Yuletide Wishful Thinking is made of these. Of a happy family life on Christmas Eve. A Holy Night during which we offer Merry Meets and well wishes. Of sharing plum pudding and children laughing; of tinsel and silver bells. And of wishing upon a star!
“Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see
A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite”
Yuletide Wishful Thinking
Yuletide wishful thinking
Yuletide wishful thinking by day carries over into the night and your dreams. In your dream, when you do wishful thinking and that it is the Yuletide/Christmas Season, your dream is indeed a magickal one!
Wishful thinking in your dream is your unconscious trying to show you that it is good for you to begin wishing again! Hope is not dead; there is still hope for you. There are better times ahead!
What Yule is
What Yule is? “It is the ancient name in the Germanic Lunar Calendar for a winter festival corresponding to December and January.”
Back in the days of the old Keltic-Germanic Peoples, before the Christian conquest, the old Keltic-Germans could be found throughout what is now called Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden. The Druids were dominant there, and they exercised a great influence over them. The more significant majority of these Peoples practiced and placed their faith in an older form of Druidry than what we have today.
Back then, people believed that Witches would come as shadows in the night, to cast feelings of sadness and depression upon them. These types of Witches would do that throughout the Winter Season, thus placing the Keltic-Germanic Peoples into misery. Misery is the old fashion way of saying ‘slavery.’
To ward-off the evil Witches and the life of sadness they cast upon the Keltic-Germanic People, these Peoples celebrated what they called Yuletide. During the winter, people ate well and sang happy songs together. They spread good cheer to one another. And they said it worked!
At the time of the Christian Conquest of these People, the Christian priests incorporated the Yuletide wishful thinking into the local Christian faith and called it Christmas. After all, if being of good cheer and partying all night together worked to dispel winter misery, it would work for Christians too! So the Christians priests kept and encouraged this strange custom of making merry!
The Christmas Star song
The Christmas Star Song is a song about the star that lights up the sky at night, during the Winter Season. The Star shines up above, taking people out from under the misery of sadness and despair (the loss of hope, and a life of poverty/emotional slavery), and into its Light. The light of the Star brings the hope of being emotionally happy.
Yuletide Wishful Thinking
Yuletide Wishful Thinking is of common occurrence during the Yuletide Season, especially at night when the Sun goes down. Place a lit candle on your bedside table. The Lit candle represents the Christmas Star and will light up your night during your Yuletide Wishful Thinking. It will help you find hope when you dream. During your Yuletide Wishful Thinking thoughts, try to listen to the happy songs of the Christmas making happy times!
Spiritual Counseling – Safe Harbor reveals to us the secret of the Strength Tarot Card. When meditating upon this card, we become aware of our personal inner-strength, our inner being. It is our safe harbor.
"It is the essence of heart, where our sense of awareness lives." Jodorowsky. To find safe harbor within our heart, requires we remain totally sober minded. For the heart is not a place for the totally frosted.
Going to the heart is the road least traveled. On the way there, we are confronted with our true feelings and thoughts; with our fear of the unknown and our weaknesses. But also, with our strength of intellect and our courage to change.
Courage to change
Courage to change is what Spiritual Counseling is all about. When we go to a Spiritual Counseller, it is because there is something we feel we must change within ourselves. A Tarot Spiritual Counseller, helps us through the Tarot Cards, to see our way clear to affecting such a change.
The Tarot shows us, via its pictures, what lies within us. What lies within us are the Core Forces and energies that control us, and how we have chosen to react to them. It may be that we cannot control the Core Forces that control us, but we can choose how to react to them.
Most often, we have chosen to react instinctively to those Core Forces within us. But we don’t have to continue reacting that way. Instead, we can decide to react to them – intelligently; so to change what we can.
To change what we can
To change what we can – takes courage and inner fortitude. Because what lies within us has most likely taken on a life of its own. We may even feel that we have lost control over our wants and needs. That everything has gotten out of our control. Just like in the picture above, we need to get a grip on our instincts.
More times than not, people say about me that I do a Tarot Reading without helping my Querents; that I don’t give them solutions. Which is totally false.
Perhaps I say things too sweetly and nicely. Perhaps the solution or advice I offer can be said more strongly, and with more courage on my part. I certainly am not going to bang people over the head with a frying pan, just so they get that I am giving them good advice. And to make them do it! I am old fashion, all I can do is to explain that the Strength Tarot Card has a message for you, my Querent.
The message of the Strength Card: "We need to be in a relationship with our instincts". Jodorowsky. Or in other words, we can choose how we react!
Choosing how we react
Choosing how we react, was “the” most important lesson I ever received from my adoption mother Clarisse Breton (1918-1988). I was just 9 years old, way back when she had taught me about the Core Forces, Influences, and Energies of the Tarot de Marseille. And she kept reminding me about those down through years. Because it was the hardest lesson for a 9-year-old little girl to put into practice.
Of course, with hindsight, at 61 years old now, I have come to the realization that I had understood this lesson to me – all along. If only I had listened to my mother, and to her Tarot Teacher (Sister Theresa), I would have saved myself a lot of heartaches and misery; simply by choosing to react differently than I had.
If you are like me, you also have regrets about how you may have chosen to react to things you had no control over in the past. It may be that we cannot directly control those people who have controlled us throughout out our lifetime. But it’s not too late to start choosing a much better way to react to them now. Even years later! Because we are older and smarter now!
Reacting with the strength of our intellect
Reacting with the strength of our intellect is going to the essence of the heart. Your mind contains all the lessons you have learned in life. It also contains all of your experience you have acquired down through the years.
In other words, you have amassed a vast pool of knowledge about what works and what does not work for you when you react to people in your life. At the age you are at now, you now understand! You now understand that you need to take care of yourself – smartly! And that “you can deal with all matters of difficulties”, Jodorowsky.
By doing some introspection, you can examine your own heart; do a personal inventory of yourself; make honorable amends to others as much as to yourself; and then share the following knowledge with others. That you are now in harmony with yourself and with others, and that you can now start looking towards a positive future. Because you have found a safe harbor in which your can trust your own reactions.
Spiritual Counseling – Safe Harbor spoke to you about a safe place within our heart. Use it as your heart’s anchor. It is your inner-strength.
Tarot Affirmation is an excellent way with which to start trusting your reactions. Repeat this Tarot Affirmation until you begin to believe in it.
Tarot Affirmation: “Deep down inside, I know how to react under any circumstance.”
Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences are symbolic of the Human Journey in all the domains of life. In Tarot, we look at the Fool’s spiritual progression. Whereas, in the Elder Futhark Runes System, we look at the whole person regarding “Human Development”. Both the Tarot and the Elder Futhark correspond to one another.
The Fruits of Freedom
I plant this seed so to harvest many fruits
Its value far surpasses my dreams
It’s sweet taste will make me dream
Of setting myself apart from the heard
By eating success’ sweet fruits
(Poem by: Evergreen)
Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences
Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences readily show that The Tower Tarot Card becomes Fehu/The Cattle. Our Fool is in reaction to a storm; and he is cleaning house! This goes to confirm that The Fool is a young man/young women who realizes that he/she is not in control of what is happening to them.
We, in Tarot, already know that the Fool is a young person who is just setting out into the world to prove out what he has learned from his mother. He leaves home to make his own luck in life. His intent is to be successful at it. However, in the Elder Futhark system, he meets up with a storm right away as soon as he/she sets foot into the world. It is no wonder that in the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, our Fool appears as if about to walk off a precipice!
Hello there, fellow Tarot Readers. My name is Nicole Dauch of Tarot Reading By Evergreen. These past three years, many people on Facebook have asked me to teach them the Runes. So I thought that it is about time that I do so.
The way I plan to do this, is by combining both the Tarot and the Elder Futhark Runes System together – via their correspondences. This, so that both the Runes enthousiast and the Tarot Reader can follow along.
The Human Dimensions
The Human Dimensions in the Elder Futhark System are crucial. This system of divination looks at the human development of the whole person in three domains of her/his life. How they evolve within the context of society, within the Universal Principal and how the person obeys the Evolutionary Laws of the Universe.
Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences are not an invention of mine. I lay no claim to inventing the wheel. Correspondences of the Runes to Tarot are not new. My adoption mother, Clarisse Breton (1918-1990) taught me that, “Tarot is the divination of the Core Energy that controls us, and how we choose to react to it”. Same goes with the Elder Futhark Runes.
In other words, we can use Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences to help with divination We can use those correspondences to do a divination on how the Querent is developing her/his true independence from their parents, from their leaders in their community. We can also use these same correspondences to find out if the Querent is developing his independence according to the Evolutionary Laws of the Universe.
The Fool by any other name
The Fool by any other name is still the Fool. In Tarot, we tend to think of the Fool as possessing a naive nature. This because we adults agree to say that the young person called the Fool, is “foolish” to go out into the world on his own. We all agree to say, that The Fool is an aspect of our younger-selves that was clueless as to what awaited us out there in the world away from our mother’s apron strings. As children, our survival was mainly due to our parent’s luck they had made for themselves. As the Fool, we left our father’s rule, because we thought ourselves sufficiently well equipped to become independent and successful out there among the other grown-ups who do not care, nor love our Fool.
Consider what cattle do. Cattle roam so to find good grass to eat. Then the herdsman rounds the cattle up, drives them back to his ranch, puts them into locked enclosures to bring them to slaughter when the time comes. Now that has just got to be the worse storm the naive cattle can be in! Indeed, our Fool is naïve! It is but a Fool who thinks that he can leave home and that the world will take it easy on him. Nottttttttttt!!! Just like what happens to cattle, The Fool is not necessarily safe from his own herdsman.
The Fool is born within the context of society. His society is ruled by a Core Energy (the herdsman) that controls the Fool. That Core Energy expects the Fool to behave as cattle; to just simply let himself be herded. It is a Core Energy that decides if our Fool will be born and even if he will grow up. It decides for us what school we shall attend; what and how to learn. It decides for us if we will get a job; how much money we will get from it, and even how long we can do it for. All that our Fool (Fehu/cattle) can do is to choose how he will react to that Core Energy.
So when my adoption mother taught me about that Core Energy that controls me in my life, it was her way of telling me that I was the Fool (Fehu). If you are like me, you do not like being a Fehu; you resist that Core Energy that controls you as if you were just part of a herd of cattle. If you are like me, then you are a Fehu just as much as I am. Oh lol, did I just call you “Fehu”? I think I’d better explain that one before I am run out of Dodge lol… So read on…
Your Fehu, in the context of human society, has a deep seeded “instinct to survive” as an individual. The word “individual” means that you are an “I am.” To say that “I am,” automatically implies that you are aware of being a separate and distinct person from the other people in your environment. Your in-di-vi-dual survival’s instinct make you just as restless as cattle when it senses danger. To better understand this restlessness of yours, consider the cattle under a herdsman’s control.
Just because the individual cattle is born into a herd, it does not mean that the individual cattle is a happy camper. Since birth, cattle feel the control of the Herdsman’s energy. The cattle chose to react with meekness and compliance to that Core Energy. Cattle will continue to respond in this way, up and until something goes wrong.
If and when a storm hits (with thunder and/or lightning), the cattle become restless and down-right aggressive. It may be that the overwhelming majority of the cattle will just moan and groan about it. However, one of them will break loose and start to stampede out of the enclosure the herdsman put them in. The rest of the cattle follow that individual cattle and stampede along with him. Eventually, that individual cattle will do as the Fool does in The Tower Card. He will choose to separate himself from the stampeding herd of cattle so to go and make his own luck in life – on his own. In other words, he will clean his own house! Moreover, he will strive to be successful at his newly found independence.
If and when your basic survival no longer is satisfied, you become restless against that Core Energy that controls you. Your then Fehu (the Tower Card) thinking it best to become independent from that Core energy that controls you. To do so, you are more than eager to leave home so to make your own luck in life. You strive to become independent and place your trust in your in-di-vi-dual capacity and knowledge. Hower, you soon learn that true freedom comes at a price!
True Freedom Comes at a Price
True Freedom Comes at a Price. We soon learn that we must pay the toll to leave home. And that once we do leave home, we must strive to maintain our independence.
Having left our father’s house, we nevertheless are the product of our birth. We carry our genetic baggage with us everywhere we go in life. The chains that bind us to our parents keep us forever indebted to them. More so, it is through our parents that the Core Energy that controls us – manages to hunt us down so to keep us under its control.
The Core Energy that controls us will not let us break that which binds us to it. We are forever in its debt. It knows that for as long as we remain part of its herd, we will continue to be as cattle to it; meek and compliant and to bring it wealth. Yes, we must take care of our parents when they are old, but we do not need to be under their control as we do so.
The Secret of the Fool as a Fehu
The Secret of the Fool as a Fehu is the wealth he risks getting. Money is power! Moreover, that is what the Fool as The Tower Card/Fehu wants. That is why, that even if there is no storm in his family’s life at the time, the Fool will create his own storm (if he has to) – so to leave home.
You can only achieve true independence once you get wealth and can keep it. There is a “Force” that lives on the margins of your Querent’s individuality. A Force that compels he/she not to be controlled by a Core Energy that only seeks to herd them – as if they were cattle.
Tarot Elder Futhark Correspondences are symbolic of our Human Development Stages. The Human Developmental stage of leaving home, is absolutely a normal one. Freya’s Aett, is the Human Dimension within the context of society. This is the Aett upon which you will find our Tarot Fool as Fehu/the Tower. It is absolutely normal for a young lad leave home to go make his own luck in life, and more importantly, to fight to keep his independence/wealth.
Centering and Grounding can seem time-consuming to the average Tarot professional. However, it is a crucial part of getting ready to do a Tarot Reading. If you experience symptoms during or after a Reading, it is most likely because you need to Center and Ground yourself.
Hello, fellow professional Tarot Readers. My name is Evergreen of Tarot Reading By Evergreen. This Tarot Article is part of a series of Tarot Profesional Development Articles I write from time to time.
I often read on Facebook posts by people who say they are experiencing symptoms. Some of the responses to such posts are excellent. They are good advice on Centering and Grounding.
Why do you need to Center and Ground
Why do you need to Center and Ground yourself? Perhaps you are a natural Super-sensitive or an empath, you think that everything you sense or pick up from people is part and parcel of this gift of yours. Yes, but not quite! It is because you are using your energy when you do a Tarot Reading. In other words, you are depleting yourself of your personal strength.
It may very well be that you pick up things as a Super-sensitive. However, be aware of when it is not what you are picking up on from other people. Experiencing symptoms is an entirely different matter. Then it is because you are using your energy when you do a Tarot Reading. In other words, you are depleting yourself of your personal strength.
It is a very little known secret among Tarot Readers that Tarot Reading is part of the Magickal Arts. If you are not aware that doing a Tarot Reading is performing a form of Magick, then you would do well to get a basic understanding of Magickal Timing, and the appropriate rituals associate with performing magick.
Not only is doing Readings part of the Magickal arts, it is also part of the Healing Arts. Many also link it to Chakra and Healing. No matter what is your personal belief concerning the Tarot, you are not just using the cards to do a Reading with; you experience symptoms because you are spending your energy.
When to Center and Ground yourself
When to Center and Ground yourself is what you must know before you pick up your Tarot Deck each day. Behind the scenes, we Tarot Readers live out our daily lives just like everybody else. We have a home or an apartment; a husband and children; and part-time or full-time paying jobs outside of the home. We have bills to pay; meals to prepare; a house to clean. Just like everybody else, we are but human after all. Just like everybody else, we can become overwhelmed and tired out.
If you are like me, there comes the point in time when you need to take care of yourself. Centering and Grounding is an integral part of taking care of ourselves. In doing so, we maintain our core strength and lasting power.
So, Center and Ground yourself each morning before you begin your Tarot Reading day. You can also Center and Ground anytime you want; especially when you experience symptoms due to performing a Reading. Doing so will help you clear those symptoms away, if not avoid them all together.
What are these symptoms
What are these symptoms due to a lack of grounding? Here is a list of these:
Fatigue, nervousness, restlessness, short temper. When we are exhausted, we can become ill. Your immune system might be weak. You may even become dizzy, and become aware of being on Tilt or unbalanced. You may experience mental confusion, chakra unbalances, and subtle energy disturbances in the aura or other subtle bodies. You may experience any or all of these symptoms.
Many Tarot Readers feel they just do not have the time to center and ground themselves. We read in books and especially on Facebook, many excellent suggestions on Centering and Grounding. Notice that most responders keep it short and sweet; they do not go into the long, time-consuming Centering and Grounding Rituals. Moreover, that is because it can be done very efficiently without it becoming long and worn out.
How to Center and Ground yourself
How to Center and Ground yourself is part of the “basic knowledge” mentioned in a previous paragraph in this blog article. If you practice Centering and Grounding on a daily basis, or whenever you need to Ground, it will become an automatic short and sweet – little Ritual of yours.
Always keep at the front of your mind that Centering and Grounding are all about balancing yourself; being in Equilibrium Physically, Spiritually, and in all the subtle bodies. To do so is not complicated at all. Personally, I like “Becoming a Tree”, and/or “using a Crystal”. Becoming a Tree is a Centering and Grounding method that I learned way back when I was in Social Work School; we had many Professors who just happened to be Esoteric and who incorporated such a method into their teaching program (hence into our Professional Social Work Diplomat).
The Tree Method is quite simple. Imagine yourself as being a Tree with roots at the bottom of your feet. Sit on a chair, back straight; both feet flat on the ground; both palms on your lap – facing upwards. Imagine roots growing from your feet – stretching and reaching down into the Earth beneath your feet just like lightning rods. Now Imagine your energy (both positive and negative) emptying itself out into the Earth below you. Then breath in and out slowly while bringing back your roots up into your feet. You are now Centered and Grounded! You can do this as fast or as slowly as you have time.
The Crystal Method of Centering and Grounding
The Crystal Method of Centering and Grounding is a time efficient way of stimulating the mind and is closely associated with spirituality. Certain Crystals, in particular, are especially favored by many when using the Crystal Method. Clear Fluorite and Clear Quartz are excellent for this. Hematite is also good for this.
Place the Crystal in your power hand. Gaze into it for a short period. Moreover, chant:
“Crystal align my body, mind, and spirit to each other,
Clear and balance and make me secure to the core of my being and atoms,
Empty my surplus energy, time for me to inquire for another”.
Focus on helping me do a Divination, It is time for me to inquire for another person”.
(You may adapt this chant to suit your need).
Personally, I also like to use a bell when pressed for time. It is even more quick and efficient than the above two Centering and Grounding methods. The sound of my bell reminds me that I just cleared away which is not good for me. Ringing a bell brings an extra boost when clearing the atmosphere in my home. It is also a sure way of calling my familiar to me for assistance.
Centering and Grounding give you a sense of balance; performed together, they restore your lasting power. This helps you to be a happy Reader. It is a spiritual way of removing symptoms often felt by Tarot Readers, and to clear the atmosphere around you of undesirables.
Pendulum Divination – Hanged Man Tarot Card is when you want to confirm which way to go during a Tarot Reading. The Pendulum comes in handy when you feel you cannot go any further with your Reading due to an obstacle. When there is an obstacle to your Reading, you can bet there is a core energy at play.
To get clarity during a Tarot Reading, you can also use the Pendulum – “to know the very nature of the world around you,”. In the Metaphysical, a Pendulum is a “highly advanced implement that sends and receives vibrational frequency information. It detects and effects. It is an invaluable tool and a trusted friend and ally. (…) An advanced Seeker uses the Pendulum (…) for ending how things were, and to begin a new time of change. For to end is to Begin, “Avizinis.
Tarot Readers believe that you can change your destiny. They will enlighten you as to what changes are needed; guide you on your Journey through life. They will encourage you to make the necessary changes within yourself and to your situation – so to end how things are now, and to begin a new time of change. When the Hanged Man Card is pulled in a Reading, a personal sacrifice is required of you; for your good and for the good of others. This personal sacrifice on your part will bring comfort and joy into your life again.
Corresponding the Hanged Man Tarot Card to the Pendulum
Corresponding the Hanged Man Tarot Card to the Pendulum is easy to do. Just look at The Hanged Man Card, and you will see a Pendulum. The Keyword for the Hanged Man Card is, “Surrender.” Surrendering to the inevitable that is beyond your control, and of your own Free Will, is a sacrifice that you make so to restore balance where there was once chaos.
When someone asks for a Tarot Reading, it is not rare that he or she wants to know the way out of their chaotic situation, or how to get unstuck when in a rut. They have been to several Tarot Readers and Psychics and have received the same enlightenment and guidance. Yet, the Querent is still in a rut; the way forward remains out of reach.
Obstacles to the truth, are negative energies that can quickly pull the wool over any Reader’s eyes. “The Hanged Man Card is a Light card,” Jodorowsky. The human body is a natural Pendulum ready to manifest the nature of the energy in its immediate environment; it loves to heal what is not equilibrated. The Hanged Man’s sacrifice rises upward onto the Tree of Life.
Consider the Pendulum
Consider the Pendulum when it rises upward! If it is light-weight, it will lift itself up. Let me prove this to you.
Take an ordinary sewing needle and a typical black sewing thread. Cut the thread at nine inches in length. Pass it through the eye of your sewing needle. Tie both ends of your thread – by making a knot at the end of your thread. Raise the point of your Pendulum up to about three inches above a flat surface. Moreover, watch your Pendulum levitate in the air. You have just witnessed your own Chi manifesting itself to you! Chi is energy!
Now notice that your sewing needle Pendulum is silver (gray). Gray is the color that corresponds to all of your body parts. Its attributes are to retreat wounds. To accept, let go and let a Higher Power than yourself do the rest. A Higher Power than yourself can be either the positive or the negative energies detected by your Pendulum. This, even if it is your Chi lifting up your sewing needle Pendulum.
Consider the Hanged Man Card
Consider the Hanged Man Card from the Metaphysical perspective. The Hanged Man Card represents how to heal our emotions, our feelings, our thoughts, and how we can choose to react to events, people, and situations that control us. In other words, the Hanged Man Tarot Card is used in Tarot Magick to discover what changes can be done to a situation; and “how to end things that have been until now; to now make it a new time of change. (…),” Avizinis. Both the Hanged Man Tarot Card and your Pendulum are gamechangers!
“The Formula Dubra explains the Way of things in Nature. It is the same or is equal to “All”. It leads to or develops into “All”. All equals One (the Collective Consciousness). The Collective Consciousness leads to or develops into the Universal Principles. The Universal Principals are the same as or equal to the Vibrational Frequencies. The Vibrational Frequencies lead to or develop into Velocity. Velocity is the same as or is equal to Light. Light leads to Color. Color is the same as or is equal to Patterns. Patterns are the same as or are equal to Thoughts. Thoughts lead to or develop into Beliefs. Beliefs lead to or develop into Archetypes. Archetypes lead to or develop into Lessons. Lessons are the same as or are equal to Extremes. Extremes lead to or develop into Balance. Balance is the same as or is equal to The Journey of One which effects All”, Arvizinis.
Metaphysics takes into account The Formula Dubra. The Hanged Man Tarot Card and/or your Pendulum speak to the study of, and the use of Knowledge and Wisdom beyond that which Science has proven.
Tarot Readers honor all things
Tarot Readers honor all things in Nature and the Universe. We honor both the physical and the metaphysical. We honor the Pendulum just as much as we do the Tarot.
For us, when we do a Tarot Reading, we see all things. Both the seen and the unseen. We honor the vibrational frequency output; the character of all that exists. We are honored to do Tarot Readings for you, so to help you “in all things”; most especially when you need to find your way out of your unhappy situation.
Pendulum Divination – Hanged Man Tarot Card helps us to reach our destiny. Many Tarot Readers, such as myself, use the Pendulum for clarity and healing during a Tarot Reading. “Like the Ancients before us, the Pendulum is yet another companion on your Journey,” Catherine Arvizinis.
The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind! When the Tower Tarot Card shows up in a Reading, it speaks of a dramatic change in your life. And there is nothing you can do about it…
It is not your fault. You did not do anything bad. This storm is not of your making. Nor are you getting punished for some reason.
From time to time in everyone’s life, the winds of change blow in our direction. When you wonder why this is happening to you, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind! The Air Element is taking over your life for a little while; you are powerless over this kind of storm.
Feeling Powerless to do anything about it
Feeling Powerless to do anything about it can be one of the worse feelings ever. You may feel anxious, even panicked. Your brain says “let’s get the Hell out of here!; your heart says: “are you kidding me, I ain’t going nowhere – this is scary”.
When you feel powerless over the Element of Air, all you can do is to stop fighting it. Consider the Wind. A strong wind does its thing relatively quickly, during a relatively small amount of time. This, while making its way to where it is heading out.
During the time that it does go on, the Wind does its ravages. You are powerless to make it turn around and make it go towards somewhere else. You cannot “Will” the blowing of the Wind.
All you can do is to drop both arms to both sides. Wait till its all over. Assess the damages in your life. Pick up the pieces of what is left; and then go forward from there.
Assessing the damages
Assessing the damages is the worst part. After the storm has moved on, there will be feelings of confusions and amazement at first; you are still alive and kicking. You will have to look around and pick up your broken pots, sort out your possessions, and repair what you can.
The good news is, after the storm, the Sun will always come out and shine above again. You will be able to see a rainbow up in the distance. Family, friends and neighbors will come over to see if you are OK and what help they can give you.
It may very well be that you will feel discouraged for a while, but that too shall pass. Keep encouraging yourself by repeating the following Tarot Affirmation. “Things can only get better from now on!”
A Dramatic Change In Your Life
A Dramatic Change In Your Life always occurs rather suddenly. It will feel like things are happening way too fast. Like as if, events are spinning out of control; like time itself is fast forwarding.
Acceleration is the Key Word for this Major’s Card. However, Crowley insists upon it being: War! It is the Element of Fire that makes this a “dark card in the Magick Arcana. However, “it is less realistic with the mental and spiritual realms.”, Jodorowsky.
In particular, consider this Tower Card in the Llewellyn’s Tarot Deck. Notice that the Wind and Lightning are in the dark of the night, and the upper North areas of the rectangle (squares 8, 9, 10 and in some parts of 6 and 7). Again, according to Jodorowsky, this kind of change that is blowing in the wind, indicates that this storm is a – sudden “strong action.” An act of God, if one may express it this way.
Both in the Tarot de Marseille and Thoth decks, the Tower Tarot Card depicts the garrison guards either falling or having been ejected from the Tower. These represent your inner guards you put up against the reality of your inner life. How we feel about something, is not necessarily how it is in reality. Our feelings are but subjective.
This card speaks of an inner war going on within yourself. Some may prefer to call this inner war, a war between our good conscious and our bad conscious. A war between our sense of doing right and doing wrong. This inner war mainly occurs within yourself, “when we become aware of the perfection and the imperfection with us”, Crowley.
A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death is about mentioning a deep, dark event brought on by the storms of the war within our inner self. Normally, when a swift change takes place in our life, we humans are resilient!
A Human Being has the basic instinct of survival. Either we adapt to changes or we will die. This said, just because we have survival instincts, it does not go to say that sometimes we do not struggle with wanting to put an end to the changes we undergo in our life. Changes such as a divorce, the death of a spouse or a child, the loss of a job or even a new job, etc… Some people go through all of these changes within a few months even. This is when there is a struggle between wishing to die versus wishing to live on.
If we think that one sudden, unexpected change in our life is hard enough, just imagine undergoing four or five major life changes coming at you all at once. This can be devastating for the average person. It causes a series of major stresses all at once!
This is when there is a struggle between wishing to die versus wishing to live on. A depression accompanied by a major disease is often the outward manifestation of misadapting to a major change in our life. A change about which we simply can not stop ahead of time before it happens to us; like a hurricane, for example.
The Anwer is Blowing in The Wind of Acceptance
The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind of Acceptance, letting go, and letting our very nature do its thing. When the Tower Tarot Card shows up in a Reading, it speaks of a dramatic change in our life that makes us question our very existence. And there is nothing you can do about it, but to accept, let go, and place your trust in your survival instincts.
About Tarot Magickal Correspondences is an article written as an encouragement to use the Keys of the Tarot. As in any other form of magickal Divination, Correspondences are a link to ancient knowledge. They work because it is part of our basic human nature to use them.
The Forest Of The Ancients – Poem by Moon Spell
As I walk through the forest of the ancients,
The trees, they whisper to me in foreign tongue,
An uncertain magick courses through my body,
And through my veins, I feel it run…
I now see the mysticism, beauty,
Of what’s now perceived to be faery tale…
The ground is scattered with leave and root,
An infinite growth of infinite youth,
Yet all will whither as time shall pass,
The moon shines bright but it cannot last…
About Tarot Magickal Correspondences goes directly to the relationship between the Tarot Reader and her/his Querent. Our clients come to us to know more about situations in their lives. They wish for the Cards to give them enlightenment and guidance.
When a Tarot Reader picks up her Cards so to Read for the Querent, she does not take half of the deck so to shuffle it; she shuffles the entire deck of Cards. Just as one does a Full Tarot Reading with a “full deck”, one performs the Reading with the full knowledge of the Tarot Magickal Correspondences. These are part of the Magick of the Tarot.
It is our individual abilities, talents, and divinatory powers that will shape the interpretation of the Cards. The Sitter has two related intents. The First, is to “know” exactly what is going on around them. The second is to find out what to do about it and how to resolve it adequately.
What are Tarot Magickal Correspondences?
What are Tarot Magickal Correspondences? We already know that Divination is a form of Magick. In most Traditional Tarot Decks, Magickal Correspondences are already present and accounted for in those.
Magickal Correspondences “help us focus intent and direct energy as we weave our intentions on the Web of Life”, Llewellyn’s The Complete Book of Correspondences, by Sandra Kynes. Some Tarot Cards are included in this book of Correspondences, but just not all the Cards. Same goes for Angels and times of day, etc. Rare are the plants that actually have respective applications and usages. But all in all, it is a good place to start as a beginner Tarot Reader.
Beginner Tarot Readers soon realize that the Tarot Cards are also a visual play by play of one’s spiritual progression in life, and on the Web of Life. Upon the Path of our Spiritual Progression here, we “weave ideas, beliefs, energy that provide a deeper psychological meaning to our Walk, rituals and spellwork”, Sandra Kynes. Miss Kynes goes on to say, that “Magical Correspondences are like ‘Keys,’ that combine to unlock and tap into powers that aid us in putting forward our intentions.” Bill Whitcomb, The Magician’s Companion, says that “Magic uses the ‘relationship’ between consciousness (knowing), information (being), and energy (doing), symbols (attributions)…
Correspondences to the Divination Tarot Card
Correspondences to the Divination Tarot Card- is not about reinventing the wheel. It is not my intention here to give you a bunch of ‘never seen before’ Correspondences to the Moon Card. However, for those of you who are into Correspondences and who are curious enough to continue reading, I will endeavor to piece together some Moon Card Correspondences I have gathered for myself down through the years. Not all of them mind you, but some. Moreover, most importantly, those I have found that work for me. Those that work for you, you may take as your own. And leave behind those that do not – for you!
You may also want to compare my list of Tarot Correspondences for the Moon Card, to your own. Our lists may be identical. And then again, it may not.
The Moon Card
The Moon Card is a great Card to use when we want to trace our Fool’s Spiritual progression on our Journey. Consider the Moon. The Moon reflects down to us valuable energies needed so to see what is going on around us; this, for our protection and safety. The Moon Card reminds us of the gift of insight, clair seeing.
Title: The Ruler of Flux and Reflux (The Waning Moon)
Solar System: Mercury, Moon
Moon’s Phases: Full (dark unconscious-self), New (to give life to), Waning (Witchcraft, Sorcery, and dark deeds), Waxing (mercy)
Full Moon: May, November
Time:Midnight (The Threshold) (between 11pm – 1am), 2am, 9am, 4pm,
Celebrations: Hunting of the Wren, Imbolc, Litha, Samhain, Walpurgis, Yule
Elements: Air, fire (reflected light of the Moon), water (tears droplets/hidden real intentions, to wash away abominations)
Astrological: Pisces (The Gateway of the Resurrection of the Sun)
God name: El (elemental water) N.B.: see Chariot
Archangel: Amnitziel (Reflected Light), (Archangel of Pieces, Angel of month of February) – Illumination
Angel: Vakhabriel (the Angel by Day)
Angels: Auriel, Gabriel, Michael
Numerology: 8 (complete integration)
Colors: Black (contrary, chaos, death), Gold, Indigo, Lavender, Purple, Silver (fleshed silver-white), Violet (crimson, ultra-violet), White (silver-white)
Letter: Qoh (Pieces), on the Middle Pillar (balance)
Body part: Back of the head (the cerebellum, the subconscious)
Tree of Life: Path 29
Sacred Geometry: Square Pillars
Keywords: Personal Demons, Revelations
Gods and Goddesses: Anubis (watcher of the Twilight, gardian of the Hall of Truth), Apollo, Arawn, Artemis, Astarte, Badb, Brigid, Cerridwen, Coventina, Diana, Enzu, Fortuna, Freya, Gaia, Hecate, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Kali, Khem (double), Khonsu, Kuan Yin, Nana, Nepthys, Phoebe, Sin.
About Tarot Magickal Correspondences motivates us to learn more about the Witches Keys for Tarot. As in any other form of magickal Divination, Correspondences are not new at all; we may even be familiar with some of these. It is part of our basic human nature to make links between the images we see on the Cards and the world outside us.
To read more about the Moon Card and how it relates to magic, CLICK HERE
Prison Tarot Card is the Strength Card. This Card speaks of the times during which we go into isolation so to affect change – for the common good. This is why the keyword for this card can easily be “Prison”. In the Llewellyn Tarot Deck, the Strength Card is called the Temperance Card… Keep reading to find out why I use this deck in particular for this article on the Prison Card.
I always yell at myself asking why me? Why?
Sitting in a empty spare room.
No one to talk to about how I feel.
No one to ask me what I feel.
Is anyone out there in this harsh world we live in?
Sometimes I begin to wonder.
Sometimes I’m harsh on myself.
Morn comes and I wake up wishing I was never born.
Please help others, because today’s lives
Are being taken out of this world just as easy as they are coming in.
Prison Tarot Card depicts a Deep Well. To be down a deep well is likened to being in a prison of sorts. Alone, and alienated from the rest of humanity, we hit rock bottom; we face our fears alone. We have crossed the line in our thoughts, ideas, and emotions …
Each and every one us draws a line in the sand. Our line in the sand represents to us our sanity, our good common sense. It is our good conscious warning us to get a grip before we lose control over our life.
When the Strength Card is pulled in a Reading, it is our conscious trying to tells us that it will not let us cross the line in the sand that we have drawn for ourselves. We promise ourselves not to cross the line when stepping out for a drink with friends, or when we go to visit Mary Jane. We promise ourselves that we will never cross the line when we get mad at the boss, or at our children. We draw many lines in the sand; one for each of the situations we live through. Moreover, for each one of these lines, we promise ourselves never to cross it.
The Line in the Sand
The Line in the Sand reminds us to stay on this side of the line. This side of the line represents a balanced life. Equilibrium!
For us who prefer a balanced lifestyle, the other side of the line represents our fears. Our fear of being in scary places with scary people who do scary things. It is because of our concerns that we make a promise to ourselves to always keep our control in check.
The prison of the Super-sensitives
The prison of the super-sensitives is the Well. Super-sensitive people go down a Well full of thoughts and ideas and emotions they sense in other people. A Super-sensitive person can pick up these vibrations, absorb them, and transform them. A Super-sensitive person is at his or her happiest when alone restoring the environment back to its state of Equilibrium (balance). For balance is the natural order of things.
As far as the Super-sensitive is concerned, it is indeed a sad state of affairs when “the natural order of things” goes on Tilt. He or she becomes highly aware that it is not just a few persons going on Tilt, but things, people, and events; and that those are all part of a “Global Pattern”. As the Super-sensitive quickly pick up on Global Patterns, he/she will retreat to a safe place like as if to a self-imposed prison of sorts. Super-sensitives are different” like that.
People who are different
People who are “different” are most often than not – a Super-sensitive. They see things from a different perspective than most. They often get bullied just because they are different. Because they feel things in a very sensitive way, it does not take much to hurt their feelings.
Super-sensitive people represent a relatively small percentage of the global population. That is why they stand alone against a crowd of bullies treating them unfairly. When a Super-sensitive hears or sees an injustice, he or she is usually the first to speak up and defend the victim.
Often, a Super-Sensitive will be called crazy. Even the Super-sensitive will think herself/himself crazy. Because they see spirits and things unseen; they feel things unfelt by the average person. “They can see and feel both the Yin/Yang in individuals, governments, laws, politics, and religions; as these are locked in fear”, Catherine Avizinis.
Super-sensitives are needed among us
Super-sensitives are needed among us to bring balance. Moreover, this is what the Balance/Fortitude/Strength/the Well/Prison Card indicates to us. That the world needs people who accept to “profoundly say, do, and feel things – all within the good measure of course. It would be a cold world otherwise.
Our world here on Hearth is full of people that do both the good and bad. In our world here, there are both the good and the bad situations and events. We need to accept the fact that there are both “positive and negative” ideas and thoughts, emotions and feelings, actions and reactions in all of us. The Super-sensitives are those among us that have the Will and clear intent to make it a better world for all of our sakes.
Super-sensitives feel soooo profoundly and to the extent of actually consenting to go into a self-imposed isolation. They deliberately absorb and transform both the negatives and the positives in other people. Because doing so – restores Equilibrium (balance) in the world.
So the next time you pull the Strength Card/the Well Card, keep at the front of your mind that it is also a “prison Card”. The Querent has deliberately isolated herself/himself in order to find balance in their life. That this is the sacrifice he/she is prepared to do. Your Querent is the Super-sensitive that has agreed to come to live here in this lifetime, to become engulfed by excess negative energy to bring balance back – by absorbing and transforming it. Click on The Strength Card to read more about this Card.
Where is the Hangman Card?
Where is the Hangman Card? Look for the Hangman Card to see if it is in the Spread. If the Hangman Card and the Strength Card are side by side or close to each other, then know that your Querent’s situation is redeemable.
A Super-sensitive will not only isolate herself/himself so to restore balance to a situation, they will also find in it a personal relief against bullies. Not because the Super-sensitive is hiding from a bully. But rather, because a Super-sensitive knows that this is their purpose in life, to relieve the hurts in this world by their self-sacrifice of “absorbing and transforming the hurt of a bully into healing the bully”. Another way to say the word “healing” is to say: “change for the good”! This is how a Super-sensitive feels at their happiest; when he/she feels the World need them to restore balance. By uplifting the human soul; by restoring balance to the natural order of things.
The Prison Tarot Card is the Strength Card (Temperance). This Card reveals that it is the right moment in time for your Querent to go down the “Well of emotions.” That it is time to go into self-isolation, like as if to prison. To absorb and transform the Global Pattern of fears, and to heal it by manifesting change – for the common interest (“The good of the many outweigh the good of the one”, Spock). This is why the keyword for this card can easily be “Prison”, or even “the key.” 🙂
Choosing between two Oracle cards is fairly easy to do. There are several methods with which to select one card or the other. One such method is the “Pendulum Method”.
Choosing between two Oracle cards
Choosing between two Oracle cards is crucial. Sometimes, there are two cards that fall out when shuffling your deck. When two cards fall out, you may simply opt to read the both of them. But which one should you read first?
It’s quite simple really. Simply take out your Pendulum, and let it pick for you which card to read first. Then read the card it selects. This way, you can’t go wrong!
Tarot and Oracle Cards Readers often use several tools to perform their Reading with. They use candles, incense, crystals, and pendulums.
Pendulums for difficult Readings
Pendulums for difficult Readings are necessary. Just the other day, I had an exacting Reading to perform for a long term, return client of mine. Or should I say, “I had” a real difficult client to Read for!
Moths ago, she had first come to me for a Tarot Consultation. She was going through a divorce; her heart was shattered into a thousand little pieces. She wanted to know if her husband would ever come back to her one day.
She could hardly let me Read her Cards I had pulled for her. She cried and poured out her heart to me for three hours straight. Anything I would tell her about the cards, she would reject outright and argue. After all, she said, she was doing everything he wanted her to do; she was becoming everything he wanted her to be. She would go on and on enumerating a detail list of his expectations he had told her she failed to meet – even if she was doing it all. My heart just went out to that woman!
Down through the months, she came back for multiple Readings. And each time, it was the same with her. She cried and argued, and walked me through the long list of things she changed in herself and what she did to please her ex-husband so he would come back to her.
And for each Reading, the cards told her the same thing. Over and over again, the cards were explicit. Yes, her ex-husband would come back to her, but only in four years time. He still had some wild oats to sow. “But why not before”, my divorced client begged to ask of the Cards. And each time, the cards told her “she must change first”. And each time I read that in her cards, that she must change first, my heart went out to her – and I braced myself against her reactions towards me concerning the Reading I gave her. Never the less, she kept coming back over and over again for another Reading by me.
Using the pendulum
Using the pendulum can help to get a final outcome! For the last and final Reading with that difficult client of mine, she had asked me to perform a Grand Tableau Lenormand for her. She wanted to know what was going on between her ex-husband and the new love of his life.
Lenormand Cards are Oracle Cards. They show what is going on in your client’s situation. They reveal what is happening around her/him. The Lenormand Cards are very accurate in a love relationship reading.
These cards in this type of spread went to confirm that her husband and herself were a thing of the past. They did not quite have each other in the future. This much said the cards did show what exactly she needed to do so to change want she was doing. She was manipulating him by pretending she was what she was not.
She was making herself be his carpet to walk all over on. She was manipulating him by pretending she was what she was not; and that he knew her well enough by now to know she had not really changed. Instead, she needed to get her dignity back and to have integrity; to be her divine true self. By now, you can very well imagine that my client did not take kindly to what the Lenormand Cards showed both her and me…
The Lenormand Cards revealed to me that she needed to “accept” her divorce. She needed to put a stop at trying to make him come back to her. She needed to be “authentic” and true to herself. And to “accept” they were divorced, that he loved another woman than herself. And that with time, he would ask to come back home for good; but only in four years time. Not before!
Needless to say, this upset my client deeply. No matter how sensitive and delicate I had been when speaking my interpretation of her cards, she refused to accept that her ex-husband would come back to her only in four years. I will spare you the details of what happened next. Suffice it to say, I picked up my Lenormand deck; put it away. Her Reading was done, her time was up anyways. I had to ask her to leave so I could be safe in my own house! Eventually, she did leave!
After she left my house, it took me a few days to muster the courage to ask the cards if my interpretation of the Grand Tableau I did for that client had been accurate or not. What I did is, I took out another Oracle Deck. This time, the Magical Times Empowerment Cards, by Jody Bergsma. Because I needed to be empowered again vis-a-vis my own Reading abilities; after all, my client had shattered them too!
While shuffling this deck, I asked the Oracle Deck: “What exactly does my client need to do to get her ex-husband back? This is when two cards fell out. The Dignity Card and the Integrity Card. What a coincidence thought I!
I also felt I should pick one of the two cards; so to be more precise and accurate. So I took out my Pendulum. Placed those two cards on the table, and asked my pendulum “what does my client need to do so to get her husband back?” My pendulum swung hard to the right, towards the “Dignity” Card.
Accepting the pendulum’s answer
Accepting the pendulum’s answer is what I needed to do for myself. As a Tarot Reader, I can pull cards for my clients. I can read and interpret the cards for my clients. I can offer them guidance and enlightenment through the Tarot and Oracle cards. I can even ask my pendulum. But I can not do the necessary inner work in their place. This the client must do for her own sake so to keep and maintain her own Dignity.
Dignity: Take pride in yourself, and all you have become.Feel honored by your choices, achievements, and actions!
So that you may make the right choices for yourself!
What a Pendulum can do
What a Pendulum can do is to confirm the accuracy of the Reading. Choosing between two Oracle cards is fairly easy to do. Several methods to develop accuracy can be employed when there is a need to select one card or the other. One such method is the “Pendulum Method”.
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Featuring Heather Mendel, The Mandala Lady. Heather is a mystic at heart. She is an intuitive who fully understands the link between the Tarot and the Kabbalah. Her readings focus on connecting the spiritual and physical in our lives.
ENLIGHTEN ME FREE
Feeling the breath of life.
Feeling the flight of spirit.
Birthing angel wings.
I hear the soul.
I hear the stars.
Tranquility washes over me.
Beauty surrounds me.
This peace of mine.
This peace of mind.
It’s so divine.
Featuring Heather Mendel is an article written by Heather. In this article, Heather shares with us how she came to be a Tarot and Oracle Cards Reader. Why she is able to link together the Tarot and the Kabbalah, and mandalas.
It is an honor for me to introduce Heather to you. She is a very caring and loving spirit who seeks to be a blessing to people she comes in contact with. She is the embodiment of what Tarot is all about.
Tarot Article by Heather Mendel
Ever notice if life calls and you don’t answer, the call gets louder till you do? Tarot first whispered in my ear many years ago when I was in my late teens. I was fascinated and also a little scared of the power of the cards to tell my future, which I was not sure I wanted. Knowing how suggestible we are, I felt that if there was anything unfavorable in a reading, it could become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Additionally, being Jewish, I felt the symbols in many of the cards were not welcoming to those of us who came from different faiths, and as my path became more clearly defined as feminist, I felt a strong patriarchal layering to the cards.
My connection to the spiritual, and an awareness that there is more to life than meets the eye, came very early in my life. My parents told the story that marked our family’s journey— during their wedding ceremony, standing under the ‘chuppah’ (the wedding canopy used in a Jewish marriage ceremony ) my mother heard something, and turning around, saw her mother had collapsed, and in fact had suffered a heart attack and died. I don’t think my mother ever got over it as she was very close to her mom. What it meant for me was that I was raised in a home in which we practiced Judaism while my parents were actively pursuing what was then called ‘spiritualism’— trying to discover more about life after death than their religious tradition was able to offer.
A mystic at heart, I followed the call of the intuitive down many other paths— acquainting myself over the years with the I Ching, the use of the pendulum, crystals, essential oils and an ongoing study of kabbalah, which was what brought me back to Tarot. Curious about the Major Arcana’s 22 cards my attention was drawn once more to the cards. 22 is an odd number in the way we count (had it 20, 21 or 25 I may never have answered the call) I was fascinated with the fact that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and 22 pathways on the kabbalistic Tree of Life. Was there a connection? As I started to research, I found many coincidences and synchonicities that add layers of possibility and potential to meanings of the cards and ultimately led me to created The Syzygy Oracle which interweaves Tarot and the Tree of Life with a search for The Sacred Feminine.
Tarot and oracles were now very much part of my journey and within a few years I created The Sacred Mandala Lenormand and The Sacred Mandala Tarot. Why mandalas many have asked? – in fact, because I use them in so much of my work, I am delighted to know that I am referred to in some Tarot venues as the ‘mandala lady.’ (Read more on my recent blog post How Discontent Are You).
Just as my readings focus on connecting the spiritual and physical in our lives, I believe the mandala draws together both worlds. I am moved by their wholeness, complexity and design. Mandalas are a symbol of sacred geometric design, a meditative illustration of wholeness. The kaleidoscopic mandala is a celebration of our connection both to the sensory and temporal world of Nature’s color, vibrancy, and fragrance as well as our mysterious and eternal relationship to the Infinite. I bring this consciousness and appreciation of the beauty and mystery of life to my readings, my artwork and writing.
I offer readings in person in Saratoga Springs, NY and via email, phone and skype to clients in the US and abroad. From my study of kabbalah I add additional insights and layers of possibility into the cards and their connections. Believing as I do that the future, rather than being prescripted, is in process— being created by the beliefs we hold, the thoughts we think and actions we take, my approach to cards is to view them as a storytelling device that helps us focus on what is happening right now, in the present moment, so that clients can make the most informed decisions they can as they consciously create the future that wish to manifest.