I’m Alaina, the girl behind Exploringly Yours. I’m a late-20-something year old woman, and I work as an operating room nurse by day in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I like to read, and write, and generally explore. My favorite pastime is travel, and I’m always keen to get out of my town and experience something new. Other interests include: spirituality, tarot/oracle cards, and gemstones/crystals/rocks. This blog, Exploringly Yours, is about exploration — exploration of mind, body, soul, the world, and everything in it.
I purchased my first tarot deck when I was living in Austria, because I had seen a friend-of-a-friend use one as, essentially, a party trick, but she seemed to believe in it very much herself. I thought I could gain insights from the cards with little to no study, and I was pretty wrong. After trying a couple of awkward readings with friends and guidebooks, I put the deck away for five years.
I can’t remember exactly what pushed me back toward tarot as an interest. I was traveling in London and Edinburgh in September 2015, and I went to the Natural History Museum in London, where I saw a bunch of rocks on display. I had collected rocks as a kid, but hadn’t had the urge to collect any for years. I purchased a handful of gems, and made my way home. In Edinburgh, I remember Googling metaphysical shops (just a few days later!), and I went into a jewelry shop and purchased a labradorite ring. I visited the tiny metaphysical shop next door, where I didn’t purchase anything, and the employees were heavily debating The Matrix trilogy. Within a couple weeks, The Wild Unknown was at my door and the rest — I suppose — is history.
I like to use tarot as an exploration of archetypes and themes in our daily life that we might not have previously considered. I do not use tarot to tell the future, but I do consider tarot as part of my spiritual experience.
Now, I have an extensive collection of assorted gemstones and tarot and oracle decks. I really only use a couple to read for others consistently, and that includes (currently) The Fountain Tarot, The Wild Unknown, and the Haiku Oracle.
I hope you’ll join me in this exploration.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — Roald Dahl