The idea of wanting or needing to know the future is part of the human
experience. Tarot cards have had a place in human society for a long time,
at least five hundred years and probably a lot longer than that. Their
beginning is obscure and unknown. We all want to know what is coming, how to
prepare or how to prevent the inevitable. The Tarot cards represent the
obstacles and growths that each person must endure along the path of life.
Reaching the end of a cycle is not the end but a return to the beginning,
to be repeated with new obstacles and new challenges.
Tarot decks are normally divided into two sections, the major arcana and the
minor arcana. The major arcana represent stages and major influences on each
stage of your journey. The minor arcana represent the separate facets of
each stage. They are aids to understanding what is occurring or why something
The eighth card in the Major arcana is "The Chariot". The Chariot is an
indicator of an up-coming struggle. This is something that can not be avoided.
However, whether or not this struggle is with yourself or others depends on the
circumstances around you. This is a struggle with the competitive nature of people,
their drives and their aggressions. The secret to winning in this struggle is to
face this confrontation with strength and containment of emotion and aggression.
The lesson in this is harmony and the ability to handle your own contradictions
when out in the world. In short, this a major growth, becoming an adult on this
current journey. Also, in some cases this card can be an indicator of travel or news
from abroad. If the card is reversed, it can be an warning as to the cost
of overwhelming ambition and a scattering of your energies.
The ninth card in the Major arcana is "Justice". Justice indicates the need
for balanced thinking and decision making. You must realize however; that any
decision is a double-edged sword. Any decisions that you reach by having a black
and white out-look can be just as devastating as making a decision while being
uninformed. This is a development card, in that you must try to become what the
card represents. Use this card as a reminder not to look at situations in
terms of black and white or right and wrong, for there are many shades of grey.
Please note: Not all Tarot decks have a "Justice" card.
The crystal shown is Azurite. Azurite is also known as the "Garden of Eden Stone"
and the "Jewel of Wisdom" stone. This stone is an excellent stone to use during
meditation. Azurite is a stone that can help you to identify the inner resources
at your disposal as it has the effect of being able to clear the mind and
allowing you to properly think through any situation. Azurite is known to
enhance ones faith and ones connection to the spiritual forces and knowledge
that surrounds us. It can also be an aid in remembering dreams and encouraging
dreams of fore-knowledge by being kept under your pillow. Azurite can be used
to release past emotions and thought processes allowing you to accept the future.
Azurite has been known to increase a person's healing energy and ability.
The next crystal is Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz is known as the love stone. It
is a gentle pink colour. It is used in healing the heart and allows you to love
ones self and others. It can heal hurts, help us to forgive ourselves and help
with self-acceptance. It can be used to dispell negative memories and the
feelings that those memories raise. It is also an excellent stone for people
with low-self esteem. For children this stone is useful in developing a
compassionate and nurturing nature. Rose quartz is a great gift for expressing
love and it will always have a positive affect on the people that receive it. Rose
quartz can also help people tap into their inner voice and regain their faith.
Crystals In the Office
Quartz crystals are an excellent stones to bring into an office environment.
They help to dispell the negative energies in offices. Any stones that you are
drawn to may be used in an office setting, but quartz crystals are more effective
at clearing the negative energies. Make sure to cleanse the stone frequently.
Auras and Chakras
Everyone has 7 chakras or energy centres in their bodies. You may have heard
talk of other chakras opening, those are the spiritual chakras and not the ones
we will be talking about. Chakras represent the energy zones in the body and they
can be used to indicate imbalances in how the body is functioning.
The Base Chakra or Root Chakra is red. It is located at the base of the
spine. This Chakra governs lower body and the reproductive organs. .
The Sacrel Chakra or Belly Chakra is orange. It is located just below the
navel.This Chakra governs the kidneys, adrenal glands and bowels.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is yellow. It is located just above the navel. This
Chakra governs the stomach and solar plexus. .
The Heart Chakra is green and is the colour of healing. This Chakra governs
the heart and is located at the heart. Also pink can be associated with this
chakra, especially the pink of rose quartz.
The Throat Chakra is blue. It is located at the base of the throat. It
governs speech and the ability to speak your truth.
The Brow Chakra is indigo. It is located between the eyes and it is the same
position as depicted for the "Third Eye". Therefore it governs intuition and
The Crown Chakra is violet. It governs the thought processes, knowledge and
There is one other major chakra but it is located outside of the body. It is
often referred to as the "Trans-personal Chakra". The colour of this chakra is
clear or pure white. It governs our connection with divine love, divine faith and
divine freedom. The whole of what is divine radiates from this chakra into the
body for health and love.
Hints to ease your path into meditation
Meditation can be done in more than one way. We've talked about sitting quietly
and going within to learn about yourself but there are other forms of meditation.
If you have difficultly entering into a meditative state by sitting quietly, there
are many guided meditation tapes and CD that can be quite helpful. I have found
that CDs containing quiet, gentle music can help with entering into a meditation state.
Guided meditations give you the opportunity to follow the directions of a gentle,
quiet voice, this is especially helpful if you find it difficult to enter into a
meditation. The gentle flow of music or the sounds of nature can help transport
you to a place of peace and calm and in turn will free your mind to follow a
path of self knowledge.
Unfortunately sitting quietly is not for everyone. It is possible to lose
yourself in physical activity. T'ai Chi, Yoga and even dancing can have the same
benefits as meditation. It is difficult to meditate during the learning of any
new skill, however once you have mastered the moves it becomes very easy to lose
yourself in the movements. You become attuned to your body and the feel of the
body's movement takes over all other senses. I have been belly dancing for a little
over a year and a half and there have been many times when I've had to come back to
myself to remember where I am. The feel of movement in your own body can be a
true awakening to your senses. It is not the exhilaration of competition, for these
activities can be done alone. It is the knowledge that is gained about your own
body, how it feels, how it moves and it's abilities. Most of all, it is the
connection of mind and body that is most beneficial.
Meditation Thought for the Month
"I will be calmly active, actively calm. I will not become lazy and
mentally ossified. Nor will I be overactive, able to earn money but unable to
enjoy life. I will meditate regularly to maintain true balance."
By Paramahansa Yogananda,