PBN Blues Series: “Death Bell Blues” Tom Dickson

The art of divination is delightful and challenging.  When doing it for clients, it is one of the best ways to determine a course of action and a situational analysis.  Oracular information often leads to a Butterfly Effect of revelation and reflection that is critical to the correct purchase and advisement.

Today, we are going to talk about what happens when Death is in the reading.  It can be a Tarot based reading, or another oracle.  But we are definitely speaking of the BIG D

Now death is not always the end of life.  We know this as experienced practitioners.  Sometimes it simply signifies the end of a situation, venture, or way of being.  But there are other times when it means exactly what it indicates.  It is critical that this is handled with wisdom and insight.

First of all, remember that no future is set in stone.  At any point, the outcomes of our actions can change.  No one person can be the authority and put their fingers on a calendar and say, “This is the date for certain death” (cues the bassoon score).  Not if they are in their right minds, will they do this.
This, of course, does not even address the unethical people who live off of people’s delusions and frighten them into dependency.

So, how does a person handle this?  This is where training and experience come into the picture.  Proceed with caution.

How to definitely not go about this

Xavier Y. has come to you for a reading.  He feels uneasy, like things are not really in a good place for him.  You prepare your space and you set to work consulting the oracle of your choice.  The oracle indicates that death may be in the client’s future.

 Your eyes grow wide, and you whisper to the client that he is going to die, or that he may die soon, for all the omens and signs say this.  Xavier Y. is now clutching his knees and has lost all blood from his complexion.  He leaves your shop, shaken and visibly in distress.  He never darkens your doorway again.  Thus endeth the relationship with your client.

How to not scare the soul from your client, or a better way

 Xavier Y. has come to you for a reading.  He feels uneasy, like things are not really in a good place for him.  You prepare your space and you set to work consulting the oracle of your choice.  The oracle indicates that death may be in the client’s future.

Casket, Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield, Illinois, 2006 - Robert Lawton
Casket, Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield, Illinois, 2006 – Robert Lawton

You look at your client and state you are going to need him to listen to you with patience so that he can get the full meaning of what is before you.  You begin to explain that oracles are not set outcomes but indicators of what MAY occur if things keep going the way that they are.  You stress that by our everyday choices, we control our individual courses of our lives, and that every choice can effect change to what comes next.

You then explain what you see, focusing on the fact that this is probably an indication to be more mindful of how he goes about his day and to be more careful in his daily habits.  You also let him know that not only can it mean death, it can mean a prolonged illness OR separation from current circumstances in his life.  

At no time do you pronounce impending sentences and countdown clocks. HOWEVER, you must disclose what you see in a truthful and responsible way.
Xavier Y. may be shaken from this reading.  However, he is also now forewarned to be cautious and mindful in his life, so this may indeed affect a change in his path.  You have been honest, responsible, and have counseled your client calmly and effectively according to the parameters of your profession.  If you are a person who can offer advice and/or sales of tools that will help the situation, you can do so.  But under no circumstances will an ethical person foist charms and such upon a person in order to make a quick dollar.   

 

For seers, this is a bit different, because clairvoyance is something that we are not referring to here.  But even in visions, the future is not always what we believe we see.  We must use our experience and wisdom to interpret our dreams, visions, and prophecies in order to get proper discernment.

In all ways concerning this situation, we must offer hope.  There is always another path.  There is always a chance we have made a mistake in interpretation.  And there is always free will.  Be responsible.  A change of step can be a change of fate.

An In Depth Interview with Shetan Noir – Goddess, Witch, Belly Dancer, Author

 

SHETAN PROFILE JEEP Shetan Noir is a Michigan based award winning belly dancer and Pagan writer. She is an active member of the Great Lakes Witches Council and Motor City Belly Dance Show. She has written many books and is working on several new book projects. She also writes articles for various magazines and websites such as Circle magazine and examiner.com.

Please tell us how you got started on your spiritual journey.

There were too many things in the bible that didn’t make sense to me and I found I had intolerance for it. So I decided to go on my own path which led me to the path of the Pagan. I studied ceremonial magic but it is really complex compared to hoodoo and folk magic. The folk and the hoodoo magic really appealed to me with their simplicity and effectiveness, a candle to carve, herbs, intention and done. This really resonated with me so I embraced these systems.

At what age did you realize that you were a Witch?

At 16, my father’s mother came to me and let me know she had passed on. When my family came to give me the news, I shocked them by telling them she had died before they had a chance to tell me. Throughout my life, I have had dreams that let me know someone has passed. Once my phone rang and woke me up and I heard a message being left saying, “Tell your mom I will meet her at the cemetary for the burial.” When I went to tell my Mom, she said, “Oh that was my mother.”  Now my grandmother was already dead. Both me and my mother heard the phone ring and so did my dogs but there was no trace of the message on the answering machine. So at around 16 I realized that there is more to what we do than we are doing and that there are greater powers out there.  

Please tell us about your book, Intro to Hood magic: Modern Magic for the Urban Pagan.

About 5 years ago at Convocation,  a four day event where I have taught for many years. I had friends within my circle that kept coming up to me and asking about hood magic because they didn’t comprehend it. It wasn’t until the Friday before the event that I actually looked at my bio on the program and saw that instead of putting that I practice hoodoo, they put down that I practice and teach hood magic! So I was showing it to my friends not knowing what to do and my friend David Smith said to just own it and go with it. What’s funny is that I used to always wear a black hoodie and so people were wondering if when I pull my hood it’s a sign that I am casting against them. I decided that I would write a book and create a workshop on hood magic for the following year.

There are people who felt that the term “hood” means an inner city war zone type of place but this book encompasses what you have to work with in any type of neighborhood, from rural to inner city. Some people live in condos and apartments and want to know how to grow their own plants on their balcony or how to do a fire ceremony without a yard and a place to create a fire. I did catch quite a bit of flak for it when it first came out because of the assumed meaning of the term hood. I might be from the country but I have also experienced the mean streets of inner city Detroit and no matter where you live, you can use this book.

I like the sound of the chapter, “Making Your Own Luck”. Please tell us about that chapter.

This goes along with what the whole book Hood Magic stands for. It’s about using what you have to turn things towards your favor. When you are asking your Gods and Goddesses for what you want, it often boils down to your mental state. If you are coming from a place of gratitude, things come more quickly but if you come from a place of feeling low or inundated with bad luck, you might get something but what you get might not be in line with what you want. This can also happen if you are not being specific about what you want.

I have a great story to share about this. I had been doing a petition spell each week for good fortune and abundance and everything was going great. Then I was at a jazz festival doing tarot readings but it wasn’t going very well. Apparently psychic readings don’t go over very well at these types of events. One person looked at me and said, “You’re one of those spell casters, do something.” So I got up and took the $2 that I made in tips and went outside to give them to the people who would most benefit from the money while asking that it be returned to me tenfold. I saw some street performers and gave one of the dollars to them. Then I found a homeless man that I gave the other dollar to. As I was walking back down the street, there was a man there handing out sample containers of a well named brand of hummus. As I walked by, the man turned around and gave me a big box of hummus samples. It had like 500 small samples. Then a man who was handing out pita chip samples handed me a box of those samples to go with my hummus so I got the “abundance” I asked for but hummus was not exactly I had in mind and I was eating hummus and chips for months. The event had to end early due to the weather and I said, “Well, I didn’t make much money today but I have lots of hummus to eat”.

Please tell us about your book, The Other Side of the Coin: Spells to Enrich your Bank Account and Life (Volume 1).

I took quite a bit of time researching that one because everyone was coming out with prosperity books but their books weren’t doing any better than mine. So I decided to research prosperity magic through hoodoo. I found a wealth of information and tried to put as much into it as I could. It’s not just about hoodoo but contains information from various cultures all over the world. Each culture has its own group of deities and you can always find at least one or two of them that are dedicated to prosperity and happiness. I didn’t want to leave any out in order to show respect to all of them.

What is your favorite prosperity herb/stone combination?

I like pyrite and emeralds for stones. For herbs, I love to grow orange mint, cinnamon basil for its dual action. I also like St. Michael’s holy basil. If you plant it at the front door of your house it will ward off evil and promote prosperity. This year I have orange mint, apple mint, peppermint, white sage, hyssop, anise and lemon verbena.

Please tell us about your book, To Fight Fire with Fire: Protection Magic.

Here is a little secret about the book. I do a lot of paranormal ghost hunting and things like that. My friends and family know that so they will call me to get rid of the spirits that are partying in their homes. So To Fight Fire with Fire is about protection magic but also includes ways to get rid of entities. People don’t realize that when they buy things from antique and garage sales, these things can have spiritual attachments that can wreak havoc in the home. So if people are dealing with the paranormal, this is a great book to have.

What is your favorite herb and stone protection combination?

I’m a huge lover of mixing sea salt with red brick dust. I ground down the bricks myself. I like peppermint and hyssop for protection herbs. Anytime I have come from a Pagan event or have been dealing with people who have questionable intentions, I take a bath in these to clear the gunk off of me. I also love magnetic hematite. I carry them in my jeep and keep them on me if I am going to places where people may be casting against each other. Magnetic hematite will neutralize bad energy.

Please tell us about your book, Sticks and Stones: A Book of Curious Spells and Unique Information.

This was my first leap into self-publishing. I took the things that I have learned throughout my life and put it in one book. It’s more about folk magic and hoodoo and is a good starting book for people who just want to see how it works and what to work with. A candle, an herb, an intention, a petition or psalm and sending it out into the world for fulfillment.

What’s your favorite spell in that book?

My favorite spell is the bloodhound spell. Many people do return to sender spells but the only problem with that is that unless you add that you want it made known who has cast against them then unless the target is very public about their woes, you’ll never know if it worked. When a bloodhound gets on a trail, they make all kinds of sounds. They have one of the loudest bays that you will ever hear and love the sound of their own voice so they are vocal the whole time. That’s what the bloodhound spell basically does. No matter how much this person tries to hide what they did, there is something coming along behind them making a ruckus. This way there is no way they can hide it. I come from a long history of working with dogs and bloodhounds are loud, they work with law enforcement and are almost impossible to escape.

SHETAN BELLY DANCE As an amateur belly dancer, I want to hear about your book, Sequins+Hot glue gun=Belly Dance Costumes (Volume 1).

I’ve been belly dancing for over 15 years and the hard thing for us plus size dancers is the costuming, finding ones that fit us well and looks nice on us. I was doing tons of performing and started performing with a variety and burlesque group and one of the dancers was showing the other girls how to make pasties. So I was watching and I was thinking that I can use that same concept to make my own appliques and I could make my own costumes. I was able to create pretty much any kind of outfit I wanted as well as in any color. They all fit really nice and I am only limited by my imagination when creating them.

Does it help large breasted women to create their own dance bras using the bras they already have?

Yes, you can find a bra that works for you and shows your boobage at its best to use. I like the Lane Bryant CACIQUE line. When they have the buy 2 get one free, I would save up my pennies to get them or you can get them from the clearance wrack to save more money. You want a firm cup with underwire to support you. Then you pick the color and shape of the appliques and create your bra. The book has templates that you can copy and cut out. Just be sure to find a bra that supports and enhances you. Naturally how much you can apply depends on the size of the bra. You can fit a lot more on larger bras than smaller ones.

I am working on an online course through Craft U and once it’s done, I will post it on social media. I am going to show how to create an entire belly dance costume including pointing out what kind of skirt enhances your figure, how to make cover ups from just a tee-shirt, etc. It’s a step by step course that will help you to create a complete costume custom made for you. There will also be videos on how to make Shisha mirrors and hip medallions which will be very helpful for people who have never done embroidery. Teaching this through video will be much more helpful to give people a visual to follow step by step.

You also recently went through a personal tragedy at the hands of a drunk driver. Please tell us about that.

It was actually about a year ago. My Mom and I were on our way to get something to eat and go to the store in my Jeep Wrangler. We were coming to the end of the road and were about 20 feet from the stop sign. A Jeep Grand Cherokee came flying around the corner and slid in the gravel right into my car, knocking it 4 feet to the side. I knew he wanted to run and I told him I would chase him down if he did. I had my Mom call my Dad who was just down the road and the police. I could smell the alcohol on his breath as he made up all kinds of excuses. He offered to just give me his phone number and let his friends fix the fender but I refused because I knew there was more damage than just the fender. My father came and we both blocked him in so he couldn’t leave the scene. He gave us a fake phone number which I told him was not going to work so I took a picture of his license plate. My Dad informed him that the police had been called. As soon as he heard that, he jumped back into his truck and drove over the embankment to get away. The police arrived a few minutes later and recognized the description that I gave of him. Apparently this same man had done this 3 times previously and the police knew where he lived so they had a car waiting for him when he got home. He blew twice the legal limit when they gave him the breathalyzer and the worse part was he had no license and no insurance.

What made me even angrier is that this accident caused me to have a miscarriage. When we went to court, his wife who was pregnant was there which made the blow even worse. He ruined my vehicle and took something that was irreplaceable to me, especially now that I am in my forties. It’s been a huge struggle and a yearlong process trying to keep tabs on him. The court ordered him to pay me $3800 just to make the repairs and he didn’t pay it. He didn’t show to his parole meetings and had a bench warrant placed against him. I knew the trailer park that he lived in and had to do my own investigative work to see when he was there and called the police to go pick him up when he was. He went to jail for 30 days and was ordered again to pay me by a certain date which of course he didn’t do. So they issued another bench warrant but he fled the state. When I told the police they said there was nothing they can do until he comes back into our state. Drunk driving should be considered to more of a huge offense than it is and they really let people slide on it. This man has done this repeatedly and next time he may kill someone. Now I have to do all of my own detective work to seek justice.

What would you like to see happen to this man?

I would like for him to pay me what he owes and also to pay restitution to everyone he has done this too. I want to see him punished. He should sit in jail and have the knowledge that he cost someone the life of a loved one eat away at him for the rest of his time on earth.

Aside from the physical and emotional trauma, how has this impacted you financially?

My medical bills were taken care of through my health insurance but my jeep is still damaged. The windshield is cracked thanks to being showered with gravel, broke my lights, there’s structural damage to my tire that could cause a blow-out. The tire alone was $400. The fender is a $1500-2000 part. He also damaged the gear assembly box because of the way his vehicle pushed mine sideways. He made the decision to drink and drive without a license or insurance but he had enough money to move his family out of state and fix the damages to his own vehicle and not pay me a cent.

He lived in the same trailer park as my cousin and aunt and I went to visit them. As I came out, I caught his wife letting the air out of the tires of my jeep. I confronted her and she started screaming obscenities at me and took off. I had to file a police report against her too. Thankfully I had witnesses because she tried to file a report against me saying I was harassing her.

You’re a travel writer, aren’t you?

Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I have my fingers crossed for my jeep until I can get the money to repair it so I can keep doing what I love which is being a travel writer. I also am working on books on cryptozoology and the paranormal as well as my Pagan series of books.

I would really love to go to this convention that’s 3-5 hours away but I have to make sure that at least somebody I know will be home in case my car breaks down. It makes it hard because you want to be mobile and get your job done and earn your income but now I have to worry if my jeep can make it there and back or if I have to cry myself to sleep about it.

I understand that you have contributed to many charity events, would you please tell us about them?

One of my biggest things I did was when I was running belly dance shows within the local communities was I would pay it forward by giving local new dancers a chance to have stage time. We did monthly shows and we would accept donations each month for different charities. We did this for three years under the name Motor City Belly Dance. We donated to the Humane Society, Make a Wish, Toys for Tots and other local charities. We also donated to Space Walk which is for the homeless and did shows to raise money for both animal and human based charities.

Since you have helped so many with the knowledge you share in your books and charitable contributions, how can others now help you through this crisis?

I do have a crowd funding site set up through YOUCARING that I created with the hope of receiving enough donations to fix my car so I can continue to move forward despite what has happened to me.  I really do need to have my jeep repaired and am reaching out for help to cover the considerable cost to fix it. Anyone who wants to make a donation can do it by clicking here:  

Despite what happened to you, you have exhibited inspiring strength. Please tell us how you stay so strong?

I try to keep that positive outlook on life because it’s very hard to go to that dark, negative place and only dark and negative comes back to you when you do. I study the law of attraction and try to keep my ranting and ravings to a close circle of friends who know what I am going through. I attribute my strength mostly to my belief system and knowing how strong my parents are. My Mom is the bear curator for the North American Bear Center and works with live bears three times her size and my Dad is the main caregiver for my younger brother who has a head injury. Just seeing how they deal with life and how strong they are really propels me forward.

What final words would you like to share with our audience?

If you want to get to know me better, FaceBook is great and you can also find me on twitter. My books are available to purchase on Amazon. I am also working on a couple of different sites including a podcast and blog on the paranormal called Into the Liminal Abyss. Liminal means between spaces where you find most paranormal activities and the abyss is this vastness where everything comes from.  I am hoping to launch them in October. I am also working on a book project that documents the stories and legends of the water monsters in the Great Lakes. There are so many different stories surrounding them. Anyone who has any stories they would like to share, please contact me. I’m going to spotlight each of the Great Lakes, their depths and what’s currently living them. I am going to include the Native American tribes of the Great Lake’s stories of water monsters and spirits and document any sightings of these creatures. One in particular is a snake being with a moose head.  I’m going to go on a mission to talk to park rangers to see if moose actually swim in the Great Lakes. They may be swimming from one of the small islands to Lake Superior. I’m also documenting the aquatic fossil records of the Great Lakes to see what actually lived in them millions of years ago and examine the possibility that some of these creatures still exist. So I’ve got quite the interesting summer coming up and I’m really looking forward to it.  

To contact Shetan to teach workshops and seminars or learn more, you can contact her through FaceBook.

Please visit her Amazon page to purchase her books.

Don’t forget to check out her blogs, Fingers in the Pie,  and Into the Liminal Abyss

You can also follow her on Twitter.

 

 

Come Delight in Sweet Treats and Coloring the Tarot

As you enter the sacred space, you are greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from the temple’s keeper. Soft music drifts through the air along with the delightful aroma of coffee and a sweet treat for the night. You approach the table with pages to choose from, you grab what calls to you and with colors by your side. You go on a colorful journey deep within the mind.

Pages upon pages to choose from
Pages upon pages to choose from Photo by Jackie Burkeen

Adult coloring books have been a new and unexpected rage within  the last few years. They offer a chance to anyone to have access to the inner child you crave to connect with all over again and can be used as another tool for shadow work.  Studies have shown therapeutic effects for anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress and many other conditions that involve overuse of the mind.

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Photo by Jackie Burkeen

This past Tuesday, Pagan Pathways Temple started their first day of a three Tuesday evening event. The coloring of the major and minor arcana while enjoying the delights of sweet treats and refreshing beverages. Upon entering the temple, we were greeted with a very friendly welcome and were quickly directed to the coloring sheets provided and asked to have a seat to enjoy our coloring endeavors. While the event was small since it was the first night it provided an intimate atmosphere which included wonderful conversations to the sound of calming yet enchanting music filling in the air. There was a lot of love, including the sharing of colored pencils.

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Photo by Jackie Burkeen

The results of the coloring journey were wonderful, everyone’s efforts inspired a variety of colorful masterpieces, although the journey has only just begun for they currently have more than enough pages to go around. All waiting to take you on your own incredible journey through the tarot in the form of colorful imagination. The treat that was served for the night was homemade baklava which was to die for with its light and flaky texture with the sweet taste of honey. The treat the was said to be served next week was homemade fudge. The first night of the event has come and gone, but you can still have your chance to come out and play. The event is to also take place again on June 14th and June 21st so don’t miss your chance to come join in on the fun. All with just a simple ten dollar donation towards the temple, you too can come and have a good time with sweets and coloring.

Pagan Pathway Temple is located at 28736 John R Road, Madison Heights in Michigan.

The temple offers more than just coloring, they offer a variety of rituals, classes, get-togethers, or simply having their doors open to just to give a lost soul a safe haven and a place to explore the Pagan path. You can check out their website for their hours and their ever-expanding calendar of events they have to offer to the public. Don’t forget to check out volunteer opportunities to see how you can get involved with the temple.

 

Jackie Burkeen (aka Rosalina Nightshade) has been a practicing witch since 2008 where her journey began with being enchanted by nature’s beauty of Mackinaw Island. She follows her own path which incorporates an eclectic modern taste to traditional witchcraft. Mother of a strong-willed child, two cats and a Guinea pig, she resides in the Michigan downriver area where she lives her dream as a practicing Massage Therapist. You can follow her spiritual journey and other surprises on her blog “Tales of a Backwoods Witch; Adventures of Rosalina Nightshade” and Rosalina Nightshade on Facebook.

Learning to live the Tarot – Part 4

By Ascarani

This is part 4 of a 4 part series on learning to read the tarot intuitively.

Welcome back to Learning to Live the Tarot.  Today we will look at the final cards in the deck, the Major Arcana Cards.

I have actually seen card decks made up of only the Major Arcana Cards.  These 22 cards can absolutely be all you need to tell the story of light and find out the answers to your questions. Just like the suits and the Minor Arcana, the best way to get acquainted with the Major Arcana is to write their story. Take these cards from your deck and put them in order from 0/The Fool all the way up to ending with XXI (21) The World.

 

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Ivor – Tarot Consultant. Closed, due to unforeseen circumstances.
I have read many stories that have been written to tell the story through the Major Arcana Cards.  This is the story I see as I look through them:

We start out in our youth alive and unaware of the problems and difficulties we may face in the world (Fool). We believe that anything can be accomplished just like a magician waving his wand in the air to create miracles (Magician). Sure, we look to others for advice (High Priestess). As we go along and grow, we learn more about the truths of life and we become wiser (Empress). Often those who influence us change and we look for other opportunities in life (Emperor). Sometimes we even change our philosophies as we grow (Hierophant).  We find love which changes our perspectives (Lovers).  We also start to understand that part of the beauty of life is the journey itself (Chariot). In times of strife we look inward for our strength (Strength).

Other times we find that it is better to be alone and take time out to ponder the meaning of situations (Hermit). We never lose hope though realizing that there are always a lot of other options for us if we are willing to take the risk (Wheel of Fortune). Life teaches us that there are rules and sometimes there is no winner (Justice). It is in these moments that we seek further answers, sometimes turning the problem upside down to find a solution (Hanged Man). It is then we figure out that we must rebirth everything we believed, in fact we must let the old die and wither away to be reborn anew (Death). These are the times we must find our place of balance (Temperance).  We also learn to watch out for those who pretend to have our best interest at heart but are only concerned with themselves (Devil).  This is a turning point, all things may seem to explode around us but it is life getting our attention (Tower).

From this point of madness, we are asked to believe and to hope to move forward (Star). We have made it through the valley and are now able to follow our own instincts and trust our intuition (Moon). When we trust ourselves, we are moving into a state of joy (Sun). Now we can stop passing judgement on ourselves and others (Judgement). In the end, we hold our world on a silver platter and we are complete (World).

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What does your Major Arcana Story say?  Put the cards in front of you and write your story.

The following is my own quick keyword synopsis of these cards.

0 The Fool: Carelessly wandering through life, needing to focus more on what is in front of you.

1 The Magician: Has all the elements available to succeed, use them and the results is like a magic trick

2 The High Priestess: She holds the power and has the answers. All you seek is in front of you.

3 The Empress: Fertility and growth abound

4 The Emperor: Opportunities are knocking on the door.

5 The Hierophant: He sets the rules and enforces them.  Time to abide by the rules.

6 The Lovers: Beauty in a relationship.

7 The Chariot: Swift travel, change and movement.

8 Strength: Sometimes bold, sometimes quiet trust in your inner strength to get the job done.

9 The Hermit: Shining the light in the darkness, there is a beacon of hope.

10 Wheel of Fortune: Time to spin the wheel and make a deal, take a chance.

11 Justice: Balance in life.  Don’t tip the scales.

12 The Hanged Man: Asking the same question and not listening to the guidance given.

13 Death: Change is happening.  Not a physical death but a transformation is about to occur.

14 Temperance: You must balance your life.  Find that place of peace within.

15 The Devil: Someone around you is not whom they pretend they are, beware.

16 The Tower: Chaos and disorder abound, seek shelter and peace.

17 The Star: Hope, reach for the stars.

18 The Moon: time to trust your intuition and inner knowing. Get in tune with the cycles of the world.

19 The Sun: Joy and success.

20 Judgement: Feeling persecuted, being called back to your center and asked not to judge others.

21 The World: Everything is in the palm of your hand.  Success.

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Divinazione con tarocchi: disposizione del tavolo di lavoro

 

I hope you have enjoyed this series on the tarot and learned to interpret the cards intuitively.  Letting the images of the tarot guide you can open a new world for you.

Dru Ann Welch is an experienced Intuitive Counselor, Healer and Tarot Reader.  She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Certified H.E.A.L. Technique Practitioner and a Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner. Additionally, she holds a degree in Education and teaches with passion.  Dru Ann is the author of 4 books , creator of 2 oracle decks and the performing artist on 3 cds.  Dru Ann’s musings in the form of quotes, blogs and articles have been featured on The Wellness Universe , Circle Magazine ( Imbolc Issue 119/pg 42) and The Spirit Ezine (May 2015).  Proudly, Dru Ann has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the UCSS Spiritual Centre, Autumn Meet, and the Florida Pagan Gathering.

Dru Ann was featured as one of 150+ thought leaders in Tedx Speaker Corey Poirier‘s recent book, Enlightened Becoming the Best Version of You in 5 Easy Steps (enter code bestyouever to get your free copy during the launch) at www.druannwelch.com.

Learning to live the Tarot Series – Part 3

This is part 3 of a 4 part series on learning to read the tarot intuitively.

Welcome back to Learning to Live the Tarot!

Today we are looking at the general meanings for the Minor Arcana cards. To me, the Minor Arcana cards tell us of the daily struggles and joys we face as we travel through life.  Sometimes the information you glean from a Minor Arcana card may be all you need to help you solve your problem.

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The Gypsy Woman reads a fortune in the tarot cards to mother and daughter Mary and Tara Verdugo Friday during the Marine Corps Community Services annual Mardi Gras party at the Sonoran Pueblo.

My best suggestion for interpreting the minor arcana is to put the cards in order by suit, in 4 stacks. Put the King on the top, then Queen, Knight, and Page.  Follow with the number cards from 10 down to the Ace. Go through each stack, one by one.  Look at your card and write down what you see in it and what kind of story each card is telling you.  This is using your intuitive skills so there is no wrong or right answer.

Here is a my simple guide:

King: Usually a man your age or older

Queen: Usually a woman your age or older

Knight: May be male or female usually late teens to twenties

Page: A male or female child up to teen years.

(Note: the characteristics of the Knight and Page may indicate an older person who acts immaturely in one way or another. Also, these 2 cards are not gender specific and may represent either a male or female in the given situation.)

Ten: Success

Nine: Overwhelming situations coming to an end

Eight: Hard work, difficulties, possibly time to make a change

Seven: Taking care of what you have, protecting the prize, choices

Six: Promises of what can be, success in your endeavors

Five: Usually show us a sorrow, loss or shortcoming

Four: Focusing on the goal

The Empress from the Pierpont-Morgan tarot collection
The Empress from the Pierpont-Morgan tarot collection

Three: Looking at how things are coming together

Two: Partnerships

Aces: new beginnings

To take it one step further, put the cards with the suits and see the kinds of meanings you can get from

that.

Ace of Pentacles would be new material beginnings.

Ace of Cups would be new emotional beginnings, perhaps a new relationship or just things moving from a time of sadness to joy.

Ace of Swords would be a new beginning based on intellect or ideas.

Ace of Wands is being able to find your passion in life and start over again.

 

Now take your cards and start looking at each suit and each minor arcana card.  What story does the card tell you?  Next, place each of the 4 piles in front of you and compare the meanings you see from suit to suit.  Is there a story that you see forming?  This is intuitively getting to know your deck.  From this intuitive standpoint the cards are of more value as a divination tool because you have made their meanings personal.

If I were to draw a card and read that one card using this method, I would get a reading like this:

4 of Wands: In this card we see people celebrating, as though they are getting married or purchasing a new home.  It is a card that represents achieving the goal that has been set.  I would say that the situation will have a very positive resolution.

Next Time: The Major Arcana

 

Dru Ann Welch is an experienced Intuitive Counselor, Healer and Tarot Reader.  She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Certified H.E.A.L. Technique Practitioner and a Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner. Additionally, she holds a degree in Education and teaches with passion.  Dru Ann is the author of 4 books , creator of 2 oracle decks and the performing artist on 3 cds.  Dru Ann’s musings in the form of quotes, blogs and articles have been featured on The Wellness Universe , Circle Magazine ( Imbolc Issue 119/pg 42) and The Spirit Ezine (May 2015).  Proudly, Dru Ann has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the UCSS Spiritual Centre, Autumn Meet, and the Florida Pagan Gathering.

Dru Ann was featured as one of 150+ thought leaders in Tedx Speaker Corey Poirier‘s recent book, Enlightened Becoming the Best Version of You in 5 Easy Steps (enter code bestyouever to get your free copy during the launch) at www.druannwelch.com.

Learning to live the Tarot – Part 2

by Dru Ann Welch

This is part 2 of a 4 part series on learning to read the tarot intuitively.

Welcome back to Learning to Live the Tarot.  Today we will learn a bit about the difference between tarot and oracle decks and venture into the stories of the tarot suits.

Basic Tarot:

It has been said that the tarot tells its own tale.  The 22 major arcana cards talk of the major shifts and changes we face in life.  The 56 minor arcana cards embellish on the story started by the major arcana.

The tarot itself is a means for guiding us in working through life’s everyday problems using pictorial archetypes that speak to our subconscious mind.  The tarot reassure us that guidance is available; all we have to do is to believe, ask and trust the answers.

The Gypsy Fortune Teller. trade card for Dr Jaynes expectorant.
The Gypsy Fortune Teller. trade card for Dr Jaynes expectorant.


Tarot or Oracle:

A traditional tarot card deck consists of 78 cards, 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.  The minor arcana cards consist of 4 suits. Each suit has the cards Ace (1) through 10 and the face cards, King, Queen Knight and Page.  Some decks change the names used to describe the face cards but these are the basic 4. The pictures on the card may be in great detail or only show 4 symbols to represent the card.

An oracle deck may consist of any number of cards and does not stick to the major/minor arcana script.  Oracle decks may be geared to the angelic realm or to daily guidance.  Some offer simple affirmations which can be pulled to guide you through the day.  Some oracle decks may be geared to healing, herbs, essential oils or crystals.  There is no specific recipe for an oracle deck.  It is basically a subject offering guidance in card deck form.

How am I going to remember all these cards

First, I suggest you really shop around for your tarot deck.  Look at the cards both the major and minor arcana.  Draw a card and look at it, don’t grab the book, look at the card.  What can you discern from looking at the image you see in front of you?  If you look at the card and it tells you nothing, move to another deck until you find the archetypal images that speak to you.  I believe there is a deck for everyone out there if you just look around.  If you simply want the standard deck to begin reading with I suggest the Rider Waite Tarot.  This is an old deck and the basis of the pictorial key used for most tarot decks.

All standard tarot decks have basically the same make up consisting of 4 themes or suits with cards much like a regular deck of playing cards.  Each suit has a King, Queen, Knight, and a Page which represent people.  There are also 10  number cards ranging from Ace (1) to 10. As you will see when you begin your tarot journey a 2 in one suit will have a very different meaning from a 2 in another suit even though they are both 2’s.

Let’s start with the themes or suits

There are 4 basic tarot suits:  Pentacles/Coins, Cups/Chalices, Swords, and Wands/Staffs.   Each of these suits is associated with one of the 4 elements. Pentacles/Coins are associated with earth.  Cups/Chalices are associated with water. Swords are associated with air.  Wands/Staffs are associated with fire.

Each suit is also associated with the qualities of our lives.  Pentacles/Coins represent the material things in life while Cups/Chalices are associated with our emotions.  Swords represent intellect or more intellectual pursuits and Wands/Staffs teach us about the things that push our buttons, get us fired up or we feel passionate about in life.

 

From this, we can get a pretty handy chart:

 

Pentacles/Coins Earth Material pursuits
Cups/Chalices Water Emotional pursuits
Swords Air Intellectual pursuits
Wands/Staffs Fire Passionate pursuits

 

 

So what story do the tarot themes or suits tell as you walk through them? Here are the stories I create to understand each suit.

Pentacles tells a tale of prosperity.  Each card in this suit shows people enjoying the finer things in life.  In the Rider deck, there is an abundance of grapes throughout the Pentacle cards.  We see tales of people who are hard-working and reaping the fruits of their labors. There is a story about poverty which warns us that sometimes material things can be deceiving.  Finally we see that there is always balance and in the end, there is a gateway to cross through that may help you to a prosperous future.

In the tale of Cups we see the emotional roller coaster that is life.  There are tales of confidence and joy as well as making those difficult emotional choices.  We also see stories of despair, loneliness and boredom.  These are balanced with sharing and working together for a common goal.

Swords show us how the winds of change affect all that we do.  In this story we see more of the dark side of humanity portrayed.  There is betrayal and anguish.  There are tales of feeling imprisoned by your own beliefs. As well as the road that must be traveled when the battle is over yet there is no clear victor. We are urged to open our minds and see both sides of the story.

The Wands tell a tale of strength and passion in life.  We see a battle that rages within each of us between the will to be right and actually being in the right.  It gives us the perspective that there may actually be no winners in these types of games. The story reminds us that we are always willing to fight passionately for what we believe in and hold dear. It points us to a place to look out into the world and see that there is so much more for us out there.

Now don’t take my word for it, remember there are no books to look at, you are asked to use your own intuition.  So grab your deck, a pen and paper and write your story for each suit.  Set them up in piles from King down to the Ace and just look at the story that you see unfold.

By Andrew Kuznetsov (Flickr: Gypsy series)
By Andrew Kuznetsov (Flickr: Gypsy series)

Next time, we will venture into the story of The Minor Arcana.

Dru Ann Welch is an experienced Intuitive Counselor, Healer and Tarot Reader.  She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Certified H.E.A.L. Technique Practitioner and a Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner. Additionally, she holds a degree in Education and teaches with passion.  Dru Ann is the author of 4 books , creator of 2 oracle decks and the performing artist on 3 cds.  Dru Ann’s musings in the form of quotes, blogs and articles have been featured on The Wellness Universe , Circle Magazine ( Imbolc Issue 119/pg 42) and The Spirit Ezine (May 2015).  Proudly, Dru Ann has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the UCSS Spiritual Centre, Autumn Meet, and the Florida Pagan Gathering.

Dru Ann was featured as one of 150+ thought leaders in Tedx Speaker Corey Poirier‘s recent book, Enlightened Becoming the Best Version of You in 5 Easy Steps (enter code bestyouever to get your free copy during the launch) at www.druannwelch.com.

Learning to live the Tarot Series- Part 1

Dru Ann Welch

This is part 1 of a 4 part series on learning to read the tarot intuitively.

I learned the tarot in 2002.  At first I attempted to take each card from the deck and read the page about it in the manual that comes with many decks.  How confusing!  Upright it means this, upside down it means this, next to this card the meaning changes to this and on and on.  No wonder some people really don’t take the time to learn this method of divination.  It was just too much.

Then I sat one day and simply pulled a card from the deck.  I looked at the color, the pictures and the suit.  No book for meaning just what was that card saying to me personally.  It was like a light bulb,  like someone had opened the curtains and the brightest sun ever was shining in on me and those cards and I was hooked!  I could suddenly see a meaning and gain insight from the picture on the card.  It was like it was talking to me.  I never opened another manual again!

By The artist is unknown. (Scanned from Michael Dummett's The Game of Tarot.)
By The artist is unknown. (Scanned from Michael Dummett’s The Game of Tarot.)

The tarot speaks to us through it’s pictures.  I always choose decks with images for each card, never ones that show just 3 cups for the 3 of cups.  It has to show me something.  You see our brains are wired to understand images.  The images in the tarot are archetypes for life itself.  When you let the pictures speak to you, you open an entire new world of information.

Let’s take it a step further, most books, manuals and tutorials show you a certain way to place the cards.  I personally like using 9 cards, 3 for past, 3 for present and 3 for where you are going or future.  I put them in 3 rows indicating past, present and future.

If there are any court cards like Queens or Kings that are pulled, I pull them to the side.  Then I look at the remaining cards to show me a pattern.  You will see cards that definitely fit what must have happened in the past, maybe there are 3, maybe 4.  Move them together so they tell you the story of the past on one row.

Now look at your remaining cards, which cards seem to show where you have moved from your past into something that relates to now, it may be 2 or 3 cards.  Move them to the second row again in a manner that tells you a story of the now.

Finally take the remaining cards and put them together to show where things are headed and what the outcome is.

To put it all together, look at any court cards you put to the side, these represent either the person you are doing the reading for or people involved in the situation you are reading about.  Place them in a column to the left of your 3 rows and see how they relate to what you saw in your placement of the cards.

Slovenščina: Smrekarjev tarok.

 

It’s an entirely intuitive way to read the tarot cards.  This method asks you to feel what you are seeing in the pictures and put them together in a small story to help the person you are reading for gain insight into the situation of their lives.  You are touching into the archetypes within yourself to give guidance.  If you use different decks, you may find the images don’t always give the exact same meaning for a card from deck to deck.  This is because of the artist’s interpretation of the meaning of the cards.  It encourages you to push the barriers of the intuitive envelope and really be aware of how you feel about the cards you are seeing.

By Bigbear213 Cosplayers (left) receiving steampunk tarot readings from the steampunk tarot readers (right) at the 2015 Salt City Steamfest in Salt Lake City, Utah.
By Bigbear213 Cosplayers (left) receiving steampunk tarot readings from the steampunk tarot readers (right) at the 2015 Salt City Steamfest in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This method can be used for reading any number of cards.  If you are doing a card a day reading, you look at your image and say what it says to you then see how it pans out through your day.

The tarot is a magnificent tool for guidance.  It can be used for daily guidance or to help you sort out various situations in your life.  The beauty of it is to open your own intuition to the use of imagery and how it affects you and what you see in life.  So grab a deck and take a look and have some fun with it but don’t read the book!

Dru Ann Welch is an experienced Intuitive Counselor, Healer and Tarot Reader.  She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Certified H.E.A.L. Technique Practitioner and a Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner. Additionally, she holds a degree in Education and teaches with passion.  Dru Ann is the author of 4 books , creator of 2 oracle decks and the performing artist on 3 cds.  Dru Ann’s musings in the form of quotes, blogs and articles have been featured on The Wellness Universe , Circle Magazine ( Imbolc Issue 119/pg 42) and The Spirit Ezine (May 2015).  Proudly, Dru Ann has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the UCSS Spiritual Centre, Autumn Meet, and the Florida Pagan Gathering.

Dru Ann was featured as one of 150+ thought leaders in Tedx Speaker Corey Poirier‘s recent book, Enlightened Becoming the Best Version of You in 5 Easy Steps (enter code bestyouever to get your free copy during the launch) at www.druannwelch.com.