Not Your Normal Chakra Reading

I’ve been trying to embody the Firefly from the Animal Spirit oracle, meaning that I’m following those divine moments of inspiration whenever they arrive. Today, I felt inspired to create a new technique for consulting the cards that allows us to tap into our energetic centres. I’ve done plenty of Chakra readings in the past, and they would take a fairly straightforward approach; 7 cards fore each centre with a little bit of insight sprinkled in.

I’m still going to use 7 cards, but I felt called to tap into the elemental energy of the tarot to devise a new method. One that will both highlight what is happening in that centre, along with what we need to to know to enhance or improve it. Let me explain…

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In-Depth with the 4 of Pentacles

“If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away.” - Mark Twain

“If you love it, set it free”, “if it’s meant to be it will be”, “que sera sera” - just a sample of quotes that capture the essence of letting go for the greater good. This themes crops up many times across the tarot. Think, the 6 of Swords, the 8 of Cups, the dreaded Tower or even worse Death…to name but a few.

But the 4 of Pentacles gets a bit lost in this conversation, and I think is a generally speaking more difficult translation. But all we need to do is mind our protagonist’s body language to get to the heart of this card’s message. Sitting down, looking straight on, closed off, arms folded, tight grip - what can we conclude? The Pentacles in this case do not occupy negative space, they sit close to the body. This is the posturing of someone who is desperately afraid to lose what they’ve already acquired. But why? Maybe they don’t believe they deserve it? Maybe they fear that if it does slip away, they’ll never gain it back? Perhaps they’re not even sure if it’s theirs to begin with. It is both the depiction of someone who is protective and greedy. Someone who has placed great value on material possession, but understand that value may come from a place of fear and not superficiality.

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Tarot Card Associations for the Animal Spirit Oracle

A year ago I made a post comparing the Wisdom of the Oracle cards to tarot cards as a way to better commit them to my memory bank. It worked well and I know that article has reached plenty of people, so I challenged myself to do the same with the Animal Spirit oracle.

I do this because as many of you know, I’m a much bigger fan of tarot than I am of oracle. And while I think these oracle decks can completely stand on their own and need no association to be used thoroughly, I can’t help but always look at things (oracle or otherwise) through a tarot-centric lens.

So please honour the deck as it was intended, but also use some of this insight to help you further understand and assimilate those meanings!

I also want to note that I am absolutely in LOVE with the animal spirit oracle deck by Kim Krans - author of the Wild Unknown. And I’ll even go on record to say that I avoided this deck for a long time because I didn’t actually think we’d get along. It was only one day when I was itching for a new deck and found myself in Indigo that I reached for the package and let’s just say, I’ve basically not put it down since.

And with that, let me share with you how I’ve compared each card. Perhaps if you’re more familiar with this deck than you are with tarot, this list may even help you understand tarot cards in a new way! Some of the associations were very obvious to me and some of them took some flexing on my part. Have a look after the cut and see what you think!

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Sun in Sagittarius Sounds - A Playlist

Sagittarius season is upon us and to celebrate the shift, I’ve made a playlist! Have a listen after the cut or follow along in Spotify!

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Mystics and Seekers

Welcome to my first ever (but hopefully now annual) Holiday Gift Guide for mystics, seekers and lovers of all things metaphysical! In this post, I’ve going to share with you some incredible, unique, beautiful and affordable offerings from around the web and throughout the globe. I know it’s still pretty early, but the holidays do tend to sneak up on us every year. And now that Halloween is officially wrapped, it’s time to start shifting gears.

I want to waste no time, so let’s get to it. Some of the features in this list are very specific products, some are links to full stores or an artist’s larger body of work, but all are pure magick. Please enjoy the selection below which focuses specifically on small business as opposed to big box - hopefully it will inspire you for the upcoming holiday season!

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Follow The Signs: Making Sense of Those Repeating Numbers

When I was in college, I began seeing 11s everywhere. Most commonly, I would catch the time 11:11 or 1:11. At that point in my life, I wasn’t super connected to spirituality in very obvious ways. I was 19 years old, trying to figure out who I was, get through school, navigate relationships and have a bit of fun here and there.

The numbers happened so frequently though that one day I decided to Google 11:11 and that was when I found entire communities devoted to some kind of so-called “awakening”. It was described as a “key”, “portal”, “gateway” to higher consciousness. We were undergoing a shift, a leveling up, and those sensitive to these energies would see 11:11 as a sign that they were on the right path and a reminder of their true spiritual nature.

I was intrigued. And looking back, I can say that time in my life was pivotal in a lot of ways. A crossroads even, and the decisions I made then, very much link to where I am today.

Since then, the numbers are still a part of life, and I hear many others talk about the patterns that show up for them. Now, it’s not just 11:11. It’s 2s in sequence, or 3s. Personally and lately I’ve been seeing a lot of 4s and 5s - but what does it all mean?

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Sun in Scorpio Sounds - A Playlist

Awhile back, my friend was sharing her horoscope with me and in that forecast, it asked her this question: If you could be any other sun sign, which would you be? She didn't have a response, but when she flipped the tables on me, I answered swiftly and with certainty; “I would be a Scorpio”. I have a little bit of Scorpio in my chart, granted. Both my Jupiter and Saturn are in Scorpio - so, that's something, I guess. And my rationale isn't completely fleshed out but essentially, I think the sign is bad-ass and I'd like a little more edge in my profile - lol.

With that being said, please enjoy this playlist I’ve put together for Scorpio season. It’s mysterious, dark, sexy and…I hope you enjoy it! Have a listen after the cut or follow along in Spotify!

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Tarot: A Guide For Those Just Starting

I take for granted most days how familiar tarot as a tool has become. Like a riding a bike, or driving a car or using any of my limbs…it’s just something I do and hardly give thought to. I realize this takes time and effort to arrive at such a state and so today, I’m going to try my best to peel back my knowing and step into the landscape of a novice. What do you need to know to get started? Where would one begin? How can someone possibly memorize 78 cards, never mind reversals and then reading more than one at a time - in tandem no less?

It’s no small feat. And if you’ve been able to achieve even some of that, you’re doing very well. Tarot is a dedicated study. It is a life long process of unraveling and revealing and adapting and reconsidering. There is always more to know when it comes to this craft and so yeah, I get how starting out can be extremely overwhelming. But it’s not impossible and also, it’s a lot of fun.

So here we are. Below is a list of carefully curated resources and posts that I’ve developed through the years that I would recommend to anyone just starting out. I’ve placed them in order intentionally, so it is probably best to start at the beginning and work your way through.

At the very end, I’ll list a few additional tips as well as other websites that I think are very helpful in honing this craft. I hope you’ll enjoy it and walk away from this post a little less intimated by the process as well as excited to begin.

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Halloween/October Decks for Darker Days

October carries such a noticeably unique vibe and so I’m often drawn to work with different tools and touch on different subjects than I normally might.

For instance, there are some tarot/oracle decks that I only use during this month. And then there are some which I don’t touch at all, and others where I increase their frequency of use.

Below are a list of all my personal decks that I lean on during this transitional period and following that, I’ll make mention of other Halloween/October-esque decks that were recommended by the community of witches, mystics and seekers on Instagram.

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Tarot Intention Kits

Next to divining with tarot, my second favorite way to use the cards is ritualistically. Call it magick, manifestation, intention setting - whatever. The cards are not just gateways to what will be, or what is - they are portals to possibilities.

I’ve been working with tarot in this way for years, making changes in my life, sometimes even enormous ones. For this reason, I can’t underestimate the power that comes from working with these archetypes and symbols in this way.

I’ve also been feeling super crafty lately, needing to get my hands dirty in tangible magick, and so I began creating intention kits. These kits utilize tarot and crystal energy to help you both formulate and breath life into your desires.

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Sun In Libra Sounds - A Playlist

I used to do playlists for the moon phases, but I’ve switched things up and will now be featuring playlists to usher us into the seasons as they change. While we slide into Autumn, we also welcome the shift of the Sun to Libra. I’ve constructed this playlist honouring themes of love, beauty and balance. Check out the full playlist after the cut and make sure to follow along or check out previous signs!

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An Online Seth Intensive

Well before I launched this website, far before I began speaking freely and openly about my passions and practices, I was a student on endless quests to satisfy my curiosities surrounding things I couldn't see but, but only felt. One of my earliest teachers was a series of books by author Jane Roberts introduced to me by my dad. This collection of channeled texts was my very first foray into some of the biggest question marks around this existence, consciousness and the nature of reality.

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Illuminate Your Intuition - A Free 30 Day Challenge

In September I’ve decided to host a challenge via social media (because it’s been a long while) with the focus on understanding, developing and effectively using our intuition.

Working with tarot, I’ll guide participants through a series of exercises, reflections, and shares to uncover the unique language that your intuition uses to communicate with you. Because the work involved can be complex and certainly very individual, I’ve put together a guidebook to make following along super simple. In that guide, you’ll have direction on how to approach each day, with space to record any insights or observations.

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New Moon in Leo - A Playlist

It's Leo Season and the moon is going dark this Saturday (also in Leo) so to honour the energy, I've created a playlist to suit the vibe.

Also, I've decided next month I'll be revamping all playlists and relabeling them for the season, rather than to match a moon phase. It just makes the most sense for me, but for now, enjoy some Leo-esque tunes after the cut (or follow along in Spotify).

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Delivering A Memorable Email Reading Pt. 3 - Sustaining Your Practice

This is part three of the Delivering A Memorable Email Reading series. You can also go back and read Part One and Part Two if you wish. In the first installment, we focused on tools and techniques to ensure your clients get the most of the reading. In the second installment, we turned the tables to examine practices that will help you get the most of your services as a reader. Today, we'll be talking about ways to sustain your practice and ensure you're maximizing your time and energy. This is critical to examine because if you're not being mindful of your own reserves, your product and ability to deliver will inevitably suffer.

Similar to the advice in Part 2, I learned a lot of this through trial and error. For this reason, I am hopeful I can condense what took me years to sort through in such a way that we can shorten your learning curve and give you some food for thought.

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Moon

When I first started this series (too damn long ago) there were some cards that I immediately knew how to associate. The Moon was one of those cards. I picked Running With The Wolves in the first week I conceived of this series and my mind hasn't been swayed away since. 

Have a listen to the track or entire playlist after the cut!

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Freebie - Empowering Prompts Through The Major Arcana

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We often turn to the cards to tell us what we need to know, but through a different lens, the cards can serve as a reflection - a mirror - or a tool for us to deep dipper and ask questions rather than seek answers.

This can be especially helpful if you draw a card that you’re having difficulty deciphering. Consider that you have blind spots. Consider that you come at the cards with bias and unknowing. We only see what we are ready to see and when the cards aren’t “clear” it could be because we aren’t in a place to receive what’s being offered. Then what? Whether I’m reading for myself or others, in these moments I often pause and rephrase the advice I wish I could reach as a question not yet uncovered. This is especially true if a card seems particularly out of place in the reading. Maybe that oddly placed Emperor showing up in a reading about love isn’t saying your relationship is rigid but rather, is asking you in what ways do you build walls or conversely, not create boundaries clearly enough?

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New Moon in Cancer - A Playlist

Okay so, it's been a month since I've made a post. In fact, my last post was a playlist like this to honour the new moon in Gemini. The reason for this is that the last month has been terribly (but also wonderfully) illuminating, and through that...illumination...I've had to uncomfortably examine some things including the type of content I have produced over the last few years and the direction I'd like to go. I hate hate hate making bold claims about where things are headed at the start of a journey - it's a progress killer. Everything will unfold organically and in time, but I'm approaching things slower and more mindfully.

Blah blah blah here is a playlist, after the cut, packed full of jams to honour this new (or dark) moon in Cancer. Please enjoy!

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