Portable Fortitude Playing Cards

Bits and Bobs from Behind the Scenes

In lieu of a strictly business tarot-related post, today I thought I'd share a little update about what's going on behind the scenes at Two Sides Tarot. I'm a busy beaver, but of course it isn't all toil around here! This post really is just a recap of what I've personally been up to - sometimes I just have to give in to the impulse to talk about myself! You've been fairly warned.

On the bookshelf, I've been slowly making my way through Deborah Lipp's new book, Tarot Interactions. It's refreshing to find a tarot book that goes beyond explaining card meanings to look at how to synthesise multiple cards into a cohesive reading. Although this book is aimed at the intermediate practitioner, I think in some ways it would benefit tarot beginners to start with Lipp's exercises right away. When you start learning tarot, it's easy to get bogged down in memorising card meanings, but what you really need to give good readings is an understanding of how those meanings interact with context. The sooner you can work that into your tarot practice, the quicker you'll be able to give really meaningful, relevant and detailed readings, so I highly recommend readers of all levels check this one out!

In non-tarot related reading, I've been on a bit of a YA binge, getting myself up to date with Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series (ALL THE FEELS) before the fourth volume is released on September 1st, and indulging in the always dark and delicious Holly Black, with her recent-ish book, The Darkest Part of the Forest. I do love me some tricksy fae folk! I also read another book by my beloved Natalie Goldberg, Long Quiet Highway, a volume of memoir that explores Natalie's zen practice and early writing career. Love, love, love, as always. If you're a fan of Writing Down the Bones, I'm sure you'll love spending more time with this inspired teacher. Finally, I almost always have some poetry on the go - this month's read, Mules of Love, is by one of my favourite poets, Ellen Bass. As ever, reading her poetry is like eating some kind of rich and magical spirit cake! Get it in you immediately!

It would appear that when I'm not reading cards, I'm reading books - that is almost true! In the rare moments I don't have my nose buried in a book, I've been playing countless rounds of solitaire with Corina Dross' Portable Fortitude playing card deck. Check out these cards, they are seriously cool! They may be bringing me good fortune in other areas of my life, but I'm sorry to say my solitaire win percentage has not improved. Probably can't blame Corina for that though!

Finally, I just wanted to share some progress from the Agony Augury question I answered for myself a couple of weeks ago about struggling to get back into exercising. Since writing that post, I've managed to stick to a schedule of two gross and sweaty workouts a week without too much difficulty. Just imagining that Page of Swords cutting away any procrastination and avoidance has been really helpful, and I feel so much better for it! I've also been giving a nod to my inner High Priestess, who appeared in a bit of a funny way in that reading, by doing five or ten minutes of seated meditation after my workout. It's a good way to close off the session and to integrate the positive lessons of the experience. I think my body also appreciates being listened to in that way, and it's nice to mindfully enjoy that enlivened post-workout sensation! If you have a question for the Agony Augury, please do write in!

That's what I've been up to. What about you? Let me know in the comments!