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Thirty-One Ways To Make Money With Tarot

Being a Tarot professional and hobbyist can be such a wonderful experience. For many, the exploration of Tarot is one of the best parts of their lives. Some Tarot users use divination as a means for a successful career. Some use it as a side income, while others enjoy Tarot because it is their passion. Tarot is a wonderful tool for people to connect with each other and provide services of enlightenment and understanding. But what if you don’t want to sell readings? What if Tarot reading is an introspective process for you? What if you are someone who isn’t comfortable reading Tarot for others or plain don’t like doing it? How will you make money then? In this post, I have provided thirty-one ways to make money with Tarot that isn’t offering Tarot readings.

Spread Creation Services

Do you like creating Tarot spreads for yourself or clients? If you have an online eCommerce shop, you can provide spread crafting services to other tarot readers or clients who may need help in formulating a Tarot spread of their own.

Deck Modification Services

If you are a fan and skilled in Tarot deck customization and modification, you can provide such a service to the Tarot and Divination communities. Some of these services may include removing borders off decks, edging decks with faux gilding, customizing card backs and fronts, etc.

Tarot Business Coaching

Sometimes as new tarot professionals starting out we could use some tailored guidance on our journey. One fantastic thing you can do to help other Tarot readers or upcoming Tarot professionals is to offer some form of business coaching. If you have been in this business for a significant amount of time, your voice, experience, and know-how can be very much sought after. Online webinars and one to one training seem to be popular in this line of work.

Teaching A Tarot Class, Workshop Or E-Course

Tarot is becoming much more accessible and more mainstream. Teaching a Tarot course or workshop is a fantastic way to help other Tarot readers on their journey. I have taught an introductory Tarot course at one of the metaphysical shops I have worked at previously and it was such a rewarding experience. You can also create an e-course that can be downloaded and followed through online means.

Books, E-Books, Zines

Your voice should be heard and what better way to share it than with a book. You can make money with Tarot by creating independently published books and ebooks be it through Blurb, CreateSpace, Amazon, etc. One of the most popular topics are how-to guides. You can also craft your own zine both hard copy and electronic ones and sell them online. Another very lucrative market in regards to selling books is having your books in audio book formats. Using services like Audible and Apple iTunes, or even selling your own packaged mp3 files through your e-commerce store can prove a great way to make money.

Guest Writing

Do you like writing about Tarot but aren’t ready to create a full book? Something you might want to consider is writing original blog posts and content for other bloggers or providing articles for sponsored tarot networks. The pay varies but it is a cool way to make money and get your name out there.

Sponsored Content

If you have a large social media following you can do promotional and sponsored written and video posts for deck publishing companies both large and independent. You can also write and record sponsored reviews of Tarot products, goods, and services.


Do you have a significant amount of followers on your social media platforms, Youtube, blog, and website? Something you can consider implementing is Google Adsense and tailored ads that you can run on those platforms. Running Adsense on your Youtube videos can get you money from advertisers who put ads before and after your videos.

Affiliate Programs

If you use sites like Amazon and Ebay you can sign up for their affiliate program. An affiliate program is when you share links to products and services like Tarot decks and deck bags with your following through the affiliate program links and if your following purchases that product through your specific link, you get paid a commission by the program because you brought them traffic and sales.

Being A Reseller

If you have a registered Tarot business, you can apply to be a deck and book reseller for various Tarot publishing companies. You essentially purchase products (decks, books, misc accessories) at wholesale pricing and resell them.

Deck Creation

Have you ever wanted to make your own Tarot deck? Creating and selling your very own Tarot deck can be a great way to share your creativity but also make money in the process.

Tarot Deck Artist And Illustrator

If you are an artist you can market your artistic ability and services to deck creators and publishing companies who are looking for artists to create Tarot decks.

Tarot Tattoo Artist

I know of some great tattoo artists who work solely on esoteric and tarot themed tattoos. This could be something to consider if you are interested in this line of work.

Sell Your Own Tarot Decks And Books

Do you have decks or Tarot books that you don’t use or want anymore? Are you trying to slim down your Tarot collection? A wonderful way to obtain some extra money is to sell your decks and Tarot books. You can sell unused and or out of print decks for higher rates.

Missing Card Services

Do you have a deck that is missing one or two cards? A great way to put a deck like that to use and help others is to sell individual cards of that deck for people to buy if they have also misplaced a card within that deck. If the deck is popular or one that is out of print, this can be another lucrative way to use something as simple as an incomplete deck to make some money.

Tarot Merchandise

Do you like to create your own Tarot inspired merchandise? Do you like making Tarot deck bags or cloths? Making and selling tarot inspired jewelry, clothing, deck bags, deck wallets, deck wraps, deck boxes, deck mats, deck cloths, t-shirts, hats, pins and other divination accessories can help make you a significant income. You can also offer custom pieces at much higher rates and even sell them through your own online e-commerce shop, fairs, and festivals or through local metaphysical shops.

Artisan Craft Templates

Do you have beautiful artisan designs that you are willing to share with other Tarot craft creators? You can provide paid video tutorials, and templates for your deck bags, tarot cloths, crochet and sewing deck bag techniques. You can also sell tips and tricks for your tarot inspired jewelry, etc.


Do you like creating tarot journal and planner pages? This can be a great way to help other tarot readers on their journey stay organized and implement tarot into their daily routine. You can create printable pages for a card of the day, week, and month posts, as well as journaling pages. You can also create and sell Tarot themed activity worksheets, Tarot business trackers, etc.

Private Tutorial

If you have no interest in creating and selling a large course but still want to provide a specific tutorial on a Tarot or divination topic, you can sell that tutorial.

Guided Meditations

Many of us have trouble relaxing or getting “into the zone” before a Tarot reading. Like audio books, you can also sell your Tarot and divination themed guided meditations to those who are interested in that type of meditation and relaxation resource.

Tarot Speaker

If you like to talk about Tarot, you may want to try giving talks about tarot at conventions, events and Tarot themed panels.

Photographer For Hire

Are you a photographer? Have a good camera? You can offer your photography services to Tarot businesses to take product shots, and tarot themed photography for their website or blog.

Writer For Hire

Are you proficient in copywriting services? You can offer your skills to those looking to better their web copy for their business, products, and services.

Social Media Marketer For Hire

Are you a social media marketer marvel? You can offer your services to Tarot businesses who want to better their social media platforms and drive more traffic to their business.

Graphic Designer And Web Designer For Hire

Are you a graphic artist or web designer who loves Tarot? You can offer your design services to Tarot businesses and professionals who need websites, landing pages, logos, header images, promotional graphics, and banners.

Subscription Services

If you are interested in offering monthly subscription services you can create a membership service on your own site or use websites like Patreon to supply your supporters with fresh Tarot themed content monthly. You can also use websites like cratejoy if you are interested in creating monthly subscription boxes that are Tarot themed. You can also create monthly subscription “communities” tailored to Tarot and your specific audience.

Mobile Tarot App

Are you proficient in creating mobile applications? You could create your own Tarot themed app and sell it on Apple and Android mobile marketplaces. You can also make additional income if your application has advertisements within it.

Paid Focus Groups

A focus group is when companies bring a diverse group of people together to talk about, discuss and try a product or service before it is released for feedback. The pay varies by company but it is a great way to make some money. I have been in two focus groups for Tarot applications in regards to their usability and ease of use.

Middle Man Mailing Service

For those who live in various parts of the world other than the United States, there are Tarot decks that come with large shipping fees. You can offer to purchase Tarot decks for others who live in a different part of the world or have a difficult time obtaining a certain deck because of their geological location and include a service fee and send them the deck at a much lower rate than they would have to pay if they purchased it directly.

Rent Out Your Space

Do you have a store front, office space or own your home? You can rent out your space for Tarot events and meet ups.

Virtual Assistant

Do you excel in helping other people’s businesses off the ground? You might want to consider offering virtual assistant services in helping Tarot readers and businesses who need an extra set of eyes and hands to help them run it.

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Title: Thirty-One Ways To Make Money With Tarot
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Disclaimer: The intention of this post is to share the various different ways I know of to make money with Tarot that are not Tarot readings.This isn’t the only way, the absolute right way or the way that you “should” approach this topic. I can only speak from personal experience and what I know about first hand. I encourage you to do your own research, to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. Also please keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, and laws that precede your location, state, country in regards to many of these money making opportunities that may be different from my own. The services and websites mentioned in this post are not affiliated with Ivan Ambrose / TarotProse.com and are only used as examples. No professional or personal relationship should be assumed. I encourage and open up this conversation to added commentary to supplement this post of any kind.
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Skyrim leather journal…

Full leather bound blank book is in 8" x 10" (26 x 20 cm) size and thickness around 3 inches (8 cm). Leather is hand toned and aged in dark brown color tone. The front cover plate has specially made map, surrounded with embossed frame and handmade brass corners. Central detail, Skyrim symbol has hand carved from thick leather and hardener with special bookbinder mixtures. The book block has 350 leaves (700 pages) of special, thicker, cream toned vintage paper type in 100 gsm paper weight. Paper edges are gilded and aged.

No Rest For The Weary

SPN FanFic

~Y/N and the Winchesters just can’t catch a break.~

Dean x Reader, Sam

6,960 Words

Warnings: It’s a roller coaster. Fluff, bit o’Smut, Angst. Flusmangst. 

A/N: Thank you to @taste-of-dean for the readover (sorry about the prank) and to @idreamofhazel for her amazing beta skills. Couldn’t do it without you. Hope you enjoy. and remember:

Feedback lets me know you want me to keep writing.

The sun was shining brightly despite the heavy blanket of clouds that drifted across the Kansas sky. Breaks between the heather offered visions of perfect blue, and the air was filled with the promise of summer.

The Impala was speeding down the highway, its freshly washed black exterior gleaming in the sunlight. Tires spun in metallic blurs as Dean pushed her through the sparse mid-morning traffic, leaving Montana in the dust and heading home. The windows were down and wind whipped around the three hunters, lifting their hair and spirits. The rush of air forced them to breathe deeply, filling their lungs with the crisp spring atmosphere, relaxing their bodies and calming their minds.

The case hadn’t been any harder than any case before it, and certainly wouldn’t pale any that came after. But they were tired, muscles sore from lack of sleep and constant movement; their souls in need of restoration. Time off was desperately needed, and as long as Heaven and Hell kept to themselves, maybe they would get some.

As the miles wore on their shoulders settled, their minds calmed, and their smiles returned. Two hours in, laughter returned to the Impala as Sam and Dean argued lightheartedly about the cassette tape Dean had pushed into the stereo.

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Title: The Upside Down Sky
Author: Amazonia_8
Artist: Dogsled
Rating: Explicit
Pairings: Dean/Cas
Warnings/Tags: Explicit Sexual Content, Explicit Violence, Pining, Mild Angst, Protective Dean, BAMF Cas
Posting Date: 11/15/2017

Summary:  Despite having every resource the government could throw at them, within the vast wealth of lore protected and researched by the Federal Bureau of Letters and Arcanae, there were only five obscurely written entries on angels. And the number of actual angels ever encountered by humans? One, and that guy was a dick. So when intel indicates an genuine, living angel has been captured, with dire consequences to the universal balance, the FBLA send their best agents undercover to a clandestine freak show, where black market monster are brought in for the enjoyment of those with the means to afford it. The mission is one they’ve done a thousand times: extract the entity and bring it in.

And Agent Dean Winchester’s seen it all, but he’s never seen anything like Castiel.

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He’d heard of people doing something like this, capturing creatures and posting videos online, keeping them in a cage to poke with a stick until the thing died of starvation or broke free and had a nice warm meal. The FBLA never tried to suppress any of it. Monsters were never, officially, confirmed, the line of response had always been that the Bureau’s purview was in the research and management of ‘anomalies’. but that didn’t mean they weren’t public knowledge. Denying they existed had totally backfired in Roswell, besides, there were just too many of them to keep people ignorant. The average Joe would never run into anything bitey in his lifetime, much to his relief, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t a public appetite for Witch Week on the Discovery Channel, or non-stop marathons of Finding Bigfoot (Dean knew, for a fact, they were never gonna find that thing).

So these people knew what they were gawping at, at least they thought they did, and Dean couldn’t believe they were still stupid enough to willingly crowd themselves into a room with a dozen of the most pissed off monster he’d ever seen. Money and polish gave it all a sheen of safety and there was nothing more in the whole world Dean wanted to do at that moment than snap the chains of one of these creatures and sit back with a beer while it tore these morons to ribbons.

But instead, he tittered on cue and shared appreciative words with the other guests over what a very good job their host had done procuring these oddities for their pleasure.

They moved as a group around the room, clustering and weaving until they came to the centerpiece, best for last. The real reason the brothers were here. Crowley drew out the tension as long as he could, devious smile and eyeliner. When the curtain lifted, everyone gasped in shock, including Dean and not just as part of his cover.

He was beautiful. Wild dark hair, wild blue eyes, and oil slick iridescent black wings that spanned out to the edges of his gilded cage in fear. He wore white linen pants and nothing else, the better to see the authenticity of wing bone and muscle flexing at his back. Fine wrought gold chains glinted as they linked a leather collar to cuffs the brothers could see from here were scrolled with some of the markings Gabriel had told them about. the poor thing looked terrified and furious and the louder the crowd became, the harder he struggled against his bonds. There was something about him that broke Dean’s heart straight in half and the strength of it was stealing his breath away. A beautiful, divine thing, captured and trussed for an evening’s distraction and money on the barrel.

Without realizing it, Dean had shouldered his way to the front of the crowd. The angel was looking at all of them and none of them, there was no way out but his need to search anyway consuming him.

Until his gaze fell on Dean.


First Image: I’ve been trying to achieve something like this without using fancy gilding machines.The results are getting better but I can’t seem to perfect it because of the adhesive(size) I’m using. I have gold leaf but I prefer the red metal leaf like the one used in James Jean’s Rebus. 
image source: www.pink-e-pank.de

Second Image: After the edge gilding I’ll turn it into something like this. This one is pretty easy but I want to do the gilding first. I’ll do the bookbinding, aging, and everything.
I found this tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Harry-Potter-style-Hogwarts-Library-Spellbooks/#step0

Planning to do this on my Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and His Dark Materials books and magick manuals.


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new leaf // gold-rimmed ceramics by liquoricemoonstudios

liquoricemoonstudios’ ceramics are a fantastic combination of tactile design, gilded accents, and shiny glaze — and their line of ‘new leaf’ pottery is right up my alley. both of these gold-rimmed dishes are swoon-worthy.

Sometimes Rain Falls

Type: AU/Alternative Universe

Summary: Sometimes a normal life is a good one to lead; its nice…its easy…
But sometimes, normal isn’t the way that things were meant to be. And when you’re chosen as a possible candidate for one of the kingdom’s 7 princes, life isn’t as nice and easy as you always presumed it to be…especially when you catch the eye of more than one of them…

A/N: Part 2…revealing a lot more and confusing you more than you ever thought would be possible… ;)



Chapter 11

 ‘Y/N? Where have you been? I’ve been trying to find you since you ran off, I- Wait! Whats wrong Y/N…?’

Its an automatic instinct to let him pull you into his arms, the fear within you seeking comfort and protection from whatever had just chased you out of Hoseok’s room, and your brain seemed to identify Taehyung’s hold as just the right solution for its needs as he held you tight, murmuring reassurances and hushing to try to calm you down.

‘It was going to get me, I didn’t see it until he left, he told me I’d be safe!’ you whimper, cursing yourself for beginning to cry but finding yourself being unable to stop as you clung onto him tightly, feeling him begin to stroke your hair, but missing the way he closes his eyes to breathe in the scent of you as he props his cheek against the top of your head.

‘Calm down, beautiful, you’re alright now, you’re safe. Do you want to come to my room instead so that you can wait for Hoseok-hyung to come back?’ he murmurs, seeming to radiate warmth into your bones as he speaks and you don’t hesitate before nodding against his chest, instantly missing the feel of him surrounding you when he pulls back to guide you down the corridor to another black door.

Even though you still felt like a train was pummeling toward you with the rate your heart was beating in your chest, you still found yourself becoming curious in your observation of Taehyung’s room as he opened the door, being surprised by the reassuring brightness of it, so much so that you almost thought your vision was becoming slightly blurry with the amount of white colouring every furnishing.

‘Make yourself at home, Beautiful.’ 

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Ellery dropped a letter on the little table beside his daughter and touched a brief hand to her shoulder. “Something for you, love.”

She frowned at the name embossed on the card. It was an invitation by a well-known showjumper in America, billed as a ‘housewarming party’ for those who moved in the upper levels of the equestrian community, but silently understood by its invitees that it was a polite way of phrasing a money-making meet and greet - an event in which to see who had fingers looking for pies and who had pies in which to put fingers. “This is for you, papa.”

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Flowershop AU

part one. this was never meant to be more than two parts, but i merged a helnik au into and now we’re here….

For Inej working at the flower shop was a rest stop on the road to something much more important. She wasn’t sure where she was headed, but the desire to do something more—be more—compelled her. 

She had an innate ambition to travel, wandering as hereditary in her family as her brown eyes. The big city lights of Ketterdam lured her from her small town—much like her coworker, Jesper. They both migrated to the city for college, each taking on jobs that consumed their leisure time to make ends meet, ending up in the same overlooked shop. They were two young adults whose friendship flourished, not because of the routine of seeing each other, but due to the fact they both felt like tiny fish in a vast, dark ocean they never belonged in. Though unlike him, she had plans to get out of the complicated net Ketterdam ended up to be. She witnessed first hand how the city sucked people in and trap them; she couldn’t allow herself to be one of them. 

She didn’t feel rooted here. Or anywhere for that matter. She would wade through Ketterdam with the same vigor she used in her other travels. Some feared getting lost, but Inej enjoyed the mystery of it, the thrill of what parts of herself she could discover each time she traveled some place new.

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mayihaveyourdesert  asked:

Hi! So, i saw you having tarot. Would you mind sharing how you started readings (if you do your own) and how I could approach myself to this matter? It's all very very new to me! Thanks a lot :)

@mayihaveyourdesert Hi! Tarot is actually a huge part of my life tbh, it’s my main writing inspiration and definitely my main focusing tool. I’m not sure that I’m the right person to ask about starting out because I have a very personal approach to tarot that may or may not be what you’re looking for! Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that I’m not a spiritual person, so if you’re looking for tips for starting out from a spiritual standpoint, I unfortunately won’t be much help in that category. (Maybe someone can comment who does approach it from that angle and who would be willing to help, though!!) I’ll break down my own approach within two categories.

1. Based on Symbolism
2. Non Fate-Oriented


Choose your deck(s) for you! My favorite thing about tarot is the beautiful imagery and symbolism, and I think it’s really important to consider this when acquiring your first deck. There are a metric sh*t-ton of options when it comes to tarot, and each deck can be a bit like learning a new language (sometimes literally, one of my favorite decks is in Italian). Tarot is personal, and you’re going to get a lot more meaning out of it if you enjoy and connect with your cards. Do some research, compare decks! My personal favorites are the classic Rider Waite deck, the gorgeous & lush Ancient Italian deck, and the minimalist-yet-somehow-still-primordial Golden Thread deck (which comes with an amazing app that is actually free even without the deck.)

— Get to know your cards. Having a working knowledge of the meanings of each card is a great jumping-off point, whether you use the booklet that often comes with the cards or do individual research. This may be an unpopular opinion, but don’t even be afraid to modify them if you feel the urge (more on this in the next paragraph, but for one example, I hand-gilded the edge of one of my decks to make it feel more personal.)

— Don’t let gained knowledge of the cards obscure gained meaning. Now that I’ve told you to learn the cards, I’m going to tell you to un-learn them, at least sometimes. A lot of books and websites will tell you very specific things about cards, everything from “The Emperor represents an earthly fatherly influence” to “The Queen of Cups is a blonde woman whom you have yet to meet who loves reading Calvin & Hobbes comics but only during the month of April.” This is all well and good, especially when you’re starting out! I even have Whitcomb’s 600 page Magician’s Companion textbook because I love fun correspondences so much. BUT as you go on, cards may take on new meanings. Let them!! If you start feeling like a certain card represents you, or a particular part of your life, allow that to happen. And tracking that progress is a great way of looking at personal growth and your life, actually. Making a non-linear journal (or grimoire) is helpful: One page per card, add thoughts or conceptual meanings to them as you think of them, quotes, book characters they remind you of…I’ve gotten so far as to know that one particular card is the main character of my book series, and I carefully replaced the word Temperance with Alchemy on one of my decks. And, just as you allow the traditional cards to take on personal meanings, allow your given meanings to rearrange. Finding new connections is so fun, like the moment when you realize that you admire the same qualities in your best friend and your favorite quote. Try to recognize when you are holding on to old influences and work on letting go.


Your fate is yours. You see what you want to see. My personal view is that tarot is about the past but mostly about now. You are the one who has to use that knowledge of yourself to look to the future. Ue the symbolism to ask: what influences are in my life? What am I seeing in these cards, and what is that saying about my subconscious focus and desires? For instance, if you’re trying to meditate on whether to move to Boulder or San Diego and you keep picking out mountain/forest imagery even though the sea is right there as well, that tells you something. Listen to yourself, first and always.

On that note, I don’t use reversals. Reversals are different readings of the cards should they appear upside down when you draw them, often bestowed with the inverse or undesirable traits of the original card. Personally, reversals don’t really fit into my imagery-based fate-less approach, so I ignore them. I feel like they cast an unnecessary negative pall on my readings.

Don’t be afraid to draw clarifiers, and don’t take it too seriously! Clarifiers are extra cards that are useful if one (or multiple) card in your reading is making you say “wot in the ever-loving tarnation…..” or even “damn that’s scary, what can I do to prevent that?” But I most commonly draw clarifiers when I see something I really love and I’m thinking “okay, how do I get from where I am now to that?” Pick a goal card for yourself, once you learn the meanings. Are you aiming for The Moon, mysterious artistry and wildest dreams? The Sun, light and truth and warmth? The Hermit, old guy alone with a lantern and maybe a cat or twenty at home who really knows but he’s got a sweet cloak? (Jk but rlly….I got him recently for myself and I was like yeah honestly I’m ready, bring to me the Lantern of Solitude). In this vein, I like to remember that there are no bad cards, because to me, none of the cards represent a definite future. 

TO WRAP UP! Hopefully that was at all helpful haha. I’m sure many people heartily disagree with one or all of my views on this, but there they are. Tarot is a lot like writing: You have to know the rules to break them effectively. The rules in this case are the time-honored meanings of the cards and the process of reading them for yourself and others. Try things out, read what you can and read more when it interests you, don’t be afraid to change your mind, take notes, try to put out as much positive force into the world as you can! Have fun! 

Oh, also, last advice: rope your best friend into learning, too. Being the only one who reads tarot at parties makes you surprisingly popular but sometimes u just want fresh insights on yourself as well tbh.

Circumstancial Luck

@astrila for you, part 2/2 :) love spell scenario finale.

The wind is cruel as it slashes at her raw and exposed skin, but still she doesn’t stop. Desperation and freedom writhe within her, whirling until they thread out through the souls of her feet and send her arcing up against the faint stars.

The metallic screech of her yo-yo is deafening as she repeats the motions. Swing and anchor and pull and release.

Her eyes look for any signs of glitter, sharply bright as she runs away from one problem and towards another.

She doesn’t know how soon Chat Noir will catch up, but she hopes she’s stunned him enough so that he won’t have time to ask questions by the time she finds the akuma.

She’s looking for gold among golden lights, her eyes are burning and her lungs are screaming, and her mind is oddly blank.

It’s no wonder she doesn’t catch the hint of glitter on her side. It’s no wonder she gets caught up in Lovestruck’s attack…a whirlwind of rose gold dust that knocks her out of the sky.

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“Lady Lisa Frank, Patron of Chaotic Feminitity, what should I do?”

“Go to the spring fling (8th grade) with Brad, in your blue slip dress with the pink hair extensions, stretchy bracelets, and light up go go boots. Strawberry lipgloss is a must. After your first embarrassing kiss, sacrifice him at the roller rink in my name and bring the blood to your next sleepover.”

“oh shit ur right” 

(Anyway my gold gilded edged major arcana cards came in yesterday and i am PUMPED for the chaos readings that’re gonna come out of these)

Vonn Sketchbook 2 Peek Through!

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This is a 156 page hardcover and gold gilded edge sketchbook filled with over 230 drawings spanning over 2015 and 2016. You can also order the bundle deal which includes my first sketchbook. Thanks for looking and these will be shipped right after my Kickstarter backers!


let’s talk about girls, gladiator hearts and gilded edges. you remember sitting on a soft pink bed and it felt like the ocean, if the ocean was made of feathers and loneliness and magic and, oh, maybe the ocean is. bubble gum pop songs and blisters and blood because we are all trying to shake out the edges of our silly wishbone limbs and become something greater than who we are. | —SALVATION PT. II | M.J. PEARL

anonymous asked:

Please consider: Akande calling Mei "Ms. Zhou" and her going "That's Dr. Zhou to you!"

Nonnie, I like the way you think!


This particular restaurant in Oasis is known for its secluded balconies, stacked one on top of each other, every alcove lined with greenery so the only thing to be seen is the skyline beyond the tower. 

Akande pauses to admire the silhouette of Mei-Ling Zhou against the view, and then knocks at the balcony door. “May I join you?” She startles, and he notes with approval that her hand closes firmly around the gun hidden in her purse. Before she can fire, he casually holds up both hands, flashing a disarming smile. “I promise, I have no desire to start a fight.”

Mei-Ling’s eyes narrow, her mouth pursing in clear doubt. “Why are you here, then?”

“I heard from my sources you were nearby, and hoped to talk.” He keeps his hands raised, but dares to saunter up to her table. “I’m quite a fan of your work.”

Mei-Ling’s humph shows quite clearly how much she believes that.

“Look,” Akande continues, gesturing to his bare right hand, “I come unarmed.” 

“That is a horrible pun,” Mei-Ling informs him, voice frosty, but she kicks out a chair for him anyway. “So you’re here for a private lecture.”

Akande sinks gracefully into the chair, automatically angling himself so the sun gilds the edge of his face. Mei-Ling raises an eyebrow, but chooses not to comment as he arranges himself to his best advantage. “I’ll gladly cover your lunch and lodgings for the duration of your stay,” he offers, disarming smile sliding into smoothly charming. “I’m sure that more than you’ve been given for some of your other lectures, Ms. Zhou.”

 “Dr. Zhou,” she snaps back, and though she’s barely half his size, for a moment Akande feels his smile freeze on his face. Before he can recover, she’s gesturing imperiously in his direction, “You can have your lecture in return for some collateral. Give me your arm.”

“I left my gauntlet as to not alarm you–”

Mei-Ling tuts. “Not your gauntlet. Your arm.”

For the second time in barely as many minutes, she gives Akande pause. It’s not well-known that the arm supporting the gauntlet is a prosthetic, and without it he’ll be unbalanced and missing his dominant hand. He’s still a formidable opponent, but it would give Mei-Ling a clear advantage in a fight. It is, he thinks, quite a clever thing to ask for. 

“You’re not as sweet as you look,” he tells her, voice admiring, and rolls up his sleeve to get at his arm’s attachment points.

This, finally, wins him a small, satisfied smile. “You forgot my PhD,” she tells him, as if this is reason enough to divest him of his entire right arm. Considering his own not-inconsiderable pride, Akande thinks it’s a perfectly fair point.

“For which I apologize, Dr. Zhou,” he replies, and offers her his arm. When she takes it, she doesn’t waver under its weight. 

Akande feels some strange warmth swelling in his chest as she sits back and gives him another small smile. “I suppose you’re forgiven,” Mei-Ling says, and begins, “Since we’re currently in Oasis, I’ll start with a primer on desert ecology…”

so proud and so unsure

how leliana knows morrigan on either side of ten years.

Leliana/Morrigan commission for @batpositivity! 1500 words of metaphors and introspection. 

commission info |  ao3 page

She’s grown softer with age, it seems; the loose strands of her hair curl gently across her cheek, and the curve of her jaw is not so sharp and angular. She’s lovely and quiet, the fires of her eyes settled to warm embers, her cloak draped over her form as though to shelter her.

“It’s been a while,” Leliana says as she approaches, stepping lightly around the corner.

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Pencil notes; the marks of people who are not sure that they will remember that they have read this book, and wish to remind themselves; those who are carrying out a flirtation in the margins and it is unsure whether with the author or some other observer; the tentacles of ornamental capitals; lost punctuation, patiently dotting around; ant footprints; proofs not too large to fit; lists; maps; the names of those who feel themselves in danger of slipping from memory; dancing grease-whorls; pen-testing scribbles and mythical bacon-marks; chemical letters written in book-smell; an archaeology of te hair and folding and fingerprints from former owners; bookmark-marks; the way to the library vaults in urgently rubbed-out pencil; words readable only by moonlight; laughter lines; the shallow runnels of book-labyrinths; farewells; underlinings that went a little too far, having burst out in leaf at the edge of the page; gilded rabbits; fossilised dust; animals too odd or staid for the compass rose.

Let’s talk about girls, gladiator hearts and gilded edges. You remember sitting on a soft pink bed and it felt like the ocean, if the ocean was made of feathers and loneliness and magic and, oh, maybe the ocean is. Bubble gum pop songs and blisters and blood because we are all trying to shake out the edges of our silly wishbone limbs and become something greater than who we are. Being a teenage girl is a catastrophe, is absolution, is rapture. Being a teenage girl is what will save us – you – me, I think. I watch the girl I used to be walk down a street at night and I can’t help her anymore but maybe she can help me.
—  salvation pt. ii | m.j. pearl
Jon is Brandon’s Bastard Part 5

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Read on AO3

Sansa remembers her first kiss, we find out where Jon and Sansa go.

Jon x Sansa, Jonsa x angst, ppl who kiss others without permission x pain, don’t hate me plz, everything will be okay I promise.

I posted this earlier today on AO3 but have since updated with some edits, so posting here now. Thanks all for reading.

Three Years Ago:

A moon and a half before her 13th nameday, Sansa Stark flowered. She was still young though, so the Lord and Lady of Winterfell tried their best to keep such news as quiet as was possible in such a keep. But it was not to be.

The chatter of handmaidens and maids is innocent enough, and whilst they may have only wished to share the good news of House Stark and the Lady Sansa, apple of the North’s eye, chatter soon became news and by the next moon it was common knowledge.

‘Sansa Stark has flowered, therefore we must send every man, boy or insufferable git with no manners or taste to meet her, dance with her, and treat her like chattel.’

Sansa wiped tears of frustration from her cheeks, angry at herself for once more mourning the gilded edges of her dreams.

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