Robert Moss’ Dreamgates

The other day a co-worker recommended I read Huckleberry Finn, and I said: “Oh, yes, what a good idea” and ran out of the room screaming inwardly. If only he knew what my to-read book pile looks like, or just how fantastic it is.

The books to which I so desperately cleave

For example, today I went on a delightful picnic with Mr. T in Nango Park Hayama and he went off to walk Star the dog (after whom this site is dedicated) meanwhile I was relaxing in the log grass reading the above. The weather was perfect, there were actual butterflies of several different types fluttering around with very loud and delightful bird-song and not a single person came by. It was all totally idyllic. Maybe that’s why I almost had tears in my eyes as I read the above. Anthropology, shamanism, journeying, dreaming, healing, you could say it’s got it all. Plus which Robert Moss has a couple of cracking websites with newsletters you can subscribe to HERE and HERE.

PS: You know at the beginning of this post I mentioned Huckleberry Finn? The top post at the moment on Moss’ blogspot blog which I linked to above is about Mark Twain. I’m totally serious.

Odilon Redon Exhibition Tokyo

Image: Odilon Redon Mystical Conversation c. 1896 oil on canvas. Image from curator.com.

I went to the last day (sorry, folks!) of the Odilon Redon exhibition in Tokyo. Art historians complain that Redon famously left very few writings on his work. He said that each work should be experienced by the individual differently from other people. Also, that each painting might elicit a different emotional response on different occasions. He wanted his work to allow the viewer to experience the neumatic, what can only be sensed by the soul and cannot be spoken; he wished for his Art to be experienced as a doorway or access to a higher spiritual truth or alternate spiritual dimension. It’s so much like Tarot. Which card do you think the painting above could be? I wonder that there isn’t an Odilon Redon deck, as we have Klimt and Blake decks. Check out other Odilon Redon paintings. What Tarot cards do they represent for you?

Other Tarot Blogs I Love

Two Sides Tarot showing Lioness Oracle Tarot.

I was thinking about just how cool and groovy (yes people still say that) my blog is and thinking I wonder who else is out there in the Tarot blog world that’s sassy and classy (yes they say that also) like me. So I had a little hunt around and found this collection of amazing people.

Camelia Elias

Insightful, masterful, no bullshit, eloquent. Tarot, magic and more.

Mystic Medusa

Basically an Astro blog, but oh my gosh! So insightful and accurate you’ll think she’s been stalking you! Tons of Tarot goodness also.

Daily Tarot Girl

Oh my gosh there is sooo much to read on this blog – great if you have a good few hours on a train. I really liked her Guilty Pleasures post. I wanted to add my ha’penny’s worth but I think the comments were closed. Very funny and cool lady.

Tarot Thrones

All about the Courts. People do actually freak out when you say: “Ok it’s time to learn the Courts”. Still no idea why, IMHO they are much easier to interpret than some of the Majors – yes, Wheel of Fortune, Justice and High Priestess, I’m looking at you! But about Tarot Thrones, it’s not about the GoT deck that came out recently, but still a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read and very helpful and grounding when it comes to the Courts.

Little Red Tarot

This one has the most amazing shop. They have all the decks I have my eye on, and some I’ve never seen before that have jumped on to the queue. The writing is smart and sharp and there is tons to peruse and enjoy.

Little Fox Tarot

This is by far the most stylish of them all. She has a Tarot mixtape made by Theresa Reed and an interview with Rachel Pollack. All you need to know, really.

Two SidesTarot

A great selection of articles and interviews for new readers and advanced. Also some really awesome decks.

Kelly-Ann Maddox

So many freebies to enjoy and so much insight into the Tarot. Highly recommended.

And now it’s your turn! What Tarot blogs do you enjoy? Write your favourites in the box below.

Best Books on Medical Intuition

I learned Reiki about 10 years ago and ever since I’ve been wondering about techniques for healing. Don’t get me wrong, Reiki is an amazing system, an ultimate system. However, one of the key points is that we don’t direct Reiki, we simply channel it. There is no healer, there is only healing. However, my ego consciousness wants to direct the flow! So how can we go about doing that?

Tina Zion is a Reiki master, clinical hypnotist and registered psychiatric nurse. Her two books on Medical Intuition – and her book on Reiki – are absolute goldmines of information on how to understand clearly what is going with your client, with special techniques to help release problems, such as psychic intrusions, negative thought forms, addictions, soul loss and more.

Be warned, these are books that will take over your life. I have just finished the Advanced book, and it has taken me months to get through it. You have to keep stopping, read a bit of Middlemarch (or whatever else you have going on) and come back to it a week or so later, all the while practicing like a crazy thing.

So if you are frustrated with merely laying your hands on the clients’ body and hoping for the best, and you are looking to refine your healing and take on some fully next-level challenges, these are the books to get your mitts on.

Other books you might like:

  • No healing book list is complete without Barbara H Brennan’s Hands of light
  • Sherrie Dillard’s Develop Your Medical Intuition
  • John Cross – Healing with the Chakra Energy System

Let us know what healing books you recommend.

Bhagvad Gita Narrated in English on iMusic

Well would you look at that. Instead of listening to the Bhagvad Gita on YouTube and needing to keep the screen on the whole time, now you can download it on iMusic. Fabulous.

I listen to it in the car, while I’m folding the laundry, cooking or strap-hanging on my train home. For me, the point is that I’m not closely listening, but that I know it because I’ve heard it so many times. I must have listened to this intensely amazing scripture dozens of times.

Here’s a snippet from Chapter 4:

”Chapter 4, Verse 18

One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the tranecendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities.

Chapter 4, Verse 19

One is understood to be in full knowledge whose every act is devoid of desire for sense gratification. He is said by sages to be a worker whose fruitive action is burned up by the fire of perfect knowledge.

Chapter 4, Verse 20

Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independant, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.

Chapter 4, Verse 21

Such a man of understanding acts with mind and intelligence perfectly controlled, gives up all sense of proprietorship over his possessions and acts only for the bare necessities of life. Thus working, he is not affected by sinful reactions.

Chapter 4, Verse 22

He who is satisfied with gain which comes of its own accord, who is free from duality and does not envy, who is steady both in success and failure, is never entangled, although performing actions.

Chapter 4, Verse 23

The work of a man who is unattached to the modes of material nature and who is fully situated in transcendental knowledge merges entirely into transcendence.

Chapter 4, Verse 24

A person who is fully absorbed in Krsna consciousness is sure to attain the spiritual kingdom because of his full contribution to spiritual activities, in which the consummation is absolute and that which is offered is of the same spiritual nature.”

Find our more about the recording on asitis.com.

Star Tarot Deck

I keep stopping and starting. With art, the hardest thing for me has always been commitment. And the feeling that I’m absolututy no good, but that’s probably true for most artists. I’ve been away for so long that the process is the same as relearning a foreign language.

Help me by sponsoring me on Patreon. It’s definitely very encouraging, and when enough people sponsor me I can spend more time doing art and less time teaching EFL.

Get Regular Amazing Discount Tarot Readings

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

Mary El Tarot Two of Wands

Teal Swan says that yearning helps the universe because you are expanding it in your search for whatever it is you are yearning for, so you should not stop yearning. I agree. Yearning is good and natural. If it weren’t for yearning nothing would get invented and we would all wander around like herd animals or ants. The 2 of Wands in the Tarot is the card of yearning.

When it all gets too much, inevitably, here is what I suggest, and what has worked for me. It’s based on Focusing, a technique used by psychotherapists.:

1. Accept what you are feeling without trying to push the overwhelm away. Pushing emotions away does not make them go away permanently. Listen carefully and accept what your emotions are telling you. They are valid. You are valid.

2. Identify and fully experience the physical sensations that the overwhelm and sorrow is causing you. Try to name the complex array of emotions, and very precisely explain and name the exact physical sensations. Are you choking? Constructed? Fighting for breath? Do you feel punched in the stomach? Like your legs have been cut out from under you? Dirty? Name your physical and emotional sensations. Get very creative and analytical about it. Again, resist the temptation to push away or deny what you are feeling. It’s real.

3. If there is someone you can talk to, try to explain to them how you are feeling. Make sure that you say everything without being censored or talked over. Insist that they listen to it all. If there is no physical person present, call a helpline like Samaritans or Saneline. If your local numbers are all busy, call another country. You are not trivial or wasting anyone’s time. Your pain is real.

4. You do not need to:

  • Snap out of it / get over it
  • See the positive side
  • Forgive anyone
  • Be grateful – except to the person who is listening

5. You do need to:

  • Identify any thoughts or intention of self-harm, suicide, or harming others. Take yourself away from danger. If you feel like you are going to harm yourself or others, go to the police immediately.
  • Cry. Allow your emotions to express themselves. Cry into a towel or pillow if you have to minimise noise.
  • Drink water. This is a natural sedative. You gave probably lost a lot of water through tears. Going to the tap and pouring water is a good displacement activity.
  • Go outside. Get some fresh air.

6. Now say to yourself: “part of me is feeling…” do not jump right into the feeling, experience a little distance from it.

7. Listen without censoring yourself. Ask that part of yourself what it wants, what it needs. Act on it.

8. If you are silent and accepting of yourself enough, you will learn a great truth. If you don’t learn anything new about yourself, you can always try again. Believe me, it will happen again, like a very persistent telegram delivery. Act on that truth. You might hear:

  • God loves you
  • Believe in yourself
  • You are already a high achiever
  • Forgive yourself

9. Remember that forgiveness comes after healing, not the other way around.

10. Say a sincere thank you to the part of yourself that accepted to talk to you. Act on the guidance they gave you. Make friends with all the parts of yourself, Light and Shadow.

11. Try also: (other things that have worked for me in the past)

  • conscious breathing
  • healing others
  • prayer
  • perfume / incense
  • repeating: “It’s fine, I’m fine”
  • walking / exercise
  • eating
  • dedicating your experience to God / the universe

What has succeeded for you in a moment of crisis? Leave your comments below.

How to Get the Best Value from Your Tarot Reading

Image: Toni’s Tarot

Here’s a quick list of points to consider if you’re thinking of getting a Tarot reading, from a Tarot reader’s perspective.

  • Show up on time.
  • Try to have a question. Do not ask for a general reading, because you will get unclear, fuzzy answers. If you can’t think of a question you want answering, that’s fine. The Tarot reader should be able to do that for you anyway. Perhaps you could spend your allotted time getting several small readings, so you can drill down and get more specific about certain topics.
  • Do not say: “Well, you’re the fortune teller, you tell me what I want to know” in a sneery voice. Work with them. Imagine if you went to the doctor and when she / he said: “So, what seems to be the problem?” you said: “Well, you’re supposed to be a healthcare provider, you tell me what’s wrong, hur hur.” See, it just doesn’t work, does it? Show your respect and people will show their respect back to you, as in all things. Plus which, your Tarot reader is probably a witch also. You wouldn’t want to get turned into a horny-backed toad, now would you?
  • Choose a reader who looks like she / he enjoys reading Tarot. What does their website say about them? Ask them about why they do Tarot. Do their eyes light up when they talk about it?
  • Choose an ethical reader, someone who will not give a reading for a person who has not given their permission, even if that’s exactly what you want. Ethical readers give the best readings, because they are more serious about their craft, even if they are uptight about it. End of story.
  • Once you have established what your question is, work with the reader to get the information you need. Do not be left at the end of the session with more questions than you started with.
  • Find a reader who has clear information about themselves on their website, who is clear about their prices and what kind of questions they are comfortable working with or not working with. A lot of readers offer money back if you are not satisfied. That’s a good mark of trust.
  • If you are worried about cold readings – charlatans who pretend to know about you based on what you look like – or hot readings – charlatans who find out about you before the reading (like stalking you online) and use that information to make the reading seem all the more spookily accurate – calm down. The Tarot cards will tell you what you need to know, whoever is giving the reading.
  • Don’t ask for a free reading. Value the work you are getting. If you don’t value it the cards won’t be accurate for you next time. If you are exchanging a reading for feedback, don’t be a chump, give the feedback in a timely manner.
  • Take pictures and / or record the session. I’ve been reading the Tarot for decades and I still take notes every time I get a reading from someone else. You will most definitely forget everything, so make a record of it.
  • A good Tarot reader will be happy to answer questions after the reading, so don’t hesitate to ask. If the reader refuses to do that, then avoid them next time.

Any comments? What did you do to get a great Tarot reading? Any recommendations? Leave a comment below.

Marseille Bleu

Will you look at this? It’s a hand painted, yes I said hand painted Tarot deck, and a hand painted Lenormand deck. The artist is 282 Tarot and she (I’m guessing she is a she) is on Facebook HERE. She has recently sent the deck off to the printers so I am on the list for snapping one up as soon as it’s back, naturally. Really cannot wait.

The Work Is The Work

Chartres Cathedral maze – Wikipedia

Nicholas Flamel was an Alchemist, he lived in Paris from 1340 to 1418. He traveled to Spain and back, which in those days was tantamount to outer space travel today, and spent 40 years making the Philosopher’s Stone, which he achieved. He used the Stone to make hospitals and hospices and orphanages. His name, Nicholas, means “Victory of the People” and Flamel means “One who Burns”.

The Alchemists used the idea of making gold as a lure for the Work. The ultimate aim for the Work is unification with God. The zensters say: “Whatever gets you on the cushion”, meaning if you do meditation as a tool to relieve your anxiety or anger, that’s good because the point is that you should build a meditation practice. The end justifies the means.

The Work is called the Work because it’s work. If you are struggling with yearning and not achieving success, you are doing the Work. This is glorious work. Mother Theresa suffered from depression for the last 4 decades of her life; that’s working. I frequently lay my head on Mary’s lap, just to rest.

Healing Childhood Issues with Tarot

Tarot de Jacques Vieville

Bless my parents, I love them, but as far as messing me up, they did a good and proper job. A little background:

I’ve been reading Tina Zion’s Advanced Medical Intuition book, and listening to her self hypnosis track every night as I go to sleep. It’s been amazing and so transformative. I’m also deep into Sherrie Dillard’s Mary book, which has given me the stability and strength to get right down deep into my dragon’s cave and go forehead to forehead with my beloved shadow.

Today at breakfast I was listening to the self-hypnosis track and realised that being a professional Tarot reader is actually quite an embarrassing thing to admit to, and maybe that’s why I’m not succeeding as fast as I want, and most definitely that relates back to my draw-droppingly awful childhood. People don’t actually believe or want to hear how bad it was, not even in a ghoulish “oh my God look at what the ambulancemen are scraping off the tarmac” kind of way. Nuts.

Focusing is a technique that everyone, and I mean everyone should have. It should be taught at school. It allows you to sit and chat with your darkness. My shame and I spent some time together this morning; I wanted to hold her hands, I kept telling her how sorry I am. It was really hard just listening to her and not impulsively healing her. She kept showing me how the shame I’ve felt since my earliest childhood is tangled up with all my other negative emotions (guilt, anger, grief, fear and the rest) and prevents me from moving on. If that’s not a precious jewel, I don’t know what is. So grateful.

Looking at the Tarot reading above, I’d say this is the intro to what I’m experiencing right now. Look at how all but the Sun card is reversed, and the child is moving backwards. At first I thought that I had just picked up the cards upside down, actually I should re-reverse them all, but then I remembered that the Tarot is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS right. The top cards are conflict, unfulfilled wishes and a sense of never-ending struggle, never reaching an end. How do I resolve this?

Troubles at an end (10 of Swords Rx). The worst is over. You just keep putting one foot in front of another (Page of Coins), accept the flow of life (2 o Coins) and do not revisit the past like an idiot (badly dignified Fool). Beware feelings of victimhood (8 of Swords) that lead to conflict (paired with Queen of Wands). The only way is up, baby. Yey.

How could I possibly give up the Tarot? It’s my super best friend.