I’m in Michigan presently taking advantage of my aunt’s excellent tea cup collection. I love tea. I love tarot. Bringing them together gives me another reason to take photos of my decks in pretty places with pretty things. 😉 And now I’m back to the process of getting marrieds tomorrow.
Alright, I’ve finally jumped into the oracle pool feet first. I should have plugged my nose! I think I have purple water on the brain. That aside, I’ve been finishing up on my second oracle deck. It’s expanded a bit, developed a deeper personality and meaning, and its whispers are getting a little louder. That’s how it starts for me typically. This deck is a chatterer. It’s telling me stories about who my oracles are and what I might find them to be. I updated the info on its page found here.
It’s storming outside. Let’s play hand model! *jazz hands* I can’t believe I’ve never had the Lovers card on the site yet. I must be overlooking at it, which is alright. I tend to have a different thing to say about a card depending on my mood. In this case, my mood is all about the relationship nature of this card. Today I’m going to let it represent my gent and I.
I met my gent online more than twenty years ago. He was a fellow artist and graphic designer. We chatted off and on for awhile until my health acted up again and I took a break from my sites and clients. He wouldn’t let me disappear though. He wrote my then boyfriend (who had become my ex in that time) to see if I was alright. I got the message and called him and we talked. This led to him smoothly asking me to share a table with him at a convention. Over the next four months leading up to said con we got to know each other A LOT better. By the time he stepped off the airplane and I met him in person we were in love. We’ve had nearly no time apart since that time.
Our neighbors next to us fight a lot. They’re young and jumped into a marriage I think because they thought it would heal all their insecurities and issues with one another. She came over one night after a fight and talked with me. She asked me how Myke and I managed to be so close and connected. She wanted that. I told her we didn’t start out that way. That together we have battled so many things and lived through so much together. I said he was my very best friend and I didn’t like being away from him. She didn’t quite like that answer, but that’s all I had. Relationships typically don’t come ready made, you have to work at them. And that work will manifest itself in so many different ways and some of them will catch you off guard.
In my time with my gent we’ve had highs and lows. We have traveled all avenues of this card from upright to downward. We’ve come to a crossroad on a few occasions where taking the wrong turn might have ended us. More than once I tried to hide away from the consequences of my actions and their impact on him. Throughout that time, as we worked on our own baggage and personal demons, we tried to stay focused and use our heads. The longer we’ve been together, the closer we’ve become. Eleven years later and we’ve achieved a wonderful balance and relationship. To think we’ve been engaged for ten of those years.
Late at night I hear a voice whispering to me from the hallway. I think it’s trying to give me subliminal suggestions as I sleep and dream. What does it say? Pay more attention to meeeeee…. pay more attention to mee…. and then makes clicky noises. I will wake up, sleepily look towards the door and see the shadow of my cartomancy blog standing outside my door. “I will update you tomorrow! Now get back in my laptop! I’m trying to sleep!” I will tell it as I lay back down and put a pillow over my head. To be fair, it has been awhile since I sat down and really got back into the swing of things. So here I am. Happy blog?
Today’s card of the day is the high priestess card from the Isidore Tarot, in both regular and tiny size! As a designer I adore this card for its symbolism and structure. As a student of tarot I adore it for the same reasons. Today I associate most closely to its suggestion of trusting my intuition. It’s telling me to set aside the very analytical and critical talky talky part of my head that wants to logic and reason everything to death and just listen to what my inner voice has to say.
I’ve always felt it very important to pay attention to your own intuition. So much so that I’ve always trusted my feelings when something didn’t feel right or something felt absolutely right. That has been a strong thing for me much of my life. The down side is when my anxiety comes to call, usually in times of stress, I don’t listen to my intuition. Dramatic events or changes in my life (the Taurus of all Taurus creatures of comfort and habit that I am) stress me out incredibly and the anxiety tags right along. When I fell I removed my comfort and changed my day to day drastically. My anxieties came to roust. And as they sat there on my inner fence squawking at me like crows, I had a hard time allowing myself to trust my intuition. I second guessed myself constantly. I couldn’t decide if I was making my decisions based upon my actual intuition or because of the fear anxiety was helping flower within me. This all came to a head at the first of May.
I had my months off last month because honestly? The last two months have been a bit hectic. So now I can officially let the Star Wars geek out a little for the day. Though that has very little to do with my current tarot sale.
The Sepia Stains Tarot is the very first deck I ever created. It took me two years to complete it and it served as my first introdution to printing and packaging this style of thing. I made a right mess of it. That was long ago though and I still adore this deck and now have enough experience under my belt that offering it for sale is a pleasure. The deck will be available for pre-ordering throughout May and estimated shipping time is mid June. There are two ordering options: Purchase with full packaging or just the deck and book.
Now on sale through May. Purchase with full packaging or just the deck and book.
EDIT: This sale is over.
Posts have been a little slow as of late. During the day I’m working on fulfilling my sale orders and during the evening I’ve been tackling my costume for the first convention of the season. Most of that working has been on my first mask, pictured here now that it is finally finished. The mask will have a dual purpose as the gent and I will be vending at the Midsummer Masquerade soon as well. And really? I wanted a huge and fabulous, slightly dark, detailed costume that I could put on like a second skin and move through the convention menacingly while innocently handing out candy. Or something like that. It’s a steampunk convention with a super heroes and villains theme. I wanted to be Poison Ivy, but she’s kind of the go to for a lot of people. So I made up my own villain.
I absolutely adore owls.
I have three animals on my personal totem: The black rabbit, a carry over from my childhood when I was obsessed with the book Watership Down. The white fox, which comes from my love of kitsune in Japanese folklore. And finally the wise owl, companion to the goddess of wisdom Athena; most famously (for me) crafted as Bubo in Clash of the Titans to aid Perseus so Athena didn’t have to send her own beloved owl. It might have struggled with Greek mythology, but that was another place where my mind got interested in certain subjects as a kid. Plus, as an adult who attends steampunk functions, mechanical owls are a thing. I wanted it to look somewhat old, slightly mechanical, but regal with a lot of little parts. And the mask does have all three of my critters. Obviously the mask is meant to look like an owl, plus it has a jeweled owl between the eyes. At the top of the tiny bird scull is a small rabbit. On the back of the mask I drew my fox, which looks a lot like my white feline Ghost, who I’m positive is just a fox pretending to be a feline so I would take her in when I found her as a wee qwueeber in my backyard so long ago. I mean… everything doesn’t have to have a meaning or symbolize something… it’s just more fun that way!
Anyhoo, as I was saying, I’ve been a bit busy for web stuff at the moment. I will get back into the swing of things. In the meantime I have my costume progress and con things over at my personal blog. Or, better stated, I will soon. That site is fighting with posting at the moment so I’m giving it a time out. (With plenty of disapproving scolding finger.) For the record, mask making and art doll making have been on my list of things to try. Basically I wanted to see if I could create 3D designs of my brides artwork, seen here. That is my Black Cat and Poisoned Tea Society collection. I’m rather pleased with my first attempt. Now I should get back to work. Toodles noodles!
Happy Tax Day! I wish I had remembered that when I trekked out today to put this weekend’s packages in the mail. And we had such lovely arctic spring weather for the long walk to actually get near the silly place. That aside! I’m down to my last 14 orders that I’m packaging up tonight. Most of these are international because the packaging part is a little different to try and keep shipping costs down and of course the customs forms. But I’m moving right along with that.
In related news, after tending the inbox for me and taking requests, Maggie has suggested we put the Sea and Sands decks up for a little longer. I agree. We have a special display for the decks at our first convention at the end of the month, so why not offer a few more leading up to that? Shipping times for these decks will be one to two weeks as we have them on hand. If you’re in the midwest and attending the Cincinnati Steampunk Symposium the last weekend of the month you can avoid postage costs and order one to pick up at the con. Just contact us to order and get pick-up details.
As anyone said it to you yet? No? Really? Really!! Okay… I’m taking a deep breath here… MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!! That goes out to Bethany, the biggest Star Wars geek I know besides my big brother, and as it happens the model for this tarot’s Fool card. She is a very creative person in her own right, so if you have a moment pay her site a visit. Oh wait… crap… of course I was the first, it’s only April. I got too excited by posting the end date of this sale as May the Fourth. We’ll revisit that in exactly one month from today!
Now, I’m pleased to say the third edition of the Black Ibis Tarot is now available for sale. The cards are larger in size in this edition and this makes the details of the card artwork standout more. I also pumped up the colors a bit to make them more vibrant, as well as adding a blue note element to each card to unify the majors a bit more. The deck is very beautiful if I set modesty to the side. I really adore this deck. And like the Sepia Stains deck, there were a lot of wonderful creative folks who lent their images to the deck. I’ll be highlighting each over April.
The pre-order will run throughout April. At the conclusion of the sale all the decks/materials will be purchased and shipping will begin most likely the second week of May. The deck is available with full packaging or just the deck/book depending on your budget. So if you’d like to give a slightly surreal neo-Victorian fantasy deck a new home, please select the link for what you want: Order Full Packaging Deck Here -or- Order Just Deck/Book Here
We’re getting down to that last week of the Tea Bats Lenormand sale. These are samples of the Man and Woman cards. They lay atop the very snazzy etchings of my gent’s that adorn our living room walls. You can still nab one here. 😉
Generally speaking I prefer selecting what I consider a positive card from my deck when I sit down to write this type of entry. However, I’m not feeling this card one bit today. Perhaps if I had shuffled the cards so they could come out willy nilly, upwards or downwards, I might have selected this one reversed. That far more sums up my irritable mood today.
Part of my irritability at the moment has to do with the desire for it to finally warm up so I can get back outdoors. I want to plant my garden and bring new green life into my home. I feel like that would go a long way to helping me feel normal again. The body heals from injury. It knits itself back together with amazing skill. Sometimes it takes the mind a little longer to catch up. One day I’m fine and upbeat, the next I’m feeling the weight of the last many years of my life pressing down. Every now and then I do feel like the good moments of my life are just brief pauses from the never ending chain of bad moments. That’s not exactly a bright and chipper thing to admit out loud. But there is something to be said for being able to admit it.
With that said, it’s also important to find a way to get a handle on emotions that are running amok. Sometimes I picture myself as the Sarah Jessica Parker daffy witch in Hocus Pocus when she bounces around chanting Amok! Amok! Amok!. Perhaps I need a witchy Bette Milder to give me a knock to the stomach. A comfortable balance needs to be found between emotions and intellect. That is far easier said than done. Little bit by little bit though. Doesn’t help with irritable days like this though. Perhaps we can revisit this card and its more positive attributes.
The Isidore Tarot’s third edition proof deck arrived. It looks lovely! Just a few minor tweaks need to be made before it can go print. Yays. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the day we’ve added our second sale for the Tea Bats Lenormand deck featuring the second edition. Each order will come with a collection of new Tea Bats mini prints. 🙂 This sale begins today and concludes March 24th. Estimated shipping begins mid-April. Order here!
I had a nightmare last night. Not to be so literal with this card, but I did. It came after a day of unhappy remembering.
It was time to send out updates to my family. I sent my aunt a progress shot of my healed knee. But to nab it, I saw a preview of the original injury. Jarring. Later I had a nice talk with my mother-in-law and she asked for a run down on my healing. Then told me, now that so much time had past, that after raising three hyper, injury prone boys she wasn’t squeamish. But when she saw my knee it looked like the place where you tear a chicken thigh off of the chick’s body. Sobering. Finally, when Myke and I left to grab dinner, after weeks of being free of it, I got vertigo at the top of our front steps. Meh. So naturally I had a nightmare during sleeping hours.
A sentient staircase was following me around promising me a bottomless bowl of reese peanut butter cups at the top. It was all shadowy and sneaky sneaky. I kept trying to tell it to go away. “Not if you had the last peanut butter cup in the world Mr Spooky Stairs!” And that says something. I do love me some reese.
I’ve seen samples of this deck for awhile now and absolutely adored it, but until today I hadn’t sought out the wonderful artist behind it. Nicoletta Ceccoli’s tarot world has a place in the memories my haunted (once a) little girl heart has. Everything is soft and dreamy, highly surreal and painted in soft colors, but all kinds of dark lurking around the corners. I was a strange little girl once upon a time so I can appreciate this. This decked was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2014 and is still readily available online at Amazon and through the Lo Scarabeo site. There also appears to be a mini version of the deck as well! You can see more of Nicoletta’s beautiful work here.
The first sample Isidore deck arrived today; this one being for the Sea and Sand deck. It looks lovely. The colors are very vibrant. The photo below really doesn’t do it justice. I squealed like a little girl… the felines are still in hiding. 😉
This is my homemade box for my doll size Isidore Tarot. The box is about 2.75 x 2.75 inches in size, painted in gold metallic, with my favorite rabbit talisman on top. I’ll be making a few more of these, in various colors, to sell with my wee size tarot.