Monday, April 29, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: The Devil

Tarot Card of the Week: The Devil using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts the Devil, with a man and a woman chained to him.  The Devil represents drawing energy from the material world, as well as our fears and anxieties.  The man and the woman are enslaved to these things, yet they appear calm, accepting of their bad situation.  But, what they do not yet realize is they can remove the chains, they are not locked tightly on them.  The chains are only an illusion.

Do you feel locked into a situation, or not in control of it?  That you have no other options?  It could be that you are acting based what you think you should do, rather than what you think is best. Your own insecurities, anxieties, and fear may be holding you back. It is a matter of taking control of your own life.  It is possible to move out of the passive or victim position which you are in.

If you are unhappy with your current situation and feel “chained” to it, realize that you may have other options.  Remember, those “chains” you feel you have may only be an illusion, you may have the power to change the situation and remove them.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: 7 of Ancients (Toad)

Tarot Card of the Week: 7 of Ancients (Toad) using The Animal-Wise Tarot.  Amphibians, which Toad is a member of, are ancient creatures which have a 50 million year or more head start on reptiles.  They are considered the first land animals, and although many species have not become completely independent of water, adult toads have adapted quite well to life on land. Although toads have the reputation of causing warts, this is simply not true. They differ from frogs in that frogs divide their time between water and land whereas toads can live in drier places. They also look different - frogs have a slick skin, and are more streamlined; toads have a rough "warty" skin, and their legs are shorter which limits them to hopping and walking instead of leaping.  

The appearance of Toad indicates that this week would be a good time to tap into our inner strength and resources.  Toads know how to protect themselves quite well. They can burrow, play dead, inflate their bodies to make themselves appear larger and more of a threat, and they can exude poison through their skin. They have these resources and skills available, and we can learn from them.  This week you may need to reflect upon your skills and resources, and bring them out. You could find strength within yourself that you or others did not realize. Toad is bringing a message to us that this is a time of personal advantage in conflicts and endeavors, solutions to problems and inner strength, we just need to realize our potential, and what we have available to us, and use it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: The Hierophant

Tarot Card of the Week: The Hierophant using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card symbolizes traditional values, structures, and social conventions.  Education, marriage, and religion are examples of traditions or social conventions that The Hierophant represents.  Also, this card stands for institutions, organizations, corporations, and their values, and the need to conform to their rules.

This week you may realize that the best way to deal with a situation is to handle it in a way that has traditionally worked, has been proven by others that it works.  Use conventional wisdom to help solve the issue as guidance for your life. This could include study or education, or ritual or methodical approaches.  You may also find solace and guidance in spirituality, specifically in rituals or ceremonies.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: The World

Tarot Card of the Week: The World using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  It depicts a woman who appears happy, satisfied, enlightened.  She is stepping lightly through a green wreath.  Green is the color of love, healing, and has been associated with money.  The World is a wonderful card, for it signifies success and fulfillment, attainment of a sought after goal.  The World card also indicates a new way of looking at the situation that will be provided to you because of your experiences.

The World card could indicate that there may be reward for hard labor this week.  It can be possible to reach satisfaction and fulfillment once we see the entire picture and have an understanding of the situation.  Because of this understanding, we may change the path that we are on, and The World card can symbolize change as well in order to achieve greater happiness. Additionally, the rewards you have gained, which could include knowledge, friendships, love, healing, or prosperity, may have brought more wisdom and experience into your life than you had anticipated. Enjoy this time, you deserve to be happy after all that work. But also look back upon your journey, which may be the true spiritual goal.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Tarot Card of the Week: Three of Cups

Tarot Card of the Week: Three of Cups using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.  This card depicts three women, holding up their cups in celebration, a toast.  They are happy, and appear to be dancing.  

The Three of Cups symbolizes a sharing of experience, cooperation, and celebration among friends.  The appearance of the Three of Cups indicates that there may be a reason to celebrate this week.  It reminds us to think about the friendships, and the good times we have had with friends.  Are you enjoying the time you are spending with your friends?  Do you have a friend or group of friends that you are very close to?  Maybe a group you have been friends with for a long time, have you gone through good and bad times together?  These friends may be able to help you through difficult situations, provide advice to you, remember to look to them this week. They have been there for you just as you have been there for them.  There could also be a gathering or celebration among friends coming up.  Remember this week to continue or again enjoy the time you are having with your friends and what they have to offer you.