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  • The Element Earth

    It’s interesting to look at the different Elements and how they play into your life. The Element Earth has been on my mind for a while now.

    The Earth can symbolize nature, the home, body, MONEY, physical issues, schooling and education — material things.

    Earth makes cities, forests, families, and fortunes. It balances budgets and makes a home a home. It reads, learns, and teaches. It strategises and creates long-term solutions.

    Earth is the Pentacles or Coins in Tarot.

    One characteristic of the Earth is that it requires time and patience. It’s not quick moving, like Air, and it’s the most grounded and practical of all of the Elements. Earth ain’t going nowhere…

    When it does move quickly, it might not be the best thing for anyone. Think earthquake. And really, Earth isn’t known for its flexibility, either — so it might come off as a bit stuck in the old ways or “but this is the way we’ve always done it.” Earth can be a real stick in the mud.

    But the Element Earth is loyal, steadfast, solid, grounded, educated. It has worked hard to get to where it’s going and has built something sublime It’s not afraid of doing the hard work and making the most of its fortunes.

    Earth knows what the fine things in life are and thoroughly enjoys them. Fashion, food, and headonistic pleasure are totally earthy topics.

    Easy ways you can work with the Element Earth

    Things that represent the Element Earth. Working with the Element Earth is really easy, too. You can use rocks, sticks, money — really anything you associate with the Earth as a tool or representation of your Earth-based goals.

    Grounding is super easy and completely relaxing. One thing I LOVE to do is ground myself, either with a rock I picked up out of the fields near us where I walk or by going for a walk the woods. I might sit on the ground out in the fields for a while, releasing what’s bothering me into the ground to be cleansed.

    The best stone for working with Earth. Honestly, IMHO, there’s no better grounding stone than something out of the area around your home.

    Honoring your body is an Earthy practice. I’ve started going to the gym, and really enjoy lifting weights and doing yoga. I feel much more connected to my body. It also teaches me about when to go light and when to go heavy, when to stretch and how far is too far. It’s interesting to explore my boundaries.

    Little changes now equal big changes later. Micro-adjustments are really important in Earth-related activities. Not only do the little things end up turning into big things, small changes can mean the difference between growing and hurting yourself.

    Honor the Element Earth through your interactions with the Earth. Honor the Earth by being mindful of how you interact with its energy as well. Honor your cashflow. Release anything around the house that is broken or no longer serves you. Tend to your gardens and families.

    When you think of the qualities of the Element Earth, what comes to mind for you? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

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  • Recent Interview with Sue Ellis-Saller in Mystic Mag

    I just had the honor of being interviewed by Mystic Mag about my reading style.

    You can read the interview here: Mystic Mag Interview with Sue Ellis-Saller

    When you get a reading, I bring all of my various tools to the table. What you’ll get from me:

    • Empathy
    • Compassion
    • Trust in your power and wisdom
    • Belief in alllllll kinds of fun and magical things
    • Crystal recommendations
    • A good, old fashioned tarot reading
    • NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques and tools
    • Sessions tailored to your needs in the moment

    We can talk about your dreams, hopes, and desires — and what it will take to make them into your reality.

    We can talk about blockages in your life and energy field and how to release them.

    Book a session with me here

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  • The Nine of Pentacles

    The Nine of Pentacles stalked me today. I picked the 9 of Pentacles four times in a row, even after shuffling the deck between pulls. (read more about what stalker cards mean)

    It’s both funny and a bit freaky at the same time when you pick a card, look at it, shuffle it back into the deck, and… pick the same tarot card again. Multiple times. IYKYK.

    In the standard Rider-Wait tarot deck, the Nine of Pentacles is represented by a woman who looks like she could be a young aristocrat or some sort of lower royalty with a hawk on her hand, standing in front of fruit-laden, super juicy and ripe grape bushes just outside of a village near the mountains. There are 9 coins behind her and the path before her is clear.

    A richly-dressed woman stands in front of a hedge made of purple grapes and grape leaves. There are 9 yellow coins with pentagrams integrated into the bottom of the hedge. A hawk with a blinder is perched on her gloved left hand.

    What is the meaning of the Nine of Pentacles?

    I always interpret the 9 of Pentacles as material success. Achieving a state of balance after hard work. Being spiritually, emotionally, and financially settled. (The hawk on her hand represents the spiritual mastery.)

    Independence is important to her. She’s done this for herself and by herself, but she may have sacrificed relationships to reach this level of success, as she is alone in the picture.

    I just noticed the snail crawling on the ground in front of her feet, indicating that it has taken her time to get to where she is.

    What does the Nine of Pentacles mean in a love reading?

    Honestly, when I see the Nine of Pentacles come up in a love reading — especially for a person who has been working on their life/career, I interpret it similarly to above: They will continue to have a successful business and home (domestic) life, but they might not find a romantic partner in the next 3 months.

    Focus on friendships and self-care.

    What does the Nine of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

    When you draw the Nine of Pentacles in a career reading, it means that you’ve achieved great success. It can also mean a successful opportunity is coming your way.

    If the Nine of Pentacles were to represent a career, I’d say junior banker, accountant, or something that pays pretty handsomely and has to do with money, the home, or a sculptor, gardener even a park ranger.

    This could also be an RN or something like a massage therapist.

    Something to do with money, cleaning, home, tactile goods, or health.

    Ultimately, picking the Nine of Pentacles can be a good sign for questions about wealth, abundance, and manifestation.

    What else do you see? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • The Art of Tarot Reading: How to Tap into Your Intuition

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    If you’re here, you’re probably interested in unlocking the hidden secrets of your intuition with the art of Tarot reading. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, the Tarot can be a powerful tool for connecting with your subconscious mind and tapping into your inner wisdom — or helping your friends, family, or clients do the same. In this article, we’ll explore the fundamentals of Tarot reading and guide you through the steps to develop your intuitive abilities.

    Tarot cards have been used for centuries to gain insight into the past, present, and future. Each card carries its own unique symbolism and meaning, and when combined in a reading, they provide a glimpse into the seen and unseen forces at play in your life. Through the Tarot, you can gain clarity, find answers to your most pressing questions, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

    Whether you’re seeking guidance in love, finances, career, or personal growth, the Tarot can offer profound insights and guidance. By learning to interpret the cards and trust your intuition, you can tap into a world of hidden knowledge and unveil the path to your highest potential. So, grab a deck of Tarot cards and embark on a journey of self-discovery as we delve into the fascinating art of Tarot reading.

    Understanding Tarot Cards

    When you start to work with Tarot cards, it’s important to look at the deck from an overhead perspective. Traditional tarot decks are set up in a system. There is a Major Arcana, which indicates important transformational times in a person’s life, and a Minor Arcana, which is more related to day-to-day events and circumstances. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards and the Minor Arcana contains 56. There are four suits in the Minor Arcana that represent the Seasons and different areas of life:

    Earth — Material, home, finances, education
    Fire — Passions, motivations, partnerships, creativity
    Water — Love, friendship, intuition, also creativity, but in a bit of a different form
    Air — Thoughts, intellectual pursuits, law, science

    Each suit contains numbered cards, from 1 – 10, and also Court Cards, which include the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. Court cards can represent people and be used to signify either the person you are reading for or different people in their lives or situations in a person’s life. Just FYI, the Court Cards can be a little tricky for beginners, but will start to make more sense as your work with Tarot evolves.

    I think it’s important to learn both the classic meaning of each Tarot card and also how to work with your intuition when reading. Combining the two will give you a much richer and fuller Tarot reading experience.

    Connecting with Your Intuition

    At the heart of Tarot reading lies the ability to tap into your intuition. Intuition is your inner guide, the voice of your subconscious mind that can provide you with valuable insights and guidance. Honing your intuition is essential for accurate and meaningful Tarot readings. Here’s a video I made about working with your intuition.

    One way to connect with your intuition is through meditation. Set aside a quiet moment each day to clear your mind, focus on your breath, and enter a state of relaxation. As you practice meditation regularly, you’ll find that your intuition becomes more accessible and your Tarot readings become more insightful.

    Another technique to enhance your intuition is journaling. Start an Intuitive Tarot journal where you can record your thoughts, feelings, and interpretations of each card. Reflecting on your readings and the guidance you receive from all different levels of your intuition will deepen your connection with the cards and strengthen your intuitive abilities.

    Preparing for Your Tarot Reading

    Before you start your Tarot reading — especially when you’re first starting out — it’s important to create a sacred space and set your intention. Find a quiet and peaceful environment where you can relax and focus. Clear the space of any distractions and create a soothing atmosphere with candles, incense, or calming music.

    Next, take a moment to ground yourself. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize roots growing from the soles of your feet or from your hip bones, grounding you to the earth. This will help you center your energy and be fully present for the reading.

    Once you’re in the right mindset, shuffle your Tarot cards while focusing on your intention or the question you have in mind. You may ask a specific question or simply seek guidance on a general area of your life. Trust your intuition and choose the cards that resonate with you. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers in Tarot reading—each card and its placement in the spread holds valuable insights.

    Common Tarot Spreads for Self-Reflection

    Tarot spreads are specific arrangements of cards that provide different perspectives and insights. They help structure your reading and offer guidance on specific areas of your life. Here are a few popular Tarot spreads for self-reflection:

    1. Past, Present, Future Spread: This three-card spread offers insights into your past, present, and future. It helps you understand how past experiences have shaped your current situation and how your present choices can influence your future.

    2. Celtic Cross Spread: The Celtic Cross is a classic ten-card spread that provides a comprehensive analysis of a situation or question. It explores various aspects such as past influences, present circumstances, and possible outcomes.

    3. Self-Discovery Spread: This spread is designed to delve deeper into your personal growth and self-awareness. It focuses on your strengths, weaknesses, desires, and potential obstacles, offering guidance on your journey of self-discovery.

    4. Pros, Cons, and Outcomes Spread: I like to use this one when I have a few options to choose from and I want to see the pros, cons, and outcomes for each choice in a simple, three card layout.

    Experiment with different spreads and find the ones that resonate with you the most. Remember, the key is to trust your intuition and allow the classic meanings of the cards and symbols that jump out to guide you.

    Interpreting Tarot Card Meanings

    Interpreting Tarot card meanings is a skill that develops over time with practice and experience. While each card carries its own symbolism and meaning based on a variety of different factors, it’s important to consider the context of the reading and the surrounding cards.

    Start by observing the imagery on the card. What symbols, colors, or figures stand out to you? Pay attention to your initial impressions and the emotions they evoke. Trust your gut feelings and allow your intuition to guide you in interpreting the card’s meaning.

    Additionally, consider the position of the card within the spread. Cards in different positions may have different nuances and interpretations. For example, a card in the past position may indicate past influences, while a card in the present position may represent current circumstances or challenges.

    It’s also helpful to consult Tarot guidebooks or online resources for additional insights into card meanings. However, remember that your intuition should always be your primary guide. Trust yourself and allow your personal connection with the cards to shine through in your interpretations.

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    Enhancing Your Intuition through Tarot

    Tarot reading is not only a way to tap into your intuition but also a tool for enhancing it. As you continue to practice and engage with the Tarot, you’ll find that your intuitive abilities expand and deepen.

    One way to further enhance your intuition is by conducting daily single-card readings. Each morning, draw a card from your deck and spend a few moments reflecting on its meaning. Consider how it relates to your current circumstances and what guidance it may offer. This daily practice will strengthen your intuitive connection with the cards and train your mind to receive insights more readily.

    Another technique is to incorporate other intuitive practices into your Tarot readings. For example, you can use crystals, essential oils, or energy healing techniques to enhance the energy and intuition in your readings. Experiment with different modalities and find what resonates with you.

    Tarot Reading Rituals and Practices

    In addition to developing your intuition, incorporating rituals and practices into your Tarot readings can enhance the overall experience. Here are a few ideas to infuse your readings with intention and sacredness:

    1. Cleansing Ritual: Before each reading, cleanse your Tarot deck and the space around you. You can use smoke from burning herbs like sage or palo santo, or use Reiki on your deck and reading area. This ritual clears any residual energy and creates a fresh space for your intuition to flow.

    2. Meditation: Begin your Tarot reading with a short meditation to center your energy and quiet your mind. This will help you connect with your intuition and create a focused and receptive state.

    3. Affirmations: Create personalized affirmations that align with your intentions for the reading. Repeat these affirmations silently or aloud before and during the reading to reinforce positive energy and intention.

    4. Gratitude Practice: Express gratitude for the guidance and insights you receive during your Tarot readings. Take a moment to thank the cards, your intuition, and any spiritual guides or higher powers you believe in.

    Tips for Tarot Beginners

    If you’re new to Tarot reading, here are a few tips to help you navigate your journey:

    1. Start with a Rider-Waite Tarot deck: The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is widely considered the best deck for beginners. It features clear and recognizable imagery, making it easier to learn and interpret the cards.

    2. Take things one card at a time: When starting out, focus on studying and understanding one card at a time. This will prevent overwhelm and allow you to build a solid foundation of Tarot knowledge.

    3. Practice daily: Like any skill, Tarot reading improves with practice. Make it a habit to incorporate Tarot into your daily or weekly routine. The more you practice, the more confident and intuitive you’ll become.

    4. Trust your intuition: Above all, trust yourself and your intuition. Your inner wisdom knows best. Allow your intuition to guide your interpretations and embrace the unique insights and guidance you receive.

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    Conclusion: Embracing Your Intuition with Tarot

    The art of Tarot reading offers a profound way to tap into your intuition and gain valuable insights into your life’s journey. By understanding the symbolism of each card, connecting with your intuition, and developing a regular Tarot practice, you can unlock the hidden secrets of your subconscious mind and embark on a path of self-discovery.

    Remember, Tarot reading is a personal and intuitive experience. Allow yourself to be open to the messages the cards reveal and trust in your own inner knowing. Embrace the art of Tarot reading as a powerful tool for self-reflection, guidance, and personal growth. As you delve deeper into the world of Tarot, you’ll uncover the vast wisdom that lies within and unlock the limitless potential of your intuition.

    So, grab a deck of Tarot cards and embark on a journey of self-discovery as you explore the fascinating art of Tarot reading.

    I’ll be hosting a Learn to Read Tarot Course starting soon! You can find more information here:

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  • Working With Tarot To Relieve Your Anxiety

    For those of us who have anxiety and depression, struggling to get through a Bad (with a capital B) day can be excruciating.  We start to spin negative thoughts in our heads: What if I said the wrong thing to my neighbor? Why don’t I feel successful? Do I pay enough attention to my kids? Was that the right way to handle that situation? I should be weeding/folding laundry/dusting. I can’t do anything right. I’m a failure….

    As someone with acute anxiety, I’m familiar with the soundtrack that sometimes repeats all day. It expands and contracts according to my mood and the season, what I’ve been eating, how much stress I’m under, and for various other reasons.

    When the walls start to close in on me, I’ve learned to reach out for support. Sometimes support comes in the form of a conversation with a good friend.

    More often though, especially when my anxiety is crushing my social skills, I reach out to my Spirit Guides as the first wave of support to get me out of a funk. I get out my cards and have a nice conversation with my Higher Self and my Spirit Helpers.

    Create Rituals to Ease Anxiety

    Making a little ritual out of connecting with your Higher Self and your cards can be super calming. I take a moment to light a white candle, get settled into a comfortable position, take a few deep breaths… really get into the moment.

    Inhale deeply, filling your lungs and belly. Exhale fully, til there’s no air left. Repeat the process a few times.


    Here’s my ritual for starting to work with my cards:

    • I invite Archangel Michael and my Guardian Angels to protect my space and my being, keeping out any negative influences—including my own thoughts—that would disturb my reading.
    • I ask my Spirit Guides to join me.
    • I tap out my cards and focus within myself.
    • I really get into the moment, grounding myself, focusing on my breathing and the cards helps me to stave off the peaks of my anxiety.

    Get Clear On Your Question

    Then to bring a moment of clarity. I ask: 

    What am I stressing about? or What do I need to know about (what is stressing me out)?

    Pick ONE Card

    Pick just one card—maybe two MAXIMUM—to keep the message simple and straightforward.


    The cards that come up are usually quite clear in their messages and a bit cheeky, if you ask me. Yesterday, it was the Seven of Pentacles reversed. The fact that I feel like I have sowed seeds and nurtured crops and tended fields, yet I have yet to see an abundant harvest. Part of this is due to self-worth issues, I know. And part is honestly due to grit and consistency—or a lack thereof.

    And part of it is sheer overwhelm; with Covid and back to school, regular mom-stuff, being an entrepreneur, and feeling like I. need. To. Do. It. All. RIGHT. NOW!! No rest for the weary here.

    OK. Message clear. Got it!

    *You could stop there, especially if you need to meditate on your answer or how the card fits into your current situation.

    What Can You Do To Ease Your Anxiety?

    If you want to explore potential solutions or find a way to deal with your anxiety, you can ask:

    What can I do about it?

    Pick just one card again.

    The Page of Wands comes up to tells me that I likely have to light a little fire under my tush, first. Second, focus on the things that get me excited, the things that fire me up. I have to look at things from a new and innocent perspective, finding wonder in my work again.

    And I might need to take a day off to pursue ONLY those things that light my fire.


    Is There A Shadow?

    I might also look at the bottom card on the deck after pulling a card for the above-mentioned questions. This would be the Shadow of the situation, or what I am avoiding.

    Oh, hello Six of Wands reversed. Fear of failure, big time!

    Am avoiding defeat and not looking good to myself and the others around me by not giving 100%?

    After working with my cards yesterday, I came down from an upwardly anxious spiral. I got the message about what I needed to do to put a dent into what was bugging me. I also got some clarity about what my problem was to begin with.

    My Higher Self spoke to me through the cards. Honestly, it was easy to decipher what the cards meant for me because they were so on point.

    Now I know what the issue is, I know how to solve it. I know what I am avoiding.

    Get Out Your Tarot Journal

    From here, I can get out my journal and write about exactly what I want to accomplish, getting rid of the “shoulds and the musts”, focusing on a few things that truly move ME (3 maximum for the day). 

    I also take a moment to recognize the negative voice in my head that makes everything so urgent and wants it all NOW! NOW! NOW! I can even talk to that voice in my journal:

    Dear Sue,

    I know that you want to help us get to a better place and that is why you are scared that if I don’t do everything right now, we won’t get there. I want you to know that we have to take things one step at a time, with purpose and focus. If we do things step by step, we’re less likely to trip and fall and more likely to really feel good about what we’ve achieved. It will also help us to do better work, as we’ll be much more mindful of the work we do. Thank you for caring so much.

    With love,
    Sue


    When you are facing life with anxiety and/or depression, tarot can be an excellent tool to use to really take a moment to get in touch with your Higher Self. 

    Don’t overcomplicate things. Just pull one card at a time. 


    Get your journal out and write a summary note to yourself based on the cards you pull… and enjoy the moment. Breathing. Connecting. Focusing.

    Conclusion

    The practice of working with tarot can bring you into a much calmer, more connected state of mind. If you are spiraling out on a bad day, working with cards can quickly show you what the root of your issue is and how to resolve it. After you sort out the details, you can return to your life with a focused plan and a little more peace and calmness in your life.

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