Earth Day 2018


For Earth Day, April 22, 2018, I decided to highlight my six favorite fantasy artists. Five have Twitter accounts. Please have a look at the work of these women. They all explore the fantastic and mysterious parts of our planet through subject matter and intensely textured art.

Because it did not occur to me to make a thread of the tweets for each artist, I combined them into a Twitter Moment:

Here’s the link to the first tweet containing contact info for each artist and examples of her work:

Happy Earth Day!


A look into the future


Or maybe it’s the power of suggestion, a positive reading giving you subconscious cues to change your attitude and behavior, telling you what you already know, giving you the incentive to make it come true.

I’m an amateur amateur (yes, I meant to type it twice) at Tarot. I don’t do any type of card readings for anyone but myself. I haven’t yet worked up to the Celtic Cross spread. I still prefer my oracle cards, particularly Les Vampires, featuring the art of Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. Vampires are one of my favorite things. I find the Les Vampires oracle cards pragmatic, comforting, and a pleasure to the eyes.

But back to the Tarot. I have three sets: a no-frills Rider-Waite deck I bought in middle school, The Victorian Fairy Tarot, and The Green Witch Tarot. I like a lot of lush imagery that creates a storybook world when looking at decks. I’ve had the Green Witch deck longer and used it more than the Victorian Fairy deck, and I’ve found the Green Witch deck to be accurate more than half the time.

Twenty-some years ago, I had a past life reading by a friend of a friend. I had never had a professional Tarot reading until last night.

Professional readings seem expensive until you’ve had one and understand how much time the reader spends interpreting each card. Almost all professional Tarot readers offer choices of spreads. You can choose a three card spread, a Celtic Cross spread, or one of many others depending on the reader. The more cards in your chosen spread, the more expensive the reading.

Last night, I was lucky enough to see that Sister Spell Binder on Twitter was offering $4 one card readings. I saw her tweet that the special offer was open for 30 more minutes. It took me 15 minutes to sign up to her site, but I got my request in and she contacted me via DM shortly after. She’s very nice, and she took enough time that I felt she really sat and gave the card she pulled a lot of thought. The card was in the suit of Pentacles. I immediately felt positive about that because I’m a Capricorn, an earth sign, and Pentacles are the earth suit of the Tarot deck. I found the reading very relevant to my life in multiple areas. I read it aloud to someone who isn’t at all familiar with or “in to” Tarot, and they were surprised at how personal the reading was. Sister Spell Binder sent me a scan of the card along with the reading. I forgot to ask her what deck she used; I’ll do that later today. The art on the card contained a lot of personal symbolism to me. I was more than pleased that I took a chance on the reading. It gave me some hope and motivation. When I can afford a more in-depth reading, I’ll go back to her.

If you’d like a professional Tarot reading but don’t have much money or want to see how you like a reader before you invest in a full reading, try a single card or three card spread, or follow a reader who interests you and see if they offer a special. It’s especially worth it if you’re a beginner at Tarot to get readings from others because that helps you in your study of the cards and preparation for giving your own readings.



I finally got around to trying a Past-Present-Future reading with my Vintage Wisdom Oracle. I think that the cards were unnervingly accurate in regards to the question I posed. I got basically the answer that I expected. I keep getting it with other decks, with slight variations.

I have a small cloth that I use for all my readings. I rarely do the big spreads. The friend who awakened my interest in Tarot and oracle cards told me that she doesn’t read reversed cards. At first I was shocked. Since I bought my first deck of Tarot cards, I’ve read the reversed meanings of the cards. It seemed wrong, somehow dishonest, not to acknowledge those cards that turn up upside-down. This deck’s guidebook, like the guidebooks for my other decks, mention reading reversed cards but state that it isn’t necessary, that they can be read as right side up. This is still confusing to me, because reversed cards can indicate a blockage in the subject’s life that needs to be addressed. I’m not sure about my Tarot cards, whether they specifically mention choosing to interpret reversed cards. I honestly have been in such a state of anxiety/panic/depression that I’ve hardly touched any of my cards for months.

That’s going to change. I’m at least going to draw a card every day. Then I’m going to work up to the more intricate spreads. And I’m not reading reversed cards.

The Past/Present/Future spread for today ended with a reversed card. The meaning of the card really doesn’t change reversed or upright. The reversal indicates difficulties/longer time in reaching the desired outcome. These delays and problems can be considered while reading the card upright.

To me, it’s a psychological block to encounter a reversed card, particularly as the outcome card in a spread. I get a sense of dread that keeps me from considering the spread as a whole. I focus on that one “wrong” card.

Until I learn much more about Tarot and about my oracle decks, until I’ve been studying card-reading for some years, I think that I would be better off thinking of a reversed card as a card with more in-depth information for me than the rest of the cards in the spread. Maybe focusing on that card and studying it will help me discover the answer to my question.

The Queen of Swords


I really got interested in Tarot this year because of a friend who has a huge collection of decks and knows about as much as one can about the subject. I wasn’t keen on the idea of a Tarot app, but being almost broke right now, I’m unable to buy a physical deck. I saw Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscape Tarot app mentioned on Twitter and checked it out in the iTunes app store. It was one of the few complete decks that didn’t require in-app purchases and it was only 3.99, so I bought it.

I already loved Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s art. If you are a fan of hers and interested in Tarot, I’m positive you’ll love this deck, whether you buy the physical deck (the card on the front of the box is the Queen of Swords) or the app. The app menu:

  • New Reading
  • Draw a Card
  • Today’s Card
  • Journal
  • Explore

There’s a settings menu where you can choose to allow reversed cards (I turned that off since the book doesn’t give reversed interpretations) and change the “reading cloth” (background.) The journal saves all your readings (the app offers several spread options) and allows you to make notes.

On the 26th of November, I selected Card of the Day. I got the Queen of Swords. On the 27th, I selected the Spirit Spread of three cards and the third was the Queen of Swords. Then I heard that the second single from Idina Menzel’s new album is called The Queen of Swords. (It’s an awesome song, BTW.)

So obviously there’s message for me in this card. The Shadowscapes guidebook says, “With her blade, the Queen of Swords slices through lies and deceptions to the heart of truth. She is honesty and inner knowledge. The Queen of Swords is an intelligent woman, witty, and humorous in her forthright way. She is valued for her accurate perceptions of the world around her and for her experiences. She has gazed within and knows that when she turns her eyes to a mirror, the reflection is exactly what it should be, and the light that shines within her soul blazes bright in the glass.”

There are a lot of lies around me. There have been for a long time, and I’ve developed a sense of when something is hinky. I don’t feel that anyone values my experiences. That’s been a problem I’ve had lately. I’m not taken seriously. I don’t see what I want to see in the mirror because I feel devalued. Maybe this card is telling me to stop seeing myself the way that those untrustworthy people see me.

I look at the card in the app every night. I go to sleep thinking about it. I feel that maybe I’m starting to regain the power over myself that others tried very hard to take away.