I had had my eye on this deck for a while. As usual, I was on Facebook and saw someone doing a reading with this deck and it automatically went on to my wish list. This year I had the pleasure of attending Readers' Studio and on the the first day to my delight, I walked over to the Tarot Garden table and there it was in all its glory! I was so excited! I quickly opened the box and looked at each card. They were more beautiful than I even imagined! At first I didn't know whether this would just be a pretty, artsy deck that was unusable or if it would actually be functional. This deck turns out to be awesome for readings with just about anyone.
Deck Summary: This deck is created by Massimiliano Filadoro, Lunaea Weatherstone, Giulia F. Massaglia and pays homage to the art noveau style of Alphonse Mucha. The style is very beautiful and uses lots of curves and soft colors. This deck gives off a very feminine feel and has a few full figured woman which makes me smile. It also gives off a very bohemian feel, which makes the characters feel very fun and free.
The packaging (5 stars): Yay! I love decks that come in hard boxes. The front of this box has an illustration that is on the back of every card, a woman holding a bouquet and looking over her shoulder like she has a secret. On the other side is the picture of the Hermit Card, another particularly beautiful card. on the sides of the box with have the Justice and Temperance cards depicted.
The LWB (5 stars): The little white book in this deck is neither little of white. It is a book that does fit inside the box, but every page is full color with descriptions of each card. The book even has sample spreads in it! It's very cool how they fit so much information in this small book.
The Cardstock and Deck (5 stars): The cardstock for this deck is good, but if manhandled too much they might rip. It isn't super flimsy though, so you really should be ok. The deck is modeled after the traditional Rider-Waite. The Aces just have the hand holding the suit symbol and so on. I have to say my six favorite cards are The wheel of Fortune, The Fool, The Moon, The Devil, The Ace of Cups and the Nine of Cups. The Devil is especially interesting, with the fiery red tail and large headdress. This deck has a lot of women in it. Knights and Kings remain male, but many of the other cards have been changed having woman which is interesting. I enjoy when deck creators switch traditional genders in their decks, its always fun and cool to see. Another deck that comes to mind that does that is the Steampunk Tarot, where the the pages are these badass looking woman, which is so cool.
Divination Potential (5 stars): This deck is a deck that tells the truth in a way that is very palatable. The smooth and enchanting images really draw you into the card and help you tell the story. I love it.
Final Note (5 stars): This deck is absolutely beautiful. If you like a deck that is playful, beautiful, soft but still does awesome readings, I would recommend this deck to you.
A lot of you are mothers, fathers, employees, employers, caretakers and many other roles. We all have a million different roles and feel like we don't have enough time. But we need to remember to be at our best for others, we need to be the best for ourselves. Here are some ways you can be the best version of you by taking some time out to enjoy yourself:
Yoga: Most of us know what yoga is or have taken a yoga class. If you haven't encountered yoga, it is a series of postures and stretches that can help one to become more centered, breath better, and have better overall health. This exercise can be especially good for people who work in stressful environments such as nursing. The breathing techniques can help reduce stress, the stretching is good for the muscles and increases circulation and gives one a overall sense of well being. If you have never done yoga, look for free or low cost introductory classes in and around your community and try it out. I have no doubt you will find one!
Reiki: This is another modality you may have heard a lot about lately. Reiki is a form of hands on healing developed by a Japanese monk in the 1920's and is now internationally known. This is a method that involves one person using their hands to give someone more "Ki", or life force energy to promote healing and well-being. A lot of hospices have reiki volunteers to give their services to the dying and many hospitals have adopted it and use it on patients receiving chemo therapy. While in these cases it is a complimetary therapy meant to be used in conjunction with medical treatment, nurses can receive reiki treatments too! If you find you have an area of soreness on your body or pain or any other issues, try some reiki. You may find that energy healing actually can make quite a difference.
Coloring and/or Painting: Remember as a kid when you had to take art classes? Weren't they fun?! Even if it wasn't your favorite class, art is a great way to express yourself and be creative! Painting classes are popping up all over the place. These classes are fun and you get to socialize with new people! You can go on Groupon or Living Social if your looking for a deal on classes. And did I say coloring? You bet I did. Many authors are now making adult coloring books with intricate designs and pictures. Coloring can be cathartic and relaxing, and at the end you will have a beautiful picture. Try a book like The Enchanted Forest by Joanna Basford. It might sound juvenile, but I promise you might find yourself having a blast and coloring your stress away.
Taking a walk: Yup. Sometimes it's that simple. Especially now that Summer is coming (at least it is here in the US) you will notice everyone is getting outside. I know it's hard for us nurses to do sometimes, especially with 12 hour shifts and then family responsibilities, but I dare you to just try, maybe for 2 times a week, to take a 30 minute walk. You could do this alone, with your significant other, or with a friend. It's a great stress reliever, you get time to either talk or be alone with no interruptions and its good exercise!
Dancing: Like Lady Gaga says, JUST DANCE!. I'm serious! Do it in your living room, in your bedroom, in the street, while your doing the laundry, anywhere! Or if you like structure, try something new by taking a dance class in your community. Tap, ballroom, flamenco, and many others that are fun and another good work out. Its is also a way for you to let go and use your body to express your feelings and thoughts. Even express frustartion and anger.
Meditation: Good ole meditation. Now I know sitting quite for 20 minutes doesn't make sense for a lot of people, but meditation has been proven to lower the heart rate, slow the release of cortisol, reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Try guided meditations or just listening to nature sounds while sitting quitely in your favorite chair (try not to fall asleep).
Try as many or as little of these as you want! I am a personal believer in self-care, especially when you work to serve others! There are many more ways but the most important thing is that you find the one that is right for you. Have fun with these and get centered!
Recently, I have had a lot of conversations with many clients about psychic scams artists. These are sometimes people who pick up a deck and just figure they can cheat people out of their money by pretending to be readers or they are real readers who have found that scamming people brings in more money than just doing regular readings (and have a broken moral compass). Unfortunately, these readers make the wonderful, helpful, caring readers look bad and perpetuate the public/Hollywood-driven negative view of them. Here are some ways you can tell that a reader might be a scam artist:
1. Asking for extra money to clear curses, perform prayers, special candles or crystals: This is one of the most popular/oldest ways of scamming someone is for a con to tell the client that they have a curse, need a special crystal or candle to clear a curse or hex that has been put on them. Now depending on your beliefs and personal practices, this could be true, but 9/10 it is not. I had a client tell me the last reader she went to was great but at the end the reader told her she had some "very negative energy" around her and for an extra $200 dollars she would perform a special ceremony for her and give her a special crystal. This is pure crap. Those people probably bought the first candle they saw at Wal-Mart and now are trying to sell it to you. When you see an ethical reader, they will never have any surprise charges or expenses at the end. The price for the reading will be it.
2. They leave you feeling bad and/or make you feel like you may be in eminent danger: Ethical readers live to make people feel better. That is our job. Even if your reading is less than favorable, we try to find solutions with you or help you to view your situation in a different light. When the client I mentioned above refused the con's special candle, the con artist said, "Well it's your life...". While this might sound harmless, it left the client feeling insecure and scared. No ethical reader would say something like that.
3. The only way you can pay is through Western Union, Money Order or some other un-trackable way of payment (for distance readings): Readers who do distance readings online normally take online payments. Paying through Paypal, Stripe or some other kind of legitimate online payment system. If you are doing a reading over the internet and your told to mail a money order or Western Union, remember they are very hard to track and get back. Con artists will give all types of excuses for why they can't accept online payment, and I'm sure there are some exceptions to this rule, but I would think twice before giving my money to someone who only accepts these methods of payment, espeically if I have never met them.
4. They try to make you dependent on them: They will insist you need to come back or get something cleared up that they definitely cannot do now. They might also do this with a sense of urgency in their tone. An ethical reader will not do this. We don't strive to make you feel like you can't live without us or that something bad will happen if you don't come back to us.
5. They say they have 100% accuracy- Nope. Nope. Nope. No one has 100% accuracy. The best readers will tell you that they are not always right.
In every profession their are people who absue their position, and the spiritual space is no different. A few ways you can combat this problem is by:
-Go to a reader you know
-Go to a reader that has been reccommeded by someone you know who had a good experience
-Check their website and see what kind of sense you get from them
-Call the reader before hand and ask questions. The reader will probably be very happy to oblige.
If you get a bad feeling from a reader, leave. It's ok. This is an experience you are paying for and you should feel comfortable. These people make life hard for the rest of the wonderful, ethical readers and should be stopped. If you encounter on of these psychic scam artists be sure to report them to your local police departement and the Better Business Bureau.
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