The Sun

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The Sun

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson When the Sun shows up in a reading reader and client alike find themselves smiling… What’s not to love about the light, warmth and joy of the Sun card?! It’s a card of success, healing, clarity, power and happy endings. It shows that you have what it takes to overcome whatever it is you are facing. It could mean recognition and high honour. But is it always a happy, pleasant and positive card? To understand the less pleasant qualities of the Sun, all we have to do is turn to Astrology and look at how the Sun may express itself when negatively aspected or situated: Egotistical, haughty, overbearing, dictatorial and judgmental. OR lacking in confidence, power, vitality and self-esteem. The Sun can also represent burn-out or burning your candle at both ends if negatively aspected by surrounding cards. A classic example would be The Sun flanked by either the 10 of Wands or the 10 of Swords. As a card of emotional healing, The Sun points to issues around confidence, personal power and self-esteem. In the chakra system, we would place The Sun (quite naturally!) in the Solar Plexus chakra. Too much of the Sun energy makes a person overbearing and lacking in empathy/understanding. Too little can lead to a victim mentality, boundary issues or being easily swayed by the opinions by others. Correspondences Element: Fire Planet: The Sun Archangel: Michael Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra Colour: Yellow, gold Crystal: Citrine, yellow calcite, pyrite Metal: Gold Body: Vitality, general feeling of wellbeing Exercise: Any exercise taken outdoors Stance/Pose: Sun salutations Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Fire Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune Associated Minor Arcana Cards: 3 of Wands (Sun in Aries). Healing is found through encouragement (giving and receiving, but more often giving). 10 of Swords (Sun in Gemini). Learning to see the silver lining and the joy of starting over. 8 of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo). Being responsible for one’s creation whether this is work, physical health or a relationship....

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The Star

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The Star

“It is true that hope springs eternal and equally true that it must be cultivated in times of hardship. Ultimately, hope is the gift granted to those brave souls who have the courage to look up when weighed down.” ~ Anonymous The Star is a card of hope and succor after the harsh blow of The Tower. It’s a gentle reminder to lift our eyes heavenward where help is never far. Angels await our cries for help and always assist when asked. The Astrological correspondence for The Star is Aquarius which makes this card very much connected with any humanitarian pursuits, innovation and working with large groups of people. It’s also a card of friendship as the Aquarian 11th House is the House of Friendships. Known as ‘the wish card,’ The Star is one of those cards that elicit a sigh of relief if the reading is about a difficult situation – especially if shown as the Outcome. Corresponding with the Crown chakra, the Star reminds us that we are all One and inspires Faith in the goodness of the Source of All. Serenity is a concept that fits nicely with both the Star and the Crown chakra. Contemplating The Star reminds us of our own God-Light and gives us a sense of peace. “It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” ― Abraham Lincoln But please don’t think that this card is all ‘good’ there is a negative (or reversed) meaning to every card and The Star is no exception. In relationship readings, for instance, it can indicate coldness, aloofness and emotional distance. Depending on surrounding cards, it can also denote a need to always be right (i.e. being right is more important than being kind.) Correspondences Element: Air Zodiac Sign: Aquarius Archangel: Uriel Chakra: Crown Chakra Colour: Electric blue, yellow, violet, purple Crystal: Onyx, topaz, sapphire, amethyst Metal: Silver, lead, uranium Body: Calves, ankles, shins, circulatory system Exercise: Jogging Stance/Pose: Bridge pose Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Broom Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): Strength Associated Minor Arcana Cards: 5 of Swords (Venus in Aquarius). Healing won’t come until you cut your losses and move on. This is a no win situation. 6 of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius). Go with your head (rather than your heart) and trust that your analytical ability will lead you to the right solution. 7 of Swords (Moon in Aquarius). You need to stop dreaming and come up with an action plan! Knight of Swords (Air of Air) – As idealistic as you may be, always consider that you may, in fact, be wrong. Hence it will always be more important to be kind than to be right… because in the end, kindness is all that matters. Remedies to increase the energy of The Star in your life You can...

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Temperance

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Temperance

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. ~Theodore Dreiser Temperance is also known as Art in some decks. Art is the perfect metaphor for Temperance as it combines the concept of the artistic vision of the Fire Element with the artistic/lyrical expression of the Water Element. Together, in perfect balance, these two blend to create a rainbow of healing colours than can be seen, sensed or heard – depending on the choice of artistic expression. In Astrology, it corresponds with the visionary Sagittarian energies and is often seen as the healing card in the deck. Temperance/Art is an energy which elevates the spirit of a person and like all the heart chakra cards, it enables healing on every level of our being. Psychically, the Temperance card corresponds to claircognizance (clear knowing) and hence also to the third eye and crown chakras. Like the Hierophant, the other 5 vibration Major Arcana card, this card is connected with the teaching space but rather than a transmission of tradition as in the case of the Hierophant, the Angel of Temperance instructs us in how to expand our own vision of creativity, free from the limitations of history and tradition. New frontiers are to be conquered… but to do so, we need to learn where our own frontiers are and to not fall into the trap of excess. Where others are concerned, Temperance can indicate a healing influence, as well as someone who is supportive of, or even facilitates an expansion of, our vision. However, when ill-dignified or reversed, animosity is indicated. Correspondences Element: Fire Zodiac sign: Sagittarius Archangel: Sachiel and Raguel Chakra: Heart Chakra, Third Eye and Crown Chakra Colour: Red, crimson, purple, gold, indigo, violet Crystal: Golden topaz, sapphire, amethyst and diamond Metal: Tin Body: Pituitary gland, liver, hips, pelvis, sciatic nerve, gall bladder, hamstrings Exercise: Archery, the splits Stance: Anjaneyasana (low lunge) Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Your own Book of Shadows – the more artistic, the better! Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Hierophant Associated Minor Arcana Cards: 8 of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius). Healing comes through prompt and frank expression of your own truth. 9 of Wands (Moon in Sagittarius). Healing comes from staying within your boundaries, alert to what is happening at the ‘borders’/’frontiers’ 10 of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius). Healing is no longer a choice/option but has to happen because the old is being burnt away. Attitude is more important than ever and the attitude that is needed is one of pure determination: “Life is tough but I am tougher.” King of Wands – The Sagittarian King (Fire of Fire) is the Baby Jesus and the Risen King all rolled into one, i.e. pure Spirit in human form. If anyone can inspire miracles it is he, because his vision takes him far beyond the reaches of known frontiers, traditions...

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The Hanged Man

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The Hanged Man

  When the Hanged Man shows up we find ourselves in a position with no viable options for moving forward in the world. It is a time of waiting, of being in limbo… The focus is on the inner and subconscious realms, such as when we are dreaming or find our minds wandering during an unusually boring history lesson. There are parallels between this archetype and Odin who hung on the World Tree ‘nine long nights’ in order to retrieve the wisdom of the Runes from the realms of the subconscious. The number 9 is a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment and completion. The XII Hanged Man vibrates to the numbers 1+2=3 and is therefore related to both III The Empress and XXI The World. This triumvirate of cards applies to anyone on a Three Life Path (i.e. your day+month+year of birth adds up a number that reduces to the single digit 3). The Hanged Man corresponds astrologically to Neptune but in the Golden Dawn system of correspondences, which leaves out latecomers (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) among the Planets, this card is assigned the Element of Water. For the sake of simplicity we will be sticking with Water when this card shows up in the Healing Key spread. Correspondences Element: Water Planet: Neptune Archangel: Gabriel and Asariel Chakra: Crown chakra Colour: White, violet, purple, sea green, blue, silver Crystal: Amethyst, lepidolite, coral, aquamarine Metal: Tin Body: Hydration, sleep Exercise: N/A deep relaxation and traction apply instead Stance: Headstand, shoulder stand, resting with legs up against the wall Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Trident, crystal ball, valerian (induces sleep and relaxation), a conch Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Empress and The World Associated Minor Arcana Cards: N/A (though you may choose to pull one card from the suit of Cups for clarification when you do the Healing Key Spread). Remedies to increase the energy of the Hanged Man in your life You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the The Hanged Man, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online Relax with the card under your pillow at the level of your crown chakra. Strive to be as receptive and ‘Yin’ as possible Keep a dream journal Ask yourself if action is really necessary or if the situation you are facing may resolve itself if you just relax Allow your intuition to guide you Wait patiently for an answer to surface – be OK with not knowing for now To counteract or balance the influence of the Hanged Man, you simply need to take action – pretty much any action will do. If The Hanged Man shows up in the negative position of the Healing Key...

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Strength

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Strength

Strength (Leo) corresponds to the Heart Chakra. The main meaning of this card is the triumph of loving kindness and gentle confidence over the drives and quirks of the ego. Although Strength is a card of strength and emotional maturity, it also has a childlike, sunny and playful quality. It is a card of great vitality, passion, generosity and creativity. Strength trusts that she is in the spotlight for a reason. She is fabulous and she knows it. The positive aspect of strength signifies healthy self-love. The negative aspect of Strength can signify arrogance and selfishness, as well as an inability to integrate lower drives (often through an inability to accept these aspects of self). In the Zodiac, this card connects with the energies of 5th House – the House of Leo. This house tells us a lot about person’s sexual as well as creative expression and budding romance as well as children/conception is often found here in a Zodiac Tarot reading. Without this energy in our lives, we are pretty miserable. There are many ways to bring the energy of the Strength card in and the quickest way to do it is probably to reconnect with what we loved doing when we were young. This is a card of both Solar magick and Feminine mysteries. Corresponding to the Heart Chakra, it is a wonderful Healing Key which can and should be used in many healing rituals. Correspondences Element: Fire Zodiac Sign: Leo Archangel: Michael and Raziel Chakra: Heart Colour: Gold Crystal: Ruby, red goldstone, tree jasper, tiger’s eye, rose quartz, golden topaz Body: Heart, the spinal cord, the 12 Thoracic vertebrae, the back, the forearm, the spleen, the metabolism of the liver, the pulmonary arteries Exercise: Any type of exercise which requires good posture or is performed aerobically outdoors (in the sunshine) Stance: Yoga Fish Pose Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Rose petals Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Star Associated Minor Arcana Cards: All cards associated with Leo 5 of Wands (Saturn in Leo). Healing through pushing through self-imposed limitations and competing against oneself by setting achievable goals and targets. Rewarding self is important. Joyful competition with others may also promote healing and growth… but only if it truly is joyful. 6 of Wands (Jupiter in Leo). Healing through feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Your self-confidence can only grow if you push yourself outside your comfort zone and learn to take your rightful place in the spotlight. 7 of Wands (Mars in Leo). Healing by preparing for battle. Choose your battles wisely and call on divine protection. Never let the ego motivate you to fight because there can be no winner. Knight of Wands. Healing by letting your hair down and throwing caution to the wind. Smile, play and have fun! Remedies to increase the energy of the Strength card in your life You can make a...

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