What Will People Say?

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It was 7 pm. Her friend and her Dad had come to pick her up. She walked down the stairs in her new jeans and a touch of eyeshadow. She’d saved up for weeks to buy it and tonight’s party was the reason why. As she reached the door, her mother stopped her

“What’s that on your eyes?”

From the tone of her voice she knew her mother didn’t approve.

“What will people say?”

A dense grey fog of guilt descended on her.  Make up, short skirts, large necklines, smoking, laughing out loud were the marks of a “bad girl”. The kind of girl the neighbour’s would nudge and stare at. Who’d never find a good match to marry. Who’d bring her family shame. The voices in her head were suddenly silenced.

“I don’t know. I won’t be listening” she replied and waved out to the car that was at the gate.

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Let it Rain

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As we get older we realise that some things are just not meant to be. Some friendships were meant to fizzle out. Some dreams didn’t happen. Some wounds just didn’t heal. And some desires would remain unfulfilled.  Acceptance is never easy and no one ever said it would be. But there does come a moment in all our lives when we have no choice but to shrug our shoulders and carry on. Only with acceptance can recovery and positive change begin. And the best thing to do while  it’s raining, is to let it rain.

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If you plant honesty – a short story

what-is-a-seedA successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you..”

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED… I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however.

He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful — in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed – Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!

His name is Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.

“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
* If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

– Anonymous

 

 

December 2018 Tarot Forecast

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The last forecast for the year 🙂

 

Aries

The past few weeks have you seen you work your hardest. And somewhere you may find yourself getting tired of the daily grind, the deadlines and the volumes of work. This month sees you slack off a little, just for a bit. To recharge your batteries or to simply bring back the work-life balance. You may take a day or two off to vegetate. Or just not feel like working at all. Even at home your family members may be quite annoyed with your attitude and may demand some attention. Go ahead take a break, just remember to get back though.

 

Taurus

Anxiety levels build up as you find yourself worrying about something. You may not even be able to pinpoint the source of tension but you do know that it’s eating you up from inside. Figure out what is it that’s upsetting you. At work you may feel a little scattered and disoriented. And your loved ones may wonder about your health. A visit to the doctor may be necessary about a recurring ailment. And if it’s your love life you’re concerned about, the cards assure you that all will be well. Soothing music will be very beneficial.

Gemini

Set an example if you want to lead the way. Initiate whatever it is that you want to create. People will only follow, listen and believe you when they see you taking the first step. You have the makings of a leader but first you will need to be the change you wish to see. A great time for alliances and networking, reach out and stay in touch with people in your industry. Even in your love life, you’ll need to be a little more proactive. Go on and ask that special someone out. Or be the first one to share your feelings. It’s time to be courageous and it’s time to make a difference.

Cancer

You know you cant go further if you continue to allow yourself to be trapped by your own fears. Things wont improve unless you face the situation with courage. And relax, things arent as bad as you fear them to be. A tense situation at the workplace could suddenly get defused. Or a dreaded event will not take place. Be strong and hopeful. Others are looking up to you. And you cannot let them down. Your better half may require a lot more attention and reassurance. And you know only you can prop them up. Get out and show them what you’re made of.

Leo

Somebody doesn’t want you to get ahead and you may have to deal with unpleasant people or sudden obstacles that have been deliberately placed on your path. Nobody wants to be out shined. And you’ll just have to be a little more creative along your way. Don’t defy authority but do stand up for what you believe in. Even in your personal life there may be a battle for power ahead of you. Both of you think you’re right, and both of you want to win the argument. How do you reach a compromise without losing your cool and without appearing too bossy? Go figure dear Leo, the game has just begun.

 

Virgo

A dishonest soul may reveal his or her true colours. You may discover an unpleasant truth about someone. Or find out who’s been behind the gossip lately. Instead of confronting them with anger try and find out what’s motivating them to behave this way. Or what you have said or done to deserve their angst. Your people skills are going to be put at test. Which means it’s all about how you get along with others and persuade them to do what you want. Single Virgos may feel a little lonely as many of your friends tie the knot. Don’t despair, your life partner is about to come into your life and it’s best to be just patient.

 

Libra

Time to re-evaluate your life. Start with your strengths and build upon them. Learn from your past mistakes. And get set for a new, more inspiring phase in your life. If you aren’t patient by nature, then you may find yourself in for a bit of a testing time. Delays may frustrate you but once you realized they’re only there to teach you things should sort themselves out. Your good heart may be taken as a sign of weakness by others. Do not allow others to use you or exploit you. Pay attention to what’s not being said by people around you.

 

Scorpio

Just when you were wondering if you had enough, an unexpected cheque arrives or a promise of gains comes your way. You manage to pay off a loan. And a part of your burden is lifted. This month brings relief your way. And you realise once again that you’ve been tested and you’ve passed with flying colours. Your dedication and diligence will never go unrewarded. A family member may turn to you for advice. And if you were planning to get married you may even fix a date in the days ahead.

 

Saggitarius

The past few months have seen a sense of maturity come into you. Things which used to upset you no longer do. And you know when enough’s enough. You may choose to leave a job or even end a relationship that just isn’t worth your time and effort anymore. Yes, there may be pain and sadness but in the long run, your own heart tells you it was all worth it. If you’ve been toying with the idea of going solo or starting your own consultancy or business, plans may begin to take shape. A good time to plan ahead.

Capricon

It’s time to expand your horizons. You know you’re destined for bigger and better things. And you may consider higher studies or learning a new skill in this period. Open your mind to new possibilities. And if you can use this time to travel, go forth. New people, new ideas, new opportunities beckon. Confront your limitations and then expand yourself. A relationship that begins now could be more valuable than you ever imagined. A new friend proves to be extremely helpful. Stay open minded.

Aquarius

Value your work and your talents. Appreciate yourself for all that you’ve done. If your self confidence has been low lately, it’s time to prop yourself up and be your own best friend. A job offer may come your way. And there’s even a hint of an award or some form of recognition ahead of you. Realize things are never quite what they seem. And if you’ve been wasting time and effort on a relationship that only leads to pain and disappointment, slowly withdraw. Now’s not the time to give to the undeserving. It’s time to nurture your soul and get ready for a new journey.

Pisces

The way you’re heading, you’re definitely going global. You may consider studying overseas or working in another country. An encounter with a visitor from another country opens your mind to a whole new set of possibilities. This is not a time for doubt but to go forth with confidence.  Expect praise and financial gains. What appears to be a stroke of good luck, is nothing but good karma. Look at what you’ve achieved so far, be thankful for your blessings. And know that life’s going to get better and more beautiful for you in the days to come.

 

 

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The bowl of noodles

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President Xi Jing Peng of China said:
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As a small child , I was very *selfish*, always grabbing the best for myself.🙄
Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I *didn’t think* it was my fault and I criticize others.🤔
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But my father gave me 3 sentences to *help* me in life.🤨
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One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and put them. on the table.🤔
One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.🙂
Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles 🍜 .

Because eggs were hard to come by those days…. I chose the bowl with egg! 🙂🙂🙂

I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg….to my surprise as my father’s bowl of noodles had *two* eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles ! 😀 😀

With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.🤔🤔

My father smiled and *taught* me to remember that *what your eyes see may not be true*😇 .

He added that *If you make a habit of *taking advantage of people, you will end up losing*😇
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The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.

Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted🤔

This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.🙂

Hmmmmmm to my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!😱

Again, my father smiled and said to me, *My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you*.

Never be too annoyed or sad, with situations, *just treat experience as learning a lesson experience that cannot be gotten from any textbooks.🤔🤔🙂
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The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles, one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.🤔🤨

He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted 🤔.

But this time, I told my father, *Dad, you choose first, you are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family*.

My father was happy to and choose for me🙌🏽🙌🏽t

He chose the bowl with one egg on top, but as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise! There were *two* eggs at the bottom of the bowl.👍🏽🙂
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My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, he said *my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you*😇
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I always remember these 3 sentences of my father
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Xi Jing Peng

Tarot and Vedic Astrology. A comparative study

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Tarot and Vedic Astrology. A comparative study.

Tarot from the West.

Vedic Astrology from the East.

Are they poles apart, incomparable to one another?

Or are there connections between the two.

Let’s have a look.

Origins

The first Tarot deck can be traced back to 14th century Italy. Vedic Astrology or Jyotish first received mention in Vedic texts over 5600 years ago.  Both were patronised by the nobility and gain popularity over the years.

Foundations

The Tarot is based on the present moment energy. Vedic Astrology is based on the position of planets during your time of birth and during the time of a reading. Both tools of divination can be used to understand and learn about the past, the present and the future potential of  an individual during a consultation.

Tools

In Tarot the reader reads from a deck of 78 cards which represent the journey of the soul from birth to death. And in Vedic Astrology, the astrologer interprets the chart from the position of the planets and their transits as represented in their chart, which is drawn after scientific calculation.

Prerequisites to Knowledge

In order to give answers the Vedic Astrologer is required to understand Astronomy as well as have the ability to calculate the positions of degrees and angles in the planets in relation to one another. In Tarot, a thorough understanding of the 78 cards is expected from a Tarot reader who then interprets the question using knowledge and the power of intuition to answer the question.

Levels of Accuracy

Neither a Tarot reading nor a Vedic Astrology reading is 100% accurate both are open to human interpretation and human error in judgement.

Prediction of Exact Dates

Many Vedic Astrologers say this science has the ability to predict dates, but Aacharya Adityaa  says “it can give you a probability of when the event takes place.” Upma Shrivastava says vedic astrology “goes beyond prediction helping to bring a change in your atitude towards life”

On the other hand Tarot can offer broad time frames when energy shifts and although there are suits to indicate Seasons and court cards to indicate Zodiac signs, exact dates are rarely given on the basis of the cards alone.

Role of Intuition

Intuition plays a role in both. Some call it the sixth sense, some call it clairvoyance, but it’s the little extra insight provided by both the Astrologer and the Tarot reader.

In Vedic Astrology too, as Upma Shrivastava, puts it ” the moment I open someone’s chart my intuition is activated as I see the planetary positions affecting a person’s current state”where as Aacharya Aditya concludes ” Prediction has a direct relationship with your intuition power”

In Tarot readings the reader uses his or her intuition to interpret the messages of the cards while tuning into the querent’s energies. However, the Tarot works more like a life guide and predictions are only part of a reading. The rest is an understanding of your situation, the choices you have ahead of you and how you can move forward.

Both the Tarot and Vedic Astrology work in tandem with one another. Both offer insights about what may be happening and what could happen and they complement one another in many ways. Neither is superior nor inferior, they are just two methods of helping you find clarity, peace and direction.

 

By Mita Bhan (with valuable collaborative inputs by Aacharya Aaditya and Upma Srivastava Tel – 8130908560)

 

 

 

 

7 of Swords. Pants on Fire.

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Clang! One of the swords fell out just as the thief was about to slip out the door.

“What was that sound?”

“Nothing” he squeaked shrilly, avoiding her gaze.

She bent down and picked up the fallen sword. It looked familiar, too familiar in fact. She had heard the story a hundred times before from a hundred different faces with a hundred different masks of innocence.

He smiled nervously, shifting ever so slightly and proceeded to give her a chronological sequence of events as to how he got the sword, how he felt it needed a little polishing, and how he managed to get a discount at the polishing shop, so well he thought it would be a nice gift to return, you know a polished sword.

His words sounded rehearsed. Too perfect.

“I don’t believe you” she said calmly.

She caught a fleeting glimpse of anger on his face. The mask was dropping. He roared at her for never believing him. Called her names. Ranted and raged. Loudly proclaimed his inoccence. And ran for his life into the night.

(Although there are many meanings around the 7 of Swords I’ve always found the definition “the liar, the thief and the conman” to be the most appropriate description)

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November 2018 Tarot Forecast

November 2018 Tarot Forecast

Aries

You may feeling trapped in a situation or a relationship that seems impossible to get out of. Look at things objectively. Are you really stuck or are your imaginary fears holding you back? Time to face whatever it is that holds you back boldly and break free. A good month to reconnect with people you’ve meaning to meet for a while. And sorting out financial matters.  Expect stress but remember it will only be temporary. Take frequent breaks if it’s starts building up.

Taurus

After a phase of disappointments and delays, hope reappears in your life. A gateway of possibilities opens up and you feel renewed. A month of creative inspiration, spiritual growth and even some dreams coming true, it’s time to tap into your truest potential. Love matters blossom and you may find yourself getting more attention than before. Enjoy this phase dear Taurean. But do watch out for splurging unecessarily, before you shop ask yourself if you truly need the things.

Gemini

Busy Busy days ahead. If you tend to get overwhelmed by the number of things to get done, get organised and delegate. A month of meetings, parties and reunions. Family members will support your decision to change your life. And you may take the initial steps towards important life changing choices. A sense of harmony pervades the weeks ahead, just make sure not to overindulge in the good things. Discovery seems to be the key word as you open your mind to possibilities and discover an old friend.

 

Cancer

You may have a tendency to trust the wrong people. Or give much more than you receive. This month sees you facing a few unpleasant truths about others . Or feeling used so do stop this trend before it gets to you. In the job front, expect a shocking a revelation or a the sudden departure of a trusted colleague. Financially not a month for taking unecessary risks, it’s time to hold on to what you have, reassess things and then move forth. Health matters remain stable but bringing in a little more self discipline into your daily routine could do wonders.

Leo

If you dont ask for what you want, you wont get it. Speak out, ask and persuade. This month sees you taking more charge of an area in your life you’ve been a little casual about. Streamlining, organising and decluttering seem to take centre stage and you discover the joys of living minimally. An older woman may need attention and do heed the advice of your elders. Express yourself more emotionally with your loved ones. Your expenses may go a little overboard so do control your spending.

Virgo

If you feel taken for granted, ask yourself if you are taking others for granted too. Dont allow the behaviour of others to get you stuck in a pattern of disappointment. Break out of the predictable routine this month and do something totally different. Or better still, identify a personal weakness and work on it. Money and work matters run smoothly though your heart may be elsewhere. You may go through a phase of absolute boredom with your routine. Watch out for a nagging ailment, timely treatment is advised.

Libra

If something’s truly broken and over, don’t waste time trying to fix it. Walk away and focus on something else. A month for learning to overcome setbacks, realise the weeks ahead of you are teaching you to be more resilient and flexible. A promising project or offer could fizzle out mysteriously. Just move onwards, the cards advise. Earnings begin to start increasing over the following months. Friendships deepen and a special someone may commit. Realise that the only things you have control over are you own thoughts.

Scorpio

Feelings of well being, harmony and peace dominate your energies. You feel more relaxed with your achievements and pretty confident about the future. People pick up your vibe and you may find yourself more popular in certain circles. A good month to meet old friends and family and show them how much you care. A sudden flirtation could turn into a short, sweet romance. This month favours financial gains, lucky breaks and money that was owed to you will show promises of being returned.

Saggitarius

After a few hiccups in the beginning of the month or the start of a project, things start to move swiftly and smoothly. The more clear your goals are, the faster you will reach them. Watch out for bouts of impatience and irritability at the work place. Coworkers may not appreciate your gung-ho approach and may slow down the pace. A lovely month for redecoration and renewal, your creativity is at its height and you may spend on art and artefacts. Travel plans may be delayed, but your optimism allows you to overcome any setback.

Capricorn

Something comes to an end and something new begins. You may start a new job, shift houses, or break up with an old friend in this period of change. Don’t look back, this is only part of change, and what’s ahead looks brighter and better. Since you’ve discovered your worth you won’t settle for anything lesser. It’s okay to be choosy, just dont take so much time that the opportunity floats away.  Promises may be made for long term financial gains and earnings. Keep an open mind to differing points of view.

Aquarius

If you’ve in conflict over something, or struggling with a challenging atmosphere, the cards foretell resolution and the return of peace. Use logic and facts to back up what you say and people will believe you. An older man at the workplace may controlling. This month favours discussions, debates, negotiations and planning. The more detailed your plan, the more success there is ahead. Healthwise recovery is assured but some sort of compromise needs to be brought in to your daily lifestyle.

Pisces

Clarity at last. A mystery is solved. Secrets are revealed. As you evolve you discover that everything is never really black and white, but more a shade of grey. A good month to prioritise your to-do list. Don’t waste time on non essentials. An important decision will be made regarding your future. A month of partying and pleasure but do remember not to go overboard.

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As energies change so will your Tarot reading.

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The Tarot is based on the present moment, the cards pick up and reflect  the energies that surround you right now in the Universe. As energies change (which they will constantly in the Universe) so will the answers. However as I have seen in the case of repeated questions, the major issues and dominant personality traits remain the same. Sometimes the same card is repeated but many a times, the cards change with every subsequent reading.

For example a young man who  had a reading about a transfer in his company 3 times in one month. The first time the cards assured him of long term success professionally, a need to be patient and positive. He had informed the Management, had reached out to a few key people he had worked with earlier and had to focus on completing the project in hand.

In the second reading, the cards revealed recent conflicts and obstacles which would delay or sabotage his transfer. The querent admitted to having a  loud, verbal disagreement with a coworker who complained to the Management. The energies had changed around him and so had the outcome.  The 10 of pentacles returned assuring him of long term success but a need to handle the crisis coolly and professionally lest there be dire consequences.

His third reading followed a week later. His contract had  been terminated and there were no signs of renewal nor any responses to his request for a transfer. Clearly the cards had changed and reflected the changes in his energy and his company towards him. However, long term professional success was still assured but a change in his current path was suggested.

The Universe is in a constant flux, nothing remains the same. A single thought or act on part of the querent can totally change the reading. To quote the wise ones “nothing is every carved in stone, as energies change so does the outcome”

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Tarot. More Than The Future.

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Most people turn to the Tarot purely for predictions, not realizing that these ancient deck of cards can offer so much more to the querent than just what will happen tomorrow.

Here are a few ways that you can fully tap into the potential of the Tarot.

  1. Self Development – The Tarot answers questions about the inner self in a way no other tool of divination can. Not only can it help you guide you to ways of  self improvement, it can point areas of strength, weakness and potential we all possess. Questions like “What do I need to learn about being a better parent to my children?” “What do I need to understand about a recurring dream?” “How can I make this relationship work?”
  2. Ideas and Direction – Many fiction and non fiction writers use the Tarot cards  for plot development and even character insights.
  3. Learning about symbolism of ancient cultures. The vivid imagery in each card speaks a lot more than eye can see and the Tarot gives you an insight into the world of occult symbols and their meanings be it from the Celts, the Ancient Egyptians etc.
  4. Clarity when it comes to understanding yourself and others. The Tarot reveals character traits, why a person may be facing a particular challenge and even a way forward.
  5. Although the Tarot cannot “make a decision” for us, it can offer us an indepth look into our choices eg “If I take up the new job offer what can I expect?”
  6. Tool for Meditation. Many readers love use the Tarot cards as a tool for meditation and many have even helped their querents focus on areas which they’d like to make peace with.

The next time you open your deck of cards for self study or go for a reading, consider tapping into the total potential of the Tarot, going beyond what will happen tomorrow, to what you can do right now for yourself. Remember, it’s all about the question you ask.

 

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