The Coffeehouse Augur’s Oracle Survival Tips
Try saying that 10 times in a row! And, yes, I know, it’s a stupid acronym, and I’m just trying to be clever and trying to make a cool sounding title, while hopefully catching your attention.
So, one of my favourite rituals is to read tarot and have a cup of coffee at the same time. Usually I’ll do this in the safety of my of home, nonetheless, on occasion I brave the great outdoors in order to spice things up a little. However, it’s not always practical to carry around all your standard cartomantic reading accessories, and sometimes you’ll either forget to bring your gear, or you just want to travel light. So what follows is some tips and observations I’ve made:
Turn on, tune in, drop out (i.e. connect)
First, always ask for the “secret” (wifi) password if it’s not written anywhere clearly visible. You never really know when you need to ride the digital broomstick, and access to the astral waves of the web will always come in handy. Like downloading tarot apps (in case you find yourself without a deck, or if you really want to be an undercover cyberpunk witch) or streaming music (see below) and looking up meanings and/or correspondences if your memory doesn’t serve you too well.
No spread cloth? No problem!
Napkins are the perfect as make-shift solution.
Is the place a little too busy and/or noisy? Consider this:
Set up a stealthy ritual space. It can sometimes be hard to get into the zone, with all the things going on in the background. But you have all the elements you need right there in front of you to help you get into the right frame of mind.
Earth: Salt packets or salt shakers, even pocket change can double as symbolic pentacles. Or you can think of the plant or flower on the table as suitable representation for this.
Air: Smell the coffee? Well, there you go!
Fire: Candles. Easy, Perhaps the hot cups of coffee too?
Water: A glass of water, as you should always remember to hydrate, and drink water. Again, the cup of coffee will do in a pinch for this.
Put on your favourite tarot reading album, and you’ll find it much easier to concentrate and get in the mood. This one’s my go-to:
Which is yours?
As an option, just putting in earbuds will keep some of the noise down, and also people are less likely to disturb you if they think you’re listening to something.