Thousands of women around the world have been inspired, affirmed and connected to their intuition with the help of Aarona Lea Pinchison, the author and founder of intuitive oracle set The Moon Deck. The 44-card set and accompanying guidebook — inspired by the likes of tarot and affirmation decks — is a culmination of decades of training and experience using decks for self-love, healing and creativity. As a yogi for 25 years, yoga teacher for 15 years and long-time wellness coach, Aarona is deeply familiar with the power of ritual as threads, connecting mind, body, spirit, however mundane or mystical.
We talk with Aarona about the path to purpose through self-love, and how both small and large rituals— from making the bed to picking a morning oracle card to having honest conversations at a women’s circle— can be powerful tools for developing our intuition and self-worth.
Simone Spilka (SS): What are your morning rituals?
Aarona Lea Pinchison (ALP): For me, ritual doesn’t need to look the same everyday or every season. Like all rituals, they are not static. There are things that are always in place for me, like meditation. But when I first wake up, I try not to reach for my phone. I’m in a good habit right now and it’s one of the most unhealthy habits. I personally feel the decline of well-being when I check my phone first thing, so it’s something I’m always trying to build into my life.
I’m currently in a phase where I clean up, burn sage or copal, and clear out my space doing a smudge. After that, I sit at my morning alter and light a candle. I wrap myself in a blanket or shawl and set a timer for my meditation. My meditations are typically 22 minutes — that’s my sweet spot. I go through phases where it’s half an hour, but if I’m in a rush the minimum is 11 minutes. My meditation is typically more of a mindfulness meditation where I focus on my breath or focus my breath on areas of my body. Other times I do work with different mantras or love-based affirmations. All of that work is intuitive. I like to do a little prayer at the end of my meditation to give thanks and bring gratitude into my day. Sometimes I pray for my loved ones or how I want to show up during the day.
I have a short writing practice where I write down 5 things I’m really, deeply appreciative of. The practice helps me not lose sight of those things and not focus on the negative. I use it as a signal to bring me back to reality.
Ritual in the morning is having a certain series that I can rely on. I trust myself and my spirit within a container that works well for me.
I usually wake up between 6AM—7AM and like to give myself a good hour and a half for my ritual and self-care, then slowly go into work mode on lighter projects.
SS: For someone new to The Moon Deck, how do you explain it?
ALP: It’s a healing oracle deck inspired by tarot and divination decks. The Moon Deck is 44 cards with a really in-depth guidebook. Each card works hand-in-hand and is meant to enhance one’s relationship to intuition and various practices around sacred self-care.
It’s really about returning home to ourselves.
It’s not going to predict the future, but will help you arrive at a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ The cards are meant to connect you to what you already feel to be true within you.
SS: How does one find ritual using the Moon Deck?
ALP: Each card has its own ritual, and if you keep getting the same card over and over it’s a good sign to do the ritual. Or if you pick a card and it really hits home.
Even just picking a card every morning is a ritual in itself; it helps people reconnect to themselves. You can also practice a simple three minute meditation — read the card’s mantra three times every morning and then read the book to go even deeper. I know we all have three minutes.
These cards can be a lifeboat for some people to nourish their mental and emotional health, to give them tools and ways to contemplate things, and to stay anchored.
As life fluctuates all around us, meditation is an anchor.
Whether that’s a 20 minute meditation ending with a prayer or a 3 minute meditation choosing your Moon Deck card.
SS: Intuition is a big part of the practice – what does it mean to you?
ALP: Intuition is an evolving word for me. I teach on it. It’s a big part of my life. But I’m still learning about it like the rest of us, and there’s a fine line between intuition or chatter.
Living is intuitive in and of itself; it’s a constantly evolving practice and learning.
For me, there are two parts of intuition. The first — embodied intuition — is the deep listening and feeling of our body. Do you feel resonance or dissonance? Are you listening to your deeper wisdom? This means being able to pivot back to center quickly while not being afraid of our feelings. It doesn’t mean that chaos in life or shit in life isn’t going to happen. It means that when it does, we can come back to that place of deep listening.
The second — expanded intuition — is how signs, symbols and messages outside of our body show up. For me, when I see a feather on my pass I take it as an omen. It’s listening to the way that spirit or source or universe connects us to the unseen world. It’s not something we want to overanalyze.
I believe in messages and the more I listen to them and validate them, the better things are going. The more flow I’m experiencing. For many of us who are sensitive or empathic, by validating these messages we’re able to discover what our truth is.
That’s why you could call intuition a practice — it’s about paying attention outside of ourselves and validating it and and trusting it.
SS: What inspired you to start the company?
ALP: I’ve had many deaths and rebirths in my spiritual journey. I’ve had my own reiterations, awakenings and deepenings, and times when I was more or less connected. I’m still rediscovering things. But one thing is that I’ve pretty much always worked for myself.
When I was 13 to 23 years old, I battled with bulimia. I eventually became a holistic health doctor and started practicing yoga. I wasn’t looking to be a teacher, but I was getting deeper and deeper into the yoga community. My training with Ana Forrest was what catapulted me into teaching full-time and then I started teaching all over the world.
I had used the Osho tarot deck and affirmations decks. Since I’m a visual and experiential person, they were all super helpful for me and helped me to dial things in. Using decks offered a moment to pause, connect, and take in healthy words and healthy thinking. I knew I wanted to create something that had been so helpful in my own life.
I wanted to create something that incorporates all of these practices around ritual, intuition, alters, honest conversations and healing.
I find the things we struggle with most are the roadmaps to getting to the places we crave so deeply.
SS: Are there certain cards that resonate with you the most?
ALP: It’s always changing depending on what’s going on in my life.
“There is medicine in my shadow” is a strong card for people who feel really deeply, who have gone through trauma and are developing their self-worth. It’s an important reminder that shadow can be a teacher and a healer, and even in difficult times, you’re powerful and can transform your challenges into art.
I also love the meditation card because it’s such a good reminder when we’re head tripping or overwhelmed, we can show up for ourselves through the practice of meditation. It really does create the skill to be at home within ourselves, and to feel peace within ourselves at difficult times.
Different cards come to me at different times, and people will tell me they’ve had the deck for a year and keep getting the same five cards. The more you use your cards, the more they start to communicate with you. When you find one that really resonates, keep it with you.