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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Midwinter Zine

Midwinter-Zine

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As the patterns of darkness and light chase each other across the sky, so too does the ever unfolding pattern of our own soul’s work and purpose in this world. We hope these spreads can bring you insight and guidance.

Guiding Star
to give direction, grounding you, placing you in time, and giving you much to think on as the year comes to a close and a new one dawns.

Holly and Oak
What can you learn from the waning light and waxing dark?

Gifts of the Magi
What lessons to the wise ones bring?

Halfway Through the Dark
Find hope and strength in the dark.

Holly Bushes
Find the bounties of the season.

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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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Sagittarius and the Tarot

sagittarius-2288323_1280From the intense and emotional personality of Scorpio we journey with the Sun into an altogether brighter sign with the fiery Sagittarius leading us into the wild unknown. While Scorpio is introverted, moody, and personal, Sagittarius encourages us to expand greatly beyond ourselves and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Freedom and defiant joy are hallmarks of Sagittarian energy, which can be exhausting if one expects anything as mundane as a roadmap or itinerary on this voyage. And while Sagittarius may be unable to finish much of what it starts, it is also a straightforward and optimistic sign that at least gets us started on the right track. Symbolized by Chiron, the mentor of many a Greek hero, and summarized by the phrase I seek, Sagittarius invites us to rediscover the wonder and exuberance we had when first learning to read the Tarot.

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system named after the king of the Greek gods – a fact Sagittarian energy, with its expressive confidence and self-aggrandizing tendencies, will never let you forget. The flipside to this get-up-and-go attitude is that Sagittarian energy invites isolation and recklessness, both of which distract us from seeing our brilliant new ideas through to completion. If we’re willing to go along for the ride, however, we’re treated to brand new vistas and a reserve of childlike wonder we may have thought lost forever.

How can you incorporate Sagittarian energy into your Tarot practice? You can:

  • Indulge your curiosity by starting new books, classes, or workshops that offer a different approach to Tarot than what you’re familiar with.
  • Anticipate heightened feelings of boredom or frustration from regular habits that have thus far carried you through learning Tarot.
  • Connect with people, ideas, and places beyond your normal scope of Tarot practice. If you don’t usually read cold for strangers, give it a go. If you’ve never tried mixing Tarot with your other passions from herbalism to writing to anime fandom, what’s stopping you?
  • Meditate on cards like the Chariot, the Knight of Wands, and Temperance.
  • Keep a massive to-do list of all the projects you want to start right now and be patient with yourself if you can’t seem to commit to any single one.

How do I Choose a Deck?

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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.

November Specials!

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We’re going to be a bit quiet here in November as we get ready for our Midwinter Tarot zine. In lieu of posts we’re offering some specials! Including gift cards for all your winter gifting needs. All readings purchased under the special are redeemable immediately or in the future as a gift card*. If you are gifting and need images to print to give to friends, please let us know and we will provide you with .png files!

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Scorpio and the Tarot

Shifting out of Libra and into Scorpio, the Sun moves from a very sociable and appeasing sign to one best known for its emotional intensity and privacy bordering on isolation. Scorpio gets perhaps the worst rap of the Zodiac signs, known for being moody, dramatic, and obsessive – and as someone whose Moon is in Scorpio, I don’t think these accusations are completely unfounded! However, Scorpian energy teaches us the value of ourselves: what we want, what we don’t want, and what we are willing to do to enforce our boundaries. Scorpio is the sign that says I desire, and it’s by delving into these desires with sometimes painful, but always necessary, honesty and deliberation that we confront our strengths and weaknesses to tackle anything in life with open eyes and an open heart.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto, but used to be ruled by Mars before we knew Pluto was a thing. This means that Scorpio is introverted and stubborn, emotional and intuitive, and ruled by times and spaces defined by liminality and transformation. Death/rebirth and sex are perhaps the most well-known of these situations,  but in a modern context I also see Scorpian energy associated with coming out, gender transitions, living beyond traditional categories, and even social justice work as a whole. All this means that the Sun in Scorpio values truth and integrity (because how can you embrace transformation if you don’t know what it is being transformed?), trusting instinct and gut feelings above all. On the fail-state side of things, Scorpio can also encourage overly suspicious, volatile, and moody qualities no matter which planet she visits.

How can you incorporate Scorpian energy into your Tarot practice? You can:

  • Explore introspective spreads that encourage self-examination.
  • Meditate on cards such as the Moon, Death, and 8 of Cups.
  • Anticipate Scorpio’s urge to mistake intense emotions for hard truth when reading cards. If you get a reading that feels too bad to be true, consider if you’re truly taking the time to interpret the images before you or merely knee-jerk reacting.
  • Mindfully choose to share or not share details of your Tarot practice; if you usually share everything, consider taking a short hiatus from social media to reflect on what the cards have told you. Only share with others when you feel you’ve spent enough time sifting through meanings on your own.
  • Start a Tarot journal for your eyes only. Make special note of your emotions when reading the cards.

Samhain Spiral Spread

9For those that follow the four Celtic Fire Festivals, Samhain (lit: “Summer’s end”) marks the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the dark half. Samhain also marked the beginning of winter to the pre-Christian Celts; while not all of us live in similar climes as these cultures and none of us live in their age, Samhain is still a good opportunity to assess where we are as we head into darker and colder days.

This spread is arranged in a spiral of eight cards forming four pairs. Each pair asks opposing questions regarding the flow of energies unique to this sabbat. Spirals represent an inner knowing and experience that defies the logic and order of our waking minds. Traveling a spiral, or its more complex sister the labyrinth, takes time and energy to emerge only a short distance from our starting point. It is walking a spiral, taking its twists and turns, allowing ourselves to become dizzy with questions, that we arrive at meaning. And no matter how long or short our journey was, we are always different for having made it.

Blessed Samhain to you and yours.

  1. What ends in your life? — What energies are leaving you at this moment? Which roles have you transitioned out of? What do you miss?
  2. What is being reborn? — What energies manifest in your life right now? Which roles are you stepping into? What do you look forward to?
  3. What do you fear? — What is your greatest fear at this moment? Do you know it or is it a surprise? How does it shape you?
  4. How can you be still? — In the face of fear, how can you calm your fight or flight response? Where can you breathe deep and lean into being afraid?
  5. Where do you cling? — What attachments keep you from moving forward? What things, attitudes, people, and perceptions of yourself no longer serve you?
  6. Where can you release? — Where are you ready to let go and make room for new growth? What needs to be allowed to pass?
  7. Who do you grieve? — Samhain especially is marked by the absence of those who are no longer with us. Whose presence lingers around you?
  8. How can you remember them? — How can you honor those whom you grieve? What can you do that would have made them proud?Samhain Spread

Lust-worthy Tarot Decks

With so many indie decks and alternative approaches to Tarot art to choose from, it’s an exciting time to be a Tarot reader. Here are five Tarot decks Etienne and I have at the top of our wishlist.

FiveLust worthy

The Numinous Tarot
We backed the Kickstarter for the Numinous Tarot by Noel Arthur Heimpel and we are so excited for its arrival next year. The art is an intense riot of colors and symbolism, dipping into astrology, sacred geometry, modern imagery, callbacks to more traditional Tarot systems, and of course the creator’s own interpretations. The real crowning point of the Numinous Tarot though is that it is unapologetically, intensely queer, feminist, and intersectional. The people featured throughout the deck are black, brown, fat, old, disabled, queer, polyamorous, and/or gendered in many, many ways.

The Sasuraibito Tarot
This lush watercolor deck is infused with Japanese-American spiritual themes as influenced by the West, something that takes direct inspiration from creator Stasia Burrington’s life experiences. Burrington weaves Buddhist, Shinto, and humanist imagery with her own symbolism and artistic eye. There’s a fantastic interview with her over at Little Red Tarot; definitely check it out if you want some insight into designing a Tarot deck.

The Wooden Tarot
AL Swartz’s art for this deck is honestly right up our alley with its blend of realistic nature illustration with a touch of the surreal. The wood grain background makes the images on each card pop and we can definitely see these cards spread out on our tarot cloth. I’m also excited that this deck doesn’t seem to be a Rider-Waite-Smith clone and is rather heavy on interpreting through symbolism and intuition. Benebell Wen has a thorough review of the deck here.

Prisma Visions Tarot
Artist James R. Eads really hit it out of the park with this incredible deck. This art is influenced by surrealism and impressionism and especially reminds me of Van Gogh’s work, if Van Gogh instead of using oil paints used one of those scratch art kits. The Major Arcana cards are bordered, but the crowning beauty of this deck is the one continuous image that makes up each suite. I’ve never quite seen anything like Prisma Visions.

The Starry Cauldron Tarot
This gorgeous deck was just released this past August and we cannot wait to get our hands on it! Creator Carrie Louise consciously included no guidebook to this lavishly illustrated deck with bold watercolors and cosmic themes. The Starry Cauldron Tarot leaves behind traditional RWS imagery and instead invites the reader to fully rely on intuition. This deck is on Etsy for sale.