February 14, 2020
Okay... But How Do I Get “Messages” From the Divine?
Awareness, truly, is the root of all divination skills (and life, but that’s another blog.) The guidance you are looking for when you utilize divination is already inside of you, the cards just act as a tangible expression of the energies already in your life or around your question. However, it is to be noted that energy is not finite. You have the power to change the “outcome” presented by the cards by shifting your energy. The cards are tools for clarity, not predictions. I have found that the more open I am to what the cards are saying, the better messages I receive.
That being said, any “psychic” “intuitive” or “empathic” person utilizes their awareness to develop their special skills. Awareness centered within holds so much power because deep within us all is the consciousness that created all. That’s some pretty extreme data to be just chillin’ inside of us. However, how do you access it? Well, ask and you shall receive. Awareness is like a flashlight, you can change where you put your light/energy/attention. Do you ever notice at times when you have a feeling or thought come out of the blue that is not part of your ego story? Or just notice that there are two main parts to your mentality, the Ego and your Intuition? If not, I would start with mindfulness-based practices first like meditation, journaling or yoga so you can get familiar with that small voice inside of you. That is where your psychic power lies.
That small voice, your gut feeling, your intuition is where you must shift your awareness in order to receive messages from the divine. It’s the part of you that decides what resonates for you on your journey. Subtleties are key in reading tarot. If it was flashy, you probably wouldn’t pay it much mind because it seemed too obvious. So, being able to find a sacred space within yourself is crucial when it comes to allowing messages to flow to you with ease.
Tarot is an art. It adds together symbolism, numerology, astrology, and archetypes to create powerful energies that trigger awareness and innate understanding within us. While it is easy to get started, understand that there will constantly be more for you to look into. The symbols are extremely deep and have many ways to be put into context. Tarot encourages you to draw connections as you are guided. One person’s interpretation is likely to be different than another. That is the beauty of art.
What You Will Need
First, you need a deck. There is a wide known myth that you should be gifted your tarot cards or else, but I personally think that is wack and to go for it if you want it. (I have no space for fear-based methods and that superstition was very fear-based in my opinion.) I bought the traditional Rider-Waite deck to start because it is the most standard deck that all others workaround, but as I graduated on I just used my heart to guide me to the decks that resonated with me most.
Also, a journal specifically for tarot is recommended. When getting started with divination practices, you will learn so much about energy and the different feelings you can have. Whether you receive messages through feelings, physical sensations, hearing, thinking, knowing, you will notice that the energy can be a bit scattered. To practice discernment and to help with understanding the symbolism and archetypes of tarot, I would take notes as I read the energy to help me make sense of what appeared to be scattered nonsense. Overtime, journaling and mindfulness practices significantly helped me when reading tarot.
Now that you are officially ready to start, consider having your first session with your tarot cards when you are willing to look through each card. You don’t need to journal at this time, but just analyze the Tarot Journey. If you are familiar with the Odyssey or the traditional Hero’s journey, this is very similar. In order, the deck tells a story. So, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the journey of not only the Major Arcana, but the suits of the minor arcana as well will help you derive context to where you fall within your own journey. When you select cards individually and intentionally, you can relate them to the larger picture.
As you start to get comfortable with the journey, it’s time to self discover. Personally, I started with drawing one card on daily energy. I would take myself to a calm part of my home that I declared my alter, and I took a moment to do some belly breaths to get centered in my energy and awareness. This is when I acknowledge my intention. With the cards in my hand, I begin shuffling. Either out loud or in my head, I use this time to thank the Universe, my higher self, spirit guides and angels for being with me. I express gratitude for anything I feel at that moment and speak like I am speaking to a friend. This not only raises your vibration, but deepens your connection to the divine.
After sharing the love I have with the world, I ask my question. It’s important to stay centered in your intention and with your topic, so I repeat the question until I either feel like stopping and drawing a card (intuitively, just feeling out when to stop) or a card will fly out as the chosen one.
Now, when reading the energy of the card, the first thing I notice is how it makes me feel. Discernment is still key here, though. Just because you want to be in your element doesn’t mean you won’t have intrusive thoughts from the ego trying to fill in the story line. Really, really, really pay attention to where you’re coming from when you read energy. Look at the expressions on the people’s face, notice the background colors, notice the animals, the numbers, the overall vibe. Write down what you are sensing. Context clues are key. For me, I normally have short phrases that come to mind or I will be drawn towards a specific part of the card. Trust your gut reactions to lead you to where you need to be.
In my journal, I always labeled the date, the question asked and the card pulled. I wrote down my findings and then, I would go to the guidebook that came with the deck and look it up online for more depth. (I think it is most important that you do not rely on the book or internet as you do your readings. The differences in interpretation are what make tarot readers unique.) I did not discredit my interpretation, but I did my best to make connections to the “original meaning” behind the card.
From there, practice really does make it perfect. The goal is not to memorize the cards, but to understand the symbols within them. For example, the Cups suit represents emotions, relationships, intuition, compassion, feeling. Not only is that a natural connection for humans to make (thanks to thousands of years of using the same archetypes and symbols to hold deeper meaning), it also is represented by the imagery of the cards. So as you familiarize yourself with the tarot cards and learn more about the symbols, you will naturally start to make connections.
Let’s say I pulled the 5 of cups for a daily energy reading. I can either break down the energy by noticing the black cloak, spilled cups, and figure with a turned back, which would make me feel sadness and like I’ve had enough emotionally and need to move on. OR I can know that 5 is a number of change, growth, expansion, freedom, transformative energy and cups are my intuition, emotions and feelings, so I would conclude that I am in a phase of transforming my emotional world for something better and more fulfilling. See how its two different ways of interrupting, with different depths, yet still in the same ballpark?
Tarot for Self Discovery
As you may have guessed, you can ask the tarot many more questions than just an energy reading. Some people use spreads, drawing the card and placing them in a specific order with a specific intention for each card. This is a more structured way to make connections that may or may not work for you. I personally have found that I enjoy starting with a question and then expanding on it as the reading goes on, just pulling cards as I feel I could use more context. The choice is yours. There is not a wrong way to make a spread, the idea is just to make connections.
Tarot is so helpful with self-discovery because it really doesn’t hold back. The decks are designed to tell a full story with all of the emotions and personalities on the spectrum. Daily tarot readings have helped me see more clearly the energy I’m attracting, and have helped me understand that there is more at play than what I am willing to see at times. It gives you a place to be honest with yourself and think outside your normal thoughts. Tarot has provided me with peace of mind, reassurance, warnings, and guidance more times than not. It helps you understand the necessity of every part of the journey, and also helps you connect to the feeling that you are part of something bigger.
When beginning tarot, expect miracles to start unfolding in your life. As you practice your awareness within, you will see synchronicities without. There is a divine connection between us all and tarot is an amazing way to navigate those energies and move more with a knowing that you are co-creating this reality with awareness.
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November 30, 2022
As we prepare to say farewell to 2022, we welcome December, a month of change and renewal to send us off with flying colors into the new year. As the last month of the calendar year, December is likely to bring some closure to the events going on in our lives and present the signs with the opportunity to sit down, reflect, and plan out their future. As such, this is likely to give us a chance to get our life together more, slow down, and enjoy the moment with loved ones.
Aside from the general vibe of the month, December is likely to be quite an active month for the planets, with key influences coming from Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. To start, we will kick off the month with Neptune going direct in Pisces in the first week of the month, stirring up a dreamy and imaginative aura that is likely to help us find better clarity in our lives. Mercury will then move into the sign of the Capricorn on the 6th of the month, boosting our communication and pushing us to speak more freely about the things on our minds. A few days later, Venus will move into Capricorn, which is likely to put a focus on our relationships for the next several weeks and help us find more stable ground within them. On the 20th, Jupiter will enter the Aries sign, encouraging expansion, new energy, and passion in our lives.
Then, on the 21st, we enter the season of the Capricorn, which is likely to push the signs to become more serious about the path ahead and work to start planning out their future better. This is also the same day that Yule begins, bringing with it a powerful period of restrospection, transformation, and rebirth. To end the month, Mercury retrograde will begin in Capricorn on the 29th, ushering us to reflect and slow down as we move into the new year with a steadier and calmer pace. And, with Mars retrograde still actively going on until January, this is likely to slow our energy even more so.
As you can see, December is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within us as well. But, to give you a better idea of some energies that may be present around you this month, today, we're going to go over what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can adjust your life to make the most of them.
November 13, 2022
There’s no doubt about it; 2022 was quite a year for us all, and it’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner as we bridge the gap between 2022 and 2023. While the year may have brought its fair share of challenges, let’s all end the year on a positive note and focus more on celebrating the warm moments and loving people we have around us. And what better way to do that than to give a thoughtful gift before the year’s end?
Giving gifts has a way of instantly bringing a smile to your face and on the face of the receiver. Bought or handmade, gifts are magical in the way they don’t have to be expensive in order to be special when there’s love behind it. Truly, receiving a gift always brings us back to a simpler time and reminds us of all the love and kindness we have around us, even in difficult times.
So, if you’re looking to spoil yourself with a gift you deserve this season or shop something special for someone close to you, here are the best-of-the-nest gift ideas for 2022, featuring 22 enchanting ideas to help you find a gift full of love that is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
November 13, 2022
If you have a friend or family member who has recently shared their interest in the occult or witchcraft with you, you may be wondering what items you should shop for them this holiday season. While they are sure to enjoy the usual beauty kit or bath bomb, you may be looking to get something a little more personal that aligns more with their witchy interest but may not really know where to begin (and that’s okay).
Shopping for a witchy friend or family member can be tough, and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This year, we’ve made it easy for you and have put together a unique gift guide of our top 20 favorite and witchy items for $20 or under to help you find a unique gift for that special someone. Let’s get started.