"And from now on, I don't care if my tea leaves spell die, Ron, die — I'm just chucking them in the bin where they belong.” ― J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Edition

Harry Potter Edition

I worked in a bookstore when the Harry Potter books came out, and fell in love immediately. I re-read them every July, read the first five aloud to my kids (who said they could finish by themselves, sniffle) and am fairly versed in the Potter-verse. For the next installment of Pop Goes the Tarot - Harry Potter. OH - and because I couldn't stop, I went ahead and picked characters for the Minor Arcana, too. 

xo Lis

Harry Potter - The Fool. Whether he wanted the role or not, the Boy Who Lived fulfilled his role as the Hero. He followed the Fool's Journey until its end.

Harry Potter - The Fool. Whether he wanted the role or not, the Boy Who Lived fulfilled his role as the Hero. He followed the Fool's Journey until its end.

The Magician - Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. One of the smartest and most capable wizards in history, who always had something up his sleeves. (sometimes a lemon drop, sometimes Machiavellian tendencies)

The Magician - Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. One of the smartest and most capable wizards in history, who always had something up his sleeves. (sometimes a lemon drop, sometimes Machiavellian tendencies)

The High Priestess - Sybill Trelawney. She foresaw the coming of the chosen one who would overthrow the Dark Lord. Unfortunately, she was only correct in her Divination three times, but they were great times. Particularly when she said that Umbridge was in grave danger. *snicker*

The High Priestess - Sybill Trelawney. She foresaw the coming of the chosen one who would overthrow the Dark Lord. Unfortunately, she was only correct in her Divination three times, but they were great times. Particularly when she said that Umbridge was in grave danger. *snicker*

The Empress - Molly Weasley - The Empress is a woman who is comfortable with herself, who makes others comfortable around her. She has seven children, several bonus children, and has managed to hold on to her smile throughout hardship. She makes do, and makes things work. 

The Empress - Molly Weasley - The Empress is a woman who is comfortable with herself, who makes others comfortable around her. She has seven children, several bonus children, and has managed to hold on to her smile throughout hardship. She makes do, and makes things work. 

The Emperor - Rufus Scrimgeour. He has removed all emotion and has settled into a serious job. The Minister of Magic is a serious man, and understands that feelings can be distractions. He focuses on what he can control.

The Emperor - Rufus Scrimgeour. He has removed all emotion and has settled into a serious job. The Minister of Magic is a serious man, and understands that feelings can be distractions. He focuses on what he can control.

The Hierophant - Xenophilius Lovegood Life was easier for Luna and her father when everyone thought they were crazy. Xenophilius spent years of his life researching and studying the arcane knowledge that was pushed aside, and when our trio need an answer, he's the one they go to. 

The Hierophant - Xenophilius Lovegood Life was easier for Luna and her father when everyone thought they were crazy. Xenophilius spent years of his life researching and studying the arcane knowledge that was pushed aside, and when our trio need an answer, he's the one they go to. 

The Lovers - Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. They crash into each other so hard, it makes ripples in the world and changes it forever. 

The Lovers - Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. They crash into each other so hard, it makes ripples in the world and changes it forever. 

The Chariot - Madam Rolanda Hooch - The referee for the Quidditch matches and the flying instructor for the students. "Well, what are you waiting for?

The Chariot - Madam Rolanda Hooch - The referee for the Quidditch matches and the flying instructor for the students. "Well, what are you waiting for?

Strength - Ginny Weasley. The only girl among six brothers, there is nothing soft about Ginny Weasley. She is tough, she is a feminist, and she lends her strength to her friends. She's a lot like her mother.

Strength - Ginny Weasley. The only girl among six brothers, there is nothing soft about Ginny Weasley. She is tough, she is a feminist, and she lends her strength to her friends. She's a lot like her mother.

Hermit - Severus Snape - Whether he's a sinner or a saint, or just a broken hearted fool who believed in the wrong people, there isn't a lonelier character than Severus. He keeps his head down and does what he needs to do.  Alone.

Hermit - Severus Snape - Whether he's a sinner or a saint, or just a broken hearted fool who believed in the wrong people, there isn't a lonelier character than Severus. He keeps his head down and does what he needs to do.  Alone.

The Wheel of Fortune - Potions Class - Are you going to blow yourself up (Seamus) or create liquid luck? Hard to say, but it's a fair bet that Seamus is always going to blow himself up.

The Wheel of Fortune - Potions Class - Are you going to blow yourself up (Seamus) or create liquid luck? Hard to say, but it's a fair bet that Seamus is always going to blow himself up.

Justice - Hermione Granger - from making the boys finish their own homework, to becoming an activist for House Elf Rights, Hermione has a bead on what is fair, and what is not, and makes Justice her life's work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where she continued looking out for the little guy.

Justice - Hermione Granger - from making the boys finish their own homework, to becoming an activist for House Elf Rights, Hermione has a bead on what is fair, and what is not, and makes Justice her life's work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where she continued looking out for the little guy.

The Hanged Man - Cedric Diggory - The golden boy was sacrificed so that no one could ignore the return of the Dark Lord. He became a martry and a rallying point for Dumbledore's Army.

The Hanged Man - Cedric Diggory - The golden boy was sacrificed so that no one could ignore the return of the Dark Lord. He became a martry and a rallying point for Dumbledore's Army.

Death - Sirius Black - For most of his life, Sirius was an agent for change. His friendships changed his life, his alliances changed history, and his release from prison shifted everything once again. His death changed Harry back to who he was before - alone and without a real family.

Death - Sirius Black - For most of his life, Sirius was an agent for change. His friendships changed his life, his alliances changed history, and his release from prison shifted everything once again. His death changed Harry back to who he was before - alone and without a real family.

Temperance - Minerva McGonagall - She is unerringly fair, strict and rule abiding. Except when it's time to break the rules. If you're going to have someone on your side, make it McGonagall.

Temperance - Minerva McGonagall - She is unerringly fair, strict and rule abiding. Except when it's time to break the rules. If you're going to have someone on your side, make it McGonagall.

The Devil - Dolores Jane Umbridge - She is the Devil because she has no outside forces influencing her to be cruel. She is cruel because she is. She is so convinced of her right-ness that she will torment and torture others to get them on her side. She is the Devil in a pink, fluffy cardigan.

The Devil - Dolores Jane Umbridge - She is the Devil because she has no outside forces influencing her to be cruel. She is cruel because she is. She is so convinced of her right-ness that she will torment and torture others to get them on her side. She is the Devil in a pink, fluffy cardigan.

The Tower - Cornelius Fudge - You can only hold your hands against the Tower and deny that it's falling for so long. You will walk away with bloodied hands caused by ignorance. 

The Tower - Cornelius Fudge - You can only hold your hands against the Tower and deny that it's falling for so long. You will walk away with bloodied hands caused by ignorance. 

The Star - Rubeus Hagrid - He is a true friend, and a soft place to land. He is loyal and kind and gentle, and he shines brightly for his tribe.

The Star - Rubeus Hagrid - He is a true friend, and a soft place to land. He is loyal and kind and gentle, and he shines brightly for his tribe.

The Moon - Tom Riddle - Raised in fear, he grows his power in fear, and then rules by fear.  And its fear that takes him at the end.

The Moon - Tom Riddle - Raised in fear, he grows his power in fear, and then rules by fear.  And its fear that takes him at the end.

The Sun - Ron Weasley - Even when his faith is shaken, it's the love of his friends that brings him back to them. He always has Harry's back (even when they're not speaking) and he always sees the silver lining. (Unless there are spiders)

The Sun - Ron Weasley - Even when his faith is shaken, it's the love of his friends that brings him back to them. He always has Harry's back (even when they're not speaking) and he always sees the silver lining. (Unless there are spiders)

Judgement - Arthur Weasley. He manages to raise a family, keep his head down and become accomplished at work, fight in the Order of the Phoenix, look after Harry like a father, and still maintain joy. His unerring view of the people around him - their strengths, their weaknesses - makes him clear headed and reliable.

Judgement - Arthur Weasley. He manages to raise a family, keep his head down and become accomplished at work, fight in the Order of the Phoenix, look after Harry like a father, and still maintain joy. His unerring view of the people around him - their strengths, their weaknesses - makes him clear headed and reliable.

The World - Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - One of the quietest characters in the series (except when her soldiers fight for her) Hogwarts becomes a stronghold for all things good. It's the place that children become adults, and wizards choose their alliances. For some, it's the first home they've ever known. Still waiting for my letter, Ms. Rowling.

The World - Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - One of the quietest characters in the series (except when her soldiers fight for her) Hogwarts becomes a stronghold for all things good. It's the place that children become adults, and wizards choose their alliances. For some, it's the first home they've ever known. Still waiting for my letter, Ms. Rowling.

I chose a character for each of the Minor Arcana as well. I do have a reason for each of these, and will go back to add them as time allows.

Ace of Swords    Rowena Ravenclaw
Two of Swords    Luna Lovegood
Three of Swords    Cho Chang
Four of Swords    Poppy Pomfrey
Five of Swords    Lucius Malfoy
Six of Swords    Aberforth Dumbledore
Seven of Swords    Draco Malfoy
Eight of Swords    Narcissa Malfoy
Nine of Swords    Frank and Alice Longbottom
Ten of Swords    Moaning Myrtle
Page of Swords    Neville Longbottom
Knight of Swords    Bellatrix Lestrange
Queen of Swords    Augusta Longbottom
King of Swords    Alastor (Mad Eye) Moody


Ace of Pentacles    Godric Gryffindor
Two of Pentacles    Helena Ravenclaw
Three of Pentacles    Dobby the House Elf
Four of Pentacles    Griphook
Five of Pentacles    Peter Pettigrew
Six of Pentacles    Horace Slughorn
Seven of Pentacles    Fred and George Weasley
Eight of Pentacles    Percy Weasley
Nine of Pentacles    Olympe Maxime
Ten of Pentacles    Pomona Sprout
Page of Pentacles    Hedwig
Knight of Pentacles    Lee Jordan
Queen of Pentacles    Arabella Figg
King of Pentacles    Dean Thomas


Ace of Wands    Salazar Slytherin
Two of Wands    Amelia Bones
Three of Wands    The Three Broomsticks pub
Four of Wands    The Great Hall
Five of Wands    Peeves
Six of Wands    Angelina Johnson
Seven of Wands    Firenze
Eight of Wands    Argus Filch
Nine of Wands    Colin Creevey
Ten of Wands    Kreacher the House Elf
Page of Wands    Gellert Grindlewald
Knight of Wands    Dudley Dursley
Queen of Wands    Fawkes
King of Wands    Garrick Ollivander



Ace of Cups    Helga Hufflepuff
Two of Cups    James and Lily Potter
Three of Cups    Antioch, Cadmus and Ignotus Peverell
Four of Cups    Petunia Dursley
Five of Cups    Helena Ravenclaw
Six of Cups    Ariana Dumbledore
Seven of Cups    Gilderoy Lockhart
Eight of Cups    The Pensieve
Nine of Cups    Fleur Delacour
Ten of Cups    The Sorting Hat
Page of Cups    Seamus Finnigan
Knight of Cups    Nearly Headless Nick
Queen of Cups    Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank
King of Cups    Filius Flitwick

You are destined to thrive! -Shaheen Miro

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I received the Lunar Nomad Oracle from Weiser Books, and for a second, had a bit of a hissy. I don't historically like oracle decks, and I can't read Lenormand (yet) and this deck is a bit of both (Lenoracle?) What I didn't expect, though, was the instant connection I felt with the deck. The artwork is beautiful and the size of the cards make it necessary to be deliberate while handling them. I had a reading one night and was at a friend's house. I realized that I'd left without a tarot deck, and used this instead. The reading was spot on, and the client really connected with the art. Well done, Shaheen. 

You can find the deck here, the artist, Shaheen Miro here, and more about Shaheen below.

xo!

Lis

LFT Questionnaire

1.  What you appreciate the most in your friends.

I appreciate the diversity of my friend circle. People inspire me, and when you get to know people on an intimate level… their dark and light, it really changes how you see the world. The support, love and commitment that my friends and I share with one another is powerful. We create space for each other to support our healing, empowerment and magic in the world.

2.  Your idea of happiness.

Happiness is an internal state. For me it feels like freedom to express and create. When I have the space within myself to be unapologetic about who I am and what I feel… I am happy. And, I try to provide that same space for other people. My personal practice is centered on magical living and cultivating a positive and empowering way of life through my thoughts and actions.

3.  Your idea of misery.

Blah! I don’t like the idea of misery. Misery to me is being told what to do, being caged into someone else’s truth.

4.  Where would you like to live?

I am a nomad. So I want to be everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. If I am being practical, I am happy where I am. But I am always longing to see something new.

5.  Your favorite colors and flowers.

I have a love of clothing and a background in Fashion… so colors reflect mood. But maroon and black are my top favorites… the essentials. Peonies are my favorite flower. They make me think of home.

6.  Your favorite poets.

My favorite poet is Stevie Nicks! If you don’t see her music as poetry… then you haven’t listened to the words. If you allow yourself to step into her little world you’ll be changed.

7.  Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

The Aunts from Practical Magic! Talk about living their truth! I intend to be that free someday.

8.  What role does divination play in your life?

Divination is a way of life. The world is filled with infinite opportunities to connect with the divine. As a practice, it is a way to hear my inner voice, connect with my deep wisdom and find purpose and clarity. I use divination as a type of path working to align my energies and manifest my intentions. When I work with clients I see it as an act of creative collaboration where they get to hear, witness and connect with their inner voice and take ownership of their personal journey.

9.  Your heroes/heroines in real life.

My real life heroines would be the women in my life. I’ve been blessed with so many powerful women sharing their gifts and stories with me. My mother would be the on that stands out the most. She is the bravest person I know. She’s experienced so much loss and heartache, and yet she has a heart of gold and would do anything for someone in need. She has always allowed me to be exactly who I am, and that is a priceless gift.

10.  What is your present state of mind?

My mind is a wild place! Right now I am contemplating how to bring magic to the world… how to take it to the streets where people can really use it. Everyday I am dreaming on how to be empowered and how to empower others.

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

Do I have to pick! The first deck I choose for myself was the Zerner-Farber Tarot and even now I find it profound. The artwork is stunning and I’ve always felt like it shaped me in some strange way from my own work as an artist and my experience in fashion design. The Playing Card Oracles by Ana Cortez is another deck that feels like part of my soul. And, of course, The Lunar Nomad Oracle because it has a piece of my soul in every image and it taught me so much about exploring my own Lunar side.

12.  Your favorite songs?

Music is a big influence for me. But I would say my favorite song is Blue Lamp by Stevie Nicks. It’s a song about loss of innocence and finding power and purpose in the world. Learning to trust yourself. Woven into her raspy vocals is a tinge of vulnerability that we have all felt at some point in our lives.

13.  What is your favorite word?

Ooh… I would say MAGIC. That has to be my favorite word.

14.  What is your least favorite word?

I don’t think I have a least favorite word.

15.  What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of my cat purring is one of the most healing sounds I’ve ever experienced.

16.  What sound or noise do you hate?

My alarm going off in the morning! I’m not a morning person.

17.  What turns you on?

I am turned on by creativity, dreaming and images. Anytime I get to see something come to life in the “real” world I get lit up!

18.  What turns you off?

Rules! My Aquarian spirit hates rules and being told what to do.

19.  What is your favorite curse word?

I love them all! But Badass has been a good mantra and movement lately.

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

Haha… I hope God is a woman and the gates look more like disco-balls. I’d be satisfied with a simple… “Welcome back!”

Shaheen Miro

Intuitive Reader. Energy Worker. Artist. 

Author of The Lunar Nomad Oracle

www.ShaheenMiroInsights.com

Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind, /Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between. ― Neil Gaiman

Llewellyn sent me this awesome deck. Thank you!

Llewellyn sent me this awesome deck. Thank you!

First of all, I didn't expect to like this deck. From looking at pics on the internet, it seemed like a high fantasy kind of deck, with bosomy women and strapping men. Barf. What it is, upon closer inspection, is just lovely. There is some bosom, true, but it's not like those books that annoyed me so much. We see women in positions of strength and men who are gentle. I fucking love it.

There are queer folks and people of color (and queer people of color). Old folks and young. I really enjoyed how happy some of the characters looked. It was so refreshing to see big grins on faces, and people acting silly in the tarot. 

The cardstock is thin. I'm kind of disappointed, as I won't be able to use it as long as I'd like. It does shuffle well, but still.

I would still, absolutely, recommend this deck. It's a joy to read.

xo Lis

"And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.” - Kurt Vonnegut

The 9 of Cups from the deck-in-progress by the amazing Cate Anevski!

The 9 of Cups from the deck-in-progress by the amazing Cate Anevski!

I was talking to my amazing friend, Kristen, last week. It was her birthday. (Happy birthday!) We started talking about what you do when your dreams and wishes come come true. 

We all know what it's like before that moment. I'll use my first book as an example. I've wanted to be an author since I was 6 years old. I was discouraged because it wasn't a secure and steady job, so I didn't pursue it in earnest until I was 40.

I know what disappointment in regard to dreams is like - it got turned down twice before it was accepted (and I rewrote half of it)

I know what it is to have that moment when the wish comes true. Barbara Moore called me as I was driving home from work and I started crying and had to pull over. I then called my husband and cried all over him. Then we got sushi to celebrate.

After that, though? What is it to have a dream come true? 

When the book happened, I didn't expect the time that it would take. The manuscript was accepted, it sat quiet for a few months, it got a release date, then I got a huge batch of edits and a definite release date. So it went from start, to pause, to fast forward, to stop. It was bananas. Then the book came out, and I'd lived in each stage of its creation for so long, that every stage felt like the New Normal. I was stressed over my book. I was working on my book. My book vanished. My book reappeared. I worried about my book, then it was complete. 

SO - I got my wish. I'm an author. What has changed in my life? 

  1.  I find I am marginally famous. I joke that I'm on the sidewalk of famous street. This doesn't mean that I'm rolling in money and got to quit my day job. I wrote a successful book in a niche market for a niche group. That's not retirement fodder. What it means is that I walked into a tarot conference and heard someone say "Omg that's Little Fox" in the same way that I'd reacted when I saw Rachel Pollack and Mary Greer. OMG! That was weird, flattering, unsettling and had me wishing that I had checked my teeth for food. It means that I get lovely emails thanking me for the book, and emails from dudes who try to mansplain tarot readings to me. I had one creepy stalker fellow who said he knew my exact address. I have had new opportunities, more confidence and certainty that I can keep doing this. I can write. That's the biggest thing. 
  2. I am so grateful. I mean, I am SO grateful. I found out that Kitchen Table Tarot had gone into a fourth printing and immediately lit a candle in my altar and said a prayer of gratitude. I am so grateful that I got to do the thing. That my thoughts didn't remain a blog. That my husband took care of our house so I could write. That my friend, Sarah Kate, let me use her house as a writer's retreat and made me food. That I had the privilege and opportunity to write. I am so grateful. Thank you. More please.
  3. I am so confident. I touched on this in #1, but it's probably the biggest shift since this dream came true. I stood at the Llewellyn booth at the American Library Association conference, and signed books. The line wrapped around the corner and we ran out of books and had to hand out signed bookmarks. That's not nothin'. I was on the same floor as Maggie Stiefvater (who is one of my heroes) and I felt like I belonged there. That was amazing. And I'm learning to OWN my confidence. Women in this country are so beaten down in regards to self-confidence. Don't be loud, don't be proud, be nice, use your manners, don't boast. Honestly? Fuck that. I worked really hard for my dream. I worked 40 hours a week and did readings on evenings and weekends, and when I wasn't doing that or raising my kids, I was writing. I wrote until 3am. Some nights I wrote all night. I learned how to promote myself on social media - still learning - but I'm making things happen with my dream. I'm active. I'm not sitting on it. I've already finished my second book and am working on two tarot decks and another book. The dream come true isn't finished yet.
  4. The Fraud Police - these guys live in my head, and come out every time I start getting any amount of confidence in myself and my skills. They say things like, "It was a fluke", "They're just being nice", "Your book sucks", "I can't believe you think you'll do another reading".  They used to come out EVERY time I did a reading and said that I was going to fail, and my client would jump up and point at me, "J'ACCUSE!". It was always in french. Now? They're still around. I just ignore them. It's honestly that easy. It might take me a day or so to ignore them - those voices use my voice, you know - but I ignore them. The Fraud police are manifestations of every single time I've been underestimated in my life. They're every time I've heard no, or been shot down. They show up, I ignore them, and they get weaker over time.

We all know what it is to have 'a dream deferred'. We all have lost a thing, but what is it to accomplish, to own, to enjoy?

The four steps as I see them are these.

  1. Realign your perspective. Each new thing that we add to us shifts our viewpoint on everything - everything. I constantly ask my friends if this book is turning me into an asshole, and they said they'll let me know. I have a very clear idea of what this writing thing means for my family and for me, and that's because I have figured out who I am NOW.
  2. Gratitude - throw that stuff around like confetti. I answer every email and letter that I get. Every one that isn't bananas, that is. (safety first) I make space for people to ask questions and stay available to people who have found the book. I say thank you every day. The three steps of gratitude according to Limitless Megan? Thank you. I am grateful. More please. :)
  3. Own your success.  Own it. Wear it. Swim around in it til your fingers get all pruney. Don't let anyone - ANYONE - dim this for you. You need to shine. You also REALLY need at least three people that you trust to tell you when you're being an asshole. It's important.
  4. Tell the Fraud Police to suck it and do your work anyway. 

So, what happens when dreams come true? Magic. 

And the Nine of Cups.

xo Lis

 

where there is a woman, there is magic. - Ntosake Shange

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I first met Heatherleigh Navarro at one of my first tarot conferences - I believe it was NWTS. I'd heard of her, of course, from mutual friends and friends who had been to her shop, The Boston Tea Room in Ferndale, MI. What I didn't hear about was her Presence. Good god, this woman has gravitas. Sparkly eyes, quick wit and a great smile. The NEXT time I met her, I asked if she could give me some business advice, and boy, did she. I felt like it was the conversational equivalent of being smacked in the back of the head - in a good way.

I'm lucky enough to call Heatherleigh a friend now (this job has perks, guys) and you can learn more about this amazing woman below. 

xo! Lis

LFT Questionnaire 

What you appreciate the most in your friends.

Their patience with me and their love for me in spite of my many faults, and my often terrible friendship skills. 

Your idea of happiness.

International travel.

Your idea of misery.

Not having a passport.

Your favorite colors and flowers.

Black, Turquoise, Blue-lavender, pale pink. Daisies, peonies, star-gazer lilies.

Your favorite poets.

Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange

Your heroes/heroines in fiction.

Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

What role does divination play in your life?

It is my livelihood, my life-blood, my constant companion, and has been ingrained in my way of being since childhood. 

Your heroes/heroines in real life.

Wangari Matthai, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Meade (so much Margaret Meade!!!), Rachel Carson, Maxine Waters, Malala Yousef, Georgia O'Keefe, Judy Chicago, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Taylor, omg, soooooooo many women!

What is your present state of mind?

Pretty good, thanks for asking! :)  (Of  course, I adore you- Lis.)

What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?

The contents of my kitchen junk drawer, Marseille Tarot

Your favorite songs?

I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl, by Nina Simone, Different Drum, by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies

What is your favorite word?

Freedom

What is your least favorite word?

Rape

What sound or noise do you love?

The riffling of a deck being shuffled. Chopin on the piano.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Clanging metal

What turns you on?

Intelligence combined with humility

What turns you off?

the patriarchy

What is your favorite curse word?

ohferrchrissakes

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

She doesn't need to say a thing, just greet me with an embrace.


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If you give up, that’s the end of the game - Coach Anza

I got the Mystical Manga tarot from LLewellyn. Thanks, guys!

I got the Mystical Manga tarot from LLewellyn. Thanks, guys!

I am not a fan of manga, but I have kiddos who are, so I knew this was a thing. I didn't expect it to be so loyal to the RWS cards. It's a colorful, fantastical version of the RWS and it's just lovely.

The artwork is eye catching and truly beautiful. I was surprised to see only one person of color in the whole deck, and (I might be mistaken) the rest of the characters were white. 

The cardstock is thin, which is good for quick shuffling, but you have to be careful not to tear them. The book that comes with the Mystical Manga was written by the amazing Barbara Moore, and is, of course, amazing and thorough. 

My deck was been claimed by a teenager already, but I'm glad I got to play with it for a while. 

xo Lis

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

Leeza sent me this book because she's my friend and I would still give it 5 stars if she weren't.

Leeza sent me this book because she's my friend and I would still give it 5 stars if she weren't.

Tarot Court Cards For Beginners taught this reader some new tricks. I learned tarot mostly by intuition and inferring knowledge from the cards. So, I never really took time to look up the history of the cards. I LOVED this book and learned so much about those damned court cards.

When I first learned, i was convinced that the card I chose had to align with a person. Just like the books said - there was a dark haired man in the future. Even if there really wasn't. I had to give myself permission to stray away from these absolutes and it took forever. 

My favorite part of this book (besides the conversational tone that Leeza writes with) is the breakdown of the different ways you can apply the cards. "As a person", "As an archetypal influence", "As a spiritual influence", and "As a messenger". For someone just starting out, knowing HOW to use the cards in different types of readings is priceless. I love this book, and I wish I'd had it 29 years ago.

I received this book from Weiser Books. Thanks, guys!

I received this book from Weiser Books. Thanks, guys!

I've been interested in learning about Santa Muerte for a long time. I've always been fascinated with different aspects of the goddess and with Mary. Also, my husband is Mexican, and I love learning about his heritage.  Also, it's cool.

This is a well written, easy to follow book that delves into the history of Santa Muerte, different communities perspectives of her, and how to honor her. I loved folk magic and the intertwining of religion and spirit that happens sometimes. Usually when white people shove their religions on indigenous folks, but that's none of my business. (sips tea)

Rollin teaches about each aspect of Santa Muerte, what their favorite offerings are, and rituals and prayers specific to each. 

Although I don't pray to Santa Muerte, I appreciate the beauty and badassery of this lady, and so enjoyed getting to know her better. 

xo Lis

Shiny! Let's be bad guys - Pop Goes the Tarot - Firefly Edition

Wherein Melissa matches Firefly characters with the Major Arcana.

Wherein Melissa matches Firefly characters with the Major Arcana.

My web and graphics designer, Jake, LOVES Firefly, and I love Firefly AND Jake, so this is for both of us. (but mostly Jake)

The Fool - Jayne Cobb

The Fool - Jayne Cobb

"Time for some thrilling heroics" Our Jane is as likely to jump to the aid of his Serenity crew, as he is to jump to the other team. He *seems* to have good intent....most of the time.

The Magician - Malcolm Reynolds

The Magician - Malcolm Reynolds

"Fully loaded, safety off. This here is a recipe for unpleasantness, does she understand that?" The Magician lives his life fully loaded, safety off. He has studied and practiced and been through it so that he can walk with confidence. And swagger. And a pretty floral bonnet.

The High Priestess - River Tam

The High Priestess - River Tam

"Two by two, hands of blue…" Like River, the High Priestess carries within her the gift and curse of Seeing. It can be a terrible burden, and it can save the world. 

The Empress - Inara Serra

The Empress - Inara Serra

"I wanted to see the Universe." The Empress is wholly present in the skin she's in. She's composed in difficult circumstances, and can help you forget your troubles for a while.

The Emperor - Sheriff Bourne

The Emperor - Sheriff Bourne

"You were truthful back in town. These are tough times. A man can get a job. He might not look too close at what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours... well... then he has a choice."

The Hierophant - Dr. Caron

The Hierophant - Dr. Caron

"These are just a few of the images we've recorded." The Hierophant holds the key to the Truth. It is a heavy responsiblity to carry Truth around with you.

The Lovers - Saffron/Yolanda/Bridget/Mrs. Malcolm

The Lovers - Saffron/Yolanda/Bridget/Mrs. Malcolm

"Everybody plays each other. That's all anybody ever does. We play parts." The white hot intensity of the Lovers cards has to have a back up plan or it goes up in flames. Saffron is intense, all right. 

The Chariot - Hoban Washburne

The Chariot - Hoban Washburne

“I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.” Sorry *sniff* it's still too hard to talk about. 

Strength - Zoe Washburne

Strength - Zoe Washburne

"What does that make us?" "Big damn heroes, sir." Zoe is Malcolm's right hand. She supports him, protects him, and slaps him in the back of the head when he's being an idiot.  

The Hermit - Shepherd Derrial Book

The Hermit - Shepherd Derrial Book

"I am a shepherd". But what does a shepherd do when he walks away from his flock? He dives deep within and rediscovers himself. And usually finds himself surrounded by a whole new flock when he lifts his head and looks around.

The Wheel of Fortune - Simon Tam

The Wheel of Fortune - Simon Tam

"This is my sister." Simon covers the whole of the Wheel of Fortune in a matter of days. Doctor and bon vivant to fugitive. Enemy of the state to beloved brother. 

Justice - Patience

Justice - Patience

Zoë: Sir, we don't wanna deal with Patience again.

Mal: Why not?

Zoë: She shot you.

Mal: Well, yeah. She did a bit. Still...

The Hanged Man - Gabriel and Regan Tam

The Hanged Man - Gabriel and Regan Tam

What if you just did nothing? Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

Death - Dr. Mathias

Death - Dr. Mathias

"I wonder if..." Death doesn't consider situations and people when it sweeps by you. It has its own agenda and doesn't care how you feel about it.

Temperance - Serenity

Temperance - Serenity

"You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds."  A place to find your balance.

The Devil - Dr. Niska

The Devil - Dr. Niska

"You know what is reputation? Is people talking, is gossip. I also have reputation; not so pleasant, I think you know." You know the Devil when you see him.

The Tower - Atherton Wing

The Tower - Atherton Wing

Atherton Wing : Well, get ready to starve. I'll see to it you never work again.

Inara : Actually, that's not how it works. You see, you've earned yourself a black mark in the client registry. No companion is going to contract with you ever again.

You know that thing when you think you're in control and then the world crumbles under your feet? And you get stabbed a few times?

The Star -Fess Higgins

The Star -Fess Higgins

Gentle Fess got where he needed to be without becoming his father.

"You wanted to make a man out of me, Dad. I guess it worked."

The Moon - Badger

The Moon - Badger

"You're talkin' loud enough for the both of us, though, ain't ya? I've met a dozen like you. Skipped off-home early. Minor graft jobs here and there. Spent some time in the lockdown, but less than you claim. And you're, what, a petty thief with delusions standing? Sad little king of a sad little hill." Badger is ruled by fear.

The Sun - Kaylee Frye

The Sun - Kaylee Frye

"Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.

Judgment - The Operative

Judgment - The Operative

"I don’t think of myself as a lion. You might as well though. I have a mighty roar."

The World - Mr. Universe

The World - Mr. Universe

"Can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere."

I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know which fandom I should tackle next!

Also, all pictures were shamelessly lifted from the internet. I don't hold the copywrite for any of them. 

“When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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I received the Venetian Tarot from Eugene Vinitski, the artist behind this beautiful deck. It isn't often that I'm surprised by tarot. I've seen hundreds of decks, and it's been a while since i've been completely delighted by every facet of a new deck. 

The cardstock is an absolute dream. Its gold embossed on the sides and the paper FEELS good in your hands. It's thicker, so it makes shuffling more deliberate, which I like.

The artwork is astoundingly beautiful. It's based on 16th-18th century Venetian dress and the characters are wearing Carnival masks. Based on the RWS deck, the deck aligns well with the meanings of the traditional tarot, with the detailing of the dress and position of the characters echoing the base meaning of the cards. It has an extra layer - almost like stage craft - presentation of the characters we know and love. The symbols of the suits are at the bottom of the card, tucked under a curtain. 

I've found that this aspect forces you to look at the entirety of the card - not just seeing it and recognizing, "Oh, that's the Five of Cups". You look at the details and pull them into your ready.

In looking through the deck, I see only white faces beneath those masks. Considering the period they're taken from, this is not a surprise, but I am always hopeful.

This deck is truly a work of art, and it's a pleasure to read with. I'm going to stop talking about it and share as many pictures as I dare. I hope you love it as much as I.

Thanks, Eugene, for my new favorite deck.

xo Lis

Book Reviews! Arwen and Rumi!

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Arwen Lynch is an author, the editor of the Cartomancer, and an amazing tarot reader. She's also my buddy, which makes me just light up. Arwen wrote a book called Mapping the Hero's Journey with Tarot: 33 Days to finish your book. It's a wonderful resource based on the Hero's Journey as laid out by big daddy Joseph Campbell. With this book, Arwen teaches us how to use tarot cards to develop characters, plot points and storylines. I used it while writing my new book, and it's such a lovely new way to use my cards! 

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Rumi's Little Book of Love and Laughter is full of Rumi's short stories and fables. I love little collections like this to use as a reference when I need a pick me up, or to do a little bibliomancy. You grab a book, ask what you need to hear, and flip to a random page. Here is the wisdom I found today, 

Awe is the salve that will heal our eyes.

Beautiful.

I hope you take time to pick up these lovely books. Thanks to Red Wheel/Weiser and Arwen for the new friends.

xoxo! 

Lis