THE HANGING MAN

This week’s Purple Swan Tarot Blog Post card is, THE HANGING MAN. He means suspended movement. Surrender. A period of waiting. Taking a break from the daily grind and material pursuits. A period of stasis. A time to do nothing. Waiting for enlightenment. Seeking something deeper. Letting go.

When we receive THE HANGING MAN in our Tarot Reading, we are looking for answers. We have been caught up in the material side of life. Striving for bigger and better things. More money, a better job, a promotion, a bigger house, a better car, a new look or an updated wardrobe. We are trying to keep up with the Jone’s. Doing retail therapy to fill the emptiness or make us feel whole. No matter what we do or how much we gain, it still seems we never have enough. We still find we are struggling for fulfillment and we are constantly striving for more. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and we have been spending our time, effort, and money to make sure we get our take of the pie. And still it doesn’t fill us up inside.

 THE HANGING MAN has swung into our reading this week to let us know it is time to slow down and do a little soul searching. This ‘Gotta’ get ahead, ‘I can do it myself’ mentality is taking it’s tole on us and the pace has become too much to sustain. We may have even finally gotten what we thought we wanted or needed. We thought it would fulfill us and we would be happy now that we achieved our wishes. But instead, we feel empty or let down somehow. Perhaps it was the chase we really enjoyed and the carrot at the end of the string was irrelevant after all. It all seems so superficial and unsatisfying now, and the yearning in our soul didn’t go away like we thought it would. What we thought was going to be the answer to our problems or the cure to our emptiness, didn’t pan out after all.

 THE HANGING MAN is now looking for something deeper to answer the yearning in his soul. He has chosen to suspend his chase for more material things. To surrender to a higher power. To look towards the heavens for enlightenment and fulfillment. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that the chains around his legs are loose. They are only supporting him, and he can get down and walk away any time he chooses. He has chosen to ‘hang around’; no one is holding him against his will or making him stay. He has surrendered his troubles to a higher power and is waiting patiently for answers and enlightenment. He is no longer looking to worldly things to make him feel whole, but is instead looking towards ‘the Light’. He has finally realized it is time to stop his struggling and you can too. Do you have issues or emptiness  you have been struggling with?  Have been trying in vain to solve these yourself or to bury them, run from them, buy them away? It’s time to stop running, engaging in retail therapy or self-soothing. We don’t have to do it alone or carry our burdens by ourselves anymore.  Stop your worrying, your scurrying, your striving. Slow down, take a breath. Just hang out for awhile. Hand your burdens and your heavy heart to the Lord. Surrender… let go and let God.

Illustration by Ciro Marchetti, from the Gilded Tarot Royale , by Barbara Moore, C. 2020, Published by Llewellyn Publications, a division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989.

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                     Rising Above

“I see only beauty and grace.”

Card meaning: Let go of the ordinary and step into the extraordinary. You have potential that you haven’t even begun to tap into. This is the time to reach higher than ever before, so do not fall down before doubt. Remember your true calling.

The Universe Wants You to Know: Just as the Lotus rises up out of the mud into the light, so you are rising up to even greater heights. Sometimes this occurs naturally, and sometimes it’s an act of will. This is the time to rise above any situation that’s not empowering. Even if there are some people you might leave behind, let your light shine for all to see. Rise up and step into your potential. You are indeed a healer, a teacher, and a leader.

Questions to Ask Yourself: What do I need to do to rise above? Is there a fear that holds me back from rising above my current challenge? How would my life change if I stepped into my role as a leader, teacher, or healer?

Illustrations by Jesse Reisch for the Gateway Oracle Deck by Denise Linn c. 2012. Published by Hay House, Inc.

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Eight of Rods

~Speed

~Haste   

~Messages

~Fast Action

~Momentum

~The Arrows of Love

Seeing this card in your Reading is an indication that something is entering your life very quickly. This could be a message you receive that requires quick action. It could be someone entering your life very suddenly, a sudden chance to travel by air or a sudden change that causes a flurry of  activity or things to happen very quickly. This could be love entering your life  suddenly or a sudden spark that ignites a flame in you. This could be an idea, an invitation, a burst of energy, or something you are enthusiastic about. This is something that you are passionate about or for,  and that will involve you in unexpected but welcomed action or activity. This card is all about things that enter your life very quickly and require action or result in a sudden reaction. This could even be an inspirational message from above or a jolt of intuition that spurs you into action. There is a lot of momentum behind what is entering your life this week. It almost has a life of it’s own and can quickly run amuck or run away with you if you aren’t careful. Think of a little snowball someone places at the top of a snowy hill while you watch joyfully, half way down. Then, without warning, they push it over the edge. The next thing you know, this giant ball of heavy snow is hurtling down towards you at break neck speed and now you are running for your life! So you must guard against getting involved or reacting too quickly or hastily to whatever it is that captures your attention this week. Don’t let this new impetus spark such a big fire within you that you ended up suffering burnout or become so engulfed in this flame that it consumes you or gets out of control. Run WITH this energy, but don’t let it run OVER you. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Keep a handle on things, slow it down a bit, keep control and this energy will give you a much needed lift to your spirit. It will provided you with motivation, energy and the momentum to carry you through as long as you stay ahead of it, be aware of the consequences before acting, and stay in control. With a little forethought, this could be the breath of fresh air you have been waiting for!

THE EMPEROR

 ~Provider

~Protector

~Ruler       

~Bringer of Order  ~Masculine Energy

~Leader

~Authority Figure

~Father, Husband, Strong Male Energy Figure, Boss or Enforcer of the rules     

The Emperor is the masculine energy that enables us to make a life for ourselves here on earth in an orderly and concrete way. He (or She) is the one in charge of building the empire, making and enforcing the rules, providing food, clothing, shelter and protection for those under his rule. He is someone in a position of Power. Whenever you see this card you can count on there being an encounter with, or a need for, masculine energy and power. There is a need to take control of a situation or take charge of people or things. To be a leader, an authority figure, or a disciplinarian to yourself or to others under your command. There is a need to enforce or perhaps to make some rules to bring about order in your or others lives. If this symbolizes a person, many times this is a very serious, logical, and powerful authority figure you’ll have dealings with this week. They could be a Father, Husband, Boss or  other powerful person who is not afraid to take charge. Their purpose in life is to provide, conquer and protect. To make and enforce rules in order to gain, maintain, or control their environment. They are responsible for providing  structure and stability for themselves,  their families or those under their authority. They protect themselves and their own. They provide concrete material things such as food , clothing, and shelter. If you have chosen this card today, perhaps you have been allowing others to take your power or to control your life . You may have gotten used to being in the background, have accepted a submissive role, or enjoy being taken care of to the detriment of your own personal power. This card is giving you notice that it is time to take control of your own life and affairs. Be in charge and be in the drivers seat instead of being a passenger in your life with no control over where you are going. No longer being at the mercy or whims of others. Or, on the other hand, if you’ve been the one who is always taking responsibility for everyone and everything, perhaps now is the time to let someone else take charge. To delegate and take care of things for you for a change. So, whether you encounter someone with this energy, need someone with this energy, or it is you who needs to  embody this energy and take charge; there is a need for some Leadership. Someone to make things happen and take responsibility. Someone to  lay down the Law! To take control and to establish a sense of safety, stability and order. This card is asking you to step into your power and take charge of whatever is in your command.

DEATH

 ~A necessary ending

~Rebirth    

~Change

~Transformation

~A Change in the Status Quo

When you see Death in your Reading, you may be terrified that you or someone you know is going to die. Calm down! That is not the meaning of this card… at least not in the physical sense. This Death is a symbolic one. It means you need to make a change in your life or to let go of something in your past or present that is hampering your growth. Something needs to ‘die’  or end in order for something else to be ‘born’ or enter. There is a person, a relationship, or a situation in your life that you have outgrown or that no longer serves your highest good. It’s time to let something go so that there is room for something better to enter. Are you pretending to be someone you really aren’t in order to please or be accepted by others? Then this card is telling you it is time to take off that mask and step into who you really are. To live authentically and be true to the person you were originally created you to be. Nothing about you was a  mistake. You were created with a carefully planned out blue print for a specific reason. To fulfill a specific need or task in this world. You were created perfectly for this part in mind. Nothing…, absolutely nothing about you was a mistake! So,  stop trying to fix something that isn’t broken or covering up something that’s already perfect just as it is. Again, nothing about you is a mistake!  Also, if you are involved in things or with people that don’t make you feel good about yourself or help you to grow, then let them go. If you aren’t creating a life that feeds your soul, then change it!  If something or someone feels stale; is holding you back or is no longer supporting you or helping you grow… release it. Let it or them go. If you are filling your head or heart with thoughts that you are somehow inadequate or not enough…, change your thoughts. Remember, you are perfect just the way you are. If someone or something makes you feel dead inside, it’s time to cut it/ them loose. Cut off that deadwood! Get rid of it so new growth can enter your life. Are you clinging to something or someone out of fear of the unknown or change? It may already be over and it’s ending is inevitable anyway. Your hanging on won’t change anything and is only prolonging your pain. This card is about letting go of what no longer serves you. Embracing change and allowing the rebirth and transformation that follows when you accept what has ‘died’  and finally let it go. After all, when one door closes, another always opens. Don’t just stand there at the threshold… walk through it. Accept the ‘rebirth’ that is waiting on the other side.

Hanson-Roberts Tarot  Illustrations by Mary Hanson-Roberts, c. 1985 . Published & distributed  by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 U.S.A.

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Card #1:

Nine of Cups

~Magic Genie who grants your wish 

~Satisfaction       

~Well-being                            

~Worldly pleasures

The Nine of Cups is a fabulous card to choose. It is known as ‘the wish card’. Who wouldn’t want to have a wish fulfilled? Whether big or small, a wish you have been hoping for will soon come true. This also suggests to give thanks to those who have helped make this happen for you. Show your gratitude whether this is towards a person, just good luck, or even towards yourself for putting in the hard work necessary to make this happen. There is also a bit of a warning however, ‘be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!’ Be sure you’ve really thought about the outcome if you were to get your wish. If it’s a car or house you wish for, can you really afford the payments after the initial purchase? Is that special someone really the best thing for you or do they come with way to much baggage and will halt your future growth? All in all though, this is a beautiful card to have. Your wish is the Genies command…  so enjoy your good fortune but don’t sit on your laurels. Also, this cards indicates we will be enjoying worldly pleasures such as good food, good wine, sensual encounters and the things money can buy. So there is an added warning to be moderate while partaking of these pleasures. We could end up over indulging and gaining weight, getting a hangover, getting involved with the wrong person, getting pregnant, or over spending. There’s still one more task ahead before completion.

Card #2:

Six of Wands

 ~Winning your battles

~Achievement  

~Recognition

The Six of Wands is celebrating about our achievements. Something you’ve been working on for possibly a long time has finally culminated in success. You are thrilled, and everyone is thrilled FOR you. Finally you have overcome all those obstacles that were standing in your way, blocking your progress. Perhaps there is an award or public recognition of some kind associated with this achievement. This card also speaks of how important other peoples opinions are to you. You want everyone to like and approve of you. So much so that you may go so far as to change yourself  for them, or do things you normally wouldn’t do in order to gain their approval. Be careful that you don’t compromise your own values or authentic Self just to ‘people please.’ Also, chances are you didn’t achieve this accomplishment by yourself. Be sure to give others who helped you achieve this position the credit they are due. Celebrating, giving recognition where it’s due and cheering each other on is something everyone could use. It reassures us we are appreciated and moving in the right direction. Take time to celebrate your success, but realize, with sixes, we are little more than half way through our journey.  We have more tasks ahead of us to conquer before we reach the culmination of the ten.

 

 

 

Card #3:

Six of Swords

~Sadly but resolutely leaving troubles behind    

~Moving towards a better place                                           ~Smooth sailing ahead       ~A safe space while in transition                                  ~Escape

The Six of Swords indicates that we have resolutely decided to move away from a troubling situation. This may be with great sorrow that we leave what we once placed great promise in. But now, we realize sadly, in order to grow and prosper, we must leave our troubled past behind. We may not as of yet know exactly where we are going, but it has to be better than what we just left. This trouble could be a bad relationship that hasn’t panned out, a job that held so much promise that has turned out to be only drudgery. Perhaps it is moving out of a house that is lovely, but that we are drowning in debt over. It could indicate a person we love, but that abuses or brings us down in some way and we must put distance between us. It could indicate that this is a mental journey. Where we leave bad, negative or depressive thoughts behind and seek out more positive thoughts. Although there is sorrow in this card, there is also hope. By leaving trouble behind, a better future is ahead.
Since this is a Six, we are leaving those troubles but haven’t yet arrived at our destination (which would be shown as a Ten card). But we are in a safe space now because we have left oppression behind. We have escaped that which oppresses us and are on our way towards better times. Whew!!!

 

Illustration by Eugene Smith, from the  Tarot in Wonderland  , by Barbara Moore, C. 2018, Published by Llewellyn Publications, a division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989.

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WHEEL of FORTUNE

This week’s Purple Swan Tarot Blog Post card is, the WHEEL of FORTUNE. Synchronicities, Lucky breaks, and knowing that Spirit has your back no matter where you are on the WHEEL of FORTUNE right now. Your destiny may become apparent to you. Lucky coincidences may seem to occur, but it is Spirits guiding hand. In hard times, you will know or be shown the way through. Cycles. Chance.

The WHEEL of FORTUNE has to do with luck, Lady Fortune, Chance, Risk, Fate and cycles. When the WHEEL is in the upright position, luck is with us and things will seem to go our way. Life will seem easier than usual and when we decide to take a chance, we will usually come out being a winner. Lady Fortune is beckoning us to throw the dice, spin the wheel, take a chance, or place a bet. When the wheel is in the upright position, we usually find luck is on our side and we are on top of the world.  While you are on top, accept the  opportunities that come your way. The thing we must remember though is that this is a wheel. And wheels keep turning and going around and around, never staying in one position for long. You may find yourself on top today, but Lady Fortune is fickle and she can turn on a dime. And you know; what goes up, must come down. So, when you are on top of the wheel, enjoy the ride and take advantage of the time and opportunities at hand, because this time is brief. In a blink of an eye, fortunes change as the wheel begins her descent. And before you know it, you find yourself on the bottom once again where things are tough, nothing seems to go right, you can’t catch a break if it were thrown to you. But again, you must remember… what came down, will inevitably go up again, and before long, you’ll be on top of the world again. “Around and around and around it goes and where it stops nobody knows…” is a phrase most of us have heard a time or two. But in reality, the wheel never stops at all. It just keeps on spinning and spinning in a never ending cycle, with no beginning and no end. We are in a constant state of change. So if you find yourself on top of the world today, know that tomorrow you are already on your way down. So be careful as you flirt with Lady Luck. And if today you find yourself on the bottom and can’t imagine how you’ll get up again. Rest assured, the only way from here is up and things will be getting better soon. Then,  before you know it, you’ll be right back on top again. So hang on tight;  sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Illustration by Ciro Marchetti, from the Gilded Tarot Royale, by Barbara Moore, C. 2020, Published by Llewellyn Publications, a division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989.

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PAGE of SWORDS

A mentally motivated youth. A youth who is wise beyond their years. A youth or youthful person with the Zodiac signs of Aquarius, Libra or Gemini. An older person with youthful ideas or who is a troublemaker or mentally immature. Someone who is always on the lookout for trouble. A spy or someone who watches others or acts sneaky. Vigilance. Written communications. A good communicator or speaker. One who is ‘always in their heads’. Arguments over petty things that end in a major blow up, or on the other hand, clear the air. A rebellious youth or person. Secrets. Examinations with either positive or negative results. Perhaps a youth who is facing Final Exams or a person who is having/receiving a written evaluation.

This weeks card is the Page of Swords. The Pages all have youthful energy, and in the Suit of Swords, the energy is mental energy. Since he/she (from here on, he can denote either a ‘he or she’ person) is a Sword, this Page has to do with logic, fact finding, intellectual, thinking, and dealing with or watching out for problems, conflicts and anything dealing with mental activity. This Page is a messenger of communications… especially written communications. So you could could receive a message about a problem or situation that has been weighing heavily on your mind this week.

This Page of Swords can also indicate a young person who is always on the lookout for trouble, and if he can’t find any… he’ll create it just to make others react. He will create mountains out of mole hills or find problems or woes where none actually exist. He gets bored easily and and can become depressed, a troublemaker, restless and rebellious. You can feel like someone is spying on you , going through your things, or watching you, but this Page is sneaky… so you’ll have a hard time catching them in the act.

This Page can indicate a child who is intellectually mature for their age, but at times doesn’t put that great mind to the best uses… especially if they are bored or become nervous or restless because they feel a change is coming up in their life that will force them to put their intellect into use in a way that feels forced to them. I see this as the student that feels the impending ‘Final Exam or a big test’ hanging over them where they feel they have to preform at their very best mentally and are going to be judged. This can be an adult just as well as a youth who is facing some kind of an Exam or evaluation. This can make them nervous, depressed, irritable, sassy, restless and moody. Others may loose there patience with this persons attitude during this phase. The energy here is full of excitement or trepidation for the upcoming change, examination or results. This can translate into that restless, irritable and rebelliousness that I mentioned before, all the while they try and ‘play it cool’, which makes them seem aloof, as if they don’t care one way or the other. That in itself can be irritating or problematic to others who know how important this examination or communication really is for their future.

This energy can be showing up in an adult as well as a youth, so this could just as well be the feeling or situation you or someone you know is embodying. Or a person you will meet or interact with, or a child. Either way, it’s mental energy. It’s about communications, messages, logic, facts, the intellect. And Pages always suggest things that are beginning. So expect this person or these energies to enter your life in one way or the other this week.  The way to deal with this energy is to keep busy or keep the child busy. The Sword cards are about mental action and problems. Let’s all keep that mind occupied in a productive way so the mind doesn’t take matters into it’s own hands and ‘create’ problems where none exist or find something to worry about. If you actually do have a problem or concern developing in your life, remember; the Page of Swords tells you that it is just in the beginning stages. You can nip this in the bud quickly by keeping the lines of communication open. If you feel trouble brewing or know someone who seems to have the weight of the world on their shoulders…, don’t be afraid to lend an ear and urge them to talk about it. By talking about it out loud, things that seem insurmountable when they are tossing around in ones head, suddenly are put into perspective and are more easy to deal with and confront.

Illustration from the Aquarian Tarot Deck by David Palladini c.1970. Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902 USA.

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Transformation

 Change ~ An ending that leads to a new beginning ~ A necessary letting go ~ Transformation ~ In a state of transition ~ New Beginnings ~Change of status quo or lifestyle ~ The inevitable

This week’s Purple Swan Tarot Blog Post reading is about the Tarot card TRANSFORMATION, which is known as DEATH in more traditional decks. But fear not! The meaning of this card rarely means actual death as some horror movies have depicted it. It literally means a transformation from one state to another. Being in a transitional phase. This card also speaks of an impending change. A change of pace. Changing ones path in life. A change of the status quo. This change will be for the best, but may be met with resistance or possibly even fear. This is not unusual, but it is unwarranted, as the changes ushered in by this card are always for the best. You may be in a transitional period where you have ended one phase and are in the period before the new phase has begun.  This ending or change could be characterized as the completion of one phase in a persons life which leads directly into the next. It could be from childhood into adulthood. From Graduating school, to being set free into the ‘real world’. From parenthood into the ’empty nest’ stage. From leaving one job or career to moving  into or searching for another position. Or the possibility of moving from a place you have become familiar and comfortable with to relocate somewhere new and unfamiliar. Or even the need to leave a relationship that is no longer providing growth, fidelity or even safety or security without knowing what will happen next. With change we break free from the status quo and have to face the unknown. And with the unknown, there is usually an element of fear which in turn can make us resist this much needed change.  Just know this. This is a necessary change which will bring about growth, fertility, success opportunities and happiness. As with DEATH, this is something we may fear and even resist, but in the end, all we will accomplish by resisting this change, is to waste time and precious resources fighting what in the end is inevitable anyway. Don’t be afraid to cut away all the deadwood that is stealing your life and vitality. If you find yourself finding one thing after another breaking down or going wrong. Feeling like you can’t catch a break no matter how hard you try to fix something. Then, it’s time to let it go, clean the slate so the new can enter, thrive and grow.

Another meaning for this card is transforming ourselves. If we haven’t been living the best versions of ourselves, it’s time to remedy that and transform ourselves into better people. If we have been wearing a mask made up of what we think other people want us to be like, look like, act like and it is hiding our true identity… it’s time to remove that mask. To step into, or Transform ourselves into the true and authentic selves we were meant to be. Stop hiding yourself away or making yourself act small or tough to meet someone else’s needs or expectations. Stop trying to force yourself into someone else’s mold… it’s too small now, It’s well past time to shine your true and unique light into a world in real danger of plunging into darkness due to negligence, false, fake and artificial… EVERYTHING! It’s time for a change! Change your clothes, change your hair, change your job, change your life. But however you decide to change, do it for you. Do it in order to become you. Your true Self, not some sad facsimile someone else has convinced you that you should be. No more ‘should’s!’ Stand up for yourself.  Step out as yourself. The world needs your light,  your quirkiness, your unique beauty, your talents, your skills and your voice. The world needs you. YOU need you. Not the you that you think others want you to be, or the you that you feel you ought to be in order to fit in; but the REAL authentic you. Assert yourself, compassionately but firmly to the world. Be big. Be bold. Be Bright. Unfold those new wings you’ve grown over time and Fly! Go ahead, take flight and fearlessly Be YOU!

Illustrationss for The Good Tarot  by Jena DellaGrottaglia. Authored by Colette Barron-Reid c.2017. Published & distributed in the United States by Hay House, Inc.

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ROSE QUARTZ

The card chosen for this week’s Purple Swan Tarot Blog Post #97 is: Rose Quartz, and it’s essential meaning is: Self-love, self-worth, being enough, worthiness.

When Rose Quartz Spirit appears, you are called to pay attention to one of the most wonderful creations the Conscious Universe has ever brought into being: you! Have you forgotten how beautiful you are? You have so many strengths and a unique set of qualities that will be like magical superpowers as you walk the healing path.

Rose Quartz Spirit has come to remind you of your soul’s worth. Many, many people will benefit simply from knowing you and being in your presence, drinking in the love that radiates from your heart. Trust that the Conscious Universe is always there to fill you up with the power of love whenever you need it and remind you that you are worthy of all that you seek, for you are an exquisite expression of divinity. What a powerful and one-of-a-kind source of healing love you are!

We are conditioned to forget how amazing we are, so when Rose Quartz Spirit shows up, it’s because now is a time for being aware of how quickly we forget our beauty and worth. Have you been falling into a comparison trap and convincing yourself that you aren’t good enough and that you have to work hard to deserve what you want for yourself? No, no, no – let go of that scarcity mentality. Comparing yourself to someone else should be done only when you want to identify those matching inner strengths of yours that you wish to amplify so that you may experience even more love and prosperity. Today is a good day to connect with what you see and love in others and feel the presence of those attributes within yourself. Remind yourself of the times when you have been strong, smart, playful, confident – whatever the quality, it is within you. Know that you have all you need, and you will see your relationship reflecting that you are worthy of what you desire.

Now is the time to be mindful of how quickly you can fall into false beliefs about not being enough, and to take action toward acknowledging your self-worth. Today is a day for loving yourself and recognizing all that is good and beautiful and true about you. That way you can start to see the many gifts you have, some obvious and some too long hidden from your awareness. Discover the incredibleness of you that the Conscious Universe knows and loves. Then it will be easier to let go of the old ways of relating to abundance in the world. You will see that it is yours to enjoy, that you are worthy of the affluence and wealth you seek. Step into fully accepting that you deserve a firm foundation of material wealth.

Rose Quartz is often identified with romantic love, but this beautiful stone in fact encourages us to experience love in its myriad forms – from a mother’s tender care of her child to random acts of service or kindness toward a stranger. Rose Quartz encompasses all expressions of love, including self-love. Meditation with this stone brings the knowing that we are a part of this loving frequency – that we are perfect and always have been.

Illustrations for The Crystal Spirits Oracle by Jena DellaGrottaglia. Authored by Colette Barron-Reid c.2019. Published & distributed in the United States by Hay House, Inc.

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Card 1.

Stay Optimistic

“Your dreams are coming true. Don’t quit right before the miracle occurs.”

This is it — your time has come! You’re about to collect your rewards, and your prayers will be answered. However, a bit more patience and guided effort are definitely worth it. You’re just about there, and this card asks you to keep your faith about miracles and heavenly magic.

Use your imagination to visualize that your dreams have already come true. Your heart will swell with gratitude and joy, and these emotions will speed up your desired manifestations. Before long, you’ll be enjoying the tangible results.

 

Card 2.

Pay Attention

  “Notice repetitious signs and your inner guidance, as this can yield valuable information.”           

Heaven is giving you important messages, and by drawing this card, you’re asked to pay extra attention to them. Notice conversations you overhear, comments made to you by others, and inner feelings and thoughts. Look for common threads among the signs, as they’re forms of guidance to help you manifest your Divine purpose and desires.

It’s not your imagination that Heaven is sending you signs and Divine guidance. Anytime you hear or feel something three or more times, especially within a short time period, it’s information worthy of your attention. These signs also give you feedback about your current belief system, since your thoughts attract mirroring experiences. Use these signs to heal beliefs that dishonor you, and swim in the direction that your guidance points you.

Card 3.

Break Free

“Try different ventures and experiences as a way to grow and learn.”                       

Sometimes we get into ruts and routines because they feel safe and comfortable. By drawing this card, you’re asked to swim outside your comfort zone. It’s time to take risks and explore new ways of thinking, making a living, or being in relationships.

When you make the commitment to explore and experiment, the world responds by giving you wonderful new experiences. Heaven isn’t necessarily asking you to settle into these new avenues, but to instead test the water and venture out. Sometimes we’ll experiment and learn new things, and then when we return to our comfortable old routines, we’re changed (for the better). This is definitely a time for you to reach out and enjoy new options. Try something new today!

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards  by Doreen Virtue, c. 2003. Published and Distributed in the United States by: Hay House, Inc.

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Archangel Ariel – STRENGTH

 

The card chosen for this week’s Purple Swan Tarot Blog Post Reading is Archangel Ariel – STRENGTH. You have great strength and compassion! The kindness and understanding that you give to others are a blessed gift. However, it is equally important to show gentleness toward yourself. You may see aspects within you that cause you worry or impatience. But every person is a child of God. It is by balancing all aspects of yourself with love and mercy that you learn to exhibit those same qualities to people around you.

You are far stronger than you may believe. The situation you find yourself in requires a very soft and sensitive approach. Archangel Ariel can help you stay strong in the face of any challenge.

ADDITIONAL MEANINGS OF THIS CARD: Self-confidence. Patience. Self-control. Forgiveness. Inner strength. Influence through kindness.

Archangel Ariel is the angel known for protecting animals, the environment, and she can inspire great courage in the heart’s of those who seek to safeguard our world. Her name means “lioness of God,” and she can inspire great courage in the hearts of those who call upon her. Archangel Ariel is also known to be an angel of manifesting the essentials of daily life. Call upon Ariel if you’re feeling uncertain or experiencing the a lack of confidence, and she will help you get in touch with your own inner strength.

My take on the STRENGTH card is this:

Strength. Courage. Fortitude. Conviction. Energy. Determination. Resolution. Defiance. Action. Confidence. Innate ability. Zeal. Fervor. Matter over mind. Mind over matter. Accomplishment. Warrior for a cause. Calm control. Composure. Conquering ones instincts and fears.

When you feel like pulling your hair out, yelling profanities, or “telling it like it is” loud and clear at the top of your lungs; Look up and murmur under your breath… “Lord, give me STRENGTH!” Then while remembering this cards image: Take several deep breaths and slowly count to three. Calm down, compose yourself,  and KNOW with certainty, there’s nothing you can’t do… even this! Soldier on because you are a Warrior!                   

 This cards’ primary energy is that of compassion. It’s about calming your fears and doubts, using compassion towards ourselves and others. Calm down your instinctive nature with gentleness and compassion. You don’t always have to be loud and fierce to be strong. Sometimes gentle strength and compassion speak louder than harsh words and bravito. When we come upon a scared animal we want to come closer to us, we gentle our voice and fill it with compassion. This is the energy this card is asking us to express. Do you have someone in your life that yells, growls and tries to to convince you how brave and fierce they are with their display of bluster?   Yet you know in your heart it is all coming from a place of pain, fear or a lack of confidence? Yep… that is the energy of this card. It is asking you to be strong yet gentle with yourself and others you come in contact with whom may growl at you or react instinctively out of pain, fear or a lack of confidence. Don’t let all their bluster fool you. It’s all a big show. Know that their growl is worse than their bite. They are really just a pussy cat once you take the time and effort to tame them. When they growl at you, react with kindness and compassion. Be gentle and calm their (or your own)  fears.  On the flip side of this card, it may be that you have been too demur and now it is time to show your Lion or Lioness side. Step into your power with confidence and fierceness. Show the power of your convictions. Stop letting others make you play small or plant little seeds of doubt in your mind. Act with strength and determination. Don’t be a doormat any longer… show them what you’re made of! Stand up for yourself. Say “I’m here, I’m not going away. I’m here to stay!” I’m proud of my accomplishments and I plan to make my mark on the World. Know that anything worth attaining can be accomplished with will and determination. You want it? Then go get it! Acting like a shrinking Violet isn’t going to cut it! Step out and shine, baby!!! It’s time to fortify your sense of Self and step into the true you whom is strong, powerful, confident, competent and a force to be reckoned with! Own it! Be that Lion or Lioness you know is within you! Stand up and be counted, but do it with gentleness, calm and compassion. That is the true strength of this Warrior/Lioness.

Illustration by Jeff Bedrick for the Archangel Power Tarot Cards  deck written by Radleigh Valentine c.2018. Published and distributed by Hay House, Inc.

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