8-7-2017 Full Moon in Aquarius | Lunar Eclipse

Today we are reminded that we are inching closer to the Harvest. I hope that all of you are continuing to have a wonderful Summer Season. This truly is an amazing time of year, & is charged with something very special. August 7, 2017 not only marks a Full Moon in our lovely Air Sign of Aquarius but it is also a Lunar Eclipse. So, expect a little bit of Shadow & Light the next couple of weeks, we GOT THIS!!!!

The lunar eclipse, which takes place today is at 15° Aquarius… our lovely Water Bearer. Jupiter square Pluto is directly linked to both the Moon & Sun, so it is related to both sides of who we are our Feminine Side- Moon & our Masculine Side-Sun. You will have a drive this month to find balance in both sides to help achieve a higher sense of self for personal success… Do not let this search get too out of hand, it can have major negative impacts on your behavior & close relationships. Balance in all things!

Our internal dialogues suggest what is best for us, & defines what success looks like. However, how do we get to that success? The frequency of this moon has the potential to make our climb up the ladder a little ruthless! We all have it in us, but it must be tamed. The movements of the Planets are a language that is divine & reveals several messages, so take the time to listen. The Jupiter & Pluto connection this month provides us knowledge on how to avoid these pitfalls this month. They also give use cinematic views into not only the success that we crave, but the happiness that comes when it is achieved in a balanced way.

Lunar Eclipses are learning lessons to shift our focus to our relationships… those deep & those not as much. The Sun opposite Moon will give the emotions that we have the energy to reach their peak during this time. The Sun is the architect & the King of the everyday world, use this energy to take an objective look at all your relationships. Keep in mind that this Moon also sheds light on our feminine aspects so think about how you can better connect with your own personal needs, wishes & intentions. Looking at these helps you to better see the intentions & wishes of others & if those are in conjunction with the balance that is needed to have you at a healthy & peaceful equilibrium.

The moon will have a period where it is not visible, or black. This represents a reset, or recalibration allowing us to examine & reprogram the baggage that has troubled us over the last couple of months.

The August 7th Lunar eclipse in the sign of Aquarius is taking place in the Constellation of Capricorn, that which heralds all the details of human affairs & can bring great change in our climate. The Jupiter Square Pluto is probably the most important aspect in the chart after the Lunar Eclipse itself. This powerful energy will be felt four days before the eclipse & it remains a major influencer throughout this month. This is where the urge for success comes from this month, you will want it & you will crave it BIG TIME!!!! It may be a personal project, or your career but you will have a firm drive to plant roots & have them create avenues for true success.

Success is not a bad thing depending on how we go about achieving it. Greed & corruption are always met with shitty results so carefully navigate pathways this month & see how your drive to being on top impacts those around you. Move in the true energy of Maat the deity of Balance, keep your heart as light as her feathers & your movements as pure. We all want to win the battle, but sometimes it is necessary to ask oneself at what cost do we win? Lunar eclipses highlight our home-life & personal relationships so challenges most likely will emerge in those areas. But I have faith that we all will keep our Ascension maintained this month with a little divine intervention :)

Maat – Goddess of Balance

Maat – Goddess of Balance

Heru Jerome 8/7/2017

Tarot Talks Volume XVII: An interview with Kristi Prokopiak, creator of the Illest Tarot

Peace, light & love fam…. The Summer is in full swing & oh is this is my favorite time of year. This week is charged with the energy of the Leo New Moon, & is a great time to connect with self. The Tarot is a tremendous tool for meditation & self-reflection, even if you are not a reader. Nowadays, there are so many decks to choose from, & every so often you come across a deck that just stops you in your tracks. The Illest Tarot is a deck that is close to my heart, I have always been deeply inspired by many artists.  Kristi Prokopiak created a deck that uses many people that have inspired me & many others for years as its archetypes. With each card, you see the familiar faces of muses like Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple, Drew Barrymore, Sade & Bjork… just to name a few. It is as if this deck has been picked from my mind, I hope that you enjoy reading about it as much as I love working with it. This is a special one!!!!!!!!

-HERU JEROME

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

Interview
Kristi Prokopiak creator of the Illest Tarot

“When they see you coming N***s take off running from you its true oh yes they do” Erykah Badu…. Erykah reminds us to rid ourselves of that which is heavy and keeps us from attracting new things in her song Bag Lady. The Summer is a great time to look internally at those things, because the natural alchemy of things coming together is all around us in the Summer. It is a time to manifest!

Worthy Tarot: You have chosen some amazing architects in art to be muses for your deck, how did you choose who would represent certain suits?

KP: Thank you! To be honest, I chose the artists, actors & influential figures that touched my life when I was younger. Drawing from my own life is what gives it such a unique flavor. I have been studying the Tarot for several years now, so I have a grasp on what all the cards mean in the traditional sense, but also how they speak to me specifically. I just matched up the ideas & characteristics of each card with whomever represented those traits for me. Their sound, their words, their affectation as a certain character, these are all subtle things I remember, & that was how I

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

decided who I would want to embody each card’s archetype. In some cases, my choice is literally based off of one character in a movie (The Tower) or a specific album (The Lovers). In other cases it’s about their general style, vibe, aesthetic or unique voice…. Sometimes I knew without question who would be matched up (The Wheel of Fortune, The Hermit, The Moon & The High Priestess were all locked in from the get) but sometimes I couldn’t make up my mind (The World, Temperance, Justice & Judgement took a few tries). There are so many small specific ways that each card speaks to me, so I am excited to see them interact with other readers, & how their personal experiences relate to the people chosen for the cards. The name came from one of my favorite bands when I was a teenager, The Beastie Boys. I am a born & raised New Yorker, so I am sure that influenced some of the choices.

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

Worthy Tarot: We are entering an Air Age which is associated with thought. When you examine air it can blow everything around that is not tethered. People are trying to ding their footing & light as they enter this age & are drawn to the magic & spirituality of the Tarot. The face of the tarot just like or new age is changing, how do you feel your deck lends to this revolution?

KP: It really is an interesting time!!! I began reading tarot when I found a Tower card on a sidewalk in Brooklyn. I took it as a sign & quickly became obsessed with the Tarot. Luckily there was a bit of a witch trend happening over there, & it was easy to find others that were reading intuitively & sharing their knowledge. I remember being so frustrated with the images on the classic Rider Waite Smith deck. Most of the symbolism was lost on me at first, & I found the heteronormative, all white people thing kind of frustrating. I think the Illest Tarot makes it a little more approachable, relatable & fun. I know I prefer to read with indie decks, & there are so many amazing options. I love everything Mary Evans of Spirit Speaks does. The Starchild Tarot speaks to my soul. The Slow Holler deck is such an amazing concept with such beautiful execution….. Our Tarot is so unique & inspiring… There’s a deck for every kind of reader! I hope my deck speaks to the people that need it most in their lives. I love to watch people’s faces when they find a card that really resonates.

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

Worthy Tarot: What inspires you & how was that inspiration incorporated in your deck?

KP: Well that depends. Right this second? My Spotify playlist! It’s some of my favorite songs from the artists in the Illest Tarot (you can find it on Spotify, it’s called “the illest tarot”). So obviously music from the 90s is a huge influence here. In general, I am inspired by a wide range of things. I love the street art in NYC & the cactus gardens in the High Desert. Definitely the ocean, which is likely why there are so many blue & green backgrounds in the deck. Really great clothes. Individuals that aren’t afraid to be themselves, to be weird & different & intense in an unapologetic way.

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

Worthy Tarot: Would you ever create another deck, think about this one as I know 78 cards are a huge undertaking!

KP: I don’t know! This is my 3rd deck & by far the most popular, so it’s a bit daunting to think about another one!! I know my love for tarot is always changing & growing, so I am sure I will have a new idea eventually. For now I am just happy to see this deck come to life!!

Worthy Tarot: If you could have your favorite artist/artists create your dream deck who would they be?

KP: I would love to see a deck by Kelly Tunstall. Her paintings feature beautiful alien-esque females & whimsical worlds. Her take on tarot would be amazing. I’m also a huge fan of Sarah Gottesdiener, that would be a really rad, graphic deck. My friend Juliana Sabinson is a hugely talented mixed media artist & I would love for her to publish all of her work in an oracle of some sort.

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

The Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak

Worthy Tarot: If someone is interested in your deck how would they get a hold of you?

KP: This deck is up for pre-order on my website shop www.lovekp.bigcartel.com & I can always be reached via www.kristiprokopiak.com .

7/9/2017- Full Moon in Capricorn (Blessing Moon)

 

Sunday 7/9/2017 marks a Full Moon in our lovely Earth Sign of Capricorn. That element which is bound to Earth but has water tendencies, notice the Capricorn has a fish’s tail! Brace yourselves this will be an intense one. The Moon & Pluto which will be opposing the Sun & Mars creates a very charged energy. We will all feel it, & will all not be able to avoid it. However, we can control how it will impact us. So, what quadrant of our lives will this effect? Well, that Water nature of the Earthly bound Capricorn will shed light in the areas of our relationships. So, understand that the next couple of weeks will be charged, & allow yourself to proceed with caution.

There is a very intense charged energy associated with the frequency of this month’s full moon. It can create very clear channels that promote the worse of negative energy, outbursts, curse-outs, violence, self-hatred, anger….. But we all know that life is a balanced equation, so on the other side of this is room for peace & resolution, & the lessons learned from it. How can you keep your emotions in check & cultivate your personal relationships this month?

The Sun’s opposition to the Moon will highlight subharmonic frequencies in your current situation. How are you at work vs. home, how does your ego communicate to your colleagues, is it at bay? What inner tension presents itself in your everyday language & approach, & how can this be tamed so it can be met with grace?

This moon is at 17°09′ Capricorn & is one degree from Pluto. Pluto, like Pele, destroys in order to renew. The Moon’s conjunction with Pluto will bring very deep & intense emotions to the surface that can have the tendency to overwhelm. However, having a grip on where the frequencies are leading this month allows us to understand where these emotions are coming from & helps us to put them into perspective. Be careful to not let these manifest in your dealings with other people, in the form of jealousy, arguments, manipulation & just an overall nasty disposition. It’s like Ani Difranco says, “maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep…. Well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep.” Our stories are not always unique we all can have the same gripes, so be patient in your dealings with other people. 

Pele, Goddess of Fire

Pele, Goddess of Fire

Sun opposite Moon makes the Moon, Pluto alignment even more charged because it creates tension in our relationships. The Sun opposite Pluto brings crisis in the form of our self-esteem and how we see ourselves in this world. We may realize certain deficiencies which can bring self-criticism & depression but you must use this negative energy to bring you to a more balanced energy of peace. Mars being opposite to Pluto lights that fire to achieve your deepest desires and that is the whole key to this moon. Use the negativity to get you closer to your light & truth. “Straight talk makes for Straight understanding” be honest with yourself what shit do you need to be straight with yourself in order to move it out of the way & get you to a better equilibrium?

You will be moody & short tempered this month, but be patient with yourself & others. Without darkness & shadow we can’t appreciate the light that comes after. Hold on tight, light is near!

Heru Jerome 4/7/2017

6-23-2017 New Moon in Cancer

Happy Summer Solstice, here in the Northern Hemisphere & Happy New Moon in our lovely water sign of Cancer. Summer is officially here! So are the beaches, bbq’s, fireworks, late night walks, & a lot of sweat. However, keep in mind that the Summer is the Season of Alchemy. The air is charged with energy that is trying to bring things together. We are ushered from the Summer into the Harvest or Fall. So, set yourself up to have a successful harvest this fall, balance that fun with the shit that needs to get done!

This week is going to bring our attention to the Cancer & their energy. The Sun (Action- Real World – Architect), Mercury (Messenger – Giver – Wordsmith), & New Moon will all join Mars (Warrior- Alchemist – Leader) in Cancer. Cancer is a water sign that deals with all the realms of emotions & its many layers. The Crab likes to feel nested & comfortable. It’s claws allow it to fight for that cause. Cancers are very comfortable in the realms of what is needed to make one feel grounded or at home. You know the feeling of that blanket that you have had forever that just makes you feel nested, the smell of it, the fabric rubbing against you, the experience…. Well that feeling makes Cancers feel complete. This month will arise many memories in us of events, people, feelings that all are seeking that nested feeling from deep within. What sustenance is needed this month to make you feel at home?

Nun is the God of the cosmic waters of the subconscious in Egypt. The subconscious is vast because it contains all the threads that are knitted together through lifetimes to get us to where we currently are. Don’t let that concept go over your head, it shouldn’t! Time is not a linear thing; in fact, it is circular always coming back to the source…. We are all combinations of past karma, current karma, & future because we are all in circular time. Cancers have natural access to the understanding of this circular nature, the waters of Nun, & all the issues… happiness…. greatness…. or sadness that can reside in the subconscious. Cancers understand how everything ties itself together to get us to where we are in the present.

Nun, Ancient Egypt

Nun, Ancient Egypt

After the Sun enters Cancer so will Mercury. There is an aspect that is occurring this month that is a powerful point in the zodiac. There will be a superior conjunction when the Sun & Mercury come together, this is called cazimi, “in the heart of.” So we will be getting to the heart of the emotional experience & the center of that which may need help in order to bring our past… present… & future selves to the present in full form & strength. Mercury is the messenger so listen to those messages that the stars are bringing us this month. This brings a great wisdom that will carry us through the rest of the year.

The Summer is such a great time to connect with nature and give respect to it. Go to your favorite park at night and look at the stars and use that time to reflect exactly where you are trying to get in the Season of Wands & what emotional traumas from the past are currently leaving your crippled. I love the beach, as well as that feeling of the sand between my toes…. The vastness of the ocean reminds us of the vastness of life as well as it’s twists & turns. Take a moment this month & give notice.

Heru Jerome 6/22/2017

Tarot Talks Volume XVI: An interview with Mary Evans, creator of the Road to Nowhere Oracle

June 19th, 2017

Hi my beautiful souls! Summer is here, the Season of Wands!!!! That alchemy that gets shit done, wonder why so many babies are born in the winter? Well the Season of Wands has us getting into action & the best way to do so is with a strong sense of self. Divination tools help us to better understand self, where we are in the world & how we connect with others. Mary Evans has created an Oracle that allows one to connect with self on a very deep level. It is wonderful for those Summer Nights where you are trying to delve into self, & do some shadow work. I hope that you enjoy reading about this deck as much as I have!

-HERU JEROME

The Road to Nowhere Oracle, by Mary Evans

The Road to Nowhere Oracle, by Mary Evans

Interview
Mary Evans creator of the Road to Nowhere Oracle

“Every picture has its shadows & it has some sort of light” Joni Mitchell…. This statement is so true to see the light we must understand what resides in the darkness. Mary Evans has created a deck rich in imagery that helps one to connect with all aspects of self, shadows included!

Worthy Tarot: What inspired you to embark on the journey to create a new deck?

ME: This is the fifth deck project I have undertaken. It feels like this new light bulb of inspiration, but more of an expansion upon the work I have already created. Each deck I have made thus far reflects the changes in my life & environment. They are portraits of my ideas & spirituality at the time when they were created. I started merging my art with divination when I was 23 years old. Now 27, it’s really cool to look back on my previous work & see how things have evolved for me.

Mary Evans, creator of the Road to Nowhere Oracle

Mary Evans, creator of the Road to Nowhere Oracle

I began the Road to Nowhere Oracle soon after I moved to Joshua Tree California. It was a big move for me. I didn’t know many people in Joshua Tree & I came here on advice from my psychic. It was the first time I moved without a friend or a partner or for school – the first time I lived alone, working for myself full-time. Truly the most independent I had been in my life. When you don’t have your job, partner, term paper, or whatever, to blame for your sadness or frustration, you have to look yourself straight in the mirror. It’s clear that the issues are within, meaning you have power to do the work to transform it. Living out in the middle of the desert leaves space for you to process & self-reflect. Not all of this is rainbows & butterflies. Living out here has made me feel more comfortable with addressing the traumas of the past. You can see some of these shadow elements throughout the deck. I think these new energies entering my life influenced the inspiration for the deck’s creation.

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

My favorite oracle deck is the Secret Dakini by Penny Slinger. That deck really opened me up to a new way of viewing divination. If you have worked with Penny Slinger’s deck, you can most likely see its influence in these cards. Much of my aesthetic is rooted in punk and d.i.y. culture, whereas most of my early childhood influences were colorful & whimsical southern folk art. I think this deck is reflective of both.

Worthy Tarot: The visuals in this deck, are much different than your decks in the past yet you have managed to remain in a transformational frequency. How does this deck differ other than the look of it?

ME: There are certain feelings or expressions that as an artist I may not be able to capture with pen & paper. Using found images was a way to purpose the world around me to express my thoughts. My decks carry a certain playfulness & whimsy paired with a sharp edge of darker elements. To me, this is how I find balance in efforts to explain profound themes in life. I am hoping that this same spirit carries over in the Road to Nowhere deck. It’s difficult to say just how different it is from my other decks without having been able to use it in a reading yet.

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

Worthy Tarot: What was the process like to create this deck, how long did it take you?

ME: I am unlike most other artists that you meet. If you know me, you know how hard I work. People often have a vision of full-time artists as lazy, & this is something that I often fight when explaining my business to those with more conventional jobs.

Sometimes I feel shamed for how relentlessly I dedicate myself to my work. Some people have called me a workaholic. What these people don’t understand about me is that this is not just work for me. I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. The baby-dolls in my mom’s attic have crayon scribbles on the tops of their heads. This is not just a work effort; this is what deeply fulfills my life’s purpose.

Working on new artistic endeavors is what makes me the most happy in life. I live doing this & put my all into it. I keep an industrious schedule for my projects & work hard to meet my self-imposed deadlines. I started the Road to Nowhere Oracle Deck in December 2016 & finished it right before I turned 27 in May 2017. The actual artwork took 2 months & the rest of the time was dedicated to writing the guidebook & formatting. Right now I am in the process of proofing before I print :) .

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

Worthy Tarot: Do you think that you would create a Tarot Deck that can pair with this one?

ME: You know, I’m really not sure. I would like to take a break from making decks for now. I love tarot & divination so much – it has done incredible things in my life, but I feel called to work in some other interest areas. Currently I am writing a book about my philosophy on creating spiritual practices. Writing is a challenging medium that I enjoy & feel it is helping me grow.

I have a lot more to say, but I have directed most of that voice to a very particular audience. I want to expand & see what happens. This doesn’t mean I’ll never make a deck again. I am sure I’ll return to deck making at some point. But for now, you might be seeing me in some different avenues.  

Worthy Tarot: Did the current tone of the climate in our country right now influence the images in this deck?

ME: Man… I think it’s difficult for this political climate not to affect our lives & work at this point. It’s not like before now the government wasn’t corrupt & didn’t mistreat its people. The difference might be that we are now nose-to-nose with the stare of things as there are.

I have thought about if what is going on with our country has had an influence on this work. When I create these spiritual tools, I like to give them freedom to speak as they may. I do feel the energy in this deck has been somewhat shaped by what has been going on. This deck is bolder in confronting deep shadow themes than any other I have made. Even titling the deck “Road to Nowhere” was something I hesitated over, my concern being that people would think it was too morose. Ultimately, this is the title & work I felt most connected to.

Worthy Tarot: I know an artist’s work becomes like their children so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Do you have a favorite card in this deck?

ME: Yes! A hard question! I’m not completely sure without having used the cards in a reading for myself. However, The Hypnotists card best depicts my original vision for the deck.

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

The Road to Nowhere Oracle by Mary Evans

Worthy Tarot: If someone is interested in your deck how would they get a hold of you?

ME: You can purchase my decks on my website www.spirit-speak.com

Or-

On Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/spiritspeaktarot

6-9-2017- Full Moon in Sagittarius “Strong Sun Moon”

  •   Color- Rose
  •   Friday- Influenced by Venus – love, friendship, reconciliation, beauty
  •   Sagittarius- Element fire, encourages self-confidence, expansive imagination, hopeful outlook, expansion & growth

Happy Full Moon in our lovely Fire Sign of Sagittarius. That sign which has self-confidence at its core as well as an optimistic outlook. The Sagittarius can point their arrow right toward their goals, & they always have impeccable aim! That fearlessness, as well as their sometimes-quiet fierceness (they are not as showy as the other signs in their element, Leo & Aries) serves them well. The moon is aligned this month in this sign to give us all access to this energy. Use it to point your arrows straight to where you want to go!

Venus & Mercury both returned to the signs that they rule on Tuesday, this is great news for all of us. Venus & Mercury open the doors to all of us for manifestation, especially when in their ruling signs. Planets being in their own sign & direct allows energy to flow in a very clear direction. The ease for the strengths of these planets to shine their light on us, helping is to navigate dark terrain is all around us.

We must enjoy what we do, to do it effectively. Venus in Taurus emphasizes how enjoyment in what we do gives us the energy to not only continue that path, but, also to do so with success. Venus is all about love, friendship & beauty. The Taurus, ruled by the Earthly Suit of Pentacles deals with those matters that are important to help us to remain grounded. Those things that at times can frankly feel like chores. However, the loving energy of Venus paired with Taurus grants us the amazing gift of seeing exactly where our path is leading & we will have fun while we navigate this path! Expect this energy to not only impact you, it will also have lovely implications for those around you. We can expect this to linger until Independence Day, 7/4.

Mercury will be in Gemini, its own sign until 6/21. This is going to be a little tough I’m being honest! It will be travelling close to the Sun during this time. Mercury is our ruler of communication, & remember that the Sun represents the physical world. So, do not let the quickness of the Sun’s proximity impact how you communicate with others. There will be a natural energy in the air that makes being quick, snappy & rash easy for all of us. Do not let this have a negative impact on those around you, & if you happen to get caught up in this be patient with yourself… it is natural with where the planets currently are. Mercury will end up in a heated opposition with Saturn, this means that those big ideas will require even bigger effort. Understand that those Wings of Mercury are magical, so is their charm & gift of gab. This energy will serve you well this month, use it wisely!

Friday’s Full Moon will be a powerful one, it peaks as its ruler Jupiter changes direction. Jupiter is the ruler of expansion. When planets change direction, it is very powerful because their effects can be felt on a grand scale. Friday’s Full Moon also sees most of its rulers being direct, which means we will all be soaring! Saturn plays a big part in the frequency of this month, the moon will be sitting a couple of degrees from Saturn. This is the last full moon in Sagittarius that Saturn will be present for the next few decades. What have you been able to become a master at the past couple of years, and how has that given you the confidence to point your arrow straight in the direction of your dreams?

Heru Jerome 5/23/2017

5/25/2017- New Moon in Gemini

Happy New Moon in our lovely Air Sign of Gemini. That sign which causes us to look at things from both perspectives. It is important to look at life from every angle possible, sometimes the answers aren’t always clear. Having the ability to look at the picture from every direction possible helps us to develop wisdom that is invaluable. Don’t always take things at face value, investigate until you can gather the truth. The energies of this moon will allow us all to exercise these abilities.

Venus squares Pluto on Thursday, the day of our New Moon. Venus is a planet that is associated with love in all its forms as well as the harmony that comes from channeling that energy. So, when the planet that is responsible for love & beauty finds itself in a tense square with Pluto, a planet that is associated with transformation (sometimes painfully). This pairing will give us a clear look into the pain that can severely damage if left unhealed. You will find very deep feelings arise within you during this time, these are feelings that may have not been apparent until now however they are coming to the surface so they can be manifested through strength. Like it says in the Neverending Story, “it has to hurt for it to heal.”

Venus is currently ruled by Mars, so we will find tough times as Mars opposes Saturn late Sunday night. Saturn’s lessons are needed, but can be harsh in their approach. These are two of the planets that can cause great moments of pain, however they can also cause extreme moments of ecstasy if the lessons that they teach are approached with an open mind & heart. They oppose each other in every since with Mars having the energy of the Suit of Wands encouraging us to go, & Saturn being slightly more cautious asking us to stay. Like the Gemini look to the duality of this lesson, how is it double sided & how can we learn to take a two-toned approach to how we handle matters in our lives?

We have a very strong lesson of determination presented to us this month, through realizing that sometimes it requires us to truly look at every angle of a situation to conquer it. It takes emotional maturity & intelligence; however, it is a skill that if properly developed has long lasting effects.

Take a moment on Thursday night to reflect on the duality in every situation. We can’t always take things at face value, & sometimes must use all our intelligence to get to the bottom of things. What is worth having, is truly worth fighting for.

Heru Jerome 5/23/2017

Tarot Talks Volume XV: An interview with Nicole Piar, creator of the Spirit Cat Cards

Hi my beautiful souls, before you blink your eyes it will be Summer here on the East Coast! I hope that you are all enjoying your Spring, & are taking advantage of those warm days! This is a great time to truly connect with your inner truth. That can be used to manifest your wildest dreams, making them a true reality. Oracle decks are a great way to communicate messages to yourself that help to nourish the soul. Nicole Piar has used cats to create a language that truly speaks to spirit. These animals, gentle, fierce tamed & not create a platform to express that which resides deep in the soul. I hope that you enjoy reading about this deck, as much as I do working with it!

-HERU JEROME

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Interview
Nicole Piar creator of the Spirit Cat Cards

Nicole Piar has created a deck that is a breath of fresh air. These cats will become friends that comfort & deliver messages that are much needed.

Worthy Tarot: Tell me about yourself, where are you from & where are you currently? How have these locations influenced what you do creatively?

NP: I grew up in a very small town in New Hampshire. From my windows, you could only see trees. I wandered through that forest when everything was winter white & when it was soft, verdant summer green & when it was crisp, autumn gold & dried-blood red.

I spent so much time alone among the trees. I loved to daydream & feel the palpable enchantment of nature. This childhood brought out the seeker within me.

My parents grew up in New York City & were from immigrant families (my dad from Puerto Rico & my mom from Italy). They caught the wave of free-thinking, psychedelics, & the spirituality of nature in the 70’s.

My parents were in stark contrast to the more conservative, puritan descended, materialist New Englanders all around me. I felt like a fish out of water. Though I love solitude, I felt a deep loneliness there.

Now, I live in Los Angeles where all the weirdos & misfits wash up to shore from all over the world. It is easy to blend in by not blending. It is here that I found a sense of community for the first time, meeting artists, rebels, & mystics of all sorts.   

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Creativity & the spiritual quest matter to people here. It is a rich environment for learning from my fellows. Yet, nature is still right there from me too in the rugged canyons, spotted with hawks, lions, coyotes & deer.

Here I can walk right down to the edge of the human world & watch the endless rhythms of salty tides & waves & touch something bigger than me.

Nicole Piar, creator of the Spirit Cats Cards

Nicole Piar, creator of the Spirit Cats Cards

Worthy Tarot: What drew you to Tarot & Oracle, what aspects of your energy have found their way into your deck? How does this make your deck unique?

NP: My mother gave me a variation on the Tarot Deck called Psycards when I was 15 & I immediately started doing readings for myself & my best friend. I was fascinated by these magical archetypes & started including them in my artwork.

I have always been drawn to things connected to magic & intuition. I had a rich experience with night dreams from early childhood & that only became more intense & lucid as I learned more & had more practice.

With my Sun, Venus & Mercury all in Pisces, I have a natural inclination towards the rich inner world & have spent much energy & time cultivating my skill in travelling deep within & bringing back insights & visions.

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

My Spirit Cats carry the energy of playfulness, radical independence & healing love. They are mischievous, sensuous, & cuddly savoring solitude & connectedness.

They embrace the darkness & the light & they love to linger on the threshold.

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Worthy Tarot: What inspires you and how was that inspiration incorporated into your deck?

NP: Dance is a fountain of inspiration for me. I love to dance as it is ephemeral creativity in action. Dance, especially for long hours under the Full Moon with other people, brings me visions, ecstatic comprehension, & an indescribable, visceral feeling of being a fully embodied spirit.

I incorporated that sensuous alchemy of imagination & being alive, humming & soft, into my deck. My deck has a bit of wildness to it. Perhaps, that is why cats came through to carry the messages, Cats are only partly tame & inhabit our society on their own terms.

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Worthy Tarot: If you could use a film, artists, novels to make your dream Oracle Deck what would that be?

NP: If I could make a witch’s brew with the essence of the following inspirations & concoct an Oracle Deck, I would be delighted. James Jean, Amy Sol, Haruki Marukami, Virginia Woolf, Dark Crystal, Spirited Away, Amelie, & Totoro – all under the spell & divine orchestration of the nature spirits.

Worthy Tarot: Would you ever create another deck, maybe a Tarot Deck? Think about this one I know 78 cards are a huge undertaking!

NP: I would definitely love to create another deck (oracle or tarot) but it is not something I will plan. I like to be open to receiving my projects from my soul & her friends beyond the viel – a rag-tag posse of nature spirits & guides. Once the project starts to emerge organically & from this intuitive place, then I am willing to make the commitment & sacrifices to bring it into reality.

As a creative, I have more ideas that I would ever be able to usher into this world. I have to let some of my dreams wither on the branch. This hurts but I trust that the ones that really need to come through me will as long as I am willing to do the work & be dedicated to that dream.

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Spirit Cat Cards, by Nicole Piar

Worthy Tarot: If someone is interested in your deck how would they get a hold of you?

NP: You can learn more about my Spirit Cats Deck & pick up a copy for yourself & a cat-loving friend here: www.spiritcatsdeck.com

I also have a Free Tarot/Oracle E-course called Vision Seeker. It is a 13-day quest with guided mediations, card spreads & creative exercises. You can join here: www.nicolepiar.com/courses

Pop over to my Instagram to say hello & see what I am currently working on: http://Instagram.com/ghostkittenart

5/10/2017- Full Moon in Scorpio (Flower Moon)

Spring is in full swing, so are the showers that promise to bring us all those pretty flowers. This has been an interesting couple of months, the universe has bent itself in so many ways to make lessons apparent to us. However, Pluto’s placement this month allows for positive transformation for all of us. Many people will look at this as luck, call it what you will but this energy is at our fingertips for us to use to our advantage. Use the energy of this month wisely, how can it be applied to your current situation to make the direction in which you are moving clearer?

Scorpio energy promotes genuine transformation by allowing us to reach a clearer since of who we are. Also, it sheds light to those corners that we would like to remain dark. However, proper balance of our shadow & light sides promotes a stronger intuition & sense of self. There is always a flip side of energy such as this, as powerfully healthy Scorpio energy can be… If not wielded properly it can also vibrate at an intense & very low vibration. Therefore, it is important to look at this sort of situation honestly. How can it be developed to find personal power & freedom? The events this month will solve to answer this question for all of us.

The past couple of months have been filled with lessons that are very deep rooted. They have promoted learning that we will carry through lifetimes. May is going to be a turning point for many of us. We will quickly move from the difficulties of the past few months with a greater sense of understanding. However, we are to do so with the lessons from the past couple of weeks. So now is the time to do some soul searching to see how you can effectively wield that change in your life. This way we do not look at certain opportunity as just luck, but as a solid chance to claim positive change. Mercury & Venus will start to speed up, which have both been retrograde. This movement will leave lingering effects way after the ending of this moon. We all will feel like the road which we are travelling on is much clearer.

Change is always an uneasy feeling, & great change is ahead. I know that there has been a weird energy in the atmosphere the past couple of weeks. Trust me, I have felt this as well. It is just our internal compasses telling us that major change is on the way. However, this doesn’t have to be met with a sense of anxiety. I began 2017 telling all of you that this is a 1 year, which is ruled by the Fool Card in the Tarot System. This is all about change, a clean slate that will change based on its influences. There is change in the cards for all of us as we enter the Summer, however it will be exciting and much needed to get us to our next phase!

We have been prepared fully through retrogrades and systematic full & new moons to allow us to understand our higher purpose. There is true meaning to why each & every one of us have incarnated here. Sometimes the minutia of the everyday can sometimes make seeing that purpose hazy. Every lesson serves to allow us to mature & handle what life throws at us with a little more grace. Keep your eyes open, we are almost there!

Heru Jerome 5/9/2017

4/26/2017- New Moon in Taurus

I hope that all of you are having a wonderful April, our month is ending but let that bring excitement, there are great things in store! Today is a New Moon in our lovely Earth Sign of Taurus. This is probably this sign out of all in the zodiac that gives me the most trouble as an Aries but that is a personal problem, lol. The Taurus is like fertilizer their ability to remain grounded & focused with where they will assert their energy to help their ideas flourish is a gift. The ability that allows the Taurus to put on blinders & focus, gives their dreams & wishes the proper nourishment to grow & prosper. However, those same blinders can sometimes hinder them from seeing the panoramic view that is life. This moon ushers us into balancing those tools within ourselves regardless of where we fall within the zodiac.

We have had many things thrown at us the past couple of weeks that have truly opened our eyes. One of them has been the Mercury Retrograde which I am sure will bring smiles to all of us once it ends. However, with a week of heightened intuition concerning those steps that need to be taken to get us to our hearts desires we are presented with a New Moon in a sign that has realism at its core! The lessons of this New Moon come to us in a week that is clear of other influences to allow us to truly get to the heart of what we will be taught over the next couple of weeks.  

Although the Taurus is rooted and grounded to the lessons that earthly matters involve, its “Fixed Earth” orientation, can make them overindulgent, stubborn & stagnant. Truly walk with balance this month, & put clear view to how being too caught up in these tendencies can have negative effects for us this month. Being able to assert your energy to truly move to bringing ideas to fruition is an asset that is helpful to everyone. However, it must be trained as to not negatively influence other aspects of our lives. Do not allow those blinders to stop you from seeing things in your range that need your attention & energy as well! We will see significant change in the next coming weeks concerning those issues that the Mercury, Venus & Pluto retrogrades have presented us.

One of the things that can give us a release is that Mercury will come out of retrograde during the window of this New Moon. Mercury will begin moving forward again on 5/3 – 5/4, so many of the lessons that it has presented to us over the past couple of weeks will start to make sense for us. This month is rooted in the practicality of the Taurus, so expect the observations that we make to be done through a lens of sensibility. Venus finished it’s retrograde on 4/15 however it’s slow movement can still challenge us in the areas of relationships, personal values, friendships. Those insights of the Taurus will cause us to look clearly at how these things are impacting our grounding & everything associated with being grounded (money, health, living space, etc.).

This is a great time to set realistic intentions. There are many frequencies in our planets that are supporting positive change. How can the practicality & determination of the Taurus help you this month & how can they hold you back? Reflect honestly tonight with those ideas at the forefront of your mind. 2017 is an amazing month for all of us because it is a 1 month (2+1+7= 10 | 1+0= 1), so understand that change will occur regardless it is knitted within the fabric of this year. We just need to be strategic!

Heru Jerome 4/26/2017

4/20/2017- Pluto Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde 4-20-17 8:49am – Direct 9-28-17 3:36pm

Pluto retrograde will begin 4-20-17 at 8:49am ET at 19° Capricorn and ends on 9-28-17 at 3:36pm ET at 16° Capricorn. There will be opportunity for much progress, however there will also be many obstacles that test that progress. Jupiter’s involvement in this retrograde suggests that many problems that will arise will deal with greed, excess, our beliefs, our faith in them, & our personal & spiritual ideologies.

Pluto Retrogrades are very common in most all of our natal charts, about half of us have it in retrograde in our birth charts so generally there is less fear associated with it being in retrograde then say one of our inner planets. However, this still does have influence over us & repercussions so we are not out of the clear just yet!

All of us have the fear of letting go, even when it claws at us. Some of us struggle with this issue more than others. Pluto retrograde in one’s natal chart can make this fear of moving forward all too familiar! Retrogrades make it difficult for us to access energy that is most often abundant to us. So, expect this retrograde to bring with it the difficulties of bringing those intense needs to the surface that require your immediate attention. Especially in the areas of letting go & moving forward. You may have difficulties accessing your personal power at this time & expressing it.

Understand that our past life experiences can manifest fear in us that is very real. Most often this is from dealing with old issues of past karmic lessons. The fear of being controlled & the balance with taking control most often can deal with these past life traumas. The side that you fall on concerning this balance of power will be revealed through aspects of Pluto & fixed star conjunctions. These struggles spill over to many areas including fear of poverty, death, manipulation, & betrayal to name a few; these can make us extremely intense on the inside & difficult to be around.

Pluto retrogrades help to bring these fears to the surface through bringing fated events to us via our real world tests. These themes will continue to repeat themselves until you learn how to calm the beast that is within through learning how to properly wield inner power & intensity.

Pluto retrogrades occur often, typically they lasts for five months yearly, during Pluto’s opposition to the sun. It causes much less concern then the rarer retrogrades of our inner planets. Use this time as one to reflect about the proper use or misuse of power & control in your life. Look to those people in your circle who abuse their power using it to control, now is the time to remove those energies. If you have abused your power & have tried to control others in an unhealthy way, now is the time to change those behaviors. If you are too controlling in your relationships now is the time to reevaluate, smothering doesn’t always quantify love!

This is also a strong time for the Devil Card in the Tarot to take reign. Watch out for those habits that prevent your personal freedoms… What tethers you & prevents you from vibrating at your most high? Are issues such as laziness, overspending, not saving, overly sexual behaviors, gambling, racism, abuse of porn are they holding you back? Remember there is balance in everything, truly look at how these issues take a toll in your life!

Keep in mind that the presence of Jupiter in this retrograde means that opportunities for success will be presented to us. However, there will be many tests for us to comfortably get there. There is energy that is destructive and it hinders the transformation that is needed in us to move to our next steps. This retrograde will put that in our faces in order for us to find personal solutions to help us to succeed.

Events to Note:

Saturn Trine Uranus- use this time as an ideal one to make positive change that will bring realistic transition.

Jupiter Square Pluto- this is all about success, you will want to succeed and I mean big time. Watch out for the excessive pride that can come from our success in areas and how that is shown to others. Misuse of this can create big enemies that none of us want during this time.

This will be a great time filled with many lessons, just have to keep our eyes open to properly navigate.

 

Heru Jerome 4/17/2017

4/11/2017- Full Moon in Libra (Wind Moon)

Libra Moon-

  •       Cooperation
  •       Compromise
  •       Social Activities
  •       Balance
  •       Friendship
  •       Partnership

We have a Full Moon in our lovely Air sign of Libra, the sign that considers balance to be an integral part of navigating anything. As you know the element of Air deals with thoughts, expect this moon to bring clear thought in regards to how aligning the heart & mind better allows us to navigate self along with the needs of others. This is a very delicate dance, one that this moon is attempting to help us to master.

We have witnessed several cosmic events this year that are impacting all of us on a global karmic level. Just like the individual has its own karma that determines how we make moves, so does our world collectively. We witness this month the continued struggles that come from an ongoing Grand Square in the Cardinal Signs (Libra, Aries, Cancer & Capricorn). What does this mean to us? Well, just like those Cardinal signs usher us into our 4 seasons, this Grand Square will usher us into an area that allows us to learn from big life lessons. This can be a stressful time, however many of us will leap during this time because we are at the edge of the precipice. This isn’t always as terrifying as it sounds. Change will occur regardless however, the universe is giving us all that extra push this month. Access this power this month; it helps one to look at stress in a different way through seeing how it can bring forth positive change. Optimism is one of the most powerful weapons!  

The Libra Full Moon is aligned to Jupiter, keep in mind that the moon is our feminine side & represents our subconscious & yin. These aspects are expanded during this time as support from Jupiter continues. Air signs are all about our headspace & how one thinks about things. Your mind will definitely try to conceptualize how things are effecting your overall well-being. Keep in mind that air blows around everything that is not tethered, do not allow your peace to be blown away in what many can consider temporary chaos. Allow yourself to access wisdom & see how you can use the energies of the month to promote clearer thinking. The thoughts that we will have are developing so we can bring them into action with the learning lessons of a Full Moon in a Cardinal sign. Use this light to guide you this month, that should bring much needed comfort & momentum.

“I see those trees, they bend in the wind, I feel that they have a lot more sense than me…” Kate Bush Rubberband Man

Full moons in Air signs teach us the ability to be flexible & adaptable. They help us to gain better perspective for ourselves & those around us through the clarity of balance. Keep in mind that the Sun & Moon enter a collective balance themselves this month. They will align with the on-going T-Square of Jupiter opposing Uranus with Pluto. This is tremendous energy from many different sources. You can see supported by the energies that are manifesting around us that we are close to major change not just on individual levels but on a huge global level. It is important to set intentions & remain grounded during times like these. I can’t tell anyone what to believe in or do, however it is important to connect with things on a more spiritual level during times like this. This gives one greater perspective & allows one to not only see but to truly understand things on a more collective level. We are all on the same journey, we just all have radically different ways that we will end up there. We are all in this together, change is near & it will be big!

The obstacles that have stood in the way of your spiritual, creative & mental freedoms will become apparent this month. We are in an Air sign so naturally you will want to think about these things, however it is important to see how you will bring change into practice that is practical for your spiritual self. This is why it is so important to be connected to a spiritual source that is greater than the individual, because it makes it easier to navigate this energy & wield powerful change. An awakening is happening for all of us, just anticipate what you will do once woken! STAY UP!!!!!!

Heru Jerome 4/11/2017

3/27/2017- New Moon in Aries

We have a New Moon in the amazing Cardinal sign of Aries! Sorry if I show a little favoritism, this is my sign & I am so much an Aries. The fiery, will be seen, fast moving warrior energy is something that I am very aware of. It is important though to learn how to tame those fires as not to burn others, but we all know a little burn is needed once in a while. This New Moon is aligned to the Spring, Season of Aces, & is associated with an energy that is capable of bringing forth exciting new things. Just like the flowers that come from the ground & bend their way towards the sun’s rays, the energy of this moon provides us the sunshine to help our new endeavors grow. Bravery is a concept that is not foreign to most Aries, allow yourself to tap into that energy this month regardless of your sign. The flip side to this attitude is also the me first, selfish mentality that is something that most fire signs struggle with. These behaviors will most likely be highlighted in yourselves and those around you this month. This moon is charged with energy to give you drive & focus, all of us should take full advantage.

One of the major aspects of this New Moon is Aries conjunction to retrograde Venus. Venus, being a sign of balance & harmony struggles with the power hungry energy of the Aries. So expect a push & pull this month concerning these areas. When Venus enters Aries, the “I Love You” energy can easily shift to “I Love Me.” So, this moon is suggesting to turn your attention inwards to have love for self. Bring this energy with you into your new projects & endeavors, they will not be successful without a deep understanding & connection to your personal needs. Reassess those values that are at your core, & be honest with yourself to see if those are in place in your life. We have the time to better understand in our minds eyes exactly who we are & what is needed to sustain us personally. This will help us not only to define our goals more clearly, but to realize them in our actual day to day.

The Aries energy is heightened this month; we have five planets in this sign as well as Mars. Mars is strongly supported by its proximity to Pluto, which can make matters spin out of control in an atmosphere that is charged with energy that is so much related to personal power. The Mars, Saturn, proximity this month allows Saturn to come in allowing Mars to proceed with caution. Meaning, Saturn provides the discipline for Mars to channel its power responsibly. We can also tap into this wisdom, using caution & strategic planning to carefully channel our energy to make our endeavors successful. You will be aware of any impulsiveness, a lot of that stems from internal frustration.

There is also a T-Square which brings Jupiter, Uranus & Pluto together. We find this providing the platform for new ideas that burn bright. This is the time to create something meaningful of substance that is aligned to your personal truth, freedom & power. This clarity will allow you to understand which ideas are worth your time & investment.

Pay attention to how you come across to others this month. There is great energy brewing & it is important that it is used responsibly. This is going to require us to be flexible, although the “me, me, me” mentality can be fun to talk about it is not always fun to be on the other side of it. You have to be able to balance that out, as to not be selfish. You should have in your heart & minds eyes what will serve you best, however it is a delicate dance when going about how you will convey that to others. This is a great time, take full advantage, enjoy the Spring!

Heru Jerome 3/24/2017

3/20/2017 | Spring Equinox 6:28am Northern Hemisphere

Spring is finally upon us, the season of new beginnings or the Season of Aces as I like to refer to it. The 2017 vernal or spring (or fall) equinox will come on 3/20 at 10:29 UTC, marking Spring in the north & Fall for the south. This is my favorite time of year because being the Cardinal Sign of Aries I start the Spring! Spring is so much like the Fool Card in the Tarot, a clean slate, that has the potential to develop into anything. So, this is a wonderful time to give birth to new ideas. I like to explain it to people this way:

In the Tarot the Winter time is represented by the Suit of Swords. This suit is aligned to the element of Air, & air deals with how we think about things. Therefore, the winter season presents the time for us to delve deeply into our thoughts, it is a time for stillness. All of the seasons create a wonderful platform for us to manifest. This is the most natural magic that we all have access to. We are ushered from the Winter season into the Spring (here in the North), so those seeds that are created in the Winter serve us well when we can start to plant them in the Spring where they will take bloom.

We should approach each season understanding this concept:

Spring: Season of Aces, Time of New Beginnings, Ideas Root & Bloom

Summer: Season of Wands, Time of the Alchemist, Energy Brewing, Ideas are Given Energy & Power to Come to Fruition

Fall: Season of Pentacles, Time of the Harvest, Provides the Foundation & Requires Discipline to Prune & Tend to Ideas to Cultivate Them

Winter: Season of Swords, Time of Stillness, Deep Reflection to be Grateful for Harvest, Time to Hone Ideas for Spring

Approaching each season with this understanding helps us to properly align ourselves to take full advantage & manifest what is in our wildest dreams. This also helps us to better navigate when we are hit with roadblocks. Those ideas that we plant in the Spring are given energy to grow in the Summer which is the Season of Wands. They are brought to action by the alchemy of the Summer & harvested during the Fall which is the Season of Pentacles. We then have the beauty of the holidays in the winter that allow us to meditate & give thanks for those things that we have harvested to again usher us into the Season of Swords, Winter Time, or the Season of Stillness….

The Spring Equinox symbolizes new beginnings across most cultures, we have put tremendous significance on these traditions. The Catholic tradition honors the time of Lent which is a time for self-reflection, through personal sacrifices one honors and appreciates the blessings that are presented during the Spring time or Easter which is all about Christ’s resurrection from the dead. This can also be seen as a transformation or new beginning which has been represented in our culture for centuries. Esotre or the Goddess of the Dawn is also a representation of the concept of starting over or new beginnings. Just like the first appearance of light in the sky Esotre represents that new light & ability to start over. These are not the only cultures that embrace this concept, the Spring Equinox marks the start of the Iranian New Year. It also is Vernal Equinox Day in Japan & Chunfen in China, which bears significance to farming traditions. We also start to see many images of those cute Easter Bunnies, which is a timeless image that carries the symbol of life the Egg.

Esotre

Equinoxes are so special because they happen twice a year & take place when the hours of day & night are equal. My clients are very familiar with the concept of MAAT which teaches us balance in our light and shadow sides. It is important to remember that both of these aspects are very important to who we are. The duality of today’s equinox reminds us of how light and dark sides are equal, & it is important to have them balanced. Take time to examine your light & shadow sides during this time. What are those things that you proudly show in the light, & what aspects of who you are lay dormant in your shadow side? Life is a delicate dance; it is like walking a tight rope you want to use that pole to keep yourself steady. It is not always natural to be righteous or to stay in the light, just as it is unnatural to constantly be depressed or in a shadow state. Both are necessary to who we are, but none should take over. This week is a great time to celebrate your duality.

The energy of Aries helps us to think about what is next! So you will naturally be thinking about what the next thing is for you. Remember the natural balance of all of the seasons, & look back to the reflection that you have done this Winter. It will allow you to have a sense of direction for where you want your ideas to grow & thrive. Regardless if you are in the Northern or Southern Hemispheres the energy of Aries will generate a natural power, when properly balanced will help you to open true doors that will lead you well into the fall.

Alice Neel, Lilacs

Put pen to paper this week, write down where you would like to see yourself go this Spring. Understand both the positive and negative aspects of what will get you there, & allow yourself the time to reflect on how the past year has helped you to grow. 2017 is all about newness rooted in effective strategy, how can this be applied to make major change in your life? This is a great week to conduct this personal exercise in order to see a clearer direction over the next few months.

Honor the growth that has happened in your life this year. However, understand the pain that was necessary to learn the lessons that allowed you to get here. The Spring Equinox is a magical time, flowers bud and so does our sense of who we are. Keep close to the lessons of past seasons, but also allow yourself to be open to the amazing changes that are to come!

Heru Jerome 3/20/2017

3/12/2017- Full Moon in Virgo- Storm Moon

So we have a Full Moon in our lovely Earth Sign of Virgo. We have spoken a lot about the situations that our actions can cause these last couple of months. 2017 has presented several opportunities to look at the consequences of our actions and to look at the results that come from our actions and how we can use those to catapult us into areas that are more suited to who we truly are. We all want positive outcomes, however sometimes forget that it is a bumpy road to get us there. The Virgo is the perfectionist; they seek to improve anything that they are involved in. The events that will take place this month are making improvements to get us all closer to who we truly are.

 

Mars is changing sign, this will steady the up and down that life has been throwing at all of us. We find ourselves looking at those areas of the Suit of Pentacles, those earthly concerns of most Earth signs especially the conservative Virgo. The real world issues that are around all of us are more than apparent. The Virgo energy of this moon helps us to contemplate. We find confirmation of our thoughts presented to us through various signs, and the action oriented energy of a Full Moon in an Earth Sign will cause us to move on our thoughts. This month is a call to action!

The Virgo considers everything, so look at what is currently working and what can use repairs. The soul searching that the Full Moon in Pisces on 2/26 has given us all ample time to look deeply. Now is the time to use that information to make true changes in the ways that we are doing things. We all know that 2017 is a year of 1, meaning that it is a blank slate, a time when the map re-calibrates. We all can go off track, but the universe has a way of putting us back on course. The direction in which we are to go is the one that will be best for who we truly are. Release that which has held you back this month, & do it without regret!

Virgo’s are meticulous in their maneuvers, so make sure that the energy that you exert this month is thought out & planned to be used for the greater good of your overall plan. Virgos need a cause that is worth their effort, make sure the work that you do this month is useful to what it is that you truly want. Also, give thought of what is needed to get you there.

March’s Full Moon is ruled by Mercury and sits in a square with Saturn. Saturn is our stern teacher, so lessons this month will be harsh however useful. Mercury delivers messages, & it is currently sitting in Pisces, so expect to get deliveries of those messages of an emotional nature. Pisces can make the visions that Mercury shows us blurry, so take the time to deeply contemplate on what you are being taught & how that can be applied to your greater good. Remember most Earth Signs have zero patience for bullshit and Virgo is one of them!

Clarity is a blessing & a powerful tool that can be used to hone truth & individual freedom & power. The last couple of months paired with the magic of a 1 year have all worked to make us better versions of who we truly are. We need to walk through life with clear purpose and this Virgo moon is allowing us to do so. Keep in mind that Venus is in the beginning phases of its retrograde, that will definitely play into how things are done this month. Venus is currently in Aries; this isn’t a quiet time. This is that vocal annoying SOB that points out the obvious instead of being silent. The boat will definitely be more than rocked this month, however, this is nothing that we will not be able to maneuver.

Heru Jerome

3/10/2017

2/26/2017 New Moon in Pisces – Solar Eclipse

Happy New Moon, in the lovely water sign of Pisces. It’s like Erykah Badu puts it, “two fish, one swimmin’ up stream… one swimmin’ down livin in a dream.” Pisces have the ability to see things in two directions, they look at both parts of the equation to determine exactly what the sum means. Expect this month to be filled with all sorts of energy, especially since Mars will bump heads with Pluto & Uranus. We will have to exercise the Pisces that is deep within all of us, as well as the ability to see things in their totality.

 

I relate to Mars in such a profound way, sometimes to my detriment. He rules my sun sign of Aries, and sometimes needs to be trained to cohabitate. Mars always doesn’t have an ear for others opinions, can tend to learn things the hard way, is a warrior most of the time, & generally will do what it wants to do! Currently in Aries, when this sign squares with Pluto there will come the whole push and pull & struggle for Power. Mars has a taste for power, & will do things in a way that only he can. When this planet becomes conjunct with Uranus we find that rebel come into play, fighting back at the systems that can bind us. However, this isn’t always a peaceful dance, it can be disruptive if not channeled properly. We may fight against those things that we feel tie us down with that, “I Don’t Give a Fuck Approach.” This can be charming in books & movies, but in real life not so much!

No one wants to be a rebel without a cause. We have to find those characteristics within ourselves that institute change in a way that eventually brings forth change for the betterment of all. That is how we should approach our day to day in this world. How can our footsteps make since for others that will one day walk where we once did? Especially in today’s highly charged political climate it is so important to channel our energy effectively. Change is brought forth with great thought & strategy, that is what moves people. Rebellion although sometimes needed doesn’t always provide the long-term effects that we would like it to.

We have to understand that not everyone views life in this fashion. The ego can manifest very self-centered feelings that causes one to believe that their needs are greater, & their stories more

important than others. So the rebellion that we see is not always for the benefit of others. Many times it can be oppressive, this New Moon will shed light onto who benefits and who is repressed by this sort of behavior. What is being broken down, and who benefits from its destruction?

 

Sunday will bring us a Solar eclipse in Pisces, this occurs the same time when Mars will conjunct with Uranus. We all have seen what having a lack of compassion breeds into this world. We are in a time where we can’t be more divided which is very sad, because the issues that divide us are the same issues for us all. Trust me, those in Milwaukee are struggling with the same things those are in Newark NJ. We can’t be more connected now, because we all are hurting about the same things. New Moons are generally a time for new beginnings, but this moon in particular will bring together themes that have haunted us all over the past couple of years. Kindness is such a valuable characteristic to the human experience & it is important that it never leaves us. We have to develop this in a greater since to sustain the world that we live in, & the world that we will one day pass on to others to take care of.

True rebellion & freedom is understanding this concept deep within. The systems that we rebel against most times were truly not set up to allow us to flourish. What generates change is understanding each other, then it spreads! Release yourself from that which binds you to give you the freedom to fly, & once in flight help others to ascend as well. We will continue to be drained by that which keeps us down until we realize that the knowledge that we learn once we get our personal freedom should be shared & not kept for few of us!

Heru Jerome

2/24/2017

1/27/2017 New Moon in Aquarius

Happy New Moon, in our lovely Air Sign Aquarius. Our water bearer who thinks about things so much at times, the feeling of Atlas having the world on his shoulders can become all too familiar. This new moon has Venus squaring Saturn at the forefront. Expect your thoughts to be on Love (Venus) and Financial Matters (Saturn). Light will be shed on the difficulties that improper balance in these areas can have on our minds & hearts.

Imbalance in our Venus and Saturn quadrants can bring much frustration when we are not properly aligned, disciplined, or lack proper communication skills. It is important to realize that these are issues that the best of us struggle with. We must tend to these areas daily to help them to thrive, much like our gardens. We all know that beautiful landscapes do not grow overnight, they are a process. However, with proper pruning, watering & love we can get these areas to bloom. This new moon phase is the final in the current eclipse cycle which began in September 2016. It will bring an irritating feeling in those areas we discussed. The frequencies are there this month, so have extra patience and care in your dealings with people. This feeling is calling you to take action in these areas not weigh you down. Do not get caught up in depression this month, gather yourself to a point where you have crystal clear vision about exactly what your expectations are in these areas and make a real plan about how you can change things for the better.

As you know, New Moons represent a beginning of a new cycle which means an ending of an old one. So get ready for a new 28-day cycle in February. This is the beauty of Tarot & Astrology we use it as a map. You understand that Saturn and Venus will highlight our areas of Love & Financial matters so keep that in the back of your mind when addressing problems that may occur in these areas over the next couple of weeks. Make way for new beginnings during the first two weeks of this moon.

Venus square Saturn is a huge influence over our January new moon. This formation can add stress to our intimate relationships because of the abundance of negative feelings that we may have during this time. Most of this arises from our own internal fears and self-doubts, however they may also emerge from those around you. Feeling lonely & depressed in this frequency is quite common. Also pay very close attention to how you spend your money this month, avoid unnecessary spending as it may bring more stress to what can be a stressful couple of weeks.

Pay attention to that which needs your care, especially the care of your loved ones. You may be feeling low this month, however those close to you will most likely feel the same and need your support. Now is the time to go to action as to avoid negative results. Delve deep into your soul and look at how your personal actions effect you and those around you. Make the necessary changes to institute more caring into your dealings, the challenges of this month if left unattended can lead to breakups, or deep financial troubles.

New Moons are about New Beginnings! Keep that in mind as you maneuver, I know that the tone of the next couple of weeks could be a little sad. However, the moon is simply highlighting the areas that bring struggle so we better deal with them to have an open space in our hearts to bring in a frequency that aligns more with who we truly are & need. Hold those things dear this month that you value deeply, and pace yourself before you react understanding the framework of the next few weeks. We will get through it!

Heru Jerome

1/26/2017

1/10/2017 Full Moon in Cancer

Happy full moon, our first of 2017 and it is in the sign of Cancer! The moon represents our feminine side and intuition… who it is that we really are. In Egypt it is represented by the Cobra that the Pharos wore on their crown. The feminine counterpart to the masculine Sun Side of us represented by the Vulture. This is going to be an interesting moon because it previews what our journey will be over the next year. Of course it will be marked with great twists and turns, but the watery and intuitive energy of Cancer says a lot about the journey that we are all about to embark on.

The feminine or Moon side is where our subconscious lies, and all of the intricacies of who it is that we really are. The Full Moon on 1/10 will call us to step into our truth, & look at it for what it is, in the attempt that we will begin to make the changes that are necessary to move forward. Doing this in a conscious & intelligent way allows us to access the inner power that is inside all of us.

This energy will be intensified due to a Grand Cross formation that will be taking form in the sky the same night as the full moon. This is a square that is formed by at least 4 planets. The January 2017 Full Moon you see the Sun opposite the Moon at right angles to Jupiter opposite Uranus, which creates a push and pull between two different extremes. A Grand Cross makes for energies that are difficult to resolve because each opposition has its own set of energies and extremes to deal with. When paired the oppositions create an eternal struggle. So get prepared for several tests this month.

As you can imagine this is energy that has been building up for some time now & it will become part of bigger events that will play out for us over the next few years. This has great energy & is interesting in 2017, 2016 called for us to make many changes based on all of the processing and downloading we were doing in a 9 year. We did much clearing closed old projects, & made the necessary space to bring things into our existence that were deep within our hearts. The energy that is brewing at the beginning of this month almost allows us to sit back and observe the slow building energy that will be at its height during next month’s eclipse. There is a lot brewing, but it is doing so slowly allowing us to preview exactly how it will take form in our lives.

Be cautious of being impulsive during the time of this moon. The energy of the Grand Cross will cause your emotions to be higher than they normally are. You will be doing a lot of processing of your feelings & I am sure that you will feel those rising to the surface. Allow those to be released in a healthy manner, many of these may not be all personal struggle. Some of what you may feel is probably the result of the energies that are moving in the planets around us. Allow for restorative rest this month, it is important to process everything that is going on in your mind & heart. Also, you don’t always have to move into action with what you are feeling. Especially this month J!

This is a great and interesting start to 2017, a moon in the cardinal sign of Cancer. Like the crab you will want to feel nested in your own energy. However, do not be sensitive to change like crabs are. This is going to be a year where change is all around us. We have to understand what those mean to us, & learn how to incorporate them in our lives. Allow the energy brewing this month to guide you, trust what is in your heart and follow it.

Heru Jerome

1/11/2017

Tarot Talks Volume XIV: An interview with Neil Lovell, creator of the Tyldwick Tarot

Hi my beautiful souls! Winter is here & so is the time to connect with The Hermit. This is a great time of year because it allows the stillness that is necessary to connect with self on a deeper level. The bridge is built in the winter that leads us to the Spring, the season of aces & time of new beginnings. The stillness of winter allows us to reflect on the Harvest of Fall, what we are grateful for & what we would like to see ourselves do better. Neil Lovell has created a deck that works well with this self-reflection, it is like a warm sweater on a cold winters day. Something that seems as though it was found in a closest in an old house, but this deck is far from being old or mundane. There are no people in the deck, merely glimpses in the Court Cards. The scenes depicted allow one to connect to the subconscious with crystal clear vision. I hope that you enjoy reading about it as much as I do working with it!

-HERU JEROME

 

Tyldwick Tarot, Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot, Neil Lovell

Interview
Neil Lovell creator of the Tyldwick Tarot

The familiar images of the Rider Waite deck may create structure for this deck, but Neil Lovell has created a deck that is truly a piece of art. There is something that is timeless & new about it both at the same time. It is like a magical object found in Grandma’s attic. It’s like he said “I’ve tried to capture some of that sense of only ever being given half of the story, of not quite being let into the secret. The intrigue of knowing somethings got history behind it, but only being able to guess as to its truth.”

Worthy Tarot: Tell me about yourself, where are you from & where are you currently? How have these locations influenced what you do creatively?

NL: I spent my childhood and teenage years in a village in Northamptonshire, which is in the very center of England- as far away from the coast as it’s possibly to get. My family, which is very large and very extended, has lived there for generations, mostly working on land and in forestry, so I still feel a very strong connection to it. It’s changed enormously since I was a child. These days it’s fairly anonymous and feels much like anywhere else. But back in the 1970s it had a very distinctive character. It was still pretty Victorian in many respects, it could just as easily have been in the 1870s in terms of the way most people lived and how it operated. The same families had been there forever, there weren’t many outsiders. There was certainly a running surplus of established eccentrics who were very much entrenched into the fabric of village life.

We weren’t at all well off, and being stuck in the middle of nowhere, there wasn’t a great deal to do, so very early on I developed quite an overactive imagination and that’s stayed with me ever since. I don’t think I was particularly unusual in that respect – nobody else had much money either, at least not in my immediate peer group, so I’m not claiming that I was especially deprived. Most of the kids in my village back then tended to be fairly creative and imaginative by default simply because of the majority of time you needed to make your own entertainment. It wasn’t like nowadays where children spend hours a day in front of some screen. You went to school, you went to chapel, but that left a lot of time over to use up and you all needed a certain amount of imagination to fill it in. I think maybe my creativity and imagination just extended further than some of the others. I suspect that part of that was to do with my being exceptionally small; I didn’t start growing to normal size – if I am allowed to say that- until very late, in my mid-teens. I tend to forget now how small I was, and people who did not know me as a child think it is hilarious when they find out. I was only reminded of it myself the other day when I saw some photographs my uncle had taken of me and some of my cousins- I think I had to be about 7 or 8 in these pictures- and I wasn’t just small, I was properly tiny. In retrospect, I think that probably had some kind of effect. When you’re little, and you can’t run as fast or climb as high or ride your bike as far as the other kids, you inevitably end up being left out of some things. So you need to find other ways of keeping yourself occupied- which for me was reading, music, just generally drawing and making stuff I suppose. But I didn’t have a lonely isolated childhood or anything traumatic like that. The family was always around, everywhere, so I always had plenty of cousins to play with. I wasn’t one of the wild ones (and some kids in my village were extremely wild), but I did all the regular things, good and bad, that you’d expect to do growing up in the countryside of England.

To answer your question about how growing up influenced what I do creatively, I’m not completely sure, but there are a few things that I am conscious of. The first is obviously just the urge to create. That’s a product of my early background and something I’m grateful for. Second, I’m saddled with a great enthusiasm for and fascination with the past, particularly its more hidden aspects. When you grow up in a village, you’re surrounded by secrets- there are so many things that have happened, often a long time ago, that are only ever whispered about and never openly explained. Family secrets, village secrets – so many secrets. I think the obsession with secrecy may be a peculiarly English trait – that whole “not in front of the children” attitude. My own childhood was deeply affected by that and I think it possibly shows through. In all my decks, particularly with the Tyldwick Tarot, I’ve tried to capture some of that sense of only ever being given half the story, of not quite being let into the secret. The intrigue of knowing somethings got a history behind it, but only being able to guess as to its truth. I suppose I like the fantasy of someone discovering one of my decks in an old box in an attic somewhere, or down the back of a bookcase – that’s very much influenced the type of designs I produce and the styles I’ve chosen to work in.

Tyldwick Tarot - Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot - Neil Lovell

When I was 18, I went off to Oxford where I read Classics. I was there four years, did all the embarrassing things that every student does everywhere; probably like every ex-student does everywhere, I now live in perpetual dread of any of them coming to light. After that I moved immediately to London, where I have lived since. I spent more than 20 years working in market and brand consultancy, becoming a partner in a small boutique agency which during my time there expanded and evolved into a much larger and profitable outfit. I had a very successful career there working for many global brands, particularly media brands – that meant a lot of international travel, reporting to top brass, often working to very tight deadlines, a lot of intellectual pressure. I loved the job for a long time but towards the end I became progressively more disillusioned with what I was doing. I’m afraid it was a slow death. I’d felt for some time that I wanted to devote my energies into something more purely creative; eventually I had to acknowledge that the tension between what I was doing professionally and what I actually wanted to do wasn’t sustainable, so I decided to just ship out and leave that whole world of big business and million dollar decisions behind. I can’t complain – I had many years working with great colleagues, I had a better boss than it’s possible to dream of, and I did all right out of it financially over the years! And that brings me to where I am now a year later, being a full time artist and designer. It’s a very different life. I’m still based in London, although I’m not sure that I need to be here much longer. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to do what I do from anywhere I like. I wouldn’t mind a bit more space- both physically and mentally- than London offers, that’s for sure. I suppose it’s a decision for me to make over the next year or so.

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Worthy Tarot: What drew you to Tarot, what aspects of your energy have found their way into your deck? How does this make your deck unique?

NL: I wish I could give you a more interesting backstory. I was only about 13 when I bought my first deck- it’s difficult for me to remember that far back, and I don’t recall any specific trigger. I do know that as a youngster I was interested in the supernatural. Perhaps not so much interested in the supernatural, actually- more, I’d say, fascinated by the unexplained. In England there was a popular magazine called, imaginatively enough, The Unexplained -  it was one of those silly partworks where you collected all the editions every week for about a hundred years and put them into binders. My cousin used to get this magazine, and whenever I was wound at his house I’d pore over it obsessively. Not so much the stuff about Uri Geller, UFOs, men in black, or the Philadelphia Experiment; I was never terribly interested in any of that. I think that possibly all felt too American and very distant from my own surroundings. But I loved all the historical and folk mysteries which belonged to the landscape I was lining in and which were intimately connected to a culture I could instantly recognize: Merlin, the Grail, ley lines, the Lambton Worm, the Woolpit Children, Spring-heeled Jack. Of course even at a conservative estimate ninety percent of the material in this magazine was absolute fantasy twaddle, but back in the 70s and 80s, before the internet ruined everything and destroyed imagination, it was much easier to be seduced and convinced by it. Particulary growing up where I did, where as I’ve already said there just wasn’t very much other stimulus. Anyway, I think it was probably against that backdrop that I first decided to get a Tarot deck. I’d love to be able to say that I was drawn to Tarot because it called out to me or that I immediately felt some deep spiritual affinity with it, but I’m afraid that wouldn’t be true. It’s much more likely that I was attracted to it because it was a bit spooky and weird, and because I’d seen it in the opening of Tales of the Unexpected. I suspect most people of my generation – if they are honest about it- would probably tell a similar tale. Because back then there simply wasn’t the literature or the knowledge base that there is now. There weren’t even many decks around. It was only many years later, I’d say perhaps in the early 90s, that you could walk into any bookshop and take your pick, without getting to the counter and being stared at like you were some kind of devil worshipping deviant.

More generally, I’ve also always had a slightly pathetic devotion to sets: I’m one of those completists who reads one novel by an author and then has to read everything else they ever wrote. Couldn’t read just one Murdoch- had to read all twenty six in one go. Couldn’t watch just one Fassbinder movie- had to see them all. And in an odd way, I think the sequence and structure of the Tarot deck appealed to me very strongly precisely because of that tendency in my character. I love the deck’s symmetry, and how individual cards work and combine together as a complete set. That was certainly one of the reasons I wanted to create my own deck: to see if I could create 78 separate pieces of design that which would join together as a unified whole. Achieving that unity certainly isn’t easy. As I’m sure other designers will have already told you, one of the toughest parts of designing a Tarot deck is the need for cohesion- creating cards that work as separate pieces of original design but which also add up to more than the sum of the parts. That can be frustrating and often desperate process, because very often you are forced to discard designs for not fitting the overall scheme. You regularly throw out designs which you’ve spent ages working on. What’s worst is if you make a radical change of direction midway – or even later – through the process. That’s happened to me a couple of times designing Lenormand decks.

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

I couldn’t really say what aspects of my own energy are in the decks I ended up creating – that may be a question better answered by others – but when I set out to design the Tyldwick Tarot I knew that I wanted to capture some of that original sense of mystery I’d felt when I bought my own first deck, back in the days before every aspect of Tarot had been described and analyzed in the hundreds of books and thousands of articles written since. I very definitely didn’t want to make a deck which gave away answers directly – I wanted it to provoke its uses to wonder and to speculate, encouraging them to probe their own intuition and to develop their own interpretations.

I suppose the two aspects of the Tyldwick Tarot which set it apart most immediately from other decks are that (a) every card’s set within and around the same house, and (b) it doesn’t feature any people (although the Courts have hints of them). Both were deliberate decisions; I wanted to set the deck in a single place to create unity, and I wanted readers to respond to atmospheres rather than personalities. It’s a deck which communicates its messages through memories, echoes, and traces. I imagine that it will require a certain amount of dedication and patience to work with. That was a concern when it came to actually publishing the deck. Before you publish and finally give people the opportunity to use a deck, you don’t know it’s going to be received- whether it will actually work. And then once its published it’s really out of your own hands after that. I’ve been delighted to hear from so many readers who tell me they genuinely “got it”. I realize that it’s not a deck for everyone, and the reaction to the deck since it has been published has been quite polarized. I haven’t seen many middling opinions- people’s responses to it have seemed to be either extremely positive or extremely negative. I don’t mind that – I’d much prefer to put a deck out which generates strong opinion either way than something which nobody cares less about. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s made it into the Tarot “canon”, but I can see that it’s made some impact and I’m pleased about that.

                                            
Worthy Tarot: We are entering an Air Age which is associated with thought. When you examine air it can blow everything around that is not tethered. People are trying to find their footing and light as they enter this age and are drawn to the magic and spirituality of the Tarot. The face of the tarot just like our new age is changing, how do you feel your deck lends to this revolution?

NL: Hmmm, I’m not altogether certain how it does. I can only speak for myself and I wouldn’t want to make assumptions about what draws other people to my deck, or to Tarot in general. I know I’ve made some changes to myself to my own situation and I’ve recently gone through a major reassessment of what I’m looking for in life. I walked away from a highly lucrative and established previous career to pursue a much more modest but more fulfilling existence. Whether that’s prompted by the coming Air Age or just by my own middle age I can’t tell.

Is the Air age an unqualified good? I don’t have an answer, so I can’t really analyze what role my decks might have in that shift. I agree absolutely with your comment about air blowing everything around that’s not tethered- that’s a good way of expressing quite a lot of what I actually find frustrating and disappointing about modern life, particularly what happens online. I don’t want to sound like some grumpy dinosaur, but a large part of both the spirit and behavior of the Air Age strikes me as being very superficial and incredibly selfish. There’s a huge amount of moral vanity and more competiveness and, sad to say, moral laziness swirling around nowadays, generally tied up with identity politics. I don’t see very much progress or revolution happening. I think technology, for all the benefits and delights it provides, is exercising a damaging effect here and I worry about how social medial in particular is affecting the collective psyche – what the consequences are going to be on the pathology of future generations, and what that’s going to mean for all of us.

Air by itself is… just that, air. It needs to be substantiated by the other elements if we’re all going to get anywhere or get anything done. Regretfully at the moment I think there are many people who’ve somehow convinced themselves that thought, by itself, provides sufficient claim to moral virtue – that being a good person is determined entirely by what you think, rather than by anything you do. I can’t align myself with that. I find it especially depressing that being a “good person” seems in the minds of many increasingly to depend more upon how loudly you declare your right-on credentials in Facebook posts than upon what you’re personally prepared to do to make a difference. Posting a message declaring how much you hate the Daily Mail or Fox News doesn’t make you a good person – it’s just empty virtue signaling, involving no sacrifice or effort. Whether you hate the Daily Mail or Fox News (or, more to the point, broadcasting loudly to the world that you hate them) is neither here nor there in my book. It’s not enough simply to click and support the cause- goodness requires rather more sacrifice than that. It’s going next door and helping out your neighbor who maybe can’t read very well, or taking the time to do the gardening for the disabled lady up the road who can’t manage it herself. Donating your time, your talent, or your money to others in need, whomever and wherever they may be. Tarot is a fantastic tool, to my mind one of the very best tools, for providing answers to life’s many questions. But if you don’t then use those answers for good, well, I’m afraid there’s nothing very magical or spiritual about that.

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Worthy Tarot: What inspires you and how was that inspiration incorporated into your deck?

NL: It can come from anywhere, but memories of childhood are especially powerful. And fascination with the past is an ongoing feature of my work, for better or worse. All of my decks have, at least to some degree, been imagined pastiches – I’ve designed them to look like they’ve been around a long time. I think I’ve already said enough about that though – I’ll only be repeating if I say more about it.

I do follow what other deck designers are up to, and of course there’s also a lot of inspiration there. I like Robert Place’s work very much indeed. Although his visual style is quite different to mine and we’ve not met one another, I do feel some kind of invisible humming thread connecting what he does to what I do. He seems to be interested in many of the same things as me: historicism, allegory, mythology, symbology. And I adore Patrick Valenza’s work with absolute, unqualified love. It’s probably saying the unsayable, but I do think there’s a certain subtle competiveness between deck designers, even if they generally don’t know one another and although they’re working in completely different areas. You sometimes see an amazing deck and at the same time as you admire and appreciate it, you’re also just a little envious that someone else came up with such a great idea and realized it. You can’t help it – I suppose it’s an inevitable consequence of others also designing fantastic stiff. I don’t think there’s anything around with that kind of friendly rivalry though. It spurs you on to do better yourself next time.   

Worthy Tarot: If you could use a film, artists, novels to make your dream Tarot deck what would that be? (I have a couple NeverendingStory Tarot, Pippi Longstocking Tarot, Julie Heffernan Tarot like please now!!!!)

NL: Well, when it comes to artists, all the obvious ones. I often wish that at least one of the greatest Renaissance painters had done us all a favor and knocked out a deck. I’m sure Michelangelo could have squeezed another 22 paintings into his schedule if he tried. I have to say, though, that I have mixed feelings about those artist themed decks of this sort which occasionally come out. I see people who’ve attempted to create decks out of classic paintings by Raphael or Alfred Waterhouse or whatever, but, speaking just for myself, I don’t think they ever quite work. I recognize that those decks have of course been compromised by what original art’s available, but I just feel that all too often the art itself’s been shoehorned into a structure where it doesn’t fit very well. The cards can be lovely, but as decks they’re really just catalogs of paintings rearranged with new titles attached.- and the links to the titles are necessarily often somewhat tenuous. So whenever I see someone’s bringing out a Klimt deck or a Schiele deck or something like that, I do look at it… but after some initial enthusiasm I quickly end up getting frustrated and impatient, wishing instead that Klimt or Schiele had designed one. I don’t think it helps either if you’re already familiar with the artworks, because they tend to carry quite powerful associations of their own and that inevitably causes interference.

I have a number of paintings in my house by a Hungarian artist who worked mostly in the 50s and 60s, Laszio Dregely, and I’ve sometimes wondered what kind of deck he would of produced. His work carries a lot of very subtle symbols and mythological allusions and I’d like to have seen how he’d have incorporated them into a deck. There’s recently discovered deck by Austin Osman Spare due out soon which I am waiting for and really looking forward to, and I suspect Dregely might have come up with something in a similar vein.

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

Tyldwick Tarot- Neil Lovell

I’m not sure about films or novels – nothing immediately springs to mind. I’m not much of a fantasy fan: I’m such a drudge, these days I mostly only read novels about English middle-class anxiety and watch dreary European films about existential crisis. I don’t think much of that would translate across to a deck very easily. There’s no film I’m so crazy about that I find myself wishing that it had a deck. Although purely in terms of art direction and costume I’d have like to have seen what Eiko Ishioka could have done. Her work was amazing, even if the films it appeared in weren’t always the best. Immortals, for example, was truly dreadful in terms of script and performances, but was absolutely glorious to look at. I think she’d have created a fantastic deck. The dame with Alexander McQueen. If he could have disciplined himself enough to stick to the structure, that would have been interesting.

Worthy Tarot: Would you ever create another deck, think about this one as I know 78 cards are a huge undertaking!

NL: I’ve already started another deck, but progress on it’s been quite slow to date- much slower that I’d hoped. I’ve designed several Lenormand decks since I published the Tyldwick Tarot, but I’ve found it impossible to combine Lenormand and Tarot projects. I’ve recently realsised that if I’m going to get the new Tarot deck done I need to dedicate myself to it exclusively. It’s surprised me, actually, because I’ve not had a problem working on multiple Lenormand decks at a time – in fact I’ve found it nice being able to hop between the various different decks I’ve had on the go. But the new Tarot deck clearly refuses to share my time with anything else, it demands 100% attention. So the plan’s now to get the three Lenormand decks I’m working on done and out the door. Once they’re finally out of the way (early next year) I can knuckle down to working on the Tarot project properly.

Worthy Tarot: If someone is interested in your deck how would they get a hold of you?

NL: My website is www.malpertuis.co.uk I also have a regularly updated Facebook page for Malpertuis at www.facebook.com/malpertuisdesigns.

2017 Going Back to 1

By: Heru Jerome

 

Happy New Year, Happy 2017, Happy 1 Year. 2017 cleans the slate & ushers us into the realm of number 1. What does this mean? Well, when we look at 2017 in terms of numerology 2+0+1+7=10 we look at years in single digits so 1+0 equals…. Wait for it…. #1!!! The last decade has been filled with many life lessons, much change, & a greater sense of self from the lessons & tests that we have all endured. Even those with 3rd eyes that aren’t the most open can notice the spiritual shift that has been occurring over the past few years & sudden change. This trend is only just beginning. The time of 1 is all about change, fresh starts, and the freedom that comes from being who you truly are.

Whenever faced with the word change many of us quiver, change can be a scary concept especially when it is sudden. However, like Benjamin Franklin states, “when you are finished changing, you are finished.” What is not growing is dead, & each year provides the foundation for tremendous growth with the tools that the previous year has granted.

1 Years are like the Fool Card in the Tarot, they are blank slates that are extremely powerful because they have the potential to become anything.

The Fool- Black Power Tarot

They can morph into what influences them, both positive or negative…. Or like most of us a combination of both. Understand that the 1 year grants us access to an entirely different path, and a brand new 9-year cycle of our lives. However, you are not entering this period blindly. You have all of the arsenal behind you that you have learned to wield over the past year, which will help you to enter a period of greater understanding with much more focus & clarity. Open your eyes to the new potential that is constantly developing around all of us. How can that energy be harnessed to be used to our benefit?

One way that we are able to benefit from the newness of any year is to develop firm and realistic goals based on who we are, the lessons that we have learned along the way, & the ability to delve deeply inside to ask your heart what it truly is that you need & want. Do not let others influence those ideas that come to you. This isn’t about resolutions that we will abandon in a month. This is about developing a solid map that is clear in where direction leads. We have to begin to understand as a society that our wants are all different & begin to remove the self-doubt & judgement that can occur when we have aspirations that cause us to reach. Dream big, but dream realistically having the intelligence to see all of the little pieces that need to be sewn together to bring your dreams into fruition.

We all will have growing pains this year because 1 supports it. You may begin to think differently about things that you have been very sure of over the past decade. You may be presented with new opportunities that you did not expect. Most importantly you probably will begin to rid yourself of old systems of thoughts, ways, & people that no longer serve who you are simply because you are becoming your true self. The room that is created from this cleansing leaves room for new energies to come in!

One of the greatest gifts that 2017 will bring us is a defined and realistic sense of self-worth based on all of the tests of the past few years. 1 is the number if individuality, knowing oneself & what one needs to be healthy & productive. All the tests will have something to do with change, individualism, personal leadership & finding true purpose.

Everything in life is frequency, I could write a whole article on this. However, to avoid you reading a dissertation I will explain it like this. Our thoughts carry a frequency; our truth carries a frequency. The lovers, jobs, friends, people, family members, pets that we attract we do so because their frequency corresponds with ours. When we are on a path of ascension & greater understanding our frequency begins to shift. Therefore, those friends, lovers, jobs, family members, pets, habits etc. that no longer coalesce with ours …. REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM US. This is one of the most difficult concepts for myself and many of my clients to truly understand. They enter this spiritual path to find self, put the work in and I get calls saying “Heru my life is falling apart… my relationship isn’t working… I lost my job… distance is growing between me and my friends….” Well most times that is because your frequencies no longer agree and the universe is making space for something new to enter based on your change. Many of us do not look at it this way though & take these shifts as personal failures & blows to the ego. Understand that 2017 may see an end to people & habits that are no longer on your bandwidth. I know this is bittersweet it’s okay to feel that sadness, but not okay to wallow in it because it stunts your spiritual growth.

This is going to sound selfish, but this year is the year of you! When we truly look at it this is probably the most selfless year to date because how can any of us be of value to anyone if we do not value ourselves. The universe will open itself up to acquaint us all with self through showing us the beautiful, the ugly, the terrifying, & the tempting to bring us out on the other side fully understood. Break free from those constrictions that others put on you, rid yourself of those doubts that you place on yourself. Allow a freethinking open energy to come in, allow it to remove judgements of others and of self. Simply put we can’t be good lovers, brothers, sisters, uncles, citizens, artists, or people if we are not first good to ourselves so understand that 2017 is putting that back into practice for all of us.

The beautiful thing is that once we own this, we find more respect from people, less criticism, & the ability to be who we are without the bullshit that comes…. & hey, if it does the way it can affect us shifts because our individual strength is greater. 2017 has much in store, you will find your mind clearer… your purpose will be obvious to you…. those dreams from a couple of years ago will most likely have the fuel to take off. We will all visit new terrain which can be scary, but we will do so with the experience gained from previous mistakes! Hold on, there is much in store!

Heru Jerome

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