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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lenormand Horoscopes for May 2016

Ah, yes, indeed! It is time to share my Lenormand horoscopes with all who eagerly await them. As always, I hope you will find them fun and perhaps even useful!

This month your horoscope is brought to you by the Celtic Lenormand, written by Chloƫ McCracken with artwork by Will Worthington (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) To read my review of this deck, click HERE.



Aries: COFFIN (8)
All things come to an end at some time, dear Aries. An ending can be good or bad, depending on your perspective. Even if this ending is something you desired or caused to happen, it is important to allow a time of mourning. Something has changed. Something is missing from your life. Significant number: 8

Taurus: BIRDS – CHICKENS (12)
The domestic scene on this card draws your attention to relationships and interaction with siblings and friends, or perhaps a “motherly” woman. If you happen to talk to someone about another person, be especially aware of what you are saying and how that person might feel if he or she heard you. Gossip doesn’t serve anyone well. Significant numbers: 12, 3

Gemini: DOG (18)
This month, take some time to think about what loyalty, friendship, and faithfulness mean to you. How do you demonstrate these traits to others? This may be a month when you draw a long-term companion to you. Just take care not to allow these admirable traits to become stifling. Significant numbers: 18, 9


Cancer: PATHS (22)
Nothing says “make a choice” better than a fork in the road, Cancer. Here we see a path that splits around an engraved standing stone. One side of the path goes towards a body of water; the other goes uphill toward a forest. You do have options, whether you think so or not. You simply have to make the best decision you can with the information available. Significant numbers: 22, 4

Leo: TREE – HOLLY (5)
The appearance of the Holly Tree for you this month suggests an emphasis on health (body-mind-spirit) or your physical environment, Leo. The Holly is the tree of winter, and even if the literal season is not winter where you live, you may need to take a bit of a “winter” approach by looking inward or “hibernating” in some fashion for a time. Look for ways to nurture your health as well as your local environment. Significant number: 5

Virgo: FLOWERS (9)
Virgo, you are encouraged this month to bring forth beauty in whatever way you can. It may literally involved planting flowers or your efforts may take some other form. Make something, give something, share something beautiful that comes from your heart. Significant number: 9


Libra: FISH (34)
This month brings material success to Libras, possibly in the area of trade and commerce. There is a need to focus on quality rather than quantity. Find your own path rather than allowing yourself to be pushed along someone else’s. Swim against the tide if you have to! And don’t forget to share the wealth. Significant numbers: 34, 7

Scorpio: RING (25)
Scorpio, you are likely to make a pledge this month – an engagement or marriage is not out of the question, but this could also be any kind of promise or commitment that you don’t take lightly. Something in your life would benefit from your dedication.  Significant numbers: 25, 7

Sagittarius: CLOUDS (6)
Difficulties, delays, and confusion may take up your time and energy this month, Sagittarius. First of all, understand that the clouds of uncertainty will eventually clear. Meanwhile, bring your mind to bear on matters that depress or perplex you. It may help to seek greater insight into yourself, with the idea that this insight can help you deal better with ambiguity in your life. Significant number: 6


Capricorn: HOUSE (4)
A card representing house and home brings your message this month, Capricorn. As an Earth sign, you value security and stability, which often can be represented in your house or home. This month, you may experience pleasure in the knowledge that you are in a safe, secure position. However, you might just be feeling a bit trapped or stagnant. If that’s the case, try not to overreact. Significant number: 4

Aquarius: LILIES (30)
Lilies suggest fertility, purity, harmony, and innocence – qualities that Aquarians may desire or experience this month. Sexual relationships may come into focus, and you may find that you question the extent of your emotional involvement with someone. When it comes from a place of love, sexuality is sacred. But it can also be a minefield of feelings and complications. Significant numbers: 30, 3

Pisces: KEY (33)
Prepare to unlock a door somewhere this month, Pisces! A solution to a problem is at hand as you acquire new insight or a revelation of something that once was hidden. What you discover may inspire you, but there is also a chance that you won’t be entirely pleased with what you find. Still, it is better to see and know the truth than to remain in uncertainty and darkness. Significant numbers: 33, 6

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Old English Tarot: 4 of Cups

In today's blog entry, Helen Howell continues her exploration of cards from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Old English Tarot
Four of Cups
by Helen Howell

Old English Tarot

I have to say that if I didn’t know the traditional meaning from the Rider Waite deck for the 4 of Cups I would be totally stumped with the image shown on the Old English Card. All we have are four cups and beneath them a figure playing two flutes.

Rider Tarot
The LWB tells us that the meanings attributed to this card are: Weariness, disappointment, a bitter experience (Reversed: Fresh possibilities, new relationships.) Well, I guess if we look at the figure having to play two flutes at one time, we could assume that he would become weary of this and maybe disappointed that the other flute player didn’t turn up!

Its more traditional brother, the Rider Waite, gives us more to get our teeth into and we see a figure sitting under a tree, arms crossed and eyes looking downwards. In front of him are three cups and a fourth is being offered as a gift, but alas he sees none of these things. Yes, our figure is bored with life and discontent with his lot so that he misses the opportunity of what is available to him.

Now, I supposed our flute player could also get bored having to play those two flutes all by himself; however, as I said, if I didn’t know the basic meaning of the Rider Waite card I would certainly have had trouble trying to decide what the Old English card was representing.

You’ll have to make your own minds up about this one.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Week Ahead Reading with Mystical Wisdom

As promised in _my review of the Mystical Wisdom card deck_, written by Gaye Guthrie with art by Josephine Wall (U.S. Games Systems Inc.), I am doing a 3-card reading described in the guidebook that accompanies this deck.

This spread looks at the week ahead, with one card pulled for each of these positions: (1) beginning of the week, (2) middle of the week, and (3) end of the week. The purpose is to reveal “what will present itself for the coming week or what issues you need to focus on.”

1..............2..............3

(1) beginning of the week: GRATITUDE

“Be grateful for all you have.”

Such a nice way to start the week! I do believe that I am constantly grateful (and a bit awestruck) by all that I have in all areas of my life. That said, I don’t feel it is a crime to have ideas about things I might like to be different in some way. The advice from this deck is: “First, you have to ask what it is that you would like to receive or change in your life. Believe it is possible, then let it happen.” The mantra for this card: “I am grateful for life’s gifts of peace, love and joy.”

(2) middle of the week: FRIENDSHIP 

“Nurture your relationships.”

A lovely sentiment for mid-week. In this age of the internet, there are people I haven’t even met who *feel* like friends to me. We have connected in some area at some level, and I enjoy their “virtual company.” I have never been one to cultivate a large group of friends. I am most comfortable interacting one-to-one with individuals, having a few close friends. I have made a point of nurturing friendships that go way, way back to my childhood as well as forming new relationships. The mantra for this card: “I love and appreciate my friends.”

(3) end of the week: DRAGONFLY

“Live life to the fullest.”

This piece of advice may seem simple on the surface, but I think each individual really has to explore what it means to them. Some people might interpret it to mean that you should throw caution to the wind and jump with both feet into anything and everything that strikes your fancy or piques your curiosity. Don’t think about health or safety or other people’s feelings or anything but enjoying the moment. Personally, if that is what living life “to the fullest” means, I do not want it. The guidebook for the Mystical Wisdom deck points out that dragonflies are one of the only creatures that can fly up, down, sideways, and backwards. The booklet also tells us that living life to the fullest involves living “your truest life. . .knowing who you are and what you want…” as well as making “informed decisions.”  The mantra for this card: “I am emotionally strong and live my life without regrets.” (Well, that’s easier said than done!!!!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: Mystical Wisdom Card Deck

R E V I E W

Mystical Wisdom Card Deck 
by Gaye Guthrie (Author)
Josephine Wall (Author, Illustrator)
46 cards; 64-page guidebook



TOP LINE (formerly Bottom Line)

Using the word “Mystical” or “Mystic” in the name of a product pretty much ensures that I will want to take a close look at it. (Observe my Tarot/Oracle card collection featuring such titles as Mystic Dreamer, Mystic Faerie, Mystical Cats, Mystic Spiral). I’m not big on “Angel” oracles, so I was delighted to see that in addition to angelic influences, the creators of the Mystical Wisdom card deck incorporated gods, goddesses, fairies, and animal spirit guides. (My favorites are the animal spirit cards, but you probably already knew that!)

I’m also not a big fan of saccharine messages and affirmations, especially when paired with airy-fairy art that is somehow supposed to make everything okay (it doesn’t), so I am pleased to note that the Mystical Wisdom cards (while certainly inspirational and uplifting) allow for awareness and exploration of life’s complexities. As I mentioned below under “Art,” the depth of color, detail, and imagination in each of these cards is truly satisfying.

This deck is a wonderful choice for a daily card draw – either for inspiration or to answer a specific question. The deck creators also suggest a 3-card spread that would cover the beginning of the week, the middle of the week, and the end of the week. The deck also works well with Past-Present-Future-Outcome readings and the Celtic Cross. Watch this blog for a reading with this deck to appear soon!

I also appreciate the following comments, found in the guidebook: “The cards offer you choices and options. It is up to you or the seeker to determine what is right for you at the time of the reading. The universe works in mysterious ways so the timing of indicated events may occur either sooner than predicted, or you may have to wait a little longer…” I tell my clients this with every reading I provide.

THE PUBLISHER'S PRODUCT SUMMARY

“Featuring the enchanting artwork of Josephine Wall, the Mystical Wisdom Deck provides guidance for the present and inspiration for the future. Archangels, goddesses, spirit animals, fairies and wonderful, mystical creatures deliver uplifting messages and gentle advice to help you get past all of life’s challenges and get back to joy! The Mystical Wisdom Deck includes 46 cards with a 64-page illustrated guidebook full of hope and wisdom.

Other decks with artwork by Josephine Wall: Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards and Whispers of Love Oracle Cards.”

BASIC INFORMATION

The Mystical Wisdom card deck in intended to “provide a form of divination inspired by the gods, goddesses, angels, and animal spirit guides.”

The 64-page guidebook includes a section on How to Use the Mystical Wisdom Cards (three angel cards for guidance and protection, eight animal guides, and 35 other cards for insight and inspiration); a section on Reading the Cards with 1-card, 3-card, 4-card, and Celtic Cross spreads; a page About Gaye Guthrie; and a page About Josephine Wall. The middle of the booklet consists of a page on each card that provides the title of the card, a keyphrase (both of which appear on the cards themselves), a description of the card meaning, and a Mantra.

For example:

Card Title: GOOD FORTUNE
Keyphrase: Invite Magic In
Card Meaning: “Welcome to the magic of life! All good things are coming your way. You deserve your heart’s desires, so allow yourself to feel good now. When you send out positive energy and are ready to receive, providence gets into action. You don’t need to understand how this happens, just trust that the universe is at work and will rearrange itself to make the right things happen for you. After you have asked for what you desire, give thanks and trust that it will occur.”
Mantra: “I trust in the magic of life to fulfill my desires.”

The guidebook tells us that reversed cards or cards that fall out when shuffling “mean that you need to pay more attention to the issue connected to the message in the card” and adds, “It does not automatically come with a negative interpretation.” (emphasis mine)


APPEARANCE, SIZE, QUALITY

Printed on sturdy stock, the cards measure 3-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches – too large to “poker shuffle” (which I don’t recommend anyway) but easy enough to shuffle using other methods. The artwork benefits from this size, as well as from the lack of borders.

Card backs are pink and yellow design, reversible except for the publisher's stamp, which is barely noticeable along the side near the bottom of each card.

The booklet is sturdy, with a lovely full-color glossy cover. Illustrations inside the booklet are grayscale. Text is black on white stock, serif font, easy to read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a Lifestyle Coach and Psychic Medium, Gaye Guthrie is no stranger to the world of magic and miracles, and she is well qualified to inspire hope, comfort, and the courage to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. She is the founder of _Angel Power Exclusive_, whose mission it is “to inspire, uplift, nurture and empower the human spirit through the medium of Angels.”




ART 

Quoting from Josephine Wall’s web site: “From childhood Josephine has had a passion for light and colour, fantasy and visual story telling. . . Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. Though she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.”

The art is almost always a make-or-break feature for me when I look at decks, and Josephine Wall’s artwork is gorgeous and so much more than “a pretty face.” Each card provides a wealth of detail, color, and imagination. From the rich, moody purple, blue, and indigo of the “Moving Forward” card to the cheery gold, yellow, and green of the “Vacation” card, Wall uses her palette with great skill, weaving into each image a story worth meditating upon.

To see more of Josephine Wall's art, visit her web site: http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/


In accordance with the FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I hereby disclose that this product was provided by the publisher for free. Other than the occasional review copy, I receive no monetary or in-kind compensation for my reviews.  The substance of my reviews is not influenced by whether I do or do not receive a review copy.