Tarot Workout: A Longing Heart

My Tarot Workouts are based on real-life readings, minus the identifying details. Add them to your Sunday puzzle routine! If you want even more exercise, search for “Tarot Workouts” on my blog.

A Longing Heart

‘Candace’ asks, “Will I ever reunite with my ex?” You design a simple 4-card spread, which loosely mirrors the center of the Celtic Cross:

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CARD 1 (Overall energy between them): Knight of Wands, reversed
CARD 2 (Opportunity for better or worse): 10 of Wands
CARD 3 (What direction are they headed?): Death
CARD 4 (Lesson from the universe): Queen of Wands

Using the Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot, you draw the following cards, placed all upright here for you to see clearly:


What do you say to Candace?

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Temperance: Patience on Steroids

Version 3Tarot’s Temperance card has been showing up a lot in my readings lately.

I mostly read for other people, so my hunch is that Temperance energy is in the air — or perhaps should be. Because Temperance is generally one of the more difficult cards for me to articulate, I also wonder if my deck isn’t giving me a kick in the pants, saying, “Figure it out. Write a post, already.”

Temperance. A poised angel. Gorgeous wings. A halo that matches the promising sunrise in the distance. This tends to be one of the prettiest cards in the deck. And like many unusually pretty people, this card is easily misunderstood.

It is too easy to sell this card short by equating it with ‘patience.’ Being told to have patience is like being told to suck it up. Control your desires now and someone else will give you what they think you need when they are good and ready. But a patient stance doesn’t have to be a passive one. In fact, you can bring all your force and moxie to a situation and still be patient, as long as you strategically mix in the element of time. Patience on steroids.

Version 3Aleister Crowley likened Temperance to alchemy — the art of turning lead into gold or, more generally, of creating something that is greater than the sum of its parts. In his deck, Temperance is called “Art,” and is not passive at all. Rather than being placed in a bucolic scene, his angel is flanked by creepy creatures and is clearly in the midst of making a witch’s brew. Like witchcraft, the action here is both process- and outcome-oriented. One dark arm and one light arm (and two faces, as well), remind us to honor both the dark and light sides of ourselves as we make something out of the world around us.

Temperance Dreaming Way TarotAnd what a world is around this lady! Numerically, she’s sandwiched in between the Death and the Devil, with the promise of the Tower just ahead. She better keep her cool and gather her resources if she wants to survive. She is the calm at the eye of the tarot storm. However, in another ordering of the Major Arcana suit, Temperance rules the element of Water. While water has the power to buffet, infuse, undercut and overwhelm its subjects, Temperance has mastery over it. She can pour the liquid from jug to jug slowly, even sideways, hardly even looking at it.

When I got this in the center of a love reading recently, surrounded by pip cards that looked tumultuous and challenging, I said: “This relationship requires you to navigate emotional forces without losing control. You’re the mature one here — or, you are learning to be.”

As a ‘highest potential’ card in a birthday reading, Temperance says: “You are moving up a notch in your ability to take command of your life, rather than simply coping with things as they happen to you.”

In the business reading: “Play the long game.”

None of these interpretations says: “sit down and be patient.”


Tarot is more than a deck of cards. It is a way to examine the world and the choices we face. It is a tool for strengthening intuition and finding one’s inner voice. If you are interested in studying tarot with me, contact me to let me know!


The cards shown here, from top to bottom, are from the following tarot decks: Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Deck, the Thoth Tarot Deck by Crowley and Harris, and the Dreaming Way Tarot.

Examine the Water You Swim In with Tarot Cards

In tarot algebra, the Suit of Cups = the Element of Water = Human Emotion. Multiply your Cups by the numerological values of 1 through 10, and voilà! …you have a definition for each Cup card.

As in life, what makes sense logically in tarot is often a far cry from the full picture. I made a leap in my own understanding of the Suit of Cups when I realized that these 10 pip cards are less about cups per se, and more about the mood-altering liquid inside.

To convey feeling over words, I’ve had some fun dressing up my cards (with the help of Pamela Colman Smith of Rider-Waite fame). May this entertain you and further enhance your understanding of the Suit of Cups!

xoxo – Yetta




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Learn tarot with me! Check out my Tarot Salon if you are in the Seattle area. Or simply contact me for a reading if that’s more up your alley. I wish you the 10 of Cups and much more!


Liebster Award

liebsterThank you, Louise-in-btween, for nominating me for a Liebster (small blogger) Award. Louise and I once worked in the same building and saw each other all the time. Years have passed since then, but I’ve gotten to know so much more about her through her blog. If you’re into hiking, cycling, and poetic introspection, I highly recommend Louise-in-btween.

The Liebster Award is given by a blogger to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, with an aim to help others discover and spot new, amazing bloggers.

Louise asked me several questions as part of this nomination. Here’s our Q&A:

Louise-in-btween: If you could be any animal, what would you choose?

CCF04092014_00001 copyYetta Snow: I am a horseshoe crab. It’s already decided. When I was growing up on the Eastern Seaboard, we called them “dinosaur crabs.” I once had a marvelous dream of talking to one through a dixie-cup walkie-talkie, and I’ve been enamored ever since. Horseshoe crabs would make good tarot readers. They have thousands of eyes that become wildly powerful during a full moon. (This pic is a tarot card I made to represent my archetypal inner crab).

13061915_1359126837434529_5398939659237312328_nLIB: How did you choose the name of your blog?

YS: It’s the same as the name of my Business, Present Day Tarot. It says upfront that I am not a fortune teller. The best way to discover your future is to truly understand your present. And as it turns out, tarot is a wonderful and magical tool to help you do that. (This pic is the Queen of Cups from the Golden Tarot by Kat Black)

LIB: Tell me about an experience or person who shaped your life for the better. 

YS: I saw a Reiki healer about 20 years ago named Marie Manuchehri. She’s a well-known public figure and energy healer nowadays, though at the time she was simply a young entrepreneur working hard to manage a busy life. She’s outrageously multi-sensory. She told me my doctor’s secrets, spoke to my cervix, communed with my mother’s soul, and flipped my whole concept of the world upside down. I have followed her and studied with her since then, and credit her influence in many of the bolder decisions I’ve made in my adult life.

LIB: What is your favorite blog post that you have written (link to it please)?

envy-2YS: I am fond of a post called Lies, which was inspired by the airport protests of the first Travel Ban in 2017. I also really like some of the political predictions I was ballsy enough to publish early on, but you’ll have to dig for those. (This pic is from Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel).


LIB: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

img_6710YS: I am currently part of a collective superpower known as the Resist Movement. But I also know that when I work really hard to resist something, I run the risk of attracting it to me and, consequently, giving it life. So I’ve begun to favor the term Counteract. I would like this to be a new superpower in our collective consciousness. To Counteract is to speak up, organize, and energize in accordance with what is true and good. (This pic is from a series I made for my Txrot Womxn’s March 2017).

LIB: Name one thing that you want to do or accomplish in 2018.

YS: I understand I get to nominate someone for a Liebster Award! I nominate DoulaJane as a new blog to watch.


I’ve bent the rules of the game a bit in this post, but for the record, this is what is asked of Leibster Award nominees:

  • Acknowledges the blog that nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  • Ask them 11 questions.
  • Let them know you have nominated them.

My questions for Doula Jane are:

  1. What do you love?
  2. How does your blog reflect that?
  3. How do your life and work intersect?
  4. What do you enjoy doing that is unrelated to your work?
  5. What is your primary element (earth, water, air or fire)?
  6. What other 6 questions would you like to be asked?

Many thanks again to Louise-in-Btween for bringing me into this game, and to the initiator of the Liebster Awards, wherever you may be in the world.




The Owl and the Tarot Reader

Present Day Tarot Barred OwlIt’s been a pretty great start to the year at Present Day Tarot. My first magic of 2018 was an encounter with this barred owl, who perched just above my head and watched with me as the super moon rose on January 2. Making deep, direct eye contact, I asked her about the year to come. “I’m not sure,” I heard, and she turned her neck with a sigh.

A day or two later, a deck I’d supported through Kick Starter arrived in the mail. It’s called Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot. After backing the campaign, I was lucky enough to meet the artist, Courtney Alexander, at the annual NW Tarot Symposium in Portland. (Check out my fan photo!).

Courtney Alexander and Yetta Snow

The deck is entirely magic, made even more impressive by the fact that the artist is at the very start of her tarot journey. She’s been studying since just 2015, which may be why (in conjunction with her artistic talent) she manages to capture the high-energy excitement that so many life-long readers experience when they first discover the Tarot. New readers, take heart! You don’t have to log in decades of study to connect with your tarot deck.

Now, if you’ve been to one of my classes, you may have tried the “I am the one who…” exercise in which we imagine each card finishing out that phrase in its own voice. Do that with Courtney’s cards, and you’ll find they have a lot to say. In one of my first readings with Dust II Onyx, I asked for information about an unexpected development in the year ahead. I drew the following:

Dust II Onyx Justice

The Justice Card showed upright at the top of my reading.

Version 2Papa Gourd (the King of Cups) showed upside-down beneath the Justice Card.

Dust II Onyx 6 of Gourds And the 6 of Gourds (6 of Cups) showed next to Papa Gourd, also upside-down.

As they spoke to me, I wrote these words in my tarot journal: “It will even out better than you think. The unsteady king will be beaten by children (working in secret).”

We can hope. And stay alert. Then, at moments that take our breath away, we can look an owl in the eye and search for answers together.


I had so much fun teaching last year that I decided to double down on the number of Tarot Salons I offer each month. If you are studying tarot in or near Seattle, Join me at the Tarot Salon! The next one is Sunday, January 14th, and then after that, Thursday the 25th. I’d love to see you here!



Tarot Gift Ideas

Present Day Tarot Frequent Reader Cards (1)Hello, Tarot Friends:

Check out these Present Day Tarot gift offerings for the season! A tarot-related gift allows you the pleasure of giving a unique, meaningful, experience-based treasure while supporting small business. 

Order before December 16th to receive printed materials in the mail, or before December 22nd to have them sent to you electronically. Place your order by going to this link, or by contacting me directly (info below).

I wish you all the best for a love-filled holiday season!

— Yetta

Moon Tarot Salon cardGift Certificates

Gift certificates are available for any of my tarot reading services, including in-person, phone, or email readings. (See my website for the full selection). You may also purchase general gift certificates for the dollar amount of your choice. Purchase using this link.

Stocking Stuffer Special

Here’s a bargain-basement special just for you: Purchase an email, 3-card reading for just $35 in the month of December. The discount certificates (down from the usual price of $75), will need to be redeemed by the end of February, 2018. Purchase using this link.

Tarot Salon Membership

The Tarot Salon is a drop-in class for tarot students and enthusiasts. I run it twice monthly at my home studio in Southeast Seattle. Purchase Frequent Reader Cards for 3 and 10 sessions, or a gift certificate for a single entry. Details and dates for 2018 can be found on this page. Purchase using this link.

A note about purchases

I am a tarot reader, not an online marketer! While I like to think that my homespun systems are quaint, if you ever run into difficulty following my links to order and pay, please just contact me directly by email (yetta@presentdaytarot.com) or by phone (206) 605-5578, and I promise to make it very easy for you. Thank you, and happy holidays!




A One-Card Spread

“I’m struggling with my self-esteem,” a friend declares. “Where is my goodness?”

She pulls the 2 of Pentacles, reversed.Version 2

This card is about juggling small details and decisions. Yes, my friend is a busy woman, and the jaunty pose and rolling waves show the effort required to keep balance while multitasking. Aces can be high or low, but the 2 is indisputably a little number. As such, it runs the risk of being thought of as less significant than other cards. But consider the role of the tarot 2s. Their job is to advance the Ace energy, which is infinite and intangible. If the earth sign Ace is an endless field of potential, the 2 is the single farmer who chooses the crop and commits to its care. Like in the daily tasks we perform at work or for home, the energetic action is a much bigger deal than we give ourselves credit for. The 2s work to make divine potential come to Earth. But the effort can be overwhelming. It’s easy to imagine this taking a toll on one’s self-esteem, especially when the card shows in reverse.

So I say to my friend,

Your goodness is that you are trying and you’re trying hard. Struggle is not failure. It’s the first step to something important that you do not know yet. Your goodness is in caring enough to walk an invisibly rocky road. It is internal. It feels so serious, but look at your silly red hat and remind yourself to laugh. Look through the eyes of your higher self. The things in front of you are not the actual things you’re grappling with. The forces that you are trying to move are much greater than what you see, and they are divine. So, while you feel buffeted and beaten up, you can know that your goodness is in your efforts to bring meaning to life.

On a practical note, I point out that the next card in the tarot deck is the 3 of Pentacles — a card of collaboration and productivity. Do you feel alone in your efforts? Can you share your vision and labor with someone else?


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The card above is, of course, by the amazing Pamela Colman Smith for the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, created and published in the early 1900s when the artist was 17.