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My Friday Meditation

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I have been super lazy with the blogging- and we have pulled away from the site a bit to focus on social media for a while- but, I plan on writing much more often, and I figure, going into one of my meditations is a great way to break the ice and get back on the blogging wagon.

I have had a lot of people ask me about how I meditate, why I do it, and the processes I go through. Of course, I do the whole quieting the mind thing- I have to wake up hours before anyone else to do this, but, it’s worth it. If you’re not doing this and you find that you are constantly feeling overwhelmed: make the time to sit in the quiet for 15 to 30 minutes, every day. Even if you have to do this in the bath and lock the door. (I do this quite often. Hot water and sweat coupled with scents I love is perfect for this.)

One of my clients, Astrologic Answers– where you can currently find my weekly horoscopes, publishes them on Friday and I am not sure why that stuck with me, but: I developed a special, super simple meditation for Fridays, for the week ahead. I do not currently have an email list- but I am working on one for us, but they do and I encourage you to check that out.

Anyway- my Friday meditation is the message for my week ahead. It’s a highly personal thing and I won’t go into all my notes, but, I will let you in on this process- because it’s something anyone can do.

So, the first thing I do is I do a simple three card spread. Now, if you’re not familiar with Tarot, what you want to do with this- and this is just specific to my process but it can also help you if you’re just learning Tarot of Lenormand: use the cards like the skeleton outline of a story. Your story.

You aren’t asking a question- which is why clearing your head first helps, you aren’t trying to peer into the future: you are just telling your story for the week ahead. To do this, you need a deck of cards- I don’t care if you use tarot or Lenormand: both work. You also need a book- non fiction, self help, me? I usually use philosophy or poetry. This week I used The Tao Te Ching. I am not Taoist- I think if you know me, you know that’s fairly obvious. I do not appropriate cultures: however, appreciating them with honor and utilizing them in the same fashion is aces with me and, I often find a lot of peace in Taoist writings. (Well, der.) Now, to the cards. You can do your spread straight across if you like, for me, being able to focus on the first two cards- the action cards, is important. For this one, I used my new deck- Le Tarot Noir. I am not an Amazon affiliate as Missouri has stupid tax laws so Amazon was like “NOPE!” But, that’s where I got it- here’s the search for sellers.  

Fair warning, the book’s in French. Of course if you buy it and you wanna do tarot lessons with me: you can do that. Or there are a ton of resources across the internet available to you. Google’s your friend. 😉

Mine- The Empress, Strength, Ace of Wands.

There are times when I do these and I just throw back my head and laugh. This was one of them. I have felt fairly adrift and powerless lately: and the reason I did feel this way was an unhealthy manifestation of the Empress. I have been living as Empress reversed.

Yet, my first card in my story for the week ahead is The Empress. Straight up. My urge to care for people needs to combine with discernment, structure and boundaries. Because this is the first card in the reading- this is the focus for my week ahead. You may not know this- but The Empress and The High Priestess are very much two sides of the same coin. With The Empress, we have the more tangible aspects of the sacred feminine. Self care- more or less that cliche about how you cannot fill others’ cups if yours isn’t full.  The idea being: be more Mother than Martyr. It ties to the Earth- of course, The Mother Earth: and we all know, her nurturing is sometimes not easy. In nature, we find that mothers do nurture their babies, but: they do not engage in shitty resource allocation. I won’t go into it further, but: yeah. That’s a problem. And, it’s one that my cards are saying: This week, you intentionally CHANGE THAT. 

So, we go on to that next card, which is Strength.

It takes Strength to be vulnerable. It takes Strength to be gentle and kind. That put a song in my head:

Fitting given that first card. 😉 Anyway- I am very receptive to this sort of thing and if you are musically inclined or music is something that emotionally touches you: pay attention to things like this. I can’t really tell you why this works or even how it works: but it does, for me. If music is a part of your emotional landscape- it may for you, too.

For me, this is less literal and more about sections of lyrics and a symbolic representation of one cycle closing out and having the Strength to move forward, with an effective balance of compassion- that is, compassion that puts myself and my needs first: and heading into the third card:

The Ace of Wands

I cannot just emotionally process these things. I have to act on the impetus that is provided by way of the struggles I have been through lately- and the prompting I have seen. You know those times when you just cannot figure it out, when you’re just so overwhelmed and you feel you have no choice? You always have a choice. 

Often, when it’s like this: it’s just a really shitty choice. 

But once you make it: you can’t just decide “Oh, well, I want this to change.” you have got to act and this is what that Ace is all about. Not that it’s a negative card at all- matter of fact, the Aces often represent new beginnings and this particular Ace does tie back around to my first card, my focus card in that: with the Ace of Wands, we are listening to our gut. We are going with our inner vision and if the demands of others are clouding that- it’s time to knock it off. It is time to close that door- ever slam a door really hard in a room with another door that’s a bit wobbly? That other door tends to fly right on open. Doesn’t do you very much good if you don’t walk through it, though. And the Ace of Wands is walking your talk, more than it is talking it. Take the steps, even if your knees are knocking and you are scared. It’s time.

In conclusion: 

This is what happens- you must rid yourself of the baggage you carry in order to move forward and move forward you must. The baggage, then in this case, is self-sacrifice. It’s putting others ahead of yourself to the point that you go wanting. It’s trying to feed everyone with your empty cup. It’s time to let that shit go and have the Strength to stand up again and walk on out the door.

So, the next step in this, get your book and just flip pages until you land on one and go from there. If you want, you can do like I do. I flip once, twice, three times for the three cards.

I’ll just let the reading finish this up for you.

I tend to keep reading or whatever- you just go with what feels right and let it flow. Certain things will stand out- and that’s what I have posted here. Now for the final one:

And really, that’s all there is to it. I did not include my personal notes and as this is a general reading for the week ahead- if the message applies: great! Stand up and do that thing! If it doesn’t, well, you may try doing this on your own and see what your own personal message may be.

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Card of the Day: The World

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(This super cool card comes from my Victorian Steampunk Deck by Liz Dean. If you like it as much as I do and would like more information, please see the link at the bottom on today’s post.)

This card often depicts someone standing in front of a globe and surrounded by power animals. This represents someone who is gaining a deep understanding about who they are and what life is about. Growing spiritually is another way to look at this card. You may be reaching the next step in your spiritual path and are finally moving up. Finally delving inside of yourself you’re getting a real grip on who you really are at the core. If you weren’t quite sure about who you are and what you’re here for then this card signifies that you are doing this now or will be in the very near future. You may find that things that once held you back or still are now dissipating and you are able to move forward successfully. This can either mean in a very literal sense or a metaphorical sense. So truly this is a good card of clarification that you are on the right track where you yourself are concerned in your life. If you’ve been working hard to achieve balance and inner growth, this says you’re doing it or you are well on your way.

This card at times can also represent a journey or travel. Again, this can be either a metaphorical journey that you are on or will be on shortly or it can actually literally mean you are about to embark on a literal journey. One sure thing this card represents is success on the path you are either getting on or have already been on and are about to take perhaps, a new direction. Either way, there is nothing negative to be said about this card. I future terms, if you have not yet found your path, then this card is symbolizing that you are about to do it or that you need to work on it. The success only comes from you working hard and lining up with your life path. If you are unsure what that may be, I do Life Path Readings.

Astrologically speaking, this card is tied to Saturn and looking at the definition seems very appropriate. It’s important to know where Saturn is in your chart as it can help you get more control over what needs to be done. My colleagues and I are here to help you on your journey. Email us if you’d like a reading.

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Card of the Day: 8 of Cups

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(This gorgeous card comes from my Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore. If you would like more information about this incredible deck, please see the link at the bottom of my post.This is one of my very favorites to use.)

If you are seeing this card, it may be indicating that you are not happy with how things have been going in your life. You are unsatisfied and ready for a change and so you’re willing to walk away from everything you’ve done and known to try to find a new way.  In order to do this though, you will need to start digging deep and find out what it is inside of you that could use to adjusting and changing as it has to start within first. Once you get that handled, then you can work on the circumstances on the outside next. This is a step by step process and by no means easy. Figure out what you’re willing to put on the back burner for awhile for the betterment of what you can do right now.

To go forward may require possible travel or going into a personal journey where you’ll be doing things you’ve never done before which can seem scary but it can also be exciting at the same time. Remember, this card is about leaving behind the known and outworn in order to find a new and more exuberant path to take so you can finally make the necessary changes.  There may be a bit of unease associated with this card because change isn’t always a fun process.  That being said, when you’re looking for a “yes” or “no” type of answer, this one is unfortunately a No. How can that be? Well, remember that this card stresses your unhappiness and the need to break through with changes. Understand?

Astrologically speaking, this card is associated with Pisces. Neptune is in Pisces and causing people to not see things clearly. Discernment and intuition is very much needed when making decisions so you don’t have false illusions. The timing with this card is an 8 which can be the month of August, 8 days, 8 weeks, or 8 months at the longest.  Try to embrace change so you can finally find the best way forward and improve your life greatly thus alleviating the dissatisfaction.

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Card of the Day: The Hierophant

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(Like this card? This comes from the Tarot Illuminati deck by Kim Huggens and artwork done by my friend Erik C. Dunne. I will post a link for more information at the bottom of today’s post if you’d like to know more.)

This card is a bit complicated at times because it has different meanings depending on where it is in a spread. At a basic level it is a system of beliefs or your belief system coming to light to help you with whatever you are going through. This also at times can represent someone that will give you some really sage advice. If not; it may mean that whatever you’re wanting to get information on can be found with someone who is well versed in the topic and can properly advise you.  When you are able to dig deep into who you are at the core and what you believe, you will be more enlightened and can finally starting heading into the path of fulfillment.

The Hierophant can also be symbolic of perhaps you getting an offer to be an apprentice or understudy in some position or learning opportunity in a field that you’ve been interested in getting involved in.  There is a reminder here as well that you are not any more infallible than anyone else. If others can make mistakes, you can as well. Stay humble in your approach so that you don’t seem too cocky or arrogant. You’ll need to be balanced in order to fully accept what is ahead. Remember to act or proceed with integrity. Being selfish will not gain you what you are after. If you need to find support, it is there as per the sign of this card.

Astrologically, this card is associated with Taurus who is very laborious and hard working. The timing on this is early April. It’s also a number 5 which can mean 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months or even the month of May as per the number.  If you’ve been contemplating something and are looking for a yes or no type of answer, this card is more of a “Maybe” so it’s going to depend on you and your decision making. Trust your intuition and again, if you need to seek guidance then by all means; go get the guidance you need so that you can find your way.

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Card of the Day: 2 of Wands

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(This gorgeous card is from the Tarot Illuminati deck by Kim Huggens and artwork by my good friend Erik C. Dunne. For more information watch for the link at the bottom of today’s post)

When you see the two of wands, typically you’ll see a person standing there either holding the two or having them surrounding the person. They tend to be looking out toward somewhere and appear to be waiting for something to happen.  There also tends to be a feeling of confusion that may go along with this as well. Though you may be trying to build something solid for yourself in your life, you’re still holding off on making a choice which can push things back further. Though you know that things will ultimately end up where they need to be, you may still have a bit of worry on your plate. This card is typically a positive one that brings good tidings. It can indicate that a decision is likely in the works for you.  Since this card is wands, it may indicate something having to do with business or financial relationships of some kind.

You are in need of trusting your inner voice in order to know what you should do and how you should do it. If you haven’t been listening to it this card is saying, now is the time! This card can also indicate that there may be someone on the way that will help you achieve your goals. You are heading in the right direction but be sure that you continue to trust what your intuition is guiding you to do. Try to trust that it can and will lead you to where you want to be. Though you are likely in control of what happens, you’re still filled with anxiety. Let this go! Anxiety will only bring about problems that may not have existed otherwise.

Astrologically speaking, this card is associated with Aries. Right now we have Uranus in Aries and so it’s important to know where Aries is in your birth chart so you can figure out how Uranus may be effecting you in terms of the two of wands being in your presence. If you want to know more, please feel free to check with any of our wonderful Astrologers here on the site. In terms of “Yes” or “No”, this card is actually “maybe”.  Timing wise, it is a 2 so it could be February, 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months. Stay strong and trust your gut!

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