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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

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

Awakening the Magic Within | The Magician 

The Magician | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

The Magician | Lumina Tarot, Inner Hue 2015

You don't need the next hot thing to make your tarot or spiritual practice effective. As you scroll through Instagram, there is a bombardment of color! From shiny glittering crystals to vibrant new tarot decks, social media has it all. You may feel like you need to have 'all of the things' to make your practice deeper, more high vibe, or just all around trendy. You don't want to feel like you're missing out on anything - trust me, I get it! But I am here to tell you that you don't need all of the wonderful smelling essential oils, reiki charged candles, juicy crystals, luscious incense, and hot new decks to make your practice worthwhile. Remember - you are your practice. Not who you show the world, but who you actually are inside. You are a living embodiment of the work you're doing. The most fabulous products that money can buy won't change that. So when you're itching for the hot new thing, just know that you already have all you need to manifest your desires.

You have mystical flowing intuition that guides you and connects you to the Universe. Your spirit, your soul, is filled with a natural will power and determination for success. You have a brilliant mind and intellect to plan a course of action. And you have a body to use these gifts and make them a reality through the power of your human hands.

Go back to basics. Work with the natural tools the Universe has blessed you with - fire, water, earth, and air. Your ancestors worked with nature and all of her gifts. They used what the land and Spirit blessed them with. They didn't need to be trendy to trust that their practice was relevant! They didn't need validation from the tools they were using. Their connection was their validation! Work with your guides. Co-create with Spirit! For you inherently are a natural manifestor and a Magician of the ages.

xo Ariel

Gaian Tarot Deck Interview

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The Gaian Tarot has had my eye for almost a year now and for good reason. She is a breath of fresh air! I especially love how the artist included people of all colors, shapes, ages, and sizes in this deck, as well as the elements of nature and the beautiful creatures of our planet. The images are stunning and it feels like a 'welcome home old friend' kind of deck. Relaxed, inspired, down to earth, comforting, and loving - just as any deck with 'Gaia' in the name should be! I decided immediately upon her unboxing, that it was important to do a deck interview with her, and right away too. I don't always get this feeling from decks, however I knew our relationship would be different. She had something very important to share with me. The questions in this deck interview tarot spread were either created by TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) or someone on Aeclectic Tarot, I'm not sure which. I however, found this spread through the lovely tarotista Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot

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

Elder of Earth - She is the ultimate provider. Crafty and kind. Resourceful and knowledgeable. Fruitful, abundant, and well loved. Seasoned and wise. Understanding and sympathetic. Responsible. She is connected to all of time, to the weaving of fate, for there is no beginning and no end to her wisdom.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Elder of Air - She is a fantastic communicator! Her words a melodious symphony. Her voice is like the whisper of the wind and clear as a bell. She communicates in such a grounded and reachable way, so that all who encounter her can comprehend her message. A language of divine wisdom, that we as humans, creatures who live on this planet, inherently understand. When you hear what she has to stay, you will stop and listen.

What are your limits as a deck?

The Moon - This deck is not what you would call intuitive. She is earthy. Her concepts are very tangible and real. She will not give you all of the answers as she realizes the importance of facing the fear of the unknown. The importance of being present in the moment and living your journey. Part of the wisdom she shares is the paramount power contained in the learning of lessons.

What are you here to teach me?

Three of Fire - Freedom of expression. To allow my soul to dance in warmth and light. She is here to get me moving to the beat of the Universe again! To ignite my passion and celebrate life. To be strong in my creativity and to know that it is safe to do so. I also feel that she is here to remind me of the importance of working with my lower 3 chakras (Root, Sacral, & Solar Plexus) and the role they play in my sense of joy and independence. She wants me to remember the full expression of who I am. To acknowledge the earth plane and rejoice with her. Thanks Gaian Tarot :)

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Explorer of Fire - Dare and do. All I need to do is to pick her up and give her a shuffle. She is ready, waiting, and willing to help! She invites me to have confidence and to act on the knowledge she gives me - especially seeing as she has been around a time or two and knows the ropes (remember the Elder of Earth). She does not give empty guidance. Don't ask if I am not willing to listen. Create with her and do not be afraid to share the results!

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

The Seeker - Discovery. Adventure. Wonderment and freedom. Play and new beginnings. The excavation of the truth of my soul. She will bring a refreshed and soul nurturing energy to my readings. We can create anything we wish together. The story has yet to be written, but she is excited for the journey of our spiritual quest together.

As I'm writing this, having completed this interview, the lyrics of Natasha Beddingfield's song "Unwritten" comes to mind: "Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in. No one else, no one else, can speak the words on your lips...Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten."

If you'd like to learn more about the creator behind this work of art, please check out the author's website here

Do you have this gem of a deck? If so, what are your thoughts? What has the Gaian Tarot taught you thus far in your journey together?

Blessings,

xo Ariel

Grateful Gatherings Spread

Happy Season of Gratitude!
I’ve designed this spread as a fun way to check-in with ourselves and what we may be bringing to the table this holiday season. Each position in this spread is representative of some of the energies you may see represented at your gatherings this year! Feel free to work with both oracle and tarot cards in this spread!
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  1. The Table - Where is there stability in your life?
  2. Cornucopia - What abundance is overflowing in your life?
  3. Wishbone - How are your manifesting abilities at this time?
  4. Food Coma - Where are you sleeping too much/being lazy in your life?
  5. Holding Hands - How can you be more of service to others at this time?
Feel free to use tarot and/or oracle cards when working the spread. I tried it myself and absolutely loved, loved, loved it! So spot on. Curious to know what the energy surrounding the general collective is this holiday season? Be sure to watch the YouTube video that goes along with this spread to see how to do it for yourself and for a reading for the general collective!   You can watch it here!
How can you be more grateful in your life this holiday season? Let me know what you think! If you do this spread for yourself and put it on social media, be sure to use #gratitudeistheattitude 
Stay grateful lovelies!
Gobble, gobble

xo Ariel

8 Tarot Cards for Samhain, The Magick of All Hallows Eve

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As Samhain draws ever near, I think more of the blessings it brings to us - the wisdom, the challenges, the mystery. The thinner the veil gets, the ever more present and stronger these vibrations become. I can definitely feel the chill of spirit all around me - don't you?! Let's talk about the energy of Samhain and all of her majesty!

If you're interested in learning about my views on ouija boards, dream visitations, spiritual protection, transformation, change, new moon intention setting, and more, watch my Samhain/Halloween + New Moon in Scorpio Tarot + Oracle Readings YouTube Video where I shuffle some of my favorite spooky decks and see what my cards and guides have to say to us this Halloween + New Moon. It was definitely a ton of fun!  Just click the link to view. Also be sure to read the blog post Honoring your Ancestors Beyond just Samhain for some great tips on connecting with your loved ones in spirit on Samhain or any day of the year!

Here are some of my favorite Tarot cards to help us connect with the magical vibes of All Hallows Eve.

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The High Priestess + The Magician

Secrets. Mystery. Heightened intuition. Increased psychic ability. This is what the High Priestess brings to us on Samhain! The veil is between the worlds is thin, which is great for divination and tapping in to the unknown. Listen to and trust your intuition at this time as you will be more in tune with the energy of things around you. The Magician says spell work or any other witchy woo thing you do will be extremely powerful at this time, especially with your intuition a flame from the energy and esoteric wisdom the High Priestess brings to us. Manifestation abilities are at one of the highest points they will be at all year, especially since the New Moon on October 30th (2016) gives us an extra boost of manifesting power! What is your intention? What do you wish to create? Where is your will daring you to go? The Magician says 'Do it! Make it yours!'

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Death + Six of Ghosts

Transformation. Rebirth. Change. Spirit Communication. Childhood Memories. As Samhain falls under the sign of Scorpio, we are getting a double dose of the need for transformation, evolution, and change. Why do you have to put on a costume to feel safe enough to allow hidden parts of yourself to shine through? Take off your mask! An air of rebirth is all around. Allow old skin to shed away. With change comes growth! Death and the Six of Ghosts remind us to connect with our loved ones in Spirit. Can't you feel their presence around you more clearly now? As the veil gets thinner, it becomes easier for us to communicate with and sense the presence of those on the other side. Honor them during this season. Reminisce on what you did together when they were alive and the type of person they were. Commune with the dead. Perhaps visit their final resting place and leave flowers on their headstone. Send them your love as you light a candle for their soul. All Hallows Eve is a time of remembrance of our loved ones who have passed on. It is also a time of nostalgia whether that be through memories of time shared with those who have died or through letting our inner child come out to play for a night.

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The Hanged Man + The Hierophant

Pause. Let go. Surrender your fear. The Hanged Man asks for trust and faith. He asks for patience and for a change of perspective. Combined with The Hierophant, we are asked at this time of year to dig deep and search for our spiritual truths. What do you hold most sacred? What does your ancient soul tell you? Let go of conformity. Move on from fear. Surrender to Spirit in full trust. Feel the magick of your soul and its immortal truth. What wisdom does it have to share? Evaluate your beliefs and if some of them start to unravel, let them fall away.

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Three of Ghosts + Judgment

Reflection. Togetherness. Facing the darkness of your soul. Samhain is a great time for celebration - get festive! Decorate with gourds, drink some tart apple cider, and bake that pumpkin pie! It is also the perfect time of year for shadow work and the rediscovery your power. By reflecting on past errors, celebrating past wins, and learning lessons from each, you can begin to take back your power as you face the shadow within. By facing our fears and the uncharted darker parts of ourselves, we make way for a deeper connection with and integration of our soul. We learn to rise again in the face of adversity. Just as if you were trying to make your way through a pretty terrifying haunted house, the only way out is to keep moving forward! It is also a time to commune with your ancestors and loved ones in the living and in spirit. The energy is perfect for a 'mini life review' with your spirit guides!

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Stay spooky witches. Samhain Blessings!

xo Ariel