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A Brief History of Tarot Cards

We all know about tarot cards. Some enjoy them. They enjoy the fact that the cards are deeply involved and somehow central in the world of the occult.

Tarot cards are surrounded by mysticism. And simply because they are surrounded by the occult, many people very much believe in them.

Of course on the other end of this spectrum are the people who think they are nothing but myth; a hoax and a waste of time.

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Top 5 Most Common Dreams

As a child psychologist, I often ask children about their dreams to understand more about them.

A lot can be learned in dreams, and I have found that it is a great way to gain some insight into the mind of a child.

While both adults and children dream equally, children are more likely to remember their dreams than adults.

Children are also more likely to get nightmares, though nightmares can also be a sign of insecurities or abuse.

I have worked with both adults and children to figure out what are the most common dreams that people have, and try to understand why they have them.

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An Introduction to Healing Herbs

Another thing that is connected with the occult is the use of natural healing herbs. In fact, in the UK, alternative medicine is making a come back, and more and more people are getting into the magic if healing with what nature has given us.

Now, I will tell you that it would still be prudent to take precautions when using healing herbs, especially if you will be handling open wounds and such. For example, you should always use clean, sterile gauze and a really sharp nurses scissors to cut it. Investing in minor medical tools such as a nurses scissor will truly help your herbal remedies become a success.

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Remember that you should practice hygiene and sterilization procedures. For metal implements such as your scissor, you will want to disinfect it in boiling water for at least 30 minutes to get rid of any bacteria.

So, now that we have that out of the way, we can start discussing what kind of healing herbs would be great for beginners, as well as how to start.

Get the right tools and materials

I mentioned above that you should have a nurses scissor and gauze at hand. These are just some of the tools that you will need if you want to start with herbal healing.

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You will also need a mortar and pestle, bowls of various sizes, steeping implements such as a tea pot and a strainer, and of course various kitchen tools such as knives and spoons.

Get the basic herbs

For those who want to try nature healing through herbs, you can start with some very basic herbs that you will likely already have lying around the kitchen. Ginger, rosemary, basil, and garlic are all great culinary herbs with added health benefits.

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For example, ginger is great for relieving arthritis and soothing sore throats if you have a cough, while garlic is great for fighting yeast infections and other bacterial imbalances.

Basil and rosemary help lower your risk of cancer, and can help you alleviate nausea if inhaled in steam.

Learn how to create tinctures and teas

When healing with herbs, you will likely have to make a variety of tinctures and teas. It is one of the most common ways to heal with herbs.

The difference with tinctures and teas is quite simple. Teas use hot water to boil the herbs, allowing them to steep until you get a coloured liquid that is infused with the essence of the plant. It will work best with dried plants, but you can get some success with fresh herbs as well.

Tinctures on the other hand, use a mix of alcohol or alcohol and water to steep the plants. My favourite tincture would be ginger with a splash of vodka.

The alcohol brings out the warmth of the ginger and helps preserve it. Make sure that your tinctures use an edible alcohol such as clear vodka, and not the isopropyl variety.

Learn how to create salves

Salves are meant to be used for topical use only. Usually, you cook a plant and mash it in your mortar, then mix it with a variety of oils. You can also do this by using honey or beeswax. Salves are used for stings, sores, and sprains. They help alleviate inflammation and promote healing.

The Most Popular Divination Tools

I once decided to purchase a deck of Oracle cards from a local occult store after I have paid the tuition fee of the after school club for my children. Since I mostly work with Tarot cards, I was curious as to how the Oracle cards were different.

Oracle cards are similar to Tarot cards in that they are both popular divination tools. Simply speaking, oracle cards are the modern version of Tarot cards, in that they feature specific themes and are used to find answers and meanings in one’s life.

While Tarot cards have existed since the 15th Century, Oracle cards are a recent affair and have been created by authors who needed a deck that fulfilled a specific spiritual need. Some Oracle cards are interwoven with themes such as karma, animals, cosmic forces.

Meanwhile here is a video Showing you how to use a pendulum for divination:

 

I decided to look into other popular divination tools and listed them below as a short introduction to the world of fortune telling.

Pendulums

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Pendulums are one of the oldest divining methods and are used to get specific answers about life and events. The pendulum consists of a chain or thread that is attached to a weight, usually a piece of cut crystal.

The other end is held by the fingers and allowed to move in a circle around a piece of paper with a divining circle inscribed into it. The circle often includes “Yes”, “No”, and “Maybe” written around the edges.

Runes

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Runes are another ancient divining method and began among the Germanic tribes. The runes, which are letters from the Germanic languages before the introduction of the Latin alphabet, are inscribed, engraved, or printed onto tiles.

Wood, bone, and stone are the most popular mediums for rune tiles, but clay, glass, and even ice have been used in the past.

 

Spirit Boards

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Spirit boards have been around as far back as 1100 BC in China, but the most popular spirit board of today is the Quija board. It was developed in 1890 to great commercial success.

Despite its popularity, the Quija board and other spirit boards have proven to be great tools to convene with the subconscious.

Crystal Balls

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Crystal balls are an ancient British tradition developed by the druids. They are made of clear quartz crystal or some similar material, and is used as a meditation tool.

Crystal balls are objects of focus, and allow you to look into yourself by looking into the depths of the crystal. No specific technique or knowledge is required.

Palm Reading

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Palmistry uses the body to read into a person’s fortune. Using the lines in the palm, a hand reader can make predictions about the future, of love, and of fortune. It requires extensive study and experience before one can become a good palmist.

Tea Cups

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Tea cup fortunes have been around for a while, but have enjoyed recent popularity due to being depicted in films such as Harry Potter and Coraline. Using the unstrained tea leaves after a cup is drained, the fortune teller finds symbols in the dregs.

Some readers even prefer to use coffee grounds and wine leaves depending on the region.

Dream Catchers and How They Help You Sleep Better

In my youth, I often suffered from nightmares caused by anxiety and generally worrying about my life and about others. I would spend days tired and sleepy, because I would always worry about the nightmares that manifest themselves at night.

I even kept my mother’s table settings made from beautiful Welsh slate by my bedside, hoping that they would remind me of her when I have trouble sleeping.

Now, I started looking for ways to help ease some of my nightmares. Since I was already interested in folklore and ancient religions at the time, I came across the dream catcher, which is an object from the Native American cultures.

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According to the Ojibwe and Lakota peoples, the dream catcher or dream snare has powers of banishing bad thoughts and nightmares, allowing only positive thoughts and dreams to pass. It is a protective charm that is often woven by mothers and grandmothers and given to their children to help them sleep soundly and to keep any nightmares at bay.

One version of the origin of the dream catcher tells the tale of Iktomi, who appeared to the Lakota elders in the form of a white spider. He spoke of the good and evil in this world, and how people must learn to follow the good in their lives.

He spun a web with a hole in the middle, and decorated it with horse hair, beads, and feathers, all sacred items to the Lakota peoples. I taught them that the web catches the good dreams and are left with the people forever, while the bad dreams pass through.

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Since then, the Lakota and the Ojibwe have been making dream catchers, and eventually, the practice spread to other tribes as well. Eventually, the dream catcher gained world wide popularity as well, but sometimes it seemed disrespectful to the source material, as people started misappropriating the dream catcher as a fashion item.

After reading up on it, I decided that I should try to make my own dream catcher. I picked up some pliable willow twigs and collected feathers. I then bought some twine and beads and started building my dream catcher, first forming the hoop and then weaving the net.

I left a small hole in the middle of the dream catcher, to allow my bad thoughts to escape and decorated the rest with the feathers and beads.

I hung it up by my bed, in line with my window, and went to sleep that night. I will tell you that my nightmares completely stopped! I was just so happy that I started making dream catchers for my friends as well, because it was so effective for me.

Meanwhile here is a short video about the Legend of The Dream Catchers:


I still make dream catchers and give them to people I care about and tell them to keep their dream catchers clean. The sunlight that hits it cleanses it, and I have had nothing but good dreams then.

Some people are sceptical over the power of the dream catcher, but I find it beautiful and would never give up mine. I truly request you make a dream catcher of your own, and to hang it over your bed. Happy dreaming!

The Different Types of Tarot Card Spreads

So, I have a claim for a car accident going through with my Herts solicitor, and I felt that I wanted to consult my Tarot cards for a little bit of guidance in this difficult time. I have suffered a minor whiplash injury but I feel that to help me relax, I felt that I wanted to ask the cards over what the future may hold, and whether or not my case will be successful.
As such, I made sure to choose a tarot card spread that is specifically designed discovering the outcome of an action, which was the Five Card Spread. The Five Card Spread is one of the most popular Tarot spreads and is used for many “basic” readings of the future. It can be a very detailed spread if it needs to, and helps shed light on any event in the future and the forces that are affecting it.

There are literally hundreds of different spreads and many Tarot Card readers will come up with their own configuration depending on their style of fortune telling. Here are just some of the most common and the most popular Tarot Spreads and what they can be used for.

Five Card Spread
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As mentioned above, the Five Card Spread is one of the most common and popular spreads for telling the future. It consists of five cards set out in a cross, and each card represents a certain element. The five cards are as follows: The Present, Past Influences, the Future, Potential, and Reason. It is very useful and versatile.

Three Card Spread
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The Three Card Spread is wonderful for those who want sweeping insight into their past, present, and future. The three cards are simply arranged in a row, and each of them represents an aspect of the past, present, and future. It is a straightforward spread for those who want a fast, general reading of their life and their situation.

Ellipse Spread or V Spread
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The Ellipse Spread, sometimes called the V spread consists of seven cards arranged in an ellipse or a V shape. This is a wonderful spread to use for those who require direct answers to specific questions.  The first three cards on the left side of the V represents the situation’s past, present, and future. The middle card at the point of the V tells you what you should do, and the last three describe external and internal influences, as well as the final outcome of your decision.

The Celtic Cross
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A variation of the Five Card Spread, this configuration uses ten cards. Five of them are arranged in a cross with one card overlapping the centre card. The remaining four cards are placed in a column on one side. The Celtic Cross  is perfect for answering direct questions as well, while also combining the versatility of the five card spread. It is a very thorough spread that gives you detailed readings of the past, present, and future, as well as your aspirations, fears, hopes, and dreams.

Here is a video about the secrets of Tarot Cards by History Channel:

How Seriously Should We Take Tarot Card Reading?

tarot card1There are some people who think that psychics can predict everything. But there are some people who are cynics and do not believe that psychics can predict a single thing at all.

Then again there are people who don’t exactly believe, but are at least open to the idea of psychics maybe being able to tell at least some things about the future.

I’m no psychic but my dream of a designer kitchen…well. If a psychic tells me that it’s going to happen well maybe I might go ahead with the wishful thinking and agree. Who says having some positive energy around won’t help, right?

But seriously…how seriously should we take tarot card reading? Should we believe everything that is said explicitly, or think of it more of a guide, or a reading of where we are in this place in our lives? Here’s my opinion on it. Don’t get in a tiff with me about it, this is really just what I personally think.

 Tarot Card Reading Should Be Taken Not as Fact But as Guidance

In my opinion, tarot card reading isn’t something that explicitly means what it says. After all tarot reading involves quite a bit of interpretation, and so how can you take something as serious fact when the person reading your fortune merely interprets the cards that have come up in relation to what they mean about your life?

So to me it’s okay to believe in tarot cards, it’s okay to see the mysticism behind them and to put a certain degree of belief behind the idea of them…but things should be left at that.tarot card reader

Tarot cards, much like other fortune readings, should not be taken as 100% truth and should only be seen as guidance in life.

If a fortune teller or tarot card reader tells you that you’ll die or that something really bad might happen, are you going to live in fear for the rest of your life? I think that it should perhaps be taken as a cautionary thing, but not seriously. Not really.

 Skeptics and True Believers

Tarot card reading and other fortune telling-related things can at times be seen as bad or negative. They can even be seen as taboo. And I guess sometimes it can be because of the skeptics around who get their fortunes read, take it seriously, then go all “ha, see.

I told you it was all a fake!” when things don’t happen exactly as they were told it will. Skeptics stay skeptic because they keep their minds closed to possibilities.

On the other hand, it is in my opinion that people who are “true believers”, meaning that they explicitly believe everything that fortune tellers tell them, allow their beliefs to blindly lead them.

here’s a video about history of tarot cards, where did it actually came from…

 To me I think that these people need to think for themselves and not simply rely on what the fortune says. If a fortune says you will win the lotto, would you throw everything away waiting for that to happen?

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