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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 sixteenth card in the Major arcana is "The Devil". The Devil card represents the need to face all that is shadowy and unattractive within yourself. Facing this allows you to make changes and accept the truth about who you are. It will enable you to release creative energies that you hold in check because of the fear of how others will react.

The seventeenth card in the Major arcana is "The Tower". The Tower represents a coming battle. This is a battle that can not be avoided. Facing the battle allows you to come to terms with items in your life that are false or no longer serve a function but keep you confined in cycle of unhealthy behaviour. If you are willing to release these things the battle will be less painful and easier to complete. The stronger you hold on to these things, the harder the battle, the longer it will last and the more painful it will be. You have come to a point in your life where the status quo can not be maintained, and change is inevitable. You have outgrown the boundaries that you have set for yourself, release yourself and let yourself grow.


The Tower



The first crystal is Charoite. Charoite colours range from a pink and purple combination to purple. It is known as a "Stone for Transformation". It can help to open your heart and to see your surroundings with love. It will allow you to see the connections between everything. It is an excellent stone to use in mediations where you wish to regain and re-enforce your connections with the world around us and to all living things. It is an appropriate stone to use for the meditations on Interdependence, Light and Space.


Shiva Lingam

The next stone is a Shiva Lingam. The Shiva Lingam is a fertility stone. It comes from the shallow river beds from any one of India's seven holy sites. It is hand polished to be perfectly balanced in shape and proportions. The shape embodies masculine energy, knowledge and expression. The markings on the stone depict feminine energy, wisdom and intuition. Using this stone creates a balance of masculine and feminine energies, it balances the yin-yang. The feminine energy arouses the masculine urge to create. This makes the Shiva Lingam an excellent stone to use in meditations when you need to create for yourself a focused plan for major undertakings.

Shiva Lingam

Auras and Chakras
Aura Touch and Dowsing for Auras

Sometimes it is easier to feel or sense an aura than to see it. There are a few simple techniques that you can use to get the feel or shape of the aura.

Firstly, there is the "aura rub" or massage. Hold one hand about a half an inch above the other arm, make sure that the hand is not touching the arm or the hair. Slowly move your hand across the surface of your arm. Close your eyes and let your sense of touch expand. You will be able to feel the movement of your hand over your arm; this is an "aura massage".

Below is a picture of a dowsing rod that can be used to find the outer edges of an aura. This is usually done with two dowsing rods and a second person. The dowsing rod is approximately 6 inches in length and about 3 inches in height. The handle has a solid tube surrounding it, this allows the rod to float freely and not be influenced by a person's desire to find the aura.

Stand about 4 feet away from the person whose aura you are dowsing. Hold the dowsing rods about a foot apart in front of you. Concentrate on finding the edge of the person's aura. Walk slowly toward the person and watch as the rods start to swing. This will be the outer edge of the aura. You can use the same method to find out if a person's aura is at equal distances on all sides.

Living with Meditation

Now that you have been able to alter your perceptions while doing your meditations, now is the time to begin bringing this new perception into all aspects of your life. Meditation allows you to work through problems to solutions that work for your benefit. However it also allows you to bring this world and our environment into a new perspective and that can be used everyday to relieve stress and to bring calming influences into stressful situations.

As your eyes have been opened, try to keep them open to see all influences. Allow them to engage in real life and feel your heart open to the world also. It is also important for you to find beauty in your surroundings, especially if those surrounding are unpleasant. Beauty can be found in the strangest places if we look. It can be as simple as gesture or a comforting word. Unfortunately there is suffering in this world and with your new perceptions you will be asked to acknowledge and to view it with compassion not disdain. Remember though, there is a lot to appreciate in this world also.

Meditation Thought for the Month

"I will drink vitality from the golden fountains of sunshine; I will drink peace from the silver fountain of mooned nights; I will drink Thy power from the mighty cup of the wind; I will drink Thy consciousness as joy and bliss from all the little cups of my thoughts"

By Paramahansa Yogananda, "Metaphysical Meditations"