Divining our Life Path & Purpose

This entry and topic is born from challenge. This is something that had muddled around in my mind and through the process of thinking, over thinking, and thinking some more, I've finally come to a place in my practice where I know how to confidently tackle this pressing issue and commonly asked question: "what is my life path and purpose?"

Let me first take you back in time, a couple of years ago. It was close to my birthday and I wanted to order a reading for myself. This was before I was providing readings for others (besides friends and family) and prior to me being visible on social media. I looked around online and found someone who I vibed with and ordered a "life path and purpose" reading. The reader worked with the Life Purpose Oracle deck combined with meditation and angel work. It didn't take long to get my report back, and the results? Energy Healer. He also provided some suggestions, divinely inspired, to check out some course offerings and to select something that spoke to my soul. He said I shouldn't spend a lot of money and it wouldn't take much education, but it would be a good way to get my feet wet on a certain bracket of metaphysics that I was drawn to. Well, I didn't pursue energy healing per say, but I did immediately follow his other suggestion and let my gut and heart guide me. It was through this process that I found a spirit guide coach certification course and signed my ass up. I can say with certainty, this was a pivotal and changing moment for me. 

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#tarotthursdaythree for 03/22/2017

I am officially late to my own party here, but I'm placing no expectations to actually answer these questions on time. So far I've been pretty timely, but this week, there's just been a lot going on and a gal has got to prioritize. But now is time and so let's get to it - the #tarotthursdaythree for this third week in March - enjoy!

1. Scenario: You're reading for another, but your mind goes blank. None of the cards seem to "match" the inquiry and you're having a hard time interpreting what you're seeing - tips or strategies to overcome the situation?

I rarely have this problem when I'm doing remote email readings, however, every so often with the combined pressure of having someone RIGHT THERE, the mind can do funny things. I've learned though that this "going blank" has nothing to do with the cards and what they aren't saying and has everything to do with my own blocks and anxiety. And just knowing that, helps me work through this conundrum. So, I take a deep breath. I reassure myself that no one but me gives a shit about my process so I should take my time and do what I need to do to capture the message. Then, I look at the whole of the landscape and I find something that I can grasp on to. I use that as my focal point and build the story around the pieces that do make sense. If a card is really throwing me, I describe what I see in the card and what I know of the card and I will engage the querent - ask them questions to help me understand how the card may fit into the larger puzzle. But mostly it's not the card or the question - it's me - and I just need to take a breath and a moment and with that I usually find my way. Oh, and being grounded. Being in the moment and grounded really helps a lot in keeping those messages flowing!

2. If you were going to get a Tarot inspired tattoo, what would it be? Bonus points if you know where you'd get it!

Million dollar question. I know one day I will get a tarot inspired tattoo, but I will probably flip flop on the specifics of the design until the moment when I actually decide it's going to happen. I'm so in love with the Fountain Tarot and am so smitten with its beauty that I may lean toward an image from that deck - The Tower, The Star, The High Priestess, The Moon - I think any of those would translate well. This is seriously such a hard decision...

3. What are your thoughts on PIPs or scene-less suit cards? Love them, hate them - I want to know what and why!

I am not a massive fan of scene-less suits, but I don't mind decks that teeter the edge of PIP and full scenery, such as the Pagan Otherworlds. With that being said, I can appreciate the positives of pure PIPS. One being that I think it would really challenge you to rely more on intuitive flashes and two being that it would really place even more focus and significance on the Majors. Like, if a Major showed up in a sea of PIPS, that Major is going to POP and perhaps allow the reading to focus more on that area of soul concern/development. Anyway, I'm a real serious RWS enthusiast and I love what Pamela Coleman Smith brought to the suits in that regard. I'm not sure I could live without the storyboard, so the more scenes to build the tale, the better for me!

And that's a wrap. See you next week for another round!

-Julia

#tarotthursdaythree for 03/16/2017

It's Thursday, so that means it's time for another round of #tarotthursdaythree.

As always, this exercise is open to all bloggers with an interest in the metaphysical and so if you would like to take a crack at answering these questions, just copy and paste into your own forum and away you go!

Let's just get right to it then, shall we?

1. Classic deserted island scenario: You're stranded for a year on an island, but can bring along one companion. Who from the court family keeps you company?

Let's face it - I'd be useless in any scenario that included a deserted island, the apocalypse or weekend camping, for example. So, I'm going to need someone strong, with lots of energy and common sense who can tell, like, the difference between a good berry and a killer berry ... or whatever kind of food is available on uninhabited islands. For this reason, I'd bring the King of Wands; resourceful and confident - this king is the kind to take charge and lead the way. And since I do not know how to survive these sorts of outdoor adventure situations, I'm gonna need someone to build a hut, forage for food and figure out how to make indoor plumbing a thing. Reasonable expectations and I'm sure the King of Wands is up to the challenge!

2. What are off-limit topics for you; inquiries that make you say "I won't go there"? Or is anything fair game?

I definitely have questions that are off limits and I've had to, on more than one occasion, create boundaries and rephrase inquiries to flex to something I feel more comfortable with. The following is a list of "won't go theres" - please keep in mind this list may not be conclusive. Also, I wrote a post sometime back about drawing such lines and boundaries, so you can read more about that if you wish!
a) Health. I am not a health professional so I am not qualified to tell you if that persistent itch is something you  need to be more concerned about.
b) Prying. While discussion of others may unfold in relation to your reading, I won't outright answer the question "what is so and so thinking?" or "what's happening in so and so's life?" Why do you even want to know that, anyway?
c) Circumstances that I feel are very serious in nature. It's hard to capture everything that may qualify in this category. I can think of some examples I've had, but I don't feel comfortable to share them. So, we'll just keep this vague and hopefully you can use your imagination.
d) This doesn't so much qualify with clients who I don't know or who I've only had one encounter with, but for those who ask the same question over and over again, I would say "I'm done going there". The better question is, why do you keep asking the same question? 
e) If I suspect there is something bigger going on or if the person needs support that is outside the score of Tarot, then I may shut down the reading and refer them elsewhere or suggest they reach out for more specialized support - in the kindest way possible, of course.

3. How do you get "in the mood" or mind-frame to read?

There is definitely something to be said for "setting the stage" - I actually wrote a post about this too awhile back. What is setting the stage? It's having access to my favourite tools, adjusting the environment, lighting my favourite incense and sitting in meditation for a bit before I start. I've started putting on meditation music in the background using the Insight Timer app, which is actually such a nice touch. There is this Ocean Waves one that I go to all the time and it really has a way of getting me in the zone. Sometimes before I read, I don't necessarily feel ready or in the mood or whatever. However, I have readings to do and so I have to get in that zone, but the amazing thing about tarot is that even if I don't feel perfectly in the mood before I start, as soon as I go through those above steps, everything shifts. I've never sat down for a reading and continued that reading thinking "I wish I wasn't doing this right now". And rest assured, if that was my mentality, I would walk away from the cards and come back at a better time because no one  needs to be on the receiving end of a reading like that!

That's a wrap, ya'll. See you next week!

Julia 

Reading in the Flow - An Exercise To Expand Your View

A while back I wrote a post about reading in the flow. I wanted to just title it "storyweaving with Tarot", but decided against that because I didn't want to confuse this holistic method of reading tarot with using the cards to assist with novel writing (also a very valid way to use this tool). And so while I think the cards can weave an excellent story, it's not actually a "story" they're showing, per say, but a glimpse into your own mind, environment and life. So I suppose, it's a bit of a non-fiction story then, if we're to use the term.

And if you look at the cards like a story board, sticking with this analogy, then what you begin to see are connections that exist beyond any one singular card and its immediate definition. In a group, each card expands and plays off the others. In this post, I'll be showing you my method for taking a big step back and looking at the landscape of a spread with a birds eye view.

To those new to reading tarot, this may not come intuitively at first. After all, it's a lot of effort to memorize and begin to understand 78 cards, but having to read them in conjunction with the other cards drawn around them can create whole new challenges. But, the good news is, you won't need another book or set of rules to help you with this one - just the ability to look.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 03/09/2017

Hello fellow tarot lovers and mystics. It's Thursday, so we're back with another round of #tarotthursdaythree. I'm going to keep this intro. short because I think most people who visit my page are getting pretty familiar with this Thursday ritual, and speaking of ritual, our question set this week is all about spells, ritual and the tools we use for crafting or card reading.

If you are unfamiliar with this process, you can read more about it here. And don't forget, not only is this exercise open to all mystical bloggers across all platforms, but I also invite anyone interested to submit their own questions for use on an upcoming Thursday.

Let's get to the questions!

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Tarot Spread: Sun, Moon, Star & Shadow

The tarot spread that I'm going to share with you today is one that I use when performing my Pathwalker reading for others. I typically perform it at the start of the reading to get a nice snapshot of what strengths and particulars my querent is dealing with in the moment. It is meant to be personal, insightful and reflective. I then go on to perform the rest of the reading made up of a few different components, but it occurs to me that this small 4 card spread can be a total standalone - and so I wish to share it with you! 

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Tarot Blog Appreciation Post

The other day a link landed in my inbox - Top 75 Tarot Websites And Blogs For Tarot Card Readers. Interesting...and I was happy to see, as I scrolled through it, so many familiar faces who I've come to know through the magic of the internet, particularly social media. I was even more shocked to discover that this humble blog made the list!

Well, I wasn't expecting that, but I'll certainly take it so thank you very much. While Tarot has been a love of mine for a very long time, this spot only came into being just over a year ago. You can still read my first ever post and the intention behind it. At the time, I honestly didn't know if I would be able to keep it up. I'd started and stopped things in the past, so I almost prayed that this time would be different. Of course I turned to Tarot for guidance and I was continually shown the Sun during this period and I knew exactly what it was saying. If I was going to do this thing and it was going to grow, it needed sunlight and that meant, I couldn't keep it hidden. I had to approach it as openly and honestly as I knew how and just be exactly who I was. It needed to be an utterly true expression, even if it made me uncomfortable.

Anyway, I'm so grateful to all of you who stop by or care to read my perspective on any of this. I also strongly recommended you check out the rest of the list because there are some seriously awesome blogs included- you won't be disappointed!

 
 

Julia

#tarotthursdaythree for 03/02/2017

Hello Tarot and Mystical Bloggers! It's March, can you believe it? I don't know about in your corner of the world, but here, something about the air is making it feel rather Springish. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Either way, it's definitely Thursday, so that means it's time for another round of #tarotthursdaythree. This question set has us going back in time to relive what it was that got us into Tarot. What sparked our interest? Was it what we thought it would be? How did it defy our expectations and how do we primarily use it now? 

If you are a Tarot blogger or enthusiast and want to take a crack at answering these questions, just copy and paste them into your own forum and share away. If you have no idea what this is all about, but want to learn more, you can read about it here. And as for my answers, you can find those after the cut.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 02/23/2017

Welcome back, mystical bloggers! It's time for another round of #tarotthursdaythree. For those unfamiliar, each Thursday I feature 3 questions for you to copy, paste and answer in your own blog. This exercise is open to any and all, so feel free to jump in and join the fun! The questions always carry a theme of tarot and related metaphysics and I do take question submissions from others. So, if you want to send in your own, please fill out the form and I'll be in touch!

Let's get right into this week's questions...

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Updates & Additions

Just a quickie post to highlight a handful of updates and additions!

For starters, there is a new download available in the Freebies section all around dreamwork. It’s essentially an amended guide from the challenge Nisha and myself hosted back in November. The PDF contains tips for dream recall, information on altered states of dream consciousness, crystals, spreads for dream analysis and a template to help you with journaling. 

I’ve also added a new reading style to my services page that may be of interest. It’s called “Choices” and you can find it under the Themed Email Readings section. This one is designed to examine the energy of two paths with the the goal of assisting in the decision making process. It will highlight positives, negatives and the possible culmination of where each choice may lead. It’s an excellent option to shine a light when you’re at a crossroads, and while I can’t tell you which path is "better", understanding the surrounding energy may help you know what’s right for you.

Pull Pen Paint is also fast approaching, so for those who are interested, you still have until March 5th to catch the early bird special. There are 12 teachers in total delivering modules on topics of their choice with art, journaling, tarot and spirituality in mind.  I recently did a guest blog post on exploringlyyours.com all about my topic of choice, so if you want a little sneak peak at what the course will elaborate on, you can read all up on Spirit Guides and start to understand methods to connect this energy with your current practice.

That's all for now. To connect with me and learn more about what I'm working on and sharing in the moment, you find me on Instagram.

Until next time...

Julia

#tarotthursdaythree for 02/16/2017

Well wouldn't you know, it's Thursday again and we're back for another #tarotthursdaythree. And it is a bit like deja vu not just for the sudden passing of time but also because Alaina of Exploringlyyours.com is back with another question set. I'm actually really excited about these because they're all about one of my very favourite decks, the classic Rider Waite Smith. As much as I enjoyed answering these questions, I'm even more so looking forward to reading other's perspectives.

Today is also Pamela Coleman Smith's birthday so these questions are actually very timely. In honour of her artistry and vision, I offer you my answers under the cut. And I also would love to hear your thoughts on this classic - love it or hate it, I want to know!

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"Closing Down" and the Act of Energetic Protection

When I was quite young and started playing around with an Ouija board, my dad would tell me to visualize white light around me or even, draw a circle of salt on the floor surrounding the area. He said this was a protective measure, and seeing as he had such little regard for the mess the salt made, I went with it. While my methods have evolved over the years, this was my first introduction to protecting myself while I practiced divination. I've found though that with this work, it's a lot more than just keeping "bad spirits" away, and it has much more to do with keeping my energy separate from those around me. So protection is good, but learning to close down is even better. 

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#tarotthursdaythree for 02/09/2017

While I'm finding myself more conscious of the passing of time with this exercise, I'm also noticing an increase in blogging in general since we've started. I think the weekly prompts have taken some of the pressure off, because it's like, if I don't have the motivation to type up something else from my list of content, then I know at least I'll have this to fall back on. It would seem that may lead to a whole lotta #tarotthursdaythree and not much else, but actually, I think the very act of weekly writing has created some better habits with blogging on a whole. So yes, it's been fun, but it's also been damn productive!

For those unfamiliar with the process, this exercise is open to anyone with a blog or forum to express and an interest in tarot or related metaphysics. All you need to do is take the questions and answer them for yourself wherever your presence is, whether it be Social Media, your website or even YouTube. To learn more, submit your own questions or to see past prompts, click here.

Okay, let's get on to the questions!

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Predicting Probability with Tarot (Yes, No, Maybe So)

For many tarot practitioners, we understand the value in a well constructed question. In fact, if a question isn't clear enough, I'll reach out to my client to rework it so it's more succinct. The philosophy states, the better the question, the better the answer, and so many a great readings start with a well thought out and fully formed question.

But what about those times when you just want a straight forward, yes or no response!? Damn it tarot, I just want to know if I'm gonna get that job or not!

Okay, here's the thing. There is something inherently problematic about a closed ended question where Tarot is concerned, and that's that it doesn't allow any room for grey. I am a firm believer in free will, but I also understand energy and trajectory, so while I think it's possible that Tarot can show us the "likelys", the future isn't set in stone, and so there must always be room for the "maybe". Even if the answer is "yes", it's always a "yes" with a caveat. So, how can you determine probability using tarot? Well, keep reading and I'll show you!

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#tarotthursdaythree for 02/02/2017

Can you believe it!? It's already Thursday again and that means it's time for another round of #tarotthursdaythree. This week, we have another guest contribution, which is perfect because this also means that it's yet another week where I don't have to think up questions - thank you community!

This week's question set was contributed by another of my faves, Alaina, who can be found at exploringlyyours.com as well as Instagram. Her posts are always thoughtful and though-provoking, whether directly about tarot or not, so you'll definitely want to check her out. In the meantime, let's tackle this week's questions! And, if you have no idea what this is all about, you can read more about the process, how to participate as well as how to contribute here.

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Sun, Moon, Rising...and Tarot

Let me start this post by making a bit of a disclaimer: I am not, in any way, an expert in Astrology. I know more than the basics, enough to get by and infuse an element here or there into my readings. We're talking more than the average person who kinda-sorta understands their sun sign, but I am no match for those who have spent years studying this complex and fascinating field. So now that that's out of the way, I want to tell you a little story about an epiphany I recently had regarding my own chart. Before that though, I'll explain a little about what this post will discuss, which are the three core signs; Sun, Moon, and Rising.

Let's start with the Sun Sign. This is the aspect of our chart that we tend to talk about the most. It's probably how we mostly identify and the thing looked at when consulting a daily horoscope and for many, it starts and stops there. But, we know better, and Astrology is much more complicated than the Sun sign. So, let's now introduce the Moon sign. This is the sign that was present in the Moon at the time and date of our birth. It's associated with our inner selves, our emotional lives and reactions and how we process and filter our feelings. And finally, if discussing the core three, we also have our Rising sign. This is the sign that was on the horizon during our date and time of birth, also known as the ascendant sign. It is believed that the Rising Sign is how we project and reflect to the world. While the Sun sign is what you know to be true about yourself, and how you may experience yourself overall, the Rising Sign is often how you appear to others and the outside world.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 01/26/2017

I swear I feel like it was just Thursday...doing this weekly exercise really does emphasize for me how quickly the weeks fly by. Yikes! Well, we're back and we have another 3 questions to dive into brought to you by the ever insightful Vanessa - you're definitely going to want to check out her website as well as her Instagram which is packed full of all sorts of gorgeousness! 

Alright, these questions are juicy so let's not waste any time. Also, they are themed around experiences of reading for others (professionally or not) and so if you do not read for others, you can always answer the questions hypothetically or flex them a bit to fit your practice.

You can view the questions and my answers under the cut.

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Upcoming Collaborative Course! Spirit Guides, Tarot, Journaling, Art & More!

Some of you who've been following along for some time may remember the Spirit Guide challenge I hosted in the summer. It was an intense 30 days of connecting deeply to one member of our spiritual team and the experience, and participation, exceeded even my expectations. I've been playing with the idea of bringing this content to you all in other, more dynamic forms and so when Kiala (journaling goddess of kialagivehand.com) approached me, it couldn't have been more synchronistic. I was literally putting pen to paper and outlining another course that I'm aiming to launch soon, when I saw an email very casually appear in my inbox - an invitation - and I just knew it was a sign. I immediately responded with a "YES" and since then, I've been plotting and planning, all with the intention of helping to elevate your understanding and connection with your spirit guide team. 

My class will be a LIVE session (recorded for those who can't be present) and will include group pulls, a guided meditation, step by step instructions for using tarot to meet your spirit guides, time for Q&A and LOTS more! You need zero knowledge of spirit guides or tarot to participate; just an open mind and curiosity and spirit will take care of the rest.

And if that were not exciting enough, I'll be sitting alongside a group of other inspiring and talented ladies from across the globe, all of whom bring their own flavour of art, journaling, tarot and magick! So when you sign up for my class, you get the whole darn package - a beautiful mix of creativity and spirituality, which really are the same thing anyway, aren't they? I do hope you'll join us! If you want to learn more, or enroll today, head on over to the school and get acquainted (keep scrolling down the page for full list of instructors)! I will continue to share more of what you can expect as we move closer to launch and until then, below are some quick and dirty FAQs.

When does it start? Classes begin February 27th and the entire course lasts one month.

When can I register? Starting NOW. You have until March 5th to receive the early bird special of $70 for all classes, curriculum and extra inclusions.

Who are the other teachers and what is their class content? There are 12 teachers in total all bringing their own topic with tarot, art and journalling in mind. For more details, follow the link and scroll down!

What if I can't be there for a live session? All sessions are recorded and so with any of the course content, you will have access to it at your leisure, on your own time.

What else does this course have to offer?
-a mixture of LIVE interactive classes and pre-recorded content
-year long access to all material
-a private Facebook community to connect with others, learn and share!

I'm so excited about this and so hope you'll join me for all the fun! See you when school starts!

#tarotthursdaythree for 01/18/2017

It's Thursday and therefore, time for another round of #tarotthursday for mystical bloggers. This week's question set was contributed by one of my favourite Tarot gals, Ania, who you can find on InstagramYouTube, as well as over on her blog

If you're not familiar with the drill, read more about it here! For those who have been following along, the questions, as well as my responses, are after the cut.

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#tarotthursdaythree for 01/12/2017

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another installment of #tarotthursdaythree. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read more about it here!

This week's questions are brought to you by the lovely Beth @greenwitch_oracle. Please check her out and if you would like to contribute questions for an upcoming week, be sure to submit the form and I'll be in touch.

Now without further ado, let's get to the questions!

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