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A Review of The Fairy Tarot by Doreen Virtue


It would appear that Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine have geared these cards towards the mainstream, and I’m sure that their target audience will be delighted with them. They have stayed safely within the usual perimeters of all the other Tarot and Oracle cards they have produced.

On the upside, the messages for each card is appropriate, according to the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, with words of wisdom described in a positive and uplifting manner. Howard David Johnson’s artwork is exquisite, very pleasing to the eye! He has captured the true feeling and meaning of each card in harmony with classic Tarot ideas.

Now, on the downside, there are two things that become immediately apparent upon observing the cards. The fairies are all depicted as humans, basically just people with wings or pointed ears, devoid of imagination to how fairies may actually look considering that they are Nature Spirits. Then, as with all of Doreen Virtue’s Tarot/Oracle cards (with the exception of Indigo Angel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue and Charles Virtue), they are lacking in racial/ethnic diversity. Most, but not all, of the figures presented are white and pretty with flawless pale skin. I counted approximately 136 figures in the deck, of which 11 may be considered non-caucasian…that’s approximately only 8%.

Having said all that, overall, the cards are enjoyable and safe. I take pleasure in occasionally using Doreen Virtue’s cards in my readings. But…just a huge suggestion (if anyone is listening) for future cards to be more diverse, as is appropriate in this day and age.



About milkweed in container and monarch butterflies

About milkweed in container and monarch butterflies


Photo credit: Monarch Watch

Milkweed (Asclepias)


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Please read this entire page to get all the important information you need about Milkweed. The seed we send to you can grow almost anywhere in North America. When you are ready to plant, place seeds 1/8 inch below the soil surface you can use a deep pot, since most milkweeds have a long roots. Don’t plant the seeds too deep, because they need plenty of light and warmth to germinate and grow ( at 70 degrees within 14 days). Keep the seedlings moist for the first three weeks after they sprout, then transplant to larger containers with quality soil if necessary. You can lightly fertilize them lightly after the seedling stage, using a regular flower fertilizer. Cutting off the top of the plant after they reach 8-12″ creates more stalks and more leaves. It takes about two…

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Celebrating Imbolc 2015


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Happy Imbolc everyone. Known as Imbolc or Candlemas, the 1st of February is one of the four great festivals of the Celtic year. It marked the end of winter and the beginning of spring. At this time the first signs of spring are appearing in nature – buds are beginning to appear on trees, animals are waking up from hibernation and early spring flowers like snowdrops and daffodils are beginning to bloom. The day is also known as Oimelc which is Gaelic for “ewe’s milk.” The ewe’s are lactating and the lambs are beginning to be born. Milking can begin again, which in ancient times, when food was hard to come by in winter, offered people a lifeline. The sun is getting stronger and the days are noticeably longer. It is time to celebrate the awakening and rebirth of the earth, as well as new beginnings in our own…

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Scot Slaby’s The Cards We’ve Drawn, Tarot Inspired Poems


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Poet Scot Slaby sent me a copy of his chapbook The Cards We’ve Drawn (Bright Hill Press, 2014) to read and I want to share it with all you tarot enthusiasts out there. I very much enjoyed it and read it through cover to cover several times. These are poems that can really tug on your heartstrings, even more so for the tarot enthusiast who can truly appreciate the depth of Slaby’s lines.

The first part of the book consists of 11 poems, each poem expressing one card and position in the Waite Celtic Cross spread. Of all signifiers, it’s the Knight of Cups. What is it with poets and the Knight of Cups? =) No, seriously. The Knight of Cups frequently appears in readings I do for poets.

If the first 11 poems of the book were to be configured into an actual CC spread, here’s what it would…

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Pomegranate Meditation (and Tea!)


Looks delicious 🙂

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Hubby and I have a pomegranate tree in our front yard, and it’s pomegranate season. We’ve got pomegranates filled with juicy, blood-red seeds, tangy but still with a touch of sweetness. I’ve been making iced tea/juice with the pomegranates (I’m not sure whether to call this a tea or juice. I’m leaning toward tea, but I don’t brew it with any tea leaves. It’s just pomegranate.) And I’m posting this because pomegranates sort of relate to tarot.


Across many cultures, East through West, pomegranates symbolize fertility and abundance, and the importance of the pomegranate is expressed in the tarot. You have the pomegranate motif in Key III: The Empress in the Rider Waite tarot, symbolizing fertility, fruition, and abundance, and also righteousness, themes also taken from Judeo-Christian mythos. The Chinese also believe that pomegranates symbolize fertility.

In Key II: The High Priestess, the pomegranates represent knowledge, learning, and wisdom. The imagery in that card also calls to…

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