The Emerald Rose Meditation (Hare Moon)

The Emerald Rose Meditation

(Hare Moon)

Before you go to sleep, turn on meditative music and recline. Take a few deep and complete breaths to center your awareness. Quiet your thoughts and let go of any tension you may be feeling, in your mind’s eye, imagine a beautiful emerald colored rosebud. It is a dream rose, a flower bud more incredible and exquisite than you have ever imagine before. Instantly, a magickal doorway appears as the emerald rosebud opens slowly. You step through the door with your imagination and find yourself in a world of plenty. In this magickal world, you live like a God or Goddess with a carefree heart and immortal spirit. You are free from fear and pain. There is no trouble, problems, heartaches or old age. Your energy is always vital, and you feel wonderful, inspired, and uplifted. You are strong, vital and sensual and you play with the delight of a young child. So many good things are yours. Your life is prosperous and your ideas are fertile and productive. Everything is abundant and unforced, willing and effortless. As you experience this world, a renewed sense of abundance and prosperity fills you. The loving spirit of the divine embraces, guides and illuminates your path to plenty.

Now take another deep, complete breath, and imagine stepping out of the emerald rose in your mind’s eye. Continue relaxing and drift to sleep. As you do, imagine being in the magickal world of plenty.

Salt and Water Clearing Spell (Hare Moon)

Salt and Water Clearing Spell

(Hare Moon)

Cast this spell to rid yourself of pain, hurt, and sadness.

After dark, draw a magick circle and call in the Elements. Put three pinches of sea salt in a chalice of water. Stir the water counterclockwise with your athame. Sit quietly and turn your mind toward what you want to get rid of: your worries, problems, disappointments, sadness, hurt feelings and fears. Hold the cup in between your hands, and say three times:

Clear the pain. Clear the hurt. Clear the sadness.

Sip three sips of the water. Before each sip, repeat:

I rid myself of all negativity, right now.

Allow all of your negative feelings to be cleansed with the salt water. Imagine transforming any pain or sadness into positive change elements in your life. Feel yourself being cleansed of all that burdens you. When you are done, bid farewell to the Elements, and pull up the circle.

Empty the remaining water down the drain, and clean your chalice thoroughly with clear, cool water.

Spring Cleaning Party (Hare Moon)

Spring Cleaning Party

(Hare Moon)

Cast this spell to rid your space of negativity.

You will need a drum, a bell, and a sage and cedar smudge stick.

During the waning moon, gather your family and friends together for a Spring Cleaning Party. At dusk, smudge the area with the smoke of the sage and cedar smudge stick. Thoroughly extinguish the smudge stick. Draw a magick circle around the area you want to cleanse. Invite in any divine energies that you want to help in your cleaning process.

Beginning at the north point, walk clockwise around the parameter of the area (north, east, south and west) while beating on the drum and have everyone chant together:

All unwanted and negative energy

Be gone from this place,

In our Lady’s name, so be it!

Repeat the exercise by again circling the area, only this time while ringing the bell and chanting together:

All unwanted and negative energy

Be gone from this place

In our Lady’s name, so be it!

Now set the tone of each room of your home by standing in the center of each moon and repeating this affirmation together:

May the bright and loving, divine power of the Goddess and God fill this space, now and forevermore. So Be It!

Celestial Power Spell (Hare Moon)

Celestial Power Spell

(Hare Moon)

Use this spell to gain rapport with the powers of the Moon, Stars, and Planets.

Spread a white altar cloth on your altar after dark. Use a white candle and meditative music. Light the candle and turn on the music. Take several drops complete breaths, in and out. Merge with the Divine with Oneness and say:

“Moon, stars, planets and celestial powers

Please open your spirits to me

Moon, stars, planets, and celestial powers

Please open your hearts to me

Moon, star, planets, and celestial powers

Please open your arms to me

Moon, stars, planets and celestial powers

Please lend your wisdom to me

Thank you for your celestial energy, blessed be!

Now gaze at the candle and meditate on the powers of the moon, stars, planets, nebulas, and other celestial formations, lending their wisdom to you and filling you with celestial light. Do this for at least 15 minutes. Allow the candle to safely burn down when you are finished.

Today’s Tarot Card for May 31st is Justice

Justice

This Tarot Deck: Crow’s Magick

General Meaning: Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.

Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.

Your Daily General Horoscopes for May 31st

Aries

Just 6 days before a rare Venus eclipse in your communication sector is set to create some spectacular communication conditions, especially when it comes to giving your heart a voice, the Moon is making a timely visit to your relationship sector. If this pushes your buttons or evokes a strong response then this is what you want, for you’re finding it easier by the day to break through old communication barriers.

Taurus

Having the Moon in your work sector is giving you an intuitive read on where things stand on the work front, on the dynamics in play and of anything you need to be alert to. This is the Moon’s last visit to your work sector before Saturn turns direct here later next month and before things really start to move on the work front. This makes this a day for listening to your hunches and for keeping your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground.

Gemini

Just as your Venus return is drawing close to another milestone and with the planet of love already in retrograde motion, opening the door to second chances, the Moon makes a timely visit to your romantic sector. This is the Moon’s last visit to your romantic sector before Saturn turns direct here later next month and Venus turns direct in your sign, just a few days later. As well as providing an emotional link to your heart, today’s lunar vibes provide an emotional link to the past.

Cancer

The Moon wouldn’t be doing his job if his last visit to your home and family sector, while Saturn is in retrograde motion for another 30 years, didn’t also push some buttons. As the Moon moves into opposition with Uranus in your career sector, this is likely to bring any work/life balance issues to a head, but in a way that is less about warning of conflicts ahead and more about understanding what is already behind you.

Leo

With Jupiter leaving your career sector in just 12 days time and Pluto, the only planet left after that to keep the professional momentum going, already in retrograde motion in your work sector, the all or nothing professional focus of the past is already easing right back. Yet you don’t want to lose the edge or the momentum you’ve worked so hard to gain, with a need to not only work smarter but to put a self sustaining professional game plan in motion.

Virgo

The Moon wouldn’t be doing his job if his last visit to your income sector while Saturn was in retrograde motion for another 30 years didn’t push some buttons. But considering the financial tensions and pressures of the past, this is simply a monthly wake up call, but it’s because it’s the last while Saturn is in retrograde motion that this will deliver any final messages from the past. This comes as professional developments clear the way for making up for lost time on the income front.

Libra

Since returning to your sign in October 2009 Saturn has spent several months in retrograde motion each year, in retrograde motion now for the third time in as many years, but also for the last time. It’s the Moon’s last visit to your sign before Saturn turns direct and their final days together while the doors to the past are open for another 30 years; that gives you a chance to really look the past in the eye and take ownership.

Scorpio

Don’t be surprised if the wind is taken out of your sails today, with an inexplicable urge to put out the ‘do not disturb’ sign or to have an unplanned ‘duvet’ day. Give yourself permission to choose what pace you approach the day with and if you don’t feel like doing anything at all, then give yourself permission to slack off. You’ve had some busy months and the wisest thing is to listen to your body, giving yourself time to hear yourself think.

Sagittarius

You’ve reached what is an important day for networking and connecting, either with old friends or in situations where you’re able to learn from the past or make up for lost time. There is a sense of synchronicity in the air that needs to be tapped into, making it less about what is planned and more about what happens spontaneously. Don’t try and over manage or control things, but choose to remain open, plugged in and available.

Capricorn

Having the Moon in your career sector will always sharpen your professional instincts and provide some valuable hunches and clues and his position here is no exception. Yet as the Moon makes his last visit to your career sector while Saturn is in retrograde motion for another 30 years and just as things are taking off on the work front, this gives you an intuitive edge into a fast changing and developing professional situation. Keep your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground.

Aquarius

As the Moon makes his last visit to your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery before Saturn turns direct later next month and for the last time while he’s in retrograde motion for another 30 years, you’ll find that your excuses are being challenged. Look at where you’ve missed out on life in the past and the excuses that you hid behind. Even though they may have been genuine in the past they can be revisited, knowing that times change and that so too do you.

Pisces

As the Moon returns to your financial sector, for the last time while Saturn is in retrograde motion here for another 30 years, you have a chance to finally get to the bottom of old financial issues or more appropriately to your reactions to old issues. While this may create some short term financial pressure, as the Moon moves into opposition with Uranus in your income sector, this is more likely to evoke a new sense of resolve.

Your Love & Romance Horoscopes for May 31st

Aries

The Moon is making his last visit to your relationship sector before Saturn turns direct later next month and as it will be another 30 years before they meet up here again, while the doors to the past are open, this gives you a chance to peep inside. It’s the Moon’s emotional response to past relationship matters that needs to be embraced and accepted.

Taurus

The Moon’s visit to your romantic sector over the last few days has given you a chance to tap back into your romantic passions, just as you’re about to move into Mars’ final month here. With your inner romantic warrior now in battle mode it’s time to get involved in the kind of romantic crusade that can take your love life into the future and beyond.

Gemini

As the Moon makes his last visit to your romantic sector before Saturn turns direct, this gives you one last chance to really embrace a sense of romantic nostalgia. It will be another 30 years before the Moon visits your romantic sector while Saturn is opening the door to the past and with Venus taking your heart on a trip down memory lane, this gives you a chance to immerse yourself in romantic nostalgia.

Cancer

You’re about to move into what is destined to be a bit of a turbulent month on the relationship front, with things that have been building behind the scenes destined to come to a head. This is a good thing, because it’s going to keep your relationship alive. Until then refuse to sweep anything under the carpet that could blow up on you later.

Leo

As the Moon makes his last visit to your communication sector while Saturn is in retrograde motion, not just for this year but for another 30 years, this gives you one final chance to not only give unsaid words a voice, but to delve as deep as it’s possible to go. Don’t let future relationships or the future of a current relationship suffer because of things you can let go of now.

Virgo

Until now things have been moving fairly quickly on the relationship front, with a lot of ups and downs. With those ups and downs now behind you and things having reached a more even pace, you’re able to take things slowly. If before your relationship focus was a mile wide but an inch deep, it now needs to be an inch wide but a mile deep.

Libra

There may be some short term relationship pressure or things pushing your buttons today, as the Moon’s return to your sign puts him in opposition with Uranus, the only planet active on the relationship front. Instead of ignoring this embrace it, for it’s giving you a chance to deal with things before they can escalate.

Scorpio

With Neptune turning retrograde in your romantic sector next week, Chiron the week after and both here for years to come, there should be zero urgency, aware that both the love gods and time are on your side. That can’t be said for your relationships, where you’re about to run out of support, with an urgent need to make the most of it while you’ve got it.

Sagittarius

It was only a week ago today that Mercury, planet of communication returned to your relationship sector, but due to leave in a week from today communication has become a lot more urgent. At what is such an important time for your relationships and with Mercury only here for 2 weeks, making use of every moment is a must.

Capricorn

Mercury, planet of communication is just a week away from a short 19 day visit to your relationship sector, which despite its brief duration is destined to open a lot of new doors but also bring some challenges and wake up calls. You’re able to get a jump on this by dealing with relationship issues while they’re still small and working now to get the communication lines open.

Aquarius

While having the Sun, Mercury and Venus in your romantic sector is creating some of the most romantic weeks of the year and in any other year would be as good as it gets, this is just the warm up for even bigger and better things to some. It’s in these early days that you need to view love as an evolving situation, one that is more about the journey.

Pisces

If the Moon’s visit to your relationship sector over the last few days shook things up and pushed some emotional buttons, then he’s done his job. With new doors opening on the romantic front next week and Mars about to move into his final month in your relationship sector, you need to get things out in the open and to know what you’re fighting for or against.

Daily Chinese Horoscopes for May 31st

Rabbit

You will likely be the centre of attention amid a large group of people today. You may be tempted to blow your own horn just a little too much. A true leader does not have to broadcast their presence, they simply inspire followers. You will find that if you are more subtle today, you’ll be more effective.

Dragon

You have powerful insights, vivid dreams, and flashes of intuition today that can powerfully enhance your life. You are about to undergo some changes in your love life, which will add some sparkle to your eyes, and some spring to your footsteps.

Snake

It will be an unusual day with many surprises, especially where it comes to friends, companions and neighbors. You may have an opportunity to make a huge impact on your neighborhood or community with the help of those you are closest to.

Horse

You will find yourself in a new career position as a result of some action or project you are undertaking. Don’t be afraid to pitch your wild and dramatic ideas, that’s what can get you noticed right now. You are heading off to do corporate battle.

Sheep

Your energy shoots way up and you have the ability to make terrific strides today. You could be looking into classes, seminars or online courses, and a life-changing trip could be on the horizon. Plan carefully, while it will be a great experience there are likely to be great changes.

Monkey

Financial benefits and good intuition combine today to bring you into a much more positive frame of mind. You’ll be something of a magnet for opportunity so make sure you are able to act quickly to take advantage. You may decide to treat yourself to a spa treatment soon.

Rooster

There is opportunity for romance indicated in your chart today. If you are still single, you should get out and have some fun tonight. You could meet someone who shares your interests and passions, who is able to tweak your energy and creativity.

Dog

You are dreaming about the perfect career today, and it is possible that a dream opportunity could fall into your lap. Don’t be afraid to make a risky bet on yourself. If you don’t go after this chance you will never know if you really had a chance.

Pig

Fun, fun fun! That’s all that is on your mind right now, but the daily realities make keep intruding into your play plans. You may first have to set aside some time to organize your responsibilities so that you can get away to an entertainment or sporting event.

Rat

Home improvement classes or a long-planned home renovation are wonderful ways for you to enjoy yourself and build enjoyment and-or equity in your home. If you do not already own a home, you could find that it is easier than you think to get started down the path to home ownership.

Ox

The phone is going to be ringing off the hook today. The positive calls will come from friends and loved ones. Your social life is on the upswing. The challenging calls come from coworkers, employers or demanding customers making last-minute changes to everything.

Tiger

Things are looking a lot better financially today. You could receive that cheque that has been in the mail, or hear news about an upcoming raise, bonus or promotion. You may be taking an Internet course that could boost your earning potential.

the daily humorscopes for thursday, may 31st

the daily humorscope

Thursday, May 31, 2012

 
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Today you will take comfort in the thought that Jesus loves you, particularly since nobody else likes you very much.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Today you will discover that you can amuse your friends by pretending that your hand is a tsetse fly, and “walking” it along the table. Your friends are easily amused, as it turns out.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Your friend will betray you today, and will hide from you under office furniture. Hey, don’t ask me. I just see the future, I don’t explain it.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
A swarm of rats will sneak up on you, and you will be suddenly engulfed in a squeaking, biting, torrent of rabid vermin. Oops! No, ha ha, looks like I forgot about the influence of Venus, didn’t I? Sorry. Hmmm. Ok…actually, today you will have pizza.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Today, everyone around you will make you severely annoyed. The important thing is to remember that, in the long run, they’re all dead.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Uh oh. The cows have come home, and the fat lady is about to sing. Better come up with some new excuses, quick! You can do that while you’re coping with the unpleasant result of the cows coming home.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You’ve been getting tired of the same old “look”, day after day. Maybe you should get a tattoo? I’ll bet people with tattoos never get tired of ’em!
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You will come up with a theory about people – that you can learn a lot about them, simply by removing the first letter of their name. For example, Ron -> On. That’s why I’m on-line. That also explains why Hugh acts so primitive, sometimes. And if I were you, I’d avoid Alice.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Try not to be too impulsive, today. Ask yourself if you really need that howitzer, or if you just think it’d be fun to have.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
Unaccountably, everything you eat will remind you of wild hickory nuts. This is the first sign of Gibbon’s Syndrome, and you should seek immediate medical attention. You don’t want to end up getting arrested for eating your neighbor’s shrubbery…
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
You’ve been trying to sell your car, and it just isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes it helps if you have a name for your vehicle, to give it more character. I call mine the “Millenium Falcon”. My passengers often become irritated at being called “Chewie”, though.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You’re getting a little carried away with the idea of selling banner ads to make extra cash. On the other hand, a totally bare forehead is a bit of a waste of space…

Daily Cosmic Calendar for May 31st

May 2012 ends on a mixed note where the early energy-field is highly encouraging and the evening hours are more enshrouded in mystery. Mercury forming an inspirational, 72-degree link to Pallas (3:55AM PDT) can be seen as a fantastic tool for problem-solving and conducting exalted strategy sessions. Your strong thought process is reinforced as the Moon in Libra trines Mercury in Gemini (5:45AM PDT). Love vibrations increase in frequency as the Moon trines Venus (11:31AM PDT). Even though Venus is still doing backstrokes in Gemini, a harmonious lunar trine to the traditional planet of love and romance can work in your favor. Another positive contact that can energize affairs of the heart is an inspirational, 72-degree link from Mars to Juno (4:38PM PDT). The buoyancy of today’s early alignments cools off considerably later on when the Moon makes its monthly union with Saturn in Libra (6:31PM PDT). While any Moon-Saturn conjunction can function well – if you are focused on studying profound subjects or enhancing your professional stature – today’s merger begins a void lunar uncertainty zone that lasts until 5:32AM PDT tomorrow. Therefore, it is wise to hedge your bets tonight and avoid provoking dear ones who have your best interests at heart, but may not always have the facility of easily expressing those sentiments. Gear up for a potent start to June on Friday with an intensive lunar presence in Scorpio (starting at 5:32AM PDT tomorrow), and a double-whammy where Mercury and Venus form a parallel and conjunction with each other.

Calendar of the Sun for May 31st

31 Thrimilchimonath

Day of Stella Maris

Color: Blue
Element: Water
Altar: Upon a blue cloth set a single blue candle, a silver star, and the figure of a ship.
Offerings: Guide another through a treacherous time.
Daily Meal: Seafood.

Invocation to Stella Maris

Lady of the Ocean
Star of the Sea
You who guide the lost ships
To their safe harbors,
You who guide all of us
When we think to look heavenward,
Show us the way home.
(All reply, “Show us the way home.”)
Though storms seize us
And throw us off course,
Though lightning strikes us
And salt wind bites our faces
Like the brine of tears,
Show us the way home.
(All reply, “Show us the way home.”)
Though we fear for our lives,
Though we seem forever lost,
Shine your light above us
That we may always look up
And be comforted
In the midst of all disaster.
Lady of the Ocean
Star of the Sea,
Show us the way home.
(All reply, “Show us the way home.”)

Chant:
Stella Maris
Star of the Sea
Star of the light
That beckons to me.

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Current Moon Phase for June 31 – First Quarter

Moon Phases: First Quarter Moon

(waxing 90-135 degrees)

by Jan Spiller

Emotions begin to stir coupled with recognizing that the new beginnings you are making must also increase personal security to be worthwhile over the long haul. This is a time when it’s appropriate to get in touch with your gut instincts and begin to guide your life more deliberately, with an awareness of using your “6th sense” as well as your enthusiasm. Obstacles may emerge that require you to reevaluate how to better integrate yourself into your immediate environment.

Don’t Miss The Celestial Event of a Life – June 5 & 6

The 2012 Transit of Venus

It won’t happen again until December 2117. On June 5th, 2012, Venus will transit the face of the sun in an event of both historical and observational importance. The best places to watch are in the south Pacific, but travel is not required. The event will also be visible around sunset from the USA. Credit: Science@NASA
On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.

Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June’s transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won’t be repeated until the year 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.

The nearly 7-hour transit begins at 3:09 pm Pacific Daylight Time (22:09 UT) on June 5th. The timing favors observers in the mid-Pacific where the sun is high overhead during the crossing. In the USA, the transit will be at its best around sunset. That’s good, too. Creative photographers will have a field day imaging the swollen red sun “punctured” by the circular disk of Venus.

Observing tip: Do not stare at the sun. Venus covers too little of the solar disk to block the blinding glare. Instead, use some type of projection technique or a solar filter. A #14 welder’s glass is a good choice. Many astronomy clubs will have solar telescopes set up to observe the event; contact your local club for details.

Transits of Venus first gained worldwide attention in the 18th century. In those days, the size of the solar system was one of the biggest mysteries of science. The relative spacing of planets was known, but not their absolute distances. How many miles would you have to travel to reach another world? The answer was as mysterious then as the nature of dark energy is now.

Venus was the key, according to astronomer Edmund Halley. He realized that by observing transits from widely-spaced locations on Earth it should be possible to triangulate the distance to Venus using the principles of parallax.

The idea galvanized scientists who set off on expeditions around the world to view a pair of transits in the 1760s. The great explorer James Cook himself was dispatched to observe one from Tahiti, a place as alien to 18th-century Europeans as the Moon or Mars might seem to us now. Some historians have called the international effort the “the Apollo program of the 18th century.”

A double transit: the International Space Station and Venus on June 8, 2004. Photo courtesy of Tomas Maruska. In retrospect, the experiment falls into the category of things that sound better than they actually are. Bad weather, primitive optics, and the natural “fuzziness” of Venus’s atmosphere and other factors prevented those early observers from gathering the data they needed. Proper timing of a transit would have to wait for the invention of photography in the century after Cook’s voyage. In the late 1800s, astronomers armed with cameras finally measured the size of the Solar System as Edmund Halley had suggested.

This year’s transit is the second of an 8-year pair. Anticipation was high in June 2004 as Venus approached the sun. No one alive at the time had seen a Transit of Venus with their own eyes, and the hand-drawn sketches and grainy photos of previous centuries scarcely prepared them for what was about to happen. Modern solar telescopes captured unprecedented view of Venus’s atmosphere backlit by solar fire. They saw Venus transiting the sun’s ghostly corona, and gliding past magnetic filaments big enough to swallow the planet whole.

2012 should be even better as cameras and solar telescopes have improved. Moreover, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is going to be watching too. SDO will produce Hubble-quality images of this rare event.

Read More At NASA.gov.

Good Thursday Afternoon to all my dear friends! How Are You?

My Angel, Kiki

I hope everyone is having a fantastic day so far. It has been a glorious week due in part to it being a short work week, YEAH! Who couldn’t use more of them.I figured since I showed you a photo of Razzy yesterday. I might as well show you what my baby Kiki looks like. She is a small tea-cup Pomeranian. She weighs 5 pounds and is probably about that tall. She is tiny, I know that much. Kiki use to pick on Razzy something terrible when Razzy was little. I knew sure as shooting, it would come back to bite her and it has. Razzy gets in one of her stalking modes and that is all she does. Stalk Kiki. I swear I believe she thinks Kiki is a small rabbit or something. Razzy is so bull-headed it ain’t even funny.

This morning, Kiki started to give Razzy hell. Then all of a sudden (I don’t know what happened), Kiki took off like a bat out of heck. She ran to the bedroom and hopped on the bed. Razzy was right on her butt. I was right on Razzy’s butt too. I finally had to grab her by the tail to get her attention. I do believe there is going to be a lot of challenges ahead in raising Razzy. The first one, not letting her eat Kiki!

Tomorrow, I will post a pic of Stinker. He started out as a feral cat. Now he seems to be the only one that has good senses. He use to fight and fuss with Raz but she has started to out grow him, so he has quit that.

Enough about my critters, I know I bore you to death with them. They are my babies though and also my familiars. Doing a spell or ritual with them around is like a dream come true. They are on their best behavior. Kiki sits right beside me, Razzy behind and Stinky on the other side. That was definitely a surprise to me. I figured we would have a free for all but……I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Well got to run for now. Have a great day!

Lessons In Tarot – Lesson 8(b): The Question Tarot Reading

Lesson 8(b)

The Question Tarot Reading

A Step-By-Step Procedure

Here are the steps for a tarot reading you do for yourself based on a written question. (See lesson 8.)

  1. To begin, have ready:
    1. your written question
    2. your tarot cards
    3. the layout for the spread you have chosen
    4. the card and spread information pages, if desired
  2. Setting the mood
    1. Prepare the environment according to personal preference.
    2. Sit down with some empty space in front of you.
    3. Relax and still your mind. Breathe deeply several times.
  3. Asking your question
    1. Remove cards from container.
    2. Hold cards cupped in one hand. Place other hand on top.
    3. Close your eyes.
    4. Say on opening statement out loud, if you wish.
    5. Read your question out loud, or say it from memory exactly as written.
  4. Shuffling the cards
    1. Shuffle the cards until you feel ready to stop.
    2. Concentrate on your question while shuffling, but without strain.
  5. Cutting the cards
    1. Place cards face down in front of you with short edge toward you.
    2. Cut the deck in one unplanned action as follows:
      1. Grab some number of cards from the complete pile.
      2. Drop this smaller pile to the left.
      3. Grab part of this second pile. Drop this third pile to the left.
      4. Regroup cards into one pile in any fashion.
  6. Laying out the cards
    1. Hold cards in your hand with short edge toward you.
    2. Turn over the top card as you would turn the page of a book.
    3. Lay out cards according to the spread you have chosen.
    4. Turn reversed cards around if you are not using them.
  7. Responding to the cards
    1. Note your responses to individual cards.
    2. Note your response to the whole pattern of cards.
  8. Analyzing the cards
    1. Analyze individual cards:
      1. Find the information page for the card.
      2. Read over keywords and actions.
      3. Look for actions that hit home.
      4. Write down thoughts and feelings, if you wish.
      5. Consider card orientation – upright or reversed?
    2. Analyze card relationships.
    3. Use principles of interpretation.
    4. Note additional insights.
  9. Creating the story
    1. Tell your story spontaneously out loud.
    2. Tape your story, if you wish.
  10. Writing the summary statement
    1. Think about the theme or message in your reading.
    2. Answer your question in a written summary statement (1-2 sentences).
  11. Finishing up
    1. Write down the cards and their positions.
    2. Clear the deck.
    3. Gather the cards together.
    4. Hold cards cupped in one hand. Place other hand on top.
    5. Close your eyes.
    6. Say out loud what you have learned from this reading.
    7. Express gratitude to your Inner Guide.
    8. Put cards back into container.
    9. Restore environment if necessary.
  12. Using what you have learned
    1. Decide on one or two actions to take based on the reading.
    2. Write down intended actions.
    3. Relate developments in situation to the reading.