Relish Life’s Luxuries

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Relish Life’s Luxuries

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” ~ Coco Chanel Poverty consciousness tells us that money and luxuries are evil. They are not; they are neutral. In an infinitely abundant Universe, the 9 of Pentacles wants to teach us to really appreciate life’s beauty and all the luxuries that come with it. Allow yourself to feel truly abundant and prosperous. Give thanks and celebrate all the material goodness in your life! You don’t have to be rich to do so, you simply need to be able to behold the world with eyes of love and gratitude. It is also about choosing quality over quantity. The 9 of Pentacles and the Queen of Pentacles are the two ‘style cards’ in the Tarot. When they show up, you have permission to ponder the impression the way you dress and carry yourself is making in the world. It is not about aligning yourself with the current fashion trends but rather to refine the expression of your unique personality through style choices. Affirmation: “I am grateful for my ability bring more beauty and luxury into the world.” 9 of Pentacles Prayer Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for the infinite abundance that flows from you. Help me express divine prosperity with gratitude and abundance today. So mote it be! (listen to prayer on Instagram) Correspondences for the 9 of Pentacles Zodiac Sign: Virgo Planet: Venus Archangel: Metatron (Angel of Virgo) and Anael (Ruler of Venus) Gemstone: Sapphire Scent: Cherry Deck used: The Gendron Tarot Blessed be!...

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Deck Interview with the Gilded Tarot Royale

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Deck Interview with the Gilded Tarot Royale

Ever now and then you come across a Tarot deck that makes you fall in love with the Tarot all over again. Ciro Marchetti‘s Gilded Tarot Royale is one such deck. The original Gilded Tarot was one of the first decks I bought for myself when my enchantment with the Rider Waite deck wore off. It was also one of the first decks I gave away to a friend back in 2005. Not because I didn’t like the deck any more but because my friend needed a deck. I’ve since given away another copy of this deck and found myself completely Gilded-less as of last summer. As soon as I heard of Ciro’s remake of the Gilded Tarot, I decided to wait. Judging from the video he posted on YouTube in January this year, I knew this deck was going to be spectacular… It lived up to my expectations and more. The Swords… they’re alive! I have never seen the Swords suit treated with such love before. I ache at the sight of the beauty of the Ace of Swords in the Gilded Tarot Royale! Another thing that sets this deck apart for me is how wonderfully animated Ciro has made the Court Cards. These feel like real people yet retain their archetypal identities perfectly and are therefore completely ideal for the beginner reader as you don’t have to know the astrological correspondences to ‘get’ these courtiers. It’s all in their faces and body language! Well, not so much in the faces of the Knights perhaps, as they’re all wearing helmets… but then the Knights are mostly about the quest anyway. Here’s the picture I took as soon as I had gotten the cards out of the box. It shows you the size of the cards. They are huge! This is a good thing. Oh yes. (Check out this video for ideas on how to shuffle a large deck) The next thing I did was to go find The Empress, my Soul Card: Sorry about the flash! The beautiful Venusian Empress is resting on a backdrop of the silk cloth included in the 200 first copies to be sent out when the deck became available on Ciro’s website the other week. I’ll be using this 12×12 inch cloth for my daily draw every morning from now. I love it! But let’s not keep our guest of honour waiting – Moving right along to the deck interview! Again, sorry about the flash – I included a separate picture of the Wheel below. 1. Describe yourself in three words – 5 of Swords: I have overcome. When the original Gilded Tarot deck was first released it was heavily criticised by know-it-all Tarotists who claimed that my maker didn’t know his stuff. Just look at me know! 2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words? – 4 of Swords: Perfect...

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The Tarot 9’s in Love

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The Tarot 9’s in Love

The number 9 relates to completion, fruition, integrity, idealism, the unseen realms, life review, wisdom, crystallisation, transition, the Third Eye, visionary leadership and protection. The Tarot 9’s are a bit like the 7’s in that they often indicate solitude rather than companionship. This is by virtue of resonating with the Major Arcana Hermit energies.  Energetically, there is a strong resonance with the Third Eye. 9 of Wands. Like the 4 of Pentacles, this is a card of boundaries. Often it indicates a need to draw new boundaries after betrayals and other harsh life lessons. Depending on the spirit with which these lessons are greeted, the person represented by this card can either choose to display sound boundaries or become jaded and cynical which then leads to isolation and an unwillingness to share oneself with others. To the relationship, the 9 of Wands can be a card of great passion if well-dignified. It can mean that you have learned to respect each other’s differences and that you have reached a level of immunity against petty arguments. You are able to see the other person’s true nature and intentions and simply have no need to sweat the small stuff any more. On the other hand, if ill-dignified, the 9 of Wands could mean that one or both of you are constantly walking on eggshells around the other.  There could be a tendency to take everything personally and lash out. Sexually, and of course going back to the upright or well-dignified card meaning, this can be a card of great passion and transcendence in the sexual experience. The kundalini life force is channelled to cause a third eye explosion during the climax. To a single person, this is not usually a card of hooking up with another person (depending a bit on surrounding cards of course) but could be seen more as an indication to take stock of the past and make sure that lessons are integrated without cynicism as a byproduct. If the lessons are integrated successfully, there is great strength and visionary ability with this card and it is not likely that the Seeker will settle for anything less than they deserve next time. 9 of Swords. A card of worry, anxiety and despair. This is what I like to call ‘the card of the looping mind.’  The mind starts to loop when we are unwilling or unable to face our own shadow and instead choose to blame others and outer circumstance for our problems. That’s not to say that outer circumstances never play a role in our lives – of course they do. However, the 9 of Swords type person often fails to take action because of indecision and self-doubt. Nothing is done about the situation as they feel completely disempowered to move on. This card is a bad sign for the relationship. One or both of you could...

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