Evolution …& the end of an era for Little Red Tarot

Back in January, I decided 2018 would be an input year.

Meaning: no wild creations, no big outward movements, no launches of public projects. Instead: receptivity, deep listening, reading, feeling, asking questions, being open to answers.

A slow, deep inhale.

A time to draw energy to me, to focus inwards, to take stock, to recalibrate.

What has emerged, painstakingly slowly, is that I am ready for a big shift. Ready for change. To embody change.

To surrender to the natural process of skin-shedding, and become something new.

To evolve.

This year – or rather, since last October – I have been feeling what I have read as an intense call to ‘step up’. I did not know exactly what ‘stepping up’ meant – only that I had a lot to learn, a lot to experiment with, and a lot to reimagine about the way I was living my life and specifically, the way I was working. I knew that 2018 was to mark a big shift for in the ways that I choose to show up in this world, the places I choose to spend my energy, the people I work alongside, the outward expressions of my self through art and work.

For the past six months, I’ve been grappling, sometimes publicly, mostly privately, with the entity that is Little Red Tarot. By this I mean specifically this blog – and by that I mean all that is written here, the writers whose voices give it shape and texture, the community that surrounds it, those folks who come here regularly for connection and community and to feel that they – that you – are among friends, among folks who ‘get it’. This body of work has been a labour of love for seven and a half tumultuous, beautiful years of my life. During this time I have processed lost love, moved house countless times through four totally different regions. I have been deeply nourished by the community surrounding this site, by the many writers who have bared their souls here, or shared wisdom. The sense of connectedness LRT has given me – and many of you, I know – has been profound and formative for me. My gratitude is truly boundless.

And, because LRT is the place where I show up, the space in which I express myself and share my journey the most consistently and openly, I have been working on the assumption that LRT is a core part of this evolution. That if I was to grow and change, so too would LRT, with me. Anyone who has been hanging out with me this year, or who has been following my My Business is a Garden posts here on LRT, will know that I’ve been struggling with disentangling my own identity from that of my work. 

Starting a blog/online platform and then years later realising it’s become completely wound up in one’s own identity (and proceeding to have a crisis about it) is a modern day cliche, I know. And there are, I know, healthy ways to both maintain the platform as a site of self-expression and disentangle ones own identity from it. I’ve thought and felt a heck of a lot about this!

Honestly, I’m not sure right now who I might be without this site as my compass.

And I’m ready to find out.

For me, that’s going to involve removing myself from this platform, so I can start over, anew.


In a sense, I’ve made LRT the leader of my own change.

Rather than beginning with my own self, each time I’ve made a life decision in recent years, I began with LRT. This year I have been asking: What does this site need, this community? And how can I change or step up in order to provide that? I have had an overwhelming sense of LRT needing me to be and do certain things, and my work this year has been focused on figuring that out, with the goal of helping LRT to become what it needs to become. I’ve started to recognise this as a form of abdication – abdication of my accountability to my self and my desire.

In 2018 I have worked with two coaches, a therapist, and through several online and IRL programmes. I have filled my notebooks many times over with angst-ridden journalling, mind-maps and plans, interrogations of my skills and the limits of my knowledge and experience, tough talk on allyship and so much writing on interpretations of ‘leadership’. I have been interpreting my call to step up as part of LRT’s potential as a community hub, as a directive to grow LRT, to expand, restructure, develop. The number of restructures I have dreamed up is…many. (And my friends are probably sick of hearing about it.) This work has been fascinating, exciting, scary and fun.

What I didn’t manage to do, throughout all of this time, was connect to my own desire.

In the past weeks, though, I’ve started to learn how to do that.

I recognise parts of myself that are going unexplored. Creative parts of me that are calling out for attention, ideas and urges that I currently don’t have time for, or don’t make time for. My lifetime love of art, poetry, music, crafting, zine-making and more have all gone neglected, newer loves like spellcraft, folklore and plant magic remain un-delved, surface interests, whilst I poured heart and soul into this huge other entity. And after years spent largely online, I’m longing to work with my hands again, and open up spacious time in my days and weeks for the next things to move in. Aside from the hobbies, there are projects rising on my mind’s horizon, ideas glimmering in the cave of my gut. I don’t know what they will become yet, but I need to give them space to come forward.

I also know that I am growing as an activist, as a holder of radical space. I’ve made commitment to myself this year about becoming a better ally and diving deeper into systemic oppression and the alternative worlds we have the power to create. I know that this next phase will involve community in some way. I know that it will centre on spirituality. I’m leaning into questions and ideas about intimacy, emergent strategy, trying out different ways of being in conversation and collaboration. There is a small and exciting project happening with a few of my witchy/queer peers. There are seeds of simple, early-stage collaborations being sown. I talked earlier this year about community projects – but I think should not have been so hasty to share then. Since then, my ideas have morphed and shifted, evolved into different shapes. I’m still giving them space and don’t yet know what they are going to become.


“That’s nice Beth, but what’s actually happening?”

Ah right. Yes.

Little Red Tarot – as in, the blog and community space – will wind down on 31st October. 

The entire contents of this blog will move to its own dedicated space, to be available for all to read, stored and archived accessibly, for as long as each writer is happy for their work to remain there. No new articles will be published. The archive will have full author pages with links and info to follow and support each writer elsewhere on the web, and the wonderful columns they have shared will be properly honoured with well-organised pages. I intend for the archive site to feel like a big, beautiful coffee-table book, free for anyone to dip into and find insight and inspiration at any time, as well as helping folks discover the rad spiritual writers who have shared here over the years.

The shop will remain. The Little Red Tarot Shop is my livelihood, my bread and butter. The shop is another endeavour I wish to tend – its potential social mission has been languishing in journals and there are many systems that are clunky and need sorting out. The shop has always felt like a side-project, that day-job that supports me to do the ‘bigger’ thing. In letting LRT go, I’m excited to find the space and time to dive into my shop, my material support system, and give it the kind of attention it needs.

I’m not sure what will happen to the courses just yet. Currently, they provide the income for the blog, paying the writers, our editor Tango, and various tech and admin costs – and for tax reasons to boring to explain, they are an immense headache. I’m looking forward to revisiting these works and seeing how they will fit into the future of my work. If you’re a student on either of these courses, don’t worry – you will not lose access to the material you have purchased.

As for the newsletter: there will no longer be a LRT newsletter, but if you’re on the Bits & Bobs List, you’ll be invited to join a new mailing list soon. Writing the LRT newsletter has been a source of joy in my life, the conversations and shared moments that have arisen from those weekly-ish missives for at least four year have reminded me over and over why I show up to my computer each day, and what brilliant, gorgeous people are out there, doing their own magical things and going on their own journeys. So whilst I am winding down work that does not feel part of my next iteration, currently I do intend to continue writing a newsletter of some sort. These email conversations are too precious to me.

There are other conversations to be had. Over the course of this year I’ve made a series of promises, gotten lots of you excited about potential projects I’ve hinted at. I intend to be accountable to all of this – and to you – and to share plenty of information here over the coming months. Stated intentions to create new community spaces and also to be holding and taking part in difficult conversations about oppression and privilege are still really present in my mind. Again, it’s because I want to honour and do the slow and difficult work this entails that I feel such a need to really make space, first.


Never in my life have I come to appreciate the meaning of slowness and space, as much as I have done this year.

Never before have I allowed myself to sit with ideas, questions, feelings, for longer than a few days, before leaping to fiery, air-led action.

Three years, four months ago, I performed a ritual in upstate New York, under the new moon in Aries, to honour a change in myself. I wanted to consciously move from that fiery go-go-go energy, that joyful yet totally unsustainable “has-idea-does-thing-has-next-idea-does-next-thing” cycle in which I had spent my whole adult life, towards something more grounded, slower, more conscious, more connected, and more solid. That ritual took me north to the Isle of Skye for a breakdown of sorts, landing me here in Mid-Wales last August. Since then, I’ve been on a year-long exploration of what word like roots, and nourishment, and connection, and even living, can actually mean. I’m so, so ready to start living into these lessons – to do this, I need to create a big space.

So that’s what I’m doing.

There are more thoughts I wish to share. I want to celebrate and honour each of the writers who has shared their soul here. I want to write more about anticapitalist and anti-oppressive business practice. I want to write more about desire, integrity, and truth. I also want to name and own the social capital that LRT has given me. This is something I am thinking a lot about. Owning this space has benefitted me in so many ways and my intention is to be accountable to this, and act responsibly as I wind things down. These pieces will be shared on the blog as they emerge.

Before Little Red Tarot ends on 31st October, we will continue to publish the wonderful mix of columns, guest posts and my own personal ramblings that we always have. I will work hard to honour this ending and express my deep gratitude to you all, for being part of this. Further updates will come via this blog and the Bits & Bobs newsletter.

For now, thank you for reading. It feels good to be getting this message out of my head and into the world.

Massive huge love,

Beth x


Update: LRT ending: Some questions & answers.

I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.

I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.

84 comments

  1. Bettina says:

    Such a courageous step and decision, even if it breaks my heart, to lose your voice which has been such a strong companion over the years.

    Many blessings for your future and everything you will birth into this world. We need your voice, we need your presence.

    Thank you. For every shard of truth and every pushed limit, every tear and every waking night to make it all work. Thank you.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Beth,
    Wow! I feel a little sad, as is normal for any loss. But also, a lot proud of you and inspired by your commitment to integrity. I believe strongly that life moves in cycles, and that letting go is a necessary part of that. And I know from experience the joy that comes from making that spaciousness in ones life for whatever comes next. So excited for you too. LRT and “bits and bobs” is one of the few emails I feel excited about receiving, saving for later and spending a Sunday afternoon going through it’s links. I came here to learn about tarot; which I did, but also a LOT more than that – privilege, race, activism, systemic oppression. I feel truly blessed by this site, for opening up a new space and awareness within me, for linking what happens “out there” with what is happening “in here.” Thank you for modelling that!

    • Beth says:

      Thank you Hiranya. (Especially grateful that you took the time to comment while on your giant journey!) Yes to everything you share here about cycles. A friend of mine offered me the phrase ‘contract to expand’, which feels very fitting. I really do feel that this is part of a natural cycle. So happy to learn that LRT has played a role in your own spiritual journey 😀

      As for the emails, ack, I love writing and sending them. I’m already certain there will be some new iteration of Bits & Bobs coming out of all of this 😉

  3. Aloysius says:

    Will any ongoing columns be continuing elsewhere? Specifically I like looking to Queering the Tarot to help with my reading, it has greatly increased my understanding of the Tarot. Will Cassandra be able and willing to finish it elsewhere? (I’d love if it became a book tbh.) I do understand if it needs to end in October tho.
    Anyway, I’m really thankful to you all for sharing these resources. This blog was just what I needed when I started reading. Good luck with your next endeavors!

    • Beth says:

      Hey Aloysius – great news, it IS going to become a book and I believe it is out next year.
      You can keep up with Cassandra by hopping on their newsletter over on their website: cassandra-snow.com.
      So glad you have enjoyed Queering the Tarot – I agree, it’s been so helpful in widening my understanding of tarot.
      <3

  4. Angharad says:

    Wow! This is bold and exciting and bittersweet and beautiful, and I wish you all the best <3
    I am so grateful for the space you created here & held with Tango, and everything shared within it. When I first started reading (not so long ago, just under 2 years) it was a breath of lifesaving air for someone drowning in disconnection. You (all) showed me ways to connect with my new hometown, my intuition, and my tender radical witchy heart, always with hope and love, and without shame.
    I can’t wait to see what evolves from this space!
    And – since it’s payday – I’m going to finally treat myself to some goodies from your shop 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Angharad, I am so grateful that this blog helped us connect 🙂 Truly, the thing I’m grateful for more than anything else has been the connections that I’ve made through LRT. I’m looking forward to having more time and energy to nourish them. (Case in point – replying to your lovely email!)

  5. Jude says:

    I sing to your courage in taking this bold step. Thank you for the gift you have given us in holding this space. Thank you that all this conversation and discussion will stay available in some form. And a huge thank you for sharing about your journey with your business – you are an encouragement & inspiration to me as I step up into my own work. I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you.

  6. Amerasuu says:

    Thank you for your work. Thank you for amplifying so many voices and causes. Your newsletters are one of the few I actually read, so I’m glad to hear they will be continuing in some form. Much love.

  7. Merlin says:

    I’ll be so sad to see this blog go as it has been one of my favourite tarot spaces in the last 3-4 years, but I admire your decision to turn over a new leaf and do something different. Know that you’ve done something really good with this site. I want to thank Maranda, Asali and Siobhan in particular for their amazing columns that I’ve enjoyed so much. Good luck to you Beth, and all the others who have written on this blog, with any and all future endeavors <3

  8. gabriel says:

    tbh if i hadn’t read this carefully i would have assumed you were stepping back from blogging personally but from my perspective it seems like you’ve basically ‘fired’ the columnists you brought in as well? like the tone just sits weirdly to me as i’m worrying about the columnists tbh and hoping they’re ok.
    i’m looking forward to the pieces on the process of being accountable to that, like it would genuinely be useful to have examples of how something like this would be worked out in a way that recognises the efforts of more marginalised voices which at the end of the day have helped boost the value of your business.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks Gabriel. Yes, I’ll share more going forwards about how it’s all worked in recent years. I’m super aware that everyone who has shared here has benefitted both me personally (that’s what I mean by ‘social capital’) and my shop too. I’d love to offer some transparency about how money flows in LRT, and I want to talk more about business and privilege before wrapping up.

      To be clear, I haven’t fired anyone – all writers here are freelance and have had over two months’ notice about LRT ending. I’m currently in conversation with all team writers and available to hear and talk through any concerns, and I’m also considering what additional benefits I or LRT can offer each writer as we wind things down.

  9. Sonja Arvind says:

    Dear Beth,
    I have only recently discovered your blog and site. I really fell in love with your approach. And I am sure in whatever way you continue your work, I will follow along and keep being inspired, as I was again when reading this ‘goodbye’ post.
    For me, it makes nothing but total sense, I can more than relate to your process this year and also the last 3 years and 4 months, It seems like I see those cycles in my life, too. I can just say, wow, bravo, rock on, stay on your path of becoming even more who you are, because that´s what we´re here for and that´s what the world needs, I am very excited to read more from you in the future and maybe even connect and discuss and whatever happens. I strongly feel this urge to change certain things in my life right now, too, and I wish you all the energy, luck, guidance, coincidances and committment necessary to rearrange until you feel home again.
    Sending love and a big thank you!

  10. Indigo says:

    Beth. Thanks so much for sharing this. I actually gave (ten months) notice at my job this week, without knowing what comes next yet. It is the most amazing feeling to step away from something that has constrained me so much – and part of how it has constrained me is that I received so much benefit from the job! So, it’s lovely to read about you taking this big step and figuring it out as you go – like you stepped up to keep me company.
    So much gratitude for LRT and yes, it’s your life and you are doing the most responsible thing by bringing the blog to an end.

  11. Camillareads says:

    I’ve enjoyed and been enriched by your blog as so many have. However, my first thought is this: Beth, do what you must do. No justifications needed. As long as you’ve worked out your path within yourself, we’re good. No naysayers need worry, just give/receive good wishes.
    Many blessings!

  12. Valeria says:

    Dear Beth,
    When I read that Little Red Tarot, the blog, will cease to exist, it made my eyes prickle and my heart heavy.
    I connected with you and the wonderful people of this community when I wrote a guest post a year back. But since then LRT has taught me a lot more.
    It taught me about being an unapologetic witch.
    It taught me about moon magic and looking at the Tarot with gender-neutral eyes.
    It taught me about runes, plants, and pain.
    But the biggest lesson I learnt was opening my mind and understanding people who were not like me (the LGBTQ community). And then realizing that they were absolutely like me. It was just my perception and ignorance that had created the “other” for so many years.
    So yes, I am sad that the blog is going the coffee table route, but I am also inspired that you are doing what feels right in your heart and making space for your true self to stand strong on its own. I wish you the best for your new hero’s journey.
    Lots of love,
    Valeria

    • Beth says:

      Valeria – this comment means so much to me and I’ll be sure to share it around the team. I’m totally humbled to read this – thank you for sharing your reflections <3 <3

  13. Jen says:

    You are a powerhouse and I cannot wait to see what you do next. Incredibly grateful for your existence in this world (and on the interwebs), and for being able to glean inspiration from your writing and sharing. Big loves to you, Beth!! Xo

    • Beth says:

      JEN! I think yours was the first ‘OMG look someone has made a DIY tarot deck OMG!!!’ post I ever shared, and I really remember receiving your deck and excitedly photographing it for the blog (I was living on my boat at the time and so remember light reflecting off the water was screwing up my photos!!)

      Thanks for being part of it all and for being there as I awoke to the idea that there was a community among all of this internet stuff when I had no idea what I was doing. I’m so grateful to you! xxx

      • Jen says:

        Your reply made me cry!! I have to remind myself this isn’t really the end of anything, just the beginning of more big things for you!!! Also I know Michigan does not quite have the same beckoning call as California, but if you ever have a chance/reason to visit, let me know! We live on 27 acres now and are planning to start an artist residency…. hint hint hint…. Someday I will come see you in one of your georgious windswept English locales. Xoxoxo!!

  14. Alana says:

    Beth, I have been a silent follower, and I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for all that you have offered over the years, but most especially your transparency about the things that were challenging and confusing for you. I feel sad to lose the blog, which has been a touchstone for me, but this last post is the one that most makes my heart sing for you as a person (and for me too, because it’s the clearest moment I’ve had of recognizing a role model for how I want to approach my life, and I’ve had precious few people throughout my life whom I’ve wanted to emulate at all).

    What would help with the loss part is knowing there will be a way to find out what you do next, if it turns out to be something public. That’s something I’ll be super excited to find out about, even if it’s many years down the road!

    Thank you for everything, especially for being true to yourself.

    Much love,
    Alana

  15. Carmen says:

    That s life, my dear. Continuous changing, evolving, creating and letting go and letting be ourselves in every moment of our lives… We are used to look for stable things. It’s ok as long as we internally need it. But it has been an educational training to look for it and avoid internal knowledge and non -expectable changes. So: Congrats for being so brave to follow your own path, to be and express yourself from your deepest YOU, and for sharing your journey with us. Thanks too for having opened this charming pace, LRT, where we (at least, I), have enjoyed a lot learning and speaking about tarot, magic, psichologies and life itself ????? Good vibes for your new projects ??

  16. Kim says:

    I also quite sad… it does feel like the end of an era, as I’ve been following you pretty much since the very beginning. The LRT blog was one of the best resources I’d found when I started out on my own love affair with tarot, and it has become one of my favourite internet reads of any genre. The writing, the stories, the ideas, the resources all have been incredibly enriching. I want to send out a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed: you’ve had such an impact over the years. You have inspired me, comforted me, challenged me. As a white, hetero, cisgendered woman who lives in a place where there is incredibly little diversity and where people are still afraid to claim any part of their identities that doesn’t conform to “the norm”, you’ve all been a beacon to me, and inspired me to stand up and speak up against mysogyny, ableism, homophobia and all the subtle discriminations that come up in places like this on a daily basis. Beth, I feel super excited to see what you’ll do next. Your posts have always resonated so strongly – the business as garden concept has been invaluable to me! I’m so grateful to you for the generosity of spirit that you’ve put into LRT. I’m glad that you’ll continue to write, you have a superb talent for storytelling and connecting and so I hope you’ll let us all know where to find you. Love, and many blessings from a little town in Canada.

    • Beth says:

      Wow Kim, I’m grateful you shared this and I’ll make sure all our writers get to read your words 🙂

      Thank you for being here with us all <3

  17. Sam says:

    I am so, so saddened to hear of this, but I’m so excited for you at the same time! This space is my favorite tarot/magic space; the stuff talked about here are things I wish were talked about more, in my own life and my Pagan community – the talk of privilege, racism, queerness, within the magical community. Thank you for providing that, and thank you to all your guest writers. Thank you for inspiring me to forge ahead and start creating the community I want to see IRL. Thank you for inspiring me as a witch and prompting me to dig deeper. I’m happy to hear we’ll still be able to access the content and shop! And I’ll have to get on buying your courses – that’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. 😉

    Your words here resonated with me strongly because I’ve been contemplating a lot of the same themes. I’m excited for your journey and what you’ll find there, and it makes my heart happy that you’re staying true to yourself. ??

    • Beth says:

      Thank you Sam xx It means a lot to know that LRT has prompted you to start conversations in your own community. (It’s prompted me to do the same – the writers who have shared here have taught me so much.)

  18. Monica Bee says:

    I’m very happy for you, and I’m also pretty inspired by your big decision making. I’ll miss LRT, but look forward to seeing where you go with your work.

    I’d love to read (one day, somewhere) about your working with a coach. When I read that in your post, I realized I have assumptions about what that means) negative ones, full of images of cheesy hustlers), but am also curious. Just a thought. : )

    Best of luck with your new places and spaces!

  19. Melanie Lucia says:

    Follow your desire Beth, it won’t lead you wrong! I want to thank you and all the wonderful writers here at LRT – you have all nurtured and comforted me; encouraged and held me accountable. I shall miss this space and all your wonderful voices. Wishing you all bright blessings for the future xxx

  20. Liz Worth says:

    I am so inspired by you, Beth. It is HUGE to acknowledge all of these thoughts, feelings, and needs, and then to act on it all. Change is good, change is good, change is good. The seeds you have planted through the LRT community can grow with those who are inspired to use tarot in new, meaningful ways as a result of the work you have put into the world. I’m so excited for you and will always be grateful to have had the chance to write for LRT <3

  21. Maria says:

    Amazing, fabulous! You have encouraged me too. I started back with my art last week and it feels so right! Good luck lovely lady, shine your light brightly and follow and explore your passion. Much love Maria xx

  22. kate says:

    I have been a (relatively quiet) part of the LRT community for the last 3 years and have loved your approach to tarot and following along on your journey. Your column on Autostraddle led me to buying my first deck, and to LRT, and to many other amazing tarot practitioners and writers. Thank you & best of luck with your next adventures & projects! Very happy to hear that you’ll still be sharing a newsletter as I have really enjoyed those popping into my inbox (and will continue to!) and I appreciate your efforts to accountably wind-down LRT.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you kate, and hurrah! If you took up tarot and delved in to the beautiful tarot blog community as a result of this work, then I consider my work done 😉

  23. finnigan says:

    <3 <3 <3 i’ve never been much more involved than an occasional reader of the bits and bobs newsletter since a year ago – and yet im grateful all the same for your gentle and powerful presence through it. i know you’ll find where you need to be and trust you in making this choice. thank you for the advance notice, and easy journey to you <3

  24. Maggie Appleton says:

    Thank you Beth. I feel that I want to read this post many times. It has honesty, tenderness and strength to step away from something that you know so well. I shall miss it but am excited to hear about what grows and evolves, challenging, questioning, celebrating ………………living .

  25. Donna says:

    Just echoing what others before me have already said: you are dearly loved. And I wish you all of the best – the light, the love, the inspiration and the guidance to continue growing, changing and evolving into the very best version of yourself that you can be.

    I am grateful for all of your hard work and for all that you have given us. As an activist from an earlier generation, it makes me happy to see that our work wasn’t in vain and indeed continues afresh.

  26. Mona T says:

    And now I’m crying. I was totally okay reading the e-mail about this, but, yeah, not now.:-)

    I feel like I’m going through a similar transformation. So much of my life has been do this, do that, now do this other thing — and when I get to the end of a project or plan and another one doesn’t spring to mind, where it might have felt like freedom when I was younger, now it makes me feel lost and unnecessary.

    Best of luck to you, Beth! I’m really looking forward to what comes next for you, however you decide to share it with us.

  27. Donnalee says:

    It’s good to know what you want and what you want to be. Best wishes with it all, and thanks for what was a very interesting and worthwhile effort. I’m glad there will still be archives.

  28. I’m touched by your honesty and courage in taking this leap and sharing the rationale with us. I have absolutely no doubt that your talents, compassion, and integrity will carry you soundly onto the next phase of your path. Bon voyage!

  29. PVD Julie says:

    Beth, thank you for sharing your wonderful writing and so many refreshing and challenging worldviews, your own and others’. I’m truly grateful to you and your co-conspiritors for your openness and generosity.

    Now: GO JUMP IN THE RIVER!

  30. Ryn says:

    Beth, I am beyond happy that you’re following the through-line of your desire!! On the new moon in Leo I decided that it was time to drop out of my PhD program (after getting my MA) to focus on my writing and developing my priestess endeavors. Looks like big changes for both of us! LRT has been an incredible resource for me these past few years, and you have been such a kind and brilliant presence through it all. Thank you for all your work, thank you for all your love.

    • Tammy says:

      Beth I have just started viewing your site in the maybe pass 2 weeks to a month….really not sure crazy celestial summer has been the wildest roller coasters rides of my life…long story novel…your story you just shared and what I fell an said to you when I started reading WOW!! Balance!! Our lives don’t compare on money,friends,etc…otherwise it sounds like we are having the same experience… finally….does this shift feel total different? Just for you? Or for the whole of all spiritual beings (universe)? Thank you so much for introducing me tarot reading and the mason relationship…and your beautiful story of a new freedom

  31. Aimee says:

    This space has been so important to me! Thank you.

    Are there other similar spaces you’d recommend or upcoming projects others are working on?

    • Beth says:

      Thanks Aimee! I am putting together a roundup of favourite #witchyqueer websites to help direct folks to other nourishing sources of radical liberation magic 🙂 Will be posted here soon.

  32. Jendi says:

    Beth, congratulations on the courage to recognize that a cycle has come to fruition (The World) and take the exciting leap into the unknown (The Fool)! It can be hard to quit while you’re ahead, so to speak. But I will miss this blog so much. Hope you will put in proper redirect links for all posts if the URLs for the archived site are different from the original. I have linked to you many times on my own blog.

    Some of the gifts that LRT has given me: Literally transformed my once-disabled life through reproductive health advice I found in the comments on a sacred menstrual cycles post. Connected me to indie artists’ decks that brought my emerging nonbinary identity into focus. Led me to Andi Grace’s boundaries course, which helped me through the end of a close friendship.

    Whatever you do next, I’m sure it will be a blessing too. Keep us posted.

    • Beth says:

      Wow, Jendi!! Thank you for sharing this – I’m humbled. I’ve always enjoyed seeing you pop up in the comments over the years. I’ll make sure the other writers see this comment 🙂

  33. Willow B. says:

    Little Red Tarot has long been one of my most favourite blogs on the entire internet. I have particularly appreciated reading your own writings – I have found your words an star for the wild-empathetic-kind-radical creative offerings I wish to make myself. The vulnerability-in-strength I have found in your writings have always moved me, and this post on the upcoming completion of LTR is no exception.

    Thank you so much for your years of beautiful work on Little Red Tarot, Beth.

  34. MM says:

    Thank you Beth and to all the writers who have contributed to the blog. It’s been amazing to read all the posts over the years and I’m so pleased it will be kept for those who find it in the future – and for us to reread. Wishing you the very best xxx

  35. Avory says:

    I understand why this has to happen for your journey, but to be honest it’s really breaking my heart that stepping away means this site has to end, rather than passing it into new hands. My own practice of tarot will be suffering a big loss without fresh perspectives from LRT that feels insurmountable right now, and it’s a shame that there’s no other blog like this out there collecting work from multiple voices on the more radical side of tarot. It’s also a big grief to process as I’ve been waiting eagerly since the beginning of my tarot journey last November for the community to open up spots, desperately craving tarot community as a trans person and someone who doesn’t jive with some of the more traditional options. The fact that said community will never be open to me is pretty depressing and I’m feeling some intense anger at myself for not having somehow found tarot sooner, got in earlier, met people through the community while it existed. It’s a big 3 of Swords / 5 of Cups moment. That said, I’m grateful that you’ll keep the content accessible, and look forward to finishing my deep dive into the archive as well as being hopeful that some of the writers who post here exclusively will start their own blogs in this absence.

    I wish you best of luck with your own undertakings and am sure whatever you end up putting out into the world will be amazing.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks for sharing your feelings Avory. I really feel that this is a community loss, and I hope so much that someone else, or a group of folks, takes on the role of holding such a space.

      And I want to personally apologise for the public discussion of creating an online community back in spring – I know many have been awaiting this eagerly. I was very passionate about that idea at that point and fully believed that was to be the next iteration of LRT – now I am in such a different place, and before I can make any more big decisions, I need to take some time out. I intend to address the community thing specifically in a forthcoming blog post here, and be really accountable to how my meanderings have affected others.

  36. Magi says:

    Been a silent admirer for years: have to come out and say, love your work, love your blog and your courage to put out unique material in your own uniquely powerful way. All the best, because you deserve it. Thanks Beth. For everything.

  37. Clair says:

    Hello Beth,
    What an inspiration to make such a public and brave decision. I applaud your determination to be true to yourself and plough through when it’s not always clear where you’re going and to trust it’s where you need to be. Like everyone else, your emails are the ones I look forwards to and make time to read in their entirety, so I’m glad to hear a newsletter of some kind will continue. How lucky we are to have had LRT for all these years! If for any reason the newsletter wasn’t possible, you’ve very much already served the community well. Immense gratitude for the support you have lent via your teachings, perspective or general musings. I appreciate the level of consideration you have given us the reader as part of your decision, and how we are still able to access the site in future.
    Wishing you all the very best. I look forward to hearing more xx

  38. alex says:

    Thank you for modeling the magic of release to your community! This is such a big change for you, and I have only been a subscriber for a short time, but your work and the work you have helped get in my sphere has impacted me really deeply, thank you. There are such good feelings in my heart to read that you are making this decision for yourself. You are a spiritual sibling and I wish you all the depths and effervescence allowed in a lifetime!

  39. QA says:

    Dear Beth,

    I feel that before I read all the comments people made before me I need to just write this and thank you, so this might be hugely repetitive, but I wanted to start with my own words before I get intimidated by how others always seem to say things ‘better’ (whatever that means).

    Thank you!
    You have been one of the people who showed me tarot could be so much more than cis-het-white-able bodied-thin focussed, that I could trust my gut when reading my cards, that made me question gate-keepers.
    Thank you for reminding me of what drew me to tarot as a teenager, and for drawing me back in.
    Your blog has enriched my life and practice, as I’m sure it has for many others.

    Thank you for your honesty, I admire your vulnerability and how you inform/include us in this journey.

    I wish you all the best, in everything you will manifest and whatever life has in store for you next!
    xoxo

  40. Carolyn says:

    Hi Beth,

    Thank you for everything you have shared and made space for on this blog over the years. I’m grateful that the archive of posts will remain up, there’s so much knowledge and wisdom that has accumulated here. Thank you again for creating this space and good luck on all your crafty endeavors!

  41. Carrie says:

    I would just like to add to the chorus of people thanking you and all the contributors for what has been created on this site. I think it is amazing that you are honoring yourself and making this huge shift, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness of this post and of everything you’ve put out there over the years. Thank you!

  42. rhys.morgan says:

    Dear Beth,

    Congratulations on having the courage to make this huge step and to go forward being true to yourself.

    Thank you so much for all the work that you put into creating this wonderful space–it’s been a great resource since I found it about, four, five years ago. I found it right when I was a bit stuck in life and with tarot, and it really helped me move forward in a meaningful way in so many different areas.

    Best wishes to you as you embark on your new journey–may the next phase be wonderful and filled with joy.

  43. Stephanie K says:

    Beth, I want to thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself for so long, for the many other contributors for sharing themselves, and for teaching me/enlightening me on so many levels. I’m a white, cis, straight American woman and your blog has had a big impact on how I see and interact with the world, how I use the tarot, and this interesting path of spirituality I’m on. You have introduced me to other amazing people I’ve been able to learn from and respect as well. I’ve always thought of myself as open, supportive, an ally, but you’ve constantly challenged me to look deeper and push myself further. Thank you! I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you dear one!

  44. Alison says:

    Rather selfishly I’m sad to see the close of LRT, but I’m very, very happy that you’ve made this decision for yourself! I’ve loved reading the posts and the newsletter – as others before me have said, it’s one of the very few newsletters I read fully. I love the idea of archiving all the LRT posts as a sort of ‘coffee-table book’ – that will be a wonderful resource, and a beautiful legacy for the community.
    Thank you so much for all you’ve put into LRT over the years. Wishing you wonderful things for the future, with love.

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