Tarot Tuesday: (Kind of) Goddess Guidance Oracle~

I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first ever Doreen Virtue deck. I’ll be real here, a lot of the artwork in her decks just doesn’t resonate with me personally. I’m not super into angels or faeries, so her decks didn’t really draw me in. But this particular one drew my attention on a day I was feeling particularly  woo-woo, and let me tell you, I am HOOKED.

I LOVE the imagery of these cards. Like super love. Some of them resonate with me more than others, and I’ll post a few of my favorites below. I am just so into the feminine power of this deck. It isn’t overly “girly” but is straight up divine feminine, if that makes sense. Every single card I have drawn at random from this deck I have so resonated with. In fact I even have a card stalker from this deck right now that has turned up in every reading I’ve done for myself, and not even once in readings for other people. (It’s Ishtar, who is about setting boundaries. Go figure.)

I wasn’t sure if the whole “goddess” thing would gel with me at first. I’m new to this woo-woo stuff, and being raised a strong Catholic, Goddesses are about as far from my comfort zone as possible. Some people use this deck to pray to those Goddesses, I guess, but for me it’s about embodying the spirit. I don’t interpret the cards as direct messages from Goddesses, but rather as what role-models  I should follow in my daily life. It’s less of a literal interpretation and more of “what spirit should I focus on embodying today.” The Goddesses are examples of life lessons or energies that I should be looking out for in my daily life.

So as far as my first oracle deck goes, I am hooked. It’s so much less complicated than tarot (But I still love tarot) and I feel that reading oracle cards just takes less energy. I don’t find it as draining as reading tarot. But on the flip side, I find that the messages aren’t as deep or complex. So for me it isn’t a replacement for tarot, but rather a different tool in my woo-woo tool box that I can use to develop my intuition and insight. Long story short, I LOVE them!

Here are a few of my favorite cards:

 

And one card for you!

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Love and light!

~E

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BIG NEWS: ETSY STORE!

I am so happy to announce that my Etsy store is OFFICIALLY LIVE! At this moment in time there are only two listings, one for a tarot reading and one for a wire-wrapped pendant. I have another completed pendant I plan to upload tomorrow and I have several more crystals to wrap this week, I plan to have at least three more stones wrapped and uploaded by next Monday.

I am SO EXCITED to finally have my Etsy store live, and I cannot wait to start getting feedback on the pieces I’ve uploaded. Please check it out at the link below and let me know what you think!

Wandering Starseed Apothecary

Love and light,

~E

Whatever Wednesday: Why I don’t use the word “Gypsy”

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Gypsy heart. Gypsy soul. The word evokes the image of a long haired, long skirted woman roaming through the fields. Care-free, free-spirited, independent woman.  The reality though, isn’t that way.

Gypsy is a slur.

Believe me, it took me a LONG time to get over using that word. It resonated so strongly with me, and had such beautiful romantic inclinations. I knew the word had a darker history than I wanted to reckon with, but I didn’t want to accept that. After all, didn’t mean it that way!

But our words matter, and by using that word I was complicit in erasing the struggles of a group of people who had been stomped on and kicked around since the beginning of time. The “gypsies” are a group of people called the Romani. Ever since their arrival in Europe, they have been stereotyped as thieves, homeless, or other unsavory types. Even phrases like “I was totally gypped in there!” come from the stereotype that the Romani are cheaters and thugs. By using the word Gypsy, we are erasing the word Romani. By romanticizing their struggle, we’re all sweeping them under the rug.

It can be hard to let go of a word you resonate with. But our words matter, and we should be aware of how our words affect others. If we are all supposed to be spreading love and light, we shouldn’t be using words that do harm to others. Using it on accident is one thing, but we should all be working toward consciously eliminating oppressive lingo from our lives.

Let’s ALL work on spreading love and light,

~E

Tarot Tuesdays: The Fool

For the next few weeks on Tarot Tuesdays I want to start going through the Major cards and exploring each of them. I thought about pulling them at random, but to me it makes more sense to do them in order to better see how they fit into the story of the tarot.

The Fool 

“I am a poor wayfaring stranger
While traveling through this world of woe
Yet there’s no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright world to which I go”

  • Emmylou Harris, Wayfaring Stranger

 

I have included images of the Fools from both of the decks I own. I love the contrast between the two, one is very Divine Masculine, and one is very Divine Feminine.

Imagery 

Let’s start with the fool on the left, from the Tarot Del Fuego. I like this little curmudgeon. He is setting out on a journey. We can see his home behind him, turned on its head. In front of him there’s a volcano!  He’s moving away from the familiar into the unknown. His companion is a little dog with an hourglass, which I interpret as the passing of time, maybe even death! He needs to move with haste on his journey of knowledge, because time is short!

Moving on to the Shadowscapes Tarot Fool. She is taking a very different approach than the Del Fuego Fool. She is perched on the edge of a cliff, about to dive off into the unknown. She seems unafraid and optimistic, throwing herself into the abyss without worrying about logistics or danger. She seems carefree an innocent, almost like a child.

Interpretation 

My interpretation of the Fool has always been about beginnings. The Tarot Del Fuego Fool is starting out on a new path. He has his knapsack and his walking stick, he has thought about his journey and is moving away from the familiar and into possible danger. He goes forth seeking new knowledge and new opportunities. The Shadowscapes Fool isn’t thinking, she’s just flinging herself forward regardless of the consequences. I think these two interpretations are great for different kind of readings. What kind of fool do you want to be? Do you want to grab your knapsack and your walking stick and set out on a Hobbit-esque  journey of self discovery, or do you want to just fling yourself forward with innocent joy, letting the wind take you where it may?

Now, because I’m not an expert, let’s consult an expert. Biddy Tarot.com has this little blurb to say about the Fool:

The Fool Tarot card is a card of potential, new beginnings and innocence. This Tarot card shows the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest. The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.

Let’s all try to embody the Fool this week. Take chances, take risks, move out of your comfort zone! No matter if you’re slow and steady, or wild and free let yourself go a little bit and try something new this week. You never know where your journey may take you!

~E

The first ever Tarot Tuesday!

Tada, welcome to Tarot Tuesday! I have a few ideas for future posts, but I figured I should start with an introduction, and get to the other posts next week.

I started reading tarot on the floor of my friend’s dorm room my freshman year of college. She had a steampunk tarot, and we all messed around with it together. We really had no knowledge of how it worked. I remember a feeling though, a warm kind of feeling when I did my first reading. It just felt right.

Fast forward about three years, and that feeling was still with me. I hadn’t read tarot since, but I remembered that feeling. I stumbled across a few tarot videos on youtube and realized that it wasn’t all as mystical and overwhelming as I had first thought! The very next day I went out and bought my first tarot deck: The Shadowscapes Tarot. I bought it at Barns and Noble, and I remember just this thrill when I took it to the register. I spent the next few months studying and reading for myself and friends. I really found that the tarot was a great way for me to really learn about myself and help others discover things that they may not realize about themselves.

For me, the tarot is less about the past or the future and more about the present. In my life I use the tarot to uncover nuances about a situation that I may be ignoring. It shows me different perspectives and teaches me to look at problems in a more positive light. That being said, I do use the tarot for some future stuff, I think everyone does, but it’s primary use for me is working in the present.

One day I hope to be able to do readings for people as a business. I hope to the confident enough in myself that I am able to even do in person readings at craft fairs or markets. Right now my tarot work is more private, but one day I hope to be able to use this gift to help others.

What do you use the tarot for? Where do you hope your journey with the tarot will take you? Comment below!

Sending all my love and light,

-E

Beginnings

The first post is always the hardest. I have a thousand (okay, maybe like ten) ideas for future posts buzzing around in my head, and the hardest thing to do is just START. But I’m not sure where to start. Should I tell you about myself? Should I dive right in to advice? Am I even qualified to give advice? I guess I should start with the basics.

Hi.

I’m E. Raised very Catholic, recently found the tarot and meditation, pretends to be way better at yoga than I really am. (I suck at yoga) I kind of found myself in a spiritual dry spell with my faith. I was raised in the Catholic Church, and I actually DON’T resent it! I love Catholicism, and it will always have a special place in my heart and in my spiritual practice. But it has kept me kind of closed off. It’s made me fear anything other than Catholicism, and that isn’t the way I want to live my life. I want to fling open the doors and explore, to see what bits and bobs fit with me, gel with me, and increase my happiness and better myself. I’m in this weird, new place of discovery, and I want to share that journey with you, reader.

I have a few ideas on where I want this blog to go. I want it to be a tool, not only for my own spiritual growth, but for the growth of others. I have a few ideas for weekly posts that I want to start with as a framework.

  • Mantra Mondays
    • Reflections on meditation, meditation tools, and ways I’ve been growing (or stalling) in my meditation practice.
  • Tarot Tuesdays
    • A look into my tarot practice. Deck reviews, spreads, card interpretations, etc. I am FAR from an expert on the tarot, but I want to share my journey with it with you! Maybe you can learn a thing or two from me, and I can get lots of good comments and feedback!
  • Whatever Wednesdays
    • A day for, well, whatever. Hauls, rants, questions, recipes, and all the other junk that bloggers apparently do.
  • Stretchy Saturdays
    • YOGA. The backbone of everyone’s spirituality, except mine, so far. I want to be better at yoga. I need to improve my practice and make it a part of my day to day life. This is my motivation to actually sit down (or lay down, shavasana for life, y’all) and just plain DO IT.
  • Spiritual Sundays
    • Duh. Sundays will be my day to post about all things spiritual. Some of these posts might have Catholic or Judaeo-Christian leanings, so if that isn’t your jam, that’s cool. I’ll try to cover that in the first paragraph or so, and if it doesn’t resonate with you feel free to scroll on. But not every week will contain those kinds of things, some may be about crystals or chakras or angels or just plain whatever!

Not every week will contain all of these kinds of posts, (I am in school full time, have mercy) but I’ll do my best to do one or two of them a week. We’ll see how this plan works for now, and after a month I may throw it out completely.  I want to start with a framework to kind of organize my thoughts while I get into blogging. Who knows where this will take me in the long run!

Thank you for coming on this journey with me. Sending you all of my love and light,

E