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Solstice Reflections: What has unfolded for me in 2016

When it comes to visioning, to feeling into the new year, to reflecting, to uncovering and remembering: Tarot is pure magic.


Even though I really resonate with visioning out my upcoming year within the realm of my mind’s eye, with making vision boards and pinterest boards...something within my system truly desires the powerful images of the Tarot to help guide my vision forward.

 

The Tarot helps me to see what is possible. It opens up portals that I wasn’t aware of before or couldn’t see clearly. The cards help me to put words behind feelings and to claim intentions that have been whispering within my heart space. In this way, I can fully own and stand tall within my true Self.

 

I love to take photographs of my daily readings, and I carve out time to journal around the wisdom of the cards. In that way, I can come back to readings and reflect upon the transmissions that the cards provided for me. This also gives me an opportunity to dive into the cards again, after time has passed, and see what new insights comes forward. I can then contemplate these learning in retrospect or carry them with me into the future.

 

I was recently nudged to look back at the Year Ahead Tarot Reading I drew for myself last December, as I was looking ahead into 2016.

 

What came forward to me with such clarity is the way in which the cards mapped out my year with such wisdom. When I look back upon my reading, I can see events and highlights of my year waving to me from the cards - things that happened in 2016 that I had no idea would occur when I pulled my cards for the year.


The Moon, card of intuition and the power of the divine feminine came forward for March, when I re-launched the Wisdom Within School of Intuition. The Moon illuminates the way in which I was to deliver the content of the course in a whole new way - I even extended the course from 8 weeks to 8 months! Students who participated in our closing call last week all mentioned a deep sense of inner trust, clarity and awareness within their Intuitive Selves. The Moon sometimes can speak of anxiety and fear, and what is amazing is that many students witnessed their own anxieties becoming released during the journey, and they no longer feel fear surrounding their intuitive paths. 

 

The Mother of Cups manifested in June, the month when I started to plan out A School for the High Priestess with my dear soul-sister Sora Surya No. I see the Mother of Cups in the Wild Unknown as being a sorceress, a magic maker, a creatrix who is in-tune with her divine Goddess energy. These energetics were exactly what Sora and I focused on as we visioned around how we wanted the School for the High Priestess to be born. Through teaching within the School, I feel as though I have truly been able to step into a role as sorceress in the caliber of information I am able to present and the way in which I fully show up as my Self.


The Lovers made themselves known in July, when I went on retreat in Peru. The traveling geese in the Wild Unknown to me speak of travel. When I was in Peru, like the Lovers, I found a sense of deep union with myself, with the divine within me, and with my soul’s purpose. Besides my own personal work, I contemplated my relationship with my husband in a focused way while I was in Peru, and when I returned home to him after my journey, I could feel a deep sense of renewal within our love.

And then there are the archetypes that showed up as my Personal Cards of the Year: The Mother of Swords, the Mother of Wands, and the Empress. Holy wow were these a powerful trio of cards to pull for 2016! They truly walked alongside me as I navigated my way through this year.

 

The Mother of Swords really helped me to work my way through healing some energetic wounds that I was carrying within my heart space. She helped me to stand in my truth, and to learn how to speak my truth in a way that honored me. She held my hand and guided me forward as I explored new realms within my spiritual practice, and used her sword of wisdom to slash through any mental obstacles that were holding me back from fully showing up within the way that I work.

 

The Mother of Wands kindled a deep sense of passion and fire within me for the work that I do. With her inner sparks igniting within me, I feel like this year I have felt into a deep appreciation for the magic within my life. She has guided me towards focusing on what absolutely lights me up within the work that I do, and she has lead me to use my desires to help me walk forward on my spiritual path.


The Empress was such a juicy card to feel into this year. As I am on the threshold of releasing my Maiden and embracing my inner Matron, my inner Mother, the Queen within me...the Empress has helped me to stand in my power, to root into Mama Earth and draw her power up from my root chakra and sacral chakra into the rest of my being. She helped me to form a deep connection with the cosmos, to fully step into someone who communes with the Goddess, who dances with the cosmos and who shares my passion and love for Shakti in a clear and confident way.


I am so full of gratitude for the wisdom and inspiration these cards have brought forward to me in this magical year of 2016.


What cosmic visions do you desire to bring forward in 2017, within your personal life, your spiritual life, and the work that you do within this world? 

Would you like a little extra sprinkle of magic and some deep insight in the form of:
+ a 30 page visually juicy PDF full of insight and clarity
+ 30 mins of my live devotion to you before and after your reading
+ a personally crafted mystical meditation based on your reading

so that you may walk forward into 2017 with confidence, vision, and action plans?

Check out my Year Ahead Tarot Reading hereYou may choose between a business reading or a personal reading. 

There are only 2 readings left for this year, and they are $50 off through the end of this week.

With love and Winter Solstice Blessings,

Xo, Elle

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5 ways the Tarot helps to increase intuition and spiritual connection

A sneak peek of one of my 108 illustrations for 108 Days of Sacred Intention

A sneak peek of one of my 108 illustrations for 108 Days of Sacred Intention

Tarot is a tool for soul searchers and seekers.

On the surface? It’s about shuffling the deck, picking cards, and giving you an interpretation of the card.

But really? It’s about shifting your perspective, giving you the motivation and steps you need to move forward (or to sit tight and wait for a better opportunity). 

It's about connecting to your intuition, feeling out the energy of a situation, and seeing the big picture.

It's about daily practice, diving deep into symbolism, and learning.

When I first started to play with the Tarot (through the generosity of my two best friends, who bought their first deck together (they're sisters) about 2 years before I  bought mine), I would pore over the little white booklet that came with the cards.  I would study the intricacies and symbols within each card with great detail.  And when I would use the cards to give a reading, I  noticed that the cards held so much more than an aspect of play...

When I finally purchased own first deck in 2006, a beautiful relationship formed between me and my deck.  I quickly saw how my intuition sky-rocketed and how I was feeling exponentially more spiritually connected through my practice.  
 


Tarot isn't just a deck of cards...it's a tool for those who want to find a deeper connection with their spirituality and intuition.

1.  Tarot encourages the start of a daily spiritual practice.

If you want to learn the Tarot, a little discipline is required.  You need dedicate time to spend with the cards, dive into their symbolism, and come up with your own personal interpretation.  With a total of 78 cards, that sets you up for at least a few months of daily practice.  When we do something daily in this way, we create a habit.  To set aside time for working with the Tarot gives you a daily dose of spiritual and intuitive connection...and makes you more likely to utilize that time for Tarot readings, journaling, and meditation in the future.

2.  Tarot prompts us to use our intuition.
One of the first things that absolutely astonished me when I first started to read Tarot for others was how it felt like "something" was taking over me...I would talk quickly, make connections I didn't see before, and say things about the cards that I didn't know I knew...this would happen every time I gave a reading to my friends, and they noticed and commented on it too.  I didn't know what was going on then...but now I see very clearly that what was happening was not "something" - it was my intuition speaking.  By laying out the cards and giving readings for myself and others, I was giving my intuition permission to speak.  The more I practiced, the more clearly I heard my intuition, and the more it had to say.  In this way, I was able to form a deep bond with my intuition that I treasure every day.  

3.  The Tarot shows us powerful and spiritual archetypes to embody.
I remember clearly the first time I saw The Magician card in my first deck, The Herbal Tarot.  I loved every aspect of his symbolism - the positioning of his arms and hands, the infinity sign over his head, and how he worked with the four suits of Tarot.  What fascinated me was that he would come up again and again in one card readings that I would do for myself every day, or fall out of the deck while I was shuffling...so I knew I had to study this card in more detail...and in doing so, I realized the parts of me that are akin to the Magician...and saw the aspects of myself that I could slowly shift towards embodying the Magician as well.  I have had similar experiences with other cards in the Major and Minor Arcana, such as the Daughter of Swords, the High Priestess, or The Hermit.  

4.  The Tarot is conducive to beginning a meditation practice.
One of my favorite things to do with the Tarot is to bring my deck to my altar, shuffle the cards, and allow card to come forth.  I then use that card to help guide my meditation practice.  I might visualize myself as the character of the card and explore his or her qualities within myself, or I might contemplate the energy and meaning of the card and how it applies to my life.  Through meditation, I am able to find the still and quiet space within myself where my true wisdom speaks.  

5.  The Tarot helps me in my practice as a healer {and designer, too!}
The Tarot is a tool that I use often in my work with others.  As someone who works with Reiki in an intuitive way, I am often prompted to use Tarot in my practice to help others on an energetic level.  This expands the container of the healing work that I do, and allows me to expand the container for healing to take place.  I also use Tarot in my intuitive design business for spirited entrepreneurs.  The Tarot allows me to see my design projects from a different perspective, and offers up suggestions for symbols and colors - it enhances the project, every single time!  In this way, I'm able to utilize the Tarot and connect with my spirituality in the intuitive work that I do on a daily basis.



 

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Shifting. Unfolding.

The Hermit's light guides me within.
The Daughter's sword gives me strength.
The Pentacles protect and ground my energy centers.
These three cards:  they speak to the shifting and unfolding that has happened over the past month.

This has been a month of shedding.  I have released ideas that held me back.  I have released the need to know everything.  I have sunk into the unknown, and I'm comfortable here.  Which is saying a lot for me.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a quick trip to Portland, Oregon, to visit this city that fills my dreams and seems like a beacon for opportunity.  One of my soul-friends lives there, and she guided me around the city for a day while we saw a squirrel bearing important messages, ate gluten-free treats, and cleansed our throat chakras in the rain. 

The next day my husband and I went to the Japanese gardens and we happened upon a sacred celebration of the birth of the Buddha.  My ears were filled with chanting, my nose with the smoke of incense, my eyes with the beauty of the gardens.  I almost fainted.  A squirrel guided us into the gardens, and another one blessed us with his healing song as we left. 

Squirrels, in this capacity, speak of releasing what no longer serves us.  They speak of balance -- there must be play alongside the work.  Not just job-related work...but spiritual work as well.  When we are stuck in the thick of spiritual work, finding time for spiritual play and exploration is so important.

I am listening to the squirrel.  I am diving into my winter's cache and releasing that which no longer serves me.  I am guided by the light of the Hermit.  I am fortified by the strength of the Daughter's sword.  I am protected by the four Pentacles, surrounding me in each cardinal direction.

I am shifting.  I am unfolding. 

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