Friday, January 20, 2017

week 4 ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Here's what we're covering in Week 4, the final week of the 2017 Life Path Challenge (#lifepathchallenge2017) in case you'd like to get a head start in working with your Life Path cards for next week. Get out your journal as you're going to want to write your insights so you can look them over at the end of the month for any special revelations.

This week, there is no topic. We're trying to see how far we've come in just a month and will be revisiting some of the previous prompts. I'll be sharing my insights on the photos below through my Instagram feed (@otmoraclecards) each day in January.

Monday, January 23, 2017 ~ Pathworking Meditation

For this pathworking meditation, we're seeing where we are right now at the end of this challenge. Take a few moments to review the cards you've chosen for the various prompts. Pose the question, What path am I on now? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:


What kind of path are you walking on? Does it seem pleasant or unpleasant? If the path is pleasant to you it suggests you’re currently going through a pleasant experience. If unpleasant, you’re dealing with difficulties.

What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s at your feet reflects your foundation. Is it a smooth and solid foundation, or are you on shaky ground?

What’s directly in front of you? What’s directly in front of you is a symbol of what you’re currently facing (dealing with) in your current environment.

Are you traveling alone or with others? How do you feel about that? If you’re traveling with others it suggests your concerns involve other people.

Where are you headed? Why? Where you’re headed reveals your life direction. It gives some insight into the near future. Why explains the purpose of this path or journey. It gives you a sense of the big picture.

Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? This reflects the timing of where you’re headed.

Are there any obstacles on this path? If so, how can they be removed? A key question. This helps you understand what barriers prevent your progress. These obstacles are also prolonging your journey and may delay you in reaching your goals.

What's beyond what you can see on this path? This points to the future beyond what you expect. This response represents the final or outcome card in a reading. The distant future. It also shows what you’re expecting or what’s hidden from you (potential, fears, hopes).

How does this path compare/contrast to the first pathworking card at the beginning of the challenge? What similarities and differences do you notice? What do you think they mean?

Some of you may actually go into a dream-like state during this journey while others will be able to use your imagination to come up with the answers. If you're able to, journal your responses to these questions as you do the pathworking meditation, and include as much as you can about your feelings, what you notice about the path, and any memories or experiences it brings up. You can also just experience the pathworking and journal later.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 ~ Inner Landscape

Pose the question, "How do I feel?" Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect your inner landscape or your inner self.


Describe this path.

How do you feel walking this path? 

How does this path reflect your hopes and fears?


Wednesday, January 25, 2017 ~ Outer Landscape

Pose the question, "What environment am I in?" Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect your outer landscape or actual environment.


Describe this path.

How do you feel walking this path?

How is this path similar and different from the Inner Landscape? 

How is this path like your current environment (day-to-day situations, people, experiences)? 


Thursday, January 26, 2017 ~ Choices and Options Spread

Think of two choices or options related to your life right now. Focus on your options and choose one card to represent each option.


Based solely on the card imagery, which option seems like the better choice? Why?

What do you learn about each option that you hadn't considered before?


Friday, January 27, 2017 ~ The Road Ahead

This is our chance to do one final pathworking meditation about the road ahead or next few months.

Pose the question, What path represents the road ahead? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:


What type of journey will you encounter in the next few months? Pleasant, struggle, obstacles?

Contrast this path to the one performed earlier this week and the one performed the first week of the challenge. How are they similar? Different?

What have you learned this month from doing the exercises in this challenge? How will you move forward?

Thanks for participating!
The #createthisoracledeck challenge is coming in March...more info soon!!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

week 3 ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Here's what we're covering in Week 3 of the 2017 Life Path Challenge (#lifepathchallenge2017) in case you'd like to get a head start in working with your Life Path cards for next week. Get out your journal as you're going to want to write your insights so you can look them over at the end of the month for any special revelations.

This week, we're exploring your life's work/career. I'll be sharing my insights on the photos below through my Instagram feed (@otmoraclecards) each day in January.

Monday, January 16, 2017 ~ Pathworking Meditation on Life's Work

For this pathworking meditation, focus on what you would consider your current life's work or career. Basically, whatever it is that you put yourself into on a daily basis that brings you some sort of value, in the form of gratitude, sense of purpose, security, money, etc. Pose the question, What path am I on in this career or life's work? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:


What kind of path are you walking on? Does it seem pleasant or unpleasant? If the path is pleasant to you it suggests you’re currently going through a pleasant experience in this career. If unpleasant, you’re dealing with difficulties.

What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s at your feet reflects your foundation. Is it a smooth and solid foundation, or are you on shaky ground? What kind of career foundation exists?

What’s directly in front of you? What’s directly in front of you is a symbol of what you’re currently facing (dealing with) in your career.

Are you traveling alone or with others? How do you feel about that? Since this is a career pathworking, traveling with others is usually a sign of working with others or a reflection of your clients. What type of connecting is happening between the people in the card?

Where are you headed? Why? Where you’re headed reveals your career direction. It gives some insight into the near future. Why explains the purpose of this path or journey. It gives you a sense of the big picture of this life's work and its purpose.

Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? This reflects the timing of where you’re headed.

Are there any obstacles on this path? If so, how can they be removed? A key question. This helps you understand what barriers prevent progress and connection in your career. These obstacles are also prolonging your journey and may delay you in reaching your career goals.

What's beyond what you can see on this path? This points to the future beyond what you expect. This response represents the final or outcome card in a reading. The distant future. It also shows what you’re expecting or what’s hidden from you (potential, fears, hopes).

Some of you may actually go into a dream-like state during this journey while others will be able to use your imagination to come up with the answers. If you're able to, journal your responses to these questions as you do the pathworking meditation, and include as much as you can about your feelings, what you notice about the path, and any memories or experiences it brings up. You can also just experience the pathworking and journal later.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 ~ Obvious Path

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the obvious path in your career.


Describe this path and how you feel walking it.

What is the most challenging aspect of this path? 

What is the most positive aspect of this path?

This card reveals your expectations about your career or life's work and where you believe it's taking you.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 ~ Hidden Path

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the hidden path in this life's work.


How is this path different from the Obvious Path? 

What is the most challenging aspect of this path? 

What is the most positive aspect of this path? 

The hidden path is the one that you're not seeing. Maybe you believe your career is taking you to greater financial freedom but you pull a Life Path Card that shows restrictions and confinement. Or perhaps you feel you're in a dead-end job but this Life Path Card shows you're in a spacious garden.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 ~ Choices and Options Spread

Think of two choices or options related to your life's work. For example, maybe you have an offer for a job in a new state and you're wondering if you should take it or stay put. Or perhaps you've been thinking it's time to start your own business, but should you do it now or wait until later. Focus on your options and choose one card to represent each option.


Based solely on the card imagery, which option seems like the better choice? Why?

What do you learn about each option that you hadn't considered before?


Friday, January 20, 2017 ~ Vision Board: Life's Work

A vision board is a place where you display photos and images that reflect a specific goal you’d like to attain. It helps identify your vision and gives it clarity. When displayed where you can see it frequently, the vision board will keep your attention on your intentions. The goal of this exercise is to use the card as a mini vision board to help you reach your relationship goal.

The first step is to come up with a goal or desire you wish to attain this year in terms of your career or life's work. Perhaps your goal is to build your business or get a promotion. Next, shuffle your deck focusing on the question: What card represents the path to my career goal? Select a card at random from the deck. This card represents the path to your goal.


What are your first impressions of this path to your goal? Doable or daunting?

Is your goal attainable? Sometimes your goal is attainable and sometimes it’s not. If you receive a card that shows a major obstacle on the path or some type of dead end, ask yourself what this obstacle might represent in your career.

What type of journey? Pleasant, struggle, obstacles? What will you need to experience in order to reach your goal? Are there obstacles in your path?

How long will it take to attain your goal? Look at the card to give you a rough estimate of how long it might take to reach your goal. If the path looks very short, then your goal may be within reach. If the path looks long or the card shows a desolate area, then it may take some time to reach your goal.

Use the card as your vision board. Look at it every day and imagine taking steps along the path to reach your goal. If the path is daunting, imagine that you’re easily overcoming the obstacles (jumping over rocks, or wading slowly but surely through mud, for example). You can also add angel cards or other oracle decks to your layout that will provide guidance or inspiration. Photograph the card or layout and save it as a screensaver or wallpaper so you will have a constant reminder of where you wish to be and how to get there.

Next week I'll post Week 4! 
Join me on Instagram to share your Life Path Cards photos and pathworking insights. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

week 2 ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Here's what we're covering in Week 2 of the 2017 Life Path Challenge (#lifepathchallenge2017) in case you'd like to get a head start in working with your Life Path cards for next week. Get out your journal as you're going to want to write your insights so you can look them over at the end of the month for any special revelations.

This week, we're exploring relationships. I'll be sharing my insights on the photos below through my Instagram feed (@otmoraclecards) each day in January.

Monday, January 9, 2017 ~ Pathworking Meditation on Relationships

For this pathworking meditation, choose an interpersonal relationship you'd like to focus on. This might be a relationship with your partner, parent, child, co-worker, etc. Pose the question, What path am I on in this relationship? OR What path are we on together in this relationship? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:


What kind of path are you walking on? Does it seem pleasant or unpleasant? If the path is pleasant to you it suggests you’re currently going through a pleasant experience in this relationship. If unpleasant, you’re dealing with difficulties in the relationship.

What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s at your feet reflects your foundation. Is it a smooth and solid foundation, or are you on shaky ground? What kind of foundation is the relationship on?

What’s directly in front of you? What’s directly in front of you is a symbol of what you’re currently facing (dealing with) in your relationship.

Are you traveling alone or with others? How do you feel about that? Since this is a relationship pathworking, traveling with others is usually a positive sign that you're connecting on some level with your partner and not feeling as if you're in it all by yourself. What type of connecting is happening between the people in the card?

Where are you headed? Why? Where you’re headed reveals your relationship direction. It gives some insight into the near future. Why explains the purpose of this path or journey. It gives you a sense of the big picture of this relationship and its purpose.

Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? This reflects the timing of where you’re headed.

Are there any obstacles on this path? If so, how can they be removed? A key question. This helps you understand what barriers prevent progress and connection in your relationship. These obstacles are also prolonging your journey and may delay you in reaching your relationship goals.

What's beyond what you can see on this path? This points to the future beyond what you expect. This response represents the final or outcome card in a reading. The distant future. It also shows what you’re expecting or what’s hidden from you (potential, fears, hopes).

Some of you may actually go into a dream-like state during this journey while others will be able to use your imagination to come up with the answers. If you're able to, journal your responses to these questions as you do the pathworking meditation, and include as much as you can about your feelings, what you notice about the path, and any memories or experiences it brings up. You can also just experience the pathworking and journal later.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 ~ The High Road

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the easy path in this relationship. Look at the card from the perspective of walking it.

What's easy about walking this path? 

Are there few obstacles in the way? 

Is it a short path to your destination? 

Can you take a vehicle to get where you're going? 

This card shows you what's easy in your relationship and will hopefully give you a surprising new view of it.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 ~ The Low Road

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the difficult path in this relationship. Look at the card from the perspective of walking it.

What's difficult about walking this path? 

Is it uphill? 

A difficult surface to tread? 

Many obstacles in the way? 

Limited visibility? 

This card shows you what's difficult in your relationship or where you're having trouble making adjustments.


Thursday, January 12, 2017 ~ The Road Not Taken

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect what hasn't been tried yet in this relationship. This card shows a positive approach that may need to be integrated. Contrast this card to The Low Road. How does it offer solutions to the difficult path?


Friday, January 13, 2017 ~ Vision Board: Relationships

A vision board is a place where you display photos and images that reflect a specific goal you’d like to attain. It helps identify your vision and gives it clarity. When displayed where you can see it frequently, the vision board will keep your attention on your intentions. The goal of this exercise is to use the card as a mini vision board to help you reach your relationship goal.

The first step is to come up with a goal or desire you wish to attain this year in terms of a specific relationship. Perhaps your goal is to have a more loving relationship or to communicate better. You can use the relationship from the previous exercises this week or choose another relationship to focus on. Next, shuffle your deck focusing on the question: What card represents the path to my relationship goal? Select a card at random from the deck. This card represents the path to your goal.

What are your first impressions of this path to your goal? Doable or daunting?

Is your goal attainable? Sometimes your goal is attainable and sometimes it’s not. If you receive a card that shows a major obstacle on the path or some type of dead end, ask yourself what this obstacle might represent in your relationship.

What type of journey? Pleasant, struggle, obstacles? What will you need to experience in order to reach your goal? Are there obstacles in your path?

How long will it take to attain your goal? Look at the card to give you a rough estimate of how long it might take to reach your goal. If the path looks very short, then your goal may be within reach. If the path looks long or the card shows a desolate area, then it may take some time to reach your goal.


Use the card as your vision board. Look at it every day and imagine taking steps along the path to reach your goal. If the path is daunting, imagine that you’re easily overcoming the obstacles (jumping over rocks, or wading slowly but surely through mud, for example). You can also add angel cards or other oracle decks to your layout that will provide guidance or inspiration. Photograph the card or layout and save it as a screensaver or wallpaper so you will have a constant reminder of where you wish to be and how to get there.

Next week I'll post Week 3! 
Join me on Instagram to share your Life Path Cards photos and pathworking insights. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Monday, December 26, 2016

week 1 ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Here's what we're covering in Week 1 of the 2017 Life Path Challenge (#lifepathchallenge2017) in case you'd like to get a head start in working with your Life Path Cards next year. Get out your journal as you're going to want to write your insights so you can look them over at the end of the month for any special revelations.

I'll be sharing more of my insights on the photos below through my Instagram feed (@otmoraclecards) each day in January.

Monday, January 2, 2017 ~ Light & Shadow Exercise

This is a great exercise to help you get to know the deck and understand the light and shadow aspects of your goals and dreams. Go through your deck face up and pull out two cards -- your favorite card (light) and least favorite card (shadow). Make a quick list in your journal about what you like about the favorite card. Then make another list about what you don’t like about the least favorite card. Compare and contrast the two images. How are they different? Are there any similarities?


How does the light card reflect your goals or ideal situation?

How does the shadow card reflect your current difficulties, fears, or things you avoid?


Tuesday, January 3, 2017 ~ Pathworking Meditation

This is an introduction to the pathworking method I use with these cards. The deck was designed for pathworking or a projective image methodology which allows you to “step into” the card and imagine you are standing on the path. Everything you might encounter on the path becomes a symbol for some aspect of your life. What you see is a reflection of yourself and your life experiences. Some will see a pleasant scene while others looking at the same card will see unpleasantness. This process requires some imagination and intuition to maximize your results with the cards. We'll be using this process each week so you will gain proficiency with it. 

Pose the question, What path am I on? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:


What kind of path are you walking on? Does it seem pleasant or unpleasant? If the path is pleasant to you it suggests you’re currently going through a pleasant experience. If unpleasant, you’re dealing with difficulties.

What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s at your feet reflects your foundation. Is it a smooth and solid foundation, or are you on shaky ground?

What’s directly in front of you? What’s directly in front of you is a symbol of what you’re currently facing (dealing with) in your current environment.

Are you traveling alone or with others? How do you feel about that? If you’re traveling with others it suggests your concerns involve other people.

Where are you headed? Why? Where you’re headed reveals your life direction. It gives some insight into the near future. Why explains the purpose of this path or journey. It gives you a sense of the big picture.

Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? This reflects the timing of where you’re headed.

Are there any obstacles on this path? If so, how can they be removed? A key question. This helps you understand what barriers prevent your progress. These obstacles are also prolonging your journey and may delay you in reaching your goals.

What's beyond what you can see on this path? This points to the future beyond what you expect. This response represents the final or outcome card in a reading. The distant future. It also shows what you’re expecting or what’s hidden from you (potential, fears, hopes).

Some of you may actually go into a dream-like state during this journey while others will be able to use your imagination to come up with the answers. If you're able to, journal your responses to these questions as you do the pathworking meditation, and include as much as you can about your feelings, what you notice about the path, and any memories or experiences it brings up. You can also just experience the pathworking and journal later.

Here’s a list of symbols you can find in the cards and possible interpretations. Remember that these are just suggestions. Use your own impressions first.

Benches = rest; waiting period.
Bridge = transition.
Darkness = shadow aspects; unconscious issues; fears; challenges.
Desert landscape = emotional dryness -- unable to tap into emotions.
Fog = lack of clarity; unable to see the whole picture.
Garden = growth; creativity; talents.
House = a place of comfort and stability.
Mountain = obstacle; accomplishment; achievement.
Mud = slow process; feeling stuck.
Narrow paths = limitation; lack of variety; staying focused.
Open areas = freedom.
People = other people in your life; society; following the crowd.
Railings = structure.
Rocky paths = difficulties; ups and downs.
Snow = purity; new beginnings; isolation.
Stairs = levels of understanding or knowledge. Specific steps to reach a goal.
Tunnel = Entering a stage of change and transformation.
Urban settings = dealing with pressures of the day to day grind.
Vehicle = drive and energy.
Water = emotions and flow.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017 ~ 2016 Life Path

Shuffle the cards and choose one at random to represent your overall life path in 2016. Perform the pathworking meditation with the card you chose.


What kind of life path were you on in 2016?

Where were you headed in 2016?

What barriers or obstacles were in your path in 2016?

What is your overall impression of your 2016 life path?


Thursday, January 5, 2017 ~ 2017 Life Path

Shuffle the cards and choose one at random to represent your overall life path in 2017. Perform the pathworking meditation with the card you chose.


What kind of life path are you on in 2017?

Where are you headed in 2017?

What barriers or obstacles are in your path this year?

What is your overall impression of your 2017 life path?




Compare and contrast the 2016 and 2017 cards. 

Which path appears easier to walk? 

What challenges will you face in 2017 that you didn't encounter in 2016? 

How will you overcome those challenges (based on the imagery)?


Friday, January 6, 2017 ~ Vision Board: New Year's Resolution

A vision board is a place where you display photos and images that reflect a specific goal you’d like to attain. It helps identify your vision and gives it clarity. When displayed where you can see it frequently, the vision board will keep your attention on your intentions. The goal of this exercise is to use the card as a mini vision board to help you reach your New Year's Resolution.

The first step is to come up with a goal or desire you wish to attain this year, your New Year's Resolution. Next, shuffle your deck focusing on the question: What card represents the path to my goal? Select a card at random from the deck. This card represents the path to your goal.


What are your first impressions of this path to your goal? Doable or daunting?

Is your goal attainable? Sometimes your goal is attainable and sometimes it’s not. If you receive a card that shows a major obstacle on the path or some type of dead end, then this might not be the right time to try to attain your specific goal.

What type of journey? Pleasant, struggle, obstacles? What will you need to experience in order to reach your goal? Are there obstacles in your path?

How long will it take to attain your goal? Look at the card to give you a rough estimate of how long it might take to reach your goal. If the path looks very short, then your goal may be within reach. If the path looks long or the card shows a desolate area, then it may take some time to reach your goal.


Use the card as your vision board. Look at it every day and imagine taking steps along the path to reach your goal. If the path is daunting, imagine that you’re easily overcoming the obstacles (jumping over rocks, or wading slowly but surely through mud, for example). You can also add angel cards or other oracle decks to your layout that will provide guidance or inspiration. Photograph the card or layout and save it as a screensaver or wallpaper so you will have a constant reminder of where you wish to be and how to get there.

Next week I'll post Week 2! 
Join me on Instagram to share your Life Path Cards photos and pathworking insights. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

coming in January ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Join me in the new year to explore the Life Path Cards in more depth. We'll be using the cards for exercises, pathworking meditations, and vision boards.

Get your Life Path Cards today: http://www.printerstudio.com/sell/otmoraclecards

Download the free guide for the deck in the FREEBIES section of this blog.

I'll be posting exercises each week here on my blog and on Instagram (@otmoraclecards) using #lifepathchallenge2017. Follow me so you won't miss anything.


Here's the tentative lineup based on the days in January. Exercises will be posted for weekdays (Monday - Friday) only. Use the weekends for catching up.

Week 1
2. Light & Shadow exercise
3. Pathworking Meditation
4. 2016 Life Path
5. 2017 Life Path
6. Vision Board - New Year’s Resolution


Week 2
9. Pathworking Meditation - Relationships
10. The High Road
11. The Low Road
12. The Road Not Taken
13. Vision Board - Relationships


Week 3
16. Pathworking Meditation - Life’s Work
17. Obvious Path
18. Hidden Path
19. Choices and Options Spread
20. Vision Board - Life’s Work


Week 4
23. Pathworking Meditation
24. Inner Landscape
25. Outer Landscape
26. Choices and Options Spread
27. The Road Ahead

Monday, December 5, 2016

a Christmas Spirit Oracle reading with the Grateful Gatherings Spread

I found the Grateful Gatherings Spread, a delightful Thanksgiving spread created by Ariel at Maven Unmasked, and re-purposed it for Christmas.

The Table - where is there stability in your life? SWEETS. In my romantic life ❤️️

Cornucopia - what abundance is overflowing in your life? CHURCH. My Divine connection.

Wishbone - how are your manifesting abilities at this time? SNOWMAN. I can only manifest temporary joy.

Food Coma - where are you sleeping too much/being lazy in your life? CHRISTMAS LIST. I'm being lazy with my to-do list.

Holding Hands - how can you be more of service to others at this time? SNOWFALL. Give them peace and quiet. Allow them to rest.

Download your FREE copy of the Christmas Spirit Oracle deck plus a brief guide to using the cards in the FREEBIES section. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

a reading with the Christmas Spirit Oracle


To break in my new cards (which you can download for free in the FREEBIES section of this blog), I did a Christmas Tree Spread by Simone Bella from the Tarot Learning Group on Facebook.

What is your blessing or guiding star throughout your struggling moments? NUTCRACKER. My strength and perseverance to overcome life's challenges.

What gift does the Universe grant for you? JINGLE BELLS. The power of my voice to help or heal others.

What gift can you share with others? CHOCOLATE. I'm interpreting this card as pleasure and sensual experiences so not sure I want to share that with too many others lol 😂

What gift can you share with yourself? SNOWFALL. Rest. Peace and quiet. A snow day. Yes please!!!

What new life or new journey is emerging for you? CHURCH. A reconnection with the Divine and the divinity within.

What gives you renewed hope and faith as you enter the new year? CHRISTMAS TREE. That the new year will be a time of rebirth and growth.

Download the deck plus a brief guide to using the cards in the FREEBIES section. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

FREE Christmas Spirit Oracle deck for you!

As a holiday gift to you, I designed a little oracle card deck inspired by the Christmas spirit. There are a total of 31 cards, one for each day in December.


This is a square format deck featuring copyright-free photos from Unsplash.com and Pixabay.com. The cards are for personal use only but feel free to use the images online or print your own copy of the deck.

You can access the folder of images (including a card back image) plus a brief guide to card insights in the FREEBIES section of my blog.


I made a video to show you how to use the images to create your own printed deck through Printerstudio. Sorry the video has no sound but you can follow the yellow circle to follow my steps. You can follow the same process for makeplayingcards.com too, which has 2 different square sizes. NOTE: To save time, in the video I only upload two images but be sure to upload all 31 into the card template before ordering. 



Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

Kristen

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I was interviewed by Little Fox Tarot

Big news! Melissa at Little Fox Tarot interviewed me for her blog. Please check out the post HERE.

Little Fox Tarot has a great blog featuring interviews with diviners and creatives plus she offers tarot reading services.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

tarot blog hop: the 13th card

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This month, I'm doing the very first tarot blog hop hosted by Tarot Rebels Facebook Group. We're focusing on the 13th card of tarot: DEATH.

In my Tarot Everywhere deck, I used an image of an expired parking meter to represent the energies of this card. In case you've never used a parking meter, it's a device used to collect money in exchange for parking for a limited amount of time. Typically, the time limit is 2 hours. If you do something called feeding the meter, that's a no-no. It's when you try to go beyond your time limit which of course isn't fair to others. If you're caught feeding the meter, you could receive a citation or fine. When your time limit is up, the TIME EXPIRED sign appears and it means it's time to move on.


The energy of the Death card is like a parking meter because it simply means that you're putting your energy (coins) into a cycle of experience for a particular time period (time limit), and when that time is over, you move on to the next cycle of experience.

SPREAD
I developed the Parking Meter Spread to demonstrate this pattern.



Time Limit: The purpose and focus of the current cycle of experience.

Insert Coin: What you bring to this cycle of experience in terms of your energy, outlook and actions. Compare this card to the Time Limit card. They should be in sync, showing that your energy matches the focus of the cycle.

Feeding the Meter: Challenges you can expect if you're not in sync with the current cycle.

Time Expired: How to prepare for the next cycle.


SAMPLE READING
Here's my own reading using this spread.

Tarot Everywhere and Oracle Everywhere decks

Time Limit: King of Pentacles. The purpose and focus of this cycle is hard work. This King is a worker, not a delegator. He's out in the fields working all day long and he's happy to do it to provide for his family and community. This card tells me that I need to be working hard to shore up my financial future.

Insert Coin: 6 of Swords. This card depicts sailing across a lake. It has a very different energy than the King of Pentacles. This shows I'm taking things too easy right now, just floating along and not putting in the effort necessary to match this current cycle. I also interpret this card as going through a difficult transition often with help from others. Indeed, this is what I'm experiencing and it's a challenge to focus on work and material concerns. This card's placement next to the King of Pentacles reveals a directional cue of running away from or trying to escape from hard work.

Feeding the Meter: Ace of Pentacles. This shows that being out of sync with this cycle will impede future growth and manifestation. The King of Pentacles is the final card in the pentacles set. The Ace represents starting over in a new phase of growth. If I don't put in the hard work now, I won't be able to reap the benefits of this new phase.

Time Expired: Face Your Fears. To prepare for the next cycle, I must face my fears. This seems to resonate most with the escape aspect of the 6 of Swords. Perhaps there's something I'm running away from or am afraid to deal with directly. It looks like I'm going to have to face it head on in order to make a smooth transition into the next cycle.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

tarot & handwriting: your writing slant

In my previous post, Tarot and Your Handwriting, I compared the symbolism of the four tarot suits to the four handwriting types. In this follow up post, we're examining writing slant and the tarot cards that might reflect this symbolism. You can find my entire e-book, Tarot & Handwriting in my Freebies Folder.

Slant is an important variable in handwriting. It reflects emotional expression and how the writer faces life situations. This is an observation of outer personality rather than inner personality so it shows how the writer will be perceived by others, not necessarily how they feel inside.

There are three basic slants in handwriting: vertical, left, and right. The vertical slant doesn’t lean forward or backward. Upstrokes and downstrokes are more or less straight. These writers demonstrate a head-over-heart attitude. They are open to the experience of the moment but keep their emotions under control.

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We can see this intellectual control depicted in cards like The Emperor, Justice, and the King of Swords whose characters face forward. When these cards appear in your readings, they are showing you there’s a need to take emotional control and get clarity and perspective on your situation.

In the left slant, the handwriting looks as if it’s reclined, leaning backward. These writers maintain even more emotional control, at least outwardly. However, they can be charming in social situations while still remaining emotionally aloof. What you’ll realize is that they never really share much of themselves in conversation. Nothing personal at least. It reflects a person who feels different from others.

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We can see elements of aloofness and isolation in tarot cards like The Fool, The Hermit, and The World where the characters look and move toward the left. The Fool stands alone on a craggy hill, possibly about to take a leap. The Hermit secludes himself seeking knowledge and wisdom. The main character in The World lives in her own little bubble which is usually illustrated as a wreath encircling her. 

Finally, the right slant looks as if it’s racing forward toward something. This slant is all about emotional expression and the farther right it leans, the more outwardly expressive the person is. This writer is who the phrase “TMI” (too much information) was made for. They tend to overshare their feelings and ideas and may be seen as impulsive. The limitation of this writer is that they can be swept up in spontaneous action and emotions without really seeing things clearly or thinking things through.

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We can see this spontaneity and forward movement in cards like the 6 of Wands, the 10 of Wands, and the Knight of Cups. In the 6 of Wands, the main character is swept up by the energy of the crowd. In the 10 of Wands, the character is so caught up in his work that he can’t see where he’s going. And the Knight of Cups follows his emotions wherever they lead him.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

tarot blog hop: autumn, haiku & tarot

Guess what?! I'm in another blog hop! This one is hosted by Sharron @gypsyarts on Instagram! We're making connections between tarot and the season of Autumn.

I've been exploring the symbolism of the seasons as I work with a new oracle deck creation, the Haiku Oracle. It's a deck that delivers readings in the form of divinatory poems based on the translated haiku of haiku master, Matsuo Basho. Each card contains part of a full haiku. When you combine the cards together in different ways or choose them randomly, you create a unique poem that reflects your current outlook and situation.


Haiku traditionally reference a season and seasons have specific symbols and moods. For instance, summer haiku includes symbols such as melons, coolness, and heat. Haiku referencing summer typically conveys a mood of play, laziness, enjoyment and laughter.

Autumn haiku, on the other hand, symbolically relates to letting go, endings, and passing time. This is seen in symbols such as falling leaves, cold night, sea, fog, and animal symbols like the owl and cicada. As a creative exercise, I chose cards from the Haiku Oracle face up to create a few Autumn-based poems.


Next, I wondered if I could find tarot cards to match the poems I created. I looked through my Tarot Everywhere deck to find cards that seemed to match or resonate with the poem.


Actually, I think this is a great exercise to try with any haiku or poetry. Find a poem or haiku and then go through your tarot deck face up to locate a tarot card that matches its mood or symbols.


You may get clarity or new insights on a few cards too. For instance, I hadn't associated the mood of boredom with this Page of Pentacles card until I decided to pair it with this poem.


This experiment provided a unique way to use the Haiku Oracle AND look at tarot in a new way!


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The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, "click here."


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

how does your garden grow...a reading with multiple decks

I can't get enough of spreads. And on Instagram there's a #newspreadsaturday challenge where you can find original spreads the first Saturday of every month. One of my favorite contributors is Steve Seinberg (@arrowinflight) who comes up with the most original spreads. Here's one of them.


1 = Gardener. What's your style as a cultivator? Are you a warrior, and your garden a battleground? Are you a sweet, nurturing type? A mystic? Selfless...or selfish? What kind of a gardener are you?

2 = Garden. What are you growing? Foodstuffs for sustenance? Flowers for beauty? Is it an inanimate collection, like a rock garden, cultivated for meditative purposes? Or do you garden just for the sake of the activity itself?

3 = Green Thumb. What are you naturally great at cultivating?

4 = Black Thumb. What do you tend to fail at when cultivating?

5 = Weeds. What tends to show up unbidden, and to feed on your efforts when you're trying to cultivate something else?

6 = Pests. Who or what steals away the fruits of your gardening labors when you're not watchful enough?

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Here's my reading. I'm using a mix of my tarot and oracle cards because I find that different decks are best at answering different questions and also because it's just fun.


Gardener = The Moon (The Animal Tarot). I'm a mystic gardener. I garden in darkness under a full moon. This symbolizes my introverted nature and desire to look under rocks and darker places of life.

Garden = Ace of Swords (Tarot Everywhere). I'm growing sharp and pointy things. I'm a natural cynic and this card always suggests a sharp wit that can turn critical quickly. On the positive side, I'm growing clarity in states of confusion. This corresponds with the first card in that I like shadow work and anything that brings greater clarity to the soul.

Green Thumb = BE LOVABLE (Oracle Everywhere). Wow! I didn't think being lovable was something I was naturally great at, but I've been working on it!

Black Thumb = WORK HARD(ER) (Oracle Everywhere). Okay, I knew this. I detest working or anything with the word work in it like "workout." I'm trying to find ways to work smarter and not harder.

Weeds = 10 of Pentacles (Tarot Everywhere). The first thing I notice here is lemons, sourness, feeling like life keeps throwing these at me. But there's only one thing to do with lemons...make lemonade.

Pests = 6 of Pentacles (Tarot Everywhere). The 6 of Pentacles represents a generous personality and someone who is very open to sharing with others. It steals away the sharp and pointy things I'm growing. Visually, it looks as if someone is offering the Ace of Swords an ice cream cone as if to say "lighten up." The 6 of Pentacles energy is a healthy counterbalance to my laser-focused critical mind.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

tarot blog hop: a union of opposites

 
I'm doing another tarot blog hop y'all! This time our blogWrangler is Aisling the Bard presenting the topic: Lammas, A Union Of Opposites. There are two options and I'm doing option B:

B) Find a pair of cards which work as a unit but represent two opposite views of the same situation. They both may be in the same suit or in two different suits, one may be major and one minor arcana, but if one were to receive both these cards in a reading, how would one represent the opposing energies thereof as they apply to the same situation?

I decided to use the Tarot Everywhere deck because I created it with some opposing cards.

For example, the 7 of Pentacles was designed to reflect the slow growth and anticipation of the ripening stage while the 10 of Pentacles reveals the resulting harvest. When these two cards pop up together in a reading, I've also found they can mean, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."


I like to use "call and response" cards in my decks which sometimes reveal opposing views. The 5 of Pentacles depicts a hitchhiker out on the road by himself, needing assistance. The 6 of Pentacles depicts someone offering an ice cream cone as a gesture of friendship. The call is the 5 of Pentacles and the response is the 6 of Pentacles. Hopefully, if the 5 of Pentacles appears in a reading, the 6 of Pentacles will follow showing that you have asked and received the help you need.


I also created some visual pairs by accident. The 7 of Cups and 2 of Pentacles are visual opposites: the sky and the earth. If they both appear in a reading, it can mean that you need to get your head out of the clouds and make the most realistic choice. Or, alternatively, it can show that you're too stuck in black and white thinking and need to use more imagination.



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