Tarot Tuesday January 29th
Take a moment and take a deep breath. Get centered, and grounded, then pick a card. By get centered I mean to get calm, focused, and to be present in the moment. By get grounded I mean to uncross your feet and arms, with feet flat on the floor. It is also beneficial if you can quickly imagine roots shooting down from your root Chakra and feet into the Earth. Allow these roots to anchor you in a supportive way that neutralizes negativity and draws up nurturing Earth energy for stability. Sometimes more than one deep breath is needed to feel ready. Often three nice, slow, deep breaths are just right. Do what feels best for you..
Once you feel ready pick a card. I am using the stones above the cards as markers and will include them in the mini-reading. I find that the energy and general metaphysical meaning for the crystals often accentuates the cards that they are paired with. From left to right we have Red Jasper, Rose Quartz, and Sodalite. This week the tarot cards are from the Morgan-Greer deck.
From left to right the cards as revealed are Strength, The Hermit, and the Nine of Cups. These card reveals are generated naturally, and randomly. I start by intuitively picking three crystals, then I shuffle, cut, and draw cards as I would for any reading. I am usually surprised by how well the crystals and the cards seem to “go together”. If crystals aren’t your cup of tea, then feel free to skip the bits about them and jump forward to each of the tarot cards.
First up on the left above Strength we have Red Jasper. a stone of empowerment and strength. It is a microcrystalline variety of quartz, with a high iron content found all over the world. Said to be protective crystals of both the physical and spiritual realms. A stone of endurance and stamina, that activates the root chakra. It helps with connecting to Earth’s grounding energies and alleviates stress. A good stone for assisting with dream work, astral travel, and divination. It’s meaning in divination is a need to create and use boundaries with those who might be taking advantage of you, or trying to manipulate you.
This card is a Major Arcana card that in some decks is numbered eight, and in others it is eleven. In the Morgan-Greer deck the Strength card is number eight. Eight in numerology is associated with power, authority, money, finances, and the physical. Even more importantly it is a number of balance, with the ability to equalize Karma. The image on the card shows a woman taming a lion. The element is fire with a fixed modality and the ruling planet is the Sun, it’s sign is Leo. The keywords most often associated with this card include strength, power, confidence, courage, virility, and vitality. If this is the card you picked this week it is likely that you will be engaged in overcoming some issue. You might be recovering from an illness or injury, or overcoming a temptation. It could just be that you have overcome some self doubt that has plagued you for a long time. In any case the gentle, yet enduring energy of strength will be working for you this week.
Rose quartz is called the heart stone, it corresponds to the heart chakra. This stone is also said to inspire love and beauty in all forms. A stone of unconditional love, compassion, nourishment, healing, and comfort. Used for developing or attracting loving relationships with others, and even the self. This crystal carries a high spiritual attunement to the Earth, Universe, and the Divine. In divination this stone is about forgiving yourself, and not allowing others to lay blame on you that you do not deserve. This stone also serves to help nurture a positive self-image, release emotional wounds, and learn to joyfully give and receive love.
The Hermit is the ninth card in the Major Arcana. Nine in numerology is seen as the numerical vibration of global consciousness and humanitarianism. In a cyclic view nines are seen as endings, completion, or finality. This is frightening for some, yet they don’t remember that one thing needs to end so a new thing can begin, it is part of a cycle. So really it is more about transformation than ending. The image is of an elder with a staff in one hand and a lantern with a six pointed star in the other. This card is of the Earth element, mutable modality, and the sign of Virgo. Some common keywords for this card include solitude, search for truth, contemplation, guidance, and spiritual development. There may seem like a bit of detachment with the global consciousness and the isolation of this card. Yet sometimes taking a step back and getting clear on who you are and what you want to accomplish as well as what constitutes right action can make your efforts in the world more effective. Sometimes we need solitude to figure out how we really feel about things. If this is the card that you were drawn to it suggests that now is a time to withdraw from demands and get clear about a situation. Occasionally this card might point to a mentor who arrives in your life to bring new understanding. In either case this week is a time to go within and find the truth about yourself and your path.
Sodalite is a feldspathoid with deep blue color that is intermingled with white calcite (though it sometimes can form in colors like grey, pink, green, or yellow). It is named for it’s sodium content, it is a chloric sodium aluminum silicate. First discovered in Greenland, with vast deposits found later in Ontario, Canada. Sodalite has a calm, stabilizing energy that is useful for those prone to anxiety or panic attacks. It clears the way to allow movement from over-emotional to rational. It is good for creativity, inspiration, and focus. As a blue stone it is associated with the throat chakra, and the third eye chakra (Ajna) these chakras have dominion over communication, expression, as well as intuition and inspiration. In divination Sodalite shows a need to say something but also a need to be tactful and use the right words to say it.
Nine of Cups
The Nine of Cups is a Minor Arcana card. The numerology of the number nine is similar to the Hermit there is a theme of global consciousness, humanitarianism, and cyclical endings. This card is associated with Jupiter and Pisces, as well as being mutable water modality and element. This lends an expansive, beneficial quality to this card. The Nine of Cups is known as the “wish card” meaning that you will likely get your wish. Keywords common to this card include satisfaction, pleasure, happiness, and even indulgence. If you were drawn to this card then this week will likely be a good one for you. You will have opportunities to increase your happiness, usually this is the emotional spectrum that is encountered. But it could be that this satisfaction comes because of a material gain. In any case whether you get engaged or get a raise be careful how you express yourself about it so you don’t spark jealousy in someone else.
I hope that this general mini-reading has been meaningful for you. If you have any further questions or would like to order a personal reading please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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