A slightly incoherent, but overall positive post on tarot reading as an art form, a spiritual form, tarot readers taking a different path than where they originally started, and the changing landscape of YouTube Tarot Channels. I’m all over the place, lol.
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Kim Abundant Life Tarot
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I had a fantastic September. I took almost two weeks off at my day job, and spent five days on a Women’s retreat. I spent a long weekend in Gold Country for my extended family’s annual camping trip. I did a lot of self-soul searching and shadow work. I performed more readings and declared my freedom from worry about what others think about my coming out as a Tarot reader.
There was a lot of shadow work I needed to do on myself and in my personal and professional relationships during the month of September. My country, America, is going through a lot of challenges right now and I had to deal with some deep rooted issues and hurts this month. I am an empath, so I took on many others’ emotions and low vibrations. So much so, that it was a drag to be around me towards the end of the month. It was hard, and at times painful, but necessary, as I purged out negative, lack filled thoughts and emotions. I was grateful for the low vibrations, because I felt poorly, and that spawned me to seek out higher vibrational frequencies to align to.
Some stones that I worked with this month was Smokey Quartz, Carnelian, and Gold Sheen Obsidian, while I navigated my shadow work.
#Self-loveSeptember was amazing for me. I was reminded how important self-love and self-nurturing is for our bodies and spirits. Lightworkers, especially must learn to prioritize self-love practices. I will carry what I started in September throughout the rest of my year.
Check out the above video for decks I worked with this month. Also, see the decks that got edged in black permanent marker. I broke my edging cherry and edged three decks in September – my Stretch Tarot, my Sun and Moon Tarot in a tin, and my Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oracle.
As I bid farewell to September and summer, I welcome October and autumn with open arms. How was your September? What decks and spiritual tools were in your rotation during September?
Not all is fun and games in women’s retreats and oracle readings. In this video, I discuss why self-shadow work is necessary for relationships to work. I also touch upon how I tried to shove and ignore the two shadow cards back in my deck, like I never saw them, but oh, I saw them alright.
Sometimes wisdom on our shadow side comes in bite sized messages, that opens us up to huge possibilities when one takes the time to dig deep and heal. In my case, I had to look my ego in the eye, swallow my pride and realize that I have been a little one sided and selfish.
Where in your life do you need to shed light on your shadow self?
Everyone needs and deserves a retreat at least once a year. This video was filmed last Wednesday, September 6th, and I was hitting the road to go on women’s retreat. After attending a couple of women’s retreats, I’ve made the decision to go at least once a year and it is one of the best ways I express self-love.
The women’s retreat I attended was found through my spiritual organization, but there are plenty for non-spiritual folks to choose from (just Google “retreats near me” and you will be amazed!). There’s a retreat type for every person.
Here are a few reasons why a retreat should be your next getaway:
You get a chance to get a break from the monotony of life. A retreat takes you out of your comfort zone and plops you into a place of tranquility and serenity. A change of scenery offers the senses a chance to play in a new area, which allows us to recharge and to grow.
You can do as much, or as little as you’d like on your retreat. Most retreats offer several workshops during the course of the days you’re attending. During my first retreat, I attended every workshop. I skipped workshops on my second retreat because it was more important for me to recharge in solitude than to do lots of group activities.
The hustle and bustle of life falls away and you get back to your own internal clock. My one wish for the retreats I attended was to serve breakfast later in the morning because I wanted to follow my own internal wake up clock.
This is a time to get inspired. I used my oracle and tarot cards as journal prompts. I created all sorts of crafts in our retreat’s craft temple. I meditated on what how my business could grow. Inspiration was found in the conversations with other women and in my own conversations with myself. I learned I actually am crafty and now I can take that back to my regular life, as a tool to decompress when need be.
Unplug. Hopefully where you retreat there will be no cell phone service. If there is, turn your phone off. Retreat means to pull back from the world. Let the world miss you for awhile.
We all need to retreat, to go within and to sit with ourselves. Even if it means creating your own retreat by booking a hotel room or cabin for a long weekend – invest in your mind, body and spirit. You are so worth the the time, money and effort and your sanity will thank you later for it.
~Readings will resume after my women’s retreat on September 10, 2017~
What decks go on the road with you when it’s time to go on vacation? I am off to a women’s retreat in the gorgeous coastal Northern Californian redwoods and I need some divine tarot interludes while I’m away.
Dreams of Gaia, and the Triple Goddess appeal to my nature side and the beauty of the lands I will be traveling to. The Stretch Tarot and The Steampunk Tarot, both are representative of vintage and yesteryear, a throwback to what once was – like the rustic cabin I will be staying in while I am retreating with my soul sisters.
My go-to oracle decks for this trip is Earth Magic Oracle Cards, Sacred Creators Oracle, and White Rabbit Oracle. They each will give me different sources of inspiration and play nicely with my chosen tarot decks. In the video I indicated I was bringing my brand new, micro Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oracle, but after much thought, decided to pass, as I would be heartbroken if I’d lost one of its tiny cards so far away from home.
As a fun send off, I decided to throw a couple of cards down from the decks that are coming with me. The Crone or devil card from the Triple Goddess tarot indicates I need to release myself from the restraints of daily life, indulge in some healthy activities, and free myself from my addictions to worry and stressing over everything. The four of swords from the same deck reminds me to know when to rest my body and mind. This is a time of grounding, centering, peace, respite, and to contemplate my life. Finally, the Earth Magic Oracle’s Dragonfly Emergence card indicates that once I attend this retreat, I am on the verge of emerging quickly into the next cycle of my life. The rest and respite of the four of swords makes way for the emergence of my new self to be revealed.
Say yes to #selfloveSeptember and look up ways you can retreat in your own life. Go on an actual retreat or create your own weekend getaway, with the sole purpose in mind to deepen your connection with yourself and your dreams. We all need a moment to pull back, hang with spiritually connected beings, center ourselves, so that we are ready to emerge into the next cycle of our lives.
MERAKI To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work. KAMALA Sanskirt for lotus. A lotus has its roots in mud, at the bottom of streams and ponds. But it grows to become the most beautiful flower despite its origins. It symbolizes how we too can overcome all obstacles on our journey towards enlightenment and flourish. It also represents growth and spiritual development.