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Tarot Relaxation and Grounding Exercise:

Step One:

Sit upright on an ordinary chair, with spine straight, feet flat on the floor, and shoes off. Place your hands on your legs, palms down.


Step Two:

Take deep breaths. Pull the air first into the bottom of your lungs and slowly fill them to the top. Your stomach should expand. Hold for three counts. Exhale by pushing the air from the top of your lungs, expelling until the bottom is completely empty and your stomach pulled in. Hold for a count of three before inhaling again.


Step Three:

Continue to breathe in the same slow and careful way. On every exhalation, visualize all your cares and tensions leaving through the soles of your feet. On every inhalation, draw up revitalized energy through the soles of your feet. Picture yourself as a tree drawing up life and nourishment from mother earth and releasing the waste matter of your life. Continue to do this until you have established a regular, even rhythm to your breathing. Try to maintain this even breath for the rest of the exercise.


Step Four:

Next, as you inhale, visualize brining the vital energy or sap from mother earth all the way up through your body and out through the crown of your head, releasing it into the atmosphere around you as sparkling golden dust. Feel the sensation of well-being and health that this energy brings.


Step Five:

On your next inhalation, connect with a point of light about 18 inches above your head and draw down a ray of gold into your heart. When you exhale, this ray of gold radiates out from your heart in all directions.


Tarot Tips 30-44

Tarot Tip 30:

Be aware of the astrological correspondences of tarot cards. They can tell you when something will happen or who is being referred to in a reading. For example, the moon symbolizes Pisces, late February/early March and possibly Cancer (because its ruling planet is the moon) or a woman who is a water sign. It’s not an exact science but if you get stuck on a card and can’t see how it fits, astrology can help you.


Tarot Tip 31:

A reversed card doesn’t equal a reversed meaning. The four of pentacles means almost the same thing upright or reversed (possessiveness and materialism). The Hanged man is tied up no matter which way he falls and The Tower will burn regardless of the direction of the flame. Major Arcana cards tend to be poetic.


Tarot Tip 32:

You can rely on certain cards to be a “sure thing” while giving a reading. These are cards that are always accurate and always predict the same thing (relevant to the question asked). My “sure thing” cards related to relationships are:

Empress = Pregnancy

Three of Cups Reversed = Cheating

Ten of Cups = Marriage

Ten of Cup Reversed = Divorce

What are your “sure thing” cards?


Tarot Tip 33:

The Lovers is one of the most iconic cards in the tarot deck. Many readers find it to be a good prediction of love. I’ve never found it to be. For me, The Lovers is more of a Romeo and Juliet type of situation: immature, infatuation or instant attraction rather than a deep commitment based on understanding.

Why am I mentioning this?

Because it’s important to know the traditional meaning of cards but it’s also important to know how the cards present themselves to you. This can only be understood through practice.


Tarot Tip 34:

Bad energy equals bad readings. Think about how you treat your tarot deck and how that affects its energy. An old, peeling or faded deck doesn’t have the best energy. Time to retire it. Having a collection of 27 different tarot decks that you never use is equally bad. Use every deck you have. Otherwise, your tarot readings will be stale and ineffective.


Tarot Tip 35:

Don’t waste your tarot reading on the following questions:

  1. Am I pregnant?
  2. Will he/she come back to me?
  3. When/ how will I die?
  4. When will I get married?


P.S. The short answer to those questions are: Take a test. Depends on them. When/ How it happens. Depends on you.


Tarot Tip 36:

It’s completely possible to learn tarot for free:

Find two decks of playing cards (probably around your house somewhere) or find cardboard and cut out 78 cards. They can even be mini cards if you do not have enough cardboard. Write the name of each tarot card on your homemade/repurposed cards in marker or pen. Shuffle and draw. Use websites like biddytarot.com or learntarot.com to figure out the meanings.


Tarot Tip 37:

You might find that the clearer your mind is, the clearer your readings become. A clear/clean mind is often the result of better eating habits. Experiment with giving up sugar and caffeine or junk food and see how it affects your readings. Try green smoothies. Try chai tea. Try red wine. Try drinking three lattes before you read your cards. See what happens when you eat ice-cream vs. when you eat kale. There’s no right or wrong. Just notice how what you ingest affects your reading.


Tarot Tip 38:

If a reading feels wrong to you, if something feels off walk away. Set your cards aside and come back to them later. Your clients would rather have a good reading instead of a quick reading. This is especially true if you’ve had a busy day at work and are trying to catch up on your readings at night. Sleep on it and try again in the morning when you’re fresh and rested.


Tarot Tip 39:

Meditation is an important part of your tarot practice. It’s as simple as setting your timer on your phone for 5 minutes, closing your eyes and noticing what thoughts are happening in your mind. You don’t have to sit in a lotus pose. You don’t have to stop thinking. You don’t have to say a mantra. Just close your eyes, pay attention to your thoughts and maybe take a few deep breaths.


Tarot Tip 40:

When you lay out a reading, pay attention to the way in which the human figures on each card interact with each other. Are they facing toward each other or are they facing away? Do they look harmonious? Or do they look tense? Does it look like they have a relationship: father-daughter, mother-son, lovers, friends, enemies?

You might find that the nine of pentacles and the knight of swords gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes. Or that the figures on the six of swords are escaping from the fight happening on the five of wands. Or that the queen of cups is rolling her eyes at the hierophant.  Tarot cards have images on them for a reason. Noticing how the figures on the cards interact will give you extra information.


Tarot Tip 41:

Tarot readings are spiritual and practical. Cleanse your cards and meditate but don’t forget mundane chores like sweeping, dusting and eating breakfast. Take care of yourself and your space and you’ll give a more accurate reading.


Tarot Tip 42:

Intricate tarot spreads and layouts are great but you don’t need them. They’re like jewelry and fancy shoes – beautiful but unnecessary.


Tarot Tip 43:

Do you really need another tarot deck? New agers tend to be collectors- crystals, incense, essential oils, silver jewelry- we love it all. Before you buy something new ask yourself: Am I a collector or a practitioner? Especially if you own more stuff than you can possibly use on a regular basis.


Tarot Tip 44:

Deal with inappropriate questions before they are asked. Email clients a pre-reading form that includes a disclaimer and a list of questions you deem inappropriate. These might include questions like:

Am I pregnant?

When will I die?

Has my ex boyfriends new girlfriend put a curse on me?

Tarot Reading Parties and Events

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The Four Modes to Tarot

Court Cards:

Court cards answer the question “who?” They show what personality aspect is involved in the situation. They can also signify the style of action or social role being played. Based on rank you can determine if the person is acting youthfully and naively or being mature and in charge. Court cards can have additional meanings such as messages or journeys or the end of something.


Minor Arcana Numbers (2-10):

The number cards answer the question “what?” They describe the situation and events that the “who” is in. They tell you what is going on and “what” the “who” is dealing with. They may also describe phenomena and effects.


Major Arcana:

The Major Arcana answers the question “why?” They describe the lesson you need to learn in this situation and the archetypal energies being expressed. They tell you “why” the “who” is in the “what”. The Major Arcana represents principles, laws, archetypes, and psycho spiritual needs. They’re also known as celestial causes.



Aces fill their own particular functions. Aces answer the question “where?” Aces show the element, realm, or sphere where the situation has the most potential, especially for producing something new.


Tarot Tips 1-14

Tarot Tip 1:

The Major Arcana tells you which universal force is surrounding you. The Minor Arcana tells you what you can do about it.


Tarot Tip 2:

There are two different types of tarot readings, both are equally valid. For an objective reading, seek out a reader you’ve never met before and avoid wearing any conspicuous clothing/jewelry.  Answer the bare minimum of questions.

For a sympathetic reading, find a reader who is a friend or family member, someone who knows you well. Be yourself. Answer all their questions.


Tarot Tip 3:

To learn tarot quickly, draw one card each morning and use it as guidance throughout the day. Keep a journal and write all the cards down. You’ll see your understanding deepen over time.


Tarot Tip 4:

When giving a reading always do “Tarot math”. Pay attention to the numbers on the cards and look for sequences. Every number has a meaning and sequences indicate the overall energy of a situation.


Tarot Tip 5:

Symbols are important. The pictures on tarot cards tell stories. They are full of allegory and often allude to myths, fairytales and archetypes. Knowing the meaning and history of each card’s symbols gives you a deeper layer of knowledge to use in your readings.


Tarot Tip 6:

Two tarot decks are better than one.

Use one solely for readings.

Use the second deck for meditation, visualization, spellwork, mood boards, decorations, and rituals. Tape them to mirrors and put them in your wallet. Don’t be precious with them.


Tarot Tip 7:

Want a clear reading?

The best times of the year for a clear and precise tarot reading are Samhain/Halloween (the night of   October 31st and November 1st) an it’s exact opposite on the Wheel of the year, Beltane/May Day (the night of April 30th and May 1st).


Tarot Tip 8:

The Tarot deck is full of twin cards.

The lovers and the two of hearts, for example. When these cards both appear in a reading, their energy is doubled. Almost every Major Arcana card has a twin in the Minor Arcana. See if you can figure them out.


Tarot Tip 9:

Reinforcing cards are cards with similar or harmonious meanings that serve the purpose of building upon the energy or meaning of any previous card or cards.

For example, if the first card drawn is the Hierophant and the second card is the 3 of pentacles, you know that other people (friends, co-workers, classmates etc.) are important factors in this reading because both cards mean teamwork, groups and planning.


Tarot Tip 10:

Opposing cards are cards with opposite or conflicting meanings that diminish the energy and meaning of any one card.


Tarot Tip 11:

If your cards are acting weirdly or your readings are feeling off, your deck probably needs to be cleansed. Pass the cards through incense smoke, leave them out in the moon light or place them in a bag with some citrine crystals.

If that doesn’t work, try switching up your reading style. Try reading reversals or picking up your deck at a different time of day. This should fix the stagnant energy and get your cards working again.


Tarot Tip 12:

When shuffling the deck, pay attention to any cards that pop out or drop on to the floor. Sometimes those cards have a special meaning or message for you.

Always take a second and look at the card at the bottom of the deck. Often the same card will appear over and over again. This card usually has a message for you.


Tarot Tip 13:

“Bad” cards aren’t always bad and “Good” cards aren’t always good.

The two of hearts next to the Devil isn’t indicative of a healthy relationship. The Death card is ultimately positive but the experience of change and rebirth is rarely easy.


Tarot Tip 14:

The court cards often correspond to people in your life.

Page: children, younger people in your life

Knight: youths, sometimes new suitors

Queen: an adult woman (you, if you identify as a woman)

King: an adult male (you, if you identify as a male)

*Note: the gender of the person indicated is not always in line with the gender depicted on the card. For example, the Queen of Hearts represents a kind, caring, loving person who could just as easily be male as female.

October 2016 Horoscope:

January: Aquarius January 20 – February 18

For the month of October it will be difficult for you to see what’s right in front of you. This month speaks about how important it is to see relationships as they really are, rather than how you’d like them to be. This is not always an easy or comfortable thing to do. However, in order to make correct decisions in a relationship, you must be clear about it. This month you may be withdrawing emotionally from a relationship or you may feel the need to make a decision regarding that relationship. This will not serve in your best interest. You must open your heart and your eyes to the truth. By honestly assessing the situation you will know just what you need to do. Knowing the truth will make your decision easier and will lead you in the right path.

February: Pisces February 19 – March 19

This month you will remember how life was before you grew older and life became more complicated. This month there is a need to take action and bring that innocence and energy you felt when you were younger. Try to bring that energy into your current relationships. Try to interact with others with a pure and open heart, full of love and ulterior motives. Do this and you’ll find that your relationships will deepen and require far less effort. When you reminisce about your past bring back only the good memories and cherish them. Kindness and generosity are at the forefront this month. Look for ways to help family and friends, especially children. Reach out to them and assist them any way you can. Sometimes just a little bit of attention is all someone needs.
March: Aries March 20 – April 20

This month you find yourself awaiting the results to something you’ve been waiting for. You have put much energy creating and attracting the relationships you desire and are eager to see the positive results. This month patience is needed. However reshaping attitudes and beliefs takes time. Refining yourself so that you’ll attract just the right person is a process. If you find yourself becoming frustrated at the apparent lack of visible change, step back and focus on something other than your relationship for a while. When you are feeling more detached, you’ll be in a better position to notice any improvements. Try and look for alternative strategies to effect the change you desire. What works with one person may not work for the other.



April: Taurus April 21 – May 21

This month you will be entering a period of joy and tranquility. However, this month speaks of friendship, not romance, suggesting that this is an opportune time to connect with friends. For the time being, let go of nay desires, anxiety or stress around romantic relationships. Instead, focus on your relationships with your friends. Turn to them for support if you need it, and find reasons to celebrate with them. Rejoice in the fact that they will always be there for you, and you for them. Community is also important this month. Get out of your house and away from your own concerns.

May: Gemini May 22 – June 21

This month you have the potential to achieve everything you want. Listen to your heart and what it asks you to do. Should you reach out your hand in friendship to someone, offer forgiveness, or make yourself more available? Trust in your ability to maintain true, loving relationships. Now is the time to make that happen. Be optimistic and be open to all the possibilities headed your way this month. Focus on your beautiful, loving qualities and let them radiate out into the world.

June: Cancer June 22 – July 22

This month is all about healing. This month is an ideal time to bring healing to your relationships and realize your hopes and dreams. This month indicates that it is time for forgiveness. Understand that no one is perfect. By accepting this, you’re in a position to forgive yourself and those with whom you are involved with. Try and forgive freely and without reservations, as blame and resentment are heavy weights to bear. By forgiving, you will feel a weight lifted from your shoulders. Don’t just offer forgiveness, offer your love and thoughtful insight. Be willing to receive the blessings that others have for you. Try and be open to their insights and guidance. Listen objectively to what others have to say and act upon that guidance if it feels right for you.

July: Leo July 23 – August 23

This month is about trust. This month is the time to trust the path that you are on. Believe that whatever you desire concerning affairs of the heart can be manifested in the proper time and for your highest good. Trusting takes courage, but it also removes the burden of doing it all on your own. When you feel alone in a situation it can diminish your energy and desire to take actions that will improve the situation. Whether it’s a relationship with another person, or the relationship with yourself, now is the time to take action. Even a good relationship can be improved.



August: Virgo August 24 – September 23

October is a month about giving and receiving. This month your relationships will take on a loving balanced energy. Is there someone who could benefit from what you’ve learned around matters of the heart? Take some time to share your insights. However, be careful don’t try to solve people’s problems, just be a mentor. Also look for other ways that you can be of assistance to those around you, but be sure to give only what you can and no more. Be open to receiving support and inspiration from other people.

September: Libra September 24 – October 23

This October there is a great potential to revitalize your relationships right now, both with others and with yourself. Seize the energy and infuse more warmth and enthusiasm into all of your relationships. Have fun with other people, and feel how this will lift your spirits. See your loved ones in a different light. For the time being, set aside any difficulties. Focus on humorous and loving aspects, and think of creative ways to add more laughter to your life. You’ve been sad for far too long and now is the time to make changes and allow people to be there for you.


October: Scorpio October 24 – November 22

October is about finding balance. This month you may find that matters of the heart require extra effort at this time. More and more demands may be placed on you, requiring you to juggle your attention. Family gatherings, school commitments, requests for assistance, and other obligations may arise within a short period of time. Just breathe and remember to be flexible. Adapt your approach to each situation at hand. Know that you have the ability to keep everything and everyone in balance. This month you may also be called upon to play the role of the mediator. This is a time for compassion and understanding, and you are up to the task. Work with people individually, giving each person consideration. Help all involved to understand another viewpoint and find middle ground.

November: Sagittarius November 23 – December 21

This month reminds you to nurture your relationships. Count the blessings of the relationships you have. Find ways to let them know you care for them and appreciate them. Good relationships can be taken to new levels of happiness, and flattering relationships can be revived with loving care and attention. Equally, be sure to tend to your relationship with yourself. Remember that nurturing yourself as well as your relationships can be so much help to you.

December: Capricorn December 22 – January 19

This month matters of the heart are much like flowers. In the bud stage, the relationship is in a state of potential. It requires loving care and attention to help it grow, develop, and bloom. The people involved in the relationship must be willing to trust and open themselves to each other. With the proper amount of nurturing, the relationship will blossom and bring beauty to the lives of those involved. It’s time for you to nurture the potential of your relationships. New life and love are waiting for you this month. Seize the energies of renewal that surround you now and allow yourself to blossom like a beautiful flower. You’re in a period of growth regarding matters of the heart. Stretch yourself and your ideas of what you believe is possible. Know that anything is possible this month.

4 Tips on Reading Negative Tarot Cards

Opposite meaning:

What is the opposite meaning of the negative car? The opposite meaning can indicate a secret desire.



What challenges does the card represent? What strengths will help you with this challenge?



What opportunities does this card represent? Is there a skill or lesson to master?



How can the “issues” represented by this card be faced and dissolved? How can you manifest this cards opposite meaning?