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 Rossell贸'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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CLOAK & DAGGER




I had the most amazing experience last night and I just needed to commemorate the event by posting it here. The Court of Angels met at club Cloak & Dagger for the celebration of Father's birthday. We are all working together to bring a very special event to LA, and in the process it is creating a very special talent group that is going to make the Endless Night Vampire Ball a very magical night for all those attending. Being a part of this group has made me very happy in the past few months, and I hope to share lots of photos with you all from the Endless Night very soon.



The space for the event is gothic with stained glass lamps, and stairs leading up and down into the darkness you can get lost in. There is a staple house drink you can puzzle yourself asking what its made out of, or enjoy the effects of. The staff are some of the most polite and professional people I have met, and they add the darkest allure to their role in the club.

Unfortunately, you can't talk about what happens inside Cloak & Dagger unless you want to risk your membership. This is as far as I can go. For now, all I can do is glow and allude to the mystique of the experience. I'm so smitten with the magic of the place!!! 馃槏馃槏馃槏

The table had some of the most enigmatic people you could hope to meet. The dancers spun and wove in the most beautiful web of souls on that dance floor. Some of the ladies I observed danced the entire night without a break, and they felt the music throughout. 馃暩馃暦

We all had a wonderful time. They played music I've listened to while working and only ever dreamed of dancing to in a club. I appreciated the mixed genres to cater to an underground subculture and not just the industrial crowd.

The attendants were beautiful. They were a class of people I don't usually see at the goth club, and being around them really ups the vibe of the place. I understood why Cloak & Dagger is what it is. It helps you appreciate the lengths they go to in order to ensure their club remains exclusive and private.



And now, back to real life. At least for another week. I hope.
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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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JONASA JAUS TAROT



My tarot purchases have considerably slowed down as of last year. It seems I have all I want in the tarot world. There are almost 300 decks in my collection now. I saw this deck on Tumblr when it was a work in progress still, and Tarot-Dreams and I were highly anticipating its release. It is made by Jonasa Jaus is an Illustrator that is interested in the dark arts, and based in Sabadell. Her tarot deck was printed in Spain!

There seem to be pagan undertones in the deck, which I am into. I love the full spectrum of emotions and states of mind present in this deck. The fact it was achieved with a limited color palette is very impressive to me. I love how the colors alternate. The line quality is organic and definitely adds to the beauty of the deck. These illustrations come alive for me and really denote emotion. I’m sold!



The theme of the cards seems to be a cross for me between nature and cycles of life. The concepts of birth, death and the afterlife are definitely complete in these cards, which will make for immersive and thoughtful readings. Guaranteed. I like that the cards do their own thing and while loosely pointing back towards a traditional meaning, the artist has given the cards her own spin. These cards aren’t bound by the confines of tradition, and play well outside of that with their illustrations and format. They work really well in combos of 2 and 3 cards, but it would be just as amazing to watch them interact and tell stories in a larger spread.

These cards are HUGE. Taller than the Thoth Tarot. About a little wider than Baba Studio decks. They flop and there is a bend to them. The format is very different than usual decks, some people will love them and some people will be unable to handle them. I have small hands, and I am considering whether or not to trim the white excess. Once I trim it, I won’t have card titles to guide me, so it seems like I am going to have to work with the cards to memorize what is what before putting them to the task of work. I know there will be many people who love the cards because they are so big.

The best way to use this deck has been to fan the cards out and pick at random. Instead of picking off the top, I find that I like a more organic process in working with the cards. That’s just how they speak to me, but you can do what works for you.

I wanted to note that the language the cards seem to be in is Portuguese. I strongly suggest that you translate the titles and keep them written down in a list beside the readings. I am fluent Spanish, so I was more or less able to put two and two together.

The Jonasa Jaus Tarot is definitely growing on me. It’s really stunning work! Let's see what the cards have to say about themselves.



What is your most important characteristic?
Nine of Coins. This decks has an organic illustration style. It is meant to grow on you. There is an abundance of information encoded in the language of the cards, but you need to learn the way in which the cards talk to one another to reap the benefits of working with this deck. Take your time to grow with it, study it. Use it only for yourself until you have the confidence that what you are receiving from it is what it is trying to say.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
The Hierophant. The wisdom in this deck is derived from another point of view. This tradition is not the mainstream tradition, and to get along with it you need to understand where it is coming from. At first it may seem like a mystery to crack, however once you are acquainted with it properly, you will find the messages have deep meaning pertaining to your spiritual development. And yes, your desires and concerns as well.

What are your limits?
The World. The choices we make affect us directly. The choices that those dear to us make are not directly up to us or influenced by us. We need to understand that we are just a speck in the scope of it all, and we need to come outside of ourselves and outside of our ego to understand the bigger picture. It all flows in organic cycles, and if we wish to come along for the ride we need to also give up that control and assimilate the rules laid out for us by natural order.



What are you here to teach me?
The Magician. The lesson hidden in this deck is how to work together to make relationships and life experiences bloom. IT isn’t only up to us, but to the collaborative effort. Those successful will experience growth. Those not yet getting the point will just find things to be the way they have always been. Therefore, no change or progress.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Nine of Cups. Have a nice space set up, a sacred space in which to receive messages of a divine nature. Not your usual work space, but rather a special place regularly cleaned. Bring flowers. Set your intention every time you start a reading. Make a wish.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Moon. There is a divine aura around us all that makes us stand out for who we are in our most essential state. It denotes our spiritual compatibility to one another, as well as those we may clash with. This aura protects us from a slew of electronic contamination and negativity in the environment. Because of that, we have a filter that we can use to keep out the influences that we don’t want in our lives. This deck can help you filter out what you don’t want while you keep relevant what is meant to be there.



Which card do you want to show off?
Wheel of Fortune. What an intense card! This one stands for the circle of life and for what comes after a big change. Sometimes we get pulled along with the current and end up in an unforeseen circumstance. What seems like a disadvantageous situation could actually end up being a blessing in disguise. Give yourself some time to sort through what is different before you go making new definitive decisions.

How do you see me?
Empress. A strong, independent woman that has seen her share of battles, and still managed to come out on top loving herself first and foremost. This takes courage to do when you have to defend yourself and your honor against any circumstance trying to bring you down. Always wear your invisible crown if you don’t have one materialized already. Nurture yourself before you can nurture others, and always look to find strength in ways that will surprise you.

How do you see yourself?
Page of Wands. I am a pretty but still loud enough deck to want to be heard. I want to make a difference because there are no other tarot decks like me out there yet. I am unique and I harness that to bring you new, different solutions to take as you shape your own path. If you wish to listen, that’s in your choices.



This deck does have a vibrant young — but wise — tone in the readings. There is language of flowers present, so it is good to brush up on that if you wish to use these cards to their full potential. Give these cards a try! They are still available.  Purchase your own deck!
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