Twenty One Questions: Oracle vs. Tarot…

“Dear Gypsy, I was wondering. What do you think about oracle cards vs. tarot cards? Is one better than another? What do you prefer?” ~ Wanda L.

Those are very good questions!

I prefer Tarot, but have many oracle decks in my vast collection. I love to play and experiment with all sorts of cards and decks. That being said, my least favourite are those cards that have the meanings printed right there upon them, as I feel it hinders free thought, spontaneous intuition and unadulterated first impressions. The traditional Lenormand is my very favourite oracle, as it has a direct link to history which lends to it’s mysticism. This falls into direct line with my thoughts and feelings about the Tarot – the older the better, the traditional Rider-Waite being the go to deck for me and all things divination. Not that I won’t purchase and explore new decks. I just find that I can be very picky about which decks I like and catch my fancy. The key is to work with tools that expand your intuitive abilities and stimulate the psychic mind. Anything else, to me, is sort of a waste of time.

Everyone is different. Some people are turned on by colours. Others go for realism. Still others are into heavy symbolism within the images. Some are pulled toward the feel or size of the cards themselves, while still others are drawn to particular artistic styles ie. fantasy, religion, mythology, history. My advice to you and to anyone who comes to me with the question of how to explore and choose decks without going broke in the process is to do web searches under the images tab in Google. Read reviews and keep asking questions. With decks starting at around $20 each, one can invest quite a bit of money into decks. And it is no fun to get stuck with a mediocre or ho-hum set of cards that leave you feeling let down and unstimulated after departing with your hard earned money.

These days folks are churning out decks right and left covering everything from poo to baseball to Buffy to Hello Kitty. (No…I am not kidding! 😉 ) Pay attention to card size, material and how the deck is packaged. You may find that certain publisher’s decks all have the same quality – for better or worse – that may be a good or not so good thing. For instance, some deck publishers use inferior paper. Some may be flimsy and bend too easily to be comfortable to handle without fear of damaging the investment, while others make cards so stiff they are uncomfortable to work with. Some have artwork that is cartoonish or inferior, which also lends to the way the images can trigger responses in a negative way. It is a wise reader who does his or her homework before making that final decision.But even then, with these factors woven in, one won’t know for sure how one will feel about the deck until they have it resting in their hot little hands! (And I do love putting my hands on a brand new deck of cards, don’t you? 🙂 )  In the end….Tarot or oracle…what matters is how they make you feel when you look at them. After that, nothing else really matters…

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Let’s Talk Tarot…

Ok…now that I have all of that off my chest…let’s talk Tarot!

There’s one thing people always tell me is that I am not the average card reader. My readings are different. In fact, everything about them is unique. First off, I work independently…there’s no third party breathing down the necks of myself or my clients for fees, minutes or percentages. This enables me to read by the session and not by minutes. There is no pressure time wise, but I do try to keep the sessions within an hour to hour and a half time frame. Secondly, my rates are very reasonable with lots of choices for every budget. So, instead of counting minutes by the dollar and annoyingly watching the clock or running out of time, with my service you order up a reading by the card number. Got a quick question? A three card reading and a half an hour will get you the info that you need. Have a huge dilemma to contend with? Then a full ten card will fit the bill, with unlimited questions and extra cards at no extra charge if more clarity is needed by the end of the session. Initial consultations and after reading follow ups are always free of charge. Thirdly, here in St. John’s county, a bona fide legitimate reader must be licensed, permitted and thoroughly back ground checked in order to do business. I am proud to say that I pass the criteria and am among the few who meet these expectations of the county. And while some “psychics” hide behind a church affiliation to avoid paying taxes, I proudly pull my weight and do my duty by claiming my income so as to pull my weight and put in my fair share for my county, state and country. (Sure, I think taxes suck and think they way are too high, but by dodging them, I would be contributing to the problem and so it goes…karma is a bitch. What can I say?)

Reading style…I have a very unique way of doing things when I read cards. Some folks approach me in suspicion and fear, saying things like “I’m afraid of those things!” or “…the cards are of the devil!” I have to chuckle. The fact is that the tarot is a tool in the very same way that a whisk is a tool for a chef and the way a pen is a tool for a writer. Tarot, a set of images, is like any group of images, put together to use in the aid of intuitive stimulation. They are binoculars for reading the Akashic Record. They are brushes full of colours to paint our psychic landscape. They are individuals who speak to you and me about what was, what is and what is to come. In my workshops I share with others my techniques. We experiment with image just as an artist plays with colours, brushes and medium. Any set of images can be used to aid to tap into our own innate psychic abilities. So, we set out book covers in place of tarot images and did readings with them…and very accurately! Tarot is a specific collection of signs that we use to read energy so as to get a better grip on the realities of our lives. A gift. A treasure…

Spreads…a pet peeve of mine. I invent my own. You won’t find a Celtic Cross on my desk…

Energy…shifts. While the Tarot can spotlight an issue within a frame of time, it is a snapshot through a mariner’s spyglass. We have our energy. We have the others we illuminate within the reading. And then there is everyone else’s energy tromping around in our lives between the time of the reading and the desired or perceived outcome of said reading. It is free will in action. Everyone is playing their own music all together. Sometimes it will harmonize and sometimes the notes will distort into something unrecognizable to the senses. So, one has to nurture an outcome. It won’t just fall into ones lap. It reminds me of water colours. They spread and shift and have a mind of their own upon the paper. But one can work with it in beautiful ways. That is what the future is…

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Synchronicities…

The Shaman ~ Tarot of Origins

It’s funny how more and more synchronicity shows itself and makes itself known in one’s life the more aware one is of it’s existence. After studying and reading works of C.G.Jung over the past few years, I have found myself noticing more how things are really all related.

For instance, because of a location move that I will be making soon, I have been very busy lately making arrangements to get from here to there. If any of you have ever relocated across the country (this is my second time, the first being from California to Michigan), you know how timing and planning is tantamount to a successful move. True, it’s very hard to cover all of the bases, but by golly! we sure do try!  Anyway, while on the phone with a friend discussing which moving van company to go with – Budget or Penske – a Budget van goes cruising by my front window! (I subsequently went with Penske…heheh 😉

Or one day last week I was driving around on a particularly beautiful and rare sunny day, the bright white new snow that lay everywhere practically blinded me, so I donned my sunglasses which are prescription. They are somewhat out of style,  their shape is quite thin, letting in a lot of unwanted light from the top of the lenses. I say to myself, “…I need to think about getting a new pair. I should save up these next few weeks and get some before spring gets here.” Got home. Got the mail. And there in the mail was a $100 off coupon for Rx sunglasses! This kind of stuff happens to me all the time.

Recently I have discovered some interesting reading material in the form of books written by Jim Pathfinder Ewing. They delve into shamanism, journeying  and healing in the Native American tradition. This is extremely interesting to me and  hits close to the heart, as I have Chocktaw blood running through my veins from my mother’s side of the family. It is suspected that this branch of my family  is where my intuitive nature  is passed down through to me and my two children. So, discovering Jim’s work is like finding a long lost cousin.

Last night before bed I was checking out the news on CNN and the sweat lodge story really caught my eye.  As the details unfolded as to what actually happened in that sweat lodge the day those three people died & others became very ill because of someones negligence, I felt great sorrow for that whole situation. How could such a thing happen and at such a cost. I thought to myself, “Oh boy…this is gonna give Sedona a black eye for sure.” Add to that how people who scoff at New Age beliefs and ideas or alternative ways of thinking, believing and healing, are going to tear into this like a mad dog &\and rip it to shreds. Oh brother.

Every morning I have what I call my quiet time, with whatever book I am reading in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other. I open the book at the bookmark that I set yesterday about this same time and what are the first words I read at the top of the page?

…”The Sweat Lodge.”

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