The Hit List - Is this year over yet?

The leaves are turning various shades of crimson and gold. This is the obvious sign the year is coming to a close around these parts. It won’t be long before the holidays arrive, the ball drops on Times Square, and we’re ready to begin working on those resolutions.

While I’d like to rush to the finish line (I’m a sucker for a new year), I know there is still a ways to go. Last year wasn’t fun – and this one wasn’t much better.

Sure, there were signs of improvement on many fronts and I’ve even scored a few wins over here. But a clusterfuck of funky events put a damper on my enthusiasm. Every other day I find myself saying “2021 can kiss my grits!”

I’m not a negative person. By nature, I tend to be happy-go-lucky and more patient than a hippo searching for a watering hole in the middle of a barren desert (do hippos live in deserts?). That patience was dearly tested this year and my happy didn’t feel too lucky.

I’m not the only one. A few friends confided they are ready for this year to come to a close too, preferably a couple of weeks early. We’re done with it.

But we also know that the years are flying by faster than ever, one of the things that happen when you get to a certain age. Suddenly, the kids are grown, arthritis is the new norm, and we start to wax poetic about mindfulness, being present, and all that jazz.

How can you find the joy in the present moment and making every minute count when you can’t wait to boot this year in the ass out the door?

That’s the thing I’m trying to figure out. I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to this dilemma. So I’ll gripe a bit, meditate a lot, and try to keep my eyes focused on the things that went well. Because the truth is: it wasn’t all bad.

Maybe this year can stick around after all. Well, at least for two and half months.

2021 can talk to this paw!

Other stuff:

True: Periods Don’t Stop for Pandemics—And Neither Have Our Nation’s Moms.

Lisa Stardust helps you pick out the best Halloween costumes based on your astrological sign.

My dear friend Elliot Adam was featured in On Milwaukee!

I want to see this: True Crime Meets Greek Tragedy in Father-Daughter Murder Story Buried.

Look on the bright side: The Upside of Losing Touch During the Pandemic.

Wow: In Texas, The Return Of Whisper Networks.

Another excellent post from Liz Worth: My Favourite Tarot Questions When You’re Not Sure What to Ask.

Astrologer Rachel Lang joins me on Astrology Bytes to give the scoop about Venus.

A short post on getting your first tarot deck.

It’s problematic for tarot readers too: For Teen Girls, Instagram Is a Cesspool.

Tarot for Troubled Times got a nod over on Cosmo: 36 Tarot Books That’ll Teach You to Read the Cards Like a Pro.

She’s 51, a mother and a devout Catholic. She plans to die by euthanasia on Sunday.

Check out this spread from Carrie Mallon: stimulate/motivate/generate: a tarot spread.

The whole tooth: I Took on Credit Card Debt to Get Braces as an Adult.

Why am I not surprised by this: Emily Ratajkowski Reveals That Robin Thicke Groped Her While Filming The Music Video For ‘Blurred Lines.’

From Aliza Kelly: How to Manifest Anything and Everything.

Are you a tarot reader and wonder when you should go pro? I share my thoughts about that over on Tarot Bytes.

Years After Her Death, The Science Community Is Still Treating Henrietta Lacks’ Cells Like “Chattel.”

The holidays are coming: 30 Astrology Gifts for Anyone Who Swears By Their Zodiac Sign.

Good advice: How To Manage Your Anxiety Around Constantly Calculating COVID Risk.

From Bitch Media: Fannie Lou Hamer Sounded the Alarm on Forced Sterilization.

Wish I didn’t throw mine away: Once given away or thrown in the trash, typewriters now sell for hundreds. Why are they making a comeback?

Joanna DeVoe talks about outing the shadow on purpose in the latest Hippie Witch.

I love this advice from Yes and Yes: 5 Ways To Deal When Your Day Gets Off Course.

Beautiful: Tarot and Divination Cards: A Visual Archive.

Interesting: Young Oracle Tarot: An initiation into tarot’s mystic wisdom.

Check out the Rainbow Moon tarot!

Cannot wait for this one: Your Intuition Led You Here: Daily Rituals for Empowerment, Inner Knowing, and Magic.

How fun is this: Astrology Embroidery: Stitch the Zodiac and 30 Celestial Patterns.

Apparently, Buzzfeed is getting into the astrology biz: BuzzFeed: Joy in the Stars: Self-Care Astrology for Your Mind, Body, and Soul.

Defo want to see this in person: Starcodes Astro Oracle: A 56-Card Deck and Guidebook.

Is your little one into tarot? Get them their very own deck: Tarot For Kids!

Ditch the little white book and get tarot confident with Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

If you prefer to listen to your tarot lessons, I’ve got your back: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading is available as an audiobook.

Hear this: astrology isn’t as hard as you think. Once you understand the basics, you can grok it. Start here: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).

Time for a new tarot deck! Get The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle and start shuffling!

The weather may be getting chilly but you can always get cozy with a thick sweater, mug o’ hot tea, and a copy of The Tarot Coloring Book.

When life seems to be getting you down, Tarot For Troubled Times can lift you up.

Coming soon! Learn to Paint Tarot Cards: An artist’s guide to creating colorful personalized tarot cards and Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot. (I’ve been busy!)



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What I’m Grateful For:

The smell of fresh ink

Fresh fall air flowing in the windows

A glass of wine with someone I love

Finding random feathers

New earrings


Soundtrack for 10/9/21:

I Must Apologize by Pink Pantheress


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2021

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