The Divine loves us and wants us to be happy - Barbara Moore

You can literally count the days to tarot mastery........ok...I'm sorry. That was cheesy.

You can literally count the days to tarot mastery........ok...I'm sorry. That was cheesy.

One of the best parts of publishing Kitchen Table tarot with Llewellyn is that they ask if I'll review books, decks and calendars, and then they SEND THEM to me. I know, right? So I did receive this calendar for review, but honestly, it was already in my Amazon list.

This calendar is reminiscent of the Llewellyn Witches calendar. I used that So much when I was a little baby witch, fresh out of the broom closet. Information is presented in such a way that you can learn tips, spreads and tarot history in little bite-sized pieces. Easier to digest this way. 

The calendar months include a spread, focus on particular symbols, tarot history and journal prompts. The decks used are all Llewellyn tarot decks, and are all just beautiful. There were some I hadn't seen before. My only disappointment in this calendar is that none of the faces that are featured belong to people of color. Hopefully, it will next year.

The breakdown of the symbols is very helpful. Did you know that the Magician's belt in the RWS deck is an Ouroboros? Me, neither! I love these little details that make the card so distinct and enhance the meaning of the cards. 

One of the best parts of the calendar are four pages in the back that give you tips about starting your tarot journey, a glossary, breakdowns of the suits and numbers used, and a Celtic Cross tutorial. The Fool's Journey is also summarized and reads like a story. I love the idea of learning the Major Arcana in story form instead of one by one. 

The tarot decks used in the calendar are these:

The Shadowscapes Tarot, The Steampunk Tarot, The Lo Scarabeo Tarot, Modern Spellcaster's Tarot, The Victorian Fairy Tarot, The Rider Waite Smith Tarot, the Wizard's Tarot, Everyday Witch Tarot, Animal Totem Tarot, Mystic Faerie Tarot, Celtic Tarot, and the Green Witch Tarot.

There is also a great list of books on the last page, featuring work from Scott Martin, Rachel Pollack, Barbara Moore and Nancy "The Nucc" Antenucci.

Posted on July 23, 2017 and filed under Tarot, Review.

I do what I want. - Eric Cartman

My life is changing, kittens, and I need to change along with it. 

Until Book the Second is finished, I can't do in-person readings. I have to write. I have to spend time with my family. I have to stop stressing out about trying to please everyone and take good care of myself. And I have to finish this amazing book.   

Do not be sad! You can still get phone readings, email readings AND Element readings (by phone).

One other change - my turnaround rate for email readings is one week from date of purchase. If you would like a faster turnaround, let me know. I'm going to be putting up an offer in the shop soon that will assure 48 hours turnaround in an email reading from one of the St. Louis Cardslingers. Ryan, Sarah Kate, Ellen and Potter are the ones I go to for readings. Think of us as the Babysitters Club of Tarot. (I'm Claudia Kishi)

The Element readings are pretty specific - we'll basically pull your life into parts and try to unfuck them. Each comes with two readings and a bunch of homework. Check them out.

Now - wish me luck! It's not often I spend more time on my well being than that of others. I'm going to try to make it a habit. (you should, too!)

xoxo Lis

Posted on July 2, 2017 and filed under Me., Tarot.

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -William Blake

The Sasuraibito Tarot. Or, the Sassy Burrito deck, as named by my dork friend Amanda. Photo lifted from Little Red Tarot's shop, because I don't have my deck yet!

The Sasuraibito Tarot. Or, the Sassy Burrito deck, as named by my dork friend Amanda. Photo lifted from Little Red Tarot's shop, because I don't have my deck yet!

The Fool means Jump. Even if you're afraid. If you keep moving forward, you're winning. Even if you're moving forward by centimeters. Even if your forward movement is defined by NOT moving backwards. 

The base of the card is simplicity.

The intent of the Fool is to discover.

The passion of the Fool is Adventure.

The emotion of the Fool is Wonder.

The spirit of the Fool is Joy.

Inverted, the Fool is stuck. Lamed. Misdirected.

Tarot MixTape Playlist!

The songs that come to mind with this card, for Tarot MixTape Playlist (tm) purposes are these.  One is highly inappropriate, and one of my favorites.  :)  Jump, you f*cker jump- just that line alone sings the Fool to me.  Jump, because you're going to miss everything if you don't get moving.  And the simplicity of "Three Little Birds" ties in nicely with the simplicity of the Fool.  Everything is gonna be alright.  Even if it's not the alright you were looking for.  

T is for The Bonefire Tarot

Lookin' right in your soul. No bigs.

Lookin' right in your soul. No bigs.

So, I have discovered that I have a superpower. This has been a long time in the making. I’ve gotten tarot books and decks for review before, and I even write reviews for muggle books in my spare time. I have developed relationships with a few publishers, and am very careful to be respectful of those relationships. 

Then I saw this deck – the Bonefire Tarot – and I swear to all the gods my brain was taken up by the GimmeGimmeGimme’s! Gimme that deck! I took a deep breath, and respectfully reached out to Schiffer Publishing and asked if I could have a copy for review. THEY SAID YES.

NOW, I promise not to abuse this super power. I will faithfully review every deck that comes my way. That said, this one is pretty great.

Here is the review, broken down on attributes based on my kid's suggestion. She's a pretty smart kid.

Artwork - My daughter, Monkey (13) said that it looked like a weird version of Lisa Frank. Her Auntie brought it on home by saying, "You mean it's like Lisa Frank on acid - but you don't have that frame of reference". So, yes. Lisa Frank on acid.  

That said, these are lush, beautiful cards. They're made for the weirdos (you know who you are) and they reach in and make you wake up a bit. The iconography within the cards, and the cool as hell tattoos are fantastic.

The Suits - The Wands are represented by pinecones, and they're lovely, but I first thought that they were Flaming Pineapples, so there we are. I love the Flaming Pineapples suit. I love the layers of meaning in even the Minor cards. Generally, Minors are basic and all of the intrigue is handled in Majors. Coins, Cups and Swords join the Flaming Pineapples in the Minors.

The Majors are intense. Some of the cards made me uncomfortable, which was great. I love decks that make you squirm. 

Representation - There are both queer folks and people of color! Hot damn.

Cardstock - Garbage. I mean, standard mass-produced tarot card stock. Regrettably, a lot of decks (like 90% of them) have this thinner cardstock that ensures that I'll have to replace my deck in five years. It especially sucks for black decks, becauses the foxing makes the edges look like crap. Honestly, my only disappointment with this deck. 

If you are not a professional reader, this won't be a big deal. I use my decks EVERY DAY, and I let other folks shuffle my cards, so you know. It might just be me.

The Book! - There is a book and it's not just the standard Little White Book. It's detailed and the artist explains some of her choices, which adds depth to the readings. There is even a glossary, which is excellent. Thumbs up for the book!

Shufflability (fuck off, it's a word)- These are big cards. My poor friend with her tiny, stubby, Irish fingers (we call her Knuckles). She and the kid had shuffle them on the table. They're wide. Now, I don't have a problem with it, because I don't have tiny hands, and I find that larger cards make the shuffling more deliberate. 

Should you buy this deck? Yes. And get another one for later. 

Here is the creator - Gabi Angus West:

LFT Questionnaire

1.  What you appreciate the most in your friends.

Empathy, Honesty, Loyalty

2. Your idea of happiness.

Being able to take a moment to realize that life is wonderful

3.  Your idea of misery.

Never being able to push the limits

4.  Your favorite colors and flowers.

Red, Purple, Black

5.  Your favorite poets.

Edgar Allan Poe, E.H Cummings

6. Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Clare Fraser - Outlander

7. What role does divination play in your life?

There will always be an aspect to life that needs to be left to be what is it. We can’t know all the answers

8. Your heroes/heroines in real life.

Strong women that have overcome diversity. Myself

9.  What is your present state of mind?

Open to change, and new beginnings

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

Two of Swords

11.  Your favorite songs?

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

12.  What is your favorite word?

Fuck

13.  What is your least favorite word?

Hate

14.  What sound or noise do you love?

My kids laughing

15.  What sound or noise do you hate?

Ticking clocks

16.  What turns you on?

Connectedness

17.  What turns you off?

Not being present

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?

You lived a good life, a life full of adventure, compassion, and being true to yourself

Z is for Zero #atozchallenge

Fly, fumble or fall  -at least you're moving.

Fly, fumble or fall  -at least you're moving.

The Fool, number Zero in the tarot, is my favorite card, and the Shadowscapes deck is one of my all time favorite decks. I have this print next to my bathroom mirror and I see it every morning. It reminds me to move forward even when I'm afraid. That the only thing holding me back, really, is me.

From Kitchen Table Tarot (by me!):

"Historically, the Fool is the only person the king will listen to. The jester is a beloved character. Notice I didn’t call him a clown. That’s important because clowns have nothing of substance to say, and they’re creepy and vapid to boot (in this author’s opinion). The Fool, on the other hand, has no agenda, no hidden plans or shenanigans up his sleeve. He is guileless. He is honest. He is genuinely happy. Even his dog is happy. He’s the one who told the emperor that he was naked. He is going to move forward, to say what’s on his mind. He’s going to be honest and forthright regardless of the circumstance. In every deck, the Fool is in a precarious position. Think of all of the idioms we have for taking chances: going out on a limb, break a leg, going for broke. These all sound really painful, but what they’re about is deciding that being still is not for you. When you see this in a reading, you’ll know it’s time to jump."

 

Posted on May 7, 2017 and filed under A to Z Blogger Challenge.

Y is for EthonY #atozchallenge

My gateway oracle card

My gateway oracle card

I don't like oracle decks. I've tried reading with them before and they just come across as NOT tarot decks. Kind of floaty and ethereal and meh. 

I kept seeing this deck, though. Jeezy creezy, this fuckin' deck. I saw the picture above and got the Gimme's really really badly. I looked it up, and it was from the Awakened Soul Oracle. Goddamnit. 

I met Ethony at the Northwest Tarot Symposium this year, and she was just brilliant. Funny and engaging, with a great grasp of the cards. All cards. She was nice enough to send me a copy of the Awakened Soul to review, AND she filled out the LFT Questionnaire for us. Enjoy!

Deck review!!!  The Awakened Soul Oracle (ugh i love it) Deck

Artwork - This is a gorgeous, thoughtful deck. The characters are lovely and the colors are bright and engaging. I love the bumblebees on the backs of the cards, too.

Representation - Queer folks AND people of color! Wahoo! Also, the Boy Shaman (age 11) said, "Mom, there are a lot of ladies in this deck, which is great because most tarot decks have mostly dudes."  Well spoken, Boy Shaman!

Cardstock - Very good! God, it's great. And the Boy Shaman said, "OH look at how shiny the edges are! That's a good sign!" I don't expect any stupid foxing from these cards. And the box is also sturdy. Love it.  

The Book! - The book is great. It's got cleaning and charging instructions, how to work with the oracle deck, spreads, and descriptors of the cards. It's also got the Awakened meaning, Shadow meaning, an Affirmation and a Personal Reflection for each card. This helped me navigate the deck a little better, because I'm not comfortable outside of my Arcanas.  The book helped me to stop looking at a card, thinking, "What even does this even mean?", and giving the deck away. 

Shufflability - Kind of stiff at first - hard to shuffle. I imagine after they're broken in it will be fine. They'll bigger, too, so not good for hobbit hands to shuffle off of the table.

Should you buy this deck? Yes. Even though it's not a tarot deck. It's nice, and compliments the tarot beautifully.

LFT Questionnaire!

1.  What you appreciate the most in your friends.

Loyalty and unconditional love. I have a wonderfully diverse group of friends with different religions, background, ages and experiences. It may sound cheesy as, but we still love each other. Having people who are really there for you is priceless.

2.  Your idea of happiness.

As a mum, listening to my son laugh and be happy. Watching him explore and discover the world.  For myself, a hot cup of tea, a tarot deck and book and spending time in nature.

3.  Your idea of misery.

Loneliness.

4.  Your favorite colors and flowers.

Purple is my favorite color and have been for as long as I can remember. All shades of it really. Flowers, anything wild and blooming, I would rather flowers be in the ground than in a vase. I do love Tulips though.

5. Your favorite poets.

Don’t really have any. I love to read, poetry is just not really something I got into. I would rather listen to song lyrics and they can be poetry.

6. Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Wonder Woman, Hermione, Princess Leia, She-Ra these are all warrior types with wisdom that take no shit.

7.  What role does divination play in your life?

It plays a huge role in my life. I work as a professional Tarot reader, I teach Tarot and I am constantly learning to listen to my own intuition every day.

8.  Your heroes/heroines in real life.

My Dad

9.  What is your present state of mind?

Contemplative

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

I have so many favorites, typical Gemini! I love the Aura-Soma tarot, the Morgan Greer Tarot and Druidcraft Tarot. But the favorites list would be about 50 long.

11.  Your favorite songs?

Everything I do I do it for you - Bryan Adams

Video - India.Arie

13.  What is your favorite word?

Love

14. What is your least favorite word?

Should

15. What sound or noise do you love?

The ocean, the forest, rain

16. What sound or noise do you hate?

Crying babies, oh man, I can’t handle it. I am always looking around when there is a baby crying. I just want to hold them.

17.  What turns you on?

Intelligence and a good sense of humour

18.  What turns you off?

Ignorance and arrogance

19.  What is your favorite curse word?

C*unt

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

You will see everyone you love again

Thanks, sweets. It's been lovely. :)

xo - Lis

Posted on May 7, 2017 .

X is for Ex #atozchallenge

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First of all, I totally failed the A to Z challenge, because it's May, but I'm no quitter, so you get three more posts to finish this off. :) 

One of the questions I receive most often from clients is, "Will he/she/they come back?"

This is kind of a gallows-humor joke among readers, because it happens SO OFTEN, and most of the time, the answer is no. It's a question that people will go from reader to reader to ask. I've had someone sit in front of me and tell me that I'm the tenth reader they've been to and all they want to know is WHEN will he come back? He left a decade ago, but the pain is so bright and vivid that it feels like yesterday.

I think I've figured this out, guys, and I'd love to hear what you think. I don't think that my clients really expect (or want) their ex back. I think that they want the person they were when they met their ex to come back. They were idealistic, happy and focused. They had a new relationship in front of them that felt like The Right Thing. They were in love and engaged. Then, things went weird, in whatever fashion. 

After the breakup, not only do they have to carry around the heartache of a broken relationship, but they've spent the last weeks, months, or years invested in a person and a relationship that's just gone. All of that time. All of that energy poured into a Maybe Life that just didn't work out. This is the Five of Cups, you guys. This is grief.

It's not just the grief of the lost partner, however shiny they might have been. This is grief about the shininess that lived in them when they first found their someone. It's hard to get back to yourself when you pull away from a partner. Separating from your Person can sometimes take bits of skin with it. 

My advice to my clients, is to be sad for a while. To lay on the couch and watch Girls and eat a lot of BabyBel cheese (that's what I do). And then when they're ready to get up, they start dating themselves. They pour that energy and love into doing what they want to do. Into taking good care of themselves. When I talk with them a while later, I find that they're the ones who came back - better than ever.

xo LIS

 

 

Posted on May 2, 2017 .

W is for wallet #atozchallenge

...yet.

...yet.

As I sit amongst the vendor tables at Reader's Studio 2017, I remind myself that I DON'T NEED another tarot deck. I really don't.

I got to hang out with Terry Iacuzzo last night, who I'm delighted to say has become a friend. She introduced her to her brother, Frank Andrews, who read for John and Yoko and has been reading for 50 years. He still uses his first deck. It's held together by cellophane tape and prayer, but he has one deck and he still reads on occasion.  I think that Terry has two decks.

I have like 75. That's bananas. I use maybe 20 of them regularly. Now, one could argue that decks are the only thing I collect, and that they're tools for my job. One could also argue that I'm a magpie and just want to die surrounded by tarot decks. Both are valid.

The point is that you don't NEED a piled of decks. It's not a competition. (IF it were, Mary K. Mothafuckin Greer wins. Trust me) Find a few decks that you trust and don't worry about spending money unnecessarily.

xoxo Lis

Posted on April 29, 2017 and filed under A to Z Blogger Challenge, Tarot.

V is for Vivid Journey Tarot #atozchallenge

Pretty!

Pretty!

I got a copy of the Vivid Journey deck from Llewellyn for review and I busted it out to play with immediately. It's a pretty good deck! Here is the review:

Artwork - The artwork is just beautiful. It's reminiscent of children's books, and it felt very comforting. I liked the bright colors and smiling faces. Nicely done.  

The Suits - This is a gentle deck - I think it would be great for parties! The Devil card is handsome. The Chariot rider has a chin dimple. It's charming. 

Representation - There are queer folks, but like one person of color, and that person was light beige. I think more attention could have been paid to representation. That was a bit disappointing.

Cardstock - Surprisingly good! I"m getting used to crappy cardstock, but this is good. It is thin, but sturdy and I don't think it will fox on the edges. It feels good. Mid to large size.  

The Book! - I haven't had time yet to read the book, but it's bigger than an LWB. 

Shufflability - Perfect. 

Should you buy this deck? Yes. It's nice, sturdy and would be a great party deck. 

xo! Lis

Posted on April 28, 2017 and filed under A to Z Blogger Challenge, Review, Tarot.

U is for Unpleasant #atozchallenge

Sometimes, life sticks Cheerios to your face and you just need to deal with it and move on

Sometimes, life sticks Cheerios to your face and you just need to deal with it and move on

I was going to write about Uusi, the company that makes the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. This is an amazing deck and you should get it and also get all of the other stuff they make.

I decided to write about Unpleasant things because of facebook. And I'm a bit cranky this morning, so here we go, kids.

There is a thing on Facebook right now - you list 9 bands you've seen and one you haven't and your friends have to guess which is the band you haven't seen. I love bands and music. I love my friends. Facebook is meant to be a fun way to interact with your friends. 

AND YET. I keep seeing people being UNPLEASANT about this. Why? What is the point of sneering at other people's fun. Don't like it? Don't engage. Don't play. Shut up and sit over there and be a cranky pants on your own time. It's not fuckin mandatory.

I could add something here about tarot readers, but I think this applies to everyone. I'mma tell you what I tell the kids.  And btw - my kids are 11 and 13 and don't whine half as much as some grown-ass people I know. I'm just sayin. You ready?

Stop talking about shit that you don't like. It's easy, nihilistic and boring. 

Talk about shit that you DO like. That stuff is magical and will light up a room.

Now, go play with your friends and stop whining so goddamned much. Aunt Lis is has had it with your ridiculous negativity. Lighten the fuck up.

xo Lis

Posted on April 27, 2017 and filed under A to Z Blogger Challenge.