🟎🟎🟎This is a post by special guest Susan Dumett
We are living in uncertain times, and let's face it, we humans have a really hard time living with uncertainty. Some of us are facing real survival-related challenges right now, and being in a state of not knowing can exacerbate the stress of things.
Yet, it is also the not knowing that can lead us into deeper strength, attuned insight, inner safety, and ultimately greater certainty--in ourselves and even the greater all that is.
As a survivor of more than a few challenging times and things that taxed my mind, energy and nervous system so much that I developed a non-epileptic seizure disorder, I know that the way in is the way out. Exploring the uncomfortableness of stress and uncertainty, releasing habits of avoidance, disrupting the cycle of negative feelings and thoughts before they spiraled together into negative 'what-if' scenarios and tending to my body, mind, and spirit via modalities like energy healing, hypnosis, guided meditation and spiritual practice saved my life. These practices radically changed my life, too. Instead of living days in intense fear and reactivity, I stepped into a realm of security and certainty within myself. My nervous system eased. My thoughts defaulted to inspiration instead of desolation and despair. And my sight--both inner and outer--became more attuned to balance and neutrality, seeing more of all that is, as it is, without attaching drama, meaning, or negative stories to everything. This isn't avoidance or donning rose-colored glasses, it is a true state and practice of presence and energetic tending that can be cultivated and held even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. In your owning your energy, your power and presence, you automatically step into a level of personal certainty and safeness within that is invaluable--and that you have a right to experience.
Use these strange times to do that healing and empowerment work that your heart is calling you to do. Intense feelings and energies are a sign that something in your world needs attention. Choose to turn towards it, rather than away--with gentleness, curiosity, an intention of healing as if you were tending to a child or a respected elder. You are more powerful than you realize, and there are many resources online and people, (including me and Xtina), who can help. You are worth it and you (and all that you are) are needed in these times.
Please reach out with questions,to sign up for upcoming events and classes online, or to schedule as session. With much love, Susan
Some Silver Linings during this time of Crisis
In the midst of all the scary news about this new sickness that has rushed through our lives unexpectedly,there are little nuggets of unexpected positive change. We have all caught a glimpse into a world that could be. Where the water is clear in the sky is blue and mother Earth gets a chance to breathe deeply.
I was deeply moved to see the beauty of the clear waters that are now in Venice, Italy because it's not being overrun by tourists and boat traffic. see here This is after only one week! You could actually see the bottom of the canals and the little fishes swimming. Around the world, where everything has slowed down, mother nature has started healing (Nasa pictures of China during the lockdown.) It just goes to show how resilient this planet is if we just give it some space and time to heal. Humans are so intelligent! We now have so many technologies, we could always have clear waters and blue skies. If we had the will we could do this very quickly.
I am now going to be sending love and thankfulness to this beautiful planet in my morning meditations.
My Hope is that just like the planet, we spend some of this (enforced) downtime rejuvenating as well. As I write this many of us are in quarantine and are now forced to spend a lot of time on our own. This is a great time to journal daydream and study. Are there some changes you would like to make in your life that you haven't had time to focus on? I know there are a lot of practical things to deal with right now, especially on the financially front for a lot of us. I am praying for us all. I guess we must do what we can. As the old addage goes: control what you can and release what you can't. But in the in-between spaces maybe you can hear a new voice, discover a hidden truth or open a door to a new vision.
Please be kind to yourself and others. And get lots of rest if you can. Xtina
Well, how appropriate that we start out this season with the Death card! I am not predicting any physical death here, because I am not God. But what this means is the way of life that we are used to has ended for the time being. This can feel scary. But it is temporary, as I have started these readings with death card energy and we progress away from it...not toward it.♥️ In fact, by June we end up with a beautiful Ace energy of rebirth. Because this card's energy is blending with the Page of Swords we need to make many decisions in new territory. This is a real 'nip it in the bud' energy! So please just make the best decisions you can with the information you have and know that things always eventually work themselves out. Make sure to take care of yourself physically and spiritually right now to surf this huge, crazy wave successfully. Do what you can to support yourself and try to surf what you can't control.
If you are stuck at home, the energy of the Page of Swords means deciding to put energy into a new situation. This can be an interest, an art form or even a certificate of some sort. I can also mean working on a new relationship with yourself and your beautiful human-ness.♥️ Start where you are at, because wishing things were different can be draining. Look for the silver lining and hidden opportunities!
death x page of swords
We start out the month with an energy of swift movement! There is a sense of getting used to the changes from last month and adjusting to new systems, thoughts and routines. Many of you will start receiving what you have been waiting for...correspondence, money or answers! (This is especially true if you were pro-active about things last month.) Also, some of you may have reached out to a person from the past (or they reached out to you) and you are sharing meaningful connection.♥️
The Six of Cups is a lovely card. All Sixes in the tarot represent getting to a better place after challenging times and this is especially true with the Six of Cups. It's a very emotional and spiritual card and we should find solace in this! The Divine works in very mysterious ways and with the Six of Cups we can find the divine in everyday life. No matter where you're at right now, when you drink your morning tea or coffee sit with that pleasure. Enjoy a good conversation with a friend ♥️ and feel the warm sun on your face. That is very much the energy of the Six of Cups and this comforting energy is what comes in on the heels of all that movement at the beginning of the month.
knight of swords x six of cups
June begins on an introspective note, when it is time to acknowledge and appreciate our inner power and self-knowledge. The High Priestess is one of the most powerful cards in the Tarot and she wants us to rely on our own inner world and intuition to guide us through life. No one (or nothing) can steal us away from ourselves. If we have been misguided by wrong information or charlatans, we can always call in our superpowers to find ourselves again. She wants us to know that healing is always possible and everyday really can be a new start, where we follow our own heart to our true calling. These readings end with the beautiful Ace of Swords, a card of great power and the potential for re-birth. But it calls in the need for decision making and being proactive. The Ace of Swords is often the transition period from the old path to the new and better path. It is full of hope and power and asks you to make your move!
High Priestess x Ace of Swords
Remember the song 'The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius'? Well, it is no longer the 'dawning' because it actually arrives in 2020. This really is a start of a new era. We've been under the influence of an earth sign for almost 200 years and now we are switching over into the air sign , Aquarius. So what does moving into an air sign signify?
Leaving Earth energy behind means no longer getting our fuel from the earth such as fossil fuels and trees. Instead we'll be getting our energy from the air and renewable resources. We will stop getting most of our water from the ground and start harvesting it from the rain in the sky. It could very well mean the end of traditional capitalism and its emphasis on materialism and turning into a more 'experience' oriented Society.
Air signs rule technology and communication. The overwhelming access to information and inability to hold back the sharing of information means that certain beliefs are going to be crumbling in the face of fact and other possible realities rather than ones's own.
Centralized big utilities may also go to the Wayside as each individual person and building can harness its own Energy System and water from the sky.
The other big transit in 2020 is the ' great conjunction'. Approximately every 20 years or so Saturn and Jupiter meet up for what is called the Great Conjunction or 'coming together'. This reunion signifies the end of one era and the beginning of another 20 year cycle.
Think back to where you were in 1999 and 2000. What was started then, may be wrapping up now. For some of us we may have abandonded something and will be picking it back up in 2020.
May this year bring you Joy and Hope!
Please visit my youtube channel for readings for every sign for the new year.
2020 is the year of the metal rat. It starts on January 25th 2020. It should Usher in a year that has a lot of surprises but within this unpredictability they were also be opportunities. The Zodiac rat is the first animal of the twelve of the Chinese horoscope. Therefore a lot of decisions made this year will affect the next 12 years. It is especially important to respect your money this year. If you have just been throwing it around and not tracking it and saving some of it... it's time to start. ASAP. Did you know that 40% of Americans don't even have $400 saved? That's almost half the population. Even $10 a week equals about $520 in a year. It's time to move into the future and that includes planning for your future financially. We just finished a 12-year cycle it's time to renew! Many people may create the whole new reality for themselves this year by changing their lifestyle. Please do not let another person's jealousy or sabotage keep you from making changes that you see as necessary and life-giving in your own life. This is the international year of the underdog! Just because you haven't before doesn't mean you won't tomorrow.
Gold white and blue are the lucky colors this year.
Below you will find an overview of the energies of 2020 for your Chinese zodiac animal!
There should be lots of opportunities for Rat this year. The rat is the very first animal in the Chinese Zodiac so it's an excellent year for New Beginnings. Any challenges you face this year, you should be able to overcome and in this process create better foundations for the future. Everything will turn out fine.
Overall the Ox will have a lot of luck in 2020. But unfinished business or loose ends need to be tied up this year in order to set the stage for a bright tomorrow. Don't avoid a something that you've been avoiding for a long time. It's time to face it.
The Tiger will be one of the luckiest signs in 2020. Now is the time to face the future with excitement and release any negative energy around you. That includes relationships.
This is the year for the rabbit to really Embrace what brings joy in life and to release any unnecessary obligations. Do anything it takes to not be stressed out. You don't owe anybody any explanations for your decisions. You're an adult you get to do what you want.
2020 should be a wonderful year for the Dragon. There's a lot of Harmony and peace coming your way. And if you put energy into new relationships you should have many new friendships coming your way and possible Romance.
If you are single and you are a Snake, this may be the year that you find true love! Overall 2020 will bring you lots of joy and luck. Be grateful for what is coming your way and you will get more to be grateful for.
2020 is the year of the Rat and the very first sign of the zodiac. For the horse this means it's time for New Beginnings on all fronts! If you feel like you've been wanting to transform, don't wait any longer! Turn into a butterfly this year. Release what doesn't serve you and be grateful for your good relationships and and invest in them. This is where your luck lies.
Sheep should see their pot of gold growing this year! And while the financial landscape looks stable, other parts of the Sheep's life will be going through a lot of change. So be flexible and positive and roll with life.
2020 will be a year full of friends and parties and vital energy for the monkey! Flexibility and creativity are great traits to bring to your professional life. You can see a lot of growth in that direction. Overall this year should bring lots of Positive Vibes and luck.
Overall 2020 should be a successful year for the Rooster. But you will make a lot of progress this year if you take the time for some TLC and self-care. Don't just push yourself through difficult situations. Evaluate if you need to be in a challenging situation at all. And make sure you're not doing things out of obligation that you would rather not be doing. It will definitely be better to be honest with yourself about your true feelings then pushing them down and have them explode out unexpectedly.
New Beginnings will be calling out to the dog this year. Don't ignore restlessness. Be flexible and enjoy change! Good luck and prosperity will be around every corner. Please take care of your health though. Make lifestyle changes if you need. It's also an absolutely fabulous year for love.
People born in the year of the dog will have good luck in most areas of their life ....the stars are in their favor this year. To attract luck put a dog statue in the Southeast corner of your bedroom.
2020 should be a year of contentment for the pig. It's time to take comfort in what you have and be proud of what you've achieved so far. Most of the good things in your life are here because of good decisions you made in the past so give yourself some credit.
Wow, what an intense reading for the first month of the new year. The message is this: When you're feeling really down or you're feeling hopeless or disappointed or are suffering from loss, please don't give up hope! Your wishes still will come true! It is very important how you are seeing yourself in your life. Just remember that everything changes and that focusing on tomorrow and the future and seeing in your mind's eye how you want things to be, will get you moving in the right direction. If you don't like where you're at, whether it is from your own bad decisions or from some nasty blows dealt by the wild card of fate, you don't need to stay there. Everything changes and everything is temporary. So set your sights on the new day, visualize the best possible outcome and keep moving. Everything is going to be fine. In fact your secret dreams can come true, you just need to help them along.
Five of Pentacles X nine of cups
February really brings you something to be excited about! Maybe it's a new idea or a new relationship or a new project. The whole situation feels full of potential and vital. Don't hold back, go for it! Give something (or someone) that has piqued your interest a try. This could turn into something long-lasting and huge, or it could just be an interesting experience. You won't know what it will turn out to be unless you jump right on in! Please don't let indecision steal the energy out of the situation. There may be some sort of risk involved but nothing amazing ever got done without taking a risk. Sometimes we got to rock the boat to unleash the divine!
ace of wands
It's early spring and the days are getting longer. It is time to move out of hibernation (existential or literal!) and get ready for action. Start with some brainstorming. Use creative thinking to do some rearranging ...either in your life or in your kitchen! It is time to plan and do some stretching because pretty soon you're going to be asked to actually run. The energy of the Master Manifester is coming and you want to be ready. But right now something in your life needs to be rearranged. Solidified patterns in a relationship may need to be loosened or totally overthrown. Issues of prioritization regarding yourself and your self-worth may be coming up. Move things around in your Cosmic living room. Do some direct communication with your significant other (or anyone of importance). What Garden have you two planted? Have you watered it lately?
Also you may need to do some self-imposed limitations in order to focus your energy.
temperance x emperor
One way I like to help move energy along when I'm feeling stagnant is by doing space clearing. Clearing your home energetically can help bring positive movement into other areas of your life. The ancient art / science of feng shui is based on this principle. Practitioners believe that balancing energy flow in your home brings Good Fortune into your life. Other belief systems also use space clearing in their their practices and rituals. So here are some tips to do this for yourself.
It's important to always start off with a good cleaning and de-cluttering. Make sure the area around your front door is especially free of junk and clothes. Make sure that the door can open all the way. This is where your opportunities come in. (I remember when I was back in college , anytime that I had to write a really big paper, part of the process of organizing my mind was to First clean and organize my space. I could not write when my house was dirty and cluttered. When the energy in my apartment was able to freely flow then I was able to move forward in my work. )
Salt is an excellent cleanser both physically and energetically. It's used a lot in clearing rituals. Some of the things you can do with salt to help absorb any stagnation or negative Energies are as follows:
You can use smoke to drive out unwanted energies. Generally I use Palo Santo or frankincense. Walk through each room imaging the smoke neutralizing anything negative and making space for fresh new energy.
My friend, the folk magic practitioner and high priestess, Kook Teflon, recommends burning Dragon's Blood for driving out especially heavy and oppressive energies. She says when you're trying to get rid of energies you want to start at the back of your house with the windows and doors open. Then smudge each room in the house while moving towards the front door. When you get to the threshold, usher all the negativity out the front door.
After performing a clearing ritual I think it's a great idea to invite some friends over and have a good time and fill your home with laughter! Good luck!
In July some of us may be navigating some heavy emotional waters, but don’t worry, because the existential weight will definitely be lifting in August and September! Often times this energy is due to taking on more than you can handle. For those of you who tend to take on responsibility (too)easily you need to sit down and analyze where your energy is going. You only have so much in a day. Are you sacrificing your own life energy to keep the peace in an unhealthy situation? Do you need to delegate? Sometimes this just means there is a lot going on for a short amount of time. Make sure when you’re having to endure pressure in life that you make time to take care of yourself. Some of this heavy energy has to do with the lunar eclipse in mid July in Capricorn. An eclipse is a really powerful transit that often times brings needed endings ...and new beginnings ;-). Also Mercury goes got retrograde on July 7 which sometimes creates some stagnation. Hang in there it all lightens up in a great way by the end of July.
ten of wands / King of cups.
In August MOVEMENT replaces stagnation, and parties and celebrations are happening! All of us should make some space for joy and the fun of this summer month. Mercury starts moving forward again, and if you’ve been struggling with making progress toward a goal in July, get ready for the universe to kick some butt in August. Be prepared for SHIFT. Make sure you’re connecting with others and taking opportunities for co-mingling and partying! Celebrate life. Get out of your head and into your body. Go swimming, dance and make delicious food. For those of you looking for love, the Eight of Wands is sometimes called 'Cupids Arrows'. You may just be swept off your feet! But you got to get out there and connect with people!
eight wands and four wands
Very pleasant vibes are going to be rolling into our lives in September. Many of us are going to feel content for the first time in a long time. There is no need to worry so much! Really set your heart on trusting that things will work out...and they will! Things usually do happen for a reason and we end up where we are supposed to be. If you have been struggling, let go and get to a place where you get to rest for a while. Look around your home. Clean it, look at magazines and get new ideas. We truly can make any space, no matter how small or imperfect, beautiful. Other people are going to be getting some really good news either in the mail or over the phone and they will share the joy and wealth with you. Expect special blessings! Some of you may have a soulmate walk into your life if you’re looking for love. There also seems to be indications, that for some of you, someone from the past wants to come back so make sure that whatever their agenda is... it it’s for your benefit. Having an agenda isn't necessarily bad, but remember that you are the target. Charming is a verb.
six of cups/knight of cups,
The Year of the Pig: a year of fortune and luck!
2019 is the year of the pig in Chinese astrology. The new year starts on February 5th.
According to most of the sites I follow, 2019 it's supposed to be a much better year than 2018. It will mostly be beneficial for all 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
In Chinese astrology the pig represents wealth and generosity.
Here is a overview of the coming year for each of the Chinese zodiac animal signs.
Rat: you should have a great year full of joy and abundance.
Ox: overall 2019 should be a solid and positive year. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to bring in multiple income streams. The key is activating opportunities not letting them pass by.
Tiger: this year your fortune will increase when you collaborate and work with others. A little humility and trust will go a long way.
Rabbit: you'll be blessed with a wonderful year in 2019. This year it will be easier than ever to create and deepen relationships with others. Reach Out! Love is waiting for you to take the first step.
Dragon: . If you want excitement don't stir up drama ! Keep things exciting by going on fun and enriching Adventures with others or alone.
Snake: activate your powers of persuasion to get what you want! This means charm not deceit.
Horse. 2019 should be a much better year then 2018. If you had a relatively calm and peaceful 2018 expect there to be a continuation of joy and abundance in 2019.
Goat. You will be graced with luck this year. Consult the iching or tarot to figure out where your luckiest path lies.
Monkey. This year is going to be full of twists and turns and happy surprises. Be flexible and stay positive and get ready for a wild ride!
Rooster. Being Wiley isn't going to get you very far this year. Sincerity and vulnerability will get you to the end of the rainbow and the proverbial pot of gold.
Dog. 2019 will be the year where you get what you deserve. Think investment. Anything you put energy into you will be rewarded for. If you don't do anything nothing's going to happen. But remember the world is your oyster. Dream big and go forth.
Pig. You will be ruled By your home sign this year. Think of it as spiritual weight lifting. Anywhere you overcome obstacles or invest your energy will have greater rewards than usual.
I've been thinking a lot about investment lately. Everything that we do is an investment that we stand upon later. How we think is the architect of our actions and our future. Perspective itself is an investment. What we say, what we do and how we interact with people is an investment.
Usually when we talk about the term investment in Western Society we are referencing money. Well, we are in a system that was created before any of us were born. In this man-made social/financial structure, our energy gets translated into cash. A bill (dollar or otherwise) is a proxy for our life-energy that was invested into labor. (This is a deeply flawed system with some humans' labor being more valued than others. But that is another discussion) I am talking about looking at where our energy goes and assessing if we are in control of our direction.
This year I have really gotten a hold of my money. I am harnessing it and directing it and respecting it like I never have before because truly... it's My Life Energy manifested as green dollars.
I also started looking at relationship in terms of investment. Nurturing and spending energy on an excellent reciprocal relationship, whether it's family, friends or a lover will bring endless dividends in the future. Deep real reciprocal relationships could even save your life ...or at least your mental health, at some point.
I think that 'acts of investment' are fundamentally the actions of an adult. Investment calls in the idea that we don't live in a vacuum and that our actions do affect others. Our actions deeply affect our future self. Ask yourself: What would my future self thank me for?
I think Our future self would be extremely grateful if we invested in our best version of reality now.
I think being mindful is the state of a grown-up, and acting mindlessly is the state of a child. And we have tons of mindless adults. It's not totally their fault. We are in the end times of capitalism and we are trained to not truly think for ourselves. The system puts pressure on us to be a cog in the academic/ health/ work machine ... and then to consume endlessly.
I'm all for spontaneity, but there's also a place in life for building a solid foundation based on investment.
These are just some of my thoughts rolling around at the end of 2018.
I am wishing you a fantabulous 2019!
If you'd like to check out some of my personal Journey in the world of being more mindful, I have a channel on YouTube called the Practical Magic of frugal living.
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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