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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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  • 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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  • What Does It Mean When You Have A Stalker Card?

    If you’re anything like me, you consult with your cards frequently. I work with tarot and oracle cards daily, often pulling random cards for my own questions, and of course, using tarot and oracle cards to advise clients. There are times when I start noticing stalker cards in my readings. What is a stalker card and what does it mean when you notice you have a stalker card?

    What is a stalker card?

    A stalker card is a card that keeps coming up over and over in your readings, in card picks, or even as the bottom card in the deck (The Shadow Card). You start to see the card so often, it starts to feel like the card is actually following you around or stalking you.

    There are times when I pick up a deck, shuffle it, and choose a card. I note what the card is, return it to the deck, and shuffle again. Then I pull another card from the deck and… it’s the same card I got the first time!

    And it’s often not just one day that the card comes up; stalker cards can follow a person around for weeks. A stalker card will keep on coming up again and again, though, for what feels like an extended amount of time.

    If I’m working out some sort of issue in my mind and end up examining it from a variety of different angles with different spreads on different days (#dontjudge), the same card might appear over and over again in a prominent position in my readings.

    Why do stalker cards stalk you?

    Stalker cards are often ideas or concepts that you need to deal with in order to move forward in your life or get to the next level. They serve as reminders of the point you might be purposefully missing or honestly overlooking.

    Sometimes, the cards are reaffirming a message they gave you the last time you asked. Sometimes, they are reminding you that you have to do that one thing before you can succeed.

    There are also stalker cards you might associate with the “season” of life you are in or a personality trait that is holding you back.

    If you are co-dependent, for example, or need to hold on to your sobriety or work on your addictions, the Devil card might become your stalker. Or, if you need to step up and claim more power in your life, either Strength or the Nine of Pentacles might start stalking you.

    If you start to get the same deity or idea coming up while using a deck (or a few of them), that is an indication that that entity has a special message for you. For example, if Athena comes up when you use the Goddess Guidance deck and then you get out your Goddess Power deck she comes up again, I think it’s safe to say that Athena has a message for you.

    Read about my experience with a stalker card here: Pele, My Goddess Stalker

    What you should do if you get a stalker card

    If you start to notice a specific tarot or oracle card stalking you, or coming up more frequently in your readings, you should explore what it means to you and your current situation.

    • Get out your tarot journal and either go to the page devoted to that card or find a blank page to note your ideas on.
    • Take the card out and really look at it. Are there any symbols on the card that trigger your intuition? Do the colors evoke any feelings for you?
    • Brainstorm a list of ideas related to what it might mean for you.
    • Free-write in your journal. Let yourself connect with the energy of the card or of the deity shown on the card.
    • Get the Little White Book from the deck and see if the deck’s creator lists any new or different information about the card.
    • Spend some time studying what other people say about the card, what it means, and how that ties in with your current life situation.
    • Make note of any direct hits in your life or your tendencies that the card might be addressing.
    • Note WHERE in the deck it is or how it comes up. Is it a card you pull or one that is always on the bottom of the deck?
    • If the card is a deity, place the card on your altar with some libations to thank it for helping you in your life.
    • After you’re done working with the energy of the card, thank the card for the advice and guidance and return the card to your deck.

    In Summary

    Stalker cards are cards you notice coming up over and over again in your readings. When you feel like a card is following you around or stalking you, it’s a good idea to examine its message more closely and really think about what it means in your life. You can write about your stalker card in your tarot journal or make a special note of it. Oftentimes, stalker cards have a special message for you—that’s why they show up often enough for you to get either creeped out or intrigued by seeing them over and over again!

    Have you ever had a card stalk you? If so, please share your experience in the comments below!

     

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  • What To Do When A Tarot Card Jumps Out Of The Deck When You Are Shuffling

    Ever have a card jump out of the tarot deck while you are shuffling? Learn what to do if one does!
    Ever have a card jump out of the tarot deck while you are shuffling? Learn what to do if one does!
    Ever have a card jump out of the tarot deck while you are shuffling? Learn what to do if one does!

    Have you ever had a pesky “jumper” or two fall out of your tarot deck when you were shuffling? What should you do when a random card falls out of your tarot or oracle deck while you are shuffling your cards?

    Honestly, I feel that the cards that fall out of a tarot deck while you are shuffling are very important bits of information for the reading. When I get a card that falls on the floor while I am shuffling or falls out of the deck, I set it aside and continue shuffling.

    I don’t include the jumper in the tarot spread that I am working with. For example, I wouldn’t use the tarot card that jumped out while I was shuffling for any of the set positions in a Celtic Cross Spread. I would, however, use it as a card of high significance, or something that Spirit really wanted to call to the client’s attention.

    What should you do if multiple cards fall out of your tarot deck when you are shuffling?

    When more than one tarot card falls out of the deck when you are shuffling, take a moment to see if you are just a sloppy shuffler, or if just a few fall out.

    When just a few (2-5) tarot cards fall out of the deck while you are shuffling, put those aside, just like you would if only one card fell out. Use these cards as additional information to the story or circumstances that might unexpectedly arise for the sitter while they are dealing with the main situation they are getting a tarot reading to inquire about.

    If a LOT of cards fall out of the deck, you might want to put the cards back into the deck, recenter and ground yourself, and start over again. Ask yourself a few questions, like:

    • Am I rushing this reading?
    • Do I feel like I am in control of my energy?
    • Is the client somehow distracting me or is their energy throwing me off?
    • Is this the right deck for the reading?
    • Should I work with a different deck?
    • Is there something different that I should focus on for the reading.

    Generally speaking, tarot cards that jump or fall out while you are shuffling are an interesting and usually important additional focus for your reading. Sometimes, though, they are actually more of an indication that the reader should slow down, recenter, and focus on shuffling the tarot cards.

    What do you think? Have you had any interesting experiences with cards that have jumped out of the deck and into a reading? Please feel free to tell your story in the comments below!

     

     

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  • Connection to Source/My Business Diva Tarot Spread

    Use this spread to connect with the Universe for messages on how to move forward

    I love trying out new tarot spreads. Every new spread I work with gives me a way of connecting ideas and advice from the tarot cards that I might not yet have discovered on my own.

    The spread I am doing today came from Joy Bott and was posted in the Tarot Travellors Facebook group.

    Personally, I’ve been wanting to connect with my Business Diva lately. My Business Diva would be the spirit or personification of my business – or how the Universe would advise me about my business.

    I loved how this spread came to life for me! I used the Rider-Waite tarot deck; it’s my workhorse right now, so it is sitting right in front of me most times.

    Here’s the original reading image from the Tarot Travellors group:

    Here is my spread and how I would interpret the cards.

     

    1) Me or the potential I can reach should I apply myself. That last part is important – the King of Pentacles. I have everything with me that I need in order to be successful.

    2) My Business Diva or the Spirit of my business. Judgment reversed. Loss of momentum and lack of follow through. Need to take steps toward finishing things. Could be moving on to the next level, but stuck in (my own self-doubts).

    3) My relationship with my Business Diva. Page of Wands. Of course – the well-spring of creative ideas and motivation. I must embrace this in order to move forward or to right the Judgment card so that I can move through the journey toward success.

    4) What do I want from my Business Diva? The World reversed. That it ISN’T done or completed. That there is still a chance that we can work together.

    5) What does my Business Diva want from me? The Hanged Man. To stop and connect with my own divine guidance and support. That I look inward for answers instead of always looking around. Contemplation instead of moving in the wrong direction.

    6) What blocks my connection to my Business Diva? The Three of Wands. When I only look to the future, I am not connecting with where I am now. While planning and goal setting can be good, it can also keep me from working in the now.

    7) What removes this blockage? Ace of Cups. Falling back in love with what I do. Focusing on the root of doing what I love. Creativity and new enthusiasm toward my work.

    8) Advice? The Empress reversed. Honestly, I see this as getting off of my butt and finally letting this baby grow outside my mind. I have to also quit being so gentle with myself and start doing the work.

    9) Optional additional clarification. The King of Cups, or moving in a direction that allows me to care for other people or uses my love of working with and helping others as the basis for my work.

    So, what do you think?

    Do you see the same thing(s) in my reading? How about trying this spread for yourself? Feel free to share your outcome or questions about the reading in the comments below!

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