Gratitude by David Whyte

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  GRATITUDE David Whyte Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not necessarily something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a-priori state of attention that…

How will you wield your power (money) this holiday season?

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The personal is political. When we change ourselves, we change the world. It is actually the greatest power we have, living from our most compassionate, loving, sovereign selves. We are all swimming in the cultural field of a world that is profoundly fragmented. I do not need to give you examples, we all know about Ferguson and…

Artemis Return: Claim Your Wild Feminine Through Oracle at the 2015 Women of Wisdom Conference

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  The Oracle of Initiation and I shall be presenting at the 23rd annual Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle this coming February, 2015. I was so excited to learn that Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of the brilliant Goddesses in Everywoman would be the keynote speaker on the same subject I had chosen for my presentation. She…

The California Conundrum

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Okay I’m just going to be honest here. Washingtonians are judgmental about Californians. We were this wonderful sleepy burg thirty years ago when we had Frederick & Nelson and Nordstroms to ourselves and the traffic didn’t suck. So we were passive-aggressive and clanish and depressed, but we had the mountains and the water and we…

Tarotcon Dallas 2014 & Inside the Tower Card Dream

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It was a wonderful time in Dallas last weekend at Tarot Professionals Association’s Tarotcon conference. We had lots of fun from tossing cards onto the floor and reading the “smoosh” to shuffling them around and taking vignetted photos of the cards with our phones. We also had a taste of Julia Hesse’s Living Tarot Oracle with embodied Court Cards…

The Wild Heart of Initiation Workshop’s Earthen Inspirations

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Such a wonder-fall of gifts flowed down on us this weekend. The Wild Heart of Initiation workshop with The Oracle of Initiation touched into those deepest parts of ourselves that yearn to be connected and creative, trusting our intuition to navigate our unique paths. The Oracle deck emerged out of a powerful metamorphosis in the…

Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign Part 16: Interview with Virginia Jester and Chris Hopkins of the City Mystics New York Tarot

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I was really looking forward to this conversation. On Facebook and in their Kickstarter video both Virginia Jester and Chris Hopkins have a really cool, down to earth vibe, and I felt we could have a great conversation about being artists who have created decks. Also the way they approached their City Mystic • New…

Oracle and Tarot Decks Really Do Come from the Dreamtime (and Hermit’s Lamps) Part Deux

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About a month and a half ago I wrote a blog post sharing some of the dreams that guided the creation of my Oracle of Initiation deck. I also spoke of the interview Andrew McGregor and I had on his Hermit’s Lamp podcast of the dreams I had of he and I creating an African…

Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign Part 15: Interview with Cheryl Fair of the Magical Realism Tarot-Pre-Launch

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It is such a gift to meet a kindred spirit. When I first saw Cheryl Fair’s Chariot card for her forthcoming Magical Realism Tarot I was intrigued. Pamela Steele of the Wizard’s Pets Tarot mentioned in a deck creators forum about this series of posts on crowdfunding, and that was how I met Cheryl. Thanks…

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