Every Saturday in the ’70’s you could find me with my siblings glued to the television set for another episode of Shock Theatre, a series with classic horror films such as Dracula and the Mummy. I always rooted for the monsters in those flicks. My favorite was Frankenstein, who seemed to want a friend and always got screwed because the humans were afraid of him. That pissed me off, every time.
While I found Frankenstein to be harmless, I knew that fear could lead to dangerous outcomes.
In my own life, it rears its ugly head from time to time. Every time I decide to level up in any area of my life, all the old monsters crawl out of the woodwork. A few are real such as the energy vamps who want to drain my fairy blood. I’ve got plenty of garlic for that. But most of the monsters are in my head.
The stories I tell myself are wild, filled with plot twists and scary developments that make me want to hide in a closet, never to be seen again. It’s a relentless loop and one that takes every fiber of my being to banish.
These monsters weren’t created in some cool, dusty lab with mad scientists. Instead, they came from people in my life.
Folks who said:
You can’t do that.
Who do you think you are?
Women aren’t supposed to…
You’re not ________ enough for that. (Insert pretty, smart, rich, etc.)
What will people think?
Don’t outshine your brother.
You’re acting too big for your britches.
and so on.
It’s hard to beat those demons back when they decide to rear up, just as I’m about to cross an important milestone. In fact, they are downright distracting.
They don’t need to be. Dark thoughts are like Frankenstein, terrifying at first but once you look underneath the surface, you see that they want your attention. They need your love. When you befriend those monsters, they become your allies. After all, they are only trying to keep you safe. But safe isn’t going to take you to the next level. Risk is necessary.
I’ve got new thresholds to cross and mountains to climb. Fear isn’t coming along for this ride. I’m giving my demons a hug and a lollypop – and putting them back under the bed. Goodnight, monsters.
Is it Caturday yet?
Devastated to learn about the loss of Chadwick Boseman. RIP, you were a superhero.
Loving this: Reversing the Tarot by SerpensRubrum.
My favorite witch, Angela Mary Magick, is conjuring up a Moon bb Tarot Magick deck! Let’s help her make this happen!
Wanna learn how to make money as a writer? Alexandra Franzen has this cool class you might want to check out.
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Getting rural with it: Cooking Solo in the Woods.
SO interesting: Face Readers Use Your Features to Predict Your Future.
Beautiful: My Autistic Brother Made Me Who I Am.
Good info: All Your Voting Questions, Answered.
Did you know this: Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women. Ending the Violence Against Indigenous Women and Children.
Nice selection: Beautiful Tarot Cards For First-Timers.
Wondering if I need The Shadowland Tarot.
Damn, I need this more: The Miracle Habits: The Secret of Turning Your Moments into Miracles by Mitch Horowitz.
Looks interesting: Scripting the Life You Want: Manifest Your Dreams with Just Pen and Paper.
Coming to you on September 1st: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading! SO PUMPED!
The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle is the newest collaboration between Shaheen Miro and myself! I know you’re gonna love this deck!
For wee ones and kids at heart: The Tarot Coloring Book. It’s a fun way to learn about tarot!
Do you know someone who’s going through a really challenging time? Divorce, death, grief, addiction, harassment, fighting injustice, or bullying…? Give them a deep, long hug. And then, consider giving them a beautiful Tarot deck + a copy of Tarot For Troubled Times.
Astrology got you confused? Walk this way: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious). You’re welcome.
Events and Classes:
October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd 2020: Tarot For Beginners – a live video workshop for total tarot newbies! These classes are live-streaming videos. You can watch online from anywhere in the world. Each class runs for 1 hour. For the first half, you’ll watch as I explain and demonstrate a Tarot concept. For the second half, you’ll practice using your deck and try out the concept you just learned. Give it a whirl! $149 Early Bird tuition–good through Sept 1!* $199 Regular tuition–from Sept 2 through course start. Use this tuition coupon code for $50 off: TAROTLADY
Join my Patreon Community! I am serving up extended card of the day interpretations, astrological tidbits, community tarot practice, political astrology, early sneak peeks to horoscopes….and more. Higher tiers get access to live classes, replays of previous classes, mentoring, and more.
August 30, 2020: Brushes and Stars. Where: online. A full-day of astrology and intuitive painting – and fun! Join me and Chris Zydel for a joyful, astrology-inspired intuitive painting experience. We begin exploring intuition, followed by examining your natal chart. From there, it’s time to paint your interpretation of your chart! Group insights follow.
May 2-8, 2021: The Tuscany Tarot Intensive. Where: Italy! A full week of tarot immersion. Due to the Coronavirus, we moved the event to next year. Good news: the dates allow for a few extra seats which means you can join us next year! Yay!
What I’m Grateful For:
Morning coffee runs
Walks near the lake
Surprises in the mail
Little acts of kindness
Soundtrack for 8/29/20:
Gods and Monsters by Lana Del Rey
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020
images from stock photography and personal collection