Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another Reader's Personal Interpretation of the Queen of Pentacles

Since it is the Tarot Card of the Week, I wanted to share with you another reader's personal interpretation of the Queen of Pentacles.  Sparrow Tarot does a wonderful job describing the energies of the card and how it applies to her:

Queen of Pentacles & How to Stop Negative Comparisons to Others

Monday, March 25, 2013

Crystals and Gemstones

I really enjoy having crystals and gemstones near me.  I have a couple of quartz crystals that I use for cleansing my Tarot decks, and I also wear gemstones or crystals either in a medicine bag or jewelry.  I believe in their spiritual and psychological healing powers.  Here is a nice chart that a friend shared with me on Facebook which has a basic overview of some gemstones and crystals:

There are many more crystals and gemstones out there that can be used for spiritual and healing purposes.  These are some of the books that I use and recommend:

In future blog posts I plan to write more about individual types of crystals and gemstones, and how I use them in my life.

Tarot Card of the Week: Queen of Pentacles

Tarot Card of the Week: Queen of Pentacles using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This is one of my favorite cards in the deck; it depicts a queen seated on an ornate throne out in nature.  She feels connected with everything around her, and intently stares at the pentacle in her lap.  She feels comfortable in her surroundings, and is aware of the magic in nature around her, and the strength it gives to her.  She joins herself with the forces in the world, and allows them to flow through in her life. 

The appearance of the Queen of Pentacles could be indicating that this week is the time to focus on and be content with the positive things you have around you, such as your spirituality or your work, hobbies, etc; to become reacquainted with your surroundings. Or reorganize your home, plan and strategize ways to be more efficient. The Queen of Pentacles has a deep and passionate attachment to nature; spend some time in nature and connecting with it, as it has healing energies and can help with meditation and reflection. Or start thinking about and planning what you want to plant in your garden this spring and summer.  The Queen of Pentacles is asking you to reflect upon her and her energies. This could bring you peace, satisfaction, and enrichment.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What people are saying about Amber TurtleOak

Feedback and comments from clients through who have had a reading from me:

S - February 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm: I got my reading done by Amber.she was really amazing.It was really nice to get my reading from you. Tks. a lot Amber.

J.L. - February 21, 2013 at 10:32 am: I recently received a reading from Amber.She responded within a day.The reading was very detailed and she was kind enough to rephrase my question so that the cards could offer more insight.She described me quite accurately and offered me great advice.Amber is such a caring person and she is really good with interpreting the tarot cards.Thank you Amber for taking your time to do this reading for me.

Anonymous - February 27, 2013 at 7:33 am: Amber was really good and shot on with my reading.

patricia - February 27, 2013 at 8:59 am: I want to thank Amber for my reading. You were accurate on my situation. I will follow your advice.

If you want a great reading…choose Amber. 

silvia - February 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm: Had a reading with AmberTurtleOak and it was detailed. I have to wait for outcome tho. Thank you

Bharat Bhushan - February 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm: Thanks Amber for reading.

Kasia - February 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm: I had a reading from Amber. She responded very quickly and was very pleasant. My questionwasn’t corrct so she rephrased it for me which was helpful. She did a one card ‘minireading’ which rang true to me and encouraged me to talk to the porson I wasconcerned about. I would recommend her. Many thanks for you time Amber.

Miss M - March 1, 2013 at 5:02 am: I received an email from Amber regarding my reading. She replied so quickly. The detailed reading helped me understand my current career situation. Thanks Amber for your time. I will definitely recommend you to others. More blessings!!!

Emma - March 3, 2013 at 11:47 am: Amber TurtleOak just gave me a reading. It was helpful and confirmed my emotions surrounding a situation. Her response was very quick and the reading itself was really open and positive. Thank you Amber TurtleOak!

Geeta - March 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm: Amber TurtleOak gave me a mini 1 card reading. It was clear and precise. I have to admit i was hoping for more details based on intuition but I understand that a lot of it depends on inspiration when it comes to giving readings. One thing I really admire is that she was very quick to respond, set expectations in the 1st email itself and delivered the reading within that time frame of 2 days. I cannot comment on the accuracy as the reading was future based, so time will tell and paths can change as well depending on present actions. Thank you Amber, really appreciate you taking the time out for me 

Rose - March 5, 2013 at 2:14 am: Thanks for the detailed Reading Amber! would def recommend her.

Erika - March 6, 2013 at 10:39 am: I just had a reading from Amber. I really appreciate the time she tooks to do my reading.She made me think of several points which I had no consciousness… And all this with only one card!My question was difficult and meaningful to me and she knew how to guide me. I can highly recommend her.Thank U again Amber 

Kate - March 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm: Amber TurtleOak provided a very prompt reading for me. She rephrased the question and then was very thorough explaining the card she drew for me. But also she filled in spaces around the reading with explanation as to why. Thank you Amber TurtleOak!Kate

AC - March 8, 2013 at 2:51 am: Just had a reading with Amber.She rephrased the question and then was very thorough explaining the card she drew for me.Thank you Amber

Michele - March 10, 2013 at 2:44 am: I got a reading from Amber TurtleOak. She rephrased my question which is a bit unusual because I never had that done before. My original question was not answered but another question was pertaining to my relationship. I guess the Universe knows what you need to know and gives you what is most important at that time. Thank you Amber TurtleOak.

danijela - March 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm: Hi, I had a reading with Amber and she gave me an insightful and thoughtful reading. Some of the questions asked were quite appropriate to my situation and it made me look at this issue from a different angle. Thank you 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Ostara (Spring Equinox)!

Ahh...the first official day of Spring has arrived. You wouldn't know it necessarily from my perspective here in Michigan, where it is currently 21° F and there is a chance of snow later today. But despite the freezing winter still hanging on, I remain optimistic. I began noticing in the last several weeks the sun moving in the sky, and the light coming from it into our house has changed -- it's brighter, shining in at different angles.  For today is the day that the light and dark are of equal lengths, and the days will begin to get longer. More time to enjoy the outdoors. Yes...the long winter is coming to an end.  When I woke up this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun was out, and find that a few of my herb seeds have sprouted, a good sign.

Many faiths celebrate this time of year. The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season.1  Ostara is the time for new beginnings and awakenings, to act upon things we planned during the winter months.

Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic people look up at the goddess from the realm below.

Many symbols that are associated with Easter had their roots in ancient Paganism. Symbols of fertility and new life such as eggs, rabbits (In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol -- this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long.1), flowers and vines. Many parents take their children to visit the Easter Bunny, and my parents were no exception.

I look a bit unsure, but still likely enjoying the festivities of that time of year, anticipating coloring eggs and eating candy.  I have a childhood memory of an Easter Sunday after attending church, excitedly running around the wet and slightly muddy grass on the church grounds in my white patent leather mary janes, white tights, and new pink Easter dress, enjoying the warm sunny day. I got mud spots on myself, I don't think my parents were too pleased with that. ;)

Ostara Tarot Cards2 - Place the Chariot, card 7, on your altar as a sign of confidence in your ability to test what you have learned during the winter months.  Unlike the Fool, the Chariot knows the reason for his journey and creates his own destiny through his actions.  The Eight of Wands generates creative new ways forward.  The Magician, card 1, symbolizes the ability to visualize goals on the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual planes of existence.  He then asks you to get to work on those goals to make them your reality.

Ostara is the time of renewal, rebirth and change. Just as nature is reborn, what will be reborn in you? Start something new during this time, or look back on what you had done in the past that you enjoyed and bring it back again for a rebirth. Or take a look to see if some spiritual housecleaning is needed, this is a good time for that as well.

Be joyful on this Ostara, the wheel has turned, the winter months are behind us, and Spring is here again!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Six of Pentacles

Tarot Card of the Week: Six of Pentacles using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a man, holding scales in one hand, and giving money to someone with the other hand.  The meaning of this card symbolizes someone in power who is willing to generously give to others, possibly to achieve balance in his life, or the world around him.  However, this card also reflects inequalities.  The merchant giving the money to the poor people, although generous, is most definitely in a higher status.  

This week it is possible that you may end up getting the help you need to get your life going in the direction you would like.  This help may not necessarily be financial, but could provide a way to make you feel like you are on the path you would like to be on again.  It may come from someone who you feel is in a position of power with the ability to assist you.  Or, if life has been good too you, you may find yourself in a position of power where you feel the need to give back some of what has been given to you. This week may be the time to donate to that charity you have been thinking about, or to help out that friend who may be reaching out to you.

We all go through our ups and downs, this week try to remember that it's ok to ask for help when you need it to get through. And if you have been blessed, be thankful and enjoy the good times, also keep an eye out for someone who may need your assistance, it could balance the karmic scales and help all involved.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Have a wonderful weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Tarot Card of the Week starts up on Monday morning.

Page of Pentacles from The Robin Wood Tarot

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day is changing to Tarot Card of the Week

I have decided to change Tarot card of the Day to Tarot Card of the Week.  I believe this will allow more time for reflection upon the message and energies of the card.

I will be starting Tarot Card of the Week on Monday morning, and then each Monday after that, so watch for it at that time.

Tarot Card of the Day: King of Wands

Tarot Card of the Day: King of Wands using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a king on a throne; he is leaning forward, in a confident manner.  He is strong-minded, and feels that his ideas are best, and expects others to follow him.  This card indicates that you may find yourself in a situation where you want to take risks to achieve your goals, with limitless enthusiasm and energy.

With the kind of drive and desire like the King of Wands, you may be successful at whatever you pursue, or you may be viewed as being too forceful, taking unnecessary risks.  Watch out for getting too upset if things do not go your way, try to curb your impatience, and not try to force others into seeing things your way.  Also you may want to consider others’ opinions as they may have some good ideas to help you.  Reflect upon your enthusiasm and drive, and see how the energies of the King of Wands may be affecting your current path.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: The Sun

Tarot Card of the Day: The Sun using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a positive, optimistic image of a child on a horse with the sun shining brightly above them.  The Sun symbolizes happiness, contentment, and success.  The Sun is a wonderful card.  It symbolizes appreciating the beauty around you, and the simplicity of life.  Also experiencing a clearer vision of your goals, greater knowledge, strength, or a renewed dedication to a goal. And the feeling that what is around you is positive energies and love.  Passion and light may be coming into your life, possibly even a rebirth of yourself.  Your optimistic approach to the things you experience in your life could also benefit you.  If you are having difficulties, this energy around you will help you understand and have the strength to get through what you are experiencing. The appearance of The Sun indicates a bright future and outlook is possible.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: The Tower

Tarot Card of the Day: The Tower using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  It's interesting that this card happen to come up today, just yesterday there was a discussion about it amongst myself and some other readers.  If a client sees this card, they may have some concerns about it before hearing what it may mean, because the imagery is quite powerful, and this is a very powerful card.  When this card comes up in a reading, we as readers like to be sure to communicate the importance of it, acknowledge the difficulties of dealing with the energies of it, yet also impart that there can be something good that comes of this.

The Tower symbolizes a life changing experience.  It depicts a lightning bolt striking the top of a tower, causing fire and knocking a gold crown off of the top.  A man and woman are falling off the tower into the unknown.  But this does not have to be viewed as something scary.  Exploring the unknown can lead to enlightenment.  Alongside the tower are drops of fire, shaped like the Hebrew letter yod, the first letter of God’s name, meaning the Divine is there for protection and guidance. 

If you find yourself in a situation where you are being forced to change, or a revelation is being thrust upon you, it could be the energies of The Tower at work.  Although it may be difficult to face, try to realize that this experience could strengthen, and teach you.  Even if you feel like you are falling into the unknown like the man and woman in The Tower card, remember that the Divine is there to guide and protect you, and the experience may lead to enlightenment and then to a new beginning or new outlook on life for you. You may have needed this shake up.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Feeling off? It could be due to Mercury Retrograde...

Have you been feeling a bit off the last couple of weeks? Being plagued by computer problems? It could be due to Mercury Retrograde.

At the start of Mercury Retrograde we were hit with computer problems in our home...seemed like it all hit at once!

Learn more about Mercury Retrograde:

Tarot Card of the Day: Three of Swords

Tarot Card of the Day: Three of Swords using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck. This card illustrates a heart with three swords piercing through it.  The appearance of the Three of Swords often means that there is a need to accept the sorrow that we have in our life so that we can fully understand it, accept it, and learn from it.  

The symbolism in this card could mean that in order for you to be able to move forward, you may need to resolve the pain you have. The Three of Swords reminds us to view things with the mind instead of the heart.  If something is no longer serving your best interest, only causing pain, it may be time to let it go.

Friday, March 8, 2013

No Emergency Readings! - article by James Wells

James Wells discusses his policy of "no emergency readings."  This makes a lot of sense and a policy I too incorporate.  Take a look at the reasons why doing emergency readings may not be in the best interest for anyone:

Tarot Card of the Day: Knight of Swords

Tarot Card of the Day: Knight of Swords using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  
This card depicts a knight on his horse charging into the storm wielding his sword.  He is brave, strong, skillful, and eager to overcome all difficulties.  But, because he recognizes no limits, he tends to be fanatical.  He has difficulty with long, steady plodding because he has a restless mind, and expects his enemies to fall under his charge. 

The Knight of Swords may be a representation of you (an interesting side note: there is some evidence that the tradition of knighthood included a certain number of “anonymous knights” who were women, and they took mythic names and veiled their true identities), or someone you know.  In your life, are you trying to charge ahead?  Do things seem to not be moving fast enough for you? You may be courageous, and feel ready to charge ahead, but you may want to take time to reflect upon the situation first.  What are your motives?  Is it the best thing for you?  The Knight of Swords reminds us that we should plan and strategize.  Instead of directing all energy outwards, recognize your limits, and take time to quietly be alone and reflect before charging ahead.  If this represents someone you know, you may need to just let them do what they want to do, and step out of their way, it could be difficult to try and stop them.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

What Tarot is to me and how I use it as a tool to help others.

I wanted to share with you what Tarot is to me and how I use it as a tool to help others through my readings. I do not use the Tarot to predict the future, as I believe that Tarot provides insights based on current circumstances and as those conditions change, so does the outcome. I instead utilize the Tarot to help see the energies surrounding you, and offer ideas and thoughts on their affect upon you to help you decide what may be the best path for you. 

Tarot is about possibilities. It is a way to look at situations and gain new perspectives. It can be a tool for the Divine to offer enlightenment and insight into different facets of our lives.

Tarot has been a wonderful vessel for me to help people examine a moment in time, to look inward to discover answers, to choose one path from another, or to find the empowerment to forge ahead with confidence.

When you request a reading from me, know that I am committed to using my intuitive skills to provide objective, honest and empathetic readings. I will deliver to you the message of the Tarot, and offer some insight on how you can apply it to your life and to help you to decide what may be the best path for you to take as you are on this life journey.

Tarot Card of the Day: Two of Swords

Tarot Card of the Day: Two of Swords using The Robin Wood Tarot.  This card depicts a woman sitting on the ruins of a wall at the ocean shore.  She holds two swords crossed in front of her while blindfolded.  It is night and there is a waxing moon above.  The blindfold may represent concern for not knowing where things are going. Possibly due to experiences in the past, you may be reluctant to trust again, or allow yourself to get close to others, which is shown by the two swords crossing over the heart. The swords are ready to lash out in defense, to push those away who want to get close to you.  Although the road to trust another again may be difficult, as symbolized by the rough ocean and the long dress that the woman could trip on, realize that the moon above is in the waxing phase.  This is the time when attraction magick is the strongest, a time to draw things to you.  Also notice that the woman seems to be in a place of balance, between two mountains, the two swords, in the center of the wall where she sits.  Protection from being hurt and trusting can be achieved, intuitively you can balance that.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: The Magician

Tarot Card of the Day: The Magician using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a magician holding a wand up with one hand, and his other hand is pointing down.  The Magician is someone who can manifest power, he can channel energy and bring things into reality.  He is confident in his abilities, and uses them wisely. 

New experiences may present themselves, as The Magician often symbolizes this.  The Magician indicates that you have the potential to control your environment.  This knowledge can empower you.  You may be able to find solutions to problems or challenges in your life based on past experiences or higher knowledge that may come from Divine influence.  You can use this knowledge to manifest the reality you want, and understand that you have control in your environment.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: Five of Cups

Tarot Card of the Day: Five of Cups using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a man wrapped in a cloak, looking down at three cups that have been knocked over.  But, two cups are standing upright behind him.  If you are fearing a loss or regret in your life right now, you may relate to this card, however look closer at this card. The person is so focused on the cups that have been knocked over; he does not notice the two cups standing upright behind him. This fear of loss, which you may be thinking about, may not come to pass.  However if it does, you need not let that stop you from doing what you would like to do in your life. This card symbolizes accepting sorrow or loss in your life, yet also the need to realize that there is hope.  If you have feelings of sadness or loss, allow yourself to go through the healing process and eventually accept the situation.  Also remember to look at the potential hope in your life.  That hope may be close to you, it's just possible that you are not seeing it.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: The Devil (Raven)

Tarot Card of the Day: The Devil (Raven) from The Animal-Wise Tarot.  The Raven is a bird that has been associated with mysticism and magic, and mixed lore as a symbol of birth and death.  This card is associated with a legend that I would like to reference:

"An old legend speaks of a time when the raven was all white.  A great black pool swallowed up the light of the sun.  The raven dove into the pool to bring forth the light once more.  Though the raven succeeded entirely by it, the pool forever blackened it."

This reminded me of another story that tells of the Raven's connection with light. It was from one of my favorite television shows, Northern Exposure.  In this story, the Raven is associated with the Winter Solstice:

The Raven has appeared to remind us that we need to bring light into the darkness.  We may be wandering aimlessly, not seeing what is there, and possibly going off course. Or, we may need to face some things in our life that has been in the darkness, and in order to resolve it needs to be brought out into the light. We may not be taking the actions we need to.

Ravens are excellent at using tools around them for their purposes.  For example they may use a stone to crack nuts open.  We may also need to use and adapt to tools we have around us to accomplish what we need, and to bring our own light in the darkness, to take responsibility for ourselves instead of relying upon others.

Raven has been into the darkness -- the spirit world -- and returned.  This symbolizes that we can connect with our own spirituality as well to help guide us in this world.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: The Hermit

Tarot Card of the Day: The Hermit using The Housewives Tarot.  This card depicts a 1950s woman taking a bath, her pretty blonde curls all up and fully made up. She is smiling at us as she lathers up her washcloth.  Around her tub are Lux soap bars.  

I want to share with you the description of this card from the little book that comes with this deck because it is so darn cute:

"We all need a little time to ourselves, so try shutting out the world and indulging in some well-deserved "me time".  Mix a cup of your favorite General Foods International Coffee, take the phone off the hook, lock yourself in the bathroom, fasten your eye mask, and sink into a bubble bath for some soul searching and meditation. Calgon take me away!"

Are the things going on in your life making you feel a little frazzled?  It may be time to pamper yourself, even if just for a little while.  There is no need to spend lots of money at a fancy spa, you likely have what you need right in your own home.  You may have a stack of soaps you have collected from all those craft fairs or when they were on sale at the Five and Dime.  Take your pick or have them all close by, enjoy their scents.  Run a bath with your favorite bubble bath or bath salts, and let the suds and water and scents slowly ease your senses.  Close your eyes and relax and let the troubles of the day float away.  Without the distractions of the outside world you are able to do some mediation and soul searching during this time, to find your balance again.  You may need this time away from everyone to rejuvenate. Don't keep pushing it off, take care of yourself. Now where is that Calgon?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: Four of Swords

Tarot Card of the Day: Four of Swords using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a man who appears to be resting.  He is isolated, as if he needs to separate himself from the world for a while to rejuvenate.  

You may feel the need to take a break, or to slow down a bit.  Do you feel that you may be doing too much?  Are you beginning to feel burned out or a lack of focus?  This lack of focus, or not being sure what to focus on could be due to not slowing down, taking the time to center yourself.  Do you feel like you are always in a hurry?  You may want to consider taking some time to be still, relax in peace.  That could possibly give you the opportunity to reflect.  This would be a good time to gain perspective.  If you give yourself this time to step back, you may be able to re-energize, and take a fresh look at things again. This could help you be more effective, and feel more empowered.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tarot Card of the Day: Ace of Cups

Tarot Card of the Day: Ace of Cups using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts a hand holding a cup and reaching out from the clouds.  Water is flowing from the cup, and there is a dove flying into the cup and holding a circular object with an equal-armed cross on it. 

The Ace of Cups tells us that the world functions not only by its laws and structures, but also by a spiritual basis that gives meaning to the world, and protects it from corruption.  If we look at the world as something that must be conquered, chaos will follow.  Love and life cannot be seized and controlled, only accepted.  The Ace of Cups reminds us that love, not power, rules our lives.

Similar to the Holy Grail, the Ace of Cups symbolizes a spiritual love and the realization that we are connected to something larger than ourselves. Also this card indicates that something new and joyful may be coming -- new love, new opportunities, a spiritual awakening.