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Empress is About Bounty Today

Empress
The Empress from the Practical Tarot by IzoldaT

Today’s Practical Tarot card is the Empress. Think abundance, bounty, fertile creativity, and joy. You can choose your perspective towards those today.

Here’s an example from my own life. Rich and I are moving to a new neighborhood at the end of May. The day we’re supposed to move is either Memorial Day or the day after memorial day. If we can’t get into our new apartment until June 1, everything gets kerfuffled because will have nowhere to take our stuff for that weird 24-hour period.

So, I’m choosing to remain in that hopeful, abundant, bountiful place. We will move correctly and properly into our new place and will be easy, simple, and full of bounty and goodness. It will slide into us living in a lush, lovely, and fab new place where we can make our home for the next few years.

That’s how the Empress works. And that’s how storytelling in tarot works too. You intuit the story of your life and make it so.

It still boggles me that I created this deck. I have 35+ years professional reading experience, and over the years I’ve realized the tarot is the perfect storytelling tool. You have 78 possible stories. Each them is a universal life lesson. When you read the cards, you tell those stories. And I love hearing from people who’ve gotten their own copies who say they can see the stories in the deck as well.

The Practical Tarot – The Moon

If you want to be happy, get OK with uncertainty. The things you can control, you will control. The things you can’t control, you don’t have any say over. And sometimes the things you think you can control end up spinning way out of control anyway. It’s not about removing stress because there will always be stress. It’s about responding to it in a way that keeps you peaceful in the moonlight.

The Surprising Truth About Inclusion in Tarot Decks

One of the things I really wanted to do as I was creating this deck is to make it inclusive. Tarot decks are usually not inclusive. Some of the more modern or specialty decks have embraced inclusion, but many more traditional decks don’t default to male-oriented, heterosexual imagery and white skin.

I wanted to do something different. Many of the cards in my new deck, the Practical Tarot, lend themselves to reimagining. This is one of them. For example, the Sun usually has a little blonde-haired blue eyed child riding a horse. One, I didn’t want anyone to be riding a horse. And two, I wanted to be sure that we had children who weren’t just little tiny blonde babies on the card. That’s the cool thing about being the artist. You get to do what you think is right.

The Pages in the deck gave me another opportunity to be inclusive. A lot of other decks give you court cards of white people with different-colored hair.
The Practical Tarot takes many other types of people into account and includes them.

First, usually, there is only one person on the Page card. Granted, the person looks a bit androgynous in some decks. But often you can ascribe male as the identifier.

So, I added two people in each card. They can be male (or male-identifying) or female (or female-identifying). I couldn’t figure out how to insert gender-fluid or non-binary folks because I couldn’t find depictions that would convey those notions in addition to the people already on those cards.
But I could have additional hues of skin, and I did.

It’s so fascinating to me now to see the difference between my old deck and its default to white skin and my deck with its rainbow.

I hope that more people will be able to see themselves reflected in the cards. As a good friend of mine put it to me recently when we were talking about why she moved to Philly from a less diverse place. “It was really great to walk around and see people who looked like me.”

And that’s what I was going for with this deck. I hope you’ll be with it and see people who are like you.

What’s up with February?

This month’s three-card draw.

Imagine that you wrote a mystery novel. Now, imagine that it was about a professional tarot reader who works with the police to solve crimes. And now envision how much licensing a deck would cost so you could use it to talk about stuff. So, what’s an enterprising person to do? Make a plan and then make their own!

And that’s what I’ve done. So, this month, let’s talk about your plans and your actions. Every month this year I’ll be drawing and reading three cards. And when I’ve created them, I’ll be adding my cards to the interpretation.

For this month? The Ace of Swords, The Ace of Rods (reversed), The Page of Cups (reversed).

The Ace of Swords tells us to start the plan. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to try, do, or achieve, now’s the time to be practical. If you know me, you know that I usually encourage you to go all-in. Start. Hit the ground running. But this month, don’t jump in with both feet. The time isn’t quite yet right. Make the plan. Figure things out. Do exactly what you want to do. But if you aren’t sure exactly what that is, then don’t start off heading in the wrong direction. This isn’t a time for course correction. It’s a time to test the wind and start out right. The only caveat is if you’re thinking of hunting for a new job. That’s a perfect thing to begin today, right now. Go look at Indeed. Ask your friends if they know anyone who’s hiring. Spruce up your resume. But if you can wait until the time is right to say “Yes!” to the offer, so much the better. And here’s why.

Generally speaking, when I draw an Ace of Rods, I’m thrilled. That’s because it means, “Get going. Don’t wait. Get started. Follow your dreams. Follow your passions. What the hell are you waiting for?”

But, when the card comes up reversed, it sings a different tune. Now’s not the time to jump in. Instead, it’s a time to make sure that your dreams are really yours and not someone else’s. Do some soul searching this month. Figure out whether or not what you’re reaching for is really what you want. Or is it, perhaps, what other people want for you? If you have the resources to figure it out, do that. I sometimes push myself so hard that I exhaust myself. And then I have no room left over for planning, thinking, or doing. And that sucks. So, don’t be like me. Don’t run yourself into the ground before stopping and seeing if what you’re fighting so hard for is really the prize you’re after.

So, don’t take the leap quite yet. Wait a couple of weeks. Things are about to change. And with that change in the wind, your needs, wishes, and desires might change too.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re a few weeks away from spring. That’s amazing. But we’re all still sitting and stewing in our juices because the pandemic. And that means we have an incredible opportunity to get super honest with ourselves. Take a piece of paper and write down what you really want. No, in fact, I’ll encourage you to do an exercise I do with my coaching clients.

Make four columns on a sheet of paper. In column 1, write down everything you need in the next three months. These are things you can’t do without. In column 2, write down what you want. What would you love to have in your life but isn’t something that you can’t live without. In column 3, write down things you’ll accept. They’re not the end-all-be-all, but they’re livable. And in number 4, write down your dealbreakers. This is the state you can’t abide. Then, put the piece of paper away for three days and come back to it. See what you might want to change and change it. And then look at your list.

It’s a good set of priorities for the next months. And here’s why I asked you to do this. The last card in the draw was the Page of Cups reversed (haven’t made that card yet, and truth be told, I miss it being part of this post). When the card is right side up, it’s all about the blush or love, romance, and having a light, creative heart. When it’s reversed, it talks to us about ending things that aren’t good for us (or sometimes those things being ended for us if we aren’t the initiating party). So, if you’re feeling down and/or depressed (and it isn’t clinical), doing the above planning and deciding will help you end what needs ending so you’re to begin what needs beginning when the opportunity presents itself.

Take care of your heart. Do small things that make your inner self smile. Breathe deeply. It’s going to be a bit of a bumpy ride, but it will get better.

I’ll see you next month for What’s up with March? In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to learn more with a deeper reading, get in touch.