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Exhaustion & Sagittarius Full Moon Spread

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As most of you know I moved from Oz to Canada three years ago, exactly three years ago on the 13th of May. In that time I have had a muggle job that had me in tears at least twice a week I hated it so much. The people were nice but the work was destroying me. I have been in a relationship with someone I have known for ten years and generally figuring out how this love thing works.

Had the most amazing gift in my son ever. As I was told babies weren’t something I was ever going to be able to have. But this blessing came with a new set of trials as I did this will very little help. Most of my family and friends being very far away and all.

I moved my Tarot work 100% online and focused on building that so I could be a work from home Mum and look after my little one. I created two decks and nearly finished deck number three. Made new friends and worked at fairs and held workshops on various magical topics. Worked to the point of exhaustion, created tons of content and basically haven’t stopped.

I know I’m not alone in feeling energetically depleted.

I want to keep going even as I write this out of fear of being left behind. Of becoming irrelevant.

But I simply can’t run at the pace I have set myself anymore.

So there is no Full Moon Guide this month. I have created a Full Moon in Saggitatious tarot spread for you all but the guide. I just didn’t have in me.

I have been doing most of my biz work on my own.

Which I am looking to change very soon.

I find myself wanting to apologize for being exhausted. To the point of such energy depletion that I barely recognize myself.
FullSizeRender (20)I find myself wanting to apologize for admitting that I need assistance and help.

Then I wonder why do we feel the need to say sorry for being human. For taking up space. For being depressed, tired, raw and real?

I am not going to allow myself to slip into victim mentality and apologize for doing what I need to take care of myself and my family.

Nothing is going to change over night. Tarot Readings will happen as normal. But I am going to change my services soon. Time to simplify.

YouTube videos may not be tutorial heavy for a bit and my blogs may be a little sporadic while I get my energy back.

The Tarot Readers Academy isn’t going anywhere.  The Awakened Soul Oracle is nearly done. Tarot Summer School is giving me life. I’m still going to have my shop full of magical goodies. I just need to re-examine a lot of my energy output and give myself permission to rest when I need it.

Basically I am getting a crash course in what happens when you don’t take care of your energetic boundaries, even when it is your own self pushing on them.

The last minuet trip that I booked to go to Melbourne was literally a soul SOS. I need to be around my family and friends in Oz for a while. I need to fill my tank back up. While I am still working while I am away I am looking forward to some down time.

Thank you all for understanding and being so supportive.

Sagittarius Full Moon Spread

There is a lot of very intense energy around at the moment. A lot of us feel restless and exhausted. Themes of being careful about what battles you join and being more compassionate with loved ones are around this Full Moon. We are going to want to fight thanks to Mars bringing a lot of influence but we ultimately have the final say if we want to engage in relationship warfare.

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  1. What impulses need taming?
  2. Where can I best direct my energy?
  3. How can I best redirect my aggression?
  4. Should I speak up or stay quiet? (look for clues in the card you pull as to what this card is trying to tell you)
  5. What spiritual and personal beliefs need re-examining?

 

I hope you enjoy the Full Moon in Sagittarius Tarot Spread and please share your cards with me via social media using #sagfullmoontarot

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Interview with Rosy Aronson – Creator of the Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck

Your Oracle and Tarot deck treasure hunter stumbled across this divine deck online. The extremely intelligent creator Rosy took the time to share her journey of creating the Wisdom Keepers Oracle deck with us. If you have not been able to see the Unboxing video for the Wisdom Keepers Oracle deck you can check it out here.

Can you share a little about yourself. Where you are from, what you are passionate about and what is your profession?
rosy aronson hs2Hello! My name is Rosy Aronson. I live in Berkeley, California, with my Danish film-maker husband and 13 year-old daughter. Whether writing, art-making, counseling or working directly with The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck, I feel passionate about helping people find authentic and empowering ways to embrace, trust and express who they are deep down, even when it feels scary, or silly. I firmly believe that we are literally designed to blossom, and that magic happens when we release ourselves from outside pressures, practice radical self-acceptance and courageously embrace the unknown.
I have a Masters in Expressive Arts therapy and a Doctorate in Intuitive Listening & the Creative Arts. I’m a registered Drama Therapist, an ordained (non-denominational) minister, as well as an experienced Human Design and Gene Keys counselor. I’m also the author and illustrator of The 64 Faces of Awakening Coloring Book and A Tale of Serendipity (an unfolding tale for the open-hearted child in each of us, and a call for global change that is driven by love and not politics).

How did this journey of creating the deck unfold?

My intention in bringing forth the 64 Faces of Awakening (the inspiration behind The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck) was both personal and collective. Personally I longed for a creative self-care practice that would help me let go, relax and unhook from the many stresses of my everyday life. The process of drawing the faces was exceedingly soothing to me. When I gazed into the eyes of these wise beings, I felt seen, cherished and supported. The more time I spent with the faces, the more relaxed, trusting, patient and forgiving I became in my everyday life. They seemed to have a similar impact on others. These faces were not just drawings for people. They were friends, guides and mentors, transmitters of presence and compassion, with their own stories to tell and wisdom to impart.
Over time I realized that these beings (Wisdom Keepers) embodied the very kind of peace, love and understanding that I longed to see in the world. And so I developed The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck with the deeper, broader intention of helping all of us reclaim, reflect and celebrate the soul of the world. I wanted the 64 Wisdom Keepers to remind us of our interconnectedness, while honoring our differences. I also wanted them to represent both ancient and new human archetypes that honored the wisdom and radiance of all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, etc.

One of the most important things I discovered while writing the Inner Guidebook that comes with the deck was that each Wisdom Keeperearned his or her wisdom by not only surviving painful and challenging experiences, but by embracing them. Just like most of us, they became present, loving and compassionate as a result of having experienced and ‘emotionally composted’ some kind of pain, loneliness, discomfort or fear. They represented the potential for the Wisdom Keeper in us!

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I really do feel that the Wisdom Keepers have come specifically to recognize our potential, reflect our beauty and receive our love. I encourage people to do as I do, to connect with each face as they would a friend, a grandmother, a mentor, a lover or a guide. To develop a sincere relationship with each of the Wisdom Keepers so that they can receive their unique medicine.

What were the unexpected challenges creating this deck?

As I imagine many artists-at-heart feel, the process of creation can be much more fun than the process of business building. The drive to receive and draw the Wisdom Keepers, and then to tell their stories, was quite strong, and natural. Figuring out how to fund the printing of 1000 decks was a whole different ball game! This was one of those ‘labors of love’ which required my family to take a huge leap of faith, and for me to learn more about marketing than I ever wanted to learn. I’m still trying to figure out how to share The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck with the world, without losing my shirt! That said, I have no regrets, and have a feeling that the Wisdom Keepers have their own plans for me, and for themselves. I’m just the humble messenger. : )


What is your favourite Oracle Card? (of your deck or in general)

I know this is the obvious answer, and perhaps a cop out… but I couldn’t possibly decide. I have different relationships to each of theWisdom Keepers, and sometimes I feel a need for one more than another, but in the end, they’re all family.

I kind of feel the same way about other decks that I love and use. It’s the rainbow of possibilities, insights and beings that draw me.unnamed444

How do you use Oracle decks in your spiritual practice?

Over the years, I’ve used several Oracle Decks for inspiration, support and guidance (e.g. Osho’s Zen Tarot, The Medicine Woman Deck, Mother Peace, etc.). I don’t often use Oracle Decks as predictive devices. I tend to be more interested in having my present reality reflected back to me, and allowing my creative mind and emotional memory to mix with the cards and drum up something new–an insight, an inspiration, a contemplation, a next step, an intuition, etc.

Now that I’ve created my own deck, it has been very interesting. Even though the Wisdom Keepers and their stories came through me, I don’t feel a sense of ownership. I’m still stunned by the sovereignty of their existence, the relevance of their stories, and the power of synchronicity.

I use the cards very intuitively, however it suits me. I go through periods where I pick one a day. Other times, I’ll do a spread that’s in the book, or one that I come up with in the moment. Sometimes I just talk to them, as if they were in the room with me and we were just hanging out. Other times, I pray to them for support.

I often use the Wisdom Keepers when working with clients in my private counseling practice. It’s amazing how deeply my clients relate to them, how relevant their stories and contemplative questions are to my clients, and how deep our sessions go as a result of bringing in the Wisdom Keepers. Sometimes I pick a card (or a few) before a client session, just for myself, to invite in the kind of wisdom and support that’s needed for us to have a deeply healing and transformative session. The accuracy and relevance often astound me.

Any advice for the artists and creators reading this?

  • Trust yourself.
  • Honor your impulses.
  • Embrace your feelings.
  • Reach out for support.
  • Let go of perfectionism.
  • Take risks.
  • Create ‘bad’ things on purpose.
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • Have fun.

Any exciting projects in the creative pipeline?
unnamed (9)I just launched The 64 Faces of Awakening Coloring book, featuring all of the Wisdom Keepers in the Oracle Deck. I’m super excited about about this! As a counselor with a background in expressive arts therapy, I’ve witnessed the power of coloring to lower stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression, as well as to facilitate a calm, centered and mindful state of being. The healing potential of this particular coloring book feels even bigger, given the loving, compassionate nature of the faces. So I’ve launched www.64faces.org, a web site dedicated to bringing the Wisdom Keepers to groups and organizations that would benefit from this unusual coloring experience (e.g. schools, hospitals, social service organizations, support groups, community centers, homeless shelters, prison or rehabilitation centers, senior citizen homes, etc.).
I’m also in the process of creating the second edition of the deck, which is likely to be IN COLOR!
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Starsign? – Virgo
Favourite flavour of ice-cream? – Mint Chip
Do you have any pets? – No, but I love all animals (despite allergies). And I often cuddle with my daughter.

What book are you currently reading? – I’m always reading about 15 books at the same time. Most of them are what my daughter calls, “Unrealistic Non-fiction.”

Name a film you have seen more than 5 times? – Harold and Maude

Who is your biggest inspiration? – Oh, that’s hard! I’m inspired by so many people, for so many different reasons! Do I really have to answer that? ; )  (Can you tell? I’m not someone who likes to choose. That’s why I made a whole deck of cards, not just one card.)

My family (mom, dad, sister, husband, daughter)

Dearest friends

Richard Rudd (the author of The Gene Keys, a big inspiration behind the Wisdom Keepers Inner Guidebook)
What is your go-to crystal? – A beautiful rose quartz crystal sphere with a natural heart-shaped formation in the middle… have had it for 25 years. It’s as old as my marriage (Kim, my husband, is definitely one of my biggest inspirations…)

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How can we follow you and your projects?

Website: www.wisdomkeepers.net

www.64faces.com

www.64faces.org

www.RosyAronson.com

www.DesignedToBlossom.com (for anyone interested in my Human Design-related work)

Facebook: “64faces.com”  (You can sign up here for
Instagram: 64faces
Twitter: @rosyaronson

Some updates on Rosy’s work

All of my products (the deck, the Inner Guidebook, and the coloring book) are available on Amazon. If you order through Amazon, you won’t get the extra golden organza bag, the extra Wisdom Keepers postcards or the numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity. To get those extras, they need to order directly from Rosy at 64faces.com or wisdomkeepers.net, which of course, I appreciate.)

The deck on offer is a Limited First Edition deck. There aren’t a whole lot more of them left. The Wisdom Keepers Inner Guidebook is the 300-page enhanced paperback version of the mini-Inner Guidebook that accompanies The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck. So it’s essentially the same text as the mini-Inner Guidebook, just easier to read, and better edited! It’s also now available on Kindle.

 

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.
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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.