Category: oracle deck

Cleaning Up & Self Care

On March 8 there was a Super New/Dark Moon Solar Eclipse. It was the First of 6 Super Moons in 2016. The New/Dark Moon brings New Beginnings and for new ventures to start, the ones that no longer serve us must be discontinued. It is not only rational but also an emotionally nourishing element of self care. Time to Clean House! Wherein I tidy up the discord and dust away the distractions in order to make way for more purposeful action and more conscious decision making.

Today I vacuumed, cleaned the toilets, swept & mopped the floors, and re-organized some things. I am so relieved to have my house clean again after a month of crazy activity. While cleaning, I though of the cards Clean it Up and Chop Wood from Colette Baron-Reid‘s Wisdom of the Oracle deck.

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I like using it to ask for suggestions and lately I keep getting the Fork in the Road card.

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I have been fairly confused about this one, as I have been Very active lately: became more public and active about my cartomancy, attended events and workshops on spirituality, consciousness, and divination, started volunteering at local non-profits and did work trade for several businesses and people, changed my business/income career focus, made new personal connections and closed some other. With all my activity, I have been so busy that I felt scattered and could not understand what “fork” or choice(s) this was referring to. When I realized that I needed to regain my power by drawing back into myself. I automatically cut cords, and got to work cleaning house, physically re-organizing my environment, and while undergoing this mundane task, I let my heart and mind slowly settle into each other, to think. Through meditative actions, my mind clears itself by focusing on the Present, the task at hand, the Cleaning of the my house, my living space, my outside, so that within me, the same shall come about.

Self-Care

  • To clean up connections, I find areas [of volunteer work and work trade] which are drawing too much time & energy from me and severe my connection. So there are no contracts & no commitments.
  • To clean up my task list, I physically list and mentally peruse all my dream projects and consider where they are in their state of completion, then I discontinue what is no longer serving me and or what I am Obviously not able to complete.
  • To clean up personal connections, I stop worrying about [un-involved] adults in my life (distant friends, acquaintances & co-workers) and let them take care of themselves. It is not my place to or my job to care for them.
  • To nourish the heart & soul, I make time to engage in activities I enjoy and cook food i love to eat.
  • To fill the heart, I make time to engage in bonding activities with family & friends who love me and whom I love. Together we grow, as our hearts feed each other and nourish the body and soul.

So I have reduced my volunteering and stopped all work trade that was taking too much energy. This gives me more time to focus on business/income related responsibilities and also more time for nourishing the heart and working on my network infrastructure. This may sound cold and technical, but as human beings, we Are social creatures, and thus need social infrastructure to build upon. It is vast, often unseen, and many of us benefit from this without even noticing or appreciating it’s existence. We may think of just co-workers and customers, but much of it involves the unseen work that women(and unappreciated workers) do (title of that post is due to how traditionally, women are given these roles). This extends out into the business world including All service industry employees, working behind the scenes to make sure rooms are cleaned, towels are washed, lawns are cut, trees are trimmed, your food is completed and given to you, and everything is ready to be used so that we can do Our work and make decisions without being distracted by mundanes tasks of the physical realm. As I digress I think of a book called How Starbucks Saved My Life, in which everything was taken away from the author in order for him to realize how much he had to be thankful for.

At the end of the day, when we fulfilled our responsibilities and completed what tasks we could, we settle down and relax, then we think of everything we have, had and want. Then we think of what is in our life, what adds to it, what makes gives us joy, all that is, big and small, and we are Thankful. It is in this moment of gratitude that we can truly appreciate life.

I leave you with a photo of an experimental strawberry bottom cheesecake I made.

strawberry bottom cheesecake


Daily Reading and Reflection for March 3, 2016 : Trust Work Transformation

Today was a busy day!

I love using Marcella Kroll‘s Sacred Symbols Oracle Deck!
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Today is a day of Focused Work done for the purpose as Tranformation and Beautiful blossoming of my spirit as i Metamorphosize into a new creature, the one representing this next phase of my life, or current phase, when i shed the cocoon of the past. What grounds me is Love, from my surroundings, the divine support of the Universe, encouraging me as i bustle about my day. Ultimately, this day will ease my storm and all that has gathered inside the self and outside, around me.

It was a busy day: preparing for a job interview, meeting people who were taking some of my overgrown plants, and calling to discuss a freelancing appointment. I only had time for physical therapy because a tutoring client cancelled. I am Really thankful i was given this time to do physical therapy since it has been 2 weeks since the last time i worked it. Then right when i was wondering about money, another student schedule a last minute class tomorrow. Thank You Universe! After finishing my physical therapy workout i quickly ate three bags of snacks before rushing over to class. I find out that class is cancelled, but by the grace of the universe i was given a session with Rev. Danielle Marie as compensation (i can’t find her personal web page). This was my first time getting a reading from her and i was very curious since she is the founder of the Temple of Light. I chattered a lot when she first asked me about what i had questions on and my words traveled up and away from me. She brought us back and asked about why i wanted to connect to the 5th dimension. I want to know what to do when i am confused, feeling lost and or lonely and helpless. I want to receive guidance. I want to feel connected to the all that is.

She told me that the guides said my issue was Trust, and as i heard this i listed several external reasons as to why i could not trust the external. Then she brought me back and said that trust is an inner issue relating to the self. Do i trust that i know enough, do i trust that i have done enough, do i trust that i can feel ok with trusting others, do i trust that i can act properly when others do things that hurt us, do i trust that i will be capable of facing the awkward and painful situations in life, do i trust that i will be strong enough to break away from people who are toxic to me, Do I Trust The Universe to give me what i asked for.

Other points she touched on are Quiet Time & Patience: Can i trust, and wait for the Universe to give me what i have been working hard for, and not drop all my work and pick up something else to work on. Can i quiet my mind and patiently wait for the answer i seek to come to me. Am i comfortable with silence

At the end she let me pull a card (this is one of Stewart Pearce‘s decks, don’t remember the exact name)

Benediction

Benediction : blessings of support from the universe

Do i trust that i Deserve them? Do i trust that i am loved and worthy of them, and that they will come to me?

Can we trust ourselves enough to believe that we are Good Enough, that we are Better than Good Enough, that we are Unique to this time & place and that the Universe loves us and sends us love and support.

Can we trust enough to not block out the love, support and guidance?

This calmed my inner storm and i went home eager to cook and eat a healthy meal. While cooking i noticed pressure in my right nasal cavity, a periodic releases of pressure in that area. It could be the weather, something about my body today, or a representation of the clearing going on within me.

When i finish this i will get ready for bed and try this new meditation technique Rev. Danielle Marie also taught me 😀


Customized Spreads 1 : Daily Readings and Simple Yes/No Topics

Daily Readings

For my Daily Reading i like to use the adjustable 3 card spread, and then add a grounding card at the bottom and a crowning card on top. Many readers have spoken of this spread, I personally really like Biddy Tarot‘s description which can be seen in this youtube video

You can see examples of my Daily Readings in many entries, some of my recent ones are:

Yes/No Questions

Disclaimer: Yes/No spreads are often discouraged because people often ask either open-ended or improper questions that Spirit does not want to answer.

I make it a point to ask Simple questions or clarification requests when inquiring about a Yes/No question. A good example is getting the 2 of Cups in a reading and wondering Who should I talk to? In which I will ask for clarification as I list some people in my head: 1 Parents, 2 Friends, 3 Coworkers, etc. You can see how this is appropriately simple since I am asking a closed question and am getting simple answers.

How to Determine When Spirit Does Not Want to Give a Yes/No Answer

You after you ask your questions and get Validation, you ask the opposite: What about not doing ______? Or if you get negation, you ask: What if i Do _____? If you get conflicting replies (as in they agree with both doing and not doing something) then You are supposed to make your own mind because Spirit wants you respect your own Free Will.

This happens, and the frequency depends on what type of questions you like to ask. I noticed that when I ask silly questions I will get this.

General Topic Inquiry

I also like to layout cards in a line and assign a meaning for each one. A good example is asking what I should focus on? Topic 1, Topic 2, Topic 3, or Topic 4, then I layout the cards in that order and see which ones are right side up.

Triangular Format

Triangular Card layouts appeal to me so I will often let spirit know (i speak in my mind, sometimes out loud) that a second row consisting of two cards each will clarify each topic for me. I do this for both the Yes/No and General Topic Inquiry Spreads.

Example of a Yes/No & Topic Inquiry Combo with Triangular Format Clarification
I was staying at a friend’s place, she was sick, and had been resting most of the time i was there. So I was wondering if i should just hang out with her room mate (that i had just met) since she said she didn’t mind me hanging out with him.

I asked about 1) Hanging out with my female friend 2) Hanging out with her male room mate 3) All Three of us Hanging Out

who to  hang out with

  1. Since my female friend is sick, she is not going to be able to spend a bunch of time with me, nor is she interested in going out.
  2. Spending time with her male room mate will let a cord die off as we proceed with strength and nontraditional energy.
  3. All Three of us spending time together will result in Love & Harmony as we (probably mainly Me) stop worrying over something as silly as this and we let fate spin the wheel and lead us to our next adventure!

Love and Harmony wins the night as we all go out to dinner together and have a wonderful time chatting 😀 Something does change within the dynamic of our link to each other. I find out that my friend is interested in learning dance from me and possibly performing with me. I find out that her room mate also travels to perform and we all like travel 🙂 We joke about traveling together and performing. Then I head home early, without giving my friend any fun dance lessons because she is still recovering.


Certification Workshop with Marcella Kroll & Readings on Love & Career

This past Sunday i attended Marcella Kroll‘s Sacred Symbols Oracle Training Workshop. It was a very informative, helpful, and interactive class where Marcella explained the story and meaning behind each card, what tarot archetypes or suits it relates to (if any), what it could mean for different questions, such as what might infer yes and what might infer no. She went through all the cards, one by one, and before she moved on to the next card she would ask us if we had any questions, and answer all of them fully. I asked about reversals because I read reversals, which is not common with oracle card use. I actually forgot her explanation and can’t find it in my notes, but I know that she mentioned that she did not read reversals and I think she mentioned that we could see it as blocked energy. If I find something else in my notes I will add it to this entry. After she went through all the cards individually, she recommended some layouts and gave us some exercises to practice reading them with. She told us about the Card of the Day, and 3 Card Draw, she even read one for us so we could see how she interpreted a combination. Then we all did a 4 Card Full Oracle Spread on Career before partnering up and doing a reading for each other.

Here is my Career Full Oracle Spread:
CAREER

It is a pretty sweet spread which says that the Spirits give me their Blessings to pursue whatever career I have chosen. To move forward I need to let go of the stormy drama (stress and anxiety). What I should call in to assist me is drawing upon acceptance and surrender to change, letting the past die so I can move into the next phase of this journey. The outcome is cutting away of everything that no longer serves me.

I tacked on two more cards to see what else Spirit wanted to relay and feel thankful that they urged me to Grow and and reassured me by letting me know that i am Safe.
Career with add ons

When we partnered up, I decided to ask my partner Jessica to read about Love ie Romantic Relationships, I even joked that I had decided to ask her to read about the cheesiest most stereotypical and common question asked. Here is the photo of the spread:
LOVE

I really enjoyed and appreciated her interpretation! She said that Currently I am experiencing firey and short term relationships. I should let go of outdated messages about relationships and the beliefs they created within me. What I can call in the assist with this letting go is Grounding, being centered within myself so that I an know and thus call in what is best for me. The result is Transmutation, an upwards change in my energy and vibration.

Some other subjects that Marcella touched up on was to be Mindful of how we communicate, to speak and act with compassion so that we give the questioner the message they need or would help them the most in their situation. And doing that while remaining honest, and pulling extra cards to help clarify. I found it really interesting that she mentioned this because Debra Hookey has also mentioned this in her Psychic Development classes. That we, as readers, are there to Help others. Marcella also mentioned that since we were not certified/experienced therapists, we should be conscious of when to draw the line and recommend therapy or something else. For example, if someone asked the same question Repeatedly and never learned anything from what we said nor took any of our advice. Many of the readers in the classes I take with Debra Hookey actually have counseling backgrounds, degrees and certifications so the discussion is a little different there. However both teachers have the same message for all us students. To be caring, compassionate, and helpful to the people who trust us enough to ask us for advice.

At the end of class she gave us some cleansing oil so that we could cut cords with whatever attachments may have formed in our class and not take other people’s stuff home with us 😛 It was fragrant and felt very pleasant on the skin. Even though i felt amazingly peaceful and comfortable within her classroom environment, I am thankful that she was considerate enough to prepare this for us. I gratefully accept her teachings & cleansing and proudly show the certificate I earned from taking her workshop!

Sacred Symbols Certification


Thursday, February 18 Reading & Soulmate Confusion

I had a really interesting reading today, in which all cards were right side up and i got both Yin 陰 and Yang 陽! I like to use oracle cards and read them both intuitively and also with the booklet. I will use use the instructional meaning for the right side up version and then intuitively read the reversal, since most oracle decks, including this one, do not come with reversal meanings … in fact, None of the ones i own have a “reversal” meaning, not even Visionary Tarot which is kinda like tarot but a little different. This deck, Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards, does come with a massive and very descriptive instructional booklet though 😀 . So far i have ignored the entire introduction and just looked up a few meanings while i read with random spreads. I have been using familiar spreads as often as my own spreads lately, and i will write another post about “creating” your own spreads: more like thinking “hey i want this card in this position to mean this” and then shuffling and laying them out that way … it really is that easy.

Here is my collage of the main Daily reading in the center with some additional celtic crosses read from the bottom of the deck or “shadow side” as some online sources call it. ( i am currently working on a post about my customized spreads … …. and collecting photos for them 🙂 … preview notes: i like to ask yes or no questions even though it is highly discouraged among most readers … it really depends on What you are asking yes/no for, if it is “appropriate” and whether or not the spirits actually Want to give you an answer … if they Don’t want to answer, then they say Both yes & no, which has happened to me)

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Allow, Feel, Know and then Act and Create

I keep going around in circles because I have unfinished business to attend to. Now is a time of regeneration, to revive and rebuild my unfinished symphonies. Be receptive of what comes, allowing information and events to flow into my life, and then act upon them.

Right now is a time of acceptance, so let the tension go, and soon I will be receiving help. In the distant past I was happy, then i went through some difficulty accepting a message. In the future I will deal with feelings of being lost and alone. An issue that I should be dealing with is my conflicted feelings surrounding exchanging gifts equitably. Now am not following the lead of others and also not mending wounds that need to be healed, i am worried about a lack of reward but all my hard work but I am headed towards a mother load of Treasure and pay off!

Personal Notes
I have issues with feeling taken advantage of, Really being taken advantage of, trying really hard to make clients happy with my ventures, only to face a bunch of hagglers who want to pay me less than minimum wage and don’t even consider the fact that i have to pay my bills and manage all this time i’m putting into what i give … right now i gave up trying to get paid for my “work” and mostly volunteer with organizations or do skill trade with people who Appreciate my work and are unable to pay for it with money. However, I do receive a Really nice skill trade and i Really appreciate what they give in exchange.
Sometimes i want to keep giving things to friends and they will neither want nor need what i want to offer … plants, advice, food, assistance … it gets silly … on my part … and then a good friend will remind me that it is not my business to worry about others as i must prioritize myself and my daughter so that we are both taken care of first before i attempt to assist others. I like giving, I like helping others, and i have a ton of info in my head that spills out of my mouth when i chat. However, I need to remember to not lecture people and overload with with random info they are not interested in hearing. Even if it may help them, if they don’t want to hear it, they won’t, and it Won’t help them.

(back to the reading)
Also, there is a change in the wind and when I can look at everything from a distance, hence gaining some perspective, I will have a better understanding of everything. It is best to be poised & ready! In the past I had difficulty finding the truth, then I had trouble aligning myself with the divine timing that was available (bad time management!!). The Future brings difficulty resting or sleeping. Now I am in resonance with soulmate energy as it is time to go and move into the future. I fear not having gone as far as i needed to with my current projects, and hence my reluctance with dropping some. However, I am on my way to meeting and being amongst my people!

personal notes
i have been sleeping very little and or very late … usually a combination of both … as i stay up late catching up to all my work and whatever else is needed to complete my projects … last week i stayed up late dancing and working on choreography for a dance competition that was on February 13 and 14. I didn’t place but it was FUN and a Great experience in general 😀 … this weekend I will be out learning about intuitive reading and new age spirituality.

Soul Mate Confusion
So the night before (or morning of lol) the 18th i had a very restless dream where i met an ex (the same guy who gave me a coffin in that last post) who was now dating someone else and for some reason all three of us kept hanging out. I was glad that the ex was in happy relationship with this new woman (and not interested in him at all) but i didn’t want to constantly be around them, it was Uncomfortable. So this day i did many other readings and the soulmate cards in two different oracle decks kept popping up and i was perplexed and wondering why?? Since i did and confirmed that 1) We are not soul mates 2) We already cut cords on BOTH ends. THEN i did a reading asking if this person was just how my psyche represented my soulmate and i got YES which made me feel SO Relieved!!!

SO the main thing about Soul Mate Confusion i wanted to write here is that our psyche will mix fantasy with reality, past with the murmurs of the future, and create fantastical illusions that although elude to a truth, are not 100% logical/reasonable and may be difficult to understand. Like being in sync with soul mate energy and then see an ex in a dream … Anyone else have had their psyche use images of people from the past to represent certain archetypes (like a soul mate, twin flame or teacher) in a Confusing way in visions and or dreams?