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Going Pro: Why You Should Avoid Posting Mainstream Tarot Images On Your Blog

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Cosmic Journaling Oracle

If you are a professional Tarot reader hosting your own website, then you are probably aware of the usual copyright and fair use regulations, which you need to adhere to, so you won’t find yourself getting sued.

However, you might not be aware that most of the mainstream publishers of tarot and oracle decks, such as US Games, Lo Scarabeo and Llewellyn, expect you to pay them a licence fee, if you are monetising your blog, i.e. charging for readings or getting paid for other products and services.

This is important for you to bear in mind, if you regularly blog about decks (reviews, unboxing videos etc.), demonstrating spreads, posting tutorials or simply just post an image on your Instagram.

Perhaps you are thinking that this is covered under the fair use policy, but you need to realise that this is open to interpretation, especially if you are a professional using your website as your business hub.

Before you get yourself into a tangle and wonder, if you are a copyright criminal by posting a card of the day, here’s something very simple you can do:

Avoid posting mainstream tarot images on your blog and social media.

Personally, I have just quit this voluntary marketing position I held with the mainstream publishers for years promoting their decks, while all I get in return is threats of court action, because I am making a living as a Tarot reader.

I am sick of arrogant publishers, who defend their copyright very aggressively, antagonising their customers (a lot of them professional tarot readers!) along the way.

The solution is beautifully simple:

Collaborate with self-published artists, who love the opportunity to have their decks promoted while their images enhance and prettify your blog posts.

I don’t need to go into detail about how tarot blogs and social media have led to a considerable increase in deck sales, yet these publishers want us to pay for “product placements”.

What the big publishers seem to forget:

Professional readers, who have been in the business for years, run well-known blogs and have a big subscriber list, are influencers.

How many tarot or oracle decks have you bought, which were recommended by your favourite blogs or Facebook pages?

Here’s an idea:

It is time for Tarot readers to demand payment from the publishers to feature their decks on their websites. 

After all, it’s advertising!

If publishers wanted to run a TV commercial, they’d have to pay for it, so if I did a YouTube video review about one of their decks and demonstrate how well it works in a reading, then I want to get paid for it, too Cool

Perhaps you think I’m crazy, but as you know we sometimes need to let go of outdated attitudes and beliefs, the traditional thought process that says “it’s always been this way”.

To be honest, payment for me doesn’t necessarily mean money; a little gratitude would be enough, and – lo and behold! – a surprise gesture of a free tarot deck as a token of appreciation would send me over the moon.

But no, instead I have court action threats looming over my head in the form of the publishers’ “terms”. Not nice!

Heck, I don’t need to promote their decks. Instead I collaborate with people, who value my support and in return support me – win / win !

So, ditch those mainstream decks from your blog and start supporting self-published indie artists.

In my next post, I will introduce you to my Top 10 self-published tarot decks I love using on my website and social media.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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How To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card Draw

Random Questions To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card DrawWhen you start learning the Tarot, most books and more experienced readers recommend pulling a daily tarot card in order to familiarise yourself with your deck and the images.

At this stage there is no pressure to come up with a relevant interpretation; just record the name of the card on a sheet of paper together with a note of the day’s events to compare.

The next step is to ask a question before you draw your card, such as “What do I need to pay attention to today?” 

Quicker than my more detailed one-card reading approach, the random question technique offers you new insights every day.

Asking a question will help you focus and make your daily draw a little more specific. Even better when you ask a different question every day.

For this purpose, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask at random:

  1. What do I need to do differently today?
  2. What do I need to embrace?
  3. What do I need to avoid?
  4. How can I invite positive change into my life?
  5. What will be my strength today?
  6. How can I tackle a challenge today?
  7. What new opportunity do I need to look out for?
  8. How can I be more positive today?
  9. What new potential will be emerging?
  10. How can I nurture new growth?
  11. What do I need to let go of that prevents new growth / opportunities?
  12. What can I be grateful for today?
  13. How can I nurture myself?
  14. How can I help others?
  15. What can I let go of without losing anything?
  16. How can I simplify my life today?
  17. How can I increase abundance in my life?
  18. What can I do to have a good day today?
  19. What lesson will I learn?
  20. What is happening in my life that I am not aware of?
  21. What step can I take today to reach my goal?
  22. How can I raise my confidence / self-esteem today?

Over time, you can add more questions to this list to expand your self-exploration.

And here is a cool way to choose a random question to answer each day:

Make your own question cards! Here’s how:

Use old greeting cards you received (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, etc.) and cut them into mini size cards (mine on the image above are approx. 45 x 75 mm). Write a question on the back of each card.

Mix the cards and lay them face down. Pick a card and hey presto, you’ve got your question for the day.

As I mentioned before, you can extend your card set when you think of new questions you would like to add.

Take a look at what I have created:

Random questions are a great way to add variety and depth to your daily tarot card draws, and hopefully you are inspired to create your own set of questions cards Smile

For more journaling ideas, please check my freebies page, where you can also join my mailing list for updates and more free resources.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi Show

Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi
Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi © 2015 Duck Soup Productions

Slowly but surely I’m adding the decks on my wishlist to my collection, and the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is my latest acquisition.

This vintage / retro style deck exploring a bygone world of travelling entertainment is fun, fascinating and a little creepy.

The Major Arcana cards are unnumbered, so whether you follow the RWS or Thoth tradition, the sequence – especially regarding Adjustment (Justice) and La Force (Strength) – is up to you.

A lot of Major Arcana cards are renamed to fit the circus theme, such as The Clown (Fool) and The Ringmaster (Emperor).

Other card names follow the Thoth tradition, such as Art (Temperance) and The Aeon (Judgement).

The court cards have also been renamed:

Governor – King
Duchess – Queen
Rider – Knight
Billposter – Page

The suits are:

Batons – Wands
Buckets – Cups
Blades – Swords
Rings – Pentacles

The pip cards all have keywords at the bottom, some of which are obvious and others you may have to think about. Here are some examples:

Ace of Batons – Inspiration
Three of Batons – Arrival
Five of Buckets – Regret
Ten of Buckets – Straw House
Three of Blades – Heartache
Seven of Blades – Audacity
Six of Rings – Patronage
Eight of Rings – Transformation

If you would like to see all the cards of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi, here’s a video I have made earlier:

Overall, this is a very readable deck, if the artwork and theme appeals to you, and I look forward to working with these cards over the coming weeks. Join me on Facebook and Instagram to see them in action.

The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is self-published and available at:

circustarot.blogspot.co.uk

Hope you enjoy my video show of this deck. If you do, please click the like and share button on my YouTube channel. Thank you!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Tarot Astrology: Mercury In The Tarot

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Card images from the Aquatic Tarot deck

Following up from the moon cards, we are now looking at Mercury in the Tarot and how this planet influences the cards it is associated with.

As “God’s Messenger”, Mercury is linked to communication, reason and self-awareness.

Other areas of influence are languages, travel, transport, logic and intellect.

In the Tarot, Mercury is linked directly to The Magician, and it may seem obvious why.

It is The Magician, who symbolises the power of communication, presenting ideas, arguing a cause, making a winning sales pitch and so on.

The Magician creates Magick with words, including spells, mantras and affirmations. He is influential but can also be manipulating.

Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; therefore there is some indirect influence on The Lovers and The Hermit.

The pip cards Mercury is linked to are:

  • Eight of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius)
  • Three of Cups (Mercury in Cancer)
  • Five of Pentacles (Mercury in Taurus)
  • Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo)
  • Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius)

How is Mercury’s energy reflected in these cards?

Here are some suggestions:

Eight of Wands – movement, travel, quick thinking, living life in the fast lane, seizing an unexpected opportunity, taking a calculated risk, gaming, travel by air

Three of Cups – communication (social), travelling in a group, building friendships, bonding (also at work), witty conversations, social networking, internet dating

Five of Pentacles – Asking for help, trying to make sense of a negative situation, bad news, mental overwhelm / meltdown, travel delays, being stranded, lost for words, looking for inspiration, learning difficulties

Ten of Pentacles – good organisational skills, nurturing a network of friends/ family / support, being established as an influencer / speaker / advisor, clever with money and long-term investments

Six of Swords – Travel, a new direction will bring clarity, a decision to leave something behind is based on reason and knowledge, fickleness, travel by sea

If you are reading reversed cards, consider thinking “Mercury retrograde”, when these cards show up upside down.

And if a Mercury retrograde is actually taking place while these cards come up in a reading, you can also take that into account.

Here’s an interesting exercise you can do: 

Pick out all the Mercury cards from your deck. Which of the pip cards would you assign to which Major Arcana card?

You can look out for visual clues but also take similar meanings into account.

For example, I see the Six of Swords linked to The Hermit and the Three of Cups with The Lovers.

But it is perfectly fine, if you have different ideas. How do you see the Mercury cards connected with each other?

For this exercise I have created journaling sheets, which you can download from my Tarot Astrology online course page. If you prefer to study on your own, please check out the self-study version of this course.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Tarot Of Quotes Update and Special Offer

tarot of quotesI’ve been working on my own Tarot deck since 2012, and the Tarot of Quotes has turned into a challenging labour of love, which is still in the process of being completed.

When you have a look at the Empress above and compare it with the original version, then you’ll know why I haven’t met my self-imposed deadlines over the years.

The Tarot of Quotes has evolved, and only the free downloadable images will keep the quotes on the cards.

I have decided to remove the quotes from the printed version and change a couple of images along the way.

Not many cards are left to do, but heck it’s tough to create the images for them. Getting it right takes time, especially when I’m also working on other projects.

But now that I’m totally in love with my new Empress card, I’m determined to get this deck finished – one day very soon!

In the meantime, it’s Earth Day tomorrow, which also coincides with it falling on a Friday.

Friday is dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who in turn is linked to the Empress in the Tarot.

Although the Empress symbolises the archetypal mother, who on my card is represented by a Madonna and Child statue, she also embodies creativity relating to art, crafts, writing, home-making and gardening.

So in order to celebrate Earth Day, nurture your creativity by ditching electronic devices and work with what Mother Nature has on offer.

Some ideas:

plant flower bulbs, plant a tree, paint motifs on pebbles, bake a cake, make something of twigs, paint, draw, sketch, write poetry, knit or crochet, woodwork, make beeswax candles, pottery…

And for a paper craft project, you can make your own rune set and even print your own oracle deck together with greeting cards, journal inserts and more.

Special Offer:

20% discount on the digital edition of the Cosmic Journaling Oracle & Guidebook until midnight on Sunday, 24th April.

Use voucher code EARTHDAY20 on the Payhip sales page.

And by turning off your electronic devices, TVs and not use the car for the next couple of days in honour of Earth Day, you save on valuable energy and will also reduce your utility bills while enjoying some good old-fashioned creative fun.

Happy Earth Day!

Christiane

 

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Going Pro: How To Say No To Giving Free Tarot Readings

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Six of Pentacles, Morgan Greer Tarot

When you first start out as a professional Tarot reader, it can be tempting to offer free readings to attract clients, hoping they will pay for your services in the future.

Perhaps you even get requests for free readings via your website, and you feel inclined to help.

Or your friends keep asking you for free readings, and you feel taken for granted or your skills aren’t valued.

But offering free readings won’t pay your bills and rarely attract clients that are prepared to pay you for a reading later.

And only because you are a caring soul, doesn’t mean you can let people take advantage of you and turn your business venture into a charity.

I know there are some odd folk out there (sadly some fellow readers), who regard professional readers charging for their services with disdain.

They come up with lame excuses, such as you should offer your “gift” for free, however, these people are most likely financially supported in other ways, so they don’t need to charge for readings to make a living.

I also feel that people with such strong opinions are very judgemental, and it is best to avoid any discussion with them about this topic, as it is a waste of your time and energy.

Remember, what is most important is that you look after yourself and your business success, which includes being able to make a living as a Tarot Reader and feel good about receiving in exchange for giving.

So, how to say no to giving free Tarot readings with grace and in a kind, professional manner when you are asked?

First, you don’t have to apologize when you say no, and the only explanation you may want to give is that you do this work professionally and not as a hobby.

If you have a website, you can say:

  1. I’m not offering any free readings at the moment, but you can sign up to my newsletter to receive special offers and discounts in the future.
  2. I don’t do free readings, but fees for my email readings start at just £5, so there is something for every budget. Take a look at my readings page for more info.
  3. I currently offer a free mini reading, if you buy one of my ebooks (or other products you are selling)
  4. I currently offer a free one-card follow-up reading with every email reading you purchase.
  5. I don’t offer free readings, but check out my FB / Instagram for my daily/weekly readings I post there.
  6. I can offer you a free reading, if you agree that I can use it on my blog to share with my readers (your name will not be published!)
  7. I’m currently offer free readings on my FB page / blog using a brand new deck I bought, and I need to try it out before I use it for paid readings. All you need to give in return is your honest feedback.
  8. I’m currently running a Tarot reading giveaway on my blog, which you can enter by leaving a comment. There will be one winner, and perhaps you’ll be the lucky one 😉
  9. I don’t do free readings, but I can offer you a (%) discount on readings over £15.
  10. Have you thought about buying a deck and learning to do your own readings? You can find lots of free resources on my website to get you started with learning the Tarot.

As you can see, sometimes it is okay to say yes, as long as you receive something else in return that is of equal value to you.

Learn to feel good about receiving money for the work you do. Remember you are worth being paid for your skills and the time and effort you invested into developing them.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Cosmic Journaling Oracle – Update

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Cosmic Journaling Oracle

Last week I received the printed version of my Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, and I’m very pleased with the result!

Does the world need yet another set of oracle cards? I hear you ask Laughing

Well, it’s up to you to decide, but I have created this one to offer you something different:

  • The universal keywords on the cards all refer to one of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot and are easy to make sense of (unlike card names such as The Hierophant). This way it should work well in readings whatever issue you’d like to explore.
  • The cards have been designed for you to create your own meanings and interpretation for each keyword. Journal about the cards to explore what each keyword means to you, so you can apply it in your readings (hence the word ‘Journaling’ in the name of the deck).
  • There will be a digital version available in addition to a very limited printed edition. With a digital copy of the deck you can print the images as often as you like for personal use – a reading copy on good quality heavy card stock (any kind of paper in quality and colour of your choice) as well as prints on paper to cut out and stick in your journal.
  • You can also use the digital images on your website, if you want to blog about them, use them for collages or other creative projects…
  • The pocket-size cards are cute and ideal to take with you on your travels, to the coffee shop, work, uni, etc…
  • I’m planning to create additional cards (for timing, astrology, etc…), which will be available as separate sets both digitally and in printed form, so you can add to the deck to build a comprehensive system as it suits you best.
  • You can even make card suggestions and request personalised cards.
  • This deck will compliment my Tarot of Quotes, which will be available as digital and printed copy in the same style (except the size of the tarot cards will be larger).

abundance cosmic journaling oracle digitalAs you can see above and in the gallery, the printed version has a black background and border.

However, the digital version will have a white background and a small black border.

The reason for this is to make this deck printer-friendly (won’t be using up all your black ink!) and also allow for the flexibility to choose the colour of paper you prefer.

With a digital copy it is also easier for me to offer you some free bonus cards as I create them. Oh the wonders and delights of the virtual world!

In the meantime, there are two copies available to buy at Cosmic Collection. Buy a printed copy, and you will also receive the digital edition for free, when it is available end of March 2016.

Watch out for my Facebook page competition to win a free printed copy!

If you have any questions regarding the Cosmic Journaling Oracle, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Any feedback or suggestions also very much appreciated!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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