HIRAJETA TAROT REVIEW





Today we are going to be taken into the world of Danny Hirajeta of the Iron Clown Studios. He made this tarot deck as a labor of love, and has said it was an emotional journey for himself. As I thumbed through the cards, I felt myself going deeper and deeper into somebody’s personal abyss, a rabbit hole of wonders and secrets.
I found out about the Hirajeta Tarot through Tumblr. Someone posted about it, which piqued my curiosity and sent me on a mission to find the online presence for the Iron Clown Studios. The first card I saw from this deck was the Page of Wands, it caught my curiosity. The second card I saw was the King of Cups, which sold the deck for me. Incidentally, the King of Cups was the first card in the shrink-wrap when I took the deck out of the packaging. Little coincidences like that make me smile.



Something very cool about this deck is that it came with its own custom artwork on the packaging. It makes you feel special to know somebody has taken time out of their busy life to craft something beautiful for you. I have photographed them for your enjoyment, and now house the black and white artwork in a black lace frame on my desk. Magic!

Later on he told me that one is an image of Lilith that came to him during a meditation.

The card stock is premium quality, and it fans out like a dream. I really like that the backs are black and so are the borders. When you fan them out, you get this really electric looking current of yellow accents over black. The card backs are gorgeous too!

When I went through the deck the first time to get acquainted with the artwork, I was surprised to find the minors were in progressive pips. Easy enough to work with! My favorite suits is that of Cups, with the Cups icons pointing out different parts of the heart. It reminded me of medical illustrations, but clearly with a divinatory twist. So clever!

The Major Arcana are different from any you’ve likely seen before. They are loosely based on RWS traditions, if you really want to, but I don’t think that does them justice. If you limit the concepts to a strictly RWS tradition, you may be limiting the messages that you can get from them. These cards stand on their own and have a lot of value to add to any reader’s level of experience. The Majors really come alive for me, and will give you lots to take from them if you are attentive. Little details go a long way in this deck, and there is so much new and yet relevant material here, that I really suggest spending some more time with the deck.



When you project into these cards, you visit a world of dreams… and nightmares. How you interact with them will be giving you a sense of direction not only with the tarot, but also with your life. The Hirajeta Tarot gives you the option to walk between parallel dimensions, and you can also tap into a secret world in which your higher self is resonating. The best part is that it sprung into being as curated from an artist that has experience and is really tapping to his higher consciousness. It is a powerful work tool for anyone that treats it as such.

What I really like about this deck is that the stylization and narration style gives me such refreshing new insights. It feels like I’ve got a lot of new material to work with, and the best part about it is that it is very coherent — no, — eloquent. I feel that the answers I get are relevant because I let this deck tell me what it needs to, rather than forcing it to say what anyone would take from it when following directions from traditional tarot deck meanings. That would do this deck a huge disservice. I recommend instead grabbing a black notebook and drawing impressions the cards give you, then piecing together a story in written form. Journal entries with this deck could take you pretty far out into a transcending mindset.




♡ What is your most important characteristic:
The Sun. I survived all the tests through time, and now I’m here in the open. I have been breathed life into, and now I stand on my own with pride and with assurance. I transcend. You will find in me a mix of cultures and stories that are very much presented in a new light; relatable and powerful.

♡ What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
The Magician. I cover all aspects of divination and spiritual practices. I cover all the facets of life from creation to the end to new beginnings in divine cycles. I imploreyou tap into your intuition through all your senses, enlisting them to go someplace you maybe haven’t consciously been at before. Trust your intuition and you can go great lengths.
I was brought into being through creative visions.

♡ What are your limits?
Judgement. When taken in a literal sense, Judgment covers bias. If you allow yourself to remain in a mundane perception and mindset, that is where you stay. You could get many calls to action, but not realize it if you are not tuned into those frequencies. In order to receive a message fully, you must be open and willing to invest effort. It could make you stand out from the masses of people that don’t listen to their intuition and are not working towards connecting to their higher selves.



♡ What are you here to teach me?
The Moon. Intuition is a powerful tool, and it is not mean to be controlled or harnessed. Those who do, are not learning to harmonize with their darkness and are upsetting the natural balance of things. The Hirajeta Tarot, if used productively, can help you tap and tune into your most basic instincts. It can help you hone in on skills you might not realize that you have because you have previously not had the chance to work on it.

If you are an intuitive, you will learn about the depths of your most essential state and you will find how much more clear the colors are when you can see through cleaner lenses. There is so much beauty in the light that shines within all of us. [Did you know the pineal gland is the only organ in our bodies that actually glows?]

♡ How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
King of Swords. I can be stern and I can be brisk. You will have to get used to hearing the facts as they are. I will not sugarcoat or decorate situations for you to make them easier to digest. The truth that comes out in a factual way is a powerful tool for you to work through your situations. Take pride in your words, and know that when you speak you are casting spells. The way in which you express yourself clearly defines directions your life will go in the future, and is thus a very powerful aspect of your life.

♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Seven of Cups. You will season different parts of your intuition and your emotions. Yes, the heart is just a muscle, but it is responsible for all the things flowing right in our bodies.

If we figuratively feed our souls different substances to saturate our hearts, we could poison ourselves. In moderate quantities but still enough of a dose, we can find inspiration and we can find our emotions will be lucid. Too much of a good thing can tarnish and confuse as well, so seek moderation in intake and let your heart be your compass.



♡ Which card do you want to show off?
The Fool. The element of surprise is sometimes a necessity when you seek the advantage. Keep things fresh for yourself, don’t fall into comfort zones. When you constantly challenge yourself, you challenge your inner demons and insecurities to work with them. You don’t always know how it will turn out, but having the courage to get into it shows a commitment to better yourself. This can be your first step.

♡ How do you see me?
Ace of Cups. A vessel of emotions that enlists intuition. A lover of all, worker for the well-being of others. You hold inside you a great responsibility, to inspire yourself as well as others in self-love and self-empowerment. Intuition is a great responsibility when you have others relying on you for answers in your day-to-day craft. Keep the harmony and the compassion, because giving too much away can sometimes desensitize if you don’t nurture yourself as well. You can be so transparent that others see the feelings you harbor, and if you don’t protect that sacredness, you could be taken advantage of for being vulnerable.

♡ How do you see yourself?
Knight of Swords. I don’t mess around. I can handle even the most difficult circumstances when I am on duty, and you won’t see me falter. I am clear on all counts and dive into whatever challenges are presented. At times when everything else seems cloudy or hard to identify, I don’t lose my shape. I am a warrior.



All those majors! And all the minors are Cups or Swords. Emotion versus logic.

This deck is excellent to use for spell work, meditation and as a prompt to project somewhere outside of yourself, into space or into another dimension. While being relevant to our diverse cultures and day-to-day situations, this deck speaks to me in a very metaphysical way. I’m sure I will come to use it during séances, reflections and high magic rituals. It is very versatile in its uses, and for that I think it is successful. Anyone who practices magic and divination should have this in their collection.

I recommend putting this deck, card by card, under your pillow to prompt dreams. I love using evocative decks to prompt tarot dreams, and look forward to the next 78 nights of intuitive archetypes crawling through my dreams.



Danny Hirajeta, thank you so much! I really resonate with this deck, and the experiences I have had with it so far have been very magical. I hope that this review does your work justice.

You can find Iron Clown Studios at Facebook, Tumblr and DeviantArt.

Please endorse this artist’s work if you resonate with the review. His work is visceral.
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VALENTINE MAGIC TAROT EVENT



Hello Witches,

How are you doing today?

I haven’t done anything special over at Samhain Moon for a while. I’ve come to realize that I’m keeping something good from the world, and I should start giving it more exposure. I want to start offering my skills to help you out more, because that’s really what this blog is all about. Empowering you!

For all of your romantic doubts and questions clarified, I’d like to offer you a seasonal special. I’m going to make the entire month of February a month dedicated to your self-empowerment and romantic realization.

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HELLO WITCHES Nº114



Its been a while, hasn't it? I thought about putting Hello Witches to sleep a long sleep, but I enjoy writing this column too much. It will stay for now. Going to sit down with a glass of home made strawberry wine and muse on the secret teachings of my favorite working tool. Magic!

These cards read very separately to me, I don't feel much rapport amongst them. It feels like they stand as individuals pertaining only to the day that they cover. Odd! I have to say, though, that they are very beautiful and they have a mist of magic in their scenes. It could be the goldleaf ink, or the painting style. I notice that nobody is smiling, not even the Lovers. It's a very somber deck, but it says what it needs to without problem.

Notice the two Aces, standing for beginnings in writing and in career.



Monday. Seven of Coins. Options aplenty over your head to consider. Pick what you can and count what is still there for the future. Make an inventory list to refer back to in the future.


Tuesday. Ace of Swords. Speak freely, I have no reserves in defending yourself as you need to. Strive to speak clearly and leave no room for misunderstandings. Don't take any blathering and bullshit!

Wednesday. King of Coins. A wise person looks out for their investment and what they will get from it. Sport the product of your work with pride, and share with others what you do. Your enthusiasm, if properly employed, should get them excited in what you are doing.



Thursday. Four of Cups. Sometimes we can get carried away with our fantasies, because well... why not? Reality may not always be as glamorous as our dreams. The good news from dreaming so much is that you can structure a plan that outlines the steps you need to take in order to get where you want to go.

Friday. The Lovers. Celebrations of love and meaningful relationships. Joining in a powerful embrace that transcends circumstances of life. The motivation we can get because of this support can push us through common bounds and into some amazing new heights if we allow ourselves to be swept by the magic.

Saturday. Strength. Learning discipline and the meaning of sacrifice. It takes great willpower to strike down opposition. Bringing peace to tomult is not impossible, but it must be carefully calculated for effectiveness.



Sunday. Hierophant. Learning from previous mistakes and experiences brings you wisdom. Accept all of the tough lessons that life can bring your way as part of the process of being alive. We learn as we go and that's okay.

What to avoid. Three of Cups. You don't always want to socialize, sometimes it's important to take time for yourself. You are not under any obligation to set aside your comfort and peace of mind for the sake of tending to somebody else's convenience and expectation. Look to be alone if you desire, therein you find you are most productive and comfortable.

What to strive for. Ace of Coins. Look to be productive; look to embrace the tasks that are pending. Break into action, accepting any opportunity that presents itself to you. It's a great day to say yes to whatever surprises are in store for you in your career.


I am very excited to share the news of my latest acquisition: The Victorian Romantic Gold Limited Edition Journal from Baba Studio! This past December I managed to swipe the deck itself in an out of print bag, but I've been looking for the journal since. After a few bulletins on the Internet, someone popped up with it and now it's on its way to me. I'm so excited! Super yes!

Photo compliments of Dylan's Tarot Temple.
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THE TRIP TO PUERTO RICO



All good things must come to an end. If we could, we’d keep some vacations in a perpetual parallel dimension to that of our personal lives. It would be lovely to have the luxury to escape to a nice place every time we needed to recharge our batteries.

THE BEST MOMENTS:

☆ Dinner with the family.
☆ Fancy holiday party.
☆ Fancy New Year’s Eve party.
☆ Hot Topic holiday party.
☆ Baking pastries for my family.
☆ Playing video games on down time from work. (I got Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Persona Q, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Sonic Classics.)
☆ Getting back to keeping blogging notebooks. Essential!
☆ Oggling over my tarot card connection. So lovely! Complete! Love it!
☆ Had enough time to dig through my inspiration folders, old and new.
☆ Started a new handwritten diary.
☆ Margarita happy hour outings and fun.
☆ Spent some time with my love birds, Sun and Moon.
☆ Pampered myself... Much needed!

There were so many more things I would have loved to have done, but I prioritized family over nightlife.

Being around the island for limited amounts of time makes it more tolerable. Once you’re there for years on end, you start to get a little restless with the traffic jams, unbearable heat and that inexplicable feeling that you don’t connect with the people around you. Being around the people that you love is a very good trade-off in my opinion!

I once more find people from my culture are absolutely stunning; they’re also good dancers and even better creatives. Their passion can be as positive as it can be negative, though. Their tempers shock me every time. I wish that there were more manners and common sense circulating through the culture; many don’t care if they overstep your boundaries as long as they get their way. I find some people to be really, really rude. I also don’t like how excessively loud they are. There is no need to shout over to someone across the table from you to get your point across.

PHOTO ALBUM:


















I feel so loved and so wanted. Its been weird to adjust to being back in Lost Angels without my Mom and without J. My life isn't quite the same without those two. I also haven't been able to post in Samhain Moon, but at least I've been able to write many outlines for future posts.

Speaking of, how do you like the new layout? I've been itching to give this place a makeover because I haven't had the chance to change the layout since I launched the blog on October 31st, 2010. Once you cringe when you see your blog, you know it's time for the layout to go. I loved the old Samhain Moon so very much, but it was time for a change. Sometimes you outgrow your favorites, and when you realize it, it's time to change your blog layout to fit the new you. This feels great! I love how big and bold it is. Hopefully it'll be respected.
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2014 IN REVIEW


January
+ Saw Alvin and squared out the past.
+ Worked at the Steampunk Symposium aboard the Queen Mary, saw Abney Park play!
+ Met Robert and Jody from Abney Park
+ Bonded with Roger
- My friend Hugo passed away
+ Went to Uniform Night at Batcave, 1 year since I met Hugo and Roger


February
- Hugo’s funeral
+ Got to know Roger
+Taking care of Animal
+Hung out with Niki
+ Saw Kyary Pamyu Pamyu live


March
+ Kim visited
+ Taking care of Animal
+ Clubbing fun
+ Villain’s Ball at Batcave… lots of fun!


April
+ Taking care of Animal
+ Saw Crosses live
+ Mom met Roger
+ Renaissance Festival
+ Saw Combichrist and Suicide Commando
+ Went to a VIP Combichrist meet and greet
+ Roger asked me to be his girlfriend


May
- Missed out on Mastodon and Gojira
+ Roger’s birthday adventure
+ Tripnotic
- Fallout with Niki
+ Saw Dawn of Ashes live at their last show


June
+ Saw Ginger V live
+ Saw De/Vision and Carved Souls live
+ Saw Julien-K live


July
+ Séance with Crystal
+ Adam’s birthday celebrations
+ Met Duckie/Carlo
+ Las Vegas trip for Roger’s Mom’s wedding


August
+ Trip to Puerto Rico
+ Hung out with Mom and J. Much needed!
+ Grandpa’s 86th birthday
+ Release the Bats Puerto Rico
+ Bubble tea romance


September
+ Trip to the Dominican Republic
+ Returning to Los Angeles
+ Went to Aless’ house warming party
- Séance gone wrong


October
- Swollen eyelid
+ Dawn of Ashes’ first show as Urilia
+ Mom’s coming to Los Angeles!
+ My 26th birthday at some really beautiful places
+ Touring my favorite city and partying like crazy
+ IAMX concert. Scream!!!


November
+ Began process for playing card oracle certification
+ Met Max
- The last Batcave Hollywood event
+ The Birthday Massacre concert


December
+ Mode:M with Adam to celebrate my last club night before Puerto Rico
+ Puerto Rico trip
+ Reconciliation with my aunt
+ Hanging out with Mom and J. Very necessary!
+ Pledged for the IAMX pre-listening party
- Someone maliciously ripped my work off and didn't accept responsibility

(1) DESCRIBE 2012 IN THREE WORDS:
(A) DEATH.
(B) FALLOUTS.
(C) LESSONS.


(2) WHICH CONCERTS DID YOU VISIT IN 2012?
Abney Park, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Combichrist x 2, Suicide Commando, Crosses, Dawn of Ashes, Ginger V, Carved Souls, De/Vision, Julien-K, Urilia x 3, The Birthday Massacre, and New Years Day.

Wow, those are really very many concerts. Considerably more than the past five years!

(3) WHAT WERE YOUR THREE FAVORITE MOMENTS IN 2012?

(A) Working on board the Queen Mary and seeing Abney Park live. Meeting Abney Park, hanging out with them and getting things signed by them.
(B) The trip to the Dominican Republic with my Mom. We had so much fun!
(C) IAMX night. MAGIC! WOW!


(4) WHICH ONE WAS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH?
That’s always a tough decision for me to take given there has been so, so much growth in store for me this year. It was a very hard year, particularly because of all the losses. Saying goodbye to people isn’t easy for me, and I have to face a lot of sudden departures.

I really loved August. Went someplace I've never been to before, in the company of my Mom, who happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet. She rocks! We had a lot of fun getting drunk at the bar and feasting off the most delectable delights.

(5) WHO WERE THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2014?
 ROGER: My new boyfriend. I never would have believed you if you had told me we would end up dating. When I first met him in person, I wasn’t exactly nice to him, but he persisted with a good face. He never turned on me or resented the fact I did all that was possible to push him away from me. We’ve been through a lot together, which has inevitably brought us closer and demolished the defensive barriers we both placed to keep one another out. I feel like the story of how we met is a bit of a comedy and I have a hard time taking it seriously, but I can’t deny the fact his presence in my life is special. We explore the psyche together, and while I am still learning to read and understand him, I feel like he takes his time to do it as well. ♡♡



J: Of course. How not? This sweet angel of a man has always been there, in the laughter and through all of the tantrums. He reads me so well. We don't even need to talk for him to know what I am thinking. He is worth his weight in gold, and I only wish that we could be sharing the adventures face to face as we used to. We understand one another and we support one another unconditionally. You don't find people like this all the time. He is everything to me, and I could never see my life without him. My Mom loves him, my Grandfather raves about how wonderful he is, and about how badly he wants J to remain in my life. He has a spark to him that attracts people to his life, makes them love him madly, and keeps them around for the laughs. J is real, he is all that is good, and he is the closest person to me to this day. I could not see my life without him and my Mom in it. What an honor to have you! Please don't ever leave.

♡ ADAM: Oh my! I did not expect this relationship to come into my life, but it did and I am so thankful! Adam is very caring and he is the life of the party. He loves to live his life, and he loves making memories with people. I think he brings people together, and I think he’s also very positive. I like that he’s a good listener and he’s always willing to accommodate others. Its been almost a year since he came, and since then I have learned that there are good-natured people out there. He is a terrific listener, and he is very real. I love his authenticity. I love Adam!

CRYSTAL: Sweet, sweet Crystal! The Queen Bee of the club, mommy-to-be and seriously gorgeous girl. She turns heads and she drives the boys crazy. I feel like I am part of her family. She just took me in one day, and after that we never separated. I've learned to open up to people because of her. In turn, she has taught me some of the tough experiences you can encounter in Los Angeles. She's my guiding light!


(6) HAVE YOU MADE PLANS FOR TRAVELING IN 2015?
This year I’m making it back to Japan without doubt. I can’t stand another year not being in my most favorite place on Earth!

I will also be back in Puerto Rico at some point this year.



(7) BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2014?
The Playing Card Oracles. I started dissecting it in January and went all the way up to November before I finished it. Its been a very enlightening read, crammed with information. I would put it down every now and then and months would go by, but then I would pick it up and get immersed back into it.
It inspired me to pursue a professional certification to read playing cards as an oracle. I am taking the courses with Ana Cortez, author of the Playing Card Oracles. So excited!

(8) 5 MUSICIANS YOU LISTENED TO WAY TOO MUCH IN 2012:

DEPECHE MODE
ABNEY PARK
IAMX
BLUTENGEL
AND ONE


(9) WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2015?
I need to make my way back to Tokyo. My soul is begging me to find my way back to the most magical city on Earth.

I am also looking forward to getting my own place and to getting my car situation sorted out. If you didn’t already know, there is no chance I will ever be moving back to Puerto Rico. By choice.

Lastly, I am looking forward to selling stragglers from my tarot card collection. Also, to enjoy the jewels that I have. Some of these decks are hard to find, and only being kept because I resonate so much with them.

I would like to update my lists and offer more variety on my blog. We might be giving Hello Witches a rest for a while and focusing on other divinatory practices that branch out from the tarot cards. Tea leaves, oracle cards, playing cards, and so on. Are you in?


IN RETROSPECT,
I am currently very happy with the life that I live in Los Angeles, and to go anywhere else would be to deny my spirit what is good for it. I have learned so much about myself and the life I want to live within just one year of living here. I realized that I am still growing and progressing as a person. Even though I cannot see the progress as evident as when I was in college, I can still see something changing in myself.

First and foremost, I have never ever before been this positive. My body image self-esteem are all very healthy—the best they’ve ever been—as a result, I’m much more happy and willing to share the love with others as well. Because I am happy, I notice that the people I tend to gravitate towards are happy as well. In an unspoken call for entries, being the best possible expression of myself has attracted others with very similar mindsets. The result is a group of people that love each other and celebrate life together.

I have learned to live with a lot of things that I never thought I would accept, even people that I previously could not stomach. I feel like the more experience I gain, the more tolerant and accepting I am of others. It doesn’t mean that I do not prefer to spend time with people that have similar interests, though. Tarot readers and gothic people are still my favorite crowd.



LESSONS LEARNED:
Love in abundance.
Always have a goal. Or several.
Invest effort in looking nice.
Don’t let anyone step on you.
Tell your friends you love them.
Let go of friends that show you they don’t love you.
Work hard.
Feed your creativity.
Stand up for yourself. Always.
Pamper yourself.
Share your opinions.
Spread love, and don’t watch who it goes to.

Thanks for all the lessons, 2014! It’s time to put you to rest because there is a whole new year coming up!
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