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Tarot Videos – Tarot Mentorship and Unboxing Videos

As many of you know I have had family visiting from Australia over the last couple of weeks and that has been AMAZING but it has taken me away from updating the site.

This weeks Tarot Cafe video on Youtube is all about Tarot Mentorships and if they are the right thing for you and what they are about.

My mentorship program is available through the Tarot Readers Academy – Tarot Apprentice Course – Certification level. 

 

I also unboxed THREE new decks which you can watch me do here. There are some first impressions of the decks with full reviews to come later.

I still have a precious week left with my Father and my Step Mother! Which is amazing. I have really enjoyed showing them around Vancouver, British Columbia and the Rockies.

I hope you are all loving your Thursday.

Blessings

Ethony*

Litha Tarot Blog Hop – The Moon in the Tarot and Lenormand Systems

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Welcome to the Litha Tarot Blog Hop for 2015. We are over halfway through the Wheel of the Year — it’s going by so quickly!

For this season’s theme, we were asked to choose a Tarot card from the Major Arcana and write about it in any way we wanted in order to express our thoughts, feelings, interpretations, and so on of the card.

The Moon Aquatic TarotI chose The Moon and I wanted to do a comparison focused on the differences between The Moon in the Tarot and the Moon card in the Lenormand Oracle System.

As a Lenormand Oracle creator who has been reading the Tarot for the last 16 years, one of the things that I find really interesting is the huge differences in the cards. There are some Lenormand Oracle cards with the same names as some Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. The Sun, The Moon and The Tower all make appearances in both the Tarot and in the Lenormand Oracle system. But, their names are where any similarities end. As a result, there is a need for a little rewiring for Tarot readers who wish to explore the Lenormand Oracle system. The rewiring is well worth it, however — I freaking ADORE using the Lenormand cards to compliment my Tarot readings. I think you will too.

Please read on for my comparison of the Moon cards in the Tarot and the Lenormand Oracle

The Structure and Status of The Card

The Tarot — The Moon in the Tarot is one of the Major Arcana cards which holds great significance when it appears in a Tarot reading. The Moon has a proper title and is specifically placed in order in the Major Arcana sequence with the number 18. The Moon also has a position on the Tree of Life, the pathway connecting Netzach to Malkuth. The Moon also is the Zodiac Sign of Pisces.

The Lenormand — In the Lenormand Oracle system, each card carries the same importance or weight in a reading. The Moon in the Lenormand system also doesn’t have a proper title — it is just the Moon card, meaning that it has less of an identity than the Moon of the Tarot deck. The Moon card is the 32nd card in the Lenormand deck and is the 8 of Hearts in playing cards.

Meaning of the Moon

The Tarot — The Moon card in the Tarot is linked to intuition, dreams, the unconscious, illusions, and shadow work. It may also represent fear or anxiety, false appearances, and general feelings of uncertainty. The Moon has an ever changing light so it does not  illuminate everything, thus the landscape may seem to be constantly changing. I feel that The Moon in the Tarot is a card indicating that you are not sure of your footing or the next step in your life or journey. The Moon also represents feels of watching the shadows and the tricks of the mind due to the blue light of The Moon.

The Lenormand — In the Lenormand system, the Moon represents emotions, especially feelings of moodiness, creativity, and romance. It also may represent intuition, recognition, fame and the arts. The Moon is the card of the evening.

Imagery of the Card

The Imagery of any Tarot or Oracle deck is completely up to the creator. Here I have shown to paintings that I have created for both the Moon Card in the Tarot and for my Prince Lenormand Oracle deck.

The Moon by EthonyThe Tarot

The Tarot is rich with symbols and this is one of the details that makes this system so magical. When we delve into a card, we are often triggered by symbols on or in that card.

In The Rider-Waite Smith deck and some of the replicas or RWS-inspired decks, we often find all or some of these symbols:

  • A crayfish — The crayfish is linked to the depths of our subconscious and the allusiveness of it.
  • Two pillars — The pillars stand for the two outside pillars on the Tree of Life: The Pillar of Mercy and the Pillar of Severity.
  • An Eclipse — The eclipse brings together our conscious and subconscious minds to reach inner knowledge.
  • A Dog and/or a Wolf — The Dog is domestic while the Wolf is wild. These are examples of our nature and of our minds.

The Moon Painting by Ethony

The Lenormand Oracle

  • The Moon Lenormand EthonyThe Moon — The moon in the Lenormand Oracle is usually represented as a Full Moon.
  • Simple backdrop — A simple backdrop is usually used in order to focus attention on the main symbol

The Moon Card from The Prince Lenormand Oracle

Most Lenormand Oracle decks are simpler and more straight forward than the Moon, whereas with the Tarot there are many more symbols and details on the card.

I could easily explore just one Tarot Card all day! The Tarot is amazingly rich with many layers — it’s so easy to get lost in the world of the Tarot. The Lenormand Oracle system may seem simple when you scratch the surface, but it is equally as complex as the Tarot. I love the Lenormand because it is different while being enchanting and sassy.

Thank you to our host for this blog hop, Alison Cross.

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Litha Tarot Spread

Happy Midsummer to my lovely Tarot Tribe in the Northern Hemisphere and blessed Yule to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere!

I am making my way around the Wheel of the Year with my Tarot Spread creations. I love creating and using these. And, it has been amazing to see people tag me in their readings and share their experiences as well. It is really the best feeling.

Here is my offering for Litha. Enjoy!

The Yule Tarot Spread can be found HERE.

Midsummer is when the literal sun and the Sun Gods of mythology are at their peak power. It is the longest day of the year, and from this day forward the light will slowly fade as will the Sun God’s power. As a result, there are many beautiful practices around the world linked to this day.

Maybe it is the connection to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream or that I am slightly faerie obsessed, but I love the faerie magic that is around at this time of year. As a result, I have incorporated that into the Litha Tarot Spread.

Litha falls on the 21st of June this year, and I have made the Litha Tarot Spread available a couple of days early so that you may be prepared ahead of time. Please feel free to share Litha with others who may be interested or consider incorporating it into your Sabbat rituals.

If you are seeking a ritual or meditation for your personal or group celebration, check out The Craft Meditation and Ritual series.

On to the Litha Tarot Spread . . .

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The Litha Tarot Spread focuses on these five areas:

  1. Self — A snapshot of where you are right now and the energies around you.
  2. Power — What is powerful for you right now and how to utilize it’s maximum potential.
  3. Strength — What is deep within your well of inner strength and guidance on where to focus to your energies right now.
  4. Abundant — What is right in front of you and ready for the taking?
  5. Faerie Blessing — What are you being blessed with at this time? What gifts are you being asked to acknowledge in your life?

As always, please comment! I adore seeing your Tarot readings with my Spreads and learning more about how they have impacted your life. If you are not a Tarot Reader yourself but would like a Litha Tarot reading, please click HERE to be taken to my Wheel of the Year Tarot reading. No matter where you are in the world, this reading will be aligned with the season of the Wheel of the Year.

Tarot Deck Exploration – Heart of Stars Tarot

Title: Heart of Starts Tarot

Creator: Thom Pham

Heart of Stars Tarot 4Publisher: Self Published

Format: 78 cards – Rider Waite Smith

Language: English

Size of Cards: 7cm x 12cm

What You Get: 78 Cards, Keepsake Box, PDF Booklets

Booklets: The Major Arcana Booklet is 23 pages long and the Minor Arcana booklet is 38 pages long. There is a screen capture here of what one of the entries looks like. These are free to download on the Deck’s site.

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Impressions

I FREAKING LOVE POP CULTURE!! I am not kidding I adore it. My desk at home is littered with figures and statues from all sorts of fandoms. So this deck I feel was made for me.

I have the feeling a lot of people agree from the reaction it has had on my social media accounts.

The Heart of Stars Tarot is a Rider Waite Smith inspired deck that has Pop Culture images and icons infused into the cards. Which brings another rich layer to the Tarot.

The Video below has my full review with additional images.

The back of the design is so lovely it is a really engaging color palette for me.

The box is a really lovely keepsake box. It is very durable so you can take this deck with you anywhere and the cards will be kept safe.

The only one little thing that I find a little hard about this deck is the slipperiness of the plastic stock. they slide a little when you stack them. But this will wear down over use. Plastic stock means that it is durable.
I have loved using this deck over the last week and I will absolutely no questions use this deck for Client readings. I feel there is a very specific type of Client who will love their reading with this deck. It will be interesting to see when my intuition is lead to use this one.

Where To Purchase Your Copyhttp://heartofstarstarot.com/ – The first edition is all sold out. You can contact Thom at so that you can be on the list for the next run.

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Tarot Readers Academy Activity – Tarot Drag

Tarot DragTarot Drag – Aesthetic Energies of the Cards

This week, I am sharing an activity which is part of the Tarot Readers Academy, Tarot Apprentice Course.

This activity is a personal connection activity. It is recorded a little differently as it is on the Tarot Cafe channel.

Please watch the video and then continue on reading for the rest of the activity.

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Tarot Readers Academy – Tarot Drag Activity

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I hope you enjoyed this activity this week. I would really, really love to hear how you got on with this activity and what your experiences were with the prompting questions. I invite you to share your thoughts here or over on my Facebook page.

This activity was just one little sample of the activities that are part of the Tarot Apprentice Course over at The Tarot Readers Academy. The course is LIVE and you can start at anytime with lifetime access to the course. Please join in today!

I also have it transcribed below  – keep scrolling.

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Hi, Tarot Tribe! It’s Ethony.

Welcome to the Tarot Readers Academy Tarot Cafe.

This week is a Tarot Activity Week. I got a request — I love me some requests! If you ever have a request hit me up.

It is all about the Tarot Drag today, folks.

As RuPaul says and sings, “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”

The clothes that we wear, the masks that we carry, are all projections of ourselves in the world. We all know the feeling when we are in our favorite dress or we have just had our hair done. Or when we have on our very well worn hat or comfy pants. There are feelings that are associated with what we look like.

I loved wearing my business suits when I worked in a corporate job. It was like my battle armor. So clothes, makeup, accessories all have power. Just ask the fashion and beauty industry.

The Tarot is no different. Each card, each figure has a feeling. The clothes and the aesthetics of the card are a key to the meanings of the card.

So we are going to do an exercise now, and you can redo this at any time where you step into the place of the Tarot figure, wear their clothes, and step in their shoes and see how it changes or enhances your connection to the card. This is a good exercise to do if you are struggling to connect with a specific card or even more powerful if you want to embody the energy of the card for magic or manifesting. It is super powerful!

This exercise is not going to work with ALL Tarot decks and ALL Tarot cards. Not all cards or decks have people in them. For this exercise, pick a deck that does have people in it. I recommend A Rider Waite Smith style deck.

This exercise is a semi-meditation, so if you can do this while you have no interruptions or minimal interruptions, it will help. I also recommend that you have a notebook or your Tarot journal with you so that you can record your experiences after the activity. There is a worksheet with the promoting and reflecting questions and full blog is over at www.ethony.com, The links, as always, are below.

So, let’s get to it!

Select the card that you want to work with. You can intentionally pick a card or you can just pick a card at random.

When you have selected the card hold it in your hands and look at the card for a few moments. Scan the card from top to bottom. While you are doing this, breath in and out deeply.

Now, really focus on the figure in the card and what they are wearing. What shoes they have on, or what you would imagine their shoes to be like if you can’t see them all the way, to how their hair is portrayed.

When you have this image clear in your mind, close your eyes. See yourself in a safe place where you can get changed and start to put on what clothes you just saw. Remember, everything down to the shoes and hair.

Now, envision a mirror in front of you and see yourself in the mirror. What does it feel like? Do you feel weird? Like a different person? Do you like what you see or no? What kind of vibration does this outfit hold for you? high or low? How does this make you feel?

When you are ready, you can open your eyes and record what you have experienced and discovered.

Want to learn the Tarot? The Tarot Readers Academy, Tarot Apprentice course is LIVE and you can start at any time with lifetime access to the course. This exercise is a little sample of some of the activities that are a part of the Tarot Apprentice course. There is also a FREE Spirit Guides and Tarot Course at the Academy too. Yay!
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Tarot Deck Exploration – The Infinity Tarot

Title: Infinity Tarot

Creator: Pierluca Zizzi artwork by Severino Baraldi

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo

Format: 78 cards – Rider Waite Smith

Language: English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian

Size of Cards: 8cm x 14.5cm

What You Get: 78 cards, multi language booklet and keepsake box
Impressions

The full review and interview is in the video above.

Infinity Tarot 3I originally thought that this deck was going to be a really kitchy deck and something or a novelty that I would have in my collection but never use. Which is why I am enjoying the new way I am conducting reviews. I am forced to spend more time with each deck. I used the Infinity Tarot for Oracle Wednesday this week as well as daily draws with the cards.
After spending a week reading and getting to know the Infinity Tarot I am still on the fence. I know that is not super helpful but it is true.
Infinity Tarot 2I found the imagery very easy to connect with and there is a lot of movement in the cards which makes total sense because they are shaped like the infinity symbol you almost want to go with the symbol in the card. It flows nicely.

The cardstock is okay, it is standard Lo Scarabeo card stock. The shape I think is either going to turn some people WAY off this deck or really engage others. I am engaged by it.
The keepsake box is lovely and very sturdy. There is silver embellishments around it and a William Blake quote on the side. It is a lovely box for sure. The cards and booklet come out easy.
The Booklet is very basic. Each language has 10 pages. There is one Tarot Spread at the beginning of the booklet and then descriptions for each of the cards.
There are no titles or writing of any kind on any of the cards. Which makes it easier for people whose first language isn’t english. The Court cards have crowned symbols and the Major arcana cards which are usually titled in a Tarot deck just have the numbers at the top and bottom of each card. This may turn some people off and may make this deck a little harder to access for beginner students.
Infinity Tarot MistakeI posted on my Instagram site on Friday that there seems to be an error when it comes to the positioning of the Strength and the Justice cards. In most decks Strength is the number 8 and Justice is number 11. the opposite is true for a few decks. According to the accompanying booklet. This deck sees that Strength is the eighth position where as Justice is in the 11th. But this is not what is shown in the cards. I actually had to look through this deck twice to find it as I was looking for the wrong imagery. This isn’t a deal breaker for me at all but I wonder if this is just a printing mistake.

Overall it is an easy deck to interpret although I am coming from the lense of someone who has been reading the Tarot for a long time. The lack of titles as I mentioned before may throw some people.
The colors are rich and the shape of the deck doesn’t deter me. I am not sure how my Clients would react if I used this deck a lot. It wouldn’t be one that I would go to straight away but I can read with it. Like I said I am on the fence.
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It’s My Birthday Tarot Spread and My Reading

It’s my birthday today!! Happy birthday to meeee!

I’m turning fabulous this year.

I have created a Happy Birthday Tarot Spread for my day and I want to do the same for your special day too! I really enjoy diving in on special days. It also gives me time to be in my sacred space and connect with my guides. It’s also pretty rad to see what is in store for the coming year.

This Tarot Spread will look at the lessons and themes for the coming year, and then exploring the upcoming energetic themes in several areas in life including:  Relationships, Work, Health and Spirituality.

I also have a listing on Etsy so you can order your own Birthday Spread or indulge a friend.

It’s My Birthday Tarot Spread

This Tarot Spread covers the following areas and themes:Birthday Tarot Spread

1. Celebrate — What else should you celebrate today, in addition to your birthday?

2. Lesson — What was the major lesson of your previous year?

3. Theme — What is the energetic theme of the year to come?

4. Relationships — The energies around your relationships in the coming year.

5. Work — The energies around your work and career over the course of the year.

6. Health — The energies around your health and wellbeing this coming year.

7. Spirituality — The energies and spiritual lessons you will be encountering this year.

I have recorded my Birthday Tarot Reading if you are interested in how I have interpreted this spread for me and my life. I used the stunning Sacred Isle Tarot Deck in this video.

 

I am off to celebrate my day with my family and friends. Then I am going to spend some time connecting with my guides, after which I will read my own Birthday Spread. I am sure I will be posting it later as well. I’m excited to see what’s ahead for my year and would be honored to do the same for you. Be sure to order your Birthday Spread HERE.

Happy divining, lovelies.

Ethony*

When cards fall out of a deck when shuffling

It’s Tarot Cafe day!

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It has happened to us all as Tarot readers, collectors or enthusiasts: we are conducting or getting a reading and, while shuffling our little hearts out, a card (or three) leaps out of the deck and onto the table (or floor if you are lucky like me).

So what do you do when this happens? This is our topic for the Tarot Cafe video today.

There is a Video Transcription Below for those of you who would rather read or can’t watch the video right now.

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In today’s episode, I discuss what does it mean when a card falls out or jumps out of a deck when you are shuffling the cards?

When we talk about cards falling out or jumping out of the deck it means when someone is shuffling the cards, a card may fall out of the shuffler’s hands onto the table or sometimes the ground. Sometimes the cards can appear to leap out of the deck because some people shuffle very quickly.

So does it mean anything when this happens?

It really depends on if you give it meaning.

Just like a lot in sacred practice, this is something that only has meaning if you believe it does.

I know fellow readers who always pull these cards aside as read with the intention that they have extra weight in a reading.

I know other readers who, like me, don’t. In my personal reading practice, if one card does a flip where it gets caught and turns around or falls into my reading table I will take note to see if it comes up again in the reading. This is more out of curiosity than anything else.

The reason I do this is because there are usually a lot of cards to manage when you are shuffling a deck.

I, for one, am a pretty clumsy person and my shuffling game is either madly on point or a hot friggin’ mess. If I looked at all the cards as a sign from my guides that there is special meaning that 6 cards fell on the floor I could be there all freaking day!

I also truly believe from years of reading that what’s for you won’t miss you so you will totally get the message you were meant to in your reading.

Whether you choose to view cards falling out as a sign or if you just take a quick glance and pop them back into the deck is completely up to you. Hey, you may have an agreement with your guides to do that while you are conducting a reading.

That is the cool thing with being your own Tarot or Oracle reader. Like everything, you just gotta do you.

What do you think? Do you give this meaning in your readings?

 

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Not long ago, I asked my lovely tribe to vote on what FREE training they would like from the Tarot Readers Academy. The voting was strongly in favour of Reading the Tarot with your Spirit Guides.

And, it’s finally ready!

In this three-part training, you will learn about Spirit Guides and the personal experience of having them with you in your sacred practice.

You will be lead through a guided meditation to meet and commune with your Spirit Guides, in addition to learning the ways in which to work with them in your Tarot or Oracle reading practice.

There is also a BONUS handpainted Connection prayer download and a worksheet to go along with your meditation

Also, this free training includes the option to join the Tarot Readers Academy Facebook Group to ask questions and join in on conversations and experience-sharing with other students.

Getting access to this training is SUPER easy!

Simply head to www.tarotreadersacademy.com and enrol as a student in the Academy. Once you have completed your enrolment, you can then join the Spirit Guides and Tarot training for FREE.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I loved preparing it.

Please feel free sharing it with friends who would also like to connect with their Spirit Guides.

Blessings

Ethony*

 

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How to Buy Your First Tarot Deck

I want ALL of the Decks!I see this question a lot on my various social media accounts. People who are new to the Tarot asking the community what is the best way to go about getting their very first Tarot deck. Which is great. The Tarot community is inclusive and really supportive.

So being a member of the community this weeks Tarot Readers Academy Tarot Cafe episode is my tips and advice for those who are in the market for their first Tarot deck or even their second or twentieth.

Check out the video and all of the links for the video are below.

The only thing to really remember is that YOU need to connect with the deck. Art is subjective. We are all drawn to different styles and mediums. What really works for me may not work for many other people at all.

While I learnt with the Rider Waite Smith deck and now also teach with that deck I didn’t use the original Rider-Waite Smith in practice, I used the Spiral Tarot which is based on the Rider-Waite Smith deck. I found the RWS very hard to engage with when I started. I now use it all the time as a regular go-to deck in my readings but I didn’t at the start.

Website Recommendations

My favourite Tarot website which has a wonderful forum is Aeclectic Tarot it is such a great site with wonderful card previews which is invaluable if you don’t have a local store that has sample decks.

Amazon is really good for the fact that they suggest decks for you and there are also always reviews.

Facebook Group Recommendations

Tarotholics Anonymous – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tarotholics/

Tarot Marketplace – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tarotmarketplace/