The Hit List – The things we leave behind

by Theresa Reed on August 23, 2014

make your wish

When my dear Aunt Deal passed away many years ago, the family came together to deal with her belongings.  As we sifted through the house dresses and bric a brac, I discovered a tiny pewter trinket in a little plastic bag.

I thought it was only right to investigate it further before tossing it in the trash.

I twisted off the top, only to find (to my delight) a teeny genie in the bottle!  (Yes, that is him in the picture above.  He’s about three inches tall!)

This little curio has been a treasured prize on my shelf ever since.  And it’s made me super curious.  Where did she get this?  Was it a gift and if so, from who?  Why was it put in a bag and tucked away?  Did she ever make a wish on it?  How old is it?

I’ll never know the answers to those questions but I am endlessly fascinated by the possible backstory of that wee pewter genie to this day. (I like to examine it from time to time.  Yes, I’m that obsessed over it.  If anyone has a clue to the origins of this little guy, I’d love to hear.)

The genie got me thinking about what I might leave behind when I decide to make my final exit.  (I hope that’s not for a long time, yo.)

My fantasy:  the last time I was in San Francisco, I ventured into a shop in Chinatown that had a table filled with pill boxes.  They came in colorful shapes of everything you could imagine: fancy birds, sleeping cats, chairs, elegant women, and more.  I’d like to buy a whole bunch of them and  put a little note in each one for my kids to find after I’m gone. Notes that would say “I am going to miss you” or “I love you so much!”

Little reminders that while I was here, I loved every minute with them.

(Of course, I have a mischievous sense of humor so some of those notes would include silly stuff such as “Whatchoo looking at Willis?” and “Nosy little bastard, aren’t you?”)

Just the thought of them opening those mysterious little pill boxes and discovering those notes gives me all sorts of pleasure (the same kind I get when I look at the mini genie).

What about you?  What treasures might you leave behind for your loved ones to find?


don't leave behind your cat

TaoZen hopes he is never left behind.  Especially when I am trying to use the restroom apparently.


Other stuff:

This week one of my blog posts went viral!  Racking up major hits since it went live, this must have struck a nerve: Ten Things To Never Say To Your Tarot Reader.  Thank you to everyone who shared it.

Curious why our brain has wrinkles?  There’s a reason for it.  (PS side by side pic of human brain with mouse brain!)

Rob Stark is going to be Lady Chatterly’s lover.  (If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, skip that.  You won’t care.)

Pizza Hut’s ads with incompetent cats is cute BUT I’m obsessed with the raver cats in the new Meow Mix ad.  BEST commercial – EVER.

Amnesty International headed to Ferguson.  I hope that peace and justice comes soon.

What would happen if you stopped liking anything on Facebook?  This woman aimed to find out.

Apparently allowing magazine subscriptions to expire cures health issues.  LOL

Do you want to get off Facebook?  Alex Franzen has advice on how to do just that.  She’s been Facebook free for like…forever!

This post by Dresden Shumaker is a must read: Almost Homeless – My Family’s Journey Through Financial Hell and Back.  This is a reminder that homelessness can happen to ANY of us, in a blink of an eye.  All it takes is one bad break.

The good folks at IttyBiz ask this: should we stop marketing when tragedy strikes?  What do you think?

Abby Kerr shares some stellar advice on writing ecourses over at the Coaching Blueprint.

Check out Less is More – Three Card Spreads by Jess Carlson.  I’m in agreement here.  Small spreads are effective, concise, and get right down to the point.  I LOVE the 25 spreads she includes in the smart blog post.  Clever + totally useful.

Loving this video: The Good Has Won by Tamar Haviv featuring Damien Echols.  Big YES!

Thinking about coming to the Reader’s Studio in 2015?  It’s the biggest tarot conference, yo – and I’m hitting dat main stage.  The Tarot School has a generous payment plan just for you.  That will be expiring soon so get on it!  Hope to see you there.

I’ve been making Six Second Tarot videos for a while now but hated how shaky they were.  I just got a tripod for my iPhone and problem solved!  Here’s one that you might want to check out: iStabilizer Flex Smartphone Flexible Leg Tripod

Btw, you can find my Six Second Tarot on both Instagram and Vine.


What I’m Grateful For:

Sara Lynne for her attention to detail and wizardry with a Word doc

Alison Monday for getting my stuff done like a BOSS

My FitBit!

Rose scented hand cream


Tripods for iPhones

My lovely tribe


Soundtrack for 8/23/14: Good Day by Tyga featuring Li’l Wayne and Meek Mill – I had an aggravating day the other day and this song has been in my skull ever since.  LOL

Have a meaningful and fun week, my friends!


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014

pictures from personal collection

Which tarot cards indicate fear?

by Theresa Reed on August 21, 2014

The “which tarot cards indicate” feature is designed to increase your tarot vocabulary and help you build a stronger database of tarot card meanings.

Which tarot cards indicate fear?




The Moon – this is the classic fear card.  The Moon is the unknown, the scary things that go bump in the night that we cannot see, and the projection of fear based on your past experiences.  This card is often interpreted as “danger” and deception – things are not as they appear to be.


The Tower – The Tower is fearful as well. With an frightening image of figures falling from a flaming tower, it conjures up all sorts of anxious feelings.  The Tower is the fear of change, the fear of not being in control, and fear of failure.  Reversed, I interpret this as “Chicken Little” – irrational fear (the sky is not falling).

nine of swords

Nine of Swords – here we see a figure, sitting up in bed with his head in his hands. Worry, fear, and sleepless nights.  This represents obsessive thinking and amplified anxiety.  The energy is “getting all worked up.” This can also be interpreted as scary dreams.


Although those are the big three for fear, there are other cards that can represent anxiety as well:

three of swords

Three of Swords – traditionally, this card is more about loss than fear but it can indicate a negative mindset.

five of pentacles

Five of Pentacles – this unhappy card can indicate “poverty consciousness” or the fear of going broke.

five of swords

Five of Swords – this card is normally interpreted as conflict and ruthless ambition – but I’ve seen it be an accurate representation of “fear of loss,” especially in work related questions.  It’s been a common card when people are dealing with a hostile takeover at work.

fool reversed

Fool reversed – the fear of taking a risk.  Hesitation.  An inability to take a leap of faith.

ten of swords

Ten of Swords – fear of being ruined.  Being afraid of an ending.


Special note:  The Devil and Death – although neither of these cards represent fear on their own, they often invoke a fearful response when a reader turns them over.  The strong imagery may look scary but the Devil is related to negativity and bondage, whereas the Death card is usually associated with change and transformation.

What tarot cards represent fear to you?  Share your thoughts with me on Twitter: @thetarotlady



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014

all images from the 1909 edition of the Rider Waite Smith deck

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