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April 2018

According to the cards, this April is a good month to make needed changes in our lives. It's a time to dismantle old structures of existence and make space for something new. As we enter April, our efforts are aided by a Mercury Retrograde period, another bringer of change, if we embrace its forces instead of fighting against them. Very appropriately, last month's reading ended with the Nine of Pentacles, and that energy for finishing old things and moving on to what's new carries over this month with our theme card, the reversed Tower, which warns that resisting change is dangerous. It encourages us to let go of what no longer serves and to openly discover whatever is next. Explore the full reading here.

Featured deck: The Motherpeace Tarot, which happens to be first deck I consulted when learning to read cards. Created by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel, it was first published in the early 1980s by US Games and is now available in standard and mini sizes. Its images are also featured in a recent Dior fashion collection, proving that Tarot is more widely accepted than ever before. One of this deck's most powerful features is its depictions of feminine culture from around the world, making it one of the first decks to deviate from standard imagery in the Tarot. Another interesting feature is its shape. Because the cards are round, I learned a flexible approach to reading reversed (upside-down) cards. A deck like this encourages us to see each card, and each life situation, almost like a mini Wheel of Fortune in which there are shades of meaning between the two poles. See more of the Motherpeace deck here!

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