You are Not Afraid; Card of the Week 30th March 2015

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This week I’m using one of my favourite “light” decks, because it was a gift and because I’m looking forward to something light after a couple of weeks of all the astrological (and otherwise) intensity.  It’s time for family celebrations and time off, which I’m looking forward to!    What a great little reminder this card is.

We see the image of tiny David facing down big-behemoth galoot  Goliath with only his sling and stone to protect him.  We can’t even see the top of the giant’s head, so we can’t even see everything we’re dealing with.  (Familiar feeling lately, no?)     Poor David, he doesn’t seem to be such a mighty adversary for a giant, but in the end (according to the story) he wings that rock into Goliath’s forehead, defeats his foe and lops off Goliath’s head.  It’s no wonder this story has come to represent “the underdog succeeding in spite of tough odds.”

In the picture, David seems to be scratching his head, “How can I possibly do this?”  — but… you know what?  HE CAN and you can. No matter what’s been up… cosmically speaking… or how the odds seemed to be stacked during this time of big change,  – you can handle this!  YOU ARE NOT AFRAID, reminds the card.   Within us all, we have a boundless centre core that knows that no matter what is happening around us, we are calm, we are accomplished and we have the stones (no pun intended) to defeat any adversary or foe that has arisen.  Something inside you knows that it is all going to be ok, that even though we might be concerned about “well what will happen?  What if it’s the worst that I imagine?” or we just don’t see how everything is unfolding yet,  there’s something within you that is perfectly ok with what IS.

YOU are NOT AFRAID.  You might be the underdog, you might even feel a little scared here and there… but deep down, you’re not afraid. Whatever gigantic undertaking has begun, whatever tremendous change is afoot, whatever big project or business venture  (remember last week’s theme of growth and business growth?)  or whatever you’re working on — you are not afraid because where you are is just right.  (Proof in the pudding? You’re here, right?)    You’ve got this thang!    I bet, though, that you don’t just have a sling of rocks. I bet you have all kinds of other tools, friends, and a big posse of characters who want to help you get where you’re going!


Have a wonderful week, everyone!

About this deck:     Sonia Choquette’s  “THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE ORACLE” cards (charmingly illustrated by ??? unknown) published by Hay House  has  62 cards.   These are very “cute” cards and messages that have a childlike quality and feel and would be wonderful for kids and kids-at-heart.


Strength and Hope; Card of the Week 22nd September 2014

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I love this week’s card!  The Star is one of the most positive and beautiful cards  in the tarot (here with Kris Waldherr’s  Goddess Tarot deck) –  it reminds us of hope and faith and one that tells us that even though we’ve been through tough times,  we’re now in a place of transformation, healing, inspiration, and success.  In the Goddess Tarot, The Star focuses on the symbolism of strength and power with a pair of winged lions, and Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of Love, Fertility and War  (whose ancient symbol is an 8 pointed star) while in  the traditional tarot, the Star features a woman pouring water into a pool and onto a parched landscape in the foreground of a starry sky.  One of her feet is in the water (symbolising her connection with her own intuitive voice of wisdom and spiritual connection) and the other foot is planted on the ground (in touch with her practical reality and the common sense tools she has in the physical world).     In the sky above her, 8 pointed stars gleam as symbols of strength.

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The presence of the Star this week reminds you that you’re entering into personal transformation and that a better, brighter future is waiting for you.  Right now the Universe has your back and you know what?  You have your own back too with the power of your own wisdom and practical common sense.   The star gleams overhead reminding you of wonderful possibilities as long as you don’t give up on yourself  and understand that you can’t get there if you give up on the faith and hope of a better tomorrow.    Like any gleaming star to a sailor lost at sea,  this one says that hope, faith, help and inspiration is all around you to guide you on the journey.

Here’s the thing about “hope” though…   having faith and hope is not about saying “oh I hope such and such happens and so I’m going to ignore the reality I have here in front of me.”   That will not work for you.   Saying, “I only get through the day with the hope that Fred will come back to me soon.”  or  “I can only hope and pray that I win the lottery so I don’t drown in bills”  won’t work either.   A false hope is one that ties you to some “someday” external thing that may or may not ever happen.  But true hope and faith are those forces that return your faith in YOU (and Spirit whatever that means to you) and in your power to create calm, success, abundance and a better world.    Real faith isn’t being delusional about what’s possible, nor does it mean you’re living in “hope” instead of being here RIGHT NOW (because this is the only moment we truly have)…. faith is allowing the Universe to be on your side, for the journey to continue, for possibilities to open in front of you like the starlit sea.   This week if your dreams are about work or about those goals that suit your special heart-purpose in this life (and you know what those are!)  — this has special meaning for you this week!     You can get there, fate will help you out — in words of the inimitable Jimminy Cricket “if your heart is in your dream…no request is too extreme”    – let’s sing along:



About this deck:   The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr (and illustrated beautifully by Kris Waldherr)  is a 78 card deck by US Games. I’m usually not into “God/Goddess” themes but this deck has wonderful artwork and Kris Waldherr puts a positive and relatable spin on the traditional tarot.  The deck is also available for the iPhone and Android.

Strength of an Open Heart Card of the week 17th June 2014


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Here’s another entry for this month’s theme of unique tarot decks,  and this one brings a unique spin on the Strength card of the major arcana.   Here we see a figure uplifting a heart, courageously overhead.

Sometimes when we’re facing change within a relationship, change in our friendships or just plain old change, we want to be MORE guarded with our hearts.  We want to escape, withdraw or run away on some level.  (whether that’s by escaping into distractions or even escaping through “screw this, I’m out of here”  or revenge fantasies)            Or perhaps we feel yet MORE pressure to act, be, do and say PERFECTLY to impress others or make a big impact.   Sorry to say, none of this is OPEN-HEARTED.    It all comes from a place that wants to control or manipulate, to protect ourselves.

While this week may bring fantasies about hurting someone else’s feelings, running away, or  razzle-dazzling and convincing others,  this is the perfect time bring in TRUE courage and TRUE strength instead!   True courage is not the absence of fear, instead it’s the choice we make IN that fear, to be open to another person’s experience, to be compassionate and to be honest instead of guarded.      What if we were kind and honest instead of manipulating the situation from a place of fear?    Great progress can be made this week with all those gifts the Wizard granted in OZ:    HEART, COURAGE, and BRAINS.

The LWB (or Little White Book, as they’re called)  says,

” Be persistent and be gentle, and approach the dangers that surround you with clear eyes, an open heart and without fear. Look right into the heart of that which makes you most afraid, and dissemble your anxiety by true examination.”


The “DANGERS” here aren’t real dangers necessarily, but they represent things you’re scared of on the road to change and growth.    Avoid the pitfalls of distraction;  running away, seeking revenge, hurting others before or because they hurt you, or impressing and persuading.   Use that gentle courage to keep reaching out, understanding and having the desire to learn.    Don’t be afraid to see what lies ahead, because this moment of uncertainty will pass and the light will shine the way towards what the next steps will be.   Raise your open heart like a beacon, and let it (instead of “walls”)  protect you and inspire strong, courageous, leading energies as you help others and yourself this week.


About this deck:

The Oracle Tarot by Lucy Cavendish is a 64 deck tarot  (the court cards have been omitted)  published by Hay House.   This modern, funky twist on the tarot is a deck intended for positive inspiration, spiritual focus and insight .