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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card

Since everyone seemed to enjoy getting a chance to pick their own card last week, I thought we’d go ahead and do it again!

This week’s selection is from The Akashic Tarot by Sharon Anne Klingler and Sandra Anne Taylor. The cards are beautiful both front and back, plus they have a matte finish that I’m rather fond of.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). If there’s a specific question you have, feel free to hold that question in your mind and let it guide you toward the answer you’re seeking. It’s also okay if you don’t have a question and just want a general idea of what the week has in store for you.

Are you ready? Scroll down to find your card!

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Card #1 (on the left): Archangel Raphael

This card is all about healing energy and boundless love. Raphael brings numerous positive energies to the table, and he may indicate that someone is helping you right now. Expect healing or breakthroughs on a personal level.

Card #2 (center): The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant could represent legal procedures, title transfers, or working with professionals. On a deeper, more personal level, it can refer to fulfilling your own karmic contract as you grow and learn the lessons of life. We’re never too old for this to happen! There may be others helping you with this, and you’ll want to make sure they have your best interests at heart. Understand that everything you do affects far into the future.

It’s always important to study the imagery on a card. What draws my eye is the fact that part of the Ark of the Covenant is hidden behind the tent flap. We can see the outline of it, and we know it’s there, but we can’t see the details. To me, this means that we don’t always know what the future holds for us and that’s okay!

Card #3 (on the right): Adsum

Adsum is a word that roughly means, “I am here.” This card can signify that you are where you’re meant to be, that you’ve arrived at your goals or you’re on your way.

This is a really interesting card, because there’s more to see the longer you look. Note not only how many people surround the main girl in the photo but all the different kinds of people they are. You are being helped all the tine even when you don’t know it! Everyone from Spirit, your ancestors, or the people present around you are helping you on your way, and you can’t reach your goals alone!

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card

I hope Monday wasn’t too stressful and you’re ready for the rest of your week! I thought I’d do something a little bit different this week and let you choose your own tarot card.

I drew three cards from The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid. It’s a beautiful deck with lovely, mystical energy. Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). I often do my tarot pulls not by choosing the cards on top of the deck but by taking the ones that I’m most drawn to.

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Card #1 (on the left): The Queen of Fire

This card is all about creativity, passion, and how those forces work when you’re with someone else. This card can speak about current good relationships and how they help you express your best self, or it can be a sign that you’re ready to reach out to others for inspiration.

Card #2 (center): The Tower

The Tower in a classic deck often looks really ominous, but it doesn’t have to be about anything that’s necessarily bad. (This is the GOOD Tarot after all, right?) It signifies a paradigm shift or sudden upheaval. You might need to let go of something you’ve been hanging onto in order to experience something better. Expect the unexpected, and watch for change with a positive attitude.

Card #3 (on the right): The Call

This card means it’s time to take action. You have what you need to go forward in life with purpose and find true prosperity. There is meaning to your life, and it’s time to embrace that.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Why Tarot?

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve been posting quite a bit lately about tarot and oracle cards. This might seem like a strange thing to find on a fantasy author’s blog, but I’ve never thought of this page as a place that has to be dominated by marketing myself. Sure, I want to sell books (and you can buy them here!) but much of what I write about here is all about my pursuit of the Other.

For me, that Other is anything that brings a little magic into our everyday lives. Most of my books have that theme, whether it’s a woman who winds up fostering a young dragon or someone who communicates with a ghost to solve a crime. I’ve always wanted some of that magic in my own life, and sometimes I find it in studying the mystical.

I bought a tarot deck in my late teens, but life took over and I never really got a chance to learn how to use them. After taking an online course about oracles and divination through Harvard, I dug that original deck back out again. I noticed, though, that I didn’t really have a connection to this deck. Maybe it’s the artwork, but it just doesn’t click with me the way more recent decks do.

And it’s so magical to feel that connection! When I first opened my Spirit Animal oracle deck from Colette Baron-Reid, I could feel the energy in my palms and the bottoms of my feet. It lifted my heart and gave me a dizzy, exhilarated feeling. If having this kind of connection with a deck of cards sounds crazy, then I suggest you give it a shot. It’s amazing!

Tarot and oracle cards aren’t going to give me winning lottery numbers or guide me such a concrete and definitive way. I do, however, feel that they’re very effective at reminding me of the path I need to be on. I may draw a card that reminds me not to worry so much or that things are going to be all right. It maybe just be a random pretty card, and you could say I don’t need to rely on a device like this, but those messages are comforting, enjoyable, and make me feel like I’m getting a glimpse of the mystical world that’s so often hidden from us.

Have you had any experiences with tarot or oracle cards? Good, bad, or otherwise? I’d love to know!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

I confess I missed Tarot Tuesday last week! I certainly didn’t mean to, but time has really been getting away from me lately. This week, time to forge ahead!

This card is from the Sacred Traveler oracle deck by Denise Linn. It’s really quite a stunning deck, and the matte finish on the cards feels wonderful in the hand.

Answering the Call: This card is the sign you’ve been looking for! It’s the call you must answer, because this is the time. There’s no more waiting around, feeling uncertain. Whether it’s that big decision or that exciting-but-scary thing you want to do, it’s time to do it.

I was lucky enough that this card was actually one I pulled for a friend seeking advice about her job. I often feel that the cards tell us what we already know, and I think this is the case here.

The artwork on the cards is important to me, and I think there’s an interesting message on Answering the Call. The lines in the trees and the deer’s antlers reflect similar lines on the ivy and tree behind the woman. It’s as though the entire universe conspires to help us make these choices, and even though our destiny is right there in front of us, sometimes we need it to be as obvious as a big wooden door to see it!

What does Answering the Call mean to you? Do you have any big decisions you’re making this week?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Spirit Animal Oracle

Is it just me, or has today been a secondary Monday?

Today’s deck is the Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid. I was immediately drawn to this deck due to the gorgeous animals it portrays, and I’ve always found the animal world to be an intriguing one. The matte finish on the cards makes them a joy to flip through, and the book that comes along with it is very detailed.

The porcupine spirit tells us to approach situations with innocence and curiosity. It’s time to throw out everything you’ve known before and enjoy things for what they truly are without the ghosts of your past hovering over them. Looking at the world with new eyes may help you find the things that you’ve been seeking, and perhaps they’ve been there all along.

This deck does allow for reversals, which are read with a protection message. For the porcupine, the message is to not be so prickly and cynical. You should always protect yourself, but don’t let that keep you away from things that will bring you abundance and happiness.

For me personally, I think both of these are incredibly powerful messages. It’s not easy to live in a time when everything we’ve known has changed, and holding on to an old perspective can be damaging. We could think of remote learning for students as a difficulty, but we could also look at it as a new challenge that will help our children grow and develop. Self-isolating could easily be construed as a time of stress and loneliness, but it could also be a wonderful time to explore our relationships or pursue projects that we haven’t had time for before.

What does the porcupine spirit mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

Tuesday has been quite a day, and I almost didn’t get this posted! This single-card spread is from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s Animal Tarot set. These cards are full of gorgeous and fun animals, and I have such a good time working with it!

This card is about making decisions without hesitation, no matter what anyone else might think about them. It’s also about making sure you take care of yourself, even if there are others who need you. Just like they say during the safety check at the beginning of a flight, you have to put your own oxygen mask on first!

I’m terrible about this, to be honest. I’m always so worried about what my husband or my kids might need that I put myself on the backburner. As always, the cards are pointing out what I’ve been struggling with. I was actually just thinking as I went to pull a card that I don’t know what I want to do this evening, because I’m too concerned my own needs will overshadow what someone else wants.

I guess this means it’s time to work on some of the numerous projects I always have waiting on a To Do list and get some of them done!

I’ve paired this card with my Que Sera sphere, which is helpful for accepting and dealing with responsibilities. It’s one of my absolute favorite stones.

Are there any decisions you’ve been putting off?

What does the Two of Winter mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

Let’s see what the week has in store for us! This single-card spread is from a very old tarot deck I picked up when I was a teenager. There’s no information as to the publisher or what the deck is called. If you recognize it and have any info, I’d love to know! It’s a similar style to the Rider-Waite/Smith-Waite classic decks.

The Three of Cups is about togetherness and celebration. It signifies holding each other up in support and love and the coming together of communities. It could possibly describe a very busy social calendar as well.

While it’s somewhat amusing to see a card that signifies community and friendship in a time when we can’t gather safely, I think this card is a valuable reminder of just how much we need our friends and loved ones even when times are hard. We can still reach out through phone calls, texts, and social media to love and support one another.

The kids are getting ready to go back to school, so my calendar certainly seems overwhelmingly full compared to the blank pages for the last few months!

What does the Three of Cups mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

Let’s see what the week has in store for us! This single-card spread is from Diana Cooper’s Dragon Oracle Cards set, which is just so gorgeous and inspiring. And of course I love dragons!

This card is all about pure, warm-hearted love and the ability to take it all in. It isn’t always easy to let ourselves be loved or to see love in the world around us. You have to prepare your heart for it. You’ll be surprised at how your own expansion of love can affect those around you.

Personally, I think we all need to open ourselves up to some love right now. I see so much adversity on social media and on the news. Everyone is at each other’s throats, staunch in their opinions. I see far too many people who aren’t willing to open their eyes to the good in the world. I hope this changes soon.

I’ve paired this cards with some pieces of rose quartz, which also signify unconditional love.

What does the Rose Pink Dragon mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

Let’s see what the week has in store for us! This single-card spread is from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s Animal Tarot set. These cards are full of gorgeous and fun animals, and I have such a good time working with it!

This card is not only about making detailed plans for future endeavors, but also acting on them immediately when you do! The coins falling suggest the success that will come to you when you follow this advice.

You can see we’re looking at a male seahorse here, which isn’t just for making a pretty card. Male seahorses are the ones who gestate and give birth, so the Prince of Autumn also suggests a person who is dedicated and trustworthy.

For me personally, I find this card especially interesting because I was just discussing future plans for a book series I have in the works. I’ve already dedicated an entire new notebook to it, where I’ve been organizing my ideas. I’d say the universe is telling me to go for it! 😀 There’s also the fact that we just finished up Father’s Day!

What does the Prince of Autumn mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday!

Let’s see what the week has in store for us! This single-card spread is from Diana Cooper’s Dragon Oracle Cards set, which is just so gorgeous. And of course I love dragons!

This card, as you can see is all about love in a universal love. Oftentimes this is beyond our understanding, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful! This is a love energy that reverberates deep inside us all, and we can spread it to others with very little effort.

Surely, in these strange and sometimes scary times we’re living in, we can all use a little extra love.

For me personally, I find this card especially interesting because you can see the music notes coming from the cricket, and my husband and I were just discussing guitars! 😀

What does the Dusky Pink Dragon mean to you?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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