Review of the Creature Teacher Oracle Deck by Scott Alexander King

I personally love animals, in particular dogs and elephants and I have a racoon as an animal guide.

So, I thought I would share a review with you about an oracle deck called “Creature Teacher” by Scott Alexander King.

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It is suitable for children too.

This deck seems quite innocent and appealing to me at the same time but I wouldn’t let this put you off using it as an adult. It kind of draws me back to when I was a kid and how I felt about animals. I used to love looking at books about animals and learning about what parts of the world the different animals come from (or are found).

The deck is made up of 45 round cards and also comes with a book. The animals in the pictures are friendly and even seem happy, like they want to share their messages with us. This appeals to me because in my head, we can learn from animals by seeing how they are in their natural habitat, what they eat and how they survive. They live in the present and how they are is natural. Their instinct is raw.

This deck is about getting advice from the animals when you need guidance and clarification. I don’t find it so much as a prediction deck. The cards are round because the creator sees that as symbolic as the whole circle of life thing which is also common in so many cultures and is present in things like ritual and even architecture and the sacredness of the circle is what he works with here – the circle is also used in Wicca and Druidism. The creator also relates it to the medicine wheel. Think of the seasons in a wheel as well. And then there are the 4 directions.

Now about the cards.

I will show you one:

The wolf who says: “I learn easily.”

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I love this card because it reminds me of how wolves love to be with their families, as do I. They do everything as a team so the message from the wolf is to learn to be part of a pack; that sometimes you will need to be a team player and that you can’t do everything by yourself.

The wolf wants us to now that experience is the key because the more you learn, the more you have to share and experience also gives you an edge. So, what do you have to share with the world – with your immediate world?

The deck can be bought on Amazon:

 

My web site is http://www.nadine-roberts.co.uk

 

 

The Fool

Today I am talking about The Fool and I want to show you The Fool from the Silver Witchcraft Tarot by Barbara Moore and Franco Rivolli.

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I love this different take of The Fool.

As you can see in the picture, there is a path, a tree and an eclipse.

There is also so much space, freedom and potential in the open field. I imagine myself in this field with a light breeze blowing on me. I am also in awe of the abundance of nature here. The tree is strong and tall and provides shelter and shade. It could do this for birds, animals and humans alike showing how we are all connected. I imagine all the lovely smells of flowers and the grass.

So, embrace the potential is what I am feeling with this card. Allow your senses to be alive.

Another feeling I get with this card is the beginning of something new and if I have recognised this. The eclipse makes me aware of cycles, that life does go on and I think of how we have not experienced all there is to experience whether it is good or bad. You can’t ignore things that go on around you.

So what are you going to do today (or not do)?

The Sola-Busca Tarot

Show and tell time. This is the Sola-Busca Tarot which is the oldest complete deck among those preserved from the 15th century and is also the first known in which all 56 minors are illustrated with characters rather than with the suits symbols.

The name Sola-Busca comes from the noble Milanese family that owned them until 2008 at which time the cards were sold to the italian state and delivered to the Pinacoteca of Bera in Milan.

This deck I have is a reprint and is numbered 105 of a limited edition of 700.

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Why do I think Angels are a good idea?

I like to think that I am spiritual in my own way.

I feel I have my own guardian angel called Cristal (with an “i”).

Cristal has been with me for a long time, about 18 years now and I didn’t really notice her at first. The thing with angels is that they are there but they like you to ask them for help. They don’t just do things for you. They like you to be active. I do feel that they are there for us when times are tough but we don’t always know they are there. You may have had different tough times in your lives at different stages of your lives – something when you were younger; then as you grew older, adapted and your life changed – you leave school, get a career or even have illness and death to deal with.

I first engaged with Cristal when I was in hospital for an operation to do with my MRKH (Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser) Syndrome during which I got seriously burned on two thirds of my back. Here is a link about MRKH –

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/mayer-rokitansky-kuster-hauser-syndrome

 

(If anyone wants to get in touch with me about this, i’d be happy to talk to them about it.)

My Granddad died on 1st July last year and I knew Cristal was there with him. I knew he was at peace with himself and his life. He was calm and he welcomed this transition in his life. He was ready. This event in my own life has made me look at how my immediate family is evolving. My Mum has recently retired and is a Grandmother to my 2 nephews making my sister a Mum too.

I have been feeling a bit under the weather recently mentally but have been to my docter about it so I feel it is in hand. This is the thing though – being able to seek help if you need to because you can’t always do stuff alone. I feel Cristal is there with me now but she has stepped back a bit because I need to be stronger and face my fears.

Review of the Guardian Angel Cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

I have previously reviewed the Angel Tarot cards and that particular deck being the first “Angel” Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine seems quite popular.

As you know, the pair then created the Power Angel Tarot cards (which didn’t appeal to me so I won’t be reviewing) and then this deck – the Guardian Angel Tarot deck.

Typically, the names of the suits have been changed:

Pentacles to the suit of “Abundance”

Cups to the suit of “Emotion”

Wands to the suit of “Thought” and

Swords to the suit of “Action”.

I haven’t had a problem trying to remember the suits.

Out of the 3 Tarot decks that Doreen and Radleigh have created, I actually am drawn more to this one. I loved the first one but love this one even more because of the pictures on the cards. The whole deck, to me is very girlish and pretty. It is in mostly pastel colours and the angels on the cards remind me of cherubs and there is a good mix of small children, young people, Fathers, Mothers and family life in its different stages as well as people of different races.

On each card, you get the card name with a picture with some words at the bottom. This may put some people off but in this deck, I feel it has been tastefully done. I quite like it and feel it is a refreshing take on something I know already. I use this deck for clients who have asked for an Angel card reading and I feel that the words at the bottom give them something to focus on. I do add my own twist to the meaning but I find the words help to reinforce what has come up in the reading and also helps the client to understand more.

I thought I would share a quick 3 card reading with this deck for you to get a feel of the deck:

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How can I best learn with you as a deck? 9 of emotions (Cups)

The card has the following words to offer:

“This is a magical time in your life when wishes are being granted and dreams come true. It may seem that good luck is following you but actually these happy times are your just reward for being a loving and wonderful person. Your angels are asking you to enjoy your life and have more fun.”

I interpret this as being able to have fun with this deck, to be open-minded and to know that I can use this deck in good times and in bad. Whatever the situation, this deck will always have some good advice to offer but I also need to be aware of my own actions and the consequences they could create.

What are your strengths as a deck? 4 of Action (Swords)

This card has the following words to offer:

“Your hard work and sincere efforts lead you to a sense of safety, contentment and financial security. You deserve to take a break and enjoy the magnificent life you’ve created. It may be time to celebrate a wonderful event such as an engagement, a wedding, buying a new home or the birth of a child.”

These words on this card (and on other cards in this deck) are probably quite different from what you may have been thinking about this card but go with it – try to be open to what this deck has to offer. This is the advice I am getting with this card on how to work with this deck.

How our lives sometimes work out sometimes, can be quite unexpected but in a good way and learning to take pride in what we have as well as what we have done is important.

What are your limits as a deck? Choose Freedom (Major Arcana Card number 15 aka the Devil)

This card has the following words to offer:

“Sometimes you may feel as though your way is blocked but often that is just an illusion. You could free yourself from the obstacles that you’re so focused on by choosing a different path. Turn your thoughts away from negativity and instead envision endless other possibilities you might act upon.”

This deck will not appeal to everyone because some people will feel blocked by what it offers. They won’t be able to “get it”. This is fine because we are all unique individuals and we all have our own unique way of reading and understanding Tarot. I feel that there is no offence taken by the choices we make as individuals. We are in a way expected to use our own decisions and go with it being proud to be who we are. How you give messages through Tarot as a reader, is what makes you who you are. Like in the picture on this card, you are stood a gateway, open the gate and walk forward, head held high with pride.

As a conclusion, this deck could be used just like any other Tarot deck because it is about how the message from the reading is put across and you as the reader needs to find what you work with best, whatever the deck is.

The deck can be bought on Amazon:

 

My web page is http://www.nadine-roberts.co.uk

 

How knowing about Body Langauge can save you

I thought I would talk about Body Language today.

As a Tarot reader, your body language is important and here are some ways to improve or at least consider your own body language when giving a Tarot reading which can help to make the client feel more comfortable. It also makes them feel like you are totally focused on them which is important.

  • Squarely face person vs. sitting kitty-corner.
  • Use Open posture vs. crossed arms and legs
  • Lean a little toward the person vs. settling back in your chair
  • Use Eye contact vs. staring off into deep space
  • Relax, keep it natural vs. sitting like a board
  • Look friendly vs. neutral or scowling.

Now about your client.

Here are some ways to read their body language:

Eyes

It has been said that the eyes are “the windows to the soul”; therefore getting to know different looks will help you to better read people.

  • Direct eye contact can indicate someone is interested and paying attention.
  • Looking prolonged into someone’s eyes can come off as threatening.
  • If a client does not keep eye contact or frequently looks away, this can indicate they are uncomfortable with something.
  • Excessive blinking may indicate distress, and infrequent blinking may be intentional.
  • Intentionally diverting one’s eyes – looking out a window instead of looking at the person talking – communicates disinterest.

Mouth and Voice

  • Are their lips pursed? They may disapprove or not trust what they are hearing.
  • Are they covering their mouth? They may want to hide their emotion, a smirk, smile, or yawn.
  • Are the corners of the mouth up or down? When the corners of their mouth are slightly turned up, they might feel happy and less guarded. When turned down, they may be stressed, doubtful, or disapprove.
  • Is the client talking loud? They may be stressed, angry, or perhaps hard of hearing.
  • Is the client talking softly? They may be shy, embarrassed, or have their hearing aids turned up.
  • Is the client over-emphasizing their words? They are attempting to communicate that a word or combination of words is important to them.
  • Does the client ask you a question and then answer it themselves? They are trying to teach you something about themselves or their business.
  • Laughing? Loud outbursts can be a sign of nervousness and embarrassment; it can be attention-seeking, or a sign of dishonesty. Laughing at a time that seems inappropriate can be interpreted as nervousness or indicate they uncomfortable.

Posture

Posture can be interpreted as open or closed. Open posture occurs when the core of the body remains open which indicates positive interest, ready for conversation and to move business forward.

  • Is the client crossing their arms or legs? This does not automatically indicate they are “closed,” this posture may be comfortable. If someone is crossed and slightly turned away from you, this can be interpreted as closed posture. Likewise, if they are sitting erect and their arms are crossed, this can be interpreted as defensive, distrust, and closed posture.
  • Sitting or leaning forward? If so, they are engaged in the conversation and can be interpreted as ready to buy or do more business.
  • Hunched forward? This can signal boredom.
  • Sitting or leaning back? This can be interpreted as closed and disinterested, bored, or irritated.
  • Head cocked to the side or chin down? This can be interpreted as a sign of uncertainty, disapproval, disinterest, or a lack of trust.

Hands and Arms

  • Is their handshake sweaty? This can be a sign of nervousness.
  • How is the handshake pressure? Matching the pressure of your client’s handshake is good business practice. If a client squeezes your hand too tightly, this can be a sign of aggression and anger, or, it is unintentional.
  • The process of spreading your fingers apart and touching fingertips from one hand to fingertips of the other hand is called “steepling.” This is known as a power gesture, it is used frequently by politicians to send the message of power, confidence, and knowledge. It is widely recognized as such.
  • Are the palms up or down? Keeping your palms up is a positive expression. Palms down, which is a gesture used to train animals, can be interpreted as controlling or negative.
  • Using one finger to point can come off as being direct and precise, or closed and offensive. Open-hand, palm-up gestures in place of pointing can project a more open conversation, versus closed.

Finally, your own interpretation of body language should be flexible and may not mean the same for everyone as well as having different meanings in different circumstances.

 

My web site is http://www.nadine-roberts.co.uk

 

 

How Death and rebellion can help you live a better life.

The Death card from the Tarot De Marseilles

The Death card from the Tarot De Marseilles

 

I have to admit that I don’t normally use reversals when doing Tarot readings but there is one thing about the Death card from the Tarot de Marseilles (which I will tell you about shortly) that made me turn it upside down and I felt intuitively drawn to another meaning.

There are a lot of things I can talk about with this card but today, I am just going to tell you about this. My eyes were drawn in a downward motion in this card to the blackness at the bottom of the card and this is the thing that made me turn the card upside down. I realized after I did this that I didn’t even need to do this but it did help me see and understand a few things.

I realized how we don’t want to see things for what they are or can’t see them for what they are which can be for many reasons, for example fear of the unknown and going out of our comfort zone. It’s like there is this black cloud hanging around us but we don’t even see this and we think that everything is okay because they have always been that way and we just carry on.

The thing with the death card is that sometimes, things do change and come to an end and it is how we react that I feel is depicted here in this particular version of the death card. If you look at the 2 heads at the bottom, there is a blue head with a crown on in the right hand bottom corner and a second head with yellow hair in the other left hand bottom corner. It’s like whose heads are those? I realize they could be different people (not the same person) so it could be a case of the desire that one may have of trying to get rid of unwanted people and or influences in our lives because of the negative and undesired way they make us feel as well as the potential for it to be parts or aspects of ourselves that we would like to cut away from our lives for the same reason – the bad way it makes us feel. I feel this step is important in ones growth as it shows the need to improve one’s self and it is good to cut back things and not hold onto things to be able to grow. Sometimes, holding onto things, people and or feelings represses potential. It may even be some kind of rebellion against authority or rules or something a lot less minor but is a good journey and experience to go through to be able to grow and develop.

My web site is http://www.nadine-roberts.co.uk

 

 

Depression and Tarot

I thought I would look at depression today.

I have dealt with it myself and feel that some life situations that bring clients to me may make them have some of the symptoms as below. I am in no way a doctor and I am not providing all the answers here, just a brief introduction.

It is important for me as a Tarot Reader to be able to refer a client who comes to me for a reading to a medical practitioner if I feel I need to because it is important to know that a Tarot reading does not cure illnesses.

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
  • Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
  • Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
  • Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
  • Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
  • Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
  • Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  • Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

 

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Interview with Holly Sierra, artist of the Chrysallis Tarot, part 2

I love the answer Holly gave when I asked Holly:
How long have you have enjoyed art and what inspires you to draw? Have there been any people who have inspired you?

Both my parents were artists and in the early years we lived part of the week in a Manhattan Brownstone and on the weekends we stayed in our country cottage up in Ancram, NY (Ancram is pastoral, with rolling hillsides, lovely scenic hedgerows and golden fields for as far as the eye can see) Our apartment  on the other hand was atmospheric in the old New York City sense, filled with books on art and lovely old reproductions from the Middle Ages and Renaissance that hung on the walls. My father painted in the cubist style and my mother worked as an illustrator. Both were amazingly talented people! My father would often take me to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on winter weekends and I was enthralled! My first love was the art of the Ancient Egyptians and so many of my early drawings were done in attempts to copy their wonderful artifacts. Inspiration has never been a problem for me…I can hike in woods, walk into a bookstore or eat lunch at a charming little café and come away with multitudes of ideas for new paintings! Environment and surroundings play a very key role in my artistic well-being, too. From earliest youth I was happiest in a countryside setting where the air is filled with bird’s songs and the gentle hum of bees and insects at their work. As I mentioned, much of my youth was spent at our country cabin where I wiled away the hours in the woods and meadows, examining the wildflowers, stones, grasses, fungi and lichen ~ my very own decorative natural world! As I sketched by the stonewall or garden stile, I could hear, my parent’s voices as they worked in the garden or tool shed, off in the distance and I found this very comforting. I also recall my mother’s terrible dismay whenever we were due to return to our apartment in Manhattan! Her love of the ‘countryside’ must have left its mark on me, for I still feel anxiety when Iam too long in a city setting.

My favorite artists in the early days were certainly the Impressionists. Later, I became infatuated with Picasso- Mostly I admired his spirit; it seemed he had no end of energy and enthusiasm for his art. I decided that’s how I wanted to be. Later I grew fond of many contemporary artists….Some of them are Adrienne Segur, Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Susan Seddon Boulet, Beatrix Potter, Will Worthington, Brian Froud, Ed Sandoval, Jane Ray, Frank Howell, JD Challenger, Sandra Brestel to name but a few!

As to inspiration I think my write-up in my ETSY SHOP defines much of what I find inspirational, so I will include it here and you can use bits of it, if you wish…

I am a Magical, Mystical, Artist from beautiful Sedona, Arizona. I paint in acrylics on fine linen canvas or on Arches 300 lb test watercolor paper. I love detail and patterning and most of my art is decorative and fanciful in nature. For the most part an original painting can take me weeks or months to finish, so I rarely sell my originals.

I am most inspired by the ways of the ancient world- The Olde Ways! I am enchanted by the Elementals and the Wildlings. I love the misty forests and mossy hedgerows of the British Isles….Weathered barns, old farms and the earthy colored wool of bleating sheep and worn wooden spinning wheels. I adore honeybees, hives and am especially fond of old fashioned skeps made of bound grass. I love the Green Man’s ivy covered countenance and narrow Medieval streets paved with worn cobblestone.

I love all manner of books, new and old, leather or scrolls. And Celtic knots and Fairytales. I love the ‘Goddess’ in all her forms. I collect a myriad of Tarot and Oracle Card Decks. I adore Middle Eastern Bazaars with vendor’s touts echoing and melodious, mandolin music emanating from deep within dark alleys and from behind leaded windows. I love the flitting moths of summer about a candle flame, fireflies and the rhythmic song of the little tree frogs beneath the stars at night. I love tea and old musty houses, faded tapestries and sepia toned photographs of forgotten souls and times long ago.

I am moved deeply by the adobes of the Southwest, by the Anasazi and the kivas and canyons. I adore archeology and all its revealed treasures. I am inspired by the magic that is loosely woven into the fibers of the everyday. And if I am painting for any cause at all ~ It is for the wellbeing of all the beasts and creatures of this Earth who depend on us for their survival.