Weekly Reading: 14 August thru 20 August 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

This week’s energies are very active and encouraging, although with Mercury retrograde beginning, that activity needs to be focused more on re-thinking, replacing, and resolving the negative beliefs that hold us back, on reinforcing our own self-worth, on researching and planning the steps to be taken after the retrograde is complete, and on re-visiting the things we’ve already started but have been neglecting and ignoring.

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: The Corsair/Herne the Hunter (Independent and Strong-willed/Focus and Divine Assistance)

The Corsair symbolizes a longing for freedom and escape – escape from the rigid boxes that society creates for us, escape from the humdrum repetition of the daily 9 to 5 grind and the struggle to survive, and escape from the programming and judgement that tells us “this is how to live, and if you aren’t doing it just like everyone else, if you dare to step outside the boundaries we’ve set for you; you aren’t just wrong, you’re crazy and dangerous.” Herne the Hunter reassures us that escape is not just possible, but easier than we think if we focus and keep moving in the direction of freedom. He reminds us that things are changing, and that no matter how scary and uncomfortable change may seem to us; it is a necessary, no, a VITAL part of life. In fact, without change and growth, there is no life at all . . .If you’ve been considering making a change in your life, this combination of cards is a clear indication that the answer is, “YES! Go for it,” and a promise of help and support from your guides and guardians while you do.

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Eight of Scrolls (Illusion)

The sense of the Eight of Scrolls this week is that it’s time to replace your worry and the illusions of, “I can’t,” “it’s not okay, *I’m* not okay,” and “what I want is unacceptable, impossible;” with the truth that you not only CAN make the changes that you want, but that you DESERVE that better life you’ve been dreaming of and wishing for. Our seer is reading her scrolls for you, and finding only encouragement and success; as long as you’re willing to face your fears and self-doubts and do it anyway. She says that it may not be an easy process, but you can be successful.

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Ace of Scrolls (Intuition and Clarity)

Our trickster friend Raven turns up yet again, bringing the energy of new beginnings, new discoveries, new possibilities, and new opportunities into our lives. With Mercury retrograding, this isn’t a time to start something completely new (unless it’s absolutely necessary,) but it IS a perfect time to do the necessary research and start finding the resources we need so that we’re ready to start moving forward with Mercury when our messenger returns to forward movement on Sept 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for you to make changes within yourself. Embrace your true potential and become who you really are.
Raven

Pay attention to your communications skills today. Make sure that your words are clear and with positive intention.  – Parrot

 

 

Weekly Reading: 7 August thru 13 August 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

This week starts with a bang, with a lunar eclipse on Monday dredging up old emotions and events that we haven’t fully resolved, and the 8-8 Lion’s Gate coming up on Tuesday. We’ve also been having a lot of “spikes” in the Schumann resonance over the last several weeks, with a major one over this past weekend. In addition, Mercury goes retrograde on the 13th, strengthening the focus on re-doing, re-thinking, re-visiting, etc, etc. With all the intense energies flowing in, the energy of the reading this week feels very tranquil and accepting, a reminder that fighting our emotions or blaming ourselves for the way we feel only makes things worse.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Ten of Mirrors (Peace)

The Ten of Mirrors tells us to just let things be as they are. Feel the emotions without judgement. “Good” emotions are only the ones that the people around us are comfortable with, and “bad” emotions are just those that the people around us teach us to deny and repress so that they don’t have to deal with our pain. Emotions are only information, part of our guidance system. Just like the reflex that causes us to snatch our hand back from a hot stove, emotions that feel uncomfortable are a warning that there’s something we need to pay attention to, something that could cause us damage if we ignore it.

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: The Weaver (Diplomatic and Tranquil)

The Weaver shows up mid-week to help us process and resolve any old “stuff” that the lunar eclipse on Monday dredged up for us to deal with. Her tranquility helps us to maintain our balance through the emotional ups and downs, and “borrowing” her diplomacy can help us prevent arguments caused by any irritability or discomfort surrounding those old emotions and events. The damage has already been caused, and fighting about something that happened in the past and can’t be changed will only make that damage worse.

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Five of Stones (Desolation)

Although the keyword for the Five of Stones is desolation, the feeling is more of catharsis and healing the emotional wounds brought forward by the eclipse. Even though allowing the emotions to spew over the people in your life is counter-productive; they do need to be expressed in some way before they can be released, resolved, and healed. Whether that expression is through art, writing/journaling, or talking to someone who is neutral and uninvolved; or even in simply telling yourself, “yes, that situation made me angry, and that’s okay. It’s over now, and I don’t have to carry this anger around and let it make me feel bad any more;” the only way to be free of it is to face it.

 

 

Weekly Reading: 31 July thru 6 August 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

The energy this week feels very active, but not as intense as it has been over the last month or so. It took a long time for the first card to present itself, and then the rest of the cards jumped out almost as soon as I started shuffling for them. With three cards from the suit of Scrolls, it feels like we may be “over-thinking” things a bit during the middle of the week. We’re also getting another visit from our playful friends the ravens, which appear in both the Nine of Spirals and the Sorceress, bracketing the week. When I checked to see what message Raven carries for the reading this week, this is the message that appears: “You are the master of synchronicity. Know in your heart that all doors are open wide. All you have to do is move through them. -Raven” If you go to the page, the message that shows up may or may not be the same one, but it will fit your personal circumstances. The messages from Tiger and Elephant are included in ( ) in the interpretations for the cards they appear on.

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

 

Monday/Tuesday: Nine of Spirals (Perseverance)

LOL – this card perfectly expresses the need to keep working, keep trying that was required to get it to present itself for the reading. It’s very much about not giving up, about continuing the work you’ve started even though it may feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. The Nine of Spirals is very much a promise that if you keep trying, you’ll get there.

 

 

 

 

 

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Ten of Scrolls/Four of Scrolls (Exile/Recollection)

Ten of Scrolls repeats the sense of being stuck, of being exiled from the results we’re looking for. It also reminds us that we are powerful beings with the ability to break through the barriers that are holding us back. After all, as strong as they look, they are only paper-thin scrolls (our own thoughts and B(elief)S(ystems)) that are holding us back. (Today is the day to make a move on your goals. Use stealthy care and quietness as your tools. -Tiger) Four of Scrolls asks us to recall that we are not only the thoughts and beliefs we’ve developed in this physical body, we are also our higher self, the part of us that is not stuck, but has an overview of where we are and where we can go. Our resting fairy asks us to use dreamwork and meditation to access that part of ourselves and find our inner guidance.

 

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Six of Scrolls/Sorceress (Consolation/Mysticsm and Magic)

The Six of Scrolls tells us our consolation comes from maintaining peace, balance, and harmony in our lives. It asks us to be open and adaptable, and Elephant has a question for us. (Are you shirking personal responsibility? Perhaps it’s time to catch up on a few things. -Elephant  Perhaps the smaller scroll he holds in his trunk tells us where we’ve been blaming others instead of taking personal responsibility for our actions. Sorceress promises that if we’ve done the work necessary, our weekend will be filled with magical synchronicities that we should watch for and take advantage of.

Weekly Reading: 24 July thru 30 July 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

This week I felt the need to draw an additional card from my Healing with the Fairies Oracle deck. I’ve noticed that there has been a strong focus on healing in the metaphysical community lately; both in posts and comments in groups, and in articles I’m reading. Combined with the powerful energies surfacing old “stuff” for us to deal with, the addition of a healing card felt not just appropriate, but necessary, especially after I saw the cards that came forward for the reading this week.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Seven of Stones (Regret)

Seven of Stones is an emotional healing card, and after the intensely emotional energy of the last few weeks, that is very necessary for many of us. The focus this week feels like getting outside and taking advantage of the peaceful, healing energy of being out in nature – preferably near a river or lake; but even a fountain, koi pond, bird bath, or swimming pool would work. Take your meditation outside, or just sit somewhere and enjoy the music of nature – the sounds of moving water, birds singing, insects buzzing – let the peace flow through you, washing away the stresses and strains of the last few weeks. This is reinforced by both the Ravens, which talks about more playfulness and fun and spending time outdoors, and by the additional card I drew from Doreen Virtue’s Healing with the Fairies Oracle cards.

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Ravens (Synchronicity and Messenger)

Ravens are playful, intelligent birds, the messengers of Chrysalis who bring the magic of synchronicity (what most people call “coincidence”) and new beginnings into your life. They bring several messages this week, but the most important is the message that those coincidences that you notice as something a little “odd” and interesting and then ignore are NOT coincidence. They’re messages that you need to be paying attention to because they’re bringing you important information and guidance. This card is practically shouting for you to watch for these synchronicities (and intuitions) to show up in your life and pay attention to them. If you run into someone you haven’t seen in a while, or keep thinking about someone you haven’t talked to in ages; pay attention, there’s some kind of reason for it. They may have a message for you, or there may be something that they need to hear from you. The other messages the Ravens bring are just as important, but not as urgent – you need more fun and playfulness in your life, and you need to be spending more time outdoors.

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Bella Rosa (Detachment)

We all have masks we wear, whether we’re hiding physical or emotional pain because we don’t want to make the people around us feel uncomfortable, or we’re afraid they’ll judge us for it; or whether we’re hiding some other aspect of ourselves because we don’t think the people we care about will “approve.” This is a natural thing, and is sometimes necessary – after all, the people we work with don’t need to know our private business, but when we lose the ability to remove those masks, when we start wearing them even with the people we’re closest to, they become an unhealthy coping mechanism. Bella Rosa tells us it’s time to detach from that fear and insecurity, and take an honest look at why we’re wearing those masks. Are we hiding something WE’RE ashamed of, something we don’t accept about ourselves? Are we pretending to be someone or something we’re not because we think that who we really are isn’t good enough? If so, we have work to do, because as long as we think that we’re not good enough, that we’re not “acceptable” in some way, we can’t be our best selves.

 

Healing with the Fairies Oracle card: Magic of Nature

This card very strongly reinforces the sense that we need to be allowing the healing energies of Gaia to help us heal the emotional upheavals and discomfort we’ve been feeling. Grounding ourselves more fully by going barefoot on the earth will help us to balance our emotions, as well as allowing the energy to flow through us more easily and wash away what no longer needs to be part of our experience. We spend too much time cooped up in buildings, disconnected from the earth our ancestors spent all their time in contact with, and that’s not good for us. Our bodies developed over centuries needing that contact, and when we deprive ourselves of it, we cut ourselves off from a very necessary renewal process.

 

 

Weekly Reading: 17 July 2017 thru 23 July 2017

I’m really sorry the reading is so late this week. I haven’t been feeling well since before last weekend, and this is the first time I’ve been able to focus well enough to figure out what the cards are saying.

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

The first thing that jumps out at me this week is how much focus there is on the Divine Feminine. Every card is filled with feminine energy, and is focused on traits/behaviors that are seen as feminine; like nurturing, guidance, balance, maternal protectiveness, compassionate justice, comfort, growth, cooperation, and harmony. Last week’s energies surfaced a lot of uncomfortable feelings, attitudes, and memories for us to face and deal with; this week we’re offered the support and nurturing we need to accept and integrate those parts of ourselves that we see as “not okay” or unacceptable in some way.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Ariadne (Transformation)

With last week’s full moon dragging up so much of our shadow to be faced, there are still bits and pieces hanging about to be dealt with. Ariadne offers us a ball of yarn guide us back out of the labyrinth once we’ve faced our personal Minotaur(s) and completed our transformational work. Her confidence that we will need to find our way back reassures us that we CAN do what is necessary and defeat the Minotaur lurking at the center of the labyrinth.

 

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Ma’at (Balance)

Ma’at advises us to allow the energies to flow through and show us our truth. She reminds us to restrain our impulsiveness, to not let it cause us to do something we might regret later; and Sekhmet tells us that a cautious, deliberate approach will help us to maintain our balance and harmonize even the most seemingly opposite feelings and emotions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Four of Scrolls (Recollection)

The dreaming fairy in the Four of Scrolls reminds us that much of the work of integrating new information and memories is done when we rest and take time for ourselves. The scrolls surrounding her as she sleeps contain records of dreams and comforting memories to be brought back into our awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

The Divine Feminine

Divine Feminine: What is the Sacred Feminine?

Weekly Reading: 10 July 2017 thru 16 July 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

Note: The combined energies and messages of all the cards in the reading are active for the full week, with the energy of the card drawn for specific days being more dominant on those particular days.

The energy of this week feels very intense, and the cards are very strongly reinforcing the message of Sunday’s full moon in Capricorn. (For more info on the full moon energies, see FULL MOON in Capricorn July 8th / 9th 2017~) As the current planetary positions shift, these energies will moderate and ease up, but they will continue to be active until the New Moon on July 23rd. For those who are having natal planets and points activated by the current planetary configurations, it could turn out to be a wild ride (especially if they try to resist dealing with the issues being brought to the surface;) but the intensity will affect all of us to one degree or another.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

 

Monday/Tuesday: Papa Legba (Inner Strength)

Papa Legba comes in to remind us that no matter how uncomfortable the transformational energies of this week are, we have the self-control and inner strength to navigate them successfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Lovers (Unity and Oneness)

Although The Lovers frequently means things like the beginning of a new relationship or a relationship moving to the next level; this card also highlights the need to reconcile conflicting values and beliefs. This week it is more about the tensions that this full moon is causing in existing relationships, and the internal conflicts that are being brought to the surface to be worked on. Whether affected relationships are social, friendships, work, or romantic; the energies of this full moon will be bringing any discord or suppressed irritations to the surface to be dealt with. The Lovers tells us it’s very important to bring in our love and compassion while reconciling these issues, or the irritable energy of this full moon could cause a permanent break in some of them.

 

 

 

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Five of Spirals/Two of Scrolls (Shadow/Fantasy)

The “dragons” of the Five of Spirals lurk in your subconscious and are now rising to the surface, bringing forward the internal conflicts and struggles that need to be resolved for you to move forward. As scary and uncomfortable as this can be, remember that resisting or trying to escape the need to deal with them simply pushes them back down to show up again later. Use the power of The Two of Scrolls to help resolve these issues – the winged unicorn points out that sometimes logic and practicality need to be ignored in favor of the intuitive insights that seem to make no sense on the surface. Trust your instincts and the messages you receive, even if they seem fantastic at first glance.

Weekly Reading: 3 July 2017 thru 9 July 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.

(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

The energy of this week feels very peaceful and reflective. The beginning of the week is a finishing up of the work we were doing last week, and the middle and end of the week bring in our rewards for a job well done. The idea that this week’s energies are very much a continuation of our work from last week is reinforced by the fact that both the Four of Mirrors and the Six of Stones also appeared in last week’s reading, even though I’ve done several readings with this deck in between.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

 

Monday/Tuesday: Seven of Stones (Regret)

Last week’s healing work has left a vague residue of regret connected to some of the things we’ve done, or left undone, in the past. The Seven of Stones is a reminder that we can’t go back and change the past, and the final stage of healing is releasing those regrets and moving on with our lives. Meditation can help with that process, allowing us to determine if there is anything we can do now to make amends, and allowing us to come to terms with what can’t be changed.

 

 

 

 

Card Images: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Four of Mirrors/Ten of Mirrors (Detachment/Peace)

This combination of cards says that detaching from our need to make ourselves suffer through hanging on to guilt and regret is the path to the peace and contentment offered by the Ten of Mirrors, one of the most positive cards in the Chrysalis Tarot. Sit back, relax, and allow the mirrors to reflect the things you want into your life, and remember, if you don’t like the reflection you see, shift the angle of the mirror so that it reflects something you like better.

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

 

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Six of Stones (Caritas)

The keyword for the Six of Stones is “caritas,” which is defined as “love for all.” In this particular case, the feeling is that it is meant as an “unconditional love for all beings,” including yourself. Spend some time this weekend taking care of yourself – a little pampering can go a long way towards bringing you back into physical and emotional balance.

Weekly Reading: 26 June 2017 thru 2 July 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.
(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

This week’s reading is very much about self-examination, self-awareness, and healing; and the energies of the week feel very reflective and quiet. Bracketed by two cards about different kinds of detachment, the central cards about love and healing promise that any internal work we do will be productive.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Four of Mirrors (Detachment)

The emotional detachment symbolized by the Four of Mirrors can be either healthy or unhealthy, depending on the circumstances, and this card suggests a need to take a look at where and why you’re emotionally detached. Are you using emotional detachment in a healthy and empowering way, to step away from unhealthy relationships, to maintain your boundaries, or to protect yourself from absorbing the negative energies of people around you? Or are you using emotional detachment to avoid pain and fear and/or keep from having to make difficult decisions or have difficult conversations? This kind of emotional isolation causes more problems than it solves, since avoiding the difficult and painful issues in our lives and relationships doesn’t make them go away, it only prevents us from being able to resolve them and pushes away the people we love.

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Six of Stones/Eight of Mirrors (Caritas/Selfless)

The keyword for the Six of Stones is “caritas,” which is defined as “love for all.” In this particular case, the feeling is that it is meant as an “unconditional love for all beings,” including yourself. Celtic Vates (or Ovates) were prophets, seers, healers, and diviners. On the Eight of Mirrors he suggests the inner journey to self-awareness and healing – combined with the Six of Stones there is a sense of that self-awareness and healing leading to an enhanced ability to love unconditionally.

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Bella Rosa (Detachment)

Bella Rosa presents us with another form of detachment, one that is less about emotional disconnection and more about letting go of our attachment to the masks we hide our real selves behind. These masks are not only the pretenses we use to hide the parts of ourselves we find “unacceptable,” but also the material belongings we hide behind to make ourselves seem “just like everyone else” and to make ourselves “fit in” with the crowd. She (or he) is about self-acceptance, and the courage to be our authentic selves. The red rose she carries is symbolic of unconditional love, courage and respect; and suggests not only the courage to be our authentic, flawed selves, but the courage to give ourselves the unconditional love and respect we deserve for the obstacles we’ve overcome.

 

 

 

References:

What is an Ovate?
Rose symbolism

Weekly Reading: 19 June 2017 thru 25 June 2017

This reading uses the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra.
(Process: I don’t “choose” the cards for these readings, I simply shuffle until I get a “jumper card” – a card that “jumps” out of the deck during the shuffle. I’ve found that this method provides the opportunity for the universe to choose the card(s) without interference from me. If more than 2 cards volunteer, they’re shuffled back into the deck until I get a maximum of 2 for the position I’m drawing for.)

With all Minor Arcana cards this week, the energies are much gentler and much less intense than last week. The middle of the week may be a bit emotional and tricky to navigate, but it’s not anything that can’t be dealt with, and the Ace of Stones as the final card says that we’ll do just fine.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Three of Stones (Planning)
The chamber beneath the tree of life beckons you to enter and seek not only your own inner wisdom, but the wisdom available to you through connection with the Collective Unconscious (or Universal Consciousness.) The triquetras on the upright stones assure you that you will be safe and protected while you seek additional information to refine your plans. Owls are symbolic of wisdom, discernment, and attention to detail; fire is symbolic of burning away the old to make room for the new (a forest fire can appear very destructive, but it burns away the dead wood, making room for new growth to begin;) while in tarot, cards containing the number three are symbolic of transformation. This combination suggests that the wisdom you find will help you to release/burn away those things that are no longer useful to you and make room for new plans and ideas to grow and transform your life.

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: Six of Mirrors/Three of Mirrors (Memories/Compassion)
With two cards focused one feelings and emotion, the middle of the week could be a bit tricky to navigate. While remembering the past can remind you of the good times you’ve had or the lessons you’ve learned, you don’t want to get stuck there, or use those memories as an excuse not to move forward. The Six of Mirrors also carries ancestral energies, allowing you to access the wisdom and loving support of your ancestors in following through with your plans. The compassion and connection indicated by the Three of Mirrors can provide you with a path forward – compassion for yourself and others, connection to the past and your ancestors, and encouragement that you can succeed. This three is about celebrating and accepting not only the different aspects of yourself, but the differences in others as well.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Ace of Stones (Abundance)
This card is full of the promise of new beginnings and fresh possibilities. It’s the perfect culmination of the energies of the previous cards, indicating that with careful planning and the ability to be flexible and adapt those plans as necessary, you will reach the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Note: Last week a friend pointed out that reading the cards as a group that applies to the entire week, with the final card as both a part of the combined energies and a culmination of those energies, adds another layer of insight and more depth of meaning to the reading. Not only do I think she’s right about that, but in thinking about it this week, I’ve realized that if you think about it from the perspective of an astrological aspect it makes even more sense. In astrology, the energy of a planetary aspect (where two planets come into a defined relationship with each other) isn’t sudden, happening only when those planets are exactly positioned in that aspect and ending as soon as they begin moving away from each other. The energies begin building as the planets approach the aspect positions, reach their highest power when the aspect is exact, and then slowly dissipate as the planets move further away from that position. Seen from that perspective, not only would each card of the weekly reading have an influence throughout the week, but the energies of the first card would actually begin to be felt in the last couple of days of the previous week, and the energy of the final card would influence the beginning of the following week as well.

References:

Owl symbolism https://www.spirit-animals.com/owl/
https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/owl-symbolism-meaning/
Parrot symbolism http://www.spirit-animals.com/parrot/
Lion symbolism https://www.spirit-animals.com/lion-symbolism/
Lamb symbolism http://www.sunsigns.org/sheep-animal-totem-symbolism-meanings/
https://crystal-cure.com/sheep.html

Book Review: Adventures of the Soul by James Van Praagh

Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions

Author: James Van Praagh

Copyright: 2014,

Publisher: Hay House

Have you ever wondered what happens to us after our body stops? Have you wanted to talk to someone who has passed over, but thought it wasn’t possible? How about wondering if the loved ones who have gone ahead are okay, are happy; or felt like they were nearby and wondered if they really were? Are you afraid to die because you don’t know what happens afterward?

In Adventures of the Soul, experienced medium James Van Praagh offers answers to these questions based on his decades of experience being contacted by those who have passed on and reached out to those they left behind; as well as his personal “near death” experience. Unlike his previous books, which were based on readings he has given, in this book Mr. Van Praagh shares what he has learned from passed souls about what the “afterlife” is really like.

I was fascinated, and found “Adventures of the Soul” almost impossible to put down. It confirmed a great deal that I have “known” since my own near-death experience when I was around 10, and provided masses of additional information for me to think about and learn from. The guided meditations included at the end of the book have been quite helpful as well.

For those with an open mind, Adventures of the Soul offers comfort and reassurance that there is no reason to fear our transition, and that our loved ones haven’t ceased to exist. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is curious about what happens to us after we “die,” or who is grieving for a loved one.

As I will recount in this book, there are ways we can get glimpses of our true nature: through meditation, out-of-body experiences, and the accounts of near-death-experience survivors; by being regressed to past lives; and from information channeled via mediums. As a person who has been blessed with the ability to communicate with souls who have transitioned to the Spirit realms, I personally cannot deny the experiences I have had. If it wasn’t happening to me, I would be skeptical, too. ~James Van Praagh