I was given a deck of Rider-Waite tarot cards when I was younger but never really used them properly but they looked cool and matched all my witchcraft items. A few years ago, I found them in one of my childhood storage containers and knew they came back into my life for a reason. It is widely accepted that a traditional deck has seventy-eight cards which are broken down into two arcana which means secrets or mysteries in Latin. The first twenty two cards are part of what’s known as the Major Arcana which represents major events and shifts in our lives and the fifty six Minor Arcana is connected to the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis.
Within the Minor Arcana cards, there are 16 Tarot Court Cards; Page, Knight, Queen, King, representing sixteen different personality characteristics we may choose to express at any given time. The Minor Arcana also includes forty numbered cards organised into four Suits; Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups, with ten cards each, representing various situations that we encounter day-to-day.
Each suit within the Minor Arcana has its own significance. The suit of Wands is associated with fire and represents movement, enthusiasm, drive and creativity. The suit of Cups is associated with water and concerns our emotional life, romances and personal relationships. The suit of Swords is associated with Air and is associated with communication and logical thoughts. Lastly, the suit of Pentacles is associated with earth and represents our material life and finances.
I had a close friend call me the other day and she was flustered at the fact that all day at work, her calls seemed to be about death. She asked me what I thought about it and I replied with something along the lines of, “the death card in Tarot is the exact opposite of what you might think”. I told her to hold on while I went and got my Tarot book to read out what the death card actually meant. I opened up the two hundred page book right on the Death card. No joke. After we both got over the goosebumps, I read that in fact Death can mean endings, but it can also mean change, transformation, new beginnings and new direction. This was exactly what my friend was going through.
It has been a daily practice for me to draw an oracle card now for over a year. I love Rebecca Campbells Work Your Light Oracle Cards. To be honest, I can’t even remember where I stumbled across Oracle cards but I was drawn to them instantly and intrigued by what they would ‘do’. Unlike Tarot cards, Oracle cards are really fluid and they can feature almost any kind of content with no set number of cards.
Before I draw a card, I ask the universe a question or make a statement. It could be ‘tell me what I need to hear’, ‘what should I do in this situation?’ or ‘what do I need to let go of?”. From there, I tap on the cards three times and shuffle them for as long as I feel called to. I then divide them into three piles and regather them back into one pile. From here I will do one of two things; hold them in one hand and fan them out or spread them out over the bed or floor. I will then either guide my hand over the top of the cards and stop when I feel pulled to a certain one or I will visually scan over the cars and pull one that I am drawn to.
If a card falls out at any point, this will be the card that I read as it was jumping out at me for a reason. There are different spreads you can use depending on what you are needing guidance on. Every morning I will pull just one card. Sometimes I will pull two; one that signifies what is rising and the other signifying what is falling away. Once a month, I will do a Cosmic Cross which is an 11 card spread, when I am looking for guidance on the new moon or looking at a new month. I might pull a card when setting a goal or intention to support me in my endeavours.
When it comes to cleansing, just like crystals, cards also need to be flushed of their energy and reprogrammed. You can tap the cards three times before using, smoke with sage or palo santo or what I like to do is put a chuck of Selenite crystal on top of the deck after I use them. Selenite is great for cutting energy cords that have got stuck between you and someone or something else. Keeping it close by when doing a reading is beneficial in that it can help raise consciousness and boosts your connection with the divine.
There are a few reasons I have incorporated both Tarot and Oracle Cards into my life. They have strengthened my relationship with my intuition and takes the pressure off having to have it all figured out. They allow me to surrender and know that I don’t have to have all the answers. They also reveal things that I am sometimes not conscious of and it also illuminated aspects of my life where I may have either consciously or unconsciously turned a blind eye. They can also help bring clarity to a situation as it can give added layers to consider.
Among the Tarot cards in my childhood container, I also stumbled across some crystals. I remember how precious these were to me when I was younger and just holding them shifted energy inside of me.
There are different ways to choose a crystal. You can pick the one you are physically drawn to, you can choose one that is associated with the chakra you are wanting to work with or you can choose it after understanding the crystals properties for example, purchasing an amethyst if you are needing grounding, tranquility, and calm. Unless there is something specific I am wanting to use a crystal for, for example a rose quartz to restore trust and harmony in my relationships and encourage unconditional love for myself and others, then I will choose a crystal based on its physical appearance. I believe there is a reason beyond the meaning of a crystal as to why I was drawn to that particular one. Because of this, I want to be able to physically touch the crystal. I have been tempted at times to purchase crystals online but I always end up in a store browsing through their collection. This is obviously personal preference and you should do what resonates with you.
Crystals will come into your life and you may not think much of it. But if you read into it, then it can be pretty serendipitous when you have chosen a crystal because of its appearance or are gifted a particular crystal and you then find out what it is used for.
I recently hurt my back and was bedridden for a week. I was on heavy pain medication and was booked to see a surgeon. For someone who owns a gym and is active every single day, this was a big hit physically and mentally. The niggle started 6 months prior and training had been inconsistent up until the episode. Once it occurred I was out of action for 6 weeks, only performing prescribed physio movements. Not having any goals to chase apart from recovering, was eating away at me so my eating went down hill and I started consuming more alcohol.
Before I got the approval to get back into exercise, I went up town with my son to get some castile soap and we popped into the local crystal shop. I walked up and down the aisles like I normally would and came across a big chunk of Amethyst. I immediately knew I had to add this to my collection. To be honest, I cannot recall the properties for every crystal so when I got home, I looked up what its properties were and were shocked at how much it aligned with what I was going through at the time. Amethyst is known as the stone of sobriety, originating from the Greek word, amethystos, which literally means ‘not drunk’. It helps support and bring an understanding to the underlying reasons of addictive behaviour and it is believed to help self-control and curb any over-indulgences. It has also been used for its pain relief and general healing properties. I was seriously taken back and it further confirmed the power of the universe and the ways in which it speaks to us.
If you think of where a crystal has journeyed before it has come to you; handled from past owners, shipment, store customers and even ourselves. This is why it is important to cleanse it regularly of any old, stagnant or negative energies. Some crystals such as Amethyst and Selenite are self cleansing although regardless of this, I always cleanse and reprogram any new crystals. Cleansing can include running them under purified or spring water, in the ocean (although not all crystals like salt water), the smoke of sage or palo santo, burying them in the earth as well as the shine from the full moon. While carrying out any of these cleansing rituals, you can set the intention that the crystal can release all that it no longer needs.
Now that we have cleansed the crystals, we can then program and start to work with our crystals. Programming your crystals basically means you are tuning them into your frequency which will help you attract more of what you are wanting out of life. This can be done by simply holding the crystal and setting your intention for it. I find it more powerful if I verbally say what I want for example “I am overflowing with self-love and confidence”. So when you wear this crystal or are physically around it, it will be tapping into the frequency of love and you will be reminded of that powerful intention you set for yourself.
Once programmed you can position them in different places. You might put a rose quartz in your bra for self love, an amethyst beside your bed for grounding and peace, a citrine at your desk for abundance or a clear quartz are your front door for boundaries and ridding of negative energy. I love to wear my crystals in a woven necklace that allows me to change crystals whenever I need to.
• Am I open to the idea of using tarot or oracle cards?
• Can I start to be curious about the universe supporting me and surrendering to something bigger than myself ?
• Am I open to the idea of using crystals to increase my vibration, set intentions and healing?
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