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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Six-Card Spread for Clarity

This spread is provided in The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot Guidebook by Ashawnee Dubarry (Red Wheel Books). I am using The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot (illustrated by Coni Curi) for the reading. You can see my review of this deck _HERE_

I found this reading with this deck to be very insightful, helpful, and true for me.

The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot

Positional Definitions

(1) Feelings
(2) Needs
(3) Concerns
(4) The Present Moment
(5) The Obstacle
(6) The Future Outcome

My Cards and Interpretations

(1) Feelings: THE TOWER

Trying to be honest here, I am not sure I understand how The Tower represents my feelings. However, I realize that lately (more than usual), I am keenly aware that everything can turn upside down suddenly, without apparent warning. That is the nature of life itself, and as I grow older, I am somewhat fearful of the types of unexpected changes that could occur. I would like to be prepared for “anything” to happen, but I don’t feel prepared. I am ever so slightly on edge at all times, subconsciously if not consciously. 


I need to feel that I am secure and stable, and can afford to be generous to those I view as less secure/stable. As one might expect with the suit of Pentacles, I experience this primarily as an “Earth” issue – finances, health, possessions, security. Interestingly, this is a card I often associate with my husband, as it appeared long ago in connection to him. I think it is very true that I need what he offers and provides on many levels, particularly at an “Earth” level (physical, material realm), as indicated by the suit of Pentacles.

(3) Concerns: THE STAR

The positive traits represented by The Star include faith, hope, peace, inspiration, and renewal. I think perhaps my concern is that (as seen in The Tower), the things in which I have faith and hope can be upturned and changed at any time. It’s as if having something just makes me realize that it can be lost, and that is concerning.

(4) The Present Moment: KING OF SWORDS

Interestingly, I often see this card as representing my husband, a Gemini with his Moon in Libra (both Air signs, and Swords being the suit of Air in the system I use). It is certainly true that I rely on my husband’s intelligence and judgment in many, many ways. Any sudden change in his role in my life would be a “Tower” situation for sure. 

(5) The Obstacle: TEN OF SWORDS

I tend to interpret this as something I “can’t get past” for some reason. In other words, I am stuck irrationally clinging (mentally) to a difficult, painful cycle in my life, and this affects my ability to feel safe and secure. I need to figure out how to let go and move on.

(6) The Future Outcome: TEN OF CUPS

When I use a “future outcome” position in a reading, I bear in mind that the Tarot cannot predict the future with any certainty. There are simply too many variables that influence the future. What I do see here is that there is a strong possibility that I am likely to experience a positive, emotionally fulfilling outcome, due in part, perhaps, to family support and connections with those who matter to me. There is a sense of innocent trust in this card, perhaps indicating that the “concerns” represented by The Star will be overcome. My fears about a “Tower” experience may or may not be well founded. What matters is that ultimately, going forward, the helpful, positive energy is strong.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Interview with The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot

The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot
Deck and Guidebook
For Fierce Women
by Ashawnee DuBarry
Illustrated by Coni Curi
Publisher:‎ Red Wheel

As promised in my _REVIEW_ of this deck, I am now sharing a Deck Interview.

(1) How would you describe your essence or essential energy? 


I do place a value on rules and tradition, but I am not a slave to them. In fact, I caution you against following these things too rigidly. I am able to act as a spiritual mentor or guide when you need counsel. 

(2) Which card do you feel reflects my essence or essential energy?


I feel you are someone who is always ready to explore new beginnings in the area of thoughts or communication. You welcome opportunities to see more clearly and to express yourself more thoughtfully.

(3) What story do you hope to tell me? 


I hope to tell you a story of how the divine feminine nourishes emotional needs and intuits what those needs might be. This is the story of sensitivity, receptiveness, and compassion – and of releasing emotions in a healthy way.

(4) What should I not expect from you? 


Do not expect me to cause you deep hurt or suffering, or to assist you in holding onto pain from another source. My purpose will always be to heal and to help you move on.

(5) Which card most closely represents us as a team? 


As a team, we have the ability to turn a corner together at the end of a painful cycle, to accept the reality of whatever has happened, and to release hurt and pain. As a team, we can do this for anyone who seeks our insight or advice.

Friday, October 29, 2021

A Poetic Reading for All Hallows Eve 2021

 A few years ago, I shared “A Poetic Reading for All Hallows Eve” based on some rhyming lines that I wrote. I thought it would be fun to do this reading for 2021 using The Forgotten Tarot by Siri Soderblom.

Here are the rhyming lines (positional definitions):

Something that stands on the threshhold
Something that waits within
Something I need to banish
Something I need to let in
Something I need not fear
Something I need to begin

The layout looks like this:





(1) Something that stands on the threshhold: THREE OF CUPS

I love seeing this card here, as it typically signifies camaraderie, celebration, and joy shared. The photo reminds me of myself and my two closest friends from elementary school on through high school. We are still in touch, interacting on Facebook. I feel this card may also be alerting me to avoid a falling out or miscommunication between close friends and myself.

(2) Something that waits within: KNIGHT OF CUPS

With Cups being the suit of emotions and intuition, it makes sense that a Cups card would be “something that waits within.” This could refer to the most desirable qualities of this Knight, such as intuitiveness, imagination, charisma, and kindness, or it could be a caution that perhaps some of his less-appealing qualities “wait within,” such as immaturity, moodiness, jealousy, or a disconnection from reality.

(3) Something I need to banish: QUEEN OF SWORDS

I love that the suit of “Swords” (Air) in this deck is represented by a fountain pen (“the pen is mightier than the sword”). This Queen will not take kindly to the idea that she should be “banished” – but it is really her most unhelpful or negative qualities that need to be discarded, such as a tendency to be cutting or cruel, to suppress or bottle emotions, and being too wrapped up in other people’s emotions. There is a feeling of deep sorrow associated with this Queen, and I may need to explore how that applies to me. (I don’t know about you, but this image reminds me a bit of “Miss Gulch” in The Wizard of Oz…)

(4) Something I need to let in: PAGE OF SWORDS

In contrast with the Queen of Swords, the Page reaches for the sky, awash in new thoughts and ideas. He is optimistic and exhilerated, ready to expect the best of everyone and everything. This fresh, new way of looking at things or approaching things is something I need to “let in.”

(5) Something I need not fear: THE WORLD

“I need not fear The World.” That’s one heck of a sentence, with some pretty profound implications. In any case, The World represents a major turning point in life, the end of one phase or stage and the beginning of a new phase or stage. The World can also represent a sense that “all things are possible” or the end of a period of difficulty.

(6) Something I need to begin: THE MOON

As a Major Arcana card (like The World), The Moon indicates something significant or far-reaching in my life that I need to begin. To me, The Moon suggests that I need to begin to see things more clearly than I have before, to illuminate deep areas of myself so that I can perhaps see something in a new way. The Moon is always one of my favorite cards in any deck, so I tend to get a positive vibe from the card, even though it can represent illusions, ignorance, or fear of the unknown. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

REVIEW: The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot

The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot
Deck and Guidebook
For Fierce Women
by Ashawnee DuBarry
Illustrated by Coni Curi
Publisher:‎ Red Wheel (October 15, 2021)
Paperback:‎ 80 pages; 7-3/4 x 5-3/4 in.
Card Dimensions: 4-3/4 x 2-3/4 in.
ISBN-10:‎ 1590035259
ISBN-13:‎ 978-1590035252

: “The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot is an invitation for all to tap into the energy of the Divine Feminine and reclaim the tarot as a tool for self-care, spiritual growth, and self-actualization. Tarot was created during a time when the patriarchy maintained tight control over the roles that women were allowed to assume, and as a result most decks overlook the rich religious and spiritual status women have held throughout history. The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot is a complete reimagining—it’s what happens when we open up every card in the deck to feminine energy. True sisterhood is about coming together in a sacred space to support one another—no matter how you identify. Through the imagery, keywords, card meanings, and an exploration of female symbolism, readers will be instilled with confidence not only in their own feminine power but in a deeper understanding of a centuries-old craft.”


First of all, I really like how DuBarry approaches the idea of female symbolism and representation in the tarot. She makes it clear from the outset that this is not a deck “for women only.” Rather, it celebrates feminine energy while stressing inclusivity, unlike the original tarot, which centered its images and descriptions around the old gender roles. DuBarry references the “Divine Feminine” as a source of energy we can all tap into, with traits such as empathy, receptivity, creativity, fluidity, and intuition. 

Following sections titled The Tarot Deck Explained, Meet Your Deck, and Ways to Use Your Deck, DuBarry provides an excellent summary of “Female Symbolism in the Tarot.” She discusses The High Priestess, The Empress, Strength, Justice, Temperance, The Star, The Moon, and The World, along with how Divine Feminine wisdom is expressed in each of the four suits. 

I like the way DuBarry presents “The Spreads” section by including 1-card, 2-card, 3-card, and 6-card spreads as well as the Horseshoe Spread and (of course) the Celtic Cross.

Moving into the card-by-card discussions, we are given one page per Major Arcana card, arranged by Keywords (Upright), Keywords (Reversed), Yes/No/Maybe (I LOVE this), Upright Meaning, and Reversed Meaning. The guidebook can therefore be used as a quick reference/reminder or a source for more in-depth study. Pages covering the Minor Arcana cards offer a similar format, with two cards per page. 

The cards themselves, printed on sturdy stock, have rounded corners and attractively ornate gold borders against a black background. They were created to resemble vintage posters with a modern edge, in shades of green, brown, and gold with other colors added from time to time (such as a purple chalice on the Ace of Cups). The cards feature the original French name for each of the Major Arcana, such as La Papesse for the High Priestess and Le Diable for the Devil. The number system and minor Arcana follows the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith convention.

I find it refreshing to browse through the artwork on these cards, as it incorporates various racial backgrounds and skin colors. 

I will be posting a Deck Interview with this deck here on the blog before long, and also plan to share a reading or two using this marvelous deck.

: Ashawnee DuBarry is an intuitive tarot reader and astrologer based in New Jersey. She offers tarot and birth chart readings and works with women to help them connect with their inner goddesses. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and is passionate about helping her clients to use tarot as self-care, to heal, and to understand themselves more deeply. Learn more about Ashawnee and join her 35.5k followers on Instagram at @ElysianSpiritTarotLLC, where she posts daily messages.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Coni Curi is an Argentine artist and illustrator based in Buenos Aires. She gets her inspiration from folklore, astronomy, mythology, and the occult. Learn more at conicuri.com or join her 55.9k Instagram followers at @conicuri.

In accordance with the FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I hereby disclose that this product was provided by the publisher for free. Other than the occasional review copy, I receive no monetary or in-kind compensation for my reviews.  The substance of my reviews is not influenced by whether I do or do not receive a review copy.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Seven Day Show: A Reading

Today's reading uses the Cirque du Tarot by Leeze Robertson, Illustrated by Josh Tufts, and published by Llewellyn. The spread  -- called "The Seven Day Show" -- is from the guidebook that comes with that deck.

Intended to reveal the upcoming week "at a glance," this spread uses one card for each day of the week. Leeze Robertson points on that it is helpful to look for cards that present challenges first (so you can plan for them), then cards that show big bursts of energy (with the potential to interrupt our day). Finally, the mundane cards are likely to indicate the most productive days.

Let's see what's in store for me!


The Knight of Wands brings lots of energy to my Monday, energy that I will need to use wisely and well. I may feel overwhelmed at some point, and I may need to get out and get away for a few minutes to regroup.

(2) Tuesday: THE DEVIL

Tuesday, I may find myself dealing with the idea of power – as in where does my power lie? Am I giving my power to someone or something else? Who is pulling the strings?

(3) Wednesday: SIX OF SWORDS

The opportunity for a journey or forward movement of some kind is indicated for Wednesday. A chance for growth is possible, but perhaps only if I can move out of my comfort zone.


Feelings of contentment and security are likely on Thursday as I become aware of how my hard work is finally paying dividends. Perhaps I will receive a welcome boost to my self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.


Teamwork is highlighted on Friday, and I have an opportunity to reach out to others to manifest a dream. Or perhaps someone will be reaching out to me to join forces.

(6) Saturday: STRENGTH

Mutual trust and respect create conditions in which I can support someone else or be lifted up by someone. The absence of power struggles is an important key to achieving balance and success. 

(7) Sunday: ACE OF SWORDS

Although it’s the end of the week, the Ace of Swords indicates new ideas or flashes of inspiration that can point me in a new direction based on new thinking or a change in mindset. 

It will be interesting to see how the week unfolds!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Reading with Nature's Wisdom Oracle

Nature’s Wisdom Oracle
by Mindy Lighthipe

(1) Message from the Universe: DAFFODIL (Sincerity)

My message from the Universe comes from the Daffodil, a lovely yellow flower that heralds the beginning of Spring where I live. Among other fascinating facts provided by the guidebook that comes with Nature’s Wisdom Oracle, we learn that “The name daffodil is derived from the Dutch word affodyle and means ‘that which cometh early.’ By sending the Daffodil, the Universe is reminding me to be sincere, truthful, and honest in all that I do. I get a sense also that I have an opportunity to start a new "season" in my life, a fresh approach to some area (although the literal season coming up is autumn).

(2) What I need to release: HUMMINGBIRD (Energy)

It’s easy to see why Mindy Lighthope chose “energy” as the keyword for the Hummingbird. They are amazing to watch as they fly forward, backward, up, down, and sideways, and hover in midair. Bursts of energy are useful, but in this reading, the Hummingbird is telling me “What I need to release.” Perhaps this is a message to let go of or release any tendency I have to move too fast or to use all my energy at once, which can lead to burnout.

(3) What I need to focus on: PRAYING MANTIS (Danger)

Meanwhile, the Praying Mantis is advising me to focus on “Danger.” Something I’m doing or the direction I’m heading in could very well take me into a difficult, hazardous situation. Lighthope tells us that the word “mantis” means “prophet.” This creature is known for ambushing its prey and devouring it alive – I would be wise to be careful and cautious to avoid becoming a victim.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Cirque du Tarot: A Deck Interview

Cirque Du Tarot
Tarot Deck and Guidebook
by Leeza Robertson
Illustrated by Josh Tufts
Llewellyn Publications
Available September 8, 2021

As promised at the end of my _REVIEW_ of this deck, I am now sharing a Deck Interview. I sit alone in my ringside seat under the big top to ask my questions. Each card that answers steps into the spotlight in the center ring to give a response.

How would you describe your essence or essential energy?


I am your Inner Child, the spirit who brings you memories of a different place and time – real or imagined – when anything was possible and everything was waiting to be discovered. I am here to help you draw from that time and place, to bring what is long gone into the present. I will help you experience again the playfulness, the sense of wonder, and the willingness to suspend disbelief – but also to help you leave behind that which must be allowed to fade away into the past. 

Which card do you feel reflects my essence or essential energy?


Impatience and impulsiveness are major components of your essence or essential energy. This Knight shares the sign Sagittarius with you, although not your specific decan. As such, he represents the assertiveness and need to take action you see quite clearly in yourself. In the Cirque du Tarot, this Knight jumps, runs, twists, and turns – all while carrying fire. Impressive, to be sure. But it might benefit you to take a few deep breaths from time to time to let your mind, emotions, and body rest.

What story do you hope to tell me?


The story I hope to tell you is is a story about lack or loss of energy, the feeling of being uninspired or bored. But this is not the whole story. You must not make it the whole story. Our minds and hearts tell us many stories every day, week to week, year to year. What you need to realize is that a story based on your current mood is not meant to be told more than once, fleetingly, acknowledging it as a phase, something that will pass. Always know that there is a new opportunity within reach, within range, if you are open to recognizing it.

What should I not expect from you?


Do not expect me to be your only source of knowledge, expertise, or wisdom. In fact, there is no one source for that, and in the Cirque du Tarot, even The Hierophant is part of a team. I know who I am and I never doubt my strengths, but I cannot be your crutch or your only resource.

Which card most closely represents us as a team?


As a team, we are prepared and eager to travel great distances, to seize opportunities to journey in any direction, for any purpose. Together we can venture outside any and all comfort zones to seek new dreams, new paths, and new experiences. All aboard!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

REVIEW: Cirque du Tarot


Cirque Du Tarot
Tarot Deck and Guidebook
by Leeza Robertson
Illustrated by Josh Tufts
206 pages
Dimensions : ‎ 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0738764086
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0738764085
Llewellyn Publications

Available September 8, 2021

PUBLISHER’S PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Roll up, roll up! Come see the greatest tarot circus on earth! This unique deck showcases the excitement and illusion to be found under the big top along with all the behind-the-scenes intrigue that fuels the show. The suits are cleverly comprised of clockwork machines, balancing blades, water acrobatics, and blazing fire dancers; and since the cards follow the Rider-Waite-Smith structure and symbology, you can begin reading with them today. With its sumptuous art and captivating characters, this deck is the perfect choice for tarotists who are drawn to the magic and mystery of the Ringmaster's domain.”


With an intro like the description provided by the publisher (above), this deck and book set certainly has a lot to live up to! Fortunately Robertson and Tufts do that and more with skill comparable to that of the performers under their “Big Top.”

I love books, so for me, the best place to start exploring this deck is by paging through the approximately 206-page guidebook, titled Under the Big Top. Preceding the discussion/description of each card in the deck, we have small sections such as “Welcome to the Show!”, “The Playbill,” and “Setting the Stage: How to Do a Reading with Your New Cards.” All of this material is clear and succinctly written, useful for beginners and more experienced readers alike.

ACT ONE MAJORS / The Greatest Show on Earth: As expected, the pages in this section cover the Major Arcana cards. I love that for each card, Leeza Robertson provides a paragraph titled “Ally” followed by a paragraph titled “Challenger,” basically covering the idea of upright and reversed interpretations.

INTERMISSION / Court Cards: Here we receive information about Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings in general, plus a discussion of each Page, Knight, Queen, and King using the same format as the Majors (“Ally” and “Challenger”).


The suits are then broken down into “Acts.” I absolutely love the subtitle provided for each suit:

ACT TWO / Swords: A Land of Dreams and Nightmares
ACT THREE / Wands: It’s All Fire and Smoke
ACT FOUR / Cups: Dive Deep and Play
ACT FIVE / Pentacles: Reality Revealed

For the ENCORE, we are given wonderful spreads with circus-related titles such as “Seeking the Spotlight,” “Stage Fright,” “The Seven Day Show!”, and “Being Part of a Troupe.” 


The cards themselves are standard Tarot stock, sturdy enough without being thick and unwieldy. The titles on the Major Arcana cards include the card number as well as the traditional name. (I was pleased to see that the author didn’t try to get cute by giving the Majors names like “Ringmaster” or “Lion Tamer.”) In fact, there are no “lion tamers” in the deck because animals are not part of the Cirque du Tarot, yet another selling point in my opinion.

Swords cards are illustrated in shades of dark blue, indigo, and purple (clearly linked with the element Air). Wands are orange and red (clearly linked with the element Fire). Cups are illustrated in turquoise and pink/fuchsia. Pentacles cards feature golds and browns. Card backs offer a gorgeous representation of the suit symbols.

Professional designer and illustrator Josh Tufts imbues each card with his own style, while honoring traditional themes, symbols, and imagery.

NEXT STEP: I plan to do a deck interview soon with this deck and probably a reading or two. Stay tuned!

In accordance with the FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I hereby disclose that this product was provided by the publisher for free. Other than the occasional review copy, I receive no monetary or in-kind compensation for my reviews.  The substance of my reviews is not influenced by whether I do or do not receive a review copy.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Tarot Connections: Venus in Libra

Venus will be in the sign Libra from August 16th to September 10th. Venus rules Libra, and therefore is quite happy (and powerful) when visiting (transiting) that sign.

In the system established by the Golden Dawn, the Tarot card associated with Venus is The Empress (Key 3) and the card associated with Libra is Justice (Key 11).

Using the Celestial Tarot by Kay Steventon and Brian Clark (U.S. Games Systems), I thought it would be fun to explore the relationship between Venus and Libra, and between The Empress and Justice.

The Empress (Venus)

The planet Venus rules not only the sign Libra but the sign Taurus as well. From an elemental perspective, then, Venus rules both an Air sign and an Earth sign. There is certainly an “upper” or “higher” energy indicated by the element Air, with a “lower” energy indicated by Earth. Or, as Brian Clark puts it: “Taurus carries the earthy, sensual, fertile, and resourceful sides of the goddess, symbolized by her green sash. Libra reflects her heavenly sides of culture and beauty.”

Other symbols we see on The Empress card include “open arms and bare breasts” (a desire to be known); magic girdle (ability to cast love spells); sacred dove (messenger of peace and reconciliation).

Justice (Libra)

Fun Fact (from Brian Clark): “The last addition to the zodiac as we know it today was Libra.” Clark also points out: “Just as Libra lies at the midpoint of the zodiac, Justice appears at the midpoint of the Major Arcana.” Thus, the Justice card often represents a crossroads in our own judgment, a choice or decision to be made on which path to follow.

Justice is Key 11 in the Celestial Tarot (experienced Tarot readers will know that in some decks, Justice is Key 8).

Clark explains that the earliest Greek goddess to be associated with Justice was Themis, and it is she who is pictured on the Justice card in the Celestial Tarot. Behind Themis we see a peacock, “whose tail is a swirl of colors that has become associated with totality and wholeness” (Clark). The mantle Themis wears is covered with roses (the heart, beauty, love). 

The process of equality and balance is emphasized by Justice -- that is, equality and balance between polarities, differences, or disagreements. Natives of the sign Libra are known for their desire to examine and explore all sides of everything in order to resolve conflicts fairly. This can lead to indecision and delays. 

In fact, if we consult the Oracle of the Radiant Sun (Caroline Smith and John Astrop, St. Martin’s Griffin), the card assigned to the placement of Venus in Libra is titled “Indecision.” In addition to finding it difficult to make a decision, the desire for harmony is so strong, there may be a tendency to “give in” or acquiesce to another person in order to avoid confrontation or conflict.

As Venus transits Libra from August 16th to September 10th, the accompanying energy will affect everyone. In order to get a more personal “take” on this placement, we can look at which house transiting Venus is in while in Libra. In my case, that is the First House, House of Self. I (and others with that same house placement) will very likely experience moments of peaceful, balanced energy at a very personal level, including harmony in our closest personal relationships. The vibes from this Venus-in-Libra transit should be quite pleasant and satisfying. I will, of course, want to be aware of any tendency to waffle in decisions that affect me personally, or to deny my own preferences too often in order to avoid conflict.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Day of the Druids -- 1 August 2021

Wow, it’s been over four years since I did one of my Day of the Druids readings. Time flies. I’d say I’m overdue for some advice on what I need to be aware of today. 

The positional definitions are:

(1) Not only...

(2) But also...

(1) Not only. . . TWO OF CUPS

(Druid Craft Tarot)

Today I need to be aware of my closest one-to-one relationships – friends and family. A new relationship is possible, but I feel this refers more to being aware of the importance of existing relationships or perhaps the need for reconciliation.

(2) But also. . . BULL

(Druid Animal Oracle)

As a symbol of wealth and potency, the Bull tells me I also need to be aware of the source(s) and accessibility of abundance and/or power in my life. I think I may also need to be aware of any area in which I am being too stubborn or reacting too “confrontationally” to a situation. Am I “seeing red” when there is no need or benefit to doing so?


The DruidCraft Tarot (deck and book set) by Philip and Stephanie Carr Gomm, with illustrations by Will Worthington (Eddison Sadd Editions)

The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Card Illustrations by Bill Worthington. Fireside: Simon & Schuster, Inc.