Why I’m not using “guru” anymore

I want to take a moment to jam on something that is important to me, something I recently learned, and how it’s impacting the work I’m doing here.

This year I’ve dived into the world of social justice, anti-racism, and being a true accomplice to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, and other marginalized people. (I know I’m late, and for that I’m truly sorry.)

I’m trying really hard to decolonize, both personally and in my work, from white supremacy and a lot of the gross social conditioning that is the foundation of system racism and oppression.

This means that I am constantly questioning everything, doing loads of research, and educating myself so that I can be a responsible practitioner (and human), minimize any harm I may unintentionally cause, and restore the harm and course correct when I do mess up.

The past few weeks I’ve been learning about cultural appropriation, and I’ve done a lot of research on the origins of words, internet slang, spiritual terms, as well as spiritual tools and practices in general (I’m by no means an expert, and I’m always learning).

You may have seen a few weeks ago I introduced The Asshole Guru Oracle Deck, along with weekly digital card pulls. This is a way for me to work my sense of humor into TSC so we are all having a good time.

However, I recently learned that using the term “guru” (and potentially profiting off of it when I create the real card deck) is a form of cultural appropriation, since the word  originates from Buddhism/Hinduism practices, and I am neither.

I want to apologize for this mis-step, and I promise I will strive to do better and be better.

I’ve changed the name of the deck to The Asshole Oracle Deck, and I’ve updated the graphics on my IG stories and blog.

I think part of anti-racism and social justice work is sharing it with others, as well as the things I’m learning, because we don’t know what we don’t know. 

And, let’s be real, as much as we may have pure intentions, at the end of the day, it’s impact–not intentions–that matter.

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Weekly Wisdom: Patience & Planning

It is a time to practice patience and release control.

It is time to stop and reflect on what is in front of you before moving forward.

Plan from a place of ease and flow, not rush and force.

Ask yourself:

What is working well for me?

What is not working well for me?

Where am I feeling resistance?

Where am I feeling ease?

Where do I need to let go of my expectations?

What do I most want to move toward?

How will I handle difficult decisions or situations as I move forward?

It is always better to be proactive than reactive, so…

Stop, reflect, plan, THEN proceed.

CARD SOURCE: The Patience & Planning card is from The Psychic Tarot Oracle deck by John Holland. You can read the card’s full description on Page 1 & Page 2.

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Weekly Wisdom: Destiny

This is a time of good luck and fortune.

It is a time of change, success, and growth.

What you have sowed, you will soon reap.

Allow yourself to fully receive what is coming to you now – you’ve earned it.

Allow yourself to believe in your own worth and value.

You deserve happiness.

You deserve abundance.

You deserve the most sacred dream that is on your heart.

Allow yourself to dwell in possibilities and take intentional action from that sacred, pure space.


Ohhh this one gave me the feeeels. The energy of this pull is so pure and affirming. Let yourself sit in that space for a moment: you are so loved and deserve allll the desires of your heart.


CARD SOURCE: The Destiny card is from The Psychic Tarot Oracle deck by John Holland. Read the full card description on Page 1 & Page 2.

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Asshole Oracle: Inner Child

Okay, I said I would be letting my freak flag fly here and be super real about who I am and how spirituality fits into my life. Sooo one of those ways is through comedy and sarcasm! As much as I love personal development and spirituality, I do think poking fun at it can be a good time 😉

So, enter Asshole Oracle…

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Weekly Wisdom: 9 of Fire

This card appears when you’re experiencing a time of uncertainty.

Rather than forging ahead with force (vs. flow), proceed with caution, and perhaps even reevaluate the options before you before taking action.

Sometimes uncertainty is the Universe’s way of trying to get your attention so that you’ll slow down and really take inventory of what is unfolding around you, as well as the best way to proceed.

So, stop, ground into your circumstances, and take the time and space to really think–and feel–into what is right before you act.

TLDR: Stop rushing and forcing. Slow your roll, take a beat, and think before you do kthxbai.

CARD SOURCE: The 9 of Fire is from The Good Tarot deck by Colette Baron-Reid. To read the full card description, check out Page 1!

Spirit right now:

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Weekly Wisdom: Forge, Don’t Follow

It’s time for you to forge a new path and be the leader you wish you had.

Sometimes you must create the path as you go, especially when you are aligned with your own unique journey vs. allowing another to lead you on theirs.

Stop waiting for someone else to lead you, and instead lead yourself.

“Unique” is not just a fluff word.

There is literally no one else on this planet who has your unique combination of skills, gifts, and lived experience. There is no other who thinks like you, speaks like you, and shows up like you.

Stop waiting for permission, and forge ahead.

Take that first step on your path, and in doing so, you will make it easier for others to do the same.

CARD SOURCE: The Forge, Don’t Follow card is from The Starseed Oracle deck by Rebecca Campbell. To read the full card description, check out Page 1 & Page 2.

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November Wisdom: Movement, Choices, Decisions

This is a time for movement, of significant change. Choices must be made.

You may feel a sense of overwhelm – there is already so much before you, so much to do, but you can handle it if you stay flexible yet focused.

Follow the flow and do not force.

Also remember that when it comes to change and making decisions, you don’t need to do it alone. Turn to those you trust, those you know who have your best interest at heart always.

The most important thing to remember right now is to avoid stagnancy. You must move – move through, move on, move forward.

CARD SOURCE: The Movement, Choices, Decisions card is from The Psychic Tarot Oracle deck by John Holland. To read the full card description, check out Page 1 & Page 2.

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Weekly Wisdom: Kelp – Strength

The Kelp card appears when you need a reminder of your inherent strength.

Even when you feel weak, you are strong.

You have a solid, firm foundation, and it’s something you can tap into to anchor yourself in your faith.

If you are struggling with a specific situation, take a step back and observe it rather than identify with it.

Allow space and reflection to give you clarity on the best way to move forward.

Surrender into your heart space, tap into your innate strength, and allow yourself to be guided from that place.

CARD SOURCE: The Kelp card is from The Ocean Oracle deck by Susan Marte. To read the entire description, check out Page 1 & Page 2.

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