Mercury Retrograde Shipping Delays

Mercury Retrograde Shipping Delays

    Hi Friends! I hope you are making the most of these wild times! Happy birthday to all you Libras out there! As you may know, we are amidst a Mercury Retrograde while approaching the Aries Full Moon eclipse. The energy around us is shaking things up and some of us are feeling a bit like we are in a Tower situation… one that is mixed with really wonderful prospects as well as many painful realizations. Hang in there, the energies ease up substantially nexty week. Take this weekend as a true finalization of material from long ago, a bit like a Judgement experience in Tarot terms. Some potentially helpful advice: whatever is bothering you, if something is bothering you, has come to a close. Its time to see it as part of you that needs to be released. Let it go and get ready for your new life to begin fully. We’ve all been through a massive transformation. Take a breath. Give a breath. Let the next chapter begin.   As we move into these energies I have some practical updates about City Mystic • New York Poker Edition and the Collector’s Edition of City Mystic • Paris… There is an official Mercury Retrograde Shipping Delay at work! The shipping date of October 1st is unfortunately going to be pushed back until November 1st. In addition to several life situations that have suddenly cropped up taking huge chunks of time out of my work schedule, my hard drive and motherboard both crashed last week at the onset of Mercury Retrograde. Thankfully, its being repaired and I will...
Daily Dose #4 The Empress

Daily Dose #4 The Empress

      Its another day and another image feature! Time is ticking away quickly and as I sat down to manage the City Mystic • Paris Kickstarter campaign today I was reminded of all that went into getting City Mystic • New York off the ground. In true Throwback Thursday fashion, before we look at the Empress I thought it was a perfect opportunity to honor the essence of the Empress by remembering the very Empress-esque energy that’s gone into bringing the City Mystic project to life… let’s take a short journey through time as we prime our minds and psyches for the message of the Empress today!             The Empress Montmartre being the creative center of Paris houses some of the world’s most beautiful and progressive street art. World-famous street artist Akiza, with a gallery close by on Rue Tholozé, has several fascinating images coloring the neighborhood of gritty black and white child-like figures. This one happened to be situated perfectly next to the profile of what could be received as the quintessential modern Parisian woman: sleek, poised, refined, strong and tough enough to brave the city streets each and every day. Another gallery artist from further down Rue Tholozè creates paintings rooted in the broken glass shards still held together delicately in the display window.  Sitting atop it all is another face of the Parisian Empress, a sculpture found on the Alexander Bridge by sculptor Gustave Michel. Her name is La France Conteporaine, also know as woman, and she represents the ideal representation of well-to-do ladies of France from the late...
City Mystic Spring, Part 3- Revealing the Social Codex

City Mystic Spring, Part 3- Revealing the Social Codex

Hi friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! I got to spend mine cooking for my dad who always cooks so well for me. It was such a delight to share a special day with him and make him feel a little spoiled. Spending time with my dad got me thinking about the maternal and paternal influences in our lives and how, no matter how much we do to grow, change and evolve, they still remain important core parts of our hearts, minds and values. That train of thought led me back to City Mystic • Paris in an odd way. Thus far I’ve told you about the very personal influences that have guided me through the process of creating City Mystic • New York, and further into Paris. They were a combination of circumstances and personal disposition. But there is another, major side of my motivation to make these decks which is at once socially inspired, totally impersonal yet paradoxically deeply personal. It comes back to my father. My dad has always taught me to look deeper at social trends and values. He has always taught me to question the status quo and challenged me to create my own ideas and social rules based on my own sense of integrity. I am incredibly fortunate to have the dad I do. None of me would be what I am without his tremendous influence on my life. And it is that influence, in a round-about way, which inspired me to share City Mystic with folks the world over. I grew up in the San Francisco bay...
City Mystic Spring, Part 2- The Long Haul

City Mystic Spring, Part 2- The Long Haul

    Last time I told you all about my sad ride down to the pearly gates of SFO, only to be turned down at the door. By that time I was already pretty tattered internally from all the change happening around me and within me. I didn’t tell you, however, about the spiritual urgings that primed me before that day. Let’s go back to Reader’s Studio for a moment… After writing my last blog entry I went back and revisited that intention card I told you about. What I wrote was a little different in wording than I thought, yet interesting. My intention for the weekend was to develop “Total self-trust, step fully into myself, completion of self-integration.” Yeah. Much taller order than I even remembered. That’s me though, always looking for the tallest mountain to climb and assuming that no matter what, I can climb it. Leave it to a Capricorn Sun conjunct South Node in the Fifth House… The thing about Reader’s Studio is that it was good for me, REALLY good for me on a number of levels. Not only did I earn back my costs (which were substantial), get the word out about City Mystic, learn a TON about Tarot, meet my personal Tarot heroine Mary K. Greer (whom I had the tremendous pleasure of being placed next to in the marketplace), make wonderful new friends with many kindred spirits, and get to bring my City Mystic • New York baby home, but I also conquered something within myself that surfaced a long time ago. Something I was not able to reckon with until...
City Mystic Spring, Part 1

City Mystic Spring, Part 1

Its always busy around here. If you check back in often to read the blog you’ll know that. Feels like I start off just about every post with that statement lol. Being a 19-10-1 personality in Tarot (for those who don’t know check out the free birth card calculator from the Tarot School to read more about what they are and calculate your own), I am a Sun, Wheel of Fortune, Magician salad at my core. It seems like all my life no matter how many plans I make, everything is always changing at hyper speed. That’s one reason its always a little amazing to me when something I intend to create actually makes it to fruition, like City Mystic, for instance. With so much heightened natural flux around me, the only creations that seem to make it to a completion point are creations I’m REALLY committed to. But then again, maybe that’s why I have an all-or-nothing personality… or maybe the change is so dramatic because I have an all-or-nothing personality. Its one of those chicken/egg discussions I suppose. Taking all of this into account, I am enjoying a moment to reflect back on the last 3 months, which, rest assured, have been WILD, and also to share what’s nearing completion on the horizon. Its juicy stuff! I kicked off the season with a breakup, which has been HARD. Obviously, Chris and I once did everything together. To have embarked on so much magick alone has been an added layer of madness around here… I wanted to take the time to share my experiences leading up to, commencing and completing...
City Mystic Tries a Hand at Poker

City Mystic Tries a Hand at Poker

    Hi friends and family! How’s your wily spring going? Bumpy? Action-backed? Full of change? Good. You’re right on track! The Earth is rumbling and lots of movement is being stirred up… we are in GO-mode for sure I’ve been on my own wild ride of shifting and propelling forward which has agitated so much creative juice for me. I am so thankful, and feeling very inspired. I’ve been wanting to tackle a secondary City Mystic • New York project for a while, but the time hasn’t been right until now. While I gear up for City Mystic • Paris  (which, its important to mention, really needs YOU to come to fruition! Click to see the GoFundMe campaign going on right now to raise funds for the final push to make the Paris shoot happen! So close!!!) coming Fall this year, I am also going through the images I shot for the original NYC deck and decided I have simply too many beloved images that never had a chance to appear in the Tarot deck. This made me sad, so I said forget that noise, I’m making a second deck, darn it! And alas, that’s what I’ve been working on! I’m in the process of crafting 12 totally new, never-before seen cards for the next City Mystic • New York Poker Card Deck, and this time they aren’t constrained to the meanings of Tarot… they’re adorning the faces of my first standard Poker deck!!! While the court cards will remain the same, I’m bringing in some fun new images while staying true to that CMNY core we’ve all come...