Healing Spaces

Image by Victoria Constantino

Sixteen years ago, I left the desert and never looked back. Since then, I’ve gained an appreciation for the austerity of that landscape that has been largely brought about by time, distance, and perspective. The desert is purifying, a place stripped bare, pared down to the essentials. Its energy too has a way of peeling back layers, dissolving everything that isn’t needed, whatever doesn’t serve, all excess and unnecessary energy. In this process, the desert poses several questions: Do you need it, is it helpful, is it weighing you down, is it holding you back, why are you still carrying it, what lessons have you learned from it, what wisdom is yours to keep?

Nature is deeply healing, without question. Lush, fragrant forests rich with moss and deep green chambers flow through the heart and give balm to the spirit. In the ocean, a yoga teacher once told me, every crashing wave holds all the sounds the human body needs to hear, sounds that clear us and heal us through sonic frequencies. The mountains bring clarity and perspective; they challenge heart and mind to ascend, to be more, to rise above, to consider the importance of all we hold dear, to sort the wheat from the chaff. Every landscape holds a different energy. Cities, states, countries, have their own energy, and certainly different landscapes do, too.

These different landscapes are healing spaces that interact with us on another level, one we don’t consciously sense. It’s atoms talking to atoms, energy flowing into energy. For those reasons, we may be drawn to certain areas in nature without understanding exactly why. It’s important that we trust our natural instinct, our desire to be in those places, and to follow our heart there. They have unique wisdom to impart to us, a particular sort of healing. To commune with nature is to connect to a greater aspect of the divine, of which we are all a part.

Protecting Your Energy

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

When we consider that everything is energy, including ourselves, it gives us an understanding of how easy it is to be affected by the things we read, the conversations we hear, and the potential impact of the invisible world around us. Because we are energy, we can also absorb energy. And although we cannot see it in the form of feelings, thoughts, and emotions, these energies are very real and a crucial part of the fabric that weaves our reality together. It almost goes without saying that it is important to protect our energy. Even more so in times of difficulty or adjustment, and especially during periods of upheaval and massive global shifts like we are experiencing now. If you are sensitive to energy, the need to protect yourself multiplies.

I recommend clearing your energy field during meditation on a daily basis and anytime you begin feeling heavy or weighed down. When we absorb energies that do not belong to us, we can experience this as anxiety or sadness or anger, or any emotion that seems to arrive out of the blue. We may also start feeling uncomfortable but cannot pinpoint exactly why, and this could be because we have picked up on something that is not our own. It is so important for our mental and emotional health that we clear anything that does not belong to us and keep our field clear by putting up a protective barrier that we reinforce on a regular basis to shield us against anything that is not for our highest good.

There are several ways to create this barrier. One powerful method is through visualization. You can enter a quiet, reflective space with no distractions around you and visualize an energetic forcefield surrounding you past the outer layer of your aura. Try visualizing this as a sphere with a strong external layer like a thick shell that surrounds you and fills your aura with golden light. Gold is a high-vibrational color that can strengthen your protection and bring you healing and peace. You can set the intention that the only energies that may enter your field are those that are for your highest good, and nothing else may enter. As you make this visualization part of your daily practice, you solidify the barrier more and more with your belief and intention, and in the process, you become better at visualization, which, like many things, improves with practice.

Just as we engage in rituals of physical cleanliness on a regular basis, protecting our energy is an important part of self-care that ensures our energetic cleanliness. In this way, we can make sure we are always our best (and truest) selves as we navigate through life and interact in our relationships, in our careers, and in the way we show up in the world.

Sending Peace and Healing to the World: A Meditation

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

Now more than ever, it is important for us to focus on healing. Everyone, including light workers, has an obligation to do the inner work, to heal ourselves first, before we show up for anyone else, and to notice, on an ongoing basis, what comes to the surface to be processed and cleared, to be acknowledged and healed. It is so important that when we are done processing and clearing, we invite the energies we wish to embody, such as peace, healing, and divine light, or whatever it is we need. Compassion is something that is so needed right now and, like any other energy we invite in, we can set the intention of integrating it into our field. There are many ways to do this, but here is one meditation that works for me. Of course, you can adjust it as you like.

To begin, go to a quiet space where you will have privacy (away from distractions and furry friends). To enter the meditative space, sit comfortably with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Breathe deeply and envision your energy field as a sphere that surrounds you past the outer layer of your aura, which extends past the tips of your fingers when you have your arms outstretched. Breathe in light, then exhale it into your field. Do this for as long as you need to fill your energy field entirely with light. Then imagine this sphere of energy surrounded with a layer of protection. You can set the intention that this protective layer allows in only energies that serve your highest good, and that all else immediately bounces off and is returned to sender via Source. I recommend re-energizing and strengthening this boundary every day.

Once you feel your protective layer is stabilized, you can envision low-vibrational energies and energies that do not serve your highest good clearing and releasing. If specific situations come to mind, know that they are rising to the surface to be released. Notice any energy you feel. You can release unwanted energies by naming them specifically; for example, you can say (to yourself is fine) something like, “I clear and release all energies of anxiety.” Or, “I release this situation with love. It is no longer part of my energy and it is now cleared and transmuted.” If you can feel energy, you may feel a physical sensation of something lifting from you each time you do this. You can call on your allies to support as you go through the energies and situations one at a time and ask that they transmute the energy into the highest form of light. When you feel clear, you can invite the energies of healing, peace, divine light, and compassion, or any energies you choose, and set the intention that they integrate into your field (your allies will help with this).

Once you feel the energy is stable, you can begin to send healing to the planet by envisioning, setting the intention, or asking your allies to release all energies from the planet that do not serve the highest good of humanity and ask that they are transmuted into the highest possible form of light. You can then send peace, healing, and compassion to everyone around the world. I like to envision this as light surrounding the entire globe that sends the energy to everyone who is willing to receive it. You can ask your allies, the universal forces, the angels, Source, or whomever you feel guided to call on to support you in sending out and integrating this energy.

One type of healing that is so needed right now is ancestral. When we enter into a physical body, we also enter into a family lineage whose past experiences are encoded into our DNA. With that lineage comes family karma. We can set the intention to clear and release family karma and clear ancestral energies that do not serve our highest good, and to clear the energies that are ready to be released, that do not have any place on the planet, that are holding us back from elevating into our highest path and potential, and that are keeping us from living in alignment and in our highest truth. Archangel Michael is a powerful ally to call on when performing this type of clearing, but of course, you can call on any allies you wish. Doing this work in the meditative space helps to focus the mind and our efforts so that we can draw on our power to release these energies from ourselves and from the planet for good as we welcome in healing, unity, and compassion.

We are all one, and the more we realize that we are all in this together as spiritual beings experiencing a human existence, the more we will be able to heal and make powerful forward progress, so that we can expand and grow as individuals and as a collective. When we look at others through this lens of oneness, we experience life differently. We have more compassion and are more willing to help others because we understand that the good of one is the good of all.

June: A Reading for the Collective

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

June promises to be a powerfully transformative month filled with shake-ups, endings, revelations, empowerment, expansion, and fresh starts. Here’s what the cards have to say:

Q1: What is the overall energy of June? The Tower

This is a month of endings and subsequent new beginnings. Old energies are clearing out and certain infrastructures that are no longer working and those that have weak foundations are collapsing. Out with the old and in with the new is this month’s theme. It’s time to let go of the past and release anything we have been holding onto that has kept us feeling stuck or trapped, or that has limited us in any way as we recognize and clear any self-imposed limitations. We can call on our allies and ask for their support as we set the intention to clear, release, and transmute everything that does not serve our highest good and welcome in what does.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is a card that shows us still standing after the trials, chaos, and confusion. We may be bandaged and bruised, but we have won the battle. We are still alive, stronger and wiser for the experiences we have made it through. This card shows better times ahead but advises us to remain watchful and vigilant, and to stay on our guard to ensure we remain safe as we protect ourselves and those we love. This week, protect your energy and the energy of your home as well as your physical safety. Visualizing energetic barriers surrounding you and your loved ones is a recommended daily practice; call on Archangel Michael to assist you with strengthening this forcefield of protection. You can set up similar protections around your dwelling.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Cups

In a natural progression from the nine to the ten, the Ten of Cups shows us advancing beyond the energies represented by the Nine of Wands as we embrace emotional fulfillment, happiness, and abundance. We celebrate the joys of life and revel in the beauty that fills our hearts and surrounds us in the form of home, family, friends, peace of mind, joy, and the myriad other ways fulfillment can manifest for us. This card can indicate that we will see significant improvements in our situation and that things are shifting for us, and it also reminds us that we attract what we believe and think about; the more we recognize the abundance all around us and appreciate the things we have, the more those things will come to us. To assist us in protecting our energy and our living spaces, a positive, high-vibrational mindset supports us by attracting the good things in life.

Q4: Week 3 energy: King of Wands

This king is a leader who is passionate about his purpose and successful in all that he undertakes to do. This card shows success, fortune, and good things coming our way this week. The king can represent a person in your life who represents the qualities of the King of Wands; this can be an honest employer or leader, someone who is fair, wise, and kind. It can also show these qualities developing in you and indicate success in leadership as you spread your wings with confidence, knowing that you have what it takes to lead with skill, competence, honesty, wisdom, and fairness. Wands are aligned with the fire element and indicate manifestation, passion, and purpose.

Q5: Week 4 energy: The Sun

By the end of the month, many of us will see expansion, new opportunities, growth, freedom, and abundance. The sun is shining upon us, and life is good. We are enjoying the fullness of our lives and feeling fulfilled in many ways. We are seeing growth and the manifestation of the things we have been working toward creating as we build a better life for ourselves, fully supported by the Universal energies and our team in spirit. This card indicates unbridled happiness and joy, clarity, vitality, achievement, success, and confidence. We can make the most of this week’s energies by lining up with them vibrationally. It can be helpful to remember that we are able to receive only as much as we believe we can. If you don’t believe something is possible, it isn’t; if you believe that it is possible for you, then it is. We are powerful creators, divine beings who set the course of our own lives with our intention and our beliefs.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for June: Four of Cups reversed

The Four of Cups tells us it would be to our greatest benefit this month to rest, to take time for ourselves, and to find a retreat. This could be in the form of daily walks, long baths, journaling, or meditation. It asks us to consider what is making us feel drained and what we can release, whether situations, commitments, or relationships that are no longer serving us. This month, we can ask ourselves questions like, What are we better without? What isn’t working for us? What is causing us undue stress? What saps our energy? What do we dread doing? This month, remember that you cannot give from an empty cup and prioritize your emotional well-being over all else, because it informs everything in your life. Go within and seek guidance from the Universe and your allies. Pay attention to your emotional guidance system; it’s your built-in compass and is there to help you navigate through life. What feels right? What sparks joy when you think about it? That may be the natural next step for you.

I am so excited to see what this month will bring! When I think about what’s ahead, I feel almost giddy with joy. That must be because a part of me knows that something good is coming. Better things, positive changes, are on the horizon. Sometimes it can be helpful to remember that certain situations can be blessings in disguise. When things don’t turn out as planned, it can be because there is something better in store for us, or that the circumstances are causing us to expand, grow, and learn, or the Universe is steering us toward better outcomes than we had planned. Be open to what comes your way, and follow the path of least resistance. Find things to enjoy in life, and let yourself experience freedom, if only in your heart and mind.

Using Tarot to Deepen Your Spiritual Connection

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck
Image by Victoria Constantino

Tarot is a wonderful tool for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live, work, and play. We can use it for guidance on any conceivable subject. While I am a firm believer that it should be approached with trust and respect, we can use it to consult on anything that genuinely matters to us and for more general guidance in a given situation. It can help us to navigate with confidence and from a place of understanding the energies that are to come in the days and weeks ahead. In this way, it helps us to better prepare for what is on its way and to make any necessary adjustments.

Now more than ever, we have time to sit with our thoughts, to examine our lives, and consider where making changes would benefit us. Many of us have the opportunity to connect with ourselves and with our spirituality on deeper levels than perhaps ever before. There are many ways to strengthen our spiritual connection, including systems, beliefs, and practices that we may find beneficial to varying degrees. Meditation and yoga can help us practice mindfulness, center our thoughts and being-ness, and open to receive messages, guidance, and wisdom from the divine.

The beauty of using tarot to deepen that connection is that we can ask a question and receive an immediate answer, albeit one we may need to sit with for a while to fully comprehend. Tarot is a medium through which we can tap into understanding and wisdom that is only as limited as our capacity for interpretation. Best of all, when we approach the cards with reverence, trust, and from a centered state in which we intend to receive guidance that is for our highest good or to receive messages from the divine, our guides, or allies, we can connect with energies linked to source and draw from the well of infinite intelligence.

There are so many questions we can ask, depending on our needs and situation, that can help us strengthen our connection to source, our allies, the higher self, and to our own spirituality and intuition. Some of those might be, What guidance is available to me? How can I deepen my connection to source/my allies/my higher self/my intuition? How can I strengthen my trust? Tarot’s strength is in its versatility, which allows it to speak to us on many levels throughout our lives. Because it is based on archetypes that speak to the whole of human experience, it is a guiding light we can turn to anytime we need it.

Substance Abuse in the Time of COVID-19

Today, when I carried the recycling out to my community’s shared bin, I saw that it was full of empty brown glass bottles. Since the lockdown, alcohol consumption has noticeably increased. I’ve seen it in little ways all around me. I quickly realized that this is a small example of a much more widespread problem, and immediately sent energies of healing and well-being to everyone in the global community who is dealing with addiction of any kind. Substances can be a way of putting a barrier in front of our feelings, a way of distancing ourselves from negative emotions, a way of not feeling the things we don’t want to feel. Without that barrier, our emotions rise up to meet us.

The reasons we might turn to substances are as varied as the rainbow spectrum of pain. Sometimes, it’s just a momentary escape. Other times, it’s out of sheer boredom. And much of the time, it’s because it makes us feel better than we were feeling before. There is a saying, The only way out is through, that applies here. We have to feel it to fix it. Fixing it often means acknowledging and letting go—of the past, and of the things that no longer serve us, whether those are beliefs, memories, thoughts, habits, or feelings. We can always heal, we just have to be willing to put in the work. Healing requires loving ourselves enough to realize we’re worth the effort that it takes to clear and release what isn’t helping us, what is holding us back, what is limiting us, and what does not have any useful place in our lives.

One way of letting go can be to sit with the feeling, belief, thought, or energy, and acknowledge it, then release it with intention. You can call on any nonphysical allies to support you, whether that’s God, or your spirit guides, the angels, Universal energies, or whomever you feel moved to call on. Releasing with intention simply means that you intend to release it. You can say, to yourself or out loud, I clear and release this. As you work through releasing more and more, you may begin to feel lighter as the heavy energies lift from you. After releasing, invite the energies you do want. For example, you can say (or think), I welcome in the energies of love, light, healing, and peace.

The more you practice letting go, the easier it gets. And the more you let go, the more clarity you gain. This clarity leads to greater insight and uplifting energies that support you in every way. The healing journey is deep, and it is often profound. It’s like going through a dark tunnel. When you’re in the tunnel, you often cannot see the light; you can’t see what is around you. You can’t see ahead of you. You just have to trust and keep going. Trust yourself, trust your allies, knowing that you are supported every step of the way and that the Universe has got your back. Eventually, you will be able to see the light. As you reach the end of the tunnel, you gain clarity. You begin to understand your own strength, and the wisdom you gained from the experiences you left behind. When you exit the tunnel, you will find that you are a different person than the one who entered it. That person is the best version of you.

We are always healing, on some level, throughout our lives. You will find that some times are more intense than others in terms of what comes to the surface to be cleared and released. Know that those feelings and thoughts are not surfacing to torment you—they are rising up to the surface so you can let them go. They surface when they are ready to be released, when you are ready to release them. Knowing this can be a powerful source of support as you trust yourself more and more, knowing that you have the strength to let go of everything that rises up within you.

The Healing Journey

Healing is referred to as a journey because it takes place throughout our lives, and the path is rarely straight. We are many-layered beings, magnificent in our resiliency and in our ability to continually expand in our awareness. We are complex in our depth and extraordinary in our capacity for growth. For everything we know about ourselves, there may be ten thousand more that lie just beyond our awareness. Put simply, we are icebergs, with potential that reaches to depths unfathomable, as we navigate through much of our lives from the more physically focused aspect of our human experience, that forward-looking part of us that hovers above the surface in the realms of conscious awareness.

The series of blog posts that will fall under the umbrella of The Healing Journey will examine healing from a variety of aspects and modalities. There are many ways to heal, and what supports us shifts and changes over time, just as we do. For those reasons, various perspectives will be presented here, from teachers and healers from a variety of backgrounds, with varying methodologies. I will also be weighing in on the subject of healing and will share what has helped me as I have traveled my own journey.

Your questions are welcome. This is designed to be helpful to you, and suggestions for topics and things you are curious about will be considered as subjects for future posts. If you are reading this, you were led here for a reason, and I hope you benefit from the dialogue that is created here.

Love and light,
Victoria

May: A Reading for the Collective

If anything, this year has brought plenty by way of change. Here’s what the cards have to say about the month of May.

Q1: What is the overall energy of May? Queen of Pentacles

This queen rules the earthly realm and is a caretaker related to domesticity, finances, home and family, and all things material. She can also represent earthly pleasures and creature comforts of all kinds. This card indicates a focus on life’s necessities, on having what we need and procuring resources. It speaks to our financial well-being and prosperity, and all concerns related to these. As we continue to be homebound, it makes sense that our focus is on hearth and home, on providing for ourselves and those we care for, and ensuring our material and domestic needs are met. This card can also represent a motherly figure or caretaker of some kind, someone who is ensuring the comfort, well-being, and safety of those in her charge. Be sure to show her some extra love, kindness, and appreciation this month. And how appropriate; in the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10. This card is also related to Mother Earth, who provides for us in abundance every day of our lives. Let’s show her some extra love, too.

Q2: Week 1 energy (May 1-7): Seven of Cups

It’s interesting that in April’s reading, the week 4 card was also the Seven of Cups. This energy continues into the first week of May. This card is inward-looking and is very much about visualizing our desired outcomes. It’s a strong message to keep focusing on what we want and to keep visualizing, to keep daydreaming, as this is keeping our vibration at the desired state. Manifesting a better living situation? Spend time daily visualizing where you would rather be: see it, feel it, live it, breathe it, and otherwise fully immerse yourself in that place. This will keep your vibe high and help you to manifest what you want. Abraham-Hicks teaches that the Universe doesn’t know whether we are in the state at which we are vibrating or not; the Law of Attraction doesn’t make that distinction—it simply delivers whatever we are a vibrational match to.

Q3: Week 2 energy (May 8-14): Knight of Pentacles

Whereas knights can be messengers or can represent movement, this knight appears to be stalled. Money may be delayed or finances can be held up in some way. A message may be on its way to you but there could be delays or unforeseen circumstances preventing its timely delivery. Just know that it is on its way to you. If you start to feel discouraged, find something to celebrate. Celebrate your wins, your successes thus far. Acknowledge how far you have come and take heart in the fact that what you want is on its way to you, and that a world of possibilities is open to you, not just in the immediate future, but always, throughout your life. Trust the Universe and your internal guidance to help you navigate and show you the way to where you want to be. This knight can also come as encouragement to be steadfast and resolute, to not give up on our goals. He can indicate that we may be seeing gains but they are not as significant or rapid as we would like them to be. In that respect, we may best be served by continuing in practicality, focus, and unwavering determination.

Q4: Week 3 energy (May 15-21): Eight of Pentacles

This month is so focused on material needs, and it’s no wonder. We are all experiencing a collective upheaval that is rare enough. These unusual cirumstances place material concerns at the forefront, and the Eight of Pentacles indicates a welcome reprieve. It shows us reaping rewards for work well done. This is a card of material accomplishment, achievement, gain, and increase. This week, let’s focus on staying in receiving mode and not give attention to what isn’t there for us yet or what we don’t have, but instead appreciate what we do have, and find joy in every way possible. When you let go and give yourself over to laughter or a joyful conversation with friends or to hours lost in creative pursuits, it opens you up to receiving everything you’ve been asking for.

Q5: Week 4 energy (May 22-31): King of Swords

This king is pointing at all of the other cards for this month, and he is closest in proximity to the Eight of Pentacles; it looks as though he is pointing directly at it, as if to say, I brought this forward. And indeed he may have, or may be. The King of Swords can be a judge, justice, lawyer, legal figure, or decision-maker of some kind, and he can also represent someone who is in the arena of communication and thought who is further up the scale, a leader in his field. This figure may have an impact on your life in some way, and he may be directly related to bringing forth the financial abundance and rewards indicated in the Eight of Pentacles. On a practical level, this can indicate a raise, new job, promotion, award, recognition, or legal ruling in your favor. It can also come as advice to take charge of a matter, especially regarding paperwork, contracts, or legalities, or to step into a position of leadership.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe: Wheel of Fortune

Whereas the Minor Arcana cards, which comprise all the other cards in this reading, indicate earthly matters—transient and temporal concerns that are passing through our lives, rather impermanent in the grand scheme of things—the Major Arcana, of which The Wheel of Fortune is a part, indicate karmic and universal forces at play. The Wheel of Fortune’s upright position in this reading tells us that there will be a major turn of events in our favor, and essentially, that fortune is smiling upon us. Things really are always working out for us. Even when circumstances look grim, we can ask what they are there to teach us. This card is an indicator that a major upswing is taking place for us, which, being that this month is so pentacle-heavy, could have to do with earthly concerns and matters material. Being that this is a reading for the collective, this upswing is taking place on a broader scale. This card indicates that there will be a major shift and events are turning in our favor.

It may be worth noting that, in the image above, after I arranged the cards in place, a band of sunlight made its way across them before I took the photo. Note that, in the weekly energy reading cards for this month, the sunlight seems to increase at it spans across those four cards, becoming widest as it reaches the fourth week’s card. The Universe communicates with us in all sorts of ways, and this lovely visual metaphor is no exception. It indicates that the light is increasing througout the month of May, expanding us in our own truth and light, and bringing more light, hope, happiness, and promise into our lives as the month goes on. Thank you, Universe.

Sympathetic Magic and Tarot

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

Sympathetic magic is based on the law of attraction, whose tenet is simple: like attracts like. This can serve our manifestations and sacred practice through the simple use of representational instruments, such as coins for prosperity and pomegranates for fertility, to name a few examples. The idea is that objects with energies related to what you are seeking to manifest help draw more of the same; placing these items in a sacred space or throughout your home (especially in the related feng shui guas) is common practice. Tarot cards are wonderfully various in their pictorial representations of many fundamental facets of life, such as happiness, abundance, family, strength, and so on, which makes them ideal for use in sympathetic magic.

As many of you know, I do a daily card draw through my social media accounts for the collective. Often, this is a single card, but sometimes the universe delivers more. Today’s card turned out to be the Nine of Cups, a card often associated with windfalls, inheritances, and lucky winnings. Being that it is in the suit of Cups, it is also linked to the emotional realm. And because nines are associated with completion, this card carries an aspect of emotional fulfillment, happiness, harmony, and generosity. The image of the wealthy tavern keeper is often associated with this card, especially in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. In the deck I use primarily for readings, the Pagan Otherworlds tarot by Uusi, the Nine of Cups features a frog sitting on a riverbank. Frogs can symbolize a leap into something new, as well as abundance, fertility, purification, rebirth, and renewal.

If I drew this card and wanted to set up a ritual or spell around it based on sympathetic magic, I might begin by placing it in an area of significance or sacred space, along with objects associated with what I am looking to draw in. I could light a candle to meditate on my intention and goals, visualizing the outcome I want to manifest in as much detail as possible. When visualizing, if you find yourself getting hung up on details, it’s best to keep it general and focus on the feeling of what you’re after, i.e., the feeling of abundance, fulfillment, happiness, and so on.

Sympathetic magic can be as simple or complex as you like; you can set up a single card or include numerous objects, herbs, crystals, and whatever else you like. As always, you should trust your instincts. It’s nice to have the energetic support of corresponding objects, but ultimately, all you really need is intention. The most important energetic component of all is always going to be what is in your vibration, as that is the ultimate determination of what you attract to you.

Choosing a Tarot Deck

The Supra Oracle and the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

When being drawn to a certain deck, one has to wonder: do you choose the deck or does it choose you? With the many and varied types and styles of tarot and oracle decks available, there is something to suit every taste. Often, it’s the artwork that captivates us, or the theme (cats, anyone?). Some oracle decks have pithy interpretations printed on the cards, like “It’s your lucky day.” Intrigued by mystique? No pre-loaded interpretation necessary; decks featuring artwork-only leave the deciphering to the reader and may reward a greater depth and variety of interpretive nuance.

If you’re undecided and searching, it can be useful to first get clear on what you want to use the deck for. Are you going to use it for general, everyday readings, doing readings for others, for meditation or journaling? Different decks tend to support different purposes. You may not want to use the same deck you use for your own readings to give readings to others (it’s an energy thing). You might also have one that you use for visualization purposes and to support your manifestations that you employ solely for that purpose.

Sometimes, when we’re tuned into our internal guidance, we may be steered toward one deck or another, and on occasion, we don’t quite know why—it’s not always a deck we would normally choose. In my experience though, it’s always a good idea to trust your intuition. There may be a message or some wisdom in it for you that turns out to be invaluable or leads you on a path of self-discovery.

Other times, it’s love at first sight. You know that deck, it’s the one… You’ve never seen anything so gorgeous in your life. You have to have it. My advice? If you like it, get it.

Ultimately, it’s really a personal decision. If you get a deck and after using it for a while, decide it doesn’t resonate with you anymore, you can always exchange with someone who has a deck you like that they’re willing to part with.