More Signs From Spirit

I want to give you two examples in this blog of how spirit loved ones choose just the right moment to let us know they are with us and giving us a little nod of connection to reassure us we are on the right path.

One of my good friends started at a new location for her business a few weeks ago.  After much deliberation and planning, organising, and building the courage to make the leap, she went for it.  A few days before her official opening, she was walking along the path outside of the premises and was telling a friend how she felt this was the “right” move.  At that very moment, a white feather literally dropped in front of her and landed at her feet.  She told me that the feather almost felt heavy as it moved swiftly in front of her face.

The timing of the feather, the way it fell as she spoke the words is a clear sign that yes, she is on the right path.

Another example recently was when I was taking a Zoom session with a lovely new tarot student during the summer.

She was sitting in a bright and sunny room with the windows open.  We had a lovely connection, and my client was full of excited and positive anticipation for her future work with the tarot.

As she said the words “I want to do this as I feel that Tarot can give so much guidance to those that need it and I can really make a difference to someone’s life”….in that very moment, a white butterfly flew in and landed on my client.

We were amazed, as she tried to release the butterfly, it would not leave her side and decided to sit on the wall for the rest of our session!

My client told me that when her Nan died last year, she decided with her mum and sister that butterflies would represent her dear nana energy.  The only difference being that my clients mum and sister connected with red butterflies, and my client with white.

This was such an instant and strong sign from the spirit world that my client is within a beautiful energy flow of creation in this moment in time.

You will find that when you are in this creative phase, making huge leaps of faith toward your future, this is when you see signs the most. 

You will also get them at times of need and encouragement (and these are the best times to ask).

Have faith and trust and know that sometimes even the most obvious signs are the ones we should be listening too.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Hello From Dad

Never in a million years did I ever see myself as a wedding entertainer, but on a warm and sunny July evening, I found myself as that very person at a local wedding recently.

I will be honest, this was my first wedding gig and I was a little nervous, more so because I didn’t want drunk people sitting at my table for their tarot readings.  This worry couldn’t have been further from the reality of the evening, as every single guest that sat down at my table was polite, interested and most of all, coherent! 

We started off on positive vibes (I had a quiet word with my spirit guide Blue before I started my session, I told him that this was a wedding, we can’t go too deep here so any messages need to be ones of upliftment and encouragement, which to be frank, they always are, but you catch my drift).

My spirit guide didn’t disappoint and together we managed to give some fantastic intuitive messages to the guests using the tarot. 

At any type of event, my readings are always psychic tarot readings.  I reframe from doing mediumship readings unless in a one-to-one setting.  The energy that one must hold during spirit links is so strong that I find it mentally challenging and exhausting to have client after client sit down in front of me for these types of sittings. 

So, when a lovely lady arrived at my table halfway through the wedding reception, I felt a small jolt as I heard the words “Say Peter” in my internal audio.  This, I knew, was a direct voice from a spirit connected to the lady.

I spoke back, in my mind, to Peter, telling him sorry, this is not mediumship, this is tarot guidance only (on reflection, how rude was I?! Poor guy).

But I stuck to my guns, and did a tarot spread for this very nice guest, as words of encouragement were really needed at that time in her life.  As the reading drew to its natural close, the lady asked me if I can connect to spirit?  She was the first person to ask me that, and it wasn’t lost on me that it was a coincidence that I heard Peter just as she sat down.  In fact, he was standing next to her the whole time we did the reading.  I felt it only appropriate to pass this information on.

“Well, yes, I can speak to spirit.  You have had a man here the whole time, it’s Peter?”.

In that very moment, my client burst into tears and was shaking her head in disbelief. 

“Peter is my dad, he died last year, I miss him terribly”.

A heat rose in my cheeks as I felt a rush of love – her dad had come along, just wanted to say hello, to tell me to “say Peter” to his daughter.

I told the lady that her dad was with her then, he had been the whole time, in fact, he always is.

My lovely client went back to her table, with disbelief but with a sense of peace in her energy.  You see, even though it was just a name, just a hello, it was enough, it was enough for her to know he is with her.

It was also a lesson learnt for me too.  Just because I didn’t want to do mediumship that night, doesn’t make it ok for me to ignore the spirit standing next to me if that is their only chance to say hello to their loved one who resides on this side of the veil.

So, thank you Peter, for coming through and letting your daughter know that you are here, always.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Feels Like Autumn

During mid to late August, I can almost feel the turn of the season as we approach Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere.

As I was hanging out my washing early this morning, I could feel the shift in the air and then thought about what energy I was feeling, what was changing to make me recognise my favourite season of the year?  What is intrinsically different from this feeling compared to mid-summer mornings?

The first thing is that there is a very slight chill to the air (hardly detectable during this droughty summer in the UK!), but it is certainly there.  The dewy dampness of the grass just feels like it holds more of a foreboding for the coming weeks.

The cob-webs on the garden plants and furniture let me know that the September spiders will soon be hanging around (I’m trying to be at peace with the dear Spider after years of fear, it’s getting easier as the time passes, but I’m still very much working on this…..).

Autumn feels early this year because the harsh hot and dry summer has scorched the garden leaves already, they have crisped up and fallen from the trees, providing a display of stunning chestnut colour in my garden.

Even the actions of others tell me subconsciously that the turn of the season is on its way.

People slow down just a little, garden routines change, there is a winding down and a sense of ease, as opposed to a gearing up and “getting ready”.  The sounds in the garden are changing, they are slower, more at ease….like they are letting go.

What does the turn of the season mean to you?

The autumn fall has been my favourite time of year, I believe since childhood.  Not only does it mean that my favourite celebrations are on the way (Halloween, then Bon Fire Night (my birthday!) or Christmas) but it is mostly because of the turn of the new academic year.

I feel that gives a sense of structure, new enthusiasm and goal setting, at a time when everything else in nature is beginning to harvest then closes itself down for winter.

For me personally I feel an energy around this time of year like no other.  Mother Earth is offering up the fruits of her labour and there is a time to take stock.  In September I love to batch cook healthy nutritious foods, like soups and casseroles, cutting back and using the healing herbs found in my garden. 

I move into a natural “hermit” phase, and it feels like the environment around me wants to do that too, just like nature itself.

Whatever the turn of a new season means to you, bring it into your practice of self-care.  Perhaps buy a new naturally scented candle to burn as the late summer nights drawer in a little earlier or reorganise your home to set a clear space for the coming cooler months.  An autumn clean is just as important as a spring one!

Spiritual self-care generally works in harmony with the seasons and autumn is an ideal time for you to get in touch with what really sings to your own vibrations.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Tarot In the 21st Century

One aspect of tarot that I find most amazing is that it has been around for so long and never really died out, in fact, I would say the practice of this ancient artform is getting stronger and stronger by the year.

There are many myths and legends about where tarot first originated and when.  Tarot has been primarily an artistic endeavour in the sense that the pictures and images that constitute the decks, particularly the major (or trump) cards, have been works of art created by artists.

As early as the beginning of the sixteenth century, there are confusing claims about the origins and history of the cards.  It has been claimed that Tarot was a vehicle for the secret teachings of the ancient Egyptians.    However, due to painstaking research by historians, it is widely accepted that the part of the deck known as the suits (or minor arcana), descended from North African origin.  The major arcana was created by a wealthy Italian nobility somewhere between 1420 and 1440.

Tarot is essentially a hybrid of the fifty-two four-suited cards that were designed and used for gaming and gambling purposes.  If you think about how the suits and numbering matches that of normal playing cards, you can understand this connection to game play.

As the card use spread across Europe from Italy, so did its use and it became associated with fortune-telling, the occult and magical lore of all kinds.

Today, there are thousands of card decks on the market and the use of the cards has seen a huge increase since social media allowed a platform for learning, reading, and sharing information on the tarot.

The two most established decks in use today derive from the Ryder-Waite tarot deck or Tarot of Marseille.

Rider-Waite (or Rider-Waite-Smith) is a widely popular deck and is illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, based on the instructions of academic and mystic A.E.Waite, these cards were originally published in 1909. 

The Tarot of Marseilles is a standard pattern of Italian-suited cards that was very popular in France in the 17th and 18th century.

So, the fact that tarot cards are still amazingly relevant in today’s day and age delights me because the original creators had no idea at the time that we would be living in a social digital age, yet the card meanings of each elemental suits are still so apt.

A good example of this is the suit of swords.  This suit has always been about mental conflict, ideas, and logical clarity.  When the Four of Swords was created, the basic meaning at that time was that a mental rest was needed.  Now, when I see this card in a spread, it often means that but can also mean an office job with computers. 

Or the Page of Swords traditional meaning is a quick witted young intellectual, in today’s meaning it is often either online dating or the signing of contracts. 

To me, the tarot is eternal in its nature and incredibly adaptable, after all, human existence is made up from the four pillars of emotions, intellect, spiritual growth, and physicality.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Fear, Risk & Trust

This year, I have been doing a lot of inner work on myself.  Perhaps it is because I am about to undertake a big life changing event, which is bringing up all sorts of emotions.

Many people who know me (or meet me for the first time) generally assume I am full of confidence and am up for risk taking, which is a half-truth.  It is a case of having to force myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve been doing that most of my adult life.

As a parent, one of the strongest emotions is to protect your child, against absolutely anything and everything that may hurt them.  This is a human instinct and will help to keep that child safe.  The problems begin when a parent’s fear is irrational and there is a blurred line between what an actual real-life risk looks like, and what may be the parents own fear catastrophising a situation.

If you grow up with a parent who catastrophises and leans more to a negative way of thinking, you will be conditioned to have anxiety. This is not the parents fault, as they will be acting through love and doing the best they can in that situation. It can also have its advantages as it will make you super vigilent with a sensible head that keeps you out of danger with the clear understanding of consequences due to certain actions.

The key, like most things in life, is to find the balance and take “healthy’ risks and to not avoid situations by overthinking the risk.

If you have been overly protected as a child you may find it difficult to trust your own judgement in a given sitation.

I am sure there are a lot of people who are reading this that may relate to what I am saying.  It does not mean that you were not loved properly, it just means that the fear cycle was not broken with you.  So, it is your job to break it with the next generation.

In the past, I have had talking therapy for my anxiety.  I had no idea how my anxiety had filtered into so many aspects of my everyday life.  I have had to retrain my brain to turn every situation that takes me outside of my normal routine or comfort zone into something that isn’t about to hurt me or put me in danger (or atleast to have negative outcomes).

I’ve had to work very hard to do this with my daughter as the last thing I want is for her to have the burden of anxiety on her shoulders and for her to stop living life to its fullest.

Last week, at the grand age of forty-one, I rode on the back of a motorbike for the very first time.  My daughter had even beaten me too it, at age eight my husband had her kitted out with safety gear and took her on some little trips.

The internal pain and worry of her doing that was agonising for me, I won’t lie, but I had to fight that fear to allow her this, she WANTED to do it, and that is massive, as sometimes she is fearful like me and it stops her in her tracks.  So, I had to support that, and logically look at the risks and make an informed assessment of it.

Everything in life is a risk, EVERYTHING.  A hot cup of coffee being given to you is a risk of it burning you, but we do not deem it a risk because it’s something pleasurable and we like it.

Getting on the back of a motorbike carries a lot more risk than having a cup of coffee.  Yes, that risk can still be measured to a degree, taking into consideration the external road and weather conditions, skill and experience of the rider, protective gear worn and how sensible the rider is with speed and judgement.  Certainly, you cannot account for other road drivers’ actions, but as my husband always says “If I have an accident on my bike, I can assure you it won’t be my fault” – this is because he is constantly accessing the risk with every turn, junction and decision he needs to make on that bike, assuming always that he cannot be seen by other drivers.

I used to believe that getting on the back of a motorbike would lead to certain death, until I broke it down just like I described in the paragraph above.  Instead of saying an outright “no” – I dissected it rationally, like I have been doing with a lot of stuff in my life recently.  This appears to be anxieties worst enemy, because the more you do it, the more you realise that most of your worries are in your head.

When I sat on the back of the bike for the first time, and he pushed off with the engine roaring in my ears, I felt immensely exposed.  The feeling that I could slip off the back of it as he accelerated made me feel so vulnerable.  Like it would be very easy to die.

I wanted to cry as he navigated along the streets towards the first main road.  But I did not want to cry because I was terrified.  I wanted to cry because I was finally letting go and trusting.

As we turned the corner onto the busy main road and as I leaned in, I understood that I wasn’t going to slip off that bike, i decided to trust in myself to hold on and I decided to release the fear altogether.  This is a man I have known for twenty-two years, he has a racing licence and has a lot of experience with riding and driving many different types of vehicles.  He always makes the right decision because he thinks it through.  I had trusted him so many times with other mundane stuff in my life, now that I really needed too, I decided to totally do just that.  To trust.   

To relinquish all control and just “be” in the moment is one of the most liberating feelings I have ever had. 

The simple fact is, we do not know when our final time here will come.  But if we spend our whole life trying to avoid it, it will stop us living.  And I am done with expecting the worst. 

As we sped through the open countryside on that bike, I have never felt so alive.  It was one of the best days of my life, and I will certainly do it again.

I feel my moto now is to take the risk after you have logically done the assessment, then go for it.  Trust my gut always “the knowing” that is helping me make decisions has never let me down so far.  But I won’t let the fear win, I’m choosing life now, and it feels bloody amazing!

Until next time,

Tanya

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The Tarot Fours; Resting

When I am not sure about what to blog about, I ask my spirit guide for a prompt.  This week, after I asked him the question and shuffled my tarot cards, I pulled out;

The Four of Coins

The Four of Swords

The Four of Cups

The fours in tarot are a resting phase.  It is a time where the energy flow comes to a halt, in this case, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Do you recognise this phase?  A time where we don’t want to think about things, or we lose the motivation to go to the gym, or we simply can’t be bothered to find any motivation in much anymore?

The problem with this phase is that it’s like a hamster wheel, once you are in the cycle and begin peddling, it becomes hard to come off.

We hear ourselves and people say “I fell off the wagon” with good habits and then have this seemingly huge mountain to climb to get back on it.   

I believe that rest periods are very important for us on so many levels, but they need to be taken with the view that we will get back into our flow once we have regained some equilibrium.

Some people may spend a huge amount of their lifetime in the “fours”.  Habits may be so ingrained that they may not even be aware of how stuck their energy is.  Sadly, when one area of our life is stuck, for example mentally, it then has a knock on effect with our physical, emotional and spiritual layers.

I have been thinking deeply about certain cliches this year, such as “you only live once……….this is not a dress rehearsal……..life is short”.

The reason why is because I know a lot of people who have died or are dying over the past two years.

It has really made me take stock of how important it is that we LIVE now. 

To me, living now isn’t about blowing all your savings on travelling the world (however if you want to do that – I’m not going to try and stop you!), it is about being alive in this very moment.

It means that you say “fu*k you!” to anxiety and worry about the future and sink into the peace that is this very moment.  Even if you have some big life changes going on or difficult life stuff around you, if you have this moment, this breath, this now, means that you have hope. It means you are living.

A simple walk outside and seeing the trees breathing is living.

Catching a wave of happiness from your child is living.

Feeling the gratitude of wearing clothes, eating food and having a blanket is living.

Connecting, expressing and viewing your life through love is living.

Appreciating whatever is going right, what is working in your life right now is living.

Getting excited about the small stuff like the book you are reading, the lunch you are going to have, the earrings you just put on is living.

Smiling at a stranger is living.

Giving and not expecting back is living.

It is about understanding that this life is precious.  It should be savoured and the only way to do that is to be here, now.  To accept that your life is exactly as it should be in this moment in time.

Yes, it might be a horrific phase right now.  You may have had a catalogue of awful phases.  But without the low points, the pain, the sadness, the grief, perhaps the not wanting to be here at all, without all that, you cannot shed another layer and grow into the new version of you.

Because that is what the Fours show us.  After we sleep, we get up and we start again.  We must do that, we must have hope, gratitude, and love for another day.  And if it doesn’t come today, have hope and trust that the feeling will come tomorrow.

We owe it to ourselves, this life, the people who love us, we owe it to them to keep climbing forward, and if we can’t do that physically, we do it with our hearts and minds.  

When we begin to focus forward, where our intention goes the energy will flow.  And in that energy are amazing ideas, people, places and stuff that hasn’t even happened yet and its exciting and new and beautiful…..but if we don’t seek it, we will never find it.

So enjoy the fours for a little while, but don’t stay there too long…..embrace the fives, renewed energy, action and most of all, renewed life!

Until next time,

Tanya 

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The Intuition Of Children

I have always known that children are not born with the filters that most of us adults have.  They are completely open to their senses, receiving new experiences daily, they trust in all that they can see, feel, and touch and do not question things.  Therefore, they are ideal candidates to feel and see spirits.

I have read countless stories of parents explaining how their child had seen a strange phenomenon or talked about a past life in depth.  I, as a child grew up hearing voices and seeing and sensing a host of unusual things.  Luckily for me, my weird stuff continued into adulthood, and I decided to make a career out of it, but I know that most of us loose our ability to connect to spiritual energy once logic, reasoning and materialism begins to take hold.

I am also aware that psychic and mediumistic ability appears to run in families.  So, I did wonder, when my little girl was a baby, if she would inherit the gene?  I think she may well have done.

My daughter Ariane, who is now ten years old, began seeing aura when she was very small, around four years old.  She can see full on colour aura around people at school and often says how she just sits and watches reds, blues, and pinks dance around the room during class time.

During a recent visit to the opticians, the ophthalmologist asked her if she ever experienced visual disturbances.  My daughter was keen to tell her about the colours however, sensing puzzlement on the lady’s face, I quickly butted in to tell her not to worry, this is a “family thing” (yes, she probably thinks we are all nuts!).

I have told Ariane to try and build on her aura seeing by trusting it and not over thinking.  If she can see colour like this now, it can only improve and is very exciting (I could only see white aura and have only just began seeing fragments of colour at forty-one years old!).

Ariane has clearly seen the spirit of my sister’s mother-in-law in our garden, and followed it by describing in detail what the lovely lady was wearing.  When I relayed this information back to my sisters father-in-law, he confirmed that his late wife had the exact outfit that Ariane described.

Recently, Ariane told me something that really did excite me.  She said that when she glanced over to another student during class time, she saw what looked like a human eye in the middle of his forehead, just above the brow-bone.  The eye was looking at her and it blinked before disappearing.

I nearly fell off my chair at this news.  She had clearly seen the third eye, but like a real human eye.  Ariane doesn’t really know much at all about chakra’s and how they work, so this was a completely innocent comment but held so much information!  Even though I very well know there is a third eye there, the fact she saw it was so exciting!

It is as if she had a glimpse of the energetic body for a split second, reminding us that its very much there and if we wish to develop our intuition and psychic ability, just visualize that third eye opening, you are not going crazy if you do this – she saw the third eye as plain as day!

I am excited for Ariane’s further development with her intuitive abilities.  I suppose it helps that she comes from a mother who reads tarot cards daily and lives and breathes intuitive practice, but I have a feeling one day she will be able to teach me a thing or too!

Until next time,

Tanya

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My Crystal Vibration

Ah crystals, the beautiful, eye catching, sparkling little or big gems that seem to be the billboard of all things spiritual – can you even call yourself a New Ager if you don’t know your Rose Quartz from your Obsidian?

I’m being facetious of course, simply because I have a confession to make.  I love crystals for their aesthetic beauty, but I have never really connected to them the way I have seen others do.

I do observe at times an almost obsessive nature from others towards these enigmatic chunks of pure Earth lava and feel a bit out of the club because I’m just not feeling it like everyone else.  I have a copy of the Crystal Bible which I do consult on occasion, but I rarely find myself getting all excited like a kid in a sweet shop when I go to the crystal stall at the market (unlike at Tarot shops, but that is a different story).

I am Reiki attuned to Master level, yet I admit, apart from placing the chakra colour crystals on the couch pre-reiki session because they look calming, I don’t use them in my healing experience (well let’s say, I haven’t noticed anything different).

I do understand how energy works (I can FEEL vibrations from my hands when doing a healing treatment) so I am not saying that crystals are not powerful, I have just never really connected in a way that others do.

Until recently, something changed that.  I had my first connection with a crystal, and it came by complete surprise.

It was my daughters tenth birthday and I had bought her a clear quartz ball crystal on a leather necklace cord.  She absolutely loved it and wanted to wear it on that day’s shopping trip into town.  The cord was a bit temperamental, and I tried my hardest to make sure the knot was secure (you can see where this is going….).

Off we went to H&M, her favourite shop and after spending most of her birthday money, we set off out of the shop into the crowds to walk to Star Bucks.

As we stepped out of H&M, my daughter put her hand to her chest realising that her necklace was no longer there.  She looked panic stricken, I told her not to worry, we would calmly cover our tracks back up to the kids section of the clothes shop.

As we reached the top of the escalator, I somehow knew where to walk, as if some invisible line of energy was pulling me toward the lost crystal.

I spied the black cord poking out from under the till, and there I could just make out the gleam of the clear quartz ball, sitting snugly under the till cabinet on the ground. 

As I swiftly reached down to snatch up my daughter’s prized possession, something very odd happened.  I felt a charge of energy emanate from the crystal and spike right up my arm, the same sensation I have when I practice reiki.

There was no doubt in my mind, the crystal had made a connection to us, and it was almost relieved that we had found it, the sensation was so real, so strong and I was shocked.

As I tied it back around her neck (this time double knotting!), I had a new found respect for crystals.  It is almost like they have a conscience (I appreciate how weird that sounds) but seriously, they appear to be vibrating with an intelligence that I had never given them credit for before.

So perhaps now my enthusiasm for crystals will deepen, and I will begin to work with them respectfully and appreciate that they are more than simply a beautiful object that I have on my shelf.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Tarot Of Oppositions

I somehow missed the hype of the Lo Scarabeo new Tarot Of Oppositions tarot deck that was published in 2021.  I had no idea that the deck even existed until last week when I saw a post about it on one of my tarot forums.

I gasped at the photograph of the cards – this was exactly what I had been looking for, without even realising it!

As a seasoned professional tarot reader, surprisingly, I do not read tarot reversals.  On occasion they do come out during a reading, I do make a mental note that there is a message in that reversal and do feed it into my delivery however, I choose not to work with them as my readings tend to flow so well without them.

But – I have come to realise that without reversals, we are only seeing half of the story.

A 78-card deck of tarot cards will give you every aspect of life’s ups and downs on our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual journey in this lifetime.  There are enough cards to show us negative and positive forces.  But are these negative and positive forces coming from inside us or by outside influences?  Are the court cards (people) we are seeing in our spread behaving in a good way or bad way?  Having a reversal can give us a key indicator.

So, when I stumbled upon the Tarot Of Oppositions, I realised that I could now work with reversals in a symbolic and visual way that will really help with my learning process.

One thing is for certain, these cards pack a punch.  Some cards are already very negative in nature, such like the 10 of Swords, which is showing us that there has been complete mental anguish and that a difficult ending has certainly happened.  So, if we reverse this traditional meaning, how much further can we go with this negativity?

I thought long and hard about this and decided that I must allow my own interpretation of the opposite of this card to speak to me.

So, when the 10 of Swords is upright, I have decided it is telling me that a very mentally stressful time is happening now.  If we flip it to the opposite, I feel it is telling me that the very mentally stressful time is now over, done and finished (as you can see in the photo, the man is now completely covered in a block of ice).

I feel there are some cards that cannot have a positive twist on them, however we look at them (even though we must remember that through pain comes hope, creation, and a possible rebirth).  The 10 of Swords certainly falls into that category.

A card like the 8 of Swords, which upright means we are tied to our own internal fears and anxieties, can have a positive spin if we flip the card.  If you see the photo, the person who was tied to the chair has now left the room, deciding to take control of the their mental fears and seek a brighter outlook.

The 4 of Swords, which upright meaning is to have a mental break away from stress and turmoil, shows us in the traditional sense that this break is welcomed, and even peaceful.  But if we turn the card around, we can now see it’s a painful “rest” and is a difficult stage to go through.

I find the Hermit interesting as in the upright position it is full of self-reflection, wisdom and is comfortable with having “alone time” – it is clear this person does not feel lonely, they are seeking solitude because it is good for their soul.

However, the opposite is telling me that this Hermit is secretive, he/she has a darker energy, they don’t want enlightenment, they want to hide away, there is not hope here, just a feeling of being stuck and stagnation.

In my opinion, one of the most positive cards in the Tarot Deck is The Sun.  I found it a challenge to flip the card and get anything negative from this, however, the imagery, as you can see, tells me a different story.  The sun is shining yes, but is has a melancholy look on its face and the child has been starving and the sunflowers are drooping.  This is telling me that a good outcome is here yes, however, it has been painstaking, it has not been easy to get to this sunshine and not all is what it seems.

The Tarot of Oppositions has real character and will take some time for me to get used to it, but I feel it will be worth the practice.  If offers layers of depth, a mirror of exactly what is going on in someone’s life.   It will show you the full picture, warts and all, if you are brave enough to investigate its magik.

Until next time,

Tanya

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A Morning Routine

I was recently chatting to a friend about how, if we keep our core strong (not only our stomach muscles but our actual “inner strength core”) when it comes to who we are as a person, then it doesn’t matter what is going on in our external world, our inner world should be able to remain calm and at peace.

I described our self-care practices like a tranquil island that can always stay consistent, calming, and safe, no matter what stormy weather is happening around it.

We should always be able to sit within our little island and retreat to it whenever we need to feel safe. 

In my opinion, the most effective way to build this self-island of tranquillity is to start with a morning routine.  This is the perfect time to practice some self-care.

Morning is my very favourite time of day.  I am the archetypal morning lark and can honestly say that I do not need to hit snooze on my alarm, even on a day off work, as soon as my eyes are open, I can step out of bed quite freely to begin my day.

Early mornings for me are about delicious stillness.  They are for me and me alone, especially in the silence when the others are still asleep.  There are no expectations in the morning space, I can use it purely for my own practice of self-care indulgence.

If you need some inspiration for your own morning routine, I have given you an example of mine below and I can honestly say that if done consistently, it can be life changing.

Social Media

After rising at 5.30am, I now have a rule that I do not look at my phone for social media, messages, or emails for at least an hour on waking. 

By doing this simple thing has reduced my racing thoughts which in the past has often led to an anxious mind during the day.  If you find that your mind turns on at full speed ahead in the morning, perhaps try doing the same.  Give yourself time to be in the moment and walk to a slower pace, which you should hopefully continue throughout the day.

Ayurveda Routine

If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, I would highly recommend that it is something you read up on to learn more.  In a nutshell, ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest, holistic whole body healing systems which originated in India.

Ayurveda explains that we each fall into one of three different body-type constitutions, Vata, Pitta or Kapha.  Once you understand what your dosha is, you can understand what the imbalances your body (more than likely) has.  The core root of ayurvedic philosophy is that our digestion is absolutely key to sustaining a healthy and disease-free life.

The first thing I do in the morning is clean my teeth and scrap my tongue, which is common practice in Ayurvedic tradition.  During our sleep time, toxins rise into your mouth (as the body heals) and layers on the tongue, this is called “Agni”.  The point of tongue scrapping is to take the agni away to help eliminate toxins in the system.

Spiritual Practice

Once I am downstairs and I’ve made a cup of herbal tea, I take some time to journal, just a paragraph or two.   It is a good way to start the day, with some intentions and journaling allows reflection time, especially on any dreams you may have had the night before.  Dreams can be incredibly symbolic and helpful with messages for us from the subconscious.

Ten minutes of meditation follows which I have now come to really enjoy.  I find sitting upright on a chair provides the best intention for meditation, and sometimes I am surprised how quickly the minutes fly by. 

After my meditation I then pull out my yoga mat for around twenty-minutes of vinyasa flow.  I’ve been following Adrienne from You Tube and thoroughly enjoy this practice, even on the days when I feel less motivated with low energy, by the end of my practice I feel grounded and ready to start my day.

Nourish

As I follow as much as an Ayurvedic practice as possible with my diet, my breakfast normally contains poached fruit with a different morning grain, currently its either Pearl Barley or Amaranth (an ancient nutty grain that makes a delicious morning porridge!).  This is mixed with my seasonal spice mix for my dosha (like cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and cloves) and oat milk with some coconut milk for sweetness.

The benefits of a morning routine

Here are just a few of the benefits of incorporating a consistent morning routine into your schedule;

  • It will without doubt, increase your productivity. 
  • You will have a sense of being in control and that you do have “time’.  This will take away any stress that will undoubtably build if you rush out of bed with no structure to the morning.
  • Developing a healthy habit with one aspect of your life makes it easier to slip in new ones….
  • You will feel shaper, calmer and at ease.  This will in turn improve your relationships, as stress from you may trigger stress from others around you and vice versa, you will be more equipped to handle other people’s stress. 

All the above benefits have been working for me.  There will be some days that I do not have the energy to carry out a full routine (for example I have been battling a flu bug recently, so I did not do the Yoga).  But even just sitting, with a warm drink and a book is a wonderful way to start the day.

Treat the day like it’s going to be your friend, believe that time is always on your side (it is) and that there is no need to stress, fuss or rush.  Just by doing this, you walk to the beat of your own drum, and you can handle the stuff that life likes to throw at us sometimes.

Until next time,

Tanya

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Tanya