How Often Should You Get A Tarot Reading?

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One of my FAQs is, “How often should I have a Tarot Card reading?” There is no right answer to this. It depends on your purpose– what type of reading you are having and the way you are using it. If you are looking for some indication about what is happening in general in the future, then you could have a reading every six months or so, or perhaps every year.

This kind of reading tends to involve a bigger “spread” or “layout” as Tarot

Readers call it, with more cards in it. This allows a broader view of trends that may be coming into play around you. It usually tells a reader whether you are in a time of change or of relative stability– whether new stuff is going to happen or if things will remain very similar to how they are now. You don’t need this kind of reading very frequently. It’s “big picture” stuff and tends to change slowly.

If you are looking at one issue at a time, such as if you are going to get a new job soon, you can ask that question with a smaller spread. A few cards or a Celtic Cross will be fine and will tell you what the possibilities are in that situation. The reading might tell you if you need to add to your skills and head off in a new career direction or search more thoroughly for a job than you are currently doing. If you asked about moving to a new house it might say that moving would be disruptive at this time. The Tarot is always more than just “Yes” or “No”. Usually it gives you some advice or insight as well.

With a reading based on one specific topic, you can ask whenever you like as long as the topics are different. It’s no good asking the same thing many times because the answers just become confusing and often merely reflect how you are feeling that day. I always try to discourage people from becoming dependent on divination. Asking the same question again and again, trying to nag the cards into telling you what you want to hear is not healthy. Sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want and we have to accept that and get on with things as best we can.

It’s better not to ask trivial questions. I have found that the Tarot works best when you’ve thought out your question carefully and put it in a sensible manner. When you have an answer to a question, then it’s a good idea to go away and reflect on it and see how that answer can help you with your problem. That is one of the strengths of the Tarot – guidance. It can help us to see solutions for ourselves.

By using Tarot wisely, it becomes like talking to a good friend. The answers often open up new ways of looking at our lives that can help us bring out the best for ourselves in the future. Like all good friends it responds best if you take notice of the answers it gives.

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The Importance Of Clearing A Tarot Deck

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When you bring home a new deck of tarot cards you will want to clear them. Clearing is a process of spiritually cleaning the cards to remove any negative energy or blocks that they may have accumulated. When you clear a deck of tarot cards for the first time you are also putting your own energy into the deck. There are many ways one can clear a deck. It’s a matter of preference for the reader.

It is suggested that when one gets a new deck of tarot cards that they are spiritually prepared and cleansed. This is so you can read more accurately. Negative energy and blocks can impede the clarity of a reading. When you clear a tarot deck you are preparing them for use. In addition to clearing the tarot cards, many readers also cleanse the space and objects they use in conducting readings. The room you read in, the table you use, and any other things related to the reader and the cards can be cleansed prior to a reading.

The idea is that spiritually clean cards and space give a clear reading free of the negative or blocking debris that collects naturally. This includes energy from other people and things like unwanted energy. Clean energy portends positivity. And you want positivity when you are doing a reading.

In addition to initial clearings, many readers do little cleanings in between their readings to keep their cards clean. This ensures that any negativity that was picked up in a consultation is dismissed and removed before the next reading. Some readers clean themselves and their cards after every reading and others choose to do it periodically. They may do it on a specific day and time on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter how you clear your cards, all that matters is that you are calling good energy to assist you and removing any negative energy.

All types of divination require some sort of energy in order to conduct the reading. Clearing the cards and space eliminates the spiritual residue that the energy builds. This helps reduce the possibility of inaccurate and false readings clouded by that debris. This is especially true for those readers who let their clients touch the cards. When someone touches a reader’s cards; their cards are then picking up other people’s energy, physically and psychically. In that case, you don’t want the next reading to have the last person’s energy attached to it. Clearing your tarot deck and space is like giving them fresh air to breathe. You have to breathe fresh air yourself and so do the cards and your space to help you to give you the best reading you can give.

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Intuition And Tarot Reading

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You don’t have to be psychic to use Tarot cards. You do need, however, to be in tune with your intuition. Our intuitions are our natural ability to instinctively sense things in the world around us. Intuition has nothing to do with our cognitive abilities. It is a gut feeling we get regardless of the logistics of a particular situation. Intuition lets us know when something is wrong when all appears right. For example, there are times when we may meet someone who appears wonderful to everyone but we still may feel something is not right with that person. We may not be able to put our finger on it but we know something isn’t quite as it should be. That is our intuition warning us. What happens in a case like this is that although we will act friendly outwardly inwardly we are guarded because of the feeling we have on a gut level.

Being psychic now is a little different. Psychic ability is one in which one’s senses go beyond the normal range of perception. It is considered a gift of sorts. Different people who are considered “psychic” may actually have a specific type of gift. Some of the ways this gift of being psychic can manifest is in being able to see things beyond the normal vision. Some can hear beyond normal hearing and some can channel into the spiritual realm. These are not the only ways to be psychic, these are simply some of the more obvious forms it takes. However, just like intuition, a person who is psychic can innately use their gift without having to think about it consciously.

To be an effective reader one does not have to be psychic per say but should be attuned to their intuition. The more we use our intuition in regards to interpreting the tarot the stronger it becomes. It’s like anything else. The more you do something, like using your intuition in this case, the better you become. Tarot cards are tools with which to focus our intuitive senses on. We also use our intuition to focus on the person being read to get an accurate picture of what is going on in that person’s life.

Some people are naturally intuitive and even psychic while others have to work a little harder to get the same sense of what’s going on. When you buy a box of tarot cards they are not “magic” in and of themselves. It’s the reader’s energy that is imparted into the cards that makes them effective for the reader. The person’s connection to the symbolism on the cards is what creates the magic. It is the symbolism that opens the person’s intuition in relation to the card. This is because each picture creates a feeling in the person that is in turn interpreted based on the person’s feeling and applied to a reading.

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Using The Physical Body To Connect With Guides And Spirit

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Communication from Spirit Guides is somewhat of a mystery to most of us, but yet, there are those who say they can openly communicate with other-worldly beings they call Guides and spirits. There are a variety of ways in which a Guide or a departed spirit can communicate with a medium or psychic. Often these communications are through what is called the “clair senses.”

Clair senses is a collective word, meaning that the Guide’s communication can utilize any of the following types of psychic sensitivity which co-mingles the physical body’s normal five senses. The five sense and the clair sense involved are:

Clairaudience: Clairaudience perceive sounds (or words) that a person can actually hear when, in fact, no one is speaking and nothing physical is causing the sounds. The sounds are thought to be impressions that register themselves on the spirillae of the ear’s pineal gland. It is believed that clairaudience sounds go through the same process that normal hearing does, passing through the Third Eye chakra of the head.

Clairsavorance: Clairsavorance is translated as clear tasting. The person experiences tastes in the mouth without putting anything physical actually in the mouth.

Clairscient: Clairscient means to smell a fragrance or odor of a substance which is not physical in nature. For example, you might smell cigarette smoke when you are in a place where it is certain no one is smoking or has smoked.

Clairsentience. Clairsentience allows a psychic to perceive information as a feeling within the whole body without any other stimuli related to this feeling or information, which comes from within the body, down the kundalini to the stomach area or solar plexus. The stomach area is one of the strongest communication centers that Guides frequently use to communicate.

Clairvoyance. Clairvoyance means to see into an ethereal dimension without using physical eyes. Some describe it as reaching into another vibration frequency and visually perceive “within the head” something like moving pictures. The third eye area of the forehead is one of the other strongest communication centers that Guides frequently use to communicate.

Since this article is focused on the “belly energies” and psychic abilities, we will narrow our focus to the area of the clairsentience. In his historic writings of “Psychic Science,” Sir Oliver Lodge spoke about what he called “clairvoyance or lucidity” and raised the older concepts that were coined as “reading with the pit of the stomach.” According to Lodge, using the stomach or belly area as the channel for psychic communications was an established practice.

That is an interesting observation when you look more globally at the ancient beliefs about the belly. The Chinese called this belly chakra the “chi point,” while the Japanese termed it the “hara” or “ki point.” As the body’s balancing chakra, this area is located one and a half inches below the navel and one and a half inches inward toward the spine. It is the “energy” that the body generates, some call it a power-center.

In writing this article, I spoke with world renowned psychic and author Jane Doherty because as a psychic she experiences a physical phenomena that relates to Sir Oliver Lodge’s concept of “reading with the pit of the stomach.”

Whenever there are ghosts around Jane Doherty, she has an amazing physical reaction to them. The reaction Jane has is that her stomach area actually enlarges by as much as six inches around within seconds. And, Jane tells us that it is extremely painful to her when this happens. If you watch Jane while her stomach expansion is happening, you are going to hear her moaning and see her wincing and trust me, it is not dramatic. Jane is in definite pain.

With regards to her expanding tummy, Jane says, It feels like a contraction when a woman is in labor, but it doesn’t ever release me until the spirit leaves. Instead, the stomach expands as if I was nine months pregnant. Jane actually describes it as very intense muscle cramps, where her stomach is physically gripped by the ghost, and if you watch, the belly will actually lift up. Jane continues, Often I can tell by the grip whether it is a female, male or child spirit. It first happened to me in 1990, when I investigated my first haunted house with a researcher.

Psychic Jane Doherty has this psychic belly experience as she applies her clairsentience skills, but interestingly enough the phenomena only happens when a ghost is present and not when a Guide is present. You can learn more about Jane Doherty’s psychic abilities in her book “Awakening the Mystic Gift: The Surprising Truth About What It Means to Be Psychic,” which chronicles Jane’s own psychic awakening and what it truly means to be psychic.

Doreen Virtue, author of “Clairaudience: Hearing Your Angels’ Messages,” says that clairsentients get divine guidance through bodily sensations, such as a tightening of the jaw, fists, stomach or sex organs, and that they intuitively know the specific meaning of these tightening reactions. She further adds that clairsentients receive angelic guidance through an etheric sense of smell, taste, and touch. Renowned medium John Holland says pointedly that the hot spot for clairsentients is the stomach.

Clearly the “belly energies” and “psychic abilities” are intrinsically related as a compliment that helps allow mediums to communicate with Guides, spirits and other-worldly beings. The stomach area is indeed one of the strongest communication centers frequently used to communicate with that which has no physical form.

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Channeling Your Spirit Guides

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Spiritual channeling is a process whereby an individual becomes the channel and the spirit speaks for them. Instead of contacting departed loved ones the entities that normally come through are Spirit Guides. Many channelers encounter the same entity or entities repeatedly. The entities that are being channeled, often discuss a particular subject that is normally spiritual and they pass on their knowledge and their wisdom.

Channeling is a skill that anyone can develop. All you need is the desire to grow spiritually and the determination to reach upwards. Channeling does not take years of special training, but what it does require is the ability to make one’s mind calm and free of thoughts. You also need the ability to trust.

If you go back over the years, Priestesses and Priests of the temples, Psychics, Seers, and Shamans were channeling energy from the unconscious to natural spirits and their own Spirit Guides. All civilizations and cultures have had Mystics or trace channelers, who provided a service with their abilities. They tap into a different dimension and bring through knowledge, which is not obtainable to the masses. The Shamans and Priests have kept this art form alive until our present day and when used with the right attitude it becomes available to almost anyone.

Channeling is for those of you that wish to enrich and develop the wisdom of your Higher Self. This is not a way of solving your daily and emotional problems.

Sometimes miracles can happen, however, your Spirit Guide will guide and help you find the solutions to what you need to know. Your Spirit Guide does this by helping you to see a variety of options that you have in your decision making processes.

It is important to understand that channeling must not be confused with someone whose soul intention is to contact the dead and seek their assistance. When a Medium uses spiritual channeling, they are leaving their ordinary waking consciousness and becoming a conduit for a source of energy not normally in their awareness.

They may have a sense of reaching their Higher Self (the highest vibrational part of the self), a Spirit Guide, or other light being, or they may feel a beautiful, loving energy flowing through their body for the healing of themselves and in that of others. Thoughts or images that are not their own may enter their mind, or they may find they are self-speaking in a way that differs from their ordinary thought process.

Channeling is one of the many gifts of Spirit as it helps you to unfold spiritual growth. Channeling is not practiced as an end in itself, but as a part of the channeler’s deep desire to be close to the great Spirit and to serve as an instrument for the expression of the higher planes of consciousness. The spiritual channeler does not seek glory; moreover, they feel deeply privileged to be part of the personal and planetary healing process.

Having clarity in channeling comes from your ability to reach a higher vibrational source and maintain a clear contact with it. As you enter a deep state of relaxation or meditation, it brings the highest energies present for the session. If you are taking alcohol, medication, are stressed or have fatigue, or other forms of illness, these will not give you a clear contact. Try to work when you are feeling in excellent condition.

The spirit guides who will work with you have a single purpose and that is to teach you to see yourself as they see you. A being of love, light and creative potential, who is one with oneself. As you begin to accept these truths about your essence, past traumas dissolve and your daily reality begins to come into alignment with the desires of your higher self. A growing sense of peace and joy shows you that you are on the right path. You can achieve the best results by working with a group whose main goal is to grow spiritually and to become conduits of the energy of love and healing that they receive.

All channelers filter the information that comes through them. It is in the purest form, when sent. The message will be of pure energy and a unit of total awareness and understanding can be seen as a light entering in the channeler’s aura. As the channeler’s physical body, mind and vocal chords are expressing the message it will then take on an earthly form, so that it can be understood on the earth plane. In the process of translating energy into words, the message is inevitably altered.

If you want somebody else to channel for you, let your instincts be your guide. Choose a positive person and make sure that their presence makes you feel comfortable and accepted. Most people are apprehensive about the first time they have a channeled reading. So try to separate this anxiety from the sense you have of the channeler. However, if you feel acute discomfort or physical pain, you may want to work with someone else.

Feel free to ask questions before the sessions begin. You may want to know what is the focus of the session, whether you can ask questions and what results other people have received. Ask permission to tape the session. If a tape is provided, you will hear many new things when you later replay your tape.

Attempt to suspend your judgmental self during the session and enjoy the flow of the session. You need not accept any statement that does not ring true to you; ask for more information or simply put it aside and you can consider it later. If you are pushing away positive statements about yourself, that can be a clue that you need to work on self-love. However, if you get no sense of inner confirmation about a statement, let it go.

Remember that channeling often serves its best purpose by spotlighting things you already knew about yourself but were avoiding or denying. Spiritual channeling helps you deal with your fears, understand your options, and move forward more confidently. By pointing out your spiritual gift and confirming your intuitions, it can give you the support you need to be your true self.

Preparing for the Channel

I myself found that practicing channeling with others was easier than for me alone. However, taking time for solitude and meditation is also important as this helps strengthen your connection with your Spirit Guides. Whether alone or with someone else, take some time to sit quietly. Create a sacred space for yourself by lighting a candle, you can also burn some incense. Visualize and feel the white light from the heart flow into you. Breathe deeply and focus on the breath to give your brain a job (sometimes the busy brain needs a job). You can tell your mind to focus on your breathing, as this helps to quieten the mind.

How to connect with your Spirit Guides

When you are relaxed, comfortable, and your mind is clear, start to telepathically call out to your Guides (you might like to call to your Angel instead of your Guide the choice is yours) ask them to come into your sacred space.

In your mind’s eye you begin to see them coming towards you. When you feel their presence, imagine that a beam of light begins to radiate from your Spirit Guide and open your heart, so that the light passes through the feeling of love. Feel the energy flowing both ways from their heart to your heart and back to them. Once that energy is flowing strongly, imagine a second beam of light radiating from their third eye to yours. Open all your psychic senses and feel the flow of energy between your third eye and their third eye. I have found that connecting on both of these levels helps strengthen the telepathic communication link.

If you are comfortable, invite your Guide to come and blend with you. There is nothing to fear. Feel the loving energy coming from your Guide. There is absolutely no harm that can come to you in allowing your Guide to come close. There are no ulterior motives in the spirit realm, they simply want to love and help you. I let my Guide come right up to me and blend with me. It is as if we share the same space for a while.

Once you are in this state, open to the bliss of oneness. Your Guides are of the highest light, and always come in with a tremendous loving energy. You should start to feel comfortable, soothed and uplifted.

If you feel any fear or you find you are uncomfortable, go back to the start and focus on bringing in more white light. Before you start, again ask yourself why you are afraid. Try to let go of the fear and understand that you have complete control over what you allow into your energy field.

Working with your Guides

Your Spirit Guides can offer you a loving, healing energy, as well as valuable insight from their unique perspective. Accessing these higher dimensions and the feeling of being connected to your Guide or Angel can strengthen your soul and help you flow with life.

To strengthen your connection with your Guide, you can simply acknowledge their presence in your life. Talk to them telepathically and trust that they hear you. They will respond to you and it just takes openness on your part to hear them. They may communicate by a vision, sometimes by words or a feeling of knowingness. The way they communicate is dependent upon the amount of practice you have done. (It will always start slowly. Do not give up. Keep going, as practice always makes perfect).

Keep a journal, notebook and pen handy. Therefore, if you receive a message that you feel is important you can write it down. This allows you to work with the message until it feels integrated. It also allows you the opportunity to share the message with others, which is a way to validate your experiences.

By practicing this exercise, you can come to know your guide in a deep and profound way. In these chaotic times, taking a moment to connect with your Spirit Guide can give you the reassurance you need. Even if you do not have a specific question, connect with your healing Guide to send you healing energy to balance and energize you. An important point to remember is, that if your voice changes in tone slightly or your writing changes, do not be alarmed as this is quite normal when practicing channeling. Be sure to open your heart and let in their love. This can be quite profound and can help you to understand how your Guide can help you through your life. Remember trust is important on both sides.

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