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The Lion’s Gate Opening Tarot Spread

lion's gate opening tarot spreadThe opening of the Lion’s Gate Portal is one of the most magical celestial events that occurs every year reaching its peak on the 8th of August during Leo season.

It coincides with the rise of the morning star Sirius, which will be visible in the Eastern sky above the horizon just before dawn between the 26th July and 12th August.

Sirius is situated below Orion’s belt in the Canis Major (Greater Dog) constellation.

In ancient Egypt it marked the annual flooding of the Nile, which nourished the dry soil for growing crops.

There is a theory that the pyramids of Giza including the Sphinx (lion’s body!) were built in such a way that they aligned with Sirius and two stars situated in Orion’s belt forming a triangle.

This triangle – the Gate Portal – is now temporarily visible in our night sky before sunrise, and Earth’s alignment with Sirius marks a time of empowerment, accelerated evolution, spiritual activation and ascention.

That all sounds pretty epic, but just like eclipses, solstices and equinoxes, we can observe and harness these powerful portal energies to raise our vibrations.

After the recent Aquarius full moon has guided us to this point, we are now standing in front of the Lion’s Gate Portal about to step through.

Stepping through and stepping up.

This is a joyous and exciting moment. Tune into this magical cosmic energy to spiritually cleanse and renew.

Focus on your Solar Plexus Chakra, which is associated with Leo – confidence, abundance, healthy boundaries, willpower, creativity and leadership, making decisions, setting directions, personal identity, authenticity, courage and resilience.

Remember, we are experiencing a global shift at the point of no return, but stepping through the Lion’s Gate Portal into unknown territory also opens up to new potential and possibilities.

Activate your inner power with this tarot spread to guide you through the Portal:

1. What do I need to leave behind?
2. What do I need to take with me?
3. What will I find?
4. What energy will I activate?
5. What will become clear to me?
6. How will this change me?
7. How will this benefit me?
8. Enlightened message from Sirius:

What insights are you receiving from the cards? How are they challenging you? What do they trigger? What shift can you sense?

Enjoy exploring this spread, and please do share with me, which cards you have drawn. I’d love to hear from you.

Christiane

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Tarot Moon Journal Transformation

The Tarot Moon Journal first appeared in December 2012, and since then I have updated it every year with the latest astrological information.

In recent years, however, I was thinking about how I can make it different and transform it into a new experience.

The concept is a great idea – a tarot astrology workbook and planner in tune with the moon, but after eight years I felt it needed an overhaul.

I wanted to create a journal that can be started at any time of the year, not just in January.

After all, it’s up to you, when you want to start creative tarot moon journaling and transform your life. It shouldn’t depend on the calendar.

And while I tried my best to provide latest moon phase times and dates for northern and southern hemisphere, it wasn’t right for everyone. Australian time zone isn’t the same as Argentinian time zone.

So, I thought of a way to improve this by involving you in the creation process of your very personal Tarot Moon Journal.

I also wanted to give the journal a facelift. I felt the new moon and full moon reading pages looked a bit tired, and I’ve totally changed them.

And while the Tarot Moon Journal is still undergoing the process of transformation, there will be new images throughout plus more changes as I go along.

The all new Tarot Moon Journal – ETERNAL Edition will be available in September.

Eternal means that the moon journaling and calendar/planner pages can be reprinted every year.

There will be a new printable cover available every year on Patreon to refresh the look.

Furthermore, as a patron, you can also access additional monthly tarot moon guidance, journal prompts and spreads.

For me, publishing the Eternal Edition allows me to spend more time creating magical tarot goodies rather than getting flustered with providing the latest astrological data.

This means that the all new Tarot Moon Journal can be turned into a personalised and unique magical workbook and planner.

If you love planners and creative journaling, you will love the Tarot Moon Journal Eternal Edition.

More details will be revealed soon, and if you would like to keep informed on the latest news and offers, please subscribe to my newsletter below.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Going Pro: Why You Need To Discourage People From Buying A Reading From You

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I see it all over social media: tarot readers enticing people to buy their readings with discounts and other special offers.

It’s a bit like clicking the Buy Now button for an email reading as if buying a t-shirt.

But if you are a tarot professional, then you actually need to discourage people from buying a reading from you.

Let’s pause for a moment and think. Buying a tarot email reading shouldn’t be like buying a t-shirt. It’s a spiritual service that offers reflection and guidance.

The last thing we want to do as tarot professionals is to lower a reading to the same level as making an Amazon purchase, which you can return for a full refund.

While requests for refunds are rare, they do occur, mainly because some clients don’t like the message they receive, and others weren’t bothered toΒ  peruse your website to learn more about what kind of readings you provide and your terms of service.

You need to discourage people from buying a reading from you as part of your marketing strategy.

This includes making it clear on your website what kind of readings you provide and your terms of service, which may include a NO REFUND policy for readings already carried out.

The latter is your personal choice and depends on your willingness to put up with “tarot reading shoppers”.

These are people, who buy a number of readings online from various readers on the same question, and if they don’t like your reading, they’ll ask you for a refund.

There is this idea that you should offer a “money back guarantee” to make it easier for prospective clients to buy, but when it comes to provide a tarot reading in good faith, you will have spent time to carry it out, and that time is worth money.

By discouraging people to buy a reading from you with a no refund policy, you give them another chance to think before they buy rather than clicking the Buy Now button on impulse assuming they can ask for a refund if not happy.

Also consider listing reasons why NOT to buy a reading from you.

For example:

Don’t buy a reading from me, if you

  • want a prediction and then wait for it to materialise
  • don’t want to be pro-active about creating your future
  • want a quick fix
  • want the reading to be a miracle cure
  • reject new perspectives and viewpoints
  • are fixed on a certain outcome
  • want me to tell you just what you want to hear

This way you may well get less requests, but you will get better clients who know what to expect. They will be a better fit and make this work more rewarding for you.

While “negative” marketing seems counter-productive at first, it can help you find more suitable clients who you can connect with more easily.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Wamrest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Podcast: Using The Tarot For Guidance During Challenging Times

using the tarot for guidance during challenging timesUsing the Tarot for guidance during challenging times is a current but also timeless topic, because we have to deal with all kinds of crisis situations throughout our lives.

When we are faced with a situation that is beyond our control, it can make us feel helpess, in shock and disbelief.

And while we have to deal with anger, frustration, anxiety and even loss, the last thing on our mind is being spiritually blissful and grateful.

But practicing mindfulness with the Tarot can help us ground ourselves in the here and now.

With the Tarot we can explore uncertain times to maintain and nourish our mental health, and learn to accept this moment in time as a stepping stone on our life journey.

By looking inwards with the Tarot, we can create balance, a shift in perspective and over time discover a way forward.

In my first podcast, I share with you my thoughts on how adversity can affect us, and how we can use the Tarot to empower us when dealing with loss and uncertainty:

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

NEW! The Powerful Me Oracle Deck (Patreon Exclusive)

powerful me oracle deckWhat do you do when the world is on Lockdown, and you’re only allowed one trip to the shop a week and an hour a day of outdoor exercise in a public place?

I started creating some oracle cards just for fun, and slowly they evolved into a colourful set of empowering prompts, which happen to reflect the challenging times we are all currently experiencing.

And hey presto, the Powerful Me Oracle deck was born.

This deck is exclusively available on my Patreon in digital format only.

Each month I will post 4 postcards and 9 oracle cards (see pic above) until a minimum of 36 cards have been created.

If you would like to start collecting the Powerful Me Oracle cards and bonus postcards, join my Patreon today.

You will need to select the Study tier at $3.33 in order to access the oracle cards, and they will only be available at this tier for one month only or until the new set of 9 oracle cards is being published.

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First set of postcards and oracle card available on Patreon

Now is the perfect time to get creative and print your own oracle deck and fabulous greeting cards.

Use them for your journal, altar or sacred space – print them as a gift, send a postcard to a friend or loved one as an encouraging message…

Simply print on photo quality paper and cut to size with a craft knife and metal ruler.

Join my Patreon to start collecting the Powerful Me Oracle today and tons more tarot and journaling resources and printables.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

Spice Up your Tarot Readings with Divination Add-Ons

spice up your tarot readings with divination add-onsIf you feel your regular tarot practice has become a little stale or boring, here’s a new way how you can spice up your tarot readings – simply add some divination add-ons like the ones you can see on the pic above.

While I’ve created just eight cards, you can add more prompts, such as

enjoy/avoid
learn/release
think/feel

From your selection of divination add-ons, choose specific card pairs like yes/no, or draw random cards to create a spread.

How to use the cards

Each keyword can bring up a number of different questions, and your intuition will guide you to which question to ask.

For example:

Rest – What do I need to let rest for a while? What do I need to put to rest? What can help me rest?

Grow – What do I need to grow? What is ready to grow in my life? What needs tending to? What is growing? What can help me grow?

More – What do I need to do more of? What am I receiving more of? What do I need to be more?

Stop/More – If you draw two cards at random, you can combine them as follows:

If I stop doing this …., I will get more of that….Β 

or

I will stop this …and do more of that…

(… = tarot cards drawn)

Simply go with the flow. Different questions or messages may come up for you when you tune into your reading.

Making your cards

Be resourceful with your cardstock – I’ve used a colourful cardboard box of paper tissues, which would have otherwise been thrown away. Upcycling rather than buying new.

I also decided to try my hand-lettering and doodling skills – not that brilliant, but I like it!

If you would like to download my version of the cards, hop over to my Patreon (more info on membership HERE).

In the meantime, check out my video for more ideas:

Let me know, how my divination add-ons spice up your tarot readings. I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Global Year Card 2020: The Emperor In The Tarot

the emperor in the tarotThe Emperor in the Tarot (key 4 in the Major Arcana) is our planet’s year card for 2020 based on numerology (2+0+2+0 = 4).

This card symbolises power and control issues in both beneficial and challenging ways.

For many people, the world has become an unsettling place – fascist leaders taking control, inequality, rise in crime, radical climate change activism, environmental catastrophes around the world, the sheer volume of plastic waste, unsustainable consumption, war in the Middle East, fake news, political corruption and gaslighting…

It all started in 2017, the Wheel of Fortune year, in which Trump took office in the White House.

Since then, our heads have been spinning caused by a dazzling speed of change beyond our control.

But 2020 is the year of the Emperor – a reminder we need to step back into our power and become leaders of light and hope in our families, communities, at work, in our relationships and also for ourselves.

This means we have to get fully engaged with the world, get active, speak up and debate, join and support groups to contribute towards making a difference.

Taking responsibility that we are all to blame for the state of the world, and now it’s time to make amends by radically changing our ways.



The Emperor has a vision of where he wants to be in the future. He is passionate, ambitious, driven and doesn’t shy away from confrontation.

He is in control by making plans and getting organised.

He is creating a solid foundation – a springboard – from which he can progress, move forward and grow.

At a global level during 2020, we will see more people questioning old structures and institutions (Meghan and Harry, Iran protests, healthcare funding, climate emergency…). This will continue into 2021, the year of the Hierophant.

There will be power struggles between governments and new grassroot movements demanding change.

The dark side of the Emperor will show up, and we have to face it head on: narcissism and control issues.

Look at neo-fascist populist leaders taking control all over the world by spreading misinformation and character assassinations on a global scale through social media.

The population is being controlled by lack of funding for education. The government doesn’t want our children to become digitally intelligent. This would expose government’s lies and damage their power.

We have to take education (including critical thinking and fact-checking) in our own hands.

The Emperor is linked to the zodiac sign Aries – what will be started, may not necessarily come to a conclusion.

Projects borne out of passion or anger may be aborted midway due to intense emotions diminishing, lack of interest, energy, a short attention span.

Without a good plan and preparation, even the best intentions and ideas despite enthusiasm may not lead to anything and just dissipate.

I’m watching the Labour leadership election and development of Extinction Rebellion (and other environmental protest movements) with the Emperor in mind. How is the Emperor energy reflected in your part of the world?

The Emperor is this year’s global year card, which means that while this masculine, yang energy has a strong influence on our personal lives, it also works combined with our personal year cards.

The global year card represents our external influences – opportunities and challenges, global events and developments we cannot control.

Our personal year card represents internal energy – strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, beliefs, values, choices, desires, our actions and responses to global year card energies.

How does your personal year card interact with the current global year card?

Take these three steps to start exploring:

1. What’s your first impression when looking at both cards together?
2. What element/s are represented? (earth, air, fire, water…)
3. What astrological correspondences? (planets, zodiac)

Elements and astrological correspondences can give you an indication, whether your combination is friendly, supportive, neutral, conflicting or challenging.

You can then explore how to harness, resolve and align these energies to your advantage.

This work isn’t done in a day. It’s an ongoing project that lasts a whole year.

Over on Patreon, we will check up on a monthly basis, how the Emperor is influencing global developments, which is just one of many mindful tarot activities you can participate in as a member.

Learn more about membership HERE. I’d love to welcome you to my Patreon community. Together, we can grow strong.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane