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Tarot Cards
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 has occurred.

The first card of the major arcana is "The Fool" and it is not what the name implies. The fool is the starting point of each new journey or phase of life. It is the innocent who survives on instinct. They survive by repeating known actions without need of forethought or knowledge and do not readily go past what they know. When the fool appears in a spread be ready for change, growth and newness to enter into your life. If reversed be aware of foolishness, rash actions and what is at stake when you gamble.
The crystal shown is amber. In scientific terms it is the fossilized resin from Pine trees. In some elder religions it was regarded as the representation of the Goddess, Gaia, the Earth Mother. It was said to be the colour of her skin and as the life giving sap of a tree it may not have been far off. The warm golden glow of the crystal is said to be a catalyst for spiritualizing the intellect and is a stabilizing force for the awakening of spiritual and intellectual insights. It also aids in soothing and harmonizing the heart, spleen and the endocrine system.

To use the crystal, hold it in your hand and feel it gently warm to your body. Slowly envision the warm golden colour entering and filling your body. Breath slowly. Enjoy the calm and the thoughts that enter.

Meditation and the Sounds of Silence
Have you ever sat by a lake or a sea or an ocean and watch the waves lap at the shore? Have you lost yourself in the motion and in the sound of the water? Or maybe you have heard the sighing of the breeze in the leaves of the trees. Meditation is just this, in it's simplest form. Separating yourself from the noise and hustle and bustle of today's society. A place without interruptions, a place of sanctuary for the mind. More and more people are searching for a calm centre in which they can regroup away from criticism and worry. Meditation is the inward turning of thoughts that allows you to examine yourself and your body as a whole.

Hints to ease your path into meditation

Find a quiet room and try to remove any distractions, eventually this won't be necessary as you become accustomed to entering the meditative state. It should be a room or place that can always be used for meditation. The place should be pleasant, clean and naturally lit. Sit on a chair or a mat, ensure that the position is comfortable. Breathe slowly and deeply. You can clasp your hands together in you lap, have your right hand resting in the palm of your left hand (thumbs touching)or you can have a hand resting on each knee. Feel yourself relax with each breath. When you start to meditate limit you first few times to about 5 minutes. You can slowly increase the amount of time as your body and mind become used to meditating. Think on one thought only and if your mind begins to wander gently return the train of thought to the original idea.

Meditation Thought for the Month
Today I will worship God in deep silence and wait to hear His answer through my increasing peace of meditation.
By Paramahansa Yogananda, "Metaphysical Meditations"