Card deck used: Animal Totem Tarot, by Leeza Robertson
First, I must apologise this reading is late and also that it is in a different format. I've been quite scatty with dates, mostly because I have very bad hayfever at the moment. It's hit me hard and early this year, and with streaming eyes and inflamed sinuses and throat, conducting a video reading will not offer you the best of me right now! So, I've returned to writing these readings for the moment - very 'second nature' for me - and this also gives you a small taste of what a short email reading would be like.
We have quite a difficult week ahead with old personal traumas coming to light for a few people, and this will be a theme of 2020 every now and then because it is pivotal to clear these 'shadow realms' of our souls if we are to move forward into a brighter future. As a globe, we will also experience collective traumas to be brought to light and dealt with, with more and more of us recognising that old ways of fixing things no longer work, and in many ways served to put a plaster on a wound, but not heal the cause of that wound.
A perfect example of this is the murder of George Floyd. More than ever, the feelings surrounding why and how this can even happen is highlighted and as a collective, we are given the opportunity to decide whether we want these atrocities to continue week after week, year after year, decade after decade, century after century. We are given the opportunity to look the shadow in the eye and decide how to heal it on a fundamental level so such events never need to be repeated. No small task, but this is not an era of 'small tasks' we have entered into. This is an era of global change.
The above is only one example of collective trauma. There is also the current domination of Hong Kong from China, and many other shadows in many countries, dormant for eras, surfacing to transform somehow or another. The 'somehow or another' is always up to us as a species and how we wish to move forward ... and into what future.
And just as we, as a collective, deal with traumas, so do we as individuals. So, if personal difficulties come to the surface for you to face, face them. It is not a time for hiding or burying them - it is a time to have courage and slay our inner-demons once and for all.
So let us look at the cards we've got.
First question: What is the theme or lesson for us as a collective (and personally) this week?
Emotions run deep and they run hard at recent and current events, whether personal or collective. The trick is to not STAY in the emotion for too long, but to find a way to truly heal it permanently. It's important to be incredibly honest with yourself and ask WHY you feel the way you do. Reality is a funny thing because it is both real and an illusion. It is real in that events are happening. Shit happens. But it is an illusion in the sense that what is reflected back to us is our perception. We can only ever see reality through our perception (which is why arguments occur over real events).
So, what is the answer? Could we perhaps change our perceptions on a massive scale to create a new world? The water element of cups asks us to be flexible amid traumas and difficulties, and yes - even death; it reminds us that love also runs deep and feelings can change at the turn of every tide. It reminds us that healing is needed and that healing itself must be the ultimate goal of whatever we do next if we do not want patterns to repeat over and over again, and while anger has its place, only love heals. Only love heals.
Heal through changing our perceptions and loving: this is our theme and lesson for this week.
Second question: What actions should we take, given the above, to move forward in the best way possible?
There is no 'normal' anymore and you are no longer "safe" - at least that is the general feeling among many, collectively and individually. You might think this is a "bad" or negative place to be, but what it does is force change, and sometimes long-awaited change. This is what revolution is all about, and in order to move forward, we MUST realise that we need to find a different way to do things.
Those eight swords in the image form a bit of a maze. There is a feeling one might be trapped, but we are not trapped - there is always a way out, but we must put heads together to find new solutions to find the way out. Safe, after all, was an illusion before - not everyone was safe; not everyone was okay. And some people (perhaps you) are no longer willing to be or feel trapped or bound anymore. You might feel vulnerable in this "new world" with new decisions you have to make, but the key is to surrender to what is, for change must happen, and the new must emerge as the old crumbles.
The best action you can take is to surrender and accept the situation, then put logical minds together to come up with new solutions to fix old, painful problems.
Third question: What would be the best position for us (or I) to be in by next Friday?
Express yourself. That's what this bird does whether anyone likes it or not (usually because humans have encroached upon its territory). So, you may find yourself put out by other people's expression and the things they need to get off their chests. Ask yourself what YOU can do to heal your agitation, for they are allowed to express what they need to. Things are not the way that anyone would like them to be right now, but there's no use pitying yourself or criticising others. The only way out is to change yourself. For that is how you change the world - one soul at a time and it begins inside you. The raucous outside is not going to go away any time soon - in fact, it may get louder - so how are you going to deal with it? What do you need to change about yourself so you can deal with it?
If you can answer that question and take steps to make it so, you will be in the best position you can be in by Friday's end, ready for what the following week will bring.
by Dianna Hardy
First written 20th June, 2019 for newsletter subscribers.
Anyone can read cards, and you can start right here. Take a look at the spread above, and then at the meaning of each position below. This is a four-card spread I created for use with ANY tarot or oracle card deck, and it is a specific spread for unexpected events on your path - moments when you go, "Oh, wow - I didn't see that coming. What now?"
To this end, I recommend you don't use this spread daily, but for times when sudden change enters your life (big or small).
Card 1: You and your present surroundings - your current emotional and mental outlook on life and what you are (or were) heading towards before the wolf jumped out.
Card 2: The wolf in your path. What now obstructs you, or crosses you with good fortune? This card represents the thing that caused the change or unexpected event, as well as its underlying meaning, and what it can bring your way for better or worse.
Card 3: What you must do now. This card is about what you have to do now that the change has occurred into order to move on to the clearing further up the path. It's the action you must take, or the frame of mind you must foster.
Card 4: The clearing. Your goal, or your new goal. The outcome. This is where you're headed now that the change or event has taken place, and if you action what you need to in card 3. If a more negative card seems to fall here, don't lose heart. Remember that challenges in life are transient, and every challenge offers a chance for growth.
If you are new to reading cards, you should have received a small instruction booklet with the deck of cards you have. As you're learning to develop the meaning of each card, it is perfectly acceptable to conduct this spread with the meanings given in the booklet - they might be brief, but they can still be relevant. Just go for it.
Example (brief) reading using the cards pictured above:
(Card 1 - The Sacrifice / The Hanged Man)
You have had to recently change your perspective and hang yourself out to dry as it were, potentially putting yourself in the firing line of others' judgements. It's okay, this was for your own growth and you are, or will soon be better for it. You had every intention of being patient and sticking it out, but....
(Warrior of the Pentacle / Knight of Pentacles)
You got an unexpected message about (loss or gain of / movement of) finances and it's thrown you in a tizz. You now need to take action to make things happen and this might mean pulling yourself out of this different perspective you've spent so long cultivating - it's gotten you anxious and confused you a little. But don't fear, because...
(The Crown of the Magi / The World)
The world is at your feet and you're about to reach a huge completion with something which will include good fortune coming your way - one you've thoroughly earned - so go through the challenge just a little longer - keep strong and stand your ground.
(The Dazzling Light / The Sun)
Abundance of the highest order is around the corner if you stick this out - it's family related - it may even be to do with a child, or with inheritance. This is an incredibly fortunate card - everything you've worked for is coming to fruition. Trust. Don't be disturbed by the "wolf" that jumped into your path - it actually brings good news in disguise. You are heading for great things!
I offer The Wolf in My Path card reading (using various decks) HERE.
by Dianna Hardy
First written 15th November, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
From the Oracle of Delphi, also known as The Pythia, (note word associations: The Pythia / Python / Snake Medicine/ Hidden Wisdom) to The Nechung Oracle (Oracle to the Dalai Lama), divination has always been a skill or gift of the "divine nation" (a nation of those connected to Source, God, angels, or some ethereal being) in order to navigate the murky waters of three-dimensional life where vision is not clear and true light is often hard to find.
Personally, I believe we were given divination as a gift to manage ourselves better amid the chaotic throng of collective free will.
Divination obviously does not and cannot take away free will - nor should it - but, if used in a predictive way, it allows one to see what is most likely to come about so it can be avoided or dealt with in an appropriate manner. "Appropriate" is up for interpretation due to that pesky free will - you can either deal with things in a manner that serves the highest good of all, or you can deal with things in a selfish, fearful, or angry way. Our free will is never arrested, and as a diviner, it's really not my job to tell you how to use free will - I just give you the info. I encourage the path of the highest good, though - this is the path that changes the whole world for the better and it would go against my own integrity not to encourage it.
Recently, I have truly rekindled my love of divination and my ability to "see", with a thorough reacquaintance of the Tarot and the creation of my own Lenormand deck which is proving so invaluable to me on a personal level that I have come to see it as a tool for 3D Life Management (something I sometimes suck at since I'm much more comfortable in the Otherworld than I am in this one). Lenormand is proving to be a confidence booster, an anxiety banisher, and an instrument that simply allows me to be "me" without guilt over all my capabilities. We are so often bullied into diminishing our value and strengths in this world. Lenormand says 'no' to that!
Of course, the above is how I, personally, choose to use divination in my own life - there are many ways to use it. Nowadays, Tarot can be "Tarot therapy". You can meditate with the cards, go on the shamanic journeys they offer, use them to invite Law of Attraction, use them for sorcery, ceremony, and summoning, converse with spirits in the form of mediumship, and so on. The list is endless. They are, after all, just the tool. The skill of using the tool is in you.
For me, divination offers direct access to Source/God/Spirit/angels for comfort, mediation, my vocation (in conjunction with the Otherworld), and life planning (this life and the next, as well as access to past lives). It also gives me access to various beings who need to communicate to various people here.
It's a joy and a pleasure to be an oracle and scribe; to be a communications coordinator (one of my previous job titles, ironically) for the divine. Communication and expression have always been my thing. Divination suits what I am, and what I do, even when I'm not divining.
I am currently experiencing a beautiful homecoming.
by Dianna Hardy
First written 3rd November, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
Tarot, Lenormand, Kipper, Oracle Deck.... none of these have power on their own - they are tools. The power comes from you and how you use them, which is why every cartomancer is different. I choose to use all of my tools to further everyone’s journey through shadow into light. Soul evolution. Ascension of the spirit.
I’ve always been a visual, artistic and creative person, and I’ve always loved stories - I think that’s where my connection with tarot came from. The artistry + story (and mysterious origins) = match made in heaven. Add to that, it allowed me to connect with spirits in the Otherworld and my own guides, and what else could a witchy girl ask for?
My love of tarot has recently been rekindled by angelic communication, and revisiting shamanism (including shamanism practiced in past lives), and realising from a deep, instinctive level (rather than logical), that all systems and tools are connected, and have always been connected - for thousands of years and since ancient civilisations. All of it is JUST ENERGY. Some of it is conscious energy and some of it isn't. Our personal sorcery is how we work with and utilise all energies.
More recently, I’ve been enjoying connecting to angels without the cards - just talking to them and listening to their replies. Chatting to old friends - that’s what it feels like. It’s a wonderful feeling to connect to those who want to help you from the other side.
Divination is a beautiful thing because it can be used as a tool for personal guidance and empowerment. Some people don’t like the predictive element, but as long as we’re aware we’re always in control (we really are), then of course we’re allowed to be aware of the potential pitfalls ahead of us. Most of us actually already are - we already sense when something is about to happen. (How many times have we said, “I knew it! I just knew it!” after the event?) Tarot just shines a light on it so you can at the very least handle it the best way possible, even if it can’t be avoided. I always loved that it confirmed my gut instincts about things that then often did play out - it made me feel assured and less alone in my psychic wanderings. It allowed me to take responsibility and act on my instincts. Strange, isn’t it, that in this existence, we need to give ourselves permission to act on our instincts.
If you’re very truthful with yourself, tarot rarely tells you things you don’t already know or sense. It usually confirms things, and sometimes offers a different perspective on the situation, and guides you on how to move forward. It’s like going to a counsellor...
Who’s highly intuitive, and likes to burn incense ;)