In the Beginning…

In a time when the world was at its end, there lived a Great Queen whose name meant “honor.” Her blood was made from the sweat of stars, and she lived fire and breathed the ocean’s depths.

She taught the people of love and life, of hardships and forgiveness, of truth and apathy. And when the time came for her to take a place among the Fallen, she was greatly mourned. A sadness fell over the land as the last light the people had known twinkled out into the darkness which covered them, and the earth was still.

The darkness grew, and soon her name was lost in the blackness and chaos which ruled the earth. The people spread across the land like locusts, the anger and grief they felt inside hiding the trust and security they’d known, and before long they began to devour each other in their confusion. A time without measure eased along the horizon, quiet in its progress and cold in its passing.

When the pinpricks of light suddenly pierced through the black and the sulfur scent began to lift, no one noticed. But as the land began to heal itself and green stalks fought through the pestilence and tar, the tears of the Grateful nourished the earth. The Queen’s echoes were felt, and the people began to speak of a time which no one remembered but all knew to be true. Their skin sang, muscles hummed; their bones kept rhythm. The moments changed direction, warmth and calm embraced them.

And in the footprints of the Forgotten, life began anew.

Prosperous Faith

Doubt keeps silent, but faith speaks.

One spiritual principle much repeated is to “speak those things that be not as though they are.” In the Christian bible it’s found at Romans 4:17 and expanded up on in Mark 11:22-24; in Wicca and Witchcraft it’s the first lesson you learn in order to cast spells/transform reality. This belief – that our power and energy is so great we can literally speak something and it comes to pass – is the foundation of faith, in whatever spirituality or religion you circumscribe to. It’s the strength behind spellcasting, the confidence in affirmations and prayer.  When we use our personal power to embrace and express positive change, that power reflects back to us in the world. On the flip side, when we speak negatively, we are using our personal power to create the exact circumstances and troubles we complain about – effectively adding fuel to the fire.

Lately, with the world constantly using the word “recession”, it’s difficult to retain a positive and faithful attitude. People, and the media, are constantly telling us we are in debt, in lack, in poverty. Remember who you are in Universe, and that the world does not dictate your finances or your opportunities – Spirit does. No matter what the attitude of the world, of friends and family, guide yourself to recall the many times in your life Goddess/God has blessed you unexpectedly, supplied exactly what you needed to heal what you thought was a dead-end situation. Spirit makes a way where there is no way, and today – right now – declare to yourself and the world “I am the beloved child of Spirit/Goddess/God, and despite what the world tells me, I am prosperous and blessed in every way!”

Simple but Effective Tarot

When  I began giving tarot readings, I was led to think that more cards I flipped over the better, the reading would be. But as my skill and trust in my intuitive abilities grew, I found that smaller spreads work best for the client and the reader.

When reading tarot cards, either for myself or a client, I find that this 3 card spread (author unknown) is the most effective. It’s enough cards to delve in deep with, but not so many that you have have to keep track of what goes where, and risk alienating/overwhelming the client. Also, the spread can be easily altered to suit your needs.

THREE CARD LAYOUT

What the Spread Reveals This is a very simple yet useful spread, that can have a wide range of meanings assigned to each of the three positions. Two of these are presented here for your consideration. They include the top row of titles, which introduces a problem or decision focused approach, “Context – Focus – Outcome” and the bottom titles which introduce a timeline approach, of “Past – Present – Future.”
To begin this spread, shuffle the cards carefully, spread them out in a long line in front of you, then allow your Higher Self to draw three cards from the deck. Each step should be done carefully and with calm focus.
Problem Solving or Decision Making Approach This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to figure out how to approach a problem or decision. This is easiest when you let your ego and conscious mind relax, and allow your Higher Self to speak to you through the cards you draw.

Left Card: The Context – This card reflects a general overview of the Querant’s  present situation.

Center Card: The Focus – This card reflects a new set of circumstances that are about to act upon the Querant, the forces that drive these may be positive or negative depending on the card and whether it is upright or inverse. This card is the general problem or the decision to be made.

Right Card: The Outcome – This card reflects the effect of the second focus card. It shows the outcome that comes with the new circumstances; the results of the problem solving and/or decision-making.
Timeline Approach This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to help you to explore the forces that are influencing the Querant, by looking at the past, present and future energy around them.

Left Card: The Past – This card shows the Querant’s past experiences, the ones that cast a light on the current situation.

Center Card: The Present – This card reveals what the Querant is feeling and experiencing at the moment.

Right Card: The Future – This card predicts the result of the course of action that the Querant will take, based on the first two cards.