Halloween Ritual to Increase Your Energy and Reset Your Business

Tarot, what is purposeFall is my favorite time of year, but the daylight has waned and it’s easy to get a little down. Luckily here in the United States, we get to “fall back” and gain an hour with Daylight Savings time this weekend. Until then, today is Halloween and it’s a great time to increase your energy if you’ve been feeling a little down or want to reset your business.

Halloween, also known as Samhain, is said to be the time when the veil between this World and the next is thinnest. In some cultures and traditions, it is even considered the beginning of a new year. Use this connection to increase your energy and set the intention for your business for the coming year. Here’s how:

First, create a little altar or space where you can focus and concentrate on what you want. If you have a normal altar, a meditation room, or just some space on a table or mantle, use it. Some people shy away from “ritual” because they think it has to be some big elaborate set-up, but that isn’t true. The most important thing is your intention. Also, if you live with Muggles, it’s easy to set up a candle or two in a small space with no one being the wiser.

For your altar choose a candle or a couple that represent you and/or the Divine. Call it God, Spirit, Inner Guide, or whatever is comfortable for you. Use your intuition on how many candles to use. Place your hand on your Heart and ask your Knowing Self to send you a picture of what would work best for you. You may see, sense, feel, or hear the answer. You may even smell it, as many candles are scented, and one of those may work better for you. I have used a single candle with great success many times. More is not necessarily better.

Find any small decorations that you might like to enhance your altar. A picture of your God/Goddess or Guide, a small chalice, some sea shells or crystals. Use anything that feels right for you. Don’t make it an elaborate process or strive to get it “right.” If you’re out for a walk today and a rock on the ground calls to you for attention, feel free to use it. Altars and rituals do not have to be expensive.

When you are ready, set aside 30-45 minutes for your ritual. I find 11:30 pm to be a great time, because I end just before midnight. However, it’s always midnight somewhere, so do your ritual when you have time.

Play some music softly if you’d like. Be sure the music doesn’t have words or any distractions (bird or animal noises or throat singing can completely throw things off). Light your candle(s). Next ground and center yourself (I prefer to ground through water meditation, rather than Earth). Take some deep breaths and set your intention for the energy work you are about to do. Feel free to pray or invoke according to your Spiritual Beliefs. Draw a Tarot card to represent yourself and where you are right now. If you don’t have a Tarot deck, you can use an Oracle card or Angel Cards. Ask the deck, “What is the most important card I need to know about where I am right now?” Shuffle the cards face-down, and draw the one that feels right.

Have paper and some pens or markers and crayons to write and/or draw nearby. Give yourself 5-10 minutes to write whatever comes up from your card. Allow the process to unfold. Next ask yourself, “What are my goals for this next year? How can I reach them?” Draw two more cards. The first will help you understand your goals, and the second will give you clues about what actions to take.

Again, give yourself some time to journal, paint, or draw the answers that come to you. Next, decide on a next step to take based on your cards and insights so far. If you aren’t sure, ask yourself, “If I knew the answer, what would it be?” Allow the answer to come to you. Don’t censor it. You can free-write (or write stream of consciousness) until you feel satisfied.

Finally, put it all together and write down one specific goal that you want to attract. Write it on a small slip of paper, fold it and put it completely under the candle so that it doesn’t stick out anywhere. If you used more than one candle, you want to put it under the “God” or Higher Power candle, not the candle representing yourself.

Finish your ritual with the intention that your goal is already coming true, and thank your God/dess, Guides, Spirit, the Universe, or your Highest Good for supporting you and helping to rearrange the Universe to make your goal happen. You may also want to find your Archetype card to place on your altar. If you don’t know your Archetype card (based on your fingerprints) yet, don’t worry about this step.

Every night for the next 7 nights, light the candle (with your goal still under it) for at least 30 minutes and focus on your goal. You can also pray, meditate, and give thanks as you feel moved. After the 7 days, you can continue to light your candle once a week until it is burned down, or dispose of it. It has already worked. Your energy will feel bigger (because you are putting it out into the Universe to make things happen), and you should start to see the effects in your business.

There are many ways to modify this ritual. You may wish to write a specific goal such as attracting 3 new clients this month, having more sexy fun time in your relationship (specify what that means to you in a measurable number), or attending a networking meeting each month if that’s been hard for you but it’s something you want to accomplish. Vague goals or ones that are worded negatively (I want to make a ton of money, I don’t want to be fat, I want everyone to love me, etc) won’t work for this ritual. Make your goal specific and positive. Only choose ONE goal. Your results will be much greater when you focus on one thing.

The photo above is my altar specifically for the members of the Amethyst Program. Each person has her own candle which I will light and use when working with her throughout the next 10 months. During tonight’s Christening ritual, I will set the intentions for the program and pray (for lack of a better word) for the Highest Good for each member. If anyone else joins the program (we have two spots left), this ritual will be repeated to help solidify the group.

If you have a specific program any time during the year, this is a great way to set it off with a bang!

Now it’s your turn. Will you do a ritual tonight? What plans do you have? What is the goal for your thinning of the veil time? I’d love to hear about it below, and feel free to share photos or links about it.

 

Wheel of the Year Tarot Spread

queen of cups deviant artAs 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to begin looking ahead. What will 2015 hold for you? Doing a Wheel of the Year or Zodiac Spread can help you understand what might be coming up, what you need to look out for, and where you want to focus your efforts in the coming year.

This is the Queen of Cups based on RWS Tarot by an artist on Deviant Art known as vileone.

The Wheel of the year is one of my favorite spreads, and I like to do it sometime between Yule and the first week of the New Year.

I find this more enlightening than sitting down and make resolutions, which most people don’t keep anyway. This spread covers what will happen overall for the next year, and gives you a card for each month that will be the focus for that period of time.

The Year Spread is dealt out like the face of a clock. Place one card in the center first. This is your overall card for the year. Then place a card where each number would be on a clock. This is your card for that month. One is January, two is February, etc.

I like to place mine all face-down first, and then turn them over one at a time, beginning with the card in the middle. Some people like to turn everything over at once and then look for patterns.

If your year spread doesn’t turn out the way you want, remember, the Tarot is only showing you the most likely outcome  based on where you are in your life right now. If you choose to make new decisions, your cards will change in the future. The further you get out in the year, the more likely things will change because of the decisions you make.

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This is the true power of Tarot – the ability to direct your life and choose a new future based on the information it has revealed. One of my favorite ways to do this is to choose another card for each month while asking the Tarot what I can do about the first card.

If I like the card, I might ask, “What do I need to do to ensure that this is the outcome I get?” or “What do I need to do to make this even more positive?”

If I don’t like that particular card, I ask the Tarot, “How can I make this month more positive?” or “What do I need to create a more positive outcome?”

These questions will give you more insight and help you put your life on the path that you choose so you can have the best year ever!

Do your own Wheel of the Year Spread, and let me know how it turns out. I’d love to hear about it!

Tarot Blog Hop – Tea with Jackie O

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If I could invite someone to tea for Samhain/Halloween, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, or Jackie O would be my pick.

I’ve always admired her for her poise, her strength, and the way she stood by her husband. I also admire how she was able to be such a woman for the people while still maintaining her own privacy.

These days people seem to believe that stars, celebrities, politicians, and even athletes should reveal everything to the general public, as if it our business. People say that “we have the right to know.” But in all honesty, we DON’T have a right to know. We don’t have the right to know someone’s business, to dig into their personal lives, and to judge them just because they are in the spotlight while we maintain our own comfort and anonymity from our cozy home.

We don’t have the right to gossip about what others do or don’t do while we sit in comfort and take the easy way out because we aren’t willing to put ourselves in their situation. We aren’t willing to take a stand and go public. We hide behind our masks and these days avatars of kittens on Facebook and other social media sites while criticizing that “we could do better.”

But Jackie understood all of this. She understood how to maintain her composure even under viscous attacks, even when people threatened her and her family, even when her own husband was assassinated right beside her. She is the ultimate Chariot (shown her from the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui Man-Law), wielding the reigns through any number of treacherous pitfalls while staying in balance and looking damn good while doing it.

If I could have Jackie over for tea, I would ask her how she managed to do it all. Recently some statements have been made about how she was depressed after Kennedy’s death. To this, all I can say is, “Duh.” Of course you’re going to be depressed after the one you love is murdered in front of you.

shadowscapes chariotBut what I really want to know is how she withstood it all. How did she continue to put herself out there day after day, standing by her husband through the hatred and the turmoil. How did she manage to see the positive, when I cry just from someone sending a hateful email or writing a rude comment on my blog.

People who put themselves on the line, who go out there and stand for something, who actually DO something (not just talk about it on the internet) deserve our utmost respect, not our condemnation and judgement. We may not always agree with them, but they are people, too. I think Jackie would agree.

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Trust Your Intuition in Your Tarot Business

trust intuition small correctedTrusting your intuition and doing what YOU want to do in your business is key to your success.

Unfortunately, this is a lesson that took me many years to learn. Don’t make my mistake.

It all started when I went to my first business event, with a “big guru” who makes several millions of dollars per year.

I was really excited to hear everything he had to say, to learn all I could, and to soak up all of his sage advice.

Unfortunately, his advice sucked.

I didn’t know it at the time, but what he told me would hold me back in my business for several years.

When I asked about what I could do to help more people with my Tarot business coaching, he said, “You absolutely can’t tell people that you do Tarot and be successful. You don’t want to scare everyone away.”

He then went on to tell me that I couldn’t use purple on my website either, and that I should stick to blue as ‘that’s a business color.’

Yuck!

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this guru was not only hurting my Soul and killing my dream, but he was also keeping me from being successful.

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Don’t make the mistake I did. Don’t listen to someone who doesn’t get you. Be you. Have fun, and do what YOU want to do. Listen to your intuition, your Guides, your God or Goddess.

Pray, sing, dance, write, paint, and love your life.

Run away from the meeting and go to Disneyland – that’s what I did! 

Because that is what will make you truly successful. People want to know who YOU are. Are you giving them the chance to see the real, authentic, soul-filled you? If not, it’s time.

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Queen of Cups and Your Feelings

queen of water angel tarotThis week’s card is the Queen of Cups, known as the Queen of Water, in the Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue. I deliberately chose this card to discover what advice the Queen could give me on other areas of my life.

Deliberately choosing a card means that you turn the cards Face-Up and choose a card on purpose. Pick one whose energy you would like to embody.

In this particular spread, it is more helpful to choose the most positive energy possible that feels best to you – something that you would like more of in your life.

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I drew a card for each of 3 areas of my life: family, friendships, and business and got the following results:

Family: Eight of Fire. “Things are moving at a fast pace. Delays are over. Many things are happening at once.” This is an understatement – we are moving to Chicago in just a few days.

What does the Queen of Cups say about this situation? Trust your intuition, care for yourself and others. This is definitely a time to make sure I am aware of more self-care so I don’t get overwhelmed by the move.

I’ve already planned time in my calendar to spaz out over the move.

Action Steps: Plan some downtime to recover afterwards. I’ll look at what other steps I’d like to take for self-care during this time.

Friendships: Three of Air. “Great Sadness. Take time to heal. The need to forgive yourself or others.”

The Queen of Cups would advise to breathe into the situation, practice humility and forgiveness, and admit where you contributed to the situation. She’d also remind us not to let our friendships languish.

Business: King of Earth, also knows as the King of Pentacles or Coins in many decks. “A successful time. Confidently accept opportunities you’re offered. The Midas touch.”

The Queen of Cups would remind us that success and opportunities are built on relationships. Remember to continue to develop your business friendships, and don’t get too big for your britches on your way up.

Today, choose a card that you would like to embody the energy of, and then choose 3 other cards for each area of your life: family (or specifically your relationship), friends, and business.

How does it feel to freely choose the card you want to embody? What did you learn about what it had to say about different areas of your life? What will you do differently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Being Broke Is a Sign of Being Poor in Spirit

receptivity oracle of mermaidsWARNING: RANT
Today I’m going to say something that I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. I’m tired of all the belly-aching and whining and naysaying out there. I’m tired of people who bash making 6 figures or call people who make money “greedy.” This post is going to piss some people off, and I say good. I’m tired of people hiding their Light and their Power in the name of “Spirituality.”

I’m talking to you, Spiritual Rebel, because you understand the Truth: Being Broke is Greedy. Being poor and needy and not knowing how to pay the bills is greedy. You can speak of abundance all you want, but being abundant includes allowing money into your life.

Today’s card is Receptivity from the Oracle of Mermaids by Lucy Cavendish. The reminds us to receive and to give. Let’s look at that again: Receive and give. Receive comes first.

Why? Because you can’t give when you have nothing to give. You can’t get blood from a stone.

You can never be poor enough to help another. It is only through Abundance that you can give to others. – Abraham Hicks

I think the Spiritual community needs a Wake Up Call. Every day I hear stories of people who can’t do what they love, can’t spend their time helping others or doing their life’s work because they have to work a day job that they hate. They can’t make enough in their business to support them, because after all, “Making money is bad.”

There are even people out there who believe you shouldn’t get Paid for your Gifts!

Hey, guess what? My landlord doesn’t take a Tarot reading and Reiki healing in exchange for my rent payment! Smiles also don’t pay my rent, so please don’t tell me that the poorest people you know are “abundant” because they smile a lot. I know plenty of rich folks who also smile – and they give a ton to charity. 

There are plenty of people out there, even spiritual business coaches, who will tell you that it’s OKAY if you don’t make a lot of money. They’ll tell you it’s OKAY to bash people who make 6 figures. They’ll even tell you that if you want to be successful in your healing practice you only need to replace your current income.

For example, if you make $30,000 in your day job, you only need to make $30,000 in your spiritual business. This is a Flat Out LIE, and shame on the people telling you this because they know it, and they know they are lying to you.

Depending on what country you live in and whether or not you get someone to help you with your taxes (you should – they’ll save you money), you’ll you’ll actually need to make $40,000 to $50,000 to run your business and pay taxes. That’s $40,000 – $50,000 to replace that $30,000 a year job.

But more importantly than that, the Truth is every Spiritual Entrepreneur tells me they are in business to help others. They have big dreams of helping the homeless, creating wellness centers, even buying their parents a home or taking their family on a well-needed vacation.

Let’s put it this way, if everything is Spiritual, then that includes money. Not just the airy-fairy fluffly woo term “abundance.” 

But I hear things all the time like, “I just want to make enough to get by.”

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So here’s the rub: “getting by” and “being abundant” are Mutually Exclusive Goals.

I’m not mad about this, but I want you to understand the illogical fallacy of the lies you’re living. You can not have it both ways. You are sending mixed messages to the Universe: “Give me more!” “Wait – not too much more, I just want a tiny bit. Oh, really, I don’t need that much at all!”

And THAT is why things aren’t working for you. That is why your business isn’t doing what you want, why you struggle to pay the rent, why the bills are piling up, and if your mother gets sick or your sister needs help, or your child gets hurt and has to go to the hospital you have to spend all your time stressing about whether or not you can help and how to pay for that.

This is Your Wake Up Call

It’s time to really take a look at this. Do you want to “get by?” If so, great. Continue to hide your Light under a bushel, prepare for tons of stress in your life, and keep complaining about how you don’t have enough. Again, it’s totally your choice. Some people will say that maybe that’s the life you’re here to lead and the lessons you’re here to learn. Fuck That. I call bullshit. That’s just fear disguised as Spiritual Support. Your lessons are to get over that crap, not get mired in it forever. But hey, again, it’s your call. 

If you want to Thrive, if you want to truly live, help more people, maybe even visit that ashram or build that community center, then allow energy and abundance (and yes, money) to flow through you. It’s time to step up and step into your Power. And hey, keep that day job if you love it. We need people who aren’t entrepreneurs, too. Just make sure you keep it cause you love it!

So, Let’s Review.

Being broke is greedy because:

1. You are wasting all of your energy and effort worrying about paying bills, stressing about your fledgling business, and wondering how you’re going to get through the month when you could be focused on helping people.

2. You spend a lot of time on “Do It Yourself” projects because you’ve either convinced yourself that it’s good for the environment or that you enjoy it. The Truth is, you’re taking money away from the people you could hire to do that project, taking money away from their family, and crippling the economy by not letting money flow through you. A fun DIY Project now and then is great, but if you’re doing them because you absolutely don’t have money to have anyone help, it’s a problem. 

3. You’re contributing to the negativity of the World by increasing your stress and worry instead of letting the Universe take care of you. This not only drains the people around you, but leaves you disconnected from Source, feeling alone and afraid. This is NOT what you came here for!

4. You don’t have enough to help others. You can’t support the change you’d like to see in the World or help with your particular cause in any real-World actionable way because you don’t have the means to do it. You can’t donate to your cause because you only have enough for yourself and your family (if that). You can’t travel to participate in events or charities because you don’t have enough. You can’t spend too much time in spiritual pursuits or helping others because you’re worn out from that day job.

5. You’re probably isolating yourself. You’ve convinced yourself that you’re an Introvert, a Highly Sensitive Person, or that you just don’t like crowds. Or people. And hey, maybe some of that is true. But if your dream is to live in the woods alone, far far away from anyone and the only place you’ve been in the last two years is the grocery store, you’re not an introvert – you’re hiding. 

You’ve tried being broke. Really, if you’re like me you’ve explored all the in’s and out’s of it. Maybe you even got to wonder where your next meal was coming from, or you lived out of your car like I did. It’s NOT working, is it? If you want to continue to choose to have “just enough,” then that’s fine. That’s your choice. But don’t pretend you’re doing it because it’s “Spiritual.” In fact, it’s the Exact Opposite of Spiritual.

It’s time to try something different. Go out today and let others know how you can help them. People are hurting. They need you. Don’t let your fear of being better than “just enough” hold you back. I’ll be rooting for you.

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You Already Know How to Read Tarot

woman reading Tarot 180 The Tarot can be very intimidating for people who are first learning. Trust me, I know – it took 7 years before I started listening to my own intuition and definitions of the cards. But that was because I didn’t have anyone to tell me that it was okay to find my own meanings.

So today, I am going to tell you if a meaning jumps out at you for a card, it is OK to go with it. You already know everything you need to know to start reading the Tarot right now.

How can I say that? The Tarot is made of symbols that everyone from every culture has learned for thousands of years. Anyone who looks at a heart already has meanings associated with it. A wand is also a familiar concept, and even seeing a bunny or squirrel will evoke certain ideas or thoughts.

Look at the card below from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. What are these people doing? What are they thinking or feeling? Put yourself in the card – talk to them, become them. Tell a story about it. It doesn’t matter if it “seems” right or not. What matters is that it feels true to you. Let us know what you come up with below:

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What’s with the Psychic TV?

For years, Tarot readers have complained that they are ostracized by society, having to live on the fringe, and deal with Muggles giving them weird looks, making the sign of the cross (or Evil Eye), and telling them that they’re going to Hell (yep – happened to me even in Oregon).

 

But now we’ve got more mainstream psychics like Teresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium.

 

Now there’s Psychic Tia. And one has to wonder – is this good or bad for the Tarot, psychic, and clairvoyant community?

 

Some people will accuse Tia of selling out. Others will say that she is a bad representation of the Tarot and metaphysical community. One thing’s for sure – her show will help Tarot become even more mainstream than it has in recent years – but at what cost? Does it matter if you think she’s “unethical” or doesn’t do things “right?” or is any publicity good publicity? Where do you draw the line? Let me know in the comments below: