{ Magic Monday }

So, who here is still reeling from all that eclipse energy last week? It was amazing to get to experience it and it felt pretty incredible given the amount of personal change I've been dealing with lately. I've been feeling a little tapped out as a result, maybe you have too? Whether you are feeling supercharged or super-crashed, I think this week's reading can apply to all of us:

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- Four of Swords - This card is all about being in a state of rest and recovery - it begs us to withdraw for a while and get more introspective. In this solitude, we aim to heal our spirit and mind, it's also a good time to set boundaries so that you are able to function better in the eye of the storm. Stay calm, stay centered...let the chaos around you churn while you meditate and keep your shit together. 

- Eight of Cups - In which Tarot looked at the first card and said, 'I see your Four of Swords and I raise you this Eight of Cups...' It's all well and good to make space for self-examination, but you have been spreading yourself too thin and the sacrifice here is you. Time to stop fucking around - look at the amount of energy you put into tending your relationships, it's a lot, isn't it? It's time to start putting more energy into your own needs. To avoid feeling empty and emotionally exhausted, you need to become a better caregiver for yourself. Honor those boundaries you have worked hard to establish and stop giving your energy away to others. 

- The Sun - A card which symbolizes positivity and success in all endeavors, The Sun is representative of the vital energy of your true self. Once you are able to recognize your needs and tend to them, you will be making space for personal growth and happiness to come to you. I love seeing this card, Y'all - good things are on the horizon!

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*These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

{ Magic Monday }

Is everyone ready for the Solar Eclipse (Of The Heart)? I'm SUPEREXCITED about it. The eclipse is bringing about some rapid change and it's a good idea for us to be ready to embrace the things which are out of our control (chaos). Adding to that, we have a new moon, making this a good time to let go of the things which no longer serve you and to work with this current of energy rather than try to fight against it. New beginnings Y'all, let's get into it! I pulled some cards to help us navigate through this - check it out:

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- King of Swords - Well, good news! For those of you playing at home, the King of Swords was last card I pulled from last week's reading. Today it represents where we are, so it appears that we have been doing our work, so to speak. Sharing information and knowledge ~ while being receptive to the wisdom and counsel of others ~ we are using our intellectual and analytical strengths to come to a place of fairness with others. 

- Page of Wands - So, it's super hard to sit still and not act on all the the inspiration and revelations we are experiencing right now. It's easy to get swept up in the impulsive energy surrounding this card - but we still need to slow our roll. The opportunities presenting themselves are just the kind to feed our creative spirit, but we are lacking the experience and maturity necessary to bring these things to fruition. Keep your sense of adventure alive, but don't be too quick to make a move - slow and steady Y'all.

-Six of Cups - By allowing things to slow down, we can better embrace the memory and feelings of more carefree days. This card always talks about feeling connected to the joy, innocence and ease of childhood - I know this is not true for all of us, for many our childhoods can be a memory bank for trauma and hurt. I think what this means is, we can cultivate the feelings of playful ease if we give ourselves permission to experience magic. Did y'all have imaginary friends? Imaginary epic battles? Make potions out of mud and whatever else you could find in the yard? I think all children are pretty witchy and their sense of wonder and magic can get shamed out of us as we get older. Fuck that noise! Time to get in touch with your intuition and really flex your imagination muscles. Try to remember the things which give you real joy and revisit those things!

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*These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

{ Magic Monday }

Hi Y'all! Have you had a good summer? It's been a hot minute since I've been able to write, but I've got a fresh, three-card spread to share with you - perhaps one which will be particularly helpful with Mercury all up in Retrograde again. Let's dig in:

Six of Swords, Knight of Wands and the King of Swords from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot deck by Uusi Design; gorgeous Iris printed pelt by Ash Miyagawa. 

Six of Swords, Knight of Wands and the King of Swords from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot deck by Uusi Design; gorgeous Iris printed pelt by Ash Miyagawa

- Six of Swords - This is where we are now. I'm not one bit surprised to see this card, which was the last card I pulled for us in June (a 'no shit, Tarot' type of card if there ever was one...) which represents a change for the better after a period of uncertainty. Through our own introspection, we may be seeing things a little more clearly and finding a new awareness. This card can also signify a journey for some, but is always a reminder that our transitions are cyclical and our experiences are transitory. 

- Knight of Wands - BUT! We may be feeling restless, impatient - eager to get this change of scenery (be it mental, physical or both) over and done with. Our sense of courage and desire for adventure is a useful tool for us here, but it can be causing us to act recklessly if we don't take some time to really contemplate our best steps forward. In short, we must slow our collective roll. 

- King of Swords - If we are able to measure our desire for change with rational guidance - and this type of thing takes time, patience and thoughtful evaluation - then we will be coming into our new passage with wisdom and fairness. It's about taking the higher road these days - no easy feat, not ever - and seeking out counsel when we feel unsure. The exchange of knowledge is one we can all benefit from so don't be too proud to seek it out and by all means share what you know! 

*The beautiful tarot cloth I am using is a printed rabbit pelt created by none other than our own Ash Miyagawa, who has opened an incredible shop wherein you will find botanical illustrations, prints and beautiful, unusual goods! You can visit this shop, here!

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

{ Three Card Monday }

Hi there - I pulled some interesting cards for us this week - let's have a look!

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- Seven of Swords - All right y'all, we are in a very receptive place at the moment, our intellectual antennae are raised and feeling things out, ready to focus on the needs of the world. Pretty intense place to be, but I feel like as a community we are ready to step out of ourselves and be more giving. Seven of Swords is also considered a 'vision quest' card, and marks a time for us to find our spiritual voice. Big stuff.

- Queen of Pentacles - We may run into some issues if we are too focused on money, or are unable to look beyond our own immediate needs. We have the ability to be very innovative with new projects and if we invest our time and energy in this forward direction, we have the potential to see abundance materialize in so many different areas of our lives. We are reminded to be charitable instead of greedy - not to sound like a huge hippie or anything, but this Queen is asking us to use our talents to care for the Earth and each other - to be altruistic.

- Six of Swords - If we are able to do this, we will in for a real journey. Six of swords represents a change for the better after period of uncertainty and struggle. It is a symbol of passage and this transition will point us towards achievements in art, in science, in spiritual enlightenment and the beautiful aspects of our humanity. 

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

{ Three Card Monday }

Hi Y'all! It's been a hot second since I last pulled cards for us, last week was a holiday AND my computer decided to throw a tantrum, so it didn't happen. To make up for our absence here I thought I'd do a three card pull for all of us. Pretty exciting stuff ahead of us - ready to dive in? Here we go!

Yes: Ten of Pentacles; But: Judgement; Therefore: Wheel of Fortune

Yes: Ten of Pentacles; But: Judgement; Therefore: Wheel of Fortune

- Ten of Pentacles - This card traditionally signifies wealth, security, good fortune and wisdom. It represents abundance as well and it is where we are now. It's time for us to put our creativity into action because the time is right for a new thingie. If we think of money as a type of energy, we can take the presence of this card as assurance to move it towards other endeavors, exchange that energy/prosperity and move it towards a new area of focus. Maybe you are thinking about making some significant career changes or investing in your education? Perhaps you are enriching your spiritual practice and tending to some deeper forms of self-care? There are a lot of different ways in which we might be living in this space of prosperity and completion. It's a good place to be...and the end of a cycle.

Pardon the blurry shot and the mess behind the cards. I'm having my ass handed to me by a house project at the moment....

Pardon the blurry shot and the mess behind the cards. I'm having my ass handed to me by a house project at the moment....

- Judgement - But we are also re-evaluating our past actions and present situation before embarking on this journey of transformation. That's not a bad thing y'all. It's good to be self-aware enough to make changes as we come into a greater spiritual awareness. The challenges that we face are better met when we do so head-on and with acceptance. It's an important step in Shadow Work (remember that Old Chestnut? Time for more...). This card appears as a reminder to follow our intuition and to really BE WHO WE ARE and stop resisting our true nature. 

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- Wheel of Fortune - This card has a lot of significance for me personally. My dear friend Amy, who is also my Tarot Yoda, taught me that this card shows up when we need to find balance in our lives. When we are grounded and fully present, we are capable of weathering all kinds of storms and are better able to negotiate the low points of life as well as the highs. The Wheel is a turning point for many of us and it's telling us to think before we act, but not to be afraid of taking risks. Especially when we consider the cards proceeding this one, we have come to the end of a cycle and are ready to embark on something new. This is also a card of karmic significance - a good time for us all to be reflective and self-introspective (I see you there, Judgement) and make the necessary adjustments to better ourselves and move forward with intent and purpose. 

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Take care this week y'all and I'll holler at you next Monday!

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

{ Mentat Monday }

Hi Y'all, I hope you had a great weekend! Are you ready to dig into this week's focus card? It's a good one....

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Ace of Swords

In Tarot, Swords always represent the intellect and mental process of the querent. Our rational minds provide us with the necessary tools to discern between illusion and truth and the Ace of this suit is indicative of the beginning of that clarity. 

We are approaching a 'break-through' of with our insight and perception. Ace of Swords suggests that we hold steady, to better know - and therefore speak - our truth. 

We have great intellectual potential and mental capacity, Y'all. Let's do this thing!

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

 

{ Mother's Day Monday }

Yes, it's the day after Mother's Day, but who am I to miss out on a perfect alliteration when opportunity presents itself? In the spirit of honoring motherhood (in all the forms this archetype can represent), I decided to choose a card deliberately today. Our focus card for the week is none other than the ultimate 'Mother' in Tarot, The Empress.

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The Empress represents all things nurturing, including the experiences of conception, gestation, birth, guidance and the care needed to facilitate growth. Qualities associated with this card are patience, creativity, fertility, nature, wisdom, abundance, beauty and the capacity for giving and receiving love. 

When the Empress turns up in your reading, she is usually there to herald a time of directionless, explosive creativity. While the directionless part is a little scary, I always take this as good news, as my old ass can always use some youthful energy with my visionary rebirth. And how do we apply the lessons of the Empress? Baby your ideas, give them patience and care - cultivate a healthy environment for them to thrive in and then watch them develop into something good. Remember to be receptive to this type of fertile energy when you feel it, and don't be afraid to get weird, y'all - the Arts and Sciences (and all of us other weirdos) need you. 

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

 

{ Sustainable Fashion In Kansas City: A Guide }

I don't usually go shopping, but when I do, I endeavor to either, A: Support a local artisan or maker by spending my money on handmade, high-quality pieces of clothing; or B: purchase used or vintage apparel. It's a blend of high and low that keeps me from supporting 'fast fashion' (I won't get into it here, but if you are interested in learning more about the political aspects of apparel, there is no shortage of depressing information out there about how environmentally taxing, damaging and wasteful this practice of consumerism is).

If you are also interested in supporting sustainable fashion, I've put together a guide for how to support some wonderful shops and creators here in Kansas City! Check it out!

- Hadley - I have loved designer Hadley Clark's exquisite garments for years. Hadley recycles beautiful materials made from natural fibers (such as silk kimonos and African indigo textiles) and creates the most beautiful and comfortable pieces, I feel like an actual High Priestess when I wear her clothes! It's also worth noting that Hadley is offering sewing lessons, workshops and textile tune-ups in her shop to educate and empower others to repair and tailor pieces they already own for their personal wardrobe. She's an incredible artist and her activism through apparel is badass! You should follow her instagram account if you don't already, you won't be sorry. 

Amazing dress by Hadley Clark.

Amazing dress by Hadley Clark.

- Donnas Dress Shop -  This shop is a jewel in Kansas City!  I have found more treasures at Donna's than I can count, my favorite, one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces have all been found here! Donna and her staff are also super supportive of local artists and designers, Donna's Dress shop is always hosting pop-ups and creative events - it's a treat to visit her delightful shop! Aaaaand, if you are like me and are mostly a mole person who rarely leaves her hermit cave, do yourself a favor and follow Donna's awesome instagram account - no joke, the last three purchases I made there were because of her instagtam photos!

Donna's Dress Shop.

Donna's Dress Shop.

 

- We Are Sincerely Yours - Danielle Meister has created a charming boutique with hand-selected vintage items, one of a kind jewelry, TADEJ leather goods and beautiful Hadley Clark original pieces. Danielle's affinity for natural fibers, interesting textures and timeless design make her apparel offerings so special, and, she often collaborates with my other favorite vintage seller, Wunderhub Vintage! Danielle and Leslie both utilize instagram to reveal new finds and sales, so I highly recommend following them here and here

We Are Sincerely Yours. 

We Are Sincerely Yours. 

 

- Dear Society - Oh man do I love this shop.  This lovely space offers beautiful vintage and new garments as well as home decor items. It's absolutely worth the visit, aaaand their instagram is full of PRETTY - check it out, here

Dear Society.

Dear Society.

{ Mingledingle Monday }

I felt like this week really called for one of those loud and clear kinds of messages, so I went to my beautiful Scrying Ink deck for guidance. This week's focus card is really keeping in theme with our last couple of card pulls (Hanged Man and Nine of Swords), hold on to your butts because this week I pulled.....

BROOM

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Ah yes, Broom. In traditional Lenormand decks this card is presented with the Whip, but this particular deck takes that message one step further by being even more specific. Broom is indicative of clearing away, separation, dissolution and truth - it also signifies a time for some fresh starts. Unlike the argumentative nature of Whip, Broom is more of a cleansing card, sweeping away lies and unhealthy situations to give way to a new beginning.

Lenormand Broom (Whip) is represented by the Jack of Clubs (AKA Page of Wands) in cartomancy, which means this is also a time that is ripe with opportunity. It's good for us to embrace this change with positivity and enthusiasm, but to keep our impulsiveness in check. Change is not easy, Y'all. I know some of you may be experiencing some difficult or uncomfortable transitions right now and it might be hard to keep your chin up about it. Broom here is letting you know that you are making room in your heart for things which truly enrich your soul, and you will come out of this a happier, healthier person. 

We have been working on changing our perspective, on breaking our bad mental habits and now we are being asked to really clear the air and make space for those new possibilities that are opening for us. Let's do this shit!

 *These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!    

 

{ May Day Monday }

Happy Beltane Y'all!! Got any awesome bonfire plans? Want to see which card I pulled for us to focus on this week?

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You are probably not going to die from shock when I share with you that the card I pulled is none other than the Nine of Swords. Again? You may be asking, but bad habits are tough to break, y'all. This card has come up quite a lot for us recently and seems to be needling us to get out of our negative thought processes (and, therefore, out of our own way). If we took time last week to let some of our thoughts and ideas really germinate, we may have also let some of those neggy little voices shout louder during this time of repose. 

The Nine of Swords likes to remind us to listen to others (which makes sense, as last week we were reminded by the appearance of The Hanged Man to see things from another's point of view), that our ideas are a part of the world - but not all of it. This is about finding illumination through a deeper spiritual practice which can be reached when we let go of our old mental habits. 

How can we use this card to move forward this week? If we are able to break away from a mindset or pattern that has failed work for us, we are making room for actual clarity. Putting our focus on positive outcomes and directing our thoughts towards what we seek, want and hope for - rather than on the things we wish to avoid or nightmare scenarios - allows us to intellectually set our intentions for progress. It's not as easy as it sounds. Habits are super hard to break from, and it takes practice. I often have to catch myself from going full-martyr in my head - or worse, vilifying people, environments and dogmas that I am distancing myself from to make myself feel justified and validated for bugging out.  What I (WE) really need to do is say NAH BRUH to all that horseshit and put our mental energy and focus on our victories and positive attributes - feed THAT wolf instead of the one that acts like a jerk. 

 *These three card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!

{ Mind Killer Monday: Bear }

Well, I decided to dust off my beautiful Scrying Ink deck for this week's focus card and - because Lenormand decks are direct as hell, I pulled Bear for us. Bear represents the ten of clubs and most frequently indicates personal finances and money issues for the querent. Taxes are due, finances are on the mind and so Bear has turned up to say, 'Oh hello, your anxiety about money is giving you stress, I just thought you'd like to know what you already knew. You're welcome, enjoy.'

Lunar platter by Sweet Destructor, who rules. 

Lunar platter by Sweet Destructor, who rules. 

 

If you are among the lucky few who are not freaking out about financial strain, you may be wondering what else can the Bear mean for us in a reading? In a career focused reading it can mean that showing aggressiveness or strength is beneficial at that time so pull up your big girl pants and get at it! In issues regarding personal health, it usually signifies weight loss or gain - a good reminder is for you to think about how bears survive their Winter hibernation by gorging on food in the Spring. (This one is relevant to me personally, as yesterday was a *personal best* for epic snack consumption and napping). Oh, and the Bear can also represent a matriarchal figure as well, so call your mom. Finally,  when romance is on the brain the Bear can signify a robust, even aggressive suitor, if you know one of those...maybe rethink things if your S.O. is acting possessive or pushy.  Also, let us not forget the direct and even literal ways of Lenormand tarot communication, for you boys who like full-figured fellers, I've got good news - this card could mean a 'bear' for you!  

This is a bear.

This is a bear.

This is also a bear.

This is also a bear.

 *These three card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!

{ Natural Voice with Laura Frank }

We are partnering up with someone really awesome to do something amazing.

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Y'all. I am ridiculously excited for this workshop we are offering next month! Laura Frank of Inner Space Yoga is coming to Oracle on May 7th to offer her beautiful Throat Chakra opening workshop, Natural Voice! Check it out:

 ++ Natural Voice: A Throat Chakra Workshop ++


Song and mantra are powerful tools for self healing and connecting with the whole in nearly every spiritual practice around the world.  Singing in a group allows one to surrender the ego and enter into a group meditation.  All are welcome, especially those who feel blocked or insecure in any matters relating to the throat chakra, communication, and singing.  We will work together to find the natural voice and heal past traumas associated with the throat chakra in a safe, ceremonial space. 

What to expect/bring: 


People should dress comfortable enough to do some light stretching.  We will be sitting the floor for a period of time, so people may want to bring a cushion, folded blanket, or back jack.  It is important to stay hydrated, so people might want to bring water to drink. Also, people should bring a small, meaningful item or talisman to charge at the altar like a stone, scarf, charm, piece of jewelry, etc. 

This class will be held at Oracle (130 West 18th Street, KCMO 64108) on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 4:30pm-7:00pm. 

+++ This workshop will include +++


- An altar building ritual and teachings on how to work with a 7 directions altar. 
- A discussion about medicine songs and chants.
- A discussion about the throat chakra.
- Breath work and yoga to activate the Vishuddah (throat chakra) and expand lung capacity.
- Group learning and singing of medicine songs. 
- Creation of an original vocal score for a therapeutic and heart opening experience.

 

+++ About Laura Frank +++

Laura is native to and based in the heartland, Kansas City, Missouri where she owns Inner Space Yoga. It is her mission as a yoga studio owner and teacher to provide a safe and nurturing space to heal, grow, learn, and expand consciousness.
 Laura has a background in performing arts. She has trained, performed and taught with vocal and movement masters around Europe and the US for the past 15 years.  
In the past, she worked in these traditions to generate material for performances but when she found herself on the path of initiation, Laura recognized the healing power of movement, song and mantra.  She currently works with and studies shamanic healing practices from Central and South America with her teachers Santiparro in the US and Shipibo Maestros Don Sina and Bawan Meni in the Peruvian Amazon.

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It's going to be incredible and I hope you can make it, I'll be there! You can register for this workshop online, here!

{ Suggested Reading }

I am of two minds when I find something that is AWESOME. The selfish part of me wants to keep it to myself like a beautiful, happy secret...but then the nagging guilt sets in, at which point I start feeling compelled to share this wonderful thing - because what kind of awful, garbage monster would I be if I kept this to myself? Such were my feelings when I discovered a new-to-me blog, The Woman Who Married A Bear, written by woman whose expertise is relevant to my interests - earth activist, plant sorceress, tarot reader and all around badass - Milla Prince. 

Milla Prince, plant witch and noted badass.

Milla Prince, plant witch and noted badass.

 

Y'all. Some real talk, if you will.

I didn't grow up with very healthy associations with food. My family didn't treat it as medicine, but rather food was often viewed as some kind of ruthless enemy, lurking in the shadows, waiting to fuck up your body in some awful way when you succombed to consuming it. Eating was not an act of pleasure or joy, and on the rare occasion in which you did eat something that you actually enjoyed, it was shameful and viewed with suspicion. It won't surprise you to learn that we did not garden as a family and we sure as shit did not go foraging for edible plants. That said, these are things that have interested me as an adult. For the last ten years I have endeavored to repair my relationship with food by growing some of my own and even foraging for mushrooms. I am learning how to identify edible, wild plants and (thanks to Jill McKeever, who has workshopped several plant medicine classes with Oracle) also how to keep myself healthy with our little herb homies. I am learning How To Plants, Y'all. (Look down. I know what these are now!)

Milla Prince's blog and instagram account have brought a special joy to my life. As I learn more and more about the medicinal and nutritional properties in certain plants (and how to identify them!), I have found her site to be a tremendous resource and an integral part of my plant education. Milla writes so eloquently about her culture, her experiences and the knowledge she has gained therein. I have found myself captivated by her stories of tradition and folklore. This incredible woman is all about connections, plant-based or otherwise - and I happen to love that sort of thing too, so I enjoy all of her non-flora content as well. If you, like me, are interested in developing your knowledge of plants and herbal medicine, or simply are curious about energetic connectivity (and or sartorial excellence in power-clashing prints), I HIGHLY recommend that you check out her work! (I would be remiss if I didn't mention her wonderful herbal shop, Fireweed & Nettle, which you should also check out!

++ This podcast is fantastic, btw, Milla Prince discusses witchcraft, her childhood in Finland and the tradition of plant healing with which she was raised. Have a listen, you won't be sorry.

{Muggle Monday: Ten of Pentacles - Citrine edition!}

Hi Y'all. I hope you are well, nice to have some sunshine days lately! The card I pulled this week is a lovely one to get - the Ten of Pentacles! Let's take a deep dive, shall we?

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The Ten of Pentacles

I know it doesn't always seem like it, but with the Ten of Pentacles, we have all that we need. The pentacles signifies security and abundance - at the number ten we have reached the pinnacle of our material wealth. Now, I'd like to take some time to discuss abundance a bit because traditionally the pentacles are tied to monetary wealth, but I think it's important to recognize that abundance comes in many forms, not just financial. Our health, our happiness, feelings of satisfaction with our various relationships all fall under this umbrella of 'abundance'. This type of comfort and fulfillment gives way to the Ace of Wands and makes room for creativity and growth in the spiritual realm. This card is also about wisdom, our experiences have been our teachers and we have reached a point in which we know how to best invest our time and energy. Our ideas and investments can take flight - we got this. 

 

++ Citrine ++

Citrine is known by many other names, I've heard it called The Success Stone, The Merchant's Stone, and The Prosperity Stone. This bright stone has energies of good fortune and success and is used in meditational practices to manifest personal success and abundance. More abundance, you say? That's right! Citrine is believed to bring good health, fortune, happiness, confidence and personal wisdom to those who use it. It's a super good one y'all, citrine is my homie. 

*Fun Fact! Most Citrine you find on the market is actually amethyst or smoky quartz which has been heat-treated.  Heat-treated citrine shares the same metaphysical properties as naturally occurring citrine, though it is more rare. 

{ Mugwort Monday: The Devil }

I've been toying around with different alliterations with which to title this post, my favorite suggestions by far were, "Muffled Screams Monday' and 'Murder Monday', but those don't really pertain to the subject at hand, so for now I'm going with Mugwort. I don't know.

I thought it would be interesting to break away from my usual three card pull and focus on a single card. This way, we are able to go a little further in depth in investigating the meaning and symbolism of the card and I feel like it makes room for some discussion as well. One of my all time favorite things about Tarot is that everyone has a unique interpretation of the cards and it gives us a fresh perspective when new cards turn up. Feel free to discuss your take on this card on our FB page in the comments, I'd love to know what you think!

Anyways, without further ado, permit me to introduce one of my +life cards: The Devil.

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- The Devil - As I've mentioned here before, The Devil is one of those cards that puts fear in some people. I totally get why, I was raised Catholic and have seen The Exorcist a bunch of times - but I feel like this card gets an unfairly bad rap. While The Devil is a trickster and can represent our inner demons (like addictions, bad behavioral patterns, unhealthy relationships, etc), he is also a reflection of our shadow selves and true nature. The Devil calls us to get in touch with our creativity without being afraid of seeing ourselves. When we see this card in a reading, the message is that we need to free ourselves from our material concerns and focus inwardly on more spiritual endeavors. We are asked to remove self-imposed limitations on ourselves and become the people we really are, free of hypocrisy, not hiding behind a mask.

This card brings light with the dark, when we are challenged to face obstacles, we are called to do so without fear. I believe by recognizing and acknowledging the issues at hand, we are able to address them head-on. This is a type of Shadow Work - it's not fun Y'all, but we come out on top when we commit to doing it. The Devil is always a welcome sign for questions concerning creativity as he is evocative of talent, inspiration and intense energy. Try also to remember that The Devil is sticking his tongue out at us TWICE - reminding us that he is a childish, comical creation and we need to laugh at the things which try to smite us. 

+I recently had an EXCELLENT reading with Rita of Skeleton Key Tarot, during which I learned that The Devil was one of my Life Cards. Pretty cool - and also, of course, Tarot, of ~fucking~ course! Rita is an incredibly gifted reader (honestly, this was both the best and least expensive therapy I've ever had) and I highly recommend that you visit her if you are interested in getting a reading. She offers small and large readings, depending on your needs. You can follow her on Instagram, here! 10/10 would recommend!

 *These three card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!

 

{ Three Card Monday }

Hi Y'all! Did you have a good break? Mine was excellent, lots of hiking and family time and generally mulling over the brain raccoon fodder I have going on. Let's ease into this week with a little three card pull, eh? 

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- Page of Swords - This fuckin' guy. Well, so we've been collecting data and obtaining knowledge and we feel prepared to use it....but we still don't have a handle on the most practical application of this information. I feel like we are ready to jump in two different directions, and each path contradicts the other. This Page harbors some doubts and indecision in the face of potential action. Time for us to knuckle down and make an informed step forward....

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- Nine of Wands - The thing to remember here, is that we must be true to ourselves (and this very thing should inform our actions). The wands relate to creative expansion, removing any distracting and extraneous flourishes and really distilling a thing down to it's very essence. The Nine of Wands assures us that our endeavor is not one of futility, that we have earned our place through hard work and tremendous discipline. The nine is a symbol of strength, telling us to accept our challenges rather than avoid them.

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- Knight of Swords - Time to do this thing y'all. We are going to have to use our words and use them well in the pursuit of justice and truth. Full disclosure: I can't stand the signs at the airport that read, 'if you see something, say something' but you know, with good judgement this applies here. If you see something fucked up, you need to speak up for yourself and for others. We've done well to inform ourselves, we have worked hard to earn our position here and now we can act with courage and conviction. Fear is the mind killer, y'all - permit it to pass over and through you, and then get going!

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- Jeff Goldblum - Let us just take a moment of pause to appreciate the beauty and wisdom found in Jeff Goldblum's Jurassic Park character, Dr. Ian Malcom, fictional mathematician and self-professed 'chaotician'. Enjoy.

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 *These three card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!

{ Insomnia }

I can't sleep. Insomnia has been hanging around and being a big bastard in my life for roughly twenty years now, and it has ranged from being annoying to downright crippling. I still struggle with it, and I've yet to figure out a surefire way to eliminate it from my life. I've tried everything (except for giving up coffee, which will never, ever, nerver erver happen. Please stop tssking me and shaking your head. I know what I'm doing. I gave up coffee for six months during my first pregnancy and all it did was make me ANGRIER when I was lying awake at night.) and despite my efforts to rid myself of this affliction, insomnia remains my awful, enduring constant. So, in conclusion, I can't sleep and I don't know what I can do about it. Now let's talk about how I bide my during my wakeful nights! 

I look up crap on the internet!

What I initially search for often leads me to beautiful things, but it doesn't take long for the brain raccoons to take the wheel and steer me in the direction of some truly weird shit - but that is for another post. I'm here to show you the pretty stuff - lookie:

OVATE - This incredibly beautiful, Montreal-based brand creates the most elegant, lovely pieces. I try not to purchase new (unused) clothing unless I know it was handcrafted by an actual person. I absolutely love seeing a designer embrace the beauty of texture found in natural fibers - I want all of the Ovate - I've spent many a late night with saucer eyes coveting.Follow Ovate on Instagram here to see more!

La Abeja Herbs - Created by herbalist and folk healer Sophia Rose, La Abeja Herbs provides tinctures, elixirs, salves, herbal blends, oils, teas and other medicinal magic. It's awesome, Y'all. After bookmarking several of her concoctions, I finally broke down and purchased her Kava Oil blend and it is wonderful stuff. Not only does the Kava oil smell super pretty, it makes my neck and shoulders feel like I'm not a stress-fueled, knotted-up, hunched-over Goblin person. You can follow her on Instagram, here

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Janna Tew - I found this make-up artist's Youtube channel by accident and I am so glad. I love an unconventional approach to beauty. My favorite video tutorial of hers illustrates how to achieve the effect of having cried glittery, lavender tears. It is most excellent. You can follow her on Instagram, here.

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I hope you all have better luck falling asleep than I do, but if you don't, feel free to check out all of my recommendations for making your sleepless time feel less fruitful.