Creative Journaling in Winter

creative journaling in winter
From Project Calm Magazine

Over the last couple of weeks, I have reduced my time on the computer as much as possible.

Of course I’m still available for readings and continue to respond to my students and messages I receive on social media.

But I also had the urge to get immersed into something tangible again, such as art and creative journaling, painting, paper crafting, mandala crocheting, baking cakes, reading inspirational magazines….

three sides to the storyThere was method behind this computer fatigue madness though; along the way I learned tons of new stuff and generated new ideas for future tarot and journaling projects.

Sometimes it’s vital to take some time out to explore new ideas, evolve and to keep the spark alive (or re-ignite it if necessary).

Perhaps you also feel like taking some time out, and if you are not kept too busy with family commitments over the Christmas / Yule holidays, then you might want to treat yourself to some creative journaling me-time.

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“Reaching out to you.” #tarotguidancein4words – Two of Cups from the Snowland Deck

First, you could invest in a new Tarot deck to invigorate your intuition and refresh your perspective on the cards. A new and perhaps more unusual (non-traditional) deck may help you avoid stagnant “same old” readings.

Next, you could enrol on a FREE art and healing online course at Willowing Arts. I have recently discovered this network and look forward to diving in. There are two one hour tutorials to download, PDFs and a community to join. Perhaps I’ll meet you there 😉

More specifically on tarot journaling, you can try out my Winter Solstice Reflection, which can be found in my downloadable workbooks Cosmic Faery’s Journal and Tarot for All Seasons.

winter solstice reflection tarot spreadAs you can see from the image, there is a more arty journaling sheet for this reading in the workbooks, but you can also download the FREE version here:

Winter Solstice Reflection (PDF)

And for more journaling, you can grab your copy of the Tarot Moon Journal 2017 workbook and planner. Manifest your goals with the help of tarot, the moon and the zodiac.

Last but not least, in the spirit of the season, here is another gift for you, which may come in handy to organise your tarot journal or Book of Shadows – a winter themed journal divider / front cover:

Winter Journal Cover / Divider (PDF)

You can download the Autumn cover here.

Wishing you a Blessed Winter Solstice and relaxing holiday season.

Christiane

 

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Tarot Guidance In 4 Words

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“Put your foot down.” #tarotguidancein4words – Tarot Nova

There are many fun and creative ways to connect with the tarot and develop your reading skills, and here’s a little Tarot game you can play.

Let’s play Tarot Guidance in 4 Words – #tarotguidancein4words

How it works:

Shuffle your deck and pull a card.

Come up with a meaningful message in just four words that relates to the card. It should be a phrase or sentence, not just a set of keywords.

You can also apply this reading method to spreads, and in order to demonstrate it, I have used the Celtic Cross:

  1. Present Situation – The Tower: Break down, break through.
  2. What is crossing it – King of Cups: Be kind to yourself.
  3. Heart of the Matter – The Emperor: Put your foot down.
  4. Past influences – Knight of Pentacles: Persevere despite slow progress.
  5. Attitudes and Beliefs – Seven of Swords: Watch out for dishonesty.
  6. Near Future – Three of Swords: Heal your broken heart.
  7. You as you are – Ace of Cups: Embrace love around you.
  8. How others see you – Five of Pentacles: In need of help.
  9. Advice – Two of Wands: Take a new direction.
  10. Outcome – The Empress: Create your dream life.

Have a go and see what you come up with.

Share your ideas on social media (works great on Instagram) with #tarotguidancein4words and tag me @cosmicfaery

You can also use your oracle cards #oracleguidancein4words

Let’s play and offer some guidance along the way Laughing

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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What To Include In a One-Card Reading (and FREE Journaling sheets!)

one card reading booklet front cover
Cards: Sharman Caselli Tarot

I have mentioned before that one-card readings can be very effective.

There is no need to draw multiple cards to get valuable insights from a reading, which is good news for beginners.

There is much you can see in just one card, and here I would like to demonstrate what you can cover in a one-card reading:

  1. First impressions: Keywords and phrases that come into your mind when you see the image. Also any feelings the image evokes.
  2. What to do / action to take: This should cover something practical and doable, active steps that can help influence a situation to achieve a positive outcome.
  3. What to avoid: Personal traits / habits / beliefs that could hinder a desired development or outcome.
  4. What to look out for: Something that is hidden; opportunities, obstacles, internal blocks…
  5. What needs attention: This could relate to a skill you need to develop, people around you, work, relationships, life style… a certain area of your life.
  6. Power Word / Phrase: A catch phrase, mantra or just one single word that will guide you onto the right track and towards achieving your desired outcome.
  7.  Affirmation: Same as 6, a positive statement to help you shift your mindset in a positive way.

You don’t have to cover all these points, especially when you’re just starting out learning the Tarot, but once you get stuck in, you will find it’s much easier than you first think.

two of wands tarot of quotes

Here’s an example with the Two of Wands, a reading I did for myself the other day, so the answers are specific and personal (your answers may differ):

First impressionsPlanning ahead! The only way is forward. Follow my passion. Embrace the unknown. Excitement. Opportunities. Vision. Travel and journeys.

What to do / action to take: Make a to-do list!

What to avoid: Procrastination, fear of the unknown

What to look out for: Turning new creative ideas into reality more quickly, becoming more efficient; planning and implementing with others. Diversifying…

What needs attention: Firing up and nurturing my ambition; be more driven. The changes I want to create in my work and personal life.

Power word / phrase: Get organised!

Affirmation: I can do this!

As you can see, there is no need to write a long essay. Keep it short and sweet, and for this purpose I have designed some fab journaling sheets for you:

one-card reading booklet A5 detailA4 Angel one card reading sheet (PDF doc.)

Two pages of the same sheet, so you can print double-sided, if your printer is set up for it.

A5 Angel one card journaling sheet (PDF doc.)

Two A5 angel sheets on one page, so you can create a booklet by printing on both sides of an A4 sheet.

You can print as many A5 sheets (double-sided) as you like. Perhaps you would like a booklet for the month ahead, for which you need 16 double-sided sheets folded in half.

You can use the cover page to name your booklet, e.g. My Angel Card Messages, My Oracle Card Readings, My Daily Draws etc.

I hope you will enjoy using these sheets. I’d love to see how you use them. Post yours on Instagram and tag me (@cosmicfaery).

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

PS: If you love Tarot journaling, check out the Tarot Moon Journal to help you plan, manifest your dreams and grow your life with powerful cosmic journaling in tune with the moon.

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Using the Tarot to Communicate with the Dead

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Bohemian Gothic Tarot 1st Edition (c) Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony, Baba Studio 2010

Samhain / Halloween is fast approaching, a time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its thinnest.

So it comes to no surprise that if you wish to make contact with dearly departed, this is the perfect night to do so.

I am no spiritual medium and therefore no expert in making contact with dead people, but I do feel it is possible to have a conversation with them through the Tarot.

Many years ago I tried to make contact with my mum, who had died the year before, and even though nothing spooky happened during the reading, I did have some interesting dreams on several occasions afterwards, some of which where astounding to say the least.

This year I intend to make contact with my Dad, who passed over in July this year, so while I’m still going through the process of coming to terms with it, I have the need to reconcile with him in some way.

I do believe that making contact with a departed loved one can help to bring some closure and therefore contribute to the healing process.

So, my advice is only to communicate with the dead, if your intention is reconciliation, closure and healing.

The Ritual

1. Questions

Before you begin, think about the questions you would like to ask your loved one. Write them all down, so you won’t forget during the reading.

Although it’s always worthwhile wording your questions wisely, you can ask anything you like, because you are trying to talk to someone you once loved (and still do), and they loved you too, so they won’t mind!

Questions like “How are you?”, “Are you at peace now?”, “What’s it like?” are perfectly okay. You don’t need to censor yourself. In addition you can also ask your loved one for advice just like you used to when they were still with you.

2. Timing

Do your spirit reading later in the evening on the 31st October. The best time would be around the witching hour. Make sure you won’t get disturbed by anybody, like those pesky trick-or-treaters or whoever lives with you.

3. Sacred Space

Set the scene with seasonal decorations, candles and crystals (see also Halloween ideas).

For this kind of work I love using my Black Obsidian Skull. The energetic vibrations of carved crystal skulls are said to make a mental connection with your brain, thus helping you to be more receptive to messages from the spirit world.

4. Grounding

Start with your usual grounding ritual and include a request to the spirit world, such as “Spirit world, please open up to me, so (insert the person’s name you wish to talk to) can talk to me.”

It also helps, if you have a personal item from your loved one you can hold whilst asking him/her to come forward.

5. Reading

Once you feel you are ready, or you may even feel the presence of your loved one, you can begin the reading.

Shuffle your deck while thinking of your loved one. For each question you have, pull a card. The messages you receive from the cards may be from your loved one.

I say “may”, because they may also be from your own subconscious, which knows the answers all along and has the desire to reveal them to you, so you can heal.

graveyard tarot spread
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Either way, this reading can contribute to your healing process by helping you feel connected to your loved one and getting some answers you need.

If you are planning to do a reading that is focused on self-exploration, then you can try out the spread in the box on the right.

And last but not least, head over to my journal blog to download my free Manifesting Change printable healing cards.

Samhain Blessings,

Christiane

 

PS: You can find more Halloween Tarot spreads and journalling sheets in my ebook Tarot for All Seasons.

 

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Autumn Equinox – Embracing The Dark Season

autumn equinox oracle card
Oracle of Quotes

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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Ask the Right Questions

ask the right questions

When clients approach me for a reading, they are often tempted to ask questions like

When will I find new love?
When will I get a new job?
Does he still love me?
What does the future have in store for me?
Will my business be successful? etc…

Although I don’t rephrase questions and aim to answer them as best as possible, I also include some additional insight clients may not have thought about, which are meant to provide opportunities for personal development and growth.

It is important to ask the right questions, which put you in control and empower you. Strive to “know thyself” with the help of Tarot.

Through self-exploration you will find the answers within you rather than hoping to find them elsewhere.

“An empowered life begins with serious personal questions about oneself. Those answers bare the seeds of success.” 
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Here are some personal questions you can explore with the Tarot, which you can also adapt to a specific issue:

“Who am I?”
“What do I need?”
“How do I function best?”
“How can I achieve my dreams?”
“How can I fulfil my potential?”
“What are my strengths and weaknesses?”
“What is blocking me?”
“What do I need to pay attention to at this moment in time?”
“What do I have to give?”
“How can I help and support others?”
“What’s the next step I can take right now?”

Self-inquiries like these help you

  • stay true to your values and principles
  • pursue your dreams and desires
  • take responsibility and make the most of what life throws at you
  • recover from setbacks
  • grow through challenges and adversity
  • set and maintain healthy boundaries
  • learn from your mistakes
  • accept and embrace change with confidence and resilience
  • add value to others and the world around you

“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.” Leo Babauta

The right question should encourage you to take action rather than sitting back waiting for something to happen or surrendering to fate.

The right question should also discourage you from regarding yourself as a victim, and instead inspire you to step into your power in order to heal from any negative experiences.

For more information on asking the right questions, you can also check out relevant posts here and on my journal blog.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Seasons Greetings – Recommended Tarot Goodies

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Three of Cups, Snowland Tarot
(c) Ron & Janet Boyer

Not long to go until we can celebrate the return of longer days on the Winter Solstice and get all festive and over-indulgent over the Christmas holidays.

In the spirit of the season, I’d love to share some fabulous Tarot goodies with you.

First of all, the image you can see here is from the Snowland Tarot deck.

I love this card! Can you see the fart bubbles on the water behind one of the monkeys? What do they suggest to you? Laughing

Hop over to my journal blog to discover your Snowland card of the moment.

My Tarot Moon Journal 2014 is now available to download. It’s a practical workbook for you to use throughout the new year, and in addition I can recommend Jordan Hoggard’s Area 52 ebook, your ultimate Tarotscope companion for 2014!

I love the advice Jordan offers for the 1 January “Make today feel like a really long day in all the right ways”. Yes! And the weekly words of wisdom are ingenious; for the first week in January it’s “quench”. You will have a whole year of fun and inspiration with Area 52.

If you would like to use your Tarot cards in more creative ways, take a look at the Tarot Activity Book by Andy Matzner. I’ve only received this book today and must say its wealth of innovative activities and exercises is impressive. I really look forward to taking time out over the holidays to try some of them.

Last but not least, here is my little gift to you, a seasonal Tarot spread. Click on the link to download the PDF journaling sheet:

Gifts of the Season Tarot Spread

 

Wishing you a relaxing and peaceful winter holiday season!

Christiane

 

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