The Hit List - Is it Mercury retrograde already?

“Is it Mercury retrograde already?” 

It sure felt like that this past week. I double-checked the calendar. Nope. Mercury is on good behavior at the moment, so the tech gremlins cannot be blamed on the planets. 

“Am I technology cursed?”

That was my second thought. I’d like to think I’m savvy, but the recent spate of technology issues made me doubt my own computer literacy. However, I don’t believe in curses, so can’t point a finger at some vindictive wizard. Why would they bother with something trivial like audio problems?

“Is it me?”

Self-doubt crept in and seeped in as a few folks decided to push past my carefully laid boundaries. My “no” was disregarded in some cases, while others wanted more, more, more of my time, energy, and whatever they felt entitled to (no, I am not in the mood to send you free copies of the astrology kit). 

“What the eff?”

No matter how hard we work on ourselves (or technology), we all fall into the trap of looking for someone or something to blame when things go awry. But the truth is, sometimes things just go wrong…and people are simply people. There’s nothing more to it. No planetary hijinks, no hidden agendas, and nothing you did wrong. Sometimes there are things for other people to solve. Let the tech people handle it.

It just is the way it is, and while this “it” is happening, it sucks. 

So, deep breaths, head down, shoulders dusted, and into the next week, I go with every planet direct and the tech folks sorting out the messes. 



Other stuff:

A (horrific) cautionary tale: The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger. I never thought I was the kind of person to fall for a scam.

Sharing my thoughts over at Parade Magazine: The Best Tarot Card for Love Isn’t What You’d Expect, According to an Expert Tarot Reader.

Welp, that has gotta hurt.

Just struggled with this last night: Sleep Anxiety Is the Worst. Here’s How to Deal.

Which tarot cards indicate fame?

From Women’s Health: Are people really using Tarot readings as an alternative to therapy?

A year of sex with Richard Hell.

Shit: Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Dies in Prison at 47.

The Haunted Juror. Imagine sitting on a jury and convicting two innocent people for a crime they didn’t commit.

Ugh…this guy: Bryan Johnson, the Antiaging, Penis-Forward Biohacker, Makes Claims About Ex-Fiancée.

From Yoga Journal: What Pisces Season Means for You, According to Your Astrological Sign.

Good: Activists Urged Maryland Legislators to Protect Child Influencers From a “Monetized Childhood” With No Profit.

Latest for The Old Farmer’s Almanac: What’s Your Venus Sign Reveals about Your Romantic Style.

A loneliness cure: make one new friend a year.

Cosmo has your Full Moon in Virgo report.

I wonder if this neck tech mount is any good?

I also wonder if this book will help my gift-wrapping issues: The Soul of Gift Wrapping: Creative Techniques for Expressing Gratitude, Inspired by the Japanese Art of Giving.

This is beautiful: The Wheel of the Year: An Illustrated Guide to Nature’s Rhythms.

Need: ADHD is Awesome: A Guide To (Mostly) Thriving With ADHD.

YUM: Zaytinya: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon.

I smell a new hobby: Hello Tiny World: An Enchanting Journey into the World of Creating Terrariums.

OOOH: The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU: Answers to Inspire the Adventure of Your Life.

Intriguing: Alive with Spirits: The Path and Practice of Animistic Witchcraft.

You know you want this: Magic in Your Cup: A Witch’s Guide to Sippable Spellcraft.

Should I get this book: A Year on Earth with Mr. Hell?

Journaling is a huge part of my tarot life. This journal meets all my picky standards: The Weiser Tarot Journal: Guidance and Practice.

Doing a Tarot reading for someone who’s battling an illness can be…tricky. Steer your client away from yes-or-no questions. Choose your words very mindfully.
If you want to learn how to do Tarot on topics like illness, loss, grief, and other tough situations, my new book has helpful pointers: The Cards You’re Dealt: How to Deal when Life Gets Real (A Tarot Guidebook).

Your astrological chart could indicate that you’re likely to struggle with money, health, or romance. But just ‘cause it’s on your chart, does that mean it’s definitely going to happen? Nope. You can always Twist Your Fate: Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot.

Looking for a fun screen-free activity to do with your entire family? Pull out a Tarot deck! Learning how to do Tarot is a great way to strengthen your intuition and gain better decision-making skills. A great activity for parents and kiddos to do together: Tarot For Kids.

Want to become a confident Tarot reader? You’re longing to impress your friends, family, and colleagues with your Tarot skills? This book is a great place to start: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

Prefer to listen to your tarot lessons? Check this out: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading is available as an audiobook.

Signs. Planets. Houses. Aspects. Learn astrology basics and how to do readings for yourself – and your friends! It’s all inside my book: Astrology for Real Life: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).

There is an audio version if you prefer: Astrology For Real Life.

The traditional Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck was first printed in 1909. It’s a classic, but it’s very…white. If you’re looking for a gorgeous deck with representation, check out The Uncommon Tarot: The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle.

Best way to learn how to read tarot? Hands on. Get your hands on The Tarot Coloring Book and master the meanings: The Tarot Coloring Book.

“Tarot for Troubled Times” is a wonderful book for those moments when the world feels very heavy. A few years old. Still relevant, today: Tarot For Troubled Times.

Craving less screen-time…and more unplugged activities? How about…painting? With this kit, you can create your own Tarot deck. It comes with blank cards—ready for you to paint and express yourself: Create Your Own Tarot Cards: A step-by-step guide to designing a unique and personalized tarot deck.

Hey. You deserve something nice. Flowers, wine, or maybe… The Astro-Biz Digest. It’s an astrological forecast + planning guide, especially for entrepreneurs. A 1-year subscription is $99—which breaks down to less than $2 per week! Your subscription begins on whatever day you sign up. Why not… today? #TreatYoSelf The AstroBiz Digest.

Looking for an alternative to social media for your astrology or tarot fix? Sign up for my SMS service and get updates right on your phone: Sign up here.

Wondering how to get your mystical, magical book done and published? I teach that with my newest offering: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential – a newsletter for witchy writers: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential. Essays and lessons on writing, publishing, and marketing your magical book.

If you want to learn astrology in a hands-on way, you need this new kit from Carrie Paris and yours truly: My Living Astrology Chart, an experiential astrological kit!


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Advanced Tarot Techniques. Join me for this four-part online class and learn about timing, decans, how to create your own tarot spreads, and more. Starts April 5th, 2024.

Tarot & Astrology Accelerator Series. Los Angeles, California. Hybrid – live and online. I’ll be live in Los Angeles at 22 Teachings for this two-part series. There are limited tickets available in person; once they sell out, you will only have the option of choosing online. April 6th and 7th, 2024. Purchase both classes for $75.00.

Tarot Accelerator: You know more than you think you know. Los Angeles, California. Hybrid – live and online. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to be a faster, more intuitive tarot reader. Simple exercises will help you develop intuitive confidence and speed. No more stumbling for an answer! (Psst…you already know how to do this – you just need a friendly nudge.) April 6th at 3 PM PST. Purchase class here for $40.00.

Astrology Accelerator: Starting points in chart interpretation. Los Angeles, California. Hybrid – live and online. Okay, so you know all the astrology basics. But what happens when a client sits in the chair and wants you to read their chart? Where do you start? There are a variety of ways to begin your reading. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the best starting points and how the planetary ages can guide you for meaningful readings. April 7th at 2 PM PST. Purchase class here for $40.00.

My Living Astrology Chart. The new kit from Carrie Paris and Theresa Reed. Grab yours and get access to 12 classes with us and special guest instructors Briana Saussy and Celeste Brooks!

Pens and Cards. October 18-19th, 2024. Picton, Canada. Learn how to use tarot to inspire your writing with yours truly and Sarah Selecky. Details coming soon.


What I’m Grateful For:


Tech gurus

Other people’s patience

Snow shovel services


Soundtrack for 2/17/24

Happens To The Heart by Leonard Cohen

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2024

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