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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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…. 

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 🙂

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Saturn Retrograde Tarot Spread

saturn retrograde tarot spreadA few weeks ago, Saturn turned retrograde and will continue until the 18th September.

Plenty of time to explore and work with its energies using the Saturn retrograde tarot spread below.

Before you do, take a moment to consider what the World reversed as an energy card in a reading means to you.

In the Tarot, Saturn is linked to the World, so its retrograde energy can be compared with that of the World reversed.

In its upright position, the World suggests achievement, establishment, a sense of having arrived and be content with where you are.

Reversed, you may feel a little stifled; something is missing, and you have the urge to escape the status quo.

The World is about restrictions and boundaries, but not in a negative sense. You feel happy with where your are despite limitations.

However, reversed, you may feel less positive.

Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn, and coincidentally, Saturn has turned retrograde in Capricorn and will also turn direct again in Capricorn.

Capricorn in the Major Arcana is linked to the Devil, so we can sense dull routines and a lack of growth.



Saturn is also linked to the following cards in the Tarot:

  • Five of Wands
  • Ten of Wands
  • Eight of Cups
  • Three of Swords
  • Seven of Pentacles

Based on these cards, I have created the following spread that can help you make the most of the World/Saturn retrograde energies:

  1. Where in my life do I feel confined or restricted?
  2. What stops me from growing/evolving?
  3. How can I free myself from limitations?
  4. What past hurt is still affecting me and needs healing?
  5. Where do I need to change?
  6. How can I enhance my relationships (family, work)?
  7. What am I holding on to that keeps me secure?
  8. Where do I need to take a risk?

Saturn retrograde is a good time to evaluate your goals, plans, projects and ideas (Seven of Pentacles!).

For example, if you are writing a book, do some editing before you continue.

In your home, you may realise that some repairs or redecorating are required. You may even consider a move as you feel you’ve outgrown your space.

Workwise, you may find it hard to generate the energy to push for a promotion or change of job.

In relationships, beware of the rut! Choose your words and actions carefully to avoid misunderstandings, and remember to have some fun and just dance, dance, dance 😉

If you want to learn more about the Saturn cards in the Tarot, check out this post.

Learn how to combine tarot with astrology here.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Jupiter Retrograde Tarot Spread

wheel of fortune rwsJupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, slows down and turns backward from 10th April until 11th August 2019.

The planet of luck, expansion and growth is linked to the Wheel of Fortune, and the reversed aspect of this card offers us an insight into Jupiter‘s retrograde energies.

The first thing that comes to mind is that the Wheel of Fortune may slow down, come to a halt and perhaps even move backwards in the form of reversal of fortunes.

This can work both ways: if things have gone really well for you recently, then be prepared for a slow down.

On the other hand, if you’ve been experiencing bad luck or lack of progress beyond your control, then you might get a break and life is slowly going to take a turn for the better.

Whatever our individual situation, we may all feel less optimistic about things as new ideas and plans may not be realised, or progress may come slower than expected.

But Jupiter retrograde is happening in Sagittarius at this time, and in tarot terms that’s Temperance.

Temperance is the key to navigate Jupiter retrograde successfully – it’s okay to slow down, create balance and harmony, avoid too much, too soon and too difficult…. we need to learn to let good fortunes and progress flow into our lives whithout trying too hard.

Beneficial activities during Jupiter retrograde:



Take it easy, take a break, re-evaluate, open your mind to new possibilities, research new ideas, experiment, explore, be more flexible, listen to your inner voice.

Watch out for change (for better or worse), turn of events, u-turns, deeper truths, revelations, blessings in disguise, spiritual development and karmic payback.

Here’s a Jupiter Regrograde tarot spread to make the most of this energy influencing us over the coming months based on the Jupiter cards in the Tarot:

  1. How can I best adapt to changes at this time?
  2. How can I expand my horizon?
  3. What do I need to be more flexible with?
  4. What can I handle with ease?
  5. What task/activity needs to be put on hold?
  6. What will give me joy during this time of uncertainty?
  7. In which area of my life do I need to show more leadership / take responsibility?

Jupiter retrograde will last for four months, so you have plenty of time to figure out how you can manifest positive change and growth during this challenging but also exciting time.

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Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Hello Spring Ostara Tarot Spread

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The Ace of Coins from the Alchemical Tarot perfectly captures the spirit of Ostara and the official beginning of Spring.

The hare reminds me of the white rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland beckoning us to follow him down the hole for a new adventure.

And yes, the Spring Equinox is a time for rebirth, renewal and new beginnings.

After a dull winter, the longer and warmer days tend to make us feel more optimistic and hopeful for the coming months ahead.

As part of your Spring Equinox celebrations and seasonal explorations, here is my Ostara tarot spread you could incorporate:



1. What are the seeds that I’m sowing? 
The energies you are releasing that you might not be aware of. Whatever you’re doing at the moment (especially unconsciously), what effect may it have?

2. What seedlings are emerging around me? 
What is already developing around you that you may not be aware of? A project you recently started, or a goal you’ve set yourself, what is emerging from it so far?

3. What do I need to focus on until the Summer Solstice? 
A task you need to carry out, a skill you need to acquire, or anything you need to pay attention to that will help you achieve your goal.

For each question, you can pull up to three cards to gain some insight.

I hope you enjoy my Ostara tarot spread, and please do let me know how it works for you.

For more seasonal tarot spreads and creative tarot journaling ideas, please check out Cosmic Faery’s Journal Workbook.

Wishing you a Blessed Equinox,

Christiane

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The Mercury Retrograde Tarot Spread

mercury retrograde tarot spreadJust when I finished my last post about Venus Retrograde, Mercury Retrograde was looming on the horizon.

Everyone seems to get really flustered when Mercury goes retrograde, so I’ve created the Mercury Retrograde Tarot Spread to soothe your nerves ?

It’s the planet of communication (and all things Magician!), so expect misunderstandings, important emails ending up in your spam folder and computer breakdowns as from the 16th November.

On that day, Mercury goes retrograde in Sagittarius, and in Tarot terms that astrological constellation is linked to the Eight of Wands.

So, on that day anything can happen that relates to the reversed meaning of this card, but also bear in mind all the other cards linked to Sagittarius (Temperance, Knight of Wands, 8,9,10 of Wands)

The best way to understand what retrograde means in terms of energies surrounding us, explore the reversed meanings of the tarot cards linked to that particular planet, in this case all the cards linked to Mercury.

Explore these cards to discover specific areas you will need to pay attention to that can be affected by Mercury retrograde.

For the spread, shuffle your deck and draw a card for each of the following topics:



  1. Communication Hiccup
  2. A resource I’m lacking
  3. Where I self-sabotage
  4. Trickery
  5. What to leave behind (or not!)
  6. My power
  7. My special skill

tarot moon journal 2019Mercury goes direct again on 6th December in Scorpio – that’s Death in the Tarot.

It looks like quite a transformation is taking place for us over the coming weeks, and we’ll all have our stories to tell.

If you would like to learn more about how to combine tarot with astrology, then please check out my course.

You can also make a start with the Tarot Moon Journal.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Venus Retrograde Tarot Spread

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Venus went retrograde on October 6, 2018, and will go direct again on November, 16.

Hey, I’m a bit late to the party with my Venus retrograde tarot spread, but there is still time to explore how this planetary movement may affect you.

In the Tarot, Venus is linked to the Empress and all the other cards you see on the image above.

This means that Venus retrograde can affect your self-care, love life and money issues.

Venus is all about love, beauty, creativity and abundance. When it’s retrograde, we just need to pay more attention to those issues.

Imagine the cards above (especially the Empress) reversed; that’s what the energy of Venus Retrograde can be like.

Here are a few things you may want to avoid during Venus retrograde:



  • Major changes to your looks, like a new hair cut, hair colour or tatoo. You might regret it later.
  • A tendency to neglect your wellbeing, perhaps due to demands at work, home or self-imposed stress.
  • Extravagant purchases, which could leave you in debt, or spontaneous purchases, where you realise later that you don’t need these things.
  • Committing to a relationship. There may be a change of heart when Venus goes direct again.

So, to look at your personal DOs and DON’Ts, try this Venus Retrograde tarot spread by just using the Venus cards in the Tarot:

1. Reflect on…
2. Embrace…
3. Avoid…
4. Create…
5. Learn (from)…
6. See the beauty in…
7. Find abundance in…

You can also do a second reading using all the cards of your deck.

I’d love to hear how this spread works for you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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