“Anonymous” inquires: “How do you know what your ‘stop’ card is?”
A Stop card, as I have understood it, is a particular card that has its usual meanings if dealt any place other than the first card of a spread containing a minimum of 3 cards. If it is the first card in the spread, or the first card turned face up if the spread is dealt face down, then the reading is to be brought to an immediate halt and all fees refunded (if any). My card of choice is the 7 of Pentacles. Continue reading Dear Noxporium: Stop Card
What do you want to see at Noxporium? As I bring more of my offline shenanigans business to the Internet, what would you like to see offered? Noxporium was first conceived as an “outlet store” for those physical items that did not sell in an area that is summer for ten months out of the year. But now it has evolved to a cartomancy focus. A change that suits me quite well. Continue reading Good Morning. How May I Help You?
No matter how clear the reading, nor how precise the symbolism, there is still one process that must be applied to the cards before the reading can be acted upon. The Querent’s intuition and common sense. Continue reading The Querent’s Responsibility
The right tarot deck for a reader is one the reader would be comfortable looking at for extended periods of time. If that is the very popular Rider-Waite-Smith deck (also called the Waite-Smith deck), then so be it. If the reader prefers the International Icon Tarot, then this too is good. If the reader is fond of American 50’s aesthetic then the Housewives Tarot would be a welcome study partner. There is no one deck that all tarot readers are required to have. Continue reading The Right Tarot Deck
Three cards make for a quick snapshot of a situation or a quick summary of influences. When you know the type of information you are seeking, a set spread that frames the cards’ responses with that type gives you a focused reading. But what if you don’t know how to frame the answer or if the question is so vague, it can not be framed at all? Continue reading Three Cards, Many Options
“It’s good you came to me. The cards reveal the source of your troubles. A generational curse has been passed on to you. Not of your fault, but you have it. Things will only get worse unless it is broken. I can break it. But it will not be quick, or cheap. I have a candle that you can use to protect you, but it must be bought to be effective…” Tarot scams are like computer repair scams. They work only on those that never do either for themselves. Continue reading Why to ask “Why?”
A new pack of tarot cards is placed on the desk. Still fresh from the printers, there is a fading scent of bitter ink coming from the protective plastic wrapping. The glare of the light prevents you from seeing the art on the box clearly. You can make out the word “Tarot” in a large font. Quick. What kind of tarot deck is this? Any kind you need it to be. What a tarot deck is, is ultimately determined by the hands that use them. Continue reading Different Views, Different Uses
“What do you see in the cards?” “I… I don’t know! I suddenly can’t understand them!”
Continue reading When The Cards Shut Down
I take all Querents regardless of religious, spiritual, or esoteric beliefs. Often my Querents have an entirely different worldview than I do, and that’s okay. It is not my place to teach or correct. As a cartomancer, it is my place to inform and reveal. And to do that properly, I must fit my answer to the Querent’s worldview. Having different tarot decks helps me do just that, as each one reads with a unique “voice”.
Continue reading Different Decks, Different Voices