THE WITCHES' WISDOM ORACLE




I like that this deck focuses on the ancestry of the witch working with it. It is my personal belief that psychic gifts are passed down through family bloodlines much like you’d inherit medical conditions and personality traits or psychical attributes from family. In this oracle you’ll find vocabulary such as familiar, ceremony, spirits, the craft. The booklet explains witches “bring about balance between the worlds of spirit and the physical realm.”

The book explains that diviners have been met with betrayal instead of gratitude for their services. I digress, history has its darkness just as anything else. Diviners haven’t been portrayed in the most positive light, and this is something I knew before going into this profession. Those of us in the field who take it seriously strive to make it a positive and productive experience for the people endorsing our work. It is up to us to set the example to give the divinatory art of fortune telling a good reputation.

The Witches’ Wisdom Oracle has the kind of glossy card stock, oversized cards and metallic gilded edges you’d expect from most oracle decks that are from the mass market. While I have small hands and find it hard to shuffle these decks, I find I don’t need to shuffle them as thoroughly because they have considerably less cards than a tarot deck. Right out of the box these cards should be slippery and relatively easy to shuffle.




I like that the cards name concepts and juxtapose those concepts with an illustration and a keyword. While some won’t draw much from the card if they take it at face value I find that the real value of this deck lies in being skillful making connections and interpreting concepts in sequence. If this isn’t second nature at first, I assure you that it comes with practice. It is especially easy if you already read Lenormand cards. The manner in which Lenormand is read is very similar to how I’d approach these oracle cards. The exception is that I will also interpret these cards based off mood and message from the illustrations themselves.

I like that this deck is for magic minded people such as myself. It is for those that feel the change in the air when the veil thins and draw messages from the other side.





What is your most important characteristic?
Fire. I like that the suggestion that fire burns up all the old and dying, leaving ashes from where new life can sprout. This implies the action of purification through burning in which we let go of old habits and patterns that no longer serve us, instead finding ourselves calling on new courage to fuel the flames.

The booklet suggests the fire symbolizes passion and love. It recommends working with fire in spellwork, tying in spiritual practices with the meaning of this card. Fire is seen as a transformative agent that brings about change.

What are your strengths as an oracle deck?
Homeland. Intuitively I’d say the concept of the deck is based off witch lore. That knowledge has traversed through time and culture to mature into what it is now, and even then finds new embodiments in the different personal signatures it is practiced. Everyone does it their own way unless they are purists, so there are many ways to achieve a purpose through magic.

The booklet recommends connecting with your ancestry and your sense of home. It suggests you yourself are the map to traverse, which I intuit would be if you are using these cards for yourself. I put my cards and skills at the service of other people, so I’m not sure how often I will get the pleasure of using these cards just for myself.

What are your limits?
Witch. As a seer you can only see as much as is already available in your environment. You must keep a sense of adventure if you’re going to traverse the psyche. With it comes risk and guesswork, but also intuitively feelings your way with your senses. That’s a journey for transformation the seer has alone. Cards are just cards and can’t do that.

I think this is also a card that can be used to emphasize your need to be present in the moment.



What are you here to teach me?
Broomstick. This deck of cards is here to teach me how to clean up my own life, and that of others. Clearing out the muck and the uncertainty in order to practice the art of predictive fortune telling.

I like the insinuation that when you clear out negativity or crippling darkness that you are cleaning up your life. I associate many daily chores with the practice of magic and find myself thinking with this mindset in both my cleaning and cooking. When you live a life of intention, just about anything can be used to spring your intentions forward. In cleaning out objects that remind you of the past, you clear your mind and make room for new tasks and goals. The space you use carrying junk around can be repurposed to clean your life up of what holds you back.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Witches’ Cottage. I’d intuit this as using the deck to learn to make your surroundings and general lifestyle cleaner and more in tune with natural order. In keeping your spiritual life and your mundane life in order you will find your life improves and stabilizes. You can breathe in peace knowing that the flow of your life is in harmony.

Healthy self-care practice keeps you aware of the state you are in on the inside and how you react to the world around you because of it. Alternatively, it could be seen as keeping your living quarters clean to allow them to be a sacred ground. Whether that be a state of mind or a physical place is up to you.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Hearth. The fireplace in this card would connect this card to the very first question of the interview for me, leading to interpret this situation as creating space for our passions and what transformative tools we use to be clean and purposeful.

Finding in this deck a mental space fit for reassessing your life and finding comfort. Support manifests in different ways, and sometimes it can manifest as a message for you.



Which card do you want to show off?
Athame. Another card pointing towards the first which is the element of fire. An athame is a tool used in crafting magic. I’d intuit this as being emphasis to stick to the plan and to your tools, crafting as you go a sharp tool to bring upon wisdom and self-reflection.

Use moments of mental clarity to cleanse your mind of negativity. Anything holding you back from achieving your sense of purpose is not something you want to keep around.

How do you see me?
Scrying Mirror. I mean… yes. I am a channel for messages. Where those messages come from? Your guess is as good as mine. I’m going to go with the sense of intuition. I don’t ever have an idea of what will come through until it does. Practicing the divinatory arts is as much second nature to me as it is a challenge every time.

I think this card is trying to suggest that there is something you aren’t seeing in the situation you asked about. If it is, I’d intuit this card is meant to make you conscious of the possibility. I think it starts getting abstract if we limit ourselves to dismiss what we don’t see as something we can’t understand.

How do you see yourself?
Tarot Cards. As a fortune telling deck.




And there you have it! Some card interpretations to season your day with some magic.
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TAROT READING FOR MIA







Hello Witches,

Here is an example of my most recent work. I thought I'd share one of my readings on this blog finally! Would you like to book a reading?

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DUCK SOUP'S TRICK OR TAROT REVIEW




I grew up in the Caribbean so I never saw the leaves falling with hues of pumpkin orange and rusty yellow. But I remember the autumnal breeze to be real crisp. Every October 1st started a countdown to my birthday on the 22nd and Halloween on the 31st. It was the best part of the year every year. I remember the spooky house parties and parades of costumes with jack-o-lantern baskets. I remember bats, purple foil fringe curtains and orange plastic cut-outs of carved out pumpkins with different expressions. I remember having buckets of candy that took months to go through. Marathons of The Addams Family and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark were mandatory in the afternoons and evenings. Watching Tales from the Crypt from beneath my bed covers. Furiously burning through every Goosebumps book I could get my hands on, and then revisiting them all year round.

I resonated with witches and spirits closely, given the background of my family legacy. October brings with it a change in the air and we all felt it. It was an energizing feeling for those of us who loved the month and all the magic it brought. It was all good fun staying up later than usual and feeling the thinning of the veil. Feeling the messages coming through from the other side, as much as you'll be delighted to know you can use the Trick or Tarot to channel messages. You just need to tune in with your intuition, and structure the reading according to your needs.

Duck Soup’s Trick of Tarot is a tarot deck that is evocative of all the best moments of my childhood, with added magic and mystery. It was made by Douglas Thornsjo, a creative powerhouse bringing lots of magic to card reading. The decks all have personality and substance; I have seen them in use before and can attest to them being great divinatory tools. If you have some time, please check out tarotbyducksoup.com. I’d get all of the decks if I could!





This deck is made up of collage illustrations, blending photographic material with cartoons and textured juxtapositions. It prompts you to work with your shadow aspects, recognizing them to be a part of your mortal life. If I was to categorize this deck, I’d call it Magic Surrealism. The darkness to the deck is actually quite comforting for me. There is humor etched into the somber depictions, making this deck a real jovial tool to work with. I could see a reader having fun with the readings by adding enlightening jokes or unsettling epiphanies.

There are elements of fantasy stitched on the cards. If you’d just allow yourself to go into the scene, you would find you’d have the most interesting conversations with the characters contained therein. You can be assured that much like a haunted house, this could prove to be an experience with unexpected twists and surprises that make your hair stand on end.

I love the imaginative, whimsical borders on the cards. They fit together nicely when placing cards side by side and tie the entire tableau together for me as if looking at a story scene by scene. The narrative aspect alone is insightful; it gets me right in the mood to read. I love the shady colors, the deep blues and purples juxtaposed with yellow, red and orange. The contrasting colors make characters and other little details pop. the visual hierarchy of each illustration will lead your eye along without trapping it.

Without further ado let’s look into the cards.





What is your most important characteristic?
The Empress. You can expect to have a rich experience with this deck. Implied humor will liven up the seriousness of a reading, but in paying close attention you will also find early warning signs.

This deck presents you with all that is natural: birth, growth, death and rebirth. A reminder to find harmony with life’s stages, finding ways to be at one with natural order. Living in harmony with nature and the way it works. Stay aware of your surroundings and keep your intuition clear in case you need to act on responsibilities.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
The Chariot. This deck claims to be a vessel getting you from a haunted destination to that of safety. It suggests we all have haunted houses worth of baggage to move on from, which is a humorous way of suggesting moving forward from drama and self-sabotage. You can bring whoever you like with you, a reminder you are not alone in the journey. I like the idea of being in motion and leaving behind the walls we’ve built that don’t keep us safe from our own fears.

Remember this is a dark deck, though. Make sure you’re safe on the journey. While you may be leaving a haunted house behind, somebody in your company could bring an aspect of it with them. Be vigilant and exercise critical thinking when you are in the process of moving forward with your life.

What are your limits?
The Hermit. Introspection will only go as far as you let it. At times it is necessary to distance yourself from a scenario that you are reading about so you can think about it through reason and not just with your feelings. Getting clarity of mind can take time to get better perspective on the aspects of your life you’re dealing with. At times it can get overwhelming because you will be facing these matters on your own. If some light can be shed on the matter then you have enough to work with if you strategize. It’s just you versus the world, anyway.



What are you here to teach me?
Seven of Coins. If you feel your efforts are ineffective and your potential unrealized, try not o be hard on yourself. Try not to rush the circumstances just to get things done in time.

You may have to learn to be patient when circumstances are difficult and time is of essence. Knowing when to make the right moves can greatly improve how well you do in many situations. So long as you are not in immediate danger, you can allow yourself to sit with some discomfort if it means you evade a real problem.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Ten of Wands. Accepting that sometimes there will be aspects of a situation that escape the grasp of our control. We can still be mindful of that which is still with us, but accepting to let go of what we are now without is a real challenge. We take burdens on, sometimes unnecessarily, and when we free ourselves from them we can find that we are free. Liberated from the stress and worry of overlooking too much. Sometimes it’s just not our responsibility.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Moon. Sometimes readings will get a little crazy. A surprise comes from seemingly nowhere because your intuition leads you. If you can go along the path not drawn ahead of you, you’ll have to face many obstacles. You will, however, come out the other side wiser. With all that experience under your belt, I can’t imagine there would be much more you’d be afraid of. By then you’ll have faced all of your fears.

The Moon is my personal signifier. It always makes me smile when it shows up in a reading. I see it as intuition without harness. The crazy comes out when things get real. This is real sacred ground, but it comes with a bite.



Which card do you want to show off?
King of Swords. This card symbolizes the intellectual mind, the watcher who understands from having just seen. If you are an introvert with a passion for words, then drink words in all day. Practical matters won’t be of much interest when you have more serious things to think and dream about. Keep in mind it all gets clearer after you’ve had enough time to digest what you have seen.

I like the mystery suggested with the smoke and mirrors. The festive pipe suggest there is more to this intellectual than he allows you to see at first glance.

How do you see me?
The High Priestess. A seer who spends a lot of time interacting with the paranormal. The spirit world hosts mysteries and comforts alike, being a realm that has become helpful over the years. The familiarity with the unknown makes you sensitive to the environment and any changes in it. You feel your way through the cycles as life ebbs and flows around you. Coexisting with all that is around you, but having worlds of depths within you. More mysteries to explore, many surprises to find.

How do you see yourself?
Page of Cups. This deck attributes itself youth, presumably because it was just published in 2017. It is very new to the world. The deck will be one that impulses emotional responses from messages that are derived from the cards. There will be humor and horror mixed just as you’d find as you journey through life.




If you are looking for a friend and don’t worry much about the eccentricities that come with a new personality to get used to, then you’ve found one. This deck has depths to explore. Be expectant of surprises and you will likely enjoy the experience.

If you are of active imagination I think you will laugh plenty as you read with this deck. Who knows, maybe you’ll be scared speechless.
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EXCISION AT EXCHANGE LA



Its been a while since I've had the pleasure of experiencing the massive storm that is The Paradox. Ten months, in fact. I found the first time to be more enjoyable given the energy of the crowd. I've been to Exchange LA one other time before and it was to see Virtual Riot and Barely Alive. I stopped doing the rail after that event because I got rammed into the rail by angry Dubstep boys and girls. The bruises lasted me about a month and went from my arms to all over my knees.

Excision ended up selling out Bass Canyon and Lost Lands this year and stormed The Paradox coast to coast at the start of 2018. It was a delight to have him play a Los Angeles show. Last time I had to travel a few hours to catch his set at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino. Link to my review. I couldn't believe I had the fortune to witness another live show again in the same year. I still listen to his Lost Lands 2017 remix. It's honestly what got me started in this scene. Dubstep has a community that is quite large but it isn't very popular in Los Angeles. It's definitely an underground scene here. You know me, I love underground scenes.






This venue had very tall screens. The Paradox was actually projected all around the club, which was trippy to see reflected on the people standing on the second floor. The light show was still a huge delight, taking us through different scapes and an interpretation of wild nature. If you enjoy the lights you can purchase kaleidoscope glasses from Etsy to intensify the experience. I've worn them before thanks to other ravers I have met and I thoroughly recommend it if you're tipsy.

The music is really the main point of attending these shows. Attendees get blasted with rugged bass music, drops and double drops to delight sonic senses. It's wonderful to see the many ways in which people express themselves with their dance moves. The scene has anthems we all chant, and the energetic fluctuations are really pretty incredible to feel. I've had my share of headbanging fits and moments of sonic euphoria. In this sense these shows are therapeutic and fun.

To survive these shows you need to stay hydrated, some people go until they overheat and they pass out. It also helps to wear your tallest boots. It helps not get lost in the sea of people. Most importantly, be vigilant about your surroundings.

Jeff's mixing is always pretty good. Many don't know this but he controls the lights while he is playing. The light show is live. I appreciate the effort he invests into making his shows a live experience. It was amazing to hear all my favorite songs strewn in the mix. I believe we even got a snippet of his intro to Lost Lands this year.

I think Dubstep music is inherently aggressive, which is most definitely what attracts me to it. It makes sense to end up listening to music like this when I got started with Industrial, Black and Doom Metal. Dubstep is an acquired taste for many, which can be hard to explain to friends.




I arrived during the Yakz set and witnessed a very interesting gloving session. I filmed it, but that footage is not available. As I was putting random items back into my purse, somebody pick pocketed my phone. I realized almost immediately and started freaking out. People around me realized it and looked around for it; some people told me it has happened to them before. They assured me it's quite a common happening in Dubstep shows.

Needless to say, after the panic settled in all I could do was drag myself around the venue trying to enjoy the music. I was so gutted by my bad luck that I didn't even pay much attention to what was going on. I became extremely self-aware and self-conscious. The sound started to get tuned out and the anxiety slowed the pace of time down. The whole experienced was soured by the realization I was there alone and didn't know anybody that would be willing to help me. After looking forward to the set, I spent much of it mindlessly being dragged around. It was so disappointing.

I went to security at some point and staff was incredibly rude and inattentive. One of the female security guards looked at me as if she thought I was on drugs and moved to intimidate me a few times when I was explaining my situation to the head security guy. I was too distressed about my lost phone to really have any energy to react towards her other than to back away as she towered over me. It made me realize that if I made a big deal out of what happened to me they wouldn't be handling the situation responsibly. It made me leave that office as soon as I could, knowing they'd just forget about the case as soon as I stepped out the door.

I walked out of this show with mixed feelings. Come the end of the night I found a sympathetic soul who helped me Uber back home, but I spent a lot of time thinking about the kind of people that surround you at these types of shows. If you have to watch your back because some ill-intentioned random is looking out to get you, you're not really safe there. Despite all the positive experiences I've had at Dubstep shows before, this experienced changed everything.




I know I love the music enough to give the scene another chance, but for now I think I am retiring from attending these shows. In the meantime I'll look for safe purses and I'll stop keeping important things in my pocket. Is it really worth going if you don't feel safe or if you don't have a squad?

Photos compliments of Exchange LA.
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IN THE DAY OF YOUR SUN




The countdown to my 30th birthday passed slowly, and it also passed with what I felt were last-minute lessons. I felt it looming and edging closer all the while wondering if I had learned everything I needed to from my 20s. I didn't feel confident that I had, but I reasoned with myself and admitted life doesn't wait for you to be ready for it. It just happens to you, and the way you choose to keep reacting to it defines your reality.
I stand today will in rickety shape, like that of a broken down fairground. I've been having a tough time lately, and the more I try to fix it the worse it gets. I don't feel very confident about myself, so in many ways I feel like I am starting my 30s with a slate yet to wipe clean. I still have to clean all this rubble off. I learned the hard way and still feel like there are leftover loose ends to take care of. It all comes with the pressure of entering a new chapter in your life without the knowledge of how well you have prepared for the upcoming obstacles. My responsibilities and stressors keep piling up, and with the days passing I find I have less and less time for myself. Making time to draw is incredibly difficult when I am sapped of my motivation and dragging through a rough day.



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I had a pretty good day when I turned 30. I got up and tried to work a while, went to therapy and introduced my mother to my therapist. That session was eye-opening and brought me into perspective of what the people who have me in their lives feel. I went to have Japanese food for lunch at my favorite ramen place, Daikokuya, and enjoyed some sparkling sake and my mother's company. We kept the food tour going with Ladurée's Ispahan at The Grove. It's so good!
Later that day I passed by my boyfriend's house and saw him for a few minutes. Mom got to meet one of his sphynx cats, and she squealed in delight as she held the kitten. I was extremely moved by her enjoyment of the encounter and only wish I'd have given her more time with him. Then we went to dinner with my mother and enjoyed some Italian food. The wine was my favorite in LA.We went to see A Star is Born after dinner.

On the walk back I made sure to voice appreciation to my mother for dropping her life and meeting me in Los Angeles for a week to catch up. Her support during this time has been a soothing balm, and I can't help but feel choked up knowing she did it all selflessly and because she loves me. She is living an extremely busy life back home and knowing she was willing to set her responsibilities aside to be there for me have moved me very deeply. I'm going to miss her so much now that she's returned to the island.

I sat in my living room after the day was over and contemplated my life. If you asked me what I am the most invested in, it is hands down my relationship. I've gone all in and at times forgotten myself. I feel so intensely for my boyfriend, and I hope he carries this knowledge with him as he carries my key in his pocket. 🗝️🗝️







The next day my friends came to see me at Cloak & Dagger. I was gifted a table (thank you, Michael Patterson!) and got to enjoy the club that has been my sanctuary for the past couple of years.The music was exceptionally good that night with Brian T and Baby Magick spinning. My friends lit up hearing remixes they listened to and loved. None of the people I invited really knew each other but to my delight they all got along really well and said they had a nice time. All that was missing was my boyfriend beside me.

I still can't believe I made it to 30. Although I am not feeling at my best lately, I want to express gratitude for the unconditional love my mother has been giving me. I want to express gratitude for my boyfriend Chris, who I love immensely and couldn't see a happy life without. My friends have all voiced their support and have offered to be there if I need them. I'm so grateful to everybody who has stuck beside me and motivated me to keep going.

The days ahead are looking to be lonely ones. I'm not looking forward to buckling down and concentrating on all the work I have to catch up on, but all good things come to an end. Now all I've got to do is focus and get back to some really serious adulting.

The 8th anniversary of this blog is rapidly approaching on the 31st of October. It's incredible how long this project has been going on for. It has kept its integrity as a life chronicle and as a resource for all those looking to add to their tarot collections. It has documented my growth across what I affectionately like to call my past lives and has brought me many wonderful contacts & clients. So thank you, all my readers from the recent ones to the ones that have been around since this blog launched. Samhain Moon wouldn't still be here if it wasn't for those of you reaching out to tell me you enjoy my reviews or life anecdotes. I wouldn't still be doing this if I didn't feel like it added the signature of the magic inside of me to this world. That is a gift in its own right.



Thanks for looking. Its been an intense, bumpy ride but I'm somehow still moving forward. I hope you all are, too.
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