Butterfly brain? Too many ideas? Here’s a quick tarot spread you can do to figure out what to focus on, what to ditch, and what to put on the back-burner for tomorrow.
Keys and moons, mountains and gateways, lizards and birds… a tarot deck is filled with intriguing images. Here are a few common symbols to help you read between the lines and find the subtler stories hidden in your cards.
“I feel lost. I have the time, but I don’t know if I have the drive anymore to put my whole self into something new. Or even where to find something new at this point. Is finding something new no longer new enough?”
Please enjoy this roundup of tarot bits and bobs on my radar right now. Mostly queer; otherwise, just good stuff you should know about.
“How can I balance or better integrate the masculine and feminine sides of myself, in a healthy way? As a genderqueer individual, I’ve been struggling in expressing these traits as I feel completely at war with myself. Lately I’ve been trying to find my strength again, but it seems to be coming out all wrong.” A tarot reading explores the process of integration.
Oracle decks are an accessible alternative to tarot. Here are some of my favourites, plus ideas for how you could use them!
“How do I leave NYC when I have all the things? Should I stay or should I go? Will I be able to rebuild a life somewhere else? If god is change, how do I keep the faith?” A tarot compass offers guidance.
If you’ve resolved to do more with your tarot cards in the new year, a daily draw is a really simple way to work with your cards on the regular. Here are some ideas to inspire you!
Let’s not wait for the New Year to take charge of our own transformations. Sometimes you just know that a turning point is upon you and it’s time to make a change.
Want to spread some tarot love this holiday season? Treat your friends (or yourself) to some handmade woo with these self-published tarot decks and handcrafted accessories!
“Aside from bringing another deck to the world, I’m excited to create a deck that illustrates a blend of mind and body outcasts. The deck originated as a ‘queer deck’ but its definitely grown since that. I want to focus on people’s cultural and subcultural backgrounds, I want to blur fundamentalist spirituality, but maintain a lot of the traditional concepts behind the images.”
Pentacles provide us with a foundation — solid ground to stand on. While this may not sound like the most glamorous thing, pentacles are truly magical. Here’s why!
If you don’t feel that tarot cards can predict the future, how do you approach the ‘outcome’ position in many tarot spreads? Here are some ideas!
Getting into tarot can be totally intimidating. Where do you start with learning the meanings of all of those cards? And how do you actually do a reading, anyway? And so forth! Here are some tips for getting started.
It’s a queer tarot guidebook and a celebration of an 80s feminist tarot deck rolled into one; a book of beautiful and radical tarot card meanings, and a conversation across generations of feminism and LGBTQ politics.
Where tarot tells us about what’s going on in our lives in this specific moment, astrology shows us patterns established the moment we were born, and that ring out throughout every day of our lives. An understanding of one necessarily enhances our understanding of the other — so here are some ways to pair ’em up.
“Barbara tells us about how she got started with tarot (pre-internet, y’all), how tarot informed her thinking about psychology and gender, and her upcoming course and retreat.”
Nope, the swords are not often gentle, or particularly kind. But those mind-related cards have plenty to teach, starting with encouragement to take an honest look at ourselves and the way our thinking is affecting our behaviour. Here are a few ways you might interpret some of the trickier swords cards so that they can provide you with genuinely useful advice…as long as you’re prepared to hear it.
Poet Leah Horlick’s book of poems For Your Own Good uses the symbolic language of the tarot as a vehicle to express some of the most traumatic experiences of her life. These poems tell the story of an abusive relationship and its aftermath, using tarot cards and tarot symbolism to do so.
Finding a tarot deck that completely sings to you can be hard. Finding one that sings to you and is queer at heart is even harder. To help with that, I made you this wee roundup of queer-friendly tarot decks on my radar.