Balanced Light of the Sun: Equinox Three Worlds Shuffling for Tarot

4 of Cups: Xultun Tarot

4 of Cups: Xultun Tarot

I have admired shamanic traditions from the Americas for many years, Maya and Andean mysticism. Shamanic cultures believe there are three worlds. The lower world is associated with inherited family patterns, the unconscious, healing animal and plant spirits. The middle world describes our conscious mind, ordinary reality and our relationship to this beautiful world. The upper world represents a shamanic realm of celestial spirits including star energies as well as the higher self.

The Maya believe the equinox sun radiates balanced light to the four directions. This balanced energy offers an opportunity to integrate the three worlds. I use this tarot practice inspired by James Wells.

Cut the deck into three piles. Shuffle the first pile of cards while asking for insight into the unconscious. Then add the next pile of cards by shuffling with the first. I ask to become aware of my relationship to the world or my unconscious. Then add the remaining cards and continue shuffling. I asked the shuffled cards to reveal my message for the Spring Equinox. The top card represents the action to take. A card from the bottom of the deck symbolizes an unconscious block.

Action to Take: 4 of Cups

This is a card about taking steps to create good relationships and to balance my emotions. Tomorrow just happens to be 4 (Kan) Cauac in the Mayan Sacred Calendar (Tzolk’in). Kan represents the four directions, the equinoxes and solstices. I’m happy that I will be celebrating the balanced energies of the Spring Equinox with friends. This is a chance to allow the spiritual traditions, symbolized by the “hand” glyph (the daysign Manik) on the right of the card.

Xultun Tarot: The Lovers

Xultun Tarot: The Lovers

Block: The Lovers

The Lovers carry a clouded mirror that almost reflects their images, but is distorted. This feels like a literal representation of relationships as mirrors. I want to clearly see that mirror by feeling deeply, letting the wonderful experience of friends and ceremony align me with the beginning of spring.

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The Lovers: A Reading for Inner Harmony

Aquarian Tarot: The Lovers

Aquarian Tarot: The Lovers

This Valentine’s Day post is not about romance – or Valentine’s Day. Although I’m incredibly lucky to live with my wonderful partner and best friend, I have never liked Valentine’s Day and its exclusive focus on couples.

In the last few years, I have discovered a new way to look at this holiday: it’s a celebration devoted to opening my heart. Like The Lovers card above, it as much about inner harmony and embracing my deepest heart’s desires as it is about celebrating a soul mate relationship. Communicating with myself is one of the most important parts of maintaining this relationship. And tarot is a fantastic way to encourage this dialogue with myself. I like to record the following tarot practice in my journal.

If you have a tarot deck, or any deck with a card that depicts two people, pull The Lovers card (or the card with two people). Choose one person to represent your feelings or wishes (I call this the “inner feminine”). The other person will represent your ability to act on those wishes (some call this the “inner masculine”).

Think about an area of your life. Look at The Lovers or your chosen card. Which figure catches your eye? Do you see the “wishes/feelings” symbol or the “action” symbol? The figure you choose represents the self-part that needs to talk. Usually, this self-part has been neglected.

Place the card back into the deck and shuffle. Then flip through the cards until you reach The Lovers again (or your chosen oracle card). Draw the next card. This card is a message from the self-part.

In my case, when I pull The Lovers card, I notice the female figure first. She has a message for me about my feelings or wishes. So I re-shuffle the deck and flip over cards until I reach The Lovers again. The next card is the Eight of Cups reversed.

Aquarian Tarot: 8 of Cups

Aquarian Tarot: 8 of Cups

I read a reversed Cup card as private (or not ready to go public) emotional or intuitive experience. Eights indicate that I may be ready to commit after a period of exploration. Those overturned cups remind me not to get caught up in emotion and “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. And I notice how the moon is the foundation of the image, supporting the entire scene.

My inner feminine wants me to know that it’s time to focus and not be distracted by emotions. I don’t want to miss a subtle, significant message coming from my intuition or dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting the Spirits with Tarot: Lowerworld Journey Layout

Gaian Tarot: The Moon

Gaian Tarot: The Moon

This tarot layout is inspired by one of the divinations performed by shamans, the lowerworld journey. During a journey, the shaman begins with a question or intent, journeys through a tunnel into the lowerworld, and travels with a power animal or other spirit allies to retrieve helpful information. This layout can be used with tarot or oracle cards. You may want to try it with a deck you are getting to know. I chose the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.

lowerworld layout copy

1. Flip through a tarot or oracle deck, cards face up. Select two cards that illustrate your intent for this journey. These cards represent your question and guard the tunnel entrance.

  1. Turn the cards face down and shuffle. Select a third card to represent a spirit ally that will guide you in your journey.
  1. Pull three (4,5,6) more cards. These represent energies that you need to bring into your life. You may choose to meditate or journal with one of these cards.

What is my intent for this journey? Explorer of Fire and The Magician

The Explorer looks like she is dancing to the rhythm of the Magician’s drum. I want to learn how to explore this deck and bring the world of my dreams and daily life together.

The Way There (The tunnel) Two of Water

I will connect with this deck through my heart, by paying attention to what I love and what resonates with me.

The Lowerworld Two of Fire, The Star, The Moon

This deck will help me take on a new creative challenge and allow me to be inspired. (Starlight is a very inspiring nature energy that I connect with often). My dreams will guide me through this. I often choose one or two of the “lowerworld” cards to explore through dreams. More about that soon.

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Bringing the Light into the Dark of Winter

Polaris/Unity and Orion/Osiris reversed

Polaris/Unity and Orion/Osiris reversed

The winter solstice ushers in longer days. It also brings creative intentions that I want to manifest over the following year. I love this short (2 card) layout that James Wells created for his Circle Ways blog. It’s perfect for early winter when our plans are just beginning to take shape. In winter, the nights are still long and starlight is one of the most powerful energies in nature. Since I’m creating an oracle deck based on star wisdom, I chose it for this reading.

What light is coming into my life since the Solstice? Polaris/Unity

Polaris is the North Star, the guiding light for travelers and wanderers. This star helps to unify a person’s life or brings people together. I’ve begun bringing a new type of healing work into my practice since the solstice. I’m also working on a new version of this card so I feel fortunate to have drawn it for this position.

How can I begin to express this light? Orion/Osiris reversed

I read a reversed card as a private or personal process that may (or may not) be shared with others in the future. Both Orion and Osiris are mythological figures associated with rebirth and masculine structures like kingship. The focus is on making things work. This is a time when I’m learning more about the new healing work and beginning to remake this card. Last weekend, I completed a Photoshop sketch I’ll be using to plan my design.

Polaris photoshop "sketch"

Polaris photoshop “sketch”

What light are you bringing into this new year?

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World Tarot Year Card: 2015 is a “Strength” Year!

Tarot of Dreams: Strength

Tarot of Dreams: Strength

Tarot is celebrating a new year, too. After a turbulent and very active Chariot year, we are heading into a year of personal and societal expression: Strength. Strength is the eighth Major Arcana card and the sum of the individual numbers in 2015 :(2+0+1+5=8). This is a year of intense passions, but the passions are organized around finding out what matters to each of us!

Happy New Year!

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Earth Dharma Reading: How can a connection with nature help manifest your health or prosperity goals for 2015?

The Wild Unknown Tarot

The Wild Unknown Tarot

I love trees. I once studied with a Peruvian spiritual teacher who insisted that trees are one of the best ways to receive vital energy from the earth during daylight hours. I love to receive this energy by standing or sitting with my back next to a tree.

One of the beautiful and simple truths about dialoging with the earth is that we are hard-wired to do it easily. Not only does practicing nature divination deepen our connection with the earth, the earth amplifies and strengthens our unique intuitive gifts. An Earth Dharma Reading can help you do this- answering questions like:

How can I connect with nature to manifest my health or prosperity goals for 2015?

How can earth energies connect me with community? Or help me participate in a movement that inspires me?

Discover your unique intuitive gifts and identify which nature energy you source from by email or a half-hour phone/Skype session.

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Following the “Ways” of our Wild Ancestors

“Rather than healing the Earth, we should be looking to the Earth to heal us.” –Paul Deveraux, Re-Visioning the Earth.

"The Ancestor": Greenwood Tarot by Chesca Potter

“The Ancestor”: Greenwood Tarot by Chesca Potter

This image from the Greenwood Tarot depicts Elen of the Ways. The “ways” are the trails ancient Europeans followed to hunt reindeer and gather edible plants.

They are also teachings that demonstrate the sacred reciprocity underlying our relationship with nature. Nature nurtures us physically, emotionally, spiritually and we give back by taking care of her. This strengthens our relationship with Gaia and prevents burnout. It’s why I practice wildflower healing.

How can we benefit from traditional earth wisdom? Some specific examples include:

Modern Druid Philip Carr-Gomm explores herbs that restore physical and emotional stamina, especially helpful for activists and changemakers.

James Wanless shows how he became unstoppable by connecting with The Green Man spirit through tarot and wilderness experiences.

Chara Armon teaches how to heal nature by healing ourselves.

And tomorrow, the Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit, a free series of webinars by native elders begins.

These are exciting times! As Chara Armon asks:

“How would you feel if you believed that we’re on the growing edge of a world-wide movement to heal the human relationship to the Earth?”

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Surfing A Solar Storm

Greenwood Tarot/The Shaman

Greenwood Tarot/The Shaman

Have you experienced increased energy, irritability, sleeplessness, or anxiety this week? Sensitive people may react this way to solar storms or when the solar wind is stronger than usual. I happen to know a lot of clairvoyant and highly sensitive people. My friends and I notice these symptoms after solar flares or when the solar wind tops 380-400 km/sec. (It’s 439 km/sec today). You can visit Space Weather to track these storms.

 

Sounds terrible, right? Actually, it’s an invitation to use my sensitivity in a powerful way. So I drew a card in the Greenwood Tarot for advice and found myself looking at The Shaman. This is a card about working with the elements in a skillful way. It also has a connection to the 10 cards, like the Ten of Wands. Tens can be about having a little too much of something. Like the Shaman in the Greenwood Tarot, I can go within to find a way to manage this abundance of energy.

10wands

 

A shaman has the natural world as an ally. In this situation, I love to work with the energy of a “power spot”. This is a place that contains the energies I need to feel my best. It also amplifies my abilities to connect with intuition.

 

My power spot is Hudson Bayou. It is a type of portal to the Otherworld. I like to leave an offering and meditate for a few minutes. Profound insights and shifts are possible during solar storms when I do this.

 

If you are highly sensitive, there’s probably a place that you are already aware of. You might notice that you’re more relaxed, peaceful and intuitive after visiting it. If you notice that solar storms affect you, try to go to your power spot. You may start to enjoy these powerful energies from the sun.

 

 

 

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Offering Smoke: Sacred Tobacco Ceremony #indigenous

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The sacred tobacco plant spirit has been a blessing in my life. I love reading about the experiences that people have when they work with tobacco in a respectful way. Here is one from NowMomentJourney

Originally posted on Now Moment Journey:

 A Lakota (Sioux) chanunpa pipestem, without the pipe bowl, displayed at the United States Library of Congress
A Lakota (Sioux) chanunpa pipestem, without the pipe bowl, displayed at the United States Library of Congress, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Since I am interested in learning and sharing content about indigenous peoples, I find that many of the cultures and traditions are from around the globe.  Here in the US, it is harder to locate authentic and accurate information about indigenous people, but it is possible.

One of the ways that I connect with indigenous cultures of North America is by learning about their ceremonies, more specifically the sacred tobacco ceremony.  While searching on the internet, I found a description written by Nicholas Breeze Wood which seemed to match my understanding of the sacred tobacco ceremony.

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Free Email Series: Learn Flower Reading and Healing!

9 of Earth/Mythical Goddess Tarot

9 of Earth/Mythical Goddess Tarot

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