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Three Tarot Cards to Increase Your Inner Knowing

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by confusion or uncertainty? You probably want to find some clear answers, but with all the helpful tools out there, it can be tricky deciding which way to go. So, the next time you need a little more clarity in your life, try a tarot reading.  It’s a wonderful practice, and from among the 78 cards, there are three specific cards that can help you discover your own, inner knowing without getting lost in the shuffle.

The Moon
The Moon is a source of light, but unlike the sun, its dim light doesn’t dispel the darkness; it illuminates it instead. The moon represents the shadow self, where we repress our shortcomings and insecurities, and the moon invites us to explore our shadow self, which may be responsible for our confusion and uncertainty.

This tarot card also represents the fear and anxiety that we cast onto our past, present or future experiences. And even though we prefer to play it safe, sometimes we do need to move forward, even if we don’t know where we’re going, right? This is where the moon encourages us to follow our inner light and intuition, which leads us in the right direction. Just like a moonlit path – you can see the path, but you can’t see all of it. And that’s okay.

The Moon card usually depicts a deep pool of water, representing the still subconscious. And just as the moon acts upon the still seas by pulling in the tide, the moon can help you stir up the subconscious and shed light upon it, too.

The High Priestess
The High Priestess is a wonderful tarot card, not only because she’s associated with the moon, but also because she represents many of the things we need during our search for clarity and inner knowing: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and serenity.

Like the moon, she is often pictured with water, which symbolizes vast subconscious, and you can think of the High Priestess as the gateway between the conscious and the subconscious mind. She reminds us that you can bridge the wide gap between unknowing and knowing.

The High Priestess is like the mediator between the darkness and the light; she represents the confidence and assurance it takes to trust and rely on yourself.  Your dreams and intuition are relevant and important, and you can listen to the wisdom they contain.

The Hermit
This last tarot card depicts a quiet Hermit, who withdraws from the distractions of the world. It isn’t that the world is bad, it’s just very busy, and it can prevent us from interpreting our experiences with a clear mind.

As he turns his consciousness inward, he invites us to do the same and to find our own quietude.  This card reminds us that we can find the truth deep within, but in order to do so, we have to welcome solitude and introspection. This soul-searching allows us to discover the truth about life, personal relationships, and any other situation.

In order to find this clarity, the Hermit invites us to meditate, contemplate, and examine ourselves. We often fear solitude, but we’re reminded that it’s okay to be alone; it gives us the much-needed space to hear our inner wisdom and to let it illuminate our consciousness. It’s how we can discover and create our own inner light, which will guide us throughout life.

So, when you receive one of these cards in your tarot reading remember it can be a wonderful tool to guide you in your search for more inner knowing and clarity.

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What Does it Mean When Tarot Cards are Reversed?

oracle-cards-437688_960_720This is a question that many people ask upon seeking a Tarot card reading for the first time. While there are countless different types of Tarot decks, most consist of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards, for a grand total of 78 cards. When the deck is shuffled, some of the cards will be faced upright, while others will be faced down — or reversed. So, what does it mean the majority of Tarot cards are reversed during a reading?

Tarot Cards and Energy

Before we go into the meaning behind reversed Tarot cards, it’s important to note that all Tarot cards — reversed or not — symbolize energy. All forms of life consist of energy, from microscopic bacteria to large mammals. Tarot readings are intended to reveal the collective energy in a situation or event. This event may have already occurred, it may be occurring, or it may occur at some point in the future. Regardless, a Tarot reading reveals the energy about a particular situation.

During a Tarot reading, the client’s life force is imprinted on the cards, as the cards capture his or her energy levels as they correspond to the event. Reversed Tarot cards are unique because they have a contrasting meaning when compared to normal, upright cards.

Reversed Cards: What You Should Know

When Tarot cards are upright, it represents free-flowing energy, which is a good thing! Energy that’s allowed to flow freely and unrestricted promotes good health and well-being. But when energy becomes stagnant, it can lead to negative forces. Reversed cards are indicative of either negative energy or energy that’s not developed to its fullest extent. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a reading in which the majority of Tarot cards are reversed is a bad omen, but rather the energy hasn’t evolved to its full form.

Should you be concerned when reversed cards emerge during a Tarot reading? Not necessarily, as you need to identify the overall meaning behind the reading. The up-or-down position of the Tarot cards simply represents energy levels. It doesn’t reveal true meaning of the reading.

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How to Improve Your Aura Energy

Although invisible to the naked eye, every man, woman and child has an invisible force surrounding their bodies. Known as an aura, it’s believed to play an important role in our health and well-being. When our aura energy subsides, we are less protected against disease and illness. When our aura is strong, on the other hand, we are more protected against adverse conditions. So, what can you do to strengthen the energy of your aura?

Soak in the Sun

The sun’s powerful UV rays can strengthen your aura, supplementing your body with much-needed vitamin D while reinvigorating your cells. A good rule of thumb is to strive for 30 minutes of sun exposure per day. Keep in mind, however, that too much sun exposure can be bad for your health, promoting fine lines, early aging, and even increasing your risk of melanoma. Stick with 30 minutes per day for maximum benefit to your aura.  If you can’t get enough sun depending on where you live or the season, then consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.

Avoid Processed Foods

Humans have evolved over the course of tens of thousands of years, during which we’ve consumed natural foods like fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. It wasn’t until this past century, however, when our diets began to shift towards more processed foods — with a particular focus on grains. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional processed snack, but if the bulk of your diet is processed foods, it may weaken your aura. These foods will make you feel “full” afterwards, but they don’t offer any real vitamins or nutrition, thus weakening nearly every system in your body — including your aura.

Relax…

Among the most damaging elements to a person’s aura field is stress. When you experience psychological stress, your body weakens and becomes more susceptible to illness. Unfortunately, though, stress is something that everyone will experience during their lives, some more frequently than others. While there’s no way to completely avoid stress, there are ways to reduce it. Here are some simple tips to reduce stress and promote a stronger aura:

Salt Bath

We’ve talked about the benefits of salt before on our blog, but it’s worth mentioning again that this naturally occurring mineral can increase levels of positive energy. If you’re looking to improve your aura energy, try taking a warm bath with one cup of sea salt added. The salt will stimulate your aura while cleansing your skin in the process.

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5 Fun Facts About Palmistry

200px-Les_lignes_de_la_main_ArtlibrePalmistry Dates Back Thousands of Years

Think palmistry is a modern practice that was just recently pioneered? Think again. Historians believe palmistry originated thousands of years ago in India. During this time, the Hindu sage Valmiki wrote a book consisting of 567 stanzas titled “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry.” The practice soon spread to other regions, including China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia, and many European countries.

Palmistry was Suppressed by the Catholic Church

The Middle Ages saw an emergence of the Catholic Church, which gave way to new laws arguably designed to keep the church in power. What’s the best way to keep yourself in power? Instill fear in anything that may question your authority, of course. Among these new laws was the prohibition of palmistry (known as chiromancy then).

The Catholic Church still views palmistry as a pagan superstition, classifying it as one of the seven forbidden arts. This fear-based ideology is thankfully becoming outdated, though there are still those too fearful to consider palmistry an “art”. Remember, even psychology was once considered a psychic art. Just because our limited understanding of science can’t explain how something works, does not mean that it doesn’t work.

Cheiro Popularized Modern-Day Palmistry

It’s believed that an Irish palm reader named William John Warner (also known as Cheiro) popularized modern-day palmistry. Cheiro practiced the art in India, at which point he moved to London where he opened a palm reading shop. He read the palms of numerous famous celebrities, some of which include Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Grocer Cleveland, the Prince of Wales, William Ewart Gladstone, and Joseph Chamberlain. Mark Twain even wrote in one of his books that Cheiro had “…exposed my character to me with humiliating accuracy“.

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

While different palmists have their own technique, most palm reading is done by classifying the client’s hand into one of the four elements: Earth, Wind, Fire or Water. Earth hands, for instance, are characterized by broad palms with thick fingers and rough skin. The distance from the wrist to the bottom of fingers is equal to the length of the fingers. Fire hands are characterized by a more boxy-shaped palm with a red or plush color and short fingers.  Air hands are characterized by more of a square and shorter palm with long fingers. Water hands are characterized by having a rectangular and long palm with longer fingers.

The Dominant Hand

Palmistry is typically done by reading the client’s dominant hand. If you write with your right hand, for instance, the palmist will ask to look at your right hand. This is because the dominant hand is believed to represent the conscious mind, while the non-dominant hand represents the subconscious – or even possibly past lives – depending on the expert. Of course, some palmists may ask to read the client’s non-dominant hand in an effort to identify hereditary or family traits that are present.

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Exploring the History and Hidden Meanings of Dreams

People have been fascinated by the dreams of their subconscious mind for thousands of years, and different cultures have sought to understand and interpret their meanings.

TracyStillmanDreamImagefor intrepting your dreams with tarot reading In ancient civilizations, dreams were viewed as signs sent from the Gods. Ancient Egyptians held dreaming rituals, sacrifices and recited prayers in the hope that these traditions would ensure that their dreams gave them a glimpse into the future. In Ancient Greece, Aristotle believed that people could achieve the purest form of wisdom only during periods of sleep. Dream interpretation guided family life, significant military decisions and impacted the development of the ancient world.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was the first to suggest that dreams came from human thoughts rather than a divine source and were important in revealing a person’s mental and physical health. Today, it is common for people to seek the services of a Tarot reader to help them interpret the symbolism of their dreams.

Dreams often fall into the following broad categories:

  •  Life Dreams – with familiar people, places and events that help us recall or accept what’s happening in our daily lives.
  • Premonition Dreams – dreaming of a death for example, is often a metaphor for change, which a Tarot reading can reveal in more detail.
  • Psychological Healing Dreams – often frightening, these dreams help us to release an emotional blockage and unhealthy link to the past.
  • Problem Solving Dreams – these usually involve someone who divulges a message that can guide us in decision-making. Combined with an interpretative Tarot reading these dreams help us to see possible solutions to obstacles in our life.
  • Reoccurring Dreams – are generally indicative of an issue that hasn’t been resolved, and without which we can’t move on in life.

Dreams serve many purposes in our lives, but they don’t always make sense to us at the time, so we often need help with analyzing and understanding these innermost thoughts. An experienced Tarot card reader can help you to interpret the symbolism of your dreams and provide deeper meaning and insights with a dream interpretation Tarot reading.

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What a Tarot Card Reading Can Reveal

Tarot card readings are among the oldest and most widely practiced forms of divination to date. From an outsider’s perspective, a deck of Tarot cards may look like an ordinary set of playing cards, consisting of 56 minor arcana and 22 major arcana cards. However, a skilled psychic can use these cards to uncover meaningful answers about a client. To learn more about Tarot card readings and what they can reveal, keep reading.

Causes of Stress

Everyone will experience stress at some point in their lives. If they tell you otherwise, they are lying (possibly to themselves). In order to overcome this stress and regain control of your life, you need to identify the underlying cause, which is something a Tarot card reading can reveal. Whether it’s relationship problems, health/illness, financial hardship, life transitions, etc., a professional Tarot reader can identify the cause of your stress, allowing you to make the necessary changes to fix it.

External Elements Working Against You

Seeking a Tarot card reading can also reveal the external elements that are currently working against you. In other words, it can uncover the things in your life which are inhibiting your ability to achieve your goals. Perhaps you’ve been actively seeking a job promotion for the past few years but have been unable to receive it. Or maybe you’ve been unable to find the perfect home, regardless of how many home listings you search. Through a Tarot card reading, you can find out why this is and how to overcome it.

Relationship Advice

Among the most common reasons why people seek Tarot card readings is for relationship advice. If you’re experiencing relationship troubles (we’ve all been there), a professional psychic can help. He or she will use Tarot cards to see the past, present and future state of your relationships. This will shed new light on your relationship status, giving you more control and freedom with this new found information.

Advice on Major Life Decisions

Need some advice about a major life decision? Maybe you’re contemplating moving to a new state (or country for that matter)? A Tarot card reading can offer advice on major life decisions such as this and more. The psychic will use the cards to look inside your life and your future. By learning what the future holds for you, a gifted professional psychic can offer timely personal advice.

These are just a few of the many things that a Tarot card reading can reveal. In reality, you ask a psychic virtually any question about your life, so don’t limit yourself to only asking the questions listed here.

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Tarot Card Terminology 101

Tarot card readings can be a wonderful aid in connecting with your higher self, angels, spirit guides and even your loved ones in Heaven. However, Tarot can also be a bit intimidating. Learning a few key terms will certainly make Tarot a little less formidable.

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Also known as a reversed card, an inverted Tarot card is exactly what it sounds like: a Tarot card that’s flipped upside down. A successful Tarot reading must have a balance of energy, similar to the yin and yang. Therefore, an inverted card may represent the opposite of its face symbolism, indicating the presence of an opposite force. Although we do not include actual reversed cards in our free online Tarot card readings, the reversed meaning is included for each card. Check out this example with the ten of Pentacles (scroll below the video for reversed meaning).

Court Cards

Court cards are essentially the “royal” cards in a Tarot deck. They consist of the King, Queen, Knight, Page, as well as the Prince and Princess in certain decks. According to Jungian psychology, the court cards represent the 16 different types of personalities.

In a reading, the court cards can actually represent identifiable individuals, or they can describe specific qualities ascribed to the querent (or to his/her situation). Learning more about Jungian psychology can also help you to understand the journey of Tarot.

Cartomancy

When researching Tarot cards, you may come across the term “cartomancy.” Basically, this is used to describe the act of fortune-telling and divination through the use of regular playing cards. Cartomancy first appeared in 14th century Europe, during which normal playing cards were used in an attempt to read peoples’ fortunes. This paved the way for the modern-day Tarot cards, which are now the de-facto choice among fortune tellers and psychics.

Elements

The elements in a Tarot deck consist of fire, earth, wind and water. The suit of wands represents fire; the suit of pentacles represents earth; the suit of swords represents wind (air); and the suit of cups represents water.

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Many Tarot card readers use special card layouts during their readings. Among the most popular and widely used layouts is the Celtic Cross Tarot layout, which consists of six Tarot cards arranged in the shape of a cross, with an additional four cards arranged in a vertical line to the left or right side of the cross. This is a popular layout because it gives a good overall explanation surrounding any question or situation.

The Fool

While not used in all Tarot readings, the Fool is one of the 22 Trump cards that makes up a Tarot deck. Some practitioners actually remove this card from their Tarot deck before the reading begins, although this up to the discretion of the client and reader.

Diviner

When someone talks about a “Diviner”, they are referring to the person who is reading the Tarot cards. The Diviner is essentially a reader with psychic abilities who is able to interpret the meaning of Tarot cards in relation to the client.  Here are some tips for picking a quality diviner.

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