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About Adriene (A. D. Joyce)

Adriene (A. D.) Joyce is a poet, freelance editor/writer, spiritual consultant, and tarot reader.

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.

Aries

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.

Taurus

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.

Gemini

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.

Cancer

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.

Leo

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

Virgo

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.

Libra

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 Take a look at where your thinking may be outdated.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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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.

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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.

Tarot Card Meditation: Queen of Wands


Hi, Patrons! I hope you all are doing well. If the cards are any indicator, this week’s energy has been quite intense. The Queen of Wands shows is a master at harvesting energy, as the Wands represent fire, passion, and energy. So, this may be a good day to channel any energy you have into creative projects.

What exactly is creativity? My definition of creativity is to turn whatever you do into an expression of how you feel.

How can you express yourself today? If it’s writing or drawing, that’s great. But it could also be dancing. Just turn on some music and move: You don’t have to be a ballet dancer. Simply express how you feel with your body.

Sing along with music that mirrors how you feel today. Or, gather up different flowers and make your own flower arrangement.

You don’t have to limit yourself to expressing only happy emotions. If you need to let out some anger or sadness, find creative ways (that don’t hurt you or others) to express those emotions.

There are as many ways to express yourself as there are people in the world. Find the way that uniquely expresses you. 

What is creativity to you? How do you express yourself creatively? Feel free to share in the comments. Have a great day. (A version of this post originally appeared on my Patreon page on June 15, 2019.)

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New Moon In Leo – Messages From Spirit


Happy Full Moon, All! These cards are from the Fountain Tarot. Many Blessings!

Taurus
Virgo
Capricorn

You won the battle of mind over matter. The path is now clear for you to move forward.

Gemini
Libra
Aquarius

Think about the big picture. Your options are limitless.

Aries
Leo
Sagittarius

You worked so hard to get where you are today. No one and nothing can stop you now.

Cancer
Scorpio
Pisces

Free yourself from the ghosts of the past. It’s a brand new day!