Aspects of the Second Quarter

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Aspects of the Second Quarter

(From the waxing half moon to the full moon)

 

During this lunar phase, emotions and instinct are heightened. You will notice that precognitive dreams, intuition, and clairvoyance will peak as the full moon gets closer. During this lunar phase, spells will come to fruition swiftly, especially if they are uncomplicated and sincere. The closer you can cast your spells to the actual time of the full moon, the more power and oomph your spells and charms will have. Now, the day of the full moon is actually a time of maximum magickal power. This is an all-purpose lunar phase, so get in there and start casting! The full moon aligns with the Mother aspect of the Goddess; for example, Selene, Luna, Freya, Isis or Aphrodite.

—Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick

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The Psychic & Magickal Properties of the Second Quarter of the Moon

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Second Quarter

(From the waxing half moon to the full moon)

During this lunar phase, emotions and instinct are heightened. You will notice that precognitive dreams, intuition, and clairvoyance will peak as the full moon gets closer. During this lunar phase, spells will come to fruition swiftly, especially if they are uncomplicated and sincere. The closer you can cast your spells to the actual time of the full moon, the more power and oomph your spells and charms will have. Now, the day of the full moon is actually a time of maximum magickal power. This is an all-purpose lunar phase, so get in there and start casting! The full moon aligns with the Mother aspect of the Goddess; for example, Selene, Luna, Freya, Isis or Aphrodite.

—Ellen Dugan, Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick

If You Were Born Today, September 15

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If You Were Born Today, September 15

Artistic talent is strong with this birthday. As grounded as you are, every now and again you face deep changes that force you to let go and then reinvent yourself. Your experiences in life bring greater awareness and heightened intuition. You have strong sex appeal and are highly attracted to romantic relationships. People are drawn to you for advice, help, and comfort. Your intuition is well-developed, and so is your imagination, which seems to know no bounds. You’re a bit of a maverick. Although sensitive, you are not afraid to do your own thing. Famous people born today: Chelsea Staub, William Howard Taft, Agatha Christie, Tom Hardy, Tommy Lee Jones, Oliver Stone.

 

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If You Were Born Today, July 19

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If You Were Born Today, July 19

Some might call you an “old soul” – your intuition is very powerful and you often seem to see right through others. You also tend to have wise advice. Your sense of humor is entirely unique and your perspective on things similar. These are just some of the reasons why you make such great company. Even so, your emotions are powerful and you can be a little moody, needing your space from time to time. You possess a somewhat mysterious allure and appeal. Famous people born today: Edgar Degas, Campbell Scott, Jim Norton, Elizabeth McGovern, Nick Faldo, Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 8th

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 8th

 

Aries 

Aries Horoscope
Aries

This is a good time for creative work or active down time, dear Aries! Your intuition is super powerful now with Mars, your ruler, connecting healthily with Neptune. If you are able to approach the day in a freeform way, all the better, as your hunches seem to be accurate and the best way to follow your instincts is to allow for some freedom of movement. You might want to work on domestic matters or long-term projects, and certainly you can feel inspired by a dream of the future on this level. Motivation to work hard for a more idyllic home life or future is strong today.

Taurus

Taurus

You can be feeling quite inspired about learning, your personal interests, or communications projects today, dear Taurus. Taking action or pursuing a dream can leave you feeling stronger and filled with purpose. Friends or networks can be inspiring as well, providing fuel for your motivation to reach out and connect or to pursue something you’re truly interested in. You could be feeling good about supporting others, particularly a sibling or friend/acquaintance, or feeling an intuitive bond or connection with someone. You are both enthusiastic and sensitive, and this endears you to others. Working with or supporting someone can be beneficial now.

Gemini

Gemini

Today is strong for all things practical, as you can quite effectively intuit your next move, dear Gemini, and lay the groundwork for important projects and endeavors. Energy is strong, but only if you feel inspired, which may very well be the case today! Channel your energies into something truly worth pursuing. You have an exceptional sense of what is truly valuable to you, and also of your own capabilities, making it a strong day for being drawn to things you may need and for unusual but fabulous ideas for your future. Money sense is good right now.

Cancer

Cancer

You’ll be communicating more directly in the coming weeks with Mercury now in your sign, dear Cancer, and others are bound to appreciate the candor, even if they are a little surprised, as you often prefer to keep observations to yourself. Today is strong for intuition, as well as artistic endeavors. Good energy is also with you for educational and travel pursuits. It’s an excellent time for sharing a dream or vision with someone. Your intuition is very active and accurate now, and connections to someone special can be quite passionate.

Leo

Leo

There can be benefits coming through private conversations, the learning of a secret, or through observation, dear Leo. You are noticing things that you may have overlooked on another day, and there can be a finding the last puzzle piece moment experienced now. While it may be premature to present your ideas now, you can certainly work hard on them and find new inspiration or motivation to further your work. It’s a good day for attraction and magnetism, although it’s on the quiet, private side, such as a yet-developed relationship or crush. Take special note of the visions and impressions you have now – fantasy and flights of fancy can be more than simple escape today.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

Your physical drive and energy levels are high today, dear Virgo, and you have a strong desire (and ability) to take charge of your life. Instincts are working well, even if information is not completely available to you now. You might enjoy working by yourself rather than with others for the time being, so if you can set your own pace, take that opportunity. Today can be strong for friendships and partnerships, as a feeling of intuitive connection is likely. Slowing down today can actually help move you forward if it allows your intuition to kick in. Events that occur today can push you to deal with neglected areas of your life.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Today is very strong for intuiting your current or next move, dear Libra, particularly related to work or health. You can have strong attractions today, and you may even feel quite enchanted with someone. You are tuning into the subtler side of your relationships and connections. Keep the connections with others alive today. There can be an interesting, supportive connection with a partner, and there can be a strongly intuitive rapport going on with others in one-on-one situations. There can also be support for your projects and work efforts now. The more creative your work today, the more productive you will be.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Mars in your solar ninth house these days is strong for natural energy and assertiveness, dear Scorpio, as people and circumstances are less likely to get in the way of pursuing your desires and interests. Mercury entering this same sector today adds even more ease. Today, Mars in healthy relationship with Neptune in your creative and romantic sector boosts your personal appeal, heightens feelings and passions, inspires an interest in a new topic or subject, and boosts your faith in general. People around you may be willing to offer you a helping hand, and attractions are strong yet pleasant. Your tastes are exotic, and your understanding of people and concepts is enhanced in delightful ways today.

Sagittarius 

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

This may very well be a strong day for connecting on a deeper level with someone, dear Sagittarius. Imagination and fantasy figure strongly, but so does practicality. Emotions can be stirred now that demand some sort of action. Soon enough, you’re likely to discover what that is. You need to feel good about what you’re doing, or at the very least, a sense of purpose and higher meaning. You are seeing things beyond their surface, whether this is a person or situation. Activities that are behind the scenes or private can hold more appeal, and there can be more creative power to access today.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

Your ability to communicate in nonverbal ways or on an ethereal, subtle level is powerful today, dear Capricorn. As such, you have golden opportunities to enhance relationships or connect with others now. You are more interested in filling the needs and wants of other people today, and less inclined to focus on your own interests or pushing your own agenda. You may be contributing to a group effort or helping out a partner or friend today. Serving and supporting others may be deeply satisfying now. Imagination can be brought to your conversations and work.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Today is good for coming up with new ideas, particularly those along practical lines, Aquarius. It’s time for focusing on what truly matters to you. Finding new meaning in a project or endeavor is critical for your motivation levels now, and you’re very likely to find it today. Money-making ideas can be strong now. You are especially receptive to new ideas, and, perhaps more than anything, methods, as you want to take action and make changes. You’re not content to simply think about things. You need to add some color to your routines and imagination to your work. You might be interested in alternative healing methods.

Pisces

Pisces

You’ll quickly find that others around you can’t be prodded today, dear Pisces. There is a tendency to savor the moments, and this is something you can safely resign yourself to doing at some points today as well. In fact, it’s likely to be very beneficial. Today brings excellent energy for personal appeal and magnetism. You can be feeling strongly about an idea or ideal now and quite eager to share. Strong emotions tend to push you into a new direction, and the desire to take action builds. We can be attracted to mysterious things and people today, and many of you have this kind of appeal!

Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow……

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 8th

 

Aries 

Aries Horoscope
Aries

This is a good time for creative work or active down time, dear Aries! Your intuition is super powerful now with Mars, your ruler, connecting healthily with Neptune. If you are able to approach the day in a freeform way, all the better, as your hunches seem to be accurate and the best way to follow your instincts is to allow for some freedom of movement. You might want to work on domestic matters or long-term projects, and certainly you can feel inspired by a dream of the future on this level. Motivation to work hard for a more idyllic home life or future is strong today.

Taurus

Taurus

You can be feeling quite inspired about learning, your personal interests, or communications projects today, dear Taurus. Taking action or pursuing a dream can leave you feeling stronger and filled with purpose. Friends or networks can be inspiring as well, providing fuel for your motivation to reach out and connect or to pursue something you’re truly interested in. You could be feeling good about supporting others, particularly a sibling or friend/acquaintance, or feeling an intuitive bond or connection with someone. You are both enthusiastic and sensitive, and this endears you to others. Working with or supporting someone can be beneficial now.

Gemini

Gemini

Today is strong for all things practical, as you can quite effectively intuit your next move, dear Gemini, and lay the groundwork for important projects and endeavors. Energy is strong, but only if you feel inspired, which may very well be the case today! Channel your energies into something truly worth pursuing. You have an exceptional sense of what is truly valuable to you, and also of your own capabilities, making it a strong day for being drawn to things you may need and for unusual but fabulous ideas for your future. Money sense is good right now.

Cancer

Cancer

You’ll be communicating more directly in the coming weeks with Mercury now in your sign, dear Cancer, and others are bound to appreciate the candor, even if they are a little surprised, as you often prefer to keep observations to yourself. Today is strong for intuition, as well as artistic endeavors. Good energy is also with you for educational and travel pursuits. It’s an excellent time for sharing a dream or vision with someone. Your intuition is very active and accurate now, and connections to someone special can be quite passionate.

Leo

Leo

There can be benefits coming through private conversations, the learning of a secret, or through observation, dear Leo. You are noticing things that you may have overlooked on another day, and there can be a finding the last puzzle piece moment experienced now. While it may be premature to present your ideas now, you can certainly work hard on them and find new inspiration or motivation to further your work. It’s a good day for attraction and magnetism, although it’s on the quiet, private side, such as a yet-developed relationship or crush. Take special note of the visions and impressions you have now – fantasy and flights of fancy can be more than simple escape today.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

Your physical drive and energy levels are high today, dear Virgo, and you have a strong desire (and ability) to take charge of your life. Instincts are working well, even if information is not completely available to you now. You might enjoy working by yourself rather than with others for the time being, so if you can set your own pace, take that opportunity. Today can be strong for friendships and partnerships, as a feeling of intuitive connection is likely. Slowing down today can actually help move you forward if it allows your intuition to kick in. Events that occur today can push you to deal with neglected areas of your life.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Today is very strong for intuiting your current or next move, dear Libra, particularly related to work or health. You can have strong attractions today, and you may even feel quite enchanted with someone. You are tuning into the subtler side of your relationships and connections. Keep the connections with others alive today. There can be an interesting, supportive connection with a partner, and there can be a strongly intuitive rapport going on with others in one-on-one situations. There can also be support for your projects and work efforts now. The more creative your work today, the more productive you will be.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Mars in your solar ninth house these days is strong for natural energy and assertiveness, dear Scorpio, as people and circumstances are less likely to get in the way of pursuing your desires and interests. Mercury entering this same sector today adds even more ease. Today, Mars in healthy relationship with Neptune in your creative and romantic sector boosts your personal appeal, heightens feelings and passions, inspires an interest in a new topic or subject, and boosts your faith in general. People around you may be willing to offer you a helping hand, and attractions are strong yet pleasant. Your tastes are exotic, and your understanding of people and concepts is enhanced in delightful ways today.

Sagittarius 

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

This may very well be a strong day for connecting on a deeper level with someone, dear Sagittarius. Imagination and fantasy figure strongly, but so does practicality. Emotions can be stirred now that demand some sort of action. Soon enough, you’re likely to discover what that is. You need to feel good about what you’re doing, or at the very least, a sense of purpose and higher meaning. You are seeing things beyond their surface, whether this is a person or situation. Activities that are behind the scenes or private can hold more appeal, and there can be more creative power to access today.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

Your ability to communicate in nonverbal ways or on an ethereal, subtle level is powerful today, dear Capricorn. As such, you have golden opportunities to enhance relationships or connect with others now. You are more interested in filling the needs and wants of other people today, and less inclined to focus on your own interests or pushing your own agenda. You may be contributing to a group effort or helping out a partner or friend today. Serving and supporting others may be deeply satisfying now. Imagination can be brought to your conversations and work.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Today is good for coming up with new ideas, particularly those along practical lines, Aquarius. It’s time for focusing on what truly matters to you. Finding new meaning in a project or endeavor is critical for your motivation levels now, and you’re very likely to find it today. Money-making ideas can be strong now. You are especially receptive to new ideas, and, perhaps more than anything, methods, as you want to take action and make changes. You’re not content to simply think about things. You need to add some color to your routines and imagination to your work. You might be interested in alternative healing methods.

Pisces

Pisces

You’ll quickly find that others around you can’t be prodded today, dear Pisces. There is a tendency to savor the moments, and this is something you can safely resign yourself to doing at some points today as well. In fact, it’s likely to be very beneficial. Today brings excellent energy for personal appeal and magnetism. You can be feeling strongly about an idea or ideal now and quite eager to share. Strong emotions tend to push you into a new direction, and the desire to take action builds. We can be attracted to mysterious things and people today, and many of you have this kind of appeal!

If You Were Born Today, May 20

 

 

 

happy-birthday-cakeIf You Were Born Today, May 20

 

You possess much strength of character, warmth, sensuality, and intuition. While grounded and steady overall, you have a flair for the dramatic. You are exceptionally self-aware, and spend your life learning, largely through intuition and observation. You are loving and kind, but seldom forget a slight. Famous people born today: Honore de Balzac, Cher, James Stewart, Dolly Madison.

 

 

Let’s Talk Witch – The Important of Instinct in Magick

 

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF INSTINCT

Trust your gut instinct at all times. You might not be able to find the proof in a book, but if you’re strongly pulled to it, use it. Your own ethical system exists as a form of barometer to warn you when something’s not quite right. Rely on it. The human mind and body are an astonishing set of partners. They take in information and act upon it without our conscious mind being aware of it. The rapidity with which we evaluate a situation and navigate through it, while multitasking on the phone, driving in a car, or walking down the street while listening to music, is simply amazing. We pick up information through the standard five physical senses of touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste. We also have what is often referred to as a sixth sense, an undefined sense, which accesses information the other physical senses cannot. It is this sense that alerts us to knowledge we cannot possibly have acquired through standard acceptable methods.

Your intuition is part of that sixth sense. Although your conscious mind might not be able to put its metaphorical finger on the necessary knowledge at the time, your intuition turns you in the correct direction and guides you to the information you require, all without you quite understanding how or why. It can be remarkably disconcerting to discover that you “knew” the correct answer without knowing it in a traditional fashion. You might ask yourself how you knew. It’s not important. The point is, your intuition is a valuable tool in the art of spellcraft.

Intuition is what tells you to add a pinch of a certain herb to an herbal blend designed for something, even though you have no recorded correspondence anywhere connecting that herb and that goal. What happens is that your intuition grasps the bigger picture and somehow understands that adding this herb will have a beneficial action.

Intuition can be annoying, especially if you are used to working by the book. You can draft an entire spell to heal a broken heart, including flowers and soft music, only to discover, when you actually get to the moment of performing the spell, that your intuition is insisting on loud rock and roll and ice cream. It can be quite a struggle. Trusting your intuition means that you roll with it. At first it might feel awkward. I suggest a compromise: meet your intuition halfway. Stick with your original draft, but allow your intuition to toss in a couple of suggestions. Just because you can’t prove it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong.

Trusting your intuition means allowing yourself to believe that you know what you’re doing. Think back to the concept of the web of energy covering the planet. If you believe in that web, then you can also believe that information can travel to you from a variety of directions in a variety of ways.

Power Spellcraft For Life: The Art Of Crafting And Casting For Positive Change

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Children Touched By God/dess

Children Touched By God/dess

Author: Faythe 

My little sister, Jennasea, leans against a tree, admiring the leaves. The sun filtering through the branches sends splotches of light drifting across her 7-year-old cheeks. It was Earth Day, and she had just finished making faery houses out of moss and dragging me in to the forest to see them. I had admired them and together we set offerings for the faeries: bread with butter and sugar.

We were just finished offering the food when Jennasea looks at me with dancing eyes and says, “Can we do a ritual spell to heal the earth?”

Thinking how cute it was for her to ask, I consented. I had not done with a ritual with her in a couple years, on request and behalf of my parents. We all believed that Jennasea should wait until she was older before she chose her religion. Until then, we wanted to educate in all manners of belief so she wouldn’t be ignorant.

But today I thought, why not? She loves rituals, or at least she used to, and I hadn’t done one with her in so long.

If I left out the amazing part, the ritual would sound fairly generic. We cast the circle, called the Watchtowers and the Goddess and the God, did some energy raising, and pressed out hands to the earth while visualizing the whole earth being healed. After that we opened the circle and grounded. But if I went with the boring example, this would be a useless article.

What was the amazing part, you ask?

While we did the ritual, my little sister said the exact same words as me, at the exact same time I said them. She knew ritual structure and how to visualize, and she could feel the energy pulsing through her as she thought about the earth being healed.

Now, you might rationalize this, saying she has a good memory. But I haven’t done a ritual with her since she was 4, and since then my method of casting a circle have changed.

That night, when I was putting her to bed for my mom, I asked her how she did that. She got all uncomfortable and squirmy, giggling and saying, “I don’t know. I just have a good memory, I guess…”

Was it that infamous childish intuition that we are taught to ignore as we grow up? Has she somehow been teaching herself Wicca, even though she can’t read quite that well yet? Or is her “good memory” her memory from a past life, perhaps in the 60s, 70s, and 80s when Wicca and Witchcraft was booming?

Whatever it is, I was amazed. And it got me thinking of other times I’ve seen children doing or saying incredible things; things that they shouldn’t know yet. Mature things you would most expect from an experienced old person.

I work at a daycare/preschool at the local Christian Community Church, so I get to spend a few hours a day after school observing and playing with little kids ages 1 to 5. (This is off-topic, but working at a preschool is a wonderful way to bring out your inner child. It’s rather euphoric.) I’ve observed many of the children displaying an incredible intuition that I haven’t often seen in adults and teenagers.

One day when I was having a very bad day, I arrived at the preschool after school. One of the little girls, Page, ran up to me and gave me a big hug. When I returned the hug, she looked me in the eye and said, “If you feel bad, you should ask the lady in the earth for help.”

The lady in the earth?

I asked Page who she meant, at which point she got all wiggly and giggly. “You knowww…the lady! The one with the pretty robe. That Mary person.”

And yet another day, I was playing in the sandbox with several of the children, including a little boy named Payton. He was making some kind of mound, with a moat-like ditch around it.

When I asked him what he was making, he replied, “It’s Jesus’ home.”

He pointed to the little sticks coming out the mound. “That’s us. All the people on earth live with him.”

I asked Payton where he lived. Like the other kids, he got wiggly and giggly, pointed to the ground and the sky, and said, “Here and here and here and here…everywhere, but nowhere!” At which point he resumed playing.

Those are just a couple examples of things the children I’ve played with have said. But regardless of what they say and do, I’ve seen the remarkable minds these children, and all children, display.

Are these children I’ve met that do those kinds of things touched by God/dess? Or is it that wonderful intuition we are all taught to ignore as we grow in to adults?

I think it’s both.

Everyone are touched by God/dess, because we all have God/dess inside of us. But children are more…how should I say this? Attentive to the God/dess inside and around them. They feel the touch of God/dess all the time, and know how to understand it.

All of us have this potential, this intuition, inside of us, but we are taught to ignore it. So…what if we could get this intuition back? Think of the things that would be discovered, the happiness there would be! When I picture that intuition returning to us, I picture happy, optimistic lives full of positive potential.

But how do we get it back?

Well…I should think it’s obvious:

Became a child again. Once more get in tune with that child sleeping inside of you. Play on a playground, build things with blocks, do connect-the-dots, color in coloring books…do everything you liked to do as a child.

And in terms of magick and ritual, I have read in almost every book on magick that adding childish play in to the spell, or before the spell, enhances the results because you temporarily transport yourself back to that state of innocence and simplicity.

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than playing with blocks, sitting in the sandbox, and climbing trees.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop playing.” —-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Blessed Be, potential children.

Use Your Intuition: The Benefits of Tarot

Use Your Intuition: The Benefits of Tarot

Learn what a Tarot reading can do for you!

Tarotcom Staff      Tarotcom Staff on the topics of tarot, insight

Are you wondering, “Why should I do a Tarot reading?” It’s a common question for Tarot beginners, and one that has a simply wonderful answer: Because it can help you improve your life!

Tarot is all about “intuition.” You know — that pure perception of truth we all have hidden deep inside. It’s the inner voice of your higher self, telling you what is the right thing to do and hoping you won’t ignore it. Well, Tarot cards can help you hear your inner voice and embrace its message.

Sometimes it’s hard to hear your inner voice amid all the cosmic clutter. And some people may hear it, but they deny it. Which is where Tarot comes in. If you can learn to use Tarot readings to tap into your wise intuition and listen and learn its lessons, you will be guided toward a more fulfilling life.

Some people have a fear of Tarot because don’t want to face their personal truth or they’re afraid they’ll see something “bad” in their future. But that’s not how it works. Tarot can’t predict the future. It’s simply a valuable tool for tapping into your intuition and using that insight to make decisions that will lead to a happier life.

Here are a few ways Tarot readings can help you:

Gain clarity — Whatever your situation, you can’t avoid the truth with Tarot. Tarot puts you in touch with your higher self, also known as your intuition, and it will force you to take an honest look at your life — even the things you’d rather not admit! Once you have that clarity, you’ll be able to make more responsible choices.

Highlight areas that need work — Sometimes life gets so overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin to make it better. Tarot can help highlight the things you should be focusing on right now in order to get the best results in the future.

Find peace — Anxiety, worry and fear are often symptoms of living in the unknown. And while Tarot cannot predict the future or tell you for sure what’s going to happen, it can tap into what is happening right now. Once you have clarity on the present, it’s easier to determine the path you’re on and how to change it for the best.

Make difficult decisions — People often turn to Tarot for advice about what to do, and once again Tarot can’t predict the future. But it can provide a snapshot of your present life, and show you a few likely options of where you’re headed if you continue on the same path. You can use this information to continue down the road you’re on, or make a necessary change.

Improve your life — Never forget the power of free will! If you see something you don’t like about your life in a Tarot reading, you have the power to change it. That’s the whole point!