Five of Cups Message

The Five of Cups
Tarot Deck: The Fountain Tarot

The stories of our lives are really beautiful. Even the dark parts can still be beautiful: all chapters of a book are important in developing its themes, deepening its characters. The Five of Cups is the card of sorrow, grief, and disappointment. These things don't feel good, no, but they are quite normal, necessary parts of this whole life thing. Knowing sorrow makes joy richer, and realizing disappointment makes success sweeter. What a flat, one note world it would be without this contrast; what simple and self-absorbed twits we might be, skipping through it all in our skinny jeans, a fro-yo in one hand and golden ticket in the other. Walking through sadness gives us greater capacity to understand the pain and experiences of others, and in turn, the ability to love them more. It simply makes us more human. The Five of Cups asks not that we dismiss, push away, resent, and run from loss. It asks us to look at it, heal it, and let it be a part of our story. Someday, when the ache subsides, and the one millionth Adele song has played, we might even be grateful for the wisdom we found because of it. 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

Queen of Cups Message

Queen of Cups
Tarot Deck: The Housewives Tarot

This week's message is brought to you by the Queen of Cups, the more compassionate and nurturing answer to the Queen of Swords. This court card is super balanced, loving, and sincere. Have you ever wanted to flee from a crap day straight to someone who would understand; someone who would hold you tight against her bosom; someone who would let you have a pity party while feeding you chocolate pecan clusters and stroking your hair? This is she. And who doesn't need that once in awhile? Amiright? This queen can hold space for all of that and dispense sound and intuitive advice, too, because she's usually a little woo woo or "touched." She's a mystic mama, one foot planted firmly in each this world and the other, as well. Now, is this tarot message telling you to reach out to a person like this? Are you in need of some unconditional love and pecan clusters? Then do so, dearl. If you are lucky enough to have a Queen of Cups in your life, please know this person loves to help, has plenty to give and feels most like himself/herself while doing so. Or, perhaps, are you currently being called upon to be more of the Queen of Cups? Is it your turn to root down, deepen your cup, and offer a drink to anyone who needs it? This whole life thing works a lot better when we take turns being the lighthouse, wouldn't you say? 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

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Ace of Wands Message

Ace of Wands
Tarot Deck: The Fountain Tarot 

Hold onto your wigs, darlings, it's the Ace of Wands! What a promising and thrilling message to start our week. This card signifies a new creative beginning, raw inspiration, growth and productive power. Wands point to the work we do in this world, and there is passionate energy that wants to come to you and through you. What is this awakened power surge telling you to do? Perhaps create art? Hooray for good art! Double hooray for bad art! Start a project or a business? Declutter your bedroom? Decoupage your whole bedroom? Whatever it is, throw yourself into that inspired, lusty, creative thing. Aces are always new opportunities; but, alas, we do all have free will; so, if we don't say yes to it, give it space, allow it in, it will pass by. Don't be a dud; act on this impulse and get thee to a Pinterest page and a craft store, stat! 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

Seven of Cups Message

Seven of Cups
Tarot Deck: Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot by Lana Zellner

This tarot message comes with a firm, loving nudge to ask yourself what is real and what is not. Which is sort of wild considering everything is real and not real at the same time! Amiright? *Snort* But, we'll leave the quantum physics for another day. The Seven of Cups is the card of illusion, fantasy, wishful thinking. And, trust me, those are, like, my favorite things ever. At its best, daydreaming is the start of all things that will one day be manifested here in the "real" world; but at its less than best this card means mirage, fantasy or avoidance. It can even mean that things are not what they seem (think your Tinder date who has a profile pic from 2005). If you are spending too much time with your head in the clouds, ask yourself which of those dreams you can bring down to earth and give it some legs. Or ask yourself why you're way up there anyways when there are so many lovely, exciting things here waiting for you in regular, old, real life. In other words, get rid of the Tinder and plop down on a genuine barstool and meet a nice, flawed, normal someone who isn't hiding behind Photoshop. 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

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Mother of Swords Message

Mother of Swords
Tarot Deck: The Wild Unknown by Kim Krans

When it came to sensational daytime television, one of my old faves used to be Judge Judy. That broad can cut through anyone's crap to find the righteous truth and sort out the best solution. And clear, strong boundaries! She's got them by the buckets. I can't help but think of her Honor, Judge Judy Sheindlin, every time the Mother of Swords (also known as The Queen in other decks) flips over. Because this court card is all about independent thinking, favoring what the mind knows over what the heart feels, unbiased truth, clear communication and consistent boundaries. She's not cold, no; she just isn't easily sucked in by sentimentality, sympathy, or emotional manipulation. Feel free, darlings, to call on her this week: be clear in your communication, lay down some much needed boundaries, and don't fall for anyone's baloney. There's a lot of b.s. out there in the world that isn't going to call itself out, mmmkay. 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

Star Card Message

The Star
Tarot Deck: Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot by Lana Zellner

The Star card is your message of hope, renewal, wonderment, and faith. Best of all, it usually comes right after a hard time, a kick in the pants, a dry spell, or a long winter. Imagine looking up at a big, open night sky blanketed with vibrant stars: this is that. Pretend you are lying on your back in warm summer grass and a meteor shoots over your head: that is this. Everything in the moment dissolves and you are washed in pure awe and inspiration. You need not wait for a shooting star, darling, for you are the shooting star. Scratch the surface of this ordinary of moment, and you'll surely find wonder; do something that feels rejuvinating; foster your own hope; inspire others. Look deep inside the dandelion growing up from a sidewalk crack and recognize the eternal. Let it be your proof of faith everlasting. You are loved and all is possible. How silly that we ever even doubted it. 

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

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Death Card Message

Death
Tarot Deck: Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot by Lana Zellner

Have no fear, darlings. Death in tarot, just as in life, is absolutely necessary. There need not be such a fuss. How can there be any beginnings if there are no ends? The seed must shed itself to grow into a plant; so does the caterpillar. Why do we hang on so? Thich Nhat Hahn says, "Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible." And, oh, it is! What wonders await us if we stop desperately clinging to who we were and instead step boldly into what we could be? The Death card is so much more about beginnings than ends anyway: the closed door is only ever a necessary step to the real meaning of the card which is about the dawn of a new era, a fresh chapter, a glorious metamorphosis of self. Doesn't that sound lovely? But, there's a catch: you can't drag your old shit into a new day. Not even a carry on in the overhead bin. So, what aspect of you or your life is ready to demise, expire, croak, take the big sleep? And what lush, fresh birth is waiting in the wings? It's time to be your own death doula and midwife, too, say the cards.  

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

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Ace of Pentacles Message

Ace of Pentacles
Tarot Deck: Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans

Oh, what an auspicious and welcome card! Lucky us! The Ace of Pentacles brings prosperity and new opportunity to our material life. Work, finances, houses, our own bodies - all these are of the material realm and - according to this message - ripe and ready for good fortune. If there was ever a week to follow up on a new job prospect, or expect home appraisal to go your way, or mail in that entry for Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Sweepstakes, this is it. Our physical/monetary world, despite thinking it a fixed and concrete thing (knocks on coffee table next to laptop) simply is not. It's as much energy as everything else. Money flows in from unexpected places; dream houses can be summoned; our bodies can heal at miraculous rates. Now is the time to ask for what you want and expect it to show up by way of new, exciting opportunities. "Why, yes, sir, I do want the Megaplier on my Mega Millions ticket, and throw in any scratch off of your choosing, my fine man."  

XOXO, 
Sarah and Source

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Why Tarot Matters

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Tarot is tender. Boy, is it ever. There’s a lot of fun and woo-woo playfulness when I read in public; many people who get mini-readings ask generic questions just to have the experience and say they had it done once. And that’s ok; I love to be playful, and I’ve always been obsessed with the idea and images of of old-timey gypsies and fortune tellers, the iconic vintage posters of portentious palmistry and ominous crystal balls - even the Zoltar fortune telling machine at the mall. So, to play the part of pop-up oracle is buckets of fun and brings a little theatre to my life.

But, when people contact me for a full reading the game changes. Because to consult a tarot reader is to ask for help, for answers, for direction. So much of life is murky or tumultuous, and there is so rarely a difinitive instruction manual. What comes my way is so tender and intimate: is it safe to change my job; is my kid gonna be ok; why can’t I make my relationships work? All that is fuzzy, and vulnerable, and wanting, and that has been weighing heavy on hearts shows up for a tarot reading.

When people ask for a reading like this, they are really asking God for help and direction, and I get to be the facilitator of that experience. It feels sacred to me, like a priviledge - one never to be taken lightly. And when reading, I am always fully amazed at the complexity and beauty of this shared human experience. Because their hurt, joy, desire, curiosity is, of course, no different than mine. What people really want when they have a tarot reading is to know they are not alone out here, trudging through life like a solo, aimless warrior. When the cards begin to tell a story they recognize and validate their own experiences it is real magic - not because every problem is instantly solved, but because they realize they aren’t on their own. God/Universe/Whatever is accessible to them. They are seen and understood. There is a larger plan. Things aren’t so capricous and haphazard as they once seemed. They - and each of us - are fully loved, adored and supported by Life.

My whole world pivoted when I realized all that: that I’m loved, valued, and supported by life, always and unconditionally. And I want every person I meet to know it, too.