4 of pentacles card from the Sola Busca and Rider Waite Smith decks
Occult, Tarot

Four of Pentacles – 500 Years Ago & Today

Printed in 1491, the Sola Busca is the earliest known 78-card tarot deck in which every card is illustrated — all the majors and all the minors. How does it hold up to modern day readings, and what can it teach us today?

four sun cards from different tarot decks fanned out for summer solstice
Magic, Occult, Tarot

Summer Solstice Ritual

Mimosa flowers float in mountain water under ponderosa pines, flooded with solstice sunlight, on the lands of the Concow-Maidu in the sacred Sierra Nevada foothills. I feel the energies of this powerful site in the pads of my bare feet on the warm earth. -Tiana, June 2018, California I don't have many people around me… Continue reading Summer Solstice Ritual

altar with photos jewelry herbs crystals
Magic, Occult, Ritual, Tarot

The Norns, Wyrd and Hyndla

Samhain is a Time for the Ancestors In the Autumn season leading up to Samhain, we slip into the time of the thinning veil and of magic. This is the season where I feel the ancestors tugging at my heartstrings. I am deep in the work of unwinding my lineage and slowly identifying the myths… Continue reading The Norns, Wyrd and Hyndla

Frida Kahlo smoking a cigarette beside a hawk
Magic, Occult, Tarot

Artists Who Explored the Occult in Art and Life

Many of these women were carving out their own styles in their art and diverging from the trends of the time. As women and esoteric practitioners, they were isolated in their art and life. These women were inspirations and path-pavers for ways of living and creating. In building bridges between their spirituality and their artistic… Continue reading Artists Who Explored the Occult in Art and Life

painting by tiana mystical woman in headwrap surrounded by leaves and moths exhaling
Magic, Occult, Tarot

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Finding Our Shadow with the Tarot

"When you light a candle it also casts a shadow." -Ursula le Guin What is the shadow? The shadow is the hidden parts of yourself that lie deep in your subconscious. The shadow is compiled of all the things we repress. The shadow holds the old internalized traumas, wounds and pains that still fester inside… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Finding Our Shadow with the Tarot