I love how this card confuses the sitter when I read for them and it comes up. It’s amusing to see them trying to tell me that the card is upside down or them trying to position themselves so that they may see “what the picture is about”. The truth is that they are doing exactly what this image compels us to do.
The Hanged Man wants us to change our position in certain matters or even just stop for a moment and realise that not all is what it seems. Pause for a short time and reconsider if a situation is the right one for us. It encourages us to inspect things from a different side, maybe even from a complete opposite angle.
For us to be able to do that we need to let go of he comfort of our current position and trust that while we do that we are still safe and protected. So in this aspect this card is as much about trust as it is about change.
Trusting that the change is something that we need, whether we think so or not. Sometimes we need to accept that giving up control and our rigid way of thinking is something that is moving us forward. When the Hanged Man comes up in a reading, he signals the need for a deeper change from the inside. For that to happen we need to accept ourselves as we are in that very moment.
Try this simple exercise to ask yourself what needs to be changed in your life, what views you need to reconsider and what aspects of your life may need to be put on hold right now.
Create yourself a sacred space you feel comfortable in, light a candle, burn some incense, play some soft music. Have a notepad and pen ready. Stand in front of a mirror and look at your image. Take your time, go through every little detail of your reflection. Don’t be concerned about imperfections. The Divine Power created you as you are. Look into your eyes and connect with the image in the mirror. When you feel you have a deep connection, ask questions like, “what views do I need to change about myself” or “what behaviour do I need to move away from” or “what is it that my soul needs that I am not providing for it now”. Follow your intuition and add your own questions.
Pay attention to the answers you are being provided with. When you feel like you have asked your questions, start writing or drawing on your notepad. Put everything down on the paper that comes into your mind, whether you think it’s relevant or not. Leave it for a day or two and then revisit it and take action on the changes suggested in your channelled writing.
Image from The Housewives Tarot by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum
The Tarot of Prague by Karen Mahony
Tradition and dogma are two of the heavier meanings of this card. With most orthodox images for this major arcana card being of the religious leader, this card suggests a close connection with Christianity in some decks. While it is not specific to any particular religion, there are some universal questions this archetype can answer.
Following a faith can sometimes turn into following motions, acts of a routine we are used to that give us comfort but with a level of complacency. When religious behaviour becomes just that, a set of actions we carry out with no
questioning of what they mean, only to find realise that they do not satisfy us spiritually anymore, we start looking at those acts and try to find out how they are contributing to our connection with the divine, if they contribute at all.
The Hierophant gives us the opportunity to re-examine our actions as they relate to our faith. It is the natural progression of the world to evolve, so why should our spiritual beliefs stay stagnant. Think about what it is that no longer expresses your relationship with your divine self and the Divine Force and move on from those actions. Instead find yourself new ways to express outwardly your gratitude and reverence towards the Universal Energy, God, Goddess.
Those new expressions of your faith should reflect your spiritual evolution and where you are on your path right now. Allow yourself to let go of the dogmas that are outdated, traditions that no longer have a relevance to who you are. Do not practice your faith out of fear but practice it in love.
The Sacred Circle Tarot by Paul Mason
In most decks the image that is depicted on this card is ominous, dark, showing great distress and the main element in it besides the actual tower is the lightning that strikes from above suggesting that the meaning of this card has something to do with divine intervention.
I think this card, just like The Devil or the Death card, is gravely misunderstood and often shunned because of their supposed negative meanings. The meaning is never something can be described in a few keywords and this Major Arcana archetype has so much more to say than just disruption and mayhem.
I like to use my readings to help people make a positive change in their lives and therefore I use the cards to show them how they can empower themselves through informed choices. To me The Tower is about that – change. Whether it is something that needs to happen or has already happened, to understand the purpose of that change in one’s life is the key to the interpretation of The Tower.
Change can be voluntary or something that we have no control over. Or so it seems most of the time. It is through my own life experience that I have learned that we always have a choice in how our life changes. We are given subtle signal by the Universe to let us know that we are not on the path we are supposed to follow. Some heed the call and some don’t. Those who do will have a choice over how change happens in their life and more importantly how that change affects them.
Those who continually ignore that call for change will one day be presented with a situation that will seem completely out of left field and the trauma will leave them grasping for straws and trying to hang onto their life as they knew it existed before The Tower event and will never let go. Those who recognise the empowerment in the choice within the change are the ones who come out with a few scars on the other side, but at least they will come out.
So, this card for me is about definite and drastic change but it signifies a much needed change. A shake up if you like, an opportunity to release that which we are holding onto out of fear of change. Be that people, objects, memories, situations. It’s like a spring clean that you have been putting off for along time because you just didn’t have the energy to tackle the massive amount of stuff that you have been storing emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
The good news is that once making the first step of choosing to make a change, the lightning energy of The Tower card turns into something that is a lot kinder on the heart, the ever guiding and universally connected to the divine energy of The Star – to allow us to be inspired.
There are many articles out there on how to cut cords and bring sweeping change into your life. They are made for all sorts off tastes and spiritual paths. I am not going to put one here, rather would encourage you to search and find a ritual that works with your beliefs, there are even spiritual practitioners out there who offer this type of healing service. Of course, as always, be discerning about what you do and who you take advice from and always work for your highest good and the good of all and turn that Tower into a Star.
Image by David S Rose
This is the one card in the deck that I think is most rooted in the Christian tradition. As the last judgement, the concept is not foreign to other religions but in its conservative form, the scene that is most often depicted on this card is the angel calling humanity forth with his trumpet in an Armageddon type of setting.
To me this card is so much more that just a judgement day prophecy. Angels are messengers from the Divine and not one religion can put monopoly on them, being universal expressions of the love and dedication so bared by the Divine Force towards humanity. Calling to all who are open and tuned into the higher vibrations, we are given a chance, a boost if you like from above to raise our own vibration and therefore our awareness.
We have completed a level of our own development and are now ready to be messengers ourselves. It is a new task, something that will require some dedication, a new level of commitment and selflessness.
Are we ready to rise to the challenge and heed the call? Do we have what it takes to let go of that which hinders our direct and unspoilt connection to the Divine? We are not forced to accept dogma and live in fear; instead we have free choice to start with a clean slate on a level of this game we call “life”. And if we choose to not to answer the call of the Angel, we are free to live by our own code until we are ready.
No one is to pass judgement over us except ourselves. Did we really do all we could do to live the best life we could? Did we really live on as high a vibration as it was possible in the circumstances of our current lifecycle?
To raise your vibration, try the following exercise. Go outside and find yourself a patch of grass or just plain ground that is not covered in concrete or pavement as such. Take your shoes off if you prefer to stand or sit directly on the ground if you find that easier. Imaging the energy of the Earth enter your body through the part of your body that is touching the ground and draw the energy upwards in your body. Feel it filling you up, giving you support, healing you, moving throughout your body. Now imagine that a shaft of bright white light is coming down from above and enters your body through your crown chakra which is at the top of your head. Let the light permeate your body and travel through your veins.
As the earth energy and the white light mix in your body, you feel lighter, healthier in both body and mind, peaceful and content. Keep this feeling of higher vibration as long as you like in this meditation and remember to thank the Divine Force for gifting you this healing. Don’t be surprised if you have an angel encounter during this meditation. Enhance this exercise by holding a piece of angelite crystal and burning some incense of Frankincense and Myrrh.
The High Priestess from the Gilded Tarot By Ciro Marchetti
I pulled out all the High Priestess cards from all my decks to day and put them next to each other. One thing I have noticed that seems to be common in most cards is that she is depicted in a white dress. Some would say it’s due to her position as a priestess that she chooses to remain a virgin to be bound by no man. I partially agree with this, however it’s not the only reason I think. Her independent is not only prevalent in her being in her own power but also in the fact that she is ready to receive any hidden knowledge without any prejudice, there are no ingrained behaviours that would prevent her from gaining new understanding. This to me also signifies purity of mind.
Instead of only using rational knowledge that comes from learning through experiencing, she has the power, the tools and means to access the limitless universal knowledge and therefore glean things that would otherwise remain hidden to those not privy to those skills. She not only sees what is happening in the world but also the reason behind it. Consult her when you need to connect with the wiser you to make a decision where you feel like you don’t have all the facts or when all options seem to be blocked.
To connect with you inner High Priestess, the wiser you, try this simple ritual. You will need a pomegranate, a paring knife and a plate, pen and notepad, white tea light candle, incense or oil of sage or sandalwood, The High Priestess Tarot card or a printed picture
Find yourself a quiet space where you will not be disturbed for about half-an-hour. Put on some soothing music if you like. Light you candle and incense or oil in an oil burner. Write down on your notepad a question that you need clarification on or a problem you need insightful help with.
Sit while you concentrate on your breathing until your mind is settled down. Invoke the image of The High Priestess on your card in your mind as if she were sitting opposite you, giving you a reading. Ask her your question or tell her about the problem you need her assistance with.
Sit with her for a little while she connects with you. When she signals you that she’s ready, just bring your awareness back to your space a little bit. Cut the pomegranate in half and offer her some of the seeds in exchange for her help. Take your pen and notepad and start writing down the information she’s giving you while snacking on the pomegranate seeds yourself. Write until you’ve exhausted all the knowledge she was giving you.
Leave your notes for a day or two, but at least for a few hours, then go back through them again and make your decision.
Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter
Nothing reminds us more of the cyclic nature of all things than this card. With its constant motion we recognise the movement of the seasons, karmic energies, the fluidity of the Universe and how it is reflected in our own life in a much smaller scale.
This symbol really is about scope and about us being able to acknowledge what aspects of our lives we are able to control and which ones are out of our hands.
Sometimes we need to adjust to the flow instead of adjusting the flow to us. Allowing the natural randomness of the Universe to play a part in our lives without getting an anxiety attack is what this card is teaching us in this day and age. We know that change is afoot and instead of preparing for what this change may be we trust ourselves that it is in our own evolutionary plan and just flow with.
This card also reminds us that to keep the universal energy flowing we need to participate in its rotation. When we take, we must also give; when we receive we give thanks to continue with the cycle of the energy. It is when we let the fear of change creep into our lives that we encounter a block and our wheel starts slowing down and sometimes stops.
To start turning your wheel again, try the following two exercises:
1. Every day write down three things that you gave, three things you have received that day, three things you are thankful for and three things you wish to ask for.
2. Make up your own wheel of fortune with a circular piece of cardboard and a dial (like a clockface) and divide it into 6-10 wedges. Write a different activity into each of the wedges and when you can’t make up your mind what to do, just spin and go with the activity the dial stops on. Get creative ;)
The Fool Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras
As the craze over 2012 is holding steady the world over, many who have been walking a path of complete unawareness are starting to realise that it is but inevitable to join in on the global wave of recognising and stepping into one's own power. Be it consciously or with no defined purpose as yet, many are waking up and are starting to take charge of their own path. This card, The Fool, the first one of the Major Arcana reminds me of that state. Like waking up after being in a coma, alive but not conscious. The world has changed around us but we have been in a state of stagnation for too long to even realise our own inanimation.
Waking up, as if from a deep sleep we need to get moving again, only we find ourselves not really knowing what would be the best path for us. This is where the archetypal energy of The Fool comes in to help. With limitless possibilities we start off exploring. The naivety and lack of prejudice and social conditioning that this energy brings means that we don't put limits on ourselves and our learning is free from cynicism. We give ourselves a clean slate. The only expectation is to explore, with no obligation to commit to anything or anyone. Immerse yourself in this energy when you feel it's time to make a drastic change in your life and you want to initiate yourself into this change. Remember, the point is to go into it with a sense of child like wonder, ready to learn new things, bring in new opportunities and be OK with the fact that you will need to take some risks for the sake of learning and gathering new experiences.
The Chariot - By Ciro Marchetti's Divine Tarot
The Chariot is about a third of the way through in The Fool’s journey of the Tarot. In itself it represents a turning point in the learning process. There is a certain air about it that lets us know that we are looking at someone who recognises their personal power, perhaps for the first time. Despite enjoyment of being able to unleash the underlying energy through psychical action The Chariot teaches us that only dealing with the psychical plain will take us on a one-sided journey.
The ability to control the physical requires a certain level of mental control as well. Instead of expanding our energy without a purpose, we have the ability to decide what we invest ourselves in. This is where mental energy merges with our physical and together they bring about a cohesion within ourselves that allows us to take charge of our journey on multiple levels. This in turn brings about a balance in our lives and before we know it we have learned that we can actually use gentle force and skill to direct our path towards our full purpose.
Once we have mastered the course we are taking, we can expect a new challenge to come our way that will re-teach us this lesson but with the skill required both mentally and physically will need to be amplified. This is how growth is achieved. Though this is the 8th card in the traditional deck, the lesson we learn from The Chariot is a continuously repeating one for those who invest themselves in their own spiritual development.
To help achieve harmony through skill and discipline, meditate with this card and imagine that you are the charioteer and you command the two horses before the chariot. Connect with each aspect of yourself through those two horses and take note of the messages you receive from each side and take action if needed.
The Magician from the deck by Giovanni Caselli
On The Deck with Andrea Kaldy
Today we look at The Magician. Being number 1 in the traditional deck, it signifies the beginning for awareness of the mind. It encourages us to look at a healthy balance between our mental, spiritual and physical aspects. Bringing all the elements together in the one card we learn that to achieve harmony between all of them we need to have the wisdom of both this world and the astral. He uses his knowledge of all the elements to carry out his work. His desire is to control them.
While showing us and teaching us how to master the elements and use them to obtain what we desire, he tells us that we need to take responsibility for our choices and all consequences that result from our actions.
Ask for help from The Magician when you are ready to move on and take on more responsibilities in your life, needing discipline in focussing on bringing different things together in harmony and for leadership skills. Meditate in a sacred space where you bring all four elements together. Have a bowl of water, burn incense, light a candle and have a handful of salt or soil. While meditating, connect with the essence of all four elements and bring that essence into your heart space. If you feel like you have an overabundance of one element over the others, do this meditation to bring you back to your centre.
When Attila and I decided to create Validate, an organisation to assist in bringing standards and cohesion to the paranormal community in Australia, we agreed on two things: we will always be independent and that he would be covering the physical evidential side of things and I will cover the spiritual aspect of the research to keep it balanced.
For a while now I have been following many groups springing up in this country in the wake of the paranormal craze wave that has swept around the world a few times in the last decade or so. The paranormal becoming ever so popular in social and broadcast media, there are many who jump on the bandwagon, with loud claims of the best evidence, best equipment, best crew and the best medium etc.
Being a medium myself, this is something that I take a great interest in and since the creation of Validate I have been watching the paranormal scene unfold Downunder with a massive following. Like any other craze, this brings with it those who will use it to further their own advancement, even on the expense of those they work with.
A medium can make or break a team; I have seen it, time and time again, with conduct that is less than professional and certainly not in the best interest of the client or the team involved. As unfortunate as this is, presently there are no preventative measures in place to stop something like that happening. There are those out there who will claim fame to many things they have supposedly done while being in the industry for many years misrepresenting connections to make themselves seem something they are not.
Unsuspecting groups will fall victim to those claims and will learn the hard way on how to be selective about whom they will support and let into their circle. And this is where some will come undone. The strain on personal relationships and the testing of loyalties is something that takes up a huge amount of energy and focus and instead of making headway in the field of paranormal research, these groups and individuals will be enthralled in petty turf wars and slagging matches.
Many have written about the same before and what I say is nothing new, of that I am well aware. Never before however have I been pulled into a conflict that involved the defamation of character of the teams and people that I personally work with as well as my own. I have stayed out of it for as long as I could but I can ignore it no longer.
Validate is an open organisation and invites open discussion on its work and any feedback anyone wishes to give. And I stress the word “open”. There are some out there who appear to be self-appointed judges of what is right and what isn’t, the only problem is that the measure of that truth is their own twisted agenda. I have seen through it and I know that in time others will as well.
One of the prerequisites of an intelligent debate is that you know your opponent and you have proof to anything you claim. When it comes to accepting claims made by others I prefer to seek my own truth so that I may make my own judgement and decision.
When this fledgling industry is hardly supported by any, other than our own community, it is no wonder that we are the laughing stock of many for lack of structure and professionalism. Without any industry standards to adhere to, there are many who blatantly promote themselves as experts in the field, (whether it’s science or Mediumship) with little to back up their work with but plenty of ego.
While I am all for supporting eachother and give eachother a leg up, there is a difference between being enthusiastic about your own group with the work being carried out and spreading unsupported claims fuelled by ego and demoralising other groups and individuals behind their backs. If you have people in your group who are doing this with your knowledge, it just shows a lack of integrity on their part and the lack of understanding of their own role.
I have said that a medium can make or break a team. Why is that, you ask? While other members of the team are bound by a set of rules, there is another set mediums should abide by: their own professional code of conduct. Most mediums work outside of their teams as private readers, platform mediums or even healers. Working on an investigation is completely different to any of those scenarios. How it differs is for another article, my point here is not that as I am writing this.
A medium’s word should not be taken without question. I have seen mediums work where the sole purpose of their being on the investigation was to spit out copious amounts of useless and questionable information that could neither be validated nor seemed to serve any purpose other than stroking their own ego. Taking up a whole night with someone having to follow the medium’s every word and capturing it on video or audio is not what paranormal investigating is about.
Mediumship is working with Spirit. Working with Spirit is working in servitude. This is the other side of the coin and a fine edge mediums walk when working in a PI team. Coming from a place of ego, whether it’s you stroking someone else’s or others boosting your own, it’s not contributing meaningfully to the research and it’s certainly not serving Spirit. If your medium does that, question them why.
As co-founder of Validate I can honestly say that we embrace all whose wish is to serve the paranormal community, whether it be with technical knowledge, PR skills, Mediumship etc as long as the contribution is honest and open and is in the quest of the Truth.
~Andrea Kaldy, Co-founder of Validate.
I am a lady who wears many hats: wife, mother, author, healer, witch, poet, editor, psychic medium and the list goes on. Through this blog I am living true to my Spirit. What you read here you may not agree with, it may not be politically correct, but it comes from the heart and you can be sure that it's absolutely, uncompromisingly and purely me.