Crystals & Cards, A Perfect Pairing | How To Match Crystals with Tarot & Oracle Readings

I get asked all the time about how to pair crystals with tarot and oracle readings. They really are a perfect pairing! I love to use crystals in my readings to aid me in connecting more clearly to the energy of a reading as well as my client. They definitely help to set the mood and raise the vibration for a session!

The first step is to pairing crystals and cards is knowing what kind of reading you're working on. Here are some different types of readings and the crystals you might consider pairing with them. 

 

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Love Readings

Pink Opal, Rose Quartz 

The Lovers & Two of Cups

Why would you use these? 

These stones are attuned to the vibration of love, joy, and compassion. By helping to us to connect to the energy of the heart chakra, these crystals are perfect for awakening our sense of love and deepening your emotional awareness when it comes to matters of the heart.

Other stones: Opalite, Rhodonite

 

 

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Healing Readings

Emerald, Malachite 

Five of Cups & The Star

Why would you use these?

These stones connect to the heart chakra as well, but for the purposes of healing deep emotional wounds. When doing release work or healing through trauma and grief I pull out these babies. They're loving and pack a powerful punch!

Other stones: Apache Tear

 

 

 

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Spiritual, Angelic, High Vibrational Readings

Celestite, Amethyst, Selenite

The High Priestess & The Hermit

Why would you use these? 

These gems are in perfect alignment with the vibration of the crown chakra and aid us in connecting with the angels and ascended masters. They are great for finding clarity, guidance, and insight on your spiritual path. 

Other stones: Apophylite, Moldavite

 

 

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Career/Money Readings

Green Aventurine, Citrine 

Ace of Pentacles & King of Pentacles

Why would you use these?

These crystals vibrate to the energy of success, abundance, and manifesting which are perfect for career or financial readings. Citrine in particular corresponds to the solar plexus chakra which is where much of this energy is focused and expressed.

Other stones: Pyrite

 

 

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Health Readings  

Mookaite, Carnelian

Temperance & Four of Swords

Why would you use these?

These stones are connected to the physical body - our health, blood, bones, and organs. They are also attuned with the the energy of the root chakra and may help you intuitively connect to the physicality of your querent. 

Other stones: Red Jasper, Bloodstone

 

 

 

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Past Life Readings

Petrified Wood, Orthoceras

Judgement & The Moon

Why would you use these?

These stones are seemingly as old as time itself. They help to attune you to the energy to access the Akashic records thereby opening doors to the past, past lives, and ancestors. There is so much wisdom from days of old contained within these fossils. 

Other stones: Ammonite

 

 

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Amp it up! You can also use Clear Quartz with any reading to help amplify the energy!

For an extra boost, you can charge the crystal with your intent for the reading. Make sure you clear your crystals after each session. Be sure to thank your crystal helpers for their aid in your work! 

What are some of your favorite crystal companions to have by your side when performing readings?

 

xo Ariel

Featured deck: Everyday Witch Tarot

Top Ways to Recharge your Mind, Body, & Spirit When you Need an Energetic Boost

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Have you been feeling energetically drained as of late? You want to spice things up and get back to feeling like you again, but don't know where to start? Here are some of my favorite ways to recharge your mind, body, and spirit when you need an energetic boost! Pick a few that work for you! 

 

Mind

Make yourself a cup of tea and read a book. Do a Google search for inspirational quotes. Look for words that make you feel empowered! Write down a few of your faves and keep them handy.

Go for a hike or for some fresh air. Spend a day or weekend away if possible. You can even find a beautiful place to just sit and observe nature. Bring your journal with you if you wish.

Have a good cry. Making time for emotional release can actually make you more productive.

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Take a break from the news and social media. Sometimes it can all be too much and quite overwhelming when you're dealing with your own "stuff". Opinions, naysayers, jealousy, and comparison can run abundant in these forums. Spending a lot of time online or watching the news can lead to energy drain. It's okay to unplug for a while. 

Say “No.” You don’t always have to try to be everything to everyone or stretch yourself too thin. It’s okay to set boundaries for self-preservation.

Have some alone time to recharge, but don't isolate yourself. Spend time alone to go within. Seek understanding and wisdom, but don't forget to come back to the world.

Watch an uplifting movie or a comedy. Who or what makes you smile? Cute cat videos, baby goats in pj's, comedic sketches, funny movies? Get reacquainted with your funny bone!

 

Body

Sleep. Catch up on your z’s. When you’re working determinedly on a project you may not be getting enough sleep or think you don’t have enough time to get ample rest. Listen to your body. If you feel like you need extra rest, do it - take a nap. 

Fuel your body properly and eat less processed food. Incorporating citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, or limes and drinking plenty of fresh water can help you to feel rejuvenated as they aid in flushing toxins from your body.

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Connect with your sexual energy. Seriously, kundalini energy, sex energy is powerful stuff. Sexual energy is creative energy. Having sex can also help to release pent up anger and tension.

Listen to music. Pump up the jam! Pull out your headphones and turn up your feel good tunes! Feeling extra daring? Dance around the house naked - when no one's home of course. 

Get a massage or an acupuncture treatment! Having a massage therapist work out the muscle tension in your body or an acupuncturist work with the meridians in your body can help to alleviate pain.

Do something light and fun with friends or family! Be around people you love and who love you unconditionally. Be with those who make you feel safe. Who are your security blanket people? I can't say this however, without saying be aware of any co-depency issues with these people in your life. Have boundaries with those who drain your energy.  

 

Spirit

Get out your crystal companions! Stones like lepidolite, aquamarine, and lithium quartz help to alleviate anxiety and stress while stones like carnelian, citrine, sunstone, or bloodstone help to give you a boost of positive fiery energy.

Connect to the element of fire! The suit of wands in tarot is tied to this element and all it entails from action, drive, and passion to perseverance through hardship, competition with others, and regeneration. Working with fire can add some zesty inspiration to your energy. 

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Balance your chakras. Pay attention to your lower chakras as these are the chakras strongly related to our physical form and energy. We draw up energy from the earth to support these energy centers. Don't forget to clear your aura and protect your energy while you're at it!

Meditate and connect with your Spirit peeps! Your spirit guides can give you insight into where your energy is being zapped and how to take your power back. 

Book a healing or reiki session. Healing sessions can be amazing experiences! A good practitioner can help you to clear away energetic gunk and recharge your battery. Find a trusted healer in your area.

Check the stars and see what's going on astrologically. Get a tarot reading. You may find clues as to why you're feeling energetically sluggish here!

 

I hope this post has helped to give you some ideas as to how you can recharge your mind, body, and spirit when feeling stressed, depressed, or low energy. What are some of your favorite ways to give your energy a boost? 

xo Ariel

 

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Winter 2017 Tarotscopes - Oracle Card Bonus for Each Zodiac Sign

Here is your Oracle Card Bonus for my Winter 2017 Tarotscopes. If you missed the video for your Sun, Moon, or Rising sign, you can watch them at the links below! 

Fire Signs Winter 2017 Tarotscopes - Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius Sun, Moon, or Ascendant

Air Signs Winter 2017 Tarotscopes - Gemini, Libra, & Aquarius Sun, Moon, or Ascendant

Earth Signs Winter 2017 Tarotscopes - Taurus, Virgo, & Capricorn Sun, Moon, or Ascendant

Water Signs Winter 2017 Tarotscopes - Cancer, Scorpio, & Pisces Sun, Moon, or Ascendant

 

For a look into your personal situation, book a reading with me!

 

The cards featured in our Oracle 'Scopes this season are from the Black Moon Astrology Cards by Susan Sheppard (Blue Angel Publishing, 2017). 

Have a Whimsical Winter!

 

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Aries 

Be mindful of how easily you allow your feathers to be ruffled Aries. This Winter may be challenging for you in terms of conflict with others. Be aware of personal boundaries. You may even encounter some obstacles in your current endeavors. Try to take it easy and don't sweat the small stuff. Frustration just binds the energy even tighter.

 

 

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Taurus

Things are beginning to shift for you this season Taurus. New ways of income may enter as old means fall away. Be open to change as transformation is happening. As one door closes, another one opens. Try not to be intimidated by change. Instead, learn to embrace it so that the transition is easier.

 

 

 

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Gemini

Long term partnerships, whether they be business, familial, or romantic, are at the forefront for you this Winter. Cherish these relationships. Is there any clean up required? Does the air need to be cleared with a situation or partner. How can you work together to create a stronger union?

 

 

 

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Cancer

You may feel like you are trying to reinvent the wheel this season. How can you make your skills even better? You are being encouraged to rethink the way you are going about things. Perhaps there is a point you've been trying to get across that hasn't been communicated clearly enough. Go back to the drawing board, but take your skill set with you.

 

 

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Leo

You know, but are you listening? Are you doing? Are you working with the wisdom you've been given or do your actions say otherwise? What do you know now that you didn't before and how can this knowledge aid you this Winter? Open your crown chakra and let the knowledge flow. Think outside of the box!

 

 

 

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Virgo

Your spider senses should be tingling this Winter. You are extremely open and sensitive to energy at this time. What messages are you picking up from the world around you? Work with your spirituality, intuition, and develop your psychic ability this season.

 

 

 

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Libra

Are you expressing your thoughts? How are you communicating with others this season and are you doing so effectively? Thoughts also carry vibration. What are you communicating to yourself and the Universe not only with your words, but also with your mind? Think kind and loving thoughts. 

 

 

 

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Scorpio

Stability is at the foreground for you Scorpio which is great news if you have been feeling off kilter as of late. This Winter will finally give you solid ground to stand on so you can continue to plod diligently towards your goals. The structure is there so raise your sky scraper! Now is the time to build on that foundation and make it even stronger. 

 

 

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Sagittarius

Who or what are you using for comfort, love, or for your own gain? Having resources is great - just be aware of how you use them. As you take, are you also planting seeds? Use the tools that you have been given, but not to their disrespect or detriment. 

 

 

 

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Capricorn

You are shedding old skin this Winter. Stepping into a more full version of who you are. Stepping more completely into your authenticity. First however, there is work required. Where in your life and awareness begs for change and transformation? How can you not only embrace, but help to facilitate this process?

 

 

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Aquarius

Balance is key this Winter from balance in your relationships and work to time management and family. How can you work to balance all of the things on your plate instead of just juggling them, all the while waiting for the ball to drop? Be fair to you and your time. Delegate responsibilities to partners, family members, or friends if needed. 

 

 

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Pisces

An "age" or phase in your life is coming to an end. You may be thinking quite a bit about the passage of time this Winter. How things have changed, how you've aged, what you've done, and what you still have left to do. Remember, you are only as old as you allow yourself to feel. Maturing is a beautiful thing, yet you can still be young at heart. 

 

 

 

xo Ariel

Dragon as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Dragons are not creatures I have worked with much in my practice however, I do have an awareness of them. After my blog on Unicorn as a Spirit Animal, I had a friend ask me if I could focus one of my Animal Totem blogs on Dragon as a Spirit Animal, and I am happy to oblige him. Please note that the information contained within this blog has been channeled from Spirit, my guides, and of course Dragon himself.

There are many different types of Dragons from what I've been told.

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Elemental Dragons 

 

Fire - Dragons of Fire

They may dwell in volcanoes or the belly of the earth. They are flame dancers. Full of powerful, creative, and sexual energy. Work with them for stamina, drive, passion, creativity, or sexual pursuits as well as energetic protection.

Earth - Dragons of Earth

They may be cave, forest, or mountain dwellers. They are stable and wise. They understand resources and tend to work harmoniously in accordance with natural law. Work with them in earthly and physical matters ranging from health to abundance as well as energetic protection. A cave dwelling dragon may be particularly helpful in shadow work!

Air - Dragons of Sky

These creatures are of the wind. They bring to mind tornadoes - a tameless energy. Work with them for speed or matters of the mind, intellect, and communication. They are great strategizers and have a sort of military precision to them in my opinion.

Water - Dragons of Water

These creatures reside in bodies of water ranging from oceans and lakes to rivers and waterfalls. They are gentle beasts full of mystical majesty and secrets. They are helpful when in transitions and cycles. Work with them in healing, matters of the heart, energy work, and intuitive endeavors. Ice Dragons also wanted to be mentioned here.

 

Luminary Dragons

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Solar Dragons - The Divine Masculine

Like a fire dragon on steroids, to me Solar Dragons embody the Divine Masculine. They are born of the fiery sun's rays. There is a golden light energy about them. They are of great aid in matters of personal power and assertiveness.

Lunar Dragons - The Divine Feminine

To me, Lunar Dragons are almost like a more evolved Water Dragon. They embody the graceful energy of the Divine Feminine and the Moon. They have the silvery blue glow of moonlight about them. They are of great aid in matters of intuition and spiritual development.

 

Extra Special Dragons

Image from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

Image from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

I don't know what to call them other than this...

Rainbow Dragons

I feel that Rainbow Dragons are extremely rare. They are a mix of Air, Water, and Solar Dragons in one and are made of pure light. As a prism of color surrounds them, I have been told that their purpose is joy, peace, and the upliftment of human consciousness. Plain and simple. They look for the ascension of humanity and want to assist in this process. They work mostly with children or those of a childlike energy.

Crystal Dragons

These Dragons of Earth reside in crystals and work with crystal energy. Each one has a purpose or personality that corresponds directly to the traits of the crystal that they inhabit. 

 

Now here is what it may mean for you if Dragon has come into your awareness or if Dragon is your Spirit Animal.

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Fight for your Goals

Dragon has amazing manifesting ability and stamina! They have a deep warrior spirit. The only way you get to be millennia old is to have stamina, foresight, skill, and perseverance to overcome obstacles. Dragon comes to you to let you know that this capability is within you too!

The Wisdom Keepers

Use the wisdom contained in your past experiences. Learn from your elders. Talk to your ancestors and family members. Incorporate their wisdom. Hear their stories. Dragons are holders of secrets and keepers of wisdom. You too are a wisdom keeper. Ask Dragon for aid in accessing this higher knowledge.

Defend your Fortress

Protect what you've built. Shield the energy of yourself and your home. Defend to the end the worthwhile - your truth and those you love. Protect yourself and your assets.

Watch your Words

You have a fierce power of words. You can inspire or hurt with them without a moments notice. Use this power wisely. Speak with honesty and integrity, all while being mindful of the fragileness and feelings of others.

Feisty, Wild, & Untamed

There is great strength and power behind you! You exude it. There is an air of mystery and seduction about you. You may have a magnetic energy and people are attracted to you. You may be the life of the party and love to be the center of attention. Be mindful of ego, being manipulative, and extreme overindulgences.

Self-Loyalty

Dragons are extremely self-reliant and so too are you. You are loyal to self above all else. True to you. Dragon is asking you to be secure in who you are, your dreams, goals, and abilities. Know your worth.

Luck and Abundance

Dragons are often seen as symbols of wealth, luck, fortune, or status. If Dragon has approached you, the tides may be turning for you. Focus on the fullness and abundance currently in your life and have gratitude because there may be more on it's way to you!

Slaying the Dragon

Don't let others steal your shine! Some may be jealous of you and your achievements. Knights make long journeys to destroy the infamous Dragon, win the girl, and make a name for themselves in the kingdom. Don't allow their negativity or mind games to "slay your dragon" or snuff out your flames as it were.

 

Has Dragon come into your awareness? Do you work with Dragon energy? What has been your experience connecting to them? Leave a comment below! 

xo Ariel 

 

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Raising Your Vibration - What Is It & How To Do It!

What is a raise in vibration?

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A raise in vibration is a raise in awareness and energy that elevates your connection to Spirit. I do believe this is facilitated by the expansion of the aura and the opening of the crown chakra. The physical body is dense. Spirit energy vibrates at a much faster and higher rate than ours. The higher the vibration, the more pure the vibration. 

In terms of a hierarchy of vibrational energy from lowest to most high, here is my understanding: 

1. Humans

2. Loved Ones in Spirit/Ancestors

3. Spirit Guides/Saints

4. Angels

5. Ascended Masters

6. Deity

7. The All - The Universe  

How does it feel to raise your energetic vibration? What may you experience?

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For me, I experience happiness, joy, a lightness of being. My mind is free and clear. I get the tingles and my awareness of Spirit and energy is heightened. The world has a different glow to it. My body temperature rises and yes, I may begin to sweat. I speak faster as my mind begins to shift to an altered state. I feel uplifted and closer to Spirit. It is easier to communicate with your guides and spirit as well as raises your energy when your vibration is elevated.

A word of advice: Like any energetic attunement, a raise in vibration is like a breath of fresh air. An energetic high from which you don't want to come down. When doing readings all day in that high vibrational energy, it can be intoxicating. You may want to stay there forever. This however, can be dangerous. It may take a while for your body to assimilate your raise in vibration.

As you experience this energetic shift, you may not feel your best. You're shedding old thoughts, patterns, beliefs, ways of being. You're cutting cords to people, places, and things that no longer serve you. Your body may begin to purge itself of toxins.

Stay hydrated. Stay grounded. Stay shielded and protected energetically as when you raise your vibration and expand your aura, you open yourself up energetically. Don't forget to ground and "shut down" afterwards. Remember you're a spiritual being that has incarnated to have a physical experience and staying in your "woo-woo head" too long can lead to energetic burnout.  

How to Raise your Vibration

All that being said, here are some of my tips for raising your vibration!

Listening to your favorite feel good or spiritual music can help to raise your vibration. What does your soul like to listen to? Drumming, nature sounds, EDM, rap, top 40? Sing along! Clap your hands, stomp your feet, twirl around! This also helps to raise your energy.

Focus on the breath! Take nice, deep cleanising breaths. By focusing on the breath, your mind can begin to enter an altered state or at least more relaxed state. Clear your mind and create space for Spirit. 

Visualization and meditation are key! These tools help you to prime your energetic vessel for ascension. During meditation, when you wish to connect to Spirit, or tap into the energy of the Universe, visualize opening your crown chakra and expanding your aura. *Tip - Visualize the floors going up on an elevator as you breathe. Feel your vibration begin to rise as you ascend.

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Open your crown chakra! Bring the color purple into your awareness. Get out the Lotus oil. Work with high vibrational crystals like selenite or amethyst to help facilitate this process. If you want something that packs a little more punch, give apophylite or moldavite a try! (Not for beginners to crystal energy or energy work in general).

Get plenty of rest, fruits, veggies, and water. I know, I know, I say this a lot. I have found a high vibrational diet to be helpful in my own practice, as these habits help you to feel your best from the inside out. This is important when trying to work with high vibrational energy.

Exploring nature is good for the soul and awakens the Spirit. It helps you to feel connected to The All, brings awareness to the energy all around you, and allows you to feel one with the Universe. Expand your awareness to notice signs, symbols, and synchronicities in nature.

Cleaning your space and clearing your energy helps to aid in the energetic flow required to facilitate a raise in vibration of not only your environment, but also your spirit energy.

 

Want to know which high vibrational energies want to assist you as you raise your vibration and ascend on your spiritual path? Check out my Angels, Guides, & Goddesses Reading or my Spiritual Quest Reading.  

What is your favorite way to raise your vibration? Leave a comment below! 

xo Ariel  

 

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Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview & Unboxing

Here is the Spiritsong Tarot!

I have found a gorgeous new tarot deck and my fingers are itching to work with it! As some of you know, I am quite picky when it comes to tarot decks so I am over the moon to have found a tarot deck that resonates with me.

Spiritsong Tarot was created by Paulina Cassidy and was published by U.S. Game Systems, Inc., in 2017. 

In this deck interview, I get to know the latest whimsical edition to my collection quite a bit! I also have a link to my unboxing of this deck where you can watch in real time as I unwrap this baby, examine the card stock, explore the guidebook, and drool at the artwork. You can find the video at the end of this blog post. 

In this deck, the four suits are represented by symbols associated with that suit that can be found in nature. I don't mind the name changes of the suits and find them quite fitting. 

Spiritsong Tarot The Ace's - Four Suits | Maven Unmasked
  • Acorns = Fire/Wands
  • Feathers = Air/Swords
  • Shells = Water/Cups
  • Crystals = Earth/Pentacles

I also love the fact that the Suit of Feathers isn't all birds or that the Suit of Shells isn't all sea dwellers. There is a wide variety of creatures represented in this deck. The animals depicted on the cards do not necessarily belong to the elemental suit of the card they represent. 

Are you ready to get to know Spiritsong Tarot? I sure am!

Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview - Maven Unmasked

DECK INTERVIEW SPREAD

  1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
  2. What are your strengths as a deck?
  3. What are your limits as a deck?
  4. What are you here to teach me?
  5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
  6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Here are the cards I received...

1. Knight of Feathers | Action & Focus

This deck is a talker! It likes to work and may be blunt in it's delivery. It's main goal is bringing a plan of focused action to the table. Let's put on our thinking caps! 

2. Eight of Feathers | Courage & Solutions

This deck is helpful for determining how to best pull out my inner strength. It can help me to develop a better send of self-confidence - hellloooo solar plexus chakra! It loves to come up with empowering solutions to tough problems. Sometimes even the smallest solution can be a powerful one. It sees the little details I may miss when I'm in panic mode or feeling small. 

3. Awakening | Renewal & Enlightenment

This deck is not for answering questions pertaining to spiritual development and awakening. It is better suited for aspects of the physical realm like relationships, health, abundance, creative endeavors, intellectual pursuits, or decision making. This is not the deck when you're looking for respite or spiritual revival. Spiritsong Tarot wants to get things done! 

4. Seven of Feathers | Preparation & Resourcefulness

Expect the unexpected. Have a Plan A, B, C, D, E, & F. Know and be respectful of your limitations. Know when someone is incapable of being something that you need. Be your own best support. 

5. The Moon | Imagination & Perception

The best way for me to collaborate with this deck is when trying to see through illusions or any fantastical ideals that I have built up in my head around situations. This deck is a reality check, a dose of intuitive wisdom. It wants me to open my mind, play with my imagination, but still have the awareness for when a shift to a higher perspective is needed. 

6. Five of Acorns | Challenge & Growth

This deck wants to challenge me in every aspect of my growth and who I am. It wants me to take my power back. To roar confidently with a voice so strong that the quiet leaves begin to tremble. I happily accept your challenge Spiritsong Tarot! 

 

If you want to see more of the cards, here's my Spiritsong Tarot Unboxing video on YouTube!

 

Do you work with this deck? What have your experiences been with it?

HAPPY SHUFFLING!

XO ARIEL

 

My First Tarot Reading Experience

My First Tarot Reading Experience

If you travel Rt. 3 in Maryland, you may be familiar with Ms. Devon's house on the side of the road. A house of magic, mystery, and fortune telling. I would see this house on a daily basis and always tried to look closely when driving past to see if I could catch any of the magic and mystery seeping out of the roof or through the windows.

A girlfriend and I went to the house searching for psychic answers. It was Fall and the air was crisp. It felt like an adventure just being on the property and we walked up the painted creaky wooden steps to the screened in front porch of the home.

FALL 2017 TAROTSCOPES | September 22nd to December 20th

FALL 2017 TAROTSCOPES | September 22nd to December 20th

I thought I would do something different this season, so instead of a blog post, each sign gets a video reading according to their astrological element! Yay! Watch yours to get a snapshot of the energy surrounding you this autumn. Let me know what you guys think of this or if you prefer the blog post style. Be sure to watch the 'Scopes for your Moon & Ascendant signs as well as your Sun sign! 

Fear is the Dimmer, Lightworker

Fear is the Dimmer, Lightworker

Have you experienced any of the following: Anxiety before readings, meeting with clients, events, or public speaking? Nervous coming out as a Healer or Lightworker? Going into a meeting at work where you want to be more assertive but are shaking in your boots? Remember, fear is the dimmer Lightworker.

Octopus as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Under the sea in an Octopuses garden...

Has Octopus crawled across the ocean floor and swam into your mind's eye? Octopus as a Spirit Animal is akin to the call of the siren. Octopus is a magical creature of the sea who is often feared, revered, and unseen. This master of disguise and sea legend has something to say to us about how we live our lives and the mysteries it holds. Octopus is also a great model for working with the energy of Mercury Retrograde. Here is what it may mean for you if the spirit of Octopus has grasped you in its tentacles. 

Octopus as a Spirit Animal

Multi-tasking & Focus  

Octopus has multiple arms which are great for having your hands in many pots. If you find yourself constantly busy multi-tasking, call upon Octopus to help you do your tasks effectively with equal attention. Balance and time management is key. Know your strengths. Octopus also reminds us to 'Get a grip!' as the suckers on their tentacles encourage us to get a firm grip on something before going at it full force. 

Abundance

With 8 appendages, Octopus definitely has something to share with us about prosperity as 8 is the universal number of abundance and cycles. The infinity symbol, or lemniscate as it is also known, tell us that there is no beginning and no end, just an endless cycle of energy flow. Connect with Octopus when working with you sense of self-worth and prosperity, or when manifesting abundance. 

Flexibility & Fluidity

Be flexible and have an escape plan. Octopus can fit through incredibly tight places which look seemingly impossible to squeeze through. They are also great problem solvers due to their high functioning intellectual abilities. The Octopus knows it's limits and can understand obstacles from many perspectives, thereby allowing them to do the impossible - find a way out, down, or around. If you are struggling to find a solution to a problem, ask Octopus to teach you flexibility and to think outside of the box. They also have phenomenal strength and a fierce beak to devour prey. Octopus also encourages you to work on your strength and flexibility in your physical body.

Octopus as a Spirit Animal

Shadow work, Creativity, & Inuition

Explore the depths of the ocean floor. Octopus is a great companion in shadow work as it is not afraid to go to the unexplored depths with you, for it lives and breathes naturally here. When emotions creep up from hidden chambers and wrangle your mind, Octopus asks for you to explore them. Pick them up with your many tentacles and analyze them with reason. Are the monsters that lie within your depths really as scary as you think? The unseen darkness, the sea creature with abnormally long tentacles that stretch out of the sea and into your imagination, tickling your cranium with it's ideas - Octopus also reminds us to work with our creativity and intuition. Get your creative juices flowing! The sea monster of lore and fantasy asks for your fear to spark your intuition, increase your awareness, and allow your creative energy to flow.

Illusion & Confusion

Are you really seeing what you think you're seeing? Octopus is great at camouflage as it can readily change it's appearance through playing with the colors, spots, and textures in it's environment. A creature that can truly hide in plain sight. Is all really as it seems in your world? For the Octopus, black ink is yet another defense mechanism to confuse predators and allow for a quick escape from danger. Be mindful that what you are experiencing may just be an illusion caused by your own projections or what someone else wants you to see. What is the truth of the matter? Again, be flexible and fluid. Look out for predators. Have a plan or a trick up your sleeve, if you need to make a great escape from an unhealthy, dangerous, or toxic situation.

xo ariel