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I continue with the videos about the art of spreading cards, today it is time to talk about the cards I use.

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HOW TO USE GEMSTONE ORACLE CARDS

HOW TO USE GEMSTONE ORACLE CARDS?

I have written a post about how to use cards, you may want to recall the advice in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Here is the information taken from the booklet to the deck Gemstones Predict Future:

MEANING OF CARDS

In the booklet you will find descriptions of divinationary meanings, zodiac signs and planets traditionally associated with the stone are provided next to its name. Below a specific meaning of the card in a regular and reversed position is presented, the first word, written in capital letters, is the basic and most important essence of the stone. While interpreting a spread you are to choose the adequate meaning from all of the ones provided. Your intuition and experience acquired by regular excersising will help you find a precise interpretation. Good luck!

Gemstones have been divided into six groups containing the stones of the following colours:

1. white and clear

2. blue and purple

3. yellow, orange and brown

4. green

5. red and pink

6. black and grey

Each of the colour groups contains seven gemstones placed in order 1 – 7. Thus each gemstone is characterised by the number which corresponds to its position in a group and adds additional symbolic meaning.

Number One is a kind of ‘ace’, stones numbered as One are the ones of purest vibration in each group.

Number Two signifies division and movement.

Number Three stands for synthesis and spirituality.

Number Four indicates matter and Earth.

Number Five represents excellence and human being.

Number Six marks balance and intuition.

Number Seven states fulfilment and a full circle.

There is a sign on each card presenting its number; all these signs have been created from sections making the symbol of number. Here are the symbolic representations of  cards’ numerical value.

one 1  – One

two 2 – Two

three 3 – Three

four 4 – Four

five 5 – Five

six 6 – Six

seven 7 – Seven

I HAVE PERSONAL REQUEST FOR YOU

All of you who read the cycle about gemstones, especially English native speakers: could you please give me feedback about the text? Is it comprehensible? Are there any expressions or phrases that are not clear for you? Are there any things that could be expressed better or more naturally in English?

I am planning to offer this translation to a publishing house so I want it to be as good as possible. Thank you in advance for your remarks!

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A SHORT GUIDE HOW TO USE CARDS (PART 4)

HOW TO READ SPREADS?

1. I strongly suggest using specific spreads while working with cards rather than picking random ones to answer your question. You can start with simple spreads containing not more than 5-7 cards. The more you  practise the easier it becomes for you to see the story the cards convey and you can move to bigger and more sophisticated spreads.

2. When you fill all the places in the spread, have a look and analyse their meaning on a certain position (it makes the difference if the card signifying money lies on the position of a problem or an ultimate outcome). You should also associate the meanings of neighbouring cards to see the connections between them and view the cards from ‘a flying bird’ perspective to catch the whole of the spread.

3. Whenever you feel you are not sure about your interpretation, you can add another card to clarify the meaning.

SHOULD I USE REVERSE CARDS?

It is up to you. There are various interpretations what exactly the upside down position means: some treat it as a negative meaning of a card while for others it only suggests delays in accomplishing the aim. Personally I don’t use reversed cards because this way of using them decreases spreadings to maths: normal position=good, reversed position=bad. It’s not so easy. Life is not black and white and neither is any situation we ask the cards about. I usually simply try to read the story the cards tell me without changing their position. Also I don’t recommend reversing them from the technical reason because you simply are not able to see what’s on the card when it is reversed.

HOW TO START READING THE SPREAD

I always start with shuffling the cards and posing the question. Then I apply the technique called the shift. I place the deck on the table next I take a part of it and place it on the table again and from the remaining part I also take a part and place it as the third row.

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Then I turn over and uncover each row.

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This easy technique provides me with basic information about the situation inquired (especially the present). In the example you can clearly see that the person is thinking of starting anew in another place (most probably abroad). Then I spread the cards according to one of above mentioned patterns to provide further information whether this plan will succeed or not.

WHAT SPREADS TO USE?

ONE CARD

It is not a regular spread but may sometimes be the simplest way to find out the answer: you form the question and pick just one card.

THREE CARDS

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1. Past

2. Present

3. Future

A SIMPLE CROSS

a simple cross spread

1. Reason of the situation you are inquiring (often showing past event, situation or people)

2. What you cannot avoid/what you have no influence on

3. What you can do/what you have influence on

4. What measures to take/what to do to resolve the situation, also what obstacles you may come across

5. The final outcome

A CELTIC CROSS

a Celtic cross spread

1. an event, situation or person which describes what the inquiring person is asking about, present situation and their conscious attitude to the probem

2. the real source of problem or blockade, situation how it really is, not how it is perceived by the person inquiring

3. consciousness, intentions, what the person inquring concentrates on, the position showing rational thinking and planning

4. subconciousness, codes from the distant past, inner limitations, experiences which the person inquiring does not even remember, behavioral patterns which s/he is not even aware of and tries to rationalise them, the ways of dealing with problems whch s/he learnt in the past; karmic influences are also shown here

5. near past, around 1 year time

6. near future, the immediate and direct result of how the person inquiring decided to resolve the problem, information whether the plans will be carried out or obstacles will appear

7. the inquiring person’s perception of their own potential and possibilities to resolve the problem; a partial response to the card number 3 which tells about our plans and intentions, card number 7 tells us whether the person perceives himself/herself to be capable to carry it out to the end

8. the inquiring person’s environment: family, friends, colleagues but also authorities, debts, enemies and all the outside influence on the situation; this position also shows how the person is perceived by the outside world and whether s/he will get any help from it or not

9. hopes&fears

10. the ultimate outcome; it shows not only how this situation will be resolved over time but also how the person will feel about it, it may turn out that the near future outcome from position 6 will not neceessairly be positive in a couple of years time and the person may feel disappointed; it shows the far reaching consequences of decision shown in card 6

Positions 1-5 are the central part of the spread and show the person himself/herself while positions 6-10 present what will be happening with the him/her. It is also good to compare card 3 (consciousness) with card 4 (subconsciousness); with wrong codes shown in the area of subconsciousness it is difficult or even impossible to carry out the plans and intentions. When time comes to execute the plan, consciousness reaches out to subconciousness to get the behavioral patterns so inner distortions and limitations may thwart the plan (it will also be shown in cards 6 and 10 which show what decision the person whill make based on the combination of conscious and subconscious influences). Position 5 should also by analysed with position 9 which informs us about the person’s hopes and fears because past events leave their mark on our expectations and attitudes.

(For the explanation of the Celtic cross spread I used the analysis of Danuta the Tarot Reader).

For my own purpose I combined some spreads into one which I call ‘Eleven’ and perhaps I will present it on the blog one day.

TO BE CONTINUED

A SHORT GUIDE HOW TO USE CARDS (PART 3)

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF?

1. Prepare yourself and your space. Find time and place when you feel safe, you do not have to hurry and no one interrupts you. The time of spreading cards is just for you, tell your family not to bother you for some time and turn your phone off, you will need a moment of silence and concentration. It does not matter when you spread cards, a morning kind of person feels fine when reading them at 6 am while for  ‘night owls’ such time definitely is not the best moment. Whenever you want to do it, just make sure you are not  tired, sick nor distracted and you can concentrate on this task only.

2. Light a candle and/or an incense, they are said to raise vibrations by keeping the lower ones away  and making you feel calm. You can also use protective symbols such as a pentagram. Some people need  absolute silence but if gentle music helps you to concentrate, you can play it. It is good to ask  Higher Forces for help and protection (be it God/Goddess, Nature or your Higher Self). Regardless of how blasphemous it may seem for some highly religious people, I always address my questions to The One&his  Wisdom.

3. Calm down and focus on your question (look below how to form it properly). You can meditate if it  helps you. Keep your emotions on the leash especially if the question concerns you, otherwise your  wishes and emotional states will show up in the spread instead of clear answers. If you are not centered, cards will express what you WANT to see, not the best possible solution.

4. It is very important to spread cards when both your body and mind are healthy and in good condition.  Working with cards requires a lot of mental energy and you can feel exhausted when you finish. Do not do  anything because you are pressured or challenged. If you do not feel like spreading cards, better stay away from them.

5. Each person has their own rituals. Personally I have a set of activities before spreading cards: I  wash my hands, I place a dark tablecloth, I concentrate by asking myself ‘What will cards tell  me? What will be their answer to my question?’. With time you will probably develop your own rituals.

HOW TO FORM QUESTIONS?

The basic thing while spreading cards is a well-formed question. Cards answer any question sufficiently  on the condition they understand it.

1. Make sure you ask about one thing at the time. Do not ask, Will he break up with me and if so will he be with someone else and will I find someone else too and who will it be? Limit yourself to Will he break up with me? and if the answer is positive, you can ask another question, How will my emotional life will look like after that?

2. Do not repeat the already asked question unless the situation has changed. Do not try to ask for the same thing using similar questions (first, Does he cheat on me? and later, Is he faithful to me?). Personally I would like to discourage you from asking the same question to different divinationary systems hoping that the answer will be different. If he is to break up, he will do it anyway and runes will only show it in a different way than Tarot or Lenormand cards. If you asked a question and spread the cards, you have to be satisfied with the answer you got. Accept it. Cards are not toys.

3. It is good to ask precise questiones aimed at resolving the problem, What can I do to make him stay?.

4. Do not ask questions such as Should I dump him first? or Will it be good if I dump him first? Cards will not make decision instead of you and you should not make them responsible for you own life. It would be better to ask them, What will happen if I break up with him?

5. When you hesitate what to do, you can first spread cards asking question, What will happen if I break up with him? and next asking question What will happen if I stay with him?. Then you can compare spreads and make a decision.

6. Do not confuse cards. Do not ask, Does he love me or not? because you convey two contradictory issues in one question. Remember to ask as clear and precise questions as possible. The more concrete, specific and definite question the more concrete, specific and definite answer.

7. When asking questions about other people say or think of their name and date or birth. It will direct the energy towards this specific person. I suggest not to ask questions about people with whom we have no direct relations. They are aimed not at helping people but satisfying your curious ego so you better not ask, Will Angelina dump Brad?.

8. I suggest not to ask questions which can be answered without spreading cards such as Am I pregnant?. It is easier and safer to go to chemist’s and get a pregnancy test. For the same reason it makes no sense to ask cards will the royal baby be a boy or a girl. You will find out in a couple of months time.

9. The only question you should never ask is When I/Mr X/Ms Y will die?. It is not up to us to decide about other people’s fate.  Only The One&his Wisdom know the answer.

10. I suggest writing the question and making a picture of a spread. You can come back to them later to verify your interpretation. As a professional translator I can see many similarities with the craft of making translation: the first version is a draft, you prepare it simply by using your knowledge of target and source language. Then you have to leave it for some time and occupy your mind with different issues because when you come back to it later, you will have a fresh and more objective look. It’s the same with spreading cards, you ask a question, place the cards, search for meanings and form an interpretaion. You can later verify what you predicted and add your personal meanings to cards, find out your mistakes etc. This is how you learn.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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A SHORT GUIDE HOW TO USE CARDS (PART 2)

THE CHOICE OF DECK

As I have already mentioned in my last post the choice of deck depends mostly on the sort of question you want to pose. If a question is specific, I’d suggest divinationary cards such as Tarot, runes or Lenormand. Remember that despite the fact that they have a strict strucutre, you may come across different types of decks.

TAROT

There are three standard pattern decks of Tarot cards:

– Tarot of Marseilles, most probably the oldest deck which appears for the first time in the XVth century

– Rider Waite Smith Tarot created by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith and published in 1909

– Thoth Tarot Deck created by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris and published in 1969

There is a plethora of different Tarot decks available but if you don’t have much experience with this type of cards, I recommend using one of the above mentioned decks as they fully represent the symbolic language of Tarot.

RUNES

The original Elder Futhark used by German and Norse tribes consists of 24 runes presented either on wood, stones or paper. In many decks you will also come across ‘the 25th rune/the Blank Rune’ added by Ralph Blum in the XXth century. The decision whether you want to use it or not is up to you.

LENORMAND CARDS

The Lenormand cards took their name after a famous French card reader Mademoiselle Marie Anne Lenormand who opened a divinationary salon in Paris in late eighteenth century. She is said to spread cards for Emperor Napoleon but it is unclear what deck she was using. Mlle Lenormand is the patroness of two decks

– Lenormand Cards (36 card deck commonly known as le Petit Lenormand)

– Astro Mythological Lenormand (54 card deck commonly known as le Grand Lenormand)

REGULAR WORK WITH CARDS

If you have already decided on the divinationary system you’d like to use, your next step is to find the deck which suits you best. Do the research in the stores, have a look at the example cards and trust your gut feelings. If you don’t like a particular deck, you probably won’t communicate easily with it.

When you have your own deck, purify the cards above the flame and ask them to serve you best as they can. Of course it is necessary to read about basic meanings or to listen to experienced masters but I suggest starting your own work with cards from careful observation of each one. Have a look at the card, the scene depicted, its colours, symbols and details and try to find associations with culture, history and legends. What feelings does this card bring to you? What are your immediate reactions and thoughts? Do you like it? Why/Why not?

Don’t try to rationalise it nor learn the meanings of cards by heart, just use your imagination and intuition. Remember that no matter what cards you choose, they always tell you a story using the language of archetypes, symbols and colours, not the one of words. You are nothing but a translator. Don’t be afraid that you won’t understand it, just don’t expect to understand it perfectly from the very beginning. You don’t think that you’ll be speaking Chinese after the first lesson, right?

My advice is to work with cards on daily basis. Pick a card asking question, What will happen today?, What will be the most important event of this day? What is the best thing for me to do today? etc. You can write down your impressions and associations in a diary (or if you are a modern girl like me take notes via your phone or laptop ). It is an excellent way to learn on your own. Surely booklets or books concerning the topic are useful to some point but in the end it’s YOUR conversation with the deck. If you are too busy in the morning, you can always pick the card in the previous evening.

Remember that working with cards requires patience, time and dedication.

TO BE CONTINUED….

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A SHORT GUIDE HOW TO USE CARDS (PART 1)

I have recently noticed that many people come to my blog searching for the instructions how to use the cards. This is why I decided to write a couple of separate entries about the art of working and using different types of decks so that you can avoid common mistakes and enjoy their beautiful and magical world. I am not a professional card reader but since five years I have been regularly spreading various sorts of cards for myself and my friends and I learnt a lot about them. Remember this is my personal understanding and you don’t have to agree with it.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIVINATIONARY AND ORACLE CARDS

If you take a closer look at the offer of esoteric shops, you will notice there is a division into divinationary and oracle decks.

Divinationary cards follow a certain structure which has been developed throughout years (or even throughout ages); they are put in a certain order, there is the same number of cards in each deck, there is an inner division, the symbols and meanings are more or less constant and so on. Therefore they are destined for answering specific questions and often used in spreads. If interpreted correctly, they provide very adequate and exact answers.

The most popular divinationary systems are Tarot, Runes, Playing (also called ‘Classical’) Cards, Lenormand Cards, Gypsy Cards etc.

Oracle cards don’t follow a strict structure and are composed solely in accordance to the visions of their authors who often claim they receive messages from spirits. They are diverse by nature and you probably never come across two identical oracle cards decks. They aren’t generally designed to provide very detailed answers and are used mostly for guidance of the supernatural forces they are dedicated to.

The most popular oracle decks are angel cards, ascended masters cards, gods/goddess cards, power animals cards, druid cards (based on trees), unicorns cards, fairies cards etc.

WHICH TYPE OF CARDS SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I think it depends mainly on what are you searching for. If you have a specific question such as ‘When I get the job?’ or ‘Will me and Mr/Ms X be together as a couple?’, I suggest divinationary decks like Tarot or Lenormand cards. However, if you feel connected to the Higher Forces (no matter if it is God, Mother Earth, nature spirits or your Higher Self), you can always ask them for opinion and advice and for that purpose I recommend oracle decks. However, I must make a certain distinction between angel/unicorns/faeries cards and the ones connected with ancient history and mythology such as gods/goddess, power animals and plants oracle cards.

TYPES OF ORACLE CARDS

ANGEL/UNICORN/FAERIES ORACLE CARDS

First of all I want to stress that you can ask Tarot or other divinationary decks for guidance and you will get full and exact answer. Personally I think that angel oracle cards have been created because Tarot has undeservedly had such a bad reputation. The Christian leaders have considered the cards to be ‘the devil’s tool’ for so long that others started to believe it. On the contrary, angel oracle cards confirm the Christian vision of the world (angels are oh! so arch – Catholic after all) and therefore they are often used by the people who are scared of Tarot and other divinationary decks.

Or to be more precise: those who are scared of the potential negative answer. Pay attention that you will not get any negative news via angel cards. You will be constantly assured that you are taken care of, provided for and protected from any harm just trust angels, give all your worries to Heaven etc. My point is that angel (or faeries/unicorns) oracle cards are for comfort while divinationary cards are for growth. If you stay in your comfort zone, you will not develop. Just like this anegdote says: A child is climbing the tree. What will the mother say? ‘Don’t go higher!’ What will the father say? ‘C’mon! Go higher!’. Translating this attitude into the world of cards I would say that the angel oracle decks are mother-like while Tarot and other divination cards are father-like. Sometimes you need mother more and sometimes father is the most important. But you don’t stay with mother your whole life anyway…

I suggest not to use divinationary cards if you are not ready for any answer even the one you don’t want to hear. Remember there are no good or bad cards. They are all destined to teach us sth. Sometimes what initially seem to be a disaster, in the end turns out to be blessing in disguise.

Some don’t respect that simple knowledge and fail miserably. I have recently been terrified looking at the Tarot deck issued according to the vision of Doreen Virtue. Let me quote the announcement:

‘My new Angel Tarot Cards are finally available at bookstores everywhere! This is the first deck of 100% positive, gentle, and effective tarot cards which retain all of the traditional accuracy and details of tarot. The deck is filled with beautiful paintings of archangels, fairies, mermaids, friendly dragons, and unicorns’

With my whole respect to her all I can say is: Doreen if you perceive Tarot this way, it means you understood NOTHING about these powerful and magical cards. And if you understand NOTHING, it is not fair to sell it to people.

GODDESS/POWER ANIMALS/PLANTS/GEMS/NUMBERS ORACLE CARDS

On the other hand such decks as power animals, gods or goddesses, gems, numbers and trees oracles have their source not in author’s personal visions but in a longer and deeper traditions. They belong to the area of myths and symbols and therefore they convey deeper message, perhaps even as deep as the divinationary cards. If you follow my blog you can see that I interpret each card of goddess on a deeper level and I always try to provide as much mythological background as I can. Same goes for animals and plants, they have been present in the culture of tribes all over the world and studying them will reveal the divinationary layers you have no idea of.

ASCENDED MASTERS ORACLE CARDS

This type of oracle cards comes from the esoteric tradition which claims that some mythical and historical figures have achieved such high level of enlightenment that they have become the natural teachers. The cards represent men and women from different cultures and traditions, eg. Jesus, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Moses, Isis, Krishna, Merlin, Athena, Melchizedek, King Solomon and St. Germain. If you want to work with these cards, you have to accept this mixture of different times and places and to believe that the heroes and heroines have achieved the highest level of spiritual growth. If you don’t, you better find a different deck.

In fact I am a bit scared when I look at the search results that lead the readers to my blog. Apparently many people confuse types of cards and do not distinguish the differences between them. Here is one of the examples:

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Avalokiteśvara is a BUDDHIST bodhisattva of compassion and therefore is not included in EUROPEAN cards of Tarot. There is no such thing as ‘tarot reading of Avalokiteśvara’. I suspect the reader was searching for a further explanation of Tarot reading based on the deck where Avalokitesvara was attributed to one of the cards. But still I would rather concentrate mostly on the Tarot meaning of that card and then I would search for additional info about this particular bodhisattva himself.

Another examples of merging DIFFERENT energies:

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That is wrong. Goddesses have nothing to do with angels. I know that New Age simply love blending everything into one but this is not fair. You should never merge egregores. Do not get me wrong, I do not say you should always live according to the set of virtues, beliefs and myths which you have been brought up in. On the contrary, I stongly encourage you to search for your own way. However, I believe you should first examine carefully the egregore in which you have been brought up in, be it Christianity, Islam, atheism or any other set of beliefs. If it does not suit your inner needs then search and find the one which does. But do not mix them into one.  Taking a bit of this and a bit of that from any religion or spiritual beliefs which you have come across will not lead you far on your path. Children often enjoy really surprising mixtures such as a cheese, ketchup and chocolate sandwich but as they grow up they usually come to the conclusion that they prefer these ingredients separetly.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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