The Hermit

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The Hermit

The Hermit (Virgo) corresponds to the Third Eye. The Hermit archetype helps us connect with our inner wisdom through life reviews and acknowledging the lessons of the past. The Hermit then shows us how to shine our light of deep understanding in the world as guides, counsellors and teachers. As you may well have guessed this is also a card of being alone and isolated. The isolation can be self-imposed but this is not always the case. The energetic focus of the Hermit card is inner. Perspective is gained through careful analysis of past events. Withdrawal is necessary for this and sometimes we deeply desire to ‘hermit away’ to catch up with ourselves. This is a deep human need that must be acknowledged, especially in this day and age when we are expected to be available 24/7 due to technological advances. In the Zodiac, this card connects with the energies of 6th House – the House of Virgo. Virgoan energies are concerned with service, employment, purity, diligence, details, health matters, fitness, diet, detoxification, digestion, assimilation, stress coping mechanisms, the healing process and ideas about rejection. Too much mental focus on these energies generates a lot of anxiety and hypochondria is very much associated with The Hermit. The highest expression of The Hermit is found in the form of the Teacher. This is the stage we reach on our journey when we have the courage to face our whole inner world and all its worries with compassion and a resolution to heal all that needs to be healed as soon as it comes up rather than to suppress it. We then become a soothing influence in the lives of others and are able to help them without the burden of a saviour complex – just one human having gone through a tough time helping another still struggling, aware that there’s no telling who will be in need of a helping hand next. Correspondences Element: Earth Zodiac Sign: Virgo Archangel: Mercury and Metatron Chakra: Third Eye Colour: Purple, indigo Crystal: Carnelian, amethyst, chevron amethyst, citrine, peridot, ametrine, aragonite, sodalite, dumortierite (for past life review), gaspeite Body: The abdomen, large and small intestine, lower liver lobes, pancreas, hands, nails and carpal bones in the hands, the umbilical cord – Virgo influences the reproductive system (barrenness is indicated) Exercise: Most forms of exercise as long as it is both regular and moderate. Having/designing a routine and setting achievable goals. Recording progress. Bhastrika Pranayama. Stance: Shoulder stand Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Owl feathers, flail Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Moon Associated Minor Arcana Cards: All cards associated with Virgo 8 of Disks (Sun in Virgo). Create order and routines for yourself. Chaotic impulses and influences are detrimental. Healing comes through diligently working on your health and fitness goals. 9 of Disks (Venus in Virgo). Healing comes through pampering yourself and making sure your physical...

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The Major and Minor Arcana in Love and Relationship Tarot Readings

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The Major and Minor Arcana in Love and Relationship Tarot Readings

  Today I thought we would break the structure of the Tarot deck down in a way that gives you the bigger picture in love and relationship readings. It is always useful to look at the bigger picture first when analysing a Tarot spread, before delving into specific card/positional and combination meanings. You may already know that the Major Arcana deals primarily with the main spiritual lessons in life and that we all embark on the same Fool’s (or Hero’s) journey, meeting with the Major Arcana archetypes at various stages in life. This typically happens in a non-linear fashion, even though most of us obviously encounter the Mother/Father archetypes early on in life in shape of the Empress and Emperor etc. Here are some useful hints about the Majors to bear in mind when you first take in an overview of your love Tarot spread layout: * If there are many Majors (3 or more, or more than half in a larger spread), the relationship typically has a fated element which to some extent will limit your freedom of choice. To understand if this harks back to a past life connection/lesson, you want to look out specifically for the Karmic Cards. * When a Major Arcana card shows up in a position that describes a current or future lover, this is or will be a key player in your life. * A Major Arcana card as the outcome card makes the outcome of the relationship more fixed. However, choice about how you relate to this outcome is never taken from you and will determine how you progress from there. * A Major Arcana card signifying you means that you are learning an important life lesson through the relationship. * Understanding a bit about the anima/animus is very helpful and will give you instant insights about the meaning of the presence of the High Priestess and the Magician in a Tarot spread. In a nutshell it means a greater risk of projection of desired qualities onto your partner. * The Empress/Emperor often indicates parental issues contributing to an unhealthy pattern of relating. * The Lovers does not always mean the perfect relationship but can often indicate a choice situation and a lesson about not moving forward until your heart and mind are aligned. * Not even Majors should be read in isolation from other cards. They act as individual glyphs in a Tarot spread. Together with other Major or Minor Arcana glyphs, the sentence spelled by the cards can change drastically. As an example, The Sun with the 5 of Wands (Saturn in Leo) can indicate that ego battles are destroying your chances of relationship happiness rather than the sunny outcome you might expect. Now, let us shift our focus to the Minor Arcana… Looking at a spread containing many Minors, you will instantly get a picture of where the emphasis lies in any particular relationship...

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The Axis Relationship Tarot Spread

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The Axis Relationship Tarot Spread

This is not really a new Tarot spread – I have already shared versions of it on the blog… This is more of a ‘how to’… Today I want you to get a different feel for this traditional star layout when used for an overview of the relationship. In essence, at a glance, you get the same type of information from this type of Tarot spread as a summary of your astrological composite chart (where you read on the relationship as its own entity) if done right… but with the added bonus of a forecast of the long-term potential. Look carefully at the cards… first along the vertical and then along the horizontal axis… The vertical axis gives you a clue about the depth of connection; the horizontal axis gives you an overview of how the relationship is most likely to progress and the final card tells you if there is long-term potential as things stand.   Now shift your focus to your central card (1). The power to change lies in the now… If you have a strong card here, like Strength or The Sun, you have every opportunity to shift the future in your favour if you do not like the final card. However, whether or not you will want to should really depend on the depth of connection. If card 3 indicates that things are cold/indifferent… 2 of Swords, 4 of Swords, 4 of Cups etc… or even contentious (any of the 5’s), do you really wish to pursue this relationship? You could have a strong connection due to fantastic chemistry but if the heart isn’t in it… If card 2 is less than fabulous ask yourself how important a strong intellectual connection is to you and be honest about it. If cards 1-3 line up really wonderfully and the future still looks bleak, this is a relationship you will want to fight for! The 4th card gives you important clues about the foundation of your relationship as this is how you arrived at where you are now (card 1).  If the Devil falls here or in position one, it is very likely that this is a connection you are better off without. Really focus on getting a feel for how the energy flows along both axes. Feel free to ask if you get stuck but please note that I cannot interpret full spreads on here (there simply aren’t enough hours in the day!). Questions about individual cards that don’t make sense to you is totally fine though. Hopefully, today’s post will help you understand the flow of reading the cards (for other layouts too!) a bit better. It is very much about getting a feel of how the energy flows between the cards and reading for overview as well as details. I would love to hear how you get on with this spread and look forward to your...

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Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Read With Reversals

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Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Read With Reversals

Do you use reversals in Tarot readings? I have been thinking some more about reversals lately and realise it’s been nearly three years since I last wrote about them. A lot can happen in three years. My views on reading with reversals have become more clearly defined and my own reading style has matured. 1. It’s just not natural – When I did my first ever Tarot reading, before I had studied or read any books about it, it didn’t even occur to me to put the cards upside down. What did occur to me was to just put the cards down, look at the pictures and see what they had to say. Simples. Years later, when I started serious Tarot studies, I read a books that insisted that you get a wider range of meanings by allowing the cards mix together so that about half of them turn out reversed in the reading. I persisted with this inorganic way of reading until the day I got my first round deck and things just clicked… 2. Reversals limit the expression of the cards – This is what I realised when I started reading with round decks. What was the point in doing reversals when there are 360 different meanings? Why limit yourself to two? Working with the round cards, I first allowed them to fall any which way and tried to interpret them to as exact a degree I could… and then I realised that it doesn’t matter! The cards themselves will tell me where in the spectrum they fall if I put them upright. It is also much easier to get an overview of the spread this way. 3. Dignities work better when you are clairsentient – Working with Elemental Dignities allows me to tune into the energy of the cards and how that energy meets with adjacent cards. Coming from a dance background, I need to feel the card’s energy in my body and the visual confusion caused by a reversal just makes that more difficult. 4. I love art – Most of the decks I get, I purchase because I enjoy the artwork. Putting a card upside down is not how the artist intended the image to be viewed in most cases. The only exception I know of is the Revelations Tarot deck by Zach Wong, which has reversals painted into it. I may not be terribly clairvoyant but viewing the artwork carefully and using it as a springboard is honing my clairvoyance in a way that would simply not be possible with upside down cards. 5. I want to hear the cards – After clairsentience, clairaudience is my strongest clair. I need to hear what the cards have to say. If I invited you around for a chat and asked you to do a handstand, the chat may soon get a bit awkward – especially if we are...

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10 Signs That You Are Ready To Go Pro with Your Tarot

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Are you wanting to become a professional Tarot reader but are not quite sure if you have what it takes to go pro? Find out what sorts the wannabes from the real deal. This is the check list I wish someone had written for me when I first started hoping that my passion would one day become my profession. With four years as a professional Tarot Reader under my belt (and nearly 30 years after my first reading), I feel ready to share what I have learned so that you can avoid some of the more common mistakes. 1. You deliver your practice readings with confidence – There is no set time limit for how long you have to study but only experience gives the kind of confidence that a professional exudes effortlessly. You know and trust the card messages. 2. You are not invested in the outcome – You have learned to detach enough to not sugar coat the card messages. You read what you see and know how to guide the client on how to best proceed from there. It’s OK to feel for and empathise with your clients but you must have a strategy for how to detach after/between readings – otherwise your energy will be all over the place. It’s a simple matter of energy hygiene. Difficulty with this usually harks back to third chakra issues. 3. You know when to say no – You know when to not read. Basic counselling studies are invaluable for this as for the ethics side of things. Some clients come to you when they are in dire need of medical professional help. It’s essential to know when to refer clients on. The same goes for clients who come to you with questions that require professional legal or financial advice. 4. You have ethics – Beyond the point of referring clients on and 100% client confidentiality, it is not for me to say what your personal ethics should entail but you will need to make clear what they are to your clients so that the clients can know if you are a good fit. Some Tarot readers read for under 18’s (with parental consent) and some don’t. Some will use the cards to help clients look into extramarital affairs – others won’t. Some will read on fertility questions and some won’t. It’s all OK… as long as you and your client are clear on what goes. Think this through and add your ethics to your website/leaflet as soon as you start advertising. If you belong to a Tarot organisation, you will be bound by their ethics and that is why many of us choose to fly solo. You can find my reader’s ethics HERE. 5. You know your own limitations – Limitations came in many shapes and forms. Here are some examples: Having limited knowledge about particular subjects. For...

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