Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

October 7, 2017
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October 2017 Tarot Forecast

This month we’re bringing in the energy of the Knight of Swords. Knights are always on a quest, and this particular knight is seeking out truths that are within. He tells us that it is going to be to our great advantage to rediscover or find new truths about ourselves that we may have forgotten or never realized before. Being too hard on ourselves is not being truthful about or strengths or abilities, neither is denying that we have areas we could improve. This knight wants us to see what others see, and realize how we impact ourselves and those around us for better or worse. If you uncover truths that are hard to hear, try to see them as opportunities for growth and improvement. Remember, the Knight of Swords is our biggest asset this month, so treat these truths like uncovered buried treasures.

The Ace of Pentacles reversed tells me that we have this opportunity for new beginnings and abundance, but it’s being blocked by a lack of desire to let go of the things that no longer serve us. The challenge this month is to inventory our material world – for some this may mean cleaning out and purging items around the house, while for others this may be time to inventory your physical health, eating habits or guilty pleasures. Ask yourself what in your physical world needs cleansing or detoxing. It will be challenging! Perhaps it is difficult to find the time. Maybe there is a sentimental attachment to things you must, but aren’t ready to, let go of. Bad habits can be difficult to break, especially when there is an addiction to overcome. This Ace promises, that if we can overcome these hurdles, abundance will flow, but first we must make room.

Lastly, it is in our highest good this month to become the master of our own minds. Between knowing truths about ourselves, and understanding there is a big job ahead of us, it is in our best interest to put on our armour, take the reins and muster up the strength of will to tackle the seemingly herculean task in front of us. Those two horses represent conflicting thoughts and being of two minds, but we need to become the charioteer and take the reins of will power to keep making progress by steering ourselves in the right direction. October is a month of harvest, abundance and preparation for winter, but we must be ready. This is a power card and an action card. No one can make it happen but us. It will take some work, but we will be so grateful to ourselves when we see the pay off that’s to come. The Chariot is the ruling card for Cancer, so if Cancer is in your birth chart, this message is particularly pertinent for you.  

The affirmation this month comes from the 6 of Earth:

What I have sent forth in love comes back to me many times over, as the generosity of others becomes apparent and unexpected resources show up. The universe is exhibiting it’s generosity, reminding me that the world is full of pleasant surprises… Just when I’m beginning to doubt, I am reminded of the treasures I am entitled to receive that show up at my door. – Colette Baron-Reid, The Good Tarot

What this means is we need to give in order to receive, or we need to make room for the abundance to flow. If we’re hoarding old things that serve us no good or purpose, we blocking the flow of abundance. Give the things you no longer use to those who can use them, and throw away (or preferably recycle) what isn’t good to anyone any more. By doing so you will make room for unexpected resources and surprise gifts from the universe.

 

My Halloween readings are back and available for a limited time!  You can order a special reading for yourself and receive it in time for Halloween!
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How would you like to have cards read for you and your guests at your upcoming Halloween Party? There is still time to book! Contact me to ask how.

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September 30, 2017
by Ali
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10 Tarot and Oracle Decks for Halloween

In case you are in the market for a new deck to entertain your friends at this year’s Halloween Party, or if the kind of reader who celebrates Halloween in their heart all year round, here are my top 10 decks to get you in the Samhain spirit.

1. The Halloween Tarot

If you are looking for something fun, whimsical and full of Halloween icons, The Halloween Tarot is for you. The suits of this deck are ghosts (cups), imps (wands), bats (swords) and pumpkins (pentacles). Consistent with the Rider-Waite-Smith system, this deck is easy to read. This deck was created by Kipling West, who included the deck’s mascot, a black cat that appears in all 78 cards. Can you spot it?

2. The Halloween Oracle

This stunning oracle deck is a must have for Halloween. The Halloween Oracle is composed of 36 cards each with an iconic Halloween archetype or symbol to remind us why we celebrate Halloween and how we should incorporate the lessons it teaches us throughout the remaining 364 days of the year.

3. Zombie Tarot

Even though I am not personally a big fan of zombies, I am still tempted to purchase this deck. Made by the creator of the Housewives Tarot, Paul Kepple illustrated his Zombie Tarot with the same vintage humour.  The ammo storage box is a really nice touch also.

4. Tarot of Vampyres

Vampires, anyone? If you prefer your undead sexy and macabre, put Tarot of Vampyres at the top of your list. Ian Daniels artwork is remarkable and captures the essence of vampire mythos. This Rider-Waite system set in a Gothic landscape divides its suits into Scepters, Grails, Knives, and Skulls. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it first hand, the companion book, Phantasmagoria gets outstanding reviews from everyone who mentions it, even from those who don’t necessarily connect with the deck itself.

5. Necronomicon Tarot

If Lovecraftian horror is your bag, this deck is a must have. Necromancers, gruesome gods, terrible monsters and the malevolent Old Ones fill the cards of this deck with nightmarish imagery. There is no getting around the darkness that encompasses Necronomicon Tarot, therefore readers will have to challenge themselves to find any hidden optimistic or positive interpretations.

6. Everyday Witch Tarot

Much like the Halloween Tarot, this deck is very light-hearted, fun and whimsical. The Everyday Witch Tarot doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet doesn’t go so far as to make a mockery of serious situations either, which is a big part of its charm. This deck celebrates everyday witches doing everyday things, making it as wonderful a Halloween deck as it is for everyday use.

7. Oracle of Shadow and Light

Not all the cards in the Oracle of Shadows and Light are as Halloweeny as the two shown above, but it sure does lean heavily Halloweenish. If you are looking for an oracle to illuminate the shadows, this is your deck. Ghosts, pumpkins, witches, skeletons and more in Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s iconic creepy cute art style make this a wonderful deck for Halloween.

8. Ghost Tarot

Looking at the images in Ghost Tarot feels like a deck of Tarot cards died and came back as spirits to bring us messages from beyond. Each image is as haunting and ethereal as the next, as if the spirit in the cards cannot rest in peace until it delivers a message to complete it’s journey or unfinished business. If you are fascinated by paranormal experiences and encounters, this could be the deck for you.

9. Ghosts & Spirits Tarot

Fantasy lovers might enjoy Ghosts & Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt, the creator of Shapeshifter Tarot, Celtic Dragon Tarot and Animals Divine Tarot. Inspired by legends of spirits, gods, and fae folk from around the world, Lisa reinterprets dryads, banshees, grindelows, undines and more as ghostly spirits that haunt/protect forests, rivers, hills and more.

10. Les Vampires Oracle

Les Vampires is another big-eyed Cavondish/Becket-Griffith oracle, this time with a Vampire theme. More creepy-cute characters with subtle fangs amidst a nighttime ambiance, surrounded by Gothic architecture and dressed in sumptuous attire to capture the classic vampire style.

If you would like to book a Halloween reading with me online or in person, visit my website. This offer is only available until the end of October. I’m also available for parties!

September 23, 2017
by Ali
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Artwork that Inspires: My Top 10 Favorite Artists


 

I keep a list of artwork that truly inspires me on Pinterest. These images above are works that have left a lasting impression on me and continue to motivate me to keep pushing myself beyond my current skill level. “Remembering Spring” by Heather Hudson, “Fae Risque” and “Contemplating Secrets” by Amy Brown, and “The Hermit” by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law are all prints I own and am waiting to frame. Others are found in Tarot and Oracle decks I own, such as Dreams of Gaia, Oracle of Shadow and Light and the Faeries’ Oracle.

If I had to narrow it down to my top 10 favorite artists at this current moment in no particular order, here they are:

Jennifer Healy
Her sci-fi/fantasy surrealism is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She is a genre all her own. I can’t get enough of her creations and I always look forward to what she comes out with next.

Ravynne Phelan
Ever since following her and watching the Dreams of Gaia Tarot deck come to life I have been a huge fan of Ravynne’s. Everything she has created since has stopped me in my tracks and made my jaw drop. She never ceases to amaze me.

Vareta
Vareta is a Brazillian coloured pencil and tattoo artist. WOW! His portraits are mind blowing, and his tattoos have a unique style to match his artwork on paper. Personally, I’ve never had an interest in getting a tattoo, but if I were going to do it, it would be worth the trip to Brazil.

Nene Thomas
I have been a long time fan of Nene’s, ever since fairy and fantasy art became such a big part of my life. She was the one who first introduced me to Corel Painter and got me excited about digital artwork for the first time through a tutorial she published in Faerie Magazine.

Cris Ortega
Her digital work inspires me to push my next piece of artwork beyond my current skill level. I would love to be able to paint at her skill level.

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Stephanie creates magic in watercolour! Her attention to detail and mythological imagery is what captivates me. There is a story in every painting. You can look at one of her paintings 50 times and notice something new every time.

Amy Brown
She is considered the Queen of Faeries when it comes to fairy art and fairy culture. It was her artwork in the Healing with the Faeries Oracle deck that led me down the rabbit hole into the world of Faerie. I guess not only is she Queen, but Gatekeeper as well.

Linda Ravenscroft
Not only is her work absolutely magical and enchanting, but after having had the pleasure of meeting her at a convention in Seattle, this woman planted the seed and convinced me I need to visit Glastonbury, UK. Her studio is there along with a ton of other magical gift shops, not to mention a longstanding history of enchantment and lore of the city and surrounding area. A bucket list travel destination, to be sure!

Anne Stokes
Anne is another digital painter that inspires me to stretch my talents outside of my comfort zone. Her dragons, especially, both intimidate and inspire me.

Selina Fenech
As both an artist and an entrepreneur, Selina is someone whom I look up to. Her artwork is absolutely stunning. She also writes Young Adult Fantasy, and I’ve quite enjoyed her books too!

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