“*POOF* yourself into the magical forest of the Crystal Unicorn where anything is possible! Tap into your intuition and connect with your Crystal Unicorn guides to find answers that you need right now”
The Crystal Unicorn tarot is by Pamela Chen, illustrated by Lisa Higuchi, and is the first indie deck I purchased (via Indigogo). I’d seen a few pictures online, had watched an unboxing by Kelly-ann Maddox, and I knew it was a deck for me… and at less than £30 including delivery I couldn’t really say no!
The box is really sturdy but not so big that it takes up a lot of storage space.
The card stock is really good (don’t ask me about gsm because I honestly have no idea!). They shuffle really well and aren’t difficult to hold, although they are slightly longer than some of my other decks. The backs of the cards are just beautiful and they are reversible, which will come in handy if I ever decide to incorporate reversals into my readings.
The LWB is ok, but it’s probably my only “complaint” about the deck. It is 45 pages long, has an intro and a “how to use the cards” section, and then is split into major and minor sections. Each card has a few sentences and then some keywords listed and at the back there is a couple of spreads for you to try out. Honestly, I don’t love the book and I haven’t really used it since I first opened the deck.
The cards are RWS clones, but with unicorns where we would normally see people. One thing I do really love is the addition of crystals into each card. All the majors have different crystals and the minors have a crystal for each suit: smoky quartz for wands, rose quartz for cups, amethyst for swords, and citrine for pentacles. I don’t really work with crystals but I do think this adds a whole new level of symbolism into the cards and it, for me, is probably the one thing that sets this deck apart from other RWS clones.
The cards are borderless (love that!!), the colours are pastels and very soft (also love that), and overall it is just a really lovely deck to work with.
I couldn’t really pick out cards I love/dislike so instead I have just picked a few at random to show you.
I really do like this deck, but I just don’t love it as much as I thought I would. It is not that there is anything to dislike as such, it is just that there is very little that really sets it apart from other decks that I own. Having said that, it is a good deck and I am happy to have it in my collection. It is also my deck for July, so maybe working with it for a month will change my relationship from a friendship to something a bit deeper.
This month, for Aries, is about creating a stable, nurturing foundation from which your creativity can flourish. You have something you wish to bring into the world, be it a business idea, painting, piece of writing or something else, but you need to concentrate on laying the groundwork first. Ensure you are meeting your physical needs, be practical with your time and resources, and you apply some down-to-earth common sense. If you can spend the month doing that then your project will have more chance of being successful.
Taurus – Six of Wands
Sixes generally symbolise success, achievement or advancement of some kind. When paired with the suit of wands it is likely that this is referring to your career, your passion, or whatever it is that gets you out of bed each morning. Things may have felt a bit like an uphill battle of late, and you feel like you have been struggling for nothing, but all that is about to change. Your hard work has been recognised and you will receive your reward this month. Take a break from the hard graft and use the time to celebrate a job well done.
Gemini – Five of Pentacles
July is going to be a challenging month for you, especially where finances are concerned. For some of you it will be literal financial hardship that you face, for others who are financially secure it will be the realisation that money isn’t everything. In both cases you should direct your attention to whatever will bring you spiritual and emotional comfort, whether that be finding solace on a spiritual path or just turning to friendly face for comfort and support. You are not alone in your struggle but you do need to reach out and ask for help.
Cancer – The Hermit
Cancerians are known for being a bit of a homebody, and that will serve you well this month. It is time for some introspection and reflection. Maybe you have been struggling with a certain situation, or you have a big decision to make and just can’t figure out what to do for the best. Whatever the case may be, the answers are within you but you must take the time to listen for them. It can be easy, when in the midst of a stressful time, to look for comfort in the company of others but that will not help you this time. Search out the space to be quiet and you will find that this month goes more smoothly for you.
Leo – The Chariot
Where in your life are you not taking control? Where are you allowing others to decide the direction your path takes? These are the questions you should be asking yourself this month, followed by “how do I take my power back?” Whilst you have been going through a time of conflicting thoughts and feelings it has been easy to hand your reigns over to another. This, however, cannot continue long-term and this month it is time to take back control.
Virgo – The Magician
This month is all about figuring out what you want and then taking the necessary steps to go out there and get it. There is nothing you cannot achieve so long as you stay focused on the end goal and work hard to achieve it. One thing you need to remember this month is that you will only fail if you quit. If at first you don’t succeed use the opportunity to learn a lesson and then try something different.
Libra – Knight of Swords
This is going to be a really active and full-on month for you with lots of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Your instinct will be to charge on head first and to worry about the consequences later, but this will not serve you well in the long-run. Try to look at the situations objectively and you will easily determine the best way through them. More haste, less speed should be your personal saying for the month of July.
Scorpio – Three of Wands
Everything is falling into place nicely for Scorpios this month, but that doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end just yet. If you want to ensure success you need to keep grafting and also learn to cooperate with others. The green and blue landscape the unicorn is standing on here reminds me of the globe. I do feel that the world is your oyster right now, so long as you are willing to broadcast your accomplishments to others. Don’t let humility hold you back, be proud of what you have achieved so far.
Sagittarius – Justice
Some of you will be faced with a big decision this month and it is important that you take the time to fairly weigh up all factors. Balance is the keyword for you this month. You must balance what you desire against what is right and fair for everyone involved. Ask yourself if you are truly ready to live with the full consequences of your actions and let your conscience be your guide.
Capricorn – The World
The world card is an indication of a cycle coming to an end. A pattern in your life is being broken this month. It will feel like a massive victory on your part, and it will be. Take some time to celebrate, to rest and to recuperate because it won’t be long before the next cycle will demand your attention.
Aquarius – Seven of Wands
There is something that really matters to you that for some reason makes you feel like an outsider. This month you will find yourself called upon to defend it, and yourself, to others. Know that you hold the higher ground here and be sure to stick to your guns. Whatever it is you feel you have to defend is important to you, and it matter for a reason that maybe only you can ever really understand. Now is not the time to try to change people’s minds, but it is also not the time to back down in the face of their protests.
Pisces – Strength
Your self-confidence and sense of self-assurance may have taken a bit of a knock lately but that will all change this month. You will reconnect to your inner strength and will tame the inner beast that feeds your insecurities. Someone close to you may be in need of your strength this month and, paradoxically, it is their need that will cause you to dig deep and find what you feel has been missing of late.
*The deck used for this reading is the Crystal Unicorn Tarot by Pamela Chen. I am hoping to do a deck review of it shortly so watch this space…
The Pages are the last of our court card posts. They tend to represent children and young people, and can be either male or female (although I tend to see them as him and do refer to them as such in this post). As aspects of ourselves they are our inner child.
The Page of Swords is quick witted, clever and daring. He is the inquisitive child, the one who likes to learn new things and take on new challenges. He can also be defensive, illogical and moody. When this page is wronged he likes to hurt or belittle others. He loves to accrue data and form opinions but his lack of emotional maturity means he can often be scathing of those who disagree with him.
Greer tell us this Page is an ISTP. They draw their energy from solitude, appreciate concrete details, clear procedures, and practical results, filter out emotion and rely on logic, and like to take the world as it comes.
The Page of Wands is energetic and enthusiastic. He takes risks and is always grasping at new opportunities. Like the page of swords, he can be moody. He is also a terrible show-off and is easily frustrated or angered. His immaturity means he lacks patience and this can make him unreliable.
For Greer, this Page is an INFJ. He draws energy from solitude, gets bored with details, is more concerned with relationships and interpersonal harmony, and likes to structure his experiences.
The Page of Cups is artistic, sensitive and romantic. He is affectionate and loving, but can also be possessive and emotionally needy. This Page lacks the emotional maturity to truly understand love and can therefore misuse it. This can also lead to them being emotionally vulnerable and easy to manipulate.
Greer believes this Page is an ENFJ. He draws his energy from his interaction with others, unlike the other Pages, thinks abstractly, is concerned with relationships, and keeps his life organised and structured.
The Page of Pentacles is realistic, pragmatic and deliberate. He is curious about nature and respects the earth. He is, however, prone to hedonism and neurotic attachments, is over-worked and often finds himself bogged down by trivia.
This Page, according to Greer, is an ISFJ. He draws energy from solitude, appreciates concrete details, makes decisions based on emotional and personal consequences, and likes to structure his experiences.
Kings often represent more mature men, usually aged from about their mid-thirties onwards, they tend to show an outer public mastery in their field, and are authority figures.
The King of Swords is authoritative and controlling. He is someone who likes rules and makes decisions from a place of logic and rationality. He can be overly critical, lacks empathy and is pretty impersonal when dealing with others. This King is not a warm father figure, he is a war king. He is tactical and decisive and he upholds high moral values and standards.
Greer sees this King as an ESTJ. He draws energy from interacting with others, appreciates concrete details and clear procedures, relies on logic, and likes structure and organisation.
The King of Wands is witty, friendly, honest and fair. He takes the creative vision of others and makes it a reality. Sometimes his passion can make him a little impulsive and he has a tendency to be a little arrogant, believing his way is always the right way. He would make a good leader but would be a better politician. He is the man “behind the throne”, pushing his agenda by using charm and his persuasive nature.
For Greer, this King is an ENTP. His energy comes from interacting with others and, unlike the other Kings, he prefers generalisations to specifics. He relies on logic and likes to take the world as it comes.
The King of Cups is sympathetic, compassionate and always willing to help. He can, however, have difficulty saying no as he doesn’t want to offend or disappoint anyone. This is the caring King, the one who sacrifices his own needs to ensure the happiness of others. He doesn’t take criticism well and can sometimes come across as a little bit sanctimonious, but he does genuinely care deeply about others.
Greer believes this King is an ESFP. As with all the Kings, he draws energy from interacting with others. He appreciates concrete details and clear procedures, makes decisions based on the basis of personal and emotional consequences, and likes to take the world as it comes.
The King of Pentacles is self-sufficient, realistic and dependable. He knows how to take advantage of resources in order to be able to provide stability, luxury and comfort. He can, however, be very set in his ways and is also quick to anger. He has no sense of tact, and instead can be very bullish and blunt when dealing with others.
This King, according to Greer, is an ESTP. He draws energy from interacting with others, appreciates concrete details and clear procedures, relies on logic, and likes to take the world as it comes.
This blog started out as one of those random messenger ideas between Geek Girl Christina and myself. Really the discussion had started following a boosy tarot reading late one Saturday night, but the real bones of it were formed during a back and forth conversation on a weekday afternoon. Without too much real thought about what we wanted to achieve, or what the blog would look like, we came up with a name, set everything up, and away we went.
Except we never really got it underway. We kept meaning to, we talked about it a lot through messenger and in person, we had so many great ideas for what we would do with it when we found the time… and then time ran out.
On 14th May, two weeks ago today, Christina suddenly passed away from secondary cancer. It was just four weeks after her initial diagnosis, and I was not prepared for the grief I have felt since. Initially I wanted to close everything down – this blog, the Facebook page and the Instagram account – we had started them together and I really didn’t think I could do it without her. But Christina loved that we had this blog, it was something we could share, and it was something she really wanted us to do (even if we never got around to actually doing it). Shutting it down just doesn’t feel right.
So I am going to go the other way, and I am going to try to commit to putting up at least one blog post a week (most likely on a Sunday) for the next year. Most will probably be looking at specific cards, but I may also try to continue to post spreads and reviews as well. This will be my tribute to my wonderful friend, who I miss every single day. I will continue to work on our blog and I will try my hardest to turn it into what we often dreamed it could be.
In my post about the Queens I explained that I had begun to understand the court cards better when I decided to read them all as representations of myself. This is true, and is something that as a new reader I am still doing at the moment, but this is not the only way to read them. One of the more common ways to read the knights are as young, or immature, men, often from late teens to mid-thirties.
The Knight of Swords is swift and impulsive and doesn’t always consider consequences before he goes charging into challenges or conflict. He is restless, ambitious, confident and assertive. Sometimes this can go from assertive to aggressive if he does not have the necessary emotional maturity to control himself. This knight is a force of intellect and he is completely fearless. Of the four, he is the one most likely to throw himself head first into any situation, and he loves facing new challenges.
Greer sees this Knight as an ENTJ. He draws energy from interacting with others, prefers generalisations to specifics, relies on logic, and likes structure and organisation.
The Knight of Wands is full of charisma, and he is naturally fun-loving. He is overflowing with energy and enthusiasm, with a great sense of humour. He has loads of creativity but can also be impulsive, meaning many of his ideas fail due to lack of planning. Luckily, his optimism and confidence means he is always able to pick himself up, put his failure behind him, and move on to the next idea.
For Greer, this knight is an ENFP. Like the Knight of Swords, his energy comes from interacting with others and he prefers generalisations to specifics. This Knight however makes decisions based on emotional and personal consequences and likes to take the world as it comes.
The Knight of Cups is the artistic romantic who is sensitive and seductive. His lack of emotional maturity means he is also often moody and narcissistic. He can be very kind and empathetic however, and is the kind of young man who could introduce you to lots of new experiences. This is a guy who really wants to follow his dreams but, again, his lack of maturity means he doesn’t always consider the consequences, or the reality, of his situation.
Greer believes this knight is an INFP (incidentally, I am also an INFP). He, unlike the other knights, draws energy from solitude. He prefers generalisations to specifics, makes decisions based on emotional and personal consequences, and values spontaneity and surprise.
The Knight of Pentacles is usually the only one of the knights who is depicted standing still. All the other knights can be seen charging into something, whilst this knight prefers to take things slow and steady. He is patient, dedicated, methodical, and practical. This young man is very serious and is rarely the life of the party. He is the most reliable and loyal of the four knights.
This knight, according to Greer, is an ESFJ. He draws energy from interacting with others, appreciates concrete details and clear procedures, makes decisions on the basis of emotional and personal consequences, and likes his life to be scheduled and organised.
Happy Tarot by Serena Ficca was a deck that kept appearing on my Instagram feed, and it was love at first sight for me. I was having a pretty rough January, the weather wasn’t great, I was pretty low emotionally, and this seemed the perfect deck to cheer me up and it does not disappoint!
It comes in a small box, which means you know you are only getting a LWB with it, and the top of the box describes the deck as “A powerful tarot deck with a positive attitude”. A quote on the back tells us that “Happiness changes the world. Every morning is a brand new day: just perfect to be happy”.
The card stock is pretty good. It is thick enough that shuffling it doesn’t leave it misshapen and it is just glossy enough that it shuffles well without the cards sticking together. The LWB is more of a leaflet than a book, and there is very minimal information for each card. One thing I do love about the “book” is that each card has a “You can find happiness…” quote. The Tower card, for example, tells us “You can find happiness in releasing what no longer serves you”.
There aren’t really any cards I dislike as such but if I had to pick a negative it would be that the Kings and Queens of each suit look too similar. At first glance it is very difficult to tell which is which, and I have to rely on the two tiny little crowns pictured at the bottom of the card: three points for a queen, four for a king. There are other differences that stand out when you study the cards more, and it is easier to tell the difference if you draw both from the same suit, but I would prefer there to be more obvious differences personally.
There are a few cards I really like in this deck but first I want to talk about The Hierophant. As I mentioned in my post about it, this is one of my least favourite cards and it is usually the first one I check out when I get a new deck. In Happy Tarot this card is quite in-keeping with the traditional image and yet the cuteness of the deck makes it seem less severe than it otherwise would. It made me smile, and that is always a good sign.
Trying to pick just a handful cards that I like was really hard as I like so many of them. The Devil and Death are probably two of my favourite of all the majors. They are so cute and girly and yet they still manage to effectively convey the deeper meanings of the cards.
The 5 of wands and the 5 of cups are so childish and yet they really do scream of the emotions they are intending to portray. Is there anything angrier than a child who is defending himself? Children don’t yet know how to control their emotions and so it is beautifully written across their faces. As for the poor little boy in the 5 of cups! He is so distraught over his spilt ice-cream that he is actually incapable of opening his eyes and seeing the two full bowls still behind him.
The 2 of cups is possibly one of my favourites. The shared joy between the two girls is utterly adorable. The card speaks of mutuality, warmth and sharing without overly focusing on the romance side normally seen in other cards.
I have to admit, when I first received the deck I didn’t think it would be one I would be able to read with. The images seemed a little too twee and cutesy for any kind of real depth. I have been using them this month for a tarot challenge on Instagram though and I am happy (no pun intended) to admit I was wrong. Beneath the sweetness of the cards, the traditional meanings can still be seen and, by taking the time to work with them, I have come to realise the cards have a real depth to them behind their adorable images.
I was going to blog about each court card individually but I have found that they are easier to understand as groups of cards; Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings. As I never like to do anything in too logical a way I am going to start with the Queens and come back to the others another time.
Why the Queens? Well, as a mature female (mature as in over the age of 30) they are the court cards that, on first sight, most represent me. When I look at each card I can see traits of myself in each, with the Queen of Swords probably being my closest match, followed by the Queen of Wands, the Queen of Cups and finally the Queen of Pentacles.
I will come back to this in a moment but first I wanted to ask… has anyone else found the court cards the hardest to get to grips with? For some reason, when I first started reading the tarot I would freak out whenever a court card came out. My brain would shut down and I would have absolutely no idea how to read them. Were they representing me, someone else, a situation, and how in the world was I supposed to I tell the difference? Eventually I decided that I would read all court cards as representations of myself, unless there was some really obvious reason (such as the position they were in a spread) why they might mean someone or something else. And I honestly cannot stress enough how much my relationship with the court cards changed after making this decision.
So if you are struggling with these cards I would highly recommend you do the same thing. Decide what they represent to you, and then stick to it. Overtime this will probably change, but from a beginners perspective this seems to be the easiest way to start.
As I said, the Queen that probably represents me more than any of the others is the Queen of Swords. She also happens to be my least favourite of the four! (Actually the Swords are my least favourite suit full stop, but that is a post for another day). This queen is often associated with aloofness, she is intelligent, autonomous, analytical, and ruled by thought over feelings. She is independent and often described as the woman alone. She obviously has a lot of great qualities, but I think she can often be seen as cold, not very emotional or caring and someone who put logic above compassion. She is clearly the woman you want around when the shit hits the fan though, as she is determined, strong willed and often makes the right decisions. The Queen of Swords is also the card I would assign to my mother, and it surprises me how similar I am to her in so many ways.
When it comes to MBTI, Greer sees this queen as an INTP. She is someone who draws energy from solitude, prefers generalizations to specifics, relies on logic, and values spontaneity and surprise.
The Queen of Wands is the career woman. She is the one who is driven by ambition, leadership ability, and social position. I love her for her fiery and passionate nature, and especially for the fact that she refuses to apologise for it. She has courage and confidence in spades, and she will work tirelessly to achieve her goals. For me personally, this queen represents my more creative side. She has a genuine love for life and she is not afraid to show it.
For Greer, this queen is an INTJ. She has many similarities to the queen of swords; she draws energy from solitude, prefers generalizations and relies on logic, but she is someone who likes structure and who lives an organised and scheduled life.
I adore the Queen of Cups, she is the queen that most represents who I want to be. She is the queen of emotions. She feels things deeply, is sensitive, kind, and affectionate. She is the warmest of all the queens, and also the most intuitive. This queen, for me, represents my more spiritual side. She is empathic, has occult interests and embraces her psychic abilities. She is also the most introspective of all the queens, something which is a huge part of my own spiritual journey.
Greer sees this queen as an ISFP. She draws her energy from solitude, she appreciates concrete details, her concern is with relationships and interpersonal harmony, and she values spontaneity and surprise.
I generally feel the least like the Queen of Pentacles. She is stable, sensible, responsible, and grounded. This queen is practical and resourceful, and probably very good with money. She, for me, is the ultimate mother who provides a firm foundation for her children, so that they can go out in to the world knowing there is a safe space to return to. This queen is also the most emotionally mature of all the queens, and possible the most well-rounded of the four.
She is an ISTJ, according to Greer. She gains energy from solitude, appreciates concrete details, relies on logic, and likes schedules and organisation.
I do believe that we can find traits of all four queens within ourselves (men as well as woman) and that the one we most identify with at any time can change dependent on the situation. Whilst the Queen of Swords is the one that most represents me, I am not always the Queen of Swords. I also think, if I asked my friends to describe which queen is most like me I may get some very different answers!
This spread ended up being a lot more challenging than I anticipated and it really made me think. I am not 100% sure my interpretations are all on the money here so please, please comment if you see something different to what I did. I hope you will also give it a go and would love to hear what came up for you.
1/ One of Your Strongest Personality Traits – King of Wands
The tag line for the King of Wands in Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis is Leadership. This King is strong, independent, passionate and creative. He has a sense of maturity and charisma that makes others naturally want to follow his lead. As much as it doesn’t always feel like it, I think this acknowledges that my independence is one of my strongest traits. I have a real strength of character that I should embrace more.
2/ Something to Tend Within Yourself – Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of Pentacles is practical and organised. She is the one that takes ideas and changes them into something real and tangible. This is something I really need to work on within myself. I have so many things I *want* to do but at the moment they are little more than thoughts in my head. If I want them to be something more I need to get organised and start making plans!
3/ A Natural Talent Worth Developing – The Star
I am naturally intuitive and very tuned in to the emotions of those around me. The problem I have is a lack of confidence in my intuition. If I can tackle this my natural ability will develop more quickly.
4/ An Activity That Will Bring You Inspiration and Healing – Page of Swords
I need to be challenged mentally. I need to find activities that push me and make me really use my brain. My moments of inspiration come when I am having to really concentrate on learning or understanding something that is completely new to me.
5/ An Aspect of Yourself That You Do Not Really Understand, But That Needs Attention – Seven of Pentacles
In its more negative aspect, the seven of pentacles speaks of anxiety and a feeling of being stuck in the same place. These are things that I can really relate to, but that I don’t really understand yet. I need to do some serious work to unpick it all so that I can begin to move past it.
6/ A Project in Your Life That Needs Top Priority – Nine of Wands
I am really bad at standing my ground and am a terrible people-pleaser. At the age of 35 I have only just begun to really ask for the things I need and want, and it has been a pretty stressful experience. I feel so much guilt when I put my needs first, and I always want to avoid conflict wherever possible. Deep down though, I know that I have the right to do so and that this is something I need to keep pushing forward with.
7/ A Project in Your Life Worth Letting Go Of – Three of Wands
I have recently been pouring all of my energy into making a relationship work because I genuinely wanted it to have a future. The three of wands is making it very clear that ship has well and truly sailed, and to continue to try working on it would have been a waste of time and energy. All I can do now is learn from it and let it go.
8/ How to Show Yourself More Kindness – The Hermit
I love this card! Self-reflection is so important to me, and it is a huge part of my personal journey. The process itself can be, and usually is, very painful but, ultimately, it is the kindest thing I can do for myself. It’s really important for me to ensure that I carve out dedicated time for this, and it not be something I just do when I have a spare five minutes. It is such an important part of my practice and I really need to honour that.
9/ An Archetype, Lesson or Mantra to Look Towards in Challenging Times – King of Cups
I should always act from a place of compassion and empathy, both for others and, more importantly in many cases, for myself.
As I said in my previous post, the Nine of Swords has been stalking me lately! I have a pretty good idea of why but it seemed like the perfect excuse to try out a new spread.
1/ What message/action is this card trying to tell me? Nine of Cups – It’s possible to have whatever it is that I want, and whatever it is that is playing on my mind. I need to come from a place that is more calm and emotionally balanced. I can be aware of potential “dangers” without obsessing over them. It is time I started trusting my gut/emotions more and living in my head a little less.
2/ What is the significance of this card in my life? The Hierophant – It is trying to teach me something about myself so that I can be begin working on it. The constant over-thinking and obsessing is taking me away from a more grounded, spiritual place and I need to start dealing with it.
3/ What is stopping me from understanding the meaning of this card? The Moon – I already understand the meaning of this card, I am just pretending I don’t in the hope it will just “go away”. I don’t want to deal with it so I am tricking myself into believing it isn’t that important or significant.
4/ What can I do to better understand the message of the card? The Star – Listen to my inner guidance, do the work of self-reflection and trust in the process.
5/ How can I block any obstacles I have with understanding this card? Knight of Cups – Follow my heart more and dare to be a bit more reckless with it. I can still be aware of the dangers and acknowledge that I may get hurt, but I will survive!
As always, I would love to hear how you might have interpreted these cards, especially if it is completely different to how I did. Do you think I have missed anything? Is there anything else you think I need to know?