Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

July 1, 2017
by Ali

July 2017 Monthly Tarot Forecast

Matthew Fairchild - 8 of RingsThe good news this month, is that we are solid on who we are or what we want. Matthew Fairchild was unhappy at the Shadowhunter Academy. He would rather be working alongside his father in his lab. We see him clutching a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray to represent his admiration of Oscar Wilde and the aestheticism movement. The carnation in the top also symbolizes his ideology and alliance with Wilde’s political and sociological views. This young man knows what he wants, what he stands for and what will make him happy. He goes through great lengths to remove himself from the Academy so he can be free to tinker alongside his father. Traditionally, the Eight of Pentacles represents mastering skills and becoming proficient at something. The number Eight is about efficiency, organization, management, productivity and materializing. Therefore, like Matthew, we’ve established a pretty solid idea of what works for us, what doesn’t, what will make us happy, and what results we want. Now it is only a matter of implementing and achieving those desired results.Henry & Charlotte Branwell - 10 of Rings

The Ten of Rings poses a bit of a challenge for us throughout the month of July. Charlotte and Henry happen to be Matthew’s parents, so I think it is safe to say that for many of us, authority or expectations are going to be a bit of an obstacle. This could mean others’ expectations of us, or our own expectations may need to be put in check. Perhaps some of us aren’t going to get the approval they desire or will find it a struggle to elevate or see themselves as an expert or authority this month. Matthew believed his place was next to his father, but the expectation was that he finish school. His mother, Charlotte held a very high position in the Clave, and his trouble-making was beginning to reflect poorly on her. Ask yourself how authority or expectations of yourself or of others are challenging you this month. How can you overcome these obstacles? Is it really in your best interest to be like Matthew and make reckless decisions that affect others just to get what you want? For some of us, this might mean paying our dues before we earn the privilege of being where we want to be.Livia & Tiberius Blackthorne - Page of Runes

Lastly, our advice for July comes from the Page of Runes, symbolized by the Philia rune represented in this card by Livia and Tiberius Blackthorn. We’re being asked to metaphorically apply the Philia rune to ourselves and implement it in our lives. Philia is Greek for “brotherly love” or “friendship,” and is used in English as a suffix to describe a fondness for something. In the Shadowhunter world, a Philia rune activates a platonic or innocent love; in this case twins, Livvy and Ty share a strong bond and ability to understand each other in a way that their other siblings do not. I interpret this as not only giving yourself permission to continue immersing yourself in what you love, despite how strange it may seem to others, but also urging you to seek out like-minded individuals or groups who share your passions. Find your tribe. Nurture those relationships. Seek their advice and guidance when confronted with obstacles, for they are the most likely to understand what you’re going through and best resource to offer solutions.

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June 21, 2017
by Ali

Tarot Geek Wisdom 7: Portal & The Moon Card

Lessons from the Moon card: 

In the Tarot, the Moon card represents illusions or things that aren’t as they seem. The moon appears to illuminate the night sky, but it itself does not give off light. The light of the moon is technically the light of the sun reflecting off the moon. At night, things look a little differently than they do during daylight hours. They can be stranger and therefore more scary, so when this card appears in a reading it usually advises some kind of caution. It could mean distractions, being led astray, wandering aimlessly, being lost. It can also mean illusions, nightmares, fears or hallucinations. It can also mean deception, chasing fantasies or being unrealistic. The presence of the Moon is a call to open your eyes and see what is really going on before going any further.

A Lesson from Portal:

“THE CAKE IS A LIE.” — Portal

        Declared the first true science fiction classic written in the medium of a video game, Portal (2007) exemplified oppressive and deceitful systems who use promises as a motivator without any intent of delivering them. As the player, you are guided through a scientific research facility by a computer named GlaDOS and asked to perform various tasks. GlaDOS continuously promises you cake at the end of the experiment, but as you progress it becomes increasingly suspicious that the research lab, Aperture Science has no intent on letting you leave at all. When GlaDOS says “there will be cake.” what she really means is “you’re going to die.” At various points, you see the words, “The cake is a lie.” scrolled on the walls throughout the lab, indicating there have been others before you. This phrase has become a catchphrase among geeks and gamers who use it to describe scenarios of false hope or when chasing an unobtainable goal. Cake is the “I love you” from an abusive partner, the snake oil to cure all ailments, or the promise of a better future by politicians to justify corrupt government policies. Even those of us who have seen what’s really being served have a difficult time convincing others, because …who doesn’t love cake?

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June 9, 2017
by Ali
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I am now a Certified Fairyologist!

I am pleased to announce that I am now officially a Certified Fairyologist! I saw this course offered online at Christmas around the time I got my Fairy Tarot cards by Doreen Virtue. I was tempted then, but I needed to give myself time to percolate on whether or not this course was really for me. By the end of January, all signs were pointing to YESso I promised myself I would enroll as soon as it came on sale again. What great timing when it did – just while I am in the midst of celebrating all things Faerie!

I’m sure that isn’t a coincidence, as June is a big month for fairies. They say that Summer Solstice is the biggest holiday of the year for the Fae, which is why you are more likely to see fairies on this day than any other day of the year. William Shakespeare popularized this folklore with his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Midsummer is another name for Summer Solstice.

So perhaps you are wondering, what the heck is a Fairyologist?! A Fairyologist is a person who studies, teaches and writes about, connects and gives readings with the fairies. Since these are all things I am already doing, I thought, why they heck wouldn’t I get certified? So here are a few of my thoughts on Doreen’s Fairyology course: what I liked, didn’t like, and what had the biggest impact on me.

What I loved is that she re-confirmed all the history and folklore of Faery that I had already come to know. I felt validated that my facts were checked and I knew my stuff. Most of her videos were talking about different types of Fairies: rock fae, tree fae, naiads, unicorns, elementals, mermaids, gnomes, etc. And yes… Faery or Faerie is a place, although it recent times it has become synonymous with the beings that live there.

What I didn’t love was that her course felt a bit preachy and tad judge-y when it came to environmental issues. Doreen claims that Fairies are guardians of the Earth and spirit guides of all the animals, therefore, they refuse to work with people who eat meat or animal byproducts. I disagree. I am no vegan or vegetarian, and yet I know there are fairies around me all of the time. Perhaps they prefer people to be vegan, but I don’t believe it is a requirement. Not that I advocate cruelty, but let’s not forget Nature is not always benevolent either. Perhaps the Fairies like me because I appease their vanity through my paintings, therefore they choose to overlook my environmental misgivings. It’s a theory. 

What I found most interesting was her advice for giving fairy readings and strengthening intuition. She says that everything I hear, think, feel, and smell is part of the reading, so as the reader I should not hold back. She calls it blah: spitting it all out while being loving and helping. She also inspired me to find a unicorn for my Tarot reading room. In her video, I was reminded that unicorns were known for their ability to purify. A unicorn wall ornament may be just what I need to cleanse the energy in the room between readings. Anyone know any good unicorn merchants?