FIN DE SIECLE KIPPER CARDS BY CIRO MARCHETTI





These cards arrive pleasantly packaged in their own custom pouch. When you pull the drawstring bag open, you find the logo of the deck in logotype or in the face of a court jester. It's a great touch!

To my understanding, early orders were able to get a super special personalized Kipper Card deck with their initials or name monogrammed in the back. I've never heard of artists taking the trouble to do that with their individually crafted decks... this makes each deck truly one of a kind! Now that's cool!

The style of the deck is quite beautiful and is set in Victorian England. Notice the clothes and the backdrops to the people in the story.

Even though it is my first introduction to Kipper cards, the system is very easy to read intuitively. One could venture to treat interpretations similarly to Lenormand. This deck comes with its own PDF of instructions, which shares the journey the artist Ciro Marchetti went through to create it. We are also delighted with an interview featuring a seasoned Kipper Card reader, Fortune Buchholtz.

Ciro Marchetti is very transparent about his work. He is also pleasantly humorous and I can appreciate his humor. Just yesterday was his birthday. Happy birthday, Ciro!!




My first experience with this deck was rather ominous. My dear friend Von Betelgeuse came to me with concerns that her Grandmother was having over visions concerning world events. Since I was contemplating the possibility, I reached out for the Fin de Siecle Oracle and shuffled it for the very first time. I held my concentration and then let the cards fall on the table was they liked. It was more of a confirmation than anything. I sent this photo to my friend and we discussed the possibilities.

I always test my decks when I first start reading with them to see how they make me feel. This deck made a good impression because of how little bonding time I needed with it to get a precise reading on the situation. I like it! I also think it is quite beautiful.




What is your most important characteristic?
Courtship.
I like to bring people together, whether it is in your line of work or in the Querents you service. The goal is to have everyone meet their needs. This is the start of a new relationship, and all relationships take time and effort to be nurtured and brought to the level you want them to be at.

What are your strengths as a kipper deck?
Marriage.
I further strengthen your bond to the divine and your promise to yourself. When you allow yourself to be romanced by the way the cards speak to one another, you draw connections from the cards into your life. Together we are much stronger.

What are your limits?
Main Female.
You decide where a lot of this goes. You can’t just be told everything. The person that is reading is as in charge of their responsibilities as the Querent is. There is no escape for having to shoulder your responsibilities.



What are you here to teach me?
Gift.
I love this. I bring you the gift of sight and of understanding yourself with the use of secret arcane wisdom. You will be giving this same gift of understanding to others as well.

I come as a gift whose secrets you unravel in time. You are going to learn to use your own gifts with more precision and care.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Bad Health.
It is most important that you watch your physical, mental and spiritual health as you interact with this deck. You will also be nurturing others and helping them along their way. You come and assess the issue and then you provide clear solutions.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Judication.
Fairness and balance are what you will take from this relationship. You are to balance your mind so that you may also help balance others. Many times you will be faced with difficult decisions, but you will have to think carefully before you deliberate.



Which card do you want to show off?
Imprisonment.
Arduous work feels like a prison for some, yet for others it is freedom. Make sure you employ your skills to the use of others who are in need. It’s your responsibility as psychic to provide solace where others cannot find it.

How do you see me?
Community.
You strive to bring people together. You’ve done so every since you were a child. When you are gone, you will have inspired somebody else to do the same. As they will inspire somebody else to do the same. That’s the cycle of legacy.

How do you see yourself?
Coffin. It’s a secret.



Please visit Ciro Marchetti to place an order for your own Fin de Siecle Oracle deck.
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OLD TOKYO






This is perhaps the most I can stretch the adventure and the dream. Every time I think back to the trip, I smile to myself for what feels like hours. I love immersing myself in Japanese culture and history. It honestly surprises me that so many people put it off as something to do "one day" before they die, given that I feel people travel longer lengths to go to Europe. This of course refers to using Los Angeles as a point of departure. If people can make Europe happen, they can also make Japan happen.

This week I almost booked a ticket to go back in the spring of 2016, but I decided to hold back on that decision because there are of course other places to go see. I can't deny that this place holds my heart. In fact every time I leave, I feel like I've left my heart behind.

Today we're going to look through some personal adventures through sacred grounds, parks and cemeteries we visited. I hope you will enjoy this gallery.








The temple you just saw was Asakusa Temple. It was a really great place. I especially loved the old feel of the streets around it with the markets and the really beautiful omiyage. I splurged on a silky yukata for Mom and one for myself. I also got some keitai straps and miscellaneous little details to help me remember the trip in my daily life.

We made it out to Yanaka-Ginza, which had several homages to cats. Many neko stores... I had never seen so many cute kitty things. All kinds of kitties: Hello Kitty, the cat from Kiki's Delivery Service, the typical lucky cat, and several others. There was also this green tea shop that I went to that has so many beautiful tea sets and chopstick holders. I had such a hard time not getting things for people I thought about. A big problem when you go to Japan is that you don't have enough room to bring back all the presents. The presents are also fragile in composition and in wrapping.

There is an overwhelming feeling of peace anywhere you go. It's so nice. The air feels cleaner in my opinion also, even though there is pollution everywhere you go. I love the sense of belonging that Japan gives its visitors. It's hard to describe what that feels like unless you experience it yourself. Everything is so well kept, cared for and properly labeled. You don't need to speak Japanese to make your way around.




















Last but not least, here is a lovely photo my Mom took of the Tokyo Skytree. This is perhaps one of the most romantic situations you could find yourself in, in a public area. There is something really special about watching the sun set and admiring Mount Fuji as the street lights start coming on. She surprised me with her mad skills! I had to crop it to fit here without having to scale it down, so you can sort of have an idea of what it looked like.



I hope you all have enjoyed the Tokyo galleries. Its been such a pleasure to share my personal experiences with you. I love my life lately, and I'm really looking forward to the holidays. There is promise in the air and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for all of us. Ten years since I graduated college! Time flies...

xx Love, Leelah
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FREE READINGS



Hello Witches,
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.

♡♡ Leelahel

HOUSE OF ZODIAC: SAGITTARIUS



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

Capricorn
Aquarius


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 hope you will enjoy!
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