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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Runes of Light from Lisa Frideborg

New blog from Lisa Frideborg: Runes of Light. I like the idea -- we can always use info on runes. I have a set myself but, while I like the idea of runes as well as the tactile pleasure of using runes, I haven't delved much into them. Although, here's a bit of synchronicity: just today I was visualizing this rune for protection earlier today (pulling out all the tricks for protection) then found Lisa's link to her new blog.

So, the runes, they seem to be a callin' .

Algiz(Z or -R: Elk, protection.) Protection, a shield. The protective urge to shelter oneself or others. Defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian. Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies appropriately. Follow your instincts. Keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned. Algiz Reversed: or Merkstave: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link. Taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels. (From Runes, Alphabet of Mystery)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Follow-up: Three card reading by Kate

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The other day I posted a link to a YouTube video by Kate, a tarot reader I follow, and her style of a three card reading.  She places the cards face down, begins with the center card (the present) but then turns over the "future" card next.

Usually, tradition tells us to start with the past, move on in a linear fashion, present next, the future.

Kate suggests, as you'll see in the video, that you follow your instinct, but she does it as described, so I thought I'd try it.

I don't read with cards face down; I've tried in the past and didn't like that process. But I tried it again using Kate's method. I also read the present card first, then the future or energy the client is moving into, then, lastly, turn over the past. I've done several readings using this method and love it!

For a larger reading, like a ten card spread, I do not place the cards face down. But with this three card reading, it seems to work very well. Reading the flow of energy is easy and smooth and makes sense, and when I read the "past" card it represents both a past state of energy but also, strengths or support once experienced that can be called upon now, and in the future.

I've also found that this works very very well with Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot, and it's fine for the Deviant Moon tarot, but I like it better with the Angel tarot. I haven't yet tried it with other oracle decks, such as the Angel Dreams deck.

Tarotize: 5 Misconceptions and 5 Realistic Expectations of Tarot Readers

Another excellent list of great points from Lisa Frideborg of Tarotize. The timing of her post is a bit of synchronicity; one, I was just discussing with someone how I firmly believe that a reading is a participatory event; it's both of us, client and reader, exploring together. Here Lisa writes:

Tarotize: 5 Misconceptions and 5 Realistic Expectations of Tarot Readers: 2. Co-Creation. A skilled Tarot Reader will help you co-create your destiny rather than hand you a fated version of the future on a silver platter. This means dialogue and working together on asking the most constructive question possible of the cards. 
Further on, she links to a piece on how, many times, on-line readings can be better than face to face readings. I have great success with on-line, long distance readings and in fact, was also just telling someone about my success with on-line readings.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Read With Reversals | Love Dove Tarot

From Lisa Frideborg, on reversals.

Reversals in card readings, an aspect of reading tarot that has many of us wondering about. Do we read reversals or don't we? So many books, so many experts, with all kinds of opinions! Myself, I go back and forth. But, even when I've incorporated reversals into the reading, I never felt comfortable doing so.

I love what Lisa Frideborg has to share about why she doesn't' use reversals - one thing she comments on is the elemental energy of each suite. I've done this as well, intuitively, and it's a good feeling to know others, like Frideborg, do this as well.

Another reason Lisa Frideborg gives for not reading reversals is the particular art work of any given deck:

Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Read With Reversals | Love Dove Tarot: . I love art – Most of the decks I get, I purchase because I enjoy the artwork. Putting a card upside down is not how the artist intended the image to be viewed in most cases. The only exception I know of is the Revelations Tarot deck by Zach Wong, which has reversals painted into it. I may not be terribly clairvoyant but viewing the artwork carefully and using it as a springboard is honing my clairvoyance in a way that would simply not be possible with upside down cards. (Lisa Frideborg, Love Dove Tarot)
All of her five reasons for not reading reversals are very good ones. Much needed and welcome advice!

Friday, August 8, 2014

3 Card Angel Dreams Oracle Reading by ReadingsbyRegan on Etsy

3 Card Angel Dreams Oracle Reading by ReadingsbyRegan on Etsy

And as you can see by the title, I've renamed my practice -- so far, I've revamped my Etsy shop. I've discovered that there are a lot of White Wolf Tarot/oracle sites and realms. I called it White Wolf Tarot because the wolf, and in particular, white wolf, is my animal guide, or totem.

There is also the question of using your own name -- while Arianna is one of my middle names, I suppose some would suggest I was hiding behind that name.

I think I'll include Tumbling Tarot in there somewhere, as it's called on my Tumblr.