Friday, July 22, 2016

3 Tarot Problem Solving + Learning Techniques for Beginners: No Meanings Needed

I'm excited that I connected with others on the art of tarot reading for problem solving via the first post in this series, thank you for the comments! I started casually playing with my deck five weeks ago (pictured: the first day my roommate and I used her deck, the candle wax and cat fur got all over the fabric I use as a photo backdrop!) and feel like I had the card meanings mostly memorized in three weeks. More importantly, I can lay them out and (usually) quickly interpret them.

The first time using a deck is daunting. The cards may as well have been undecipherable alien pictograms my first try, and as a mostly-secular person, but former catholic, the pentagram and Devil cards hit a panic button buried deep within; mayday! Fortunately, the beginning confusing stage is the best one to be at for interpreting your cards.  Sans pre-conceptions you can really use your cards for self-discovery and productive problem solving. I believe it's helpful for every reader to eventually know the card's historical meanings and uses, but it's also important to create your own personal meaning for each card. To use your cards for intuitive problem solving it's almost vital.

The following exercises are good for learning to use the deck intuitively for problem solving, and self-discovery without having to know each card's literal meaning. Designate a fresh new notebook for your tarot reading and take notes as you learn and go along.

1) Lay out the deck in numerical order. Write your first impressions of the deck as a whole. Be detailed here. Do you see an overall story unfolding when you follow the cards in order? What is it? What pops out at you? What colors pop out at you? What colors are in the deck? And what personal meaning do those cards have for you? What is the general symbolic meaning of the colors from a chromotherapy perspective? What symbols pop out? Go for as long as you'd like with this exercise.

2) Pick apart every element of the cards in order, one at a time. You can do several at once or one a day. First notice the person on the card and/or the action taking place. What do you think's happening? Often the card's meanings are literal. What do you think that card could predict? Record all of your thought and ideas about the card, your initial intuitive impressions are important for how you'll use them to interpret and find solutions to problems in your life.

3) Pick one card per day asking "What might I experience today?" when you draw it. At the end of day try to decipher how what happened that day could relate to the card you drew. Over time, you'll have a comprehensive library of real-life experiences for each Tarot card which will bring deeper meaning and insight to your Tarot readings.

Just for this beginning stage of learning the cards, put down the books, and simply relax and figure out your own interpretation for each card. It doesn’t matter if your interpretations end up being different from what you'll read about a card in books or online. Sitting with your cards and a fresh Tarot Interpretation notebook is a relaxing way to start or end the day and figure out the cards- and yourself! If you try it, let me know how it works for you! And of course, feel free to comment or e-mail me with question anytime.

See Also: Five Ways Tarot Cards Can Help Your Toughest Business Decision-Making Problems
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Riverside's Monsters in My Closet: Vintage and Modern Toy and Collectible Store Tour


I was excited when I drove by the beautiful Monsters In My Closet sign on Stockon Street near my house. I knew the inside would be a nostalgic treat and in the end I wasn't disappointed! Come take a look at this beautiful vintage toy store with me!

The colors are perfection and the shelf of kitsch, horror and retro VHS tapes + display case of deliciously blocky generation 1 Transformers made my heart swell. They had some of my favorite horror movies there.

I found out the VHS tapes are actually a rental club! It's funny, I've actually be asked in business consultations more than once if a VHS rental store would be a viable business option as a retro revival. To make a living, probably not, as one part of your business model or out of passion, why not? The owners tell me they're actually out of VHS players because they sell so fast. I of course, adore the Creepshow sign for their VHS rental club and the masks purchased specifically to decorate the store.

The owner's a tattoo artist so the collections are displayed with an artist's eye for balance and composition. Beautiful to behold, like a toy museum.

And the space has a cozy vibe, like hanging out in the living room of a dedicated collector. Actually the wall color makes it a little like my second apartment.

I sold the owner one of my godzilla toys and a megazord and was kindly allowed to roam about taking all the pictures. I learned he also happens to be vegan and there's a vegan hotdog cart the first of the month so I'll definitely be back for that and to absorb the energy from all those beautiful, well-cared-for toys! Our area needed a nerdy pop culture collectible hub. I'm so glad they're here and doing well, bringing nostalgia and happiness to their customers.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

My Favorite Things. Gallery of the Past Me + Mega Art, Collectible, Pop Culture Sale

I'm nearly finished with a third "full" Kon Mari method processing of my home. Why trice to get ir right? I tied my identity to items, which is hopelessly wrong.  I'm the colorful, eclectic kitsch, robot, and horror loving person without the clutter. 
Magic happened when I set the items free. It was like each one had a voice crying for release; and they were finally silenced. Energy flowed, weight lifted. The door to the past was closed, the bright future illuminated. I was reborn. And my beautiful collections were free to go to people who they truly Spark Joy for.

All of the items below are for sale. Read on to learn their information, prices, and stories and e-mail me if you'd like to buy one or if you'd like more detailed photos. I hope you'll cherish them!

(By the by, Here's Kon Mari Purge 1 + Kon Mari Purge 2)

Category 01. Artwork

01) From Vagabond Coffee Co when they held an impromptu Ramona flea market vintage sale to fund their start-up. When I look at them I feel like I'm in the chilly moonlit Japanese scenes. Beautiful. - $30.00 - set

02. A Room Without Books is Like a Body Without a Soul. A gorgeous chunky piece of wood with my favorite paint color and rustic texture. Folk art purchased during the first run of Riverside Art Market. - $15.00

03. Three perfectly rendered origami kokeshi style girls immaculately framed in gold with a matching gold bamboo frame. A stunning piece or any Japanese art collector. - $25.00

04. A collectible Ninja Turtles piece of Original Production Animation Art, MWS Inc 1989. If you don't buy this gorgeously framed and preserved piece, it's your loss! I just love it. Happiness in a frame. - $25.00

05. A large Octopus lady art piece I purchased from a nice girl in the "artist alley" of an anime con in St. Augustine, Florida. My cephalopod art collection is formidable and although I adore her, she felt redundant. I hope you'll love her right. - $10.00

06. A trio of framed Junko Mizuno art pieces ripped from the pages of Juxtapoz magazine. One day I'll own an original from this funky psychedelic feminist artist. But these do in a pinch. - $15.00 trio

07. Duo of beautiful watercolor paintings of an artist duo's collections. -$15.00 for duo

08. Another beautiful watercolor still life print by the same artist. - $10.00 

09. Super Mario Brothers Art Clipping. - $5.00

10. Bagno bathroom sign from anthropologie. - $5.00

11. The artist at the anime con called him "Bishie-Juice" a portmanteau of Bishounen (beautiful boy) and Beetlejuice and I was sold. Goodbye Bishie-Juice, go inspire joy in the hearts of others who love Wordplay. - $5.00

12. An adorable little Whale on sanded wood that softens the heart and soul, from the first run of Riverside Arts Market here in Jacksonville Florida, he's made a lot of people visitors smile, lifting hearts, the little imp. - $5.00

13. Purchased from a tall new aged dreaded Flagler College Student. He was so laid back it was like he floated through like horizontally. All those chakras had to be aligned and buzzing. Nice guy, nice piece, nice message. It gives me a touch of melancholy, like an older couple on a stroll in the autumn of their life, or a metaphor for paths in life we don't take until it's too late. - $5.00

14. Adorable double-sided Halloween decoration from my fellow witches. - $3.00

15. A favorite photo for a long time. I bought those three stuffed toys at an anime con and stayed the night at the adjoining hotel. Those hotel sheets with so soft and fluffy I now know what it feels like to sleep on a cumulonimbus cloud. I had too much fun arranging the dolls into X-rated positions and snapping photos of them in X-rated positions. I matted and framed them as a collection and actually sold a lot of them. This is the last piece. It still calls to my heart. Taking me back to my early twenties, my silly adventures before the cares of the world tied me down. A time when I was like that Flagler student, floating around untied like a loosed helium balloon. I work hard just to have a time like this again, to save up and have location independent work so I can float from hotel bed to hotel bed experiencing the unique energy from each room. - $25.00

16. A stunning vintage Japanese souvenir. The texture of the mixed media is a treat for the eyes. The kimono is a thick plush fabric and the backdrop, paper on wood, has a depth with paint and wood. I have a nearly identical piece by a talented artist or I'd keep her. Sure to Spark Joy in any heart. - $15.00

17. I had this gorgeous custom Apothecary sign made for my soap selling booth before I re-branded. A lovely industrial addition to any home. - $15.00

18. Adorable mermaid artwork by some nice vendors at an anime con. - $6.00

19. Another Super Mario Brothers Artwork clipping. - $5.00

Category 02. Komono Toys, Mid Century Modern and Collectibles

1. Large Gold Maneki Neko kitty. Arm is hot glued on. Still Joy-Sparking! - $8.00
2. Tibetan Bowl with a beautiful little voice. - $15.00
3. Adorable Japanese Bunny tea cup, lonely after he kitty companion broke. Ready for a new home. -$5.00
4. Gorgeous plastic Japanese display dish, I like it for holding keys and sunglasses. $5.00
5. The thrift core icon! He has hot glue on his back, but makes a fun photo or display piece. $5.00
6. Amazing local piece of pottery. Large, had signed, I love it lit up. Fun Halloween piece. $25.00
7. La Muerte handmade serving tray. - $8.00
8. Las Vegas coin bank. A kitschy souvenir from my amazing adventure out west. - $5.00
9 & 10. Ojays Records, with their famous Love Train and Backstabbers classic soul songs. - $5.00
11. Two adorable Japanese kitty bowls. The green one has a small chip. - $5.00
12. Gorgeous little Japanese tea scene, small miniature. - $5.00
13. My favorite skirt, the forces governing joy are strange, it just tells me it's ready to move on! $5.00
14. Amazing Mega Man toy! - $5.00
15. Ready Made magazine collection, out of print, and so inspiring! - $15.00
16. Adorable little cactus necklace I made, the last in a line I made and sold once. $5.00
17. Mid Century Modern serving trays, perfect for parties and protecting your table! $5.00
18. Adorable Chococat bento Japanese lunch box! - $5.00
19. Neon wooden letters, all pictured. - $5.00 set
20. Kawaii green kitty cat bento box holder. It fits the chococat bento box perfectly! $5.00
21. Amazingly cute owl teacup and pot. This has a little strainer inside for easy use. $10.00
22. Small cement easter island head, I love it in potted plants. $3.00
23. Tiny robot toy from an anime con, once a favorite find. I love tiny things! $3.00
24. Small white and gold vintage origami crane pin. - $5.00
25. Tiny bulbasaur toy. Adore him in potted plants, too! - $5.00
26. Tiny ceramic Smokey the Bear toy. Been meaning to make a small joint for his outstretched hand (an ex's suggestion) for years! - $5.00
27. Dino-Kun (more detail here!) a tamagotchi my dad sent me when he was stationed in Japan. - $10.00
28. Transformers Monopoly, all pieces included. I love the teenie generation 1 robot playing pieces! - $10.00
29. Bob Kane Batman calendar page. The whole set was my first apartment's statement wall. This one is my favorite. - $5.00
30. Five Prince special edition magazines published after his passing. I read and cherished each one, and now they should go to another super fan to read and enjoy. - $45.00
31. Miniatures collection! Like Warhol's wet dream. Be still my heart. $10.00
32. My famous, often-requested-for-purchase gorgeous ceramic stegosaurus! - $25.00
33. Gorgeous pot, perfect for succulents, with drainage holes Rare for ceramic pottery. $5.00
34. Gorgeous blue ceramic pot, would house vining succulents deliciously. $5.00

As I look back at these collages I feel relief, nostalgia. It's like saying goodbye to a recent me but also having a memento to remember her. I feel I assembled a gallery for my past. Please e-mail me if you'd like any of them, they will ship to you beautifully packaged with free little goodies from my trip to Japan! The deadline is the end of this Wednesday July 18th for sales.

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