SUMMER 2018 TAROTSCOPES | Tarot Readings for Each Zodiac Sign

The Summer Solstice is finally upon us and so are your Summer 2018 Tarotscopes! Step fully and completely with open heart into the season of sun with a tarot and oracle reading for each of the zodiac signs. 

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As Summer begins, we are gifted with the longest day of the year as the Sun moves into the sensitive and receptive sign of Cancer on June 21st. Neptune went into retrograde in the sign of Pisces of the 18th of June and will remain so until the end of November. This transit asks us to take a look at how we are developing both spiritually and emotionally. How do your emotions impact your sense of spirituality? What truths are you being asked to look at, even if they may be painful? How has escapism whether it be through sex, drugs, alcohol, over-eating, social media, etc., had an effect on your life or the lives of those around you? This transit asks you to strip away illusions and step into reality. Focus on optimism and remain hopeful.

Shortly thereafter on June 26th, Mars will go retrograde in the sign of Aquarius (and Capricorn) until August 27th. This will have us thinking about how we deal with injustices, how we can shake things up to take a new and innovative approach, and determining our role in the community at large. How do we think about our independence? Are we really free? Where are we feeling backed into a corner? Jupiter which has been retrograde in Scorpio since March will finally go direct on July 10th! Yay! This will be the breath of fresh air you've been waiting for.

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As we enter eclipse season, we will have a partial solar eclipse on July 12th in the sign of Cancer which will be followed up by a total lunar eclipse in the sign of Aquarius on July 27th, and another partial solar eclipse in the sign of Leo on August 11th - whew! If you are looking for guidance on how to best navigate these eclipses, my Lunar & Solar Eclipse Reading will be available for purchase in the shop from July 9th to August 15th. The second full Mercury Retrograde of 2018 will be in the sign of Leo and last from July 26th to August 19th. Prepare yourself for Mercury Rx with my Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde, Don't Fear the Retrograde article. 

Saturn, a planet of structure and responsibility which has been retrograde in the sign of Capricorn since April, will finally go direct on September 6th. Saturn in Capricorn is about hard lessons, practicality, and hard work. It asks us to think about how responsible and disciplined we are when it comes to our work and money. What needs to be restructured, is old, or outdated? This can possibly be of aid to you if you've been struggling in your work or financial sector a bit. 

For your Summer 2018 Tarotscopes, I will be using the the Temptress Tarot and the My Quality Time Self-Care Activity Deck. Please be sure to also read the Tarotscopes for your Moon and Rising Signs as well for a more complete picture as to the energy surrounding you personally this summer from June 21st to September 21st 2018. In addition, you can also stay tuned to the Maven Unmasked YouTube Channel for more great info!

For my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, these cards will still apply to you, even though you are entering the Winter Solstice. You can also check out my Winter 2017 Tarotscopes.

Learn How to Read Oracle Cards with me online this summer! Class starts July 11th.

Want a deeper look into your personal situation? Book a Tarot or Mediumship Reading with me this Summer! 

 

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OVERALL ENERGY | THE DEVIL

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE

Be mindful of your sense of safety and security as well as any co-dependency issues this summer loves! Are you in any relationships that feel controlling or restrictive? Have you been overindulging in risky behavior or unhealthy habits? In what areas of your life are you afraid to voice your thoughts and opinions? Now is the time to break free! Don't let fear or good sex keep you stuck in a toxic situation or relationship. There are other fish in the sea. 

Take yourself on a date. Show yourself some appreciation! Pick a venue, date, time, and place. Mark it on your calendar. Then GO. You won't pressure yourself for something you're not ready for, you don't have to get all dressed up (unless you want to of course), and you know that you can count on yourself at the end of the night. Free yourself from the need for someone else to do it for you, when you can do bad all by yourself. 

Love Message: If you're single and on the dating scene this summer, do your research so you won't wind up on a date with the devil in disguise. Listen to your gut instincts and be sure to let a trusted friend know where you'll be and who you'll be with. You don't want to be catfished or with having drinks with someone who doesn't have your best interests at heart.

 

 

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ARIES | FOUR OF CUPS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: LEARN SOMETHING NEW

You may find yourself feeling bored, unsatisfied, or apathetic this summer Aries. You are yearning for more and tired of what exists in front of you. Did you see that flash out of the corner of your light? New light is breaking through to illuminate a new option that has been there for quite some time and yet, you have been too busy focused on the lack to even notice it, let alone appreciate it. If you've been doing the same thing over and over and you're still getting the same results, beating your head against a wall, maybe now is the time to do things differently. Step out of your comfort zone this summer and focus on trying to learn something new to bring you a deeper sense of fulfillment and the joy you long for. 

 

 

 

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TAURUS | THE TOWER

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: PLAY MORE, STRESS LESS

You've got a LOT on your mind this summer Taurus! It's weighing heavily on you and may be causing you to stress out a bit. Are you making something bigger than it is? The more you worry, the deeper the roots the travel into your subconscious. Don't let it grow any further! Big changes are in store for you! What seeds of positivity and loving calm can you plant in your mind? Water those thoughts. Let go of the need for control. Let loose and have a little fun! Play is a great way to destress. What does play mean to you? It could be as simple as singing a silly song, building a sandcastle at the beach, going to an amusement park, or playing with children. 

 

 

 

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GEMINI | SEVEN OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: RECONNECT QUIETLY WITH NATURE (SANS PHONE)

You've been patiently waiting for the growth to happen, for the rose to blossom, for the gates to open and this summer will be no different Gemini. You've let it all hang out and now what? Know that not all flowers bloom in summer. All rose buds don't unfold at the same time. They all are on their own unqiue and individual time frame that has been gifted to them by the divine. This is a lesson in patience for you - BIG TIME. Take advantage of this moment of pause. Connect more with yourself and with nature. Take a break from social media and hanging with friends, and go to a local park or nature reserve to reflect quietly with self. 

 

 

 

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CANCER | EIGHT OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: TREAT YO' SELF

This summer may have you burning the midnight oil Cancer! This could manifest itself in a variety of ways from taking a new class, starting a new career or business, or even hitting the gym and making healthier lifestyle choices. Your momentum is off the charts! Just make sure to take time and treat yourself regularly! If you keep plugging away, depriving yourself, and don't have a cheat day every now and then, you may become resentful or just give up all together! What is a fresh, sweet, colorful, and healthy way that you can treat yourself for all of your hard work, dedication, and effort?

 

 

 

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LEO | FOUR OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: GET A NEW HAIRDO

You may find yourself saving for something special this summer Leo, just don't be greedy or miserly. Take stock of your relationship with money. How is your spending and your saving ratio looking? Do you need to adjust your budget to better suit your lifestyle? Do you feel that you don't have or aren't making enough? Are there material items that you're lusting for and that money could be better spent elsewhere? I feel this month is really about personal willpower and solar plexus chakra work for you. Respect your money and your money will respect you. To help you feel like a million bucks even if your bank account says otherwise, take a trip to the salon, dye your hair, or get a new do!

 

 

 

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VIRGO | KNIGHT OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SWITCH UP YOUR MAKE-UP ROUTINE

Expression and attitude. Watch your words this summer Virgo for they have the power to cut like a knife. Be mindful of how you are communicating with others - are you truly hearing their words and taking them in or are you already on to your next point before they can get a word in edgewise? Passion is great! Just try not to dominate the conversation and be respectful of others who wish to voice their opinions as well. How can you express yourself through your make-up this summer? Sharpen up your brows and eyeliner instead of your tongue. Switch up your make-up routine or try a new color or product. There are so many ways to show other aspects of your personality through your make-up. 

 

 

 

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LIBRA | THE STAR

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: LIBRARY BINGE

This summer will really be a show of hope, faith, and belief for you Libra. How strong are these sacred three in your life, in your world? Do you still dare to dream and wish upon a star? Do you look up at the night sky full of curiosity and wonder? Paint the night sky with your prayers this summer Libra. What do you truly believe? Not just in terms of spirituality but in terms of life, the galaxy, the infinite stars in the sky? Now is a great time to explore that on a deeper level. Hit the library! Take a day where you can immerse yourself in the smell of old books as you leisurely stroll the aisles and scan the titles on the shelves. Whatever sparks your fancy, pull it out and just start reading - you may surprise yourself. 

 

 

 

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SCORPIO | TWO OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Looks like you've got some ideas caught in the pipeline this summer Scorpio. Where do you go next? What do you wish to do? Due to your uncertainty, you may find yourself frozen in place, too sacred to make a move for fear of making the wrong one. There are so many unknowns and you aren't sure if you have the knowledge to press on any further. Take time away from wrestling these ideas and take off the blindfold. What are you not seeing clearly? You don't have all the information yet and that's totally okay. Spend some time this summer volunteering to help take you out of your head and your immediate environment. This can help to clear your mind and give you fresh perspective as well as a deeper sense of gratitude.  

 

 

 

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SAGITTARIUS | ACE OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SHARE YOUR GIFT

A new idea or fresh way of thinking is available to you this summer Sagittarius. Clarity and expression of truth on a whole new level are on your mind. Know that this is again, a "new" idea or belief. It is not fully developed yet, so be open to change and constructive guidance. Now is also a good time for you to focus on cutting cords, beliefs, and old ways of thinking that no longer serve you out of your life. Taking a stand for what you believe is right and staking your claim will be paramount for you. This will help to feel more comfortable sharing your gifts and may even encourage others to share theirs. What a beautiful gift that is!

 

 

 

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CAPRICORN | PAGE OF CUPS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: CLEANSE & DETOXIFY

You are soaking up energy like a sponge this summer Capricorn! Your heart is open and you are feeling all the feels. Can you say empath? There may even be a few childhood issues resurfacing to be healed. Take care of your heart chakra and allow yourself to be purged of any toxic or impure energy. Be sure to cleanse and detoxify your energy regularly this season. Activated charcoal anyone? There are tons of ways to clear your energy from burning sage and palo santo to salt baths, selenite wands, and egg cleansing (limpia). Bring a fresh face to the game! You can even do a detoxifying face mask or cut out sugar and caffeine. 

 

 

 

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AQUARIUS | THE EMPEROR

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: PAY IT FORWARD

You've learned discipline, respect, and self-restraint, now is the time to step up and show it this summer Aquarius! Step up and be a leader. Lead by example through your structure, practicality, and good works. Let your knowledge and wisdom shine through in your actions, words, and how you carry yourself. Who in your life has been a mentor to you? What tools did they use? This summer, begin to pay it forward and take them out for coffee. Give guidance to those who were once in your shoes - lost or looking for a teacher. You have the intuitive foresight that they may lack for your skills have been refined through time and challenge. Pay it forward by using this to help them grow. 

 

 

 

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PISCES | ACE OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SEE A MOVIE

This summer is about all planting seeds for new career and financial opportunities for you Pisces! Abundance and good health are also available to you. You may even start a new physical care routine whether that be dieting, exercising, or just taking better care of your physical health overall. The ball is in your court. Plant the seed and watch it grow, just remember that you must nurture it. Don't give up if it doesn't sprout overnight. Get your self-care on this summer by laying back and curling up to a new movie or a flick that's a tried and true fave! Romance? Action? Comedy? Netflix or Hulu? Think of what new money making ideas can be generated through watching film or just relaxing your mind enough to think outside of the box! 

 

What is blossoming for you this Summer? Any adventures you're excited for? How does the reading for your sign resonate with you? Leave a comment below and let me know! If you enjoyed your reading, please be sure to like and share this post on social media :)

XO ARIEL

Work Your Light Oracle Cards Unboxing, Deck Review, & Interview

The Work Your Light Oracle Cards are the latest creation from author Rebecca Campbell and artist Danielle Noel, brought to us by Hay House. You probably know Rebecca Campbell from her books "Light Is the New Black" and "Rise Sister Rise." Danielle Noel is the magical mind behind the gorgeous Starchild Tarot, Starchild Tarot Akashic, and Moonchild Tarot. This 44 card deck works with five suits to help you best work your light: 

  • Confirmation Cards
  • Inquiry Cards
  • Action Cards
  • Activation Cards
  • Transmission Cards

 

THE BOX & THE GUIDEBOOK

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I love the box the deck comes in. It is of typical Hay House size and style. The feel of it though! It has a matte finish that is as soft as satin. The box itself is sturdy. You can definitely keep your deck in it without worry of it being damaged. The soft, pale, whimsical coloring of the box only teases as to the wonders inside of it! As far as the guidebook goes, it breaks down how to work with the five suits, how to attune your deck, tips on how to open sacred soul space, spreads, and the card meanings. It gives some great information on symbolism, energies, and mythical places that you may be unfamiliar with in the deck. The wording also has a vibe that radiates loving and empowering guidance. 

 

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CARD BACKS & CARD STOCK

The cards themselves feel as lush as the box! If you are familiar with any of Danielle's decks, the feel is very similar to that. Velvety, smooth, and seductive to say the least. As card reading is a very tactile thing, I appreciate a good satin matte finish. The backs are also in keeping with Danielle's trademark style of work. The roses and colors make it feel dreamy! It is soft, feminine, and geometrically striking all at the same time. 

 

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CONFIRMATION CARDS

I appreciate the addition of confirmation cards. There are four in the deck. I find that this can be particularly useful when you're really stumped on something or are looking to give yourself permission or validation.

 

 

INCLUSION: women OF COLOR

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Thank you!

I was quite pleased to see a few women of color included in this deck. Each of these women is gorgeous and powerfully ancient in her own way. I especially love the "Priestess" card. It screams black girl magic! They all do really. You can see it in their stances and facial expressions. 

 

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HONORING LOST WORLDS & THE STARS

Hey Starseed! What is the place you call home? I was excited to see "Lemuria" and "Pleiades" included however, I was even more surprised to see "Mintakan" which is a place I'd never heard of before. Now it's got me curious and hungry for more knowledge about this beautiful land that has been lost to the ages. I can definitely sense Danielle's influence in the creation of these particular cards. 

 

 

LIGHTWORKER TEAMS

There's levels to this - seriously. If you're looking for a raise in vibration and connecting to spirit, this group of cards may be of help to get you going! I think these (along with the cards that contain women of color) are my favorite in the whole deck! The concepts of which are very important to and hold deep meaning for me.

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HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE CARDS IN THE DECK

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WORK YOUR LIGHT ORACLE DECK INTERVIEW

I love using this Deck Interview Tarot Spread by Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot. You can read her original blog post here

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1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Transformation - This deck is about ascension and deep healing on a DNA level of frequency. By connecting to it's high vibrational frequency, it will allow me to change my awareness. If I am looking to create alchemy within and shift my energy, then this is the deck I should work with.  

2. What are your strengths as a deck?

Fill Up Your Well - When I am feeling drained, tired, and worn, this deck will be an elixir for my soul. It will fill my cup with love. This deck is like a retreat from the world, a drink of fresh water, to refuel the spirit. 

3. What are your limits as a deck?

Play - This deck is going to give it to me straight. It takes healing and development very seriously and doesn't play around. Which is great for me because neither do I! If I want the truth straight with no chaser, all I have to do is pick a card, any card. This deck is for serious inquiries for healing, growth, and ascension.

4. What are you here to teach me?

Boundaries - For me personally, I feel like this deck is one that will teach me when and how to say no. It will help me to determine what is in my best interest and where I need to set boundaries for self-preservation. 

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Yes - Just do it! LOL

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Mintakan - Working with this deck will be a welcome back home for me. A reunion of soul. A remembering from the deepest corners of my heart. She says to me, "This is where you belong Lightworker." 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS...

The Work Your Light Oracle by Rebecca Campbell and Danielle Noel is beautiful, soft, graceful, magical, and honors the divine feminine so beautifully. It honors the lightworker and the starseed, the priestess and the initiate. I can't wait to use this in my practice, especially for my monthly Lightworker Evolution Readings over on the Maven Unmasked YouTube Channel

Watch the full unboxing here: 

 

Happy Shuffling,

xo ariel

The Lost Tarot: Major Arcana | Unboxing + First Impressions - Deck Reviews

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The Lost Tarot by Hansjurgen Bauer with companion guide by Carly Fischer (HJB Studio, 2017), is a limited edition Major Arcana tarot deck and truly a world of it's own. A fictitious historical background was created just for this deck by it's author. I really think this is a nice touch and allows you to step into a new world, the world of The Lost Tarot. Per Bauer, the fictitious premise of how this deck came into existence is this:

"The deck being the brainchild of an English wool merchant, William Bradford, whose chance encounter with Leonard da Vinci on the Continent resulted in the purchase of a design for an optical device (the first camera), leading to the making of the first known photographs, i.e., The Lost Tarot, how in 1994 the deck was discovered buried in a farmer’s field near Nottingham, England, and how the use of digital tools allowed for its restoration." 

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The deck is carefully wrapped and comes with a Testamentum from this fictitious William Bradford to help add a deeper element of this world creation. I love that it has an old and weathered feel to it, but I found it a little hard to read to be honest. I hope that if another edition is printed, they make it a little easier on the eyes. 

 

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The companion guide is nicely written and breaks down symbolism in the deck as well as offers archetypes, key words, and an affirmation for each Major Arcana card. The Four Aces however, do not include archetypes and an affirmation for each card. 

 

 

Here are a few of my favorite images from the Major's

Favorite Major Arcana cards from The Lost Tarot

 

The Four Aces are my favorite of all. They really are quite beautifully done.

The Four Aces from The Lost Tarot

 

My Overall Thoughts & Impressions

The card stock is of decent quality although the cards themselves due to their length may be difficult to manage for small hands. I was a bit confused as to why the deck box wasn't wrapped in plastic upon taking it out of the mail envelope as most decks traditionally are, but I do enjoy the fact that the deck does include a wax stamp on the front cover. It adds a very nice touch to the medieval feel of the deck. 

I do find some of the imagery to be striking and thoughtful while a few others I find that I don't resonate with and find to be a bit messy or cartoonish like The Magus and The Devil. Who do I think this deck would be good for? I would recommend this deck if you are really into world creation, the medieval period, renaissance fairs, and falling into the fictitious myth surrounding the deck's creation. I suppose that this would be a great way for you to bond with it. I appreciate the time and effort it took the creator to do this and the extra touches like the wax seal and the Testamentum.  

As this is my first Major's only deck, I feel that I personally as a reader need more.  Some images flow well together, while I feel a few are out of place or aren't fully cohesive with the rest of the deck. I could definitely get a better feel from it if the other 52 cards were present. It is not my preferred style of artwork, so I feel that my personal taste has something to do with it as well. For my personal tastes, I would definitely like to see more of a universal flow with the imagery if a full deck is created.

 

xo Ariel

New Moon in Taurus || Manifestation Affirmations for Each of the 12 Zodiac Signs

I love the New Moon in Taurus! It is so lush, sensual, and luxurious. Good food, good wine, great movies, and a warm bed with satin sheets. If you're Venusian in nature, then this energy should make you feel right at home.

This New Moon energy is also great for manifesting! Plant your seed and the New Moon in Taurus on May 15th will make sure it's roots grow deep. Although it won't sprout overnight, it will be well nurtured and cared for under this energy. Any workings around love, money, and beauty will be extremely potent at this time. Take advantage of it!

Here are your New Moon in Taurus Manifestation Affirmations to help you do just that. There is mini tarot reading, affirmation, crystal, and power color for each of the 12 zodiac signs. Be sure to read your Moon and Ascendant signs as well for a more well rounded working! 

Want to take your manifesting to the next level? Grab a copy of my e-Book here:

Manifesting 101 - A Guide to Working Your Manifesting Magic

 

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Aries

Energy: Five of Wands
Be mindful not to get caught in the trap of competitive attitudes and comparisons. This New Moon, create an opportunity to recognize that your individuality is of benefit to the collective. 

Affirmation: "I am a part of the whole and the whole is a part of me."
Crystal: Thulite
Your Power Color: Baby Pink

 

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Taurus

Energy: Six of Wands
You have definitely made it through some tough trials and tribulations since your last trip around the Sun, Taurus. Take advantage of the New Moon in your sign to celebrate your victories and to manifest a continued rise to the occasion.
Affirmation: "When I ground into my reality I rise above normality." 
Crystal: Tree Agate
Your Power Color: Chocolate 

 

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Gemini

Energy: The Magician
Take your raw will and refine it with grace and poise. This New Moon in Taurus is about softening and smoothing the energy surrounding your life and any manifesting that you’ve been up to. The stage has already been set. All the actors are in place. Now it is time to direct - with grace of course. In a sense it's back to the drawing board however, it is only to refinish, not reconstruct.
Affirmation: "I walk and speak with the grace of a butterfly all the days of my life."
Crystal: Scolecite
Your Power Color: Cream 

 

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Cancer

Energy: Six of Swords
This New Moon in Taurus is about learning to go with the flow and embracing the energy of transition. Flexibility is key here.  Stop clawing for the shore and allow the waves to carry you for a while. Movement is freedom. Trust.
Affirmation: "When I am in my flow, I am unstoppable.”
Crystal: Aquamarine
Your Power Color: Cerulean 

 

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Leo

Energy: Five of Cups
This New Moon in Taurus is a tough one for you Leo. You may feel like you’re losing your grip. Your zest for life gone as you try to process the heavy emotions or situations around you. Grieve if you need - just know that your life isn’t over. Cry to release, but do not play the attention seeking victim. 
Affirmation: "Getting authentically in touch with my emotions is the framework from which my life is born." 
Crystal: Honey Calcite
Your Power Color: Honey 

 

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Virgo

Energy: Wheel of Fortune
Luck is on your side this New Moon in Taurus! If you can envision it, you can be it. Of course there will be some ground work involved, but now is the time to DREAM BIG. Do some visualization work with your Third Eye and watch the magic happen!
Affirmation: "I alone control the vision of my future."
Crystal: Iolite
Your Power Color: Ultra Violet

 

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Libra

Energy: Nine of Cups
What do you wish to explore and discover? What do you wish for your life? The Nine of Cups is a great omen from the New Moon in Taurus that pretty much says, “Your wish is my command!” Better get to wishing. Don’t forget to solidify this energy with the groundedness of the Moon in Taurus. 
Affirmation: "I make time to explore the deepest caverns of my soul."
Crystal: Merlinite
Your Power Color: Jungle Green

 

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Scorpio

Energy: Three of Wands
Have you become bored or jaded Scorpio? It’s time for you to explore new horizons this New Moon in Taurus. What new dawn awaits? What ships are coming ashore? Many roads are open to you - which path do you choose? Be open to new experiences. Explore the treasure buried within! 
Affirmation: "By keeping my heart open to curiosity, shall open its heart unto me."
Crystal: Orange Calcite
Your Power Color: Tangerine

 

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Sagittarius

Energy: Five of Pentacles
Have you been worried about money lately Sagittarius? Feeling alone or left out in the cold? How can you develop an attitude of abundance this New Moon in Taurus? Having fun is about the people you're with, not the activity you're doing. Find comfort in laughter and good times with friends doing something low key. Call up the gang, turn on Netflix, pop some popcorn, and chill. 
Affirmation: "I can find amusement and comfort even in the most intense and dramatic situations." 
Crystal: Lemon Quartz
Your Power Color: Neon Yellow

 

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Capricorn

Energy: Temperance
It’s important to be well rounded Capricorn. Don’t become so focused on completing your work that you miss any red flags or opportunities along the way. How can you become more in tune with your senses this New Moon in Taurus to help you take things up a notch in your career and your healing? How can you take something that you once thought to be a failure and turn it into something grand? 
Affirmation: "My keen eyes and sharp instincts take my work to the next level."
Crystal: Shark's Tooth (not really a crystal)
Your Power Color: Steel Grey

 

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Aquarius

Energy: King of Swords
Get out the big scissors! You have been carefully and quietly observing the landscape for quite a while now and you can see where some branches need to be pruned Aquarius. Power of intellect, clarity of mind, and communication is also available to you this New Moon in Taurus. You see what’s up! Use this to help you tie up any loose ends and cut any toxic cords. 
Affirmation: "I welcome all the old and dead things to fall away so that new life may take form and shape."
Crystal: Labradorite
Your Power Color: Iridescent Blue

 

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Pisces

Energy: Knight of Cups
Loving and flirtatious energy surrounds you this New Moon in Taurus sweet and dreamy Pisces. Be patient with any new suitors. If you’re looking for love, this moon is on your side! If you can, do some self healing work surrounding your past relationships and what you feel you deserve in your next one. If you’re already booed up, you and your lover may be extra affectionate this New Moon. 
Affirmation: "By having patience with myself and my process, I allow my love and healing magic to unfold naturally." 
Crystal: Kunzite
Your Power Color: Periwinkle

 

Work with me! Book your next reading here

XO Ariel

 

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The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread

There is such a need for healing in this world today! As a soul, healer, and Reiki practitioner - I have seen it first hand. I have created The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread to be a support for those on their own journey of healing, whether it be mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional. I hope you find this spread to be of use to you or to your loved ones while on the healing journey, grappling with a diagnosis, and looking toward recovery. 

 

The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread

 

The Healing Journey Tarot/Oracle Spread by Maven Unmasked
  1. Where am I right now in my processing of this (diagnosis)?

  2. What do I need to know about sharing this information and my feelings with others?

  3. How can I best deal with any depression or exhaustion?

  4. What am I projecting unconsciously that I should be aware of?

  5. Advice for when I'm feeling alone or like an outsider?

  6. Where does my strength lie at this time?

  7. The Healing Journey 

  8. How can I best be a participant in my recovery?

  9. Guidance from the Universe - What does the Universe want me to know most right now? 

 

Give the spread a try and be sure to let me know how it works for you! Don't forget to pay it forward and share it with someone who you feel would benefit from it.

Much love and continued healing to all of you,

xo Ariel

How and Why I Use Oracle Cards

Are you new to oracle cards and are looking for ways to incorporate them into your practice? Maybe you're a more experienced practitioner who wants to jazz up their divining routine? Whether you're a divination newbie or a card slinging pro, I see oracle cards as an inspirational message. They can add love, zest, or the final "a-ha!" to any reading. Here are some ways how and why I use oracle cards in my readings. 

 

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(A few oracle decks from my collection )

 

A word of advice from Spirit

When you just need that one word of confirmation or reassurance, pull out your oracle deck! Sometimes, when I am struggling with something in my personal life or am looking for guidance on my spiritual journey, I will call in my spirit guides, grab an oracle deck, and ask them, "What is it that I need to know most right now?". Oracle cards are a great way to cut through the muck and mire your mind becomes when you're upset. They can help you to see more clearly and bring you back to the present moment when you've become blinded by emotion. 

 Deck: Chakra Reading Cards (Rockpool Publishing, 2016)

Deck: Chakra Reading Cards (Rockpool Publishing, 2016)

 

To connect with Deity or Animal Spirits

 Deck: Animal Kin Oracle Cards by The Fifth Element Life (Sarah Wilder) 

Deck: Animal Kin Oracle Cards by The Fifth Element Life (Sarah Wilder) 

There is an abundance of decks out today with varying themes from fairies and crystals to food and astrology. Use a deck with a theme you are attracted to! This can help you to learn more about your interest as well as builds a deeper connection and bond to your cards. If using an oracle deck to connect with deity or animal spirits, take time to build a relationship with the god/goddess or animal you draw.  

 

In the same way I use tarot! 

Yup, you can use oracle cards in the same way you use tarot or any other type of psychic reading. Full spreads, meditations, manifesting, and all! I also use them in combination with tarot cards for a double layered reading. Can you say tasty?

 

As an affirmation to continue to work with after the reading is over.

There are some great affirmation decks out there that you can use to empower yourself or your client after the reading. These types of decks are great for motivation, empowerment, confidence, and self-care for you and your client alike. They can also provide great validation at the end of a reading for what you or your client may want to continue working on after the reading is over.  

 Deck: Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

Deck: Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

 

To clarify a tarot card

Sometimes when performing a Tarot Reading I can get stumped. Yes, even the pros have to take a step back and look at the situation from a different vantage point in the reading every now and again! Not all readings are cut and dry. Oracle cards are a great way to clarify when tarot is playing hard to get. They can get to the crux or overall energy very quickly when you feel at a loss or there are too many tricky court cards at play.  

 Deck: Chakra Reading Cards (Rockpool Publishing, 2016)

Deck: Chakra Reading Cards (Rockpool Publishing, 2016)

 

A final word or way to tie it all together  

An oracle card is a fantastic tool to help sum up a reading. It is the conclusion. The period at the end of a sentence. Oracle cards can also help you to see cohesive themes in your readings that you might have otherwise missed. They are also a great confirmation to points you've previously iterated to your sitter or querent.   

 

Ready to grab a deck of your own and sling some cards?  

Here are my Top Oracle Decks for Beginners

Happy Shuffling!

xo Ariel  

Spring 2018 Tarotscopes - Tarot Readings for Each of the Zodiac Signs

The Vernal Equinox is finally upon us and so are your Spring 2018 Tarotscopes! Shake free the sleepy cold and hibernation of Winter with a tarot reading for each of the zodiac signs. 

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As Spring begins, we herald the astrological new year as the Sun returns to the sign of Aries. Jupiter will be retrograde in Scorpio for all of Spring. The first full Mercury Retrograde of 2018 will be in the sign of Aries and last from March 22nd to April 15th. Prepare yourself for Mercury Rx with my Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde, Don't Fear the Retrograde article. 

Venus will enter the sign of Taurus on March 31st. Venus is happy and feels at home here. It is the perfect time to enjoy a sense of luxury - beautify yourself, redecorate your home, eat good food, or be swept up in a new romance. 

We will also have a Blue Full Moon in Libra on March 31st - balancing and harmonizing relationships anyone? All of this just in the first month! I feel like this Spring, Spirit wants a spectacle of deep rooted change. We are coming into the season reborn, awakened, and ready to ascend - even if that means some shifts still need to take place. 

For your Spring 2018 Tarotscopes, I will be using the Naked Heart Tarot by Jillian C. Wilde. Please be sure to also read the Tarotscopes for your Moon and Rising Signs as well for a more complete picture as to the energy surrounding you personally this Spring from March 20th to June 21st 2018. In addition, you can also watch your March 2018 Lightworker Evolution Reading for more great info!

For my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, these cards will still apply to you, even though you are entering the Autumnal Equinox. You can also check out my Fall 2017 Tarotscopes.

Want a deeper look into your personal situation? Book a Tarot or Mediumship Reading with me this Spring! 

 

Overall Energy | The Moon

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Fantasy defies reality. Keep in mind that not all is as it seems. Be wary of illusions, traps, and tricks of the mind this Spring. Everything is not black and white. Can you learn to interpret and navigate the grey in between? If you find yourself reacting negatively or feeling upset or angry, is the initial emotion the truth of the matter? Are you really angry or when you peel back the layers, do you find sadness, apprehension, fear, or trepidation lying there in wait? This Spring will be very much about cutting through illusions and finding truth. Your fears are not bigger than you. Don't allow your nightmares to run your waking life, lead you astray, or keep you paralyzed. Where can you find a pinprick of light despite the darkness? Have you tried searching in your soul? 

 

 

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Aries | Nine of Cups

Wish upon a star. Seriously, Aries! Manifest, hope, dream! Just be clear about what you want as Mercury is retrograde in your sign for the first few weeks of Spring. The energy is on your side to make your dreams a reality season. You believe your willpower will push you through, and it has many times in your life. This time, divine intervention wants you to open your heart to the help it wants to provide to push your wishes along. Dream big Aries! Put in the effort and the Universe will provide. 

 

 

 

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Taurus | Sky Father

Your strong and determined actions and mindset as of late are saying to the Universe that you are sturdy, have built strong foundations, and are self-disciplined enough to receive the blessings you've asked for from Spirit. Where can you lead? How can you be more forthcoming or courageous? Who or what are you called to help build and protect? This Spring, your calling is written in the stars. What are you calling to you? There may also be some healing that needs to take place between yourself and a father figure in your life. 

 

 

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Gemini | Five of Cups

In the words of Keith Urban, "Blue Ain't your Color" Gemini! If you find that your heart is heavy this Spring, focus on healing. Find your smile. Do not stay trapped in sadness and grief. Realize that this too shall pass. Cry if you need to, pick up the pieces, and keep it moving. Don't allow your tears to suffocate you and your expression my beauty. Use this time for healing and release. Be gentle with yourself. The pain must first be acknowledged before true deep healing can begin. 

 

 

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Cancer | The Star

In what direction are you heading, Cancer? What is your true North? Ask not only your mind, but your body and spirit as well. Find inspiration this Spring to fuel your dreams, goals, and ambitions. Trust in Spirit. Have faith that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this point of your journey. Talk to the night sky and the stars! Tell them your secrets and desires. They are listening. 

 

 

 

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Leo | Ten of Swords

The turbulence that has been peskily sneaking and scurrying through your mind will come to an end this Spring. No more rooting around with those who do not have your best interests at heart! Someone or something may be exposed for what they truly are. Keep your eyes open. When this happens, be grateful that you are able to see the truth - even if it hurts. Use this as an opportunity to release dead weight and recover. 

 

 

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Virgo | Six of Wands

Victorious energy is available to you in abundance this Spring. You've really stepped up your game! Keep moving forward with your goals and ambitions. They are strong and solid. Celebrate your accomplishments. You have made it through to the other side - not unscathed, but glorious in your determination and stamina. It is that energy that pushes you through. Stay humble and remember to give thanks to those who helped you along the way!

 

 

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Libra | The Hierophant

What have you learned from the personal growth you've made in the last few months? What new wisdom have you gleaned from these lessons? These tidbits of wisdom are fuel for you in assimilating higher knowledge, spiritual wisdom, and truth. How can you continue your spiritual education? Look for mentors, commune with your guides, read, watch videos. Soak up all the knowledge that you can, just remember - take what resonates and leave the rest. Your truth does not have to be the same as someone else's.  

 

 

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Scorpio | Ten of Cups

After a rough few months, Spring looks to be colorfully juicy! Yay! Things have finally settled for you in a harmonious fashion. Go get your happy - it is grounded in the earth! There is much joy to be had this season for you Scorp. It wants you as much as you desire it. If you're having trouble embracing this mentality, get out your favorite crystals and manifest it! Family and relationships should be going well. There is a sense of positive and loving completion. A maturity. Take a deep breath and enjoy. 

 

 

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Sagittarius | The Devil

Free yourself from bondage! Don't let spring fever or your impulsive desires enslave you. Stay strong in your resolve. Be mindful of mind traps and addictions this Spring. What are you obsessing over or is oppressing you? Are you over-doing it? What lies do you tell yourself to excuse your behavior? Are the urges of your physical body stronger than the quiet resolve of your Spirit? You may be called to confront your shadow self. Work to see through illusion and to release your conditioning. 

 

 

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Capricorn | Child of Wands

Be curious, wild, adventurous, and free! Honor your sense of ingenuity. What would you like to create this Spring? Where is your wide eyed wonder? Take charge and go for it! Be mindful of impulsiveness and or being naive of what may be required of you. Continue to be open to guidance from mentors, elders, and Spirit. With the Sun at your back, you are facing your future with wide eyes and a brave heart. 

 

 

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Aquarius | Six of Cups

Gather up your tears, put them in your pocket, and embrace a sense of play and magic this Spring. Connect to your inner child this season. Take a trip down memory lane and invite loving or funny memories into your awareness. Work with the energy of childlike joy. Toys"R"Us may be going out of business, but your childhood doesn't have to. Spend time around children, go to a theme park, or watch movies/tv shows that bring a sense of nostalgia from days gone by. 

 

 

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Pisces | Justice

Fairness, equality, and divine balance are at the forefront for you this Spring - especially when it comes to relationships. The sign of Libra is associated with the Justice card in tarot. With the Full Moon in Libra on March 31st, you may have some powerful manifesting ability at your disposal. Before manifesting, think about the light and dark, the positive and negative. Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision or getting your creatively potent and dreamy magic on! Remember that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. 

What has you sprung this Spring? How does the reading for your sign resonate with you? Leave a comment below and let me know! If you enjoyed your reading, please be sure to like and share this post on social media :)

xo Ariel

Get in the Zen Zone! Meditation Motivation Tips for Beginners

My purpose for writing this blog post is to aid those who are struggling to find motivation for their meditation practice, as well as to provide tips for beginners on their own unique and personal journey with the self-discovery practice and discipline that is meditation. As a newbie to meditation, you may have preconceived notions as to what you are "supposed to" experience, what meditation exactly is, or even "the right way" to meditate. These are some of my favorite tips  and personal guidance that I myself use in my practice to help you get in the zen zone! 

Define your purpose for meditating! Seriously, ask yourself why you are doing this. Having a clear purpose on why you are choosing to begin a journey with meditation can better aid you in finding motivation to begin (or continue) your practice. 

Set the intention prior to meditating. "Today, I am meditating to..." Are you meditating to clear your mind? Clear your energy? Connect with Spirit or your Higher Self? Calm your anxiety? This gives you something to come back to should your mind begin to wander.

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Use crystals to focus and calm your energy. You can even rub on them to keep your left brain busy while your right brain opens for meditation. Stones like clear quartz and amethyst are great for meditation purposes! Whether your meditation is focusing on a particular situation or issue like chakra balancing, seeking guidance and wisdom from Spirit or just to calm the mind, there is a stone for that! Try to find a stone that has energetic properties to help facilitate the type of meditative session you are engaging in. 

Ambiance can make all the difference. Set the mood if you think it may help! Light some incense or candles. Put on soothing relaxation music. Turn off the lights. If possible, meditate in a room that is not a main focal point in your home. For example, if possible try not to meditate in your office as the energy of that space may impact your meditation. Since you are used to being in "working mode" in this space, it may be harder for you to settle your energy here for the purposes of meditation.

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Use guided meditations. This was of great help to me! Go on an adventure of the mind. It is still hard for me to sit in the silence sometimes even after 4 years of meditating. My mind is very active, imaginative, and exploratory. Guided meditations definitely support this! I absolutely love guided meditations - so much so that I have actually written some myself and love guiding others on meditative journeys through classes I teach or online (YouTube). Here are a few I've done thus far...

Start with 5 minutes a day. That's all you need to get started. Each week build upon that 5 minutes. At this rate, you will be able to sit for 20 minutes in a month! Also, try to take note or keep a journal of how you feel before you meditate in comparison to how you feel after your session. You may have some incredible insights!

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Don't stress it! Don't be hard on yourself. This is probably the best advice I can give. Meditation takes time, practice, and effort. Don't compare your journey to someone else's. Just because someone may sit longer than you or "saw something" during meditation doesn't mean they are more skilled or are having a more fulfilling experience. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. 

The Infamous Monkey Mind - Let it come and go! Know that meditation isn't necessarily having no thoughts. This was a huge misconception for me in the beginning. I worried about whether I was doing it right or wrong. I thought if I was seeing images or having thoughts that I was meditating incorrectly. Truly, meditating for me has been about training my brain to come back to center, back to focus, back to peace when my mind goes rogue. Let the thought come and float away as if on the breeze. By pushing away the thought instead of acknowledging it and letting it go, you are actually more inclined to come back to it over and over again during the session. 

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If you have trouble focusing or need to be engaged, try an active form of meditation like yoga, saying affirmations with mala or prayer beads, or focusing on the breath.

Take a class! Sometimes having the support of others, as well as a supportive environment and teacher, makes a huge difference when it comes to a meditative practice. Taking a class can help you to build a sense of community with like minded individuals and can also help to keep you motivated to continue the practice. If classes aren't your thing, find a friend that wants to begin a meditative journey of their own and team up to support, encourage, and motivate each other!

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Give it a try outside! Fresh air does the body and mind good. Go to a scenic park, lake, beach, valley, or forest to help clear the mind and refresh the spirit. This will also aid in lessening distractions by being in a neutral environment. 

Drink a cup of tea or some water first to help calm your mind and refresh your energy. You can even smudge yourself and/or your space to help clear the energy and create a healing environment. 

Try meditating when you first wake up in the morning - before you even get out of bed! Your mind may be clearer in the morning thus making it easier for your consciousness to shift into a meditative state. 

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You may see weird things at first like a random banana that floats by or just the color yellow and nothing else - yes this has happened to me lol. You may just see flashes of light. It's okay! Acknowledge it. Yes, it could just be your mind doing it's thing however, it may be your subconscious or Spirit (wink) trying to get a message through to you. I have had some pretty amazing insights and visuals that come through in meditation. Some of my most powerful healing messages from Spirit have come through weird things I've seen or heard in meditation. If this happens for you, be sure to say thank you! It certainly is magical when it happens. 

How do you best get your zen on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Happy Meditating,

xo Ariel

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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