Monthly Archives: August 2022

Wednesday Words (August 31)

Have an amazing Mercury Day!

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Aries – Self-care
Taurus – Gentleness
Gemini – Honesty
Cancer– Rebirth
Leo – Certainty
Virgo – Touch
Libra – Experimentation
Scorpio– Solidarity
Sagittarius – Release
Capricorn– Self-mastery
Aquarius – Trust
Pisces – Wonder

New Moon In Virgo – Tarot Messages

Happy New Moon, everyone!

Deck used: Wild Unknown Tarot
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Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces

You are experiencing a major breakthrough in your life. You are like lightning. You are blazing a trail. Nothing can stop you on the road to success

Aries – Leo – Sagittarius

Forming strong emotional connections is more important for you now than ever. Extend your hand in friendship. Take new relationships to the next level. Renew existing bonds. Life is sweet.

Gemini – Libra – Aquarius

Put your ideas out into the world. Don’t worry about saying the wrong thing and don’t be offended if someone disagrees with your viewpoint. Think of it as being part of the learning process.

Taurus – Virgo – Capricorn

Let your creativity flow naturally. For now, there are no rules—no day or night. Your vision will become clearer and more defined as you move through the next 2 weeks.

Wednesday Words – August 24

Check for your sun, moon, rising, and Mercury signs!

Aries – Sensuality
Taurus – Success
Gemini – Confidence
Cancer – Excitement
Leo – Knowledge
Virgo – Freedom
Libra – Wisdom
Scorpio – Satisfaction
Sagittarius – Protection
Capricorn – Glory
Aquarius – Independence
Pisces – Influencer

Tarot Card Meditation: The Magician (Black Herman)

Hi, all! Our card for today, Black Herman, is all about being focused and savvy.

Black Herman is associated with the Magician card in the traditional Tarot. The image on the card represents a real person in history who was a famous magician in the early 1900s. To supplement his income, he also sold talismans, tonics, and occult books. 

But as Black Herman was entertaining and helping people, he also took the opportunity to talk to people about his political beliefs aimed at helping empower Black people in the face of discrimination.

This is what all magicians do, by the way. even the ordinary ones you see at children’s parties. They distract your attention so that you won’t notice how the trick is done. The technical term is called misdirection (here’s an article about it on Wikipedia. Also, here is a funny and amazing clip of Penn and Teller on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon demonstrating it. 

One thing to keep in mind about misdirection is that it doesn’t happen by chance. It takes planning to do it right and to not make it so obvious.

So if you want to get a certain reaction from your words and actions, or if you want to get a certain outcome, you have to put in the work of planning it out. Think about the people you know who appear to have success. They may make it look easy…but perhaps you are not in on how the trick is done, and how much blood, sweat, and tears went into the making of it.

Think about your end goals—what you really want to achieve in any given situation? Are you doing it for the fun of it? Is it just something to pass the time? Are you trying to change your life, change the world, or help others? There’s no right or wrong answer. The important part is that your intentions are clear to yourself, if not to others.

Please know that I am not advocating lying. There’s a way to stay within your morals and integrity without necessarily showing your hand. There may be reasons to be discerning about how much information you give away. Whatever you do, as I often say, do it consciously with a strong sense of self and a specific purpose.

Have a beautiful day. (A version of this post originally appeared on my Patreon page on October 30, 2021).

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Wednesday Words (August 17)

Check for your sun, moon, rising, and Mercury signs!

Aries – Resourcefulness
Taurus – Instinct
Gemini – Pursuit
Cancer – Options
Leo – Competition
Virgo – Awareness
Libra – Opinion
Scorpio – Wizardry
Sagittarius – Expansion
Capricorn – Cleanse
Aquarius – Perception
Pisces – Stability

Full Moon in Aquarius: Tarot Messages for Each Zodiac Sign

Happy Full Moon, all! Check the message for you sun, moon, and rising. Deck used: The Somnia Tarot.


Look, listen, observe, and hear before moving forward with your plans. The final decision is still yours. But what you learn may surprise you and lead you in a different—and better—direction.


Your ability to rise from the ashes and make something out of nothing is on point. Plant the seeds now and get ready for them to sprout come the new moon on the 27th.


Crunch those numbers and you will see that you are doing well when it comes to your day-to day life. Keep doing the things that are helpful and eliminate activities that are time wasters.


Your efforts have led you to be at the right place at the right time. The irons are hot! Take advantage of this present moment because the odds are in your favor for success.


The opportunities are right in front of you: What are you going to do with them? Follow the inspiration burning within. Dream big.


Now is a perfect time to get some closure about your situation. Accept what is, then rise above the past to find a bright future.


Expand your knowledge beyond what you think you already know. Take a look at where your thinking may be outdated. Reinvent yourself.


You don’t have to die on that hill: It’s okay to change your mind. Be open to others’ opinion. It may spark something in you and open up communication


You have worked hard to make your mark and it shows. But don’t stop now. Shine bright like a lighthouse so that others can take direction from you


The devil you know is not necessarily better than the devil you don’t know. Shed the fear and do things differently. It may be easier than you think.


Emotions can get in the way of making a logical decision. So allow yourself to daydream about the possibilities for a while. Enjoy the process. There’s no rush to actually do anything at this time


Rain can bring either disappointment or promise. Let it fill your cups to the brim and be all the wiser for it.

The Somnia Tarot: Review

It’s taken me a long time to review the Somnia Tarot because once I buy a deck, my tendency is to play with it for a while before I use it publicly. I’m not the type of person to collect decks just to have and not use them, although there is nothing wrong with collecting decks for art’s sake. But if any deck would lend itself to being a part of a beautiful deck collection for the artistry alone, this one would certainly fit the bill.

The Somnia Tarot is one of the few decks around that uses photography to tell the story of the Fool’s Journey. The photos are staged to reflect the dream state and subconscious mind of deck creator Nicolas Bruno. Although the basic concepts follow along with the interpretations of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the photos have a unique, surreal quality that drew me in immediately.

In the small pamphlet included in the deck (a full-length companion book is sold separately), Bruno explains that he had an interest in Tarot since childhood after discovering a hidden a deck that belonged to his great grandmother. Because Tarot was taboo in his religious household, he would look at the cards in secret.

Development of the Somnia Tarot began in 2020 during the early months of the COVID pandemic and the deck was ultimately published in 2021. The symbolism of this deck comes from Bruno’s dream journals and sleep paralysis experiences to add a unique flavor to the Tarot themes.

And that’s what I enjoy about this deck. Even though Bruno’s symbolism is unique to him, everyone can relate the strange world of dreams. These photos use sculpture, costume design, and the aid of Bruno’s family and friends as models, yet it’s easy to overlay my inner world onto these images to come up with my own personal interpretations.

I have not purchased the companion book, so I can’t vouch for what’s in it. I am interested to know what some of the symbolism means to Bruno, if that information is available. However, I also enjoy exploring this deck on my own without a roadmap. In the pamphlet that comes with the deck, Bruno includes a few key words for each card based on the traditional RWS Tarot.

For me, the appeal of this deck is the quirkiness of the photos. One thing that stands out is that all of the characters in Bruno’s deck (including horses) have their faces hidden—either in the shadows or else covered with a cloth. In some ways, this reminds me of artist René Magritte’s paintings. The obscuring of faces in the Somnia Tarot can possibly encourage readers to fill in their own blanks and not feel as if these quirky images are too specific to relate to.

Another theme that pops up often is the inclusion of a ladder in the images throughout the deck.

I’ve had this deck for a while: I’m proud to say that I supported it during the its Kickstarter phase and was one of the first people to have it. As of this writing, Bruno is creating an illustrated version of this deck that is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2022.