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10 Questions for Tarotist Vivian Aubin

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What’s your favorite breakfast food? Bacon!

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? I Can Do It by Louise Hay (has a beautiful affirmation CD with it)

What makes you laugh? Many things; love to laugh! If I have to choose one it would be children and their fresh view on everything!

Song that never gets old: "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

Drink of choice: Water

Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold so I can bundle up!

Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Love all parts of nature, but if have to choose one—Mountain. It also has the forest and animals as well!

Favorite color? Today it is Purple!

Best movie line: None comes to mind but would say “You have the starring role in your life!

Last thing you splurged on? A lamp with a carved eagle and wolf on it!

Bonus Q: What role does angels play in your intuitive work? My guardian angel has made sure I am still breathing today in many ways. So without the angels I wouldn’t be here to continue with spiritual healing, teachings and readings! The Angels add beauty, connection, compassion and healing when I do my readings!

Vivian Aubin considers herself a Spiritual Healer, and is Certified in Grief and Trauma Recovery, A shamanic practitioner in the Inca tradition including Soul Retrieval, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist  with advanced Past-Life Regression Therapy and has 20+ years of Nursing experience! With all her heart and soul, Vivian believes the greatest teacher of all is SPIRIT! Who she continually works with every day. And is always in awe of the knowledge and experiences they share with her. Visit her online at AllThatWillBe.com.


10 Questions for Tarotist Jess Carlson

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1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? On an average run of the mill kind of day, avocado toast. On a weekend I’m a total boozy brunch kind of girl, so mimosas, eggs benny, goat cheese quiche…yummy!

2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Non-fiction or fiction? For non-fiction it would be The Shift by Wayne Dyer, which totally changed my life and how I look at manifesting and achieving goals. For fiction, Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk. I’m a huge fan of Palahniuk and this book is one his best. The first time I read it I couldn’t put it down and blew through it in a weekend.

3. What makes you laugh? I’m a big fan of stand up comedy. During college I was actually starting to pursue stand up and comedy writing. I like witty stuff but I’m also a fan of blue comedy when it’s done in the right way. Some of my favorite stand ups are Bo Burnham, Demetri Martin, Doug Benson, and Natasha Leggero.

4. Song that never gets old:Fancy” by Iggy Azalea

5. Drink of choice: Coffee in all forms, but I’ve started to find my tastes have changed a bit and now I find a lot of things like Starbucks lattes to be too sweet. These days I tend to have a Flat White most of the time.

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold because I love snuggling up with blankets and pillows.

7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Beach. I’m a mermaid at heart.

8. Favorite color? All shades of teal and turquoise.

9. Best movie line: Maybe not “the best” but one of my faves from my favorite movie, Rushmore: “Well tell that stupid mick he just made my list of things to do today.

10. Last thing you splurged on? A big Burberry cosmetics haul. I’m very picky about makeup and I tend to use mainly high end and luxury cosmetics with a few small exceptions. My main go tos are Burberry, Chanel, YSL, Givenchy, and Tom Ford. But I do like Too Faced, Kat Von D, and Urban Decay as well. I’ve developed quite a Too Faced collection in the last few years!

11. Bonus Q: For you, what’s the difference between “witchy” and “Pagan”? This gets a little tricky. In general terms Pagan refers to non-Abrahamic religions while witchcraft is the practice of using ritual, spells, and magick to create change in accordance with will. Witches work with witchcraft but Pagans might not and instead choose to focus on spirituality and the hon-oring of certain deities. Someone can be Pagan but not work with magick. For instance, Wicca is a neo-Pagan religion where you can often find people who follow the spiritual and ethical beliefs of the Wiccan religion but choose not to work with witchcraft. That would make them Pagan but not witches. And on the flip side you’ll find witches who don’t consider themselves Pagan. In fact some may actually be part of an Abrahamic religion; I’ve known a handful of Catholic witches over the years.

You might also find witches that just don’t have a set of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices but they work with magick to manifest their desires. Basically it comes down to the fact that not all witches are Pagans and not all Pagans are witches, but you usually find that the two mix. At this stage in my practice I consider myself an eclectic Pagan witch. I work with spe-cific gods and goddesses spiritually and magickally like The Morrighan, Brighid, Thor, and Odin. But for years I’ve been very drawn to the philoso-phical beliefs and practices of Buddhism and I include them in my life and spiritual path as well. I’ve never been a big fan of tradition and like creat-ing my own path based on what works and resonates with me.

Jess Carlson is a Witch, professional intuitive tart and oracle reader, and blogger who helps people unlock their inner badass witch goddess (or god) through sharing magickal and spiritual practices and tools for everyday life, sharing tips and teachings for gaining more confidence, getting in touch with your inner wisdom, and making soul driven decisions so you can live in alignment with your purpose. Jess has been studying magick, working with meditation, and reading the tarot for almost 30 years. Today, she spreads her message of magickal and spiritual empowerment across the globe though blogging and social media, offering both free and paid readings, coaching, and teaching to those looking for a nudge in the right direction on their path. Visit Jess online at JessCalrson.com and on Instagram @jessjcarlson (where she shares daily cards and whatnot).


10 Questions for Tarotist Jessi Huntenburg

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1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? Oh, I love, LOVE breakfast burritos. Eggs, potatoes, pico de gallo and avocado in one dish? I’m there.
 
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. It focuses on the dual desire to be consumed by deep, intense bonds of love and to be completely free and unattached and able to act however you please. And there’s a Russian invasion, a discussion on kitsch, fleeing oppression and a complicated affair…it’s just so good!
 
3. What makes you laugh? There’s an amazing Australian series by comedian Josh Thomas called “Please Like Me.” There’s at least one one-liner in each episode that utterly cracks me up. Laughter, especially in the midst of tragedy, is golden, you know? The characters face challenges and obstacles that we all face, and their sense of humor that gives them the strength to live with pride and dignity.
 
4. Song that never gets old: This is a difficult one (I can think of so many that never, ever get old), but I think I’m going to have to go with “California” by Joni Mitchell. I love to sing, and Joni’s incredibly challenging range-wise. Not to mention that her voice resonates so deeply with me that I’m moved every time I hear her. She’s timeless.
 
5. Drink of choice: It’s a really close tie between black coffee and water. I like to keep things simple and classic beverage-wise. When I indulge, however, it’s Freixenet Extra Dry Brut or Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch. Six years in the restaurant industry will do that to you.
 
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot, any day of the week. I have Reynaud’s Syndrome, which is a clinical way of saying I lose circulation in my fingers and toes when I get too cold. When it happens and I’m out and about, it feels like I’m walking on rocks! Needless to say, I try my best to keep my temperature up.
 
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? The mountains to expand my mind, the beach to soothe my soul.
 
8. Favorite color? Black. I’m generally a huge fan of color contrast—dark and light—and for me, black is the elegant outline, the hue that gives form and shape to things.
 
9. Best movie line: “Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
 
10. Last thing you splurged on? A set of watercolor cakes, watercolor paper, and paintbrushes. Painting is my refuge, and it’s been far too long since I’ve done it on a regular basis. Who knows—if I can get back in practice, I may even try to make a deck!
 
11. Bonus Q: What prompted you to make Tarot videos? I was inspired by a host of incredibly talented witchy YouTubers—Kelly-Ann Maddox, Joanna Devoe, Jo Morris, The Sea Priestess, New-Age Hipster…the list goes on. They gave life to what I was studying, made it human and vulnerable and beautiful. I’ve always been compelled to share my knowledge with others, and I felt that perhaps my take on tarot may speak to them in the way that the lovely ladies I mentioned had spoken to me. Likewise, it just seemed like a hell of a lot of fun, and it is!
 
Jessi Huntenburg is a tarot reader, blogger, witch, and YouTuber. When she's not slinging the cards for her amazing clients, you can find her doing yoga, sewing tarot bags, and cuddling with her husband and two year old daughter. Visit JessiHuntenburg.com to explore reading options and her YouTubeChannel for original tarot spreads, deck reviews, and spiritual guidance.

The Boyer Family Creating Art, Oracles and Tarot Readings at Patreon

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Ron, Noah and i are creating a new circular, stained-glass deck called The Symbolum Tarot. And Ron's still hard at work on the Coffee Tarot images (he's in the studio coloring the 7 of Air card right now). And we're going ahead with the Christmas Tarot (might call it the Yuletide Tarot), where Ron will draw the images and I'll color them. And Noah and I are brainstorming for a Tarot deck we've had in mind (and partically mapped out) for several years now.

Today, I've revamped our Patreon page. As I wrote there:

Stylized B 500So why Patreon? Well, we have multiple Facebook pages--totaling over 6,000 fans--plus three Twitter feeds totaling over 8,000 followers. And several private Facebook Groups dedicated to specific projects. And a Newsletter. Whew! With all the white noise on social media--everyone clamoring to get your attention or buy your stuff--Janet got the idea to create a special space for those truly interested in The Boyer Family and their creations. A place where Patrons can feel good knowing they're supporting a loving, close-knit, hard-working family who love creating original, uplifting and illuminating works of art. And, to reward Patrons for their awesome support, gifts of paintings, drawings, oracles, books or other goodies--as well as exclusive access to our process and everyday going-ons. 

Without distractions. Or noise. Or negativity. Things you (sadly) often find on social media outlets.

So if you'd like the chance to win free art every month, or get exclusive sneak peeks/behind the scenes (already posted some sketches for The Hermit for Symbolum), get Tarot readings and so on, visit us at Patreon.com/BoyerCreations. Patron levels start at a mere $2 a month (less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee). 

Hope to see you there!

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Madam Clara

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1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? Green eggs and ham. Hold the eggs and ham. Wash down with Bloody Mary (extra spicy).

2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Green Eggs and Ham. We can all benefit from seeing things through a child’s perspective every now and then.

3. What makes you laugh? Anything and everything. When you view the world as pure entertainment, you can bring levity to just about any situation.

4. Song that never gets old: Dean Martin - "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles". Stylish optimism, fun and carefree.

5. Drink of choice: Pinky Tuscadero: Frozen Pink lemonade, Gin (or vodka), Cranberry or Pomegranate Juice and Ice in a blender. Lime and Sugared Rim. Brain freeze guaranteed.

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold. It preserves the skin and you can always throw on a sweater, dear.

7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? All of the above. Except desert – beach sand is enough for me!

8. Favorite color? Rich Black. It is comprised off all the colors and has beautiful depth.

9. Best movie line:Strap yourself in” (young Christina to Christopher in Mommie Dearest)

10. Last thing you splurged on? A $40 hand-fired salt-glazed initial coffee mug from House Industries. They are only offered for a limited time every year. Worth every penny.

11. Bonus Q for Madam Clara: How did you discover Tarot? I had an amazing – and foretelling – reading when I was 21. Everything has since come to pass. I rediscovered my fascination in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween weekend, 2015.

About Madam Clara, creator of the Madam Clara Sees All Tarot and the MidCenturian Tarot: 

Truth be told, the backstory of the original Madam Clara deck might surprise you.

I created the Madam Clara character as part of a year-long project leading up to the Salem Witches Ball on Halloween. I have always been fascinated with the dark and mysterious world of antique carnival and circus imagery. I wanted to create an experiential "costume" that was based on a vintage penny arcade fortune teller (the old lady in the glass box) and I wanted to dispense single fortune cards to bring the experience full circle.

Being it was in Salem, authenticity was very important to me, so I researched the subject of tarot tirelessly, but I also felt somehow guided in the creation of this deck, which became a true labor of love for me. The fortunes needed to be genuine to the cards, but I wanted them to be mysterious and also a little kitschy, if you will.

The designs are true to the archetypal symbolism in the Rider-Waite decks, but uses a combination of collage, vintage engravings and graphic patterns. While the deck is not 3D, I definitely had in mind the left-right brain balance and tension in the design. Also, I cannot tell you there is a specific significance to the 2 extra cards. Only that I was compelled to create the 2 extras and I wanted them to be at once equal and opposite, light and dark. Of course, you are free to interpret as you will.

I hope you enjoy the deck. It has inspired me to keep going and create additional works, which I will share the progress on my website, MadamClara.com