The Hit List - What's old is suddenly new and different

I am in the middle of a book launch. It’s book number eight, so by now I kinda know what I’m doing. There are the standard things: newsletter announcements, hitting up social media, and setting up book tours. Of course, there’s also the fun part – delighting your community with giveaways and new content. It’s exciting and also a lot of work.

When my first book dropped almost seven years ago, it was bewildering – and scary. I didn’t know what I was doing. The next few launches were a bit more chill – but there was still plenty to do. This time, I’m enjoying the rollout but there are some “old” things that are new and different. For one, I’m doing a mini tour but I won’t be flying. Covid is still rampant and I must be careful because I live with folks who are immune-compromised. It’s one of the reasons why I didn’t travel for last year’s project, Tarot for Kids. Things were too precarious. They still are to some degree.

Also different is the fact that I’m getting older and these days, I feel it. My capacity is still strong but my need for rest is at a critical point. That means I’m not always able to do as much in a day as I used to. I still make deadlines but I also have to say no to a lot of things if I want to continue to do that. While I hate turning folks down, it’s either that or burnout. I’m not interested in exhaustion.

The other thing I’m doing differently: allowing other people to give me a hand. I am an independent sort so it’s hard for me to do that. But again; if I want this book launch to be a happy one, help is needed.

In the backdrop, I’m also writing book number nine. I’d love to beat my deadline by a few months or weeks (the old me loves that) but again…things are different. It’s okay to make it to the finish line on time instead of being an early bird. That’s the thing about life (and getting older): you have to be willing to adapt. If you refuse, the universe has a way of nudging you along a new trail. I’m paying close attention to those gentle pushes – and following suit.

So what about you? Where are you changing the game? How are you making things work – when the old way isn’t working?

Boxes of books!

Other stuff:

Too bad I won’t see this any time soon: New York’s airports are being rebuilt, piece by piece, in the most ambitious overhaul in decades.

The answer to this question is journalistic irresponsibility: Why Aren’t Biden’s Victories Winning Him Any Points?

I’m talking about Mutable signs over at Bustle this week.

Yup: Now Is the Time to Learn About Self-Managed Abortions, a.k.a. Abortion Pills.

From Vice: Psychics and Tarot Readers Are Under Siege By Instagram Scammers and Online Fatigue.

Your Magic with Michelle Tea has an episode about the Instagram scammer problem: This Fake Witch Is Trying To Scam You.

Meet the covid super-dodgers.

Rebecca Gordon joined me on Astrology Bytes to talk about Astrocartography.

Here’s a helpful tarot post from Mind Body Green: Everything To Know If You Pull The Two Of Swords In A Tarot Reading.

Compelling read: Love, Hate, and Homicide in the High Desert.

A great (and useful) post from Lisa Stardust: How to Reduce Stress By Zodiac Sign.

Good to know: How Leo Season 2022 Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign.

From Refinery29: We’ve Made Abortion A Work Issue. It Should Be A Healthcare One.

10 Protest Songs About Reproductive Health To Add To Your Feminist, Pro-Choice Playlist.

Good read over at the Daily Beast: The Shopping Mall Is Dead. Long Live the Shopping Mall.

The 7 Best Oracle Card Decks For Beginners, According To Experts.

Interesting: Dream Guidance: Connecting to the Soul Through Dream Incubation.

Need this book: Active Hope (revised): How to Face the Mess We’re in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power.

Can’t wait for my copy to arrive: Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book.

Gala Darling just released a new book: Magnetic Mindset: How To Make Love To The Universe And Manifest Anything.

Cannot wait for Michelle Obama’s next book: The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.

Defo on my wish list: Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love.

Just added this to my wish list too: Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less.

Ooooh a new one from Danielle Dulsky: The Holy Wild Grimoire: A Heathen Handbook of Magick, Spells, and Verses.

Did you preorder Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot yet? There’s still time to get it in – and receive your free gift! Learn more here.

Here’s a sweet little book on how to create your own tarot deck: Create Your Own Tarot Cards: A step-by-step guide to designing a unique and personalized tarot deck. <-Cards are included!

Give your kiddos some summer fun with Tarot For Kids.

Speak tarot like a pro with 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.

If astrology leaves you confused, get this: 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 Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle is an enchanting tarot deck – and it reads REALLY well.

If it’s too hot outside, put on a fan, grab a glass of lemonade and a box of crayons – and get coloring: The Tarot Coloring Book.

The dumpster fire news getting you down? Tarot For Troubled Times has the tools to help you cope.


Classes and Events

Book Signing at Copper Dog Books272 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. When: Friday, August 5th at 6 PM.  Join me for a short talk and get your books signed! Yay!

Book Signing at Barnes and Noble at Fox Run Crossings in Newington, New Hampshire. I hope to see you there! When: Saturday, August 6th at 2 PM. Address: 45 Gosling Road The Crossings at Fox, Newington, New Hampshire, 03801. Be there and don’t be square!

Book Signing at Free Spirit Crystals. Get your copy of Twist Your Fate signed by yours truly. When: Friday, August 19th at Free Spirit Crystals. I’ll be there from 7 PM – 9 PM.

How to Use Tarot For Decision Making and Problem Solving. Change is inevitable. You will go through many cycles and personal transformations in your life. You might feel lost or unsure of your true purpose or next move. It’s how you respond to change and its inherent challenges that matter. Tarot can connect you with your intuition to help illuminate the path forward. In this class, I’ll walk you through the basics of tarot reading and I’ll teach you my four favorite spreads for making decisions. (Psst…I’m a horribly indecisive person – tarot is my go-to when I’m stuck in analysis paralysis!). This is an evergreen course. Sign up any time, and go through the lessons at your own pace. Learn more and sign up here.

Astrology for Beginners. Want to learn how to do Astrology? Want to walk into a dinner party… pull up someone’s Natal Chart… point to their Sun, Moon, and Rising signs… and explain what those mean? If you’re like “Heck yeah, I wanna know how to do that!”… then this class is for you: Astrology for Beginners. This is a LIVE online class. 5 weeks. Thursday evenings from 7 PM CT/ 8 PM ET starting September 15th. Early bird special pricing ends June 15th!

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.


What I’m Grateful For:

Great publishers

Some wiggle room

The wisdom to say nope

My community

A weekend devoted to writing


Soundtrack for 7/23/22

I Can’t Help But Feel by Surfaces


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2022

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