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Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine

Journey Through Time

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I just finished the most incredible reading for an intriguing client.  Some people you read for have a ‘wall’ erected– either they want a reading but they’re actually skeptical about the whole thing, or they have something in their past that they might not want you to see, for whatever reason, they keep a protective emotional barrier around themselves that prevents you from getting all the way through to the real them.  It can actually be tiring trying to read for these individuals.  That was not the case for this lady and her reading.  She has the most amazing energy– it’s open and fluid, it’s honest and clear, and it’s very easy to pick up on it and follow it…through the cards, through the seasons, through time.

Tarot Reading
Deck:  Haindl Tarot
The Horoscope Spread (nontraditional)

September
The Emperor ®…Princess/stones…The Chariot

There seems to be issues with male energy this month.  A male figure-head (father, husband, boss) seems to be having difficulties of some kind, disruptive issues that they are dealing with. This may be what leads up to a journey, either unexpected or rushed (or both).  Connected with this is the idea that the lines of communication are not clear and someone is being misunderstood, or there is a sharp exchange of words.

Also…a hidden figure, someone lurking in the background, a third party, possibly a female; Aries, and the strong in-your-face energy associated with it; kingship, superiority, perhaps pertaining to someone’s mentality or someone’s perspective; vulnerability.  The idea of ‘safety-in-numbers’; the idea of ‘the-odd-man-out’, the black sheep, or someone who tends to stand out from the crowd in some distinctive way.  I’m also getting the idea of something ‘behind’ you, which may be figuratively speaking (do you often have the feeling of being rushed, or pushed to do things, as though someone were prodding you on from behind…that’s what I see).  The waning moon will be an important time for you, you must want to ‘bring something to you’, which is what this moon’s energy is used for (but perhaps you already know that).  “This girl is on Fiiirre…” The words to this song, as well as an image popped into my head– and here’s where psychic readings are so weird– this could mean to literally watch out for actual physical fire of some sorts somewhere sometime, or it could mean some kick-ass wild energy that you are able to whip up.

If you were looking for some connection to the Mother Goddess, it has come up with this card.  In the Haindl deck, the Princess of Stones is depicted as the Lakota “White Buffalo Woman”:( …“The woman’s name was PtesanWi which translated White Buffalo Calf Woman. She taught the Lakotas seven sacred rituals and gave them the chanunpa or sacred pipe which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return. Later, the story became attributed to the goddess Wohpe, also known as Whope, or Wope…”)

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October
King/swords ®…The Hermit ®…The Wheel of Fortune

The month of October seems to be starting out with some male energy also, but not as pronounced and over-bearingly strong as last month.  This King may be an actual person in your life– very intelligent he is, rather wordy though, loves to hear himself talk, and tends to be very opinionated.  Since he’s standing on his head, he’s either not being very effective in trying to convince you of something, or in trying to influence your life in some way, though he tries.  The Hermit is also on his head, which means it’s time to reach out and leave the quiet meditative solitary moments for a later date.  It will be to your advantage this month to reach out, to touch base, to contact people you may have been out of contact with for some time, or to make new friends and new contacts.  The Wheel, this ominously portentous card, is actually telling you that your luck will change– is this a good thing?  Most of the time, yes.

Also…You are feeding into something, and I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing, or if this is a bad thing, but I’m betting you’ll know what it is and be able to figure it out when you ask yourself this question– good?  Or bad?; whatever you’re feeding into, it’s growing– this could mean such a variety of things, and this is where I wish that psychic readings would work like they do in Hollywood movies and I’d see that little vignette in my head, but it doesn’t, and I don’t….are you enabling someone?  Are you patting their ego, which might already be too big?  Are you promising something that you might not be able to follow through with?– these are all just questions for thought.

The totem animal, the owl, comes to mind (wisdom, the goddess Athena, predation); also, the idea of lots of watchful eyes– and this I’m picking up from The Hermit, so it sort of gives me the feeling that you might have people watching you when you least suspect it, and this could be in some big pompous way (like in the workplace), or it could literally mean a peeping tom, so keep your shades drawn at nighttime. “Jupiter”…expansive energy, something you’re working on or towards may prove fruitful and successful about now (financial issues, financial and business endeavors, legal issues)…for any of these things, the time is *Now*.

bird owl

November
10/wands ®…The Hanged Man ®…Ace/cups

This appears to be your “Month of Emancipation”.  Not only are you giving the finger to whomever it was/is who’s trying to stab you in the back, or at least influence you to their advantage, but you’ve also let go of the martyr syndrome, and you’re finally doing something for yourself for a change.  And it looks like a new relationship is on the horizon (the Ace of Cups). Also…remember last month and ‘all those eyes’ watching you?  Well, this month you put distance, or some sort of barrier, between you and ‘them’.  I have a feeling that you’re going to learn to set boundaries, or this might also mean that there will be physical distance between you and this group of people– if it’s work related, be prepared to find yourself relocating for your current job, or starting a new job in another location; if it has to deal with family and friends, it’s that good healthy boundary that I just spoke of.  Love them as we do, sometimes family can be stifling, and sometimes they can be just downright manipulative.

Rainbows come to mind, and the idea of revelation, salvation, coming-of-age, self-exploration, rejuvenation, rebirth, resurrection.

nature rain bow

December
Three/wands ®…Princess/cups ®…The Star

The month of December will be a time of cleansing and caution, of third party endeavors that might entail an unexpected glitch or two, which just might shed some light where light needs to be shed.  It could also be a month in which there is an unusual exchange between you and someone you‘re very close to, an exchange that could uncover some information that you might find disconcerting, surprising, or upsetting, or all three, or none of the above if you‘re really laid back and open-minded.  This set of cards is sending off a strange set of vibes that seem to be confusing and contradictory– and this very well may be the energy that you experience during this month.

Also…if new contracts, or any other legal document, comes up that needs signing this month, be extra cautious.  You might want to have an attorney take a look at it if you don’t understand it fully– 100%.  There could be a little underhandedness afoot.  Crystals– clear quartz point crystals come to mind…either you have them and like them, or you need to get some, either way, their energy is calling to you.  I see a figure on the other side of the crystal in my mind, a shadowy figure– I’m not sure if this figure is you, or if it is a female figure that has passed that is somehow trying to connect with you.

When any of the cup cards come up reversed, it signifies some sort of loss to me, that along with the unusual news you will be receiving…this could just be pertaining to a relationship loss of some kind (and it quite literally could mean someone physically moving away, this has come up in readings before), but it could also be referring to the actual passing of someone that you know (and before you get all anxious and everything, because I hate when things like this come up and I often keep mum, but just know that sometimes I get these feelings where animals and pets are concerned).

If anyone in your family is seriously ill, and you have the sudden urge to go and visit them, do so, without hesitation…If you have the sudden urge to visit anyone, follow through on it.  I’ve found, from personal experience, that there’s often a reason unknown to us, a reason that we’re suppose to see and connect with his individual.

Cleansing…cleanse your personal space (both physically, just because in clearing out dust and debris, you are unwittingly clearing out lots of nasty energy type thingys, and cleanse your personal space spiritually– using incense, either sandalwood or sage, white candles, and salted water with which you can asperge (sprinkle) various rooms of the house– and don’t forget cubbies, closets, any small spaces.

ritual

January (2014)
Strength…8/cups ®…Prince/stones ®

The beginning of the new year might be off to a slightly shaky start, as far as money goes, though this Prince is one of the most stable, even when standing on his head, so this will all get worked out.  It will just take a bit of time and a little effort.  Who’s leaving?…or who left and changed their mind?  Someone who left your circle of friends will return, and this could include family, friend, or partner– not sure on this one; I just know that someone has a change of heart and decides to return– uh-oh, could this possibly be job related? (It‘s a possibility– things like this tend to pop into my head just when I‘m ready to go on to the next set of cards.)  Though you may feel a little distressed this month, you can pull it off okay– you’re a strong gal, and you have the capability of handling a lot on your plate at one time.  It’s a busy flurry-scurry hurry up and straighten out time.  Smile!

Also…the serpent: wisdom, the goddess (the apple and the snake– don’t let them fool you…as I suspect you already know, the apple is the fruit of the goddess, and the serpent is representative of her knowledge and wisdom); sexuality, an open honest expression of such and a healthy appetite (I could be less demure and discreet and say, “Hang onto your hat, girl.”…but I would never do that J)

That eight of cups nags at me– coming and going, going and coming– leaving and coming back.  Hopefully, by the time this month rolls around, you will know exactly what (and who) this is referring to.

woman

February
7/wands…Ace/wands ®…Death ®

The month of February will be marked by a radical change.  Since the Ace of wands showed up for this occasion, it should traditionally point to changes in finance or business, and it very well may; but that’s not necessarily the feeling that I’m getting– I’m thinking more along the lines of relationships, your feelings, your emotions, even your inner connection with the Divine.  Big change.  You will find within yourself the courage you need to handle the changes in your life now with calm and courage.

Also…the idea of putting up a barrier, figuratively speaking; contemplation and quiet, meditation, and the sea shore; seashells and the ocean; passion– physical passion, passion for ideas and plans; the raven– occult mysteries, magick, paranormal; water, or waterways, a boat; passage or initiation of some kind.

ocean

March
Justice…3/swords…Queen/stones ®

March may be a month of sorrows, personal sorrow, as well as quiet introspection.  The three of swords is a stickler, it is; it points to heartache or heartbreak of some sort.  Justice or karma of some kind may be met this month, but these issues are seldom what we expect them to be, and we’re often disappointed that the justice wasn’t enough, or the karma didn’t come sooner.  And with this Queen, who represents the ‘mother’ aspect, either of someone around us, or within us,  I am always leery when she’s standing on her head.  It usually means the ‘loss’ of something– either the actual loss of our mother, empty-nest syndrome, the loss of a pregnancy, or the onset of menopause.  It holds the transitory quality that encompasses women’s lives.

Also…the idea of ‘self’, of a healthy ego, the idea of pride in yourself– in your accomplishments, as well as other aspects of ‘you’– all good things; the scales of justice– this almost always pops into my head with the major arcana card that came up, I’m hoping that you don’t have any legal issues in the works at this time, but be prepared for this, because sometimes that’s exactly what “Justice” is pointing to. And then there’s Libra– it sort of goes with the scales, huh, but also the attributes– love of beauty and peace, the hopeless romantic, the mediator.  A tear, a single tear; the number ’3’– symbol of the triple god and goddess, the triad, ‘father/son/holy ghost’,  in Wiccan spell casting– by the power of 3 times 3; body, mind, & spirit…three; the sacred spiral– there’s a lot spiritual energy coming through this set of cards; I do believe that you are going to find March to be a month of spiritual awakening, big time.

In Haindl’s deck, on the card “Queen of Stones” is depicted “Spider Woman”…also known as “Grandmother Spider”…a great wise-woman; creator of the universe, casting her dew-covered web into the sky to create the stars.  This entity has significance for you, especially this month, watch for her; watch for her as images of spiders that show up unexpectedly– on the tv, in a newspaper ad, things of this nature– pay attention to the actual creature, should you come upon it…what comes into your mind? Where did you see it?  What were you doing?

American Native Spider Woman

April
6/swords…Queen/wands…5/stones

Separation, movement, as the six of swords is traditionally the ‘divorce card’, but separation can encompass so many things, and I hate being negative, preferring to look on the bright side of things– and this card is also traditionally the ‘you’ll be traveling over water’ card, which sounds really tiresome and gypsy’ish when you hear it over and over, but it so often turns out to be prophetically true. (Water, waterways, and the such seem to come up quite often for you in this reading.)  This Queen, my goodness…she may be you (genteel, well-organized, neat and tidy, and likes her world this way as well.  She also likes being in control…let me rephrase that, she *Needs* to be in control, if she’s not the world will know it– (you?).  If it’s yourself this Queen is showing me, no problems, if it’s another individual in your world, then you might have a few issues to work through, because her sense of control may be affecting you in a negative manner.  The last card here, the five of stones (pentacles in more traditional decks) depicts a tight money issue, financial stumbling blocks– but the up factor here is that this card is reversed, meaning this bump in the road is going to be short lived, just that– a small glitch.  I like when all three cards come together with one message, but that is not the case this time– I’m not able to see the link here, but I’m betting that you most certainly will.

Also…someone in the background of all these goings on this month, a shadowy figure, I’m thinking male, and as he fades to the background, so does his importance and his influence.  The idea of pricking your finger on a needle– don’t know where this is coming from, unless you sew, or unless you’re getting blood drawn this month for lab work.  The idea of a dominant female– very dominant (you or the Queen?…or you *Are* the Queen J); an aloofness, as though you are deliberately disassociating yourself with someone, but the disconnect is not quite complete.

The Queen of Wands is depicted in this deck as Kali (or Kali Ma), a kick ass goddess.  This goddess is loaded with wild-woman devil-may-care energy, and she’s one of the goddess’s that I’m writing about in my next book.  She is a vengeful warrior goddess, and it’s this type of energy (and entity) you call upon when you need to stand up on your hind legs and howl, protecting yourself without any qualms of guilt.  Keep her in mind.

goddess Kali Ma

May
Princess/wands…4/wands…6/cups

You are reunited (or just plain united) with someone from your past this month in a celebratory way (wedding, family reunion, some sort of group gathering).  Messages concerning financial or business issues may be coming through– or this card, the Princess of Wands– brings an energy or a particular person you will come in contact with during  the month of May…she’s a tough little thing, knows her own mind, but tends to be moody (especially if she’s overly tired, or she’s hungry– hang onto your hat).  A younger female individual comes to mind and her (and her energy) are very robust, industrious, and rather invigorating– this may actually be the theme for this month, so if you find yourself racing around at 100 mph accomplishing all sorts of things you didn’t think you’d get done, you’ll know where it’s coming from (the Princess of Wands).

Also…a ring, or a favorite ring, or a ring you haven’t yet purchased or received, or a ring that‘s special to you in some way– oh, I see it on the left hand, but I don’t want to attribute it to that “special” kind of ring, because all of us wear rings on both hands (but that definitely popped into my head).  The third eye chakra– pay attention to your intuition, and also, perhaps this chakra needs some working on, and you’ll find more information on the chakras at my website: http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/chakras.htm.  If this chakra is out of balance, you have a tendency, for one thing, to look at everything through a really logical train of thought, and your ability to be in tune with that little voice in your head that works on intuition and gut feeling is pushed to the wayside, and sometimes we just can’t afford to shut that little voice out.

The idea of a sword and a shield– the warrior, strength, being able to stand up for yourself, courage, nobility, believing that you should take a certain stance or action for ‘the principle of the thing’.  Sometimes, even when it’s not to our ultimate benefit, we just have to do something that we know is the right thing to do, just cause we do– not everyone understands this.  “The Perfectionist”…if this is you, let it go, which is so easy for someone to say, because you probably can’t just let it go, it’s ingrained, it’s part of the very basic thing that is ‘you’; if this is an individual in your life, this Perfectionist, realize this about them– they can’t help it, any more than they can help having brown eyes, or dimples, it’s in their makeup.

A bubble, the kind we used to blow as kids from those little plastic bottles and wands, and with it the idea of something ethereal, transitory, something beautiful but fleeting.  The element of water, which is also tied in with intuition, psychism, your dreams (and nightmares), as well as spirit and goddess connection.

The month of May might be magickal.

woman 2

June
Ace/stones…9/wands…10/cups

Get the ball rolling.  Get a move on with whatever plans you have in mind.  Get it done– now’s the time.  June appears to be a power month for you; you’re standing on solid ground, a firm foundation, you have the upper hand in a situation or relationship, run with it, don’t miss this opportunity.  In the end…success.  You’ll get what you desired, you’ll get what you’ve worked for, all the puzzle pieces will fall into place for you.

Also…rainbows– I think they came up earlier (symbolizing lots of things besides a pot of gold…happiness, ‘crossing-over’ (on many levels, not the way it’s usually thought of, but crossing over to new understandings within yourself, new understandings with other individuals, finding yourself on a new spiritual level, that sort of thing).  A totem animal– the vulture–symbolizes death/rebirth, new vision…and I’ve heard that this totem is a life-time thing, once it’s entered your life it will be with you always, even into other lifetimes.

Rite of Passage, through fire, no less– fire is purifying, cleansing, it sweeps the slate clean so that we can begin again, it gives us a second chance.  (I also believe that ‘fire’ appeared earlier– and I don’t want to alarm you, but that practical side of my mind is always intruding, and it wants me to tell you to be cautious about fire– the regular mundane kind– in general.)  The idea of a sponge– ‘soak up’ …knowledge, information, anything of this nature which comes your way that you can literally ‘absorb’.

fire

July
2/wands…2/swords…6/wands

July encompasses partnerships, decisions, stalemates (both sides stubborn?); it’s all about working to get your way in the end, working towards something you want, or the way you want something.  It’s a kind of ‘stick to your guns’ energy that will dominate.  May the strongest party win– and hopefully, this will be you.

Also…maple trees, and the idea that the coming autumn will prove to be significant to you in some way, perhaps that’s when the decisions made this month will come into play, when the plans laid this summer will unfold.  Entering uncharted waters, trying something new, and along with this that feels figurative, also comes the impression that you will literally be entering a building for the first time– somewhere new to you, somewhere you’ve never been– the logical voice in my head is saying (apartment building), the illogical voice is whispering “ancient sites, runes, old castles, time-worn stone steps, artifacts, ancient sculpture or pottery, medieval– or even older“.  It’s this little whispery voice that always gets me into trouble, but perhaps you have some sort of connection to this type of thing which I am unaware of.

As autumn was highlighted, so is the coming winter, perhaps a time of great decision for you, once more.  It’s funny how ‘time’ is irrelevant or transitory.  Time comes to me with tarot as seasons, and though this set of cards is meant to deal with a particular month, a particular time-frame, it is actually reaching, with ghostly otherworld fingers, into the future, the coming winter. I do believe that you must be very cautious with the decisions that you make this month, in July, because you will be living with the consequences of these decisions for months to come.  What you decide this month, right now, will affect your future; and I do believe that the decision will be yours.

avalon glastonbury

August
  9/swords…The Fool…4/stones

So, July is past, and the decision is made…now begins the consequences, starting with anxiety (we always second-guess ourselves, even when we feel absolutely 100% sure that our decision was the right one, and even if it is), issues sleeping (insomnia, troubled sleep, perhaps nightmares– brought on by the extra pressure, the anxiety) can sometimes come up.  The idea that you are going to be beginning a new journey, perhaps literally– actually moving, relocating; or figuratively, as taking a different path in some aspect of your life (this also adds to your sense of anxiety).  There is a sense of financial pressure this month, having to tighten the purse strings, penny-pinching, but this may also be because finances might be very important to the decision that you made in July, they’re connected, and as right as you feel you are, as excited even as you might be about all of the upcoming events, that does not mean that it’s not a time of anxiety and second-guessing yourself.  Learn to be confident in your decisions, in your ability to handle change, be confident in ‘you’.

Also…a bird, a long-necked white bird, in peril of having it’s throat slashed (as is how birds are slaughtered)– this sounds so macabre, but it’s not really, it’s saying– ‘don’t burn all your bridges behind you, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face, leave options open, don’t permanently slam doors behind you’. (Something to keep in mind.)  The other cards also– long necked white birds (Geese?  Swans?)  This is probably manifesting as some sort of totem animal…

Goose:  communication, the written word, fertility, marital fidelity, the goose was a totem animal to American Indians, it’s images used during the celebration of the Winter Solstice.  Swan:  altered states of awareness, beauty (a new realization of your own), development of intuitive abilities, healing, and transformation.

bird swan

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Author: Amythyst Raine

Witchy, Pagan, Personal Stuff Amythyst Raine is an author; a professional tarot reader; the mother to 7 magickal individuals; a major procrastinator; Crazy-Cat-Lady; and chocoholic. She writes books on witchcraft, the tarot, and Feminine Spirituality (published by Labyrinth House, Moon Books, and Dodona Books). She's an avid blogger; a pagan activist; a holistic healer through crystals and stones-- by means of crystal grids and chakra balancing. Amythyst offers Spiritual Psychic Consultations using tarot cards and the art of intuitive reading. If you'd like a personal reading with her, visit her tarot website at: http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com "Every Cat Has a Tale" is her Personal-Blog-Spot, which includes everyday life and its dilemmas, as well as victories, memoirs, opinions, along with inspiration for mundane life, with personal photos and videos. http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com "Magickal Connections" is her witchy, pagan, booky BlogSpot. http://wytchymystique.com "The Witch's Corner" is her very popular witchy pagan website full of witchy pagan stuff. http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

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