The Hit List - Some things never seem to go away…until they do.

It’s a new year. Resolutions, fresh goals, and a positive outlook…yeah, that is my usual mode. However, I found myself feeling prickly this time around. Last year was hard, so perhaps that is the culprit.

Or maybe it’s something else.

Instead of focusing on all the new things on the horizon, I spent days brooding over all the things that never seem to go away.

Such as:

:: Imposter syndrome cropping up out of nowhere, making me feel like running for cover.
:: The relentless craving for sugar.
:: Old family grudges being rekindled by someone who refuses to drop the subject.
:: Anxiety about last year’s situation.
:: A nagging shoulder pain I thought was gone.

No matter how much therapy (physical or emotion), tarot cards thrown on the table, or hours spent journaling, these things hang on year after year, a reminder that life changes but some things are resistant. There is more work to do.

So onward I trudge into 2024, with hope and worry, happiness and sadness, relief and anger, marching side by side like mismatched animals in Noah’s Ark. I know eventually this will subside, because busyness is soon to follow, leaving little time to wallow.

This morning, as I popped a piece of chocolate in my mouth,  I realized the shoulder is better. I can move it around without wincing. What did I do? Nothing. Because that’s the thing: sometimes you just need to leave well alone and let it resolve rather than trying to “fix it.”

Perhaps part of the problem is assuming I need fixing. That there is something wrong with cravings, grudges, or insecurity. Do I need a resolution every year? Or can I just let go and trust it will all work out? Maybe this is the year to let it be and see what happens.


Other stuff:

Fun: Tricks and tips for your best travel experience via astrology!

Liz Worth wrote this beautiful review of The Cards You’re Dealt – How to Deal When Life Gets Real: A Tarot Guidebook.

My book also got a nod for Best Books of 2023 by Jamieson Wolf!

Having an Abortion at Home? There’s a Hotline for That.

I have always loved Little Golden Books: The Taylor Swift Little Golden Book becomes the series’ biggest seller.

An interesting post about the Tonya Harding Fan Club.

I love Jeanna Kadlec: how the NYT forced me out of the broom closet.

From Teen Vogue: What The New Deal Teaches Us About the Current Rise of Fascism.

Learn how to get along with the Sagittarius folks in your orbit.

I might not mind this: Jeremy Allen White Drops Trou for Calvin Klein.

The answer to this question: Should we market our books or ourselves?

Stephanie Campos delivers the horoscope for 2024 over at Today.

Watch: Ashnikko gets a tarot reading for the year ahead.

Buh-bye. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

3 New Moon Rituals That’ll Add a Touch of Magic To Your 2024 by Lauren Ash.

Grab the mic: How to Start a Podcast, From Those Who Have Done It.

Roya Buckland has the deets: Here’s When the Real ‘New Year’ Takes Place, According to Astrology.

I agree with this: Do You Know Lene Lovich? Well You Should.

The Secret To Enjoying A Hobby? Half-Ass It.

Want to mediate but can’t sit still? Here’s some advice.

Forever a fan: ‘Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go’ Turns 50.

It’s hanging by a thread: Can Biden save democracy?

Whoops: ‘Uh-oh’: Psychic on Fox News pulls out a card for Trump signifying loss.

From Narayana Montufar: This Is the Tarot Card That Will Manifest Your 2024 Dreams.

Need: Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet.

Wait – I need this more: Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout by Cal Newport.

Adding to the list: It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People.

Coming in a few days: Witchcraft: A History in Thirteen Trials.

This is the COOLEST Tarot deck I’ve come across in a long time: Wild Lands Tarot.

I adore this I Ching Oracle.

Oooh: Tarot Through the Witch’s Year: 33 Spreads for Spiritual Connection.

The perfect journal for tarot lovers: The Weiser Tarot Journal: Guidance and Practice.

Want a free chapter of my new book? The Cards You’re Dealt: Tarot for Illness, Caregiving, Loss, Grief, and Living Well. Get it here: The Cards You’re Dealt: How to Deal when Life Gets Real (A Tarot Guidebook).

If your 2024 is starting out with all the bad stars, you need this book: Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot.

Finally…a Tarot deck for kids! Created especially for littles ones, ages 8 and up. Give this deck to your child. Watch their eyes light up and imagination ignite: Tarot For Kids.

When you’re a new Tarot reader, you tend to rely on “the book” for answers. Pick a card. Open the guidebook. Read  to find out what the card means. But with a little practice, you can set the book aside and trust your own instincts, instead: 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.

Sure, you know what Mercury Retrograde means. But what about Jupiter Retrograde? Or the Void Moon? Or Pluto Return? Expand your astrology knowledge with this fun and informative book: 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: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle.

According to the The Art Therapy Project in New York, coloring is shown to “reduce stress and promote relaxation.” Added bonus? No hangover the next morning. Check out: The Tarot Coloring Book.

The world is not all “love and light.” Tarot For Troubled Times is a book about transformation and courage: 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. <-Cards are included!

When you subscribe to The Astro-Biz Digest, you get an astrology report every single week with all the crucial info you need to know. It’s especially for business owners. And it breaks down to less than $2 per week: The AstroBiz Digest.

Imagine getting real-time astrological transits plus daily tarot guidance every day. Psst…you don’t have to fantasize any longer. Sign up here.

I’m sharing best practices for writing, publishing, and marketing – just for metaphysical authors. Learn more and sign up: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential. Essays and lessons on writing, publishing, and marketing your magical book.


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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.

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:

New ideas

Support systems

Coffee candy

Sad songs

Stuffed animals stacked nicely


Soundtrack for 1/6/24

I Don’t Like People by Allah Sheffield

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2024

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