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March 2018

Rabbit Symbolism in the Tarot and the Queen of Pentacles Breeder Card

In my latest podcast, I discuss rabbit symbolism in Tarot--and how pop culture references to the bunny can enhance our readings-- as well as how the Queen of Pentacles "Breeder" card connects to fertility. Listen in below!

Looking through your favorite (non-RWS) Tarot decks, how many cards featuring rabbits can you find? Share in the comments below!

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You can also get my Naked Tarot Podcast through Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play and Blubrry.

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Crowdfunded Tarot Decks, Mystical Curiosities and Other Goodies (March 2018)

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Once in a while, I share crowd-funded Tarot deck and oracles here--exceptional ones that I've admired and backed.

I posted this funny "Add to Cart" meme on Facebook (Amazon and Etsy, anyone?), and Bonnie made this comment: Have this addiction to both tarot decks and yarn. Have Amazon, Ravelry, Etsy open..hope between reading about the deck, book, pattern or fiber and adding it to the cart. Only regret, do not hear about some crowd sourced decks until too late! You did a great job of making us aware of yours!

So, every month, I plan on posting Tarot decks, oracles, mystical curiosities, creativity boosters and other cools creations that have caught my attention on Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. 99% of what I post, I will have backed. I'm what is known as a Kickstarter "Superbacker"--so  I'm a firm believer in being a Patron of the Arts and supporting fellow entrepreneurs that are bringing healing, beauty, comfort, whimsy and ease into the world.

In other words, I put my money where my mouth is.

Here's the first batch of goodies for you to drool over (and yes...whisper "I need to stop" as you click "become a backer". Ha!). 

Considerate Cat Tarot by Madeleine Belanger - Ending April 4, 2018 

Be Your Beauty Art Book Featuring the Surreal Art of Aquasixio by Hill Schroder - Ends April 5, 2018

Boxie Pet Home for Cats and Dogs - Ends April 7, 2018


 Tarotwave - An Aesthetic Inspired Tarot Deck by McKenna - Ends April 11, 2018


Enamel Pins: Zodiac Constellations by Ivy Chan - Ends April 12, 2018

Narata Storytelling Cards: Brainstorm Your Story by Kent Jensen - Ends April 19, 2018

Magic of Prophecy Tarot by Eye Psychics - Ends April 22, 2018

Bloom Playing Cards by Edgar Montoro - Ends April 23, 2018  

If you follow me on Kickstarter, you'll know as soon as I back something (should your taste be similar to mine). I've backed a few projects on IndieGoGo, but I tend to like/trust projects on Kickstarter much better.

I have to say, this appears to be the Golden Age of Tarot (and Oracle!) Decks. I'm so excited about the inventive, innovative directions that cartomancy is heading--especially as evidenced by crowdfunding projects and Etsy listings. In fact, I think it's been about two years (!) since I've bought a mass-market deck for myself.

Why? Well, commercially available decks tend to be same-o, same-o Rider-Waite-Smith clones (yawn). Independently produced decks take more artistic risks--usually sporting superior card stock, better boxes, lovely extras (bookmarks, signed prints, digital wallpapers, etc.) and a personal touch.

Indie database 300I'm so passionate about indie creators, I even have a database for cartomantic enthusiasts. Click here to take a peek. If you're favorite deck isn't listed--or you're a deck-creator that would like to be included--please feel free to let me know in the comments section below, through my Tarot Maven Facebook Page or email me through my website

And if you find out about a cool project on Kickstarter on IndieGoGo, by all means let me know that, too! I'm way too busy to keep up on every new project out there--so do be my eyes and ears. 

Enjoy the goodies! I plan on making a crowdfunding post once a month (at least). And let me know if you end up backing one or more of my suggestions so we can SQUEE! together.

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What the Hell is Mercury Retrograde?

In my latest Naked Tarot Podcast, I give you the scoop on Mercury Retrograde--including what it means when Merc Retro is in Aries (eep!)--as well as how to use Tarot cards to survive and thrive during this time.

How do you usually fare during Mercury Retrograde? Have any survival tips to share? Do weigh in at the comments below!

P.S. You can also get my Naked Tarot Podcast through Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play and Blubrry.

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Introducing the Naked Tarot Podcast

OK, you've been prodding me for years to start my own regular podcast.

NT Podcast it is! I'm thrilled to introduce the inaugural episode of my new podcast Naked Tarot. Listen in below:

You can follow my show here.

Huge thanks to my producer, Noah Boyer, for providing the original intro music and editing skills--and to voice-over artist Ron Boyer for the provocative introduction.

Let me know what you think--as well as topics you'd like me to cover on the show--in the comments below.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

P.S. You can also get my Naked Tarot Podcast through Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play and Blubrry.

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Tarot Readings Page Makeover

I've finally--finally!--given my Tarot Readings page a much-needed makeover. I've been so busy writing books and co-creating decks, that I admit to some benign neglect in this department... Click here to check out the makeover. 

Need Insight

Here are the readings I'm offering:

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Do you feel inspired to get some insight? If so, head on over to my readings page

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Your Natural Part

Got a fab haircut from a new friend last week--Robin Hearts-Love--and she made an observation that I feel applies to life.

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She said Do you want me to cut/style your hair following your natural part?

Hmmm? I replied. 

Your part. Is that the way it usually falls--or is your hair just doing its own thing today?

This is going to sound bizarre--but I wasn't conscious of the natural part in my hair. In fact, I parted it on the other side (when I'm actually parting).

I know, right? Duh.

I stammered. Um, I'm not sure. (In my defense, I was in a total brain fog all weekend).

She said Your life will be a lot easier if you go with your natural part

And so I did. And shall.

What does this have to do with life?

It occurred to me that our "natural part" is the way we bend--organically.

It's our strengths, our interests, our preferences. It what intrigues us, keeps our attention.

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Some--teachers, parents, mentors well-meaning life coaches--have advised us to work our asses off to build up our weaknesses.

In some cases, this is sound advice.

For example, if you want to lead workshops or host webinars and the very idea of speaking in public freaks you out, Toastmasters or voice lessons can really help you with both technique and confidence.

But for the most part, trying to bolster supposed weaknesses (i.e. an area in which you lack natural aptitude or interest) is time better spent identifying your strengths and maximizing them.

For example, I hate numbers. I don't even memorize phone numbers if I can help it. So, I'm not going to perform long division or multiplication problems to "help" my aversion towards math (shudder). I have a calculator, thankyouverymuch.

As an entrepreneur, time is money. I can choose to teach myself to make digital graphics, create a website or format a self-published book. Or, I can outsource these tasks to someone who's really good at it.

It depends on what you value--and how much control you want to retain.

But for the most part, I think going with our natural part not only makes life easier, but also provides a great foundation for expanding beyond our comfort zones in a (relatively) painless way towards the best "us" we can be.

What do you think, dear readers? Weigh in at the comments below!

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