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6 Tips for When It All Turns to Crap in a Tarot Reading

Hello Tarot lovebots it’s ethony and today I am answering a question from a lovely Tarot Student at the Tarot Readers Academy.

Before I jump in, please note as always that this is me sharing with you all and you can take what resonates with you and incorporate it into your personal practice and leave the rest.

Amanda asks: What do you do when a Tarot reading starts off positive but then gets dark and hard? Do you have any tips and suggestions for navigating this with your querents?

This is such a great question.

That is the thing about the 78 Cards of the Tarot, there is light and shadow, ups and downs because I believe it is a representation of the book of life. A reflection of what we go through and it ain’t all pretty. You also never know when you shuffle those bad boys what is going to come  up.

It could all be the Two of Cups, the Ten of Cups and then The Tower appears and the lesson, message and vibe of the reading completely changes.

Here are some of my tips from my 18 years as a Tarot Reader for when it all turns to crap in a Tarot Reading

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1. Be Prepared

At some point this is going to happen. Statistically it is impossible for it not to if you read the cards with any sort of frequency.

When you accept that it is going to happen and that you, as the Tarot Reader can aid someone find their way through a difficult time it shifts the fear of being the deliverer of bad news to the person who is their guide.

You are not the cards and you are not a bad person if you have some harder messages to share. People come to the Tarot for a reason. If you have a fear of not being liked or wanting to be a people pleaser then maybe do some work around this for yourself. I personally believe that we as Tarot Readers will have a more successful relationship with the Tarot and with our Clients when we are okay with not having everyone love us.

IMG_57132. Hold space for your Client and Yourself

If you are an empathic person before your readings start ensure that you have energetically protected yourself or are in a space where you are able to observe and not absorbe. You don’t want to take on other people’s energy, especially when it affects you.

Have tissues ready for your clients for the reading and allow them the space and time to feel what they need to. Reassure them that feeling is all part of the healing process and that release is healthy and positive.

Have a tool to help with shifting the energy after the reading. I don’t recommend that you smoke cleanse your client while they are sitting right there, unless an energy healing/shift is included in your services.

3. Learn how to find the positive opportunity in the harder cards

There is always something positive in each Tarot Card.

The Ten of Swords holds the positive message that what is done is done and all of the cards are on the table, nothing else is going to pop up and make the situation worse or harder. You have endured it and it is about to shift and move on.

The Tower holds the positive message that all of the illusions, fake friends and distractions have been removed. You can now see things for what they really are. It is a divine aha moment and the strong foundations have remained.

The Five of Cups holds the positive message that grief and allowing those feelings that are less than positive is actually part of the process to move into the future in a healthy way. When we embrace our pain and don’t shove it down and pretend that we are okay, we are not delaying our healing.

Every card has multiple meanings so there is always something that you can give your clients as a light in the darkness.

4. See it for the possibility that it is

Depending on whether you believe in fate or choice this may or may not apply to you. I believe that we have free will and that some things are not set in stone. The cards can be a warning that your Client is best to shift behaviour to possibly avoid the crappy outcome. Forewarning can be a gift.

If your Tarot reading does turn to poo poo pull some clarifying cards to see if the course can be corrected or avoided. See what your Client can change and control and what they can’t. Give your Client some options and give them some power too.

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5. Tell the Truth

Transitioning into this I don’t sugar coat things in a way that takes away from the heart of the Tarot cards.

If you smile and say ‘it’s all going to be fine, actually more than fine, unicorns and fairy floss for all time’ and then things don’t turn out that way, and you actually saw that you are not honoring the Tarot as a sacred tool, you are not honoring your Clients or yourself.

That and your reputation takes a hit. Always tell the truth, it is all in the way in which you are able to share the message of the Tarot to your Clients.

6. Always leave the reading on a positive note

Remember what I said about giving your client choice and power? Hope is also powerful. Not false hope. Leave things on a positive note. Wrap up the whole reading in a positive way.

This is another reason I love closing out my Tarot Readings with an Oracle card draw because it helps ground and focus the reading at the end.

If all else fails there is always, wine, hard liquor, chocolate and retail therapy. Use these remedies wisely my friends.

These are my tips for you all, I would love to hear what you do when things turn to poo in your readings. Have I missed anything? What has your experiences been with this? Let me know!

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Full Moon in Aquarius – Tarot Spread

The Full Moon in Aquarius rises above us on the 18th of August 2016 bringing with it deep urges to explore and find freedom (this explains why I have been looking at booking last min trips to get away and experience the new).

This Full Moon can place us outside of our comfort zone, change does that. However, if we are still in alignment with what we are passionate about and still in line with our authenticity this exploration can be extremely illuminating.

Aquarius also wants to bring us closer together, to seek out unity and sharing. Sharing our energy and space with others. Recognising that we are all connected and in the flow of the universes waters together.

Here is my offering for a Full Moon in Aquarius Tarot Spread.

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  1. What possibilities are being offered to me right now?
  2. What area of my life is craving freedom and experimentation? (check the suit of this card for big clues)
  3. Where in my life can I bring more unity?
  4. What old habits/beliefs need to be released under this Full Moon?
  5. Where do I need to go with the flow more?

 

*Tarot Reading Tip* – Take a look at your Tarot Reading as a whole, what is the overall theme or energy of your reading?

I would love to see what cards you get for your reading! Share your reading using the #aquaruisfullmoon on your social media accounts. Don’t forget to charge your sacred tools under the light of the Full Moon too!

10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Should Answer

As a tarot reader I often get questions about my background, experience and practice. Recently I stumbled upon a blog post: 10 Questions Every Tarot Reader Must Answer by the Left Hand Path, and wanted to share my answers. Have a watch and read through and get to know me a little more!

1. Were you mentored, or were you self-taught?

Both.

When I purchased my first Tarot deck at 15 I was completely self-taught. I read a lot of books about the Tarot and read the guidebook for the Mythic Tarot many many times. I also used my intuition.

I found my mentor in 2005 and that was when I took on a more structured learning program with the Tarot and I also studied more structured psychic development as well with her that same year

I found having someone to ask questions of and to be able to share my experiences with extremely useful. Having confirmation that I was on the right track and that it was something I was good at helped give me the confidence to read for others.

2. Are you a psychic or a Tarot reader?

Both.

girl-1031645_1920I know every card meaning. I can tell you about the symbols, colors and what the foundations of the Tarot mean for every Tarot Card.

I also rely and use my Clairvoyance, Clairaudience and Clairsentience in my readings. These are the three psychic abilities that have come the most naturally to me. I talk about my abilities as a child in my video – My Tarot Story.

I am empathic, always have been. I have honed and learnt to control these abilities. I do believe that everyone can access these energies but I also feel that some will come easier than others to people

3. Are your predictions accurate, and is accuracy important to you?

I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have been spot on.
I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have not come to pass.
I have predicted things in a Tarot Reading that have come to pass but not in the time that I saw it. Either after or before.

I personally don’t believe that any reader can be spot on 100% of the time. No one in any profession is 100% correct all the time. Giving my Clients clarity and getting them to ask the right questions about their lives so that they can have the most positive experience possible is more important to me than having something not come to pass on an exact date.

The Tarot is a divination tool but it is also so much more than that. Some readers read only in a full predictive style. I read in a more holistic style. If you want to know about something happening like a house sale in a certain time, then I will totally answer you. If you want to know how to navigate a tricky situations, I will give you options.

4. Is there anything you can’t predict in a reading?

Most of the time I don’t feel it is a matter of can’t, rather than I won’t.

I have been asked about the location of missing people.
I have been asked about missing items.
I have been asked about lotto numbers.
I won’t answer these questions and I don’t believe it is my area of expertise.
I have also been asked a lot of things around hexing people being a witchy woman and I certainly will not do that.

I believe that our sphere of influence plays a part in our Tarot Readings. Sometimes we aren’t meant to know things or the path has not been set yet because a choice has not been made and let’s not forget that we all have that magical thing. Choice. Other people also have choice.

I feel that when I do a Tarot Reading it is taking a snapshot of what is the most likely outcome and what is most likely to happen based on the information available, the energy around the situation or people involved. The fears, hopes, environment and a bunch of other factors.

5. Do you use only Tarot, or are you multi-disciplinary?

SoulflowerPlant SpiritOracle DeckUnboxing Video (1)I use a lot of stuff.

  • Runes
  • Oracle Cards
  • Aura-Soma
  • Reiki
  • Spirit Guides
  • Pendulums
  • Tea Leaf Reading
  • Lenormand
  • Numerology
  • Astrology

I am probably missing things here. A lot of this I have done with my training as a Witch but Aura-Soma I spent two years learning and becoming certified.

6. Is the message in the cards, or in your head?

Both. Catching the theme here?

I am drawn on the symbols and artistic interpretation that the Tarot cards allow me to tap into. One of the reasons I love lots of decks as all of the decks have something new to say.

I know what the cards mean as well. I do connect to my Spirit Guides and I do use my intuition. The message has to be in the cards though, this is the jumping off point for me. The intuitive information connects to the cards.

7. Are you a priest or a fortune-teller?

I believe that everyone is a priest or priestess, we all have the connection to the divine. I am a priestess but I don’t believe that makes me more special than anyone else. I also diviner.

I take my work as a Tarot Reader, coach and mentor extremely seriously and am very honored every time I work with a Client. Reading Tarot is a ritual, a healing session, confirmation, and inspiration. It is my jam.

8. Are you a fixer or a looker?

The only person who can ‘fix’ their own life is the person whose life it is. I use the Tarot to look a the situation from a different approach, to give options and shed light form an unbiased perspective. The greatest gift though that I believe a Tarot reading can give my Clients is to get them to a place where they are asking the right questions for their life.

I can and do also use the Tarot for divination, as I have mentioned before but I don’t think that the Tarot is a bandaid.

9. Do you read for free, or for fee?

For a fee, most of the time. I do some free readings every now and then but reading Tarot, writing and coaching is my full time gig.

10. Is there anything you won’t predict in a reading?

I mentioned a few things in the ‘can’t’ answer but anything that feels morally wrong or like down right spying I am not going to answer. I won’t predict things like election outcomes or world events. Not that people ask, thank goodness. I won’t predict death of people or animal kin.

These questions have been very interesting to answer. What do you think of the list? Is there anything missing? Would love to see your answers if you have done this too. Comment below or tweet me @ethonytarot

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How Do Remote Tarot Readings work?

 

How Remote Tarot Readings Work and Tarot and Oracle Deck Selection.

I have been conducting Tarot Readings via the internets for a long while now and I can’t really believe that I have not talked about how I believe my readings work and what my technique is. So here it is.

There are four options to have  a Tarot Readings with my little self. If you are in Vancouver or you catch me while I am travelling you can get a Tarot reading with me face to face. Most of my Clients connect with me via Skype, email and video readings. Video readings have become my total favorite of late, I can channel the messages for the readings to my little heart’s desire.

So how do remote readings over the web actually work?

This is my perspective. I fully recognize that every Tarot reader works in their way and has their own beliefs around how the Tarot works. I have talked about how I believe the Tarot works in this blog and video post. http://ethony.com/get-to-know-me-as-a-tarot-blogger-a-tarot-blog-hop/

My Personal Practice

Remote Tarot Reading 3Setting my reading Altar is what I do first. I will light my spirit candle and pull any crystals that I would like to work with for the day. I then cleanse the space, connect with my guides and give my decks a good warm up shuffle.

Custom Tarot Spreads are totally my thing. I have a few Tarot Spreads that I have used a number of times over my many years of reading the Tarot and these are good go-to spreads but I feel that having the ability to create something that gives the attention that is needed to the situation and question for my Clients is so much more personal and gives much better results.

Some of these will have firm positions such as, Future, Situation, Next 3 months for example and then I would look at how they all work together. Sometimes I am lead to create more of a narrative where each card builds on each other to create a complete picture.

I also use Oracle cards from decks that I am drawn to and that complement the reading I am working on.

Online remote Tarot readings for me are treated like any other reading. I will talk and write to my Clients as if they were across the table from me. I find that when I am even reading someone in person I don’t always look at them anyway, creepy staring at someone is probably not the way to make someone comfortable.

What I Get From My Clients

I gather some information from my lovely peeps when a Tarot reading is booked with me and it all has a place and importance.

I use my Client’s name and date of birth to use that as a way to connect with them. I have permission to connect with them in my sacred space for their reading when they have booked me. I wouldn’t do this unless I had permission to do so.

The Question/s that I get from them focuses my and the Tarot readings and allows me to direct the energy to the area of my Client’s life that needs the Tarot light on it. I also ask for some additional information to give context, their perspective and energy for the reading. As I have mentioned before. If you ask vague questions you are going to get vague answers.

There is another reason that I ask for this information, it helps me to get messages from my guides. I often start getting information for my Clients as I am reading their questions and situations. The movie screen where I get information starts to focus in.

Selecting Tarot and Oracle Decks

Remote Reading 2I sit with my decks for each Client and for their specific situation. I do have a wonderful collection of decks and I seasonally rotate my working decks. Sometimes a real random deck calls me from my shelf and won’t shut up until I pick it up.

There are Tarot and Oracle decks in my collection that are perfectly aligned with certain readings. I have decks that are most suited to love and relationship readings and some that read for career coaching like a dream.

There are Tarot and Oracle decks that really want to work with certain Clients. (Who says that decks don’t have their own personalities) and some decks I have a personal connection with and read with every day.

Because I work with more than one deck in my readings and sometimes in the same layout of cards there is usually a mix of the above in play when I pick my decks for my Clients.

So there you have it, a little bit of info on how I believe remote Tarot Readings work and how I do my thang. Do you read the Tarot over the webs? Have I missed anything? I would love to hear about how you do your thing.

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Interview with Joanna Powell Colbert – Creator of the Gaian Tarot Deck

Gaian Tarot Interview

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

Joanna: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1990. I live on a small island near Bellingham, Washington, with a population of around 900. On clear days I can see Canada from the ferry dock!

I’m passionate about connecting with the natural world in a deep and intimate way (which is really the theme of the Gaian Tarot). I’m passionate about the Circle Way, a method of holding intentional conversations. I’m passionate about making art and writing. I’m passionate about guiding others into coming into their own deep wisdom and sacred work. I’m passionate about the Sacred Feminine; I’ve been walking the path of Goddess Spirituality since the early 1980s. And I’m passionate about the tarot and other oracles, especially when they unlock a person’s own creativity and inner guidance.
My profession is artist / writer / teacher / mentor / priestess.  I’ve been embodying those roles part-time since the early 1990s, and full time since 2010.

1-magician (1)Ethony: How did this journey of creating the deck unfold?

I started studying the tarot seriously in the 1980s, and began to read professionally around 1990. I wanted to create my own deck all those years, but was busy doing other things. Plus, I felt daunted by the idea of creating 78 cards. I actually stepped away from tarot and other esoteric interests in the late 1990s to focus on nature connection and the presence of Place instead. When I came back to tarot, it was like answering a call. I knew it was time to create my own deck. I brought together my love for the archetypal imagery of the tarot with my love for the natural world and my belief that nature is our greatest teacher and healer.

Ethony: What were the unexpected challenges creating this deck?

Joanna: It took so much longer than I had ever anticipated or intended — nine years in all. After I finished the majors, I realized I had not planned well when I decided to use the medium of photorealistic colored pencil, because it is so time-intensive. But I could not stop mid-deck and do the rest of the cards in another medium, so it just took a very long time. During the years I was working on it, I was also running a web design business (my day job) and helping to care for my elderly father. So I could not work on it full time. In retrospect, I think that the depth of my life experience during those nine years found its way into the deck and made it all the richer.

8-strength (1)Ethony: What is your favourite Tarot  Card? (of your deck or in general)

Joanna: In general, I’m always looking to see how a deck creator interprets the High Priestess and the Moon, as I have such a personal connection with both of those cards.  In the Gaian, my favorite card is the Guardian of Water (Queen of Cups), because she embodies the Ocean Mother from many cultures around the world to me. That wasn’t my intention when I created the card, but she sure turned out that way.

Ethony: How do you use the Tarot in  your spiritual practice?

Joanna: I pull a card every morning, asking for wisdom for the day to come. I change up decks for my morning cards, so there’s always something new. I use the Gaian almost exclusively for readings. I work with it almost every day to help clarify options and make decisions, especially in business and in my creative life. I use the cards as journaling prompts or conversation starters for almost every circle and retreat that I host.

I think that the act of creating a deck (you will know this, Ethony!) is probably the best way to connect with the tarot as a spiritual practice, because you are focused so deeply on the symbols and meaning of each card. You ask yourself, What does this card mean to me? How has it manifested in my life? How do I want to to interpret it in my own deck?  Creating your own deck, even if its for your own personal use and not for publication, is one of the deepest, most profound practices anyone can ever do. I highly recommend it!

Ethony: Any advice for the artists and creators reading this?

hermit-owl-altar-650x650 (1)Joanna: Figure out what your own unique voice is, and what new slant you can bring to the tarot. What hasn’t been said that you feel needs to be said? Who or what is not represented in most decks, that is important to you? Create the deck you want for yourself, and don’t think about the marketplace. That way, your vision will be clear. Try out different art mediums, and make a few sample cards to see how they go and if you like the results. Then do the math. If it takes you twenty hours to create one card, how long will it take you in months or years to complete 78 of them? And do you want to go on that journey?  Then — be the Fool, jump off the cliff and do it.

Ethony: Any exciting projects in the creative pipeline?

Joanna: Lots! This spring I released a majors-only art deck, called the Pentimento Tarot, created in beeswax collage. It was great fun to do something so different from the Gaian. I’m working on a new full 78-card tarot deck now with a collaborator, but we are keeping details about it under wraps for now. I’ve also been working on a book for the last couple of years that compares the seasons of the year to the seasons of a woman’s life. And I continue to call circles together, mostly of women, to come away with me on retreat twice a year. Those retreats are some of the most meaningful, creative work I do.

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Starsign? Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon, Taurus Rising. Earth earth earth.

Favourite flavour of ice- cream? Coconut Bliss brand Cherry Amaretto. (I’m allergic to dairy.)

Do you have any pets? Not anymore. Both of our elderly kitties died last year.

What book are you currently reading? You mean books, right?  The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams, The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin,On Getting Stuck (on writer’s block) by Laraine Herring, and Blood Orange by Susan Witting Albert.

Name a film you have seen more than 5 times?  Um. I can’t think of any!

Who is your biggest inspiration? At the moment, Terry Tempest Williams. Longer term: Angeles Arrien. And two of my favorite people on the planet: Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of peerspirit.com.

What is your go-to crystal? Beach stones. Does that count? I do have a small crystal ball that I’m learning to scry with.

How can we follow you and your projects?
Website:  www.gaiansoul.com | Facebook: Joanna and Facebook: Gaian Tarot | Instagram | Twitter

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Having Healthy Boundaries with Your Tarot Reading Clients

Boundaries

I am a firm believer in Boundaries. Having them and keeping them.

Professional boundaries are so important and I have been guilty of letting them get a little blurry at times. To run a successful business you need them. All businesses have them. Your business is no different. Whether you are a Tarot reader or make magical potions.

I have gathered together some tips for having healthy boundaries as a Professional Tarot Reader. This can be applied to all energy workers or people who work for themselves.

When you let your potential Clients know what they are going to get in a Reading from you and when you give them more confidence. The unknown elements disappear. Again this is all personal reflection as always take what resonates with you and leave the rest.

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Set Your Boundaries Outright

It is a lot harder to set boundaries when you have allowed people to have access to you all the time. So no matter if you take one or all of these tips my number one tip is to set your boundaries at the beginning.

Have a Routine. A Work Time. A Play Time

Have your contact or ‘office’ hours on your website and keep them. Once you start sliding down that all hours contactable person rabbit hole it is hard to go back.

Let your Clients know when they are going to hear from you and stick to it, or update them if you are running late.

Take Holidays

This can be super hard when you run your own business and I find it hard to do this still but you need it or you will burn out.

I’m on the Clock

Using a timer with your Readings. It reminds your Client that you have a timed engagement and gives a clear ending time. If there is more that you need to share you can of course go over or you can get your Client to book another reading.

Separate your Work and Life

Have separate social media accounts, phones or phone numbers, email addresses, bank and financial accounts. It makes it so much clearer for you.

Your Tarot Code

This is where you let your potential Clients know what your Tarot ethics and reading boundaries are.

You can show that your code of practice which outlines what kind of Tarot readings you offer

  • Are you okay reading about a third party?
  • What about reading the Tarot for teenagers and children? (with their parents permission of course)
  • What kind of readings are completely out of question?

Your code of Tarot which outlines what you believe the Tarot can and cannot do

  • Are you a Tarot reader who will predict the future?
  • Are you a Tarot reader who is more of a coach and spiritual mentor?
  • Is the Tarot a healing or divination tool or both?

These are a few things that you can consider for your business and website.

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Favorite Summer Tarot and Oracle Decks

 

It’s that time again. Here are the Tarot and Oracle decks that I have been drawn to and using for my personal and Client readings.

TAROT DECKS

The Animal Totem Tarot

This deck has been calling to be used for a lot of my Client readings. Especially about Career, Spiritual business and Spiritual path working. It is so stunning and the guidebook is fantastic. I have a lot of animal decks and books and there are some gems in the book about animal magic and messages

Victorian Romantic Tarot

This deck is sadly out of print but it is a deck that I have been using every day. It is THE LOVE deck for me and I don’t see me working with any other deck for a while for love readings. The only thing that has me a little bothered is that I read for a lot of people who aren’t straight and this deck is straight. Besides that it is so stunning and speaks to me on more levels than I thought it would. An incredible Tarot deck.

If this ever goes back to print I am all over it for a back up deck.

The Gaian Tarot

I am one of the lucky ones that has both versions of this deck. I have been working with the Schiffer Publishing version of this deck. I love that the deck is bigger than your standard Tarot deck as the art is really detailed. The book is worth the deck alone and it is multicultural, modern and beautifully earth centered.

Did you catch my unboxing and first impressions video of this deck?

The Witches Tarot

I know I am a sucker for lovely Rider Waite Smith inspired decks. I was recently reunited with this deck when I went to Australia and got the rest of my Tarot and Oracle decks out of storage and brought them home with me.

It is so much fun and totally vibes with my Witch self. It is a digital art deck and I really love it.

The Morgan-Greer Tarot

You know I love this deck. But a funny thing has been happening. I have been working more and more with other decks. It feels like it is moving away from being my go to Tarot deck. What is going to take its place….time will tell a few are in consideration. It’s like the Tarot Bachelorette.

The Lumina Tarot

Another out of print deck, but I feel that this one will be back in stock soon. Just a feeling I don’t know for sure. This is a lovely summer vibe deck.

Songs for the Journey Home Tarot

One of my beloved circle Tarot decks. It is a indie deck that has its own system. A tarot deck that I have been using for personal reflection and draws. I have been getting to know the deck very well over the summer.

The Aura-Soma Tarot

This deck, this deck. I have all of my Aura-Soma Tarot files and training literature and I am so so happy it is all here. I am working with this deck every day and I have a new Tarot reading which is centered around this deck. It is more in depth Aura-Soma Tarot reading that gives you a road map of your Spiritual and Soul Purpose and as always you choose the bottles. Just like when you have a Aura-Soma bottle reading.  It is a large Tarot deck with 112 cards and I love that it is a travelling Aura-Soma case.

ORACLE DECKS

Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle

Kim from the Wild Unknown released this deck this Spring and OH MY STARS it is so beautiful. I am in love with this deck. I love the Wild Unknown Tarot deck as well. The guidebook is so lovely and well done. She has the most amazing brand, honestly.

Chakra Mindset – Balance Oracle Cards

I found this Oracle deck via Instagram and I fell instantly in love. A lovely indie deck from Australian creators.

Here is my unboxing video if you missed it.

Spirit de la Luna

What a stunner of a Moon Deck. This is a deck that I have been using since I received it and will be using it a lot more. Especially with my magical work and Moon magic.

It is the perfect companion for the modern witch and moonaholic. I adore the guidebook and the presentation is so well done.

Here is my unboxing video if you missed it.

Money Magic Manifestation Cards

I use these, every, single day. These have helped so much and I have had such great feedback with people who use them. They are a working vibrational lift for life long abundance. I know they are mine so I am a little bias but I do really love them.

What decks are you using Tarot babes?

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Full Moon in Capricorn Tarot Spread

The Full Moon in Capricorn is happening on the 19th of July in 2016.

Earthly concerns are the theme for this Full Moon. Because Capricorn is the opposite sign to Cancer (the Moon’s zodiac) this is the Earthiest full moon. Psychic abilities and dreams may be a little duller than normal during this Full Moon.

You may find yourself being pulled to very practical and tedious things even if you are usually heavily affected by the mystical energies of the Full Moon.

Organization is your ally. If you are working on a project, make sure you build strong foundations. The success of your goals depends on it. A little more time and care at the beginning is going to save you a world of rework later.

People may be a little ruder this Full Moon. Don’t expect others to come to your aid and your requests for help may be denied. For all light workers, healers and mystics LOVE is needed more than ever now.

When I felt this last message I have to admit I felt it with a heavy heart. Authorities and institutions that have power have even more this Full Moon. Insensitivity looks like it is going to be even higher. Please reach out to those who are at risk. Meet fear with love and stand up with love and support.

This Full Moon Tarot Spread works with these themes.

Full Moon in Capricorn Tarot Spread

Full Moon Capricorn Tarot Spread

 

  1. Bones – What foundations do you need to lay to succeed right now?
  2. Patience – Where do you need to apply patience or what is testing your patience?
  3. Plans – What long term plans are calling you?
  4. Ambition – Where do you need to think BIGGER?
  5. Support – Where do you need support or how can you support others at risk?

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Enchanted Full Moon Group Tarot Reading

Full Moon Group Tarot Reading

I am offering a Full Moon Group Video Reading for this Full Moon. Included is a PDF report with photos of the reading and cards, affirmations and Money Magic Manifestation prompts. I will also be pulling cards for each Tarot Reading Personality TypeThis reading is recorded and will be sent to you on the afternoon of the Full Moon.

As a launch offer, when you book your Full Moon Group Tarot Reading a friend gets it for FREE!

All of this for only $13 USD – Book now and nominate your moon babe who is going to get their reading for free!

Full Moon Blessings to you all.

Ethony*

 

9 Tips for Developing Your Intuition

 Screenshot 2016-07-11 12.01.42Intuition or inner knowing is such a gift. It can help guide us away from bad decisions and people and keep us on the path.

Now I truly believe that we are going to experience things in our lives that we can’t always avoid but if we develop and listen to our inner voice, our bodies and truly pay attention it can bring an element of the divine to our everyday lives.

I use my intuition with my Tarot readings and coaching but I also use intuition every day. The more that I have been in touch with my inner compass the better my readings and life have been.

Here are some tips that have worked for me that I am sharing with you love bots today.

1. Be Observant

This is so extremely powerful and so underrated.

I have seen signs from the divine in so many ways, just by being observant. I see coins on the ground. Lady bugs on leaves and people and situations that I can avoid (like accidents waiting to happen).

In a world full of people that seem to be more aware of what is going on, on their phone this can seem like a freaking superpower. This alone can change your life.

2. Slow Down

This feels simple. It can be a challenge though. To slow down and to allow yourself to get back into a natural rhythm.

If we are rushing from place to place and constantly stressed we almost have a barrier around us for blocking intuitive and subtle energies. We aren’t on the same vibration.

3. Be Present

There are amazing books about this and there is so much around being present in the moment. I am not sure I can add much more to the conversation around it. What I can say is that your intuition does not live in the past or in the future.

Your intuition speaks in the now. Even if you are daydreaming or reminiscing your intuition can butt in, but it will call you back to the present. Always.

Practices such as meditation, yoga and even exercise can help with this.

4. Check in with Your Body

Your body always knows. We often don’t give it enough credit for being an amazing barometer for what is going on. Your body knows what food is good for you and what people are.

When something happens or you are around certain people, check in with your body. It is also great for when you are working with healings, you can scan your body for areas of tension and pain for the people you are working with.

Your body knows. When you make a purchase, feel into it. When you say yes to something or even better before you say yes, take time and feel into it with your body. It knows. Especially your gut.

5. Vibes Matter

Everything gives off vibes. People. Rooms. Items. Everything.

If you can tune in and learn to feel them through visualisation, meditation, reiki, whatever medium you like to work with. You can get a very good indication of whether something is for you or not. It does go a little bit with checking in with your body but this is about the external energy. Not your internal.

6. Magical Tools

There are many reasons I love using magical tools. One of them being that it is a wonderful way to get in touch with your intuition. Working with tools gives our busy minds something to do and allows that part of our beings to be heard more clearly.

My favorite tool of course is the Tarot and Oracle decks. The visual expression. The ritual of a reading. The feel of the cards as you shuffle them. Everything about it is me.

7. Automatic Writing

Another wonderful way to kick start all of those intuitive energies. Automatic writing is a form of communication where you allow your spirit guides or a divine source to write through you.

The idea is to write and just keep writing. Not to edit. Not to stop. You can pick a Tarot or Oracle card and start writing or use a key work or ask a question.

Some people get into a trance like or meditational state when they do this too. It is a really fun exercise. Give it a try. You never know what you will find fly out of the pen.

8. Spirit Guides and Helpers on the Other Side

Spirit Guides, Angels and all of those helpers from the other side can be amazing companions when working with your intuition. It may not be your thing but like a lot of spiritual development, I recommend that you try a few things to see what works for you.

Did you know that I have this little freebie course at the Tarot Readers Academy where you can learn to meet and work with your Spirit Guides. Including a guided meditation – http://tarotreadersacademy.com/courses/tarot-reading-with-your-spirit-guides

9. Shut up and Listen

This coming from the woman who loves to talk.

The older I get the more I value silence. How extremely cliche. It is true though. I used to get fired up about everything. I still do, but I choose what to pour my energy into now.

Silence is powerful. Silence allows for space. Silence lets you listen.

You don’t need to be quiet all day but observing silence has been a powerful way that I have connected with my inner voice in a strong way.

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The Seeds of Shakti Oracle Deck – Interview and Deck Preview

The Gods and Goddesses of Oracle and Tarot decks have been very good to us in 2016. So much bounty! My great friend Sharron from the School of Gypsy Arts has created something truly wonderful that I am happy to share with you today.

This is no cookie cutter Oracle deck folks. This is a hand designed and painted deck that I have been privileged to see come to life since Sharron started to paint them. I have read with the deck and seen the guidebook. (Dude talk about an incredible learning opportunity for those interested in Indian culture). So without further ado, I present to you the Seeds of Shakti Oracle deck.

Original.SharronBasanti.1 (1)Can you tell us where you got the inspiration for your Seeds of Shakti Deck and what the title means?

The Seeds of Shakti Oracle was hidden in my deep subconsciousness and was waiting to come into fruition for a long time. Finally, on December 25th, 2015 when the Full Moon was in the astrological sign of Cancer, the deck was born. I drew inspiration from my ancestors.

Creating this oracle deck has been healing for me, as I have yearned for a connection to my cultural roots. I was born in Northern India near the Pakistan border. I was adopted at the age of 4 by an Indian family in Northern British Columbia, Canada.

In Sanskrit, Shakti (pronounced shuck-thee) means power or energy; and is the universal life force. She is worshipped in all her manifestations (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati, Kali, Durga, etc. . .), as she is the Divine Mother Goddess. Shakti is the Divine feminine principle, as Shiva is the masculine. She exists within you as sacred power. I feel that each of the oracle cards are seedlings of Shakti.

Did you make a solid plan once this project became known to you or did you just go with the flow?

I knew in my heart space that I needed to go with the flow, as structure would have killed my creativity and connection with Source. Don’t get me wrong, I love structure in other aspects of my life, but when I am drawing and painting, I prefer to let Source guide me.

What were your first steps?
Seeds of Shakti Oracle 4I started the project off with painting the seven main chakras, as I initially thought I was going to do a 
chakra affirmation deck, but then I couldn’t stop myself from drawing more. I knew at that point, I wasn’t going to be creating an affirmation deck, as the projected had organically evolved into an oracle.

What were some of the challenges you faced in creating the deck?

I had no previous experience, so I learned a lot as I went and received guidance from a friend, who has a few decks under her belt. You probably know who she is . . . Miss Ethony!

The most challenging part was writing the guidebook, as I wanted the content to be rich, not fluff. I spent about 3 months writing and revising the guidebook until I was satisfied.

Did anything go easier than expected?

The drawing and painting of the oracle cards was extremely intuitive and flowed effortlessly for the most part. I didn’t struggle with coming up with the messages for each card, but did take my time to meditate with each painting to tune into the message.

What did you do to help your creative flow when working on your art?

To be honest with you, I locked myself up at the cabin away from distractions. Also, sharing pictures of the art in progress on social media, especially Instagram was empowering as the feedback that I received motivated me to continue because I didn’t feel alone. I feel the key to my creative flow was honoring the fact that I needed solitude to paint.

First Giveaway - Seeds of Shakti Oracle

What are some of your favorite cards and why?

I’ve noticed that most oracle deck creators don’t answer this question and reply with the genic answer, “all of them”. I won’t do that, as I would be lying. At the moment, I am connecting with Kali but last week, I was resonating with Muladhara (Root Chakra). If you ask me this question next week, I will most likely have a different answer for you, as my favourite oracle card is determined by what is happening in my life.

How do you use your Oracle deck in your spiritual practice?

My morning ritual consists of shuffling, focusing, and drawing three cards to represent my morning, afternoon, and evening. At the start of the week, I often draw one card to represent the theme for the next 7 days.

As a chronic writer, I am constantly journaling, so I often draw a card to give focus to my writing sessions. Being an oracle deck junkie, I have a deck on my night stand and right now the Seeds of Shakti Oracle is in rotation. I like to draw a card before I go to bed to help stimulate my dreams and send positive vibes to my subconsciousness.Seeds of Shakti Oracle 2

I work a lot with positive affirmations. I often pull an oracle card and use it as inspiration to create an affirmation. This is one of the reasons why I included affirmations for each card in the Seeds of Shakti Oracle guidebook.

I have also been using my oracle deck with my Tarot clients, as I love the messages that are coming through.

What advice would you give other artists and people who want to create their own decks?

If you have a strong will, nothing can stand in your way, not even self-doubt or lack of abundance.

Seeds of Shakti Oracle 1I love this quote, ““The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” ~ Vince Lombardi Jr

Where there is a will, there is away!

 

 

You can pre-order your Seeds of Shakti Oracle deck and guidebook for an amazing discount right now. Grab your copy while you can.