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10 Questions for Tarotist Christiane Hayes

Christiane

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Porridge. I’ve been eating it for years every morning and surprisingly haven’t got sick of it yet. I tend to mix it with chopped nuts, golden linseeds, a bit of brown sugar and milk. Sometimes I also add raspberries or blueberries. Yum.

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? It has to be Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s spiritual, inspirational and made me feel elated. If you’re going through a rough time, this book may help you to keep going with optimism and find happiness again.

What makes you laugh? Grumpy cat. The Simpsons. The Addams Family and The Munsters—kind of black, creepy, wicked humour. Ted (that dirty little bear had me in stitches). Political satire such as Private Eye magazine and Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe. Camp talk shows like Graham Norton and Alan Carr Chatty Man.

Song that never gets old:  Wow, so many, but today I choose David Bowie’s Heroes, the English/German version. In 1987, he sang that song live in Berlin on stage next to the Berlin Wall. The sound was so loud, the people in the East could hear it. Two years later, the wall came down. Yay!

Drink of choice:  Coffee by day, red wine by night, in between water and herbal tea.

Would you rather be hot or cold? I’d rather be hot and just lie down and do nothing. Feeling cold is horrendous. I know, because my central heating once packed in for a week during winter…no hot water either. It felt like I’d been thrown into an apocalyptic survival story.

Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? I love trees, so it has to be the forest. It’s magickal. Reminds me of fairies, hobbits, witches and the Gruffalo. I do enjoy mountains and beaches, too, but I’m not fond of deserts at all.

Favorite color?  Purple. Also, dark reds and deep pinks mixed with black.

Best movie line: “I see dead people” from The Sixth Sense. I’ve adapted it to “I see stupid people.”

Last thing you splurged on? A pair of Gothic platform boots for a Halloween party last year.

Bonus Q: Who is your favorite artist? Jean Giraud aka Moebius. His epic sci-fi graphic novels The Incal and The Airtight Garage are mind-blowing. I love his artwork. Sadly, he’s no longer with us; a Moebius Tarot deck would have been awesome.

Christiane Hayes is a tarot reader and teacher, writer, photographer and store owner. She is the creator of the Tarot Moon Journal and the Tarot of Quotes. Maintaining a variety of blogs, Christiane is writing about tarot, astrology, wellness, conscious living, crystals, magick and more. With her work she aims to encourage people to make the most of their lives by embracing a practical and empowering approach to spirituality. Hippie, humanist, treehugger, moon lover, star gazer and born-again knitter, Christiane’s favourite word is “cosmic”. 


Seeing Red - Symbolism of Red for Romance, Love and Sex

Quick: Think of symbols relating to love, romance and sex.

If you're reading this near Valentine's Day, you've already been bombarded with ads, decorations and posts that likely feature many symbols tied to these areas.

Red lips

Besides making for fascinating study, researching and understanding symbols also serve our spiritual, magickal, interpersonal, creative and artistic expressions. We can incorporate such symbols into rituals, spells, talismans, art, greeting cards, love letters, bouquets, homemade jewelry, gris gris bags, storytelling and more. 

Color Symbolism

I love this passage on color symbolism from my favorite book on the topic, The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images (Taschen):

Imagination built fantasies on the developing science of color, from Aristotle's mixing of elemental hues to Newton's prismatic splitting of a sunbeam into a spectrum of seven primary colors (correlated with the seven planets and the heptatonic musical scale), and Goethe's insistence on the importance of shadings. Colors convey feeling values, relationships and contrasts, dramas and tensions, the nature of matter and its processes and transmutations. They can suggest temperament, class, vocation and hierarchy. Colors define, differentiate and blend. While color is a means of expression, it evolved as a factor of survival.

To read more, visit my PaganSquare Symbolically Speaking blog at this link

-- Janet


Super Bowl XLIX Predictions

Super bowl xlix 200Some of us Thematic Tarot bloggers have predicted the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX (New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks). Visit ThematicTarot.com to read what we drew--and how we think the game will pan out. (Interestingly, Ron and I drew the same card for the Seattle Seahawks...and made the same prediction!).

Enjoy!

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Saleire

Saleire

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Cake, when no one is looking. Weetabix, if they are!

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Mine! No, the book of choice would be any book that opens their mind to the world of Spirit….oh wait…that would be mine (Embracing Spirit).

What makes you laugh? Goofiness…the goofier the better.

Song that never gets old: "Summer Breeze" and anything with a strong beat!

Drink of choice: Tea/Coffee or the other way around.

Would you rather be hot or cold? Neither…in between would be better.

Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Mountain for my high energy days, beach for lazy days, forest for my spiritual days and never ever a desert day.

Favorite color? Pastels as a child, then red as a teen, now back to pastels…but that could change back to red when I’m a feisty old gal.

Best movie line: When you have to shoot...Shoot! Don't talk. (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)

Last thing you splurged on? Jeans, smaller ones for when I’m feeling skinny and bigger ones for when I’m feeling…well…big!

Bonus Q: Who is your favorite artist? When my husband isn’t looking, it’s William Adolphe Bouguereau, but when he is, it’s him, Arie van der Wijst :o) 

As Saleire, I’m a very impatient writer, with a name no one can pronounce, who writes books in a day or two and hates editing, an artist that is working on painting at the speed of light and a student who is always seeking knowledge of the other realms (as I feel I have lived about 100 life times in this one, so I was hoping spirit world could give me a heads up on what the next one is going to be like, so I can have my excuse ready if it’s too scary).

As a person, I would just like people to tune in to their souls for guidance and listen to their hearts - sounds corny, I know, but if everyone did it, it truly would be a great place to live.  Visit me at Saleire.com