I bought this deck from PixelOccult’s Etsy [link] in early December, and this has quickly become my go-to deck. It’s become my mental health deck, and I do readings with it when I either need to check in, or when my symptoms start flaring up.
I love the art style, it’s adorable while still being slightly ominous in certain cards. I especially love that there’s very little nudity (and what nudity there is, it’s artistic and something I’m comfortable with.)
Each suite is color coded, but the colors are muted and dark. It’s a somber feeling deck, but I wouldn’t describe it as being “dark” in tone.
The deck shuffle easily, and it’s held up well over the four months that I’ve been using it. It comes in a very nice ridged box, which I really like. My one complaint is that the text in the guidebook is really small, but I love that the author included reversed meanings in the book, not just the upright meanings. Overall I’d highly recommend this deck.
What I was going to do: a tarot reading to check in and see how things are going in the Otherworld
What I got: told that I’m seen as totally human Here, and to stop certain habits that help supply my anxiety that everything is going to blow up in my face
Right now I’m at a point in my spiritual life where nothing major is going on, and for some reason I feel like writing about it. It’s not a fallow time; my deity Beloveds are busy right now with work, and they both drop by to spend time with me when they can. The spirits are quiet, and so are my People.
I pulled out my mental health deck, and did a quick tarot reading. The reading indicated that this year is going to be a quiet one when it comes to astral drama and Otherworld shenanigans. It said that I’ll still be celebrating holidays, and spending time with my Loved Ones, but it also cautioned me about excess worrying (especially worrying that a long period of quiet=shit’s about to hit the fan.)
At times, I feel like I’m the only mystic/godspouse/polytheist who has an “ordinary” life Here, and who’s gods, spirits, and Otherworld people encourage having that “normal” life. I know I’m not (and that I can’t judge a person’s life by a handful of blog posts) but “give up everything to the gods/make everything about the gods” is an attitude that I still see, and I’ve written about before (link) how unhealthy that is for me.
I got a new tarot deck yesterday, the Sinking Wasteland tarot. I love the modern art style, the diversity of people in the deck, and that it has very little nudity. The reading I did yesterday said that this is going to be a deck to help me when it comes to mental health related stuff; since it has a more sparse color scheme, it feels like it’s perfect for that.
I did a reading with the High King, and he gently called me out on having a difficult time breaking the habits in regards to what I call “the god (or astral) vortex.”
I know you lost friends [to the astral,] and I understand that you’re hurting from that, he said to me, but there’s deception in that path, in having the Otherworlds take over your life.
There is potential for something very beautiful happening in my Otherworld life within the next year. It’s a major life change for all of our Family, but my Beloveds and I are looking forward to it.
I got some divination back recently that, for the most part, confirmed these future events. The next day, I pulled out the oracle deck I use for the Far Ones, wanting some confirmation from Them about this. They’re typically very blunt, so I figured They would be more than happy to confirm this. Instead, the three cards I drew from Them gave an answer that I wasn’t expecting:
“Even We do not know the future in this regard; it is up to you and your Beloveds.”
Yesterday, I felt pulled to do a small ritual for Darkness–something I hadn’t felt pulled to do in several months. At first, I took my pill box off my shrine, but didn’t feel right lighting the lantern until I put it back on. I guess that means that the pill box is part of my shrine now.
I did a brief tarot reading, and I was reassured that I’m on the right path in focusing on my life Here and letting Darkness run without me. To be honest, I’ve needed the continuing quiet on my astral radar, but knowing everything is going well Over There is good.
I’ve started interpreting the Pentacle suit in tarot to be referencing things/people Here, as opposed to Over There, in my style of reading. I got mostly pentacle cards in the reading I did, but swords showed up a few times. I interpreted the sword cards as continuing to tell me to let go of the idea of a life filled with woo astral stuff, which has been a continuing theme both in my readings and with my Beloveds.
Overall, it was nice to do a small 15-minute ritual. It was nice to hear from Darkness again, though I’ve relaxed into the overall quiet on my godphone/astral radar.
I’ve been approached by a new deity, and he’s someone I greatly respect and admire. He’s offered a formal relationship with me, and I wanted some clarification about *what* exactly he meant by “formal,” as well as some other things.
This reading’s under a cut because it’s just over 1,000 words long; I had questions, and he had answers.
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