The Fifth Spirit Tarot deck

Tarot Decks Update

Here is a list of the tarot decks I own or once owned. It’s in order of the frequency I use it, which also means how much I adore it. I bought most of these decks myself, while some are gifted to me.

The Fifth Spirit Tarot

I have been using this deck for more than a couple of months now and absolutely love it. Having the book also elevates the whole experience of using the deck. Highly recommend it.

The creator, Charlie Claire Burgess, is currently working on an oracle deck, which I plan to pick up the minute it’s dropped on Kickstarter.

Best use for: learning tarot, spring season and self discovery.

Moon Void Tarot

A surviving-Covid support deck which I got as an early Christmas gift for myself. This was the first deck I bought together with the book. One of the best tarot decisions I have ever made and will continue making.

I have a feeling Moon Void Tarot is going to be one of my forever decks.

The creator, Stefani is coming up with the 3rd edition of the deck. Instead of just black and white, she is infusing the latest edition with a soft pink. Some of the cards have been modified as well, which might just be enough of an incentive for me to get the latest edition.

Best use for: self-empowerment (there is only one archetype on the whole deck, a long haired woman), winter season, self discovery and learning tarot.

Read the deck interview here.

 The Spacious Tarot

It’s a birthday gift from Fafa in September 2020. Making it the first tarot deck I have ever gotten as a gift. The cards are beautiful, gentle and kind. I recently downloaded the $5 guide audio that I have been listening to during my runs. Read The Spacious Tarot deck interview here.

Best use for: self-care days and summer season.

The Gentle Tarot

The latest deck that joined the family. I am currently working through journaling the 78 tarot cards in sequence; starting the first minor arcana card tomorrow, so tbh I am not 100% sure how much I like this deck just yet. Please come back later for an update.

Best use for: self-care days, in nature and spring season.

This Might Hurt Tarot

I got it to celebrate starting a new job in the new company in the early 2020. Read the This Might Hurt deck interview here.

Best use for: socialising and party.

The Numinous Tarot

I tried so much to like this indie deck. It’s colourful. It features candles instead of wands, bells instead of swords, pentacles instead of books – making it much more relatable. But I just am not a fan of it. Happy to it trade off.

The Light Seer’s Tarot

An impulse purchase during lockdown. Happy to barter it.

The Cat Tarot

I bought this deck recently, just because it’s a cat themed tarot deck. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect, let alone learn from it. Happy to pass it to anyone who is into both cat and tarot.

I will keep updating the list. I used to have a few more decks which I donated to a witch during the great-Covid-purge. I am keen to exchange some of these decks, especially with the hard to find tarot decks, do check out if you are keen too. Thanks.

Culture Themed Tarot Decks

There are only a handful of things in life that I am more obsessed with compared to tarot. One of it is culture (check out my other blog: KultureKween).

Eventually, researching the interconnection between traditions and tarot, which started as a curiosity, grew into an obsession and has now turned into a life goal.

I also must admit that I have spent an embarrassing amount of hours researching tarot decks with the two cultures that I associate the most with, Indonesian and Indian.

Though there are more than a few Indian culture themed tarot decks out there, I didn’t find any that I liked nor could relate to as of now.

As for the Indonesian themed tarot deck, first of all, I was surprised that it existed to begin with. It’s called Tarot of Nusantara but it didn’t call out to me either. Instead, I found some other culture themed decks that I absolutely adore. Here they are, sorted by my liking from top to bottom*.

1. Tarot of Divine – $22

With rich, vibrant art and a keen understanding of traditional tarot archetypes, illustrator Yoshi Yoshitani infuses Tarot of the Divine with worldly insight and an intriguing selection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe. With fables from more than forty countries, this spiritual journey is a worldly experience like no other.

This is a dream deck for a culture-geek such as myself. That combined with the price and zero shipping fee made it too easy for me to click pre-order sometime last year. I am still waiting patiently for it to arrive at my doorstep.

2. Yokai Yochi Tarot – $53

There are plenty of Japanese culture themed tarot decks in the market. From the traditional art of Ukiye to the pop-culture Manga deck but none of it spoke to me as much as Yokai Yochi did. The deck portrays ghosts, folklore, and traditional Japanese artwork. This is the second time I have mentioned this deck on my tarot deck list. Maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and order it.

3. The Gentle Tarot – $60

The Gentle Tarot is an indigenous-made, hand-drawn tarot deck filled with imagery influenced by life in remote Alaska. Mariza, the artist behind Mari in the Sky and The Gentle Tarot deck, is a nature-inspired illustrator, grew with ceremony and daily rituals that connect us with the elements, songs that ancestors sang with words and sounds that speak to this connection. She is inspired to share the love, honor, and respect that the planet is due.

Best part: 10% of all proceeds from the deck sale are donated to ocean and climate change research.

4. The Delta Enduring Tarot – $50

I mentioned above that I couldn’t relate much with the Indian tarot decks out there, but then I could relate so much to some of the cards from The Delta Enduring Tarot deck.

It’s an illustrated tarot deck centering on the natural beauty and struggles of life in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta Enduring Tarot pays tribute to these ebbs and flows, and to the lives of those that continue to make the deep south a more verdant, just, and enduring landscape–despite the storm of oppression always on the horizon. Egan, the artist, is an illustrator born and raised in the arms of the Mississippi Delta. They practice medicine and the esoteric arts of magic, with a predilection for the healing of communal ritual.

This deck has been sold-out, therefore very hard to find. I am not sure whether it will ever be reproduced but I surely hope so.

5. The Hoodoo Tarot – $33

Celebrating the complex American Rootwork tradition, The Hoodoo Tarot integrates esoteric and botanical knowledge from Hoodoo with the divination system of the tarot. The cards features full-color paintings by magical-realist artist Katelan Foisy and elegantly interprets the classical tarot imagery through depictions of legendary rootworkers past and present as well as important Hoodoo symbolism. In the accompanying guidebook, Tayannah Lee McQuillar provides a history of Hoodoo and its complex heritage, including its roots in multiple African and Indigenous American ethnic groups as well as its European influences.

Read the interview with the artist here.

6. The Magical Nordic Tarot – $20

I almost got this deck a few times. I am into Nordic culture and lifestyle and it’s pretty affordable (it’s the cheapest deck on this list), but knowing the majority of the deck (all the minor arcana cards) is not illustrated left a lot to be desired.

*Prices are in USD, excluding shipping.

Nine of Cups

Nine and Half Full Cups

I pulled Nine of Cups this morning and braced myself. I thought, I know what it is about:

Being productive. Planning. Getting my cups, I mean, ducks in a row.

I had a long to-do list and I was in a better mental state today compared to the last few days. If I played my cards right and do most of the things on my to-do list, I would feel accomplished at the end of yet another workweek.

It’s now 16 minutes to midnight. I didn’t manage to finish a work task that I started at 10 AM and continued working on until 9 PM. I didn’t have time to run any errands today, nor to exercise and read. I haven’t written anything except of course for this.

But do I feel semi-accomplished? Tbh, kinda.

I filed my taxes, led a meeting and created an extensive excel spreadsheet. I studied 20 pages from my CPA textbook, which might seem nothing, but at least I started. Also, since I read a book to study, maybe I could claim that I also read. I checked on my cousin, spoke to my parents and told an annoying person off. Granted, I did it all with the help of three cups of coffee. But still, not too bad, eh?

It made me realize that Nine of Cups ━ feeling accomplished, can be seen as a glass half empty or half full. Especially for a Virgo like myself. Today, I chose to see it as the latter.

The Star Tarot The Spacious Tarot

Abandon All Hope Thy Who Pulled The Star

I kept pulling The Star whenever I do a tarot spread during the past couple of months. Be it a new moon, full moon or monthly tarot spread. I should be delighted. The Star is one of the most positive cards in the tarot.

Of pinned hopes and granted wishes.

All these would be a good omen to get if it hadn’t keep turning up on the release/let go part of the spread. Repeatedly.

I knew what it has been trying to tell me. But I kept ignoring it until I couldn’t anymore. So the last time The Star appeared on my tarot spread, I pulled it aside and half-yelled at it that:

Yes, I get it. I must let go of holding on to hopes this year!

I shall… surrender. Hopefully, it will stop appearing in an unfavorable position going forward.

I Have A Thing For…

I have a thing for…

Rainy day in Singapore.
Mustard-coloured armchair placed in a corner.
Reading the blog of a published author.
Chubby roses.
Hexagonal-shaped corner, with windows, turned into a reading nook.
Wall-to-wall bookcase.
…and wall-to-wall windows.
Savouring cold bread dipped in pipping hot day old fish curry.
Period house with cracking floor.
Indie tarot decks that come in a tuck box.
Big bookstores and thin paperback.
Wireless gadgets.
Books that can be pocketed.

Coin-operated laudromat.
Soaking the Friday afternoon vibes at work.
Foreign language songs played on repeat.
Singular-use kitchen gadgets.
Japan.

Film Camera MjuII Kodak Ultramax 400 Echuca Farm Stay

5 AM Thoughts At 2 AM

Just when I started to feel a hint of nostalgia for my insomnia nights, or as I romanticised as “5 AM Thoughts“, it came for a visit. On a Monday night, when I desperately needed a goodnight sleep — after having to work 12 hours straight a few hours before — and about to take on a new task that requires me to start to work an hour earlier the next day, essentially, a few hours later.

And in case you don’t know yet, I am not a morning person.

The insomnia wasn’t a welcomed visit! Well, when is it, though?

It’s 2.36 AM now. I am tired. I should be sleeping. I tried to identify the culprit.

Is it the anxiety about the new task that I am taking on at work? Is it the stress of house hunting? Also, why do we call it house hunting — such a weird term for finding your forever place. Is it because I put too much spicy sauce on my tacos earlier? Or is this the aftereffect of the double spiked Sangria that I had with it? Is it the internalised sadness of not being able to travel for more than a year and, worse, not knowing when it will be next?

After tossing and turning for 88 minutes, I decided to give it space — to be listened to, mulled-over and recorded. Based on past experiences, writing these swirling thoughts seemed to be the only way to put it, together with my brain, to sleep.

My mind is filled with things. From winter soup to adopting a dog, from starting a tarot journal of the 78 cards in chronological order to the #100HappyDays challenge, from the narrowness of the house that we saw over the weekend to the size of the apartment we are living in, from the new work to old colleagues, from my first time in Japan to my last time in Japan, from Spencer and JJ to Tynan and Beth, from filling the Indo tax to paying my future mortgage, from Parisian to witches.

Then there are things to write, books to read, food to eat and places to visit.

Autumn

First Day of Autumn

Another March ━ the the last month of the first quarter. But also feels like I am stuck in 2020. At least it’s officially Autumn now, my favorite season of the year.

Autumn in Melbourne is all about warm cider, book+bed+blanket, trying out new soup recipes, light sweater, beautiful foliage, colourful socks, red nail-polish, home-made porridge, starting a new journal and windy sunny days.

Kurated by Kovfefed – February 2021

I just finished Echoes by Shu-Ling Chua in one seating and spent the rest of my night going through her blog, Hello Pollyanna, archive. It was a Friday night well spent.

Starbucks Roastery Tokyo releases lucky Japanese dolls to end the pandemic in the new year.

Found a travel blog filled with beautiful pictures: The Blue Dot Prespective.

Mebourne went into a 5 day lockdown this month. Here is my day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 note about it and I did Adriene’s Yoga for Uncertainty the first day of it. It helped more than I anticipated.

Recipe for Sazerac, a New Orleans cocktail with a sweet and spicy bite. Yum!

Blending Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian hygge, Japandi is the latest interior design trend and I am here for it.

40000ft up in the air is the ultimate dream wedding.

Coffee Diary 160121

It was not even 9 in the morning when I sat down in one of the empty booths in the Pancake Parlour in Melbourne Central.

All Night Long was playing on the speaker.

This place brought about tons of memories.

Comforting memories ━ of breakfast dates with Liz and Pedro, where we ordered whatever we wanted with zero judgement, planning fun weekends with Jik, of having a morning moment to myself. It’s the equivalent to the chicken rice shop near the HDB I stayed in Bishan, Singapore. These are the places I frequented in search of food and comfort by means of eating my comfort food, which varies from pancake to chicken rice.

The unicorns print mask-wearing waiter came to take my order. I went for the classic. Two pancake with ice cream on top, strips of crispy fried bacon and eggs ━ scrambled this time. She helped me to save $3.80 by giving free maple syrup. Made me glad that I didn’t put the order through the app.

Order placed, I flipped through Patti Smith’s book, Year of the Monkey. I got jealous of Ms Smith; for writing eloquently and having stayed in Japantown. Meanwhile, I struggle with basic grammar and have never been to a Japantown.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go was playing next. I put the book down to add it, and the song before, to my Spotify list. I apparently like (Pancake) Parlour(s) songs, a realisation that would help to break my self-limiting belief that I am not into music.

I spotted a hand-written signage:

$5 discount on hot days (above 30 degrees)

That’s not a lot, is it?

Idk how this place survives, to be honest. It’s pretty huge for a restaurant in a prime area such a Melbourne Central but each time I am here, I only see a few other patrons ━ most looks like out-of-towners (in a way, myself included).

Today was no different.

Also, coffee has never been good here. It tasted more like mocha, but the smell strangely reminded me of Japan. Then again, these days many things, anything, everything reminds me of Japan.

Only after I paid my bill and stepped out of the place, I remembered that I didn’t register for the Covid tracker.

Seven of Swords Fifth Spirit Tarot

Real Bird vs Tarot Bird

I was running around the neighborhood, huffing and puffing trying to clock-in my daily target of 4km, when I saw a black and white feathered bird chilling at the exact the same place I took a picture of the The Fifth Spirit Tarot’s Seven of Swords card a couple weeks earlier. And I thought to myself: another tarot imitating life moment.

Seven of Swords Fifth Spirit Tarot