Talking Shop Wrap and Review: Getting Techy With It with Forest Linden and Chris Bleill

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elcome to Talking Shop Wrap and Review!

In case you are new here, this is a monthly series where I will briefly delve into our latest Talking Shop show and the points that were especially smart, surprising, and useful (there are always so many).

If you are new to my little corner of the web or new to Talking Shop let me give you the lowdown: Talking Shop is a podcast now in its 5th year. It is hosted by Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady and moi. You can access every episode right here for free, and yes, you are welcome.Last week on Talking Shop we had the pleasure of chatting with two super fabulous guys, Forest Linden and Chris Bleill of Clarity Lab.

Now last month on Talking Shop we started our tech theme by exploring the ins and outs of SEO. This month we decided to broaden out a bit and talk to these two gentlemen about some of their favorite tech tools and tech rules. Theresa and I are both big fans of Forest and Chris – among the many things they do is review and vet various platforms and software choices (there are so many!) so that us busy entrepreneurs don’t have to sort through everything ourselves.

We knew that these were the guys to cover our A-Z tech needs.

Forest and Chris led out the gate with two really strong observations: the first, from Forest, is that technology is really a language. Viewing technology as a language allows us to do some pretty common sense things: for instance, we can choose the best way to learn the language for us. Some people like to hire a language teacher and learn step by step. Others (like me) function best with a full immersion experience (I learned about technology by building from hand my first website).The second point (made by Chris) is that technology does not equal perfection. As he put it, “this stuff breaks all of the time”. When working with technology – whether it is hardware or software, it is essential to understand (and schedule in) downtime when you, or someone on your team, is learning why – and fixing – the stuff that isn’t working the way it should. In my experience this is really essential to understand, technology can save us time and make things easier in the long run, but there is a learning curve with technology just like anything else and patience does pay off.

Finally, both Chris and Forest went through the big categories that we need to be aware of as we are setting up our online businesses. And while Talking Shop focuses on sacred arts businesses, this information is golden for any online business. Are you ready? Here is the information, straight from the guys themselves:

Category: Website – how and where to create your website.

Category: Hosting – your hosting company is the home your website lives in, there are many and these were some of the faves.

Category: Email Marketing – Email marketing services allow you to create and send out newsletters to your fan base.

Category: All In One Marketing Apps / Membership – These are robust applications for those of you who teach classes or have membership required access areas or programs.

Category: E-Commerce Platforms – E-commerce is a fancy way of saying “how you send and receive money, online” and also how and where you can sell you stuff, whatever that happens to be.

Category: Customer Support – this was new to me but I think it is brilliant, even small businesses can benefit from a dedicated customer support application.

BIG, HUGE, thanks to Forest and Chris for sharing their tech smarts with us! Next month we will take a break from the tech heavy stuff and chat with the one and only Danielle Cohen who will teach us about Creative Photography for Your Business! Yay!

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Talking Shop Wrap and Review: SEO Know-How with Liz Lockard

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elcome to the latest Talking Shop Wrap and Review.

In case you are new here, this is a monthly series where I will briefly delve into our latest Talking Shop show and the points that were especially smart, surprising, and useful (there are always so many).

If you are new to my little corner of the web or new to Talking Shop let me give you the lowdown: Talking Shop is a podcast now in its 5th year. It is hosted by Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady and moi. You can access every episode right here for free, and yes, you are welcome.

Last week on Talking Shop we had the pleasure of jamming with the incredibly smart Liz Lockard. Liz is dedicated to bringing in more business to small businesses and one of her primary tools to make that happen is Search Engine Optimization, known more commonly as SEO.

We know that any time we have a technical topic on Talking Shop it can make some of our listeners a wee bit anxious; tech stuff often seems so complicated, hard, and expensive and it is one of those areas where not knowing what you don’t know can become a significant pain point for your business and your bottom line.

Fortunately Theresa, the resident Talking Shop fearless leader and guinea pig had taken a course with this awesome teacher a year or so back that was all about SEO. She had learned a ton and put the lessons into action on her own site with great success. She also raved about the teacher who was a smart lady, able to break down complicated ideas with ease and help her students implement them effectively. The teacher of course was Liz!

When Theresa and I decided that it was time to tackle the SEO monster we knew we wanted Liz in our corner.

Liz started out by explaining one of the biggest benefits of SEO which I had totally overlooked. As it turns out when you create a blog post or a page on your site and you take the steps needed to optimize it for a search engine you have an “evergreen” asset. This means that your page or blog post will rank higher in search engine searches day after day and year after year.

One of the biggest complaints I have heard from people who want to “do” SEO but never get around to it is the time commitment involved. But the fact of the matter is that this is time well spent because the investment you make in SEO is a gift that keeps on giving (unlike say, a Facebook ad or sponsored Tweet).

Another really useful point that Liz made was about key words. One of the primary ways you can optimize a page or post for search engines is by giving that page a key word. Liz explained that often people miss the boat on this opportunity because they think about what they would like the key word to be instead of thinking about what the words are people will type into Google in order to find a specific thing that you offer on your site.

So those of you who create key words for your pages and posts already, make sure that you are thinking about it from the users perspective and those of you who don’t…well, there’s no time like the present!

A final (and really useful) point that Liz made? SEO does not have to be painful! If you have a site hosted on WordPress there are several good SEO plug-ins to choose from; the favorite of most people is Yoast. Snagging an SEO plug-in and making sure your site is connected to Google Analytics are the two essential steps that can really help you optimize your site in a painless way and play the long game with your business.

I hope you enjoyed checking out the highlights from our show. You can listen to the entire show here. We also invite you to join in for our next show which will continue our coverage of the intersection between technology and your Sacred Arts business: Getting Techy With It with Forest Linden and Chris Bleill

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Talking Shop Wrap and Review: Secrets to Writing a Perfect Speech with Dr. Michelle Mazur

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elcome to a brand new series: Talking Shop Wrap and Review.

This is a monthly series where I will briefly delve into our latest Talking Shop show and the points that were especially smart, surprising, and useful (there are always so many).

If you are new to my little corner of the web or new to Talking Shop let me give you the lowdown: Talking Shop is a podcast now in its 5th year. It is hosted by Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady and moi. You can access every episode right here for free, and yes, you are welcome.

This past week on Talking Shop we hosted the wonderful Dr. Michelle Mazur. This was Dr. Michelle’s second visit to Talking Shop and this time our topic was all about Speeches – how to write them, pitch them, and nail them.

Theresa and I create our show topics and put together our guest list a year in advance – often our guests are busy and popular because they are at the top of the game in their industry – so we want to make sure we give them plenty of time to pencil us into their planners!

Of course before we invite the guests we come up with the topics, and the topic of how to give a great speech was one that we had been itching to do for so long. We both really believe that the world needs to hear your unique voice and perspective AND we know that getting up in front of an audience and nailing a speech is something that makes many of our fellow sacred artists tremble in their boots. That meant it was the PERFECT topic for our show.

Once we knew we were going to talk about speeches we also knew we had to have Dr. Michelle back! Her primary focus is public speaking and speeches that place you, as she says, in a category of one.

We were extra excited because Theresa and I both have speaking engagements this year…I’ll be leading a Sacred Arts Sojourn in Santa Fe and later this Autumn speaking at St. Johns College and Theresa continues to speak and teach as she promotes her awesome book.

One of the big points that Dr. Michelle made right away is that a successful speech has a single main idea to drive home and no more than three supporting points to emphasize that core message.

This totally took me back to my debate days when we were taught to craft three main arguments to support our case, whatever that happened to be. It was also really welcome news for some of our audience members who can easily feel flummoxed by the question: where to begin??? Answer: Start with one idea.

Dr. Michelle also pointed out that contrary to what most people think and do, when you craft your speech the introduction and conclusion are the LAST parts that you craft. Do all of the body work and then circle back around to create an unforgettable opening and closing.

A final point that really stuck with me? Treat your speech as an offering, an extension of your business, not this weird “extra” thing that gets its own category. Treating your speech like a business means that you will figure out really basic questions up front (like how will you be paid) but also apply the professional standards you have to the entire process from start to finish.

We all agreed, for instance, that the minimum amount of time to give to speech preparation is a month, with Dr. Michelle advising at least three. That kind of time allotment is something most of us would assume going in when crafting a new offering but not necessarily what we would give ourselves to create a killer speech.

Of course, these are just a few of the highlights from our show. You can listen to the entire show here. We also invite you to join in for our next show which will cover a very important (but intimidating) topic: Search Engine Optimization with Liz Lockard.

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ARRIVING on full moons each month.

New Moon Notes – Sagittarius Edition

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hoosh! That is the sound that I always hear when December begins. Though this year it was more crackle and pop because we have been enjoying weekly fires at our hearth.

Although December is one of my busiest months out of the year, I have gone into this month with a clear and solid intention to Slow Down and Enjoy. So far, so good! And lucky for us, the gorgeous New Moon in easy, breezy Sagittarius on December 11th supports exactly that vibe.

Sagittarius moons, whether New or Full, tend to bring out the inner free spirit in all of us. This is a wonderful time to plan a mid-winter adventure (and if you can do it outside all the better) or have a rousing philosophical/theological conversation with someone near and dear to you – after all, Sagittarius is the sign of philosophy and religion among other things or travel to a new and distant land or to a familiar face and friend.

There is a bit of Astro inspired tension brewing in the squaring off of dreamy, sensitive Neptune in Pisces and strict and stringent Saturn in Sagittarius. These two powerhouse planets have already had one exact square at the end of November and are headed into two more over the course of 2016.

Different astrologers talk about this tense face-off in different ways but the phrase I use is: Dreamtime (Neptune) meets real-time (Saturn). This is the best time to bring any dreams that are really speaking and calling you into clear and present physicality. Find what is of use in your meditations, visions, art-making, and dreaming and bring it into the waking world so that all may benefit. Saturn, if you work with its energy, will inspire you with the discipline and structures needed to accomplish this fear, and Neptune will call in the juicy inspiration that keeps you moving.

At the same time, IF you have been supporting any illusion or delusion that is keeping you back and not allowing for liberation, prepare for that to be blown to bits by this celestial event. You have time to align yourself with the changes ahead and the following questions to consider on this bright, dark, new moon might help:

Where do I hold myself back and why?

What story/event/encounter from my past am I stuck in and how might I release it?

What do I need to know about my deepest dream right now?

How can I bring my art more fully into my community, my local place, and my world?

What do I need to know about my relationship with time and time management?

As you consider these questions you may discover that as the year comes to a close you are ready to release one, or one hundred ideas, habits, notions, and beliefs that are not only no longer useful but maybe positively harmful. I find this is true for me and that I am always especially aware of it at the end of the year. That’s why several years ago I created a Banish and Burn community ceremony. This annual tradition is open for registration once again. Last year we have over 300 participants – won’t you join us in creating more space for deep grace? Register HERE.

Adventures in Soulful Seeking

I wrote a Litany for Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose Feast Day is on December 12th. I’m also hosting a free community altar open to all petitions, prayer requests, and blessings, go HERE to send in your words, thoughts, and heart deep desires. Here is a wee bit of the post:

“Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico City in 1531 to an indigenous man known to Spanish and English speakers as Juan Diego but known in his own tribal tongue as Cuauhtlatoatzin – which translates to something like “Talking Eagle”. Guadalupe is variously understood as the New World Blessed Virgin Mary, as a Catholic overlay of Tonantzin, the Nuahatl Goddess of life, fertility, and mothers, and as the patron Saint of Mexico. I understand her to be all of this and more. Having lived almost all of my life in “Guadalupe country” here is what I can tell you about Her.

Wherever there is a need for nurturing, mothering, calming, nourishment – there She is.
Wherever there is a need for healing, soothing, anointing and blessing – there She is.
Wherever new mothers, new fathers, and children of all ages need care and support – there She is.”

Read the full post HERE.

In other news, for those of you enrolled in an online class and wondering how to get the most out of said class without living your life online, I’ve got some tips for you.

In my family when we gather for Thanksgiving and Yule we always say a blessing before we break bread. Here is one that I wrote for Thanksgiving this year – feel free to use it yourself whenever you have need.

Speaking of prayer, November’s Full Moon letter asked a tough question: Where Do Our Prayers Go?

Out and About

‘Tis the season for awesome gift-giving, and I have some great recommendations for you:

First of all, the good things in life CAN be free. If you are receiving this letter you are already one of my beautiful subscribers, but did you know that you can encourage a friend to subscribe and they will receive a very special Wonderment reading from me? It is a little gift I give to all new subscribers and (so I’ve been told) delivers amazing clarity, insight, and inspiration exactly where they are most needed. Simply direct your people to my site and click on the “lunar letters” tab to subscribe. Share sacred arts and share the love.

Desiring something extra special? A year of candles lit each and every month on the Full Moon, followed by personal reports and plans of actions might be the perfect thing.
Snag that here (and save an extra $100 in the process – this is the only “sale” I ever do and it happens once a year, through the month of December).

Have an inquiring mind in your life who cannot get enough of all things sacred arts? Consider gifting then with one of my self-study courses on the sacred arts.

For the people in your life who love all creatures great and small, check out Sara Magnusson’s course Animalia. Spaces are very limited and Sara’s work is always superb. While hanging at her site, do yourself a favor and peruse the other delightful offerings at Candlesmoke Chapel, the shop she runs with her husband Joseph.

Then again, there may be a few on your list who are more interested in what’s happening in the heavens as opposed to down on earth. A gift certificate from the radiant Heidi Rose Robbins makes is an excellent choice.

Speaking of gift certificates, my wonderful friend and co-conspirator Theresa Reed has gift certificates for her tarot readings and she is giving away all kinds of swag this month on her Facebook page.

Everyone likes a little sparkle from time to time, and if you are going to give jewelry why not give something that has truly been customized by someone with both talent and mojo. Check out Aidan’s work (I’m partial to the Sacred Heart for obvious reasons).

Have a friend who is into the tarot? Camelia Elias is offering a class that sounds fun and fabulous for all of those who want to make the cards their own.

If you have loved ones who love to smell good (and really, who doesn’t) then get thee to Shelley Henry’s beautiful site and shop her catalog of scents.

Another gifted herbalist and potion make, Jen Rue of Three Cats and a Broom has something in the store that is sure to delight.

And, if you know people who need help with their boundaries, Randi Buckley’s course on Healthy Boundaries for Kind People might be just what you are looking for.

Although Advent has technically started, you can still snag a seat in Deb Smouse’s Advent Series (I did it last year and truly enjoyed myself).

Words and Wonderings

Some of my favorite quotes over the last few weeks:

And for adults, the world of fantasy books return to us the great words of power that, in order to be tamed, have been excised from our adult vocabularies. These words are the pornography of innocence, words that adults no longer dare to use with other adults, and so we laugh at them and consign them to the nursery, fear masking as cynicism. These are the words that were forged in the earth, air, fire, and water of human existence. And the words are:
Good.
Evil.
Courage.
Honor.
Truth.
Hate.
Love.

–From Touch Magic by Jane Yolen

All human beings by nature stretch out towards knowing.” Aristotle, from the Metaphysics

Folklore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels.” – G. K. Chesterton from The Dragon’s Grandmother (You can read the entire piece here).

We all have the same kind of dragons in our psyche, just as we all have the same kind of hearts and lungs in our body.” –Ursula Le Guin

Really interesting article on Believing What Isn’t True by Richard Feynman. This might tick some folks in our community off, because Feynman, who is a scientist, calls out subjects like astrology and magic as prime examples of gullibility. However, I encourage each and every one of you to THINK for yourselves and that includes questioning certain suppositions found in the sacred arts AND in modern science too. Enjoy!

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous book art by early 20th century Czech artists.

Lovely and thought-provoking essay on the Heroine’s Journey by Theodora Gross – this will be of especial interest to all Spinning Gold students!

Was one source of early feminism found in various Native American tribes and their societal structures? This article makes exactly that claim.

I’ll be back closer to the full moon (which falls ON Christmas) but for now, we are all wishing you beautiful new moon blessings!

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ARRIVING on full moons each month.

New Moon Notes: New Moon in Virgo

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ear Miracles ~

The New Moon is in Virgo, which, among other things, guides how we create structures. One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do I do everything that I do and still stay sane. Alas there is no one silver bullet solution that will work for everyone but here is how things work backstage at brianasaussy.com.

Slack – my team uses slack for all of our communication, which cuts down massively on emails. I love it because we can upload documents and images to share, create unique channels that are specific to our task list, and integrate it with tools like Zapier which is used to track sales and all kinds of other data points. Slack is amazing. After using all kinds of other project management platforms this is the one we love the best.

Calendly – when I switched my booking process over to Calendly I had so many of my clients email me and tell me that they were beyond the moon appreciative. Calendly is an elegant, simple, scheduling system that is beyond her friendly.

Aweber – all emails, all the time. Aweber is the service I use to keep my email lists organized, protected, and growing.

Evernote – I use Evernote to work with students, to keep track of all of my posts in canto, to write quickly to do lists and to store form letters, and that is really just the tip of the Evernote iceberg. Easy to share, include people in folders so that they have access to specific documents, upload images, voice recordings, and with their suite of features like Pocket, I also have a continually growing archive of articles and images that are related to my work.

WordPress – Best website platform hands down.

Dropbox – We use Dropbox to store, send, and communally access and edit all kinds of files.

Audio Acrobat – Complete web-based storage and audio recording services.

Hootesuite – Best interface we have found for seeing and scheduling various social media shout outs.

Pinterest – I LOVE Pinterest and use it to track the people, places, and things that inspire me. I also store public domain images in Pinterest that I might use for canto posts or lunar letters and we have several community boards for students in my various programs.

Spotify – Music is essential in doing my best work. Sometimes I like absolute silence but when I don’t I go to one of my Spotify playlists.

People

David Saussy is my beloved, my best friend, and my collaborator on everything from child-rearing and home repairs to creating courses, customer service, and bringing the magic to life. David and I also work together for our tiny, not for profit, Symposium Great Books Institute.

Cassandra Oswald is the tech and design wizard and my right-hand woman. She graces my website with her black, white and color illustrations and keeps all of my design and code up to date and looking spiffy. She and I also collaborated on the daily blessing series.

Nathan Briggs is the web host with the most. He keeps my site up and running smoothly, always adds the latest and most useful bells and whistles to our platform (without me ever having to ask) and if things go awry for some reason I just contact him and he gets back to me asap every single time.

Fabeku Fatunmise dear friend and phenomenal business advisor. I’m a groupie and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady is my masterminding companion, an amazing friend, a partner in Talking Shop, and so much more. She is also the one I go to when I need a Tarot reading and I LOVE her Entrepreneurcasts.

Heidi Rose Robbins writes beautiful poetry and knows how to read the stars. I go to her several times a year to have my astrological check-in and she delivers each and every time with practical and actionable information that is nevertheless soulful and full of heart.

Aidan Wachter is a very, very, gifted talisman maker. Talismans are an essential part of my business and I am so grateful to Aidan for helping me keep my mojo up in style!

Jason Miller is an incredibly gifted, down to earth yet super smart, and most importantly, results-oriented magic-maker. Whenever I find myself in need of ceremonial support I head straight over to his site. His work works and the man knows how to show up.

Jessica Reagan Salzman runs Heart-Based bookkeeping. We started working with Jessica this year and…MIND BLOWN! She has brought so much clarity to our numbers, calmness to our tax season, and has given us the tools to make more conscious decisions that support our business and our lives. If you run a small business and the ideas of balance sheets and PnL’s make your head spin, you need to visit with Jessica, asap.

There are two other groups that make my work hum, sing, and dance. They have dedicated souls who work with me for at least a year and often for much longer. They ARE the Sacred Arts community and they teach me more about what really matters than I will ever teach them. They are my: Miracle Tree students and Spinning Gold students.

Happy New Moon Magic Making!

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Fairy Tales, Blessings, on Working with my Husband and more…

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ear Miracles,

La Luna is sitting pretty in the home of Cancer today, and I hope you can take a few moments to breathe in her nurturing goodness. And I have a few notes from the enchanted mountains of Colorado to share with you all!

To newer community members, you have not have heard about my latest offering, Spinning Gold. Go check it out, make yourselves at home! Download the first lesson, listen to my version of the story of Rumplestiltskin, and learn how to make the most perfect and personal prayer bundle ever.

About a year ago I wrote a post on the title Sacred Artist. I am so honored to see more and more folks picking up that title and claiming it for their own, so it was only right that I deliver some thoughts on what the sacred arts actually are.

Along the same lines, I recently guest posted for Deb Smouse’s Summer Love Notes and wrote all about finding the Sacred in the Small.

Our daily blessings were featured on one of our favorite blogs, Phantasmaphile! I highly recommend getting acquainted with Phantasmaphile as it is a wonderful resource full of mythic arts goodness.

You can also view the entire collection of daily blessings right here — share them, tweet them, pin them to your heart’s content, just credit me (Briana Saussy) as the author and Cassandra Oswald as the illustrator.

Want more in the way of mythic arts? Behold my list of the best Fairy Tale resources!

Most of you know that my husband, David, and I are working together now. This has been a dream of ours for a long time and we just got family health insurance so it is REAL! We talked to my dear friend Theresa Reed about the highs and lows of working together, when we first fell in love with one another and even told stories about our first fight! You can read our story and the stories of other successful ‘preneur couples in Theresa’s newest ebook Creative Coupling.

Speaking of Theresa, have you missed an episode or two of our popular show Talking Shop? Every month we feature a guest expert who dishes the dirt and spills the secrets on how to make a mystical business bloom and flourish…and every show is absolutely free. You can catch up right here.

And, while we are on the subject, for sacred artists who are ready to take their business to the next level and need some personal time, love, and tenderness, Theresa is offering a one day retreat this fall that will be delicious and amazing.

My good friends Sara and Joe have launched their new website! Go check it out and give them so love — their products and services are absolutely top-notch!

Jacquelyn and Amelia are showing the world that astrology and style go together like Diamonds and Dior.

Barri Tessler Linden served up some real brilliance on the connection between Money and Health.

Pace and Kyeli have launched a new podcast on the Enneagram (which is fun, crazy and meaningful and highly recommended.

And Harold of Alchemy Works got a shoutout from Mystic Medusa — which was pretty much the most awesome thing to see all week!

I am often asked who my go-to person is for business coaching, advising, and strategizing. I work with my team of course, but when I need an outside perspective that is smart and real and kind there is only one person I talk to…Fabeku.

In totally random news, I have two favorite compilation blogs. They are Brainpickings and Farnam Street — some of you might like them too.

Our summer has been lots of reading, lots of make-believe.

Finally, if you are looking for an online Sacred Arts community that is free and awesome, you may want to join our group. (You will need to wait to have your request to join approved by me, but the wait won’t be long, promise).

Adios for now!

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Many Branches–In Conversation with the Tarot Lady

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ear Miracles,

One of my dearest friends in the metaphysical world is Theresa Reed — she is a wise momma Tarot reader who is devoted to her clients, the art of tarot reading, and helping all of those interested in taking their Sacred Arts work to the next level find success and prosperity. Theresa and I recognized kindred spirits in each other right out the gate and this year we have partnered on our monthly Talking Shop Show — these shows are FREE and host a sizzling line up of guests — those who know me know that I only partner with people who are impeccable in their walk and integrity-Theresa is both!

Connect with Theresa:
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In her own words:  Theresa Reed (alias: The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, astrologist, teacher, mentor & yogi with over twenty years of professional experience, industry street cred for miles, and thousands of clients in her digital Rolodex. She’s devoted to helping people make better decisions & lead happier lives — using Tarot as an investigational tool for confident, bold & emotionally-intelligent action — in life, in love & in business. She is also the founder + leader of The Mystical Mogul Movement – a mission to help spiritual + metaphysical business owners get their sh*t together,  build strong + profitable empires, and experience the freedom they want + deserve.  Because running your own business is HOT — and even mystics gots to pay the bills.

Your home on the web is The Tarot Lady-tell us about The Tarot Lady-the name, the vision, the mission!

I have to laugh when I think of the very unoriginal way I came up with the name for my business.  I decided to go with The Tarot Lady because my clients would often tell me that they would think “I need to go see that tarot lady” when they were looking to book their appointments or coming to see me at a live event.  Sometimes they would remember me as “that tarot lady” versus my real name.

My mission is quite simple: helping people.  I’ve always been a “helper” personality as long as I can remember.  Pitching in, giving advice, solving problems – this has been my life path.  I’m a good listener and I’m also blessed with uncommonly good common sense and a killer connection to my intuition.  It’s through those skills that I try to assist people with their problems.  I also have a good sense of humor and one of my other not so secret missions is to get people to lighten up.  So often people take life way too seriously – I prefer a playful approach.  Helping people to learn to find the positive (even if only a positive lesson/takeaway from a situation) is also important to me.

My vision? I want to see people living consciously. I feel that one of the reasons why people have problems is because they do/say/choose things without thinking of the consequences.  And then they wonder why they are not happy/successful/fulfilled.  When you adopt a more contemplative mindset, you are more likely to make choices that support a happier life.  I am always trying to help people find that through my readings and classes.

You have so many wonderful offerings for your clients-one of the ones I love the most is a newer program, Mystical Mogul-tell me about this program-why you created it and who needs to have it now!

Mystical Mogul is a 25-day e-course for anyone who works in the metaphysical industry. It was developed because I’ve heard so many of my fellow mystics and healers complain that they struggle with their businesses. I’ve always assumed I was lucky in my business because I’ve been going strong for over 20 years – but what I realized was that I actually have some great business instincts which have contributed to my success. I wanted to share some of my best business tips with my tribe so that they can build sustainable and profitable businesses.

Whether you are a tarot reader, astrologer, Reiki healer, occult shop owner, massage therapist, yoga teacher, etc., you’ll find practical and completely doable tips that you can implement immediately to build your business. Plus it’s only $25!  That little investment may make a difference that pays for itself over and over and over again. Why not invest in your business and get some know-how from someone who’s been in your shoes and transcended the problems? It’s a no brainer!

One of the quotes on your site is…” the cards tell a story, but you write the ending…”-I LOVE this, tell me about your philosophy when it comes to tarot reading?

In my opinion, tarot is a practical tool that shows you where your path may lead and what obstacles you may encounter on the way.  It gives you a road map so that you can make more conscious decisions.  Nothing is ever written in stone – you are always the master of your destiny. Cards can show you the way but you always have the option to change things at any time you desire.


Sometimes people believe that they are “victims of fate” and they assume a tarot reading will spell out their entire destiny for them.  I believe that we are co-creators with the Universe and therefore, a reading can show you possible outcomes but you still steer the boat.  It’s about personal responsibility for the life you want rather than assuming you just get some “lot in life” and have to eat it.

Tarot CAN predict and often times remarkably so – but you know what?  Your own actions will predict far more.  I always like to say that the only person who will ever be 100% accurate for your life is YOU.

The feeling I get from much of your work is that you fuse what I think of as the intuitive arts with a very down-home, practical approach — how do intuition and practicality work together for you?

 In my opinion, intuition is a practical skill.  I’m serious about that.  Your gut will often tell you if something is right or wrong.  Yet we tend to ignore it.  Why is that?  It’s often because our egos or our fears get in the way.  I’m not only a believer in trusting that spidey sense but I’m also a proponent of taking responsibility for your life.  

You want a great life?  It requires work.  No one just inherits a fabulous existence.  It’s all about being true to yourself and making an effort.  I like to listen to my gut and then take the necessary actions to move my life forward – and that’s what I also try to do for my clients.

Sometimes I run into people who don’t want to do the work. They want a tarot reader to wave a magic wand and say that “Mr. Right will come into your life and you’ll live happily ever after” without you having to lift a finger.  If you want that kind of reading, I’m not your girl.  I’m here to look at possibilities and strategies so you can MAKE shit happen….not just sit around and hope for it.

If you could give one piece of wisdom to my readers today, what would it be?

It’s a piece of advice I give often: be better, not bitter. That means that no matter what your life has been up until now, make the most of it and keep going. Don’t look at your issues in an “I’m screwed” mindset. Start looking at what you can do to move forward in a positive manner. If you have the vision, the instinct, and the positive effort, you can create your own miracles.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.