What is in a Name

I’m not a marketing expert.

Changing the tone, tenor, content, and name of my Tarot identity was mildly terrifying. “Re-branding” doesn’t begin to capture it, probably because name, nature and self-identity are so enmeshed. Changing from Modern Oracle to TaoCraft Tarot was certainly one of those life learning expanding experiences which triggered several posts musing about names and labels.

It is a little bit of that same process here. This blog & website has always been a catch-all side project. Initially I envisioned it to be an “about the author” promotion site for the back of books. Natural health services were added after my dissertation and things only got more scattered and less focused from there. It is time for this site to get a makeover too, new blog name included.

On one hand, I want to keep this blog neutral, nonthreatening, and a little milquetoast to serve as an online resume of sorts. On the other hand, I want this blog stay the friendly, welcoming, chatty catch-all that it evolved to be. On the other other hand I want it to be fierce and fearless, unafraid to difficult subjects. Of course, there is no reason it can’t be all of that. If an employer doesn’t hire me because of the views expressed rather than the quality of the writing expressing those views, then that discrimination is on their heads.

So friendly fierce fearless chatty catch-all blog it is. Welcome.


 

“…being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.”

– Alice Hoffman

“If you’ve got an idea you genuinely think is good, don’t let some idiot talk you out of it”

– Stan Lee

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New Episode of Menage A Tarot: Tarot Beyond Tarot

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This time we think and deal our cards outside of the box when we talk about unconventional ways of using Tarot cards. Tarot beyond the readings.

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The Lighter Side of Meditation

Shared with permission from www.daily-tarot-girl.com 

I love Kate’s “Fridays With Veronica” series. Such fun! I highly recommend it!

VeronicaVeronica is my evil twin/alter ego who reads Tarot on my blog every Friday! In between reading Tarot you can find her getting day drunk on her balcony, snoring in a yoga class and on AshleyMadison.com, pretending to be married.

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Are you one of those people who think you shouldmeditate, but never seem to get around to it?

Here’s a tip: Meditation is just doing nothing.

Everyone thinks it’s some mystical thing requiring discipline and spirituality. It isn’t.

I would say it’s just like being lazy but it’s so much more than that…..it’s being lazy on purpose!

The reason you’re having trouble meditating is because you’re associating it with monks and jerks who do yoga. Stop it!

Meditation is the ultimate freedom – better than rollerskating with no underpants on or calling in fake-sick to work and staying home to eat chocolate-peanut-butter Coconut Bliss ice cream while watching Vampire Diaries re-runs on Netflix.

Want to meditate more? Start thinking of it as a time when you don’t have to do shit. You don’t even have to think! Which is probably why you watch all those stupid TV shows in the first place! Am I right?

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Kate, author of the /http://www.daily-tarot-girl.com blog and “Fridays with Veronica” is co-host of “Menage A Tarot” podcast along with David Dear of www.myownminister.com and Ronda Snow of www.ModernOracleTarot.com

An Invitation:

Special Q&A episode of Menage A Tarot Podcast

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Menage A Tarot is putting together a special Q&A episode and we need YOUR help!

Have a question about Tarot, psychics, oracles, the host’s work outside the podcast, the host’s work inside the podcast, the paranormal, the normal normal…just ask!

Please submit your question to Menage A Tarot Podcast by email …menageatarot@gmail.com OR tweet it to us @menageatarot, post it to the Podcast’s facebook page or use the hand contact form on the Menage A Tarot website.

Thanks!

P.S. Can you help us out with one more thing? This is not a free reading giveaway. We really need questions that everyone can enjoy, and that can spark public discussion…not questions that only apply to one person’s private situation. Thanks again!!

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New Episode: One Year Anniversary of Manage A Tarot

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Happy Podcast-a-versary to Menage A Tarot. We’ve on the air for a year now and this is a look at all the topics we’ve covered, additions, and anything we didn’t get to add the first time around!

Menage A Tarot is a Podcast featuring three experts in the field talking all things Tarot. From the simple to the sublime, the fun casual conversation proves these three friends are playing with a full deck…Tarot deck that is!

Your Hosts are:

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New Menage A Tarot Podcast: Tarot and Personal Boundaries

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Tarot and Personal Boundaries

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In this episode of Menage A Tarot, we talk about where we draw the line in doing readings, what is in and out of bounds in our reading practice, issues with other readers and more. One topic that came up is local laws and the “for entertainment only” disclaimer we so often see on Tarot and psychic sites.

On one hand, laws against “fortune telling” are as narrow minded, fear-driven, superstitious nonsense as the fraudulent activity they aim to end. Crazy as it may seem, I actually support the legal prohibition against that kind “fortune telling” because it really is impossible to predict the future, whether it is for a fee or not. People who claim to make “100% accurate predictions” or claim to fix your love life really are, in my opinion, out to bilk money out of vulnerable people. They also ruin the public perception of intuitive work for those of us who want to help and read ethically.

I approach Tarot with much of the same ethical attitude that is taught in Reiki, mainstream medicine, and any other health care – because I believe it is a healing modality just as valid and effective as any other form of spiritual guidance, stress reduction or mind-body healing. I don’t have the science to prove it other than individual anecdotes – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The Higgs Boson has existed – valid, real, true – since the beginning of the universe, but we haven’t had the hard scientific proof until a few years ago. Just because the hard science data hasn’t yet been compiled doesn’t mean the truth of thing doesn’t yet exist. The validity of Tarot and intuitive work…their role as a valid choice in a healthy mind-body-spirituality balance…isn’t erased just because no one has taken the time or spent the resources to compile a study.

That being said, this  seems like this is the perfect time to let you know just exactly how I approach Tarot readings. This is what I think an ethical Tarot practice should be like…but of course opinions vary.

Tarot readings:

  • Should be clear, kind and compassionate – never frightening or intimidating.
  • Can help you learn, grow spiritually, understand your situation, solve problems more creatively and make more productive decisions.
  • Can not predict the future, fix your situation, or read what other people feel,think or will do.
  • Respect each individual’s spirituality, and does not require certain beliefs for the reading to “work”
  • give helpful suggestions, but never prescribes specific actions – such as regularly scheduled readings or special services the reader offers for additional cost
  • Respects privacy, always
  • Are not the place for medical or pregnancy questions. Those questions are for health professionals.
  • Should have prices and business policies clearly stated in advance. Mine are HERE

Please enjoy the new episode! If you have any questions about ethics and tarot readings please let me know HERE or at modernoracletarot@gmail.com

To catch up with past Menage A Tarot episodes, please visit www.menageatarot.com, iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn

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Menage A Tarot: “Confluence of Tarot Influence”

New Menage A Tarot podcast “Confluence of Tarot Influence”

Confluence of Tarot Influence

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David, Kate and Ronda talk about books, Tarot decks and other early influences that still hold sway today.

For show notes, helpful links, archives, posts from all three hosts and more:

www.MenageATarot.com

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Would you like a Tarot reading with podcast co-host Ronda? Click HERE

David: www.myownminister.com

Kate: www.daily-tarot-girl.com