April 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

There goes April. Wave as it passes you by….

Before the month was out – before my book was out – I wanted to do so much more horn tooting. But that’s what happens when life has other plans. This month I become a published author – a dream I’ve had pretty much my whole life – and to be totally honest with you (because it’s my blog and why should I try to be anything else here?) right at this moment I couldn’t care less.

So what to do. Every day I think “I should be promoting my book”. I’m not going to have this opportunity again. It should be hitting Amazon and the like around this weekend. I should be cheerleading, blurting vibrant messages into the blogosphere/twittersphere/tarotforumasphere. But I just can’t. I haven’t got it in me. Right at this moment my life is the spitting image of the Strength card and honestly, the woman in that card might look all calm and patient and composed but really her whole body aches and she’s tired and she can’t stop crying when no one’s looking (and often when they are).

So what I’m doing at the moment is nothing. And the only reason I’m writing this post is so I can give myself permission to do nothing. I’ve explained myself. I’ve publicly given a reason for failing to market my own book (for anyone that cares). The book will still be out in two weeks or a month or whenever I manage to escape from this hole. Until then, this is pretty much as good as it’s going to get.


Something Foolish for April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Tarot Playbook is out this month (hurray!) so to celebrate April Fool’s Day I thought I’d give you a peek at the very first of the 78 Novel Ways to Connect with Your Cards. This one’s called:


Making a commitment to spend 78 days, weeks, or any length of time with a deck you’ve only just met is surely one of the most foolish things you can do. What if you don’t get on? What if, after just one study session together, you realize you’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake? Your only choice is to suffer or fail. That’s why this book exists. The only thing that is required of you and your cards is an open heart and a willingness to act like a fool…

1. This ceremony can be performed at any time of year, though Springtime is best.

2. Before you begin, some preparations must be made. Dress in whatever makes you feel most attractive. Wrap your cards in a white silk cloth or large white handkerchief. Light a candle.

3. Place your cards on a high surface, such as a table or a kitchen worktop. Lightly rest your left hand on top of your cards.

4. Now, say these words:

I do solemnly declare, that I know of no good reason why I (say your name), should not frolic with wild abandon with you (say your deck’s name), from this day forward for as long as either of us cares to – forsaking no others, and with no strings attached, for no other purpose than to enjoy each other’s company and have a good time.

5. Unwrap your deck and allow it time to say the same to you (telepathically, of course).

6. Now cradle the cards in your hands and blow out the candle. The ceremony is complete. You and your deck have taken the first step towards present happiness. Celebrate by asking a random passer–by to take a photograph of the two of you together.

Intrigued? Stay tuned for more sneak peeks throughout April.

Tomato Soup

March 30, 2012 § 4 Comments

I really like tomato soup.

A couple of years ago, I went through a phase of having tomato soup for breakfast. Every morning. And then after a while I stopped. I think I might have moved onto something more orthodox, like mushroom pate on toast. But I still like tomato soup and I still have it every now and then for lunch, with a nice bit of bread and butter.

The thing is I’ve never felt a failure at eating tomato soup. I’ve never thought I should give up trying to eat tomato soup and stick to something more acceptable, like sandwiches. I’ve never felt that people were watching me, waiting for me to consume my next bowl of soup, making secret judgements about my abilities as a soup eater. I’ve never compared myself to others who eat tomato soup and found myself lacking.

Food for thought, don’t you think. 😉

Gypsy Caravan

March 28, 2012 § 5 Comments

When I am rich, I am definitely getting one of these (and the garden to keep it in):

Every tarot reader should have one, don’t you think?

Hey, here’s an idea. If everyone reading this sends me £1000, I could buy one and then you can come and visit it whenever you like. Whaddya say?

It’s here, it’s here!

March 22, 2012 § 10 Comments

My advance copy of The Tarot Playbook: 78 Novel Ways to Connect With Your Cards arrived today. I am enormously excited and keep carrying it around with me and clutching it to my chest.

Just think, you too could own one of these: 🙂

It stands up!


It has pretty pictures!

It has more pretty pictures!

It has playlists - so modern!

Your cat will love it!

Now just to wait 6-8 weeks until it’s officially published. Tick tock…

The Ultimate in Window Shopping

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

What’s the one thing people want to see when trying to decide whether to buy a tarot deck?


Well, how about All the Pictures in the World Ever?

We’ve just added a feature to Tarot Chest which means you can go from this:

to this:

in just one click!

It’s amazing the difference it makes. Yes, it’s just a Google image search but we’ve done the tiresome [Open new window – navigate to Google – type in search terms – hit Enter] bit for you, making it easier and quicker to find what you like – and dismiss what you don’t.

Now, it won’t always work perfectly. If the deck has a generic name (Psychic Tarot) or has a similar name to another deck (meaning it’s about vampires or fairytales) then you’re going to get a mixed bag of search results. But quite frankly, that’s Google’s fault. They should really sort that out. 😉

Why don’t you give it a try?

Today’s Journey Tarot

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been wanting to take a look at the Today’s Journey Tarot for a while. From the card scans I’d seen, the deck seemed to have a refreshing take on the traditional meanings, along with an intriguing artwork style, yet no one was really talking about it. Could this be one of tarot’s hidden gems?

Vital Statistics
Created by Expanding Dimensions
Published by Schiffer, Autumn 2011
78 cards in hinge-opening box with magnetic closure
96-page card sized guidebook, in English

Other Stuff You Might Want to Know
Cards measure 7.3 x 12.4 cm
All Major Arcana cards have been renamed
Suits are Fire (Wands), Water (Cups), Air (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles)
Court cards are Child (Page), Youth (Knight), Mother (Queen), Father (King)




Video review coming soon!

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