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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eternal Crystals: Unakite

Continuing what I started in my previous blog post, I am taking a look at UNAKITE, card 42 in the Eternal Crystals Oracle deck by Jade- Sky with card artwork by Jane Marin (Blue Angel Publishing)
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Card 42 - Unakite - is subtitled "Live in the Present" and it links unakite with the Heart Chakra.


This unusual looking, beautiful stone is an altered granite composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and generally colorless quartz. It exists in various shades of green and pink and is usually mottled in appearance.

In the Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards guidebook, Jade-Sky tells us that unakite can help us live in the "now" by balancing and grounding us. We can find satisfaction by focusing on the things and people that bring us the most fulfillment or happiness at the moment.

I love the colors in unakite. For the bracelet shown below, I used a large unakite stone and unakite chips, then complemented the pink color in the unakite with rich mahogany jasper squares and tiny peach colored vintage glass pearls. I call this bracelet "Earth Mother." To read more or to purchase, just click on the link below the photo.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Eternal Crystals: Prehnite

Once I realized the existence of the Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards, I knew I wanted to do some blog posts using this deck and pieces of jewelry I created from the stones pictured on the cards.

Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards
by Jade-Sky
Card artwork by Jane Marin
Blue Angel Publishing


As you probably know, gemstones and crystals are associated with various traits, qualities, and metaphysical properties and with certain chakras. The Eternal Crystals Oracle features gorgeous borderless cards showcasing the color and appearance of 44 different crystals, from Amethyst to Zincite.

Today, I am going to share some of this oracle’s wisdom related to PREHNITE.  My research tells me that the gemstone prehnite was named after its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), a Dutch mineralogist and an early governor of the Cape of Good Hope Colony. The stone occurs in a soft yellow-green to apple-green color. Many specimens have an intriguing luminous quality. Deposits of prehnite are found in places including South Africa, Australia, China, Scotland and the United States.


PREHNITE is card number 33 in the Eternal Crystals Oracle deck. Keywords for this stone are “Release/Declutter” and it is linked to the heart chakra.

Jade-Sky writes that prehnite can “help you to move forward in your life by releasing anything that is holding you back.” This can apply to objects, ideas, or even emotional attachments to people.

Below are a couple of pieces of jewelry I made using prehnite. Both the necklace and bracelet are made of prehnite and yellow jade, along with wood beads and metal. If you are interested in purchasing either of these pieces, just click on the link below the photos.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day: 3 of Analysis

The Sherlock Holmes Card of the Day is:
THREE OF ANALYSIS
(3 of Cups)


In The Sherlock Holmes Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan (Sterling Ethos), the suit of Analysis (represented by a magnifying glass) is comparable to the suit of Cups in traditional decks.

The quotation chosen to represent the entire suit of Analysis is “There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically” from A Study in Scarlet. This comment is made, as you might expect, by Sherlock Holmes himself. It is prefaced by the following: “In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day affairs of life it is more useful to reason forwards, and so the other comes to be neglected.” I love that.

The Holmesian Wisdom for the 3 of Analysis is “Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use, and a chronicler still more so” from The Man with the Twisted Lip. The card shows Dr. Watson at his writing desk, putting the finishing touches to his latest story, enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done.

Keys for this card, upright, are: “generosity of spirit, solace, fulfilment, fortunate conclusion, the power to communicate joy and gladness, a job well done.” Reversed meanings: “endings, setbacks, delays, over-indulgence, accidents.”

The book that accompanies this deck also provides interpretations for each card under the headings “The Game” and “The Fog.” The former elaborates on the upright keys, while the latter expands on reversed meanings. Examples from “The Game” for the 3 of Analysis: “celebration of alliances. . . friendships you can rely upon. . . mutual support and appreciation.” Examples from “The Fog”: “dissipation or doing things to excess. . .friendship strained by events. . . feeling left out of everything goind on around you.”

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I Love Them All - a Reading

For the Basic Tarot class I teach at the Magical Circle School, our textbook is the Complete Book of Tarot Spreads by Evelin Burger and Johannes Fiebig (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.)

Recently, after reading an assignment by one of my students based on the “I Love Them All” 9-card spread in that book, I decided it would be fun to do a reading using that spread here on Tarot Notes.

The title “I Love Them All” refers to all the parts of our personality, including:
(1) the child. . .
(2) the angel. . .
(3) the devil. . .
(4) the nameless. . .
(5) the feminine. . .
(6) the masculine. . .
(7) the special. . .
(8) the insignificant. . .
(9) the mature . . .
. . . person in me

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Joining me in this exploration is the Otherworld Tarot by Alison Williams, with artwork by Sarah Nowell (Schiffer). Let us begin!

(1) the “child person” in me

SIX OF SWORDS (Tranquillity)

My “inner child” is overcoming sources of stress and negative thinking, emotional upsets and periods of unhappiness, leaving those in the past and moving forward on a path that leads to tranquillity.


(2) the “angel person” in me

EIGHT OF WANDS (Movement)

My “inner angel” is becoming more active, putting things in motion, perhaps related to my career or work. This is positive movement in the right direction.


(3) the “devil person” in me

ACE OF SWORDS (Growing Mental Energy)

My “inner devil” is trying to dissuade me from taking a new mental approach to a difficult situation. I have an opportunity to put my emotions to one side and be more rational, but that would not please the inner devil.


(4) the “nameless person” in me

THE HIEROPHANT (Spiritual Guidance)

The “nameless person” in me is The Hierophant. This seems appropriate when you think of the high spiritual nature of this card, sort a “he who shall remain nameless” thing going on. The title of the card – Spiritual Guidance – tells me that this is what the “nameless person” within me needs and seeks. The Hierophant also carries a sense of tradition and organization, a certain way of doing things or looking at things.


(5) the “feminine person” in me

FIVE OF WANDS (Conflict)

My “inner female” appears to be in conflict or perhaps even in danger, struggling with something, hung up for a time in a battle of some sort. There’s a lot of potential stinging going on with this card, given the huge scorpion and the little bee in each corner.


(6) the “masculine person” in me

THE STAR (Renewal)

Seems a little odd to see my “inner male” represented by a nude female, but let’s see what we can do with that. Key Words for The Star are Renewal, Hope, Enlightenment. When I compare this with the “feminine person” (number 5, above), it seems my “masculine person” is much more positive, optimistic, and upbeat. We might even say it is “tuned to a higher vibration” (Major Arcana card).


(7) the “special person” in me 

SIX OF CUPS (Nostalgia)

The “special person” in me is nostalgic, a bit attached to the distant past, to childhood and a less complicated existence, to a time when all the possibilities for happiness lay ahead. At the same time, this “special person” also tends to remember and revisit negative experiences from the past that re-create the negative feelings they engendered at the time.


(8) the “insignificant person” in me

THREE OF SWORDS (Pain)

This is a very interesting positional definition, in my opinion. Does it mean a genuinely insignificant aspect of my inner person or an aspect perceived to be insignificant that needs to be noticed? The Three of Swords suggests emotional pain and mental anguish. Is the card telling me that any emotional pain or mental anguish I currently experience is “insignificant” in the long term? Or is it telling me that I need to deal with that pain and anguish and NOT treat it as insignificant?


(9) the “mature person” in me

THE HIGH PRIESTESS (Meditation)

It’s hard to imagine anyone more “mature” than The High Priestess! She is peace and quiet, internal exploration, balance, and an understanding of hidden mysteries. Indeed, the “mature person” in me focuses on these things, bringing me closer to achieving inner peace.


My “inner self” seems to consist of a lot of Fire and Air power with all the Wands and Swords and just ones Cups card to represent Water. If I use elemental associations for the Majors, I have Earth (Hierophant), Air (The Star), and Water (The High Priestess). Those three Majors (nameless person, masculine person, and mature person) are so positive, hopeful, stable, and strong – I see them as anchors of stability and wisdom for my Inner Self.