Let me just start off by saying that the Enchanted Forest Tarot is absolutely beautiful. The artwork is amazing and makes me wish I could just step into the world these cards exhibit. It is so earthy yet ethereal and this combination makes for an easy deck to read using your intuition.
The Card Stock:
The card stock is thinner, I know a lot of readers complain about this but personally, when I read for people the big chunky thick cards can make for a difficult shuffle and can sometimes stick together. This is a nice smooth shuffling deck and I think that if treated with respect it will last a very long time.
The book is a good size and I enjoyed looking through it. The artwork carries through the book and even has an area in the back to journal your thoughts.
The Minor Arcana cards are split into Aces through Keepers (Kings) which is nice because you can learn more about numerology involved with the tarot and it gives you greater insight into the Court cards.
That being said the Court cards have been changed for this deck.
The book also speaks to the Shadow side to these cards and I just love that because I LOVE shadow work. I think doing shadow work is like pulling out the weeds of your inner workings and really helps to know thyself.
Taking time to journal can help purge stuck feelings, help to unpack your old stories and really dive into why you are who you are.
You could even take the Court cards out of this deck and just using these and book, dig into your shadow side a bit. You may be surprised at what you find.
The Minor Arcana names have also been changed.
Many of the Major Arcana names have been changes as well. I am a lover of the basic tarot deck personally, because I do not find anything scary about the tarot at all but I know that some people do not care for the "scary" cards such as the Devil or Death. If you are normally turned off by those kinds of cards than this deck is for you. It is much softer, and way less "patriarchal" than the usual Rider-Waite decks.
The Fool's Journey is changed to the Forest Journey (which I love).
Here is a list of the Major Arcana that have been renamed:
The book also has different tarot spreads that you can try at the end of the book. The two that I loved were the Council of Animal and the Breadcrumbs and Moonstones spreads.
The Council of Animals is an in depth spread that is best during milestones such as birthdays or New Years or even monthly. This a great personal development spread and is best is you love journaling those inner workings.
The Breadcrumbs and Moonstones is based on the Hansel and Gretel story and points out to what works and what doesn't work in whatever situation you are asking about. You divide the tarot deck into two piles, left side right side. The one on the left is what will work and the right is the one that won't work, or what not to do. I really liked this one, and have used it with clients who also appreciated the advice.
All in all I adore this deck. It is very calming and has such a beautiful and earthy vibe to it. It makes me want to head to the nearest Renaissance Fair. If you want to buy the deck you can find it here on Amazon.
I don't think I need to remind you that this year has been a crazy, scary ride.
I had been feeling such a myriad of emotions during the shut down and then dealing with the fear of the reopening here in Upstate New York. I have really had to depend on my cards to get me through this time of discord and panic attack laden days, not only to occupy my mind during the long days of not being able to work but with keeping in touch with the rational side the cards present which keep me focused.
But now that we are a few months in I am able to look back and see that there were some positives to the shut down as well.
Can you look back and see if there were any good things that came out of this time?
Now I know that so many people passed away and lost their jobs and I am not trying to downplay the heartache and sadness that happened and is still happening because I completely respect people's pain.
But even in the darkness there is light.
Journaling the pain is a good way to identify how you are feeling and get it out of your head and on paper. But journaling the good is a great way to start seeing a different picture and what you focus on will grow, so why not try to focus on a happy memory during this time and jot those down. Gather up the good memories and enjoy them like your favorite treat. Let the first bite of each happy thought wash over you and savor each one.
I pulled three cards to help us get through this time of total uncertainty with less stress and anxiety.
How do we get through this time? Three of Swords in reverse from the Golden Tarot deck
Three of Swords in reverse is telling us that we need to learn ways to deal with our inner sadness. Whenever I see this card I know that "this too shall pass" but for now it is up to me to keep on top of those disaster thoughts. To try not to dwell in thoughts of catastrophe (as I am so good at doing).
I feel that this card is also inviting us to allow and embrace our sadness or fear. We are allowed to feel our feelings and if we don't validate them and instead try to shove them down or try to ignore them they can fester and make us feel worse in the long run. Like the man on the card, allow yourself a good cry (that is a great way to let pent up energy out). Or maybe scream into a pillow, or call a good friend or therapist and have a long honest talk about how you feel.
Perhaps you just need to give yourself a damn moment to feel all the feelings. Set a timer, and sit with them, allowing them to flow over you and imagine them draining into the ground underneath you and turn into sparkling energy for the earth. Breathe, and when the timer goes off gather a sense of gratitude in your heart area and set upon your day refreshed.
What feeling can we focus on during this time? Embracing from the Soul Coaching Oracle Deck
Embracing is saying that if we don't try to flow with the things that are happening we will only cause ourselves greater suffering. This world is in a huge time of change and when we dig our heels in and try to avoid or oppose it will only make us feel worse.
A good strategy is to allow yourself to embrace the things you can change as well as the things you can't. We as humans (especially stressed out humans) are always trying to control everything and unfortunately that just isn't the way things work. Swimming upstream is difficult, slow and exhausting.
Try to embrace your emotions as they come. Give them each a big hug and allow them to pass naturally. When we resist our thoughts they tend to create a greater hold on us as opposed to when we allow them and move on to whatever we were doing next.
Try to embrace the constant chaos, as the only constant in life IS change. If there is something that really triggers you stop for a moment and ask yourself why. If it is something you can not do anything about then move on. Remember that the media writes only of chaos so give yourself a break with all media.
Embrace that others will usually have a different view and opinion about things than you, and just because it is different does not make them wrong. We all come from a view through a lens created by our beliefs, experiences and the way we grew up.
I think this is a time to embrace everyone and everything and stop feeling so divided. Next time someone triggers you or disagrees with you, why not try to find a common ground with them instead and talk about that instead.
What do we need to know that we cannot see right now? Beyond the Ordinary from the Oracle of the 7 Energies Oracle Deck
I have to be honest, this card made me laugh! This deck is new out from Colette Baron-Reid and I am just getting to know it. I have to read the excerpt from the guidebook so you can understand the reason I had a good laugh about it......
"No matter how hard you try to understand why something happened or how or when it will happen, now is the time to surrender to the not knowing."
And later in the paragraph....." Your job is to stay the course, allowing whatever comes to be exactly as it will, without trying to ascertain anything in advance."
Thank you Oracle of the 7 Energies! Maybe it is not our jobs to know why any of this happened. Maybe there are too many reasons to even explain why tragedies on this global level ever occur. Maybe it just so we can decide to get our heads out of our asses? A global wakeup? Maybe we will never really know, but that does not mean it can't haver personal meaning for each of us.
This card goes so well with Embrace. Your job is to stay the course, embrace what is. Embrace the not knowing. Enjoy this time to watch the changes, good and bad. Embrace the surrender to the not knowing. Learning the art of surrendering is one of the most freeing feelings when you finally come to terms with it.
Some people think that surrendering is giving up, but that is not so. Surrendering can do wonders for the anxiety sufferers that need control. When we surrender we trust that something bigger than us is really in control and if we can just relax and ease into it what happens is typically better than we could have even wished for anyway. And I don't know about you, but I find that comforting.
So acknowledge your fear and anxiety during this time, but hold it lightly, and remember the lessons of this reading to lead you into ease and acceptance.
Faith in humanity
I have been reading for so many people lately for all over the world, places I am ashamed that I have never even heard of, and the most common questions are all about love. How to find love, how to get their lost love back, what to do to mend a relationship and more.
I am amazed that during this horrible pandemic the one thing that everyone is asking about is not money or jobs or how to get the last roll of toilet paper, it is all about love. Some of the stories I hear are so heart wrenching and some so romantic, but at the base of all those readings are people needing the connection of another human being.
I have faith in humanity, that if love is our true desire, we can put all this anger and hate and separation aside and focus on that love, spread the love and heal this world we live in. I think we would have a lot less stress and anxiety if we all just knew we had each others backs.
And I think that it would be a beautiful world if we would just let everyone love whoever they wanted. I definitely know it would be an exceptional world if we let everyone just be whoever they wanted to be.....and loved them anyway.
It's only just begun....
I am so excited to welcome you to Guilty Crow Tarot!
Unfortunately it took a global pandemic to get me off my rear and get this going, now that I have so much time on my hands. I am focused only on the bright side, and opening this has certainly been a bright side.
I have been working on doing this for way too long, my anxiety disorder makes me a bit of a procrastinator.
I have been reading tarot for what seems like forever, over 25 years, and that both makes me happy and makes me cringe on an age wise level. So what have I been doing that made me procrastinate? I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and own my own business, Reiki Master, in person Tarot Teacher and reader, MRI and XRay technologist, mom, wife and Life Coaching student.... So I guess I have a little bit of an excuse.
Now the only thing have to do is be a mom and wife and while that is great, and I love it, I knew it was time to dive in head first into Guilty Crow Tarot and stop putting it off for one more thing on my ten page to do list.
So please bear with me while I build this site, post more Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook posts. It is all a work in progress and I am super excited for this next chapter.) Lord only knows when I will be massaging anyone any time soon. I am located in New York and sadly it is not looking too promising).
And many, many thanks if you book a reading! I am looking forward to reading for you!
General anxiety and Panic Disorder daily survivor, tarot has taken me through all my ups and downs, and I bring it to others to support their journey.