Beltane Tarot Spread

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Apr 302015
 

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Beltane: April 30
(May Eve)


The Beltane Ritual

Fragrant flowers, lush green foliage, and warmer temperatures celebrate the magical energies of love. It is time for splendor in the grass. Beltane is a bawdy holiday of love, sexuality, regeneration, and prosperity. We drink in the earth’s colors, aromas, and tastes. Appetites are keen. Beltane energy is powerful, and expectations of the future are high. It is the perfect time to focus on children and safety because spring captures the feeling of being young again.

When worn or placed upon the altar, copper, gold, emerald, malachite, rose quartz, and garnet will enhance the energies of Beltane. After deciding your magical working(s) for Beltane, focus your intention to realize your desire.

Beltane Tarot Cards

Place the Lovers, card 6, on your altar to symbolize commitment and responsible choice in ongoing relationships. The Two of Cups resonates with emotional balance, romance, and passion. The Ten of Cups relates to fulfillment, joy, and contentment in personal relationships. It is a card of emotional safety and security. Use the Page of Cups to represent a child or feeling young again. The King ofPentacles conveys prosperity, and the Empress or Queen of Pentacles celebrates your power to create.

The Scents of Beltane
Any fragrant flower—the choice is yours! Rose incense or oil captures the heady aroma of the season.

Magical Brews of Beltane
Herbs, spring berries, and flowers abound. Try strawberry, elder flower, rosebud, nettle, mint, or catnip tea. Add lemon and a slice of orange, if you like.

Candles of Beltane

Red symbolizes love, sexual passion, awakenings, blossoming, and marriage. Green projects the life force in nature, growth, and prosperity. Use pink or blue for children. Pink also signifies true friendship. White represents security and protection, and send out the energy of your pure intentions.

May Queen

May is a time of fertility and high spirits. By Beltane, the dark time of the year is a distant memory and the possibilities of life seem sweet. Use the May Queen spread to regain or confirm a sense of abundance and safety. If you have a specific question in mind, ask it as you shuffle the cards. Shuffle the cards and place them in positions one through five, as shown.

mayqueen
Position 1: Safety. Emotional security. What you need to feel safe. Where are you secure in yourself? A seemingly negative card describes a situation that needs your focused attention. Work with the energy of that card to produce feelings of safety.

Position 2: Abundance. Feelings of plenty. Abundance may encompass monetary prosperity, but it also describes the emotional breadth of your life that is full and sweet. A challenging card directs you to constricted energy flow; by releasing the block of a challenging card, emotional abundance will follow.

Position 3: Regeneration. Exploring the possibilities. The bold action needed to grow and flourish. A challenging card will show you the block that keeps you from your heart’s desire.

Position 4: Love. Emotions and relationships. All forms of love, from friendship to sexual passion. Only you know your heart. Look at the suit of the card: what does it tell you about your life right now? (Wands = passion or anger; Cups = love or friendship; Swords = loving the intellect, heartache, or painful decisions; Pentacles = sensuality, the body, or the value you place on love;Court Cards = personal characteristics in your relationships; Major Arcana cards = the big picture, karma, or the spiritual aspects of your relationships.)

Position 5: The Future. The present conceivable outcome based on the flow of cards one through four. What story do the cards tell? The lessons to be learned and the potential for growth. How does position three, regeneration, relate to the future?

Nothing in tarot is preordained, and you always have a choice. If you do not like the cards in this layout, honor the information they are giving you, for they offer great truths. Next, choose other cards that radiate the energy of your heart’s desire and place them over the original layout. Focused will remains the core of magic.

To complete the Beltane reading, you can meditate with the cards, write a journal entry, keep the cards on the altar until Midsummer, or simply close. Carry a card or two with you during the day to strengthen the connection between you and your heart’s desire. Affirm your power to reclaim abundance and safety: “I focus on the powerful energies of youth. Expectations for the future are high. This, or something better, is manifesting for me now, for the good of all, harming no one, according to free will. So must it be.”

From Tarot for All Seasons, by Christine Jette

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Two of Cups

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Apr 262015
 
Two of Cups

The Two of Cups is one of my favorite cards in the tarot. Granted, I have around half a dozen favorite cards!  so let me tell you why I like this one and give you some insight into its meanings for me.

In the Universal Rider Waite deck of tarot cards we see a young man and woman facing each other and holding out a golden cup to each other in what appears to be a toast. They each wear a garland or wreath around their head. There is a tiny house just visible behind rolling green hills in the background. In the center of the card and above the cups is a lion’s head and a caduceus symbol. The lion looks quite fierce and signifies passion and fire energy. The caduceus is a symbol of the Greek God Hermes and associated with trade and commerce and the energy of exchange and balance. Cups in the tarot are about relationships, emotions, love, and connection and the Two of Cups is about moving from being one to being two, partnership and union.

The connection and co-operation in the Two of Cups isn’t just about romantic relationships but can be about friends, work colleagues, business partnerships – any relationship which has a deep connection and where two become more than each single individual and form a new entity which benefits them both. This card is full of hope and promise and heralds the start of a new relationship.

If you get the Two of Cups in a reading inquiring about love and romance then this would indicate a relationship that likely has strong spiritual roots – a relationship between twin souls or soul mates – and where the two people involved belong together. You may have a sense of deja vue when you meet, as though you’ve known this person before, that you just click and feel comfortable and as though you’ve known then longer than you actually have. There may be a strong sexual attraction and a sense of knowing that you belong together. If you’re already in a relationship and wondering how it might turn out and whether it’s likely to be long-term or short-lived then the Two of Cups suggests that this is a relationship that will result in marriage or some sort of commitment. It is about a relationship where you feel solid friendship and positive ties with the other person. This card also encourages you to value the relationships you have with family and friends and spend time with them, enjoying their company and appreciating them and expressing your care.

If you get the Two of Cups when you are inquiring about a work situation or your career then it is a positive sign. It may be that you’ve applied for a new job and are wondering whether you’ll get it and whether it’ll be successful. Perhaps you’re hoping for an increase in salary or have a new contract waiting for your signature. Whatever it is, this card suggests that it will turn out just fine. It indicates a harmonious environment where colleagues co-operate with each other. It can also suggest some kind of partnership, perhaps a joint venture or project, that will be of benefit to both parties.

If you’re asking about your finances or your health then again the Two of Cups suggests a positive outcome. It may be that money comes to you through partnership with someone else or through work that involves another party. Or you may find that you receive money unexpectedly. Health-wise this card represents a need for balance, in whatever way that applies to you. It may be that you’ve been working too hard and need to also find time to rest and do things you enjoy. Or it may even mean that you’ve been playing too hard and need to apply yourself to work a bit more! Also to find balance between your head and your heart and between body, mind and soul.

When the Two of Cups is reversed then it could mean the absence of the positivity of this card. So it may suggest a relationship that has broken down, a lack of commitment, broken promises, the betrayal of trust or the end of passion. It could also mean that you haven’t yet embodied the energy of this card within yourself and need to work on this in order to better understand or enhance your relationship with another. You may want to look at communication and what you can do to improve it. The Two of Cups reversed may indicate that a relationship is starting to fall apart, perhaps one person has begun to withdraw or there may be blocks to the partnership in some form or another that need to be removed. The cards drawn around would be able to give clearer information about exactly what is going on and how best to resolve.

Overall, the Two of Cups is about we, rather than I. It is where two whole individuals form a new unit which is balanced and there is a fair exchange of energy and they have respect and consideration for each other. Each of the two cares for the other and values them, as well as the relationship that’s been created between them. The new partnership enables each to feel fulfilled and for it to be mutually beneficial – it’s not so much about me and you as about us and where two can accomplish more than on their own.

About the Author

 

Jill Graham is a professional psychic tarot reader, energy healer and life & soul coach assisting you to move you past blocks and obstacles to creating and living the life you truly desire. Available wherever you are in the world via skype, email, or phone. www.healinglieswithin.com (10% introductory discount for Ravenhawks readers)

Apr 162015
 

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY ALEXANDRA CHAURAN
POSTED UNDER PSYCHIC

Psychic Development

Developing your psychic abilities to the next level can take time, but if you don’t take that first step you might not make time for the opportunity. Here are five days of psychic development exercises that you can try for yourself. I’ve given you the weekend off, which is a good idea if you want to save your energy. By the end of this week, you should be able to decide whether you can fit psychic development into your life at this time, and how far you’d like to take it.

Day 1: Starting a Daily Personal Practice
Starting psychic work or divination is an exciting thing indeed. I recommend getting started with divination, which means fortune telling using tools such as runes, tarot cards, a crystal ball, tea leaves, or nearly anything else under the sun. In most cases, kits and books are available to help you interpret your new divination tools. For example, if you bought a deck of tarot cards, you’ll have a book to help you learn how to lay them out and how to tell the story from the cards in front of you.

In order to make this into something you can use as an expert, however, you can’t just leave your divination tools sitting dusty in a drawer. You’ll need to practice frequently, even daily, in order to gain proficiency with your tools. If it is tarot cards you’ve chosen, you can draw a card a day for yourself in order to get familiar with your new tool. The aim is to not wear yourself out with a very long reading. You can also start making yourself a cheat card. Write down the meanings of your tools on a single piece of paper so that you don’t have to consult the book every time. This will make it more likely that you’ll gain comfort reading your tools of choice. Pretty soon, you’ll find yourself throwing the cheat card away.

  • Acquire some divination tools and make yourself an interpretation cheat card.

Day 2: Getting Daily Practice Reading for Others
Reading daily for yourself is an excellent start, but you’re going to have to do a whole lot more reading if you intend to become fluent with your new craft. Decide how much time a day that you can devote to your psychic development. How many readings is that, according to your practice with yourself? Once you’ve settled on a reasonable number of readings a day, you’ll need to find some volunteers. Thankfully, in the modern world that includes the Internet, you’ll easily find enthusiastic test subjects.

You can start your own blog, offer readings on social networks or forums, or work through an organization that provides free readings already. Whatever you choose, make sure that you stick to your chosen number of readings per day, and consider giving yourself a break on weekends. You don’t want to burn yourself out early. The trick is to choose a sustainable practice that will help you gain experience by leaps and bounds without souring you on the craft.

  • Line up a specific number of practice readings a day with others, perhaps on the Internet.

Day 3: Soliciting Feedback
In order to improve your practice, you’ll need to get some feedback about how you’re doing. After reading for your volunteers, consider asking what stood out for them about their reading, and if there’s anything that you could do to make the reading experience better. If you’re especially ambitious, you can even design a survey that you can send out, asking people about aspects of your reading that concern you. Do you talk too quickly? Too slowly? Do you give too little information? Is the reading accurate? Is the reading precise, or too vague?

Once you’ve gotten feedback, you can start working on changing your readings according to how people like them. Know that there will always be room for improvement, so don’t be disheartened by hearing that you’re not perfect. Look for signs of improvement moving forward. Try working on just one aspect of your reading at a time, and celebrate any small improvements that you see.

  • Try asking for feedback after a reading and then acting upon that feedback.

Day 4: Being Resourceful
Next, it’s time to try doing some readings in other formats. You might want to volunteer to set up a table and do readings at a fundraiser or benefit. You’ll get a lot of practice in all at once, and draw attention to the charity of your choice at the same time. Another opportunity to perform psychic readings is in a local coffee shop or even a pub. This works best if you can pick out a mom and pop establishment and talk with the owner directly. He or she may be so happy to have you drum up business that you might get a little free advertising and draw even more potential reading subjects.

Make sure to represent yourself well whenever you’re out reading in public, since you’ll be representing all psychics in general. A lot of people meeting a psychic for the first time in public may be more interested in asking you questions about your practice than in getting a reading. Indulge them! Also, don’t be afraid to limit your time out reading. You may find that, if you’re not properlygrounded, you end up tired if you read in public for too long. Know your limits and stick to them.

  • Try reading in-person out in public.

Day 5: Reading for Money
Performing psychic readings for money is a game changer. The extra pressure and responsibility that comes from a professional-client relationship can be daunting. You may now have to consider getting a business license and other licenses as required for giving advice, counseling or otherwise giving psychic readings in your area. You’ll need to figure out how to track your earnings and pay your taxes. Here are some tips I wish I knew before I got started:

Firstly, charge as much as you can. Your time is worth money; it’s easy to lower your price and keep clients, but impossible to do the reverse. Also, you’ll not make friends among existing professional psychics if you sweep in and undercut all their prices. Secondly, hold off on expenses as much as possible. You don’t have to buy a shop or even a booth. Partner with local businesses if you can. And finally, don’t bite off more than you can chew. If this is a hobby business, be reasonable with your approach.

  • Try charging for a reading. Perhaps tack your first payment to your wall with pride.

Alexandra Chauran Alexandra Chauran
Alexandra Chauran is a second-generation fortuneteller. As a professional psychic intuitive for over a decade, she serves thousands of clients in the Seattle area and globally through her website. She is certified in tarot and has been interviewed on…  Read more

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The Fool

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Mar 182015
 
The Fool

The Fool is the first card of the Major Arcana in the tarot deck and represents the beginning of our life’s journey where we step out and the whole world and possibilities are in front of us. It is about a voyage of discovery and what we will learn about ourselves. The fool is about new beginnings, fresh starts where everything is possible. The fool is travelling lightly without concern, not worrying about what might happen but treating each day as an adventure. He is someone who does something because it feels the right thing to do right now, he trusts his instincts and just gets on with it without considering the consequences. The fool can be someone who is willing to take a leap of faith, someone unafraid and at ease with himself and who enjoys being spontaneous.

If you get The Fool in a reading about your career or work then it indicates that youメre ready to or about to find a new job. It’s also possible that there may be some form of travel involved in the job, whether thatメs travelling as part and parcel of the work or having to move to a new country or new area. It suggests that there is positive energy, enthusiasm and fun around your work.

If The Fool is drawn in a question about love and romance then it suggests that the person is enjoying life as it is and isn’t particularly looking to the future. They are more concerned with the here and now and having a good time. They like to live for the moment and aren’t really thinking long-term or about commitment at this time.

Financial concerns are positively highlighted with The Fool and it suggests that there’s no need to worry as any money that youメre waiting for should be with you very quickly and that things will turn out ok.

In a health question then The Fool again suggests that there’s no need to worry as you should find what you’re looking for. It may be that you find the answers you seek in alternative or complementary medicine.

The Fool when reversed in a reading may suggest that perhaps youメre being rather foolish in your actions and possibly making bad decisions or being careless or negligent and that you may need to look more carefully at what youメre doing and consider the possible consequences before plunging straight ahead.

About the Author

Jill Graham is a professional psychic tarot reader, energy healer and life & soul coach assisting you to move you past blocks and obstacles to creating and living the life you truly desire. Available wherever you are in the world via skype, email, or phone. www.healinglieswithin.com (10% introductory discount for Ravenhawks readers)

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Using Tarot for Love and Romance

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Feb 112015
 

HIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY BARBARA MOORE
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Valentine’s Day is approaching, so naturally our minds turn to love, romance, and fun. Using tarot for love is not unique; in fact, love is probably the most asked about topic in readings (closely followed by questions about money/career). Finding spreads for almost any aspect of love is as easy as typing “tarot spreads love” into Google. Traditional readings are a tried and true method of using the cards to get advice about relationships, but there are other ways of using the cards. Below are three.

    1. Date Idea Generator
      On Valentine’s Day, so many people feel the pressure to do something wonderfully romantic to show their person how much they are loved. So many times, though, we default to dinner at a fancy restaurant and a movie. The cards can be used to brainstorm creative ideas for Valentine’s Day dates (or for any kind of date, for that matter). Simply pull a card, forget all about prescribed meanings, let your eyes and mind take in the symbols, write down your associations, and then turn those associations into meanings. Depending on the deck that you use and how accustomed you are to brainstorming, you could get a ton of ideas. But if you are new to this technique, try to come up with at least three to start. After all, all you need is one, if it is a good one. The key to brainstorming is to come up with as many ideas as possible, without editing yourself, and then narrow down the ideas to the ones that you really love.For this example, I (ironically enough) drew the 3 of Swords (using the Llewellyn Classic Tarot). This card traditionally has very simple images, so it’s a pretty good example. Let’s see how I do. I’ll set a timer for three minutes.

      3 of Swords from Llewellyn's Classic Tarot

      Swords: knives, cooking, cutlery
      Swords: weaponry, medieval themes, fencing
      Trees: bonsai, arboretum
      Barbed wire: metal working, graffiti
      Rain: water, water park, singing in the rain, tragic love stories
      Pierced heart: star-crossed lovers
      Sandy ground: zen garden, sand boxes, play grounds, clay, sculptureUsing those associations, I look for themes or ideas that can be fleshed out into a cool date idea. Here are some that I came up with:

      1. A cooking class, particularly one that focuses on knife skills.
      2. A fencing class.
      3. A community theater production of Romeo and Juliet.
      4. Visit a Japanese Garden and a meal at a restaurant showcasing bento box meals or make-your-own bento boxes.
      5. Visit a water park (indoors, if necessary, or outdoors if you are lucky enough to live in a warm place).
      6. Visit a museum or studio that features urban art.
      7. A workshop or class for making sculpture (clay or metal).
      8. If you live in a cold area, a conservatory makes a great escape to warmth and lush greenery.
      9. A meditation class could be the perfect foil to normally hectic schedules.
      10. A class or workshop or lecture about the art of bonsai.

      So, you see, even with the very unromantic 3 of Swords and about fifteen minutes, I have ten unique ideas.

    1. Fostering Communication, 1
      Even though this month is often (and sometimes annoyingly so) about celebrating romance, if your relationship is facing a bumpy patch perhaps the best gift you can give it is some TLC. So many times, issues in a relationship have to do with problems in communication, and tarot can be really useful in that area.If your partner is up for it, you can work with the cards together. This works well if each person has a deck to use. Each person goes through their deck and selects three cards:

      1. One to represent the issue under discussion (keep things simple and focus on one specific thing. It is easy and not productive to approach problems by saying, “You ALWAYS” or, “You NEVER”).
      2. One to represent yourself in terms of the issue.
      3. One to represent your partner in terms of the issue.

      Lay out the cards for each other to see. Then take turns interpreting what you think the other person’s cards are saying (not in terms of traditional tarot meanings but in terms of their experience…so you both don’t have to “know” tarot to do this).

      By listening to how the other person sees what you see, you can notice the similarities and differences between their take and what you meant. In this way, you can open a dialogue using an external focus, which can take the emotional, knee-jerk responses down a bit and create some distance and hopefully some curiosity about the other person’s experience.

  1. Fostering Communication, 2
    If your partner isn’t willing to work with you using the cards, you can still get great advice on your own. To do this, you will select most of the cards rather than randomly drawing them.As in the previous exercise, select a card that represents you, your partner, and the issue.Using these three cards, imagine seeing the issue through the eyes of the card you selected for yourself, then through the eyes of the card you selected for your partner. If you are used to working with tarot cards, I’d use the court cards to represent you and your partner.

    Then, shuffle the rest of the deck and draw two cards, one to represent your blind spot about yourself and your blind spot about your partner. Look at the issue again through the eyes of your card, but this time include your blind spot and try to see what you’ve not seen before. Do the same for the cards you’ve laid out for your partner.

    Finally, draw a final card to act as a focus for the advice. Use it to pull together what you’ve discovered using the other five cards. If you’ve been honest and open with yourself as well as compassionate (toward both yourself and your partner), you should find a healthy way to resolve the issue and strengthen your relationship.

Barbara Moore Barbara Moore
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara’s hands; she’s held on tightly ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don’t get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and locate our North…  Read more

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Jera

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Feb 092015
 
Jera

Jera rune of harvest and reward

The meaning of Jera is Harvest, and a reaping of rewards for efforts. These rewards can be karmic in nature, a good deed returned for a good deed done, or they can be repayment for an outlay of time or money in the past. Jera is also a rune of justice and legalities of every kind. Because the harvest can only come after care and energy expended, it implies that events must come to fruit in their own good time. Sometimes the delay in question can be a legal issue of some kind. In the result position Jera signifies a positive outcome to the dilemma, often utilizing legal help. If the runecast is primarily negative, all is not lost, however more diligent effort will be required to alleviate any problems. It can also be a warning not to speak ill of others before all the facts are known. There is no reverse meaning to Jera.
About the Author
Renita Shanalla has been providing readings for many years. Her kindness, clarity and vision help her customers to better understand those things that are most important to them. Through her Oracle card and Rune readings, Renita Shanalla can tell you how to handle problems and experiences, release your fears and make choices that will take you to where you belong in your life.

 

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Two of Swords

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Feb 022015
 
two of swords

 

In the Rider Waite deck of tarot cards the Two of Swords depicts a woman wearing a blindfold, sitting with her arms crossed and holding two swords with her back on water which has rocks in it. Swords in the tarot deal primarily with thoughts, the mind and intellect. This card is about decisions and choices and clearing away of obstacles in order to be able to move forwards.

If you get the Two of Swords in your reading it would indicate that you have reached a fork in your road and are likely faced with some kind of dilemma. It may be that you are ignoring a problem and hoping it will go away or are immobilize by fear or worry but this card indicates that it won’t go away of its own accord, ignoring it won’t help – you need to face the issue and choose and take action. As long as you are procrastinating and avoiding or delaying what you need to do then you will remain where you are. The woman is blindfolded which suggests there is something that she is refusing to see.

If you draw the Two of Swords in a reading concerning work or your career then it could indicate that matters have reached a standstill and you need to call in assistance to get things moving. You may be negotiating a new contract or a new project and simply need a different viewpoint to help move things forwards.

If you are asking about romance then the Two of Swords can suggest conflict between you and your partner. You may be disagreeing about some major life issue and if so then it may benefit you to take a break from each other and create a bit of space. You have reached stalemate and so a change in energy is needed to get things going again. The fact that you aren’t able to agree a solution doesn’t mean that you should give up on the relationship but it does indicate that something needs to change.

When inquiring about finances the Two of Swords indicates that you have a problem that you need to evaluate and assess to enable you to realize what you need to do to fix it and then to get on and do it.

The Two of Swords can sometimes be drawing your attention to feeling blocked, unable to face or deal with what you’re experiencing and resulting in feeling uncertain, insecure and out of balance. So to check in with how you’re really feeling, what is really going on for you and look at any fears or concerns. You may benefit from a bit of breathing space, some time out to regain your balance to help you know how best to deal with. This card can also indicate divided loyalties and conflict over how to proceed and also suggest things hidden beneath the surface that are causing problems.

Whatever the situation, the Two of Swords tells you that once you have faced it with honesty and made your decision then your life can resume forward momentum.

Jill Graham is a professional psychic tarot reader, energy healer and life & soul coach assisting you to move you past blocks and obstacles to creating and living the life you truly desire. Available wherever you are in the world via skype, email, or phone. www.healinglieswithin.com (10% introductory discount for Ravenhawks readers)

Weekly Tarot Reading

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Feb 022015
 

I am sorry to say that we will no longer be featuring a weekly tarot reading from Divine Love Readings by Leah. We are however offering a daily tarot card.Please check the side bar for the daily tarot card. We also offer a Daily Rune and I Ching reading as well. These will be found under Daily Divination.  We  have also added a do it your self divination page here. Fill in your information ask your question and receive immediate results.  We hope you enjoy both the daily tarot and the do it your self version. If you are looking for a professional reading then check out out our counselor and readers here.

 

Jan 262015
 

Weekly Tarot Reading from Divine Love Readings by Leah

Leah’s Weekly Tarot Reading Week of January 26-February 1, 2015. This is a general reading based on the current energies of the week.

The cards this week highlight a need to bring your feminine energy into balance. The week begins with the Queen of Cups, who is the intuitive queen, the nurturer, the counselor, the psychic “mother”. You begin feeling the week feeling nicely aligned with your true self. As the week progresses, there is an indication that you may be feeling less emotionally stable. Dependency or needy behavior could sneak in, and you may be prone to outbursts, crying fits, or depression. This is a watery and unstable energy, you could be feeling a severe lack of self-love, self-worth, or self-acceptance. You may find yourself looking to escapist tendencies such as overindulging in drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, sex, whatever your “vice” is, to numb the pain you feel. Toward the end of the week and into the weekend, you could be ignoring your intuition altogether and ruled by your emotions. You have lost your balanced knowing and are being led by clouded, emotional thoughts and feelings. Another possibility is that you are normally someone who relies on their own strong intuition, but for some reason, you have veered away from this and are now being influenced by outside opinions. If you are soliciting others for advice, remember to check whatever you receive from them against your OWN inner knowing. Does it resonate? Does it feel right? If not, this is an indicator of a problem. The advice here is to go back WITHIN for your guidance. The only one who knows what is best for you is your own soul/Higher Self. Meditate and go within to restore a sense of calm, rational thinking and inner knowing.

The first theme of the week is feeling like you don’t “fit in”, whether it be in a certain social circle, or in society as a whole. Don’t let the fact that you feel “different” get you down. You are your own unique person, and you bring your own flair to this world. Don’t try to change  yourself so that you can be accepted. All you need to do is accept yourself. Like the women on this card, you are beautiful. They each look different, yet they possess individual traits that make them shine. Notice the array of different fruits spread out on the table before them. What makes a delicious fruit salad? Isn’t it the variety? If you ate a bowl full of bananas, it would be as exciting, would it? The world needs you, as you are. Be yourself.

The second theme of the week is a need to restore your self-confidence after what may be perceived as a “fall from grace”. Perhaps a belief you had has been shattered and you are now doubting or beating yourself up because of it. Know that who you are inside has not changed. It is part of the awakening process to let go of of outdated beliefs. Don’t blame and shame yourself for not being able to see “ALL” at all times. There is also a need here to be more independent on not rely so much on others – listen to yourself. Rely on yourself. Support yourself. Regain your sense of independence.

Lastly, an additional theme for the week is feminine energy. All 5 cards depict a woman or group of women. The fact that 4 out of 5 cards are reversed is also revealing.  Consider working to release any negative feminine energy that exists you, and replace it with divine feminine energy. Or – and only you know which is right for you – consider action you can take or changes you can make in your life that will bring out more of the masculine energy that may have been laying latent within you for many years. What small steps can you start making in your own life to bring into balance the feminine/masculine energies within you?
Energies of the Week: Queen of Cups, Page of Cups (Reversed), The High Priestess (Reversed)

Themes of the Week: 3 of Cups (Reversed), Queen of Rods (Reversed)

Weekly Tarot Reading Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

 Weekly Tarot Reading Week of January 26-February 1, 2015

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This beautiful deck is filled with rich, vibrant colors and striking images that create an immediate emotional reaction to each card, even before the image is looked at in depth. These cards are borderless and exude a sense of expansiveness. The scenes are simple yet powerful and filled with symbolic imagery. The artwork is inspired by Bill Greer’s interest in metaphysics – the occult, magic, and psychic phenomena – as well as in the writings of Jung, Frazer, Frye, and Campbell, who were of influence to him as he began to identify archetypes and how they are part of everyday life.

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Witch Crystals Casting Stones for Divination and Magic

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Jan 152015
 

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY BARBARA MOORE
POSTED UNDER DIVINATION

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When Lo Scarabeo asked me to create a Pagan-based casting kit, I was excited for a number of reasons. I love crystals. I love challenges. I loved the idea of creating a system that is complete in itself but also open to expansion and personalization.Although I wasn’t sure what the kit and packaging would look like (sometimes a lot gets lost in the language barrier when I work with Lo Scarabeo), the final product exceeded my expectations. It is a very small box (about 5.5″ x 4″) and beautifully designed with silver metallic lettering. Inside are: a small bag with five crystals, eight cards, and a small board that unfolds to create space about 11″ x 8″. Franco Rivoli, artist for the Silver Witchcraft Tarot, did all the art for this project and it is wonderful.The cards are shuffled and placed around the main board, creating a larger divination space. The main board features a Wheel of the Year with the Sabbats marked on it and with illustrations of a tree in various seasons. Each “wedge” of the Wheel has its own divinatory meaning. The cards are divided into two sections. The roles we play in life (Builder, Warrior, Teacher, Healer) are illustrated with images inspired by goddesses who embody these roles. The areas of life (Projects, Knowledge, Relationships, Resources) reflect my background in tarot and will remind those familiar with tarot of the Aces.Once the board is set up (it will be different every time, or nearly every time, because the cards are randomized), the crystals are cast on the board. After they are cast, the reading can begin. All the elements (board, cards, and crystals) work together to create the message or answer.The interpretations for the crystals were developed based on traditions and generally accepted meanings as well as experience. As with any divination system, the user can adapt meanings to best suit their experience or tradition. The crystals included (and a short excerpt from the longer meanings in the booklet) are:

    • Blue Agate: Wherever Blue Agate appears, you are called on to examine your integrity or that which shapes your thinking about the situation, acknowledge and act on that truth, and do so with the serene peace that comes from deeply felt inner-confidence.
    • Green Aventurine: Wherever Green Aventurine appears, you are called on to clear your heart of negative energy, focus on heart-centered actions, clear pollution (in your own life and in the world around you), and to act as a peace-maker by diffusing negative situations.
    • Red Jasper: Wherever Red Jasper appears, your will must be committed to doing all you can to create progress in this area and to guard against falling into the same old habits. Red Jasper is powerful and can indicate dramatic change, a rebirth into a new way of life.
    • Rose Quartz: Wherever Rose Quartz appears, you are counseled to slow down, breathe in love, exhale love, and let all your actions be gentle and governed by nurturing kindness.
  • White Onyx: Wherever White Onyx appears, get ready to connect, absorb, and receive exactly what is needed at this moment.

One really nice element of this system is that because it is based on the Wheel of the Year, timing is much easier to determine than with other systems. The Wheel is meant to be read metaphorically, but when asking questions about timing, you can use the dates inherent in the Wheel to divine when things will happen or to get advice about the energy involved (and how to use it) when planning projects.

The instruction booklet includes what each element means, of course. Many of the meanings will not include much of a learning curve, as they are based on things most Pagans already know. Simple readings can be quick and easy. You can also add nuance to a reading by paying attention not just to which wedge (of the Wheel) a crystal falls in but also what it means if it falls closer to the center or the edge or on the cusp of season—so readings can also be deeper and more involved.

When I make a kit a like this, I always make a prototype using what I have at hand to test out systems. Even so, I was amazed when I opened up the actual, published kit and began working with it. More ideas for personalization presented themselves and I’ll share them here.

First (this an obvious one and it is included in the book): add your own crystals. You can use more than the five that come with it or you can replace the ones provided with your own stones.

Second, you could replace the cards, using cards from a favorite tarot deck, by using, for example, the Aces for the “areas of life” cards. You could use a set of court cards for the roles or you could use the four Queens.

Third, it has become popular lately to use charms, bones, or other tiny items for casting. You can certainly add them to this kit or use them to replace the crystals provided.

Fourth, as I mentioned, there are a lot of elements at play here that have the benefit of providing a lot of detail. The downside of that is that it could feel overwhelming to a beginner or it could deter someone from using it for a simple question (as opposed to a full out reading). The board, when completely laid out, forms quadrants. So you could, before you begin, decide which quadrant is most pertinent to your question. For example, a quadrant formed by the Resources and Builder cards might be most important for someone who wants to start up a business. A quadrant formed by the Healer and Relationship cards, for someone who is seeking to strengthen a relationship. The Knowledge and Teacher cards, for someone embarking on a new course of study. So instead of reading all the quadrants, only read the one or ones that apply to your question.

The kit includes ways to use the parts included for magic. There is, of course, the very basic idea of carrying a crystal or crystals as a talisman. More specific to the kit, there are ways to use the crystals and cards to create mandalas.

There really is a lot of potential and possibilities in this small box. I invite you to open this kit for yourself and discover what magic is waiting for you.

Barbara Moore Barbara Moore
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara’s hands; she’s held on tightly ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don’t get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and locate our North…  Read more

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