Monday, April 28, 2014

Web of Deception - The Moon

As I prepared for this post, I asked the cards to offer a message from my guides. They presented me with The Moon.

My first thoughts were of a warning, “Not all is as it seems.” 

I gazed upon the card hoping for more insight, but the only impression I received were yucky feelings of being deceived and lied to. It’s important to remember there are also self-deceptions within the appearance of The Moon. 

Do I lead myself astray, or is someone presenting me with something which is untrue? 

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

Moon – A Haiku Poem

My light shall guide you
Deceit, lies, betrayal
Be cautious and true


Monday, April 21, 2014

Enjoying Daily Pleasures, An Angel Reading

Sometimes it’s a struggle to see and experience those small pleasures within the bigger picture. Life gets busy and hectic. You do your best to merely survive. But, we need to stop and see what exists within and outside of us.

These last few weeks, I've experienced a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, sometimes wondering if it would be easier to just let go, put it in neutral and allow life to pass me by. But, my soul would shrivel and die left to such despairing conditions. So, instead, I struggle even as I realize it’s not necessary to struggle at all, only to be.

I decided to use Doreen Virtue’s Healing with the Angels Oracle Cards for this week’s reading. Who better to seek advice from while seeking help for your soul, than the angels? 

“What do I need to know to get the most pleasure from each moment?” 

Signs – You have asked the universe for help, and the angels supply you with signs, with answers to your questions. As I look upon this card, a voice whispers, “Look, can’t you see?” The angels are with us, guiding us, if only we believe and allow them to help us in this life journey.

Watch for signs from the angels. They assist you throughout your path.

Enchantment – Recapture your sense of wonder, of creativity, of believing in what you may not see. This card reminds me of the Fool. The unicorn stands at the edge of the grassy cliff, head down, and ready to charge forward, into the unknown.

You should embrace your inner child, allow yourself to be free and step into your own imagination and dreams.

Truth and Integrity – Be true to yourself in all that you do. “Let go of anything inauthentic, and all activities that do not mirror your highest intentions for yourself.” This card represents the release of your struggles. Do not continue to fight against unmovable objects. Release all that isn't right into the hands of the angels for elimination or healing.

Do what feels right for you, not what may be expected by others.

Overview – You asked for help and the angels accepted your request. It’s up to you to pay attention and receive the signs meant to guide you in your path. Allow yourself to see the world in a different light, a world of magic. You arrived here innocent and able to believe in anything. Return to this childlike state, play and enjoy each moment in time. You struggle with life due to misdirection and miscommunication with self. Release what is not truly yours, let go of all bad situations or difficult goals, allow the angels to guide and heal you during your life journey.

Hope you all have a blessed week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tarot Forecast and Exploring Your Intuition

Honestly, today approached too rapidly! During the week, each day brought new events and problems. LIFE kept getting in my way. I didn't even have time to think about what I would write for this post.

Sunday is usually my day to tie the post up in a nice little bow and get it scheduled for an early Monday morning publication. But, here we are, and my mind is really too scattered to present you with something worth reading.

As with the Ten of Wands, sometimes you take on more than you can handle. All it takes is one of those wands shifting out of place and it all tumbles down.

So, the solution is to bring you two great video by the Daily Tarot Girl.  

First up, the Daily Tarot Girl takes you into the week with a Tarot Reading for the Week Ahead.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Understanding the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread

The Celtic Cross is one of the oldest and most used Tarot spreads, yet many new readers avoid this complicated looking layout. Once you understand the positions, learn patterns to look for, and discover which cards to connect, the Celtic Cross can supply you with a wonderful interpretation with amazing insights.

There are different versions floating around, with different positions and positional meanings. Once you’ve decided upon the version you wish to follow, practice and you will soon see how easy it is to master this spread.

The version I’m using feels right to me, but you may prefer one of the others. The best advice I can give is pick one and stick with it. The learning curve is much easier when your brain can automatically recall the positions and their meanings.

 1. Present, where you stand.
 2. Block, what stands in your way.
 3. Foundation, motivation, the why.
 4. Past, what has happened.
 5. Expectations, what could happen.
 6. Future, what will happen.
 7. Fear, what you don’t want.
 8. Environment, outside influences.
 9.  Hope, what you want.
10. Outcome

Question: A general reading for the week - April 7-13.

The first thing that draws my attention about this spread is the fact that six out of ten cards are in the reversed position. This shows a lot of suppressed energies.

The next thing I look for is the abundance or absence of suits. They are all present, giving the reading an elemental balance.  

Now, let’s look at some positions.

The first position shows where you are at this moment, with the second position revealing what’s standing in your way and holding you back.

The 9 of Cups reversed indicates a delay in satisfaction. What should be a success, a dream come true, shown in the upright position of this card, has been put on hold. The 9 of Swords reveals what is keeping you in this position, blocking your movements. I usually term this card ‘the Nightmare Card’. It shows mental distress, raw fear, but it’s usually not as bad as it seems. Things go bump in the night, but it is rarely a monster creeping up on you.

With ‘the Nightmare Card’ showing up as the block, I move to look at the seventh position to reveal the fear. The Fool reversed instantly makes me think of not being able to take a leap of faith, holding back rather than jumping forward. You are afraid to take that step without knowing what will come next.

Let’s take a look at past, present, and future. The fourth position shows what has happened to put you where you are now. The 3 of Pentacles, which I see as ‘the Artist Card’, falls in a reversed position. This reveals the lack of using your skills and knowledge to complete your work. It’s not that you don’t have them, or that you are not capable, you just aren't using them, or applying them to the best of your ability.

Your inactivity has left you unsatisfied and unsuccessful, because you fear what will come after you take that leap. Sounds like procrastination in its truest state.

Position six shows the future with the 7 of Swords reversed. ‘The Thief Card’ indicates something being stolen, but when reversed it is returned. Notice in its position the figure looks back at the Nightmare card. I see this as the release of fear, the return of peace of mind. Clarity will come as the clouds and worries dissipate.

Position five shows what you expect to happen; it may or may not come into play. The 2 of Swords reversed reveals renewed action, making a move rather than denying yourself choice. Looking from the 2 of Swords to the 7 of Swords, notice her two swords have been stabbed into the ground, the block diminished. He has grabbed up the new swords, new thoughts and ideas. I believe the expectations of moving forward will come to play out in the return of new ideas and thoughts.

Position three shows the foundation of the situation, the why of your current position. The Knight of Pentacles reversed expresses boredom with routine. There’s a need to shake things up and try new ways, but with this Knight routine, reliability, and commitment are his platform, it is the way he is. It may be a hard task to bring this guy right-side up and moving forward.

Outside influences are revealed with position eight. Here we have the Knight of Cups. I normally look at the Court Cards as reflections on the client, but in this position of environmental aspects it is outside of that person. In this case, we have a male influence over the client.

The Knight of Cups is a loving, emotional, and supportive man. He’s the one you want around when you've given up and have no need to return to reality. The only problem I see here is he may not be able to help pull the Knight of Pentacles back into action. He may not even understand what the problem is. His view on life is more emotional, while yours may be more practical and driven.

The ninth position reveals hopes, desires, attitude, and state of mind. The Ten of Wands usually screams overburdens, but here I’m seeing it as the burdens of success, the steady forward movement filled with activity. You want the responsibility which comes with achievement; you want to be busy and active.

The Outcome comes in the form of the 6 of Wands, ‘the Victory Card’. The rider has achieved his goals and is returning for his rewards. Success is clear in this outcome card. It’s always nice to have this sort of card fall into this position.

Overview: You are in a state of stress, worry, and dissatisfaction. Boredom with routine and lack of activity has put you here. To move forward, you will need to rid yourself of the fear and take the first step, let down your guard and allow yourself to experience new thoughts and seek out a new way of doing things. This will lead you to heavy responsibilities and many tasks, but in the end it will all come together in success. And when you need a break from reality, seek out your supportive knight and enjoy the emotional, loving side of life. It doesn’t always have to be work and progress. Sometimes you just need to live and love.