• Today’s Reading – Forgive to Move Forward

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    How do you forgive?

    Before I pulled today’s cards, I was thinking about the holiday season and how it can drudge up deeply seated emotions from your childhood that were stuffed back down with last year’s champagne and turkey and have been fermenting, literally, for years.

    Even the best families have issues. And the ones that aren’t the best – well, they have problems.

    We’ll say that I come from one of the families that had problems. I’m still working on sorting out all of the BLEH related to everything. Just when I think I’ve dealt with everything and stuck things into their neat little “I’ve grown from this experience” cubbyholes, something pops off of the shelf, so to speak, and makes me examine it again.

    For example, I’ve been grappling with my dad’s alcoholism and the fact that he was a very gruff, critical man for most of my life. His taunts and disapproval affected me to the core. He didn’t show me much love – he loved my children – but me, nah. I didn’t feel it.

    One of the last times I saw him – he passed 5 years ago, I was 7 months pregnant. We were all playing in the backyard, and he called to me, “Hey, Moose! Get over here and ….” He’d always, always made negative comments about my body and my size.

    And the thing I remember him saying to me most was, “Goddamnit, Suzy!” “Sit down, you are making me nervous! My BIG, german shepherd who is growling and bearing her teeth at your crawling baby won’t bite him!” “Goddamnit, Suzy. Why didn’t you…”

    “GodDAMNIT, Suzy!” was actually the last thing he said to me before he died.

    He didn’t read to me. He didn’t help me with my homework. He didn’t take an evening to go to a parent-teacher conference. He didn’t send a card when I graduated from college….

    He was at the bar most of my childhood and was usually hung over if he bothered to pick us up for our Sunday visits. After he got clean and sober (which he was for 25+ years and I do respect that he tried after that – but his personality just wasn’t tender and loving, that is for sure…) He spent many of his holidays with his Alcoholics Anonymous family as the priority in his day, then us as kind of an afterthought (at least that’s how it felt to me).
    It hurt then and it hurts now, quite honestly.

    And this morning, I was thinking about it. I was thinking about forgiveness – rolling that thought over and over again – examining it, wondering if it was necessary.

    After all, I thought, my childhood made me who I am today, and I genuinely, truly like most of who I am. Would I be the same if I had a better childhood?

    Do I need to forgive him? Do I need to put this behind me and move on?

    And then these cards came up in my daily reading. Kind of a sign from the Universe, huh?

    The thought for today? Realize what you need to release. It’s really time to move on. What you are holding onto might be creating a HUGE energetic blockage. Deal with it, clear it out and allow yourself to be free.

    I know that I’ll revisit these thoughts – there isn’t any doubt about that. But, I think I got a big sign that it’s time to spread forgiveness on this wound, wrap it up tight with self-love, and work on healing my energy.

    If you need some extra shielding during the holiday season, you can listen to my Grounding and Shielding meditation. It’s my free gift to you. Click here to go to the recording.

    With blessings and light~
    Sue Ellis-Saller


  • Weekly Tarot Reading – October 5th, 2015



    Hi Everyone!

    Today’s reading was done with Erik C. Dunne’s Tarot Illuminati deck, which is one of my personal favorites to work with! It’s rich imagery and perfect size make it a fabulous and comfy deck to read with!

    The theme that I see happening this week is “WHOA NELLY!”

    The week gets off to a good start with the Sun as the first card. When the Sun comes up in a reading, expect that you can express yourself and your personality, that things will be light and optimistic, and that positivity reigns!

    A couple of key points that stood out to me in the card were the clear, blue sky, the white horse (symbolizing purity of purpose), the innocent child, and the sunflowers in the background. All very good omens!

    Heading into the week, however, we hear the brakes starting to squeak. The Ace of Wands, reversed, indicates that you might not want to pursue that new passion or whatever has been lighting a fire under you just yet. There might be delays in moving forward.

    That energy or tone continues with the Ace of Swords, reversed (which, incidentally, I picked in another deck in a random reading today). New ideas or plans might not turn out as you’d hoped they would.

    No worries, though, I do see a lot of blue sky in all three, so I am thinking that this pursuit or idea, whatever it might have been, is just something either to keep on the back-burner for a while, or something that might not be ripe for the picking.

    All systems… stop. Sorry!

    Here’s the video version, if you are interested!

    Have a fab week!
    Sue Ellis-Saller


  • Combining Crystals and Tarot

    Combining different types of crystals and tarot reading can help a reader to ground herself during a session, to better connect with her psychic abilities and with the Universe, and to more effectively communicate a reading with the reading’s co-creator (a.k.a. “the Client”).

    I personally use several in each session I have – and then I add other crystals – as I feel necessary.

    Like most other things related to working with your gifts and or intuition, it is important to listen to any urges or feelings you have about adding different crystals or minerals to your reading space.


    Clearing, Cleaning, and Connection:

    When you are first working with your deck after you purchased/acquired it, or if you would like to keep it clear from negativity, it is a good idea to keep a piece of clear quartz crystal on top of the deck when you store it. Make sure that you clear the quartz crystal from time to time by holding it under running water (a natural waterfall or stream would be BEST, but the tap will do), or putting it out under a full moon or in direct sunlight, by laying it in a bed of rock salt overnight (discard the salt afterward). If you are attuned to Reiki or any other energy source, you can also use that to keep the energy of your crystals pure.


    Clear Quartz

    Clear quartz is a great, “all around” stone to work with. It is a good stone for balancing, absorbing, and focusing – and it clears up and dispels negative energy on ALL planes (spiritual, mental, emotional). Because it is capable of clearing away negative energy and bringing more balancing and harmony into an area, it is a great stone to keep around – or on top of – your decks when they are not in use.
    You can read more about clear quartz in this article: Clear Quartz – The Multifunctional Powerhouse


    Grounding and Protection:

    I always feel like it is a good idea to affirm my connection with the Earth prior to reading tarot. Also, there is a vast amount of energy and wisdom available for one to draw on and use during readings, so tapping into Earth energy is a good way to start readings.


    Red Jasper:

    Red Jasper is not only associated with the Earth/base Chakra, but it is also considered to be a “spiritual grounding stone.” It can also help to return negative energy to its origin when working with esoteric practices. All of these attributes make it the perfect stone to use when tarot reading: It helps one to connect with the energy of the Earth, to ground spiritually, and to protect a reader and his/her querent from any negativity that might be directed at either person.

    Tiger’s Eye: 

    Tiger’s Eye is another stone that is associated with the Earth Chakra and one that can be used not only to connect with Earth energy and wisdom, but also to help protect participants in a tarot reading from negative energies.


    Love/Angelic Realms



    Rose Quartz:

    THE go-to stone for love readings and to connect with angels (and spread a little joy and love with your reading is Rose Quartz). Rose Quartz is associated with love, compassion, care, and calming – and with the angels, too! I have a rather large chunk that I actually keep in hand when I am deciphering card layouts on telephone and Skype readings. This is one I use in every single reading I do.


    Boosting Your Confidence


    Citrine is associated with the solar plexus and with confidence. You can use this in readings when you are first starting to build your confidence in expressing what you find in the cards. This stone is also associated with business success and abundance, which makes it a wonderful stone to bring into readings about success, business, and bringing prosperity into a person’s life.


    Communicating Messages

    Blue Calcite: 

    I always keep a piece of blue calcite near when doing readings. It is associated with the throat chakra, and can help a person not only communicate, but also to find the most fitting words for the situation (which is wonderful when working with intuition, Spirit, and passing messages on to others).


    Tapping into Intuition and Your Psychic Abilities

     Lapis Lazuli:

    Lapis is associated with the throat and third eye chakras. It has long been associated with wisdom and used by healers and priests since Egyptian times. This stone is also known for helping people to work with intuition and psychic ability – it is said that it can create a connection between the Spirit realm and the Earthly realm. It is also considered to be a very powerful stone of protection.



    Some refer to Labradorite as “The Stone of Magic”. It is widely known to help people tap into their psychic abilities and increase their awareness of intuitive guidance and messages from the Spirit realm. This stone is also a protective stone.


    This is another all-purpose, wonderful stone to use when doing tarot readings/spiritual work. It is associated with the crown chakra and said to increase a person’s ability to connect with Spirit and gain insight and wisdom when doing readings.


    I hope you’ve found this information to be helpful! There are – of course – several other stones you can use when working with cards – this is an introduction to a few that I commonly use in my readings.


    Make sure that you allow your intuition to guide you when choosing complements to your tarot readings.

    Would you like to schedule a reading that includes crystal recommendations and coaching? Book an Everything You Need Session today! Click here for details.

    You can find details here to schedule a tarot, angel, or oracle card reading.


    With respect and light ~ Susan




    Healing Crystals for You, Red Jasper Stone… For Energy, Strength, Stamina, Spiritual Grounding http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/red-jasper-stone.html

    Lapis Lazuli, http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/lapis-lazuli/





  • The Hermetic Tarot Deck Review

    The first time I listened to the Beastie Boys, I wasn’t impressed. As a matter of fact, I took the tape out of the player in my car and put it aside for a very. long. time.

    Later – I am not sure if a whim struck me or if someone else reintroduced me – I fell in LOVE with the Beasties. When I took the time to really listen to them – when I was ready to hear them – I actually adored their musical talent and wise words (FYI – they are about WAY more than fighting for your right to party).


    Video: I Don’t Know… from the Beastie Boys

    That’s kind of what happened with me and the Hermetic Tarot deck.

    The deck came to me as a gift for briefly moderating a tarot study group on Facebook. Payment for the time I spent welcoming new members and helping to field tarot related questions was paid in decks. As I am a collector who didn’t have much money to purchase new decks at the time, I was happy to be paid in cards instead of dollars.

    The cost of my choice was limited by the owners of the group, and the Hermetic tarot looked interesting – so I chose it.

    I’d read that the deck was based on the Thoth tarot deck (a fave of mine, and the first deck that I purchased for myself way back when), and I was intrigued by the black and white format of the Hermetic Tarot. When I got it and started sifting through the cards to connect with the deck… well, let’s just say I wasn’t very impressed. Had I written a Hermetic Tarot deck review at that time, it would have read much differently.

    My feelings about the cards might have been the way I parted ways with the giver – I got fired after only like a day of duty – or it could have been the artwork on the cards, which borders on ugly in some of the images (like Death’s scraggly beard), and that was a turn off to me. I don’t know exactly what it was, but I didn’t like them.

    Interestingly enough, the other day I was looking at my decks for another tarot group, and I came across the Hermetic Tarot deck again. I decided to take it out, shuffle it up, and let the cards fly. This time, my impression of the deck was much different – and that is what drove this review of the deck.

    For some reason, this time I found the cards striking. Much of the artwork is this really interesting, hyper-detailed mix of sacred geometry and psychedelic daydream vision that is packed full of symbolism. The messages contained in these cards vary from the simple and obvious picture based symbolism to the classic tarot meaning to the advanced Kabbalah and astrology meanings. There are also word clues in the cards because the card titles give more insight into possible meanings for the cards.

    Pack all that detail, insight, and information together in a tarot deck, and this girl is hooked!

    While the Hermetic Tarot deck might not be as visually appealing as the Tarot Illuminati or Shadowscapes, it has a charm of its own. If you step back from wanting a “pretty” deck and allow yourself to work with a deck that speaks plainly and at all levels at the same time, then the Hermetic Tarot is a deck for you.


  • How to Choose the Perfect Tarot Deck

    The Star from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s Angel Tarot Deck

    What kind of things should someone consider when trying to choose the perfect tarot deck?

    Angel Biz Tip!  I was just spying on my keywords, and came across the search term, “Choosing a New Tarot Deck.” I thought, ‘What a fabulous topic to discuss!’ (Biz angels, do check out your keywords to get some SEO friendly writing topics to ponder!)

    Back to the post…

    I know there are others out there who, like me, admittedly start squeeling when one of our favorite artists announces a new deck – tarot or oracle, or we find out about a deck that we simply MUST. HAVE. That is the easiest way to choose a tarot deck!

    I am currently waiting for the Tarot Apokalypsis by Erik C. Dunne and Kimberly Huggins, a favorite tarot creation duo of mine. You can see many of the cards as they are released on the Tarot Apokalypsis Facebook page. I love the artwork that Erik does; I love the prose that Kimberly uses to describe the meanings of the cards; I love the presentation that they use: a gorgeous box with rich colors and elements of gold. The cards are just the right size in my hands, and the card stock is quite nice – not too thick, not to thin… just right! Their Tarot Illuminati deck is one of my FAVORITE decks! It is stunning, full of detail, and the deck is easy to understand because it is based on the Rider Waite system (you can see it on their Pinterest page). All in all, a great deck to work with – and that makes me want more decks from them!


    The Star from Erik C Dunne's Tarot Illuminati deck
    The Star from Erik C Dunne’s Tarot Illuminati deck


    When I am not waiting with baited breath for a deck, then it is something of exposure to certain tarot artists and their work. For example, I love most of the oracle and tarot decks from Doreen Virtue, and I choose to pick those up when the mood strikes. Angels, Ascended Masters, Goddesses… they all speak to me, the decks help me with my Shamballa Reiki sessions, and I love having a variety of different sources to call upon for guidance for myself and for my clients. Not only does Doreen release cards that can allow you to connect with different deities, she also covers a variety of different topics like Romance, Life Purpose, and Healing. She also co-creates decks with Radleigh Valentine and other experts, like Robert Reeves, ND.

    I became more familiar with Robert Reeves, ND’s work when I was volunteering for Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine in Zurich, Switzerland this year. Actually, I had the privilege of working quite closely with Robert, as I was helping translate his one card readings from English to German for his German speaking fans who were there! After getting such an up close and personal and very thorough introduction to the Flower Therapy deck, to Robert, and to his philosophies, I had to have the deck. I love it’s gorgeous pictures and its simple, but very striking messages! And, he is a super nice guy, so I was happy to support him by buying his cards and book!


    Robert Reeves, ND and I. Zurich, 2014
    Robert Reeves, ND and I. Zurich, 2014


    Another great reason to choose a tarot deck is because of a feature specific to a deck. For example, I heard about the Psychic Tarot‘s Chakra cards, which allow a reader to either lay out a card for each of the different energetic centers in the body or shuffle the Chakra cards into the deck, allowing for energetic influences to show for different happenings in a person’s life. Those go so well with Reiki and energy therapy sessions, and I LOVE using them to get a little more information about what a person might be storing in a particular Chakra. Please be aware, though, that the Psychic’s Tarot isn’t a standard tarot deck.

    There are also oracle card decks being released by fabulous spiritual and wellness authors like Louis Hays and Dr. Wayne Dyer. These decks make excellent additions to your collection, and can add more information, cues, and clues into a reading!

    And then there are themes, like Ancient Egypt, Angels, Halloween, dragons, fairies, cats… you name it and there is likely a tarot deck that is based on it! Personally, I have the Isis Oracle deck and there is an Ancient Egyptian tarot deck I have my eye on, along with the Art Nouveau deck and a Jungian deck as well… (Yes, I am a little addicted to decks… Just a little…)


    The Star from the Rider Waite Tarot deck
    The Star from the Rider Waite Tarot deck


    Of course, when choosing tarot decks for your collection, you have to also consider the classic decks. I don’t feel that any tarot collection is complete without the Rider Waite deck and the Thoth deck. Both are foundational decks that many, many other decks are based on or refer back to. The first deck I ever bought was the Thoth deck, and I find it to be one of the most trustworthy, open, and humanly honest decks that I have worked with. I learned so much from that deck – and I also learn from the Rider Waite deck every time I use it!

    There are going to be decks that you love the imagery from, but that just don’t resonate or work well with your energy. For example, I have the Shadowscapes Tarot deck from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and it is phenomenal. The artwork is stunning – dreamy, light, airy – simply beautiful… but that deck and I haven’t been able to work well together. I just can’t get the same level of messages from it as I do from other decks I work with. Maybe I will work with it more because I think it is such a beautiful deck and I WANT to connect with it! I do! I do!!


    The Star from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's Shadowscapes deck
    The Star from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes deck


    And there are also decks that I just don’t like, no matter what others think of them. Well, I like them, but they are just not ‘my style’ – like some of the darker, heavier decks, and cutsy themed decks. No thank you; they aren’t for me.

    Bottom line is that your tastes should drive your tarot and oracle deck choices. You don’t need to work with a particular deck because it is what everyone else is working with. But, there is such a wide variety of tarot decks to choose from that there is bound to be something that fits your specific taste and needs.

    Some great resources for checking out new decks are:

    Your local bookstore or metaphysical shop. They will likely have at least a few different decks for you to look at. If you have the chance, take a look at the cover art and the booklet. If you can get your hands on a sample that they have, make sure to shield yourself before you touch it, tap out the old energy in the deck, and then leaf through the deck to see how the imagery and artwork strike you and what the energy of the deck feels like. Even if you can’t hold the deck, holding the box and concentrating on it should give you an indication of how that deck would feel to work with.

    AclecticTarot.com has a wide variety of decks listed. They show a variety of the cards in the deck, all of the stats, and also have several reviews to peruse.

    Lisa Frideborg’s blog – Lisa interviews the decks as she gets them! You can check her work out here: Lisa Frideborg

    You can check out my deck selection here: My Decks. If you’d like to schedule a reading with me, click here.