Why I Don’t Call Myself A Healer

why I don't call myself a healer
Because Eric loves music, so it helped him cope with the loss of his son.

Amongst professional Tarot readers there are a few self-proclaimed “job titles” floating around mainly to describe more accurately the type of readings they provide.

Some of them I quite like, e.g. “spiritual life coach”, others I find a little unsettling, and one of them is “Healer”.

First of all I want to express my deepest respect for some of my colleagues, who call themselves Healer, as I am familiar with their work, and I know that vulnerable people, who come to them for guidance will be in good hands.

And already here’s the thing: vulnerable people in a difficult situation will have raised expectations from someone, who calls themselves Healer.

They’ll be thinking oh I’m going to this person and they will heal me… not realising that the only person, who can heal them is themselves.

But…

I don’t want to deny that as a Tarot reader I can help people heal.

I am happy to say that I facilitate healing with the right guidance and the client willing to put their own effort into their healing process.

So rather than calling myself a Healer, I prefer the job title Healing Assistant.

For me, Healing Assistant is less ego driven and suits my Hermit personality.

Describing myself as a Healing Assistant makes it – hopefully – clear that I am not the kind of person, who lays hands on you and – abracadabra – you are healed.

Instead, I am here helping you recognise your own power, make the right choices and take action to heal yourself.

This brings me to another point:

What exactly is a Healer? 

Search the internet and you come across “faith” healers, “powerful” spiritual healers, “gifted” healers, “natural born” healers, “African” healers, healers who claim they can cure cancer, etc.

Healer as a profession isn’t legally regulated, and anyone can call themselves a Healer. Needless to say that this attracts charlatans and con-people.

Another reason why I couldn’t possibly call myself a Healer. I just don’t want to toss myself into that murky soup of various types of dodgy, obscure and unregulated healers, who make all sorts of claims.

But yes, from the positive feedback I receive for my readings (and also tuition), I can safely say that I help people heal themselves, and that Tarot can be a powerful therapeutic tool, when people are open to it and use it pro-actively.

Mary K. Greer once said “I’m the midwife of the soul.” Perhaps a somewhat poetic description of what she does, but it explains her work as facilitating personal growth and transformation.

James Ricklef once said “I’m not a fortune-teller, I’m a fortune-helper”, which I actually really like.

So here you are, dear Reader. I am not a Healer, but I can help you heal. I can be one of the stepping stones on your healing journey, and it is you who takes those steps.

And there will be others, who will help you too. Most of all, you are your own Healer.

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation – either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.” Louise L. Hay

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Season’s Greetings – How To Make your Dreams Come True

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Oracle of Quotes

During challenging times, it can be a blessing to stumble across something inspirational, that not only keeps you going but also encourages you to aim higher than you thought possible.

Often it is the simplest piece of advice that can make everything fall into place and lead you into the right direction.

I came across this quote chosen for the Winter Solstice card of my Oracle of Quotes on Tumblr, and it made me change my perspective of the situation I am currently trying to manage.

The time around the Winter Solstice is about new beginnings, rebirth, vitality, illuminations, enlightenment and revelations.

Now is the perfect time to focus on how to make your dreams come true, and really make it happen.

But where do you start?

Well, “ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer”.

Change can be overwhelming, but in order to avoid stagnation, it is sometimes necessary to face your fears and recognise your reasons for your reluctance to move forward.

Journalling can help, not only to formulate your goals but also take a step-by-step approach to get to where you want to be.

But instead of using a blank journal, you could try a guided journalling workbook to help you focus.

Check out Leonie Dawson’s 2015 life & biz workbooks, or if you prefer to use the Tarot together with astrology and the moon phases, treat yourself to the Tarot Moon Journal 2015, a gift that will last a whole year, and perhaps even longer depending on how you use it to transform your life…

In the meantime, I wish you a blessed holiday season full of joy, healing and peace.

May you have the courage to make your dreams come true.

Christiane

 

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Autumn Equinox – Embracing The Dark Season

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A friend of mine told me recently that she found the transition from summer to autumn hard.

The falling leaves make her feel depressed, and she was dreading the unavoidable approach of the long cold winter months ahead.

To a certain degree I understand her sentiment, but once you consciously decide to tune in and embrace the light and dark of all the seasons, you discover the magick and beauty of each one of them.

Just like the trees shed their leaves in the autumn, so can we shed old stuff that is holding us back.

The shedding of leaves is preparation for new life and growth in spring, and we can do the same in order to pave the way for new experiences and growth.

Today is Virgo’s (the Hermit) last day in the sun until Libra (Justice) takes over tomorrow.

Over the last four weeks, the energy of the Hermit has encouraged us to go inwards, reflect and explore what new skills to learn, new knowledge we can acquire and how we can turn it into wisdom that will serve us and others well in time to come.

The New Moon in Libra tomorrow invokes the energies of Justice, encouraging us to create and appreciate harmony in life, especially in relationships, including friendships that need building and nurturing.

So there is much we can do, and the approaching darkness will help us focus on what we need to do including planning and implementing.

Perhaps today at the time of the Autumn Equinox, or over the coming weeks until Samhain, you may want to consult the Tarot to explore some of the following questions to help you gain focus and direction:

What is holding me back right now that I need to let go of?

At this time of year with the energies of Libra/Justice, explore your options rather than making a decision. It’s about weighing up the pros and cons, so you can make your final decision by Samhain (31 October).

What new skills do I need to learn to help me reach my goals?

Depending on the card/s you draw, these could relate to

  • leadership and creativity (fire, wands),
  • emotions and relationships (water, cups),
  • mental challenges and conflict resolving (air, swords), or
  • hands-on practical skills and money management (earth, pentacles)

What can I do to strengthen my relationships with people that are important to me?

Remember that important people in your life are not restricted to your partner or close family, but also extended family, friends, co-workers, professional networks… Explore how you can build bridges, overcome conflict, encourage solidarity and teamwork, bring people closer together etc.

And here are a few other practical ideas to get you started:

  • make a to-do list
  • declutter your bookshelf to make room for new knowledge
  • network with people and see what you can do for them
  • when it comes to friendships, it’s not about quantity but quality. Only two genuine friends are worth more than a large bunch of acquaintances, who don’t care about you.
  • get your finances in order
  • avoid drama and the people creating it
  • enrol on a course

Wishing you a Happy Equinox and a magickal autumn season ahead.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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My Year Of The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man2012 is coming to a close, and here we are on the day of the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan calendar cycle.

There has been lots of global anticipation and speculation about the significance of today’s date, an those people, who expected the world to end today, may realise with relief (or disappointment?) that the world is still spinning as usual.

We’ve come to a point, when a lot of us are reflecting on the year that has passed with a view on how we will progress next year (check out my Tarot Moon Journal, which contains useful journalling sheets for this).

On a personal note, 2012 has been my year of the Hanged Man. Combined with the global year card of the Hierophant, it has taught me some lessons about reconsidering the structures and traditions that I have been accustomed to for so many years and finding a new perspective.

Keywords for the Hanged Man: stagnation, suspension, stasis, being stuck, putting your life on hold, self-sabotage, inaction, avoid making decisions, putting your head in the sand, letting things happen, relinquishing control, letting go, sacrifice, release, new perspective.

The keywords listed in the order above tell a story; nobody can stay in the Hanged Man position for ever. Sooner or later changes will take place, which will lead to transformation. No wonder that in the Major Arcana sequence the Hanged Man is followed by Death, which will be my year card next year.

The image I have chosen above for my Tarot of Quotes shows the perspective of the Hanged Man; he is looking up the tree while he is hanging from it upside down. His view is turned around. The Hanged Man is looking up towards the light for mental and spiritual illumination.

When he finally lets go of something familiar, secure or even treasured, he is making a sacrifice to clear the path for new experiences and growth. But “sacrifice” is his point of view; it is an emotional word stirring up feelings of self-pity, sadness, regret and fear. New emotions are released rather than suppressed. What is once regarded as a sacrifice, will make perfect sense later during the transitional process.

Questions to ask when the Hanged Man comes up in a reading: Where in your life do you feel stuck right now? What are you holding on to that you need to release? Where do you need to relinquish control and be more open, receptive and trusting? How can you deal with certain issues in different ways? What are you avoiding or trying to escape from?

More images of my Tarot deck can be found in the Gallery.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Winter Solstice!

Christiane

 

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Tarot Healing Spread

tarot healing oracle of quotesThe magickal images of Tarot and oracle cards can be tools for healing when you find yourself in a crisis or have to overcome some major challenges.

Designing an empowering spread that will assist you on your healing journey is essential, and I have posted my Tarot healing spread in my article Turning a Crisis into a Transformational Journey earlier this year.

Please feel free to try it for yourself; here is the summary of the spread:

  1. Where I am on my healing journey at this moment in time
  2. My strengths to help me heal
  3. My weaknesses I need to overcome
  4. What is blocking me
  5. What I need from others to help me heal
  6. What I can do today that would make me feel better
  7. Spiritual Lesson
  8. Affirmation

Please hop over to the article for more in-depth information about this spread.

I was very thrilled this morning, when I noticed that Jean Hamilton-Fford, creator of the Freshly Squeezed Lenormand deck, has used my spread and blogged about it.

It is fascinating and wonderful to see my Tarot healing spread used with Lenormand oracle cards. Please check out Jean’s post on her website and discover how my spread worked for her.

 

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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The Sun in the Tarot of Quotes

The Sun in the Tarot of Quotes“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”  
– Pearl S. Buck

The Fool has grown from a seedling into a beautiful sunflower – he’s come a long way!

The keyword for the Sun is happiness – being happy with what we have, even if it isn’t much; looking beyond the imperfections – nothing is perfect, but that’s okay.

Happiness is a way of being wise and enlightened.

Happiness is the key to success (not the other way round).

The Sun is also connected to the self, the ego, creativity, clarity and vitality.

When this card comes up in a reading, it’s all about you, positive thinking, your creative potential, joy, gratitude and contentment.

In the Major Arcana, the Sun follows the Moon, so it can also indicate that a confusing situation is now becoming clear.

What can you do today to brighten up your day? What simple pleasures could you indulge in today that would make you feel happy? 

“We need much less than we think we need.” 
– Maya Angelou

More images of my Tarot deck can be found in the Gallery.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Doom, Gloom and Temperance

TemperanceWe live in a world, where scaremongering dominates the media, and everybody thinks we’re living in dangerous, uncertain times.

Well, to be honest, people have ALWAYS lived in precarious times, from the Stone Age to the present.

That won’t change until mankind is extinct, but we can make an effort and cultivate a more balanced world view.

If you are a natural worrier and pessimist, the following short story, which has been attributed to the Native American Cherokee Indians, is wonderfully insightful, and it reminds me of the “Art of Temperance”:

The story is about a boy who tells his grandfather that he is feeling very angry and upset.

The grandfather explains to the boy that he too sometimes feels angry but also he often feels very happy.

The grandfather says it is as if there are two wolves battling inside him.

One is very angry, aggressive and acts out of fear. This wolf wants to fight all the time.

The other wolf is happy, playful, and only wants to make friends and live in peace. But the two wolves are constantly battling inside.

The little boy asks: which wolf wins? And the grandfather replies: ‘the one I feed’.

We can’t deny that there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world, but life is also beautiful.

Which wolf are you feeding today?

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