Monday, September 15, 2014

Ignite Your Spirit - Discover Your Higher Purpose

Carrie Paris has been busy adding to her collection of Magpie Casting Sheets, among other things. I stopped by last week as I pondered what to do for the week's post. I discovered more than I expected, new casting sheets and new products. I settled on the casting sheet, Open the Symbol: Ignite the Spirit. Her post entitled: Divining with the 5 Platonic Solids explains how and why she created this particular sheet.

The way you use these casting sheets are up to you. You can use the Magpie Oracle, or any other means of divination.

When using charms, you may cast or individually place them and use as many as you like. I chose to place two for each element. The first charm gives the main topic, while the second gives more information on the first.

Carrie suggests devoting this divination to a higher purpose, rather than every day activities. And before starting, ponder over the elements and the statements. In my sample reading, you will see I expanded with my own thoughts of what each means.


Fire: Your passion, your desire - Paths, Cross - Your passion trails in many directions. There will be decisions and choices to make. The multitudes of your desires is part of your lesson in life. You may find it a difficult journey, but follow your soul urge to discover the best paths to follow. 

Earth: Action plan, a materialistic goal - Anchor, Rider - You need to build a firm foundation. You require security and stability in order to realize your own destined path. You need this to support your message, your movement, your way of life. This is a mobile security, an inner security, not a reference to a stationary dwelling or such.

Air: Voice, Communication, needs to be said - Heart, Fish - You need to share your emotions, rather than keeping them tucked away. Allow them to flow freely and to be heard.

Spirit: Spiritual Pull, Higher Plan - Birds, Ship - There is something you need to communicate, to put words to. This is your destined journey.

Water: Emotional understanding - Sun, Fox - Success is not always what it seems to be. It comes in many shapes and forms. You must understand this success in order to achieve it. Your success will be found on an emotional level.

Connecting pieces - Your destined journey is to communicate through words, through voice (spirit). What needs to be said is an expression of your emotions, an opening of the heart (air). Your passion follows many different avenues (fire). Your concept of success must be in line with it's actual meaning in order to acquire it. Look for it as an internal, emotional satisfaction rather then external gains (water). Once you have a stable foundation to build upon, each step in your path will come much easier (earth).

Feel free to share your own discovers of your higher purpose.

Have a blessed week.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Tree of Life Oracle by Elaine Clayton


“Trees, in all their majesty, mirror our own human traits.”

The Tree of Life Oracle, packaged in the popular magnetic-lid Schiffer box, is a set of 30 cards and a companion book. The cards are made of good card stock, laminated, and easy to shuffle. The booklet gives interpretations for each card, which includes: number, name, main keyword, additional keywords, and an overview.

On the negative side: There are no suggested layouts mentioned in the book. Also, the cards are not numbered, which makes looking up the meanings a little time consuming.

I played with these cards over the last couple of week, pulling random cards for advice on various situations. I was amazed at their accuracy. Each draw addressed the situation at hand and offered sound advice.

This deck will be added to my Oracle Collection, for simple insight or added information for tarot readings.

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from one individual card.

Card #30 is Love.

The image is of two trees entwined. The main keyword is 'Entwinement.' Some of the additional keywords include: Love, Romance, Union, Neediness, Betrayal.

With reversals not mentioned, I’m not sure if the negative aspects are meant for reversals or not.

The overall summary of the card’s meaning touches upon both the positive and negative sides of love, covering romance, intoxicating new love, family and friends, and self-love.


Some words from the summary:

“Romance is first and foremost present when this card is chosen.” 

“The intoxication of new love is enough to cause you to lose your good sense.” 

“Tree of Live Love card reminds you to be sure not to play games to the point of entrapping others or fooling them, as it will not benefit you or anyone else.” 

“Unconditional love does not mean that because you love someone you cannot walk away from them.”

Available at Schiffer Publishing

(Review previously posted on The Examiner, January 19, 2014)


Monday, September 1, 2014

Climbing Toward Success - A Tea Leaf Reading

I recently found myself drawn back to the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards. In May 2013, I posted The Week Ahead - Tea Leaf Forecast. Over the past few weeks, I've played around with the cards and have received surprising insights.

When doing a week forecast, you basically pull seven cards to apply to the week as a whole. You must them determine which cards connect with one another and read those together.

Cards in the order pulled - name and statement + additional thoughts from companion book:

  1. Ladder - Climbing toward success. (You are climbing toward success in some aspect of your life, but the clouds symbolize temporary problems that you will have to overcome first.)
  2. Angel - Spiritual guidance. Protection from harm. (during time frame shown)
  3. Flowers - Happiness. (during time frame shown)
  4. Tower - Solid foundation. Success with effort.
  5. Ant - Work, achievement, success.
  6. Bear - Danger, especially in money matters. (could refer to loss of money beyond control, repairs and such.)
  7. Target - A goal - oriented person. (could refer to you or another)
In the image, you see the grouping of the cards.



Overview:

It's important to have a specific goal in mind (Target) as you take the necessary steps toward your success (Ladder). You may experience temporary problems (Ladder), but with a firm foundation (Tower) and hard work (Tower and Ant), there's no limit to your success (Ladder, Tower, Ant).

During the week, you'll be protected by Angels. You may notice more signs than usual with the added spiritual guidance. You'll also experience a easy, carefree happiness. Enjoy the gifts bestowed upon you: spiritual guidance, angel protection, and happiness. 

A certain amount of danger lingers, possibly in money matters. Watch your spending, but don't be too surprised by the lack of control you may have over the area of where the money may go. Repairs, replacement purchase, or some other unforeseen expense is possible.

Could the danger (Bear) be the temporary problem (clouds in Ladder) affecting the climb to success (Ladder)? Maybe, or it could be completely unrelated. Although, I'll be honest, if I'd read through the companion book before the grouping, I would have most likely put the Bear with the Ladder.

For the most part, the reading presents an encouraging week ahead. The Angel and Flowers cards alone are enough to make me look forward to the days ahead.

Although this is mostly a personal reading, you may find yourself nodding your head as it reveals aspects of your own life. We are all connected by energy, and that energy seems to extend similar situations among us. Feel free to comment on any aspect that seems to fall within your own week. 

Have a blessed week.


Monday, August 25, 2014

A Deeper Look into The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase


I thought it might be helpful to see an example of what a reading produced from the book information would look like.

One of the spreads suggested is the three cards spread—past, present, and future.

Focusing on the week ahead, I pulled the 7 of Wands (reversed), Page of Swords (reversed), and 9 of Pentacles. The following interpretations are directly from the book.

Past:

Everyone gets rejected at some point. You just took yours a little harder than most. Fine - now get past it.



Present:

Rebel without a cause or rebel without a clue - either way, you're going against the accepted status quo.



Future:

There's no greater satisfaction than knowing that you are able to take care of yourself...a noble goal, to be sure.




Pulling this together into a more fluent reading, you may say: You've been rejected recently and took it hard, but it's time to get past the hurt feelings. You approach things from a different angle than most, going against the accepted ways. This will lead you to great things and allow you to take care of yourself, not having to rely on others for financial or material support.

Overall, I'd say a pretty good outcome. 

What do you think? Would this interpretation be satisfactory to you? Do you see the cards differently than what's presented above? Share your thoughts. Do you plan to purchase this book and give it a go?

My thoughts: Before interpreting the reading with the book, I did my own interpretation to have something to compare to. In some ways they were similar, while others slightly different. The view on the Page was the biggest difference. For me, this Page represents a cold, isolated individual who has shrouded himself from the outside world. I look upon it as the 'poor, pitiful me moment'.

A quick look at my interpretation versus 'straight from the book'.

You've had enough. You feel as if you are unable to stand up for what you believe any longer. You've given up and let go. (Results of rejection? Very possible.)

Now, in order to cope, you turn cold, tell yourself what you need to hear, and pull the sheets over your head. You are having a 'poor pitiful me moment'. (Rebel without a clue? Possibly.)

But, as you pull yourself out of the dumps, you see what really is. You find that you are okay. You can do this all on your own. You are able and capable of rising to the challenge, supporting yourself and surviving in solitude if need be. (Satisfaction of knowing you can take care of yourself? Definitely.)

As you see, the interpretations are fairly similar. 

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