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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


  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?




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.

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

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up | The Tower

It shakes. It rattles. It rumbles and roars as it crumbles. Lightning strikes and the world as you know it changes - if only for an instant. It lights up the sky and shakes up the clouds giving everything a frightfully hazy glow. It burns and sizzles garnering your attention. Did it scare you awake? Have you opened your eyes to see? Are you listening now? These are the gifts The Tower brings to you. 

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up! The Tower from The Good Tarot (Hay House, 2017)

Shake 'em Up to Wake 'em Up! The Tower from The Good Tarot (Hay House, 2017)

Your foundation may have been shaken or torn apart completely. As you sort through the rubble to rebuild, know that you have the power to make it even stronger than before. With more foresight and clarity than you had in the first go round. The Tower gives you this wisdom. 

It teaches you to expect the unexpected - both the good and the not so much. It will truly shake you up to wake you up! It will force movement where there is none. In doing this, The Tower teaches you to appreciate what's important in your world, who is important in your life, and what is vital to your soul, your survival, and your happiness. 

xo Ariel

Strike the Match of Inspiration | Ace of Wands

The Sexual Energy of Creativity & Inspiration

Ace of Wands - Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 2015)

Ace of Wands - Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 2015)

This is the spark of magic. The light of creation. The 'Aha!' moment. The lightbulb goes off. The camera flashes. The power all lies within your hand. It all starts with that tingle up your spine. The burning desire to take unbridled action and pursue your desire at full force. The beginning of the journey of uncovering a new muse. 

A strike of a match is but a moment. An instant. A brief feeling of gratification. New life begins through a single burst of sexual energy. This IS the energy of creation - of life, beginnings, and inspired action in its purest form.

Build up that energy. You may even have to generate some friction to warm things up a bit and create the spark. Ignite your life and your passion! A new creative endeavor can benefit from the untamed fiery nature of the Ace of Wands. Filled with sexual energy and compulsiveness, this fuels your inner drive.

Uncontrollable. Undeniable. Unshakeable. Fresh. Wild. Untainted. The first signs of infatuation and curiosity are a fire burning in your belly - yearning and lusting for more. You cannot wait another second, not one instant. Your soul feels that it is now or never. It burns, nags, pulls, and screams at you yelling, "Now! Now! Now!" The solar plexus and sacral chakras are where this energy resides, where it breathes, and grows. 

Do you tame the open flame or do you let it spread like wildfire? Do you let the ashes of creativity spread throughout your life - into every nook, cranny, and crevice? Strike a match of inspiration! Take the initiative. Light the fire. The only challenge is to not drive yourself into burnout from tireless desire. Breathe as the fire to keep your passion, your drive, your creativity and inspiration burning for all of time.  

xo Ariel

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Spring 2017 Tarotscopes!

Hi love bunnies! Happy Spring! March 20th is the date of the Spring Equinox this year. A day of balance, duality, polarity, and the relationship between honoring both the light and the dark in ourselves and the natural world. The Maven Unmasked seasonal tarotscopes are officially one year old this Spring. 1 cycle completed. What cycles have you completed since this time last year? I hope you all enjoy these 'Scopes every season, to see what the energy will be hopping around your sign all Spring long (March 20th - June 21st). Be sure to also read the 'Scope for your Moon and Rising sign.

This season for our Tarotscopes, I will be using the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert (Schiffer, 2016) as it totally resonates with the colorful vibration of all the seasons, but especially Spring. It's as lush as the trees and flowers coming back into bloom!

Hey! Don't forget to watch my Spring Equinox Tarot + Oracle Reading below, in addition to reading your 'Scopes, for more insight!


I'd love to work with you to help bring renewed clarity & insights into the garden of your life this season! 

If you'd like a look into your specific situation or the energy surrounding your life and circumstances this Spring, be sure to hop on over and book a reading with me! Just click on the link below.


Spring 2017 Tarotscopes


Aries | Guardian of Earth

Tend to the garden of your life this Spring, Aries. Increase your sense of abundance and prosperity. Encourage a careful and gentle nature in yourself and endeavors. Pay attention to detail and know when and where to give a little extra. This Spring may turn out to be very beneficial for you in terms of finances and harvesting your long overdue rewards. You've been patient, and now it is time to reap the benefits of your hard work. 


Taurus | Awakening

This Spring sparks an Awakening for you Taurus! A time of reflecting on the lessons others bring into your life and the gift of awareness this brings. A time of realizing the similarities and embracing the differences between you and others. Focus on increasing your sense of unity and how we are all connected to something greater this season. Also, spending more time raising your vibration and deepening your spiritual practice may be extremely beneficial for you this Spring as well.


Gemini | Ace of Air 

New ideas and a fresh burst of clarity are the name of the game for you this season Gemini. Discovering and learning how to fly in your new areas of interest or study. Yes, a long journey may be ahead of you in order for you to master and shape these ideas into something worthwhile, but don't be discouraged! The longest journey begins with a single step. Look for new inspiration this Spring!




Cancer | Gaia, The World


Sweet and nurturing Cancer, Mother Earth comes up to great you this Spring. Spend as much time outdoors and exploring the natural world around you this season as possible. Go for a hike, a walk along the beach, or take a dip in the ocean! Connect to the creatures of the planet - both big and small, human, plant, and animal. You may even feel called to do some volunteer work, protect and nurture the planet, or learn more about the environment. Stay grounded. Keep focused and give thanks to Gaia for all her many blessings.


Leo | The Wheel

The Wheel of the Year is turning Leo, and you may definitely feel it this Spring. A renewed sense of purpose is around the corner. You may have a strong urge for finding your destiny or soul purpose. Honor the cycle of life - the ups and downs, wins and losses, times of rest and times of inspired action. This Spring may also be very karmic for you in terms of relationships. If you've been struggling as of late, some good luck may be coming your way!




Virgo | Five of Air

You're feeling very expressive this season Virgo. Have you been feeling unheard as of late? Like everyone is busy yapping away and you can't get a word in edge wise? Spend time working with and clearing your Throat Chakra this Spring. How can you best communicate your need for self-expression, speaking your truth, and finding the sense of freedom and liberation you've been looking for? Be careful not to be argumentative in your search. Increase your sensitivity to others and their needs while you continue to find your voice. Remember - words can cut, heal, or liberate.


Libra | Elder of Water

You may experience a more mature, wise, and reserved energy this Spring, Libra. A sense of peace, clarity, and wonder. Take some time, sit back, and just observe. Be still. People watch. Bird watch. Watch the sunrise and set. Observe everything and really tap in emotionally. What feelings does your observing inspire in you? Do any new ideas come your way? What lessons are you reminded of by watching the interaction of others? Spring may be a time of remembrance for you as well. What wisdom can you bring forth from observing and remembering?


Scorpio | Two of Water

Deeply emotional Scorpio, it looks like things get even deeper for you this Spring. Communion with others will come to the forefront for you this season. Unconditional love. Mutual understanding. Togetherness and friendship will be extremely important. Strengthen your relationship with friends whether that be through supporting them more or allowing them to support you. Learn to trust. How can you be a better friend? How can you show more unconditional love?



Sagittarius | Ten of Fire

There may be a culling of sorts happening for you this season Sagittarius. A death and renewal process. Purification. Something old must fall away so something new can be planted in the now fertile soil you've created for its growth and development. What has been blocking out the Sun in your life as of late? How can you restructure this? The answer may be unclear to you at this time, just know that the smoke clouding your view will eventually dissipate. 


Capricorn | Ten of Earth

Spring for you Capricorn will be about increasing your gains and sense of material happiness. It is about recognizing the journey it has taken to amass the current blessings in your life. Choose to move forward - no matter what circumstances currently look like. However, do not drain your resources. As you increase your gains, so too must you also leave something behind for those who come after you. Focus on being unselfish and increasing your sense of appreciation and gratitude this season. 


Aquarius | Ten of Air

Alignment. Getting your ducks in a row. Finding the formation that will cut through resistance and get you to your destination in the most efficient and timely fashion as possible. This is what you're all about this Spring, Aquarius! It is also about realizing that sometimes you need others to help you get there faster or more "safely". This is also a reminder to fly above any bs you may encounter this Spring. Try not to be in your head too much. Avoid replaying any unfortunate circumstances or disagreements with others over and over again in your head. This will not help you to fly forward - in fact, it will only cause you to lag behind.


Pisces | The Teacher

Wisdom, sharing guidance, and teaching others will be very important for you this Spring.  Tap into your naturally intuitive nature this season Pisces, and see where your gifts, talents, and abilities are needed. Go there. Teach. And in your teaching so too will you learn. There may even be a new mentor coming your way! This person could either be you or someone you meet in an area of interest or study. Learn all you can. Observe and absorb. A new perspective is a great learning tool as well - a dandelion can either be a weed or a wish. The lesson is all in how you look at it. 


Have a beautiful spring lovelies! xo ariel

Mirror in The Moon 

Little pieces of your destiny lie at your feet, glinting in the moonlight. The puzzle of all puzzles! How do you build your fate, construct your destiny, piece by glimmering piece? What do you think you will have created once everything fits together perfectly and is firmly glue in place?

As we go through life, we may feel we are on a path, yet are unsure of where it will lead us. Like The Moon in tarot, all is not ready to be revealed. Break the illusion of who you believe you should be when you look in the mirror. Destroy the vision of what you think your life should look like. What is the fun, where is the blessing, in having a cookie cutter life? A one size fits all?

These broken shards of glass that you are slowly piecing together, piece by sometimes agonizing piece, will one day form a complete reflection of who you are. You're still building, working, striving to be your best you. Let go of the illusion that you are flawed. The illusion that your life is a mess. You are being divinely guided to your soul purpose - what is such a mess about that?

xo Ariel

🐝Busy Bee | Willpower + The 8 of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

Eight of Pentacles | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

How can you harness your inner worker bee? How can you keep your drive and momentum going when you have mountains to climb, rivers to cross, and a tornado of to-do lists in your path?

The 8 of Pentacles asks you to have a place for everything and everything in it's place. Where are your priorities currently? Organization is the key to productivity and proficiency. This card also invites you to start creating healthy habits now, so that when you do feel overwhelmed, you won't throw caution to the wind and waiver from what you know does in fact work.

When working with the intensely dedicated energy of the Eight of Pentacles, keep your Solar Plexus chakra strong, balanced, and vibrant. Crystals associated with this chakra, like citrine, are filled with the vibration of success and empowerment. This can definitely help to provide an extra push when you're really striving to achieve your personal best!

The worker bee asks invites you to get into your creative flow. Tap into your energetic drive. Tune the world out for a little while and hone in on your work. Give it as much concentrated effort as possible. What does it take for you to get in the zone and how do you know once you're there?

xo Ariel