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Prompt for Day 12: The divination tool outside Tarot that you used most in 2019.

That would be oracle cards, like the ones picture below. From the photo below, which I am reusing, the Wisdom of the Oracle would be the oracle deck I used most in 2019.

Top 5 oracle decks of 2017

These are the Oracle Decks I identified as my Top 5 for 2017.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

Prompt for Day 11: Show us your favorite depiction of the High Priestess? And why?

For this prompt, I can’t really pick just one, so I picked a few from some of my favorite decks:

The High Priestess- II Santa Muerte Tarot_20180119 small size

Santa Muerte Tarot. If you force me to pick just one, this may be it. I love the attention to detail in the art. I like the studious nature. She conveys old wisdom from both experience and study. You can sense energy and wisdom here.

The High Priestess -II Vampires Tarot of Eternal Night_011120 small size

Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night. She is not going to reveal her wisdom easily. Are you willing to pay her price? She looks a bit like she could be in a trance. I like her darker elements in this depiction.

The High Priestess- II Steampunk Tarot_011120 small size

Steampunk Tarot (Moore and Fell). To be honest, the very first time I saw this image, I thought it could be The Magician- I. However, I quickly recognized the intuitive elements of the High Priestess- II. After the one from the Santa Muerte Tarot, this is a big favorite. In addition to the steampunk theme, and her overall elegance, I do like her slinging cards and her having a crystal ball.

The High Priestess- II Witches Tarot_20180817 small size

Witches Tarot (Dugan and Evans). This is a very classic depiction. Also good art, elegant as well. Among the many reasons I like this deck is that it is an RWS deck without Pamela Smith’s art (as I have said before, while I appreciate Pamela Smith’s history and role in Tarot, I am not a fan for her art). The High Priestess’ face in this deck looks determined, wise. Ask and you’ll receive wisdom.

The High Priestess- II Gilded Tarot_011120 small size

Gilded Tarot. I love that dancing and floating element. Her intuition is strong. Also like a bit of the steampunk in this card and deck. Given this was the deck I really started with, this card has a special place for me.

The High Priestess- II Everyday Witch Tarot_032519 small size

Everyday Witch Tarot. I like the contemporary element, and I like her deep concentration. A nice positive energy in this card. Plus, I love the cat companion.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.



Prompt for Day 10: Share some of your Tarot decks that have been long lost in your collection that you want to reconnect with.

My issue is that I have a large collection by now, and I do not rotate decks often enough. I have many decks I need to work with. To be honest, I want to work with all of them, but time and life happen. I do admit that I have some favorite decks that I return to often. Anyhow, rotating decks for me is very much a work in progress. Off the top of my head, these decks are ones I want to reconnect with (or connect with if I have not done so yet. I have not reviewed these decks yet, so linking to Aeclectic for reference):

  • Sherlock Holmes Tarot . Part of why I’ve waited on this one is because I want to reread the Sherlock Holmes stories. Also, I have been rewatching the Granada series episodes featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.
  • Necronomicon Tarot. Similar reason to the Sherlock Holmes Tarot. In this case, I want to read H.P. Lovecraft’s stories before working with this deck. I am slowly reading along my copy of H.P. Lovecraft: the Complete Fiction. I also have Donald Tyson’s two books on Necronomicon (that he wrote and form part of a trilogy along with the deck), and I want to read them too.
  • Ludy Lescot Tarot. I had brought this one out to use in Halloween/Samhain season, but looking it over I did not feel ready for it at the time. Hope to get to it soon.
  • Night Sun Tarot.
  • Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine.
  • Druidcraft Tarot.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.


Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

Here is the roundup for book reviews I wrote over at The Itinerant Librarian. If you missed any, you are curious, or are looking for reading ideas, feel free to check them out.

I also watched some movies and media in December 2019. Here is my December roundup.

Prompt for Day 9: What was a memorable reading in 2019 (omit names)?

I read for others on a limited basis. I do donate my time when our campus pagan group has an event. Last time I read for them was during Samhain, and it was memorable in the sense I felt confident and in the zone. I felt comfortable with the decks I was using. Questions ranged from light to serious, and I felt I was able to share some good advice. Feedback was positive too. It felt good, right, and gave me more encouragement to keep up my study in Tarot and cartomancy.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

Prompt for Day 8: What Tarot books did you read in 2019?

I read the following Tarot books in 2019. If the title is linked, the link goes to my review of the book over at The Itinerant Librarian. Books listed in no particular order:

Companion books for Tarot decks. These are actual full length books that came with Tarot decks. I reviewed both the book and deck:

Finally, I am adding some books on paganism, magic, and other esoterica I read in 2019. You can consider this a bonus to the prompt:


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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.


Prompt for Day 7: The Tarot card that stalked you in 2019 and why?


The Magician- I, from Witches Tarot deck (Dugan and Evans, published by Llewellyn).

I went through my Tarot journals for the past year, and I found that The Magician- I came out in daily draws the most. Often it came out at busy moments, perhaps to reassure me that yes, I did have the resources and ability to cope and handle things. I think at times he was there to give me a morale boost now and then.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

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