The ritual of reading one's cards is a sacred one. For me, personally, I find solace in the reflections they gleam, the stories they weave, the messages they deliver. Whether the cards reveal words rooted in good or bad, there's peace in gaining insight to the future, to unveiling one's prophecy, to holding your fate in your hands.
I've held Tarot and Oracle decks sacred for so long, taking my readings to heart and basing my life's decisions off of them. Some have judged me for this, rolled their eyes or laughed. To believe in something greater than human understanding, to pull cards with questions in your heart seeking guidance, to share those messages―it's a pure, otherworldly, deeply personal experience.
It means more than I can express into words how grateful I am to be able to share my work with you, for you to share your readings with these cards, to be able to see how others find their own selves in this work that has been so incredibly personal to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It is a true gift to be able to share this with you―a journey full of moments both daunting and beautiful―one that I don't take for granted for one second.
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