Tarot Tuesday: the week of Sept. 19 – 25th

Sept 19 bThis is the inaugural post for a new feature at my blog, Tarot Tuesday, for which I will provide a short reading for that week’s energies. The week runs from Tuesday – Monday and the energies for the week will cover the Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual.

This week’s deck is The Golden Tarot of Klimt, published by Lo Scarabeo.

What amazed me is that I randomly drew 3 cards from the deck and they all ended up being from the major arcana. This tells me immediately that very powerful forces are at work this week. Major arcana cards embody universal spiritual forces that affect all our lives at various times. We have some very powerful energy coming into play for this week, as you will see from the cards below.

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Emotional energies are represented by The Hierophant. This card depicts a man in a robe holding a staff. The traditional interpretation is dogma, rules, doing things by the book, and the established status quo.

Regarding the emotional energies of the week, what I sense from The Hierophant is that many of us really do not like change. I know I don’t. There is great comfort and a sense of security in things remaining as they are, even if we’re not happy with the situation. Some of us would rather be unhappy than deal with change. The Hierophant is very set in his ways. A real stick-in-the-mud. He doesn’t want to budge.

What I sense of this week’s energies tells me that we will be called upon to think outside the box.  Doing things the “usual way” worked for quite a while and we still wish to cling to our old approach, but we’re entering a time of great change for our planet. All of these recent storms and earthquakes are proof of that.

The usual way of doing things will not serve our highest good at this time, though we find great comfort in the “norm” and change upsets most people. Our usual responses to the emotional stimuli we face in a typical week will not suffice. We shall be called upon to basically rise above ourselves. For example, if a certain person stands on your last raw nerve and you typically react with anger, this week you will be called upon to react differently. Perhaps with understanding and compassion as you make an effort to place yourself in their shoes. What are they mirroring about  yourself that you may not wish to examine?

The mental energies of the week are represented by The Lovers. The Lovers embody the universal spiritual forces of choice, attraction, temptation, and yes, it can mean a romantic relationship, but in a reading that is meant to be for many people it most likely is not  your romantic relationship so we’ll stick with the energies of the card.

What I sense from The Lovers is that although we may be required to think or react in ways that are different or unusual from our norm, the temptation will be to fall back on old patterns.  Your Ego will think it knows better and will attempt to manipulate you to follow your typical response patterns to emotional stimuli, so that person who stands on your last nerve – your Ego will say, go ahead, get angry or lash out, but The Hierophant is here pointing the way toward a more positive reaction.  Your Ego will bring up your fears and insecurities. Do not fall into the trap it sets for you. Look past  your fears.

The spiritual energies of the week are represented by The World. The World embodies the universal spiritual forces of completion, cycles, and potential. What better image than a woman about to give birth?

Spiritually, there is TREMENDOUS potential for growth right now. This applies to everyone. As our planet goes through new birthing pains that energy is affecting each of us. It is up to us as individuals as to what we do with that energy. Will you put all that potential to good use in order to promote your own growth; or, will you bury your head in the sand by insisting on doing things the same way you always have and miss out on all this new energy and growth that has recently entered the earth plane?

I am thinking of all the new energy that came in with the solar eclipse of August 21st. Did you feel it? I sure did. It nearly knocked me on my ass for 2 days.  It was a great deal for me to process it, and I know I was not the only one affected in that manner.

It takes a real leap of faith to accept new energy into your life because we can never know how things will work out. There is no “plan.” We don’t have a map we can easily follow from point A to point B and beyond. We are pretty much wandering around clueless as to where all this is going to lead us as individuals and as a collective.

We can only have faith that all this “newness” and upheaval will end up being for our highest good in the long run. We have VERY positive forces at work here as these cards demonstrate, so hang on. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

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~ Nefer Khepri

Wishing you many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Should “Gifts” Be Given Freely?

NOTE:  WordPress is having issues & the font here is all screwy, at least in my view. I do apologize & please do not think the larger font means I’m angry or screaming at my lovely readers. I am NOT angry & am speaking in a very quiet voice.  Hopefully, the post will look better to you than it does to me, if not, again, I’m sorry, but no matter what I try here I can’t fix the look of it.  Now on to my post for today:

I’ve been super busy with orders and wish to send out a special thank you to everyone who has ordered from my web site since June 1, 2013.  My summer has been insanely busy and I’m often working 8 – 14 hour days, and even weekends.  I am NOT complaining.  I am VERY thankful for all the increased business and my site has been attracting anywhere from 2 – 8 new clients a WEEK.  In the past that was unheard of.  It really helps to come up on Google as Number 1 for any search!  Google “contact spirit guides” and see what comes up.

Oh dear!  I just googled it and Belief.net is now Number 1.  I am Number 2.  Bummer.  <sigh>  Oh well, you get my meaning.  That former Number 1 placement on Google was VERY good to me.  The Number 2 placement is also very good to me.  That one page attracts more visitors to my site than any other.  They click on the links, like what they see, and then place an order.  I’m very thankful for all the new clients & many are now referring me to their families and friends as well. There is NO better form of advertising than word of mouth.  Who are you most likely to believe?  A friend or an online ad? 

Well, I was going to blog today about the day my life changed.  I will save that for next time because I just got an email.  It’s the kazillionth time since December, 1997 when I began my online business that I have received this email, however, I haven’t received one like it in about six months, but people on Facebook will always send me emails there asking for this, that and the other and expecting me to be happy to give it to them for free. 

 Here is what the email said and this is 100% typical of ALL of them:

 Subject Line:  Confused

 “I have a question about something I’ve been taught all my life. I mean NO disrespect so please don’t take it the wrong way.

 “I have always been taught you are not supposed to charge for your gift an abilities. It is a gift given to you an is to be shared freely . I see a lot of others that charge people for their services an this confuses me. Again I truly mean no disrespect just curious.

“I know that sometimes the things you need to help someone costs money but if you are using your gift to help someone wouldn’t that bless you with the ability to be able to find what you need? I am new at this an have been taught things all my life I just never really tried to do anything with the abilities I feel until now.  I don’t know why I waited so long I have always felt the abilities there I just never really knew how or where to start. A very good friend recently told me I needed to act on my abilities to release myself from problems that I am having so I have been reading an studying here an there. I was just wondering I’ve been wanting to ask this question but didn’t feel the time was right until now. I hope you are not offended. I am looking forweard to hearing what you have to say. Blessed Be”

 I wasn’t offended because I’ve received this type of email countless times over the years.  At least this person was nice about it.  I’ve had people actually insist I’m going to hell for charging for my God-given “gifts,” that are “gifts,” therefore they shouldn’t have to pay for them.  I don’t bother responding to those emails and no, I don’t believe in hell either, which is an obvious human construct if you have researched the Bible, as I have.

 Now, I could see this person is a seeker.  She obviously has some gifts and she’s now wanting to learn more about them and start using them to help others. However, she thinks she shouldn’t charge others once she does learn how to use her gifts.

 People who are born “gifted” are not born KNOWING HOW TO USE THEIR GIFTS.  Let me make that crystal clear.  So I repeat:

 People who are born gifted are not born knowing how to use their gifts.

 You need to go out and learn how to use them, which is obviously what this person is now attempting to do.

 When I receive this type of question in the beginning I used to get VERY offended.  I won’t lie.  No one wants to be told your work is worth nothing therefore you shouldn’t charge one penny for it.  No one wants to be told that others expect them to put in hours and hours on readings, candle work, and art and then not collect a single dollar for their time and energy.

 These days, however, with maturity I have come to realize people who come to me saying I shouldn’t charge for my services are coming from a place of simply not knowing that this is WORK, and it is DIFFICULT work.  They don’t know because they themselves don’t do readings, they don’t work with candles, directing energy, meditating and focusing to be sure that energy reaches the client and their situation, or spend weeks working on something like a Soul Portrait or Manifestation Mandala.

 I realize these days that when people write to me insisting I should work for free they do so because they have no idea that people like me are given REAL gifts, but we are not born knowing how to use our gifts.  We have to buy books and decks. I can’t even tell you how many seminars and workshops I have attended over the years and I assure you that NONE of them were free.  So we’re not only being compensated for our time and energy when you come along and pay us for a reading or another service.  We are being compensated for our years of studying, knowledge and expertise that the average person does not possess.  That makes our services of VALUE and it makes practitioners such as myself of WORTH.

 This is my reply to this person, already sent just a few minutes ago:

 “I hear this often.  It comes from people who have not devoted 20+ years of study, buying books & decks, taking classes & seminars, & so on and people who ask often have not done candle work or readings of professional quality so they are totally unaware of the massive amounts of time and energy that goes into each one.  Just because the universe has given you a “gift” does not automatically mean you are meant to simply give that gift away.  Everyone is entitled to be monetarily compensated for their time & their energy.  You wouldn’t ask a lawyer to defend you for free, or ask a doctor to treat you for free, or ask a teacher to instruct your children for free (although in the case of teachers they are grossly underpaid, in my opinion).  It’s the same with readers & magical practitioners.  Their skills are not only gifts, they are learned.  NO ONE is born knowing this stuff & anyone who makes that claim is a liar.  We may be born gifted, but we still have to learn to use our gifts & to hone them so we can offer them to others.  All that costs money.  Plus, I have bills to pay, a house & family to take care of, & need to help put food on the table.  So how can ANYONE except a person in my line of work to be willing to work for free?????  That’s what I’d like to know.  Once you’ve undertaken your study, learned what your gifts are, and realize how much work all this is you will then realize we have every right to charge for our services.  Don’t ever let anyone sucker you into thinking you should work for them for free.

Blessings,
Nefer Khepri, PhD.”

 The last thing I want is for this poor woman to go through all the expense of learning HOW to use her gifts, then to believe she must give them away for free.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The time, energy, skill and expertise of a person in my line of work is VALUABLE.  Oftentimes, people tell me in their first email:  “I’ve come to you because no one else can help me, not my church, not my priest, no one.”  Often, when people come to someone like me I’m their last resort before they give up.  They have exhausted all other known avenues and now feel completely stuck. 

 All of you who are readers, candle workers, artists, and healers remember this.  You worked long and hard to learn how to use your gifts.  There is NO reason on earth why you should feel guilty for accepting fair payment for your services.

 YOU are of VALUE and YOU are WORTH IT.

 Don’t ever forget that.