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What is Negative Energy?

The phrase “negative energy” is a buzz-phrase in popular culture and in many spiritual circles. Often it’s equated with vibes, words, and actions from others that we don’t like. But what exactly is negative energy? It’s not what you think.

The common mistake is to equate negative energy with bad or evil, and to mistake positive energy with good or divine when in fact positive and negative energies are simply forces of energy on opposing poles. Both are needed for balance. In terms of energy, positive is active and associated with yang/masculine, and negative is receptive and therefore yin/feminine. One is not better than the other, but both serve functions that balance each other out. To equate negative energy with “bad” is even in some ways, continued evidence of the sublimation of the Divine Feminine in our language.

Everything in creation contains both positive and negative energy, yin and yang. This is the way of balance and harmony. Too much positive energy is just as harmful as too much negative energy because both are extremes and states of denial, and both can cause a particular kind of burnout. Attempting to live with only positive energy will actually attract negative energy (think magnets) because balance is always sought. The lack of balance can have disastrous effects to bring you back to equilibrium.

So when we are talking about an energy from someone or something we don’t like, I find it better to be more descriptive because using the term “negative” perpetuates misunderstanding of the nature of these energies and is rather vague. For example, “I don’t like your cynical energy” names the problem and communicates in a much clearer way the issue you have with another. This makes it easier for both you (and the other person, if they wish) to dispel behavior or speech that inhibits relationship.

If you’re looking to protect your energy/life/home/etc from unwanted situations or experiences, you are best off by creating a balanced energetic shield that protects you from all harm – whether the harm may come from positive or negative energy. This is of course a pre-emptive measure of protection.

January 2018 New Moon Tarot Reading

Our first new moon of the new year occurs Tuesday, January 16th at 9:18PM in the sign of Capricorn. New moons are lunar new beginnings and a special time of spiritual planting to increase our overall enjoyment and fulfillment in life. Your guidance for this new moon is given with the Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and the cards I pulled for you are The Nine of Coins, The Fool, & The Four of Cups.

With the Nine of Coins we see a woman riding a beautiful bird (carrying pearls in its beak) over her field of growing flowers and coins. We begin this reading with the guidance that you should take a look at all of your accomplishments so far and give yourself credit where credit is due. Look at the life you have created for yourself, and look at your abundance in all its forms. Remain unattached but observant to all that you have in your life, including your material rewards.

The bird in this card symbolizes that spiritual perspective that keeps you on a healthy track when you’re working toward worldly goals, and the pearls in the mouth of the bird represent the spiritual wisdom you have gained from all of your toils in this world as well. Ideally, you will experience a sense of satisfaction when you look at your life and how far you have come. If you don’t gather at least some satisfaction, this is a cue to look at your perspective on things and address any internal poverty of spirit.

You are encouraged, true to earthy Capricorn, to develop your sense of healthy ambition that feeds the heart and soul as well as body and supports your autonomy. This is also a time to develop a plan for your future security and for reaching your goals. The coins along with the flowers in this card show that true accomplishment leads to contentment, not to vying for more.

With The Fool a new journey begins, auspiciously supported by the phase of the moon. This is a time when myriad possibilities and potentials present themselves to you and you will find you have choices to make. Make sure you are grounded in reality so that you can confidently trust your intuition about the right direction to go. The little bat holding on to the cloth of the Fool’s waistband symbolizes the need to pay attention the signs around you and encouragement to follow the unfamiliar path, but also- to watch where you are going. Sleepwalking through life is unadvised. This is a time for you to keep your eyes open, drink from the cup of courage, and follow your heart.

The Four of Cups draws attention to any sense of emotional dissatisfaction you may be prone to experiencing at this time, as it is a sign of what needs to change. It can also be a sign of a faulty or narrow perspective. Sometimes, we create our own heartache by fixating on one thing we feel we don’t have. This is an invitation to look deeper. What does this loss you feel you are experiencing actually represent?

The Four of Cups is a bit of the shadow side of lovely Capricorn. Fear can be paralyzing, and we can become inflexible and joyless. Be careful not to isolate or cut yourself off from all of the blessings around you due to a limiting pattern of thinking or perspective. Don’t cut yourself off at the knees by refusing to believe you can have what you want or by being unwilling to be open to the many roads to get there. Don’t lose heart before the gods have the chance to deliver. Instead, guard your heart with gratitude and adopt an optimistic view.

This new moon is a time for you to go your own way and to remain open to the good that will undoubtedly unfold for you. The world really is your oyster.

Setting New Moon Intentions

The New Moon in earthy Capricorn is a fabulous time to consider Setting New Moon Intentions – and Capricorn especially supports intentions revolving around:

-Achieving Goals and Accomplishments

-Self Discipline

-Commitments

-Decision Making

– Using Opportunities

-Respect

-Letting go of an excessively controlling nature, which produces a lack of joy, inflexibility and fear.

Are Tarot Readers Psychic?

In December I was part of an event at local spiritual shop A Beautiful Soul, giving tarot readings alongside my good friend who does straight psychic readings. Some questions about the nature of tarot readings came up as a result. Are tarot readings different than psychic readings? Do you have to be psychic to read tarot? Can anyone read tarot?

Depending on who you ask, you’ll receive different answers, so today I am answering for myself. First of all, yes, I am a psychic reader. I am an empath and clairsentient (clear feeling). I have clairvoyant and clairaudient capabilities as well, but my most developed psychic skills are the clairsentient and empathic. These are most natural and consistent for me in everyday, walking around life. When reading tarot, my clairaudient capabilities kick into high gear and enhance the rest. I do ask for guidance from Goddess, and from spirit guides, and faeries, to assist in the readings I give.

What is the difference between tarot readings and psychic readings?

Tarot readings are different than psychic readings in that psychic readings by themselves are simply the psychic channeling information and images through themselves, whereas tarot is a tool I use to ground the reading. I channel information through myself and the tarot cards. I love having a focal point to my readings, and I love the interaction of having clients pull the cards and look at the same images I am looking at while I read for them.

So, tarot readings are different (for me) than straight psychic readings in that I prefer to use the tool of tarot when channeling psychic information.

Do you have to be psychic to read tarot?

The short answer is no. I know many people who aren’t psychic who read tarot. Many use tarot for self-reflection, with a more psychology-based approach. Many use it for coaching. There are as many different views of how Tarot works as there are tarot readers. Most would say that although you don’t have to be psychic, you do need to learn to listen to your intuition. Tarot is often a tool that, when first learned, teaches a reader how to trust themselves.

Can anyone read tarot?

My honest opinion: No. You have to be willing to dedicate the time and energy to really learn this divination system, and learning to be a proficient reader is a much different process than learning in a traditional format (like how you learn things in school). You can memorize definitions, but that doesn’t mean that you can actually read the cards. It’s a skill and art form that is not a fit for everyone, just as not everyone can cook, or garden, etc.

In Conclusion…

I hope this cleared up any confusion there may have been about psychic readings & tarot readings. If you’re in the market for a reading and aren’t sure the reader’s style fits what you’re looking for: just ask.

By the by, I will be at A Beautiful Soul every Friday beginning next Friday for walk ins or appointments. You can stop in for a 20 minute, 30 minute, or 60 minute reading. You can also schedule anytime!

The Year of Justice

2018 is in tarot terms, a year represented by Justice, card 11 from the major arcana. Many of us will find it to be a welcome change after the myriad curveballs thrown in 2017, which was a Wheel of Fortune year. Things certainly did change rapidly in 2017 and we met on a global scale with intense ups and downs that have often been difficult to weather. But, new year, new universal theme.

We will see the effects of how we handled the curveballs thrown at us, and the effects of decisions made in 2017. This is a year for righting wrongs. Justice is not punishment, it is not vengeance, and it is not unmerciful or unforgiving. We will experience a balancing out of energies after the upheavals of 2017. We will be confronted with the lines we have drawn between who is in and who is out, between right and wrong, between each other, between who does and does not count and get a fair shake.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -Rumi

There will be a universally driven challenge to burst outmoded ways of thinking and being. There a distinct groaning in the soil about the state of inequality amongst the people. There is a hunger for change to better the lives of everyone that has the real possibility of being satisfied this year. Can we move beyond our limited thinking?

To apply this theme individually, if you want to think about karma, think in terms of what you say and do. What you say and do doesn’t come back to you, but instead, it becomes you. Every action we take and word we speak grows us in one direction or another. Our eyes will be opened to these truths individually and globally if we are currently blind to them. We cannot escape ourselves, but we can forgive ourselves and we can forgive each other.

We’ll see the effects of this theme of justice in our world in 2018. It will affect us all, but we also have our own personal themes to contend with in addition to this which may differ, competent, or be challenging to the universal theme of Justice. Remember that you are only responsible for your own actions and words, and that you do have an influence- what you say and do matters. There is a time and a season for all things. This is a season of reckoning, for better or for worse.

Think about what you want to create for yourself, and have a blessed year. May we see the light of love breaking through the cracks of fear and oppression, signaling the impending destruction of injustice.

✨🌙 🔮

P.S. – if you want to learn about your personal theme for the year and receive helpful guidance on navigating the year ahead, click here 💕

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