How To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card Draw

Random Questions To Supercharge Your Daily Tarot Card DrawWhen you start learning the Tarot, most books and more experienced readers recommend pulling a daily tarot card in order to familiarise yourself with your deck and the images.

At this stage there is no pressure to come up with a relevant interpretation; just record the name of the card on a sheet of paper together with a note of the day’s events to compare.

The next step is to ask a question before you draw your card, such as “What do I need to pay attention to today?” 

Quicker than my more detailed one-card reading approach, the random question technique offers you new insights every day.

Asking a question will help you focus and make your daily draw a little more specific. Even better when you ask a different question every day.

For this purpose, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask at random:

  1. What do I need to do differently today?
  2. What do I need to embrace?
  3. What do I need to avoid?
  4. How can I invite positive change into my life?
  5. What will be my strength today?
  6. How can I tackle a challenge today?
  7. What new opportunity do I need to look out for?
  8. How can I be more positive today?
  9. What new potential will be emerging?
  10. How can I nurture new growth?
  11. What do I need to let go of that prevents new growth / opportunities?
  12. What can I be grateful for today?
  13. How can I nurture myself?
  14. How can I help others?
  15. What can I let go of without losing anything?
  16. How can I simplify my life today?
  17. How can I increase abundance in my life?
  18. What can I do to have a good day today?
  19. What lesson will I learn?
  20. What is happening in my life that I am not aware of?
  21. What step can I take today to reach my goal?
  22. How can I raise my confidence / self-esteem today?

Over time, you can add more questions to this list to expand your self-exploration.

And here is a cool way to choose a random question to answer each day:

Make your own question cards! Here’s how:

Use old greeting cards you received (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, etc.) and cut them into mini size cards (mine on the image above are approx. 45 x 75 mm). Write a question on the back of each card.

Mix the cards and lay them face down. Pick a card and hey presto, you’ve got your question for the day.

As I mentioned before, you can extend your card set when you think of new questions you would like to add.

Take a look at what I have created:

Random questions are a great way to add variety and depth to your daily tarot card draws, and hopefully you are inspired to create your own set of questions cards Smile

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Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Tarot Astrology: The Sun Cards in The Tarot

sun cards in the tarot
Deck: Aquatic Tarot, a digital only RWS clone

The planets are linked to Major and Minor Arcana cards in the Tarot. A while ago, I looked at the moon cards in the Tarot and noticed some interesting visual connections.

Here are some of my observations of the sun cards in the Tarot.

The best deck to use for this exercise is the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) Tarot.

On a visual level, we can see a connection between Strength and the Six of Cups. There is interaction between the two main figures.

I also see a link between Strength and the Four of Pentacles. The woman and man are holding on to something.

And yes, The Sun and Strength both depict people with animals.

I leave you to explore more visual similarities and what they could mean.

What additional interpretations does the sun as a planet add to each card it corresponds with?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. The Sun – primary link with the sun, which in astrology represents the ego, life force and creativity. Additional interpretations therefore could be confidence, extroversion, selfishness, survival instinct, hedonism.
  2. Strength – linked to the zodiac sign Leo, which is ruled by the sun. Strong physical energy, vitality, health and resilience.
  3. Ten of Swords – Here, the sun represents a new beginning, new life, new opportunity, birth, resilience, survivor spirit, looking at the bright side, blessing.
  4. Three of Wands – optimism, focus, alert, enthusiastic, adventure spirit, creative drive, ambition.
  5. Six of Cups – contentment, benevolence, joy, nurture.
  6. Eight of Pentacles – job satisfaction, vocation, workaholic, creative energy
  7. Four of Pentacles – selfishness, self-protection, possessiveness

These are just a few ideas. Explore the cards and see what else you can find that relates to the sun – additional interpretations or visual connections.

Also bear in mind that the sun adds the element of Fire to each card.

If you would like to learn step-by-step more about astrology and how to apply it in your Tarot work, then check out my Tarot Astrology self-study course or work with me. On both pages you can download the complete planet exercise together with some funky journaling sheets.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Simple But Powerful Ways To Connect With The Tarot

5 simple yet powerful ways to connect with the tarotNothing is as difficult and frustrating as trying to memorise Tarot card meanings from a book.

Since 2006, Tarot students from all over the world have worked with me to discover a better – easier – method to connect with the cards.

If you are just starting to learn the Tarot or find it hard to remember card meanings, here are my tried and tested powerful ways to connect with the Tarot without ever having to look at a book again:

1. Choose a Tarot deck that speaks to you

The best beginner’s Tarot deck is one, where all cards are fully illustrated, each image tells you a story and you find the artwork appealing.

The most famous and popular Tarot deck of all, the Rider Waite Smith (RWS), is one I do recommend, but you may prefer the Sharman-Caselli deck, which has been specifically designed with the Tarot novice in mind.

tarot decks
Left row: Universal Waite Tarot, middle: Sharman Caselli Tarot, right: Crystal Tarot. Top row: Nine of Cups, middle: Seven of Pentacles, bottom: Eight of Wands

On the image here on the right you can see both decks together with the Crystal Tarot, on which the Minor Arcana cards are illustrated with just the symbol of the suits.

Which images do you find easier to connect with? And what different stories do they tell?

2. Describe the images

Yes, this requires you to actually LOOK at the image carefully and explore the scene. Give me your first impression: is it positive, neutral or negative?

Then tell me why. What do you see? What is happening?

Go into more detail. Are there any people in the card? What are they doing? How do they look?

Notice their body language. What is the landscape like? Can you see buildings, plants, animals?

Some cards are easier to read than others. Don’t be disheartened, if you draw a blank with some of them. You will learn to read them in time. Build your confidence by focusing on the easy cards first.

3. Be the person in the card

This is a fun yet insightful way to connect with the cards. Imitate the posture of the person in a card.

Stand with open arms just like the Fool, sit like the High Priestess, kneel like the woman in the Star image – will you take it as far as being naked? Smile

You can personify the Hanged Man by doing a headstand, perhaps against a tree, or if that is too strenuous for you, lie down and lean your legs upright against a wall or a tree.

Replicate as much of the image as you can.

For example, stand by a field and look at the crops just like in the Seven of Pentacles. What goes through your mind? Harvest? Hard work? Reaping rewards? Sowing new seeds and a new cycle?

How do these postures make you feel?

Close your eyes and imagine the landscape of the card surrounding you. How does it affect your mood, dreams, ideas or imagination?

4. Connect each card with your own life experiences

The archetypal images of the Tarot live in all of us. For example, we have all been a Fool more than once in our lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean in a bad way Laughing

The Fool Tarot of QuotesThe Fool suggests amongst other things new beginnings. This is how some of my students associate the Fool with events in their lives:

“My first day at school. I can remember being so excited.”

“When I went backpacking to South America. I was naive when I started but so much wiser when I came back.”

“My first marriage. We were too young.”

“Starting my business. I didn’t have a clue, just jumped in, and it was quite a learning curve. But I loved it.”

All these statements are short, but they tell you so much more.

By linking the cards to your life, you will find it much easier to remember their meanings, because you connect them to feelings, lessons and advice you have experienced.

5. Start A Journal

When you start exploring your Tarot deck, make notes of your observations and new discoveries about the cards. Writing things down helps your memory, too.

Be a Fool today and start your Tarot Journal by downloading my Tarot freebies.

You can add your own pages as you continue to work with the cards, and over time you will create a unique Tarot reference book full of your personal wisdom and inspiration.

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6. Play with the cards every day

Even if it’s only for five or ten minutes, spending time with your cards every day will help you learn the cards more quickly.

Pull a card on an evening and make a note of it. How does it reflect the events of the day you’ve had? Or what message does it offer you for the following day?

Even if you cannot think of anything, at least you are looking at the card, begin to memorise its image and associate it with its name. Soon you can picture the images in your head without having to look at them, e.g. you will know by heart what the Six of Wands looks like.

7. Card meanings can be found in the Name

The names of the Major Arcana images all trigger some associations you have stored in your head. Quite often, Tarot novices are not aware of them. They see the name written on the card but don’t take it further.

One of my students couldn’t make sense of the Hermit. So I asked: “What is a Hermit? What does a Hermit do?”

Her answer: “It’s someone, who lives on his own. Far away from civilisation.”

We have then talked about the archetypal Hermit personality, and how it fits into our modern lives and in readings.

So, what does an Emperor do? Well, I suppose he rules and makes decisions. And what does Justice mean? It makes me think about the law, and how we associate it with objectivity, truth and fairness.

As you can see, the names of the cards already tell you a lot about their meanings, so they are worthwhile exploring further.

8. Music and Quotes

Link individual cards with songs that relate to their meanings, e.g. Don’t fear the Reaper goes well with Death, or I’m not in Love reminds me of the Five of Cups.

Find your own favourite inspirational quotes for each card and record them in your journal. I started doing that a few years ago, and in the process began creating my Tarot of Quotes.

Last but not least, if you still feel stuck connecting with the cards, consider booking a brainstorming session with me via Skype. It’s great to talk, and you will already notice the benefits after just one call.

Or check out my online beginner’s Tarot course. You will be working with me on a 1-2-1 basis, and unlike other courses available online, you will be working with me personally and not some assistant of mine or in a large forum group.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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How To Survive and Thrive as a Phone Psychic

how to survive and thrive as a phone psychicThe most straightforward way to turn your Tarot hobby into a paid occupation is by becoming a phone reader for one of those numerous online psychic phone companies.

The advantage is that you don’t have to build your own website to promote your services, and these companies invest a lot into marketing, so your chances of earning a regular income are good.

Assuming you have passed the ‘psychic phone test’ (reputable companies have a vetting system to ensure they hire quality people), here are some tips on how to survive and thrive as a phone psychic, once you are listed on their site and available to take calls:

1. Most companies offer free minutes to their callers, usually between 2 – 5 minutes at the beginning of the call. Be prepared that many hang up within that time period.

Don’t take this personally. It’s not you. People just try to get some free advice. You will need to grow a thick skin.

The trick is to open up the conversation in such a way that makes them listen a bit longer. More on that later…

2. The best time to work on the phone is evening and weekends. If you only log on while your kids are at school, then you are unlikely to make a reasonable living. It also really helps, if you are a night owl and enjoy evening work.

3. Be prepared to answer any question, including if boy is cheating on girl etc., but ensure you abide by the company’s rules (most don’t want you to answer questions on pregnancy, health, financial and legal matters).

Avoid replying with “I don’t answer this kind of question”, if you merely don’t like the question. But you can learn to answer any question in a way you feel comfortable with and without making your caller feel bad about themselves.

4. Don’t expect your callers to ask for empowering readings. Most of them really just want straight fortune-telling answers. Think about how you can give them what they want without losing your integrity.

5. Be prepared for rude callers, especially when you don’t give them the answers they want to hear.

Again, don’t take this personally. Keep growing that thick skin.

6. It is best to ask your caller for a specific question, so you can give targeted and useful answers. General readings, such as “what’s in store for me over the next six months”, are impossible to complete within 2 – 5 minutes.

Also, if someone is asking for a general reading, they tend to phone for fun and are likely to hang up within the free minutes period.

7. When you get questions about timing, such as “when will I find true love?”, offer a time scale depending on the cards you’ve drawn rather than being too specific.

Be prepared for your caller to reply to your answer with “but another psychic told me it would be next week!”

Think in advance how you would handle this call. Some callers do phone many different psychics for the same question over and over again, but you don’t know that, when they call you.

8. I mentioned before you need to develop the skill to keep callers on the phone a little longer than their free minutes allowance to make money, but don’t be tempted to waste their time by shuffling your deck for a minute after they’ve asked you a question.

Instead, have your deck already shuffled and a card laid in front of you, so you can think in advance what answers this card may offer to your caller (this can help you avoid reader’s block).

Give as much helpful and useful information as possible. Engage your caller with a question or encourage feedback.

When you have a lot to say, your caller is more likely to listen, if they can resonate. This is where your knowledge of the Tarot comes in handy Laughing

9. Ensure you talk clearly at a steady pace. You may want to tame your regional accent to ensure callers from different parts of the country / world can follow you.

10. It is normal to be nervous when you first start working on a psychic phone line. You’ll make some mistakes, experience reader’s block and perhaps get disheartened by unfriendly callers.

The trick is to persevere and learn from what goes wrong. Keep pushing yourself, and it will get easier in time.

Also consider some professional phone coaching. One session can help you accelerate your skills and become more confident by working on specific issues you are trying to resolve.

I worked on psychic phone lines in the past and experienced the good, the bad, the ugly, the bizarre and the ridiculous.

I made mistakes, but I also learned to be diplomatic, tactful and assertive (despite abuse) and about taking a gamble with certain answers.

Nowadays I no longer do phone readings, because evening and weekend work just doesn’t suit me, and I spend more time mentoring and doing email readings.

If you would like to practice and enhance your phone reading skills, book a session with me. I’ll be your best and worst caller on the phone to challenge and help you, offering you more specific advice, tips and tricks along the way to become a successful phone reader.

Learn how to handle those difficult calls, take advantage of my experience and learn from my mistakes, so you don’t have to make the same.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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How To Make Your Own Rune Set

handmade rune setWould you like to learn more about runes and how to read them?

In this article, I’m showing you how you can easily make your own rune set and start learning the basics.

One of the tasks of the 30 day divination picture challenge I recently participated in was to write my name in runes.

That challenge reminded me of a fun workshop I enjoyed at a TABI conference many years ago, in which we created our own rune set on paper cards, and it also reminded me that I always wanted to learn more about runes.

If you feel the same and are curious about runes, you can make your own card set before you spend money on crystal runes or rune decks.

make your own rune set materialsMaterials you will need:

  • 200gsm heavy cardstock
  • ruler
  • ballpoint pen
  • colour pens
  • scissors (or guillotine paper cutter)

Instructions:

Cut the cardstock into 24 card squares measuring 55 x 55 mm. You can use ruler and scissors or a guillotine paper cutter.

runes
Then fill out each card as per image on the left:

  • rune in the centre with a colour pen
  • name of the rune underneath
  • corresponding alphabet letter in the bottom left-hand corner
  • its symbolic meaning in the bottom right-hand corner
  • divinatory meaning at the top

Scroll down for full list of runes and their meanings.

If you feel adventurous, you can choose more expensive card stock, glitter pens and stickers to make your rune set more special.

If you want to use coloured or patterned card stock, make sure it is white on one side, so you can write on it.

You can increase the size of each rune card (perhaps to the size of paper and stickers for rune seta standard Tarot card), if you want to add more information or illustration.

Once you have completed your rune set, you can start getting to know the runes by spreading out your set face down and picking one each day as a special message.

For more information about runes, try the following resources:

Books

1. A Practical Guide To The Runes: Their Uses in Divination and Magick

2. Futhark: Handbook of Rune Magic

3. The Runes Workbook: A Step-by-step Guide to Learning the Wisdom of the Staves

Websites

1. Divination using Runes

2. Elder Futhark – Rune Meanings

3. Rune Divination

elder futhark runes alphabet
Rune names and corresponding letters

Divinatory Meanings:

Fehu Frey – Cattle – Wealth, Energy, Mother Rune

Uruz Power – Wild Ox – Power, Creative Force, Health, Strength

Thurisaz Thor – Thorn, Giant – Protection, Irritation, Polarity, Regeneration

Ansuz Odin – God – Ancestors, Inspiration, Wisdom

Raido – Wheel – Journey, Growth, Rhythm, Solar Chariot

Kenaz – Torch, Fire – Clarity, Illumination, Knowledge

Gebo – Gift – Love, Sharing, Divine Interaction

Wunjo – Joy – Harmony, Contentment, Kinship, Heritage

Hagalaz – Hail, Air – Change, Transformation, Crisis, Egg of Life

Nauthiz (Nied) – Need – Necessity, Friction, Shadow, Distress, Recognition, Self-Reliance

Isa – Ice – Stasis, Blockage, Cosmic Coherence

Jera – Year, Earth – Harvest, Reward, Good Timing, Cycles, Right Action

Eihwaz – Yew, Horse – Protection, Endurance, Relationships, Twin Gods

Perthro – Hearth, Lot Cup – Risk, Gamble, Fun, Divination, Primal Law

Algiz (Elhaz) – Elk – Protection, Sanctuary, Awakening, Connection to Spirit

Sowulo – Sun – Hope, Warmth, Success, Wheel of Power, Thunderbolt

Teiwaz (Tir) Tyr – Victory – Justice, Analysis, Masculine Gods, Warrior Rune

Berkana (Beorc) – Birth – Fertility, Liberation, Earth Mother

Ehwaz – Two Horses – Harmony, Trust, Journey

Mannaz – Man – Community, Awareness, Order, Divine Union, Manifestation

Laguz – Lake, Water – Flow, Life, Vitality, Unconscious, Fertility, Renewal

Inguz (Ingwaz) – Fertility – True Love, Passion, Gestation, Growth, Music, Harmony

Othila (Othel) – Property – Home, Economy, Ancestral, Inheritance

Dagaz – Dawn, Day – Coming into Light, Intuition, Light Within

This is all the information you need to make a start. Please do let me know, how you get on. I’d love to hear from you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Pages in the Tarot of Quotes

pages in the tarot, page of wandsThe Pages in the Tarot are the children of the court card family.

They symbolise new beginnings, inexperience, youth (and the young at heart), enthusiasm, playfulness, naivety, curiosity, immaturity and potential.

They are similar to the Aces, but whereas the Aces represent the purest energy and root of their suit, which can turn into anything, the Pages are trying to get a handle on the energy of their particular suit.

So for Pentacles, for example, the Ace could represent an opportunity for money coming your way (no indication of how), but the Page would try to figure out how to make more money, learn a new skill or get a new job.

Unlike Aces, Pages also tend to indicate personality traits and more practical advice, which is reflected in their association with the element Earth.

Astrologically, just like the Aces, the Pages are also each assigned to a mix of zodiac signs indicating their individual traits and potential.

Pages can represent people, events (often appearing as messengers), energies surrounding a situation or personality traits.

For my Tarot deck, I have chosen flowers to represent the Pages to symbolise their link to the element Earth. Also I feel that flowers express the fragile nature and vulnerability of the Pages.

The Page of Wands is a red poppy. The red poppy is a bold, vibrant flower first appearing in Spring, which is the season linked to the suit of Wands based on the Golden Dawn tradition.

In magickal tradition, the red poppy symbolises creativity and imagination.

In the blandness of a wheat field, poppies stand out with their bright red colour, which represents the personality of the Page of Wands – confident, energetic, courageous, a bit noisy, seeking attention.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Shining Flame; the Rose of the Palace of Fire; Princess and Empress of Salamanders

Astrological attribution: Cancer, Leo and Virgo

Elemental association: Fire of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Energetic, eager, sociable, fun loving, restless, creative, courageous. Can be impulsive, reckless; sometimes finding it hard to concentrate and focus; short attention span; over-confident.

The quote chosen for the Page of Wands reflects her pioneering urge to explore new territory, get-up-and-go attitude and love for adventures.

 

page of cups tarot of quotesThe Page of Cups is a water lily. The water lily is an elegant and fragrant flower growing in still waters in temperate and tropical places around the world.

Water lilies flower in the Summer months here in the Northern Hemisphere, the season linked to the suit of Cups in the Golden Dawn tradition.

Water lilies are associated with spiritual enlightenment and symbolise purity, pleasure, peace, celebration and sexuality.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Waters; the Lotus of the Palace of the Floods; Princess and Empress of Nymphs and Undines

Astrological attribution: Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius

Elemental association: Water of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Sensitive, gentle, shy, quiet, artistic, dreamy, introvert, affectionate, loving, intuitive. Can be over-emotional at times, vulnerable, gullible and escapist.

The quote chosen for the Page of Cups reflects her urge to explore the emotional realm and trying to make sense of the vast array of mixed and confusing feelings and emotions.

 

page of swords in the tarot of quotesThe Page of Swords is a Dandelion. The yellow flower of the Dandelion transforms into a seed ball that blows into the air.

Dandelion grows from Spring right through to late Autumn, the season linked to the suit of Swords.

It is often regarded as a weed due to its profusion, but it is actually a very useful plant and entirely edible.

The yellow flower of the Dandelion symbolises communication, clarity and intelligence, whereas the white seed ball symbolises cleansing, space and new beginnings.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Rushing Winds; Lotus of the Palace of Air; Princess and Empress of Sylphs and Sylphides

Astrological Attribution: Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

Elemental association: Air of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Alert, intelligent, rebellious, truth-seeking, independent thinker, innovative, detached, argumentative, cutting, rash, defensive

The quote chosen for the Page of Swords reflects her urge to explore and discover the truth, cutting through deception and being honest without fear of conflict.

 

page of pentacles in the tarot of quotesThe Page of Pentacles is a snowdrop. The snowdrop is the only bulbous flower amongst my Pages.

Ornamental bulbous plants like the snowdrop used to be prized possessions and therefore symbolise wealth and status.

The snowdrop flowers in winter, the season linked to the suit of Pentacles. It is a symbol of new growth, hope and resilience, because it thrives even in the coldest conditions.

Esoteric Title: Princess of the Echoing Hills, Rose of the Palace of Earth, Princess and Empress of the Gnomes

Astrological Attribution: Aries, Taurus and Gemini

Elemental association: Earth of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits:

Practical, dependable, nurturing, loves nature, eager to learn new skills and crafts, building and making things, getting hands dirty, sensual, hedonistic, stubborn, obsessive.

The quote chosen for the Page of Pentacles reflects her willingness to invest time and effort into work and learning new skills in order to create security and abundance.

I welcome your views and opinions on my cards. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

P.S. You can view more images of my Tarot deck in the Gallery

 

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Reading Reversed Cards

reading reversed cards

My retreat holiday has been such a wonderful experience, but it’s also good to be back, and I’m diving straight into Tarot with a question my students keep asking me:

Do we need to pay attention to reversed cards in readings?

Some readers do, others don’t, and to be honest it is down to personal preference.

Here’s what I do:

In a reading, I usually make a mental note of any reversed cards and then turn them around. I cannot leave them upside down for visual reason; topsy-turvy images block my reading abilities.

It depends how many cards are reversed in a reading. I once had all ten cards in a Celtic Cross spread for a client reversed!

Immediately I thought there was a blockage somewhere in the client’s life, perhaps an inability to move forward with something, which was confirmed when I quickly mentioned it at the beginning of the reading.

Needless to say I turned all the cards around and proceeded with the reading and took the message of the reversed cards into account.

I don’t like the term “ill-dignified”, which is also used to describe reversed cards. Not every reversed card has a negative meaning. For example, the Hanged Man reversed could indicate movement after a time of stagnation, or the Ten of Wands shedding of a burden rather than carrying it. It also depends very much on surrounding cards in the reading.

I often feel that just one reversed card in a 5 – 10 card reading can be more significant than many reversed cards. Again, this also depends on surrounding cards and what your intuition is telling you.

Sometimes, a reversed card can stick out like a sore thumb, and it can carry a more meaningful message than if you ignored it.

When reading reversed cards, consider the following:

  • Do they enhance the overall message of the reading?
  • Do they weaken or oppose their upright meanings?
  • Do they strengthen the meaning of other cards in the spread?
  • Do they indicate a blockage, restriction, suppressed energies or indeed out of control energies?

Here are some examples for reversed card meanings:

Five of Wands: getting over a dispute, an argument getting nasty, not playing by the rules, quick temper

Emperor: loosing control/authority, being over-bearing, dictatorial

Tower: a disaster avoided, or something is brewing underneath the surface

Sun: burn-out, restricted creative potential, over-indulgence, hedonism

Ten of Swords (image above): on the way to recovery, releasing fears/pain/ resentment/regrets; starting over, inability to see that something has ended

Four of Pentacles: spending beyond your means, risky investment, becoming more generous with money after a time of frugality

Queen of Cups: over-emotional, drama queen, moody, insensitive, highly strung, easily stressed

When reversed cards come up, ask an empowering question such as:

  • What is the card asking you to avoid?
  • Every cloud has a silver lining. What is the silver lining of the reversed card?

As mentioned before, it is not vital to read reversed cards; you can consider both positive and negative aspects of the cards in a reading regardless which way they come up.

But once you get the hang of reading reversals and paying attention to them, you may well get some additional, valuable insight you wouldn’t have considered before.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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