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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

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. 

 

  (A few oracle decks from my collection   )

(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  

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

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! 

Sacred Space Check In Tarot + Oracle Spread

Hey Loves!

As an addendum to my blogs about altars and sacred spaces, here is the Sacred Space Check In Tarot + Oracle Spread I designed to help you focus, come to your altar with a game plan, gain clarity on how you can amp up your sacred space, what else you can bring to your altar, and how to deepen your connection to your sacred space. 

Maven Unmasked Sacred Space Check In Tarot/Oracle Spread
  1. What does my soul need at the altar?

  2. What situation can I gain clarity on at the altar?

  3. What can I bring to the altar?

  4. What can I leave/release at the altar?

  5.  What can I do to build a stronger connection to my sacred space? 

  6. What "tune up" will time at the altar give to me? 

  7. What message do my angels and guides have for me? 

 

Here is my card pull with the Cosmic Reading Cards (Rockpool, 2016) using this spread so you can see how it works!

1. Balance - Yes, I definitely need some work on balancing and harmonizing my energy centers as well as my emotions.

2. Mirrored Souls - Whew, I have a bit of a confusing Twin Flame situation going on, so it's nice to know I can gain more clarity on this situation at my altar. 

3. Mother Earth - I can bring more nature elements into my sacred space like leaves, branches, herbs, etc. I also feel that this saying I should call in the energy of Earth Mother when I spend time there. 

4. New Chapter - The yearnings for a new chapter or new beginning in my life. I can release any concerns or fears about this new chapter at the altar.

5. Hope - This feels like I need to believe and trust more in the power of time spent in my sacred space.

6. Patience - LOL! Yes, I need a bunch of that. I do think that by focusing on balance at the altar (Card 1), I will thereby be better able to have more patience in my everyday life.

7. Celestial Teacher - Spirit is asking me to do more channeling with and tune in to high vibrational beings. I also feel like this is a message for me to begin teaching more classes. 

Happy Shuffling! xo Ariel

Sacred Space Check In Spread

Summer 2017 Tarotscopes | June 21st to September 21st 2017

Here are your Summer 2017 Tarotscopes for June 21st to September 21st 2017! Read about the vibes that will be surrounding you all summer long! Be sure to read the Tarotscope for your Sun, Moon, & Rising signs to get a more complete picture as to what you can expect this season whether you are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. As a special bonus this season, I have included an extra oracle card to determine what sector of your life these energies may affect you in. The deck I used for these readings is the Cosmos Tarot + Oracle by Light Grey Art Lab (2015). If you'd like to book a reading with me in regards to a particular situation, you can do so here. Have a lovely summer beautiful souls!

The overall theme for everyone this summer is...

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 10 of Water - Corona Borealis | Mars 

The energy of Mars will be charging us up with vitality, drive, action, and maybe even some aggression this season. This is the fuel that will propel us forward into a season of wins, triumphs after sacrifices, and fresh starts!

 

Aries

9 of Earth - Pavo | Sun

Stay vigilant and keep watch as you forge a new path for yourself. Carve out the sunshine this summer Aries - a rebirth awaits! Strike while the iron is hot. Get ready and be prepared to make a move at a moments notice! Your watchful eye will help you to know when the timing is right. Your path will unfold as it is illuminated from within. It is carefully being created and lined with gold. Visualize it! Pay attention to the details and the Divine guidance you are receiving. 

 

Taurus

7 of Earth - Crater + Corvus | Comet

You may be procrastinating to some effect this summer Taurus. Don't let it turn into stagnation! Have you put yourself in a trap of your own devising? Stop making excuses and follow through on your plans. Stop waiting for a sign. Follow your heart. Don't start tomorrow - start today! Seize the opportunity. Why the delay? Sometimes 'tis better to move forward on your own, than to have the Universe push you into a situation where you have no choice BUT to move. 

 

Gemini

6 of Earth - Dorado | Saturn

Be mindful where you gamble this season Gemini as times are a changing. Are you putting all of your eggs in once basket? Be mindful that you are not deferring responsibilities to someone else this summer. Delegating is one thing however, are the hands you are trusting with your duties coming from the highest integrity? Keep an eye on your assets and make adjustments when needed, especially in matters where more discipline and foresight is required. 

 

Cancer

The Chariot - Libra | Neptune

Use your intuition and foresight this summer to bring more balance and harmony into your world this summer Cancer. There may even be new insights for you regarding this in your dreams. This will help you to begin the huge move forward you've been waiting on! Acknowledge and be aware of the duality in all things. The light and dark aspects of different situations may warrant more development of your intuitive insights this season. Try to have an open mind and a willingness to look at all sides of the equation. Where does your intuition tell you that something is out of alignment? 

 

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Leo

The Hanged Man - Vela | Supernova

Have faith and patience this season Leo. There may be some shocking surprise in store for you this summer. Be flexible and go where the wind takes you - even if it may feel like you've been blown off course for a while. Keep your emotions in check. Emotional outbursts may only make the situation more explosive than it needs to be. Learn to ride the stormy seas and know that the skies will part and the sun will shine once again. Listen to the guidance and wisdom of your Higher Self as well as the cosmos. 

 

Virgo

Justice - Aquarius | Moon

Some secrets may be bubbling up to be revealed for you this summer Virgo. Light will definitely be shed on the situations that have had you questioning lately. Justice is on it's way to you. Is there a secret you have been harboring that is keeping you feeling bound? Perhaps one that was once a truth for you that is no longer so? Break the cycles and patterns this season! You will have more energy around you to help you begin this work. Might I even suggest some moon phase shadow work? 

 

Libra

5 of Air - Carina | Worm Hole

This may be a bit of a stressful time for you this summer Libra. Stuck between a rock and a hard place is only the tip of the iceberg. You may be putting on a mask everyday just to try to make it through and save face however, there is so much more underneath the surface. Make sure to get plenty of rest and alone time to avoid burnout and additional undue stress. Guided meditations and affirmations are your friend this season Libra! There may also be a benefactor or some synchronistic encounter with someone who can help you to find the missing piece of this equation and recover some solace. 

 

Scorpio

King of Water - Camelopardalis | Uranus

Get your emotions in check and see the bigger picture this season Scorpio! Take a bird's eye view. See the forest for the trees. This could be in regards to a passionate or sexual relationship this summer. Are you truly listening to all of the information that is available to you or are you only hearing one side of the equation - the side you want to hear? Take off the rose colored glasses! If you want to indulge in your passions or explore your sexuality, wonderful, that's fine and dandy - just remember to take a step back from the emotions and fantasy to view the whole situation for what it is. 

 

Sagittarius

Wheel of Fortune - Pegasus | Galaxy

You are becoming an even greater leader in your community this summer Sagittarius. Luck is on your side! You may be acknowledged for your work, inclusiveness, and diversity. You could also be volunteering a lot of your time and effort to bettering and engaging with the community this season as well. This summer is about you truly stepping into your own Sagittarius, especially as the last Full Moon of Spring 2016 was in your sign. Gear up! That power will push you forward and help you to expand all summer long!

 

Capricorn

Strength - Puppis | Venus

You may have some strain in your love life and relationships this summer Capricorn. Although this energy may be surrounding you, be aware of your strength. It may not be the most pleasant experience however, you have gained valuable tools to keep you from crumbling and completely falling apart. Stand in your power. Solar Plexus and Heart Chakra work may be beneficial to you this season. Where can you still find love and beauty? There may even be someone new waiting to enter the picture to help you through this situation. I also feel like this may be a call for you to work ever more closely with the Divine Feminine within you and the Universal Love of the cosmos. 

 

Aquarius

9 of Fire - Are | Nebula

Ceremony, ritual, and study are the name of the game for you this season Aquarius. Put on your witchy hats, lab coats, and wacky scientific curiosity! Breaking down your processes, keeping detailed notes, exploring new theories and testing them will be an essential part of your summer. It is truly about discovering what it is exactly you believe and why. Spend your time reading and experimenting and find what works for you. You may even be surprised to discover that what once used to work for you and resonated so deeply no longer does. What is it NOW that makes you tick? 

 

Pisces

Queen of Air - Aquila | Mercury 

You may meet a powerful ally in regards to your business this season Pisces! A new benefactor, investor, or someone with more stake in the game could be coming to your aid and amping up your reach as well as your potential. There may even be a business deal or an opportunity to work together on the table! This could be in regards to the areas of networking, interviews, public speaking, social media, the internet, and sales. Keep your wits about you. Do your research and don't be afraid to ask questions and take the help if you feel it is for your best and highest good. 

 

Here's to a Summer full of Sunshine!

xo Ariel

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After Tarot | Deck Review & Interview

After Tarot was created by Pietro Alligo and Corrine Kenner with artwork by Giulia Francesca Massaglia. The deck was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2016. 

After Tarot Deck
After Tarot Deck

It is an interesting take on the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck as this is a spin on what happens 1 second after the moments captured in the RWS cards we have come to know and love so well over the decades. 1 second after The Fool walks off of that cliff, what do you think happens? The After Tarot is here to help us answer those questions in a fun and unique way! 

 Great card stock! Solid and gives a nice riffle shuffle.

Great card stock! Solid and gives a nice riffle shuffle.

 I love the design on the back of these cards!!! 

I love the design on the back of these cards!!! 

I love how the deck still honors the original meanings however there seems to be an added edge to them or an extra piece of the puzzle. If you read with RWS a lot, give this deck a try for a new perspective - it won't disappoint. 

I am not one for Lo Scarabeo decks honestly. I don't have many and the ones I do have I tend to use a handful of times and never pick up again. For some reason, I just don't resonate with their decks. After Tarot is the exception! From the concept to the card stock and overall feel of the deck - I AM IN LOVE! I like the RWS yes, but dare I say that I may end up using this version more? It really has freed my mind in how I look at traditional tarot. 

The Box & Guidebook

The Box and packaging were great! The box is nice and sturdy with a magnetized closure on the side to keep your guidebook and cards dry, clean, and secure. I also love the reproduction of The Moon on the inside cover! It was definitely a nice surprise. 

The Guidebook (written by Corrine Kenner) is 160 pages and comes with small color reproductions of the cards. The guidebook is divided into sections in a unique way. It is organized by The Fool and then by the numbers - The Ones, The Twos, The Threes, and so on. Each card has archetype or phrase associated with it as well as the card description, key symbols, and suggested interpretations. 

It then goes into The Four Pages, The Four Knights, etc. The only problem I have with this however is that it may require a bit more work to find your desired page if you're in a hurry as the Major Arcana are not separated. I also have an issue with the fact that The Four Pages in the guidebook don't have the same layout as the other court cards in the guidebook. I also wish that the author had gone into the same amount of detail with the court cards as she had with the Major and Minor Arcana. The way the court cards are written about just has a different feel from the rest of the guidebook. 

Favorite Cards

Here are some of my favorite images in the deck. Click on the image to expand it.

 After Tarot - Favorite Major Arcana Cards

After Tarot - Favorite Major Arcana Cards

 

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. 3 of Wands

This deck is an adventurer, an explorer, a hunter. It likes to take a birds eye view of the situation in order to see the bigger picture. 

2. Page of Swords

This deck is helpful for determining what to do with a new skill. It also likes to aid you in thinking in a new way and may even push you to use your skills, talents, and abilities. 

3. The Sun

This deck is not going to sugarcoat anything. It will tell you like it is. It may even like to play around or could be a bit childish. It will present you with your options however, you may have to decipher the truth for yourself. 

4. The Hierophant

Spiritual Truth and Divine Universal Law is the name of the game! This deck wants to unfold high wisdom and guidance unto its users, in this case - me :) 

5. Ace of Pentacles

The best way for me to collaborate with this deck is when planting new seeds and digging deep to find answers. This deck may even be particular to readings concerning the material - health, career, family, or finances.

6. The Lovers

Love! Pure and simple. Lovingly helping in decision making. There will be a sense of partnership and unity that comes when we work together. What more could I ask for!

 

All in all, I am really enjoying this deck thus far. I love the different spin it gives on traditional tarot and I think you will too! Do you work with this deck? What have your experiences been with it?

Happy Shuffling!

xo Ariel