As I look ahead to this upcoming year, the promise that lies in these bare branches speak to me in nudges and whispers. Here we are in the waning days of February 2015 and if you read the news, it feels like the world’s gone mad and getting worse. This is an excellent time for a reading and within this reading you’ll find much hope and advice for how to stay strong and focused through the howling winds and storms of time. A tarot reading is questing magic. The reading is a peak into the future using a snapshot of this present moment of consciousness, using the pictorial symbols in the cards as a guidepost for interpreting this moment of time in your awareness. In the reading the recent past will come out as well, giving you insight on how you got there. In this post, I’m going to give you a guide to a ritual that allows this questing magic to work powerfully and give you answers and insight to the problems you or your friend or client may be facing.
According to the Oxford American Dictionary: consciousness: noun .the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings (she failed to regain consciousness) .the awareness or perception of something by a person(her acute consciousness of Mike’s presence) .the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world (consciousness emerges from the operation of the brain) I found this definition very enlightening but I disagreed with the last sentence.
I bet a lot of you, maybe even most of you would disagree and say, “Hey consciousness doesn’t just emerge from my brain There’s something else that is more connected to other humans and runs through our Universe that I feel a connection with that is bigger than me alone.” Some people may call it God or Goddess and some see it as a soul force or all of the above. It seems to emerge from my heart and my soul and wrap around the world like a sound wave or a breeze that penetrates my being and carries on throughout the Universe. Carl Jung called it the collective unconscious and it was seen to transcend all cultural boundaries. This collective unconscious is expressed most readily in dreams. The language of our dreams are expressed in symbols and archetypes that are found in all cultures. These symbols and archetypes are found in picture form in the Tarot, so when you do a reading you get the benefit analyzing how your consciousness is interacting with our collective unconscious which is picking up on the bigger picture. You might even call a tarot reading conscious dreaming.
MEDITATION IN MOTION There is a ritual that I do to get into the trance like state so that I am most receptive to this collective energy when I prepare to do a reading. It connects me with the elements of fire , water, air and earth and gets me centered and grounded in the present moment.. When I began doing this ritual before each reading, my readings became consistently accurate filled with vivid detail. It was a turning point from which my confidence in my interpretations grew in a quantum leap. So without further ado, here it is:
You can do this technique for a reading for yourself or for a client or friend. Let’s use the example of doing it for a client or friend. Find out where your compass points are in the room. It doesn’t have to be exact but you, (the reader) want to sit facing North with your back to the south. Let your client know that you will be doing a meditation while they shuffle the cards. Then advise your client of the following 3 step system:
Step #1:First, you “clear the deck”. You do this by sorting the cards out so they are all standing upright with the picture right side up. Then put the full deck on the middle of the table face down. From there, have your client spread the cards around the table face down “all willy nilly”. Tell them to try to get the cards all in contact with the table and spread them around so many of them get turned upside down in the process. Tell your client to think about the many concerns he or she may have while their mushing the cards about in this fashion, the reason they came for the reading.
Step 2: Advise them to narrow those questions to one question in their mind and commit to this question. At that time your client is ready to bring the cards back to one big pile in the middle of the table face down. While thy are doing this, they should focus on that question and think about the people involved, the nature of the question, etc.. When they have brought the cards back to one pile, they are ready to shuffle, any style that suits them. While their shuffling they should be maintaining their focus on the question.
Step 3: When they are ready, (it shouldn’t take too long), tell them to divide the deck into 3 piles, from left to right, (no peeking of course!) Tell them that they don’t have to be even piles, just however they fall. That’s the end of their input, now it’s your turn to take over. Take your right hand or your left if you are a lefty and place it above the first pile about an inch from the top. Pay attention to the heat you feel from the pile. There may be none. Go on to the next pile and do the same to the last pile. Use your intuition and pick the pile with the most heat. Sometimes you’ll feel no heat at all on any of the piles. In my experience that usually means that they were just going through the motions and really not focusing at all. In that case, I have them repeat the last step , redo the shuffle and put them in three piles again. Encourage them to think only of their one question and not let their mind wander while they’re doing this last step. This will lead to a much more accurate reading. Remember they should not tell you their question-just keep it firmly in their mind.
Now while your friend or client or all of the above is doing the above 3 steps, you the reader are doing the following visualization. You tell your client of the above 3 steps in advance, so you can be freed up to concentrate on your connection to the elements while they are shuffling. Try doing this exercise alone so you get a good feel for it before you do it in front of a client. Obviously when you do this visualization in a reading you have to speak silently to yourself but when you try it at home say the words aloud to feel the power fully.
This is also a good exercise to do when you feel overwhelmed, frightened, powerless, or depressed. If you have a moment right now stand up with your back facing south and visualize a beam of light coming from your heart shooting out like a laser directly southward. Pick a destination like Mexico and aim that laser beam southward on to the heat of the blazing sun and the fire that engulfs it. Feel the heat of this fire, of this inferno as you say, “I thank the divine power of the fire of the South for truth, clarity and wisdom.” Then you are ready to visualize your laser beam coming back to your heart bringing it’s heat to your heart. From there you aim your laser beam to the North. Visualize the snow-capped mountains of the North, visualize the great plains, the Earth that sustains us, that we all return to, As you feel that laser beam zoom in that northerly direction say, “I thank the divine power of the earth of the North for truth, clarity and wisdom” then bring your laser beam back to your heart, bring all of earth’s nourishing richness to your heart.
Then, lift your right arm shooting straight from your shoulder, hand outstretched. From your fingertips, feel that laser beam shoot out eastward, imagine New York or Europe, or the Middle East. Imagine the winds of the desert stirring up the sand, the wind howling through the trees. As you imagine the easterly voyage of your laser beam, say, I thank the divine power of the air and wind of the East. Then as you bring this laser beam back to your heart, lower your arm slowly and drink in all of that lovely oxygen with a slow deep breath, in and out. Next, lift your left arm straight out from your shoulder, fingertips extended. Feel your laser beam shoot out from your left hand into the West. Imagine looking out from the Pacific ocean. Hear the Ocean lap the shores and crash into the cliffs, the seagulls crying out and taste the salt in the air. Shoot your laser beam out past Hawaii towards the shores of Japan. Say,” I thank the divine power of the water and the waves of the West for truth clarity and wisdom”. Then bring your laser beam back to your heart and imagine the water washing over you, cleansing your soul. Raise your other arm outstretched and feel all of these polarizing elements pulsating through you connecting you to this very spot that you stand. Say I thank the divine power for the truth clarity and wisdom that this reading will provide for (then fill in the name ) You then thank again with Amen or “So mote it be” or whatever feels right.
Try doing this exercise before you do a reading for yourself. and you’ll be amazed with the clarity of the insights of your reading. So many times, it’s difficult when you’re doing a reading for yourself to distinguish what you want it to say (or what you think it will say) and what the cards are actually telling you if you are truly receptive. The exercise will ground you but also put you in a higher state of consciousness, feeling awake, centered and calm. When you first attempt it, take your time. Let yourself follow the laser beam and feel the intensity of each elemental energy before moving on to the next direction. Soon you will be able to direct the laser and feel the directional pull pulsating from your heart easily and quickly so you will be able to do the exercise within the time that your friend/client needs to shuffle. By the way when I’m doing a reading for someone, I do not raise my arm or stretch out my finger tips, I just visualize myself doing this while I’m sitting. You can also do this exercise from your third eye chakra, whichever is most comfortable for you. This exercise may seem like a long hall and you might feel impatient to get down to your reading but what good is doing your reading if you;re not fully awake and aware enough to receive the wisdom being given to you? If it seems silly and pointless to you try suspending your disbelief and act as if you know it for a fact to be a working system. Guess what? It will be.
God and Goddess bless you all and help us all get through these challenging times.
Next up we’ll analysis my reading and see how it pertains to so many of us. Sorry it took so long to post, busy pruning and clean up on the orchard.