The Word: 2018

My word of the year generally makes itself known to me around the end of November or start of December. This year, it was much harder to tease it out. There were a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head, and I reached November feeling pretty battered and bruised.

Illuminate proved to be a lot more intense that I had anticipated, and I knew that I needed to really absorb and live the big lessons I learnt, to stand more fully in my power, to reclaim my sovereignty. I felt the need, too, to step up and show up – there are so many ways in which I still hold myself back, allowing my inner critic, Prissy Missy, to have full reign over deciding what I can and cannot do.Continue reading

2017: Looking back at Illuminate

Illuminate. That was my word for the year.

Seems so benign and uplifting, doesn’t it? To illuminate the darkness within, to speak my truth, to shine my light while being firmly rooted in my own personal power.

And yet, this is not an easy path to follow – Illuminate shook up my world, broke me open and put me back together again. Where 2016 was about outward growth and manifestation, 2017 was about inward illumination and expansion.Continue reading

Tarot Forecast for 2018

Ah, how I love December! Taking the time to reflect on the year gone by, dreaming about the coming year, and looking at the energetics of what 2018 may hold. The year ahead reading offers a beautiful, in-depth, layered look at the yearly cycle.

Let’s dive into it, shall we?

Tarot Reading for 2018

Year ahead tarot reading 2018
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Author Terry Coffey on the research process for historical fiction

I’m a sucker for well-written historical fiction. Add Egypt into the mix, and I’m all over it! So even though I am on a bit of a reading hiatus this month, I devoured The 18th Dynasty from cover to cover and loved it!

I’ve also been fascinated with how authors undertake research for their novels. And when it’s based on history, the inspiration and research process would be even more interesting. So that’s what I decided to ask author Terry Coffey about – his research process while writing the book, including any interesting anecdotes and suggestions for others wanting to attempt a similar genre. Over to Terry:

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Why is a tarot ecourse important for beginners?

why is a tarot ecourse important for beginnersWhy should I bother with a tarot ecourse given the abundance of information out there,” you ask? Let me list out the reasons…

The tarot is a powerful tool. In fact, it is one of the most powerful tools that I have in my toolkit. I use it in my spiritual practice to help with healing, growth and self reflection; in my art practice, as a jumping off point for colours and symbols and story telling; in my writing practice, to craft blog posts, manifest my desires, and meet myself on the page.

The tarot is an ancient tool. From it’s humble beginnings as a deck of 22 playing cards, the tarot has come a long way indeed. For one, it’s expanded into a deck of 78 cards. The images and symbols on the cards have been enhanced over the years, with every artist…every deck creator…adding their own unique perspective on the cards.Continue reading

Magnify your intention with a word of the year

Intention plus action equals magic! Decoding the year aheadOne of my absolute favorite things to do in December is to start planning for next year. Pen and paper, a hot cup of black coffee and some soft music set the scene, while I sit wrapped up in a quilt,  reflecting on the year gone by and planning for the coming year.

But it wasn’t always so

There have been years – more than I care to count – when the change of the year was met with a dreary ho-hum, couldn’t care less attitude. Years when I broke my resolutions within days if not months…years when nothing seemed to happen…nothing seemed to change.It all changed when I stumbled upon the concept of intentions and choosing a focus word of the year. To be sure, it wasn’t a dramatic, sudden change. It took some time for me to work out how having a word of the year works, and even longer to understand how intentions work. But work they do – sometimes in ways we didn’t even expect!Continue reading

How to learn to read Tarot cards with ease

Picture this: you log on to google, curious about the Tarot, wanting to do a spot of research to find out some information about what Tarot is, how it works, which cards to buy. So, you type in: best tarot cards for beginners and get eleventy million results.

Eeek, that’s too many! Let’s see if I can find out more about its origins instead, you think. Eleventy billion results.

Aargh! Ok, this should be simpler – how does the Tarot work? You type into google. Eleventy trillion results.

AAAHHH! You howl, and run away from the computer.

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Journey of a Seeker: the difference between knowledge and wisdom

Journey of a seeker the difference between knowledge and wisdom

My journey into spirituality started with books – and if memory serves me right, the one that started it all was Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsh. While I have returned to those pages many times over the years, there have, of course, been numerous books along the way – ranging from Doreen Virtue’s angel books to Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Interspersed with these more spiritual, esoteric and woo-woo tomes have been books on philosophy and psychotherapy – ranging from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Ursula K. Guin’s magnificent translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.Continue reading

How to trim Tarot cards + a lesson in facing fears

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I came across a rather heated argument on a Tarot forum recently, and thought I’d weigh in with my 2 cents. The argument started when someone posted pictures of a Tarot deck that they had modified by cutting the white borders around the card. While a lot of people chimed in with pictures of their own modified decks, there were some who roundly criticized the lot of them for “disfiguring” and “ruining” their Tarot cards.

I share my take in this video, and show you how I trimmed the borders on one of my old Oracle decks. You can see the huge difference that trimming edges off your cards can make to the cards!

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