Voyager Tarot
A Heroic Tarot client treated her friend to a reading this past weekend. This is what she had to say about their experience::

It was just great meeting you! My friend couldn’t stop talking about her reading which was spot on! I totally liked your style and interpretation of the cards and I think that my friend’s reading helped to give her much clarity, validation and awareness to think outside of her universe a bit….so I thank you for this. Your home was very warm and inviting and please know that we will be back for a visit with you.

Contact me today for a Heroic Tarot reading, for you or one of your loved ones!

~Storm Arcana (415)260-2903 / stormantic@gmail.com

Having the Empress over for Tea

Recently I was contacted by an out of town traveler who wanted me to come to the Westin St. Francis hotel and read for her, her mother and her daughter. She told me they were visiting from the Midwest and would only be in town for the weekend. I was happy to relate that I had room in my schedule and so we arranged a time.

Once I arrived at Union Square, I was surprised to find out that the readings were the idea of the woman’s sixteen-year-old daughter. This young woman had found herself interested in Tarot, and upon doing some research, had decided that I was her first choice.

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Clownin' Around

Clownin’ around at an Alice in Wonderland themed party!

With the holiday season approaching, I have been reflecting on the fun I have bringing Heroic Tarot to house parties and corporate events. This past October I was impressed by the variety of presentation and panache of the homes and businesses to which I was invited. From the gritty streets of SOMA to the prestigious homes of Pacific Heights, the Bay Area has shown me it certainly knows how to party!

One of the October events for which Heroic Tarot provided readings took place in SOMA at a Halloween party for a tech startup. The party began after the workday ended and all of the employees were dressed up in fantastic costumes. I took it as a very good omen that my first client for the evening was a man dressed as Captain Jean Luc-Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Readings took place in an all glass meeting room and two or three of the employees kept track of the sign up sheet for me, ushering in the appropriate person one after the other. Before their readings, many of my clients expressed that they had never had an experience with Tarot before, and afterward told me that they enjoyed the new perspective the reading gave them. I have found that Tarot and tech mixes quite well as both subjects are systems of information that require some degree of analysis. It is not surprising to me that San Francisco holds space for both magic and science!

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Voyager Tarot

“The only real voyage consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes; in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, one hundred others–in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.” ~Marcel Proust

About five years ago, my friend Sheila Zuni came to see me and asked if I was open to using new Tarot decks. At that time I had won numerous awards for my X-Men Tarot system and it was (and is) a common misconception that that was all I used. Sheila asked me this question while protectively holding something to her heart. I smiled and explained that yes, I used many decks in my Tarot practice and was open to working with more. With a great sigh of relief, my friend gifted me her personal copy of the Voyager Tarot.

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Nana

My grandmother, Lena Faye Bridges Cockrell, or Nana as I called her, was the most important and influential adult in my formative years. She and I became quite close, possessing an altogether uncanny understanding of one another. She taught me to make biscuits from scratch when I was six, how to use a typewriter when I was nine, and gave me safe haven when I came out as gay at sixteen. She made time to attend my theater performances, bought me school clothes every year and consistently professed her belief in me. To others, her opinions were intractable, her pursuit of perfection was inflexible, and her judgments were implacable. To me, her love was unmistakable.

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, my grandmother passed away at age 87. It was also her birthday. Below I have shared two Nana-inspired writings to honor her memory.

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“I find it inspiring to actively choose which traditions to celebrate and also come up with new ideas for traditions of my own.”  ~Sara Sheridan

Whether it’s a birthday party, a baby shower, a company picnic, or a Halloween gala, there are many reasons to celebrate! We come together to honor our communities and traditions. Make Heroic Tarot a part of your tradition! Tarot strengthens our relationship with ourselves and our loved ones.

At events, readings are robust and concise in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Heroic Tarot readings will give your attendees something to talk about at the party and for weeks to come! 

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“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Happy September, dear reader! This month Heroic Tarot celebrates the wisdom of sacred animals in the Druid tradition with the The Druid Animal Oracle. Created by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, this deck invokes the Celtic shamanic traditions of working with animal energy as guides and totems. The authors present many different ways to work with the animal guides in the inner and outer worlds. What can an oracle do for you?

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Indi from the Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud

“Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom.  It is as true as sunbeams.” ~Douglas Jerrold

This month Heroic Tarot celebrates the wisdom of the fae as found in the divination decks of Brian Froud! Famed conceptual designer and costume designer for the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, as well as artist for The Faeries’ Oracle and The Heart of Faerie, writes that “the connection with the faeries is wonderful because it gives us an opportunity to experience the world in an open and connected way.” Froud believes that “there is great wisdom to be gained if we allow them to turn our prejudices and preconceptions upside down.” Heroic Tarot is proud to include them in readings with traditional Tarot cards and the X-Men superhero deck.

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The Moon

“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” ~Tahereh Mafi

This July, Heroic Tarot dances with the Moon, herald of mystery and change, bringer of messages through dreams and visions, and ruler of the subconscious! When it appears in a reading, it is time to turn away from external concerns and go within for deep contemplation. Rachel Pollack, in her book Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom writes,

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The Devil

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This month, Heroic Tarot dispels the darkness around the Devil! This Major Arcana card is ruled by Capricorn and represents creating boundaries and limitations in your life. In Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack explains:

The Devil can indicate a narrow materialistic view of life; it can mean any form of misery or depression, especially feeling chained or imprisoned, with the illusion that no alternatives are possible.

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StormArcana : Writer. Artist. Heroic Tarot Reader.
Storm Arcana is a San Francisco-based Writer, Artist and Tarot reader.