Friday, March 2, 2018

What's In My Bag? March 2018

Holy cow! February came and went so fast.

I've been busy as a bee with learning, planning, plotting, brainstorming, and creating that the entire month passed in a blur. I've got some really exciting offerings in the works, so stay tuned for that!

Anyway, let's see what I'm packing in my satchel for March.

This month is a little sparse because I'm mostly packing the essentials. I'm preparing for a major move, so everything that I'm not immediately using is getting packed up in boxes. Still, there's plenty of fun stuff for me to play with.

(from left to right)

Tarot de Marseilles, Conver 1760 (facsimile). This was my first tarot deck and forever my workhorse deck. I'm so comfortable reading with it; I trust it to give me sound answers and advice, and I trust it to guide my clients, too.

Pip decks used to scare me. I was 14 when I got this deck, and I had no idea why the guidebook seemed to choose meanings for the cards, as if the interpretations were pulled from the aether. Once I studied tarot in more depth and with more dedication as an adult, I decided to try my hand again with this deck. Yes, it took some studying and trust in my intuition, but I soon got the hang of it. And the rest, as they say in the cliche, is history.

Alice in Wonderland Schedule Book/Diary. Being as busy as I have been lately, I've really put a lot of my energy into diligently and precisely scheduling my time. On some days, I'd had as many as four engagements, and there was no way I was going to be able to keep everything straight without time-mapping it out well ahead of time.

Also, I've really been having a lot of fun scrap-booking and journalling in this! My ticket stub from the TENQ planetarium visit (see #TarotSpreadTuesday - The Cosmos Within Spread) and other stellar stickers found their way taped alongside paragraphs of minuscule handwriting. It's a really creative and enjoyable way for me to engage with my planner.

The Power of Myth. I'm going back to the heart of things in this transcript of a magnificent interview of mythologist, world literature scholar, and generally awesome human being Joseph Campbell, hosted by Bill Moyers.

I watched this interview in my (high school) sophomore advanced English class and remember being completely blown away by the encyclopedic knowledge Campbell possessed. His depth of knowledge about the stories, myths, legends, and traditions of so many diverse cultures all around the world (and I do mean ALL AROUND) was staggering. Now, I've got a written copy to enjoy at my leisure... and write all along the margins!

Traveller's Notebook (Midori). I usually keep my Midori on me, but last month, I wasn't doing all that much in it. This month, I know I've got lots of things that need to be written down, hashed out, noted, studied, and completed.

I have three notebooks in it. The first is my business notebook. In there, I write everything and anything that has to do with business. New spread ideas, blog ideas, video ideas (those are coming back once I'm settled from the move, I promise!). Sometimes new service options. I've got notes on the nitty-gritty of how my business interacts with my psycho-spiritual Self. So yeah. Everything.

Then, I have two study notebooks. The first is for my esoteric learning. Tarot, astrology, alchemy, herbalism, etc. The second is for my academic study. Lecture notes, conference notes, ideas and texts relevant to my research, etc.

Sailor Moon Pen. I have a 3-color clicky Frixion pen with Sailor Moon and the inner Sailor Scouts on it. Also, the key-chain resting inside my Midori is the Transformation Pen that Sailor Moon uses early on in the series.

Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards. As some of you may know, I'm not really an oracle person. For the most part, I just don't *get* them. Often I find that the image and the keyword or meaning are dissonant, and that just ruins things for me.

I got this deck in a trade and figured I'd give it a whirl. So far, I'm doing well with it, mostly because the symbology of the image and the animal are explained in a cultural context on the back. The interpretation makes sense because it's based on something a little more tangible than feeling. That works for me.

Wallet. Because I still need money...


I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of my life and what I hope to be getting up to this month! You'll be seeing the results of all these things reflected on the blog and shop in the near future.


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