Common (Sixth) Sense is a regular feature devoted to practical uses of intuition.  Making intuition simplistic for everyday mystics.  


Want to brush up your psychic skills?  You’re in luck because there are a ton of great books out there just waiting for you!

Whether you are looking to become more intuitive or to speak to the dead, here’s my list of highly recommended books to get you growing that sixth sense:


Laura Day is my favorite, hands down.  Her books are simple to understand and she uses her instincts in the most practical way: 

Practical Intuition

How to Rule the World from Your Couch


I love Sonia Choquette‘s work as well.  These are my faves from her library:

Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living

Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow

The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul


Looking to learn more about mediumship (talking to the dead)? Rose Vanden Eynden has the information you want:

So you want to be a Medium: A Down to Earth Guide

Ask a Medium: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About the Spirit World


I have a fangirl crush on The Psychic Twins.  They are super creative, hip, smart as hell, and they wrote a damn good book on intuition that you’ll want to devour:

Psychic Intelligence: Tune In and Discover the Power of Your Intuition


Penney Peirce‘s workbook makes intuition accessible for all:

The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness


Enid Hoffman‘s books have been around for ages and they are still great today:

Develop Your Psychic Skills

Expand Your Psychic Skills


When I began studying metaphysics, Eileen Connolly‘s books were my first introduction.  Although this book is out of print, it’s worth adding to your psychic library:

Develop Your Psychic Powers:The Basic Tools of Parapsychology (Connolly Esoteric Guidebook Series (Connolly Esoteric Guidebooks, Vol II)


John Friedlander and Gloria Hemsher‘s basic primer is more focused on auras, chakras and sensing energy but I found it to be very useful:

Basic Psychic Development: A User’s Guide to Auras, Chakras & Clairvoyance


If you are looking to move beyond basic tarot reading into reading the cards intuitively, Nancy Antenucci and Melanie A Howard wrote the book for you:

Psychic Tarot: Using Your Natural Psychic Abilities to Read the Cards


Rebecca Rosen‘s book is modern and down to earth.  Really good, useable stuff:

Spirited: Unlock Your Psychic Self and Change Your Life

This list is by no means complete.  There are many other fine books about intuition and psychic development on the market but these are the ones that I found to be the most user friendly.  Enjoy!



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014

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Creating an Idea Journal

by Theresa Reed on April 16, 2014


Your brain is swimming with brilliant ideas that you just know will bring in all sorts o’ cash, fame, or opportunity.

Except you have a mind like a sieve and each stroke of genius sifts out as fast as it comes in, never to appear again.

Sound like you?

Sick of getting dazzling flashes of creativity only to lose them to monkey mind madness?

I used to be like that too, my friend.  My inklings would come and go like a feather on a windy day.   (Oddly enough, I am able to retain worthless pop culture trivia with like some sort of broke-down pointless Rainman.  This “talent” only serves me well when playing Trivial Pursuit or making low-rent bets with my husband.)

I began keeping an “idea journal” years ago and it’s been my secret weapon to keep me spitting game and keepin’ the  sweet content flowing at The Tarot Lady hub.  

If you’re an idea machine who tends to have too much other gunk floating around in your brain (like yours truly), an idea journal will keep your concepts and notions safely stored away like a paper vault of awesome!

Here’s what I do:

1. Get a small journal that you can keep at your desk but also carry with you if need be.  


2. Every time you get a killer thought or scheme, write that sucker down.  I also keep track of potential blog posts, classes, products, and any random little phrase that passes through my cranium.  I’ll also sketch out programs, write down people or songs that inspire me, and jot down lyrics and quotes.  (If you are visually oriented, you can also include images from magazines.)  Another tip: I pay close attention to what clients are asking about tarot or business.  I write those questions and use them as prompts for new products or blogs.


3. Now you have a list of all kinds of brainstorming material that you can dip into any time.  This little journal is especially useful when I am organizing my editorial calendar.  Open that book and boom!  Tons of juicy content waiting to be created.


Once my idea journal is filled, I’ll transfer anything that has not been implemented into a fresh book and begin again.  (I keep the old ones because I enjoy going through them again from time to time and seeing if there are any other nuggets I can glean from the previous work.)


When I’m on the go and sans the journal, I use my cellphone to capture ideas as well.  Simply open up a note and begin typing or speaking into the phone (my husband always chuckles at me when I’m recording stuff into my phone.  Yes, he was laughing as he took my picture below). Once I’m home, those go right into the journal.


I’ve also found that keeping my book handy when I meditate or go to bed has been a wise move.  Often my best stuff comes right as I’m about to drift into la la land or savasana induced bliss.  

Look, we’re all busy beavers and it’s not easy to keep track of our insights much less our keys.  Start keeping an idea journal and you’ll be more productive, creative – and more likely to actually implement your wicked smart inspirations.

 Here’s to your big time creativity (and a whole lotta better retention)!



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014


Tarot Card by Card – Ten of Swords

April 13, 2014

Tweet Join me each week for “Tarot Card by Card” as we go through each card individually with fresh interpretations and a sucka free approach.  Learn to read tarot in a fun, irreverent, modern way.   Keywords: ending, treachery, pain, defeat, new horizons, failure, undoing, betrayal, ruin, finality General meaning:  Stick a fork in it, […]

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The Hit List – Fashion Bashin’

April 12, 2014

Tweet You would never guess by looking at me but I’m nuts about fashion.  I read every single fashion magazine I can get my gnarly little (unmanicured) claws on. Vogue, Lucky, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire…I can’t get enough!  I pore over the glossy pictures, oohing and aahing over clothes that I would never wear or […]

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Less More 4/11/14

April 11, 2014

Tweet   @ Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014 What is Less More?  A collection of pithy statements I have been compiling for about a year.  Reflections on what I want less of, what I want more of.  What do you want less or more of in your life?  

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Gonzo Tarot – Positive Negative

April 10, 2014

Tweet Wanna become a tarot gunslinger?  Ready to get quicker on the draw, more efficient and more badass?  Gonzo Tarot is a series of quirky and unorthodox Tarotcises designed to get you thinking on your feet, overcoming your fears and gaining mad tarot skillz so that you can read under any circumstances.  Join me and […]

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What to do (and say) when ‘friends’ try to score your skills — for free.

April 9, 2014

Tweet No matter what profession you are in, if you love what you do, you probably also enjoy giving advice and talking about your work. (I always say that I can blab on about tarot and metaphysical business til my vocal cords are raw.) But occasionally you’ll come across people who take advantage of that. […]

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A Word About Our Sponsors

April 7, 2014

Tweet The Soulful Proprietor Retreat is soul-d out and I’m thrilled with the fab companies that have sponsored our event.  We are lucky to have some great local businesses here in Wisconsin that have opened up their hearts and given generously.   Let me introduce you to these mighty fine establishments (and if you’re in […]

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Tarot Card by Card – Nine of Swords

April 6, 2014

Tweet Join me each week for “Tarot Card by Card” as we go through each card individually with fresh interpretations and a sucka free approach.  Learn to read tarot in a fun, irreverent, modern way.   Keywords: pain, worry, sleeplessness, stress, backstabbing, depression, illness General meaning:  Life may be getting under your skin.  Sleepless nights […]

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The Hit List – Slangaholic

April 5, 2014

Tweet I’ve always been fascinated with slang.  Proper English is great ‘n all but slang (patois if you want to get fancy) makes language fun.  It loosens up the tongue and gets the priggish stick out.  Plus, sometimes it just says it better.   And oh, I love it all: old timey, rap lingo, foreign…give […]

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