Mystical Cat Tarot Review

Hello everyone!

I got a new Tarot deck! So thought I’d share my initial thoughts on it in a quick review. It is the Mystical Cat Tarot by Lunaea Weatherstone with artwork by Mickie Mueller. And if you love cats, like me, I think you’ll love this deck! I haven’t had much time with it yet, but so far I really like it!

It comes in a magnetic close box, with the cards nestled in the bottom, guidebook on top & a blue ribbon to help lift out the deck & book. The packaging is exactly the same format as my Everyday Witch Tarot & from what I’ve been told is typical of Llewelyn publishers. The cards are a lovely size & not to thick making them really easy & comfortable to shuffle. The backs of the cards are really nice & reversible.

The illustrations are lovely & if you know anything about cats, their characters & poses are very relatable! Featuring all types of felines from moggies to pedigree, chances are you’ll spot one that looks familiar to you! The cards are Rider Waite based so are easily recognisable in the most part & so suitable for newbies to Tarot as well as those more experienced readers.

There are, however, a few differences. The suits have been changed to Earth (Pentacles), Sky (Swords), Fire (Wands) & Sea (Cups), which is easy enough to grasp as they correspond with the element each suit relates to (earth, air, fire & water).

Some of the Court Cards are renamed too, Pages are Kittens & Knights are Toms, (Kings & Queens remain the same). So for example you have a Sky Kitten, a Sky Tom, Sky Queen & Sky King. There are also some changes to the Major Arcana Cards, not too many though. So the Fool is The Cat, the Magician is Cat Magic, The Hanged Man is The Floating Cat, Temperance is Grace, Justice is Consequences, Judgement is Good Kitty, The Devil is Demon Cat (sometimes I’m sure this is my cat, especially when she’s biting my feet!) & The Heirophant is The Priest. All these changes are outlined & explained in the guidebook.

My absolute favourite card in this deck is Death, yes you read that right! Didn’t think I’d hear myself saying that either, but it is beautiful, take a look!

I also love The Sun, The Priestess, The Moon, Stars, 9 of Sea & 2 of Sea amongst others. The 9 & 2 of Sea feature Calico cats, not that I’m biased or anything (my current cat, Pippa & my last one, Milly, were both Calicos!). In the front of the guidebook there is also a list of cats names, these cats are apparently, depicted in the deck (although it doesn’t say where) & I assume must be known to the writer or artist. One of the cats names listed is Mustachio, this absolutely has to be the cat featuring in The Chariot card, as he appears to be sporting a very fine grey moustache!

I’m not so keen on the Aces (pictured earlier), I would’ve preferred another cat illustration, having said that they do represent the elements really well. Some of the cards are quite upsetting, the cats look terrified which is heartbreaking, so I’m not so keen on those either but they get the message across I suppose. I’m also not a big fan of the Sky Queen, she looks to be perched really awkwardly in the tree, not a very regal pose! Also the 3 of Fire is not a favourite, just seems a bit basic compared to the others somehow.

The guidebook is very good, colour pictures of the cards would have made it even better but the black & white illustrations are perfectly adequate, I’m just being picky! As previously mentioned there are explanations in the front about the changes to the cards & usual introductions. Each card has a double page spread featuring a black & white picture on the left page & guidance on the facing page including a description of the card/character, Cat Advice & reversal interpretation.

After all the card descriptions/interpretations there are 4 spreads to try, cat related of course! One of my favourite sections, which I love, is right at the back of the book, where there are some of the artists sketches with notes & a brief explanation of how the image came together.

How cool is that?!

All in all I would say this is a great deck, a bit quirky but still Rider Waite based, the guidebook features some really useful interpretations/advice & is a must for all you Cat loving Tarot readers!

Hope you enjoyed my review, I’ll finish with a picture of my old ‘Mystical Cat’ Milly, a rescue cat who I loved for almost 17 years but sadly lost 2 years ago. I like to think her soul is still with me, like one of those beautiful souls in the Death card ๐Ÿ˜ป

Bye for now!

The final & biggest challenge of all!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are having an awesome day!

By now we have reached the final day of the challenge, day 5! To say this one worried me a bit is an understatement! I had learnt a LOT in the last 4 days & was starting to feel it would be worth me continuing to learn & study tarot. But bearing in mind I’d only really just managed a reasonably successful 3 card reading for the first time, for myself, in the last day or so, day 5 terrified me!!

So “what was the day 5 challenge?!” I hear you cry! Well, we had to buddy up with someone &, using everything we had learned over the course of the challenge, we had to do a reading for them! “WHAT?! A reading for someone else? Someone I don’t know & have never even met?! I CAN’T DO THAT! HELP!”

Also remember some of the people doing this 5 day tarot reading makeover challenge were professional readers, who I can only assume we’re reminding themselves of the basics after having time out from reading or perhaps falling into the trap of missing out some important basics steps as they’d been reading for so long. What if I got a pro reader? What on earth would they think of me, I’d only just managed a half decent reading for myself! PANIC!

Then I remembered the lovely lady I was messaging on day 2 about crystals! She had, in passing, said I could practice on her, I wasn’t sure if she was joking or not though! I knew she knew a lot about crystals & I strongly suspected she had much more of an idea about tarot than me but to what extent I wasn’t sure. I was determined to finish the full 5 day challenge, there was no chickening out now, so I took the plunge, sent her a message & asked if I could do a reading for her to complete the challenge. She said yes! Fantastic! I think, the thought of trying to do a reading for someone else was still terrifying me!

My new tarot test dummy (that’s how she described herself! I was just hoping my reading didn’t turn out to be a total car crash!) anyway, she sent me a lovely message saying how excited she was to have me read for her, gave me a little bit of background information & a question & told me to take my time, no rush.

To be honest I wanted to get it over & done with before I lost my nerve! So at the first opportunity I had for a bit of peace, I prepared my sacred space, got out my deck, I decided to use my Bonefire deck & took a little time to clear my mind.

Concentrating carefully on the question & taking a few deep breaths I laid out the cards. This is what I got

What I had learned must have paid off, I just started writing all this stuff down as it came to me, then I got to Judgement & hit a wall. I don’t know what it is about this card but I still struggle with it when it appears in a reading. Anyway, the most important thing was, I didn’t panic! I took a few more deep breaths & looked again just noting the symbols that stood out to me, then looking deeper into what these meant & how they related to the question asked etc. Then it all started flowing again! I took a look at the card on the bottom of the deck & then brought it all together. To present it I gave an interpretation of each card, pointing out the imagery I had picked up on & summed it all up in an ‘In conclusion’ paragraph, I also included a picture of the cards. I had done it & I was pretty happy with how it had gone, but whether my interpretation was accurate was yet to be seen. So I sent it off to my new tarot buddy & crossed my fingers. I have to admit part of me didn’t want to get any feedback, what if I was totally off the mark?!

I didn’t have long to wait, I soon got a message back! More deep breaths, open the message. I can honestly say the feedback I got completely floored me …… in a good way! She very kindly filled me in on a lot more background about her situation so I could see how accurate I’d been. She also compared it to a similar reading she had paid for & had done by a professional tarot reader, saying it was equally as good if not better in some areas!! Well I couldn’t believe it! Maybe I wasn’t completely hopeless after all! I had finished the 5 day challenge & completed my first tarot reading for someone else, who I later found out, didn’t even live in the same country as me! This was such a confidence boost & fuelled my interest even further! I am eternally grateful to that Tarot buddy & I am still in contact with her now, sharing our interest in tarot & she is a bit of a mentor to me. She is an extremely lovely & knowledgeable lady & I would encourage you to check out her blog @Tarotmum13, Tarotandthings.

Well there you have it I got to the end of the challenge but what should I do next?? ……

Take care all, I’ll let you know what happened after the challenge next time!

Tarot Challenge – Part 2

Hello!

I’m back again to continue telling you about the Biddy Tarot 5 Day Tarot Reading Makeover Challenge. As mentioned in my last post this really was a turning point for me. I learned so much in these 5 days, not just about Tarot but also about myself as well as other wonderful things like crystals, meditation, chakras, mindfulness etc.

Days 1 & 2 dealt with ‘Who are you as a Tarot reader?’ & creating a sacred space to carry out a reading, both these had already made a difference to my readings. Roll on days 3, 4 & 5! So here we go …..

Day 3 – How to ask a powerful question. As the title of this days challenge suggests, we were about to find out how to ask the right question to get the most out of your reading. This does actually make quite a big difference!

To some extent, I suppose this might depend on the type of Tarot reader you are & how you believe Tarot works. I am not psychic & do not believe that Tarot can predict your future or give a definitive yes or no answer. Therefore how you word a question is quite important. From what I can gather, even some readers who have psychic abilities would much rather not have to answer a yes or no question in a reading. The main thing I gained from this is, it’s far better to try & empower the querent by providing some guidance to help them understand the situation & make decisions to move forward in a positive way. We learned that open ended questions tend to work best, those starting ‘How?’ ‘What?’, ‘Why?’, as opposed to yes/no questions or ones asking for timings, I.e. ‘When?’, ‘Should?’, ‘Will?’. Maybe you are happy to answer these yes/no type questions (& that’s fine) but the answer is still some what limited to yes or no & you may end up pulling more cards anyway to get more information. So we were asked to brainstorm 5-10 powerful questions, then choose 1 of them & draw 1 card to see how much more we could get out of 1 card by asking an open ended question. The difference, I found, was amazing, as I was able to pick up on so much more in the card & it was useful information, not just yes or no!

Day 4 – Tell the story in the cards. Today taught us about looking at the spread as a whole rather than just interpreting each card individually. Again this is something I hadn’t really thought about, so this exercise brought another dimension to my readings! It’s pretty simple too, just a case of seeing how the cards interact with one another, which way are the figures facing (towards one another or away), are there any common symbols, numbers, suits etc. Are they all Major or Minor Arcana or a mixture of both. Then thinking about what this might mean. You can try almost reading the cards as you would a cartoon strip, how is the story progressing from one card to the next? Put yourself in each card, how does it make you feel? What would the figure in the picture say? What would you say? What do you think might happen next? Etc etc. So day 4’s challenge was to put all this together with what we had learned in the previous 3 days, ask a powerful question, draw 3 cards & tell the story in the cards. Trying to put my the disastrous reading I did for myself at the back of my mind, I gave it ago! And boom! I just kind of did it, almost without thinking, I can’t even explain it. I just saw all these things in the cards & it made sense! Who knew?! I suddenly realised that I may not be quite as bad at this as I thought, maybe I will keep going!

The biggest challenge of all, however, was yet to come in Day 5. To say I was nervous is an understatement! Tune in next time to see how I got on!

Take care all!

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All becomes clear(er)! – The journey continues

Hi everyone!

Hope you are well, you are looking fabulous!

So a little recap, I’ve got the cards, a book, I’ve been drawing a card a day, then I try out a ‘proper’ reading on myself. I draw 3 cards to answer my question & nothing but a mental block & panic! Epic fail!

I’m feeling pretty rubbish about this epic fail, wondering if I should just give up etc. I mean if I can’t even do a simple 3 card reading for myself, what hope is there? Anyway, I’m browsing the internet & social media when I spot a post from a website I had found really helpful with some great resources, Biddy Tarot. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s well worth checking out.

It was a ‘Free 5 day Tarot Reading Make-over Challenge’ with Biddy Tarot via a pop-up Facebook group. My Tarot Reading certainly needed a makeover (well kick start more like it!). So I signed up for it, I had nothing to lose.

I didn’t really know what to expect, but there seemed to be quite a few people taking part, some complete newbies, like me, but also some professional readers.

Those taking part were invited to introduce themselves on one of the posts & if I recall correctly, there was a bit of an introduction of how it would work & a link to download a workbook, that could be completed electronically or printed out.

Basically, each day Brigit Esselmont (the founder of Biddy Tarot) would post a video for us to watch, about 10 minutes long, give or take. Then we had to do the activity in the workbook & share our experiences on the Facebook Group.

I have to say, this challenge was a bit of a game changer for me, I’d got so hung up on what each card meant or represented that I hadn’t really thought about any of the other stuff when it came to reading or preparing to do a reading.

I’ll do this in two parts, so here’s how it went for the first couple of days.

Day 1 – Who are you as a Tarot reader? This made us think about our unique gifts & talents & how we can use those to decide how we use the tarot when doing a reading. For example are we a predictive reader, psychic, do we see Tarot as a coaching tool, counselling etc. This was very useful & the way Brigit explained how she saw Tarot working really resonated with me. The whole fortune telling or predicting the future thing didn’t really feel right to me, so seeing it as a way to help connect with your subconscious & provide guidance when making decisions so you can create your own future was, I decided, the way forward for me!

Day 2 – Creating the sacred space. This had us thinking about preparing for a reading. Laying out a nice cloth, lighting a candle, burning some incense, choosing some crystals, meditation etc. Whatever took our fancy to help set the scene & clear our mind. Then once we had decided what our little preparation ritual would be, we had to create our sacred space & do a reading. This was part of my downfall in my epic fail reading, I just hadn’t prepared myself. I’d just whipped out the cards in between doing household chores & chucked 3 cards down, my head was full of what jobs I still had to do & goodness knows what other rubbish! So day 2’s activity was a bit of an ‘Aha!’ moment. When I did the reading, the amount of information that I got from the cards took me a bit by surprise!

Because everyone was sharing their experiences, thoughts & photos on the Facebook group, it was great to read & see what other people were doing! I do believe it was on this second day that I came across an amazing lady who I am still in touch with now & who also has a blog, so go & check it out, you’ll find her at Tarotmum13! Anyway there were lots of opportunities to ask questions & share ideas with other people doing the challenge & I ‘met’ Tarotmum13 on a post asking about crystals & which ones to use when creating a sacred space. She knows quite a bit about crystals, & lots of other fab things & we exchanged a few messages in the group.

I was amazed how much I seemed to have come on in just 2 days by doing the activities, interacting with other people in the group & reading about their experiences. I’d also found out about crystals, mindfulness, meditation etc. as well at Tarot! I couldn’t wait for day 3! This was also a super useful topic, but I’ll continue this part of my journey in my next blog post. I love a cliffhanger don’t you?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Š

Take care all, I’ll be back soon with the next instalment! xx

Tarot Journey – Epic Tarot Fail!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all OK!

By now I had purchased a deck I really connected with (Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus-West) & was getting to know it, still drawing a card a day & writing a bit about it & how it related to my day (or didn’t!).

At this point I still hadn’t done a ‘proper’ reading, where I’d asked a question (other than what do I need to know about today? Or similar) & interpreted the cards to give me an answer. The maximum number of cards I’d pulled for a daily draw was 2! So I decided to do a reading for myself, think of a question, draw 3 cards & read what they told me. Easy, right? Wrong!

I can’t even remember the question I asked or what the 3 cards were I pulled, all I remember was looking at the cards & feeling totally blank! I didn’t have a clue what to do or what the cards meant & panicked! I felt completely hopeless. I gathered up the cards & put them away. Now what?!

I’d done all this reading, in my book & online, about the cards, suits & numbers & what they meant but when it came to doing a reading I couldn’t remember any of it! What went wrong? Why was nothing coming to me? Epic fail! That’s it then, I just can’t read the Tarot! I don’t have the skills to do this! I’ve failed!Maybe you do have to be psychic! All these things were going round in my head! Wrong again!

Turns out, it’s all very well reading & journaling about the cards etc. but it’s not quite as easy as whipping out your cards in between doing the ironing & making tea, giving them a quick shuffle, drawing a few cards & bingo! All your troubles answered! Well not for me anyway! There is a bit of preparation required, especially when you are just learning Tarot & learning how to tap into your intuition to get a grasp of what the cards are trying to tell you. I hadn’t thought of this, at all!!

My head was so full of stuff that had happened that day & the things I still needed to do, I wasn’t really in any fit state to do a reading & I just rushed through it.

In my next post I will tell you what happened next that gave me an ‘aha!’ moment that brought me on in leaps & bounds!

Take care all!

Speak to you soon x

Bonefire Tarot Review

Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus-West is a tattoo inspired deck, the second deck I purchased and I love it!

After lots of browsing images on the internet, I kept being drawn to it, I’m not entirely sure if I can explain why. I’m not a tattoo fanatic, but I don’t mind them & I don’t have any. Having said that my friend & I did have this big conversation one night about if we had a tattoo what would we have & where would we have it (we had gone through at least a bottle of wine at this point!).

Anyway, maybe it was the vibrant, bold colours (they really stand out!), maybe it was the fact the images are so different & edgy, yet familiar, this deck is based on the Rider Waite images. Whatever it was, I was hooked, I ordered it & couldn’t wait for it to arrive!

It comes in a very good quality, lovely box, with the 78 cards & accompanying guidebook. This is what it looks like!

The cards are made of very good quality thick card stock & measure approx. 3 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ (89mm x 117mm). Quite a bit bigger than the little Radiant Rider Waite in a tin! So they took a bit of getting used to when it came to shuffling. I’ve got quite big hands so I can manage them reasonably well, but not as easy to shuffle as the smaller deck.

With this deck Gabi Angus-West is not only the artist but she has also written the guidebook which, I think, is fantastic. There is so much of her interpretation in there you really do get a feel for how she sees the cards & how they were put together. To some extent it’s almost autobiographical (blimey that’s a long word for a Wednesday evening from someone with a terrible head cold!) ๐Ÿ˜‚ The book is great quality with colour pictures of the cards, however the text is quite small, so you need good eyesight & decent light if you’re going to sit & read through it all in one hit! I should point actually, that the tabs you may have noticed sticking out of the guidebook in the above picture, do not come with the book. I have added these to make it quicker & easier for me to find a particular section, because I’m a bit weird!

As you would expect at the beginning of the book, there is a bit of an introduction, but she pretty much gets straight into the cards on about page 12 (5 of the pages at the front are the copyright blurb, index & dedication pages). After the main card descriptions there are about 3 spreads to have a go at, a one card, three card & an 8 card spread, I haven’t quite got my head round the 8 carder yet! Then there’s a glossary of symbols towards the back.

Now as you can see from the picture above, showing one of the card descriptions, Gabi gives a few keywords or phrases alongside a colour picture of the card, there is then a description/interpretation & at the end she picks out some key symbols. The only thing I would say here is that on some of the cards, the key symbols she picks out are not then listed in the glossary of symbols at the back of the book. Most are, but some are not, for example on The Fool card she picks out a dog (amongst other things) & on The High Priestess she picks out a cube, but neither a dog nor a cube is listed in the glossary of symbols. If it was me, I would have made sure that all the symbols I had particularly drawn the readers attention to, were then listed in the glossary, but that’s just me!

OK to give you a taster of the artwork, I have quickly picked out a few cards to show you, as you will see some are quite recognisable as being based on the Rider Waite images, some not so much.

I do love the Queen of Wands, she looks so sassy with her gold dress, top hat & her black cat draped round her shoulders! The Four of Swords I think a lot of us can relate to after a tough day at work or running round after the kids! I like a lot of these cards, the Three of Cups which I don’t seem to have included in the pictures, I thought I had (that’s my fuzzy head cold brain playing tricks on me). Anyway I like that one it reminds me of me & my 2 best friends getting together when we can & enjoying a good chat & a glass of wine or 3! I’m not sure why it does as the women on the card don’t really look like us & they aren’t drinking wine, which we usually are! But it just makes me think of when we get together, it’s a friendship card after all!

After getting to know & using this deck for readings, I think the thing I love most about it, is the amount of detail in each card, all the different little things there are for your intuition to notice & be sparked by. I’m a details kind of person but I do understand that some people prefer more simple designs, it’s personal choice, but I love it & find them quite easy to read with because of it. I have, on a number of occasions, done a reading with them, looked at a card & picked out some tiny detail & interpreted it in such a way that didn’t really bear any resemblance to the traditional meaning but I went with it as I had such a strong feeling about it & it turned out to be spot on!

So there you have it, the fabulous Bonefire Tarot! I hope you enjoyed having a look at it. I am off to run my self a nice hot bath & get myself a hot toddy to try & help relieve this cold!

Take care! Speak to you soon!

Next steps and new decks

Hello! I’m back from a great week in Wales & I’m feeling in need of a holiday to get over my holiday! We picked Pippa up from the cattery, she was a bit grumpy with us at first but soon settled back in & was relaxing in no time!

Anyway, continuing my Tarot journey tale……..

I progressed from just doing a daily card draw to doing a 2 card spread on those mornings I had a little more time.

So I did 2 positions:

1. What can I expect from today?

2. How might I overcome any challenges that crop up today?

Or words to that effect! It was only a little step forward but I actually started to feel like I was doing a proper reading as opposed to just drawing 1 card, writing what I felt about it, or what jumped out at me & then trying to relate it to something that happened during that day. It also got me looking at card combinations & how the cards interacted with one another.

Now as I mentioned previously, I was working with the Radiant Rider Waite deck & I wasn’t completely in love with the artwork. So having become a bit more hooked on Tarot, I decided to invest in a deck that really drew me in visually, that I could really connect with & enjoy working with a bit more.

My best tip for finding a deck that you are really drawn to, is to do a google search on Tarot decks or have a look on Pinterest. If you see 1 or 2 images of cards that catch you eye, note the name of the deck & search for images of that particular deck. You can usually find pictures of most of the cards in a deck to see if you can connect with the artwork. You can also read reviews or take a look at ‘unboxing’ videos on You Tube, which may give you an idea of size, images, card stock quality etc. If you are lucky & have a good shop nearby you should be able to actually handle a deck & see how it looks & feels ‘in the flesh’. There may not be as much choice in a shop as there is online though & I don’t have such a shop close by, so browsing on my iPad was the way I went.

I spent a few evenings doing this & I kept being drawn to the Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus-West. This is a tattoo style Tarot deck based on the Rider Waite deck, so while the images were very different, they were also familiar. I’m not sure what kept drawing me to it, if I’m honest; the bold colours, edgy images, the detail …… Anyway it ended up in my basket & before I knew it I’d checked out & the deck was winging it’s way to me!

And what a great deck it is! Keep your eyes peeled for my review of this deck, in an upcoming post!

I couldn’t wait to dive in, look through the whole deck & read the accompanying guidebook! The next thing I really felt I needed to do was to have a go at an actual, real life, proper reading, just for myself to start with. It wasn’t a great success, but I’ll tell you more about that in another post!

Well, that’s all for now!

Take care, until next time ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy holidays!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all OK! We are on holiday at the moment in beautiful North Wales! I love the coast & have been leaving little pebble sculptures on some of the beaches we have visited so far, for other people to discover!

I am also happy to report that my Tarot cards have safely made it to the Llลทn Peninsular in the little pouch I crocheted the other day. I’m glad I took the time to make it so I could bring them with me & be able to do my daily draw with one of my favourite decks!

This morning I drew The Fool & tonight as I reflected on this card, it really made me think of my daughter’s delight when she spotted a grey seal as she stood on the cliff top! Not a great photo of the seal (I only had my phone with me, but there he, or she is!). My daughter named it Sammy!

Yesterday we went to an old slate mine which has been turned into an adventure place where you can go on zip wires or bounce around on huge nets in the slate caverns underground. I have been banned from such activities as I seem to have a habit of dislocating my knee! So while my husband & daughter bounced about I had a lovely coffee & a leisurely wander round the gift shop where they had some lovely crystals. There were some fabulous amethyst & quartz clusters but they were a bit out of my price range, so I went for a few little tumble stones; hematite, blue lace agate & snowflake obsidian as well as a clear quartz point. All the clear quartz points were broken but one gave me a little tingle so I had to buy it! I also got a new incense stick holder, for no other reason than that it was a cat!

Well that’s all for now, I will leave you with a beautiful sunset from last night! And will return soon with another instalment of my Tarot journey!

Take care!

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Tarot Travel Pouch

Hi everyone!

You are looking fabulous today!

Just thought I’d share with you my little burst of crafty-ness! We are going away on holiday soon & I wanted to take one of my Tarot decks with me. Now as you may know from one of my previous blogs, I do have the Radiant Rider Waite in a tin, which is a great small size for travelling, I like to have it in my handbag for a last minute or unexpected reading. But as we are away for a full week I really wanted to take one of my other 2 decks that I read with on a regular basis, plus I think they’d like a trip to the seaside!

I obviously, want to make sure that which ever deck I take though, is safe & doesn’t get damaged. But I don’t really want to have to take the box it came in as it will take up a bit too much space in my bag! So I took a leaf out of one of my Tarot friends book, Tarotmum13 (you should check out her fantastic blog!), she sent me a picture of a fabulous little pouch that she had crocheted, so this is her idea really! I also crochet, I’m a bit slow though, but thought I’d give it a go.

First job, choose some nice yarn, Pippa was supposed to be helping me with this but got a bit bored & fell asleep! I won’t be using that yarn then!

I found some nice dark blue wool in my stash, with a bit of sparkle, love a bit of bling! Some cotton yarn may have been a bit better to use but I liked this one. Then I dug out my crochet kit & got started!

As I said before, I’m not very fast & not the best crocheter, but a few chain stitches & LOTS of half trebles later, I finished! Just had to sew up the sides & find a nice button as a fastener. I picked out a lovely silver heart button to sew on. The whole thing took me ALL night! In the end though, I was quite pleased with the result. Here it is, what do you think?

My Bonefire Tarot deck fits in perfectly, but it’s a little bit big for my Everyday Witch Tarot, however if I wrap Everyday Witch in my Tarot cloth first & then pop them in, they fit beautifully leaving a bit of space down the side for some small crystals, an amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz & selenite. So I have everything I need in one little pouch to do a reading!

I have the Bonefire & Everyday Witch apps on my phone so if I get stuck & need a bit of inspiration I can use the app to look up meanings or interpretations & don’t need to take the guidebook with me.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!

Take care everyone! Bye for now!

My cat is in the dog house!

Well she’s in her Cat basket here, but you get the idea, here’s why!

About 2 weeks ago I took my cat, Pippa, to the vets for her annual booster injections & a check up.

Everything went pretty well until the vet weighed her & announced she was too heavy, we’ve got a fat cat! So I was instructed to put her on a diet, no treats & see how she goes!

Pippa is NOT impressed! No more titbits of ham when I’m making a sandwich & not half as much breakfast or tea! Consequently, she wolfs down her breakfast in one go & when I get home from work she is sat on the arm of the sofa & immediately starts meowing at me to feed her! If I don’t she follows me around getting under my feet & if I still make her wait she then bites my feet!

So I thought it was a bit odd yesterday when I got home & Pippa wasn’t on the sofa, she was upstairs lounging on the bed! She lays like this all the time!

Then I go & check her dish & there is a bit of food left in there, strange, she usually polishes it all off straight away these days & I was pretty sure she had that morning. On closer inspection I discover it was wet cat food, that you get in the little pouches. Now Pippa is on some special biscuits, due to a condition she has, she doesn’t have pouches anymore.

So I ask my daughter if she has fed Pippa, she replies no. So I ask her if anyone has been & she says that Grandad (my Dad, they live 10 doors down) had been up & put the bins back after they had been emptied, but she was on her way out to meet a friend, so she said hello & then left him to it.

Next step, ring Mum & Dad. It turns out Pippa had been all over Dad like a rash, all lovey dovey, rubbing up against his legs, following him about & meowing at him. She is quite lovey but not as much with Dad when he’s walking about, he’s tall & can be a little unsteady on his feet, so she keeps her distance until he sits down. Not yesterday! She ended up running to her empty dish, meowing & running back to him a few times, to the point where Dad thought I must’ve been in a rush to get to work & forgotten to feed her! So he found one of the pouches she used to have & gave her that!

“She seemed much happier, after that” Dad said

“I bet she did!” I said

So the little sneak had coerced my elderly father into giving her a second breakfast! How sneaky is that?! What a naughty pussy cat!