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Immersed in darkness. What a delight!
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OLIVER HIBERT'S SECRET ARCANA



I love Oliver Hibert's work. It sings to me any time I turn the cards over. The stories of the Oliver Hibert Tarot read effortlessly. If you wish to get immersed in the reading, there are enough connections to make where you find yourself spending more time with the simple spreads. I love that. I never run out of new information to share with my sitters because of the abundance of symbols and implied movement in the cards. Finally, I got my hands on the new oracle deck and I couldn't be more pleased with the final product. I just want more!

The presentation of this deck is very thoughtful. It comes with its own booklet and with a pouch to house it in. The card stock is the same used the tarot deck, and so the cards blend seamlessly into one very interesting deck of cards. I’ve worked with the tarot deck enough to vouch for how clear the readings are.

This oracle deck is produced and distributed by Von Zos. They even have pins and a spirit board!



Turning off what I know about tarot tradition has been the best way to work with the deck because the cards are so expressive that they tune you into a different narrative. You just need to follow the cues and the repeated symbols / and style of dressing to identify who’s who and what they’re up to.

Once more, the black and white and five color scheme of the deck is really appealing. The style is so strong! I love that in these new additions to the collection, the cards do their own thing. They aren’t at all traditional, even if there are some symbols we have seen in other decks: The Key and The Serpent both happen to be symbols you can find in the Lenormand.

Oliver Hibert picked symbols that will go great woven into tarot tradition. I can see The Hand having to do with somebody’s responsibility to claim in a situation or conflict depending on the cards around it.They also make great signifiers or even positions for card spreads. Their use is versatile, so I hope you will enjoy making up uses for them as I will. You won’t run out of options!




The list of cards goes as follows:
0 The Serpent
I The Door
II The Hourglass
III The Scream
IV Venus
V Mars
VI The Cat
VII The Mirror
VIII The Skull
IX The Spider
X The Key
XI The Bat
XII The Wound
XIII The Mushroom
XIV The Eye
XV The Shadow
XVI The Light
XVII The Lizards
XVIII The Flower
XIX The Hand
XX The Tomb
XXI The Candle

I won’t spoil the meanings for you, although you can likely set your own list of meanings.

The times I have used this deck I have found the cards to be very expressive. They work so well as a system, I wish there were 30 more of these in the deck. I would have loved to have all the planets as well as more body parts and trinkets. Oliver Hibert struck gold with this one, the deck is quickly becoming a joy to work with.



What is your most important characteristic?
The Tomb. This deck keeps secrets and contains secrets. Secrets are a part of its name. What is expressed and what comes out of it can eerily be relatable to your life, and it is meant to fill your days with color and whimsy. There is a spooky charm to these cards that if you listen intently and go with your instinct rather than with your logic. Tap into that part of your brain that you may leave dormant.

What are your strengths as an oracle deck?
The Eye. This deck is able to offer you diverse points of view depending on your need for the situation. You can spend time going over all the options there are for you, and seeing things a little differently is sure to change your perspective. You will learn new things about your inner world and realize the beauty of having options. It is important to get you out of your mindset so that you can begin to entertain new possibilities.

What are your limits?
The Serpent. Some choices are out of your control. That’s the thing about life; some things are in your control, others not. This is how things are naturally. While there may be some things currently out of your grasp, it doesn’t mean they will always be. Treat your obstacles like a puzzle and think up different solutions until you find the solution that solves your puzzle.


What are you here to teach me?
The Key. This card is actually perfect following the previous card. This oracle deck will teach you to value your individuality and to tap into the wilderness that lies inside you. When you discover your hidden world, you become immersed in your true essence. Your intuition speaks to you and helps find the way for you, but in the meantime you can enjoy wonderful advice from this tool. It will teach you how to open doors.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
The Scream. Be louder about who you are. Don’t hide so that others never notice you’re there. Be vocal about your passions and intentions, and allow yourself to be your truest self. You’d love it. Be loud and weird when you use these cards, they will certainly help you vibe.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Door. Even if your journey is long, you have the tools to your success. Now you just need to make your way to the right doors so you can open new opportunities and thrive. What lies ahead of that is wonderful and goes beyond your imagination.



Which card do you want to show off?
The Flower. Embrace yourself the way you are and stay true to your weirdness. It’s a distinctive blessing that graces you with your personality, the hues of which make you different from everybody else around you. If you are delicate, play to your strength and embrace that. Harness your power and learn from it so that you may grow stronger.

How do you see me?
The Light. A person that seeks answers also seeks to connect to their higher conscious self. Looking for meaning in life is an introspective process, and it seems you understand that.

How do you see yourself?
The Spider. I am a weaver of stories, allow yourself to be hypnotized by my swirling colors and come with me for a ride. Immerse yourself in the magic and turn the poison into your shield. It’s fun to open your eyes and leave all your ideas behind to set a new narrative for yourself. You become who you wish to be.



For such a spooky deck, I feel the cards read seamlessly from one to the other. The reading made perfect sense to me and had a very positive message to it. I encourage you to experiment with these cards and with the full tarot set. I think that this deck is a really special tool to work with, and I will surely write back to tell you of my stories with it in the future.

Please do yourself a favor and purchase a copy! Thank you, Oliver Hibert and Von Zos for giving me such a great tool to use to empower others and myself.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR



The next four years of our lives stand as a need to have a call to action on a daily basis. I have watched in horror as the rights of all those that are not white privileged people being stripped away, layer after layer. I do not condone gay rights being subjected to loopholes to make discrimination okay on paper, and nobody should stand for that. We can’t allow our country to be turned into the biggest bully of them all. We’ve been through a long winding road to legalize herbs and to protect gay LGBTQ marriages. We can’t let our rights be taken from us.

I find myself to be a minority, being a Hispanic female working in the divinatory arts, and once upon a time in the visual arts. Everything I stand for and represent is endangered, and how day after day I am moving closer to what could be losing my rights to live in the place that I call my home. I am an American citizen that hails from an island that is not considered a state. Puerto Rico is a US territory and even though the racial discrimination I have faced since I moved here has been very mild, things are different now. I feel that my people are in queue for quite a long list of disasters coming. You can kiss Rosselló's wishes to become a state goodbye, that's likely not going to happen. Instead we are facing complete restructure of our government at the hands of those that don't care for us and will not stop at belittling us. But that's a story for another day, because there are people who as recently as over the weekend were not allowed entry back to their country of residence. There was a huge protest at the JFK airport over the weekend, an event so big that its cries rippled through the rest of the nation. I had clients tell me they were about to go get ready to join the protest that same night.

There is a wave of intolerance hitting my brothers and sisters from other cultures. This is not okay and this is not something we as a united nation should ever allow. I don’t identify people by race, so I feel like these attacks are unconstitutional. People are no different. We all have the same standard build: bones, nerve endings and internal organs. Skin color and features make us beautiful in our own right, but they absolutely do not make us different. Our customs and the way in which we choose to behave or think is what makes us different.

I want to note that I am not at all against the white race. I definitely respect their rights as well. My problem is with the entity of the government, which is allowing the wrong kind of actions to take place. My problem is not with those in a privileged position, but with those looking to take my rights away just because they don’t agree my people have a space among them. You can’t take stolen land and ban immigrants from a nation that was built by immigrants. That's hypocritical. That's being a racist and putting your own race above all others. That's not playing fair by the others, and instead choosing to be a bully.



I don’t want to see my online friends having multiple anxiety attacks and taking to the public forums of Tumblr and Facebook to express this much grief. It’s so concerning. It's becoming a real problem, the scale of the issue is staggering. My friends are struggling. Their problems are our problems too. Just because we may not be directly affected by what is happening to them does not mean we cannot be empathetic for them in these times of struggle. We have to be if we wish to see things change for the better.

Please voice your support of minorities, LGBTQ, women, and anyone else feeling under attack. All it takes is “I stand with you” for those feeling marginalized to feel like they aren’t so alone.

All my life I have chosen to stay outside of political problems and global conflicts because I felt like my personal mission was to empower others. I have made it my personal mission to help those under distress to find inner strength and to find out what their choices are. We all have choices we can make to help our country become a better one. We can’t stand along the margins and watch our right be taken away.

The truth is that we can’t stay silent. We need to keep putting our best example forward to teach others that violence and trampling over the rights of others is not okay. I don’t want to see the progress we have been proud to nurture being threatened. Everybody has rights; not just the privileged.

Please don’t stay silent!

Enlist the use of your talents to spread support and to stand up for yourselves. Let your voices be heard. Send postcards to your senators.

EDIT: I found this post on Facebook and I copy-pasted it here:
"Yesterday, while we were distracted by the illegal detention of muslim immigrants in international airports nationwide, the President removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon.

Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.
This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

Just to recap the absurdity:
the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:
♡  Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
♡ Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now."
I do not own the intellectual rights to the above copy-pasted message.

I’m an advocate for equality, and if any of you ever find yourselves in need of a favor or advice from my cards, I will be pleased to provide it. You are not facing these challenges alone. I am with you. I stand with you in these trying times. Somehow we will get past all of this.
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BOOK OF SPREADS




I had the most wonderful book come into my collection this week and I am living for it! It is the Book of Tarot Spreads by Rose of The Cackling Moon and it is the best! Part of what makes working with it so enjoyable is knowing how much of a personal journey it took to create these spreads.

Rose has a lot of talent as an intuitive reader and she has been developing her skills to offer more than just tarot readings. When I first found out about her, I was impressed with her abilities because they were natural. They aren’t at all standard readings because she is tuned into her higher power and into the spirit world, which makes her work transcend into a deeper level of understanding clients and their life cycles. I identify and resonate with the steps in her journey, because all of the synchronicity in her life is purposeful. She educates people starting on their own journey in her Tumblr blog, and makes herself very accessible to her fans.

Rose’s readings are very motivational as well, she leaves you with journal prompts to think about as well as with some suggestions of what you can do to work with your choices. All of this is delivered in a thoughtfully designed PDF or in an exciting video reading. You can find her Youtube channel here.

The design of this book makes me very happy. The colors are delightful to look at overall and the card templates are genius. The textures give it a metaphysical / inner mind / inner world feel that delights, and the format of the book reads well. You won’t have trouble reading anything; it’s all perfectly legible even with the use of a display type face. And it looks gorgeous! Printing these pages out to put in a tarot binder will delight you throughout the day and likely call the attention of your curious friends.



It seems to me that the book gains momentum. It starts you off with a series of 3 card spreads, and then it builds up to spreads of 7 cards. I tend to see 3 card spreads as quick go-to spreads, and larger spreads as the ones to spend time with and look over carefully. The positions though make the answer more clear. You can likely piece together coherent answers without taking too much time to figure out why a card landed in that part of the spread. There is plenty of variety depending on your state of mind and your need for a reading, so play around with what you have to work with. And most importantly, have fun with it!

This book also has the power to inspire you to make your own spreads after spending time with Rose’s thoughtful creations. If you take the time to try them one by one, you will have gained new experience working with spreads. By the end of your progress through the book, you should be comfortable enough working with new spreads that you can even get started with making your own spreads journal.

You can also start seeing new ways in which the cards interact with one another. Whether being placed in a different shape on the table helps you notice new patterns or repetition of an element, you can start seeing the way in which you approach readings in a whole new way. That makes this book a very valuable resource to get you started or more comfortable with the world of card reading.
So what do you think? This is such a helpful book!

If you wish to purchase a copy, Rose has put it up in her shop for an introductory price. You can check it out here. Best $8 you can spend on your tarot journey! I thoroughly recommend it.

Photos compliments of The Cackling Moon.
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INTRO TO TEA LEAF READINGS



Are you a tea or a coffee drinker? Me too! How about a new habit to throw in with an old habit to give that habit a new meaning? Click to watch at your own convenience. Enjoy!

Paragon Fortune Telling Tea Cup meanings can be found here.

Happy reading!
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