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Day 5: The card that stalked you in 2019.

I did not feel I had a major stalker card in 2019, though it seemed some of the pages seem to appear a bit at the end of the year. So I took a look back at my Tarot journals to see what cards came out more often every week. My top stalkers were:

  • The Magician- I.
  • The Queen of Pentacles.
  • Tied for third place: The Hierophant- V, The Moon- XVIII, The Wheel of Fortune, and the King of Swords.

 

Day 6: The deck you finally crossed off your list in 2018.

I was fortunate enough to have crossed off a few Tarot and oracle decks off my wish list in 2018. The top one I’d say was the Tarot Apokalypsis. This was not a deck I expected to get anytime soon, and when I found a good deal on it, I went ahead and got it. Others I managed to cross out of the wish list for 2018:

 

Day 7: Most worked deck in 2018 and why.

Turns out the Santa Muerte Tarot was the deck I worked with most in 2018. I used it from January to part of April, then during May. I used it again in December and part of January 2019 to complete the 2018 Tarot Review series. At the beginning of the year, I was using it in part because I wanted to write a review of it. The review is not written yet. However, it is a deck I enjoy using overall because for me it has a certain quirky sense of humor. It often makes me laugh. By now, it is a deck I am pretty comfortable using.

Other decks I worked with in 2018:

  • Gaian Tarot. This is another favorite of mine, and I find it is a good one to use during summer months. Used it during June and part of July.
  • Witches Tarot: This is another deck that I am really enjoying and feeling comfortable using. I used it for the rest of July and into September. I used it again in December for my daily card draws.
  • Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night. This has been so far my deck for the Halloween season and to transition into fall season. I used it from the end of September into the first week of December. It seems it has gone out of print recently, so I will be doing my best to keep it in good condition. Next Halloween I may bring out a different deck. I’ll decide when I get to October.
  • Steampunk Tarot. Used it for one week in November. I thought I was going to keep using it during winter but I went back to the Witches Tarot.

 

Day 8: Top 5 decks on your wish list right now.

I have quite a few decks on my wish list at the moment. However, I am pretty happy with my collection right now, so I do not feel any urgent need to add more decks. I may add one here or there if a good deal and/or opportunity appears, but otherwise there is no rush. The one thing I do want to do is get some second copies of favorite decks so I can have a backup, but again, that is something I can do gradually. Having said that, if you press me, at this moment these would be the top decks on the wish list:

  • Tarot Illuminati. This is mainly to go with the Tarot Apokalypsis I recently acquired.
  • Tarot of the Cat People. If possible, I want to get the kit with the book.
  • Erotic Tarot of Manara.
  • Whispers of Lord Ganesha oracle deck.
  • Gods and Titans and Goddesses and Sirens oracle decks. I am counting these two as one because I would like to get them together. Amazon often has them, but they are made by some U.S. publisher (they must have gotten U.S. rights or something) and reviews all claim quality is inferior. Other option may be trying to get them directly from Blue Angel, but that is in Australia and shipping it here may be prohibitive. So this is likely to stay on the wish list for a good long while. I do really want these as they spark my interest in classic mythology, something I also grew up with.

 

 

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.

Today we have some short list prompts, so I am doing them together.

Day 2: Top 5 Tarot decks of 2018 (ones you purchased or released in 2018):

I was fortunate to be able to get a few new Tarot decks for my use and collection in 2019, so narrowing the list to the top 5 was not easy. I have not gotten around to reviewing them yet, but I hope to do so in 2019. The decks listed are pretty much new to me. My top 5 Tarot decks for 2018 then (in no particular order. Links to Aeclectic unless noted otherwise):

  • Black Cats Tarot: This was on my wish list, and I always wanted at least one cat-themed Tarot deck. It has a nice playfulness that I like. The Better Half saw it and liked it too, so I’ll probably buy her a copy of her own soon.
  • Tarot Apokalypsis: This and the Tarot Illuminati have been in my wish list for a while, but they were relatively low priority. However, the local esoteric bookstore I visit once in a while in the big city was having a serious sale on some older decks, and Tarot Apokalypsis, the full hardcover book and deck kit, was on sale for about $17 or so (it retails for about $38), so it was a deal I could not pass up. I grabbed it the moment I saw it.
  • Thelema Tarot, and the Arcanum Tarot (link to Amazon), by Renata Lechner. The Thelema was part of that same sale I mentioned above, and I got the Arcanum Tarot a bit later in the year. They are by the same author, so I am counting them as one. Lechner has her version of a Thoth deck, the Millennium Thoth Tarot (link to Llewellyn), which I am hoping to acquire down the road. As of this post, that one is on pre-order.
  • The Necronomicon Tarot: Another one that was on my wish list for a good while. Amazingly, Half Price Books had a used copy of the set, book and deck, in good condition and at a good price, so I finally got this. I am looking forward to re-reading H.P. Lovecraft’s tales as well as Donald Tyson’s books related to the deck as I get to work with the deck.
  • Ludy Lescot Tarot: I bought this, which was also on my wish list, when Llewellyn had their annual decks’ sale. Great art on this one.

Day 3: Top 5 Oracle decks of 2018 (ones you purchased or released in 2018):

This was also a good year for oracle decks for me. My top 5 for 2018 are (again, no particular order):

  • Santa Muerte Oracle (link to Llewellyn): This was new for 2018. I pre-ordered this one. I already have the Santa Muerte Tarot, so I knew I had to add this companion oracle deck to my collection. It has the same style as the Tarot deck but there are also some key differences that will make it interesting to work with this deck.
  • Divine Circus Oracle: Another on my wish list I managed to get in 2018.
  • Mystical Shaman Oracle: A recent deck by Collette Baron-Reid in collaboration with Alberto Villoldo and Marcela Lobos. Usually retails for about $40, but Amazon during the holidays had it on sale for a bit under $20, so I grabbed it while the grabbing was good. The book and deck kit comes in a very good box, and presentation overall is excellent. Art on the cards is very good too. This is one I know I will have to put in some good time to work with it.
  • Fairy Lenormand Oracle: Learning Lenormand was not high on my priority list. I knew I wanted to learn it some day but not soon. Then I saw this deck, which is by Davide Corsi, author of the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night (link to my review of that Tarot deck), in collaboration with Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin, and I said to myself now is the time. I even subscribed to a small free set of e-mail lessons on Lenormand and got myself a good book on the topic to start learning.
  • Gilded Reverie Lenormand (link to Amazon): This is Ciro Marchetti’s Lenormand deck. I’ve enjoyed some of his other decks, so I felt it was a natural thing to get his Lenormand deck. I already had one, why not one more? If you like Ciro’s art style and Lenormand interests you, this may be for you too. I have the more recent expanded edition, which has 8 more cards in addition to the traditional 36; you can use or remove them from use as you wish.

 

Day 4: Top 5 Tarot books of 2018 (ones you purchased and/or were released in 2018).

I did not read too many Tarot and/or esoterica/occult books in 2018, so five is a good number as it is about the amount of books in this category I read. Links go to my reviews (unless noted otherwise):

 

 

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.

I did Ethony Dawn’s “31 Days of Tarot” challenge in January of 2018 (find my posts for it here), so I decided to try it again for a second year. For Ethony, this is the fourth year people have been doing it, mainly on YouTube. As I have mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I do not use YouTube, so I do the prompts here on the blog. This year I am running a bit behind because I fell behind on the other Tarot blogging challenge I just completed, the 2018 Tarot Review created by Lisa Frideborg (you can find my posts for that one here). Anyhow, a nice thing about Ethony’s challenge is that the prompts do lend themselves to be combined, so I hope that helps me catch up. Let’s get started.

The first prompt is a two cards reading: Energy and Major Lesson. I am drawing two cards for a personal reading for 2019 to see what the energy for 2019 looks like for me and any major lesson the new year brings. For this reading I am using Ellen Dugan’s Witches Tarot.

Two Tarot cards: Three of Pentacles and Four of Wands from the Witches Tarot

Three of Pentacles and Four of Wands from the Witches Tarot

 

On energy: Three of Pentacles. Energy is going to be on focus, work, concentration, attention to detail. Take time to focus on your craft. Focus your energy on disciplined study: read, research, reflect, write, explore. I’d say a good time to refine skills and/or work on acquiring new skills. Putting energy on learning will be a good investment for 2019.

On major lesson: Four of Wands. Remember to take the time to celebrate the good and work well done. Once in a while, getting together with others is a good thing. Do your best not to be too isolated.

 

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.

Challenge: Think about if you want to make any resolutions or set any goals for the year ahead. Pull one card for what your greatest strength/what to do more of with regards to achieving your goal might be and another card for your greatest weakness/what to do less of.

 

Two Tarot cards:

Seven of Pentacles and Santa Muerte- XIII (Death) from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Bravo! Made it to the end of the prompts. The list did skip from Day 26 to Day 31, so here we are. If you made it this far with me, thank you for visiting and reading.

I usually do not set resolutions. However, I recently read John Scalzi’s blog, his post “Wasting my own time,” where he wants to look at how he uses his time, wanting to waste it less and use it more for productive things and things that make him happy. “Is this the best use of my time?” is the question. I think I can consider that question as I move ahead, plus may help me with keeping the mental sanity as I have mentioned previously in this blog.

 

On greatest strength/do more of this: Seven of Pentacles. Ability to plan, lay the groundwork, then let things grow. Use common sense. Plan, look at what needs to be done, then get to it. Take time now to choose what to focus on, then do it after careful consideration. Clear thinking and calm patience.

On greatest weakness/ do less of this: Santa Muerte- XIII (Death). Avoid getting too dramatic or extreme. Do not rush to just kill or cut something off. But also do accept when you do need to let something die and be out of your life. Do not hold onto things you should let go sooner. Let go what you cannot control or do anything about.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Think about something you really hate about 2018. It has to be something that is within your control to change… What is it? Pull a card for the power you have to change this thing. Pull another card for what you need to do next to make sure that there is none of this in 2019.

Two Tarot cards: Six of Cups and Page of Pentacles from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Six of Cups and Page of Pentacles from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

If anything, worrying about affairs of the nation, the politics, so on. I can’t control those, but I hate reacting to them. When I say I do not want to give a fuck, I mean it. And while I did a good effort tuning out sources, sharing less and responding to stories, I can and should do more. I got to work more on keeping my mental sanity in the “Hard Times.”

 

On my power to change this: Six of Cups. A bit more walking away. Work more on stepping back. Find other constructive things to do and engage in. Read more. Do more things you like. Seek to simplify things more, take pleasure in simpler things. Keep your balance and your counsel. Exercise and explore imagination more.

Some looking back is good but do not overdo it. Again, seek more calm, simple things.

 

On what I need to do to change it: Page of Pentacles. Think in practical terms. Cups suggest creativity. Page of Pentacles suggests taking steps and starting the work to bring the creativity to life.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: What do you want Christmas 2019 to be like? Can you picture yourself a year from now. Think about one thing you will want to have achieved by then and pull a card for the outcome. The next card is for a message from the Ghost of Christmas Future about what things might be like in general around Christmas time next year.

Two Tarot cards: The Chariot-VII and Four of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

The Chariot-VII and Four of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

 

Not sure I can picture myself a year from now. If I can make it to one more year relatively safe and stable, I’ll be good. I do not think that is asking much.

On how it’s likely to turn out: The Chariot- VII. How about that? The Chariot-VII once more in this series. Movement is clearly indicated. One way or another, you’ll make it to the end of another year. The question remains as to how you’ll steer. Taking strong control you should be able to stay on a good path. Keep to the road, but make some time to stop along the way to see the sights. Remember that much of the fun of a road trip is in those small stops and attractions along the way.

On message from Ghost of Christmas Future: Four of Cups. A note of regret perhaps. Do not let opportunities pass you by. The future is not fixed so make the most of the present. Don’t get complacent either. Look up, you may find better options and/or perspectives. Do not overthink.

Fours are about stability, but do not let it become excess routine and stagnation. Keep moving and looking up and ahead, seek out the new, hold on to the good and what serves you.

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: How do you really feel about the holiday celebrations? Pull one card for the pros about celebrating Christmas this year and one for the cons.

 

Two cards: Ten of Wands and Five of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Ten of Wands and Five of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

I suppose that as I get older I want to simplify things. Also, by now, I have no tolerance for people who cause stress and drama, so they get cut out. Holidays for me are a time of rest, not stress, and if that means I do not see certain people, some family, or otherwise, I am good with that. I want as much peace as possible in my Christmas holidays.

On pros about Christmas present: Ten of Wands. Part of me felt this should have been for the cons being this is often a card of burdens. But in the Santa Muerte Tarot we get a moth, a symbol of transformation. So it is more liberation, letting go of those burdens, releasing them during the holiday season. Follow your bliss embrace your passions, and release those loads and baggage.

On cons about Christmas present: Five of Cups. Holidays can make one dwell on the past a bit much. We see what we missed, lost, so on during the year, and we might not notice there is still some good left we can hold on to. For me, it recalls an old Spanish song:

“Navidad que vuelve
Tradición del año
Unos van alegres
Y otros van llorando.

Hay quien tiene todo
Todo lo que quiere
Y sus navidades
Siempre son alegres
Hay otros muy pobres
Que no tienen nada
Son los que prefieren
Que nunca llegara”

 

I become more aware that the holidays are not good or happy for everyone. Yet close to home, there is still much to be grateful for, if I remember to see it.

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.


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