Minimalism and Maidenhood

With the darker days coming in, I’ve felt a heaviness.  In part the season, sure, the tides the stars and cosmos, but also because of very practical reasons.  Primarily, because my partner will be graduating soon and we have no idea what our future holds.  So there has been some stress.  I was mean and tense and basically a mess until I found something on which to focus: a minimalism project.

And so I cleaned my work space, my sacred space; I declared this my clearing magic.  I took two days and touched everything in my desk, cabinet, bookcase, and bedside table.  I either pitched it, kept it, or am planning to try and sell it.  I packed most of my stupidly large tarot collection away in the closet (which is the next project), put my working decks neatly in a desk drawer, and my active decks on my desk.  I kept only the stones and gems that mean the most to me, and pilfered through my books, keeping only the ones that I believe I’ll actually read (ideally within the next year…?).

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Art for me, by Christina Hira

My original intention was completely to eliminate stress.  But then I got a tarot+art+poetry reading from Christina at wild.dark.magic in which she encouraged me to think not only of what I am removing, but also what I’m calling in.  She suggested to appropriately grieve what is leaving me.

Oh, that hit me like a tons of bricks.  Feeling started to click into place, and I realized what had happened.  Over the last two years or so, I had accumulated a bunch of shit that I thought I needed for my ~*path*~.  Decks, and stones, and books that I thought would flip some switch, and the divine would sing, and BAM, everything would make sense.  Good one, Alaina.  Basically, I spent way too much money on way too much stuff, the energy within my space became claustrophobic, and I became confused.  This realization made me feel like a child again; my uncertain and insecure inner child came out.  But I am done with that.  I am calling in space to move and explore.  I am transitioning, I am growing.  I am ready to learn for myself, create new paradigms and definitions for myself.

I am moving out of my Saturn return, I am moving into being a woman.
This is the transition I must honor.
I am no longer that girl (though she still lives inside).
The loss of my maidenhood is the loss I must mourn.

There is never a moment of completeness, we are always a work in progress.

How are you feeling these dark and cold days?  Or, warm and sunny days — depending on where you are in the world.  What projects are you working on?  Let me know in the comments.

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

Going into Spring

Would you believe it’s nearly Ostara, or the Spring Equinox?  I cannot.  I feel like I just had my birthday (February 8) and the days are slipping past…. I can tell you this has been compounded by working a day and night shift rotation at work.  This serves to confuse morning and night and when I should be sleeping and eating and finding bits of time in between to work on my practice.

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But, here we are.  What have I been up to?

Well, February, the shortest month, of course, came and went like the blink of an eye.  Mostly, I recall the poetry that I made that month.  Thanks, again to Jodi for organizing this challenge!  She continued the challenge as a once a week thing (#pinpsaturday), inspired by tarot cards, and though I participated in the first one I have yet to write my second….. But, below is my favorite poem that I wrote in February (it was really hard to pick just one).  This poem helped to inspire my recent blog post on what it means to be wild.

what does it mean to be wild?
the seething, open expanse of my soul
the feral growling of my heart
the heady tingle between my legs.
do you see me as a beast, roaming?
do you feel my spirit, stalking?
come drink at water’s edge with me,
Orion shining on the backs of our necks.
transitory duality,
     the sense of self we refuse to apologize for.
the fiery snaps of passion.

In February, I opened my tarot shop and had a successful first month, in my humble opinion.  No, I do not expect to be raking in $50,000/year with my tarot side hustle (which Benebell somehow says is possible!…).  But I read for a variety of beautiful people, and at the end of the month donated 10% of my profits to The Trevor Project.  (If you’re interested in booking a reading with me click here.)

Also in February, I went to my first Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) meeting.  This local group is still quite new and I would be lying if I said that it was a wonderful experience.  As described previously on my blog, it is a group focused on getting white people involved in the fight for racial justice.  I think that the heart of this group is in the right place, but I also think that it is not quite the flavor of social justice that I’m looking for right now.  My next step is to make contact with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, which is a local group and below is their mission statement from their website.

“Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and to act from their shared ethical and spiritual values in pursuit of peace with social and environmental justice.”

I think this group might be more in line with my current path, as I’m feeling more spiritually inclined recently.

Oh, and, I’ve been reading more (as per my “what does it mean to be wild?” post)!  I finished Big Little Lies (a chick lit novel, that was just ok) and I’m working through Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman.  So far the book is not what I expected, though it is interesting to learn about Artemis and how her themes connect to the modern world.  I hope it gets better, a little more personal and spiritual, but we’ll see.  I’m also working my way through The Wildwood Tarot: Wherein wisdom resides, aka the guidebook for The Wildwood Tarot.  I recently purchased the deck, and it feels very special and different so I wanted to read through the guidebook completely before working with it (an idea from the lovely Ania).

Speaking of Artemis… She’s the first goddess that I felt an affinity for, that I felt had something to teach me.  She’s the goddess that helped/is helping me connect more with my wild.  And now, another goddess has made herself known to me: Cailleach.  I wrote a little bit about her on my Instagram, and she really deserves her own post, but I copied my IG summary here…  She is an ancient pre-Celtic (and then Celtic) goddess of the ancestors, wisdom, weather, time, shape-shifting, and winter.  She helps us with the cycles of life, provides protection, to release what no longer serves us, strength, trust, balance, magic, and transformation.  It is said that she created the rocky terrain of Scotland and Ireland by dropping boulders from her apron.  I’m just starting to learn a bit about her, but I feel she will be a powerful teacher.  Going into spring really isn’t her season (goddess of winter, hello), but her lessons feel applicable to where my life is now.

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Along with this exploration of Cailleach, I’ve finally jumped in to watching the videos of the incomparable Kelly-Ann Maddox.  This was a recommendation from Sammy (aka @spiritandsaga on Instagram), and I’m working through some of Kelly-Ann’s older videos.  I can already tell her videos are a goldmine of resources and I’m inspired by how open she is about her path.  To be honest, I find it difficult to get through YouTube videos because I find that I can’t multitask very well when watching them.  Even trying to listen to one while blogging is a bit difficult for me…

By the way, did I tell you that I received the most beautiful reading from Sammy in February?  I shared some pretty personal stuff with her, and she took that and gave me an in-depth, insightful and helpful reading.  I’ve returned to it a number of times in the last month, and I’m so grateful for her words.  Go check out her shop — she has some truly creative spreads available.

And so, March.  I’ve been making art (something new for me!) with the #createthisoracledeck challenge hosted by Kristen (@otmoraclecards on Instagram).  I loved the way that the post-it note poetry made me feel: creative, but with no pressure.  That’s how I feel about this oracle deck challenge.  I’m using mostly watercolor, and really enjoying the experimentation and also the “writing” of the “guidebook” (aka the captions).  I’m a couple days behind but will hope to catch up this week…  Above are three examples of my cards, and also the mountain card to the right of Cailleach further above.

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Then yesterday, I pulled the Page of Pentacles from the Morgan-Greer Tarot and “curious” from the Soul Space Oracle.  These two decks together have astounded me so much that I don’t really want to use anything else recently.  I have been pulling one tarot and one oracle card from each deck, and there are always such wonderful reflections of each other.  Either simply in keyword, color, shape, or all of the above.  Here, the page of pentacles and curious go together so seamlessly, an interpretation doesn’t feel required.  The page of pentacles is the most curious page of the bunch — though, don’t get me wrong, curious is, indeed, a great keyword for all pages.  But this page, he’s about digging in, about exploring the physical world, he’s about taking a journey.  He’s curious about his dreams, he’s curious about growth and the natural ways we can manifest for ourselves.  He can be a harbinger of new experiences, including new jobs…

Which, do you remember my blog post about the full moon in Leo back in February?  I wrote of a some good news surrounding empire building?  OH YEAH — I’m starting a new job on March 27!  I’m moving to the labor and delivery unit in my current hospital.  I’m so excited for this new venture, as this new unit and type of care I will be providing seems much more in line with my personal and spiritual development over the last 2.5 years that I’ve worked in the operating room.  I’m so grateful for my experiences in the OR: it was a great way to begin my nursing career without immediately hating and being overwhelmed by my job.  It taught me how to be truly confident in my nursing care and practice.  I’m so thrilled to see where my career will take me from here.  And I’ll be working 3-12 hour shifts per week, full-time midnights, so that will be a big (positive) change for me.

And the moon, that big beautiful moon.  The recent full moon in Virgo has teased out some weird feelings for me, (I’ve been trying lately to identify how the moon cycle affects my feelings/body, but really all I come up with is “weird”).  Sometimes, it’s like I need change to happen immediately, I need to do something drastic to feel productive.  But, lately, I’m feeling as if all of my little changes are starting to add up.  I’m getting into the long game, the “patient manifestation” from my above Soul Space Oracle reading.  Recently, all of my readings for myself seem to be about the same stuff on repeat.  Remember that Tarot Thursday Three question about remaining unbiased when reading for ourselves?  Yeah, well, I’m having a hard time with that lately.  I’m not sure if it’s the full moon, or the Venus retrograde, or just my airy little mind, but….it’s weird.

Phew, alright.  I think that’s a nice primer on what I’ve been up to!  What have you been up to?  What is calling to you going into this spring season?  What plans do you have cooking?  Do you have any thoughts about what I’ve shared above?  Tell me all about it in the comments below!

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

Influence of Culture in My Spiritual Practice

Friends!  I’ve met so many amazing people through social media (primarily Instagram) who share my interests of tarot and exploring spirituality.  We all have different specialties, or areas on which we like to focus.  Because of this, I’m bringing on some awesome guest bloggers at Exploringly Yours to share their knowledge of different topics on which I’m not particularly well-versed.  Today’s Guest Post is by my lovely friend, Dianna.  I got to meet Dianna in person last time I was in Chicago, and we had a lot of fun exploring local metaphysical shops (which was a bust, unfortunately), and drinking beer at Revolution Brewing.  Dianna introduces herself below so I’ll turn it over to her…….

Hello Exploringly Yours readers!  Before we dig into talking about my experience with how culture has shaped my spirituality I wanted to give you a brief introduction.  I am a fellow tarot and oracle card reader, crystal lover, and aspiring writer.  I am also a mom of two, I was born in Mexico and now live in the USA.  By day I work in a health center doing community engagement, I get to meet a lot of people and create content for social media.  By night I am an Instagram enthusiast, you can find me at @unearthing_the_gift_.  I also have a blog, which you can visit here.  I’m excited to share with you how my culture has shaped my current spiritual practice and I hope that you will share how your culture has, or has not, impacted your spiritual practice in the comments.

First, I thought I would share what my current spiritual practice looks like.  I am not a religious person, so I don’t follow a set religion.  That said, I am fascinated by religion in an intellectual level and love learning about the different beliefs systems in the world.  I don’t believe spirituality and religion are mutually exclusive, I do think that sometimes religion has lost the spirituality part, but that is a topic for a different blog post.

My current spiritual practice involves the use of tarot and oracle cards for reflection and guidance.  I incorporate crystals into my spiritual practice during meditation and when I am reading cards.  I also connect with Spirit Guides and Ascended Masters and consider them important partners/teachers in my spiritual journey.  (Julia Eve wrote a great guest post about that too, which you can find here.)   More recently I have started to learn about the Akashic Records and hope to be able to use this new skill to help others get closer to their soul’s purpose.  I also use writing and journaling as a tool in my spiritual practice.  I love exploring different ways of expressing and experiencing my creative and spiritual journeys.

My Mexican heritage has influenced my spiritual path in many different ways.  Being Mexican means that I am a place/person where the convergence of two distinct worlds (the pre-hispanic and the Spanish) takes place.  Both of these worlds, which collided a long long time ago, have rich and deep cultural and spiritual histories, which I am just beginning to discover.

When I was growing up in Mexico, although my family and I weren’t Catholic, many of the celebrations that the whole town took part in were Catholic with underlying pre-hispanic rituals/beliefs woven into them.  Catholicism in Latin countries (as in other countries) is inextricably woven in with pre-hispanic religions.  In small towns you have the priests, the doctors, and the curanderas (witch doctors/healers) as the three figures of authority who can perform healing.  My family, and everyone else really, went to la curandera to heal ailments of the spirit which were being manifested in the body, el mal de ojo (the evil eye), el susto (best described as chronic spiritual sickness), las limpias (spiritual cleansings).  I was taken to la curandera a few times, and my mom and grandpa used to do a “diy” version of limpias at home too.  

Many of the things I am learning now as I develop my spiritual practice are things that I had already witnessed and participated in before.  This has helped me feel more comfortable with adopting spiritual practices, especially when their background is pre-hispanic civilizations.  I feel I have a claim to them, that it is okay for me to use them, and that I am not appropriating them.  Appropriation is a topic that has been on my mind for a while.  For example, I also feel a great interest in Celtic spirituality, but I am not a Celt or of Celtic heritage, so I ask myself: do I have the right to lay claim to Celtic beliefs even though it’s not my culture?  I have decided that it is okay do follow your spiritual path where ever it takes you.

I still have much to explore and learn, which is exciting.  My spiritual practice is continually evolving as I learn and discover new ways of connecting with Spirit.  Connecting with my roots and Ancestors is a message that I have been receiving through my card readings and dreams lately and I hope to continue to explore that in the months to come.  On my list of things to explore are also shamanism, celtic spirituality, and the Popol Vu (one of the few pre-hispanic holy texts that survived colonization).  

I wanted to leave you with a little something to help you explore how your own cultural roots are shaping your spiritual practice, so here is a small spread to help you get that started.

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  1.  The current state of my spiritual journey.
  2.  What three gifts has my cultural background/heritage bestowed upon me to help me in my spiritual journey?
  3.  In what subconscious ways is my cultural background/heritage influencing my spiritual journey? (Pick one or more cards).

If you do the spread let us know in the comments, I’d love to hear how it went!

Thank you Alaina for this opportunity to contribute to your lovely blog!

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How cool.  I’d love to hear in the comments how any of you have been affected (or not!) by the intersection of culture and spirituality.  What practices have been passed on to you by your family, are inherent to communities you grew up in, or a part of cultures you belong to?  What influences you now that may not be part of what you were taught when growing up?

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

What does it mean to be wild?

One of the newer buzzwords I’ve seen going around is “rewilding.”  I think it, in part, stems from Women Who Run With the Wolves, and a host of other literature and forms of media.  But this post is not about tracing the trend, it’s about exploring what it means to me.  And I’m going to be honest: I didn’t read WWRWtW (started it but didn’t finish — story of my life), or any other published work on rewilding, so I’m really just exploring what it means to me.

This is a beginning of a journey.  This is my ideas right now.  I want to read all the books I can on this subject, and this is my starting point.  I’d like to thank Kim and Jessi for recent posts on their Instagram feeds, and Ania for her recent YouTube video on quitting (or not..) your day job.  All of these women pushed me to give wings to this topic, and make some changes in my life that I think will be productive.  Here are some excerpts from their posts that I enjoyed…

Kim…

“Life’s not going to happen to you; it’s up to you to make it happen for yourself.
Dream big and live even bigger.
Dare to go after what it is you want and live the life you so desire. If you’re not sure what that looks like just yet, live life and you’ll figure it out along the way.
Stop waiting for life to begin and realize that yours already has. Grab hold of it, embrace it and live the fuck out of it.”

Jessi…

“I’ve been thinking a lot about the term “rewilding” lately, mostly because it keeps cropping up in unexpected places. Why this desire to let go, to abandon our cultivation for something more primal? I’m a lover of arts and culture and of cultivation–I think it’s important to build and to shape and that the desire to do so is uniquely human. Yet, it can be argued that the pendulum has swung too far–we’re being asked to contort ourselves in ways we don’t bend, and the result is anxiety, stress, and confusion.

The glorious @joannadevoe did a video some time ago where she mentioned a quote that wormed its way into my brain: “If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.” I’ve recently adopted this as a mantra, and it’s speaks to my notion of freedom–of following a path that deeply vibrates with my core. For me, this is my “rewilding” process, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.”

Ania…

“I think that if you have a day job, where you get out and you meet people, you also have like a different mundane kind of spirituality going on…how do you show your spirituality?…is it by actually meeting someone out there, being able to comfort them, to hold space for them, and to talk to them from a place of your soul.”

To me, rewilding, or being wild, is not about hunting, foraging, running through the woods naked, etc.  Those activities are just not accessible, nor entirely appealing, to me.  Maybe the above activities are part of what rewilding is about, I don’t know.  To me, rewilding is about shaking things up and getting back to my true center.  To me, rewilding, at its core, is about self-care.  It’s about listening to your intuition, listening to what your soul is singing.

And, to be honest, I’ve felt a bit blocked lately.  I’ve always prided myself on being very “me” but lately I don’t feel like I’m “living my truth” (not a huge fan of this particular buzz phrase, but it’s accurate in this situation). Right now, I’m just feeling so off that I feel I need to pull everything out emotionally and change it all up.

So, this is what I’m thinking….

  • More books.  Not purchasing more books (though that will inevitably happen, I’m sure), but I mean more reading of books.  I’ve been very, very bad about not reading the books that I purchase.  This is somewhat of a complex goal for me because to spend more time reading means that I must, inherently, not spend that time doing other things… A sort of flex goal for me is to read 12 books before I purchase more.
  • More prayer.  Prayer is deeply personal, sacred, and connects us to a greater whole.  Prayer is like poetry for the divine.  I’m feeling called to more moments spent in prayer.  Inherently, I feel this includes more moments spent meditating.
  • More hair.  It’s time to commit to this experiment of growing my hair to see how long I can really get it.
  • More meat.  Oh my goodness, this one I’ve struggled with.  This issue could have it’s own blogpost, but, here’s a summary.  As you may know, I used to be vegan (for a year).  I stopped when I went to Germany last September because I didn’t want to worry about it on the trip, but then I never went back.  Since then, I’ve been treating my body consistently worse.  I enjoyed eating vegan, but never got my body where I wanted it to be.  My partner agreed to do Paleo with me (and he would never have agreed to even be vegetarian full time).  So we’re going to give it a 30 day (from today’s date of publishing) trial.  There is this amazing little Farm Stop shop near my apartment that has tons of local meat and eggs, so that will be the only place that I purchase meat/eggs.

This list could continue on, but these are my main points so far.  The over-arching goal for me is to spend less time on my phone and on the internet.  Yes, the tarot/spirituality community on IG is a lovely thing, and it’s helped me in so many ways.  However, I’ve found that some times it create undo pressure and expectations for me that is not productive.  Instead of doing what I can, or continuing to do what I do, I see XYZ on Instagram and want that instead………. Not good cycle.

In a way I guess these ideas are in line with my new year’s affirmations…

  • My goals are not a chore; they are so that I can be a better me.
  • I spend my time and money in beneficial ways.
  • Practice is a part of ritual and learning.
  • I nourish and care for my body appropriately.
  • I give myself space to relax and open up.

And I suppose February 28, on the cusp of March, is a good time to pull those out and reexamine the progress  that I have made (or not) on those fronts.  Just another reminder to constantly refinine my practice (my 2017 word).

Anyway, I apologize to anyone if I’m totally off-base about rewilding.  And, if you’ve gotten this far in the post: congratulations!, it was a bit long.  I’ll wrap it up by briefly discussing my cards of passing and upcoming month.  For March (one from my twelve month forecast by Benebell, and one pulled by myself): knight of cups and the architect of vessels (from the Slow Holler, the king of cups).  Both cups, and both of the court!  It looks that I will have a watery, intuitive month.  I will admit, I don’t identify very strongly with the suit of cups, but we’ll see what it brings.  So far, the idea of re-centering myself emotionally and focusing on self-care seems right on point.

As for February, the four of pentacles (my card for February from Benebell) followed me around a bit, and still encourages me to make a plan and seek the treasure(s) within and to subsequently share them with others.  The nine of vessels was the card I drew for myself, which I feel is kind of an ambivalent card.  But I did enjoy my month — perhaps a bit too much — which is why, maybe, I’m feel called to scale back and focus on appropriate self-care in the next month.

What do you think of rewilding?  What do you have going on in March?  What are you card(s) for March?  Let me know in the comments!

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

An Introduction to Working with Spirit Guides

Friends!  I’ve met so many amazing people through social media (primarily Instagram) who share my interests of tarot and exploring spirituality.  We all have different specialties, or areas on which we like to focus.  Because of this, I’m bringing on some awesome guest bloggers at Exploringly Yours to share their knowledge of different topics on which I’m not particularly well-versed.  Today’s guest post is from Julia — she introduces herself below, so I’ll just turn it over to her….

Since this isn’t my blog, I suppose a little introduction is in order. My name is Julia and you can find me over on my little corner of the web, Spiral Sea Tarot. While the majority of what I share and discuss is regarding Tarot, there are many other branches of metaphysics that I study, participate in and weave into my practice. One such topic is that of Spirit Guides. I became interested in this concept many years ago, and over time, my understanding has evolved and interest increased. A couple of years ago I dived deeper into this world, attending lectures and finally taking a course, which really only grazed the surface. Truly, what has helped me to understand this branch is direct experience, and because I am a Tarot enthusiast first and foremost, my work with this realm needed to incorporate that tool. While this post will not focus on the system I developed, which uses Tarot to connect with a member of our team and learn more about who they are, I will provide a high level overview of Spirit Guides, so you can begin to understand how they are assisting you behind the scenes.

For starters, you don’t have to know your spirit guide team intimately, by name, to enjoy their presence and incorporate them into your practice. In fact, it is my belief that whether we regard them or not, they are always present. Even if we aren’t consciously aware of our team, we do receive insights from them, perhaps even often. For example, a flash of insight as you’re going about your day. Or a gut feeling that you just can’t shake. Or even in dreams may they use the opportunity to get to us. It doesn’t have to be this big, paranormal experience. Our guides are with us offering nudges and whispers for an unlimited array of things, mundane to mystical.

So, who are these mystical beings? How can we be more aware of their presence? And how does Tarot fit into all of this? Let’s start with the basics. What are Spirit Guides? Speaking broadly, our guides are beings working with us and for our benefit. Each of us have our own unique makeup consisting of some entities who have been with us since incarnation (and beyond) and some who are present just to assist with specific goals.

The types of guides that exist are vast. For many of us, we have a mix of guardian angels, archangels, ascended masters and ancestors, but those are just the basics. Through my studies and experience reading for others or having myself read, I have come to know other types. For example, Goddesses (or other representations of divine feminine), astral or exterrestrial guides, animal guides and more. But there is one guide that is common to us all, and that is the Higher Self. This is the you that you access when you consult your cards (knowingly or not) and the you that comes out to play during dreams and other states of consciousness. It’s actually quite active all the time, but the logical or “left brain” tends to shut it down when we’re not in that receptive state. This form of you exists beyond the physical body and is intimately connected to your ethereal records, which is why it’s the perfect source to connect with to seek guidance on your own life path and purpose.

With all of our guides, there are some simple ways to begin to recognize their presence. I’ll use the example of reading tarot since this is where I access my team the most. There are two main ways that I can identify guide interjection as opposed to the “left brain” drawing conclusions, and that’s through what I call a flash of insight or rapid internal dialogue. When I’m reading, it’s easy to start connecting pieces together, but in doing this, it’s also easy to identify where a thought or idea stemmed from; it has a path back from which you can follow. With guide interjection, I find the thought just appears. It even feels subtly different, as if it just popped in without any help on my part. The idea itself is usually not related to anything else I was thinking and can’t be traced back easily. The other way I can distinguish guide interjection is through rapid internal dialogue. This is where I start zoning out a bit and having a conversation with myself, but very rapidly, where the answers to questions come very quickly, without awkward pauses or fillers (hmm, ummm, uhhhs). So if you’re in the middle of a session, and a thought, word or image flashes in front of you and seemingly from nowhere, you can thank your Higher Self and spiritual team for the insight!

There is another quick way to identify if the flashes, insights and guidance you’re getting are from your Higher Self/spiritual team and not simply from the ego, and that is by their tone. Your spiritual team isn’t going to berate or judge you, so if these are the thoughts you’re having (whether about yourself or others), it’s likely from the ego place. Sometimes it can get a bit lost in translation through the human filter, but messages from spirit and high self should at least be neutral in nature.

So should you invite your Higher Self and spiritual team into your tarot reading sessions or other practices? Absolutely. While they will be there anyway, providing a direct invitation helps solidify that bond. You can do this very simply by stating the intention and making the ask. When I am opening up a session, I will say something along these lines: “I am now connected to my spiritual team and Higher Self and I ask that only messages from high spirit connect with me during this session.” I say “high spirit” to help distinguish between lower guides who may be trying to “help”, but that’s another topic for another day! Another way to amplify your connection is by incorporating crystals. I use the following when I’m reading, but also keep some on my bedside table. This is, by no means, a conclusive list:

  1. Celestite: One of my favourites. Celestite is a soft and soothing stone that helps open our hearts to the spirit guide realm.
  2. Angelite: This stone is especially potent for bridging connections with the angels.
  3. Clear Quartz: Clear quartz is a natural amplifier and boosts everything else around it. It can increase the magnitude of our intentions and boost the power of other stones nearby.
  4. Selenite: Clears, cleanses and allows for the connections that we form to flow more freely.
  5. Moonstone: Different types of moonstone serve different functions, but aid in the ability to amp our psychic senses and connect with our own goddess energy within.

We’re really only just scratching the surface of the spirit guide realm, so hopefully this will be enough information to get you thinking about the ways in which your team has been supporting you and how you can better hear their guidance. But, before I go, I will leave this post with one final offering, being a spread that I’ve developed to consult your higher self regarding your current path and purpose. Feel free to use tarot or oracle or a combination of both, or even adapt the prompts to your liking.

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Card 1 – What should I be focusing on at this time?
Card 2 – What should I remove from my focus?
Card 3 – What direction does my current path wish to move toward?
Card 4 – Am I currently on that path?
Card 5 – If not, how can I course correct? If so, what can I do to maintain my trajectory?
Card 6 – What other message do you have for me at this time?

I hope you’ll enjoy the spread and leave feeling a bit more informed and connected to the supportive team around you. If you’d like to discover more about the Spirit Guides, the different types and learn my unique system for using tarot to connect directly with a member of your team, you’ll have to join me for the upcoming class I’m teaching through Pull-Pen-Paint. The entire course will also feature 11 other teachers from around the globe and span the duration of a month. My specific class will be a 90 minute live and interactive session, where you can expect to start to bridge the connection between you and your unique team.

One thing I can say, through my own experience, is that this realm does like to be acknowledged. They love when you make discoveries about yourself, and them, and take up new ways to invite them into your life and make use of their guidance. So be open to the subtle suggestions, no matter how silly, and honour those gut reactions, even if they defy logic. This is your team and Higher Self using your intuition to help you walk the best and most informed path. The best part? It’s absolutely free wisdom just waiting to be taken advantage of, and the more you do, the clearer the channel will become.

Happy connecting!