Monday, August 18, 2014

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread by Shannon MacLeod

Anyone can read the tarot, but not everyone wants to take the time and energy to study the cards and develop knowledge through long hours and many practice readings.

Shannon MacLeod has put it all out there for you, making it simple to throw the cards out and quickly put words to your spread.

Her book, Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase, introduces three spreads—the Celtic Cross, Three Cards, and One Card, with positional explanations and instructions on how to use the book to translate the cards into a reading.

The remainder of the book is devoted to the 78 tarot cards. She provides the meaning of each card, upright and reversed, in each position of the Celtic Cross.

Shannon approaches the whole with a pinch of humor.

I do have some negative feelings on this whole aspect of “Painting-by-Numbers” method introduced by this book. To me, it takes away from the tarot as a whole. Tarot is meant to be explored by the individual and embraced by the intuitive connection the cards can provide. You are the artist and the Tarot becomes the tool.

With that said, I do think people will like this book. Especially someone who wants to just throw a few cards from time to time and see what happens. Not everyone wants to be a tarot reader. This book will give you the means to cast a quick reading and get a little meaning out of the cards pulled. And who knows, it may lead you down the Tarot Journey, a road you may not have taken otherwise.

Available at Schiffer Publishing in October, 2014.

You may also enjoy:
Tarot Spreads & Layouts by Jeanne Fiorini 
The Tarot Playbook by Lynda Cowles
Gaining Archetypal Vision by Toni Gilbert

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weaving the Pieces Together – Message from Spirit

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We receive messages from Spirit, both while awake and during our sleep. They can come in many shapes and forms. Most are easy to miss, if you are not paying attention. Some slap you in the face, but you don’t know what to do with it. And then there are some you just can’t figure out, can’t put your finger on what it all means.

Last week, the signs and messages seemed unusually abundant, or maybe I was just in tune with what was going on around me. With so many things coming through, I wasn't sure what to do with it all. But, then it occurred to me, maybe the reason we sometimes don’t get the message is because it’s not in one single sign but a weaving of many.

Repeating Numbers

The month of August began with numerous 111 appearances. The message in this repetition is of following a new path, breaking away from old patterns, aligning with soul’s purpose. 

Last week, the numbers shifted to 333. I always pay special attention when the numbers change course. I believe this is a sign that I've received the first and am now ready for the next.

The message in repeating 3’s is of recognizing the love and protection of Angels and Spirit. They are there, waiting to assist in any way possible. All you have to do is ask. 333 appeared throughout the week.

Feathers on the Path

Early in the week, I discovered a blue feather on the ground. Then, the next day, I spotted a brown one. Feathers are a common sign from Spirit and Angels. This is, however, a very rare occasion for me. So, to find two, one right after the other, let’s just say my attention was captured. 

A blue feather can symbolize an increased connection with Spirit, a message on its way, or a reminder of the Angels being with you. A brown feather symbolizes grounding, security, and stability. In my opinion, I believe the brown feather was simply a message to pay attention to the message of the blue feather.

More on Feathers - Natalia Kuna

Elephant Dream

Dream Message: You are able to deal with any obstacle you are faced with at this time.

In my dream, the elephant is a source of worry. I don’t know what to do with it or where to put it. I have a job to do, but I can’t do it because I have to figure out what to do with the elephant. Then, the elephant shrinks to the size of a cat. But, I still don’t know what to do with it, because eventually it will regain its size and then what will I do?

The elephant is obviously an obstacle, but in the dream I can't face it, whether it is large or small. I believe part of the message of the dream is the solution will be the same no matter the size of the task.

More on Elephants - What's Your Sign 

Butterflies

The Butterfly represents transformation, change, new paths, and rebirth. The message is to prepare for the change before it’s forced upon you. It signifies a time to move into a new cycle of life. ~ Lily Therese

It's not unusual to see butterflies in my yard. I have many flowering plants. But, on these sightings, it was as if I was drawn to them and astonished by their beauty. It was as if a whisper played upon the wind, "Hey, look at me. There's a reason you are seeing me."

A Weaving of the Messages of Spirit

Angels are watching and protecting me. They are available to assist in my journey. My connection with Spirit is increasing, and it’s important to recognize such. I am able to deal with the obstacles before me, but I may need the assistance of the Angels and Spirit. A change is on the way, and I need to prepare myself for the shift. I am not alone, but surrounded by spiritual helpers. 

Affirmation: I accept the assistance of Spirit. I open myself to receive your guidance in my journey of change, obstacles, and challenges.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Release and Renewal

A message from Spirit for the week of August 4-10:


Let go of what holds you back, allow yourself to step out of your invisible bonds and let go of past nightmares.

There’s a lot of blocked and wasted energy here.

The Hanged Man stands upright in his reversed position. Past issues have been released, yet you continue to hang on. You avoid walking away. You're wasting energies standing still like this. It’s time to move forward.

The bonds of fear of the 8 of Swords no longer hold you captive. You stay now out of obligation, maybe even because of some sort of love or habit. Your trap has been sprung. You can step away from this.

The nightmare of the 9 of Swords has dissipated in the light of day. All negative thought and worry are gone. Open your eyes to the brighter days before you.

The sum of the cards offers you a bit of advice—a clear message revealed. (12+8+9=29=11 Justice) It’s time for you to give yourself a fair chance. The verdict is in and you are free—to go, to be, to live fully.  

Have a blessed week.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Let's Get Grounded

I used my Magpie Oracle charms to decide on the topic for this week. I pulled the Rider, Heart, and Tree.


The topic is: A heart-felt message about grounding.

I smiled at this message from Spirit, as it is not only for the readers, but also for me.

For the last couple of days, a shroud of darkness has slipped over me. My energy had grown low, not to the point of exhaustion, but it was headed in that direction. With exhaustion, I usually get headaches, mainly because I fight it. Who has time for a break? But, sometimes you just have to take one. 

A few weeks back, I went through a long period of exhaustion. I was so tired that I couldn't bring myself to do anything at all, so I let go and let be. The cure at that time was lots of sleep and reading. I healed myself and raised my vibration without thinking much of it. I could have saved a lot of time if only I'd thought to do some grounding work.

The logical mind doesn't always lead you where you need to be. But, you can always count on Spirit.

Before I began writing the post, I did some grounding and some clearing. It worked; I feel better.  

I want to share some grounding techniques to help you get in gear for the week ahead. 

What is Grounding?

Grounding is the process of connecting with the physical and replenishing our energies. Any work with Spirit has a draining effect on our energy, because it takes energy to form the connection between the physical and spiritual sides of life.

The more you work with Spirit, the more likely you are to notice dips in your energy level. That is, if you don't practice some grounding techniques.

Here are a few techniques you can try:

  • Breathing – This is my number one 'go to' because you can do it anywhere and anytime. Focus on your breathing, notice each inhale and exhale. Take a long deep breath in and slowly release it. Try this for about ten times.
  • Drink Water – Dehydration seems to be a side effect to working with your psychic energy. This is one of the reasons you may find yourself tired after a tarot reading, or other spiritual workings.
  • Eat Fruit or Vegetables – Eating natural, earthy foods work great for me, an instant energy booster.
  • Hobbies – Anything you do for fun is great for grounding. The act of losing yourself, it centers you. Such things as: baking, gardening, walking, reading, or painting. Like I said, anything you do for fun.
  • Take a Hot Shower – This is another of my favorites. Imagine the water is washing away all negative energies, and your skin is absorbing the positive energies of the water.
  • Get In Touch With Nature – Step outside, walk barefoot in the grass, watch birds, hug a tree, do some gardening, or try a nature hike. The important thing with this technique is to BE in nature: watch, listen, smell and feel your surroundings.
  • Meditation – This is always a good choice, but it takes practice for it to have a full effect. Daily Meditation is the best method. Start with short sessions and lengthen them as you grow more comfortable with the process.
  • Grounding Objects – Crystals and Stones work great for this, but anything that brings you comfort will work, like a photo, snuggling in your grandmother’s afghan, or even petting your favorite kitty. 
These are only a few grounding techniques. Feel free to share your own processes in the comments. I hope I've added at least one new thing to your toolbox of tricks.

Have a wonderful, grounded week.