The Hit List - At least plastic animals don’t die

I get asked a lot of curious questions about the little plastic animals I feature on my Six Second Tarot videos over on Instagram. I’ve got a slew of these tiny guys strewn around the office. They make me smile and remind me to keep it playful. (My favorite is Benny the G.O.A.T. in case you need to know. He’s in the picture above.)

This past week, we learned that our beloved cat, TaoZen (pictured above), has a tumor. A few days later, we discovered another one. It might be an understatement to say that my heart disintegrated into ten million fragments. I’m crushed.

He’s had health issues since the day we took him home from the shelter. There have been a few near-death experiences, not to mention the time he went out the window on the third floor to chase a squirrel…and fell to the earth. Nine lives? TaoZen has used up most of them. At 17 years old, he’s now a senior cat-izen, which complicates matters. Surgery is too risky and chemo is a crapshoot.

Despite the circumstacnes, he’s tough. No matter how he might be feeling, the appetite and attitude remain fierce. That makes it hard to determine how long we have with him. It may be weeks, months…if we’re lucky, a year or two. So we wait, try some alternative treatments, and spoil him rotten.

That’s the hard thing about pets. You know you will have to face the day when you’ll lose them. Saying goodbye is gut-wrenching. And even if you welcome new critters in their place, there is always that spot in your heart that reamins for the ones you lost.

Our foucs going forward will be to cherish every single moment with TaoZen. Because unlike little plastic animals, the time with real pets is sweet, precious, and much too short.

Fall in Wisconsin is gorgeous.

Other stuff:

Listen up: I loved talking with Anne Samoilov about business over at The Fearless Launching Show podcast.

We never learn: Medieval Europeans didn’t understand how the plague spread. Their response wasn’t so different from ours now.

From Voter Intimidation To Climate Change To Birth Control: 5 Feminist Reasons To Denounce Amy Coney Barrett.

One can hope: The New Moon In Libra Signals Change — Just In Time For Election Day.

It shoulda happened a long time ago: When Did Everybody Become a Witch?

So thrilled that Tarot Bytes got a mention: 17 Witch Podcasts That’ll Completely Enchant You.

A pandemic pod could help you get through winter, experts say. Here’s how to form one.

Interesting: What You Should Know About Literal Out-Of-Body Experiences.

From The Wild Hunt: Reading the Tarot with the World Tree.

A powerful read: Twin leaders of Myanmar’s God’s Army were once thought to have magical powers. Now adults, they are contending with the trauma of exile, alcohol, and loss.

LOVE LIZZO SO MUCH: Lizzo Delivered a Powerful Speech About Suppression and Voting at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

I adore Joanna DeVoe – and always enjoy talking with her! We’re chatting up a storm over at the Hippie Witch Podcast.

They should have learned from the Brady Bunch: Tourist returns stolen artifacts to Pompeii after suffering ‘curse’ for 15 years.

Shaniqua Leach joined me on Tarot Bytes to answer the question: Is it self-serving to serve yourself?

Mercury Retrograde Ends On Election Day & There Will Be Chaos.

You can get your own Benny the G.O.A.T. right here.

My dear friend Brianna Saussy’s second book drops next summer: Star Child: Joyful Parenting Through Astrology.

The Scorpio Sea Tarot from Maggie Stiefvater and Melissa Cynova is out! Yay!

This Murder of Crows Tarot is TO DIE FOR.

Been seeing this deck pop up on social media quite a bit: Our Tarot: A Guidebook and Deck Featuring Notable Women in History.

Interesting: Angel Numbers: The Message and Meaning Behind 11:11 and Other Number Sequences.

OOOH: The Time-Block Planner: A Daily Method for Deep Work in a Distracted World.

Adding this to the wish list: Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo.

Defo want to know more about this book: The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams.

Cool: Traveling by the Stars: Have the Best Trip Possible Using Astrology!

I’m getting serious about investing: Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money.

Memorizing all the tarot cards can seem impossible. Trusting your gut? Tough. Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading makes both tarot and intuition accessible. High Priestesses, walk this way.

Need a new tarot deck? OF COURSE YOU DO. Check out The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle!

The Tarot Coloring Book is an easy, fun way to explore tarot. Great for all ages (and the kid at heart!).

Only a few more weeks until election. While we’re white-knuckling towards the finish line, grab a copy of Tarot For Troubled Times. It will keep you calm until this shit show ends!

So many times, I’ve heard people grumble that astrology is too complicated. While there is a lot to learn, once you understand the basics, it’s not as hard as you think.  Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious) will give you the foundation and hopefully spark your passion for a lifetime of astrology learning!


Events and Classes:

Tarot & You. Super stoked to be part of this panel of tarot luminaries! Join me and some of my favorite tarot peeps for this free Facebook Live event. When: Wednesday, October 28th, at 6 PM CDT.

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.

January 17, 2021: Brushes and Stars – An Online Intuitive Painting and Tarot Workshop with Chris Zydel and Theresa Reed. Join us for a day filled with intuitive insights, deep healing, creative prompts, artistic play, and astrology. Cost $175.00.

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:

Good vets

Checking off to-dos

Joint ventures

Supportive friends

Hot soup on a cool day

Cold drinks on a warm day


Soundtrack for 10/17/20:

Let Me Love You Like A Woman by Lana Del Rey


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020

images from stock photography and personal collection 


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