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 twelveth card in the Major arcana is "The Hermit". The represents the
need for time withdrawal from extraverted activities. It is a time to build solid
foundations and let wisdom and patience develop. It is a time to come to full terms
with your heart, mind and soul. It is a time to acknowledge your strengths and
weakness; it is knowing yourself.
The thirteenth card in the Major arcana is "The Wheel of Fortune". The Wheel
of Fortune signifies a change in fortune. I may be to your advantage or not. The
card asks you to prepare for the sudden change. Either way it begins another new
phase of life and another cycle of growth on your life path. It is a time to look
within and shed life's complacencies.
The Wheel of Fortune
The first crystal is Obsidian. Obsidian is also know as Apache Tears. It is a
black volcanic glass and occasionally it can be flecked with white specks or
stripes. Since it is a glass it can be used in divination and in looking within
to work with your shadow self. Obsidian is also go for sharpening inner and outer
vision. It is a good crystal to use for getting rid of old, unhealthy patterns
and memories. However be very careful of the emotions you bring forward; strong,
violent emotions or emotions that can cause behavioural changes should be
avoided due to Obsidian's ability to intensify emotion.
The next crystal is Pietersite. Pietersite has been said to contain "the keys
to the kingdom of Heaven". It has the ability to dispell illusion allowing the
user to see the beauty of the soul. Pietersite can aid in experiencing meditative
visions. It is a grounding stone but it grounds to the etheric body not the earth.
Auras and Chakras
Aura - The Meanings of the Ground Colours
RED - leaders, people with responsible positions, warm-hearted and affectionate
but could also be negative and self-centered.
ORANGE - naturally intuitive, tactful and naturally easy to get along with but
could also be lazy and have a "couldn't care less" attitude.
YELLOW - quick thinkers who are excitable and enthusiastic, people who like to
learn new topics but not too deeply or they could also be timid and tend to lie.
GREEN - co-operative, generous, peace-loving, natural healers but they can be
obstinate, stubborn and rigid in they're outlook.
BLUE - sincere, honest, naturally positive and young at heart but they can have
difficulty finishing tasks they start.
INDIGO - warm, healing, supportive humanitarians but they find it difficult to say no and
are usually imposed on.
VIOLET - people who follow their spiritual path in life but it may not bring
happiness until they begin to grow in wisdom. Also they tend to have feelings of
SILVER - people who are full of impractical ideas, day-dreamers but if an idea
can come to life watch they're motivation and joy become something amazing.
GOLD - people who are hard working, patient, goal-setters who achieve success
later in life and have unlimited potential.
PINK - determined, stubborn people who set their sights very high and proceed
with unwaivering determination but they hide the tender side of themselves and are
happiest when they are with their loving families.
BRONZE - soft-hearted, concerned, generous humanitarians unfortunately they too
have difficulty saying no and are usually imposed upon by others
WHITE - self-effacing, saintly humanitarians, very modest, highly intuitive,
wise beyond their years and more concerned with other people's well-being.
Hints to ease your path into meditation
Meditating on the environment can be helpful and cleansing to the body, mind
and soul. It will allow you to see and understand how interconnected we all are
with our environment and with each other. Meditate on the four elements; Earth,
Wind, Water and Fire. This month we will deal with mediations on Water and Fire.
To make this meditation come to life for you, you may want to try having a
water fountain, a bowl of clear water in front of you or a tape or CD of flowing
water or of waves.
Picture yourself sitting in an area where the water is flowing. Feel the pull
of the water's flow against your soul and recognize the fact that we are all mostly
water. Recognize that water is a life giving and sustaining force on this world and
that we are drawn to it for good reason. Water cleanses and refreshes the body and
our emotions. Like water, our emotions flow from us, whether it be in the form of
tears or in quiet stillness. Our emotions can float to the surface or be buried in
the deep chasms. Meditate on the flow of water in order to release hidden emotions.
Feel the water enter, lift the barriers that keep emotion hidden and
let yourself be cleansed and refreshed.
To make this meditation come to life for you, you may want to try having some candles burning.
Fire is a very changable element. When you meditate on fire you should try to imagine a campfire or forest fire or a volcano, or even a funeral pyre. These visions of fire can be destructive and all consuming yet fire purifies and can help in clearing out old debris and eventually brings about new life and new growth. In your meditation think of all the debris that has gathered. Bring it together and release it to the fire, remember that sometimes clearing the old can be just as painful as holding on to what was. Be sure when each item is burned that you acknowledge it, both the good and the bad, for both have had a hand in shaping who you are now. Understanding what you get rid of will make you stronger and allow for more growth for you no longer allow that item to have power over you. It may be painful but will be benificial in the long run.
Meditation Thought for the Month
"Today I will open the door of my calmness and let the footsteps of
Silence gently enter the temple of all my activities. I will perform all duties
serenely, saturated with peace."
By Paramahansa Yogananda,