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3Jane’s Astral Pyramid Reading

3Jane requested that her Astral Pyramid reading use the Happiness house.

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In row two (which actually starts with row one the Astral House card of Happiness), she got the Crown and the Ladder. The next two weeks will see her getting a lot of attention at work. She will not have to work too hard to be noticed. There may even be a promotion in the works. If she has any projects out, I think this indicates a lot of good news for her.

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Row two, the three week (or day or month…I'm just sticking to week for now) shows the Eagle, the Star and the Knot. So this is a two-against-one week. Two cards indicate triumph and one failure. I am going to say that 3Jane's happiness may take a blow but it will all work out. And for the better in the long run. This feels like one of those arguments that brings out old issues that will finally get fully worked out. Good week. Hard discussions that lead to more commitment. When I look at these I also see that 3Jane will need to avoid tying herself into knots over little things.

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Row four is a bit of a mixed bag. Looks like 3Jane will need to be careful not to overdo it with the partying otherwise, she may need bail money! She's going to have to stay strong though to overcome any blocks to her personal happiness.

So that's my first Astral Pyramid reading. I did not use the book. I wanted to show you how easy this deck is to read with even without the detailed write-ups in the book for each card.

3Jane, what do you think?

#Tarot Game: What Movie Is This?

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Agent Reader had another movie star come through. This gentleman has been in numerous movies but the one he told our forgetful Agent Reader about sounded like a movie she would enjoy.

Because she has to attach Tarot cards to everything, here's what she remembers about this flick. Can you help her figure out which movie the actor was talking about with her.

He said it opens up with the Lovers Rx followed by a Tower moment but the Hierophant shows up to pull the characters together.

Herbal_DevilThen the Devil tries to shake them loose. All heck breaks loose as the King of Cups has to bring out his King of Swords side to break the Devil's hold on the Page of Cups Rx.

A Queen of Coins is the love interest but she has to compete with the injured Page of Cups Rx. That poor Page of Cups Rx just wants her Knight of Swords but he's also Rx. So when he meets her King of Cups/King of Swords, it's a very tense moment.Herbal_PentaclesQueen

 But our Page of Cups Rx learns that she can be the 8 of Swords Rx and takes control of her own life in a very emotional showdown with her own Queen of Cups Rx. That leads her and her Knight of Swords Rx to a 4 of Wands moment. She and he as well as the Queen of Coins and the King of Cups all have their own Lovers ending.

 What could this 2006 movie be? A clue is that the King of Cups is not the musician in real life that the Knight of Swords Rx actor is.

Cards featured are from the 1988 U.S. Games Herbal Tarot.

AND THE WINNER IS!

We had 33 comments on last week’s Tea Leaf Oracle highlight here on our blog. Thanks to everyone who commented and to Rae Hepburn for showing up to answer as well. We love our creative people.

The winner of the Tea Leaf Oracle reading is 3Jane.

3Jane, email Stella and tell her what Astral card to use for your pyramid reading. If you include your date of birth, that would be helpful.

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards: Focus On The Cards part 3 of 3

In Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Oracle, there are a total of  cards with 182 of those being the symbols that you might see if you sat down with your own cup of tea leaves. Rae went through the exhaustive process of culling over 500 images down to 182 to make this deck manageable.

For the past two days, you have seen the back of the Tea Leaf cards as well as the bowl, the butterfly, the wheel, the ladder, the needle and thread. Now here are the last three that we are highlighting.

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How do you compare these cards and their meanings with Tarot cards? What card or cards would the Goldfish make you think of? What about the Horseshoe? And the Feather?

Remember that all comments on this week's Tea Lead Fortune series will be in the running for a reading by Stella T'arot using this deck.  Don't miss the previous posts that include the Astral cards, the Month cards and a video showing Rae Hepburn herself reading with this unique deck. Your comment on every post will count as a separate entry.

The winner will be drawn Monday and announced Tuesday on this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards: Focus On The Cards part 2 of 3

In Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Oracle, there are a total of  cards with 182 of those being the symbols that you might see if you sat down with your own cup of tea leaves. Rae went through the exhaustive process of culling over 500 images down to 182 to make this deck manageable.

Yesterday we showed off the bowl and the wheel as well as the back of these cards. Here are three more.

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How do you compare these cards and their meanings with Tarot cards? What card in the Tarot would you associate with the Ladder? What about the Needle and Thread or Butterfly?

Visit with Lizzie as she reviews this intriguing deck.

Remember that all comments on this week's Tea Lead Fortune series will be in the running for a reading by Stella T'arot using this deck.  Don't miss the previous posts that include the Astral cards, the Month cards and a video showing Rae Hepburn herself reading with this unique deck.

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards: Focus On The Cards part 1 of 3

In Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Oracle, there are a total of  cards with 182 of those being the symbols that you might see if you sat down with your own cup of tea leaves. Rae went through the exhaustive process of culling over 500 images down to 182 to make this deck manageable.

For the next three days, we will feature three images from the 182 including the back.

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How do you compare these cards and their meanings with Tarot cards? How is this Wheel similar or different than the Wheel of Fortune?

Visit with Bonnie Cehovet as she reviews this deck (from 11/2011).

Remember that all comments on this week's Tea Lead Fortune series will be in the running for a reading by Stella T'arot using this deck.  Don't miss the previous posts that include the Astral cards, the Month cards and a video showing Rae Hepburn herself reading with this unique deck.

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards – Months

In Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Oracle, one of the three groups are the twelve months. This is to help you determine timing for some of the layouts. You can lay out the months and then the cards to see what will occur in a given month.

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Do you use any specific sequence to determine the timing of your readings? What do you think of this oracle's use of timing in this way?

If you love the artwork, you can read an interview with Shawna Alexander here.

Remember that everyone who comments on this Tea Leaf Oracle series (which started on Monday of this week) will be put in a drawing. One winner will get a Tea Leaf Oracle reading done by Stella.

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards – Astral Houses

Rae Hepburn's Tea Leaf Fortune cards have three distinct groups. Today we will take a look at the Astral houses.

There are six general astral houses. For the pyramid reading, you would choose one of these six cards to be the focus. In Rae's video demonstration, you can look at the cards to choose yours or you can draw them without looking. The artist is Shawna Alexander who has captured beautiful details for the Tea Leaf cards and images that are evocative for the astral houses. The six houses are:  Love, Career,  Marriage, Happiness, Success, and Wealth.  The back of each of the three groups is differentiated by color and the Astral and Seasons have that as the label on theirs.

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To everyone who comments on this week's Tea Leaf Oracle series (including yesterday's), Stella will draw a winner and do a reading for them with the Tea Leaf Oracle here on this blog. Which of the six Astral houses would you pick if you won this reading?

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards’ creator Rae Hepburn

U.S. Games Systems, Inc author, Rae Hepburn is interviewed and shown doing her pyramid reading with her Tea Leaf Fortune cards.

Excerpted from Clay McGlaughlin's article printed in The Times-Standard.

In a traditional tea leaf reading, the subject prepares and drinks a cup of loose-leaf tea while reflecting on their questions or problems. Through this process their energy is thought to influence the swirling leaves, and when the liquid is gone the tasseographer interprets images left in the dregs of the cup to search for clues about the future. While the act of brewing, preparing and drinking tea can be pleasant in and of itself, Eureka-based author and tasseographer Rae Hepburn has developed a quicker, easier method for those who lack the time, patience or facilities for a proper brew-up.

Born in the north of England, Hepburn is the creator of “Tea Leaf Fortune Cards,” an illustrated set of circular cards representing nearly 200 symbols that combine elements from the 600-plus symbols that tasseographers regularly use. Hepburn combined symbols with similar meanings to bring the number to a reasonable figure for a portable set.

See the whole article here.

Have you ever tried tasseomancy? This cards make readily available to all.

To everyone who comments on this week's Tea Leaf Oracle series , Stella will draw a winner and do a reading for them with the Tea Leaf Oracle here on this blog. Have you ever had your tea leaves read?