church of tarot: strength

I’ve been having a lot of fun doing these mini collective virtual readings. I suppose I ought to put it out there that I am not a professional anything and I am just reading for fun. I am also a beginner at tarot and have to look up just about every card before I explain it. So while I myself get a lot out of contemplating each card and it’s meaning in my life, and hope you do the same, if you are ever in need of real help please reach out to more capable hands to whom I am happy to reference you.

strengthStrength, another of the major arcana, depicts a woman dressed in white, the symbol of the pure-hearted and evolved part of you, lovingly approaching a wild beast, the beastial or unevolved part of you. Strength suggests what it takes to embrace yourself fully. Owning up to one’s immature qualities doesn’t have to mean letting them run wild, it can mean that the mature part of you guides it.

Some questions you might consider: Might a roaring lion be lying wait within you? What feelings are you trying to shut down? Where are you being called upon to walk your talk?

This is one of my favorite cards, what do you guys think?

church of tarot: emperor

emperorThe Emperor card represents: stability, power, aid, protection, a great person, conviction, and reason.

Some questions to consider in relation to this card might be: Who has overpowered you? Why are you putting reason aside? Have you been too analytical in your thinking?

What does this mean to you right now? Let us know it the comments and we’ll share too!

tent love

My dad and I made my tent last summer for me to take to Wakarusa. It held up and stayed dry through tornadic storms, heavy rain and wind, and mud galore.

tentAnd now, as seen above, it managed to be the coziest of tents during our camping trip at the beginning of this month. With lows around 40 degrees I stayed safe and warm in the little thing and love it just as much as ever.

Wish you had one of your own? Just request a custom order and I’ll get busy framing and sewing you the tent of your dreams!

my diy hula hoop

hoopThe hoop is made from a type of lightweight tubing called PEX. I was able to get a 10′ piece at my local Home Depot, which happened to be the exact length I needed (more on that in a second). We found a male to male connecter, used a hair dryer to loosen up both ends of the tube and pressed the connecter in which we then taped over for extra stability.

I then wrapped the hoop in black electrical tape, to give it some more fun. The hoop was really slippery though, and so I ordered some gaffer’s tape in teal which adds some grip to the hoop.

I mentioned in last week’s post that the hoop my mom had was not the right size for her. The right size hula hoop should, when standing on it’s end at your feet, reach your belly button – or near there. To find out how long the tubing needed to be we measured straight up from our feet to our belly buttons and used a bit of geometry to find the circumference of a circle with that diameter.

hoopMy mom’s needed to be 6″ shorter, so we used my dad’s pvc cutter to snip that off before making her one. We didn’t make my dad one, but his would have had to be 11.5′ in circumference.

church of tarot: death

deathThis week’s card, death, is one of the major arcana and represents: end, mortality, destruction, and corruption. Some questions to consider in regard to this card are: What are you afraid of letting go of? What dream is dying an untimely death? Are you contemplating the idea that death is a natural continuation of your soul’s development?

How does this card relate to you today or this week? Let us know in the comments!

diy business cards

I’m so excited to be sharing the details of my handmade business cards with you all today! I made these for local blogger meetups that I attend every so often. Below are a few of the designs I made recently, but what’s fun about a business card is that it can be anything you want it to be! My mom has a degree in graphic design and makes her own cards that are constantly evolving. It’s not like any one person ever gets multiples of your card, so it can totally change to fit your specific needs.

cardsI just used my sewing machine to stich some thick red thread across the cards. I sew, so it’s relevant to me. I’ve seen some really great diy cards with washi tape, watercolor, etc. Think about how you can incorporate your talents, business, etc. into your cards! Ps. you totally don’t have to have a business to have a card! Brooke’s great idea was to put your name on one side and leave the other side blank to write the contact info that you want to give out at that particular time. Sometimes your email and phone number are necessary, and other times you just want to give someone your twitter handle! For these cards I included my twitter handle, blog address, and etsy address. It seemed the most useful for other bloggers to see what I do and contact me.

I love how each one is a little bit different! Granted, if you were going to a larger conference, this would not be practical because I only make about 10 at a time. But really, at a smaller event or in every day life that’s all you need in your pocket!

If you make some, share the link in the comments! I would LOVE to see what you guys do with this tiny bit of inspiration!! Or, if you already have a really nifty card, handmade or not, share it with us! What’s on your card and why?

church of tarot: three of wands

Three of WandsThis week’s card is the three of wands and represents established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, discovery, and commerce. Some questions to consider regarding this card are: What do you envision yourself acheiving? What idea or project are you launching? Who’s helping you put your plans into effect?

Ooph. This card hit me hard this morning. I am tangled up in goals. I have lots of support from my family in each one, but it’s hard for me to know where to focus. I am trying to graduate and apply to graduate school, I want this blog to succeed, I have other big ideas that I have yet to even try to launch because I’m already so swamped. But everything in it’s time I suppose. Like the man in the three of wands, I need to establish strenghth where I am, then I will turn to new things.

How does this card relate to your day or week? Let us know in the comments!

church of tarot: knight of pentacles

knight of pentaclesThis week’s card is the knight of pentacles and represents: utility, service-ableness, interest, rectitude, and responsibility. Some questions to consider in regard to this card are: What are you committed to completing? What new responsibilities are you welcoming? Are you enjoying your sexuality?

Let us know, in the comments, how this card relates to your day or week.

Church of Tarot: Queen of Wands

queen of wands

The Queen of Wands’ personality is meant to correspond to that of the King’s but is more ‘magnetic’. The card represents: a dark woman or a country woman, friendliness, chastity, love, and honor.

Some questions to consider are: What female authority are you encountering? Who are you protecting? Are you feeling vital and powerful?

Share in a comment, how is this card related to your life today or in your past week? We’ll share a bit if you do!

church of tarot: ace of swords

ace of swordsThis week’s card is the Ace of Swords and represents triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, and triumph of force. It is a card of great force in love as well as hatred. Some questions to consider in regard to this card might be: Is it time to cut away whats extraneous and get down to the essentials? What choice are you being asked to make? What could you use help figuring out?

We hope you’ll share, in the comments, how this card relates to you today or in your week.