I joined tumblr last year, I think, and immediately realized that I was 41 years old. I took my tumblr down, and then put it back up. I didn't like the format, didn't understand how to interact with people, really, and it just pissed me off in general. Just as I was wondering what the hell I was doing there, I put out a shout out for local (St. Louis!) readers and I found K. Potter. We had a little meetup thing with my current crew and Potter and a few other folks and Potter was the last man standing. They were funny and engaged and smart and totally into the cards - just like me.
I think I joined tumblr to find Potter, and then I left. (thanks, Tumblr!) (See, I capitalized it. I am aged.) They were the fifth addition to our little tarot crew (St. Louis Cardslingers *finger guns*) and then everything felt like it was in place. Potter has turned their entire tarot experience into an amazing tumblr/blog. Writing about spreads and decks and politics and the queer experience and life in general and tying everything together with some truly gorgeous handmade tarot bags/pouches.
Except for the crafty part, Potter reminds me of me, like 20 years ago. They are fascinated by the tarot, and because of this, every blog post or observation is touched with this excitement about learning more and expanding their knowledge and it's fuckin contagious, y'all. I was about ready to give up tarot two years ago, and having Theresa Reed and my local tarot crew has completely turned my enthusiasm back up.
OH AND ALSO - speaking of crafty - you know the thing kids these days are doing? This deck modification stuff? The cutting off of edges of cards and dying of same edges? Ok, the first time I saw this I was mortified. That's a DECK OF CARDS! Oh the humanity! But then I saw what Potter did to it. She gave Sarah Kate's Dreaming Way tarot a haircut, and then dyed the edges three colors that matched the deck art and also there was glitter involved. Whaaaat. It's beautiful. Potter will modify your decks for you in exchange for American dollars.
SO, Potter filled out ye olde questionnaire for us, and I've included pictures of their HANDMADE tarot bags. I have a Wonder Woman one for my Heart and Stars tarot and a red and black flannel one for my Supernatural deck. Because Potter spoils me.
Go to Potter's blog. Check out their bags. Get a reading from them. Because Potter is really, really good at this.
1. What you appreciate the most in your friends.
The opportunities to connect with them.
2. Your idea of happiness.
Spending time with someone I care about and having great conversations/activities.
3. Your idea of misery.
Being hot, sweaty, and no end in sight.
4. Where would you like to live?
In the mountains with access to a beach or river.
5. Your favorite colors and flowers.
Silver. Bright colors. Black. Lilacs & daisies.
6. Your favorite poets.
Theodore Roethke nearly top of the list, just behind Andrea Gibson.
7. Your heroes/heroines in fiction.
Finn & Rey, Captain America, Hawkeye (“aw, coffee, no”
8. What role does divination play in your life?
It’s a way I connect with people, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.
9. Your heroes/heroines in real life.
My day job supervisor is pretty kickass, and I hope to follow in her shoes.
10. What is your present state of mind?
In need of a serious caffeine jolt! It’s a pretty consistent need.
11. What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool?
At the moment, Thea’s Tarot. It really depends on the moment and the vibe, since each deck has something unique about it.
12. Your favorite songs?
Ok, so I was going to say some variation of Bon Jovi (because I love Bon Jovi), but I think I gotta say Hozier’s Work Song.
13. What is your favorite word?
14. What is your least favorite word?
15. What sound or noise do you love?
16. What sound or noise do you hate?
Sudden loud things that make me jump.
17. What turns you on?
Joy & passion & confidence.
18. What turns you off?
Paternalism & condensation.
19. What is your favorite curse word?
20. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Everyone has a different way of getting here, so welcome!”