June’s shadow card is the 8 of Cups, shown here from the new Tarot Illuminati by Erik C. Dunne and Kim Huggens.Here we have a figure, cloaked in red, with his back to us walking away from 8 cups stacked behind him.Red is the color of passion indicating that this person is passionate about their pursuits.There are 5 cups on the left and 3 on the right and it appears as though the cups are empty but in truth we do not know if they are or if they have something in them.If they are full, perhaps he is leaving them behind because they no longer work for him, if they are empty he may be feeling that his life is empty and he is leaving them in search of fulfillment.He uses a cane to assist him as he walks in a wintry scene though a doorway between very large rocks towards what appears to be a stairway to the moon.
The 8 of Cups is about going on a quest in some form or another, walking away from a job, a relationship, a belief system, or any other situation, positive or negative, and is often about leaving something good in order to find something even better.Sometimes the quest is about finding yourself, of looking deep inside to discover those hidden things that you are finally ready to face.A quest can be about leaving the past behind you so you can move on to better things, or leaving behind emotions that no longer serve you.
One of the most powerful aspects of ritual work is invocation. To invoke an element, a spirit or a deity is to bring their energy to your circle, and to bring their healing magickal power to yourself.
Many Pagans use statues, images and altar tools to help with the process of invocation. To have the image of a deity on your altar not only honors the deity, it assists in invoking the energy of that deity.
I recently did a reading for a repeat client. "I looked up the cards after I left here the last time I visited you," she said, " and the meanings that you told me were not the meanings I found when I looked up the cards online."
One of the reasons that people go to a reader -- and often pay good money to do so -- is because of the reader's experience. Anyone can get a deck of cards and do the readings themselves from the little white book that comes with the deck. How accurate is that going to be, though? Is the novice experienced enough to be able to intuit what the cards are saying? Is a beginner going to examine all aspects of the messages from the cards, or will they jump to the nearest conclusion and run with it?
We touched on how doubt affects a reading in the previous entry, and I want to go a bit deeper into this, because it really can make or break both the reading, and the reader / client relationship. People who do not experience Tarot readings or other forms of divination as part of their usual walk of life may not understand how it is that readers know what they know.
One of the common ways that readings get jeopardized is when the client questions the reader's capability. I've been reading long enough that it doesn't bother me now, but I remember as a newbie this was a real hot button for me. I think it was because, at that time, I questioned myself.
Here's a way to see how and where your life is going and then rearrange it to your specifications!
When you think about it, that is divination at its best. Divination shows us our possibilities and our options. When we seek information from the Universe we get a sense of our tools, skills and abilities, as well as the energies around us. With that, we can direct our energies toward our most possible positive outcome.