We’ve Moved!

Please visit http://www.verystrangebird.com to view our latest posts and our new site.  It is a work in progress (and as of Jan 1, 2012, not anywhere near what it will eventually look like).  IMPORTANT:::  If you are a current subscriber, you must RESUBSCRIBE at the new site in order to continue to receive updates!  See you at the new site!


Matchmaking Service For Dogs & Their Forever Humans

Coming soon!  Matchmaking service for dogs and their forever humans.  Not that kind!  Get your mind out of the gutter.  This is good clean, man’s best friend kind of fabulous fun!  Stay posted.  Details to follow…

Introducing: Very Strange Bird Printables!

Free Tarot Sunday Elephant Bookmarker

You, dear readers, are the most awesome people in the world!  You’ve supported me in my 52 Free Tarot Readings In 52 Days challenge and have participated in my craziness with gusto.  However could I thank you for your continued amazingness?  Well, I’ve been losing myself in creativity lately and have decided to start offering the most loyal of my fans (read: anyone who comes to my website) with Very Strange Bird Printables!  I love printables and have collected them for years.  As a graphic designer, I’ve always had a nearly obsessive attraction to print design, collecting everything from matchbooks to postcards to packaging to menus, travel tickets & brochures, posters….  I’m only slightly out of control!  Some may call me a hoarder, I call myself a collage artist.  It’s a very fine line, I realize.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to start offering my own printables for you all to enjoy.  This first one is a bookmarker that you can print out on cardstock and stick in your favorite current read.  Or give it to a friend.  Or, crazy crazy, do both!  What ever you do with it, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.  I did not draw the image, by the way, but I did assemble the digital collage.  Look for more to come, as they most surely will.  I’m supposed to be studying for my real estate license right now, so I’ll definitely be procrastinating in Adobe Illustrator!

Cheers & Enjoy!

Free Tarot Sunday- Let The Wind Of Your Spirit Define You And Guide You

Sunday’s delayed Free Tarot reading is finally here!  I’ve made you wait long enough, so let’s just get to it!  And check back here later because I’m going to post a special treat for my loyal readers!


The Current Situation

The Hierophant Upside Down

You are trying to conform to what you believe society expects of you.  You may be doing this to a lesser degree than most people do, or you may be fooling yourself into thinking that you aren’t, but in some way you are trying to take a well-traveled path, regardless if it’s the one that you want to be on.


The Star

Your dreams lead you down the road less travelled, and this internal struggle is preventing you from being successful on your journey.  Rather than plant your feet firmly on the ground, you want to soar amongst the stars, stripped bare and true to yourself.  The path that you are trying to take has no room for these lofty dreams.

Your Aspiration

The Empress

You want to be in tune with your intuition, to feel from your root, to speak from your heart, to dream from your soul. You want to let the wind of your spirit define you and guide you.  You are fertile with ideas and you want to create organically.  You want to feel everything that you do, from the tips of your toes to the top of the highest hair on your head.  Your fingers spark with creative electricity and you want to touch others and spread your powerful passion.

What Needs To Be Awakened


You need to accept what you want deep down and let go of the ideas that believe you should be pursuing.  Transform your vision of yourself.  Close your eyes and imagine the person that you are trying to be, the road that you are currently trying to travel.  How does it feel?  Is this person happy?  Are you this person?  Now think about the person that you have tried to suppress.  Envision that road that she is travelling.  How do you feel?  Is this person happy?  Are you this person?

What Lies Behind You

9 of Cups

You have had great successes in your recent past, but those were a phase of your life that has closed.  This is not to say that you won’t have future successes, only that you are embarking on a new chapter in your life where the successes are measured differently.  You may still succeed beyond your wildest imagination, but they will be different kinds of successes, at a different level than you’ve previously experienced.  These successes will take huge efforts to achieve, will not coming easily, but will be worth that much more because of the blood, sweat and tears put into them.

The Next Stage

6 of Pentacles

It may seem as if decisions made by others about your future (as in a potential job) will be made arbitrarily and without consideration for your talents, charisma or drive.  You may feel slighted, overlooked, unfairly treated.  This challenge could mean that it takes longer for you to land where you’re going.  Do not be discouraged by this, however. The longer, windier road builds character.  It’s easy to be our own best self when times are good and going our way. But who we are in the difficult times is who we are at the core.  This is an opportunity to build the strength of who you are.  Lean back on your Empress traits during this time.  She will guide you through.  And you will get through- this path does eventually get you to where you want to go.

What Will Be

Death Upside Down

You are going to come out of this a different, more mature person.  The Death card, while frightening to see, simply means transformation and rebirth.  For you, it means that you will finally let go of the vision of who you were supposed to be and become the reality of who you are at your core.  I believe that the significance of the upside down card lies in this fact:  It will not be hard to let go of who you thought that you were supposed to be because you’ve never truly believed that you were supposed to be that person.  Once you reconcile these truths, you will find peace.

(Random note:  You may have noticed that I switched up tarot decks this week.  My wonderfully fantastic partner, Bruno, gave me the beautiful deck that you see in tonight’s reading.  It’s a limited edition deck originally created by Giovanni Vacchetta in 1893.  In 2001 it was water-colored by Osvaldo Menegazzi who then had 1500 copies produced, each one numbered.  I found the deck online at a little shop in Italy earlier this year.  They had one deck- the only one that I found anywhere!- but I didn’t want to buy it because it felt too extravagant (and expensive).  I emailed them, but never followed through on it.  Lo and behold, Bruno actually ordered the deck that very night and has had it sitting in his desk at work for months.  I’ve never, in my entire life, been so shocked and excited when receiving a gift!  Wow, what an amazing partner I have!)

I’m Temporarily Out Of Order


After consuming enough calories to feed a small village for a week, I’m temporarily out of order, so the reading for tonight will be up tomorrow.  Sorry to disappoint!  I blame the traditional Chinese feast that we demolished.  In the meantime, please enjoy the lovely view above.  I’m going to go purge now.  (Not really, but this is one of those days that I wish I had the dedication to sustain an eating disorder.  My will is simply too weak…)

Happy Holidays!

This is how I spent my Christmas morning!  I hope that your morning has been everything that you hoped for!  This evening I will post this weeks Free Tarot Reading.  Enjoy your day!

Free Tarot Sunday- Being True To Yourself Is The Key To Your Happiness

Welcome back to Free Tarot Sunday!  You must have been telling your friends about the free tarot challenge because the queue for free readings is filling up!  Thank you for your support and interest.  Keep it coming!  I love this project and look forward to every Sunday when I can take the time to practice the beautiful art of tarot and meditation!

Enough of that.  Let’s get to it…

The Current Situation

9 of Pentacles

This card indicates accomplishments and self-reliance, having worked hard to achieve the successes that are now yours.  When you get this card, you should ask yourself if you are the most important person in  your life right now, as you should be.  Have you enjoyed your independence?  Have you acknowledged your accomplishments?  Or are you afraid of being self-reliant and worry that you have nothing to show for your efforts?


The Emperor

A powerful man in your life, one that represents the right way to do things, is creating issues for your happiness.  This person is literally like a wall between you and the life that you want to live.  The Emperor represents the conservative, utopian ideals in life.

Your Aspiration

9 of Wands

You want to move forward, to learn from the past pains that you’ve endured and be a stronger, more whole person on the other side.  You want to know your strengths and weaknesses and you don’t want to judge yourself for your past actions.  You want to be compassionate to yourself and empowered as you move forward and onward.

What Needs To Be Awakened

9 of Cups

You need to allow yourself to indulge in the success of your achievements.  Welcome emotional fulfillment- open yourself to sensuality and pleasure and bask in the love and adoration that you receive.  Do not allow your fears of loss and pain to prevent you from fulfilling your desires.  But do be cautious in who you trust or who you share your secrets with, as some may take your pleasure as bragging and feel ill will towards you.  Don’t allow your happiness to be taken away by other people!

What Lies Behind You

Page of Pentacles

Stop trying to force something that you are not.  You feel that you need to be practical, to fit a mold that never quite fit.  Trying to shove the square peg in the round hole needs to stop.  Allow yourself to let go of that need, to become who you really are.  Your successes and happiness will be found in the moments when you are being true to yourself.  Let go of the idealistic messages that we are programmed with, the “I should be more…, I should do more…”  and make your own affirmative messages.  “I AM…” and love the “…”

The Next Stage

6 of Wands

You will reap the reward that comes from looking out for yourself, giving value to yourself and believing in your accomplishments.  Rewards will abound, but take care not to celebrate too loudly, as you may cause your own downfall.  Knowing the potential pitfalls going in will allow you to come out the other end without scrapes and bruises.

What Will Be

The Empress

The Goddess, no shocker there!  You will come full circle, and the goddess within you will finally be fully rounded out and whole.  Who you aspire to be and who you’ve finally become will be one and the same.  You will have a quiet sensuality and mystery that will draw others in.  There will be calm and peace within you and a stream of joy running through your heart.  You will be YOU.

Some Thoughts

Three of your cards were 9s, which is important to note.  The number 9 represents vision.  You have extraordinary vision for the future, but will only gain it if you are true to yourself.  Following the paths set out by others will lead you to their goals, but not yours.  Look into your heart, listen to your soul and envision your true path.  Only by following your own path will you find total and real happiness and peace.

In a personal conversation recently, you mentioned that you were the 9 of Swords.  Do not take lightly that this card was the only 9 that did not turn up in this reading.  It is not a coincidence.

Also, do not take lightly the fact that the two Major Arcana cards were The Emperor and The Empress.  The Emperor is your obstacle card, meaning that thinking that you “should” do things the way that is commonly directed or prescribed is going to keep you from obtaining your true happiness.  The Empress relies on her feminine intuition to gain insight  and understanding.  Her achievements come from feelings, emotions and intuition, whereas The Emperor relies on rules and force to achieve his end.  You think that you need to step into the role of a masculine character to move beyond this current stage in your life (or to navigate it successfully), but the cards are telling you to dig deep into yourself, listen to your feminine intuition and follow it.  Only you know how to move forward, only you have the answers.  But only YOU can do it in this situation.