SPIRIT SPEAKS ORACLE



I got this deck over the holiday season. Carol Herzer had just put them up in her Divine Sparks of Light page, and I picked up two sets. I waited anxiously for them to arrive, and when they did, I celebrated them. Since then, I've been using them in medication or looking through them as a collector does his prized possessions. You may remember Carol from my Mystic Shadows review, as well as Dark Crystal Rose and Illuminated Tarot review. All of these decks are used regularly and bring me much joy.

As I am thumbing through the cards, new faces come out to greet me. I am meeting new entities that look nothing like all the other ones I’ve met before. Some feel like they will become friends, while others feel like they yield important tests and lessons. This deck has a special quality to it in that it creates sacred spaces and experiences that you can have within the cards. The cards are portal to someplace out there.

These decks are completely handmade. Hand cut, hand painted. I love that about them! The backs are in silver paint with iridescence and with glitter. This means they come alive at night with the lights on, or in candlelight.

Silver means the moon, intuition and the feminine aspects of yourself. It signifies tranquility and understated confidence in dreams, and that is completely appropriate for dealing with entities not from this world. They fan out nicely, and I like that the hues in the back are close but not exact. They have the same value, but the different brush strokes and glitter applications bring the backs to life. I love that about them.



The cards have no names and no instructions. This is a deck that will be used purely by intuition. I mean to photograph them, print them out and put them in my journal so I can name them. I will be giving them upright and reverse descriptions and names, as they come to me from use. There are two decks, so there will be many names to give out to them. I love that!

My first experience with this deck was through the meditation size large cards with no glitter on them. The meditation was immersive; I got sucked right into the cards and I felt I had actual encounters with the beings held therein. It was magical!

Since acquiring these special decks, I sat down with one of them and crafted names for the cards in the reverse and upright. I find that the names of the cards change every time, so I've come to name them as they tell me they wish to be named. They transform for you, making this deck incredibly versatile and easy to use. It's so great when the cards grow with you.

I love the diverse scenes in these cards, and I love the glitter on them. It adds dimension to the experience. I cannot recommend these cards enough!





What is your most important characteristic?
The Ancient Fountain Ruins. I tie together wisdom from different planes of existence and places in time. The answers you seek are not delivered in scenes acted out, but in feeling and in quiet understanding. You will have the wisdom whispered to you through meditative thought and acceptance. When you allow yourself to flow in synchronicity with natural order, elementss align for you.

What are your strengths as an oracle deck?
Sacred Pillar of Space Communication. I stand as a lone pioneer in my niche. No other deck of cards out there offers the sacred sites to visit. This deck comes to life in a way that is very different from every other deck out there. It is free of the constraints of language, perceived instead through a universal consciousness of understanding. This deck will help you tap into real inner knowing, because you won't have anything to go off of other than what you perceive. Now you are able to shape your own reality.

What are your limits?
Plasma Ice Castle. There are intricate layers of the brain that you will have to train yourself to tap into. You will access the knowledge as your mind becomes ready to awaken parts that lie dormant. There are secret channels that may never come to life unless you devote yourself to the exploration and the discovery of your own inner potential.


What are you here to teach me?
Starseed. Unlock the potential feelings within yourself that you do not yet understand how to activate. You are full of potential, limitless, and without bounds. Tapping into inner worlds will help you resonate in many colors, understanding yourself as new life flows through you and inspires you. You awaken.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
The Cold Flow. Look into yourself and allow the images to come. Form new connections in your neurological pathways. By refreshing your mind and your memory, you'll find that the flexibility of what you can do next is entrancing. The deeper in you go, the more you will be curious about what you can dig up.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Scrying Chalice of Ice and Fire. There will be extremes in working with this deck that are combined as if by alchemy. When you take a look into these cards, your faith is strengthened by the experiences you allow yourself to have. The outcome will be heavily dependent on your choices and how you choose to use these cards.



Which card do you want to show off?
The Cloaked Fairy. There are sentient beings manifesting in these cards. If you pay enough attention, you could have an experience with a being that is not from your star system. When you concentrate on looking inwards, you'll be surprised at the beauty you may find inside. With this deck, we may come to recognize that we are also made up of and connected to what is out there. We pulse with life in the same rhythm as that of the celestial bodies around us, woven into the cosmic fabric of life and light.

How do you see me?
Spirit Veil. The seer with fascination for looking inwards and finding secrets. You speak the ancient language and you understand how to tap into the energies of the spirit world. Should you really devote yourself to learning, you will connect to a new channel with veritable information.

How do you see yourself?
The Fountain of Knowledge. Providing those on their journey with clarity and with the environment they need to tap into their higher selves and their own history. A gentle aid in the journey of spiritual discovery and self-acceptance.
This is a deck I won’t use without the presence of crystals. I feel like they charge and amplify my other decks, but this one especially will benefit from the use of them.

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HOW TAROT HELPS IMPROVE YOUR LOVE LIFE




I spent some time with myself today. What I mean by that is that I took a break not to overthink everything and I could actually focus on thoughts outside of my to-do list. Looking inside and having a thoughtful moment really helps me gain clarity on how far I've come along in life, and what the lessons that have been picked up along the way have been.
I realized that love is what I’d eat, sleep and breathe when I was a teen. Back then, life was centered around the first couple of relationships to ever grace my life. When I was on the outs, I was also out of order. Rejection was also very confusing, because we tend to blame ourselves for our mistakes or not being good enough. Sometimes, the only issue is really a personal incompatibility.

FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE...
My very first boyfriend noticed me long before I noticed him. He was best friends with my best friend’s boyfriend, and I guess in high school that matches you out to be the perfect couple. I had my attention set on somebody else who refused to notice me, and in all of my dramas with finding out who I was, I just didn’t have the time to notice him. Then he asked me out one day and I hesitantly agreed to do it so I could leave the house and spend time with the group. I’ve always prioritized friendships, and even more then. When you don’t have responsibilities and bills to pay, life is much more simple.

That date turned into a string of dates and a proposal to be in my first relationship. I allowed myself to open up to him and talk to him about things I had never connected with anybody else about. That dream lasted seven months, and after that the relationship started turning into something a little less positive. My best friend broke up with her guy and ended up coveting my guy.



One day I was going through intense math tutoring and I wasn’t going to go out, but my Mom pushed me to go anyway. When I went, I noticed my boyfriend was all over my best friend. It made sense to me why he wanted to end things with me all of the sudden after our anniversary. He wanted her. So he did leave me for her, and then I was miserable. I didn’t know how to move on, and I couldn’t bring myself to. Something broke in me, I’ve never felt so much pain after a break up until more recent years. The first break-up was the worst! Not only had I been persuaded out of my infancy and my attention to kid stuff, but then I was also dumped for my best friend and outcast from the group. It sucked!

So why don’t I talk about my love life now?

The answer is in my vocation. Becoming a tarot reader and actively reading for clients has given me an infinite amount of perspectives. I have read for people in just about any position imaginable. Affairs, break-ups, faulty communication, abundance of love, marriage proposals, newlyweds, etc.

I've realized the value of keeping your relationship private and away from prying eyes. People don't need to know every time you have an argument or misunderstanding, or any other time you feel disillusioned because things aren't going the way you want them to. The trick is to understand that these obstacles are reminders that everything in life takes effort to maintain.



GAINING EXPERIENCE WITH TAROT
I feel like those of us in the craft gain a natural understanding of how humans read one another. We also have to point out where the bugs are in communication, and often times that is something that the people going through the issue are failing to identify. Being on the outside allows us to see why things don’t work out for people. Over time you begin to understand outside influences and fluctuations resulting from human interaction. The truth is that humans influence one another with their presence, and readers are able to pick up on those influences.

It goes further than just influence. Sometimes the responsibilities and obstacles people face also affect their relationships. Sometimes people need time, also. There’s really an infinite number of possibilities that can help a situation thrive or go sour. But we see the dimensional quality to this dynamic every time, and that really helps us gain a natural understanding of human conduct and cycles. It matures us as readers and as people.

I do not think that being a tarot reader makes one superior or more prepared to handle life, but I do feel that the introspective snapshot quality of a reading allows people to understand they have options. No situation is final unless we decide it is so, because free will is definitely a big driving factor. I also don't situations end up being hopeless unless we allow them to be. We shape our own reality.

It is important to note that stereotypes should be entirely eliminated from a reading. They mislead you. Each situation is its own ecosystem type in the sense that the participants and circumstances will be unique to the situation. Even if there are similarities in cases over the years, the motivational factors are different and the outcomes are also very different as well. I’ve never seen two uncannily different situations have the same turnaround. I have, however, noticed that some tendencies lead people down certain paths. The destination is, however, up to the querent and what they choose to do with their options.

I love reading on romance. 80% of my clients come to ask me about their romantic lives. The rest have focus on career or spiritual development.



If there is something I have learned, it is that we always have options.

In my own life I try not to be too public with my romantic life. I have had the luxury to count on some really amazing and most importantly loyal lovers. I’ve been taught to forget about instances in which others were not right for me and have also come to understand why it turns out some people are a better fit than others. By being focused on the solutions that the tarot generally provides for romantic connections, I have found that many of the solutions have to do with improving communication and keeping the romance fresh. It’s almost a guaranteed formula to success.

I’ve learned the importance of really listening and not responding with my own impression or need. Simply to respond in understanding of a lover’s need. It creates an open channel for things to be expressed without resentment and is conductive to growth. The same formula doesn’t work for everybody, but I definitely found one that worked for me. Working with the cards has matured my soul and my relationships.

It’s always good to get a second opinion on a situation, but we don’t always have a friend around that will listen and will give us the advice we need to hear. Throughout quiet contemplation and conversations with cards, readers learn to look past initial impressions and bias and start seeing what is really there. Then they are given the tools to empower the situation. And that’s pretty powerful. We follow the compass of our heart as it dictates, but having a strong idea of where we want to go helps. When we set an intention for ourselves and our relationships, they work miracles.

If I were to leave reminders for those struggling with romance, it would be for them to understand that they always have a choice.
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GOLDEN THREAD TAROT




The Golden Thread Tarot is the loving creation of Tina Gong. From my understanding, it was birthed from daily draw cards. At the end of the day she would sketch the card and add elements to it that were personal to her. It took an impressive “few months to make.” I’ve been working on my deck for over three years now! Tina is an artist, though. A designer in practice and her illustration work is real strong! Let’s just chalk it up to: I enjoy her work.

Thumbing through the cards reveals many pleasant surprises. The illustrations are very tasteful and they are actually elegant. I appreciate full nudity because even if it is just one card, it makes a difference. Tarot decks tend to shy away from male sexuality, so seeing it here in a tasteful way is also very refreshing.




The illustration style is in highly stylized vector. There is a lot of detail in the cards for such linear style of illustration, and the shapes do suggest movement and light. The deck was done with mastery of icon work and general understanding of harmonious proportions and stylization that makes design work so appealing in the first place. This would be the go-to deck to recommend to your nearest and dearest Graphic Designer.

From the very first time I saw a photo of the cards laid out, I absolutely had to have them and could not at all fathom having them hovering around in a wishlist. It was an instant purchase of two decks. No dilly-dallying; I know what I like! The card stock is thin and crunchy, it is so delightful to shuffle. The deck fans out real easily. They reflect gold shine back onto my face and I feel like I’m handling something really very special. Luxurious, even.



What is your most important characteristic?
Ten of Cups. The joy of working with this deck is great when you feel like things in your life achieve a good balance. Working with this deck could very well make you happy. There is a stacking of success that comes with the increment of blessings that comes with realizing what you had.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
King of Wands. Use of these cards will fuel your passion for divination and tarot. It is meant to inspire and to set foundation for an exciting journey. When you listen to your intuition the way this deck encourages you to, your cards will sing. It is all dependent on how you set your mood and how you ground yourself for a delightful experience.

What are your limits?
Five of Wands. There are limitations to any relationship. If you are in conflict or in high stress, try to calm yourself first before approaching a reading. I would agree that being in an altered state can sometimes cause misunderstanding from the message being sent to the one that is received. For an open path, wait for things to clear before you sit down to seek answers.



What are you here to teach me?
Four of Coins. The lessons that are going to be taught are those of self-control and balance. Try not to allow yourself to be seduced by extremes. Instead hang onto what you have until it feels more prudent to invest in yourself or in your responsibilities. Understand that there is a time for everything.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Queen of Swords. Let your intuition be your sword, and allow your thoughts to come to you and form judgments with unmistakable clarity. It is all reliant on your perception and how you choose to express your ideas. Don’t doubt anything, simply allow yourself to understand and to accept. You will begin to express yourself with more and more clarity. There is growth in that.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Six of Swords. Change is good. There is a journey we all embark on the moment we decide to become diviners, to bond with our decks. What we most need is to release the comfortable to allow ourselves to be swept along by the current that our lives want us to go through in order to attain experience and wisdom. It’s all part of the process. The most value lies in how you approach your final destination.



Which card do you want to show off?
Six of Wands. There are some ventures away from the traditional Rider-Waite Smith compositions. There is also a great sense of pride and celebration for being different. There is beauty in what makes this deck unique, and clearly there is also pride for the accomplishment of the project present. A job well done!

How do you see me?
Page of Wands. As an eager student, one who draws the energy from within to help spread it back out into the world. Someone of young spirit and willingness to yield to the surprises that life has in store. The adventurer.

How do you see yourself?
High Priestess. Sharp intellect and even sharper sight. There are so many secrets contained therein that are willingly shared with those who will listen. There is much wisdom to be passed around.



Great interview! I really enjoyed the personality of this deck.

Because of the fact I have been using the Mythic Tarot lately, which has similar backs, I feel like I tied to this deck more quickly. It’s really a step up above mass market decks. I LOVE the fact that it is self-published and would like to remind you that it is up to us to endorse the talent of artists who brave the self-published path. Support this project and get yourself a copy! You will not regret it at all. To get your own copy, please go here.
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MORE CARDS FALL ON THE TABLE


I used to have this same deck, but the printing was sometime from 2010. The borders were thicker and more clunky. I had the first edition tucked away in my drawers for years. It’s there still. Shrink-wrapped, collector’s copy. It cost me a pretty penny back then because it was out of print, hard to find but still very sought after. I loved it ever since I first laid eyes on it. I couldn’t bring myself to break the AGMüller seal. Pristine, never before touched. The wrapper is worn with time, but still conserved in its binding. I wanted to keep it that way… so I did. I go through great lengths to ensure that the value of my collection stays intact. Really extreme measures in fact, and because of that effort, it has.
I got the previous deck from some obscure bookstore all the way out in Spain. I had no idea if the deck would come, but I placed my faith into it and three weeks later two decks came. One for J, one for myself. When I opened it, the paper stock was different and the ISBN number on the box had changed. The box had a different hue to it and I thought it was a counterfeit deck. Then I realized it was just a different printing, and my experience with that deck was never quite as magical as I knew it could be. Paper does a lot for us, and so do borders. I came SO CLOSE to trimming them off. Come to think of it, it might have made the deck really pop. But the gold back rubbed off and I just wasn’t feeling it. If it’s not right, it can’t be forced! That’s how it works with decks. I would know after collecting 272 of them.

The cards fall on the table, and they glow. They have this etheric shine to them. The gold glimmers from the borders make me feel like I’m having a spiritual experience. I am. I feel these cards.



A sense of oneness with yourself is as important as a sense of oneness with your partner. It feels like coming home, as I’ve heard lovers say they were. Nurturing the spirit by night, nurturing yourself with proper rest. Don’t worry so much about what is on the other side, if your side has weeds growing and things to tend to. Look inside, find all the colors and associations to life that actually live within you. Recognize the efforts you go through in order to breathe life into your works, take time to really appreciate what is there and in front of you. Care for it. If there are things not yet coming into being, they will soon. The gaps are bridged in your life when you are ready to move forward. And when you do, there is always somebody waiting for you on the other side.

There is someone waiting for me on the other side. I feel it. I know it. I accept it. I am cared for and protected, but as of now I feel like I am by myself. I have so much to work on still, and life keeps throwing curve balls at me. And still I avoid and I find a way. There is always a way.

Being a Seeress is not easy. I have to face the expectations of others. They project their wants onto me, and I have to find a way to deliver the truth to them in a way they will be open to hear it. They aren’t always. Sometimes they ask the same question over and over and over because they think that checking once more will actually bring out the message they want to hear. Not the one that I have for them. I’ve got to jump a lot of hurdles at work, people don’t realize how much they project their greed out. But still, the message is what it is. I don’t ever give personal opinion. I don’t tell them what they want to hear so they can be happy. I tell them what comes up in the reading, and so in time they come to understand why things ran the way they did when they kept asking the same question over and over.



When you tune into the inside, you begin to understand things in a new way. I understand the High Priestess now, because I have become one in my years practicing high magic and many forms of divination. I understand the value of silence, and I also understand seeing things from other places not of our world, but not being able to share them until the time is right for others. A divine channel, and that is what we become years after starting our journey as diviners. We become open channels for spirit.

My favorite decks come along with me for my adventures. The newly published (then) Victorian Romantic Tarot accompanied me to the 2014 Steampunk Symposium. I took the standard size and almost lost the Two of Cups in the volunteer room. Thankfully, I remembered to do a careful sweep with my eyes and something told me to look under the table. There were like three cards there!

This weekend I will likely take the cards with me to my adventures in the club, dancing to Depeche Mode and sipping on some wine… or champagne. Cheers!
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