In this episode, Marcella talks briefly about the origins of the Tarot. It’s history, a breakdown of the cards, a casual exploration of the deck, a look at the Smith Waite Deck, and offers some guidance on how to work with the Tarot for Empowerment, as well as providing some simple layout suggestions for the cards.
Special guests who speak on some of the most misunderstood cards include Angeliska Polacheck, Edgar Fabián Frías, Sterling Moon, Eliza Swann, and Diana Rose Harper.
Guest bios and links
Sterling Moon - If you are looking for some down-to-earth divination with a side of compassion and a dash of humor, Sterling Moon is the spiritual worker for you. Sterling has been reading tarot since 1995 and has had the ability to connect with spirits of the dead and the natural world since childhood. She has evolved to work in a Scandinavian tradition as a völva, which is a seeress or prophetess and is a cunning woman, practicing folk magic her ancestors would recognize from their homelands and influenced by the magical practices that evolved in the United States. She practices all with honor for the beauty, struggle, and survivorship of the ancestors and elders whose shoulders she stands on.
Insta - @sterlingmoontarot
Website - SterlingMoonTarot.com
Edgar Fabián Frías is a nonbinary, queer, indigenous (Wixárika), Latinx, and Brown multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and psychotherapist. Born in East Los Angeles in 1983, Frías received dual BA degrees in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of California, Riverside. In 2013, they received an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, with an emphasis on Interpersonal Neurobiology and Somatic Psychotherapy. Frías is also a 2022 candidate for an MFA in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/edgarfabianfrias
Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/edgarfabianfrias/
Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. She has trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Vedic cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, and Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School. Eliza is the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics, and ecology.
Angeliska Polacheck is an Austin, Texas-based witch, tarot reader, writer, artist, and silversmith who was born at 11:11 am on the 10th day of the 1st month of the year. Angeliska’s writing on tarot, poetry, art, culture, and the occult has been published in NILVX I(II): A Book of Magic, The Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads, Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology, Coilhouse Magazine, Tank Magazine, and Astrology.com.
Diana Rose Harper is an astrologer, tarot reader, writer, & educator based in Southern California. By blending an earnest belief in humankind's ability to do better, a disinterest in dysfunctional hierarchies, and delight in the process of healing, she aims to guide others towards an expansive and re-enchanted relationship with the cosmos we all live within. You can find her on social media as @ddamascenaa.
Books and Honorable Mentions
Tarot for Teens - MJ Abadie
How to Deal - Marisa de la Pena
The Way of Tarot - Alejandro Jodorowsky
Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot - Madame Pamita
Ancestral Tarot - Nancy Hendrickson
The Tarot Bible - Sarah Bartlett
Honorable mentions and Instagram handles for those I know that teach tarot online, IRL, or via their podcasts
Corinna Rosella @riseupgoodwitch
Tatianna Tarot @tatiannatarot
Lindsay Mack @wildsoulhealing
Mary K. Greer @marykgreer
Amanda Yates @oracleofla @betweentheworldspodcast