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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! 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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