Dear Spirit: Friday, November 27th, 2009

Request #1:

Dear Spirit,

How can I approach my educational goals successfully? Thank you, CEA (Las Vegas, NV)

Dear CEA,

Congratulations, you’ve embarked on a long, often difficult journey, but the rewards will be great once you complete your higher education, I swear! As a mother of two kids in college, I salute you. You will deal with many distractions and temptations, but keep disciplined, goal oriented and focused on your achievements and you will succeed. That being stated, the cards pulled as followed–9 card-The Emporer; 1st initial, reversed Page of Swords; 2nd initial, reversed Two of Rods; 3rd initial, Five of Pentacles.

The 9 card is the overall indicator of the forces at work around you. The Emporer has a two fold purpose, the drive to manifest desires on the physical plane and a representation of a potential role model to assist you in those efforts. To find the success you seek you must first learn to take responsbility for your own life, meaning self discipline and self-dominion. In other words, if you approach your studies haphazardly the success you want will not manifest. Your education is your stepping stone to your adult life, I feel, you must treat it with respect and responsibility. Develop good study habits, become an actively participating student willing to learn at all times and take advantage of every opportunity i.e., study groups, tutors, etc. if necessary. Take good notes, turn in your assignments on time, tend to your health, save the party animal routine for the weekends. The Emporer also represents a strong mentor. Search for a teacher or counselor that can guide you appropriately to take advantage of the opportunities your university has to offer to aid you in your goals.

The Page of Swords advises there are hidden matters you may not be aware of at the moment that may challenge your goals, therefore be prepared, just in case that hidden matter is an extra fee you weren’t expecting or you can’t get the class you want this semester, have an alternative.

The Two of Rods can also be an indicator of sudden events that test you. If they happen, do not overreact, stop and think of your options. This card vibrates to the number 2, a number of decision making. As it is reversed, it can be an indicator of a lack of discipline, failure to do homework, not putting in enough effort. You’ve take on a huge task, that of pursuing higher education. What you put into it, you’ll receive. In all matters, be organized and diligent in your pursuits and you won’t go awry.

The final card is the Five of Pentacles. This card vibrates to the number 5, the number of Temprerance. It’s all about combining your abilities with right timing. This card may be an indicator that you are not able to see the help which is available to you, hence it is even more important to find a competent guide or counselor to assist you through the college process. This card can also indicate a loss of faith in oneself, do not give in to the temptation to self-criticize, you have enough on your plate to deal with as a college student, tearing yourself down will only worsen the stress you place on yourelf. Again, I say finding a mentor will help you when you are feeling lost or confused about your next step. Also, discipline with money may be an issue for you as it would appear finances are tight at the moment. Learn to live frugally as your education will require a great deal from you financially as well as intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Good luck in your future endeavors! I believe with hard work, you will be a success!

Request #2

Dear Spirit,

I am recently married. All my husband and I do is fight. Will we be ok? Any advice you can give would help. Thank you, KBP (Abilene, TX)

Dear KBP,

First, you don’t mention it, but I have a strong feeling you are very young. Marriage is a full time occupation that requires consistent effort from both parties in order to be successful like a garden that must be tended to constantly to harvest its earthly abundance. Second, you’ve each made a commitment to honor and cherish another human being for the rest of your lives, through good and bad times. That’s a lot to ask from anyone, let alone from young people still learning about themselves while in the process of learning about their partners. The stress can be enormous and lead to arguing easily.

That being stated, the cards pulled as follows–9 card-The Close (Death); 1st initial-Ten of Pentacles; 2nd initial-reversed The Tower; 3rd intial The High Priest.

First, I must say, there’s a sense of violence with The Tower and The Close/Death card together. Not necessarily anything physical mind you, but perhaps your arguments descend into name calling or other vengeful words stated in anger to hurt and wound one another. If this is the case, STOP immediately. Once a bell is tolled it can’t be untolled. The words may be forgotten but not their impact and it will eventually decay the foundation of your relationship.

The Close/Death card is representative of the potential for enormous transformation. There are big changes ahead for you. You may experience a new phase of love with your spouse or you may decide to separate before it gets any worse between you. In any event, be prepared to meet fresh ideas, new people and possibly new opportunities for you are in the midst of reconstruction which will bring a period of great happiness if you make wise decisions in your relationship.

The Ten of Pentacles is an indicator of very positive aspects of your relationship. It is telling me that you aren’t having financial issues or family issues adding extra stress, in fact, money, jobs, etc. are going well for the most part for you both. I tend to call the Ten of Pentacles the family card as there is often wealth associated via family. This isn’t just financially, but good relationships with family members who you can turn to for advice; you have access to strong family support and you are utilizing family traditions you learned as well to help make your marriage work, more plusses on the side of your marriage working out. I believe you are fighting because you are two young people learning to be grown-ups, slow down and remember how much you love one another, neither one of you always needs to be right, learn to compromise, pick and choose your battles.

The reversed Tower sends a warning…see the writing on the wall and do what is right…if you keep arguing destructively your relationship will end, is that what either of you want? It is also representative of a narrow escape from disaster or injury. While I make no assumptions, if there is any physical violence in your relationship, seek assistance NOW from certified professionals before you spiral out of control toward potential tragedy.

The High Priest sends me a signal of peace. Again, this card vibrates to the number 5, in all things Temperance, abilities combined with appropriate timing. If one spouse is better at balancing the checkbook and the other spouse is better at mechanics, then by all means each one takes responsibility to do what they do well and advising the other of what is happening so both parties are constantly informed. This card is also an indicator to seek guidance from a marriage counselor. This isn’t a bad thing. You may learn some wonderful tools to help you navigate through the world of marriage. In the process you may learn some more about not only yourselves, but each other. Good luck to you both!

That’s all from Spirit this time around folks! In light of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to thank everyone in my life who’ve helped me through good times and bad. I want to thank our troops for their sacrifices, rescue workers for their aid, and thank you to my readers for helping to make my writing career a reality instead of a dream!

Until next time,

Erin Sinclair

“For love that’s out of this world!”