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September 17, 2021  

Bonus Episode: The Happy Empath?

Melissa, Hilary, and Jaymi have been feeling the weight of the pandemic. One of the skills they’ve found helpful for both themselves and those they love is to use the notion of holding space. This means that you be present with your whole mind, body, spirit and listen to yourself or the person you are with without judgment. You listen wholeheartedly with empathy and compassion. It’s an important skill for readers, those on the spiritual path, and anyone wanting healthier relationships.

  • Holding space for self requires a lot of deep breathing, letting go of self-judgments, and cultivating compassion for yourself. As Hilary said, “insert stuff here”
  • Holding space for others is giving them time and attention to talk about what is going on. Don’t solve their issues, don’t judge, don’t make it about you. Let them talk or emote and bear witness to their journey.

Jaymi found this article on how to hold space useful:

Hilary recommends you read Seth Godin’s The Practice

Melissa also recommends you read The Happy Empath by Christine Rose Elle. You can learn more at Christine’s site at

Also, if you are having a hard time during the pandemic and need someone to talk to, please know there are people here who can listen to you. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They speak English and Spanish and someone is available 24-hour. Call 800-273-8255.

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September 10, 2021  

Episode 40: Make Your Choice with Justice

This week Melissa, Hilary, and Jaymi discuss what Justice means to each of them. Justice is a call to action, to help raise and elevate the marginalized voices. The figure on the card isn’t just sitting, they lean forward, a foot peeking out from the robe, ready for action. In fact, you can look at the cards surrounding Justice in your readings to determine the action you should take or when to apply it.

Decks mentioned:

Next World Tarot

The Sasuraibito Tarot

Steampunk Tarot

The Shadowland Tarot

Tarot for All Ages

Light Seer’s Tarot

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August 27, 2021  

Episode 39: How Do We Do This

Here it is, the long-awaited HDWDT (howdowedoeeeeet) episode. We collected all your questions and picked the most relevant one. While we read for the winner, this may also apply to you as well. Without further ado, let’s introduce the question and show you a taste of how we read.


Hi Cardslingers,

My name is G and I'm a big fan of your podcast! I've been reading mostly for myself for about 10 years now, but I've never had a professional read for me. Regardless of the question you choose, I'm interested in seeing your different approaches to a reading.


Like most people the pandemic has really worn me down, but I was managing well enough until November. After that, stress from the election, holidays working retail (in a pandemic), and being short-staffed at work had me mentally and physically exhausted. Then to top things off, my grandmother entered hospice and passed away just a few days ago. I feel like I can't quite get my footing. My question is what do I need to do to work towards finding some peace or balance?


Thank you for the opportunity!

The Cards and decks we used:

  • Melissa: Scorpio Seas Tarot (3 cards) 5 Cups rx, Knight Cups Rx, The Moon
  • Hilary: Radiant Rider Waite Smith Tarot (4 cards, one jumper, all reversed) 6 Cups rx, 7 Swords rx, Queen Swords rx, 10 Cups rx
  • Jaymi: This Might Hurt Tarot (3 cards) Ace Cups, King of Wands, 9 Cups


Look at the little things, especially those that bring you joy. Check out Sugar and Sloth for some cute stationery items.


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August 13, 2021  

Episode 38: Cultivating Tarot Discernment

Melissa, Hilary, and Jaymi discuss the idea of discernment when we choose trusted resources, whether they’re books or teachers. Beware of gatekeeping. Beware of placing others on a pedestal. Lean heavily on the stories and interpretations in the cards, not the keywords or books. We think that it’s important that readers cultivate tarot discernment by questioning the wisdom of those in the past. Don’t just read books and leave your skills there, synthesize the information into your life, and keep learning from others and from the decks. Grow your knowledge and look for diversity in your decks. Become the eternal student with your tarot practice.

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July 23, 2021  

Episode 37: Listener Feedback and Appreciation

In this episode, we read a listener's letter, have some fun with it, and discuss the Celtic Cross for a bit. We really do read each and every letter you send, and Jaymi really does add your ideas for shows in her episode document. So, please keep the emails coming. (Also, happy birthday to J!) for a quick introduction from our favorite Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady, to hold you over until we record a fuller Celtic Cross episode.

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July 9, 2021  

Episode 36: The Dirty Thirty-Six

V, Hilary, and Jaymi take a divinatory tool detour into Lenormand. We get down and messy with the dirty 36 card deck that gets to the meat of the reading. We talk about the cards, how to read using them, share some stories, and give some cool tips to go deeper.

Get started with Lenormand with these links of readers, creators, and instructors we love:

V from Red Light Reading

Melissa Hill of the Sassy Sibyl

Kendra Hurteau deck designer and author of Under the Roses Lenormand and the Lenormand: Step by Step book

Rana George

Jamie Sawyer

Black and the Moon pre-order their Memento Mori Lenormand Deck

Emily Rose

Maree Bento

Carrie Paris

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June 25, 2021  

Episode 35: First Time Jitters

Getting nervous before reading for others is a thing that does happen. Today’s episode discusses the jitters, nerves, and anxieties that can happen when you read for others or get readings. It happens to the best of us, even professionals. Remember to have compassion for yourself, don’t let the brain weasels (negative self-talk) get in the way. Setting expectations helps calm the nerves down. Using an in-take form is one helpful tool to navigate the nerves. 

We also love and recommend Psychic Tarot by Nancy Antinucci (aka nucc) as a good resource for cultivating sacred amnesia. 

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June 11, 2021  

Episode 34: Wheel of Fortune, A Constant Evolution

We have a guest host this week, Hilary and Jaymi welcome V from Red Light Readings ( to the show. She’ll be one of the instructors for this year’s Kitchen Table Gathering happening in person this fall in St Louis. “Let go or be dragged,” as we get deep in with the Wheel of Fortune. 

Save the date! November 6-7, 2021. The 3rd Kitchen Table Gathering in St. Louis, MO is coming. Join the Cardslingers and V for two days of learning, laughter, and in-person shenanigans. Registration and the unveiling of the other instructors coming soon.

Decks mentioned:

V: The Housewives Tarot by Jude Buffun and Paul Kepple

Hilary: Mary El Tarot by Marie White

Jaymi: Fantasy World Tarot by Vera Petruk, sold by Make Playing Cards (black and white, color, and plastic color editions available). Apparently, the Spirit Halloween Store-bought the images to print their own version, go figure.

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May 28, 2021  

Episode 33: CSI Tarot, Stalker and Jumper Cards

Sometimes tarot does funky things. Today we’re going to talk about two of those strange phenomena that happen a lot. Get ready for an episode of CSI, Tarot edition where we discuss stalker and jumper cards.

Stalker cards happen when the same card gets pulled over and over again. It can be drawn in succession, or others can pull it while they’re reading for you. What are they? Why do they follow us around? How can we get them to go away? Identify what situation is going on for you. Examine the card and its meaning, and then do the work it is asking you to do. Once you figure it all out and do the work, it’ll go away.

Jumper cards happen when you shuffle a deck. This card (or cards) pops out from the deck and can be examined in several ways. Melissa goes all CSI: Tarot on it, Jaymi views the jumper as an extra message saved for later, and Hilary reads it immediately because it is important.

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May 14, 2021  

Episode 32: Rumor Has It

Melissa thanks you all for the outpouring of support with her Go Fund Me account over the past weeks. Hilary and Jaymi also thank you for listening in. We think you’re all great!

Today we’re taking on a bunch of tarot myths and rumors which have been passed around for YEARS. Many of the rumors and so-called “rules” are gatekeeping techniques that bar the curious and new seekers. Here’s a rundown of the rumors and rules we have.

  • You cannot buy your first deck
  • Tarot is a closed, or Romany, practice
  • Wrap it in black silk
  • Sleep with it under your pillow
  • If you damage your deck you’re cursed
  • If you lose, or damage, a card, you can’t use the deck
  • Tarot is precious and you must treat it as a divine object
  • Don’t let others touch your deck (consent is sexy!)
  • You have to read reversals/Can’t read for yourself
  • The fate revealed in the tarot is unavoidable

Beware of these rumors and “rules” and the readers who use them to take away your personal will. 

Yes, Melissa is STILL pissed about the loss of her first Shadowscapes Tarot deck. And do NOT touch her cards without asking her. She will not be polite.

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