Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

Birthdays, Board Games, Fortune Telling and Raw Fish ???? ????

First, thank you, everyone who wished me Happy Birthday by email, text message, Facebook and YouTube. You guys know just how to make a girl feel celebrated. My phone started buzzing incessantly from under my pillow starting in the wee hours of the morning. I could already feel the love vibrating into my awareness while I was still half-asleep.  I recently wrapped up my 34th year around the Sun on the auspicious January New Moon and Chinese New Year.

Happy Year of the Rooster, everyone!

I was blessed enough to receive a few new toys to play with leading up to my big day. I concluded the first official week with my Cintiq Companion 2, and it was everything I hoped for! This machine is a game changer! Here’s an updated of my latest WIP:

My mom, who is also a card reader (see her Facebook page), gave me my very first Lenormand deck this week, the Gilded Reverie, as a birthday gift. That has been super fun to play with! I was surprised how easy it was to learn, and how different it is from Tarot and Oracle systems. I haven’t done a full Grand Tableau with them yet, but I am up for the challenge! Any guinea pigs out there want to volunteer?

On my official birthday, I celebrated by closing my store early and slipped over to Vancouver to visit some dear friends. There, I was treated to a delicious sushi dinner. I am a sushi junkie, by the way. My husband knows how to manipulate me with the temptation of raw fish; thankfully he only uses his powers for good. After dinner we went back to do what we always do when we get together with friends: we played board games.

Mysterium is one of my new favorites. The object of the game is to solve the murder of one player, who is the ghost, by the other players, who are psychics trying to communicate with the ghost through visions and clues in order to determine the killer, crime scene, and murder weapon. It’s a game of Clue meets Dixit. I love playing the ghost!

I want to buy the Mysterium app now that it’s out, but I’ll wait until it’s on sale. I’m curious to know how it works digitally, since it requires a lot of subjective interpretation. If anyone out there has it, let me know how it compares to the actual board game. I’d like to hear some reviews.

Art, Tarot, sushi and board games, what more could a birthday girl ask for?


Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website:

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