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

Weekly Reading: 12 June 2017 thru 18 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 two Major Arcana cards bracketing the week, and two Troupe cards, we have a powerful week ahead. There will be many positive opportunities for change and improvement if we take appropriate action to move in that direction.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Monday/Tuesday: Golden Flower (Harmony and Meditation)
The first thing that popped into my head when I looked at this card is “genie in a bottle.” A lot of us have been feeling really lethargic, off balance, and stuck lately. Golden Flower says that the path out of that lethargy and back to harmony and balance is through meditation and connection with nature. Get out of the bed, out of the house, out of your cubicle. Take a walk among the trees, sit on a stone and meditate, go to the beach and watch the waves . . . get out of your head (the bottle) and connect with the world around you.

 

 

 

 

 

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Wednesday/Thursday: The Healer/Six of Spirals (Youthful, Sensible/Success)
This pairing is amazingly perfect. The Healer is a “Bee Maiden.” She heals with honey, herbs, and the “magic” of nature and natural treatments. The image in the Six of Spirals is of a “clootie tree,” which are found near holy wells throughout Scotland and Ireland. (“Almost always characterised by strips of cloth or rags hanging from the branches of trees, clootie wells remain places of pilgrimage reputedly bestowed with magical healing properties. In Scotland and Ireland, pieces of cloth (clooties) are dipped in the holy well or spring and then tied to a branch. The offering is accompanied by a prayer to the spirit of the well – normally a saint, or a goddess or nature deity in pre-Christian times.” http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/03/rags-ditches-mysterious-celtic-clootie-wells/) The Healer suggests that changes in diet and lifestyle will aid in healing our “dis-eases,” whether they are physical, psychological, or emotional; and the Six of Spirals is a powerful reminder that without our belief that it is possible to heal, we are wasting our time. It also promises that with belief, and actions that support that belief, we can heal successfully.

Card Image: Copyright Holly Sierra

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: The Pilgrim/Phoenix (Perseverance, Endurance/Resolution)
The Pilgrim is a reminder that sometimes we need to walk away from the people or things in our lives that are no longer a good fit if we want to continue moving forward. Her pilgrimage may be internal, releasing old resentments and pains or seeking personal growth; or it may be external, walking away from relationships, jobs, or locations that aren’t good for her in some way. In either case, she has the perseverance and strength to do what needs to be done for her growth and protection. Who doesn’t know the legend of The Phoenix, rising from the ashes in triumph to live again? In this pairing, he provides reassurance that the difficulties of your pilgrimage will be rewarded by the resolution of whatever issues have triggered it, if you persevere.

References:
http://totemtalk.ning.com/group/l/forum/topics/llama-alpaca
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/ancient-symbolism-magical-phoenix-002020