The Happiness Advantage

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“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~William James

I’m excited to share a fantastic book with you by psychologist Shawn Achor about changing our approach to success and happiness. In the appropriately titled The Happiness Advantage, Achor explores how “conventional wisdom” states that if we work hard, we will succeed and then find happiness. If I can just get that promotion, find the perfect mate, gain the muscle mass, then I will be happy. Achor says, no, it’s the other away around. This principle reminds me of an anonymous quote I was told recently, “Be happy as you await happiness.” The message is that we must accept where we are, and find enjoyment in the process as we work toward the desired goal. The means must be as rewarding as the result because “happiness is the center around which success orbits” (61).

For over a decade, Achor researched and taught positive psychology techniques to maximize happiness and improve potential. His focus is primarily about how we can raise our effectiveness at work in a corporate setting, but his concepts are applicable to all aspects of our lives. In this passage, he explains we have a choice about how we look at the world: Continue reading

Magic by Definition: Meaning

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“As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that…That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.” ~Anthony de Mello

The Happiness of Dragon Kings

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“Good government obtains, when those who are near are made happy, and those who are far off are attracted.” ~Confucius

This morning a wonderful friend texted me, wishing me “lots of happiness on this International Day of Happiness” and I totally rolled my eyes into the back of my head. I was like, “Really? That’s a thing? We get just one day to focus on happiness? What’s that about?” Well, I did a little research and it just so happens that the International Day of Happiness is kind of a big deal (and originates from a place where the residents refer to themselves as “Dragon people”). Continue reading

Dedicate Yourself to Happiness

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Art Nouveau Tarot – The Sun

Have you ever met someone whose very being radiated light, bringing a special kind of joy into your presence? That is the power in Tarot traditionally represented by card 19, the Sun. This kind of person’s energy is bright and shiny because they choose to focus on the positive aspects of life. People that channel this high vibration are a blessing to be around and are a source of inspiration to everyone who encounters them! Today I want to introduce you to someone like that in my life, even though I have never met them in person.  Continue reading

Cheer in the New Year!

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“Sit in your point of attraction and watch things move around as they come to you.” ~Abraham-Hicks
Blessings are in abundance all around us and it can be a great source of joy to simply relax and count the ones we cannot ignore. Therefore, I am celebrating the sixth (!) anniversary of Heroic Tarot by sharing four of the lovely reviews and letters I received the last week of 2014! Like many gifts, they are a reflection of the sender as much as they are of the recipient. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write (I have a special New Year’s wish for everyone in this post as well). This short and sweet note came from a person who had never received a Tarot reading before:

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The Magic Channel

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“If your desire is strong enough, it doesn’t matter what your beliefs are. If you have a desire that is strong enough, that desire will be the dominant vibration, and it will over-ride any other vibration that you have.”  ~Abraham-Hicks

You are a powerful creator with the ability to manifest your dreams and desires. That means you are a Magician! For what is magic other than having an idea and making it real? In the Tarot the Magician shows us how to receive power and then direct it. First we must be aware of the power we have in our life. If we are conscious, we can tap into the infinite energy that always exists all around us.

The second step of the Magician is to establish will-power in our chosen direction. We do this by taking action once we are in alignment with our Self. Now that we have found what inspires us, we allow the momentum of our excitement to carry us into its creation. We must, as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard says, “Make it so!” Continue reading

Clarity, Validation & Awareness

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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

Tourist Tarot Tea Party

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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. Continue reading

It’s Party Time!

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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! Continue reading