{ 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.  

 

{ SPRANG BREK }

Hi Y'all! I am currently out of town visiting family during my kiddos spring break, so I'm unable to do a Three Card Monday pull. I didn't want to leave you hanging, so I pulled a little card for us and thought we could take a deeper dive into the meaning of this card!

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+++ TEMPERANCE +++

 (or the Heal Thy Self card)

Words that are associated with this card are Harmony, Moderation, Balance, Health, Healing and Protection. This card usually appears as a sign of healing or reconciliation - the two are not mutually exclusive and if you, like me, figured out SOME SHIT last week during Venus Retrograde, then it makes a lot of sense for Temperance to show up. I take it as a call for us to take some intensive time for self-care, to own our shit and delve into some radical self-acceptance. What does this mean for you and I? I think a large part depends on where we choose to expend our efforts and energy. We have to let go of the things that no longer serve us - unhealthy mental or behavioral habits, unhealthy or abusive relationships - and it's imperative that we hold ourselves accountable for our own part in creating (or staying complacent) in a toxic environment. Anger is when we drink the poison and expect the other person to die. This is a good time for us to take stock and re-evaluate our lives, to find union within ourselves and restore our health, mental and emotional balance. We can do this shit, Y'all.

 *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 - I hope your weekend was good! I painted two huge ceilings and then treated myself to seeing Get Out, which I loved. Have you seen it? I love horror movies and also Jordan Peele, so this was a treat for me - I highly recommend.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

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I've missed my Scrying Ink deck lately and really felt like we could use a super direct reading, so I cracked it out for us. These cards are so beautifully illustrated, I've shot them individually so we can get a better look at them!

The Scrying Ink, Mountain - with my paint-splattered, Grandpa hands. 

The Scrying Ink, Mountain - with my paint-splattered, Grandpa hands. 

- Mountain - All right. So we are presently facing some difficulties. We are experiencing some significant issues and it feels like things are moving so slowly right now. While our obstacles are no joke, they are not insurmountable...we are just going to be in for a long slog of it.

But!

The Scrying Ink, Dog. WE HAVE DOGES.

The Scrying Ink, Dog. WE HAVE DOGES.

- Dog - WE HAVE DOGES, Y'ALL. The Lenormand Dog is a card that signifies friendship, alliances, loyalty, companionship and trust. Our friendships and community are instrumental in times like these and we must remember to help each other when things get tough. We have strength in our numbers and let us not forget what a powerful tool LOVE can be. Also, Dogs!

Therefore...

The Scrying Ink, Crown, which is badass.

The Scrying Ink, Crown, which is badass.

 

- Crown - We are being asked to assume greater positions of responsibility with this card. Finding power in our numbers, we will perhaps be called to instigate great change and take a role of leadership. If you feel uncomfortable with this, believe me, that feeling is normal. I feel like many of us have seen or felt a significant shift towards more spiritual practices - moving away from traditional and outmoded methods while honing our intuitive skills. The Crown is not part of the traditional Lenormand deck, so I believe that it's appearance here is also pushing us to trust our gut and not be so reliant on 'tried and true' pathways. It's time to dig in and get real weird, Y'all!

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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!

{ Three Card Monday }

Hi Y'all! Hope you've had a good weekend - I recently did a personal three card reading for myself with my first ever deck (Rider Waite deck SUP!) and I thought it needed some attention for this week. Let's dig in.

Looks like a bummer, I know - but we got this.

Looks like a bummer, I know - but we got this.

- Five of Swords - So, here we are. We are still dealing with some negative thought patterns and behaviors (and I say 'we' here, but this is straight up my MO...always a struggle). This card has been described as the 'dragon slayer', so we are shedding those no-good, soul-crushing, self-defeating thoughts and modalities and getting ready to charge forth on a self-directed path. Through our shadow work we acknowledge these destructive habits and by understanding them, we can better defeat them. SLAAAAAAAY, my dears, SLAY.

- Seven of Swords - Now, sometimes we get a little fearful of upsetting the applecart (even our trusted peers), but it's time for us to remove ourselves from outside influences and orthodoxy so that we can discover our true path. This is a vision quest card and a call to strive for our individuality. We need to stop with the self-sabotage find an authentic, spiritual voice. Time to put on our defiance pants and get weird and wild, Y'all.

- Five of Cups - I know this one is scary, because it leaves us vulnerable. We've experienced disappointment on a deep, emotional level and that makes it difficult to move forward. We are asked to review the painful experiences of our past with clear, unflinching eyes. There is a silver lining with this card, though - when we focus on this pain and sorrow, we can identify these wounds with clarity and you better believe that this empowers us to avoid them when similar situations arise. Here we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and look back on these lessons with compassion and understanding - and ready to look ahead with a hopeful approach. We can do it.

 *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 }

I hope y'all had a good weekend! 

I was pretty blown away when I pulled our cards for this week, primarily because I pulled a card that had come up in our reading just two weeks ago. This card was in the final position of the reading last time - representing the result we were called to work towards - and today it turned up in the first position, which indicated that we had followed through and are where we need to be at this moment. I thought it was a beautiful message, so nice going y'all! (And I think you are Aces).

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- The Devil - Awesome Y'all! We got this card two weeks ago and it looks like we are doing our shadow work and getting in touch with our creativity. Being aware of our deepest desires and acknowledging those very things without fear is remarkable, it's the surest path to making those drives materialize into something tangible and free of self-imposed limitations. 

 

- The Hermit - Now, our next step is to get deeper in touch with ourselves and really foster a strong connection. We are seeing ourselves as we truly are and learning how to negotiate through difficulties and crisis via our inner light. This kind of introspection and quiet time with our selves can be really, really tough - but it is a crucial step towards de-cluttering our brains and going full Marie Kondo on the needless mental chatter. Self-knowledge is a wonderful tool for us this week, so get ready to dig in and light up.

 

- Ten of Cups - This card represents success and a deep personal satisfaction. Our hearts are full and the emotional request - along with our shadow, resentment - has stopped. More than anything we can view this as a state of potential for our hearts to give and receive love. I always say that there are no bad cards because there is opportunity and lessons to be found in all of them, but dude this is an especially good card to see in a reading. We can do this Y'all!

 *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!

{ It Follows }

All of us here at Oracle are either artists or art collectors (or both) and, as it happens, our shop tends to attract other artists and art collectors. We strive to curate a beautiful, creatively driven environment in our shop and our individual aesthetics always creep into the mix. It is my personal belief that art has the power to enrich our souls and communicate messages which transcend spoken and written language barriers. Art can connect us to our humanity in extraordinary ways, so I'm into it.

I am also super into how accessible art has become via the internet and smart phones, (and I'm not just saying this because of my fear of a robot uprising, lead by Siri, in which we are murdered in our beds while we sleep). Viewing art in person is still my number one favorite way to experience it, but I think it's wonderful that we are able to see the work of artists that we might not otherwise have been exposed to if we relied entirely on proximity of their location. I have been following some out-fucking-standing artists on Instagram, you may already be familiar with their works, but in case you are not, permit me to introduce you to a few of my favorites.

 

~ Victoria Clare Gray ~ This UK based artist is amazing y'all! Her illustrations of flora and fauna absolutely knock my socks off and - good news, if you are like me and have champagne tastes on a beer budget - I really appreciate that she offers affordable prints, pins and patches. To see more of her exquisite work, you can follow her here.

Art by Emilio Vallalba.

Art by Emilio Vallalba.

~ Emilio Villalba ~ Oh my god, Y'all. These paintings, they slay me. This San Fransisco based artist has what one of my former instructors would call, 'a hot hand', which is to say that his oil paintings are incredible. His work references Old Master portraiture, which is a striking pairing with the visual distortion of his subject's facial features. You can follow this artist and his excellent work here.

Art by Christina Mrozik. (Someone please buy this for me).

Art by Christina Mrozik. (Someone please buy this for me).

~ Christina Mrozik ~ Are you sitting down? Because you might want to sit down when you look at this artist's GORGEOUS drawings and paintings. I am blown away by this Portland, Oregon-based artist's work, her beautiful pieces give me serious manual dexterity envy. Christina Mrozik's art depicts my very favorite subject matter with such tender and skillful draftsmanship, her work breaks my heart in the best way. You can follow the artist and her stunning work here

{ Three Card Monday }

How was your weekend? Are you ready to look this week in the eyes all, 'COME AT ME BRAAAAH' and give it the business?  

For this reading, I borrowed the Wild Unknown Tarot Deck - visual assist from all these excellent Sweet Destructor ceramic pieces!

For this reading, I borrowed the Wild Unknown Tarot Deck - visual assist from all these excellent Sweet Destructor ceramic pieces!

- Seven of Pentacles - This is a card of completion and reward, but we are still in a place where we need to be patient (unnnngggghhhhh I am so bad at this. I do not come by this virtue honestly). Things maybe aren't moving as quickly as we would like, which is frustrating and might be making us doubtful of our efforts here. What we need now is trust, let things unfold in their time and understand that the fruits of our labor will come to fruition.

- Father of Wands - Creative and charismatic, this Father is a visionary. This fella has turned up to remind us to approach our situation with courage and respect, but also to place ourselves in the service of others.

Failing to do this will result in.....(drumroll....now scroll down....)

- Five of Swords - I was initially confused about the appearance of this card because it references self-destruction...it also likes to show up as a beacon for change and in this reading I think that makes sense. The Five of Swords appears because we need to get out of old, negative patterns of thought and behavior. If we emulate the characteristics of the Father of Wands, cultivating generosity and acting in ways which benefit all of us as a community - not just individually - we can move forwards with courage and conviction.  

 *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!

 

{ Closet Goth }

I've identified as a closeted goth for many years now. Which is to say, I don't outwardly present as goth, but I like the stuff affiliated with goth culture (Coil, eyeliner, horror movies, black, ennui...you get it). To describe my closet, I'd have to paraphrase Sarah Vowell (who was quoting Johnny Cash), 'It's dark in there.' (Also, lacy). My style is a marriage of Jodorowsky's El Topo mixed with straight-up Grandpa - more of a 'Desert Goth', if you will. 

Anyways, I love witchy, dark things and - since you are here - you might also. Instagram has been a real treasure trove for discovering makers and sellers that I wouldn't otherwise have access to. Here is a list of some of the excellent finds that I've been eyeballing lately!

 

* Divina Tarot Deck - I already own Mary Elizabeth Evans' fantastic, illustrated Spirit Speak Tarot deck - it's the deck I've used most for clients and is a personal favorite, so clear and direct and it comes from a place of positivity and self love. I love it to pieces. So then I discovered that she created this OTHER illustrated deck and you guys... YOU GUYS. I want it. It looks so good y'all. I have so many tarot decks already and I'm learning this really old, complicated one and I really don't need another tarot deck...and yet....sigh. Please, one of y'all please get it and then come over and let me play with it? (Follow Mary Evans on Instagram, here. )

* Sisters of the Black Moon - This bombass shop looks amazing y'all. You could give me literally anything they sell in this joint and my little black heart would weep from happiness. It's beautifully curated and they carry one of my favorite lines. Worth checking out if you don't already stalk them online, *I mean follow them. (Pssst! Follow SOTBM Here!)

* Omnia Oddities - Another thing I love that I don't need more of is jewelry, but that doesn't stop me from deeply coveting the exquisite pieces at Omnia Oddities. All of the pieces created by Omnia Oddities are so darkly unique and lovely, the rings in particular trigger my 'grabby hands' response. If only I were born with more fingers.... 

You can follow Omnia Oddities here, you won't be sorry!

 

The Woman In Black, from El Topo, being awesome and looking dope. Siggggggghhhhhhhhhhh

The Woman In Black, from El Topo, being awesome and looking dope. Siggggggghhhhhhhhhhh

{ Three Card Monday }

Hi! Hi! Did y'all have a good weekend? I was in bed for most of it with Throat Plague (hallucinating with an assist from Benadryl), a condition which rendered my judgement...poor, and which prompted me to accompany my convalescence with the offerings from YouTube. Don't ever do this, Y'all. One awful YouTube video led to another, and another and eventually I found myself spiraling into a wormhole of garbage. Did you know there are entire videos that feature people just going through bags of their empty bottles? I know too much now and I feel dumber for it. 

Anyways, let's look at this week - may it not be a tire fire....

Good news! Not a tire fire!

Good news! Not a tire fire!

- The Empress -  All right, here we are, The Empress. This card is about an explosion of creativity, in which we don't yet have a sense of direction. The Empress is a nurturer, the quintessential Earth Mother, and we are in a crucial time of gestation. This requires patience from us - first and foremost - as well as love and creativity, to develop our ideas. The Empress has the capacity to give and receive from a balanced heart, we are in a good place to cultivate this harmony - so keep tending to your beautiful seedlings.

- Seven of Cups - Of course, our challenge lies in the fact that we have SO MANY ideas and projects in mind that we run the risk of drowning in them rather than expressing them and bringing them to fruition. Seven of Cups is about inspiration and fantasy, if we are unable to manifest our creativity in a constructive way, then all those brilliant designs remain in ineffectual perpetuity. Prioritize your thoughts and energies - keep a bullet journal, a sketchbook, make a list and then PICK A THING to focus on.  (Psssst! I also think engaging in some shadow work will be very helpful for us in this area, you'll get why when you see the next card)! 

- The Devil - YO S'UP, DEVIL! By now I bet y'all ain't even scared of this card anymore. Sure, The Devil has some negative associations (and not for nothing, mind), but this card is actually about our true self and deepest desires. If all goes well, we will be getting in touch with our creativity to the fullest extent, without fear of seeing ourselves. The devil reminds us to be aware of our drives, nay - to embrace them - and make them materialize. We are called to move away from self imprisonment from negative thought patterns - to face our fears, and release ourselves from the captivity of our self-imposed limitations. Time to look at your demons, get rid of the ones that hinder rather than help and make friends with the ones that can get shit done. Shadow work y'all, we need to do it. 

Holy smokes you guys. I always begin our weekly readings by asking for guidance in how we can best act to serve for our greatest good as a community - you know, as a whole collective...but this reading felt really personal to me. How is it for you? 

*For those of your unfamiliar with shadow work, there are loads of excellent resources out there, and I highly recommend starting here

 *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 *cough* Tuesday }

Hey Y'all - apologies for the delay, let's have a look at what this week has in store, shall we?

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- The Chariot - Yes! We are on the right path this week, meeting opposition with courage and moving towards change. The Chariot is an excellent reminder for us to question how we are taking action in the world. We've overcome various hardships to obtain our power and strength and we can take a moment to reflect how to guide ourselves along this well-set path.

- King of Pentacles - But! We are confronted with tradition and conservatism, even unprogressive views (an understatement lately). The real lesson to address here is how we can act charitably, to let go of some of the financial concerns that cause us to cling to an antiquated and corrupt system and focus our attention on our connection to this Earth and how we can protect and nourish it. 

 

- Six of Pentacles - Therefore! The generosity we extend to others comes back to us, we will be able to engage in the beauty and pleasures of the world and experience the joy of sharing our good fortune with those who need it. Invest in the things that you truly love and give without expectation of return - we'll be richer for it. Also, don't forget to practice self-care y'all - abundance comes in lots of different forms and now is the time to let it flow through yourself and others. 

Keep on keeping on, y'all! Take care of each other, take care of the Earth and you will be taken care of in return (and support your local artists)!

 

 *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! I hope this finds you well - we have a pretty intense reading for the week, but I think it bodes well for a positive outcome. Shall we take a look?

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- The Hermit - We might be feeling a bit like we are in crisis mode lately, and The Hermit's presence is certainly indicative of needing to confront and accept change and also to let go. Crisis can yield positive transformation, the trick here is being able to change our perspective and be receptive to alternate points of view. We are invited to engage in some silent introspection and re-evaluation - this lantern lights the path for real wisdom, Y'all.

- Judgement - Again, we are being given a card which symbolizes transformation and liberation. Judgement exists as a wake-up call for us, the emergence of a vocation and a calling to follow our conscience and intuition and rise above our immediate and personal 'needs'. I can't help but see it as a reminder for us to cultivate empathy, to recognize that if something isn't good for us (me), it isn't good for anybody (humanity). 

- Nine of Swords - If we are able to accept change and let go of the things that no longer serve us as an individual and/or community, well then shit gets really good y'all. Nine of Swords is all about illumination gained through new understanding - we break our old habits and intellectually let go. This card always makes me think of the kind of self-inflicted mental torture we put ourselves through - creating hypothetical issues, often at the expense of dealing with actual, real problems. It's a trap - let's stop falling for it so we can experience real clarity and put our minds towards positive action in the world.

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BONUS THREE CARD PULL!!!!

I wanted to post a three card pull that I did for myself last Friday. I borrowed my homegirl's Wild Unkown deck because it always gives such beautiful and clear readings. I felt like the message I received was clear as a bell and also relevant to others who might also be feeling a little scared and lost lately. Check it out:

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- The Moon - Yes...I am feeling uncertain and I have fears. (No shit, Tarot).

- The Lovers - But..I have love, partnership, union and the support of the people I love. This is super important.

- Strength - Therefore...I have strength. Not to be super sappy (but I am what I am), love is our greatest gift and tool during difficult times. Love gives us strength to make the impossible come to fruition.

(Nothing drove this message home more clearly than watching y'all come out and march on Saturday! Seeing your beautiful faces turn up on social media outlets moved me to tears, with your excellent signs and open hearts. Thank you for marching and for giving me hope).

 *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 weekend? I had food poisoning AND my daughter's first slumber party, so mine was somewhat of a mixed bag.

I've done something a little different for this week's reading - I felt like this is going to be an emotionally heavy and/or draining week for most people (at least for the four of you who read this blog) and I thought that a single card pull would give us enough scope for the week. Not surprisingly, I pulled this guy:

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~ Five of Cups ~ This guy is super bummed out, Y'all. He sees that some jerkface has gone and knocked over three of his cups and he is grievously disappointed to see them spilled. Five of Cups is all about feeling emotionally vulnerable - either due to actual loss or because of some heartfelt disappointment. I know a lot of people who have felt this way recently, myself included, but we need to remember the silver lining that is present here. We have the ability to weather all kinds of storms and we must remember that there is opportunity to be found in adversity. Rather than focusing on the three cups which have spilled out onto the ground, we simply need to turn around and look to the two full cups behind us. This is actually a card for hope. If we are able to take an honest look at our experiences and review them with compassion and understanding, then we can move forward with this knowledge and and change our situation for the better. Hope, Y'all!

 *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!