Tarot readings




2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11   STRENGTH and/or JUSTICE

1 + 1 = 2   HIGH PRIESTESS

The ultimate card of 2018 is the High Priestess.  This year we will see the Divine Feminine rise stronger than ever before.  As we saw in 2017, “feminism” was the most searched word according to Merriam-Webster and the #metoo movement (originally founded by Tarana Burke) gave a voice to survivors of sexual harassment and violence.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  2018 will not only continue the feminist movement but integrate intersectionality at its core.  We will no longer stand for “white” feminism.  Witches will continue to rise into a much more visible element of the resistance of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (bell hooks phrase).  

Aquarius Tarot by Dawn Aquarius ~ Photo by The Tarot Woman

Aquarius Tarot by Dawn Aquarius ~ Photo by The Tarot Woman


Tap into the Source and Universal energy as well as within to find your strength.  The Strength card in the Tarot represents a marriage of The Magician and The Empress energies.  Take your anger and frustration and channel into your higher purpose, with grace and calm.  Strength is a great ally in this time.  Face fear with love.


In this material world, we have left Spirit behind.  The card Justice showing up now asks us to balance our spiritual, physical and emotional planes.  This is a great opportunity for healing in the realms of mental and physical health.  Connection with the spirit world will bring blessings from our ancestors as well as messages to guide us in the Earthly realm.

Those that have been hiding (whether in plain sight or not) their misdeeds against others will be brought to justice.  Social and environmental justice movements will pick up speed.  It is during this time that we rise above our past pettiness and competition.  Love is the mantra we must be speaking.

Note:  In the Tarot, Justice originally started out as Major Arcana 11.  The Waite-Smith deck switched the card positions of Strength and Justice (Strength to 8 and Justice to 11).  Many decks have either stayed in line with the original placement or have decided they resonate more with the Waite-Smith positions.  That’s why we have three cards to represent this year!


A divine feminine oracle, The High Priestess channels her deep, ancient knowledge through her intuition.  The Moon and water energy of the card add to her mystery.  She is the key to the tradition of passing knowledge from teacher to student, master to apprentice.  Learn from those wisdom keepers in your life.  Seek them out.  The illumination will be felt from within.  

The High Priestess is a protector of the waters and the mystery of the feminine cycle, of time.  We will work with 2018 in heightened awareness of our psychic abilities.  The web we witches weave this year will create a strong foundation in which to lead in the future.  Support each other. 

High Priestess card from the iconic Motherpeace tarot deck.  Photo by The Tarot Woman

High Priestess card from the iconic Motherpeace tarot deck.  Photo by The Tarot Woman



Tarot Forest Ritual with 22 + 1 Deck by Viviana Druga

Tarot Forest Ritual.  Photos by Josh Farria.  35 mm film photography.  Modeling and styling by The Tarot Woman / Empress Vintage.


I sat down with Viviana on the last day of my travels in Berlin, right before heading to the airport. She made me tea with the most delicious honey and we cozied up on her couch to begin the reading.  Her deck, modeled after the Tarot de Marseilles, is beautiful and bright.  I loved the insight I received from her reading.  Interview below:

How did the Tarot find you?  At what point in time did you start reading for others?

Tarot did find me. I did receive another deck before on my birthday maybe in 2011. A Crowley deck. I kept it in my house for a few weeks and then without thinking about gave it as a gift to a friend - who then lost it in a secret garden party and fell asleep with cards covering the whole garden. When she woke up all cards where in the pack. This was the story of the first pack who did not stay with me. Tarot de Marseille did. I was familiar with A. Jodorowsky and his consciousness expanding cult movies but I had no idea he is a big tarologist as well. I remember Michael Northam ( a sound artists from North West of the U.S.) showed me a book in OTannenbaum bar one night:  Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy. I was psyched - I felt a call. I ordered it same night online, read it and there I was obsessed by what he was calling: a way to understand a human soul: the tarot. The I ordered The Way of the Tarot and my boyfriend gave me the Marseille Deck as a gift pretty much same time so all the tools at this point were on the table. During this time of theoretical study, costume designer Tata Christiane contacted me saying: I want to do something with you. The idea came stoke me: You can work with me on creating this Tarot deck: i will chose the people interpreting the Major Arcana according to my own intuitive vision and we will create the set and costumes together. Said and done but....took 2 years. Amazing time. Really grateful. At the the 22+1 Tarot de Berlin exhibition in 2014 during which time I had on-going readings sessions with the big installation cards - I realized I was ready to do it on a regular basis. Trial and Error worked. I use only the Major Arcana in my readings. I feel its Jodorowskyan style.

What was your spiritual process of making the deck?  What guided you?  Angels, ancestors, dreams?

I would say dreams and my own personal upbringing in the Transylvanian nature landscape and its inherent mythology. I would be searching for my characters while being in a club and see someone that would fit my Hanged Man idea so would just approach him right away and his answer would be: wow I feel like that, yes let´s do it! Thats how the process would be.

What does The Empress card mean to you? Is there a particular card that you see yourself as?

The Empress is a young girl waiting for compliments at the beginning of her becoming a woman. She is ready to give birth (legs open) to a new project. Yes, I guess I can be her, though I connect more to High Priestess out of any singular woman character sitting on a chair. There is a mystery about The High Priestess that I connect to. She keeps a secret, she is absorbed in her studies but does not reveal much yet. You can only imagine her inner journey. 

As a performance artist I do show quite a lot of my inner world but the rest of time when am not performing am more into the Priestess role.

The deck is called 22 + 1 ~ what is the meaning of that?

There are 22 images in the deck. 1 stands for the person for whom the reading is being done. In total 23 - magic number. My birthdate 23rd. Discordianism... I can go on forever... :) 

Anything else you would like to share about the creation of this beautiful deck?

It's a psychomagic object. It started as a psychomagic act to place real people interpreting 2D characters. The real people would become the cards and in the transfer there is a spirit travel involved - a connection to other realms. I do believe we can transform our realities. We are our own healers. 


Reading for The Tarot Woman by Viviana Druga in Berlin, July 2016

Reading for The Tarot Woman by Viviana Druga in Berlin, July 2016

The Lovers card in the 22 + 1 deck

The Lovers card in the 22 + 1 deck

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