New Moon Oracle: April 19th 2015

Once again I ask myself: can it really be a month since the last new moon? Doing these oracle readings has become a sacred ritual for me and a sometimes hard reminder that time is passing, future becomes past, all submits to time. Last month’s reading seemed to have a definite focus on finances and…

April Love: Shadows

It is in the shadows of life that we learn to truly accept all that we are.  There is so much talk about light work and positivity, but I have a sneaking suspicion that to run from the shadows of who we are is to, ultimately, bring ourselves to a place of non acceptance. To…

April Love: Inspiring Quote

If you are looking for an inspiring quote then this may just tick the box.  I have been feeling my own ‘light’ is a little wan lately.  I am feeling the exhaustion that comes after a long period of sustained effort and it is laying me a little low. It is at precisely this time,…

April Love: Favourite Flowers

For today, as part of Susannah Conway’s April Love challenge,  I am considering my favourite flowers and how flowers have come to mean so much to me in my life.  I have chosen this image of fresh lilies and a mirror with a bouquet of roses painted upon it because for me those two flowers…

April Love 2015: My Morning View

I have signed up for Susannah Conway’s April Love this year. (Find out more by clicking HERE love!)  March has been a long and exhausting month as these months of transition often tend to be.  There is that sense of time passing, seasons gradually relinquishing their hold and allowing new, different light to come through….

Tarot meets Art : beautiful inspiration

I absolutely love this short film about two artists harnessing the power of the major arcana to create an experience with the ability to transform our perceptions. What magic can you create in your life today?  

New Moon Oracle Reading: March 2015

It is that time again.  The New Moon is heralding in not just a new lunar month but also a new season.  We are poised at the top of the wheel between phases in the lunar calendar.  Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be feeling the hope-filled stirrings of spring, whilst here in the Southern…

The Mind Map Tarot Spread

Using the Mind Map Tarot spread for your readings is a great way to dig deep into how your mind is currently operating. In this spread, the cards are placed in correspondence with the eye patterns observed and utilised in neuro-linguistic programming(NLP).   As an NLP practitioner, I was fascinated by the way that our eyes…

Spreading the Tarot cards

There are lots of different spreads used for reading the Tarot.  It is important to try out lots of traditional spreads of course.  This is part of learning the art of reading.  However, in this series, I have been working with the Major Arcana and exploring this set of 22 cards as a tool for…

The Sacred Shuffle

Shuffling the Tarot cards is an important part of the reading ritual. Before you begin a reading, take three slow, deep breaths.  Visualise the breath entering your body and bringing clarity and a calm objectivity to the reading.  You trigger your relaxation response in this way and make it easier to access the power and…

How to use Tarot cards

With all the mystery surrounding Tarot, there is often a lot of confusion about how to deal with your cards and how to ensure that you are getting the most from them. I am all for ritual and tradition but I would also counsel any new reader or student of the cards: don’t get too…

IX: The Hermit

The Hermit invites us to embrace our individuality and take delight in time out and solitude as a chance to shine a clear light on our life and find the right way forward for us as individuals. He is an outsider by choice and has committed to spending time in reflection in order to extract…

What’s the history of tarot cards?

  There are documented references to tarot in China, Arabia, and Egypt and these sources go back as far as 15000 years.  Their shared commonalities seem to be unrelated to any kind of connected occurrence and yet, the symbols and colours are linked. They seem to move beyond language into a more unconscious method of…

IV: The Emperor

The Emperor is the herald of the existing system.  He is an authoritarian figure bound up in male power and patriarchal dominance. He sits firm on his golden throne and rules over us but without the loving gaze that we enjoyed from his consort, the Empress.  Instead, the Emperor looks away from us preferring to…

XI: Strength

On this card, we see the figure of a young woman.  She grapples with a fierce lion, prizing open its jaws and exposing its mighty teeth.  She is pitting herself against a primal force which threatens to overwhelm her.  The lion is offering her the chance to battle with her baser instincts and control it. …

XVI: The Tower

The Tower is a card that is all about endings, release, and escape. On the picture the tower itself is burning. Those things that we considered to be safe and stable can also be struck down by archetypal ‘lightning.’ We should prepare ourselves for swift and decisive action that changes everything. Invitation It is asking…

XXI: The World

At point 21 on the Arcana, we are given The World.  Just as at the age of 21, we are given the keys to our adult life, this is the card that indicates that we have come through the triple cycle necessary to have learned the lessons needed for our wholeness and maturity.  We have…

New Moon Oracle: February 19th, 2015

It is another new moon and that means that we once again arrive at the time to connect with the wisdom of the Major Arcana.  Every month, I perform these readings.  My ritual is sacred and I ask the cards to reveal what they would wish for us to be mindful of for the next…

VII: The Chariot

The Chariot is a card of resilience and determination.  Having entered the race, every ounce of strength is now mustered into getting to your destination.  This is a time to rein in the two sides of your mind – conscious and unconscious, doer and dreamer – to harness their forces.  You will reach your goal…

I: The Magician

The Magician is the archetype of the masculine energy.  He is the creator, the master of manifestation.  He is the one who puts effort into the reality of bringing magic to life.  This is not about incubation, but action.  The Magician reminds us to harness our infinite power and to make magic – bring something…

XV: The Devil

It is always difficult to confront the Devil when it appears in a reading.  However, the issues that arise from this card are those that need to be addressed for they are the devils that are plaguing us.  Now is the time to face them and recognise that they are part of the whole being…

XII: The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man presents us with a delightful chance to challenge our current perspective and release any old modes of thinking or seeing that are keeping us imprisoned in our current stage of life.  There is something peaceful about his expression and he reminds us that we can get caught in ways of thinking and…

II: The High Priestess

When the High Priestess calls to you through a reading, She is whispering from deep within your subconscious.  She emerges from the deepest depths of the feminine psyche and brings with her a seductive entreaty to dance with her for awhile.  Like Persephone emerging from the Underworld, whole, full and queenly, the High Priestess beckons…

XIX: The Sun

It is time to bask in the gentle, warm light of the Sun and to enjoy the benefits of your hard work.  The Sun invites us to relax a little and to find opportunities to play and rest.  We are asked to settle down and replenish our energy source.  You can be open, there is…

VI: The Lovers

With the Lovers, we are invited to explore the harmony and interrelationship between the masculine and feminine energy in our life.  Together they are joined in a beautiful garden and we see that they only have eyes for one another.  They are joined at hand and eye.  They are the union of both practical and…