Moving Through Stagnation with the Tarot

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We have all been there. That place where nothing seems to be moving. Life becomes routine with no spark and the only feelings that seem to be felt is major frustration, anger, sadness, boredom and sometimes grief.

Every option we look at doesn’t feel right, everything we do doesn’t feel right and the only thing we want is solitude, rest and a good cry.
Firstly I have to say don’t be too quick to move from this space.
Sounds strange I know but feeling these feelings and being overwhelmed with ‘I’ve had enough’ also will move you to create change.
Having said that lets look at how we can shift things internally using the tarot.

Let’s begin at looking at a self nurturing routine to support you through this space.
It’s just so easy to convince yourself and fall victim to the overwhelm and make excuses such as, ‘I can’t stop there’s things that need doing.’
That’s a good possibility but there will also be many pockets of time where you can prioritise because doing the floors and folding laundry can wait for as long as it needs because YOU my friend are priority.

Next create a self nurturing routine and stick to it.
Commitment to Self is a must.
The two primary relationships that will always nurture, love and feed your soul is the one you have with yourself and Mother Earth.
These are the two primary relationships that need to always be on top of your list if they aren’t there will be no balance.
I understand when overwhelm hits you want nothing more than to stare at the floor but a lot of the time it doesn’t feed your soul.
Not saying don’t do this I’m saying put in place things that make you feel good and the small things count.
Such as: clean sheets, buying flowers, rearranging and cleaning your altar or sacred space, purchasing something small that means something to you, spending time in nature, eating clean, drinking more water, burning incense, lighting candles, drinking your favourite tea, spending time in the garden, painting, writing… as an example.

It’s really important to invest in you and it’s also important to take time to explore your inner world because it’s a very big part of why you feel this way.
So time to get the cards out and your journal.
Let’s pull out some Major Arcana cards that can support you to move forward.

The Hermit

What we need more than anything in this space is solitude and to connect with the light within.
It’s times like this our light doesn’t feel strong so we need to strengthen it by doing that we need to connect with it.
So pull out your journal and have The Hermit card in front of you and journal the answers to these questions:

* Have I had enough time on my own to feel and reflect on where I am? If not, why not?

* What feelings am I avoiding to feel at present and why?

* What am I afraid of seeing or accepting about my current situation?
Once you have identified that then ask yourself:

* What small steps can I commit to create change about my current situation?
Once you have written that then write out a loose future plan of where you would like to be.
I say loose because I don’t want you feeling any pressure to commit to this long term plan but a focus point of moving you from your current situation.

* Please give yourself time to process your answers don’t feel you have to answer all of this in one sitting.
Give yourself time to breathe and fall into what you have uncovered. *

Death

Very few people like the Death card in the tarot but it’s one of my favs.
In order for new life bloom we need to put the old to rest once and for all.
So placing the Death card in front of you and using it as a focus of contemplation the only question I want you to contemplate and journal on is this:

* Being completely honest, what do I need to let go of completely to move forward to the next stage of my life?

Take your time and give yourself time to process your answer.

And finally pull out the card Judgement. Place it in front of you and while you focus on the card begin reflecting on this question and answer it intuitively:

* What does my soul want me to hear?

Meditate on this answer and journal it.
Once you’ve gathered all your answers please finish off on meditating on The Empress card.
Hold the image in your minds eye, burn some floral incense and burn a candle whilst meditating and envision yourself loved, nurtured, whole and at ease with yourself.
Stay in the meditation as long as you need and repeat if needed.

Take this post and use it to love you.
The tarot is an amazing system to heal and get to know our inner world.
It should be part of our self nourishing practice. Xxx

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Shadow Work with The Devil 

The Devil

Before I choose the card for today I firstly would like to share working with The Devil card at present as the energies grow leading up to Samhain/Beltaine and the Scorpio full moon, would be ideal to move through any growing concerns, uncertainties, frustrations or any strong emotions that may have surfaced.
Usually with strong emotion there is some expectation to a hoped outcome or a wish that things could be different and our frustration grows because things just aren’t flowing the way we would like them to and we hold onto a belief that is creating chaos in our life.
Shadow Work with The Devil
* You will need a journal and pen for this exercise. *
First identify the strongest most uncomfortable feeling or a feeling that is causing you to be more ungrounded than usual.
Describe these feelings in full detail be completely honest with yourself and don’t hold back.
Listen and feel for anything else that would like to be expressed within this space.
Identify what has triggered you to feel this way and if you’re unsure retrace when you first began feeling this way.
Was it something that someone said a week ago? Was it some news you heard about and your conditioned reaction convinced you ‘that it doesn’t bother you’?
Is it a growing unsettled feeling in your work aspect?
Whatever it is it’s important to reflect on when you began feeling this way.
Once you’ve identified when it began begin writing how it made you feel and why.
What is it that you wanted to express at the time but your conditioned reaction held you back? or the situation didn’t allow for it?
What fears did this experience trigger?
The most important part of this exercise is identifying your fears.
Once you’ve identified your fears write about them.
The reason why writing helps it’s a space just for you where you can be completely honest and explore them in a safe space.
It’s also important to express and understand how we truly feel because it’s unexpressed unresolved emotion which knocks us off our centre.
Expression/action is everything when we know how we truly feel.
Once we’ve identified where it began, what we wanted to express but didn’t, what conditioned behaviours held us back by understanding our fears we MUST give ourselves some quiet space to feel the feelings that were raised.
Give yourself more time for reflection.
We must give these feelings attention (awareness) so they can pass through our energetic bodies.
Once we have we must ask another important question to empower ourselves through this experience:
What action do I need to take to empower my expression through this experience?
In other words, is there anyone you need to confront and share how you feel? Are there steps you can create to move forward?
For an example if this experience is connected to your work aspect is there any steps you can create to change or improve the situation? And if so what are they?
 
It’s really important to take action because if we don’t take action we stay in a disempowered space and if action can’t be taken yet have a plan that you can commit to when the time is right but it must be followers through to shift the energy.
 
 
The Devil card supports us to explore and make us aware of the feelings and beliefs we hold onto which disempower who we are. It’s an important process one we all should explore as often as possible.
If you still have trouble and not sure where to begin, begin with meditating on The Devil card.
Hold the symbol of The Devil card in your minds eye and place the card on your lap when you meditate.
See what feelings emerge from your meditation and begin with the questioning process above.
I will write a separate post sometime soon on exploring The Devil card for now I hope this helps with the current energies. Xxx
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Gather the Cards

 

So you’ve gathered the cards, love them dearly and yes the books have arrived and yes love laying out spreads but still you can’t really feel them speaking to you yet. Totally normal don’t panic it is flowing more than you know. It flows through subtly an energy begins to form between you and the cards even if it is frustration, uncertainty and sometimes even anger from being so frustrated but its forming and the relationship between you and the cards are speaking, you’re speaking through how you feel when you have them around you or in your hands whatever you’re feeling allow yourself to feel it. Don’t push it away, don’t distract it, don’t stop the connection between you and tarot system just allow it to be like any relationship that is intimate you WILL feel which is completely normal regardless of what society would like us to believe… keep going.

Within those moments of frustration journal it but before you do shuffle the cards and ask the question, ‘what’s blocking me from moving forward with my study with the tarot? I would go as far as saying just shuffle the major arcana cards and choose one and work with this card to reveal the fear and feelings behind the frustration.

You will see it actually isn’t the cards but our conditioned fear of deepening our relationship with ourself and with others. We are all so conditioned not to feel those scary emotions that are uncomfortable, taught to silence them, distract them and even be ashamed of them but we ALL feel them we’re human and our humanity is beautiful its definitely nothing to be ashamed of. We’re taught to distract our shadow selves (our heavier darker emotions) because it’s within the shadow, within the darkness is where light is born. Within the darkness is where you will find yourself… so be gentle and keep journalling the darker emotions, keep journalling through those times you feel numb or you feel nothing is moving it is moving you’re just feeling whats been locked away for some time.

The most important thing is to be gentle there’s no rush and you will be so pleasantly surprised what will be uncovered through this magical journey. So gather the cards it’s ok to feel. xxx

 

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The Devil card from the Mythic Tarot

Studying the Tarot: Where to Begin

 

I have met so many people and have engaged with so many clients wanting to study the tarot but have no idea where to begin. Getting to know 78 cards intimately sounds pretty daunting and a huge puzzle to work through. Thats what it feels like as a beginner because we’ve all been there but it was my passion for the cards that pushed me to research, to study and speak to others that were just as passionate as myself to explore further.

So how can 78 cards reveal the depths of me let alone be used for a divinatory tool? And where do I start? These are the three main questions I asked myself when I begun. What pulled me to the cards was the tool itself. It felt like an old remembering of using cards to tell the future and no we don’t need to use the cards just for this but that was my reason because I was born with the natural gift to see but I needed to decipher what was vision and what was my imagination, what was thought and what was an intuitive receiving and also what was emotion and what was an intuitive feeling. That sounds like a lot but I will eventually break it all down so it doesn’t sound like a huge task and more importantly enjoying the journey because it really is so enjoyable. It’s fascinating, surprising, confronting to the many doorways the tarot system can open for our own spiritual and healing journey.

 

So where to begin?

Really simply, first you will need to find a deck that you’re drawn to one where it engages your intuition, where it stirs feelings good or bad it doesn’t matter as long as it makes you feel and you enjoy looking at the images because you need to develop a personal relationship with the cards and like any relationship that is going to help you grow it needs to stir feeling and the images need to grab your attention where you enjoy looking at them.

I always advise beginning with a traditional deck or a deck that doesn’t steer too far away from the traditional deck. I highly recommend this because this is the foundation of the tarot and we need to understand the symbols and the traditional symbols itself which will unlock our subconscious where a wealth of knowledge and wisdom live but also the feelings and emotions we need to resolve. Resolving deep painful feelings will allow a clearer channel for our intuition and our authentic self to flow in allowing us to read the cards intuitively.

You will also need a journal because this is a healing journey ultimately and yes a lot to learn and jotting things down to remember what different symbols mean but also how they make you feel and any emotional feelings that may surface and feelings will surface both good and bad. I honesty believe that a lot of the time people are put off by the tarot  because it does bring up a lot of feelings which make people feel uncomfortable and this is a practice to get to know you and for you to have a deep and loving relationship with self and the Universe.

 

Creating Sacred Space to Study

Creating space to connect on a deeper level is essential. It truly is. My whole house is designed so as soon as I walk in the door I drop into that relaxed space where I can hear my authentic self speak. When we’re relaxed we can receive clearer messages from our intuitive self but more importantly we need to feel relaxed for our own well being too.

Incense, candles, lamps, comfortable cushions and chairs, crystals, flowers, pictures which make us feel good and connect us to a higher and deeper knowing, whatever you choose to use to connect to your sacred self do that. Place your tarot cards in a place where you know you will pick them up regularly during the day and night and this isn’t to always be in serious study space but just to relax and enjoy looking at the card images and developing a relationship with them. In your relaxed state allow them to speak to you, be aware of how each card speaks to you and how those feelings change from time to time. Get to know the symbols intimately, notice how the colours that are used in the cards make you feel and notice the feeling you sink into when you begin exploring the cards. Notice that quiet, calm and mysterious space and just be present there… it’s a beautiful space to be in and it’s this space where we open the deeper connection to nothingness to allow our intuition to speak.

 

Here’s a list of some traditional decks and some not so traditional decks to begin with which don’t steer to far from the traditional symbols:

Visconti Sforza Tarrochi Tarot
Tarot of Marcella
Secret Tarot
Rider Waite Smith Tarot
Universal Rider Waite Tarot deck
Anna K Tarot
Ancient Italian Tarot
Arthurian Tarot

Two books I recommend beginning your study with. I love these two books they live on my bedside table:

Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack ~ I highly recommend any book written by Rachel Pollack. Her books are clear and knowledgable and fantastic to learn from.

Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen ~ an absolute wealth of information again clear and full of so much knowledge.

Mary K. Greer is another great author of tarot books.

 

So I leave you with this little bit to get started with and I’ll see you all in the next post… and enjoy!! This is such an awesome journey and the best thing it is never ending! You’ll see… 🙂 xxx

 

 

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