Tarot for Moving

Hello friends! We’re so sorry we’ve been gone a while. Life clutched at us pretty tightly and we were left feeling distracted and disinterested in a lot of our favorite hobbies. We’re going to try and get back in the habit of posting things more regularly as both of us miss the site.

We get asked to do spreads about people moving on a regular basis. Most recently I (Etienne) had a friend move from NYC to California for work. Sage and I did a reading for her and this was the form it took as a spur of the moment, intuitive reading that we did jointly. This tarot spread is adapted and influenced by more layouts than we likely remember, most notably a year ahead spread we’re prone to using.

Feel free to use this spread, not only for a situation where you find yourself moving physically, but also moving onto new things; this could include a job, relationship, or other big life change.

Tarot for Moving

A nine card spread for when you’re moving, or alternatively, something big in your life has changed

1) You, in this moment. We suggest drawing this card, but if there is something that keeps coming up for you, you can also pick it and lay it in the center.

2/3) Leave this behind as you move forward, the energies are either leaving your life, or it’s time for them to leave.

4/5) These are things that are coming into your life as you move forward to your new situation

6/7) Resources and tools you have to draw on

8/9) A final word of advice or warnings about your endeavors

We hope this helps! You can book a reading like this from us for $30 by emailing oakandsagetarot@gmail.com

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Holly and the Oak Spread

From our Midwinter zine.

The Holly and Oak Kings are brothers, lovers, or mortal enemies locked in battle over the ruling halves of the year. At Midsummer, the Oak King is at the height of his power; at Midwinter, the Holly King rules. As such, the solstices are opportunities for us to look at the waxing and waning powers of the year, to honor what energies are currently holding court, but also to look ahead at what will be swiftly gaining power in the turn of the seasons. It is in understanding the ebb and flow of these powers that we understand the magic of the season and use it to best prepare ourselves for the remaining winter months.

 

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  1. Center: You; Now
    • This card represents yourself, your current challenge, or the role you play, particularly as it hangs in balance at the moment of the solstice.
  2. Right: Waxing Energy (the Oak King)
    • This is the energy that is steadily gaining steam in your life. This is what will guide your decisions over the next six months, culminating in the Summer Solstice.
  3. Left: Waning Energy (the Holly King)
    • This is the energy that is most influencing your life at the moment, but also starting to ebb away. This is what you must prepare to give up as the light returns to the world.
  4. Below: Longest Night
    • What can the darkness of the solstice teach you? What hidden parts of yourself are germinating in the cold and the dark?
  5. Above: Dawning Light
    • What lessons can be learned from the return of the sun? What is starting to thaw in your heart? What can you embrace in the coming year?

 

The Fool’s Dog Tarot App(s) Review

Last year I wanted to try out the Wildwood Tarot, but knowing it wasn’t a quite a traditional deck put me off from investing the money in the cards. So when I discovered that I could download a digital version from Fool’s Dog Tarot App Collection, I did. The Wildwood Tarot App priced at $4.99 in the Apple Store ended up not being a deck I would use on a regular basis. I was, however, hooked on the Fool’s Dog as a company. I purchased the Linestrider Tarot App shortly after, wanting a more traditional deck for daily cards and simple readings on the go.

Fool’s Dog is a series of apps on Android and iOS that allows full use of a digital Tarot deck, including a guidebook. All the art is high resolution and licensed from the creator of the decks. They have over 75 different decks, including Tarot, Lenormand, Oracle, and Kipper decks, and prices range from $1.99 to $6.99. They also have a free Tarot Sampler, a fully functional app with images from multiple different decks.

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The home screen on each app is a simple, small menu In a single tap you can get to the guidebook, pull a single card, or use their Card of the Day feature for your daily reads.

The apps are customizable; for example, if you don’t read reversals, you can turn them off. You can change the background for your reading cloth and also have several options for digitally shuffling your card. For people who are blind, low vision, or have other reading and print disabilities, there are options for voice prompts, increasing font size in the guidebook, and magnifying card images. These features really impress me as a disabled person because I know how difficult it can be to find accommodations! (Edit: Although I am low vision or blind, so I can’t speak to how useful they are in this specific case.)

Each app comes with a few predefined spreads that allow you to conduct a full reading. All cards pulled are decided based on a truly random process. I’ve tapped on the “Today’s Card” menu feature on both my phone and my tablet to make sure it was a different card on each device, and it is!

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Spread options, including deck specific readings. As you can see, it’s a little different from deck to deck.

And as the Fool’s Dog is a Pagan owned company, The Wild Hunt reports that there are spells built into the code to help with intuition. While I sometimes struggle to really connect to large readings on a small screen, I’ve found that I frequently turn to my apps to pull together 3-4 card readings on the subway ride home.

The apps also save a history of your readings and daily cards along with a journal that allows you to take notes. I find this log to be very useful for seeing a theme or repeated cards in your daily pulls. It doesn’t, however, give you an option to have an account so you can save and send your journal to another device. You can share these journal entries on social media, to email, and several other options.

I’m in love with my apps, while I don’t always draw a daily card (my anxiety simply doesn’t let me, which is a post for another day), I use the Wildwood and Linestrider apps on a regular basis and have plans to purchase the Shadowscapes version as well. I really can’t recommend this company enough. There is a deck for everyone in their offerings.

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How do I Choose a Deck?

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Etienne & Sage’s Decks

I recently taught a Tarot class at my workplace, and the biggest question was “how do I pick my deck?” It’s different for everyone, but here are some guiding principles I came up with on the spot:

  • Don’t be afraid to just pick up a deck and go, some times impulses can be for a great reason.
  • What kind of images do you want to see on your deck? I knew when I started I didn’t want to deal with people on my cards, in large part because I didn’t want to deal with gender on my cards. There is a deck for everyone out there, from the twee cat decks, to the abstract and geometric.
  • Do the research online, check out images and reviews of decks that you like. If you are looking at images or videos of people handling the deck and you can’t connect with the images? That deck isn’t for you.
  • If the cards you pick deviate from the traditional suites of wands/pentacles/swords/cups, make sure you’re comfortable with the deviations and you understand how that will affect your reading. A lot of deck advice suggests that new tarot users go straight for a traditional Rider-Waite style deck, but if that feels wrong to you, disregard it! Just understand how your deck is different. Make sure you get the guidebook with any decks that are different from your average deck.

Whatever you decide, remember you can always pass on the wrong deck to someone who might find it useful. Or repurpose the deck for art, spells, or teaching. I recently purchased an art nouveau deck and realized I hated it. It wasn’t remotely anything I would feel comfortable with in anything more than very simple readings. So I made it my teaching deck, a deck that I’d be comfortable letting people sort and touch when I’m teaching a program or showing people something about the cards that I think they need to see/touch to understand.

Real Readings: Moving Across Country

Etienne here, bringing you all an actual reading (our client consented to their query being shared). This is both so people can get a sense for how readings from Sage and I work, but also so you can see how spreads and meanings interplay. Sage helped me with this one, when I got a bit stuck on the reversals.

Our querent today is about to make big move and there are a lot of changes happening in their life and wanted to know what they should focus on during this time of upheaval.

After consulting and clarifying the needs of our client, I selected the TAZ Spread Sage & I created. I used the Ostara Tarot.

  1. Temperance (Reversed)
  2. The Sun
  3. Chariot (Reversed)
  4. Judgement (Reversed)
  5. Nine of Cups (Reversed) 

Four Major Arcana cards bracketing the driving force in your life made me laugh out loud, but having moved cross country myself, only seems fitting. It’s a wild ride, and a big change. There are so many outside forces and energies demanding time and attention from you. And you, at your center (Nine of Cups) are seeking rest and an end to be proud of.

Read more below the cut! As a side note, you can book a reading like this for $20!

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Samhain Zine

Samhain Tarot Spreads

Etienne and Sage got hitched last year, but our wedding bells are ringing for a Samhain wedding. We’re off to Michigan for the ceremony and some well deserved rest in a lakeside cozy cottage. While we’re gone, check out our Samhain Zine! We’ve included the Samhain Spiral Spread, a Trick or Treat! spread, and three unpublished spreads.

  • Message from Beyond:
  • Crone at the Crossroads:
  • Pumpkin Patch:

Purchase the zine on Gumroad for $2!

The Adventure Zone: Balance Arc Spread

taz_bobSage and I are HUGE fans of The Adventure Zone by the McElroy brothers and their dad (no spoilers, Sage isn’t done with the Balance Arc). For those of you who don’t know, TAZ is an actual play D&D podcast. The Balance Arc is the first story full of goofs and shockingly poignant moments.

The other day I said to Sage, “hey, let’s do a TAZ spread based around Magnus rushes in, Taako’s good out here, and Merle casts zone of truth!” And within an hour I have an image in my inbox of the spread, I love our relationship.

Even if you aren’t a fan of TAZ or know a single thing about the show, this is a great spread to assess a situation, we hope you enjoy using it!

  1. Magnus rushes in

You need to act and you need to act now. Now. Right now. Why are you still waiting?? Thinking is for other times and other people, but there’s an opportunity that needs your direct action and it cannot wait. Where do you need to surge ahead?

  1. Taako’s good out here

You need to consider the safety and comfort of yourself and your own interests. If you were a tank you’d get in harms way and hit a lot of things but you’re smart so you’re going to hang back and think this through. What needs protection and analysis?

  1. Merle casts Zone of Truth

Pandammit, you are so sick of everyone’s BS. You cast a spell for clear sight and deep truth, but remember that everyone is affected – even you. This card is an honest assessment of where you stand. Where can you cut the bullshit?

  1. Fantasy Costco

GOT A DEAL FOR YOU! What resources are at your disposal? What do you need to trade in that looked really flashy two arcs ago but has been sitting in your inventory gathering dust?

  1. Your Dungeon Master and your best friend

This guy. This fucking guy. The narrator of your story, the thing that keeps you on track, the overall shape of the plot, and all the funky characters in your life. What drives your story?

 

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Reading for Getting Around Obstacles: The Traveler’s Spread

travelers spread(1)I’ve been struggling with some big questions in regards to my gender/identity. There are a lot of obstacles in my way to even beginning to find solutions. There is a lot of asking myself, “well, what do I do?” and “how do I get around this?” Particularly, in light that these obstacles aren’t something I can remove in without going up against society as a whole, or at least workplace bureaucracy. Since I don’t particularly feel like tilting at windmills, but still wanted some guidance while handling my troubled emotions, I created this spread to help me look at at my situation with a different light.

I based the idea around a hiker, coming up against an obstacle that they need to climb, or otherwise get around and dubbed it the Traveler’s Spread.

Card One: You, now.

Card Two: This is the ground below. Are you stable? shaky? You can treat this card a few ways, but ultimately, it’s the energies/people/things/nouns that are influencing you in your current mental/emotional/physical self.

Cards Three & Four: This is what’s in your way, the energies/nouns that are stopping you from going on your merry way are tied up in these cards.

Cards Five & Six: These are your tools in your bag. Again, you can treat this card a few ways. Maybe they are actions you need to take to get around the blockage, emotions you need to focus on, before you can move forward. Perhaps they are things or people you can access to help you move on the trail.

Card Seven: The goal you want to reach. This card stands as a final word on your reading. For me, this card was the Hanged Man in my reading (which, by the way cards, thanks for being so sarcastic) telling me I have to be ready to surrender to reach my end goal. This card could also stand as what you have to gain by getting by your obstacles.

Whatever you’re facing, I hope this reading can help give you some prospective. Keep on keeping on, we can make it through all of this.  – ❤ Etienne.

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Soft Launch

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Welcome to Oak and Sage Tarot! This is our soft launch, we are still getting things up and ready to go. If you have any questions, please use the contact page or email oakandsagetarot at gmail dot com

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Welcome and be well!