Tarot

Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview & Unboxing

Here is the Spiritsong Tarot!

I have found a gorgeous new tarot deck and my fingers are itching to work with it! As some of you know, I am quite picky when it comes to tarot decks so I am over the moon to have found a tarot deck that resonates with me.

Spiritsong Tarot was created by Paulina Cassidy and was published by U.S. Game Systems, Inc., in 2017. 

In this deck interview, I get to know the latest whimsical edition to my collection quite a bit! I also have a link to my unboxing of this deck where you can watch in real time as I unwrap this baby, examine the card stock, explore the guidebook, and drool at the artwork. You can find the video at the end of this blog post. 

In this deck, the four suits are represented by symbols associated with that suit that can be found in nature. I don't mind the name changes of the suits and find them quite fitting. 

Spiritsong Tarot The Ace's - Four Suits | Maven Unmasked
  • Acorns = Fire/Wands
  • Feathers = Air/Swords
  • Shells = Water/Cups
  • Crystals = Earth/Pentacles

I also love the fact that the Suit of Feathers isn't all birds or that the Suit of Shells isn't all sea dwellers. There is a wide variety of creatures represented in this deck. The animals depicted on the cards do not necessarily belong to the elemental suit of the card they represent. 

Are you ready to get to know Spiritsong Tarot? I sure am!

Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview - Maven Unmasked

DECK INTERVIEW SPREAD

  1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
  2. What are your strengths as a deck?
  3. What are your limits as a deck?
  4. What are you here to teach me?
  5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
  6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Here are the cards I received...

1. Knight of Feathers | Action & Focus

This deck is a talker! It likes to work and may be blunt in it's delivery. It's main goal is bringing a plan of focused action to the table. Let's put on our thinking caps! 

2. Eight of Feathers | Courage & Solutions

This deck is helpful for determining how to best pull out my inner strength. It can help me to develop a better send of self-confidence - hellloooo solar plexus chakra! It loves to come up with empowering solutions to tough problems. Sometimes even the smallest solution can be a powerful one. It sees the little details I may miss when I'm in panic mode or feeling small. 

3. Awakening | Renewal & Enlightenment

This deck is not for answering questions pertaining to spiritual development and awakening. It is better suited for aspects of the physical realm like relationships, health, abundance, creative endeavors, intellectual pursuits, or decision making. This is not the deck when you're looking for respite or spiritual revival. Spiritsong Tarot wants to get things done! 

4. Seven of Feathers | Preparation & Resourcefulness

Expect the unexpected. Have a Plan A, B, C, D, E, & F. Know and be respectful of your limitations. Know when someone is incapable of being something that you need. Be your own best support. 

5. The Moon | Imagination & Perception

The best way for me to collaborate with this deck is when trying to see through illusions or any fantastical ideals that I have built up in my head around situations. This deck is a reality check, a dose of intuitive wisdom. It wants me to open my mind, play with my imagination, but still have the awareness for when a shift to a higher perspective is needed. 

6. Five of Acorns | Challenge & Growth

This deck wants to challenge me in every aspect of my growth and who I am. It wants me to take my power back. To roar confidently with a voice so strong that the quiet leaves begin to tremble. I happily accept your challenge Spiritsong Tarot! 

 

If you want to see more of the cards, here's my Spiritsong Tarot Unboxing video on YouTube!

 

Do you work with this deck? What have your experiences been with it?

HAPPY SHUFFLING!

XO ARIEL

 

My First Tarot Reading Experience

My First Tarot Reading Experience

If you travel Rt. 3 in Maryland, you may be familiar with Ms. Devon's house on the side of the road. A house of magic, mystery, and fortune telling. I would see this house on a daily basis and always tried to look closely when driving past to see if I could catch any of the magic and mystery seeping out of the roof or through the windows.

A girlfriend and I went to the house searching for psychic answers. It was Fall and the air was crisp. It felt like an adventure just being on the property and we walked up the painted creaky wooden steps to the screened in front porch of the home.

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up | The Tower

It shakes. It rattles. It rumbles and roars as it crumbles. Lightning strikes and the world as you know it changes - if only for an instant. It lights up the sky and shakes up the clouds giving everything a frightfully hazy glow. It burns and sizzles garnering your attention. Did it scare you awake? Have you opened your eyes to see? Are you listening now? These are the gifts The Tower brings to you. 

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up! The Tower from The Good Tarot (Hay House, 2017)

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up! The Tower from The Good Tarot (Hay House, 2017)

Your foundation may have been shaken or torn apart completely. As you sort through the rubble to rebuild, know that you have the power to make it even stronger than before. With more foresight and clarity than you had in the first go round. The Tower gives you this wisdom. 

It teaches you to expect the unexpected - both the good and the not so much. It will truly shake you up to wake you up! It will force movement where there is none. In doing this, The Tower teaches you to appreciate what's important in your world, who is important in your life, and what is vital to your soul, your survival, and your happiness. 

xo Ariel

Strike the Match of Inspiration | Ace of Wands

The Sexual Energy of Creativity & Inspiration

Ace of Wands - Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 2015)

Ace of Wands - Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 2015)

This is the spark of magic. The light of creation. The 'Aha!' moment. The lightbulb goes off. The camera flashes. The power all lies within your hand. It all starts with that tingle up your spine. The burning desire to take unbridled action and pursue your desire at full force. The beginning of the journey of uncovering a new muse. 

A strike of a match is but a moment. An instant. A brief feeling of gratification. New life begins through a single burst of sexual energy. This IS the energy of creation - of life, beginnings, and inspired action in its purest form.

Build up that energy. You may even have to generate some friction to warm things up a bit and create the spark. Ignite your life and your passion! A new creative endeavor can benefit from the untamed fiery nature of the Ace of Wands. Filled with sexual energy and compulsiveness, this fuels your inner drive.

Uncontrollable. Undeniable. Unshakeable. Fresh. Wild. Untainted. The first signs of infatuation and curiosity are a fire burning in your belly - yearning and lusting for more. You cannot wait another second, not one instant. Your soul feels that it is now or never. It burns, nags, pulls, and screams at you yelling, "Now! Now! Now!" The solar plexus and sacral chakras are where this energy resides, where it breathes, and grows. 

Do you tame the open flame or do you let it spread like wildfire? Do you let the ashes of creativity spread throughout your life - into every nook, cranny, and crevice? Strike a match of inspiration! Take the initiative. Light the fire. The only challenge is to not drive yourself into burnout from tireless desire. Breathe as the fire to keep your passion, your drive, your creativity and inspiration burning for all of time.  

xo Ariel

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Mirror in The Moon 

Little pieces of your destiny lie at your feet, glinting in the moonlight. The puzzle of all puzzles! How do you build your fate, construct your destiny, piece by glimmering piece? What do you think you will have created once everything fits together perfectly and is firmly glue in place?

As we go through life, we may feel we are on a path, yet are unsure of where it will lead us. Like The Moon in tarot, all is not ready to be revealed. Break the illusion of who you believe you should be when you look in the mirror. Destroy the vision of what you think your life should look like. What is the fun, where is the blessing, in having a cookie cutter life? A one size fits all?

These broken shards of glass that you are slowly piecing together, piece by sometimes agonizing piece, will one day form a complete reflection of who you are. You're still building, working, striving to be your best you. Let go of the illusion that you are flawed. The illusion that your life is a mess. You are being divinely guided to your soul purpose - what is such a mess about that?

xo Ariel

🐝Busy Bee | Willpower + The 8 of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

Eight of Pentacles | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

How can you harness your inner worker bee? How can you keep your drive and momentum going when you have mountains to climb, rivers to cross, and a tornado of to-do lists in your path?

The 8 of Pentacles asks you to have a place for everything and everything in it's place. Where are your priorities currently? Organization is the key to productivity and proficiency. This card also invites you to start creating healthy habits now, so that when you do feel overwhelmed, you won't throw caution to the wind and waiver from what you know does in fact work.

When working with the intensely dedicated energy of the Eight of Pentacles, keep your Solar Plexus chakra strong, balanced, and vibrant. Crystals associated with this chakra, like citrine, are filled with the vibration of success and empowerment. This can definitely help to provide an extra push when you're really striving to achieve your personal best!

The worker bee asks invites you to get into your creative flow. Tap into your energetic drive. Tune the world out for a little while and hone in on your work. Give it as much concentrated effort as possible. What does it take for you to get in the zone and how do you know once you're there?

xo Ariel

What to Do When You're Tired of Being the Bigger Person | Maven Mindset

We all have times where we get into arguments with those that we love. If you're like me, you have often found yourself in the position where you have to be the bigger person in the situation. But what do you do when you're the one who always has to be the responsible adult? The one who lets it go. When you don't want to shrink on your beliefs or feelings for the sake of a peaceful night, because you resent never being able to just speak your mind without ridicule. When you feel like you're forfeiting your dignity and intelligence to suffer in silence. When you're angry because that one person is just not listening to you, here is how you can hold sacred space for yourself.

The World

Connect with your guides and angels in meditation. What qualities does this person have that are bothering you so deeply and why? Try to form a deeper sense of understanding. Ask your guides to help you with this. If this is a family issue, ask your Ancestors to come in to help clear up any karma and to begin ancestral or bloodline healing. Extend love and forgiveness to the person. It's not as much for them as it is for you so that you're not allowing bitterness and resentment to take over your energy and harden your heart. Oh ya, and of course send them love and light like the high vibe lightworker you are!

The Devil

Avoid addictive behaviors resulting from an 'F - it' attitude. You won't hurt them by doing this, the only person you'll really be hurting is yourself. Resist the urge to lash out. Don't leave them lying in the dust after you stampede. Don't trample what is already a probably a very fragile ego. Yes, it may feel good in the moment to take out your agressions, frustrations, and disappointments on this person, however it doesn't heal the situation. Remember that it's their lesson too. It's not your problem if they're not ready to learn it.

Two of Cups

Talk with others about the situation. Find common ground with the offender, but don't be afraid of setting boundaries! Remember the good qualities they have however, don't romanticize them or the situation. Protect yourself. Why keep giving to a person who is not willing or open to receive? Don't cry over spilled milk whether it's wasted time or energy. Pick up your cup, wash it clean of their bs, and take it with you as you meet others who believe in kindness, compassion, and an even exchange of energy. Refill your cup with love, understanding, and appreciation.

Justice

Trust that the Universe will handle it. Karma will level the scales. Do not be unfair or unjust to this person even though the human part of you wants to snub them like they've snubbed you. Don't worry about wanting them to hurt as much as they've hurt you. Get rid of that low vibrational thinking. Take the high road!  The Universe has already laid a plan. This situation, this person, has come into your life to teach you a lesson. Perhaps it may even be a karmic relationship if this type of thing happens repeatedly or if you notice a pattern. How can you break the cycle?

Hope this helps you keep your power when you feel like someone you love is trying to take it away.

xo Ariel

Awakening the Magic Within | The Magician 

The Magician | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

The Magician | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

You don't need the next hot thing to make your tarot or spiritual practice effective. As you scroll through Instagram, there is a bombardment of color! From shiny glittering crystals to vibrant new tarot decks, social media has it all. You may feel like you need to have 'all of the things' to make your practice deeper, more high vibe, or just all around trendy. You don't want to feel like you're missing out on anything - trust me, I get it! But I am here to tell you that you don't need all of the wonderful smelling essential oils, reiki charged candles, juicy crystals, luscious incense, and hot new decks to make your practice worthwhile. Remember - you are your practice. Not who you show the world, but who you actually are inside. You are a living embodiment of the work you're doing. The most fabulous products that money can buy won't change that. So when you're itching for the hot new thing, just know that you already have all you need to manifest your desires.

You have mystical flowing intuition that guides you and connects you to the Universe. Your spirit, your soul, is filled with a natural will power and determination for success. You have a brilliant mind and intellect to plan a course of action. And you have a body to use these gifts and make them a reality through the power of your human hands.

Go back to basics. Work with the natural tools the Universe has blessed you with - fire, water, earth, and air. Your ancestors worked with nature and all of her gifts. They used what the land and Spirit blessed them with. They didn't need to be trendy to trust that their practice was relevant! They didn't need validation from the tools they were using. Their connection was their validation! Work with your guides. Co-create with Spirit! For you inherently are a natural manifestor and a Magician of the ages.

xo Ariel

Winter Tarotscopes 2016 | December 21st 2016 to March 19th 2017

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Here they are - your Winter Tarotscopes and the final tarotscopes of 2016! Curl up by the fire with your latte or hot cocoa and see what energy your zodiac sign will be working with from this December to March of 2017!

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What is a Tarotscope? A Tarotscope is like a horoscope for your zodiac sign, only it uses tarot cards. Make sure to read the Tarotscope for your Moon and Rising Signs in addition to your Sun sign to get a more complete picture of the energy you may be working with this season and as we head into the new year! For the Tarotscopes this Winter, I will be using The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans (first edition). What’s the vibe surrounding your sign this Winter?

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Have a Winter full of Whimsy and Wonder lovelies!

Happy Holidays,

xo Ariel

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Aries | 6 of Cups

This season will be all about reconnecting with your inner child and learning from your childhood. Honor what once was. Your sense of nostalgia may be heightened this Winter. Do you see how different events and experiences in your life have all been connected thus nurturing you into the person you are today - for better or for worse. Is there any childhood healing that needs to take place? Look back at your younger years. See how you have grown and matured. What is different and what has stayed the same?

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Taurus | 2 of Wands

The longer you wait to make a decision, the less choice you have Taurus. This Winter will be spent in contemplation and looking for new options to explore. Do both options bring you to the same end point or do their paths cross for a moment and then keep on going? Evaluate your motivations. Balance will be an important factor this season as well. How will your choices impact the sense of balance in all areas of your life?

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Gemini | Mother of Cups

Spend your Winter reaching out to others, healing, and sharing the love! This season is all about being the best nurturer you can be - to yourself and others too. You may be feeling a bit lovey-dovey, extra feminine, and all squishy on the inside which may make you a bit uncomfortable Gemini, but it is totally okay! Share all of that extra love and joy you feel within you to others that could use some.

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Cancer | The Emperor

Discipline, discipline, discipline is the name of the game for you this Winter, Cancer. Bring in the reigns - it's time to tighten up ship! This is a period of taking care of business to build a strong foundation for yourself, which I feel will come in handy as we roll into 2017. Create a to-do list and crack down on some of those responsibilities. This will be an important period of development and independence for you.

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Leo | Daughter of Swords

This Winter will really be about expanding on new ideas, Leo! Get clear on your goals - don't be afraid if you have to put some of them on the back burner for now. This season will be spent learning what works for you. Communicating in new ways and learning new things. Have you been thinking of taking up a new course of study or enrolling in a new class? Now may be the prime time for you to do so!

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Virgo | Death

Transformation, change, and rebirth will be a HUGE theme for you this Winter, Virgo! Embrace it. Shed your old skin. Let go of old beliefs. Release that which no longer serves you. You may find yourself changing jobs, finding friends who resonate with you on a soul level (and leaving behind those who do not), or perhaps even leaving a toxic relationship. Know that this period, while not easy, will definitely be beneficial in the growth and development of who you are as a soul! This is a powerful time for you.

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Libra | 5 of Cups

Try not to wallow in grief, despair, or loss this season. Winter will ask you to bring out your inner strength to help you heal from your grief. This is the time to focus on what you have - not what you're lacking. Do not hang your head in shame! Try to find ways to renew your confidence. You can bring a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Only YOU can renew your sense of joy and passion for life! How do you tap into that energy?  *Tip - Take extra salt baths this month to help keep your energy clear and fresh as you go through this trying time.

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Scorpio | Son of Swords

Winter will bring to you increased communication. Be mindful to think before you speak - especially in the first few weeks of Winter while Mercury is going retrograde (December 19th 2016 - January 8th 2017). Pay attention to how you communicate with others. What do you say and what do you wish you would say? There will be lots of ideas for you to share with the world. Deepen your knowledge of an existing subject of interest. This season will be a time of enhanced focus for you analytically and intellectually.

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Sagittarius | 8 of Pentacles

Work, work, work is the name of the game for you this Winter, driven Sagittarius. Build and stack your resources. Put in as much work and effort as possible. Now is the time to really hunker down and put your nose to the grindstone with any goals you have. This is an extremely productive period for you where you can get a lot accomplished. This also feels like a great time of building your sense of abundance and prosperity by working towards your aspirations.

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Capricorn | 5 of Pentacles

Work on clearing up poverty mindset this Winter, Capricorn. Know that you're not alone and that you truly have all you need to survive. Work on taking better care of your physical body this season. Drink more water. Eat healthier foods. Make sure you spend enough time out in the sun - even if it's a bit chilly outside. Gather with those who love and support you. Don't isolate yourself this Winter. Rejoice in the sunshine with your friends and be grateful for the many blessings in your life, even if it is hard to see them right now.

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Aquarius | 4 of Cups

You may feel a little bored, apathetic,  or impatient this season, as it may seem you've hit a bit of a plateau. Be mindful to keep your ego or sense of entitlement in control this Winter.  What has left you so unsatisfied? What can you do to revamp your spark Aquarius? Don't isolate yourself in the darkness of your room. Open the blinds and let the sunshine in!  Don't bask in lower vibrational ways of thinking. Keep your eyes to the light as you face the darkness.

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Pisces | 3 of Swords

What has broken your heart my dear sweet Pisces? What didn't work out the way you planned? As an idealist, this may have shaken you to your core emotionally. Constantly thinking of this issue, it's got you bound tightly in it's grip, replaying the incident over and over. Are you communicating your displeasure? How can you express these feelings in a healthy way that is more geared toward healing? Focus on regaining your sense of safety and security this Winter. Don't be afraid if it is time to cut some cords - in the end, it may bring more clarity to the situation.

Gaian Tarot Deck Interview

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The Gaian Tarot has had my eye for almost a year now and for good reason. She is a breath of fresh air! I especially love how the artist included people of all colors, shapes, ages, and sizes in this deck, as well as the elements of nature and the beautiful creatures of our planet. The images are stunning and it feels like a 'welcome home old friend' kind of deck. Relaxed, inspired, down to earth, comforting, and loving - just as any deck with 'Gaia' in the name should be! I decided immediately upon her unboxing, that it was important to do a deck interview with her, and right away too. I don't always get this feeling from decks, however I knew our relationship would be different. She had something very important to share with me. The questions in this deck interview tarot spread were either created by TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) or someone on Aeclectic Tarot, I'm not sure which. I however, found this spread through the lovely tarotista Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot

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Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Elder of Earth - She is the ultimate provider. Crafty and kind. Resourceful and knowledgeable. Fruitful, abundant, and well loved. Seasoned and wise. Understanding and sympathetic. Responsible. She is connected to all of time, to the weaving of fate, for there is no beginning and no end to her wisdom.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Elder of Air - She is a fantastic communicator! Her words a melodious symphony. Her voice is like the whisper of the wind and clear as a bell. She communicates in such a grounded and reachable way, so that all who encounter her can comprehend her message. A language of divine wisdom, that we as humans, creatures who live on this planet, inherently understand. When you hear what she has to stay, you will stop and listen.

What are your limits as a deck?

The Moon - This deck is not what you would call intuitive. She is earthy. Her concepts are very tangible and real. She will not give you all of the answers as she realizes the importance of facing the fear of the unknown. The importance of being present in the moment and living your journey. Part of the wisdom she shares is the paramount power contained in the learning of lessons.

What are you here to teach me?

Three of Fire - Freedom of expression. To allow my soul to dance in warmth and light. She is here to get me moving to the beat of the Universe again! To ignite my passion and celebrate life. To be strong in my creativity and to know that it is safe to do so. I also feel that she is here to remind me of the importance of working with my lower 3 chakras (Root, Sacral, & Solar Plexus) and the role they play in my sense of joy and independence. She wants me to remember the full expression of who I am. To acknowledge the earth plane and rejoice with her. Thanks Gaian Tarot :)

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Explorer of Fire - Dare and do. All I need to do is to pick her up and give her a shuffle. She is ready, waiting, and willing to help! She invites me to have confidence and to act on the knowledge she gives me - especially seeing as she has been around a time or two and knows the ropes (remember the Elder of Earth). She does not give empty guidance. Don't ask if I am not willing to listen. Create with her and do not be afraid to share the results!

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

The Seeker - Discovery. Adventure. Wonderment and freedom. Play and new beginnings. The excavation of the truth of my soul. She will bring a refreshed and soul nurturing energy to my readings. We can create anything we wish together. The story has yet to be written, but she is excited for the journey of our spiritual quest together.

As I'm writing this, having completed this interview, the lyrics of Natasha Beddingfield's song "Unwritten" comes to mind: "Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in. No one else, no one else, can speak the words on your lips...Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten."

If you'd like to learn more about the creator behind this work of art, please check out the author's website here

Do you have this gem of a deck? If so, what are your thoughts? What has the Gaian Tarot taught you thus far in your journey together?

Blessings,

xo Ariel