Wednesday's Free Tarot Class - Moon

Hi and welcome to our Wednesday Tarot class. This week we are going to talk about the moon. I love this card! It is a psychic card too. The moon represents phases, cycles, and evolutions in our lives, including the tides. People have been worshiping the moon since the beginning of time. The astrology sign of Cancer rules the moon. The moon represents our emotions. It is the Mother card. It is number 18, which adds up to the number 9. This is the second nine that the Fool encounters on his journey, which means he is on his second initiation. The Hermit was his first 9 on his path. Remember the Hermit? He reached the first plateau of awareness and went through the initiation of the cards from the Fool to Strength that we've explored in previous articles. Because he has reached this higher level of consciousness, he can teach us. Now we are on the second 9 initiation, meaning he’s still on his journey of learning, slipping back and then advancing again. How many times do we do this? We start learning to think positive, then something upsets us and we can’t get it out of our head no matter how hard we try. We go over and over it in our minds until we feel like screaming. Finally we talk ourselves into letting go of these negative thoughts and we start again to think positive. Alan Cohen, one of my favorite authors writes, “You will receive more of whatever you concentrate on.” This is repeated in almost all self-help books, including the Bible. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." This is what the Law of Attraction is about too. So, like the fool, we walk through our journeys trying this and trying that. Just as we think we know it all, or have a firm grasp on things, another cycle comes and we learn on another level.

Take a look at your moon card in the Rider-Waite deck. See the dog and the wolf howling at the moon? This represents the wild wolf as our untamed thoughts and feelings (the wild out of control ones we can’t seem to get out of our heads) into conscious, tamed ones, where we finally have control. The dog represents this. We do this by disciplining our minds and choosing what we are going to focus on. We decide if we are going to let our thoughts run rampant, making us feel out of control, or if we are motivated enough to take control of our thoughts. Turning a wolf into a dog? That sounds like magic! In a way it is and we do have the potential to do this. We were given the tools to create what we want in our lives. Remember those tools the fool carries in the pack? Our magician laid the tools out on the table and began working with them. This is how we turn our lives around – by deciding what we want and having the courage to co create what we desire. While we do this we have to also accept that there is an untamed, wild part of us that surfaces now and then and we need to know that this part of us comes from the same source as our disciplined selves. It just manifests in a different way. It’s a good idea to stay in touch with your untamed, animal, ego self. The crayfish coming out of the water teaches us that all creatures have the prospect to evolve and we can do it too as we let go of habits and reactions and stop overreacting emotionally. The moon illuminates our journey and the towers are like an entryway to another world. Do we have the courage to leave our old selves behind and take that trek into the mountains to seek our true spirituality? The journey is our choice. We bought the ticket.

Do you see bright yellow looking raindrops falling from the moon? These are yods, which represents the hand of God. This is life force energy falling from above into materialism. In other words it is like seeds of new consciousness being seeded. If you look back at the Tower card, these yods are there too. A full moon is a time of releasing. Write down what you don’t want in your life anymore and burn the paper during the full moon. During a new moon write what you want to bring into your life. Be as specific as possible.

The Moon’s advice:

Let go of old habits to make way for the new.
Pay attention to your dreams
Evolve and transform your subconscious motivations through meditation
Be sensitive and intuitive
Be romantic, dreamy, sensitive and understanding

Next week we’ll delve into an enlightening and wonderful card called the SUN. Until then, angel hugs,Jean Maurie

7 ways to raise your frequency / Vibrations

This is a great video I found over on Soul Garden, then on to You Tube. It is so nice to know that humor, dance and singing are so high on the list. That certainly seems easy enough to do. Love the idea of getting out in nature too. I don't do that enough.

How do YOU raise your vibrations? What do you do that makes you happy?

Double Rainbow on our way home last night

We had quite a storm yesterday afternoon that cooled the weather considerably. When the rain stopped we met my brother at a restaurant for dinner. As we were saying goodbye on the restaurant porch we saw this bright rainbow and I was wishing that I had my camera with me.

We drive toward home when I remembered I had my flip video in my purse. I whipped it out, turned it on and fortunately we could still see the rainbow. So I took a couple of videos of it and made a snapshot from this video. Can you see the faint outline of the second rainbow to the right? Have you ever heard or seen that the second rainbow's colors are reversed?

I love rainbows as they have the colors of our auras in them and often when I send healing to people I surround them in my mind with a rainbow, knowing they will get the colors they need.

Hope you enjoy the picture. I know the pot of Gold lives within so didn't even hunt for it last night.

Angel Hugs and Happy Sunday to all,

Wednesday's Free Tarot Class - Star

Hi and welcome to our Wednesday tarot class. This week we are going to “hitch our wagon to a star”! Doesn’t that sound like fun after meeting Death, The Devil and getting into that burning Tower? The Star card is a good one to get at this time of year because it is like the Star of Bethlehem. Why? Because like that star that led the wise-men to baby Jesus, you are made of star dust and when you recognize how wonderfully and beautifully you really are, you can begin guiding others to their own Christ within, or their own starlight!

Together we’ve been through eighteen lessons that our fool has had to walk through to get to his star. Take a look at the star in your Rider-Waite deck or the picture above. See there are eight eight-pointed stars in the sky. One plus seven equals eight. Which is what the star number seventeen adds up to. Eight is the card of Strength. Look what we’ve just gone through – death, the devil and a falling tower! Do we need to fear anything else? When you are faced with what appears to be insurmountable obstacles in your life, think back to how you overcame other obstacles and setbacks. Remember the flaming tower, and then keep in mind the calm after the storm, which is represented by the Star. It was like watching the fall of the Devil’s kingdom.

The astrological sign of Aquarius, the water bearer, represents the Star. See how she has one foot in the water and is kneeling on the ground? She is balancing herself in the waters of the sub consciousness but the earth is holding her weight. She is a Goddess, the Empress, and Mother Nature. She’s pouring the waters of life onto the material earth. The ripples of water represent our five senses that we vibrate to and eventually go out into the universal consciousness. There are seven smaller stars, which represent the seven charkas. (The Energy centers that are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura) All of these stars represent cosmic energy, which is what we are made of. The Goddess star has been soul searching after the fall of the tower – like the calm after the storm. She’s been through challenges just like you and I will continue to do. But instead of letting these challenges defeat us, we grow stronger and learn that we need to go within for more inspiration and guidance. We have to be completely honest and true to ourselves which is what the star’s nudity represents. As we learn to meditate more to seek guidance and wait for true answers, our trial periods will become less and less. We need to take charge of our mind, body and emotions so we don’t let our egos get the best of us again, otherwise we could find ourselves in another tower-like situation where everything seems to be falling apart.

Meditation doesn’t always mean turning off the phone, putting a do-not-disturb sign on the door and trying to clear your mind of all thoughts. The meaning of meditation is a “contemplative discourse, usually on a religious or philosophical subject; contemplation on a subject intention or expectation.” What do you think about most of the time or contemplate on during the day? Take another look at the Star. What message does the star Goddess have for you? Think about the star when you awaken, especially if you find yourself thinking fearful or negative thoughts. Realize that you have your own star Goddess within, who is there to help you with brilliant star-like ideas, to help you live in the light, to help you be the light in other people’s lives. Begin to recognize your own star-like qualities and start to follow your own star!

If you get the star in a reading, know that for you it is a time of self-reflection, and you need to start believing in yourself. If you don’t like your job, know that doors of opportunities will open and new opportunities come. If you are looking for romance, know that either you will meet someone promising or you will receive guidance about what to do to help the relationship you are in. Know that you are vibrating at a higher level now and you can create a better life for yourself.

The Star’s advice:

Follow your star and be ready for success
Gifts of the spirit are on their way be ready to accept them
Radiate, twinkle, think beautiful and inspirational thoughts
Express your beauty for the world to see, claim your sacred space
Insight, love, helping and inspiring others.
What you think and contemplate on is what you create for yourself

Nest week we will learn about the deep and intuitive moon card. Until then.
Angel Hugs, Jean Maurie

Wednesday's Free Tarot Class - Tower

Hi and welcome our Wednesday Tarot class. This week we’re going to take a trip into an angry looking tower with lightening and thunder flashing and booming around. Even the top of the tower looks like it is blowing off. How scary! Take a look at the Tower in your Rider-Waite Deck. Yikes what is going on here?

Have you ever felt so frustrated and stressed that you felt like you were going to explode? I sure have. This is partly what the tower card is about. Say you’ve just lost your job, you and your love are fighting, you accuse each other of this or that and they walk out. You feel like you can’t take it anymore and you just want to scream! Or crawl into bed pulling the covers over your head while you scream. Again this card is another story about being stuck in ego thinking where we stay stubborn, wanting to be right rather than happy – resisting change.

The tower is a symbol of how we, as humans build our ego from false beliefs that we think we know what is right, which seems comfortable. We don’t want to change because we know its other people who are wrong, not us. “If only he or she would treat me better or love me, or come back my life would be better. How can I make her love me? I can’t stand it anymore that he doesn’t call. Why does he hurt me so much? I’m scared if I change she’ll leave me.” This is fear talking. Many times when we hurt so bad that we feel like we’re going to fall apart, is when we have to start letting go of our destructive thoughts. We want to scream, cry, and hold on to people so they won’t leave us or get back at someone who “stole” our job or relationship from us. The tower card is usually a sudden crisis that is dramatic in nature. It’s like we were warned by clues like aches and pains in our bodies that something needs attention but we ignored the feelings. Suddenly we’re doubled over in pain and we’re rushed to the emergency room. Or we’ve been nagging at our lovers until suddenly they’ve had enough and split. Maybe it seems like they walked out for no reason with no warning. Maybe we missed the warnings. The Tower represents a wake-up call. How we respond to this wake-up call depends on how severe it will be for us.

The Tower is an Aries card, ruled by Mars, the God of war and conflicts. When we’re at the top of the tower we can see ourselves more clearly than ever and when we become aware of our true selves, the false has to go. Do you remember the lover’s card, number VI where the angel is above the lovers? Remember how we talked about how much easier our lives would be if we’d turn to our Higher selves and listen before flying off the handle and making wrong judgments? The Tower card shows us what happens when we continue making wrong judgments instead of communicating honestly. The Kabbalah name for Tower is Peh, which means mouth and speech. According to the voyager Tarot cards, “big mouths are always taken down in the end.”

The Tower also shows itself when we’ve continued building our lives on shaky grounds – when things can’t stay the same because of instability. Then our “house of cards” collapses and we have to start over. But we always have the chance to rebuild even stronger than before. Rigidity can’t last! Some of the ways tower energy can manifest are: divorce, disasters from weather or fire, accidents, and robberies. If you get the tower card in your readings pay more attention to your intuition so you can hear the warning messages. Check your locks, be aware of who is around you when you walk to your car – have your keys in your hand. All these warnings are not meant to scare you, only trying to give you a “heads up”. Think of the Tower as a breaking up of your tallest defenses, the ones that you’ve not wanted to let go. Have you had a unexpected insight? This is also Tower energy. You could see the bolt of lightening as a sudden awakening from within. So the tower doesn’t have to be disasters, it could simply be sudden new thoughts that inspire you to change your diet, start an exercise program, clean your house – any number of liberating ideas and releasing of outgrown limitations.

The Tower’s advice:

Look at your beliefs and feelings and burn out those that keep you limited
Purify and eliminate bad habits in order to have a healthy body
When you feel “I can’t stand it anymore” make your changes before they are made for you
Find ways to take care of yourself – learn to meditate, go to yoga classes, and commit to being more spiritual
Open up to new insights, inspiration and let go of what isn’t working.

Next week we get to hitch our wagon to a star. Until then,

Angel Hugs, Jean Maurie

Wednesday's Free Tarot Class - Devil

Hi and welcome to our Wednesday Tarot class. This week we’re meeting another of the scary, dreaded cards. Mr. Devil himself. Okay, stop shuddering; he’s not that bad – honest – unless of course you want him to be. Some people are addicted to negativity and fear and only want to focus on the scary.

Speaking of addictions, this is one of the meanings of the Devil card, number XV. He’s an ugly thing isn’t he? Take a look at him in the Rider Waite deck. The Devil has goat horns, a goat face bat wings and donkey ears. (Not too scary yet huh?) Look at the chains the people in front of the Devil. They are loose. This indicates that he isn’t such a bad guy after all because as soon as you realize you have freedom of choice, you can just wiggle out of those chains and set yourself free!

Guess what else – and some of you may hotly disagree with what I’m going to say next – there is no Devil except the one that man created! I know, some of you may have been taught the opposite in church and Sunday school, and you may find references in the Bible about the Devil. But the Devil is only us using our powers the wrong way. Take alcohol for instance. In itself, alcohol is not bad but taken to excess it can become addictive. Anything can be used for good or destruction. Fire can keep us warm and cook our food or it can be used to destroy. Same with the emotions of love. Will we use it to uplift or will we use the energy possessively? Another way to describe the Devil is misuse. Have we jumped back into ego thinking again, believing if we think long and hard enough we can solve all our problems? Or have we learned the lessons from the death and temperance cards, realizing that we can let go of the temptation to go it alone, believing we have all the answers and turn to our Higher selves, so we can begin seeing all sides, practicing the lessons of temperance, knowing our guardian archangels are there to help and strengthen us.

The Devil is a Scorpio card but in reality he is really Archangel Uriel, which in Hebrew means Light of God. Amazing, huh! There are more surprises coming! Within each of us is the light of God because we were made in the image and likeness of God. But sometimes we don’t act like Gods or Goddess’s do we? The original Greek word for Devil is diaballien, which means to disrupt the order. Hey, maybe sometimes we need to disrupt the order once in a while. I mean what happens when we think we know it all and we get stubborn and hardheaded in our lives? You know being too stubborn and egotistic can be qualities that bedevil us and instead of trying to change and seeing the other person’s point of view we can be addicted to being right! Sometimes life hands us unpleasant surprises that don’t make us real happy. But think how often we learn and grow from some of our darkest times. If the Devil comes up in a reading it doesn’t mean that horrible things are going to happen. It can only mean you need to turn back to your Divine Higher self, ask for help and guidance from feeling in the dark, and let go of error thinking that all is lost and you are bad.

Another exciting way to look at the Devil card is to realize that Devil spelled backwards is lived! Wow! Never thought of that, huh? Maybe its time to stop being so serious about everything and start living more joyously. The Devil is number 15 which is 5, or Hierophant (representing Mercury, the planet of our mind, thinking and communication) and number 1 – or Magician! Wow what a combination! See the Devil isn’t that scary after all. When we combine our mind, communication and thinking with the power of our Magician how can we go wrong? We just have to remember who we are and what our minds are capable of. We can use our minds and our magician to control and destroy or we can reach for the best in ourselves and communicate love, joy, creativity, enthusiasm, healing and abundance. We don’t need to stay addicted to fear, panic, self-destruction.

The Devil’s Advice:

Act spontaneously knowing that being unconventional can bring about new awakenings.
Break with the old ways of thinking
Take risks be like the Fool again
Stays aware take off your blinders
See the truth of who you really are
Give yourself a good shaking and climb out from your chains.

Next week we’ll see another troublesome card – the Tower. Until then live fully with joy and enthusiasm.

Angel Hugs, Jean Maurie

Wednesday's Free Tarot Class - Temperance

Hi and welcome to our Wednesday Tarot class. This week we’re meeting Temperance. Now that we’ve experienced all that turmoil and change from the death card, its time we take a look at what we learned from it. What can we take with us so we don’t have to get so scared again if we have to go through changes in our life – and we will and are continuing to!

This neat card – Temperance is ruled by Sagittarius and is represented by the Archangel Michael. If you take a look at number XIV – Temperance in the Rider-Waite deck you’ll see an angel pouring something from one cup to another. This is energy. He’s pouring energy, the subconscious of the silver cup into the golden cup of the conscious – the unseen to the seen and back and forth. This card is all about vibration and radiant energy. He is teaching us that energy can be controlled, that everything is in our hands and we bring our problems to ourselves. He is showing us that we can master our own thoughts and that our angels and spirit guides are here to help us. We can be at home in the spirit world and the physical world as we learn to master our own thoughts.

Whether we believe it or not, everything is energy and everything vibrates at certain frequencies. Whatever thoughts we focus on is what we are energizing. Are you angry all the time or worrying constantly? What energies are you vibrating to – peace, love, and happiness or anger, revenge, pain and suffering?

Take a look at Archangel Michael, the Temperance card. Do you see what looks like rays emanating from around his head? This shows that he has reached another level in his travels through the spiritual realms. He is in touch with his higher self. The Hebrew name for Temperance is Samekh, meaning support. He takes what he’s learned in the previous journey through the cards and begins to use it consciously. He has reached a new plateau, which, when applied to his every day life, with practice, will make the rest of his journey easier. Plus he is becoming more aware of those wonderful tools he’s possessed all along.

The death card represents releasing our ego and now we have to decide if we are going to continue over reacting to everything that confronts us in life, or are we going to stop, turn to our own Archangels, who accompany us through our life, letting them show us new and better ways of living.

What is your life about since we started the Fool’s Journey in the Tarot cards? Have you begun seeing life a little differently? Are you still over reacting or have you gotten all fired up to make some worthwhile and creative changes? I know I have changed since I started writing these articles. I decided to get some help for some issues that have been blocking me. How are you doing? Who is your support now – the old you who might have dramatized things in the past, or has a new, wiser, calmer you begun to emerge? Or maybe you realized that, “hey I’m angry and I never told anyone.” Maybe its time to acknowledge your “fire within”, be honest with yourself and find healthier and more creative ways to let these emotions have their say and be released. It’s better than pushing your feelings down and denying them. However, you don’t need to stay angry. Once you acknowledge your feelings and where they are coming from - without attacking anyone verbally, or physically – you’ll be freer to heal so your beautiful, loving self can emerge freely and genuinely. As you change you’ll find your friendships and relationships deepening.

With one foot in the water and the other foot on land, our Archangel Michael is no longer living only in the mental and intellectual world. He is more balanced – neither overly spiritual which can be pious, nor overly mental. He now knows how to use both his intellect and his spirituality in harmonious balance to achieve his goals.

Temperance Advice:

Communicate your feelings
Express your range of feelings creatively
Achieve equilibrium
Begin seeing all sides
Find the middle ground.

Next week we’re meeting the Devil. Believe it or not, I kinda like this guy- which I’ll explain.

Angel Hugs, Jean Maurie