My Favourite Tarot Resources, TBR List, and Deck Wishlist

Friday, 25 May 2018

I've been reading tarot for a little over a year now, and while I'm by no means professional at it, I've found a lot of truth within the cards. I went against tradition and bought my own deck online (whoops), and since I first opened my deck, I totally fell in love with it. I read using the Wild Unknown deck, which is by Kim Krans, and my readings have always resonated with me and the friends I've read for.
But tarot is an old form of divination, and there's a lot to it. So the couple books I have, and a few of the other resources are a lot of help. But there are a lot more books that I want to read on the cards, and there are a lot more decks that I'm obsessed with that I want. So I thought I'd make a post on my favourite resources, the books I want to read, and the decks that I want!


The Wild Unknown Guidebook by Kim Krans

This was the guidebook that came with my deck, and while not the most indepth resource I've got, I really like how this one is specific to the art and illustration on my cards. The Wild Unknown is unlike most decks in the way that instead of people, the cards are filled with nature and animal imagery. I think the reason why I really connect with this guidebook is because it specifically references the art on my cards. It might not be the most intuitive guide, but it has some really interesting commentary to make on the cards.

WTF is Tarot? ... & How do I Do It by Bakara Wintner

Guys. My absolute holy grail tarot book. I don't know what it is about Bakara, but I want to be friends with her, but I also want her to be my wing woman in literally everything I do. This book is a take-no-shit explanation of the cards, and the way she writes about them  has been so helpful. Before I read this (and kind of still now) I had no idea what to do with the court cards. I genuinely had zero idea what to do with them. But the way she's grouped them into families, and given them each roles helps me understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are. If you want to start with tarot, start here. She's a fucking blessing, and my favourite HWIC (head witch in charge).

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot by Anthony Louis

This one I dip in and out of (it's on my kindle) and it's a really great basic, and has a lot of interesting history on tarot, and why we read it. While a lot of the other resources I have have taught me to trust my intuition, and given me skills to do that, I find this one good in giving me a lot of good grounding knowledge on the card meanings and tarot history.

Tarot for the Wild Soul Podcast by Lindsay Mack

This podcast has saved my life, people. I cannot tell you how many times I've listened to Lindsay give words to a feeling or emotion that I cannot express. She's a stellar lady, and an incredible teacher. I love her monthly medicines, and her recent conversations about the High Priestess and the court cards have given me so much great insight into the cards. If you take anything away from this, listen to Lindsay's podcast!!

Tarot TBR

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack

There are so many amazing readers that I follow online and look up to that swear by this book, or list it in their top books to read, and I should really get down to reading it. It apparently compares different tarot art, and different interpretations and that sounds awesome to me.

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova

This, just from looking at it, reminds me a lot of Bakara's book, in the way that it wants to demystify who can do tarot, and who it's accessible to. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one, and I can tell that it will become a favourite.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea

Another one of those books that I keep seeing referenced, and I've flipped through this one in a bookstore before, and it looks so thorough. I love the look and feel of it, and I'm, again, excited to get my hands on a copy of it.

Tarot Wishlist

I love my deck, I do. I know some people have issues with the Wild Unknown deck and it's creators (full disclosure: I've heard about issues, but I don't know what those issues actually are), but from the moment I saw it, I knew that that would be my deck. My ride or die. But I just want more of them. Have you seen some of the newer tarot decks on the market??? They're stunning! There are a few decks that I've had my eye on for a while, and I know that once I get a job, these will be on my list of things to buy.

The Linestrider Tarot, art by Siolo Thompson

The minimalism, and the clean, crisp white background of these cards is so beautiful. Every time someone pulls these cards, or I see pictures of this deck (or the sister oracle deck) on Instagram or Twitter, I find myself swooning. I just cannot get over how pretty these cards are. Plus, there is something about the Queen cards, and all the court cards in general, that just blows me away.

Impressionists Tarot by Corrine Kenner
Amazon | ChaptersIndigo

What can I say, I'm a sucker for the impressionist period. Also I think it's fascinating the way that these cards and the painting are paired up. I want to explore that a bit more.

Holly Simple Tarot Deck
Holly Simple Website

I don't find this art as traditionally beautiful, but I'm just so drawn in by this art work. I cannot get over how interesting these cards are, and they are just pulled to me. I want to get my hands on a copy of this deck, asap.

If you've made it this far, you deserve an award and a couple crystals, honestly. I love reading tarot, and learning about the art form, and if you read, or have any recommendations, whether they be decks, books, or anything else, leave them in the comments, or tweet them at me!

Thanks again for sticking around, and happy reading!

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman | Book Review

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Book: Call Me By Your Name

Authors: André Aciman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 248 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Links to Purchase:  Amazon CABook Depository, Chapters Indigo

Please Note: I know this book is the subject of controversy. I'm aware of it. I don't have the energy to discuss the controversy, especially since most of the controversy is being perpetrated by people who haven't read the book. If you don't like the book, feel free to chat with me about it, but don't come for me if you haven't read it, or just want to attack people. Thanks.

Andre Aciman's 'Call Me by Your Name' is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.

This is one of the cases where I saw the movie before I read the book. Honestly, had it not been nominated for a few Oscars, I never would have heard about this book. But I'm so glad I did. This book has shattered me. It has broken my heart and sewed it back together, and broken it again. I cannot begin to explain or express the beauty of this book. But I'm writing a review, so I'm going to at least try. 

The narration of this book is what struck me so hard. Written almost in hindsight, Elio is looking back on his time as a teenager, and looking at the relationship he had with Oliver. The voice is mature enough to give weight and understanding to everything that is being said, but also young enough to express the wordlessness that comes with his first real love. I was expecting the voice of this novel to be a lot younger, and almost immature, but I got the opposite. The balance in the narration, between young pettiness, and adult comprehension of the complex emotions was so beautiful. 

This was also the most atmospheric book I've read in a really long time. There was something about the writing that inspired hot, humid, Italian days. It felt like I knew exactly what the air smelt like, and knew what the sun felt like. Which is pretty intense since I've never been to Italy. It sets a perfect landscape that is as warm and romantic as it is historic, but also brand new. I cannot describe the experience of reading this book and fully encapsulate it. It was breathtaking, totally immersive, and I was consumed by it.

The novel is very physical. It details a relationship that is as physical as it is romantic. But the content never crosses into gratuitous. On the line between erotic and intimate, it never veers too far one way or the other. This book isn't erotica, and the physicality and sexuality aren't unnecessarily added. Each scene, whether physical or not, adds to the overall story and meaning.

The relationship, it has to be said, is the highlight of the book. Before the romantic relationship or the physical relationship begins, the way Aciman describes their friendship, and how Elio's longing factors into it, was so interesting, and blew me away. And once Elio and Oliver's relationship became more defined, my heart kept on breaking and mending, over and over again, while reading about them. I knew how the story would end, and I knew that their relationship was not destined for longevity, but every stolen moment that was described was as equally heart warming as it was heart breaking.

The last thing I want to talk about is Mr. Perlman's speech at the end. The scene in the movie properly broke me, but honestly? Reading it was a completely different experience. What he was saying, about not letting grief emotionally bankrupting oneself. "But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything -- what a waste!" He says to Elio, telling him to let himself feel the things he feels. In a book narrated by a character who is so obsessed with the idea of shame, and being a sick person, this moment of "you're not shameful, and you're not sick" in the face of love, was so beautiful. I cannot get over this section.

I cannot stop thinking about this book. The entire time I was reading it, I had a pen in my hand, underlining line after line, because of how beautiful it is. There are some passages that I just cannot get out of my head, and some scenes that have really shaken me. Saying I loved this book is not enough of a compliment to it. This is such an outlier, as not many books achieve the status of 'untouchable' in the way that this one has. I loved it.

5/5 Stars.

Waiting On Wednesday | Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Bringing this back to the blog! Summer and early fall releases are always the ones that I'm most excited about, and this one is no exception. Practical magic meets the Bone Gap? I cannot wait for this one, and by reading the summary, and seeing the stunning cover, I bet you can tell why!

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Release Date: June 5th 2018 | 272 Pages | Published by HarperTeen | Goodreads Link
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Practical Magic meets Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls and Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap in this lush, atmospheric new novel by acclaimed author Katrina Leno.

A magic passed down through generations. An island where strange things happen. A summer that will become legend.

Georgina Fernweh waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has touched every woman in her family. But with her eighteenth birthday looming, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, falling in love, and the mystery behind one rare three-hundred-year-old bird—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

In Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno weaves another gorgeously original novel of magical realism and coming-of-age. Fans of April Genevieve Tucholke and Anna-Marie McLemore will be swept away.

Link me to your WoW posts in the comments, and I'll be sure to check them out! Thanks for reading!

My Favourite Plays

Friday, 11 May 2018

Theatre is a huge part of my life, and it's also an incredibly expensive part of my life. Reading plays is also super fun because I get to be the director, dramaturg, casting director, and everything else. I get to see the most ideal production ever in my mind. Basically I love theatre and I love plays. So I wanted to share some of my favourite plays.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Nick Hern Books | 290 Pages | Goodreads Link
Favourite Production: National Theatre

Angels in America by Tony Kushner is a fucking epic. The first time I read it, I finished it and immediately turned back to page one and started over. The interactions between characters, the long winding monologues, the intensity of the emotion, and the magical realism element. Everything in this play is turned up to 11, but it doesn't overwhelm in a bad way. While I like Perestroika (part 2) more than Millenium Approaches (part 1), they create this spectacular story together. It's the most stunning kalidoscope of huge themes, beautifully complex characters, and just so much emotion. I cannot think about this play without being confronted by these huge, immortal themes, but ultimately feeling utterly safe. The play ends with Prior Walter wishing the audience "more life". And this play, that deals with religion, death, politics, the AIDS crisis, love, loss, and life. And while all this has the potential to crush you under the weight of the topics, the play ultimately makes me feel weightless. You can read my full review here.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

This is my favourite Shakespeare play, hands down. I love Midsummer, and I love the craziness around it. The four lovers at the center of it are amazing, and the players are some of my favourite parts. But I will say, this play is nothing without Puck. I had a Shakespeare professor dress up as Puck one year for halloween when I was in his class, and jump into the classroom and break into his first speech. It was amazing, and just the magic and almost hallucinatory effect this play has makes it one of my favourites.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Theatre Communication's Group | 77 Pages | Goodreads Link
Favourite Production: Broadway Production (Recorded for PBS Great Performances)

So I just recently read Indecent by Paula Vogel, and wow. This play shows a really solid and beautiful mastery on words and language. The play, telling the story of the Sholem Asch play, God of Vengeance, and the obscenity trial it faced, takes place in multiple countries, in multiple languages, over a huge span of time. There are 7 actors and a few musicians, taking on so many roles, and all of it is done seamlessly. It's such a great example of theatrical ingenuity and reading it is such a fascinating experience, and one that really got me in the feels.

Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Perry
Playwrights Canada Press | 73 Pages | Goodreads Link
Original Production: Buddies in Bad Times

I just read this, a few weeks ago, but I can't get it out of my head. I'm such a sucker for anything Beat Generation, and this play is no exception. I really loved the portrayal of both of these women, and the way that the text was combined with things the actual Gertrude and Alice said and wrote made everything more raw and real. I just wrote my review on this, which you can read here, so I won't waffle on about this one too much longer.

Peter and Alice by John Logan
Oberon Modern Plays | 70 Pages | Goodreads Link

Another play with Alice in the title. But a very different Alice this time. John Logan's play is an imagining about what would happen if Peter Llewelyn-Davis, the real Peter Pan, and Alice Liddell, the real Alice in Wonderland, were to have met. What would their conversation look like. In what starts as realism, and slowly toes the line of surrealism, the play features figments of their imagination. Alice (in Wonderland) and Peter (Pan) join their real life counterparts on stage, making their very intense conversation a little more real, as they face the fictionalized versions of their childhood selves. It's such an interesting play, and if you can get your hands on it, I recommend it.

Dr.Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Favourite Production: Globe Theatre Production

I love Kit Marlowe. Marlowe is a legend. A spy, a playwright, a notable queer man during Renaissance England? What a lad. And Faustus is one of his great works. The story of Faustus, who sells his soul to the devil for knowledge, isn't a new one, but no one's done it like Marlowe. The entire play is one sexually fueled, competitive seduction between Faustus and Mephistopheles, the demon sent to him, until the finale, where the play takes a sharp turn to become a morality piece. It's such an interesting piece, and in my opinion, a little more accessible than some of Shakespeare's works. If you're going to read a play from the Early Modern period, read this one.  

I hope I've given you a good summer reading list for plays, and share with my what plays you think I'd enjoy, or ones that I'm missing out on! I'll probably do another one of these for my favourite musicals, so keep your eyes out for that! Thanks for reading!