Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas decorations with blue glass ornaments by Steve Karg 
I want to take a moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I've enjoyed all of your visits throughout the year, both commenters or non-commenters.

I hope and pray that each of you finds progress within the new year. May all of your dreams come true.

Till next year,
Cher Green

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Fool's Journey - The Empress

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Continuance of The Fool's Journey - The Magician, The High Priestess

The Fool soon comes upon a magical scene. A woman stands upon a structure, a meadow behind and a body of water before. The woman is surrounded by creatures both large and small. Plants, fruits and berries are plentiful at her feet.

As the Fool eases closer, the woman directs her attention to him. “I’ve been waiting for you my son. Come closer.”

Mesmerized by her beauty, he steps forward not thinking of the water and to his surprise he remains above the liquid which moves in waves beneath him.

“Come, sit by my side.”

He lowers himself before her and a large cat rests on his lap, a butterfly lands upon his nose, and mouse scurries toward him. “Who are you?”

“I am the mother of all you see, and of you.”

“You are not my mom,” the Fool protests.

“Oh, but I am. The seed that produced you first came from me. I nurture and fertilize the earth.”

The Fool is impressed by all that surrounds the woman, but what can he learn from her. He cannot give birth or nurture.

“You are wondering what you may learn from me?”


“You do not have to make life to appreciate its beauty. You do not have to have seed to fertilize the world.”

The Fool absentmindedly rubs the large cat’s head and smiles as it stretches and closes its eyes.

“See. That one simple act brings nurturing to the cat before you.”

“So, the lesson you teach is to be kind to animals?”

“That is one of the lessons, yes. But, you should also respect nature in all its glory. This is a natural instinct upon us all, but we must continue to remember to do so, which is the main lesson. Don’t lose yourself in life. Remember where you began.”

“That should be easy.”

“My son, it’s not as easy as you think, but you will be fine.”

The Fool stood, bid her farewell and moved further down the path.

The Journey continues...The Emperor

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Connecting with your Cards

The Mystic Dreamer Tarot
artwork by Heidi Darras. © 2008
One method of becoming a better tarot reader is to form a connection with your cards. By understanding what each card can relate to in your life, a broader awareness of the card is formed.

My goal at this particular time was to find a card that best represented my goal in my current situation. I found many cards that related but weren't just right.

For instance, the 3 of Pentacles is a card of receive recognition for your work. Which is a wonderful card to represent my writing, but I'm not there yet.

My goal at this point is to make writing a daily habit. I have accomplished quite a bit over the year, but not as much as I had hoped. The reason for this is I found myself not writing for weeks at a time. If we were to approach our daily jobs this way, well we would all be homeless. So my goal is to make writing my second job - to be more resilient and make more progress toward my goal of being a published novelist.

So, I have chosen the 8 of Wands. This is a card of rapid movement. The woman here is ready to plunge forward. The wands point in the direction she must go, forward. Her face is an expression of readiness. She's about to make that first step toward her goal.

What is your most current goal? What card best represents that goal?

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Fool's Journey - The High Priestess

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Continuance of The Fool's Journey - The Magician.

Moments later, the Fool comes upon a stream.

From the stream, rises a beautiful woman, holding in one hand a scroll and in the other a pomegranate. Wrapped in a cloak, the woman remains dry in spite of the water from which she emerges. Light glitters off the horns upon her forehead and the crown upon her head.

The Fool lowers himself to the stream's bank and his dog gives a sharp bark.

"What brings you here boy?"

"I seek knowledge. What is the fruit within your hand?"

"This is the fruit of hidden knowledge."

"And the scroll?"

"This is the recordings of all past wisdom."

"May I have some of your fruit and read your scroll?"

"There is no need for such. You already have your own."

Confused, the Fool dug through his knowledge box and found nothing more than what the Magician had given him earlier. "No, I don't."

"These are not items you will find in a box. These items cannot be seen. Within you, you shall find what you seek. You must learn to listen to the voice within, reflect upon your thoughts, and seek knowledge through your dreams."

An owl swept down and landed on the woman's shoulder.

"Is that your pet?"

"No, he is my friend. He connects me to further knowledge."

"Where can I get one?"

"Again, boy, you already have one."

The Fool shook his head in confusion. "The doorway behind you, may I enter?"

"No. This is my doorway. You must seek out your own."

"Woman, I thank you for your answers, but I must admit I do not understand."

"You will soon. Go now. Continue on your journey. Pay close attention to the whispering voice you shall hear and to your dreams. You will find the answers and the knowledge you seek within yourself. When the time is right, you will understand."

The Fool gathered his possessions and bid farewell to the woman in the stream. Lost in thought over all the woman had said, he followed the trail with his dog at his heel.

The Journey continues...The Empress

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

9 of Swords - does deck matter?

As you become a tarot reader, whether personal or professional, you may wonder if it matters what deck you use. Choosing your deck should be a personal preference and you will find some decks speak to you louder than others.

Let's take a look at the 9 of Swords from four different decks (all based on the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot).
Legacy of the Divine, Gilded Tarot, Mystic Dream, Rider-Waite

As you can see, each card has similarities, but they also have differences.

The basic meaning of the nine of swords, for me, is fear and doubt that manifest during bedtime hours or during sleep.

The Legacy of the Divine Tarot takes an approach that is fairly different than the others. The hands of doubt reach down to the girl tempting her to indulge in her worried thoughts. The center sword threatens to overcome her with these fears.

The Gilded Tarot adds an owl to the works, which gives the card a sense of knowledge and wisdom. The girl knows that life is not as doomed as it feels at this moment, yet the moon casts just enough doubt upon her that she continues to worry.

The Mystic Dreamer Tarot contains a full moon to shed the unknown into the room. The toy bear, books, and blanket give a sense of security to the card. If only she would gather these around her, she'd feel much better.

The Rider Tarot Deck supplies an image that cuts right to the surface. The girl has doubts and fears. Of course, it does have symbolism that can be pulled out to get a deeper meaning with its spread of roses and other symbols and colors of red, blue, and yellow. You have a a carving on the bed that can be very interesting, a man attacking another. That's something to fear.

So, as you can see each card does give a slightly different aspect on the situation.

How many times have you stayed awake thinking of the worst possible scenario of the situation?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What's your Zodiac Card

Your Zodiac Card is determined by your Sun sign. If you don't know your sun sign, go to any horoscope listing and determine your sign. Below you will find a chart to match up your sun sign with the correct card.

You can learn more about yourself through this card, which indicates what you need to reveal yourself to others.

Ask yourself, what can I learn from this card? Do you feel the card connects with how you act with others? Is there any way you can use the energies of the cards to better present yourself to the people around you?

My Zodiac Card - Temperance - Reveals to me that I am a giver, seeking a balance of give and take. I have a special connection with the spiritual realm of life. By grasping these energies and using them to help others, I will find a happy balance in my life.

Basically, I give in the hope of receiving, which opens me up to a letdown when nothing is returned. The balance here can be made by accepting that receiving is more about energy rather than recognition.

By giving a piece of yourself to others, you will find that the gifts are pure positive energies.

So, what Zodiac Card are you? What can you learn from the card?

Note: The names of these cards may change according to the deck you are using. In the case of Strength and Justice, the number will be determined by the deck.

Aries, 4 The Emperor
Taurus, 5 The Hierophant
Gemini, 6 The Lovers
Cancer, 7 The Chariot
Leo, 11/8 Strength
Virgo, 9 The Hermit
Libra, 8/11 Justice
Scorpio, 13 Death
Sagittarius, 14 Temperance
Capricorn, 15 The Devil
Aquarius, 17 The Star
Pisces, 18 The Moon

Friday, October 15, 2010

Interview with Julia Finley (Phoenix Dream Examiner)

Julia Finley agreed to do a short interview.

Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

I'm a 29 year-old, full-time dream interpreter in Phoenix, Arizona. There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing someone's life and identity evolve from honoring their dreams. Sometimes I feel like a higher observer of the evolution of mankind, and noting the shift in dreaming is my viewing eye.

In your own words, what are dreams?

When we realize that existence consists of waking life and dreaming life, dreams become a valid half of reality.

Dreams result from interacting with reality on a different level, much like how views of space change depending on what frequency of light we use to view it. Dreams show us that all things, whether tangible or intangible, are in fact observable, because their existence is recorded in the way it stimulated our sense of meaning and significance.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you interpret dreams?

Dream symbols are best considered for their function or purpose in everyday life -- they serve the same basic function in dream narratives. For example a dream that one is wearing a sweater and dish gloves while carrying an umbrella may seem random at first glance, but if we know the basic function of all these articles is protection (protection from water in all its forms), we realize this is a display of the lengths this dreamer will go to not come into contact with their emotions (the water).

What got you interested in this process of interpreting dreams?

Like many, my first encounter with my own spiritual gifts was by criticizing and rejecting such traits in others. I was a fundamentalist Christian, and a lot of God's hopes for my life fell into my unawareness. Deciding to resurrect and understand these aspects of myself led to the discovery of my talent for dream work.

How would one go about doing this for themselves?

The first step is to write down your own dreams and consider how the narrative relates to something going on within yourself. Test your notions against the dreams of friends, or even dreams that people post across message boards and groups online. Gain a set of dream psychology references, including dream interpretation dictionaries, as helpful guidance. The more you work it into your efforts to help yourself by helping others, the stronger your understanding will develop.

How would one get in contact with you to receive an interpretation of their dreams?

Many dreamers find the best way to contact me with their dreams is on Facebook -- feel free to join my Dream Interpretation hub ( For dreamers who would like in-depth, private translations or more information about dreams in general, visit my dream interpretation service at (

Thank you for the great interview Julia.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Open Spread

During Tarot Tuesday, I used an interesting new technique. A comment was made wanting more explanation on how the reading was performed and which cards were selected.

As a result, this new spread gained a name.

The Open Spread has no set number of cards or positions.

First, you should shuffle the cards in your normal procedure and concentrate on the question you wished to be answered.

Once you feel that you are ready to lay out the cards, turn the deck over to reveal the number of cards that will be used. (In the Tarot Tuesday, The Hanging Man (12) was revealed, indicating twelve cards.

Choose the cards in you normal manner. Place your cards in a line. The way you read the cards is up to you. I read from left to right.

Here are the cards that were used in Tuesday's Tarot: 5 Faith(reversed), 18 Moon(reversed), 6 of Cups(reversed), Queen of Cups, 2 of Wands(reversed), King of Coins(reversed), Ace of Coins, 7 of Wands, 5 of Wands, 4 of Coins, 4 of Swords, 3 of Cups(reversed).

The spirit of this reading, discovered by adding the numerical values of the cards, was 10 The Wheel.

As you read the spread, some cards will present themselves with more importance than the others. In this case, the Queen of Cups demanded attention and showed me that this was me after I opened myself up to the first three cards. The 2 of Wands pointed the direction I should take, while the rest of the cards gave information on the journey.

Enjoy this spread and feel free to let me know how it works for you.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Divine Tarot
Question: General Reading- What do I need to know?
Layout: Open Spread - unlimited cards - the number of cards are determined at the time of the reading by looking at the bottom card of the deck.

Revealing Card - The Hanging Man (12)

5 Faith(reversed), 18 Moon(reversed), 6 of Cups(reversed), Queen of Cups, 2 of Wands(reversed), King of Coins(reversed), Ace of Coins, 7 of Wands, 5 of Wands, 4 of Coins, 4 of Swords, 3 of Cups(reversed)

There is a need for me to step away from my followed path and take a leap into the unknown in order to discover my true destiny. Choices and directions have been delayed but the time is right to move forward. The road will not be an easy route and it will be long. Conflict, the need to protect myself, and mental exhaustion will all be part of my trials. My destiny lies at the end of this long hard road.

For more on this spread see - The Open Spread

Friday, October 1, 2010

Interview with Ciro Marchetti

Ciro Marchetti is an award winning Graphic Designer and the creator of three tarot decks; the Gilded Tarot, Tarot of Dreams, and the Legacy of the Divine. To my delight, Ciro agreed to do a short interview.

Do you read tarot and if so what was the first deck you used?

No I don't read tarot. I understand the meanings of the cards certainly, and can go through the motions of interpreting them in response to a personal or querent’s question. But I don't feel confident enough in my abilities to say that I am a tarot reader. Furthermore my familiarity with the cards comes from the perspective of creating them in the first place. It’s now very difficult for me to detach myself from that process. For example what for anyone else is a Three of Swords of a Eight of Pentacles, or any other card, with its corresponding significance, is for me an image that I primarily relate to via the process that went into producing it. Somewhat like a chef who frets over the ingredients and cooking process and can't get past was involved in the preparation of the meal as opposed to simply being able to sit down and enjoy the resulting taste.

How did you get involved with tarot?

By sending sample images of my work to Llewellyn the publisher, for consideration as book jackets or calendars. They didn’t use any at the time, but did pass on the work to Barbara Moore, who was in charge of their acquisitions department at that time. She contacted me and suggested that my style and work had potential as a Tarot deck. Would I be interested? My first deck, the Gilded Tarot was a result of this suggestion.

What or who influenced you to create this deck?

Well as indicated, Barbara Moore's suggestion certainly put the idea in my head, but beyond that there was no specific influence.

Which card is your favorite and why?

My personal favorites are “Faith" from the Tarot of Dreams as it was the first modification I made from the traditional imagery of a tarot deck, in this case replacing or substituting the Hierophant. Any significant change to tarot tradition is a risky move, which might not sit well with the tarot community. But this seems to have paid off and was generally well received.

The others are the Ace of Swords also from the Tarot of Dreams, and the nine of Coins from the Legacy as the female figure painted there is my daughter.

How long did it take for you to create the Legacy of the Divine Tarot, from conceptualization to actualization?

The project took almost two years, which may not seem that long compared to other artists who apparently have taken several years. But in my case it was an almost daily full time enterprise not merely a part time project. So in terms of actual hours it was an intense dedication of time and effort. Furthermore it entailed various aspects beyond the just the deck. I wrote the back story "Legacy Gateway" that was part of the companion book, The Legacy of the Divine promotional video that is shown on YouTube, and animated video sequences for every one of the 78 cards, this is included on my legacy web site and iPhone apps.

Which card took most of your time to create and why?

Probably, the Queen of Swords from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot. First it did include a lot of detail, but also because I did several versions that I then discarded before settling on the final one.

What is it you hope to achieve with your next deck, Oracle of Visions?

I hope to create a set of images that breaks new ground by being unrestricted and free of the traditional form and structure of other oracle and tarot decks. A set of images that despite their diversity will have one basic common denominator. That they will be intriguing almost surrealistic images that can be interpreted in various ways depending on the circumstances and questions being asked.

Thank you, Ciro, for a wonderful interview. We look forward to your new deck.

For more information on Ciro Marchetti, visit , and

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Legacy of the Divine Tarot
Spread: Planetary Spread
Question: General

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

1-Moon - Home Matters - 10 of Swords (reversed) - In the upright position, this card represents mental anguish and pain. In the reversed position, it signifies the release of this pain, overcoming the suffering.

2-Mercury - Business Matters/Skills- 2 of Coins - This card signifies the juggling of finances, while moving forward in life. One must tread lightly to stay afloat in this world.

3-Venus - Love and Relationships - 4 of Cups - This card represents daydreaming, wanting more than what you already have. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side comes to mind. If truth be told, you have everything you need.

4-Sun - Fame/Achievements - King of Swords - The King of Swords is one who has control over his thoughts and goals.

5-Mars - Adversity/Opposition - 5 of Cups - This card speaks of loss and disappointments. Crying over spilt milk comes to mind.

6-Jupiter - Gain/Expansion - 12 The Hanged Man (reversed) - In the upright position, the energies of this card is of self-sacrifice and re-evaluations. In the reversed position, it signifies gains and forming a new perspective on life.

7-Saturn - Restrictions - 9 of Wands - This card signifies standing your ground and not giving in. You've made your choices and intend to stand by them.

The Quintessential Card - the spirit of the reading - 6 The Lovers - The energies of this card is of relationships, love, and choices.

Reading Overview - The spirit of this reading tells me that my main focus is my relationship. I am going through a painful transition period, letting go of the past. Financial security is a great concern to me and it is important that I continue to watch my finances closely. I tend to wish for more in a relationship, not realizing how good it actually is. I am in control of how far I go in life, and should realize that reflecting on the past will get me nowhere fast. I am in the position to gain a new perspective on life but I must open myself up to this rather than blocking it with my strong convictions.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Interview with Asandra (Artist, Writer, Channel)

I'd like you to meet Asandra. I've come to know her through the Examiner. She's a great woman with many talents.

Asandra, would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

I am an Artist as well as a full trance Channel. I have been channeling for 27 years and have an international clientele. My paintings have been exhibited extensively and are in the collection of the Marriot and Renaissance Hotel chains as well as the Omni Orlando. I was featured in the book, Miami Contemporary Artists, Schiffer Publishing 2007, and will be having a solo exhibit and book-signing event at Rodezart Gallery in Miami, Florida, November 2011.

Can you tell us a little about what it is to channel spirits?

A channel is someone who acts as a conduit for spirit to speak through. More specifically, the entities that I primarily channel are called, Master Guides. A Master guide is a disembodied entity, or spirit, that has evolved in their awareness usually through living many lifetimes. They have the ability to see who we really are as soul-beings. In other words, it is like they have a bird’s eye view of who we have been in previous incarnations as well as where we are headed in this one. Although they are not all knowing (and do not proclaim to be), they have a profound overview of our souls’ development and can guide us with an immense amount of clarity.

This is not the same as going to a psychic who may make a series of predictions. A lot the information relayed from our guides involves teachings and guidance. They do not simply tell us what will happen in the future; they relay wisdom based on the overview they have of us. Ultimately, it is always up to us to make our own free-will decisions based upon our individual level of clarity. The path is always a cooperative, pro-active one.

Specifically, I am a trance channel. What that means is that I go into a deep, altered state (or trance) when I channel for a client. I act like a sieve, lending my body to the spirit guides so they can speak through me. When the channeling session is over, I will not recall what they said to the client.

Is this something one can do on their own or do they need guidance from someone of your profession?

Everyone can contact his or her spirit guides directly without the help of a medium. The book I wrote, Contact Your Spirit Guides, has comprehensive instruction on how to do this and offers many methods. Although speaking to ones’ guides through a channel can be an extremely uplifting experience, I would never encourage dependency on an outside source.

What steered you toward becoming a professional channeler?

I did not consciously choose to become a channel. In fact, I had a prestigious job as an Art Director for an art magazine in New York City prior to doing this work. There was a longing within, however, to give back to the world in some meaningful way. I began to pray for something that would satisfy this deep, soul desire. Through a series of synchronous circumstances, I was directed to the work that I have been doing full time for the past 27 years.

What can we gain from contacting our Spirit Guides?

It is immeasurable what we can gain from contacting our spirit guides. We all have a higher path to walk, the one of our greater destiny. Our guides know this and are able to guide us with remarkable clarity and insight. The first time I went to see a channel, one of my Master guides spoke to me (through the channel). It was as though they were the literal voice of my soul. How could they possibly know me so well other than that there was validity to their existence?

You have a new book coming out Spring 2011. Can you tell us a little about this?

My book, Contact Your Spirit Guides (Schiffer Publishing), is a comprehensive instruction manual that also includes numerous channeled essays that chronicle the soul’s journey toward awakening. Spirit guided me as well to design an oracle that is incorporated as a perforated section of the book. The Spirit Guidance Cards are a set of 24 simply designed images and suggested interpretations using a layout of four cards. It is a fun method that individuals can use to work with their guides.

How would one get in contact with you to receive your guidance?

They can email me at, or visit my websites, and

You also have an upcoming channeling class. Can you share some information on the event, location, and how to sign up?

I will be giving a class in how to contact your spirit guides in Asheville, North Carolina at the Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane. For more information and sign up, go to:

Other classes are in process of being planned in other cities, as well as through paltalk.

Asandra, it was great having you here for this interview. Best of luck with your life path.


Asandra is an Artist, Writer, and Channel. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, and was an Art Director at Art & Auction magazine.

For the past 27 years, Asandra has worked professionally as a full-trance Channel, and has an international clientele. She channels Master Spirit Teachers exclusively with a focus on assisting individuals in the fulfillment of their souls' highest journey.

Asandra has contributed to the books, More Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul by Ariell Ford (Plume), and South Beach Architectural Photographs (Schiffer). Her artwork is featured in the book, Miami Contemporary Artists (Schiffer).

She is the Spiritual Guidance Examiner for National. Asandra’s book, Contact your Spirit Guides, and Spirit Guidance Cards©, will be available, Spring 2011, from Schiffer Publishing. You can learn more about Asandra by visiting online at and

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Legacy of the Divine Tarot
Spread: 1 card reflection
Question: What do I need to apply to my current relationship?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot 

10 of Swords - In the upright position, this card represents mental exhaustion, pain, and the lowest point possible. In the reversed position, the pain is lessened and is quite possibly just in the imagination. Sometimes we tend to look on the harder side of reality. This reversed card represents that tendency.

Reading Overview: I need to quit expecting the worse. What I need to apply to my relationship is positive thinking. The old thorns of the past should be removed to allow for fresh experiences.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Fool's Journey - The Magician

I have read in many tarot books about meditation with the Major Arcana cards, of entering each card and learning the ways of the archetypes. This process perplexed me until I read the journey presented by Stephanie Lynch of Musing on the Tarot. As writers, our voices are better heard through the written word. I decided that the best way to visit the cards would be to write my way into each card.

The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for the journey through life. Each Major Arcana card represents a stage of that journey. One must experience the stages to realize the true wonder of the journey. Although each person will not experience these in order, at some point in their adventure they will go through each stage of life.

To better understand the Major Arcana, one should understand the journey. The Fool’s Journey has been interpreted more than once and in many different ways. Using the Divine Tarot, I travel down the road alongside the Fool.

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
The Fool, balanced upon the sands of time, reaches for the knowledge of life. His canine companion follows along faithfully. Together, they have no fear only curiosity of the unknown.

The Fool carries with him the knowledge box to store his learned lessons and keep them fresh in his mind.

The world is before him and he is prepared to begin his long journey.

Legacy of the Divine Tarot 
His first encounter is with The Magician, who sits at his work desk surrounded by gadgets and books of knowledge.

Curious, the Fool approaches the man, “What are these items on your desk? What kind of books are those behind you? How do you create the sparkling light before you?”

The Magician responds, “You are full of questions aren’t you, dear boy?” He waves a hand over the items on his desk. “These are my tools.” He gestures to the books. “These are full of the knowledge I’ve gained.” With a twist of his wrists, he creates a lightning bolt. “I use my skills to create.”

“Could you teach me?”

“This is something you must learn on your own, but I can supply you with a few tools.” The Magician removed four items from a drawer and one book from the shelf behind. He placed four glowing tubes into the Fool’s hand. Each displayed a different color: red, blue, yellow, and tan.

“What are these?”

“They are the power of inspiration, a charge of emotions, mental power, and stability for the body.”

“How do I use them?”

“You must learn. This guide will help you.”

The Fool opened the book. “There’s nothing here. The pages are blank.”

“They shall fill as needed. As I said, my books are full of the knowledge I have learned and so shall yours fill.”

The Fool placed the items in his knowledge box, thanked The Magician for his help, and continued on his journey.

The Journey continues ... The High Priestess

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Legacy of the Divine Tarot
Spread: 1 card reflection
Question: What problem can I now let go of?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

18 The Moon - The energies of this card is of deceptions and unclear thinking. The night brings upon a veil that allows us to dream, but it also allows us to deceive ourselves. Most foolish acts occur during the night, and even more during a full moon.

Reading Overview: I have been plagued by dreams for the last few months. These dreams dive straight into my past and bring about very bad memories upon waking. The Moon is telling me that I can let this go now. It's time to move forward. My subconscious is hanging on to that past allowing me to have these dreams. To stop the dreams, I must stop deceiving myself and allow myself to heal and move on.

Sweet dreams all!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Legacy of the Divine Tarot
Question: General Reading
Layout: 3 card - past, present, future

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Queen of Wands - The energies of this queen are the ability to create and nurture. She demands respect, and offers guidance in return. Reversed, these energies are blocked, limiting your abilities.

3 The Empress - The energies of this card are of the mother. She signifies growth and nurturing of all life. Reversed, these energies are blocked, leaving you at a stalling point in life.

8 of Cups - This card represents leaving the past behind and moving toward a new future. It may also represent a spiritual journey. The tentacles seem to be struggling to hold on to the old emotions, which may suggest difficulty in this movement.
Legacy of the Divine Tarot 

Quintessential Card - the spirit of the reading - 11 Justice - The energies of this card are of a fair outcome and getting what you deserve. Two women are present, both blindfolded, giving no chance for favoritism. The outcome will come as a result to your own actions.

Reading Overview - My energies of creating, nurturing, and growth are blocked. This is a condition of both the past and the present. The only way to regain these energies is to leave the past behind and step forward. A spiritual journey could be the answer to this problem. It is quite clear that the outcome is up to me as I wade through the waters of life. I may hang on to the past and deny myself the joys of nurturing and growth, or I can let go and become whole: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Timing of Events - First, let me say that I have not practiced much with predicting timing. So much can change in a person's life, that I don't feel particular comfortable in doing so. As I looked at these cards, I felt that the 8 of Cups was signifying an event and showing the time of its occurrence.

Using the charts available at Tarot Eon, I found that the 8 of Cups signifies February 19-28. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Legacy of the Divine Tarot 
First, I'd like to offer you the chance to view this wonderful introductory trailer. Go on, enjoy the video and come back.

Amazing! Wouldn't you say?

I've wanted this deck since the first time I saw the cards, but held back for financial reasons. I finally took the plunge.

The deck is easy to handle, the cards are of good quality, and the images are just amazing. Ciro took tarot to a new level with this deck. I can't wait to do my first reading with them. I've had them for a few weeks now, but I have the deep desire to savor the cards before shuffling and laying out a reading.

The deck comes with a wonderful companion book. It begins with a tale of how the creation came about. I can't even begin to explain the glorious journey he takes you on. It is a must read. After the journey, Ciro takes you through his thoughts about each card, along with three other contributing views.

One of the views comes from James Ricklef, who I've come to know through his blog - a very wonderful man with some great views on the tarot.

Another great man is Ciro Marchetti. I had a few questions concerning the deck and he replied promptly and was very helpful. Visit his web page and enter his world. He also has a web page devoted entirely to The Legacy of the Divine.

Soon, you will see the Divine Tarot on my Tarot Tuesday series. They will also appear in an upcoming series of my version of the Fool's Journey. I will enter each card, alongside the fool, and see what happens. I'm very excited about this and hope you will join me in my visits.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

The Gilded Tarot
Deck: Gilded Tarot
Spread: Yes/No - 1 card
Question: Am I on the right road in life?

The upright card indicates the answer to be yes.

11 Justice - The energies of this card are of fair outcome and getting what you deserve. The blindfold denies the woman in the card prejudicial views. She uses her intuition to guide her in choices and decisions. There is a message of karma within this card. The energies you put out will return to you.

Overview - I am on the right road in life and I should continue to let my intuition guide the way.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Candid frog by Leon Brooks

I know, "What do frogs have to do with the tarot?"

Some believe that animal spirits have messages for you. After repeatedly seeing a frog on my front porch, I began wondering what type of message the spirits were trying to give me.

I looked it up and found that according to, the frog's wisdom includes a reminder of common bonds with all life, singer of songs that celebrate the most ancient watery beginnings, Transformation, Cleansing, Understanding emotions, and Rebirth.

My readings have been reflecting a transformation of sorts, a recovery over the past, and new cycles in life. I found it interested that the frog reflects these issues. I'm also delighted that this stage of my life is so important that the frog spirit felt the need to visit.

After reading, Paths, Smuggling and Missing Things on Arwen's blog, I became curious as to the appearance of frogs in the tarot.

Choosing the Mystic Dreamer Tarot, I set about searching for the frog. To my amazement, the first 5 cards I viewed contained the frog. Working my way through the deck, I was able to find a few more stragglers. Finding the first cards all together, I felt there must be a message stirring from the spirits.

Here are my findings:
The first five cards were 5 of Wands, 2 of Pentacles, 8 of Cups, 21 The World, and Knight of Wands.
A Statement that could be taken from these cards may be:

By facing the challenges presented, you shall find balance in your financial life and recognize the items that should be left behind. At this moment everything will be complete and you will find the focus you need for growth and creativity.
The straggler cards were 7 of Swords, 5 of Cups, Knight of Cups.

Could these cards offer advice on how to accomplish the above?

Don't sneak away from your responsibilities.
Accept your losses and move on.
Focus on love and understanding.

Well, all this is definitely something to think about and I can thank my visiting frog for bringing these cards to my attention.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Mystic Dreamer Tarot

Okay, technically it is Wednesday. I'm a little behind schedule. This week, I'll do a quick reading.

Deck: Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras
Spread: Reflections - 1 card
Question: What do I bring with me from my past life/lives?

18 The Moon (reversed) - In the upright position the energies of this card are of self-deception and overwhelming emotions. In its reversed position, it shows the ability to see clearly and having control over your emotions.

Overview: I have brought with me from my past life the ability to see clearly through my own deceptions and the deceptions of others. I have control over my emotions, to a point that others may see me as cold or unemotional.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Spread: 3-card, past, present, future
Question: General Reading

Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Eight of Swords - This card represents being trapped by one's own fear. The swords float lazily around her, trapped by her thoughts. The chains are only wrapped around her wrists, not bound. They can be easily removed.

Two of Cups - This card represents choices and unity. It can represent a relationship of understanding.

Seven of Pentacles - This card represents the assessment of progress. The fruits of your labors are coming into harvest. Progress comes with its own reward.

Quintessential Card - the spirit of the reading- 17 Star- The energies of this card are hope and good fortune. It is a card of faith and good things coming.

Reading Overview - In the past, I have felt trapped and confused by my own thoughts. I have escaped these self-imposed doubts by joining with another in a loving and understanding relationship. Soon, progress will be evident and the rewards will prove to be great. The spirit of the reading advises me to have faith and to expect good things.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Another way to look at the Tarot Court

Court cards are the most difficult cards to interpret for most readers. The choices for interpretations are numerous and can confuse you.

Over the years, I finally settled on a way to take away the confusion. My system is compiled of what I've learned through reading and from other readers.

This system involves a particular keyword for each court card which represents the energies presented by the court card.

Queens represent the ability to ...
Kings represent having control over ...
Knights represent being focused on ...
Pages represent being open to ...

Each statement is completed by the keywords for each element.

For example: The Queen of Cups represents the ability to tap into your intuition. The Page of Swords represents being open to learning.

If you choose to use this system, your overall key statement may vary depending on your keywords for each suit.

During a reading, these keywords can expand as it does with any card in the deck.

For example: Seeing the Page of Swords in the outcome position, you may interpret that the client will go back to school and learn a new trade.

Your intuition will lead you to the final interpretation, but your mind needs a starting point.

How do you look at the Tarot Court?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

My Pendulum © Cher Green

For today's post I will be using an amazing tarot spread created by Nancy Hendrickson. You can find her reading the tarot over at TarotExplorer.

To your left you will see a picture of my pendulum used during this spread.

Now, I introduce you to The Pendulum Spread.

How it works: The cards are shuffled in the usual manner while thinking of your question. They are then divided into two stacks, and then divided once more, giving you four stacks. You then hold your pendulum over each stack. The one that receives the largest response will be your first stack. This movement may be major or minor, but one will get a larger response than the others.

You will read the cards starting with your first stack and then going from right to left. So your first stack will provide you with your first card, then the one to the left will provide your second card and so on.

Don't move your stacks just yet. There's more.

With your cards placed next to each stack, turn over each stack revealing the bottom card. These cards will reveal the deeper level of each position.

The positions: 1. Core of question/focus, 2. key/root of situation, 3. challenge, 4. actions to deal with situation, 5-8 corresponds with these positions but with a deeper level.

That's it!

To make this reading easier to read, I have moved the cards into their positions, rather than leaving them as is. My pendulum chose the third stack, so my first card came from the third stack, my second from the second stack and so on.

Deck: Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Spread: The Pendulum Spread
Question: What is going on in my life?

Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Surface Positions:

Six of Swords - This card represents moving forward, leaving the past behind. The waters have calmed around you. Stress and anxiety are a thing of the past.

  • Focus- My focus in life at this moment is on keeping the past behind me and staying focused on the future.

Six of Pentacles (reversed) - In the upright position this card represents getting financial help or giving it. In the reversed position, it represents the lack of financial support. Financial struggles.

  • Key- I fear financial losses and of becoming overburdened. This fear keeps me connected to my past.

Four of Cups - This card represents boredom and withdrawal. A fresh cup is offered, while a mouse sniffs around your cups sitting close by. It is important to stay focused and resist temptations that my lead you astray.

  • Challenge - I may find myself bored with life because everything is going so well, but I should pay close attention for someone may be trying to steal my happiness.

Ten of Cups - This card represents happiness and family. You have reached a completion stage where everything is good. This is a card of emotional sharing.

  • Actions to deal with situation - I should enjoy life and recognize the happiness and joy that presently surrounds me.

Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Deeper Level Positions:

The Tower (reversed) - In the upright position the energy of this card is sudden change. This may be devastating, but can be rebuilt. In the reversed position, the change has already occurred and you are in the process of rebuilding.

  • Focus - My focus is on rebuilding the foundation of my life.

Three of Pentacles (reversed) - In the upright position this card represents earning recognition for your skills. In the reversed position, it signifies the need to learn more and work harder to earn recognition.

  • Key - I have a deep need to be recognized for my skills, but I will need to work harder and hone my skill.

0 The Fool (reversed) - In the upright position the energy of this card is innocence and jumping into life with no fear. In the reversed position, it shows fear of the unknown and of the jump itself.

  • Challenge - I must overcome my fears and take a leap of faith.

1 The Magician - The energies of this card are of having the tools and abilities to achieve your goals.

  • Actions to deal with situation - I need to take my skills and abilities and set about achieving my goals.

Quintessential Card - the spirit of the reading - 10 Wheel of Fortune - The energies of this card are changes for the better, fate, and a new phase.

I am entering a new phase in life which will bring about changes for the better.

Reading Overview- On the surface, I am moving forward in life, but the fear of becoming financially unstable holds me to my past. I must stay focused on now and enjoy this moment of happiness and joy. On a deeper level, I am rebuilding my life's foundation, but need to put more effort into my goals. I need to free myself of fear and take a leap of faith. I possess the skills and ability to accomplish what I wish, but I must take that first step.

On both levels, you can see the movements of a new phase in life. Both show a recovering process, and movement forward. Enjoying life and stepping toward my goals in life.

I found this spread amazing!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Deck: Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Spread: 3-card, past, present, future
Question: General Reading

Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Nine of Cups (reversed) - This card is known as the Wish card. - In the upright position this card represents satisfaction and contentment, getting what you desire. In its reversed position, it suggests a delay in finding contentment and enjoying rewards.

Five of Cups (reversed) - In the upright position, this card represents loss or disappointment. In its reversed position, it shows the end of this painful time. Light has appeared at the end of the tunnel.

10 Wheel of Fortune - The energies of the Wheel bring forth the end of one phase in life and the beginning of something new. This energy sets things in motion determined by fate. It will be a change for the better.

Quintessential Card - the spirit of the reading - 6 The Lovers - The energies of this card is about making good and balanced choices. Choose well and build a firm foundation on which to achieve your dreams.

Reading Overview - In the past, I have not been totally satisfied or content in my life. I am in the process of recovering from the loss and disappointment that made this so. A few more steps and I shall reach the light of recovery. Soon, the Wheels of Fate will begin to turn and set things into motion to move me toward a new phase in life. The spirit of the reading reminds me that life is about choices and even with fate working nearby, we are in control of which roads we take and what stage we build upon.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Elemental Dignities

Rider-Waite Tarot
Let's see what happens when we use Elemental Dignities in the latest Tarot Tuesday reading.

I've looked into the process and come to a vague understand of how this works. I'm still a little confused, but bear with me. As I learn, you can learn with me.

I had a friend go over a spread and it all made sense, but on my own it didn't seem so clear anymore. Like everything in life, practice is the key.

First you will need to know:

Fire and Air are friendly and active
Water and Earth are friendly and passive
Fire and Water are enemies, they weaken each other
Air and Earth are enemies, they weaken each other
Fire and Earth strengthen each other but are neutral
Water and Air strengthen each other but are neutral

Elemental Dignities are usually read in triplets. The middle card is known as the Principal card an the cards flanking it are called Moderators. The point in this process is to find the strongest card, therefore identifying where the focus of the reading should be.

Elemental Properties can be found here.

In Tarot Tuesday's reading, the cards pulled were: 13 Death (water), 9 of Wands (fire), and 8 of Pentacles (earth).

First, let's look at the relationship of the first two cards: water and fire are enemies, they weaken each other.

Second, the relationship between the last two cards: fire and earth strengthen each other but are neutral.

Third, the relationship between the first and last card: water and earth are friendly and passive.

In this case one flanking card strengthens the central card, while the other weakens it. The central card remains strong, but modified by the enemy.

When using this in a reading, it does not change the cards' meanings. It only changes the ultimate focus.

So looking back at the reading, we find that the central card (9 of Wands) is the focus but it is now modified by the enemy flanking card (13 Death).

What does all this mean? The process of standing up will be a part of a transformation period. Therefore: This appears not to be a recovery process as thought of before, but a transformation period.

Any thoughts or opinions are welcomed. As I said before, I'm not sure about how to do this. I'm winging it. Let me know what you think. Was this helpful?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Elemental Properties of the Tarot

Gunjan Karun ©

Elemental Properties of the Tarot

It is important to understand that these properties may vary between decks and users. What follows is the process I use myself.

Also know that the names of the suits and the Major Arcana cards may vary between decks. Such as Pentacles are also known as Coins and the High Priestess can also appear as the Priestess. Decks vary, so change accordingly.

Minor Arcana

Wands - Fire
Cups - Water
Swords - Air
Pentacles - Earth

Major Arcana

0 Fool-Air
1 Magician-Air
2 High Priestess-Water
3 Empress-Earth
4 Emperor-Fire
5 Hierophant-Earth
6 Lovers-Air
7 Chariot-Water
8 Strength-Fire
9 Hermit-Earth
10 Wheel-Fire
11 Justice-Air
12 Hanged Man-Water
13 Death-Water
14 Temperance-Fire
15 Devil-Earth
16 Tower-Fire
17 Star-Air
18 Moon-Water
19 Sun-Fire
20 Judgment-Fire
21 World-Earth

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

In last week's Tarot Tuesday, the 3 of Swords, 'the recovery card' appeared. This week's question is based on that card.

Deck: The Rider Tarot Deck
Spread: 3-card, no designated positions
Question: What do I need to recover from?

Numerical Overview of Reading - This is found by adding the numerical values of the cards and reducing to corresponding numbers of the Major Arcana - 3 The Empress - This is known as the mother card. She represents nourishment and abundance.

13 Death - The energies of this card are transformation and rebirth. It can indicate the end of one phase and the beginning of a new phase.

9 of Wands (reversed) - In the upright position, this card represents taking a stand, and speaking up for oneself. Reversed, it indicates one not doing so, shying away from confrontation.

8 of Pentacles - This card represents learning a new trade, using your skills, or enjoying your work.

Reading Overview: The appearance of the Death card indicates to me that I am already in the recovery stage which is to be a major transformation. Concerning my work and life, there is a need to stand up for myself, and to share who I am and what I'm about. The Empress tells me that this is a fruitful time and also speaks of sharing feelings, and caring for others.

Question: What do I need to recover from? I need to step out of the shadows, and become myself. I need to recover from being pushed into the corners and told to hush. My past relationship was the garden in which this tongue-tied spirit was born. It is time to speak up.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Using Elemental Dignities In a Tarot Reading

I'm not even going to pretend that I know how to use Elemental Dignities in a Tarot Reading, but it is something I want to look further into and decide rather it is worth using during a reading.

For now, I'm going to direct you to a post that can get you started in understanding in the process at Tarot Eon.

In later posts, we may dig deeper into this process and see what happens to a reading when used.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tarot Tuesday

Below you will find a reading that I have done for myself today. It is much harder to read for yourself than it is for others. You are too close to the situation to see everything clearly. But like everything else, practice makes perfect.

And now, I present to you the first posting of Tarot Tuesday. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to share any insight you may see in my reading that I have missed.

Deck: The Rider Tarot Deck
Spread: 3-card, no designated positions
Question: What should my energies be focused toward?

Numerical Overview of Reading - This is found by adding the numerical values of the cards and reducing to corresponding numbers of the Major Arcana. - 2 The High Priestess - The energies of this card are of intuitive awareness, and gaining intuitive balance. It can also represent hidden knowledge, something that you are unaware of consciously.

18-The Moon-The energies of this card are of the unknown. It warns against deceit and dishonesty. It is a sign of something coming to surface and being revealed. You may be becoming intuitively aware of something.

3 of Swords (reversed) - In the reversed position, this card becomes a symbol of recovery. You have had pain and sorrow, but you have moved passed that into the recovery stage.

8 of Wands - This card shows fast movement forward. You are approaching your goal rapidly. Progress and growth are steadily occurring.

Reading Overview: I have experienced mental anguish  which I'm in the process of healing from. This is bringing about an intuitive awareness that has been hidden from me in the past. The progress of this development is moving at a quick and steady pace.

Question: What should my energies be focused toward? At this time, I should be focused on my intuition and attempting to find a healthy balance as I move forward in my growth.

This is an interesting reading as I have just purchased my first pendulum and my first Chakra healing kit.

Tarot has been my main source of outlet for my intuitive nature, but I'm feeling a need to expand. I'm sure you'll hear more about that in a later post.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Your Hidden Factor Card

The third card in your Tarot Profile is the Hidden Factor Card. This card may also be called the Teacher Card. The Major Arcana card shows your underlying issues. As the Teacher Card it assists you in overcoming these issues.

You can determine this card with the chart on page 32, shown in the preview section on Tarot for Your Self by Mary K Greer. More information on this card and Minor Arcana cards which show further lessons to be learned can also be found in these preview pages.

To obtain a better understanding of your Tarot Profile, purchase a copy of this Mary K Greer's Tarot for Your Self.

My Hidden Factor Card is 14 Temperance. This card reflects that my underlying issues are finding balance in life and experiencing spiritual growth. To accomplish my goals for this lifetime, I need to be aware of what I do, what I give, and what I receive. The universe works on cause and effect and for me to see the whole I must balance it all out. The concept is that the effects of this card are stronger after you've stepped over the 30 year mark. This seems completely logical, for I find myself searching for this balance and intrigued by spirituality.

My Minor Arcana Cards are the fives of each suit. These reflect other lessons to be learned.

5 of Cups - A lesson of thinking positive.
5 of Swords - A lesson of accepting victory graciously.
5 of Wands - A lesson of gathering knowledge.
5 of Pentacles - A lesson of struggling against the odds.

The Tarot is a great way to learn more about yourself. By creating a Tarot Profile, you'll be amazed at what you may learn.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Moon Phases

Full moon rising by Andrew McMillan

Did you know that a woman's menstrual cycle begins during the first day of her moon?

I know a little about astrology, like creating a natal chart. I didn't realize how the movement of the moon actually affects us.

Astrology is an area I would like to learn more about, so expect to see more of it on the blog as I discover the secrets of Astrology.

Would you like to test this?

Natal charts are available on line, free. Here's one:, but if you Google you will find many.

Here's a calendar that charts the movement of the moon:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Soul Card

The second card in a Tarot Profile is the Soul Card. This card indicates your soul purpose for all your lifetimes.

To discover this card simply add the numbers of your Personality Card. Reduce this number together until you reach a number between 1 and 9. Match this number with the corresponding Major Arcana card and you have your Soul Card.

The formula for your Personality Card can be found here.

In some cases, your Personality Card and Soul Card will be the same.

My Personality Card is 5 - The Hierophant. Since the 5 is already between 1 and 9, it is also my Soul Card.

What is your Soul Card? What is your Soul purpose?

Share with us your card, and I'll post on that particular Soul Card to give you a better understanding of your soul purpose.