The Deviant Moon Tarot Interview

The Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza is my oldest and dearest deck. I was drawn in by the dark, almost Tim Burton meets Salvador Dali aesthetic back in college and it’s the deck I’ve studied and learned on and bonded with over the last 10ish years.

(Catch up on all my deck interviews at the bottom of this post.)

Over those years, this deck has some to truly speak to me. Cards quite literally often “jump” out of the deck at me. This happens so often that I tend to just shuffle until the required number of cards have all jumped out. My Deviant Moon readings are clearest and most comfortable so I’m excited for this interview!

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Tell me about yourself
Nine of Cups
Like the genie on this card, you discovered our power together the moment you opened me. I work as you wish to bring well-being, pleasure and success. I’ve always strived to bring you all your hearts desires.

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What are your strengths?
The Hanged Man
My timing is impeccable. You tend to be impatient and impulsive, but I can guide you to suspend actions or delay decisions until the moment of maximum impact. *Note* the card on the bottom of the deck was Strength, reinforcing this

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What are your limitations?
The Devil
Like you, I can become obsessed and hell-bent on a particular idea or situation. I will not let you ignore a message I have for you, even if it’s not what you’re asking for. It will follow you until you learn it. Only then can we move on.

 

What are you here to teach me?
Four of Cups
Appreciate your success and practice gratitude. Do not grow comfortable with the status quo. Keep seeking your truths and exploring your vast identity. You have no reason to ever e bored or dissatisfied with life.

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How can we best collaborate?
Two of Swords
We are two balanced powers. Stubborn. Strong. Comrades. Old friends. I’m ready to fight for your future. We must remember to work together as sisters in arms and never against each other.

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What’s the potential outcome of our relationship?
Eight of Pentacles
From day one we’ve been working closely to forge your confidence and determination to master the art of tarot. If we keep going, we will build a nuanced and detailed practice to guide your journey and successes.

I adore this deck – the way it moves in my hands, slips between my fingers like it’s an extension of my being. My first love. My oldest relationship. The energy of this deck is more like my own than any I have ever encountered.

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Fortune-telling with d20

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There are so many different kinds of modern witches. Kitchen witches work rituals into recipes and turn their homes into vibrant, sacred spaces. Green witches work with lots of herbs and likely keep their homes full of plant-life. Love witches manifest through sexual energy. Tech witches probably keep several magical apps on their phone to practice. I guess I’d call myself a Geek witch. I’m inspired by and often incorporate pop culture themes into my work As much as I love my tarot cards, I discovered a fun new method of divination with a pop culture tool.

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A couple weeks ago, I bought a set of beautiful black and gold dice to start playing Dungeons and Dragons. If you’re not familiar, the set includes a 20-sided die that you roll in game to see if and how well your desired actions work. Everyone has probably flipped a coin to make a decision in their lifetime. That action relies on “fate” or the Universe or “chance” to inform your action. But there’s a whole range of possibilities between those two sides of the coin.

Rolling the d20 is like flipping a coin, but it gives you a sort of insight scale to guide your decision. For example, if my character wants to explore nearby ruins, I’d roll for investigation. A 20 might mean she finds a rare treasure. 12 could mean she finds some gold pieces. 5 might find her surrounded by snakes or something. Typically, rolls higher than 10 have positive outcomes where lower than 10 could have neutral or even negative outcomes.

Glux and I used a /roll bot in Slack to plan our joint birthday party next weekend 🎉🍾👯‍♀️

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Ok. That’s kind of a silly example, but shows a practical use, especially when you’re as indecisive as I can be! Unlike tarot cards, d20 works best for yes/no questions. The closer to 20 you roll, the more enthusiastically you should go for it! If you roll low, maybe think of other options or different timing. Interpretation is largely left to your imagination to populate the scale.

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If you want to pick out a d20 to give dice divination a shot, consider picking different colored die for specific purposes:  Green or gold for career, finance, or money decisions. Red/pink for love and relationships. Purple for creative pursuits and guidance. Of course, as always, go with what calls to you!

Do you use any unconventional tools?

Money Magic in Vegas!

I’ve always believed that fate can only take you so far and the rest is up to you. So on my trip to Vegas last week, I packed up a portable Money Attracting spell I created in an effort to put the energy of abundance into the universe and attract some wealth (The TSA must have been pretty puzzled when they went through my bag. They always seem to randomly check my suitcases!). I’m not a big gambler. My preferred casino-gaming style is to drop $20 in a penny slot and spend a couple hours playing. I either lose $20, but have a good time or I win a few hundred bucks and have a good time. Either way, I’m not really making any major impact on my finances.

I’d never really done a specific candle spell to attract money until now. While I looked up some generic spells, none of them felt truly fitting so I ended up taking bits of them and writing my own incantations. Actually, I didn’t write it as much as it just came to me while I was meditating over the candle.

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[Supplies]
Green Candle
Abundance oils
6 coins (or casino chips, or a mix!)
Gold or green pouch
Paper money (optional)
Gold altar items (optional)

Create your portable altar. Find a sacred space in your accommodations (I recommend hanging the Do Not Disturb tag on your door for the duration of your stay to avoid other energies entering the room). The Luxor had a perfect little round table in my room – black with gold flecks! Place your candle in the center of your chosen space and think about how you’re going to arrange spell items. If you brought any additional magical items (I brought my Golden Thread tarot cards and added a rose quartz and copper bonsai tree I bought on my trip) you want to add to your altar, you can arrange them before you start your spell.

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[Spell]
Anoint the green candle with abundance oil.
Meditate while visualizing gold light flowing from your hands into the candle. Visualize the money. What would it feel like to win a jackpot? What do the cash and chips feel like in your hands? What sounds are happening around you as the machine goes wild? What does the total look like in your bank account?
Holding these thoughts, lay your 6 coins or bills around your candle. (I laid several small bills underneath my candle and placed my coins upright around the base. The oil on the candle helped them stick).
Light your match or lighter and imagine the golden light surrounding the altar, surrounding you and illuminating space in your “vault” (or physical bank account) for money to flow into.
Light the candle and the repeat this incantation:

Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold
Bring to me Fortune untold
As I will it, so it be
Money, Money comes to me

Let the candle burn as long as you’re present. Extinguish it when you leave (safety!). Afterwards, place the coins into your gold pouch and carry them with you as a talisman.

[Results]
I burned my candle every night while I was in Vegas (Sunday through Thursday). While I didn’t win any major money, I HAVE attracted an unusual amount of money in the last week. My first (non-friend/family) Fiverr Haiku commission came through. Incredibly, the request was for a haiku about Dr. Mae Jemison – the first African American female astronaut – and she was AT the same conference! Her speech inspired me so much I delivered 4 haiku and the client tipped me double the price of the poems! Additionally, I had two Rover requests come in – another NEW client with a long term stay (over $600) and a new-this-year client rebooking for this weekend. Oh! And I earned $175 for participating in a market research panel testing a new app. All in all, pretty successful!

Have you had success with money magic?

Oliver Hibert Tarot Interview

A couple weeks ago I interviewed The Golden Thread Tarot. This week, I sat down with another of my newer decks- The Tarot + The Secret Arcana by Oliver Hibert.

Tell me about yourself.
VIII of Swords
I balance the intellectual and emotional to find the best path forward. Every trap has an escape if you look at things from a different angle.

What are your strengths?
Mars
As an Aries, we’ll go horn to horn sometimes. But I’m aggressive and thorough in my search for answers. I’ll paint stories through multiple cards on your one-card pulls.

What are your limits
VII of Pentacles
Sometimes I’m impatient and easily frustrated. I can get bored and go for the “quick win.”

What are you here to teach me?
VII of Swords
Not to run from challenges or darkness or good things or love. But also how to navigate the false motives of others. Trust yourself. Expect others to trust themselves first.

How can we best collaborate?
The Scream
Quiet your own voice and listen. Really listen. Not with your ears. With your intuition.

What’s the potential outcome of our relationship?
Ace of Cups
You’ll build stronger intuition and trust your inner power. We’ll also develop you creatively. I’ll inspire new projects, thoughts and mediums.

As feminine and open as the Golden Thread was, that’s how difficult this deck felt to me. Very foreign and puzzling. Neither feminine nor masculine. I had to sit with the cards for a while to figure out what they wanted to tell me. Many of the answer cards felt contradictory to my questions. I suppose that makes sense giving their mind-bending psychedelic artwork. To add extra challenge, I drew TWO cards from the Secret Arcana, which really tells me how unique this deck will be. I’m glad I shuffled them into the deck. Until now I had kept them separated, but that didn’t feel right. They need to be a full story.

Which reminds me… there is one card missing. Hibert released a new card with a 10 part experience. Magic. And I bought the whole thing just to get that card. I feel itchy that this deck is incomplete. Maybe that’s why it was so temperamental. I’ll revisit our interview once the final card arrives.

Your Love Won’t Survive a Nuclear Apocalypse, but These Guys Will

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Each year, I support wildlife conservation and self love by naming a cockroach after an ex for Valentine’s Day. It’s cathartic, tax-deductible, and includes chocolate! Seeing that all my heartbreakers have been roached already (and my Ryan remains in good standing for the time being), there was only one glaringly obvious choice for the 2018 naming honor. Donald J. Trump. Middle initial and everything.

Here’s what I wrote:

Donald J. Trump
You disgrace the podium & everything this country was made on.
You’re not worth the Cheeto dust this roach trails through.
You won’t reduce me from a 6 figure salary to just a 6 on a good day.

Now that it’s out there, I kind of hear Eminem rapping it in my head.

The Bronx Zoo has been doing this wildlife conservation donation drive for years and I truly love it. With the near-daily threat of nuclear winter, your roach could be the only legacy I leave behind. They offer a few different donation tiers that come with various treats. This year they really pulled out all the stops with the add-ons. The top tier treats include your name certificate, a pin, roach SOCKS, and chocolate roaches. Yes, please!

Seriously, how CUTE are these?? Look at those cocoa creepies! 🐜

If you just want to donate and get a digital certificate, it’s only $15. Of course, you can mix and match the add-ons or buy just one of them. It’s such a cute and creative little Galentine’s Day gift for yourself (or a friend). All for a good cause and your own levity. And chocolate 🍫.

Do Tarot Cards Get Jealous?

Since 2009, I’ve been working with a deliciously dark, Tim Burton-esque tarot deck known as the Deviant Moon Tarot. I don’t remember how I discovered it or where I got it, but it was the beginning of my tarot practice and study for a series of poems I’m eternally writing. This deck has always connected with me. It’s become an extension of myself to the point that cards will literally leap out of the deck to give me messages. I trust it and I’ve bonded with it, but I wanted more options.

 

Some years later, the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn found me. This deck bills itself as a challenge with extra cards (Void cards and 99 cards for each suit, four Fools, etc…) and also presented stunning, colorful, comic book style imagery. I fall in love with it every time I open the box. It’s been the toughest to connect with, but I keep crawling back to it begging for love.

Back in January I was casually feeling up books at The Strand, as I’m prone to do any time I’m in the vicinity. I was poring over Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems when I felt a sort of warm tugging. I looked up and locked eyes with The Wild Unknown sitting randomly atop some stationery. That’s never happened before. I picked it up on the spot.

 

For Galentine’s Day, I treated myself to a tarot deck based on one of my favorite games- The Binding of Isaac Tarot. It’s not the most functional deck. The suits are non-traditional and it doesn’t come with a booklet to ascribe meaning to the suit of hearts (cups?), keys (wands?), bombs (swords?) and coins (pentacles?) but the art is fantastic and it crosses my love of magic with my video game vice.

 

I gifted myself the decadent Lioness Oracle Tarot for my birthday in April. Drawn in by the beautiful and surreal collages- particularly Nosferatu on the Nine of Swords and David Bowie on The Star- this has become my regular deck recently. It traveled the country with me last year.

 

As a bit of retail therapy, after a summer of working nights and weekends non-stop, I splurged on a deck I’ve been pining for on Instagram for a while- the psychedelically divine Tarot and Secret Arcana by Oliver Hibert. With roots and imagery deeply based in the traditional Rider-Waite tarot, this deck is easy to read and learn through. The saturated colors truly make this deck a favorite.

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Finally, for Christmas Ryan got me the ornately minimalistic Golden Thread Tarot. These cards are made of a thin plastic with golden overlays so they feel completely different from any other deck I’ve owned.

So now I have seven decks. Seven personalities. Seven moody mistresses who fall in and out of my favor. If I ask the same questions or if my decks have a message for me outside of what I think I want to understand, they’ll get frustrated and serve up the same card until I’m finally enlightened. But when it comes to sharing a shelf, I like to think they all conspire together for my greater good. With all those personalities in a room, they must have some otherworldly debates and discussions. If cards are jumping out of decks at me or I’m getting the same card, unrelated to my questions, over and over, I believe it’s because they’ve all pooled their energy to give me a cosmic kick in the ass.

I’ll post interviews with each of them in the coming weeks. Stay tuned:

Deviant Moon
The Wild Unknown
Binding of Isaac
The Lioness Oracle Tarot
The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
The Tarot and Secret Arcana by Oliver Hibert
The Golden Thread Tarot
Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot

Setting a Word of the Year

Choosing a word to set your intentions for the year is an incredibly powerful thing. It gives purpose to your actions and goals. I wanted to choose a word before the new year, but nothing came to me. Everything I thought of felt so grandiose and intangible. Fleeting feelings. Instagram mantras. Words without meaning.

Then, as I was reading a book, a word literally jumped off the page and hit me. Stunned me. Caught my breath.

Make. 

It’s a verb. Active. It’s a command. It’s a need. It’s a driving force. It’s quantifiable. I can make this real. I can make anything real. Below lie some of the ways I’ll embody Make this year. I’ve printed this for my planner and mirror so it’s ever present wherever I am.

What word will you embody?

Intention