Tarot by the Mouthful – Ace of Cups

by Theresa Reed on August 30, 2015

Tarot by the Mouthful Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek

Kyle is a foodie who loves Tarot. Theresa is a Tarot reader who loves food. 

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This week:  Ace of Cups

tarot by the mouthful ace of cups

Ace of Cups: A new emotional beginning. The first blush of love.  An offer of love. Engagement.  Opening the heart. My cup runneth over.  The Ace of Cups symbolizes the dawning of a new emotional cycle or creative venture. Birth. Creation.  Love begins in earnest; the early stages of a relationship.

Kyle – The cup runneth

In the early seasons of Wisconsin Foodie, as a result of the show and other work I had been pursuing, I found myself becoming friends with a great many of the chefs in my city.   Earnest friendships, I marinated in their perspectives of the history, hierarchy and genres of cookery, and I grew in my ability to give their own particular stories a voice.

It was an exciting time.  The new restaurant patchwork that was spreading across the city was one of the newer groups of chefs that were cooking more on their terms than at any other point in the city’s history.  In concert with the thrust happening all over the country, it would eventually come to be called “chef-driven” cuisine, and my city’s chefs had that momentum on their side.

What they didn’t have, in the early stages of this culinary update, was each other.  As I soaked in our conversations, their opinions, paradigms, backgrounds and dreams, the paucity of their associations with each other became apparent.  I wanted them to drink together, cook together, spur one another on, feel the competitive heat and the convivial warmth, the camaraderie and contestable moments, which a true scene can foster.

What pushed them into more of a cohort then an erstwhile assemblage across the city’s kitchens was a dinner in December of 2012, which seamed together local ingredients and some of the scene’s more prescient chefs. The event brought most of them together for the first time. The dinner was grand, and the contributing chefs coalesced into a something more than the sum of their parts.  They finished each other’s dishes, swapped ideas and techniques, meshed and moved, and the conversations and connections I had yearned for (which would raise the city’s overall caliber of cuisine) began.

That evening, from a dining room seat that afforded a view of the kitchen, I witnessed what I now know to be the energy of the Ace of Cups card: the new beginning, the cup that runneth over, the sense that it was all there…it just needed to be tapped.


Theresa – The Source

We’re now moving on to the first card in the Minor Arcana.  It’s only appropriate that we start with the Cups since I attribute this suit to Spring season.

The Ace of Cups represents new love and the opening of the heart chakra.  So how do we relate that to food?

Cups is the essence of water.  What is the first thing that we ingest when we come into the world?  It’s usually breast milk (or, in some cases, formula).  Mother’s milk is the first nourishment and close physical contact that a human being feels.

Nursing creates the bond between mother and child. The time we spend in this act of  care teaches us about love. Mother’s love sets the tone for how we love (or don’t) in the future.

Think about the first time you fell in love, your first partner, the first time you cooked for someone you loved…and then reflect on your relationship with your mother, those early memories, those times when you felt deeply loved and cared for.

If you have a child, recall those early days when you held your baby and fed them.  What do you remember?  Do you remember those feelings of love?  (One of my favorite memories was the first time my daughter smiled – it was when she was nursing.)

Follow the dots.  See the connections.  Love + food + motherhood + yes, fatherhood too.

We seek to recreate this loving soul-nourishment through another person….or through other means such as food.

Our mother is our first love. Food is her way of showing that love.  Food + mother are the same source.  Love, love, love.

That bond awakens our tender hearts and teaches us that we are worthy of love.

So we continue to seek that pleasure and safety and nourishment  and reminder of our own holiness again and again.  In a decadent meal, a rich dessert, a beloved childhood dish…we long to connect to the source.

And that’s the Ace of Cups in a nutshell: the opportunity to merge with the divine source that reminds us that we are holy and loved.

Bon appetit!

Theresa and Kyle

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

photos from personal collection, my daughter, and Jessica Kaminski

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The Hit List – Birth of the Uncool

by Theresa Reed on August 29, 2015

the hit list birth of the uncool

“Hey, The Church are coming to town.  Wanna go?”  my husband asked.  “Really?  Yeah, I’d love to go!”  I got online, grabbed my tickets and then began crossing off the days until the show.

In case you didn’t know who they were (my daughter didn’t), The Church is an Australian band who scored a major hit with “Under the Milky Way”.  I saw them play once about 25 years ago.  That concert was one of the reasons I stopped going to see live music.

Why?  It’s because some idiots decided to form a mosh pit and violently slam into the people who were standing in the front…and I was one of those people that was up there.  Mind you: the Church were a MELLOW band and total chick magnets (every one of them was cute) so this made no damn sense.  I started digging the heel of my steel-toed boot into the jackass pressing up against me and he got mad.  Needless to say, that didn’t go well and we started arguing.  Concert ruined.

I have no interest in aggressive moshers (or whatever you call them) or sitting way in the back so what’s the point in going?

But perhaps this time it was going to be different.  The band was playing at Turner Hall, which never really seems to be a haven for violence – or younger crowds.   Maybe this time, I could get up front, see the band, and not get assaulted in the process.

The day of the show comes and I find out they are going to be playing two sets.  Two sets?  “Shit. That means I’m going to be out late.” I start grumbling to my husband.  This is followed by complaints about missing America’s Next Top Model and Catfish.

Husband rolls his eyes and reminds me that there are constant reruns.  “We may never get a chance to see these guys play again.”  He’s right I think as I pull on my sassy outfit complete with flying squirrel tunic, motorcycle boots and leather moto jacket.  A gal’s gotta look great when there is a cute band in town!

We arrive about twenty minutes before the band is slated to hit the stage.  Crap.  All the seats are taken.  Now I’m going to have to stand for the entire two-set gig in these motorcycle boots.  Husband grabs me a drink and silently prays that I will stop whining.

“How early did these people get here to get all those seats?” I said as I looked around ruefully at the lucky ones who were comfortably seated, laughing away without a care in the world.

“I think I feel hot.  I shouldn’t have worn this leather jacket.” I looked at my husband for sympathy and got the old “it’s probably menopause” remark. This was not starting out very well.

But then the band came on, I stopped bitching and started listening.  They sounded amazing and looked great!  With no mosh pit to speak of, I was able to get in front and snap a few pics on my phone.  Sure beats having to bring a full-on camera, I thought.

As the band continued to play, I began looking around the audience to see if any of my old friends from back in the day where here.  I kind of recognized some faces but nawww….that old dude couldn’t be him.  Why is that grandma here?  And where did all these dads come from?

Where are the cool club people?

And why the hell was the band playing their new music? I want the old, familiar stuff.  I don’t recognize these songs or these people trying to sway along.

Then it hit me: I am one of those middle aged people listening to a band with a sixty year old singer.  I have two thirtysomething kids (remember that show?  Yeah, now I am dating myself right there.).

I am old.  Listening to old music. Sweating to the oldies. Bitching about my bedtime and standing.  Menopause.  A dinosaur in killer motorcycle boots.  A curmudgeon.

This left me with one question: when the hell did I get so uncool?


My favorite member has always been Peter Koppes – and he’s still bringing the crush-worthy swagger!

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Because I was too busy being an old fart at this show, I didn’t realize that the lead singer created a TAROT DECK and it was for sale at the concert!  Tarot of the Time Being – this is on my wish list for realz.  Oh Steve Kilbey…why did I not know that these were only a few feet away from me?  ACK!  Kicks self.

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Your new soap opera might just be Cat Hospital.  You’re welcome.

What Dupont did to Parkersburg, West Virginia is unconscionable.  Think of this the next time  you hear these corporate bastards try to promote deregulation.

A Facebook page for rich people to bitch about homeless people exists.

Little Red Tarot may just be the hottest tarot hub on the internet.  And she just released an insanely good e-book that you need to download right the hell now: Little Red Tarot Spreads – 21 original tarot spreads. I’ve got mine and I love it!

I want to have a bromance with Tom Hardy.

And my current crush is Bradley Soileau.  Oh. My. Tattness.

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Born to Run and the decline of the American Dream.  A good post about Bruce Springsteen.

Little girls help grown women get ready for dates.  Results: cute + funny!

Find out what kind of house $300,000 gets you around the world.

From Pure Wow: 5 ways to get the most out of Labor Day weekend.

Wealthy witches in Romania.  I want a crown!  (Not really.)

This book by Racheal Cook is a MUST have for busy entrepreneurs: Fired Up & Focused: End Overwhelm. Turn Your Dreams Into Inspired Action.

This cookbook makes me drool: Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

This is another one that I probably need: Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand

The life and times of YouTube sensation JennXPenn: Really Professional Internet Person

This tarot deck is so cute: Beautiful Creatures Tarot


What I’m Grateful For:

Age and wisdom

Early nights

A warm bed

A rare night out

Old music

New music


Soundtrack for 8/29/15: “The Unguarded Moment” by The Church – my favorite song by these guys.



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

pictures from my personal collection

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