The Emperor #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

Posted August 7, 2014 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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With the Emperor, it’s good to remember that the difference between being an effective leader or a tyrant is that when you’re a leader, people don’t wince while you’re talking.

The Tarot MixTape Playlist selection for our Emperor is “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel.

The Empress #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

Posted August 1, 2014 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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If the High Priestess is Persephone, the Empress is her Mama, Demeter.  Lush surroundings, flowers everywhere, stars in her lovely hair.  Can refer to pregnancy, delight, desire, sexuality, fertility and sensuality.   Bow chicka bow bow.  This lady is warm, enveloping love.  It can refer to pregnancy when it comes up in a reading, so be careful.  It also stands for fertility with finances or art.  Everything you touch grows.

A neat thing I’ve noticed after doing this for 22 years, is that this card comes up all the time during the Spring.  The first time I blogged about this card, it landed on the Equinox.  Perfect.  Anyway, people tend to get more prolific with their lives and their art – more passionate and focused – and this card reflects that.

The focus can be a problem, tho.   If that warm, enveloping love doesn’t shine gently, it will turn into a laser and burn people. Don’t be smother-y.  It becomes that cliched love that is calling your partner fifteen times a day to say, “hi”.  Dude, don’t do that.  Inverted, this card is jealousy and nastiness that comes from obsession.

The symbols are rich on this card.  The symbol for ‘female’, the pomegranates on her dress, the plush pillows behind her and in early tarot decks, she was pregnant.   Water is flowing behind her – moving water showing energy flowing out of her.  The trees are green, the sky is lovely.  The Empress is Isis, Tara, Brigid and Estsanalehi (Changing Woman).  She’s our Mother, she is the nurturer and the protector.  The romantic and the lover.  She is Lush and loving.  She is me.  She is you, too.

This song was chosen by Catherine C.   Thanks, Lady!  xo

High Priestess #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

Posted July 31, 2014 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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With the High Priestess, you know that the answers will not be easily won.  This card frustrates and fascinates me.  When I see it in a reading, I tell the client to look deeper, ask questions, trust your intuition and mind your manners.  There is a proper etiquette to asking the Universe.  You have to do your homework.  You have to show respect.  Or she just might close the curtains and send you on your way.

TAROT MIX TAPE PLAYLIST SONGS!  Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac, and Pendulum Swinger by the Indigo Girls.  Mmmm- yeah.


The Magician #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

Posted July 30, 2014 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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The Magician exudes self-confidence. He’s got all of the tools of the tarot in front of him – pentacle, wand, cup and sword, but he doesn’t need them. He has his own wand – usually pointing up and down, which calls to the Wiccan prayer, “As above, so below”. He is in control of the elements. He is calling the shots. The Magician uses his own energy to make things happen. He’s looking straight ahead and is completely aware of his abilities. This card always reminds me that We are magic. The four classic tools of magic lie there ignored. In this card, the Magician possesses all of the magic he needs. Remember, the first chalice was a cupped hand. The first wand- an outstretched finger, and the first pentacle was an open hand. The first sword was probably a sword, but whatever. The point is we don’t have need for trappings – we only need ourselves.

Also – my friend Kristen L. came up with this song.  Because she’s amazing.

The Fool #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

Posted July 30, 2014 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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The songs that come to mind with this card, for Tarot MixTape Playlist ™ purposes are these. One is highly inappropriate, and one of my favorites. :) Jump, you f*cker jump- just that line alone sings the Fool to me. Jump, because you’re going to miss everything if you don’t get moving. And the simplicity of “Three Little Birds” ties in nicely with the simplicity of the Fool. Everything is gonna be alright. Even if it’s not the alright you were looking for.

xo LFT

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch- CHANGES!

Posted April 2, 2013 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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Really good tarot books

Posted December 23, 2009 by Little Fox Tarot Readings
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Here is a list of tarot books that I’ve found helpful. I refer to them often. After 21 years, I’ve learned that I can’t learn enough about the tarot. There just isn’t time. Won’t stop me from trying, tho. :D

78 Degrees of Wisdom – Rachel Pollack

This is one of the best books I’ve found.  it’s insightful and it isn’t filled with flowery and hard to understand terminology.  Very straightforward.  I had to buy another copy because my first was tattered. :D  Very good for new readers *koff koff Sara koff*

Also, anything that Rachel Pollack writes is amazing.  Seriously.

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card – Mary K. Greer

Practice makes perfect.  I’m so lucky to have found this book just as I started doing professional readings.  My friends are my guinea pigs, poor things.  I try different kinds of readings, different spreads, and new angles on readings.  It really helps with matching an individual need to each reading.  One client may need a very direct answer, the other will need the path that the Celtic Cross lays out.   Cuz remember, knowledge is power.  :D  If you are going to become a Tarot Reader, prepare to become a tarot scholar.

The Tarot – History, Mystery and Lore - Cynthia Giles

This is important.  You need to know what you’re talking about -the roots and the history of the cards.  Also, and this is a purely defensive motive, it helps when confronted by Fundie’s who are likely to spit at you, throw down religious propaganda and accuse you of being directly from Hell.  All of these things have happened to me.  Unfortunately, the persons who do that might not want to discuss facts, but some people do.  It’s good to be informed about something that makes people squidgy.  Additionally, it’s really damned interesting stuff.

The Tarot Bible - Sarah Bartlett

This is an awesome reference book.  Short, sweet and reallyreally tiny.  I carry this with me in my tarot bag to gigs, just in case I miss something.  It’s got great images and good practice exercises.

Small Mediums at Large – Terry Iacuzzo

This isn’t a reference book, rather a biography by a woman who’s been doing tarot readings her whole life.  She was raised in a family of psychics, and her story is amazing.  I was lucky enough to exchange emails with Ms. Iacuzzo, and she was very generous with advice and guidance.  Plus, she’s funny as hell.   Bonus!

The Book of Oracles or A Poet’s Tarot – Josep Miquel Sobrer

I can’t find a picture of this one.  It’s hard to find, and a bit expensive if you do find it, but it’s just lovely.  It’s the author’s narrative of each card.  I can’t explain it well, so I’ll give an example.  This is my favorite card, so here is his description.

The Sun – Take off your clothes!  Take off your shoes!  Come down to the beach at daybreak.  The breeze makes the palms rustle.  There is a glimmer on the perennial waves.  The clarity is absolute.  Even the shadow of your body radiates light.

The clarity is absolute.

The day is perfect.  The thousand little things that go wrong make it complete.  The sea is littered with dead seaweed.  On the beach, shoeless, you’ve just stepped on a glob of tar; its insistent pulp clings to your toes.  But you don’t care.  You accept the peskiness of the fly and the distraction of the mongrel sniffing your leg.  Such is the world:  always more beautiful than the perfect utopias contrived by your wishes.”

See what I mean?  Poetry.  Poetry that also defines the emotional intentions of the card.  If you read that (and the rest of the description) you get The Sun.  You just do.  Big thanks to Brian M. for telling me about this awesome book.

These are my favorites – I look forward to seeing which books you like.


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