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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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Presentation Skills Training Tips for Psychologists

I am a home psychologist who also happens to specialize in divination and Tarot readings. A local college wanted me to make a presentation about Jungian psychology and the Jungian archetypes, because they factor heavily into dream psychology and even divination.

The college gave me a month to prepare, and since I am no longer used to talking to large crowds I decided to refresh my presentation skills training by taking a two week course on the subject. Presentation skills are very important for psychologists and any field that requires you to present data and information in a structured sort of way.

I wanted to share with you just a few presentation skills training tips for other psychologist looking to improve their presentations.

Structure your speech

Psychologists are well aware of how easily people get distracted, so knowing how to structure your speech so that it is easy to comprehend and easy to follow will help minimize distractions and improve viewer comprehension.

Try to whittle-refresh my presentation skills training-refresh my presentation skills training down your speech into three main points that you will repeat at the start and end of your speech. You should always have a strong start and a strong end. Try to outline your speech and follow it.

Do not read your speech

As part of your presentation, you should never read your speech – it looks boring and unprofessional. No matter how good your speech is, unless you actually learn it and recite it with just a few glances at your guide, people will find your speech insincere, and you will lose the audience impact.

As much as possible, keep eye contact with your audience and enunciate your speech instead of simply reading it.

Use vocal variety

Use body language and vary your speech for emphasis. Nothing is worse than listening to a speaker who just drones on and on in a monotonous tone. You have to sound lively and add emphasis when needed.

While hand gestures can be very useful, make sure that you do not overdo it because it can look distracting. Avoid any crutch words such as “er…” and “uhm…” and speak briskly and clearly.

Use visual accompaniment

In this day and age, no speech goes without the use of visual accompaniment. Have a presentation ready and add relevant images and bullet points. Make sure that your visual presentation is properly matched to your speech, and that it adds emphasis instead of adding a distraction.

Be clear about it and always search for ways to make the speech easy to follow. Avoid focusing too much on your bullet points however – you want your speech to have a steady flow.

My presentation about Jungian archetypes and its representation in Tarot went very well. In fact, I even helped students find their own Jungian archetypes by giving them their own tarot readings after the speech finished.

I answered a lot of questions and received a lot of interesting questions, which is fantastic, because it means that they paid attention to whatever I had to say while up on stage.

Earth Vortices – Sites of Energy

The other day, I was visiting the playground at my old school in a sort of nostalgia induced desire. You see, my old school when I was a little girl had to change location for some reason or another, leaving an abandoned, if peaceful building. I heard that the school is set to be demolished in a couple of months, so I wanted to visit again just to relive the memories.

When I was at the playground, which naturally was my favorite place in the entire school, I loved how the old swing sets were grown over with vines, with wild flowers sprouting up everywhere. It was gorgeous despite its dilapidated looks.

As I stood there, I felt very pensive. My body felt very grounded, and there was a unique, calming energy all around me. I took out my pendulum to track the flowing energy all around me, and I realized that I had stumbled upon and Earth Vortex.

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An Earth Vortex is a concentration of energy in specific areas of the world. The most famous Earth Vortex is believed to be located in the Stone Henge in England, and is perhaps one of the more powerful vortices known to us. It is an accumulation of thousands of years of energy, added overtime by all of the pilgrims and tourists who visit the site.

I suddenly felt very sad that my old playground will be built over, now that it has become its own little spiritual vortex. Building over it will dispel some of the accumulated energy and it may even suddenly disappear.

However, I know that I have no power in that arena, as my old playground is not my property. I decided to just sit there and soak in the energy, meditating.

There are two kinds of portals:

Electric Vortex

An electric earth vortex has an up-flow of energy. Sometimes called “positive energy vortex”, electric vortices flow in a circular motion upwards, as though the Earth is reaching towards the heavens.

Electric vortices make one feel exhilarated and alive, and could give you feelings of light playground at my old schoolheadedness and a sensation of floating. Those who need to be refreshed or are feeling depressed may want to make a visit to an electric vortex to soak in some of that positive, uplifting energy.

Electric vortices denote happiness and excitement, though some people may experience a more negative feeling of panic and hysteria.

Magnetic Vortex

A magnetic earth vortex is a down-flow of energy. It spirals more slowly into the ground and can feel a bit heavier than an electric vortex. Some people call it a “negative energy vortex”, but not because it gives one a feeling of evil – it is just the opposite of the electric vortex, though both can be quite neutral.

My playground finds itself inside a magnetic vortex. It gives me a feeling of calm energy and a sense of relaxation. It makes me feel more connected with the earth and the forces around us.

While some people believe that magnetic vortices give you a feeling of dread and sadness, the vortex at my old playground was gentle, and calming. It was quite a find for me, and I am glad that nature somehow lead me to this beautiful spot before it finally disappears.

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 pair of 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!

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