I am offering free 1 question readings over at my Tumblr all this week. If you've wanted to check out my work for yourself personally, I invite you to take advantage of the gift. Holiday sales soon to follow!
Wishing you all happy holidays and a great conclusion to a most eventful 2015.
My friend Tina Constantine aka Lady Nocturne is a Graphic Designer living in Puerto Rico. On her spare time she dreamed up a Zodiac editorial series which I want to share with you. I love how sexy some of these can be while still being classy. Great work! I have some amazingly talented friends!
Aries ★ Taurus ★ Gemini ★ Cancer ★ Leo ★ Virgo ★ Libra ★ Scorpio ★ Sagittarius
I see some impressive sequencing in this spread. Close progressions and clutters from suits that point to progress and obstacles impressively. Pointers such as these strengthen my faith in my work.
I have decided to complete one year of horoscopes devoted to each zodiac sign. I offer personalized Annual Review readings at my Samhain Moon Etsy shop. It is a very popular reading on this blog and in my work life, and now I am offering all 12 signs of the zodiac their own loose horoscope calendar to refer to.
SAGITTARIUS TAROT HOROSCOPE FOR 2015: ALICE TAROT
♡ November. Ten of Swords.Things look tough lately. Sometimes you’ve spread yourself too think, and what ensues after that is a pretty serious case of exhaustion. It looks like a warning not to exhaust yourself by taking on more than you can think about in a day. Take it day by day and don’t get ahead of yourself!
♡ December. The Fool.
The end of the year signifies a new beginning for you. You know that the unknown lies yonder, and every step you take forward takes you even closer to the unknown. Feel that anticipation building in your heart and encouraging you to keep going. It’s your journey after all, and you can shape it as you like.
♡ January. Page of Coins.
A good start to the year. It seems to get started off on the right foot. There are treats in store for you and things to take care of. The prize is amongst your possessions.
♡ February. The Star.
Embrace hope as your calling, your North Star. Allow yourself to be inspired by your new perspectives and that which you know will manifest once you get along to it. Dream big, dream freely and dream for yourself.
♡ March. Five of Wands.
A good time to avoid conflict. Try to avoid confrontations at all cost. Sometimes it isn’t so feasible of an option… sometimes you end up in the middle of things. In that case, tough it out as best as you can and look to someone on the outside of the situation for an ally.
♡ April. Seven of Wands.
More obstacles come, this time at a bigger scale. Take a deep breath and lay low for a while. Sometimes you can’t help what is happening in the environment. Seek to learn from it instead.
♡ May. Two of Coins.Things are finally starting to come around. This is something for you to work with. You’re finally being cut some slack and given some material to turn things around. The material isn’t always the finest quality, but it can still allow you to keep things running in the meantime.
♡June. Three of Coins. And so we progress to the next step smoothly. Focus on your projects and in your personal growth. Work hard to get ahead and you will see that it becomes easier with time. You also get closer to your goal this way.
♡ July. Six of Wands.Good news! This is a great month for you. I feel like if you had a big project pending, you can pat yourself on the back now because it’s done. You succeed in your goals and you can bask in the glow of accomplishment. Celebrate with friends or pampering yourself. Job well done!
♡ August. Knight of Cups.
This is a rather happy month for you. I see you dreaming up new dreams and celebrating how well things are going. It feels like not much is going against you. Rather, it may feel like the universe conspires in your favor. Go on some fabulous dates and enjoy yourself!
♡ September. Queen of Cups.With the responsibility that you invested in the months prior, you’ve earned the right to coast and bask in the satisfaction for as long as you have been. Reflect on your victories, appreciate all your blessings. Most importantly, give yourself credit for the good things you pull off.
♡ October. Seven of Cups.All right, you’ve been free long enough. It’s time to go back to meditating on the possibility of new projects, ventures and opportunities. Get creative, don’t be too serious about it just yet. Just let your imagination do the talking for you. Write down your ideas to come back to later when your mind is ready to commit.
♡ Clarifier. Four of Wands.The events of this next year are important for you because it means you get to work on establishing a foundation for your future. You’re branching out to gain strength and to have someplace to come back to when you need to recharge. Rejoice with your team or with your lover, and give yourself the tools to craft a bright future.
I just got back to Los Angeles, so I’m still pretty jet lagged and crazy. My biologic clock is all out of sync with LA, so it’s going to take a few days to get used to my usual 11A.M — 3A.M. schedule.
My recent trip to Tokyo reminded me of what I was glowing about in my 2012 diary entry. This city comes alive with magic!
When you walk through the streets, your senses are overloaded with color and noise as life fluctuates through the city. There is never a dull moment; one turn and a flight of stairs is the only move between yourself and an immersive adventure or a super mall. There is often music surrounding you, or groups of people with really fascinating outfits. The whole city and underground is labeled and illustrated in maps so you won’t get lost. There are floor guides and restaurant menus in the street or subway with photos of what each restaurant has to offer to you. The variety is amazing, and it’s all there for you to explore as you like.
The hotel we were staying at was the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, famous for the Godzilla head coming out of it. Every two hours, lightning sounds off in Kabukicho and Godzilla goes on rampage. He breaks buildings and sets the hotel on fire. I’ve found a Youtube video of the show in case you want to see. The hotel was celebrating its anniversary when we arrived, so they also had a display at the lobby. We took selfies with it every day until they put it away.
The trip itself was so much fun! We took the Shinjuku and JR Yamanote lines to Asakusa, Akihabara, Shibuya, Harajuku, and of course Shinjuku. We visited some old towns as well, including their cemeteries and shrines. I made offerings to spirit and felt soothed at the temples. While I was engaged in prayer, I felt warmth around my hands.
We were eating all over the place like Pac Man. I’ve got a special entry coming up with photos of some of our favorite treats. If you're a foodie, you're really going to enjoy!
Shopping was really good, I ended up getting two more Alice and the Pirates shirts in Laforet. I also got an Innocent World skirt and petticoat. Squeal! My favorite purchases were from the Studio Ghibli store, though. Swoon! I'll post and shot you my loot later, just in case you're curious.
It’s really hard to write about what it is that makes the experience of being in this city so magical for me. For now, the closest I can come to help you understand is by sharing my favorite photos with you. I hope you will enjoy!
Honestly, it feels like it's time to stop the cyclical 2-3 year visits. I've already been there three times. There is more to see out there. It would be nice to visit all of the other places I've always wanted to see: Prague, New Orleans, London & France as an adult... What is worrisome is the state that world affairs is in. I wonder what it would be like to see new places. There is always something about the Kanto region and Tokyo that feels like home. Every time I go, I feel this sense of peace. All the colors seem brighter and life feels absolutely conquered.
Perhaps there will be a 4th trip after all...
On our first day in Tokyo we took a JR Yamanote line train to Akihabara, where I set off to find the Final Fantasy Eorzea Café. Mom got to see Maid Café adverts and girls for the first time and she was absolutely surprised. The café we went to was beautifully set up. It was an immersive experience.
As it turns out, you actually need to have a reservation to get into the café. We turned around to leave when a sweet boy from Indonesia named Chris came up to offer us a seat. Apparently he had two extra tickets and he was there with his friend, so we joined them at the table. He was geeing out even harder than I was, which is tough considering I played FF6-14. I love Final Fantasy!
As you are walking in, you are faced with the logo of the café beautifully mounted for exhibit… and photos. When we walked inside, we found beautiful recreations of the world of Eorzea, from Final Fantasy XIV. I saw familiar characters and swords. They had a map of Eorzea mounted on the wall, and the restaurant was playing updated music from the game. A treat!
When we sat down, we were so confused. The lady dressed in blue started calling out the rules of the game in Japanese. Neither Chris, my Mom or I are fluent in Japanese. Apparently we were given tickets once we sat down that had a number on them. They passed around a menu that showed prizes for a raffle. We smiled to ourselves and watched the show. It was really pretty loopy. To my surprise, while I was taking photos of the menu they called out my number. When they came back later, they declared I had won the first prize: A huge dessert. I got teased for it being my lucky day. First we didn’t even have a table, then we had a table with a party and we won first prize. Wow!
Looking over the menu was definitely a huge treat. It was beautifully designed and the food was impeccable in presentation. They gave our table cool coasters and a limited edition seasonal poster, of which I brought back two copies to gift to my friends. Every time they brought over our food, they would also bring us coasters of classes and summons. Badass!
At first we were too excited to focus on a coherent conversation. We were interviewing back and forth about where we were from, and how we had all ended up in Japan. The beautiful thing about Japan is that it brings people together because there really aren't very many foreigners connecting unless they are in school together. It made the experience sweeter. Once we have gotten the interviews out of the way, we started geeking over the menu and all the little details thay the café boasted from the games.
The drinks were amazing, and the food was thematic. We all ended up ordering different things, and boy! Were they interesting. Honestly, I’d not have touched a few of them. Cold udon noodles with seafood? No way!
Before we were ready to head out, they brought us the cake. It was THE cake. It was massive, bigger than anything I’ve ever seen for just four people. It had pound cake, cereal, pancakes, ice cream, fruit, syrup, orchids, a sparkler… well. See for yourself. It’s massive.
The outing was magical. I had so much fun. We couldn’t stop laughing and stuffing our faces. Chris ended up being really charming, really nice and really funny. By the end of it we exchanged Facebook information and took a very teethy group photo.
Definitely a wonderful way to crown our first night back in Tokyo.
I walked out of there feeling like I was walking on clouds. This experience was definitely the staple of an example of why I love Japan so much. There is so much magic in Tokyo that it does not feel at all like real life. And I love it for that.
For your enjoyment, here are a few photos from the menu.
Please do visit the Eorzea Café if you end up in Akihabara! It is a must see for all of those hardcore Square Enix fans out there. I will remember this event fondly.