Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Guidance for May - Watch for Signs

I've chosen The Spirit Messages Daily Guidance Oracle Deck by John Holland for this month's deck. I bought these earlier in the year, but this will be my first time actually using them. I was hesitant to use them for the Monthly Guidance, since the subtitle clearly points out these are for daily use, but hopefully it will work out.

I decided to only pull one card and to ask the usual question, "How should we approach this month? What can we expect?"


Message on the card: Intuition is the language of the soul. We are all born aware with a profound sense of inner-knowing. Intuition is one of the greatest gifts we possess, which keeps us connected to our higher selves, the Universe, and to our Divine Spirit.

The Intuitive Nudges card appears at a time when you are searching for an answer. You came out of last month leaving behind some of our old ways and we embraced something new. Now, you may be looking for some direction. The Spirit World is available and has heard the questions.

But, are you listening?

You must make yourself available to feel, sense, and know when the answers arrive. Pay attention to your body for signals and be aware of your environment. The answers may come in a tingle up your arm, in the midst of a dream, words of a song, and even numbers on a license plate. These are all intuitive nudges from the Spirit World.

We should approach the month aware of Spirit and expect signs to arrive.

"Once you learn to trust your intuition, you will see yourself and the world in a way you never thought possible!"


Monday, April 1, 2019

Guidance for April - Prepare for Change


I've chosen The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid for this month's deck. This is another of my favorite oracle decks. It's nice to dust these decks off after not using them in a while. I'm looking forward to being guided by these cards throughout the month.

For the overall month guidance layout, I picked the popular three-card - Past, Present, and Future spread.

I asked the question, "How should we approach this month? What can we expect?"



Past - Stuck in the Mud (reversed) - Did you stall out in March? I definitely felt as if I was treading mud during the last week. This card in the reversed position reveals a possible stall due to your lack of desire to actually reach your goal. You may have chosen the wrong path, or merely taken a side street. It is possible that you need to re-evaluate your desired destination. Things change with each and every breath we take. When you began last month, you may have thought you wanted one thing, but the closer you got the less desirable it became. Or maybe you lost track of what it was you wanted and just went astray. No matter the circumstance, it may be important as you enter April, to think about your recent stall and consider how you can get back on track.

Present - Ride the Wave (reversed) - This card in the reversed position suggests you may not yet be ready to Ride the Wave. You need to take this time to prepare for what's coming. Take some time to invest in your skills. Take some classes, talk to some experts, whatever you need to do to be ready for what's ahead. This will tie back to what you discovered about your moment in the Mud. Your new direction may be slightly different than what you first planned. Maybe you need to learn a new skill, or just brush up on an old skill. The main objective here is to stay in preparation mode for most of the month.

Future - Metamorphosis - Are you ready to become a butterfly? At the end of the month, you'll find that life has changed in a big way. There will be some pain involved as things fall away - old thinking patterns, a dead relationship, or maybe an old desire. Embrace this cycle, for what you and your life become will be amazing.

Life is never about one straight line from beginning to end. The journey is the main attraction, not the destination. It looks like this month will bring us to a moment where we need to think about where we really want to go and take some new steps toward the new goal. At least until it's time to change course once again. Enjoy the journey!

"The process of change is often painful, for it is never without losses and sacrifice. If you are to transform from one form to another, a part of you needs to die."


Monday, March 25, 2019

How to Read the Square of Nine Lenormand Spread

The Square of Nine Lenormand Spread, also known as the Portrait Spread, is one of the most used spreads in the Lenormand Community. But, as with all things, there are different approaches, alternate steps, and as always a different take on how to go about reading the cards.

Here's my version of the Square of Nine Lenormand Spread.



Note: the image is from February's Guidance Reading, in case you'd like to look over the steps and the reading at the same time.

Step One: Look at the central card. It represents the overall theme of the reading, answers the question directly, and/or shows what provoked the issue (why you asked the question). You can relate the card to multiple views, or just pick one and stick with it. It usually depends on the situation. As with the guidance for the month, I usually see this card as the overall theme.

Step Two: Read the corners to find the basic issue. (1+9+3+7)

Step Three: Read the diamond to find the hidden aspect of the issue. (2+4+6+8)

Step Four: Read the columns. Column 1 represents the past, Column 2 represents the present, and Column 3 represents the future.

You could stop here or take a few extra steps to gain more insight or to double check some of your information.

Optional Steps -

Step Five:  Read the rows. Row 1 shows what's on your mind, Row 2 shows the present situation, and Row 3 reveals what you already know about the situation.

Step Six: Read the diagonals to find possible influences and how things will pass. (1+5+9, 3+5+7)

Step Seven: Knighting a card can bring clarity to the card's meaning within the reading. The technique is based on the movements of a knight in a chess game. It is able to move to a square that is two squares away horizontally and one vertically, or two squares vertically and one horizontally. So, two cards up and one to the left or right, two cards down and one to the left or right, two cards to the left and one up or down, and two cards to the right and one up or down. You decide on the card you want to clarify and then pick the cards that knight it. These cards will reveal more detail about the card.

I hope this step by step guide helps in your next Reading of the Square of Nine Lenormand Spread.