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Creating Narratives in A Tarot Reading

This is a video request for a Tarot Readers Academy student who asked about ways that she can gain more confidence in creating a narrative in her Tarot readings rather than just looking at each individual card.

This is something that can take time. Some people are naturals when it comes to talking, writing and seeing stories in images. Other people can really struggle with it. So please don’t feel like you are a failure as a Tarot Reader if this is something you haven’t aced yet.

I thought the best way to learn how to weave narrative into your Tarot Readings would be to create something that kinda forces you to be in story mode. So I have created a Story Tarot Spread where the whole idea of the spread is that you turn your reading into a creative story. Where your querent is the main protagonist and the rest of the Tarot Spread has the elements of the story for you to consider.

I have also created a Worksheet for you with the Story Tarot Spread where you can write your readings down.

I am going to now run through the Story Tarot Spread and give an example reading to walk you through this whole exercise.

For this Tarot exercise you do not need to have a question in mind or be reading for someone else. The Tarot cards are going to give you all that you need.

I suggest that you use a Tarot Deck with imagery that engages you. I teach and initially learnt the Tarot with decks that were Rider Waite Smith inspired decks. They have a lot of visual cues there for you to read off of. Just in case this is the first video you have seen of mine three (if I don’t limit this I could be here all day) suggestions for you are:

  • The Radiant Rider Waite or any Rider Waite Smith deck.
  • The Spiral Tarot (my first real learning Tarot deck)
  • The Druidcraft Tarot

But go with whatever deck you like.

Story Tarot Spread and Worksheets - Ethony.com

 

 

Worksheet Questions

Here are some extra questions, that are all in the worksheet that you can ask yourself when creating a story in a reading. Especially when you are learning or honing your skills in this area.

What is there a lot of in the Tarot Reading?

Are there a lot of Major Arcana, Court Cards, a certain suit? – This is a good indication of the dominant energy of the reading and the energy of the reading.

What is missing in the Tarot Reading?

This is just as important. Is there an element that is completely missing? Are there no Major Arcana cards?

What does the Tarot Reading actually look like?

Here is where you want to zoom out and take a look at the aesthetic of the reading. What does it actually look like? Are people in the cards (if you use fully illustrated Tarot cards) looking at each other or turning away? Is there a imagery theme?  Is there a ton of one color? Does that mean anything to you? Take a moment to scan your reading in this way.

Does the Tarot Reading support the situation, oppose the situation?

Is the Tarot Reading cheering on the sidelines supporting the heck out of your Querent or is the tarot reading in the bitch squad planning on turning all of their friends against them? This can let you know if there is a lot of challenges and roadblocks in store.

Does what is going on in the reading make you feel happy, would you want to be in it?

Would you want to be there? Would you want to be the protagonist in that story? Can you put yourself in your querents shoes? How does it feel?

Now it is time to write your story. Bring all of the elements that you have in the Tarot Spread and the questions in your worksheet. Go to the page that starts with ‘Once upon a time’… and start writing. No freaking judgements on yourself or your story writing skills. This is not the point of the exercises. You just want to train your brain to look for patterns and get used to what the flow of stories are like.

I wouldn’t ever go through this step by step for a paying Client of mine, this is more a training exercise but you can ask friends if they would like a reading after you have done this a few times and see if your Tarot reading skills have had a few new elements added.

This is an exercise that I do with my Tarot Reader Certification Students over at the Tarot Readers Academy but I have branched out here in even more detail and added this new Tarot Spread.

If you have a Tarot Question or would like to request a video please let me know in the comments below or via email.

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Full Moon in Scorpio Tarot Spread

Full Moon Guide

Sometimes all you have to say to people is ‘The Full Moon is in Scorpio’ and they instantly get it. The Full Moon in Scorpio can be the most intense Full Moon of the Lunar Year.


Themes of sex, death, money, transformation and basically anything that can and will make you broody and sexy are all in the Full Moon Cocktail during the astrological sign of Scorpio. 

Goal setting at this time (and who doesn’t love Manifesting on the Full Moon) is geared towards long term goals. Spend time cultivating your vision for the future.

Scorpio Tarot Spread

  1. How can I find more focus?
  2. What boundaries in my life need tending?
  3. Where in my life can I seek deeper meaning?
  4. What is calling me to go within?
  5. How can I express myself in a healthy way?

I would love to see your Tarot Reading for the Full Moon in Scorpio. Give me a shoutout on SM and use the hashtag #scorpiofullmoonspread and tag me if you can!

If you get stuck on your cards let me know.

Solitary Witchcraft vs Coven Work and Finding a Coven

Welcome to another one of my spiritual journey videos. I was asked by a lovely YouTube member to talk about my experiences and views on Coven work vs Solitary work as an Eclectic Witch.

Everything I say here is from my experience and my opinion. You don’t have to share my views. I am simply sharing.

I have worked in Covens and as a solitary Witch and they both have their benefits and areas that can be challenging. As far as the benefits and limitations of each this isn’t an exhaustive list, I am sure I have missed some things out.

Benefits of working as a solitary

  • You say what goes and what doesn’t
  • There is SO much information out there (sometimes too much) that you can work on your own if you choose to.
  • There are some amazing people offering great online courses for those people who can’t find people or who want to work alone. I love Lucy Cavendish, Wendy Rule and Christopher Penzack. There are more out there these are just some recommendations. Not to mention the wonderful YouTube Witch community.

Limitations of working as a solitary

  • It can get very lonely
  • Community is a big part of spirituality and religion for some people and this can be tough when we are on your own
  • If you are stuck or you want to take it to the next level you may not have anyone to talk to or learn from face to face
  • It is easier to get a little lazy and stagnant (I know cause this is something I have to be aware of with my own practice)

Benefits of working in a Coven

  • If you find the right people it can be an amazing environment for support, growth, friendship and family. Like every relationship it has to be the right one and people do change but the right people can make your path even better.
  • Rituals and events take on a whole new level of meaning and understanding with like minded people
  • You can share more of the work, such as preparing for ritual, you can go to different houses each time etc.
  • There are more ideas with more people.
  • It’s a wonderful way to learn from people with a lot of experience.
  • It helps you stay focused and motivated.

Limitations

  • People are people, sometimes people suck, people flake, bail, get sick, have family emergencies and bring their shit to circle. A good HPS or HP or Coven leader should take care of this stuff but it does happen.
  • The wrong group environment can be a total shit show. I have heard it all from flat out abuse to energy stealing to drama, drama, drama.
  • Covens or circles tend to have well established rules and ways of doing ritual. Some people love this and thrive on routine and structure. Others do not. You will know from the outer court what structure your coven will have.

I have had positive experiences way more than I have had negative ones with the Pagan community. I hope that is true for you as well.

If you want to start finding more people in your community here are some suggestions.

  • Check out Pagan Pride for information on your local organisers – http://www.paganpride.org/
  • Witchvox.com has a Events and Groups listing pages and lots of information – http://www.witchvox.com/vn/vn_index/xevents.html the listings for Outer Court programs is very helpful
  • Check out Meetup.com for coffee groups in your area or events – www.meetup.com
  • Visit your local metaphysical store and see what courses they have on offer. I have made some great friends at workshops.

Before I go into my personal journey from being a Solitary practitioner I want to make a note on sexual acts and Wicca/Paganism/Witchcraft.

If ANYONE wants you to do anything sexual in ritual or out of ritual that you are even remotely uncomfortable with. RUN DO NOT WALK AWAY. If anyone touches you and makes you feel uncomfortable, tell them to back off. Do not stand for this shit and report them. NO ONE no matter what spiritual path or religion they choose should hide behind it to take advantage of people.


Same goes with money. I charged $10 for my classes to cover hire of the hall I was using, photocopying and drinks and snacks. That was a long time ago too, not sure how far $10 would get me now for the same set up. If anyone is getting you to give them large sums of money. Just don’t. It is a very triggering topic when you talk about being paid to teach. I think there is nothing wrong with being paid and there is usually a coven membership fee for things like candles, supplies etc and people do run public events and gatherings that are paid events. There is nothing wrong with that. As a teacher I get paid to teach. I am talking about costs of money that make you feel uncomfortable. Your inner compass will know.


Trust your gut. This is why I am all for you taking a friend with you until you are comfortable with people or meet at social events. I even had some of my Teen Groups Mums want to meet with me or come along to gatherings for a while to make sure everything was cool. I was 100% okay with that. I am absolutely able to say no and get myself out of situations that make me feel bad but I know not everyone is so take a buddy if you need to.

BTW you do not have to be friends with everyone in your Coven. You do have to be comfortable with working with them and being extremely energetically and emotionally open. For me this means that I have to be friends with the people I am working with. I do know that there are plenty of people who don’t socialise with their coven mates outside of gatherings, teaching sessions and ritual. Do whatever works for you.

My Journey from Solitary to Coven Member

I started my journey as a solitary witch until I found other people in the community and I am sure that is a very common theme with people. Many of us find the path on our own before we find other people.

I can imagine it would be very different being born into a magical home that was or has a covenstead.

I am a highly social person so very early on I wanted to find other people to connect with, talk to and share my experiences with.

And boy, call it luck or divine protection or intuitive guidance (it was probably all three combined to be honest) I was very fortunate not to have any negative experiences that made me want to leave Wicca behind.

I was running a Teen Witch group for a while, I had a Angelfire page and I was holding meetings and running a very open outer court in my area because I was lonely mostly.

I remember a very well known store at the time in Fremantle WA, The Alchemist (I miss that place) and I wasn’t able to join any of the Church of Wicca’s celebrations or classes because I wasn’t 18 years old.

A friend introduced me to a well known Pagan Male in the community and I immediately had ‘FUCK NO’ screaming in my head. I was polite and when we left I never again met that person.

Years later when I was introduced to the Combined Covens Social Club in Perth I found out that I missed a whole bunch of drama with those people. I am glad I did.

I got older, I learnt more, the teen group disbanded and went their own ways once High School had finished and I kept running my classes in Fremantle. One member of the teen group found me again many years later, reminding me that the people we are meant to walk the path with, we will find.

This is where I started to meet some more incredible people. It was a lot harder then, the internet wasn’t so easy to navigate, we didn’t have meetup etc.

I meet a number of the SCOTIF coven members through this over the years. We would have open rituals for some of the bigger Sabbats and we even tried to form a small coven.

That didn’t stick, no one’s fault, sometimes life just happens. I have remained friends with the ladies who are not in SCOTIF but were in that group.

More years, joining more community groups and getting super involved thanks to my good friend Tamara Lampard.

I met a lot of amazing High Priestesses and Priests and was introduced to the open covens in Perth. Meaning those covens that were active teaching covens and that advertised that they would teach people. Thank you Witchvox.com

I was still making friends and celebrating with a group of amazing women who were getting stronger and closer.

I then was torn, do I try to go through another traditions outer court and degree system. I respect so freaking many of these people and am so proud to know and be friends with a lot of them.

I sat with this and asked council from a few elders that I respected and decided to form SCOTIF with some amazing Witches.

That circle is like home for my spirit and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss them so much.

We aren’t perfect. No one is but I am glad that I found them.

Then I moved to Vancouver and started practicing as a solitary again, which has been even harder with a Son. Thankfully with Meetup I was able to connect with some lovely local people here.

Where my path will go from here, I am not sure. Depends when I move back to Australia really.

Here are my final tips for finding a Coven or group of people to work with spiritually.

  • Don’t rush it, it took me ten years to find my tribe.
  • No one, not even if they are the grand poobah of Wicca has any right to invalidate your practice, your connection to the divine, in any way you choose to have a relationship with it. Self initiated or coven initiated, solitary or coven working, it is all legitimate.
  • Trust your instincts

Interview with Outi Harma – Creator of the Venus Rising Oracle

You can’t help but look at Outi Harma’s work and want to touch it. With her two Oracle Decks, Love Your True Colors and Venus Rising you can hold her incredible art and use it to unlock your intuition. I initially found Outi’s decks on Easy and then started following her inspirational accounts on social media.

I have an unboxing video of both of her decks which I have been using for my personal work and with my Clients and they all adore it. Always wanting to admire all of the cards after a reading. I kid you not.

Out shares her journey of creating her art and her Oracle decks with us today.

Can you share a little about yourself. Where you are from, what you are passionate about and what is your profession?

OutiI am originally from Finland. I grew up in a tiny town north of the Arctic Circle. I came to the US over 25 years ago just as an adventure but loved it here right away. I started exploring art making. I am a self-taught artist/painter. I have been making a living as an artist for a 20 years now.

I am passionate about creativity, self-expression, spirituality, self reflection, nature, humanity, the world, politics, …I think I could go on and on :) I have practiced ecstatic dance weekly for over 20 years now. I could not imaging my life without dancing. I love acting and theatre and having been involved in it for about 15 years. I belong to Rachel Rosenthal’s theatre company called Tohubohu! ExtremeTheatre. We perform once a month.

How did this journey of creating the deck unfold?

My friends, and strangers, kept telling me that my art would be great on a deck of tarot or oracle cards. I thought so too but it took me a while to follow through and start creating a deck.

image3What were the unexpected challenges creating this deck?

Creating a deck went very smoothly for me. Years of painting gave me so many images to choose from. Sometimes the words would come first and I would look for the images that it would fit. And other times I would sit with the images and see what they wanted to say. I love the process.
Only thing I had a challenge with later in the process was the printing company that I had chosen.They made lot’s of mistakes. I had to constantly send things back to get them reprinted. Finally I changed printers.
Venus Rising OracleWhat is your favourite Tarot Card? (of your deck or in general)

I have used the OSHO Zen Tarot deck a lot. But maybe just because that is what I happen to have next to my bed. From my “Love Your True Colors” deck my favorite card is “don’t take it personally”. It is so freeing to let people to have they own experience and not to take things personally.

From the “Venus Rising” deck I love the “be fierce” card. Fierceness is such a good antidote to the feeling of powerlessness.

How do you use the Tarot and Oracle decks in your spiritual practice?

I like to pick up a card before dancing or meditating. I Feel into what it means to me and take a one word or short sentence. For example lately I have been working with word “receiving”. I love to practice of embodying it fully by dancing with it and breathing the energy of it into every cell of my body.

 

Outi Oracle DecksAny advice for the artists and creators reading this?

Be true to your unique voice and style. No one can create like you.

Any exciting projects in the creative pipeline?

I have coloring book in making. I been painting some large murals lately which been really fun and got few more lined up. I have a character that I have been drawing and would love to create a children’s book about her. Painting large scale paintings. There are so many things I want to do!

Rapid Fire Round!

Starsign?

Cancer, Pisces moon, Sagittarius rising

Favourite flavour of ice-cream?

Strawberry Hazen Daz (I never thought that I would be strawberry ice cream fan but this one change my life)

Do you have any pets?

Dog. His name is Dino. Gentle sweet pea.

What book are you currently reading?

Just finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic

Name a film you have seen more than 5 times?

No film more than twice.
One of my favorites that comes to mind is Eternal Sun Shine of the Spotless Mind.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Don’t have one person but Life in general

What is your go-to crystal?

Huge quartz that friend brought back from the healer John of God in Brazil.
How can we follow you and your projects?

Website: outiart.com
Facebook: outiart
Instagram: outiart
Twitter: outiart
Other: rachelrosenthal.org (theatre company Tohubohu!)

Oracle Cards in a Tarot Reading

Oracle Decks and Tarot

Like many Tarot Readers I also have an abundance of Oracle decks that I use in my spiritual practice. I use these decks on their own and also with the Tarot.

I am going to discuss a few ways in which you can use Oracle decks with the Tarot in readings. This is from my personal experience and I encourage you to take what you feel inspired by and incorporate it into your practice and leave the rest.

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The Difference

Yes there is a difference between Tarot and Oracle decks. They often get labelled as the same thing when they are different systems.

Where they are the same, is that they full under the umbrella of Cartomancy. Which is using cards to divine or tell the future and more modernly used as tools for self development and reflection.

I talk about this subject in Tarot Essentials but basically a Tarot deck is very structured. There are usually 78 cards (some decks have more or less but the majority have 78 cards) and they are divided into the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and the Court Cards.

Oracle decks are all individual. You can pick up five different Oracle decks and have five completely different structures and card count. Where as you can see that the structure of a Tarot deck is exact or only altered slightly deck to deck.

There are a bunch of other ways that they differ but look at the title and the number of cards and that will tell you if you are working with a Tarot deck or an Oracle deck.

Tarot and Oracle Decks in ReadingsOracle and Tarot Together

Here are my offerings in how to use Oracle decks and the Tarot together and what I have experience in. I would love to hear from you as to how you use Oracle decks and if you even do with your Tarot readings.

Before a Reading

It can be a really nice practice to have your Client pick a card from an Oracle deck to start the reading session.

I find that it can get the Client and you in the zone. We all have busy lives and your Client could have just come from a stressful day at work or be feeling low energy. A nice way to get everyone in a nice space is to pick a deck and just ask them to hold it, breathe deeply and pick a card when they feel ready.


I love pulling a Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful and fanning them out on the table (minus being so DAM graceful, honestly she is a total goddess) and ask my Clients to close their eyes, breathe deeply and hoover their hands over the cards until they pick the one.

It is also a way to find out what the theme of the reading may be or where your Client is really focused on.

Within a Tarot Reading

This would involve laying out Oracle cards alongside Tarot cards in a reading or spread. I love doing this and I usually lay out my Tarot Cards first using the Tarot Spread I have picked out for the Client and then place Oracle cards afterwards.

It’s all about layers.

Because Tarot cards are deep and multifaceted having an Oracle card which are usually more direct can assist in focusing the reading and the meaning of the Tarot cards. Oracle cards can also help connect the Tarot cards, as a sort of bridge.

Is there something dominating in the Tarot reading or missing? Often an Oracle card can help shed some light or bring some balance to the reading.

Another helpful aspect of using Oracle cards alongside a Tarot reading is seeing how they relate to each other. Is there compatibility or opposing forces? What does that mean for your Client and the situation?

If you find this to be too confusing don’t force anything. Trial a few things out and pick what works for you.

Tarot and ORacle Card ReadingClosing Out

This is something I have done for years after seeing my Tarot mentor do this in her readings when I learnt from her.

This is a beautiful way to close out a reading and seal the circle.  

By allowing your Client to pick a single Oracle card is gives the overall theme for the reading and a final message for the session.

It may be one of the main things they remember.

I have found that 90% of the time when I do this the Oracle card is ALWAYS spot on with giving a wonderful positive message with the theme of the reading to my Clients.
This is some of my practices and as I mentioned before I would love to hear from you about your relationship with Oracle cards. Did you start with them or the Tarot? Do you use Oracle decks with your readings?

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Dealing with Difficult Clients

This is a guide for tarot readers, oracle readers, healers and energetic workers of all kinds for dealing with difficult Clients. I use the medium of Tarot for this guide as this is my main divination and healing tool.

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If you are a professional in any field you are going to deal with difficult Clients.

I have had plenty.

I had the Client who stone faced said nothing the whole reading and then told me nothing was right at the end.

I had the Client who stood up and walked away, mid reading.

I had the Client who wanted to argue with me about every card.

I had the Client who wanted to read their own cards (they are a whole different type of difficult).

I had the Client who asked me the same question THREE times after I answered the question because they wanted a different answer.

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And that is just a few.

So what can you do about these difficult Clients?

I like to look at everything from a holistic place because situations in our lives are multi faceted. So we are going to look at what you can do before the Reading, when it happens and what you can do after.

Before Your Reading

There are some things that you can do before a reading to help filter these people from ever sitting across from you.  

Set your intentions

Set the intention that only the Clients who are right for you will find and work with you. That is why I love this Money Magic Manifestation card.

If we carry out our business and practice with the deep belief that we are going to be guided to the people who will benefit from your skill and love and will be a pleasure to work with then this lowers the risk of having troublesome Clients.

Accept that at some point it is going to happen.

Now that this is a reality. You can now move into the space of owning the reality that it is all in how you deal with it. It is like taxes and death. Even if you bathe yourself in protective crystals and affirm all of the time that you only have lovely Clients you will come across a bad egg.

It is a learning experience for sure. This can be one of the biggest reason that people are a little scared to start out reading Tarot for others. It is a big thing to put your time and energy out into the world and be of service to others. Then add the risk that you will have negative feedback or not the most pleasant Clients and that can leave people weary for sure.

Just know that even the most seasoned professionals have bad days, challenging Clients and feedback that is not stellar at times. Anyone who says otherwise is not telling you the whole truth. Don’t let that fear stop you from your soul’s purpose if this is your calling.

Heck if you ever need to vent or if you have had a bad day or need a pick me up, contact me, find me on Facebook or email me via my site. People have been there for me in the past and I would love to pay that forward.

You have every right not to accept every Client that requests your services.

If you get the creeps when someone asks for a reading or healing session, save yourself the trouble and say no. You can simply do this by saying that you are fully booked or that you are not accepting new Clients at the moment.

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Declining Clients can feel counter intuitive because you want to help people and have Clients but trust your instincts and act on them.

I was taught to never take a Client who was clearly distressed or in crisis. This is exceptional advice that I implement in my business.

Have a section on your site or before you begin that states the kind of reader or service you provide.

This can help make sure you are attracting and working with the right reader. We are all different and Clients want different readings.

If you aren’t a medium, don’t try to be one. Be clear what to expect from you and embrace that.

Are you a diviner, healer, counsellor? What kind of reader are you?

Segway!! Find out here if you like!

When it Happens

You have a choice.

You are not at the mercy of the person sitting on the other side of you. It doesn’t matter if your Client has paid you or it’s a free reading.

You have the right to change what is going on if it makes you feel uncomfortable, triggered, upset or if it is just not feeling right.

Your business and practice, your choice.

Ask yourself, do I want this reading to continue or do I want to change this conversation?

By all means you can sit there and sweat through it but realise that you chose to do that.

You are the one who is the professional.

Don’t stoop to their level.

Don’t engage in their stuff.

Remember this is them projecting on to you.

One thing I will always repeat from one of my Tarot Mentors is ‘Observe, not absorb’

Practice keeping your composure if you know that you wear your heart on your face (meaning your face can’t help but express how you feel, I’m like that naturally)

Don’t let it rattle your cage too much,  take some time out to gather your energies before you carry on and if you really are too shaken up stop for the day.

Try Compassion before you speak

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Before you respond take a moment to realise that the person across from you is still a person.

They came to you because they had a real need for healing or a situation that was very real and raw for them.

They came to you for a reason even if it was just to vent.

Yes it’s kinda shitty that they are working there stuff out by being difficult with you but they are still there because they wanted assistance.

So take a deep breath and step into your compassion booties before you say anything.

You have every right to stop a reading

This is the best thing to do in my humble opinion. But stopping the reading you are cutting the energy off and allowing for some space.

Here are some things that you can try.

‘I feel like this reading is not resonating with you. Would you like to wrap up this reading?’

‘I am sorry that this reading is not what you expected. Would you like to wrap up here?’

Notice the ‘I’ message and gentle language, saying something like: ‘why are you being such a bitch, I’m only trying to help, that is what the cards say, don’t blame me, take it up with your higher self!!!’ May feel good but you have pretty much laid the smack down on your Client it won’t be received well.

A note on expectations. Clients will come to you with expectations. Maybe they are not sure about what the Tarot can and can’t do or they had a reading a few months ago and it was X and they are getting Y (which is just as good) but not what they exported so they are annoyed.

‘I feel that this may not be the best time and space for you to be present and relaxed for this reading, shall we rebook for a better time? No charge’

It may even be that the Client had no idea they were being that way. They could have been just running on autopilot. I have had Clients say sorry, just had a really stressful morning. And then the reading continued with the air cleared.

Offering to rebook a Client at another time if they seem stressed or frazzled can be a lifesaver for both of you.

After

Cleanse your space and shake it off.

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For more inspiration and information about closing out your readings check out my video and guide on what to do after a reading.

Have you had horror Clients? What did you do? Let me know!

Tarot and Finances – Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop for the Vernal Equinox 2016.

I have been away from these for a while but I was so called to talk about this subject and I want to get back to these hops.

Our juicy subject for this Tarot Blog Hop is

Tarot and Finances

Probably one of my favourite subjects ever.

Let’s face it money is a big deal.

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions I get for readings. That and love are the things that we often find that we are searching for clarity and divination on.

I love using the Tarot to work on areas of personal and business finances with people, especially moving past their personal limitations and old shitt beliefs around money.

I believe that all cards are about abundance just like all Tarot cards can be about love or spirituality. They just tell a different side, share a different experience and hold a different energy and perspective.

Each Tarot card holds a story, an action, a way to move forward and have a better relationship with money.

Each Suit tells a different story about our lives and our connections to our finances.

The Pentacles may be the most obvious suit when it comes to our relationship with money, it is often seen as THE money suit. But it is also about being grounded, about manifestation and our relationship with everything in the physical world. It is out VALUES. Do we value a tree more than a book? Do we want more crystals in our house over leaving them unminded in the ground? Did I trigger you with either of those questions? (I love books, decks and crystals too, so no judgement, I do however think about the environmental impact of these things often).

The Swords show us how we think about money, what we think about money and why? These are the stresses that keep us up and night and keep us stuck. The affirmations we tell ourselves over and over again that become our reality. The power in the swords is that it can, if directed positivity cut through this BS and get us on the right track with money too. The power of lifting denial and shame.

The Wands show us our beliefs around money, deeper than the mind. It is how our spirituality interacts with money. This is a HUGE thing for a lot of people. How does your spirituality now coexists or war with money? Did you grow up learning and being told to look at money in one way and now with your life and spiritual path evolving and changing feel a completely different way? Have you let go of the past here? Big, life changing stuff here.

The Cups show us how we feel about money. What happens to our emotional bodies and state when money comes in, when it goes out and when it is even brought up with the people that we love. The Cups are fuel when it comes to finances, it is a major source of relationship stress and fights and breaks people up. Love and Money, two powerful forces and they come together with the suit of the Cups.

The Major Arcana, for me, is how the Archetypes and big lessons in life interact with money and finances. The Devil loves money and sees how it can be used for great and powerful things, both light and shadow. The Fool has no freaking clue and wants to forget money even exists. Temperance knows that abundance manifestation is an inside out job and for it’s real power to be known, it needs to be integrated.

I would love to know if this subject is of interest to you all as I would love to do more videos and blog posts on the Tarot and Finances. It is my jam.

Money Magic Manifestation Cards

Money Magic Manifestation CardsI created my Money Magic Manifestation Cards about a year ago because I wanted a daily reminder to snap out of my negative mind frames about money when they start creeping in. Although I have done a ton of work around my relationship with money, it is a daily practice. I use these cards with Client Readings and with my own personal practice.

Clients have used these cards to help them with their relationship with money, to break through creative blocks on projects (the fear of failure and of success can be very linked to finances) and also help their Clients in readings.

It is another tool I use daily as I work on having a better relationship with money. If you want to learn more about the cards click here. 

Financial Abundance Tarot Spread

You know how much I love creating Tarot Spreads, I have created a Financial Abundance tarot Spread, the link is below too for you to use when you are feeling a little stuck and want to know the way forward.

Financial Abundance Tarot Spread Blog

  1. What hidden blessings of abundance are around me right now?
  2. How can I increase the financial abundance in my life?
  3. Where are my financial abundance blocks?
  4. How can I release my financial abundance blocks?

 

Huge thank you to  – Ania for being the Blog Hop Wrangler.

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Full Moon in Libra Tarot Spread

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The Full Moon in March is in the sign of Libra which loves teamwork, balance and is an inspired action oriented air sign.

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Full Moon Tarot Spread

  1. How can I cooperate with my shadow side?
  2. What energy does this Eclipse hold for me?
  3. How can I find a way through the darkness?
  4. How can I bring more balance to my life right now?
  5. How can I create more peace in my life?

I would love to see your Tarot Reading for the Libra Eclipse Full Moon. Give me a shoutout on SM and use the hashtag #librafullmoonspread and tag me if you can!

If you get stuck on your cards let me know.

6 Ways to Read Tarot Cards

There are many ways to read a Tarot Card and not every way is going to suit every person. These are some of my suggestions on ways that you can explore reading the Tarot. Take what inspires you and leave the rest.

 

  1. Memorise the meanings

It may not be the most magical way to read the cards but it is useful.

You can memorise the Tarot card meanings from a book or just memorising your own meanings for the cards or specific deck. Some decks speak a completely different vibrational language than other decks.

I usually read Rider Waite Smith system decks and knowing the core meanings of the cards allows me to transfer this knowledge to any deck that I pick up. This isn’t the only way that I read the Tarot but it is one of the elements that incorporate into my readings.

You DO NOT need to learn the meaning of all 78 cards and reversals to be a fantastic Tarot Reader. Some people no matter how hard they try aren’t wired to learn or retain knowledge this way so it can be futile to even try.

Memorising via Flash Cards

If you would like to take on the challenge of learning the meanings of the Tarot you can try using flash cards.

Version 1 – Keyword Match

Write down keywords on your flashcards and then name a card that links to the word when they come up.

Even better if you can get a friend to write some keywords for you.

Version 2 – Title Match

Write the names of all the Tarot cards down on your flashcards and then try to name some key words or meanings when you flip them over.

  1. Use your intuition and emotional connection

This uses your ability to connect and feel a Tarot cards energy and vibe to read for yourself and or Clients.

Ways that you can intuitively connect with your cards:

  • How would you feel if you were in the position of the figure in the card shown? (If there isn’t a figure or animal what are you feeling when you hold the card?)
  • What is the overall vibration of the card? Is it light and happy or deep and sensual?
  • If the cards were talking to you what would they be trying to let you see or feel?
  • Does the scene in the card bring up anything for you?

This method also means that one day The Hanged Man may mean looking at things from a different perspective and then the next day it feels like letting go of control. Both meanings are correct.

This is another element I use to read the Tarot. I know the core meanings of the Tarot cards but I am guided by my intuition and empathic abilities as well. The Tarot is very multifaceted, my intuitive abilities lead me to what is trying to be heard from the cards.

  1. First Impressions

This method asks you to hone in on the first thing you see when you turn your cards.

A way to do this is to allow your mind to go as quiet as possible. Select your card however you normally do so and the first thing you notice is what go with.

It could be the color, a symbol, a word, a person, feeling, anything.

What you first notice can help you unlock the message of the Tarot card.

  1. Jump in!

This is where you take the time to place yourself inside the card as a spectator or take the place of someone in the cards and use that as a point in which to jump off.

In this you can look around 360 to what is going on in the ‘World’ in which you have entered. You can hear conversations, music, animals. Feel the air and the ground. It’s a wonderful way to connect with the Tarot and you can have some very interesting insights.

I always keep my Journal handy when I am doing this. I always come back with something new and it’s a great way to get to know a new deck and tackle cards that you really struggle connecting with.

I have a full video on interviewing the Figures in the Tarot Cards which takes this exercise to a new level. You can find that video here. 

  1. Symbolic Meaning

This method used the symbols found depicted in the Tarot to unlock the meanings and layers of the cards.

When you look at a Tarot Card what symbols really stand out for you? What do they mean for you?

If you choose to research a symbol what speaks to you when you are finding out more about them?

Symbols are rich and alive and they can not only help you understand the different layers of a Tarot card they can be a wonderful way to relate the energies of the cards to your life experiences. We all have different views, feelings, experiences with symbols.

You can do this using Tarot decks with Pip Cards but it can be a little more tricky. Not sure what I mean by Pip Cards? Check out my video on Pips vs Illustrated Tarot decks.

I have an example video on the Symbols of the Star and what the elements that are found in The Star Card commonly can mean.

  1. Progression and position

This method takes the position of a Tarot Card in its Suit or Arcana progression for the Major Arcana cards and uses that to give you a way to read the Tarot Card.

When I do this exercise I use these different groups for the cards.

  • The Major Arcana are one group
  • The Court Cards are another
  • The Aces to Tens in each suit are another group.

When it comes to Court Cards The Pages are the beginning of the progression of the Court and The King is the completion of the Court. This does not mean that the Queens are less than the Kings at all, it is just the placement of the cards in the deck.

For this placement is key. The lower numbers mean that you or the situation is more at the beginning and the higher numbers mean the stakes have been raised and completion is near.

Let me give you an example.

I am going to use the Five of Wands.

The Five of Wands is a 5, it is the middle card in the progression of the Wands.

So we can take from this that the situation or energy of the card and reading is a midpoint or midway through.

Then we can look at the card before and after as a way to see where you were before and where you are going.

Or what energy got you here from the card before and what energy is going to move you forward in the card ahead.

With the Five of Wands we have the Four of Wands behind us. What that says to me is that resting and celebrating got me here, I’m in a place of transition, energy and change and The Six of Wands is where I am going and what can move me ahead. This speaks to me of taking a step forward and to stop putting all of the energy I have internally and start to direct it out into the world.

These have been some suggestions and tips on different ways you can read the Tarot.

If you are looking for a whole book on this subject I highly recommend Mary K Greer’s – 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.

What are some of the ways you learnt the Cards? What has worked and what hasn’t worked?

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Tarot Tribe Interview – Heru from Worthy Tarot

We have some really amazing people in our Tarot Tribe and I am so excited to be able to connect with Heru Jerome from Worthy Tarot and share his Tarot Story with you all.

Jerome SideTell us about yourself? Where are you from and what do you do for a living?

My name is Heru Jerome I am a professional Tarot and Crystal reader here in NYC. I have been reading Tarot for about 15 years now and am loving every moment of it! I am from New Jersey, Essex County boy all the way! However, I went to college in DC (Howard University) and music school when I was a bit younger had me touring all over the place. So I have gotten to see my fair share of the worldJ.

How did you find the Tarot?

Well I was born with site, my family is Shinecock my Grandmother grew up on the reservation in West Islip Long Island. Site is pretty strong in my bloodline. When I was younger I was with my Grandmother at a bus stop and saw a silhouette of a man in the clouds, he was walking around and looking at me. The thing was that I did not feel any bad energy at all, I felt very centered even at 7 years old. 45 minutes late, when I got home my Grandmother got a call that her brother died. It was then that I realized my gifts and my family allowed them to develop naturally.

As I got older at about 17, I was drawn to the tarot because of my natural gifts with site and my love of art. However, I only dibbed and dabbed with readings. I didn’t seriously immerse myself in Tarot until my 5 year study into the Kemetic Priesthood. Learning to understand the concepts of Ancient Egypt, Maat, the Book of Life, & being a Priest made using the Tarot quite natural. After my study I was able to approach the Tarot in a way like never before.

How do you use the Tarot in your spiritual practice?

I am much attuned to the Moon and her cycles. I do a ritual & 25 card draw spread for myself on every New and Full moon. I also pull a card for myself most days and journal on how it deals with the specific energy that I am in for that week.

How do you prep for a Tarot Reading?

I meditate, go to my sacred space, and conduct a prayer ritual with a vision of white and purple light while burning sage and Palo Santo. This ritual keeps me centered and keeps my first eye clear.

What is one of the most memorable Tarot experiences you have had?for insta 14-2

We are all on a path of Ascension and I feel that reading Tarot has saved me on that path. Every reading that I have had is a reminder of that, all of my clients put a mirror in my face and remind me of the things that I am either dealing with or have dealt with. It is interesting how although we are all different we all truly deal with the same things. I am very blessed to work with people the way that I do because it keeps me going and sane!

What is your go to Tarot Spread?

I have a Tarot Spread that is custom to me that I created while I was being initiated into the priesthood. It allows me to really look into psyche and get the heart of matters. It requires that I use 3 Oracle decks that I build a meridian line with. One is drawn to sacred feminine, one in-between, and one to sacred masculine. I then build a backbone with the Tarot aligned to the quadrants of north, south, east, west and fire, air, water, and earth. They all pair together to tell a full panoramic story, I use this layout for all of my readings.

What is your current working Tarot deck?

I use a few Decks for all of my professional readings:

  • Linestrider Tarot
  • Cosmic Tarot
  • Sacred Rebels Oracle
  • Wisdom of the Oracle
  • Rotin Tarot
  • Osho Transformation Tarot

What is your oldest Tarot deck?

I have a copy of the Rotin Tarot that was printed in the 90’s and isn’t in print anymore. I use this deck for many of my readings and it has become a signature. You can read about it and Peter here:

http://www.worthytarot.com/blog/

What Tarot card represents your goals for 2016?

I think that the King of Swords is always a representation of what I aim for. I think that it requires a clear mind to truly wield power responsibly. Without expectations, wants, ego or worry. That is what my aim is this year, to be clear as I move closer towards ascension and the achievement of my goals!

Here is where you can find me:

Website

www.WorthyTarot.com

Facebook

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Instagram

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