The Hit List - 9 things I’ve learned recently

Life is a series of lessons. I firmly believe that. No matter how wise I think I’ve become, it seems that the Universe doesn’t want me to cruise control through his journey. Instead, there are always things to learn.

Sometimes the lessons are swift and brutal. Other times, subtle like the whiskers on a cat. But one thing is for sure:  when you’re awake at the wheel, you are aware of what the takeaway is.

Latest lessons:

  1. When someone is determined to be self-destructive, no amount of support is going to change the outcome. Your good efforts, intentions, and boundaries will be null and void.
  2. Never sit next to a sick person on a plane if you can help it.
  3. Doctor bills are negotiable if you’re willing to ask.
  4. Words hold power. 
  5. Giving advice to a peer, especially advice they NEED to hear will often fall on deaf ears. Wash your hands when that happens. Some folks need to learn the hard way.
  6. Solitude is bliss. 
  7. Be ready to help your elders. They are precious resources. 
  8. Not everybody enjoys walking 20,000 steps in a day.
  9. It’s perfectly fine to not do a thing when you don’t feel well. Being productive 24/7 isn’t necessary.

That’s the latest batch of life instruction. I’m sure the week ahead will hold new things to learn and process. Because those lessons are ongoing. As long as you’re breathing, the Universe will be doling out pop quizzes.

One more lesson: friends that stick with you through thick and thin are the best. I love you, Simone.

Other Stuff:

The New Moon in Taurus arrives tonight. Here’s what you need to know – plus some free mini tarot readings for each zodiac sign.

When people can’t tell their co-workers of color apart, it’s a constant reminder that you’re an outsider.

I love Gabriela Herstik: The High Priestess: Embracing Hedonism and Sex Magick for Taurus Season.

How to Do Magic and Other Questions You Might Have About Being a Witch.

Astrologer And Host Of “Ghost Of A Podcast” Jessica Lanyadoo Spills On Healing And Connecting The Stars With Politics.

Must read: Alicia Garza on How Women Are Battling Mass Incarceration.

From Sami Main: Here’s the Only Primer You Need on Reading Tarot Cards.

What It’s Like To Lose Your Sister in an Honor Killing.

Get to know Asali Earthwork, a Black Queer Femme Tarot reader.

The mythical power of the white dress: Why women in Belarus hold on to their wedding gowns.

Good read: The case of the stolen ruby slippers.

From Refinery29: Mercury Is Entering Taurus, So Open Your DMs.

This Pugs and Kisses Oracle Kit from Kickin It Tarot is TOO cute! You are so gonna want it!

In the latest Tarot Bytes, I’m discussing Inclusivity in the Tarot Community with Jordan Rayne, Gabriela Herstik, Angela Mary Magick, and V of Red Light Readings.

Over at the Kitchn, I dish on the best foodie gifts for a Taurus or Gemini.

From Christiana Gaudet: Unexpected Cards – The Magical Process of Divination.

YUM: 31 Recipes to make in May.

There are plenty of theories on how Tyrion might die. Here’s one.

What the Battle of Winterfell Means for Cersei’s Big Plan.

Can’t wait: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Trailer Shows That June’s Revolution Has Officially Begun.

These are the six intentions you should set during the new moon this weekend.

Saturn retrograde will sort out karmic debts.

More on Saturn retrograde over at Bust.

Good info: How to handle conflict as an empath.

Speaking of empath, Lola Archer Pickett just launched her podcast Empath to Power.

This looks interesting: Mindful Tarot: Bring a Peace-Filled, Compassionate Practice to the 78 Cards.

This too: Positively Tarot: A Modern Guide to a Mindful Life.

Gorgeous book: Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art, and Ritual.

Jessica Lanyadoo has a book coming out in January: Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me, and How We All Get Along.

The Tarot Coloring Book is a fun, experiential way to get the tarot card meanings down!

You can preorder Tarot For Troubled Times – a book about tarot, ritual, social justice, and self-care. I co-wrote this book with the beautiful Shaheen Miro.

If you’re new to astrology, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. All that lingo! The symbols! WTF?  My third book will help you sort this stuff out: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious). You can pre-order it now!


I’m teaching at New Renaissance Books in Portland, Oregon on July 2nd at 6:30. Tarot Cards for Shadow Work – Together we’ll explore shadow work, Tarot archetypes, Birth Cards, finding the good in “bad” cards – and the dark side in the “good” ones. You’ll come away with knowledge about your Tarot Birth Card and some suggestions for making peace with your shadow.

If you’re in the Bay Area, join Chris Zydel and me on July 7th for Brushes + Cards + Shadows An Intuitive Painting and Tarot Workshop. It will be EPIC! SOLD OUT!

Join me and Shaheen on Friday, July 26th for a Tarot For Troubled Times event and book signing! Where: Free Spirit Crystals in Butler, Wisconsin. What time: 7 PM. Cost: Free!

Tarot for Troubled Times with Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed. Learn about shadow work, archetypes, tarot birth cards, and remedies for tough times. Boston Tea Room in Ferndale, Michigan. Details coming soon!


What I’m Grateful For:

Simone for the laughs and friendship



The stupid Night King is dead!

Favorite clients on the schedule

A loving husband

Being able to breathe again


Soundtrack for 5/4/19:

Vossi Bop by Stormzy 



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2019

images from stock photography and personal collection


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