Tarotbytes: Page of Wands



You can always, always, teach an old dog new tricks. It is never too late to learn something new.





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Tarotbytes: 6 of cups



The Pamela Smith artwork on the Rider Waite Tarot deck (seen here on a public domain vintage deck) lends itself very well to the idea of “innocence” that is often associated with the 6 of Cups.

Here is a different aspect of innocence than the ‘remember to play’ message often associated with the Fool card from the major arcana.

This is more the clear-eyed way children have of seeing the world. They think anything is possible because they have not been told about or experienced the seemingly impossible. Their view is fresh and free, unencumbered by preconceived notions or expectations.

This unfettered point of view is critical to tarot and other psychic readings – that is why intuition is often called clairvoyance, literally “clear seeing”.

Expectations are blinding in a reading. Devastatingly so sometimes. Once I had a sitter so focused on her ex-boyfriend that she didn’t seem to hear the message about her children (thankfully older) who were sending support, and wanting her to shift her focus back to other things…that sense of the message was clear, even though it involved others, as memory serves, the four of cups was part of that spread too. The four of cups don’t promise romance. To both of our frustration, she didn’t seem to get the message about the wonderful thing being offered to her. I hope the message came to her in some way she could hear.

Which takes me back to one of my favorite TV shows. If you are familiar with “Doctor Who” there is an episode where his ship/time machine, the TARDIS,  takes human form and they talk. He complains that she was unreliable…didn’t take him where he wanted to go. But, she points out, she always took him where he needed to go. And so it is with readings. They may not tell us what we ask, less often what we want to hear, but they pretty reliably tell us what we need to hear. That’s kind of the point of them…if we could see right to the heart of things right at the start, we wouldn’t need intuition’s help.

The Doctor Who example hints at a more contemporary way to understand the 4 of cups. Think alien comes to Earth. Think, Echo, ET,  Starman, or Lilu from “The Fifth Element”. They come to a situation utterly without frame of reference of preconceived notions. They see us through utterly innocent eyes.

That is the innocence the 4 of cups brings to a reading. It asks us to look again, with clear eyes, with innocence, with the freedom of mind and thinking that childhood gave us all. Look at your situation as if from outer space.


Blogcation next week

Ever notice how grass and weeds don’t care about the internet?

It’s that time of year again when I take some time off from blogging and doing readings to take my youngling to the pool and brunch at IHOP and maybe try to keep the back yard from imitating a scene from Jumanji.

Modern Oracle Tarot will effectively be closed July 24-August 4, even though I’ll be home keeping a weather eye to the email. And maybe watching a pirate movie.

We talked, now we’re listening




Have any of you heard the premiere podcast of “Menage A Tarot”?

We talked…now we’re listening  - to you.

If you listened and have anything you want to say…good, bad or indifferent…we want to hear you. Just leave your comment in the box below or email us at menageatarot@gmail.com.

Most of all, thank you for listening! I hope you’ll join us for the second episode in august!

Tarotbytes: 5 of Coins



Which is the greater suffering? Physical adversity, or the animosity and divisions among humankind? Which is the greater hurt? Physical illness and injury or the hatred and exclusion of others? Bigotry harms. Inclusion and compassion heals. Offering simple dignity and acknowledgement doesn’t mean you acquiesce to others, but instead elevates all.

Offering a moment of silence for all who have died at the hands of senseless violence.


Thank you, whoever you are!




Someone searched the blog with “Carl Sagan and Reiki”. Thank you.

Seeing those words together on a page with “Tarot” put me right in my wheelhouse…my great loves in one place.

Some might say they are unrelated. I say everything is part of, well, everything so they are part of the one unified whole of … you guessed it…everything. Tarot, Carl Sagan, and Reiki have common threads.

The reason I call this blog and my style of Tarot “Modern Oracle” is because I believe we can take a modern, reasonable approach to the spiritual and the mystical. We really can be part of both…it isn’t either / or, life is connected, one, all-of-the-above.

I’ll spare you the long winded rant about that and save it for the book.

I look at it as a toolkit approach. You don’t use a hammer to fix the screw that popped out of your eyeglasses. You don’t use a tiny little screwdriver to drive a nail. That is the one thing I agree with from the Old Testament…there is a time and a place for everything, within the grand scheme of, you know, everything.

When you get right down to it, Intuition, Science, Mainstream Medicine and Holistic Health are all the same…they are all helpful, valid, ways of understanding the grand “everything”…the Cosmos in which we live. They are all different facets of the same greater whole, they are different lenses on the same universe.

Astronomy, the science, is a perfect example. First we had only naked eye observations. Then came telescopes for visible light. Then came radio telescopes, x-ray telescopes, particle collectors, ultraviolet and microwave observations…

Does that mean the old naked eye observations are “fake” or “superstitious” or wrong because they didn’t know about Pluto? No.

Does that mean modern logic is wrong for pointing out that astrology can’t predict the future? No.

Science is a way of understanding the universe and expressing that understanding. Poetry is a way of understanding the human experience and expressing that understanding. The same is true of Tarot. Science is one way of healthier living (yay vaccines, antibiotics and clean water systems!). The same is true of Reiki. Once uses chemistry, the other the mind-body connection…both with their pros and cons, both with their strengths and weaknesses, each with a role to play in dealing with the challenges of life in a human body.

Tarot and intuition can’t absolutely predict the future…neither can science. The ability to predict outcomes is the test of a scientific theory…not a quality of the scientific method itself. The ability to advise our choices and help us cope with difficult emotions is the proof of psychic work as a useful tool….not a quality inherent to psychism itself. Both science and psychism are the tools and playthings of the human heart and mind, while neither have any power or validity extant on their own. You don’t use psychic readings to solve a logical problem any more than you use that tiny screwdriver to pound a nail. You don’t use science to guide an intimate, emotional relationship any more than you use a hammer to fix your glasses. You don’t use Reiki to set a broken bone, nor do you use a plaster cast to ease chronic stress.

There is poetry and beauty in science. Great scientific communicators like Ann Druyan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Micheo Kaku, Bill Nye and many others have shown us that.  There is reason and logic in psychic work. Ted Andrews and others have shown us that, too. They are all part of the great wholeness of everything. They are all part of the Cosmos, just like Tarot, Reiki and Carl Sagan.