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Lessons from The Empress with Cassandra Snow
Cassandra Snow is a now a three-time Weiser author, having previously penned Queering the Tarot and Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft From the Margins. Professionally, Cassandra is a tarot reader and teacher who has taught students how to read cards in their own unique, personalized way everywhere from college campuses to burlesque studios. In their other life, Cassandra makes theatre happen, dabbles in storytelling, obsesses over tabletop roleplaying games, goes hiking, and devours books and movies. Their new book, Lessons from the Empress: A Tarot Workbook for Self-Care and Creative Growth, co-written with Siri Vincent Plouff, will be published October 1 by Weiser Books.  Purchase Lessons from the Empress Follow Cassandra on Instagram Support Cassandra on Patreon www.cassandra-snow.com --- Support In Search of Tarot on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram www.manofthecards.com Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
45:50
September 29, 2022
The Witch's Book of Numbers with Rebecca Scolnick
Rebecca Scolnick is an emotional witch, forever seeker, and queer human lady (she/her), who uses magic and storytelling to support unlearning work and inspire new meaning-making. She hopes to provide spiritual and practical support for those looking to reclaim freedom from all of the ways in which our modern culture has taught us to hate ourselves, not know ourselves, and keep ourselves small. Rebecca lives in Manhattan with her wife and their pup. She’s deeply obsessed with them both. The Witch’s Book of Numbers is her first book. Purchase The Witch's Book of Numbers Visit Rebecca's Website Follow Rebecca on Instagram Join Rebecca's Substack ----- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
56:25
September 22, 2022
The Contemplative Tarot with Brittany Muller
Brittany Muller (@blessed.vigil) is an Austin-based writer and an enthusiastic believer in the beautiful strangeness of Christianity. A devout Catholic with an equally devout sense of curiosity, her favorite pastime is finding new ways to think about God. She is the author of The Contemplative Tarot: A Christian Guide to the Cards, which was published this past Tuesday, September 13 by St. Martin’s Essentials. Share your thoughts on this conversation by leaving a review wherever you podcast, or by emailing us at isotpod@gmail.com Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Brittany on Instagram and Twitter Purchase The Contemplative Tarot on Bookshop.org Follow Nick on Instagram Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
43:50
September 15, 2022
SHUFFLING THRU HISTORY V: Oracle, Lenormand & the Future of Tarot
In our final installment of this special summer series, we're venturing into new territory with Oracle & Lenormand cards, examining the ways in which the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell led Tarot readers to apply more psychological and therapeutic interpretations to the cards, and discussing how we imagine Tarot might continue to expand and evolve into the future. One thing's for sure, Tarot readers have continued to find new ways to keep the cards relevant and the time is ripe for a new evolution of our practices and philosophies.  Share your predictions and tell us what you've thought of this series by leaving a rating and review wherever you listen, and/or emailing us at isotpod@gmail.com. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST on Patreon Follow NICK and ANGIE on Instagram Source for this episode: robertmplacetarot.com, marykgreer.com, historyofyesterday.com, reference.jrank.org, faust.com, labyrinthos.co, lozzyslenormand.com, academia.edu, cbdtarot.com, journalpsyche.org, jungchicago.org, jcf.org, thetarotforum.com, refinery29.com, tarot-heritage.com, "A Complete Guide to Tarot" and "Tarot Revealed: A Modern Guide to Reading Tarot Cards" by Eden Gray Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
36:47
September 08, 2022
SHUFFLING THRU HISTORY IV: Aleister Crowley & The Thoth Deck
Today we're casting light on "the wickedest man in the world," Aleister Crowley. If we had to choose a word to describe this guy it would be "extreme." From hearing the disembodied voices of Egyptian gods, to getting deported from Italy by the Italian government, Crowley's story is full of mania, bigotry, and obsession. Join us as we open this dark chapter of Tarot history.  Tell us what you think of this episode! Email us at isotpod@gmail.com. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST on Patreon Follow NICK and ANGIE on Instagram Sources: Stealing Fire from Heaven by Nevill Dawn; The Book of Law, The Book of Thoth, and The Confessions of Aleister Crowley by Aleister Crowley; Wikipedia; “Mercury is in a Very Ape-LIke Mood” by Deja Whitehouse; ARIES: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism, Vol 21 (2021): Issue I (Dec 2020): Special Issue: Rethinking Aleister Crowley and Thelema; learnreligions.com; Rethinking Aleister Crowley and Thelema by Manon Hedenberg White; brittanica.com;  Drawing of Crowley's "Double Loop": https://www.corneliuspublications.com/an-open-epistle-on-crowleys-zodiac-belt/ Article from The Guardian on Crowley's bisexuality: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/09/occultists-poems-to-grace-london-antiquarian-book-fair Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
19:14
September 01, 2022
SHUFFLING THRU HISTORY III: Western Occultism & the Smith-Waite Deck
Welcome to one of the most highly documented periods in Tarot history: the codification of western occultism, the rise and prominence of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the creation of the Smith-Waite Tarot deck. It's a time marked by problematic syncretism, in which initiatory fraternities invented stories and misappropriated spiritual knowledge in an attempt to make their version of the Tarot more "legitimate." Although many of these practices have been cloaked in secrecy for centuries, we're bringing them to light in today's chapter of Tarot history! Tell us what you think! Email us at isotpod@gmail.com and leave a rating and review wherever you podcast. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST on Patreon Follow NICK and ANGIE on Instagram Today's Sources: Etteilla, or A Way to Entertain Yourself with a Deck of Cards by Jean-Baptiste Alliette, "The Four Cardinal Virtues and How Freemasonry Came to Influence Tarot" by P.D. Newman, The Primeval World, Analyzed and Compared to the Modern World by Antoine Court de Gebelin, Promethean Ambitions by William R. Newman, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance by Leah DeVun, Talking to the Gods by Susan Johnson Graf, Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions by James R. Lewis, "Practical Occultism" by Helena Blavatsky, Theosophy and the Golden Dawn by David Reigle, Modern Ritual Magic: the Rise of Western Occultism by Francis King, Book of the Artists by Henry Tuckerman, The National Encyclopedia of American Biography, "The Deck of Cards That Made Tarot A Global Phenomenon" by Laura June Topolsky for Atlas Obscura, "The Jewish History of Tarot" by Zo Jacobi, Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
26:07
August 25, 2022
SHUFFLING THRU HISTORY II: Romani History
We're devoting the entirety of today's episode to the misunderstood and often completely erased story of the Romani people. Many of us in the Tarot community complain about the way cartomancy gets vilified and misrepresented by religion and pop culture. But the history of that stereotyping rests solely in the horrific persecution Roma have faced for centuries. Romani fortune-tellers have influenced and inspired countless Tarot practitioners over the years, and we owe it to them to lift up their voices and their stories. Tell us what you think! Write in to isotpod@gmail.com and share this episode with a friend you think would enjoy learning about the history of the Tarot. Romani Organizations to Support: patreon.com/eromnja, domarisociety.com, Romni.org Romani Readers to Follow: Jezmina Von Thiele Paulina Verminski: @romaniholistic Aurora Sims: @baby_recklesss Katelan Foisy: @katelanfoisy Kiki Robinson: @opulentwitch Angeliska Polachek: @angeliska & @sistertemperancetarot SUPPORT THIS PODCAST FOLLOW NICK AND ANGIE ON INSTAGRAM Sources for Chapter Two: rise up! good witch podcast, Romanistan podcast, Code Switch podcast, Jezmina Von Thiele, villagepreservation.org, ushmm.org, nationalww2museum.org, hmd.org, wikipedia.org, theguardian.com, gypsyloresociety.org, "Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling" by Charles G. Leland, "Confessions of a Tarot Reader" by Jane Stern, "Gipsy Witches and Celtic Magicians: Charles Godfrey Leland and Lewis Spence" by Juliette Wood Music by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
33:48
August 18, 2022
SHUFFLING THRU HISTORY I: Origins & Tarot de Marseille
We're walking you thru a multi-episode exploration of the complete history of the Tarot (or at least what we know of it)! Playing card origins, erased Romani culture, occult misunderstandings, modern day innovations - we're weaving it all together to create the most comprehensive story that two self-described Tarot-nerds-turned-amateur-historians could ever hope to tell.  CHAPTER ONE: Origins & Tarot de Marseille - Where and how did the Tarot come to be? What exactly do people mean when they talk about "traditional Tarot decks?" Who invented the Tarot de Marseille and why? We'll cover these foundational topics and more, including a discussion on the first artist to illustrate the pip cards (spoiler: it wasn't Pamela Colman Smith).  If you're enjoying this series, please leave us a rating and review! You can also email us at isotpod@gmail.com  SUPPORT THE PODCAST ON PATREON  FOLLOW NICK AND ANGIE ON INSTAGRAM  Sources for Chapter One: marykgreer.com, ancient-origins.net, beyondenigma.com, tarot-heritage.com, en-academic.com, en-camoin.com, and labyrinthos.co.  Our theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson. Thanks AJ!
26:51
August 11, 2022
Walking an Alchemical Path with Sister Temperance Tarot
Angeliska Polacheck (they/she) of Sister Temperance Tarot, is an Austin, Texas based writer, healer, and professional tarot reader. Devoted to helping seekers find their path, they utilize the tarot in a compassionate and trauma-informed combination of visionary mystic counseling and energy work. Angeliska has been working with the tarot for over 30 years now, and has been reading for clients professionally since 1999. Their dedication and genuine passion for creating joyful and intriguing connections has led to acclaim and recognition from the Chronicle's Best of Austin Awards as Austin's Best Tarot Reader/Psychic for the past eight years running. IN THIS CONVERSATION Angeliska shares a bit about their incredibly eclectic spiritual upbringing which combined Celtic, Slavic, Jewish, and Romani influences, among others. We also discuss the important distinction between the practice of divination and the act of prediction, the all too often overlooked history of the Romani people within the overall story of the tarot, and the complicated way Jewish mysticism has been mis-applied within western esotericism. Follow Angeliska on Instagram Visit sistertemperance.com Support this podcast on Patreon Book a reading with Nick In Search of Tarot theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
55:41
May 25, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Divination as Resistance
Who told you not to tell the future? How might the act of divination be a form of resistance to the capitalistic/colonialist construction of time? IN TODAY'S CONVERSATION Angie and I are falling deep down the time rabbit hole that was opened during our recent interview with Jonathan Koe. Is it really possible to offer a "collective reading?" How can we use Tarot to subvert the linear idea of time? What changes when gender changes from a noun to verb? Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Angie on Instagram Follow Nick on Instagram In Search of Tarot theme written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
27:14
May 18, 2022
Practical Peculiarities with Clint Marsh of Fiddler's Green
Clint Marsh uses elements of myth, magic, folklore, and humor to help readers navigate everyday life. Growing up in rural Iowa, the son of entrepreneurs who encouraged him in his creative pursuits, Clint went on to pursue a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and has built a career as a writer, publisher, and book designer. Active in the independent publishing community for over 25 years, Clint produces literary works of practical esoterica under the name Wonderella Printed. His essays have been collected into books including The Mentalist’s Handbook (Red Wheel Weiser) and, as Reginald Bakeley, Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop (Conari Press), which won the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for oddest title of the year. His current project with Wonderella is Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine, a printed journal of illustrated personal essays about art and magic with a website at fiddlersgreenzine.com. Follow Fiddler's Green on Instagram @fiddlersgreenzine Order a copy of Fiddler's Green at fiddlersgreenzine.com Support this podcast on patreon.com/insearchoftarot Follow Nick on Instagram @insearchoftarot Book a Reading with Nick at manofthecards.com In Search of Tarot theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
41:19
May 11, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Tarot in Pop Culture
What do Carmen, Christian Dior, Mad Men and Dune have in common? They're all iconic pieces of pop culture that have featured the Tarot! Today, Angie and I are sharing some of our favorite examples of Tarot influencing and entering into the zeitgeist.  We want to hear about YOUR favorite Tarot X Pop Culture moments! Write to us at isotpod@gmail.com and tell us the ones we should know. SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ON PATREON FOLLOW ANGIE ON INSTAGRAM FOLLOW NICK ON INSTAGRAM "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
26:43
May 04, 2022
The Stories We Dream of with Tara Rin Burke
Tara Rin Burke is a biracial non-binary Japanese Mystic who leans deeply into the wisdom of elemental magick and metaphor to connect. They are claircognizant, clairsentient, and clairaudient, and enter into relationship with these gifts through a lense of neuro-divergence and recognizing that so much of the way they live their life travels across timelines. Tara roots their personal folklore and mythological senses through seasonal folklore rooted in both Gaelic and Shinto based cosmologies where they track ancestral veneration, lineage tracking, and understanding the complexity, nuance and particularities of being of Irish, Slovak and Japanese descent. A forever student of practical magick making magick accessible regardless of entry point & introduction, Tara roots their studies within the framework of animist studies which in earlier years were guided largely in part by Laura Blakeman and Aquarian Witch Connie Bender. They have felt continued wisdom teachings and offerings on de-centering the white-centric spirituality complex and honoring earth-magick and wisdom dreams honored by BIPOC folks across the Diaspora, through listening and being in appreciation of the impact of the mystical throughout culture and across time. They deeply credit the work of Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Jewelle Gomez, Mary Oliver, Grace Lee Boggs, and Ursula K. Le Guin, as offering them a way to see worlds beyond the ones we’re living in, and to see new futures through their knowing that something exists beyond our scope of current lived realities. Their deeper understandings of time-travel comes from their love of science fiction and the imaginal landscapes of Anime, ASMR, collective organizing spaces, and understanding the pathways of dreams. Tara believes deeply in the body’s wisdom to hold informational coordinates for who we are and who we are becoming. TO WORK WITH TARA: find them through Instagram, their Patreon Hearth, and their website which, as a neuroemergent witch, is in the process of transmutation. RESOURCES SHARED BY TARA IN THIS EPISODE: Jade T. Perry; Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and the book "Women Who Run with the Wolves;" David Whyte and the poem "Turn Sideways Into Light;" "Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic;" "The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore;" "Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch: True to the Heart" SUPPORT THIS PODCAST ON PATREON FOLLOW NICK ON INSTAGRAM BOOK A READING WITH NICK (thru 5/31/22) "In Search of Tarot" theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
58:35
April 27, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Fetishizing Healership
Many people today call themselves healers, but what does this job title actually entail? IN THIS CONVERSATION Angie and I grapple with what it means to be a healer. We examine the cultural history of the widely used healership title of "shaman." And we imagine what sovereignty might look like from a communal perspective. Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Angie Follow Nick In Search of Tarot theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
23:02
April 20, 2022
Timeless Archetypes with Jonathan Koe
The use of archetypes to describe, refine, and create our reality is an essential part of many Astrological and Tarot practices. Yet for many people, the idea that we could ever reduce or essentialize the human experience into neat categories seems futile at best and harmful at worst.  IN THIS CONVERSATION, Jonathan Koe (a.k.a. Nate Qi) leads us down a winding and wonderous reframing of all that archetype can be, sprouting branches of wisdom along the way on the topics of time, history, and the healing of divination in the "Western" imagination. Jonathan Koe (they/he) is a queer mystic who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, land of the Lenape people. Fluent in the languages of music, astrology, tarot, energy work, statistics, and the Akashic perspective, Jonathan aims to empower the collective through compassionate discernment, to nurture communities of passionate seekers, and to expand our sense of interconnectedness beyond the collective myths of binary-thinking and not-enoughness. Jonathan recently launched a podcast called 'Healing The Spirit.' Follow Jonathan on Instagram Listen to Jonathan's Podcast Visit Jonathan's Website --- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram In Search of Tarot theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson 
01:05:09
April 13, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Glamour Magic
We all love to feel glamorous, but did you know that when you use your wardrobe to cast a spell, you're also being grammatically correct? Etymologically speaking, that is. IN THIS CONVERSATION Angie and I dive into the surprising history behind the word "glamour," channel the power and grit of Aragorn from LOTR, and bemoan the frustrating way our society ascribes so much meaning to the clothing we wear. Follow Angie on Instagram Follow Nick on Instagram Support this podcast on Patreon In Search of Tarot theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
24:17
April 06, 2022
The Tarot Diagnosis with Luna Hammond & Shannon Knight
Our guests today are Luna Hammond and Shannon Knight, the hosts of The Tarot Diagnosis podcast, a weekly podcast that highlights the intersection of tarot and psychology.  Luna is a psychotherapist and private coach in Baltimore, MD who specializes in working with people who are striving to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. Shannon is a psychotherapist and coach with a private practice in Tampa, FL (soon to be Arizona) where she works with individuals and couples looking to live, feel, communicate, and connect authentically with themselves and those around them. On the podcast and within their private membership community, The Symposium, Luna and Shannon explore, learn, and express curiosity about the human experience while using tarot to facilitate a journey towards deeper understanding, growth, and healing. Listen to The Tarot Diagnosis Join The Symposium Follow Luna on Instagram Follow Shannon on Instagram --- Support this Podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram Follow Angie on Instagram In Search of Tarot theme music is written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
46:19
March 30, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Advice for Our Younger Selves
This week, Angie and I are writing letters to our younger, baby-witch selves. We talk taking your time, trusting yourself, and making sure you don't recreate the same problematic system you're trying to get away from! Questions or comments? Write to us at isotpod@gmail.com  Follow Angie on Instagram  Follow Nick on Instagram  Support this podcast on Patreon  Theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
19:05
March 23, 2022
Mindscapes Tarot with John A. Rice
John A. Rice is a lifelong artist, and one of the few who specializes in oil pastels. He runs his art shop, J.A.R. Studio, NYC, out of his New York City studio. He is also an accomplished Tarot reader, having studied extensively with his mentor from Italy. John drew on this background to create his unique, popular MINDSCAPES Tarot deck which is currently out on Kickstarter through the end of this week. IN THIS CONVERSATION John and I discuss his process for creating MINDSCAPES, the channeled way the deck came through him, and the power of sticking with your vision to the very end. Plus a few spoiler alerts for what John's got up his sleeve next, along the way! Back MINDSCAPES on Kickstarter Follow @jarstudionyc Visit John's Website --- Support In Search of Tarot on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram Follow Angie on Instagram Theme music written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
40:13
March 16, 2022
Quarterly Questions: Tarot Versus Oracle
Welcome to our very first Quarterly Questions minisode! This week, Angie and I are chatting about a very popular and often controversial topic in cartomancy: Tarot versus Oracle. What factors are at play when we consider the legitimacy of a deck? How does our desire to be part of a community influence which cards we choose to work with? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US!  After listening to this episode, email us at isotpod@gmail.com and tell us what you think!  Support this podcast on Patreon  Follow Angie on Instagram  Follow Nick on Instagram  In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
23:50
March 09, 2022
Meet Our New Co-Host: Angie Miller
Angie Miller is a fitness instructor, yogi, energy worker, and witch with over 10 years of experience helping people understand their bodies in a more connected, more mindful way. She is also the new co-host of In Search of Tarot, joining Nick for bi-weekly minisodes discussing various topics and answering listener questions. IN THIS CONVERSATION Angie and I discuss her spiritual path in and out of the Mormon Church, her work as a yoga and fitness instructor and the complications of the teacher/student dynamic, and the way she's gone about reclaiming Christ as a personal deity with a wild heart and a wicked sense of humor. Angie's website and blog Angie's Instagram --- Support In Search of Tarot on Patreon Book a Reading with Nick Nick's website
54:12
March 02, 2022
Things that were, things that are, and some things that have not yet come to pass
Today we're crossing two thresholds: the final episode of Season Three and the 2021 Winter Solstice. To mark this energy shift, I'm offering you some personal reflections and sharing a bit about how my personal Tarot practice has ebbed and flowed this year. Thank you so much for listening and being part of this community. I can't wait to jump back in your ears with Season Four! Register for the year-long IN SEARCH OF TAROT community Book Your 2022 Year-Ahead Reading Support this podcast on Patreon In Search of Tarot Theme was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
29:41
December 21, 2021
Black Queer Tarot
Challenging outdated, non-inclusive decks of the past, the BLACK QUEER TAROT takes the traditional 78-card Tarot arcana and remakes them with a diverse cast of muses.  Kendrick Daye is a multimedia artist and designer, living in Harlem, NY. His diverse approaches to making art include art direction, bespoke design, music, and most notably collage - both digital and analog. Kendrick aims to create work that imagines a future where Black queer life is prosperous and thriving.  Justin Henry, spiritual consultant for the Black Queer Tarot, has been using their eight years of tarot experience to ensure that each design accurately depicts the meaning of each card in the tarot deck. Not only this, but they are the sole author of the entire guidebook of 156 meanings that others may use to inform their own readings. They are a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, a self-taught makeup artist and the Founder and Practitioner of Tarot Supreme.  Together, the three of us discuss the importance of representation in Tarot, the complications of taking on the role of reader, oracle, or guide, and the need for vivid imagination in both Tarot and queer life. Purchase the BLACK QUEER TAROT and Guidebook   Kendrick Daye   Justin Henry and Tarot Supreme   Support this podcast on Patreon   Book a 2022 Year-Ahead Reading with Nick   "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
55:16
December 02, 2021
Language and Tarot with K. Leigh Clapp
Evolutionary oracle K. Leigh Clapp is a professional Tarot reader from Frederick, Maryland. In her work and writings, she draws upon her vast knowledge base spanning from religion and science to mythology and metaphysics. A Deaf scholar-mystic fluent in American Sign Language and English, Leigh sees translation as a potent act of alchemy. Her name sign evokes images of illumination and blooming. IN THIS CONVERSATION Leigh shares rich insights on language and its companions - symbol, metaphor and syntax - and discusses what gets lost in translation when moving from an oral or signed language to a written one.  We were also joined by ASL-English interpreter, Andrea Rehkopf, who voiced for Leigh and signed for Nick. A video of this interview is available to watch on YouTube. A transcript of this podcast is available online at manofthecards.com/transcripts. Follow Leigh on Instagram @liminalsight. Learn more about Leigh and sign up for her newsletter at liminalsight.com. --- Support this podcast on Patreon. Follow Nick on Instagram @manofthecards. Access the full podcast archive and transcripts at manofthecards.com. In Search of Tarot Theme was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
30:49
November 08, 2021
Witches' New Year Q&A
You asked and now I'm answering! Today's Q&A episode is a special All Hallows' Eve treat touching on the topics of working with deities, reading without spreads, integrating Oracle decks, and steering clear of appropriation. Thanks to everyone who wrote in! Support the podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram @manofthecards In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
28:19
October 25, 2021
Contemplative Tarot with Morgan Glover
Morgan Glover is a tarot contemplative, former journalist, and working mother who's on a meandering journey toward finding her place in the earth community. She approaches tarot as a practical, poetic, and philosophical discipline, and is drawn toward questions of an eco-soulcentric nature. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in sustainability and environment, and sees no contradiction in reading her textbooks with a deck in hand. She shares her tarot musings on Instagram @mojoglo. IN THIS CONVERSATION I speak with Morgan about her refreshingly open approach to interpreting the cards and the way she uses the Tarot to ground herself in the here and now. We also talk at length about her love of Uusi decks, particularly the Pagan Otherworlds and Materia Prima, and she shares how the cards have become an ally in deepening her relationship with poetry and the written word. Follow Morgan on Instagram --- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
57:33
October 18, 2021
Outsider Tarot with Bobby Abate
Bobby Abate is a queer artist, filmmaker, activist and Tarot aficionado from Brooklyn, New York, and creator of the new OUTSIDER TAROT. An outsider himself since the first grade, Bobby found refuge in the underground world of provocateurs, artists, queers, and punks. His introduction to the Tarot was through the Tarot of the Cat People at the age of seventeen. Ever since, he sought to create a deck that paid homage to all the beautiful misfits who live by their own rules. Bobby spent eight years researching and creating the OUTSIDER TAROT, which marries ancient esoteric systems with the revolutionary spirit of the boundary-breaking forward thinkers that have left an indelible impression on his life. Visit @bobbysweetkitty on Instagram to see his other artworks. IN THIS CONVERSATION Bobby and I discuss paths to understanding the cards for those of us who live outside of the mainstream narrative, and his eight-year process of researching, channeling and refining his new work of art, the OUTSIDER TAROT. Purchase the OUTSIDER TAROT Follow @outsidertarot on Instagram Visit Bobby's website --- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram --- In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
47:16
October 11, 2021
American Gothic with Sebastian Crane
Sebastian Crane has an insatiable appetite for weird history, black velvet, and things that go bump in the night. He is the host of The Hellfire Club, a celebratory exploration of queer, occult, and erotic history on Patreon, by day, and a ghost tour guide in Salem, MA after sundown. You can find him creating dazzlingly queer content on all platforms @Mr_S_Crane. IN THIS CONVERSATION Sebastian and I discuss Romantic aesthetics, photography as time magic, queer-coded Disney villains, and the unearthing of LGBTQIA+ representation in history, magic, and myth.  Follow Sebastian on Instagram and Tiktok Join Sebastian's Patreon: The Hellfire Club --- Support this Podcast Follow Nick on Instagram --- "In Search of Tarot" Theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson
52:35
October 04, 2021
Politics of Tarot with Alana Davenport
My guest today is Alana Davenport, who brings over 20 years of Tarot practice and social justice activism experience to writing about Tarot. Alana is a full-time parent of two young children and holds an interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Humanities & Social Thought from New York University, a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, and all of the accompanying debt. Alana’s next project is writing a book on reading Tarot politically, based on content from her/their Instagram account @politicsoftarot. IN THIS CONVERSATION Alana and I discuss her work in social activism and how she allows her strong sense of justice to inform her approach to the cards. We also hone in on Three of Swords as an ally in the often painful work of unlearning, and speak at length about my business name "Man of the Cards" and why I have chosen to keep it even after my own journey with gender and identity. Alana’s new Tarot & Politics zine will be available for purchase by donation via @politicsoftarot beginning September 24. I am honored to be one of the featured writers in this first edition, alongside many other brilliant tarot readers, teachers, and thinkers. Follow Alana and purchase her zine on Instagram --- Support this podcast on Patreon Read a transcript of this episode Follow Nick on Instagram Visit Nick's website In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson. 
50:57
September 20, 2021
Decentering Human Narratives with Sophie Strand
Sophie Strand is a poet, historical-fiction writer, and essayist based in the Hudson Valley with a focus on the intersection of spirituality and ecology. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming from Inner Traditions. She has three chapbooks: Love Song to a Blue God (Oread Press), Those Other Flowers to Come (Dancing Girl Press), and The Approach (The Swan). Her writing has been published by The Dark Mountain Project, poetry.org, Unearthed, Braided Way Magazine, Creatrix Magazine, and Your Impossible Voice. IN THIS CONVERSATION Sophie and I discuss a plethora of topics, including her definition of magic, the limits of language, queerness in nature, and why the term "Divine Feminine" has become too restrictive for her. Follow Sophie on Instagram Visit Sophie's Website --- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram manofthecards.com In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
52:05
September 13, 2021
Jewitches with Zo Jacobi
Zo Jacobi is a Jewish practitioner working to create spaces for Jewish mythology, mysticism, and practice online. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up surrounded by magic and now runs Jewitches, a blog, social media community, podcast and shop dedicated to making magic accessible. Zo resides in Los Angeles with her partner and their two very spoiled cats. In this episode, Zo shares some of the history surrounding the label of "witch" and its roots in anti-semitism and misogyny. We also discuss the Jewish Kabbalah and Christian Cabala systems, and why their integration into the Tarot by non-Jewish people is complicated.  Follow Zo on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok Visit the Jewitches shop and purchase Zo's Lilien deck Listen to the Jewitches podcast Read the Jewitches blog Browse the Jewitches library --- Support this podcast on Patreon Follow Nick on Instagram Visit Nick's website The In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
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September 06, 2021
LIVE from the 2021 Searcher's Solstice Tarot Conference
Happy Pride, Queers! As a way to honor and celebrate a month that should NEVER end, I'm dropping my first ever LIVE episode featuring the panel discussion "Expanding Sex, Sexuality & Gender in the Tarot" with Charlie Claire Burgess and Cassandra Snow, which took place this month at the 2021 Searcher's Solstice Tarot Conference. This recording begins with my opening remarks and then moves into a deeply vulnerable dialogue between the three of us on what it means to navigate this life as queer, non-binary people, and how we each live in constant interrogation and exploration of the Tarot and its ability to depict our lived experiences. Whoever and wherever you are, I hope you can receive this as a parting gift of sorts as we struggle to say goodbye to this beautiful month of Pride.  @manofthecards manofthecards.com Support this show on Patreon
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June 29, 2021
Crow Mother with Liza Fenster
Liza (She Her Hers) is a life long Witch who works as Reiki Master Teacher, Tarot Educator/Reader and Ordained Minister. Acting in this way as community servant, she is  committed to both ecological and community healing on local and global levels - and with that, deeply committed to social justice and the healing and reparation of BIPOC communities and to the decolonization of wellness. It was truly an honor to hear Liza speak about the magic of the body, and the power of being embodied in human form, particularly in relation to child-carrying and the act of giving birth. She also explained to me how meeting her biological father and reconnecting with her indigenous heritage led her to serve Crow Mother, and together we found space for goddexx in everything, even social media. Above all, Liza's story reminded me of the innate power we all inherit through the simple, yet profound, act of being alive. Visit Liza's website Follow Liza on: Instagram Youtube TikTok --- Register for the Summer 2021 Searcher's Symposium Support this podcast on Patreon Book a Reading with Nick Follow Nick on Instagram "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson "Forbidden Desire" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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May 17, 2021
Queering the Tarot with Cassandra Snow
Cassandra Snow is a tarot card reader, tarot & witchcraft teacher and writer operating out of Minneapolis, MN. They have two books out from Weiser Books: Queering the Tarot and Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft From the Margins. Cassandra's work focuses on making the tarot & witchcraft accessible for those who are marginalized or struggling to connect. They teach on topics like Tarot for Empowerment for Fat People & Sex Positive Tarot in addition to unique & fun 101 style classes and their work on queering these mediums. You can learn more & see their blog at cassandra-snow.com or support their ongoing writing at patreon.com/cassandrasnow Our conversation touches on the topics of what it means to queer the Tarot, the importance of staying aware and open to the critique of even our most beloved of magical traditions, and some of the specific ways that Cassandra likes to approach the cards in order to make them more inclusive and accessible. --- AS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Searcher's Solstice Tarot Conference June 18 - 20, 2021 Virtual Tarot Study Groups June 22 - July 29, 2021 May Tarot Hang May 20, 2021 Support In Search of Tarot on Patreon "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson "Forbidden Desire" written and performed by AJ Ackleson & Erika Conaway
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May 11, 2021
Stay Woke Tarot with Rashunda Tramble
Rashunda Tramble of Stay Woke Tarot is a writer and tarot reader originally from Memphis, Tennessee now living in Zurich, Switzerland, who has been working with the cards for over 20 years. She has a BA in Film and an MA in Creative Media Practice, and is also a member of Mensa. She has worked in radio and television in the US, and marketing and communications (art, luxury and finance) in Europe. IN THIS CONVERSATION, Rashunda and I discuss where the line between honoring past interpretations of Tarot elders, and continuing to move the practice forward to be more inclusive and representative of all identities and experiences, resides. Follow Rushanda on Instagram and Twitter Book a Reading with Rashunda --- Register for the Searcher's Symposium Support this podcast on Patreon ---- Follow Nick on Instagram Book a Reading with Nick
01:00:51
May 04, 2021
Photographing the Tarot with Nicolas Bruno
Nicolas Bruno is an artist based in Northport, New York, where he photographs and fabricates props for his compositions. Bruno weaves together his terrifying experiences of Sleep Paralysis with surreal self portraiture in a therapeutic translation of night terror to image. His constructed worlds of uncertainty exist on a plane between waking and sleeping, where he is tormented by a physical embrace of the subconscious and its perils, all while being paralyzed in bed. Influences of 19th century Romanticists, historical texts of occultism, and dream symbolism lace each composition with various visual dialogues of the macabre. In this conversation, Nicolas and I talk about his artistic process and his newest creation, The Somnia Tarot, which channels his nocturnal experiences into a stunning 78-card deck. Pre-Order The Somnia Tarot Follow Nicolas on Instagram Visit Nicolas' Website --- Support this Podcast on Patreon Register for the Searcher's Symposium Follow Nick on Instagram "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson "Forbidden Desire" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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April 27, 2021
Enneagram + Tarot with Danielle Park
Danielle Park is a Tarot reader and teacher who lives in Austin, TX. She explores the Tarot through many lenses, which include the Enneagram, poetry, Christianity, parenting, and queerness. Tarot has helped her navigate a divorce, grief, and find solid footing in God and magic. In this conversation, Danielle and I discuss the ways in which the Tarot can be used to help us discover, clarify, understand, and visualize our identity. She also teaches us about the Enneagram and how it can help unlock new depths of meaning within the cards. Follow Danielle on Instagram: @oakmoontarot @contemplativechristiantarot Visit Danielle's Website --- Follow Nick on Instagram: @manofthecards Sign up for Nick's Mystic Missive newsletter Book a Reading with Nick Support the podcast on Patreon "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson "Fire in the Spring" written and performed by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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April 19, 2021
The Numinous Tarot with Cedar McCloud
Cedar McCloud is a queer artist and author living in southern California. They are the creator of the Numinous Tarot and other divination decks which feature vivid watercolor illustrations of queer and marginalized people enjoying their own brand of magic. The power of storytelling to heal trauma is central to Cedar's work, along with a focus on compassionate honesty. In this conversation, I talk with Cedar about the ways art allowed them to discover and express themself, how they created the magical, inclusive world of their novel and decks, and the ways in which the gender binary harms and limits all of us. Visit Cedar's Website Back The Numinous Tarot on Kickstarter Follow Cedar on Instagram Follow Cedar on Twitter --- Support In Search of Tarot on Patreon Book a Reading with Nick Follow Nick on Instagram
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April 12, 2021
Christianity + Tarot with Brittany Muller
Brittany Muller is a New York-based writer and tarot reader. Her interests include old churches, medieval and Renaissance art, and the mystical and contemplative traditions of Christianity. She loves exploring the intersections of Christianity and the occult, and she’s currently writing a Christian interpretation of the tarot for St. Martin’s Press. In this conversation, Brittany and I discuss the more mystical, contemplative sides of Christianity and the way Tarot can create a space for reflection and prayer. Brittany also talks about upcoming book, her expansive readings of the court cards as saints rather than gendered hierarchal figures, and why it can sometimes feel harder to talk about the "easy" cards. Follow Brittany on Instagram Follow Brittany on Twitter Visit Brittany's Website --- Follow Nick on Instagram Book a Tarot Reading with Nick "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson "West" written and recorded by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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April 11, 2021
Sound, Art, & Magic with zaneta sykes
zaneta (they/them) is a queer, multiracial Brooklyn-based sound ritualist, listening educator, nature recordist, creativity activist, tarot reader, and podcast host. At the core of their work is a deep desire to remember how to live in interconnectedness.  Whether that is through meditation and connecting with the self, or in community rituals to connect to the land, zaneta weaves sound and ritual to create experiences that transform the way participants hear and connect to the world.  In the spirit of an interconnected world, zaneta focuses on supporting folx to make their art and express themselves fully, knowing that interconnection and interdependence are rooted in our individual wholeness and that our authentic creative expression is at the heart of that wholeness. It’s towards this collective vision that zaneta offers channeled tarot readings for creative liberation, and offers readings to support artists in navigating their careers and projects.  Visit zaneta’s website Follow zaneta on Instagram  Listen to the Art Witch podcast ----  Book a Tarot reading with Nick  Follow Nick on Instagram ---- "In Search of Tarot Theme" written and performed by AJ Ackleson "West" written and performed by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway Field recording of crickets courtesy of zaneta sykes
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March 29, 2021
The Spacious Tarot with Carrie Mallon
Carrie Mallon is a professional tarot reader, teacher, and co-creator of The Spacious Tarot deck. Carrie believes tarot reconnects us to our belonging in the vast, mysterious story of the universe. Her approach to the cards has been described as compassionate, centering and energizing. Her blog posts are viewed over 70,000 times per month and she was a featured speaker at the inaugural Light & Love Tarot Festival. She currently resides in Utah with her spouse, two fluffy cats, one fluffy mutt, and too many houseplants to count. In this conversation we talk about Carrie’s approach to Tarot and the creative process she and artist Annie Rugyt embarked on as they created The Spacious Tarot deck. I also got to be the first reader to pull a card for Carrie from her own deck! Visit Carrie's Website Purchase The Spacious Tarot Sign Up for Nick's Visionary Tarot Workshop Book a Reading with Nick
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March 22, 2021
Numerology with Rebecca Scolnick
What could possibly be magical about math? Today's guest, Rebecca Scolnick, answers that question and more as she shows us how numbers can add great depth, nuance and meaning to our Tarot interpretations and our lives. Rebecca Scolnick is an emotional witch, forever seeker and queer human lady (she/her), who uses magic and storytelling to support unlearning work and inspire new meaning making. A jill-of-all-trades, she has enjoyed a multidisciplinary career as an artist in the film, tv, digital and print media industries. Currently, whether it's through 1-on-1 client work with the Tarot and Numerology, writing and teaching workshops on Numerology and Math Magic, or through her podcast Discourse of the Stranger with Divine Spark Media, Rebecca seeks to provide spiritual and practical support  for those looking to reclaim freedom from all of the ways in which our patriarchal, white supremacist culture has taught us to hate ourselves, not know ourselves, and keep ourselves small. She values the 4 c’s — connection, clarity, community and care — and is committed to building brave spaces that are inclusive, without hierarchy and as anti-capitalist as possible. She believes that healing is for everyone and is committed to economic justice and accessibility. Visit Rebecca's website Sign up for Numerology to Know Your Self Sign up for Tarot Tutoring Book a Reading with Nick "In Search of Tarot" written and performed by AJ Ackleson "West" written and performed by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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March 08, 2021
Defining Ourselves with Chloe O. Davis
In this episode, I am joined by my friend Chloe O. Davis to talk about her debut book, The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases. Chloe has been collecting research for this book through candid conversations with friends and loved ones, since 2006. Join us for a conversation on the transformative power of words to define, refine, and shape who we are. Chloe O. Davis is a proud Black bisexual woman and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community. Davis’s work as a dancer, actor, and creative has allowed her to travel to all fifty states and internationally. In addition to performing at premier theaters across the country, such as New York City Center, the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Muny, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, she has appeared on PBS Great Performances with Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC, and Southern Landscape performed by the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!). In tandem with performing, Chloe O. Davis has spent fifteen years researching, writing and creating The Queens’ English, The Dictionary for LGBTQIA+ Lingo and Colloquial Phrases. She believes this dictionary is a starting point for important conversations around inclusivity, sexuality, gender expression and identity.  Purchase The Queens' English Book a Reading with Nick "In Search of Tarot" written and performed by AJ Ackleson "West" written and performed by AJ Ackleson and Erika Conaway
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February 22, 2021
Ep. 16 - Gender in Tarot with Charlie Claire Burgess
Charlie Claire Burgess (they/them) is a tarot reader, teacher, artist, writer, and witch who believes in tarot as a transformative tool for personal revolution. They are the creator of Fifth Spirit Tarot, a queer and inclusive deck for a world beyond binaries, the author of the book-length Fifth Spirit Tarot Guide, and the host of The Word Witch podcast, to name a few of their tarot projects and creations. Charlie teaches tarot classes at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, where they live, and offers more classes as well as readings through their business, The Word Witch Tarot. A lot of you are probably familiar with Charlie’s incredible spreads which they’ve been publishing on new and full moons for some time now. We talk about the elements they feel are important for creating good spreads, Charlie gives some great advice for folx who are thinking about creating their own deck, and we launch into a vulnerable and honest conversation about their experience as a non-binary person navigating gender as it appears in traditional Tarot decks. Visit Charlie's website Purchase Fifth Spirit Tarot Listen to The Word Witch podcast Book a reading with Nick Purchase In Search of Tarot The In Search of Tarot theme music is written by AJ Ackleson.
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December 21, 2020
Ep. 15 - Anti-Racism + The Tarot with Maria Minnis
Maria Minnis is an ancestrally guided writer, designer, and tarot reader with Southern roots. Her motto is “a word is a spell,” and she uses it to guide her work in her completely donation-based offerings, such as her tarot poems and her blog series, Anti-Racism with the Tarot. Every week, she uses the Major Arcana as an analog to discuss various facets of anti-racism work. The series is a collection of exercises, readings, journaling prompts, and direct action activities to encourage people to create everyday change within themselves and their communities. I was thrilled to welcome Maria to the podcast for a dialogue on the importance of utilizing Tarot for anti-racism work, and the challenge of navigating white-dominated spiritual spaces. Our discussion was filled with deep questions and tender vulnerability, all held under the spell of her remarkable grace. Learn more about Maria and her offerings Follow Maria on Instagram Book a Reading with Nick Purchase In Search of Tarot Follow Nick on Instagram
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December 07, 2020
Ep. 14 - Astrology and Tarot Spreads with The Punk Priestess
Majorie (@thepunkpriestess) is a NYC based tarot reader, astrologer, fashion designer, and punk singer in her band the Combatives. Through her esoteric business the Punk Priestess, Majorie inspires a realistic approach to understanding and learning the art of tarot and astrology. She believes that tarot is the greatest form of intuitive therapy you will ever experience and is a tool used to realign your soul on its spiritual quest. Majorie's mission is to inspire others to connect with their intuitive abilities and gain self-awareness through tarot. In this episode, we talked about Majorie's path from her Disney-esque childhood in the midwest to her eclectic career in fashion, music, and magic. We also discussed Majorie's approach to integrating Astrology and Tarot, and her belief in the importance of a good spread, before playing a quick, nerdy game of quick-fire and pulling a single card for each other. Follow The Punk Priestess here: Website Instagram Shopify Email Follow Nick on Instagram @manofthecards Book a Reading with Nick Join Nick's Mystic Missive Email List Email Nick
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November 10, 2020
Ep. 13 - Full Moon in Aries with Megan Turek
It's a full moon in Aries today and I'm asking myself, "how do we turn this narrative on its head?" To deepen the discussion, I'm thrilled to welcome a friend, collaborator and Aries Sun: Megan Turek (@tinyturek). Megan is the illustrator of the In Search of Tarot guided journal collection, which launched September 24 with Book Zero: THE FOOL. Megan and I chat about her creative process, what kind of art interests her in Tarot decks, and ways we'd like to harness Emperor energy during this season and this year, as well as her incredible new Justice RBG postcard project benefiting Ditch Mitch. Purchase In Search of Tarot, Book Zero: THE FOOL and the Justice RBG postcard add-on.  Follow Megan on Instagram  Book a Tarot Reading with Nick
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October 01, 2020
Ep. 12 - Virgo Season & The Hermit
This week we're honoring the New Moon in Virgo with the long-awaited return of our very own Virgo co-host Erika Conaway! Erika and I chat about The Hermit card which is associated with Virgo, and then dive into a live reading looking at Erika's year-ahead.  CW: During our reading, Erika and I spent a good bit of time talking about body dysmorphia and her battle with an eating disorder. If this is a sensitive topic for you, please honor your own knowing. Listen to Erika's Spotify playlist for The Hermit Pre-order your copy of Book Zero: THE FOOL Book a reading with Nick The In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
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September 16, 2020
Ep. 11 - Living The Moon with Mallory Hasty
Happy Full Moon in Pisces! Today, we are joined by the exceptional Mallory Hasty of @whoroscopewitch for a discussion on Astrology, Tarot, reclaiming the word "psychic" and what it means to live a truly Piscean life. I'm also thrilled to announce the pre-sale launch of the first book in my new IN SEARCH OF TAROT series! Featuring hand-painted watercolor illustrations by Megan Turek, In Search of Tarot is a collection of eight guided journals designed to inspire and invigorate your connection with the cards while creating a practical, written repository of the wisdom you discover along the way. Pre-order your copy now! ABOUT MALLORY HASTY // Mal (she/her) is a Professional Astrologer, Tarot Reader & Educator, psychic intuitive, and Usui (pronounced YOU-SUE-EEE) Reiki practitioner. She’s passionate about working with empaths, highly-sensitive people, trauma-survivors, as well as other healers, intuitives, and holistic business owners. Mal considers herself to be a trauma-informed, non-judgmental space-holder, and enjoys seeing her clients recognize their own power and intuitive abilities within their sessions with her. She also has a degree in Creative-Writing & Religious Studies, and her knowledge of poetry & religion often make its way into her psychic work. Visit Mal's Website Visit Nick's Website Listen to Erika's Spotify playlist for The Moon The In Search of Tarot theme music was written and recorded by AJ Ackleson.
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September 02, 2020
Ep. 10 - New Moon in Leo + Strength with Sara Hanks of Cottonwood Tarot
We're closing out this fiery Leo season under the new moon by reflecting on Major Arcana number 8, Strength. What happens at the crossroads of strength and vulnerability? What does it mean to soften into leadership? What does it feel like to live life from the heart?  We are so honored to welcome our special guest, Sara Hanks of Cottonwood Tarot. Sara is a tarot reader and post-Mormon witch living in Utah. She began reading tarot in 2014 and launched Cottonwood Tarot in 2017 to offer readings to others. Sara views her role as a tarot reader as something like a translator, someone familiar with the language of the cards who can help interpret their messages as querents seek out their inner wisdom. She works often with fellow Mormons who are transitioning out of the church and looking for ways to develop their own spirituality and reclaim their sovereign voices. Visit Sara's website Follow Sara on Instagram Visit Nick's website Follow Nick on Instagram "In Search of Tarot" theme song by AJ Ackleson.  
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August 18, 2020
Ep. 9 - The Star + Healing with Stephanie M. Burg
In honor of the August 3 full moon in Aquarius, this episode is devoted to The Star card and its energy of healing, destiny, and promise. We'll discuss the themes and interpretations of this card before diving into an exquisite conversation with Charleston-based healer, Stephanie M. Burg. Stephanie was a professional ballerina for over a decade before becoming a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach, Breathwork Facilitator, Women's Embodiment Guide, Therapeutic Dance and Meditation Teacher, Sacred Circle facilitator, international retreat leader and a continuous student of the healing arts. Be sure to check out Erika's incredible Spotify playlist for The Star Sign up for Tarot Tutoring. Sign up for Stephanie's Breathwork Circle. Book a Tarot Reading with Nick. Theme Music by AJ Ackleson.
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July 30, 2020
Ep. 8 - Bonus New Moon Tarot Q&A
This month brings us a bonus New Moon in Cancer so we're bringing you a bonus Q&A episode filled with discussion of Nick's personal journey with Tarot, how to deepen your intuition, and recommendations on books, podcasts, and even flavors of ice cream! To book a reading or Tarot Tutoring session with Nick, visit manofthecards.com MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: "In Search of Tarot" Music + Production by AJ Ackleson
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July 17, 2020
Ep. 7 - Full Moon in Capricorn + The Devil
IN THIS EPISODE we welcome back Reiki Master Desirée Ricker @desireechrista to talk about her healing practices and the history and clearing power of Reiki. We break down the powerful astrology of this July 4th weekend, which includes a full moon in Capricorn and a lunar eclipse. And in correlation with Capricorn, we focus on The Devil - that energy we all love to hate and hate to love. Say what you will about this enigmatic figure, it always keeps things interesting! MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: "In Search of Tarot" Music + Production by AJ Ackleson PLAYLIST FOR THIS EPISODE: Listen to Erika's incredible Spotify playlist inspired by The Devil: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/152fCNq1ktsJLABL1SPu3h?si=tUhAEyNST36-mCD1lfUMkQ ABOUT NICK: Nick is a Tarot reader; a mystic; a seeker; a former professional dancer; an Asheville, NC native who transplanted to NYC almost 13 years ago; a gay cis-gender man; a nerd who’s never quite fit in with the nerds; and a human-being trying to figure it all out along with the rest of us. A former professional dancer in the worlds of ballet and Broadway, Nick has been studying Tarot since 2011, and is deeply influenced by Carl Jung and his work in archetypes. manofthecards.com @manofthecards  ABOUT ERIKA: Erika recently moved to Sonoma, CA with her boyfriend, AJ, after living in NYC for 8 years. She is a true hippie at heart and loves the Earth, nature, unicorns, Disney and her two beautiful cats. She first encountered Tarot in 2008, and has since been on her own journey in discovering the many ways she can manifest her intuition. Erika and AJ are currently writing all of the music for the In Search of Tarot podcast. @erikaconaway
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July 01, 2020
Cancer Season + The Chariot
Let's take a midsummer dip in the tides, shall we? Cancer season has arrived, and with it comes the call to trust mother nature and evolve out of our protective shell into something greater. IN THIS EPISODE we welcome "real-life Cancers" Desirée Christa Ricker and AJ Ackleson. Desirée is a healer, teacher, and performing artist. A certified Reiki Master, Aromatherapist, and Yoga Instructor, she also writes original music and plays, acts, directs, choreographs, and is President of a non-profit that promotes arts programming and education on her island home of Ocracoke, NC. Besides being Erika's longtime boyfriend, AJ is a performer, musician, and teaching artist; a magical plant-daddy; and is one half of the writing team behind almost every song you on In Search of Tarot.  Together, we dive into the themes of Cancer, explore The Chariot, and pull some cards! MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: "In Search of Tarot" Music + Production by AJ Ackleson; "Time & Tide" Lyrics, Music + Production by Desirée Christa Ricker. PLAYLIST FOR THIS EPISODE: Listen to Erika's incredible Spotify playlist inspired by The Chariot: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6h5rivBFLvtQfnwZ3afSjV?si=MvzYYLAjTiG82CD_bb0f1Q ABOUT NICK: Nick is a Tarot reader; a mystic; a seeker; a former professional dancer; an Asheville, NC native who transplanted to NYC almost 13 years ago; a gay cis-gender man; a nerd who’s never quite fit in with the nerds; and a human-being trying to figure it all out along with the rest of us. A former professional dancer in the worlds of ballet and Broadway, Nick has been studying Tarot since 2011, and is deeply influenced by Carl Jung and his work in archetypes. manofthecards.com @manofthecards ABOUT ERIKA: Erika recently moved to Sonoma, CA with her boyfriend, AJ, after living in NYC for 8 years. She is a true hippie at heart and loves the Earth, nature, unicorns, Disney and her two beautiful cats. She first encountered Tarot in 2008, and has since been on her own journey in discovering the many ways she can manifest her intuition. Erika and AJ are currently writing all of the music for the In Search of Tarot podcast. @erikaconaway
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June 20, 2020
Gemini Season + The Lovers
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Gemini season is here and with it comes the call to reconcile, recombine, and reunite with all the different parts of ourselves. Corresponding with The Lovers, this season brings a desire for communication, not least of which...
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May 22, 2020
Full Moon in Scorpio + The Death Card
Welcome to the psychic portal, mystics. The Full Moon in Scorpio has arrived, and with it the call to reassess and reunite with our ghosts and demons. This is a time for powerfully deep shadow work - a time to transmute and alchemize what was, is, and...
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May 06, 2020
Taurus Season + The Hierophant
In conjunction with the New Moon in Taurus, we talk all things Hierophant and the dangers of guru worship. Plus: the pagan roots of Easter, pop culture references, and a new segment where we pull a card for each other!MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: "In Search...
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April 22, 2020
Full Moon in Libra + Justice
In conjunction with the Full Moon in Libra, we explore both sides of the Justice card. Plus: we answer a listener question, Erika gives us a lesson In Astrology 101, and we kick off a new segment that combines Tarot with Harry Potter. What's not to...
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April 04, 2020