Tarot Bytes

By Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady

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 Dec 11, 2020
Love her! She has a relaxed and meditational approach to tarot that I really like


 Nov 6, 2020

Brian G
 May 2, 2019
Great content in small doses, but never dumbed down.

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Tarot Bytes: Bite-sized lessons for Tarot beginners. Created by Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady.

Episode Date
Elements of Alchemy in Tarot with Kim Krans
28:54

Episode 234. The elements play a vital role in Tarot. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, artist Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown Tarot talks about the elements, alchemy, and her newest deck, The Wild Unknown Alchemy Deck.

Aug 08, 2022
Tarot and Sex with Gabriela Herstik
32:57

When people come to a tarot reader, the two most common queries are about getting paid...or laid. So which cards might indicate sexy times? Gabriela Herstik, the author of Sacred Sex, joins me to discuss the sexiest tarot cards. 

Jul 25, 2022
Awaken the Court Cards with Thomas from Hermit’s Mirror
31:54

Episode 232. Do you struggle to learn the Court Cards? You're not alone. Most Tarot readers feel the Courts are tricky to interpret. Thomas from Hermit's Mirror has written a workbook called Awaken the Court Cards and he's sharing some of his best tips from the book. Learn how correspondences can help you develop a stronger relationship with the members of Tarot's Court.

Jun 27, 2022
Falling In Love With Tarot Again with Rashunda Tramble
49:50

Episode 231. Has your relationship with Tarot bottomed out? Feel like you never want to touch your cards again? This can happen to even the most ardent Tarot fanatic. Burnout or negative experiences can affect how you feel about your cards. Rashunda Tarot of Stay Woke Tarot joins me to talk about how she fell out of love - and back with Tarot. She shares a beautiful method for reconnecting with your Tarot practice that you'll want to use any time you've lost that lovin' feeling.

Jun 20, 2022
Skeptical and Spiritual with Rachel White
28:09

Episode 230. Can you be both skeptical and spiritual? GOOD QUESTION. The answer: yes. Rachel White aka The Skeptical Shaman is both (psst...so am I). In this episode, we talk about skepticism, spirituality, and how the two can go together - and should. Learn more about Rachel at her site: Totem Readings

Jun 06, 2022
Dream Interpretation with Tarot with Mimi Young
17:39

Episode 229. Do you wonder what your dreams mean? Find yourself thumbing through a dream dictionary only to feel it doesn't apply to you? Tarot might be able to help you! In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Mimi Young of Ceremonie joins me to teach how she uses tarot for dream interpretation.

May 23, 2022
What You Need to Know About Internet Tarot Scammers and Staying Safe on the Web with Sabrina Scott
50:10

Episode 228. There has been an uptick in internet tarot scammers, especially on Instagram. I've had countless imposter accounts - and so have many of my peers. Sabrina Scott and I talk about our experiences with online scammers - and how metaphysical practitioners and followers can combat the problem. If you're a professional tarot reader, astrologer, healer, psychic, or sacred artist, this conversation can help you navigate this rising problem. Fans, followers, and clients can also listen and learn what to look out for so they can stay safe and avoid getting ripped off by these predators.

May 16, 2022
Cardology with Laura Haehl
19:34

Episode 227. What is Cardology and how does it differ from Tarot? In this episode, Laura Haehl talks about Cardology, an ancient divination system using playing cards and astrology. You can learn about yourself, your loved ones, and so much more from a simple card!

Mar 28, 2022
Tarot for Coaches with Katherine North
26:58

Episode 226. If you work in the coaching industry, you might find the tarot to be a useful tool for your clients. But it can also serve you well. For example, you can sort out what a client needs from you - or you can reflect on what you need to show up as the best coach for your community. In this episode of Tarot Bytes life coach and author of Holy Heathen: A Spiritual Memoir Katherine North joins me to talk about how she uses tarot in her personal practice.

Mar 21, 2022
Avoid These Tarot Reading Problems
09:18

Episode 225. Over the years, there have been some common tarot reading problems I've experienced...and others have as well. Some of the most typical: drawing a blank, skeptics, vague questions, relying on the little white book too much, being ungrounded, and more. I'm sharing some quick tips on how to avoid these tarot reading problems so you can keep reading with confidence! 

Mar 07, 2022
Before You Start Working with Tarot with Brittany Kennedy
34:37

Episode 224. So you decided you want to start reading tarot. But before you start shuffling, there may be a few things to keep in mind. Such as picking the right deck for you (nope, doesn't need to be the RWS), cleansing, calibrating your cards to you, protecting your energy...and more. Lucky for you, Brittany Kennedy of Nefertiti Rising Apothecary is sharing her best tips in this episode of Tarot Bytes. Listen in and learn how you can get started on the right foot!

Feb 21, 2022
The Art of Interviewing Authors and Tarot Deck Creators with Onareo
40:16

Episode 223. If you want to feature guests on your tarot podcast or live stream, you need to know how to conduct a great interview. Onareo has a knack for getting people to open up and talk. In this special episode of Tarot Bytes you'll learn how he prepares for an interview, selects guests, and shines the spotlight on them. We also talk about originality and kindness - two things to keep in mind when you're hosting anything featuring authors, artists, and tarot folks. 

 
Jan 17, 2022
Manifesting with the Moon and the Major Arcana with Jen Sankey
28:42

Episode 222. Ready to power up your manifesting game? Jen Sankey of Stardust Wanderer Tarot shares how she combines the phases of the Moon with the Major Arcana for big-time manifestation!

Jan 03, 2022
Why Representation Matters in Wellness Practices with Krystal Banner
53:03

Episode 221. Crystals, tarot, astrology, yoga...these wellness practices seem to be getting hotter by the minute. But for too long, the metaphysical industry has been centered around white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, heteronormative folks. Thankfully, that is changing. People want inclusivity - and when it happens, communities thrive. While there is more diversity than ever before, we have a very long way to go. Artist Krystal Banner joins me to discuss why representation matters in wellness practices - and what we can do to make sure everyone gets a seat at the table. We also discuss her new Absolute Affirmations deck, one of my fave new spiritual tools.  

Dec 20, 2021
How to Bring New Spreads to Your Practice with Cat Pierce
18:01

Episode 220. Tired of the same-old-same-old tarot spreads? In this episode of Tarot Bytes musician and tarot deck creator Cat Pierce joins me to talk about how to bring new spreads into your practice. She also gives the inside scoop on how she created her deck, The Wandering Star Tarot (one of my new faves!)

Dec 13, 2021
Tarot and the Hero’s Journey with Maisy Bristol
22:20

Episode 219. The Major Arcana is associated with the bigger picture and spiritual lessons. In a way, it can be compared to The Hero's Journey, a myth about a hero who embarks on a journey and must overcome challenges along the way. This transforms them on a deep level. Tarot reader Maisy Bristol joins me to talk about the hero's journey in the tarot cards. 

Dec 06, 2021
How to Understand Signs and Blessings from Angels with Radleigh Valentine
38:11

Episode 218. How do you know if your angels are trying to communicate with you? Can tarot help? Best-selling author and angel communicator Radleigh Valentine joins me to teach about angels, signs, and blessings. He also talks about his new tarot deck, Guardian Angel Messages Tarot. Our conversation will leave you feeling enlightened and inspired!

Nov 29, 2021
How to overcome creative blocks with oracle and tarot cards with Chris-Anne Donnelly
23:09

Episode 217. Do you suffer from creative blocks? Ever get a project sidelined because you can't move past that blank page? In this episode, beloved tarot deck artist Chris-Anne Donnelly joins me to teach how she uses oracle and tarot cards to move past those blocks. She also shares other techniques that have helped keep her artistic groove.

Nov 22, 2021
Spirit Cards with Veronica Varlow
42:04

Episode 216. In this episode, I am joined by Veronica Varlow, author of Bohemian Magick: Witchcraft and Secret Spells to Electrify Your Life as she shares how to work with "spirit cards," a technique she learned from her grandmother Helen. This simple method will add a lot of depth and magic to your tarot readings. Veronica also talks about her new book, witchcraft, her cool family lineage, and so much more. Listen in and learn how to add spirit cards to your readings (thank you, Grandma Helen, for teaching Veronica so she could teach us!).

Nov 15, 2021
Clarifying Cards with Victoria Constantino
21:01

Episode 215. Sometimes a tarot reading doesn't make sense. When that happens, readers will often choose a "clarifying card." A clarifying card can offer additional guidance and so much more. Victoria Constantino, author of Tarot by the Moon: Spreads & Spells for Every Month of the Year, shares her thoughts and techniques about clarifying cards. 

Nov 08, 2021
Empowering Tarot Readings with Neil from Must Be A Gemini Tarot
38:36

Episode 214. What makes a reading empowering...or not? Neil from Must Be A Gemini Tarot joins me to answer that question. Learn how to approach your tarot readings with the right mindset and questions, whether you're getting or giving the reading.

Oct 31, 2021
How We Began Reading Tarot, Writing About It, and Creating Decks with Sarah Potter
48:47

Episode 213. Do you wonder how tarot readers get started? Curious on how some make the transition from tarot professional to writer...or deck creator? Sarah Potter joins me today for a fun and frank discussion on our tarot journeys. Learn how we made the leap from hobbyist to pro - and author. Sarah also gives the inside scoop on her new deck, The Cosmo Tarot!

Oct 24, 2021
Tarot for Activists with Corinna Rosella
29:06

Episode 212. In order for there to be justice and equality in the world, we need activists. They have always played an important role in creating freedom for all. But activists need support - and tarot can provide guidance and healing for those who stand up, speak up, and make a difference. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Corinna Rosella of Rise Up Good Witch joins me to talk about tarot as a tool for social justice work, healing, how tarot needs to change to better support folks, and more. Corrina also talks about their new class, Tarot As A Tool For Liberation

Oct 17, 2021
Tarot and Food with Courtney McBroom and Melinda Lee Holm
39:40

Episode 211. What happens when you bring a chef together with a tarot reader? Answer: divination + yummy things + a cookbook. Chef Courtney McBroom and tarot priestess Melinda Lee Holm join me today to talk about two of my favorite topics: tarot and food! They also share the deets on their new cookbook, Divine Your Dinner: A Cookbook for Using Tarot as Your Guide to Magickal Meals.

 
Oct 10, 2021
When should I go pro?
09:41

Episode 210. When should I go pro? This is a question I get asked frequently. While there is no set timeline for taking the leap, you do need experience and education. Diving in before you're ready could be harmful to the client. In this episode I expand on that - and share an excellent tip from tarot legend Mary K Greer. (You can read Mary's whole post right here.)

Oct 03, 2021
How to find a great tarot reader
06:17

Episode 209. If you are looking to find a great tarot reader, you’re in luck. Thanks to the internet and tarot’s popularity, you don’t have to dig hard. Modern times have made it easy to find talented tarot pros - and it’s also made it much easier for those professionals to put their work out there.

Even so, how can you ensure you’re going to find the right one? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'll share a few tips for discovering your next tarot fave - and the red flags you need to watch out for. 

Aug 29, 2021
Reading With Jumpers with Kimberly Cooley
22:38

Episode 208. Ever had a tarot card "leap" out as you're shuffling? Tarot readers call them "jumpers" and Kimberly Cooley of Abundant Life Tarot reads solely with them! When I heard this, I knew I had to talk to her and learn about her method. In this episode, Kimberly shares her techniques, thoughts, and philosophy around reading with jumpers. You'll also learn what's up when no cards seem to jump out. This episode might get you looking at your readings in a whole new way!

 
Jul 18, 2021
Interpreting Your Birth Chart with Tarot with Debra Silverman
19:36

Episode 207. Tarot has astrological correlations - and in this episode astrologer Debra Silverman explains how you can use tarot to understand your natal chart. As you start to see astrology through a tarot lens, you'll begin to understand yourself (and your chart) in a whole new way.

Jul 04, 2021
Tarot and Reiki with Debra Lugo Pasquale
21:12

Episode 206. You might have heard of Reiki and wondered how it works. Reiki Master and Tarot reader Debra Lugo Pasquale of Golden Bee Tarot and Reiki joins me to talk about the benefits of Reiki - and how you can use it with your tarot practice. Learn how Debra incorporates Reiki into her client work and how you might use it to charge your deck...and more.

Jun 13, 2021
Building confidence: how to trust your instincts + stop doubting yourself
06:23

Episode 205. When you’re first beginning your tarot journey, there may be times when that old friend doubt starts creeping in. What if I’m wrong? This is common when you begin but I will say this: every tarot person worries about this same thing, even if they’ve been at it a million years.

Reading tarot - and trusting your gut for that matter - is risky. Intuition is that sense of knowing something without facts - and we live in a culture that demands facts. So keeping the faith in your instincts or your tarot reading capabilities? That’s not easy.

So first, do know you’re not alone if you are having those moments of doubt. It’s natural. We all feel that.

But one way to begin developing confidence is to simply start keeping track of your readings and flashes of intuition. This is something I recommend in Tarot: No Questions Asked. Listen in and learn more. 

May 02, 2021
Tarot and Spirit Guides with Arwen Lynch
21:12

Episode 204. What's a spirit guide? Can tarot help you connect with them? Glad you asked! Intuitive tarot pro and author Arwen Lynch joins me to answer my questions about tarot and spirit guides. Learn how to find out who's guiding you, and what tarot spreads to use for this type of work (it's actually easier than you might think!). You'll also learn which tarot decks Arwen thinks are best for spirit work! 

Mar 28, 2021
How to read tarot when you’re not in the mood
04:26

Episode 203. Here’s the deal: sometimes you’re not in the mood to touch the tarot. You pick the cards up but the feeling is meh. Maybe you’ve been doing too many readings. Or perhaps you don’t like the question or the person sitting at your tarot table. Other tarot mood killers could be a vicious hangover, sickness, or preoccupation with some drama.

If you’re doing a reading for yourself, it’s quite simple: if you’re not feeling it, leave it alone. Really, that’s it.

But what if you’re a tarot professional and you have an appointment scheduled - or you’re sitting at a psychic fair and not feeling it? What do you do then?

I'm sharing my two best tips in this episode of Tarot Bytes!

Mar 14, 2021
How to read for someone who is panicked, frantic, or in a bad frame of mind
11:08

Episode 202. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re going to encounter someone who is freaking out at some point. This can be challenging, especially for a new tarot reader. I’ve got a few tips for you - but I also want to share a few thoughts for folks who want a tarot reading and are in a state of panic.

Let’s start with that.

If you’re having a meltdown or are experiencing extreme anxiety, this is not the time for a tarot reading. Here’s why: you’ll have a hard time remaining grounded - and that may make it hard to receive an accurate reading.

From my own experience, I can say when I’m tripping out about a situation, I struggle to remain objective. I’ll tend to hear what I want to hear - or hear what I fear the most. I can assure you that even if I get a great reading that says “everything will work out,” that tends only to hold me for a minute when I’m in a bad state of mind about a situation.

If you feel frantic, I recommend prioritizing working with a therapist, healer, or health care practitioner. Extreme self-care needs to come first. A tarot reading can be part of your self-care, but it shouldn’t be the first thing you turn to, nor should a tarot reader ever take on the role of a licensed health care professional.

Now, if you’re a tarot reader and someone comes to you in a state of distraught, here are a few thoughts on that.   

Your job is to deliver a kind, helpful tarot reading. That means you must remain calm, centered, and objective - even if the person sitting at your tarot table isn’t.

I will recommend that you have self-care practices that you do every day because that will help you remain grounded. For example, meditation is excellent for finding your calm. Physical activity such as yoga or a brisk walk before you begin work can also get you in the right mood for working with clients. Tarot readers need to practice great self-care to care for their clients without getting their own lives impacted by the work.

A soothing backdrop is essential for both client and reader. I always have gentle music playing in the background. Your working space should be clean and peaceful, whether you see people in-person or do your work over the phone. A tranquil atmosphere can make all the difference for both parties.

Ideally, you’ll have good boundaries in place so your clients can’t just show up at your door and demand an emergency reading. However, even with strict boundaries, there will still be times when your client has a rough situation creating anxiety. They may want to see you immediately. I’ll let you determine how you feel about that. But I will say this: if you are going to offer on-demand services without any boundaries, you risk burning out. And a burnt out reader isn’t able to help anyone for long.

When you’re working with anyone, you’ll want to establish control of the experience. This is especially important when you’re working with people who are freaking out.

Begin by doing something that helps the client take a moment to center themselves before you touch the tarot. I like reading an oracle card first. The one I use is the Power Deck by Lynn Andrews. Each card has a different spiritual meaning written on the back, and taking that minute to read the card will set the tone for the reading. Sometimes clients wonder why I begin with that oracle card. This is the reason why. It creates a sacred moment, so we’re both in a good place before starting to work with the cards.

You may have a different process to set the tone for the reading. Perhaps you pour a client a cup of tea if you see them in-person. Or maybe you take a moment for a little light meditation or prayer. An invocation over the cards could also help bring the room's energy into a still, chill place.

Next, you’ll want to practice slow, deep belly breathing. People will link their breathing to someone else’s. If you focus on deep breathing, often the client will tune in and slow their own breathing down too. This will pull them into a centered place and may take the edge off.

Another breathing technique I use is “color breathing,” where I breathe slowly but visualize inhaling a radiant white light and breathing out a cobalt blue ray. I envision that cobalt blue surrounding the client and calming their aura. This is another way to cool the energy and soothe the client.

Next, it’s time to listen. Give the client space to tell you what’s going on - and why they want a reading at this time. What is their goal? What are their expectations on how this reading will serve them? Sometimes allowing them to flesh out what’s going on and what they need will help take the energy down a notch. This reflection will also give you and them input on how to proceed.

Once you’ve established a relaxed mood, begin your work. It would help if you remained calm at all times. Sometimes a person who is feeling anxious needs a person to talk to. If that is the case, again, let them have the floor. In fact, I find that this is a good practice in general when people are approaching tarot in a panicky way. Talking it out will help process feelings, plus it can lend well to finding good, helpful questions.

I would recommend that you refrain from “will I” questions. These are disempowering and do not serve to help the client. Instead, you’ll want to reframe questions with the “what do I need to know about” or “how can I” so the client is in the driver’s seat of their situation. Often, panic sets in when we don’t feel in control. You always want to help the client find ways to take their power back.

Never take the person’s pain lightly. Even if you think they are dramatic, do NOT judge or dismiss them. That is not only disrespectful but also unhelpful. It leads to shame, and the client might approach the reading with timidity instead of being open to the help the cards may have to offer. Think about it: if your reader just diminished your concerns, how open will you feel discussing anything with them? A reader should never pooh-pooh what the client is feeling.

Never end the reading on a hopeless note. Help the querent find the hope and power in their situation. That needs to be your goal.

I also recommend keeping a list of referrals such as therapists, hotlines, free text services for mental health, and, in some cases, local social services to help the client get the proper assistance. Again, your tarot work should never take the place of a licensed mental health expert or doctor.

Once the reading is over, you’ll need to practice good spiritual hygiene. That may mean taking a walk, meditating, or something simple such as washing your hands, a practice my friend Brianna Saussy recommends.

I’d also recommend that you encourage the client to put space between each reading. Sometimes a person who is stressed may want multiple readings on the same subject. This rarely does any good. It’s like picking at a wound. Time is needed to gain perspective. You don’t want to encourage dependence because that’s never good for the client or the reader.

If they insist, I always refer to a health care practitioner or mental health expert. This is to protect the client, which is ultimately the goal.

These are a few of my tips. I hope this helps you, whether you’re the client or the tarot reader.

Feb 08, 2021
10 ways to use Tarot in your everyday life
06:32

When we think about tarot, we usually associate it with divination. Tarot isn’t just for looking at the future. In fact, there are many ways you can use the Tarot in your everyday life.

Before I explore that, I also want to remind you that Tarot wasn’t originally intended for divination. It was created as a trick-taking game - and it is still played as a game in many parts of the world. If you want to learn how to play Tarot games, a quick search of the web will lead you to tutorials. Be sure to check that out.

Now, on to our subject. Listen in and check out some of my favorite ways to to use Tarot in your daily life.

Jan 17, 2021
Hoodoo, Tarot, and the Black American Experience with David Davis
32:52

Episode 200. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, David Davis of Porous Palms joins me to talk about the role of Hoodoo and Tarot in the Black American Experience. How can the Tarot cards give insights into the lives of Black people? What is Hoodoo and how has it impacted Black lives, both in the past and present? How can Tarot and Hoodoo work together to support the Black community? David shares his thoughts about all of this and more. We also discuss "love-and-lightwashing" (aka toxic positivity) and the harm it does for marginalized folks as well as how to find a like-minded reader who can empathize with your lived experiences.

Jan 10, 2021
Reading Tarot in Layers with Jenna Matlin
22:13

Episode 199. Do you tend to read the cards in the order of the spread? For example, does a Past, Present, Future reading need to be read that way - or is there a deeper, more intuitive method? Jenna Matlin joins me today to teach how she "pivots the table" and squeezes as much meaning as possible by passing back and forth over the cards. Intuitive hits and critical inquiry provide new details that might be missed if you simply read the positional meanings in a spread. She describes this as creating a "layer cake of meaning," a three-dimensional reading that goes further and provides more detail. 

Jenna's method will get you spinning the spread in new directions - and igniting your intuition like never before! 

Jan 03, 2021
Tarot and Disability with Sara YK
29:18

Episode 198. For too long, the tarot has been centered around white, cis-gendered able-bodied folks, Things have begun to change as more people demand representation. While strides have been made, the disabled community is still under-represented. Social justice activist and tarot reader Sara YK joins me to talk about a wide range of topics such as inclusivity in tarot decks, reading for disabled people, working as a pro when you have a disability, apps, and more. Sara opened my eyes to many things about tarot and disability - and I think our conversation will do the same for you.

Dec 13, 2020
Tarot and the Akashic Records with Leeza Robertson and Pamela Chen
24:28

Episode 197. I'll admit: I know next to nothing about the Akashic Records. I've never studied them or worked with them in any way. When Leeza Robertson and Pamela Chen suggested this as a topic, I was totally game! In this episode of Tarot Bytes, they enlightened me about Tarot and the Akashic Records. Learn how they work with both to help people heal and rewrite their stories. You'll be fascinated too!

Dec 06, 2020
The Magic of Color and Tarot with Sarah Potter
22:07

Episode 196. In our daily lives, colors influence our actions. For example, certain shades of orange and red are used in fast-food restaurants to get us hungry...and moving along quickly. Does this same thing apply to tarot? 

The colorful images in the tarot deck certainly capture our imaginations. But were the colors chosen deliberately for interpretation reasons? Or not? And what might the colors convey in a tarot reading? Color Magic practitioner and tarot reader Sarah Potter joins me to talk about how the magic of color adds so much to the cards...and how we interpret them. 

Nov 29, 2020
Tarot and Angels with Andrew Barker
25:33

Episode 195. The Tarot is loaded with images of angels: Temperance, The Lovers, Judgement, and more. What messages do these angelic beings add to the interpretations? And what are "angel numbers?" I'm joined with tarot reader and angel expert Andrew Barker for an enlightening conversation about angels and tarot. After this discussion, I'll never look at the Wheel of Fortune the same!

Nov 22, 2020
Facial Expressions in the Tarot Cards
04:49

Episode 194. In past episodes, we've looked at postures, gestures, and even the hands to glean information about the tarot cards. What about the faces on the figures? What do they reveal? A lot...and not a lot. Here's the deal: some cards have obvious associations with different emotions while others are rather neutral, leaving the reader to interpret what the figure might be feeling or conveying. Look at the smirk on the Five of Swords - that tells you there is something shady going on. But the inscrutable face of the Queen of Wands leaves your imagination to do the work. Different decks also have images that could give whole new interpretations based on the artist's rendering. I'll talk about all of this in the latest episode. 

Nov 15, 2020
Tarot and Palmistry with James Divine
38:32

Episode 193. When Madame Pamita told me about palmist James Divine, I was intrigued. They were teaching a workshop called the Palmistry Tarot Mash-Up, which decodes the hidden messages the hands reveal in the tarot cards. This got my attention (Geminis are always interested in hands!) and I booked him as a guest immediately. The information he shares in this episode of Tarot Bytes blew my mind. Was Pamela Colman Smith a palmist? I found myself asking that question once I learned James' method for divining what the hands meant. This was one of my fave episodes, hands down (LOL).

Nov 01, 2020
Intuitive Tarot with Mat Auryn
35:42

Episode 192. What's intuition all about - and what role does it play in tarot? How come some readers don't like the word "psychic?" Mat Auryn, the author of the best-selling book Psychic Witch, joins me today to answer those questions and so much more. Mat has been teaching intuitive tarot skills for many years and shares some of his techniques for tuning in and delivering helpful, accurate readings. I love his wise point of view - and think you will too. (Psst...if you want to be more psychic, get his book!)

Oct 25, 2020
Tarot for Healing with Leeza Robertson and Pamela Chen
35:31

Episode 191. I've said this again and again: tarot is not just for divination. It can be used in many ways. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, my favorite dynamic duo, Leeza Robertson and Pamela Chen teaches how tarot can be a wonderful tool for healing. We talk about chakras, tarot, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), and more. If you're curious about how tarot might be able to assist your healing journey, you'll love this episode. 

 
Oct 18, 2020
Is It Self-Serving to Serve YourSelf? with Shaniqua Leach
21:59

Episode 190. Tarot readers are so focused on serving others, that they often lose sight of their own needs. What happens when they use their spiritual gifts to heal themselves? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Shaniqua Leach teaches how tarot readers can work with tarot to give themselves the same loving care that they give to others. Shaniqua talks about how to deliver a helpful reading to yourself in the same way you'd deliver one to a client.

She also discusses what to do when you get stuck on a tarot card meaning, cards that keep popping up in the client's readings (there might be a message for YOU), plus some things you can do to get out of your headspace and back to your heart. This conversation is going to help every reader learn how to serve themselves as well as they do everyone else. 

Oct 11, 2020
Tarot For Confident Decision-Making with Rachel True
36:51

Episode 189. When you have an idea of what's up, you can make better decisions. Tarot can help with that. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, actress and tarot reader Rachel True talks about how tarot can be used for confident decision-making. Rachel shares some of the ways tarot has helped her - and how it can help you too. We also talk about her uh-may-zing new True Heart Intuitive Tarot, a gorgeous new deck filled with modern interpretations and stories from her life. This is a must-have deck for tarot lovers and fans of Rachel's work. 

Oct 04, 2020
Astrology, Tarot and Journaling as Self-Care with Gabriela Herstik
26:07

Episode 188. Keeping a journal is one of the best practices for self-care. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Gabriela Herstik teaches how to add astrology and tarot to your journaling. Learn how Gaby blends these sacred arts into her own practice - and how you can add them to yours. (Psst...Gabriela's new Embody Your Magick journal is a fab place to start!)

Sep 27, 2020
Yearly Cards with Mary Greer
29:47

Episode 187. In a previous episode of Tarot Bytes, Mary Greer talked about "birth cards," a numerology technique where you add up your birth date and connect the final number to a tarot card. This can tell you a lot about yourself and your destiny. Mary joins me again to explore "yearly cards," which connects each year to a Major Arcana. We discuss personal year cards as well as yearly cards for the collective. 

Sep 13, 2020
Tarot for Truth Seeking with Whitney Bowen Abrams
29:35

Episode 186. What is your truth? How can you be your most authentic self? Whitney Bowen Abrams of Vita Lumen joins me today to talk about how the tarot can answer those questions. Learn how Whitney approaches tarot - and what truth means to her. We also discuss which tarot card best represents the truth. 

Sep 06, 2020
Tarot and the Law of Attraction with Chantele Francis
22:21

Episode 185. Most of us have heard about the "Law of Attraction," the belief that our thoughts create our reality. Chantele Francis is a Law of Attraction Life Coach who uses the Tarot to help her clients manifest their biggest dreams. She joins me today to talk about what you need to know about the Law of Attraction and how to bring it into your Tarot practice to create the life you want. 

Aug 30, 2020
Tarot and Folk Magic with Lex Ritchie
23:37

Episode 183. Long time tarot readers know that the cards can be a potent tool for transformation. Combine them with folk magic and you've got a recipe for healing and radical change. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, folk magic educator Lex Ritchie joins me to talk about how tarot and folk magic create the perfect blend for an empowered life. 

Aug 16, 2020
Reading Without Tarot Spreads with Desiree of Intuitive Gems
21:58

Episode 182. Tarot spreads can add structure to a reading. But are they necessary? Desiree of Intuitive Gems doesn't think so. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Desiree shares why you don't need a spread to deliver a great reading. Her techniques for reading without tarot spreads will make it easy to give up the structure and find your free flow!

Aug 09, 2020
Ancestral Tarot with Nancy Hendrickson
17:20

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, author and genealogist Nancy Hendrickson joins me to talk about using tarot for ancestral work. Learn why you might want to use tarot to connect with your departed loved ones, what to do when those relatives aren't nice people and more. Nancy also shares her experiences about ancestral tarot work and talks a bit about her upcoming book on the subject. This topic fascinates me - and I think you'll find it intriguing too!

Aug 02, 2020
Why You Should Use Tarot Spreads with Melda Hughes
10:04

Episode 180. Have you ever asked this question: do I really need to use a tarot spread? Tarot spread creator Melda Hughes has the answer to that. She believes a layout can help you learn tarot and deliver a more direct reading. In this episode, she shares her thoughts as well as her simple process for creating spreads. 

Jul 26, 2020
Reading Tarot in the Pandemic with Liz Worth
42:12

Episode 179. We are living in uncertain times. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on many business owners, including professional tarot readers, many who rely on face-to-face interactions through events and metaphysical storefronts. With shops closing and the safety concerns that come with in-person sessions, tarot pros are being forced to adapt - and so are their clients. But how do you do that? What might an in-person reading look like now? Will everyone be masked up? How do you read tarot when sitting six feet apart? Is it even safe to welcome clients into your home or office? And if you don't want to offer that, how do you deal with customers who insist and try to push past your boundaries? 

Liz Worth joins me to discuss all of that and more. Reading tarot in a pandemic can be totally doable and safe. We share our thoughts on what to do, how to stay safe, setting boundaries, and why we both think phone sessions are always a better option, pandemic or not. If you're a tarot professional or a client, you'll want to listen in to this episode. 

Jul 19, 2020
Professionalism for Tarot Readers with Gina Thies
40:35

Episode 178. If you've decided to start a tarot business, then you need to go pro from the jump. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Gina Thies, who has been writing the business column for the Tarot School’s Tarot Tips Newsletter for years. Gina shares her thoughts on professionalism and gives tips on how tarot readers can up their game.

Jul 12, 2020
What to do when a Tarot reading doesn’t feel “clear.”
13:38

Episode 177. I’m going to approach this topic from two perspectives. I’ll start by talking about what to do when you get a reading that doesn’t feel clear - followed by what to do when you’re giving a tarot reading and can’t seem to find a cohesive message. I'll share my best tips so that you can find your way through the fog - or learn from the experience. 

Jul 05, 2020
Reading Tarot for the Public with Jenna Matlin
33:23

Episode 176. If you've been reading for yourself or loved ones, you might be wondering: what is it like to read for strangers? Jenna Matlin joins me to talk about reading tarot for the general public. Jenna shares her tips for delivering a rock-solid reading, and handling challenging querents. We also talk about the difference between readings for family versus the general public - and how folks should prepare for a session so they get a helpful tarot reading.

 
Jun 28, 2020
Reading Tarot for Loved Ones with Melissa Cynova
19:23

Episode 175. Reading tarot for loved ones seems like a great idea, right? After all, who knows you better than a close friend or family member? While there are benefits to getting a reading from someone you trust, there are challenges for both the reader and the querent. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Melissa Cynova, author of the upcoming book Kitchen Table Magic and cocreator of The Scorpio Sea Tarot, for a frank discussion on what it's like to read tarot for those who are near and dear.

We talk about the pros and cons of getting a reading from someone who knows you well - and what both reader and querent need to do to ensure the reading is unbiased and helpful. Learn when we think you shouldn't read for a loved one too.

Jun 21, 2020
Tarot Fears with Elliot Adam
32:14

Episode 174. There are some real tarot fears out there. Take the Death card for example. People see it and freak the heck out! Why is that? More importantly, how can we understand and dispel those negative connotations? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Elliot Adam, author of Fearless Tarot: How To Give a Positive Reading in Any Situation, joins me to talk about why tarot scares some folks - and how to look at some "scary" cards through the lens of compassion. 

Jun 14, 2020
Tarot and Self-Care with Jerico Mandybur
22:21

Episode 173. Although tarot is primarily associated with divination, modern readers know that it can be used for so much more. Jerico Mandybur, the creator behind Neo Tarot, sees tarot as a tool for nurturing yourself. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, we're talking about how tarot and self-care go together beautifully. 

Jerico shares various ways to incorporate tarot into your personal spiritual practice. Methods such as affirmations, journaling, and her fave spread for "checking in" help you take good care of you.  You'll discover the tarot might be the perfect companion when you need a little TLC (tarot loving care). 

She also dishes about her fascinating new podcast Beyond Belief - which explores spiritual beliefs such as stigmata, satanic feminists, and other belief systems in a curious, non-judgmental way. 

May 31, 2020
Tarot and Astrology with V of Red Light Readings
27:17

Episode 172. When you blend astrology into your tarot reading, you can uncover new levels of information. That's what V. of Red Light Readings has been discovering. She's been using astrology in her Cosmic-politan, a tarot-infused deep dive into your natal chart.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, we're talking about how astrology influences tarot - and how to create your own natal chart with tarot cards! SO COOL. Prepare to go down a new rabbit hole with V's techniques.

Book mentioned in this episode is Tarot and Astrology: Enhance Your Readings With the Wisdom of the Zodiac by Corrine Kenner.

May 24, 2020
Breaking The Tarot Rules with Majorie Gatson
22:24

Episode 171. Do you ever find yourself getting hung up on supposed "tarot rules," and losing your own voice in the process? This happens to all of us, especially when we're first starting out. Rote memorization of what each card "means," can have you sounding like a tarot automaton...and that's no good.

Tarot is a lot like music - while there are certain rules, individual expression is what creates the most interesting harmonies. Majorie Gatson, also known as The Punk Priestess, joins me in this episode of Tarot Bytes to talk about how to break free from the tarot rules that stifle your creativity...and your voice.

May 17, 2020
Reading Without Keywords with Beverly Frable
19:20

Episode 170. One of the methods I use with beginning tarot readers is keywords, which is a list of prompts for each card. It's a great way to get the interpretations down. Beverly Frable prefers to skip that method. Instead, she advises looking for different clues, which helps to develop your own meanings. In this episode, Beverly joins me to teach reading without keywords - and what you might want to consider instead. I love her intuitive approach to tarot - and I think you will too (Plus not having to memorize keywords? SWEET.)!

May 03, 2020
Coming Out Cards with Seth Vermilyea
32:28

Episode 169. A few episodes back, Seth Vermilyea of Coming Out Tarot discussed tarot patterns with me. He joins me again today to talk about cards and patterns that might indicate the coming out journey. We also chat about how tarot can support someone before, during, and after coming out of any life closet. Seth is an amazing teacher and tarot reader - I learned so much in this episode. 

 

Apr 26, 2020
What to do when your family doesn't support your Tarot passion
09:50

Episode 168. Every tarot reader or enthusiast has at one time or another come across a family member who doesn’t support their tarot passion. Sometimes it’s due to ignorance while other times, there are other emotions behind the haterade such as embarrassment, fear, a lack of understanding, or it goes against their beliefs. In some cases, it’s because they’ve had a bad experience with a tarot reader or know someone who did.

For example, my parents didn’t seem to care much when I was experimenting as a teenager. But once I made tarot my livelihood, they were freaked out. My mother was so embarrassed that she wouldn’t tell people what I actually did for a living. She told relatives that I worked for some corporation. Which is crazy because anyone who knows me knows that I would never do such a thing. But to her, the work was so bizarre that she couldn't admit it until years later. I’m sure she’d have a different mindset now because I’ve been doing it so long - and have a few books under my belt. Also, tarot is more accepted than it was back in the day when I first began.

I can tell you though, that it does hurt when your family isn’t supportive. It can take the wind out of your sails and make you feel like putting the cards away for good. Over the years I’ve talked to many other tarot lovers who have shared stories of having to practice or get readings in secret due to a family member who doesn’t like tarot. It doesn’t have to come to that.

In this episode, I'm sharing my best tips for how to deal when your family doesn't support your tarot passion.

Apr 19, 2020
What to do when you don’t “like” what the Tarot is telling you
06:26

Episode 167. It happens to all of us at one point or another…you get a reading but you don’t like what the tarot is telling you. It sucks when that happens. And sometimes, when it does, you’re tempted to ask the question again.

I like to say that I’m not a fan of beating a dead tarot horse. Rather than asking the question again in order to get the answer you want, I'm sharing my favorite strategies in this episode!

Apr 12, 2020
Scary Minor Arcana Cards with Meg Jones Wall
24:19

Episode 166. There are a few Major Arcana cards that tend to spook people, namely Death, Devil, and The Tower. Pull one of those bad boys in a tarot reading, and folks freak out - and fear the worst. Those Majors aren't the only "frightening" tarot cards in the deck. In fact, there are a few scary Minor Arcana cards that trip people up and stress them out. Cards such as the Ten of Swords, or Five of Cups. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Meg Jones Wall of 3am Tarot for an enlightening conversation on how to deal when the Minors you don't like show up to your tarot party.

Meg shares her technique that combines Numerology and Majors to find the wisdom and healing potential in tarot's least happy Minors. You'll start looking at those unpleasant cards with fresh eyes - and they won't seem so scary anymore!

Mar 29, 2020
Reading The Cards as Personalities In A Room with Melinda Lee Holm
31:06

Episode 165. The interpretation process can be daunting, especially for beginners. But what if you could look at the tarot cards through a different lens, one that views them as individuals functioning together in a situation? Melinda Lee Holm shares her genius method with me in this episode of Tarot Bytes. When you start reading the cards as personalities in a room, your interpretations will flow like never before! Melinda also talks about why she focuses on the difficult cards first in a tarot reading (you will love this piece of advice).

Mar 22, 2020
Multiple Ways of Reading Reversals with Emilie Muñiz
20:14

Episode 164. Do you read reversals? If so, do you only see them as the "opposite" of the upright meaning? There's more than one way to look at a reversed tarot card - and in this episode of Tarot Bytes, Emilie Muñiz teaches all the different ways you can read them.

Some of her methods include the shadow, weaker, blocked, or the wakeup. If you want to work with reversals and are stuck on the opposite only, get ready to amp up your interpretation skills with Emilie!

Mar 15, 2020
Bewitching the Tarot Elements with Gabriela Herstik
42:31

Episode 163. The elements play an important role in the Tarot. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit - each one holds clues to the cards. For example, the suit of Pentacles is ruled by the Earth element, which signifies the material world. Pentacles are therefore our foundation, the things that make us feel secure. Not just money (although that's a big part of Pentacles energy), but also our homes, values, and boundaries. Once you understand the Elements, you have a better connection to the cards.

In this special episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by author and witch Gabriela Herstik for a deep-dive into the Elements in Tarot. We explore each suit and corresponding element through cards she chose for her upcoming book, Bewitching the Elements: A Guide to Empowering Yourself Through Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit (this is a must-have book for every Tarot reader and witchy person!). Gabriela shares different ways to tap into the elemental energy of the cards, which will add an extra layer of interpretation possibilities to your Tarot readings. Get ready to look at the Elements - and Tarot - through new eyes! 

Mar 08, 2020
Creating Your Own Tarot Practice with Kait Fowlie
15:13

Episode 162. Whether you're a long-time tarot reader or totally new, a regular practice is necessary if you want to develop a strong relationship with your cards. But what does that look like? And how do you get started? Kait Fowlie joins me to talk about creating a meaningful tarot practice.

Kait shares tips for making tarot part of your daily life with journaling and monthly/yearly rituals. She also shares her genius tip for combining tarot with "morning pages," a practice from The Artist's Way that involves writing three pages of longhand stream-of-consciousness done first thing in the morning. If you're curious about how to get started on a regular tarot practice, this episode will get you started in the right direction!

 

Mar 01, 2020
Creating Your Own Tarot Card Meanings with Mantis
18:37

Episode 161. So you've read all the tarot books. Now you have a database of tarot meanings, and you're good to go, right? Not quite. While the books can give you a solid foundation, you may find that over time you start to develop your own tarot meanings. This is important because everybody's relationship with tarot is different - and that means everyone will have unique ways of interpreting them.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Mantis, the author of Truly Easy Tarot,  joins me to talk about creating your own tarot card meanings. Learn about the tools and methods he recommends to find interpretations that come from your heart.

Feb 23, 2020
Tarot for Initiation with Erin Aquarian
27:50

Episode 160. Awhile back, Erin Aquarian joined me on Tarot Bytes to talk about Tarot as a tool for liberation. She's back and this time we're chatting about the wisdom codes in the Major Arcana that trigger our evolution. Erin has been downloading this information for some time and shared this with me: 

"The messages I've been getting clearly especially from the Empress/Emperor years is that we are being initiated into mental/emotional/spiritual adulthood, all the work that is happening around deprogramming/healing/unlearning problematic conditioning, etc, is ultimately about becoming an empowered adult who is actively participating in creating a better world, rather than passively accepting the one we've been given.”

Wow.

We discuss this and more in another deep dive Tarot lesson!

Feb 09, 2020
Six Things To Avoid When Reading Tarot
09:12

Episode 159. A few years back I wrote a blog post about six mistakes tarot readers make. I thought we might want to visit that again here on the podcast. Here are the six things to avoid when reading tarot:

1. Depending too much on the “little white book." At some point, you gotta ditch the training wheels.

2. Becoming enamored with your newfound “powers." It's not about you - it's about serving the client.

3. Giving a prediction without strategies to change the outcome. If the outcome looks dicey, you need to show what can be done to navigate the situation.

4. Not keeping healthy boundaries. Boundaries keep you sane.

5. Taking on the role of a doctor, therapist or lawyer. Leave that to the professionals. 

6. Thinking you got it all down.  Keep learning, always.

Feb 02, 2020
Working with the Emperor Year with Shaheen Miro
26:06

Episode 158. 2020 marks the universal year of the Emperor. The themes for the year: security, protection, and the patriarchy. While the Emperor can symbolize the father figure, the shadow side is the dictator. In this week's Tarot Bytes my co-author of Tarot for Troubled Times, Shaheen Miro, joins me to talk about how to find the yearly number, what the Emperor year means for us on a collective and personal level, plus how to deal in a way that makes sense for you based on your birth card. 

Navigate this year's vibe with tarot - and Shaheen!

Jan 19, 2020
A Tarotcise for Objectivity
09:05

Episode 157. There will be times when you’re reading for someone and suddenly you lose your sense of objectivity. For example, you’re reading for a loved one - and you see something bad and don’t want to tell them so you sugarcoat your delivery. Or perhaps you have someone at your tarot table that you don’t like. Maybe they are doing something that you feel is morally wrong. In that case, you may find yourself looking for the so-called bad cards because you feel some type of way.

If you ever find yourself in one of those situations, don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us at one time or another. BUT if you don’t get out of your own way, this will hinder your ability to deliver a helpful reading for the person at your tarot table.

Remaining objective isn’t easy but it can be done. The key is to keep a neutral mindset at all times, no matter who is in front of you, what questions are being asked, or what cards show up. This Tarotcise involves role-playing and can help you learn to get centered - before you're actually in a real-life situation that makes you squirm.

Jan 05, 2020
Creating Your Own Tarot Spreads with Weston
20:15

Episode 156. Sure, you could use traditional spreads such as the Celtic Cross. But what if you wanted to create your own tarot spreads? Custom layouts that are tailored to you - or your clients - are not that hard to do! I'm joined today by Weston of Root Lock Tarot for a discussion on best practices for creating your own tarot spreads. Weston recently created The Root Lock Book of Spreads, an ebook filled with thirty-three original layouts. If you've ever thought that you wanted a fresh spread for any situation, Weston's advice is spot on.

Dec 15, 2019
A Tarotcise for Intuitive Tarot Reading
04:05

Episode 155. If I had to label my style of reading, I would definitely fit in the "intuitive tarot reader" category. While the traditional meanings of the cards form a framework, I like to let my sixth sense lead the way in the interpretations. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm sharing one of my simple "Tarotcises" for intuitive tarot reading.

This is an easy, effective way to get out of your head and into your gut. (By the way, Tarotcise is a term I coined for Tarot Exercises. I think it's cute.)

Dec 08, 2019
Tarot and Runes with Abbie Plouff
20:24

Episode 154. Years ago, I purchased a set of Runes. I couldn't seem to make heads or tails out of them, so I gave up. Turns out I needed to give those Runes some time, according to Abbie Plouff. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Abbie teaches what Runes are, how to work with them, and how you might incorporate this magickal tool into your tarot readings. I may have to give those Runes another chance!

Book mentioned in this episode: Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic by Diana L. Paxson.

Dec 01, 2019
Tarot and the Left Hand Path with Bere Parra
36:32

Episode 153. What is the Left Hand Path? How might a practitioner of this path approach tarot? I was curious. So I reached out to Bere Parra, a Mexican theistic satanic witch to learn more. Bere talks about common misconceptions about the left hand path, the Devil card, and more. This enlightening conversation sheds new light on a practice that is often viewed as "negative" or "scary." I have a better understanding of readers who follow this path. If you're wondering how a satanist might approach tarot, listen in.

Nov 24, 2019
Going Deep with Tarot with Ashawnee DuBarry
26:33

Episode 152. Sometimes tarot takes us to places we don't expect. For example, we may come to the tarot table with a desire to sort out the future - but the cards take on a more therapeutic vibe. Tarot can go deep - and create profound healing. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Ashawnee DuBarry of ElysianSpiritTarot shares her story on how tarot helped her find peace, balance, and wholeness. We talk about self-sabotage, peeling away old stories, and finding clarity

If you're ready to go deep with tarot, you'll want to listen to our conversation.

Nov 17, 2019
Diving Into Dust II Onyx with Courtney Alexander
38:47

Episode 151. One of the most stunning decks to come out in the past few years is Dust II Onyx by Courtney Alexander. Some of my listeners wanted to learn more about the deck - and the talented artist behind it. In this episode, Courtney joins me to talk about the inspiration for her deck, invocation, ancestors, ritual, and bonding with the deck. We also learn about the mysterious "Black Onyx" card and practice one of the spreads in the book.

If you have this deck and want to learn more about it, you'll love this episode! Don't have it yet? This may convince you to get it. (PS a travel version is coming out! YAY!)

 

Nov 10, 2019
Tarot for Sobriety with Sarah Chappell
30:21

Episode 150. Although we often associate tarot as a tool for divination, modern readers are also using it for self-care. In this episode, I'm joined by Sarah Chappell for a discussion on how tarot helped her with sobriety. You'll learn how tarot can become your ally on the road to recovery.

Nov 03, 2019
Tarot and Charm Casting with Carrie Paris
24:49

Episode 149. Charm casting has become extremely popular amongst tarot devotees. We can thank Carrie Paris for this - she's been a leading force for this ancient form of divination. With products like the Magpie Oracle, Carrie has been helping people determine the future with simple, everyday objects.

In this episode, Carrie shares how she got into charm casting, how to use it with tarot, and create your own talismans for divination. 

Oct 27, 2019
Tarot and Current Events with Georgianna Boehnke
48:16

Episode 148. Believe it or not, tarot clients aren't always asking about love and money. Sometimes they want to talk about the state of the world - and what it may mean for the future. In this episode, Georgianna Boehnke of The Tarot Room joins me to talk about how tarot can be used as a tool to understand current events - and how to deal with an unpredictable world.

 

Oct 20, 2019
Tarot and Life Coaching with J Ryan Kent
27:13

Episode 147. I've said it again and again: tarot isn't just for divination. Nowadays, folks are using it for creativity, introspection, therapy, and more. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by J Ryan Kent, who has been combining tarot and life coaching as a way to help his clients take command of their lives.

Listen in and learn how tarot and life coaching are perfect allies for growth. 

Oct 13, 2019
Tarot Journaling with Donnaleigh de la Rose
30:42

Almost every tarot teacher agrees: keeping a tarot journal is a fantastic way to grow your skills. But where do you begin? What type of journal should you use? What things might you record in your journal? 

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Donnaleigh de la Rose joins me to share her best tips for tarot journaling. Donnaleigh also talks about how journaling has been a powerful tool for transformation in her own life. 

My favorite pens mentioned in this episode: Le Pen. My fave journal is from Nuuna

Oct 06, 2019
Postures and Gestures with Dina Berrin
33:51

Episode 145. Did you ever notice how someone stands and think "Gee, that person looks confident?" Postures can say a lot. In tarot, there are symbolic meanings behind how the figures stand, sit, or hold their tools. Even the hand gestures mean something. For example, an open palm can suggest opportunity - or receiving. When you study the cards in-depth, these small details add a lot to your readings.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Dina Berrin and I discuss the postures and gestures in the cards - and what they might be trying to convey. This episode will help add new layers of meanings to interpretations.

Sep 29, 2019
How to Deliver Information with Elliot Adam
41:23

Episode 144. When you're doing a tarot reading for someone else, how should you deliver information? Do you "tell it like it is" or soften it up - especially when the cards aren't favorable? Is there ever a time when you shouldn't reveal what you see? How can you find a balance between honesty and compassion? I explore all of this and more with Elliot Adam.

This is an important topic for tarot professionals - and there is no one better to deliver the honest truth about communication than Elliot.

Sep 22, 2019
Inclusivity and Tarot with Courtney Alexander
43:32

Episode 143. For too long, tarot decks have featured primarily white people. (There was even a tag on Twitter called #tarotsowhite a few years back.) But that has changed. More folks are looking for diverse decks featuring images that represent people who look just like them. Indie artists have been leading the way, creating stunning, multicultural decks. Artists like Courtney Alexander, the talent behind the celebrated Dust II Onyx Tarot.

In this episode, Courtney joins me to discuss inclusivity and tarot. We talk about Courtney's journey as a deck creator, how artists can be inclusive and remain respectful, and more. Courtney's wisdom will give all deck creators something to think about going forward. This is an important conversation and one that I hope to explore further in future episodes.

Sep 15, 2019
Tarot and Numerology with Pleasant Gehman
27:19

Episode 142. Wondering what role the numbers play in tarot? Pleasant Gehman joins me to talk about tarot and numerology. Even if you're not a math fan (we weren't back in the day!), you'll see that the numbers hold significant meaning - and an understanding of numerology will help you deepen your knowledge of the cards. Pleasant shares great tips including her method for adding up all the numbers in a reading. You'll definitely want to try this technique - it will blow your mind!

Sep 08, 2019
Tarot for Creative Inspiration with Michelle Sakhai
17:48

Episode 141. More and more people are finding that tarot isn't just for divination. Tarot can be used for therapy, storytelling, healing, and creativity. Today, I am joined by artist Michelle Sakhai. Michelle is sharing how tarot inspires her art - and how it lead to her amazing exhibit The Arcana Series: Interpretations of Tarot. (If you're in the New York area and a lover of tarot 'n art - this is a MUST see.)

This episode of Tarot Bytes may just give your muse a nudge to begin using tarot for creative inspiration!

Sep 01, 2019
Collective Tarot Readings with Mantis Tarot
22:24

Episode 140. Most people do tarot for themselves or for individual clients. But what about readings for the collective? How might that tell us about the world we live in - and ourselves? Mantis Tarot does just that.

Collective tarot readings, or tarot for humanity, is a way to glimpse at what's happening out there - and how it might affect us as individuals. This way of reading can also give us an idea of how we're showing up - and impacting the collective. After all, we're all in this together. Everything we do does leave an impact on the world - and vice versa. Mantis explains his method and gives a demo too! This topic is so interesting to me - and I think you will dig it too.

Aug 18, 2019
Color and Costume in Tarot with Dina Berrin
28:42

Episode 139. Tarot cards are filled with symbolism. Tarot readers know that everything in the cards is there for a reason. For example, the colors and costumes hold meanings. Think about it: how do you feel when you see the color yellow? What does a gorgeous gown make you think of?

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Dina Berrin and I discuss the colors and clothing in the cards - and what they mean. This episode will help you to take your interpretations even deeper.

Aug 11, 2019
Hard Cards with Sarah Gottesdiener
39:02

Episode 138. Ever pull a tarot card that makes you groan? You know what I mean: a card that looks "scary" such as The Tower or maybe the Ten of Swords. Those cards often elicit a strong reaction - and usually a negative one. But the hard cards are great teachers and not something to fear. They are often portals into new levels of consciousness. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Sarah Gottesdiener for an enlightening discussion on hard cards.

We discuss how to look at the difficult cards in an empowering way, decks with no bad cards, what to do if a reading leans toward the negative - and more. This episode may just change your mind about the tarot cards that freak you out.

Aug 04, 2019
A Tarot Spread for Advice
07:09

Episode 137. I use this spread with a specific question in mind. It’s not for general outlooks - the Past Present Future spread (or the Celtic Cross) is better suited for that. Here are the positions:

The Situation, What You Need To Know, Advice

The Situation looks at the current energy around the question.

What You Need To Know covers those blind spots or things you may be choosing to ignore.

Advice offers guidance so you can make good, conscious decisions.

Useful as can be and easy to work with. You'll defo want to add this spread to your tarot toolbox.

Jul 29, 2019
Mind, Body, Spirit Spread
07:24

Episode 136. The Body, Mind, Spirit Spread is the one I use to check in with myself. It's especially effective when my life seems to be in a tough spot. Checking in allows me to see what I need in terms of self-care. For example, if the card in the Body position is challenging, it might be a sign that I need to reflect on my daily habits while a card like the Three of Swords in the Mind position may alert me to manage my mental stress. It's too easy to put our self-care to the side, especially when life isn't going the way we want. The Body, Mind, Spirit Spread helps me to see exactly what I need.

I recommend this as a daily spread too. Because you don't need to be struggling to come to tarot. It's always your ally.

This spread is featured in Tarot For Troubled Times, a book I co-wrote with Shaheen Miro.

Jul 21, 2019
Past, Present, Future Spread
08:28

Episode 135. In the next few episodes, I'm covering some simple, basic tarot spreads. I'm starting out with an oldie but a goodie: the Past, Present, Future Spread. This is a common layout that many tarot readers use. It gives you the ability to assess where you're coming from, where you are, and where you may be heading next.

The Past, Present, Future spread is ultimately about clarity. It's a chance to understand what choices led you to the present moment and how things are shaping up. Keep in mind that if you do not like the way the outcome looks, you can make different decisions going forward. Getting a glimpse of what may happen doesn't mean it is set in stone. 

Another tip: pull an additional card for guidance and you add a layer of empowerment to this layout.

Jul 14, 2019
Tarot for Liberation with Erin Aquarian
32:41

Episode 134. Tarot for Liberation with Erin Aquarian. Tarot isn't just for divination. It can be a tool for healing, empowerment, and liberation. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Erin Aquarian to discuss tarot for liberation. Whether you're looking to transform yourself, or the world, tarot can be your trusted ally. I LOVE the way Erin works with the cards - I learned a lot and so will you.

Jun 30, 2019
Queering the Tarot with Cassandra Snow
46:38

Episode 133. Queering the Tarot with Cassandra Snow. Back in the day, tarot decks and books were centered around the white, cisgender, heteronormative perspective. That's changing. Now folks can find tarot books and decks that are truly inclusive. It's about time!

Today, I am talking with Cassandra Snow, author of Queering the Tarot, about LGBTQQIP2SA+ representation in tarot. We're chatting about what it was like to read tarot when there were no cards or books that showed an LGBTQQIP2SA+ perspective and how modern decks and books are evolving to be more inclusive. Our conversation also included discussing interpretations for marginalized folk, gender, pronouns, advice for straight tarot readers who read for an LGBTQQIP2SA+ client, and more. Cassandra is a bright light blazing trails in tarot. You are going to learn a lot in this episode and I think her book belongs on every tarot reader's shelf!

 

Jun 23, 2019
Tarot and Astrology with Liz Worth
29:34

Episode 132. Tarot and Astrology with Liz Worth. How did astrology and tarot get linked? Do you need to know astrology if you're tarot reader? How might you incorporate astrology into your tarot readings? Liz Worth and I discuss all of this and more in the latest Tarot Bytes.

When I thought of this topic, Liz was the first person I thought of. She's fluent in both tarot and astrology - and smart as a whip. Listen in and you'll learn how she brings these two mystical arts together in her sessions.

Jun 16, 2019
Tarot and Crystals with Naha Armády
15:33

Episode 131. Tarot and Crystals with Naha Armády. Looking to add crystals to your tarot practice but not sure where to begin or what stones to use? Naha Armády, author of Everyday Crystal Rituals: Healing Practices for Love, Wealth, Career, and Home, joins me to talk about the best practices for bringing crystals and tarot together. I'm a huge fan of Naha's book so I couldn't wait to get her input. I was really intrigued by her suggestion on the best stone for tarot. Listen in and find out which one that is and why.

Jun 09, 2019
Tarot and Justice with Carolyn Cushing
26:22

Episode 130. Tarot and Justice with Carolyn Cushing. Carolyn Cushing is a contributor to Tarot for Troubled Times, my new book with co-author Shaheen Miro. She wrote about using the Knights for social justice so today, she's joining me to talk about that plus so much more! We discuss the Justice card, doing good in the world, being a force for compassion, and more. Join us for this soulful talk - and learn how you can work with tarot for justice for all!

Jun 02, 2019
The Devil and The Tower with Joanna DeVoe
25:27

Episode 129. The Devil and The Tower with Joanna DeVoe. No one likes to see the Devil or the Tower. After all, these are scary looking cards. Joanna DeVoe of KICKASS WITCH joins me to talk about this dynamic duo. Joanna has some great thoughts to share about the good 'n bad parts of these cards - and what you need to know when they show up at the tarot table. 

This is the episode of Hippie Witch mentioned during our discussion: Dark Goddess Kali As The Feminine Face Of Saturn: http://www.joannadevoe.com/2018/07/hippie-witch-335-dark-goddess-kali-as.html

May 26, 2019
Face Up Tarot with Mary Greer
40:55

Episode 128. Face Up Tarot with Mary Greer.  I was first introduced to the concept of consciously choosing cards from Mary Greer's groundbreaking book, Tarot For Yourself. At the time, the whole notion of this blew my mind. After all, weren't we supposed to just shuffle and let the fates decide which cards showed up?

Mary's methods gave me a whole new way to work with the cards - and I've been using face-up tarot in a variety of ways. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Mary shares different scenarios for choosing cards consciously. You'll learn about how to use this technique to sort out feelings, plan your day, manifest goals, and more. If you're looking for a new way to work with your cards, don't miss this episode!

May 19, 2019
Tarot and Timing with Al Juarez
29:29

Episode 127. Tarot and Timing with Al Juarez. Timing is tricky. Many readers fear being wrong. Which is why they tend to shy away from it. Tarot reader Al Juarez of Al's Tarot is known for his accuracy. He joins me today to share his unique techniques and thoughts on how to get the timing right - and what you can learn when you miss the mark. This is an essential episode for every tarot reader!

May 12, 2019
Inclusivity in the Tarot Community
55:36

Episode 126. Inclusivity in the Tarot Community. The tarot community is diverse - and becoming more so day by day. But how can we make sure that everyone has a seat at the tarot table? What can we do in our community to make sure everyone is welcomed? In this episode, I've invited Gabriela Herstik, Angela Mary Magick, Jordan Rayne and V of Redlight Readings - four people I respect from the tarot and magick community to talk about how we can create a welcoming, positive environment for every tarot person.

 

Apr 28, 2019
Tarot Spells with Madame Pamita
33:11

Episode 125. Tarot Spells with Madame Pamita. Got some old tarot cards laying around and not sure what to do with them? How about use them to make some magic? In this episode of Tarot Bytes Madame Pamita, author of Madame Pamita's Magical Tarot teaches how you can use tarot for spellwork. Even if you've never played around with magic or tarot, her genius ideas will make you want to hang on to those old cards!

 

Apr 21, 2019
Tarot and Talismans with Lori Lytle
18:16

Episode 124. Tarot and Talismans with Lori Lytle. Do you love jewelry and symbols? If so, you're going to dig this episode! Lori Lytle of Inner Goddess Tarot shares how she's combining tarot with talismans in the most magical way. This is a fun way to connect to your tarot!

Apr 14, 2019
Tarot and Shadow Work with Shaheen Miro
33:58

Episode 123. Tarot and Shadow Work with Shaheen Miro. The shadow is the side of ourselves that we don't like to share with the world. But when we face the shadow, we can heal it. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Shaheen Miro, the creator of The Lunar Nomad Oracle, for a discussion on what shadow work is - and how tarot can be a helpful ally in healing work.

Apr 07, 2019
Tarot for Writers with Caroline Donahue
30:42

Episode 122. Tarot for Writers with Caroline Donahue. When most of us think of tarot, divination automatically comes to mind. Did you know that the cards can also be a remarkable tool for creativity? In fact, many authors are discovering tarot is an ideal writing partner for those times when the words just don't want to flow.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, writer Caroline Donahue joins me to talk about how she uses tarot for writing. She also discusses her new book, Story Arcana: Tarot for Writers. This wise book helps the writer break through creative blocks to find the story within. It's a must-have for any writer who is looking for a fun, ingenious method for tapping into their writing groove.

Mar 31, 2019
Boundaries for Tarot Readers with Sarah Barry
36:34

Episode 121. Boundaries for Tarot Readers with Sarah Barry. If you're going to read tarot for the public, it's not enough to have a trusty deck and great tarot skills. You also need boundaries. Boundaries will protect your energy - and your business. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Sarah Barry aka Psychic Sarah for a frank chat about boundaries for tarot readers. Sarah shares tips on how to handle aggressive clients, freebie seekers, and all sorts of other challenging situations. This is an essential lesson for tarot professionals or for anyone who works in a metaphysical or healing industry.

Mar 24, 2019
Tarot Games with Cardsy B
22:07

Episode 120. Tarot Games with Cardsy B. Learning tarot doesn't have to be a snore! In this episode, I'm joined by Cardsy B, the creatrix of The Badass Bitches Tarot, as she shares some fun tarot games. This playful episode will have you learning - and enjoying - your tarot cards in a whole new way! 

Mar 17, 2019
Tarot Patterns with Seth Vermilyea
33:58

Episode 119. Tarot Patterns with Seth Vermilyea. Like detectives, tarot readers string together the cards to find the clues that the cards are trying to tell. This requires not only an understanding of the cards themselves but also how they go together. In this episode, I'm talking all about tarot patterns with Seth Vermilya of Coming Out Tarot. Seth shares some great tips - including a pattern that you may want to check out.

This was a favorite conversation - he's totally brilliant and I learned new things. Listen in and you might look at the cards a whole new way!

Mar 10, 2019
Gate Cards with Rachel Pollack
36:26

Episode 118: Gate Cards with Rachel Pollack. In this episode, Rachel Pollack teaches about the mysterious Gate Cards and their role in tarot. (Plus we discuss Dr. Who!) Rachel's 78 Degrees of Wisdom has just been reprinted - you'll definitely want to get a copy. There's more info about the Gate Cards in her book. Yay!

Mar 03, 2019
Experimenting with Tarot with Jaymi Elford
22:26

Episode 117: Experimenting with Tarot with Jaymi Elford. Ever wonder if you can work with tarot in different ways outside the divination table? Jaymi Elford, author of Tarot Inspired Life thinks you can. In this episode, we chat about various, playful experiments from journaling, channeling, and using tarot as a muse for writing.

Jaymi shares some of her favorite ways to experiment with the cards - you'll leave feeling inspired to play with your cards in a whole new way.

Feb 24, 2019
The Wisdom of Oracle Cards with Lynn Andrews
13:59

Episode 116: The Wisdom of Oracle Cards with Lynn Andrews. I have worked with Lynn Andrews' Power Deck for years. It's the only oracle deck that I use on a consistent basis. Imagine my delight to learn that the Power Deck was updated and reissued! My new copy is happily replacing the dog-eared one that has been my faithful companion for over twenty years.

Lynn joins me today to talk about oracle cards and the wisdom of the daily draw. Learn how she connects with oracles - and how you can too. 

Feb 17, 2019
Choosing Significators for Situations
06:48

Episode 115: Choosing Significators for Situations. The last few episodes have been about choosing signficators to represent people. Did you know that you can also use a significator to symbolize a situation? For example, you might choose the Eight of Wands if you're asking about travel. In this wee lesson, I'll talk about picking a card for a particular event - and I'll share a quick spread.

Feb 10, 2019
Choosing the Major Arcana for Significators
06:56

Episode 114: Choosing the Major Arcana for Significators. We've been focusing on significators in the past two episodes. To recap: a significator is a card consciously chosen to represent a person. The cards that I usually choose for significators are Court Cards. But what about the Major Arcana? Can you choose them as a significator? Sure you can!

In this lesson, we're looking at various ways you can choose a Major Arcana card for a significator. I'll teach you three easy methods. Explore all three and see which one you like the best.

The book mentioned in this episode is Who Are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny by Mary K. Greer.

Feb 03, 2019
Choosing Significators by Element and Astrology Sign
09:58

Episode 113: Choosing Significators by Element and Astrology Sign. In our last episode, we answered the question: "What are significators?" Signficators are tarot cards that are consciously chosen to represent the questioner or other people involved in the reading.

In this lesson, I'm covering how to pick a Court Card significator by element and astrology sign. It's my favorite method!

Jan 27, 2019
Significators
04:24

Episode 112: Significators. If you've been around tarot long enough, soon you might come across "significators." What are significators? Cards that are consciously chosen to represent the questioner or other people involved in the reading.

In this lesson, we begin exploring significators. The next few episodes that follow will cover different methods for choosing them - and more!

Jan 20, 2019
All Day Divination with V of Red Light Readings
22:04

Episode 111: All Day Divination with V of Red Light Readings. Want to work with tarot but don't have a ton of time? Wishing you could learn how to read those cards - but you've got ADHD and can't seem to sit still? You might want to try All Day Divination, a process created by V of Red Light Readings. In this episode, V breaks her technique down. You'll learn how to pull a card for the day, determine your royalty, take a tarot break, incorporate tarot into making dinner - and put it all together. Sounds cool? It is!

Jan 13, 2019
Tarot and Yoga with Sasha Graham
30:38

Episode 110: Tarot and Yoga with Sasha Graham. How might tarot and yoga go together? Can you weave yoga philosophy into the tarot - and vice versa? In this episode, author Sasha Graham joins me again to discuss how to bring tarot into your yoga practice - and how to find a yogic approach to tarot.

Jan 06, 2019
Finding Your Spirituality in Tarot with Tatianna Tarot
26:09

Episode 109: Finding Your Spirituality in Tarot with Tatianna Tarot. Tarot isn't just for divination. It's also a tool for spirituality and liberation. The Archetypes in tarot are universal - and no matter what your religious background may be, you can find a relationship to divinity with tarot as your guide. 

In this episode, Tatianna Tarot of My Urban Illumination joins me to talk about tarot and the spiritual path - and how to make a sacred connection to tarot. 

Dec 30, 2018
Tarot for Inner Work with Kate Fisher
30:11

Episode 108: Tarot can be a marvelous tool for inner work. The Archetypes speak to the soul - and help us to find those hidden parts of ourselves we usually try to ignore. In this episode, I'm joined by Kate Fisher of Daily Tarot Girl, to talk about tarot's role in self-exploration. We're chatting about inner work, intuition, shadow work, aligning with our higher purpose and so much more. Pull up a chair, turn up the volume and listen in - it's about to get deep in here.

Dec 23, 2018
Tarot and Mediumship with George Koury
16:23

Episode 107: Tarot and Mediumship with George Koury. Curious about mediumship? Wondering if Tarot can be a way to tap into the other side? Medium and Tarot Reader George Koury shares his tips for using tarot as a tool to connect with the dearly departed.

Dec 16, 2018
Using Tarot in a Therapeutic Setting with Jessica Dore
25:05

Episode 106: Using Tarot in a Therapeutic Setting with Jessica Dore. Tarot isn't just for divination any longer. Many readers are using tarot in new and surprising ways - such as mental health professional Jessica Dore. She has worked with clients living with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, trauma, and more, using tarot as a tool to help them find self-compassion and coping skills.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Jessica shares her story on how she began using tarot in a therapeutic setting. You'll learn how tarot can be a helpful ally for healing work and how you may want to incorporate tarot into your clinical practice.

Dec 09, 2018
Round Tarot Decks with Angela Mary Magick
22:57

Episode 105: Round Tarot Decks with Angela Mary Magick. There are a few round tarot decks on the market. But for those of us who are used to working with the standard rectangular shaped cards, the round ones may seem bewildering. How do you shuffle them? What happens if they turn up sideways instead of up or down? Can you use them like a compass? These are the questions I had - and my favorite witch, Angela Mary Magick had the answers.

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Angela Mary shares how she works with round cards - and what every reader needs to know if they're thinking of giving them a whirl.

Dec 02, 2018
Connecting with the Divine with Tosha Silver
31:16

Episode 104: Do you find yourself longing to connect to something greater than yourself? Wondering how to discover a deeper relationship to spirit? Many people who come to the tarot table are seeking something other than the standard "will I meet someone?" questions. They want to feel aligned with their spiritual life. 

In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I am talking with Tosha Silver, author of The Wild Offering Oracle about what it means to link with the divine - and how to make that connection. We also discuss prayer, non-believers, tarot, and surrender as well as Tosha's new deck. 

Nov 25, 2018
Tarot Birth Cards with Mary Greer
26:59

Episode 103: Tarot Birth Cards with Mary Greer. The tarot birth cards give clues about your personality and destiny. In this episode, Mary Greer teaches how to discover your birth card, as well as your name card, year card, and hidden challenges. Mary wrote  Who Are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny, the most comprehensive book on the subject. 

Nov 18, 2018
Stage Cards with Sasha Graham
21:28

Episode 102: Stage Cards with Sasha Graham. If you look closely at some of the cards in the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, you'll see that some of the scenes on various tarot cards seem to have a stage backdrop. What's that all about? Tarot expert Sasha Graham, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot has answers. In this fascinating discussion, Sasha talks about how artist's Pamela Colman Smith's theater background might have influenced these images. She also teaches how to interpret these cards. If all the world is truly a stage, then Smith certainly brought that element into the Rider Waite Smith Tarot!

Nov 11, 2018
Tarot and Magick with Damien Echols
20:00

Episode 101: Are you curious about magick? Wondering if there is a magickal component to tarot? In this fascinating episode Damien Echols, author of High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row, talks about the role of magick in tarot. Listen in and learn about what magick is, the Golden Dawn, and how to use tarot as a magickal tool. Damien also talks about the Guardian Angel of the tarot deck. This is one of my favorite tarot conversations and one that I think you'll find to be quite interesting as well.

The book we mentioned in this episode was Tarot Magic: Ceremonial Magic Using Golden Dawn Correspondences by Donald Tyson.

Nov 04, 2018
Reading Tarot for Groups with Jenna Matlin
22:01

Episode 100: Thinking about reading tarot for groups? Mary K Greer says it can be a "rite of passage" for tarot readers who want to go pro. But when you first start out? It can be scary. I spoke with Queen of Wands Jenna Matlin, author of Have Tarot Will Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading at Festivals as a Tarot, about the ins and outs of reading tarot for groups. We cover everything from gaining experience and what you need to bring to dealing with unruly folks. Jenna has been reading tarot for festivals and parties for some time so I knew she'd be the right person to talk about this. If you ever wanted to learn how to nail group readings, you'll appreciate Jenna's wisdom.

 
Oct 28, 2018
Tarot and Prediction with Lisa Boswell
44:17

Episode 99: Tarot and Prediction with Lisa Boswell. There are some tarot folks who are proclaiming prediction and fortune-telling are "out." In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Lisa Boswell of Divination and Fortune-Telling busts that myth. Lisa specializes in predictive tarot and has a lot to say on the subject. We chat about skeptics, accuracy, why some tarot readers shy away from prediction, plus how to improve your predictive skills. Prediction is alive and well - and thriving.

Oct 21, 2018
Tarot and Kabbalah with Rachel Pollack
22:02

Episode 98: Tarot and Kabbalah with Rachel Pollack. The Rider Waite Smith deck is steeped in mysticism. Did you know that the Kabbalah is part of the rich symbolism in this popular deck? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, the legendary Rachel Pollack joins me to talk about the Kabbalah and its role in tarot. Soon you'll see the Tree of Life not only in the Ten of Pentacles but also in the Three of Cups and Five of Pentacles.

Get ready to go deep and get inspired by Rachel!

Books mentioned in this episode:

The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards

78 Degrees of Wisdom

Oct 14, 2018
Animals in Tarot with Lola and Tigre Pickett from Wild Messengers
41:45

Bonus Episode: Each animal in tarot carries special symbolism. From the howling wolves to the posture of the horses in the Knights, these creatures are archetypes, every bit as essential to interpretation as the human figures. But what do they mean? What is the meaning behind the wolves or that lobster creature in the Moon? What's going on with the dogs in the Ten of Pentacles? How might they be different than the little one in the Fool? And what's the deal with that snail in the Nine of Pentacles?

If you've ever wondered about these animals might mean, you don't want to miss this special bonus episode of Tarot Bytes! I'm talking all about animal symbolism in the tarot with Lola and Tigre Pickett, creators of the upcoming Wild Messengers Alchemical Tarot, a magical deck featuring the wisdom and medicine of creatures both large and small.

 

Oct 11, 2018
The Truth About Producing Your Own Tarot Deck with Benebell Wen
14:16

Episode 97: Have you ever thought about producing your own tarot deck? If so, you probably have a ton of questions. Benebell Wen, the author of the upcoming Spirit Keeper Tarot, has answers! Benebell has also written Holistic Tarot and The Tao of Craft

Oct 07, 2018
Tarot Keywords with Angie Green
12:24

Episode 96: Tarot Keywords with Angie Green. Tarot can be daunting for beginners. Keywords are a fantastic way to grasp the meanings. In this episode, Angie Green, author of The Simple Tarot, talks about how keywords help with interpretations and how to develop your own.

Oct 01, 2018
How to ask a good tarot question
06:48

Episode 95: How to ask a good tarot question. The answers you receive from tarot are only as good as the questions you ask. Learn which sort of questions are the least helpful and how to form good, solid ones that lead to clear answers.

Sep 30, 2018
Tarot for Trauma with Lindsay Mack
41:45

Episode 94: Tarot for Trauma with Lindsay Mack. In this episode, I'm talking with Lindsay Mack, host of Tarot for the Wild Soul Podcast, about using tarot for healing trauma.

Sep 23, 2018
How to Give Empowering Tarot Readings with Maria Strom
30:10

Episode 93: How to Give Empowering Tarot Readings with Maria Strom. Hip Chick Tarot creator Maria Strom joins me today to chat about how to give empowering tarot readings.

Sep 16, 2018
Jumpers with Paige Zaferiou
12:20

Episode 92: Jumpers with Paige Zaferiou. Ever have a tarot card "jump" out of the deck while you're shuffling? Paige Zaferiou gives the inside scoop on what you need to know about jumpers.

Sep 09, 2018
Tarot and EFT (Tapping) with Gala Darling
14:11

Episode 91: Tarot and EFT (Tapping) with Gala Darling. Learn how to combine Tarot with EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping) with Gala Darling. This is so genius!

Sep 02, 2018
Missing Cards with Hilary Parry Haggerty
14:01

Episode 90: Missing Cards with Hilary Parry Haggerty. Ever do a reading and notice that a suit is missing? Or maybe you've got all Minors and no Majors? What's up with that? Hilary Parry explains the significance of missing cards.

Aug 26, 2018
The Elements with Melissa Cynova
21:18

Episode 89: The Elements with Melissa Cynova. The elements - Fire, Earth, Air, and Water - are an essential part of tarot. In this episode, Melissa Cynova, author of the upcoming book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life, teaches the element basics.

Aug 19, 2018
Working with Oracle Cards with Meggan Watterson
15:58

Episode 88: Working with Oracle Cards with Meggan Watterson. Curious about how to work with Oracle cards? Meggan Watterson, the creator of The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck, shares her tips. 

Aug 12, 2018
The Kings
08:13

Episode 87: Kings. In this episode, we're exploring the last member of Tarot's royal Court cards: the Kings. Learn how to interpret these majestic guys!

Aug 05, 2018
Queens
10:07

Episode 86: Queens. The Queens are part of tarot's Court Cards. Learn what role they play in a reading. 

Jul 29, 2018
Knights
10:44

Episode 85: Knights. As we move through the Court Cards, we come to the action-oriented Knights. Learn what these guys are all about. 

Jul 22, 2018
Pages
10:44

Episode 84: Pages. In this little lesson, we're covering the basics behind the Pages, the Court Card's youngest member. 

Jul 15, 2018
Court Cards with Ethony
21:38

Episode 83: Court Cards with Ethony. Learning the Court Cards is one of the most frustrating parts of tarot. But you don't have to struggle! In this lesson, renowned tarot teacher Ethony joins me to sort the Courts. 

Jul 08, 2018
Cleansing and Blessing Your Tarot Deck with Briana Saussy
24:04

Episode 82: Cleansing and Blessing Your Tarot Deck with Briana Saussy. People often ask me: "do I really need to cleanse my tarot deck - and if so, how do I do that?" In this episode of Tarot Bytes, sacred artist Briana Saussy gives her tips on how to cleanse and bless your tarot deck- and protect your energy during a tarot reading!

Jul 01, 2018
Tarot Reversals with Leeza Robertson
26:42

Episode 81: Tarot Reversals with Leeza Robertson. Have you always wanted to work with tarot reversals but weren't sure where to start? In this episode, Leeza Robertson, author of Tarot Reversals for Beginners, will guide you with some easy steps and fresh ideas. 

Jun 24, 2018
First Steps to Learning Tarot with Sami Main
20:18

Episode 80: First Steps to Learning Tarot with Sami Main. In this episode, I'm talking with Sami Main, the author of How To Deal: Tarot For Everyday Life, about how to get started with tarot when you are completely new...and a bit unsure of what to do first.

Jun 17, 2018
Tarot Rituals with Gabriela Herstik
19:08

Episode 79: Tarot Rituals with Gabriela Herstik. There is a certain element of ritual that goes into tarot reading. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm chatting with Gabriela Herstik, author of Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft, about the power of ritual in tarot. We're discussing shuffling with intention, cleansing the deck, grounding, and more!

Jun 10, 2018
Reading Tarot for Yourself with Courtney Weber
25:14

Episode 78: Reading Tarot for Yourself with Courtney Weber. You've probably heard folks complain that they can't read tarot for themselves. Maybe you're one of those people who think that too. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Courtney Weber, author of Tarot for One, shares tips and techniques for good self-reads. 

Jun 03, 2018
Reading with Unillustrated Pips with Andrew McGregor
18:06

Episode 77: Reading with Unillustrated Pips with Andrew McGregor. A tarot deck with unillustrated pips (Minor Arcana) such as the Marseilles can seem intimidating. But they don't need to be! In this episode, special guest Andrew McGregor of The Hermit's Lamp will share some tips for getting comfortable reading with unillustrated pip cards. 

May 27, 2018
Intuitive Tarot Reading with Arwen Lynch-Poe
28:00

Episode 76: Intuitive Tarot Reading with Arwen Lynch-Poe. Curious about intuition - and its role in tarot? Tarot expert and intuitive Arwen Lynch-Poe dishes on how to tap into your intuition and read tarot from your gut.

May 20, 2018
Ten of Pentacles
07:45

Episode 75: Ten of Pentacles. The Ten of Pentacles shows a family hanging out in a garden. This card is rich with symbolism - let's dig into those symbols and see what this card is all about. 

May 13, 2018
Nine of Pentacles
07:10

Episode 74: Nine of Pentacles. The Nine of Pentacles shows a woman dripping in wealth. But what's with the hooded falcon? What does the snail mean? Let's dive deep into this card in this short tarot lesson!

May 06, 2018
Eight of Pentacles
05:35

Episode 73: Eight of Pentacles. In this teeny episode, we'll take a peek at the symbols behind the hard working Eight of Pentacles. We'll see how the hammer and more can give ideas for interpretations. 

Apr 29, 2018
Seven of Pentacles
06:02

Episode 72: Seven of Pentacles. When you look at the Seven of Pentacles, you may notice the man leaning on his garden tool. Is he taking a break - or getting ready to work? Let's examine the symbols and possible interpretations in this short tarot lesson.

Apr 22, 2018
Six of Pentacles
08:46

Episode 71: Six of Pentacles. Like the Five of Pentacles, the Six of Pentacles also has images of beggars. But here, they are receiving aid. Let's look deeper into the symbolism and possible interpretations in this quick lesson.

Apr 15, 2018
Five of Pentacles
07:41

Episode 70: Five of Pentacles. Nobody likes to see the Five of Pentacles. It's one of tarot's bummer cards. But it's not all bad. There is hope in this card! You just need to know where to look. I'll help you find the good in the symbols. 

Apr 08, 2018
Four of Pentacles
08:04

Episode 69: Four of Pentacles. The Four of Pentacles is often interpreted as greed or miserliness. But those are not the only ways of looking at this card! In this wee episode, we'll examine the symbols and other possible interpretations. Let's dive in!

Apr 01, 2018
Three of Pentacles
07:46

Episode 68: Three of Pentacles. The details in this hard-working card are rich. From the bench to the three figures, to the black pentacles, you have a lot to work with here. Let's dip into those symbols and possible interpretations in this short tarot tutorial on the Three of Pentacles!

Mar 25, 2018
Two of Pentacles
06:07

Episode 67: Two of Pentacles. We're back to our card study with the Two of Pentacles. This guy is no dunce - he's figuring out how to manage. Let's dive into the symbols and possible interpretations!

Mar 18, 2018
History of the Rider Waite Smith Deck with Sasha Graham
19:29

Episode 66: In this episode, we're learning about the history of the Rider Waite Smith, the most popular tarot deck in the world. My guest is Sasha Graham, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot: A Journey Through the History, Meaning, and Use of the World's Most Famous Deck.

Mar 11, 2018
Lenormand, Tarot, and Oracle Decks with Shaheen Miro.
21:07

Episode 65: Lenormand, Tarot, and Oracle Decks with Shaheen Miro. Wondering what's the difference between Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle decks? Curious about how to use them - or when to use which one? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm talking about this and more with Shaheen Miro, the creator of the Lunar Nomad Oracle

Mar 04, 2018
The Moon Card and Moon Cycles with Dr. Ezzie Spencer
29:49

Episode 64: The Moon Card and Moon Cycles with Dr. Ezzie Spencer. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm talking with Dr. Ezzie Spencer, author of Lunar Abundance, about the Moon card, Moon cycles, and two questions you can ask the tarot around the New Moon and Full Moon.

Feb 25, 2018
Going Pro with Christiana Gaudet
17:17

Episode 63:  Going Pro with Christiana Gaudet. Wondering what it's like to work as a tarot pro? Thinking of hanging out your tarot biz shingle? If so, you'll want to check out this episode of Tarot Bytes. I'm talking to Christiana Gaudet, author of Fortune Stellar, about how to get started. 

Feb 18, 2018
Ten of Swords
07:02

Episode 62: Ten of Swords. This card isn't all doom 'n gloom. In this lesson, we're looking beyond the scary image of the Ten of Swords to find the symbols of hope and wisdom. Yes, they ARE there. You just gotta know where to look.

Feb 11, 2018
Nine of Swords
06:29

Episode 61: Nine of Swords. In this ultra-quick tarot lesson, we'll examine the symbols and possible interpretations for the stressed-out Nine of Swords. 

Feb 04, 2018
Eight of Swords
06:28

Episode 60: Eight of Swords. In this quick lesson, I'm looking under the hood at the symbols in the Eight of Swords. Why is she tied up? And how might you interpret this card? Tune in and find out!

Jan 28, 2018
Seven of Swords
08:20

Episode 59: Seven of Swords. In this teeny-tiny tarot lesson, we're looking at the sneaky Seven of Swords.

Jan 21, 2018
Six of Swords
08:05

Episode 58: Six of Swords. In this short tarot lesson, we'll look at the symbols and figures in the Six of Swords - and how they may relate to the Five of Swords. 

Jan 14, 2018
Five of Swords
07:38

Episode 57: Five of Swords. In this mini-lesson, I'm covering symbols and possible interpretations on one of my least favorite cards, The Five of Swords. 

Jan 07, 2018
Four of Swords
07:11

Episode 56: Four of Swords. People often see the Four of Swords and assume it means death. It doesn't! In this short podcast lesson, we'll look at the symbols and more behind the Four of Swords. 

Dec 31, 2017
Three of Swords
05:16

Episode 55: Three of Swords. In this little lesson, we'll look at tarot's stormy Three of Swords. 

Dec 24, 2017
Two of Swords
07:13

Episode 54: Two of Swords. In this lesson, we'll begin examining the Swords suit with a look at the Two of Swords.

Dec 17, 2017
Ten of Wands
08:47

Episode 53: Ten of Wands. In this short lesson, we're looking at tarot's hardest working card, the Ten of Wands.

Dec 10, 2017
Nine of Wands
06:04

Episode 52: Nine of Wands. In this quick lesson, we'll look at the Nine of Wands. What's this guy so paranoid about? Let's find out!

Dec 03, 2017
Eight of Wands
06:08

Episode 51: Eight of Wands. In the latest episode, we'll examine tarot's Eight of Wands - a mysterious card with zero human or animal figures on it. What does this clue-light card mean? Tune in and find out!

Nov 26, 2017
Seven of Wands
09:33

Episode 50: In this little lesson, we're looking at tarot's fightin' Seven of Wands. 

Nov 19, 2017
Six of Wands
07:23

Episode 49: Six of Wands. In this quick tutorial, we're examing the victorious Six of Wands.

Nov 12, 2017
Five of Wands
10:04

Episode 48: Five of Wands. In this short lesson, we're looking at tarot's Five of Wands. Plus, I have a new theme song! WOOT!

Nov 05, 2017
When you biff your tarot reading and are completely mortified with special guest Alexandra Franzen
12:52

Episode 47: When you biff your tarot reading and are completely mortified with special guest Alexandra Franzen. At some point, you're going to goof up a tarot reading. When that happens, you might feel like chucking your tarot cards and packing it in. Don't. In this special episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm talking with Alexandra Franzen of You're Going to Survive, on how to recover like a total tarot pro.

Oct 29, 2017
Four of Wands
05:33

Episode 46: Four of Wands. In this tiny episode, we're looking at tarot's party-hearty card, the Four of Wands!

Oct 22, 2017
Three of Wands
09:16

Episode 45: Three of Wands. In this mini-tutorial, we're chatting about the Three of Wands. This card symbolizes a goal achieved - and big plans for the future. I also share the song that this card brings to mind. 

Oct 15, 2017
Two of Wands
07:03

Episode 44: Two of Wands. In this episode, we're taking a peek at the Two of Wands. Sounds like a good plan!

Oct 08, 2017
Ten of Cups
05:19

Episode 43: Ten of Cups. In this little episode, we'll look at my "happily ever after" card, the Ten of Cups!

Oct 01, 2017
Nine of Cups
08:28

Episode 42: Nine of Cups. This quick lesson covers the symbols and possible interpretations of the Nine of Cups. Psst...I LOVE this card!

Sep 24, 2017
Eight of Cups
09:13

Episode 41: Eight of Cups. In this short tarot tutorial, we'll examine some of the symbols and interpretations of the Eight of Cups. Plus I'm sharing the story of my personal relationship with this card. 

Sep 17, 2017
Seven of Cups
07:14

Episode 40: Seven of Cups. In this little episode, we're looking at the symbols and interpretations for the Seven of Cups. Did you know that there is a skull image on one of the cups? Look closely...

Sep 10, 2017
Six of Cups
07:42

Episode 39: Six of Cups. In this quick podcast, we're looking at tarot's sweetest card: the Six of Cups. Discover the symbols and possible interpretations - plus how I connect this to Napoleon Dynamite!

Sep 03, 2017
Five of Cups
07:52

Episode 38: Five of Cups. In this little tarot tutorial, we're looking at the symbols and possible interpretations for the somber Five of Cups. 

Aug 27, 2017
Four of Cups
08:20

Episode 37: Four of Cups. In this little tutorial, we'll take a look at the Four of Cups, the "meh" card of the tarot deck. 

Aug 20, 2017
Three of Cups
07:21

Episode 36: Three of Cups. This card isn't just about having a party. In this episode, I let you in on something I learned from tarot legend Rachel Pollack last weekend. 

Aug 13, 2017
Two of Cups
06:25

Episode 35: Two of Cups. In this little lesson, we'll look at the symbols (what's that lion thing-y?) and possible interpretations for the Two of Cups. 

Aug 04, 2017
The Aces
13:28

Episode 34: The Aces. In this short but info-packed tarot tutorial, we're examining + comparing the Aces.

Jul 30, 2017
Numbers in the Minor Arcana
07:06

Episode 33: Numbers in the Minor Arcana. In tarot, numbers hold clues. Learn what those numbers symbolize and you have the ability to read any tarot deck - even ones without illustrated pips!

Jul 23, 2017
The Minor Arcana
06:12

Episode 32: The Minor Arcana. This short episode is a refresher on the Minor Arcana. 

Jul 16, 2017
The World
09:05

Episode 31: The World. In this little lesson, we're looking at the last card in the Major Arcana, The World. 

Jul 09, 2017
Judgement
08:46

Episode 30: Judgement. In this little tarot lesson, we're exploring the symbols and some interpretations behind the Judgement card. Plus, I'm sharing the song I think about every time I see this card!

Jul 02, 2017
The Sun
06:05

Episode 29: The Sun. In this teeny tiny podcast, we're covering The Sun, my favorite card in the tarot deck. The tarot reader mentioned is Arwen Lynch of Tarot by Arwen. 

Jun 25, 2017
The Moon
10:13

Episode 28: The Moon. This wee tarot podcast will look at the symbols and possible interpretations of The Moon.

Jun 18, 2017
The Star
09:02

Episode 27: The Star. We're looking at the symbols and possible interpretations of tarot's favorite card of hope: The Star. 

Jun 11, 2017
The Tower
08:53

Episode 26: The Tower. The Tower card is a bit scary to see but it's actually a card that symbolizes a necessary change - one that leads to liberation. Let's explore the symbols and some possible interpretations in this little tarot lesson!

Jun 04, 2017
The Devil
08:04

Episode 25: The Devil. In this tiny tarot lesson, we're covering the boogey man of the tarot, The Devil. You'll see he's not so scary after all. 

May 28, 2017
Temperance
07:22

Episode 24: A quick lesson about Temperance, the chill healing card in the tarot's Major Arcana. 

May 21, 2017
The Death card
10:49

Episode 23: Death. The Death card is the most feared of all the tarot cards. But this guy isn't about physical death - he's about change. We'll explore that in this speedy lesson. 

May 14, 2017
The Hanged Man
10:52

Episode 22: The Hanged Man. This guy isn't just hanging around. He's letting go and keepin' the faith. Learn more about this tarot card in this little tutorial. 

May 07, 2017
Justice
08:48

Episode 21: Justice. When Justice arrives in a tarot reading, you know things are as they need to be. In this brief lesson, we'll cover some of the symbols and meanings behind this card.

Apr 30, 2017
The Wheel of Fortune
08:21

Episode 20: The Wheel of Fortune. It's not about a game show although it can indicate luck. I'm talking about tarot's Wheel of Fortune! Learn more about this card in this teeny tutorial. 

Apr 23, 2017
The Hermit
09:38

Episode 19: The Hermit. The Hermit may seem to say "I want to be alone" but there's more to this wise guy. We'll explore symbols and inerpretations in this quick tarot tutorial.

Apr 16, 2017
Strength
11:09

Episode 18: Strength. In this little tarot tutorial, we're looking at the Strength card. We'll cover symbols, possible interpretations and the controversy surrounding Strength and Justice!

Apr 09, 2017
The Chariot
09:51

Episode 17: The Chariot. Let's get rolling with The Chariot! In this short tutorial, we're looking at the symbols and some possible interpretations. 

Apr 02, 2017
The Lovers
11:07

Episode 16: The Lovers. Think The Lovers is solely about romance? Think again. In this quick lesson, we'll look at the symbols and possible interpretations. Hint: choices. 

Mar 26, 2017
The Hierophant
12:55

Episode 15: The Hierophant. In this little lesson, we'll cover the symbols and possible interpretations of The Hierophant, a card that I found to be quite challenging when I first began learning tarot.

Mar 19, 2017
The Emperor
10:46

Episode 14: The Emperor. In this short lesson, we're looking at the big daddy of the Tarot, The Emperor. Learn about the symbols and interpretations behind this stern fella. 

Mar 12, 2017
The Empress
10:40

Episode 13: The Empress. In this little lesson, we'll discuss some of the symbols and interpretations for the mother of all cards, The Empress. 

Mar 05, 2017
The High Priestess
08:49

Episode 12: The High Priestess. In this little tutorial, we're exploring the symbols and interpretations for tarot's lady of mystery, The High Priestess. 

Feb 26, 2017
The Magician
07:32

Episode 11: The Magician. What's with all the tools on his table? What's this guy all about? (Hint: skill and will.)  In this little lesson, we're covering the Magician - right side up and upside down! 

Feb 19, 2017
The Fool
09:59

Episode 10: The Fool. We'll be going through every card in the tarot deck in future episodes. Naturally, we're starting off with The Fool, the first card in the Major Arcana. Learn about the symbols, how to interpret, and the reversed meaning. No foolin'! 

Feb 12, 2017
Reversals
09:41

Episode 9: Reversals. Should you work with reversals or not? Are they necessary? And, if you use them, how do they work? I answer all of these questions in this short tarot tutorial on reversals. 

Feb 05, 2017
How to ask a good question
08:56

Episode 8: How to ask a good question. Your tarot reading is only as good as your question. In this short tutorial, I'll explain which questions are helpful...and which are not. Plus how to formulate empowering questions - and the questions you should never ask...and why. 

Jan 29, 2017
How to do a one-card tarot reading
07:17

Episode 7: How to do a one-card tarot reading. One-card readings are simple, quick, and effective. And perfect for total beginners! In this short tutorial, I'll tell you why they're great, how to do one, plus some tips for journaling. I'll also demo two super-fast one-card readings. 

Jan 22, 2017
How to set the mood for tarot reading.
09:50

Episode 6: How to set the mood for tarot reading. Today, I'm talking about the importance of your environment - both inside and out. When your outer surroundings are calm and you're peaceful inside, you can focus better - and that allows you to deliver a centered, rock solid tarot reading!

Jan 15, 2017
Caring For Your Tarot Deck
10:33

Episode 5: Caring for Your Tarot Deck. In this episode, I'm giving you tips for keeping your deck in good working order. From protecting the deck to cleansing bad vibes, you'll learn how tarot pros take good care of their decks. Blog post mentioned in this episode is Briana Saussy - How to cleanse, bless and consecrate a tarot deck

Jan 08, 2017
Breaking Down the Tarot Deck
07:04

Episode 4: Breaking Down the Tarot Deck. In today's episode, we'll cover the main parts of the Tarot deck: Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and Court Cards. I'll also briefly discuss decks with "extra cards." 

Jan 01, 2017
How to shuffle your tarot deck
08:42

Episode 3: How to shuffle your tarot deck. In this episode, I'm talking about how to shuffle and cut your tarot cards - plus whether or not other people should handle your deck. I'm also giving you the straight talk on whether a client really "needs" to shuffle your cards to get a good reading from you.  

Dec 25, 2016
Choosing a Tarot Deck
10:11

Episode 2: Choosing a Tarot Deck. Confused about which deck to buy (there are soooo many)? Wondering if your first deck needs to be "gifted" to you by someone else? Let me dispel the myth about "gifting" and share some practical insights for getting a tarot deck you love. 

Dec 18, 2016
Please allow me to introduce myself...and tarot.
08:46

Episode 1: Please allow me to introduce myself...and tarot. In this intro to Tarot Bytes, I'm talking about why I started this podcast, what to expect in future episodes, plus what tarot is...and is not. If you're tarot-curious but totally intimidated by tarot, this podcast is for YOU. 

Dec 11, 2016