May 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify May’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #33 Peaks of Joy
How: Magician
Helper: seeker

May 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

Convention season has ended. I arrived home yesterday and I am feeling refreshed. This month’s theme is Peaks of Joy and boy-howdy can I relate. I’ve had an amazing three months of learning, teaching, and reconnecting to my tarot tribe. This refreshes me and fills up my batteries. Peaks of Joy requests I keep holding onto these things. They are a source of inspiration. From the special moments I’ve had and the insights gained, I’ll set the ground work for the rest of this year.

The Magician becomes the means to getting this done. My magician is all about manifestation: from creating good dreams, to hitting those goals, to spinning spells into the universe with intention. This is a month to really use my tools and push forth the new dreams I have going on. Let’s do this!

Spiral is May’s guide spirit kitten He’s a real idea generator; always curious and always seeking. I think he’s a perfect companion, yet again, for this month’s trio. I derive joy from making connections and generating new ideas. Once I get some good innovation going, I can then lay down the ground work for manifesting. It’s time to break out those lists and see what shakes loose.

Enchanted Kitchen: web series combining tarot and food

Tarot inspires life. It really does. From writing stories to cosplay, there’s a lot tarot has to offer.But, Tarot and food? Hey, why not! In fact, my friend Sasha Graham released a web-series describing the joy of combining the two. It’s called Enchanted Kitchen. Fun and informative, it combines tarot and recipes in a delightful way.

While tarot and cooking isn’t exactly a new concept, Sasha blends tarot knowledge, foodie lore, and setting witchy intentions into short episodes which make cooking look fun. (I hate cooking, I really do, and this got me excited to try out some of her recipes.) Her personality shines through each episode and it’s like she’s talking to you directly. I easily wished she’d invite me over for some meals!

There are six episodes total, so you get 6 quick recipe takes based around a card Sasha’s drawn each day. Each recipe looks good and not too intimidating for those who lack the skillset to create good food. Hands down, my favorite has to be “The Lover’s Cream of Tomato ad Grilled Cheese Soup.” I’ve printed it out and look forward to giving it a shot soon.

Great work Sasha and I look forward to seeing more Enchanted Kitchen episodes soon!

April 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify April’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #12 slow and steady
How: Judgement
Helper: warrior

April 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

Slow and Steady is this month’s theme. With all that activity from February and March, it is time to slow down and breathe. I have one more trip to make at the end (yay for Readers Studio). Needless to say, I’m looking forward to having some down time before I jet set across country again.

This is one of those month’s where I love the synchronicity of all the cards. From the Slow and Steady message comes Judgement. Which is another great slow down and look to guidance card. In order to step past all I do, I need to center myself. Judgement does this. It’s that pregnant pause of silence where we’re given time to reflect before the storm hits. So, while I’m moving slowly and deliberately this month, I’ll do it with intention. Allowing my own inner pace and guides to help me.

Standing by my side this month is Mishkin Rough-n-Tumble. He’s a warrior cat and what better guide for April than to have the one spirit who will force me to say no. I’ll use his guidance and wisdom to clear my plate and give myself space. Time to be brave and work on the items I already have on my own plate.

March 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify March’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #18 magic stream
How: King of Wands
Helper: flow

March 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

Magic Stream sounds like some silly new age mumbo jumbo, but it really goes deeper than that. This card reminds us that everything IS interconnected. And it really is! Two years ago, I tore my ATFL and despite the prescribed rehab from my doctor, I’m still dealing with fallout from that injury— in my leg and up my body. So yeah, the magic stream is a fitting theme for this month. I need to take all those intensions from February, and put them into motion. It’s time to let the stream inspire me and my works.

The King of Wands is a master of the arts. He’s fiery and rules with a strict set of values. I will use him to tap into the universal flow. I’ll use the energy to support my work this month. If I’m going to do what I want, I want to be able to do it my way. All this fire fuels me and my passions.

Flow is this month’s guardian. Her name is Zephyr and I found getting her alongside the Magic Stream very fitting. Flow is such an important part of a creative process. It’s the headspace one gets into when they are on a role for writing, or divining. Flow is also being able to let go of control and allow the process take over. This is where the magic happens and I’m excited to have this spirit cat remind me to connect with this powerful force.

Come See Me at PantheaCon 2018

I’ll be heading to San Jose and PantheaCon this Thursday. PantheaCon is a wonderful, 4-day pagan festival celebrating all types of craft, ritual, and everything in between.  It’s a top-notch event and I’m going to be knees deep in all sorts of fun this year. Here’s where you can find me during the event:

Saturday, February 17
7pm: Mix and Match, playing with Tarot and Oracles, in the Divination Suite (room 947) . Learn how to assess your tarot and oracle decks and get them playing together with fun spreads and techniques.

8pm: Triple Goddess Deck Party, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Come see my Triple Goddess Tarot deck published by Lo Scarabeo. I’ll have some copies on hand for sale, and will tell stories about my experience making the deck. Got questions about my deck vision and structure? Bring them and I’ll help you navigate them.

Sunday, February 18
7pm: Pop Culture Tarot, in San Juan/San Carlos. Come learn how Rose Red and I use our favorite fandoms to create meaning with the cards. We’ll share lots of good techniques and fun pop culture spreads.

9pm: Live Recording of Tarot Visions podcast, in the Divination Suite (room 947). Fresh off our Pop Culture Class, Rose Red and I kick back in the Divination Suite and record our weekly podcast. Topic TBD, but it’ll be fun. We’ll also answer your questions on recording and publishing podcasts.

In addition to all this, I’ll be attending some fun divination and other pagan classes to help hone my own craft. I may also be available for some readings. I’ll be posting live updates on my twitter feed @jaymi_elford, so if you’re not following me, now is a great time to do so! Are you going to PantheaCon 2018? Let me know! Let’s hang.