Fear of Initiating Change? A Reading: Inspiration and Guidance from Tarot Knight of Swords, 2 of Swords and Ace of Cups

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Lately under intuitive guidance when doing a reading, I’ve watched myself add a step to my preparation.  Three tarot cards–one for the issue and two for the guidance.  Usually, I have guidance ready to go already prepared before I get the client on the phone that comes through my meditation time beforehand.  But I’ve gone to adding another step lately–who knows why.  Its just something I’ve been doing.

I felt like writing a blog post today and usually I have some topic in mind based on some recent life experience.  Today, that corner of my consciousness is empty; so I thought to draw those 3 cards to just manifest a topic or be inspired about something to write.

KNIGHT OF SWORDS is the topic/issue/concern and the TWO OF SWORDS and ACE OF CUPS give the insight/advice/guidance.  Ready? Go!

A Knight of Swords topic involves change that comes from action.  Did you ever have times in life when you had to do “something” and sometimes we will say the phrase that comes from the desire to just get things moving.  And so we may something to a friend that goes something like this, “Look; I can’t just do nothing–I’ve go do ‘something’ even if it’s wrong!”

Initiating something just to get the ball rolling.  Suddenly what comes to mind is those pawn shop TV shows where they negotiate over the price of an item for sale or an auction–someone’s got to start the bidding.

The Knight of Swords  represents a time when one takes action and perhaps begins the communication, the dialogue ensues–that is what (my intuition has decided) the issue is that this blog will address.

It takes courage to make the first bid at an auction or begin a difficult conversation with someone or… just had an image of someone who has something like agoraphobia which is that fear of going outside of the house.  Just initiating that first step takes great courage.

What added advice or guidance can we derive from the other two cards?  (The Two of Swords and Ace of Cups)

Two of SwordsTwo of Swords reminds us of something.  We’ve got to open the heart to the process and look directly at anything that may cause us fear.  Take the blinders off and open the heart is what the Two of cups tells us.  So many times we let our minds run wild with imaginings of what could happen, projecting into future with a good many “what if’s” which keep us trapped.

Personally, with fears I’ve found the best way is to invite them in for tea and cookies–meaning this.  I run through the worse case scenario– what’s the worst that can happen?  Here is a good place to recommend “The Work” which is a system of challenging one’s thought which is a whole program of awareness based on ancient teachings and coined by Byron Katie.  I suggest to Google the name/term if you’re not familiar and want to know more.  Basically, challenge the fears, listen to the wisdom of the heart and don’t let fears inhibit your decisiveness.

ace of cupsAce of Cups echoes this sentiment, nearly validating my interpretation of the other card. The deck I use the most (Herbal Tarot) pictures a lotus flower, a cup overflowing with light held by a hand in the clouds with the dove of peace nearby and  all these symbols speak to me about finding the peace of spirit through devotion in some way.  One may ask what devotionals such an individual who has such concerns or issues described by the Knight of Swords subscribes.  Where is there any level of devotion that one can draw from?  Some are devoted to their spirituality, their family, their own self-improvement but we all have some level of devotion.  If we don’t the guidance is to find that something that you’re devoted to and use that to help with courage and decisiveness, keeping in mind that we all have help available from… well, what’s the usual expression people use?  Help from above is how most would say it.  So one can draw upon that.

Big decisions are difficult but small one’s are not.   And sometimes just taking one step or making one small decision to get things started (with the understanding that it doesn’t have to be permanent) is what frees up the energy enough to brings new ideas.  And it strengthens faith in the universe as a good place to be and of course enhances self-trust as well.

Just sayen:  I’m a psychic and of course I love divination!  Just had to go there just now. Anyway…

So take that first step out your door or initiate the communication or action!

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Day #10 – Divination Tools Help Ease Uncertainty or Doubt During Times of Change

I totally get to live it now (again!).  I get to apply firsthand all the advice that comes from the higher levels of mind about change, impermanence, transition, letting go/holding on (an interesting dynamic!) and all the rest.  O, not that I haven’t lived it in the past—it’s a refresher is all. 

Anytime we make a decision that is going to obviously out-picture in a major life change, we have moments—call them temporary moments of insanity if you’d like.  I may have had a few of those this week.  I am laughing inside as I reflect on that last line; there’s a part of me that’s still a bit numb and consequently unsure if I’ve been completely sane the entire week.

I think it’s normal as a portion of life unravels and then begins to reassemble due to the necessity of change that moments of “crazy” happen and there again come those old buddies of worry who is crazy’s cousin.  Those buddies are doubt and anger.  What’s there to be angry about you may ask—don’t worry, I’m asking myself the same question. 

Maybe it’s my rebellious Aquarius energy in my 7th house—who knows?  I really have to get over a certain amount of resentment about jumping through other people’s hoops and dealing with “THE almighty RULES”.   Yeah, I’ve always been a fringe dweller, an outsider.  I’m examining that now; that frustration and resentment. 

But I got through the week and with regard to this project, this commitment, this change–the ball is continuing to roll with or without me because things have been set irreversibly into motion.  Last night I had as moment of angst.  Now this is where divination comes in handy!

Maybe it was me just tired from a long week of bumping heads with… let me be kind.  Let’s just say maybe a certain fatigue set it that wasn’t necessarily physical.  Mentally I am living (in my mind) within the new way of being that comes from this change that I’ve chosen (did I really choose it?) and  physically there is chaos in the realm that I’m still disassembling as part of the change. 

Holy chaos!  What am I doing?  Am I doing the right thing?  I keep getting flashes of the transiting lunar nodes about to come to merge with my natal lunar nodes—once I heard an astrology teacher say that this is… well, she said, “The past becomes the future and the future becomes the past.”  I really do feel like something quite similar to that is going on with all of this!

You know how you get that sinking feeling when you are just about to go walk the aisle to say, “I do”-?  Did you ever do that?  Sometime before you take that walk you say to yourself, “Really, do I?  OMG, am I doing the right thing?”  OR maybe you are about to close on that house whether you are selling or buying—there’s a moment that happens when you ask yourself, “Do I REALLY want to do this?” 

And you’re at the point with it where it is way too complicated to change your mind now!  You know, like you just strapped your body in the roller coaster and it begins to move and you really wish you could get off the thing and it’s way too late to turn back now!

Okay, so I had a moment like that last night you see?  Those kinds of moments can be sort of immobilizing—everything freezes and you feel like you have to go put your head on the pillow for a while and consider everything one more time.

If you’re experienced with life—it’s familiar territory.  You just want someone to come down from some heaven somewhere, float down through the walls and tell you that you are doing the right thing.  That didn’t happen exactly, so I grabbed a few divination tools and did ‘my thing’.

It is calming to shuffle those cards or toss those coins—if nothing else, shuffling the cards is a centering activity in itself. 

It was helpful is all that I can say—very helpful—calming, reassuring, peace-provoking and enabled me to breathe easy once more. 

I’d say the whole affair took maybe a half hour and I was back on course again emotionally.  I was still physically tired but got a lot of good rest last night and today I’m ready to go back at it again.  And the chaos of change I must make peace with until the 30 days is over.  Around this same time next month, I should have totally different view of life; stay tuned.  But my greater point is that divination tools, used properly and with confidence in the tool itself, can be so helpful in the heat of the moment when guidance and an elevated, unbiased view is needed.

It’s worth learning about tarot cards or runes or i-ching and to take a psychic development class before you consider a major change; they can help you.  As a matter of fact, now that we are thinking of it, I’ve noticed that many people who take the class are also planning something huge in their life at the same time—some life changing event like a job/career change or divorce or a relocation.

I’ll post again when there’s time.

Daily Divination 10-11-11 Using Intuition and Reading Energy to Know When It is TIME for Change! Making Decisions Using the Right Brain I-CHING Kua 33, Retreat

Today’s message starts with the fact that we’re dealing with a master number in the I-CHING Kua 33 and the first impression looking at the card image… what comes to my mind is “birds flying south for the winter”. It is fall, after all and many birds have already migrated—the question is how do they know when to migrate? How do we ourselves, in our own life, know when to migrate? Do we tune into the atmosphere around us and hear/see/feel the energy in such a way that we know when to make timely departures? Do we know when to retreat, let go, withdraw, retire, and walk away— any of those things? Or do we need to be pushed and shoved experiencing trauma in order to be encouraged to read the energy?

Of course, there are those who don’t realizes that there is energy to be read (felt) in the first place and being oblivious to that is a handicap. Until that happens we seem to have to be “hit over the head by the 2 by 4”; and this is a phrase I really don’t like and maybe that’s because I’ve felt that 2 x 4 before. Anyway…

Geese intuitively know when it is time to go. We could learn so much from the example of the deep intuitive sense that animals have… our own dogs and cats or other domestic animals can be awesome teachers and we could benefit from being more like them in certain respects.

Today’s message is to get in touch with the inner whispers of the inner knowing by being in harmony with the TAO; with all energy that surrounds us.

I was just thinking of a house guest who doesn’t know when it’s time to leave. I’ve had that happen so many times when I did readings for people in my home. So this is what the message is about today—being sensitive to the energy around you and knowing when it’s time to go or when it’s okay to remain where you are without having to experience that push or pull from life.

We, as intelligent (for the most part) humans, sometimes rely too much on our intellect and abandon the right brain for the left. There’s something to say about the good old-fashioned animal instincts, you know? One of my teachers said that when we cover up our natural odor with perfumes and deodorant, we lose the ability to know who our natural partners are. She said that if you want to know if someone is going to be compatible with you to go for a hike with that person so that in perspiration you can use the olfactory sense to know if that person’s odor is attractive or repulsive. That’s one way to know if you should retreat and depart; some person’s natural scent will attract and others will repel us. Animals do this all the time, but we humans have forgotten about it. Sometimes, forgetting the intellect and using our intuition and instincts in these ways are highly beneficial in avoiding that 2×4!

I love birds. They can’t over identify with any one home and are always flying off to new nests—there’s such freedom in that. Most birds have more than one nest because they know that any one of then can be destroyed at any moment. Well, that happened around here lately actually. The human “muggle” (term of endearment ~ LOL) who lives across the way cut down numerous trees any many birds lost homes—I feel consoled for them because of my knowledge that birds often have more than one nest and besides  it’s the time of year that many birds have already flown south.

So today we say that what you cling to or are attempting to cling to is contrary to life or to the TAO… energy must move on and holding fast to energy that must change because it is the very nature of life that energy changes, well, it brings suffering to hold to what is changing.

By the way, the master number (33) is associated with the TAO, “All That Is” or some may say that which is god.  And the I-CHING Kua 33 is called “Withdrawal, Retreat”.

Another message for today is about retreating from negativity–one only exhausts oneself today when attempting to deal with and subdue negativity.  It is better to yield ground and walk away; step back and avoid battles.  Introspection and patience are better weapons.

In order to read the energy one must quiet down, tune into the heart rather than the intellect, breathe deeply allowing one’s self to become sensitive and feel the energy. 

BOTTOM LINE: dispassionately evaluate the signs of change, sniff the wind in the air, what are you being shown about the energy around you? If it is time to go, spread your wings. If not, nestle in for a cozy winter season. We are approaching that season after all, we’re deeply into fall now… the days are growing shorter.

See you next time…