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About Adriene (A. D. Joyce)

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

Wednesday Words (November 9)


Here are today’s key words for each zodiac sign! Check for your sun, moon, and rising.

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Full Moon in Taurus/Lunar Eclipse – Oracle Card Message


Wishing you peace and many blessings. Have a fantastic day.

Your intuition helps guide you through uncertain times. Exercise it like a muscle.

Learn to tell the difference between ego-talk and soul-talk.

“Your soul only wants what is best for you, and you must learn to trust it.”

(Image and words of wisdom from the Soul’s Journey Lesson Cards and guidebook by James Van Praagh.)

Words for the Weekend (November 5-6)


Here are your messages from Spirit for the weekend! Using the Antique Anatomy Tarot. Peace, love, and many blessings!

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Taurus – Virgo – Capricorn

Pay close attention to words spoken.

Are your words making the situation better or worse?

Are the words you hear from others worth listening to?

Seek peace, not conflict.

Gemini – Libra – Aquarius

Leave the past in the past and focus on the here and now.

You may be tempted to get lost in a sea of memories or drown them out in unhealthy ways.

Journal, exercise, or meditate instead.

Aries -Leo -Sagittarius

Be inspired and think your ideas through completely before taking action.

With this combination of passion and logic, you will be unstoppable.

Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces

Choose one, but not all.

Better yet, get comfortable in the delicious feeling of anticipation.

Wait to see which one chooses you.

Wednesday Words (November 2)


Here are today’s key words for each zodiac sign! Check for your sun, moon, and rising.

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Aries – Busy
Taurus – Healing
Gemini – Persistent
Cancer – Focused
Leo – Vision
Virgo – Observant
Libra – Networking
Scorpio – Emotional
Sagittarius – Advisor
Capricorn – Active
Aquarius – Empathy
Pisces – Adventure

Words for the Weekend (October 29-30)


Here are your messages from Spirit for the weekend! Peace, love, and many blessings!

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Taurus – Virgo – Capricorn

You are free to do whatever you please and be happy. Your worries don’t need you right now.

Mantra: Just for this weekend, I will not worry

Gemini – Libra – Aquarius

Create boundaries when it comes to your energy levels. Do your best at your job or with chores. You don’t have to be perfect to meet expectations.

Mantra: Just for this weekend, I will do my work honestly

Aries – Leo –Sagittarius

Get started on new projects that inspire you. There’s a learning curve, so don’t get frustrated and give up too easily. Pace yourself.

Mantra: Just for this weekend, I will not be angry

Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces

Opportunity is knocking on your door! You have an opportunity to make money or buy something you want and need. Open your mind to the possibilities.

Mantra: Just for this weekend, I will be grateful

The Antique Anatomy Tarot: Review


The Antique Anatomy Tarot, published in 2019, is a delightful and quirky 78-card deck by digital artist Claire Goodchild. The imagery was inspired by the pictures in medical textbooks dating back to the Victorian age (1837-1901). In the guidebook, Goodchild explains that she was also interested in the local apothecaries used at that time—pharmacies where people bought herbal remedies and potions for any number of ailments.

Illustration from Gray’s Anatomy

Of course, the premiere medical text of the Victorian age was Gray’s Anatomy, written by Henry Gray and illustrated by Henry Vandyke Carter. This influential work and highly recognizable drawing style is well regarded to this day. True to its source of inspiration, the Antique Anatomy Tarot is densely populated with bones, body parts, and whole skeletons.

The Sun

Instead of the artwork being dry, academic, or morbid, Goodchild manages to make these figures fun, alive, and relatable. Part of it is the way the figures are decorated with flowers in nearly every card. Part of it is the frequent use of medicine bottles with labels that help with the card interpretation. Mostly, though, it’s the way Goodchild finds imaginative and whimsical ways to represent the traditional interpretations of the Rider-Waite-Smith divination system, which very much speaks to the affairs of the living.

Packaging and guidebook

The deck is beautifully packaged and is accompanied by a handsome, perfect bound guidebook. The guidebook includes pictures of each card, detailed card meanings per the RWS tradition, and numerology/astrology correspondences.

Card Back

The cards themselves are sturdy, have a matte finish, and are easy to shuffle. The backs of the cards are simple, showing the four suits—Rods (Wands), Coins (Pentacles), Blades (Swords), and Elixirs (Cups). The front of the cards have an old textbook-like, tan background, with fantastical images and bright colors that are interesting and lively.

Page of Coins

Although the guidebook explains card meanings based on the RWS tradition, the images do not duplicate the pictures of the classic deck. This is an interesting deck for beginning Tarot readers to start with, but as an FYI, there is nothing imagery-wise to connect the Antique Anatomy Tarot to the RWS. But for those familiar with RWS, these cards can help expand and deepen your Tarot card understanding.

The Emperor
The Empress

Some of my favorite cards from the Antique Anatomy Tarot are the Pages, whose skulls are clearly that of an infant (the skulls are not fused and you can clearly see the fontanelle). The Emperor and Empress are interesting in that they are almost identical images except that in the thigh area, one appears to be more “masculine” and the other more “feminine” than that other, and one appears to show more muscle and the other more bone. The Hanged Man, shows a full skeleton that is not upside down and unlike in the RWS, appears to have been hanged as a criminal.  

The Hanged Man
Justice

Some cards depict body parts other than the bones, such as Justice, which seems to be a fusion of the brain and the heart. Other cards feature medicine bottles, as in the feel-good potions in the Three of Elixirs. Others have a mixture of human elements and bottles, as in the Knight of Elixirs.

Three of Elixirs

It must be noted that Goodchild does not explain her choices when it came to the design of each card. She does not label the names of the bones or body parts. She also does not explain how the specific images she created relate to the interpretation of the card. All of this is left up to your imagination, knowledge of anatomy, or lack thereof.

Knight of Elixirs

I’m not sure why some authors choose not to explain their work in the context of the card interpretations. On the one hand, I would love to understand their thought process. But on the other hand, not knowing their reasoning allows me as a Tarot reader to tap into my own subconscious to come up with meanings. In the long run, coming up with my own reasoning helps make me a clearer channel for messages from the Universe, as told through the cards.

The World

With that small gripe aside, I absolutely love this deck. It speaks directly to the part of me who has spent many years working in the field of medical publishing. In its unique way, the Antique Anatomy Tarot strips us down to our most basic form as humans, physically and spiritually.

Wednesday Words (October 26)


Here are today’s key words for each zodiac sign. Check for your sun, moon, and rising.

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Aries – Friendship
Taurus – Communication
Gemini – Debate
Cancer – Rebuild
Leo – Search
Virgo – Supervise
Libra – Learn
Scorpio – Happy
Sagittarius – Validation
Capricorn – Safe
Aquarius – Serenity
Pisces – Gain

New Moon in Scorpio/Solar Eclipse – Oracle Card Message


Peace and blessings to everyone today and for the entire eclipse season.

“Only the oneness of love and the lover is eternal.

Surrender your heart into this union,

for all else in this world is momentary”

—Rumi

Affirmations:

I am conjoined in passionate devotion to the Great Beloved

Love fills my life in all ways I need

(From the Rumi Oracle card deck by Alana Fairchild. Affirmations adapted from the Rumi Oracle guidebook.)