Tarot Moon Journal 2017 News

tarot moon journal 2017The Tarot Moon Journal 2017 has finally hit the virtual shelves, waiting to become your trusty companion for the new year.

Since its first edition in 2013, it has come a long way, slowly growing and evolving.

The latest edition includes a mini tutorial on how to include the pip cards in your moon readings.

Each pip card is linked to a zodiac sign, and I show you how you can take the next step and dive a little deeper into your readings with the help of the zodiac and the moon.

If you are new to using astrology in your tarot readings, then the Tarot Moon Journal can help you make a start and take your readings to the next level.

Regarding the lunar phases during 2017, there will be no New Moon in Capricorn (which will happen this year on 29th December), but we will enjoy two New Moons in Leo (July and August).

Each year when I adjust the changing moon phases in the journal, it is fascinating to watch the shifting cycles and energies.

The Tarot Moon Journal 2017 is still priced at only £5.00 (GBP) and also includes a 20% discount voucher for my Tarot Astrology Self-Study Course.

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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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Going Pro: How to Overcome Inner Blocks and Nerves

Tarot PerformanceYou have been studying the Tarot for years, practised on family and friends, who all gave you encouraging feedback, and now you are thinking of going pro – advertising your services and charging for them.

You will meet people, you’ve never met before, and suddenly that is making you feel a little nervous. Will you do a good job? Will paying clients be happy with your readings?

When on the threshold of turning your hobby into a business, it is normal to feel a little insecure about your abilities; after all, reading tarot cards isn’t an exact science. It depends much on your intuition and how well you connect with your clients.

At times you can feel like a performer, especially when you do corporate events and parties. Indeed, my insurance company files my profession under “performing arts”, so it is no surprise that some Tarot readers can feel stage fright Laughing

Here are some common issues I have come across, and over time have found my personal solutions, most of which involve a simple mind shift and learning my lessons. Perhaps some of them you have experienced, too:

1. At Tarot parties / corporate events, peoples’ reactions to your readings are mixed. Some are happy, others are dismissive, perhaps even ridicule what you do. They then reveal that they are sceptics anyway. Negative reactions can be disheartening.

My experience: Tarot readings for entertainment purposes need to be approached differently from regular Tarot healing work you do with clients, who approach you for guidance. You need to realise that people at parties and large events want to have fun, they have had a few drinks and expect some good old-fashioned fortune-telling. The last thing they want to do is have a therapy session. In addition, when you read for many people at an event amidst music, laughter and banter, you can easily get distracted and lose concentration.

Suggestion: Public events get most Tarot Readers nervous, and it is perfectly normal NOT to get it right for every person. They all have different expectations, which you cannot always meet. Rather than getting flustered by the noise and amount of people, take your time to tune in to each individual; yes, some will see you for the fun, but others will have some serious questions. Learn to interpret the cards in a light-hearted and witty way to entertain the sceptics and fun-seekers. Don’t take any negative comments personally. Detach yourself from wanting to give the perfect reading to everyone. Make sure you drink plenty of water during the gig to stay hydrated, and really try to relax!

If you tend to be a somewhat shy and introvert person, then busy party events may not be ideal for you; instead, you could focus more on small house parties with up to six people, who are genuinely interested in Tarot and other esoteric services you can offer, such as Reiki, astrology charts, angel readings, palm reading etc. You may find these type of events more rewarding.

2. When you offer free readings, they flow beautifully. You can easily tune in, and the client is delighted. But when you charge for them, you tend to freeze up and get panicky.

My experience: The moment you charge for readings, it’s easy to feel the pressure of doing a good job for your client and offering value-for-money. Perhaps you need to shift some beliefs around the value of your work. You may even have fear of failure, worry about negative feedback or you feel like a fraud, questioning your authority to be in a position of guide, healer and illuminator.

Suggestion: Learn to acknowledge that you ARE worthy of getting paid for your services. Offer a full refund on email/phone readings, which have been paid for in advance, if they haven’t gone too well. Knowing in advance that the client can ask for a refund, can take the pressure off. Likewise, at face-to-face readings let the clients know they only need to pay you at the end of the session, if they are satisfied with the reading. That takes pressure off you, too.

You could also start by asking for a donation rather than payment; this can be ideal, if you want to build your confidence. Fellow card readers have had mixed experiences with this approach; people do like to get things for free and are reluctant to pay voluntarily, so don’t take a non-donation as negative! And when you do get a donation, you know that you’ve done an exceptional job.

Always remember the positive feedback you have received; it is proof that you can do it! Keep going despite your fears, and your confidence will grow.

3. Negative comments and feedback

They do crop up, especially at the beginning, when you lack experience. Make sure you take them on board and learn from them rather than getting depressed.

My experience: Negative feedback most often relates to not being specific in a reading. Perhaps the client wants you to mention names, places or the colour of their granny’s car. But there can be all sorts of reasons.

One complaint I received a long time ago was about the number of cards drawn; the reading was basically fine and I was accurate, but I only drew 3 cards! The client expected 10 cards to be drawn…Duh! My lesson learned: communicate with the client in advance about their expectations!

On another occasion, my reading really sucked; I just couldn’t connect with the client. It happens. I’m not perfect and have bad hair days like anybody else. At least I’m not in a job where I could kill someone with my imperfection. My lesson learned: take it with dignity, apologise and move on!

Suggestion: It’s all down to communication. Make sure your client knows in advance about the type of readings you offer. Find out what they expect to gain from the reading. By all means, let them know how many cards your will draw, and of course how long the reading will take. In time you will learn how to handle a reading and being in charge of it. But a good reading doesn’t solely depend on you; your client needs to cooperate too, so there is no point in completely blaming yourself or doubt your abilities.

Remember to ask your client early on, if the reading so far makes sense to them, so you know you are on the right track. If you find yourself in a position, where you can’t seem to get it right, it is best to bow out gracefully and terminate the reading to avoid wasting any more time trying too hard. Believe me, it only happens very rarely, so don’t get hung about it when it happens.

4. Reader’s Block

The cards are in front of you, the client is waiting expectantly for your reading, but you can’t make sense of the cards at all.

My experience: Once upon a time, four court cards and an Ace in a five-card spread lost me. On another occasion, I found it hard to focus on the reading due to my own personal circumstances at the time. But I did manage to save both readings.

Suggestion: Don’t panic! Take a deep breath. Focus on one card first rather than trying to see the whole picture immediately. You can also avoid confusion and overwhelm by turning over just one card at a time rather than revealing the whole spread in one go. This way you can interpret each card separately, and once all the cards are turned over, you can read the whole spread and story.

Make sure you aren’t preoccupied with your own personal issues that can inhibit your mental clarity. Take adequate time before the reading to relax and ground yourself. If you have some major things going on in your life, then perhaps it would be best not to do the reading. Don’t let your client down by trying to do a reading despite feeling physically unwell or emotionally not up to it.

Overall, it is important to learn from your mistakes and not get discouraged by challenges, which I believe keep us humble and our egos in check! But whatever you do, don’t let your inner blocks and nerves hold you back.

What kind of blocks did you have to overcome, and how did you do it? What current challenges are you facing? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. Love to hear from you!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Tarot Moon Journal 2013 Workbook

Tarot Moon Journal Front PageIf you love Tarot journalling, then perhaps you would like to treat yourself to my latest ebook, the Tarot Moon Journal 2013.

It’s a calendar/Tarot diary/workbook with lots of journalling sheets to do monthly readings in tune with the moon – a great way to incorporate astrology in your Tarot work. And it’s only a Fiver!

A magickal little treat that will last for a whole year Laughing

Find out more about the Journal here:

NEW! Tarot Moon Journal 2014

 

You can now also download a trial lesson for my Tarot Astrology correspondence course.

Visit the course page and click on the PDF document link:

Tarot Astrology course 

 

If you enjoy the exercise, you can book a trial lesson to get feedback on your work. And if you decide to enrol on the Tarot Astrology course, you will get a full refund of the trial lesson fee. Also, you will also receive the Tarot Moon Journal 2013 free as a bonus during December and January.

Stay tuned for some new Tarot Astrology articles  and a review of the Sirian Starseed Tarot coming soon. 

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Exploring Your Persona Cards

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The court cards in the Tarot represent personality types, and in a reading they can relate to people, energies or personality traits that need either to be applied to a certain situation or avoided. If you use the Tarot to deepen your self-knowledge, you can explore your personality (and that of others) by identifying your persona card and its opposing shadow card.

First of all, find your persona card from the list below; this card relates to your sun sign:

Aries—Queen of Wands
Taurus—King of Pentacles
Gemini—Knight of Swords
Cancer—Queen of Cups
Leo—King of Wands
Virgo—Knight of Pentacles
Libra—Queen of Swords
Scorpio—King of Cups
Sagittarius—Knight of Wands
Capricorn—Queen of Pentacles
Aquarius—King of Swords
Pisces—Knight of Cups

The Pages are not included in this list, but if you feel more like a child-like Page rather than a Knight, Queen or King, then choose the Page of the suit that relates to your sun sign, e.g. if you are Gemini (Knight of Swords), you can choose the Page of Swords instead. This is especially useful, when you look at your personality/behaviour patterns in specific situations or with particular people. Next, identify your opposing card by taking the following two steps:
 
1. Select the opposite role of your persona card, e.g. if you are a King, select Page:
 
King ———- Page

Queen ——– Knight

Knight ——– Queen

Page ———- King

2. Select the opposite of your suit, e.g. if you are Cups, choose Wands:

Wands ———- Cups

Cups ———— Wands

Swords ———- Pentacles

Pentacles ——– Swords

So, for me this means that my persona card is the Knight of Cups (I’m Pisces), and my opposing shadow card is the Queen of Wands.

Your persona card relating to your sun sign reflects your outer personality and your strengths; personality traits you openly express and feel comfortable with.

Your shadow card on the other hand indicates hidden elements of your personality, weaknesses, and character traits and behaviours you prefer to keep hidden, are unconsciously suppressed, or may need to be developed.

In my case, the Knight of Cups reflects my introvert, dreamy and intuitive personality, and the Queen of Wands indicates a need to be more social, take action and feel more confident about my abilities.

Have you worked out your persona and shadow card? What do they teach you about yourself? 

Try this exercise with family members, colleagues and friends. This way you can explore and identify people’s strengths and weaknesses and develop good judgement of character over time.


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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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