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Katie – It's the beginning of the year and everyone has new goals and resolutions. Thoughts pondering through your head as to what you know you aren’t going to do again, but not quite sure as to how to change this year. I know I think to much about these type of things. I’m always trying to improve the old Katie into a new edition, but still staying true to myself. It’s a difficult task, and sometimes when you ask other’s opinion, they don’t quite have the answer. Honestly, the only way to live life is to trust your heart and your instincts. However, there are a few things that I like to use to send me in the right direction.  Right before the new year I was introduced to Tarot cards. I’ve heard about them, but not quite sure how they worked or how it would benefit me by trying them. My friend brought her deck over when we were all hanging out and I jumped at the chance to see what the cards had to say. Surprisingly, I was pleased and reassured with the reading.

Tarot Decks aren’t meant to be a fortune teller, but rather guide you to your own answers. Some psychiatrist such as Carl Jung believed they work by synchronicity.  Synchronicity by definition is the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connections. Tarot cards help guide you to your own answers.

To start the reading, I lit some of our awesome Nag Champa Votive candles I bought from Smokin Js to set the mood, dimmed the lights and lit some Natural Satya incense. Having a calm, quiet comfortable environment is always best when doing a reading so the person receiving the reading can concentrate on what they are trying to get out of it. I was given the deck to hold, to feel energies, to put my own hopes and desires into what it might tell me. Often, People can ask a general open ended question to guide the reading with the answers they might be looking for. I had no idea what I expected to hear, but I was at the point of accepting everything that has happened for what it is, and just wanted to feel where I was in the world & how others were affecting me.

I shuffled the cards and felt how heavy they were, it was a different feeling than holding a normal deck of cards.  I could feel the powerful effects it had to offer. I love feeling auras and this deck was gorgeous, bursting with eye-catching art and positive energy. I shuffled it until it felt like it was in the right order then I spread them out in a rainbow “U” shape for her to digest. She felt over the cards, and one by one picked the ones I felt were calling to me the strongest without me even saying a word or looking down. It was like a crazy conspiracy but at the same time, I knew she knew the deck well and was pleased with every card she picked up – like it was destined. She proceeded to lay out the cards in order in one of the most common spreads called “The Celtic Cross”. There are many types of spreads, some focusing on aiming at certain questions or types of readings. She drew 10 cards and placed them down one by one in the cross. Each position has a meaning for that card, and she read them one by one, according to her Tarot Card meaning book she had on hand. It was energizing and comforting to be reassured by what I knew my heart was truly telling me.

I can’t wait for my next reading and what I have still yet to learn about my life.  For someone who thinks too much, it definitely helped soothe my burnt wired ends tingling up in my brain. I’m crossing my fingers for someone to find a deck that makes them think of me. I’ve heard from many people your not suppose to buy your own deck, and that doing so gives altered readings or bad luck; but they make great gifts, and I’ve happily bought one of our beautiful decks we have at Smokin Js for a good friend for Christmas. She was in love with the art and the thought. Whatever the future holds, I feel it getting brighter. It may be just another year, but treat every teardrop as a waterfall, soak up the sun and don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing, is gonna be alright.

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