February 9, 2020
Episode 160. Awhile back, Erin Aquarian joined me on Tarot Bytes to talk about Tarot as a tool for liberation. She's back and this time we're chatting about the wisdom codes in the Major Arcana that trigger our evolution. Erin has been downloading this information for some time and shared this with me:
"The messages I've been getting clearly especially from the Empress/Emperor years is that we are being initiated into mental/emotional/spiritual adulthood, all the work that is happening around deprogramming/healing/unlearning problematic conditioning, etc, is ultimately about becoming an empowered adult who is actively participating in creating a better world, rather than passively accepting the one we've been given.”
We discuss this and more in another deep dive Tarot lesson!
February 2, 2020
Episode 159. A few years back I wrote a blog post about six mistakes tarot readers make. I thought we might want to visit that again here on the podcast. Here are the six things to avoid when reading tarot:
1. Depending too much on the “little white book." At some point, you gotta ditch the training wheels.
2. Becoming enamored with your newfound “powers." It's not about you - it's about serving the client.
3. Giving a prediction without strategies to change the outcome. If the outcome looks dicey, you need to show what can be done to navigate the situation.
4. Not keeping healthy boundaries. Boundaries keep you sane.
5. Taking on the role of a doctor, therapist or lawyer. Leave that to the professionals.
6. Thinking you got it all down. Keep learning, always.
January 19, 2020
Episode 158. 2020 marks the universal year of the Emperor. The themes for the year: security, protection, and the patriarchy. While the Emperor can symbolize the father figure, the shadow side is the dictator. In this week's Tarot Bytes my co-author of Tarot for Troubled Times, Shaheen Miro, joins me to talk about how to find the yearly number, what the Emperor year means for us on a collective and personal level, plus how to deal in a way that makes sense for you based on your birth card.
Navigate this year's vibe with tarot - and Shaheen!
January 5, 2020
Episode 157. There will be times when you’re reading for someone and suddenly you lose your sense of objectivity. For example, you’re reading for a loved one - and you see something bad and don’t want to tell them so you sugarcoat your delivery. Or perhaps you have someone at your tarot table that you don’t like. Maybe they are doing something that you feel is morally wrong. In that case, you may find yourself looking for the so-called bad cards because you feel some type of way.
If you ever find yourself in one of those situations, don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us at one time or another. BUT if you don’t get out of your own way, this will hinder your ability to deliver a helpful reading for the person at your tarot table.
Remaining objective isn’t easy but it can be done. The key is to keep a neutral mindset at all times, no matter who is in front of you, what questions are being asked, or what cards show up. This Tarotcise involves role-playing and can help you learn to get centered - before you're actually in a real-life situation that makes you squirm.
December 15, 2019
Episode 156. Sure, you could use traditional spreads such as the Celtic Cross. But what if you wanted to create your own tarot spreads? Custom layouts that are tailored to you - or your clients - are not that hard to do! I'm joined today by Weston of Root Lock Tarot for a discussion on best practices for creating your own tarot spreads. Weston recently created The Root Lock Book of Spreads, an ebook filled with thirty-three original layouts. If you've ever thought that you wanted a fresh spread for any situation, Weston's advice is spot on.
December 8, 2019
Episode 155. If I had to label my style of reading, I would definitely fit in the "intuitive tarot reader" category. While the traditional meanings of the cards form a framework, I like to let my sixth sense lead the way in the interpretations. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm sharing one of my simple "Tarotcises" for intuitive tarot reading.
This is an easy, effective way to get out of your head and into your gut. (By the way, Tarotcise is a term I coined for Tarot Exercises. I think it's cute.)
December 1, 2019
Episode 154. Years ago, I purchased a set of Runes. I couldn't seem to make heads or tails out of them, so I gave up. Turns out I needed to give those Runes some time, according to Abbie Plouff. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Abbie teaches what Runes are, how to work with them, and how you might incorporate this magickal tool into your tarot readings. I may have to give those Runes another chance!
Book mentioned in this episode: Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic by Diana L. Paxson.
November 24, 2019
Episode 153. What is the Left Hand Path? How might a practitioner of this path approach tarot? I was curious. So I reached out to Bere Parra, a Mexican theistic satanic witch to learn more. Bere talks about common misconceptions about the left hand path, the Devil card, and more. This enlightening conversation sheds new light on a practice that is often viewed as "negative" or "scary." I have a better understanding of readers who follow this path. If you're wondering how a satanist might approach tarot, listen in.
November 17, 2019
Episode 152. Sometimes tarot takes us to places we don't expect. For example, we may come to the tarot table with a desire to sort out the future - but the cards take on a more therapeutic vibe. Tarot can go deep - and create profound healing. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Ashawnee DuBarry of ElysianSpiritTarot shares her story on how tarot helped her find peace, balance, and wholeness. We talk about self-sabotage, peeling away old stories, and finding clarity
If you're ready to go deep with tarot, you'll want to listen to our conversation.
November 10, 2019
Episode 151. One of the most stunning decks to come out in the past few years is Dust II Onyx by Courtney Alexander. Some of my listeners wanted to learn more about the deck - and the talented artist behind it. In this episode, Courtney joins me to talk about the inspiration for her deck, invocation, ancestors, ritual, and bonding with the deck. We also learn about the mysterious "Black Onyx" card and practice one of the spreads in the book.
If you have this deck and want to learn more about it, you'll love this episode! Don't have it yet? This may convince you to get it. (PS a travel version is coming out! YAY!)