April 2013

Into the Woods ~ Oracle Card for Tuesday!

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Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle by Lucy Cavendish

Today’s oracle card Into the Woods says “stranger in a strange land, new experiences, feeling uncertain, transition zone.”

You may feel like you are a little lost today, or perhaps as if you are somewhere you don’t really belong. But this is just part of the transition you are going through right now. All part of the Transformation that was mentioned in yesterday’s reading.

If you find yourself proceeding with caution and hesitation, that’s okay. You don’t need to rush forward like a charging bull at this point. Tread lightly if you wish, but know that you are going in the right direction 🙂

Death ~ Tarot Card for Monday

death tarot card
Crystal Visions Tarot

The Death card comes to us to remind us that each day we are reborn and a part of us dies and is left behind. We are never the same person today as we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be different yet again.

If you ever find yourself lamenting “nothing ever changes!”, think again – death/change is constant, which can feel both exhausting and liberating.

Another way to think of Death is as a transformation, which is nicely represented by all the butterflies in this card. Each day we have the opportunity to transform ourselves, a situation or our beliefs….so what do you want to transform today?

 

Are Angel Cards Wimpy?

The other day I was perusing a Tarot forum and I came across a lot of negative comments regarding Angel Cards and Oracle decks that are totally positive and uplifting.

The problem that many of the forum commenters had was that all-positive decks do not accurately reflect the reality of life, which is a balance of light and dark.

angel tarot doreen virtueTo quote one commenter: “I’m not into the totally light and fluffy stuff. Life is both darkness and light–both are useful and both have their places. Denying one or the other is cutting oneself off from a whole realm of human existence.”

Another commenter was a bit harsher – unfortunately I couldn’t find the original quote, as the comment thread for this topic was huge – but he thought that Angel Cards appeal to people who don’t want to think and that these types of decks were dumbing people down.

While I LOVE gentle and uplifting decks with Angels and Fairies and cheery phrases, I thought these commenters had an interesting point.

Personally, I have quite a range of Tarot decks in my collection, although I have noticed I tend to gravitate toward the more uplifting decks, like the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Since I read with both “edgy” Tarot cards and Angel Oracle cards, I can honestly say that I don’t really find one to be superior to the other when it comes to getting insight and guidance. But I prefer the happy, sunshiny decks.

I do think that reading Oracle cards that have a full message written right on the card is way easier than reading Tarot cards that may just have a number and picture. But you know what? Who cares? There is enough things in life that are hard, doing readings doesn’t have to be struggle.

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Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

I think people are attracted to all-positive decks like Fairy Oracle cards and Angel Tarot because there is enough disturbing shit in the world and people don’t necessarily want to feel disturbed when they turn over The Devil or Ten of Swords. And that’s okay!

Studying Tarot is wonderful if you want a challenge and there is real value in understanding the “scary” Tarot cards, simply because once you shine a light on them they are no longer scary (a topic for another blog post!). But if simply getting higher guidance and comfort is what you want, Angel cards do the job amazingly well.

Tarot and Oracle cards are simply cards with pictures and words on them. They are designed to trigger our intuition, imagination and creativity. Go with the method that works best for you.

What do YOU think? Do you prefer Tarot cards or gentle Oracle decks? Or both? And do you worry that the all-positive decks are turning people into morons? Are Fairy and Angel decks too fluffy or do they have their place?

Join this juicy discussion in the comment section below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Feeling Safe ~ Oracle Card for Friday

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Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Feeling Safe is the theme of today’s Oracle card, from the Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards. There is a difference between being safe and feeling safe. You can be safe, but still feel vulnerable.

Today’s card is here to say you are safe and now its time to focus on feeling at ease in your life. If you don’t actually feel unsafe, do you feel stressed in any way? Again, its possible to feel stressed out when nothing is actually wrong.

If you have spend many days on high alert – either at work, dealing with work-stress or at home – its now time to scale it down a bit. You don’t need to feel so keyed up anymore. You can relax now. Do some yoga, meditate and create an affirmation for yourself that immediately puts you in a state of ease.

The Moon! ~ Tarot Card for Thursday

the moon tarot card
Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Tarot card is The Moon. This is one of the most mysterious cards in the Tarot…and I love that! Similar to Tuesday’s reading, this card is all about that which is hidden.

Perhaps you feel as though you need to know the whole story or you need a clearer view of where you are headed. But know that the path ahead will be revealed to you at the right time and not all at once.

Trust your instincts when it comes to decision making today, as your instincts will not guide you in the wrong direction. There are two dogs in this card – a wolf, representing your wild, animal self (your true desires) and a domesticated dog wearing a collar (the part of you that goes along with social convention). Notice that both dogs howl at The Moon!

 

Four of Pentacles ~ Tarot Card for Wednesday

crystal visions tarot
Crystal Visions Tarot

Today’s Tarot card, the Four of Pentacles, suggests you are grasping your money tightly. Its tax time, so this makes sense! You may be feeling the pinch…but this card suggests lightening up a little 🙂

The pixie in this Four of Pentacles card is above a pile of golden coins suggesting she is much richer than she feels. This is an important thing to remember: poverty (and abundance) is a state of mind.

If you are feeling broke or anxious about money, try to shift your energy from poverty to abundance. You can do this by trying something out of the ordinary…..

If you normally spend sensibly, buy yourself something luxurious and extravagant (like fancy soap or that overpriced coconut milk ice cream at the health food store). If you are a little out of control with spending money, see if you can start saving a little change each and every day.

This will help you feel more abundant, which will in turn help you attract more abundance into your life.

Fog ~ Oracle Card for Tuesday

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Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven Farmer

Things are not as clear cut as you’d like them to be today. The fog has rolled in and you are clamoring for clarity. Relax – you don’t need to know everything right now. Take things one step at a time.

If you find yourself thinking that you need to have it all figured out before you take the first step, you will never go anywhere! Sometimes you don’t need to know your destination before you set out. You just have to start walking.

Sure, things seem murky and confusing now, but the fog will eventually lift and everything will be as clear as day. But don’t think that this temporary fogginess is a good excuse to just sit there and do nothing! Put one foot in front of the other and keep on going – you’re almost there.

Adept of Chalices ~ Tarot Card for Monday

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Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori

Today’s Tarot card is the Adept of Chalices from the Sirian Starseed Tarot. This card is most commonly known as the Knight of Cups in most Tarot decks.

When I first turned this card over, I thought it said “Adept of Challenges”! But I do see this card as representing challenges – creative challenges and our ability to navigate them with ease and grace.

Creative solutions will flow to you today without you even trying. That is the secret to solving any problem right now – don’t try too hard, let things flow in their own way and you will be propelled along with very little effort on your part.

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