Years ago, when my daughter was four, we spent part of our summer in Lithuania. The city of Vilnius was beautiful and fascinating. Historically, it had nine city gates, but the Russians destroyed all but one in the early 1800s. The remaining gate is called 'The Gate of Dawn' and that is where the miracle working 'Black Madonna' lives. She is called 'Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn' or Aušros Vartų Dievo Motina in Lithuanian. The stairs leading up to the chapel were narrow and made of marble and deeply grooved by the years of pilgrims coming to worship her. My daughter was obsessed with 'our lady' and asked to see the 'Black 'Oodana' everyday!
There are at least 500 Black Madonnas in Europe. They are shrouded in mystery and many have pilgrims that visit them for their miracle working abilities. They are either carved or painted (mostly between the 11th and 13th centuries) and have a dark complexion. Many people believe that these are not just representations of the Virgin Mary, but actually veiled figures of much older goddesses. Most often they say that she is actually the Egyptian goddess Isis (sometimes with baby Horus). But many are thought to be connected to other ancient religions as they are located at the former shrines of pagan goddesses such as Diana, Artemis and Cybele.
Some of the Black Madonnas have taken on the soot of votive candles over the years, but many more were actually carved out of dark materials or painted to have a dark complexion. This makes sense if they are really connected to the ancient goddesses of Africa and the Mediterranean. I place my picture of 'Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn' in a prominent place on my altar...but my catholic mom hangs hers on the wall. The deep, mysterious feminine force of the Black Madonnas transcend religion.
Keywords: Good times, Common cause, Comrades, Fighting the 'Man', Friendship, First Stage of a Love Relationship
The Three of Cups is generally a joyful card. It depicts coming together with others to collaborate, connect and celebrate. It has deeper undertones that deal with fighting a common cause and coming through an ordeal with others by your side. This energy is going to be ruling the month of October...so don't isolate...celebrate! If the political climate is getting you down, join with others to take action so you don't feel alone. Mother earth has been angry lately and there is much healing and helping to be done. Get involved in helping others...in turn you will help yourself. The Three of Cups can be a great relationship card. If you are single you may meet someone who shares your values. If partnered expect a new level of warmth and connection. The Three of Cups says 'We are all in this together and LOVE conquers all.'
3 of Cups
Keywords: Excitement, Things falling into place, Movement, Action, Obstacles removed, 'Be careful what you wish for'
We should all have a bit of a break this month...a little sprinkling of grace to help raise our morale! If things have been feeling like an uphill struggle for awhile, take heart that some good times and well earned rewards should roll in this month.
The Eight of Wands is an exciting, dynamic card signifying situations swiftly manifesting or resolving. Normally this is a very positive development that comes after a time period of waiting or needing to overcome many hurdles. It has that great feeling of after being shut out, you are now all in. But there is the catch! It implies commitment, or responsibility or finality. Once you attain what you have been pursuing, nothing will be the same and there is no turning back.
It is important to know what your motivations are when you are craving or pursuing something.
8 of Wands
Keywords: Feeling Stagnant, Shifting your perspective, Working things out
After the action of the last few months, December might feel like a bit of a wet blanket. Don't worry. There are ways to make space for fun and light even if life is feeling heavy. Be around people that love and support you ... and be loving and supportive with others!
Your perspective is going to be very important this month.
"...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.”
― Rabih Alameddine When we feel trapped...we can do several things to free ourselves. We can make new decisions and change our circumstance. If we truly can't change our circumstance we can change how we see ourselves in our life. Lots of times we feel stuck when we have done all we can and the shift is taking much longer than we like. Just remember that the universe always rewards effort eventually...but it operates on its own timeline! Sometimes it takes a while for all the components to rearrange to gift you what you want.
A clear vision of what you want and where you are going can go a long way in helping you get out of a stagnant time period. If you have clarity of direction, than it is easier to take steps to reach your goal. It is really hard for the universe to give you what you want if you don't know what you want!!!!
And finally, just remember that everything is temporary. That includes difficulties and happier times. Onward, people! We must keep rolling.
8 of swords x 4 of Cups x 3 Pentacles
Give more to receive more. The open hand is the precursor to the closed hand. The energy of July is full of compassion and generosity. Make time to nurture the members of the 'family' you have created and you will be rewarded three times over with their love and affection. This month the nature spirits are calling! Make time to be in mother nature ( the ultimate Queen of Pentacles!) and connect with the healingness of lakes and oceans and sand and earth and plants! Queens rule consciousness...so be conscious (in a fun way...not a punishing way) with what you are nurturing your body with. Go through your cupboards and throw out dead, garbage food. Fill your Kitchen with fresh, healthy, real food. Our bodies are connected to our emotions directly, yet subtly. Taking care of our body temple will lift our spirits and make us feel more connected to life. This summer many of us may finally get a life changing understanding of a situation that has been occupying our thoughts for a very long time.
Queen of Pentacles
A lot of emotions will be floating around in August. This is neither good nor bad, we just want to acknowledge what is going on inside of us and listen to that and not ignore our inner voice. It is really important when this influence is strong that we are not ignoring our needs in taking care of others that we love. Love is a feeling, but more importantly love is action. It is a verb, not only an emotion. Sometimes we get lost in our love feelings and need to evaluate the quality ( and equality) of a relationship by the actions of the other person, not the feelings we have for them. The total eclipse on the 21st will possibly bring up something that has been buried for a long time. Shine your love light on this buried treasure and heal it or send it on its way!
Queen of Cups
After the nebulous energy of August, September rolls in with the feel good card of the earth suit. It is a good time to enjoy the moment because you have earned it. Life shouldn't just be a series of challenges, there is also a time for enjoying the fruits of your labor...and September is the time! The Nine of Pentacles delivers a time of uplifting and very positive vibes. There is a sense of security and self-fulfillment that is present whether you are single or in a committed relationship. This energy helps couples be aware of and release patterns of co-dependence. We are all our own little universe and connection is much more interesting when we have our own interests and points of view. Carpe Diem, People!
Nine of Pentacles
If you are feeling like you are being blocked by obstacle after obstacle and your life is stagnating, here is a little spell to help move things along.
What you will need:
Basil essential oil
Small piece of paper
Step One: Clear out and scrub clean your front entryway. Make sure your door opens all the way. Wash the floor with water with a few drops of basil oil and salt added or sprinkle salt on carpet and vacuum it up. When you pour the dirty water down the drain or throw out your vacuum bag, imagine your obstacle going with it. Having a clear entryway allows fresh energies and opportunities into your life.
Step two: Rub some basil oil onto your purple candle and light it. Place it on your altar or a table. Sit down with your pen and paper and get centered.
Step three: Get extremely clear on what needs to be moved out of the way and what your manifestation goal is. Remember the law of 3s – anything you put out to the universe comes back threefold. Make sure your desire harms no one or removes their personal will.
Step 4: Write this vision down on one side of the paper. On the other side sketch a picture of an open road. Rub some basil oil on the paper and fold it up, with the sketch side out.
Step 5: Visualize rolling down an open road and removing your obstacle(s) and moving past them. Carry your folded paper with you and read your vision everyday along with this visualization until things start moving again. When your goal is realized either bury the paper, burn it or throw it into moving water. Make sure to say thank you to the universe!
We are part of the natural world and there is a 'waking-upness' that happens when the days get longer and sunshine starts streaming in to the dark and dusty corners. The urge to spring clean is natural after the dark of winter. This is literal and figurative. Many of us might be having mixed emotions in April. We want to move towards the new, but might not know what that is yet. Or we may know what we want to create but don't know how. The important energy of this month is first noticing the urge for change and then not supressing it! The transition phase of an idea or urge taking its first steps into reality is the absolute most vulnerable point of any project, relationship or life goal. This is not usually a threat from the outside, but a lack of faith or a limiting belief or the crushing power of being 'realistic'. Nobody ever pushed through a boundry or innovated anything by being 'realistic'!!! So make space to listen to your heart and move out of that beautiful space into the new day.
page of cups
Are you an 'Experiencer'?
Get out and try new things in May. Like, several new things. The value will come in through the cross pollination of the situations working on you. Help yourself to a heaping helping of fresh experiences. What do you do besides work, shop and hang out? Well, do more! You don't even need money ( or at least alot of money) to add different ingredients to your daily reality recipe. Make space to be a wanderer in your own life. Production has no value and follow through is not a moral issue when you are just experiencing things. We forget to hold open space in our lives to allow new information in to even decide what we should choose or commit to. Fear of failure, looking like we aren't in control, discomfort at not having the answers are all traps that keep us in a limited existence. Curiosity can set you free. Capitalist society loves people who base their worth on their production value. But our true worth is that we are unique, beautiful souls born onto this planet for a short while. So stick it to the MAN by just enjoying life and cultivating new experiences.
2 of pentacles
Just as the solstice this month brings us the longest day of the year, many of us will have a personal solstice on this life journey. This month will be a threshold month for many of us. Expect the best to happen. We will be feeling hopeful and have reason to be proud of our accomplishments. But sometimes, even when everything is going extremely well we still ask ' is this all that there is'? Every time we reach a goal, we want to go find a new goal. It is the human condition.But this month it would be great to sit tight and enjoy what you have. It is so hard for us to be present sometimes. Be grateful, breath deep, and don't force anything. If you are in a relationship take time to support and make space for your partner's individuality and personal goals outside the relationship.Whether we are partnered or single, we were all born onto our own unique life path, and this month it is time to celebrate that! Reap what you have sown, it is time to gather the fruits of your labor and self-discipline.
9 of pentacles
One thing I really like to do at the beginning of a New Year (or birthday) is create a new essential oil blend for myself. I change all the time so it is fun to create a perfume oil that fits me perfectly for that particular era. I used to just create different scents that I like, but then I discovered the magical side of herbs and oils . Now I can create oils that have intent in them and that makes it even more exciting!
So here is a list of fairly common oils that smell good and have magical properties. Make your own blend and give it a name!!
Use these oils to attract:
Hello! I am Xtina, a psychic tarot reader based in the Pacific Northwest. 'Tarot Communique' is a space for my musings, inspirations and whatever else that comes up that I'd like to share! xo
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