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Tarot Bytes

Tarot Bytes: Bite-sized lessons for Tarot beginners. Created by Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady.

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Creating Your Own Tarot Practice with Kait Fowlie

Episode 162. Whether you're a long-time tarot reader or totally new, a regular practice is necessary if you want to develop a strong relationship with your cards. But what does that look like? And how do you get started? Kait Fowlie joins me to talk about creating a meaningful tarot practice. Kait shares tips for making tarot part of your daily life with journaling and monthly/yearly rituals. She also shares her genius tip for combining tarot with "morning pages," a practice from The Artist's Way that involves writing three pages of longhand stream-of-consciousness done first thing in the morning. If you're curious about how to get started on a regular tarot practice, this episode will get you started in the right direction!


1 Mar 2020

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Creating Your Own Tarot Card Meanings with Mantis

Episode 161. So you've read all the tarot books. Now you have a database of tarot meanings, and you're good to go, right? Not quite. While the books can give you a solid foundation, you may find that over time you start to develop your own tarot meanings. This is important because everybody's relationship with tarot is different - and that means everyone will have unique ways of interpreting them. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Mantis, the author of Truly Easy Tarot,  joins me to talk about creating your own tarot card meanings. Learn about the tools and methods he recommends to find interpretations that come from your heart.


23 Feb 2020

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Connecting with the Divine with Tosha Silver

Episode 104: Do you find yourself longing to connect to something greater than yourself? Wondering how to discover a deeper relationship to spirit? Many people who come to the tarot table are seeking something other than the standard "will I meet someone?" questions. They want to feel aligned with their spiritual life.  In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I am talking with Tosha Silver, author of The Wild Offering Oracle about what it means to link with the divine - and how to make that connection. We also discuss prayer, non-believers, tarot, and surrender as well as Tosha's new deck. 


25 Nov 2018

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How to ask a good tarot question

Episode 95: How to ask a good tarot question. The answers you receive from tarot are only as good as the questions you ask. Learn which sort of questions are the least helpful and how to form good, solid ones that lead to clear answers.


30 Sep 2018

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Gate Cards with Rachel Pollack

Episode 118: Gate Cards with Rachel Pollack. In this episode, Rachel Pollack teaches about the mysterious Gate Cards and their role in tarot. (Plus we discuss Dr. Who!) Rachel's 78 Degrees of Wisdom has just been reprinted - you'll definitely want to get a copy. There's more info about the Gate Cards in her book. Yay!


3 Mar 2019

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Hard Cards with Sarah Gottesdiener

Episode 138. Ever pull a tarot card that makes you groan? You know what I mean: a card that looks "scary" such as The Tower or maybe the Ten of Swords. Those cards often elicit a strong reaction - and usually a negative one. But the hard cards are great teachers and not something to fear. They are often portals into new levels of consciousness. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, I'm joined by Sarah Gottesdiener for an enlightening discussion on hard cards. We discuss how to look at the difficult cards in an empowering way, decks with no bad cards, what to do if a reading leans toward the negative - and more. This episode may just change your mind about the tarot cards that freak you out.


4 Aug 2019

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The Aces

Episode 34: The Aces. In this short but info-packed tarot tutorial, we're examining + comparing the Aces.


30 Jul 2017

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The Magician

Episode 11: The Magician. What's with all the tools on his table? What's this guy all about? (Hint: skill and will.)  In this little lesson, we're covering the Magician - right side up and upside down! 


19 Feb 2017

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Court Cards with Ethony

Episode 83: Court Cards with Ethony. Learning the Court Cards is one of the most frustrating parts of tarot. But you don't have to struggle! In this lesson, renowned tarot teacher Ethony joins me to sort the Courts. 


8 Jul 2018

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What to do when you don’t “like” what the Tarot is telling you

Episode 167. It happens to all of us at one point or another…you get a reading but you don’t like what the tarot is telling you. It sucks when that happens. And sometimes, when it does, you’re tempted to ask the question again. I like to say that I’m not a fan of beating a dead tarot horse. Rather than asking the question again in order to get the answer you want, I'm sharing my favorite strategies in this episode!


12 Apr 2020

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Tarot and Numerology with Pleasant Gehman

Episode 142. Wondering what role the numbers play in tarot? Pleasant Gehman joins me to talk about tarot and numerology. Even if you're not a math fan (we weren't back in the day!), you'll see that the numbers hold significant meaning - and an understanding of numerology will help you deepen your knowledge of the cards. Pleasant shares great tips including her method for adding up all the numbers in a reading. You'll definitely want to try this technique - it will blow your mind!


8 Sep 2019

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Tarot and Magick with Damien Echols

Episode 101: Are you curious about magick? Wondering if there is a magickal component to tarot? In this fascinating episode Damien Echols, author of High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row, talks about the role of magick in tarot. Listen in and learn about what magick is, the Golden Dawn, and how to use tarot as a magickal tool. Damien also talks about the Guardian Angel of the tarot deck. This is one of my favorite tarot conversations and one that I think you'll find to be quite interesting as well. The book we mentioned in this episode was Tarot Magic: Ceremonial Magic Using Golden Dawn Correspondences by Donald Tyson.


4 Nov 2018

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Tarot and Kabbalah with Rachel Pollack

Episode 98: Tarot and Kabbalah with Rachel Pollack. The Rider Waite Smith deck is steeped in mysticism. Did you know that the Kabbalah is part of the rich symbolism in this popular deck? In this episode of Tarot Bytes, the legendary Rachel Pollack joins me to talk about the Kabbalah and its role in tarot. Soon you'll see the Tree of Life not only in the Ten of Pentacles but also in the Three of Cups and Five of Pentacles. Get ready to go deep and get inspired by Rachel! Books mentioned in this episode: The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards 78 Degrees of Wisdom


14 Oct 2018

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The High Priestess

Episode 12: The High Priestess. In this little tutorial, we're exploring the symbols and interpretations for tarot's lady of mystery, The High Priestess. 


26 Feb 2017

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Face Up Tarot with Mary Greer

Episode 128. Face Up Tarot with Mary Greer.  I was first introduced to the concept of consciously choosing cards from Mary Greer's groundbreaking book, Tarot For Yourself. At the time, the whole notion of this blew my mind. After all, weren't we supposed to just shuffle and let the fates decide which cards showed up? Mary's methods gave me a whole new way to work with the cards - and I've been using face-up tarot in a variety of ways. In this episode of Tarot Bytes, Mary shares different scenarios for choosing cards consciously. You'll learn about how to use this technique to sort out feelings, plan your day, manifest goals, and more. If you're looking for a new way to work with your cards, don't miss this episode!


19 May 2019

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Tarot Patterns with Seth Vermilyea

Episode 119. Tarot Patterns with Seth Vermilyea. Like detectives, tarot readers string together the cards to find the clues that the cards are trying to tell. This requires not only an understanding of the cards themselves but also how they go together. In this episode, I'm talking all about tarot patterns with Seth Vermilya of Coming Out Tarot. Seth shares some great tips - including a pattern that you may want to check out. This was a favorite conversation - he's totally brilliant and I learned new things. Listen in and you might look at the cards a whole new way!


10 Mar 2019

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Finding Your Spirituality in Tarot with Tatianna Tarot

Episode 109: Finding Your Spirituality in Tarot with Tatianna Tarot. Tarot isn't just for divination. It's also a tool for spirituality and liberation. The Archetypes in tarot are universal - and no matter what your religious background may be, you can find a relationship to divinity with tarot as your guide.  In this episode, Tatianna Tarot of My Urban Illumination joins me to talk about tarot and the spiritual path - and how to make a sacred connection to tarot. 


30 Dec 2018

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Tarot Birth Cards with Mary Greer

Episode 103: Tarot Birth Cards with Mary Greer. The tarot birth cards give clues about your personality and destiny. In this episode, Mary Greer teaches how to discover your birth card, as well as your name card, year card, and hidden challenges. Mary wrote  Who Are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny, the most comprehensive book on the subject. 


18 Nov 2018

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Three of Pentacles

Episode 68: Three of Pentacles. The details in this hard-working card are rich. From the bench to the three figures, to the black pentacles, you have a lot to work with here. Let's dip into those symbols and possible interpretations in this short tarot tutorial on the Three of Pentacles!


25 Mar 2018

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Episode 112: Significators. If you've been around tarot long enough, soon you might come across "significators." What are significators? Cards that are consciously chosen to represent the questioner or other people involved in the reading. In this lesson, we begin exploring significators. The next few episodes that follow will cover different methods for choosing them - and more!


20 Jan 2019

Rank #20