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The 5 of Pentacles & Spiritual Lessons Learned from Snow-Shoveling

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This post also appears on witchesandpagans.com in my monthly column, “Through a Tarot Lens.”

This week may have been the week of the “Snowpocalypse That Never Was” in the media, and people complaining about how the press and the people making the decisions overreacted. Me? I’m firmly in the “better safe than sorry” camp in that regard. Even my card of the day for the start of the storm was the 5 of Pentacles… I was tending to agree with the weathermen that the storm would be as bad as they said it would be.

Card of the Day: 5 of Pentacles [Dreaming Way Tarot]: I can’t help but see a symbol on this card that I don’t believe appears anywhere else in the tarot… SNOW! In my area of the world, we are preparing for a historic blizzard event, so that’s what this card is about, for me: preparing and prepping and getting safe and snug before the storm hits. However, traditional interpretations of the 5 of Pentacles include extreme worries of poverty and financial insecurities. This is often a worry about the worst case scenario, and is not necessarily accurate to what is going on right now. Allow yourself to see and feel and think about what a worst case scenario would be, and then you need to let it go. #tarot #cardoftheday #dreamingwaytarot

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The Major Arcana In-Depth: III The Empress

This is an article in a series in blog posts…. the “The Major Arcana In-Depth” series! Every few weeks I will be featuring one card of the Major Arcana, from the Fool to the World. Come take a tarot journey with me!

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To learn about the Major Arcana overall and the first card in the Major Arcana, The Fool, go here.

To learn about the Magician, go here.

To learn about the High Priestess, go here.

The Nurturing Empress

The Empress is the mother figure of the tarot deck. Most tarot decks (but surprisingly not the original Rider-Waite-Smith deck) depict her as pregnant, but that is not the only facet to her: She is also the female ruler, the companion to the Emperor card. The Empress can bring up “mommy issues”, and can point to a maternal influence or a need to be more maternal. She can also signify tremendous opportunities for growth and creativity. The Empress is pregnant with potential: this card can also signify giving birth to a project.Continue Reading

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Read This If You Have the Expectation That Metaphysical People Shouldn’t Charge

Read This If You Have the Expectation That Metaphysical People Shouldn’t Charge

Back in 2013, I attended Readers Studio, which is a yearly occurrence and one of my mandatory yearly conferences as an attendee. The conversation became heated during a Breakfast Roundtable moderated by Theresa Reed in which that age-old debate came up: the assertion that spiritual or metaphysical people shouldn’t be charging for their services. Beth Owl’s Daughter calls this phenomena the “purple-collar ghetto”.

I’ve come to realize that even after almost ten years as a professional tarot reader that the concept of the purple ghetto is still alive and well, and is propagated by tarot readers and non-readers alike… which I find stunning. Language such as bartering, sliding scale, discounts, spiritual calling. Guilt trips from OTHER readers for those that charge for readings, in a “how could you turn away someone that NEEDS your help with a reading?” tone. [An aside: a tarot reading is a want, not a need… which I’ll cover in an upcoming post.]Continue Reading

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