flowers. I think I like the ones that smell like a whisper instead of a shout. Does that count?


Your favorite poets.
Oh man. Some of my favorite poets are random people I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing live. A guy named Zev. Another named Matt. Someone who went by Mira from Cali. Intikana. Sierra. You probably mean poets everybody might know. Right. A different kind of timeless. Langston. Angelou. Dickinson. William Carlos Williams. Saul  the-other-Williams. The truth is, I haven’t read enough poems to answer this question. I’ve forgotten the names of more poets I loved than I remember. It would take a lifetime of study to answer in earnest and now and then I wonder if that’s what I ought to be doing with myself even right now…


Your heroes/heroines in fiction.
Aeon Flux is my hero. She’s an animated character created by Peter Chung from a show that used to come on late at night in the 90s on MTV. She’s queer, intense, kinky and generally sexually expressed, and utterly liberated. What does she even stand for? Chaos? We never find out. Does she even know? She’s as complex as reality. She’s impermanent. (Except she keeps coming back!) She’s like the Tao incarnate (if it was a fetish). 

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What role does divination play in your life?
Divination sets people at ease with how much of them I’m seeing. I have one of the oddest tarot origin stories. I started off using tarot to turn off unwanted information I seemed to be picking up about people. About every five years or so, the story of my tarot practice changes. The one constant is the first thing I mentioned and lately it, it meaning my tarot practice, sets people at ease. Full stop. It does the same for me. Especially when I’m crazy stressed and need some perspective.


Your heroes/heroines in real life.
This changes periodically but right now Shonda Rhimes is my patron heroine. I read her book, “The Year of Yes” having seen none of her shows and having no idea who she was or why she mattered. It’s a book about a writer with anxiety. THAT’S ME. Well, I mean mostly. The idea that she could move through that much fear and create things that inspire (and represent) sooooo many people is astounding. Once I read her story I felt I could no longer act like I had a reason not to create. 


What is your present state of mind?
Recognition. I sometimes go through this awkward experience where I stop believing a whole bunch of stuff at once and don’t quite know what I’m left with. It’s confusing as all get out and comes with a whole host of thoughts and emotions rushing in to tell me What I’m Left With. I’m in the state where I’m recognizing my separation from the rushing thoughts etc. While here, I know the longer I hold them off and keep the confused empty and frankly uncomfortable space vacant, the closer I get to reality without my bullshit. *wonders if that’s even going to make sense…* To be clear, this recognition state is For The Best.


What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?
I’m partial to the Thoth deck. Because it’s most literal. It’s like my Aspy deck. But then there’s CBD Marseille which I think is really elegant and also the St. Croix, which always feels familiar somehow. It’s one of those, maybe. Do people really just have one favorite??


Your favorite songs?
I’m a sucker for movie soundtracks. My first blog ever was actually about how the Sneaker Pimps’ first album used classic James Bond samples and paid homage to the cult classic, “The Wicker Man.”  (It was as geeky as it sounds…)


What is your favorite word?
Impossible. But in Spanish. It sounds like a lewd taunt doesn’t it? I hear it and want to know where it’s going, like a stranger ordering a drink at a bar and that I’ve never heard anyone else order, and it happens to be my favorite drink (you know, back when I still drank).


What is your least favorite word?
My least favorite words lately are the reactive ones. The angry little poems I sometimes write to make a case for my right-ness. They’re beautiful and all. But lately I’m wondering what would happen if I made my words a holy ground where nothing was destroyed, and everything was created instead.


What sound or noise do you love?
I prefer pentatonic scales. If we have to talk heptatonic, I prefer the minor chords. So I like trip hop and blues and angsty music that isn’t particularly good but I need it in my life BECAUSE IT HAS THOSE SOUNDS IN IT. 


What sound or noise do you hate?
I don't prefer music engineered based on statistical trends; especially when it plays on the radio for the second time in ten minutes in an attempt to cull me into some kind of biochemically manipulated submission. Rather than elevate the musical elements that it includes, it sounds almost like it mocks them. I’m probably missing all kinds of good music avoiding the radio. (I may never know.) Is this me dating myself? I remember when the grown-ups said things like this about my music… I also don’t prefer the sound of a crying chihuahua. It’s cross between a dolphin and a velociraptor and it is truly terrifying.


What turns you on?
You mean like sexy-time? Is this a sexy-time question?!  I’m half wavering between asexuality and wanton perversion. I’d be lying if I left out the reaction I have to particularity complex and subtle psychologically dark power dynamics in anime I enjoy. ::guiltface:: If I say more I’ll probably freak one some of you out…


What turns you off?
I think it’s gross when folks want to engage intimately without consciousness. A person who engages another while outside of their own body is like nails on a chalkboard. *shivers

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What is your favorite curse word?
Bullshit is my favorite right now. It’s the only word I struggled to put down when I was still working with kids. My lips would purse together to prep for the “b” sound, and I’d just say “hmmmmmm” really awkwardly. Luckily, I don’t think they ever caught on. Except when I played the card game of the same name with them at the end of the year… (They already knew the word and we didn’t say the whole thing!! Don’t judge me!!) It’s been potent to call bullshit on myself lately. And before that, it felt powerful to call it on everybody else. I’m your typical Queen of Swords, fantasizing that I get to lord over the truth. Hah!


If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Nothing. I’d take a knowing glance. People say enough as it is without bringing All-That-Is into it. I am SUCH an introvert.
 

You can find Siobhan at radicaltarot.com,  tarot@siobhansmirror.com and  siobhansmirror.com

 

With my willingness to connect with you on a heart-to-heart level, my readings are healing and authentic. - Sarah Barry

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During a massive binge of The Hermit's Lamp podcast, I heard the delightful story of how Sarah Barry started reading professionally. She just did it. Such enormous bravery - she's seriously one of my heroes. And look at her frickin bike!  Anyway, she's now been reading for years and has such an enthusiasm for tarot - it's engaging. She's got a blog that dates back to 2010, and I've learned so much from her. Sarah is on Instagram and Facebook, and you should also sign up for her newsletter. I love that the internet brings me closer to kickass Australian tarot readers. Learn more about Sarah below!

LFT Questionnaire

  1. What you appreciate the most in your friends. Honesty, authenticity, and being real.

  2. Your idea of happiness. Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains while wearing a tutu (optional), surrounded by thousands of trees and waterfalls, with my beloved and a thermos of chai and quality dark chocolate in my backpack. Friends welcome too. So is lying around in a cushion/blanket/duvet pile with chai, comix and my beloved. Friends welcome too. And basking in the metta (loving kindness) vibe at the end of a 10-Day (or longer) Vipassana meditation course.

  3. Your idea of misery. Totalitarianism. Also: not being able to make a cup of tea.

  4. Your favorite colors and flowers. I am rendered too giddy by all the colours and all the flowers to pick a few. Wild and freaky is best on all accounts. Luckily the Australian bush offers this aplenty. To narrow it down somewhat, I would say two of my favourite flowers are the waratah & the grevillea. This can change with the seasons though. And if I am to add in a favourite tree, one of the most aesthetically, texturally and tactilely pleasing trees I have met is the Paperbark Tree. They make me happy.

  5. Your favorite poets. Hafiz.

  6. Your heroes/heroines in fiction. I guess I have been affected by various characters throughout my life, but there was a book called Back Home by Michelle Magorian that I used to read a lot when I was in my early-mid teens. The main character Rusty was a 12 year old girl who was strong, defiant, self-assured, creative and fun. She affected me in a good way I reckon.

  7. What role does divination play in your life? Well it’s my full-time work, so it is there at least four days a week when I am with my clients in a practical, connecting way. I usually have a deck with me when I go out on my days off (though often I don’t use it, I just pull it out if it feels right), and I usually have a tarot deck next to my bed, but not every night. When I am sitting a meditation course it’s not in my life at all - I am just there to meditate. So it is a regular and exciting part of my life, but not an addiction, and something that I use to gain understanding for myself and for others.

  8. Your heroes/heroines in real life. Ursula Le Guin. Kiran Bedi. So many members of the Sydney Queer community who consistently bring their love, political intelligence, skill-sharing, creativity, generosity and defiance of out-dated ideologies.

  9. What is your present state of mind? Calm.

  10. What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool? How to choose amongst my sacred babies? I like several for various reasons. For a while now, the Dark Goddess Tarot and Tarot of the Crone by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince have been right up there for sheer depth, power and illumination. They are the only two at the moment that I will allow to sit beside my bed as I sleep.

  11. Your favorite songs? Seriously, this favourite thing - how does anyone do it?? For now I’ll just go with Dressed for Space by Trust (also Bulbform by same artist), and Free Tibet by Hilight Tribe (Vini Vici mix). You need good speakers to listen to these ones. Such complex sounds that deserve to be heard!

  12. What is your favorite word? Gesticulate comes to mind at time of writing. It would be another word on another day though. Metamorphosis and mesmerising sound nice too.

  13. What is your least favorite word? Foible. Again, I’m not hard and fast about this. I am making these decisions on a sound-only basis by the way.

  14. What sound or noise do you love? The sound of rain outside when I’m tucked in bed, or just when we’ve had a really long dry spell.

  15. What sound or noise do you hate? Scratchy violin playing by amateurs.

  16. What turns you on? Experiential wisdom integrated and shared with clarity and integrity.

  17. What turns you off? Unasked for advice.

  18. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck-that-shit. That one’s often a real winner if I happen to say it during a reading. One client once gave me the feedback that I am the most eloquent swearer she’s ever heard! It’s all about the delivery really.

  19. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Heaven, God and the Pearly Gates requires way too much of a stretch of my imagination to even contemplate this. I wish more people would contemplate why, of all the invisible beings that require a belief system to sustain them, like the Christian God, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy - why do people who believe in God not believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy? Why are kids who believe in Santa Claus seen as being childish once they get to a certain age, but a belief in God is seen as plausible? It makes no sense to me.

              You can find Sarah here:

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Instagram: @sarahthepsychic

https://www.facebook.com/sarahthepsychic

 

I love doing spells - it's like spiritual crafting - Michelle Tea

Gorgeous photo lifted from Michelle's website. Photographer - Gretchen Sayers

Gorgeous photo lifted from Michelle's website. Photographer - Gretchen Sayers

Michelle Tea's Modern Tarot is the first of her many books that I've read, but definitely won't be the last. Tea's take on tarot (I fucking love being alliterative) is just what it says it is - a modern take on the tarot. She and I had similar introductions to the cards - at age 14, one of our guy friends gave us a deck - and off we went. Each card description ends with a spell to help you touch the card. Be the Emperor. Be the Queen of Cups. James Wanless uses a similar technique to learn the cards, but Tea's twist on the exercise gives specific, magical little spells that help you own the card.

The deck used in this book - by artist Amanda Verwey, has gorgeous queer folks owning the cards with their own personalities. Is this a real deck? I can't find it, but I also don't want to cut up my book to make it so. It's just amazing.

If you're learning tarot or are a card slinging pro, you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. It's not only about the cards, but how to use them to figure out who you are. Using the tarot as a self-discovery tool brings a whole new dimension to this stack of 78 pieces of art. 

xo Lis

LFT Questionnaire

1.     What you appreciate the most in your friends.

A shared perspective on life. A shared reality.

2.     Your idea of happiness.

Sitting on a canal in Venice eating a gelato in the sun.

3.     Your idea of misery.

Feeling trapped.

4.     Your favorite colors and flowers.

Color: Grey. Flower: Lilacs

5.     Your favorite poets.

Eileen Myles, Ali Liebegott, Morgan Parker, CA Conrad, Sylvia Plath, Matthew Zapruder, Christopher Soto, Lenelle Moise

6.     Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Roberta Robertson of Cruddy by Lynda Barry.

7.     What role does divination play in your life?

I use it constantly as a way of grounding myself and gaining clarity on my daily life, as well as helping out in decision making.

8.     Your heroes/heroines in real life.

My sister, Kathleen, the most capable person I know. Yoko Ono, for her spiritual guidance and inspiration. 

9.     What is your present state of mind? 

Impatient.

10.  What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

Thoth deck, The Secret Dakini Oracle, Daughters of the Moon, Spirit Speak, Tarot of the Cat People, Mythic Tarot

11.  Your favorite songs?

Revelations/Yoko Ono + Cat Power; Horses + Gloria/Patti Smith, Like Cockatoos/The Cure, Life on Mars?/David Bowie

12.  What is your favorite word?

Yes

13.  What is your least favorite word?

Knuckles

14.  What sound or noise do you love?

My three year old son pretending to eat something inedible

15.  What sound or noise do you hate?

Pouring water

16.  What turns you on?

Darkness

17.  What turns you off?

Withholding

18.  What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck

19.  If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Well done, sister.

The World is Calling Us to Get Real. - Nancy Antenucci

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I've never met Nancy Antenucci, or as I like to call her in my head, "The Nucc". We haven't met in life, but online, I feel like we've been best friends for about 30 years. I was tickled to get an inscribed copy of her book, Psychic Tarot, with the note "To a special kindred that I haven't met but I sure as shit know."  Yeah. We're bffs.

Like all of my good friends, the first thing Nancy does with her book is call me on my nonsense. I have never liked being called a psychic, because it feels like a taunt. I've been made fun of for doing readings for as long as I've done readings. "Hey, psychic, what am I thinking?" (that you're an asshole? I don't know, you tell me) If a word gets thrown at you often enough, it becomes weaponized. I started calling myself a Reader mostly out of self-defense. Nancy starts her book with the word psychic, the meaning (that I just KNOW stuff) and sweeps the shame off of it. In reading the book, she makes you confront language and stigma and yourself. Honestly, it annoyed the hell out of me, but it really changed my mind.  

Psychic Tarot takes you through what a reading is, what being psychic is, the tarot deck (really great chapters about the arcanas, the court cards and the Fool's Journey), how to trust yourself, and this fantastic set of principles that tell you HOW to read. I'm so pissed that I didn't have this when I started reading. Each step of the reading is described - what it feels like, what to do. Nancy and her co-author, Melanie Howard really bring you through the entire experience of what it is to do a reading. There are also a  bunch of spreads and exercises to get you in touch with the cards. 

Nancy has created something that will take the fear out of being called a psychic. That's pretty big magic. I asked her to fill out the LFT Questionnaire, and she rewrote the questions and created her own. This made my ENTIRE day.  I present to you, the Nucc' Questionnaire.

The Nucc' Questionnaire

1) If all books were to disappear, which book would you commit to memorization to tell any that would want to hear?

Alice in Wonderland or Siddhartha

2) What is your idea/s of Happiness?

An unscheduled day

Playing pool and a great juke box

Cigs

Moving, moving, moving

Walking my dog in sobriety (I am sober..not my dog)

Laying on couch getting a foot rub from my husband

3) What is your idea/s of misery?

Having to listen to 50’s music or a Christian radio channel

One religion

Cigs

Being late

Waiting to hear of a cancer diagnosis for myself or another

Being with folks that see and think is strong gender paradigms for more than 3 hours

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4) What would be the movie that best describes your generation?

It hasn’t been made. The 60’s folks got “Big Chill”, the X generation got “Breakfast Club”. We didn’t get one although I sometimes fantasize of what the setting would be. The best one so far imagined is being stuck at an airport.

5) Thoughts about the Apocalypse?

Apocalypse literally means “uncover or reveal”. We are in the beginning stages of that (although my dad believes it started with the Beatles). All of our systems are being uncovered. The veils are parting. We have often heard of the 4 riders of the Apocalypse but nothing exists in a vacuum. I often wonder who their counterparts are…Compassion, Balance, Prosperity, Light? If we are indeed going into the 6th Extinction, we need to do what john Michael Greer has heavily suggested – Live with Less and Throw Good Parties.

6) Have you changed your mind about any of your teachings from your 2011 “Psychic Tarot – Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards” book?

I would highly recommend that people use the book any damn way they want to rather than specify that they use no other books or definitions for a year and a day. I would also include the power of being connected to your beloved ancestors.

7) Are you considering another book?

Most definitely. I would like to focus on creating a strong creative spirituality for all. I may mention Tarot here and there but it won’t be a tarot focused text. (now that I actually proclaim that….I will probably end up writing another divination book)

8) Do you have a mission?

I am an Aries. We breathe mission. I got my mission the day that the 2001 Commission report gave their finding that the attack happened because of “Lack of Imagination”. All the patterns were right there but no one was really looking outside the box to put it together. Logic only gets you so far. My mission became crystal clear that day when I realized that I can help empower others creativity.

9) Where would you like to live?

I want to grow old in a non-metro area so I can see stars. I love green and hills. Pennsylvania is my home but she is far too conservative for me to thrive in. Ideally, I would spend time in Inverness once a year.

10) What sound/noises do you love?

Trains

The sound when you quit Skype

The dialing of a rotary phone

Screen doors

My son’s voice and music

The methodical beat of the incense burner that the priests wave over the crowd during the Stations of the Cross

11) What sound/noises do you hate?

Any sound of or coming from violence/pain

Sirens

Babies crying in an adjacent apartment

Trump

12) Who would you have as dinner guests for one night?

I work with this list constantly….just in case.

Bowie

Peter Gabriel

George Verdak

Ruth St Dennis

Marie Montesorri

13) What are some lesser known facts about you?

I was kicked off the cheerleader squad in 7th grade for a bad attitude

I love catsup on cottage cheese

I won the talent portion of Junior Miss but probably blew the bigger title when I advocated that as a government, we have three leaders who were trained from birth to travel, know languages and live in several kinds of lifestyles

14) What was the most influential tarot reading you ever received from another?

Ferol Humphrey and I stayed up most of the night years ago at BATS tarot conference to look at how the world may change. It gave me the image of us coming to a Y in the road. None of us will be able to stay in the middle but will need to choose our reality. It is a master’s duty though to lob a stone at any master making the other turn as a last ditch effort to wake them up.

15) What is your concept of Hell?

Our current system of democracy.

Dentistry from any era.

Chronic Pain and Anxiety

16) What would you change in your life if you could magically?

All levels of shame would be removed

I would wake up to a huge savings account and a paid mortgage.

17) What irritates you about the current state of tarot readers?

The differences between the pre and post internet readers through training, community building and the misunderstandings of each other.

The extremists of intuitive versus traditional book reading styles.

The idea that Lenormand is far better than Tarot in terms of prediction.

Fixing.

18) what would be your worst job if you ceased to be a diviner and creative advocate?

An ambulance driver.

19) What happens at the end of the world?

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At the same time, every human on this planet shout “IT’S A GAME”. We then become big giants laughing with each other and talk about the duration of this round.

20) Who do you serve?

The Creative Unknown and facing my death without regrets.

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Nancy Antenucci  of Between The Worlds LLC (www.betweenworlds.us)  is a seasoned tarot reader as well as a creative advocate for creative thinking. Her book “Psychic Tarot – Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards” is a compilation of 25 years of her work. Her usage of imagery and gesture has created an innovative style as a coach and teacher with deep results.  She founded Twin Cities Tarot Collective which produces a the North Star Tarot conference, an innovative monthly Meetup and training for readers. She is currently branching into creative strategizing for start ups and mid sized businesses as well as creating multi-media videos bringing the divine into the everyday.

For me divination is a direct method of connecting to a place where everything is knowable.  -Andrew McGregor

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Andrew is the owner of the Hermit's Lamp in Toronto, and is a reader, an author and deck creator. He also has only podcast that I've ever binged. The Hermit's Lamp podcast features a huge variety of folks from the magical, spiritual and divinatory worlds, and I've learned something new from every guest on the show. If you are looking to build your online community, or just to have your mind blown open, you should absolutely check it out.

xo Lis

LFT Questionnaire

1. What you appreciate the most in your friends.

I appreciate kindness, passion and creativity in my friends. I need to be with people who are inspired by being alive. There is so much wonder here but pettiness and the details of life can hid it if we let it happen. Being around folks who are passionate prevents that from happening. 

I also need authenticity in my friends. I crave deep connection with people and need to know they can reciprocate. Without that trust I’m not interested. If they aren’t who they say they are then it will probably not develop very far. 

2. Your idea of happiness.

Living in the ever present now and sharing from that place with the world. 

3. Your idea of misery.

Small talk for the rest of my days…

4. Your favorite colors and flowers.

I’m pretty fond of the pink in the lotus that is part of my koi tattoo. 

I tend to find the beauty in all things and people so I don’t have strong preferences. 

5. Your favorite poets.

Walt Whitman, Robert W. Service, Lao Tzu, Enrique Enriques 

I am a big fan of those people who can use their words to trigger an experience of the sublime. Where we both lose and find ourselves in relationship to the whole of creation. Often for me this comes through the idea the wildness of the world and life. 

6. Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Doctor Who

7. What role does divination play in your life?

Divination has helped me see who I am, avoid tragedy, survive tragedy, find love and keep it, build success in the world, mend my body and heart, and work tremendous magick. 

For me divination is a direct method of connecting to a place where everything is knowable. 

I spend time most days using tarot to reorient my mind and heart to the tasks at hand. Working with it to shift states to what is needed in order to be present with my kids, or write this article, or work some magick, or whatever needs doing. 

8. Your heroes/heroines in real life.

Jack Layton, Terry Fox, my Madrina Jackye Anderson, 

9. What is your present state of mind?

I am harried by the pace of things right now. there is a lot of wonderful things going on but it is taxing my capacity. So I am enjoying a mix of overwhelm and delight – often at the same time. Slowing things down a bit is a project that will probably take months to get to. Or perhaps I’ll just acclimatize to the way things are right now. 

10. What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

The photo reproduction of the Jean Noblet Tarot de Marseille done by Joseph Peterson. 

11. Your favorite songs?

Blinded by the Light by Bruce Springsteen, Jackie Wilson said by Van Morrison, Everything by the Subhumans, 

12. What is your favorite word?

Monkey

13. What is your least favorite word?

Bored

14. What sound or noise do you love?

Happiness

15. What sound or noise do you hate?

My kids fighting

16. What turns you on?

Openness and bravery

17. What turns you off?

Disengagement

18. What is your favorite curse word?

All of them. 

When I was a teen I worked in a factory with some of the most foul mouthed people ever. I learned to appreciate the ability to start cursing until you felt done versus just popping off a word or two. 

19. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I’ve already been, and heard it said, but it is too sacred to share. 

I fell into the poetry that is tarot I fell into the symbolic layers, the similes and the metaphors, the cosmic language - Fables Den

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I found Kimberly on Instagram. I believe someone re-posted one of her drawings and I immediately fell into a rabbit hole of beautiful, relevant, quirky tarot art. I'm a sucker for artists, especially those that make me laugh. There is a light-heartedness surrounding Kimberly's art and tarot work. Although I will sit down with a heavy deck (Hey, Mary-El. Wanna make me cry again?), I am an optimist at heart, and I want my spreads and cards to have hope more often than not.

Kimberly knows her cards, knows what a pain in the ass white borders on tarot cards can be, and knows what it's like to be stalked by tarot cards. It's wonderful to have someone drawing and speaking to the tarot community. l am a fan. Check out her work - you will be, too.

xo Lis

LFT Questionnaire

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1.     What you appreciate the most in your friends.

Their in-your-face humour and hysterical quirks, and the fact that they are always one Facebook message away from hanging out, chilling’ and drinking copious amounts of bubble tea (with me).

2.     Your idea of happiness.

Happiness, for me, is two things: authenticity, and gratitude. When you’re being yourself, unhindered by ego-driven tendencies and society’s norms and expectations—when you’re in that carefree state, that genuine embodiment of your spirit—you’re happy because you are in a flowing state of being. And gratitude is a no-brainer—you gotta appreciate the things you already have in your life and recognize the fullness and magic you are able to create and experience simply because you are tuning in.

           Actually, three things. The third thing is bubble tea.

3.     Your idea of misery.

When you can’t be yourself…when you are forced to choose between parts of yourself or suppress who you really are.

4.     Your favorite colors and flowers.

I tend to go through phases with colours. My recent obsession has been turquoise, aquamarine and cornflower blue—the light greenish shades of blue. My favourite flower has always been the sunflower. It’s brimming with positivity, optimism, freedom, and child-likeness.

5.     Your favorite poets.

Rumi, Richard Cohn, and Nirmala.

6.     Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

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Diarmuid from Fionavar Tapestry. The handsome, melancholy lover and the brave knight in shiny armour. Ser Sandor Clegane (aka the Hound) from Game of Thrones, for no fucks are given when he cuts through the pretense of a supposedly chivalrous world. Monkey King fromJourney to the West: trickster, warrior, sage. Last but not least, Selendra the Dragon Maiden (she’s like literally a dragon) from Tooth and Claw, for her unwavering innocence, her determination and her fearlessness when she is confronted by society’s expectations and judgment.

7.     What role does divination play in your life?

It’s my way of life. (Translation: tarot. Tarot decks everywhere.) But yeah, I rely on tarot’s synchronicity and its wisdom to remind me of the magic, power and creativity that exist within me. I think divination really just serves as a way to channel our own inner wisdom and power, to open portals for us to connect with our spirit and the bigger reality.

8.     Your heroes/heroines in real life.

My parents (quite literally and figuratively my makers) whose immense love and dedication to their children are all the light that I need.

My little brother, for his maturity, edgy intelligence and trollish humour—he helps me see the world in fresh, interesting ways, and I get to experience this while being trapped in his room with his fart. Huzzah.

And last but not least, the wise unicorn Kelly-Ann Maddox: cardslinger, chaos-witch, and loving teacher. Who inspired me to pick up a deck of cards…and well. The rest is history.

9.     What is your present state of mind?

Grateful. And craving more tea.

10. What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

Dreaming Way Tarot. I’m a Dreaming Wayfarer (omg, me, too)

11. Your favorite songs?

Life’s Merry-Go-Around, from Howl’s Moving Castle + composed by Joe Hisaishi. 
The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends) by Snow Patrol. 
Various Storms and Saints by Florence + The Machine. 
This Love by Maroon 5. 
It’s Over, Isn’t it, sang by Deedee Magno, from Steven Universe.

12. What is your favorite word?

Create.

13. What is your least favorite word?

Intestines. Nothing personal against intestines, but that word just sounds kind of yucky doesn’t it? Also Subscription. I always trip on those consonants. It drives me nuts. Subsbsbsbcriptpbption.

14. What sound or noise do you love?

The sound my cat makes when he’s trying to run up the stairs and meowing at the same time. It’s this cute mixture of gurgle and purr.

15. What sound or noise do you hate?

Sharp things against a glass pane. Styrofoam rubbing against each other.

16. What turns you on?

Tomato beef noodle soup. Bubble tea. The smell of ink and paper at a bookstore. Stationary. Hard abs and muscles. In that order.

17. What turns you off?

Hypocritical, passive-aggressive and judgmental people. And seafood.

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18. What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck, of course. Classic, versatile, and a mutli-purposed punch-line.

19. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I want a high-five and a bear-hug. And, “You were everything you wanted be.”

"Gee, ain't I a stinker?" - Bugs Bunny

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I've been teaching tarot by using pop culture for years (the Emperor is Cartman from South Park - with more money). It's a fun way to learn and it helps people get in touch with a simple descriptor of the card so they can build on it. 

My husband challenged me to match the Major Arcana with the Looney Tunes. Challenge accepted, buddy. After this one, I'll be taking suggestions for pop culture suggestions (Firefly is next), so let me know what you think of the new feature "Pop Goes the Tarot". 

Enjoy!

xo Lis

The Fool - Wile E. Coyote - Super Genius. He never thinks about consequences until he's in thin air. Luckily, he bounces back quickly.

The Fool - Wile E. Coyote - Super Genius. He never thinks about consequences until he's in thin air. Luckily, he bounces back quickly.

The Magician - Bugs Bunny - one time he actually pulled HIMSELF out of a hat. This guy knows all the tricks and always comes out on top.

The Magician - Bugs Bunny - one time he actually pulled HIMSELF out of a hat. This guy knows all the tricks and always comes out on top.

The High Priestess - Granny is always one step ahead of the bad guy, and has an unwavering gaze on what's important.

The High Priestess - Granny is always one step ahead of the bad guy, and has an unwavering gaze on what's important.

The Empress - Witch Hazel - I have loved WH since before I was a witch. She's enthusiastic, funny, self-centered in the best way, and sexy when she wants to be. She's also got some inherent magical mojo that makes her a force to reckon with.

The Empress - Witch Hazel - I have loved WH since before I was a witch. She's enthusiastic, funny, self-centered in the best way, and sexy when she wants to be. She's also got some inherent magical mojo that makes her a force to reckon with.

The Emperor - Daffy Duck - Daffy is the boss (even when he isn't) He sticks to his principles regardless of opposition or common sense. 

The Emperor - Daffy Duck - Daffy is the boss (even when he isn't) He sticks to his principles regardless of opposition or common sense. 

The Hierophant - Marvin the Martian - blueprints and studying and practicing for days.

The Hierophant - Marvin the Martian - blueprints and studying and practicing for days.

The Lovers - Pepe Le Pew - L'amour. So intense. 

The Lovers - Pepe Le Pew - L'amour. So intense. 

The Chariot - Speedy Gonzalez - charging straight ahead. With style.

The Chariot - Speedy Gonzalez - charging straight ahead. With style.

Strength - Henery Hawk - He can lift a whole chicken, and seems to be bulletproof.

Strength - Henery Hawk - He can lift a whole chicken, and seems to be bulletproof.

Hermit - Cecil Turtle - Goes at his own pace

Hermit - Cecil Turtle - Goes at his own pace

Wheel - Gossamer - Sometimes he's the biggest bad guy out there, and sometimes he's afraid of his own reflection. Depends on the day. (my favorite guy)

Wheel - Gossamer - Sometimes he's the biggest bad guy out there, and sometimes he's afraid of his own reflection. Depends on the day. (my favorite guy)

Justice - Porky Pig - Even when things are falling apart, he keeps his eye on the goal

Justice - Porky Pig - Even when things are falling apart, he keeps his eye on the goal

Hanged Man - Miss Prissy - This little chicken just knows that one day she'll find her man.  She just has to be patient.

Hanged Man - Miss Prissy - This little chicken just knows that one day she'll find her man.  She just has to be patient.

Death - The Road Runner - ever constant, never changing, always present. Also scares the bejeesus out of the Coyote on a regular basis.

Death - The Road Runner - ever constant, never changing, always present. Also scares the bejeesus out of the Coyote on a regular basis.

Temperance - Tweety Bird - His disposition never changes, regardless of what's going on around him.

Temperance - Tweety Bird - His disposition never changes, regardless of what's going on around him.

Devil - Tasmanian Devil - goes without saying.

Devil - Tasmanian Devil - goes without saying.

Tower - Sylvester - he can't seem to get his plans together before they fall apart at his feet

Tower - Sylvester - he can't seem to get his plans together before they fall apart at his feet

Star - Sam Sheepdog - this gentle guy protects his flock at all costs

Star - Sam Sheepdog - this gentle guy protects his flock at all costs

Moon - Sylvester, Jr - This little cat is sure that the other shoe is going to fall, and often drops it on his own head.

Moon - Sylvester, Jr - This little cat is sure that the other shoe is going to fall, and often drops it on his own head.

Sun - Marc Antony - This bulldog would do anything to protect his little kitten, Pussyfoot. He is a Good Dog.

Sun - Marc Antony - This bulldog would do anything to protect his little kitten, Pussyfoot. He is a Good Dog.

Judgement - Yosemite Sam - A rootin', tootin' pain in the ass who is all consumed with what is fair.

Judgement - Yosemite Sam - A rootin', tootin' pain in the ass who is all consumed with what is fair.

World - Elmer Fudd - He's either on top of the world as a mighty hunter, or beating himself up for his failings. He's the beginning and the end.

World - Elmer Fudd - He's either on top of the world as a mighty hunter, or beating himself up for his failings. He's the beginning and the end.

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It takes a lot of courage and confidence to shoot past through the BS and aim towards something higher. - Diana Chin

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I think I found Diana Chin on Twitter. She's funny, tuned in and smart. I love her perspective on the cards and her general badass witchiness. After a brief retreat from tarot, she's back and badder than ever. Diana is just sensational, and I hope you dig her as much as I do.  

Diana is a professional tarot reader, web developer/designer and writer. She co-founded Red Lotus Designz with her husband Ron in an effort to help spiritual bloggers, indie artists, writers and small businesses create simple but effective websites & logos. Diana also provides no-nonsense tarot readings with the intention in helping others bring back their sense of confidence and empower others to make better decisions when it comes to tackling difficult life changes.

xo Lis

LFT QUESTIONNAIRE

What you appreciate the most in your friends.

I’ve been fortunate to have met so many wonderful friends (whether online or offline) who care about their work and mission. What I appreciate the most in my friends are their sense of honesty, humor and the ability to strive in making the world a better place.

Your idea of happiness.

A good cup of coffee/tea, watching my son grow up and falling in love with my husband every day as he goes off to work.

Your idea of misery.

Lack of growth and inability to express your passion.

Your favorite colors and flowers.

Purple, Black and Red. I love moonflowers, sweet peas, chrysanthemum and lotuses.

Your favorite poets.

E. Ortiz (author of Chicken Wings For The Soul), Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.

Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Wonder Woman and Madame Xanadu.

What role does divination play in your life?

Tarot has helped me cope through many life changes over the past couple of years (parenthood, changing careers, etc.).  It also serves as a good form of meditation when I’m not sure on how to proceed tricky situations.

Your heroes/heroines in real life.

My husband. We’ve been through the good, bad and the ugly during our transitional periods of our lives. As sappy as it sounds, he’s my soulmate. I’ve seen him go through hell and back without losing his integrity. And I’ve learned a lot based on his experiences. He’s definitely my Dark Knight.

What is your present state of mind?

A lot of self care and rest! After 3 years of being a customer support specialist at a subsidiary company of Warner Bros., I took the leap by quitting my job. Lately, my heart has been in going back to web development, tarot and writing.  It was scary at first. But with the help of my husband and a great support system, I was able to make that transition without looking back. I also started my paranormal fiction series called The Bruja From Customer Support (http://csbruja.com), which is loosely based on my experiences as a customer support representative but with a twist.

What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

The Sacred India Tarot by Rohit Arya. It’s a beautiful deck filled with vibrant images of the Hindu gods and goddesses, which is something that I’ve been looking for to help me reflect on my South Asian roots (my mother’s family is located in Guyana with ancestors from India).

Your favorite songs?

I love all music, no matter the genre. Here’s my top five songs that I have on repeat: Leave Out All The Rest by Linkin Park, Hotel California by The Eagles, Blood by In This Moment, Tu Tu Hai Wohi (The Unwind Mix) by Jonita Gandhi and Danza Kuduro by Don Omar.

What is your favorite word?

I would have to go with “awesome”. I feel that I’ve been saying this word too many times as of late.

What is your least favorite word?

The word “impossible”. Because I’m a firm believer that we can make things possible, even if it takes years.

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of rain, thunder and wind.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Awkward silence gaps in a conversation.

What turns you on?

The season of autumn. There’s something magickal when you see the leaves change colour, the air becomes crisp and the atmosphere seems a lot more witchier than usual.

What turns you off?

Passive aggressive, egotistical and narcissist folks.

What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck! Because the word makes me feel good and makes more of an emphasis in my conversations.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Stop swearing so much, you’re making Lucifer blush.”

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Links:

Website - http://redlotusdesignz.com

Twitter (business): http://twitter.com/redlotusdesignz

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I read the cards intuitively with a traditional backbone -Jess

Hey - this is Jess. She's awesome

Hey - this is Jess. She's awesome

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One of my favorite things about social media is that it has completely annihilated the vacuum in which I learned tarot. I started reading at 14, and didn't have anyone to talk about the cards with until I was in college. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have led me to some amazing friends and wonderful new teachers. The thing that I love the most is finding new tarot readings with new perspectives to share. You can look at these cards every day, and after a while, they become like furniture. It's only when you look with new eyes that you can continue to learn. 

Jess reached out to me after meeting on Instagram, and I just adore her view of the cards and of how to make sense of them. 

Jess filled out our little questionnaire, and I hope you follow her and get to benefit from her perspective, too!

xo Lis

LFT Questionnaire

  1. What you appreciate the most in your friends. Good laughs and being able to be myself around and with my friends is what I love the most!
  2. Your idea of happiness. It’s the simple things that make me the happiest. Relaxing in our backyard with iced coffee and tarot always puts a smile on my face.
  3. Your idea of misery. I’m quite the coffee addict so being out of coffee always leaves me feeling like I’m without air and going to die, maybe I’m a bit too dramatic?
  4. Your favorite colors and flowers. Love, love, love green and mint! My favorite flowers would have to be Passion Flowers, Peonies, and Dahlia’s… but I love any flowers I see on the side of the road while traveling.
  5. Your favorite poets. I love Jeff Tweedy (I know, not typically a poet but he wrote a book of poetry called Adult Head that I loved) - also Rupi Kuar, Amanda Lovelace, and R.H. Sin.
  6. Your heroes/heroines in fiction. My heroes/heroines include Wonder Woman, She-Ra, Daria, and Roseanne!
  7. What role does divination play in your life? A big part, I breath tarot it seems. I’m also always interpreting something, even if it’s a bird shitting on a park car or coming across a random playing card on the sidewalk… there has to be some message behind it and I like to find it. My brain seems to be running all the time (it’s for sure a Gemini thing) and tarot helps me harness that energy and put it to use.
  8. Your heroes/heroines in real life. I gotta say, Chuck Palahniuk, I adore him and everything he writes. He has been a big inspiration for me in my own life and stepping out of my shell, despite his books being a bit… off the wall, some even pretty disgusting (but awesome)!
  9. What is your present state of mind? Right now, it’s focused on these questions.. just kidding, kind of. My present state of mind is focused on being as authentic as I can be and making my own rules to follow (and break). I’ve lately been working a lot on self care and it’s been helping a ton!
  10. What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool? Ooo… so many good ones that I love but I gotta say, Spirit Speak is a deck that I use the most and love a ton. My favorite divination tool is tarot, hands down. Though, I do work with pendulums often but don’t talk much about it.
  11. Your favorite songs? I don’t know that I have any specific favorite song but I do have a selected group of artists that I adore and listen to often - Damien Rice, Leon Bridges, Nirvana, Radiohead, and The White Stripes are to name a few.
  12. What is your favorite word? Rutabaga.. How can you not love saying that word outloud “rutabaga”.
  13. What is your least favorite word? Whatever… that word makes my eyes pop out, especially in an argument!
  14. What sound or noise do you love? Hmmm, I love the sound of rain and thunder, it really lights me up, especially when the desert monsoons roll in where I live.
  15. What sound or noise do you hate? Angry people (mostly men) yelling, doesn’t have to be at me but just around me. It makes me nervous and on edge.
  16. What turns you on? Cracking into a good book, tarot deck mail days, when my husband texts me “want me to grab you Starbucks on the way home?” - that’s hot!
  17. What turns you off? I would have to narrow my “turn off” down to a person - Donald Trump
  18. What is your favorite curse word? “Fuck”… no, “shit”… wait, no, it’s for sure “fuck”!
  19. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “We have unlimited free iced coffee, help yourself!”
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I’m Jess from Tarot Seed! I’ve been reading the cards for only about 5 years now and to be honest, I really can’t figure out how tarot came into my life. I just remember waking up one day being interested in pursuing a deck. Nothing really triggered this “need”, it just kind of happened over night literally so I would say the cards found me! I will read cards anywhere and often keep a deck on me at all times. I tend to read the cards intuitively with a traditional backbone, meaning I do keep book interpretations in mind but tend to lead with my intuition first.

My links:

●        Website/Blog - www.tarotseed.com

●        Instagram - www.instagram.com/tartoseed

●        Facebook - www.facebook.com/tarotseed

●        Tumblr - https://tarotseed.tumblr.com

●        Email - tarotseed@gmail.com

 

              

Augenblick - from Middle High German *ougenblick* meaning "Quick Glance" - Shannon Loftis

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A couple of years ago, I was sitting next to the as-yet-unknown-to-me Shannon Loftis a the Northwest Tarot Symposium. We were told to take our tarot decks out for the exercise and she pulled out this gorgeous, square tarot deck that I'd never seen before. What the hell. I began annoying her immediately. Where did it come from? What do you mean you can read it sideways??

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU MADE IT? Like, created it? What magic is this?

The Augenblick tarot was created with images from the Library of Congress. It can be read reversed, right side up, and on either side. This is mind-blowing for little old me. The idea that the cards can take on two new dimensions is just fantastic. Is it the Devil you know, or a new one sneaking up on your left? Or is the Devil getting in your way and forcing you to push against it on your right? 

Luckily, Shannon was (and is) incredibly patient with my geeking out all over her. And here's the thing - the deck is going to be available on Kickstarter on October 1st. I'm going to be posting the bejeesus out of this deck and I hope it sells like crazy. I love new ideas in tarot. I love beautiful art. I love decks that challenge me. I love Augenblick. (and I just adore Shannon) The Kickstarter is here!!!

Here is more about her!

 

LFT Questionnaire

1.  What you appreciate the most in your friends.

Honesty (to yourself, about yourself, to others), Kindness and allowance, skilled use of puns in any and all situations.

2.  Your idea of happiness.

Cold weather (48 degrees is my most perfect temperature), comfortable clothes, as close to silence as I can get, books, tarot decks, crystals, solitude, no bugs.

3.  Your idea of misery.

Bugs, any temperature higher than 65 degrees, noise, sticky humidity, karaoke.

4.  Where would you like to live?

On the edge of a forest, maybe by a lake.  But lakes mean bugs.  Maybe if I got the forest and the lake bit I could make peace with the bug part.

5.  Your favorite colors and flowers.

Blue is pretty much the favorite color.  That deep blue the sky gets before the blackness of midnight – that shade. And flowers? Um, lilacs for scent, Ranunculus for looks.

6.  Your favorite poets.

Rainer Maria Rilke. So much. Ohmygod. Like, maybe I knew him in a past life. Maybe I WAS him in past life. It is like someone reached inside me and pulled the words out of my soul when I read his stuff.

Mary Oliver and William Stafford are also solid favorites of mine.

7.  Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Kate Daniels (from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews), Adam Parrish (from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater), Bonnie Torres (from Laura Anne Gilman’s Paranormal Scene Investigations series).

8.  What role does divination play in your life?

I’m not sure I know how to vocalize that.  It has, at this point, become so intrinsic to my sense of self and my exploration of the nature of life that I can’t quite single it out enough to say what kind of role it plays. It’s religion, it’s self-talk, it’s counseling, it’s analysis, it’s a way of thinking. *shrugs*

9.  Your heroes/heroines in real life.

Maggie Stiefvater, Christine Payne Towler, nurses, anyone who has survived cancer

10.  What is your present state of mind?

Mentally exhausted and longing for rain.

11.  What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

Favorite divination tool is definitely tarot. I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that I will never have a definitive “favorite” tarot deck.  I love them all so differently and can never choose one over the other. Some of my most cherished decks, though, are: Mary-el Tarot, Daniloff tarot, Slow Holler Tarot, and the Tarot of Durer.

12.  Your favorite songs?

Whiter Shade of Pale by Proco Harum
Flowers in December by Mazzy Star
Sweet Thing by Van Morrison
O Magnum Mysterium (performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale)
Calm Like a Bomb by Rage Against the Machine
I Am Not Okay by My Chemical Romance

13.  What is your favorite word?

See answer for #19

14.  What is your least favorite word?

Dollop.

15.  What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of rain.  If I could hear nothing but the sound of rain for the rest of my life I would be happy.

16.  What sound or noise do you hate?

The sound of snoring makes me murderous.

17.  What turns you on?

Intelligence, Competency, Kindness.

18.  What turns you off?

Lying.  People being dicks. Gloating.

19.  What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck.  Just because it’s so utilitarian. Noun, verb, adverb, etc. It can be everything. I grew up in a conservative Christian household and I was a “good girl” so I didn’t start swearing until I went to college and was no longer supervised but boy howdy, let me tell you how much I swore when 18 years of repression tried to flee my body all at once!

20.  If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

You don’t have to go back there ever again, I promise.