Tarot: The Journey Within

Decks: Soul Cards Tarot & Blue Bird Lenormand
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Tarot is a reflection of ourselves. When we hold a deck, a sort of energetic transference takes place. It is a connection that takes place all day, every day, and it is as natural as breathing. Anytime we hold something, we are connecting with its energy. It may not be a conscious connection, but it happens nonetheless. When we consider that everything is energy, this isn’t so surprising. Those who are sensitive to energy can connect with objects in this way and obtain any information they may hold.

Anyone who has worked with energy tools, like pendulums and tarot, for any significant period of time will tell you that you can get a skewed or false reading if your energy is off, or not aligned. If you are upset or impatient or having a bad day, for example, or if your thoughts are scattered or you are experiencing anxiety, the cards will reflect this. That is why it is so important to breathe deeply or otherwise connect in to a place of peace before entering a reading, whether you are receiving it or performing it, for yourself or another. Many practitioners develop their own rituals around this, and often, those may include prayer or calling on higher guidance or allies for a message. It can simply involve calling on the highest truth and light to assist with the reading. This is a way of ensuring the truth and accuracy of the cards and interpretation, and that it comes from a place of light to bring clarity and wisdom to the querent.

The way we approach a reading is also connected to the expectations we have for it. If we enter a reading with doubt that it will be of any value, then the cards will reflect that. However, if we enter the reading in a place of trust or positive expectation, expecting clarity to come from it, then that is what the cards will deliver. In precisely the way that the cards reflect our energy, they are also a powerful reflective tool that allows us to peer within. Of course, we can ask the cards anything, which opens up infinite possibilities of exploration for us. If we are examining what we need to release that we may not be aware of, or anything that may be coming up for clearing and healing, or even how best to go about doing the work of healing, the cards can be a valuable tool that allows us infinite insight into our interior landscape.

When we are attuned to our intuition, we can gain exponentially greater value from a reading. In this ideal interpretive space, we can go far, far beyond what the guidebook says to find the meaning and interpretation that is meant especially for us and our specific situation and experience. Certain symbols on the cards may catch our eye, for example; those can hold meanings that we can interpret in ways that are particular to us and, in this way, provide us with unique value. Trusting our instincts when it comes to the interpretation is key, as it opens us up to a greater flow of information. As soon as we doubt, we put up blocks to anything that might want to come through. Overall, tarot provides a medium through which we can tap into deeper and deeper layers of healing, awareness, and understanding that bring us further in our journey into the interior.

Trusting the Process

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Imagine you’re driving down a road at night. The only illumination is coming from your headlights, and beyond that, the rest is a mystery, shrouded in darkness. You trust that the road continues beyond what you can see, so you keep driving, the guidelines painted on the road snaking off endlessly into the hidden distance.

The healing journey is a little bit like that, and so is life. We keep going, because we trust that there will be a next thing, and a next, that we won’t suddenly cease to exist or fall off into planar nothingness. The healing journey is ours to navigate. It’s important that we trust the guideposts to show us the way. In order to see them, though, we must be paying attention.

Doing the work sometimes means navigating through darkness. Sometimes our only light comes from within, but our inner light is the brightest light of all. Once we uncover it, we remember who we are; we remember our truth. We may reach a point where we decide that we want to discard everything that covers up that light. Through a process of healing, clearing, and releasing—one layer at a time—we discover how brightly we can really shine.

As long as we keep moving and keep desiring to heal and grow, we will. No matter how blocked off we are or how deep our pain, we can reach that heart-opened place of allowing where the answers flow to us and the guideposts light up like beacons. Where we flow easily in alignment with our higher self and receive our highest guidance as naturally as we inhale breath into our lungs.

The more we trust, the more we let go of our grip and relax the need to control outcomes. That’s when things start to come together. Great ideas flow to us, solutions spring up in our path, and we realize suddenly how far we have come. We look back on the times we leaned into trust and flowed with the process, and understand that it led us to exactly where we needed to be.

Opening the Heart

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We hear a lot about opening our hearts, but what does it really mean and how do we do it? Opening the heart can be a very different experience for each one of us, but ultimately, opening the heart is about allowing ourselves to feel what we hold within. All of the emotions—the pain, the joy, the heartache, the loneliness, the happiness, the excitement, the thrill of being alive—all of it. If our hearts have been closed for a while, it can be challenging to know where to begin. When we allow ourselves to feel what is there, we may have a lot of unpleasant emotions to work through. Emotional release is an important part of the process. Usually, when we close our hearts, we are shuttering it against the pain and the things we don’t want to feel, look at, or deal with. We may have been so busy or focused on other aspects of our lives that we haven’t taken time for ourselves in…how long? That phrase we hear so often, “doing the work,” sounds hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some places to start:

  1. Write out your feelings. You can burn the paper as a symbol of release or write everything out in a journal.
  2. Go out into nature and let your heart have its say. Really listen.
  3. Spend time with animals.
  4. Connect with people who make you feel—whether they inspire you, bring you joy, or make you laugh.
  5. Laughter is the best medicine.
  6. Meditate. Don’t force, flow. Allow your mind to quiet and become a receiver. You may be surprised to hear, or feel, your heart speak when the mind is silent.
  7. Spend time in self-care. This can mean a lot of things, from physical routines to listening to music. When you focus on simply caring for your body and mind, it brings cleansing, purification, and renewal.
  8. Listen to music that moves you. If you play an instrument, play to your heart’s content. Lose yourself in the music. Really feel it.
  9. If you are artistically inclined, paint, sculpt, craft, draw. Do whatever it is you do and flow.
  10. Getting into the flow state is a powerful way of attuning to our core essence. Some achieve it through listening to music, others through physical activity like dance and running, and others from creating art. There are many ways to get into the flow state. However you access it, you will know when you get there. Hours go by that feel like minutes. You become so completely absorbed in something that you lose all sense of time and your physical location. You are simply one with your focus.

Many, if not all, of the above are not only ways of opening the heart, but also ways of healing. That isn’t so surprising. The heart is powerful. It’s where the soul resides. It’s the center of our being-ness and the throne of our core essence. It is a treasure trove, an endless cave of wonders just waiting to be explored. There may be shadows to face before we can enter the splendor of the cave, but they are paltry in comparison to the magnificence that awaits us. Those shadows are well worth confronting; they don’t like being looked at anyway, and dissipate when we face them. Once we gain safe passage to the beauty that lies within us, we have taken the first step to the most beautiful and rewarding journey we will ever take.

The Pilgrim’s Path

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Before we can rise like the Phoenix from the ashes, we first have to burn.

Before we can rise to the summit, we must first climb the mountain.

When we are meant to walk the pilgrim’s path, it rises up to meet us. Once we take the first step, there is no turning back, and the journey we take changes us forever. Our own shadows take form, writ large across the path, and we are unable to pass until we face them. Fear, illusion, our own weaknesses and shortcomings, all take shape and demand we look at them. They confront us, and there is no choice but to do the inner work. It is only through healing that they dissipate, allowing us safe passage.

This journey may take place once in a lifetime, and it only happens for some. At the end of it, we stand looking at ourselves as we were when we first began, and find we are hardly recognizable. The person at the start of the journey was mere clay, unshaped, formless. The journey itself is what moulds us.

Daily Reading: February 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the second month, today may bring positive change, ushering it forth with certainty, stability, and sureness that may be swift or catch us by surprise in the strength of its arrival. Good news is indicated today overall. Today may bring expansion and fulfillment. Now through the next few weeks, we are guided to be aware of our thoughts, words, and actions more so than usual; a keen awareness of our environment and our internal landscape will serve us well during this Mercury retrograde period. We best honor ourselves when we believe in our own potential and capabilities. Keeping our expectations positive will go far. We are reminded that we receive what we believe and that others often deliver to us what we expect of them.

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to twelve, and three. New manifestations are being borne out of partnerships and collaborations. We may find ourselves aware of our own potential, and also of the need to reclaim our power and sovereignty in certain areas of life. Personal freedom is in focus now. Staying aligned with our purpose and goals and reminding ourselves of our achievements and personal growth may be helpful. We are capable of great things, and every moment holds the potential to begin something magnificent. Allowing ourselves to fully experience joy will help us to grow and also heals the heart. This weekend, consider doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. We are guided now to fill our own cups so we can show up in the best way for ourselves and others. 

Mantra: I welcome positivity, growth, freedom, and positive change. I stand strong in my sovereignty and integrity. 

Daily Reading: February 4, 2021

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As the fourth day of the second month, today brings in strong stabilizing energies. We may notice shifts taking place in our lives, minds, and hearts that are helping to strengthen us on all fronts. Energy that begins in the heart or the mind can flow outward to inform the rest of our lives. We can bring in this energy more strongly and help to integrate it within us by flowing and allowing ourselves to receive it, and by releasing resistance. Today, noticing where we feel blocked or what feels out of alignment can be a gift; as we notice this resistance, we can set the intention to clear it and welcome in energies of ease, grace, and allowing.

Forgiveness helps us to find closure and stability within ourselves. Forgiving ourselves and others is strongly in focus today. Forgiveness first takes place within the heart. We can decide to forgive, and it is good to set this intention, but forgiveness is not complete until it is felt and all aspects of the past released. We can gain clarity on what we may still be holding onto that isn’t serving us, on what we need to let go of, by writing it out. We are guided to follow our instincts regarding steps we can take to gain closure. When we forgive, it also helps to clear karma and allows us to move on and exit cycles in our lives.

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to eleven, and two. Eleven being a gateway number that contains energies of passing through into something new, and two holding energies of partnership and cooperation, we may be working with our team in spirit, with our higher self, and divine allies as we work toward moving into the next steps in our lives. We may be seeking a higher path, and today we can gain clarity on our next steps through meditation, tuning into the intuition, and listening to the heart. Noticing the thoughts, memories, and fragments of song that arise unbidden in the mind can also provide clarity, as they may be messages from our support team.

Mantra: I breathe in the highest light and exhale all that does not serve my highest good. I breathe in the light and love of pure divine consciousness.

Daily Reading: January 30, 2021

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As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.

Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease. 

Daily Reading: January 18, 2021

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As the eighteenth day of the first month, today brings energies of manifesting financial abundance and new opportunities that can lead to increased prosperity. The new developments coming about now are helping to usher out the old and anything that is not working for us. Allowing yourself to tune into positive expectation, excitement, interest, and hope can encourage new ideas that can lead to improved manifested states. We are guided, as always, to stay positive in our thinking.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen and six. We can expect to see energetic improvements through change and expansion. We may also have the growing sense that positive changes are just on the horizon and are encouraged to lean into those feelings, as they are evidence of things unseen coming into being. We may be growing in our awareness and experiencing further spiritual growth, development, and expansion, especially if we are putting in the work. This can be through reading, meditation, and anything we are doing to nurture and develop our spirituality. We are asked to continue using discernment when tuning into any information, as there many different sources of information that are of higher and lower frequencies, and that are more or less aligned to the truth. Developing a keen sense of intuition takes time, patience, and practice, but is well worth the effort it takes to strengthen it. We are divinely supported in our intentions to improve on all levels. 

Mantra: I welcome abundance and new opportunities that are aligned with my highest good. It is easy for me to focus on the positive. 

Tuning Into the Heart

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The value of tuning into the heart is immense. The heart is the seat of the soul, and when we attune to our hearts, we tap into our own greatest wisdom, to our integral truth, and to infinite intelligence. Yet, it is not always easy to tune in. When our hearts are heavy and filled with the weight of the past or present circumstances, and with heavy energies like guilt, sorrow, and regret, it can block us from receiving our highest guidance, which is always present within us. In order to attune to this and receive the guidance that will allow us to live our best possible lives and our highest possibilities, we have to clear those heavy energies. We hear a lot about letting go, but less about exactly how to do this. It isn’t always instinctive or natural or easy for us to let go, especially when we’ve been carrying around energies for a long time or have unprocessed emotions.

A helpful first step is getting clear on what it is we need to process and what we are still holding onto. We can hold onto energies and heavy emotions for years without being aware that we are still harboring them. They can find hidden places within us, which is where meditation can be extremely helpful, as it helps to shift our energy and clears out the old baggage, even if we are not aware that is what is happening. Journaling is helpful when we are processing emotions, especially when we begin by setting an intention, such as the desire to gain clarity on what needs to go or what is holding us back, how to process old wounds, or releasing the weight of the past.

We are blessed as humans in this manifested physical experience to have allies both in the physical and nonphysical. Archangel Raphael, a master healer, is a great ally in the nonphysical whom we can call on at any time. His color is green, coinciding with the color of the heart chakra. Archangel Raphael can help us to heal our hearts and clear any blockages we may have. When we wear certain colors, like green, we are drawing their energetic properties to us. Wearing green or surrounding ourselves in green when we are on a healing path can be helpful. Similarly, any green crystals, jewelry, or artwork can bring in healing energies to us or the space around us. One option is to create a green room or area where you live that is a space decorated with green objects. This can be a place where you meditate, journal, or engage in other activities that support your healing journey.

Aromatherapy and music are powerful allies, as are the elements and the elemental energies. Water is a masterful healer and a powerful cleanser. Water has many properties—it is a conduit and is powerfully transformative. It also aids us in letting go. Cleansing in water has been a long-held practice through the ages. We see evidence of this in baptism and water ceremonies. When we shower or bathe, not only are we cleansing ourselves physically, but also energetically. When we support this cleansing with our intentions, it is even more powerful. We can take salt baths (dissolving Epsom salts in bath water) and set the intention of being cleansed and recharged energetically.

Beyond the physical act of cleansing in water, we can also call on the energies of water to purify us energetically and to help us let go of and release any emotions we are holding onto. We can do this through sitting in meditation (in water or not) and asking the element of water to support us in healing, clearing, releasing, and transmuting any and all energies that do not serve our highest good. Likewise, we can call on the element of air to cleanse us energetically. Doing this while out in nature, especially on a windy day, can have powerful positive effects. Among other things, the element of air can cleanse our ear chakras of any energies that are not serving our highest good and can increasingly open us up to the ability to hear our guides and allies in spirit.

Meditating with crystals is another method that supports us in tuning into the heart. Green crystals especially are useful in this regard. We are blessed with a myriad assortment of green crystals on this planet; looking up their properties can be helpful in guiding you to a selection, or you may wish to simply allow your intuition to guide you when choosing one to meditate with. Crystals can also support us when we are journaling. Simply having one nearby or wearing one as jewelry or placed in a pocket can help us to receive its benefits.

The healing journey is unique, personal, and individual to each person. It also varies according to our particular life circumstances, situations, and previous experiences. Some of us are healing family karma or wounds through the family lineage, in addition to our own personal energies. What is important is that we take ownership of our healing, set the intentions to heal, and put in the work—whether through meditation, journaling, therapy, or whatever methods are resonant. Spirit reminds us that we are never alone, and our allies in the nonphysical are always ready to help. They are simply waiting on us to call on them for guidance and support. As we continue to attend to our own needs, engage in self-care, and do things that support our healing path, we start to see results over time. We are asked to be patient with ourselves and know that we all heal at our own pace, and however fast or slow it happens is just right for us.

Daily Reading: January 17, 2021

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As the seventeenth day of the first month, today carries aspects of manifesting good fortune and expanding in our spiritual gifts and abilities. We may receive lightning flashes of clarity and divinely inspired ideas, and may become aware of new opportunities. Tuning into the heart and noticing what feels right and in alignment is a way of tapping into our truest navigation. Today may find us considering how we might like to grow and expand, how we can better tune into our spiritual gifts and abilities, and how we can nurture our natural gifts and talents (such as painting, writing, music, etc.) and make them a bigger part of our lives. Meditation is key, as it allows us to receive messages from the divine and strengthens our energy. Before entering into meditation, we can ask our allies in the light to be present for us, to protect us, and to keep watch around us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen, and five. Five brings change, growth, and expansion, and, along with the seventeen/eight indicated today, especially highlights spiritual growth and expansion. Fourteen is a number of stability and strengthening in our foundations, as well as manifesting new opportunities that can bring us growth and stability. Fourteen also carries aspects of justice and integrity. Right action is always rewarded, as nothing we say, do, think, or feel goes unseen. We are reminded that we are all part of the fabric of the universe, integral threads that connect to everything. We are divinely loved and supported and are guided to seek higher wisdom and knowledge at all times. Just as we have nonphysical allies, we have physical allies as well that can support us energetically and in our spiritual growth. Among these are crystals, music, and, especially highlighted today, aromatherapy. 

Mantra: I tune into my heart and receive divine messages, guidance, and wisdom. I welcome and receive the opportunities, ideas, and information that will help elevate me.