Are you considering getting a Tarot reading, but you’re not entirely sure about what’s involved, and how it can benefit you? Here’s just a few things to think about when you’re deciding whether to have a professional Tarot reading.
What a tarot reading can do for you
My readings are not simply about predicting what's going to happen in your life over the next few weeks or months, whilst I can do this kind of reading I believe it's much more helpful to tell you what’s going on now and to ask the question ‘what do I need to know?’ rather than what you want to know. This helps to highlight the aspects of your life you may not be fully aware of at the moment, such as what influences are acting on you, what conscious and subconscious control you are exerting on your life, and how these various factors may manifest in the future. By putting particular emphasis on what blocks you are currently experiencing (internally and externally), how you can act more effectively in your current situation, and what parts of your personality and life you are currently neglecting.
An excellent way of gaining a fresh perspective on your life, or on a specific situation. The tarot can also shed new light on old emotional problems, from this and past lives, it can highlight negative aspects of relationships, suggest parts of your life or personality that are being, and help you to make more balanced, insightful decisions. The Tarot can be viewed as an analytic tool for getting a clearer, more detached view of what you are doing right now, and where you are heading.
People often come for a reading at key points in there lives, one thing is certain, everything changes, nothing is static and the tarot can help to guide us with the challenges we face such as:
A Tarot reading is basically a very simple process. A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards, each of which has a specific meaning associated with it. To perform a reading the cards have to be shuffled, and then laid out in order in a specific pattern – each place in the pattern, or spread, represents a different concept or idea. Although there are several ‘traditional’ spreads, you can in fact make up new spreads, or adapt old ones, as seems most useful.
At the start of a reading I ask the client to set their intention for the reading and to think about what they need to know, this process is helped by choosing an oracle card which can act as a guide to the session. To be honest most people say they are looking for general guidance, and this is fine, the cards generally narrow things down to the heart of the matter very quickly. Clients are able to choose from a selection of crystals and pick up any they are called to. I will then call in my guides and the client shuffles the cards and thinks about what they need to know before I lay out a spread on the table between us.
By looking at which cards have turned up, their position in relation to each other, and their placement in the spread as a whole, I'll be able to talk to the client about different aspects of their life, and current feelings about the world. The cards tell me a story which I am able to relay to the client, then follow up any specific queries with more detailed spreads. If the client is in need of it, and this usually becomes clear during the session we will do some energy work, past life work or perhaps some work with the pendulum.
A full tarot session lasts around an hour, and usually gives time for three of four detailed spreads, and a fairly in depth consideration of the clients current concerns. Photographs of cards and recordings can be taken and I always supply writing materials although some clients prefer to bring their own journal whilst others take no record at all. This is all fine, whatever resonates with you is good for me:)
By the end of a tarot reading clients will have a lot of new information which they can then apply to make good decisions about what they are doing in their lives. A Tarot reading should leave a client feeling as though they have a much better grip on what is happening in their life, and why they currently feel the way they do. Hopefully this will allow them to make fast and effective progress in whatever areas of their life most concern them.
So why delay? get in touch now to book your reading:)
And while you do that listen to some relaxing music and start creating the calm in your life you are longing for:)
One of the oldest known forms of exercise, yoga has been gaining popularity over the last few years with yoga studios and yoga classes popping up all over the place. When I was a young girl yoga was something that was practised in a few community halls by older ladies who wanted a gentler kind of exercise that would keep them a bit more flexible in their old age. How things have changed! Yoga used to be yoga, simple and straight forward, nowadays there is so much choice, Hatha, Forrest, Jivamukti, Restorative and Ashtanga to name but a few, each with their own distinctive style and pace, each with levels from beginner to advanced, there truly is something for everyone!
I came to yoga last year through a very good friend of mine, Kari-ann, who is a Forest yoga teacher after a serious injury to my foot which left me seriously debilitated for well over a year (that’s another story for another day). Initially I took up Restorative yoga, a very gentle practice which encourages being, over doing. As my foot improved I progressed to Hatha and with the support of the wonderful teachers at Equilibrium yoga studios I was able to progress was able to attempt Jivamukti. Now I’m no yoga expert, and I still struggle with many of the poses, and my husband thinks I make up half the pose names, in fact he really drew the line at whippet belly, but as my physical practice developed I found I was able to reach so much more than my toes!
Yoga is a spiritual practice, many of the classes involve chanting, meditation and the use of sound to raise vibration, it is as a spiritual as it gets. My practice helps me to connect to source by guiding me to just be, instead of being in a state of doing constantly. It’s a valuable time to step off the conveyor belt of life and be present, to dump the ego and just observe what I can do. When we are present we are able to create a sacred space where we can connect with or inner light and truly feel life pulsating through our hearts, bodies, minds and spirits.
I have come to practice at home outside of the studio, at night I have a series of poses or asanas which I complete to help me sleep but the ones I really want to talk about is my morning practice, a series of 9 asanas which help me to open up, align and balance my chakra system before I start my day. This in turn feeds into my spiritual practice and helps me to listen to my intuitive voice and my guides and become a better tarot reader and intuitive healer, it lends authenticity to all of my practices and helps to centre my being and serves to remind me that I am but a spirit inhabiting a physical body in this time and this place.
My practice is as follows:
I begin in Mountain pose, this helps to ground me and connect with my Earth Star chakra.
Base/Root chakra - Warrior 2, colour red, chant Lam, affirmation I am safe.
Sacral chakra - Sun Salutation, colour orange, chant Vam, affirmation I am creative.
Solar plexus chakra - Seated spinal twist, colour yellow, chant Ram, affirmation I am powerful.
Heart chakra - Banarasana or lunge back toes curled under, colour green or pink, chant yam, affirmation I am loved.
Throat chakra – Warrior one with brain cradle, colour blue, chant Ham, affirmation I speak clearly.
Third eye chakra – Child’s pose, colour indigo, chant Aum, affirmation I see clearly.
Crown chakra - Resting pose, colour violet or clear, chant Om, affirmation I am connected.
I finish the practice in prayer and connect with chakras 8-12 though daily affirmations and prayers.
Kari-ann has been wonderful and demonstrated the poses so if you want to see how they work together click play on the video at the end of this post.
Ireally want to thank my teachers, Kari-ann, Helen and Janet for all of their help and support over the last 18 months and for opening a whole new world where the physical reaches the spiritual and for introducing me to a practice that’s as much about the inside as the out.
The light and love in me salutes and honours the light and love in each of you - Namaste
If you are interested in working with me to balance and align your chakra system with energy work, pendulum and meditation please do get in touch and we can talk through your needs, it’s a sure thing that as we come more into alignment with ourselves we improve our health and well-being not just of ourselves but of those around us too!
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Kari-ann teaches Forrest yoga at Equilibrium yoga studios in Peterborough.
Soul Happy Wellbeing centre offers yoga courses in its centre in Cowgate.
What image does the word tribe conjure up for you? Is it of a human social group associated with kinship? Is it of groups of Native American Indians camped out around a fire with their tipis or the Maasai of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, with their striking clothes and incredible ceremonies? I must confess that this was my image (of a tribe) up until four years ago when I read a book (several times) called the Chimp Paradox.
This book has helped me to see the world, those around me and more importantly, myself, in a completely new way. It explains how our brains haven’t evolved much, if at all, since humans first walked the planet 1.8 million years ago and how our sympathetic nervous system or our fight or flight mechanism still comes into play in the modern world, whether or not we are going to be eaten by a bear. It is commonly recognised these days that it is this mechanism that pushes our stress buttons and that by calming it we can become much less stressed and anxious. The Chimp Paradox talks about the brain in three parts: Part one is the human -this is our logical voice, the I in me. Part two is the computer, which runs all the day-to-day stuff we don’t even think about like breathing and runs our auto pilots, when we do things automatically without thinking like making a cup of tea. It also creates the emotional responses we have to situations. These responses are deeply ingrained, sometimes over several lifetimes, and to change them we have to work hard to reprogramme the computer. The third element of the brain is referred to as the chimp; this is our primeval brain, the fight or flight response. The book goes into great detail about how to keep our chimp happy, avoiding setting off our fight and flight mechanism but enhancing our feelings of well-being and happiness.
One of the ways to keep our chimp happy is to work out who our tribe is. To do this, think about the people who resonate with you the most. Who do you feel most at home with? Who do you miss and long to see if you haven’t seen them for hours or days? Typically, your tribe will be 12-15 people and whilst the names on this list are changeable, the change is generally slow and takes place over years. I recently found my tribe list from four years ago and it has changed but only with a couple of people who I’m less close to now and a couple who I’m more close to. Of course, this is perfectly natural. We experience every soul we meet for a reason and some stay for a season whilst others stay a lifetime. We are grateful for them all and the lessons we learn together.
Recently I’ve become part of a new tribe - the Soul Happy tribe - and what a wonderful group of people they are. It’s quite a privilege to meet and be part of a group of heart-centred people who genuinely love and support one and other. It makes me light up when I’m with them. Their brand of open spirituality and positive vibes is helping to reconnect me to my spiritual roots and transform feelings from dark to light.
I want to mention another tribe of beautiful people who have incarnated at this time and chosen to be connected to Peterborough. It seems to me that there is an abundance of souls who help light up others around them and over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to get to know many of them. These are people who may not be in my direct tribe but are part of a wider community of activists, creatives and healers who are making a difference in this place and time, who choose to shine their light in a special way and brighten the lives of others around them.
It’s been an amazing journey of awareness since reading the Chimp Paradox. Discovering and valuing my tribe has helped me to build and value my relationships and the wider tribe of community helps me and the place I live be strong and vibrant.
Some of the members of my tribe (below), I'm blessed to have such beautiful people in my life:-)
In my role as the Communities Team Manager at PECT I’ve written a lot of blogs in the past, I don’t find it difficult, it's usually in the context of an environmental issue that's close to my heart and linked to the charities goals of creating sustainable places - this is different! How? Its about me, and not just the image I want to project in my day job, but about my heart and soul, it's about peeling back the layers and revealing things that ordinarily I don’t show anyone except the closest members of my tribe, and sometimes not even to them, I guess in this process I might even find layers I hadn’t shown myself and that's scary!!!
So (I ask myself) if this is so frightening why do it? Why risk bringing up all sorts of nasty past life wreckage and risk alienating people who might think differently about me, why rock the boat when it might tip over? Well, as Tim Booth says in his song Sound we should ‘do everything we fear, in this there’s power, fear is not to be afraid of’ this is something I try to live my life by, not always successfully, but its good to have a mantra when your facing a tricky situation, it reminds us we can actually do anything we put our mind, body and spirit into and allows us to take confidence from all the times we’ve taken the leap of faith, just like the fool in the tarot deck who tells us we have all we need, just step over the cliff and all will be well.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, well back in the early nineties (I know for some of us it's still the 90’s) I experienced a spiritual awakening which led me on a path towards enlightenment which is all about the experience, its not about the destination, it about the journey, and I’m sorry if that sounds clichéd but it's true:-)
Anyway, I digress, a topic for another time methinks.
The reason I mentioned my spiritual awakening is because this is the time that my interest in divination really peaked, it had always been there, a family trait, my Nanna used to read the tea leaves with me when I was small and I’d been fascinated with palm reading since I’d had mine read at a school fete in the summer of 76 with a prediction of living into my 80’s (which doesn’t seem so far off these days!).
It was around twenty five years ago that I picked up my first tarot deck and discovered just how much the cards resonated with me. Unlike other methods of divination I’d tried like the runes or staring into a crystal ball the cards spoke to me, they told me a story, this story takes me and the querent on a journey (yes there’s that word again) into the past, present and future, it tells of of hopes and dreams, of love and light and where sadness and drama lays, it helps us to clarify which way we turn when we take our next steps and can help us to remember the blueprint we wrote for this life and aid us in remembering our path.
Not just a tarot reading
Over the past year or so I have been experiencing what I like to think of as my second spiritual awakening, I took my complementary therapy qualifications back in the late nineties and early noughties but these more recognised disciplines (Massage/Aromatherapy/Indian Head Massage/Reflexology/Sports Massage) have always sat alongside intuitive guidance to use other forms of more ancient therapies which perhaps aren't as easy to explain through our modern day eyes, nonetheless they are sited throughout history, they exist and for me they are as powerful as any pill you can get from a doctor or pharmacist, and really importantly they work to really alleviate the disease not just take away the symptoms.
I have found that using methods such as crystal healing, chakra balancing , working with a pendulum or using energy work enhances a reading, it brings it to a full consciousness. When we get into the right meditative, almost trance like state, and open ourselves to our guides we breath prana into the reading, it becomes so much more than just a tarot reading, it helps us to find what we need to heal our whole-selves and to start to bring the missing pieces of us home.
So, I guess I’ve faced this fear, I’ve written my first Be the Light blog post, and quite enjoyed the process, if you’ve made it this far down the page thank you for listening and please do come back for more!
Bright Blessings - Namaste
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