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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The Importance of Intuition & How to Develop & Strengthen It

The Raven of Intuition - a detail of a commissioned Soul Portrait. They are available at magickal-musings.com. Image copyright Nefer Khepri 2011.
The Raven of Intuition – a detail of a commissioned Soul Portrait. They are available at magickal-musings.com. Image copyright Nefer Khepri 2011.

Are you intuitive? Yes you are, whether you believe you are or not. Everyone is intuitive. Everyone has intuition. The trick is to learn HOW to listen to your intuitive voice. There are easy steps you can take to strengthen your own intuition. Your intuition is the most important tool you possess. I will share a recent experience from my own life that proves that beyond any doubt.

Just what is “intuition?” Your intuition is that calm inner voice or sometimes just a “feeling” in your “gut”. We all have intuition. The voice speaks whenever we need guidance. Most of us hear it, but to varying degrees. There are steps you can take in order to make your intuitive voice stronger so you can actually hear it and then follow the guidance and act accordingly.

Your intuition comes from the Divine. Physically, it is located between the Third Eye and Crown chakras, some say it is housed in the pineal gland. All I know is when a strong intuitive feeling or thought comes through to me I can always feel my Third Eye chakra spinning clockwise. Sometimes it can even make me feel a bit dizzy, but it’s always a sure sign I need to act on whatever intuitive feeling is coming through to me.

As our gift from the Divine, our intuition will NEVER mislead us. It will never tell you to do something that goes against your morals, ethics, or results in harming yourself or another. If such thoughts do seem to enter your consciousness from the outside, banish them because chances are they come from your own fears or perhaps even low vibration entities.

When following your intuition you can never go wrong. I have found this true in my life more times than I can count. In fact, the times I have allowed myself to think that my Ego Mind knows better and have ignored my intuition disaster or severe disappointment has been the result. It is always wise to listen to your intuition and to act on the information that comes through to you. That information is coming to you for your own highest good and the highest good of all concerned in the situation.

 Steps to Strengthen Your Intuition

There are a number of very simple exercises you can do in order to tune into your own intuition. It amounts to playing a guessing game with yourself about certain things. Choose something for which the answer would come to you shortly regardless of intuition.

For example, you may want to get some paper and write down the names of the next 2 – 3 people you “feel” will call or text you next. Keep the list with you and throughout your day check it when a call or text comes through to test your accuracy. If you keep up this simple game daily you will find yourself becoming increasingly accurate.

The movie,
The movie, “Back to the Future 2” predicts the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series in 2015. For this Cubs fan hope springs eternal & they are doing very well this season!

Another example, if you watch any sports guess what the final score will be or which team will win. Keep daily track if you follow a particular team and in a month see how your accuracy has improved. That will be a sign your intuition is growing stronger.

Your intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger and more accurate it will become. If you’re not interested in using it, then your intuition will atrophy and won’t work for you much at all. If you’ve gone through years of not knowing you had intuition or just not interested in learning about it, but now you are, rest assured that by using these simple guessing exercises you can help to tone and strengthen your intuitive muscle until it becomes a true and accurate guide for you.

Water is a very good conductor of energy. I suggest that you come up with your intuitive guesses while you’re bathing. I have received major intuitive feelings and thoughts while in the bathtub. Intuitive feelings also strike when I’m washing the dishes. In my experience water helps the flow of intuition.

My uncle Gilbert, his wife Myra & my cousin Damon & I at the Maroon Bells, Colorado. 2015.
My uncle Gilbert, his wife Myra & my cousin Damon & I at the Maroon Bells, Colorado. 2015.

Nature strengthens your intuition as well. If you already spend a lot of time out in nature, that’s great. If not, work towards spending more time outside. Imagine yourself as a tree with your feet grounding you to the earth and your head reaching up into the heavens from where intuitive hunches originate. Imagine yourself as a pillar of light conducting this intuitive energy down and into your Crown chakra (top of your head) and feel it move down into your Third Eye chakra (approximately just above and between your eyebrows). Feel your intuition being activated and strengthened. Do this every time you go outside for about a minute and you will be surprised at how much stronger your intuition becomes in just a month of doing this very simple exercise.

Simple works. Just because these exercises are simple don’t assume they won’t work. They will. I used these same exercises to strengthen my own intuition and whenever I feel it needs to be rejuvenated I practice the same exercises again.

 An Example of Intuition Helping My Family

Always listen and never question when it comes to your intuition.

That’s a difficult lesson to master because our egos make us believe we know best. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve second-guessed my own intuition only to always be proven wrong in every case.

Uncle Gilbert & my parents ca. 1976.
Uncle Gilbert & my parents ca. 1976.

A few months ago I began to think a lot about my favorite uncle who lives in Colorado. There was a 30-year gap in communication due to a bad misunderstanding my mother had that caused her to cut off her baby brother and that entire section of our family. When Mom got sick my dad broke the silence and called him. My uncle dropped everything and immediately came to see my mom. It was as if nothing had ever happened and they had a lovely reunion. The best part is that I had my favorite uncle back in my life and over several visits to Colorado I am slowly getting to know my cousins and aunt better.

As I began to think of my uncle several times a day I got a queasy feeling that something was wrong. He is in his 70s so he’s no spring chicken. My husband had been unemployed for several months last year and we could not afford to take a vacation, but I begged him to take us to Colorado and told him I had to see my uncle again. He agreed and we just returned from a 10-day vacation with family.

The minute I saw my uncle I knew something was very wrong. He no longer walked straight and tall. He was now hunched over, but not all the time. I thought maybe he had osteoporosis, but then I noticed two other things that were not evident last summer when I had last seen him.

He was now walking without moving his arms. It’s normal for a person to slightly swing

Uncle Gilbert & I. Aspen, Colorado. 2015.
Uncle Gilbert & I. Aspen, Colorado. 2015.

their arms as they walk. His arms were no longer moving as he walked. The most telling change in him was that now he had a pronounced tremor in his right hand/lower arm.

My heart broke when I saw that tremor because my own father had died from Parkinson’s Disease. I quickly added up my uncle’s other visible symptoms and determined he very well could have Parkinson’s Disease or some other neurological issue.

Before we left I spoke with one of my cousins and carefully explained what I had seen and what it could mean based on what happened to my own father. He agreed to speak to his mother, my aunt, about it and they will hopefully get my uncle to a neurologist sooner rather than later.

My cousin told me he had noticed the tremor and just assumed it was old age setting in. That’s the danger with Parkinson’s Disease. Once the tremors begin most will write them off as old age, nerves misfiring or anxiety. When someone develops a tremor in an extremity (hands, feet, even the head can be affected) PLEASE err on the side of caution and get them to a neurologist as soon as possible.

My dad had a history of carpel tunnel syndrome and had had 2 surgeries on each of his wrists and elbows. When his tremor began in his right arm he blamed the side effect of the surgery since a known side-effect is the gradual loss of muscle control. Sometimes his hands would go limp as he held something so he’d drop it. The sad thing was my Mom got him to see a neurologist, and Dad must have been told what was wrong because when he came home he told us that doctor was an idiot who was wrong. Dad went into total denial. He had the tremor for 3 years and then after my mom died Dad went downhill so fast and developed dementia. By then I had gotten him to see a neurologist again (and the same doctor, unbeknownst to me at the time) who diagnosed him correctly with Parkinson’s Disease.

Had my dad only faced the truth of his situation he could have received proper treatment a lot earlier and perhaps he would have been able to avoid all the unpleasant developments that occurred as a result of the disease. We’ll never know for sure one way or another, but I know one thing for sure. I was the one to add up how my uncle was walking, his posture, and the tremor and realized he was now just like my father had been at the start of Parkinson’s Disease.

I have told my cousin and my cousin has spoken to his mother. Now I hope they get my uncle immediate medical attention so he can be diagnosed and treated accordingly.

This is why it is ALWAYS important to listen to and ACT on your intuition. These feelings come to us for a reason. I thought I was just being paranoid. I certainly do not want to lose my uncle so soon after we have reconnected, and at times I told myself that’s all my uneasy feelings were, but when they became so pronounced that I had trouble sleeping I knew I had to see him again so I could assess his well-being in person. What I saw has upset me tremendously, but I will always be grateful that despite our financial problems at this time my husband took us to Colorado for the visit.

Remember, your intuition is your best friend. Never question it and never doubt it. Your intuition will never steer you in the wrong direction.

The Psychic Workbook: review

The Psychic Workbook, by Karen Fox, PhD., Schiffer Books 2015. 223 pages. 8 1/2 x 11″, PB. $24.99.

Psychic Workbook

“Being psychic is a learned skill.” (page 4, emphasis mine)

I rarely pick up a book & then can’t put it down. The Psychic Workbook is on of those rare books that is not only well-written, but it is highly informative and helpful. Anyone who wishes to work on developing their intuition and psychic abilities more fully will find this book to be one of the most useful titles ever written on the subject.

The book begins by identifying the “clairs” (clairaudience, clairsentience, clairvoyance, claircognizance, and even clairalience and Psychic workbook pageclairgustance), which are classifications of various types of psychic ability. The author then focuses on short exercises that help you to identify the clairs that are the strongest for you. Once you have done that, the rest of the book is filled with numerous exercises for you to do in order to develop your strongest clairs more fully AND to also focus on developing the other clairs.

Exercises range in length from short to those that require perhaps up to 20 minutes to complete, and everywhere in between. What I particularly appreciate about The Psychic Workbook is that the author provides ample space within the pages not only to record all of your answers to the questions contained within the exercises, but there are always psychic workbook page 2several pages of lined blank paper at the end of every chapter where you can record your own observations. This is really nice because then you’re not required to purchase a journal, unless you are addicted to journals like I am.

The Psychic Workbook is well-written and easy to understand and does not leave the reader feeling like an authority from on high is talking down to them (a personal pet peeve I have with many books of this nature). Instead, the tone of the book focuses on an attitude of “try this, you might like it; and if not, simply move on to something else.” Don’t feel you MUST complete EVERY exercise in the order in which it is presented. I skipped around in the book and did those exercises that interested me the most and this approach worked out just fine for me. If you want to carry out each exercise in order, of course there isn’t anything wrong with that approach either. Many people, when they are faced with a book that contains exercises have terrible flashbacks to school and having to complete all exercises within a chapter in order to be tested on the material at the conclusion of the chapter. This book is nice and friendly. I doubt very much that you will experience any unpleasant school-related flashbacks. In fact, had my schoolbooks been more like this one I may have enjoyed school even more so than what I actually did. I loved school simply because I love the process of learning new things.

Chapter headings are as follows:

  1.  So You Have a Hunch: What IS Psychic Ability & Do You Have It?
  2. Getting Started: Know Your Psychic Sense
  3. Meet the “Clairs”: Components of your Psychic Sense
  4. It’s Easier Than You Think: 7 Approaches to Psychic Development
  5. Getting Unstuck: Create the “Package” For Your Psychic Abilities
  6. It’s There When You Need It: Using Your Psychic Ability in Everyday Life
  7. Your Next Step: The Final Frontier is Not Space (Sorry, Star Trek)

The final chapter title made me laugh.

The author, Dr. Karen Fox, is a professional psychic medium, medical intuitive and psychic educator with over 30 years teaching experience. She currently teaches at the Aspen Program for Psychic Development in Denver, Colorado. She is educated in the formation and organization of curriculum and this is very apparent throughout The Psychic Workbook. The book reads like a course book from start to finish. Exercises are well organized, to the point, and all are very helpful.

The Psychic Workbook will appeal to anyone who has ever had an intuitive hunch and who is interested in developing their intuition further. The Psychic Workbook would also be of interest to those of us already psychic in one or two areas, but may want to train ourselves to develop skills in other areas of psychic development. The Psychic Workbook will appeal to newbies as well as seasoned psychic professionals and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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