Anyway, I got to know Courtney a bit online and then got to know her book. This is well written, interesting and seriously smacks the hell out of that stupid "Don't read tarot for yourself" bullshit that we all heard while we were coming up. It's right up there with "Don't charge for readings" and "Don't buy your first deck - it has to be a gift" (no it doesn't, that's stupid).
I like Courtney's book and I like the approach she's got with the cards. She talks about the symbolism inherent in the cards, the history a bit, and about making the cards the tools that they need to be for you. Very refreshing.
Courtney was nice enough to fill out the LFT Questionnaire for us, and her book was just released last month, I believe. Do check it out if you're looking for some great spreads, and an interesting take on the cards.
What you appreciate the most in your friends.
Perspective, grounding. Also, shared history and inside jokes. Particularly stupid ones. Those make me unreasonably happy.
Your idea of happiness.
Making magical moments for my little niece and nephew. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve been working with my sister to have them find sleighbells that Santa left for them ala The Polar Express. Their excitement and delight is just the greatest thing ever.
Also, melted brie cheese with caramelized walnuts. That makes me happy, too.
Your idea of misery.
I struggle with depression, so when the negative thoughts start getting too loud, I can make myself quite miserable without there being any concrete reason for it.
Where would you like to live?
In a house with a yard with a firepit. I’ve lived in NYC for thirteen years, so while that seems very simple to some, it’s outrageous luxury for the city.
Your favorite colors and flowers.
It used to be purple, but it’s moved to burnt orange. However, now that my little niece’s favorite color is purple, mine is becoming purple again, too.
I like wild and strange flowers. Snapdragons, day-lilies, and orange roses. I don’t like flowers to look too manicured. They’re the best when they’re a little crazy.
Your favorite poets.
Yeats and Poe and Shel Silverstein.
Your heroes/heroines in fiction.
Geez….this could take a while. As sick as it sounds, I admire the ruthless qualities of Cersei Lannister. She’s perfect archetypical villain, but when looking at what made her that way (losing her mother at a very young age and a berating, overtly controlling father, and being used as a pawn by everyone around her until she was old enough to use them back). No, I do not admire her romantic choices, but her complete resolute resolve in her choices and belief in herself when those above her underestimate her is worthy of admiration. I also admired The Bride in Kill Bill. Maybe I admire ruthless, murderous blondes? I’m not blonde, I’ve never been in even so much as a fistfight, and I’m only ruthless when it comes to my own work, so maybe there’s a bit of me that wants to channel all of that ruthlessness even further into what I do. My biggest enemy is myself—and I know that. I feel like I want to channel those characters to fight me when I’m in my own way.
What role does divination play in your life?
Quite a bit! I use the Tarot to help me navigate my choices so as to make the best decisions possible. I don’t use it for myself to foretell a future outcome as much as I use it to look at the pros and cons of situations.
Your heroes/heroines in real life.
This changes regularly. Currently, my living heroines are Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (oh, look! Another ruthless blonde…). For those longer living, Amelia Earhart, particularly as there’s now a very widely accepted theory that she lived as a castaway on an island with no fresh water source for maybe even months after her plane went down. I’ve been obsessed with learning about how she might have lived. I read interviews with archaeologists who believe she turned her make-up compact into a hunting weapon and somehow made campfires on the beach. I can’t get it out of my mind. The strength and determination of that woman…yeah. The bar is set pretty high. ☺
What is your present state of mind?
Hungry! And thankful. I’m staying with a friend while I’m on a teaching tour. I’m grateful for her hospitality, although I’m a little homesick—missing my husband. I’m also excited for teaching a new group of people tonight.
What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?
The first complete deck I ever received was from an ex-boyfriend who was trying desperately to win me back. He didn’t, but I did keep the deck. It’s the Art Nouveau by Matt Meyers and it’s no longer in print. I just love the colors. I rarely bring her out anymore except for myself or for very special folkx. ☺
Your favorite songs?
That changes, too. Right now, it’s Good King Wenceslas. We’re already deep into the holiday season and I’ve been listening to it a lot. It has the spirit of the holidays at this time of year, helping others in need. It’s neither secular nor religious, and Magickal without being too metaphysical.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What sound or noise do you love?
Bacon frying, kitties purring, my niece’s laugh, my nephew trying to play his little guitar or kazoo, my husband’s voice, the clink of the radiators when it’s cold, and the mourning doves near my grandmother’s house.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of waiters’ crumb scrapers against tablecloths, or anyone running their nails on cloth or carpet. I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard.
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
Condescending and patronizing.
What is your favorite curse word?
The Irish say “feck,” and it’s better than all of the other curse words out there.