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Archive for January 28th, 2019


Day 18: What cards relate to you personally? NOT just your astrology association or court cards.

Day 19: If you were shipwrecked on an desert island, which five tarot or oracle decks would you want to have with you and why?

Day 20: What is your favorite Tarot Spread at the moment?

Day 21: Do you use the Tarot for mediumship readings? Why or why not? If no, would you like to?

Day 22: Where is one place in the world you would love to read the Tarot and why? It could be a sacred site, event, mystical shop, anything.


For Day 18. I relate personally with the following cards:

  • The Hermit- IX.
  • Justice- VIII or XI (depending on what deck you use).
  • The Hierophant- V, mainly in its teacher form, with less of the Roman Catholic imagery. As depicted in the Steampunk Tarot (Moore and Fell, link to my review) is a good example.
  • Six of Pentacles. I aspire to be generous when I can. Do what I can with what little I got.


For Day 19. Ah, once more a variant of the “if you can only have five decks.” For me, this can vary depending on when you ask. At this moment, this would be my list:

  • Witches Tarot (link to Aeclectic). This is my current daily use deck. I find it easy to use and comfortable. For me, it makes a good RWS style deck. Plus I like the companion book.
  • Santa Muerte Tarot (link to Llewellyn). Another deck I am comfortable with. I want its quirky sense of humor with me.
  • Gaian Tarot (link to my review). I like its contemporary art. It is a bit on the gentle side. For me, it reads very well. It also has a good companion book.
  • Steampunk Tarot (link to my review). Another deck I am really comfortable with.
  • Enchanted Map oracle cards (link to my review). I feel I need to have at least one oracle deck. I really got into oracle cards with this deck, and it is still a favorite. It also works well with Tarot decks, for me, especially the Steampunk Tarot.


For Day 20. For daily use, a single card with the addition of the underneath/shadow card. I also like basic three-card spreads like Past-Present-Future. I have a list of basic three-card spreads handy.


For Day 21. The short answer is no. It is not an area I know much about. At this point in time, not something to pursue. We’ll see if that changes in the future.


For Day 22. In one of the old colonial houses in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set up a table in the inner open air patio of the house, then leave the door open so people can come in and get a reading. A nice cloth on the table, three to five different decks for clients to choose from.

Other awesome places I wish I could park myself, lay the cloth, and read a card or two:

  • At the base of the Great Pyramid in Giza.
  • Inside, or in front of the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in Argentina.
  • At the base of a Mayan Pyramid.
  • At Machu Picchu.
  • While riding the Orient Express.  It does not exist anymore as Agatha Christie and Bram Stoker knew it, but there are smaller commercial trains that recreate the experience somewhat. Still, I can dream.



You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.


January 2019


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