Finally Spring has arrived! We welcome it with opened arms here on the East Coast of the US, after the long and very cold winter. As most of us know, Spring is a time for renewals and the birth of new beginnings. It is also time for a nice good clean of the house to get rid all of that build up from Winter. So in addition to cleaning our homes, why don't we clean up our lives? Our relationships? This is a great time to start anew and get rid of all the clutter in our lives. So I made a tarot spread just for that!
1. What do I want to give birth to this spring?
2. What do I need to do to make that come to life?
3. What is not serving me anymore? (3 Cards)
4. What do I need to do to let go of these things (2 cards)
5. What secrets are holding me back?
6. What will I learn from this experience?
Use this spread to find out how you can clear out your spiritual and emotional closet and get ready for this new season in your life! Hope you enjoy this one!
Being a nurse, I love finding out what other nurses are doing in the spiritual/holistic space. I happened upon an awesome facebook page called The Nurses Shift, run by an amazing nurse named Rebecca, who has her own spiritual jewelry line and informative blog. I reached out to her and she offered to guest blog for me! So here is a great post on black tourmaline, a protective stone that Rebecca has found helpful in her own life:
Black Tourmaline, known as Schorl, is a very powerful gemstone that every-person can benefit from wearing, and here is why:
Black Tourmaline keeps an electric charge, as it is pyroelectric (meaning it can generate electricity when heated), as well as piezoelectric (meaning it can store an electrical charge), causing it to release negative ions and far infrared radiation - these are very beneficial for health. This incredible stone is associated with protection, grounding, health, happiness, luck, and positivity.
Black tourmaline has been used since ancient times by Shamans and healers for protection. Black Tourmaline is considered by many to be the most powerful protective stone and it is one of the only stones that protects and heals on all levels - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Since I discovered Black Tourmaline not a day goes by that I don’t wear it. And, if I do forget to wear it, I can FEEL the difference, and I am reminded of why I always have it near or on me.
Black Tourmaline Quite Literally ROCKS
Following are just some of its incredible benefits:
➢ Protects from negative energies - transmutes negative energies of all kinds (including thoughts) into positive energies.
➢ Receives the negative energy or psychic attack, and transmutes it BACK to the sender. For more information on negative energies see my blog post (Link)
➢ Shields from harmful electromagnetic radiation—from TVs, computers and mobile phones—by emitting a small electric current.
➢ Strengthens immunity
➢ Relieves stress and anxiety
➢ Promotes detoxification
➢ Increases alertness
➢ Supports organs
➢ Eliminates toxic heavy metals
➢ Helps circulation
➢ Improves metabolism
➢ Improves self-confidence
➢ Grounds energies - associated with root chakra
➢ Balances and clears chakras and aura.
Who will benefit from Black Tourmaline?
EVERYONE - there are many reasons why virtually everyone would benefit from wearing black tourmaline. We are in constant contact with other people and their energies, especially in the workplace and the protective properties of Black Tourmaline does wonders in keeping you balanced, grounded, and free from picking up negative or unwanted energies from the environment.
Black Tourmaline is a must-have for anyone working in healing professions. Those working with sick or mentally ill people will benefit as these people literally “suck” energy from you, if you are not protected.
I am lucky that I discovered Black Tourmaline early in my nursing career - hospitals are full of negative, heavy energies, as well as entities that Black Tourmaline will protect you from.
Hospitals are not the only places with negative energies - stressful environments and all workplaces are full of energies that you don’t want to bring home with you.
Even if you don’t work in a stressful environment, Black Tourmaline helps to keep your own energies balanced and positive. Another reason you want to wear Black Tourmaline is for all its amazing health and healing properties.
In addition to wearing Black Tourmaline, it should also be kept in the house - in the bedroom, under your pillow, near the computer. I even keep a big piece in my car – who doesn’t need protection while driving?
How is Black Tourmaline worn?
Black Tourmaline should always be worn on the left side of the body; this is because energies enter the aura through the left side. One way is by having a chunk in your pocket, this is what I used to do, but the problem is I would go through so much tourmaline because it would fall out and I would end up losing it.
I want to thank Rebecca for guest blogging! If you want to find out more about Rebecca, The Nurses Shit and Shaman Sisters Designs, click here to visit her website.
Festival season is upon us! While it's not for everyone, festival reading is a great way to get yourself comfortable with reading for all types of people, reading in large volumes, and teaches you to give quick, efficient and effective readings. Now I'm from New Jersey and from St. Patrick's Day till Thanksgiving there is pretty much a fair or festival every weekend, so I grew up on street fairs and I personally love them. Now if reading at festivals is something you are interested in, here are some quick things you may want to keep in mind:
Drunk People: If you are planning to read at a fair where alcohol is served, get ready to have drunk people who really want a reading. Remember, it is ok to refuse a client. You don't have to read for people who are making you uncomfortable. Also, let people know that it is very difficult to read for them while they are intoxicated.
Nasty Neighbors: (This goes for metaphysical and psychic fairs, I get to the other rude neighbors in a second) When you read at fairs where there are a lot of readers, sometimes you will encounter some really horrible ones. People who are their to talk nasty about your booth to customers and try to make it so customers don't come to your table. Don't stoop to their level! Keep your head up and be positive and customers will feel the wonderful energy and want to come by!
Fanatics: Being a tarot card reader, I'm sure you are already used to ruffling a few feathers. Well going to a public fair, especially one that isn't strictly new age/metaphysical/psychic or something of that nature, some people might make you feel unwanted. Best thing to do is ignore them and if it gets really out of hand, go get the organizer and discuss the issue with them.
The weather: Most festivals will go on rain or shine. And guess who's problem that is? Yours. Your better be prepared to read in the rain and extreme heat. Yes, heat. People usually only think about the rain, and forget sitting with the sun beating down on you can also be a bit of a problem.
Disorganized Organizers: Ugh. The worst. After paying your fee, getting all your equipment, arriving on time, you get there and the organizer seems to have no idea what is going on. This is something you might not always find out until you get to the event. Make sure you have a idea about where you are going and when you email or call organizers, make sure you have all the details you need before arriving.
Thirst: Remember, your going to be talking all day. ALL DAY. Make sure you have a bottle of water on hand because your mouth is gonna be super dry (a lot of festivals you will see the organizers handing out water).
Short Readings: As readers, most of us hate to rush a client and we want them to feel good about the reading and leave with their questions answered. But in a festival atmosphere, you must do all of that and still have time constraints. You have to know how to make sure you stay on time with your readings. Don't let the client keep asking questions when they only bought a 10 minute reading. Especially if you are the only reader, you may have a line forming behind that client and you want to make sure you get to everyone (and still get a bite to eat and a few bathroom breaks). Bring a timer with you and remember to be firm (but kind) with clients. Politely let them know that their time is almost up and try to answer any final questions they might have.
Breaks: In the last point I alluded to bathroom breaks. Take one. Take a few! Don't let a long line pressure you. When you need to eat or just go to the bathroom, let customers know you will be taking a break and when you will be back.
Where you will be placed: Another issue. Sometimes you are able to choose where you will be placed at a fair, sometimes not. If you can't choose, make sure you request from the organizer that you are somewhere away from loud noises (and somewhere where the foot traffic is high).
Now the good stuff...
The Good (Or should I say...AWESOME):
Networking: You will meet other professionals in your field who are in your area. There will be people there who offer services you have never even heard of or things you might want to take advantage of. While you browse their products, you can give them your card and make a new acquaintance. Take advantage! Talk to them, ask questions, and make connections!
Cool Stuff: Festivals and fairs have awesome homemade crafts and are the original Etsy. I've gotten so many cool thing for my office from fairs and also for my vendor space!
You will make money!: Festivals are a great way to make some money as a professional reader, especially if you don't have a ton of private clients. And obviously if you are the only tarot card reader there, you are going to probably make bank. Also, use this experience to give out your card and advertise yourself!
Street Fair Food: All I can say is... yum. Street fair food is some of the best food ever in my opinion.
Introducing people to Tarot: A lot of times when you are doing a non-metaphysical, people will come for readings just to try it. This is your chance to introduce them to tarot and dispel some of their misguided beliefs.
FUN!: Have a good time! Enjoy the atmosphere and get people buzzing about you and your awesome reading skills!
If you want to know more about festival readings, someone wrote a whole book about it! Her name is Jenna Matlin and the book is called Have Tarot Will Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading at Festivals as a Tarot Professional. Pick it up!
Let me know your opinion of reading at festivals? Any horror stories? Any awesome stories? Comment below!
When I went to TarotCon in Dallas this past October, I got to see so many different decks in action. But there were a few that I saw and really loved. One of those decks was the Wild Unknown Tarot. The first word that come to mind when thinking about this deck is that is RAW. Most of the cards have no color on them, and the ones that have some color only have certain things colored in. This deck is not for beginners at all. This deck is for someone who is looking for something a bit more basic and a deck that can lend itself to its own interpretations.
Deck Summary: This deck is a creation of Kim Krans, a yoga teacher and artist living in California. The deck reminds you spending time in the woods and embracing nature. This is a great deck for nature lovers (animal lovers may be a bit sensitive to it, read below where I talk about the deck). This is from her website,
"78 cards filled with magical and mysterious imagery. Intricately illustrated by Kim Krans. Great for seasoned readers or those totally new to the Tarot. The cards come in a beautiful box with a black lifting ribbon and fold-out guide to get you familiar with the cards. Open your mind, draw a card, and have fun on your journey... "- Kim Krans
The packaging (5 stars):
The Wild Unknown box has a the deck's World Card on the cover. from this card you can see the scarce use of color and the quiet beauty that is this deck. The box is a hard cardboard box which is nice because you wouldn't need to buy a bag for it. I personally like that, that way you spend less money.
The Pamphlet (5 stars):
Kim Krans has a guidebook that comes along with the deck, but I only bought the individual deck. This deck comes with a pamphlet with keywords for every cards meaning. Even the pamphlet is beautifully illustrated and is part of the whole Wild Unknown experience. This is cute and convenient for looking up quick meanings of the cards without having to read a whole book about it.
The Cardstock and Deck (5 stars):
The cardstock is fabulous. The cards are almost impossible to rip, it seems to be laminated cardboard or something of that sort. It is a bit stiff, but I find that stiff is better because over time you wear them down and they will still be strong. The artwork on the deck is absolutely beautiful. It is very "wild" and different than any deck you have ever seen.
This picture has some of my favorite cards from the deck (I had some many it was hard to pick). The cards in this deck are very interestingly represented. On Kim's website she says that this deck is for beginner and masters alike, which I really disagree with. I can't image just learning to read tarot and using this deck. It would be a challenge at best. Some of the cards really don't follow the RWS format (which is ok) and if you don't know much about tarot, this may not be the deck for you. On the contrary, it is a great deck for those who like to read intuitively. The imagery is so vivid and alive, with emotion, it is easy to pick up on any messages and many different things. You may want to look at more of the images of the deck before you buy it. Some of the cards are a bit gruesome, (Death is a decaying dead bird, 10 of swords is bull being pierced with swords and a few others) so if you are sensitive to that, that is another reason to may not get this deck. The court cards are represented by different animals: wands are snakes, pentacles are deer, geese are cups, and owls are swords.
Divination Potential (5 stars):
I have to admit I haven't used this with my clients yet. Why? Because it's harsh and very real. The readings I get this deck are in your face and love to tell you the truth. It is a great deck for readings. I would also recommend this deck for any type of meditation practice you might do with tarot.
Final Note (5 stars):
If you want a great, advanced deck to do readings with and mediate with, this may be the deck for you!
If you want to learn more about this deck, Click here to go to the Wild Unknown website and check it out!
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