Oops! The first of the month came and went, and I was not prepared! Ah well, better late than never, n’est pas?
In this issue of the newsletter, I have some very exciting announcements to make! But first, I want to express my gratitude, discuss the events of the last month, and share some juicy tarot tidbits with you all. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you.
Attitude of Gratitude
Let me get sappy with you for a moment.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. I mean that. Seriously. I started reading tarot to help myself during a crisis of identity, faith, and health, and when I learned what a transformational tool it can be, I knew that I wanted to share it with everyone I possibly could. I quit school as a radiology tech, started doing readings full time, and officially began operating as Mica Sage Tarot, LLC in July of this year. Absolutely none of that would have been possible without you. Whether you were a client, a tarot mentor, or a supportive friend who didn’t know tarot from UNO cards, I want you to know that I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart, and I am so honored to be part of your journey.
I don’t know about you, but August was a busy month for me! Summer had a late bloom in July but came in with a bang, and August brought with it heat waves, beach days, those famous Pacific Northwest blackberries, and an intense yearning for cooler fall weather. And fleas. As an Eastern Washington transplant, I didn’t realize how bad the flea situation could get here on the West side. ICK.
In all this messy business with the weather and irritating insects, I hosted my first-ever workshop, Tarot & Text: The Little Prince. The turnout was small, but that made for a more intimate, personal experience where we really got to know each other and ourselves on a profound level. For example, I learned that my greatest strength is accepting endings — endings of relationships, life cycles, and paths. That isn’t something I had considered to be a strength, more like a fact of life, but there is a poignant beauty in acknowledging when something has run its course. I’m so grateful I was able to share this realization with the people present, because it gave me a chance to process how endings have played a role in my life while knowing I was supported by those around me.
Additionally, I partnered up with a new café in town for an herbal-themed event — twice! Shelby and I had two afternoons at The Owl’s Nest where we offered lavender-flavored lattes, scones, and tarot readings. In a diversion from my usual intuitive reading technique, I came prepared with a lavender-themed spread around identifying and relieving the tension in life. Readings were half-price, but no less powerful for being a predetermined set. I’m thrilled to say Shelby and I will be continuing doing Cards + Coffee at The Owl’s Nest, though we’re still trying to nail down a consistent day of the week. Keep an eye on my Instagram @micasagetarot or follow Shelby at @owlsnestolympia to stay tuned for the next one!
On a personal note, I spent the last two weeks of August without some important medication, and it really shook my confidence and certainty as a reader. I was blanking on card meanings, struggling to string two concepts together, and felt like I was swimming through mud all day. I kept drawing Knight of Pentacles during this time: patience, patience, patience. No matter what I tried to do, I had to wait it out, and that was a huge lesson in trusting the Matters That Be.
Thankfully, the issue has been resolved, and maybe now the cards will start showing me my familiar Knight of Wands: enthusiasm.
Tarot Tidbit: The Swords Suit
If we were to examine the suit of swords from Ace to Ten, it tells a rather tragic tale of a truth gone horribly wrong because of human error (and ego). Swords represents the element of Air, which symbolizes intellect, action, reason, perspective, and information.
What if the swords represented integrity?
Suddenly the 5 of Swords, which traditionally means “an unwinnable argument” becomes “a challenge of integrity, knowing when to back down”. In that horrid 10 of Swords, where we’re seen lying on the ground with blades in our back, presumably bleeding out as the sun rises in the distance, rather than the interpretation of “well, we’re at rock bottom, might as well watch the sunrise”, we’re faced with “this is a situation in which we have to admit to ourselves that we failed in order to begin again”. See how the distinction changes the meaning and makes it that much more powerful?
I learned this from Marcia Massino’s book Best Tarot Practices. It’s become my Holy Grail of reference books for so many reasons, not least of which because it reframes the Minor Arcana into something more in-depth than what I’ve found in other tarot books.
If you’ve spoken to me for more than, like, two minutes, you probably figured out that I am an Enthusiastic Person. Just about everything makes me excited, and, in classic ADHD-fashion, I want to blurt it all out to anyone within earshot. So you have a frame of reference when I say it was a struggle to keep the lid on all this.
I am officially employed at Radiance Herbs and Massage! I am so excited and honored to be part of the Rad Team, who have been nothing but wonderful since I first asked if I could do readings in their shop in April. However, this does change my availability: I will be doing readings at Radiance on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3-6pm, and Saturday all day. I am more than happy to schedule a reading outside those hours, but for walk-ins, those would be the times to find me.
I am collecting reviews and testimonials! If your reading had a positive impact on you, I would love to hear about it and share your experience with the internet at large. After all, I can say I’m great all day long, but your experience is more valuable than my hot air. If you’d like to make my whole freakin’ month, fill out this form and hit send.
I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Lessi, Penny, Alicia, and Alex. Why? Because I am expanding my services into Tarot Coaching, and these wonderful humans gave me space to learn while I guide them.
Tarot Coaching is more in-depth than tarot reading, in that I work with clients consistently over an extended period of time to identify goals and pathways, uncover blockages, and get them on a path that is aligned, open, and purposeful — all while utilizing the powerful tool of tarot and what I have learned from coaching and my myriad life experiences.
I study under Christine Hassler, renowned author, life coach, and keynote speaker. I love her holistic approach to coaching, and if you’re in the market for a good podcast, I strongly recommend Over It And On With It. Using her methods, I help clients process their emotions, alter their thought patterns, change their behaviors, and find their Highest Self, all to get them where they want to be in life.
So, if you ever thought to yourself, “I want to get more out of tarot readings,” or “how do I know which path to follow?” or “I need someone like a therapist, but not” or even “I wish I had my own personal cheerleader”, look no further! Send me a message here or on Instagram to set up your FREE thirty-minute consultation call to see if we are a good fit for each other.
In closing, I want to reiterate my gratitude for you. August was an interesting month, to say the least, and I’m looking forward to pulling out my sweaters and sipping some autumnal tea and cozying up for my first fall season in the South Sound area. I hope I see you soon, and until then:
May the Moon guide you,