Ripened Narcissism

…A Mystic’s Perspective by Ari Honarvar, creator of Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards. Myths, told from a different perspective, can change our outlook and inject our life with a sense of joy and freedom. One of my favorite retellings is featured in the “Confidence Card” of Rumi’s Gift Oracle Set. In the Greek Myth of Narcissus, the ill-fated chap falls in love with his own image in the lake. This adoration renders him unable to move…

Target Practice

by Gabi Angus-West, creator of Bonefire Tarot. Have you ever approached a deadline? And did it occur that the word deadline may own a rather more sinister origin story than merely the unpleasantness you feel as you strive to meet expectations agreed to and placed upon you while striving not be labeled as an over-promiser (or worse, an under-deliverer)? Etymologically, the word “deadline” initially connotated one drawn around imprisoned Union soldiers in Confederate prisons. They…

Eternal Seeker Oracle

by Pamela Steele, creator of REDFeather’s newest release: Eternal Seeker Oracle. Inspired by the tarot’s major arcana, the Eternal Seeker Oracle has evolved from over 40 years of tarot study and reflection. In 1978, I acquired my first deck, the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. After returning to the motel where my cousin, Maya, and I were camped, I opened the cards and laid them on the bed to have a first look at my first deck. After…

A Cultural Influence on Tarot: Tarot of the Moors

by Gina G. Thies, author of Tarot of the Moors and Tarot Coupling: Resources and Resolutions for Relationship Readings. When I was introduced to tarot cards over 25 years ago in a reading at a UFO conference in New Orleans, I could not have imagined the odyssey it would be as I celebrate my first published tarot deck. When tarot is mentioned or referenced, many times for those who have never had the opportunity to…

Dreams, Hummingbirds & the Soul

by Yasmeen Westwood, award-winning author of The Tarot of Enchanted Dreams. It’s going to be two years in November since my first tarot deck — The Tarot of Enchanted Dreams — was released. What an amazing moment it is, to see your work being sold all over the world! The deck was named runner-up in the CARTA Awards and won the Bronze at the COVR Awards, too. Not bad for a deck that was created…

Practicing Zen and All That Jazz

by Michael Elliston, author of The Original Frontier: A Serious Seeker’s Guide to Zen. Zen is more like jazz than classical music. More like a chart, lead sheet, or fake book of old standards outlining the key and time signatures, chord progressions, and suggested melodies around which we can improvise, rather than a sheet of notation spelling out each note and precise accents, emphasis, and feeling — e.g. adagio versus allegro — attempting to recapture…

Spirits of Palo Kimbisa

Or, Tonight on Lucero TV: Wheel of Lucero! by Sophia Kelly Shultz, co-author of Seeking the Spirits of Palo Kimbisa: Exploring the Mysterious World of the Afro-Cuban Religion with Tata Rodriguez. I have a deadline for this blog entry:  February 19th. It is February 18th.  So far I have a great idea, and about 20 handwritten pages with which I am enormously dissatisfied.  “This is such a great idea,” I mutter.  “I even have a terrific…

Health through Your Eyes

Using Iridology to Heal Yourself by Julien Allaire, Iridologist, Naturopath, and author of Health through Your Eyes: Understand and Use Iridology. If your eyes are a door to the beauty of the world, they are also a window to the individuality of your inner environment. They allow anyone who can read them to better understand the panorama of our state of health. Their reading and analysis will guide you on your life’s path, realizations, and…

The Three Acts of Love

Ancient Inspirations for Valentine’s Day  by Angelo Nasios, author of the Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey and Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana. Like many contemporary holidays of European origin, Valentine’s Day has ancient pre-Christian roots. Celebrated annually on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, was once the Roman holiday Lupercalia. This festival marked the coming of spring and included fertility rites and courtship of women with men by lottery.[1] The festival survived through…

Imbolc and the Sacred Horns

by Laura Perry, author of The Minoan Tarot. This week marks the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This is the time of new beginnings and fresh starts. In the British Isles and parts of North America, it’s the point when we start looking for signs of Spring, signals that life is returning to the land. So what could Imbolc possibly have to do with the Minoans of…